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October 24, 2014

BERISTAIN HAS REQUEST

 

WANTS MARQUEZ TO FIGHT KELL BROOK
IN SWAN SONG

 


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Juan Manuel Marquez is still contemplating retirement, but trainer Nacho Beristain wants the Mexican boxing icon to face Kell Brook before formally hanging up his gloves for good.
Marquez, who has not fought since winning against Mike Alvarado in May, previously said that he wants to fight one more time because he wants to become a five-division world champion.
 

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FORMER HEAD OF IBF PASSES AWAY

 

IBF Statement: 

Unfortunately, this morning we received the sad news that Hiawatha Knight passed away yesterday. We are deeply saddened by this loss and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family during this difficult time. Hiawatha was a founding member of the organization, held the position of President for a couple of years, and served on our Board of Directors until recently.

 

RAMIREZ HEADLINES SATURDAY

“Freddie Roach shortened my big punches and sharpened my attack,” USA Olympian Jose Ramirez told reporters at a press conference yesterday.
Ramirez (11-0, 8 KOs), of Avenal, Ca., is taking on David Rodela (17-9-4, 7 KOs) of Oxnard, Ca. in the main event ‘Fight For the Water 3′ at the Selland Arena this Saturday, October 25th.
“Rodela has been in some big fights,” Ramirez said. “I know what to expect when we get inside the ring.”
Roach is with Manny Pacquiao in General Santos, Philippines. Marvin Somodio, who works for Roach, is coming in from the Wild Card to be in the Ramirez corner.
Local promoter and agent Rick Mirigian is expecting up to 10,000 fans to pack into the Selland Arena on Saturday night.
Ramirez vs Rodela is scheduled for eight rounds. The winner will win the NABF Junior title bout.
“I want that belt,” Ramirez said today at the press conference. Ramirez vs Rodela will be live on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate’s series broadcast nationally on UniMas.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (22-0, 16 KOs) of Mexico will take on Kenny Lemos (12-8-2, 8 KOs) of Denver in a featured bout as well.

PACQUIAO-ROACH-ARUM SPEAK OUT

From the Pacquiao Training Compound, General Santos City, Philippines…

MANNY PACQUIAO, FREDDIE ROACH
& BOB ARUM

Fighter of the Decade and World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani Province of the Philippines, his Hall of Fame trainer FREDDIE ROACH and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM hosted an international Media Conference Call today.  Emanating from General Santos City, Philippines, where Pacquiao has been in deep, rigorous training for his title defense battle with undefeated WBO junior welterweight world champion CHRIS ALGIERI (20-0, 8 KOs), of Huntington, NY on Long Island, their eagerly-anticipated world championship collision is just five weeks away.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions  and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Algieri will take place Saturday, November 22 at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
 

BARKLEY HAS MINOR STROKE

Bronx warrior and former three-time world champion Iran Barkley is currently recovering at Lincoln Medical Centre after suffering a minor stroke and a seizure at home yesterday. Barkley’s niece, Barbara informed The New York Daily News that Barkley, known of course, as “The Blade,” was “stressed out” about the health issues two family members were going through.
“He was stressed out,” Barbara Wilder said. “He never had any health problems before. It was the stress factor. But he’s in pretty good health now. The doctor just said he was under a lot of stress.”
Barkley’s two family members, his brother and his niece, are both suffering from lung cancer, cancer being the disease that sadly killed Barkley’s father back in 1990.
Thankfully, however, 54-year-old Barkley is expected to pull though from his own condition.
“He’s good, he’s talking, he still looks like Iran” Barbara said. “He can walk around and everything. He’s going to be here for a couple of days but he’s doing well. He’s alert.

PACQUIAO SHOWS FINE FORM

Fighter of the Decade and boxing’s only eight-division world champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO put on an awesome display at his Media Workout on Friday. Members of the press from all over the Philippines crammed into his General Santos City gym to watch him work out with Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous Freddie Roach. Pacquiao, in his second reign as World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, has been in intense training for his title defense against New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI.

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FIGHTERS SPEAK OUT

 

 

BERNARD HOPKINS AND SERGEY KOVALEV

MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

 

Kelly Swanson         

Thank you, everybody, for joining us today.  We're very excited about this wonderful unification bout in the light heavyweight division between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev. 

Today on the phone we will have Bernard Hopkins, Sergey Kovalev, his manager, Egis Klimas, Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions and Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events.

We will begin the call with Sergey first, and when we're done with his Q&A Bernard Hopkins will be joining us immediately following Sergey's portion of the call. First to make the introductions and to get started I'm going to introduce Oscar De La Hoya, President and Founder of Golden Boy Promotions. 

