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|Full card for Queens, NY announced|
Press Release: On Saturday, May 30th, New Legend Boxing will return to Resorts World Casino New York City with a main event featuring light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (18-2) in a comeback that began earlier this year, following a two-year hiatus. In what will be his first professional fight in his home borough of Queens, just blocks from where he grew up in Ozone Park, Rosinsky is scheduled to take on Michigan’s Shujaa El Amin (12-6) in an eight-round contest. Here are details on the rest of the card:
|WBO clouds 105-pound title with soft touch for Japanese teenager|
On December 31, 2014, Japan's Katsunari Takayama unfied the WBO and IBF 105-pound championships by defeating Go Odaira with two vacant titles at stake. Unfortunately, the WBO ceased recognizing Takayama, and will devalue its brand by giving a paper title to the winner of next week's bout between Japan's Kosei Tanaka and Mexico's Julian Yedras. Tanaka is a teenager who is just 4-0 as a pro, but is coming off a stoppage win over Ryuji Hara, who was 18-0 before losing to Tanaka. Winning a world title in his fifth pro fight, even this paper title, will be a big deal in Japan. Yedras is undeserving of a world title shot-- he has never beaten any boxer of note. Hekkie Budler holds the WBA and IBO versions of the minimumweight championship, while the WBC belt is around the waist of Wanheng Menayothin.
|Orange County Fight Club show set for June 11th|
Press Release: Six boxing and two MMA bouts will comprise the Thursday, June 11th edition of Fight Club OC at Costa Mesa, California's OC Fair & Event Center. Fans will get to see Malcolm McAllister (3-0) out of Long Beach go for his fourth straight KO win against Lanny Dardar (2-3). Reece Bennett will look to go to 2-0 against Oxnard pro debut boxer Ramon Villanueva. Other undefeated fighters on the card are Kevin Watts, Mark Anthony Hernandez (5-0) facing Santa Ana's Gabe Lopez (3-1), and Miami's Leduan Barthelemy. Plus top USA amateur Timothy Lee out of Las Vegas will be making his pro boxing debut.
|Lopez-Tamayo set for Boxcino undercard|
Press Release: Tomorrow night in Corona, California, super bantamweight Adam Lopez (11-0) battles Miguel Tamayo (16-12-2) in bout scheduled for six rounds at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena. The bout will be on the undercard of the Boxcino finals but will not be part of the ESPN2 broadcast. "Training went really well. I did a lot of sparring to get ready for Tamayo who is a southpaw," said Lopez.
|Abraham: four fights vs. Stieglitz is enough|
Press Release: Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) vowed to bring an end to his feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) when the German super middleweights contest the WBO title for a fourth time on July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The fighters began their now familiar pre-fight routine with a kick-off press conference today, in which Abraham, the reigning title holder, promised to provide a conclusive finish to their long-standing rivalry. "Four fights with Robert is enough for me,’’ declared Abraham. "Of course, victory is always the most important thing, but on July 18th, I don’t just want to win, I want to win decisively and prove once and for all that I am the better man!’’
|Banner signs Mauro Maximiliano Godoy|
Press Release: Banner Promotions has announced the signing of junior welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy to an exclusive promotional contract. Godoy, 25 years old of Centenario, Argentina, has a record of 19-0 with 8 KOs. "We are happy to get this young contender in the fold," said Banner Promotions President Arthur Pelullo. "He comes on great recommendation from Daniel Castro who has been working with him. We have seen some footage, and we feel Mauro has the potential to be a star here in the United States and throughout the world. He has many options, as the 140 pound division is loaded with quality talent, and we expect to get him a major fight sooner rather than later." Said Daniel Castro, representative for Godoy, "We saw what Banner has done with Ruslan Provodnikov, and Mauro wants good fights and maybe an opportunity to fight Provodnikov." Godoy has fought his entire career in Argentina.
|Cornelius Bundrage poised to face Jermall Charlo in July|
According to the Facebook page of Shawana Bundrage, wife and manager of IBF 154-pound champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, he will be defending his title against Jermall Charlo in July. The 42 year-old Bundrage has a record of 34-5 and will be making the first defense in his second reign as champion. Bundrage regained the title in October against Carlos Molina. The 25 year-old Charlo, an identical twin whose brother Jermell is also an accomplished boxer, is 21-0. Jermall Charlo has looked like a future star but has not yet faced a world-class opponent. --Scott Shaffer
|Ben Dean's Weekly Boxing Memo, By Ben Dean|
If American fight fans didn't know the name Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez prior to this weekend, they certainly should now! One of my first impressions of Chocolatito, the WBC flyweight champion, after reviewing film of him over the past year is his conditioning. He's a precision sharp-shooter who never seems to get tired and just overwhelms his opponents with pressure and power. It's as if his opponents are placed in a blender on high speed and there is no off switch. It's hard to draw conclusions from Saturday's two-round destruction of Edgar Sosa, but Chocolatito appears to have that Henry Armstrong fifteen-round era sort of gas tank.
|Edwin Rodriguez, Craig Baker meet the press|
Press Release: On Saturday, May 23rd, Premier Boxing Champions on NBC comes to Boston's Boston's Agganis Arena. Opening the MBC broadcast at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT will be a light heavyweight bout featuring Edwin Rodriguez taking on undefeated Craig Baker. Craig is 16-0 and coming off a win over Umberto Savignet and he's looking to derail the career of Edwin Rodriguez (26-1). Meanwhile, Rodriguez, a native of Masschusetts, is looking for a shot at light heavyweight title after a failed attempot at Andre Ward's super middleweight title. Here is what they had to say on a recent conference call:
|Daniel Geale workout quotes|Press Release:
Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), the world middleweight champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become a four-division champion is defending against former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) of Australia on June 6, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a twelve-round fight that will be televised live on HBO. Geale hosted a New York City media workout at Mendez Boxing Gym in preparation for his title challenge and here is what he and his American promoter Gary Shaw, had to say:
|Antowyan Aikens returns with hometown bout|Press Release:
This Friday night, May 22nd, boxing returns to the Claridge in Atlantic City, New Jersey with a ten-bout card.
In one of the undercard bouts, super middleweight Antowyan Aikens (9-0) makes his return after a thirteen-month layoff when he takes on Edgar Perez (6-13) in a bout scheduled for six rounds.
In the main event, super bantamweight Juan "Baby Tito" Dominguez will take on Mario Antonio Macias in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.
|Linares to face Mitchell in London|
Press Release: Venezuela's Jorge "El Niño De Oro" Linares will travel to London to defend his WBC lightweight title against "Mighty" Kevin Mitchell at O2 Arena on Saturday, May 30th. The bout will be featured on Sky Sports;' broadcast of the Kell Brook vs. Frankie Gavin IBF welterweigh title fight.
|O'Connor-Gilbert added to this weekend's Boston show|
Press Release: On May 23rd, the Agganis Arena at Boston University will host a Premier Boxing Champions show featuring the super middleweight showdown between Olympic medalists Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) and a co-feature of Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) taking on Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs). NBC will televise, but prior to NBC's broadcast, the undercard will be highlighted by Boston's own Danny O'Connor (25-2, 9 KOs) taking on the fighting pride of Vermont, Chris Gilbert (13-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle for the New England championship. [O'Connor was quickly moved to the Boston show when a planned fight against Paul Malignaggi in Brooklyn got called off due to a Malignaggi injury].
|Linder's Look: Porter-Broner; Mayweather; and more, By Doveed Linder|
I did not see a fight on the horizon between Adrian Broner and Shawn Porter, but it’s scheduled for June 20th n Las Vegas and it’s one of the best things that could happen to pure boxing fans. Both Ohioans are in a similar boat. They have been on the cusp of the elite, but they both suffered survivable setbacks-- Broner to Marcos Maidana and Porter to Kell Brook. The winner of this fight will be back in full force, maybe in a stronger position than ever.
|ESPN to air Povetkin-Perez on Friday|
ESPN has announced a deal that will allow American fans to view Friday's significant heavyweight bout between Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez live on WatchESPN and air on same-day tape delay Friday evening on ESPN2. The two contenders meet in a WBC elimination bout on Friday in Moscow. The Russian Povetkin (28-1) is a former WBA regular titlist whose only loss is to world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Perez is originally from Cuba and has gone 21-1-1 since turning pro, with his only loss coming against Bryant Jennings. Also airing on the two ESPN platforms will be the chief supporting bout from Moscow: WBC cruiserweight titlist Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) defending against late replacement Lukas Janik (28-2, 15 KOs). -Scott Shaffer
|Malignaggi cut over eye, withdraws from Brooklyn show|Press Release:
Due to an injury to Paulie Malignaggi, Javier Fortuna and Bryan Vasquez will now open the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast on Spike TV on May 29th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET.
Malignaggi suffered a cut during a sparring session last week when he caught an elbow to his left eye, resulting in a deep, gushing open wound.
“I have a lot of scars over my left eye,” he says. “It was probably an old scar opening up.”
