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By Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com
IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) makes his first defense this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against the #14 IBF contender Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs). The Molina-Charlo showdown is a televised bout of the “Toe to Toe” pay-per-event featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) going toe-to-toe with Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs). This is Molina’s second consecutive appearance on the undercard of a Canelo PPV. Back in September, Molina captured the IBF crown from Ishe Smith when Canelo faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. (more…)
Camps of Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. target a July date. More
Nigerian Helen Joseph gets a shot at a title in April. More
Omaha, Nebraska, honors Terence Crawford, the first Nebraskan in 100 years to bring home a boxing title. More
Dave Penalosa gets his toughest test this month in the Philippines. More
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unheralded underdog Takahiro Hosokawa (25-10-3, 8 KOs), 154, very astoundingly upset prohibitive favorite, five-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (45-9-2, 32 KOs), 154, to capture the Japanese super-welterweight belt by a majority but well-received decision (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) before the stunned crowd on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The elongated defending champ, 37, looked sluggish, slow and stale from the outset only to be outhustled by the 29-year-old challenger who probably no one expected to draw such an upset and win the belt. Unfortunate was Yuba suffered a bad laceration on the forehead with which his face was covered with crimson from the fifth onward. The six-footer had the shorter but stocky Hosokawa reeling to the ropes with a vicious uppercut in the closing seconds of round nine, but couldn’t finish him to tide the turn then and there. Yuba, who had conquered the national light through middle belts, looked like another person than previously only to be battered by the game and gallant warrior. Yuba now lost his national belt for the fifth time and seemed fluctuating in good and bad form, but Yuba of this night looked most terrible in his career, frequently losing the balance to slip down by himself. Though not vastly talented as Yuba, Hosokawa’s long and steady effort paid off. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
A female tripleheader with world belts on the line took place on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (15-0-1, 5 KOs), 101.75, registered her thirteenth defense as she finely stopped #10 Angor Onesongchaigym (5-1, 3 KOs), 102, at 1:43 of the ninth round in a scheduled ten. Koseki, a busy-punching southpaw, overwhelmed the less experienced Thailander from the outset and accelerated her attack to prompt the referee’s intervention. Koseki tied the Japanese record of former WBA junior flyweight champ Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen defenses, though she politely said, “The value of record is different from Mr. Gushiken’s great mark.” Gushiken, before the bout, kindly called Koseki to encourage her with warm words, which greatly motivated the 31-year-old gal champ. (more…)
WBA International welterweight beltholder Luis Collazo, coming off of his impressive Jan. 30 knockout win over Victor Ortiz at Barclays Center and recently signed with adviser Al Haymon, has called out Amir Khan. “I definitely proved that I should be considered part of the top tier of the welterweight division when I beat Victor Ortiz,” said Collazo. “Another name that has been a part of that conversation for a long time is Amir Khan and I know that a fight against him would be huge for both of us and huge for the fans. Khan wants a shot at Floyd Mayweather and so do I. It could be a sort of welterweight playoff that would get the boxing world talking. And mark my words, I will knock Khan out like I did against Ortiz.”
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime
Mexican boxing superstar and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs), hard-hitting countryman Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) and pay-per-view undercard fighters worked out in front of a throng of media and adoring fans on Wednesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena lobby. Below is what Canelo and Angulo said at the workouts:
Alfredo Angulo: I’m ready to chase him or fight him like a true Mexican warrior. I plan to test him like he’s never been tested before. I don’t think anyone has ever hit Canelo as hard as I’m going to hit him. I’m totally relaxed and confident. Camp was amazing and I am in unbelievably great shape. There were a couple times when I was in the immigration detention center (January-August 2012) that I wanted to quit. But my team of lawyers always motivated me, wouldn’t let me stay down for too long and kept telling me that justice would prevail and that I shouldn’t give up. I always dreamed of being a headliner on a major card, and here it is. I am so ready for Saturday.
Canelo Alvarez: Angulo presents a difficult challenge because he’s a fighter who can punch and take a great punch. I know I have to prepare and establish my game plan early. But you know how it can be with game plans. Sometimes, once a fight starts, you have to do what you have to do win and that’s what I am going to do on Saturday. Obviously a knockout would be beautiful; that’s what the fans like, an impressive knockout. But I never go into a fight looking for knockout. If it comes, it comes. Everyone says Angulo is the stronger guy, but I think I’m the strongest.
