Berchelt, Miura ready for HBO showdown

Current WBC super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) and his challenger Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KOs) hosted a Los Angeles media workout at City of Angels Gym ahead of their HBO-televised fight Saturday at the “Fabulous” Forum.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Miguel Berchelt: “I consider myself a world champion, and fighting Takashi Miura is a way to prove that I am the best in my class…I was able to get through Francisco Vargas, so I know that I can take on Miura.”

Takashi Miura: “I have more heart than Berchelt. I want this more than I want anything. I am expecting a war because I know he won’t want to give up his belt that easy. But I want it back.” Continue reading “Berchelt, Miura ready for HBO showdown”

WBA and AIPS seal important alliance

The World Boxing Association and the International Association of Sports Journalists (AIPS in Italian) signed an important agreement to work together during this 2017 and in the coming days will extend this union until 2018. The pact was held on Wednesday, July 12th, during the 24th AIPS America Congress, that took place in Cali, Colombia.

The intention of this union is to strengthen sports journalism, especially Boxing. For this reason, the press will have greater access to information and, in the different events that the AIPS performs, especially AIPS America, boxing forums will be held for sports journalists to understand how professional boxing works. Continue reading “WBA and AIPS seal important alliance”

Weights From Glen Burnie, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Jessie Nicklow 165.4 vs. Chauncey Fields 174
Donald Wallace 166 vs. Zarifbek Nishanbaev 164.4
Drayvontay Rawls 136.2 vs. Dion Richardson 139.4
Ernest Hall 126.6 vs. Tyrone Wright 128.2

Venue: Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing

Koasicha returns on Telemundo Friday

Former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-6, 15 KOs) of Mexico will return to the Telemundo airwaves this Friday. His opponent will be countryman Josue Veraza (18-8-2, 14 KOs). The site will be the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico. The 10 round main event will continue the Telemundo Summer series.

Photo: All Star Boxing

The two will do battle for the vacant WBO Latino featherweight title. Koaischa is hungry for another world title opportunity Like the one he had vs Vasyl Lomachenko in 2015 but knows he cannot look past the equally as hungry Veraza. Continue reading “Koasicha returns on Telemundo Friday”

Northern Mexico Update

By David Finger

It goes without saying that Mexico is a nation of boxing fans, and in the next four weeks those boxing fans in Northern Mexico will have more than their share of exciting fights coming up. The busy month of boxing starts off this weekend in Ciudad Juarez on Friday (July 14) as six professional fights will be featured at the Hotel El Paseo on Salon Alameda. Continue reading “Northern Mexico Update”

Lomachenko-Marriaga Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

Two-division world champion and WBO super featherweight champion Ukraine’s Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Miguel “Escorpión” Marriaga ( 25-2, 21 KOs) of Columbia held a press conference Wednesday at the the newly designed Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to announce their August 5th fight at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles live on ESPN.

Photo: Mikey Wiliams/Top Rank

“We will bring back boxing to mainstream. Lomachenko-Marriaga will bring tremendous action August 5th all over the world and we at Top Rank are glad to be bringing this event to you,” Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum said.

“I am ready to get back in the ring to fight Marriaga and I am ready to fight. I think many around the world will get the chance to see Vasyl Lomachenko. I am ready to show that I am the best in boxing,” Lomachenko stated.

“For me, it’s a great opportunity vs. a great fighter like Lomachenko. We are here coming to fight,” Marriaga commented. Continue reading “Lomachenko-Marriaga Press Conference”

Melindo-Budler for IBF 108lb title Sept 16

ALA Promotions announced the Melindo-Budler world title fight earlier today at a press conference held in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Melindo, who recently won the IBF Light Flyweight title from a stunning 1st round TKO over Japanese Akira Yaegashi is scheduled to face Budler in Cebu City, Philippines on Sept. 16.

Photo (from L-R): IBF world light flyweight champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, ALA Promotions President/CEO Michael Aldeguer, and Milan Melindo trainer Edito Villamor during today’s Presscon at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Below are some key quotes from the Press Conference and team Budler, which was sent to ALA Promotions:

Milan “El Metodico” Melindo (IBF Light Flyweight champion): “I feel no pressure for this fight. No matter how many fights he’s had, he’s never fought anyone like me. I want to advise him not to put his guard down, because then I might give him the first KO defeat of his career. I already fought some of the best world champions in the world, including Juan Francisco Estrada, so he (Budler) is no threat to me. I have a lot of confidence because God is with me. We’re gonna fight in my territory, where I will run the show and I promise an impressive win.” Continue reading “Melindo-Budler for IBF 108lb title Sept 16”

Nicklow Has Rematch In Glen Burnie, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Baltimore, MD-area fan favorite Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow returns to action in the main event of the next Baltimore Pro Boxing promotions card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD on Thursday, July 13th.

