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Making the first defense of his IBF bantamweight world title, Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will headline the preliminary undercard preceding the pay-per-view telecast of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez event on November 21 as he faces off against England’s Lee “Playboy” Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 12-round world championship bout will be available to view by live stream online. Additional undercard fights will be announced separately.
Randy Caballero: “I know Lee is a tough guy, there’s a reason why he’s my mandatory, but his style will make me shine on fight night. This training camp has been wonderful, my body feels different, and we’ve been training very hard to make sure I remain the champion. I feel there’s more to accomplish, and this is my big opportunity to shine and stand out.”
Lee Haskins: “All my life I’ve dreamed about boxing in Las Vegas and now my dreams have come true. I have great respect for Randy Caballero, and I’ll be in the best shape of my life with all intentions of bringing the IBF world bantamweight belt home. You best believe I am as fit as a butcher`s dog. I’m counting the days for when I arrive in U.S.A. Let’s get it on!”
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Hrunov Promotions
Four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. says his December 12 fight in Russia against Enzo Maccarinelli will be it. “The fight on December 12th will be the last in my career,” said the 46-year-old Jones at a press conference in Moscow. “Today I woke up the first time as a Russian/American. I have a great opponent, I’m waiting for December 12 and I appreciate the support of the fans.”
Interestingly, it was announced that initially Jones planned to face Antonio Tarver for the fourth time in his career, but after Tarver’s recent positive doping sample, Tarver was replaced by Maccarinelli.
As for whether a “super” version of the WBA cruiserweight world championship will be on the line for the fight, as announced again Friday, it’s not sanctioned at the moment. Jones has won a world title in every division from middleweight through heavyweight, except cruiserweight, and promoter Vlad Hrunov is working hard to get Jones another shot at that missing belt.
By Matt Thompson
Murphys Boxing, coming off a NBC Sports Network co-promotion with DiBella Entertainment earlier this month, will return this Friday with “Monster Brawl II” at the Memorial Hall in Melrose, Mass.
In the eight-round main event, heavyweight Alexis Santos (14-1, 10 KOs) from Lawrence, MA, continues his comeback against durable journeyman Aaron Kinch (5-4-2, 1 KOs) of Newark, NJ. In his first loss a year and a half ago, Santos tore his ACL, requiring surgery and six months of physical therapy. Santos returned to the ring barely a month ago and now looks to continue his winning streak. (more…)
WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley says he’ll be focused for all 36 minutes when he defends against Brandon Rios on November 7 in Las Vegas in a clash televised by HBO.
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing will close its fall season on Friday when WBC #6 Ganigan “La Marravilla” Lopez (25-6, 16 KOs) of Mexico City faces countryman Juan “Paisita” Lopez (13-3, 7 KOs) at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Lopez is coming off a very competitive decision loss in his first attempt at a world title against WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara in July. The WBC interim Latin flyweight title is on the line.
You fought well last time out in your world title fight. What did you learn from the experience?
I felt I should have done more. I really want to get a rematch or fight whoever is champion at that time soon. (more…)
When the UFC makes its debut in Melbourne, Australia next month, it will be a pair of the organization’s top finishers that close out the card and bring droves of diehard fans to Etihad Stadium . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Australian professional rugby star Paul Gallen (3-0, 2 KOs) is set for his fourth pro bout on the November 3 edition of the “Super 8” at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Gallen will face debuting rugby player Bodene Thompson and is hoping to lure Sonny Bill Williams into the ring.
The “Super 8” portion of the card will consist of two four-man tournaments. “The Butcher” Robbie Berridge (26-3-1, 21 KOs) is the leading name in the light heavyweight line up, while former Queensland cruiserweight champion Jamie Porter (7-3, 2 KOs) features in the cruiserweight quartet.
The card also includes a NZ heavyweight title clash between Hemi Ahio (8-0, 6 KOs) and Alapati A’asa (6-0, 4 KOs), plus a NZ cruiserweight title showdown between James Langton (9-2, 5 KOs) and former rugby star Monty Betham Jr.
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Weights from Thursday’s boxing show promoted by Salita Promotions at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.
