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Roc Nation Sports and FOX Sports have reached an agreement on a three-event boxing package, the first ever presented by the promoter, under the throne boxing banner. The announcement was made by Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch and Patrick Crakes, Senior Vice President, Programming Research and Content Strategy, FOX Sports. The first event is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2015 and airs on FOX Sports 1, live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City (10:00 PM ET/7:00PM PT).
In the 10-round main event, undefeated Washington, DC native Dusty Hernandez-Harrison battles Tommy Rainone of Plainview, New York in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship. The January 9 edition of throne boxing also features live performances by key Roc Nation artists.
“All of us at Roc Nation Sports are thrilled to announce our first boxing event along with our first series and television deal,” said Roc Nation Sports’ COO of Boxing David Itskowitch. “The January 9th event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden will be an event unlike anything boxing fans have experienced in the past whether they’re at The Garden or watching at home on FOX Sports 1. An evening of exciting fights, great music and fantastic entertainment will be a fitting way to kick off throne boxing, a series that will stand alone on the boxing landscape.” (more…)
As fight week begins, Golden Boy Promotions’ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is winding down his training camp before he faces Jose Benavidez Jr. on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves fight on Saturday at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Take a look below at how Herrera’s training camp has gone and what to expect:
Tell us a little bit about your training camp? Where are you training and with whom? How long have you been training together for this fight?
I’ve been training in Riverside, Calif. at the same gym I trained at for my last fight, Capital Punishment Boxing Club. I’ve been training for about eight weeks and it’s been going great. I sparred today for 12 rounds. Alan Sanchez has been helping out a lot, as well as my brother, Albert. We’ve been switching it up though. My head trainer is Jose Torres and we’ve been putting in a lot of work. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Edsel Palermo
For 21-year-old Welterweight Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (13-0, 10 KOs), combat is a way of life. The young prospect from Lynn, Massachusets, started in karate before moving into boxing, joining brother Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (an unbeaten young pro) and sister Rashida, an amateur standout and Olympic hopeful.
“Yes, says Speedy, we are a fighting family. We train together, we strategize together and we try not to miss each others fights.”
Rashidi turned pro in 2013 with impressive amateur credentials, spotting a 60-11 record, winning the PAL National title and three New England Golden Gloves titles. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I have to re-find myself. This fight with Mariusz Wach is a new start,” said heavyweight Travis Walker (39-12, 31 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview before his Friday Tymex Boxing Promotion/Global Boxing main event against former WBA/IBF/IBO heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach (28-1, 15 KOs) bout in Radom,Poland. “Wach is jumping in the Walker ring,” said Walker. “I will control the ring, I will control this fight.”
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Former World Lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard, California, arrived in Denver on Monday night for a Tuesday press conference to announce his upcoming third fight against Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado. Accompanying Rios was superstar trainer Robert Garcia.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, the 12-round Alvarado-Rios 3 trilogy fight will take place Saturday, January 24 at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield,Co. and will be televised live on HBO
Jermain Taylor goes to court for shooting charges. More
Belfast hopeful Anthony Cacace looking to make the next step. More
“I’m a lot better than Chris Algieri,” says Amir Khan. More
Andy Lee says he’s “never more ready” to win a title. More
By Bill Green
On January 24th, 2014, Top Rank Promotions and HBO Sports will ring in the new year with one of the most talked about trilogies in boxing. History has given us Leonard-Duran, Ali-Frazier, Gatti-Ward, Bowe-Holyfield, Barrera-Morales and now Alvarado vs Rios. Mike “Mile High” Alvarado 34-3 (23),of Thornton, Colorado, will face Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios 32-2-1 (23), of Oxnard, California, in a scheduled 12 round welterweight slugfest. A press conference to officially announce Alvarado-Rios III is scheduled for today.
