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Huck to leave Sauerland, takes aim at Klitschko

Huck to leave Sauerland, takes aim at Klitschko

Photo: HSP Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will take on future challenges independently. The current WBO-Champion announced on Wednesday, that he ...

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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6 Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher ...

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted ...

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Boxing News

Bellew ready for cruiserweight debut

Tony Bellew is under no illusions as to the task ahead of him as he prepares to make his bow at cruiserweight when he takes on Valery Brudov at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 15. ‘The Bomber’ moves up in weight on the back of a sixth-round stoppage defeat to Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title in November, and now wants to work his way to a World title shot at a weight he had been considering fighting at for some time.

“I am ranked number seven with the WBC at Cruiserweight already,” said Bellew. “I am coming into an exciting division with established World champions and I am hoping to make my mark in this division. My two goals in boxing are to earn a living for me and my kids, and to become a World champion. I will go in with Valery Brudov, who has had 45 fights and 41 wins, 28 by knockout – he has had more knockouts than I have had fights. He has a good record, he is a good fighter, and this is a dangerous fight, make no mistake. But if I am going to be anything in the Cruiserweight division I have to beat this guy and look good beating him. It is a test, and it should let me and everybody else know where I am in the cruiserweight division. (more…)



March 5th, 2014



Boxing News

Rubio-Spada fight in Delicias, Chihuahua on April 5

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

In Mexico City at the WBC’s weekly “Tuesday Coffee” with reporters, it was confirmed that the fight for the WBC interim middleweight world title between Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and Domenico Spada will take place Saturday, April 5th in Delicias, Chihuahua in Mexico on an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast of Televisa. Rubio was on hand for the announcement of the fight made by Oswaldo Küchle, president of Promociones del Pueblo, as well as the Mayor of Delicias Jaime Beltrán del Río. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presided. Rubio will now resume his preparation in Oxnard, California with trainer Robert Garcia.



March 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Huck opponent named: Mirko Larghetti

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will face Italian Mirko Larghetti on March 29 at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. Larghetti is 20-0, 12 KOs and currently holds the EBU-EU belt. He is rated #12 by the WBO. Huck, who last fought January 25 against Firat Arslan, replaced IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the headliner when Hernandez was sidelined with a stomach ailment. “Mo problem,” said ‘Kapt’n Huck.’ “I’m preparing diligently with my trainer Ulli Wegner in Kienbaum. As a champion I have to face the strongest challengers – always!”



March 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz: Mijares still has it

santacruz_reneperez300By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Rene Perez

Fightnews.com caught up with WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico in the final phase of his training camp as he geared up for Saturday’s fight against former world champion Cristian Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Santa Cruz-Mijares will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime Pay per-view. We caught up with the champion at his headquarters, the Who’s Next Boxing Gym in the City of Industry, California. Santa Cruz talked about his training camp, the super bantamweight division, and his upcoming fight with Mijares. (more…)



March 5th, 2014

UFC

UFN London Main Card Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s return to London this weekend isn’t just marked by a card filled with top European fighters, but it could also determine the future of the light heavyweight division contenders’ race based solely on the main event . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Don King talks to CNN: More

“I don’t want any more excuses,” says Carl Froch of his upcoming rematch with George Groves. More

With 51 straight defeats, “Rockin” Robin Deakin has been labled Britain’s worst boxer. “I’ve been a human punch bag,” admits Deakin. More

Australian heavyweight contender Alex Leapai is looking for redemption in challenging Wladimir Klitschko. More



March 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Will Ferrell pays $24,000 for Bradley-Pacquiao tickets at charity auction

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

Internationally renowned comedian Will Ferrell outbid everyone at his own charity auction, paying an astounding $24,000 for two ringside seats to the WBO welterweight championship between undefeated defending champion Tim Bradley and Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao. Bradley took time off from training to assist in auctioning off the prized ducats along with #2 world-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, Actor Kevin Spacey and #3 world-ranked tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka. The auction took place today in Palm Springs, Calif. at Ferrell’s Desert Smash tournament, benefitting Cancer for College, which has been providing hope and inspiration to cancer survivors by providing college scholarships since 1993.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV., and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. photos