Alicia Ashley 121.8 vs. Christina McMahon 120.2
(WBC Female Super Bantamweight Title)
Nikolay Potapov 119.4 vs. Pedro Melo 118.4
Mikkel LesPierre 147 vs. Evincii Dixon 144.8
Bakmtiyar Eyubov 149.6 vs. Antonio Fernandes 148.8
Emilio Salas 199.6 vs. Eric George 199.6
Giorgi Gelashvili 140.8 vs. Rashad Bogar 141.4
1st Bell” 6:30 PM
Roc Nation Sports’ Founder JAY Z poses with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach during a visit to see WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) at training camp at The Wild Card Boxing Club ahead of his November 21 mega-fight against former WBC and WBA super welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) which will take place at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Day two of the 28th annual WBO Convention kicked off this morning with the executive committee meeting at 9:00 AM to discuss the status of WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. The WBO issued an order to “show cause” letter to Rigondeaux back on October 7th, demanding Rigondeaux show cause as to why he should not be stripped of his championship for failing to defend his title. After the members of the grievance committee left the session to avoid a conflict (they would be the members who would review Rigondeaux’s grievance if he were to be stripped of the title and challenge the decision). Rigondeaux filed a response through an individual named Jared Lopez and his promoter, Caribe Promotions, citing two arguments as to why he should not be stripped of the belt. Citing WBO rules, section 1 (b) (20) and (5) of the WBO rules, Rigondeaux’s team argued that he “sought to remain active in compliance with WBO Rules but there is a lack of appropriate opponents available and wiling to fight.” Rigondeaux also argued that “it would be an excuse of discretion to vacate because Mr. Rigondeaux has never failed to defend against the mandatory challenger.” Rigondeaux also communicated his “inability” to land a unification fight with the WBC and IBF champions as well as being unsuccessful in getting the WBA to order a mandatory defense against Scott Quigg.
However, the WBO championship committee expressed reservations about Rigondeaux’s response. With only three defenses in 31 months and none in the last ten months, the WBO championship committee chairman Luis Batista Salas said that the WBO has given Rigondeaux ample opportunity to make a title defense.
“This is a private problem between the promoter,” Salas said. “We cannot put a world championship in the freezer.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. and his new trainer Teddy Atlas hosted their first-ever media workout today at the Tim Bradley Boxing Gym in Indio, California. Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) is 10 days away from his HBO-televised title defense against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) in Las Vegas. Coincidentally, both Bradley and Rios have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Here is what Bradley and Atlas had to say:
Tim Bradley: “Rios can bring on the pressure all night long and we will deal with it. We are prepared for intense pressure. The only chance Rios has is a lucky punch and that’s not going to happen. Teddy Atlas brought in two sparring partners who have put pressure on me every single second for the last three weeks. Rios is living on a prayer and he knows it. (more…)
Undefeated super welterweights Frank “Notorious” Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs) and Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs) will meet in an important 10-round clash that serves as the co-featured event for the November 14 Showtime telecast from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Frank Galarza: I’ve been here before but I know that I still have something to prove. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m ready to show the world I’m one of the best 154-pound fighters in all of boxing.
Jarrett Hurd: It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hands. I’m excited about this fight and ready to show the world my ability come Nov. 14.
In the main event, WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) makes the first defense of his world title against Oscar Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs).
Light heavyweights Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (18-1, 12 KOs) and Humberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs) will meet in a 10-round clash to open up the November 13 Spike TV show from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The main event pits light heavyweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) against undefeated Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) in a 10-round affair.
Former world champion and Long Island-native Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to take on Ecuador’s Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on the December 5 Jacobs-Quillin undercard. “I am very excited to return to Barclays Center, where I have had some of my best showings,” said Algieri. “On December 5, I am looking forward to having my best performance yet.”
Bone stated, “This is a huge fight for me. I know Algieri well and I know that he is going to bring it. I am fighting a great fighter and after my performance on December 5, the world will know my name.”
The WBA has announced that it has not sanctioned the December 12 fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Enzo Maccarinelli. The fight was announced by both top Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov and Hall of Fame British promoter Frank Warren as being for the vacant “super” version of the WBA cruiserweight title, however WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesús Mendoza said categorically that at no time has the possibility of bringing that title into play been raised for the above-mentioned bout. Stay tuned.
