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With WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez looking on, both IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) and challenger Jeffrey Mathebula (27-4-2, 14 KOs) made weight for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Pabellon Esperanza Lag in Elche (Alicante), Spain.
Kiko Martinez, making his first title defense, weighed 121.6. Mathebula scaled in at 121.4 lbs.
WBO #7 rated heavyweight Christian Hammer (15-3, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-4-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Schnelsen Exhibition Hall in Hamburg, Germany. A betting underdog on his own turf, Hammer was simply more aggressive than than the quicker and more talented Johnson, who unfortunately delivered one of the safety-first performances he has been known for over his career. Scores were not announced. Update: Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 98-94.
Cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (34-6, 20 KOs) won a strange seventh round disqualification over former WBA champion Steve Herelius (21-5-1, 12 KOs). Herelius flipped out after suffering a cut over the right eye and was DQ’ed. Four straight losses for the ex-champ.
Cruiserweight Damir Beljo (14-0, 11 KOs) outpointed very tall Imantas Davidaitis (2-4, 2 KOs) over six.
By Robert Coster
The highly anticipated clash between record-setting WBO #7/WBC #9 rated minimumweight Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs, all in the first round) and Samson Dutchboygym (43-0, 36 KOs) in Sanaa, Yemen, did not take place.
“Unfortunately, I was disappointed because Samson Dutch Boy was a no show,” Raymi informed Fightnews.com. “The promoter who said he is bringing him couldn’t get the security approval, mainly because of a suicide attack that hit the Defense Ministry this month that killed 52 people, including Asians and Europeans working there. The security forces fear attacks on foreigners.
“This pretty much ends my career in Yemen. I refused to fight another last minute Kenyan opponent because he had a record similar to Zhong’s title defense which is below my standards.”
As for what’s next, Raymi said he is going back to training. “Zhong made it clear he has no interest in facing me, so I am having tunnel vision of Rigondeaux’s belts wrapped on my waist.”
FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 24 to kick-off 2014 with Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs) as he puts his undefeated record on the line against fellow power-puncher Miguel Angel “El Anestesista” Huerta (27-11-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight fight. Also featured will be a 10-round IBF super welterweight final elimination bout between former world champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) and Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Yuriorkis Gamboa has placed on his official Facebook page photos and a video of him training with famed trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. Some sources have said that there is a possibility that Gamboa could agree to be trained by Mayweather Sr., but there is nothing formal at this time.
Stuart Hall 117.25 vs. Vusi Malinga 117.5
(IBF bantamweight title)
Venue: First Direct Arena in Leeds, England
Promoter: Dennis Hobson
Tickets go on sale TODAY at Noon ET for the January 25 clash between undefeated WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-feature is a clash between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Artur Szpilka. Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25 at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40 KOs) weighed in at 197.5 lbs. for his WBU cruiserweight title clash with Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Benmakhlouf scaled in at 194.2.
Fighters were also on weight for the WBA interim middleweight title fight between Dmitry Chudinov (11-0-2, 7 KOs) and Juan Camilo Novoa (22-5-1, 20 KOs). Chudinov weighed 159.6 and Novoa weighed 159.3.
The card is promoted by Vladimir Hrunov.
Stuart Hall is “ready to rock the world” with his bantamweight title shot against Vusi Malinga. More
Speaking of title shots, Manny Gonzalez may be the first world champ in over 20 years coming from the Bronx. More
Adrien Broner’s rep has taken a severe beating, thanks to Marcos Maidana, and he may no longer be one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, but he’s still Cincinnati’s best . . . . More
“Pacquiao and I are not on the same level,” says Floyd Mayweather. More
Story and photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philly’s Tim Witherspoon Jr., the son of the former two-time heavyweight champion, tops the final 2013 boxing show of the Philly area when he takes on kamikaze warrior Josue Rivera in a 6-round welterweight bout at the Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA, Saturday night. Five additional bouts, loaded with local talent, fill out the remainder of the Philadelphia-suburb show, about 10 miles from Center City.
The long and lean, 29 year old Witherspoon, 10-3-1, 2 KOs, is cut from a different cloth than his famous boxer-puncher father. More of a slickster, Tim Jr. relies on his jab to out finesse his opponents. Trained by his uncle, Steve Witherspoon, Tim Jr. turned pro in 2005 and went 6-1-1 through last year. (more…)
Frankie Gavin will now take on former Commonwealth Champion Bradley Pryce at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England on Saturday night. It was announced yesterday that Gavin would face Juliano Ramos, who replaced Joseph Lamptey, but the Brazilian had passport issues which meant that he was unable to travel. With the search on for a replacement, Welsh warrior Pryce answered the call and is fit and ready to face the unbeaten Birmingham star. Gavin will face Pryce in an above weight 10-round contest, featuring as chief support to Stuart Hall’s vacant IBF world bantamweight title challenge against Vusi Malinga.
