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MAY 24, 2015 


DEGALE SURVIVES DIRRELL RALLY TO CLAIM VICTORY
By Scott Shaffer

James DeGale W12 Andre Dirrell... In Boston, James DeGale made British boxing history when he became the first man from his country to win both Olympic gold and a world title.  DeGale, a 2008 gold medal winner, defeated Andre Dirrell via unanimous decision for the vacant IBF super middleweight title. In a wild second round, DeGale was cut over his right eye by Dirrell's strong and effective jab. Seconds later, DeGale landed a huge overhand left that put Dirrell down hard. Dirrell was fortunate the knockdown occurred towards the end of the round, as he was knocked down a second time in the final seconds and barely made it out of the round.  However, Dirrell revived himself between rounds, and gradually began to work his way back into the fight, using his superior hand speed and movement to win most of the middle rounds and even late rounds. DeGale fared better in the eleventh and twelfth rounds, and that likely pulled him through on the official scorecards, which read 114-112 (twice) and a ridiculous 117-109 all for Degale. For the record, it was Alan Davis of Canada who turned in the offending scorecard.  Boxingtalk scored it a 113-113 draw and Compubox showed DeGale just barely outlanding Dirrell, 115 punches to 111. It was a good fight, and should set up some big fights in England for DeGale.  Despite the IBF title, DeGale is arguably the country's third best super middleweight behind Carl Froch and George Groves.  DeGale is now 21-1, with the lone loss coming against Groves. Dirrell is now 24-2, with DeGale joining Froch on the short list of Dirrell's conquerors.  source: nbc

 
MAY 24, 2015 
 RODRIGUEZ GAINS QUICK TKO

Edwin Rodriguez TKO3 Craig Baker... Fighting before a partisan Boston crowd just a short distance from his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, Edwin Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) landed a succession of unanswered blows on Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs) that caused referee Bob Benoit to stop the fight [prematurely] in the third round of a light heavyweight bout. "I knew that eventually he was going to go down, and that’s what I wanted," Rodriguez said. "I wanted to be able to drop him and make it convincing, but there’s no doubt that he was hurt." source: premier boxing champion



 
MAY 24, 2015 
 DONAIRE-RUIZ WBC PURSE BID RESULTS

The purse bid for the WBC 122-pound elimination bout between Hugo Ruiz and Nonito Donaire, was won by Mexican promoter Promociones del Pueblo with an offer of $537,000 dollars. The winner of this match will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. It remains to be seen if Donaire will actually accept this bout. --Scott Shaffer


 
MAY 24, 2015 
 RAMIREZ VS. EDWARDS SET FOR TRU TV

Press Release: 
On Friday, June 26th at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, 
Mexican 
super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez
 will headline against Derek Edwards in a ten rounder to be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. 
Tickets can be purchased at the State Farm Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster or by phone at (956) 843-6688.


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MAY 24, 2015 
 ZAMBIAN MAIN EVENT ENDS IN TECHNICAL DRAW

Esther Phiri TD3 Sandra Almeida… In Lusaka, Zambia a fight between local favorite Esther Phiri (14-1-3) and Sandra Almeida (6-4-2) from South Africa ended in an unsatisfactory technical draw on Friday. Almeida started strongly in the first round and Phiri coming back well to take the second, but an accidental clash of heads in round three left Almeida with a large gash above the left eye, making it impossible for her to continue with bone being visible and blood poring from the wound. A rematch is already in early negotiations, and both women seem eager to do it. source: wbf

 
MAY 23, 2015 
 OUT WITH THE OLD: ESPN2 BRINGS DOWN THE CURTAIN ON FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

Andrey Fedosov beat Donovan Dennis by eighth-round TKO and John Thompson IV stopped Brandon Adams in round two on Friday on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights series finale. The bouts were the finals of Banner Promotions' Boxcino series, but more importantly, the show in Corona, California marked the end of the seventeen-year run for Friday Night Fights.  The series was useful and often entertaining, but it was also frustrating for boxing fans because the matches were more often showcases rather than competitive. ESPN stubbornly refused to pay promoters a fair price to produce a competitive show, so as the show ran through the years, many, the amount of mismatches grew because promoters and boxers were unwilling to take risks for ESPN's pittance licensing fees. Still, the show was a regular gathering place for boxing fans over the years, and whether you agreed with him or not, commentator Teddy Atlas always had something interesting to say. There were some great fights on ESPN2 over the years and the good news is that network is not abandoning boxing. Al Haymon's Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) reached a deal with ESPN to present monthly shows that will be more competitive than what generally appeared on Friday Night Fights.  Goodbye Friday Night Fights. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 23, 2015 


