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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today ...

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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Chocolatito moves camp to Costa Rica

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WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) has moved his training camp from Managua, Nicaragua to Costa Rica this week as he continues preparation for his world title defense against former world title challenger McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) on the HBO-televised April 23 Golovkin-Wade undercard at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, California.

“This is a big opportunity for Arroyo,” said Chocolatito. “He feels like he should already be champion from his close, split decision loss to Amnat Ruenroeng and I know how strong and well prepared he will be for this fight. This is a big test and very important fight for me. Moving camp to Costa Rica at this time makes sense, the sparring there is better and the location allows me to completely focus on the fight without any distractions.” (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz-Berto collide again on April 30

Former welterweight world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (31-5-2, 24 KOs) and Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KOs) will meet again in a twelve round welterweight rematch in primetime on April 30 as PBC on FOX and FOX Deportes comes to StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Victor Ortiz: “I know I’m in for another war. I’ve always been open to a rematch because Berto has a big mouth and something to prove. After our fight, he went on a losing streak, because I gave his opponents a blueprint on how to beat him. My losses have been unfortunate, but I wouldn’t want to come up against me at this stage in the game. My name is Victor and that’s no coincidence.”

Andre Berto: “This is the fight the people have been waiting for and it’s time to give it to them. I’m in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually. I’ve never wanted my story to be perfect, that’s boring. Life is filled with ups and downs and I’ve embraced them all in my career. Everything I’ve been through has turned me into a savage. It’s time to close this chapter once and for all. I want his head!”

The telecast will also feature two ten round undercard fights: Light heavyweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) takes on Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (19-1, 13 KOs) and former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) faces unbeaten brawler Jorge Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) in a featherweight battle.



March 17th, 2016


Boxing News

Hennessy says he’s still promoter of Hughie Fury

In light of today’s news regarding Hughie Lewis Fury’s appearance on a Frank Warren/BoxNation show on April 30, Hennessy Sports would like to clarify that Mick Hennessy remains Fury’s promoter and manager and will continue to guide the unbeaten heavyweight’s career alongside Hughie’s father and trainer, Peter Fury. An opportunity for Hughie to box in the chief-support slot on April 30 at the Copper Box Arena was presented to both Mick Hennessy and Peter Fury (on the proviso Hughie isn’t cut or injured during his next fight on March 26) and they agreed it was one worth pursuing. Furthermore, they are receptive to other opportunities in the future.

“We have long considered Hughie Lewis Fury to be one of the hottest young talents in world boxing – a future superstar of the sport – and it’s encouraging to know other people in boxing are now realising what we have known and been saying since day one,” said Hennessy. “Hughie Lewis Fury is a special fighter and, like Tyson, his cousin, he’s going all the way to the top.”



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

George Groves’ opponent named: David Brophy

Three-time super middleweight world title challenger George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) will face David Brophy (16-0-1, 1 KO) in a twelve-rounder on the undercard of the IBF heavyweight title fight between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua at The O2 in London on April 9. Groves returned to the ring in style in January, stopping Andrea Di Luisa inside five rounds at the Copper Box Arena in east London in his first fight with new trainer Shane McGuigan, and ‘Saint’ George’s promoters Sauerland are in talks with Eddie Hearn for a summer showdown with Martin Murray, but must get past the little known Brophy first.



March 17th, 2016


Boxing News

Weigh-ins from Helsinki

By Pasi Taavitsainen

The main event is an EBU (European) lightweight title clash between Edis Tatli (26-1, 9 KOs) and Massimiliano Ballisai (20-2, 12 KOs). Tha card also features a WBC female super featherweight world title fight between unbeaten Eva Wahlström (16-0-1) and Dahiana Santana (35-7)



March 17th, 2016

UFC

Healthy Smith ready to avenge last Octagon appearance

“Puedo pelear, no me duele, tengo mis manos y mis ojos.”

At UFC 180, those were the Spanish phrases UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith yelled to the Mexico City crowd as the Octagonside doctor called a premature end to her fight against Jessica Eye . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Photo of the Day

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Photo: Top Rank

Timothy Bradley stretches to get ready for a hard day of training at his camp. Bradley takes on Manny Pacquiao on April 9 at the MGM Grand Hotel, live on pay per view.



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Frank Warren signs Hughie Fury

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (18-0, 10 KOs) has signed a promotional agreement with Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren and will have his first fight under the new deal on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO middleweight title defense against “Mad” Max Bursak on April 30 at the Copper Box Arena in London.

