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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian lightweight Brendan “The Machine” Saunders (2-1-2) will be in action against John Min (7-7, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Min has clashed with former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib in an Australian title bout and in his most recent ring lost to Filipino Joebert Delos Reyes in August. Saunders is coming off a ten round stoppage to Cameron Glass in August. (more…)
Main Events continues to add to an already impressive light heavyweight stable with the signing of Nadjib Mohammedi, the 29-year old from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France who earned the #1 position in the IBF earlier this year with his seventh round knockout of Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko in his US debut. Mohammedi was announced as the mandatory challenger for IBF belt in July, but then-IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins instead elected to fight a title unification bout against Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, which took place last weekend. Kovalev defeated Hopkins in a wide decision to become the IBF, WBO and WBA unified light heavyweight champion.
While waiting for his chance at the IBF belt, Mohammedi knocked out Demetrius Walker at 2:16 in the first round on Saturday as part of the Hopkins-Kovalev undercard. With Kovalev’s unanimous decision defeat of Hopkins, Kovalev inherited Mohammedi as his mandatory challenger for the IBF belt. (more…)
José ‘Sniper’ Pedraza 130 vs. vs Michael Farenas 129.8
(IBF jr lightweight eliminator
Edgardo ‘Sasso’ López 128.8 vs Alberto Mercado 129.6
Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González 107 vs Omar ‘Pastor’ Soto 110
Emmanuel ‘Pirata’ De Jesús 151 vs. Javier García 148
Rashidi ‘Speedy’ Ellis 154 vs. Joseph De los Santos 154
Félix ‘La Sombra’ Caraballo 125 vs. Bryan Resto 127
Marcos ‘Marquitos’ Osorio 157 vs. Joseph Mora 149
Derreick Cuevas 142 vs Rey Arroyo 135
Venue: Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, PR
Promoter: Universal Promotions
TV: DirecTV (Puerto Rico only)
In case you missed it, here’s the complete episode of 24/7 Pacquiao/Algieri. The world welterweight championship fight takes place November 22 live on pay-per-view.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC middleweight world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez says he hopes to continue in boxing but it all depends on the physical condition of his injured right knee. “I don’t want to retire losing my last fight, but fights are won or lost, you have to know to accept it…I hope to do one more bout. This is a difficult situation with my knee but I have great hope to return,” Martinez stated in an interview with the Argentine TyC Sports channel. Martinez lost his WBC middleweight world title in his last bout on June 7 against Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto.
Frank Warren Statement: In a judgement handed down today in the case brought by promoter and manager Frank Warren against Ricky Burns for wrongful termination of his promotional contract and unpaid management fees, The Court upheld both agreements, ordering Burns to pay substantial outstanding management fees. Burns, whose career completely crashed after joining Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, badly losing two contests and his world title in the process, was also found in the Judgement to have wrongfully terminated his promotional contract with Frank Warren.
Ricky Burns lost or abandoned 17 out of the 20 issues the Judge had to determine and the Judge found his explanation and arguments about management commission were ‘untenable in the context of this case’. The Judge also ruled that Burns was wrong to claim that his purse for the Kevin Mitchell contest was £200,000 but that it was £160,000 as Mr Warren had stated. It transpired during trial that Ricky Burns is earning far less than £160,000 now he is being promoted by Matchroom Sport. (more…)
Boxing returns December 12 to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with a 14-fight “Holiday Boxing Bash” featuring a quartet of undefeated local and international prospects. In the night’s main event, undefeated former amateur star Rau’shee Warren (12-0, 3 KOs) will go 10 rounds in the bantamweight division. Featured in separate showcase bouts will be local up-and-comer Jose F. Quezada (4-0, 3 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder; Warsaw, Poland’s Patryk Szymanski (11-0, 6 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-rounder; and Aurora, Illinois super lightweight Eddie Ramírez (6-0, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. Opponents for all will be announced shortly.
