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Crawford BWAA Fighter of the Year

Crawford BWAA Fighter of the Year

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank With three impressive victories against highly credible opponents in 2014, Omaha, Neb., native Terence "Bud" Crawford served notice that ...

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Paez recovers from knockdown to KO Montes

Paez recovers from knockdown to KO Montes

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (38-5-2, 23 KOs) scored an exciting fourth round KO over Ronald "El Salvaje" Montes (16-2, 14 ...

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Golovkin TKOs Murray in eleven

Golovkin TKOs Murray in eleven

By Karl Freitag Photos: Christian Kuechl WBA/IBO/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over WBC #1 rated ...

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Sakkreerin dominates Nagata

Sakkreerin dominates Nagata

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang In a nationally televised Thailand promotion on Channel seven television network, IBF #8 junior ...

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Vasquez goes distance vs. Lartey; Baker TKOs Savigne

Vasquez goes distance vs. Lartey; Baker TKOs Savigne

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime Undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Lartey ...

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Boxing News

Q&A: Jesse Magdaleno

22 year old super bantamweight, Jesse Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KO’s) has created quite a buzz with his impressive performances inside the ring. Magdaleno, considered a blue chip prospect right out of the amateurs, is looking forward to a future full of world title belts and great boxing moments.

Magdaleno, promoted by Top Rank, spoke to us from his home base in Las Vegas where he shared his thoughts on his career and hopes.

Why did you choose boxing as a profession?

I started out as a soccer player and I loved it, but once I got into boxing, I knew this was the sport for me. I like being in the ring one on one. It’s all on you once you’re in there. I also love the ritual of going to the gym and preparing for battle. I love everything about the sport. (more…)



August 19th, 2014



Boxing News

Interview: Vasiliy Lepikhin

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Unbeaten Vasiliy Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) is the new light-heavyweight sensation in the professional boxing world. The Russian destroyer impressively made his debut in the USA on the NBC Sport Network ten days ago, stopping KO artist and world ranked Robert Berridge (24-2-1 20 KO) in five rounds to win the WBO Oriental and PABA belts. Vasiliy spoke exclusively to Fightnews from his motherland Russia.

Mr. Lepikhin, did you expect such a convincing win over Berridge, who was on a nine KO win streak?

I never think before my bouts how I will win. The knockout came by itself. I am always looking for the moment. My tactical composure, since the first bell was to be the first one to attack. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Photo: Team Beltran

NABO lightweight titleholder “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion Terrance Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) for the world title on November 29 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The bout will headline an HBO telecast.

Crawford is coming from a huge win over previous undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa. Raymundo’s last fight was was a ten round unanimous decision against Arash Usmanee on the undercard of Pacquiao-Bradley 2 back in April. Prior to that, he fought a highly controversial split decision draw with then WBO champion Ricky Burns.



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former champ Vinny Paz talks new movie. More

Kell Brook vs. Floyd Mayweather in 2015? More

Omar Figueroa returns to Brownsville, Texas, undefeated. More

Former Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch heads over to Jay Z’s sports agency. More



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014

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The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2014, all of who will be honored at a banquet October 3rd at Mystic Lake Casino. The banquet is the fifth annual. Boxers Bobby Rodriguez and Al Andrews were selected in the Hall of Fame’s modern category. Jack Gibbons and King Tut were elected from the Old Timer Category, reserved for those who excelled in the sport before 1945. Jim O’Hara and Jim Morgan, two highly-respected individuals in state boxing for decades, represent the Expanded Category.

The Hall of Fame will honor also this year, for the first time, a fighter and a promoter of the year. This year’s honorees are Caleb Truax as outstanding boxer and Tony Grygelko as the year’s outstanding promoter. (more…)



August 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez must face Afolabi next

Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi has been named the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation (‘IBF’) to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. According to the IBF, the world title bout must take place by December 31, 2014. Hernandez, 29-1-0 (14KO’s), won a split decision over Firat Arslan this past Saturday, August 16 in Erfurt, Germany in the fourth defense of his title.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Solis vs. Thompson II announced for October

2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will get a “last chance” to work his way back to the top of the world rankings. The Cuban defector who suffered a bad knee injury in the first round of his WBC heavyweight championship bout against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 lost to US ring veteran Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in his last bout in March 2014. Many fans and experts thought that former amateur standout Solis was done after the majority decision loss. But now the 34-year-old wants revenge and will try to get back at Thompson in an October rematch.

