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|Weigh-in report from Brooklyn|
Here are the weights for tomorrow's WBA welterweight championship bout in Brooklyn, New York: Keith Thurman, 146 pounds -vs.- Shawn Porter, 147 pounds. The officials for Thurman's title defense will be as follows: referee: Steve Willis; Scoring judges: Steve Weisfeld, Waleska Roldan and Eric Marlinski. Click below for additional boxer weights.
|Alvarez ducks Golovkin to challenge for 154-pound title|
Press Release: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will look to win his third title in the junior middleweight division when he challenges Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO 154-pound title on Saturday, September 17th. [Editor's note: Alvarez holds the world middleweight championship but is badly ducking Gennady Golovkin, considered to be the best middleweight in the world]. A battle between two power-punchers, Canelo vs. Smith will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Information regarding venue and tickets will be announced shortly.
|Weigh-in report from London|
Here are the weights for tomorrow's IBF heavyweight championship fight in London: Anthony Joshua, 243.25 pounds - vs.- Dominic Breazeale, 255 pounds.
It will be Joshua's first title defense. The officials will be as follows: referee: Howard Foster (UK); Scoring judges: Dave Pariss (UK), Robin Taylor (USA) and Pasquale Procopio (Canada).
|Fury-Klitschko 2 postponed, By Scott Shaffer|
According to the Associated Press, the rematch between world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former champion Wladimir Klitschko, has been postponed due to an ankle injury suffered by Fury. Member's of Fury's inner circle have posted a picture of a badly swollen ankle, although Fury's face is not in the picture. The rematch was scheduled for July 9th in Manchester, but will have to be postponed for a minimum of seven weeks. More likely, the fight will not be rescheduled until the fall. Fury (25-0) claimed Klitschko's world championship, including the WBO and IBF titles and the WBA super championship, when he defeated Klitschko via unanimous decision last November. Klitschko had required Fury to agree to an immediate rematch obligation as part of the terms of the Novembner fight, and the clause wound up costing Fury the IBF title, which is now held by Anthony Joshua.
|Unbeaten 140 pounders top Oklahoma bill|
Press Release: Junior welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk faces fellow unbeaten Eliseo Cruz Saturday, June 25 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Raised in Russia, Baranchyk now fights out of Brooklyn, NY and is 10-0 with 9 KOs. On March 5th, Baranchyk knocked out then-unbeaten Nicholas Givhan in just 21 seconds at the same venue. Prior to that, Baranchyk needed just 2:38 to demolished then-undefeated Sadhi Shawareb. Living and fighting out of Chipas, Mexico, Cruz is 9-0-1 with 6 KOs. In December 2015, Cruz scored an eighth-round knockout of Luis Zambrano.
|Fox vs. Valderrama added to Pennsylvania show|
Press Release: This Tuesday night, lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox (9-0, 2 KOs) will take on Jose Valderrama (5-13, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six-round bout that will be part of the undercard at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa. The June 28th event is headlined by a lightweight showdown between Edner Cherry and Lydell Rhodes. Televised coverage begins on Fox Deportes and Fox Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten featherweight Omar Douglas taking on Cuba's Alexei Collado.
|Thurman-Porter press conference quotes|
Press Reelease: Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their WBA welterweight title showdown this Saturday, June 25th on CBS at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Live televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET and features undefeated 154 pounders Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina in a ten-round rumble. The press conference took place at the Dream Hotel PHD Rooftop in downtown Manhattan. Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:
|Joshua-Brezeale final press conference quotes|
Press Release: IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) and his American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) participated in the final press conference on Thursday at Sky Sports Studios in London, just two days before their showdown this Saturday. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist will make the first defense of his title against Breazeale, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, from Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on Showtime at 5:15 pm Eastern time from a sold-out O2 Arena in London. Here is what the fighters had to say at the final press conference, followed by some recent fight week quotes:
|Groves says he'll KO Murray on Saturday|
Press Release: Super middleweight George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) says Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) will not hear the final bell when the British boxers collide on Saturday night in a WBA final eliminator at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Groves and Murray clash on a huge night of boxing at The O2, as Anthony Joshua defends his IBF heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale. Groves had previously been respectful of his opponent, but at yesterday’s press conference, the "Saint" shared his prediction for the outcome of their hotly anticipated clash.
|Full Brooklyn undercard for this weekend|
Press Release: The full undercard for the Brooklyn, New York show headlined by Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter WBA welterweight title showdown is complete. The undercard will feature a pair of popular Brooklyn fighters as heavyweight Adam Kownacki (13-0, 10 KOs) battles hard-hitting Jesse Barboza (11-1-1, 7 KOs) in an eight-round bout while crowd-pleasing featherweight Heather “The Heat” Hardy (16-0, 4 KOs) takes on Colorado’s Kirstie Simmons (8-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round contest on Saturday, June 25th from Barclays Center. In a previously announced bout, David Benavidez (14-0, 13 KOs) takes on Francy Ntetu (16-0, 3 KOs) in an eight-round light heavyweight bout.
|Wilder sees Joshua-Breazeale as pick-em fight|
Unbeaten WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder can't pick a clear winner for this Saturday Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale world title clash. The undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT. Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), Keith "One Time" Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Title against former champ Shawn "Showtime" Porter in a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
|Rosa to headline at Foxwoods June 30|
Undefeated world-rated junior featherweight prospect Luis "KO King" Rosa Jr. takes on former world title challenger Luis "Barcelo" Hinojosa in the eight-round main event Thursday night, June 30, in Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The 25-year-old Rosa (22-0, 10 KOs), born in Puerto Rico and fighting out of New Haven (CT), is a rising star in the junior featherweight division, world rated at No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and No. 12 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). He is a recent graduate of Gateway College in New Haven with an associates degree in business.
|Fighters picks Thurman-Porter|
Their peers in the welterweight division – world champions, former champions, contenders and top prospects – can’t pick a definitive winner between defending WBA 147-pound king Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) and former world champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs). The majority of the fighters polled – some of whom are potential opponents down the line for the winner – lean toward Thurman, but most all concede that Saturday’s eagerly awaited main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® on CBS event, presented by Premier Boxing Champions (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) at Barclays Center is going to be an intense, exciting, tight fight from start to finish that could go either way. Here’s how the boxers see “Thurman vs. Porter”
|Hurd-Molina to open CBS telecast|
Press Release: Junior middleweights Jarrett Hurd and Oscar Molina will open this Saturday’s Primetime CBS broadcast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The broadscast will be headlined by a welterweight blockbuster between undefeated WBA champion Keith Thurman and once-beaten former IBF titlist Shawn Porter. The winner of the ten-round showdown between the 25-year-old Hurd (17-0, 11 KOs) and 26-year-old Molina (13-0, 10 KOs) graduates to contender status in the stacked 154-pound class, a division featuring the following title holders: Erislandy Lara (WBA), Liam Smith (WBO), Jermall and Jermell Charlo (IBF abd WBC), Demetrius Andrade and Julian Williams.
|Undefeated Perrella looking for fight # 15|
Press Release: Welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella has returned to the gym in anticipation of his next bout. On June 4th, Perrella destroyed previously unbeaten and two-time National Golden Gloves champion David Grayton on ESPN. Rather than go on vacation or celebrate his victory, Perrella wanted to resume training immediately. At the advice of his team, he took a short period of time off before getting back into the gym less than two weeks after his career best victory. Even though he does not have his next fight date yet, the 27-year-old Fort Myers, Florida native remains focused. "I live, eat and sleep boxing,” said Perrella. “This is what I do for a living and I take my career seriously. Since I'm moving up and believe I'm ready to take a big step forward in the welterweight division, there's no time to waste. I don't have any vices and stay in shape year round.”
|Wilder-Arreola presser quotables|
Heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and former title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola went face-to-face for the first time Tuesday at a Los Angeles press conference for their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX & FOX Deportes showdown Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features undefeated welterweight contender Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. taking on former world champion Luis Collazo. Two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes will immediately follow at 10 p.m. ET after the Wilder vs. Arreola fight on FOX. Further details will be announced shortly.
