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By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Fighters appearing on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury” card on Saturday in Macao, China, took part in Thursday’s final press conference hosted by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Here’s what they had to say:
Bob Arum: You’re going to see three incredible featherweight championship matches. And I use that word advisably, because every one of these fights is going to be competitive world class fighters, guys who have a lot to win, a lot to lose…this is a great, memorable show. Many times a promoter gets up and talks about how great the fight is, et cetera. But as the fighters will tell you themselves, this truly is a terrific loaded show.
Multi-division former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) challenges WBA featherweight “super” champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (26-2, 15 KOs).
Nonito Donaire: 2013 was a year I would say was covered in darkness, but that’s how life is…for me this is a new beginning with Vetyeka. He’s an amazing fighter and we understand what he’s capable of. For us this is a statement, regardless of whether I have it or not. And that’s something everyone will be excited to see. And we’ll find out Saturday.
Simpiwe Vetyeka: Thank you to Nonito for accepting my challenge. I’m the champion, but I chose to fight Nonito and he accepted…fight night I’ll make sure I defend my title successfully. That’s why I’m here. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico works out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach during media day Wednesday at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for his eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision against WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina.
Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event are available at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. photos
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Welterweight “Mr. Smooth” Sakima Mullings (14-1, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Richard “Frog” Holmes (5-4, 3 KOs) on Wednesday night in a quarter-final match in the 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing series at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica. It was a good action fight with Mullings progressively breaking down the very game Holmes. Time was 1:14. Mullings will now advance to the semi-final to face the winner between Donovan “Police” Campbell and Christopher “Shaka” Henry. The other semi-final features 43-year-old former world contender Howard “The Battersea Bomber” Eastman vs. Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis. The winner of the tournament wins J$2,000,000 (about $18,000 U.S.)
James DeGale MBE says that he is in the right place physically and mentally as he faces Brandon Gonzales in an IBF World Super Middleweight title eliminator on the biggest night of his career on Saturday at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO. ‘Chunky’ tackles the unbeaten American with a fight against either champion Carl Froch or challenger George Groves waiting for the victor later this year, as they renew hostilities in a rematch on the top of the bill.
DeGale has won eight on the spin since his controversial defeat to Groves in May 2011, but despite landing the European title and then the WBC Silver crown in impressive fashion, the Harlesden star was close to quitting in the autumn after growing disillusioned with the sport. (more…)
Report/photos: Bob Caico
Jonathan Gonzalez 115 vs. Michael Ruiz, Jr. 114.8
Milos Pantelic 193.4 vs. Mike Bissett 190.2
Michelle Cook 117.8 vs. Alisah McPhee 117
Brandon Williams 132.4 vs. Phil Nazario 131
Lavisas Williams 131 vs. DeWayne Wisdom 127.6
Date: Thursday May 29th at 7:00pm
Promoter: Pretty Girl Productions (585) 330-0273
Venue: Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center
Tickets: $30, $40, $50 and $100. VIP tables are also available
During UFC International Fight Week™, come run, jog or walk alongside UFC stars as they race throughout the heart of downtown Las Vegas for the Ulti-man™ 5k run, presented by UFC FIT™ and UFC GYM®, starting at 8 a.m. PT on Friday, July 4, rain or shine. Registration starts at 7 a.m. followed by a UFC FIT inspired warm-up at 7:30 a.m. with UFC FIT Coach Mike Dolce, UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate and UFC GYM coaches. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Barney Harrell from Chicago’s Southside, a longtime amateur and professional timekeeper for the State of Illinois, passed away this past Monday May 26th. As an amateur boxer, Harrell was a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Champion in 1954 at Middleweight (160 lbs.) and while in the military, Harrell was a 165 lb. champion in 1961. Barney also officiated amateur boxing as a judge and referee for several years, and from 1999 – 2003 saw some action as a judge and referee in the professional ranks. Arrangements TBA R.I.P. Barney Harrell.
In early spring, DiBella Entertainment announced the signing of highly touted middleweight prospect Ivan Golub to an exclusive co-promotional contract with Fight Promotions, Inc. Not looking to stop there, DBE has just added fellow Ukrainian amateur standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko to its stable. Like Golub, Derevyanchenko will be co-promoted by Fight Promotions, Inc. and the two Ukrainian middleweights will make their much-anticipated DBE debuts on an upcoming Broadway Boxing card this summer. Derevyanchenko represented his native Ukraine at the 2008 Olympics and has been fighting in the World Series of Boxing, where he posted a 23-1 overall record.
Former WBC junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) will take on once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in a special attraction 10-round middleweight bout at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas. While the bout against Rogers is off-TV, it is a very important fight at this point of Mora’s career. If he is to ever get another world championship opportunity, the 33-year-old Mora not only has to continue winning but do so in impressive fashion.
