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|Rios-Chaves a go for this weekend|
Press Release: Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank announced today that the visa for Argentina's Diego "La Joya" Chaves has cleared and Chaves is now able to travel to Las Vegas to face Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, as scheduled, on Saturday, August 2nd, at The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., the former WBA lightweight champion will be making his 2014 debut [after testing posiutive for banned substances in a 2013 loss to Manny Pacquiao] against Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a ten-round welterweight battle. Also on the card, the WBA regular titlist at 140 pounds, Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) faces Anton "The Pick Hammer" Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
|Kovalev-Caparello scouting report|
Press Release: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) usually knocks out his opponent but this Saturday's challenger for the WBO light heavyweight title, Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) has a reputation for lasting deep into the later rounds. On August 2nd, in Atlantic City, NJ, and on HBO, boxing fans will see whether Caparello can handle Kovalev's power long enough to test Kovalev's unknown endurance. Below is the scouting report for the match-up:
|Championship Belt artist Sartonk signs on for Box Fan Expo|
Press Release: Sartonk, the championship belt maker for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO will be rpresented at a booth for the inaugural Box Fan Expo this September at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II fight weekend. Sartonk was founded in 2009, to safeguard a boxing legacy that dates back nearly four decades. In the late 1970s, Ardash Sahaghian was invited to apply his training as a jeweler to the modernization of championship boxing belts. The most visible of his works are the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring belt designs. Sartonk President Edward S. Majian said, "I strongly believe in the vision of the Box Fan Expo. Such an event is long overdue, and Sartonk is proud to be a part of the inaugural expo. This is all about community."
|Boxer learns promoting your own show is not so easy|Press Release:
Due to multiple boxer fallouts, this Friday night's Elton Dharry Promotions boxing event at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York has been cancelled. Fans who purchased tickets may refund them at the point of purchase. Dharry will now fight on August 2nd in St. Maarten in a co-promotion with B.O.S.E Promotions. A bantamweight, Dharry (15-5-1) was trying to promote a show featuring himself against Antwan Robertson (9-9-1) in a scheduled ten-round bout. The show was to be the first-ever Elton Dharry promoted card
|Jesse Hart extends management deal|
Press Release: D & D Management announced the resigning of super middleweight, Jesse "Hard Work" Hart to an exclusive managerial contract. A Philadelphia, Hart has a record of 14-0 with 11 knockouts and is signed with promotional powerhouse Top Rank Inc. So far, Hart has wins over Joshua Myers, Tyrell Hendrix, Derrick Findley, Sammy Clarkson and in his last bout when he stopped Shujaa El Amin in six rounds on June 14th.
|Does Jimmy Lennon Jr. tip certain results?, By Rob Soucy|
The single most important job of a ring announcer is to preserve the identity of the winner of the bout until he or she reads the very last of the three judges; scorecards. Unfortunately, because of how Jimmy Lennon, Jr. chooses to announce scores, there are instances when he gives away the result after reading the second scorecard, and here is how:
|Sechew Powell returns this weekend|
Press Release: In Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday, a familiar face will return to action against an undefeated, but largely unknown opponent. Russia's Dmitry Mikhaylenko (16-0, 6 KOs) will be featured in a junior middleweight undercard match-up. Mikhaylenko, 28, is from Gelendzhik, Russia and will make his United States debut. Prior to this fight, Mikhaylenko fought exclusively in Russia. He will take on Brooklyn, New York's Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell (26-5, 15 KOs) over eight rounds. In Mikhaylenko's last fight, he defeated Karen Avetisyan via unanimous decision in ten rounds on Feb. 15th. The southpaw Powell is a 35 year old looking to snap a three-fight losing streak (losses to Cornelius Bundrage, Cory Spinks and Gabriel Rosad) and prove he still belongs in the division. Powell last fought in 2012 and last won in 2010.
|Gevor brothers follow in stepdad's footsteps|
Armenia's Khoren Gevor fought professionally from 2000 through 2012, compiling a 32-9 record over a career highlighted by a European middleweight championship and a world title loss to Felix Sturm. Now, his stepsons are following his footsteps into the ring. Press Release: On August 16, brothers Noel and Abel Gevor will step into the ring to fight on the same card at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. Trained by their stepfather and former world title challenger Khoren Gevor, 23 year-old Noel (12-0, 7 KOs) will take on Ismael Abdoul (54-29-2, 20 KOs) and 21 year-old Abel (7-0, 4 KOs) has a six-round bout scheduled versus Attila Palko (17-13, 13 KOs).
|Bantamweight tries hand at promoting|Press Release:
Bantamweight Elton Dharry (15-5-1, 9 KOs) finds himself in the role of promoter/ main event boxer when he faces Antwan Robertson (9-9-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round bout at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York. The bout will headline the first-ever Elton Dharry promoted card, this Friday night, August 1st.
"Everything is going well in training, I have no complaints," said Dharry.
|Dawejko added to August 2nd card in New Jersey|
Press Release: Club 1957 Management announced the signing of heavyweight Joey Dawejko to an exclusive managerial contract. The 24 year-old Dawejko has a record of 10-3-2 with three knockouts and is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. The native of Philadelphia won the world junior amateur championships in 2008. Dawejko, promoted by Peltz Boxing, will see action August 2nd when he takes on David Williams (7-8-2) at Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
|Update: WBF changes Mathis DQ to no contest|
Anne Sophie Mathis NC Christine Hammer... In a very significant women's bout, Christina Hammer was announced as the winner of a junior middleweight bout against Anne Sophie Mathis (27-4) on Saturday night. The initial verdict in Dessau, Germany was a fifth round disqualification in Dessau, Germany. The fight was fairly even until the end came in round five, when during a clinch, Mathis landed a series of punches that referee Manfred Keuchler saw as being behind the head of Hammer. Hammer (18-0) went down, and when she was unable to continue after getting to her feet, Keuchler ruled the bout a disqualification victory for the German Hammer. Update: While the local boxing commission has the auhtority to determine the official result, on Monday the organization that sanctioned the bout for its title, the WBF, declared the bout a no contest. The official result, at least for now remains a DQ win for Hammer because the local commission has not changed the result, but the WBF title reverts back to Mathis. A rematch has been recommended.
|Jason Escalera steps into ESPN2 co-feature|
Press Release: Lennox Allen suffered a rib injury in training and pulled out of his upcoming eight-round ESPN2 bout against Hungarian teenager Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs). For the Friday August 8th bout in Fallon, NV, Allen has been replaced by Jason "El Monstruo" Escalera (14-2-1, 12 KOs). Escalera is fresh off a decision win over previously undefeated Naim Terbunja on July 18th in which Escalera dropped Terbunja and the two went toe-to-toe in an action-packed six-round brawl. Escalera pulled out a split decision win.
|Daily Bread Monday Edition: (7-28-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
On Saturday, Bryant. Jennings, who I was excited about, was at most moments, boring and unimpressive, Yes I know HBO reminded us many times how raw and inexperienced he is
at this point in his career. While he squeaked by with a win over Mike Perez, I find it hard to think he has enough time to make up for his lack of amateur pedigree , plus he lacks real power (only 10 knock outs). I know he is a Philly brotha and we all want to love him but the truth is the truth. I hope he can really pick up his punch rate and stop thinking so much. My gut is that isn't something you can fix. He just needs another 20 plus fights. I don't think he is going to give Wladimir Klitschko any problems.
Speaking of problems, my boy Gennady "GGG" Golovkin isn't a problem... he is a nightmare. Please correct me if I'm wrong but I believe he flat out murders Miguel Cotto. I hope that fight isn't made because Miguel took a bad enough beating in his life a few years ago. I would much rather see him fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Andre Ward or Carl Froch even though Carl looks like he wants to avoid him like an IRS audit. -- Fenster
|Boyd Melson injures rotator cuff; no surgery needed|
Press Release: An MRI confirmed that junior middleweight and West Point graduate Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson suffered a torn supraspinatus (part of the rotator cuff). Melson (14-1-1) suffered the injury to his left shoulder while preparing for what would’ve been the biggest bout of his professional career against Glen Tapia at Madison Square Garden. [Had Melson remained healthy, last Saturday's scheduled bout would have been cancelled anyway because Tapia was not licensed by the State of New York due to his own health issues].
|Chilemba-Cummings scouting report|
Press Release: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) is a prospect from South Africa with a classic boxer style. This weekend, Chilemba will take on Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs), a puncher from Baltimore, MD (no American televison) in Atlantic City. Below is the scouting report for this light heavyweight showdown:
|Stefan Haertel turning pro against very experienced foe|
Press Release: German amateur star Stefan Haertel will make his professional debut on August 16th. The 26 year-old, who signed a long-term contract with Sauerland Event in May, will face Oleg Fedotovs (18-14, 12 KOs) in Thuringia, Germany. The main event that night will be IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez defending against former WBA titlist Firat Arslan. Tickets are available via eventim.de. "After many successful years as an amateur I am looking forward to this new challenge,’’ said the Berlin-based Haertel. "It has been six months since my last competitive fight and I can’t wait to get back into the ring, shake of the rust and show everyone what I am capable of.’’
|Introducing Farid Chebabha|
Press Release: Farid Chebabha is a junior welterweight campaigning in his native France. He entered the professional ranks in January 2006, winning a four-round decision in his hometown of Henin-Beaumont. By the end of that year he had compiled a mediocre record of 3-2-1, but since then he has gone undefeated in fifteen straight fights and can now boast a 15-2-4 ledger.
