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WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee and challenger Billy Joe Saunders will finally collide at the Manchester Arena on December 19th in a Christmas extravaganza. The fighters are raring to get in the ring and decide who is the best after seeing two previous postponements of their fight – Lee with a viral infection and Saunders with a cut eye – and both are promising to close the year with an explosive ending.
Andy Lee: “The delay in the fight between me and Saunders has just made me more determined, if that is possible. Once I have beaten him on the 19th December I can move on in my career and unify the titles. My fans have been very patient and I’ll give them what they have been waiting for as a Christmas present, beating Saunders and remaining world champion. I’m a proud man and I’m prepared to fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep my title. Saunders is in for the fight of his life.”
Billy Joe Saunders: “Like Lee I just want to get in the ring and fight. We’ve talked and talked for months, now we just want to fight. I gave him the chance to fight for the world against Korobov when I stepped aside so now I want my chance. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here now and nobody is going to stop me. This isn’t going to be a Merry Christmas for him, more like the Nightmare Before Christmas. We’re both fighting men and one of us isn’t going to be standing at the end, and that won’t be me.” (more…)
By James Slater
Tyson Fury seems convinced that to beat heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko a fast start out of the blocks will prove essential. Speaking with Sky Sports’ “The Gloves Are Off,” Fury – who is back in serious training, in Ireland, now that his postponed date with Klitschko is back on for November 28th – said, well, lots of things:
“Just expect a wild animal,” he said. “I’ll be a tiger, a lion, a bear, whatever you like. Have I ever shown weakness on big occasions? There’s a lot more from me. I’ve got a lot of stuff up my sleeves. Wladimir doesn’t know what he’s in for.”
Fury sat across from Klitschko as he talked, yet the heavyweight boss seemed to merely smile and be amused at his challenger’s comments. Is Klitschko genuinely laughing at Fury, or is he hiding some real apprehension? Fury certainly seems to believe Klitschko is intimidated by him. (more…)
Date: Oct 11, 2015
Place: Herne, Germany
Arena: Shiraz Event Halle
Promoter: Ahmet Öener, Arena Box-Promotion
TV: NTV Spor, Turkey
12rnds, WBC Silver International Lightheavyweight title
Avni Yilderim,TK, 6-0-0(4), 79,350 vs Bernard Donfack,CM, 22-12-3(11), 79,350
Referee: David John Irving (IE)
Judges: Jurgen Langos (DE), Maurizio Rinaudo (DE), Daniel Van de Wiele (BE)
Supervisor: Mauro Betti (IT)
BDB rep.: Malte Mueller Michaelis (DE)
Roman Alesin,GE, 7-2-1(3), 76,200 vs Zura Mekereshvili,GE, 12-3-0(10), TBA
Robert Filipovic,DE, 1-0-0(1), 100,000 vs Konstantin Airich,KZ, 21-13-2(17), 107,000
Mohamed Al Zein,TK, 4-0-0(2), 112,000 vs Zoltan Beres,HU, 44-51-3(17), TBA
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan might boast the second longest unblemished record in British boxing but, despite home court at Manchester Arena, the oddsmakers are struggling to determine a favourite when the ‘Turbo’ makes his maiden defense against Diego Magdaleno tonight. That’s because the 28-year-old Las Vegan challenger is a proven quality operator; a former US national amateur champion who brings impressive 28-1, 12 KO pro record.
The sole blemish on Magdaleno’s slate was a highly questionable 12 round points reverse in a WBO super-feather tilt against Puerto Rico’s Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez in Macao two and a half years ago.
“I did what I had to do, clearly outboxed him but that’s all in the past now,” says the polite and amiable Magdaleno who suffered one of three career knockdowns in round four. The ‘loss’ is certainly the fight I’ve learned most from, about what’s needed to succeed at world title level, so maybe it was no bad thing. (more…)
Five months after one of the biggest victories of his professional career against Kevin Mitchell, WBC lightweight world champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (39-3, 26 KOs) will celebrate by fighting in his native Venezuela for the first time in more than five years as he defends his title for the second time against Mexico’s Ivan “Macanon” Cano (23-6-2, 15 KOs) tonight.
