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|Vargas-Salido undercard announced|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions has announced the June 4th undercard for the Carson, California show headlined by the Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido WBC 130-pound title fight. Headlining the Ring TV Live stream and the international broadcast will be Creed film star "King" Gabriel Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia against Mexico’s Antonio Gutierrez (20-1-1, 9 KOs) in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico ten-round middleweight showdown. Also featured on the live stream, Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez (13-0, 12 KOs) of Buena Park, Calif. will face Jhon "Baki The Disaster" Gemino (12-6-1, 5 KOs) in an eight-round 130-pound fight, and Los Angeles fan favorite Nick Arce (7-0, 6 KOs) will take on Francisco Dominguez (8-9, 2 KOs) of Mexico in a six-round 130-pound bout. Opening up the live stream, East Los Angeles native Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (5-0, 4 KOs) will take on Texas' Marc Torres in a six-round 140-pound battle.
|Miguel Vazquez moves up to welterweight this weekend|
Press Release: Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez (35-5) is a former IBF 135-pound champ who has lost two of his last three bouts following a 13-fight winning streak. Now, he is making the leap to 144 pounds for Saturday’s fight against Erick Bone (16-3) in San Antonio, Texas. The bout will be the headliner of a Premier Boxing Champions card on Fox Sports 1. The ten-round bout will mark the first time Vazquez will fight at or above that limit since weighing 148¼ pounds in June 2008, when he lost a ten-round unanimous decision to future two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
|Stephen Smith hopes to bounce back after loss|
British 130-pounder Stephen Smith (23-2) says he wants to land a second world title shot in 2016 – and to get there, he first has to beat Daniel Brizuela (28-5-2) at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Sunday May 29, live on Sky Sports. Smith is straight back into action after challenging Jose Pedraza for the IBF strap in Connecticut in April, with his challenge against the classy Puerto Rican ending in a points loss.“Swifty” believes he’s a better fighter after the experience of his first title shot, and the 30 year-old wants to jump straight back in and believes a good win over the Argentine will underline his credentials.
|Seldin-Selig headlines Rockin Fights 24|
Undefeated, WBC Silver International Champion and WBC World #6th ranked Jr. Welterweight contender Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (18-0 15KO Long Island, NY), will take on Mexican brawler Jesus Selig (19-3-1 12KO Douglas, AZ) Friday night, June 17th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY in a 10 round Jr. Welterweight contest as part of Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's popular fight series "Rockin Fights".
|Erislandy Lara talks about his future plans|
WBA and IBO Super-Welterweight Champion, Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (23-2-2, 13 KOs) is focused on breaking the record for most consecutive world title defenses at 154-pounds if he can't land a big fight. The record, which was set by Gianfranco Rosi with 11 defenses of the IBF title, has stood strong since January of 1993. If potential showdowns at middleweight with champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin or a rematch with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez can't come to fruition, then Lara will happily defend his titles with honor.
|Linares to remain with Golden Boy/Teiken tandem|
Press Release: Unbeaten since 2012, WBC lightweight title holder Jorge "El Niño De Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs) will continue as a member of the Golden Boy Promotions roster, retaining the Los Angeles-based company founded by Oscar De La Hoya as his United States promoter. The multi-year contract will continue to recognize Linares' relationship with co-promoter, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, with both companies teaming up to promote Linares. "Golden Boy Promotions is an elite promoter and they have treated me well over the years, so there was no question that I was going to re-sign with them," said Linares. "We've still got work to do in this sport, and I'm confident that we will achieve more great moments together in the future."
|Barthelemy-Bey discuss training camp and much more|
Lightweight world champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy and former world champion Mickey "The Spirit" Bey are deep into training camp and closing in on their main event battle on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Friday, June 3 from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida Both fighters have been training in Las Vegas before they head to southern Florida for their world title battle. Barthelemy trains with Ismael Salas at the Salas Boxing Academy while Bey works with his longtime trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. at the Mayweather Boxing Club
|Davila set to make debut|
This Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, 2016 Olympic Alternate, LeRoy Davila will make his professional debut when he takes on Dominic Whitehurst in a Bantamweight bout schedule for four rounds. Davila is signed to GH3 Promotions, with the card being promoted by Rising Promotions. Davila is managed by Pete Festa. Davila, 27 years-old of New Brunswick, New Jersey is coming off a amateur career that saw him go 47-13 and ony to lose to Nico Hernandez in the finals of the United States Olympic Qualifier at 108 pounds.
|SMS bankruptcy bounced from Connecticut court, By Scott Shaffer|
SMS Promotions, the boxing promotional company formed by hip-hop star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson saw its bankruptcy petition dismissed by Connecticut bankruptcy court. The court threw SMS’ case out of court because the company failed to submit a restructuring plan within the time required by the court rules. SMS’ attorneys did not object to the move. Attorneys for the company previously stated that the two boxers who were causing difficulties, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ryan Martin, had reached deals with SMS. However, there are still other creditors involved, and having the case dismissed means that the Court will not protect SMS from those claims. 50 Cent also filed for personal bankruptcy in 2015, claiming at the time that he had assets worth $10 million but liabilities worth $50 million.
|Caleb Plant expects to see some fireworks|
Nashville's unbeaten middleweight prospect, Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (12-0, 9 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring on June 3, 2016 against Colombia's Carlos Galvan (12-4-1, 2 KOs). The scheduled 8-round bout will be televised on the undercard of Barthelemy vs. Bey at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike TV goes live at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In his last bout on January, 22 of this year, Plant dominated his opponent, winning by way of a 6th-round TKO. He'll look to continue his winning ways on June, 3rd.
|Another trio of DBE prospects delivers|
It was another clean sweep for a trio of DiBella Entertainment prospects as Abel Ramos, Jonathan Alonso and Brandon Williams all picked up impressive victories over the weekend. Fighting for the second time in just three weeks, Ramos (16-1-2, 11KO's), headlining in front of his hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ, put on a scintillating performance, scoring a devastating fifth-round TKO over the previously undefeated Dario Ferman (13-1, 10KO's). The 24-year-old Ramos, who was a sensational amateur, has scored back-to-back knockout victories since suffering the lone defeat of his professional career to red-hot and undefeated prospect Regis Prograis last December on ShoBox. Ramos plans to keep a very busy 2016 to establish himself as a force in the loaded 140lb. division.
|Two former world champions in action on next Broadway Boxing|
On Friday, June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, with an exciting 10-bout card presented by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing, sponsored by Nissan of Queens. Featured on the card, in separate bouts, will be former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman. Abril (19-3-1, 8KO's), making his much anticipated return and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) debut, will take on the always-tough Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6KO's) in a 10-round junior welterweight showdown. Foreman (33-2, 9KO's), fighting for the first time in 2016, is set to take on Jason Davis, of Vancouver, WA, in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup.
|Makabu-Bellew set for vacant WBC cruiserweight title|
Press Release: Ilunga Makabu (19-1) has told Tony Bellew (26-2-1) that he’ll turn his dream into a nightmare when they clash in Liverpool, England for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title on Sunday May 29th, live on Sky Sports. The title became vacant when the oft-injured champion, Grigory Drozd, was named champion-in-recess while recovering from injuries. The South African Makabu lost his pro debut but has won every fight since then, going the distance only once. The 29 year old says he will silence the hometown support and make Bellew his latest KO victim.
|Maurice Watkins training heavyweight Justin Jones|
Press Release: Given the size of his dreams, the pairing of the undefeated Houston heavyweight Justin "Jawbreaker" Jones (18-0-1, 11 KOs) and Texas boxing legend Maurice "Termite" Watkins is ideal. When you're an unknown fighter looking to break into boxing’s big time, who better to have as your trainer than a man known for working fistic miracles? "Termite has me doing things I have never done before," said Jones. "He's a work-ethic guy. He makes me throw a lot of punches and wants me busy all the time. He wants me to throw 250 punches, per round, on the bag. That's unheard of for a heavyweight. He makes me push myself you know? I really think I'm going to break a CompuBox record someday."bA well-respected trainer and former fighter, Watkins retired in 1990 with a record of 61-5-2, 41 KOs. He challenged for the WBC 140-pound title in 1980, losing a 15-round decision to Saoul Mamby. But he is probably known best for a different pair of achievements.
|Holden looks to ramp up promotional activity|
Press Release: Promoter Tony Holden is searching the globe for prospects he hopes can develop into world champions. Currently, Holden’s company Holden Productions promotes five local boxers known as the “Four State Franchise” and they routinely sell out the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. The members of the “Four State Franchise” are unbeaten heavyweights Trey Lippe-Morrison and his step brother Kenzie Witt along with undefeated junior middleweight Jarrett Rouse and the Cook Brothers, Dillon and Jesse. Holden also promoted a number of big name fighters in the past including former WBO heavyweight titleholder Tommy Morrison, world featherweight champion Naseem Hamed, multi-division champion Johnny Tapia plus world-class boxers Joe Mesi, Allan Green and Zahir Raheem.
