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|Garcia denies Hasegawa's bid to become three-division champ, By Scott Shaffer|Kiko Martinez TKO7 Hozumi Hasegawa...
Japanese hero Hozumi Hasegawa came up short in his bid to become a three-division champion. Hasegawa was bloodied and knocked down twice by IBF 122-pound champion Kiko Martinez, who earned a seventh-round stoppage in Osaka, Japan. The Spanish Martinez, 31-4, has now won four straight IBF title bouts after a loss to Carl Frampton. Now 33-5, Hasegawa reigned from 2005-2010 as the WBC champion at 118 pounds. After a loss to Fernando Montiel, Hasegawa jumped up to 126 and captured the vacant WBC featherweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos. After losing that title to Jhonny Gonzalez in 2011, Hasegawa moved down to 122 for this failed try for a third title.
Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO9 Stephane Jamoye... Saving the day for Japanese fans was Shinsuke Yamanaka, who retained the WBC bantamweight title by stopping Stephane Jamoye of Belgium with a
technical knockout in the ninth round. Although Yamanaka (21-0-2) has reigned honorably since 2011, this has to be regarded as a soft defense since Jamoye (25-5) lost his last bout to unheralded Karim Guerfi. source for both results: japan times
|Rocky Juarez says his next bout is set|
According to his Facebook page, 2000 Olympic silve medal winner Rocky Juarez will return to action on May 26th in El Paso to face Rene Alvarado of Nicaragua in a featherweight bout. Juarez (29-20-1) endured a very rough patch, losing six straight from 2019-2012 but rebounded with a quality win over Antonio Escalante in October 2012. Juarez has not fought since then. Alvarado (20-2) will be no pushover, as he is coming off a career-best win over Robinson Castellanos in February that was held in Castellanos' home nation, Mexico. --Scott Shaffer
|Pacquiao stablemate to see action in Cebu City|
Press Release: Cebu City in The Philippines will host the national 130-pound champion, Harmonito Dela Torre (12-0) against Gadwin Tubigon (10-8-2). Following a 65-5 amateur career, the 20-year-old Dela Torre won his national title last September by defeating veteran Richard Olisa. Dela Torre has trained alongside his hero Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, and in his last two outings he scored knockouts in non-title bouts in Macao, China. In November of last year he knocked out Indonesian Jason Butar Butar on the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios undercard, and this past February he destroyed another Indonesian, Yakobus Heluka, in one round. Despite a mediocre record, Tubigon, age 29, has proven in the past to be dangerous for up-and-comers. On the same bill, Cebu City’s Jack Tepora (9-0) will fight Jo-as Apericio (11-11) from Cagayan de Oro City at 122 pounds. The show will be televised live in the Philippines on TV5.
|Looking Back on the Late Tommy Morrison, By Benny Henderson, Jr.|
Many who may read this may wonder why I am writing about Tommy Morrison, the former WBO heavyweight champion who left this world seven months ago. I have my reasons for not writing a tribute to Tommy around the time of his death, but now at this time, I feel the need to take the time out and not only pay homage to the fighter known as Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, but, to the man I came to know as Tommy. At this juncture in my life, I am not one to look upon mortal men and call many, if any, a hero.
|Undefeated cruisers to clash in Brooklyn|
Press Release: Dmitriy Salita's Star of David Promotions will promote a May 15th card at the Millenium Theater in Brooklyn, NY headlined by two undefeated cruiserweights, Steve Bujaj (12-0) vs. Illinois' Junior "Hurricane" Wright (10-0). Salita said, "much respect to both fighters, who are willing to step up and fight a risky fight. This fight, by far, is biggest test for both. Both men have ample amateur experience and are looking to scramble quickly up the cruiserweight ladder. Bujaj, now 12-0 (9 KOs) is a two-time NY Golden Gloves champion, while Wright won three Chicago Golden Gloves titles. Other boxers slated to appear on the card include heavyweight Jarrell Miller, junior middleweight Steve Martinez, super featherweight Amanda Serrano, as well as Dimash Niyazov and Adam Kownacki.
|Quick Mayweather quotes|
Press Release: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. released the following quotes after an open workout: "In 18 years I haven't brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I've boxed my whole life. I've never worked a job... As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I've had enough fun..."
|On his birthday, Collazo reflects on upcoming Khan fight|
Press Release: Former WBA welterweight titleholder and current contender Luis Collazo spent the afternoon of his birthday speaking with reporters about what he calls the "highest plateau that one can fight on." Collazo, who turned 33-years-old today, will face former 140-pound world champion Amir Khan on the same May 3rd show in Las Vegas where Floyd Mayweather will battle Marcos Maidana. Collazo opened up about his spirituality, work ethic and excitement for this chance of a lifetime taking place in less than two weeks. Below is a selection of Collazo's thoughts ahead of his fight against Khan:
|Odom to tune up in Virginia this weekend|
Press Release: This Saturday night in Springfield, Virginia, super middleweight Jerry "The Kings Son" Odom (10-0 with 10 KOs) will make his fourth start in as many months when he takes on Edgar Perez in a six-round bout. Odom of Bowie, Maryland was picking up the competition level as evidenced by his first-round destruction over Douglas Otieno Okola on April 4th in Parsippany, New Jersey. However, Perez of Chicago has a a record of only 5-8 with 3 KOs.
The combined record of Perez's last 8 opponents is 68-3-1 which includes bouts with Steven Martinez, Jermall Charlo, Anthony Ogogo, Antoine Douglas and his last bout on January 10 with Joel De La Paz.
|DiBella signs on for Box Fan Expo|
Press Release: Promoter Lou DiBella has confirmed that he will appear and have a Booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the inaugural Box Fan Expo that will take place on September 13th. DiBella Entertainment (DBE) was born from the unique insights that owner Lou honed as a television executive and matchmaker. DiBella graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and was previously head of programming for HBO Sports. He created and orchestrated the highly successful series, "Boxing After Dark." As a promoter, DiBella created New York City's popular "Broadway Boxing" series. DiBella Entertainment is the promoter of world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez who will have merchandise and other memorabilia to sell to his fans.
|Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, 1937-2014|
The International Boxing Hall of Fame, and Boxingtalk.com, join the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of 1960s middleweight contender Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who passed away on Sunday, April 20th in Toronto at age 76 after a battle with prostate cancer. Carter, a New Jersey native who posted a 27-12-1 record that includes wins over George Benton and Emile Griffith, was in attendance in Canastota, New York when the Hall of Fame officially opened in June 1989. Although he had an excellent career as a boxer, Carter lost his only world title shot and is best known for spending more than fifteen years in a New Jersey prison for murders he did not commit. His unjust imprisonment became a cause celebre embraced by Muhammad Ali, a community of Canadians who fought incessantly for justice, and of course, rock and roll legend Bob Dylan, who brilliantly encapsulated Carter's story, including the racial overtones of his unjust convictions, in an eight-and-a-half minute song
. He was finally released from prison in the 1980s and relocated from New Jersey to Toronto. A movie was made about his life. “We were saddened to learn the news of Hurricane Carter’s passing and we offer our condolences to his family and friends,” said Hall director Edward Brophy. --Scott Shaffer
|Vetyeka to defend world featherweight championship vs. Donaire on a very busy May 31st|
Press Release: Top Rank will promote a show featuring three featherweight title fights at The Venetian Macao in China on Saturday, May 31st. The main event features the true featherweight world champion, Simpiwe Vetyeka, defending his championship against the Philippine's Nonito Donaire. Vetyeka, from South Africa, claimed the world championship by defeating Indonesia's long-reigning Chris John. Due to the fractured politics of boxing, Vetyeka holds the WBA "super" championship. Donaire is a former champion in lower weight classes. On the same card, the WBA's "regular" fetherweight titlist, Nicholas Walters of Jamaica, faces another lower-division ex-champion, Vic Darchinyan. Also on the show, IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich defends against Alexander Miskirtchian. The Donaire-Vetyeka title fight will be televised on the same day in the U.S. on HBO, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.