“I am ready to continue dominating the lightweight division and ready to bring a big night of boxing to Venezuela on October 10,” said Linares earlier this week. “This is a great homecoming for me. After traveling for most of my career I am proud to bring the title to Venezuela and be able to defend it at home. I will continue to show why I am a champion at 135 pounds.”
The card will be televised live on ESPN3 at 6:30PM ET.
It was a night of knockouts Friday night at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The main event saw the visiting Kelin Sharpe stop local favorite Ricky Smith. Sharpe dominated the fight so much so that Smith didn’t answer the bell for fifth and final round. Sharpe’s Journeyman Managment stablemates Joshua Greer Jr., Ernest Muhammad Jr., and Vernon “Meechie” Brown all scored first round knockouts in separate bouts on the undercard. The show was promoted by Salomon Becerra (Rough House Promotions).
As he gets ready for the training camp that will precede the biggest fight of his career, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is prepared for the one big adjustment he’ll have to make going from Sacramento to Colorado . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: All Star Boxing
Former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (22-4-1, 11 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-5-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In a good action Puerto Rico vs. Mexico showdown filled with exchanges, the speedy southpaw 2000 Olympian Cruz prevailed by scores of 97-93, 99-91, 96-94 to claim the vacant WBO Latino junior lightweight title.
Undefeated WBA #15 welterweight Emanuel “Pirata” De Jesus (16-0, 11 KOs) passed the toughest test of his young career with a fourth round TKO against 39-year-old veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera (38-22-3, 26 KOs). The bout was stopped after round four due to a cut under Rivera’s right eye.
The winner of Saturday’s bout in Venezuela between Alfonso Blanco and Sergey Khomisky will be recognized as WBA interim middleweight champion, but not until October 25.
Current WBA interim champion Chris Eubank Jr. will be allowed one more defense before being stripped due to inactivity. The winner of Eubank’s October 24 defense against Tony Jeter will immediately be stripped, with the title going to the Blanco-Khomisky winner who must next defend by February 25, 2016.
All parties were informed of the situation.
Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez winds down with training partners Alan Campa and Pedro Campa after a great day of work at Canelo’s training camp in San Diego, California. Through today, Canelo has completed 87 rounds of sparring. Alvarez and his team are very satisfied with how the camp has been so far. The Mexican superstar challenges WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in what is expected to be an epic showdown on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Locations for the closed circuit viewing of Cotto vs. Canelo, which will include Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and The Mirage Hotel & Casino went on sale today at $75.
Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic 189.4 vs. Gilberto Domingos 199.6
Leanthony Fleming 146.2 vs. Randy Heddrick 146.4
Armando Alvarez 149.8 vs. Juan Aguirre 153.6*
Curtis Vert 131 vs. Michael Guillen 130
Wytama Faulk 130.4 vs. Clark Brightwell 137.2*
Alex Nicholson 210 vs. Joseph White 250
* Aguirre and Brightwell were over contracted weight but the camps came to agreements in both bouts
** The bout between Raynard Younger and Leonardo Kenon was cancelled due to a 15 pound discrepancy
Venue: Florida Orange Event Center
Promoter: Mad Integrity Fight Sports
First Bout: 7 PM
Tickets: Madbombsaway4.bpt.me or Florida Orange Box Office
Last night at Big Six Academy in Providence, Rhode Island, undefeated super welterweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) hosted an open media workout in advance of his October 17th 10-round main event fight versus Dario Fabian “El Gallo” Pucheta (20-2, 11 KOs) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Stripped earlier this year of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title due to inactivity, Andrade will face Pucheta for WBO and WBA international titles, marking his first fight in 16 months.
