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The finals of the Boxcino 2014 tournament take place Friday at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino on Friday as Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 16 KOs) will take on Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KOs) in the lightweight division and Brandon Adams (14-0, 9 KOs) will square off with local favorite Willie Monroe Jr. (17-1, 6 KOs) in the middleweight division. Both fights are ten-rounders and will be televised on ESPN2.
The WBA has recognized each finalist with a world ranking. Carcamo is ranked #11 and Petrov is ranked #12 at lightweight, while Adams is ranked #6 and Monroe Jr. checked in at #14 in the middleweight division. (more…)
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara participated on a media conference call to discuss their world title fight on Saturday from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
Adonis Stevenson: I’m here to win and win by knockout. I’m not thinking about anything else…I’m very focused for this fight. I’m not overlooking him. I trained for him. I go one fight at a time.
Andrzej Fonfara: Camp went great. I had good sparring partners, good preparation and I’m ready for this fight.
A twelve round IBF flyweight title eliminator between McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12 KOs) and unbeaten Filipino Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (19-0-1, 12 KOs) has been announced for June 19 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Former world title challenger Cesar Seda (25-2, 17 KOs) will face TBA in the bantamweight co-feature. The Golden Boy Live! card will be a Thursday night Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes telecast.
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez hosted an international media conference call from his Miami training camp on Tuesday to talk about his eagerly-anticipated pay-per-view collision with Miguel Cotto on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
[On any hard feelings toward Cotto] Being the professional that I am, I’m totally focused on beating him. There’s no hatred toward Cotto. Words are over. Now it’s just waiting for the fight.
[On the condition of his knee] The knee is in perfect condition. I am just the same as I was when I had no problems with the knee.
[On getting a fair decision against Cotto in New York City on Puerto Rican Day Weekend] The judges are not gonna have to put in that much work on this evening. This fight is not going the distance. It’s going to end before the scheduled limit.
Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, has announced that Top Rank has signed an agreement with Manny Pacquiao and MP Promotions extending their promotional agreement through December 31, 2016.
“We are pleased that together with our partners at HBO we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao through the end of 2016,” Arum said. “The partnership among Manny, Top Rank, MP Promotions and HBO has been a wonderful one for all parties and for the public and it’s great that is will continue for the years to come.”
HBO scored again in the ratings Saturday night as pro boxing made a thrilling return to The Forum in Inglewood, CA. According to Nielsen Media Research the network’s telecast of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado generated an audience of 1,198,000 viewers, making it the second most watched bout on cable so far this year. The matchup attracted a peak viewership of 1,322,000 viewers.
The undercard fight of Viktor Postol vs. Selcuk Aydin – both making their HBO debut – registered 1,002,000 viewers, making it the fifth most watched bout on cable in 2014. The fight peaked with 1,137,000 viewers.
HBO’s spring season resumes Saturday, May 31 with a full-day of boxing programming highlighted at 4 p.m. (ET/PT) when Nonito Donaire meets Simpiwe Vetyeka in a featherweight title bout from Macau followed by the live telecast of the highly anticipated super middleweight title rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves from Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization can reveal the English-language version of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America will screen exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® for US subscribers. Filming is already underway in Las Vegas, with UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez leading a Mexican team against No.1 contender Fabricio Werdum’s squad of fighters from across Latin American. The season is scheduled to premiere on UFC FIGHT PASS®, the UFC’s digital subscription service, in August with new episodes uploaded weekly. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/tringuyenphotography.com
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward acts like a man who’s seen the future and liked what he saw – much as the present is a snarled mess of legal disputes and no fights on the horizon.
Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) and promoter Dan Goossen are battling in court and have sharply disagreed about essentially everything, from the promoter’s level of effort to make fights and the super middleweight’s willingness to accept offers.
“I’m going to get what I’m supposed to get,” Ward said while sitting on the ring apron in his San Francisco Bay Area gym, looking and sounding supremely serene. “I have faith and I’m confident.” (more…)
Dereck Chisora’s trainer Don Charles says that there is no way his man will lose a second time to Tyson Fury on Saturday 26th July at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester. Charles is preparing Chisora for the most crucial fight of his career with the European and British Heavyweight titles on the line plus the winner getting the number one spot to challenge reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
Although Fury already holds a win over Chisora in July 2011 – when he took the Londoner’s British and Commonwealth belts and unbeaten record – Charles says that Chisora will be in the best shape of his life for the rematch.
