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By Karl Freitag
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday from his Venetian Las Vegas-based training camp. Tomorrow, right after his final U.S. sparring session, Algieri will break camp and head off to Macao, China where he will challenge reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
Chris Algieri: We’ve done all the hard work here and we’re ready to travel across the world and eventually shock the world.
I’m tall for the weight class. I’m not built to go in there and stand in front of a man and trade bombs. Why would I do that? I’ve got length, I’ve got reach, I’ve got speed. I’ve got footwork and defense, but that’s not going to be what the difference is in this fight. It’s not a tall guy versus a short guy, it’s Chris Algieri versus Manny Pacquiao. It’s what I bring to the table versus what he brings to the table…I have the tools and the talent to win this fight. I’ve just got to go out there and perform.
I’m not one of those champions who was brought up and fed the perfect guys to look great. I’ve had to fight every single style you can think of coming up. I had to fight my way to get here. I wasn’t fed anyone at any point in my career. I’ve fought every style you can think of, lefty, righty, tall, short, power puncher, fast guys, slow guys, counter guys, so for me it’s the norm preparing for a different style.
[On responding to Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach’s trash talk] I’m not going to change just to promote a fight…I’m not fighting Freddie. That’s not the man I have to box with, so I’m not going to go back and forth firing darts at each other. You don’t see Pacquiao doing that. That’s Freddie’s prerogative, that’s what he likes to do. That’s not me. Even if it helps the promotion of the fight, that’s not my style.
By James Slater
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
Once-beaten southpaw heavyweight Amir Mansour rebounded from his exciting points loss to Steve Cunningham on Saturday night, with an eye-catching seventh-round KO over Fred Kassi. Now 21-1 with 16 KOs, the shaven headed southpaw known as “Hardcore” aims to build on the brutal stoppage and fight the top names of the division as soon as possible.
Congratulations on the KO win over Fred Kassi. It was a brutal KO and people are talking about it as the possible KO Of The Year. Was that right hook the best one you’ve ever landed?
“Er, no, not at all. It just landed, but the punch wasn’t my best ever right hook at all. I’ve KO’d guys like that before. [Hector] Ferreyro (who Mansour KO’d in a round back in 2011) literally went out on a stretcher and he didn’t wake up until he was at the hospital. Kassi was a big strong guy and I hit him with a solid shot, but I did other things better than ever in the fight.” (more…)
Former multiple world title challenger Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi left Southern California last week in final preparations for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight world title clash with champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez set for Saturday, December 6th in Oldenburg, Germany. “I had been training for the last few weeks in Los Angeles but for the best sparring I came to Kiev, Ukraine to work with Oleksandr Usyk in his camp” said the London born Afolabi who has compiled a record of 21-3-4 (10KO’s) during his career that began with no amateur bouts.
With a record of 5-0 with five knockouts, Usyk is a very highly regarded cruiserweight prospect, the southpaw having won the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal at heavyweight for Ukraine. “I’ve watched Usyk fight before and he is clearly very strong and talented. He is a tall southpaw who will help me prepare for Hernandez, if I can do well with him I will beat Hernandez.” (more…)
Matthew Macklin says his career is on the line on Saturday night when he faces WBC International middleweight titlist Jorge Sebastian Heiland at The 3Arena in Dublin. The 32 year old meets the Argentine in a WBC World title eliminator in his first fight in Ireland since December 2009, and he says the stakes couldn’t be higher for his return to the capital. “It’s the fight I need at this stage and if I cannot beat him, then that’s it really,” said Macklin. “I know I will beat him and it will set me up for a big 2015 where a world title shot will definitely come about. He knows that beating me is a massive scalp and it throws him into the limelight and he’ll probably get a world title shot. (more…)
Hitz Boxing Entertainment founder and promoter Bobby Hitz is a man who wears many hats, and tomorrow night he will showcase his acting talents when he plays the owner of a boxing gym on the hit NBC police drama Chicago PD. It isn’t a stretch for Hitz, whose acting credits include a recurring role in the TV series Mob Doctor. “I’ve been auditioning for various roles on the show, and am pleased to have been cast in the role of the boxing gym owner. I am hoping it leads to a recurring role in the show,” said Hitz. “It was great to be cast in such a terrific show that showcases my good friend and boxing aficionado John Seda. That makes the experience all the more rewarding.” Seda plays straight-arrow detective Antonio Dawson on the NBC show. (more…)
Saturday night December 6th on the island paradise of Sint Maarten, nestled nicely in the Caribbean, two titles will be on the line as Bobby Ottley’s Bose Promotions presents a big night of professional boxing titled “This is it-War.” The twelve round main event of the Bose Promotions promoted card will also be in association with Elton Dharry Promotions, as Elton Dharry (16-5-1, 10KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, by way of Guyana, battles it out with Nicaraguan bantamweight champion Jose Rios (13-1-1, 6KOs) for the coveted IBF Inter-continental bantamweight title. (more…)
Congratulations to Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels, who is being inducted into Salem County Sports Hall of Fame in December. There’s a nice write-up on Lee by South Jersey Times reporter Bob Shryock.
