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|Results from St. Louis, Doveed Linder @ ringside|
Tex Trismegistus W6 Charles Ellis ... Saturday night at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, upcoming professional boxers from St. Louis showcased their skills on a card promoted by Steve Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions. The heavyweight main event was a classic case of slugger vs. boxer. Tex Trismegistus pressed the action from a southpaw stance and Charles Ellis tried to box from the outside by establishing his distance. Ellis’s legs looked shot from the start, as stood flat-footed with his legs straight up. Every time Tex hit him, Ellis appeared to be shaken because his legs were so unsteady. In the third round, the action heated up and both fighters traded knockdowns, though neither man was seriously hurt. In the final round, Ellis started bouncing on his toes, moving, and hitting Tex at will. This rally lasted about twenty seconds, as Ellis quickly returned to a flat-footed stance. Tex is now 10-0, while Ellis falls to 9-3-1.
|Ring 8 honors Algieri, Jacobs for 2014|
Press Release: A capacity crowd of 364 boxing fans attended last week's 28th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. Past world champions Aaron "Hawk" Pryor, Carlos Palomino and Tony DeMarco were special guests. The New York area boxing alumni group honored Long Island's Chris Algieri as boxer of the year and Philadlphia's Julian William as prospect of the year. Cancer survivor Danny Jacobs of Brooklyn, who won the WBA regular middleweight title in August, received the award for the best comeback. Click below to see the full list of honorees.
|Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia|
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized on Saturday for what is being called a "mild" pneumonia. Ali's visit is expected to be short, according to spokesman Bob Gunnell. In a statement, Gunnell said in part, "he was admitted earlier this morning and because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected." Ali, 72,was a 1960 Olympic gold medal winner and a three-time world heavyweight champion famous for epic battles against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton and many others. He has been battling Parkinson's syndrome since his 1984 diagnosis and has made limited public appearances in recent years. Boxingtalk.com wishes the champ a speedy recovery. --Rick Evans
|J Rock keeps on rolling|
Julian Williams TKO8 Jamar Freeman... Philadelphia's Julian “J Rock” Williams (18-0-1, 11 KOs) scored three knockdowns en route to an eighth-round TKO over Jamar Freeman (13-4-2, 6 KOs) of New Haven, Conn. Williams is trained and co-managed by Boxingtalk's Stephen "Breadman" Edwards. The bout took place in Shelton Washington and Williams, a 24 year-old junior middleweight, thoroughly outboxed Freeman before turning on the power late. He scored two knockdowns in the seventh and one in the eighth. The first knockdown in the seventh came from a right hook to the chin. The punch seemed to stun Freeman, who took a delayed knee in the center of the ring. Late in the round, Williams decked Freeman with a right hook. When the eighth began, Williams cornered Freeman and landed a flurry. Freeman crumpled to the canvas and referee Robert Byrd stepped in and stopped the fight. source: showtime press release
|Cuellar stops Tamayo in five|
Jesus Cuellar TKO5 Ruben Tamayo...
Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton,
Washington, Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) won his ninth in a row and retained his WBA interim featherweight belt with a fifth-round knockout over fellow southpaw Ruben “Kanelito” Tamayo (23-5-4, 17 KOs), of Mexico.
Cuellar, 28, a body puncher from Argentina, dropped Tamayo twice in the fourth and once in the fifth. The first knockdown came from a right to the chin; the others were from body shots. After the last knockdown, referee Mark Nelson stopped the match at 1:48 of the fifth.
source: showtime press release
|More Showtime results from Shelton, Washington|
Garry Russell, Jr. W10 Christopher Martin...
In the Showtime Extreme co-feature from Shelton, Washington, featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., pitched a near-shutout against Christopher Martin (28-5-3, 9 KOs) of Chula Vista, Calif., winning a lopsided ten-round decision. Official scores were 100-90 (twice) and 99-91. It was Russell's first fight since losing to two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko last June 21st.
Julius Jackson TKO9 Jonathan Nelson... Opening Showtime Extreme's four-fight telecast, unbeaten super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) of the U.S. Virgin Islands, registered two knockdowns en route to a one-sided but hard-fought ninth-round TKO over Jonathan “The Sensation” Nelson (19-2, 10 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark. Jackson, a 2008 Olympian, scored knockdowns early in the first and late in the eighth. Jackson was well ahead on the scorecards when referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight 28 seconds into the eighth.
Tony Harrison KO1 Tyrone Brunson... Detroit middleweight Tony Harrison garnered attention with a 62-second, first-round knockout over Tyrone Brunson (22-4-1, 21 KOs), of Philadelphia. Harrison finished Brunson (who began his career 21-0 with 21 KOs) with a body shot while improving to 19-0 with 16 knockouts. source for all results: showtime press release
|Steve Smoger talks about his election of the Hall of Fame, By Doveed Linder|
In this interview, referee Steve Smoger talks about the moment he received the news that he will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015, the progression of his career, and more. Smoger will enter the Canastota, New York institution as part of the class of 2015, whioch also includes Naseem Hamed, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mancini, Yoko Gushiken, Masao Ohba, Ken Overlin Jim Lampley, Rafael Mendoza Nigel Collins and John F.X. Condon.
|Stevenson scores highight-reel KO|
Adonis Stevenson KO5 Dmitry Sukhotskiy ... Adonis Stevenson defended his world light heavyweight championship with a devastating fifth-round knockout of Russia's Dmitry Sukhotskiy in Quebec City, Canada. The southpaw champion was patient early, not forcing the action against a defensive Sukhotskiy. When Sukhotskiy did decide to punch, Stevenson was extremely effective with his counter shots and floored the challenger with a straight left in the closing seconds of the second round. Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) hit his stride in the fifth, knocking down Sukhotskiy with a straight left and then flooring him for a third time seconds after Sukhotskiy beat the count. The onslaught continued, with the Haitian-born Canadian going for the kill and attacking with a series of vicious lefts. The final shot landed flush on the chin, knocking Sukhotskiy (22-3, 16 KOs) out. source: showtime press release
|Jo Jo Dan tops Kevin Bizier in all-Canadian war|
Jo Jo Dan W12 Kevin Bizier ... Also in Quebec City, Jo Jo Dan won a razor close split-decision over hometown favorite Kevin Bizier in a welterweight rematch of their 2013 bout. It was scored 115-112 Dan, 114-113 Bizier, 114-113 Dan. The early rounds were extremely close with back-and-forth action that could have gone either way. Bizier had his best round in the seventh, landing 38 punches to Dan’s 12 and flooring the Romanian for the first time since 2011. But the Quebec City native may have punched himself out, as Dan rallied and was the more active fighter from that point on. Dan landed 113 to just 78 for Bizier from the eighth round on. “It was a very hard fight,” Dan said. “Kevin is a warrior. I did my best in the ring. I think I controlled the action and I think I won the fight. He changed a lot from the first right. He moved a lot, and he surprised me with that. He caught me, but I came up and I came up stronger. He spent all his energy to put me down.” With the win, Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) became the IBF #1 contender to champion Kell Brook at 147 pounds. “Yes, of course (I’d fight Bizier again), but first I want to fight Kell Brook,” Dan said. “I hope we’ll make an exciting fight like this one.” Dan won their November 2013 fight also by split decision. Afterwards, Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs) was disappointed to again be on the losing end of a close split-decision. “All the close rounds went to Jo Jo,” Bizier said. “We knew we had to win those last two rounds and I guess they gave it to him. When I hurt Jo Jo in the seventh I hurt my right hand. At that point, I was fighting with one hand. source: showtime press release
|Dirrell dominates Edwards in elimination bout|
Andre Dirrell W12 Derek Edwards: In an IBF super middleweight eliminator (for the #2 spot), Andre Dirrell completely outclassed Derek Edwards who fought in survival mode from the opening round. This was one of those matches where if you saw one round you saw them all. It was all Dirrell, all the time. Dirrell, who fought as a southpaw for the entire fight, controlled the center of the ring, got off first and dominated Edwards in each and every round. Edwards often tied up Dirrell whenever the taller Dirrell got close. Edwards had some success in the twelfth round, when he seemingly rocked Dirrell. It should be noted that heavyweight champion Chris Byrd did a fantastic job working Dirrell's corner. Official scores were 120-108, 119-107, 119-109. Boxingtalk scored it 119-109. Source: Showtime
|Beterbiev stops Page in battle of unbeatens|
Artur Beterbiev TKO2 Jeff Page: Rapidly rising light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev needed only two rounds to hand previously unbetean Jeff Page the first loss of Page's career. Beterbiev lost the opening frame and was dropped by a counter right hand in the closing seconds of the first round. However, Beterbiev came out like a man possesed in round two, dropping Page three times before the referee appropriately waved it off at 2:21. With the win Beterbiev improves to 7-0, all wins coming by knockout. Page is now 15-1. Source: Showtime
|Will Haye take Tarver's bait?|
Press Release: For Christmas, Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) wants a shot at former two-division champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), ideally, during the first-quarter of 2015. Tarver had been sending direct tweets for the past six months to Haye without receiving a response. The problem is, Haye hasn't fought in more than two years. Coming off last week's seventh-round knockout of Johnathan Banks (29-3-1, 19 KOs), Tarver has taken off the proverbial gloves and he is now calling out Haye, who insists, once again, that he is coming out of retirement.