By David Finger
After receiving a resolution from WBO championship committee chair Luis Batista Salas, the WBO executive committee unanimously voted to adopt the resolution to strip WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of his world championship. The championship committee reviewed the resolution and voted unanimously to present it to the executive committee, who in turn voted unanimously to adopt the resolution. Rigondeaux was stripped of the title due to “extraordinary inactivity.”
Rigondeaux had not defended the title since December of 2014. The WBO executive committee noted that they tried to accommodate Rigondeaux by allowing him the option to defend the title against any fighter ranked in the top 15. Rigondeaux also had the option of presenting a name of a fighter not ranked in the top 15 to the WBO for consideration, but Rigondeaux failed to present any name to the WBO.
Former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli (40-7, 32 KOs) will challenge American ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (62-8, 45 KOs) for the vacant WBA “super” cruiserweight world title on December 12 at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Maccarinelli aims to become a two-time world champion at 200lbs by defeating Jones, who became a Russian citizen on Tuesday. “Super champion” titles are the top world championship titles bestowed by the WBA.
Interestingly, the 46-year-old Jones’ last defeat was a KO loss to WBA “regular” champion Denis Lebedev in 2011. He has won eight straight since, most recently halting Eric Watkins (12-10-2, 5 KOs) in August. Jones has won titles in every weight division above middleweight – except cruiserweight.
Maccarinelli has been campaigning at light heavyweight for the last three years and challenged for the WBA “regular” world title last year against Juergen Braehmer, but the fight was stopped in the fifth round after Maccarinelli couldn’t see out of his right eye after a clash of heads in the opening round. He also has been KO’d by Lebedev, but stopped Jiri Svacina (12-17, 1 KO) earlier this month (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
FightNews caught up with Roc Nation Sports COO, David Itskowitch, to find out more about the Miguel Cotto vs. Saul Alvarez super-fight, the prospect of Andre Ward on the undercard and what’s planned for the future.
Did you always know that this fight would occur and was it a matter of timing?
This fight had been under negotiation even before we were involved with Miguel. The negotiations date back to close to a year ago. In my mind it’s one of those fights that needed to happen and thankfully for everyone involved it is happening.
How is this different from any of the other PPVs this year?
No disrespect to any of the other pay-per-view events that have gone on this year but this is a 50-50 fight between two fighters of the highest caliber that come straight at each other and fight, not to mention the intense nationalistic rivalry connected to the fight. We haven’t seen all of those elements together in a major pay-per-view event this year. (more…)
As we reported, an injury has forced Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo to cancel his bout on the October 31 event at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. But that doesn’t mean that “El Diamante” is passing up the opportunity to meet with fans in the Sunshine State and support the remaining sluggers still scheduled to battle in the event.
On October 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Verdejo will host a meet and greet where he will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans inside the event that will be presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing at the Osceola Heritage Park’s exhibition building. (more…)
Long established as one of mixed martial arts’ best ever, pound for pound, former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson will look to finish off his trilogy with Vitor Belfort in victorious fashion on November 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. If he pulls off the win in the UFC Fight Night main event, expect to see an addition to the following list of Hendo’s defining moments . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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WBC #6 contender and world title challenger Ganigan “La Marravilla” Lopez (25-6, 16 KOs) of Mexico City will now face Juan “Paisita” Lopez (13-3, 7 KO’s) from Veracruz on Friday night when Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing closes out its fall season at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. Lopez’ original opponent Miguel “Joyita” Herrera was forced to pulled out due to medical reasons. The WBC Latin flyweight title will still be on the line.
Report and photos by Joe Koizumi
WBO junior bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), a Japanese sensation worldwide, acquired his second world belt by demolishing highly regarded Omar Narvaez in his only eighth professional bout last December, but had his hand badly hurt to be obliged to take nearly ten months for recovery. Inoue, still 22, has attended the WBO convention in Orlando FL to receive a warm welcome by many attendants. Some reporters have made interviews to the young champ, as follows:
Welcome to the convention. How is your hand? Have you already recovered from the injury?