The Klitschko camp had yesterday’s press conference on lockdown, barring several members of Team Pulev, as well as nemesis Shannon Briggs, who is currently in Germany for the fight.
Good news. We’re hearing that fan favorite boxer Emmanuel Augustus is now awake and alert. He was shot in the head by an errant bullet last month in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. -Damien St. Pierre
Super featherweight Jose “Sniper” Pedraza was stripped of the IBO world title last week. He is preparing to fight in an IBF elimination bout against Michael Farenas on Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The December 11 fight in at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, between Oscar Escandon and Tyson Cave will be a World Boxing Association super bantamweight eliminator rather than an interim world title fight as originally announced.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian featherweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) of South El Monte, California returns Thursday night as he takes on the tough Robert Castaneda (21-7-1, 15 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico on the Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 main event from the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center. We caught up with the 2012 U.S Olympian at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California for his media day workout.
“This upcoming fight will be a tough fight,” Joseph Diaz Jr. told Fightnews.com “I want to prove I can take this guy out.” (more…)
Just a month after becoming the first person to knock out Roy Nelson, heavyweight Mark Hunt was presented with an opportunity to fight for the strap. Hear from Hunt as he walks fans through the phone call from Dana and his plans for the title fight . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated prospects 2012 U.S. Olympian featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) of South El Monte, East L.A. prospects Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (12-0, 7 KOs), Roy Tapia (9-0, 4KOs), as well as Mexicali’s featherweight Diego De la Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs) and seven-foot Chinese Heavyweight Taishan Dong (1-0, 1 KO) held separate media workouts Monday afternoon at the Ponce De Leon Gym in Montebello, California. The undefeated prospects will be featured in separate bouts on the Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 card Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center.
Featherweight Julian “Camaron” Ramirez squares off against Pedro Melo (9-6-2, 2 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the scheduled eight round co-feature. “I don’t know much on the guy, he is a boxer with a nice jab. I’m ready. Camp was good. Sparring, conditioning, everything is good, ready to go,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com about his upcoming fight. “This is my fourth fight this year. I’ve been active. Hopefully next year I fight ten rounders. Hopefully I get that “W.” I’m going out there to give a good show, hopefully it goes as planned.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former three -time world light middleweight challenger Troy Waters (28-5, 20 KOs) has been diagnosed with acute myloid leukaemia and is now fighting the toughest fight of his career after undergoing a salvo intense chemotherapy treatment used to combat the mass of immature white blood cells that clogged his bone marrow and compromised his immune system. Waters, who was born in London, England in 1965, challenged Gianfranco Rossi for the IBF title in 1989 in Italy, and in 1993 had Terry Norris on the canvas in round two compliments of a power laden left hook of a WBC challenge before losing by cut eye stoppage in a bout that was awarded the Ring Magazine’s “Round of the Year.” The following year Waters challenged Simon Brown in a closely contested WBC title bout losing a majority decision at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Carl Froch says he’s ready to retire. Unless . . . . more
Mike Tyson talks to TMZ about Floyd Mayweather’s extravagant spending. more
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Chris Algieri’s trainer: “We’re confident of victory.” more
By Robert Coster
The result might not have made top headlines in boxing, but Evens Pierre’s WBA Fedelatin lightweight title win over former contender Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez in Haiti last Saturday certainly meant a lot to the hundreds of thousand people who inhabit the sprawling shantytown of Sun City on the outskirts of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. “Only a few fans from Sun City were able to actually see my fight,” said Pierre “but I know that my people were listening to the radio and keeping informed.”
The victory opens the doors of the the top 15 WBA rankings along with dreams for a shot at a world title for the “Sun City Kid” as Evens is nicknamed. “Me and my manager Jacques Deschamps are looking for such an opportunity in 2015,” Pierre tells us. The lanky lightweight, with a record of 24-1, 17 KOs, has fought all but two fights in Panama but his dream is to fight for the world title in Haiti. “I am fighting for more than myself,” said Pierre. “I am fighting for my brothers and sisters of Sun City to show them that dreams do come true, that hope is possible and there is a way out of poverty.”
By Johnny B’
Quick fisted southpaw Tommy “Razor” Rainone (21-5-1, 4 KOs) will get his crack at the vacant USBO welterweight title on November 13th when he faces hard punching Carl “The Assassin” McNickles (8-5, 6 KOs). The event will be promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions and will take place at ‘The Space at Westbury’ in Westbury, NY.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran of Mexico makes a special guest appearance, Monday on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show with hosts: Bernardo Osuna, David Faitelson and Ricardo Celis at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles. Beltran discussed his upcoming World Lightweight title fight against WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford, “the Pride of Omaha.”