|Shelestyuk reaches 14-0|
Taras Shelestyuk TKO2 Erick Martinez…On Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner, Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk, stopped Erick Martinez after two rounds in the welterweight division. Martinez did not come out after the third round. With the win, the Ukrainian Shelestyuk raises his professional record to 14-0 with 9 KOs. Martinez, from Mexico, is now 11-5-1 with all five losses coming in his last five fights. "This was a very good win for Taras. We are now looking to move him to a more meaningful fight in August," said Shelestyuk’s co-promoter, Arthur Pelullo. "Taras delivered a noteworthy performance that will no doubt lead to bigger fights down the road," said co-promoter Ken Thompson, who launched Thompson Boxing Promotions sixteen years ago this month. "Taras is seen as an emerging talent. The impressive knockout win will certainly raise his national profile." Source: banner promotions
|Top Rank results from Laredo, TX, By Christian Schmidt|
The Laredo Energy Arena had a packed house as boxing fans were able to witness a card put together by Top Rank that aired on Unimas. Here are the results: Local product Joshua Juarez(1-0) made his professional debut a successful one as he scored a second round TKO over Derrick Beriot(0-2) of Houston, TX. In the second bout, Houston's Arturo Marquez Jr.(2-0), son of former IBF light middleweight champion Raul Marquez was victorious in his second professional bout by defeating Jesus Rodriguez(0-2) of Brownsville, TX. Marquez scored a knock down with a flurry of punches to his opponent's head in the first round. Referee Jon Schorle halted the bout at 1:57 of the second round when Rodriguez did not appear to show any signs of offense.
|Ledbedev unifies WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles|
Dennis Lebedev TKO2 Victor Emilio Ramirez … Saturday night at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia, hard-punching Dennis Lebedev (29-1, 22 KOs), the 36-year-old southpaw from Chekhov, Russia, iced IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-3-1, 17 KOs), from Buenos Aires, Argentina, in two rounds. The win allowed Lebedev to add the IBF 200-pound title to the WBA super championship he already owns. In round two, Lebedev landed a hook that dazed Ramirez. Lebedev jumped on him and landed punches until Ramirez fell. The Argentinean beat the count but was defenseless and soon found himself eating shots along the ropes. Referee Steve Smoger had seen enough and waved it off at 1:57. Source: wba website
|Haye and Briggs on collison course for September|
David Haye TKO2 Arnold Gjergjaj … Former world cruiserweight champion and WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye got an easy win in London yesterday, setting up a fall showdown with former WBO heavyweight titlist Shannon Briggs of the United States. Last night, Have (28-2) rang up a second-round stoppage over previously undefeated, but little-known Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1). Haye, 35, dropped Gjergjaj three times before the bout was called off. Now 2-0 on hos comeback after more than three years away from boxing, Haye indicated that Haye-Briggs will take place in September.
Shannon Briggs KO1 Emilio E. Zarate… On the same show, the 44 year-old Briggs improved to 60-6-1 with a first-round tune-up win over weak opposition, Emilio Ezequiel Zarate of Argentina. Zarate is now 20-17-3 with nothing resembling a competitive win in a few years. After stopping Zarate with a body punch, appears that Briggs has talked his way into a big fight. Source for both results: bbc
|Results from South Korea|
Hyun-Mi Choi W10 Unathi Myekeni … In Jinju, South Korea womens’ star Hyun-Mi Choi won a clear unanimous decision Unathi Myekeni from South Africa in a 130-pound bout. The reigning WBA and now WBF champion, Choi took charge from the beginning and continuously threw hard combinations at her foe, looking for the knockout, but Myekeni was very resilient and never gave up on her chance to win the fight. After ten rounds of boxing, the judges scored scored it 98-93, 99-92 and 100-91 respectively for Choi, who improved her professional record to 13-0-1. Myekeni falls to 10-3-1.
Moon Chul Suh TKO2 Anukul Promkamsaw … Also in Jinju, South Korea’s Moon Chul Suh destroyed southpaw Anukul Promkamsaw in a 122-pound bout. While the first round was fairly quiet and even, Suh came out aggressively in the second and floored Promkamsaw three times to force the stoppage. Suh improved his rather misleading record to 9-7-3, while Promkamsaw drops to 15-9. Source for both results: wbf press release
|Lara outboxes Matirosyan for UD, By G. Leon|
Erislandy Lara UD12 Vanes Matirosyan: As expected, round one was a tactical feeling out process. Matirosyan was able to find the mark with his right hand, the most meaningful scoring blows of the opening frame. Lara's counter punches were the difference in round two. Not only did he land the cleanest punches of the round, he acutally outworked the challenger. Round three saw Matirosyan come out determined to work the body as landed several thudding left hooks to Lara's midsection. Lara, who suffered a hematoma following a clash of heads, had his moments, but it was clearly a Matirosyan round. The fourth round was a snoozer. Matirosyan landed a couple of borderline low blows that went uncalled by referee Vic Drakulich. Lara had a solid fifth round. He kept Matirosyan off balance and made him reach with a few of his missed power shots. Lara's countering appeared to make Matirosyan reluctacnt to punch. That changed in round six when Matirosyan came out like a man on fire for the first thirty seconds of the round. Lara landed a couple of counter lefts that backed Matirosyan off. Matirosyan's right eye is badly swollen and his workrate has once again slowed. Lara landed a few more counter punches and the round could go either way. Matirosyan again started fast in round 7. He again threw more punches, but he was once again the receipient of more punches than he was able to land. Lara and Matirosyan can't help but give us difficult fights to score. Round 8 was Gatti-Ward compared to the first seven rounds. Both fighters opened up and punched in combination, Boxingtalk saw Lara land the cleaner punches but it was another difficult round to score. Lara was dominant in round nine. Matirosyan threw more punches, but Lara's left hand couldn't miss. The tenth round followed the pattern of the fight. Vanes started fast, Lara began to counter and then it became a nip and tuck affair in another tough round to score. Matirosyan came out fast again but lost a point when he landed a shot on Lara's belt that was ruled as at least his third low blow of the fight. If this was a 10-8 round for Lara it likely determined the outcome of the fight. Matirosyan took round twelve as Lara was content to cover up and cruise to his deserved victory. Boxingtalk scored it 115-112. Official scores were 115-112, 116-111 twice. With the win, Lara retains his WBA and IBO world titles. Source: Showtime.
|Hernandez shocks Magomedov|
Determined Phoenix middleweight Andrew "Hurricane" Hernandez shocked heavy favorite Arif "The Pedator" Magomedov in tonight's main event on the "Knockout Night at the D" card, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue. The "Knockout Night at the D" series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Tonight's event was promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.
|Shumenov stops Wright in tenth|
World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 10 KOs) stopped No. 11-rated Junior "Hurricane" Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 10th round tonight at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Shumenov, a former WBA light heavyweight world champion, is first two-division world champion from a Soviet-bloc country. The native of Kazakhstan, fighting out of Las Vegas, also earned the right to challenge unified WBA Super/ International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KOs) within 120 days, as mandated by the WBA.
|Charlo wins close fight over Trout, says he will stay at 154, By G. Leon|
Jermall Charlo UD12 Austin Trout: After a tactical first round that could have gone either way, IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo controlled the majority of the action for the first half of the bout. Charlo, 24-0 (18), looked much bigger than Trout and he used his power to keep Trout at bay, but the former world champion refused to succomb to the pressure. From round seven on Trout found his rhythm and appeared to figure Charlo out. He was effective at scoring and getting away from Charlo's counters. There were a couple of swing rounds and in a fight this close that is ultimately what determined the outcome. Official scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112. Boxingtalk scored it a draw. After the bout Charlo said that he will continue to campaign as a junior middleweight. Source: Showtime
|Charlo stops Jackson in 8, By G. Leon|
Jermell Charlo TKO8 John Jackson: After seven hotly contested rounds that saw Jermell Charlo abandon his boxing skills and John Jackson boxing with purpose, Jermell Charlo landed a thudding right hand that appeared to put John Jackson to sleep standing up. Charlo landed two follow up hooks that slumped Jackson into the corner forcing referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout without a count. With the win, Charlo improved to 28-0 (13), captured the vacant WBC super welterweight title and made history. The Charlo's are now the first twins to hold titles simultaneously in the same weight class. Official time of stoppage was :51. Source: Showtime
|Abraham returns on July 16|
Press Release: Just three motnhs after losing his WBO 168-pound title Gilberto Ramirez, Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) will face Norway’s Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-1, 8 KOs) on July 16th at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. Abraham returns for the first time following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez, and the former three-time World Champion is eager to get back on the World title trail starting with a victory against the 23 year-old Norwegian. Abraham-Lihaug will provide the chief support for Tyron Zeuge’s challenge of Giovanni De Carolis for the WBA regular title at 168 pounds.