|Wilder-Arreola co-feature announced|
Press Release: Sammy Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in nearly six months when he puts his unbeaten record on the line against former WBA titlist Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) on July 16 in a 147-pound clash of southpaws. The contest, which is scheduled for ten rounds, will precede Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title defense against Chris Arreola from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama (Fox, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
|Postol training camp quotable|
Do you feel like the underdog in this fight? What would a win do for your career? VIKTOR POSTOL: "I do not consider myself an underdog in this fight. Terence Crawford's fans might consider me as the underdog but that does not bother me. I'm 100% confident in myself and in my victory on July 23rd and the reasons are simple. I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to. I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach. He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame. Crawford has no one like that on his team. Since I have been training with Freddie I have knocked out two of the three opponents I have faced -- Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. Both were No. 2 world-rated contenders and both times I was considered the underdog. I have passed every test that I have taken as a professional fighter and with the best teacher in boxing working with me I intend to pass this one on July 23rd with flying colors. This victory will prove to everyone that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds and the king of the division."
|Results from Long Island: Seldin wins again|
Cletus Seldin KO1 Jesus Selig... In Long Island, New York over the weekend, local junior welterweight Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (19-0, 16 KOs) stopped Arizona's Jesus Selig (19-4-1, 12 KOs) in the first round. Seldin attacked from the get go and knocked Selig to the mat the first time he landed flush to his head. Selig rose but the writing was on the wall as Seldin went in for the kill. Seldin drilled a wobbly Selig and the referee didn't bother to count. source: star boxing press release
|Joshua-Breazeale conference call highlights|
Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® on at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT.
|Crawford training camp notes|
How will it feel fighting in Vegas for first time? How will it feel to make your Pay-Per-View Debut? TERENCE CRAWFORD: "It is an honor to fight in Las Vegas, especially at the MGM Grand where so many historic fights have taken place and so many great fighters have made their mark. It's the same way I felt when I headlined my first card at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. Many fighters dream of fighting on such a big stage but it's something you have to earn. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my career -- to earn the right to headline my first pay-per-view event. I can't think of a better place to do it than in the Fight Capital of the World. It's very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in training camp to make my pay-per-view debut successful. This isn't just opening night for a new phase of my career. I want this to be the beginning of a long run as boxing's next pound for pound star and a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr."
|Smith stops Fonfara in first round!, By G. Leon|
Joe Smith Jr KO1 Andrew Fonfara: Joe Smith Jr shocked the boxing world and made a statement to the light heavyweight division with a first round knockout over world class light heavyweight Andrew Fonfara. It was a feeling out process for the first two minutes or so with both boxers landed to the head and body. Fonfara appeared to hurt Smith with two left hooks, but got caught with a right hand counter shot that pretty much ended things. Sure Fonfara beat the count and stumbled into the ropes leglessly, but once action resumed Smith unleashed a flurry of power shots that decked Fonfara again. The referee didn't bother finishing his count, likely because Fonfara didn't punch back before the final knockdown. Official time of stoppage was 2:32.
|Warren avenges loss to Payano, captures WBA title, By G. Leon|
Rau'Shee Warren UD12 Carlos Payano: Former three time US Olympian Rau'Shee Warren came into the ring tonight seeking to avenge his lone loss and he accomplished that mission, barely. Warren got off to a very fast start and was clearly in control of the early action. In the middle rounds Payano began to find his range and get the better of Warren. By the championship rounds the fight was clearly on the table and both guys fought like they knew the bout was close. In the end Warren captured the WBA bantamweight title with scores of 114-114 and 115-113 twice. Boxingtalk scored it 114-114. Source: NBC
|Lubin destroys Sandoval, By G. Leon|
Erickson Lubin TKO3 Daniel Sandoval: Erickson Lubin, 15-0 (11), dispatched the overmatched, but experienced Daniel Sandoval in two and half one sided rounds. It was target practice for Lubin who controlled every second. In the closing minute of round three Lubin hurt Sandoval and unleashed a furious barrage of power punches until the referee stepped in Sandoval falls to 38-4 following the one sided loss. Official time of stoppage was 2:36.
|DiBella Entertainment issues statement on Mares|
Regrettably, due to a medical issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner's condition is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs or other banned substances. In honoring Abner's right to medical confidentiality, no further information will be released on this situation unless he chooses An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement bout that will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, broadcast.
|Thurman-Porter conference call transcript|
Lou DiBella: Thank you for being with us for the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Welterweight Championship conference call, SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, to be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Saturday, June 25, live at 9:00 pm Eastern Time, 6:00 pm Pacific Time. Tickets for the live event are on sale now. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1800-745-3000, or at the box office at the Barclays Center.
|Seldin-Selig in action at Parmount tonight|
On Friday night (June 17), the undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #4-ranked Junior Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin, 140 lbs. (18-0, 15 KO's Long Island, NY), squares off against Mexican brawler Jesus Selig, 139.8 lbs. (19-3-1, 12 KO's Douglas, Arizona) at The Paramount in Huntington, New York in the 10-round Junior Welterweight affair. The main event headlines the 24th edition of Joe DeGuardia's popular "Rockin Fights" series. Seldin, the Patchogue product fighting out of Shirley, Long Island, has been superb in compiling an unblemished 18-0 mark, with 15 of his triumphs coming via highlight reel knockouts. Seldin has won 10 straight and 15 out of 16 at the popular Long Island venue. More on Seldin vs. Selig: Seldin, who has continually climbed the ranks of the Junior Welterweight division, will be appearing for the 15th time at the Paramount. Seldin has become a must-see attraction for his all action fights and tremendous punching power. The Hebrew Hammer captured the WBC title on December 20, 2014, stopping the very tough Bayan Jargal in nine rounds, and has successfully defended the championship three times. In his last outing at The Paramount on March 5, Seldin returned from shoulder surgery and picked right up where he left off by destroying Orlando Vasquez in the opening round.
|Camacho Jr returns for first time in ten months|
Having missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime in May due to an untimely foot injury, undefeated light heavyweight champion Angel Camacho Jr. is back to put his record -- and titles -- on the line against another worthy challenger. The Providence native Camacho (15-0, 5 KOs) returns Friday, July 15th, 2016 to defend his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and New England Light Heavyweight Titles in a 10-round bout against Willimantic, Conn., vet Kevin Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs), headlining CES Boxing's stacked summer fight card at Twin River Casino.
|Confident Breazeale arrives in London|
Undefeated World Ranked Heavyweight Contender and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) arrived at London Heathrow Airport on Thursday afternoon ahead of his world title challenge against IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME. Confident as he's been since the fight was announced, Breazeale was met by the local media upon his arrival.
|Fonfara-Smith, PBC quotables|
Fight week kicked-off in Chicago on Wednesday for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC taking place this Saturday, June 18 at the UIC Pavilion headlined by light heavyweight bruiser Andrzej Fonfara battling hard-hitting New Yorker Joe Smith Jr. Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a bantamweight world championship rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau'shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battling Mexico's Daniel Sandoval. At 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, PBC coverage switches to NBCSN and will feature a battle of unbeaten middleweights as Hugo Centeno Jr. takes on Poland's Maciej Sulecki.
|Beterbiev not competing in Rio|
After careful consideration, rising Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) star and double Russian Olympian, Artur Beterbiev, will not take part in the qualifying process to earn a spot to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Olympic qualifying tournament for professional boxers will be held July 3-8 in Vargas, Venezuela, following the decision of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to include professionals in the Olympic tournament. However, Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), who made a triumphant return to the ring after a one-year absence on June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal against Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs), will not be there.
|Povetkin sued by Wilder, DiBella over fight cancellation, By Scott Shaffer|
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and his promoter, DiBella Entertainment, have sued Russian contender Alexander Povetkin and Povetkin’s promoter, World of Boxing, in United States District Court in New York City. The lawsuit, filed on Monday, seeks a minimum of $5 million in damages due to the cancellation of a bout between Wilder and Povetkin. The bout, scheduled for May 21, 2016 in Moscow, was cancelled after Povetkin tested positive for meldonium, which is a performance-enhancing substance that was legal to take and widely used in Russia until December 31, 2015.