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, Crawford vs. Beltran will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC Board of Governors has voted unanimously to support Omar Figueroa while he is recovering from an injury sustained in his mandatory title defense on August 16 against Daniel Estrada. After the fight, Figueroa’s cut was infected and he had to receive additional treatment. As a result, he has been placed as “champion in recess,” which will allow him to take the necessary time to heal and to begin training without any time pressure. The WBC has ordered the two highest available contenders, Jorge Linares and Javier Prieto, to fight for the vacant WBC lightweight championship, with the condition that the winner must fight Figueroa whenever he is ready to return to the ring. Linares-Prieto is expected to be arranged by the end of 2014.
The beIN Sports network will air Friday’s Iron Mike Promotions’ “Pride of Pittsburgh II” card at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The telecast is headlined by a ten-round welterweight clash between Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs), and veteran Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (21-1-2, 14 KOs). Co-featured is a ten-round turf war between local lightweights Monta Meza-Clay (36-3, 22 KOs) and “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3, WBC #2, WBA #5 light middleweight Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18 KOs) will clash with former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday. Mundine is coming off a one-sided loss to former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey where he visited the canvas five times in an April bout. In 2013, the 39-year-old Mundine became the first boxer to stop future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley. Daniel Geale defeated Mundine in IBF middleweight title bout in 2013. Rabchenko, 28 years, has not boxed since November 2013 when he defeated Bradley Price in a European title bout. Rabchenko has been installed as a solid favorite with betting agencies to defeat Mundine. Promoters ate Brian Amatruda, Ricky Hatton (Hatton Promotions), and Philippe Fondu (World Sport Promotions).
Ringside Report by: Matt Richardson
Photos by: Emily Harney
In the end, even Bernard Hopkins had to go out the way they all do: Losing to a younger, quicker, harder hitting champion. Despite years of defying the odds and seeming to be an “Alien” inside the ropes, the 49-year-old Hopkins finally looked human on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey when he took a pounding en route to a shut-out decision loss to Sergey Kovalev in a light heavyweight unification fight. Click here for full report and previously unpublished photos
WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri is being built up as a real life “Rocky” following his gutsy and dramatic longshot win over Ruslan Provodnikov, but Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach isn’t buying it. “‘Rocky’ is fiction and so is ‘The Chris Algieri Show,’ said Roach with just seven days to go until Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri world welterweight championship fight week begins. “Manny looks tremendous. He has worked hard against the best sparring partners he has ever had. He knows what is at stake here. Believe me, he wants an emphatic victory. He needs an emphatic victory. That is why he has gone the extra mile in this camp to achieve that,” stated Roach following Pacquiao’s latest training session.
“I know New York is a sports capital desperate to hold on to its only world champion. But everyone in the Big Apple needs to realize that Chris Algieri is going up against a buzz saw in Manny Pacquiao,” added Roach. “New York has had its share of sports miracle upsets in the past — Bobby Thompson’s ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World,’ Jerry Koosman’s two World Series victories for the Miracle Mets and Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III MVP performance — but the reality is this, heart, no matter how big, can only take you so far. On November 22, Manny is going to drop the curtain on The Chris Algieri Show.”
IBF #1 rated Kubrat Pulev was a no-show at today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s world title challenge against WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night at the O2 World arena in Hamburg, Germany. Via his Facebook page, Pulev accused Klitschko of “sneaky tricks” and said he was boycotting because the Klitschko Team has limited his team to three members. “That kind of behavior isn’t suitable for a world champion of four federations with such a huge experience and with that name. It is just not suitable. They try to corner us and to makes us feel uncomfortable any way possible. This is a mental game that they do not know that I am completely prepared for. I am from Bulgaria, you know.” Klitschko, who had the media all to himself, stated he believes Pulev was brainwashed and others do his thinking for him.
“Training camp is over,” declared WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko today. “It took a lot of effort and sweat but also patience to get me to the point where I am right now. I am prepared, I am motivated more than ever, I am ready for Fight Week!” Long term world champion Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) meets unbeaten IBF #1 rated Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) in his 17th world title defense on Saturday night at the O2 World arena in Hamburg, Germany.
In good news for American boxing fans, HBO has belatedly picked up the bout and will air it live at 4:45PM ET/PT.
The next chapter of multiple world champion Yuriorkis “The Cyclone of Guantanamo” Gamboa’s (23-1, 16 KOs) boxing career starts Saturday as the 2004 Olympic gold medalist takes on upset-minded Joel Montes de Oca (18-3, 10 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico. Gamboa is coming off the first loss as a professional, this past June 28 in Omaha, Nebraska to undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) on HBO Boxing After Dark.