IN WITH THE NEW: THURMAN-COLLAZO IN JULY WILL BE A BIG STEP UP FOR ESPN BOXING

Press Release: Keith Thurman's headlining win over Robert Guerrero was the blood-and-thunder debut main event for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. On July 11th in Tampa, Florida, Thurman (pictured) will get back in the ring and kick off PBC's new exclusive deal as the supplier of boxing to ESPN. Thurman, the WBA regular welterweight champion, will square up with Luis Collazo, who held the same title a few years ago, on ESPN (not ESPN2 where the outgoing Friday Night Fights was presented). The co-feature feature pits rising Detroit star Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) against Willie Nelson (23-2, 13 KOs) in a ten-round fight. The PBC on ESPN debut replaces the long-running Friday Night Fights, which ended its 17-year tenure on Friday. [The quality of the PBC card represents a significant step up in terms of the quality of boxingbeing presented on ESPN.]


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MAY 23, 2015 
 GOLDEN BOY LIVE COMING TO SALINAS, CA

Press Release: Golden Boy Live! will come to Salinas, California's Storm House on June 26th when local product Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) will battle Canadian welterweight titlist Steve Claggett (21-3-1, 14 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes will broadcast. Also on the show, Salinas native Paul "El Gallo Negro" Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) will take on David "The Destroyer" Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico in a ten-round super middleweight bout. In a televised six-round lightweight bout, Andy "The Shark" Vences (11-0, 7 KOs) of San Jose, Calif. will face Santiago "El Lobito" Guevara (8-1, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif.

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MAY 22, 2015 


POVETKIN SMASHES OUT PEREZ

Alexander Povetkin KO1 Mike Perez... In Moscow, Alexander Povetkin remained on the short list of top heavyweight contenders with a two-knockdown destruction of Mike Perez. The entire bout took little more than one minute. Povetkin floored Perez once, then swarmed all over a still-wobbly Perez, knocking him down again and causing the referee to stop the bout without a ten count. Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is now 28-1 with the only loss coming against Wladimir Klitschko. Perez falls to 21-2-1, with his other loss coming against Bryant Jennings.  video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL_BKea07ak

 
MAY 22, 2015 
 DROZD RETAINS WBC CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE

Grigory Drozd TKO9 Lukasz Janik... On the big Moscow show, Grigory Drozd retained the WBC cruiserweight championship by stopping Poland's Lukasz Janik in the ninth round. Drozd floored Janik in the seventh and was pounding on a defenseless, exhausted Janik in the ninth when the referee stopped the bout. Janik was a soft touch opponent who had done little in his career to deserve a wotld title shot. In fairness to Dorzd's promoters, they secured Janik on short notice when former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk pulled out of a rematch. Drozd is now 40-1, with the lone loss coming to Firat Arslan in 2006. Drozd took the title from Wlodarczyk in September. Janik is now 29-3. video: youtube.com/watch?v=w3KEBKjgEJo

 
MAY 22, 2015 


FROCH REPORTEDLY INTERESTED IN FACING GOLOVKIN

According to the WBC, Gennady Golovkin could soon be fighting Carl Froch, in a blockbuster at London's Wembley Stadium. Eddie Hearn, Froch´s promoter, says negotiations are already underway. "I have personally spoken with Carl and  he  is really interested  in this fight. I just want to be sure  he is really motivated as the risk is high. It would be  a great  bout. Wembley Staidum would be packed out." Negotiations have started and everything is going really well. Golovkin is recognized as the top middleweight by the WBA. Froch (pictured) held the IBF and WBA regular titles at super middleweight, but has been stripped due to one year of inactivity. The WBC is marginally involved because it recognizes Golovkin as its interim middleweight champion.  Froch  hasn't fought since May 2014, when he defeated George Groves. He has a record of  33 victories with 2 losses (to Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler).  Golovkin, who just defeated Willie Monroe in California, is undefeated in 33 fights.