Undefeated Jesse “Hard Work” Hart gets his first featured role in his hometown when he takes on hard-hitting Samuel Miller, of Arboletes, Colombia, in an eight-round super middleweight contest Saturday evening, Dec. 13, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The Hart-Miller bout along with an eight-round lightweight contest featuring Felix Verdejo, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, against Karim El Ouazghari, of Barcelona, Spain, will be televised as part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate series on UniMas. The delayed telecast will begin at 11pm (EST). First of seven prelims begins at 6.45pm.
The 25-year-old Hart is 15-0, 12 K0s. His father, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, was one of the hardest-hitting middleweights of his time, compiling a 30-9-1 record with 28 K0s from 1969 to 1981. A big gate attraction because of his fearsome punching power, the elder Hart engaged in some of Philadelphia’s most talked-about ring battles against legends like Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Bennie Briscoe, Vito Antuofermo, Kitten Hayward, Willie “The Worm” Monroe and Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts. (more…)
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is currently a -670 favorite to successfully defend titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on Saturday at the o2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Pulev backers can get +485. Over/Under is 7.5 rounds, with “Over” at -185 and “Under” at +160. Klitschko is making his 17th defense of the belt.
Heather Hardy has garnered headlines with every punch, and rightfully so, when, as a single mother from Brooklyn, unfiltered, strong-minded and authentic, she decided to become a professional boxer. The new documentary, “HARDY,” takes viewers behind the scenes into Heather’s complex and unique life as a female fighter, single mother, girlfriend and determined businesswoman. The film is directed by Natasha Verma and executive produced by New York’s biggest boxing promoter, Lou DiBella. The film will screen at DOC NYC, the country’s largest documentary film festival, at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas at 11:45AM on Sunday, November 16, 2014. (more…)
A new interim heavyweight champion will be crowned this Saturday when the UFC finally lands in Mexico for a card headlined by Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt battling it out with the gold on the line . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Statement from Ricky Burns: Frank Warren has lost his £2m claim against Ricky Burns. The Judge dismissed his claim as “fanciful” and said that it bore “no relation to reality.” Frank Warren was found to have lied in Court about an alleged oral agreement relating to Burns. His evidence was described as “untruthful”, “unrealistic” and “unreliable” by the Judge, Mr Justice Knowles. Warren had previously been found to have lied in his litigation with Joe Calzaghe.
Mr Justice Knowles added that “despite the duties of Warren and Frank Warren Promotions to give proper disclosure of documents relevant to this matter, the quality of the disclosure in fact given was shockingly poor.” Burns has in turn, won his claim, amounting to more than £102,000, for unpaid purse fees from his successful World Title fight with Kevin Mitchell over two years ago. (more…)
Promoter Ronson Frank of Uprising Promotions returns this Friday to the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, Queens with a card loaded with intriguing match-ups. In the main event, super featherweight Angel “El Gato” Luna (9-0, 6 KOs) from the Dominican Republic faces Victor Serrano (4-7, 1 KO), a gritty Mexican warrior who owns a deceiving record. Including the bout with Luna, Serrano has faced nine undefeated fighters in his last ten fights.
In the co-main event, undefeated lightweight Wesley “El Bongocero” Ferrer (5-0, 4 KOs) from Brooklyn, goes toe-to-toe with Will Walters (2-5, 1 KO), a Sacramento native. Ferrer won the NY Daily News Golden Gloves Championship in 2009 when he was just 17-years-old. Since turning pro in September 2013, Ferrer has stopped four of his five opponents in the first round. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Tyrieshia Douglas 116.5 vs. Christina Ruiz 118
James Stevenson 144 vs. Larry Darnell Ventus 146.5
Ivan Golub 157 vs. Tyson Harrison 154
Malik Hawkins 148.5 vs Terrell Coles 153
Ivan Baranchyk 140 vs. Christopher Haney 136
Kwame Ritter 187 vs. Devon Mosley 199
Stephon McDonald 137.5 vs. Sidney McCow 138.5
It has been quite a whirlwind boxing career for Baltimore, MD super flyweight Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas. As an amateur, she was among the first group of women to attend the US Olympic Boxing Trials in 2012, joining her brother Antoine as the first sister-brother duo to compete in the event. Now, just eight bouts into her pro career, the undefeated Douglas (7-0, three KO’s) will compete for her first world title as she challenges Christina Ruiz of San Antonio, TX for the vacant WIBA Super Flyweight title at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena) in Baltimore. This 10-round bout is the main event of the inaugural ShayStyle Promotions card. (more…)
Thomas “Hitman” Hearns talks about tartan-clad Scotsmen. More
“Pacquiao is among the all-time greats!” At least that’s what a (non-boxing) sports mogul thinks. More
There’s a casting call for the Vinny Paz movie in Rhode Island. More
A Rocky spin-off with Apollo Creed’s “grandson?” More
The BWAA has announced that long time boxing writer Rusty Rubin has passed away at the age of 72. Rubin wrote several books and in recent years contributed to various websites, but he is best known for having been the publisher and editor of Ring Sports Magazine, a Reno based publication that had a 17 year run (1989-2006). Although Rusty barely broke even financially with Ring Sports, his goal in putting out the publication was to make friends, not money. That was more than accomplished.