|Mussachio books comeback fight for next week|
Press Release: On Friday night, May 27th, boxing kicks off the holiday weekend at The Claridge in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main event will be an all-New Jersey affair, as Isiah Seldon (8-1) will take on Eddie Edmond (4-4-2) in a super middleweight bout scheduled for six rounds. In a six-round co-feature, one of the most popular fighters from the shore area, light heavyweight Chuck Mussachio will be back in the ring after a 39-month layoff when he takes on Willis Lockett (14-16-5 with 5 KOs) in a rematch of a bout that that ended in a draw on September 19, 2008. Mussachio of Wildwood, New Jersey (18-3-2 with 5 KOs) will be marking his ring return in a familiar town where he has performed 17 times.
|Coca-Cola employee gets televised Main Event in Niagra Falls|
Press Release: Topeka, Kansas heavyweight Nick "Two Gunz" Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) is taking a realistic approach to facing Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. "I'm coming there to win, definitely," said Guivas, "and I know I'm a lot smaller than him, but I think I can move around and stay away from his punches. He's a very heavy hitter, so I'm going to move and box him and see what the outcome is. I'm going to give this guy everything I've got. And I know he's coming to fight too, so at the end of the fight, may the best man get their hand raised." The two power-punching heavies will meet in the main event on a CBS Sports Network show. In the ten-round lightweight semi-final, Filipino hopeful Harmonito "El Huracan de Gensan" Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his American debut against Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.
|WBA downgrades Dorticos-Kalemba to interim title bout at last minute, By Scott Shaffer|
The WBA has granted an appeal filed by Beibut Shumenov and has structured their three-tier championship system as follows in the cruiserweight division: When WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev fights IBF champion Victor Ramirez, the WBA will recognize the winner as super champion; current interim titlist Beibut Shumenov will become the immediate mandatory challenger to the Lebedev-Ramirez winner (or to Lebedev if Lebedev-Ramirez is a draw); Shumenov can apply to fight in anon-title bout while he waits for his mandatory defense; and the winner of tomorrow’s fight between Yunier Dorticos and Youri Kalenga will be the new interim titlist, even though the WBA previously sanctioned the fight, and fans were sold tickets as if Dorticos-Kalenga was a world title fight. Presumably this means Shumenov has been stripped of his interim title, although who really knows with the WBA?
|Alvarez-Golovkin jockeying continues, By Scott Shaffer|
The two best middleweights in the world, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin continued to jockey for position as the public demands they fight each other to determine supremacy in the 160-pound division, in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings, and perhaps most importantly, as a pay-per-view attraction. Both men publicly proclaim a willingness to fight each other, but ironing out the finances and other arrangements has so far been insurmountable. With the WBC threatening a purse bid at a split that Alvarez believces is unfavorable to him, Alvarez decided to relinquish the WBC title rather than submit to WBC rules. The relinquishment, however, came with a public declaration that he still wants to fight Golovkin. Thus, Alvarez’s move is either a tactic designed to achieve leverage over Golovkin in negotiations (“fight my on my terms or no fight”) or an orchestrated duck of a dangerous opponent by the sport’s most popular active boxer. The WBC reacted to the news by immediately recognizing Golovkin as its titleholder, giving Golovkin three of the four major belts (he already has the IBF title and WBA super championship). Purists consider Alvarez the true world champion because he beat Miguel Cotto in 2015, who beat Sergio Martinez in 2014, who beat Kelly Pavlik in 2010, who beat Jermain Taylor in 2007, who beat Bernard Hopkins in 2005, after Hopkins unified all four middleweight titles in 2004
|Showtime triple header presser quotables|
The six elite 154-pound fighters competing on Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. In attendance Thursday and headlining the event were WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy Lara and top contender Vanes Martirosyan. Televised coverage begins live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and features IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo taking on former champion Austin Trout plus undefeated challenger Jermell Charlo battling hard-hitting John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title.
|Stacked OFF tv undercard at Cosmo!|
Cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) will battle once-beaten Junior Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) and top contender B.J. Flores takes on Mexico’s Roberto Santos (12-3, 5 KOs) in a pair of bouts that highlight undercard action on Saturday, May 21 from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The May 21 event features SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a tripleheader of 154-pound world title fights. The main event sees a rematch between WBA champion Erislandy Lara and U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan plus IBF champion Jermall Charlo battling former champion Austin Trout and unbeaten contender Jermell Charlo facing top contender John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight world title.
|Beterbiev to face Maderna on ESPN|
Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will battle veteran Argentine Olympian Ezequiel Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) in a 12-round showdown that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Saturday, June 4 from Bell Center in Montreal.
|Webster set for ring return|
The wait is finally over for fans of super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (19-1, 10 KOs), who will make his long awaited return to the ring on Saturday, June 4th, facing Thomas Awinbono (25-4-1, 21 KOs) of Ghana at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The main event bout is also slated for the American Boxing Association (ABA) Super Middleweight championship, with the card being presented by D & D Promotions.
|Heredia looking to pull upset|
Mexico's Mario Heredia was denied a chance to prove that he is a top heavyweight contender when an injury forced him to withdraw from the 2015 Boxcino Heavyweight tournament Heredia (11-1, 9 KOs, 1-2, 1 KO in WSB), of Merida, Mexico, will now get that opportunity when he takes on the Boxcino champion, Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KO's) live on SHO EXTREME® (7 p.m. ET/PT) from The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The fight precedes a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader headlined by a 12-round junior welterweight showdown between Ruslan Provodnikov and John Molina Jr.
|Toka-Kahn Clary continues to develop|
Undefeated blue-chip featherweight prospect Toka "T-Nice" Kahn-Clary (17-0, 11 KOs) continues to show improvement in each and every fight. Last weekend, the 23-year-old Liberia-native knocked out seasoned veteran Orlando Rizo (19-7) in the fourth round at Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California. Kahn-Clary, fighting out of Providence, may still be flying under the radar but he's getting closer to becoming a breakout star. His most recent fight was his first scheduled 10-rounder. "I put in a lot of hard roadwork, running seven miles a day, and (his head trainer) Peter (Manfredo, Sr.) really pushed me," Kahn-Clary talked about preparing for his last fight. I got some good work from Javier Fortuna, sparring him a few times, and he's a good southpaw.
|Alvarez vacates belt, says he's still fighting GGG|
World middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is dropping the WBC title, apparently in a bid to gain leverage in negotiations for a superfight against Gennaddy “GGG” Golovkin. "After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight 'GGG,' and I will beat 'GGG' but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines.” Golovkin holds the WBA and IBF versions of the title but it was the WBC that took the lead in trying to arrange a fight between the world’s two best 160 pounders. Alvarez continued, “I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock [set by the WBC], the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and 'GGG' and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see." Alvarez is considered the true world middleweight champion because he beat Miguel Cotto who beat Sergio Martinez who beat Kelly Pavlik who beat Jermain Taylor who beat Bernard Hopkins who unified all four middleweight titles, including a win over, ironically enough, Alvarez’s promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
|PIX 11 Partners with DiBella Entertainment|
PIX11 is pleased to announce it has partnered with DiBella Entertainment, one of the top boxing promotional companies in the world based in New York, and Barclays Center, Brooklyn's landmark sports and entertainment arena, to broadcast "Broadway Boxing: Presented by BROOKLYN BOXING," a 90-minute special airing on Saturday, May 21. Sponsored by BROOKLYN BOXING, Nissan of Queens, Optyx, and Azad Watches, "Broadway Boxing" will air directly following the PIX11 broadcast of the New York Mets' home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, which starts at 4:10 p.m ET.
|Gassiev crushes Shimmell in one|
Murat Gassiev KO1 Jordan Shimmell... Tuesday night’s 200-pound headliner between Murat Gassiev and Jordan Shimmell ended quickly at Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. With twelve seconds left in the first round, Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) unleashed a left hook that flattened Shimmell (20-2, 16 KOs), knocking him out cold. Initially, the 27-year-old Shimmell of Hudsonville, Michigan, lay motionless on the canvas, where he was treated by ringside doctors and received oxygen as a precaution before regaining consciousness. It was a stunningly swift ending, as Shimmell came out and used his four-inch reach advantage to control the distance and generally outbox his Russian opponent for much of the round. Then, as Shimmell retreated to the ropes, he missed with a jab just as Gassiev whiffed with a big right hand.But Gassiev followed with a monster left hook that hit the bull’s eye, giving him his eighth consecutive stoppage victory. Shimmell, meanwhile, lost for the second time in his last three fights. With the victory, the 22-year-old Gassiev became the IBF mandatory cruiserweight challenger. This Saturday, there will be a title-unification bout in Moscow between WBA champion Denis Lebedev and IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez. Source: premiere boxing champions
|Donald Wallace making debut this weekend|
Baltimore Boxing middleweight prospect “Dangerous” Donald Wallace is slated to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Brian Straus in a four round match up Saturday evening at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. In the last year, Wallace went from a virtual unknown to a respected up and comer in the notoriously tough Baltimore-Maryland-DC region. A participant in the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, Wallace exceeded expectations but ultimately came up short after dropping a debatable decision to well-regarded Sharif Rahman.
