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Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

Fury-Klitschko is off again, Team Fury cites undisclosed medical condition

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has pulled out of his October 29 rematch against former champ Wladimir Klitschko due to Fury being ...

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Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

Ex-champ Gonzalez destroys Yamamoto in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (62-4, 52 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-13-2, ...

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Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

Linares dethrones Crolla to claim WBA lightweight world championship

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada Three-division world champion and WBC champion in recess Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) won an entertaining twelve round ...

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Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

Kalajdzic stops Peterkin; Lippe-Morrison, Baranchyk, Golub also victorious

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime Light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (22-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over previously undefeated ...

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Crolla, Linares make weight

Crolla, Linares make weight

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Boxing News

Oscar Valdez ready to shine in 2016

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


For world-ranked Oscar Valdez, last year was a very successful and satisfying year, but now the two-time Mexican Olympian is pointing to 2016 as the most important year of his professional career as he sets on the road to become a world champion. “Last year was a big one for my career, but I am now looking at 2016 as my year. I know everything I worked for the last few years is within my grasp and I will continue to work very hard to reach my goal of becoming a world champion,” said Valdez, who is managed by Frank Espinoza of Espinoza Boxing.

In 2015, Valdez won his four fights, appeared on HBO and truTv and closed the year with two sensational knockouts over Chris Avalos in September in Las Vegas and over Ernie Sanchez in December in Tucson, Arizona. (more…)



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Freddie Roach harkens back to De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao and the making of a superstar

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By Bill Dwyre

It was just before a news conference in New York City last week, and Freddie Roach had that glint in his eye. If you write about boxing, the moment you see the glint, you look to the heavens in gratitude. Roach was about to tell a story. They aren’t all great, just 99% of them. A Roach story is like the Super Bowl — much anticipated and not to be missed.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will fight Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. April 9 in Las Vegas. That’s why we were all gathered in the Big Apple. The hype had begun.

Roach’s story had nothing to do with the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. And everything. (more…)



January 26th, 2016


Boxing News

David Haye’s next fight set for May 21st – opponent to be announced

By James Slater

David Haye will fight the second fight of his comeback on May 21st at the site of his January 16th destruction of Mark de Mori, The O2 in London. The former WBA heavyweight champion ended a three-and-a-half year hiatus with the first-round obliteration of de Mori and, as he said he would, he is keeping busy; although it was initially thought Haye would embark of phase-two of his return in April.

Four months on from his comeback – one that almost sold out the 16,000 capacity O2 and drew over 3 million viewers on terrestrial TV channel Dave – Haye will likely be hoping to get some rounds in in his next outing. The May opponent is still TBA, but bookmakers William Hill in the UK have Malik Scott, at 4/1, the favourite to be Haye’s dance partner. Other possible opponents, all significant outsiders according to William Hill, include Shannon Briggs, Antonio Tarver and Bermane Stiverne.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

George Groves: Shane McGuigan can lead me to a world title

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

George Groves believes a change in trainer to Shane McGuigan can be the missing piece in his world title jigsaw as he returns to action against Andrea di Luisa on Saturday night at the Copper Box Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Groves was edged out by Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September in their WBC super-middleweight clash, climbing off the canvas in the opening round to push the Swedish-American the distance. One judge gave the decision to Groves, but Jack held onto the title he took from Anthony Dirrell in April thanks to the other two cards.

That was Groves’ third world title fight after his two KO losses to Carl Froch in Manchester and London, and the Londoner had Paddy Fitzpatrick in his corner for them all. Following the loss in Las Vegas, Groves has turned to McGuigan to guide his latest charge to a world title, and Groves says life with the trainer of Carl Frampton and old Adam Booth gym-mate David Haye has started well. (more…)



January 26th, 2016


UFC

Dana White: Here’s what makes ‘Super Sage’ stand out

Burgeoning UFC superstar Sage Northcutt is up again at Fight Night Newark, ready to compete in his third fight in less than four months . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA #4 flyweight Lebron heading to Thailand

