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GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

Photos: Team Golovkin Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin received a hero's welcome in his native Kazakhstan over the weekend. On Friday Golovkin ...

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Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten ...

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Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped ...

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World title twinbill in Japan today

World title twinbill in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans ...

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Manny Pacquiao 143.8 vs. Chris Algieri 144.4 (WBO welterweight championship) Algieri initially weighed 144.4, stripped naked and weighed 144.2. He eventually ...

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Boxing News

Lemieux and Guerrero promise fireworks

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

Photo: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME


Hometown favorite David Lemieux and Fernando Guerrero agree on one thing: their showdown on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara Showtime tripleheader at Bell Centre this Saturday will likely end in a knockout. The power-punching Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs), of Montreal, and Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs) of Salisbury, Md., will square off in a 10-round middleweight clash.

“The knockout is going to be there,” Lemieux said. “It’s only a matter of how it’s going to be there that is going to make a difference.”

Guerrero isn’t fazed by Lemieux’s power or the prospect of fighting in his hometown. “We’ve faced punchers before and I’ve demolished them,” Guerrero said. “With a guy like David and I facing off, it doesn’t seem like the fight will go the distance.”



May 23rd, 2014



UFC

TJ Dillashaw: For Coach and Colleagues

TJ Dillashaw always expected to be in this position, standing in the Octagon with a UFC title awaiting the victor. From the time he broke into the sport at the start of 2010, the 28-year-old Cal State-Fullerton product has been focused on climbing the ladder and having championship gold wrapped around his waist. Fiercely competitive and unflinchingly confident in his skills, there hasn’t been a moment in his career where Dillashaw didn’t believe he could reach this point. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: WBC 168lb world champion Sakio Bika

Photo: Team Bika

Photo: Team Bika


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “Scorpion” Bika talks to Fightnews and says he is interested in fights with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. He predicts Froch will defeat George Groves in their May 31 showdown and also predicts Daniel Geale will upset Gennady Golovkin if they fight on July 26.

Bika also predicts his chief sparring partner WBA #8 Ben McCulloch can win the world title and mentions how he recently returned to country of his birth, the Cameroon, where he was followed by 10,000 fans. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Jo Jo Dan successful in tune-up

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Welterweight contender Jo Jo Dan did exactly what you want in a tune-up fight, win, stay healthy, get some rounds and win impressively. The #2 (IBF) ranked contender did all that has positioned himself for a final elimination fight later this summer for the mandatory spot within the organization. The Romanian born Dan (33-2 18KO) worked the body of Polish opponent Lukasz Janik (11-6-1 5KO) and finally ended things with a crunching right hand that paid almost immediate dividends in the 5th round, the official time of :43 seconds. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Elam-Ramirez June 6th in Argentina

Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs), a participant on The Contender 4 boxing reality series, will take on former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2- 15 KOs) on June 6th with the IBF Latino cruiserweight title on the line. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the location being the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Elam’s management believes he is capable of pulling off the upset. “It’s no secret Ramirez is the favorite and fighting at home. However, Elam has trained hard with trainer Buddy McGirt and is coming to win,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andy Zak.



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Ex-Olympic Gold Medalist Murata Finishes Nerio

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, unbeaten Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata (4-0, 4 KOs), 161.5, impressively decked his fourth professional bout by demolishing Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-4, 6 KOs), 160, at 2:35 of the sixth round on Thursday in Kyoto, Japan.

Murata, 28, made an anticipated hero’s return to the place where he started to learn how to box at South Kyoto high school thirteen years ago, gathering many friends and supporters out of his alma mater. Murata, whose amateur mark was 118-19 with 88 stoppages, became the second Japanese that acquired the gold medal since bantamweight southpaw Takao Sakurai in 1968. The middleweight winner, however, is greatly expected to reach the top of the paid ranks through his promotional contract under Top Rank Inc. via Teiken Promotions. The cultivation of Murata up to the professional goal will be a gigantic-to-be project in association with Dentsu and Fuji TV with him emerging as a more famous and brighter athlete than now. (more…)



May 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

#2 Dan wins in Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

IBF #2 welterweight Jo Jo Dan (33-2 18KO) scored a 5th round TKO victory over Lukasz Janik (11-6-1 5KO) in boxing action in Montreal Thursday night. A right hand to body hurt a badly fading Janik and referee Steve St. Germain stepped in shortly afterwards to call a halt to the contest.

In the main event, super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite obliterated Rafael Sosa Pintos with a hook to the body that put the Uruguayan down and horizontal for the count of ten. Time of the stoppage was 2:57 of the opening round.

Other winners on the night include at Mick Gadbois, Steven Butler, Ayaz Hussain, Francy Ntetu and Mitch Louis-Charles.

