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By Dave Spencer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME
The middleweight knockout sensation has been in this position before, a major fight on US television with a world championship shot dangling as the carrot at the end of the stick. The previous version featured a young 22-year-old slugger who had only been past the fourth round just twice, hammering away at a veteran who would ultimately bend, but refused to break. The setback was only supposed to be temporary, but it has been a long three year road to arrive upon the precipice of where he once stood before, vowing this time, things will be different.
Welcome to David Lemieux, Version 2.0.
“I’m in a new chapter in my life,” said Lemieux following the Saturday’s impressive KO win. “I’ve changed everything in my life to be the best in the ring and to make sure their are no flaws in the road to become world champion.” (more…)
Heavyweight Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr and his team are in Moscow for Friday’s showdown at the Luzhniki Arena with former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin . The fighters met for the first time Monday at the pre-fight press conference.
Manuel Charr: Alexander Povetkin will not stop me on my way to the world title. I very grateful to him, his team and especially promoter Andrey Ryabinsky that they have given me this chance. Unfortunately hardly anyone dares to fight me. Potvetkin isn’t afraid, but he will bitterly regret it. I will defeat him.
Alexander Povetkin: I take my hat off to Manuel Charr for coming here to Moscow to face me in the ring. He’s a good boxer and has proved that he has heart. But against my quality he has no chance. This is a great fight, but for me it’s just a transitional stage on the road to even more important fights.
A special guest at the fight is former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.
The UFC will return to Germany for the first time in four years with this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, which is headlined live on UFC FIGHT PASS by a bevy of top middleweight talent as Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi face off in the five-round main event while CB Dollaway takes on Francis Carmont in the co-main event of the evening . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Carl Froch told Sky Sports’ Behind The Ropes that George Groves has been ‘dining out on his round one knockdown against The Cobra’ and that he won’t let the challenger get under his skin in their rematch for Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles on Saturday at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO. Sky Sports gained exclusive access to both camps ahead of the huge clash and tonight on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm we see the first of the two-part 30 minute fly-on-the-wall looks at how these two bitter rivals are shaping up for the biggest fight in British boxing history.
Froch stopped Groves in controversial circumstances in Manchester in November having climbed off the canvas in the opening round to halt the Londoner in the ninth round. ‘The Cobra’ told Sky Sports that he believes that ‘Saint George’ has been living off the first round success in the build up to the rematch.
“George Groves has been going to the opening of an envelope, dinning out on his round one knockdown against The Cobra and giving it large,” said Froch. “But that’s his prerogative if he is enjoying the moment his little time his little five minutes of fame then you know he should do he should enjoy it, but really he should be concentrating on his fighting and his boxing.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set to bring boxing back to the luxurious Birchwood Manor in Whippany, New Jersey on Saturday night with a nine-bout card. The headliner will be a six round welterweight contest between former NABF title challenger Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez (17-1, 9 KOs) looks to put his name back in the welterweight elite, when he swaps punches with Jeremiah Wiggins (10-2-1, 5 KOs). (more…)
Five-time world title challenger Rocky Juarez (30-10-1, 21 KOs) claimed the WBC silver featherweight belt by dethroning defending titleholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (20-2, 14 KOs) via hard fought twelve round unanimous decision on Monday night in front of the troops at Fort Bliss’ Stout Fitness Center in El Paso, Texas. Alvarado had the edge early, but Juarez came on to win a gritty fight by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112. Fightnews had it 115-113 for Juarez.
Welterweight prospect KeAndre Gibson (10-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over John Nater (13-6, 10 KOs). A body shot put Nater down for the count. Time was 2:02.
