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It’s official: Wilder-Povetkin headed to Russia

No surprise. The fight between the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin will be held in Russia. This was officially announced by promoter Andrey Ryabinsky, head of World of Boxing. Ryabinsky, who won a purse bid to host the match, had 14 days to decide on the date and venue. At the end of the allotted period, it was determined that the fight will take place in Russia with the exact date and city to be announced in the near future.


Boxing News

Teddy Atlas GOES OFF on Freddie Roach

While Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley are keeping it low key, their trainers Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas aren’t holding back.

Teddy and Tim are training in the blazing desert heat of Palm Springs, Calif. Freddie and Manny are scheduled to begin training at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. on Monday, March 14.



Boxing News

Spence: I know I’ll be the next big star in boxing / Algieri: Spence hasn’t fought anyone

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. and former world champion Chris Algieri went face-to-face for the first time Wednesday at a press conference at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in Manhattan as they discussed their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC showdown taking place Saturday, April 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Also in attendance Wednesday was former world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham, who takes on cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Glowacki, and undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne, who faces undefeated Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic.

Some of the highlights:

Errol Spence Jr: “A lot of people have been asking me when I was going to fight top competition. When you look good in the ring, nobody wants to fight you. Established guys don’t want to fight you, so I want to thank Chris Algieri for taking this fight. It would be a major statement if I could stop Chris Algieri.

Chris Algieri: “Spence hasn’t fought anyone. I don’t think he’s fought a guy who’s tried to win. To label me as a gatekeeper against someone who hasn’t made real fights isn’t really a fair distinction. He’s done all his work against guys who were tailor made for him to beat up. He hasn’t fought a guy with footwork or a guy who can box. He hasn’t fought many guys who were in there to win. It will be a really eye-opening experience for him and a lot of people on April 16.”

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Boxing News

Rigondeaux returns to Miami – Dickens fight is OFF

Frank Warren Statement: Following various and conflicting reports as to the situation regarding Guillermo Rigondeaux, Queensberry Promotions (“QP”) would like to state the facts as to why Rigondeaux will NOT be arriving in the UK to take part in his contracted fight against British Champion Jazza Dickens at the Echo Arena, Liverpool as chief support to the WBO world title fight between Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews this Saturday (12th March).

QP have been working closely throughout with Dino Duva and his team at Roc Nation Sports (“RNS”) who are all experienced boxing people and who promote Rigondeaux alongside Caribe Promotions. RNS were made aware very early in the negotiation process that Rigondeaux, being a Cuban national, would need an entry Visa in order to travel to the UK, but would not need a work permit, due to his international sporting status and this being a singular international event. Accordingly, QP issued the necessary supporting documentation for his application and accordingly, the Visa was correctly applied for by Team Rigondeaux.

QP was informed on 29th February that Rigondeaux had travelled to Russia to set up a training camp alongside his trainer Pedro Diaz, who was there preparing Ruslan Chagaev for his WBA World Heavyweight title fight against Lucas Browne last weekend. Therefore, his Visa was applied for at the UK Visa Application Centre in Moscow and following the application, his appointment took place on the 29th February, after which we were advised that “all papers were filed and being processed.” (more…)



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Ronnie Shields: Molina a very risky fight for Adamek

adamek-molina-promoBy Przemek Garczarczyk

“Tomek Adamek will do everything he can – he promised that – to make this an exciting, offensive fight. Adamek going forward, exchanging punches is the worst possible way to fight vs. Molina. Eric knows how to play possum… and explode with hard punches. Not one punch – whole combinations,” said highly regarded trainer Ronnie Shields discussing the upcoming IBF Intercontinental title bout between #8 WBC ranked Tomasz Adamek (50-4, 30 KO) and Eric Molina (24-3, 18 KO) in a Fightnews.com® interview.

Ronnie – you’re in a unique position to voice an opinion about the upcoming (April 2, Krakow, Polsat Boxing Night) Tomasz Adamek-Eric Molina clash. You worked with Adamek and Eric Molina was one of the main sparring partners for your new protégé Artur Szpilka before the Deontay Wilder WBC championship fight.

