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An IBF super middleweight elimination bout between 168-pound contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and veteran spoiler Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs), of Las Vegas, has been confirmed as a 12-round co-feature of a Showtime Boxing: Special Edition quadrupleheader on Friday, Dec. 19, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec. For the switch-hitting Dirrell, the elimination bout for the IBF’s #2 position behind #1 James DeGale and champion Carl Froch will be his first start on Showtime and fifth overall since getting injured against then-undefeated Arthur Abraham in his second Super Six World Boxing Classic fight on SHOWTIME on March 27, 2010.
Dirrell had scored a knockdown in the fourth and was comfortably ahead on all scorecards heading into 11th. About a minute into the round, Dirrell slipped on a wet canvas and Abraham blatantly hit him while he was down, knocking Dirrell out cold and resulting in Abraham being disqualified. Dirrell suffered neurological issues as a result of the punch, withdrew from the tournament and was sidelined for 21 months. (more…)
WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri, who arrived in Macao on Saturday morning, worked out at The Venetian Macao’s gym. Algieri’s video diary tells his story in one minute and 16 seconds. Video courtesy of Top Rank.
Three thrilling new fights have been added to the highly anticipated UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON, due to take place on January 24 at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The hotly anticipated cruiserweight clash between Mateusz Masternak (33-2, 24 KOs) and Jean Marc Mormeck (37-5, 23 KOs) has been confirmed for December 5 at the Palais des Sports in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Masternak, who returns following the fourth-round stoppage of Ben Nsafoah, is ready to get his world title ambitions back on track when he travels to Hauts-de-Seine to face the legendary French cruiserweight on his home turf.
“Mormeck is a great boxer,” said Masternak. “He may have struggled at heavyweight but as a cruiserweight he is still very dangerous. I will need to be 100% prepared, but I believe in myself and I believe I can beat him. I have no fear of fighting in France. A boxing ring is a boxing ring no matter where in the world you are. I have fought away from home before and I know what to expect. This is a massive fight for me. If I win I will put myself back in the mix for a shot at a world title. But at the moment, I can’t risk looking past this fight. This is the most important fight of my career. It’s a fight I must win!”
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach as he winds down his training on Tuesday, of “Fight Week” for his upcoming championship fight against New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris “Real Rocky” Algieri.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.
Manny Paquiao charters flights to Macau for family, friends, for this weekend’s showdown with Chris Algieri. More
Amputees in San Antonio, Texas, will get a shot at the sweet science. More
Cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy remains in knockout form. More
More on Kellie Maloney’s surgical scare. More
Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime have been informed that WBO junior middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade is “unavailable” for his scheduled world title defense against Jermell Charlo on December 13 on Showtime Championship Boxing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. At this time, it is unclear whether Andrade vs. Charlo will be rescheduled for a later date. Discussions are ongoing, and additional details will be announced as soon as they are finalized. Word is Andrade wants more money.
The telecast will be headlined by the welterweight showdown between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander with a co-feature pitting Interim WBA Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman against undefeated challenger Leonard Bundu. Abner Mares and Victor Ortiz are also scheduled to appear on Dec. 13 in separate bouts. Additional details will be announced shortly.
Photo: Banner Promotions
Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) arrived in Moscow for his fight with former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) that will take place on November 28 at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.
The fight is promoted by Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and World of Boxing LLC
Provodnikov was joined by his team which includes manager Vadim Kornilov and trainer Marvin Somodio.
Iron Mike Productions continues their takeover of Friday night televised boxing this week with a beIN Sports-televised card from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Oklahoma.
“Hard Knocks At The Hard Rock” is headlined by local fan favorite and undefeated heavyweight prospect Wes “Cherokee Warrior” Nofire (15-0, 11 KOs) clashing with Ty “The Tyger” Cobb (18-5, 10 KOs). Co-featured is a 10-round welterweight clash between hot, undefeated Olympic 2008 Gold Medalist Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) and Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (13-2-2, 9 KOs) for the World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX title.
“This is our first event in Tulsa and I can’t wait to get there for this action packed card at the Hard Rock,” proclaimed promoter Mike Tyson. “From the next heavyweight world champion Wes ‘Cherokee Warrior’ Nofire to our two terrific world title bouts, the sports fans in Oklahoma are in for a sensational night of boxing.” (more…)
Mayweather Promotions and Showtime bring boxing fans a 154-pound world title showdown between WBA super welterweight titlist Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and former IBF junior middleweight world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) in the Friday, Dec. 12 installment of SHOWTIME BOXING Special Edition. “Lonestar Battle: Lara vs. Smith” is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and will take place at the Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Lara and Smith were originally scheduled to meet on May 2 in Las Vegas to kick-off Cinco de Mayo Weekend, but Lara withdrew from the fight to face Canelo Alvarez on July 12 on SHOWTIME PPV.
