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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Katie Warburton
Former world title challenger Teon Kennedy (18-2-2, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Vinan (10-10-5, 2 KOs) in a junior lightweight main event on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Kennedy dropped Vinan in round ten. Scores were 99-90, 99-90, 98-91.
Jr lightweight Jason Sosa (9-1-3, 5 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to drop and stop Georgi Kevlishvili (12-6, 3 KOs) in round four.
Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse Hart (7-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Thomas Tyrner (3-4, 2 KOs) in round one. Hart is the son of legendary Philadelphia middleweight Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, who terrorized the 160-pound division in the 1970s
Middelweight Ismael Garcia (5-0, 2 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alando Swain (5-3, 1 KO). photos
By Joe Koizumi
We, in Japan, have many excellent boxers in smaller classes, but a very few good ones in heavier divisions than the middleweight category. We see our national champs only up to the 160-pound class. Therefore, it is delightfully shocking that the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) has authorized sensational tournaments to decide the new Japanese heavyweight champion.
Fast-rising ex-martial art fighter, Kyotaro Fujimoto (6-1, 4 KOs) will cope with 40-year-old Japan-based Ugandan Okello Peter (21-6, 19 KOs) in a quest for the vacant national heavyweight belt in Tokyo on July 25. Fujimoto, 26, once produced a great sensation as he defeated world-rated American Chauncy Welliver by a unanimous decision to be rated in the top fifteen by the WBC. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Mikey Garcia works out for the many fans that showed up for his public workout session Saturday in Yorba Linda,Ca. Garcia will make his first title defense against former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday,June 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Garcia vs Lopez, televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark will be promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate. photos
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF President Daryl Peoples will be honored at the 2nd Annual All-Star Boxing Legends Gala this weekend in Atlantic City, NJ. The list of honorees for this event includes referee and long-time IBF member Randy Neumann, Iran Barkley, Marlon Starling, Jackie Kallen, Ivan Robinson, Chuck Wepner, Cedric Kushner, Keith Holmes and William Joppy.
By James Slater
Carl Froch says the glitzy bright lights of Las Vegas would entice him into accepting a U.S rematch with unbeaten slickster Andre Ward. Initially, “The Cobra,” after his great revenge win over Mikkel Kessler a week ago, said Ward “must be in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks I’ll go to America to fight him again.” Froch, the unified IBF/WBA 168-pound king, along with his promoter Eddie Hearn, insisted Ward would have to come to the U.K if the return fight were to happen. But Froch, in speaking today with BBC Radio, said he would accept a return with Ward in “neutral” Las Vegas.
“If the fight wasn’t going to happen and someone said it could happen in Las Vegas then I’d definitely say ‘yes, let’s do it,’” Froch said of a Ward II. “Las Vegas is kind of a neutral venue, believe it or not, because it is its own state of Nevada. They have their own commissioner. I’ve always wanted to fight in Las Vegas in the glitz and glamour, and have my name up in lights. This is one thing I’ve not had in my career.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association has reported the completion of its 92nd Annual Convention in the city of Lima, Peru, tentatively from November 10-17. Further details will be announced in the coming days. Also in November there should be a reprise of the “Race KO Drugs” in Panama City. Last year’s run had thousands of participants. Finally, the next WBA Directory meeting will be August 8-11 in Panama City or Brazil.
Biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, “Misery is a match that never goes out.”
Huxley was, of course, referring to the sort of match that lights a candle or a powder keg, and definitely not a boxing match, but, lacking any sort of potential pop and with bouts unending, uneventful, last night’s local smoker at Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque just plain bombed.