Don’t forget that Szpilka also fought Adamek. And won. To be honest, I was surprised when this fight was announced. I learned a lot about Eric Molina when he was sparring with “The Pin” Szpilka. I have a lot of respect for his power, work ethic, and ring intelligence. One of the toughest matchups for Adamek to go back to the heavyweight elite. Very risky bout for Tomek – it’s very possible that he’ll be knocked out in his home country. (more…)


Boxing News

Chavez Jr. injury KOs Badou Jack challenge

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has reportedly pulled out of a proposed April 30 fight against WBC super middleweight world champion Badou Jack, citing an injury to his left heel. Chavez will not be able to train for three weeks. No decision has been made on whether the fight will be rescheduled or if Jack will now go a different direction.


UFC

Paige VanZant draws Dancing With The Stars assignment

Following in the footsteps of UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, strawweight contender Paige VanZant will be the third UFC fighter to grace the dance floor when she competes on season 22 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which premieres on March 21 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Santos-Martz rematch set for April 9

Boxing returns to Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire, on April 9 when New England heavyweight beltholder Alexis Santos (15-1, 13 KOs) takes on Daniel Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for a WBA regional belt. The bout will be a rematch with Santos looking to reverse his only career loss. Referee Steve Smoger has been booked to be the third man in the ring for the bout. Hall of Famer Russell Peltz is the matchmaker for the Big Six Entertainment card. In addition to the live action, the evening will also feature a tribute to New Hampshire boxing legend and former heavyweight world champion Jack Sharkey, and following the main event, ticketholders can see a closed circuit live simulcast of Pacquiao-Bradley 3. . “For boxing fans, this event has everything; a heavyweight championship, the Pacquiao-Bradley fight and the best local professional boxing in New England. This event at The Rock signifies the role that New Hampshire plays in bringing world class boxing to the region,” said Al Valenti, event coordinator.

Tickets go on sale Saturday March 12 and are $35 (general admission), $45 (reserved) and $75 (ringside seating), and parking at the racetrack is free.


Boxing News

Caveat Emptor: Boxing and the NFL

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By Bill Dwyre

Over the years, as a sports columnist for The Los Angeles Times, I received no fewer than 200 emails that asked a version of the same question: How can you write so favorably and passionately about boxing when you keep ripping the NFL and its concussions. Isn’t that two-faced, unfair? Aren’t boxers concussed as much as football players?

The emails added up to 200 guilt trips. When you have a quick and logical answer for a reader, you fire off an explanatory response and feel fine. When 200 readers seem to have a point, you squirm.

I don’t deny that I like boxing, nor that I am fascinated by its people and its never-ending story lines.

The NFL? Not so much. I always despised its control-freak approach to everything, its holier-than-thou attitude. I covered enough Super Bowls to learn how to join the media crowd, click my heels and say “Moo, Moo.” (more…)


Boxing News

Opponent named for Roy Jones Jr.

47-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (62-9, 45 KOs) will step into the ring against a selected boxing fan on a March 20 pay-per-view event with $100,000 on the line. Fans were asked to submit up to a 90-second video explaining why they’re worthy of stepping into the ring with Roy. Over 1500 entries were received. The winner was 33-year-old Vyron Phillips of St. Paul, Minnesota. Phillips is listed as having an amateur boxing record of 6-1 and he is currently an MMA fighter. If he defeats Jones in a boxing match, he’ll earn $100,000.


Boxing News

Timothy Bradley Desert Smash Celebrity Event for St Jude Children Hospital

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

5-time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley put down the boxing gloves Tuesday and replaced them with a tennis racquet during the 12th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity event benefiting St. Jude Hospital at The Westin in Rancho Mirage, California. Bradley auctioned off two ringside seats to his rubber match bout against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao April 9th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV live on Pay Per View promoted by Top Rank.bradley-tennis05

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UFC

McGregor drops in latest rankings, Tate rises

Conor McGregor’s featherweight belt wasn’t on the line when he moved up two weight classes to fight at 170 pounds against Nate Diaz last Saturday at UFC 196. But McGregor’s pound-for-pound standing took a hit after the Irishman suffered his first UFC loss . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

DiBella inks Richar Abril

DiBella Entertainment has announced the signing of former WBA world lightweight champion Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Abril is expected to make his much-anticipated ring return this spring with the bout likely taking place in New York. Abril will be returning to the ring after a year and a half absence. Following his world title defense against previously unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0) in September 2014, Abril was stricken with dengue fever that he contracted from a mosquito bite while training in Cuba to defend his title against Derry Matthews in early 2015. Abril was forced to vacate his title as he battled through the illness. Now back and 100 percent healthy, Abril will look to quickly regain his world championship under the DiBella Entertainment banner.


