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Pacman joins Algieri in San Francisco

Pacman joins Algieri in San Francisco

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao speaks with San Francisco Chronicle newspaper executive editorial staff during an interview, Thursday ...

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Edis Tatli gearing up for world title clash

Edis Tatli gearing up for world title clash

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Andre Berto ready for Steve Chambers

Andre Berto ready for Steve Chambers

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Boxing News

Johnson and Abell promise Brit bashing

American heavyweight tag team Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell aim to make it a double Brit bashing this Saturday (15th February) night at the Copper Box Arena. Johnson takes on Dereck Chisora for his WBO and WBA International titles in the main event, while Abell faces undefeated Tyson Fury in the ten-round chief support. The pair joined forces at today’s media work-out at the Peacock Gym in East London as they looked to derail plans of a massive summer showdown between Chisora and Fury.

Former WBC World Heavyweight title challenger Johnson said, “London is a beautiful city with beautiful people who always treat me well when I come here, but on Saturday night I must destroy one of it’s residents. Mr. Chisora cannot and will not beat me. He is a fine boxer and puncher and has my respect, but I’m in fantastic shape, the best of my career, I’m here and ready to fight ’till the end and dish out a whupping to this Brit.” (more…)



February 13th, 2014



Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing promoter Barry Hughes is facing a jail sentence after pleading guilty to a mortgage scam. More

More on a possible Mike Alvarado-Juan Manuel Marquez showdown. More

Daniel Geale insists of a drug test ahead of a fight with Garth Wood. More

A May showdown between Carl Froch and George Groves in the works. More



February 13th, 2014

UFC

Evans injured, out of UFC 170

A leg injury has forced former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans out of his UFC 170 co-main event bout with Daniel Cormier on February 22 in Las Vegas. With the event date rapidly approaching, there will be no replacement fight, and the card – headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship match between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann – will continue with 10 bouts.
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February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Melson defeats Ward in the final boxing card at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom

By Arvin Nundloll and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside

Boyd Melson (14-1-1, 4 KOs) signed off the final Broadway Boxing at the Roseland Ballroom with a close majority decision over Donald Ward (6-4, 3 KOs) in an eight round middleweight bout. Melson had indicated afterwards that he had hurt his right arm during the fight which affected his output. The fight was originally scheduled for 154 but was raised to 160 after Melson couldn’t make the weight. Ward failed to find any rhythm during the fight and couldn’t match Melson’s output. Melson was aggressive throughout, landing his jab with ease although had to endure a rough end to the fight due to his injury, which became apparent after round 4. Judges scores were 79-73, 78-74 and 76-76.

Crowd favorite Heather Hardy (8-0, 2 KOs) once again thrilled the New York City crowd, winning a scintillating split decision over tough Texan Cristina Fuentes (2-5-3) in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Scores were 77-55 (2x) for Brooklyn’s Hardy and 77-75 for Fuentes. (more…)



February 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Naito follows his father’s footstep to win Japanese belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

When Muhammad Ali visited Japan, he advised a fast-rising Japanese middleweight prospect named Cassius Junichi Naito, “If you are named after me, you wouldn’t go over me.” Ali’s prediction came true as Naito acquired the Japanese and OPBF belts but failed to grow up to be a world champ. It’s a story in 1970’s and his 22-year-old son now followed his father’s footstep and won the Japanese belt on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten Rikki Naito (9-0, 5 KOs), 130, a southpaw speedster, won the vacant national super-feather title by a well-received stoppage over badly battered Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (22-7-2, 11 KOs), 130, at the end of the eighth round. (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Lomachenko Ready to Make History

Two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO), is in a hurry to make his mark, and in only his second professional fight, he will be challenging three-time world featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido for Salido’s WBO featherweight title. The Salido-Lomachenko world championship fight will be televised live from the Alamodome, Saturday, March 1, on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

“It has been a long, hard ride to get to this world title fight,” said Lomachenko. “I may have only one professional fight on my resume but I have been boxing all my life, dreaming that one day I would be fighting the best fighters. And now I am fighting a world champion who is one of the best in featherweight division. Salido is a very good veteran fighter and he has been in the ring with toughest opponents. He puts a lot of pressure on you inside the ring and he comes to fight. Defeating this kind of fighter would mean a lot to me. It would also add my name to boxing history and get me one step closer to joining the sport’s all-time best. Thank you to Top Rank and a special thank you to Bob Arum for making this fight happen — for making my dream come true. Tune into HBO World Championship Boxing on March 1st. You will remember the Alamodome that night.” (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Bryan Vera Press Conference

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

#1 contender Bryan Vera held a press conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday for his upcoming rematch against former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., taking place on Saturday, March 1, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to Chávez vs. Vera II are priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.

