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By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated junior welterweight contender Antonio Orozco (19-0, 15 KOs) scored a sensational second round TKO over “El Anestesista” Miguel Angel Huerta (27-12-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Huerta rocked Orozco and had him in big trouble in round one, but Orozco then knocked down Huerta face first in round two and referee Pat Russell waved it off during Orozco’s brutal followup barrage. Time was 1:00.
Former IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (23-2-1, 13 KOs). Now rated #8 after losing his belt to Ishe Smith, the 40-year-old Bundrage won by scores of 118-110 on all cards. (more…)
Middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) returned from his game effort against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in November to absolutely destroy Patrick Majewski (21-2, 12 KOs) in just 46 seconds on Friday night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. Stevens immediately knocked down Mejewski with a jab, then floored him twice more before it was waved off by referee Lindsey Page.
Coming off his big win over Eddie Chambers, cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (14-1, 9 KOs) outpointed Olanrewaju Durodola (15-2, 14 KOs) over ten workmanlike rounds to claim the vacant NABF belt on Friday night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. The methodical Mchunu dropped Durodola in round two of what was mostly a dull contest. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 96-93.
Roberto Acevedo (8-1, 4KOs) pulled the upset of the night, handing the first loss on the record of Russian prospect IIshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (10-1, 6KOs) by an impressive first round TKO in their scheduled eight round light heavyweight contest. Khusnulgatin tried to establish the jab in the opening ten seconds, but Acevedo immediately rocked him with three straight right hands. The Sheriff retreated to a corner, while Acevedo banged away with heavy shots. Khusnulgatin tried to weather the storm as he slid along the ropes, but Acevedo continued to find his way with big right hands that pierced the Russian’s defense. Acevedo seemed worried he might punch himself out and let IIshat off the ropes, but another big flurry had the Russian again in trouble while in the corner. Acevedo landed another big overhand right as Referee Lindsey Page took a very close look in and appeared to be just seconds from a stopping the fight. The Russian prospect was able to escape the corner. It would not matter though, as Acevedo trapped Khusnulgatin in the adjacent corner again and sent him to the canvas with a huge straight right hand. Referee Lindsey Page had seen enough and waved the fight off without a count, giving Roberto Acevedo the impressive first round TKO victory. The official time of the stoppage was 2:09 of the first round.
Junior middleweight prospect “Silky” Wilky Campfort (16-1, 9KOs) won his fifteenth consecutive bout with an eight round split decision upset of DeCarlo “3mendo” Perez 11-3-1, 4KOs). Perez entered the fight on quite a ride, having captured six straight over the likes of prospects Shamone Alvarez (21-5, 12KOs), Jamar Freeman (9-1-2. 5KOs) and Dante Moore (8-0-2, 4KOs). Right from the opening bell, Perez appeared the more accurate puncher. Campfort would not give in though, capturing the middle rounds with sudden bursts of powerful shots. Perez mounted a good comeback late in the fight, but it was not enough as only one judge scored the fight 77-75 in his favor. The other two officials saw it the other way, 78-74 and 77-75 for “Silky” Wilky Campfort, giving him the close split decision victory.
Undefeated heavyweights, Marc Rideout (4-0-2, 1 KOs) and Fred Latham (4-0-1, 2 KOs’s) put their undefeated records on the line in the four round windup bout, but when the dust settled, both fighters left the ring with a workmanlike four round draw. Rideout seemed to be the fitter boxer as he moved around with sharper straight shots to capture the opening two rounds. It looked like Rideout was on his way to the victory, when the tiring Latham caught the attention of the undefeated Philadelphian with several heavy shots in the final minute of the third. Latham seemed to gain confidence from the success in the previous round as he confidently stood up Rideout with a big right hand in the middle of the final round. Both fighters began to tire as they traded a bit, between clinches. In the closing minute, Latham found his mark again, rocking Rideout with a chopping shot. Latham jumped on him and banged away with a heavy four punch combination, but his gas tank was on empty, which Rideout to recover. Both fighters looked gassed as they traded light shots inside until the final bell sounded. All three judges saw the fight 38-38 even for the well-deserved four round draw.