Boxing News

Galeano-Lee collide in NYC turf war

On Wednesday, March 30th, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to the famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. In the main event bout of the evening, former friends, and now crosstown rivals, Chris Galeano (10-0, 1 KO) and DeVaun Lee (6-2, 3 KOs) will battle it out for New York bragging rights as well as Galeano’s New York State (NYS) middleweight crown when the two meet in a scheduled 10-rounder.

“This is a great fight for Broadway Boxing and a great fight for New York,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “This is what the series has been built on, great local matchups featuring New York prospects fighting one another on their way up the rankings. Galeano and Lee developed in the amateurs together, have sparred countless times, and are now fighting each other in what is the most important matchup of their young careers.”


Boxing News

Marc Pacaliwangan: The new Pacman?

By Paul Salgado

The ability to make hard decisions is part of life’s maturing process and the same holds true in the development of a professional fighter’s career, where fortune can change in an instant and there is no ironclad template for success. Undefeated, Filipino-Canadian prospect Marc “El Gwapo” Pacaliwangan realizes those tough choices may be the difference between destiny fulfilled, and destiny forestalled. The undefeated junior featherweight is 25 years old; young for a man of the world, but arguably middle-aged for a fighter orbiting around his talent rich weight class.

Now 9-0-1 with seven knockouts since his debut in September of ’12, Pagcaliwangan determined the legitimate pursuit of a world title necessitated the mentorship of a world class trainer. (more…)


UFC

McGregor dared to be great – nothing wrong with that

In 1975, when the 41st round of combat between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier was done, capped off by their epic third bout, better known as the “Thrilla in Manila,” two of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever let their guard down after punishing each other physically and verbally for years . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Guillermo Rigondeaux Visa Update

Frank Warren Statement Regarding Guillermo Rigondeaux: Some recent comments have appeared on social media and web sites concerning the arrival into the UK of Guillermo Rigondeaux for his fight against Jazza Dickens this Saturday, 12 March, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on the undercard of Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews’ WBO World Lightweight title fight. To clarify, Queensberry Promotions are the promoter of the event that Rigondeaux will feature on and the application for his Visa has been handled by his promoters RocNation and Caribe Promotions for his entry into the UK.

Queensberry Promotions are working alongside Dino Duva from RocNation in order to assist Rigondeaux with his Visa issues and travel to the UK from Russia, where he has been at training camp. Mr. Duva has been in constant contact with Queensberry Promotions with updates on the situation and just last night sent a message to promoter Frank Warren:

Frank,

Pursuant to our discussion a few minutes ago, I just wanted to update and clarify for you the status of the Guillermo Rigondeaux visa matter. As a fellow promoter, I know and respect that this is frustrating for you, and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing your March 12 event promotion. Rigondeaux went to Russia to train for the Dickens fight, and has been attempting to get his UK visa expedited there as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they have encountered obstacles the past week or so due to a Russian Holiday that prevented the process from getting done. Rigondeaux and his training team were at the embassy in Moscow again today trying to work on it, but unfortunately were unsuccessful. Please be assured that we will continue to work on this matter with all our efforts, and are hopeful that we can get this taken care of in time to get to Liverpool for the event.

I will contact you on Tuesday to keep you updated on the status.

Best regards,
Dino Duva

All parties are working extremely hard to resolve the situation to ensure that Rigondeaux receives his Visa and once confirmed a statement will be released via RocNation and Queensberry Promotions.


Boxing News

Shawn Porter to fight Lanardo Tyner in exhibition

“Showtime” Shawn Porter will hold a special 12-round exhibition match on Saturday, March 12 that will stream live on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Facebook page in lieu of his cancelled welterweight title showdown against Keith Thurman. In an effort to stay active and give his fans an opportunity to see him in live action, Porter will hold an old-fashioned exhibition against Lanardo Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) at his gym – Porter Hy-Performance Center at 7 p.m. PT on Saturday. After the bout, Porter will host a 30-minute Facebook Live video Q&A to interact directly with fans about what’s next for him.

For his exhibition showdown with Tyner, the fighters will wear headgear and use 16-ounce gloves. The fighters will weigh-in the day before the match, but there will be no involvement from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “Mock” judges and a professional referee will be used to score the fight and complete the atmosphere of a fight night.