That’s bombed, as in tanked, and not in any sense of a word related to a display of fireworks . . . Click here for full gallery and report
Unbeaten hot prospect Jermall Charlo (13-0, 9 KOs) and 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) will warm up the crowd tonight at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, leading up to the Braulio Santos vs. Derrick Wilson and Daquan Arnett vs. Miguel Zuniga featured bouts which will be televised on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes. Charlo will meet the experienced Luis Hernandez (21-5, 14 KO’s) in a six-round junior middleweight contest, while Spence will face Guillermo Ibarra (7-2, 4 KO’s) in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds. (more…)
Former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit will look to avenge his 2009 spilt decision loss to Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann. The rematch between top welterweights will be the five- round main event at the second fight night airing on FOX Sports 1 on August 28. Tickets for the event go on sale June 14.
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Coming up next: UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum is live from Brazil on Saturday, June 8 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Click here for more
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos : Sroi Mungmee (Wanheng-Pusta)
WBC#2 strawweight Wanheng Meenayothin (28-0, 9 KOs) successfully retained his WBC international 105lb title as he stopped Filipino Ruel Pusta (8-2-2, 2 KOs) on Friday at the Toyota Office of Kanchaburi Province, Thailand. The local source reported that the Thai fighter mostly controlled the show, dropping the Filipino with a right straight in round four. Finally, the show was finished when the champion displayed one-sided attack which forced referee to stop the bout in round ten.
In other action, WBA #10 bantam Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (37-2,20KOs) scored a second round TKO over Indonesian Jemmy Gobel (17-21-5,13KOs). And Petchwanchai Sor Visetkit (8-4,4KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Amnart Kiatpracha. This event was promoted by Piyarat Vachirarattanawong of Diamond Boxing Promotion.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday at Piboonwitthayalai School in Lopburi, Thailand, WBC #27 bantam Tiger Tor Buamas (14-0, 11 KOs) won a 119-109, 117-111, 119-109 unanimous decision over former PABA title holder Richard Garcia (26-16-1, 8 KOs) to retain his WBC Asia interim 118lb title. Also, WBC #33 superfeather Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (11-0,8 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Suor Carryboy (reportedly 18-11-1). Former WBC Female 105lb champion Samson Tor Buamas (29-3, 14 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Saosukhothai Sor Kor Peera. And ABCO #15 lightfly Saengthong Tor Buamas stopped Thepyothin Sithdabnid in round three.
This event was promoted by Narongwas Buamas of Narongwas Boxing Promotion
Congratulations to former world champion Amir Khan, who was married on Friday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Amir, and his new wife Faryal, plan to settle down in Bolton, England. Faryal is American.
Team Lebedev is asking the WBA to approve a direct rematch between Denis Lebedev and new champion Guillermo Jones, or make Lebedev mandatory challenger. Meanwhile, while Lebedev said he is making changes to his team, trainer Kostya Tszyu says he will continue to work with the former champion. (Big thanks to Andre)
Welterweight Bheki Moyo kept his perfect record intact on Friday night, moving to 0-55-2 after losing a four round decision to a pro debuter on Friday in Walsall England. Also on the card, welterweight Billy Smith took his record to 13-141-2 with another loss in a four round contest.
By Ron Jackson
Despite having a battle on the scales before the fight, South African bantamweight champion Toto Helebe retained his title on a 12 round split decision against Klaas Mboyane at the Southern Sun Cape Sun in Cape Town on Friday night. Helebe (53.50kg) was making the first defence of the title that he won in June 2011, against the mandatory challenger Mboyane (53.40kg). The champion from Gugulethu improved his record to 12-3; 7 as he fought well off the back foot and counterpunched against the challenger as he pressed forward. The southpaw Mboyane 14-10-2; 7 from Limpopo chased the slick moving champion throughout most of the rounds and his come forward style was enough to convince one of the judges that he had done enough to take the decision. However, unfortunately for him the other two judges were more impressed with the fighting style of the champion. The tournament was presented by Steve Kalakoda of Kalakoda Promotions.