|Roy Jones has now fought professionally in 26 consecutive years, By Scott Shaffer|
Roy Jones TKO6 Courtney Fry... Fighting in Latvia, boxing legend Roy Jones showed a quick flash of his old self, knocking journeyman Courtney Fry down with a left in the fifth round. Fry quit on his stool rather than come out for the sixth round, giving the 45 year-old Jones a modest four-fight winning streak over mediocre opposition. Jones (58-8) has fought at least once in every year since 1989, a 26-year streak that is the second longest active streak in boxing (Luis "Yori Boy" Campas has fought every year since 1987; Bernard Hopkins turned pro in 1988 but did not fight in 1989; James Toney did not turn pro until 1990 and sat out 2010). Fry has now lost three in a row and his ledger falls to 18-6.
|Golovkin takes out Geale in spectacular fashion, By Scott Shaffer|
Gennady Golovkin TKO3 Daniel Geale... Gennady "GGG" Golovkin is not the lineal world middleweight champion, but after his latest performance, not too many experts would dispute his status as the best 160-pound boxer inthe world today. Golovkin defeated world-class operator Daniel Geale in spectacular fashion at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday. Geale was cut in the first round and down in the second before succumbing to Golovkin's punishment in the third round. Geale did a decent job slipping Golovkin's punches, but the punches kept coming, and it only took a few to hurt Geale. The end came, oddly enough, when Golovkin absorbed a stiff punch from Geale. Without missing a heartbeat, Golovkin immediately launched the deciding punch of the fight, a hard right that floored Geale for the second knockdown of the bout. Geale went down hard, and beat the count, but shook his head no when the referee asked him if he was alright. Geale, now 30-3, was a former IBF and WBA titlist who had only lost twice previously, but both times by split decision. Against Golovkin, he was completely outclassed. Golovkin is now 30-0 and has barely shown any vulnerabilities. A true world middleweight championship fight between Golovkin and the lineal champion, Miguel Cotto, would be a fight fan's dream, but Golovkin looks so tough that it is hard to imagine Cotto taking the fight. source: hbo
|Jennings squeaks by Perez|
Bryant Jennings W12 Mike Perez... On the Madison Square Garden show, Bryant Jennings won an important heavyweight bout by the slimmest of margins, as a point deduction swung the verdict from a draw to a win. Referee Harvey Dock docked Perez one point in the final round for hitting on the break, and the penalty cost Perez a draw. Official scores were 115-112 and 114-113 for Jennings and 114-113 for Perez. The fight was a WBC eliminator, but WBC titlist Bermane Stiverne has an injured hand, and after that, a fight against Deontay Wilder, so Jennings will likely wait until 2015 for a title shot.
|Tyson Fury the hypocrite pulls out on day of fight|
Tyson Fury, the same man who mercilessly ridiculed David Haye and Dereck Chisora for pulling out of fights with injuries, has now done the very same thing himself. Three days ago, when Chisora pulled out of today's scheduled fight with a hand injury, Fury tweeted: "these 2 are the biggest pricks in boxing p*ssys, always knew dell was a sh*thouse. Disgrace to boxing." A very respectable replacement, Alexander Ustinov, signed on to replace Chisora against Fury, and Fury initially accepted the fight. But today, the day of the Manchester, England fight, the BBC reported that Fury's trainer (and uncle) Hughie Fury was hospitalized, and that Tyson refused to proceed with the fight. Lame! Boxingtalk might be a little more sympathetic had Fury not been such a consistent jerk to his opponents. But on behalf of all the disappointed fans, we have to call Fury a hypocrite.
|ShoBox results: Douglas-Soro scored a draw|
Michel Soro D10 Antoine Douglas... In Verona, New York, Antoine Douglas and Michel Soro fought to a majority draw with officials scores of 96-94 for Soro and 95-95 twice. The bout was a tale of two halves on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation as Douglas (14-0-1, 9 KOs) dominated the first half of the fight. A right hand followed by an onslaught of punches from Soro had Douglas dazed in the seventh, but the Frenchman stepped off the gas and allowed Douglas to escape the round. Douglas was still struggling as he entered the ninth for the first time in his career and stayed in survival mode for the remainder of the fight. Showtime analyst Steve Farhood agreed a draw was a fair verdict.
Jerry Odom KO7 Vilier Quinonez... Jerry Odom overcame the first cut of his career and knocked out Vilier Quinonez in the seventh round of a match-up of undefeated super middleweights.
Cecil McCalla W8 Oscar Godoy... Cecil McCalla kept his perfect record intact with a dominating eight-round unanimous victory over Oscar Godoy. Official scores were 79-73 and 80-72 (twice). McCalla (19-0, 6 KOs) controlled the pace and tempo from the opening bell, landing over 50 percent of his power shots and 87 body shots to Godoy’s (13-3, 6 KOs) seven. McCalla went eight rounds for just the third time.
Tony Luis W8 Wanzell Ellison...In the opening bout of the ShoBox telecast, lightweight Tony Luis handed Wanzell Ellison the first loss of his career with an eight-round unanimous decision scored 77-75, 79-73, 78-74. Effective aggressiveness and power punches to the body were the difference for the naturally bigger Luis (18-2, 7 KOs). Ellison (10-1-1, 5 KOs) went eight rounds for the first time in his career and clearly tired in the middle rounds. source for all results: showtime press release
|Bread's breakdown of Golovkin-Geale and Jennings-Perez, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
How good is Gennady "GGG" Golovkin? How good is his trainer? You went up against his trainer in opposing corners. But he got Golovkin only 4 years ago. I also just noticed that Golovkin has 11 title defenses would you consider him a great fighter? What are your predictions for this weekend's HBO's fights between Golovkin and Daniel Geale and the heavyweights, Bryant Jennings vs. Mike Perez?
Bread’s Response: GGG is extremely good. He is so good that he’s one BIG victory away from being a great fighter. He’s a great fighter in waiting. I hold him in very high regard. For my money if he doesn’t get a chance to fight a great fighter and he stays consistent and keeps beating the “best” available guy then that would make him a great fighter. He can be something special.
|Roberto Garcia gets off deck for big ESPN2 win, By Scott Shaffer|
Roberto Garcia W10 Breidis Prescott... In Chicago, Roberto Garcia suffered a ninth-round knockdown but stormed back to dominate the tenth round against Colombia's Breidis Prescott. Both men's face told the tale of a close, rough welterweight fight, but it was clear Prescott was exhausted by the final bell, as he hung onto Garcia in an attempt to limit the damage. The judges scored it 96-93, 95-94 and 96-92 for Garcia. ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas agreed with the verdict, unofficially scoring it 96-93. The win ups Garcia's pro record to 36-3-1. Prescott falls to 27-6 and has never been able to duplicate the success he had when defeating Richar Abril and Amir Khan in back-to-back 2008 fights.
Caleb Truax W10 Derek Ennis... In the ESPN2 co-feature, Minnesota's best boxer, Caleb Truax notched a quality win, defeating Philadelphia's Derek Ennis via unanimous decision. Official scores were 99-90 and 97-93 (twice). Truax, who suffered a cut over one of his eyes late in the middleweight bout, is now 24-1-2. Truax's lone loss came to a post-championship Jermain Taylor. Ennis, 24-5-1, deserves credit for going the distance after taking the fight on relatively short notice. source: espn2's friday night fights
|Daily Bread Friday Edition: (7-25-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
One of the first fights I remember watching was Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Pernell Whitaker (in 1993). I am still not over how the judges decided to call that a draw, unreal [Whitaker won at least eight or nine rounds clearly]. Anyway, I recently started to watch all Pernell's fights again and I could not believe how much pop he had in his punches. He had a lot more action fights then I realized. His fight with Roger Mayweather seemed like total chaos. Are there any fighters you go back and watch from your childhood that when you go back now you get a different impression of now that you know more about the sport?
Bread’s Response: It’s good to go back over your favorite fights at least once a year. I actually just watched the Whitaker vs Chavez fight. Sometimes the details of the fights go out of our memory and we just remember the overall conclusion. What stands out to me in that fight was how well Chavez started. He usually starts slow but he may have won the first two rounds from Whitaker until Pete caught his groove.
|Glen Tapia reportedly fails medical exam in New York, By Scott Shaffer|
Many boxing fans will recall the horiffic beating then-undefeated Glen Tapia took at the ands of James Kirkland last December. The junior middleweight was stopped in six, but his corner stood by idly while Tapia absorbed tremendous punishment in the fith and sixth rounds. Tapia rebounded with a win against Keenan Collins in June and was scheduled to fight Boyd Melson in Madison Square Garden on Saturday as part of the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale undercard. Melson got injured and Salim Larbi of France was signed to fight Tapia instead. Today, it appears that Tapia has failed his medical tests and the fight is off. According to Melson's Facebook page: "I pulled out of my fight last Thursday against Glen Tapia because I tore my rotator cuff. My family who were gonna fly in from Cali and Washington had time to cancel their flights, and I had time to refund everyone who bought tickets. Also, my main sparring/training partner was put in as a replacement to fight Tapia. So I went to weigh-in today to support my sparring partner, and Tapia failed his medical and the entire fight was called off. This means that had I never hurt myself, I would have found out today that I would not be fighting and my family would have spent money to be here and I would have not been able to refund the tickets." Under new commissioner David Berlin, New York has become extremely strict on medical exams since heavyweight Magomed Abdusalomov was nearly killed in a heavyweight fight last year.
|Don Chargin: 60+ years in the game|
Press Release: A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and one of the most respected figures in the sport, legendary matchmaker Don Chargin is back with the Golden Boy Promotions team, which announced it has retained his services. "Don is not just a legend of boxing, but a good friend and loyal advisor for years," said Oscar De La Hoya, President and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. "I'm excited to have him on board again, and together we're going to deliver the best fights to the fans for years to come." Chargin, who first began promoting at the age of 23, has deep roots in boxing. For over 60 years, he has delivered quality match ups and looks to continue the same tradition of excellence at Golden Boy Promotions. "I'm happy to be back with Golden Boy Promotions, and hearing Oscar's commitment to putting on great fights and signing top-notch talent has me excited to get back to work here," said Chargin. "Oscar's always been a good friend, and he puts the fans first, which is something all promoters should aspire to."
|ShoBox Weigh-In Report|
Weights for Friday Night's 200th Episode of ShoBox: The New Generation from The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York:
Antoine Douglas 155.5 pounds vs. Michel Soro 157;
Jerry Odom 167 vs. Vilier Quinonez 167;
Cecil McCalla 147 vs. Oscar Godoy 146;
Wanzell Ellison 133 vs. Tony Luis 135;
Off-TV: Jorge Diaz 133 1/2 vs. Ramon Ellis 134 1/2;
Sam Teah 136 vs. Lavisas Williams 134;
Glenn Dezurn 130 1/2 vs. Andre Canada 132.
