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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

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Ocampo KOs Navarro, remains unbeaten

Ocampo KOs Navarro, remains unbeaten

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Unbeaten welterweight Carlos "Chema" Ocampo (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former world title challenger Charly Navarro ...

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Boxing News

Ortiz-Polley added to Lemieux-N’Dam telecast

Former WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) returns to the ring in an anticipated comeback fight against Brian “The Bear” Polly (27-18-1, 12 KOs) of St. Joseph, Missouri in a heavyweight bout on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight World Championship fight between Montreal’s David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) and number one contender Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) on June 20. Ortiz scored a first round KO over Lateef Kayode last September to win the WBA belt, but then tested positive for steroids, was stripped of the title and suspended for eight months. This is his first bout since.

Ortiz vs. Polley will be featured as the U.S. televised opening bout in a scheduled FOX Sports 2 and FOX Deportes tripleheader presented by Eye of the Tiger Management and Golden Boy Promotions in association with King Sports Worldwide and Evenko. In the main event David Lemieux will take on Hassan N’Dam in a 12-round bout for the IBF Middleweight World Championship. In the co-main event, Dierry “All In” Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) of Quebec, Canada will face Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-6, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas in a 10-round fight for the NABF Lightweight title.



June 18th, 2015


Boxing News

New opponent for Spence: Phil Lo Greco

Welterweight contender Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs) will now face Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) in the televised opener of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC on Saturday, June 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with coverage beginning on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Spence’s original opponent Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia has withdrawn from the fight due to personal reasons.



June 18th, 2015


Announcement

George Mitchell & Patrick Day Ring 8 Guest Speakers Thursday night in New York

ring8Veteran cut-man “Big” George Mitchell and junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day (10-1-1, 6 KOs) are scheduled guest speakers at tomorrow night’s (Thursday, June 18) Ring 8 monthly meeting at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, New York.

The evening kicks-off at 7 p.m. ET with a hot-and-cold buffet, followed an hour later with the start of the Ring 8 meeting. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Brisbane

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Matt Clark

Kerry Hope 159.8 vs. Gunnar Jackson 159.1
(WBO Oriental middleweight title)

Liam Hutchinson 153.7 vs. Wade Ryan 152.3
(WBA Oceania super welterweight title)

Trent Broadhurst 174.3 vs. Reece Papuni 173.7
(WBA Oceania light heavyweight title)

Venue: Brisbane Convention Centre, S. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Promoter: Kane Pearson



June 18th, 2015


Boxing News

Mauricio Herrera: Forget the past…people know what I’m about

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) of Lake Elsinore, California, worked out for the media Wednesday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles in preparation for his upcoming bout with super lightweight contender “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia. Herrera-Lundy will take place Saturday July 11 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena live on HBO Latino.

“Training camp has been long, but we’re almost done, the fight is almost here, we’re ready to go,” Herrera told Fightnews.com. “We didn’t over train, sparring is great, we’ve been getting southpaws, just different tricks, styles, and boxers. Lundy comes with everything, he can try to be flashy and try to box at first, but the guy is from Philly so he will sit there and exchange.” (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward-Smith Final Press Conference

By Bob Hough
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

Andre Ward says he’ll take what Paul Smith gives him.

Ward will get hell and the fight won’t go 12, Joe Gallagher, Smith’s trainer said Wednesday at a press conference to discuss Saturday’s fight.

“We’re not going to get a points win over Andre Ward,” he said after the event in downtown Oakland, Calif., to discuss the match at Oracle Arena, also in Oakland. “He’s very, very good at what he does; everyone knows that, but he’s not perfect, he hasn’t fought in a year and a half and there will be opportunities for Paul. He’ll have to recognize them and take advantage.”

Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) faces Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) after a 19-month layoff due to litigation with his former promoter, the late Dan Goossen. The fight’s the first for Ward with his new promoter, Roc Nation Sports, which is adding music to boxing shows. The event starts at 3 pm on Saturday; in addition to seven other fights, there will be a musical performance by Nipsey Hussle and DJ Franzen will add to the audio entertainment. The fight will be televised on BET and streamed live on tidal.com.

“If you’ve been to see boxing, you’ve never seen anything like this,” Roc Nation Sports COO David Itskowitch said at the press conference.

Roc Nation has done two shows with fights and music, he added, and the response has been tremendous. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Berlin Fantasy Preview

For the first time ever on UFC FIGHT PASS, a title will be up for grabs, as women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her crown against Ultimate Fighter semifinalist Jessica Penne in Berlin, Germany this Saturday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Chauke defends SA feather title; Mhlongo challenges for WBU middle belt

By Ron Jackson

Oscar Chauke puts his South African featherweight title on the line against the relatively inexperienced Prince Ndlovu at the Giyani Community Hall on Saturday night. Both fighters are from Malamulele, and the 34-year-old Chauke who has a record of 33-9-3, 11 KOs, has held the South African and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight titles and also the IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title in a 16 year professional career.