Former European Champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-2, 9 KOs) has a new opponent to prepare for. Originally, the 31-year-old German was supposed to take on Travis Dickinson at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. However, the Brit pulled out of the fight and will now be replaced by Richard Vidal from Uruguay on June 8. The 37-year-old will be a tough challenge in Gutknecht´s quest to capture the vacant WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Championship. “I have been preparing for Dickinson and his strengths,” said Gutknecht. “But I am aiming to get back to the top. Therefore, I have to deal with these uncomfortable situations. Vidal is in great shape and has quite some experience when it comes to title fights. I won’t make the mistake of underestimating him.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After a possible fight with Martin Murray fell through, former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) will face Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) in a bout contracted at 165 pounds. The question is when and where? Initially the fight looked pretty solid to land at the new Mexico City Arena on August 3, in fact “presale” tickets have already been sold for that date. However there is now a possibility that Chavez-Vera could end up at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 7. A final decision should be nailed down by next week.
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., will host his first public sparring session and open workout as world champion, today, June 1, beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT, at the UFC Gym (23701 La Palma Ave., Yorba Linda, Calif. 92887-5538). Garcia is in his last two weeks of training for his first title defense, against former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Joining Mikey at his open workout will be his brother, Robert, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year, and his father Eduardo, who co-train Mikey.
The Garcia-Lopez world featherweight title fight will take place on June 15 and will be televised live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on HBO. This will be the first time HBO has televised a boxing event from the American Airlines Center. The Garcia-Lopez world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.
Longtime local boxing trainer Jerry LeGarde, of Duluth, Minnesota, has passed away from natural causes at the age of 84. A fighter from 1949-1951, LeGarde was the trainer and fighter of five boxing sons.
Nice historic photo gallery of Bay Area Boxing in the San Jose Mercury News: More
Is Carl Froch better than Joe Calzaghe? Frank Warren, writing for The Sun, doesn’t think so. More
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Topping off an uneventful card before a sparse crowd Friday night on the Johnny Tapia Presents card at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque, NM, both Josh “Pittbull” Torres (12-2-1, 5 Kos) and Joaquin Zamora (20-4-1, 12 Kos) picked up wins against opponents made to order. In the main event, Torres won a shutout decision over unwilling turtle-shelled Marcus Brashears (9-16-1, 2 Kos), of Amarillo, Texas. Scores were 80-72 x 3. In another less-than-thrilling eight-rounder, Zamora won a dull sparring session victory over Bernardo Guereca (17-18-1, 4 Kos), winning with scores of 79-72 x 3. On the undercard: In four rounds, Arturo Crespin (9-2-1, 4 Kos) went to war against overmatched Charles Alderete (1-3) at middleweight, overwhelming him through much of the five-plus rounds before Alderete’s corner threw in a multitude of white towels at 1:19 of the sixth. In a light-heavyweight four-rounder, Adrian Lopez (5-1-1, 1 KO) outboxed Ricky Villafuerte (0-2) for the second straight time, winning with scores of 40-36 x 3. In the only really competitive fight on the card, between debuting bantamweights, Brandon Munoz (0-0-1) and Julio Gomez (0-0-1) fought to a majority decision. Look for a full report and photos tomorrow.