By Robert Coster

On Monday, WBA #4 flyweight contender Gregorio Lebron (13-3,11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic headed to Thailand where he’ll face 18-year-old WBA interim flyweight champion Stamp Kiatniwat (14-0, 6 KOs) on February 5. It will be a rematch of their war last August 29th that saw local boy Kiatniwat win the title via a controversial majority decision. Even though the young Thai scored two knockdowns against his Dominican foe, the visiting boxer seemed to dominate the action for most of the bout. Lebron’s trainer “Miracle Man” Angel “Chicho” Castillo is not afraid of fighting the return bout in Thailand. “This time we are not leaving it in the judge’s hands. Gregorio is winning by knockout!”

Should Lebron indeed cause the upset, it would be the Dominican Republic’s fourth WBA world titlist. For his part, Kiatniwat is Thailand’s boxing prodigy, becoming a world champion at age 17 years, 8 months, 28 days – the second youngest world champion in boxing history after Wilfredo Benitez. He is hugely popular in his native land. The much anticipated rematch is scheduled for February 5th in Bangkok, the Thai capital.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Fitch headlines Feb 13 at Mountaineer Resort

Live professional boxing returns to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort with “Cupid’s Knockouts” on February 13th in the Mountaineer Ballroom featuring undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event vs. TBA. The card is presented by Made Men Promotions. For tickets call 724-513-1416.



January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Signings

Boxing manager Peter Kahn has signed Australian middleweight Satali Tevi-Fuimaono to a management agreement. Tevi-Fuimaono won gold at the World Junior Championships two years ago as a 16-year-old and had an accomplished career as an amateur. He was Australia’s best chance for a medal at the summer Olympic games in Brazil until he suffered a freak injury prior to the Olympic box-offs in December. No date or venue has been set yet for Tevi-Fuimaono’s pro-debut.

Southpaw amateur standout Alexis Rocha of Santa Ana, Calif. has signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions and will make his pro debut on the March 4 edition of LA Fight Club in downtown Los Angeles. The six-time national champion will be following in the footsteps of older brother Ronny Rios, who signed on with Golden Boy Promotions early in his career in 2009.

Danish female super bantamweight Dina Thorslund (5-0, 3 KOs) has signed a long-term promotional contract with Team Sauerland. The 22-year-old from Copenhagen will fight on Sauerland’s March 19 card at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen, Denmark.



January 26th, 2016


UFC

Miocic more than ready for the chance of a lifetime

Like most sports fans, Stipe Miocic was sitting back and enjoying the Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game on Sunday afternoon when UFC President Dana White called . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 26th, 2016

Boxing News

Zou Shiming returns Saturday in Shanghai

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming (6-1, 1 KO) returns to face unbeaten Natan Coutinho (12-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. Zou will return for the first time since his lone pro loss–a hard-fought decision against IBF world champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Macao last year. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO International flyweight title.

In the co-feature, Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (8-0, 5 KOs) goes Argentinian Gaston Vega (24-10-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round middleweight clash.

Other scheduled bouts:
Zulpikar Maimaitiali (4-0-1, 2 KOs) vs. Steve Moxon (5-2, 4 KOs) – super middleweight
Ma Yiming (12-6, 7 KOs) vs. Jayar Diama (7-5-5, 3 KOs) – flyweight
Qu Peng (9-1-1, 6 KOs) vs. Aaron Lai (7-3, 6 KOs) – light heavyweight
Andrey Kalyuzhnyy (9-1-1, 6 KOs) vs. Abdallah Paziwapazi (9-3, 8 KOs) – super middleweight
Msg Qing Xian (0-0) vs. Marjo Borres (6-5, 1 KO) – featherweight
Asaidula Musha (0-0) vs. Chaoqun Dong (3-1, 1 KO) – super middleweight
Joseph Omana (12-4-1, 6 KOs) vs. Qiang Liu (1-1, 0 KOs) – super lightweight



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Khan Calls Out Mayweather: You’re Afraid of Me

By TMZSports.com

Boxing superstar Amir Khan has a message for Floyd Mayweather — STOP BEING A CHICKEN AND FIGHT ME!!! Khan — who was in L.A. to see the Danny Garcia fight — tells TMZ Sports Floyd’s been ducking him like a chump … and it’s all because Mayweather’s afraid of taking his first L. “It seems to me that Mayweather’s afraid and he might just not ever want to fight me,” Khan said.