“The contracts are signed, we’re ready to go”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Now Solis has to show what he’s made of. I am sure that he can beat Thompson. But their first bout showed that he needs the right attitude and a lot of stamina to do so. This is the last chance for both men. It’s do or die. After beating Solis, Thompson lost to Carlos Takam. Still both men are rated in the WBC top 15. So the winner can move up the rating and get in line for another world title shot – the loser should probably just retire.” (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Trout returns to the ring Friday

Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) sees action in the main televised boxing match of the week. Trout returns against two-time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3-1 (26 KOs) in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. After his career highlight win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in December 2012, Trout dropped decisions to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. “Between the rest, dealing with everything from last year, I’m ready to get back to work,” said Trout. “I’m ready to get back to the top.” Trout is trained by Louie Burke and advised by Al Haymon.

The Goossen Promotions fight card will be the final FNF telecast of 2014, other than a special Wednesday night telecast on October 1.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Campillo seeking another fight after near-miss clash with Stevenson

Former world light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is now looking for another fight after a proposed September 27 world title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson failed to come to fruition. Campillo and Umberto Savigne were the names under discussion until the planned Showtime-telecast was scuttled. The IBF #2, WBC #9 rated Campillo is coming off a career-rejuvenating victory over formerly undefeated Thomas Williams Jr., on August 1.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Surprise: Roc Nation Sports wins WBO purse bid for Quillin-Korobov clash

With a bid of $1.9 million, Roc Nation Sports served notice that they are serious about the fight game, surprisingly winning the right to promote the mandatory defense of WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. The bid of Roc Nation, represented by Dave Itskowitch, was $1,904,840, outdistancing the bids of Quillin’s promoter Golden Boy ($1,207,000) and Korobov’s promoter Top Rank ($515,000). The fight must take place with 90 days.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jay Z/Roc Nation Sports to enter boxing

Roc Nation Sports, the sports management company founded by rapper Jay Z that represents a number of athletes in baseball, football and basketball, has hired former DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch and plans to get into the boxing promotion business. The company reportedly already has a promoter’s license in New York and Washington DC.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Team Walters preparing for future challenges

Photo: Kate De la Cruz

Photo: Kate De la Cruz


By Robert Coster

The Featherweight division is admittedly one of the most talent-filled and exciting in boxing today. One of its newest talents is WBA (regular) champion Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters. Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), born in Jamaica and based in Panama, is a young man who is starting to make a name for himself since his impressive five round destruction of multi-division champion Vic Darchinyan.

“The Axeman” is currently training in Los Angeles under the guidance of trainer Rudy Hernandez, a move which signals Team Walters’ intention of getting their champion in the best of shape for a scheduled title defense in late October. Onlookers at Walter’s sparring sessions have been impressed by the young Jamaican champion’s strength and power. Fightnews approached Team Walters with pointed questions to manager Jacques Deschamps (flanked by co-manager Maryse Abraham), trainer Hernandez and the champion himself. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Danny Garcia wins third straight Briscoe Award as Philly Fighter of the Year

Junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia has been named the “2013 Philly Fighter of the Year” by PhillyBoxingHistory.com. It is the third consecutive year Garcia has taken the honor. In 2013, Garcia defended his world title twice, including a career-best performance against Lucas Matthysse last September. That upset victory will also earn Garcia a second trophy, the Briscoe Medal, for the “2013 Performance of the Year” at this year’s event.

Garcia and all the other winners will receive their awards on October 19, 2014, at a free event in South Philadelphia. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

British Eurosport to show Klitschko title fight

British Eurosport will show live and exclusive coverage of reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title defense against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on September 6th. The bout will take place at the o2 World Hamburg, Germany. This is the second consecutive Klitschko world title fight to be shown on British Eurosport, the channel having shown the Ukrainian’s previous title defense against Australian Alex Leapai in April. IMG Media, a division of IMG, the global, sports, fashion and media company, negotiated the deal on behalf of the Klitschko Management Group. Still no coverage of the Klitschko-Pulev fight has been announced for the USA.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Mighty Mo Returns

By Jeff Zimmerman

Light Welterweight “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker (14-0-2, 10KO) out of Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas will face Carlos Valenzuela (6-0, 3KO) from Sonora, Mexico in a 6 round affair as the headliner for the Scott G Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom on Friday, August 22nd at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. This annual event is promoted by Paulie Ayala Productions, led by 2x World Champion Paulie Ayala, and is aptly named after Ayala’s late manager Scott Sherman. The proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

For Mike Jones it’s finally time to fight

Story and file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

If anyone asked me a year, or even six months ago, if I ever expected to see Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones back in the ring again, I would probably have said ‘no’. It’s been more than two years since his last fight, and that fight had the look of a career-killer. Randall Bailey knocked Jones cold with a right uppercut and obliterated his championship dreams in an instant. It was a devastating loss, and he hasn’t fought since. As the months, and years passed by, it seemed more and more certain that Mike Jones was gone for good.

