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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Photo: Photo Wende In a history making female world title unification fight, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (26-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a ...

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

By David Robinett Photos: Joel A. Colon/PRBB Floyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided

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UFC

Nogueira: More History Left to Make

For a 37-year-old with a resume any fighter would envy, this should be the victory lap, a time to make that last go-round before walking into the sunset and picking up a Hall of Fame induction. . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass TODAY at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 11th, 2014



Feature Story

“Japanese Hurricane Carter” Hakamada finally freed to receive WBC honorary belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, JPBA

Just prior to the world title bout last Sunday, the new WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman presented an honorary championship belt to “Japanese Hurricane Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who had been confined in jail for 48 years but was lately released from detention on March 27. The 78-year-old Hakamada, ex-Japanese #6 ranked featherweight, couldn’t attend the ceremony as he was recovering in hospital due to his diminished capacity caused by the long imprisonment, and his sister Hideko, 81, jubilantly received the belt in the ring instead and said on the microphone, “We really appreciate long and warm supports by boxing people and fans that finally regained my brother’s freedom.” It was a very emotional moment witnessed by 4,800 spectators at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo.

It was on June 30, 1966 that the Beatles performed their very first show in Tokyo, Japan. On the same day, a dreadful murder happened in Shizuoka (one hour from Tokyo by bullet train) with four persons of a family miserably killed and burnt by arson. The victims were a family of a managing director for a soybean processing factory with some young live-in employers staying in a dormitory close to the sufferers’ accommodation. (more…)



April 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Del Mar

Mercito Gesta 139.5 vs. Edgar Riovalle 136
Jorge Ruiz 126 vs. Oscar Venegas 126
Prince Smalls 126 vs. Michael Haigood 125
Roque Ramos 128.5 vs. Luis Silva 130
Manuel Ceballos 174 vs. Jamel Reynolds 176
Anecito Gesta 130.5 vs. Riccy Hood 132

Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
Presented by: Paco Presents, A&T GYM, Don Chargin and Barron Entertainment
Matchmaker: Jorge Marron
Announcer: Benny Ricardo



April 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“You can tell me I suck, that I’m the worst fighter in the world, and I’m going to laugh,” says Timothy Bradley, who is laughing off critics days before his return match with Manny Pacquiao. More

Pacquiao, meanwhile, is talking Bradley, but he’s also talking politics. It’s likely, he says, that he’ll be running for senator again. More

Peter Quillin talks about his upcoming match with Lukas Konecny. More

James DeGale will fight Brandon Gonzales in a Wembley final eliminator. More



April 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Trinidad seeks relief from creditors

Ring legend Felix “Tito” Trinidad, who made some $86 million during his career, is reportedly in financial ruin. According to reports out of Puerto Rico, a longtime financial advisor put Tito’s money into some risky investments without his consent, losing $63 million. On Thursday, Tito and Papa Trinidad petitioned the court today for relief from creditors. Trinidad reportedly still has $9 million remaining, but has debts totaling more than three times that amount.



April 10th, 2014

Boxing Result

Bone breaks Gato Figueroa at Broadway Boxing

By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside

DiBella Entertainment returned to the historic BB King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Thursday, featuring eight up-and-coming prospects in separate bouts as part of its popular Broadway Boxing series. In the main event, Ecuador’s Erick Bone (14-1, 8 KOs) made his US debut a successful one, battering former contender Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KOs) over 5 rounds in a welterweight contest.

Figueroa landed a few good counter right hooks early on, but the 25-year-old Bone was able to settle down later, breaking Figueroa down to the body and then landing a series of head shots that caused Gato’s corner to throw in the towel in a merciful stoppage at 2:40 of round 5. A once promising prospect, Figueroa has now lost 5 of his last 6 contests. The Bronx native has shared the ring with big punchers Randall Bailey, Breidis Prescott and Thomas Dulorme, but he has lately been relegated to being an opponent for up and coming prospects. (more…)



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Andy Lee in Action in Denmark on Saturday Night

Irish middleweight contender Andy Lee (3-2, 22 KOs) will be in action this Saturday evening against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta (3412-5, 13 KOs), in a Sauerland Promotion event at the Blue Water Dokken Sports Venue, Esbjerk, Denmark. Lee was due to fight Gennady Golovkin on April 26, 2014 at the MSG Theater, New York on HBO Boxing, for the WBA world middleweight title, but the fight was called off due to the death of Gennady’s father Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin on February 18 and the boxer’s decision to understandably take some time out of boxing to take care for his family.