|Budapest to host year-end triple-header|
Profibox-Promotion will end the year with a boxing show at the Aquincum Hotel in beautiful Budapest, Hungary on December 29th. The 23-year-old flyweight Robert Kanalas (5-0) will face his younger but more-experienced countryman Gabor Molnar (15-6). Monar is just 21 years of age. Kanalas only turned pro this past August. On October 31st, he stopped another unbeaten Hungarian, Benjamin Major, in two rounds. Also on the show, Lajos Mark Nagy (18-0), takes on Sandor Micsko (24-7-2) at middleweight. Finally, veteran campaigner Zoltan Petranyi (51-20) wil be considered the favorite when he squares off with undefeated but untested Zoltan Csala (5-0). Petranyi is riding a fifteen-fight winning streak that has lasted more than seven years, and he is the reigning Hungarian champion. The show will be televised live in Hungary by FIX TV. source: wbf press release
|Jo Jo Dan must go through Kevin Bizier (again) to get title shot|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment's welterweight Ionut "Jo Jo" Dan Ion (33-2 with 18 KOs) faces off against Canadian rival Kevin Bizier (23-1 with 16 KOs) in a rematch tonight at the Colisee de Quebec, in Quebec City, Canada. The twelve-round bout will be televised in the United States on Showtime and will determine the mandatory challenger for the IBF title currently held by England's Kell Brook.
|Stiverne-Wilder hype gearing up|
Press Release: A very significant all North American heavyweight match-up is now less than a month away as hard-hitting Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne prepares to defend his WBC belt against undefeated Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder. The two big men participated in a media teleconference call Thursday to discuss their Jan. 17 th fight, which will be shown live on Showtime from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The two heavyweights were joined by Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King, President of Don King Productions and Eric Gomez, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions. Here is what they had to say:
|Bundrage looking to get an optional defense in before his mandatory, By Doveed Linder|
In this interview, two-time IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) discusses his plans for the future, his new mandatory challenger Jermell Charlo, his promotional company, K9 Boxing Global Promotions, and more. The always entertaining Bundrage had this to say about the undefeated Charlo borthers: "I’ll beat one of them on Saturday and get the other on Sunday and then go to church!" Click below for the full interview
|Weights from Quebec City for Showtime Boxing|
WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 Rounds
Adonis Stevenson – 174 ½ Pounds
Dmitry Sukhotskiy – 173 ½ Pounds
IBF WELTERWEIGHT ELIMINATOR – 12 Rounds
Jo Jo Dan – 146 ¾ Pounds
Kevin Bizier – 146 ¾ Pounds
IBF SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT ELIMINATOR (for #2 ranking) – 12 Rounds
Andre Dirrell – 167 ¾ Pounds
Derek Edwards – 167 Pounds
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT – 10 Rounds
Artur Beterbiev – 174 ½ Pounds
Jeff Page Jr. – 174 ¼ Pounds
|Seldin-Jargall II just days away|
Press Release: Star Boxing will return to The Paramount in Huntington, New York this Saturday, December 20th. Headlining will be a rematch between junior welterweights Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (14-0 11 KOs) of New York and Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal (17-5-3 11 KOs) of Virginia. These two warriors first met on July 18th at The Paramount, and after a Jargal eye injury in the third round, the bout was ruled a no contest. The co-feature will match local light heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (16-1 13 KOs) against Maxell Taylor (18-9-1 8 KOs) from
|Roc Nation announces full Jan. 9th line-up|
Press Release: Having already announced its first main event, Dusty “The Beltway Boricua” Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KO’s) vs. Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KO’s) for January 9, 2015 at Madison Square Garden, RocNation Sports has filled out the rest of the bill for its inaugural boxing event. FOx Sports 1 will televise.
|WBC paves way for Kovalev-Pascal winner to face Stevenson|
Even the WBC might be getting frustrated with Adonis Stevenson. The Canadian is the world light heavyweight champion thanks to a banner 2013 campaign. He also holds the WBC championship. However, Stevenson's fan-frustrating 2014 saw him avoid Bernard Hopkins, Sergei Kovalev and Jean Pascal, and as a result, Kovalev was able to collect the WBA, WBO and IBF versions of the 175-pound championship. Having beaten Hopkins, Kovalev is set to fight Pascal early next year while Stevenson is making a much safer voluntary title defense on December 19th vs. Dmitry Sukhotskiy of Russia. The WBC said the Stevenson-Sukhotskiy winner will have time for one more voluntary defense, but then will be required by the WBC to make a mandatory title defense. Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events made an unusual proposal that the WBC approved: the winner of the March 2015 bout between Kovalev and Pascal will become the WBC mandatory challenger. If there is no agreement in the free negotiations period for the mandatory fight, the purse offer split will be 50/50. We'll see how this plays out, of course, but 2015 could see a unification of all four major titles, which is encouraging to boxing fans. [Pascal is represented by Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon]. source: wbc press release
|New Jersey's Ian Green added to West Virginia show|
Press Release: According to Kran Sports Management, Ian Green of Patterson NJ (1-0) will look for the second victory of the first month of his pro career. Green will be fighting Nathan Petty (1-12) of Louisville, Kentucky this Saturday, December 20th at Wheeling Island Casino Racetrack, Wheeling, West Virginia. Green will be looking to build on the momentum of his first win, which came against Rick Morias on November 22nd. “I’ve been training hard and I’m eager to get back in the ring for my next fight,” said Green. The main event in West Virginia will feature local heavyweight Jason Bergman (23-11-2) vs. Robert Haskins (23-22) in a six-round bout.
|Julian Williams, Gary Russell feature on Friday's Showtime Extreme show|
Press Release: A ten-round featherweight fight between 2008 U.S. Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (24-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., and former California state champion Christopher Martin (28-4-3, 9 KOs) of Chula Vista, Calif., has been elevated to the co-feature of this Saturday’s Showtime Extreme broadcast, to take place at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash. The Russell vs. Martin rpelaces a bout between Anthony Peterson and Yakabu Amido. Peterson will now box off-TV against Mexico's Héctor Velázquez (56-24-3, 38 KOs). In another change to the televised lineup, Philadelphia's Julian “J Rock” Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs) will now be opposed by Jamar Freeman of Wilson, N.C. in a ten-round junior middleweight clash. Freeman (13-3-2, 7 KOs) is a late substitute for Mexico’s Edgar “Nene” Ortega, who withdrew due to an injury suffered in training.
|Canadian update: undercard press conference for Friday's Quebec show|
Press Release: Jo Jo Dan, Kevin Bizier, Artur Beterbiev and Jeff Page Jr. held a press conference at Houston's Bar & Grill in Quebec City on Wednesday just two days before their bouts on the undercard of this Friday's Showtime Boxing from Pepsi Coliseum. Bizier (23-1, 16 KOs), of Quebec, will face the only man to defeat him, Canadian-based Romanian Dan (33-2, 18 KOs) in an IBF welterweight eliminator, with the winner getting in line to face Kell Brook - in the co-feature of a four-fight telecast. In the opening bout of the telecast, two-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), who twice beat WBO/WBA/IBF Champion Sergey Kovalev in the amateurs, will square off with fellow unbeaten Page (15-0, 10 KOs), of Andover, Kansas, in a ten-round light heavyweight scrap. Here's what the boxers had to say on Wednesday:
|Done Deal: Kovalev-Pascal, March 14th on HBO|
Press Release: Main Events and InterBox announced today that on March 14, 2015, the Montréal Bell Centre will host WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev's title defense against former world champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). Tickets to this megafight, which will also be broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing throughout the United States, go on sale Saturday, December 20th 2014 at 10 AM. A press conference is scheduled to take place early next week. Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) is coming off a victory over Bernard Hopkins that added the WBA and IBF titles to the WBO belt he previously held.