The injury forced Malignaggi to withdraw from his May 29th comeback fight against Danny O’Connor at Barclays Center in Malignaggi’s native Brooklyn, New York.
|Oquendo fighting-- and beating-- Chagaev's promoter in USA Court|
Attorneys for Fres Oquendo have asked a federal court to hold boxing promotional company CCC Terek in contempt of court because, according to Oquendo, CCC Terek is arranging for Ruslan Chagaev to defend his WBA regular heavyweight championship against Francesco Pianeta in Magdeburg, Germany. Oquendo is seeking contempt charges because he obtained a ruling last month forbidding CCC Terek from setting up a WBA title fight for Chagaev unless it was against Oquendo. The federal court, located in New York City, also issued an anti-suit injunction, which prohibits CCC Terek from commencing or continuing any legal action in Moscow concerning the dispute which arose in the wake of Oquendo's failed bid for Chagaev's WBA regular title in July of 2014. Chagaev won the bout by the narrowest majority decision possible: 115-113 (twice) and 114-114. Oquendo alleges CCC Terek still owes him $785,000 for that fight. Oquendo also alleges the contract contained a clause which would allow Oquendo-- the challenger, and not even the mandatory challenger-- to demand a rematch. Such a clause in favor of a challenger would be extremely rare, and CCC Terek has claimed Oquendo coerced it by threatening to pull out of the fight one one week's notice. However, Oquendo and his attorney Judd Burstein have so far had the upper hand in the lawsuit.
|Ben Dean's Mail Bag: the Mayweather-Pacquiao comments keep coming, By Ben Dean|
I have never seen the hate for any one person in all of sports that is being directed at Floyd Mayweather. It almost seems calculated and planned. It is coming from former boxers, (Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson), promoters (Bob Arum, Oscar De La Hoya), current boxers (Gennady Golovkin, Amir Khan), and even boxing so-called experts (Jim Lampley) who have done everything in their power to discredit Floyd Mayweather. I think they may have had a conference and decided to try and discredit this guy's character and legacy. De La Hoya has always been envious of Floyd ever since he was beaten and then his star pupil, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was beaten. Bob Arum is still upset that Floyd bought out his contract with Top Rank and went on to be his own boss and make hundreds of millions of dollars. Pacquaio's trainer Freddie Roach takes his disrespect to a whole new high. After claiming Floyd's legs were done and that he will get knocked out, now he is leading the charge with every excuse in the book. I can name a hundred examples of the insane things he has said and done, but taking selfies on the way to the fight was the ultimate.
|Linder's Look: THE COTTO-CANELO-GGG TRIANGLE and more, By Doveed Linder|
Miguel Cotto, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. These three fighters are the driving forces in boxing from 154 to 160 pounds. There are no contractual or promotional barriers blocking them from fighting each other, so it is expected that somewhere, somehow, we’ll get a match-up between these guys. I suspect the fight we will see is Cotto-Canelo, simply because it is the most marketable and the least risky for the parties involved. Cotto-Canelo would bring out the Puerto Rican and Mexican fans in full force. It would be a huge pay-per-view event, and a worthy one at that.
|Boxcino finals set for Friday|
Press Release: This Friday night at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, California, the 2015 Boxcino finals will take place in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions. The fights will be televised on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights beginning at 10 PM ET. In the heavyweight final, Andrey Fedosov and Donovan Dennis will vie for the Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight championship. At junior middleweight, Brandon Adams and John Thompson will face each other.
|Ilunga Makabu gets big KO in South Africa|
Ilunga Makabu KO11 Thabiso Mchunu… At the Durban Convention Center, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) knocked out Thabiso Mchunu (16-2, 10 KOs) during the eleventh round of a cruiserweight eliminator. According to the WBC, Makabu had strong start, but Makabu eventually revved up a gear. In round eleven, Makabu finished the fight by landing a left uppercut and then a right hook that sent to a Mchunu to the canvas. Makabu a southpaw from The Congo that relocated to South Africa, is now the mandatory challenger for WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd. This weekend, Drozd is scheduled to defend his title in Moscow against late replacement Lukasz Janik. source: wbc
|Voraberger to fight in Austria|
Press Release: After the WBF launched a cooperation with the WIBF and GBU in March, and merged the three championships into a single title for female boxers, Austria's Eva Voraberger (19-3) is set to defend the unified womens 115-pound title on Saturday May 30th. Voraberger will face undefeated Serbia's Nina Stojanovic (7-0) at the Reinhold Heidinger Sporthalle in Leibnitz, Austria. Voraberger lost two of her first three pro fights back in 2008 and 2009, but at age 25, she has now won eighteen of her last nineteen.In her most recent outing, Voraberger suffered a third-round knock-down and a dislocated jaw but showed true warrior spirit to fight back hard and wina [controversial] split decision against Hungary's Renata Domsodi. [Stojanovic's record reveals she has fought seven novices, so she will enter the bout as an underdog.]
|Kovalev to defend vs. Mohammedi on July 25th|
Press Release: WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against Nadjib "Iron Djib" Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on July 25th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Here is what the boxers and their teams had to say at the press conference formally announcing the bout:
|Big Drama Show: Golovkin stops Monroe, by Ben Dean|
Gennady Golovkin TKO6 Willie Monroe, Jr. ... At the Forum in Inglewood, California, Gennady "GGG" Golovkin defeated Willie Monroe in a high-action middleweight contest. With the win, Golovkin ups his professional record to 33-0 with 30 KOs, and he retains the WBA and IBO middleweight championships. Monroe falls to 19-2, but he earned new respect in defeat. Golovkin had a huge round two, putting Monroe down twice. The first knockdown occurred in a corner from an explosive left hook. He dropped Monroe a second time with a right. The fourth round saw Golovkin eating four straight power shots, and taunting Monroe to throw more. Monroe not only won the fourth round, but displayed a ton of heart and effort given the beating he suffered in round two. Golovkin, on the other hand, was lazy defensively, basically walking straight into the punches. In the fifth, Golovkin landed a huge uppercut and followed it up with another big punch that buckled Monroe's legs badly. Monroe almost went down but steadied himself from a deep squat. In the sixth round, Golovkin exploded in a power display that started with a right uppercut - left uppercut combination, followed by a left hook and overhand right. He followed that up with a left uppercut that put Monroe against the ropes, then another left hook to the ear. Another barrage sent Monroe down. Monroe took a nine count, but got up very slowly. His head looked clear, but the legs weren't there. It appeared he almost got up right as the referee counted to ten. The referee could have called it a ten count, but instead gave Monroe the benefit of the doubt and asked Monroe if he wanted to fight. Monroe, with his legs gone, appeared to respond, "I'm done." source: hbo
|Welcome to HBO Roman Gonzalez!, By Ben Dean|
Roman Gonzalez TKO2 Edgar Sosa.. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez put on a brief but spectacular performance in his American coming out party. At the Forum in Inglewood, California, the undefeated, three-division champion dispatched of Edgar Sosa in the second round of a flyweight match-up. Now 43-0 with an amazing 37 KOs for a 112-pound man, Martinez retained the WBC flyweight title in exciting fashion. Sosa (51-9) is a former WBC 108-pound champion who had been stopped only twice in 59 previous pro fights and not at all since 2009.
Gonzalez, already a hero in his native Nicaragua, is a star in Japan, but entered last night largely hidden from American boxing fans. He heated up quickly, midway through the first frame. After he and Sosa were done feeling each other out, Martinez became an absolute hurricane, fighting at a torrid pace. His swarming style is reminiscent of the late, great Alexis Arguello, the best Nicaraguan boxer ever, who mentored Gonzalez early in his career. Gonzalez's full punching arsenal was on display and his conditioning was excellent. He threw right hands, left hooks, jabs, uppercuts and landed with much of what he threw. The fight ended when Sosa went down for the third time in round three.
His remarkable punching power for such a small man (Gonzalez stands 5'3") whetted the appetite of American fight fans to see more of him. There could be a tug of war between HBO and Teiken Promotions of Japan as to where to schedule future fights. To describe Gonzalez's style as fan friendly is an understatement. He will be a handful for anyone he faces in the near future and should be able to conquer one or two more weight classes despite his height. source: hbo
|Star of David bringing boxing to a new venue|Press Release:
LIU Brooklyn's Paramount Theatre is set to host its first boxing event on Thursday, June 4th at 7 p.m. The show will be promoted by Dmitriy Salita's Star of David Promotions, with a main
event featuring local heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Damon McCreary (15-4,11 KOs).
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
|Cotto preparing for Geale but thinking about Alvarez|
According to the WBC, Miguel Cotto confirmed he's interested in fighting Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, but for now his focus is Daniel Geale, whom Cotto fights on June 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto hold the WBC middleweight title and is the legitimate world champion of the weight class thanks to his win over Sergio Martinez last year. The public wants to see Cotto fight either Gennady Golovkin, theWBA champion who would be considered a betting favorite over Cotto, or the charismatic Alvarez, a former 154-pound world champion who destroyed James Kirkland just last week. Cotto, who has a record of 39-4 with 32 KOs, confirmed that HBO and Golden Boy Promotions (who promotes Alvarez) have already talked about a possible fight during the latter part of this year. Always a tough negotiator, Cotto insisted he won't allow Alvarez and his team to determine the negotiations because he is the current world champion. “I am ready for my fight," Cotto told the WBC. "I will do the job. [My trainerFreddie Roach has well prepared me. Anything that HBO has thought, or any plan of [Golden Boy's] Oscar De La Hoya or Alvarez doesn’t worry me. Facing James Kirkland and Erislandy Lara is not the same as fighting against Miguel Cotto.” Alvarez has already made it clear he is willing to face Cotto next.
|Benavidez stops Paez Jr. on his birthday|Jose Benavidez TKO12 Jorge Paez, Jr…
Fighting in his native Phoenix on his 23rd birthday, Jose Benavidez headlined the Tru TV broadcast with a twelfth-round technical knockout win over Jorge Paez Jr. The highlights included a third-round knockdown that saw Paez take a knee after a very good body shot. Benavidez fought as a southpaw in round nine and the strategy worked, as he outlanded Paez 22 punches to 3 in that round according to CompuBox. Paez was knocked down in the twelfth. He got up, but stumbled around and seemed dazed so the referee waved off the junior welterweight bout. The win gave Benavides a lucky pro mark of 23-0 on his 23rd birthday and allowed him to retain his WBA interim junior welterweight title, a belt he won in a controversial decision against Mauricio Herrera last December. Paez drops to 38-6-2 and seems unlikely to follow in the footsteps of his father, Jorge Paez, as a world champion.