March 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Angulo grand arrivals

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo and undercard fighters made their “grand arrivals” on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby in Las Vegas. photos



March 4th, 2014

AWE TV

Quigg-Cermeno lands on AWE

On Saturday afternoon, April 19th, Scott Quigg will make the 3rd defense of the WBA Super Bantamweight title when he takes on number-one contender and interim champion, Nehomar Cermeno in a 12 round bout that will be televised LIVE on AWE beginning at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific. Boxing fans across the United States can enjoy this world championship bout live via the PlayStation®3 system via the Sony Entertainment Network Live Events Viewer. The price is $9.95 for approximately three hours of world class boxing which includes the Quigg – Cermeno main event. PS3 viewers may subscribe early to the event. The fight will originate from the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

“This is a terrific fight between a world champion in Quigg and the interim champion in Cermeno,”said AWE President Charles Herring. “Quigg was very impressive on AWE back in November and he will look to stay undefeated against Cermeno who brings in a ton of experience.” (more…)



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Undercard for Canelo-Angulo

In addition to the recently announced lightweight battle between Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 13 KOs), older brother of Canelo and hard-hitting Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs), of Cancun, Mexico, the March 8 undercard for “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo” will feature five more bouts for those in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In a junior lightweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds, unbeaten Australian star “Wild” Will Tomlinson makes his United States debut against Texas’ Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes. Plus, two more rising stars from the 130-pound weight class face off when Mexico City’s Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas battles Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto. 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr. takes on Jovany “El Cepillo” Fuentes in an eight-round super bantamweight bout preceded by a six-round junior welterweight bout starring unbeaten Keandre Gibson against Antonio “Tony” Wong. In the opening match on March 8, Australian prospect Steve Lovett faces an opponent to be announced in a six-round light heavyweight contest.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez-Vera II pulls in largest HBO boxing viewership of the year

Per Nielsen Media Research:

Individual bout details:

Salido vs. Lomachenko: 1,017,000 viewers. That’s 30% above Salido’s last HBO bout vs. M. Garcia on 1/19/13.

Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II: 1,390,000 viewers. The top performing bout of a very young 2014 boxing season. It’s on par with Chavez Jr. vs. Vera I , which attracted 1,416,000 viewers. Chavez Jr. vs. Vera II peaked at 1,531,000 viewers Saturday night on HBO.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch a slight favorite to beat Groves again in May return meeting

By James Slater

WBA/IBF super-middleweight ruler Carl Froch was the betting favorite to defeat George Groves going into their first meeting back in November, and “The Cobra” is a slight favorite to defeat Groves again when they meet on May 31st at Wembley. Froch had an incredibly tough fight on his hands in November, coming out on top via a controversial/premature 9th-round TKO. And Groves is talking big going into the rematch, claming he will stop Froch this time around. Still, Ladbrokes have Froch as a repeat winner with the following odds currently available:

Froch 8/13 (-163)
Groves 11/8 (+138)
Froch by KO, TKO or DQ 6/5 (+120)
Groves by KO, TKO or DQ 7/2 (+350)
Froch by decision 7/2 (+350)
Groves by decision 10/3 (+333)
Draw 25/1 (+2500)



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Angulo Fight Week begins today

A full week of open-to-the-public Canelo-Angulo pre-fight activities will kick off today in Las Vegas with fighter arrivals at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Undercard fighters are scheduled to start arriving at 1PM, with main event fighters Alfredo Angulo scheduled to arrive at 1:45 p.m. and Canelo Alvarez scheduled to arrive at 2PM.

On Wednesday there will be fighter workouts in the MGM Grand Garden Arena Lobby (immediately outside of arena entrance). The workout will run from 11AM to 2PM with Angulo scheduled to work out at noon and Canelo scheduled to work out at 1PM.

