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Matthysse vs. Peterson set for May 18th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City

By Bill Phanco: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is reporting that he has ironed out a deal for a fight between Golden Boy fighters IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) and WBC interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) on May 18th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Also on the card is IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander defending title against #1 WBO Kell Brook. Continue reading

Abraham-Stieglitz tonight in Magdeburg, Germany

 Abraham Stieglitz tonight in Magdeburg, Germany(Photo Wende) By Vladimir S: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KO’s) and Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KO’s) will be doing it again tonight in a rematch at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Abraham defeated Stieglitz last August by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113, but the German public loved the fight and saw it as a competitive one.

It really wasn’t all that competitive from what I saw. It was one-sided except in the rounds where Abraham, who major stamina problems, needed to take rounds off to rest. When Abraham wasn’t resting, he was winning easily, and it’s hard to get excited about fight that really won’t likely be a competitive one in the true sense.

This fight does give Abraham a chance to hold onto his WBO title for a little while longer than he normally would, because as soon as he faces his #1 WBO challenger George Groves, Abraham can pretty much kiss goodbye his WBO title because he’s going to lose that fight unless he knocks Groves out or is given a controversial win. Continue reading

George vs. Lopez a draw: Granados-Cintron scored a draw

By Rob Smith: In a pair of fights where the judges seemed to get it wrong tonight, middleweight Don George (24-3-2, 21 KO’s) fought to a controversial 10 round draw against 35-year-old David Lopez (41-14-1, 23 KO’s) in the main event, and in the co-main event welterweight Kermit Cintron (33-5-2, 28 KO’s) and Adrian Granados (11-2-2, 7 KO’s) fought to a 10 round draw as well at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

In the George-Lopez fight, George appeared to do the better work, land the harder shots, and land more punches. However, the judges scored it 97-94 for Lopez, 96-94 for George, and 95-95. George definitely outworked Lopez in rounds 1, 2, 4, 6-10. Lopez fought well in rounds 3 and 5, and that’s about the only rounds you could give him unless you wanted to ignore all the big right hands George was nailing him with. Continue reading

Stevenson stops Boone in 6th! Fury stops Whittom

 Stevenson stops Boone in 6th! Fury stops WhittomBy Jeff Sorby: Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) was able to avenge his defeat against journeyman Darnell Boone (19-21-3, 8 KO’s) by giving him a terrible beating and stopping him in the 6th round on Friday night at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

It’s rare that you see a fighter ranked as high as the #1 IBF Stevenson dipping into the 2nd tier ranks to fight a journeyman like Boone, but for Stevenson it was personal because he had been knocked out in the 2nd round by Boone three years ago.

Stevenson paid him back on Friday night by giving him a furious beating that ended with Stevenson hurting Boone with a left uppercut to the head, and then knocking him out with a straight left hand finisher. The shot put Boone down face first on the canvas where he laid for some time before getting back to his feet. The fight was halted at 2:43 of the round. Continue reading

Solis decisions Larsen; Chagaev & Aydin both victorious

 Solis decisions Larsen; Chagaev & Aydin both victoriousBy Vladimir S: IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion Odlanier Solis (19-1, 12 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Friday night in defeating previously unbeaten Leif Larsen (17-1, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany.

The action between the two fighters seemed to resemble more of a sparring session than an actual fight, as both guys looked slow and lazy from start to finish. Solis won the fight by the judges’ score of 116-112, 115-114, 117-111, but he looked unimpressive.

Larsen was just slow, and focused most of his shots upstairs to the head rather than to Solis’ soft looking body. Continue reading

Don “Da Bomb” George and Kermit Cintron on ESPN FNF

By John G. Thompson – Tonight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series, power punching prospect Don “Da Bomb” George (24-3-1, 21 KO’s) faces fifty-four fight veteran David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-13, 23 KO’s) in George’s hometown at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Also in action, former champion Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KO’s) looks to keep his career alive against Adrian “Tigre” Granados (11-2-1, 7 KO’s), a fighter ten years younger than Cintron. Continue reading

Fred Lawson dares Sowah for IBF Africa title tonight

 Fred Lawson dares Sowah for IBF Africa title tonightBy Prince Dornu-Leiku – The up and coming Ghanaian boxing stallion, Frederick Lawson meets his opponent in the body of Isaaac Sowah for the IBF Africa Welterweight belt Friday night at the Accra Sports Stadium on the undercard of Fresh King Entertainment’s first ever promotion featuring former world champion, Joseph King Kong Agbeko to be screened live on Metro TV across Africa and many other parts of the world.

Unbeaten Lawson has won 18 of his 19 professional fights via knockout and has been tipped by many local boxing connoisseurs to bring world title glory one day. His credentials for the big stage however face a strong challenge from experienced Isaac Sowah alias The Hammer who has been talking tough and is keen to exploit the situation to revive his career. Continue reading

Solis vs Larsen, Chagaev vs Sheppard, Aydin vs Lauri tonight in Berlin – Universal Hall

By Vladimir S: A lean looking heavyweight Odlanier Solis (18-1, 12 KO’s) will be in action tonight against the raw but powerful unbeaten Leif Larsen (17-0, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany. Solis, 32, will be defending his IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title that he won in his previous fight against Konstantin Airich.

