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Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

Abril retains WBA title with majority decision over Tatli

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

By Felipe Leon Photos: Renzo Novara It was a wild-wild west affair last night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium as a total of twenty ...

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Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO ordered former featherweight champion Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-12-2, ...

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (25-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought but clear cut ten round unanimous ...

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Results from Washington DC

Results from Washington DC

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Mike Greenhill Prior to the main event bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, ...

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Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

Full Report: Salido-Kokietgym

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Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

Ponomarev defeats Rivera in Phoenix

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UFC

Jessica Eye: 15 Minutes

The crowd at the United Center was pretty loud last month for the UFC on FOX event at the storied Chicago arena. No one was louder than Jessica Eye. As her teammate Stipe Miocic battled it out for three rounds with Gabriel Gonzaga, the UFC women’s bantamweight contender shouted out encouragement and instructions, often in the same sentence. It was more than a hint of the intensity the 27-year-old Ohio native brings to everything in her life . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE PPV on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 20th, 2014



UFC

MGM Resorts International’s M life Teams Up with UFC

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has teamed up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) to bring unparalleled VIP experiences and offers to members of M life, MGM Resorts’ loyalty rewards program. M life members will have unmatched access to UFC including parties, fighter meet-and-greets, discounted merchandise and more. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas signs with Top Rank, will box March 29 at Texas Station in Las Vegas

Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania has signed with Top Rank and will box at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel on Saturday, March 29. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. Kavaliauskas, a welterweight, is 25. He fought for Lithuania in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Kavaliauskas was a bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships. He is trained by 2013 ‘Trainer of the Year’ Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Ca. As a professional, Kavaliauskas has a record of 4-0 and boxes in the same stable as Vasyl Lomachenko. Both are managed by Egis Klimas. “Kavaliauskas will put his mark on the welterweight division and will bring Lithuania onto the pro boxing map,” Klimas said. Kavaliauskas will box six rounds in the welterweight division on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at Texas Station. Tickets are $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at any Station Casino Rewards Center, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at slv.com/concerts.com



February 20th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Cotto vs. Martinez is official

Sampson Lewkowicz advisor to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has announced that the June 7 clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City between Miguel Cotto and Martinez for Martinez’ world championship is a go.



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights “Boxcino” lineup

Friday’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature the quarterfinals of the lightweight portion of “Boxcino 2014,” a single-elimination, two-weight class tournament that will feature eight fighters in both the lightweight and middleweight divisions. Friday’s show, from the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada will include four six-round lightweight quarterfinal matchups:

Yakubu Amidu (19-4-2, 17 KOs) vs. Chris Rudd (12-1, 8 KOs)
Fedor Papazov (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Petr Petrov (32-4-2, 14 KOs)
Miguel González (22-3, 16 KOs) vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza (21-2-2, 21 KOs)
Fernando Carcamo (15-5, 12 KOs) vs. Samuel Neequaye (21-0,15 KOs)

Oldest: Petr Petrov 30 (3/28/83)
Youngest: Fernando Carcamo 23 (11/2/90)
Most Fights: Petr Petrov 38 (32-4-2)
Least Fights: Chris Rudd 13 (12-1)
Most Rounds: Petr Petrov 213
Least Rounds: Chris Rudd 45
Most KOs: Miguel Angel Mendoza 21
Winning %: Samuel Neequaye (21-0) & Fedor Papazov (14-0) 100%
KO%: Miguel Angel Mendoza (84 % and 100% of wins are by stoppage)

The total record of the 8 lightweights is: 158-19-6 with 115 KOs



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Wawrzyk to face Botha on March 15 in Poland

Heavyweight Francois Botha (48-10-3, 29 KOs) may be 45 years old but there is no way of stopping the “White Buffalo” from roaming the prairie. On March 15th the multiple time world title challenger is coming to Arlamow, Poland, to take on Andrzej Wawrzyk (28-1, 14 KOs). When Botha made his pro debut in February 1990, Wawrczyk was only two years old. The former WBC Youth champion from Poland suffered his only loss last year when he challenged “regular” WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

“I am looking forward to coming to beautiful Poland”, said the “White Buffalo” after signing the bout agreement on Thursday. The show on March 15th will be co-promoted by Ulrich KnockOut Promotions in association with Babilon Promotion and broadcast live on Polsat.



