Valdez, Ramirez, Hart teleconference transcript

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, #1 super middleweight contender Jesse Hart, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum participated in a teleconference with reporters to talk about their ESPN-televised fights Friday night in Tucson. Continue reading “Valdez, Ramirez, Hart teleconference transcript”

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, #1 super middleweight contender Jesse Hart, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum participated in a teleconference with…
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Interview: Jorge Linares

By Alex Nuñez
Photos: Lester Silva

WBA lightweight champion and WBC diamond champion Jorge “The Golden Boy” Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) talks about his fight against British challenger Luke Campbell (17-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, which will be broadcast live on HBO. Linares, a three-division champion, originally from Barinas, Venezuela, has fought in Japan and the United Kingdom.

However, he will fight in the United States for the first time in three years, his last fight was six months ago with his second victory over British Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla in his hometown of Manchester, England. Continue reading “Interview: Jorge Linares”

By Alex Nuñez Photos: Lester Silva WBA lightweight champion and WBC diamond champion Jorge “The Golden Boy” Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) talks about his fight against British challenger Luke Campbell…
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Cordero part of earthquake rescue effort

Fightnews.com® salutes our International Editor Gabriel F. Cordero, who has been risking his own life to help others after the deadly 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City on Tuesday. He spent all night trying to rescue people who are trapped under a collapsed apartment building located on Amsterdam Street in Mexico City.

“While most the time we are covering the heroes in the ring, sometimes we have to acknowledge heroic deeds outside the ring,” said Fightnews.com® Editor-In-Chief Karl Freitag. “Knowing Gabriel like we do, it’s no surprise that he’s putting others first. He’s one of the really good people in boxing.”

Fightnews.com® salutes our International Editor Gabriel F. Cordero, who has been risking his own life to help others after the deadly 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City on Tuesday. He…
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Dychko helping after hurricane

Over the weekend in Miami, two-time Kazakhstani Olympic Super Heavyweight Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko joined a group of fighters and management of The Heavyweight Factory Gym who spent two days in the baking heat to serve thousands of free meals to victims of Hurricane Irma.

Donated by Heavyweight Factory Founder, Kris Lawrence, the group served over 2500 pieces of chicken, 1000 sausages, 800 racks of ribs, as well as baked beans and potato salad, to a hungry community still feeling the effects of the devastating hurricane. The 6’ 9” Dychko will make his professional debut on September 28 in Kentucky.

Over the weekend in Miami, two-time Kazakhstani Olympic Super Heavyweight Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko joined a group of fighters and management of The Heavyweight Factory Gym who spent two days…
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Dorticos-Kudryashov Final Presser

Photos: Francisco Perez/Ringstar Sports

The World Boxing Super Series makes its USA debut on Saturday with a very attractive cruiserweight quarterfinal showdown between WBA world champion Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry Kudryashov at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Also seeing action are once-beaten cruiserweights Keith Tapia and Lateef Kayode, who meet in a WBSS reserve match, plus former world champion Nonito Donaire, who battles Mexico’s Ruben Garcia Hernandez.

Sadly no U.S. television for this very TV-worthy fight card, but the action will be streamed at worldboxingsuperseries.com. Dorticos and Kudryashov faced off at Wednesday’s press conference.

Yunier Dorticos: “I’m happy to be a part of this great event. On Saturday night you will see what I’m all about. Saturday is going to be an explosive matchup and I will leave with my belt.”

Dmitry Kudryashov: “I know that I have a very tough opponent in front of me. We’ve worked so hard to prepare my body and mind for 12 rounds of war. There is no way I can lose this fight.” Continue reading “Dorticos-Kudryashov Final Presser”

Photos: Francisco Perez/Ringstar Sports The World Boxing Super Series makes its USA debut on Saturday with a very attractive cruiserweight quarterfinal showdown between WBA world champion Yunier Dorticos and Dmitry…
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Valdez/Zurdo Presser Camera Clicks

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valez faced off with challenger Genesis Servania and WBO super middleweight champ Zurdo Ramirez faced off with #1 contender Jesse Hart at Wednesday’s final press conference in Tucson.

The two world title fights take place Friday night on ESPN. Click here for more photos…

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valez faced off with challenger Genesis Servania and WBO super middleweight champ Zurdo Ramirez faced off with #1 contender Jesse Hart at…
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Wilder, Ortiz speak

Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Cuban southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz spoke about their upcoming November 4th title clash.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m excited that the time has come to meet Luis Ortiz,” said Wilder. “Ortiz is considered the boogeyman of the sport and I am the hardest hitter in boxing. When you put us together in a ring, you will get one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. I will unify the division. This I promise. This is the first step towards unifying. Any heavyweight that gets in my way is getting knocked out.”

