Joe Calzaghe knows a thing or two about WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) after having beaten him by a 12 round unanimous decision in a grueling fight in 2007. After watching some of his recent fights, Calzaghe believes that Kessler’s physical skills have deteriorated enough since their 2007 to where he’s now vulnerable to losing to IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) in their rematch on May 25th in London at the O2 Arena.
Kessler, 34, is a year younger than the 35-year-old Froch, but Calzaghe thinks Froch is the physically younger fighter now and is still at the peak of his career going into his rematch with Kessler. Continue reading
IRISH sensation Ryan Burnett will make his eagerly anticipated professional debut next month.
The 20-year-old from Belfast will box on a show held in association with Steve Wood’s VIP Promotions at the Olympia in Liverpool on May 24. Continue reading
IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO’s) has decided to squeeze in what should be an easy stay busy fight against unbeaten challenger Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO’s) on May 4th at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
This is a tune-up of sorts for the 37-year-old Wladimir to get ready for his fight against WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin for who Wladimir must face by the end of August according to the World Boxing Association rules. Continue reading
RANGE, CA (April 10, 2013) – Welterweights lead the spring time bash for Thompson Boxing Promotions as Aron “El Asesino” Martinez and Alberto “El Principe” Herrera headline a Locked N’ Loaded fight card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, April 26. Continue reading
WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) was recently able to WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) to agree to go toe-to-toe with him in their fight on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather Jr. asked Guerrero how he wanted the fight to take place and Guerrero responded with “Toe-to-toe.” Mayweather immediately agreed to fight him that way, but it looks like Mayweather Jr. is having second thoughts about it due to his father, who will be training him for this fight, preferring that Mayweather Jr. fight in a more defensive manner. Continue reading
Along with the explosive main event of junior welterweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (7-0-1, 3KOs) of San Diego putting his perfect record on the line against the dangerous knock out artist Joshua “Superman” Marks (8-4, 8KOs) of El Centro, San Diego’s premier professional boxing promoter Bobby D. Presents will also feature a number of exciting local fighters on Friday, April 19th, as part of the “Champions of Tomorrow” fight card slated for the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kearny Mesa. Continue reading
Top heavyweight prospect 6’7” Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) says he’s ready to put British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) out of his misery this month in ending the 41-year-old’s career by knocking him out in front of his own British fans on April 27th on the Amir Khan – Julio Diaz card at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, UK.
Deontay wants to KO Audley in such a way that it will convince him that it’s pointless for him to continue on with yet another comeback and comeback slogan. Continue reading
NUTLEY, NJ (APRIL 8, 2013)—This past Thursday, The state of the art McGirt Training facility had its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony.
The facility will be a gym and will also house the offices of GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions is already a hit In the community and political leaders joined members of the boxing community at the Grand Opening. Continue reading
WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) thinks his opponent WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) won’t be able to make the right adjustments when things don’t go his way this month in their fight on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout sees Canelo as being someone that has only gear and can’t adapt to different situations, especially when all of a sudden he is getting out-boxed for the first time in his career. Canelo badly wants to beat Trout because he defeated his brother Rigoberto Alvarez two years ago in winning an easy 12 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBA junior middleweight title in 2011. Continue reading
This past week Newark’s Alex “The Bullet” Perez took time from his preparations for his April 13th comeback bout against Kenny Abril for a Q & A interview. The fight is scheduled for 8 rounds as the semi-main event at Schuetzen Park, North Bergen, NJ. Alex is a tall rangy southpaw welterweight with a 16 (9) -1 -0 record. He has sparred with world class fighters such as Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez, and Felix Strum. Alex made his pro debut in December 2004 with a first round knockout at the 2:53 mark. He seemed to be off to a great start and a promising career. But shortly after his first professional fight he was the victim of two gunshot wounds in a street altercation not of his making. Continue reading
The World Boxing Council updated their rankings this week and installed Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) as their number #2 contender at 147. This is a clear move to put Khan in line for a title shot against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. because there’s no other way of looking at it. The WBC has positioned Khan for Mayweather and it seems like that’s a fight that the WBC wants because why else would they rank a fighter whose career is sinking at the moment.