The challenger who has a reported record of 8-1-4, 3 KOs since making his professional debut in March 2010 has fought at a much lower level than the champion. However, he does have a victory over former South African featherweight champion Sydney Maluleka and is the Limpopo featherweight champion. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Smith and Ward: relaxed, respectful and ready

By Robert Hough

Paul Smith soaked up a little sun on Wednesday while he sat outside in downtown Oakland, Calif., before a press conference to discuss his fight on Saturday with Andre Ward.

“We’re here to win and this is a win that would change my life, but the weather’s great, I’m here with lots of my family and we’re enjoying this,” Smith, from Liverpool, England, said before the event. “I have a shot at one of the best fighters in the world, I’ve been active so I’ve felt extremely sharp in training, the weather’s gorgeous, Ward’s a class act, I think he’s a credit to boxing and I’d like to think I am, too, so this couldn’t be better. (more…)



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing News

Mayweather team shrugs off Gennady Glolovkin

Movie review of boxing flick “Southpaw”

Sammy Vasquez Sr. talks Sammy Vasquez Jr.

Andre Ward talks return and legal disputes



June 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Floyd oversees Broner, Porter workouts

Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions

With pound-for-pound king and President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather looking on, fighters competing on this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions cards at MGM Grand, participated in a media workout Wednesday at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mayweather made the most of his time at the gym, staying for nearly two hours to talk with the media, give the fighters insight and advice and sign autographs for fans. Both Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) were among those on hand.

Floyd Mayweather: “You’ve got two guys this weekend in Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter who have the right teams around them. If they continue to win and we bring their personality out of them, we’ll see what happens. Shawn Porter has been a champion before. He only has one loss and Adrien only has one loss. So I think this is a good matchup.

Adrien Broner: “Porter can’t beat me, it’s not going to happen. I will not be the next Floyd Mayweather. I will be the first and only Adrien Broner. I don’t know why I would be terrified of Porter. I’m not terrified of anything. He can talk, it’s all okay. I’m going to give my dad a great Father’s Day present this weekend when I get that victory Saturday night. Everyone has to tune-in to see AB on NBC, it’s going to be a show just like every time I step into the ring.”

Shawn Porter: “I feel great. My weight is great and that’s all that matters. That’s the first small battle and the next battle will come on Saturday night. I think Broner thought that if he gets me drained it would be a problem for me, but it’s not going to be. That’s not the Porter way. We’ve done everything right to this point. Broner keeps saying that he hopes I’m ready to bring it, but I don’t really understand what he means because everyone knows I’m ready and everyone knows I always bring it. You don’t have to ask that of Shawn Porter. He’s a talker, he likes to run his mouth but it’s all good. We’re just going to do our thing on Saturday night. This is going to be a good one. Certainly a crowd pleaser. Old or new to boxing, this is going to be good for you. Broner has skills, but I have skills too. It’s going to be a magnificent fight on Saturday night.”

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June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Six cards in six weeks: Boxing Fever hits El Paso

By David Finger

Nobody would ever mistake El Paso, Texas for Las Vegas, Nevada. But for six weeks in July and August, the West Texas border town will launch a major challenge to Vegas as the most exciting boxing city in the world as six world class fight cards will take place over a six-week time frame.

The fireworks will kick off over the Fourth of July weekend, when two separate competing boxing cards will take place on the evening of July 3rd. At Buchanan’s Event Center the WBC #4 ranked super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (50-11, 37 KOs) takes on an opponent to be named later in a ten round affair. Roman, winner of twelve straight, is poised to fight for a world title before the end of the year and is hoping for an explosive performance to bump him to the top of the world rankings. On the undercard of the Tejanito Promotions card will be popular local boy Carlos Villa (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round super lightweight fight as well as hard punching Mexican Victor Pasillias (8-6-2, 5 KOs) from Juarez who will be fighting in another eight round super flyweight fight. Also featured on the card will be an interesting six round female fight in the minimumweight division as Juarez’s undefeated Angelica Rascon (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Susana Uribe (3-3, 1 KO) who also hails from Juarez. Four other fights will round off the undercard, which will feature Colorado’s Armando Rodriguez (3-2), light heavyweight Tim Meeks (2-2-1), lightweight Alan Lerma (1-1) and debuting Milton Gomez. Tickets to the Tejanito Promotions card start at $15 with ringside going for $55 and can be obtained by calling 1-915-803-6632. Doors open at 5PM with the first fight starting at 6:30PM. (more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Melson to speak at Congressional Briefing

Since meeting Christian Zaccagnino in 2002, the goal of jr middleweight boxer Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (15-1-1, 4 KOs) has been to see her walk again. In order to spearhead his efforts, Melson’s raised a significant amount of money by donating 100% of his fight purses to Team Fight to Walk while also helping run two successful charity galas.