The 21-year-old, who is the younger cousin of unified world heavyweight Champion Tyson, has a fight lined up first at Wembley Arena against Nagy Aguilera where he aims to take his perfect record to 19-0 and then it’s full steam ahead as he works towards a world title to join Tyson. (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Skoglund faces Liebenberg April 23 in Stockholm

Big time boxing returns to Stockholm on April 23 when unbeaten Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) takes on the tough South African Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) at “The Hovet.” Skoglund has been at the forefront of the revival in Swedish professional boxing. Last September, the 24-year-old made history in the first fight over championship distance on Swedish soil since the ban on professional boxing in 1969.

Liebenberg comes to Stockholm full of confidence. “Erik can run, but he can’t hide. I’m coming for him,” says Liebenberg, who has been vocal about his desire to face the Swedish star. “The South African fans know me: I come to fight from the beginning to the end, and will do everything it takes to get the decision. Erik is well-schooled, well-rounded boxer, but I’m confident I can beat him! (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Blackwell: Eubank Jr. says the most stupid stuff possible

Middleweight Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell has hit back at Chris Eubank for labelling him ‘bland’ and pouring scorn on his reign as British champion. Earlier this week Eubank Jr. claimed Blackwell’s tenure as British titlist didn’t do the famous Lonsdale belt justice, but Blackwell, who defends his belt for the third time against Eubank Jr. on March 26 at The SSE Arena, Wembley, finds this laughable.

“He’s talking nonsense as always,” said Blackwell. “I don’t play much attention to him. He just wants people talking about him and, to do that, he’ll say the most stupid stuff possible.

“If we’re talking about doing the British title a disservice, how could anybody possibly look up to Chris Eubank Jr? He’s the furthest thing from a role model you can get. People talk about him in boxing but not for the right reasons. They never have anything good to say about him. You never hear someone say, ‘Oh, yeah, he’s a decent guy.’ (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Bizier vows to pile the pressure on Brook

Welterweight world title challenger Kevin Bizier says he’ll pile on the pressure when he challenges IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook at the Sheffield Arena on March 26. Bizier is the second mandatory challenger that Brook has defended his title against, and like the first, Jo Jo Dan, 31-year-old Bizier also hails from Canada.

“I’m going to give 100 percent on March 26,” said Bizier. “I’ll give everything in the ring for this fight. I don’t want to regret anything, I don’t want to leave that ring knowing I didn’t give it all when fighting for a world title. (more…)



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Waseem featured in Korea Saturday

Former amateur standout Muhammad Waseem (2-0, 2 KOs) returns to action this Saturday in Seoul, South Korea. He will take on the more experienced John Bajawa (11-12, 7 KOs) of Indonesia in a scheduled eight round super flyweight main event at Myoung Boxing World B1. Waseem, the only active professional boxer born in Pakistan, is being moved on the fast track by promoter by Andy Kim (AK Promotions). His first two pro fights were scheduled for ten rounds and he spent the bulk of his training camp for this fight in Las Vegas, being trained by Jeff Mayweather at the famed Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing Club.



March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vijender Singh heads to London for next fight

UK’s Kelvin Young says his win over Chris Hobbs on Sunday has given him the love for the sport back after nearly stepping away from the ring permanently

Tyson Fury wants Anthony Joshua in a “biggest British fight ever” showdown



March 17th, 2016

UFC

Mir motivated as long as he gets to keep “hunting lions”

Frank Mir has been in the fight game over 15 years, and the former UFC heavyweight champion has had several career highs – like headlining the historic UFC 100 against Brock Lesnar – and lows, like when he vacated his belt after a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 17th, 2016

Boxing News

Drozd out with injury, Makabu-Bellew to clash for vacant WBC cruiserweight belt

On April 8th, WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd (40-1, 28 KOs) was due to defend against mandatory challenger Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs). Unfortunately, Drozd suffered another training injury which will prevent him from fighting for some months and the bout was cancelled for the second time. As a result, the WBC Board of Governors unanimously voted to name Drozd champion in recess while he is recovering. Makabu will now face Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOa) in the UK with the vacant WBC cruiserweight title on the line.