Gavin stated, “I’m leagues above Pryce…there’s no way I can lose to him. I’m not disrespecting him or overlooking him, but I believe in my skill and ability and I know I’ve got too much for him. Obviously if the openings come I’ll look to take him out early and if I can stop him it will be a great night for me.”
Anthony Lenk 151.5 vs. Hector Vazquez 151.75
(Texas State super welterweight title)
Thanasis Michaloudis 235.75 vs. Tobias Rice 203.75
Constantine Martinez 149.5 vs. Jonathan Ramirez 152.25
Quincy Wesby 125 vs. Juan Antonio Lopez 120.75
Larry Smith 161.75 vs. Joey Dunmoodie 158
David Roc Hance 162.75 vs. Mike Tufariello 162.75
Jon Baladez 126.25 vs. James DeHerrera 125.25
Promoter: Standing 8 Promotions
Venue: Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, TX
By Gabriel F. Cordero
During his visit to Mexico City, WBO President Francisco Valcarcel mentioned that Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is very interested in presenting Pacquiao-Marquez V in 2014. Marquez has repeated stated he’s finished with PAcquiao and has nothing left to prove. “We have to respect him his decision,” said Valcarcel, “but Top Rank will offer him good money for Marquez-Pacquiao V.” Some sources indicate Marquez pull in between $13-15 million depending on PPV revenue. As for rumors of a Marquez-Bradley rematch, there were talks, but no contract is signed or in process.
Top Rank’s February 22nd “Ring of Gold” event at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macau in Macau, China, features three Olympic gold medalists and two world title bouts.
In the headliner, Chinese boxing icon and two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (3-0) headlines against Thailand’s Yokthong Kokietgym (14-3, 10 KOs) in an eight round flyweight bout. In world title action, IBF lightweight champ Miguel Angel Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs) defends his belt against unbeaten Russian Denis Shafikov (33-0-1, 18 KOs), while South African WBA/IBO featherweight champ Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KOs) defends against Japan’s Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs).
The other two Olympians are middleweight Ryota Murata (2-0, 2 KOs) and cruiserweight Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1 KO), both of whom won gold medals in London last year. They face TBA. In addition, there’s a clash between Hong Kong’s Rex Tso (8-0-2, 5 KOs) and Japan’s Mako Matsuyama (7-7-1, 3 KOs) for the WBO Asian super flyweight title.
Redemption is a curious word. When applied to an individual it indicates that person is seeking some type of greater sense of accomplishment by overcoming a particular adversity. When that idea is set in motion, other complexities such as revenge and retribution are typically woven into the situation, and the entire scenario veers off path to become something else entirely. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Former world champion Adrien Broner has sent the following message to the boxing world through the Intragram service:
This is the face of a 3x world champion in 3 different weight divisions I am a man and first of all I want to say I’m sorry for running out on all the fans after my fight that was wrong of me as a fighter I want to congratulate team CHINO and I want to thank everybody that supported the fight but I am not done this is just a minor set back for a major come back #RematchTIME #TrueFIGHTER
Report & photo by Jeff Pamungkas
Former long time WBA featherweight champion Chris “the Dragon” John announced retirement Thursday at RCTI Cafe, Jakarta. John who suffered his first loss earlier this month to South African Simpewe Vetyeka (by TKO 6) in Perth, Australia, said that his age (34) and family became his main considerations leading to his retirement from boxing. “I have learned myself that it’s very difficult to return to my condition like the previous years, so I decided to retire,” said John. However, he denied that his retirement was a diect result of the loss. “I admit that victories will give me confidence to continue boxing, but the reason of my retirement is not the loss to Vetyeka.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman defeated WBO #8 Les Sherrington last week and will get his mandatory shot at IBF champion Felix Sturm in August, but Soliman said he would also be happy to win the WBA title by defeating Gennady Golovkin, whose style Soliman believes is made to order for him.Daniel
“Styles make fights and Golovkin’s style is made for me,” said Soliman. “He is a walk up brawler with some evasive skills that have got him where he is today with a 27-0 record. But styles make fights. I can beat Golovkin, and so does Daniel “Real Deal” Geale in my opinion. Geale would outbox Golovkin over twelve rounds. Geale is too clever for him. I would wear Golovkin down with body punches and stop him in a late round with head shots. (more…)