The HBO televised bout will take place at the 1st Bank Center, Bloomfield, Colorado. The two fighters each have a win against each other with Alvarado winning the last meeting back in March 2013 via unanimous decision. Recently, Fightnews sat down with Mike Alvarado and discussed his much anticipated rubber match with Rios. (more…)
Unbeaten world ranked bantamweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision over Timur Shailezov (17-9-1, 4 KOs) on Monday night at the Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas. Scores were 97-92, 96-93 and 97-92. Working in Morales’ corner was his famous brother, multi-time world champion Erik “Terrible “Morales.
Ringside Report by Jerry Glick and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
NABF middleweight champion David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) had too many guns for brave Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) stopping him at one minute and fourth-five seconds into the tenth round in the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday night in front of 6,532 screaming fans.
Venezuelan lightweight terror Ismael Barroso (16-0-2, 15 KOs) continued his winning streak by defeating Mexican veteran Maximiliano Galindo (12-18-5, 3 KOs) in three rounds last Friday night.
Fighting in Galindo’s hometown of Sinaloa, Mexico, Barroso dropped Galindo in the first and second rounds and then twice more in round three, the final time for good.
Barroso’s promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions says that his fighter was typically impressive. “Galindo had fought some decent foes but no one is ready for the kind of power my fighter brings to the table. He’s punching lightweights with the power of a heavyweight.”
Barroso, from El Tigre, Venezuela, is 31 and ready for his prime time debut on the near future.
“It’s time to unleash him on the US,” continued Cohen. “He’s a terrific talent from South America and pretty soon he’ll be known all over the world. We’re putting together a series of fights for Ismael that will land him at the top of boxing, where a fighter with his power belongs.”
Sad to report that former NABF heavyweight champ and top 12 contender Robert Davis passed away on November 26 at age 43. Details are sketchy, but according to Davis’ former manager Steve Munisteri, the funeral service was held December 6th. “Davis started his career off at 22-0 and had nice wins over Canadian heavyweight champ Tom Glesby, world title challenger and at time undefeated fellow prospect Charles Shufford (winning every round and dropping him), Terrance Lewis and went the distance and had competitive fights with Michael Moorer and Monte Barrett. Although he never made it to a title, his many TV fights were always action packed and he gave it his all,” said Munisteri.
By Karl Freitag
Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan” and former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” hosted an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their welterweight showdown taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Amir Khan: “I’m in great shape, weight is on point, and I’m very focused & ready…as long as I stick to the way I fight I don’t think anyone can beat me. I have the fastest hands in boxing and I have probably the best boxing skills in the world so if I just be smart and stick to those skills I don’t think I’ll have a problem with anyone.”
Devon Alexander: “I don’t see anything special from Amir Khan, he’s fast but that’s it…everybody can be beat. It’s about the team coming up with the game plan to get it done…I definitely need to win and want to look good doing it.”
Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) today announced multi-fight agreements with five fighters across several different weight classes. The fighters are jr welterweight Gabe Duluc (9-1, 1-0/BKB), jr welterweight Javier Garcia (10-3-2, 1-0/BKB), jr welterweight Herbert Acevedo (11-2, 1-0/BKB), jr middleweight Khurshid Abdullaev (6-1-1, 1-0/BKB) and cruiserweight Anthony Johnson (8-0, 1-0/BKB). BKB’s next event is planned for Spring 2015. The organization uses a variation of the traditional boxing rules. The combatants use conventional boxing gloves, however they box in a 17 foot diameter pit with no ropes. Rounds are two minutes each and bouts are five or seven rounds.
Former world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) won’t be concerned about rust this Thursday night when he fights for the first time in more than a year against veteran Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Tarver-Banks is a 10-round heavyweight fight, presented on a Goossen Promotions card, airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Tarver suffered a now-fully-healed fractured thumb to his left hand, closer to the wrist, postponing the original September 29th fight date versus Banks. The 1996 U.S. Olympian has had only five fights in the last six years.
“I’m not concerned with rust,” the cagey southpaw said. “If I’m rusty, it will only be until I’m hit. I’ve been trying to wear off ring rust with intelligent sparring but that’s not like getting reps of a fight. I have to beat a solid heavyweight with power like Banks to get where I want to be. I will become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history! He will be surprised by a lot of what I bring into the ring.”