|Bethlehem, PA hosts boxing card this week|Press Release:
Iron Mike Productions returns this Thursday night to promote a show in Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Florida light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (17-3, 12 KOs) takes on Pittsburgh veteran Rayco "War" Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Bryant is a late replacement for recently injured Dominican light heavyweight Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KOs). Tickets are on sale and available to purchase at the Sands Event Center Box Office
|Q&A with Marcos Maidana and trainer Robert Garcia|
Publicist Kelly Swanson: We are talking about [Floyd Mayweather vs, Marcos Maidana] and this, to me, is one of the big moments we’ve been waiting for. We have one of the participants of our main event. That, of course, is Marcos Maidana, the WBA welterweight champion. Also on this call we have Robert Garcia, who is a former world champion and the Boxing Writers Association of American 2012 Trainer of the Year...
|Anderson Clayton to fight in France next month|
Press Release: Brazilian junior middleweight Anderson “Pantera” Clayton is set to face Sebastien “Coco” Madani in a rematch in Rumilly, France on May 3rd. In their original fight, in April 2013, Madani was stopped on a cut in the second round, and a rematch was basically agreed upon before the boxers left the ring. However, for various reasons it is only coming to fruition now. Clayton (42-8), has one one fight since then: last October he won a technical decision over Argentina's Dario Fabian Pucheta in front of 10,000 fans in a home-coming fight in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The French Madani (35-2), has also only fought once since his unlucky night against Clayton, as he won an unspectacular unanimous decision over journeyman Stanislav Sakic in December. Clayton-Madani II will be sanctioned by the WBF and promoted by Europrom.
PRESS RELEASE: Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr. each took home decision victories and punched their tickets to the finals of Boxcino 2014. The finals will take place at the same venue as the semifinals, that being the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York on May 23rd as will the lightweight finals that will feature Fernando Carcamo and Petr Petrov. Both bouts are scheduled for ten rounds.
|HBO Latino Doubleheader announced for May 31st|
PRESS RELEASE: On Saturday, May 31, boxing returns to The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas with an exciting doubleheader featuring Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna taking on Juan Antonio Rodriguez and Luis Rosa against Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle. The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino at 12 midnight EST (9 p.m. local start time in Las Vegas). In addition to the HBO Latino telecast, the HBO2 service will air the doubleheader with English language commentary at 12 midnight (ET/PT).Also scheduled to appear on the card in a special attraction eight-round middleweight bout will be former WBA junior middleweight champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (25-3-2, 8 KOs) taking on once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs).
|DBE partners up with NY Golden Gloves|
PRESS RELEASE: "DBE is thrilled to forge this partnership with the New York Golden Gloves. The Gloves are one of the preeminent amateur tournaments in the world and a New York institution. Broadway Boxing has become the home for many former New York Golden Glovers. It is natural for DBE and Broadway Boxing to join forces with the Golden Gloves to bring this exciting action to our viewers," said Lou DiBella, who served as the lead commentator on the broadcast both nights.
|Hopkins continues to conquer father time, By Rick Evans|
Bernard Hopkins scored another victory over father time on Saturday night at the Armory in Washington DC, unifying the IBF and WBA light heavyweight championships by putting on a virtuoso performance in what was ridiculously called a split decision victory over Beibut Shumenov. The first three rounds lacked volume as both fighters exchanged jabs and took their time doing it. The action picked up in round four as Hopkins found the key to what would take him to victory, the lead right hand, picking Shumenov apart as he was coming in. The middle rounds followed an identical pattern with Shumenov throwing one punch at a time and getting drilled with the lead right hand for his troubles. Round eleven was the most exciting round of the fight as Shumenov attempted to pick up the pace and paid for it with a counter overhand right that put him down for the only official knockdown of the fight. The knockdown seemed to take the fight out of Shumeov as he reverted to his prior strategy of following Hopkins, but only throwing one punch at a time. Judges Dave Moretti (116-111) and Jerry Roth (116-11) were the only two judges who were paying attention. Guestavo Padilla (113-114) scored the fight for Shumenov and at best had a very bad night at the office or at worst should fall to the ranks of CJ Ross with that disgraceful scorecard. Nothing should take away from the victory of Bernard Hopkins, who now holds two of the three major world title belts at light heavyweight and is targeting the man who holds the third and is considered to be the lineal world champion, Adonis Stevenson. Hopkins moves to 55-6-2 32KO with the victory and at 49 becomes the oldest man to unify two world title belts. Shumenov falls to 14-2 9KO with the loss.
|Hopkins schools Shumenov to unify titles|
Bernard Hopkins UD12 Beibut Shumenov: The old man did it again. Bernard Hopkins made easy work of former WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov. The first three rounds could have gone either way, but after that it was all Hopkins all the time. Hopkins dropped Shumenov with a right hand to the ear in round eleven. With the win Hopkins unifies the WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles. Official scores were 116-111 x2 Hopkins and a ridiculous 114-113, Shumenov from Gustavo Padilla.
|Porter destroys Malignaggi in 4|
Shawn Porter TKO4 Paulie Malignaggi: Undefeated IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter overwhelmed former two division champion over the course of four one sided rounds. Malignaggi was badly hurt in the second round and showed a ton of heart just to make it to round four. Porter dropped Malignaggi with a right hand and followed up with a brutal flurry along the ropes that dropped Paulie for the second a final time. The referee didn't bother counting following the second knockdown. Porter's Official time was 1:14
|Kid Chocolate makes third WBO title defense|
Peter Quillin UD12 Lukas Konencny: Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin improved to 31-0 (20) with a workmanlike effort over the game Lukas Konencny. Quillin was able to consistent outwork Konecny and methodically break him down. Official scores were 120-108, 119-109.
|New Yorkers score stoppages on Showtime Extreme|
Sadam Ali KO1 Michael Clark: With an explosive right hand-left hook combination Sadam Ali handed Michael Clark his second striahgt first knockout loss. Official time was 2:06. Ali improves to 19-0 (12)
Zachary Ochoa TKO 5 Hector Marengo: After a very uneventful first three rounds Zachary "Zungry" Ochoa opened up in round four, throwing punishing body shots that sent Marengo to the canvas. Marengo was able to survive the round, but the end was near. Midway through round five Ochoa opened up with a barrage of power shots to the head and the body that sent Marengo to the canvas again. He made it to his feet at nine, but his corner threw in the towel second later. Official time was 1:32. Ochoa is now 7-0(4)
|Browne easily outpoints Griffin|
Marcus Browne UD8 Otis Griffin: Marcus Browne improved to 10-0 (7) with an eight round unanimous decision victory over faded veteran Otis Griffin. Browne won every round of the fight and scored a knockdown, but wasn't aggressive enough to score the knockout that appeared to be there for the taking. Official scores were 80-71 x3. Source: Showtime Xtreme
|Quigg destroys Munyai in 2|
PRESS RELEASE: Scott Quigg retained the WBA Super Bantamweight title with a 2nd round stoppage over late replacement Tshifiwa Munyai. The Bout highlighted a 4-hour card that was televised live on AWE and originated from the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. "This was a great night of boxing," said AWE President Charles Herring
|Iron Mike Productions Shobox results|
Rod Salka UD10 Alexi Collado: Rod Salka looked more like the undefeated up and comer than the tailor made home grown foe he was supposed to be. Salka won each of the first two rounds and visibly hurt Collado with body shots, before dropping him with one in the closing minute of the round three. Collado beat the count and survived the round. Collado got his feet back under him in round four, but still was unable to win any rounds, save for maybe the last one. Official scores were 96-94, 96-93. Boxingtalk scored the bout 99-91 Salka.