“We decided to do this because we needed the things associated with a big fight – the atmosphere, the crowd, the lights,” said Ken Porter, Shawn’s father and trainer. “We’re going to have everything a big fight will have – a weigh-in the Friday before, the referee, the ring card girls. Mentally and physically Shawn needs this because he hasn’t fought in 10 months.” (more…)


Boxing News

Claggett-Bryan added to Judah-Torres card

Canadian domestic welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (23-2-1, 16 KOs) takes on Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (17-6, 7 KOs) in an eight round “special attraction” this Saturday on the inaugural “Knockout Night at the D”, airing on CBS Sports Network from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

Former two division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) headlines against Josh “Pitbull” Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in the ten round main event. (more…)


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Lucas Browne gave up singing career for boxing

Manny Pacquiao not postponing Bradley fight for senate

Joseph Parker ready to “humiliate” Lucas Browne


UFC

UFC 196 Blog: The Greatest of Upsets, the Most Stinging of Defeats

Nate Diaz’s face is bleeding after an ordeal of a first round. Walking down the seemingly unstoppable force that is Conor McGregor, he finds success with a jab-cross combination that the Irishman scoffed at only five minutes before. Suddenly McGregor is moving backwards and Diaz is coming after him . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Shot of the Day

WBO welterweight world champion Jessie Vargas celebrates with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, Top Rank President Todd duBoef, and manager Cameron Dunkin at Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas on Monday.

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Boxing News

Fox Deportes picks up Lemieux-De La Rosa

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Saturday night’s clash between former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) and “King” James de la Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs) from Montreal’s Olympia Theatre will be televised live in the USA on Fox Deportes. This will be Lemieux’s first fight since losing his world title to Gennady Golovkin last November.


Boxing News

Unbeaten prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera signs with Top Rank

chapito-rivera300Undefeated Puerto Rican super bantamweight prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera (5-0, 3 KOs) has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. “This is a dream come true for me. I feel very happy,” said the fighter who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but now resides in Orlando, Florida. “The hard work and all the sacrifices that we have made all these years are already paying off!”

“Chapito” considers himself as a classic boxer.

“I’m a fine boxer. I use angles, I use movements, and I use my legs. I consider myself as an old school fighter. Whatever I have to do to win, I will do it,” affirmed the 20-year-old, who has won four of his five victories in Puerto Rican soil. (more…)


Boxing News

March 25 ShoBox card announced

Unbeaten super lightweight knockout artist and emerging rising star, Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (16-0, 13 KOs) will meet Aaron “The Jewel” Herrera (29-4-1, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on March 25 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Four undefeated fighters will clash in eight-rounders in co-feature bouts: Hard-hitting Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (9-0, 8 KOs) faces Nicholas “King Beamen” Givhan (16-0-1, 10 KOs) in a super lightweight scrap and Ivan “The Volk” Golub (10-0, 8 KOs) meets Marlon Aguas (9-0, 6 KOs) in a welterweight match. All but Prograis and Baranchyk will be making their inaugural ShoBox appearances.


Boxing News

Glowacki: I always wanted to fight Cunningham

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Lucas Noonan/PBC

“I know what’s expected from me: to deliver a great fight on NBC in front of a big American audience. I’m fine with that. I’ve already proved that I can get hit and hit back harder. For me, knocking out Huck and hopefully do the same to Cunningham in Barclays is just a start. I’d like to be champion for a long time,” – said undefeated WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Głowacki (25-0, 16 KOs). After a sensational win over Marco Huck, Glowacki will defend his title against former IBF champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) on April 16 at Barclays Center.

Steve Cunningham is connected to Polish fighters in championship bouts like no other. Two cruiserweight championship bouts with Krzysztof Diablo Wlodarczyk, and the already a classic championship bout when he fought Tomasz Adamek. Now, on April 16 at Barclays Center, it’s your turn defending the WBO title.

I know, it’s unreal. I can tell you that I was very happy when Steve decided to leave the heavyweight division and come back as a cruiserweight. I always wanted to fight him and now my wish will be granted. I don’t pay attention to how many years he’s spent in boxing. What I’m paying attention to is how well he’s always prepared, the problems his enormous reach causes, and how smart Cunningham is in the ring. (more…)


Boxing News

Ruiz-Montes de Oca, Payasito-Carranza on Telemundo

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will close its spring season with back to back shows this Friday, March 11, and March 18 with two “Civil Wars” from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico.

In the main event on March 11, WBO Latin jr. lightweight champion Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will defend his Title against compatriot Joel “Jooe” Montes de Oca (18-5, 10 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds with Ruiz title at stake.