On Tuesday, June 23, Melson will have the opportunity to lobby congress when he serves as a speaker at an upcoming Congressional Briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Dr. Wise Young, a Neurosurgeon and world leading Spinal Cord regeneration researcher, will also be attending to discuss the progress and promise of clinical trials before Congressman Chaka Fattah. The trials could take place if all goes as planned. (more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Gilberto Ramirez & Diego Magdaleno Fight Week Festivities Open to the Public

Fight fans in the in the Texas boxing hotbed of the Rio Grande Valley have a full plate of free fight week activities in store in connection with next week’s MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout telecast on truTV featuring #2 world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and and Diego Magdaleno in separate bouts. The card takes place on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Fight Week Media Schedule
(All Times Are Central Daylight Time)

Tuesday, June 23
Media Workouts (Open to the Public)
Bad Boyz Gym
4300 North Bicentennial
McAllen, TX 78504
2:00 P.M. Gilberto Ramirez
2:30 P.M. Diego Magdaleno

Wednesday, June 24
Final Press Conference – Open to the Public!
State Farm Arena
2600 North 10th Street/Highway 336
Hidalgo, TX 78557
2:00 P.M. Press conference begins

Thursday, June 25
Official Weigh-In – Open to the Public!
Doubletree Suites Hotel – Main Ballroom
1800 South 2nd Street
McAllen, TX 78503
2:00 P.M. Fighters step on the scale

(more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

“Cornflake” LaManna returns July 25

On July 25, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (16-1, 7 KOs) will be back in action as Rising Star Promotions presents a night of professional boxing at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. LaManna will headline a 9-bout professional card when he takes part in a Jr. Middleweight bout scheduled for 8-rounds. LaManna is eager to get back in the ring following his first professional setback. That happened on March 13 when he was stopped by undefeated prospect Antoine Douglas in a bout that was nationally televised on Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox series.

LaManna wasted no-time in getting back in the gym in an effort to redeem himself and has been training diligently between his home in Millville, New Jersey and New York City. “I have a chip on my shoulder and feel that I have something to prove to my fans, family, friends and most importantly myself. My last fight doesn’t define who I am as a fighter but it defined me as man. I stepped up in competition and faced in my mind the best prospect in boxing. I came up short but took it as a learning lesson and not a defeat,”said LaManna. “What better place to have my comeback fight than right in my hometown of Millville. This will be a great show.”

LaManna’s opponent will be announced shortly.

In the six-round co-feature, John Lennox (13-2, 5 KOs) of Carteret, New Jersey will see action in a cruiserweight bout.



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Yildirim crushes Kroekel – Next Stop: Glen Johnson

Fast-rising light heavyweight prospect Avni Yildirim scored another impressive quick TKO victory over German journeyman Steve Kroekel on Tuesday night in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kroekel tried to put pressure on the 23-year-old Turk but Yildirim fought back and dropped his opponent twice with hard body shots forcing referee Arnold Golger to stop the fight. It was the fifth win in as many fights for the former amateur standout who will face the biggest challenge of his pro career so far on August 15th when he travels to Miami to take on veteran Glen Johnson for the WBC Silver International Light Heavyweight Championship.

“Avni is an outstanding talent”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “I am sure that he will be World Champion. 175 lbs. is a very exciting division at the moment and Avni got what it takes to play with the big boys.”



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Jacobs to defend WBA belt against Mora

WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) returns to the ring in his hometown of Brooklyn to take on former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) as the televised opener of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN primetime Saturday, Aug. 1 at Barclays Center.

This fight will precede the showdown between undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) and Brooklyn’s own Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs).