Lee presently ranked WBC #8, WBA #11 and WBO #12 in the world ranking plans to stay busy and ring sharp as he pursues his ambition to fight for a world title later this year. Horta is a durable opponent and has only been stopped twice in 51 outings over his 8 year professional career. Lee commented following a training session in London “I’m really looking forward to fighting on Saturday night. I expect a tough fight and for me to put in a good performance. I have trained hard for this fight and I am ready to win.” The Irishman has also been pencilled in to fight in Cardiff, Wales on a Matchroom Boxing card on May 17.



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez and Lorenzo make weight

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Gilberto Ramirez 168 vs. Giovanni Lorenzo 167
Jesse Hart 168 vs. Samuel Clarkson 167
Egor Mekhontsev 177.5 vs. Dwayne Williams 180
Gary Salazar 128 vs. Jair Quintero 128
Lydell Rhodes 138 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 137
Danny Valdivia 153 vs. German Valdez 152

Venue: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN2

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April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Pacquiao-Bradley PPV undercard

By Butch Gottlieb
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Super Lightweight Jessie Vargas (23-0 9KOs) will be fighting for the WBA Interim title on the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 which will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT.

Vargas will be meeting fellow undefeated fighter Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0 9KOs). Vargas said that he has been fighting for 17 years and he is so ready for this opportunity and cannot wait for Saturday. I had to change trainers but I got very lucky and was able to hook up with Ismael Salas who has trained numerous world champions. I am very happy to be fighting for the title in front of my hometown fans since I live right here in Las Vegas. I also want to thank my new sponsor, Western Union.

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April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bernard Hopkins: Everything I do is history

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

Future Hall of Famer and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins worked out in front of a throng of reporters Thursday at DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia as he winds down preparation for his Saturday, April 19, World Championship Unification against Beibut Shumenov. Hopkins, the IBF titleholder, and Shumenov, the WBA Super Champion, will square off in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world championship tripleheader at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), immediately following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana.

At 49-years-old, “The Alien” Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights.

Brenard Hopkins: “If you don’t respect your job, it’s going to disrespect you and kill you. To be 49-years-old, approaching 50 and knocking on the door of being a senior citizen. It’s a profound statement of my dedication. It’s sweeter now to be here with everybody. Everything I do is history. If you had one more chance to see something that you loved before you never see it again…here I am. You’ll have a chance to see history. You can tell your grandkids about what you saw today at Danny Garcia’s gym. (more…)



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

‘Zurdo’ Ramirez ready for Lorenzo

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Photo: Sean Gibbons

Super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez poses with his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at today’s press conference inside The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Ramirez, (27-0, 21 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico faces Giovanni Lorenzo (33-2, 24 KOs), of Bronx, New York, in a ten round clash tomorrow night on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” card at Mandalay Bay. Ramirez is coming off a stunning first round knockout over Don Mouton in February. Also on the card are Philly’s Jesse Hart (12-0, 10 KOs) and Russian Olympian Egor Mekhontsev (2-0, 2 KOs).



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

James DeGale is hoping his move to Matchroom will lead to a showdown with George Groves. More

Welshman Lee Selby will face off against Romulu Koasicha on May 17 in a title eliminator. More

“Good for two more years,” is what Manny Pacquiao is telling the press. More

Speaking of Pacquiao, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is making no bones about whose corner he will be in Saturday night in Las Vegas. More



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Brandon Gonzalez: DeGale stands in my way of becoming a world champion and I must take him out

Undefeated super-middleweight Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs) has commented on his May 31 fight against James DeGale (18-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) vs. George Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) at Wembley Stadium in London. Gonzales is currently ranked IBF #3 while DeGale is ranted IBF #4 and their 12-round bout will be for the IBF mandatory position. The victor will most likely to challenge the winner of Froch vs. Groves.