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February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Morales-Paez Jr. set for March 22

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

The fight between Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-9-0, 36 KOs) and Jorge “Maromerito” Páez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) was officially announced today at the Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma Brewery in Monterrey, Mexico. They will collide on March 22 at Arena Monterrey.

Erik Morales: Many criticize me or ask me ‘why do I keep on boxing at my age and after everything I’ve accomplished?’ I tell them that I am pursuing a dream, I’d like to achieve a few more things. I don’t want to go back to my house wondering ‘why didn’t I try it?’ and even if I face a hungry young challenger, I need to win to achieve my dream…in my last fight I made a mistake and I learned. I will show that on March 22 against Paez. I don’t sell laughs, I sell my talent and technique and big fights and that’s what it will be in the Arena Monterrey.

Jorge Paez Jr: I am highly motivated to face a great figure in the boxing world like Erik Morales and I thank him for giving me a chance. I am preparing as never before. It will be a great fight and I’ll take advantage of this great opportunity. I absolutely respect him outside the ring, but the night of the fight there will be no respect and it’ll be a memorable fight for the fans…I dedicate the fight to the memory of my cousin Frankie Leal and “Fantasma” Gonzalez.

Promoter Fernando Beltran announced during the press conference that local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2, 9 KOs) will challenge unbeaten WBO minimumweight champion Merllito Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) in the co-feature.

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February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Andrade: Let’s unify the titles, Floyd

Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) wants to face reigning WBC and WBA junior middleweight titleholder Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. “I’m getting ready to take over boxing after Mayweather retires,” Andrade said. “I want to match my natural, God-given skills against his before he hangs up his gloves for good. Let’s unify the titles, Floyd. We can do it here in Atlanta, Las Vegas or New York. You pick the place, just don’t leave me hanging and retire without fighting me. This is my time!”

Andrade is currently required to make his first title defense, likely in April against WBO No. 1-rated mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs). The 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) will face either Amir Khan or Marcus Maidana on May 3.



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Salido Has a Message for Lomachenko

For three-time world featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salidoboxing has been about perseverance and overcoming the odds, and in 17 days his mettle will be tested once more as he puts his world title on the line against two-time Olympic gold medalist, Vasyl Lomachenko (1-0, 1 KO), considered by many to be the best amateur boxer in the history of the sport.

“I know people expect Lomachenko to beat me and take my title away, and while I respect all he did as an amateur, professional boxing is not the same. He has had just one professional fight. My experience, strength and hunger will be the difference,” said Salido during his media workout on Tuesday in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. He has been training for the fight in Phoenix and Ciudad Obregon under his trainer, Santos Moreno. (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Marquez-Alvarado on May 17 in LA?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility of former multi-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez against former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado is being discussed, possibly on May 17 at the Forum in Los Angeles on the same card as a proposed clash between WBO junior lightweight champion “Mikey” Garcia and WBA interim lightweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. Previously it has been known that Zanfer Promotions has been trying to make Marquez next fight in Mexico City.



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Chisora, Fury hoping to set the stage for a rematch

By Graham Houston

Promoters Frank Warren and Mick Hennessy are joining forces to present British heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora in separate bouts in London on Saturday (TV coverage on BoxNation in the U.K., PPV in the U.S. and Fight Network in Canada). The plan is that Fury and Chisora will meet in a rematch later this year. If all works out as planned, Fury and Chisora will win to whet the boxing public’s appetite for the return fight.

There is always the risk, though, that something might go wrong.

Back in 1956 promoter Jack Solomons matched British heavyweight champion Don Cockell and ex-champ Jack Gardner in separate bouts prior to a Cockell-Gardner fight in July of that year. The opponents didn’t read the script, though. A Tongan slugger named Kitione Lave, who had settled in Yorkshire, bludgeoned Cockell into defeat in two rounds; Gardner, badly cut over the eye, lost in two rounds to Joe Bygraves, a Jamaican boxer who lived in Birkenhead, across the Mersey from Liverpool. The Cockell-Gardner fight was scrapped and neither man boxed again. (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Prizefighter Welterweights IV on April 5

Welterweights Erick Ochieng, Paddy Gallagher, Dean Byrne and Sam Eggington have taken the first four spots in the “Prizefighter Welterweights 4″ tournament taking place on April 5 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Promoter Eddie Hearn says he will select the the final four entrants from around 20 applicants for the 33rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament. The winner gets £32,000 plus an extra bonus for every KO.