“People need to know that he’s avoiding Amir Khan.”

Amir says he’s hoping to fight Garcia next … and plans to deliver such an epic beatdown, that Floyd would have no choice but to come out of retirement and prove his mettle. We’ll see …



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

José Sulaimán Race to support Prichard Colón

By Gabriel F. Cordero

More than 40,000 people and about 10,000 runners gathered last Sunday at the third annual “Race of Champions” held in honor of the late former president of the World Boxing Council Jose Sulaiman. Proceeds will go toward the medical expenses of the Puerto Rican boxer Richard Colón, who is in a coma after the injury he had in the fight with Terrel Williams last October in Virginia. Roberto” Manos de Piedra” Duran, Pipino Cuevas, “Chiquita” Gonzalez, “Bandido” Vargas, Carlos Cudras and many champions were on hand, along with WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, to show support. (more…)



January 25th, 2016

UFC

Secret to Success: Inside Look at Sage Northcutt’s Fighting Style

Undefeated Sage Northcutt was finally in some danger in his second UFC fight. But the young Texan was able to overcome an early takedown by Cody Pfister before pulling off his seventh-straight professional finish . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Kell Brook hosts press conference in Sheffield ahead of IBF title defence against Kevin Bizier

By James Slater
Photos: Scott J. Raven

Today in his hometown on Sheffield, at The football ground of Sheffield United, IBF welterweight king Kell Brook engaged in a press conference ahead of his next fight, a mandatory defence of his title against Canada’s Kevin Bizier on March 26th.

The fight will take place at The Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, and promoter Eddie Hearn told the gathered media today how he is looking forward to another great Kell Brook night. Hearn began by jokingly saying there was a sweep, which would contest who would utter a certain fighter’s name first:

“I’ll win it for you – Amir Khan!” Hearn said, and Khan’s name was indeed mentioned a lot today, what with this on/off/on/off British super-fight being one both Brook and Hearn badly want. (more…)



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer-Oosthuizen collide on March 12

WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 35 KOs) will climb back into the ring on March 12, defending his title against South African Thomas Oosthuizen (25-0-2, 14 KOs) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Originally, the Braehmer-Oosthuizen was scheduled for Monaco last November, but Braehmer suffered a hand injury while training and had to postpone. “I am delighted that my injury is completely healed and we now can do the bout,” says Braehmer, who is currently preparing for the fight in his hometown of Schwerin. “His height doesn’t bother me. I have always done well against taller opponents. Enzo Maccarinelli was a similar size and I stopped him inside the distance. Regardless of his size, whether by KO or points – I will be sending the South African home empty-handed.”

Oosthuizen stated, “It is great news that the fight is going ahead. Let’s hope Braehmer doesn’t come up with another excuse not to fight me! I’m definitely going to cash in on my skill, speed, youth, power and agility to win the fight. I’ll put him away for sure. You’ll hear nothing from the scorecards.”



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

2nd WBC Female Convention starts Wednesday

By Boxing Bob Newman

The WBC is bringing the Female boxing world together in Tijuana, Mexico. Wednesday, January 27th will celebrate the official opening of the Second WBC Female Convention at beautiful Gran Hotel Tijuana with guests from all continents. Managers, promoters, ring officials, commissioners, journalists and many active and legendary fighters from Asia, Oceania, Europe, North and South America will discuss the past, present and future of the female side of the sport of boxing.

