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Crawford dominates Postol to unify WBO and WBC 140lb titles

Crawford dominates Postol to unify WBO and WBC 140lb titles

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank In a much anticipated world title unification clash, undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion ...

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Valdez destroys Rueda in two to win WBO featherweight title

Valdez destroys Rueda in two to win WBO featherweight title

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Unbeaten WBO #1 rated featherweight contender and two-time Olympian Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 ...

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Full Report: LaManna, Meng, Zhilei victorious

Full Report: LaManna, Meng, Zhilei victorious

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna, (21-1, 9 KOs), made short work of Mexican ...

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Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

By Jason Marchetti at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Undefeated WBA #5 super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) and Roman Reynoso (18-1-2, 7 KOs) ...

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Crawford, Postol, Valdez, Rueda make weight

Crawford, Postol, Valdez, Rueda make weight

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Terence Crawford 140 vs. Viktor Postol 139.5 (WBO/WBC jr welterweight unification) Oscar Valdez 126 vs. Matias Rueda 125 (WBO featherweight ...

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Lopez-Reynoso draw, Odom KOs Jackson

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“Zurdo” Ramirez risks title shot Friday

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


Undefeated IBF/WBO #1, WBC/WBA #2 rated super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs) risks his forthcoming world title fight against Gevorg Khatchikian (22-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “I know what is at stake in this fight and that is why we prepared so hard for it. I have a lot to lose, but is also very important to show everyone that I am ready for the title fight and that is what I will demonstrate on Friday,” said Ramirez.

The bout will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.



November 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Diego de la Hoya headlines Friday

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Photo: Big Joe Miranda


By Miguel Maravilla

Undefeated super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya (12-0, 7 KOs) is set to headline when he takes on Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-3, 9 KOs) on Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas headlining the Estrella TV’S Boxeo Estelar telecast. We caught up with Diego as he talked about his upcoming fight and preparation.

“I feel good for this opportunity for Golden Boy in believing in me to be a headliner in Las Vegas. Not everyone gets to headline a card in Vegas, I feel really good about this,” Diego De La Hoya told Fightnews.com®.

Having prepared in the desert city of Coachella, California for seven weeks with his trainer Joel Diaz, De La Hoya said he had a good camp. “I feel happy. This was a great preparation. I’m fighting a tough opponent with a good record in Giovanni Delgado, but we’re ready to beat him.” (more…)



November 18th, 2015


Boxing News

Canelo a 3:1 favorite to beat Cotto

All eyes will be on Las Vegas Saturday night as lineal middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto takes on Canelo Alvarez in a highly anticipated matchup. The younger Alvarez is running as about a -300 favorite in the bout, while Cotto backers can get +225. If Alvarez wins, he will be WBC champion. If Cotto wins, the WBC title will be vacant, with interim champion Gennady Golovkin, who also hold the WBA and IBF belts, waiting in the wings.

Also on that card, the clash between WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura and challenger Francisco Vargas is a near pick’em…IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero is a -900 favorite to keep his belt against mandatory challenger Lee Haskins +600…and P4P super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux is a 100:1 favorite to beat Drian Francisco +1600.

In Las Vegas on Friday night, top rated super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez, on his way to a world title shot, is a wide -3300 favorite to defeat Gevorg Khatchikian (+1000).

In European action, WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is a slight -125 favorite to retain his belt against Martin Murray +100 in Hannover, Germany. Also, in Manchester, England, hometown challenger Anthony Crolla is a -125 pick to dethrone WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez (+151). They battled to a draw in July.



November 18th, 2015

UFC

Scott Jorgensen: Act Three

Every great story is crafted the same way, broken down into three parts: rise, fall and rebound.

If a career in the cage can be viewed as a story, bantamweight Scott Jorgensen is ready to begin his third act . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT MONTERREY is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 18th, 2015


Boxing News

Late results from El Paso

By David Finger

In a mild upset of sorts, gritty Louisiana-based lightweight Demond “Body Shot” Brock shocked El Paso’s own Oscar Valenzuela Saturday night in the latter’s hometown to win the WBC USNBC title. Brock took command early on when he rattled Valenzuela in the second and third rounds. However, Valenzuela fought back gamely in the fourth and fifth behind a devastating body attack. But Brock came back in the final three rounds to cement a unanimous decision in what ringsiders called a “fight of the year candidate” for the city of El Paso. With the win Brock improves to 10-3, 3 KOs while the local prospect drops to 9-2-1, 5 KOs. Scores were 80-72, 78-74, and 77-75. (more…)