Tickets are on sale now at The Turning Stone Resort Casino or via Ticketmaster at or 1 800-745-3000.
|Fox Sports Weigh-In Report|
Weights for Fox Sports 1's Golden Boy Live show at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino:
Frankie Gomez (17-0) 140 pounds vs. Vernon Paris (28-1) 139.2;
Terrell Gausha (10-0) 157 vs. Ronnie Warrior, Jr. (15-8-1) 164.2;
Vyachelsav Shabransky (9-0) 176.8 vs. Demetrius Walker (7-5-1) 174.6;
Off TV: Daquan Arnett (11-1) 156 vs. Angel Hernandez (16-16-1) 155.8.
|ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Weigh-In report|
Weights for ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago:
Roberto Garcia 146 vs. Breidis Prescott 146.5;
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Derek Ennis 160;
Mike Lee 178 vs. Paul Gonsalves 176;
Alex Martin 148 vs. Alfred Hall 143;
Jaime Sandoval 146 vs. Aaron Steadman 146;
Eddie Ramirez 139.5 vs. Alexis Del Bosque 138;
Jose Felix Quesada 134.8 vs. Jose Romero 135;
Semajay Thomas 144.5 vs. Charon Lamour Spain 146.2;
Kristin Gearhart 139.5 vs. Ashleigh Curry 140.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, 8 Count Productions at 312-622-7668 or the venue box office: 312-413-5740.
|Rodrigo Guerrero headlines in Mexico this wekend|
Press Release: In Epazoyucan, México on Saturday, July 26th, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions present boxing on Televisa and Fox Deportes. In the main event, former IBF 115-pound champion Rodrigo "Gatito" Guerrero battles Japan's Takahiro Shigee in a twelve-round bantamweight match-up. On the same show, the WBA female 105-pound title will be on the line when Anabel "Avispa" Ortiz defends in a ten-round fight against Colombia's Neisi "La Leona" Torres.
|Robert Garcia, Mikey Garcia and Brandon Rios sign on for Box Fan Expo|Press Release:
The Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, with 2013 trainer of the year Robert Garcia, WBO 130-pound champion Mikey Garcia and former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios have confirmed they will appear and have a booth to meet and greet fans at the inaugural Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Box Fan Expo will be held on September 13th, during the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II weekend. To purchase tickets click: http://www.BoxFanExpo.eventbrite.com/
|After 3 years of inactivity, Khurtsidze subject of promotional dispute|
Avtandil Khurtsidze TKO1 Allen Conyers ...Last night in on Lou Dibell'a show in New York City, Avtandil Khurtsidze returned to the ring for the first time in nearly three years to dominate Allen Conyers (12-10). The stocky Khurtsidze looked like a mini-Dwight Muhammad Qawi, stalking and knocking Conyers around the ring until the referee halted the contest at 1:23 of the first round. Regarding the claims coming out of the Ukraine that Elite Boxing is still his exclusive promoter, Khurtsidze stated the following...
|Hyland, Martin win in NYC|
Patrick Hyland TKO4 Noel Echevarria... At New York City's B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, Irish featherweight Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland defeated Noel Echevarria, the first time that Hyland had seen ring action in nearly two years. The result was a fourth-round technical knockout. The Irishman controlled the action against the southpaw Echevarria, picking up the pace in each round. By the third round, Hyland was really pouring it on. With Echevarria taking heavy punishment, the referee called a halt to the contest at 0:45 seconds of the fourth round. Hyland improved to 28-1, while Echevarria drops his fourth straight and is now 11-4.
Charles Martin TKO3 Kertson Manswell... American heavyweight hopeful Charles Martin kept his undefeated record intact (18-0-1, 16 KOs) with a third round stoppage of Trinidad's Kertson Manswell (24-9). The former 2012 National PAL champion and 2012 National Golden Gloves runner-up controlled the action against the free-swinging Manswell, who did connect with a few haymakers that got Martin's attention. But in the third, Martin dropped Manswell with a hard straight left hand from his southpaw stance. After three knockdowns, the contest was stopped. source for both results: dibella entertainment
|Mayweather Promotions obtains Nevada License|
According to respected boxing writer David Mayo on MLive.com, Mayweather Promotions has just been licensed as a promoter by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Reportedly, the vote to license Mayweather Promotions was unanimous. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on September 13th. It had been announced that Golden Boy would be the promoter of record for the fight, which came as a surprise because Mayweather ally Richard Schaefer recently left Golden Boy. Now that his company is licensed, it should not come as a surprise if Mayweather terminates Golden Boy's contract to promote the September 13th. --Scott Shaffer
|Opponents named for Ivan Morales, Terrell Gausha|
Press Release: Mexican bantamweight Ivan Morales looks to secure his twenty-sixth victory without a loss on Friday, July 25th when he faces off against countryman Sergio "Finito" Frias (15-3-2) on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes' at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In the main event, unbeaten junior welterweight Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez will face Vernon Paris and opening up the televised portion of the card will be an eight-round middleweight bout between 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (10-0) and Oklahoma's Ronnie Warrior Jr. (15-8-1)
|Full line-up for Chicago card announced|
Press Release: Six fights in the welterweight or light welterweight divisions are scheduled for the undercard of this Friday's nationally televised boxing tripleheader from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The televised action consists of Roberto "La Amenaza" Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) of Texas, taking on Breidis "Khanqueror" Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) of Miami via Colombia in the ten-round welterweight main event; Caleb "Golden" Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) of Minnesota, taking on Derek "Pooh" Ennis (24-4-1, 13 KOs); and Chicago's own Mike Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) opening the telecast against Paul Gonsalves (7-3, 3 KOs) of Massachusetts in a light heavyweight six-rounder. Topping the off-TV portion of the card will be...
|Tyson Fury will face Alexander Ustinov this weekend|
According to the BBC, giant-sized Alexander Ustinov of Belarus has agreed fight Tyson Fury this weekend in Manchester, England. Ustinov took the heavyweight fight on short notice, which saved a huge English show that was supposed to match Fury against domestic rival Dereck Chisora. But Chisora injured his hand and pulled out of the mega-fight earlier this week. Ustinov is 37 years old, stands 6'7" and has a pro record of 29-1. His lone loss came against Kubrat Pulev. Recognizable names in Ustinov's win column include past-therr-primes David Tua, Monte Barrett and Paolo Vidoz. Fury (pictured) is 22-0. --Scott Shaffer
|Broadway Boxing weigh-in report|
In New York City on Tuesday, the boxers weighed in for Wednesday night's Broadway Boxing show at BB King Blues Club. For the main event, Ireland's Patrick Hyland (27-1) weighed in at 128 pounds, while his opponent Noel Echevarria of North Carolina (11-3), came in two pounds lighter at 126. The ten-round co-feature will be a heavyweight bout between Charles Martin (17-0-1) of Califonria and Kerston Manswell of Trinidad and Tobago. Martin came in at 241, compared to 265 for Manswell. Also inncluded among the seven schedule bouts will be Joe Smith. Jr. (15-1), who weighed 175.8 pounds, against Tyrell Hendrix (11-4-1) who tipped the beams at 174.2. source: dibella entertainment
|Bonus Bread: exploding boxing's biggest myths, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
What are some of the biggest myths in boxing history that get repeated by uninformed fans? I am tired of getting into arguments with idiots because I repeat some of your logic.
Bread’s Response: Haha, you have to stop arguing bro. Some people are just too lazy to research on their own so they repeat nonsense because nonsense was told to them. I will start in chronological order if I can...
|Chester, England hosts August 2nd card|
Press Release: Boxing returns to the Northgate Arena in Chester, United Kingdom on Saturday August 2nd, featuring local stars Chris Goodwin and Paul Economides in tough assignments. In a lightweight bout, 25-year-old Chris Goodwin, 18-2-1, takes on experienced Georgian Kakhaber Avetisian (24), who brings a deceiving 35-23-1 ledger against top notch opposition, including a victory over former Andreas Evensen (17-3-1) less than four months ago.
|Hyland one day away from headlining in NYC|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment (DBE) held a meet and greet for newly signed featherweight Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland (27-1, 12KO's), of Ireland. Hyland will make his official New York City debut when he headlines DBE's upcoming Broadway Boxing card at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night. The bout will mark Hyland's return to the ring after a near two-year hiatus due to promotional issues with his previous promoter. Below are quotes from the colorful Hyland:
|Daily Bread Monday Edition: (7-21-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Did you get a chance to see any of the press conferences for Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II? Who do you favor in the rematch? I have talked to alot of people who tell me after watching the fight again, they see what you saw. A super close fight and a fight Maidana could have won. I also want to ask you about Floyd’s beef with TI the rapper. Do you think this is staged or real? And what do you make of the glove controversy. Does Maidana have a legitmate issue?