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January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Campas-Bonsante Full Report

Story and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

The legendary career of former Jr. middleweight world champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas finally came to an end on Saturday night at the Butte Civic Center in Butte, Montana, and although the brawler from Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico will go out with a win on his record, it was not the way his team envisioned his final fight as a professional fighter would end. After a fast-paced battle that saw both men have their moments, Minnesota’s Anthony Bonsante was disqualified in the sixth round for committing a foul against Campas that caused an injury to his knee, leaving him unable to continue. (more…)



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: All About Amir Khan

Amir Khan slams Floyd Mayweather over Danny Garcia fight

Amir Khan accuses Kell Brook of running from showdown

Manny Pacquiao blames “middle men” for collapse of Amir Khan fight negotiations.

Does win over Robert Guerrero pave way for a Danny Garcia-Amir Khan rematch?



January 25th, 2016

UFC

Ronda Rousey hosts Saturday Night Live

UFC superstar Ronda Rousey made her SNL debut Saturday night, becoming only the third female athlete in history to host the prestigious comedy episodic TV giant . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW JERSEY 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, January 30 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne: I Want Wilder, Haye and Martin

Photo: Hatton Promotions

Photo: Hatton Promotions


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #3 heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) comments on the recent knockout victories of WBC champion Deontay Wilder against Artur Spzilka and former WBA champion David Haye against Mark de Mori. Browne also mentions new IBF champion Charles Martin. Any of the three could be a future opponent for “Big Daddy” if he dethrones WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev on March 5 in Grozny, Russia.

“Wilder was his usual self,” said Browne. “Not all that impressive and showing that he has a lot to learn about boxing – especially after he made himself fall to the ground after swinging a punch too hard.

“Haye was impressive but didn’t really have to do much against an out of shape and scared looking de Mori.

“Martin was fighting well, but I had neither of them winning at the time of Glazkov’s injury and would’ve liked to have seen some more rounds.

“I’d love to fight and unify against all of them.”



January 25th, 2016

Boxing News

Joshua rejects Parker challenge

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Dean Lonergan of Duco Events who promote WBO #3, IBF #7, WBC #7, WBA #11 heavyweight Joseph Parker issued a challenge to the management of WBC #2, WBA #12, IBF #5, WBO #2 Anthony Joshua, but Lonergan says the former Olympic champion wants no piece of the fast-fisted Kiwi. “We desperately want to fight Joshua, we’ve put challenges to him,” Lonergan said. “I was in England two months ago, I was trying to get a meeting through my boxing connections who know the Hearn camp intimately. Eddie Hearn (Joshua’s promoter) turned me down flat.”

Joshua extended his record to 15-0, 15 KOs, with a seventh-round stoppage of fellow Brit Dillian Whyte last month, but only after being rocked in the second round. Parker (18-0, 16 KOs) scored an eight round stoppage of American Jason Bergman (25-12-2, 16 KOs) in Samoa on Saturday.



January 25th, 2016

UFC

Miocic replaces Velasquez in UFC 196

A back injury has forced former two-time heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez out of his UFC 196 main event rematch against Fabricio Werdum on Feb. 6 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Amir Mansour update

Heavyweights Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs) and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs) went to war for five rounds, with the aggressive 43-year-old Mansour scoring a knockdown and generally getting the better of it. Following the fifth round, however, Mansour said he couldn’t continue. Turns out he bit through his tongue and suffered a jaw injury. At the time of the stoppage, Mansour was ahead on all three cards 48-46, 48-46 and 49-45.



January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Jackson talks about Kovalev training methods

Former world champion John David Jackson, trainer of WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, says his man has a unique way of getting prepared for Saturday’s HBO-televised rematch with Jean Pascal in Montreal. “He has a great work ethic,” said Jackson during last week’s media day. “He kind of choreographs his fights. It’s funny how he does it. It works for him. I let him do what he wants to do. It makes him feel comfortable. He has a routine where he tries to mimic the fight how [he thinks] it’s gonna go about [sic].”

“We put a game-plan together, but he swears up and down there’s no game-plan. We devise a strategy that works for him…his physical training and conditioning prior to coming to the gym enables him to go the rounds that he goes and the pace that he sets.”