Fro the ninth straight time, current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather will fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets for Mayweather’s May 3 PPV fight against WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana go on sale Saturday at 10AM. Tickets will be priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $550 and $350 and are limited to eight per person, with the exception of the cheapest seats ($350) which have a limit of two.
Antonio Tarver has just been released from a Florida jail … and tells TMZ Sports he plans to hit the gym tomorrow to restart his boxing career so he can pay back his $200,000 debt. Tarver was locked up in FL on a warrant from Nevada — stemming from allegations he never repaid the Wynn Las Vegas on a $200,000 gambling marker from a 2012 gambling binge. But Wednesday evening, Tarver says famed boxing manager Al Haymon spotted him the cash to post bail — and he was released from the Pinellas County Jail. We confirmed Tarver has been released.
When we spoke with Tarver, the 45-year-old insinuated that Haymon ALSO spotted him the cash to repay the entire $200k debt to Wynn. “It was a debt that I had,” Tarver admits … “a hiccup in the road.” Tarver says he’s hard up for cash — and hasn’t “made a dime in two years” — but vows to repay his debt to Haymon with his fists.
“With Al, it’s all about friendship first … I’m gonna pay him back by becoming the next heavyweight champion.” Antonio — who fought back in November (and won) — says he plans to hit the boxing gym first thing Thursday morning. Stay tuned …
With original opponent Isaac Vallie-Flagg now meeting Takanori Gomi at UFC 172 on April 26, Danny “Last Call” Castillo will have a new dance partner in Baltimore, as he squares off with Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman in a lightweight matchup verbally agreed to Wednesday. Winner of five of his last seven bouts, Castillo is coming off an exciting three rounder with Edson Barboza last December that resulted in a majority decision defeat, but a Fight of the Night bonus as well. Against fellow wrestler Brenneman, who has won four of five since a 2012 loss to Kyle Noke, he will seek a return to the win column.
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Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will present the second installment of the spring series on March 21, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event WBO Latin super flyweight champion Mathew “Mantequilla” Villanueva (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Burbank, California via Puerto Rico will be making his second defense of his title against WBO Youth champion David “Severo” Cardona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) of Mexico DF, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with Villanueva’s title at stake. This will be Villanueva’s second bout at A La Carte where he stopped local undefeated prospect Daniel Lozano in the last season. This will also be Carmona’s third. (more…)
German Boxing Federation President Thomas Putz told BILD that the WBO will suspend judge Paul Thomas for six months due to his scoring in last Saturday’s WBO super middleweight championship bout between Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham. Thomas, who has turned in a number of controversial scores in the past, scored the bout 115-110 for Abraham. Judge Clark Sammartino scored it similarly at 114-111 for Abraham and judge Michael Pernick had it 113-112 for Stieglitz. The Stieglitz camp claimed robbery after the fight. There will be no WBO “review” of the fight, but Stieglitz will be placed high in the ratings with the possibility of quickly becoming mandatory challenger, this setting up a fourth showdown with Abraham.
As reported last week by Fightnews.com, welterweight Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) will step in in place of Erik Morales against Jorge “Maromerito” Páez (37-4-1, 22 KOs) on March 22 in the Arena Monterrey. The bout will be a ten-rounder. In the co-feature, WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) faces local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2-0, 9 KOs).
Unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and challenger Mauricio Herrera hosted an international media conference call in advance of their March 15 Showtime bout at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Danny Garcia: I’m really excited about fighting in Puerto Rico, it has always been a dream of mine….I’ve never fought in an arena where every single fan is mine. March 15th is going to be very special and I will deliver….I’ve done what I had to do in the gym and now its time to go in on March 15 and show my fans I’m one of the best in the world….I know Herrera wants to be a champion, but he’s not going to show me anything different than I already know.
Mauricio Herrera: Danny Garcia is going to have some pressure fighting Puerto Rico and I’ll have to use that to my advantage….I throw a lot of punches and use the jab very well. I don’t think Garcia is used to seeing that. Defense is the main key.