On Friday, the official weigh-ins will take place in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 1PM with fighters scheduled to be on the scale at 3PM.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Derek Edwards Post Fight press conference

By Boxing Bob Newman

A triumphant Derek “Black Lion” Edwards was the only fighter to attend the post fight press conference after the Shobox telecast last Friday night at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Edwards spoke on his upset win over Badou Jack, thus scuttling Jack’s anticipated WBC eliminator showdown with the U.K.’s James DeGale to determine the next mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Mexican boxing promoter Pepe Gomez will arrive today in Tabasco, Mexico to meet with government officials to explore the possibility of staging the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) in Villahermosa. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman may also be present at the meeting. If finalized, this would be the third world heavyweight championship fight to be held in Latin America.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Clarkson headlines Paulie Ayala’s March 22nd show

By Jeff Zimmerman

After 10 fights in the last two years, crowd pleasing super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) makes his 2014 debut Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Forth Worth, Texas as the headliner for Paulie Ayala’s first show of the new year. Clarkson will be fighting journeyman William Johnson (10-34-2-3) out of Sardis, Mississippi. Clarkson brings lots of excitement whenever he fights and loves to get under his opponent’s skin during pre-fight activities. He’s typically a fast starter and will look for the knockout early, although in his 2 losses, one to savvy veteran Don Mouton and the other to tough Jas Phipps, he tired late and suffered devastating losses. (more…)



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Late results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

A quick night of boxing was enjoyed by a brave crowd on a rainy Saturday night in downtown Tijuana when former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales and his company PM Promotions put on an eight-bout fight cards with every match up made of four rounders. In the main event, popular rookie heavyweight Sergio “Tota” Ramirez (3-0, 2KOs) battered the almost morbidly overweight Giovanni “Tambito Azteca” Gonzalez (0-2) for three straight minutes to force him to stay on his stool at the onset of the second round of a scheduled four.

The much taller Ramirez had no trouble scoring against Gonzalez who not only was much bigger than him but shorter and with not as much technical talent. Ramirez had no trouble scoring to the body of Gonzalez and near the end of the first hurt him with a big right. Gonzalez was smart enough to hold on and survive until the end of the round.

When the minute rest between rounds was over, Gonzalez opted to stay seated and waited for referee Juan Jose Ramirez to get to the end of the ten-count. (more…)



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch-Groves at London’s Wembley Stadium

The rematch between IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch and George Groves will apparently land in London’s 80,000-seat Wembley Stadium. The bout takes place May 31 and HBO has already committed to televising the bout live in the United States. Froch-Groves I ended controversially with a quick stoppage by referee Howard Foster and the IBF ordered an immediate rematch.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Ashanti to sing the national anthem at Pacquiao-Bradley 2, will cheer for Pacman

ashanti300Grammy Award-winning singer Ashanti will sing the National Anthem at the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. Pacquiao and Bradley will be battling for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a mega pay-per-view event.

Ashanti will be supporting Pacquiao in the fight.

Manny Pacquiao: Ashanti and I first met on February 5 in New York when we found ourselves sitting next to each other courtside at a Knicks game. I told her I was a big fan and asked her if she would sing the U.S. National Anthem at my fight against Timothy Bradley. She quickly checked her schedule and then said she could and she would. The Knicks may have lost that night but I felt like the biggest winner in the world when I walked out of Madison Square Garden.

Ashanti: I’m such a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao! I have family in the boxing business — Howard Davis, Jr. and Dyah Davis. When I found out we were sitting next to each other courtside at the Knicks game, I said to my Dad, ‘We should take a picture!’ I told Manny I was a big fan and was so excited when he asked me to sing the National Anthem at his upcoming fight and I can’t wait. I actually love boxing! Manny’s such a champion and I can’t wait to cheer him on!



March 4th, 2014

UFC

TUF Brasil to be screened on UFC Fight Pass

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed that the eagerly awaited The Ultimate Fighter® Brasil: Team Wanderlei vs Team Sonnen season will be available exclusively on the organization’s new digital subscription service UFC® Fight Pass™ . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Ndongeni wins second SA title

By Ron Jackson

Xolisani Ndongeni won his second South African title when he outpointed Thompson Mokwana over 12 rounds to claim the SA lightweight crown at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday. The 23-year-old Ndongeni who previously held the South African junior lightweight title was having his first fight in the lightweight division. Despite the scores of 119-109, 119-108 and 118-108 in favour of Ndongeni it was a closely contested fight throughout the first eleven rounds before Mokwana, 28, took a count in the last round. The longer reach of the younger Ndongeni proved too much for the defending champion as he upped his record to 12-0, 6 KOs. Mokwana, 28, saw his record drop to 20-9-1, 12 KOs.