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Redkach returns April 19 on FS1

Lightweight contender Ivan Redkach (19-1, 15 KOs) will face Luis Cruz (22-4, 16 KOs)in a 10-round headlining event on Tuesday, April 19 on FS1 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. In other televised fights, both entertaining-looking eight-round middleweight showdowns, unbeaten brawler Immanuwel Aleem (15-0, 9 KOs) takes on Jonathan Cepeda (17-1, 15 KOs), and Kyrone Davis (10-0, 4 KOs) will face former Olympian Junior Castillo (9-0, 9 KOs).



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Bradley: I’m back on that meat

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By Karl Freitag

After suffering leg injuries in his first two clashes with Manny Pacquiao, former world champion Timothy Bradley thinks the cause may have been his vegetarian diet before those bouts. “I’m eating meat now, so that’s a good thing,” Bradley said today. “I’m back on that meat. I’m eating fish and chicken and steak once a week, so I think that has a lot to do with it. I just want to be able to fight this guy, Manny Pacquiao, with a great gameplan without being injured at all and see what happens.”

As for this being Pacquiao’s final fight, Bradley stated, “Honestly, I don’t really care.”

Regarding Pacman’s recent comments about gay people that caused a firestorm, Bradley stated, “I really don’t want to get into that. That’s pretty much irrelevant to boxing…I love all people.”



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Briggs: Fury beat Klitschko because of me

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs is in England looking to track down Tyson Fury, David Haye and Anthony Joshua. Briggs, holding court in front of Buckingham Palace, told Sky Sports that heavyweight champion Tyson Fury owes him a debt of gratitude. “(Fury) should be calling me, thanking me. It was because of me he beat Klitschko…I rattled his cage for two years. He was done. I chased him down. ‘Wherever you go, I go. Whatever you do, I do. You train, I train. Wherever you eat, wherever you sleep, I’m coming to find you. I’m the champ!'”



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

An April clash between heavyweights Dominic Breazeale and Chris Arreola is off after Arreola broke his right ankle when getting out of his car.

Former WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell has announced that he’ll be back in action on Spike TV April 29 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Anthony (28-1-1, 22 KOs) will face Caleb Truax (26-2-2, 16 KOs), while brother Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) will take on Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KOs).

Dmitriy Salita-promoted featherweight Alex Miskirtchian (26-4-1, 10 KOs) will face Vireol Simion (19-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBF Intercontinental title on Friday night in Bucharest, Romania.

Main Events added another middleweight to their stable with the signing of “The Terminator” Virgilijus Stapulionis (17-3-1, 13 KOs).



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Sacramento back in ring scene

By Jim Jenkins, courtesy of The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento, once a hub for professional boxing, will host its first show in nearly a year on Friday, March 25, at the DoubleTree hotel.

With the days of former local world champions, Tony Lopez (now a candidate for mayor), Loreto Garza, Bobby Chacon and Willie Jorrin long past, Sacramento is no longer is a hot bed for fights, minus a star boxer to rally around. Consequently, the major backers of those fighters, led by Don Chargin, seldom show cards in California’s capital city. The gap is only occasionally filled at smaller venues.

Promoter Nasser Niavaroni from nearby Roseville, whose background includes training and managing fighters in the area, is stepping into the Sacramento boxing card void after a long promotional absence of his own by headlining two promising Vacaville prospects on the March 25 show. They are light-heavyweight Ryan Bourland (8-1) and super-bantamweight Adam Fiel (8-0), who will appear in feature matches. Their opponents are still being ironed out. Among other area fighters on the undercard, to begin at 7:30 p.m., are super-bantamweight Mario Ayala and heavyweight Blake McKernan of Sacramento and heavyweight Derek Williams of Yuba City.

Five amateur bouts will open the show at 6 p.m. The public weigh-in for all fighters will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the DoubleTree. Advance tickets are available at ShowClix online.



March 16th, 2016

UFC

The fighter inside has brought the Bosse back to UFC

For a guy that has spent a tick shy of 30 seconds in the Octagon, Steve Bosse has had a pretty eventful UFC career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

The results are in: Podgorski re-elected

By Johnny B’

While most the attention on Tuesday was on the Presidential Primaries in Illinois and other states, there was another election of note to the boxing world. International boxing official Pete Podgorski (R) was re-elected in the race for Committeeman in Chicago’s 38th Ward. Podgorski, a former boxer and long-time referee, was originally elected to the post for the 36th Ward in 2012. The City of Chicago was later re-zoned leaving him in the 38th Ward. After receiving the most votes in a field of four candidates, Podgorski will hold the position for the next four years.