|1976 Olympic Team to reunite in Canastota, By Ivan Montiel|
What better way to celebrate International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend this June than with 1976 gold medal winners Sugar Ray Leonard, Leo Randolph, Michael Spinks, Leon Spinks, and silver medal winners Charles Mooney, Chuck Walker and Louis Curtis attending a fan-accessible reunion? This June, the weekend of June 9-12, will mark the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s twenty-seventh anniversary in Canastota, New York, which boxing fans will not want to miss.
|Blueprint Boxing Signs West|
Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former two time, two division world champion Kaliesha "Wild Wild" West to a promotional agreement. West (16-2, 4 KOs) is a former two time, two division world champion who is ready, willing and able to get in the ring and become a three time world champion in 2016. I'm looking forward to working with someone who is devoted to Team West like Blueprint Boxing Promotions. I'm excited to be signed with Blueprint Boxing Promotions and have the opportunity for my fans to see me fight again. I promise not to disappoint boxing fans. In the boxing ring my best is what I will always give. "said Kaliesha West, Former two time world champion."
|Charlo twins seeking history Saturday night|
Undefeated identical twin brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo have the opportunity to become boxing's first twins to hold world championships in the same weight class when they enter the ring this Saturday, May 21 live on SHOWTIME from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jermall will defend his title against former champion Austin Trout in the co-main event, while unbeaten Jermell will battle fellow contender John Jackson for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Championship in the opening bout. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by WBA 154-pound champion Erislandy Lara in a rematch against top contender Vanes Martirosyan.
|Fedesov to face Heredia June 11 on Showtime|
2015 Boxcino Heavyweight Champion Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KO's) is working hard in Los Angeles for his ring return on Saturday, June 11. Fedosov of Shuya, Russia is riding a four-bout winning streak and will face upstart Mario Heredia (11-1, 9 KO's, 11 KO's) live on SHO EXTREME (7 p.m. ET/PT) from The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The fight precedes a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader featuring Ruslan Provodnikov against John Molina Jr. in a 12-round junior welterweight bout in the main event.
|Neilsen needs surgery, Sauerland card postponed|
Press Release: Sauerland Event’s show, scheduled for May 28th in Kjellerup, Denmark has been postponed due to an injury sustained by Patrick Nielsen (28-1, 14 KOs), who was set to face Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. While sparring, Nielsen suffered a broken metacarpal and a scaphoid wrist fracture for which he must undergo surgery. The 25 year-old from Albertslund is expected to be out of action for 8-12 weeks. ‘’I felt a lot of pain in my left wrist after a sparring session and I knew something wasn’t right,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’I went to see a hand specialist and they confirmed the damage and told me I must have an operation. I’m very disappointed as I was looking forward to fighting Douglin on May 28th and moving another step closer to a world title challenge. Now, I must take some time out to recover. After the operation, it will be 8 weeks before I can start punching again, but I will come back stronger and I look forward to fighting again after the summer.’’ Fans who have already purchased tickets for the Nordic Fight Night on May 28th at the Arena Midt should contact Billetlugen in order to receive a full refund.
|Showtime championship Boxing conference call transcript|
Leonard Ellerbe: I would like to thank everyone for joining us on the call today. We have an exciting tripleheader of Super Welterweight World Title fights. It will be headlined by Cuban sensation and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion, Erislandy Lara against exciting challenger and 2004 U.S. Olympian, Vanes Martirosyan in a rematch of their 2012 technical draw.
|Fury eager to conquer challenges in and out of the ring|
Fast rising heavyweight Hughie Fury has been ranked #6 in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Fury captured the WBO’s Intercontinental belt April 30 via 7th round technical decision over awkward Fred Kassi. At 21 years old, Fury has a perfect 20-0 professional ledger and stopped ten of his opponents. During the last fifteen months, Fury’s passed multiple tough tests having outpointed noteworthy fighters in Andriy Rudenko, George Arias, Dominick Guinn and Kassi.
|Gomez-Sosa headlines on Estrella TV|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions has announced the full line-up for its Estrella TV show on Friday, May 20th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The main event is a ten-round welterweight bout between New York’s Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (18-1, 11 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s John Karl Sosa (13-1, 6 KOs). Snatching a spot on the televised card will be southpaw Fidel "The Atrisco Kid" Maldonado Jr. (21-3, 18 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M. looking to defeat Glendale, Calif.'s Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan (17-2-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight contest. Hoping to make TV time will be Jesus Sanchez (1-0, 1 KOs) of Indio, Calif., who faces Livan "Machine Gun" Navarro (2-0) of Havana, Cuba in a four-round welterweight swing bout.
|Wilder-Povetkin off for now, Povetkin tests positive for PED|
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin will not fight this weekend in Russia after Povetkin tested positive for a newly banned substance called meldonium. Wilder withdrew from the fight when news of the positive result surfaced, and the WBC supported his decision, issuing a brief statement that reads, “VADA [THE Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency] reported to the WBC and the fighters’ camps the results of an anti-doping test Povetkin underwent from a sample collected on April 27, 2016. VADA’s report states that Povetkin’s sample A showed an adverse result for the banned substance meldonium… The WBC’s priority is and will always be safety, fair play and justice. In order to continue to strive for the absolute safety of the boxers and for a just and fair outcome for all parties involved, the WBC is conducting an in-depth investigation of this matter. The WBC will make a public announcement in the very near future concerning the results of its investigation and any appropriate steps that it will take.” Meldonium was legal, and widely used in Russia, until 2016 (January 1st). Povetkin’s promoter has susggested that the positive test may be a result of residual meldonium that remained in Povetkin’s system from 2015, when the substance was legal.
|Biosse holds Manfredo to a draw|
Vladine Biosse D8 Peter Manfredo… Fighting on just two and a half weeks notice, Vladine Biosse fought to a draw with Peter Manfredo Jr. at Lincoln, Rhode Island’s Twin River Casino. Both ligh heavyweights were fighting in their home state. The 35 year-old Manfredo (40-7-1) was fighting for the first time since announcing his retirement in November 2013 while Biosse (15-7-3), replacing the injured Angel Camacho Jr., snapped a five-fight losing streak in his first fight since July. The left-handed Biosse gained the early momentum in the first half of the fight, out-boxing Manfredo and keeping him off balance with his southpaw stance. Manfredo fought back in the later rounds and appeared to hurt Biosse down the stretch, but Biosse fought effectively off the ropes and kept his composure over the final two rounds. Judge Don Trella scored it 77-75 in favor of Biosse, Clark Sammartino had it 78-74 for Manfredo and Glenn Feldman had it even at 76-76. Source: ces press release
|Tabiti tops Tapia in Shobox Main Event|
Andrew Tabiti W10 Keith Tapia … Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (13-0, 11 KOs) of Las Vegas turned back a determined effort by Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (17-1, 11 KOs) to win a ten-round unanimous decision in a collision of United States-born cruiserweights. The bout was the main event of Friday’s ShoBox quadrupleheader from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Tabiti triumphed by scores of 97-92 (twice) and 99-90 in a match that appeared slightly closer than the scores indicated. He scored the bout’s lone knockdown in the eighth, dropping Tapia with a perfect right hand to the side of the head. Tabiti, 26, making his 2016 and 10-round debut, was mostly pleased with his performance although he feels there is room for improvement.
|Results from Rhode Island|
Khiary Gray KO2 Quentin Willis… Junior middleweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) scored an exciting knockout, stopping Florida’s Quentin Willis (10-4-2) with a left hook at the 1:41 mark of the second round. Unlike his last fight in February, which went ten rounds, Gray, from nearby Worcester, MA, came out firing and put Willis on the canvas early in the first round with an overhand right. Willis survived the round, but walked right into the left hand midway through the second and never made it back to his feet.