However this weekend, Jones, 26-1, 19 KOs, will finally reappear at Bally’s Atlantic City, in a 10-round welterweight fight against Jaime Herrera, 11-2, 6 KOs, promoted by Peltz Boxing. I can’t wait to see this comeback. After that loss and the long layoff that followed, questions about Jones abound. Can he come back? What does he have left? Where is his head? And especially, two years after the Bailey fight, who is Mike Jones?

Since we saw him last, he’s done his best to change everything. So it remains to be seen what – and who – he’ll be on Saturday night. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Joan Guzman inks management deal, will now campaign as a welterweight

Former multi divisional world champion Joan Guzman (32-1-1, 20 KOs) has signed a multi year exclusive management deal with Ramon Arellano. Arellano has previously worked with the likes of former world champions Oliver McCall, Tony Tucker, and the late Greg Page. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico he has been in Nashville, Tennessee for over a decade where he is a successful businessman and owns the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. Arellano a former pro boxer himself knows first hand how important it is to have a plan for life after boxing. Something he plans to help Guzman achieve. Guzman and Arellano have known each other for years and both are thrilled that they will finally be working together.

“I have all the confidence in the world Joan Guzman,” said Arellano. “I’m not interested in any negative talk about his past. For me the past is the past. Our partnership is starting off fresh. He is committed to boxing right now and ready to become world champion at 147. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Browne: I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out

Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has further staked his claim for a fight with KO artist Deontay Wilder after watching the Bronze Bomber’s fight against common foe Jason Gavern on Saturday night. “I think the Gavern fight showed that Wilder may not be all people say he is,” stated Browne, 21-0 (18 KOs). “Gavern wasn’t in great shape and it took Wilder four rounds to get rid of him. When I boxed Gavern he was younger and fitter and I still took him out earlier and in better fashion. I know comparing results doesn’t tell the full story, but I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

UFC

Dana weighs in on Jones-Cormier-Gus

The moment Alexander Gustafsson heard the news that Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier was off after Jones suffered a leg injury, the former light heavyweight No. 1 contender took immediately to social media to express his interest in fighting Jones . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Peyton Sher passes at 90

One of boxing’s midwest giants Peyton Sher, who guided careers of Tim Austin, Frankie Randall, Ivy Brown, Tony Chiviarini, started heavyweights James Buster Douglass and Tommy Morrison among others, passed away on Saturday in the evening, losing a battle with pneumonia. He was 90+ and was a “legend” in the mid-west. “He guided early careers of many great ones and we brought him in as an outside consultant with Don King Productions back in the 70’s and he remained there until recently,” said Bob Goodman, who worked around him for over 50 years. “He was a great friend and someone we could trust to get the job done. Peyton was one of the best boxing men I ever knew.

“He was a pioneer not only for boxing but football in the Kansas City area. When the Dallas team moved to Kansas City, they had to make a deal with Peyton, who had a semi-pro team called the Kansas City Chiefs. He knew how to make matches and knew how to bring a fighter along, mixing up the styles continually upgrading the competition. A lot of young kids who went on to become world champions, owe that early guidance to Peyton. I’m going to miss a dear friend and boxing will miss one of its “treasures.”



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Nieves Class of Toledo Club Show

By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos by Michael Dubicki

Clevelander Antonio Nieves, 8-0, showed the look and class of being the area’s first sub-featherweight (he’s a 122-pounder) in a couple of decades; he pounded out a solid, if not sensational, 6-round win over Grandville, Michigan’s Justin Lopez, who sustained his first loss, 5-1.

Nieves trains in a gym overseen by attorney Joe Delguyd. Delguyd, who was in Nieves’ corner, has the reputation of having respect of longtime matchmaker-promoter Tom Vacca, who told me a decade and more ago, when I was looking for a Delguyd-fighter to box in Detroit (that fighter didn’t show), “Joe won’t let his guy fight if he isn’t in shape.” (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Denver

By Chris Morris and Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran at ringside
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas

Rick Lopez, Devin Lopez and Alex Medina are the lead men at New Generation Fight Promotions and they put on a nice club show on Saturday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The card showcased some great talent from around the country, albeit against soft opposition. In the main event Ricky Lopez stopped Antoine Knight in the second round while the co-main event saw Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez taken the distance against Puerto Rico’s Alexis Diaz. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Kell Brook eyes a showdown with Amir Khan after beating Shawn Porter this weekend. (More) Khan says he’s “up to the challenge.” More

Former boxing manager Frank Maloney makes his first boxing appearance – in a “sophisticated blue dress and a blonde wig.” More

Flint, Michigan’s Anthony Dirrell comes home a world champion. More

Former boxer Jeremy Bates becomes a TV monster hunter. More



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former world champion Abner Mares tweeted last Friday that he’s happy and excited to announce that he’s officially part of Team Al Haymon.