|Santa Cruz to face Frampton July 30|
Undefeated featherweight world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) and fellow unbeaten Irish star Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) will meet with a world title and two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30 in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Cyclone Promotions, start at $38 and go on sale tomorrow, June 15 at 10 a.m.
|LA Fight Club Details announced|
Press Release: The July 1st edition of LA Fight Club features bantamweight Oscar "Jaguar" Negrete (14-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Colombia against Jose "Flash" Bustos (11-6-3, 7 KOs) of Mexico in a ten rounder airing live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar. Also part of the live telecast will be 122-pounder Emilio Sanchez (12-0, 9 KOs) of Los Angeles facing Hugo "Olímpico" Partida (21-7-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico City in an eight-round bout.
|Barrios to face Boschiero|
Press Release: Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs) Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in the twelve-round main event on ESPN & ESPN Deportes. The 130-pound bout will be held on Saturday, July 9th from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Junior welterweight Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles takes on Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) in a ten-round fight that will also be telvised.
|Stevenson announces Quebec City title defense|
Press Release: Groupe Yvon Michel and Gestev have announced the next fight for the lineal but inactive world light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson. On July 29th at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC and lineal light heavyweight championships for the seventh time. His opponent will be Thomas "Top Dog" Williams (20-1, 14 KOs). Williams, of Fort Washington, Maryland, at 28, is ten years younger than Stevenson and also left-handed. Williams is best known for a win over Edwin Rodriguez. In the co-feature, light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will attempt to maintain his position as the WBC mandatory challenger against Maximiliano Gomez (22-5, 9 KOs) of Argentina.
|Lightweight update: Herring to face Shafikov|
Press Release: 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel "Semper Fi" Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) will take on Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 19 KOs) in the ten-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 2nd at Santander Arena in Reading, Pa. The broadcast will also feature Poland's Patryk Syzmanski (15-0, 9 KOs) taking on "Silky" Wilky Campfort (21-2, 12 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight bout.
|Frampton to move up and challenge Santa Cruz|
Press Release: WBA featherweight super champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) will face Ireland's Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) with two perfect records at stake on Saturday, July 30th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. After defeating rival Scott Quigg in their 122-pound unification bout last Feb. 27, Frampton will attempt to capture a world title in a second weight class. Showtime Championship Boxing will televise.
|More on Crolla-Linares|
Press Release: WBA lightweight titleholder Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) will face Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs), the WBC “champion in recess” at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on September 24th, live on Sky Sports. Crolla will make the second defense of his WBA crown in his hometown following his knockout victory over Venezuelan danger man Ismael Barroso in May, having ripped the title from Darleys Perez with a body shot knockout in November.
|WBC makes a mess of its lightweight title situation|
The WBC has made a joke out of its lightweight title. Just weeks after stripping Jorge Linares for injury and naming Dejan Zlaticanin as its new lightweight champion, the WBC has reversed course and granted Linares a “diamond belt” fight against WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla of England. Golden Boy quickly announced that Crolla-Linares will be held at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on September 24th, live on Sky Sports. According to the WBC, the winner of Crolla-Linares is committed to fight Zlaticanin immediately in his next fight. We’ll see if that fight ever happens.
|Alvarez owes former promoter $8.5 million; Golden Boy skates out of suit, By Scott Shaffer|
According to the LA Times, world middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was ordered by a Miami jury to pay the sum of $8.5 million to his original promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr. and Zabala’s company, All-Star Boxing Inc. Alvarez was promoted by All-Star before signing with Golden Boy Promotions, and All-Star alleged Alvarez breached the contract. Golden Boy fared better in the lawsuit than Alvarez did, as Golden Boy was found not guilty of tortiously interfering with the arrangement between All-Star and Alvarez. The jury found that no enforceable contract existed between Alvarez and All-Star, but that Alvarez unjustly enriched himself at All-Star’s expense. While Zabala sought many millions more than what he received, he celebrated the verdict as an affirmation of his work building Alvarez into a star.
|Wilder to defend against Arreola|
Press Release: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title in his home state when he battles Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in the main event on Fox and Fox Deportes on Saturday, July 16th from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama with televised coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Wilder returns to the ring after he was set to travel to Russia and defend his title against Alexander Povetkin on May 21st before the challenger failed a drug test that caused a cancellation of the fight.
|Barrios-Boschiero headlines ESPN|
Undefeated rising super featherweight contender Mario Barrios (15-0, 8 KOs) will take on former title challenger Devis Boschiero (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes Saturday, July 9 from Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features an exciting battle of undefeated super lightweight prospects as Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) takes on Chicago's Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight.
|Lee Baxter Promotions to kick off Toronto boxing series|
Press Release: Lee Baxter Promotions announced a new boxing series in Canada that will kick off on Thursday, July 28th at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. “I've had the idea of doing this for awhile and am glad it's officially coming to fruition,” said Baxter. “Canada has many talented fighters hungry to make it to the next level. Unfortunately, there aren't the same amount of opportunities here that there are elsewhere. It also took me awhile to to find the right venue and I'm glad we found it at the Danforth Music Hall here in Tornoto because it's a great place.
|Bounce results from Lakeland, FLA|
Joseph Elegele W10 Phil Lo Greco ... Joseph Elegele (16-2 11 KOs) showed his power on Sunday, defating Phil Lo Greco (27-3, 15 KOs) over ten hard-fought rounds in Lakeland, FL. Judges scored the junior middleweight bout 97-95 and 96-94 (twice) all for Elegele, the winner by unanimous decision.
Dauren Yeleussinov D8 Devaun Lee...The co-feature of the Bounce telecast saw two former amateur standouts Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0-1, 4 KOs) of Kazakhstan, who now fights out of Brooklyn, and Devaun Lee (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Queens, NY in an eight-round middleweight bout that ended in a split draw.
Craig Baker KO8 Steve Lovett... In the opening televised bout, Texas' Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Australia's Steve Lovett (15-1, 12 KOs) in the final seconds of a light heavyweight showdown. Baker was sent to the canvas in round four following a big left hook thrown by Lovett, but Baker was the more active fighter throughout the fight as he was up on all three of the judge's scorecards going into the eighth and final round. With only three seconds to go in the bout, Baker sent Lovett to the canvas with a hard right hand that ended the bout. source for all results: pbc press release
|Brock tops Gutierrez at Vegas' DVLEC|
Demond Brock W10 Chuy Gutierrez ... The third installment of "Knockout Night at the D" series, which aired on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center took place in 90 degree heat before a capacity crowd. The main event matched lightweights Demond "Body Shot" Brock (12-3-1, 4 KOs) against previously unbeaten Chuy "Hurrican" Gutierrez (14-1-1, 4 KOs). Brock won a hard fought ten-round decision. Brock, fighting out of New Orleans, learned to box in Louisiana State Penitentiary, where he served nearly 15 years, sentenced as an adult at 15 for armed robbery. The determined lightweight controlled the pace and consistently beat hometown favorite Gutierrez to the punch all night.