Khan has never fought at 147 before during his career and he’s lost two out of his last three fights since 2011. The WBC giving Khan – or any fighter – a #2 ranking after having lost two out of their last three fights is incredibly disappointing because it seems so transparent what the WBC is trying to do. I won’t be surprised if Khan is moved to the #1 position if he gets beaten by Julio Diaz this month on April 27th in Sheffield. Continue reading
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – A full week of outstanding boxing action across five newly created divisions culminated with 27 final round contests on Saturday at Northern Quest’s Pend Oreille Pavilion on Saturday in Spokane, Wash. Saturday’s two sessions of Olympic-style boxing competition featured championship bouts in the elite men’s and women’s divisions as well as nine senior men’s contests. Continue reading
Light flyweight Zou Shiming (1-0) got his career off to a good start with a four round unanimous decision on Saturday night in beating Valenzuela (2-2-1, 1 KO’s) by a four unanimous decision in a fight that was pretty much one-sided from start to finish at the Cotai Arena, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Shiming used his jab and fast hands to land at will against the more limited Valenzuela. Zou had Valenzuela hurt from a left hand in the 2nd, but he didn’t have the power to add to it. The judges scored the fight 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36.
Valenzuela was getting to Shiming in the 3rd round and it wasn’t impressive stuff by Shiming despite the fact that he was still landing more. Valenzuela wasn’t bothered by his shots for the most part other than that one left hand he was clipped with in the 2nd. Continue reading
On Friday night at the Grand Star Receptions, Altona North, Victoria, Australia, in the six fight card hosted by Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions, WBA #5 middleweight Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher took on former world title challenger, Filipino, Randy Suico in a defence of his PABA middleweight title. Continue reading
Chicago Promoter Bobby Hitz refuses to take “no” for an answer regarding Fres Oquendo’s WBA heavyweight title shot against the Russian WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin.
“Yesterday, we put out a press release telling the truth, and today they are calling, begging us to tell a lie. But I’m not afraid to tell the world what is really going on,” said Hitz. “We were offered a heavyweight title fight against Povetkin a couple of weeks ago and we accepted Povetkin’s lowball offer because we know that Fres can knockout Povetkin. And it is absolutely true that Povetkin’s handlers informed us that they were going in a different direction, because after studying Fres they realized that Fres was too fast, too slick and too big a risk for Povetkin. Povetkin’s handlers told us themselves that they want an ‘easy’ opponent which is why they are now considering the unknown Polish fighter Andrzej Wawrzyk who has fought nobody.”
“After we put out our release, I got a call from a major boxing website saying that they were concerned that Povetkin’s promoter, Sauerland, would take action against them so they would not run the story. But truth is an absolute defense, so they can say or deny all they want, but here in the U.S., we have freedom of the press and I intend to exercise my God-given right,” Hitz continued. Continue reading
DARREN HAMILTON will defend his British light-welterweight title against Adil Anwar at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday July 6.
Hamilton’s second defence will take place on the bill topped by David Price’s heavyweight rematch against Tony Thompson. Continue reading
April 5, 2013- Gary Shaw Productions wrapped up its lightweight featured card on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights earlier this evening and it ultimately produced a couple of winners that could be well on their way to making an impact in the lightweight division.
In the card’s feature matchup, fans were treated to a spirited contest between two willfully determined fighters in Jonathan Maicelo and Rustam Nugaev. Both fighters had to dig deep in the fight and unleashed bombs upon one another. Maicelo was moving well early on and his punches were delivered with bad intentions. However, Nugaev kept a relentless pace and pressured Maicelo in a very effective manner.
It was clear that Maicelo was the more gifted athlete, but Nugaev landed the cleaner punches and in the 6th round he started putting his punches together better. Continue reading
April 5, 2013 – Last night Puerto Rican prospect, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (17-1, 12KO’s) scored a solid win by TKO in the fifth round over southpaw puncher, Andre Wilson (13-6-1, 11KO’s) in a scheduled featherweight eight-round bout held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Referee Randy Newman stopped the action at 1:32. Continue reading
On the eve of his next concussive ring appearance, undefeated future heavyweight champion “Mago” Abdusalamov (17-0, 17 KOs) has been elevated to #4 in the latest World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings.
