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MAY 29, 2015 
 CHAGAEV-OQUENDO PART THREE: THE SHOW GOES ON
By Scott Shaffer

Fres Oquendo and his team, including John Wirt, Tom Tsatas, and trainer Dino Spencer, arrived in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya on July 5, just one day before the scheduled bout against Ruslan Chagaev, hardly an ideal situation for a heavyweight championship fight, even if the championship at stake was the dubious WBA "regular" or second-tier title. Upon arrival in Chechnya, Oquendo participated in the traditional weigh-in and other pre-fight activities such as taping interviews and commercials. The night before the fight, while in an elevator at the hotel, Spencer was approached by two unknown individuals who told him: “You think if you win you leave the country?” Rattled, Spencer conveyed what had happened to Oquendo.

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MAY 29, 2015 


KHAN-ALGIERI PREDICTION
By Ben Dean

Friday on Spike TV, former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan will face off with once-defeated Chris Algieri at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  There couldn't be a more marked contrast between both fighters as far as their stock coming in to this bout.  Algieri made his name with a gritty win over Ruslan Provodnikov and briefly reigned as the WBO's 140-pound title holder. But he moved up to face Manny Pacquiao at welterweight where he put on one of the most dismal pay-per-view performances of recent years.  Algieri tasted the canvas six official times against Pacquiao, and the scorecards read a very lopsided 119-103 (twice) and 120-102. Granted, Pacquiao was a pound-for-pound contender, but many observers felt he laid an egg in that effort. And the loss doesn't look any better after Pacquaio fared poorly against Floyd Mayweather.

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MAY 29, 2015 
 MORE LEGAL TROUBLE FOR JERMAIN TAYLOR

The Associated Press reports that former world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will be charged with second-degree battery after allegedly striking another resident at the rehabilitation center where he has been confined in lieu of jail. Taylor is awaiting trial on separate incidents in which he allegedly shot his cousin and threatened a child with a gun at a Martin Luther King day parade. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 29, 2015 
 DMYTRO KUCHER ADDED TO HOLLYWOOD SHOW THIS WEEKEND

Press Release: Saturday's boxing show at the Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California will now include an eight-round bout featuring Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher (22-1, 16 KOs) vs. America's Bobby Thomas Jr. (14-3-1, 9 KOs). Kucher's lone blemish on his record is a majority decision loss to cruiserweight contender Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs). The main event, to be aired on Solo Boxeo on Unimas is a battle of 22-year-old unbeatens. Saul "El Dinamita" Rodriguez (16-0, 13 KOs) faces Antonio Capulin (14-0, 6 KOs).  Also on the Unimas broadcast, Alex Saucedo (17-0, 12 KOs) takes on Jake Giurecio (17-3-1, 4 KOs). Tickets can be purchased online at HollywoodFightNight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888..

 
MAY 29, 2015 
 BOOGALOO WATTS MOVIE SCREENING IN BEACH HAVEN, NJ

From Facebook: After years of production, the Bobby Watts movie titled "Boogaloo: The Life and Times of a Middleweight Contender" is ready for screening at the Lighthouse International Film Festival in Beach Haven, NJ on Saturday June 6th. It is a 3:15 pm showtime at the Island Baptist Church which is located at 215 3rd street in the heart of the Jersey Shore. Director Liam Mulvey details Boogaloo's journey from the time he was a kid in South Carolina to his career as a middleweight fighting out of Philadelphia followed by the ups-and-downs of life after retirement. It must be noted that this viewing is a one-shot deal for now as no official release date has been made for the film. A short trailer can be viewed here vimeo.com/16036252 . Tickets can be purchased in advance here http://bit.ly/1LKgKC7.