Junior welterweight Hassan Young (5-1-1, 3KOs) dropped Justin Johnson four times on his way to a one sided six round unanimous decision victory. Young sent Justin Johnson to the canvas twice in the second, once in the fifth and again in the sixth round, but each time Justin Johnson was hurt, he let off the gas to avoid a hard counters, which allowed his opponent to counter and recover. Johnson tried to box and jab when he could, but just couldn’t match the boxing abilities of the talented Young, who captured the one sided six round unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-50 x 2 and 60-51 respectively.
Jr welterweight Wellington Romero upped his record to 2-0 with one sided first round stoppage of “Speedy” Ismael Serrano 1-1. Romero was on his “A” game in this one, as just moments into the fight he sent Serrano face down to the canvas with a chopping left. Acevedo rose to his feet and pressed forward, while still not fully recovered. Romero looked for an opening and stunned him again with a big left hand. Serrano covered in the corner as Romero unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches before referee Allan Huggins jumped in and called a halt to the contest at 1:29 of the opening round giving Wellington Romero the TKO victory.
In the opening bout of the evening, cruiserweight sensation Venroy July (16-1-2, 6KOs) captured his third straight victory and his ninth in his last ten with a six round unanimous decision over hard hitting Sevdall “The Illyrian” Sherifi (9-3-3, 8KOs). The first two rounds were a give and take affair, but July took over in the third by targeting the body. July continued to outwork the Illyrian over the last four rounds to capture the unanimous decision victory by scores of 59-55, and 58-56 x 2.
Gerardo Martinez at the Buffalo Thunder Casino in Santa Fe, N.M.:
Jaime Gutierrez 119 vs. Tony Valdez 117.8
Brandon Holmes 123.6 vs. Brandon Muñoz 120.5
DJ Morrison 130.4 vs. Monica Lovato 123.9*
* Morrison took fight on late notice
Brian Mendoza 152.6 vs. Mark Cordova*
* Cordova not present at weigh-in
Miguel Garcia 137.5 vs. Josh Montoya 138.1
Michael Herrera 118.3 vs. Angelo Leo 118.6
Manuel Eastman 184 vs. Mike Alderete 206.3
Michael Coca Gallegos 147.8 vs. Matthew Baca 147.8
Undefeated prospect light heavyweight Thomas Williams Jr. (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Cornelius White (21-3, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Williams dropped White in round one, but White turned the tables and floored Williams. Williams then responded by flooring White again to end it. Time was 2:49. Round of the year so far.
In a big upset, journeyman super middleweight Eddie Hunter (10-9-2, 3 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Ronald Hearns (26-5, 12 KOs). This is the fourth straight knockout loss for Hearns, who is the son of ring legend Tommy Hearns.
In his first bout since suffering his first career loss (via controversial stoppage against Derek Chisora last July), heavyweight Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Grover Young (7-12-1, 4 KOs). Time was 1:51. Young has now dropped five straight.
Former world champion Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Jonathan Arrellano (14-3-2, 3 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Ramos dropped Arrellano twice in round four and again in round five but was unable to finish him. Scores were 98-88, 98-89, 98-89.
UFC on FOX 10, which is headlined by the lightweight bout between Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson and the heavyweight bout between Stipe Miocic and Gabriel Gonzaga, airs live on FOX from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX Sports 1 for six televised prelims at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and the opening prelim bout will be available on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30pm ET / 1:30 pm PT.
Josh Thomson (155) VS Benson Henderson (156)
FOX MAIN CARD
Gabriel Gonzaga (258) VS Stipe Miocic (245)
Adriano Martins (155) VS Donald Cerrone (155)
Jeremy Stephens (146) VS Darren Elkins (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Sergio Pettis (135) VS Alex Caceres (135)
Yves Jabouin (135) VS Eddie Wineland (135)
Yaotzin Meza (135) VS Chico Camus (135)
Hugo Viana (136) VS Junior Hernandez (136)
Mike Rio (155) VS Daron Cruickshank (155)
Mike Rhodes (171) VS George Sullivan (170)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Nikita Krylov (218) VS Walt Harris (241)
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Derric Rossy 236 1/2 vs. Joey Dawejko 235 1/2
Jon Bolden 227 vs. Dorsett Barnwell 245 1/2
Brian Donohue 185 vs. Dave Valykeo 185
Michael Varela 123 vs. Anthony Caramanno 120
Omar Brito 142 1/2 vs. Johnathan Williams 142 1/2
Michael Mitchell 171 vs. Gabriel Pham 174
Promoter: Final Forum
Venue: Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ
First Fight: 7.30pm
Tickets available at $50, $75 and $125 (VIP)
By James Slater
The boxing story that continues to dominate the UK headlines has taken another twist, as The IBF has ordered a rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves to take place within 90 days. Froch, the IBF and WBA super-middleweight champ, told Sky Sports yesterday that a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, in Las Vegas, motivates him far more than does a return with the man he controversially TKO’d in the 9th-round of a great fight back in November. However, Froch must now grant Groves a return or run the risk of being stripped of one of his two prized world titles.
