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Toughest test or not, oddsmakers have established unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin as a huge -800 favorite to defeat two-time world title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin when they collide Saturday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Macklin backers can get +500. HBO will televise.
In other action this weekend, former Golovkin opponent Grzegorz Proksa is a -200 pick to defeat ex-world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora in a middleweight clash on Friday at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Mora is at +163. ESPN2 will televise.
Also, two-division former world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman is a healthy -550 to defeat Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera for the interim WBA jr welterweight title fight on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Mosquera is +350. Telemundo will televise.
Odds from bet365.com.
WBO Light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly is gearing up for his title defense against challenger Sergey Kovalev. More at WalesOnline.co.uk
Trainer Nacho Beristain is ruling out a final Pacman-Marquez showdown. More
The Manila Standard Today calls it a “distressing trend of over-matched Filipino boxers.” The latest saw three more Filipinos KO’d. More
Report and photos by Eric ‘Suga Foot’ Duran
On a cloudy but beautiful Saturday in Southwest Denver, Duran Hill and Sting Like a Bee Promotions presented a three-bout boxing event at PT’S Showclub. In the main event, the skilled and highly talented, Manny Lopez returned to action following his audition for Top Rank. Unfortunately, he was in against an over-matched opponent in Lance Dickelman. Lopez, a mere 15 seconds in, crushed Dickelman with an overhand right, sending the Wyoming native crashing to the canvas. Dickelman rose on unsteady legs but in hindsight, he should have just taken the 10 count. Moments later, Lopez landed a devastating four-punch combination, the last two landing on an already dazed and confused Dickelman. Lopez, who improves to 3-0, 3 KOs, is tremendously skilled and has all the tools; he is a fighter who local fans and prospect watchers need to keep an eye on.
In the co-main event, El Paso’s Jennifer Han, sister of Top Rank prospect Abie Han, won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Connecticut’s Karen Dulin. Han showed a crisp jab and great footwork. “I ask a lot of Jennifer and we hope to make some noise real soon,” was the comment from trainer Luigi Olcese. All three judges scored the fight 80-72. Han improves 9-2-1 while Dulin drops to 2-13. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
The press tour for the September 14 Floyd Mayweather – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout landed in the Nation’s Capitol Washington, DC on Tuesday and hundreds lined the block around the historic Howard Theatre to greet them.
The recently refurbished venue which dates back to 1910 and has had some of the greats in music and entertainment grace its stage, showcased two of the major stars of boxing. The crowd was vocal in their support of both fighters. Mayweather paid homage to DC by hitting the stage to the tune of “Run Joe,” a song familiar to Washingtonians because it was performed by the late “Godfather of Go-Go,” Chuck Brown.
Prior to the main event of the afternoon, both fighters sat down with members of the press in a storage room converted into a media center. Alvarez walked in first and talked primarily about being confident for the bout. When asked what will give him the edge in the contest, Alvarez said it will come down to who wants it more. (more…)
Photos: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment
Earlier this afternoon, top-rated middleweight contender and former two-time world title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin held an open media workout at The Trinity Boxing Club in downtown Manhattan ahead of his much anticipated world championship clash this Saturday, June 29, 2013 against (World Boxing Association / International Boxing Organization) WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The Golovkin/Macklin bout is presented by K2 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will be televised live on HBO beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. Macklin looked to be in tremendous shape, having kept himself just 2 lbs. over the 160 lb. limit for the past three weeks, and was all smiles and oozing with confidence ahead of the championship clash this Saturday. (more…)
It’s official. Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City’s newest and largest casino resort, will host the middleweight showdown between IBF titleholder Daniel Geale (29-1, 15KOs) and #6 rated contender from the UK Darren Barker (25-1, 16KOs) on August 17th. Gary Shaw Productions in association with Grange Old School Boxing, and Matchroom Boxing, will promote the event which will be televised live on HBO. This is the first time a boxing event will take place at Revel Casino-Hotel since its grand opening in May of last year. “You know how amazing it will be to break in a venue like Revel with an HBO tripleheader,” said Shaw. “I mean that is one heck of a way to open up boxing at any kind of first class hotel and casino. We’re excited for the card, but now we get the chance to do it at a quality location. I’ve been to Revel and I can tell you that everything about this place screams boxing, action, and total entertainment.” The other two bouts on the tripleheader are TBA. Tickets prices start at $30 and go on sale Thursday, June 27th at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
It will be a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico showdown when Gamalier Rodriguez defends his NABO featherweight championship against Jorge Pazos in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Aug. 10, in the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The Rodriguez-Pazos contest will be on Solo Boxeo Tecate, aired on UniMas. It headlines a seven-bout card. First live fight at 7 pm.