 
MAY 28, 2015 
 SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI IN LINE FOR REMATCH VS. CARLOS CUADRAS

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai TKO4 Jose Salgado... In Thailand, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defeated Mexico's Jose “Sugar” Salgado, via fourth-round techncal knockout in a WBC elimination bout at 115 pounds. Srisaket, a former WBC 115-pound champion is now in line for a rematch against Carlos Cuadras, the man who dethroned him one year ago. In that one year, Srisaket has won seven times and has improved his record to 34-4-1. Against Salgado (34-3-2), both fighters traded heavy punches. But in the fourth, a powerful combination left Salgado defenseless, forcing the referee to intervene and stop the fight. source: wbc

 
MAY 28, 2015 


ROCKY MARTINEZ CONSIDERING ORLANDO SALIDO REMATCH
By Ivan Montiel

On April 11th, Puerto Rico's Roman "Rocky" Martinez defeated Oralndo "Siri" Salido by unanimous decision to take Salido's WBO 130-pound title. It was the third time Martinez captured that belt. Martinez (29-2-2) is now considering his next fight. Ivan Montiel has filed this interview:

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MAY 28, 2015 
 HERRERA TO FACE LUNDY IN HIGH-STAKES JUNIOR WELTER BATTLE

Press Release: On Saturday, July 11th Southern California's Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) battles Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) in a ten-round junior welterweight bout at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. HBO Latino will televise. Opening up the telecast will be a ten-round lightweight match-up between Michael "The Artist" Perez (22-1-2, 10 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey and Las Vegas transplant Sharif "The Lion" Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs).

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MAY 28, 2015 
 BARTHELEMY-DEMARCO TO HEADLINE JUNE CBS SHOW

Press Release: Rances Barthelemy (22-0, 13 KOs) against Antonio DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KOs) will headline the next installment Premier Boxing Champions on CBS. The bout will take place Sunday, June 21st at Las Vegas'  MGM Grand Garden Arena with televised action beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.  Barthelemy previously held the IBF 130-pound title while DeMarco is a former WBC titlist in the lightweight division. Also featured on the broadcast will be a welterweight matchup that pits Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) against Nigeria's Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs).

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MAY 28, 2015 
 PROMOTER MICHAEL KING PASSES AWAY AT AGE 66

TMZ.com reports that boxing promoter Michael King passed away in Los Angeles today at age 66. The cause of death is unclear but TMZ reports pneumonia was a contributing factor. King made his name and his fortune in Hollywood. Along with his father and brother, he took a small company whose main asset was the rights to the outdated Little Rascals series and wound up syndicating iconic television shows Oprah, Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.  Later in life, King turned to boxing, and founded the All-American Heavyweights which sought talented college athletes who didn't get drafted into the NFL or NBA and schooled them in the art of boxing. King's program produced U.S. Olympic heavyweight Dominic Breazeale. King's current roster of boxers includes Hassan N'Dam (who is fighting for the vacant IBF middleweight title in June), Charles Martin (undefeated heavyweight) and Youri Kalenga (cruiserweight contender). King was passionate about boxing and hoped to leverage his experience in the television industry to bring a new level of excitement to the sport. He had some success, but sadly, he ran out of time before he could complete his vision.  Boxingtalk sends it deepest condolences to Jena King and all of the family, friends and co-workers of Michael King. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 28, 2015 
 DE ALBA, UPSHER CHAMBERS FEATURED ON FRIDAY PHILLY SHOW

Press Release: This Friday night at Philadelphia's Stadium Holiday Inn, a boxing show will be headlined by a ten-round junior lightweight bout between Frankie De Alba (15-1-2, 5 KOs) and Bernardo Gomez Uribe (14-3, 10 KOs). De Alba of Reading, PA has won thirteen straight and is unbeaten since dropping his professional debut in 2011. In an eight-round bout on the same show, Steve Upsher Chambers (24-4-1, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia will fight Alejandro Rodriguez (22-16-1, 8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a junior welterweight bout.