“Wilder has been doing a lot of talking about me and this fight,” said Ortiz. “I’m tired of hearing it. I’m not that big on talking. I like to do all my talking in the ring and that’s what I plan to do. I respect him. I know he hits hard, but I hit hard too. It’s going to be a great fight. I can’t wait to get in the ring and shut him up in front of everybody at Barclays Center on SHOWTIME on November 4.”

Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Cuban southpaw Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz spoke about their upcoming November 4th title clash. “I’ve been waiting…
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Jake LaMotta passes away at age 95

Legendary world middleweight champion and boxing Hall of Famer Jake LaMotta, who later became the central character in the Martin Scorsese-directed Academy Award-winning film Raging Bull (1980) starring Robert De Niro, passed away in Miami, Florida today (September 20) at the age of 95. LaMotta’s fiancé of 25-years, Denise Baker, confirmed that LaMotta died of Dysphagia pneumonia at Palm Garden Nursing Home, in Miami, Florida, where he was given hospice care in recent weeks by Seasons Hospice. Continue reading “Jake LaMotta passes away at age 95”

Legendary world middleweight champion and boxing Hall of Famer Jake LaMotta, who later became the central character in the Martin Scorsese-directed Academy Award-winning film Raging Bull (1980) starring Robert De…
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Glowacki-Bruzzese on Sept 30 in Latvia

By Marco Bratusch

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) is set to fight Italian Leonard Damian Bruzzese on September 30 at the Arena Riga, in Latvia, on the undercard of the highly anticipated Briedis-Perez clash, a fight valid as the third quarter-final bracket for the World Boxing Super Series tourament. The boxing night will be promoted by Sauerland Events. Continue reading “Glowacki-Bruzzese on Sept 30 in Latvia”

By Marco Bratusch Former WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki (27-1, 17 KOs) is set to fight Italian Leonard Damian Bruzzese on September 30 at the Arena Riga, in Latvia, on…
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Valdez, Ramirez set to defend belts

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Undefeated WBO world champions Oscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Jesse “Hard Work” Hart took paer in a media workout on Tuesday in Tucson, Arizona.

On Friday at Tucson Arena, Valdez will defending his WBO featherweight title against the WBO #4 Genesis Servania, while WBO super middleweight champion Ramirez will take on Hart in a grudge match. Continue reading “Valdez, Ramirez set to defend belts”

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Undefeated WBO world champions Oscar Valdez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Jesse “Hard Work” Hart took paer in a media workout…
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Parker-Fury gets new ref, another Brit

Referee Marcus McDonnell will now work Saturday’s WBO heavyweight title fight between champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury in Manchester, England. The Parker camp complained that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) appointed British referee Terry O’Connor rather than a neutral referee as per WBO rules. The BBBofC at first resisted making a change, but then switched out O’Connor for another British referee in McDonnell. The Parker camp, however, had better hope O’Connor didn’t take his ouster personally – the BBBofC reassigned O’Connor as one of the judges!!!

Referee Marcus McDonnell will now work Saturday’s WBO heavyweight title fight between champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury in Manchester, England. The Parker camp complained that the British Boxing Board…
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WBO rejects Shiming rematch request

The WBO Championship Committee has denied the request of Zou Xuan Sports of China on behalf of Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming for an immediate rematch against WBO flyweight champion Sho Kimura. Hand-picked opponent Kimura shockingly knocked out and dethroned Shiming in his first defense on July 28 in Shanghai, China. The 36-year-old Shiming had recently hooked up with trainer Robert Garcia and hoped to get quick revenge against Kimura, whose win was a colossal upset.

The WBO Championship Committee has denied the request of Zou Xuan Sports of China on behalf of Chinese boxing icon Zou Shiming for an immediate rematch against WBO flyweight champion…
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Barrios stops Nelson in seven

Unbeaten IBF #12 lightweight contender Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Naim Nelson (13-4, 1 KO) in a super welterweight bout on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Nelson was in distress for most the fight due to a left shoulder injury. He bravely fought on, but finally couldn’t take the pain anymore in round seven and the bout was called off.

Unbeaten lightweight Thomas Velasquez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Tyrome Jones (4-2-1, 1 KO) fought to a six round draw. Scores were 59-55 Jones, 59-55 Valezquez, 57-57.