February 20th, 2014

UFC

UFC 170 Prelim Fantasy Preview

UFC 170 is headlined by women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as she looks to make her third successful title defense since coming to the Octagon by defeating Sara McMann, but the undercard to the show could also feature the next contender hoping to snatch the belt away from her after Saturday night is over . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine-Clottey is on for April 2

Former two-division world champion Anthony Mundine has announced that he’ll fight former IBF champion Joshua Clottey on April 2 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia.



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale-Wood Full Report; Geale targets Golovkin

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott and Louie Abigail

Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) stopped Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) in round six of a scheduled twelve round bout at the Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs on Wednesday. Geale displayed good punching power as he dropped Wood in rounds one, five and six. Referee Charlie Lucas deducted a point from Geale for a low blow in round two. Geale controlled all the rounds outworking his opponent as he delivered accurate combinations that visibly hurt Wood. The corner of Wood retired their boxer at the conclusion of round six. Geale went to Wood’s corner and embraced him for his bravery. There had been tension between both before the contest

Geale said “That’s what prize-fighting is about. You guys want to see a bit of anger but you can also see that we can be human as well.”

On this performance Daniel Geale says he would be excellent challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos from Top Rank’s “Ring of Gold” Press Conference in Macau

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

IBF lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez and his unbeaten challenger Denis Shafikov, plus two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev spoke during the final press conference Thursday at The Venetian Macao Resort for their upcoming feature fights on Saturday, February 22 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.

Shiming will risk his undefeated (3-0) record in an eight-round flyweight main event bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand. Murata of Japan takes on Atthaporn Jaritram of Thailand and Mekhontsev of Russia battles Carlos Nascimento of Brazil.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, “Ring of Gold – Shiming vs. Kokietgym” will be televised Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO 2.

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February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hanzel Martinez: I am going back to who I am

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

After suffering the his first and only professional defeat, you find a more grounded and mature Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez despite his only 22 years of age. Becoming a father for the first time a couple of months ago also surely helped. At a little over twelve months removed from that devastating loss by second round knock out at the fists of up and coming prospect Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr and eight months since his last one, a TKO win over Cesar De La Mora, Martinez (20-1, 16KOs) of Tijuana is ready to jump back into another meaningful fight this Saturday when he goes back to Phoenix, Arizona, to take on local Alexis Santiago (15-3-1, 7KOs) for the vacant WBC USNBC bantamweight title in the main event of Iron Boy Promotions’ fight card scheduled for the historic Celebrity Theater. The bout will be streamed live at Iron-Boy.com

Offering no excuses, Martinez realizes that perhaps he should have never agreed to step into the ring with Gonzalez Jr on that crisp February 2013 night. “It was at a higher weight class and I was dehydrated, I only had six weeks to train. It was my error. He hit me with a good punch, I had been on the canvas before but not like that.” (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Santana: I’m going to beat the hell out of him; Lundy: I have nothing but hatred inside

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Wednesday to introduce the fighters that will compete on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Feb. 21 from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. In the main event on SHOWTIME, heavy-handed lightweight slugger Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-1, 11 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will face the dangerous, world-ranked Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round bout.

Below is what the fighters had to say about Friday’s matchups:

SANTANA: “I’m going to beat the hell out of him. In the ring, he will be beaten. It will be bad and it will hurt.

LUNDY: “I’m on fire. I have nothing but hatred inside right now. When I get in the ring with this guy it’s going to be blood, sweat and hurt. Mark my words. You (Santana) jumped up out of your league. When Friday night comes, Hammerin’ Hank is going to bring SHOWTIME to Cleveland. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Maidana-Mayweather negotiations continue

By Mariano A. Agmi

Sebastian Contursi, the manager of Marcos Maidana, informed Fightnews: “What I can tell you for now is that there is nothing confirmed, only negotiations. As you know, this depends on Mayweather. We initiated negotiations a few weeks ago, that’s all, and we’re awaiting confirmation. In the next few days we’ll probably have news.”



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez Jr: I am ready for Bryan Vera!

Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr is in his final days of training camp in México as he prepares for his 12-round super middleweight rematch against Top-Five contender and two-fisted Texan Bryan Vera. Chávez Jr. – Vera II will take place next week – Saturday, March 1 – at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year, Vasyl Lomachenko, in only his second professional bout, challenging WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido.

Here is what Chávez Jr. had to say today:

“I have been training for four months for this fight because I need to be at my best to win this fight and win it in an impressive fashion. I must eliminate all doubts about the outcome.

“I know that I will be much better than the first fight. I believe that Bryan Vera will come very confident after what happened in our first fight which will make this fight much better than the first one and one that the fans will remember for a long time. (more…)



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Arum: Mayweather should be ashamed of himself

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says Floyd Mayweather’s treatment of Amir Khan “is absolutely disgraceful.” In an interview with Telegraph Sport, Arum stated “Amir Khan has put himself in a position where he can be humiliated. He’s like a laughing stock. Terrible. Absolutely terrible.” Khan has been out of the ring since last April and passed up a fight with Devon Alexander in December in hopes of landing a big payday against Floyd, even signing a contract. Mayweather has yet to sign.

“My feeling is [Mayweather] is not going to fight him,” Arum stated, “but it’s disgraceful to do that to another human being because you are in a position to do that. Just because he has the power where you can do something like that…they have twisted the kid in the wind. Mayweather should be ashamed of himself. He’s not going to sign the contract. I think he will fight Maidana.”

Full article



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Robles-Ugas update

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos

At the beginning of the year, California Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis of Bobby D Presents would have found it hard to believe that he could have topped his last show of 2013 where local Aaron Garcia stopped the rugged Kevin Hoskins before the six round limit. Along with Garcia’s top-notch performance, DePhilippis featured a slew of local talent in front of a sold out crowd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego. By the looks of the line-up for the next installment of his “San Diego Fights” live professional boxing series, DePhilippis might have done just that.

Set for Friday, February 28th, at the new home for local San Diego boxing, the aforementioned Crowne Plaza, Bobby D. Presents in association with Caribe Promotions have assembled a world-class six bout fight card that is sure to open up the 2014 season with a bang. (more…)



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Ring of Gold – Public workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming and 2012 Olympic gold medalists, Ryota Murata and Egor Mekhontsev pose during a public workout at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China on Wednesday for their upcoming feature fights on Saturday, February 22 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Shiming will risk his undefeated (3-0) record in an eight-round flyweight bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand in the main event. In the undercard, Murata and Mekhontsev will be featured.

Also on the card, IBF Lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez of Mexico will defend his title against undefeated Denis Shafikov of Russia.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, “Ring of Gold – Shiming vs. Kokietgym” will be televised Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO 2. photos



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham-Mansour collide April 4 in Philly

Former two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) is no stranger to NBCSN Fight Night. The 37 year old heavyweight has appeared in two of the series’ marquee afternoon editions of Fight Night on the NBC broadcast network. On Friday, April 4th Cunningham will return to Fight Night in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA to challenge undefeated heavy-hitter Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), making his second appearance on the series, for Mansour’s USBA Heavyweight Title in a ten round battle at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. The fight is the main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. (more…)



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Panama City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Luis Concepcion 112 vs. Carlos Fontes 112
(WBC Silver flyweight title)

Ricardo Nuñez 115 vs. Jonatah Arenas 114.50
Luis Rios 122 vs. Israel Drogo 117
Alberto Mosquera 145.25 vs. Fidel Monterosa 147
Zayda Mosquea 121 vs. Andrea Miranda 117

Venue: Figali Convention Center
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
TV: TV Max



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Alfredo Angulo Quick Quotes

Former WBO interim junior middleweight world champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo held an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss his upcoming PPV clash against Canelo Alvarez taking place on March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Alfredo Angulo: I sincerely don’t know if the fight will go the distance or end with a KO. My objective is to win…Fans know that when two Mexicans get in the ring it’s always a show and we will prove that on March 8…I’ve been an underdog most of my career. I just do my job and work hard. I don’t think about it…I really can’t say if Lara can beat Mayweather. I can say that it would be a boring fight for sure.”

Trainer Virgil Hunter: I don’t teach the style that Angulo was taught. I work on defense a lot. It’s been a pleasure to work with him.