Joseph Diaz 122.8 vs. Roberto Castaneda 123
Julian Ramirez 124.6 vs. Pedro Melo 121
Diego De La Hoya 123.6 vs. Ali Gonzalez 122.8
Taishan Dong 286 vs. Tommy Washington Jr 281
Roy Tapia 126 vs. Luis Maldonado 126.8
Gabriel Tolmajyan 132 vs. Carlos Morales 132.8
Nicolas Arce 129.8 vs. Adalbert Valenzuela 132
Jesus Delgado 133.6 vs. Rick Quevedo 133.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Photos: Mikey Williams
Two of the top boxers in Mexico will be featured this Saturday Night in San Antonio, Texas when world ranked and undefeated Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Olympian, Oscar Valdez in a show that will be telecast from the Alamodome on HBO Latino.
They both worked out today in San Antonio with former world champion Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez in attendance along the local media.
Super middleweight Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico will take on the roughed Fulgenciao Zuniga (27-9-1, 24 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in the 10 round main event while Valdez (13-0, 11KOs) of Nogales, Mexico will take on former world title challenger Alberto Garza in an eight round featherweight bout. photos
Fres Oquendo’s wife and newborn were in the hospital when he boarded a plane to Grozny, Russia in July to take on Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA Heavyweight title – a fight that was slated to take place just 36 hours after his arrival. For his troubles, Oquendo was guaranteed a purse of $1 million dollars and a rematch within 120 days in the event that he lost. “The only reason I even left my wife and newborn child was because [Chechnyan] President Ramzan Kadyrov and Andre Rabinsky both personally called and guaranteed my safety, a rematch and the $1,000,000 to take care of my family,” said Oquendo. “They literally begged me to go even though I had no sleep, had not worked out in 2 weeks and literally got there an hour before the weigh in.” Rabinsky guaranteed an additional $100,000, per the promoter, when travel plans didn’t go as expected.
Oquendo did indeed lose the fight, by majority decision, and has since not been paid the purse he agreed to with Rabinsky and Kadyrov – a purse that was secured by the fight contract. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras 114.5 vs. Marvin Mabait 115
(WBC super flyweight world title)
Ava Knight 112 vs. Guadalupe Martínez 112
(WBC silver flyweight title)
Event: “Fight Night” in Washington D,C.
Promoter: Ollie Dunlap and Promociones del Pueblo
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
Former two-division world champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-6, 27 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten WBC #2, IBF #3, WBA #5 Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 39-year-old Mundine, who was defeated by Emanuel Clottey in April, got off to a good start. WBC open scoring revealed that “The Man” was up 40-36, 39-37 on two cards, while Rabchenko was ahead 39-37 on the third card. After hearing the scores, Rabchenko amped up his aggressiveness but continued to eat jabs. Good two-way action in rounds seven and eight. WBC open scoring after eight had 77-75 Mundine, 76-76, 77-75 Rabchenko. Rabchenko rocked Mundine in round ten, but Mundine responded with a good uppercut. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 Mundine, 115-113 Rabchenko. Mundine claimed Rabchenko’s WBC silver belt.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 300+ pound veteran Chauncey Welliver (55-8-5, 22 KOs). The fight was stopped after round five due to Welliver’s left eye being closed. (more…)
Philippine Marvin Mabait (19-2-2, 13 KOs) has the best opportunity of his life, in challenging WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras on Thursday in Washington D.C. Mabait replaced Sonny Boy Jaro, who had visa problems. He’s poised plus determined and fully aware this is his one huge chance to prove himself a big hit! “This is such great opportunity for me. I have seen several of Cuadras’ fights I am sure I can defeat him,” the Filipino confidently assured. “I had a great preparation in my country, and I’m really motivated to have this opportunity to win the WBC title. I will put everything that I have into this fight, so I can take the belt back home with me!” Cuadras and Marbait collide in the main event of the 25th anniversary edition of the Fight Night charity card at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.