Felix Diaz SD8 Emmanuel Lartey: Felix Diaz won a hard fought split decision over Emmanuel Lartey in tonight's co-main event on Shobox. Diaz got off to a fast start, but Lartey was able to rally back after hurting Diaz with a left hand. After losing a few rounds in a row, Diaz dug deep, doing enough to barely escape with the victory. Official scores were 77-75x2 for Diaz and 77-75 Lartey. Boxingtalk scored it 76-76. Source: Shobox
Sammy Vasquez TKO1 Juan Rodriguez Jr: Much to the delight of his hometown fans Sammy Vasquez cut through Juan Rodriguez Jr like a hot knife through warm butter. Vasquez dropped Rodrigeuz 30 seconds in and never looked back, flooring Rodriguez twice more with body shots before the bout was waved off. Offical time of stoppage was 2:49. Vasquez improves to 14-0 (10) Source: Shobox
|Deatils on San Antonio undercard|
PRESS RELEASE: A ten-fight card is set to kick off the city’s annual Fiesta Celebration at the Illusions Theater at Alamodome in San Antonio tonight! The future of boxing will be on display for the always enthusiastic fight fans of San Antonio. Featured in key undercard bouts will be Texas’ finest when Joseph Rodriguez Jr., Javier Rodriguez and Travell Mazion all take to the ring starring Australia’s Steve Lovett, Mexico’s Miguel Flores and Georgia’s Justin DeLoach, plus a bout that might steal the show in the an all-Texas showdown between Raul Martinez and Sergio Perales.
PRESS RELEASE: In the history-making main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® (9 p.m. ET/PT following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana) the 49-year-old Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, will be seeking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles when he puts his IBF Light Heavyweight title on the line against his WBA counterpart, Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, who is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights.
PRESS RELEASE: It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost. Tyson seemed right at home in his new role as promoter Thursday as he guided his Iron Mike Productions fighters through the final press conference and weigh-in for tomorrow’s ShoBox: The New Generation event. Friday’s tripleheader airs live on SHOWTIME®, home of 16 of Tyson’s last 18 fights, at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside of the Pittsburgh.
|USA Boxing News: Stevenson, Fabela post wins|
PRESS RELEASE: Team USA enjoyed an undefeated day at the 2014 Youth World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday with two American athletes recording opening round wins. 2013 Junior World Champion Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and 2014 Youth Continental titlist Martha Fabela (Oakland, Calif.) each defeated their preliminary round foes at the Armeec Arena.
|Malignaggi eyes third world title following controversial loss to Broner|
PRESS RELEASE: Paulie Malignaggi has vowed to claim his third world title this weekend after he felt he was unjustly stripped of his belt against brash-talking Adrien Broner. The Brooklyn star goes in against the newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter this Saturday night, live on BoxNation, on a stacked card headlined by the ageless Bernard Hopkins who faces Beibut Shumenov in a light-heavyweight world title unification.
|Jennings-Perez, Geale-Macklin HBO May 24|
PRESS RELEASE: Undefeated and top rated heavyweights BRYANT "By By" JENNINGS of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and MIKE "The Rebel" PEREZ, fighting out of Cork, Ireland will clash in a World Boxing Council ('WBC') Heavyweight Title Eliminator on SATURDAY, MAY 24, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texasand televised LIVE on HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, it was announced today jointly by K2 Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions.
|Jean Pascal Promotions Partners Up With GYM, Interbox for next two bouts|
PRESS RELEASE: This afternoon at La Cage aux Sports Boucherville, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox announced that they had reached an agreement with Jean Pascal Promotions to ensure the services of the NABF Champion and WBC Diamond Belt champion, light heavyweight Laval Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), who recently defeated Lucian Bute. The multi-fight agreement was signed last Saturday between President Yvon Michel of GYM, InterBox President Jean Bédard and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Jean Pascal Promotions, Greg Leon.
|Micky Ward returns to Canastota|
PRESS RELEASE: The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “Irish” Micky Ward, whose life was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning motion picture The Fighter, will return to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 5-8th. “Micky Ward was a true warrior inside the ropes,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame is excited to welcome him back to Canastota to participate in the 25th anniversary celebration.”
|Tyson making most of his time in Pittsburgh|
PRESS RELEASE: Legendary former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson took a break from his promotional duties for Friday's ShoBox The New Generation tripleheader to enjoy arcade games with two of his children at Latitude 40 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tyson's Iron Mike Productions will make its promotional debut on SHOWTIME®, home of 16 of Tyson's last 18 fights, live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside of the Steel City.
|Daily Bread WEdnesday Edition: (4-16-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
How would you grade Manny's performance. I thought he did really well. He made the right adjustments after the first couple of rounds and fought a smart fight. I don't put to much importance on him not KOing his opponents. Most fighters later on in age have to fight a different style.
Bread’s Response: Manny fought well. He’s a tough match up for Tim because Tim is a flailer and Manny is a puncher. So in the exchanges Tim has to draw back a little where Manny can punch from the shoulders. I watched the 1st fight carefully and I honestly believe Manny was not in shape although he threw more punches in that fight than he did in the second fight.
|July draws with Graves|
PRESS RELEASE: Cruiserweight hopeful Venroy “Hardwork” July left the ring last Saturday evening following his eight round draw with unbeaten Quantis Graves as a frustrated fighter. July, who doubled as a main event boxer and promoted the card in front of a packed house at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD, battled a highly regarded foe but didn’t get the result he was looking for. For much of the bout, there was excessive holding along with multiple headbutts, throwing both fighters off their game. Ultimately, neither July nor Graves, 9-0-2, was able to take advantage in a bout that could best be described as a power struggle.
|Provodnikov looking to tear through Algieri|
PRESS RELEASE: World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the "The Siberian Rocky" RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV makes the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title and his Brooklyn debut against undefeated world-rated contender and New York product CHRIS ALGIERI. Provodnikov vs. Algieri will take place Saturday, June 14 and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
|Collazo ready to Khanquer Amir|
PRESS RELEASE: Former WBA Welterweight World Champion boxer Luis Collazo will once again demonstrate his support for The NephCure Foundation when he meets Amir Khan in a critical confrontation May 3 as the co-featured bout on the blockbuster Floyd Mayweather card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
|Fedosov to face Harris|
PRESS RELEASE: Russian heavyweight contender ANDREY FEDOSOV will make his highly anticipated return to battle this Friday night, APRIL 18 in a scheduled eight round clash against perennial contender and tough veteran MAURICE “Mo Bettah” HARRIS at “FIGHT NIGHT” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, just outside of Chicago.