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson will no longer be fighting on September 27th in Montreal after Showtime dropped the date. The Stevenson camp was unable to find a big name opponent acceptable to Showtime. “Superman” may be rescheduled in October or November.

Due to the inactivity of WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO has sanctioned an interim jr lightweight clash between Orlando Salido and Terdsak Kokietgym to be held October 4 in Cuidad Obregon, Mexico.

Oklahoma boxer Carson Jones announced on his Facebook page that he’s officially retiring from boxing. Still just 28, Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) had some good wins and nearly upset newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in 2012, losing a controversial majority decision.



August 17th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Bangor Post-fight

Six fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the UFC Fight Night Bangor post-fight press conference: Sara McMann, Tim Boetsch, Alan Jouban, Ross Pearson, and headliners Ovince Saint Preux and Ryan Bader . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Amir Khan, Kell Brook talk Grudge-Match, potential British Mega-Fight

By James Slater

While the debate about who deserved the decision last night in Carson – new IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook or former champ Shawn Porter – goes on amongst fans, Brook and fellow British star Amir Khan are already looking ahead to facing each other in what would certainly be a huge fight for the U.K. Last night, a studio guest for Sky Sports, Khan had Porter winning “by a point or two,” while Brook’s friend and fellow Sheffield native Ryan Rhodes said he agreed with the 114-114 card tuned in by British judge Dave Parris. Still, none of that matters, and the new IBF king can now look ahead to that huge clash with Khan; a man he has wanted to fight for the longest time.

The two had words for one another whilst live on air.

“Listen, the British public want to see it,” the 33-0(22) Brook said to Sky Sports. “He will probably start saying something else now, that I need to win another world title. But believe me, Queen Khan is getting it. He’s been putting things on Twitter, bless him, and he’s been putting in ‘best of luck,’ but I know he doesn’t like me. The fact is, he’s going to get it. I know he’s in the studio watching: listen, you’re getting it, boy. You’re getting it next!”

Khan, smiling and showing more respect than the understandably jubilant Brook, said he would “take the fight with both hands.” (more…)



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Roach: Pacquiao wont wait on Mayweather

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao “won’t wait for Mayweather,” Frankie Gomez “will knock Khan out,” and Gennady Golovkin is “well protected.”



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Kell Brook: I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Post-fight quotes from Saturday night’s Showtime-televised card from the StubHub Center in Carson, California:

Kell Brook: “I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next. I’ll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I’m the world champion now so they’re all going to want to fight me.”

Shawn Porter: “I think I’m still the champion. I’m 24-1 and Team Porter will be back to the drawing board. There are no excuses. I do want the rematch.”

Anthony Dirrell: Bika is rough, he’s a helluva fighter. But I’m glad to finally have him in my rearview mirror. I’m not gonna complain about the close scores. I got a unanimous decision and I couldn’t be happier. The difference between this fight and our first one is that I wasn’t on the ropes this time. I came out and boxed. But I know I got his attention at the start.”

Sakio Bika: “I fought very hard. He was a better fighter tonight. I’m going to go back to the gym and come back stronger. This happens.”

Omar Figueroa: “I’m not 100 percent positive I am going to stay at 135 pounds. I’m sure my body would be more comfortable fighting at 140. But if the money is right, I would defend again at 135.”

Daniel Estrada: “Initially I felt good but he hurt me and I couldn’t recuperate. I had the mentality to win, but I was up against a great champion.”

Deontay Wilder: “I wanted to go some rounds. A lot of people are still asking so many questions to me; I tried to answer some of them today. Of course, I could have landed my right hand more in the first couple rounds. He was leaving me openings, but I didn’t want to show off everything. I wanted to save that for next time. I’m ready for that world title fight. I want the WBC champ Bermane Stiverne next, hopefully in late November.”

Jorge Linares: I definitely want to fight for the world title next. That’s why I was here and took this fight. I’m just waiting for my opportunity. That was a good straight right hand I landed on him. Once I connected I knew it was over.”



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Camacho Jr. crushes Munguia

Former #1 rated contender Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (58-6, 32 KOs) scored a second round KO over Miguel “Flaco” Munguia (29-32-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Carole Heafner Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tomorrow Camacho will head back to Puerto Rico to prepare for a September 20 clash against Ryan Davis in Washington, DC. Saturday’s card was promoted by JKN Boxing.



August 17th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Bangor Main: Bader Turns Back OSP

It wasn’t a fight that will end up on any year-end “Best of” lists, but Ryan Bader’s five-round unanimous decision win over Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of the UFC’s first visit to the state of Maine Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center might just be the one that pushes Bader over the hump in a career in which he’s previously fallen short in the big fights . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 17th, 2014




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