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MAY 28, 2015 


LEMIEUX: N'DAM HAS NO CLUE OF WHOM HE'S GOING TO FACE ON JUNE 20TH

Press Release: On June 20th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, David Lemieux (pictured) faces Hassan N'Dam for the vacant IBF middleweight title. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya recently hosted a conference call to discuss the match-up. Concerning United States television, De La Hoya said, "We are talking to various networks here in the US and that'll be sorted out. We'll have an announcement very soon."  Here is what else the promoter and the two boxers had to say:

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MAY 28, 2015 
 PHIL LO GRECO SIGNS WITH AL HAYMON

Press Release: Welterweight Phil Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Rafael Cobos on March 6th in Las Vegas. This victory followed a loss to Shawn Porter, who is on the books to face Adrien Broner June 20th. Lo Greco sees the Broner-Porter match as an entertaining fight. “The fact that the [catch]weight is 144 makes it more competitive because Broner is the smaller guy. If Shawn doesn't have weight problems, I give him the edge. Broner doesn't like to be bullied as we saw with [Marcos] Maidana. Porter has a better style, but can still bully him.” After signing with Al Haymon in December, LoGreco is now living in Las Vegas, and training at Long Life Fitness with James Long and Miguel Diaz, and is working toward a fight date. “I expect a fight date soon,” he said. “I'm anxious to get back in the ring. I've got a lot of catching up to do after a two-year layoff (before the Cobos fight) so I'm staying in the gym and I'm going to be ready.”

 
MAY 28, 2015 
 PHILLY BOXING UPDATE

Press Release: Golden Boy Live! returns to Philadelphia's 2300 Arena on June 30th. Lamont Roach Jr. (7-0, 3 KOs) will open the Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes broadcasts against Christian Santibanez (3-4, 2 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas in a six-round lightweight event. Tickets are on sale now by calling (215) 568-2400, (215) 364-9000 or (215) 765-0922, or online at www.wanatix.com or www.peltzboxing.com.

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MAY 27, 2015 
 SAM SOLIMAN TO FACE DOMINIC WADE ON SHOBOX

Press Release: Ex-IBF middleweight titlist Sam Soliman will serve as stern test for Dominic “Lights Out” Wade on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, June 26th, to be held at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Wade (17-0, 12 KOs), of Washington, D.C., and Soliman (44-12, 1 NC, 18 KOs), of Australia, will clash in the ten rounder that tops a televised tripleheader.

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MAY 27, 2015 
 AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT HOW CHAGAEV-OQUENDO WAS PUT TOGETHER
By Scott Shaffer

Part Two of a Series

Yesterday, Boxingtalk examined the verdict in the lawsuit filed by Fres Oquendo against CCC Terek, who promoted Oquendo's narrow loss to Ruslan Chagaev in Chechnya last year. Today, Boxingtalk takes a look at the convoluted negotiations that led to the July 2014 bout for the WBA regular heavyweight title. For this with an interest in what it takes to put together an international championship bout, this story is a must-read.

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MAY 27, 2015 
 BOXCINO FINALS RECAP

Press Release: Memorial Day weekend started out with a bang as Andrey Fedosov and John Thompson were crowned Boxcino 2015 champions in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions resptively. Fedosov stopped Donovan Dennis and while Thompson stopped Brandon Adams this past Friday in  Corona, California. Fedosov scored an eighth-round stoppage, while Thompson got off the canvas in round one to score a second-round stoppage. The event also served as the series finale of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.

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MAY 27, 2015 


KOVALEV-MOHAMMEDI TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

Press Release: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) the WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion will take on IBF mandatory contender Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, July 25th at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 27th at 10 AM PT and will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mandalaybay.com. Undercard information will be announced shortly.

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MAY 27, 2015 
 TOP RANK INKS GUY ROBB

Press Release:
 Guy Robb, a featherweight from Sacramento, Claifornia has signed with Top Rank. The 26-year old Robb has a record of 15-1 and has won eight fights in a row, four by knockout. He is trained by Ray Woods, stepfather and the original trainer of the late champion Diego Corrales. 
"Guy has an aggressive, entertaining style of boxing and is always in exciting fights," said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler of Top Rank. 
Manager Herb Stone said  "Guy has wins over undefeated fighters. He competes at a high level. Fight fans are really going to like his in-ring intensity and will to win." 
Robb was a 2008 Ringside National Amateur champion and in the same year was a bronze medalist at the U.S. National Championships at 125 pounds. 
Top Rank will soon announce Robb's debut with the company, Trampler said.