Antonio Orzoco W10 Emanuel Taylor... In a good 140-pound bout that was also part of the Tru TV broadcast from Phoenix, Antonio Orozco defeated Emanuel Taylor by unanimous decision. Official scores favored Orozco 96-94 (twice) and a seemingly too-wide 98-92. Former two-division champion Timothy Bradley, serving as Tru TV's commentator, scored it 96-94 for Orozco. Compubox's punches landed statistic also favored Orozco, 201-170. The key to victory was likely that Orozco pushed the action a bit more than Taylor, throwing a busy 776 over ten rounds compared to a respectable 586 for Taylor. Orozco is now 22-0, while Taylor, a respected gatekeeper at 140 pounds, loses for the third time in his last four to fall to 18-4. source for both results: top rank/ compubox twitter feeds
|Ben Dean's Mailbag, By Ben Dean|
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is a good b- fighter, but to say he takes on all comers is bs. He just beat James Kirkland who was taylor made for him. Its OK for him to wait before taking on Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, but he "takes on all comers"? Do you see what you are saying? He is not a champ 1st off... Erislandy Lara is, and [in my opinion] Lara beat him easy [Alvarez defeated Lara by split decision]. What about the Charro brothers etc.? Canelo is a good fighter but he does not take on all comers. Stop trying boost him up. Austin Trout [in my opinion] was another loss [Alvarez won by unanimous decision]. Canelo owes both Trout and Lara rematches.
|Lundy to face Herrera on HBO Latino|
Press Release: Six days after he walks down the aisle to tie the knot with his longtime fiancée, Valerie, Hank Lundy will step into the ring to face junior welterweight contender Mauricio Herrera in the ten-round main event on a July 11th show in Los Angeles that will be shown on HBO Latino. As his life outside of the ring changes, Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) hopes his current career path can take a similar turn for the better. Eight years into a career that has featured its share of ups and down, the 31-year-old Lundy is at crossroads coming off a competitive loss to Thomas Dulorme in his HBO debut in December.
|Crolla: from skull injury directly to title challenge|
Press Release: Anthony Crolla will make an emotional return to the ring when he challenges Darleys Perez for the WBA lightweight belt at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on July 18th, to be aired live on Sky Sports. Crolla, who lives in Manchester, has been given the all-clear to box again by doctors following a criminal in which he suffered when bravely tackling burglars that attempted to break into his neighbor’s house in December. Crolla suffered a fractured skull when he was struck over the head by a concrete slab and also broke his ankle in the attack.
|Cuadras looks to delay Salgado rematch|
WBC 115-pound champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0) of Mexico says his next title defense will be in July against Felipe Orucuta or Ivan Morales, which he means that for no Cuadras is denying a rematch to Jose Salgado. Cuadras and Salgado fought to a four-round no contest in September. “I want to fight in July, in Mexico or the USA,” Cuadras commented. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman mentioned that Salgado would likely fight an eliminator against #1 Srisaket Sor Runvisai in Thailand, with th winner being declared the mandatory contender. source: wbc
|N'Dam, Lemieux to square off in Montreal|
Press Release: Quebec power puncher David Lemieux(33-2, 31 KOs) will face Hassan N'Dam (31-1,18 KOs) of France for the vacant IBF middleweight championship on Saturday, June 20th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. So far, the fight will be aired on Canadian pay-per-view. The IBF title became vacant when Jermain Taylor was hit with criminal charges over a gun incident.
|Next up for Deontay Wilder: Eric Molina|
Press Release: Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will make the first defense of his WBC heavyweight title when he faces Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas on Showtime Championship Boxing, Saturday, June 13th. The bout will take place in Wilder's home state, at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. In the co-feature, undefeated Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, will be opposed by Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs), of Klimovski, Russia, in a 12-rounder for the vacant IBF 130-pound title (recently vacated by Rances Barthelemy).
|Floyd Mayweather and boxing's double standard, By Ben Dean|
Boxing. In what other sport is the winner (Floyd Mayweather, Jr.) blasted for fighting in the style he always does, but we praise the loser (Manny Pacquiao) for putting up a dismal performance while fighting injured? In 2013, I wrote "Boxing's Double Standard Sidelines Rigondeaux" about the many inconsistencies in our sport. When Mayweather-Pacquiao was announced in March, I wrote that there would be "excuses" that would serve as "explain-aways" after the bout. An article was written by ESPN's Skip Bayless claimed that Mayweather would be knocked out, was utterly afraid of Pacquiao, and only took the bout because he had been "shamed" into it. I replied that people that disrespected Mayweather for this many years, calling him scared, would naturally have to build in excuses when Mayweather not only took, but subsequently won the fight.
|Hunter-Escalante tops Fox Sports card|
Press Release: Philadelphia's Eric "The Outlaw" Hunter (19-3, 9 KOs) is set to kick off Memorial Day Weekend when he faces Texas' Antonio Escalante (29-7, 20 KOs) on Friday, May 22nd in a ten-round junior middleweight bout on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
|Quigg passes on Rigondeaux, opts to face Martinez|
Press Release: Scott Quigg (30-0-2) will face Kiko Martinez (32-5) at the Manchester Arena in England on July 18th, live on Sky Sports. Quigg will be risking his WBA regular title at 122 pounds, his fifth defense. Martinez is a former IBF titlist at the same weight. On the same show, Anthony Crolla (29-4-2) will make an emotional return from a fractured skull suffered outside the ring when he challenges WBA lightweight title holder Darleys Perez (32-1).
|Sergio Martinez documentary to be available on iTunes|
Press Release: "Maravilla" -- the documentary based on former world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, will premiere on iTunes US on May 19, 2015. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2014), won the "Best Editing Award" at Mar del Plata Film Festival (Argentina), was nominated for "Best Documentary" for the Academy Awards of Argentina (2014), and was selected for the Official Competition at Guadalajara (Mexico, 2014), Lima (Peru, 2014) and Málaga (Spain, 2015) Film Festivals.
|De Alba-Gomez tops Philly bill|Press Release: On Friday May 29th, boxing comes to the Stadium Holiday Inn (900 Packer Avenue) in Philadelphia where
Frank De Alba will compete in a ten-round lightweight bout against Mexico's Bernardo Gomez Uribe (14-3 with 10 KOs).
De Alba of Reading, PA has won 13 straight fights to raise his career mark to 15-1-2 with five knockouts.
|Jonathan Alonso to train with Chris Algieri|Press Release:
Undefeated junior welterweight Jonathan "Maravilla" Alonso (5-0, 4 K's) is making the most out of his recent trip to the United States. Alonso was in action this past Friday, scoring a second-round TKO over Jose Guzman in Westchester, New York. Following his victory, Alonso jumped on a plane and headed south to Florida where he is set to serve as the lead sparring partner for the final two weeks of camp for former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri as Algieri prepares for his May 29th bout against Amir "King" Khan. Alonso will be back
in action on May 30th, as he squares off against Ken Alvarez (6-1-2, 3 KOs). The bout against Alvarez will take place on the New Legend Boxing-promoted card at Resorts Casino in Queens, NY.
|Swiss boxing update|
Press Release: Swizterland's power punching Mischa Nigg (8-1) is set to face Ramazi Gogichashvili (17-5-2) of the Republic of Georgia in a super middleweight bout Saturday May 30th at the Kulturzentrum Barensaal in Worb, Switzerland. A psychology student and son of former female pro Christina Nigg, Mischa turned pro in April 2011 and lost his second pro fight by majority decision when he was knocked down by Belorussian Dzmitry Altrokhau, who has proved to be a prospect in his own right and today sports a 9-0 ledger.
|The Weekly Boxing Memo, By Ben Dean|
Knockout Of The Year: I'm not sure what James Kirkland was saying about the referee not bothering to count after Kirkland was laid out by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez-- perhaps Kirkland was still concussed-- but there was no way he was getting up by the count of ten. That was as pure and brutal a knockout as you'll ever see. After beautifully faking the jab to the body, Alvarez detonated a perfect right hook to the jaw of Kirkland (who had just squared up and opened up with his own left hook when impact occurred). It reminded me of the move Juan Manuel Marquez used on Manny Pacquiao before putting him down with a sweeping right in round three of their fourth installment, only Alvarez's punch had a much more devastating effect. The jab to the body followed by a right hand over the top is one of the most underutilized combinations used today. That split second of distraction, followed by BOOM. If you remember this is the combination Tommy Hearns used to knock out Roberto Duran in one of the most explosive knockouts these eyes have ever witnessed. Alvarez's work this weekend is not far behind Hearn's highlight KO.
|Erislandy Lara to face Delvin Rodriguez on Spike|
Press Release: Cuban junior middleweight Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) returns to the ring in Chicago on Friday, June 12th to face Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) as Premier Boxing Champions heads back to Spike network. [Lara is coming off a win vs. ex-titlist Ishe Smith, while Rodriguez's last two results were a loss to Miguel Cotto and a draw vs. Joachim Alcine]. Also on the Spike broadcast, Russian knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) [advised by Boxingtalk's G. Leon] is set to square off against Doudou Ngumbu (34-6, 13 KOs) of Haute-Garonne, France.
|Orozco-Taylor is Friday's Tru Tv co-feature|
Press Release: Emanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) will face Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 knockouts) in a ten-round junior welterweight bout that will serve as TruTv's co-feature this Friday night, May 15th, at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. The Orozco-Taylor tilt will be on the undercard of Jose Benavidez, Jr.'s bout (also in the junior welterweight division) against Jorge Paez, Jr.
|Masternak headed to South Africa|
PRESS RELEASE: Cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (35-2, 25 KOs) will face Johnny "The Hurricane" Muller (18-4-2, 13 KOs) on June 6th at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. Masternak is back in form following a run of three successive wins, including a points victory over former cruiserweight king Jean Marc Mormeck.
|Walters to defend world featherweight championship in NYC|Press Release:
World featherweight champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters of Jamaica will defend against undefeated Miguel Marriaga of Colombia at New York City's Madison Square Garden on June 13th. On the same show, Puerto Rican up-and-comer Felix Verdejo faces Ivan Najera of San Antonio, Texas in a lightweight contest.