My hand is 100% all right. No problem.
Please remember your fight with Omar Narvaez, and what’s your memory on the title-winning fight?
Everything went well with our fight plan. As I respected Narvaez, it was my great pleasure to be able to fight him. (more…)
“I am Russian!” proclaims Roy Jones Jr.
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By Johnny B’
The new Illinois Boxing Home of Fame, an outgrowth after boxing was added as a category to the Illinois MMA HOF two years ago, has completely sold out their first HOF awards dinner.
The 28th annual WBO Convention kicked off this morning in Orlando Florida in front of a near capacity crowd at the Hilton Hotel conference room. The event kicked off at 8:30 AM with members from around the world taking time to introduce themselves to each other, the opening ceremony, and the invocation before Secretary Jose Izquierdo gave his report on the NABO and WBO Intercontinental. Although the agenda originally scheduled for the President’s Report to kick off the event, the committee agreed to shake things up somewhat to allow President Valcarcel to make his presentation in the afternoon.
For Secretary Izquierdo and the NABO, 2015 proved to be another successful year since its change in leadership in 2014. Under Izquierdo the NABO has seen unprecedented growth thanks in part to a successful “re-branding” campaign that has given the NABO a new life and a new role in the organization. In 2014 the NABO sanctioned 12 fights for the NABO title and 18 fights for the WBO Intercontinental title and saw its rebranding initiative produce rapid and tangible results. Notable a new webpage, a new logo, and a new NABO championship belt design have raised the profile and the appeal of the NABO. Izquierdo was pleased to announce that the NABO sanctioned fights on the undercard of some of the biggest fights of the year including the “fight of the century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather as well as the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin versus David Lemieux fight earlier this month. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), his trainer Robert Garcia and manager Cameron Dunkin hosted a media workout on Tuesday at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California. Rios will be challenging WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, (32-1-1, 12 KOs) next week on HBO at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Brandon Rios: We are ready for the best Tim Bradley, the one who beat Juan Manuel Marquez. I have been in camp in Riverside, California for three months. This is the Camp Zone. We brought in three kinds of sparring partners — a boxer, a brawler and a boxer-brawler. I want to get back on top in boxing. Bradley is in my way. Bradley is going to be my ticket back to the top.
Robert Garcia: The way to beat Tim Bradley is to put on pressure in the fight and try to knock him out. We plan to cut off the ring and turn this into a real fight. We are not concerned with his change in a chief trainer because Bradley always comes in top condition and is ready to fight. Joel Diaz did a good job with Bradley.
Cameron Dunkin: “Brandon looks sensational – strong, in shape, ready to fight now – he’s a real fighter.”
By David Finger
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel told members of the WBO that a “resolution” from the world championship committee would be forthcoming tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM on the matter of WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. The WBO issued an order to “show cause” letter dated October 7, 2015 (which has been posted on their webpage) to Rigondeaux, expressing concern over Rigondeaux’s lack of activity as champion and citing WBO rules which mandate a champion must defend his title in a nine month time frame. Rigondeaux has subsequently filed his response, but it had yet to be decided as to what the status of his championship would be. However, the wait will end tomorrow for both Rigondeaux and boxing fans.
By James Slater
Just who will superstar Manny Pacquiao fight in his “final” bout, tentatively set for April of next year? According to Bob Arum, Pac-Man will likely face one of a shortlist of three: Amir Khan, Terence Crawford or Timothy Bradley (assuming Bradley comes though okay against the dangerously determined Brandon Rios next month).
There is still some talk that Pacquiao remains both interested and hopeful he may be able to secure a rematch with the “retired” Floyd Mayweather Junior, but of the three names Arum mentioned, Khan says he is the likeliest to get the gig.
Speaking with BBC Sport today, Khan said the following:
“I am the frontrunner. Manny Pacquiao makes a good story because we’ve been training partners and I’ve been with his coach Freddie Roach. There’s a big chance of the fight happening, it’s all about making sure my team is on point with the deal and they need to make sure they get the fight that I want.” (more…)
Sporthal De Zwaluw of Zwevezele, Belgium will be the place to be on Nov 11. Not less than 3 WBC fights will take place on this show promoted by Filiep Tampere with DTT.be of Paul Degroote.
