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JULY 02, 2015 


HAYMON WILL FIGHT THE LAWSUITS

Yesterday, Top Rank, Inc. sued Alan Haymon and related companies, challenging Haymon's business model on antitrust and Muhammad Ali Act grounds. The law firm hired by Haymon to defend the suit, Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel, quickly issued the following statement, and published it on the website of Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions: "On behalf of our clients Alan Haymon, Haymon Boxing LLC, Haymon Sports LLC and Haymon Holdings LLC: The lawsuit filed today by Bob Arum and Top Rank is entirely without merit and is a cynical attempt by boxing’s old guard to use the courts to undermine the accessibility, credibility and exposure of boxing that the sport so desperately needs. The Premier Boxing Champions series makes boxing free again, by bringing championship boxing to free TV, with a fighter-first promise and a commitment to the fans to restore boxing to the luster of its heyday. The continued success of this effort will far outlast this baseless lawsuit." Click below for the full story as it develops:


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JULY 02, 2015 
 BEN DEAN'S MAILBAG
By Ben Dean

The fans are still talking about Adrien Broner

You do a great job keeping us informed with the sweet science news. But, I really need you on this one, I'm probably b- type when it comes to the sport so I coming up a level getting at you. Since Danny Garcia is giving up the 140-pound titles and he is recognized as the man but didn't lose to anyone, how will the new kingpin of the 140-pound weight class be determined? Keep me posted.-- Don

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JULY 02, 2015 


INTRODUCING 16 YEAR-OLD PRO LEON BAUER

Press Release:  Germany’s youngest professional boxer, Leon Bauer (1-0, 1 KO) returns to the ring on July 18th in Halle on the undercard of Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz IV. Having started his pro career off with the first-round stoppage of Kristof Mate, the 16 year-old super middleweight can expect a tougher test in his second paid outing against Misa Nikolic (20-35-2, 9 KOs), who at 37 is old enough to be Bauer’s father.

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JULY 02, 2015 
 BIOSSE RETURNS HOME FOR RHODE ISLAND BOUT

Press Release: Super middleweight Vladine Biosse (15-6-2, 7 KOs), known in his hometown as "Mr. Providence," returns to Rhode Island for the first time in more than a year on Friday, July 17th, when he faces  Chris Chatman (12-5-1, 5 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., in the ten-round main event at Twin River Casino. The CES-promoted show also features a six-round welterweight bout matching Nick DeLomba (7-0, 1 KO) of Cranston, RI, and New Jersey  southpaw Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-2, 5 KOs).

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JULY 01, 2015 
 THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND: GOLDEN BOY SUPPORTS TOP RANK LAWSUIT

Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions founder and chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing's lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities: "I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner." On May 6th, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.  The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.

 
JULY 01, 2015 
 TOP RANK SUES HAYMON CHALLENGING HAYMON'S BUSINESS MODEL

Top Rank, Inc. has sued Al Haymon and various Haymon-related entities in United States District Court, alleging that the Haymon entities violated United States anti-trust law and California's unfair competition act. The Nevada-based promoter's lawsuit alleges that "Haymon is rigging the boxing industry so they can act as manager, promoter, sponsor and ticket broker for nearly every major professional boxer competing in the United States, all in violation of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, the Sherman Act and a host of other state and federal laws." The lawsuit further complains that, "In order to stifle legitmate promoters from competing against [Haymon's company, Premiere Boxing Champions], Haymon has obtained exclusivity commitments from broadcasters" that keep his competitors off the airwaves. Haymon was resently named in a similar lawsuit by the other major American promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, and the Association of Boxing Commissioners has asked the United States Attorney General to investigate Haymon's practices.

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JULY 01, 2015 
 THE WEEKLY BOXING MEMO
By Ben Dean

Bradley vs. Vargas:  Timothy Bradley's win over Jessie Vargas on Saturday was largely a tale of two fights. For eleven and three quarter rounds, Bradley mostly piled up 10-9 rounds (although many were competitive).  Vargas jabbed successfully at times, but seemed to have no defensive answer for Bradley's overhand right hand which landed largely at will.  The shorter Bradley also landed hard body shots that seemed to take some of the steam out of Vargas.  By the close of the seventh round, Vargas looked spent.

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JULY 01, 2015 


TRAINER: IF ARTHUR ABRAHAM LOSES, HE SHOULD RETIRE

Press Release: 
With only 18 days to go before Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) defends his title against Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth WBO super middleweight title contest, Abraham (pictured) and his coach Ulli Wegner opened the doors to their training camp at the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany. [The fight takes place on July 18th, with Abraham leading the all-German rivalry 2-1].