Issouf Kinda W6 Zack Ramsey… On the CES show in Lincoln, Rhode Island, veteran Issouf Kinda of the Bronx (18-3) handed Springfield, MA’s Zack Ramsey (7-1) his first career loss by a narrow majority decision, 58-56 (twice) and 57-57. The bout was fought in the junior welterweight division.
|Shobox undercard results|
In a second scrap between U.S.-born cruiserweights aired by ShoBox from Las Vegas on Friday, 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) captured a lopsided ten-round division over Isiah Thomas (15-1, 1 ND, 6 KOs) of Detroit, in the ShoBox co-feature. Hunter was fightiningin his hometown. Hunter, going ten rounds for the initial time, pressed the action throughout against Thomas and won by the scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91. In other ShoBox results, super middleweight, Romanian Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (16-1, 12 KOs), of Las Vegas, registered a sixth-round TKO over Colombian Juan Camilo “La Boa” Novoa (25-7-1, 23 KOs) and Uzbekistani junior wekterweight Sanjarbek “The Terminator” Rakhmanov (4-0-1, 3 KOs), of Las Vegas, and Alfonso Olvera (7-2-1, 3 KOs), of Tucson, Ariz., battled to a six-round draw in a hard-fought, entertaining slugfest.
|Hagler-Leonard II; sort of|
On April 8, 2017, Feldman Brothers, Ritesh Parikh and former Heavyweight champion of the world, Larry Holmes will present a special night that will feature a bout 30 years in the making. Marvin Hagler Jr. and Ray Leonard Jr. will square off in a battle for legacy in a contest that will come exactly 30 years after the Father's squared off in a memorable fight. The third man in the ring will be the same referee that officiated Leonard Sr's win over Hagler Sr. That being Richard Steele. The event will distributed worldwide live on Pay-Per-View.
|WBA strips and suspends Lucas Browne|
According to its website, the WBA Championships Committee has stripped Lucas Browne of the WBA “regular” heavyweight title and suspended him for six months. Browne, from Australia, went to Grozny, Chechnya and defeated Ruslan Chagaev via tenth-round TKO in March. [A suspension from the WBA does not necessarily preclude Browne from fighting]. After the win, clenbuterol, a weight reducing drug, was detected in Browne’s “A” urine sample, according to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA). [Browne believes the clenbuterol was likely slipped into his food or drink by Russians during the week of the fight]. The WBA took no immediate action until the “B” sample confirmed or repudiated VADA’s original findings. According to the WBA, when the six-month suspension is over, Browne’s status will be reconsidered, depending on whether or not he intends to return to the ring. In the meantime, Chagaev will have 120 days to negotiate a fight with Fres Oquendo, who by court order in the United States is entitled to this bout [Oquendo sued after a controversial loss to Chagaev and the title shot was part of the lawsuit’s settlement]. Browne expressed disbelief that he tested positive for a banned substance. He asked why a heavyweight would need to use a weight reduction drug. [The WBA continues to recognize world champion Tyson Fury as the WBA super champion.
|Fonfara to face Joe Smith Jr|
Power-punching fan favorite Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) will enter the ring against no nonsense New Yorker Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday, June 18 in a 10-round primetime battle that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
|Derrick Webster to headline on June 4|
On 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 six-round main event will be super middleweight Derrick Webster.
|Cuellar, Mares workout quotables|
Featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar and former three-division world champion Abner Mares went face-to-face for the first time Thursday as they hosted media roundtables in Los Angeles ahead of their showdown on Saturday, June 25 showdown live on CBS from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
|Tabiti, Tapia nearly come to blows at weigh in|
A fight nearly broke out between undefeated cruiserweights Andrew “The Beast”Tabiti and Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia at Thursday’s weigh-in for the ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader tomorrow, May 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Sam’s Town Live.
|Roy Jones Jr Promotions secures sponsorship|
Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Neon Star Media have added extra punch for its next two shows, securing Idea Design Studio as the main sponsor for the next two "Knockout Night at the D" events, May 21 and June 10, at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue.
|Beterbiev is back!|
World light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev returns to the ring Saturday night, June 7, to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International and North American Boxing Association (NABA) title belts against Argentinian champion Ezequiel "El Olympico" Maderna in the 12-round main event at historic Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.
|Felix to make some Cash, turning pro|
Press Release: After failing to make the 2016 British Olympic team, middleweight hopeful Felix Cash has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing and will make his professional debut at The O2 in London on June 25th, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The 23 year-old us looking to transfer his amateur pedigree into the paid ranks, starting with a pro bow on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s first IBF heavyweight title defense (against Dominic Breazeale). No opponent has been named yet for Cash. “I feel that I will settle into the pros quickly and I want to move at pace,” said Cash. “I think this time next year I’ll be in a position to move towards a first title.
|UFC considering a sale?|
According to the respected British news service Reuters, the UFC could be exploring a possible sale. UFC is far and away the world’s leading mixed martial arts promoter. Reuters reported that the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC, may have hired an investment bank to advise it on a sale that could value the business at $4 billion. Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, denied an earlier ESPN report that said he was considering a sale of the popular fighting sport, so as of now, Reuters report should be considered informed speculation.
|Abraham continues to fight on|
Press Release: Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) returns to the ring on July 16th at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. No opponent has been announced yet. The former IBF middleweight and WBO super middleweight champion says he is ready to defy his critics and get back on the world title trail following his defeat to Gilberto Ramirez. “I’m not ready to say goodbye to the sport I love so much,” said the 36 year-old. ‘’The fight with Ramirez did not go as planned, but I promise this will not happen again. I will show that I can do better and that I can become world champion again – that is my greatest wish!’’ Abraham will be joined by his long-time coach and mentor Ulli Wegner, who following crisis talks after Abraham’s loss to Ramirez in April, has agreed to give his star pupil one last chance. ‘’I was not happy with Arthur’s performance against Ramirez, but I have decided to give the boy another chance,’’ said the 73 year-old coach. “He did not do enough in Las Vegas to retain his title and call himself a champion. Now, he must work harder and show that this was just a blip in his character.”
|Perrella to face Grayton JUne 4 on ESPN|
Welterweight sensation Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will face his toughest foe to date when he challenges fellow unbeaten southpaw David “Day-Day” Grayton Saturday, June 4 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.The Perrella-Grayton bout serves as the co-main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised on ESPN.
|Erislandy Lara training camp notes|
WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara is set to defend his world title and settle his score against Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan when the two meet in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader featuring the top 154-pound talent in the sport on Saturday, May 21 from The Chelsea, inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
|Tarver Jr shakes off rust, improves to 4-0|
Fighting for his young family, as well as to expand the legacy associated with his last name, the son of 5-time world champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver - unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Antonio Tarver, Jr. - this past weekend continued establishing his own identity in the ring. After a 9-month absence, the 28-year-old Tarver (4-0, 3 KOs) returned to the ring in Lakeland, Florida, stopping Jose Cortez in the second round. Tarver displayed his improving skills, especially a punishing body attack, during a thoroughly dominating performance. He broke-down Cortez and closed the show in style.
|LaManna looking for big summer fight|
Welterweight contender Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna is ready for a breakthrough fight at 147 pounds. The 24 year-old from Millville, New Jersey has won four straight since his only career blemish, which was a nationally televised defeat to Middleweight Contender Antoine "Action" Douglas. Since that bout, LaManna has moved down two weight divisions and has been around the welterweight limit in his last three bouts. With those four wins, LaManna's record now reads 20-1 with eight knockouts.
|British update: Ogogo to return May 20 in Glasgow|
Press Release: 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Anthony Ogogo (8-0, 4 KOs) will make his return to the ring on May 28th at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, live on Sky Sports. No opponent has been named yet. Ogogo's professional career has been stop-start so far due to injury, and he has been out since July, when he moved to 8-0 with a win in Germany over Ruslan Schelev. It was in that fight where he suffered a dislocated shoulder, fighting for the majority of the bout with just one arm, and the Lowestoft man's outing in Germany was at the time also his return from a sustained period on the sidelines following Achilles problems. But the 27 year old insists his injury woes are behind him and he's ready to get his career back on track and make a huge impact in the middleweight division. Ogogo said, “I'm incredibly excited to be added to the May 28th card… I cannot wait to get back in the ring. It's been a difficult period for me as I've worked hard to recover from the shoulder injury I suffered in my last fight but I am now fully fit and raring to go. Ogogo's return is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as Ricky Burns (39-5-1,13 KOs) looks to become a three-division [paper] champion as he takes on Michele Di Rocco (40-1-1, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA 140-pound title [which was recently stripped from Adrien Broner for failure to make weight]. Also on the card, Tyrone Nurse (32-2-1, 6 KOs) heads into the Lion's den to defend his British 140-pound title against local favorite Willie Limond (39-4, 11 KOs) and Newcastle's Jon Lewis Dickinson (17-4, 5 KOs) meets Belfast's Tommy McCarthy (8-0, 5 KOs) in an eliminator for the British cruiserweight title.
|Zeuge to challenge DeCarolis|
Germany’s Tyron Zeuge (18-0, 10 KOs) will challenge Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis (24-6, 12 KOs) for the WBA’s regular super middleweight title on July 16th at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin (the WBA recognizes Felix Sturm as its super champion at 168 pounds). The 23 year-old Zeuge, who is trained by WBA regular light heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer (the WBA recognizes Sergey Kovalev as its super champion at 175 pounds), takes on the tough Italian, who claimed the WBA strap with an eleventh-round TKO win over another German, Vincent Feigenbutz. If successful, Zeuge will make history by becoming Germany’s youngest ever world titlist, beating Graciano Rocchigiani’s record of 24 years and 73 days by 8 days. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Zeuge. “Whether I’m ready for it, other people will have to judge. But one thing is for certain, on July 16th, I will give everything to fulfill my dream.” Braehmer believes his protégé is ready for the challenge. “Based on his potential, there is no better boxer in Germany than Zeuge. I believe he is ready to make history by taking this title.” Braehmer can also make history on July 16th, as never has an active champion coached another boxer to world title success. Promoter Kalle Sauerland is thrilled to have delivered his young star a title opportunity. “Between the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games, we have another sporting highlight for the summer,” said Sauerland. “Tyron Zeuge is leading the way for a new generation of world-class German boxers, and by beating De Carolis, he can take his place among the best in the World.” Tickets go on sale shortly and will be available via www.eventime.de
|Postol vows KO of Crawford|
A picture may be worth a thousand words but a stamp is Forever. Just ask World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight world champion "The Iceman" VIKTOR POSTOL who presented a larger than life commemorative stamp of himself to his opponent World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world titlist TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD at today's Beverly Hills press conference (photo attached). The undefeated world champions announced their 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140-pound division.