 
MAY 27, 2015 
 KAYODE-KISNER BROADCAST LINE-UP FINALIZED

Lightweight Tony Luis to be part of broadcast team

Press Release: This Friday, May 29th in Memphis, Tennesse,  CBS Sports Network will air a boxing show  headlined by a ten-round cruiserweight battle between Lateef "Power" Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) and "Slick" Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs). Also on the show, lightweight Josh King of Australia will make his US television debut against Arkansas' Rogelio Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs). Also featured in televised action  will be Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight showcase against Kenya's Fatuma Zarika (24-10-2, 14 KOs), as well as super middleweight Derrick "Take It to The Bank" Webster (18-0, 9 KOs) in a six-rounder against Mississippi's [designated loser] William Johnson (28-45-4).

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MAY 26, 2015 
 SMS PROMOTIONS NOT WORTH 50 CENTS

SMS Promotions, LLC, the boxing promotional company owned by hip hop star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in Connecticut.  50 Cent signed the bankruptcy papers, which so far give little indication of SMS' debts, except that they total less than $500,000.  The company is expected to remain in operation for the time being while it offers a plan to satisfy its creditors. SMS promotes James Kirkland and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Although Gamboa won some world titles a few years ago, neither h nor Kirkland have been able to break through to the hghest level of success in the sport. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 26, 2015 


OQUENDO WINS LAWSUIT VS. CHAGAEV'S PROMOTER... BUT WILL CCC TEREK LISTEN?
By Scott Shaffer

Part One of a Series

After narrowly losing to Ruslan Chagaev in a bout for the WBA regular heavyweight title, Fres Oquendo sued CCC Terek, the German company that promotes Chagaev, in Unted States federal court.  Interestingly, Chagaev himself was not made a party to the suit. The bout was held in Grozny, Chechnya on July 6, 2014. Although Chagaev is from Uzbekistan, a separate country from Chechniya, it is safe to say he was the local favorite over Oquendo, as the president of Chechniya took a personal interest in the fight. The result was a disputed and narrow split decision for Chagaev in a fight promoted by Terek. Oquendo's lawsuit claimed that Terek did not pay him the full amount of the contracted $1 million purse and also that Terek failed to deliver a rematch against Chagaev that Terek promised in the event Oquendo lost. Terek claimed Oquendo was guilty of economic blackmail, because Oquendo coerced the million dollar purse and rematch clause by threatening to pull out of the fight after millions were spent to promote the bout and it was too late to get a replacement opponent.  The court ruled in Oquendo's favor last week.  Oquendo was represented by attorney Judd Burstein. Here is a small part of the Court's very interesting ruling and description of the dispute, which Boxingtalk will be covering extensively in the coming days:


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MAY 26, 2015 


DANIEL GEALE SPARING WITH TUREANO JOHNSON

Press Release: Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs), is now the chief sparring partner for Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) as Geale prepares for his upcoming world middleweight championship  challenge against Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs).  Johnson had this to say about sparring with Geale: "Daniel Geale is a special fighter who possesses a lot of boxing skill. He's looking real sharp in the gym and his power is there.  I can feel the snap on his punches and I think Miguel Cotto is in for a big surprise.  Everyone is counting Geale out but not me. [Our promoter] Gary Shaw brought me in to test Geale's skills and after a few days of sparring, I believe Daniel will be crowned champion."  Johnson is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, three of which came by stoppage.