|Maravilla-Cotto tix available to movie premiere|
PRESS RELEASE: To kick off the premiere of "MARAVILLA," at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, lucky moviegoers will have a chance to win tickets to the Martinez vs. Cotto championship fight. As a special gift to lucky fans who purchase tickets to the "MARAVILLA" film premiere, three pairs of fight tickets will be given away to the Martinez vs. Cotto bout taking place June 7, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The highly anticipated match will pick up where the "MARAVILLA" documentary, based on the journey of Sergio Martinez, leaves off.
|Hopkins ready to make more history|
PRESS RELEASE: Boxing’s oldest ever world champion Bernard Hopkins believes he will once again make history as he looks to unify the light-heavyweight division this weekend. Hopkins has already made a profound statement in the world of boxing, reigning as one of the world’s top middleweights for over a decade, before moving up the weight classes to finally become the fight games oldest champion..
|Seldin to face Acuna|
PRESS RELEASE: Long Island fan favorite Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin will return to battle against hard hitting Nicaraguan Wilfredo "EL Zurdo" Acuna on Thursday, APRIL 24 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The Seldin/Acuna eight round junior welterweight clash headlines "Rockin Fights 13" another installment of the widely acclaimed professional boxing series presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
|Gonzalez scores Stoppage at world youth championships|
PRESS RELEASE: 2013 Junior World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) took the first step toward another world title on Wednesday at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. Gonzalez opened the tournament in her typical impressive fashion, stopping her opening round opponent in the second round of their lightweight contest at the 2014 Youth World Championships.
|Hebrew Hammer ready to produce fireworks, By Keith Yazdanesta|
PRESS RELEASE: I caught up with Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin and trainer Scott Lopeck at the Westbury Boxing Gym recently. Seldin is in preparation for his up coming bout later this month; Cletus headlines Rockin Fights 13 at The Paramount in Huntington New York, Thursday April 24th making his 8th appearance at the venue.
|Balderas claims USA first win at Youth World championship|
PRESS RELEASE: The United States squad opened the 2014 Youth World Championships with three preliminary round bouts on Tuesday at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bantamweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) took the United States squad’s first victory in a short preliminary bout in afternoon action while female flyweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.) and male lightweight Isidro Ochoa (Fresno, Calif.) each dropped close bouts in the opening round in Bulgaria.
|Quillin fighting for respect Saturday night|
PRESS RELEASE: Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion of the World, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, is fighting for respect this Saturday night on SHOWTIME against No. 2 ranked Czech challenger Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs). Quillin vs. Konecny is part of a Golden Boy Promotions event, sponsored by Corona and AT&T, and headlined by the world light heavyweight unification fight between IBF champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov. The live SHOWTIME tripleheader telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).
|Quigg to defend WBA title on April 19|
PRESS RELEASE: This Saturday afternoon, Tshifiwa Munyai will step in for Nehomar Cermeno to challenge Scott Quigg for Quigg's WBA Super Bantamweight title that will be broadcast live on AWE beginning at 3pm eastern / 12 noon pacific. Boxing fans across the United States can enjoy this world championship bout live via the PlayStation®3 system via the Sony Entertainment Network Live Events Viewer. The price is $9.95 for approximately three hours of world class boxing which includes the Quigg - Cermeno main event. PS3 viewers may subscribe early to the event.
|Manny Pacquiao Media Round-up|
PRESS RELEASE: It may have been three days before Tax Day in the U.S. but that did not prevent Fighter of the Decade MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO from filing a very happy return to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world championship throne. Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, won an emphatic unanimous decision on Saturday night while avenging his controversial 2012 loss to the previously undefeated two-division defending world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif.
|Frankie DeAlba eyeing big fights|
PRESS RELEASE: On Friday night, April 18, Kings Boxing Promotions will present a big Pro-Am card that will be headlined by rising Jr. Lightweight Frankie DeAlba taking on Israel Suarez in the 8-round main event. DeAlba of Reading, PA has won 9 consecutive fights and is unbeaten in 13 that has raised his mark to 11-1-2 with 4 knockouts.
|Boxing at the Barker April 16|
PRESS RELEASE: King Sports Worldwide promised a hard-hitting fight card featuring a collection of boxing's most exciting young professional fighters at Boxing at Barker on Wednesday, April 16. And they delivered just that. Game on. After scouring the globe looking for the best up-and-coming boxers in the world, King Sports Worldwide confirmed today five fights that promise to deliver extremely competitive toe-to-toe competition. The card features action packed bouts across five weight classes; including heavyweight, cruiserweight, middleweight, welterweight and light welterweight division
|USA Boxing Update|
PRESS RELEASE: 2014 Youth World Championships tournament draw took place on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria, determining the path to the medal stand for all 12 American competitors. Over 520 athletes will vie for gold at the largest edition of the youth tournament to date, April 14-24 at the Armeec Arena.
|Pacquiao avenges loss to Bradley with UD victory, By G. Leon|
Manny Pacquiao UD12 Timothy Bradley: Manny Pacquiao avenged his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley with a clear cut unanimous decision. Bradley got off to a fast start and was imposing his will on Pacquiao, but Manny was able to make the necessary adjustments to control the majority of the middle and championship rounds with his superior hand speed to hand Bradley his first loss. Official scores were 116-112 twice and 118-110. Boxingtalk scored it 116-112.
|Beltran too much for Usmanee, By G. Leon|
Ray Beltran UD12 Arash Usmanee: Ray Beltran earned a hard ought unanimous decision victory over the game Arash Usmanee. Beltran's relentless pressure and heavier shots were the difference throughout He was able to keep Usmanee under control with a variety of power punches to the head and the body. Usmanee had his moments, but they were few and far between. Official scores were 118-110, 117-111. Boxingtalk had it 116-112. Source: HBO PPV
|Vargas hands Allakhverdiev first loss, By G. Leon|
Jessie Vargas UD12 Khabib Allakhveridiev: Jessie Vargas improved to 24-0 (9) with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated amateur standout Khabib Allakhverdiev. Both fighters had their moments throughout. When the final bell rang it appeared the fight could go either way Vargas walked away with the UD victory by scores of 115-113 twice and a ridiculous 117-111. Boxingtalk scored it 114-114. Source: HBO PPV
|Vasquez takes UD over Felix Jr, By G. Leon|
Bryan Vasquez UD12 Jose Felix Jr: Bryan Vasquez, 34-1-1 (17) and Jose Felix Jr opened tonight's HBO PPV telecast with an action packed twelve round junior lightweight bout. Felix Jr, 26-1-1 (21) got off to a fast start, but Vasquez's effective aggression was far too much for Felix Jr down the stretch. Official scores were 117-110, 114-113. Boxingtalk scored it 116-111.