November 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Danny Green calls out Anthony Mundine for a rematch

Anthony Joshua resigns with Matchroom Boxing

Laila Ali not shocked to see Holly Holm’s win over Ronda Rousey

What Floyd Mayweather thinks about Rousey’s loss



November 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Canelo grand arrival photos

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy

Lineal middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Canelo Alvarez made their grand arrivals Tuesday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. They collide in a major PPV showdown on Saturday. Only Alvarez will be eligible to win the WBC title, after Cotto was stripped due to a dispute over the sanctioning fee.

By the way, the officials working Cotto-Canelo are referee Robert Byrd and judges Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and John McKaie.

Suggested PPV price is $69.95 for HD, $59.95 for SD.

Cotto and Alvarez still have to make a 155lb catch weight for the fight.

More photos…



November 18th, 2015

Boxing News

Daniel Jacobs Brooklyn Media Workout

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

WBA “regular” middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs hosted a media workout Tuesday at Gleason’s Gym in his hometown of Brooklyn as they prepares for his battle against undefeated former champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin on Saturday, December 5 at Barclays Center.

“I think my skills are an advantage,” said Jacobs. “Skills pay the bills. At the end of the day I have a lot of skills over ‘Kid Chocolate.’ Speed is one. He’s probably a bigger puncher and naturally heavier. With all that power, he has to get to me. He has to be able to land those shots.

“I’m going to adjust. I love knockouts. If I can end it with a knockout that’s what I’ll do. But I have to use my skills and my advantages. (more…)



November 17th, 2015

Twitter Watch

Cotto: I have plenty of belts

Miguel Cotto, who was stripped of the WBC middleweight title earlier today, balked after reportedly being asked to pay a $300k sanctioning fee, plus an $800k step-aside fee to Gennady Golovkin.

Speaking of belts, Saturday’s mega-clash between Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Canelo (45-1-1, 32 KOs) is now touted as being for the “Ring Magazine” middleweight world championship. Of course, Ring Magazine is owned by Canelo’s promoter Oscar de la Hoya.



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Hobbs, NM, on Dec 19

By David Finger

After a layoff of over a year, the boxing-hungry city of Hobbs, New Mexico will get an opportunity to see some of their local prospects step in the ring again on December 19th at the Lea County Event Center. In the main event local middleweight prospect Gerardo Quintana (4-1-1, 3 KOs) gets a second shot at undefeated Robert Sanders (1-0, 1 KO) from Lubbock, Texas. Quintana and Sanders were originally slated to fight each other on the undercard of the Jennifer Han-Helen Joseph IBF championship fight last month in El Paso. However the fight was scrapped at the last minute. For both fighters a win would almost certainly establish them as one of the best super middleweight prospect in the Southwest, whereas a loss would all but end the discussion. Quintana, a fighter with above average power, is coming in off a layoff of nearly two years and questions remain about how much ring rust he will be bringing with him when he steps in the squared circle. The undefeated Sanders has only one win against a limited opponent and many questions remain about how he will handle a serious opponent like Quintana. (more…)



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Sulaiman on Canelo vs Cotto

Video: Pepe Rodriguez



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC strips Cotto, Canelo gets vacant belt with win

Official WBC Statement: The World Boxing Council worked tirelessly through a process that began over two years ago to secure the celebration of the highly anticipated fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The WBC is proud of that accomplishment that is giving boxing fans around the world a very important fight to see.

After several weeks of communications, countless attempts and good faith time extensions trying to preserve the fight as a WBC World Championship, Miguel Cotto and his promotion did not agree to comply with the WBC Rules & Regulations, while Saúl Alvarez has agreed to do so. Accordingly, the WBC must rule on the matter prior to the fight.

The WBC hereby announces that effective immediately has withdrawn recognition of Miguel Cotto as WBC World Middleweight Champion. If Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wins the fight against Cotto, he will be recognized as the WBC middleweight world champion. (more…)



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham motivated for Murray challenge

Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) aims to extend his domination of the 168 lbs division with a victory over Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday, November 21 at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. The 35 year-old has wins over Nikola Sjekloca, Paul Smith and Robert Stieglitz since reclaiming his WBO World title in March 2014, and as he prepares for a fifth successive defense, ‘King Arthur’ reveals his reasons for selecting the British boxer as a voluntary challenger.