Rolando Garza W6 Erasmo "The Reckoning" Garcia ... In a battle of unbeaten junior middleweight, Mexico's invader Rolando "Rola" Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) defeated U.S. Marine Corps veteran Erasmo "The Reckoning" Garcia (5-1-1, 3 KOs). Garza, who was deducted a point for throwing a low blow in the fifth round, won a unanimous six-round decision. source for all results: DLVEC press release.
|Provodnikov admits Molina deserved to win|
John Molina outpunched Ruslan Provodnikov in an all-action fight on Saturday, relying on a sharp and steady jab. Molina captured a unanimous decision in a twelve-round junior welterweight bout that was held at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. The scorecards favired Molina by 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113. Although Provodnikov was the more popular boxer, and the favorite coming in, there was no controversy about the scoring. "Today the decision was the right one," Provnikov admitted. "Molina won the fight - he was better tonight. Everything was scored the way it should have been." Molina threw nearly 1,110 total punches, including 643 jabs compared to just 265 for Provodnikov, who failed to close the range on his bigger opponent. "We knew we had to outwork Provodnikov," said the 33-year-old Covina, Calif., native. "It was a fight that we needed. Ruslan Provodnikov is a very notable name. He's a tough, tough guy. He kept moving forward. People don't realize I had my amateur career in the pros, and now it's my time to step out and shine. I have a new trainer. Shadeed (Suluki) showed me how to throw punches and use my power. I think it (the scorecard) was self-explanatory. A fighter knows when they won a fight. I won that fight and it was going to be hard to take it away from me."
|Molina upsets Provodnikov, Ivan Montiel @ ringside|
John Molina, Jr. UD12 Ruslan Provodnikov… In Verona, New York’s Turning Stone Casino, John Molina, Jr. upset the more popular Ruslan Provodnikov in a bout that delivered non-stop action. The verdict was announced as a unanimous decision win for Molina by scores of 116-112, 117-111 and 115-113. Molina is now a solid contender for a 140-pound title shot. His record is 29-6, including wins over Provodnikov, Mickey Bey and Henry Lundy. Molina is also known for losses to Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse. Provdnikov continues to show that he is an exciting but limited fighter. The former WBO junior welterweight titlist from Siberia falls to 25-5. Click below for Boxingtalk’s round-round coverage from ringside:
|Andrade-Nelson: round by round, Ivan Montiel @ ringside|
Demetrius Andrade TKO12 Willie Nelson: Rhode Island's Demetrius "Boo-Boo" Andrade is a former WBO junior middleweight titleholder who lost his belt outside of the ring due to poor business deals. Still undefeated, Andrade returned to action in Verona, New York last night and dominated Willie Nelson for eleven one-sided rounds, and stopping Nelson in the twelfth. It was only Andrade's second fight since June 2014, but by beating the very respectable Nelson, Andrade showed he remains among the top 154-pounders in the world. Click below for a round-by-round recap of last night's action:
|Kucher retires Maccarinelli, by Scott Shaffer|
Dmytro Kucher KO1 Enzo Maccarinelli... Former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli retired from boxing after Dmytro Kucher knocked him out in London to win the vacant European 200-pound championship. The Ukrainian Kucher (23-1-1) claims the title vacated by Tony Bellew, who is now holds the WBC world title. Maccarinelli's trainer Gary Lockett threw in the towel just as the referee ended the fight. Maccarinelli hangs up the gloves after a fine 17-year pro career with a 41-8 record. His career highlights include a 2006-2008 reign as WBO cruiserweight champion that ended in a unification bout loss to David Haye. Cursed by a weak chin, Maccarinelli got one last big win in 2015, beating an aging all-time great, Roy Jones, Jr. Maccarinelli, who is from Wales, tweeted afterwards, "Sorry guys, felt OK in there then got tagged. Absolutely devastates I had to end my career like that." Boxingtalk wishes Maccarinelli well in all future endeavors. source: bbc
|Lomanchenko captures a world title in a second division, By G. Leon|
Vasyl Lomachenko TKO5 Rocky Martinez: Vasyl Lomachenko did what he usually does. He won every second of every round against now former WBO super featherweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez. Known as a pressure fighter, Martinez (29-3-3 with 17 KOs), was never the aggressor in the New York City bout. Lomachenko's footwork and combination punching were both brilliant (as usual) and Martinez's right hand was totally neutralized. In the fifth round, Lomachenko had Martinez on the ropes, where he landed a powerful left hook / right uppercut combination that sent Martinez to the canvas. The referee counted to five and didn't bother to finish because it was clear that Martinez was not going to beat the count. With the win Lomanchenko improves to 12-1 (he had six pro bouts under AIBA that aren't usually listed) and takes home the WBO super featherweight crown.
|Zlaticanin claims WBC lightweight title, ivan Montiel @ ringside|
Dean Zlaticanin TKO3 Franklin Mamani... The country if Montenegro has a world titles as Dejan Zlaticanin claimed the vacant WBC lightweight belt by stopping Franklin Mamani in Verona, New York. The belt was vacated when the WBC stripped Jorge Linares due to injury and demoted Linares to "champion in recess." Zlaticanin came out swinging and caught Mamani on the ropes in the first few seconds and began popping his jab to win round one. Franklin visited the canvas in round two, but the referee didn't count it as a knockdown. In round three, Zlaticanin began to pressure and land clean left hooks that stumbled Mamani, who went down, but once again, the ref didn't count it. Zlaticanin started throwing big left hooks that dropped Mamani. Soon afterwards, the referee stepped in, waving the fight off. Zlaticanin is now 22-0 and has fought tough competition all through his career. Mamani, a Bolivian who did not deserve this title shot, falls to 21-3-1.
Stivens Bujaj TKO1 Sergio Ramirez... On the same card, Albania's Stivens "Superman" Bujaj won a battle of undefeated cruiserweights with a first-round stoppage of Sergio Ramirez. Bujaj is now 16-0-1, while Ramirez heads back to Mexico at 11-1.
|Upset in Slovakia|
Giorgi Beroshvili TKO3 Tamas Kovacs... On Saturday night, June 11th, in Trencin, Slovakia, Georgian underdog Giorgi Beroshvili (27-11-2) stunned local favorite Tamas Kovacs (27-2) in a light heavyweight bout. Kovacs, cheered on by a nice crowd at the Sport Hall, won the first two rounds with superior boxing, and seemed to have the wild-swinging visitor under control, but in round three, it all went down hill when a big left hook from Beroshvili detonated on his chin. Kovacs was dropped hard, but made it to his feet before referee Tamas Sasvari reached the count of ten, and spit out his mouthpiece to gain more time. However, it was not enough, as Beroshvili had no intentions of letting his big chance pass him by and went for the finish. Beroshvili soon found the chin of Kovacs with another big left, sending him down again, and this time it was all over even though Kovacs gamely got up again, as the fight was waved off. Promoter was Profibox-Promotion. source: wbf press release
|Molina takes hard fought UD over Provodnikov, By G. Leon|
John Molina Jr UD12 Ruslan Provodnikov: As promised, John Molina Jr and Ruslan Provodnikov delivered non-stop action with heavy blows being thrown in high volume, at very close range. Molina was in control for most of the early action, but Provodnikov had more than his fair share of moments and began to take control in the middle rounds. With the fight seemingly up for grabs in the championship rounds, Molina maintained his composure and did enough to walk away with the hard fought unanimous decision victory. Official scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-113. Boxingtalk scored it 115-113 for Molina.
|Andrade stops Nelson in twelfth, By G. Leon|
Demetrius Andrade Willie Nelson: Former WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius "Boo-Boo" Andrade 22-0 (15) put the junior middleweight division on notice as he dominated Willie Nelson 25-2-1 (15) over eleven and half one sided rounds, and left no doubt that any ring rust is gone. Nelson was decked with a sweeping right hook two minutes into round one, but showed his usual heart and beat the count and made it out of the round. This was all Andrade all the time, save for a couple of power shots Nelson managed to land when he decided to abandon his peekaboo defense. Nelson was floored again by a right hook in the closing seconds of round eleven. Andrade wasn't content to win via shut out decision. He kept his foot on the gas and decked Nelson who again beat the count, but was dropped for a fourth and final time moments later causing the referee to mercifully call a halt to the action. Official time of stoppage was 1:38.