More to come…



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights for Boxcino Finals

Photos: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions

Photos: Shane Sims/Banner Promotions

Fernando Carcamo 135 vs. Petr Petrov 134
(Boxcino, NABA, NABO lightweight titles)

Brandon Adams 158 vs. Willie Monroe Jr. 159.5
(Boxcino, NABA, NABO middleweight titles)

Jeremy Graves 136.5 vs. Sam Teah 137
Oscar Torres 144 vs. Cornelius Whitlock 144
Eric George 202 vs. Raymond Santiago 232
Michael Jackson 129 vs. Vitor Jones De Oliviera 131
Cesar Vila 154 vs. Marcus Hall 151

Promoter: Banner Promotions
Venue: Turning Stone Casino Resort, Verona, NY
TV: ESPN 2
1st Bell: 7:00 pm ET / 9:00 ET for television



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WAPA to televise Verdejo and Lopez bouts

As part of the historic showdown between Miguel Cotto and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Top Rank announced today that three top undercard fights will be televised live exclusively in WAPA 2 Deportes in Puerto Rico and WAPA America in the United States. This historic telecast will emanate live from The Garden and will feature undefeated Puerto Rican prospects Félix “Diamante” Verdejo, Ricky “Wonder Boy” Lopez and the professional debut of Puerto Rican Olympian Jantony Ortiz.

Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan will take on Engelberto Venezuela (9-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a six-round lightweight bout, Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico the WBC Fecarbox Super Bantamweight champion will take on Raul Higaldo (21-10, 17 KOs) in an eight-round title bout and Ortiz will make his debut against Elio Ruiz in a four-round flyweight bout. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Dargan-Flores added to June 21 card

In a Philly vs. Philly showdown on NBCSN Fight Night Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (15-0, 7 KOs) will defend his “USBA Atlantic Coast Region” lightweight title in a ten rounder against Anthony Flores (11-4-1, 6 KOs) on June 21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, PA. This will be the second ten round fight in Dargan’s career. The main event features Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko and Nadjib Mohammedi in a twelve-round light heavyweight bout for the #1 position in the IBF.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Korobov-Uzcategui to air on HBO

Top Rank has announced that undefeated Russian middleweight Matt Korobov will appear on the HBO boxing telecast of the Terrence Crawford-Yuriorkas Gamboa WBO lightweight title clash on June 28 in Omaha, Nebraska. Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) will battle Venezuela’s Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) in a 10-round bout. This will be the first HBO appearance for the former world amateur champion and 2008 Olympian Korobov.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

IBF 31st convention closes – Peoples re-elected unanimously to another term as president

Report/photos: Boxing Bob Newman

As the rains close in on Atlantic City this morning, the IBF closed it’s 31st a.m. With roughly 400 delegates attending this year’s gathering, it goes down as one of the more successful conventions in years for the organization. During the closing meeting, IBF president Daryl Peoples opened discussion on the 2015 convention site. While South Korea has made strong proposals both last year and this year with government subsidies offered, so too did China. South Africa was mentioned, as well as Montreal. The board of directors will take the thoughts of delegates, along with financial considerations into account and make a decision with ample time for all members to plan for 2015.

A closed board meeting was then held to determine the presidency of the organization. While incumbent president Peoples was re-elected to the board this year, his seat as president still had to be ratified by the board in its meeting. Peoples was unanimously re-elected as IBF president. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lopez-Perez to fight for WBA 135lb interim belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. has announced that unbeaten Dominican Argenis Lopez (19-0, 7 KOs) will face Darleys Perez (29-1, 19 KOs) for the WBA interim lightweight title at the XXIX WBA KO Drugs Festival to be held on June 21 at the Hark Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Also, IBF female featherweight champion Dahiana Santana (33-6, 14 KOs) will meet Francia Elena Bravo (16-3-2, 9 KOs) for a WBA interim belt at that weight.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico works out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for his eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision against WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.

Tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event are available at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can be purchased 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. photos



May 22nd, 2014

UFC

Introducing Li Jingliang

With so many fights and so many fighters, there are certain things that you can take for granted as the months and years stack up in the sport of mixed martial arts. China’s Li Jingliang takes nothing for granted, leaving no stone unturned as he prepares for his UFC debut this Saturday against David Michaud . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Quick Quotes

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and trainer Freddie Roach hosted an international media conference call from his Los Angeles training camp on Thursday to talk about his eagerly-anticipated pay-per-view collision with WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Miguel Cotto: [On becoming the first Puerto Rican fighter to win a world title in four different weight divisions] It’s a personal achievement I want to win on June 7. I’m working for it. It doesn’t mean I’m going to be better than Gomez, better than Trinidad, better than all the great champions Puerto Rico had before. For myself, it’s going to be the biggest accomplishment I’ve had in my career.