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Montreal

By Dave Spencer

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(CPBC Heavyweight Title)

Custio Clayton 151.8 vs. Hector Munoz 151.6
Vislan Dalkhaev 121.6 vs. Jorge Reynoso 122
Dario Bredicean 169.6 vs. Francois Miville 169.6
Patrice Volny 165 . Michel Tsalla 168.8
Marie Eve Dicaire 143.4 vs. Martha Patricia Lara 151
Yoni Sherbatov 124.4 vs. Santos Lira 124.6

Venue: Casino du Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
First Bell: 7 :00 pm



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Timothy Bradley and Esquiva Falcao join Team Everlast

In November 2015, Everlast announced the formation of Team Everlast which consisted of 20 new and current athletes as part of their new #TeamEverlast initiative and media platform. Everlast announced today that top ranked welterweight Tim Bradley & top ranked Middleweight, Brazilian prospect Esquiva Falcao, will be joining their already stacked roster of athletes which includes current WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and WBC World Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez.

“It is not often that an athlete is privileged to be acknowledged and promoted to represent great companies” Tim Bradley stated. “Those opportunities are always an honor and product of a vision that you fulfill what their integrity is. I am blessed to be able to be a face to what has been known to be the choice of champions. Thank you Everlast, I look forward to many years of collaboration.” (more…)



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Ambunda to challenge for interim WBA belt

By Ron Jackson

Paulus Ambunda from Namibia the current IBO super bantamweight champion faces Moises Flores of Mexico in a challenge for the interim WBA super bantamweight belt in Windhoek, Namibia on May 7. The 35-year-old Ambunda who made his pro debut in June 2007 has an outstanding record of 24 wins with ten inside the distance and only one loss. On March 2 2013 he beat Punglang Sor Singyu on a unanimous 12 round points decision to win the WBO bantamweight belt.

However on August 1 2013 he had to travel to Cebu City in the Philippines to make his first defence against the unbeaten Tomoki Kameda, and was well beaten on points with scores of 118-110; 117-111 and 116-112, to suffer his only loss as a professional.

Since that setback Ambunda has won four fights which included a split decision win over Leandro David Esperante for the vacant IBO super bantamweight belt and a successful defence against Jason Cooper. (more…)



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Carranza aiming to upset “Payasito” on Friday

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WBC Latino super bantamweight champion Isao Carranza (15-6-1, 9 KOs) looks to upset former WBO interim world champion and current contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (30-11-2, 16 KOs) this Friday at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City. It will be a turf war of sorts as both fighters are Mexico City residents. The bout will be the main event for the spring season finale of Boxeo Telemundo Ford presented by All Star Boxing, Inc. The vacant Mexican domestic super bantamweight title will be on the line.

Carranza dropped a decision to Hernandez nearly two years ago. He feels that he’s a much-improved fighter since their first encounter. Carranza won his first major regional title as a professional last year and a win over Hernandez would catapult his career to new heights. (more…)



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Crolla: Barroso is the most dangerous lightweight on the planet

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla says he is taking on the most dangerous lightweight on the planet when he defends his WBA World title against Ismael Barroso at the Manchester Arena on May 7. The unbeaten Venezuelan made it 18 KO wins from 19 fights in the paid ranks with a brutal win over Kevin Mitchell at The O2 in December, a win that landed him the interim title and a shot at Crolla.

The champion and challenger met at a press conference in Manchester yesterday and Crolla was quick to pour scorn over both suggestions that he would swerve the dangerous visitor and that he should vacate the title to meet WBO champion Terry Flanagan, with the immediate clash with the mandatory part of the deal to land the rematch with Perez after their controversial first meeting. (more…)



March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Frank Warren drops guard to get Terry Flanagan a date with Anthony Crolla

Ricky Burns faces Michele Di Rocco for world super-lightweight title

Legend Les Darcy’s gloves on display

Nonito Donaire talks Pacquiao-Bradley III



March 16th, 2016

UFC

Reasons to watch Fight Night Brisbane Saturday

Before Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz broke records at UFC 196, Frank Mir was one half of the biggest fight of all time against Brock Lesnar . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Lipinets KOs Ghvamichava in five

Photos: Dave Nadkarni – Premier Boxing Champions

Unbeaten junior welterweight Sergey Lipinets (9-0, 7 KOs) of Martuk, Kazakhstan thrilled the packed venue at the Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, California on Tuesday night with a dramatic fifth-round knockout of Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes.