|Zlaticanin defeats Bolivian cop to become Monte Negro's first world champion, By G. Leon|
Dejan Zlaticanin TKO3 Franklin Mamani: Dejan Zlaticanin became the first champion in history of Monte Negro as he blasted an overmatched Franklin Mamani out inside of three rounds for the vacant WBC lightweight title. Zlaticanin started fast as he hurt Mamani early in the first round. Mamani did what little he could to fight on as long as possible, but in the middle of round three Mamani was badly hurt to where he couldn't recover even after getting a few extra seconds due to a slip. Zlaticanin, 18-0 (11), opened up with a barrage of power shots to the body, but mostly the head that forced referee Charlie Fitch to stop the bout. 18-0 (11) Official time of stoppage was :54
|Verdejo destroys Martinez in 5, By G. Leon|
Felix Verdejo TKO5 Juan Jose Martinez: Felix Verdejo improved to 22-0 (15) by stopping Juan Jose Martinez Alvarez over 5 heated, but mostly one sided rounds in front of packed house at Madison Square Garden. Verdejo hurt Martinez badly with his money punch right hand that sent Martinez into the ropes. Verdejo opened up and the fight was waved off. Official time of stoppage was 2:40
|Tonight: Maccarinelli seeks European crown|
Tonight, Enzo Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion, fights Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher for the vacant European cruiserweight chmpionship at the famous York Hall in London. Maccarinelli (41-7) is coming off a win over (faded) legend Roy Jones Jr. in December. Maccarinelli stopped Jones in round four. Kucher (23-1-1) was on a huge roll from 2009 through 2013, winning his firstr 21 pro fights against good opposition. Then his momentum slowed when he lost a majority decision to Ilunga Makabu. Last time out, Kucher battled Bilal Laggoune to a draw. The European title became vacated when Tony Bellew decided to seek the WBC title, and Bellew did in fact win the WBC title, stopping Makabu last month.
|Shawn Porter speaks on Thurman bout|
Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a Las Vegas media workout Wednesday in advance of his welterweight world title showdown against undefeated Keith Thurman on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on CBS and presented by Premier Boxing Champions with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
|Mares training camp quotables|
Press Release: Abner Mares, the former three-division title holder, will meet WBA regular featherweight champion Jesus Cuellar on Saturday, June 25th live on CBS presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Live coverage begins at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. Mares returns to the ring after a loss in one of 2015’s most-watched fights against WBA super champion Leo Santa Cruz.
|Showtime final presser quotables|
PRESS RELEASE: The six fighters, including main eventers Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov and John "The Gladiator" Molina, who will compete on this Saturday's SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), participated in the final press conference Thursday at Turning Stone Resort Casino here. Russia's Provodnikov(25-4, 18 KOs) and Molina (28-6, 23 KOs) of Covina, Calif., clash in an eagerly awaited matchup in the main event. Provodnikov, a former WBO Junior Welterweight World Champion, was involved in the Fight of the Year in 2013 with Tim Bradley; former world title challenger Molina was in the 2014 Fight of The Year with Lucas Matthysse. A can't-miss co-feature at Turning Stone Casino will match unbeaten former 154-pound world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), of Providence, R.I., against Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, in a 12-round WBC Super Welterweight Title Elimination bout. The telecast will begin with a 12-rounder for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship between undefeated No. 1 ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs), of the Southeastern European country of Montenegro, and Franklin Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs) of Bolivia.
|Keith Thurman: "I want to be the guy that brings boxing back"|
Press Release: WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman opened his training camp up to the media in St. Petersburg, FL as he prepares to defend his title against former IBF champion Shawn Porter on Saturday, June 25th in the main event of Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Borin and raised in the area, Thurman worked out at St. Pete Boxing Club along with longtime trainer Dan Birmingham as he prepared for his primetime battle against the strong and dangerous Porter. Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:
|Bounce TV's June 12th line-up announced|
Press Release: Dauren Yeleussinov (5-0, 4 KOs) of Kazakhstan battles New York's Devaun Lee (7-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout that highlights undercard action on Sunday, June 12th from the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL. The June 12th Bounce TV show will be headlined by a welterweight battle between Phil Lo Greco and Joseph Elegele. Televised coverage also features unbeaten Australian Steve Lovett against Craig Baker in a light heavyweight showdown. PBC - The Next Round will include several special tributes to Muhammad Ali throughout the telecast.
|Jack Asis to face Malcolm Klassen in South Africa|
Press Release: Jack Asis (35-18-5) will defend his IBO 130-pound title against South African Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2) in Johannesburg on the 29th of July. Klassen has won five in a row and twice held the IBF championship at 130 pounds, losing it for the second time to Robert Guerrero in 2009. Asis, a Filippino who now fights out of Toowoomba, Australia, said, "I'm excited about this opportunity. It's a very hard fight for me but I will try my best. This belt means so much to me and I'm very proud to defend it."
|Dominic Breazeale workout quotables|
Press Release: Heavyweight challenger and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) participated in an open media workout at Crossroads Boxing Gym in Ontario, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon ahead of his world title challenge against IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16KOs). Joshua-Brezeale is set for Saturday, June 25th at the O2 Arena in London, live in the United States on Showtime. Joining Breazeale at the media workout was his trainer Manny Robles. Here is what they had to say:
|Three-division champ Ioka books next title defense|
According to the WBA website, Japanese star Kazuto Ioka will defend his WBA flyweight title against Nicaragua's Keyvin Lara at Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan, on Wednesday, July 20th. What is interesting about this bout is that Lara started his career off 0-1-1 but is now 18-1-1 with 6 KOs. Fighting out of Osaka since 2009, the 27-year-old Ioka (19-1, 11 KOs) won his current title by beating Juan Carlos Reveco via majority decision last April. He successfully defended his belt five months later by beating Roberto Domingo Sosa via unanimous decision and three months after that by stopping Reveco via 11th-round TKO in a rematch. Never stopped, Ioka’s sole loss came in May 2014 when he tried for the IBF flyweight title, losing to Amnat Ruenroeng by split decision. Despite the defeat, Ioka is a three-division champ.
|Micki Nielsen ready for road fight in South Africa|
Press Release: Trainer Joey Gamache believes Micki Nielsen (21-0, 14 KOs) holds every advantage ahead of his "Super 4" cruiserweight showdown with Johnny Muller (19-6-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace Casino in Gauteng, South Africa. Gamache, a former two-division champion travelled to South Africa with Nielsen last week where they have been putting the finishing touches to their training, and with only days to go, Gamache insists they have had the perfect pre-fight preparations.
"We’ve been in South Africa for over a week now, which has given us plenty of time to adjust to altitude and our surroundings," said Gamache. "We had some tough sparring in Copenhagen and have been getting some great work here as well. It’s been a terrific camp, Micki is in great shape and he’s ready to get the job done."
Having taken time to study Nielsen’s opponent, Gamache is confident the 23 year-old can defeat Muller and progress to the final of the Super 4 tournament.
"I’ve been studying Muller and I’ve seen some things we can exploit and we’ve been working on that in the gym," he says. "Muller is a tough guy who comes to fight, but he has some holes in his in his defense. He’s there to be hit and he’s going to be hit, and when the bell rings he’ll find out what it’s like to be hit by a real cruiserweight.
"Muller is a good fighter, but Micki is going to be too big, too strong and too smart for him. I don’t think they realise how good Micki really is, but they will find on Saturday night He’s a special talent. He can punch but he can also box. He’s got a lot of tools to work with; he can hit you upstairs, downstairs, he’s got a good defense, a good jab. He’s a really well rounded fighter."