HBO's Boxing After Dark will broadcast beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets
will go on sale Friday, May 15th at Noon at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.thegarden.com.
|Ivan Morales sees action on L.A. undercard|Press Release:
Ivan Morales (27-0, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico will face Danny "Venado" Flores (14-6, 8 KOs) of Mexico City in an eight-round super flyweight bout featured on the non-televised undercard of the show featuring Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. on May 16th at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Morales is the younger brother of the international boxing hall of famer and four-division champion in four weight classes Erik "El Terrible" Morales.
|May 30th Solo Boxeo features battle of unbeatens|Press Release:
The Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California will host Unimas' Solo Boxeo on Saturday, May 30th.
This show will be the ninth installment of the Hollywood Fight Night series, and will
feature a battle of two unbeaten 22-year-olds: Saul "El Dinamita Rodriguez (16-0 with 13 KOs) against Antonio Capulin (14-0 with 6 KOs). Since 2013, Riverside's Rodriguez has disposed of his last eight opponents by stoppage. Capulin makes his California debut after fighting his entire career in his home state of Texas.
|Tony Ayala Jr. dead at age 52, By Christian Schmidt|
Tony Ayala Jr., a cant-miss future champion in the early 1980s whose career was derailed by long stretches of jail time, was found dead Tuesday morning at his gym in San Antonio, Texas. He was 52 years old. Ayala was found slumped over at the Zarzamora Street Gym on San Antonio's west side, early Tuesday morning. The reports of his death were confirmed by close friends of Ayala, including Patrick Raditz, the boxer's former manager, and Henry Rodriguez. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
|Mayweather-Pacquiao shatters PPV record with 4.4 million buys!|Press Release:
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view event shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.
|Is Ghost Guerrero coming back too soon?|Press Release:
Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring as he squares off against Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday afternoon, June 6th as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT. [Guerrero performed admirably but lost a brutal war to Keith Thurman in February, while Martinez lost his last bout, against Josesito Lopez]. Also announced for the show is a
featherweight showdown between ex-world 115-pound champion Vic Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs) and
Jesus Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs), holder of the WBA interim belt.
|Bradley to take on Vargas, June 27th|Press Release: Former two-division champion Timothy "Desert Storm"
Bradley, Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV, will face each other in an upcoming twelve-round welterweight battle, scheduled for June 27th, at StuHub Center in nearby Carson. Vargas will be moving up from 140 pounds, where he holds the paper WBA regular title. The welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
|Domestic results from this weekend|
Jose Ramirez TKO5 Rob Frankel... Jose Ramirez stopped Rob Frankel in the fifth round of a welterweight bout aired on Saturday on UniMas' Solo Boxeo. Ramirez, a former Olympian fighting near his home in Fresno, Texas, improved to 14-0 while Frankel falls to 33-16-1. source top rank
Mario Barrios TKO6 Jose Del Valle... This past Saturday at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, super featherweight Mario Barrios (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a sixth-round knockout over Jose Del Valle (4-11-3) from Puerto Rico. "Fighting Del Valle was a great experience for me because he was just as tall as me standing around 6'2," said Mario Barrios. "I'm ready to make a quick return to the ring... I'll be looking to return sometime this summer. Standing 6'1", Barrios is managed by Al Haymon and will most likely make his return to the ring next month in an eight-round bout in the very near future. source: barrios press release
|Worldwide results from this weekend|
Fedor Chudinov W12 Felix Sturm… In Frankfurt, Germany over the weekend, Fedor Chudinov defeated Felix Sturm via a split decision. Chudinov (13-0) was awarded 116-112 and 118-110 verdicts by two judges while another saw it for Sturm by a troublesome 116-112. Sturm had some success in the sixth and seventh rounds but was sent sprawling back against the ropes with a left-right combo at the end of the ninth round, and there seemed to be little doubt that the visiting Russian deserved the win. Sturm (39-5-3) was moving up to 168 pounds after several alphabet title reigns at 160. He last lost a version of the middleweight title to Sam Soliman of Australia by unanimous decision in May 2014. Chudinov is now a paper world champion, as the win gives him the WBA regular super middleweight title that was ridiculously striped from Carl Froch for failure to defend, even though the WBA continues to recognize Andre Ward as super champion and Ward has been inactive even longer. source: sky sports
Hozumi Hasegawa W10 Horacio Garcia… In Japanese action, former two-division champ Hozumi Hasegawa (34-5, 15 KOs) proved too fast for previously unbeaten Horacio Garcia (29-1, 21 KOs) from Mexico, winning a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-93 and 100-91) over ten rounds on Saturday in Kobe. Having suffered a seemingly career-ending stoppage against Kiko Martinez in a quest for the IBF 122-pound throne in April 2014, Hasegawa returned to the ring to silence expectations that he should have retired after that loss. The Japanese southpaw held titles at 118 and 126 pounds, and would love to win a 122-pound title before he hangs up the gloves for good. Garcia, signed by Canelo Promotions, attempted to track down the Japanese veteran, but could not do it, even though Hasegawa was ten years older. The referee penalized a point from Garcia for having frequently stepped on Hasegawa’s foot midway in round four. In the last three rounds Hasegawa looked a bit tired. source: wbc
|50 Cent: I'm sending James Kirkland back to Ann Wolfe|
FROM HBO.COM: After James Kirkland was brutally knocked out by Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in the third round of a junior middleweight slugfest on Saturday over the weekend. Kirkland said afterward, "I didn't even know I was knocked out. I had him trapped in the first round in the corner but he escaped, and had him hurt again in the second round. He's a great champion. I'm proud to have fought him, and I hope to fight him again." But Canelo likely has his sights fixed on bigger and better foes in the middleweight division: Gennady Golovkin in 2016 (considered the best middleweight in the world) and, more immediately, Miguel Cotto (the linear world middleweight champion). Cotto fights Daniel Geale in June.
|CAN BOXERS FIGHT WITH A TORN ROTATOR CUFF? HOLYFIELD DID!, By Tommy Canez|
There has been a lot of controversy swirling regarding Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao's significant tear on his rotator cuff on his right arm, which Team Pacquiao states is partially responsible for his poor performance in May 2nd's unanimous decision loss to Floyd "Money" Mayweather. There have been many people even going as far as calling Pacquiao a liar and a sore loser. Some are calling Pacquiao a liar because Pacquiao is claiming that the shoulder injury occurred in round four, which was one of his best rounds. In the fourth, Pacquiao threw punches in bunches and landed on Mayweather against the ropes with no signs of discomfort whatsoever.
However, can a fighter throw hard punches in bunches with a torn rotator cuff while showing no signs of discomfort?
|Abraham-Stieglitz IV booked for July 18th|Press Release:
Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with super middleweight rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The boxers meet for a fourth time, with Abraham's WBO crown on the line. Abraham (pictured) has won two of the three previous encounters.
|The campaign to rehabilitate Lateef Kayode starts on May 23rd|Press Release:
Friday, May 29th at the WC Handy Pavilion on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, a boxing show will be headlined by a ten
-round cruiserweight battle between Lateef "Power" Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) and "Slick" Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs). Also on the show, lightweight Josh King of Australia will make his US television debut against Batesville, Arkansas' Rogelio Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs).
CBS Sports Network will televise. [Kayode returns to his best weight class after a disastrous stretch at heavyweight, which ended in him getting KO's in one round by Luis Ortiz but the result was changed to a No Contest after Ortiz failed a drug test].
|Clottey posts easy win in ring return|
Joshua Clottey W10 Jorge Silva... Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey defeated Mexico's Jorge Silva on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez- James Kirkland fight tonight in Houston, TX. Clottey (39-4 with 22 KOs started a little slowly but started warming up in round three. Joshua scored with ripping combinations and started to hurt Silva who dropped to 20-9-2 with 16 KOs. The scores were 100-90 on two cards and 98-92 on the third all in favor of Clottey. The Ghanaian Clottey was coming off a big win over Anthony Mundine, but lost a lot of momentum with 13 months of inactivity. Silva, who has now lost six in a row, was a big step down from Mundine in terms of opposition level. source: star boxing press release
|Geale arrives in USA, to train in NJ until Cotto fight|Press Release:
Former IBF/WBO middleweight Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) has arrived in the United States for his upcoming showdown with world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO's). Geale will host the remainder of his training camp in North Bergen, NJ.