Zahir Raheem 141.5 vs. Justin Juuko 143
Contract Weight: 144
Dave Petryck 148.5 vs. Gabriel Pineda 146.5
Antonio Neal 148.5 vs. Juan Carlos Rodriguez 148
Ricardo Maldonado 139 vs. Cory Vom Baur 140
Zach Cooper 149.5 vs. Charon Spain 150
Drew Brokenshire 147 vs. William Fernandez 144
Anthony Smith 130.5 vs. Marcello Gallardo 131
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA
Promoter: Halquist Productions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source has indicated to Fightnews.com that there has been some discussion about Marco Antonio Rubio, the current WBC middleweight mandatory title challenger, taking on either Domenico Spada or Patrick Majewaski for an interim version of the WBC belt. Unlike some of the other organizations, the WBC normally doesn’t sanction interim titles unless the reigning champion will be out of action for an extended period. With current champion Sergio Martinez likely inactive for the rest of the year due to a fracture of his left hand that he suffered in his fight with Martin Murray, an interim title is a possibility. According to the source, the fight could land on July 27 in Chihuahua, Juarez, Mexico, but as of now the fight has not been approved by the WBC.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian lightweight champion Brett William Smith (16-2-1, 7 KOs) outscored Indonesian, Rivo Renkung (30-15-5, 10 KOs) in the main event eight round bout at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Australia on Friday. In the main supporting contest, lightweight Sabrina Ostowari (6-0,KO) outpointed Narelle Leahey (1-2) over six rounds. Former Australian heavyweight champion Nathan Briggs (21-6, 16 KOs) returned to ring action after four years with a six round points win over American Clarence Tillman (11-12-2, 6 KOs). Tillman was born in New Orleans, but is now based in New Zealand. Welterweight Jason Kanofski (18-7-3, 3 KOs) defeated Thai import, Dennapa Bigshotcamp (12-25, 4 KOs) over six rounds. Cruiserweight Tim Kanofski (12-5, 1 KO) stopped Ronald Branford (1-3-1) in round two of scheduled four. Promoter Angelo DiCarlo
Photo: Katie Warburton
Teon Kennedy 129.5 vs. Carlos Vinan 129
Georgi Kevlishvili 132 vs. Jason Sosa 128
Jesse Hart 166.5 vs. Thomas Turner 167
Alex Sanchez 159.5 vs. Fred Jenkins, Jr., 162.5
Alando Swain 163.8 vs. Ismael Garcia 158.5
Anthony Burgin 130 vs. Nuwan Jayakody 127.5
Sultahn Staton 136 vs. Sidell Blocker 134
Dan Pasciolla 236.5 vs. Dante Selby 1219
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions & Bam Boxing Promotions
First Bout: 7.30 pm
Tickets: $50 & $75 available at the door or through TicketMaster
Braulio Santos 123.4 vs. Derrick Wilson 124
Daquan Arnett 149 vs. Miguel Zuniga 149
Jermall Charlo 155.7 vs. Luis Hernandez 153.7
Errol Spence 149 vs, Guillermo Ibarra 149.2
Justin DeLoach 147.2 vs. Jonathan Olivera 141.5
Chris Velez 146.2 vs. Jose Angele Segura 147.2
Steve Geffrard 187 vs. Travis Reeves 183
Travis Castellon 134.7 vs. Will Fauth 135
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes
In an IBF lightweight eliminator, IBF #6 rated Ammeth Diaz (32-11, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over #10 Martin Gethin (24-4-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Walsall Town Hall in Walsall, England. Diaz punished the local favorite with hard shots in round three, but Gethin stormed back with a strong round four. Gethin took a knee in round six after taking a big right hand from Diaz that likely broke his nose. A Diaz right to the jaw put Gethin down again in the seventh and after taking more punishment Gethin took a knee for the count. Time was 2:53.
Diaz is now first in line for a mandatory title shot and rematch against IBF champion Miguel Vazquez, who he lost a one-sided decision to last year.
Cruiserweight Neil Dawson (12-2, 5 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over previously unbeaten Chris Keane (10-1, 5 KOs) to claim the WBO International cruiserweight title. In round two, Keane rocked Dawson, but Dawson immediately fired back and leveled Keane. Time was 1:23. Dawson, who lost in the first round of the Prizefighter tournament earlier this month, previously handed then unbeaten Tony Conquest his first defeat last December. (more…)
Boxing manager Frank Espinoza has announced the signing of super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno. “We feel he will be a perfect in the Espinoza Boxing Family and see great things in the future for him,” said Espinoza.
Golden Boy Promotions’ bid of $526,000 outpaced Zanfer Promotions’ bid of $451,000 at today’s WBC purse bid for WBA super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas’ mandatory defense against Leo Santa Cruz.