Three weeks removed from his decisive victory over Brandon Rios in Macau, Manny Pacquiao earned an even more decisive win in a federal courthouse. On December 18, the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Pacquiao filed by a startup Texas promotional company named Imperial ED Promotions. Imperial ED filed the lawsuit in November 2010, claiming that Pacquiao failed to appear at a promotional event in September 2010. Imperial ED didn’t tell the court that they failed to pay the Filipino star the full appearance fee that had been negotiated. (more…)
Photo: SMS Boxing
Amir Imam 139 vs. Sergio Perez 139.6
(Vacant NABF junior welterweight championship)
Joel Diaz, Jr. 133.6 vs. Tony Walker 134
Emmanuel De Jesus 149 vs. Antonio Chaves-Fernandez 148.8
Thomas Snow 117.8 vs. Nate Green 117.6
Donte Strayhorn 134 vs. Sam Moura 132.8
Ryan Martin 135 vs. Eric Jamar Goodall 139.6
Venue: Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, NY
Promoter: SMS Promotions
(NOTE: Illness forced Luis Olivares to withdraw from his six-round fight against Tony Walker, who is now fighting a six-round bout with Joel Diaz, Jr. whose 10-round main event fight vs. Wanzell Ellison was canceled two days ago after Ellison pulled out with an arm injury.)
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino will host a live closed-circuit telecast of UFC® 168: WEIDMAN vs. SILVA 2 from the Marquee Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 28. Newly-crowned UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and former champion Anderson Silva will meet again in what many have called the most highly anticipated rematch in UFC history. (more…)
Main Events announced today that they have signed a promotional agreement with light heavyweight boxer Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko, 19-2, 13 KOs. The six-foot, three-inch, 35-year old, crowd-pleasing fighter was born in the Ukraine, but now lives in Los Angeles. The rising star is currently riding a 16-bout victory streak, highlighted by his recent win over previously undefeated Robert Woge in Germany. Dudchenko is represented by Vince Caruso of RozeBOX Sports, Inc.
With original opponent Derek Ennis forced to withdraw, Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) will step in to face hometown hero Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) of Minnesota, as the ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised 10-round co-featured bout on Friday, January 3, 2014, at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fight will serve as the main supporting bout to the year’s first installment of the 17th season of ESPN Friday Night Fights, featuring a 12-round main event for the IBF Super Featherweight Championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via San Juan, Dominican Republic vs. #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) from Miami, via Cuba.
On Friday, January 10, ESPN is headed to Tacoma, WA where they will set up shop in the I-5 Showroom of the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington in “Battle at the Boat 94.” In the night’s main event, IBF #8-ranked Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) will face Mexican KO artist Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez (25-4, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight battle.
And in the televised co-feature, longtime top contender and Erik Morales conqueror Zahir “Z-Man” Raheem (34-3, 21 KOs), the former Philadelphian turned hometown Tacoma hero, will continue his comeback against an opponent that is TBA.
On the undercard, former top cruiserweight contender Lateef “Power” Kayode (19-0, 15 KOs) will make the second appearance of his heavyweight campaign.
Tickets for Battle at the Boat 94, scheduled for Friday, January 10th at the Emerald Queen Casino are available and can be purchased at the EQC box office and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $35. Doors for Battle at the Boat 94 will open at 5 PM. The televised portion of the event will start at 6 PM sharp followed by the undercard.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Jacques Deschamps
WBC light heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson made a short trip to his native land, Haiti, on December 11th where he was received with a hero’s welcome and was named “Haitian Embassador at large” by President Michel Martelly. The Haitian chief of state posed with the champion wearing the gloves that Adonis used to win the title against Chad Dawson. Superman had a motivational message for Haitian youth, “Set goals for yourself in life and work hard to achieve them. Never give up, always persevere.” (more…)
IBF junior lightweight world champion Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) has vowed not to leave the outcome of his January 3 title defense against No. 1 mandatory challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs), airing live on the 2014 ESPN Friday Night Fights season opener, in the hands of the judges.