Bread’s Response: In the rock, paper, scissors of boxing, the pressure swarmer can usually do well with the pure boxer. Henry Armstrong and Harry Greb, the two best swarmers ever, always beat the boxers. If Maidana can get back in the same shape he was in for the first fight or better I think the fight will be super close again. This reminds me of Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika. That was Ward’s toughest fight. Look at it on Youtube. Ward is clearly the better fighter. But that style of swarming, which is hitting anything, not just clean areas but all areas, roughhousing and being fully determined, can give any boxer problems.
|Friday's Turning Stone undercard announced|Press Release:
The three-fight undercard has been announced for this Friday's quadrupleheader celebrating of the 200th episode of "ShoBox: The New Generation," live from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Upstate New York. Headlining the non-televised portion of the evening will be Brunswick, New Jersey's Jorge Diaz (17-3, 10 KOs), who is looking to return to the win column after a couple of setbacks. The popular Diaz will face Philadelphia's Ramone Ellis (4-11-2, 2 KOs) in a featherweight six-rounder. Tickets are on sale now at the Turning Stone box office, by calling (315) 361-7469, or through www.Ticketmaster.com
|Barrios looks for fifth win this weekend|
Press Release: Making his way back to the ring this Friday is San Antonio's super bantamweight Mario Barrios (4-0). Barrios will put his undefeated record on the line against, Salvador Perez (2-4-2). The four-round bout will take place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Barrios, who stands six feet tall, will have a tremendous height and reach advantage, and will look to box his way to victory. However, he vows to throw big shots. "Perez is an opponent I'm not taking lightly," said Barrios. "I'm going to stick to the game plan and give a crowd pleasing fight to the fans. I feel I'm getting better with each fight and my jab is looking great. I'll be thrilled if I get the KO, but will be ready to go the distance if I have too. I'm going to be throwing a lot of hard shots in this fight, so we'll see what happens." Mario Barrios is managed by Al Haymon and advised by Luis DeCubas, Jr.
|Fury-Chisora II postponed due to Chisora injury|
Press Release: Due to a fractured hand injury suffered by Dereck Chisora, this Saturday's heavyweight bout between Chisora and Tyson Fury has been postponed. The card, which was to be televised in the United States by Awe Network, will not be shown. "We are truly disappointed that the fight will not happen on Saturday," said Awe's president Robert Herring. "Ever since we made the announcement of the fight last week, we had received tremendous feedback and response and we know we would have had a large audience watching on Aew. We hope to have an announcement very shortly concerning the re-schedule date."
|Help make a real difference in the life of a true warrior|Press Release:
America was introduced to Kennedy Cunningham when her father first fought on NBC back in December of 2012 (against Tomasz Adamek). Kennedy suffers from a severe heart deformity called HLHS [in very simple terms, little Kennedy has half a heart]. In April when Steve fought Amir Mansour on NBC Sports, the family had just received heart breaking news when they we told that Kennedy was not a candidate for heart transplant as they had hoped. [Steve went out and waged a heroic battle in which he got off the canvas and pulled out a win over a bigger, stronger opponent that allowed him to remain a viable heavyweight contender]. Kennedy has been accpeted into a heart transplant program that will require her family to move to Pittsburgh so that she can undergo a heart transplant on four-hour's notice. Please consider making a donation to help the Cunninghams by going to this webpage
|NY Athletic Commission to advise boxers about obtaining health care|
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) is hosting an open house for boxers that live and train in New York State to learn about how to receive health insurance through ObamaCare and Medicaid. Many boxers do not have health insurance, and most boxers get injured during training. The NYSAC says it will provide boxers with as much information as possible about health insurance options to allow them to train with peace of mind and not having to worry about paying a hospital bill or a prescription for medicine resulting from injury. When: July 21st and July 30th from 9-5pm; Where: New York State Athletic Commission,located at 123 William Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038. Walk-ins are welcome. However, you should call ahead of time to make an appointment and find out what you need to bring. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions, please contact NYSAC at 212-417-5700
|Golden Boy announces Corpus Christi co-feature|
Press Release: Junior welterweight KeAndre Gibson, fighting out of Austin, Texas, will take a trip to Corpus Christi on Thursday, August 7th to square off against Fort Worth's Jose Hernandez in an eight-round bout to be aired on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes' Golden Boy Live! series. In the previously announced main event, Jerry "The Corpus Christi Kid" Belmontes will return to his hometown to face Puerto Rico's Abner "Pin" Cotto in a ten-round junior lightweight bout.
|Sergio Martinez to fight on|
Press Release: After lengthy discussions with members of his team, former world middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez has decided to continue his boxing career. Determined to return and erase the terrible memory of his loss to Miguel Cotto in June, 39-year-old Martinez says will next face a top-ten contender with the goal of recapturing his world title. "Miguel De Pablos (Business Manager) and I met with Sergio at his home in Madrid and he says he is 100% healthy and ready to do what it takes to return to the very top of boxing," said Martinez's advisor Sampson Lewkowicz. Lewkowicz says Martinez will first undergo a full battery of head-to-toe testing from top specialists in New York, but pending full medical clearance, the former champion will be returning to the ring on a mission.
|Shiming wins first ten rounder|
Zou Shiming W10 Luis De La Rosa... in Macao, China, Zou Shiming continued his march up the flyweight division, defeating Luis De La Rosa of Colombia via ten-round unanimous decision. Shiming, a Chinese idol who won three amateur world championships and two Olympic gold medals, was asked to go ten rounds for the first time and responded well. He defeated De La Rosa by scores of 97-93 and 99-91 (twice) to improve to 5-0 as a professional. De La Rosa falls to 23-4-1. Next up for Shiming could be a shot at IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenrong of Thailand. Shiming defeated Ruenrong in the amateurs.
|Rigondeaux-Looknongyangtoy ends somewhat like Mayweather-Ortiz, By Scott Shaffer|
Guillermo Rigondeaux KO1 Sod Looknongyangtoy... In Macao, China, world 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux shed his reputation as a boring boxer by knocking out Thailand's Sod looknongyangtoy a/k/a Sod Kokietgym in the first round. In the first round, the Cuban Rigondeaux accidentally headbutted the Thai, sending Looknongyangtoy to one knee. When Looknongyangtoy got up, he extended his glove towards the incoming Rigonedeaux. Although he touched gloves, Rigondeaux immediately fired a lightning quick combination before the Thai boxer reset his defense. The combination landed and Looknongyangtoy wnet down for a ten count. The ending was reminiscient of, but not quite as flagrant, as Floyd Mayweather's 2100 knockout of Victor Ortiz. Unlike Mayweather, Rigondeaux did not deceive his opponent into dropping his guard, but both Ortiz and Looknongyangtoy failed to observe boxing's cardinal rule of defense: protect yourself at all times. Rigondeaux, who has been criticized for being boring, was anything but boring in tonight's brief appearance. His promotional contract with Top Rank is up, and tonight's win should add interest to a man whose skills make him a top five pound-for-pounder. source:
|Emanuel Taylor defeats Karim Mayfield|
Emanuel Taylor W10 Karim Mayfield... ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights came to Huntington, New York this week. In the main event of the evening, junior welterweight Emanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor got back in the win column with a ten-round unanimous decision win over Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield. Although knocked down in the eighth round, Taylor (18-2) controlled of the action throughout the fight winning by scores of 97-92 and 95-94 (twice). Mayfield’s record falls to 18-2-1.
Cletus Seldin NC Bayan Jargal ... Cletus Seldin and Bayan Jargal fought to a no contest at junior welterweight. With Seldin pressing the action against the hard punching Jargal, the heads of the combatants clashed resulting in a bad cut over the right eye of Jargal. At the end of round three, Jargal stated that he was unable to continue and the bout was declared a disappointing no contest. Seldin's record remains at 13-0 while Jargal's stays at 17-5. source for both results: star boxing
|New titlist alert: South Africa's Zolani Tete wins in Japan, By Scott Shaffer|
Zolani Tete W12 Teiru Kinoshita... In South Africa on Friday, the well-traveled IBF 115-pound championship fell into the hands of Zolani Tete (19-3-1), who captured the vacant title via unanimous decision in his opponent's home country. Tete's win, a rare occurrence for a South African fighting on the road, came over Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1). Official scores, including one turned in by Kinoshita's Japanese compatriot, were 118-110 (twice) and 119-109. In the past thirteen months, the IBF has had three champions in this weight class (Juan Carlos Sanchez, Daiki Kameda and now Tete) with two separate incidents of the title being lost on the scale (Sanchez, and then Liborio Solis who came in over weight but defeated Kameda). source: daily times
|Golovkin, Geale discuss next weekend's middleweight battle|
Press Release: Question: Daniel, last time you were on American TV, you dropped Darren Barker but lost the decision. How do you recover from that? DANIEL GEALE: Firstly, the Barker fight was frustrating - knocking him down in the sixth and not getting the decision, but you have to take it on the chin and come back from that. I didn't dwell on it too long. I got back in the gym and now I am on a huge show again fighting for a world title. I am coming over to the US trying to turn it around to get on the winning side of things. This next fight with Gennady Golovkin is at a huge venue, Madison Square Garden and it is for titles, couldn't be any more than I want.
|Results from South Africa: Marali tops Mabuza via split decision|
Zolani Marali W12 Kaiser Mabuza … In East London, South Africa on Friday, junior welterweight Zolani Marali won via split decision over his countryman, Kaiser Mabuza. Although Marali's tactics of throwing combinations and then running and holding secured the victory, it made for a boring and messy fight. Mabuza tried to engage without much success. Eddie Marshall scored the bout 114-112 in favor of Mabuza, but was overruled by judges Alan Matakane and Simphiwe Mbini who had it 115-112 and 115-111 for Marali, who is now 24-5 for his career. Mabuza falls to 25-12-3.