Negotiations are nearly finalized for an Oct. 12 fight in Las Vegas between Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira and Omar Chavez, the son of Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. and yougner brother of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
Free of the bruises on his face, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, continue his hard work for his challenge against the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia to be held on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, in a Top Rank presentation, to be broadcast on HBO. The former two time world champion, Juanma Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), who is ranked #4 by the WBO in the featherweights, will travel to Dallas on Monday, June 10, along with his manager Orlando Piñero, and his trainers Alex Caraballo and Freddy Trinidad.
“Juanma is training hard for the fight and better without the bruises on his face”, said Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions Vice-President, about the bruises Juanma Lopez had on his face when he fell some weeks ago during track training. “He is working to make the weight and to get in a good shape and condition for Mikey Garcia.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Hernan Marquez 112 vs. Carlos Tamara 112
(WBO flyweight eliminator)
David Sanchez 115.50 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 115.10
Gilberto Parra 108 vs. Jesus Limones 108
Noe Lopez 132 vs. Ulises Lopez 131
Jesus Quijada 123 vs. Misael Juarez 123
Luis Castro 108 vs. Angel Montes 108
Jonathan Sanchez 115 vs. Sergio Rendon 115
Hector Fuentes 126 vs. Alejandro Valencia 126
Ramon Olivas 172 vs. Cristian Solorzano 173
Venue: Estadio Sonora, Hermosillo
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions and Promoson
TV: TV Azteca
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Yessica “Kika” Chavez 108 vs. Yesica “Tuti” Bopp 108
(WBC silver light flyweight title)
Hugo “Increible” Cazares 117.5 vs. Gabriel Altarejos 122
Giovanni “Ruso” Caro 122.3 vs. Hugo “Cuatito “Ruiz 122.3
Nery Saguilan 131.25 vs. “Bronco” Rosales 131.25
Venue: Centro Cívico in Ecatepec, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo, Sampson Boxing Promotions and Kochul Montiel Producciones
By Ron Jackson
Fighting at super middleweight for the first time Page Tshesane won a closely contested six round points decision over Vhonani Netshidamboni at Presleys Night Club near Boksburg on Thursday night. Tshesane (75.70kg) took an early lead against the lesser experienced Netshidamboni (75.70kg), but faded badly in the last three rounds against his bigger and stronger opponent. Many at ringside felt that the decision could have been a draw or gone to Netshidamboni. Tshesane improved his record to 18-4-2; 8 and Netshidamboni dropped to 5-1-1. (more…)
Unbeaten 21-year-old jr welterweight phenom Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (15-0, 11 KOs) takes on former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-20-1, 23 KOs) in a 10 round main event on July 20 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California in a bout that will be televised live on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes. Featured in the televised co-main event will be the return of local hero Randy Caballero (18-0, 10 KOs), who faces Miguel Robles (12-2-2, 5 KOs) in a 10-round jr featherweight matchup. Caballero has fought 11 of his 18 professional fights at Fantasy Springs.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“My tactic is a simple one – arrive in Moscow, beat Rakhim up, and bring my WBC belt back to Poland” – said cruiserweight champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (47-2, 33 KO), who on June 21 in Moscow will defend his belt against Beijing Olympic gold medalist, Rakhim Chakhiyev (16-0, 12 KO). “I have all the respect for his amateur accomplishments, but look at mine as a pro. I like to fight guys like him, rivals who are not running but are brave enough to mix it up. Not sure how Chakhiyev will handle the later rounds. Everybody knows that I love to fight long bouts, every next round is music to my ears. I like Russian fans, they’re a great nation, always standing behind their guy. But when I will hear their booing, I will be motivated even more. I will sting him like hornet.”
World-rated, undefeated and action contender Karim ‘Hard Hitta’ Mayfield of San Francisco has signed with Top Rank. Mayfield, 17-0-1, with 10 knockouts, is a tremendously skilled super lightweight with firepower. He is world rated WBO #2, WBA #4 and is trained by Virgil Hunter. “Top Rank is extremely happy with the signing of Karim, said Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman. “He is a top fighter who will take on anyone, anytime and that in itself takes deserves credit. Our goal, along with Prize Fight Boxing, is to get Karim to the world championship and win it.”
