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Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten ...

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Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped ...

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World title twinbill in Japan today

World title twinbill in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans ...

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Manny Pacquiao 143.8 vs. Chris Algieri 144.4 (WBO welterweight championship) Algieri initially weighed 144.4, stripped naked and weighed 144.2. He eventually ...

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More Camera Clicks from Macau

More Camera Clicks from Macau

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris "Real Rocky" Algieri ...

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Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC

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World title twinbill in Japan

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Update: Algieri makes weight for

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UFC

Cathal Pendred: Reflections on Dublin

“There’s not many things in life that are perfect, but that pretty much was the perfect debut,” says Cathal Pendred, shortly after winning his UFC debut in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion in front of a rabid crowd inside the O2 Arena in Dublin . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BADER VS. SAINT PREUX is LIVE on FOX on Saturday, August 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 3rd, 2014



Boxing News

Rios wins when Drakulich DQs Chaves

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

A very brutal and exciting welterweight clash between former world champions Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) and Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) was cut short when when referee Vic Drakulich disqualified Chaves in round nine on Saturday night in front of 2,000 inside the sold out new “Chelsea” venue at the luxurious Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. As advertised, both fighters went right at each other. By round three, Rios seemed to have the upper hand pressuring Chaves backward but the rounds were close and hard fought. Referee Drakulich played a major role by deducting a point from Chaves for holding at the end of round three, taking a point from Rios for wrestling Chaves to the ground in round five, taking another point from Chaves for putting his glove in Rios’ face during a break in round eight, and ultimately disqualifying Chaves in round nine, apparently for holding. Time was 1:26.

At the time of the stoppage, the entertaining slugfest was still in the balance. Chaves was ahead 75-74 on two cards, Rios was ahead 75-74 on the third card.

“This is not the way I wanted to win,” said Rios afterward. “I’m not happy with the way it went.”

“I think it was unjustified the way I was disqualified,” stated Chaves. “This is a disgrace what they did to me.” photos



August 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Thompson beats Aguelo in WBC eliminator

In a fight billed as a WBC super featherweight eliminator, WBC #2 rated local favorite Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over unrated Filipino Adones “Yamagata” Aguelo (21-10-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Nachan Kaan in Chetumal, Mexico. Thompson dropped Aguelo at the end of round six with a big right hand en route to a 96-93, 97-92, 96-93 verdict on the scoercards.



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev annihilates Caparello; Hopkins is next

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In the latest in a string of exciting stoppage victories, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev rose from a first round knockdown to stop unbeaten Blake Caparello in the second round Saturday night at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) dropped Caparello with a painful body shot in the second round that almost left the Aussie on the canvas permanently. Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KOs) rose grimacing but was soon knocked down twice more; once to a knee after taking a right in the corner and, finally, halfway through the ropes after taking a combination before the fight was called off at the 1:47 mark. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Vargas retains WBA 140lb belt

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Anton Novikov (29-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 2,000 inside the sold out new “Chelsea” venue at the luxurious Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Vargas started well, but Novikov upped his workrate and the pressure bothered Vargas. It was a very tough, gritty fight after that. In the end, the hometown favorite won by surprisingly wide scores of 118-111, 118-111, 117-111.

Unbeaten middleweight Shane Mosley Jr (2-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of Jerome Jones (1-1-1, 1 KO), finishing him in the first round. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Aftermath of Klitschko-Briggs restaurant showdown

By Karl Freitag

Video of a restaurant confrontation between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and former champion Shannon Briggs posted yesterday on YouTube by Fightnews.com has gone viral and generated well over one million views in less than 24 hours.

The champion, who is scheduled to travel back to Germany today to begin training in Going, Austria, for his September 6 defense against Kubrat Pulev, was unavailable for comment. However Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD “The antics of Mr. Briggs had been always quite funny – but now the fun is slowly ending.”

Briggs, who was wearing flip-flops during the incident, later went to the local Emergency Room where he refused anesthetic and helped the doctor dig out shards of glass from both feet (see photo).

“This was 100% real, not staged,” stated Briggs, who has been publicly challenging Klitschko to fight in both the U.S. and Germany. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov eyes tonight’s HBO card with great interest

The “Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) will be watching tonight’s HBO’s Boxing After Dark card from Las Vegas with a added interest as a potential fall opponent could emerge from the two fights that will be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. In the opening bout, WBA Super Lightweight champion Jesse Vargas (24-0, 9 KO’s) will defend his title against Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KO’s) while in the main event Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) Squares off with Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KO’s) in a welterweight bout.