“DeGale is a very good fighter with a lot of heart,” said Gonzales. “His only loss is a controversial majority decision defeat to George Groves. Most people thought he won that fight so in my eyes he’s going to be coming at me like an undefeated fighter looking to redeem himself. I’m ready for the challenge. DeGale stands in my way of becoming a world champion and I must take him out. One thing I know is I’m coming to win and show the world that Brandon Gonzales is the real deal. (more…)



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight card all set in Los Mochis, Mexico

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Report & Photo: Ahmed Santos

All details are set and ready to go for the “Boxeo con Ingenio 3″ fight card to be held this weekend in boxing’s hotbed of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, having as a main event an interesting clash between local Oswaldo “Magnífico” Castro and Sonoran David “Zamorita” Reyes. Castro vs. Reyes is scheduled for 6 rounds at bantamweight, being staged at the sports fields of the Ingenio Azucarero Mochis (the local sugar factory), the main landmark of the birth of this city, in an event that represents the homecoming for “Magnífico”, after an absence of 3 years, being away as part of the great former champion Érik “Terrible” Morales’s team. Promotora del Pacífico, with the OK from the local boxing commission and the local government, presents its third fight card at the venue.

The rest of the fights are…

6 rounders: José Manuel “Big Bang” Sanchez vs. Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta (Agua Prieta, Sonora), flyweights. Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramírez vs. Miguel “Miguelito” Martínez (Guamuchil, Sinaloa), super featherweights.

4 rounders: William Leyva vs. Cristian “Toro” Arredondo, super lightweights. Francisco Verduzco vs. Joel López, super lightweights. Abelardo “Bolillo” Sánchez vs. Eduardo Quezada (Agua Prieta), super flyweights. Luis “Flechita” Castillo vs. Carlos López, minimumweights.



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson-Fonfara undercard announced

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) has announced the undercard for “Collision: Stevenson vs. Fonfara” on May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The co-feature will mark the SHOWTIME debut of powerful Quebec middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs), who takes on Dominican Republic-born, American fighter Fernando Guerrero (26-2-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant NABF title.

Also WBO #2, WBA #3 and WBC #10 light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (14-0, 8 KOs) will face TBA; two-time Russian Olympian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs) will meet former IBF champion Jeff ” Left Hook” Lacy (26-4-0, 19 KOs) in a 10-round clash; unbeaten welterweight Mikael Zewski (23-0-0, 18 KOs) takes on Prince “Too Hot” Doku Jr. (18-5-0, 12 KOs); IBF #7 middleweight Kevin Bizier (24-1, 14 KOs), heavyweight Oscar Rivas (13-0, 8 KOs), welterweight Junior Ulysses (1-0, 1 KO), and heavyweight prospect Erik Bazinian (3-0, 3 KOs) will also see action.

Tickets ranging from $50 to $350 are on sale now.



April 10th, 2014

UFC

At the scales for UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between “Minotauro” Nogueira and Roy Nelson and the featherweight bout between Clay Guida and Tatsuya Kawajiri, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the du Arena in Abu Dhabi beginning at 12:15pm ET / 9:15am PT.

FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Minotauro Nogueira (238 lbs) vs Roy Nelson (255.5 lbs)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (145 lbs) VS Clay Guida (146 lbs)
Ryan LaFlare (171 lbs) VS John Howard (171 lbs)
Beneil Dariush (155 lbs) VS Ramsey Nijem (156 lbs)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Daniel Omielanczuk (248 lbs) VS Jared Rosholt (240 lbs)
Trevor Smith (186 lbs) VS Thales Leites (185 lbs)
Jim Alers (145.5 lbs) VS Alan Omer (146 lbs)
Johnny Bedford (135 bs) VS Rani Yahya (135.5 lbs)

Due to a case of tonsillitis suffered by Andrew Craig, his bout against Chris Camozzi has been pulled from the card. (more…)



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

July Battles Graves April 12 in Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July returns to action on his latest self-promoted (Hardwork Promotions) card on Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD. July (16-1-2, six KO’s). who is also a corporate lawyer, has won three straight contests since his TKO loss to Edwin Sanchez in February of 2013 at the DC Armory. This includes a six-round unanimous decision over Sevdail Sherifi in his last outing on January 24 in Atlantic City, NJ.