”At this stage of my career, I don’t want to fight any easy opponents,” says Abraham. ”I need fights that will motivate me, and that is why we chose Murray.

”He has challenged for World titles before and against Sturm, Martinez and especially Golovkin he has already boxed three World-class opponents. I know this is a dangerous fight and that has given me the motivation I need.” (more…)



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Randy Caballero Set To Return Saturday vs. Haskins

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Undefeated IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) is set to return to the ring after a long year of inactivity as he will square off against Lee Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) of England. Caballero defends his title this Saturday November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “I am excited. Being out a year, the whole layoff walking into this fight, I am excited to get back. I can’t wait,” said the world champion from Coachella, California. “I am anxious to get back. I’m hungry and ready to defend my title. You’ll see an impressive Randy Caballero.”

Training in the desert in the Coachella valley, Caballero held camp in his hometown of Coachella with is his trainer Joel Diaz in preparation for Haskins. “Camp has been amazing. I can honestly say this is by far the best camp I’ve ever had. My body feels amazing, I feel like a whole different person inside that gym and ring,” Caballero told Fightnews.com®. (more…)



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Meet & Greet the Legends this Thursday plus win two tickets to Canelo vs. Cotto

Meet some of the Legends of boxing and help a great cause this Thursday (November 19th) as the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) host a “Meet & Greet the Legends and Boxing Art Exhibit” (from 7p to 9p) at Art of Music inside Mandalay Place. This is your chance to be up close and personal with some of your favorite boxing legends and have the opportunity to get your picture taken to capture the moment. You will also have a chance to “Feel like a Champ” and have your picture taken with an Official WBC Championship Belt.

Tickets are $50 each (plus a service charge) and are available at EventBrite.com or call 702.597.9401. Each ticket comes with a entry to a raffle to win 2 tickets to Saturday’s sold-out battle of Canelo vs. Cotto at the Mandalay Bay Hotel ($1,300 value).



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Canelo Grand Arrival info

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Canelo Alvarez will make their grand arrivals today at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Main Casino Floor (directly outside of the House of Blues). Alvarez will arrive at 1PM. Cotto will arrive at 2PM. Of course, this event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



November 17th, 2015

UFC

Alves Out; Masvidal In vs. Henderson

With Thiago Alves forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night bout against Benson Henderson due to injury, Jorge Masvidal has agreed to step up and face the former UFC champ on November 28 in South Korea . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT MONTERREY is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Joshua inks with Matchroom for three more years

Promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua has signed a new exclusive three-year promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing. The Olympic gold medal hero has raced to 14-0 in the paid ranks with 14 devastating KOs under the guidance of Hearn, and has penned the new deal ahead of headlining his the sold-out event on December 12 at The O2 in London where he faces bitter amateur rival Dillian Whyte for the British and Commonwealth titles. The 25-year-old has quickly become a fans’ favourite since making his pro debut at the Greenwich venue in October 2013. Already world rated, Joshua is pegged to be a legitimate heavyweight contender when he steps up the level of opposition.



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Nigel Benn set to renew feud with Chris Eubank

Carl Froch talks about his baby’s fight for survival

Ricky Hatton pays tribute to Eamonn Magee Jr.



November 17th, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale: I am the best super middleweight out there

Photo: Frank Coppi/Matchroom Boxing

Photo: Frank Coppi/Matchroom Boxing


Two days before he departs for Canada, IBF Super Middleweight World Champion James “Chunky” DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) held an open media workout at the Stonebridge Boxing Club in London as he nears completion of a 10-plus week training camp for his Showtime-televised title defense against former world champion and Canadian fan favorite, Lucian Bute (32-2, 25 KOs) on November 28 at the Vidéotron Centre of Quebec City.

Here’s what he had to say on Monday:

James DeGale: “I think I am the best super middleweight out there right now. There are hard fights in the division. Badou Jack is a good fighter, but I think I beat him and beat him well if I stay switched on for the full 12 rounds. Arthur Abraham is still a tough customer and hopefully Martin Murray can do the business. I think he will beat him, although it’s hard to win in Germany. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Toka Kahn-Clary ready to step it up

Photo: Jeny Luna Hernandez-Watson

Photo: Jeny Luna Hernandez-Watson


Undefeated featherweight prospect Toka “T-Nice” Kahn-Clary (16-0, 10 KOs) may be the best, relatively “unknown” prizefighter in the country, at least outside of New England.