“This turnout (of public) shows the support I have in Rhode Island. It’s been a while since they’ve seen me in the ring, but they’re going to start seeing me in big fights,” said Andrade. “The cream always rises to the top. I’m going to show that I’m the best 154-pounder in the world.” (more…)
Local star Bilal Laggoune stayed unbeaten when he was awarded a controversial split draw against Ukrainian visitor Dmytro Kucher tonight in the Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Ghent, Belgium. Laggoune did much better than many people expected against the experienced and dangerous puncher Kucher.
Kucher took the initiative from the start chasing cautious Laggoune for the first 4 rounds. Then Laggoune took more and more over in the middle rounds but the visitor found his second breath in the second half of the fight. Laggoune clearly won the 11th but had to give away the last. Kucher looked a comfortable winner despite having shown some ring rust and it seems that he has not the punching power anymore from a couple of years ago. Russian Alexander Kalinkin scored it 118-112 for Kucher, Smail Alitouche from France saw it a draw with 114 each but German Arnold Golger somehow had Laggoune the winner with 115-113. Igor Mazurov from Russia supervised the fight.
The title stays vacant and the EBU will most likely order a rematch.
Sasha Yengoyan scored another inside the distance win but it was much harder than expected. La bestia del Este stopped Fouad El Massoudi by TKO in the 7th. Yengoyan started well winning the first 2 round as the French visitor was very cautious. El Massoudi was closely winning rounds 3, 4 and 5. Yengoyan’s punches missed a lot their target or felt short but he took over again in the 6th to make it level. In the 7th El Massoudi was caught with big left which made him reeling against the ropes. Yengoyan went for the finish and in the follow up barrage of punches the referee waved it off. El Massoudi did not go down and was furious at the stoppage. But he was at that time suddenly taking a lot of punishment without firing back.
On the undercard Ismail Abdoul WUD06 Sylvain Luce, Sebastiaan Steen WUD06 Aurelien Lecocq and Elfi Philips stopped Daniele David by TKO03.
Claude Van den Heede of International boxing event promoted the show which was shown live on Sport 40 and AVS.
2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (9-0, 6 KOs) and power-punching light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (12-0, 11 KOs) will compete in separate bouts on Tuesday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Hunter will take on Jason Douglas (11-5, 4 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight attraction while Elbiali faces Mariano Hilario (12-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight bout.
The PBC/FS1-televised card is headlined by a heavyweight battle between Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washingon (16-0, 11 KOs) and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs).
In off-TV action, local cruiserweight favorite Mike Gavronski (19-1-1, 12 KOs) will face off against heavy-handed Jamie Campbell (11-8, 8KOs), super welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco (26-2, 14 KOs) who takes on Pablo “Sepulturero” Munguia (21-8, 12 KOs) and welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (25-2, 21 KOs) faces Javier Molina (15-1, 7KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mariana Juarez 114.80 vs Vanessa Taborda 114
WBC international superflyweight title
Alberto Guevara 121 vs Rolando Magbanua 121
Luis Ceja 111.50 vs Valentin Leon 113.50
Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Los cabos, Baja California
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Ramón Alvarez 156 vs. Ben Tackie 154
Francisco Rodríguez 113 vs. Ronald Ramos 112
Alejandro Barrera 147 vs. José de Jesús Macías 147.2
Édgar García 113.1 vs. Martín Tepacuetla 114.3
Escenario: Arena Ciudad de México, México, D.F.
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA) Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Turkish rising star Avni Yildirim is taking the fast track to the top. Less than two months after winning the WBC Silver International light heavyweight championship by unanimous decision against former world champion Glen Johnson in Miami, the 24-year-old returns to the ring this Sunday (Oct. 11) in Herne, Germany, to defend his title against Bernard Donfack. Fightnews.com® met Yildirim for an exclusive interview.
Avni, you have had quite an impressive year with already five wins in 2015 so far and your next fight just around the corner. How do you feel after this extraordinary level of activity?