Mendez, fighting out of Brooklyn (NY), will make his second world title defense against Barthelemy at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian learned an invaluable lesson in his first world title defense, fighting a controversial 12-round draw with Arash Usmanee last August, in which most observers felt Mendez clearly won, on the first event ever presented by his promoter, Iron Mike Productions (IMP). (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has officially announced the rematch of one of 2013′s biggest upsets when Jhonny Gonzalez defends his WBC Featherweight World Championship against former three-division world champion Abner Mares, on Saturday, Feb.15 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. In their first bout on Aug. 24, 2013, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., hard-hitting Gonzalez shocked the world with a first round knockout of Mares taking his title and his unbeaten record from him. On Feb. 15, Mares gets his shot at redemption.
“Abner Mares gave me my shot and now I’m giving him his,” said Gonzalez. “I respect what he’s done in the ring and the heart he shows every time he fights, but I worked too hard for this to give it up now. I will keep my title on February 15.” (more…)
By Lovemore Ndou
Today is another great day in my life as I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Law. I look at it as having taken another step towards my dream of making the world a better place to live. Again I have proved to others including the children of the world that nothing in this world is impossible just like the Great Nelson Mandela, the man I modeled my life on once said that ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ (more…)
The WBA Championships Committee has called for a purse bid for the fight between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and champion in recess Guillermo “Felino” Jones on January 6 at 11:00 am at the offices of the World Boxing Association in Panama. The proceeding will be supervised by the committee’s vice president Aurelio Fiengo.
On January 17, DiBella Entertainment will present the premiere show of the 2014 ShoBox: The New Generation season with a quadrupleheader. Headlining the card will be Ukrainian lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs), who takes on once-beaten Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the co-features, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded up-and-coming prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) against an opponent to be announced in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup.
The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with GH3 Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Prize Fight Boxing, and will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. The SHOWTIME telecast will air live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
The WBC Board of Governors has finished its voting procedure to determine the steps to fill the heavyweight world championship after Vitali Klitschko has been confirmed as WBC Emeritus Champion while he focuses on his political campaign for the presidency of Ukraine. It has been decided to order immediate free negotiations between #1 ranked contender and WBC Silver world champion Bermane Stiverne and #2 ranked contender and WBC International champion Chris Arreola for the vacant WBC heavyweight world championship. A series of fights will be ordered as final elimination bouts to confirm the two mandatory challengers for the division.
We have been informed that Stiverne is free to fight for the title despite any ongoing disagreements with DKP.
Roy Jones Jr., four world title fights, Kingpin and Ali Raymi vs. Sampson Dutchboygym make for a great boxing weekend
By Karl Freitag
While the barren USA TV schedule makes it seem there is nothing going on in boxing this weekend, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
On Friday, former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson looks to take down WBO #7 rated heavyweight Christian Hammer in Hamburg, Germany (and he’s a big betting favorite to do it).
Also, in a minimumweight bout of maximum proportions in Sanaa, Yemen, Unbeaten WBO #7/WBC #9 rated Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs, all in the first round) is scheduled to face his toughest test to date against unbeaten former WBF titleholder Sampson Dutchboygym (43-0, 36 KOs), who is coming out of an eleven year retirement for this fight!
On Saturday, future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. is the biggest name fighting. He will take on Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf in Moscow, Russia. But that’s just the beginning, as there are no less than four world title fights on tap that day.
1) On the Jones-Benmakhlouf card, there will be a fight for the WBA interim middleweight title between Dmitry Chudinov and Juan Camilo Novoa.
2) In Buenos Aires, Argentina, WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez makes another defense of his title against David Carmona.
3) In Valencia, Spain, IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez defends against Jeffrey Mathebula.
4) In Leeds, England, Stuart Hall meets Vusi Malinga for the vacant IBF bantamweight title.
Rematch fever – catch it! Before the clock strikes midnight on 2013, the Octagon has enlisted two of its brightest champions to put their glittery gold up for grabs against their greatest challengers for what will be easily one of the biggest events of this year. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com.
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Manager Vladimir Hrunov and DKP attorney Tony Gonzalez are currently meeting in Moscow to conduct final negotiations for the WBA cruiserweight title rematch between Denis Lebedev and Guillermo Jones according to a report on allboxing.ru. The WBA told both parties they must close negotiation for the fight and submit the contract no later on December 16, however it looks like that deadline is being extended a few days. (Big thanks to Andrij)
Legendary former WBA featherweight champion Chris John (48-1-3, 22 KOs) just announced his retirement moments ago in Jakarta, Indonesia. The 34-year-old John lost his title and suffered his first defeat against Simpiwe Vetyeka on December 6 after making 18 successful title defenses in a championship run that lasted nearly a decade.
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