Both camps were informed of the IBF decision today:
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, an IBF Appeal Panel convened to hear the appeal of George Groves regarding his November 23, 2013, bout with Carl Froch. This bout was a mandatory defense of Carl Froch’s IBF Super Middleweight title and an optional defense of his WBA Super Middleweight title.
George Groves’ appeal was based in part on Rule 12. A. 2 of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests – Inappropriate conduct by the referee which is alleged to have affected the outcome of the fight. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Mikey Garcia 129.2 vs. Juan Carlos Burgos 129
(WBO jr lightweight title)
Bryant Jennings 225 vs. Artur Szpilka 223.6
Seanie Monaghan 174 vs. Matt Vanda 173.2
Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Lauro Alcantar 135.2
Jesse Hart 169 vs. Derrick Findley 168.2
Alberto Machado 126.6 vs. Nuwan Jayakody 125.8
Francisco Vargas 149 vs. Eligio Lopez 146.4
Julian Rodriguez 141.4 vs. Neyeine Muang 143.2
Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City
Promoter: Top Rank
By Gary “Digital” Williams at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Lamont Peterson 139.5 vs. Dierry Jean 139
(IBF jr welterweight title)
Jermell Charlo 153 vs. Gabriel Rosado 154
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Dashon Johnson 163.4
Rau’shee Warren 118.4 vs. German Meraz 119
Robert Easter 134 vs. Daniel Attah 134.5
Jamel Herring 135 vs. Antonio Sanchez 138
D’Mitrius Ballard 167.8 vs. Marlon Farr 168
Raynell Williams 133.2 vs. William Stimmel 130.2
Semajay Thomas vs. 142 vs. Kevin Womack 143
Javonye Clark 147.6 vs. Lee Kreisher 147
Venue: DC Armory, Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
Golden Boy Promotions makes its Brazilian debut on Saturday with a card at the Arena Santos in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil featuring the pro debut of 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao in one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts seen in Brazil in years when he meets Argentina’s Martin Fidel “El Terrible” Rios (9-0-2, 3 KO’s) in an eight-round middleweight bout. In the main event hometown hero Adeilson Dos Santos (12-0, 9 KO’s) faces Carlos Gaston Suarez (6-2, 1 KO) for the WBC Youth featherweight title. The fight card is presented by Golden Boy in association with Arano Box Promotions. The Brazilian Globosat broadcast begins at 10:30p.m. The FOX Deportes broadcast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Great news! ESPN has just announced that it will present live coverage in the U.S. of Saturday’s 12-round WBO Cruiserweight title bout between defending titleholder Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and former titleholder Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. ET. The fight, from Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, will be the second fight between the two boxers. Huck won a unanimous decision over Arslan in their first meeting last November. The fight will also be carried in the Caribbean on ESPN’s broadband service ESPN Play.
Super middleweight contender ‘Saint’ George Groves has announced that he turned down an ‘unsatisfactory’ offer to fight heated rival Carl Froch, but insists it is a fight he wants to take place sooner rather than later. “I am unsure why Carl Froch has today released a statement implying I do not wish to take the fight, as I was under the impression we are still in negotiations,” said Groves. “The Matchroom offer in question came with many stipulations and options I felt were unsatisfactory. I am currently awaiting an improved offer from his promoter, as well as speaking to other promoters interested in promoting this fight.
“If I didn’t want to fight Carl Froch then I wouldn’t have invested so much time and money into appealing with the IBF over the dubious outcome of the first fight. And I await the outcome of that hearing in the very near future.”
