By Rob Smith: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is enthusiastic about placing the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fifth fight inside a new arena in Mexico City, Mexico. The arena holds 18,000 and Arum believes it’s an ideal location for the Pacquiao-Marquez fight to take place. He expects Americans to come and watch the Pacquiao-Marquez fight, but it’s going to be real test to see if that happens.
Arum said to ringtv “Mexico City has a beautiful arena in Mexico City…It’s bigger than the MGM [Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada]. It’s a state of the art facility. They just built it…it’s a safe area.”
That’s a long trip for U.S boxing fans to take just to see Pacquiao and Marquez fight. There’s also the danger of traveling in Mexico. Right now the country has an ongoing drug war going on and it’s potentially risky to travel there. U.S fans obviously want to see Pacquiao and Marquez again, but is it worth the risk? Does Arum have a body guard in Mexico? I would be afraid to travel their myself even with a body guard. Continue reading
NEW YORK, NY (January 18, 2013)- WBO number-one ranked Jr. Lightweight Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) and Roman “Rocky Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) stepped onto the scales earlier today at the official weigh in for their WBO world title bout that is set to take place tomorrow, Saturday, January 19th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The match up will be part of a championship tripleheader televised LIVE on HBO Boxing After Dark® at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KO’s) comes from a big boxing family and he’s had a ton support all throughout his six-year pro career. Thus far Garcia has been matched carefully chosen opposition to the point where his resume may not really tell the true picture of how good or not so good he is as a fighter.
On Saturday night, Garcia will be taking on WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KO’s) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Salido is the exact opposite of Garcia. He comes from Mexico, and he hasn’t been matched carefully.
Salido has faced the best fighters for years now in battles against Robert Guerrero, Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Rogers Mtagwa. He’s been in tough and he’s done. Salido beat Guerrero and Lopez twice, although his win over Guerrero was later changed to a no contest after he tested positive for a banned substance. Mikey hasn’t faced anyone yet that you can call a good fighter. They’ve just been very careful with him to make sure he doesn’t have slip ups. Continue reading
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and co-promoter Carlos Gonzalez of Best Boxing are proud to officially announce an historic event in which two Panamanians will face two Filipinos for world titles on the same show on March 16, at the luxury Megapolis Convention Center and Hard Rock Hotel of Panama Avenida Balboa in Panama City. Continue reading
Switzerland, 18 January 2013 – Hussars Poland will have been delighted with their night’s work as they defeated the visiting Mexico Guerreros in their Group A clash, consolidating in the process their place in the play-off qualification positions. Dawid Pawel Michelus, Adil Aslanov and Sergei Kuzmin were the stars on the night, delivering an all-important victory for their team at the Hala Znicz in Pruszkow.
The Hussars’ Michelus got the action underway in the Bantamweight (50-54kg) contest as he faced 19-year-old Mexican southpaw Aaron Alameda Lopez. The Polish orthodox teenager put in a solid performance, using the jab and the straight one-twos to keep his opponent at distance throughout the five rounds. Sharp, focused and quick on his toes, Michelus moved well and connected with the most telling shots to claim the first three rounds. Alameda Lopez fought valiantly, moving inside to take rounds four and five; however the Pole had done enough to win, giving his team the early lead in the match. Continue reading
Lausanne, Switzerland, 18 January 2013 – Astana Arlans Kazakhstan made it six wins from six in Group B this season with an expertly taken victory at home versus Ukraine Otamans at the Almaty Sports Palace. Kazak team Captain Ruslan Myrsatayev and his compatriots Miras Zhakupov and Samat Bashenov all defeated their opponents whilst Iranian star Ehsan Rouzbahani added to that tally to make it a comprehensive score-line with his maiden World Series of Boxing (WSB) win. Continue reading
Jack Scales – 2012 proved to be a fruitful year for British boxing, in both the paid and unpaid ranks. The Olympic games showcased a plethora of young talent, whilst the professional game blessed us with emphatic performances from the likes of Carl Froch, Ricky Burns, Kell Brook, Toney Bellew and Carl Frampton. In spite of this success, 2012 still suffered its fair share of disappointment. Price and Fury’s failure to fight for the British title -as a result of Fury’s decision to vacate – was one of them, but hopefully this can be rectified in 2013.