|GH3 signs 122-pounder Adam Lopez|
Press Release: GH3 Promotions has announced the signing of super bantamweight Adam Lopez to an exclusive promotional contract. Lopez of San Antonio, Texas has a record of 9-0 with four knockouts was a 6-time national amateur champion who traveled and fought for Team USA. Lopez turned pro on February 4, 2012 with a first-round stoppage over Richard Hernandez. He is trained by former champion Carlos "Famoso" Hernandez and trains out of the Castillo Boxing Club in San Antonio. Lopez was introduced to GH3 Promotions CEO Vito Mielnicki by Ron Sims. Lopez describes himself as an aggressive counter puncher. His next bout is being planned for February.
|Stevenson, Sukhotskiy conduct final presser in Quebec|
Press Release: World light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1) (pictured) and Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy (22-2) held a final press conference on Tuesday in Quebec City, Canada in preparation for their showdown on Friday, Dec. 19th, which will air in the United States on Showtime. Joining the main event fighters at Tuesday’s press conference was super middleweight contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), who will face Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) in an IBF super middleweight elimination bout. Here’s what the participants had to say on Tuesday:
|All Boxing Everything: who will stand up and dream for a better sport?, By Ben Dean|
It has been said that some of the greatest ideas known to humankind were birthed during a dream-like state. Simply put, some great things became reality because someone dared to dream them first. Dared to dream that they didn't have to be relegated to possibility, but could become reality. Recently, I was listening to a hip hop track by Lupe Fiasco titled All Black Everything... While listening to this tune, my mind drifted to the current state of boxing. What would happen if we were in a paradoxical state? What if we could create anomalies where what's wrong can be made right, and what's broken can be fixed?
|ESPN2 Jan. 9th co-feature announced|Press Release:
Junior middleweight Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs), returns to the ring against Argentina's Sebastian Lujan (43-8-2, 26 KOs) on January 9, 2015 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The ten-round bout will serve as the chief support for a bout between Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) and Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). Both fights will air live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
|Ben Dean's weekend wrap-up, By Ben Dean|
Amir Khan took a wide unanimous decision over Devon Alexander this weekend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Khan got off to a fast start and proved why many felt he had the superior boxing skills as well as hand and foot speed advantage coming into this bout. It'll be interesting to see where he goes next. Khan has made it no secret that he wants a Floyd Mayweather bout above all, but Mayweather is at least saying publicly that he prefers to fight Manny Pacquaio on May 2nd if an agreement on finances can be reached.
|Boxing returns to St. Louis this Saturday|
This Saturday, December 20th, a professional boxing show will take place at the Casa Loma Ballroom in St. Louis, MO, featuring local talent Stephon Young, Derrick Murray, Samir Simpson-Bey, Kenny Porter, Sharon Carter and Jarvis Williams. The main event is a heavyweight bout featuring Tex Trismegistus (9-0) against Charles Ellis (9-2-1). Tickets can be purchased by calling 314-662-2000. For additional information, click the link to view the Rumble Time Promotions website at: http://rumbletimepromotionsllc.com --Doveed Linder
|Eric Bentley hired by DiBella Entertainment|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has hired a new Director of Boxing Operations and Matchmaking, Eric Bentley. A native of New York, Bentley had worked for the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for over five years and served as its Director of Boxing under Executive Director David Berlin. He was also a finalist for the Executive Director position of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in early 2014. "DiBella Entertainment has strengthened itself greatly with the hiring of Eric Bentley," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Eric was previously a quality matchmaker and then a highly respected executive with the New York State Athletic Commission. He will bolster my staff, which is already one of the finest in the boxing promotional business."
|Oquendo files lawsuit over Chagaev bout|
Press Release: Heavyweight Fres Oquendo has filed a lawsuit in New York City against German-based promoter Terek Box Event seeking damages of $5 million and an injunction to prevent the promoter from promoting Ruslan Chagaev in any bouts until it first gives Oquendo the rematch he says he was promised. On July 6, 2014 in Grozny Chechnya, Oquendo fought Chagaev for the vacant WBA regular heavyweight title (which became vacant after Wladimir Klitschko defeated Alexander Povetkin in October 2013). Chagaev, the hometown favorite was awarded a majority decision with one judge ruling the fight a draw and the other two judges finding for Chagaev by only one round. Oquendo also is in the process of appealing a December 3, 2014 WBA resolution which suspended Oquendo until December 6, 2014 for allegedly having tested positive for a women’s breast cancer drug by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
|Casimiero prevails in flyweight eliminator|
John Riel Casimero TKO2 Armando Santos... Former IBF junior flyweight titlist John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero (20-2, 13 KOs) won via second-round stopage over Mexico's Armando "Cobra" Santos (14-4-1, 8 KOs) in an IBF flyweight elimination bout held in Mexico this weekend. A left hook put Santos down hard at the conclusion of round one and Casimero finished the job on the still-dazed Santos seconds into the second round. The win gives Casimiero, of The Philippines, the right to face Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng (or his upcoming challenger Zou Shiming of China, should Shiming take the IBF title). The 24-year-old Casimero lost his IBF junior flyweight title on the scales seven months ago. source: sampson boxing press release
|The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: results from around the world|
Patrick Nielsen W10 Lukasz Wawrzyczek ... Danish middleweight Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) returned to winning ways in front of his home fans in Denmark over the weekend. Coming off a loss to Dmitry Chudinov, Nielsen outpointed Poland's Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-4-2, 3 KOs). "This fight was all about rebuilding,’’ said Nielsen. "Mentally, it’s been difficult to get back on track following my loss in Moscow, but I did it and I’m very happy to get the win. Wawrzyczek was a tricky opponent. It was hard to get close to him, so I didn’t get the knockout that I was looking for. But the important thing is I’m back, and back with a victory. 2014 was not the best year for me, but 2015 will definitely be my year.’’ source: sauerland event
|Stiverne-Wilder announced for Jan 17th on Showtime|Press Release:
Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, is set to defend his WBC heavyweight title against knockout specialist Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 17th. The potentially explosive bout will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and be televised live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/7p.m. PT).
|Amir Khan too much for Devon Alexander|
Amir Khan W12 Devon Alexander... In Las Vegas, Amir Khan won a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander in a battle of two welterweight contenders vying for a shot at Floyd Mayweather. Khan was judged the victor by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. With the win, Khan remained undefeated at 147 pounds and extended his winning streak against southpaws to seven. source: showtime
|Thurman tops Bundu: ringside coverage, Dontae Williams @ ringside|
Keith Thurman W12 Leonard Bundu... In what was supposed to be an easy showcase performance for Keith "One Time" Thurman Leonard Bundu made the fight look more like Miguel Vasquez vs Mickey Bey. In other words, the fight was much closer then the 120-107 scores that all three judges had. Everyone surrounding me in the media section watching the fight felt the fight was very close. One thing that was very clear watching this fight is despite Thurman being a power puncher he is definitely not an inside fighter. After catching Bundu in the first round with a clean left hook and knocking him down, Thurman seemed to focus on nothing but landing one single knockout punch and when he couldn't land that "one time" shot again Thurman seemed to have a difficult time finding answers in the ring.