“I look forward to this Saturday’s fight card on HBO. I know that there is a possibility that I will be back in the ring in November and the opponents being considered are the winner of Rios vs. Chaves, the winner of Vargas vs. Novikov, as well as a rematch with Timothy Bradley. All these are great options for me and I’m curious to see who the winners are this weekend,” said Provodnikov.



August 2nd, 2014

UFC

Two Bantamweight Bouts Set for September

A pair of intriguing bantamweight battles have been added to the September schedule, as Hawaii’s Dustin Kimura faces fellow submission specialist Ian Entwistle at UFC Fight Night in Connecticut on September 5, and longtime lightweight and featherweight standout Manvel Gamburyan makes his 135-pound debut against Cody Gibson at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on September 27 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Browne comments on win over Rudenko

World rated heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne came through his toughest test to date and remained on course for a world title shot with hard fought unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko in Wolverhampton, England on Friday night. “He was a very tough opponent,” Lucas, now 21-0 (18 KOs), said. “I threw everything at him and I was surprised how he managed to stand up to some of them. A lot of my shots landed flush and he managed to take them. He’s got a head like a brick and I can I see why he was unbeaten before.

“I don’t like going the full 12 rounds, but in some ways it was a blessing in disguise because at least I now know how to fight my way through a war like that. It was a good learning experience.” (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Rios, Kovalev and Vargas favored to win

By Karl Freitag

Lots of interesting fights tonight on HBO’s big split-site telecast from both Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

In the main event, welterweight Brandon Rios is a narrow -155 favorite to defeat Diego Chaves (+135) in what figures to be a war between all action brawlers. The over/under is 9.5 rounds with over at -200 and under at +170.

WBO light heavyweight world champion and big-punching KO artist Sergey Kovalev is an overwhelming -1500 favorite to defeat challenger Blake Caparello (+1000) to set up a November showdown with IBF/WBA champ Bernard Hopkins. The over/under is 8.5 rounds with over at +205 and under at -245.

Opening the telecast, WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas is a healthy -340 pick to retain his belt against challenger Anton Novikov (+280). The over/under is 8.5 rounds with over at -400 and under at +310.



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ogilvie stops Mercado at Thunderdome

By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson

Three state titles were on the line Friday night at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VII at Metro City Perth Australia, a venue that has been described as one of the best in the world to view boxing.

“Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (8-1, 3 KOs) stopped Jerope Mercado (26-7, 19 KOs) and claimed the WA state lightweight title in the Main Event. Ogilvie right from the start was keen to come forward, control the ring and keep forcing Mercado back. Ogilvie worked the body well and landed a good punch to the head to end the first. Ogilvie seemed to be looking for a knockout as he stalked Mercado. The knockout came in round three when Ogilvie sent Mercado to the canvas for the full ten count. Mercado had a nasty cut above his right eye at time of the stoppage. (more…)



August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lozano KOs Tostado; Klimov halts Avila

Photos: Scott Foster

Super flyweight Daniel Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Antonio Tostado (13-3, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Lazano dropped Tostado three times in round eight to end the fight and claim the WBO interim Latino title.

Super featherweight Andrey Klimov (18-1, 9 KOs) won by TKO when Guillermo Avila (12-3, 9 KOs) couldn’t come out for round nine. Klimov, whose only loss is to current world champion Terence Crawford at lightweight last October, steadily broke down Avila and punished him in round eight.

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August 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ito upsets IBF #5 Nakamura

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten ex-WBC youth champ Masayuki Ito (15-0-1, 6 KOs), 132.5, decked an important victory over IBF#5 ranked Masao Nakamura (18-2, 18 KOs), 132.5, as he occasionally connected with long rights to the onrushing hard-puncher and was awarded a close but unanimous verdict (77-76 twice and 78-75) over eight upset rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Nakamura, 26, was a prefight favorite due to his superior power even though Ito, a 23-year-old lanky speedster, had been still unbeaten. Nakamura was once an OPBF 130-pound titlist, but forfeited his regional belt via unexpected first-round annihilation by Filipino Ronald Pontillas three years ago. But he scored six wins all within the distance, including a third-round stoppage of a highly rated Filipino Raymond Sermona last August that had him enter the IBF ratings. (more…)



August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Campillo stops Williams on cut in IBF eliminator; Dirrell wins comeback fight

In an IBF light heavyweight eliminator, former WBA titlist Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of previously undefeated Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (17-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. The fight was halted after round five due to a cut over the left eye of Williams. Campillo will now be ranked #2 by the IBF.