 

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UNDERCARD STACKED

 

TOP CONTENDERS NADJIB MOHAMMEDI AND VYACHESLAV GLAZKOV HEAD UP STACKED NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD FOR "HOPKINS VS. KOVALEV" ON

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

 

History will be made once again on Saturday, November 8 when the ageless wonder Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins attempts to unify the light heavyweight world title against Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. But before the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast, an array of top contenders and prospects from around the globe enter the ring to showcase their skills on the world stage. Pugilists from the Ukraine, Puerto Rico, France, Nicaragua, Cuba, Russia and the United States will be featured, making November 8 a testament to the worldwide appeal of the sweet science.

 

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October 23, 2014

PROMOTER CONFIDENT

 

According to promoter Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, the WBA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have a clear duty to his fighter, Lateef Kayode, should interim WBA World Heavyweight Champion Luis Ortiz's positive post-fight drug test for the steroid nandrolone be confirmed by the NSAC in an upcoming hearing (Monday, October 27th).
The NSAC and WBA, say Cohen, have a duty to his fighter, should Ortiz's positive result stand at the upcoming hearing and his title be stripped.
"I think it's only fair that my fighter's loss be erased by the Nevada Commission. And I believe the WBA should reinstate Lateef to his former position in the ratings and let him fight again for the interim championship against a fighter that isn't cheating. Lateef earned his place into a title fight and he deserves the chance to compete for it on a level playing field."
Alternatively, Cohen says the WBA could consider treating the fight as having never happened and moving Kayode into a shot for the "Regular" Heavyweight Championship against current belt holder Ruslan Chagaev.
"The WBA and the Nevada Commission are fine organizations and I'm sure they will remedy my fighter accordingly for this injustice, should it be affirmed. I have complete confidence they will do right by Lateef Kayode."
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CHAMP TESTS POSITIVE


Unbeaten WBA interim heavyweight champion Luiz Ortiz has reportedly tested positive for steroids following his first round destruction of Lateef Kayode last month in Las Vegas. The agenda for the Nevada State Boxing Commission’s October 27 meeting lists both a request for a temporary suspension of Ortiz and a motion from the Ortiz camp to request a continuance and/or extension of time to prepare for a hearing. Ortiz shares a portion of the WBA title with Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev. however he would likely lose that belt if the result of the bout is changed.

 

LATEST ON LEON SPINKS

 

From Brenda Glur Spinks

Leon still remains in Stable Condition.
This has been an emotional and exhausting Roller Coaster ride.
14 Days in the Hospital and 5 Surgeries is A Lot!
As ya'll know....Leon is a Champion!!! He is fighting this!!!
The healing process is a long one for the procedures that he has had endured. Even though it's been rough, with a few set backs on the way .... Leon is slowly but surely making his way back to wellness.
Aside from all this, we have been moving to a new home... the entire time Leon has been in the hospital. Thank goodness for family & friends who've helped me! We now have internet service back... so hopefully I can update more often with the good news as he is making his comeback!!!
I'm so grateful for all your calls & messages. I'm sorry that I have not been able to answer them all.
I am aware that there has been a lot of negativity with the media in regards to Leon. However, we are strong enough to overcome the ignorance of others. Don't have time for that stuff.
Please know... Your prayers are working!!! We thank you with all our heart!!! Your prayers are helping us all make it through this difficult time and helping Leon make his way back to good health!!! Can't even tell you how much we appreciate them.
Please continue to Pray For Leon!!!! We Appreciate Your Support!!! Together We ARE going to make it through this!!!! Love to you all!!!
 

STURM READY FOR NOV. 8TH

 

 

Four-Time World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm looked to be in prime shape at today’s Media Day at his gym in Cologne, Germany, where he is preparing for his November 8 mega-fight against Two-Time World Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Sturm and his new trainer Magomed Schaburow gave the assembled media an insight into the rigorous training schedule for the Stieglitz fight.

Felix Sturm: “Magomed is a great trainer. I’m happy to have him by my side. I’ve known him for 20 years and I’ve seen him work with the Sturm Box-Promotion fighters in the last couple of years. Nevertheless, he always brings something new to the table. Doing new things in training is always fun. I rarely felt better two weeks before a fight. Fighting at a higher weight surely makes it easier - everybody knows what every single pound means in boxing. The way things are going, I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be too much for Robert Stieglitz on November 8. I will defeat him!“

 

Ya se armó la trifulca entre Layla McCarter contra Melissa Hernández el 21 de noviembre
Por Jaime Estrada

Cuando un empresario tiene en mente invertir en un evento de boxeo local, tiene por fuerza que buscar un atleta que se identifique con los fanáticos, y Thell Torrence no anda tan errado al invitar a “La Increíble” Layla McCarter para que sea la pelea estelar el próximo 21 de noviembre en el Orleans casino, y no se le pudo conseguir mejor rival que la boricua Melissa Hernández, con la cual ya bailó el oso en dos ocasiones, repartiéndose los laureles.