July will take on undefeated Quantis Graves of Beaumont, TX in an eight-round main event encounter. Graves (9-0-1, four KO’s) fought to a six-round majority draw in his last outing against the very same Sherifi on November 16 in Verona, NY. (more…)



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov-Algieri venue named

WBO junior Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) on June 14th at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. The fight will headline an HBO Boxing After Dark card and is promoted by Banner Promotions, Top Rank and in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez’ ESPN opponent named: Porky Medina

The opponent has been announced for undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) in the televised 10-round middleweight co-feature on Thursday, May 1, 2014, “Noche de Combates” event, a special edition of ESPN Thursday Night Fights, at the iconic Hialeah Park in South Florida. Gonzalez, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will face Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-5, 26 KOs) from Sonora, Mexico. In the night’s 10-round, televised welterweight main event, Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, will take on Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

James DeGale signs with Matchroom Sport; faces Brandon Gonzales on Froch vs. Groves 2 bill

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig


James DeGale has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Sport and will face Brandon Gonzales in a final eliminator for the IBF World Super Middleweight title on May 31 at Wembley Stadium. The 2008 Olympic Gold medal hero will take on the unbeaten American for the right to face the winner of Carl Froch and George Groves, as the Brit rivals do battle on the same night in a rematch for Froch’s WBA and IBF belts.

DeGale is on the cusp of his first World title challenge but the 28-year-old knows Gonzales brings a great threat from across the pond, and the Londoner is delighted to be facing the 29 year old at the national stadium in his first fight with new promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I’m back and I’m back big,” said DeGale. “The last year or so has been frustrating but that’s all in the past and the future is looking extremely bright. (more…)



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto Camp shifts to Vegas

Photos: Joel Colon

Miguel Cotto has temporarily moved his training camp from Hollywood, California, to Las Vegas as trainer Freddie Roach is with Cotto’s Wild Card gym mate Manny Pacquiao for “fight week” in the gambling mecca. Cotto and Roach went through a full blown workout on Wednesday in the famous private Top Rank Gym. The duo will resume training in Hollywood following Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley 2 clash.

Cotto is preparing for a June 7 WBC middleweight title challenge against world champion Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden.

In other Cotto-Martinez news, Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz officially announced that a rematch between Marvin Sonsona and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the NABF featherweight title is official for the June 7 undercard. Click here for giant Cotto workout photo gallery



April 10th, 2014

UFC

No shortage of ambition for The Crusher

A rite of passage for any fighter entering the UFC after an illustrious career outside the Octagon is finding out that to casual fans, there is the UFC and nothing else. Of course the hardcore followers of the sport know who you are, but to many, your first UFC fight is your first MMA fight . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Jones-Lebedev Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is confirmed to be in the corner of Russian WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev for the rematch against Panamanian WBA cruiserweight world champion (in recess) Guillermo “El Felino” Jones on April 25 in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev has been training with Roach for the past month at the famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Jones is expected to travel to Russia on April 16, accompanied by his son Guillermo Jr.



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Clottey promoter targeting Canelo, Lara, BooBoo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

“I knew when I signed Joshua to a promotional agreement he would still be a major force in the junior middleweight division,” said Star Boxing CEO and founder Joe DeGuardia after Joshua Clottey comprehensively defeated Anthiony Mundine on Wednesday night in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. As for the future, DeGuardia stated, “Joshua has the ability to defeat any junior middleweight in the world and this win sets up potentially major fights for Joshua with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, and my junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade. I am looking forward to Joshua’s journey back to the world championship.”



April 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Exclusive: Inside the Tomoki Kameda training camp

Story and photos by Hesiquio Balderas

Tomoki Kameda wants to become one of the best fighters in the world if not the best. Training in Miami, Florida the undefeated WBO bantamweight champion, who holds a Profesional record of (29-0, 18 KOs), is set to defend his title in Mexico on May 10th against his mandatory challenger Pungluang Sor Singyu (46-2, 31 KOs). Tomoki expects a very tough fight, but his goal after defending his championship belt is to conquer America. Tomoki spoke exclusively to fightnews.com

“That has always been my dream, when I first went to Mexico at the age of 15, I always dreamed of becoming a world champion, conquering the love of the Mexican people as well as my people from Japan and then move forward and becoming a star in the United States, I hope I can do it and I know I can do it,” Said Tomoki. His nickname is “El Mexicanito” which translates to ‘the little Mexican’ due to his Mexican fighting style, the years that he spent in Mexico and his perfect Spanish.

“My parents always taught me that I had to sacrifice many things in order to become a good person and a better athlete and I’ve been following their advice and so have my brothers who are current world champions. I know I have to sacrifice a lot to make my dream a reality, that’s why I’m preparing like never before. To be training alongside Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa is a big plus for me and make me that much hungrier to defeat Singyu,” said Kameda (more…)



April 10th, 2014




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