Mayfield calls himself ‘Hard Hitta’ because “I hit everything hard. I don’t win by decision, but by collision.” Mayfield was a running back on his high school football team in San Francisco. “I was maybe 20 years old before I even started boxing,” he said. There was a local gym in my neighborhood and I went to check it out. I sparred with a kid who had been boxing for a year or so and I did extremely well – it just inspired and motivated me. I’ve been with my trainer, Ben Bautista, since day one.”
Mayfield was 54-4 in amateur bouts, winning the 2006 Golden Gloves in San Francisco. “I am naturally righthanded,” he said. “I fight fulltime. I also do a little comedy and some fashion design.” A six-year pro, Mayfield is managed by Marlon Sullivan. In his HBO debut on Oct. 27, Mayfield fired hard overhand right-handed punches, in a win over contender Mauricio Herrera in Verona, New York.
June 8 will see a fast paced and highly entertaining fight at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin: Current WBO Champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) takes on Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) for the third time. The two previous title bouts between them were extremely close and full of action. Currently the reigning champion is in his last preparations of his training camp. In an interview, the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner gives insights into his fitness and what he thinks of his opponent Ola Afolabi.
Marco Huck, you are currently at a training camp close to the Baltic Sea. How are you feeling?
Marco Huck: I am feeling really good. The surrounding here is ideal for a good preparation. It is just a few steps from the hotel to the gym – and just a few more to the beach. We also have a great spa where I can relax after a hard day’s work. I am getting to my best, which I will be come June
On Saturday afternoon June 8th, Wealth TV is proud to be airing the WBC Silver Super Middleweight clash between 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Winner James “Chunky” DeGale and former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds.The fight card can also be seen on WealthTV.com.
DeGale of London has a professional record 15-1 with ten knockouts and in addition to being the WBC Silver Champion. He is also the current European Super Middleweight champion and is currently ranked in all four major sanctioning bodies (#5 WBC, #14 WBA, #6 IBF and #3 WBO).
Bozic of Zagreb, Croatia has a record of 26-6 with 17 knockouts. Bozic won the WBF Super Middleweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Nader Hamdan. He defended that bout with a 7th round stoppage over former world champion Julio Cesar Vasquez. Bozic challenged for the WBA Super Middleweight title but was stopped by Dimitri Sartison. He also was stopped by former world champion Arthur Abraham, but is on a two fight winning streak with his last bout being a 2nd round stoppage over Gordon Glisic on November 23, 2012.
Said Wealth TV CEO Charles Herring, “We are very excited to continue to broadcast the ascension of James DeGale. With DeGale securing the WBC Silver Super Middleweight championship and with his recent decisive wins, the Olympic Gold medal winner has put himself on a short list for a potential clash with Andre Ward or Carl Froch.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Tickets are sure to go fast for the September 14 super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told Fightnews.com “We will be working next week on the tickets (pricing and release date) and the press tour,” so further details on tickets will be coming shortly.
After nailing down Mayweather-Alvarez, Schaefer also commented on his next big project. “Next I will focus on getting Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse done. Sure hope it will happen, another GREAT fight!”
Lightweight Anthony Crolla hopes a victory over Gavin Rees will earn him a crack at WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. The affable Mancunian knows he cannot overlook the threat Rees will bring when they lock horns on Matchroom Sport’s June 29 show at the Bolton Arena. But a potential clash with Burns could be in offing later in the year and for Crolla it’s an opportunity too big for him to simply ignore.
“This is for the WBO intercontinental title so that gives the winner a ranking, but some people are saying this fight could serve as a world title eliminator,” he said. “Obviously Ricky Burns has got the WBO title so hopefully I can get a shot if I beat Gavin Rees. That doesn’t mean I’m looking past Rees, though. He’s a fighter I really rate and someone I have the utmost respect for.” (more…)
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