A decorated American amateur who had a 131-11 record, highlighted by a gold-medal performance at the 2010 National Golden Gloves Tournament, Kahn-Clary returns to the ring this Friday night (Nov. 20) at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas against Mexican opponent Sergio “Cuatito” Lopez (19-9-1, 13 KOs) in what is supposed to be Kahn-Clary’s last scheduled eight-round bout before he graduates to 10-rounders.

“He’s a tough Mexican fighter who can box a little on the outside,” Kahn-Clary spoke about his next opponent, “but he comes forward, too. He’s experienced and has been in with a lot of good opponents.” (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Salita inks unbeaten lightweight Bernardo

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of unbeaten Dominican lightweight Eudy Bernardo (20-0, 14 KOs). Bernardo is now training out of Houston, Texas, with former champion Frank Tate.

“Eudy is a big lightweight at 5-11, with power in both hands,” said Salita. “He is considered by many to be the best Dominican prospect out there today. His skills, size and power give him the ability to be dominant in several weight classes. Indeed, he is a world-class prospect who is hungry to compete against the best fighters in his division. I have been hearing about his dominant skills for awhile and am very happy to be working with him!”



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Jean Pascal now training under Freddie Roach

Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) has announced that he will now be training under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. While in California a few weeks ago, Roach agreed to coach Pascal and to help him prepare for his upcoming challenges.

“Freddie Roach is one of the best trainers of all time. It is an honor to work with Freddie. I’ve come to the conclusion that in my corner, I needed a new perspective and I thought that Freddie would be the right fit. I realized I need to improve on and correct certain mistakes I made in my loss to Kovalev. I’m quite confident that with Freddie in my corner, I will improve, as did Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto under him,” said Jean. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF approves Frampton-Quigg unification

The IBF has granted formal sanction approval for the IBF/WBA Jr. Featherweight Championship Unification fight between IBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Carl Frampton and WBA Jr. Featherweight Champion Scott Quigg. The bout is scheduled for February 26, 2016 at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England. This bout was approved with the condition that the winner must do the IBF mandatory within 90 days of the Frampton vs. Quigg fight.



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Finally! Cotto-Canelo Fight Week is here

By Bob Hough
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Miguel Cotto made his pro debut in February, 2001, when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was 10; he racked up 25 fights and victories before Alvarez made his pro debut almost exactly a decade ago.

Predictions for Saturday’s classic proud-veteran-versus-young-badass confrontation are all over the place, but what’s clear is that as Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) seeks to be the biggest star in the post-Mayweather generation and Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) says he’s a year away from retiring, the older man believes his experience will help him earn perhaps his greatest victory.

“I put my mind into the fight, and the best way to beat a guy is in the smartest way,” Cotto said during a recent teleconference to discuss the fight, set for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “I know I can punch and I can hit hard, but now at this moment I’m looking for the perfect occasion, and I’m creating the perfect opportunity to hit my opponent. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Murray believes his time is here against Abraham

Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) believes the time has come for him to be crowned World Champion as he prepares for his fourth World title tilt against WBO world super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) on Saturday at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.

The St. Helens man is unlucky not to have already claimed world honours having been held to draw by Felix Sturm in 2011 and finding himself on the wrong end of a continuous points decision to Sergio Martinez in 2013. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Oscar auctions off first copy of the official Cotto-Canelo fight program

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During Thursday night’s 46th Annual New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, legendary boxing world champion and Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya autographed the first copy of the official Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez event program. The program, which will be sold at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and select MGM Resorts International locations in Las Vegas starting Monday, was won by a boxing fan who bid $400 in an auction that started at just $30.