By James Slater
Today in the city of Manchester, promoter Eddie Hearn held a press conference to announce his April 19th card set for The Phones 4U Arena. The bill will be topped by Scott Quigg defending his WBA super-bantamweight title against Nehomar Cermeno, yet the chief supporting fight between lightweights Anthony Crolla and John Murray – which was made official today – could well prove to be the fight of the night. Already, fans – those in Manchester in particular – are excited about this potential thriller. The fight will contest Crolla’s WBO inter-continental title, but this one will really be all about bragging rights. (more…)
After snaring British, Commonwealth and WBA/WBO Intercontinental belts plus world rankings with all four major sanctioning bodies at super flyweight, Paul Butler storms the 118lb bantamweight division this weekend. It’s a gamble that he believes will culminate in a world title shot. The 25-year-old ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Butler (14-0, 7 KOs) squares off against little known Argentine Oreste Bernebe Nieva (15-2-2, 6 KOs) at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday night,in what could prove a dry run to a huge domestic showdown with Darlington’s IBF bantam boss Stuey Hall later in the year.
“At the very lightest weights it’s far harder for British fighters to get to world level,” said Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren, who has managed and promoted Butler throughout his entire pro career. “In some divisions, you can be the best in Europe yet not in the top 30 in the world. They’ve got to be extra, extra special because all the competition is over in Latin America and south-east Asia. The fighters from those regions come from seriously hungry backgrounds where there’s no welfare state and they have to win just to eat and survive. (more…)
Heavyweight Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr returns April 12 in the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. The opponent is TBA. “I have promise WBC President Jose Sulaiman that I will champion. At the beginning of the year Don Jose died unfortunately, but I will continue to fight for him and win the title in his honor,” said Charr. The fight on April 12 is my next step on the road to the world title!”
Currently Charr is rated WBC #6. With his next victory he hopes to move into the top three and hopes to challenge the Stiverne-Arrela winner for the WBC title by the end of the year.
As hundreds of fans and media stood in lines that stretched from the sidewalk outside the main doors to the make-shift ring inside the lobby of MGM Grand in Las Vegas, popular Mexican boxing superstar and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) and his opponent Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) made their official entry into the hotel Tuesday afternoon. Both boxers signed autographs, posed for photos and completed press interviews. They collide Saturday night in a PPV showdown in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alfredo Angulo: Every fight is important, but this one is more special because all of the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the #1 Mexican fighter. It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for Canelo and me. Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night. My hand will be raised. I’m ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday. Amir [Khan] and Andre [Ward] told me that I’m ready. They told me this is my time.
Canelo Alvarez: I had a very relaxed camp, but, at the same time, I was very anxious to get back in the ring. More than the style difference [between Mayweather and Angulo], I’m just happy to be back in the ring. It’s a tough fight, but I’m very confident. I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I’m ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before. This is what I love to do. I live to fight and we’re ready for Saturday. I’m fully concentrated on this fight. What happened in September is in the past. I’m focused on Saturday and Angulo. I’m here for the fans. That’s what I fight for.
Tony Bellew is under no illusions as to the task ahead of him as he prepares to make his bow at cruiserweight when he takes on Valery Brudov at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 15. ‘The Bomber’ moves up in weight on the back of a sixth-round stoppage defeat to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title in November, and now wants to work his way to a World title shot at a weight he had been considering fighting at for some time.