Also on the card is once-beaten super middleweight contender Badou Jack (17-1, 11 KOs) who will face Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas (12-3, 7 KOs) as he looks to climb back as a top contender in the 168-pound division. Additionally, and promising undefeated junior middleweight and Mayweather Promotions rising star Chris “Sweet” Pearson (11-0, 9 KOs) of Dayton, Ohio, who will take on once-beaten Steve “Hitman” Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., in the 10-round co-feature.
Tickets, priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday Nov.18 at noon CT and may be purchased by calling The Alamodome Box Office at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Unbeaten jr welterweight prospect John Karl Sosa (11-0, 6 KOs) was signed by Golden Boy Promotions and will fight on December 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the card topped by David Lemieux vs. Gabriel “King” Rosado. “Golden Boy Promotions was interested in signing John Karl Sosa in a while, but had not materialized, and although John Karl had fought in Golden Boy Promotions shows, now he will do it as a Golden Boy Promotions fighter on December 6 in New York,” said Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), the company representing Sosa in Puerto Rico. Sosa, who trains at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte in Caguas with veteran trainers Orlando Piñero and Alex Caraballo, is a 22 year old fighter who made his professional debut in 2012 and in January 2014 was selected along with also undefeated young boxers, Felix Verdejo and Emmanuel Rodriguez, as the three best Puerto Rican prospects right now by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) in a vote of boxing journalists. The young fighter was also chosen by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission as the 2012 Rookie of the Year and as the 2013 Most Improved Boxer.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
“Fight Week” officially began Monday night as boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao arrived at the Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China for his upcoming championship fight against New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris “Real Rocky” Algieri. Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum (R) and Sands China CEO Ed Tracy(L) greeted Pacman.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. More photos
Final Forum Boxing and The Gallery Studio Group, LLC, have announced that CBS Sports Network will televise its premiere “Ringside Red Carpet” Boxing Series on Saturday, December 13 at 8PM ET. Each two-hour live telecast will feature at least two fights. In the first event, NABO heavyweight champion Charles Martin is scheduled to defend his title. The opening bout will feature “Subway” boxer Mike Lee.
“Ringside Red Carpet will feature high level boxing, along with the spectacle and big-event feel to each event,” said promoter Sal Musumeci. “We are thrilled to have CBS Sports Network showcase the action to a national television audience.”
By Robert Coster
With impressive knockout victories over Vic Darchynian and Nonito Donaire this year, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axman” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) has sent a message to the boxing world: he is ready for stardom and ready for all comers in one of boxing’s most talent-filled divisions. Walters recently flew over from Panama, where he lives, to support a card in Haiti promoted by his manager Jacques Deschamps. Fightnews caught up with the Axman to talk about his great year and what lays ahead in 2015.
Champ, your comments on this year that is finishing?
I got the much needed exposure that I needed. Two great fights on HBO and fighting for the first time in the United States for a world title, something I dreamed of as a kid in Jamaica.
When you beat Donaire and the referee raised your hand, what was going through your mind at that precise moment?
Even though I was confident of victory before the fight, when the ref raised my hand as the winner, it dawned on me that I had just beaten a fighter I so greatly admired when I was fighting six and eight rounders in Panama. I mean, Nonito Donaire was one of my idols. I think the same thing happened to Larry Holmes when he faced Muhammad Ali. You just think ‘Wow, this is so big!’ By the way, Nonito is not only a great boxer, he’s a great gentleman, a model for me. (more…)
Kellie Maloney, formerly known as boxing promoter Frank Maloney, reportedly stopped breathing for more than an hour and was kept alive by a respirator during facial reconstruction surgery 11 days ago in Belgium. According to a Daily Mail report, doctors have now deemed it too dangerous to go through with Maloney’s final sex change operation scheduled for January and Maloney is currently “in utter turmoil.”
By Matt Thompson
In boxing, a belt is not an accessory but an identity. Once a career is over, success is not measured in a win/loss record, money in the bank, magazine covers or possessions but in how many world titles were collected. Ever since Tijuana’s Kenia Enriquez (12-0, 6 KO) laced up the gloves at the tender age of thirteen the dream has been the same.
To capture the world title.