Also on the card, John Ryder will face Jez Wilson in a British middleweight title eliminator.



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Jeter looks to capitalize on improbable situation on Saturday in Denmark

By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Team Sauerland

On Saturday, February 15, Stevensville, MD middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter will be in a situation that 98 percent of boxers wish they could be in. One fight away from a world title shot.

Unlike most of that two percent that do make it to that point in their careers, Jeter is no hotshot undefeated prospect. At 38 years old, Jeter brings a career that has had its ups and downs. However, recent successes have led Jeter to the point where he will be facing undefeated Patrick Nielsen of Albertslund, Denmark for the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight title on February 15 at the MusikTeatret in Albertslund.

“This is like winning the Powerball for me,” Jeter told Fightnews in an recent interview prior to leaving for Denmark. “So many boxers would love to be in this position. I’m super happy right now.” (more…)



February 12th, 2014

UFC

Niko Musoke: Timing is Everything

The call from the UFC. For every mixed martial artist, it’s the validation for all the years of blood, sweat, and tears. And for 99% of those who receive it, things like opponent, venue, and date are mere details to be dealt with later. Nico Musoke is part of that 99% . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Harris out of Skeete fight

Former WBA light-welterweight champion Vivian Harris has been ruled out of his fight against Bradley Skeete this Saturday (15th February) at the Copper Box Arena after failing a pre-fight medical. Harris was due to face Skeete in a Vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight title clash as one of the chief supporting fights to the headline bout between WBO/WBA International Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora against challenger Kevin Johnson.

Skeete will now face Frenchman Christopher Sebire who’s won 22 out of 29 fights and is a former French champion at light-welterweight. He last extended Chris Jenkins over ten rounds in a Vacant WBC International title challenge earlier this month. (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Opponents named for Magdaleno Bros and Falcao

Top Rank brings back boxing to Hawaiian Gardens, as a trio of top contenders, along with the highly awaited debut of a 2012 Olympian medalist in a show presented by Tecate and Unimas this Saturday, February 15th at the C. Robert Lee Activity Center in Hawaiian Gardens California. The featured fight of the evening will see the high octane former WBO super featherweight title challenger and current NABF champion Diego Magdaleno (24-1, 9 KOs) hailing from Las Vegas. The southpaw speedster will be facing Jorge Pazos (14-6-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round lightweight bout.

Diego Magdaleno’s younger sibling, KO artist, and fellow southpaw, Jessie Magdaleno (17-0, 13 KOs) will be taking on battle-tested Roberto Castaneda (20-5-1, 15 KOs) in an eight round super bantamweight fight in the co-featured bout.

In a highly anticipated bout, Top Rank’s newest acquisition, 2012 Brazilian Olympian Esquiva Falcao will be making his pro debut in a six round super middleweight bout. Falcao, who won the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is facing Joshua Robertson (5-4, 1 KO). (more…)



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from New York City

Boyd Melson 160.2 vs. Donald Ward 155
Heather Hardy 121.8 vs. Cristina Fuentes 121.8
Joe Smith Jr. 175.4 vs. Otis Griffin 177
Bryant Cruz 130.4 vs. Joshua Reyes 129.6
Travis Peterkin 177 vs. Michael Gbenga 174.4
Donte Strayhorn 136 vs. Jose Gomez 133.4
Chris Galeano 155 vs. Travis McClaren 154.4
Danny Gonzalez 141 vs. Ray Velez 140.6
Ryan Martin 136 vs. Jose Del Valle 133.4

Venue: Roseland Ballroom in NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entetainment



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Promoter Don King returns to Cleveland, Ohio. More

Heavyweight David Haye targets a return to the ring. More

Legendary Thai boxing stadium closes its doors: More

Angelo Prospero gets inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. More



February 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Vazquez-Shafikov on Feb 22 HBO2 telecast