“This is must win fight for Dereck, no two ways about it, he knows it and I know it, we can’t come off second best,” said Charles. (more…)
Battling up the ranks in mixed martial arts is a difficult process in itself, and carving out a place on the UFC roster is a goal every fighter strives to make good on. Accomplishing this task is certainly easier said than done, and the situation becomes even more complex when the unstable nature of that position is taken into account. Fighters can reach the sport’s biggest stage on the strength of a solid run on the regional circuit and then find themselves once again on the outside looking in with a few poor performances . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Team Sauerland has announced the signing of George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs). The 26 year-old super middleweight star has put pen to paper and signed a long term promotional contract ahead of his Wembley Stadium mega-fight with Carl Froch for the WBA and IBF world super middleweight titles.
“I am extremely pleased to have signed with Team Sauerland,” said Groves. “I have boxed on their shows in the past and have known Kalle and Nisse (Sauerland) for years. The shows they put on in Europe are phenomenal. This is definitely a step in the right direction for me as I look to build my name not only across Europe but all around the world. I feel that now I have the right team in place to help me achieve everything I need to in boxing.”
Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: “We are proud to have won the race for George’s signature and look forward to guiding one of the most exciting talents on the planet. We are sure that George will write boxing history and delighted that we will be a part of the journey on a personal and business level.”
On Saturday, Showtime network will air five fights from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In the headliner, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) defends his WBC light heavyweight championship against Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs). Prior to Stevenson-Fonfara, the telecast will include two 10-round fights with middleweight KO artist David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) against Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) and unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) against Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs).
Two additional ten-rounders can be seen on Showtime Extreme with unbeaten jr middleweight Julian “J-Rock” Williams (15-0-1, 9 KOs) facing Michael Medina (26-4-2, 19 KOs) and world-ranked light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez (14-0, 8 KOs) meeting Alexander Johnson (15-1, 6 KOs).
The Showtime telecast starts at 9PM ET/PT and the Showtime Extreme telecast begins two hours prior.
It’s “time to rumble” with Bruce and Michael Buffer on HBO’s “Real Sports”: More
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday on a copyright lawsuit over the classic boxing movie “Raging Bull.” More
Former champ Nathan Cleverly sets his sights on Tony Bellew. More
Joe Calzaghe insists he will not come out of retirement to face the winner of Groves vs. Froch. More
Report/photos Boxing Bob Newman
The 31st IBF annual convention kicked off right where it started 31years ago at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. A casual cocktail party was held Sunday evening at the Capriccio room on the hotel property. Monday began with a private board meeting from 9 a.m. until noon. After lunch, the first general session commenced.
IBF president Daryl Peoples took to the podium and expressed great pleasure with the expected turn out for this year’s meeting. Originally, after the vote at last year’s convention in Berlin, Germany, it was thought San Diego was going to host this year’s gathering. After rethinking that locale, President Peoples opined that “I bet most of you are glad we’re not out in California right now as that area is on fire,” referring to the wild fires that have been burning across Southern California for several weeks now. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Wearing the famous Chicago Blackhawks jersey, Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) spent almost 90 minutes training in front of the media before Saturday’s challenge against current WBC light-heavyweight beltholder Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO). “Chicago always supports Chicago – this is why I’m wearing the Stanley Cup champions’ jersey. I also want to become a champion coming this Saturday,” said the ‘Polish Prince.’
“Montreal promoters are hosting my team in a very friendly manner. But we’re not here for a vacation, I’m here to prove my worth. To prove my skills. People know about my power, but they – and Adonis – should be ready for much more this Saturday at the Bell Centre.”
On Saturday, May 31, boxing returns to The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas. The main event will feature former world champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) taking on heavy-handed contender Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs) for 10 rounds in the super featherweight division. The co-feature will pit undefeated contender Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs) against the once-beaten, top 10-rated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs) for 10 rounds in the super bantamweight division.
Also scheduled to appear on the card in a special attraction eight-round middleweight bout will be former WBA junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) taking on once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs). Additional bouts and a complete list of the undercard will be announced soon. (more…)
“Yuri Foreman has been training hard for his fight on June 7th against Jorge Melendez. At this moment, there is a dispute within Yuri’s team that does not involve DiBella Entertainment. Yuri has worked very hard on his comeback to get to an opportunity like this. Lou DiBella and DBE have a great working and personal relationship with Yuri. We are awaiting a phone call and hope to see him fight on June 7th at MSG. This will be resolved very shortly.”