[On the Martinez camp’s complaints about the Cotto camp’s demands to make the fight] If Sergio has any issues with anything around this fight, he can sit with his guys and talk about it. We closed the deal some time ago. This is our time to train and we can’t talk about anything else.

Freddie Roach: We’re having a great training camp. Miguel’s working really hard. We have some good sparring partners, some really awkward southpaws, and everything’s right on schedule. Miguel’s in great shape and I can’t wait for this fight to happen.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Gloves announces “Super 6 for Cash” light heavyweight tournament

By Ron Jackson

At a press conference held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Thursday, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced the line-up for the five million rand “Super 6 for Cash” tournament. The light heavyweight tournament will take place over three dates in August, September and November with the winner taking home an accumulated purse of R1, 6 million.

The fighters are former IBO super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen (and WBC #4), WBC #6 Ryno Liebenberg, WBC# 7 Roberto Bolonti, WBC International Silver champion Johnny Muller, WBC #12 Denis Grachev and Wilbeforce Shihepo.

In the first tournament Oosthuizen will meet Shihepo, Liebenberg will fight Grachev and Belonti will face Muller at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on August 9. All the fights will be over 12 rounds and Muller and Liebenberg will both have their WBC belts on the line. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WBC proposes 30-round limit for boxing gloves

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The World Boxing Council will introduce a boxing glove certification program during the WBC Annual Convention in December. Dr. Clive Nobel from South Africa, Bob Yalen from the United States, and the WBC Medical Committee have developed a tracking system for the number of rounds that a single glove is used in fights with a maximum limit of 30 rounds. Each glove must have inside labels (5 x 6), and the boxing commission must mark the labels which correspond to the rounds used after each fight. For example if the fight lasted nine rounds, then two labels will be marked. Once the five labels are marked, that glove will not be permitted to be used in a fight and will be used only in gymnasiums. The WBC invites all boxing glove manufacturers to implement this system to prevent boxing gloves from being used after they have lost their protective properties after many rounds of use.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-Olympic gold medalist finishes Mexican Nerio

By Joe Koizumi

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata (4-0, 4 KOs), 161.5, decked his fourth professional bout by demolishing Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-4, 6 KOs), 160, at 2:35 of the sixth round on Thursday in Kyoto, Japan. Unbeaten local prospect Shohei Omori (12-0, 7 KOs), scored a fine stoppage of WBC#9 bantam Christian Esquivel (27-5, 20 KOs), 120, Mexico, at 1:35 of the fourth session in a supporting eight.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
(More to come)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

One night heavyweight tourney in Germany

SES Boxing has added a Prizefighter-type heavyweight tournament to their all-heavyweight card on May 30 at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany. The tournament will consist of two semi final rounds, with the winners meeting the same night in the final. All bouts will be three-rounders. The participants are unbeaten 19-year-old SES prospect Tom Schwarz (5-0, 3 KOs), Andre Bunga (1-1, 1 KO), Lukas Filka (6-3, 5 KOs) and Ante Veronica (0-0).

In the main event, former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight for the WBO European belt against Mickael Vieira (14-3-1, 7 KOs). Also Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) fights for the German International title (under new trainer Stephan Kühne) against Özcan Cetincaya (21-8-2, 14 KOs).

German champion Michael Wallisch (12-0, 8 KOs) unfortunately suffered an injury and will not be fighting.



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson walking the walk

By Dave Spencer
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

It is not the usual vernacular you hear at press conferences. Despite all the usual bravado, knockouts are often referred to, but never addressed directly. The quotes are familiar to all, ‘fight one round at a time,’ ‘take the knockout if it comes,’ ‘take him to deep waters’ we’ve heard all the politically correct answers before.

Leading into this Saturday’s clash versus Andrzej Fonfara (25-2 15KO), Adonis Stevenson (23-1 20KO) is talking the talk of knockouts and telling everyone, “We train for knockouts.” The powerful southpaw along with trainer Javan Hill have repeated the mantra often in the weeks leading up to the televised Showtime Championship Boxing telecast from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

At this point, it would be hard to argue. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

UFC

UFC 173 Prelim Fantasy Preview

This weekend’s UFC 173 event not only showcases some of the best fighters in the world on the main card, but the preliminary bouts are stacked with top up and comers, including three Ultimate Fighter champions all looking for wins on Saturday night. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Former Olympic gold medalist, unbeaten middleweight prospect Ryota Murata (3-0, 3 KOs) will take on Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-3, 6 KOs) in his fourth pro bout today (Thursday) in Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday Murata, a 28-year-old six-footer, tipped the beam at 161.5 to 160 for Nerio under a 162-pound catchweight contest. In a supporting windup, WBC#9 ranked bantam Cristian Esquivel will face unbeaten local rookie Shohei Omori over eight. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

“The Axe Man” Walters Team travels to Macao

Undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (23-0) departed to Macao, China, on Wednesday morning, after completing ten weeks of preparation in Panama for his title defense scheduled for May 31 against former two division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-6-1).