Source: HBO PPV
|Bradley-Pacquiao II weigh-in report|
Promoter Top Rank has announced the following weights for tomorrow night's WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas: Timothy Bradley, 145.5 pounds; Manny Pacquiao, 145 pounds. HBO pay-per-view will broadcast the fight.
|Daily Bread Friday Edition: (4-11-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
1.I don’t know about the rest of the boxing world but I am excited about Pacquiao/Bradley 2. There has been a lot of questions regarding whether Pacquiao can regain the “eye of the tiger” and this fight will answer those questions regarding that. I feel that in order for Pacquiao to win this fight he can’t be “I’m too nice to my opponents” Pacquiao. I’m glad that you touched on that on your last mailbag and I feel the same way. Boxing is the hurt business and while you don’t want to kill your opponent you are not there to play patty cake with them either. If you don’t have the DESIRE to KNOCK YOUR OPPONENT OUT in every fight regardless of whether it happens then you are in the wrong profession. Contrary to some belief I think that Bradley is gonna try to bring the fight to Pacquiao to prove that he is the superior fighter at this point in their careers. Bradley really believes deep down that he is better than Pacquiao right now and no longer has “IT”. You can see it in Bradley’s eyes and demeanor. While Pacquiao is a more dynamic puncher than Marquez and Ruslan…I don’t know if he hits harder than Ruslan at this point of his career. I’m going to be bold and say that this fight is not gonna go the distance and someone is going to get knocked out. My heart says Pacquiao finds a way to dig DEEP one more time but my mind….
|Andy Lee drops down to junior middle|
Press Release: This Saturday night in Esbje, top-rated former middleweight world-title challenger "Irish" Andy Lee (31-2, 22KO's) returns to action when he takes on Frank Horta (34-12-5, 13KO's) in an eight-round bout. It will be the first bout of 2014 for the former Olympian and the fourth since joining forces with one of the U.K.'s premiere boxing coaches, Adam Booth. While the fight on Saturday is viewed by many to simply be a stay-busy fight for Lee, who saw a middleweight title shot against Gennady "GGG" Golovkin be put on hold after the unexpected death of GGG's father, the bout does in fact have more implications than that for the 29-year-old Irishman. A lifelong middleweight, Lee has decided to make the move down to junior middleweight and campaign at 154 pounds.
|Late results from NJ|
Last Friday night in New Jersey, middleweight Antoine Douglas (14-0) scored a second-round stoppage over former world title challenger Luca Messi (37-10-1). Douglas of Burke, VA, dropped Messi in the second round with a left hook and the fight was stopped when the referee deemed Messi unable to continue at 1:47... Also on the Parsippany, NJ show, junior lightweight Wanzell Ellison (11-0-1) was tested but came out on the winning side of a hard-fought split decision over Iain Weaver (5-1) in a six-round bout. Ellison was gritty in pounding out the decision by scores of 59-56 and 58-56 while the visitor from Dorset, England took one card by 58-56... Jerry Odom stopped Douglas Otieno Okola (24-9) in the first round of a light heavyweight bout, dropping him three times to improve 10-0 with 10 knockouts. source: GH3 Promotions press release
|Results from New York City: Bone stops Figueroa|
Erick Bone TKO5 Francisco Figueroa... In New York City's Times Square on Thursday, DiBellla Entertainment presented its Broadway Boxing series. Headlining the card in his US debut was Ecuadorian welterweight contender Erick Bone (14-1 with 8 KOs), now living in New York. Facing him was New York veteran Francisco "El Gato" Figueroa (20-7-1 with 13 KOs) who did his best to show Bone a few old school tricks and counter shots. Bone took his time finding the best opportunities to land his leather, slowly breaking Figueroa down to the body. Bone moved his attack upstairs as the rounds went and in the fifth frame, Bone hurt Figueroa with a combination to the head and trapped him against the ropes. With Bone unloading a barrage and Figueroa not throwing back, the referee stopped the bout at the 2:40 mark. source: dibella entertainment
|Result from Thailand: featherweight contender wins again|
Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo KO5 Nouldy Manakane ... On Friday April 11th in Thailand's Nonthaburi province, Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo knocked out Indonesia's Nouldy Manakane in the fifth round of a featherweight bout. According to Boxrec, Chonlatarn is now 50-1 with his lone loss coming against ex-world champion Chris John, while Manakane is 25-15-1. According to his promoter, Chonlatarn will soon face Joel Brunker from Australia in a WBO eliminator, with the winner in line to face Gary Russell, Jr. or Vasyl Lomachenko, who will face each other for the vacant WBO featherweight title. source: M150 OneSongchai Promotion
|Provodnikov to face Algieri in Long Island's Nassau Coliseum|
Press Release: Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) will defend his WBO junior welterweight title against Chris Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) Huntington, NY on Saturday, June 14th at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island. The fight will headline an HBO Boxing After Dark show. Provodnikov of Beryozovo, Russia announced his arrival on boxing's big stage with his "2013 Fight of the Year" loss to Timothy Bradley on March 16t, 2013. He then captured the WBO title with a beatdown of Mike Alvarado on October 19th. Algieri will be making his first attempt at a world title after wins over Bayan Jargal, Jose Peralta, Mike Arnaoutis and Emanuel Taylor this past February.
|Lemieux to face Guerrero on Showtime|
Press Release: Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) announced the Showtime co-feature for May 24th at Bell Centre in Montreal. Quebec middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs) will take on Maryland's Fernando Guerrero (26-2-0, 19 KOs). Michel says Lemieux (pictured) has made vital changes since his loss to Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs). Lemieux is riding a six-fight win streak, five coming by knockout.
|Jonathan Gonzalez lands ESPN co-feature|
Press Release: Jonathan "Mantequilla" González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) will appear in a ten-round middleweight bout on Thursday, May 1st, to be shown on ESPN's Thursday Night Fights from Hialeah Park in South Florida. Gonzalez, of Puerto Rico, will go up against Rogelio "Porky" Medina (32-5, 26 KOs) from Mexico. In the ten-round, televised welterweight main event, Roberto "La Amenaza" Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, will face Victor "Mermelada" Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs) of the Dominican Republic.
|Salita announces next show for Brooklyn|
Press Release: Boxer-turned-promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced a fight card at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn, New York on May 15th. Jarrell Miller, a heavyweight just signed by Salita, will see action. The Brooklyn resident, nicknamed "Big Baby" is 8-0 with 8 KOs. Can 13-2 Vincent Thompson make his "0" go? The show will be topped by cruiserweight Steve Bujaj. The 12-0 Albanian native snapped up the NY State cruiser crown at the Millennium in February. Bujaj will bring a rooting section down from Yonkers, where he resides.
|Clottey knocks down Mundine five times|
Joshua Clottey W12 Anthony Mundine... Joshua Clottey went to Australia and dominated Anthony Mundine over twelve junior middleweight rounds. From the very start Clottey imposed his will on Mundine. Clottey took the fight to Mundine and scored the first of what would be five knockdowns in the third round. The assault continued with Clottey scoring two more knockdowns in the sixth, and one in each the eighth and tenth rounds. The scores were 116-108, 115-109, and 117-108 all for Clottey. The fight took place at the Entertainment Center in New South Wales, Australia. Mundine fought on bravely despite his corner wanting to stop the fight on several occasions but had no answer for the skill, power, and will of Clottey.This was the most significant win for Clottey since his World Championship victory over Zab Judah in 2008 for IBF Welterweight crown. source: star boxing press release
|Referee Steve Smoger discusses Cunningham-Mansour, By Doveed Linder|
In this interview, referee Steve Smoger discusses his experience as the third man in the ring for last Friday’s dramatic heavyweight bout between Steve Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs) and Amir Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs), a fight that Cunningham won via unanimous decision after being knocked down twice. Smoger also discusses his experience as the referee for Roberto Duran-Vinny Pazienza II and the irony that several boxers he has worked with have had movies made about their life story.