Luyanda Nkwankwa W12 Sibusiso Twani … In a 105-pound bout on the same card, Luyanda Nkwankwa (7-10-1) comprehensively outpointed Sibusiso Twani in a big upset. The WBF is now in the embarrassing position of calling Nkwankwa, whose career record is 7-10-1, its world champion Judges scores were: Darryl Ribbink 118-111, Lulama Mtya 117-112 and Simphiwe Mbini 115-113. Tiwani falls to 12-7-1. Source for both results: world boxing federation
|Undefeated heavyweight Charles Martin added to Broadway Boxing show|
Press Release: Next Wednesday, July 23rd, at New York City's famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, DiBella Entertainment returns with another edition of its Broadway Boxing series. The card got a boost this week when heavyweight hopeful Charles Martin (17-0-1, 15 KOs) was added. Martin, who is promoted by Michael King's King Sports, will face Kertson Manswell (24-8, 18 KOs) in a ten-round bout.
|Awe Network to air Fury-Chisora II in U.S.A.|
Press Release: On Saturday afternoon, July 26th, Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) and Tyson Fury (22-0 16 KOs) will do battle in a twelve-round heavyweight fight, one of the biggest rematches of 2014. The fight will be staged in Manchester, England, will televised live and exclusively in the United States on the Awe network. The two heavyweight contenders met almost three years ago to the day (July 23, 2011) in a bout that saw Fury (pictured) win via unanimous decision.
|Maidana celebrates birthday with big L.A. press conference|
Press Release: Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana held their fifth and final kickoff press conference in Pershing Square in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday to discuss their rematch, which is set to take place Saturday, Sept. 13th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on Showtime pay-per-view. With Mayweather speaking at the podium, a member of Maidana’s team was throwing t-shirts into the pro-Argentine crowd in an attempt to take the attention away from Mayweather. Numerous Argentinian flags waved in the air on a picture perfect afternoon that also happened to be Maidana’s 31st birthday.
|ESPN2 to feature all-Russian lightweight fight|
Press Release: Gary Shaw Productions has signed a fight between two Russian lightweight, Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) and Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) in a twelve-round IBF elimination bout. The fight will air live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., on August 15th.
|A look at HBO's Ramirez-Talipeau fight|
Press Release: [In a fight HBO chose over world 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigonedeaux,] super middleweight Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs), of Mazatlan, Mexico, will face Junior Talipeau of New Zealand on HBO this weekend. The southpaw Ramirez, 23, with the mega-watt smile and matinee idol looks will face Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) this Saturday, July 19th, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macao, China. Ramirez vs. Talipeau will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. The HBO2 telecast will also feature two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO),of Guizhu, China, stepping up to his first ten-round bout against Juis De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia. Here are the views of Ramirez and Talipeau on the fight:
|Daily Bread Wednesday Edition: (7-16-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I am just going to listen to you from now on. Another “exact” prediction. After the first few rounds I thought I had you on your prediction that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would beat Erislandy Lara. I was actually in Vegas and I was going to approach you with my winning Lara bet slip, but once again you called it. I couldn’t take it bro. I took two shots of tequila and headed back to my room. Lara simply can’t defend his body. It’s the weirdest thing. He boxes well and he could have won but he always looks like he’s running. I’m never going against you again. Who do you like in Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale and Bryant Jennings vs. Mike Perez?
|Pacquiao to face Algieri next|
Manny Pacquiao's next fight will take place on November 22nd in Macao, China and according to multiple reports, including ESPN.com, he will face Chris Algieri of Long Island, New York. Pacquiao is the WBO welterweight champion, and one of the two biggest superstars in boxing. Algieri was virtually unknown until he shot to prominence in his last fight, a thrilling come-from-behind win against Ruslan Provodnikov to capture the WBO junior welterweight title. Algieri is just 20-0 as a boxer, with few significant wins besides Provodnikov on his record. However, he was also a professional kickboxer and showed excellent technique vs. Provodnikov, although not much punching power. --Scott Shaffer
|Tony Luis hopes for redemption on ShoBox|
Press Release: Canadian lightweight Tony "The Lightning" Luis says he "can't wait" to take on undefeated Wanzell "Venom" Ellison next Friday (July 25th) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Upstate New York. Luis (17-2, 7 KOs) and Ellison (11-0-1, 5 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey, will meet in a lightweight eight-rounder, as the opening bout of ShoBox quadrupleheader celebrating the show' 200th episode.
The 26-year-old Luis, a native of Cornwall, Ontario, is back on national television with a mission in mind: to prove his gutty performance in his last fight (a decision loss to Ivan Redkach in January) was no fluke.
|boxing manager Garnik Khachikian passes away|
According to promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, Armenian businessman and longtime boxing manager Garnik Khachikian passed away on July 15th in Las Vegas after a brief illness. A well-known and popular face in Las Vegas boxing circles, Kachikian managed, among others, former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood, Almazbek "Kid Diamond" Raiymkulov and William Abelyan. Lewkowicz expressed great sadness over the loss of his friend. "Garnik loved boxing and was a very special person who was always there to help those in need," said Lewkowicz. "May he rest in peace." Boxingtalk joins Lewkowicz in sending its condolences to the friends and family of Garnik Khachikian.
|ALVAREZ-LARA POST-FIGHT MAILBAG, By Tommy Canez|
[I believe the split decision that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez won over Erislandy Lara last weekend was correctly decided]. Lara lost that fight. What controversy are people yapping about? He ran and ran like Forrest Gump. Anybody who thinks that Lara won that fight is smoking crack. He had a few good rounds but he did not stay consistent. People fail to realize that ring generalship does not mean running around like a scared cat being chased down by an angry dog because that is exactly what Lara did the whole fight. Lara will never be a pay-per-view attraction with that style and neither will his compadre Guillermo Rigondeaux. This is boxing. It is not a track meet to see who can run the fastest. --TG
|Next week's ShoBox to feature four fights|
Press Release: ShoBox: The New Generation will celebrate its 200th telecast on Friday, July 25th the same way it started 13 years ago: matching prospects in what could be the toughest fights of their careers. The quadruple header, live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), features eight fighters with a combined record of 115-5-1. In the main event from Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, middleweight Antoine Douglas (14-0, 9 KOs), of Washington, D.C., will take a big step-up when he Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) of France by way of Ivory Coast, in a ten-round bout. The co-feature showcases a matchup of undefeated-yet-untested super middleweights. Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs), of Washington, D.C., will take on amateur standout Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KOs) of Miami by way of Cuba, in an eight-round match. In another eight rounder undefeated welterweight Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs) of Maryland will face Oscar Godoy (13-2, 6 KOs), of California, and in the opening bout of the telecast, Newark, NJ's Wanzell Ellison (11-0, 5 KOs) squares off with Tony Luis (17-2, 7 KOs), of Ontario, Canada, in an eight-round lightweight bout.
|San Diego card planned for July 25th|Press Release:
Promoter Bobby D. Presents plans to jump back in action for the second time this month after a successful fight card last July 11th at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Last Friday, Victor Ruiz defeated Timur Shailezov while Chantel Cordova captured the a women's super flyweight victory over Patty Alcivar via a unanimous decision in an all-action fight card. On Friday, July 25th, from his home base at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, Bobby D. Presents presents a main event consisting of an eight-round bout between Aaron "Gavilan" Garcia (14-3-2, 4 KOs) of Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico's Danny "Huracan" Ramirez (10-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant super featherweight California State title.
|Mike Jones returns in Atlantic City on Aug. 23rd|
According to promoter Russell Peltz, Gilbert Alex Sanchez, a 31-year-old junior middleweight from Camden, NJ with a 4-4 record, has agreed to box Ismael Garcia, a 27-year-old from Vineland, NJ. Garcia is 6-0. They collide over six rounds on Saturday, Aug. 23rd, at Bally's Atlantic City. Long lost Philly welterweight Mike Jones (26-1) makes his comeback from a two-year layoff against Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL, in the ten-round main event. Jones has not fought since being knocked out by Randall Bailey in anIBF welterweight title fight in JUne 2012. Herrera is 11-2. On the same show, middleweight Thomas LaManna steps up against veteran Jamaal Davis in the eight-round semifinal. Tickets for the 1500-seat Grand Ballroom at Bally's can be purchased at 215-765-0922 or go online at www.peltzboxing.com
. --Scott Shaffer
|Molina trains for Bundrage, but talks about Alvarez-Lara|
Press Release: IBF 154-pound title holder "King" Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) is currently training hard for his next fight, a defense against former champion Cornelius Bundrage in Cancun, Mexico. "Training is going great. I'm very focused and everything is good. Eager to get in the ring and show once again I belong at the top of the division." The fight is scheduled for October 11th in Cancun [Molina is barred from entering the United States]. Watching Saturday night's pay-per-view fight between former champions Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, Molina had to have felt like he wasn't invited to his own party. Molina held Lara to a draw in 2011.