“I am ranked number seven with the WBC at Cruiserweight already,” said Bellew. “I am coming into an exciting division with established World champions and I am hoping to make my mark in this division. My two goals in boxing are to earn a living for me and my kids, and to become a World champion. I will go in with Valery Brudov, who has had 45 fights and 41 wins, 28 by knockout – he has had more knockouts than I have had fights. He has a good record, he is a good fighter, and this is a dangerous fight, make no mistake. But if I am going to be anything in the Cruiserweight division I have to beat this guy and look good beating him. It is a test, and it should let me and everybody else know where I am in the cruiserweight division. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In Mexico City at the WBC’s weekly “Tuesday Coffee” with reporters, it was confirmed that the fight for the WBC interim middleweight world title between Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and Domenico Spada will take place Saturday, April 5th in Delicias, Chihuahua in Mexico on an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast of Televisa. Rubio was on hand for the announcement of the fight made by Oswaldo Küchle, president of Promociones del Pueblo, as well as the Mayor of Delicias Jaime Beltrán del Río. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presided. Rubio will now resume his preparation in Oxnard, California with trainer Robert Garcia.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will face Italian Mirko Larghetti on March 29 at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. Larghetti is 20-0, 12 KOs and currently holds the EBU-EU belt. He is rated #12 by the WBO. Huck, who last fought January 25 against Firat Arslan, replaced IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the headliner when Hernandez was sidelined with a stomach ailment. “Mo problem,” said ‘Kapt’n Huck.’ “I’m preparing diligently with my trainer Ulli Wegner in Kienbaum. As a champion I have to face the strongest challengers – always!”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Rene Perez
Fightnews.com caught up with WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico in the final phase of his training camp as he geared up for Saturday’s fight against former world champion Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Santa Cruz-Mijares will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime Pay per-view. We caught up with the champion at his headquarters, the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in the City of Industry, California. Santa Cruz talked about his training camp, the super bantamweight division, and his upcoming fight with Mijares. (more…)
The UFC’s return to London this weekend isn’t just marked by a card filled with top European fighters, but it could also determine the future of the light heavyweight division contenders’ race based solely on the main event . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Don King talks to CNN: More
“I don’t want any more excuses,” says Carl Froch of his upcoming rematch with George Groves. More
With 51 straight defeats, “Rockin” Robin Deakin has been labled Britain’s worst boxer. “I’ve been a human punch bag,” admits Deakin. More
Australian heavyweight contender Alex Leapai is looking for redemption in challenging Wladimir Klitschko. More
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Internationally renowned comedian Will Ferrell outbid everyone at his own charity auction, paying an astounding $24,000 for two ringside seats to the WBO welterweight championship between undefeated defending champion Tim Bradley and Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao. Bradley took time off from training to assist in auctioning off the prized ducats along with #2 world-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, Actor Kevin Spacey and #3 world-ranked tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka. The auction took place today in Palm Springs, Calif. at Ferrell’s Desert Smash tournament, benefitting Cancer for College, which has been providing hope and inspiration to cancer survivors by providing college scholarships since 1993.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV., and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. photos
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo and undercard fighters made their “grand arrivals” on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby in Las Vegas. photos
On Saturday afternoon, April 19th, Scott Quigg will make the 3rd defense of the WBA Super Bantamweight title when he takes on number-one contender and interim champion, Nehomar Cermeno in a 12 round bout that will be televised LIVE on AWE beginning at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific. Boxing fans across the United States can enjoy this world championship bout live via the PlayStation®3 system via the Sony Entertainment Network Live Events Viewer. The price is $9.95 for approximately three hours of world class boxing which includes the Quigg – Cermeno main event. PS3 viewers may subscribe early to the event. The fight will originate from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
“This is a terrific fight between a world champion in Quigg and the interim champion in Cermeno,”said AWE President Charles Herring. “Quigg was very impressive on AWE back in November and he will look to stay undefeated against Cermeno who brings in a ton of experience.” (more…)
In addition to the recently announced lightweight battle between Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 13 KOs), older brother of Canelo and hard-hitting Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs), of Cancun, Mexico, the March 8 undercard for “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” will feature five more bouts for those in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In a junior lightweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds, unbeaten Australian star “Wild” Will Tomlinson makes his United States debut against Texas’ Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes. Plus, two more rising stars from the 130-pound weight class face off when Mexico City’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas battles Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto. 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr. takes on Jovany “El Cepillo” Fuentes in an eight-round super bantamweight bout preceded by a six-round junior welterweight bout starring unbeaten Keandre Gibson against Antonio “Tony” Wong. In the opening match on March 8, Australian prospect Steve Lovett faces an opponent to be announced in a six-round light heavyweight contest.
Per Nielsen Media Research:
Individual bout details:
Salido vs. Lomachenko: 1,017,000 viewers. That’s 30% above Salido’s last HBO bout vs. M. Garcia on 1/19/13.
Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II: 1,390,000 viewers. The top performing bout of a very young 2014 boxing season. It’s on par with Chavez Jr. vs. Vera I , which attracted 1,416,000 viewers. Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II peaked at 1,531,000 viewers Saturday night on HBO.
By James Slater
WBA/IBF super-middleweight ruler Carl Froch was the betting favorite to defeat George Groves going into their first meeting back in November, and “The Cobra” is a slight favorite to defeat Groves again when they meet on May 31st at Wembley. Froch had an incredibly tough fight on his hands in November, coming out on top via a controversial/premature 9th-round TKO. And Groves is talking big going into the rematch, claming he will stop Froch this time around. Still, Ladbrokes have Froch as a repeat winner with the following odds currently available:
Froch 8/13 (-163)
Groves 11/8 (+138)
Froch by KO, TKO or DQ 6/5 (+120)
Groves by KO, TKO or DQ 7/2 (+350)
Froch by decision 7/2 (+350)
Groves by decision 10/3 (+333)
Draw 25/1 (+2500)
A full week of open-to-the-public Canelo-Angulo pre-fight activities will kick off today in Las Vegas with fighter arrivals at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Undercard fighters are scheduled to start arriving at 1PM, with main event fighters Alfredo Angulo scheduled to arrive at 1:45 p.m. and Canelo Alvarez scheduled to arrive at 2PM.
On Wednesday there will be fighter workouts in the MGM Grand Garden Arena Lobby (immediately outside of arena entrance). The workout will run from 11AM to 2PM with Angulo scheduled to work out at noon and Canelo scheduled to work out at 1PM.
On Friday, the official weigh-ins will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 1PM with fighters scheduled to be on the scale at 3PM.
By Boxing Bob Newman
A triumphant Derek “Black Lion” Edwards was the only fighter to attend the post fight press conference after the Shobox telecast last Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Edwards spoke on his upset win over Badou Jack, thus scuttling Jack’s anticipated WBC eliminator showdown with the U.K.’s James DeGale to determine the next mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Mexican boxing promoter Pepe Gomez will arrive today in Tabasco, Mexico to meet with government officials to explore the possibility of staging the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) in Villahermosa. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman may also be present at the meeting. If finalized, this would be the third world heavyweight championship fight to be held in Latin America.
By Jeff Zimmerman
After 10 fights in the last two years, crowd pleasing super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) makes his 2014 debut Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Forth Worth, Texas as the headliner for Paulie Ayala’s first show of the new year. Clarkson will be fighting journeyman William Johnson (10-34-2-3) out of Sardis, Mississippi. Clarkson brings lots of excitement whenever he fights and loves to get under his opponent’s skin during pre-fight activities. He’s typically a fast starter and will look for the knockout early, although in his 2 losses, one to savvy veteran Don Mouton and the other to tough Jas Phipps, he tired late and suffered devastating losses. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A quick night of boxing was enjoyed by a brave crowd on a rainy Saturday night in downtown Tijuana when former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales and his company PM Promotions put on an eight-bout fight cards with every match up made of four rounders. In the main event, popular rookie heavyweight Sergio “Tota” Ramirez (3-0, 2KOs) battered the almost morbidly overweight Giovanni “Tambito Azteca” Gonzalez (0-2) for three straight minutes to force him to stay on his stool at the onset of the second round of a scheduled four.
The much taller Ramirez had no trouble scoring against Gonzalez who not only was much bigger than him but shorter and with not as much technical talent. Ramirez had no trouble scoring to the body of Gonzalez and near the end of the first hurt him with a big right. Gonzalez was smart enough to hold on and survive until the end of the round.
When the minute rest between rounds was over, Gonzalez opted to stay seated and waited for referee Juan Jose Ramirez to get to the end of the ten-count. (more…)
The rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and George Groves will apparently land in London’s 80,000-seat Wembley Stadium. The bout takes place May 31 and HBO has already committed to televising the bout live in the United States. Froch-Groves I ended controversially with a quick stoppage by referee Howard Foster and the IBF ordered an immediate rematch.
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