The state of the art Cotto-Canelo program is the first of its kind for a boxing event. It features Augmented Reality on certain pages where fans can be taken to promotional videos of the fight and the promoters’ websites. All the fan has to do is scan the specific page within the program with a cell phone or mobile device to engage in this interactive experience. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

UFC

Kim vs. Waters Set for Seoul

Santa Rosa, California’s Dominic “Shonuff” Waters will get the biggest opportunity of his pro career on November 28 when he steps in for Jorge Masvidal against the number seven-ranked welterweight in the world, Dong Hyun Kim, in UFC Fight Night action in Seoul, South Korea. . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT MONTERREY is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF #11 Onaga defeats Philippine champ Sultan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

IBF #11 ranked 115-pounder, Japanese southpaw hard-puncher Go Onaga (18-2-2, 18 KOs), 115.5, decked an important triumph as he defeated OPBF#4 Philippine champ Jonas Sultan (8-3, 5 KOs), 116, by a unanimous decision (99-82, 98-93, 97-94) over ten speedy rounds on Sunday in Tomigusuku city, Okinawa, Japan. Onaga, unbeaten in last three years, is gunning for an OPBF title shot, and will be ranked atop in the OPBF ratings thanks to his good victory over Sultan, who fought well but was outclassed and outlegged by the faster and taller Japanese.

Onaga thus scored nine victories in a row since dropping a split duke to Teiru Kinoshita (who had an unsuccessful shot at Zalani Tete in quest of the IBF belt in 2014) with the vacant national 115-pound belt on the line in 2012. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Interview: Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #3, WBC #6, IBF #8 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his world title opportunity against WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev, that has been ordered by the WBA. Browne also talks about new trainers Nigel Benn and Rodney Williams, and also increasing his fight weight by 20 pounds.



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Prospects Score Wins In Springfield, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Here are the results from the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card Saturday at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:

Bowie, MD heavyweight Luther “Lights Out” Smith scored an easy first-round knockout of debuting Malcolm Ware of Raleigh, NC. Ware was wild and reckless with his punches until he felt Smith’s power. Smith knocked Ware down twice before the bout was stopped at 1:29. Smith is 3-0, three KO’s all in the first round.

Welterweight Edgar “The Tiger” Torres stopped Aloric Carson of Indianapolis, IN at 2:37 of the second round. Torres dropped Carson twice during the contest with right hands before the bout was stopped. Torres is now 7-0-1, four KO’s while Carson is 0-9. (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Inaugural Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame induction

By Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images

Boxing luminaries from the State of Illinois never had a night of formal recognition until this past Saturday, when 32 distinguished members of their “fistic fraternity” were inducted into the Inaugural ‘Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame” induction ceremony, held before a sold-out crowd of over 400 at the Abbington Banquet Hall in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn.

The HOF for the state’s boxing elite was the work of Mike McNamara and Pete Hoffman, Illinois Boxing Inspectors both, who for the last twelve years have chaired the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. According to McNamara, the seed for a separate boxing HOF was planted by Pete Podgorski, a former professional fighter and current referee. During a conversation the two had several years ago, Podgorski suggested to McNamara that he do the same for boxing that he was currently doing for martial arts. The suggestion snowballed, and as Hoffman concluded Saturday night, “clearly there was a pent-up demand for this kind of a ceremony.” (more…)



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The world is abuzz with articles about Holly Holm, who became the first world boxing champion to be a UFC champ:

Six things to know about the fighter who defeated Ronda Rousey

Holly Holm cashes in her life’s work to defeat Rousey

What’s next for Holm and Rousey?

Rousey rocked

Unlike Rousey, Holm hopes to avoid spotlight

31 best memes about Holm knocking out Rousey



November 16th, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto 157.8 lbs. at WBC seven-day weigh-in

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican four-division world champion Miguel Cotto complied with the WBC’s seven day weigh-in rule in advance of his world middleweight championship mega-fight against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this Saturday at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Cotto, training in Los Angeles, weighed 157.8 pounds.

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November 15th, 2015

Boxing News

Nieves and Del Valle get knockouts in Comerio

Local lightweight Kevin Nieves improved his record to 9-1-1 with 5 KOs after an explosive KO win over Miguel ‘Mickito’ Soto (12-6, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Comerio Autorium in Comerio Puerto Rico. In the very first round, Nieves overcome Soto with sharp jabs and combinations. In the beginning of the third round, Nieves started landing bombs over Soto and the ringside boxing commission’s Dr. Rosilvia Muñiz stopped the contest due to a nose injury.

Super bantamweight Luis Orlando ‘Orlandito’ Del Valle annihilated Mexican veteran Juan Jose Beltran, who did not come out from his the corner in round three. Del Valle improves his record to 20-2, 15 KOs and hopes to line up to a world title shot in 2016. Beltran, who came in way overweight forcing the bout to be contested at a 136lb catch weight, falls to 29-25-3, 18 KOs. (more…)



November 15th, 2015




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