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APRIL 24, 2014 


WILLIE NELSON GETS DUMPED FROM PPV SHOW; BLAMES POLITICS

He should've taken the rematch vs. John Jackson

Press Release: Junior middleweight Willie "The Great" Nelson 21-1-1, 12 KOs) has been caught in the middle of a boxing power play, resulting in the loss of his HBO PPV debut fight June 7th against Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nelson had agreed to the Lee fight, which was supposed to be part of the HBO PPV headlined by Miquel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez.  However, plans changed yesterday with the announcement that Lee will now face John Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs), a boxer whom Nelson defeated in 2012 [but declined to give a rematch].

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APRIL 24, 2014 


MALIGNAGGI TO SIT OUT THIS WEEK'S SHOWTIME BROADCAST

Press Release: Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will serve as a guest analyst for the second straight week on Showtime Championship Boxing this Saturday, April 26th, live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Los Angeles. Jacobs will substitute for Paul Malignaggi, who is recovering from a tough knockout loss to IBF welterweight titlist Shawn Porter last week.  After the fight, Malignaggi was taken to a nearby hospital in Washington D.C.  He has since been released and is recovering comfortably at his home.

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APRIL 24, 2014 
 ILUNGA-MASTERNAK CRUISERWEIGHT FIGHT SET FOR MONACO

Press Release: Mateusz ''The Master'' Masternak (32-1, 23 KOs) will face Ilunga ''Junior'' Makabu (16-1, 15 KOs) on June 21st at The Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. The WBA interim cruiserweight title clash will be part of a triple-header promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves, which will also feature British middleweight Martin Murray and WBA/IBO 105-pound champion Hekkie Budler. The South African Makabu lost his pro debut, but has been on an impressive run since 2013, going 5-0 against boxers with a combined record of 84-1.

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APRIL 24, 2014 
 THIS WEEKEND'S SHOWTIME EXTREME LINE-UP FINALIZED

Press Release: The main event on Sho Extreme this Saturday (7 p.m. ET/PT) will pit junior welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (19-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif., against Mexico City’s Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-8-1, 16 KOs). Other Showtime Extreme scraps will include Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs) against Albuquerque’s Hector Munoz (22-12-1, 14 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight match and time-permitting, 2012 Brazilian Olympian Yamaguchi Falcao (0-0 with a no contest) of Sao Paulo, against Carlos Badaldua (pro debut), of Tijuana, Mexico, in a 4/6-round middleweight fight.

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APRIL 24, 2014 
 SJEKOLCA: "ABRAHAM WAS A GREAT CHAMPION... YES, I SAID WAS!"

Press Release: Ahead of his challenge against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham on May 3rd, Nikola Sjekloca took a time out from his training to discuss his chances at the Velodrom in Berlin Germany. Here’s a question and answer session with the confident Sjekloca.

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APRIL 24, 2014 
 PROVODNIKOV-ALGIERI TICKETS ON SALE

Press Release: Championship boxing returns to Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center when "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov makes the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title against undefeated Chris Algieri. Provodnikov-Algieri will take place Saturday, June 14th and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10 PM ET/PT. Tickets go on sale beginning Thursday, April 24th at www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Also on the card, WBO junior middleweight champion titlist Demetrius Andrade defends against Brian Rose of the Unoited Kingdom. The undercard will feature Long Island fan favorite "Irish" Seanie Monaghan and Heather Hardy of Brooklyn risking her undefeated record.

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APRIL 24, 2014 


GARCIA DENIES HASEGAWA'S BID TO BECOME THREE-DIVISION CHAMP
By Scott Shaffer

Kiko Martinez TKO7 Hozumi Hasegawa... Japanese hero Hozumi Hasegawa came up short in his bid to become a three-division champion. Hasegawa was bloodied and knocked down twice by IBF 122-pound champion Kiko Martinez, who earned a seventh-round stoppage in Osaka, Japan. The Spanish Martinez, 31-4, has now won four straight IBF title bouts after a loss to Carl Frampton. Now 33-5, Hasegawa reigned from 2005-2010 as the WBC champion at 118 pounds. After a loss to Fernando Montiel, Hasegawa jumped up to 126 and captured the vacant WBC featherweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos. After losing that title to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2011, Hasegawa moved down to 122 for this failed try for a third title. 

Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO9 Stephane Jamoye... Saving the day for Japanese fans was Shinsuke Yamanaka, who retained the WBC bantamweight title by stopping Stephane Jamoye of Belgium with a technical knockout in the ninth round. Although Yamanaka (21-0-2) has reigned honorably since 2011, this has to be regarded as a soft defense since Jamoye (25-5) lost his last bout to unheralded Karim Guerfi. source for both results: japan times


 
APRIL 24, 2014 


ROCKY JUAREZ SAYS HIS NEXT BOUT IS SET

According to his Facebook page, 2000 Olympic silve medal winner Rocky Juarez will return to action on May 26th in El Paso to face Rene Alvarado of Nicaragua in a featherweight bout. Juarez (29-20-1) endured a very rough patch, losing six straight from 2019-2012 but rebounded with a quality win over Antonio Escalante in October 2012. Juarez has not fought since then. Alvarado (20-2) will be no pushover, as he is coming off a career-best win over Robinson Castellanos in February that was held in Castellanos' home nation, Mexico. --Scott Shaffer

 
APRIL 24, 2014 


PACQUIAO STABLEMATE TO SEE ACTION IN CEBU CITY

Press Release: Cebu City in The Philippines will host the national 130-pound champion, Harmonito Dela Torre (12-0) against Gadwin Tubigon (10-8-2).  Following a 65-5 amateur career, the 20-year-old Dela Torre won his national title last September by defeating veteran Richard Olisa. Dela Torre has trained alongside his hero Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, and in his last two outings he scored knockouts in non-title bouts in Macao, China. In November of last year he knocked out Indonesian Jason Butar Butar on the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios undercard, and this past February he destroyed another Indonesian, Yakobus Heluka, in one round. Despite a mediocre record, Tubigon, age 29, has proven in the past to be dangerous for up-and-comers. On the same bill, Cebu City’s Jack Tepora (9-0) will fight Jo-as Apericio (11-11) from Cagayan de Oro City at 122 pounds. The show will be televised live in the Philippines on TV5.

 
APRIL 23, 2014 
 LOOKING BACK ON THE LATE TOMMY MORRISON
By Benny Henderson, Jr.

Many who may read this may wonder why I am writing about Tommy Morrison, the former WBO heavyweight champion who left this world seven months ago. I have my reasons for not writing a tribute to Tommy around the time of his death, but now at this time, I feel the need to take the time out and not only pay homage to the fighter known as Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, but, to the man I came to know as Tommy. At this juncture in my life, I am not one to look upon mortal men and call many, if any, a hero.

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APRIL 23, 2014 
 UNDEFEATED CRUISERS TO CLASH IN BROOKLYN

Press Release: Dmitriy Salita's Star of David Promotions will promote a May 15th card at the Millenium Theater in Brooklyn, NY headlined by two undefeated cruiserweights, Steve Bujaj (12-0) vs. Illinois' Junior "Hurricane" Wright (10-0). Salita said, "much respect to both fighters, who are willing to step up and fight a  risky fight. This fight, by far, is biggest test for both. Both men have ample amateur experience and are looking to scramble quickly up the cruiserweight ladder. Bujaj, now 12-0 (9 KOs) is a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, while Wright won three Chicago Golden Gloves titles. Other boxers slated to appear on the card include heavyweight Jarrell Miller, junior middleweight Steve Martinez, super featherweight Amanda Serrano, as well as Dimash Niyazov and Adam Kownacki.