Abdusalamov, the reigning WBC-USNBC Champion, is coming off an impressive stoppage over former Olympian Victor Bisbal on March 8 and heading into a showdown against Argentina’s Sebastian Ceballos (33-7-2, 25 KOs) on April 27 at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) WBC World Middleweight Championship undercard.
The fight against Ceballos will be televised internationally, as Abdusalamov’s star continues to rise.
“Mago is a top contender now,” said his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. “He will only have to win a couple more fights and he will be in a perfect position to begin his championship reign, which will last a long time. I have said this since early in his career. Continue reading
In a highly anticipated rematch of their October 2012 draw, billed as “Unfinished Business”, Adrian Taihia came out on top after ten close rounds against Gunnar Jackson to capture the vacant World Boxing Federation Oceania Super Middleweight title on Friday, April 5, at the ABA Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. Continue reading
GATINEAU, Quebec, Canada (April 5, 2013) — Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury vowed to take “no prisoners” as he held an open media workout at Final Round Boxing Gym, Ottawa, Canada.
With less than three weeks to go until he faces 36-year-old, former two-time world cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-2, 12 KOs), at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, the 6’9” Irish heavyweight looked relaxed and assured as he opened his training camp to the media.
Boasting a perfect record of 20-0, with 14 knockouts, Tyson put on a display of shadow boxing and pad work, before making himself available to the press for questions.
“Camp has been going really well, I’ve had great sparring – everything has gone really well – no stone has been left unturned, so no excuses,” Tyson said. Continue reading
CHESTER, WV (April 6, 2013)—TONIGHT!!! Live on GFL.TV, undefeated Jr. Welterweight Paul Spadafora takes on Robert Frankel for the NABF Jr. Welterweight title.
Spadafora (47-0-1, 19 KO’s) is ranked #14 by the WBC, #9 by the WBA, #8 by the IBF and #19 by the WBO, is one fight away from a major fight and has long been considered one of the best pure boxers in the sport. Continue reading
California – The Puerto Rican puncher, Jorge “Machito” Maysonet (11-0, 10 KOs), and rival Gabriel Tolmajyan ( 13-2-1, 3 KO ) met the set weight of 135 pounds for tonight’s co-feature bout in the televised co-feature of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on April 5th, featuring Jonathan Maicelo (19-0, 11 KOs) vs. Rustam Nugaev (22-6-1, 12 KOs) in an USBF lightweight title fight IBF lightweight bout scheduled for 12 rounds. The fight will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
The show will air live at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2, and will be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The card will also air live on ESPN Deportes +, the new digital extension of ESPN Deportes, and will air tape delayed on ESPN Deportes Saturday, April 6, at 2 a.m. and 3 p.m. Continue reading
Thirteen Young Boxers Win National Titles as the Elite Men Advance on to Their Own Championship Night
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Friday marked championship night for 26 young boxers vying for a first-ever youth division title at the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash. The event moved venues to the Northern Casino Resort & Casino on Friday with elite men’s action being contested on Friday afternoon and the youth division finals taking over the ring in evening competition. All of Friday’s early day winners will compete for a national championship and a spot on the World Championships team in evening action on Saturday. Continue reading
WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17KOs) is attempting to renege on a deal to fight WBA Latin American champion Fres Oquendo (35-7, 23 KOs) and is instead trying to fight unheralded, untested and completely unknown Andrzej Wawrzyk (27-0, 13KOs). Oquendo, who is currently number five in the WBA Heavyweight rankings, had accepted a low ball offer from Povetkin in order to get a shot at the title. Hitz Boxing and Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Inc. promote Oquendo (Team Oquendo).
“Povetkin is a coward whose word is absolutely meaningless,” said Oquendo. “I signed a bout agreement even though it was an embarrassing lowball offer for a world heavyweight championship fight. After I accepted he got scared and is trying to fight someone no one has heard of, hell I can’t even pronounce the kid’s name.” Continue reading