Photos by Photo Wende
Firat Arslan 198.6 vs Marco Huck 199.5
(WBO Cruiserweight Championship)
David Price 248.7 vs. Istvan Ruzsinszky TBA
George Beroshvili 164.5 vs Tyron Zeuge 167.1
Ferenc Zsalek tba vs Otto Wallin 218.5
Loris Emiliani 191.8 vs Noel Gevor 198.9
Paata Aduashvili 174.6 vs Enrico Kolling 174.3
Emanuele Blandamura 159.6 vs Marcos Nader 159
Venue: Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Some of ‘Tomorrow’s Champions’ and the late Wayne Kelley’s children will be special guests at Tuesday night’s (Jan. 28 starting at 7 p.m. ET) Ring 8 monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. This meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
It’s the biggest boxing weekend of 2014 so far as lots of big names see action on Saturday, plus we have the year’s first head-to-head confrontation between HBO and Showtime.
In Stuttgart, Germany, 43-year-old First Arslan looks to become the oldest cruiserweight world champion in history when he challenges WBO beltholder Marco Huck. After narrowly defeating Arslan in their 2012 fight, Huck is a -450 favorite to do it again, while Arslan backers can get +425. Also on the undercard, comebacking David Price is a whopping -10000 against late sub Istvan Ruzsinszky.
The big HBO card in New York City features a fighter touted as a future superstar in Mikey Garcia, who defends his WBO jr lightweight belt against Juan Carlos Burgos. Garcia is a -1000 to make Burgos 0 for 3 in world title fights. Burgos is at +800. Also featured on that card is an intriguing showdown between unbeaten heavyweights as Bryant Jennings takes on Artur Szpilka. Jennings has been tapped as a -187 favorite, while Szpilka is at +200.
Meanwhile, on the Showtime card in Washington DC, IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson returns from his non-title KO loss to Lucas Matthysse to defend against mandatory challenger Dierry Jean. This fight has the tightest odds of the week with Peterson being a slight -137 favorite over Jean who is at +140. Also unbeaten jr middleweight Jermell Charlo is a -200 favorite to beat fan favorite Gabriel Rosado, who is +200.
“There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future. As it stands we are looking closely at two options, George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr. Yesterday, we made a seven figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer so we are continuing our talks with Top Rank and HBO regarding Chavez Jnr. I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight. Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I’m happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’ve got respect for Szpilka. He showed good gentleman manners. I appreciate that,” said undefeated Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview after Thursday’s New York City press conference. “ByBy” spoke about his past, his determination to make himself a better fighter and of course his highly anticipated bout against 24-year-old southpaw from Poland Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former IBF super bantamweight world champion Jose Sanabria, 51, was shot in the chest by criminals while riding on a bus with 27 passengers on San Felipe in Valencia, Venezuela. The assailants apparently thought Sanabria was a member of the police because he wore a red shirt similar to those used by public officials and supporters of the Chavez government. Sanabria is currnetly in the Prince of Puerto Cabello Lara Hospital where he received emergency treatment.
There was a collective groan in Manchester, England’s M.E.N. Arena near the end of the first round of the heavyweight bout between Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop in April of 2007, mainly because most fans believed that when referee Herb Dean stood the two fighters up after a dominant ground attack by Gonzaga, the Brazilian’s best chance of winning against the feared Croatian striker had gone by the wayside . . . More
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Heavyweight Tyson Fury has commented on his ten-rounder with Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile at the Copper Box Arena on February 15th. “It’s been a while, but I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again and showing the world that Tyson Fury is back in action and on course for the world title. I wouldn’t say that rust has set in because I haven’t fought, I’m always training and in the gym sparring, but I’m now desperate to get in the ring at the Copper Box Arena in front of a big electric crowd and do what I was born and bred to do, fight and win. Basile looks good, he’s experienced with seventy fights and has fought in plenty of title fights. He’s seen a lot in his career against the likes of Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka, but he’s never seen a man like Tyson Fury before. He’s just a few inches shorter than me which is great because I’ve been fighting shorter men, he’ll be near my height and once I work out the range and timing, those big right hands will be detonating on his jaw.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #1 middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is already working with trainer Robert Garcia at Garcia’s famed gym in Oxnard, California, in preparation for his third WBC world middleweight challenge. This time the fight is for the vacant interim belt against #2 rated Domenico “Vulcano” Spada to be held on April 5 at a venue to be confirmed in Mexico. The card will be promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.
“I will do everything to win the world title,” said Rubio. “I miss my wife and my daughters a lot, but this is a sacrifice I also do for them. We are already training at one hundred percent. Robert says he’s seen a few videos of my opponent and we’ll review them together to formulate our strategy. Spada is a very fast and very technical fighter, I guess he had a long career as an amateur. He’s the current silver champion, only has a couple of defeats and has never been knocked out. We have a complicated, but not impossible mission and we are planning a knockout to win the title.”