Things since then might have changed, different trainers, different gyms, different scenery but the goal has never changed. This Friday, November 21st, after two years and twelve fights as a professional Enriquez gets her first opportunity for a world title when she faces the much more experienced Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola (20-10-3, 13KO) of Mexico City for the vacant World Boxing Organization female flyweight title in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. The bout is presented by her promoter Bobby D. Presents in association with Zanfer. (more…)
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris “Real Rocky” Algieri meets with Venetian Macao team members during Monday of “Fight Week” for his upcoming championship fight against Superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.
By Joe Koizumi
We, in Japan, will see at least eight world title bouts from now until the end of this year. All of them are so worth watching that our aficionados are now considering which to buy tickets of and which to watch on television. The highly sensational cards are as follows:
November 22, Yokohama
WBC super-featherweight title bout
Takashi Miura (Japan) vs. Edgar Puerta (Mexico)
WBC flyweight title bout
Roman Gonzalez (Nicaragua) vs. Rocky Fuentes (Philippines)
December 30, Tokyo
WBO junior bantamweight title bout
Omar Narvaez (Argentina) vs. Naoya Inoue (Japan)
WBC title bout for the vacant light-flyweight championship
Pedro Guevarra (Mexico) vs. Akira Yaegashi (Japan)
WBC title bout for the vacant lightweight championship
Jorge Linares (Venezuela/Japan) vs. Javier Pierto (Mexico)
Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (Japan) vs. Jessie Nicklow (US)
December 31, Tokyo
WBA super-featherweight title bout
Takashi Uchiyama (Japan) vs. Israel Perez (Argentina)
WBA super-flyweight title bout
Kohei Kono (Japan) vs. Norberto Jimenez (Dominican Republic)
WBA light-flyweight title bout
Alberto Rossel (Peru) vs. Ryoichi Taguchi (Japan)
Furthermore, it is said there will be another press conference this week that another world title bout may be added to this tight schedule for our press people. Never say “No Mas” as our free TV watchers whole-heartedly welcome many world title bouts happening in the end of the year.
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
It is not often that the hometown fighter gets booed and the out-of-towner gets the cheers in boxing, but the crowd last night at the McKernan Sports Center in the Chavez Promotions card in Albuquerque, NM was outraged at the unsportsmanlike conduct of Las Vegas’ Arturo Crespin.
Fortunately, the judges sided for the calm and composed Colorado Springs fighter Louishomme after eight bloody rounds giving him the ‘W’ with scores of 67-64 and 66-65 twice. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
The expansive parking lot of the Golden Lion Casino in Mexicali, Mexico, was the venue for a IBF Latino lightweight title fight presented by Tijuana former world champion Antonio Margarito’s TM Boxing and newcomer Desquer Boxing where hometown favorite Armando “Chato” Robles (28-3-2, 15KO) had his hands full but still was able to dominate the tough as nails Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (19-7-2, 11KO) of Tijuana, Mexico, over twelve very entertaining championship rounds.
Robles gradually has been dropping the pounds as he has fought as high as welterweight but now campaigning in the 135 pound division while Estrella, who began his career at featherweight, has fought mostly in the 130-135 pound range.
Estrella never stopped looking for the fight but Robles was just to busy, throwing an unnatural number of punches from every angle and configuration. Robles main focus was the body as he landed hard punches to the body of Estrella while the Tijuana fighter looked to counter. (more…)
Pulev hospital visit reveals concussion but no serious injury, Klitschko looking at March or April return
By James Slater
Brave but brutally KO’d world heavyweight title challenger Kubrat Pulev was, by way of precautionary measures, taken to the hospital in the early morning hours after his 5th-round knockout, multi-knockdown loss to the heavy hands of Wladimir Klitschko last night, and thankfully the Bulgarian warrior suffered no serious injuries. “We were at the hospital until 2.30 [A.M] There is nothing broken, the CT (computed tomography) was unremarkable. No bleeding in the brain, only a slight concussion,” Chris Meyer of Sauerland told German newspaper BILD. Pulev will reportedly head for home in Sofia soon.
As for Klitschko and his future plans, Wladimir’s manager Bernd Boente told Sportbox that the champ will likely return in March or April, again boxing in Germany. “The candidates include Bryant Jennings and the winner of the fight between WBC champion Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder,” Boente said. “This is our primary goal: to return the WBC belt to the Klitschko family.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
On October 27, 2012, Tony “Mo Better” Jeter of Stevensville, MD defeated Great Falls, VA’s Jimmy Lange by split decision in a fierce 10-round contest at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA that was one of the most controversial bouts seen in the Washington area in many years. Jeter won the contest despite having four points taken from him and suffering a knockdown.