WBC female lightweight champion Delfine Persoon moved to 31-1, 14 KOs after a ninth round TKO over Diana Prazak (13-3, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sporthal De Zwaluwin in Zwevezele, Belgium. Persoon’s relentless attack broke down Prazak and the referee finally halted the contest.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced today the officials who will work this Saturday in the title defense of Donnie Nietes (33-1-4, 19 KOs), who will defend his junior flyweight belt against the #5 ranked Carlos “Chapito” Velarde (20-0, 11 KOs) at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu, Philippines. The referee will be Samuel Viruet, from United States. Judges will be Rose M. Lacend, from United States, Salven Lagumbay, from Philippines, and Masakazu Murase, from Japan. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.
Ovince Saint Preux’s shocking TKO finish against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at Fight Night Uberlandia shook up the light heavyweight division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri says he’s not affected by the stream of comments coming from Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach in advance of his November 22 PPV showdown with Pacman in Macao, China. “He is wasting his time because I don’t even read those reports, so that’s the first thing,” stated Algieri. “Secondly, I hear about them from other people around me and it doesn’t make a difference to me. It seems kind of odd for him to be coming out so much and saying so many different things and every day it’s a new thing. But like I said, I don’t read them and I don’t care about them and it doesn’t make a difference come fight night. I would imagine it is some kind of strategy, a kind of mental game or whatnot. Freddie’s been around a long time and maybe this has worked for him in the past but it’s not going to work on me.”
Algieri will be making the long trek from Las Vegas to Macao today.
Banner Promotions has announced that an American television outlet will be announced shortly for the November 28 clash between former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo at the Luzhniki GCKZ ‘Russia’ Arena in Moscow. “I am very excited to have Ruslan fight back in Moscow,” said promoter Artie Pelullo. “Ruslan is one of the biggest stars in the sport of boxing. He will be fighting in front of his countrymen in a sold-out arena against a great former world champion in Jose Luis Castillo. I want to thank Andrey Rybinski for all his help and it has been a pleasure to work with him and his staff.”
Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) stated, “I’m happy to be fighting at home! It’s been three years and I’m ready for war with Castillo! Hope to see all my fans in Moscow on November 28th!” It will be Provodnikov’s first fight in his native Russia since December 5, 2011.
Welterweight prospect and former amateur star ‘Speedy’ Rashidi Ellis (12-0, 9 KOs) from Lynn, Massachusetts will return to the ring this Friday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where in the main event Puerto Rican sensation Jose ‘Sniper’ Pedraza will face Philippine contender, Michael Farenas in an IBF elimination bout. Ellis’ opponent will be Joseph De los Santos (18-13, 9 KOs) from Dominican Republic in a scheduled six rounder.
History will be made when Swedish superstar and No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson meets No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Stockholm, Sweden to determine the next UFC® light heavyweight title challenger. (more…)
With the International Boxing Federation (IBF) elimination bout between super flyweight contenders McJoe Arroyo and Mark Anthony Geraldo, and the return to the ring of former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez and world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presents “Triple Crown” on December 20, at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, which will be broadcast on DIRECTV Pay Per View in Puerto Rico. “We are back to El San Juan Resort and Casino with this great show, which McJoe Arroyo go for the opportunity to fight for the world title, but also included two-time former world champion Rocky Martinez and former world title challenger Chelo Gonzalez in their return to the ring and looking to be in the rankings of their respective weights,” promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP, said. (more…)
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