|Star Boxing announces Friday's Long Island undercard|
Press Release: Star Boxing announced three undercard battles for this week's boxing show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Heavy-handed super middleweight Jason Escalera (13-2-1) of New Jersey is in tough against Sweden's Naim Terbunja (7-0). Long Island's Anthony Karperis (6-2) will look to stay in the winners' column, having won his last two. Karperis takes on Ariel Duran (7-6-1) in a scheduled six round junior welterweight bout. Haitian junior middleweight Wendy Toussaint (4-0) will face the toughest fight of his young career, Courtney Pennington (7-0-1) of Brooklyn, New York. New Jersey's Jason "Monstruo" Escalera.
|Gingras-McCreedy being planned for September|
A big regional bout is being planned for Rhode Island. According to CES' publicist Michael Parente, on Friday, September 12th, New England light heavyweight champion Rich Gingras (14-4-1) battles Joe McCreedy (15-7-2) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI. Gingras is from Attleboro, Massachusetts, while McCreedy is from Lowell, Massachusetts. --Scott Shaffer
|August 8th ESPN2 card shaping up nicely|
Press Release: On August 8th, in Fallon, Nevada, headlining ESPN2's Friday Night Fights broadcast will be junior middleweight Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on Mexico's Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in a ten rounder. In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will be looking make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Lennox Allen (17-0-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup. Opening up the card will be the pro debut of China's 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight bout.
|Mayweather-Maidana II kick-off press conference quotes|
Press Release: Reigning two-division champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and former welterweight titlist Marcos "El Chino" Maidana held a press conference in New York City's Times Square on Monday to formally announce their rematch, scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 13th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Showtime Pay-Per-View will broadcast. “I don't need to change my style. The guy who got the loss needs to change his style,” said Mayweather.
|Usmanee looking for rematch vs. new champ Barthelemy|
Press Release: Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy won the IBF 130-pound title from Argenis Mendez last Thursday (July 10th) in Miami. Afghani-Canadian contender Arash Usmanee congratulates and calls out the new title holder. "Barthelemy looked good taking it to Mendez and he deserves the belt," said Usmanee. But now that the dust has settled on the Barthelemy/Mendez rivalry, Usmanee (21-2-1, 10 KOs) says the new champion has only one thing he can do to prove he deserves his spot on top. Usmanee and Barthelemy faced off in January of last year, and Barthelemy won a very close decision that Usmanee feels was unjust. "Barthelemy himself knows he didn't beat me when we fought. If that fight was anywhere but his backyard, he would have never even gotten the chance to fight for the title. If he's a true champion, he will face me in his first defense and try to erase what everyone but the three judges saw as a loss for him." In August of last year, Usmanee, established his performance against Barthelemy was no fluke by fighting to a draw with then-champion Mendez in his only world-title try. Mendez was then knocked out by Barthelemey a couple of seconds after the end of a round, so the bout was declared a no contest and Mendez remained the champion until last Thursday's rematch.
|Lara argues his case that he deserved the decision|
Press Release: After landing more punches and connecting with a higher percentage, Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) feels he was robbed in his fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) that took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past weekend. Fact: Lara landed 107 total punches to Alvarez's 97 and had a higher connect percentage (28% Lara - 23% Alvarez). The body shots that Alvarez landed were grazing shots that Lara blocked with his elbows, and most of them came in the round he got cut. Editor's note: this posting represents the views of Erislandy Lara and his team, and no endorsement of these views by Boxingtalk should be assumed.
|Chilemba in U.S.A. to train with McGirt|
Press Release: Issac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) has made the long journey from South Africa to Burbank, CA to reunite with his trainer Buddy McGirt. Chilemba is preparing to face Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) on August 2nd at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ (off television).
|Canelo tops Lara by split decision|
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez W12 Erislandy Lara... In a Las Vegas pay-per-view batltle on Saturday, Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez defeated Erislandy Lara by split decision. Alvarez carried the twelve-round bout on two judges' scorecards, 115-113 and 117-111. That overruled the third official judge, who had it 115-113 for Landy, a Cuban expatriate. The usually reliable Levi Martinez of New Mexico turned in the 117-111 scorecard. There were no knockdowns in the fight but Alvarez opened up a cut over Lara's eye in the second half of the fight. Afterwards, Alvarez accused Lara of doing too much running instead of engaging in combat. The general consensus seems to be that Alvarez deserved the verdict. Interestingly, two mainstream media sites also had the fight scored very differently in their round-by-round accounts. The Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire gave it Alvarez, eight rounds to four, but USA Today's Bob Velin had Lara winning seven rounds to five. The bout was fought at 155 pounds, one pound more than the traditonial junior middleweight limit. Alvarez, still only 23 years old ups his mark to 44-1-1 while Lara falls to 19-2-2.--Scott Shaffer
|Tomoki Kameda rings up highlight reel KO|
Tomoki Kameda KO7 Pungluang Singyu... In Las Vegas, just prior to the pay-per-view broadcast, Japan's Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19 KOs) defended his WBO bantamweight championship with a brutal seventh round knockout victory over Pungluang Singyu. The right hook to the liver immediately floored Singyu (46-3, 31 KOs), sending him to the canvas reeling in pain. Referee Russell Mora counted out the Thai boxer at 1:35 of the seventh. "Brilliantly executed knockout," said expert analyst Farhood of the Japanese Kameda, who was making his U.S. debut. "I'd love to see him fight again, who wouldn't?" Singyu briefly held the WBO 118-pound title from 2012 to 2013. Kameda is one of three fighting brothers, all of whom have held world titles. source: showtime press release
|Mares defeats Oquendo|
Abner Mares W10 Jonathan Oquendo... In Las Vegas, Abner Mares bounced back from the first loss of his career and overcame the adversity of a fourth-round cut on his left eyelid to win a unanimous decision over Jonathan Oquendo. The junior lightweight bout was scored 96-94, 98-92 (twice). Mares' previous fight was a one-round loss to Jhonny Gonzalez that cost him the WBC featherweight title. source: showtime press release
|Vargas beating leaves Lopez considering retirement|
Francisco Vargas TKO3 Juan Manuel Lopez... On Las Vegas on Saturday, Francisco Vargas defeated Juan Manuel Lopez via technical knockout when Lopez’s corner stopped the bout after a vicious third round. In a round of the year candidate, Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs) and Lopez exchanged shots in brutal action in the third stanza. Seemingly never in a dull fight, Lopez was knocked down with 20 seconds to go in the third after eating a huge right hand. Lopez got up and continued to press, but ate another big shot in the closing seconds and was dazed as he walked back to his corner. While it was the biggest victory of Vargas’ young career, this could be the end for the road for what has been a brilliant campaign for the former two-division champ. Lopez said, “I have to sit down with my family and my promoter and decide what the next step will be.” source: showtime press release
|Mauricio Herrera tops Johan Perez|
Mauricio Herrera W12 Johan Perez... In the opening bout of the pay-per-view card from Las Vegas, 140-pounder Mauricio Herrera defeated Johan Perez by majority decision. The official scores were 114-114 and 116-112 (twice). The early rounds were close, but the crafty Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) pulled away after the sixth, pocketing rounds and landing power shots with ease. Herrera’s strong right hand and defensive sharpness was the difference against Perez (19-2-1, 13 KOs), who continually ate punches and couldn’t block Herrera’s slick combos. The victory gives Herrera a paper title, the WBA interim championship. source: showtime press release
|Showtime to air Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook|Press Release:
Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime will team up at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. for the next title defense of IBF welterweight champion Shawn "Showtime" Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Akron, Ohio. Porter defends his belt against British star Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England, on Saturday, Aug. 16th, headlining a three-championship fight broadcast. Also appearing on the broadcast will be
Omar "Panterita" Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, risking his WBC lightweight belt against mandatory challenger Daniel "Tremendo" Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City, and WBC 168-pound titlist Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Australia against Anthony "The Dog'' Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., in a rematch of split draw last Dec. 7th.
|ESPN2 Results: Tureano Johnson wins by decision|
Tureano Johnson W10 Mike Gavronski... Gary Shaw Productions presented ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA. In the main event Tureano Johnson (15-1, 10 KOs) handed Mike Gavronski (14-1-1, 10 KOs) his first defeat in a 10-round middleweight showdown. Johnson started off slow, but kept the pressure on Gavronski, wearing him down as the fight went into the later rounds. Johnson used a pressure style to break down Gavronski, who seemed to wilt when the going got tough. With the win, Johnson gets back into world title contention. Scorecards read 99-91 across the board in favor of Tureano Johnson. source: gary shaw press release
|Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara Prediction & Breakdown, Part II, By Tommy Canez|
For Saturday's big fight, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's chose to take on the most dangerous and riskiest possible opponent, Erislandy Lara. That choice reminds me of a story that I read a long time ago in Napoleon Hill's book "Think and Grow Rich." To paraphrase, the story was about a warrior who led his soldiers on ships into the enemy's territory. After they arrived into enemy territory and unloaded the soldiers, the warrior gave orders to burn all of the ships behind them, thus giving the soldiers no choice but to win because there would be no possible way of retreat. Ultimately, his soldiers ended up winning, at least as the story goes.