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JULY 01, 2015 


NADJIB MOHAMMEDI TRAINING CAMP REPORT

Press Release: 
On July 25th, Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) will face WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas live on HBO World Championship Boxing. For the biggest fight of his career, Mohammedi will have world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez in his corner. Abel is best known for his work with current WBA middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.


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JULY 01, 2015 


STEED WOODALL LEFT UK TO CHASE BOXING DREAM

Press Release: 
Unlike most British boxers who first establish themselves at home in the United Kingdom before fighting in the United States, Steed "The Stallion" Woodall packed up and moved 1½ years ago from Birmingham, England to Miami, Florida in order to pursue his boxing dream. 
As an amateur, Woodall was a five-time England National Champion, two-time British Champion, and quarterfinalist in the World Youth Championships. His aggressive style  so far seems suited for pro boxing, evident by his pro record of 7-0-1 with 5 KOs in the super middleweight division.



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JULY 01, 2015 


CHANGE IN LA FIGHT CLUB MAIN EVENT

Press Release:   Due to illness there has been a change in the July 2nd main event of Fight Club LA. Previously scheduled main event fighter John Karl Sosa has pulled out of the Los Angeles show and Mexico City's Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez (25-3, 20 KOs) will now face replacement opponent Hevinson Herrera (17-10-1 11 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a ten-round junior welterweight bout airing live on Fox Deportes.

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JUNE 30, 2015 


WBA CALLS FOR KLITSCHKO-FURY PURSE BID NEXT WEEK

In Panama, the WBA Championship Committee called for a purse bid between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitchko (64-3, 53 KOs) and Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs). Klitschko (pictured) holds the WBA super championship, as well as the WBO and IBF championships. Fury is rated #1 in the WBA and WBO. Purse bids will be on Monday, July 6th at the WBA offices in Panama City. The purse bid will be conducted by the Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. with, according to the WBA, "an anticipated split of 80% for the reigning and defending champion and 20% for the challenger." --Scott Shaffer

 
JUNE 30, 2015 
 IBF ORDERS O'KANE-JOHNSON FOR MIDDLEWEIGHT ELIMINATOR
By Scott Shaffer

The IBF has ordered a middleweight elimination bout between Ireland's Eamonn O’Kane (14-1-1 with 5 KOs) and Tureano Johnson (18-1) of the United States. Lindsey Tucker of the IBF confirmed this, writing, "The two sides must decide the date and place of the fight. If they can’t, we call for a purse bid." O’Kane wants the fight, tweeting, “I am happy to announce I will battle Tureano Johnson to become mandatory challenger for the IBF world title.” The title is currently held by Canada's David Lemieux. O'Kane's lone loss came in 2012 against John Ryder. O'Kane last fought in May, handing previously undefeated Lewis Taylor his first loss via majority decision.  Johnson, inactive since January, is 18-1 with the lone loss to Curtis Stevens. Johnson tweeted, "Gonna start camp July 5th. Something is bound to happen and if they think they catching me on short notice, think again."

 
JUNE 30, 2015 


MARTIN MURRAY REPLACES ANTHONY JOSHUA ON JULY UK BILL

Joshua slotted for "major" fight in September

Press Release: Martin Murray has been added Matchroom's show at the Manchester Arena on July 18th as he makes his second appearance in the super middleweight division. Murray made his 168-pound debut in Liverpool just last Saturday, using a body shot to score a second-round KO of George Beroshvilli (19-6-2). Murray replaces heavyweight super prospect Anthony Joshua who was originally set to appear but will now focus on a major title bout on September 12th at The O2 in London.

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JUNE 30, 2015 
 BOXING'S NEXT FRONTIER: INDIAN AMATEUR STAR TO TURN PRO

Press Release: British promoter Francis Warren of Queensberry Promotions (that's Frank Warren's son) and Neerav Tomar of IOS Sport and Entertainment announced that Vijender Singh, the superstar of Indian amateur boxing, has now turned professional. Singh, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, has signed a four-year promotional agreement with Queensberry Promotions and IOS Sport and Entertainment that will see the middleweight fight a minimum of six times in the first year.

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JUNE 30, 2015 


BRAEHMER-KONRAD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT SET FOR SEPT. 5TH

Press Release: Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) will face Konni Konrad (21-1-1, 11 KOs) on September 5th in Dresden, Germany. It will be Braehmer's fifth defense of the WBA regular light heavyweight title. [From 2006-2012, Konrad only fought once. Since his 2012 comeback, he has gone 6-0 against slight opposition].