 
APRIL 23, 2014 


QUICK MAYWEATHER QUOTES

Press Release: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. released the following quotes after an open workout: "In 18 years I haven't brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I've boxed my whole life. I've never worked a job... As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I've had enough fun..."

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APRIL 23, 2014 
 ON HIS BIRTHDAY, COLLAZO REFLECTS ON UPCOMING KHAN FIGHT

Press Release: Former WBA welterweight titleholder and current contender Luis Collazo spent the afternoon of his birthday speaking with reporters about what he calls the "highest plateau that one can fight on." Collazo, who turned 33-years-old today, will face former 140-pound world champion Amir Khan on the same May 3rd show in Las Vegas where Floyd Mayweather will battle Marcos Maidana.  Collazo opened up about his spirituality, work ethic and excitement for this chance of a lifetime taking place in less than two weeks. Below is a selection of Collazo's thoughts ahead of his fight against Khan:

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APRIL 23, 2014 
 ODOM TO TUNE UP IN VIRGINIA THIS WEEKEND

Press Release: This Saturday night in Springfield, Virginia, super middleweight Jerry "The Kings Son" Odom (10-0 with 10 KOs) will make his fourth start in as many months when he takes on Edgar Perez in a six-round bout. Odom of Bowie, Maryland was picking up the competition level as evidenced by his first-round destruction over Douglas Otieno Okola on April 4th in Parsippany, New Jersey. However, Perez of Chicago has a a record of only 5-8 with 3 KOs. 
The combined record of Perez's last 8 opponents is 68-3-1 which includes bouts with Steven Martinez, Jermall Charlo, Anthony Ogogo, Antoine Douglas and his last bout on January 10 with Joel De La Paz.

 
APRIL 22, 2014 


DIBELLA SIGNS ON FOR BOX FAN EXPO

Press Release: Promoter Lou DiBella has confirmed that he will appear and have a Booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the inaugural Box Fan Expo that will take place on September 13th. DiBella Entertainment (DBE) was born from the unique insights that owner Lou honed as a television executive and matchmaker. DiBella graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and was previously head of programming for HBO Sports. He created and orchestrated the highly successful series, "Boxing After Dark."  As a promoter, DiBella created New York City's popular "Broadway Boxing" series. DiBella Entertainment is the promoter of world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez who will have merchandise and other memorabilia to sell to his fans.

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APRIL 22, 2014 
 RUBIN "HURRICANE" CARTER, 1937-2014

The International Boxing Hall of Fame, and Boxingtalk.com, join the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of 1960s middleweight contender Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who passed away on Sunday, April 20th in Toronto at age 76 after a battle with prostate cancer. Carter, a New Jersey native who posted a 27-12-1 record that includes wins over George Benton and Emile Griffith, was in attendance in Canastota, New York when the Hall of Fame officially opened in June 1989. Although he had an excellent career as a boxer, Carter lost his only world title shot and is best known for spending more than fifteen years in a New Jersey prison for murders he did not commit. His unjust imprisonment became a cause celebre embraced by Muhammad Ali, a community of Canadians who fought incessantly for justice, and of course, rock and roll legend Bob Dylan, who brilliantly encapsulated Carter's story, including the racial overtones of his unjust convictions, in an eight-and-a-half minute song. He was finally released from prison in the 1980s and relocated from New Jersey to Toronto. A movie was made about his life. “We were saddened to learn the news of Hurricane Carter’s passing and we offer our condolences to his family and friends,” said Hall director Edward Brophy. --Scott Shaffer

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APRIL 22, 2014 


VETYEKA TO DEFEND WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP VS. DONAIRE ON A VERY BUSY MAY 31ST

Press Release: Top Rank will promote a show featuring three featherweight title  fights at The Venetian Macao in China on Saturday, May 31st. The main event features the true featherweight world champion, Simpiwe Vetyeka, defending his championship against the Philippine's Nonito Donaire. Vetyeka, from South Africa, claimed the world championship by defeating Indonesia's long-reigning Chris John. Due to the fractured politics of boxing, Vetyeka holds the WBA "super" championship. Donaire is a former champion in lower weight classes. On the same card, the WBA's "regular" fetherweight titlist, Nicholas Walters of Jamaica, faces another lower-division ex-champion, Vic Darchinyan. Also on the show, IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich defends against Alexander Miskirtchian. The Donaire-Vetyeka title fight will be televised on the same day in the U.S. on HBO, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.

