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AUGUST 28, 2015 
 DEAN ON THE SCENE: WELTERWEIGHT BOUTS THAT SHOULD BE MADE
By Ben Dean

Fans are disappointed that Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s professed swan song is taking place against Andre Berto, who is not among the ten best in the welterweight division. Berto is just 3-3 in his last 6 bouts and was picked over a number of excellent boxers who could have faced Mayweather this September. Mayweather-Berto is a dud, at least on paper, but there are several excellent bouts that could take place in the 147-pound division.  In this article, I'll play matchmaker and share with the fans the sort of bouts I would make if I were all-powerful in boxing.  Let's take a look at the following welterweight bouts that should happen this fall...

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AUGUST 28, 2015 
 BRONER IN GOOD FIGHT FOR BOGUS TITLE

Press Release: Former three-division titlist Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) returns to his hometown to face Khabib “The Hawk” Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA 140-pound title on Saturday, October 3rd live on Showtime from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the co-feature, IBF 130-pound title holder Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs).   [Broner has been recognized with world titles at 130, 135 and 147, skipping over 140 pounds. The WBA title was recently vacated by Danny Garcia, who moved up in weight. The sad part of this fight is that both Broner and Allakhverdiev are coming off losses, Broner to Shawn Porter and Allakhverdiev to Jessie Vargas, yet the WBA is sanctioning this for a so-called world title].

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AUGUST 28, 2015 


ZAB JUDAH BACK IN SEPTEMBER

Press Release: On Thursday, September 10th, former two-division champion Zab "Super" Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, will face Colombia's Hevinson Herrera (18-11-1, 12 KOs). This will be Judah's first fight since 2013 when he dropped back-to-back fights vs. world champion Danny Garcia and former title holder Paul Malignaggi. In the co-main event, Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (24-1, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn will face South Carolina's Angel Gladney (8-11, 6 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder.

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AUGUST 28, 2015 


SHOBOX WEIGH-IN REPORT

Press Release: The six fighters who’ll be making their ShoBox: The New Generation debuts tonight (Friday, Aug. 28th) on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, are all set to go following Thursday’s official weigh-in. In the ten-round main event, heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., will put his unblemished record on the line when he faces the more experienced Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), of Medford, N.Y. Bryan weighed 227 pounds, Rossi 235½. Two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16 KOs), will take on the DeCarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 KOs), of Atlantic City, N.J. in a ten-round middleweight bout. Cabrera tipped the scale at 160 pounds with Perez half a pound heavier.

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AUGUST 28, 2015 


A CLOSER LOOK AT DAWEJKO-VISINIA TONIGHT ON SHO-BOX: FRIEND FIGHTING FRIEND

Press Release: Heavyweight Natu Visinia (11-1) will be looking for his second consecutive victory when he takes on Joey Dawejko(14-4-2) in an eight-round bout that will be part of a ShoBox: The New Generation card tonight. Visinia, co-promoted by GH3 and Final Forum Promotions, is coming off a fourth-round stoppage over Joshua Clark (2-3-2) on May 13th in Hollywood, California.


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AUGUST 28, 2015 


NEVADA HALL OF FAME TO PARTICIPATE IN BOX FAN EXPO

Ex-featherweight champ Kevin Kelley also will appear

Press Release: The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame will be represented with a booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo. The event will take place Saturday Sept. 12th and will coincide with the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto championship fight, which will take place later that evening, as well as Mexican independence weekend.  The NVBHOF will have at their booth Hall of Fame Referee Richard Steele and former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley. The NVBHOF will also have on hand activities and merchandise for fans to purchase. Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: http://BoxFanExpo.eventbrite.com.

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AUGUST 28, 2015 


DIRRELL-RUBIO HEADLINES NEXT PBS ON CBS

Press Release: 
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) will air a show on CBS from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas Sunday afternoon, September 6th. The telecast kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT. The main event will be ex-super middleweight titlist 
Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico's Marco Antonio "El Veneno" Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs). Also featured will be the rematch between bantamweight Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs), the WBA regular titlist, and Japan's Tomoki "El Mexicanito" Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs).  Also on the show, s
uper featherweight Mario Barrios (10-0, 5 KOs) will make a quick return back to the ring against Jonathan "Popeye" Perez (33-12, 27 KOs) in an eight-round bout.