 
MAY 22, 2015 
 JOHN THOMPSON HOPING TO PREVAIL IN BOXCINO FINALS TONIGHT

Press Release: John Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) looks  to win the Boxcino 154-pound title tonight when he takes on Brandon Adams in Corona, California, to be shown on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Thompson weighed in at a ready 153.2 and he looks in prime shape to win the title. "John has been really working hard in Virginia.  This is his second training camp down there and after his layoff we have really seen the improvement and his confidence," said Thompson's promoter Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions.

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MAY 22, 2015 
 ESPN2 WEIGH-IN REPORT

From Corona, California, here are the weights for Friday night's Boxcino Finals that will be shown live on the final edition of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights before Al Haymon's Premiere Boxing Champions takes over:

Boxcino Heavyweight championship: 
Andrey Fedosov 220.5 - Donovan Dennis 219

Boxcino junior middleweight championship:
John Thompson 153.2 - Brandon Adams 154.7

Fernando Fuentes 122 - Isaac Zarate 122
Angel Martinez 131.8 - Andres Fabian Figueroa 132.2
Richard Tallmadge 118.4 - Humberto Rubalcava 120.7
Isaac Freeman 146.5 - Danny Leon 146.1
Adam Lopez 122.9 - Miguel Tamayo 121 
Source: Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing

 
MAY 22, 2015 
 FULL CARD FOR QUEENS, NY ANNOUNCED

Press Release: On Saturday, May 30th, New Legend Boxing will return to Resorts World Casino New York City with a main event featuring light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (18-2) in a comeback that began earlier this year, following a two-year hiatus. In what will be his first professional fight in his home borough of Queens, just blocks from where he grew up in Ozone Park, Rosinsky is scheduled to take on Michigan’s Shujaa El Amin (12-6) in an eight-round contest. Here are details on the rest of the card:

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MAY 21, 2015 


WBO CLOUDS 105-POUND TITLE WITH SOFT TOUCH FOR JAPANESE TEENAGER

On December 31, 2014, Japan's Katsunari Takayama unfied the WBO and IBF 105-pound championships by defeating Go Odaira with two vacant titles at stake. Unfortunately, the WBO ceased recognizing Takayama, and will devalue its brand by giving a paper title to the winner of next week's bout between Japan's Kosei Tanaka and Mexico's Julian Yedras.  Tanaka is a teenager who is just 4-0 as a pro, but is coming off a stoppage win over Ryuji Hara, who was 18-0 before losing to Tanaka. Winning a world title in his fifth pro fight, even this paper title, will be a big deal in Japan. Yedras is undeserving of a world title shot-- he has never beaten any boxer of note. Hekkie Budler holds the WBA and IBO versions of the minimumweight championship, while the WBC belt is around the waist of  Wanheng Menayothin.

 
MAY 21, 2015 
 ORANGE COUNTY FIGHT CLUB SHOW SET FOR JUNE 11TH

Press Release: Six boxing and two MMA bouts will comprise the Thursday, June 11th edition of Fight Club OC at Costa Mesa, California's OC Fair & Event Center. Fans will get to see Malcolm McAllister (3-0) out of Long Beach go for his fourth straight KO win against Lanny Dardar (2-3). Reece Bennett will look to go to 2-0 against Oxnard pro debut boxer Ramon Villanueva. Other undefeated fighters on the card are Kevin Watts, Mark Anthony Hernandez (5-0) facing Santa Ana's Gabe Lopez (3-1), and Miami's  Leduan Barthelemy. Plus top USA amateur Timothy Lee out of Las Vegas will be making his pro boxing debut.

 
MAY 21, 2015 
 LOPEZ-TAMAYO SET FOR BOXCINO UNDERCARD

Press Release: Tomorrow night in Corona, California, super bantamweight Adam Lopez (11-0) battles Miguel Tamayo (16-12-2) in bout scheduled for six rounds at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena. The bout will be on the undercard of the Boxcino finals but will not be part of the ESPN2 broadcast. "Training went really well.  I did a lot of sparring to get ready for Tamayo who is a southpaw," said Lopez.