|Provodnikov heads to camp in advance of June 11 bout|
Former WBO junior welterweight world champion, "The Siberian Rocky", Ruslan Provodnikov is deep in training in Indio, Calif. with his trainer Joel Diaz for his June 11 main event bout with John Molina Jr. at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) .
|Cruisin for a bruisin: Camp Notes|
Four young, undefeated cruiserweights from the United States will look to make a name for themselves when they meet in the featured bouts on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, May 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Sam’s Town Live. The cruiserweight division has traditionally been dominated by Europeans boxers. Friday’s U.S.-born ShoBox fighters will be seeking to change that perception.
|Ortiz-Ustinov ordered to purse bid|
The WBA has ordered a purse bid for heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Alexander Ustinov. Here is the WBA’s official statement: “Because representatives of WBA interim heavyweight titlist Luis Ortiz and challenger Alexander Ustinov have been unable to reach terms for a title match, the WBA has ordered a purse bid to take place at the sanctioning body’s offices in Panama on Thursday, May 19th. Aurelio Fiengo, WBA treasurer, will direct the bidding. The minimum bid is $600,000. The purse split is 60% to the interim champion and 40% to the challenger.
|Fortuna-Sosa June 24 in China|
Press Release: On Friday, June 24th, at the 18,000-seat Beijing Capital Gym in Beijing, China, Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KOs) will make the second defense of his WBA regular 130-pound title against New Jersey’s Jason Sosa (18-1-4, 14 KOs). [The WBA recognizes Panama’s Jezreel Corrales as its 130-pound super champion]. The potential war between the two sluggers will be also be seen by an audience of nearly 100 million Chinese via cctv5 channel live broadcast. Fortuna vs. Sosa was officially announced at a press conference in Beijing today as the first in an ongoing series of four high-profile events per year that will be put on by the co-promotional partnership of Mr. Min Du Modoson and Mr. Liu Gang of Max Power Promotions "MPP" and Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.
|Petrov eyes title fight after Quintero win|
Petr Petrov TKO6 Marvin Quintero… This past Friday night in Las Vegas, Petr Petrov solidified his status as a lightweight contender with a sixth-round stoppage over Marvin Quintero of Mexico. The fight was a back-and-forth brawl that saw both men land power punches throughout the fight. The Russian-born Petrov's right hand was pinpoint all fight, and his accuracy had Quintero's left eye swelling from the second round. As Petrov's punches began to take more effect, Quintero's eye started swelling more rapidly and the fight was called off after round six. Petrov (37-4-2, 18 KOs), who resides in Madrid, now has five quality wins in a row. "I knew coming into the fight it was going to be a tough one," said Petrov. "I knew the rounds were close, but I thought I was winning. I was landing the harder and more accurate punches. When we saw that his eye was closing, my corner was telling me to throw more right hands. I now just want to fight any of the champions. I know I can beat them, and I want to become world champion."
Evgeny Chuprakov TKO5 Sebastian Tlatlik …On Friday night, in Ekaterinburg, Russia, undefeated Evgeny Chuprakov stopped Sebastian Tlatlik in the fifth round. Both of the 130-pounders entered the bout undefeated. Fighting in his hometown, Chuprakov (16-0, 8 KOs) dominated the action until the fight was halted by the referee in the fifth. This was the third undefeated opponent that Chuprakov has beaten, and he already has a stoppage victory over former IBF 115-pound title holder Dmitry Kirillov. "This is a great win for Evgeny. He stopped an undefeated fighter, and now we are looking to bring him back to the United States and put him in a meaningful bout. We hope to have him back in the ring in August," said promoter Arthur Pelullo. Source for both results: Banner Promotions Press Release
|Lemieux saves career with TKO of Tapia|
David Lemieux TKO4 Glen Tapia… In Las Vegas on Saturday, ex-IBF middleweight titleholder David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) defeated Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia (23-3, 15 KOs) via technical knockout in the fourth round. Lemieux knocked Tapia down hard to the canvas, giving the fighter his first career knockdown. Tapia jumped up quickly, but his corner waved off the fight, leaving him pleading with them not to stop it. "I was mad," said Tapia about the stoppage. "I know I was losing every round. I felt slow and tired, and he was quick. I felt like I was trying to save energy. Congratulations to David (on the knockdown). I wasn't even hurt - it was more of a flash knockdown. I'm kind of mad at Freddie a little bit."
|Linder's Look: 9 career killing decisions, By Doveed Linder|
When managing a fighter’s career, one bad decision can change things forever. Sometimes fighters and handlers have to take big risks. Sometimes they have to walk into fights where the cards are stacked against them. But what I define as a “career-killing decision” is a move that could have been avoided. The fighter had other options, but either he or his handlers chose poorly. Below is a list of nine career-killing decisions from the last fifteen years that altered a fighter’s career from that point on.
|Handson decisions Blair|
Raymond Handson W4 Joel Blair…On Saturday night at Lumiere Place Casino in St. Louis, MO, middleweight Raymond “Slicc” Handson (2-0) won his second professional boxing match via unanimous decision over MMA and kickboxing veteran Joel Blair, who was making his boxing debut. All three judges scored it 40-35 in favor of Handson, who knocked Blair through the ropes in the third round. This was an emotional fight for Handson, having recently lost a close friend, fellow professional boxer Michael “Tyson Face” Williams (6-1). Williams was shot outside of a club on April 23rd and died at the age of 26. Handson-Blair was the main event of a card that featured boxing, kickboxing, and MMA, promoted by Shamrock FC. Handson trains at Sweat Gym in Clayton, MO and is trained and managed by longtime Boxingtalk writer Doveed Linder.
|Islam gets TKO when DeAngel injures Ankle|
Kanat Islam TKO6 Juam De Angel… In a junior middleweight bout in Lakeland, Florida Juan De Angel failed to provide undefeated former Olympian Kanat Islam with much of a test on Sunday. Islam improved to a recorded 21-0 (he’s had additional pro bouts in the World Series of Boxing) with a sixth-round TKO. Islam dominated De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs) and was just starting to find the range with his power punches when De Angel suffered an apparent right ankle injury in the sixth round and was unable to continue. Without being hit, De Angel awkwardly took a knee with 63 seconds remaining in the sixth. The 28-year-old Colombian quickly made it to his feet, but was favoring his right leg. He elected to resume the fight, and Islam immediately went on the attack. De Angel once again crumpled to the canvas because of the injury, and this time referee Telis Assimenios waved an end to the bout. A China-born resident of Kazakhstan, Islam, won bronze for his native China in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and has now stopped nine consecutive opponents—including a disqualification victory—dating back to May 2013. The six rounds against De Angel matched the second longest outing of Islam’s career, trailing only a ninth-round unanimous decision over Eduardo Flores in April 2013. Flores is the only boxer who has taken Islam the distance in the latter’s 3½-year pro career. Source: premiere boxing champions press release
|Undercard results from Lakeland, Florida|
Miguel Cruz W8 Samuel Figueroa… The Lakeland, Florida undercard featured a welterweight slugfest between undefeated 25-year-olds of Puerto Rican descent. Miguel Cruz (13-0, 11 KOs) won a hard-earned split-decision over southpaw Samuel Figueroa (10-1, 4 KOs). Cruz avenged two amateur losses to his close friend Figueroa in a bout during which both fighters launched haymakers, drilled crisp uppercuts up the middle and alternated moments when their respective backs were against the ropes. Two judges scored the fight 78-74 and 77-75 for Cruz—who saw a nine-fight knockout streak end—while the third had it 77-75 for Figueroa.