Tarver has been training at the Brazilian Rocky Fight Club in Miami for the past three months to prepare for Thursday’s fight with Banks, who trained world heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitschko for his recent knockout win over Kubrat Pulev. (more…)
Photo: Ed Keenan/Top Rank
Fightnews.com wishes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum a happy 83nd birthday! Bob is gearing up to promote another big fight card this weekend in Las Vegas. The Top Rank CEO has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since he got into it in 1966 by presenting a world heavyweight championship fight featuring ring legend Muhammad Ali in his promotional debut.
Since then, Top Rank, under Arum’s leadership, has promoted roughly 11,500 fight cards around the globe featuring fighters like Oscar De la Hoya, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, and of course, Manny Pacquiao.
Arum spends 83rd birthday working on next Pacquiao fight, two shows this weekend, and upcoming HBO. Had to remind him to take lunch break.
— Bruce Trampler (@BruceTrampler) December 8, 2014
It was a good night for all the undefeated boxers on the final 2014 installment of Fight Club OC last Thursday, as a capacity crowd of 1,312 saw all five fighters stay perfect in their young careers.
The fight of the night saw the return to the ring of LA’s 4-0 Luis Mora in an absolute war with San Francisco’s 1-1 Jhonnathan Zamudio. Mora who has been out of the ring for the past two years finishing up his bachelor’s degree at Cal State Los Angeles was rusty over the first two round with Zamudio pretty much landing at will, but it was the four round that had the crowd on their feet as Mora plummeted Zamudio for the entire round, which was enough to pull out a 38-38 draw. As is a Fight Club OC tradition the crowd threw nearly $300 into the ring which was distributed equally to both fighters. (more…)
By James Slater
WBO super-middleweight ruler “King” Arthur Abraham was pushed to the wire by Liverpool’s Paul Smith back in September, with Abraham retaining his title via a decision that was universally looked at as far too wide. The 12-round unanimous decision proved so controversial, the WBO launched an investigation – the 119-109 tally handed in by Spanish judge Fernando Laguna being of particular interest to the governing body. In the end, though, the decision stood – as it was felt the right man won the fight even if it was closer than the three judges had it. Smith’s appeal to be made the WBO mandatory was unsuccessful, but Abraham has decided to give Smith a return chance all the same. The fight will take place at The O2 Arena in Berlin and it is possible British heavyweight David Price – who had to pull out of his scheduled December 6th bout with a bicep injury – will also see action on the card.
32-year-old Smith, 35-4(20) boxed better than ever before in September and it will be interesting to see if he can go one better and actually get the win this time. 34-year-old Abraham, 41-4(28) will no doubt enter the rematch as a big favourite to win but it’s likely he will again be given a tough night’s work by the determined warrior from Liverpool.
6’7 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs) will now take on Chauncy Welliver (55-9-5, 22) instead of 40-year-old street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (7-0, 6 KOs), who was originally announced. Welliver was stopped in five rounds last month by unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas Browne.
Headlining Thursday’s show at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia, is a WBA interim super middleweight title fight between Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) and Ben McCullough (14-0, 11 KOs).
By James Slater
Super-middleweight star Carl Froch appears to be favoring the idea of retiring more and more. “The Cobra,” out of action since his KO win over fellow Brit and archrival George Groves, says it is “60/40 that I will retire.” Speaking to The Telegraph, the 37-year-old says he has one box left to tick – that of fighting in Las Vegas – and that if this does not happen, he will likely call it quits on his fine career.
“It’s 60/40 against that I’ll fight again,” Froch told the Telegraph. “I want the fight in Vegas. It’s not that it has to be against Chavez [Junior]. My heroes all fought there and it’s the box I’ve never ticked. The Vegas dream is there, but if it doesn’t happen, I’ll probably retire. By May I’ll have been out a year – and the longer it goes, the less likely I’ll ever fight again.” (more…)
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