Light heavyweight prospects Earl Newman (10-0-1, 7 KOs) and Paul Parker (8-2-1, 4 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 79-73 Newman, 77-75 Parker, 76-76.

Unbeaten IBF #12 lightweight contender Mario Barrios (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Naim Nelson (13-4, 1 KO) in a super welterweight bout on Tuesday night at…
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Leo Santa Cruz speaks

Photos: Erick Ramirez/Ringstar Sports

Three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz hosted a media workout Tuesday at the new Team Watson Boxing Club in Lake Balboa, Calif. as he prepares to defend his featherweight titles against Chris Avalos on Saturday, October 14 in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Televised coverage begins 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT with four-time world champion Abner Mares defending his 126-pound belt against once-beaten Andres Gutierrez.

Also in attendance was lightweight Ivan Redkach, who trains with Santa Cruz and will compete in an undercard bout on October 14.

Here is what the participants had to say Tuesday:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

“Now we both get another fight first, I’m pretty sure we will both win and the fans win by seeing us again as well. Continue reading “Leo Santa Cruz speaks”

Photos: Erick Ramirez/Ringstar Sports Three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz hosted a media workout Tuesday at the new Team Watson Boxing Club in Lake Balboa, Calif. as he prepares to…
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Kovalev explains breakup with trainer

By Przemek Garczarczyk

After trainer John David Jackson ripped former WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev (30-2, 26 KO) and accused him of quitting in his rematch with Andre Ward, I was wondering what “Krusher’s” response to Jackson various accusations will be. We all know that Kovalev does not know what political correctness is, so it was very refreshing to hear that the top light heavyweight contender take the high road. “The coach should help you in the ring. I didn’t feel that with Jackson,” stated Kovalev, who also politely explained (with manager Egis Klimas) why he’s on the hunt for new man in the corner. Judge for yourselves.

By Przemek Garczarczyk After trainer John David Jackson ripped former WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev (30-2, 26 KO) and accused him of quitting in his rematch with Andre Ward,…
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118-110 judge feels terrible, shattered

Embattled boxing judge Adalaide Byrd is not under suspension or been reprimanded in any way according to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett. Byrd has been taking a lot of heat from fans and media after scoring Saturday’s superfight 118-110 for Canelo Alvarez. “She feels terrible that she saw it differently from the other two judges,” Bennett told the Las Vegas Review. “She explained what she saw and she feels shattered.”

Bennett also dismissed charges of corruption leveled by ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas. “Anyone reporting corruption couldn’t be any further from the truth. Adalaide is a woman of integrity and a judge many around the world have requested for.” Continue reading “118-110 judge feels terrible, shattered”

Embattled boxing judge Adalaide Byrd is not under suspension or been reprimanded in any way according to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett. Byrd has been taking a lot of heat…
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The 12th Round: GGG – Champion of Champions

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

It would be impossible not to dedicate this week’s column to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Saturday night in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, Golovkin finally received the world recognition as the best fighter in the middleweight division and one of the best in the world. Saul Canelo Alvarez fought GGG to a very entertaining fight which had the sold-out arena chanting throughout the fight hoping that Alvarez would bring those glory days of Mexican warriors like Sanchez, Chavez, Morales, Barrera and Marquez back and win the fight of his life precisely on Mexican Independence Day. It didn’t happen.

It was GGG the one fighting “Mexican Style” going forward at all times, dominating the action and trying to engage in a brawl which eventually happened during the last three rounds. Alvarez decided to be the aggressor on the tenth, too late in my personal opinion. Continue reading “The 12th Round: GGG – Champion of Champions”

By Mauricio Sulaiman WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son It would be impossible not to dedicate this week’s column to Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Saturday night in Las Vegas at the…
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David Bey passes

By David Finger

Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of former heavyweight contender David Bey. According to WPVI, an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, Bey was working as a Pyle driver with Local Carpenters’ 179 in Camden, New Jersey. He was killed on Wednesday, September 13th, in an industrial accident at the Camden Towers when he was reportedly hit by a steel sheet Pyle.