Actually, the main event for the card has a familiar ring to it as Nicklow will participate in an eight-round rematch against Chauncey “Grimm” Fields of Lynchburg, VA. The two men faced each other on January 13th at Michael’s with Nicklow winning an eight-round unanimous decision. Nicklow (26-8-3, eight KO’s) has not fought since the last meeting with Fields but he is undefeated in local-area competition (25-0-3). However, Fields (4-3, two KO’s) has fought twice, losing by knockout to Gary O’ Sullivan and Gabriel Pham. Continue reading “Nicklow Has Rematch In Glen Burnie, MD”

Mayweather-McGregor Toronto Presser

Profanity Warning: Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor hit Toronto Wednesday on day two of their four-city international press tour to announce their August 26 PPV clash in Las Vegas. Like day one, the f-bombs were flying fast and furious,

Mayweather: One thing we do know. The fucking fans can’t fight for you.
McGregor: Shut your fucking mouth.
Mayweather: We’re not talking about being at the top one year, two years, three years, four years, mutha-fucker 21 years. And they say I’m the mutha-fucker that can’t read. Bitch, I do numbers. I make money. You know my middle name, bitch.
McGregor: You owe money.
Mayweather: If you believe in yourself like you say you believe in yourself, bet your whole fight check you bitch.
McGregor: No fucking problem. Send the contract kid it’s done.
Mayweather: …And y’all got the fucking nerve to believe in a fucking fighter who likes to fucking quit? He’s a fucking quitter. Turn the pressure up. I don’t fold under pressure. I’m the best and I know I’m the best. Bitch, and you know I’m the best. Don’t you ever tell me shit about a fucking $3 million fighter.
McGregor: Not no more.
Mayweather: …they say I was too small. They say I run like a bitch. But goddamm it. 49-0. Yeah mutha-fucker, I’m running to the mutha-fucking bank!

Lucas Matthysse Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source informed® that former WBC interim world champion Lucas Matthysse will likely not fight on the GGG-Canelo card on September 16 in Las Vegas.  Matthysse may now begin his training camp in California starting in September with a return to the ring planned for November.

Golovkin motivated in training camp

WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight world champion Boxing’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is back at The Summit Gym, head trainer Abel Sanchez’s high altitude training complex in Big Bear, Calif., preparing for the biggest challenge of his career, Canelo Alvarez. Golovkin came into training fit and fired up as he gears up for, believe it or not, his Las Vegas debut.

Gennady Golovkin: “Abel has new ideas for this fight – exciting ideas — and I need to be my best to perform in the ring. I don’t care about pound for pound. This is real. This is about being the champion of the world.” Continue reading “Golovkin motivated in training camp”

Pacquiao says he hasn’t been paid yet either

Below is Senator Manny Pacquiao’s official statement regarding Freddie Roach’s allegation that he has not yet been paid:

“I have no problem with Coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one paying him, it’s Bob Arum. The trainer’s fee is automatically deducted by Top Rank from my purse. So, if Coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are in the same boat. My purse has not yet been released by Arum.”

Koncz expresses shock over Roach’s claim

By Nick Giongco

Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao, yesterday called the attention of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on the issue of the alleged non-payment of his professional fee following the Jeff Horn fight last week in Brisbane, Australia. “For the last five years, we have instructed our promoter to deduct said payment from our guaranteed purse and this is how our corner has been paid,” said Koncz yesterday after an article on Sports Illustrated reported that Roach has yet to collect his payment.

“If Freddie had some concern, he should have brought it up with Manny and not in the media,” said Koncz, noting that the fee of conditioning coach Justin Fortune and cutman Miguel Diaz also get theirs from the promoter. Continue reading “Koncz expresses shock over Roach’s claim”

Ikeyama, 47, keeps WBO female 102lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Do you know who’s a current world champion under 100 pounds? The WBO female atomweight titlist Nao Ikeyama is the one. Do you know who’s the oldest current world champ? Nao, 47 years old, is the one, too. Nao Ikeyama (18-3-3, 5 KOs), 99.5, barely kept her WBO 102-pound belt as she was held to a split draw (96-94, 94-96, 95-95) by younger and fresher Saemi Hanagata (13-6-4, 7 KOs), 101.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s Nao’s sixth successful defense, and the tallies were completely same as their previous encounter with the WBO belt at stake in June of the previous year. Hanagata, fifteen years her junior, took the initiative with her opening attack, but the veteran champ, having fought since 2003, came back hard with her trademark non-stop attack in the second half. Hanagata may deserve their rubber battle. Continue reading “Ikeyama, 47, keeps WBO female 102lb belt”

AIBA accuses WBC of forgery

The AIBA has responded to Monday’s column by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, claiming Sulaiman or his WBC associates forged an AIBA document and purposely omitted two paragraphs to mislead the boxing public.

AIBA deplores and refutes in the strongest terms the comments by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on 10 July 2017 on his boxing blog. In it, Mr Sulaiman refers to a letter from AIBA to its member National Federations which he reproduces in Spanish. At no point has AIBA written such a letter in Spanish, nor would AIBA ever send an unsigned communication to its members, meaning that Mr Sulaiman or his associates have illegally created a forgery and attributed it to AIBA. By also failing to include two paragraphs sent in the original letter (attached), Mr Sulaiman’s sole motivation to misinform the boxing public is abundantly clear. Continue reading “AIBA accuses WBC of forgery”

Floyd compares McGregor to Maidana

Profanity Warning: Former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather compared MMA fighter Connor McGregor to former world champion Marcos Maidana. “Some guys play it safe and then some like Marcos Maidana go for the kill,” Floyd told the LA press. “I think he’s the Maidana-type. He’s a heavy-hitter so I have to be cautious. It’s going to basically be a toe-to-toe battle.”

