WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35
KOs) has arrived in London prior to his blockbuster unification rematch
with IBF champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs). The Viking Warrior held a
media training session at the Hayemaker gym today. “The hard work has been
done, Jimmy Montoya has put me through some very exhausting sessions,”
Kessler said. “I´ve had the best sparring of my career against top guys
like Nathan Cleverly, George Groves and Erik Skoglund. I am in fantastic
shape and I am ready to beat Froch again. Bring it on!
ESPN is laying off as many as 400 employees Tuesday in an
effort to boost profit margins, according to reports.
Ever since it was first announced, boxing insiders and fans
alike have been buzzing about the much-anticipated upcoming middleweight
championship showdown between defending WBA/IBO champion Gennady "GGG"
Golovkin (26-0, 23KO's) and Ireland's top-rated former world title
challenger Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin (29-4, 20KO's). Lou
DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, promoter of Macklin, has made
references to the fight as "Gatti/Ward-like" and even hall-of-fame
promoter-arguably the greatest promoter in boxing history-Bob Arum was
quoted as saying that it is a fight that he would pay to see.
JOSESITO & RAFAEL LOPEZ
Riverside boxer returns to the ring!
By Michele Chong
gained fight fans across the globe when he broke the jaw of Victor Ortiz
in their June 2012 bout that shocked the boxing world. Since that clash,
Jose's been called the "Riverside Rocky," an underdog fans relate to after
winning the WBC Silver Welterweight title in his defeat of Ortiz.
Former WBC/IBF heavyweight title challenger and current WBF heavyweight champion Michael Grant (48-4, 36 KOs) will face 2004 Olympian Carlos Takam (27-1, 21 KOs) on May 24 at the Gymnase du Clos de l’Arche in Takam’s hometown of Noisy-le-Grand, France. The 40-year-old Grant has been on the sidelines waiting for a chance to defend his belt since winning it against Francois Botha in South Africa in November 2011.
Countdown to UFC 160 Begins Tonight
On Friday, June 14, Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions (CGP), in association with First Round Promotions, will proudly present an exciting night of world-class professional boxing, live from the Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange, New Jersey and broadcast worldwide on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
In the 10-round main event, IBF #14-rated featherweight Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) of Montreal, Canada (via Afghanistan) will face once-beaten contender Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan (15-1-2, 8 KOs) of Glendale, California (via Armenia).
And in the exciting 10-round heavyweight co-feature, WBA #2-rated Luis "El Mercedez" Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) of Miami, Florida (via Cuba), will take on WBA #11-rated Travis "The Truth" Kauffman (24-1, 18 KOs) of Reading, Pennsylvania in a WBA Heavyweight Elimination Bout with the winner positioning himself for a title shot.
Tickets are priced at $35, $50, $75, and $100 Ringside (Rows 1-2). VIP Tables for 10 are also available that include dinner. To purchase, please call 212.851.6425.
Highly touted and undefeated junior
welterweight prospect Issouf Kinda makes his ESPN Friday Night
Fights debut this week in the ten round co-main event against battle
tested Chris Howard from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut
IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION BERNARD HOPKINS TO FACE MANDATORY CHALLENGER KARO MURAT ON SATURDAY, JULY 13 AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN, N.Y.
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Continuing to break his own records, IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins will become the oldest fighter in history to make his initial title defense when he faces number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Karo Murat on Saturday, July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout will mark Hopkins' second time fighting in Brooklyn's new arena following his stellar win over Tavoris Cloud at Barclays Center in March.
Hopkins vs. Murat, a 12-round bout for Hopkins' IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship taking place Saturday, July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T.