Debuting welterweight Ryan “Cowboy” Karl (1-0, 1 KO) stopped outgunned Wilbert Mitchell (1-11, 0 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round two. Time was 2:00.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC female flyweight champion Go Shindo (14-2, 9 KOs), 112, successfully retained her belt as she controlled the action from the outset, accelerated a two-fisted attack and finally halted #11 Kledpetch Lookmuangkan (6-3, 1 KO), 110.5, with a barrage of unanswered punches at 0:19 of the eighth round on Sunday in Wakayama, Japan. Shindo, 26, looked impressive and improved with sharp combinations to the Thai southpaw, who gamely retaliated despite her absorption of Shindo’s stronger combinations. Steadily piling up points in every session, Shindo went all out for a finish in the seventh, which Thai judge Anek Hongtongkam tallied 10-8 for the champ though there were no knockdowns therein. (more…)
Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank
Sensational Puerto Rican prospect Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (12-0, 9 KO’s) will face Mexico’s Engelberto Valenzuela (8-1, 3KO’s) on the June 7th Cotto vs. Martinez undercard. Verdejo vs. Valenzuela will be the main event of the Cotto vs. Martinez undercard fights that will be televised in Puerto Rico on WAPA 2 Deportes and in the United States on WAPA America starting at 7:30pm ET. photos
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire works out during his first training session, Monday of fight week in Macau,China for his upcoming main event challenge against WBA undisputed featherweight world champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka of South Africa, Saturday, May 31 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Featherweight Fury” will be televised in the US on HBO, same day at 4pm ET/PT.
There are two other Featherweight title bouts on the card to be broadcast on TopRank.TV: WBA featherweight champ Nicholas Walters (23-0, 19 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, vs Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), of Sydney, Australia., as well as IBF featherweight champ Egveny Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs), of Igrim, Russia, vs. Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs), of Dinant, Belgium. photos
Matthew Saad Muhammad, perhaps the most entertaining light-heavyweight in boxing history, passed away over the weekend at the age of 59. Promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2004, recalls his days with Saad.
I was in my car Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh with my wife, Linda, and our grand-children and we were on our way to see the Pirates play at PNC Park when the call came in over the car-phone speaker. It was Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, calling from Las Vegas, to tell us that Matthew Saad Muhammad had passed away the night before.
Eddie boxed several times for me in the 1970s and 1980s and we have a friendship based on mutual respect. Eddie has become a ‘keeper-of-the-flame’ for the fighters of his era and in January, 2011, he and his wife flew from Las Vegas to Philadelphia to attend Bennie Briscoe’s funeral, something I will never forget.
Saad Muhammad, the orphan who became world champion, gave you your money’s worth every time out and he did it during the light-heavyweight division’s finest era. There is no greater compliment you can give an athlete. (more…)
WBO #15 jr middleweight Javier “La Bestia” Maciel (28-3, 20 KOs) will now face Jorge “The Destroyer” Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) on the June 7 Cotto-Martinez pay-per-view card from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Melendez was originally slated to face former WBA jr middleweight champion Yuri Foreman, who abruptly retired last week.
“The fight is already agreed. All parties have agreed and we are only missing minimum details,” confirmed Mario Margossian, head of Argentina Boxing Promotions and representative of Maciel.
By Bob Caico
Professional boxing returns to Buffalo, NY on Thursday, May 29, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In the min event, former WBO Youth flyweight titleholder Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez of Puerto Rico (13-1, 11 KOs) battles Mike Ruiz Jr (9-4-1, 3 KO’s) of Fresno, California, in an eight-round super flyweight fight. Gonzales, who had an extensive amateur record, and an impressive professional record, will return to the ring after a nine month lay-off. He experienced his first lost to two-time world champion Giovani Segura in Mexico last August and he feels fully recovered from the setback and is now back on track and focused on his goal to be Puerto Rico’s next world champion. (more…)
WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) is still aiming for big and career-defining fights. However, before all that can happen he has to defend his belt on June 7 in his hometown of Schwerin, Germany, against upset-minded Argentinian Robert “La Bestia” Bolonti (35-2, 24 KOs), who has sent the champion a stern warning: “Both of us might be 35 years of age but he has been in far tougher fights than me,” stated Bolonti. “I am simply fresher and not used up like him. When the fight between us starts to get tough, my advantages will get bigger and bigger over the rounds. In addition, I can punch hard with both my right and left hand. Braehmer will not know what is happening to him…I am a real warrior inside the squared circle, devote myself and fight on until the fight is over. I will make this clear to Braehmer as soon as the first bell rings…I will not respect Braehmer as the champion inside the ring and will wrest the title away from him. I will fulfill my dream – for my family, friends and fatherland. Viva Argentina!”