|Bradley-Chaves scored a draw, By Scott Shaffer|
Timothy Bradley W12 Diego Chaves… In Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley battled a badly swollen left eye against Diego Chaves of Argentina and came away with a draw. Bradley, a former two-division world champion, also had some swelling in his jaw, and perhaps the facial damage affected the judging. The welterweight bout was scored 116-112 Chaves, 115-113 Bradley and 114-114. HBO's Harold Lederman agreed with the verdict, favoring Bradley 116-112. Lederman's daughter Julie was the official judge who voted for Chaves. Both boxers threw almost the exactly the same number of punches, but Compubox easily favored Bradley in terms of punches landed, 225-152. Now 31-1-1, Bradley took the result calmly but maintained he deserved the victory. Bradley's previous fight was a loss to Manny Pacquiao in April. Before that, Bradley benefitted from controversial scoring, as he received a dubious decision over Pacquiao in their first fight. Chaves, now 23-2-1, was coming off a disqualification loss to Brandon Rios. source: hob
|Lee stops Korobov in come-from-behind victory, By Scott Shaffer|
Andy Lee TKO6 Matt Korobov… Emanuel Steward's Kronk Gym produced its final champion tonight as Andy Lee stopped Matt Korobov in the sixth round to claim the vacant WBO middleweight title in Las Vegas. Lee, from Ireland, spent many years under the late Steward's tutelage, and dedicated tonight's win to his mentor, who passed away in 2012. The underdog Lee was losing on all three scorecards to Korobov, a former Olympian from Russia who was undefeated as a pro. In the sixth round, Korobov hurt Lee, but a Lee counter right hand hurt Korobov even worse, and sent him staggering back. It took Lee a second to realize he had hurt Korobov, but when he did, he jumped on Korobov, winging in punches from all angles while Korobov covered up. When Korobov failed to throw punches back at Lee, the referee stopped the bout. Lee, 34-2, picks up the WBO middleweight title that Peter Quillin vacated because he didn't want to face Korobov. Quillin cannot feel good about that decision now. source: hbo
|Judges rob Herrera, give Benavides an undeserved decision, By Scott Shaffer|
Jose Benavides W12 Mauricio Herrera… An excellent junior welterweight bout in Las Vegas was marred by horrible scoring that favored the boxer with Nevada-based promoter Top Rank. Mauricio Herrera fought a taller, longer, younger and undefeated Jose Benavides, Jr. and after some rough moments, Herrera took the 22 year old to school over the second half of the twelve-round bout. Herrera's biggest problem seemed to be that he is not exclusively promoted by Top Rank. Officially, Benavides won by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 (twice). Those scores did not reflect reality. HBO's Harold Lederman scored it 116-112 for Herrera, and Compubox Punch Stats showed Herrera outlanding Benavides 285 punches to 250. Herrera started off well but faltered in the middle rounds. But when the momentum shifted to Benavides, Herrera turned it back, landing a large number of punches to Benavides' body. As the rounds wore on, Benavides' trainer/father, Jose Sr. urged his son to try for a knockout, a likely indicator even Benavides' dad had Herrera ahead. A furious twelfth round saw both fighters successfully land hard punches. Benavides wins the WBA 140-pound interim title but does not deserve to be called a champion. For Herrera, 2014 was a tough year as he lost a disputed decision to world champion Danny Garcia and then got held up without a gun tonight. source: hbo
|Keith Thurman decisions Leonard Bundu, By Scott Shaffer|
Keith Thurman W12 Leonard Bundu… Surprisingly, Keith Thurman was in a non-fan friendly fight. Thurman knocked down Leonard Bundu in the first round but fought less aggressively than usual against the 40 year-old Italian-based welterweight. Thurman was credited with a 120-107 win on all three official scorecards, but he finished with redness under his eyes and his performance was booed by the crowd. Thurman should not be criticized. He had been off for eight months due to an injured shoulder, and Bundu was a crafty, awkward foe, switching back and forth between left and right-handed stances. Thurman is likely to face Marcos Maidana next and that fight surely will restore Thurman's status as an all-action fighter. source: showtime
|Mares stops game Ramirez in five, By Hunter Leon|
Abner Mares TKO5 Jose Ramirez: Former three-division champion Abner Mares improved his record to 28-1-1 with a dominant performance over the game but overweight Jose Ramriez. The bout was an all-out slugfest fought at very close range throught. Mares dropped Ramirez three times with powerful combinations prompting the Ramirez corner to stop the bout after the fifth round. Two of the knockdowns saw Ramirez being held up by the ropes or going down on a push, but the last one dropped him on the seat of his pants. Source: Showtime
|Jermell Charlo makes easy work of Lenny Bottai, By Hunter Leon|
Jermell Charlo TKO3 Lenny Bottai... Undefeated junior middleweight Jermell Charlo improved to 20-0 with 16 KOs dominating Italy's Lenny Bottai from the opening bell. A powerful Charlo left hook ended the fight via TKO 38 seconds into the third round. The outclassed Bottai failed to do much as he only threw power punches and failed to use his jab. Bottai beat the ten count but referee Jay Nady wisely waved the fight off a split second before the Bottai corner threw in the towel. With the win, Charlo is now the IBF mandatory challenger to Corneilus Bundrage. Source: Showtime
|Showtime Extreme results: Victor Ortiz earns a win|Errol Spence TKO5 Javier Castro…
The Showtime Extreme telecast from Las Vegas started out with an extremely one-sided bout in which 2012 Olympian Errol Spence punished Mexico's Javier Castro for five rounds until the referee showed mercy for Castro. There were no knockdowns but Castro absorbed a tremendous number of punches and Spence landed practically every punch he threw. Although Spence is normally a welterweight, this bout was fought at junior middle to accommodate Castro, who took the fight on a couple of weeks notice. Spence improves to 15-0 and is clearly ready for better competition than Castro, who falls to 27-8.
Jermell Charlo W10 Mario Lozano… Jermell Charlo shut out Mario Lozano, wining all ten rounds on all three judges' scorecards in a junior middleweight bout. Sho Stats showed Charlo landing 171 punches compared to just 59 for Lozano. Lozano, who has now lost three straight, heads back to Mexico with his pro record reading 27-6. Charlo improves to 25-0 and needs more challenging opponents.
Victor Ortiz TKO3 Manuel Perez... Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz got his first win in over three years, a third-round stoppage of Colorado's Manuel Perez. Ortiz landed a nice combination punctuated by a hard left to Perez's chin to put Perez down. Perez beat the count but the referee decided to stop the bout when Perez was a little slow to respond to a question. Ortiz snaps a three-fight losing streak and improves to 30-5-2 while Perez drops to 22-12-1. source for all results: showtime extreme
|Skoglund gets decision over Johnson|
Erik Skoglund W10 Glen Johnson... In Denmark, Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund defeated former world champion Glen Johnson via unanimous decision. The judges scored the ten-round bout 97-93 (twice) and 98-92. Skoglund's pro record is now 22-0, while the 45 year-old Johnson falls to 54-20-2. source: sauerland facebook page
|Mayweather claims he wants to fight Pacquiao, From Showtime Press Release|
Here is what Floyd Mayweather told Showtime's Steve Farhood last night about the possibility of fighting Manny Pacquiaio:"I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao, we're trying to make the fight happen. Years ago we had problems with random blood and urine testing. I just want to have an even playing field,” said Mayweather. "It's a little bit of everything that makes me want this fight because he's not on my level. The fans would love to see the fight and of course I want to go out with a bang. So let's make this fight happen. Let's make this fight for the people, for the fans. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao May 2, Cinco de Mayweather." The public perception is that Mayweather has been avoiding Pacquiao.
|Erislandy Lara defeats Ishe Smith, Showtime results|
Erislandy Lara W12 Ishe Smith... Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) won a convincing twelve-round unanimous decision victory over Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) in San Antonio, Texas. After a strong first round for Smith, Lara dominated the remainder of the fight using a combination of movement, speed and accuracy to secure the decision 117-111, 119-109 (twice). Lara remains the holder of the WBA 154-pound title. source: showtime press release
|Daily Bread Friday Edition: (12-12-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Real quick, we have lots of televised fights this weekend starting Friday. Give me your picks and star the ones you are most sure about? Bread’s Response: *Erislandy Lara UD over Ishe Smith, *Jermall Charlo by obliteration over Lenny Bottai, Keith Thurman over Leonard Bundu, Amir Khan over Devon Alexander, *Tim Bradley UD over Diego Chaves, Benavides upset, Andy Lee vs. Matt Korobov is a pick 'em to me.
|Sampson Lewkowicz vows to do right by Tyson Cave|
Edited Press Release: In the wake of a very bad decision that awarded an interim title to Oscar Escandon when it was clear that Tyson Cave outboxed him in Temecula, California last night, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz congratulated Oscar Escandon (24-1, 14 KOs) but vowed to make up the injustice to Cave. Lewkowicz promotes both junior featherweights. Because of the controversy over the scoring (117-111, 115-113 Escandon against 115-113 Cave), Lewkowicz honorably gave Cave (22-3, 6 KOs) the following assurance: "I think there is enough question about the decision that I want Tyson Cave to know something: If the WBA doesn't order an immediate rematch of this fight, I am personally making a promise to him that I will get him another big opportunity. He will be back, no matter what." To most, it appeared Cave had soundly outboxed Escandon. "I will see what the WBA does before I make the next move with either fighter," continued Lewkowicz. "And then either they will fight again to prove one clear winner or one will go after (WBA Champ) Scott Quigg and I will find the other another big fight."