Stalking Ghvamichava from the opening bell, Lipinets found success with a range-finding jab combined with methodical and effective power shots to offset his opponents’ inconsistent attack.

Closing the gaps even narrower between himself and Ghvamichava, Lipinets continued to successfully walk down the Georgian (Russia) native in the fourth round who was unable to avoid the punishing assault.

Lipinets struck gold in the fifth, dropping Ghvamichava with a brutal left hand to the body resulting in a knockout victory at the 1:40 mark of the round. Scores at the time of the stoppage were 39-37 and 38-38 twice for the scheduled ten-rounder. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Barrios fight off after foe doesn’t make weight

Due to his opponent Erick Martinez failing to make weight, undefeated super-featherweight contender, Mario Barrios (14-0, 8 KOs) will not fight in tonight’s scheduled co-main event showdown on Premier Boxing Champions Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays PBC on FS1. Martinez was four and a half pounds over the contracted weight of 132 pounds.



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Paul Williams returns to boxing as a trainer

"I'm scared all over again, like this is my first fight." – Paul Williams

Former two-time world champion Paul Williams, who’s pro career came to a sudden and tragic end when he was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident in May 2012, is back in boxing as a trainer. The popular Williams will work the corner of once-beaten Justin DeLoach (13-1, 7 KOs) when DeLoach faces undefeated super welterweight and local favorite Dillon Cook (16-0, 6 KOs) in the opening eight-round bout of what is now a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on March 25 from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

DeLoach is the first boxer to be trained by Williams, the former 154-pound southpaw who has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident.

“I guess I was being selfish at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to deal with the fight game. I wanted to be the one fighting. But that changed.”

Williams was reluctant to train fighters for a long time. It was George Peterson, who managed and trained Williams from the time the boxer was a skinny kid with little amateur experience until his career ended, that helped persuade “The Punisher” to return to the ring. Williams trains his pupil at a private gym in his hometown of Aiken, S.C. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Gilberto Ramirez: This is the fight I have wanted all my life

By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated super middleweight Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico is set to challenge hard-punching WBO super middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs), of Berlin, Germany by way of Armenia on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. We caught up with Ramirez this past weekend.

“I’m happy to be fighting for a world title. I’m ready, there is four weeks to go for this fight and I am really anxious more than anything,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com. “This is the fight I have wanted all my life. We are going for that world title and coming out winning,”

Ramirez has been in camp training in Southern California with his team Jesus and Hector Zapari and getting quality sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and The Rock Gym in Carson to prepare for the champ Abraham.

The WBO world champion Abraham is a two-division world champ who has been in the ring with the likes of Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Robert Stieglitz and most recently he pulled off a split decision over tough Englishman Martin Murray. (more…)



March 15th, 2016

UFC

Brown gets call to face Patrick in Brisbane

Brisbane’s own Damien Brown will get the opportunity of a lifetime this weekend when he makes his UFC debut against Alan Patrick at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 20 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Pulev and Chisora to meet in IBF eliminator

Heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) will meet in a European title fight and IBF world title eliminator on May 7 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. IBF #8 Pulev has recorded back-to-back victories over George Arias and Maurice Harris since failing to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, while #9 rated Chisora has beaten Andras Csomor, Jakov Gospic, Peter Erdos, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento and Beka Lobjanidze following his November 2014 loss to Tyson Fury.

Kubrat Pulev: This is a very important fight for me. I learnt a lot from the Klitschko fight, but now I’m back and stronger than ever. Dereck is a good boxer, but I’m better and I know I can beat him. I’m looking forward to the challenge and the chance to win back the European title. I’m sure the arena in Hamburg will be full of Bulgarians cheering me to victory. I know I have what it takes to be world champion, and next time I’ll be successful, but for now, all my focus is on May 7 and Chisora. This is a fight I can’t afford to lose!

Dereck Chisora: Pulev has been on my radar for a while now. He’s a great athlete and he has my respect, but come fight night, I’m not messing around. I’m coming to mess this guy up. I’m going to outwork him and out strength him. I’ll be all over him from the first bell. I’m excited for the opportunity. This is a chance for me to prove myself against one of the top fighters in the division and get back into a position to challenge for the world title. I’m in great shape. I’m training harder than ever and I’m ready to go. This is going to be one my best fights ever!



March 15th, 2016




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