Dennis Galarza W8 Yardley Suarez… In the opening Bounce TV broadcast, Dennis Galarza (13-1, 8 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Mexican southpaw Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9 KOs) in a lightweight contest. The 23-year-old Galarza, who won by scores of (78-74) twice and 77-75, earned his eighth consecutive win during a run that has included five knockouts. Suarez, 21, slipped to 2-3 in his past five fights. Source for both results: premiere boxing champions press release
|Crolla hands Barroso first loss|
Anthony Crolla TKO7 Ismael Barroso... Anthony Crolla scored a seventh-round stoppage over Ismael Barroso to retain his WBA lightweight title in Manchester, England. Barroso set a fast pace over the first four rounds. Crolla was biding his time landing some good shots in the middle of the ring and started to take over from a fading Barroso towards the end of round five. In round six, Crolla hurt Barroso and the Venezuelan challenger started to break down, looking spent as he walked to his corner. In the seventh, Crolla jumped on Barroso and landed a tremendous flurry of punches that put Barroso on the canvas for the ten count. It was the second straight big knockout for Crolla, who won his title with a knockout over Darleys Perez in November. Crolla is now 31-4-3 while Barroso is 19-1-2.
|Pulev captures European Championship|
Kubrat Pulev W12 Dereck Chisora... Kubrat Pulev became the first Bulgarian to win the European heavyweight championship, winning the vacant title by twelve-round split decision over Britain's Dereck Chisora in a bout held in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday. According to the neutral Awe network, Pulev controlled the action with quick combinations and Chisora was never able to get in a groove to land any hard power shots. Pulev won by scores of 118-110 and 116-112. One saw the fight for Chisora by 115-113. Pulev is 23-1 with his only loss coming in a failed world championship bid against Wladimir Klitschko. Chisora is 25-6. The title became vacant last year when Erlan Teper failed a drug test. source awe network press release
|Alvarez stretches Khan in 6, By Scott Shaffer|
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez KO6 Amir Khan... Fighting at a catchweight of 155 pounds in Las Vegas, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez scored a massive one-punch knockout call of England's Amir Khan in round number six in Las Vegas. Khan had boxed well up until the knockout, but having been knocked out at 135 pounds a few years ago, he had to avoid having his chin tested by a powerful middleweight. The end came when Alvarez ducked low and threw an overhand right that caught Khan flush on the chin and sent him falling backwards to the canvas. It is certainly a knockout of the year candidate, but at least Khanh was well paid for his troubles, taking home a report a guarantee of $13 million dollars. The question now is will Alvarez, the world middleweight champion, continue to avoid Gennady Golovkin)
|Brooker decisions Aikens, Cintron wins decision over Flores|
Christopher Brooker won a 8-round unanimous decision over Antowyan Aikens that headlined a 10-bout card at a nearly sold-out 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia . The card was promoted by King's Promotions In round one, both guys were cut from an accidental headbutt. Brooker over the left eye and Aikens over the right. In round three, Brooker scored a knockdown when he landed a left hook that sent Aikens to the canvas. Aikens was not hurt as he jumped right up and argued with referee Shawn Clark that it should have been ruled a slip. Brooker continued to get the best of the action as he pushed the pace and he took the bout by scores of 80-71 and 79-72 twice to raise his mark to 9-1. Aikens of Atlantic City is 12-2.
|Stevens stops unbeaten and unknown Brazilian; returns to title contention, By Scott Shaffer|
Curtis Stevens TKO2 Patrick Teixiera... In the pay per view opener from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, middleweight Curtis Stevens from Brooklyn New York boosted himself back into title contention by stopping Brazil's previously undefeated Patrick Teixeira. Stevens stopped his foe in the second round to improve his professional record 28-5. Teixeira, who has not for anywhere near the level of competition that Steven has, is now 26-1.
|Khan strikes patriotic note, vows to bring belts back|
Amir Khan has vowed to do British boxing proud by becoming the latest world champion during a golden era for the sport in the country. 29-year-old Khan looked in great shape as he hit the scales bang on the 155-pound limit ahead of his super-fight with middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez this Saturday night, exclusively live on BoxNation.
|Mothmora continues unlikely run|
Michel Mothmora W12 John Anderson Carvalho... French middleweight Michel Mothmora continued his late-career surge by defeating Brazil's John Anderson Carvalho in Cayenne, French Guiana. In front of almost 5000 fans, Mothmora used superior technique to outbox Carvalho, who tried to be the aggressor but was often outsmarted and outworked in the exchanges. Mothmora looked comfortable most of the time and appeared to be in control of the fight all the way. So it was no surprise, after twelve entertaining rounds, that he was declared the new WBF middleweight titleholder by unanimous decision. All three scores were 117-111. In May 2011, Mothmora's pro record stood at 15-21, but his hot streak has lifted his mark to 29-24. Carvalho falls to 24-6-2. The show was promoted by Jacques Chinon and Guyane Ring. source: wbf
|"Money" Fight:: Mayweather-Pacquiao II - The Only 9 figure option, By G. Leon|
Boxingtalk had the opportunity to ask Charles Muniz his thought about a Mayweather return to boxing and here are his thoughts, which if you knew Charles you know there won't be any punches pulled.
BT: Thanks again for giving boxingtalk your time Charles. I know that after Floyd announced his retirement following the Pacquiao fight you immediately told me he would never retire without trying to break the 50-0 boxing record. Can you share that insight with our readers?
CM: Greg, I told you a while ago that Floyd could never retire without trying to break the record. First, because his ego is too big and second because he’ll miss the attention and the money. He see’s the attention other fighters are getting and he needs to be the center of public attention to feed his ego. It’s really that simple.
|Crawford-Postol to unify titles|
Undefeated junior welterweight champions TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and "The Iceman" VIKTOR POSTOL will host a press conference luncheon This Tuesday! May 10, at The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210), to announce their 12-round world title unification fight to determine the lineal king of the exciting 140 pound division. Luncheon will be served in the Beverly Hills Ballroom at 12:30 p.m. with the press conference beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT. Joining the fighters will be their respective trainers, Brian McIntyre and World-Famous Freddie Freddie Roach, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
|Demetrius Banks lands Detroit main event|
Press Release: Given the number of southpaws he's been in with at the Kronk Gym in Detroit, cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (6-0, 4 KOs) says he's not at all concerned about facing Puerto Rican New Yorker Emilio Salas (5-1-1, 3 KOs). The pair will meet on Saturday, May 14th, at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Detroit, in the six-round main event. In the co-feature, Detroit bantamweight James Gordon Smith (9-0, 6 KOs) battles Mexico's Pablo Cupul (8-19, 5 KOs). Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Masonic Temple box office. "My experience, fighting a southpaw is not much of an adjustment," said Banks during a break in training. "Being at Kronk, I've boxed world-class southpaws like (former WBO middleweight champion) Andy Lee and (current world light heavyweight champion) Adonis Stevenson to name a few. It's not a big deal for me. I fought so many southpaws, in the beginning of my career, it was more difficult to box a right hander."
|Manfredo reflects back on career|
Press Release: The best decision Peter Manfredo Jr. ever made came outside of the boxing ring and had nothing to do with strategy or technique. Shortly after his loss to Sakio Bika in 2008, Manfredo's second shot at a world title, "The Pride of Providence" -- at the time, just 27 years old -- figured it was time to start thinking about life away from the sport to avoid the pitfalls that had plagued so many retired boxers before him. "I said to myself, 'Forget this. I've got to get myself a job. I can't keep taking beatings like this,'" said Manfredo, who returns to the ring Friday, May 13th in Rhode Island, his first bout in two and a half years. "Then what? Everybody loves when you're winning. No one cares when you lose. At the end of the day, it's you and your family and you've got to do what you've got to do to support your family. When you're boxing, I don't care how much money you make, you live within your means. It runs out!
|Teenager Haney in action May 21|
Lightweight sensation Devin "The Dream" Haney (5-0, 3 KOs) is a boxing prodigy. The gifted 17-year-old boxer, fighting out of Las Vegas, will make his national television debut May 21, at home, on the "Knockout Night at the D" card.
|Showtime's Month of Mayweather in full effect|
(Mayweather-Canelo, Sept. 14, 2013) -- In a blockbuster megaevent billed as "The One," Mayweather won an impressive 12-round decision over previously undefeated Canelo Alvarez in the then-highest-grossing pay-per-view and most profitable boxing event of all time. For the night's work, Mayweather collected Canelo's WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight Championships.
|Diaz, Vazquez to meet on May 28|
Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round battle of super lightweight contenders that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on Saturday, May 28 with televised coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. This marks the first Saturday primetime PBC card on FS1 and FOX Deportes and anchors an action-packed memorial day weekend.
|De La Hoya tabs Khan huge favorite over Canelo|
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has tipped Amir Khan as a ‘huge favourite’ ahead of his showdown with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez. The Golden Boy Promotions boss believes the British ace is a genuine threat to middleweight world champion Canelo and thinks those with knowledge of the fight game would not be surprised should he prevail against the odds. "There's a reason Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao didn't want to fight Amir Khan because he possesses skills like no other,” said De La Hoya.
|Chuprakov set to defend WBO euro title tomorrow night|
This Friday night, in Ekaterinburg, Russia undefeated WBO European Super Featherweight champion Evgeny Chuprakov will be back in action when he makes the second defense of his title, when he takes on fellow undefeated Sebastian Tlatlik on a card promoted by German Titov Promotions. Chuprakov (15-0, 8 KO's) of Ekaterinburg is currently ranked number-5 by the WBO and number-12 by the IBF. Tlatlik is 10-0 with 9 knockouts.