On Saturday night, the two men met again at the Patriot Center in a rematch that was much less controversial but just as fierce. The outcome, however, was the same. Jeter defeated Lange once again, this time by 10-round majority decision to capture the NABA USA Middleweight title. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Cruiserweight Youri Kalenga (21-1 14KO) travelled to North America for the first time and successfully defended his WBA interim title, scoring a TKO victory at 1:52 of the twelfth and final round over a game but over-powered Denton Daley (12-1 6KO) who suffered his first career defeat on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Kalenga, well nicknamed “El Toro” charging after the hometown fighter, often missing his mark with wide shots but still doing damage along the way, storming forward and making the ring sound Pamplona Spain and the running of the bulls.
“Youri’s a strong guy,” Daley told Fightnews after the fight. “I just felt I was down on the scorecards and I had to gamble towards the end. When you run off of someone else’s pace you often end up getting caught and feel that’s what happened to me out there.” (more…)
Report, photo and video by Tony Mayger
In the super-middle division, 2014 will be remembered for the world title domestic doublepack between Carl Froch and George Groves but 2015 is shaping up to be all about another British super middleweight who has waited patiently in the wings, having now worked his way up into world title contention, James Degale (19-1-0).
The 28-year old Londoner will come up against highly rated Mexican Marco Antonio Periban (20-2-1) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this weekend, putting at risk his IBF mandatory status in the process. It’s a must win fight and although Degale is clear about the risk, he’s confident about coming through unscathed. “If I’m not going to beat people like Periban, I’m not as good as I think I am” Degale told Fightnews at his gym in Essex last month. (more…)
Just one day after arriving in Macao, undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri resumed his promotional roadwork for the biggest fight of his professional life – challenging Fighter of the Decade and reigning WBO welterweight champion Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. On a busy Sunday in the St. Mark’s Square section of the Shoppes at Venetian, Algieri made a public appearance where was greeted by hundreds of fans, posed for photos and answered questions about his career and this Saturday’s battle with Pacquiao.
“With one million square feet of retail space and over 350 stores at the Shoppes at Venetian I think I can get in my daily roadwork and my Christmas shopping, all at the same time,” said Algieri to the delight of fans and shop owners alike. “I love Macao. It was great during my last visit on the promotional tour and it is even better this time. I am glad to be able to spend more time here. (more…)
By James Slater
Retired great Lennox Lewis is still a keen observer of the happenings in the weight class he once ruled, and Lewis watched last night’s world title defence by Wladimir Klitschko, who crushed a game Kubrat Pulev in the 5th-round of an exciting fight. It seems fair to say, however, that Lewis was not overly impressed with the latest win by “Dr. Steel Hammer” – at least this is how Lennox’ Twitter message reads:
Was Pulev a mere bruiser? Okay, he was outclassed by Klitschko and the challenger didn’t show too much skill. But then, the IBF number-one was almost iced in the very first round, with only sheer heart keeping Pulev in the fight. The kind of punches Pulev took in that torrid session can take anyone out of their game, no matter what it is. And which fighters are the best the division has to offer? Klitschko has seen off just about each and every capable challenger, with the exception of the hard-hitting Deontay Wilder, current WBC champ Bermane Stiverne and the British pairing of Tyson Fury and Dereck Chicora (who meet in a return later this month). (more…)
Eight fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the UFC 180 post-fight press conference: Alejandro Perez, Augusto Montano, Kelvin Gastelum, Fabricio Werdum, Mark Hunt, Ricardo Lamas, Hector Urbina, and Jessica Eye . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Shamus Young at ringside
Super Middleweight Mike Gavronski earned a ten round unanimous decision over Gerardo Ibarra Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. It was a close fight that was difficult to score because of the contrast in styles. Gavronski consistently moved his hands but many of the punches were slapping or chopping blows without much power. Ibarra landed the more meaningful punches throughout the fight, but at a much slower rate than his opponent. The judges favored Gavronski’s high work rate for a unanimous decision of 96-93 and 97-94 twice. Fightnews had it 95-95. With the win, Gavronski’s record is 15-1-1, and Ibarra’s 14-1-0. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: World Boxing Council (WBC)
Rebounding from his first career loss against WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford, former three division world champion Yuriorkas Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Joel Montes de Oca (18-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Gamboa dropped Montes de Oca in both rounds five aand six. Montes de Oca was deemed unable to continue after the second knockdown. Time was 1:13.
Former world champion Cristian Mijares (51-8-2, 25 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Lester Medrano (14-3-1, 9 KOs) in the main event. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 99-91.
Erica Anabella Farias (21-1, 10 KOs) won a split decision over Alejandra Marina Oliveras (31-3-2, 16 KOs) to claim the WBC female super lightweight title. Scores were 99-92, 97-94 for Farias, 97-94 for Oliveras. photos
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