Photos: Team SES / P. Grercke
A press conference was held Monday at the “Cafe Restaurant Luisenhof“ in Dresden for Friday’s all-heavyweight card at the Energie Verbund-Arena.
In the headliner, recent world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) meets Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs) for the WBO European belt. Also Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) faces Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant International German belt, and 19-year-old Tom Schwartz (5-0, 3 KOs) completes in a four-man, one night “Prizefighter-like” tournament against Andre Bunga (1-1, 1 KO), Luke Filka (6-3, 5 KOs) and Ante Verunica (1-0, 1 KO).
Francesco Pianeta: I’m a calm person, am “chilled.” With my good preparation I will take this title. Then I will again be on my way toward my next world title fight. We worked hard on all areas. Vieira is a man who fights and is a good boxer without fear.
Mickael Vieira: You have to acknowledge with respect the performance of Francesco in recent fights. But, there’s only one thing: I want this title. (more…)
Photos: Wolfgang Schiffbauer/Team Sturm
The final press conference for the IBF world middleweight championship rematch between Felix Sturm and Sam Soliman took place earlier today at the Hotel Landhaus Milser in Duisburg, Germany. The bout will take place Saturday at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany.
Felix Sturm, IBF World Middleweight Champion: “I’m not mad or anything. I don’t care about that whole doping theatre anymore. He and his team have to live with that. He’s trying to play games once again but that doesn’t matter to me. I had a perfect preparation and I am in tip-top shape.
I had to do this fight since he is my mandatory challenger. But that is a good thing because I can make things right. People will forget about the first fight after this one. Back after I fought Soliman last February, I changed my whole attitude towards the sport of boxing. I’m now eating clean and healthy, which makes training a whole lot easier. I know live like an athlete all year around and not only the ten or twelve weeks during training camp. That pays off as I’m in a much, much better shape than before.
I’m looking forward to a great evening and an exciting fight on Saturday. As you know, the first title defense is always the most difficult. But I am the champion and believe me – I will remain the champion.”
Sam Soliman, mandatory challenger of the IBF: “If a plan is working, you shouldn’t change it. You should fix it to make it even better. That’s what I have done. I’m grateful to be back in Germany and to be able to fight for the IBF world title. I had perfect sparring during my camp in Denmark. I’ll be even better than the last time around. I will fulfill the dream of family, who’ll be ringside on Saturday, and become world middleweight champion.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Despite her ring moniker of the “Aztec Princess”, Jackie Nava (29-4-3, 13KO) proved why she is the queen of not only of her hometown of Tijuana but of Mexico as she got up from a flash knockdown in the first to regain her bearing and annihilate Venezuelan Alys “China” Sanchez (12-2-1, 4KO) in the seventh round. With the win Nava, after twenty months of inactivity, mugged the interim WBA super bantamweight title from Sanchez in front of more than four thousand cheering fans at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The electrifying performance topped a marathon thirteen-bout fight card with the main event broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel.
In her last fight back in August of 2012 the thirty-four year old Nava defeated Lisa Brown via third round TKO. Nava then found herself away from the ring to give birth to her daughter Frida. Sanchez from Maracay, Venezuela, captured the interim strap by defeating Maria Elena Villalobos by ten round unanimous decision. In her last fight Sanchez lost a non-title fight by split decision to Carolina Arias back in October. (more…)
Aftermath of the Las Vegas brawl, Floyd Mayweather vs. rapper T.I. More
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Carl Froch gives his hometown support an open workout. More
Speaking of Froch, he says George Groves “is not tough enough to stay with me.” More
It’s only the morning after TJ Dillashaw’s win over Renan Barao for the UFC bantamweight title, and I think we’ve already run out of superlatives for his performance. Perfect, amazing, remarkable, thrilling, masterful, etc, etc. And yes, this world is guilty of overdoing things, but in this case, anything positive you can say about the new champion’s effort is right on target . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Middleweight Patrick Nielsen (22-0, 11 KOs) is confident his world title dream will come true when he faces Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) on June 1st in Moscow. “I see it all as a great experience. It will be an experience of a lifetime. I’m really excited to get my hands on a real world championship belt. This is my big chance and I’m not going home without that belt,” says Nielsen.