Johnny Bos Tribute Tuesday at
Ring 8 meeting in New York
Ring 8 will pay tribute to the late, great matchmaker Johnny Bos tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 21 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Many of Bos' friends, family and associates have been
invited to attend tomorrows Ring 8 monthly meeting in an effort to raise
funds to help defray the costs of Bos' funeral. One-hundred percent of
all proceeds raised tomorrow from new Ring 8 membership fees ($30.00 per
year entitles each member to a buffet dinner at Ring 8 monthly meetings),
as well as any group or individual donations, will go directly towards Bos'
I have been through some time of reflection. Our lives today are so different than in my years of youth. It is not easy to adapt. I traveled to Cancún for the WBC convention absolutely convinced to step down from the presidency of the WBC after such a long 37-year period - a lifetime. I was not allowed. It made me pause for a mental attitude renewal and my great gratitude and love for all those that trust me.
On Saturday night, WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse entered the ring at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and went to work. In just three short rounds, Matthysse sent IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson to the canvas three times before the referee stopped the fight. Fans in attendance went wild and the press has proclaimed him to be the scariest man in boxing today. Don't miss the replay, tomorrow Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
Minutes after Lucas Matthysse’s third-round knockout of District boxer
Lamont Peterson on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall, Golden Boy Promotions
chief executive Richard Schaefer was barely able to contain his excitement
when revealing preliminary plans for a blockbuster fight card in the
nation’s capital featuring both principals.
The officials announced for the much anticipated rematch between super middleweight champions Mikkel Kessler and Carl Froch will be referee Pete Podgorski (USA) and judges Adalaide Byrd (USA), Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) and Jean-Francois Toupin (France). Organization supervisors are Lindsey Tucker (IBF) and Mariana Borissova (WBA). The match-up is being held next Saturday at the 02 Arena (Millenium Dome) in London.
SET TO MAKE PRO DEBUT
featherweight Anthony “Lights Out” Smith makes his pro debut
Saturday, May 25 against Denis Madriz, (0-1-1) at the Citizen's Business
Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on a card promoted by All Star Boxing.
Greg Cohen Promotions is proud to announce the signing of Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional contract.
The 31-year-old Usmanee, rated #14 by the IBF, has already won the NABA and WBC Continental Americas Championships as a professional. As an amateur he was a five-time National Canadian Champion.
Usmanee's only career defeat was a highly controversial 12-round decision to fellow contender Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy on January 4 of this year. Fighting in Barthelemy's adopted home of Miami, Florida, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Usmanee appeared to take the fight over at the midway point and grew more dominant as the rounds wore on. However, the judges saw it another way.
Cohen will serve as promoter with Paul Keefe as manager and former world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad as trainer.
WBC super lightweight interim champion Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32
KOs) impressively annihilated IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont
Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs) with a devastating third round KO on
Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Matthysse floored
Peterson once in round two and twice in round three. Referee Steve Smoger
waved it off at 2:14. The bout was a non-title match because Matthysse
didn’t want to give up his WBC interim belt. Peterson remains IBF welter
Former world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (47-8-1, 39 KOs) won a close twelve round unanimous decision over Pablo Cesar Cano (26-3-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night in a welterweight bout at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. Cano did more early, but the 41-year-old Mosley started coming hard in round six. After round eight, the WBC’s open scoring Mosley was up on two cards and Cano was ahead on one. Good two-way action in round nine with Cano having the edge. Mosley responded with a strong round ten. In the end, scores were 115-113 for Mosley on all cards. The future Hall of Famer claimed the vacant WBC International welterweight title.
The Champion Class promotion, produced by All-In Entertainment, could have been billed as a night of knockouts as four of the five bouts featured explosive KOs highlighted by a dominating performance and victory from Washington welterweight sensation Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.
Unbeaten heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (15-0-1, 11 KOs) outworked former
WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-13, 37 KOs) to take an eight
round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Arena Hall in Legionowo,
Poland. The 48-year-old McCall had no answer for the hand speed of Zimnoch,
who is 18 years younger.
entrenado de todo corazón para su duelo el 15 de junio en Oxnard.
En el gimnasio en el corazón de Chinatown en Las Vegas en las tardes es de gran alboroto pero Maricela Cornejo vive en su mundo y no pone atención ni a la ruidosa música ni a otra distracción que no sea la voz de su entrenador Floyd Mayweather sénior.