|ShoBox announces match-ups for 200th episode|
Press Release: On Friday night, July 25th, the 200th Episode of Sho Box and will begin at 10 PM ET at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. In the main event, Antoine "Action" Douglas (14-0, 9 KOs) and Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) will square off in a ten-round middleweight fight. Three other eight-round bouts will make the broadcast as super middleweights Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs) takes on Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KO's) at super middle, Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs) fights Oscar Godoy (13-2, 6 KOs) in a welterweight bout plus lightweight Wanzell Ellison (11-0-1, 5 KOs) boxes Tony Luis (17-2, 7 KOs).
|Vladine Biosse fighting Callum Smith on Saturday|
Press Release: Rhode Island's Vladine Biosse (15-3-2, 7 KOs) faces his toughest test to date in Liverpool, England's Echo Arena tomorrow. The 32-year-old southpaw will challenge Callum Smith (11-0, 9 KOs) in a ten-round bout Saturday, June 12th, 2014. Smith is coming off an a win in May via a second-round knockout of Tobias Webb.
|Mayweather-Maidana II: the official announcement|
Press Release: Their thrilling first fight last May left sports fans clamoring for more. Now, 11-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will do it again. Mayweather vs. Maidana II, a [WBC] welterweight championship fight will take place Saturday, Sept. 13th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on Showtime pay-per-view. Ticket information and information about an upcoming five-city, cross-country press tour starting this Monday, July 14th will be announced shortly.
|Yahoo! report: Mayweather-Maidana II set for Sept. 13th with Golden Boy co-promoting!|
According to Yahoo! Sports, Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions has confirmed the following: reigning two-division champion Floyd Mayweather's next fight will take place on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be an immediate rematch against Marcos Maidana, with Showtime pay-per-view broadcasting. Most surprisingly, given the recent changes at Golden Boy Promotions, Yahoo! reports that Mayweather Promotions will once again work with Golden Boy to co-promote the show. Mayweather recently indicated he would not work with Golden Boy in the wake of president Richard Schaefer's departure. --Scott Shaffer
|HBO2 to air Ramirez-Talipeau, but passes on Rigondeaux world title defense|
Edited Press Release: Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming and undefeated super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez will headline boxing’s return to The Venetian Macao in China. The doubleheader will take place Saturday, July 19th, and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. Zou (4-0) is just 15 months removed from his professional debut. He will be fighting in his first ten-round bout against Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1). The telecast will open with Ramirez facing Junior Talipeau (20-2-1). On the same card will be world junior featherweight champion Guilermo Rigondeaux defending his titles against Sod Looknongyangtoy (a.k.a. Sod Kokietgym). However, HBO has decided not to air that bout, so viewers who want to watch Rigondeaux will instead tune into the Solo Boxeo series on UniMás, who will air the Rigondeaux fight beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
|Groves lands European title shot vs. Rebrasse|
Press Release: After losing to Carl Froch twice, George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) returns on September 20th in a final eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title against European champion Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 5 KOs). Rebrasse’s European title will be on the line when the pair meet at the SSE Arena in Wembley, England.
|Ennis steps in to face Truax later this month|
Press Release: Derek "Pooh" Ennis (24-4-1, 13 KOs) will step in to face Caleb "Golden" Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, on the July 25th edition of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at Chicago's UIC Pavilion. Truax's original opponent, Mexico's Rogelio "Porky" Medina was forced out by injury. The 33-year-old Ennis has faced a number of strong opponents in his career. In 2013, he lost a majority decision squeaker to Jonathan Gonzalez, but has since rebounded with a stoppage win over Puerto Rico's Emil Gonzalez in March of this year.
|Solo Boxeo: Andy Ruiz vs. Nagy Aguilera on Aug. 9th|
Press Release: Unimas network's Solo Boxeo comes to Glendale, California's Civic Auditorium on Saturday, August 9th. In the main event, Mexican-American heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (22-0, 16 KOs), faces Nagy "Dominican Dynamite" Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs).
|Rigondeaux fight lands on Solo Boxeo|
Press Release: World junior featherweight champion Guilermo Rigondeaux willl defend his titles against Thai tongue-twister Sod Looknongyangtoy (a.k.a. Sod Kokietgym) on July 19th at The Venetian Macao in China. The bout will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of the Solo Boxeo series on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
|Glazkov to face Rossy in August|
Press Release: The August 9th edition of NBC Sports Network Fight Night will feature three bouts with three undefeated fighters. Heavyweight contender Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) returns to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, August 9th to face Derric "El León" Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) for ten rounds. is coming off a ten-round majority decision victory over heavyweight prospect Joe Hanks in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 16, 2014. The Glazkov-Rossy fight will be the main event. In the middle bout, New Zealand light heavyweight Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) takes on Russia's Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs). Undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker will open the live telecast versus an opponent to be announced. Tickets for the event are available now on Ticketmaster.com.
|Fox Sports 1 Weigh-in report from Las Vegas|
The weights are in for tonight's Fox Sports 1 / Fox Deportes show from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Comebacking Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2) weighed in at 150.2 pounds, a shade over his opponent, Ed Paredes (35-3-1). Paredes weighed in at 150 pounds even for the ten-round main event. Featherweights Joseph Diaz, Jr. (11-0) and Ramiro Robles (11-1-1) came in at 123.6 and 124 pounds respectively for their ten-round co-feature. The telecast will open with Diego De La Hoya (5-0) facing Miguel Tamayo (14-8-2). De La Hoya scaled in at 124 pounds, compared to 122 for Tamayo. source: golden boy press release
|Culcay to challenge Real for European title|
Press Release: Former amateur world champion Jack Culcay (17-1, 10 KOs) will challenge for the European light middleweight championship on August 16th. The German Culcay will attempt to dethrone the unbeaten Isaac Real (10-0, 5 KOs) at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. Real, from Spain, won the vacant title by defeating Emanuele Della Rosa in May.
|Witherspoon comeback set for West Deptford, NJ|
Press Release: This Saturday, July 12th, heavyweight Chazz "The Gentleman" Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring after a two-year absence when he takes part in an eight roundert against Tyabb Beale (9-4-1, 3 KOs) of Newark, NJ at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey. The show is promoted by Witherspoon's Silver Spoon Promotions. For ticket information and undercard match-ups, click the link below.
|Tureano Johnson has televised opportunity to rebound from loss|
Press Release: Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Mike Gavronski (14-0-1, 10 KOs) battle in a ten-round middleweight showdown on this weeks edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN2. In the ten-round co-feature, lightweights, Art Hovhannisyan (17-1-2, 9 KOs) and Jonathan Maicelo (20-1, 12 KOs) will go to war. The broadcast begins this Friday Julyth 11 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA.
|Q&A with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Promoter Oscar De La Hoya|
Press Release: Although he was participating in a conference call to promote this weekend's pay-per-view match-up against Erislandy Lara, Mexcian star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez indicated a desire to become the sport's star attraction on Cinco De Mayo weekend, a date usually reserved for the top Mexican boxer, but which lately has been usurped by an American, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Alvarez told the media, "I want to retake those dates and bring them back. Those dates are Mexican dates, they're Mexican independence dates, and yes, for next year I will be fighting, I want to be fighting on those dates."
|Junior Wright signs with Star of David|
Press Release: Star of David Promotions' Dmitriy Salita announced that Junior Wright, a cruiserweight from Chicago, has signed a promotional deal with his company.
|Q&A with Erislandy Lara and trainer Ronnie Shields|
Press Release: We are just days away from Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's pay-per-view fight against Erislandy Lara. When asked about Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's career, Lara's trainer, Ronnie Shields said, "I think that Lara is just a better fighter, period, than Canelo. You can't take anything away from Canelo, he's a really good fighter, you can't take anything away from that, but understand this, Erislandy Lara has a better amateur career and he's having a better pro career. It's just as simple as that. And Erislandy Lara is one of the best fighters and [he fights] anybody and everybody who will invite him. Lara doesn't have a pick-and-choose career. If you take Canelo's career, his career has been pick-and-choose.
|Arreola undergoes elbow surgery|
According to ESPN.com, heavyweight Chris Arreola has undergone surgery on his left elbow and will be unable to train for eight weeks. The diagnosis was scar tissue and bone fragments due to an arthritic elbow. Arreola was last seen losing to Bermane Stiverne in a bout for the vacant WBC title, and his trainer said the injury was a factor in the loss. Arreola is hopeful to return to action in October. --Scott Shaffer
|Crawford to guest on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights|
Press Release: On the heels of his career-changing ninth-round knockout victory of undefeated Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa, undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford will join Doug Kezirian as the in-studio guest on this week's edition of ESPN2's Friday Fights. The show will air live on Friday, July 11th, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Topics Crawford and Kezirian will be discussing will most certainly include a recap of Crawford-Gamboa. The bout attracted nearly 11,000 fans to the CenturyLink Center in the first world title fight to take place in Omaha, Neb. in 42 years, when Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against Ron Stander on May 25, 1972. According to Nielsen Media Research, Crawford-Gamboa, which was televised live on HBO, was the second-most viewed fight of the year so far on U.S. television, attracting an average audience of 1.208 million viewers to the live, first-time airing.