Solis has fought only once in the past two years after been stopped in the 1st round by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2011. That fight was a costly one for Solis, as he tore up his right knee in the fight and had to have surgery. Continue reading

Agbeko and Melendez to light Accra tonight

 Agbeko and Melendez to light Accra tonightBy Prince Dornu-Leiku – The countdown is over and the moment of truth is upon us later tonight in the Ghanaian capital, Accra when former world champion, Joseph King Kong Agbeko finally returns to the ring for the first time since December 2011, exactly six years to the day since he last fought in the homeland and on his 33rd birthday.

Agbeko takes on Colombian slugger, Luis Melendez for the IBO Bantamweight title at the Accra Sports Stadium and after both boxers weighed-in on Thursday afternoon, the stage has been set for the headline bout of Agbeko’s own newly formed Fresh King Entertainment’s maiden ever promotion, incidentally the first world title fight in Ghana in over 25 years.

Coming in the wake of a Congress and elections which elected Peter Zwennes as the new President of the sport in Ghana, young prospects Sena Agbeko and Fred Lawson also feature on the action packed bill expected to attract many Ghanaian boxing greats, administrators, officials, fans and enthusiasts including some of Agbeko’s musician and actor friends to the national stadium. Continue reading

Saunders easily defeats Hall

By Kevin Chittenden: British/Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (17-0, 10 KO’s) proved tonight that he’s good enough to beat a domestic level junior middleweight fighting out of his weight class in beating Matthew Hall (25-7, 17 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom.

The judges scored it 120-108, 120-109, 119-110. After the fight, Hall said he’s retiring from the sport. He doesn’t want to take punishment needlessly. Someone should have told Hall ahead of time that it’s not a good idea for him to be fighting at middleweight, and definitely not against a fighter like Saunders. The fight was one-sided in every round with Saunders working Hall like he was a punching bag. Continue reading

Why Vitali Klitschko needs to fight David Haye

 Why Vitali Klitschko needs to fight David HayeBy Anthony Jeffrey: It’s been almost 2 years since David Haye’s fuse was snuffed out by Wladimir Klitschko. However, after muting the trash-talking Londoner it’s pretty much been business as usual for the Klitschkos – back to beating down unknown, out-of-shape bums.

But even though his self-proclaimed prophecy didn’t quite manifest against Wlad, Haye still has a good enough case for taking on Vitali Klitschko. True, the brash Brit got soundly beaten and was unable to land anything meaningful on Wlad, but it was more a failure to live up to expectation than an actual bad performance. He spent most of the fight on the outside looking for that one big shot because he just couldn’t get by Wlad’s jab. He basically talked himself into his own grave.

After everything was said and done, I wouldn’t blame Wlad for not giving Haye a re-match, but a Vitali vs Haye fight would possibly create even more interest. Let’s face it; David Haye is still the most exciting fighter in the division.
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Arum says no to Bradley-Provodnikov rematch

By Bill Phanco: If you were one of the many boxing fans interested in seeing a rematch between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) and Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) in order to clear up the confusion about their fight last Saturday night, you can forget it because it’s not happening.

Bradley’s promoter Bob Arum has ruled out a rematch between the two at least for the time being. Arum does leave open the possibility of matching them up again one of these days in the future, but not until they’ve faced other guys. Arum wants to move Bradley forward and match him three potential opponents: Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez or the winner of the Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado fight. Continue reading

Donaire’s trainer predicting quick KO of Rigondeaux

By Jeff Sorby: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s trainer Robert Garcia doesn’t see WBA super bantamweight champion Rigondeaux as doing any better than Fernando Montiel did against Donaire. Donaire destroyed Montiel in two rounds a couple a years ago in a fight that many boxing fans thought it would be a competitive match-up going into the fight. Continue reading

Canelo vs. Trout: 26,000 tickets already sold

 Canelo vs. Trout: 26,000 tickets already sold By Rob Smith: The demand for the cheap tickets for the April 20th fight between WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBA champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) has been overwhelming for their fight that will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

According to Oscar De La Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, over 26,000 tickets have already been sold for the fight. The 72,000 seat Alamodome stadium was restructured to fit 30,000 fans. That’s going to need to be bumped up at least by 10,000 to 40,000 in order to accommodate the potential fans that will purchase tickets from now until the fight on April 20th.

The tickets went on sale on March 11th, and they’ve been selling at an alarming rate ever since. Canelo helped the process along by requesting that the lowest cost tickets sell for $10 so that the fans from around the area can have their entire families come to see him fight. Continue reading

Manfredo Defeats Wright

By James Stillerman at Ringside – Former IBO super middleweight title holder, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. kept his latest comeback alive, as he outwork and out landed the Seattle, WA native, Walter “2 Guns” Wright in front of a sold out hometown crowd at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island en route to an ten round unanimous decision victory by scores of 98-93, 100-90 and 97-93. “Unfinished Business” was sponsored by Jimmy Burchfield`s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.

“I`d give myself a B- tonight. I`m glad I won, however, I wanted to fight better tonight and get a knockout in front of all my fans, but it just didn`t happen” said Manfredo Jr. the runner up on season of the Contender. “It was difficult fight for me because I trained for Joey Spina who is a strong powerful puncher and then three weeks before the fight, Spina got hurt and I had to train for a totally different fighter with a very different fighting style in Wright who is a slick counter puncher. I`m professional and I made the best of the situation.” Continue reading