“We realize that just winning isn’t enough anymore,” said Mora. “Promoters and TV execs, even fans have changed the name of the game from the Sweet Science to ‘Entertainment’. Guys getting knocked out are getting more TV dates because they lose in grand fashion. I am not willing to lose, but in order to get the TV dates nowadays, I am willing to adapt to what is needed. Entertaining can be dangerous, but I chose a dangerous profession. (more…)
Freddie Roach during today’s Miguel Cotto media day at the Wild Card Gym: “They say the fight goes nine rounds I think we win in four rounds. Miguel’s ring generalship alone will win this fight. We have two more days of sparring, then four rounds of work and that’s it. We are ready to fight.”
By Karl Freitag
WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and his challenger undefeated Chris Algieri hosted an international media conference call Wednesday to talk about their June 14 HBO clash at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Ruslan Provodnikov: This is a great opponent and a great fight…all my career I’ve had to fight guys taller than me with longer wingspans and all I can do is try to get them and try to pressure them. It’s no secret what my plan is, of course I’m going to pressure. They all try to box me and they all try to move and jab, but I’m going to follow my plan and break the person down from a distance, from up close, anywhere.
Provodnikov Trainer Freddie Roach: We always take fights seriously and we get ready for every fight 100%. At the level we’re at right now, at the world title level, you can’t take anyone for granted and we’re in great shape for this fight.
Chris Algeiri: I haven’t had those big name fights yet, I’ve only been on TV a couple of times, but I’ve been working very hard throughout my entire career getting ready for this opportunity and on June 14 everyone’s gonna see who I am and what I bring to the table and that’s when everyone can see what Chris Algieri’s all about.
England’s Martin Murray won’t be attending this weekend’s superfight in London – he’s too busy focusing on preparation for his June 21 fight that tops the Golden Gloves “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo. The smooth-hitting middleweight (27-1-1, 12 KOs) meets Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine in a fight for the WBC Silver title. With Murray’s ambitions squarely on a touted world championship fight in November, he knows anything but a convincing victory won’t be good enough.
Speaking from his home in St Helens, in the north of England, Murray said he had taken just a week off since his return from South Africa five weeks ago. While there, he produced a routine sixth-round stoppage of Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh in a “keep-busy” fight. “I’m at a high level of fitness and my nutrition is spot-on. I’ve done plenty of work and am on track with just a few weeks to go. Sparring has been great . . . I can’t wait to get out there.” (more…)
Photos: Team Sauerland
Patrick Nielsen (22-0, 11 KOs) challenges Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) for the interim WBA World Middleweight title on Sunday June 1st at the Mytishchi Arena in Moscow, Russia. At today’s final press conference the two undefeated boxers shared their thoughts on the upcoming World Championship clash.
“I am very happy to be here in Moscow and I am grateful for the opportunity to fight for the WBA title,” said Patrick Nielsen. “I know that Chudinov will be a tough opponent and I am expecting a close fight but I will be ready for the challenge.
“Physically and mentally I am in the best shape of my career. I am 100% focused on winning. In my mind there can be only one outcome and that is me bringing the title back to Denmark.”
“This is the most important fight of my life,” said the reigning champion Dmitry Chudinov. “My training has gone great and I am ready to defend my belt. I have a lot of respect for Patrick for agreeing to fight me in Moscow but he will not win.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing the Octagon® back to Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 16 at Revel Casino Hotel. In the evening’s main event, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone takes on New Jersey’s own Jim Miller in a five-round bout featuring two of the sport’s most exciting lightweights. (more…)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Heavyweights Francesco Pianeta, Steffen Kretschmann and Tom Schwarz, all featured fighters on Friday’s all heavyweight card at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany, showed their skills to a large crowd of spectators at the Altmarkt Galerie.
Recent world title challenger Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) meets Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs) for the WBO European belt, Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) faces Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant International German belt, and 19-year-old Schwartz (5-0, 3 KOs) completes in a four-man, one night “Prizefighter-like” tournament. More photos
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (ctr) poses with “Featherweight Fury” fighters: (L-R) Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, IBF featherweight champ Egveny Gradovich and Esquiva Falcao during ‘grand arrivals’ to standing-room-only crowds at the The Venetian Macao Resort Wednesday.
Donaire takes on 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- Donaire vs Simpiwe” will be televised in the US on HBO, same day at 4pm ET/PT.
By Ron Jackson
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
South Africa’s Simpiwe Vetyeka faces the toughest challenge of his career when he makes the first defence of his WBA ‘super” featherweight belt against former multi-weight world champion Nonito Donaire at the Cotai Arena at Venetian in Macao, China on Saturday. The 33-year-old Vetyeka 26-2; 16 won the title in a major upset when he stopped Indonesian Chris John in December last year in Australia. John had held the belt for more than ten years and this was his first defeat in 51 fights.