|Anthony Joshua, Breazeale quotables|
Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua and unbeaten American challenger Dominic Breazeale had an intense face-to-face meeting on Wednesday before a contingent of major sports media outlets in London to formally announce their June 25 showdown. The two were joined by SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President & General Manager Stephen Espinoza and Matchroom Sports President Eddie Hearn, as the executives announced Joshua’s new exclusive U.S. television deal. All four participants later took part on a teleconference with U.S. media.
|Hughie Fury added to Fury-Klitschko II|
Undefeated heavyweight sensation Hughie Fury will appear in a featured bout on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship rematch between unified champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko Saturday, July 9 at the Manchester Arena. The bout will take place in front of more than 21,000 fans and be seen by millions more around the world on various television outlets.
|Showtime Sports Signs Anthony Joshua|
Press Release: Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime to be the exclusive U.S. television partner of IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The announcement was made today at the Hilton Syon Park outside London by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports and Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Sports. The kicks-off on Saturday, June 25th when Joshua, a British sensation, attempts to make the first defense of his title against undefeated American challenger Dominic Breazeale at the sold-out The O2 arena in London. The addition of this heavyweight title fight, airing live on Showtime Networks in the late afternoon, bolsters a big day for boxing as later that evening CBS will air the first live primetime boxing event on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years.
|Trout to face Jermell Charlo|
Press Release: Last week, former world 154-pound champion Austin Trout stood on Capitol Hill alongside legendary heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and nearly had to pinch himself. “Starstruck is definitely the phrase I would use,” said Trout. “Larry Holmes had some priceless stories. I told [mixed martial artist] Phil Davis, ‘This is gold right here, hearing this legend’s wisdom about the game.’” Trout and Davis were among a group of professional athletes—which included former two-division title winner Paul Malignaggi and Heisman trophy winner and NFL great Herschel Walker—attending an April 26th news conference in Washington, D.C., on brain research in sports.
|Willis confident headed into Gray fight|
Press Release: Between he and his brother, Marcus, also a professional fighter, Quinton Willis describes himself as the "mellow one." That is, until he's asked whether or not his upcoming opponent, undefeated junior middleweight Khiary Gray, has ever faced anyone of his caliber. Willis didn't even need to hear the rest of the question. "No," he said matter-of-factly. "Not at all." While it doesn't quite register as "trash talk" -- at least not what Gray is used to -- it's obvious the Fort Myers, Fla., vet carries a cool, quiet confidence into his upcoming eight-round bout against Gray on Friday, May 13th at Rhode Island’s Twin River Casino.
|Solo Boxeo to feature Rodriguez vs. Prescott|
Press Release: On Saturday, May 14, 2016, boxing returns to Californias San Fernando at the Valley Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center in Studio City. Riverside, California’s super featherweight sensation Saul "Kid Dinamita" Rodriguez (19-0-1, 14 KOs) is currently scheduled to take on Daulis Prescott (31-3, 23 KOs) over ten rounds. Welterweight Arnold Barbosa Jr. (11-0, 4 KOs) will make his Sportsmen's Lodge debut against Puerto Rico's John Nater (15-7, 11 KOs). Rhode Island lightweight southpaw Toka Khan Clary (18-0, 12 KOs) will square off against Nicaraguan Orlando Rizo (19-6, 11 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten. Also hoping to appear, but with no opponent identified just 11 days before the show, are heavyweight Andy "Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (26-0, 17 KOs) and 2012 Olympic silver medal winner Esquiva Falcao (13-0, 10KOs) from Brazil. Unimas’ Solo Boxeo will televise. Tickets can be purchased online at www.valleyfightnight.com
|Straight Rights and Straight A's: The Joey Veazey Story|
In the movie Coach Carter, Samuel L. Jackson famously quipped to his team of academically struggling players “you are student athletes, student comes first. Unfortunately, some standout athletes believe their talents supersede performing in the classroom. This has led to high schools and colleges warning or suspending players if their grades didn’t improve.
|Introducing Maynard Allison|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions announced the signing of lightweight Maynard "Mr. Marvelous" Allison to a promotional agreement. Allison (4-0, 3 KOs), from Siler City, North Carolina, is a former college football player, who started boxing in his early 20s after getting curious while driving past a gym. "I played sports all my life," explained Allison, "But there was no boxing where I'm from. When I graduated high school, I went to college to play football, but I didn't get along with the coach. So then I was bored and looking for something to do. I was driving past a boxing gym, so I stopped and went in. I just wanted to see what it was and maybe learn how to box for the skill. But from the beginning, I was catching on really well. I've been boxing ever since." Allison will return to the ring in the main event of a card on Saturday, May 14, at Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC to face Charles Witt (record unreported).
|Mothmora to continue late career roll|
Press Release: Frenchman Michel Mothmora started his professional career as a journeyman, taking on all comers on short notice and often getting the short end of the stick. He later turned his career around and developed into a genuine contender. Now the 35-year-old middleweight from Gien will take on Brazilian champion John Anderson Carvalho on Friday May 6th at the Palais Omnisports in Cayenne, French Guiana.
|Time to end Bradley-Atlas partnership?, By Michael Herron|
On April 9, 2016, what was billed as the final match of Manny Pacquiao’s luminous career came to a close without the expected fanfare. Much like Floyd Mayweather’s supposed retirement in 2015, the boxing world is not truly convinced Pacquiao has left the sport for good. People were so doubtful that this was the last we would see of Pacquiao that his supposed final performance was not the main narrative of the night. Instead, the boxing media instead was focused on Timothy Bradley’s alliance with new head trainer Teddy Atlas.
|Pulev and Chisora have to be pulled apart at presser|
Press Release: Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) almost came to blows at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European heavyweight title fight, set for Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. During the customary head-to-head photographs, Chisora lived up to his bad boy reputation by grabbing Pulev by the neck and attempting to pull him to the ground. “I’m not messing around,” said Chisora. “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m going to take Pulev to places he’s never been before, and I’m going to make him give up. He’s got nothing I’ve not seen before, and he’s never fought anyone like me. I can tell he’s nervous. He’s out of his depth and he’s going to get knocked out.” Pulev was unimpressed by the British boxers antics and promised to get his revenge in the ring. “I will cause him great pain on Saturday night,’’ said the 34 year-old. ‘’He does not intimidate me. He can talk all he wants now, but this will not help him in the ring.”
|Trio of DBE prospects win over the weekend|
This past Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment saw a trio of its prospects pick up victories on separate cards as Abel Ramos, Dardan Zenunaj and Lamar Russ all added to the win column of their respective records. Ramos, returning for the first time since his lone loss as a professional at the hands of red-hot undefeated prospect Regis Prograis on ShoBox in December, scored a third-round knockout over Javier Mercado (23-11-2, 21KO's) in Mexico. The former amateur standout saw his record improve to 15-1-2, 10KO's, and is set to return later this month in his home state of Arizona, as he looks to gear up for another big fight in the talent-laden 140lb. division.
|AWE to air European championship bout|
Press Release: This Saturday afternoon, the Euorpoean heavyweight championship contest between former world title challengers Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora has been added to Awe Network’s telecast that will feature WBA lightweight titlist Anthony Crolla defending against hard punching Ismael Barroso. The Pulev -Chisora European heavyweight title clash will originate from Hamburg, Germany and will precede the Crolla-Barroso bout from Manchester, England.The broadcast will begin at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT.
|Kermit Cintron returns on Friday night|
Press Release: On Friday, boxing returns the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia as King's Promotions presents a ten-bout card topped by super middleweight Christopher Brooker (8-1 with 5 KOs) against Antowyan Aikens (10-1-1 with 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds. In the six-round co-feature, former IBF welterweight champion, Kermit Cintron (35-5-2, 28 KOs) of Reading, PA will be back in action when he takes on Eduardo Flores (23-20-3, 15 KO's) of Quito, Ecuador in a junior middleweight bout. Cintron in on a two-bout win streak but has been inactive for over two years.
|Austrailian Boxing Update|
Sammy Williams W8 Shaun Thomas… On Saturday in Australia, Toowoomba’s Sammy “The Chinook” Williams (4-1-2) got a road win when he claimed the Victorian State 130-pound title with a unanimous points victory over Melbourne's Shaun Thomas (2-3). At the end of eight, rounds Williams was ahead on all three scorecards: 78-76 and 76-75 (twice). Williams scored a knockdown in round three and won the middle rounds, at times coming close to stopping his opponent.
|Barthelemy to face Bey|
Press Release: IBF lightweight champion Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs) will make his first title defense against former titleholder [and former PED user] Mickey "The Spirit" Bey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike Friday, June 3rd at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The co-feature sees Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) taking on hard-hitting Mexican Victor "Pitufo" Proa (28-1-2, 21 KOs) in a ten-round bantamweight affair.