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AUGUST 28, 2015 
 UPDATE ON SEPT. 12TH DANISH SHOW

Press Release: Norway's super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (13-1, 8 KOs) faces France's Baptiste Castegnaro (6-4, 3 KOs) on September 12th in Frederikshavn, Denmark.  The same show marks the return of Abdul Khattab (11-1-0, 3 KOs). The Danish middleweight returns to the ring following his first defeat and will face Hungary's Istvan Kiss (20-19, 10 KOs).

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AUGUST 27, 2015 
 MAYWEATHER ON RETIREMENT: "NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS"

Press Release: Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas as he prepares for [what could be] the last fight of a celebrated 19-year career. He will defend his world welterweight championship against a former beltholder, Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, Sept. 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Showtime pay-per-view will broadcast. Mayweather went through approximately a 45-minute workout, which consisted of about 35 minutes of sparring. Before a training session that was hosted by TV & CBS Radio personality Mark Kriegel. Mayweather took questions from the media inside a specially-constructed tent in a parking lot outside the gym. Here is what Mayweather had to say on Wednesday:

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


TOUCHING EXCHANGE BETWEEN TERRY NORRIS AND DR. MARGARET GOODMAN

Former world champion Terry Norris is only 45 but reportedly suffers from CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (formerly known as pugilistic dementia, or being "punch drunk").  It's a degenerative brain condition that causes memory loss, confusion, depression and emotional outbursts. Yesterday, noted neurologist and ringside physician Dr. Margaret Goodman tweeted, "The greatest risk to fighters' brains happens in the gym. Endless sparring sets up fighters for not only acute, but chronic [brain] injury." 

To which Norris responded, "Guilty. I sparred 12 rounds a day and I'm now paying the price. I am dedicated to spreading awareness about this issue." Years ago, Goodman was criticized for stopping fights to protect boxers. She was also involved in denying Norris' request for a Nevada boxing license.  Touchingly, Norris told Goodman, "you saved my life. I was upset back then but I'm thankful now."

To which Goodman responded: "[That was] one of most difficult days of my life. Thank you. No one can teach fighters better than another fighter. You may save a life. You were a brilliant boxer, but remain a fantastic athlete. More important, you care about the sport and are now a great advocate." --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 27, 2015 


CHANGES TO SEPT. 19TH SWEDISH CARD

Press Release: An opponent has been confirmed for Hampus Henriksson’s prof debut. The 21 year-old Swede will face Czech boxter Ondrej Marvan (2-0) in a four-round super middleweight contest on September 19th in Nyköping, Sweden. Klara Svensson’s IBF 140-pound title challenge, initially set for the same show, has been postponed due to an injury to the champion, Marisa Gabriela Nunez (7-5-2). The Argentinian suffered a broken arm in training. A new opponent wil be obtained for Svensson (15-1).

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AUGUST 27, 2015 
 GREG COHEN SIGNS KENDALL HOLT

Holt joins Zab Judah under same promotional banner

Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions has announced the signing of former WBO 140-pound titlist Kendall "Rated R" Holt to a promotional contract. Holt (28-6, 16 KOs), from Paterson, New Jersey, hasn't been in the ring in over two years [his last fight was a 2103 loss to Lamont Peterson], but is eager to get back in the swing of things and take on the world's top welterweights. "I'm excited about having another opportunity to fight and become champion again," said Holt. "I'm super thankful and grateful to Sarah Fina and Greg Cohen for giving me this opportunity."

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


PHILLY SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR SEPT. 19TH

Press Release: On Saturday night, September 19th, boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia with a main event consistingof a six-round rematch of light welterweight rematch between Antonio DuBose (7-0-1) and Jesus Lule (7-13-1). They  fought to a four-round draw on June 27th in Bethlehem, PA. Dubose is 27 years-old and from Philadelphia. Lule, 31 years-old, is from Fort Myers, Florida and has a deceiving record. He has faced eight undefeated fighters and is coming off a knockout loss to Mason Menard (29-1) on August 8th in Opelousas, Louisiana.

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


MAIN EVENTS MAKING MOVES AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Main Events trying to nail down Beterbiev-Barrerra, Chilemba-Alvarez

Press Release: Last week Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) had the option of choosing between two mandatory offers: one from the WBC and the other from the IBF. The 28-year old from Malawi opted to take the offer from the WBC [and thus get in line for a shot at world champion Adonis Stevenson]. Shortly thereafter, the IBF extended the mandatory fight offer to Main Events' stablemate Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs), a 33-year old Cuban defector.