Fighting away from home holds no fears for Gamache, who believes his fighter will be able to handle the pressure of fighting on foreign soil. "A fight is a fight and Micki is not the type of guy who overthink things,’’ he says. ‘’Whether the fight is in South Africa, Denmark or Timbuktu, it doesn’t matter. We’re here to do a job, and Micki is focused on what he needs to do. I can see it in his work and in his attitude; he’s motivated. He wants to win this fight and he wants to win the tournament.’’
|HBO returns to Russia for Kovalev-Chilemba|
HBO Sports returns to Russia for the first time since 2013 to present world light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev's title defense against challenger Isaac Chilemba when the fight is presented in the United States on MONDAY, JULY 11 at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape-delayed) from the DIVS Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia, exclusively on HBO.
|Groves: I’ll send Murray into retirement|
Press Release: Britain's George Groves believes he will beat Martin Murray and send him into retirement when the pair clash in a WBA 168-pound eliminator at London's O2 Arena on June 25th, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Groves and Murray meet on a huge night of action and "Saint" George believes that with the stakes so high, their meeting could steal the show as both men look for a key win to land another world title shot. Murray has had four title shots – three at middleweight and one at super middleweight, while Groves has had three cracks at the big prize at 168.
|Cherry-Rhodes square off June 28|
Former title challenger Edner Cherry (34-7-2, 19 KOs) and quick-fisted contender Lydell Rhodes (23-1-1, 11 KOs) will compete in the 10-round lightweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on Tuesday, June 28 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features unbeaten featherweight Omar "Super O" Douglas (16-0, 11 KOs) battling hard-hitting Cuban Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado (19-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout. "I know Rhodes is a good fighter and I am preparing for a tough fight," said Cherry. "I am still pushing towards a world title. I learned that when you fight for a title, you have to knock out the champ. I'm not giving up. I'm still here and think this will be a great fight. This is what boxing needs, two great fighters going at it."
|Kimbo Slice dies suddenly, By Scott Shaffer|
Kimbo Slice, who parlayed his status as an underground street fighting legend into a career in mixed martial arts and boxing, has died in Florida. Circumstances of Slice's death have not yet been made public. Slice, whose real name was Kevin Ferguson, was listed as 42 years old but appeared to be several years older than that. No cause of death was listed, and CNN reports that the police will not be investigation. Slice was 7-0 as a boxer from 2011-2013 but fought a very low level of competition. He was much more popular in the world of MMA where fans are less sophisticated and more susceptible to promotional hype. Slice's last MMA fight came earlier this year against a man billed as Dada 5000. The bout was ruled a no contest after Slice tested positive for a banned substance.
|Sauerland: Barthelemy vacates IBF lightweight belt|
Press Release: Sauerland Event announced that Ghana's Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) will face Robert Easter, Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Comey was the mandatory challenger for Rances Barthlemey, who just defended the IBF lightweight title against Mickey Bey last Friday. Sauerland reports that Barthlemey has vacated the title rather than face Commey, so Commey will meet Easter, the next highest ranked contender, for the vacant belt. Both parties have agreed to the fight in writing and have until July 6th to come to an agreement before the IBF calls for purse bids.
|An inside look at Cuellar-Mares|
Press Release: On Saturday, June 25th, Boxing returns to CBS with a big show presented by Premier Boxing Champions at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The main event will be between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter for the WBA welterweight championship. But this article focuses on the co-feature bout between WBA regular titleholder Jesus Cuellar and his opponent Abner Mares, who jhas held titles in lower weight classes. Cuellar (28-1 with 21 KOs) is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He won the WBA interim title in 2013. He was elevated to regular champion in 2015 but the WBA recognizes Leo Santa Cruz as its super champion in the same weight class. Cuellar has made five successful defenses and is coming off a twelve-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Quendo in his last fight at Barclays Center. He’s won 11 straight, just one loss in 2011. Mares formerly held the following belts: WBC featherweight, WBC super bantamweight and IBF bantamweight. He is coming off a 2015 loss to Santa Cruz, but he has wins over Joseph Agbeko, Eric Morel, Anselmo Moreno, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Oquendo. Here is a question-and-answer session with Cuellar and Mares:
|Amir Khan launches pro boxing in Pakistan|
It may have only been 4:30 in the morning, but the heat was stifling as the Emirates A340-300, that carried the contingent of international boxers and officials from the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) that were to take part in a charity pro boxing event promoted by two Division World Champion Amir Khan just two days later, made it’s final approach into Karachi Quaid-E-Azam International Airport in Pakistan. The pugilists and officials on-board flight EK 0604 from Dubai last Tuesday couldn’t have had the slightest inkling of the reception they were going to receive, not just on arrival but also over the following three days, if they did they hid it well. As the group exited the plane and headed towards passport control along with their fellow passengers, a squad of security officers singled them out, and instead of joining the seemingly never ending conga of exhausted passengers, that were aimlessly shuffling between the rope barriers, they were lead to a security desk far removed from the passport control booths.
|Knockout at the D undercard announced|
Some of tomorrow's stars will be showcased this Friday night at the third installment of the "Knockout Night at the D" series, airing (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). An old-time grudge match between WBC United States (USNBC) lightweight champion Demond "Body Shot" Brock (11-3-1, 4 KOs) and former USNBC titlist Chuy "Hurrican" Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) headlines the card in the 10-round main event. The 35-year-old Brock, who fights out of Kenner, Louisiana, learned to box in the Louisiana State Penitentiary while he served a 14 ½-year sentence there for armed robbery. Gutierrez, a native of Mexico who fights out of Las Vegas, never lost his belt in the ring. The stage is set for this Las Vegas showdown, which is a crossroads fight in several ways with the winner climbing to the next level. The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions
|Murata to face Comanche boy on HBO PPV|
Press Release: On Saturday, July 23rd, Oklahoma’s “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 KOs) will make his Las Vegas debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Terrance Crawford - Viktor Postol HBO pay-per-view undercard. Comanche Boy will be fighting 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 Kos) of Tokyo in a ten-round middleweight bout. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. Since turning pro in 2013, Murata has fought an unusually high level of opposition for a prospect. His last fight was a fourth-round stoppage of Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2). Tahdooahnippah said, "I have long awaited to fight in Las Vegas. But this is far from a vacation. I am fighting a dangerous opponent with power and an Olympic gold medalist. His promoter, Top Rank has big plans for him. I am coming to shake up those plans and make Comanche Boy a house hold name."
|DiBella kicks off Foxwoods series|
DiBella Entertainment has promoted some of the biggest and most exciting boxing events at Foxwoods® Resort Casino in the last decade and now, the N.Y. based promotional company is proud to announce that it has partnered with Foxwoods to stage a summer boxing series. The series will kick off next month, on Thursday, June 30th, with a special edition New England Broadway Boxing, headlined by Connecticut's own undefeated, world-rated super bantamweight contender Luis Rosa (22-0, 10KO's). The series will follow up with its second installment on Thursday, July 21st. The summer series will close out with its final edition sometime in the second half of August.
|Exclusive Interview: Marvin Elkind, By Doveed Linder|
Since the mid 1960’s, 82-year-old Marvin Elkind was the driver for Muhammad Ali any time Ali visited Canada . The two formed a friendship over the years, which was still strong until Ali’s recent passing. Elkind has also been the driver for a number of other high profile boxers, as well as former Teamsters union boss James R. Hoffa. Elkind worked as a driver for decades, notably in organized crime circles, as is detailed in his book “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob”. This “double life” refers to the time throughout the 1980’s to the early 90’s when Elkind was as an informant for law enforcement. In this interview, Elkind discusses his friendship with Ali, among other friendships he has in the boxing world.
|Former 115 lb champ gets win over the weekend|
Cristian Mijares W12 Andrés Gutiérrez … Former 115-pound champion Cristian Mijares, now campaigning at 126 pounds, kept his career going with an important and significant victory, a majority decision over the previously undefeated Andrés “Jaguar” Gutiérrez. Fighting at featherweight in an all-Mexican bout held in Cancun, Mijares narrowly prevailed on the scorecards, with tallies of 114-114, 116-112 and 114-113. Mijares improved to 54-8-2. He won the WBC 115-pound title in 2007 and unified it with the WBA championship in 2008. Mijares lost the belts to Vic Darchinyan but regained the IBF version in 2010 and eventually vacated it to move up in weight. Gutierrez falls to 34-1-1. Source: wbc website
|Vargas-Salido fight to draw in instant classic|
Francisco Vargas D12 Orlando Salido: When the Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido fight announced, boxing fans were thrilled because they knew this match-up had the potential to be special. Vargas and Salido did not disappoint as they beat the hell out of each other for twelve brutal rounds in what has clearly become the fight of the year frontrunner for 2016. The fight was fought in a phone booth and both guys appeared to throw 1000 punches. Too often in boxing we see fights lacking action where each passing round becomes a carbon copy of the last. In this bout each passing round became a carbon copy of the last, but for all the right reasons. A very difficult fight to score with many close rounds, Salido kept the pressure on and Vargas consistently fought him off. Vargas had a nasty cut over his right eye that became a factor in the later rounds, but he continued to show the heart that earned him the WBC super featherweight championship. In the end, the bout was declared a majority draw with official scores of 115-113 Salido and 114-114 twice. Vargas retains his title with the draw but a rematch is in order. Boxingtalk sored the bout 114-114. Source: HBO
|Lopez gets questionable decision over Ramirez|
Abraham Lopez UD10 Julian Ramirez: Abraham Lopez took a questionable unanimous decision over Julian Ramirez in a battle of undefeated featherweights. Ramirez appeared to land the cleaner blows and was the more effective boxer. Lopez had his moments, but they were too few and far between to deserve a victory. The three judges saw the action differently however and scored the bout a ridiculous 97-93 twice and 98-92.Boxingtalk scored the bout 97-93 for Ramirez.