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Round XIII: March 28 in Gent, Belgium

Yengoyan, Laggoune, Merhy, Abdoul and Philips

Round XIII

Click to watch the video for Round XIII, Gent – Belgium, March 28, 2014



March 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Wembley Stadium will be the site of the May 31 Carl Froch-George Groves rematch. More

“Mike Tyson’s a phony,” Teddy Atlas is telling staff at U-T San Diego. More

After months of naysaying a final fight with Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez is changing his tune. More

IBF light flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero was the recipeint of the 14th annual Flash Elorde Award in the Philippines. More



March 4th, 2014

UFC

JDS returns agains Miocic in May

Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday, May 24, as he faces fellow contender Stipe Miocic in a UFC 173 bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Brazil’s Dos Santos held the heavyweight crown from November 2011 to December 2012, and since then he’s gone 1-1, knocking out Mark Hunt in May of 2013, and losing his rubber match against Cain Velasquez last October. Ohio’s Miocic is currently sporting a two fight winning streak, decisioning Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga.

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Linares-Arakawa moved to PPV telecast

A lightweight fight between former two-time World Champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) and exciting Japanese contender Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) that was originally scheduled to be a “freeview” bout leading into Saturday’s “Canelo vs. Angulo” pay-per-view event, will now open the PPV portion of the telecast. The change was made after an injury to Omar Figueroa forced the cancellation of his WBC lightweight world championship defense against Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, who will remain on the card and meet Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs) on the non-televised portion of Saturday’s card at MGM Grand.
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March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin career on hold

“Everything in regard to Gennady’s boxing career is currently on hold,” says Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. GGG is currently in a traditional 40-day mourning period due to the sudden passing of his father. “His priority is to spend time with his family and at the appropriate time he will advise us when he is ready to continue his boxing career.”



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hunter-Vicente collide for USBA belt

On March 21st, Eric “Outlaw” Hunter will take on Yenifel Vicente for the USBA Featherweight title at Harrahs Philadelphia. Hunter of Philadelphia was a 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate and has a record of 17-3 with 9 KOs and is looking to redeem himself after he controversially disqualified against Mike Oliver in September. Vicente has a record of 25-2-2 with 17 KOs. In the eight round co-feature, lightweight Victor Vasquez (16-8-1, 7 KOs) will fight Osnel Charles (9-8-1, 1 KO) in a rematch of their January, 22, 2011 fight that was by Charles via six round majority decision. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez sick, Huck takes over March 29 date

WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck has replaced IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez as the headliner on Sauerland Event’s March 29 card in Berlin. Huck will face an opponent to be named tomorrow. Hernandez, who is suffering from a gastritis (stomach lining infection) will not be fighting on that date. Hernandez was scheduled to defend against Pawel Kolodziej. Huck’s bout will be a voluntary defense. He recently defended his belt on January 25 against Firat Arslan.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Al Haymon inks Luis Collazo

WBA International welterweight champion Luis Collazo has signed on with influential adviser Al Haymon following his thrilling Jan. 30 knockout victory at Barclays Center over former WBC welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz. “I’m excited to be joining Team Haymon,” said Collazo. “I’m looking forward to the doors this opportunity is going to open for me. I can’t wait to get this partnership going.” A proud native of Brooklyn, Collazo (35-5 18 KOs) held the WBA Welterweight World Championship from 2005-06. Collazo has won four straight fights, including his second round knockout over Ortiz. Three of those victories took place at Barclays Center, making Collazo one of the arena’s staple fighters. The FOX Sports 1 telecast of the Ortiz vs. Collazo fight was the highest rated boxing event on the franchise to date. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Theran set for 2014 debut