With the exception of David Haye, these two behemoths are without question the best pair of Heavyweights that Britain has to offer. Additionally, because of their size and ever advancing skill-sets, they have been touted by some as potential conquerors of the Klitschkos. Are they presently capable of this? Most respected fight analysts would give you a resounding no. However, what these two fighters are capable of is offering the publican enthralling and potentially brutal contest. Continue reading
Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Grange Old School Boxing and Black Venom Promotions, are pleased to announce a heavyweight showdown on the undercard to the Mundine vs. Geale world title fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, on Wednesday, January 30.
Cult sensation Kimbo Slice, will put his devastating punching power to the ultimate test when he squares off with QLD Heavyweight champion Shane Tilyard. Continue reading
Professional boxer Mickey Bey (18-0, 9 KO’s) speaks on signing to Floyd Mayweather’s very own Mayweather Promotions (The Money Team). The two have known each other for over a decade, in which a strong friendship formed between them. Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr was Mickey’s first trainer as a professional, and the two still currently train together. When asked about his new team, Bey revealed that this joining of forces was “past due”, yet he continued on to say, “Now it’s happening at the right time. I’m glad I can display my talent to the world and become a superstar under [Mayweather’s] promotional company.”
Bey is excited to be working with “one of the best business men in the world and in sports”, and looking towards the future, he states that, “boxing is the type of sport where it matters who you are with… it can’t get any better than being with The Money Team. [Mayweather] is the strongest force in boxing, and it will be easy for him to make a lot of things happen, I’m excited to be able to make history with The Money Team.” Continue reading
Bobby Hitz, the “Godfather of Chicago Boxing” will return on Friday, February 15, 2013, with his own version of a St. Valentine’s Day massacre in the form of another of his jam-packed nights of old-school professional boxing at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Continue reading
The British Lionhearts maintained its one hundred percent home record in the World Series of Boxing with a dominant 5-0 win over the USA Knockouts at York Hall in London tonight.
Victories for Andrew Selby, John Joe Nevin, Joe Ward, Joe Joyce and Kaupo Arro secured the victory to ensure the Lionhearts stay second in Group B of the World Series of Boxing with 12 points and four wins from six fixtures.
British Lionhearts Coach, Dave Alloway said: “To win all five bouts was an excellent performance by the team. The boxers are continuing to adjust well to the different demands of World Series Boxing and means the team is well placed to get to the knockout stages of the competition.”
The outstanding bout of the evening came in the bantamweight category where Andrew Selby scored a unanimous victory over the London 2012 bronze medallist, Michael Conlan in a re-match of their epic quarter-final from the 2011 AIBA World Championships, when Selby defeated the Irishman by a single point. Continue reading
NEW YORK (January 17, 2013) — The final press conference took place today at The Garden for Saturday’s World Championship Triple Header at the Theater at Madison Square Garden broadcast Live on HBO®.
FELIX VERDEJO (highlights of the 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian’s fight will be shown during the broadcast): This a great opportunity for me, to fight at Madsion Square Garden. Great Puerto Rican fighters that I followed as a kid have fought here. This is my first time fighting here and this is only the beginning. I hope this is the first of many to come. Continue reading
January 17, 2013 – On Saturday January 19th, live from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, undefeated heavyweight Jarrell Miller (4-0 4 KOs) will face off against Joey Dawejko (7-1-1 3 KOs) of Philadelphia in a scheduled 4 rounder. The fight will be part of the NBC Sports Networks televised lineup, which includes the main event between Gabriel Campillo and Sergey Kovalev.