Donaire, 31, from the Philippines who has a record of 32-2; 21 has won world titles in three divisions and was considered pound-for-pound one of the top fighters in the world until he was upset by the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in April last year. Seven months after the setback against Rigondeaux, Donaire who has held the IBF flyweight, WBC/WBO bantamweight and WBO/IBF super bantamweight belts had to come from behind before stopping Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round. (more…)
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Photos: Lawrence Lustig
George Groves pulls no punches on tonight’s Behind The Ropes on Sky Sports – describing Carl Froch’s technique as ‘awful’ and rejecting the champion as a fighting man ahead of their clash 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. Groves called their first meeting a ‘daylight robbery’ when Froch survived a first round knockdown and a furious onslaught in a sixth round that the Londoner called ‘the worst round in Carl Froch’s career’, only for the Nottingham star to retain his titles with a controversial ninth round stoppage.
The rivalry between the pair has escalated rapidly since the first fight was announced, and Groves raises the stakes again as in tonight’s show, ruthlessly dissecting The Cobra’s ‘awful style.’
“He is ignorant enough that if he is getting hit as long as he is landing something he will keep punching,” said Groves. “Technically it’s terrible. It’s an awful, awful style you would never encourage a fighter to box that way, you would never encourage a young kid who’s just joined the gym to box like that. (more…)
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Multi-division world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, IBF featherweight champ Egveny Gradovich, multi-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and top five jr featherweight contender Chris “The Hit Man” Avalos have been out and about today in Macao, China, in advance of their high profile bouts on Saturday at The Venetian Macao Resort’s Cotai Arena.
Donaire challenges WBA featherweight “super” champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka, Gradovich defends his IBF belt against Alexander Miskirtchian, Darchinyan challenges WBA featherweight “regular” champ Nicholas Walters and Avalos takes on Yasutaka Ishimoto in an IBF eliminator. Donaire-Vetyeka will be on HBO. Avalos-Ishimoto will be televised via same-day delay as the main event on Sólo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, Gradovich-Miskirtchian and Walters-Darchinyan will be broadcast on TopRank.TV.
Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime PPV have announced the three bouts that will support the main event featuring Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara on Saturday, July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the co-main event, former three-division world champion Abner Mares returns to face Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Oquendo in a 10-round featherweight bout. In the opening PPV bout, Johan Perez defends his interim WBA junior welterweight world championship against Mauricio Herrera in s 12-round match up. Rounding out the four-fight pay-per-view event, Puerto Rican star and former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez battles Mexico’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas in a 10-round bout for the WBO international super featherweight title.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
It’s back to the future for four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Year Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire as he finishes off a training camp that hasn’t been this rigorous and back to basics since his stellar year in 2012. Donaire is moving up yet another weight division, this time to challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) Undisputed featherweight world champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Vetyeka vs. Donaire will be televised from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao, this Saturday, May 31, on HBO, beginning at 4:00 pm ET/PT. The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.
“Last year I got away from what made me successful and I paid the price for that when I met Guillermo Rigondeaux. And even when I knocked out Vic Darchinyan in our rematch last year, that wasn’t the best me,” said a very candid Donaire. (more…)
By Graham Houston
There are times when a fight ends in such an unsatisfactory fashion that a rematch gets made by public demand. This is the situation with the return fight between Carl Froch and George Groves, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with Sky Sports televising on PPV in the U.K. while HBO will be showing the fight for viewers in the U.S. Froch, who will be defending his WBA “super world” and IBF 168lbs titles, felt he had proved superiority with last November’s ninth-round win — but few agreed.
Almost overwhelmingly, fans worldwide believe that Groves was an unlucky loser. Groves was certainly in trouble when referee Howard Foster intervened in the ninth round, but Groves hadn’t been down, and although definitely rocked in the ninth, and perhaps fading, he hadn’t been pounded into anything approaching a definitive defeat. While Froch was in the ascendancy when the fight was stopped, Groves, it appeared, had not been given the chance to hang on, get himself back on an even keel and perhaps stage a thrilling rally.
Yet was it really such a bad break for Groves? Although Groves was in front on all three judges’ cards after eight rounds, he had just a one-point margin on two of the scorecards. Assuming Groves had survived the ninth round without getting knocked down — and don’t forget there were still 87 seconds remaining in the round, sufficient time for Froch to do significant damage — the fact is that the boxers would have been level on two of the scorecards with three rounds to go, and Froch is known for coming on strongly late in fights. (more…)
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