|Beterbiev returns with stoppage of Maderna|
As the world mourns the loss of Muhammad Ali, Saturday night's Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN and ESPN Deportes telecast began with a "Ceremonial 10-Count" in memory of "The Greatest" and continued to pay tribute to him throughout the telecast that was headlined by a light heavyweight bout between hard-hitting Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev against Argentina's Ezequiel Maderna. The 31-year-old Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs), who fights out of Montreal, returned to the ring after an almost year-long layoff following shoulder surgery. Now seven months removed from the procedure, Beterbiev looked sharp from the opening bell as he threw straight right hands and body shots effectively to start the fight.
|Perrella crushes Grayton in 2|
Rising welterweight star Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella of Fort Myers, FL put the welterweight division on notice by scoring a devastating second round stoppage of previously unbeaten Washington, DC native David “Day Day” Grayton Saturday, June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
|Boxingtalk looks back on the life of Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016, By Scott Shaffer|
The iconic Muhammad Ali, a former Olympic gold medalist, a three-time world heavyweight champion and a cultural revolutionary, has passed away due to respiratory complications from Parkinson's disease. Considered one of the top three or four greatest boxers of all time, Ali scored legendary victories over Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, and many, many others in a career that spanned from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Click below for a timeline of Ali’s life:
|President Obama and others pay tribute to Muhammad Ali|
President Barack Obama: Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d “handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.” But what made The Champ the greatest – what truly separated him from everyone else – is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing. Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.
|Rest in peace Muhammad Ali AKA The Greatest, By Scott Shaffer|
The iconic Muhammad Ali, a former Olympic gold medalist, a three-time world heavyweight champion and a cultural revolutionary, has passed away due to respiratory complications from Parkinson's disease. Considered as one of the top three or four greatest boxers of all time, Ali scored legendary victories over Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, and many, many others in a career that spanned from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Boxingtalk will post a fuller tribute to the "Greatest" later.
|Richard Abril impressive in return, Foreman comebacks with win|
On Friday night, DiBella Entertainment returned to Resorts World Casino New York City with another action-packed nine-bout card for the latest installment of its popular "Broadway Boxing" series, proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens.The evening concluded with a slugfest featuring female fighters Alicia Napoleon, 153½, of Lindenhurst, NY, and Latasha Burton, 162, of New Orleans, LA, facing off in a rematch scheduled for eight rounds. There were plenty of shifts in momentum with each taking control at times while dishing out heavy artillery. Napoleon began applying pressure from the outset but Burton soon found a home for her straight right counter. The Long Islander fought her way inside to land power shots in the second, but then Burton came back with her own in the third. A straight right stunned Burton in the next round, though she proved resilient to control the action in the fifth. Napoleon continued to stalk her foe and by the sixth, Burton was tiring. With Burton looking to clinch and slow down the pace, Napoleon sought openings on the inside. Intent on scoring a knockout, Napoleon stormed out of her corner in the eighth with an unrelenting attack of power shots resulting in a TKO stoppage at the 1:43 mark when several left hooks to the head were unanswered. Napoleon improved to 6-0 (5 KOs) and Burton is now 4-7. Having claimed the vacant WBC silver junior middleweight title in January, Napoleon is determined to secure a shot at a world title in the near future.
|Barthelemy takes split decision over Bey|
Undefeated lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) defeated former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey (22-2-1, 10 KOs) by split decision (117-110, 116-111, 110-117) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday night at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
|Sullivan Barrera changes trainers|
Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-1) has been back in the gym for several weeks as he eagerly awaits the phone call that will give him his next assignment. Barrera is looking to bounce back from his first career loss which took place in March against Andre Ward. There is no shame in losing to a top three pound-for-pound fighter and Barrera is ready for any of the top names in the division.
|Spike TV undercard results|
Emmanuel Rodriguez W10 Alberto Guevara... In the Spike-televised opener from Hollywood, Florida, Puerto Rican bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) beat Mexico's Alberto "Metro" Guevara (24-3, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision (99-91, 100-90, 99-91). Guevara's only previous losses were in world title fights against Shinsuke Yamanaka and Leo Santa Cruz. Rodriguez controlled the opening rounds with a variety of left hooks and overhand rights, backing Guevara up at will. "My strategy was to come in and attack him because he is not your typical Mexican-style fighter," said Rodriguez. An accidental head butt at the end of round four led to a cut that developed under the left eye of Guevara.
Caleb Plant KO4 Carlos Galvan... The second televised bout featured middleweight Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) getting a knockout victory over Colombia's Carlos Galvan (12-5-1, 11 KOs). Plant said his strategy entering the ring was, "To be sharp and slick tonight, stay relaxed and patient. I didn't want to force anything or leave myself out there too long." That's exactly what Plant did, ending the bout in the fourth with a blow to Galvan's solar plexus. A frustrated Galvan said, "He got a lucky shot, I threw a straight right and he slipped by it and landed a body shot to my liver so I wasn't able to continue with the fight after that." source for both results: Premier Boxing Champions press release
|Momani-Zlaticanin for vacant WBC lightweight strap|
WBC No. 5-ranked lightweight contender Franklin Mamani will face No. 1-ranked lightweight Dejan Zlaticanin for the vacant WBC 135-pound title on Saturday,June 11, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs), who is the leading available contender in the WBC rankings, replaces the injured Emiliano Marsili, who pulled out of the fight on Tuesday with an illness.
|Exclusive Interview: James Akhir Fisher, By Doveed Linder|
English “Bouie” Fisher was a legendary trainer out of Philadelphia , who is best known as the longtime trainer of Bernard Hopkins. Having passed away in 2011, Fisher left behind a legacy as one of the top trainers in the sport. But those who knew Fisher will tell you that while he was a master trainer, he was an even better human being. In this interview, one of Fisher’s sons, James Akhir Fisher, talks about his father’s background in boxing, the early years with Hopkins, and more.
|Q&A With Rocky Martinez|
ROCKY MARTINEZ: I think Vasyl Lomachenko on June 11th in Madison Square Garden in New York City is a great fight for me. Many people don’t believe that I can beat this guy but I feel that I am the man in this fight. I am the stronger guy and have the experience and I prepare myself very well physically and mentally and I am ready for this fight.