Miller is a flamboyant fighter with a big personality to go along with his big right hand. Miller has accumulated 4 KO/TKO victories in his 4 professional fights as a boxer, although he also maintains an undefeated record as a kick boxer, competing in some past K-1 events. Miller stands 6’4″ and he will enjoy a 6 inch height advantage in this matchup.
Dawejko will be a step up in competition for Miller and with the fight being televised on NBC Sports Network the scene is set perfectly for Miller to showcase his brand of fighting.
“I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity to be on TV and I plan on making a lot of new fans,” Miller said. Continue reading
NEW YORK – January 17, 2013 – NBC Sports Group continues its Fight Night series, Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, with a main event featuring Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo (21-4-1, 7 KO’s) of Madrid, Spain vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (19-0-1, 16 KO’s) of Ft. Lauderdale Fla., at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The Fight Night telecast on Saturday will be the first 2013 edition of the popular nationally televised boxing series. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KO’s) will be fighting this weekend against Matthew Greer (15-8, 13 KO’s) in an 8 round fight on the undercard of the super featherweight match-up between Sergio Thompson and Moises Castro at the Centro de Convenciones, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.
The 27-year-old Wilder is taking a lot of flak for fighting Greer because boxing fans want to see the 6’7” Wilder step it up already and start fighting better opposition. However, this is a stay busy fight for Wilder. He was offered the spot at the last second he agreed just to stay busy and to get an opportunity to be televised on Fox Deportes in the United States.
It’s a good fight for Wilder to continue to hone his skills to get ready for the better fighters in the division. Boxing fans don’t seem to realize that Wilder didn’t have much of an amateur career. While he did win the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics, he did it after having only small amount of amateur fights. Continue reading
Unbeaten professional lightweight boxing star from Canning Town has begun 2013 with a flying start.
The 22 year old east ender jetted out to Spain to the La Manga Resort to participate in a gruelling training camp in preparation for the year ahead. “It was a great experience going to La Manga, Spain to train. I got an insight into training abroad with the team at high altitudes and we all found it very useful and a great chance to get fit for an eventful year ahead.” Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao will be looking to fight Juan Manuel Marquez outside of the United States for their fifth fight in September to escape the high taxes in the country. Pacquiao and Marquez both want to avoid the taxes for this fight, and Arum is planning on staging it in Mexico in Mexico City.
Arum said to ringtv “Pacquiao doesn’t want to fight in the United States because he’d have to give close to 40% [in taxes] to the government…They [Pacquiao and Marquez] would prefer for the fight not to be in the United States. That’s what happens when you raise taxes and you say ‘Well, let the rich pay.’”
That sounds like a good move for Arum, Pacquiao and Marquez. If they can get the U.S pay per view money tax free, then more power to them. They’re probably saving a bundle by making this move, and who knows how much time those guys have left in their careers. One more knockout loss for Pacquiao and it could be over, and Marquez will be 40-years-old by the time he faces Pacquiao for their fifth fight in September. Continue reading
New York, NY (1/18/13) – Earlier today former WBA junior middleweight champion, Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8KO’s) participated in an open media workout at the Modell’s Sporting Goods flagship store in Times Square. Foreman will be making his much anticipated comeback next Wednesday, January 23, on the DiBella Entertainment card at BB King Blues Club in NYC. Foreman, who will be in action for the first time in nearly two years, is part of a thrilling 10-bout card featuring a number of DBE’s top up-and-coming prospects. Foreman is scheduled to take on Brandon Baue (12-8, 10KO’s) in a six-round junior middleweight special attraction bout. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin doesn’t appear to be in the cards for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s next fight on April 6th, according to espnnewyork.com. The Povetkin-Wladimir fight will take place later on in the year unless Povetkin decides he still doesn’t want to fight the 6’6” Wladimir.