June 17th, 2015

Feature Story

Andre Ward-Paul Smith workout photogallery

AndreWard12Photos by Tri Nguyen/Tri NguyenPhotography.com

This Saturday WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) returns to the ring after a 19-month absence to defend his crown against former two-time world title challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The June 20th Ward versus Smith world championship contest is promoted by Roc Nation Sports and will be televised live on BET Networks and streamed globally on TIDAL.com beginning at 10p ET/7p PT.  . . . Click here for more



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Guevara, Lopez set for July 4 clash

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) will defend against fellow Mexican Ganigan Lopez (25-5, 16 KOs) on July 4 in the Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Both fighters met with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who stated the match will feature the division’s two best fighters and will be full of emotions. Guevara, who is preparing in the mountains at Otomi Ceremonial Center, stated “I feel I have power in my fists to finish the fight early but I’m ready to fight twelve rounds.” Lopez stated that he’d been waiting for this opportunity throughout his career. “I have enough experience to win in the ring,” he commented. The event will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Adamu vows to finish Nielsen in five

Ghanian super middleweight Charles Adamu (23-6, 17 KOs) has issued a warning to Danish star Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) ahead of their WBA International title fight on Saturday at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. “I’m coming to Copenhagen take his title,” said the former Commonwealth champion. “Patrick is a good fighter but I have fought and beaten better men than him. I’m like a lion, I’m fearless and I never give up. He will not be able to last more than five rounds with me! I will not reveal my game plan but what I will say is that the fans can expect fireworks. It’s going to get too hot for Patrick to handle. After I knock him out, the belt will be coming back to Ghana with me.” (more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Feigenbutz lands WBA interim title shot

Super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (19-1, 18 KOs) will face Mauricio Reynoso (15-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA “interim” super middleweight title as chief support for Arthur Abraham’s fourth WBO world title fight with Robert Stieglitz on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Feigenbutz gets his first shot at world glory when he takes on the Peruvian-puncher Reynoso, and the 19-year-old KO specialist aims to prove he is ready for global domination by becoming the youngest German fighter to claim a version of the world title. (more…)



June 17th, 2015

UFC

Peter Sobotta: A Changed Man

Before the work in the gym starts and the fists and feet start flying, it’s just Peter Sobotta and the forest at home in Balingen, Germany. It’s a time to run, yet beyond the physical, it’s an important few minutes alone to get the mental part of his game right . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Sonjica wins WBC silver featherweight title

By Ron Jackson

Former South African and IBO super bantamweight champion Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village won the vacant WBC silver featherweight title when he stopped George Krampah of Accra, Ghana in the fourth round in a complete mismatch on Saturday at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London. Sonjica who has a record of 20-2, 15 KOs dominated from the first round as he battered Krampah 13-2, 11 KOs, throughout. Krampah holds the Ghana featherweight title. (more…)



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Hernandez to defend IBF title on July 25

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez will defend his title in hostile territory on July 25. Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) will make his mandatory defense against Argentinean Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs) in Buenos Aires. The bout landed in the challenger’s backyard because promoters agreed that the location would be the most lucrative for both boxers. All of the previous pro bouts for the 2004 Cuban Olympian Hernandez have taken place in Germany.



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton ready for the “fury of Mexican fans”

Amir Khan talks about an “explosive phone call” with Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Gennady Golovkin calls out Floyd Mayweather on TMZ

Danny Garcia on moving up to welterweight



June 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Andre Ward Media Workout

Photos: Tri Nguyen

Roc Nation Sports hosted a media workout at King’s Gym in Oakland, California on Tuesday featuring Olympic Gold Medalist and reigning WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and his opponent Paul Smith showing their skills to reporters.

Also on hand were undercard fighters Wang Zhimin, Meng Fanlong, Aaron Coley and Tony HIrsch.

Ward vs. Smith, a 12 round bout takes place Saturday, June 20 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, will be televised live on the BET network.

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June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez works out during media day at Fortunes Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Ca., Tuesday for his upcoming main event, Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. where he will be taking on DERECK “The Black Lion” EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Nord Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, This live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®. photos



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar Valdez opponent named: Ruben Tamayo

Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated human wrecking machine Oscar Valdez will be featured in a 10-round featherweight bout, against former world title challenger Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Jessie Vargas World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world championship fight, Next Saturday! June 27, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Bradley vs. Vargas will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

“Oscar Valdez has carried his beloved Mexican Olympic flag into the pro ranks. Fans love to watch him fight because they know he brings dynamite in both fists,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “His style of fighting — and winning — has the potential to make him one of the most popular fighters in the world. So far, Oscar has been nothing short of sensational.” (more…)



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Freitas-Oliveira rematch cancelled

An August 15 rematch in Brazil between former two-division titleholder Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) and the “Brazilian Rocky” Michael Oliveira (20-2, 15 KOs) was cancelled by Freitas citing a dispute concerning the fight’s television deal. Freitas came out of a five-year retirement to KO Oliveira in 2012, now on August 15, the 39-year-old “Popo” says he will fight another opponent. Freitas says he is currently considering three potential foes and will make an announcement shortly.