“I’m very excited confident and motivated because this is a very important fight so I want to thank my manager Mr. Jacques Deschamps and my promoter Mr. Bob Arum and Top Rank,” said the Panama-based Jamaican champion.

About the southpaw stance of his challenger, the “The Axe Man” added: “Since I arrived Panama as am amateur almost six years ago I have sparred with some of the best left handed boxers in the world, I mean the WBA super bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former world champion Ricardo “El Maestrito” Cordoba so I don’t think Darchinyan will show me something that I have not dealt with before.” (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Thursday night card feeds boxing frenzy in Montreal

By Dave Spencer

There are any number of ways to add credibility to a local boxing card, having the Heavyweight Champion of the World on your roster certainly ranks near the top of the list. Eye of the Tiger who handle the management end of newly crowned WBC Champ Bermaine Stiverne are presenting number eight of their ongoing FightClub series tonight, Thursday May 21, in what has been a frenzied week of boxing activity in the Montreal.

The Haitian born Stiverne returns home to the city that he called home as an amateur and will be ringside at the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire, location of what may have been the best all-Haitian fight of all time where Adonis Stevenson met Jean Pascal when the pair were both amateurs.

The card will be the second of three within a one week span that kicked off last Friday with a card at Olympic Stadium and featured on Friday Night Fights and culminates this weekend with the broadcast of Showtime presentation of Andrzej Fonfara battling Adonis Stevenson. For those truly starved, another card takes place in a week’s time at the Vaudreuil Arena. (more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

2014 IBF Awards Banquet

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The awards banquet for the 31st annual IBF convention was held Wednesday night in the ballroom of the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Always the highlight of any convention, this night was especially so for the IBF as it marked 30 years since their inaugural titles were won in 1983/84. As Atlantic City was where the genesis of the IBF took form, and several of the inaugural champs won their belts, it was decided to invite many of those champs back to where it all began to be honored.

Kicking off the awards ceremony, a short highlight video was played of the “back nine” inaugural champs- lightweight through heavyweight- winning their belts. Each man was then presented with a plaque which stated, “Many claim to be the best, but only one can claim to be the first,” in recognition of their accomplishment as the first ever IBF champ in their respective division.
On hand to receive their recognition were:
Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown- Lightweight
Donald Curry- Welterweight
Mark Medal- Jr. Middleweight
Murray Sutherland- Super Middleweight
Marvin Camel- Cruiserweight
Larry Holmes- Heavyweight

(more…)



May 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Canadian boxer Tyson Cave is facing charges of assault. More

More on the Manny Pacquiao-Top Rank re-signing. More

Albuquerque hopeful Brian Mendoza signs with Cameron Dunkin. More

Battersea Bomber” and “Bus Boy” ready to rumble in a Caribbean showdown. More

 



May 22nd, 2014

UFC

International Fight Week Coming Back to Las Vegas in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is bringing the third annual UFC International Fight Week™ to Las Vegas once again this July! The week-long fan celebration returns with UFC events and related activities including entertainment, arts, charitable events, shopping and more. Plus for the first time, the event will feature two huge fight cards in one weekend – UFC® 175: WEIDMAN vs. MACHIDA and The Ultimate Fighter® Finale: EDGAR vs. PENN . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw is live on PPV on Saturday, May 24 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 21st, 2014

Boxing News

2014 IBF Convention: Day Three

Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 3 of the 31st IBF convention saw the entirety of the day consumed with the referees seminar. Acclaimed referees Robert Byrd and Jack Reiss conducted the meeting with roughly one hundred and fifty ring officials participating, as well as a few amateur and pro fighters helping act out scenarios in the ring. Former judge and now expert officiating commentator for HBO Steve Weisfeld also took part in reviewing various rules interpretations, and administering a short Q&A handout.

Several video scenarios from actual fights were first viewed and opinions were rendered as to what the attending officials recognized to be happening on the screen, the action the referee in the fight took or should have taken. Rare occurrences such as double knockdowns, a fighter being knocked out of the ring onto the ring apron or completely off the apron to the floor were also reviewed and discussed. (more…)



May 21st, 2014





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