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


TRAVIS KAUFFMAN TO FACE EPIFANIO MENDOZA

Eddie Chambers also on New Jersey bill

Press Release: 
On Friday night, September 18th, boxing returns to the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  
In the main event, Travis Kauffman (29-1 with 21 KOs) will take on Epifanio Mendoza. 
Kauffman of Reading, PA, recently retunred from an injury and is riding an eleven-fight win streak. He
 took out Richard Carmack in one round on August 14th in Newark, New Jersey. The Colombian 
Mendoza (41-21-1 with 35 KOs) is a grizzled veteran who was at his best as a junior middleweight.   
The co-feature will be an eight-round heavyweight bout featuring the American return of "Fast" Eddie Chambers (41-4, 22 KOs) taking on Galen Brown (41-31-1, 25 KOs) of St. Joseph, Missouri.


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AUGUST 26, 2015 
 CLEVERLY HITS THE ROAD TO FACE FONFARA

Press Release: Ex-WBO 175-pound titlist Nathan Cleverly (29-2) will face Andrzej Fonfara (27-3) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday October 16th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Spike in the US. Cleverly has moved back down to light heavyweight having lost to Tony Bellew at cruiserweight in November. Now, Cleverly, who is from Wales, is looking for a second lightheavyweight title reign. Standing in his way will be the Polish-born, Chicago fan-favorite Fonfara, who fights at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April.

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AUGUST 26, 2015 


AGUILAR GUIDES SANTA CRUZ'S MOVE UP IN WEIGHT

Press Release: After winning titles at 118 and 122 pounds, Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) is launching his assault on the 126-pound division Saturday night in a showdown with Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) at Staples Center in Los Angeles (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).  In order to ensure that his step up in weight proceeds effectively, Santa Cruz enlisted the help of longtime family friend and personal trainer Andy Aguilar. The strenght trainer's mission was to increase Santa Cruz’s punching power without losing any of “El Terremoto’s” ability to throw punches in bunches. “The biggest factor here is strength and power,” Aguilar says. “We just have to keep up his conditioning, which shouldn’t be a problem. But I have to tweak his strength a little bit to have that power combined with his volume punching.”

 
AUGUST 26, 2015 
 COTTO-ALVAREZ PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Press Release: 
World middleweight champion, Miguel Cotto, and former world junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, launched their four-city press tour on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Their highly anticipated championship showdown will take place Saturday, Nov. 21st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live by HBO Pay-Per-View. At yesterday's event, Cotto, the first native of Puerto Rico to become a champion in four different weight classes and Alvarez, a superstar in Mexico, were joined by their promoters and hundreds of pumped-up, chanting fans. Here 
is what their fighters and teams had to say:


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AUGUST 26, 2015 
 ALL-RHODE ISLAND BATTLE PITS GINGRAS VS. CAMACHO

Press Release: The Rich Gingras vs. Angel Camacho Jr. showdown, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18th at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino, is a power vs. finesse tug-of-war with the undefeated Camacho Jr. (14-0, 4 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against the hard-hitting Gingras (15-4-1, 9 KOs), who defends his New England light heavyweight title for the second time in 15 months. Both men are from Rhode Island.

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AUGUST 26, 2015 


MEXICO CARD TO STREAM LIVE ON YOUTUBE THIS FRIDAY

Press Release: This Friday night at 10:30 p.m Eastern time from Tijuana, Mexico, Youtube will air a boxing show featuring a middleweight bout between Tony Hirsch (18-6-2, 8 KOs) and Rolando Paredes (9-2-2, 8 KOs). Hirsch of Oakland, California turned pro in 2007 and has wins over quality opposition such as Derek Hiney (4-0), Jose Celaya (31-5), Louis Rose (5-0), DonYil Livingston (8-2-1). In his last bout, Hirsch won a ten-round split decision over Wes Capper (9-0) in Las Vegas. Paredes of Mexicali, Mexico is less experienced than Hirsch.  However, he is fighting in his home country and has fought at bigger weights and expected to have a decided size advantage.

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AUGUST 26, 2015 
 BENNETT-MAICELO TOPS CROWDED D.C. BILL

Press Release: This Friday night, August 28th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KOs) will headline against Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight bout.  Bennett of Cincinnati, Ohio has been training hard for Maicelo. "Training has been good.  I been on weight for a few days.  It's been two hard months but the difficult part of training and dieting is over and I am ready to fight," said Bennett.