|Trout takes care of business against Galarza|
Austin Trout TKO7 Luis Galarza... Austin Trout (28-2, 16 KOs) overwhelmed Luis Galarza (20-4, 14 KOs) with a punishing attack that wobbled his foe as early as the second, courtesy of a left uppercut that left Galaraza no choice but to hang onto the ropes for dear life. Trout again connected on a big uppercut and a straight right, and kept Galarza cornered by outmaneuvering him. Trout dropped his man again in the fifth, but Galarza got off the canvas on the count of nine. In the sixth, Trout's right caught Galarza on the shoulder, and sent him pinballing from one set of ropes across to the other, but still Galarza managed to make it to his corner at the break. The referee had seen enough and waved off Galarza for a seventh-round stoppage. source: pbc press release
|Canelo destroys Kirkland in three, By Hunter Leon|
Canelo Alvarez KO3 James Kirkland... Tonight in Houston, Texas, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (45-1-1 with 32 KOs) and James Kirkland (32-2 with 28 KOs) gave boxing fans the kind of fireworks many were expecting from last week's fight of the century. Kirkland came out very aggressive and was getting the better of the Canelo for the first ninety seconds. After that it was all Alvarez. He was painting Kirkland with his left hook setting him up for a knockdown with a straight right hand with a little more than a minute to go in the opening frame. Kirkland managed to survive the first and second rounds taking thunderous shots that would have sent most garden variety fighters to the canvas. He gave boxing fans everything he had. but he was absorbing too many heavy shots. In round three Canelo baited Kirkland into a uppercut that dropped him to his knees. Kirkland beat the count, but the brutal end came moments later when and a right hand that ended the fight sending Kirkland spiraling down in dramatic fashion. Official time was 2:19. Kirkland should be commended for his heart, but it's worth noting that both of his losses have come without the presence of Ann Wolfe in his corner. Source: HBO
|Jack Culcay defeats German rival Maurice Weber|
Jack Culcay W12 Maurice Weber... In Frankfurt, Germany,
Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs) defeated Maurice Weber (21-2-1, 8 KOs) in an all-German junior middleweight clash. Culcay dominated most of the rounds and won by scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-110. The win brings Culcay the WBA interim belt. source: sauerland event
|PBC on CBS results from Texas|Omar Figueroa W12 Ricky Burns..
. Fighting in Hidalgo, Texas, local favorite Omar Figueroa Jr. remained unbeaten (25-0-1, 18 KOs), winning a unanimous decision over Scotsman Ricky Burns (37-5-1, 11 KOs). Figueroa, a former WBC 135-pound titlist, was making his debut as a junior welterweight. Burns, a former WBO 130- and 135-pound titlist, gave a very good account account of himself in the exciting forehead-to-forehead fight. Referee Laurence Cole showed Burns the good ole boy way things are done in Texas, deducting two points from Burns for holding. Fortunately, Cole's favoritism towards the Texas fighter did not sway the outcome of the bout., as Figueroa won by 116-110 on two cards and 117-109 on the third.
Jamie McDonnell W12 Tomoki Kameda..
. England's Jamie McDonnell retained his WBA 118-pound regular championship with a unanimous decision over Tomoki Kameda of Japan in a fast-paced contest. The taller McDonnell was knocked down in the third round, but used his jab effectively throughout most of the bout. Punchstat numbers were very close, but McDonnell won all three scores by the same 114-113 tally. Neither Kameda nor the CBS commentators complained about the verdict. source for both results: pbc/cbs
|Anthony Joshua now 12-0 with 12 KOs|
Anthony Joshua KO2 Rafael Zumbano Love... 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua made it twelve straight KO wins in the pros by knocking out Rafael Zumbano Love in two rounds in Birmingham, England on Saturday night – and warned Kevin Johnson that he is next on May 30th at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Joshua landed a right hand that knocked out Love, and now his focus shifts to facing Johnson, who in attendance tonight. source: matchroom
|Tru Tv result: Soro sends Tapia's fans home unhappy|
Michel Soro TKO4 Glen Tapia... Unheralded French junior middleweight Michel Soro continued his ascent up the 154-pound division on Friday, spoiling a home-state bout for Glen Tapia in Newark, New Jersey. In the fourth round, Soro (26-1-1) poured the punches on Tapia (23-2), who desperately tried to tie Soro up. But Tapia couldn't do it and got pummeled until the referee jumped in and stops the bout. Tapia drew a large crowd to the bout and mades his way to the ring with The Sopranos theme song blasting. But the self-proclaimed Jersey Boy could not deliver against Soro. source: top rank website
|Mansour outpoints Dawejko for Philly bragging rights|
Amir Mansour W10 Joey Dawejko ... With the Pennsylvania heavyweight championship at stake, Amir Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) outboxed Joey Dawejko by unanimous decision (96-94, 98-92, 97-93) on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in Philadelphia. While trash talk from both during the fight's buildup promised violence, the heavyweight clash played out at a slow, tactical pace for much of the ten rounds, with Mansour's higher activity rate carrying the day. source: espn.com
|Boyd Melson returns with a win|Boyd Melson W10 Mike Ruiz...
In Rye Brook, NY, West Point graduate Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson, of nearby White Plains, NY defeated Mike Ruiz of Glenbrook, NY, in a ten-round junior middleweight contest. Ending a 15-month layoff that was spent healing from a right arm injury suffered in his previous bout and a subsequent torn rotator cuff incurred during training, Melson showed no ill effects while outboxing Ruiz. In the sixth, Melson floored Ruiz and continued to land his straight right well in the following frame. Maintaining control over the closing rounds, Melson (14-1-1) went on to win a unanimous decision on scores of 100-89, 99-90, and 98-91, to improve to 14-1-1. Ruiz suffered his second loss in a row, dropping to 17-8 (9 KOs).
Rafael Vazquez W8 Pedro Melo... Brooklyn's junior featherweight Rafael Vazquez (14-1) earned his seventh victory in a row, outboxing Mexico City's Pedro Melo (13-8-2) for eight one-sided rounds. source: dibella entertainment
|Ntetu dominates Nunez, improves to 15-0, By E. Astacio|
Francy Ntetu W8 Milton Nunez: Canadian super middleweight Francy Ntetu improved to 15-0 following a unanimous decision victory over Colombian knockout artist Milton Nunez (28-14-1). Ntetu, who recently dubbed himself "Brother's Keeper" following the tragic loss of his brother Herve earlier this year, was the busier and more accurate boxer throughout the eight-round bout. Ntetu scored at will with the jab and was effective when he punched in combinations. Official scores were 80-72 and 79-73 (twice). Ntetu is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (and Boxingtalk publisher Greg Leon). Ntetu's next bout will take place this summer and is expected to be a significant step up in opposition according to Lou DiBella.
|Trout to face Galarza today in Texas|
Press Release: Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs), a 29-year-old southpaw, has been preparing with trainer Barry Hunter in Washington, D.C., for his 154-pound fight Saturday against late replacement Luis Galarza (20-3, 14 KOs) at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Hunter, who also trains 140-pound titlist Lamont Peterson, stepped in for Burke before Trout’s last bout in December, when he gained a seventh-round stoppage over Luis Grajeda, who was knocked down in the fifth.
|Frankel looking to upset Ramirez on Solo Boxeo tonight|Press Release:
Junior welterweight Rob "Red Hot" Frankel (33-15-1) of Denver says he is the "better fighter." Frankel's manager/trainer Steve Mestas said, "Bob Arum may not like what he will see on Saturday night."
Frankel is in town taking on 2012 American Olympian Jose Ramirez of Avenal, Ca. before an expected crowd of 10,000 in Fresno, California. Ramirez, 13-0 as a pro, is trained by Freddie Roach and promoted by Arum. Frankel describes him as a fighter who has "good hand speed, a good left hook and is a decent fighter. It's just that I am a 12-round level fighter and he isn't."
The main event is scheduled for eight rounds and will be televised on Unimas network's Solo Boxeo Tecate.
|PBC on CBS weigh-in report|
Here are the wieghts from Hidalgo, Texas:
OMAR FIGUEROA JR.:141.25 Pounds
RICKY BURNS: 139.25 Pounds
TOMOKI KAMEDA: 117.75 Pounds
JAMIE MCDONNELL: 117.75Pounds
AUSTIN TROUT: 157 Pounds
LUIS GALARZA: 155.5 Pounds
MARIO BARRIOS: 130 Pounds
JOSE DEL VALLE: 130 pounds
|Joshua Clottey fights tune-up this weekend|
Press Release: Former IBF welterweight titlist Joshua Clottey will take on Mexico's Jorge Silva on the undercard of the Saul Alvarez vs. James Kirkland show tomorrow (May 9th) in Houston, TX. Clottey (38-4) is from Accra, Ghana. He returns to the ring for the first time since last April when he traveled to Australia and easily defeated Anthony Mundine over the twelve-round distance. Silva (20-8-2) has lost five in a row. His eight defeats include losses to Pablo Cesar Cano, Alfredo Angulo and Yoshihiro Kamegai. The fighters have just weighed in, with Clottey coming in at 153.8 pounds and Silva at 154.8.
|WBA up to its old tricks with 168-pound titles|
The WBA is busy rearranging its 168-pound titles to accomodate Felix Sturm. The WBA has a ridiculous three-tier championship system, and today it withdrew championship recognition of the middle title (the so-called "regular" championship) from Carl Froch due, according to the WBA "to the absence of defenses by the fighter." Froch last fought in May 2014. Hypocritically, the WBA approved its super champion, Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO) with a special permit for a non-title fight against Paul Smith. Ward has not fought since November 2013. Why did Froch get stripped for inactivity but not Ward? The answer may lie with the third-tier title, which will now get bumped up to the second-tier "regular title. Interim champion Fedor Chudinov (12-0, 10 KO) fights ex-maiddleweight titlist Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KO) in Frankfurt, Germany this weekend, so the stripping of Froch comes just in time to upgrade Chudinov-Sturm from an interim to regular championship bout.
|Alvarez, Kirkland just one day away from fighting|
Press Release: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland hosted the final press conference on Thursday ahead of their May 9th junior middleweight showdown at Houston's Minute Maid Park. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast. Here is what the fighters and the promoters had to say at the press conference:
|LA Fight Club results|
Manuel Avila W10 Erik Ruiz... At Los Angeles' Belasco Theater, Manuel "Tino" Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) took on Erik Ruiz (13-3, 6 KOs) in a ten-round 122-pound bout. Clearly fatigued by Avila's combination of moves in the sixth round, Ruiz came out swinging to start the seventh round off strong, keeping Avila on the move. Both fighters however finished strong, with Avila emerging victorious with a unanimous decision.