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JUNE 30, 2015 


BROADWAY BOXING JULY 8TH LINE-UP ALL SET

Press Release: 
On Wednesday, July 8th, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series will return to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan, New York City. Headlining the card will be popular junior lightweight Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (14-0, 7 KOs) against Martin Cardona (19-5, 14 KOs) in an eight rounder. 
Also on the card, Kazakhstan's Sergey Lipinetc (6-0, 5 KOs), a former MMA competitor, challenges Kendal Mena (20-1, 11 KOs) in a welterweight eight-round contest. 



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JUNE 29, 2015 


SHUMENOV-FLORES ON FOR JULY 25TH

Press Release: Former light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) meets cruiserweight nd NBC boxing analyst B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday, July 25th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Sports Netowrk at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Shumenov previously held the WBA rgular title at light heavyweight. The co-feature will showcase cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) against Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).

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JUNE 29, 2015 
 EX-BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMP FROM THE 90S RESURFACES WITH REPORTED 154-POUND TITLE SHOT!

According to the website Asian Boxing, Demetrius Andrade will make the next defense of the WBO 154-pound title on August 15th in Connecticut's Foxwoods Casino against an opponent from Thailand. But the identity of his opponent is a shocker: apparently Andrade will defend against a former bantamweight champion from the 1990s, Sirimongkol Singwangcha a/k/a Sirimongkol Sigmanasak. Sirimongkol reigned as the WBC 118-pound champion from 1997-1998. After losing the belt to Japanese legend Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, he began steadily moving up in weight. In 2002, he captured the WBC 130-pound title but got dethroned by Jesus Chavez the following year. He continued moving up in weight, beating anonymous foes to run his record to an amazing 84-2. In 2014, he captured a WBO regional title at 154 pounds, thus making himself eligible to fight for the WBO world title. Now 38, the reports say Andrade has agreed to face Sirimongkol.  Andrade made a soft defense against Brian Rose a year ago and hasn't fought since. A fight poster has apparently been made by Sirimongkol's Thai promoters. --Scott Shaffer

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JUNE 29, 2015 


DE LA HOYA: "I'M STAYING RETIRED"

After weeks of hinting that he was coming back to fight again, former multi-division champion turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya now says he is staying retired. De La Hoya tweeted: "I'm retired, & after speaking to my family & following a great deal of introspection, I've decided to stay retired." De La Hoya is 42 years old and last fought in 2008 when he lost to Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya held titles in every weight class from 130 to 160 pounds and finished with a record of 36-6 (losses were to Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley twice and Bernard Hopkins. Most view the Trinidad loss as a bad decision--Scott Shaffer

 
JUNE 29, 2015 
 TAHITI FANS WITNESS DESTRUCTION OF LATE SUBSTITUTE

Cedric Bellais KO1 Tomas Man ... French Polynesia’s Cedric Bellais defeated late substitute Tomas Man from the Czech Republic in a light heavyweight contest on Saturday in Papeete, Tahiti.  Bellais was originally scheduled to fight George Hillyard from England at super middleweight title, but when Hillyard pulled out, Man was brought in to save the main event of the show. Bellais (18-6-3) didn’t show much gratitude towards the visitor, as he overwhelmed Man (13-10-1) to stop him in the first round with a shot to the liver. source: world boxing federation

 
JUNE 29, 2015 
 LATE RESULT: ZURDO RAMIREZ SHUTS OUT DEREK EDWARDS

Gilberto Ramírez W10 Derek Edwards ...Mexican super middleweight Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramírez won a dominant unanimous decision victory against Derek Edwards at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The scorecards of the three judges were 100-90. Edwards is best known for a 2014 first-round stoppage over Badou Jack, who now reings as the WBC super middleweight titlist. However, Edwards now has back-to-back losses to Andre Dirrell and Ramirez , and his career mark is 27-5-1.  Ramirez, now 32-0, thanked his fans afterwards, saying: “I'm ready to fight against  anyone anywhere." source: wbc

 
JUNE 28, 2015 
 RUENROENG WINS FOUL-FEST

Amnat Ruenroeng W12 Johnriel Casimiero...  Amnat Ruenroeng retained the IBF flyweight championship with a unanimous-decision defeat of Johnriel Casimiero of The Philippines. Fighting in his native Thailand, Ruenroeng was allowed to get away with all manners of holding and tackling, with only one point deduction coming in the eleventh round. Official scores were 113-112, 115-110  and 1116-110. Reports say Ruenroeng was credited with two knockdowns, but only one was legitimate, and the other was a push that was wrongly credited by referee Larry Doggett. The same reports (from The Philippines) say Casimiero was denied credit for a knockdown of his own. Ruenroeng has some very big wins in his career, and a match-up against WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez would be an attractive match-up. source: abs-cbn news