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AUGUST 25, 2015 


SHANE MOSLEY BEATS DON KING IN COURT CASE
By Scott Shaffer

On Tuesday, Don King Productions (DKP) has lost its bid for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented Ricardo Mayorga from fighting Shane Mosley this weekend. As a result of this ruling, Mosley is now free to promote this Saturday's rematch against Mayorga, which is scheduled for the Forum in Inglewood, California.

DKP claims to have Mayorga tied up for years under an exclusive promotional contract which Mayorga allegedly extended in 2014. However, the basis for the court's ruling was that even if the contract remains in effect, DKP would not be irreparably harmed by the Mosley-Mayorga fight taking place.  Judge Kathleen M. Williams wrote, "the court fails to see how Mayorga's potentially poor performance on August 29th would negatively impact Don King Production's efforts to promote him in the future... Mayorga's career is nearing its end and Ms. Dana Jamison [of DKP] testified that since at least 2009, DKP has been unable to direct or strongly influence Mayorga's decisions.  Mayorga's refusal to communicate with DKP... undermines the notion that any loss in directing his career would be irreparable harm [to DKP]." King is still free to pursue Mayorga for monetary damages if he chooses to continue with the lawsuit.

While the judge found that King lacked a legal basis to stop the fight, she certainly did not trust Mayorga's testimony. At last week's hearing in Florida, Mayorga was shown a number of DKP documents with his signature-- including promotional agreements, a $2000 check from DKP and a $441,000 promissory note-- all of them dated July 2014. Mayorga denied signing any of them, but when it was proven he was in Don King's offices that day, Mayorga offered a very lame excuse. "Mayorga would have the court believe that on July 10, 2014, he flew from Nicaragua to Florida and immediately traveled to DKP's office for the sole purpose of having his new wife take a picture with Mr. King," wrote a dubious Judge Williams.   

At last week's hearing, Mosley testified that, as the fight's promoter, he will be paying Mayorga a purse of $250,000. Mosley also testified that, as of last week, less than 3000 tickets had been sold and that "he has been placing free tickets on park benches in order to drum up publicity for the event. " Mosley also told the court he expects over 1.2 million pay-per-view buys for the fight.

While the contract between DKP and Mayorga may ulitmately be upheld if King presses forward with this lawsuit, the court declined for now to rule on its validity. "Questions remain about whether DKP offered Mayorga [three bouts per year as required under the promotional contract] of whether DKP was unable to [offer three fights per year] given Mayorga's refusal to communicate with DKP... he purportedly told Dana Jamison of DKP that he was not prepared to fight."

Click here to read Boxingtalk's coverage of last week's legal proceedings. 

 
AUGUST 25, 2015 


KEEPING UP WITH RIDDICK BOWE

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a very interesting story on Riddick Bowe, the former heavyweight champion of the world. Bowe's latest business venture is a rotisserie chicken restuarant located on 116th street in the Harlem section of New York City. The article contrasts the greeting Bowe receives in Harlem with the treatment he gets in the Brooklyn housing project where he grew up.  Click here to read the New York Times story. --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 25, 2015 


BOXINGTALK'S KO FIX

Mairis Briedis KO5 Manuel Charr... Boxing fans, time to get to know Latvian heavyweight Mairis Breidis. He's on the smallish side, having mostly campaigned at cruisertwieght, but he certainly can punch with the big boys, as fringe contender Manuel Charr found out this weekend in Grozny, Russia. Breidis put Charr (28-4) to sleep in the fifth round to improve his own record to 17-0 with 14 KOs. Charr, who lasted seven rounds with Alex Povetkin and four with Vitali Klitschko, represented a big step up for Breidis. To see the Briedis-Charr KO, click here. -Ben Dean

 
AUGUST 25, 2015 
 SANTA CRUZ-MARES SEVEN-DAY WEIGH-IN RESULTS

According to the WBC, Leo Santa Cruz weighed 130 pounds and Abner Mares 129 on their seven-day weigh-in before Saturday's big 122-pound fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  On the same card, Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz fights Julio "Pollito" Ceja, also at 122 pounds, with Ruiz currently weighing 125 compared to 123 for Ceja.



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