Diego De La Hoya W8 Ramiro Robles... In the chief support, Diego De La Hoya (10-0-6 KOs) faced fellow Mexican Ramiro "Zurdo" Robles (12-3-1, 6 KOs) in a high-octane eight-round featherweight bout. De La Hoya dominated right out of the gate with an unrelenting flurry of combinations that had Robles on the ropes. Robles however knocked De La Hoya to his knees to end the fifth round. The bout ended in a definitive win for undefeated De La Hoya with a unanimous decision. source for all results: golden boy press release
|Soto-Gomez final press conference quotes|
Press Release: Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) and Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) hosted a media conference call recently to discuss their upcoming ten-round light welterweight bout, which will take place on May 9th at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Soto-Gomez will be televised by HBO prior to the Saul Alvarez-James Kirkland main event. Soto has held paper titles is three weight classes over his career. Soto and Gomez were joined by Gomez's Hall-of-Fame trainer, Freddie Roach and Eric Gomez, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions. Below is what they had to say:
|Rodriguez-Baker Brawl Set In Beantown for May 23|
PRESS RELEASE: Light heavyweights Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) and Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) will enter the ring on Saturday, May 23rd Boston University's Agganis Arena as part of a special Memorial Day weekend edition of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. Further undercard action matches junior lightweight Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) against Bryan Vazquez (34-1, 18 KOs). These undercard bouts will support the super middleweight contest between Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs).
|Floyd on injury excuse: "Manny knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this”|
Press Release: Showtime's Jim Gray sat down with pound-for-pound champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather for an exclusive and candid interview late Tuesday night, just days after Mayweather dominated Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night in Las Vegas. The interview will premiere this Saturday, May 9th on Showtime immediately following the network’s premiere of the Mayweather-Pacquiao rebroadcast (9 p.m. ET/PT).
|New Jersey weigh-in report: Tapia belatedly makes 154|
According to Top Rank's Twitter feed, the weigh-in was held for tomorrow night's Tru TV show in Newark, New Jersey, and Glen Tapia came in at 155, a pound over the weight limit for his junior middleweight but against Michele Soro. Tapia had two hours to lose the pound, and according to Twitter Tapia subsequently made weight. Soro, meanwhile, weighed in at 153 pounds. For the other televised fight, Seanie Monaghan weighed in at 174 pounds, compared to 173 for his foe, Cleiton Conceaio. -Scott Shaffer
|Figueroa-Burns, McDonnell-Kameda to air on CBS this weekend|
Press Release: Fight week for Premier Boxing Champions on CBS continued Thursday. In televised action, Omar “Panterita” Figueroa faces Ricky Burns in a match-up of two former lightweight titlists who have moved up to 140 pounds, Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda, who just gave up the WBO 118-pound title, faces WBA regular champion Jamie McDonnell spoke to the media at the final press conference before their respective bouts taking place Saturday, May 9th at Hidalgo, Texas' State Farm Arena. Here are what the participants had to say Thursday:
|Monroe's trainer dodges question about criminal charges|
On May 16th in Los Angeles, Willie Monroe will enter the ring as a longshot to defeat Gennady Golovkin, considered by many to be the world's best middleweight. It was reported that last month, while Monroe was deep into training for the fight, his trainer Tony Morgan was arrested
for allegedly selling meth to an undercover law enforcement official. On a media conference call this week, here is how Morgan sidestepped the obviously planted softball question of whether his legal problems are affecting Monroe's preparation: Q. Tony, you were in the news recently, a slight misstep it looks like. I'm not sure the situation and specifics but I'm wondering has there been any interruption in training, and has that affected things at all, and how's the relationship with you guys? And, how's training going?
Morgan: Flawless. We don't have any issues. Everything is in the hands of my attorneys with my situation. The situation here is just training camp and that's-we're going to go through and do what we do, and put the pieces of the puzzle together, and solve the puzzle that nobody seems to be able to do.
|Golovkin talks about Monroe, Mayweather, Cotto|
Press Release: Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. will be a twelve-round WBA middleweight championship bout taking place on Saturday, May 16th at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast. Golovkin, 32-0 and considered the best middleweight in the world, will defend his WBA super championship and IBO championship against Monroe, whose record is 19-1. [Miguel Cotto is the lineal world champion but will be fighting former Golovkin victim Daniel Geale next]. Here is what Golovkin and his team had to say on a media conference call earlier this week:
|Uchiyama strengthens claim as world's best 130 pounder|Takashi Uchiyama KO1 Jomthong Chuwatana...
After Roman Gonzalez fights on HBO in two weeks, the best boxer never seen in American television may be Japan's Takashi Uchiyama, the WBA super champion at 130 pounds. Fighting in Tokyo, Uchiyama made his tenth title defense by starching Thailand's Jomthing Chuwatana in one round. According to the Japan Times, the one-punch knockout, a straight right, fractured Chuwatana's orbital. Now 23-0-1, the 35 year-old Uchiyama must be considered the world's best 130 pounder. He holds a win over the reigning WBC titlist, Takashi Miura, also of Japan. Chuwatana's credentials are tough to evaluate from America. He is just 9-1 after this loss, but had beaten good competition and is reportedly an experienced and accomplished muy thai boxer.
Ryoichi Taguchi TKO8 Kwanthai Sithmorseng... On the same card, Ryoichi Taguchi retained the WBA 108-pound title when he knocked down Thailand's Kwanthai Sithmorseng five times en route to an eighth-round technical knockout win in his first title defense. Taguchi improves to 22-2-1. Sithmorseng held the WBA 105-pount title briefly from 2010-2011, but hasn't fought anyone of note lately, except Kazuto Ioka, who also stopped him. Sithmorseng drops to an unverified 49-4-1. source for both results: japan times
|Update on Pacquiao Shoulder Injury, By Charles Muniz|
UPDATE: According to ESPN.com, Manny Pacquaio underwent surgery to repair his right rotator cuff. The doctor termed the tear in Pacquaio's rotator cuff to be "significant" but said if Pacquaio recovered well, he could resume training in six months and fight again in nine months. We here at Boxingtalk.com have an obligation to our readers, the general public, as well as the fighters we cover on a daily basis, to present and report facts, in an unbiased manner from many sources and let you the reader form your own opinions. Here, we carefully examine statements proffered by Team Pacquiao regarding his shoulder injury. We then juxtapose those statements with information and facts gathered from our own investigation. Team Pacquiao must understand that given the historical as well as monetary significance of his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. the scrutiny they now face should not come as a surprise.
|Atlantic City card announced for May 22nd|Press Release:
On Friday May 22nd, boxing returns to the Claridge in Atlantic City with a ten-bout card promoted by King's Promotions in association with DeeLee Promotions.
In the main event, super bantamweight Juan "Baby Tito" Dominguez (18-0) will take on Jonathan Perez (33-10) in an eight rounder.
|Showtime's All Access wins Emmy award|
Press Release: Showtime Sports original documentary series “All Access” earned a Sports Emmy for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, taking home the honors for Outstanding Sports Documentary Series at the 36th Annual Sports Emmy Award ceremony in New York City. The documentary series, which chronicles the buildup and aftermath of boxing’s biggest prizefights, won its first Sports Emmy at last year’s ceremony for Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage with ““All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue.” In 2014, Showtime Sports offered four multi-episode installments of All Access, documenting the first and second showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo and Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.
|Golden Boy, Hopkins sue Al Haymon for $300 milion, By Scott Shaffer|
Boxingtalk has learned that Golden Boy Promotions and Bernard Hopkins have filed a federal lawsuit in California charging Al Haymon, various Haymon corporate entities and Haymon's investors with violating the Muhammad Ali Act. The lawsuit seeks $300 million in damages. According to the lawsuit: "While purporting to act in their clients' best interests, the Haymon Defendants have obtained direct and indirect financial interests in promoting their boxers - thereby creating the very conflict of interest the Ali Act sought to remedy." Just last week, the Association of Boxing Commissioners asked the United States Attorney General to investigate Haymon for similar reasons. Boxingtalk is reviewing the complaint and will have further details shortly. more to come...
|Ben Dean's Mailbag, By Ben Dean|
Stephen A. Smith pointed out something very poignant on ESPN's First Take. He said people didn't buy this fight expecting Mayweather to be different. They bought the fight expecting Pacquiao to be able to produce a different result. For perspective sake, let's take a look at Marcos Maidana's relative success in losing to Mayweather by majority decision. You know how they say never hook with a hooker? Just like you wouldn't try to out-hook a hooker, you don't try to outbox a boxer, which is essentially what trainer Freddie Roach and Pacman attempted to do Saturday night. Ill-advised. Also, a huge part of the fight being devoid of excitement and compelling drama, lay in Pacquiao's dismal offensive output. His volume (a clear strength of his) was anemic. Maidana landed 221 blows on Floyd, threw nearly 1,000 punches and thereby made their initial bout not only close but exciting. Pacman threw 35 a round, then blamed a shoulder injury for his loss (which made no sense considering he believed he won).