Promoter Richard Schaefer: Alfredo has earned this opportunity. Sometimes an exciting loss is more valuable these days than a boring win.



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Sosa-Brooks April 12 at Bally’s Atlantic City

Junior lightweight Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, who has knocked out his last six opponents, steps up in class when he takes on Michael “Lefty” Brooks, of Nassau, Long Island, NY, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, April 12, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Sosa, 25, has turned his career around in the last 30 months under the guidance of Raul “Chino” Rivas, of Berlin, NJ, who has developed Sosa into an aggressive puncher, both to the head and body. (more…)



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara’s new nickname: The American Dream

Cuban born star, Interim WBA Jr. Middleweight Champion, Erislandy Lara, who now resides in Houston, TX, will take on the moniker “The American Dream”. After escaping communist Cuba, Lara in now experiencing a life full of opportunity, and is very grateful to be living in the United States of America. “My blood is 100% Cuban, and I love my family back home, but the reality is, thanks to the United States, I’ve been blessed to live my dream of being a champion and doing what I love for a living,” said Lara. “Being able to support my family and my loved ones is a blessing that I’m thankful for. I know what it’s like to live in poverty in a communist country, and what it’s like to live in USA, and I really feel I’m living the “The American Dream.” (more…)



February 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC Selects Future US to Oversee UFC 360 Magazine

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced it has selected Future US, a leading digital media group, to oversee UFC 360, the official magazine of the UFC. Through the partnership, Future US will publish UFC 360 magazine in the US, UK and Australia in addition to the worldwide digital property. The first Future US managed issue will launch in April (#28), which will hit stands on April 1, 2014. (more…)



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Arce headlines March 8 in Nogales

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (62-7-2, 47 KOs) returns March 8 at the in Macroplaza in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico against Brazilian Aldimar Silva Santos (19-7, 10 KOs) in a scheduled ten round featherweight bout.

Jorge Arce: “I’ve stayed in the gym since I started the year because the plan was always to fight in March. I want to fight for the world featherweight championship but go step by step. For now we need to concentrate on our next fight and deliver a great show to the people of Nogales, which has always supported me very well.”

Also on the card is local hero and former world title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-13-1, 23 KOs) who will face unbeaten Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (21-0, 17 KOs) in an intriguing ten round middleweight clash. (more…)



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Eubank Jr, Ogogo, Shaw inks 2

Queensberry Promotions has announced in association with Chris Eubank Promotions that Chris Eubank Jr. (12-0, 7 KOs) will fight on this Saturday’s sold-out show at the York Hall, Bethnal Green. Eubank Jr. will take on Alistair Warren (8-5-3, 4 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight contest in support of Tony Conquest’s challenge for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight belt against Daniel Amman. Should be a safe bout for Eubank as Warren is 0-4-2 in his last six.

Olympic Bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo (4-0, 2 KOs) will take on Greg O’Neill (3-1, 0 KOs) on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO World Lightweight title defense against Terence Crawford at the SECC in Glasgow on March 1.

Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Javier Bustillo, have recently signed two of Puerto Rico’s top amateur boxers, Luis Paredes and Jean Rivera. Both fighters are scheduled to make their pro debuts on March 22 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the undercard of Jose Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alberto Garza (26-6-1, 21 KOs).



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Felix Sturm – The Comeback

On December 7, 2013 Felix Sturm (35) wrote German boxing history as he became the first and only four-time world champion the country has ever produced. At the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart he dropped defending IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker – who was favored by the sportsbooks – twice en route to a brilliant second round TKO victory. In honor of this occasion, Sturm Box-Promotion GmbH has released a four-minute short film on YouTube about the preparation of what was to become the biggest victory of Felix Sturm’s long and storied career. The film was made by Victor Filimonov.



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Concepcion-Fontes collide Thursday in Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (30-3, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC flyweight silver crown against Carlos “El Divino” Fonte (17-1, 14 KOs) at the Figali Plaza on Thursday on the banks of the Panama Canal. Concepcion is hoping to land a title shot against the current WBC flyweight world champion Akira Yaegashi.

The co-featured bout will be former world flyweight title challenger Ricardo Nuñez (26-4, 22 KOs) against Jonathan Arias (14-9, 12 KOs).