 
JUNE 28, 2015 
 CLEVERLY-FONFARA IN THE WORKS FOR THE FALL

Press Release: 
Nathan Cleverly is set to face Andrzej Fonfara in a meaningful light heavyweight showdown this autumn in the United Kingdom, live on Sky Sports.  Cleverly is a former WBO titlist. He moved up to cruiserweight after losing his title to Sergei Kovalev but
 stepped back down to 175 in May.  Fonfara is from Poland but fights out of Chicago. He lost a title shot to world champion Adonis Stevenson, but had the champion on the canvas.  
Fonfara produced fireworks in April by stopping Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. inside nine rounds.  Cleverly’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the fight will be confirmed soon. 
“We have had lots of big fight offers come in from Nathan over the past few months and we have taken our time to choose the right one,” said Hearn. “The Juergen Braehmer fight was one we were very close to taking but just felt that after his big win against Chavez, Fonfara was the perfect fight on the world stage. We are working with his team on the date expected to be in October and we will release news shortly.”


 
JUNE 28, 2015 


TEAM SOLIMAN ISSUES STATEMENT AFTER SPLIT-DECISION LOSS TO WADE

"Sam is devastated"

Sam Soliman's attorney has issued a statement in the wake of Soliman's split-decision loss Dominic Wade on Friday night is Shelton, Washington. At 41, Soliman is a virtual senior citizen by boxing standards, and he was returning from knee surgery to boot. Rather than take a tune-up, the ex-IBF middleweight champion signed on to fight to Wade, a former U.S. Olympian just entering his prime. Soliman fought his usual extremely awkward fight and appeared to give Wade a boxing lesson. The first indication of trouble came in the fourth round when a questionable knockdown ruling favored Wade. Soliman went down in a tangle with Wade's feet, and the referee ruled Soliman had been knocked down. When it was over, however, Punchstat credited Soliman with landing 98 punches to 74 for Wade. Soliman also had the edge in power punches landed. Two Showtime announcers thought Soliamn deserved to win, while the third said it was a close fight. When the scorecards were read, however, it was disappointment for Soliman: 95-94 Wade, 96-93 Soliman, and an unjustifiable 97-92 Wade turned in by Robert Hoyle.  Here is what Soliman's attorney, Kurt Emhoff had to say:


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JUNE 28, 2015 


BRADLEY HURT BADLY AT FINAL BELL, BUT WINS ON THE CARDS
By Scott Shaffer

Vargas loses as fight ends about five seconds too soon

Timothy Bradley W12 Jessie Vargas... It was the reverse of Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. vs. Meldrick Taylor I.  Timothy Bradley, Jr. scored a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas at Carson, California's StubHub Center on Saturday. Like Taylor back in 1990, Bradley was comfortably ahead on the scorecards going into the final round. When Chavez hurt Taylor, referee Richard Steele stopped the fight with two seconds left, giving Chavez a TKO win most people thought was unjust. On Saturday, the opposite occurred. Vargas hurt Bradley badly with an overhand right and Bradley appeared to be out on his feet. Referee Pat Russell called the fight off with about five seconds left, and Vargas momentarily thought he won because Russell was stopping the bout to save Bradley from further punishment. But Russell quickly explained he stopped the fight because he thought he heard the bell sound to end the twelfth round. Replays showed Russell mistakenly reacted to the ten-second warning, a clap-like sound. When the confusion ended, the scorecards were consulted, and Bradley won by scores of 115-112, 116-112 and 117-111. The scorecards were accurate, but Vargas was robbed of his chance to finish off Bradley in the final five seconds or so. One hard punch could have KO's Bradley, but Bradley has survived worse (see Ruslan Provodnikonv). What would have happened? We'll never know. Bradley is now 32-1-1 and claims the interim WBO welterweight title. Vargas, who was m oving up from 140 pounds, suffers his first loss after 26 pro wins. However, he made a good account of himself and will continue to get big fights. source: hbo

 
JUNE 28, 2015 
 HBO'S 1000TH FIGHT: VALDEZ DECISIONS TAMAYO
By Scott Shaffer

Oscar Valdez W12 Ruben Tamayo... In the 1000th fight televised by HBO, Oscar Valdez defeated Ruben Tamayo via unanimous decision over ten rounds in the featherweight division. Valdez suffered a surprise knockdown in the first round that was mostly, but not entirely due to his feet getting tangled up with the southpaw Tamayos' feet. Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian, was not hurt and won most of the remaining rounds. Tamayo (25-6-4) finished the fight with a badly swollen right eye. Valdez (16-0) clearly won the fight, but did not stamp himself as a must-see prospect on the level of Tony Harrison or Valdez's Top Rank stablemate, Felix Verdejo. By way of comparison, Tamayo had been stopped four times in his career, including the last time out by Jesus Andres Cuellar in a a WBA interim title bout. source: hbo



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