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APRIL 22, 2014 
 BETHLEHEM, PA HOSTS BOXING CARD THIS WEEK

Press Release: Iron Mike Productions returns this Thursday night to promote a show in Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Florida light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (17-3, 12 KOs) takes on Pittsburgh veteran Rayco "War" Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Bryant is a late replacement for recently injured Dominican light heavyweight Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KOs). Tickets are on sale and available to purchase at the Sands Event Center Box Office.

 
APRIL 22, 2014 


Q&A WITH MARCOS MAIDANA AND TRAINER ROBERT GARCIA

Publicist Kelly Swanson: We are talking about [Floyd Mayweather vs, Marcos Maidana] and this, to me, is one of the big moments we’ve been waiting for.  We have one of the participants of our main event.  That, of course, is Marcos Maidana, the WBA welterweight champion.   Also on this call we have Robert Garcia, who is a former world champion and the Boxing Writers Association of American 2012 Trainer of the Year...

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APRIL 22, 2014 
 ANDERSON CLAYTON TO FIGHT IN FRANCE NEXT MONTH

Press Release: Brazilian junior middleweight Anderson “Pantera” Clayton is set to face Sebastien “Coco” Madani in a rematch in Rumilly, France on May 3rd.  In their original fight, in April 2013, Madani was stopped on a cut in the second round, and a rematch was basically agreed upon before the boxers left the ring. However, for various reasons it is only coming to fruition now. Clayton (42-8), has one one fight since then: last October he won a technical decision over Argentina's Dario Fabian Pucheta in front of 10,000 fans in a home-coming fight in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The French Madani (35-2), has also only fought once since his unlucky night against Clayton, as he won an unspectacular unanimous decision over journeyman Stanislav Sakic in December. Clayton-Madani II will be sanctioned by the WBF and promoted by Europrom.

 
APRIL 21, 2014 
 BOXCINO RESULTS

PRESS RELEASE: Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr. each took home decision victories and punched their tickets to the finals of Boxcino 2014. The finals will take place at the same venue as the semifinals, that being the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York on May 23rd as will the lightweight finals that will feature Fernando Carcamo and Petr Petrov.  Both bouts are scheduled for ten rounds.

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APRIL 21, 2014 
 HBO LATINO DOUBLEHEADER ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 31ST

PRESS RELEASE: On Saturday, May 31, boxing returns to The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas with an exciting doubleheader featuring Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna taking on Juan Antonio Rodriguez and Luis Rosa against Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino at 12 midnight EST (9 p.m. local start time in Las Vegas).  In addition to the HBO Latino telecast, the HBO2 service will air the doubleheader with English language commentary at 12 midnight (ET/PT).Also scheduled to appear on the card in a special attraction eight-round middleweight bout will be former WBA junior middleweight champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) taking on once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs).

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APRIL 21, 2014 
 DBE PARTNERS UP WITH NY GOLDEN GLOVES

PRESS RELEASE: "DBE is thrilled to forge this partnership with the New York Golden Gloves. The Gloves are one of the preeminent amateur tournaments in the world and a New York institution. Broadway Boxing has become the home for many former New York Golden Glovers. It is natural for DBE and Broadway Boxing to join forces with the Golden Gloves to bring this exciting action to our viewers," said Lou DiBella, who served as the lead commentator on the broadcast both nights.

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