The Year of the Horse will get off to a galloping start when world championship boxing makes its 2014 debut at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez, of Mexico, and two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming headline “Ring of Gold,” Saturday, February 22. Vazquez will defend his title against undefeated top-rated contender Denis “Ghengis Khan” Shafikov, of Russia, and Shiming will risk his undefeated record in an eight-round flyweight bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand. Both fights will be televised on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the “Ring of Gold” HBO2 telecast will feature Fran Charles handling the blow-by-blow while former world champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Hall of Famer Larry Merchant will add expert analysis and commentary. (more…)



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Castellanos back in action Saturday

Owner of boxing’s most deceiving record, Mexico City’s Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (19-9, 12 KOs) will look for his 12th straight win on Saturday when he defends his WBC silver featherweight championship against Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (19-2, 13 KOs) in the main event of a Televisa and FOX Deportes-televised card at Centro Internacional de Convenciones in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. After starting off his professional career with a dismal 8-9 record, 31-year-old Castellanos began a hot streak that hasn’t cooled off yet, as he’s won 11 straight since 2010. The WBC Silver champion since 2011, Castellanos has defeated former world champion Celestino Caballero and always tough Derrick Wilson in defense of his crown.

In the co-main event, scheduled for 10 rounds, Los Mochis’ Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (25-1, 21 KOs) faces off with San Buenaventura, Chihuahua, Mexico’s Carlos “Coreano” Rodriguez (8-0, 3 KOs) for the WBC Youth lightweight championship.



February 11th, 2014

UFC

UFC Statement on Fight Night Bonuses

The Ultimate Fighting Championship released a statement today regarding Fight Night bonuses:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today a modification to its live event bonuses. Effective immediately, UFC will award “Fight of the Night Bonuses” to each of the fighters in the best fight of the night, as well as additional “Performance of the Night Bonuses” to the two best individual performances on the card. The bonus amounts will remain $50,000. The “Performance of Night” bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.
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February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko and Leapai interviews

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai met for the first time on Tuesday at a press conference in Oberhausen, Germany to kick off their April 26 clash.



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

2014 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees

The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame has announced a lineup of 18 honorees, 13 living, to its second annual Class Of Inductees. The 18 inductees come from 10 categories, two of which were new: Adoptive Residents (for boxers who moved to and resided in Nevada after their careers), and Pioneer Class (for those who prominently contributed to Nevada Boxing prior to 1960).

The 2014 Class of Inductees is dominated by former Heavyweight Champions. They are “Big” George Foreman, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield who were voted in as Non-Nevada residents, the late Sonny Liston as a Nevada-resident, Joe Louis as an Adoptive Nevada resident and Jack Dempsey in the Pioneer Class. Other boxers elected in various categories include “Hands of Stone” Roberto Duran, the always exciting Cornelius Boza-Edwards, and the “Old Mongoose” Archie Moore. They will be enshrined at a gala dinner this summer, along with Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, trainer Miguel Diaz, Caesars CEO Clifford Perlman, Hotelier Steve Wynn, NSAC officials Luther Mack and Chuck Minker, referees Richard Steele and Kenny Bayless, ring announcer Colonel Bob Sheridan and scribe Kevin Iole. The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony will be held this summer in Las Vegas at a site and date to be determined.



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Alex Ariza

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Fightnews.com spoke with Alex Ariza about variety of topics, starting with Mikey Garcia’s readiness to fight Manny Pacquiao and ending with Ariza view about two prominent Polish heavyweights of the present and past – Tomasz Adamek and Andrzej Golota.



February 11th, 2014

UFC

Top Heavyweights collide when Werdum meets Browne at FOX UFC Saturday April 19 in Orlando

The UFC® is bringing heavyweight action to Orlando! Second-ranked Fabricio Werdum returns to the Octagon® to battle third-ranked Travis Browne in a bout that will likely determine the next challenger to champion Cain Velasquez’s crown. (more…)



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko vs. Leapai face off



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Herrera and Ochoa

Golden Boy Promotions announced today the official signings of junior welterweight contender Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) and 140-pound prospect Zachary Ochoa (5-0, 3 KOs) to promotional contracts. “We welcome these two exciting boxers to the Golden Boy Promotions team, and we have big plans for them in the coming years,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Mauricio Herrera is one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, but he will get his chance to shine in March when he challenges Danny Garcia for the junior welterweight title. We’ve been watching Zachary Ochoa during our east coast events, and he has a bright future in a talent-rich division.”