In the main event local female star Delfine Persoon will defend her WBC Female lightweight title against EBU championne Maiva Hamadouche of France.
Hedi Slimani, 22-2-0(12), is scheduled to defend his WBC Francophone lightweight title against Ghanian George Ashie, 25-4-1(18).
The 3rd WBC fight will see Yves Ngabu, 14-0-0(11) face French champion Engin Karakaplan, 14-5-1(6) for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title.
Ahmed Boussaidi, 8-1-0(3) faces Sasha Yengoyan, 33-2-1(22), over 10 rounds.
Date: Nov 11, 2015
Place: Zwevezele, Belgium
Arena: Sporthal de zwaluw
Promoter: Filiep Tampere / Paul Degroote DTT.be
TV: Sport 40, Belgium
Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs) will defend his interim WBA World Light Middleweight title against Dennis Hogan (22-0-1, 7 KOs) on December 5 at the Inselparkhalle in Hamburg, Germany. The fight was initially scheduled to take place on September 26 in Berlin as part of Team Sauerland’s ‘Next Generation’ event at the Max Schmeling Halle, but due to a spate of injuries the show was cancelled. ‘Golden Jack’ will now face the Irish-born Australian in the champion’s adopted hometown of Hamburg.
The domestic clash between super middleweights Patrick Nielsen and Rudy Markussen on December 12 at the Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark, is already nearing a sell out. Promoter Nisse Sauerland: “The reaction has been absolutely huge. The sales are on par if not faster than the Kessler events we’ve done in Denmark. Half the tickets were sold in the first 48 hours and we are now looking at ways to increase the capacity.”
Wrapped in a Russian flag, former multi-division world champion received his Russian passport on Tuesday during a ceremony in Moscow. Jones stated “I am Russian” in the Russian language and said that it was one of the happiest days of his life. Furthermore, it reported by the TASS Russian News Agency that Jones would fight in Moscow on December 12 for a WBA title.
Former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) says he will be in great shape for next weekend’s showdown with Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) in Monte Carlo as he was in training for a fight in New York at the same time. The man known as “The Siberian Rocky” said “six or seven opponents changed their mind about fighting me,” these include Amir Khan and Shawn Porter. “It’s frustrating, but we will persevere.”
“Right now, the goal is to become world champion again,” he stated. “Being in America has made me a better fighter. If you are a star in the USA then you are a star all over the world. Plus the competition level in the US is at its highest.”
As always, Provodnikov expects to put on a good show. “I’ve seen Rodriguez’ fights. He’s a very strong fighter, and unbeaten. This will be a brawl.”
Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Pro boxing returns to South Philadelphia Friday night with the launch of a new fight series set to showcase local ring talent. After the death of the Blue Horizon in 2010, the Philly boxing scene has struggled to maintain a consistent fight schedule. Promoters and venues have come and gone, and the effect has been fewer fights within the city limits of Philadelphia – once a booming boxing capital. So every time a new promoter announces plans to kick off a new series of fights, local fight fans hold their collective breath, hoping that the plans will not only stick but flourish.
Hard Hitting Promotions is the latest comer to enter the sparse field. Friday’s card at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall is the company’s first offering in Philadelphia. However the upstart promotional firm, headed by Will Ruiz and Manny Rivera, almost took a knockout blow before the first bell ever sounded. (more…)
Photo: Randy Carr
Former world champion Joachim Alcine (35-7-2 , 21 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in nearly 17 months when he faces unbeaten Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) this Saturday night in a ten round junior middleweight clash at the NRG Arena in Houston, Texas to be aired live on NBCSN. The fight tops another edition of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series.
Boxing fans last saw Alcine in action vs. former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez. Entering the fight as a huge underdog, Alcine turned back the clock earning a hard fought draw. There were some concerns regarding Alcine’s eye a few months after the fight. He says the eye is fine and he is cleared medically to fight. The 39-year-old Alcine’s focus now is on defeating 60:1 favorite Charlo this Saturday. But beating the odds is nothing new to Alcine. Four years ago he upset David Lemieux. (more…)
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