I am young and hungry and would fight every other week if I could. My first four wins this year were fast KOs so it wasn’t really hard work. But even after going ten rounds with Glen Johnson in my last fight I still felt great and wanted to fight again as fast as possible. I am lucky, very happy and proud to have a great promoter who gives me the opportunity to fight a lot. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Danny O’Connor 146.2 vs. Gabriel Bracero 146.8
Jonathan Guzman 121.6 vs. Danny Aquino 121.6
Ryan Kielczewski 125.8 vs. Rafael Vazquez126
Adam Kownacki 261.2 vs. Rodney Hernandez 240
Gary O’Sullivan 172.6 vs. David Toribio 174.2
Patrick Hyland 128.4 vs. David Martinez 128
Stephen Ormond 139 vs. Michael Clark 140.6
Titus Williams 131.2 vs. Arthur Parker 134.6
Fernando Saucedo 134.8 vs. Carlos Fulgencio 134
Venue: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Terry Flanagan 135 vs. Diego Magdaleno 134.75
(WBO lightweight title)
Liam Smith 153.5 vs. John Thompson 152.25
(Vacant WBO jr middleweight title)
Luke Blackledge 167.5 vs. vs. Lee Markham 166.75
Jack Catterall ?? vs. Jarkko Putonen ??
Tom Stalker 134.6 vs. Craig Evans 134
Jimmy Kelly 152.75 vs. Martin Fidel Rios 154
Adrian Gonzalez 134.25 vs. John Kays 134.5
Ryan Burnett 117.5 vs. Robert Kanalas ??
Vijender Singh 164.6 vs. Sonny Whiting 165.7
Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: beIN Sports (USA, BoxNation (UK)
Jorge Linares 133.8 vs. Ivan Cano 134.6
(WBC lightweight title)
Mayerlin Rivas 117.4 vs. Galina Ivanova 117.2
(WBA female bantamweight title)
Sergey Khomitsky 158.4 vs. Alfonso Blanco 159.8
(WBA interim middleweight title)
Alexander Ustinov 285.4 vs. Maurice Harris 238.2
Robert Barrera 107 vs. Carlos Canizales 107
Venue: El Poliedro, Caracas, Venezuela
Note: The winner of the above Sergey Khomitsky vs. Alfonso Blanco bout will be crowned as a second WBA “interim” middleweight world champion, joining the current WBA “interim” middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. who defends his belt against Tony Jeter in two weeks. Also, WBA “super” middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin fights next week in a unification clash with IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux, and WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs defends against Peter Quillin on December 5. photos
On November 7, 22-year-old Top Rank light welterweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (16-0, 9 KOs) will take on Oscar “Raton” Cortes (25-2, 13 KOs) in an 8-round fight at The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Reed-Cortes is promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate. The HBO-televised main event will feature Timothy Bradley defending his WBO welterweight world championship against Brandon Rios, and in the co-main event, Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his WBO featherweight title against Romulo Koasicha.
ShoBox: The New Generation returns on October 23 with a quadrupleheader. In the main event at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., undefeated Rob “Bravo” Brant (17-0, 11 KOs, 0-3 in World Series of Boxing) faces Louis “The Unknown” Rose (13-2-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.
In the televised co-features (all eight-rounders), unbeaten Harmonito “El Huracan de Gensan” Dela Torre (16-0, 11 KOs) will make his U.S. debut against Angel “El Gato” Luna (12-1-1, 7 KOs), undefeated heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (14-0-1, 12 KOs) will face Akhror “Aha” Muralimov (14-1, 11 KOs), and light heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (15-1, 8 KOs) will face southpaw Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (16-3, 10 KOs). All but Clarkson will be making their ShoBox debuts.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC female world champion Mariana “Barby” Juarez (41-8-3, 17 KOs) will fight for the WBC International super flyweight belt against Argentinian Vanesa Taborda (8-4-1, 0 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. Barby was awarded a split decision over Taborda in July, but that decision was overturned by the WBC and the judges were suspended. “I trained hard. Vanessa is a boxer who had her night but it won’t be repeated. This will be the night of Barby. I’ll leave with my arm raised.”