 
MAY 26, 2015 
 MARCUS OLIVEIRA LEAVES DON KING TO SIGN WITH SECONDS OUT

Press Release:  Tony Grygelko of Minneapolis-based Seconds Out Promotions has announced the signing of hard-punching light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira to a promotional contract.  From Menominee, Wisconsin, and of Menominee Nation (Native American heritage), the 36-year-old Oliveira has a pro record of 25-1-1 with 20 KOs. The promotional agreement is a reunion of sorts, as Grygelko was Oliveira's promoter for much of his early professional career.

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MAY 26, 2015 
 PATRICK NIELSEN, DENNIS CEYLAN TOP JUNE 20TH DANISH BILL

Press Release: Denmark’s fighting Nielsen brothers wil share a bill on June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) returns following a points victory over Ruben Eduardo Acosta. In his third super middleweight contest, the 24 year-old Nielsen will face Charles Adamu (23-6, 17 KOs). The Nielsens will be joined on the show by featherweight Dennis Ceylan (14-0-1, 7 KOs), who promoter Sauerland Event feels is on the cusp of his first title challenge. Before the Aarhus boxer can vie for a title, he must overcome former European king Sergio Prado (10-4-1, 4 KOs).

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MAY 25, 2015 


BEN DEAN'S POUND-FOR-POUND LIST
By Ben Dean

1.  Floyd Mayweather Jr:  Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. remains in the top spot after his unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd.  In defeating Pacman, Mayweather extended his unbeaten record to 48-0, 26 KOs.  He is the world welterweight champion and had the world junior middleweight championship when he defeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. It's hard to supplant him as the top spot when he has yet to taste defeat. 

2.  Guillermo Rigondeaux:  World super bantamweight champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux was last seen in the ring on December 31st in a thrilling and exciting bout with Hisashi Amagasa.  Rigondeaux rose from the deck twice to stop Amagasa via eleventh-round stoppage.  Rigondeaux was formerly the #3 boxer in the world, but ascended to the #2 spot due to Andre Ward's extended inactivity.  Rigondeaux now stands at 15-0, 10 KOs.   


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MAY 25, 2015 


LATE RESULTS: O'CONNOR NOTCHES HOMETOWN STOPPAGE

Danny O'Connor TKO5 Chris Gilbert... On Saturday's show in Boston, Danny O'Connor from nearby Framingham, Massachusetts, wanted to put on a show close to home and he delivered, stopping Chris Gilbert (13-2, 10 KOs) in the fifth round. O'Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) knocked Gilbert down in rounds two and three before getting the stoppage in round five. "The game plan was to be intelligent and use my skills. We didn't think he was as skillful and I didn't want to fight down to him. Luckily the body shots really affected him. As soon as Paulie Malignaggi got injured I turned my focus towards this fight. That's all I thought about. I still want to fight Paulie." source: premiere boxing champions

Ibeth Zamora TKO6 Jolene Blackshear... Ibeth “Roca“ Zamora defended her WBC women's light flyweight crown, in Metepec, Mexico, after the middle-aged American Jolene Blackshear failed to come out for the seventh round. 
Blackshear pounded to the body, and was especially vulnerable to left hooks to the head. At 45 years old, 
Blackshear
 is 
 
Zamora
's senior by nineteen years, and it showed as the fight wore on.  
Zamora rocked 
Blackshear
 with multiple combinations coming close to stopping her in a totally one sided one way traffic sixth. And after that, 
Blackshear
's corner wisely decided that it was more than enough. source: wbc
 
Yazmín Rivas TKO6 Simone Da Silva...
Yazmín “Rusita” Rivas convincingly defended the WBC bantamweight championship overwhelming Brazil's Simone Da Silva, with a sixth-round technical knockout in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Yazmin applied unremitting pressure from the very beginning, with a tremendous volume of heavy punches to the body, which visibly sapped and then wilted her opponent.
Rivas was powerful, sharp and accurate in her attack. 
Trapping the Brazilian in a neutral corner, Yazmin attacked to body and head, with a torrent of punches until the referee stepped in to save Simone. source: wbc


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