Bey is perhaps best remembered by boxing fans for his 1985 IBF world title fight against Larry Holmes. Holmes beat the then-undefeated Bey by way of tenth round TKO. But many boxing fans nonetheless remembered the gritty performance from Bey, who rocked Holmes in the second round. Holmes was later quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying Bey “got my attention” in the second round of the fight. Continue reading “David Bey passes”

By David Finger Fightnews.com® is sad to report the passing of former heavyweight contender David Bey. According to WPVI, an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia, Bey was working as a Pyle…
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PBC weights from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mario Barrios 140.9 vs Naim Nelson 140.8
Earl Newman 178 vs Paul Parker 177.5
Thomas Velasquez 131.1 vs Tyrome Jones 132.1
Juan Sanchez 124.9 vs Gorwar Karyah 125.8
Ryan Wilczak 154.3 vs Devin Mcmaster 152.9
Antonio Russell 117.8 vs Cristian Renteria 120.2
Jeffrey Torres 140.4 vs Latorie Woodberry 141.8
Antuanne Russell 138.5 vs Jesus Lule 139.7

Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: FS1 & FOX Deportes
Venue: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Mario Barrios 140.9 vs Naim Nelson 140.8 Earl Newman 178 vs Paul Parker 177.5 Thomas Velasquez 131.1 vs Tyrome Jones 132.1 Juan Sanchez 124.9 vs Gorwar Karyah 125.8 Ryan Wilczak…
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Wilder vs. Ortiz is set for Nov 4

It’s official. On Wednesday in New York City, undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and unbeaten top contender Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will announce their Showtime Championship Boxing showdown taking place Saturday, November 4 in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It’s official. On Wednesday in New York City, undefeated WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and unbeaten top contender Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will announce their…
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Dawejko face Banks in Philly

Hard Hitting Promotions will present a card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Friday night September 22 featuring the return of Philly’s own heavyweight star Joey “The Tank” Dawejko (17-4-4, 10 KOs) against Demetrius Banks (9-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event of the evening. Dawejko, who is training at the famed Wild Card Gym with Freddie Roach and Marvin Simodeo, makes his return to the “City of Brotherly love. “I love fighting in Philly. I have trained hard and feel focused,” said Dawejko. I am in great shape and I hope to show my friends and family an explosive knockout.” Continue reading “Dawejko face Banks in Philly”

Hard Hitting Promotions will present a card at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Friday night September 22 featuring the return of Philly’s own heavyweight star Joey “The Tank” Dawejko…
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Tiberi Jr. Returns Nov. 11th

By Rick Scharmberg

“Joltin’” Joey Tiberi (15-2, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, November 11th at the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware. In the co-feature, cruiserweight Lamont “The Problem Solver” Singletary (8-2, 5 KOs) is scheduled to fight in an 8 rounder. Both opponents will be announced shortly, and both bouts will be contested for regional titles in “The Battle for the Belts!” Continue reading “Tiberi Jr. Returns Nov. 11th”

By Rick Scharmberg “Joltin’” Joey Tiberi (15-2, 8 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, November 11th at the Hockessin PAL Center in Hockessin, Delaware. In the co-feature, cruiserweight Lamont…
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Oner: Eubank Jr. is a spoiled kid

Coach Ahmet Öner is ready to send his boxer Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) into war against Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The former light heavyweight, now coach and manager, believes that his fighter can go all the way to win the World Boxing Super Series tournament. The first obstacle is Chris Eubank Jr., but Öner does not see the British IBO Champion as a serious threat.

“I do not fear Eubank Jr. He has nothing to stop Avni. Eubank is a kid, a spoiled kid who thinks he is a brave tough guy, he is not. Continue reading “Oner: Eubank Jr. is a spoiled kid”

Coach Ahmet Öner is ready to send his boxer Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) into war against Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in…
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New opponent for Schwarz

WBO #4 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KOs) will now face Ali “Sultan” Baghouz (10-0-1, 6 KOs) on September 30 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Baghouz stepped in after original foe Marcin Siwy suffered a hand injury in sparring last week that will require surgery. The WBO Intercontinental title fight will be televised in Germany on MDR.

WBO #4 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (19-0, 12 KOs) will now face Ali “Sultan” Baghouz (10-0-1, 6 KOs) on September 30 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. Baghouz stepped in…
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Parker-Fury Press Conference Heats Up

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and challenger Hughie Fury both vowed to win by knockout before facing off at today’s press conference in advance of Saturday’s PPV clash in Manchester, England.

Things turned ugly when Parker’s promoter David Higgins got into a shouting match with Hughie’s father and manager Peter Fury over the BBBoC’s decision to use a British referee rather than a neutral referee as per WBO rules. Both Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry stated they plan to go through with Saturday’s fight despite the referee dispute.

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and challenger Hughie Fury both vowed to win by knockout before facing off at today’s press conference in advance of Saturday’s PPV clash in Manchester,…
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