In the co-feature, world ranked bantamweight Alberto “Metro” Guevara (21-2, 8 KOs) meets Filipino Rolando “Smooth Operator” Magbanua (25-3, 17 KOs) in a ten rounder. Also Luis “Gallito” Ceja (27-5-3, 22 KOs) will face the experienced Valentin “Picoco” Leon (38-30-3, 21 KOs) in a flyweight clash.
The event presented by Promotions del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
Former world title challengers Youri Kalenga and Roberto Bolonti will do battle in a cruiserweight 10-rounder on the undercard of the Monte Carlo “Night of Champions” tournament on November 7. The card is topped by WBA light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer’s title defence against Tommy Oosthuizen. It will be Kalenga’s second fight in Monaco, having beaten fellow contender Mateusz Masternak in the principality last year.
Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs) is fresh off a decision loss in a challenge for the WBA title against Denis Lebedev, while Bolonti (36-4, 25 KOs), in his first fight at cruiserweight, dropped a decision to Danny Green in August.
By Matt Thompson; photos by Emily Harney
It’s a fight Danny O’Connor has wanted since the final bell in his decision loss to Gabriel Bracero back in April 2011, and he will get that opportunity to avenge his first loss this Saturday at the Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA as the headliner of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on the NBC Sports Network.
“We’ve both changed,” explained O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) from his Framingham, MA home. “This is a whole new fight, both very different guys.”
One big change for O’Connor was when his wife, Diane, gave birth to their second son, Keegan, on September 21st. Coincidentally, his first son, Liam, was just three weeks old the first time O’Connor fought Bracero (now 23-2, 4 KOs).
O’Connor admits that he was overwhelmed with the stress and pressure of a new family back then but not this time around. (more…)
The unbeaten Green Bay Packers have been grabbing the bulk of attention in Wisconsin since the NFL season started, but tonight professional boxing returns to Titletown, USA as a bit of an appetizer to the big game on Sunday. The middleweight headliner will feature local favorite Ricky Smith vs Journeyman Management’s Kelin Sharpe. The bout is a scheduled for five rounds. Sharpe’s management stablemates Joshua Greer Jr., Ernest Muhammad Jr., and Vernon Brown round out the undercard. The show is promoted by Salomon Becerra (Rough House Promotions).
When your name is Eddie Alvarez, you carry a ton of expectations around with you.
After spending more than a decade collecting titles on various stages around the sport, where he defeated every established name he could get his hands on outside of the UFC, the fighter widely recognized as one of the best lightweights in the world finally found himself inside the Octagon. As he stood across from perennial contender Donald Cerrone at UFC 178 in September of 2014, the moment fight fans around the world had been waiting for was about to jump off . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Johnny B’
In 2004, a group in Illinois started a Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 2013, they decided to add Boxing as one of the categories. After seeing plenty of interest, and realizing the countless outstanding boxing candidates in Illinois, and those that often competed in Illinois, the group unanimously voted to create a separate Boxing Hall of Fame. Finally, the creation of the long-awaited Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame.
On November 14th 2015 a total of 26 inductees will join the current members in the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame at the Abbington Banquets Hall 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Orlando Cruz 129.6 vs. Gabino Cota 130
(WBO Latin Jr Lightweight title
Emanuel De Jesus 147 vs. Cosme Rivera 146.9
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr/All Star Boxing
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Andy Newman
Mercedes Vazquez Simmons’ Pretty Girl Promotions put on an eight-fight card billed as “Latin Explosion – Thursday Throwdown 2” in Downtown Rochester, NY at the Radisson Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Local boy Lavisas “Red” Williams took it to Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek all night long to win an eight round decision. Former WBC champ Melissa “Hurricane” Hernandez took out Gina Chamie at the bell ending the first round and Emanuel Colon remained unbeaten as he blitzed out Jose Marrufo also in the opening stanza.