Editor’s Note: Melendez vs. Foreman is one of the TV fights announced for the Cotto-Martinez pay-per-view telecast, but Foreman posted the following on his Facebook page about an hour ago:
Dear Friends! Unknowingly I signed a very harmful contract regarding my boxing career. I tried all possible ways to free myself from it, but nothing else I can do, than announce my retirement from boxing. So from now I’m on to bigger and better things. Much blessings!
By Ron Jackson
Bethuel Ushona of Namibia the WBO number one ranked welterweight retained his WBO Africa title for the fifth time when he stopped Ebenezar Lantei Lamptey from Ghana in the tenth round at the Oshikoto Park in the Oshikoto region of Namibia on Saturday night. The better boxing of Ushona dominated throughout the first nine rounds and after a barrage of blows to the head in the tenth round referee Timo Haikonda stepped in to wave the fight off.
On the same card Paulus Ambunda won the vacant WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles when he outpointed Cristian Palma from Chile over 12 rounds. The scores were 116-112, 119-109 and 120-113. (more…)
On May 30th Cool Boxing Promotions has put to together another card at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in Philadelphia PA. Headlining the show is the return of former USBA junior middleweight titleholder Derek “Pooh” Ennis (24-4-1, 13 KOs) as he faces the dangerous southpaw, Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-13-4, 6 KOs) in an eight round middleweight contest. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a WBO welterweight eliminator, future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) scored a clear twelve round unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) in front of 12,090 boxing fans on Saturday night as boxing made its triumphant return to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. (more…)
Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins spent his afternoon with champions of a different sort. The Philadelphia boxing legend recognized “National Hospital Week” as he took time to visit with and sign autographs for patients, doctors and nurses at Shriners Hospital for Children. The patients are from around the world and are being treated for various illnesses at the state-of-the-art facility in The City of Brotherly Love.
“Today was a day that I won’t forget,” said Hopkins. “I fight in the ring, but these kids are fighting for their lives. I’m inspired by their strength, will and determination. Seeing the smiles on their faces brought me so much happiness and I thank the amazing doctors and nurses at Shriners for everything they are doing for these kids.”
For more information or to donate to Shriners Hospital for Children visit their website: http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/
Photo credit: Bernard Hopkins Instagram (@bhopdaalien)
For The Ultimate Fighter 15 winner and Spokane native Michael Chiesa, UFC 173 in Las Vegas is a homecoming of sorts. Vegas holds many good, and a few sad, memories for the lightweight . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Super middleweight Frank Buglioni returns from his first career defeat against Sergey Khomitsky in April when he headlines on July 16 at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Buglioini will take on Sam Couzens for a regional title. The show will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation. “It was a hard lesson to learn, but I’m still here, I’ve learnt from it and I’m more determined than ever to reach my goal of becoming world champion,” said Buglioni.
By Dave Spencer
Montreal dusted off a relic as moth-balled Olympic Stadium provided the venue for this past weeks ESPN Friday Night Fights and a couple of veteran fighters hoped for an impressive showing to move forward with their careers. Turns out both Joachim Alcine (35-7-2 21KO) and Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4 16KO) will live to see another day as the pair fought to a ten round draw in a battle in which both sides thought they had done enough to win.
Judge Jack Woodburn saw things for the hometown fighter Alcine with a 96-94 scorecard while Benoit Roussel scored the action for the visiting Rodriguez, 97-93. Judge Pasquale Procopio scored things even at 95-95.
The decision did not sit well with Rodriguez particularly. “I still believe I won the fight cleanly. He never caught me with a clean punch and was never able to hurt me,” said the veteran who was making his record 17th appearance on the ESPN telecast. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Unbeaten Australian super middleweight prospect Zac Dunn (13-0, 11 KOs) stopped South Korean Kyung-Suk Kwak (10-10, 7 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round WBC regional title bout at Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Dunn has defeated several imports and was recently working as chief sparring partner to IBF #1 middleweight Sam Soliman who challenges Felix Sturm on May 31 in Germany. (more…)
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