By Jesse Kelley
Rob Brant 156.5 vs Tyler Hultin 158
Aaron Green 278 vs. Richard Carmack 337
Jamal James 146.5 vs. Colby Courter 145.5
RJ Laase 146 vs. Jeremy Marts 146.5
Ray Edwards 258 vs. Alex Rozman 248
Winston Anderson 135.5 vs. Rondale Hubbert 137.5
DeLorien Caraway 146 vs. Eli Smith 146.5
Promoter: Rapacz Promotions
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
Photo: Goossen Tutor Promotions
Thomas Williams Jr. 174.8 vs. Cornelius White 174.4
Rico Ramos 125.8 vs. Jonathan Arellano 125.8
Malik Scott 254.6 vs. Grover Young 240
Virgil Green 139 vs. Guillermo Delgadillo 139.8
Ronald Hearns 164 vs. Eddie Hunter 166.4
Juan Funez 125.6 vs. Marcelo Gallardo 126.2
Sammy Perez 133.2 vs. Lupe Hudgens 132.4
Michael Hunter 211 vs. Gary Tapusoa 211
Stephan Shaw 267 vs. Kyle McNutt 216
Omotundi Tabiti 193 vs. Kenneth Gray 192.8
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort in Kamilche, WA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
A boxing documentary called “The Punch” is attracting attention at the Tribeca Film Festival. More
More on Boston-based “The Fighters” boxing reality show. More
“Sugar” Shane Mosley in the Philippines to help victims of recent natural disasters. More
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia has come to the defense of pop idol Justin Bieber, who was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after police allegedly observed Bieber drag racing on the streets of Miami.
Garcia tweeted the following on Thursday night:
All this media on Justin Bieber for drag racing who cares lol how many ppl drink and drive everyday? Let him live.
— Danny Swift Garcia (@DannySwift) January 24, 2014
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Curtis Stevens 160.5 vs. Patrick Majewski 161.5
Thabiso Mchunu 198.5 vs. Olanrewaju Durodola 199.5
Ilshat Khusnulgatin 173.5 vs. Roberto Acevedo 175.5
Wellington Romero 136 vs. Ismael Serrano 136
Hassan Young 141 vs. Justin Johnson 141.5
Mark Rideout 241 vs. Fred Latham 257.5
Sevdail Sherifi 198 vs. Venroy July 198
DeCarlo Perez 156.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 156.5
Venue: Resorts International in Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBC Sports Network
Antonio Orozco 141.4 vs. Miguel Angel Huerta 142
Cornelius Bundrage 153.4 vs. Joey Hernandez 153.6
Julian Ramirez 123.8 vs. Derrick Wilson 123.4
Gerald Washington 248 vs. Arron Lyons 234
Dominic Breazeale 254.6 vs. Homer Fonseca 298
Manuel Robles Jr 124 vs. Ricky Lopez 124.8
Santiago Guevara 132 vs. Rocco Espinoza 130
Kevin Watts 137.6 vs. Julian Cruz 141.2
Tevin Watts 145.6 vs. Gustavo Lopez 145.6
Kirk Bills 144 vs. Jesus Delgado 142.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and #1 contender Dierry Jean hosted their final news conference Thursday at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Here’s what they had to say their Showtime-televised fight at the DC Armory:
Lamont Peterson: I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you; you’ll see Saturday night. You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us. Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that’s just what happens. I didn’t have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did. We train hard, we go into the fight and we are there to win, but of course there’s a chance you can lose. That’s what happened [with his fight against Lucas Matthysse], but you just have to pick yourself up and move on.
Dierry Jean: On Saturday, I’ll show everybody that I’m the best fighter pound-for-pound. (more…)
Bragging rights across Southeastern Pennsylvania will be up for grabs when welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, and nearby rival Kermit Cintron, of Reading, PA, meet in a much-anticipated regional showdown Saturday evening, March 15, in the Events Center at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Topping the card is the world heavyweight elimination fight between Tomasz Adamek, of Zywiec, Poland, and Vyascheslav “Czar” Glazkov, of Lugansk, Ukraine, in a 12-round contest. NBC Sports Network will televise the card on its popular Fight Night Series. The first TV fight is 9pm (EST).