Unbeaten lightweight Lavisas “Red” Williams took on Prague, Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek in his first scheduled eight rounder. “Red” utilized his Southpaw stance and speed to befuddle his diminutive foe. While being pot-shotted along the ropes, Dufek would dip so low on defense, it often looked as if he’d take a knee or go down. But Dufek would spring off the ropes from his crouch to try and mount a counter attack, with mixed results. Southpaw left uppercuts, snappy jabs, hooks to the body and lead lefts from Williams kept Dufek in “Czech” throughout the bout. A hard left to the jaw had Dufek reeling in the eighth and final round, causing him to lose his mouthpiece. But the final bell sounded with both fighters still on their feet along with the crowd. Finals scores were 80-72 across the board all for Williams, now 8-0-1, 3 KOs. Dufek goes to 17-10-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
World renowned trainer Joel Diaz has been named the new trainer of former junior welterweight world champion, Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov. Diaz, who has guided many world champions, will train Provodnikov in Indio, California as Provodnikov prepares for his next bout, which will be announced shortly.
Promoter Yvon Michel announced today that unbeaten IBF #2 light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will face former world title challenger Karo Murat (27-2-1, 17 KOs) in an IBF eliminator to take place November 28 at the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City. Murat stepped in after IBF #11 rated Yuniesky Gonzalez refused the fight. Murat previously challenged Bernard Hopkins for the same title in October 2013. If the parties fail to agree on terms, there will be a purse bid in 10 days.
Photo: Stevens Leblanc/Québécor Media
Super middleweight world champion James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs), of England, and former world champion Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs), of Montreal, completed a two-city, two-country kickoff press conference Thursday in London to formally announce their Nov. 28 showdown in the main event on Showtime from the Vidéotron Centre of Quebec City. There also was a press conference Tuesday in Quebec City.
Below is what DeGale and Bute and the executives had to say on Tuesday at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City and Thursday at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London:
James DeGale: “I am excited to face an elite fighter like Lucian, who was champion for five years. He is still a good boxer and he told me he wants the belt back. But trust me; I am too young, too fresh and just too good. The way I’m feeling, mentally and physically, I’m in fantastic shape. It’s going to be very hard to beat me. My journey is only just starting, his is about to end in November. The way I am training, nobody will beat me. You can see my character just by the fact I accepted to come here and take that fight. Be ready for a furious and spectacular fight. There is no one in this division who can beat me. I’m willing to box anyone. I want to fight all the big fighters in the biggest fights.” (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera is still very upset that an IBF final eliminator bout against Artur Beterbiev has been derailed by his visa issues. Barrera, who is ranked #8 by the IBF (and also rated in the WBO and WBA’s top 10), said that he didn’t hesitate when the fight was offered to him. “I accepted the fight less than 5 minutes after my team offered it to me. This is what I have worked my entire life for. I want to be world champion and Beterbiev was my opportunity to get to Kovalev,” Barrera explained. (more…)
12rnds, Vacant EBU Cruiserweight title
Bilal Laggoune,BE, 19-0-1(9), 90,250
Dmytro Kucher,UA, 23-1-0(17), 89,700
Referee: Robin Dolpierre (FR)
Judges: Arnold Golger (DE), Smail Alitouche (FR), Alexander Kalinkin (RU)
Supervisor: Igor Mazurov (RU)
Sasha Yengoyan,BE, 32-2-1(21), 70,000 vs Fouad El Massoudi,FR, 13-5-0(1), 69,500
Ismail Abdoul,BE, 56-36-2(20), 89,000 vs Sylvain Luce,FR, 8-9-0(1), 88,500
Sebastiaan Steen,BE, 6-0-0(1), 63,500 vs Aurelien Lecocq,FR, 1-18-1(0), 62,500
Elfi Philips,BE, 5-2-3(1), 62,700 vs Daniela David,RO, 4-23-1(1), 62,500
Date: Oct 9, 2015
Place: Ghent, Belgium
Arena: Topsporthal Vlaanderen
Promoter: Claude Van de Heede, International boxing event
TV: Sport 40 / AVS
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