World ranked Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) of Colombia is set for his first fight of 2014 when he takes on Mexican veteran Michelle Rosales (32-7, 26 KOs). The fight will take place April 19th in Theran’s native Barranquilla, Colombia and is scheduled for 12 rounds. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Theran defending his WBC and WBA Latino titles. Juan Carlos Devia of Probox del Caribe will promote the event. Theran’s promoter Devia stated that he has a serious offer on the table currently for Theran.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

UniMas to air Saturday’s Arce-Santos clash

UniMas will air a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on Saturday at 12a ET/11p PT featuring multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-7-1, 47 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, versus Aldimir Santos (19-7, 10 KOs), of Brazil, in a 10-round featherweight bout. The bout will take place at the Macaroplaza in Nogales, Mexico.

It has been made known that Arce would be interested in taking on #1 Gary Russell Jr. for WBO title vacated by Omar Salido.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Main Events wins purse bid for IBF light heavyweight eliminator

Totowa, NJ-based promoter Main Events won the purse bid for the IBF-mandated eliminator for the #1 position in the IBF’s light heavyweight ratings between #2-ranked Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotsky (21-2-0, 16 KOs) and #4-ranked Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2-0, 13 KOs). The purse bid was held this morning at the IBF offices in Springfield, NJ. The winner of the fight will become the mandatory challenger for Bernard Hopkins’ IBF Light Heavyweight Title.

Main Events plans to add the elimination bout to the Friday, April 4th edition of NBCSN Fight Night featuring the USBA Heavyweight Championship battle between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Antonio Tarver — $200K Gambling Debt … According to Wynn Las Vegas

By TMZ Sports

Former boxing champ Antonio Tarver never paid back $200,000 in gambling markers to the Wynn Las Vegas from a gambling binge in 2012 … so says a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. Tarver was arrested in Florida over the weekend on a warrant out of Nevada — the arrest documents were vague about the nature of the alleged offense. Now, we know … Tarver is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly not settling several gambling markers he took at the Wynn during a 4-day gambling binge in July 2012. According to the Wynn, Tarver took out $50k on July 24, 2012 … another $50k on July 26 … and $100k on July 27 … totaling $200k. Besides the criminal investigation, Wynn is also suing Tarver for the cash in civil court in Nevada … the same way he went after Joe Francis when the “Girls Gone Wild” honcho flaked on a $2 MILLION marker.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Decarie returns to action

By Dave Spencer

Domestic disputes lead the way on the upcoming March 28th Eye of the Tiger card to be held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau Quebec. Canadian boxing fans have witnessed just how unpredictable things can get when two boxers wearing the Maple Leaf clash owing to recent upset wins for the likes of Phil Rose over Adam Trupish and Roody Pierre-Paul versus Ibrahim Kamal.

Headlining the Friday night card will be #9 ranked (WBC) welterweight Antonin Decarie (29-2 9KO) taking on Pablo Munguia (19-4 11KO). Promoter Camille Estephan had looked to Toronto’s Samuel Vargas as a potential opponent, but when that didn’t materialize, looked at the man who handed the Colombian born fighter his only loss. “We were supposed to fight Samuel Vargas,” Estephan told Fightnews, “That was the deal we wanted. If it wasn’t going to be him, let’s look at the guy who beat him. He’s a good fighter, has a good record, is a southpaw. It is exactly where we want to go on the road back, it’s the perfect guy.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Shibata unifies OPBF & Japanese 160lb belts

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

In a sensational confrontation of an OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champ and a Japanese titlist in the middleweight category, fast-moving Akio Shibata (22-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, successfully unified both belts by winning a unanimous verdict (116-113, 117-111, 115-113) over game warrior Daisuke Nakagawa (22-4-2, 17 KOs), 160, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s their grudge fight with Shibata having dethroned then national 154-pound titleholder Nakagawa via upset decision in 2012. Shibata, fresh from an annihilation by Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his professional debut last August, made best use of his vaunted footwork and nullified Nakagawa’s aggression except in round nine when he almost caught up with the fleet-footed rival and had him on the brink of a knockout. But Shibata, with superior speed, recovered well and controlled the contest to collect another belt. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014




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