In his first fight in 18 months, former super middleweight world title challenger and 2004 Olympian “The Matrix” Andre Dirrell (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided fifth round TKO over Vladine “Mr. Providence” Biosse (15-5-2, 7 KOs). The fight was waved off when the referee stepped in to halt the punishment. Biosse took some serious punishment from Callum Smith just three weeks ago. Time was 2:46.

Unbeaten super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem (10-0, 6 KOs) had all he could handle with Juan Carlos Rojas (6-7-1, 4 KOs), but he landed a sixth and last round right hand to stagger Rojas and get a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:45.



August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson camp claims Hopkins was too greedy

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson walked away from an HBO showdown with WBO champion Sergey Kovalev, jumping ship to Showtime for an expected fight with IBF/WBA champ Bernard Hopkins. However today Hopkins signed to fight Kovalev in November on HBO leaving Stevenson alone at the altar.

“We really thought we were going to go into a fight with Bernard Hopkins, but he was too greedy,” Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel told TVA Sports. Michel stated that Hopkins wanted nearly 75% of the money offered by Showtime. So Stevenson will now fight TBA on September 27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That card will also feature light heavyweights Tavoris Cloud and Artur Beterbiev in the co-feature.



August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

Apparently food is where you cross the line with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Shannon Briggs stormed into the famous Italian restaurant Mamma Mia’s in Hollywood, Florida, informed the champ that he’ll go wherever Wlad goes, and then grabbed Wlad’s plate and started eating food off it. Wlad asked if he’d like a drink with his food and poured water over Briggs’ head! That’s when all hell broke loose. Briggs grabbed the glass and it broke, cutting Briggs on his hand. Shannon tried to get at Wlad and was retrained by several guys and dragged out of the building apparently through the same broken glass as he cut his foot also. Shannon is currently in the hospital getting stitches.

Judging from the video Klitschko seemed to be favoring his right hand after the melee. He is scheduled to leave Florida to return to Germany on Saturday.



August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Rios-Chaves, Vargas-Novikov weights

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Brandon Rios 147 vs. Diego Chaves 148

Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Anton Novikov 139.4
(WBA super lightweight title)

Jose Ramirez 142.4 vs. Alfred Romero 138.2
Jessie Magdaleno 123 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 123.2
Shane Mosley Jr 159.6 vs. Jerome Jones 161
Cody Crowley 154 vs. Herb Begay 154
Erick De Leon 130.6 vs. Pedro Toledo 134.4
Saul Rodriguez 132.8 vs. Orlando Vazquez 132.2

Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Browne outpoints Rudenko, Bundu defeats Gavin

In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, IBF #7, WBC #8, WBA #13 rated Lucas Browne (21-0, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko (24-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, UK. It was a very close fight with Rudenko the busier fighter and Browne landing the heavier shots. Browne was cut over both eyes by accidental head clashes. The heavy handed Browne never rattled Rudenko, but came on late to win by scores of 116-112, 115-113, 117-112. The bout was for the WBC’s EPBC and WBA’s I/C belts.

IBF #3, WBC #4 European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs) retained his title with a split decision over previously unbeaten WBA #4, WBO #4, IBF #5, WBC #12 rated Frankie Gavin (19-1, 12 KOs). Bundu dropped Gavin with a boxing shot in round six and won by scores of 114-113, 114-113 for Bundu, 115-112 for Gavin.



August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

In the works: Kovalev vs. B-Hop on HBO in November

A unification fight between WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is reportedly on for November as long as Kovalev wins his defense against Blake Caparello on Saturday night. Both sides have signed.



August 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev, Caparello make weight

Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events

Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Blake Caparello 174
(WBO light heavyweight championship)

Isaac Chilemba 175.5 vs. Cory Cummings 174
Dmitry Mikhaylenko 153 vs. Sechew Powell 148
Joey Dawejko 236.5 vs. David Williams 233
Adam Kownacki 258 vs. Charles Ellis 233
Decarlo Perez 158 vs. Marcus Willis 158.5
Hakim Bryant 155 Anthony Watson 154

Venue: Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Main Events
TV: HBO

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August 1st, 2014




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