“I want my fans know that I feel great,” the 32-year-old Gamboa said from his home in Miami. “I’ve been training very hard for this fight, which I’m taking very serious because I know the importance of ending the year on a positive note. I’m very happy with my new team. I’m now fully focused on becoming ‘King’ of the lightweight division, as well as hopefully being much more active in 2015 with my goal to fight three or four times next year. I am honored to fight in Mexico and I plan to fight there again in 2015.” (more…)
In what has the potential to become the “greatest female trilogy in boxing,” former WIBA two division champion and former WBC featherweight champion Melissa Hernandez (19-5-3, 6 KOs) takes on former WBA two division champion, and former WIBF and IFBA world champion Layla McCarter (35-13-5, 8 KOs) on Friday, November 21 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The history between Hernandez and McCarter began back in February of 2007, when Hernandez was an undefeated prospect taking on the seasoned champion in McCarter for McCarter’s GBU female lightweight title. In a tough brawl, McCarter came out on top after Hernandez was unable to come out for the ninth round. An immediate rematch followed two months later and Hernandez evened the score by winning an eight round majority decision to capture the GBU title. Both fights took place at the Orleans, and female boxing fans were eagerly anticipating the third, and final, match up between two two all-action boxers. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Former OPBF feather champ Hiroshige Osawa (26-3-4, 15 KOs), 126, displayed a fine form in finishing Thai #1 super-bantam contender Nongdear Sor. Bangkhru (11-8, 3 KOs), 123, with a vicious body shot at 2:10 of the third round in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Osawa, then OPBF ruler, was once suspended for one year by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) since he participated in an interim WBO Asia Pacific feather title bout in Korea by submitting a false contract saying it was only a non-title bout—in December 2012—when the JBC still hadn’t affiliated with the WBO, which became recognized from 2013. After his suspension was over, Osawa engaged in three bouts, winning all within the distance.
Osawa outjabbed the aggressive Thailander and connected with solid combinations upstairs and downstairs, decking him twice and for the count. Osawa, now OPBF#12/JBC#12, may zoom up again with a proper guidance on his comeback trail.
Promoter: Romanza Miyabi Promotions.
Bradley Saunders has signed a long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and will be in action at the sold out Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22. The unbeaten light welterweight moved to 10-0 with a destructive first round KO of Ville Piispanen, landing his first pro title in the shape of the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt – and the 28 year old is confident he’ll be adding more belts to his collection in 2015.
“I am thrilled to be joining Eddie Hearn and fighting on Sky Sports,” said Saunders. “I had plenty of options and I definitely chose the best one for me, it’s a new chapter and I am raring to go. I am looking for big things. I don’t want anything less than being a World champion. I played at the game in the amateurs but it is serious now. I want to bring big things to the North East. I’ve had three weeks training for the fight in Liverpool and you’ll see a change in me but above that, in the New Year you will see a different Bradley Saunders altogether. (more…)
Countdown goes behind the scenes as four athletes prepare for an historic night of pivotal fights in Mexico City. In the co-main event, undefeated welterweight Kelvin Gastelum returns to his parents’ homeland to face powerful contender Jake Ellenberger . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
In what was considered an upset Thembelani Nxoshe from Mdantsane beat former South African flyweight champion “Doctor” Themba Ntsele from Bloemfontein on a majority 12 round points decision to claim the vacant SA flyweight title at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre on Friday night. The title became vacant when Makazole Tete relinquished it earlier this month. Nxoshe improved his record to 13-6-1, 3 KOs and Ntsele saw his record drop to 17-7-1, 11 KOs.
On the same card former South African junior welterweight champion Mzolisi Yoyo (22-6, 17 KOs) stopped Mlamli Madikane (5-5-2, 1 KOs) in the fifth round of a welterweight bout. In a junior flyweight bout Thabiso Moorosi won on a fifth round technical knockout over Siseko Nkohliso.
Welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Michael Balasi (10-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 for Mayfield, who ended a two-fight losing streak. Balasi, on the other hand, dropped his fifth straight.
In the co-feature, 235-pound female heavyweight Martha Salazar (13-4, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over 252-pounder Tanzee Daniel (4-4-1,1 KO) to claim the vacant WBC female heavyweight title.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA heavy handed heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (21-1, 16KOs) bounced back from the first loss of his career in devastating fashion, with a vicious seventh round knockout of “Big” Fred Kassi (18-3, 10KOs). In the co-feature of the six bout card promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing, Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (18-,7KOs) wore down hometown favorite Ronald Cruz to score a eighth stoppage. (more…)
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