He has boxed three times in Germany, but the fight inside the Mytishchi Arena in Russia is by far his most challenging away test to date. “I will psyche myself up mentally to go into an arena where the crowd will boo me. But fortunately it’s not them I have to fight. It’s still one-on-one in the ring and I’ll be the best boxer in there. I feel mentally and physically ready. Everything has gone as planned. I’ve been getting some hard sparring from some top guys. I’m expecting Chudinov to be right in my face from the very beginning, but I’m prepared for that.
“It’s going to be a very even match, but overall I feel that I’m a better boxer. I’m not revealing anything about my tactics but I have a plan for how I will win. Nothing will get in the way of my world championship dream.”
By James Slater
In sad news, it has been reported that Matthew Saad Muhammad, the former light-heavyweight king from the 1980s, passed away in a hospital in his hometown of Philadelphia from unknown causes. Saad was just 59-years-old.
An absolute warrior in every sense of the word, Saad – born Maxwell Antonio Loach, originally fought under the name of Matthew Franklin but later changed his name for religious reasons in the ’80s – was known for taking unbelievable punishment in fights and somehow coming back to win. Turning pro in January of 1974 at the Spectrum in Philly, Saad would go on to capture the NABF 175-pound title with a 1977 stoppage win over Marvin Johnson (these two would meet again). In April of 1979, in Indianapolis, Saad TKO’d Johnson in the 8th to win the WBC crown. A number of thrillers already on his resume, Matthew would engage in plenty more. (more…)
Rene Alvarado vs. Rocky Juarez 125.2
Keandre Gibson vs. John Nater 143.6
Ryan Karl 142.5 vs. Wilbert Mitchell 142.6
Bryant Perrella 147.6 vs. Benito Tovar 146
Venue: Fort Bliss’ Stout Fitness Center, El Paso, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
By Hesiquio Balderas
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Popular 2000 Olympic silver medalist and five-time world title challenger Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez will be back in the ring tomorrow night as he challenges for another belt. The 34-year-old Juarez (29-10-1, 21 KOs) is gunning for the WBC super featherweight silver belt against current titleholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (20-2, 14 KOs) at the Fort Bliss’ Stout Fitness Center in El Paso, Texas. The bout will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
Rocky spoke exclusively with Fightnews.com about his past, present and future in boxing. (more…)
Ukraine media have reported that former world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has been elected Mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine and the 8th largest city in Europe with a population of 2,847,200.
Official results aren’t yet available, but the call has been made based on exit polls where Vitali has an overwhelming lead over seven other candidates. Klitschko was one of the leaders in the Euromaidan protests that brought down the reign of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. For a time he was a candidate for president himself, but Vitali later withdrew and announced his support for Petro Poroshenko. This is the third time Klitschko has run for the office after previous bids in 2006 and 2008. (Big thanks to Andrij)
Cementing a commitment to the burgeoning MMA scene in Asia and with Sands China Ltd., The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Cotai Arena in Macao for a second time in 2014, and third overall, on Saturday, August 23 with UFC® Fight Night Macao: Bisping vs. Le. (more…)
Battle at Fat Burger: Media reporting a brawl between Floyd Mayweather and rapper T.I. in Las Vegas. More
British legend Nigel Benn urges George Groves to “do a job” against Carl Froch in their rematch. More
Former Boston boxing legend Jordan “Tinker” Picot passes away at the age of 81. More
Amir Khan’s father and son selfies gain popularity. More
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