January 24th, 2016

UFC

Coy, Webb meet in the Steel City

American Top Team standout Nathan Coy has accepted the call to face off with Jonavin Webb in UFC Fight Night action at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Feb. 21 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Estrella, Molina halt foes in Guadalupe

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Mexican lightweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (25-1, 23 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over reappears on this Saturday against Venezuelan Alfonso “Terremoto” Perez (11-7, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dome CARE in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Estrella blasted Perez to the canvas to end it at the 1:56 mark of round five.

In the co-feature, former IBF jr middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (23-6-2, 7 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Colombian Jose Agustin Feria (20-3-1, 13 KOs). Molina dropped Feria in round five and got the referee intervened in round eight.

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January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Campas wins retirement fight by DQ

By Ricardo Ibarra

In a disappointing end to what was turning out to be a great fight, Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas (106-17-3, 81 KOs) claimed a win in his retirement fight on Saturday night at the Civic Center in Butte, Montana when Anthony Bonsante (34-12-3, 18 KOs) was disqualified in the sixth round. For the first four rounds, the two engaged in a back and forth brawl with many shifts in momentum. In the fifth round, though, Campas began to take over with an unrelenting body attack, dropping Bonsante in the round with a hard left hook to the ribs. In the sixth, an increasingly frustrated Bonsante lifted Campas up on his shoulders and threw him down hard, causing Campas to land awkwardly on his knee, causing an injury. Campas could no longer continue due to the injury.



January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Uchiyama named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

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By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama was named Boxer of the Year by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in association with Sports Writers Club on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, 36, remained unbeaten as he demolished Jomthong Chuwatana in May and Oliver Flores in December to extend his number of defenses to eleven. Other awardees are as follows:

Technique: WBC bantam titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka who registered ten consecutive defenses by outscoring Ansermo Moreno

Valuable Victory: WBA flyweight ruler Kazuto Ioka who stopped ex-champ Juan Carlos Reveco in a rematch on New Year Eve

Fighting Spirit: IBF junior flyweight kingpin Akira Yaegashi who acquired his third belt by dethroning Javier Mendoza this December, and former WBC 130-pound champ Takashi Miura who displayed such a gallant give-and-take showing against Francisco Vargas in Las Vegas that the extravaganza was elected Fight of the Year by many medias. (more…)



January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Zepeda crushes Diaz in one

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Lightweight contender and former world title challenger José “Chon” Zepeda (24-1, 21 KO’s) demolished Ammeth “Cloroformo” Diaz (32-13, 23 KOs) in the very first round on Saturday night at the Foro Promo Casa Fex in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Zepeda took out Diaz with a body shot at 1:49.

In the co-feature, former IBF super flyweight champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sánchez (21-4-1, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jhon Gemino (12-6-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94.

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January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Garcia: I knew I would win, Guerrero: I want a rematch

By Miguel Maravilla

Danny Garcia: “It was what I expected. I knew I would win at least eight or nine rounds. I knew there would be some headbutts in there. He headbutted me so much on my forehead. I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight. He’s a rugged warrior. I’m back where I belong. I am now a two-division world champion. I’m excited. Guerrero is tough. No one has ever stopped him. He came to fight, he was in shape. I’m taking nothing away from him. I’m so happy. I am glad it went the way it went. I just want to take some time off, let my body heal and take one day at a time.”

Robert Guerrero: “I want a rematch and that’s it. Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team. I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I out-jabbed him. I thought I won the fight. The crowd thought I won the fight. It was a great fight. I am happy I’m healthy. I will be back. I thought I won the fight and I definitely want a rematch. The doubters don’t bother me. I showed how strong I am and what I could do. That’s why I come out and fight the way I do. It’s all for the fans. That’s why they bring me back. They love it and they enjoy it. They were entertained tonight. They thought I won the fight, but that’s the way the ball went.”

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January 24th, 2016

Boxing News

Garcia beats Guerrero to win WBC welterweight title

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Premier Boxing Champions/Suzanne Teresa

In the main event on the inaugural broadcast of PBC on FOX, from Staples Center in Los Angeles, former unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, (32-0, 18 KOs), captured the vacant WBC welterweight title with a unanimous decision over former four-division champion Robert Guerrero, (33-4-1, 18 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 116-112.