The April 6th fight will likely see Wladimir face another less than spectacular opponent. Kubrat Pulev and Tomasz Adamek will be fighting in an IBF heavyweight eliminator bout this year, but neither of those guys will be fighting Wladimir next. That means that Wladimir will have to choose from a list of heavyweights that won’t be competitive. He’s already destroyed his last three opponents since his mismatch with David Haye in 2011. Since that one-sided fight, Wladimir has wiped out 39-year-old Jean Marc Mormeck, 41-year-old Tony Thompson and soundly beaten Mariusz Wach.
There’s not much time before April, so that likely means we could see an especially weak opponent for Wladimir. Continue reading
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Jan. 17, 2013) – Elvin Ayala had no idea he’d be fighting for a title this weekend until he stepped foot inside Mohegan Sun Casino for Thursday’s pre-fight press conference. The sudden news has done little to change his approach. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Bob Arum says a fight between WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) and WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) is possible for April 27th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Arum says he’ll try to make the fight that Donaire wants against WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares, but if that fight can take place then it’s going to be Donaire-Rigondeaux in April.
Speaking with RingTV, Arum said “We will see [Donaire fight] again hopefully in April. I we can free up Mares, that would be a good fight. If we can’t, then probably Rigondeaux.”
Arum obviously wants the Rigondeaux-Donaire fight because he would be helping out both of his fighters by making this fight. He promotes Rigondeaux as well, and the Cuban fighter badly wants to fight Donaire. A win for Rigondeaux over Donaire would dramatically increase his popularity among U.S boxing fans, although not to the same level as Donaire of course. Donaire has a huge built in Filipino fan base that follow his fights avidly. Continue reading
MANAGER Philippe Fondu believes European light-middleweight champion Sergey Rabchenko could soon earn the right to box for a world title.
The European Boxing Union (EBU) has this week nominated Italy’s Emanuele Della Rosa to face the Ricky Hatton-trained Belarussian within the next six months. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Amir Khan is reportedly in negotiations with former WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko for a fight that is possible for April 20th at the Manchester Arena. To make the fight happen, Khan might have to move up to 147, but it’s also possible that Senchenko will come down to 140 for the right price.
It’ll be a big payday for Senchenko because he’s asking for a considerable amount to take the fight.
In picking Senchenko, Khan would be looking to capitalize on the interest that Manchester fans might have in seeing Senchenko beaten after he destroyed their hero Ricky Hatton by a 9th round TKO last November in Hatton’s disastrous comeback attempt. Of course, it wouldn’t be Hatton that is avenging the loss, but for some boxing fans in Manchester it might make them happy to see a fellow Brit to beat Senchenko.
If Khan does move up in weight it’ll only be for just this one because he still feels he’s got unfinished business at 140 against the likes Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Besides that, there are a lot of big punchers at welterweight and I really don’t know if Khan’s chin could handle getting hit hard over and over again by the likes of Victor Ortiz, Marcos Maidana, Kell Brook, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Continue reading
Former World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 7 KOs, is ready for his return to the ring after a layoff of almost one year. He fights undefeated power puncher Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 18-0-1, 15 KOs, in an anticipated 10-rounder at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, January 19th. The fight is the feature bout in the season opener of NBC Sports Network’s popular FIGHT NIGHT boxing series. The telecast will begin at 9PM ET with the Elvin Ayala vs. Curtis Stevens co-feature. Continue reading
DAVID PRICE is worried that he may be unable to win a Lonsdale belt outright because there is a lack of serious domestic rivals.
The 6ft 8in Liverpool puncher won the British heavyweight title last year by defeating Sam Sexton, and made quick fire defences against Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.
He needs one more notch to own a Lonsdale belt outright, but there are currently no suitable active contenders.
Price (15-0) is now boxing at world class and meets American double world title challenger Tony Thompson (36-3) in a 12 rounder at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 23rd February.
Price who is also Commonwealth title holder explained: “Winning a Lonsdale belt is not my priority but at the same time it would be a great honour to own one alongside other great fighters. Continue reading