|Glen Johnson, Erik Skoglund make weight|
Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) and Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their ten-round light heavyweight showdown on Saturday (December 13) at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. Skoglund weighed 173.7 pounds, while the always-fit Johnson came in at 173.5 source: sauerland event
|Mexico hosts Casmiero-Santos flyweight eliminator on Saturday|
Press Release: At the Salon Las Palmas in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday, Mexico City's Armando "Cobra" Santos (14-3-1, 8 KOs) faces Filipino John Riel Casimero (20-2, 12 KOs) in a twelve-round IBF flyweight eliminator that will air on Fox Deportes and Televisa. The winner gets in line for a shot at the title held by Thailand's Amnat Ruenrong. In the co-feature, Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (20-0-1, 14 KOs) battles Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico's Genaro "Duro" Camargo (39-15, 32 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout.
|Tarver saves career by stopping Banks, By Scott Shaffer|
Antonio Tarver TKO7 Johnathon Banks… Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver kept his career going at age 46 with a seventh-round technical knockout of a listless Jhonathon Banks in Temecula, California. Tarver, who moved up to heavyweight in 2012 and then saw his career stall when he was caught with performance-enhancing drugs in his system, rebounded from 14 months of inactivity with a win over a much younger but similarly inactive Banks. He floored Banks in the seventh round and, after Banks got up, Tarver landed heavy punches until the fight was stopped. Now 29-3-1, Banks hasn't won since 2012 and looks completely finished as a legitimate contender. His performance was poor against Banks. Luckily, he has his trainer's gig with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to fall back on. Afterwards, Tarver called out David Haye and Klitschko. source: espn2
|Trout stymies Grajeda, By Scott Shaffer|
Austin Trout TKO7 Luis Grajeda… Also in Temecula, California, former 154-pound champion Austin Trout got his second straight win flowing two losses in 2013. Trout (28-2) pressured Luis Grajeda for seven rounds, working the body effectively until Grajeda quit on his stool after seven rounds. Trout was credited with a knockdown in the fifth round when the boxers' feet tangled as Trout landed an insignificant body punch. Grajeda, from Mexico, drops to 18-4-2. In 2013, Trout lost to Erislandy Lara and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Trout hadn't won by stoppage since 2011. source: espn2
|Escandon wins garbage decision over Cave, By Scott Shaffer|Oscar Escandon W12 Tyson Cave
… A grave injustice was done to Canada's Tyson Cave in Temecula, California on Thursday. Cave appeared to beat Colombia's Oscar Escandon easily. Cave outboxed and outmaneuvered Escandon but the 122-pound bout was scored 117-111 and 115-113 for Escandon, and 115-113 for Cave, giving Escandon a split decision win. ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas scored it for Cave 118-110 and expressed outrage over the verdict. Fans voting through ESPN's Facebook page scored all twelve rounds for Cave, who appeared stunned by the result. With the win, Escandon grabs a paper title, the WBA 122-pound interim championship. The egregious 117-111 scorecard was turned in by Raul Caiz, Jr., who should be viewed with great suspicion henceforth.
Terrell Gausha TKO8 Cesar Vila… On the undercard, 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha landed a four-punch combination that decked Cesar Vila and ended the junior middleweight bout in the eight round. Gausha improved to 13-0 while Vila dropped to 7-2. source for both results: espn2
|Ben Dean's analysis of Khan-Alexander, By Ben Dean|
This weekend Amir Khan and Devon Alexander (pictured) will tangle to see who belongs to the elite upper echelon of the welterweight division and possibly qualifies for a shot at Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Let me preface my look at this fight by admitting that I'm a fan of Alexander's trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham and the rest of Cunningham's stable of fighters. My breakdown and prediction for Khan-Alexander is as follows:
|ROYAL BATTLE: AMIR KHAN VS. DEVON ALEXANDER” FIGHTER GRAND ARRIVALS, MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES|
Press Release – British superstar and former world 140-pound champion Amir “King” Khan and former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” made their arrivals and performed a light workout on Wednesday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, just three days before their welterweight showdown this Saturday, Dec. 13, live on Showtime. Khan (29-3, 19 KOs), of Bolton, England, and Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs), of St. Louis, will square off in the main event of a quadrupleheader. In the co-feature, power-punching interim WBA welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs), of Clearwater, Fla., will defend against Leonard Bundu (31-0-2, 11 KOs), of Lazio, Italy. Here’s what the fighters had to say on Wednesday:
|Bradley-Chaves media workout quotes|
Press Release: World championship boxing returns to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this Saturday when former two-division champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, Jr. faces Argentina's Diego Chaves in a twelve-round welterweight rumble. The HBO broadcast will also feature WBA interim 140-pound titlist Mauricio Herrera defending against Jose Benavidez, Jr. and Matt Korobov vs. Andy Lee for the vacant WBO middleweight belt. These six boxers hosted media workouts today at the Top Rank Gym. Here are their quotes:
|Friday's line-up for Chicago revealed by Warriors|
Press Release: The full card has been announced for Warrior's Boxing's 14-fight event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, December 12th. Jose Felix Quezada (4-0, 3 KOs) of Alsip, Illinois will face Marlon Lewis of Memphis, Tennessee (6-5-2, 3 KOs) in a lightweight six-rounder; undefeated Eddie Ramirez will face Dedrick Bell (12-21-1) of Memphis in a junior welterweight six-rounder; and Patryk Szymanski (11-0, 6 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, will take on Tuscaloosa, Alabama's more experienced Gundrick King (18-13, 11 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-rounder. In the night's main event, three-time Olympian and 2007 world amateur flyweight champion Rau'shee Warren (12-0, 3 KOs) of Cincinnati will take on California's Javier Gallo (21-10-1, 12 KOs) in a ten-round bantamweight duel. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets or 1-800-745-3000; the Warriors Offices: 312-622-7668 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.
|Kiko Martinez, Gabriel Campillo to have homecoming bouts in Spain|
Press Release: Ex-IBF 122-pound titlist Kiko "La Sensación" Martinez and ex-WBA 175-pound titlist Gabriel "Chico Guapo" Campillo will return to action in their home country, Spain, this Friday, December 12, at the Palau Olímpic Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona. Martinez (31-5, 23 KOs) will drop back down to his natural weight of 118 to face French southpaw Amor Belahdi Ali (13-3-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round battle. Meanwhile, Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs), will stay busy while waiting for another high-profile showdown, will face Czech veteran Tomas Adamek (21-10-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round bout (not the former world champion Polish boxer with a similar name).
|Saturday features HBO/Showtime dueling dates|
Boxing fans will have a lot of action to choose from on Saturday night as HBO and Showtime continue their recent trend of head-to-head boxing broadcasts in December. HBO World Championship Boxing starts at 10 PM ET/PT this week, coming from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The HBO broadcast is headlined by former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, Jr. facing Argentina's Diego Chaves in a twelve-round welterweight rumble. Also on HBO will be Mauricio Herrera against Jose Benavidez, Jr. in defense of the WBA interim belt at 140 pounds as well as Matt Korobov against Andlt Lee for the WBO middleweight crown that Peter Quillin didn't really want. Meanwhile, Showtime Championship Boxing will also broadcast from Las Vegas. Welterweight contenders Amir Khan and Devon Alexander headline a four-bout show from the MGM Grand Arena. On the same event, Keith Thurman defends his interim WBA welterweight belt title against Leonard Bundu, Abner Mares faces Jose Ramirez in a ten-round featherweight bout and Jermall Charlo opens the 9 PM ET/PT telecast against Lenny Bottai in a twelve-round IBF 154-pound eliminator. Preliminary bouts will be televised on Showtime Extreme at 7 PM ET/PT).
|Johnson-Skoglund pre-fight quotes|
Press Release: It will be youth versus experience on Saturday night in Copenhagen when Swedish light heavyweight hopeful Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) takes on former world champion Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) in Copenhagen. Despite their difference in age, both men share a common goal. Johnson, the legendary Jamaican, knows that victory over the rising Swedish star will put him back on the path to bigger fights.