February 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC 170 Main Card Fantasy Preview

For the second time in two months, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will put her title on the line, but on this go round she will face another Olympian, as Sara McMann steps up to the challenge in the main event of UFC 170 this weekend . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Ring of Gold – Grand Arrivals

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (ctr), 2012 Olympic gold medalists Ryota Murata (L) and Egor Mekhontsev (R) make their “Grand Arrival” at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China on Wednesday night for their upcoming feature fights on Saturday from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Shiming will risk his undefeated (3-0) record in an eight-round flyweight bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand in the main event. On the undercard, Murata and Mekhontsev will be featured. Also on the card, IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez of Mexico will defend his title against undefeated Denis Shafikov of Russia. Promoted by Top Rank, “Ring of Gold – Shiming vs. Kokietgym” will be televised Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO 2.

More photos



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale stops Wood in six

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) stopped Garth Wood (12-4-1, 8 KOs) in round six of scheduled twelve round bout at the Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs on Wednesday. Geale displayed good punching power as he dropped Wood in rounds one, five and six. Geale controlled all the rounds, outworking his opponent as he delivered accurate combinations that visibly hurt Wood. The corner of Wood retired their boxer at the conclusion of round six when he was in no condition to continue.

More to come with photos…



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Murray has two world title options

Martin Murray will get a third shot at a world middleweight title in the next few months, he just has to decide which option is best for him. Hatton Promotions currently has two offers on the table, with one offering the St Helens puncher a career best payday. Both of the options have been secured outside of the United States due to Murray’s past problems in obtaining a visa. Martin was due to make his American debut in a world title fight with Julio Cesar Chaevz Jr in 2012, but was unable to enter the country. The bout was later rescheduled for take place in Chavez’s home country of Mexico, but it seemed it was not the right time for Martin.

Murray, 31, drew with Felix Sturm when challenging for the WBA ‘Super’ world title in December 2011 and one of the offers is a rematch with the German, who recently won the IBF crown with a second round stoppage of Barnet’s Darren Barker.

The other available fight would see him pitted against reigning Kazakhstan’s hard-hitting WBA titlist Gennady Golovkin in Monte Carlo for the largest purse he’s ever received in his seven year professional career. Murray and Golovkin have been on each other’s radars for some time and were due to box on the same show earlier this month, but Martin unfortunately had to withdraw due to an injury sustained in training.

Time is now running out for Murray to make a decision.



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. — I’m Running for Mayor

By TMZ Staff

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.’s career isn’t over — in fact, he tells TMZ Sports, he’s officially taking a shot at a brand new title … MAYOR. 45-year-old Jones — the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years back in 2003 — tells us, he plans to run for Mayor of his hometown Pensacola, Florida at the next election. And he’s serious too — the HBO analyst says he’s already prepared all the necessary paperwork … and got TEN TIMES the required number of signatures to make himself eligible (nearly 5,000 to be exact).

As for his policies — Jones says he wants to focus on children, telling us, “A lot of kids don’t have proper leadership at home. I’m willing to try and be that person for them.” He adds, “I tell the kids, don’t fight in the streets. Go into MMA, go into boxing. Do something that someone can be proud of you for.”

Jones is confident he can win too — “I’ve been opposed my whole life, and I’ve always won.” Can’t argue with that.



February 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

A history professor at the University of Nevada in Reno outlines local history in Vegas and Nevada. More

How does Tecate use boxing to reach bicultural men? More

Son of former contender Tommy Morrison makes his pro debut. More



February 19th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Adonis Stevenson inks with Al Haymon

Promoter Yvon Michel announced today via Twitter that WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson has signed with manager Al Haymon. Stevenson had been fighting on HBO and was penciled in for a May 24 fight on HBO, however Haymon fighters fight primarily on Showtime.



February 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Shimoda-Sonsona headline on Solo Boxeo

Saturday’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas (midnight ET/11PM PT) will feature Japanese featherweight Akifumi Shimoda against Filipino Marvin Sonsona for the vacant WBO International title, in a 12 round bout from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian in Macau, China. Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs) of Tokyo is currently ranked #2 in the world. Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City in the Philippines, is a young former WBO super flyweight champion. Sonsona has 3 consecutive wins after losing against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the WBO super bantamweight title.



February 18th, 2014




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