Oliveira lashed out in response in Instagram. “Popo I am very disappointed because I received the news from your lawyer saying that our fights August 15 in Santos was canceled on your behalf. I was ready to give you a very competitive fight and maybe even beating you this time. I believe that the reason of your withdraw was if you [fight] with the piece of sh– Argentinian for sure you would win. The company that promotes me had agreed upon donating $25,000 equivalent more or less 75,000 Brazilian currency towards the production of your event. Your lawyer or yourself didn’t live up to our previous agreement and wanted to investigate my contract with sportsTV which is none of your concern or anyone else’s as a matter of fact. Who is The a–hole now? You spoke out to the Brazilian media that you would fight and you would beat me even for free, what happened? You must be really afraid of me.”



June 16th, 2015

UFC

UFC steps up to sponsor Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes

Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes can count on UFC as its official title sponsor for the 34th annual Race Across America (RAAM) and its efforts to support military heroes and their families . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Mijares in the spotlight Friday

We do have televised boxing in the U.S. on Friday night this week. Former 115-pound titleholder Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (51-8-2, 25 KOs) looks to extend his current winning streak against Filipino slugger Vergel “Pangasinense Superman” Nebran (13-8-1, 8 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight main event on FOX Deportes from the Salon Sinicato Secc 47 de Pemex in Ciudad Del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.

In the co-main event, scheduled for eight rounds in the bantamweight division, Mexico City’s Irma “Torbellino” Garcia (11-1-1, 2 KOs) takes on Rosario, Argentina’s Marisa “La Nena” Portillo (16-9-2, 4 KOs). Opening up the telecast, Luis “Duro” May (16-8-1, 7 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico and Oscar Moran (9-5, 5 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico will fight in a 10-round bout for the NABF Bantamweight title.

The FOX Deportes tripleheader broadcast airs at 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT.



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Sosa headlines LA Fight Club show

“LA Fight Club” returns to the historic Belasco Theater on Thursday, July 2 to kickoff Fourth of July weekend celebrations with a special broadcast on FOX Deportes. In the main event, Gilberto “El Flaco” Gonzalez (25-3, 20 KOs) of Mexico City will take on the undefeated John Karl Sosa (13-0, 6 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a 10-round super lightweight bout. In the co-main event, undefeated featherweight Diego De La Hoya (10-0, 6 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico returns in a scheduled eight-round fight against Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-6-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico.

Opening up the telecast, Los Angeles transplant Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (10-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Robles (12-3-1, 6 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico in an eight-round bout.

In the non-televised undercard, undefeated super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) and lightweight Cesar “The Great” Quiñonez (2-0, 1 KOs) will see action in separate bouts.



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Barthelemy-DeMarco undercard

Super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (19-1, 10 KOs) returns to the ring to face New Jersey’s Jason Escalera (15-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight bout as part of a full day of action Sunday, June 21 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The undercard will complement the Premier Boxing Champions on CBS show beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT with the welterweight clash between Sammy Vasquez and Wale Omotoso followed by the showdown between former world champions Rances Barthelemy and Antonio DeMarco.

Also entering the ring is undefeated contender Lydell Rhodes (23-0, 11 KOs) who will take on Jared Robinson (15-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. (more…)



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Chagaev: I feel like my mid-20s

36-year-old WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev feels rejuvenated after hooking up with trainer Pedro Diaz (following the sudden death of his longtime trainer Fritz Sdunek). After eight weeks of preparation in Miami, the “White Tyson” is now training in Hamburg for his world title defense against Francesco Pianeta on July 11 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. “I feel in top shape,” said Chagaev. I haven’t felt this good in a long time – probably since ten years ago in my mid-20s. I’m looking forward to the fight. After almost a year break, I’m hungry and want to show my fans what I can do. I’m sorry for Francesco Pianeta that he’s facing me precisely at this stage of my career. He doesn’t stand a chance. He won’t know what hit him.”



June 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Quigg vows to ‘do a number’ on Martinez

WBA “regular” super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg says he will produce a devastating performance defense against Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena on July 18. “It’s a fight that we want to go out and make a real statement,” said Quigg. “I’m confident that I can go out there and do a number on him. We’ve been preparing for what we expect Kiko to bring – we aren’t leaving anything to chance…I’m expecting him to come out all guns blazing from the off – he will get a massive shock when I return fire. Kiko doesn’t like being backed up and that’s something I’m confident I can do throughout.”

If Quigg produces the dominant performance he is promising the fans, then talk of a clash with rival Carl Frampton is certain to be revisited. Frampton took the IBF title from Martinez in September and defends it for the second time on the same night in Texas against Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr.



June 16th, 2015




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