|How boxing prepared me for the business world, By Calvin Brock|
For a boxer, transitioning from the ring to a working profession that will provide enough income to support his lifestyle is very challenging. This is evidenced by the sturggles of so many athletes, not just in boxing, but across all sports. Many athletes, including boxers, fail at that transition, and wind up losing their hard-earned assets. And even a college education alone doesn't make a person valuable enough to demand a high salary from employers. On the positive side, boxers and other individual sport athletes have the advantage of being a business unto themselves, whereas team athletes are employees of their teams and don't get the experience of being a business. Fortunately for me, I always believed that boxing equipped me to run my own business. So that left me with the task of finding a product or service that is in demand and starting my own business. I have decided to open a roofing and nationwide guarantee company.
|Linder's Look at Khan-Alexander, By Doveed Linder|
For the past few years, fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have dominated the headlines. We as fans have been subjected to several unworthy pay-per-view events that came with a $70 price tag. I am talking about fights like Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana and Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri. Events like that are not what attracted me to this sport. I am a fan of competitive fights where both boxers have a realistic chance of winning. Khan-Alexander may not be the Super Bowl of boxing, but it’s a good match-up between two top ten welterweights who are both in their prime. Being that I’m still passionate about this sport and want to remain involved as a writer, I listened in as Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, and their respective trainers Virgil Hunter and Kevin Cunningham spoke about Saturday’s event. Here is my breakdown of Saturday's big fight:
|Ishe Smith, Erislandy Lara discuss Friday's fight|
Press Release: Erislandy Lara will face Ishe Smith in a junior middleweight twelve rounder. The fight night takes place Friday, December 12th at the Alamodome's Illusions Theater in San Antonio, Texas. Showtime will broadcast along with two other match-ups. The opening bout will be Chris Pearson versus Steve Martinez and Badou Jack against Francisco Sierra. Here is what Lara, Smith and their respective trainers had to say on a conference call:
|Wilie Monroe Jr. to test self vs. Bryan Vera|
Press Release: On Friday, January 16, 2015, Willie Monroe Jr. will take on Bryan Vera in a middleweight bout that will be part of an ESPN2 telecast from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Monroe of Rochester, New York has a record of 18-1 with 6 KOs and is riding an eight-fight win streak. Monroe's career is progressing on the strength of his Boxcino tournament win earlier this year. He defeated Donatas Bondorovas, previously undefeated Vitalii Kopylenko and previously undefeated Brandon Adams.
|Jermain Taylor appears in Arkansas court|
Jermain Taylor appeared in a Little Rock, Arkansas court today and pleaded not guilty to the shooting of his cousin. KTHV reported that Taylor is not due back in court until June. The cousing was shot twice at Taylor's house, with Taylor making incriminating admissions during a 911 call. Taylor remains entitled to the presumption of innocence. With charges of battery and aggravated assault pending since the August incident, Taylor captured the IBF middleweight title from Sam Soliman this fall. --Scott Shaffer
|Tarver not concerned about ring rust|
Press Release: Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs) says he is not concerned about his inactivity in advance of his first time in more than a year, this Thursday against Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Tarver-Banks is a ten-round heavyweight fight airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Tarver suffered a now-fully-healed fractured thumb to his left hand, close to the wrist, postponing the original September 29th fight date versus Banks. The 1996 U.S. Olympian has had only five fights in the last six years.
|Abraham grants Smith a rematch|
Press Release: Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) will defend his WBO 168-pound title against Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) on February 21st at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany, in a return of their September showdown. In their first meeting Abraham retained his title with a unanimous victory over the former British champion. However, many felt the judges’ scorecards failed to reflect the close encounter, leading to immediate calls for a rematch.
|Formerly self-trained Shumenov now working with Salas|
Press Release: After being self-trained for his last three fights, former WBA light heavyweight titlist Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) is now working in Las Vegas with head trainer Ismael Salas of Cuba. Salas, who has trained Guillermo Rigondeaux, Yuriokis Gamboa, Danny Green, Jesse Vargas and Jorge Linares, is preparing Shumenov for his cruiserweight debut this Saturday night (Dec. 13th) against West Virginia's Bobby Thomas Jr. (14-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round undercard bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
|Roc Nation's inaugural card to feature Hernandez-Harrison vs. Rainone|
New York welterweight Tommy Rainone (22-5-1) announced on his Facebook page that he has signed a contract to face Dusty Hernandez Harrison (24-0) on January 9th at New York City's Madison Square Garden. According toRainone, Fox Sports 1 will televise. UPDATE: The show will be promoted by Roc Nations Sports under the brand name "throne boxing." Roc Nation confirmed the venue will be The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Roc Nation's press release states that "the January 9th edition of throne boxing will feature several notable Roc Nation touches that will further serve spectators with an enhanced fan experience, including live performances by key Roc Nation artists and talent. One dollar for every ticket purchased for the January 9 edition of throne boxing will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center. Get tickets at ticketmaster.com today starting at 1PM ET." --Scott Shaffer
|Boyd Melson and Team Fight To Walk reach out to Paul Williams|
Press Release: Former champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams is the newest member of Team Fight to Walk. A fixture on the pound-for-pound lists and a fan favorite just a few years ago, Williams had an outstanding 41-2 record with 27 wins by knockout. He was paralyzed from the waist down following a motorcycle accident in May 2012. Even after becoming a paraplegic from the accident, Williams maintained his signature smile and a great attitude. Recently, Williams connected with Team Fight to Walk co-founder Boyd Melson in New York City, where he helped Williams find speaking engagements.
|More European results|
Andrey Meryasev KO3 Sebastian Skrzypczynski... In Liverpool, England, Russian middleweight Andrey Meryasev remained undefeated, knocking out Sebastian Skrzypczynski from Poland in the third round. Meryasev, a 27-year-old from Saint Petersburg, engaged in an entertaining slugfest fwith his Poliosh opponent. Meryasev landed the most punches, but Skrzypczynski initially took them well and attempted to come right back with his own. However, in the third round it all ended suddenly but spectacularly when Meryasev (17-0) got through with a massive bodyshot that Skrzypczynski couldn’t recover from. Skrzypczynski, after victories in his four previous bouts, drops to 11-9-2. source wbf press release
|Comanche Nation in Oklahoma to host boxing/MMA show|
Press Release: A pro boxing / MMA combined show will take place at the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma on December 13th. The featured boxing bout will see the pride of the Comanche Nation, George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah (34-1) battling Terrance "The Big Hunter"' Jones of Oklahoma City in anm eight-round super middleweight bout. [Jones is 44 years old and has a 16-16-1 record]. Tickets can be purchased at the Player's Club in the Comanche Nation Casino, phone (580) 354-2000. The Comanche Nation Casino is located at 402 SE Interstate Drive in Lawton, Oklahoma, 73501.