|New Jersey to host Tru TV broadcast on Friday|
Press Release: TruTV series will feature its second consecutive week of live boxing on Friday, May 8th, at 10 p.m. ET from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The card will feature Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) from Passaic, NJ, in a junior middleweight bout against Michel Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) from France. “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) from New York faces Brazilian light heavyweight Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2, 16 KOs).
|Boxcino finals land in Corona, California|
Press Release: Junior middleweight Brandon Adams (16-1, 12 KOs) is returning to a familiar situation. After coming up short in last year's Boxcino finals, the Los Angeles native dropped down from 160 pounds and fought his way back to the 2015 finals. Adams faces the smooth boxing skills of John Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey on Friday, May 22, from the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, Calif. ESPN2's Friday Night Fights will televise.
|Micki Nielsen succeeds brother Patrick as Danish boxer of the year|
Press Release: Micki Nielsen has been named Fighter of the Year by the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). At a ceremony in Copenhagen, the cruiserweight received the award along with a charitable donation of 3,000 Danish kroners to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. "Last year my brother Patrick won this award, but now it’s my turn. He will need to work harder if he wants to win it back from me next year,’’ said the 22 year-old with a smile.
|WBA interim belts multiplying on German show|
Press Release: Jack Culcay (19-1, 10 KOs) of Germany captured gold at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milan in 2009. Six years later, he faces Maurice Weber (21-1-1, 8 KOs) for the WBA 154-pound interim title on Saturday (May 9th) in Frankfurt, Germany. On the same night, Felix Sturm challenges Fedor Chudinov for the WBA 168-pound interim title.
|Class action lawsuit filed against Pacquiao & Top Rank, By Scott Shaffer|
Two Nevada consumers filed a class action lawsuit over Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view boxing match. The lawsuit seeks to represent all persons who bought tickets to the bout, purchased the pay-per-view broadcast or wagered on the bout without knowing that Pacquiao had been "seriously injured." Named as defendants are Pacquiao, his advisor Michael Koncz and his promoter Top Rank, Inc. (Bob Arum and Todd Duboef, Top Rank's principals, were also named as defendants in their individual capacities). The lawsuit seeks damages for failing to disclose the injuries Pacquiao suffered before the fight. According to the lawsuit, "the Defendants failed to truthfully answer or disclose the [injury] as required on the Nevada Athletic Commission disclosure form that was filled out by Pacquiao and others including Koncz. The allegations appear to be true: on May 1st, the day of the weigh-in, Pacquiao signed a Nevada Athletic Commission form under penalty of perjury, in which he checked "no" to the question "have you had any injury to your shoulders, elbows or hands that needed evaluation or examination? If yes, explain." Koncz told the Los Angeles Times that Pacquiao injured his shoulder on April 2nd, and that he hid the injury for the entire month leading up to Saturday's loss to Mayweather, a fight in which fans were charged up to $100 for the pay-per-view broadcast.
|Pacquiao advisor admits to hiding Manny's shoulder injury|
According to the Los Angeles Times, Manny Pacquiao injured his shoulder on April 2nd, but hid the injury for the entire month leading up to Saturday's loss to Floyd Mayweather, a fight in which fans were charged up to $100 for the pay-per-view broadcast. A different story in the New York Times reported that Pacquiao advised the Nevada Athletic Commission the day before the fight that he was not injured, which in light of current information, appears to have been an untrue statement. The LA Times quoted Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, who said Pacquiao wil undergo surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. According to Koncz, Pacquiao will be out of action for up to six months. Pacquaio supposedly aggravated the injury in the fourth round of his unanimous decision loss to Mayweather, although he did not exhibit any signs of pain. The arm is reportedly in a sling now, with Pacquiao unable to lift it.
|Mayweather-Pacquiao: like Christmas in April, By Doveed Linder|
On the morning of May 2nd, I took a boxer I train to a gym for sparring. After the workout, I said to a few of the trainers and fighters, “Hey guys, why hasn’t anybody said anything about Mayweather-Pacquiao?” Everyone kind of laughed and developed a knowing look. There we were in a room full of boxing people and nobody was talking about the “Fight of the Century” that was going to take place that night. It was exciting that this event was going to happen, but true boxing people knew that it was more of an “event” than a fight.
|Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis dies at age 44|
According to the Associated Press, former WBA welterweight champion Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis died in his native Guyana after a motorist struck him on his bicycle. Lewis got his colorful nickname when an opponent reportedly said Lewis hit him so hard that Lewis looked like he had six heads. Lewis picked up the vacant WBA welterweight title in 2001 by defeating James Page and turned it over the following year to Ricardo Mayorga. In 2003, he failed in a bid to take Antonio Margarito's WBO title. His last fight was in 2008, a split-decision loss to Howard Eastman that left Lewis with a 23-4-2 record. He was just 44 at the time of his death. Boxingtalk sends its condolences to the friends and family of Andrew Lewis. -- Scott Shaffer
|Gomez prepared for Soto this weekend on HBO|Press Release: Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) participated in a media workout at Teamsters Gym in South El Monte, Calif. On Saturday, May 9th at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Gomez is scheduled to open the HBO telecast in a ten-round light welterweight bout against former titlist Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs). Off-TV,
2012 Olympian Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) will face Giovani Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-round featherweight bout. Here is what Gomez and Diaz had to say:
|Dibella unveils Westchester undercard|Press Release:
This Friday night, for the second time this year, DiBella Entertainment will bring its Broadway Boxing series north to the New York suburbs of Westchester County with a nine-bout card at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining will be the homecoming of Westchester County native Boyd Melson (14-1, 4 KOs), as he takes on fellow New Yorker Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO's) in a ten-round light middleweight bout.
Also returning to action on the card for the first time in nearly four years will be the Bronx's undefeated lightweight Danny Valle (5-0) as he faces Brooklyn's Ian James (3-11-1) in a six-round battle of boroughs.
|Rosinsky set to headline in his own neighborhood|Press Release:
On Saturday, May 30th, boxing will return to the Resorts World Casino New York City with a
main event feturing light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (18-2 with 10 KOs), who continues his comeback that began earlier this year, following a two-year hiatus.
Rosinsky is scheduled to take on Flint, Michigan’s Shujaa El Amin (12-6 with 6 KOs) in an eight-round contest. In
the co-feature, Brooklyn’s Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells (7-2 with 1 KO) will face off against Queens’ Patricia “Boom Boom” Alcivar (8-3 with 3 KOs).
|In breaking the bank, did Manny Pacquiao flat out lie or defraud the public?, By Charles Muniz|
Billed as The Fight of the Century, by the time the final bell rang, they should have called this The Heist of the Century. Here, was a once in a century opportunity to develop a desperately needed fan base in the 18-35 age group, and once again boxing failed. This, they said, was the big one, the big kahuna. I mean you had Floyd Mayweather, boxing’s self professed The Best Ever (TBE) fighting Manny Pacquiao a Filipino who went from selling Chiclets on the streets in the Philippines to becoming a millionaire many times over all thanks to the fight game.
|Pacquiao: no excuses, but I had a shoulder injury|
JOINT STATEMENT FROM TEAM PACQUIAO AND TOP RANK:
During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury. Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2nd, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.
Manny’s advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night. USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed. The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol).
Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100%.
|Dean on the Scene: Monday's Memo, By Ben Dean|
Mayweather-Pacquiao: After a long wait, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally faced off Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I scored this bout nine rounds to three for Mayweather or 117-111. In the lead up to the bout, many analysts felt that Pacquiao needed to overwhelm Floyd with volume. On Saturday night, Floyd's movement and ring generalship largely nullified Pacquiao's offensive output, which fell far short of troubling Mayweather. When is the last time you saw Pacman limited to 35 punches per round?
|Svensson reflects on loss of title bid|Press Release:
Klara Svensson (15-1, 5 KOs) remains positive about her future despite losing to the WBC female light welterweight champion Erica Anabella Farias (22-1, 10 KOs) in Copenhagen over the weekend.
In her first world championship challenge, Farias prevailed on the judges’ scorecards (96-94, 96-93 and 98-92) after scoring a fifth-round knockdown of Svensson. Reflecting on the fight, Svensson has identified this knockdown as the pivotal moment.
|Fight? What Fight?, By Charles Muniz|
Saturday night, as boxing fans left the MGM Grand arena, Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick Guillermo was asking what they thought of the movie scene they just saw? Said one fan, “movie scene, what the hell you talking about,” I was just at the fight. No, no essay (or ese if your Spanish) you people got it all wrong, sheesh. That wasn’t the real fight essay, that was the filming of a boxing scene for Ocean’s Fourteen.
|Mayweather-Pacquiao replay to air at 9 PM on Saturday|
Saturday’s welterweight unification showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will premiere on Showtime and HBO next Saturday, May 9th at 9 pm. ET/PT. HBO will also rebroadcast Mayweather's unanimous decision win over Pacquiao as part of its Saul Alvarez vs. James Kirkland broadcast beginning at the same time. Showtime's delayed telecast of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will feature analysis from Showtime boxing experts and will be immediately followed by the premiere of the "Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" epilogue. According to the MGM Grand, the following celebrities and professional athletes were in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena:
|Mayweather!, By Scott Shaffer|Floyd Mayweather W12 Manny Pacquiao...
In Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in the most-anticipated boxing match in years. It was a good fight at best, and many casual fans were calling it boring on social media. Any fan dissatisfaction should be blamed on Pacquiao, who fought like a man with at least $80 million waiting for him in the dressing room. He lacked both the killer instinct and the skill to overcome Mayweather's defensive acumen. Two of the the three official judges gave eight of the twelve rounds to Mayweather, while the third favored Mayweather in ten rounds. Boxingtalk scored it 116-112 for Mayweather, who was credited with landing 148 punches to Pacquiao's 81. UPDATE: According to ESPN, Pacquiao claimed after the fight that he had an injured shoulder all along and the Nevada Athletic Commission denied his request to have an anti-inflammatory injected just prior to the bout.
Neither boxer was hurt or close to going down at any time in the bout, and there was no blood or other great adversity that challenged either man. While Mayweather's performance did not aid his claim to be TBE (the best ever), the victory accomplished several things for him: it unified the world welterweight championship, it kept him atop the pound-for-pound list as the best boxer in the world right now, and it sealed Mayweather's legacy as the best boxer of this generation.
At 38 years old, Mayweather looked a little past his prime, but his ring acumen was enough to make Pacquiao's offense seem basic. Mayweather moved around the ring effectively, counterpunched with precision and held Pacquiao a little bit when the action got close. Pacquiao landed a few flurries with Mayweather up against the ropes, but by and large, Pacquiao's straight-ahead offense was not creative or busy enough for Mayweather's defensive virtuosity.
In the ring afterwards, Mayweather said he would retire after a final fight in September. If Mayweather wins that fight and sticks to his word, he would equal Rocky Marciano's mark of retiring as a champion at 49-0. Afterwards, Pacquiao said he thought the decision should have gone to him, but objectively, he was way off base. Smiling his way through the fight, Pacquiao did not throw nearly enough punches to get Mayweather out of his comfort zone. source: ppv
|Santa Cruz throws 932 punches in ten-round win, By Scott Shaffer|
Leo Santa Cruz W10 Jose Cayetano... In the final prelim before the super fight, WBC 122-pound titlist Leo Santa Cruz successfully tested the waters at 126 pounds. On paper, Jose Cayetano looked like a feeble opponent, as he was coming off a loss to an undistinguished opponent in Mexico. In a pleasant surprise, Cayetano showed plenty of heart and a surprising amount of skill, making Santa Cruz work for the decision. Santa Cruz was his usual busy self, throwing 932 punches over ten rounds, landing 402 of them. All three judges scored it 100-90 for Santa Cruz. source: ppv
|Lomachenko breaks down rodriguez, By Scott Shaffer|
Vasyl Lomachenko TKO9 Gamalier Rodriguez... WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko of The Ukraine showed remarkable hand speed and totally dominated Gamalier Rodriguez of Puerto Rico. Rodriguez twice took a knee to pause the punishment. The second time, in the ninth round, Rodriguez allowed himself to be counted out. Lomachenko was credited with landing 227 punches to only 55 for Rodriguez. The desperate Rodriguez threw many low blows (a tactic that worked for Orlando Salido, who handed Lomachenko his only pro defeat). Rodriguez was penalized twice for the low blows, which had little effect on Lomachenko.
|Patrick Nielsen wins in Denmark|
Patrick Nielsen W10 Ruben Eduardo Acosta... Super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) defeated Ruben Eduardo Acosta (30-12-5, 10 KOs) in Copenhagen to set-up a potential Danish mega-fight with Rudy Markussen. Nielsen, who took the fight on relatively short notice, outclassed Acosta to earn an impressive points victory. After ten rounds of action, the judges scored the fight 100-90 and 99-91 (twice).
Anabella Farias W10 Klara Svensson... On the same show, WBC female light welterweight champion Erica Anabella Farias (22-1, 10 KOs) successfully defended her title against ‘The Swedish Princess’ Klara Svensson (15-1, 5 KOs). Svensson fought on bravely following a fifth-round knock down but came up short on the judge’s scorecards. source for both results: sauerland event
|Freddie Roach Needs To STFU Already, By Charles Muniz|
There’s an old adage in sports that says; players win games, and coaches lose them. Case in point, February 1, 2015, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll’s decision to throw a pass instead of allowing Marshawn Lynch to run the ball for the game-winning touchdown. Pass gets intercepted and the New England Patriots end up snatching Super Bowl victory from the jaws of defeat. Carroll’s decision may go down as one of the worst in Super Bowl history. Players win games, coaches lose them.
|Beltran TKO makes Takahiro say Ao|Rey Beltran TKO2 Takahiro Ao...
In Las Vegas, Rey Beltran got a career-best win, stopping Japan's Takahiro Ao via second-round technical knockout. Beltran, originally from Mexico, floored the southpaw Ao in the second round with a hard right hand. Ao beat the count and fought on, but clearly had not recovered. He tried to trade with Beltran but caught caught against the ropes and absorbed hard punches until the referee stopped the bout. The bout was for the WBO lightweight title recently vacated by Terence Crawford, but Beltran (30-7-1) failed to make the 135-pound limit yesterday, so the title remains vacant. Ao (27-4-1) failed in his bid to become a three-division titlist.
Konstantin Ponomarev W10 Mikael Zewski... On the same card, Russia's Konstantin Ponomarev defeated Canada's Mikael Zewski in a battle of undefeated welterweights. Ponomarev's punches left Zewski's left eye virtually shut at the end of the ten-round contest. The judges awarded Ponomoarev (28-0) the victory by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. Zewski's record drops to 26-1. source for both results: tru tv
|Miura stops Dib to retain WBC 130-pound honors|
Takashi Miura TKO3 Australia's Billy Dib ... In Tokyo, Japan's Takashi Miura retained the WBC 130-pound title by stopping Australia's Billy Dib in the third round. Miura knocked down Dib with two big left hooks, convincing the referee to stop the contest. Miura (29-2-2) has not lost since 2011, when he was defeated by Takashi Uchiyama. As the undefeated Uchiyama still holds the WBA's version of the 130-pound title, Miura's championship bona fides are inferior to his countryman's. Meanwhile, Dib drops to 39-4. The former IBF 126-pound titlist claimed he entered the fight with injuries to his hand and ribs. source: sydney morning herald
|Wladimir Klitschko: A Work In Regression, By Charles Muniz|
Seven years after his last fight on U.S. soil, Wladimir Klitschko made his U.S. return on HBO last Saturday night. In case you were wondering why the Heavyweight Champion of the World is not a household name in the U.S., and further wondered how it’s possible that a Heavyweight Champion has been missing in action (MIA) from premier boxing paymasters HBO and Showtime all these years, you needed only to see Wladmir’s fight against lightly regarded and vastly inexperienced Bryant Jennings, and the obvious answer to the question will become quite clear.
|Mayweather, Sr: "It’s not going to be much of a fight"|
Press Release: Floyd Mayweather Sr. (pictured) and Freddie Roach, trainers for Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, respectively, met with the media to discuss Saturday’s world welterweight championship showdown, which will be broadcast live on pay-per-view from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Here is what the trainers had to say:
|Ishe Smith gets bounce-back win|
Ishe Smith W10 Cecil McCalla ... Fighting in his hometown of Las Vegas last night, ex-IBF 154-pound titlist Ishe Smith defeated Cecil McCalla via unanimous decision. After a loss to Erislandy Lara in his last fight, Smith employed Danny Smith as his chief second. Danny Smith took over for Ishe's prevuious head trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Smith (28-6) prevailed over McCalla by scores of 98-92 and 97-93 (twice). McCalla is now 20-2 with the losses coming in his last two fights. He previously lost to Chris Van Heerden in January. source: las vegas review journal
|Fox Sports 1 Results from California|Mercito Gesta D10 Carlos Molina...
In an Indio, California junior welterweight bout, stocky Carlos Molina staged a late rally to pull out a draw against the favored Mercito Gesta. Official scores were an unfair 98-92 for Molina, 96-94 Gesta and 95-95. Molina (who has the same name as a former IBF 154-pound titlist) is now 17-2-2, and he snaps a two-fight losing streak that saw him fed to Amir Khan and Adrian Broner. This draw establishes him as a gatekeeper in the 140-pound division. Gesta, a former lightweight from the Philippines who dropped an IBF title bid to Miguel Vazquez in 2012, is now 28-1-2.
Jeffrey Fontanez TKO1 Jose Hernandez...
Puerto Rico's Jeffrey hernandez took eight months off after his first pro loss but rebounded just fine tonight, overwhelming Jose Hernandez in just one round. Fonntanez (16-1) won the lightweight bout by flooring Hernandez twice in the first round. Hernandez (15-10) didn't really recover from the first knockdown, and as soon as he hit the canvas a second time, the bout was stopped. source for both results: fox sports 1
|Las Vegas undercard press conference highlights|Press Release:
WBC 122-pound titlist Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, WBO 126-pound titlist Vasyl Lomachenko, their opponents and non-televised fighters participated Thursday in the undercard final press conference before their respective fights taking place this Saturday, May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In pay-per-view fights before Floyd Mayweather meets Manny Pacquiao in their epic welterweight championship unificiation showdown, Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on fellow Mexican Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) in a ten-round featherweight contest and Ukraine’s Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO plus World Series of Boxing bouts) will defend against Puerto Rico’s Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs). Here is what they had to say:
|New Main Event for next week's club show in LA|Press Release:
Golden Boy Promotions will bring another night of fights to the Belasco Theater on Thursday, May 7th in the third installment of its monthly LA Fight Club series on FOX Sports 1. In the main event, Manuel "Tino" Avlia (16-0, 7 KOs) will take on Mexican-American Erik Ruiz (13-2, 6 KOs) in a ten-round super bantamweight bout. Ruiz will replace previously announced main event fighter Rolly Lunas, who had to withdraw from the fight due to a severe injury.