Garcia, who came into the fight as a 10-1 favorite, looked anything but early on as Guerrero controlled the action with his jab and higher workrate despite occasional lead left hands from Garcia that landed clean on the advancing Guerrero. However, from about the fourth round on, Garcia’s accuracy became the story of the fight, as Guerrero continued to throw more punches but was not landing cleanly, while Garcia rocked Guerrero three or four times each round with crisp left and right hooks or the occasional right uppercut. Guerrero closed strong in the final round as the two fighters went toe to toe over the last thirty seconds of the fight, but it was too little too late for Guerrero, who lost for the third time in his last five bouts.

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January 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Vasquez, Breazeale victorious in LA

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions

In the welterweight co-main event at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (21-0, 15 KOs) of Pittsburgh scored a sixth round stoppage over East L.A.’s Aron Martinez (20-5-1, 4 KOs). From the opening bell Vasquez outworked Martinez, who could not get off in chasing the elusive southpaw. To everyone’s surprise, the normally durable Martinez did not come out for round seven. His corner later cited an elbow injury.

In a disappointing end to a good heavyweight fight, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, (22-2-1, 16 KOs) was unable to continue after round five, much to the relief of heavyweight prospect and former U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs), who escaped with the TKO victory, officially at 3:00 of round five. Breazeale, a notoriously slow starter, lived up to his reputation, as Mansour attacked early and often while Breazeale warmed up his engine. Mansour focused early on Breazeale’s soft midsection, which caused Breazeale to drop his hands and opened the door for big left and right hooks to the head by Mansour.

Mansour knocked Breazeale down with a right hook to the top of the head early in round three, but he was too wild in his followup attack and failed to land clean punches, allowing his dazed opponent to recover. At the same time Breazeale started to connect more and more with long, strafing left and right hands that landed cleanly on the shorter Mansour. Both fighters traded leather the rest of the way, but Mansour’s punches seemed to lose a little steam while Breazale’s heavier hands continued to land cleanly. Suddenly, between rounds five and six the referee waved the fight over, indicating that Mansour was unable to continue, resulting in the victory for Breazeale. Shortly afterwards it was reported that Mansour had suffered a broken jaw and that was what prompted the end of the fight. (more…)



January 23rd, 2016

Boxing News

Damon Reed rips away Aaron Green’s “0”

Heavyweight “Dangerous” Damon Reed of Topeka, KS, who challenged for the WBO world title in 1998, recorded perhaps the biggest win of his long career last night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The 44-year-old Reed (48-18, 32 KOs) was brought as an opponent for previously undefeated 33-year-old prospect and local favorite Aaron Green, now 16-1, 14 KOs.

From the opening bell, it was clear that Green was going to have to earn a victory. Reed used good movement and ring generalship to frustrate Green and keep him off balance throughout the first round. Green caught up with Reed in the second round breaking his rib and forcing him to rely on his veteran skills and take a knee for an 8-count to regain his composure. Reed finished the round and then proceeded to dominate the following four rounds. Reed returned the favor and sent Green to the canvas in the fifth en route to a majority decision.



January 23rd, 2016

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Yengoyan destroys Nenkov in Asse, Belgium:

Sasha Yengoyan, better known as La bestia del Este, made short work tonight in Asse, Belgium, dropping Bulgarian Stanislav Nenkov twice before wisely the corner put an end on the one-sided affair. Yengoyan, now 35-2-1(24), had the reigning Bulgarian national champion down each time with large right hands.

On the undercard Femke Hermans won her pro debut with a shutout points decision against 49 bout experienced Bulgarian Galina Giumliska. It was the visitors 39th loss.

Surik Petrosyan won a majority decision against Serbian licensed Frenchman Emmanuel Amiot who made his pro debut. Amiot got a standing count by referee Jean Pierre Vanimschoot in round 2 but had to go the full distance of the 4-rounder to win by scores of 38-37, 39-36 and a strange 38-38.



January 23rd, 2016




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