|Pascal-Bolonti declared no contest with Bolonti leaving ring on a stretcher|
Jean Pascal NC Roberto Bolonti... In Montreal, light heavyweight contender Jean Pascal saw a tune-up bout end in confusion when his opponent was carried out of the ring on a stretcher. In the third round, Pascal hit Bolonti after the referee called for a break. The punch landed on Bolonti's jaw but did not look particularly damaging. Bolonti went down and stayed down until he was carried from the ring. The bout was belatedly ruled a no contest. In 38 previous pro fights, Bolonti had never been stopped. Pascal, whose promotional company is run by Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon, is supposed to face Sergey Kovalev in early 2015 for three of the four major titles at 175-pounds. source: montreal gazette
|Lemieux stops Rosado in ten|
David Lemieux TKO10 Gabriel Rosado... Canada's David Lemieux won a ferocious middleweight bout against Gabriel Rosado in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday. As it has done in several of his bouts, Rosado's left eye swelled closed, making it difficult for him to spot Lemieux's incoming right hands. The swelling began in the third round when Lemieux landed a big punch. The swelling began bothering Rosado immediately and clearly contributed to a knockdown a few seconds later. As the rounds went on and the eye worsened, the New York officials looked for an opportunity to stop the fight, but the iron-chinned Rosado never game them one. Finally in the tenth round, a commission doctor jumped on the apron and signaled the referee to stop the bout. Although the New York commission is still reeling from the severe brain injuries Magomed Abdusalomov suffered there a year ago, the decision to stop this fight was accpetable. Lemieux is now 33-2 and looks to be in the mix for a title shot at Gennady Golovkin. Rosado returns to Philadelphia at 21-9. With his tender eye, its hard to see how Rosado can do much better than he did tonight. source: hbo
|Undercard results from Brooklyn: Gomez gets back in win column|
Eddie Gomez W10 James Winchester... In non-televised action from Brooklyn, New York, Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (17-1, 10 KOs) boxed effectively after knocking down James Winchester (16-11, 6 KOs) in the first round on his way to a unanimous decision by three scores of 100-88. Gomez, from The Bronx, was coming off a loss to Francisco Santana. source for all results: golden boy press release
|Centeno wins with spectacular knockout|
Hugo Centeno KO5 James De La Rosa... In Brooklyn, New York, junior middleweight Hugo Centeno Jr. scored a beautiful knockout in the fifth round against James De La Rosa. Centeno, normally a right-handed boxer, switched to a southpaw stance and landed an overhand left that dropped De La Rosa face first to the canvas. The referee awarded Centeno a knockout without counting to ten. Centeno had previously dropped De La Rosa with a jab in the first round. Centeno, from Oxnard, California, is now 22-0 with 1 no contest. De La Rosa (23-3) was coming off a career-best win over Alfredo Angulo, but in truth, his two prior losses were to two less-than spectacular boxers. source: hbo
|Dulorme outlasts Lundy to win split decision|
Thomas Dulorme W10 Hank Lundy... In Brooklyn, New York, Puerto Rico's Thomas Dulorme scored a first round knockdown and barely withstood a furious rally from Philadelphia's Hank Lundy to win a split decision. The official scores for the junior welterweight bout were a divergent 96-93 Dulorme, 97-92 Dulorme and 96-93 Lundy. Compubox had the two boxers landing almost exactly the same number of punches, 152-151 for Dulorme. Lundy went down from an overhand right in the first round and was largely outboxed in the first half of the fight. An impassioned between-rounds speech by trainer Barry Hunter woke up Lundy in round six and turned the momentum of the bout. By the tenth and final round, Lundy was tired but determined, chasing the fleeing Dulorme (22-1) around the ring looking for a knockout. Lundy (25-4-1) fell just short. source: hbo
|Braehmer KOs Glazewski in 43 seconds|Jurgen Braehmer KO1 Pawel Glazewski... In Germany, Jürgen Braehmer landed a left to the liver that put Poland's Pawel Glazewski down for the count in the first round. Braehmer needed just 43 seconds to defend his WBA regular light heavyweight title. Braehmer is now 45-2, while overrated Glazewski falls to 23-3. source: sauerland event
Isaac Rodrigues KO8 Jose Pinzon... In Belem, Brazil, middleweight Isaac Rodriguez hosted Mexico's Jose Pinzon in a toe-to-toe fight. The fight was all action from the start, with neither fighter willing to take a backwards step. The end didn’t come until round eight, at which point the crowd had been treated to some good exchanges and a few shaky moments for the hometown hero. However, Rodrigues landed a left uppercut/right hook combination that sent Pinzon hard to the canvas and ended the bout. Now the holder of the WBF title, Rodrigues (21-2) is now due to fight Gevorg Khatchikian (21-1) from the Netherlands next year. Pinzon falls to 25-8.
Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf W12 Toni Visic ... In Issy Les Moulineaux, France, Algerian-born Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf defeated Croatia's Toni Visic in a cruiserweight bout. With Benmaklouf attempting to be the aggressor, Visic was doing his best to counter. It was at times a sloppy fight, and none of the boxers was able to take full control. Benmakhlouf was cut on the cheek in round ten after an accidental foul, but managed to pull through as Visic became more aggressive at the end. Official scores were 115-113 (twice) and 115-112. Benmakhlouf, who’s only defeat in the last six years was on points to the legendary Roy Jones Jr., can now celebrate Christmas with a 20-4-1 record, while Visic drops to a misleading 15-16-1 after winning five of his previous six. source for both results: wbf
|Masternak defeats Mormeck in France|
Mateusz Masternak W10 Jean Marc Mormeck In France, cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak of Poland defeated former world champion Jean Marc Mormeck. Masternak won the ten-round bout, held in Mormeck's home country, by majority decision. One judge scored it even, but the other two favored Masternak by 98-92 and 99-92. Masternak is now 34-2, with two consecutive wins after a loss to Youri Kalenga. The semi-active and faded Mormeck is now 37-6. He has fought three times in the last four years, including a very ill-fated foray into the ring against world champion Wladimir Klitschko. source: youtube video
|Dulorme and Lundy make weight|
Press Release: Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) and his opponent Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) both made weight for their junior welterweight bout taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dulorme came in at 139 pounds, while Lundy weighed the division limit, 140. The two combatants will fight each other as part of a special triple-header edition of HBO Boxing After Dark. The ten-round bout takes place today (Saturday, December 6, 2014) with the show being headlined by David Lemieux vs. Gabriel Rosado.
|We'll see what Glen Johnson has left next week|
Press Release: Erik Skoglund (21-0-0, 11 KOs) is confident he has the beating of legendary Jamaican boxer Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) when the pair meet on December 13th at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. ”Johnson has my respect, but I’m not afraid,” said the self-assured Swede. “It’s going to be an interesting matchup. Johnson has a lot of experience, he is a living legend, while I’m a young up and coming fighter, chasing a world title." Since suffering four straight losses from 2011-2012, Johnson has stayed active in non-championship fights, going 3-1 from 2013 to the present. Johnson last fought in June in the Congo, getting stopped in nine rounds by a legitimate contender, Ilunga Makabu.
|Laredo to host 10-bout boxing/MMA show next month|
Laredo, Texas will host a boxing / mixed martial arts show on Friday, January 16th. Triple-A Promotions will present the show at the Laredo Energy Arena and it will feature six boxing bouts and four MMA fights. Triple-A is planning to headline the event with a female world title fight. “We are very excited to be hosting for the first time at the LEA some of the most promising and professional talent around. It is sure to be an excellent night for quality fighting,” said Xavier Villalon, General Manager of the Laredo Energy Arena. Tickets are on sale now at the LEA box office, ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and select Ticketmaster outlets. source: Christian Schmidt / Triple-A Promotions
|Mancini, Bowe, Hamed top 2015 Hall of Fame class|
Press Release: The International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in Canastota, New York has announced its class of 2015 inductees: lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, world heavyweight champion Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe and world featherweight champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed in the Modern category; light flyweight champion Yoko Gushiken in the Old-Timer category; booking agent/manager Rafael Mendoza and referee Steve Smoger in the Non-Participant category; and editor / journalist Nigel Collins and broadcaster Jim Lampley in the Observer category. The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Masao Ohba and Ken Overlin in the Old-Timer Category; and publicist John F.X. Condon in the Non Participant Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. The 2015 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 11-14th in Canastota, NY.
|Sports writer Bryan Burwell passes away|
Sad news in boxing: talented sports columinst Bryan Burwell passed away after a battle with cancer. Burwell wrote for the St. Louis Post-Disptach, and before that, his work appeared in USA Today, the Detroit News, New York Daily News and Newsday. He always took an interest in boxing and was not afraid to speak his mind. A sample of his excellent boxing work can be found by clicking here
. Boxingtalk sends its condolences to Bryan's wife, daughter, family and friend. -Scott Shaffer
|Broadway Boxing results from NYC|
Heather Hardy W8 Elizabeth Anderson... On Wednesday in New York City, Heather "The Heat" Hardy defeated a very determined opponent from Salt Lake City, Elizabeth Anderson, in the main event of a Broadway Boxing show. In the eight-round junior featherweight bout, Hardy landed countershots with accuracy, bobbing and weaving to avoid Anderson's return fire. Anderson, though, was not deterred, continuing to trade leather no matter how often and hard she was hit, making for some exciting rounds. Hardy threw combinations to the body to slow Anderson down, which proved the difference during the later rounds. Often, Hardy would bend at the waist to make Anderson miss then pay with overhand rights. The judges' scores of 79-73, and 78-74 (twice), awarded Hardy, now 12-0, a unanimous decision victory, while Anderson dropped to 3-6. source: dibella entertainment
|Alvarado-Rios III coming on Jan. 24, 2015|
Press Release: Denver's "Mile High" Mike Alvarado and Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios of Oxnard, Calif. will host a Denver news conference next week to announce the thrd chapter of their rivalry. Boasting a combined record of 66-5-1 (45 KOs), each warrior owns a victory in the series -- both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013. The 12-round Rios-Alvarado III welterweight rumble will take place Saturday, January 24, 2015 in nearby Broomfield, CO and will be televised live on HBO.