“The Adamek-Glazkov fight may generate more interest on an international scale, but in Southeastern Pennsylvania there is no bigger fight to be made than Cruz against Cintron,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, who is co-promoting the March 15 card with Main Events. “From the early calls, I expect the March 15 card not only to sell out, but we should have people banging on the doors outside trying to get in the night of the fight. This one (Cruz-Cintron) has been brewing for some time, ever since Cruz developed into a local attraction in Bethlehem, less than 50 miles from Cintron’s hometown.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Undefeated heavyweights, Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) and Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) engaged in a tense 20 second faceoff today during a Top Rank press conference in Manhattan’s “BB King Club.” They will meet again this Saturday in the sold-out MSG Theater. Their clash will be broadcast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
This Saturday night super featherweight Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20KOs), the tough and rugged talented fighter from Tijuana, Mexico, will have his third opportunity for a world title when he faces the star-in-the-making Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (33-0, 28KOs) of Oxnard, CA, at the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The twelve-round WBO title tilt will be broadcast live on HBO and presented by Top Rank Promotions.
Originally from the deep southern state of Puebla in Mexico, Burgos has called Tijuana home for nineteen of his twenty-six years and shared after a rigorous morning work out last week that he is ready to give the border city something they are sorely lacking. “It is an extra motivation for me since Tijuana is the city that game me my start as a fighter and right now it going through a terrible drought as far as champions. Tijuana has always been the home of great champions and has given the sport great fighters. It is a great incentive for me to have the opportunity to come back to Tijuana as a world champion and open up 2014 right for my city and that is what I am going to do, give Tijuana and Mexico a world champion. I want my fellow Mexicans to be proud of me and know that in Juan Carlos Burgos they are going to have a long-reigning world champion.” (more…)
Undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) cruiserweight champion “Dangerous” Denton Daley (11-0, 6 KOs) is set to make his second title defense Saturday, February 15 against veteran Andres Taylor (21-5-2, 8 KOs) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Denton is a 31-year-old Brampton native, who trains in Kitchener, Ontario, and is rated #7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #14 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Taylor is a former World Boxing Foundation (WBF) All-Americas cruiserweight champion from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Denton vs. Taylor is the 12-round main event on “Doomsday,” promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP) in association with Title Fight Promotions. Denton’s promoter, Don MacDonald, believes this is a crossroads fight for both boxers. (more…)
By James Slater
Tyson Fury’s official Team-Fury website has announced the comeback foe Fury will face in London on February 15th. Fury, inactive since his April 2013 up from the floor stoppage win over Steve Cunningham, will face Argentine slugger Gonzalo Omar Basile. Basile has a 61-8 record with 28 KOs and he has boxed almost his entire career at home. The 39-year-old has been stopped seven times, usually whenever he has stepped up in class. Alexander Dimitrenko and Artur Szpilka both stopped Basile early, while the 6’6″ fighter known as “El Paton” has also been halted by Mauro Ordiales (in Basile’s debut), Cesar Acevedo (twice), Marcelo Nascimento and, most recently in 2012, Luis Juarez.
Basile is nevertheless a decent enough return foe for what may be a rusty Fury. Currently 21-0, 15 KOs and looking at a summer return with reigning European heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora (who will face a TBA on the Feb 15th card), Fury might want to get a few rounds in against Basile next month. The Argentine can bang some though and we all know that anything can happen when two big men collide. And Basile has been active, winning his last six fights and boxing four times last year.
By James Slater
WBA and IBF super-middleweight champ Carl Froch was a live studio guest on Sky Sports News earlier today, talking about his next fight. Under fierce pressure from George Groves to grant him a rematch – with many fans also asking for a second slice of the action that ended prematurely back in November – Froch says he is not all that interested in “going over old ground and beating George Groves again.”
Froch said that should he fight twice this year, as he usually does, he will look at facing Groves and Julio Chavez Jr but, “not in that order.”
Froch said that as he understands it, a fight with Chavez Jr is almost a done deal for his next fight, and that this fight and the opportunity to box in Las Vegas motivates him far more than does a rematch with Groves. However, Froch added how it “would be nice to silence him [Groves] as he has done a lot of whingeing and whining.” (more…)
Heavyweight Konstantin Airich has failed his prefight medical, so heavyweight David Price will now face journeyman Istvan Ruszinski (12-10, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Price was originally slated to face Evgeny “Molecule from Hell” Orlov before Airich. The bout will be Price’s debut under the Sauerland Event banner.
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