 
MAY 21, 2015 


ABRAHAM: FOUR FIGHTS VS. STIEGLITZ IS ENOUGH

Press Release: Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) vowed to bring an end to his feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) when the German super middleweights contest the WBO title for a fourth time on July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The fighters began their now familiar pre-fight routine with a kick-off press conference today, in which Abraham, the reigning title holder, promised to provide a conclusive finish to their long-standing rivalry. "Four fights with Robert is enough for me,’’ declared Abraham. "Of course, victory is always the most important thing, but on July 18th, I don’t just want to win, I want to win decisively and prove once and for all that I am the better man!’’

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MAY 21, 2015 
 BANNER SIGNS MAURO MAXIMILIANO GODOY

Press Release: Banner Promotions has announced the signing of junior welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy to an exclusive promotional contract. Godoy, 25 years old of Centenario, Argentina, has a record of 19-0 with 8 KOs. "We are happy to get this young contender in the fold," said Banner Promotions President Arthur Pelullo. "He comes on great recommendation from Daniel Castro who has been working with him.  We have seen some footage, and we feel Mauro has the potential to be a star here in the United States and throughout the world.  He has many options, as the 140 pound division is loaded with quality talent, and we expect to get him a major fight sooner rather than later." Said Daniel Castro, representative for Godoy, "We saw what Banner has done with Ruslan Provodnikov, and Mauro wants good fights and maybe an opportunity to fight Provodnikov." Godoy has fought his entire career in Argentina.

 
MAY 20, 2015 
 CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE POISED TO FACE JERMALL CHARLO IN JULY

According to the Facebook page of Shawana Bundrage, wife and manager of IBF 154-pound champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, he will be defending his title against Jermall Charlo in July. The 42 year-old Bundrage has a record of 34-5 and will be making the first defense in his second reign as champion.  Bundrage regained the title in October against Carlos Molina. The 25 year-old Charlo, an identical twin whose brother Jermell is also an accomplished boxer, is 21-0. Jermall Charlo has looked like a future star but has not yet faced a world-class opponent. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 20, 2015 
 BEN DEAN'S WEEKLY BOXING MEMO
By Ben Dean

If American fight fans didn't know the name Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez prior to this weekend, they certainly should now!  One of my first impressions of Chocolatito, the WBC flyweight champion, after reviewing film of him over the past year is his conditioning.  He's a precision sharp-shooter who never seems to get tired and just overwhelms his opponents with pressure and power.  It's as if his opponents are placed in a blender on high speed and there is no off switch.  It's hard to draw conclusions from Saturday's two-round destruction of Edgar Sosa, but Chocolatito appears to have that Henry Armstrong fifteen-round era sort of gas tank.

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MAY 20, 2015 
 EDWIN RODRIGUEZ, CRAIG BAKER MEET THE PRESS

Press Release: On Saturday, May 23rd, Premier Boxing Champions on NBC comes to Boston's Boston's Agganis Arena. Opening the MBC broadcast at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT will be a light heavyweight bout featuring Edwin Rodriguez taking on undefeated Craig Baker. Craig is 16-0 and coming off a win over Umberto Savignet and he's looking to derail the career of Edwin Rodriguez (26-1). Meanwhile, Rodriguez, a native of Masschusetts, is looking for a shot at light heavyweight title after a failed attempot at Andre Ward's super middleweight title. Here is what they had to say on a recent conference call:

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MAY 20, 2015 
 DANIEL GEALE WORKOUT QUOTES

Press Release: 
Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), the world middleweight champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become a four-division champion is defending against former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) of Australia on June 6, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a twelve-round fight that will be televised live on HBO. Geale hosted a New York City media workout at Mendez Boxing Gym in preparation for his title challenge and here is what he and his American promoter Gary Shaw, had to say:


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MAY 20, 2015 
 ANTOWYAN AIKENS RETURNS WITH HOMETOWN BOUT

Press Release: 
This Friday night, May 22nd, boxing returns to the Claridge in Atlantic City, New Jersey with a ten-bout card. 
In one of the undercard bouts, super middleweight Antowyan Aikens (9-0) makes his return after a thirteen-month layoff when he takes on Edgar Perez (6-13) in a bout scheduled for six rounds. 
In the main event, super bantamweight Juan "Baby Tito" Dominguez will take on Mario Antonio Macias in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.


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