Rodriguez, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will be making the first defense of the title he won May 18 when he knocked out Alicio Castaneda, of Galveston, TX, in three rounds in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. A pro since 2006, the 26-year-old Rodriguez has a record of 21-2-3, 15 K0s. He has not lost a fight in four years, going 13-0-1, 11 K0s, in that streak. Rodriguez (right) has boxed once in Nevada, twice in California, 10 times in the Dominican Republic and 13 times in Puerto Rico. The Aug. 10 fight will mark his East Coast debut.
Pazos, 24, of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, is coming off a 12-round points loss last Oct. 19 to Orlando Cruz, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in Kissimmee, FL, for the WBO Latino featherweight championship. A pro since 2000, Pazos has a record of 19-5-1, 13 K0s. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Dowayne Combrink won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when he stopped Sylvester Zaki in their rematch on Monday night. The toe-to-toe battle at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park ended after 1 minute 25 seconds of the sixth round. It was sweet revenge for Combrink (72.16 kg) after Zaki (71.48) had won their first fight on points. But Combrink was lucky not to be disqualified early in the first round when he dropped Zaki with a vicious right to the body and then followed up with a shot to the head while Zaki was on his knees. Referee Wally Snowball would have been well within in his rights to disqualify Combrink but merely warned him after allowing Zaki to recover. The plucky Zaki did well to come back in the second round as the fight developed into a slugfest, with the bigger and taller Combrink having the edge. Early in the sixth round a series of punches to the head dropped the tiring Zaki to his knees. He beat the count but another onslaught persuaded the referee to stop the fight. Combrink improved his record to 6-1-1, with one win inside the distance. Zaki dropped to 10-6; 4. (more…)
Joe Calzaghe thinks Carl Froch will have a very difficult time if he fails to adapt in Andre Ward rematch
By James Slater
Welsh legend, the never beaten Joe Calzaghe has given his early thoughts on what might happen if Carl Froch again faces the gifted Andre Ward. Froch promoter Eddie Hearn recently stated that he feels the rematch of the December 2011 fight that Ward won on points will likely happen next spring in the U.K. And Calzaghe, who walked away from boxing an all-time great at 46-0 told Sky Sports how he feels Froch will have a tough time simply because “The Cobra” is unable to adapt.
“Very difficult because I don’t think Carl can adapt,” Calzaghe said when asked if Froch can avenge his loss to the unbeaten American. “I think Carl fights one way and that’s that. Some fighters can’t adapt much and I think a good boxer always beats a good fighter. I think he’s an exceptional fighter, Andre Ward. (more…)
Everything is set to go for All Star Boxing second installment of their Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford summer series this Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the main event Joan Guzman, (33-1-1, 20 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic a former WBO and IBF world champion will face former WBA world champion Vicente Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) of Panama City, Panama in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds for the World Boxing Association interim Jr. Welterweight championship.
WBO #1 featherweight contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will not fight on the card as he will fully concentrate on his world title challenge against Orlando Salido for which the WBO ordered for it to happen in 90 days, negotiations are underway.
The official weigh-in will be on Thursday, June 27 at 5 PM at the Kissimmee Civic Center and is open to the public.
Six more fights scheduled. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise both starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show. The Guzman-Mosquera bout is in association with Henry Rivalta, Aqcuinity Sports. Tickets are already on sale from only $20.00 at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
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