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PACQUIAO CONFERENCE CALL

 

World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call on Thursday. All three are in General Santos City, Philippines, where Pacquiao has been in deep, rigorous training for his November 22 title defense in Macao, China, against undefeated WBO junior welterweight world champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), which is now less than a month away.

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MORALES ACCEPTS POSITION WITH WBC

 

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that Mexican four-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales has accepted a position as manager of a WBC Training Committee, which prepares boxers for their activities outside the ring. “We will conduct courses for the fighters to understand and learn about food, fitness, management, and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. We look to soon do a diploma for managers and boxers at Anahuac University,” said Sulaiman. “We will make the course mandatory, even for boxer licensure and we have contacted the local commissions. If they want to be champions of the WBC, we would have to approve the seminars and courses.”

 

PASCAL TO MEET "DA BOMB"

 

InterBox has announced that WBC diamond belt holder Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO) from Canada has signed on to face current IBO super middleweight champion Donovan George (26-4-2, 22 KO) from the USA. The two will lock horns on December 6th at the Montreal Bell Centre. This bout will mark the first of a multi-fight agreement reached between Jean Pascal, Jean Pascal Promotions and InterBox.
This bout will be combined with the Lucian Bute vs. Roberto Bolonti bout to offer local and international boxing fans a very interesting double feature on December 6th at the Bell Centre. “Two big fights such as Bute vs. Bolonti and Pascal vs. George on the same card is a very rare occurrence in Quebec,” stated InterBox president Jean Bedard

 

RING NAME CAUSES AN UPROAR

Unbeaten super flyweight Edwin “Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico takes on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico this Friday in the Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event. The bout is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBC FECARBOX title on the line. Site of the bout will be the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Rodriguez will be fighting for the first time out of his native Puerto Rico and and this will be his first scheduled ten round bout. Rodriguez however doesn’t view any of this as a distraction mentally as he is just days away from the fight.
What has been the topic throughout the promotion for this fight has been his nickname. In Puerto Rico the word “Puto” is used as a slang term for a male gigolo. However, in some other Latin countries it’s a very derogatory and offensive expression denoting a gay male. Added to the mix is that Rodriguez may even have his nickname on the back and front of his shorts, something that may not sit well with Telemundo executives or many of the viewers.

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GCP SIGNS CRUISERWEIGHT

 

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions is proud to announce the signing of Baltimore-based cruiserweight "Slick" Nick Kisner (13-1-1, 5 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement.

23-year-old Kisner began boxing at six years old and was a heavily decorated amateur boxer. He was a three-time National Silver Gloves Champion, a two-time Junior National Golden Gloves Champion, a Junior Olympic Gold Medallist and Ringside World Champion. Kisner also won the Ohio State Fair Championship, the Under-19 National Championship, and a National Pal Champion, where he defeated 2012 Olympian Lenroy Thompson in the finals.

A naturally fluid boxer with superb skills, Kisner is also the youngest boxer in American history (17) to ever win a Men's National Title in the Heavyweight Division. In 2009 he captured a Silver Medal at the US Men's National Championships, which won him a position on the USA Men's International team.

 

MANFREDO JR. IN HOF

 

Peter Manfredo Jr. enjoying life outside ring

Honored by Conn. Boxing HOF induction

 

After spending the majority of his young life training inside a gym or boxing in a ring, Peter "The Pride of Providence" Manfredo, Jr. is enjoying life outside the ring for the first time on a daily basis with his family, as he prepares for his upcoming induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF).

Members of the Class of 2014 will be inducted at the 10TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 8 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.

 

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FONFARA READY FOR NGUMBU

“If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis [Stevenson], I must beat guys like Ngumbu.”--
Andrzej Fonfara
 

TUESDAY’S MEDIA DAY WORKOUT QUOTES
FROM PONCE DE LEON BOXING GYM
IN MONTEBELLO, CALIF. 

Popular ‘Polish Prince’ Will Face Doudou Ngumbu In Main Event of a SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition Saturday, Nov. 1, at UIC Pavilion in Chicago

Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big Bear, Calif., participated in an open media workout Tuesday in preparation for his “Homecoming” fight against Congo’s Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs) in the main event of a SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).  

 

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