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev to defend against Agnew on March 29

Dating back to December 2011,Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) has demolished all seven opponents that he has faced by knockout in an average of less than four rounds per bout. On Saturday, March 29 he’ll be looking to continue the streak and score his 22nd KO when he returns to the ring for his 2014 debut to defend his WBO World Light Heavyweight Title against undefeated challenger Cedric Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) live from the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.Kovalev vs. Agnew will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Darkbeginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Presented by Main Events in association with Caesars Atlantic City, tickets for the light heavyweight world title showdown are on sale now through TicketMaster online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or via phone (800) 736-1420. Fans can also contact Main Events for tickets at (973) 200-7050. Ticket prices are $26, $51, $77 and $152. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. ET. Undercard bouts will be announced shortly. (more…)



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Mauricio Sulaiman unanimously elected as new WBC President

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodríguez WBC

This morning at the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City, WBC Exceutive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman was elected as the new World Boxing Council President. Mauricio, 44, is coincidentally taking over his late father’s position at the same age Don Jose Sulaiman was elected WBC President in Tunisia in 1975. Thus, Mauricio will lead the premier boxing organization of the world until 2016 when the next election will be held for a full four-year term. All the 26 elections participants voted for Sulaiman. More to come… photos



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Standing room only tickets made available for last Roseland Ballroom show

Tomorrow evening with be a bittersweet night for Lou DiBella and his company DiBella Entertainment. The promotional company will host the premiere installment of the 2014 Broadway Boxing series with the final boxing show ever to take place at NYC’s famed and historic Roseland Ballroom. Having promoted a number of cards at the venue over the years and helping to grow the Broadway Boxing series into what it is today, the historic ballroom will be closing its doors in April after more than 50 years of operation at its current location.

The card, entitled “The Last Dance,” has had such a positive response with New York boxing’s adoring fan base that DBE has had to open up more seats at the last minute to accommodate the flood of calls and requests coming in for tickets. General admission standing room only tickets, priced at $35, will now be available at the door tomorrow evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.



February 11th, 2014

Feature Story

Melson keeps fighting

154-pounder will fight Wednesday night while continuing to campaign for spinal injury cord research

BOXING: Boyd Melson vs Khalik MemmingerBy Matt Richardson
Photos by Ed Mulholland

Junior middleweight Boyd Melson has a fight scheduled for tomorrow night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan against Donald Ward. It’s a fight that Melson (13-1-1, 4 KO’s) says he expects will be difficult, despite Ward being a late replacement for veteran Mike Ruiz. It’s a fight, however, that’s relatively small in relation to the one Melson fights on a daily basis.

That’s because Melson, an Army captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also battling a much tougher foe: spinal cord injuries. As a boxer who donates his full purses to spinal cord research, it’s easy to say he has a dog in this fight and it’s one where he’s continuing to punch, despite the odds. (more…)



February 11th, 2014

Boxing Result

No mid-life crisis for Road Warrior. He wants Hopkins or fourth fight with Woods!

GlenJohnson002By Matt Thompson

A mid-life crisis for a fighter happens a lot earlier than for an accountant, but at 45 years young, the ageless “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson has been reflecting on his 21-year career.

Coming off two wins, including a one-sided boxing clinic over cruiserweight Bobby Gunn (25-5-1) in December, Johnson feels he is still not at the end of the road yet.

“Some fighters, they get old because of the way they live,” explains the always amiable Johnson from his Miami home, a few weeks after his 45th birthday. “I never drank or smoked, I’ve never used drugs, never got fat between fights. If I fight on Saturday, I’m back in the gym on Tuesday. I love training. This is my job, my vocation, and I work at it and have always tried to conduct myself as a professional in and out of the ring.” (more…)



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Glen Johnson to replace Mayorga on CES card

Former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (53-18-2, 36 KOs) will headline Classic Entertainment & Sports’ February 21 card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., when he faces veteran Jaime Velazquez (11-5-2, 6 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., in the 8-round main event. Johnson, 45, steps in for Ricardo Mayorga who was dropped from the card due to a promotional dispute with DKP. Velazquez, 42, will end a 15-year layoff.

Also on the card, undefeated super featherweight prospect Toka Kahn (9-0, 6 KOs) will fight in his hometown for the first time since 2012 in a six-round bout. Tickets for “Home Sweet Home” are available for $40, $100 and $126 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254.



February 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez 95% done

Former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto told ESPN Deportes that he will begin training camp with Freddie Roach on April 14 (two days after Roach finishes with Manny Pacquiao) for his June 7 clash with WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto stated that the fight is 95% done and that only minor details remaining before the match is officially announced.



February 11th, 2014




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