On March 18, former WBO interim world champion and current contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (30-11-2, 16 KOs) of Mexico City will risk his ranking in a rematch bout with WBC Latin Champion Isao Carranza (15-6-1, 9 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds in the super bantamweight division. (more…)


UFC

GSP talks at UFC 196

UFC correspondent Megan Olivi chats with GSP backstage at UFC 196 to see what he’s been up to. GSP discusses his recent interest in gymnastics, McGgregor vs. Diaz and more! . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Ceylan expected back in June following successful surgery

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Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) is recovering from successful surgery on his injured left hand and is expected to be back in action from June this year.

The Danish featherweight, who underwent an operation to remove scar tissue from his left hand, says doctors were pleased with the results and he is now looking forward to getting back in the gym to begin preparing for his ring return.

‘’The operation went really well,’’ says Ceylan. ‘’The doctors were happy with the results, and they’ve said I should be ready to fight again by June.

‘’My hand is in plaster for another week and then it will be six weeks before I can start punching again. It’s tough because as a fighter you don’t want to be out of the gym, but I know I need to rest my hand, and once its recovered, I’ll be coming back stronger and hitting harder than ever.’’ (more…)


Boxing News

Braehmer confident of claiming second victory over Gutknecht

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Juergen Brahmer (47-2, 35 KOs) is confident of claiming a second victory over Eduard Gutknecht (29-3-1, 12 KOs) when the German fighters square off on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.

The WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion will be defending his title against Gutknecht in a repeat of their European title fight in February 2013, which saw Braehmer take the belt from his domestic rival with a closely contested points decision.

‘’There was a lot of uncertainty before our first fight,’’ reflects Braehmer. ‘’I was returning after almost a year out of the ring and I didn’t know how much I still had in the tank. A lot of people wanted to write me off and there was a lot of pressure on me to perform, but that night I proved my potential, and not only did the win lead me to a shot at the World title, it also allowed me to prove, to myself and to the fans, that I still had a lot to give. (more…)


Boxing News

Higa keeps WBC youth 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten hard-punching Japanese prospect Daigo Higa, 112, extended his unblemished mark to (9-0, 9 KOs) and successfully retained his WBC youth flyweight belt as he sent Filipino challenger Romel Oliveros (6-2-1, 1 KO), 110.25, four times en route to a fine stoppage at 2:19 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Higa, a fast-rising pupil handled by ex-world champ Yoko Gushiken, proved too powerful and pugnacious for the bewildered Oliveros, who hit the deck with a vicious body shot early in round two and was floored three times more with the accelerated attack of the 20-year-old champ. Higa is planned to have an ambitious crack at the OPBF flyweight belt against Arden Diale in July, and he wishes to acquire a world throne at the age of twenty-one like his manger Gushiken.

Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.


Boxing News

Saunders to defend middleweight belt against Bursak

Undefeated WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders begins his reign with the opening defense of his title against “Mad” Max Bursak on Saturday April 30 at the Copper Box Arena, London.

Saunders headlines a triple-title fight card that features Ovill McKenzie challenging Dmytro Kucher for the Vacant European Cruiserweight title and British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh defending his title against James Tennyson.


Boxing News

Ramos vs. Perez tops UniMas telecast

Another packed house is anticipated for the only regular professional boxing show in the San Fernando Valley on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Burbank Marriott Events and Convention Center. As part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on Unimas, undefeated prospect Casey Ramos (21-0) of Austin, Texas will headline the televised portion against Columbian knockout artist Jonathan Perez (34-13, 27 KOs).

Also, in a battle of Southern vs. Northern California prospects, South El Monte’s Arnold Barbosa (10-0, 4KOs) will battle Vacaville’s Max Becerra (8-1-2, 5KOs). NoCal will also be represented by Sacramento’s Guy Robb (17-1, 7KOs) taking on Carlos Padilla (15-3-1, 9KOs). While former world title challenger Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (21-0, 18KOs) will look to make it three wins in a row since suffering his first loss at the hands of featherweight kingpin Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21KOs). (more…)


Boxing News

Judah returns Saturday in Las Vegas

Former world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) returns Saturday night against upset-minded Josh “Pitbull” Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in the ten-round main event kicking off the new monthly pro boxing series, “Knockout Night at the D”, airing live on CBS Sports Network live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). Judah, fighting out of Las Vegas, will be fighting for the first time in two years. Torres hails from New Mexico and has been sparring with fellow New Mexican and former world junior middleweight champion, Austin Trout, to prepare for the left-handed Judah.

Unbeaten lightweight Chuy “El Huracan” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) meets Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks III (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature.










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