|Weights from Hollywood, Florida|
Rances Barthelemy 134.6 - Mickey Bey 134.2
(IBF Lightweight championship)
Caleb Plant 163.8 - Carlos Galvan 162.4
Emmanuel Ridriguez 119.4 - Alberto Guevara 119.8
Gervonta Davis 135.6 - Mario Macias Rorozco 132.8
Steve Geffard 177.2 - Samuel Miller 181.6
Dyah Davis 172.8 - Leosvy Mayedo 175.8
Courtney Jackson 141.8 - Anthony Woods 142.6
Dat Nguyen 128.6 - Jesus Lule 130.2
Antonio Williams 127.8 - Hector Fernandez 128.6
LaTondria Jones 155 - Latoya Burton 151.2
|Derrick Webster looking to bounce back|
THIS Saturday night June 4th, a brand new boxing series will be launched as D and D Promotions presents its inaugural "Rumble at the Rink" Boxing series that will take place at The Grundy Arena in Bristol, Pa. Scheduled to appear in the eight-round main event will be super middleweight Derrick Webster taking on Lenwood Dozier (9-10-2, 4 KO's) Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 19-1 with 10 knockouts and will be looking to get back in the win column after an eleven-month layoff. Webster won his first nineteen bouts, which was highlighted by a 22-second knockout over 23-1 Obodai Sai. He is coming off his first professional blemish when he lost a unanimous decision to undefeated Arif Magomedov on July 17, 2015. Webster has been keeping busy since the loss as he appeared in the critically acclaimed "Creed" movie and is he got a co-starring role in the yet-to-be-released film "Bad Boxer."
|Dat Nguyen returns tomorrow night|
Tonight at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, Rances Barthelemy will defend his IBF Lightweight championship against former champion Mickey Bey. That fight will headline a card that will be live on SPIKE at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT In an undercard bout, featherweight Dat Nguyen (18-3, 6 KO's) will make his second start in under a month when he takes on Jesus Lule (8-17-1, 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for six-rounds. Nguyen is promoted by King's Promotions. At Thursday's weigh in, Nguyen checked in at 128.6 lbs. while Lule was 130.2 Nguyen of Vero Beach, Florida is coming right back into action after a six-round unanimous decision over Gustavo Molina on May 8th in Lakeland, Florida. Nguyen won for the first time in almost seven years and he is now looking towards a run in the featherweight division. "Everything is good. After the last fight, I went right back into training,"said Nguyen. Nguyen admits that he wanted to make up for lost time in the fight against Molina, and despite the win, he was not totally happy with his performance. "I was trying too hard to make a big impression. I was trying too hard for the knockout plus Molina was durable, but I won all the rounds and I felt good in the ring." After not having his hand raised for so long, Nguyen has a lot of confidence as he moves forward.
"It is good to have that winning feeling again. In this fight, I am looking to establish the jab. I have been training with Nelson Lopez, and it is going really well. This is the first time that I have trained away from my home in Vero Beach as I am in Pahokee, Florida. I just want to thank my fans for all the support. I am expecting to put on a good show and the fans know that there is never a dull moment in my fights.
|Mijares in action this weekend|
Famed promoter Pepe Gomez has partnered with Neon Star Media to bring its monthly "Cancun Boxing" series to CBS Sports Network. The first event, "Knockout's On Fire," will take place this Saturday night (June 4) from Grand Oasis Cancun the Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. Cancun`s ONLY Ultimate All-Inclusive Entertainment Resort will play host to all events in the series. "Cancun Boxing" is presented by Pepe Gomez Boxing.
|Showtime conference call highlights|
Ruslan "The Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov and John "The Gladiator" Molina Jr., along with Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade and Willie "The Great" Nelson, hosted an International Media Conference Call on Tuesday in advance of their highly anticipated battles as part of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
|Oscar Rivas in action on Beterbiev undercard|
Heavyweight contender Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Jamontay "Quiet Assassin" Clark (9-0, 6 KOs) will enter the ring in separate bouts that highlight undercard action on Saturday, June 4 from the Bell Center in Montreal. Rivas will take on Jeremy "The Beast" Bates (26-17-1, 22 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight attraction while Clark faces Mexico's Edgar "Nene" Ortega (16-5, 10 KOs) in an eight-round super welterweight contest
|Vasyl Lomachenko conference call transcript|
Vasyl, do you feel any pressure going into this fight? VASYL LOMACHENKO: I don’t have fresh pressures but of course I think about it. I wanted this fight and I am taking it very seriously. I want to do everything right from the beginning. I don’t want to put something like in a blueprint what happened with Salido.
|Saturday's HITM card postponed|
This Saturday's boxing card promoted by HITM Promotions at Toms River East High School is postponed until later in the Summer. All fans who bough tickets can get a refund at their point of purchase. A new date will be announced shortly.
Lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy and former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey went face to face for the first time Wednesday as they participated in the final press conference and media workouts for Premier Boxing Champions on Spike this Friday, June 3 from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida. Action begins on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and features exciting bantamweight prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez taking on former title challenger Alberto Guevara in a 10-round bout. Also in attendance Wednesday and competing on the undercard is undefeated Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant, who battles Carlos Galvan on Friday night.
|Stefon McCray headlines Maryland card|
Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions returns to Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen, Burnie MD for another action packed card Thursday, June 16.Tickets purchased in advance start at $25, reserved seats are available for $35, reserved tables for ten are $350, $50 VIP seats and $500 VIP tables for 10 are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or logging onto Baltimoreboxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first fight starts at 8. All ticket holders 21 years and older are invited to the official after party at Ferndale Tavern at 7215 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd in Glen Burnie. In association with this exciting evening of action, Baltimore Boxing is teaming up with Baltimore-based nonprofit Unified Efforts. Founded by former Baltimore detective Debbie Ramsey four years ago, Unified Efforts is a full-service bullying prevention organization. On the 16th, Unified Efforts will speak to the crowd about anti bullying, pass out pamphlets and run a special 50/50 raffle. Their mascot, “Humble the Bee”, will also be on hand to promote the cause.
|Spike card set for June 3|
Press Release: Puerto Rican bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) will battle Mexico’s Alberto "Metro" Guevara (24-2, 9 KOs) in a ten rounder on Spike, to be aired on Friday, June 3rd from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The undercard will feature Gervonta "The One" Davis (15-0, 14 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight showdown with Mexico's Mario Macias (28-18, 14 KOs) and Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (12-0, 9 KOs) against Colombia's Carlos Galvan (12-4-1, 11 KOs) in a middleweight bout. At just 23 years-old, Rodriguez turned pro in 2012. He made his U.S. debut in November by stopping Eliecer Aquino after previously taking down Gabor Molnar, Luis Hinojosa and Alex Rangel in 2015. The 25 year-old Guevara failed in challenges for world titles against Leo Santa Cruz and Shinsuke Yamanaka but has won six fights in a row.
|Burns claims third world title|
Ricky Burns TKO8 Michele Di Rocco… Ricky Burns (40-5) wrote his name into the Scottish boxing history books when he stopped Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1) in eight rounds to and the vacant WBA 140-pound title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday night. On paper, Burns is now a three-division world titlist, though his titles should be considered extremely watered down. Burns’ first title win was his best, a 2010 upset of Roman Martinez to take the WBO 130-pound crown. Martinez has since regained that title and had a world-class career. After that, Burns’ titles get sketchy. Burns beat Michael Katsidis in 2011 for the vacant WBO interim lightweight belt and then was handed the WBO title when Juan Manuel Marquez moved up in weight. The win over DiRocco brought him a WBA 140-pound title that was stripped from Adrien Bronber for failure to make weight.
|Nietes posts very big win|
Donnie Nietes TKO5 Raul Garcia Hirales …Donnie Nietes (38-1-4) retained the WBO 108-pound championship when Mexico’s Raul Garcia Hirales quit on his stool after five rounds. The bout was held in Nietes’ home nation, the Philippines. The win was notable because Garcia (38-4-1) is a former WBO and IBF 105-pound champion who had never been stopped in 42 previous pro bouts. Garcia became the Filipino’s fifteenth Mexican victim, twin brother Ramon Garcia Hirales who lost to Nietes at the same venue in 2011.
Nietes, who also held the WBO title at 105 pounds, dropped Garcia twice in the third round, first with a left straight to the head followed by another left to the body. Garcia was up in no time only to be sent down anew with a right to the body. “I knew I had him from the first round,” said Nietes in Filipino. “I found no need to hurry up as his body is already hurting. Unable to withstand Nietes’ barrage and pinpoint punches, Garcia did not answer the sixth round bell. The 34-year-old Nietes is the longest reigning Filipino world champion, with his two-division reign spanning eight years. Source: wbo website