|Daily Bread Monday Edition: (7-7-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I wanted to get your thoughts on Erislany Lara's comments and demeanor heading into his showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Is it me or does he seem overconfident? I actually think he is underestimating what Alvarez brings to the table and something tells me he is in for a rude awakening. What do you think?--
William in West Palm Bread’s Response: Here is the thing about the pre-fight ”rap”. Boxers and their teams always have a theory on why they will win. But ultimately it’s up to them on fight night. I saw Lara personally at his weigh-in for his fight with Austin Trout. Trout was running his mouth and being outwardly confrontational. Lara had that same dismissive cocky air he has now and he dealt with Trout. I personally feel Canelo is a better fighter Trout. Can’t wait to see the fight. There was a report that Canelo was having a poor camp. If that is true then he is the one who is underestimating Lara.....
|Cleverly, campaigning at cruiser, calls out Bellew for rematch|
Press Release: Former WBO 175-pound titlist Nathan Cleverly says that beating Alejandro Valori (15-4) on Saturday night in Liverpool live on Sky Sports will lead to a massive British grudge rematch with Tony Bellew – and he’ll beat his bitter Liverpool foe again. The Welsh Cleverly defended his WBO crown against Bellew back in October 2011 and made three more successful defences of the title before losing the belt to Russian beast Sergey Kovalev in August. Cleverly (27-1) took some time out of the game before deciding to move up to cruiserweight. Cleverly won his cruiserweight debut in May against Shawn Corbin (17-5).
|Cletus Seldin training in Florida for ESPN2 debut|
Press Release: Long Island junior welterweight Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin is deep in preparations for his ESPN2 debut against Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal, set for Friday, July 18th at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The 27-year-old Seldin (13-0 with 10 KOs) is preparing for Jargal, who enters the eight-round clash at 17-5-3 with 11 KOs. Speaking from his training camp in West Palm Beach, Florida, Seldin touched on a number of topics leading up to the fight.
|Gomez-Paris to headline in Indio, CA|
Press Release: Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez, a young junior welterweight, will face his toughest challenge yet when he meets Florida's Vernon Paris in the July 25th, ten-round main event on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes' Golden Boy Live! at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
|WBA recycles Chagaev into regular champion|
Ruslan Chagaev W12 Fres Oquendo...One of boxing's most ridiculous statistics is that Ruslan Chagaev can now claim to be a two-time heavyweight champion. He established that claim thanks to the largesse of the WBA, who sanctioned Chagaev vs. 41 year-old Fres Oquendo for its vacant regular heavyweight championship. Neither Oquendo nor Chagaev has defeated a legitimate contender in years. (True world champion Wladimir Klitschko is the WBA's super champion). Chagaev, who has tested positive for hepatitis, was bleeding vs. Oquendo, but fighting in his native Russia, Chagaev was given a majority decision by the judges: 114-114 and 115-113 (twice). No doubt Oquendo will claim robbery, but Boxingtalk has yet to review the tape. source: supersport zone
|Farenas wins IBF eliminator|
Michael Farenas TKO8 Mark "Too Sharp" Davis ... Filipino Michael "Hammer Fist" Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Mark "Too Sharp" Davis (18-1, 5 KOs) in eighth round of last Wednesday's ESPN2 boxing broadcast. The show was held at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Farenas overpowered Davis, cutting the Cleveland fighter over the right eye in the opening round, and pounded him throughout the fight until referee Steve Smoger wisely halted the action in the eighth round. source: sms press release
|Katsidis comeback rolls on with win over Earl|
Michael Katsidis W12 Graham Earl... In Toowoomba, Australia, one boxer's comeback continued, while another's bit the dust. Local hero Michael Katsidis won the second straight bout of his comeback, defeating rival Graham Earl over twelve rounds in a rematch that lacked the drama of their 2007 thriller. Katsidis, who won the first bout by stoppage after a back-and-forth war, this time won a unanimous decision fought at junior welterweight. Official scores were 120-108, 120-109 and 119-109. Now 26-5, Earl should retire permanently. He had a good career that included British and commonwealth championships, but hasn't won since 2009 and he needs to consider his long-term health. At 30-6, Katsidis' dream lives on, although a return to world title status seems unlikely. source: Toowoomba chronicle
|Huck's next cruiseweight defense announced|
Press Release: Italy's Mirko Larghetti (21-0 with 13 KOs) will face Marco Huck (37-2-1 with 26 KOs) for Huck's WBO cruiserweight championship on August 30th at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. It will be Huck's 13th defense of the title he acquired in the same venue back in August 2009. If successful, Huck will equal Johnny Nelson's record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division. However, Larghetti has other plans. The Italian is still fuming over the cancellation of his title bid on March 29th, when Huck injured his right thumb while preparing for their fight. "I was ready back then and I am even more ready now," said the 31-year-old, adding: "Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign." Huck is not intimidated by the challenger, countering: "This will be Larghetti's first and last world title fight. When I am done with him he will wish he never shared the ring with me." Huck has a motto for this fight: "I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti!" Huck last seen defended his WBO title against Firat Arslan via TKO6 on January 25th.
|Steve Smoger video interview, By Doveed Linder|
Last week, I was all set to cover ESPN Friday Night Fights, which was taking place at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO, right across the river from my hometown of St. Louis. Later that weekend, I spent some time with noted referee Steve Smoger, who was in town for the show. I asked Smoger to tell me about his experiences as the third man in the ring for Hopkins-Trinidad, which can be seen in a video-taped interview.
|Showtime to air bantamweight title bout just prior to next week's PPV|
Press Release: On Saturday, July 12th, just prior to the pay-per-view boxing show in Las Vegas, Showtime will televise undefeated WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda defending his title against Pungluang Sor Singyu at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT. Following the bout, Showtime hopes viewers will purchase the pay-per-view show headlined by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.
|Mike Lee to face Paul Gonsalves in Chicago|
Press Release: Popular Chicago native and Notre Dame graduate Mike Lee's opponent has been announced for his Friday, July 25, 2014, ring return to the Windy City's UIC Pavilion. In the opening bout of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights brodcast that night, Lee, a light heavyweight will face Paul Gonsalves (7-3, 3 KOs) of Hyannis, Massachusetts in a six rounder. The 32-year-old Gonsalves has won three straight fights, and five of his last six. Lee is 12-0 with 7 KOs.
|Things get fiesty at Katsidis-Earl press conference|
Press Release: Sparks flew at the final press conference as Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl got into a scuffle as they were posing for a staredown photo. Tempers boiled after a war of words on the microphone between. The comebacking Earl made his intentions clear stating, "I don't care about the belt, I've won titles before, I just want to beat Katsidis here and make the trilogy [third fight] back home in Luton [England]. I was winning the first fight, and he (Katsidis) looked relieved when the fight was stopped."
|ESPN2 Weigh-in report|
Press Release: The weigh-in results from Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Connecticut for tonight's ESPN2 boxing broadcast are in. Main event participants Mark Davis and Michael Farenas both weighed in at 130 pounds for their IBF junior lightweight elimination bout. Click the link below for the weights of all the boxers on the show.
|Maidana rematch appears to be next for Mayweather|
ESPN reports that Floyd Mayweather's next bout will be a September 13th direct rematch against Marcos Maidana of Argentina. Mayweather defeated Maidana in May, but the bout was much closer than anyone expected. The bout was scored a majority decision, and reportedly sold 850,000 pay-per-views, a step down from Mayweather's September 2013 fight vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Mayweather is recognized as the WBC weterweight champion, the WBA jkunior middleweight super champion, and the pound-for-poundbest in the sport. The rematch, like the first fight, is slated to be held at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena. --Scott Shaffer
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition: (7-1-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread you are red hot with your predictions. Some troll on youtube said you are only good at picking showcase fights. Predicting wins for Miguel Cotto, Chris Algieri and now Terenece Crawford all in tough fights over the last month, you were spot on. I’m going to be honest, I went against you on this one after watching the Crawford vs. Ricky Burns fight. Shame on me. But you scared me when you said Crawford would get rocked or dropped. Again dead on. But man that kid is mean. He gets meaner and meaner the more tougher the fight gets. Who does Crawford remind you of? What impressed you the most?
|Anthony Joshua moving up to eight rounders vs. Matt Skelton|
Press Release: Olympic gold medal winner Anthony Joshua expects the toughest test of his young professional career on July 12th when he faces 47 year-old Matt Skelton at the Echo Arena in Liverpool live on Sky Sports. Joshua has raced to 6-0 with all six wins coming inside the first two rounds. Joshusa will be stepping into his first scheduled eight-round contest against the former British, European and Commonwealth champion..
|Chilemba-Cummings named Atlantic City co-feature|
Press Release: Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), the 27 year-old light heavyweight from Johannesburg, South Africa will return to Atlantic City, New Jersey to face Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) as the non-televised co-feature of the August 2nd fight between Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs). Chilemba is coming off a gritty ten-round unanimous decision victory over Denis Grachev on March 15, 2010 in Bethlehem, PA.
|Gary Shaw adds two bouts to Washington undercard|
Press Release: According to promoter Gary Shaw, Kenneth "Bossman" Sims Jr. (2-0) and Eduardo Martinez (1-0), both from Chicago, will fight in separate bouts on July 11, 2014 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA. Simms Jr. will fight Evan Woolsey (2-2) in a four-round welterweight bout. Martinez battles Lavale Wilson (1-3) over four rounds in the featherweight division. Headlining the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card will be middleweights Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Mike Gavronski (14-0-1, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, lightweights Art Hovhannisyan (17-1-2, 9 KOs) and Jonathan Maicelo (20-1, 12 KOs) will square off.