|Abner Mares and Victor Ortiz meet the press|
Press Release: Abner Mares and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz participated in a media workout on Tuesday at the Del Mares Gym in Bell Gardens, Calif., as they prepare for separate Showtime-televised fights on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander on Saturday, Dec. 13th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs), a former three-division titlist, will be making his first start since reuniting with trainer Clemente Medina. He will face off against Mexico’s Jose Ramirez (25-4, 15 KOs) in a ten-round battle. Ortiz (29-5, 22 KOs), of Ventura, Calif. will battle Denver’s Manuel Perez (21-10-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round match that will be featured on the SHowtime extreme broadcast. Here’s what the boxers as well as trainers, Medina (Mares) and Joseph “Hoss” Janik (Ortiz’ Assistant Trainer to Joel Diaz), had to say Tuesday:
|Geale outclasses Fletcher to remain relevant at 160|
Daniel Geale W12 Jarrod Fletcher... In New South Wales, Australia, former WBA/IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale affirmed his continuing status as a top contender. Geale easily turned back Jarrod Fletcher's domestic challenge to win a wide twelve-round unanimous decision. Despite a record that now stands at 18-3, Fletcher was not in Geale's class. Fletcher was nearly knocked out in round nine. Round eleven was cut short after only two minutes of action, but it probably saved the built-up Fletcher from further punishment. Official scores were 119-108 times three. In Geale's prior bout, he was destroyed by Gennady Golovkin, probably the world's best middleweight. Now 31-3, Geale said afterwards he would like to come to America and face the lineal world middleweightchampion, Miguel Cotto. source: sydney morning herald
|Manny to Floyd: "Get in the ring!"|
Tired of Floyd Mayweather's social media insults, Manny Pacquiao fired back on Instagram yesterday, telling his potential rival, "Stop throwing punches on Instagram and let's get in the ring!" --Scott Shaffer
|Two bouts in one week for Swedish heavyweight|
Press Release: Heavyweight Otto Wallin (8-0, 6 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday night, just one week after his second-round TKO victory over Vjekoslav Bajic (8-8) last weekend. This time, the Swedish heavyweight heads to Oldenburg, Germany to take on Croatia's Jakov Gospic (15-10). Wallin said, "I’m looking forward to fighting again so soon. Bajic only lasted one round so I still feel fresh and I’m ready to get another victory. I think Gospic will be a step up. I expect him to pose more problems than Bajic, but if the opportunity comes for another early stoppage, I’m going to take it. I want to finish the year on a high!’’ The card will be topped by Juergen Braehmer defending his WBA regular light heavyweight belt against Pawel Glazewski. Tickets are available via eventim.de.
|Pesoli joins Margules, Decubas at Warriors|
Press Release: Warriors Boxing has named Dominic Pesoli to be its Vice President. Pesoli, the former President of Chicago-based 8 Count Productions, and the Windy City's top promoter, accepted the position after a long and healthy business relationship with Warriors. "Dominic has been a trusted advisor and business collaborator of Luis DeCubas and I for many years and I'm thrilled to add him to Warriors' expanding team." said Leon Margules. "Together we revived Chicago boxing and have made the UIC Pavilion a Midwest hotspot for big-time boxing."
|Bradley to be honored in Palm Springs|
Press Release: The Palm Springs (California) Walk of Stars will honor former two-division champion and Coachella Valley resident, Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr., with the 377th Golden Palm Star on The Palm Springs Walk of Stars during a star dedication ceremony December 6th, at Noon PT, at 110 N. Palm Canyon Drive. The public and media are invited to attend the star dedication ceremony. Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) is in training for his ring return, a twelve-round welterweight battle against Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, which will take place on Saturday, December 13th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
|Kovalev-Pascal likely for March 2015|
Press Release: InterBox, promoter of Jean Pascal, has announced an agreement with Main Events, promoter of Sergey Kovalev, for Pascal (29-2-1) to challenge Kovalev (26-0-1) if two obstacles can be overcome: 1) Pascal must defeal Roberto Bolonti this weekend; and 2) because Kovalev holds the IBF light heavyweight champinship, the agreement calls for Kovalev to obtain an exception from the IBF mandatory defense obligation. The IBF mandatory contender, Najib Mohammedi, is promoted by Main Events, so an IBF exception should be easy to obtain. If these conditions are met, Kovalev-Pascal will take place in Montreal or Quebec City next March. Kovalev hold the IBF, WBO and WBA championships, while Pascal is ranked #1 in the WBO. Pascal, a former world light heavyweight champion, is also ranked #1 by the WBC.
|N.J. promoter says he offered Mayweather $110 million for Pacquiao fight plus future rights|
Edited Press Release: Long-time boxing executive M. Akbar Muhammad says that an investment group from the United Arab Emirates has made an offer to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mayweather Promotions to fight Manny Pacquiao during the first half of 2015. According to Muhammad, the offer is worth $110 million, which is likely the largest in the history of boxing. “I’ve been instructed by the group to do whatever it takes to bring this long-awaited and eagerly anticipated fight to fruition,” said Muhammad. “There’s absolutely no doubt that each fighter, individually, will receive more money than any other boxer has in the past. “The combined purses offered are approaching $200 million,” said Muhammad. “And, rest assured, we have the resources to do just that.”
|Wesner-Chamie set for Vienna this weekend|Press Release:
Austria-based German Nicole Wesner turned professional at age 33, but she has wasted no time since, compiling an
8-0 record in her lightweight campaign. Wesner will face 24 year-pld Gina Chamie (11-1) from Hungary. Chamie's only defeat came against WBF super featherweight ruler Ramona Kuehne earlier this year in Germany. They will face each other on December 6th in Vienna.
|Star of David inks Russian cruiserweight Alexey Zubov|
Press Release: Dmitriy Salita's Star of David Promotions has added cruiserweight Alexey Zubov to its roster. Zubov, a Russian-born boxer with a tremendous amateur predigree is 6-0 as a professional. The 28-year-old right-hander Zubov stands over 6'2", has power in both hands, and will be moving to New York City shortly. Zubov will fight on on Jan. 22nd in New York City's Webster Hall.
|Pascal-Bolonti to be shown on PPV|
Press Release: Former world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) risks his WBC and WBO mandatory contender status this Saturday night against Argentinian invader Roberto "The Beast" Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) in the ten-round main event on a pay-per-view card, presented by Interbox, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. [Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon is Pascal's advisor and the CEO of Pacsal's promotional company]. Bolonti was originally scheduled to fight Lucian Bute, who was forced to pull out of the fight with a back injury, and Pascal was supposed to fight Donovan George.
|Chinese heavyweight Zhang Junlong scores notable victory|
Zhang Junlong TKO3 Jason Gavern... Big Chinese heavyweight Zhang Junlong recorded a career-best win on Sunday in Wuhan, China, defeating American Jason Gavern. Nicknamed “The Dragon King”, Junlong dominated the experienced and usually tough Gavern, scoring one knockdown in round three before referee Wang Yuejin declared the local man a TKO winner. Few other opponents, including big names such as Deontay Wilder, Oleg Maskaev, Denis Boytsov and Steve Cunningham, have managed to defeat Gavern more convincingly. With the victory, Junlong improved to 8-0 since turning pro in October 2012. Heis age is listed as 34 (Junlong should not be confused with another Chinese heavyweight, Zhang Zhilei who won an Olympic medal and is 1-0 as a pro). Gavern, who a year ago defeated James Toney, falls to 28-18-4. source: wbf press release
|Hurd to step up vs. Mitchell in Philly this weekend|
Press Release: This Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia, Jarrett Hurd will take on Eric Mitchell in an eight-round middleweight main event. Hurd steps in for Harry Joe Yorgey. Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland is 24 years old and has a record of 13-0 with 8 KOs. He 24 year-old began his career in 2012 and his best win to date came via split decision over Chris Chatman (12-4-1). Hurd has stopped his two most recent opponents in the first round, including Terry Cade on on November 1st in Washington, D.C. Mitchell of Philadelphia is 45 years old and has a record of 23-11-2 with 11 KOs. Mitchell fought in July, a six-round draw vs. Yorgey.
|David Price withdraws from Dec. 6th bout|
Press Release: Heavyweight David Price’s ring return has been delayed by a minor injury. Price, from England but under contract to German promoter Sauerland Event, suffered a slight tear in his left bicep during sparring and has been advised to pull out of his scheduled bout with Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (18-13-3, 9 KOs) on December 6th in Oldenburg, Germany. Price’s withdrawal is the latest injury blow to the December 6th show in Oldenburg. Yoan Pablo Hernandez was forced to postpone his IBF cruiserweight title defense against Ola Afolabi due to an elbow injury sustained in training