|New Hampshire hosts live boxing followed by Pacquiao PPV on closed circuit|
Press Release: Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hamphire will host an evening of boxing, featuring a live World Series of Boxing event between the USA Knockouts vs. Cuba Domadores followed by a closed-circuit telecast of the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao II show airing live from Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale at Rockingham Park's box office. UPDATE: bouts announced (click the link)
|Scottish light middleweight title up for grabs this weekend|
Press Release: This Saturday night, Rhys Pagan (8-1) and Mike Towell (2-0-1) will battle for the Scottish light middleweight title on Saltire Boxing's show at the Paisley Lagoon Leisure Centre. With a knockout win over Valentin Stoychev in his last fight, Sanquhar's Rhys Pagan has not left the gym since that win in February. “I haven’t stopped training as I really want to get my hands on the Scottish title. I know my promoter has tried to make the fight with a few in the division, and they have rejected it, so credit to Mike (Towell) for having the guts to get into the ring with me. He adds “I have been training hard, and I am looking forward to fighting the ten round distance for the first time. I am aware of Towell and am expecting a tough night, but I will be leaving with the belt round my waist.
|Usmanee steps in for Martinez on Bradley-Pacquiao show|Press Release:
Afghani-Canadian super featherweight Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) will step into the highest-profile fight of his life on short notice and face Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday, April 12th on the pay-per-view card featuring the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao rematch in Las Vegas.
An extended illness suffered by Roman "Rocky" Martínez caused Martinez to cancel, creating the opportunity for Usmanee, who was already in the gym preparing for another fight.
|Come Party With Boxing’s Legends on April 11th|
Press Release: The Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame will hold its first event of 2014, the “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fundraiser on Friday, April 11th at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. Already confirmed to attend are Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley and Clarence “Bones” Adams.
|Zepeda-Frankel added to Solo Boxeo|Press Release:
Lightweight Jose "El Chon" Zepeda (18-0, 16 KOs) has been added to the TV portion of the April 26th Solo Boxeo card on Unimas, which will be held in Port Hueneme, California. Zepeda is riding a twelve-bout knockout streak and will face off against perennial spoiler Robert "Red Hot" Frankel (32-14-1). Zepeda fought three times in 2013 and all three bouts ended before the fourth round. On March 1st, Zepeda outdid his 2013 performances with a second-round stoppage of Johnny Edwards (15-6-1). Zepeda, a Southern California native is trained by Robert Alcazar, the former trainer of Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero, and Jesse Vargas. In preparation for his April 26th bout at the Oceanview Pavilion, Zepeda spent the past few weeks helping to prepare Timothy Bradley for this Saturday’s pay-per-view showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Tickets can be purchased online at www.boxingbythebeach.com
|Inoue breaks Ioka's Japanese record, By Scott Shaffer|
Naoya Inoue TKO6 Adrian Hernandez... Japan's Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “the Monster” and considered the next big thing in Japanese boxing, broke a respected Japanese record by winning a world title in only his sixth pro bout. The 20-year-old is now the WBC 108-pound champion after stopping Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1) of Mexico via sixth-round technical knockout in Ota City, Japan. General Gymnasium. Inoue broke the Japanese record helfd by Kazuto Ioka, the current WBA 108-pound champion. Ioka won the WBC 105-pound title in his seventh pro fight. The world record is held by Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin, who won the WBC 140-pound title in his second pro bout. Reading between the lines, unification vs. Ioka seems unlikely because Inoue said his goal is to break the record for consecutive title defenses for a Japanese boxer, a record held by former WBA 108-pound champion Yoko Gushiken. Gushiken defended his title 13 times. source: Japan Times
|2012 silver medalist attacked; suffers broken leg|
Irish boxing star John Joe Nevin, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, sustained serious injuries after a gang attack near his home in Mullingar. The Irish Independent reports that Nevin's injuries from the beating include a badly fractured leg that he cannot even begin to rehabilitate for three months. The attack was reportedly related to a personal dispute. Whether Nevin will be able to return to his full capacities as a boxer, unfortunately, remains to be seen. Nevin's last pro bout was on St. Patrick's day of this year, where he won a six-round decision in Boston. Previously, he fought professionally in World Series of Boxing contests. --Scott Shaffer
|Abraham's next title defense less than a month away|Press Release:
Here are some quotes from today’s press conference for Arthur Abraham's WBO 168-pound title defense against Nikola Sjekloca, set for May 3rd at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. Sjekloca sadi, "I am going to dethrone King Arthur and take his title away. Last year, I had a competitive fight against Sakio Bika, who went on to win the WBC belt. Now I want to win the WBO title and unify against Bika in a rematch. I do not underestimate Abraham as I am following his career since he had his first world championship fight. I studied his style in detail and know how to beat him." Abraham responded, "To study my style by watching videos is one thing, to step into the ring against me the other. I am leaving for training camp tomorrow morning. I know for a fact that my coach Ulli Wegner will come up with the right game plan for me to be victorious on May 3rd. I am really looking forward to defend the WBO World Championship in my hometown of Berlin." Tickets are available via www.eventim.de
|Caballero earns IBF title shot at bantamweight|
Randy Caballero TKO8 Kohei Ohba... Fighting outside of the United States for the first time, and only the third time outside of his native California, Coachella's Randy "El Matador" Caballero stopped Kohei Ohba in eight rounds in Kobe, Japan to become the IBF bantamweight mandatory contender. The title is currently held by England's Stuart Hall. The end came at 1:54 of the eighth round. At the time of the stoppage, the 23-year-old Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs) had a comfortable lead of 70-61 and 69-63 (twice) lead on the official scorecards. But with a first-round knockdown of Ohba (35-3-1, 14 KOs) already in the books, he took the fight out of the judges' hands, with the second knockdown of the fight in round eight prompting the game Japanese fighter's corner to throw in the towel. source: golden boy
|Sadam Ali heads Showtime Extreme broadcast|
Press Release: Three New York City boxers are heading down to Washington D.C. to be showcased at the DC Armory on Saturday, April 19th in undercard bouts leading up to the Showtime tripleheader. The event is headlined by Bernard Hopkins' history-making title unification bout against Beibut Shumenov for the IBF and WBA light heavyweight championships. In the televised action on Showtine Extreme, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam "World Kid" Ali of Brooklyn, N.Y. puts his unbeaten record on the line against New Jerseys' Jeremy Bryan. Another undefeated Brooklynite Zachary Ochoa, takes on Puerto Rico's Hector Marengo.