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Floyd also stated he could beat McGregor no matter where they fight. “I don’t give a fuck if it’s a ring, I don’t give a fuck if it’s an octagon. Put me in there and I’m going to kick ass,” proclaimed Floyd. “I don’t back down from no-mutha-fucking-body. You line them up, and I knock’em down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m gonna knock this bitch out too…if you want eight oz. gloves, let’s put eight oz. gloves on. If you want four oz. gloves, let’s put four oz. gloves on. Don’t fool the public. Continue reading “Floyd compares McGregor to Maidana”

Mayweather-McGregor Kickoff Presser

Unbeaten former champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC star “The Notorious” Conor McGregor went face-to-face for the first time on Tuesday, in a highly anticipated press conference in front of over 11,000 fans at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Floyd Mayweather: “Everyone knows I’ve never backed down from anybody. You line them up, and I knock them down like bowling pins. On August 26, I’m knocking Conor out. I am guaranteeing you this. You are going out on your face or on your back. So which way do you want to go?”

Conor McGregor: “He’s got little legs and little hands. I’m going to knock him out inside of four rounds. Mark my words…Floyd will be unconscious inside of four rounds. The power and ferociousness that I have, he’s never experienced it before. I don’t fear him.”

Horn to brush off Teddy

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn has arrived in the USA for ESPN Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday but has vowed not to talk to Teddy Atlas who said to him after he defeated Manny Pacquiao “Congratulations – I thought you lost”

“I have nothing to say to Teddy Atlas,” Horn told Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail. “I’m not a fan anymore. He kind of annoyed me a little bit after the fight. I’m on a high after winning and he’s tried to drag me down straight away. It’s disappointing.” Continue reading “Horn to brush off Teddy”

Mansour calls out heavyweight division

Frustration? Amir Mansour never knew the true meaning of the word until he tried to tried to capitalize on his March 17 victory over heavyweight hopeful Travis Kauffman.

Mansour’s unanimous 12-round decision victory in Kauffman’s Reading, PA, backyard was nationally televised (Bounce TV) but it did little to create future opportunities for the left-hander from Salem, NJ.

“You’d think I have the plague, the way the other so-called heavyweight contenders are avoiding me,” Mansour said. “Is it my breath or is it my ability? These guys call themselves fighters but when my name comes up in conversation, they act like they have a hearing problem. Why would anyone be afraid of a 44-year-old man? Continue reading “Mansour calls out heavyweight division”

Koasicha-Veraza on Telemundo Friday

The Boxeo Telemundo summer series continues this Friday at the Auditorio Blackberry in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha returns to face Josue “Chino” Veraza in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO Latin featherweight title at stake. Koasicha, 26, hails from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and is looking for another world title shot after his failed bid against Vasyl Lomanchenko in November of 2015, his record stands at 25-6, 15 KOs. Veraza, 24, is looking for his first belt as a professional and comes in the fight with a record of 18-8-2, 14 KOs. Continue reading “Koasicha-Veraza on Telemundo Friday”

Joshua-Klitschko 2 could land in Vegas

Eddie Hearn, promoter of WBA, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is headed to Las Vegas to potentially stage the rematch between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at the T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay. Klitschko still hasn’t signed off on the fight, which did blockbuster business in London, drawing 90,000 fans to an epic war. All of Joshua’s fights to date have been in the UK. Wlad’s home base is Germany. Vegas is considered neutral ground.

Barrera vows to beat Smith for dad

It has been more than eight years since Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) defected from Cuba and left his friends and family behind to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer in the United States. On Saturday, July 15 he takes on Long Island, New York native Joe Smith Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) for the WBA International Light Heavyweight Title and, for the first time in Sullivan’s life, his father, Rafael Barrera, will be watching him from ringside. After an eight-year separation, father and son were reunited on Thursday when the elder Barrera was finally able to visit from Cuba. Continue reading “Barrera vows to beat Smith for dad”

Horn promoter eyes smaller venue for rematch

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Jeff Horn promoter Dean Lonergan said the rematch between Horn and Manny Pacquiao, if the former champion agrees to the opportunity to regain the WBO welterweight crown, could land at Brisbane’s 14,500-seat indoor Boondall Arena rather than the 52,500-seat outdoor venue that hosted the first fight. The change would mean ticket prices would be increased.

“First Manny’s got to say yes, and secondly, a case has to be made to make it work at Boondall or another venue,” Lonergan told AAP. “Who knows what happens after that? If you look at Mayweather versus Pacquaio – the highest-grossing fight of all time in boxing – it did $72 million in a 15,000-seat venue. It’s a case of supply and demand. If it can be made to stack up at Boondall I think that’s a real option. If it can’t, then we’ll just have a look around.”