|Oisin Fagan returns this weekend|Press Release:
In Chester, United Kingdom on Saturday, April 12th, lightweight Chris Goodwin takes on Irish veteran Oisin Fagan at the Northgate Arena. Goodwin (17-2-1) lost his pro debut in 2006, but didn’t lose again until he came out on the wrong end of a split decision against Carl Johanneson in a British title eliminator more than five years later. He has since put together three straight victories, and is now ready to take the next step in front of his hometown fans. Having spent most of his career in the USA, former Irish champion Oisin Fagan (27-8) made his debut in 2003. He has been in the ring with big names such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Paul Spadafora and Amir Khan. In the evening’s chief support, Paul “Spartan” Economides (13-5), is in with Hungarian David Kanalas (14-10) in a 122-pound battle. Tickets are available via www.fightoptions.com
|Escalante won decision despite broken hand|
Bruno Escalante W10 Victor Ruiz... X-rays showed that Bruno Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs) fought with two broken bones in his left hand during his junior bantamweight bout against Victor Ruiz (12-3, 9 KOs). Escalante continued fighting when the injury occurred in the second round and won a ten-round decision. The injury will likely keep Escalante out of the ring for three months. "The doctor said Bruno can make a quick recovery if he lets his hand heal properly," said manager Herb Stone. "He could return after a few months of rehab. Bruno proved to me he has tremendous heart carrying on with a broken hand. I'm hoping he can fight by the end of the summer." Escalante added, "this is just a minor setback. I'm going to do everything the doctor says to make the healing process faster. I'll continue working out, mostly on my jab since that is the only arm I can use at the moment." source: press release
|Skipp Scott protests KO loss to Gerald Washington|
Gerald Washington KO2 Skipp Scott... Trainer Jessie Reid and promoter Kerry Daigle say the California Boxing Commission should correct what they insist was a mistake made by referee Lou Moret in Gerald Washington's heavywight win over Skipp Scott, held on Thursday, April 3rd in Indio, California. According to Reid, Scott was dropped to a knee by a legitimate right hand and then knocked out by a hard body shot a full second after his fighter had clearly taken a knee. The "knockout" victory for Washington came at 1:40 of round two, but according to Reid, the result is clearly in need of fixing. "It was definitely a foul," said Reid. source: keep punching entertainement press release
|Daily Bread Sunday Edition: (4-6-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread. I love you and act as a trumpet proclaiming your boxing knowledge to anyone who will listen. BUT you are dead wrong about Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao II. It will be easy work for Pac. Don't be influenced by Face Off, top rank, HBO, etc... Before you argue that I am wrong, ask yourself this, after one fighter wins handedly the first time, how many rematches see him lose the next. PAC won easily the 1st fight, judges be damned. -- Wiz Kid - PGH PA
|Results from Baja, Puerto Rico|
PRESS RELEASE: At the Moises Navedo Coliseum in Vega Baja, in the maint event, Emmanuel 'Manny' Rodriguez ( 9-0, 5 KO's ) defeated Felix 'La Ardilla' Perez ( 8-5 , 3 KO's ) by unanimous decision From the start, Rodriguez was able to establish the pace, connecting accurate combinations to the face and body of Pérez , who was active throughout the fight, but without success for the effective defense of Rodríguez. The judges scored 80-72, 80-72 and 78-74.
|Cunningham shocks Mansour, Stevens scores dramatic stoppage, By G. Leon|
Steve Cunningham UD10 Amir Mansour: Former two time IBF cruiserweight champion Steve "USS" Cunningham scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated slugger Amir Mansour. Mansour got off to a fast start, taking three of the first five rounds and he nearly had Cunningham out in the fifth when he scored two knockdowns. But as he's done before Cunningham rallied back using superior technique to outbox the determined swollen faced slugger for the final five rounds. Cunningham scored a knockdown in the tenth and final round when a left hook forced an off balanced Mansour's glove to touch the canvas. Boxingtalk scored it 95-92. Official scores were 97-90 and 95-92x2. Source: NBC Sports
Curtis Stevens TKO10 Tureano Johnson: Tureano Johnson proved too tough for his own good. After thoroughly outworking Curtis Stevens for the first nine and a half rounds, Johnson continued to slug it out when all he needed to do was finish the fight to walk away with a victory. In the middle of an exchange with about a minute to go, Stevens landed a tremendous left hook that nearly took Johnson's head off. Stevens got him to the ropes and seconds later the referee called a halt to the action since Johnson was not punching back. NBC commentators said they felt the stoppage was premature, Boxingtalk.com is not so sure.
|DBE announces full April 10 lineup|
PRESS RELEASE: Next Thursday, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will return to the historic BB King Blues Club & Grill in midtown Manhattan for another edition of its popular Broadway Boxing series. The eight-bout card will feature a number of DBE's most promising up-and-coming talent.
|Weights From Baja, Puerto Rico|
Emmanuel 'Manny' Rodríguez 117 lbs vs. Félix 'la Ardilla' Perez 118 lbs
Carlos 'Macho' Lopez 167 lbs vs Jonathan Garcia 165 lbs
Milton 'el Santo' Santiago 138 lbs vs Luis Ortíz 138 lbs
Pedro Ortiz 110 lbs vs Alexis Díaz 109 lbs
Waldemar Pagán 115 lbs vs. Giovany Rivera 118 lbs
Juvenal Ramos 136 lbs vs. Jose Cortes 136.6 lbs
Kevin Nuñez 208 lbs vs. Miguel Sanchez 220 lbs
Jelame García 157 lbs vs. Eduardo Torres 157 lbs libras.
Venue: Moises Navedo Coliseum, Vega Baja, PR
TV:DIRECTV PR - 9:00pm
|Tureano Johnson confident despite long layoff, By Benny Henderson Jr.|
Middleweight Tureano Johnson is 14-0 as a professional, but has not fought since February 2013. This weekend, he steps up to a nationally televised (NBC Sports Network) middleweight showdown aganst Curtis Stevens, who is 26-4 but has been more active than Johnson. Here is what Johnson had to say to Boxingtalk:
|Mike Lee fights tomorrow for first time since 2012|
Press Release: Mike Lee (11-0, 6 KOs), best known for his appearances in national Subway commercials, fights Peter Lewison (6-0, 5 KOs), of the Cayman Islands Friday night at the Liacouras Center as part of the Main Events undercard. Lee and Lewison will face off for six rounds of light heavyweight action at the Liacouras Center. Lee, a graduate of Notre Dame, has not fought since Sep. 15, 2012 when he defeated Paul Harness via four-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Lee trained for this fight with former IBF Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd (41-51, 22 KOs) in San Diego, CA. Lewison's last fight was a six-round majority decision win over Mike Sawyer Oct. 26, 2013 in his hometown of Georgetown, Cayman Islands. Tomorrow night he will make his United States debut as all six of his professional fights have taken place in his native Cayman Islands.
|Brandon Gonzalez signs with Gary Shaw|
Press Release: Gary Shaw Productions has signed super middleweight Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional agreement. In his last fight, Gonzales, who hails from Sacramento, Ca, defeated previously unbeaten Jonathan Nelson (18-1, 8 KOs) last November 11th.
|Smoger to hold referee clinic in Toronto|
Press Release: Internationally respected referee Steve Smoger will conduct an informational referee clinic April 12, 9:30 a. m. ET-12:30 p.m. ET, at the Marquis of Granby Pub/Restaurant Banquet Facility in Toronto, Canada, located at 418 Church St. only minutes away from historic Maple Leaf Gardens. Recognized as one of boxing's most prolific referees, Steve Smoger's 30-year career includes refereeing more than 850 bouts, averaging 27+ boxing matches refereed per year, and highlighted by more than 165 world title fights. [He also contributes to Boxingtalk].
|Josesito Lopez to headline ESPN Thursday show|
Press Release: Goossen Tutor Promotions announced a special Thursday edition of boxing on ESPN2 set for April 24th at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. The fights will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and related outlets. Headlining will be a ten-round welterweight clash between Southern California fan favorite Josesito Lopez of Riverside, California against cross-town rival Aron "El Asesino" Martinez of East Los Angeles. The chief support will be a ten-round light heavyweight bout between Thomas "Top Dog" Williams of Maryland and veteran Enrique Ornelas of La Habra, California.
|Rest In Peace, boxing writer Marcus Henry|
The Sweet Science reports the tragic death of boxing writer Marcus Henry at the far-too-young age of 41. The cause of death is currently unknown. Henry began working for Newsday, a Long Island, New York newspaper in April 2003. He was a part of the Newsday high school/local college sports desk, and covered the WNBA’s New York Liberty for three seasons. Prior to coming to Newsday he spent four years working for PA SportsTicker, a real time sports newswire service. Marcus also freelanced for the New York Amsterdam News, College and Pro Football Weekly, and the National Sports Weekly. Marcus was a huge boxing fan and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He covered several fights for Newsday, including the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley, Cotto-Michael Jennings and Cotto-Zab Judah fights. Boxingtalk sends its sympathies to the friends and family of Marcus Henry.
|Edner Cherry signs with Peltz; added to Friday's card|
Press Release: A little over a year ago, super featherweight Edner Cherry (31-6-2, 17 KOs) knocked out Vicente Escobedo in the sixth round and since then he has been anxiously awaiting his chance to return to the ring. On Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia that wait will finally be over when Cherry takes on Robert Osiobe (14-8-4, 6 KOs).
|Amir Mansour on fighting Steve Cunningham|
Press Release: Amir "Hardcore" Mansour on Friday's fight vs. Steve Cunningham (NBC Sports Net, Friday, 10 PM): "I am not trying to scare him or act like some sort of gangster or street thug. I despise the streets. I despise anyone who carries themselves like a thug or a gangster. I don't brag about being incarcerated. I am ashamed of being incarcerated. I am disappointed in myself. I am not using prison to be a pedestal for my toughness. I don't deny who I am as a person. I don't deny my history, my present or my future. My future is to be successful in this game right here. I have never seen a skill set that can outmatch mine and I have never had to use all my skill sets. Sometimes I need to utilize strength instead of skill. I don't have a padded record. I didn't have the luxury of fighting a bunch of bums. I have a very talented skill set of boxing. I can box. I can outbox you. You can't beat me in boxing... I am coming to get you. You are not going to beat me with no jab. You are going to have to come and get this work. We all go through problems with our friends and family but you are not going to take my [regional] title. You are going to have to come and get this work. He was a great cruiserweight champion but this is the heavyweight division and that was a few years ago."
|Floyd Sr. discusses whether his son is slowing down, By Rob Soucy|
BT: What differences do you see in your son [Floyd Mayweather Jr.] as a fighter now as opposed to say ten years ago? Floyd Mayweather, Sr.: Floyd used to throw more punches but now he is settled down and picks his shots more. He has slowed down as far as punch output since he was younger but he is still being smart about everything. He counter punches a lot and he is much stronger now then he has ever been. Floyd is like a machine that you’ve never seen before!
|Galarza, Cruz added to DiBella roster|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing announced the co-promotional signings of two undefeated New York boxers. Junior middleweight "Notorious" Frank Galarza (12-0-2, 8 KOs) and junior lightweight Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (9-0, 5 KOs) both inked promotional contracts this week.
|Luca Messi to fight Antoine Douglas in NJ on Friday|
Press Release: This Friday, April 4th at the P.A.L. in Parsippany , New Jersey, middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas (13-0) takes on former world title challenger [of years ago] Luca Messi (37-9-1) over eight rounds. Douglas of Burke, Virginia scored an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Marquis Davis on January 17th. It was his second consecutive victory over an undefeated opponent as stoppedr Colby Courter (4-0) on December 4, 2013. Douglas also scored a first-round knockout over Jeremy Yelton March 15th in Springfield, VA.
|Rios, Cancio to square off in Chicago|Press Relase:
Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes comes to Chicago's UIC Pavilion on Monday, April 14th for a ten-round junior lightweight bout between Ronny Rios and Andrew “Chango” Cancio. Tickets priced are available for purchase at 8 Count Productions, 312.226.5800, the UIC Pavilion box office at 312.413.5740 and online at www.ticketmaster.com
|Pacquiao: "I'm waiting to see if Floyd will change his mind"|
In a Los Angeles Times story today,
Manny Pacquiao repeated his view that Floyd Mawyeather is the one preventing an era-defining fight between the two most dominant boxers of recent years. Pacquiao has met Mayweather's previous demands for drug testing and purse splits, but draws the line at Mayweather's demand that PAcquiao sever ties with Bob Arum. “The truth is, he doesn’t have interest in fighting me,” Pacquiao told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not about the promoter.” Pacquiao said his willingness to fight Mayweather continues. “For me, if he wants to fight, the fight will be on,” Pacquiao said. “The ultimate answer is from him. I’m just waiting to see if he’ll change his mind.” --Scott Shaffer
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition: (4-1-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
How good is Sergey Kovalev? Where does he rank with the all time light heavyweights and who wins a fight with him and Andre Ward?
Bread’s Response: Krusher Kovalev is extremely good. I won’t rank him with the all time lightheavyweights because he either has to do a lot more over his career or fight a couple of legacy-defining fights ... Adonis Stevenson or Andre Ward type of fights. I will say that he is one of the 15 or 20 best fighters in the world today and he could be the best light heavyweight. He is also one of the best 4 or 5 punchers in boxing. His punch delivery, technique and power are special.
|Late result from West Virginia|
Bobby Thomas Jr. W10 Eric Watkins... In an all-West Virginia cruiserweight bout, Bobby Thomas Jr. defeated Eric Watkins, who stepped in at two weeks’ notice when original foe Warren Browning took ill. Watkins gave Thomas all he could handle during the ten rounds of action-packed boxing, and it came down to a split decision, with two of the judges scoring the fight 97-92 for Thomas, while the third had Watkins winning by 95-94. Thomas improved his professional record to 14-2-1, while Watkins falls to 10-7-1. source: wbf
|Oba faces Caballero in IBF eliminator|
Press Release: California's Randy "El Matador" Caballero will travel to Kobe, Japan to fight Kohei Oba in an IBF bantamweight elimination bout on Friday, April 4. The title is currently held by Stuart Hall of Britain. Just 23-years-old, Caballero (20-0, 12 KOs) will be fighting for the first time outside of the United States when he faces Oba. The Japanese bantamweight champion, Oba (35-2-1, 14 KOs) is 29 years old and is 9-0 in Japanese title fights. "This is the fight I've been waiting for, and after beating Oba, I'll get my title shot," said Caballero. "I'm not concerned about the travel time it took for me to get to Japan or any scoring issues; I'm trained to dominate, and I won't leave any doubts this Friday, April 4th."
|Induction speeches from NY Hall of Fame ceremony|
Press Release: A sold-out crowd turned out this past Sunday night to honor 20 members of the Class of 2014 inducted into the third-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
|Galarza to see action in NYC this weekend|
Press Release: This Saturday, April 5th, junior middleweight Frank Galarza (12-0-2, 8 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY will be elevated the main event at the Resorts World Casino New York City, located next to Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, Queens Galarza will take on Franklin Gonzalez (16-12, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic over eight rounds. Juan Dominguez was scheduled to be the main event but had to be replaced at the last minute after coming down with the flu. "He was out all last week and he is still not 100%," said Gomez.