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Lightweight Victor Castro steals show from a heavyweight mess

PHOENIX – It was a heavyweight main event. But a lightweight stole the show. Victor Castro, an emerging Phoenix prospect, displayed poise and precision, a combo that overwhelmed Ivan Zavala and offset ranked heavyweight Charles Martin’s sloppy stoppage of Raphael Zumbano Love Saturday night at Celebrity Theatre. With junior-featherweight legend Israel Vazquez as his trainer, Castro (14-0, 7 KOs), moved ... Read More »

Frampton stops Avalos in five to retain IBF Super Bantamweight title

San Diego, CA – February 28, 2014- Carl Frampton made the first defense of the IBF Super Bantamweight title with a 5th round stoppage over American mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in front of a sold out crowd of nearly 10,000 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The championship bout was televised on AWE-A Wealth of Entertatinment. After a ... Read More »

Seldin stops Garcia in five

Cletus Seldin scored a 5th round stoppage over Johnny Garica in a scheduled 10-round Jr. Welterweight bout at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY. It was a competitive fight early until Seldin landed a hard right that buckled Garcia. Garcia was buckled several times in the round. Seldin rocked Garcia repeatedly in round five and continued to pour on the ... Read More »

UFC 184 Weights from Los Angeles

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Ronda Rousey 135 – Cat Zingano 134.5 (Women’s bantamweight title) Holly Holm 135.5 – Raquel Pennington 135.5 Josh Koscheck 170.5 – Jake Ellenberger 171 Alan Jouban 170.5 – Richard Walsh 171 Tony Ferguson 156 – Gleison Tibau 155 Mark Munoz 187.25 Roan Carneiro 184.5 Kid Yamamoto 136 – Roman Salazar 135 Dhiego Lima 170 – Tim Means 170 Derrick Lewis ... Read More »

Charles Martin, Victor Castro set for featured bouts in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Unbeaten American heavyweight Charles Martin (19-0, 17 KOs) faces Raphael Zumbano Love (35-9-1, 28 KOs) of Brazil Saturday night Celebrity Theatre in the main event of a 10-fight card staged by Iron Boy Promotions. Martin, of St. Louis, is ranked No. 5 by the World Boxing Organization. He won a national Police Athletic League title in 2012. ... Read More »

Pacquiao to arrive a week early for Mayweather camp

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, Manny Pacquiao will arrive in Los Angles on before his expected March 8 arrival for his May 2 mega showdown with Floyd Mayweather. “Manny called me and said it’s been so crazy in the Philippines that he is going to come over here early and probably start at Wild Card on March 2,” Roach ... Read More »

Matthysse – Molina named Fight of the Year by the BWAA

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Lucas Matthysse’s April 26 knockout over John Molina was named The Fight of The Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. They will be honored on April 24 in New York along with previously announced Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford. • International Boxing Hall of Famer Freddie Roach won his record seventh Eddie Futch trainer of the year ... Read More »

Roy Jones to return on March 6 in Charlotte, NC

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Former pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr. will return to the ring on March 6 against Willie Williams in a Cruiserweight bout in Charlotte, North Carolina according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “What I am doing is staying busy because Marco Huck said he will fight me in the fall,” Jones told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I ain’t no spring ... Read More »

BWAA names Crawford Fighter of the Year

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According to Dan Rafael, Lightweight titlist Terence Crawford has been named 2014 Fighter of The Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. “It’s a surprise to me because that’s something I never thought I’d be able to accomplish,” Crawford said. “Now that it’s happened, it kind of feels like it’s not real. But I will say that my performance ... Read More »

Mir Stuns Silva in one

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Frank Mir knocked out Antonio Silva in the 1st round of their scheduled 5-round Heavyweight bout in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Mir landed a huge shot that knocked Silva to the ground and quickly landed two crushing shots while Silva was on the ground and the fight was stopped. Mir, 261 lbs of Las Vegas is now 17-9. Silva 264 lbs ... Read More »

Mayweather – Pacquiao details and quotes

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The following are some details and quotes according to Dan Rafael of espn.com. “I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” Mayweather said, referring to a chance Jan. 27 meeting with Pacquiao at a Miami Heat game followed by a private discussion after the game. “Giving the fans ... Read More »

Gradovich to defend Featherweight crown against Selby in England

According to Dan Rafael of espn.com. IBF Featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich will defend his title against mandatory challenger Lee Selby on April 25 in London. “We’ve all agreed to the deal,” Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, Gradovich’s promoter, told ESPN.com. “Gradovich is the true definition of a world champion because he fights anybody, anywhere, and it should be ... Read More »

Magdaleno decisions Ruiz

Jessie Magdaleno remained undefeated with a 8-round unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz in a Super Bantamweight bout at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Magdaleno, 121 3/4 lbs of Las Vegas won by scores of 80-72 on all cards and is now 20-0. Ruiz of Oxnard, CA is now 12-2. Rodrigo Garcia stopped Jailton De Jesus 77 ... Read More »

Donaire to face Prado in Philippines

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, former 4-division world champion Nonito Donaire will return to the ring when he takes on William Prado on March 28 in Pasay City, Philippines. “I’m excited to be back at 122 pounds,” said Donaire, who is training with his father, Nonito Donaire Sr., in Oakland, California. “I’m hoping the training to be at 122 ... Read More »

Jermain Taylor stripped of IBF Middleweight title

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, Jermain Taylor has been stripped of his Middleweight championship due to his legal issues of the last couple months. In stripping Taylor of its title, the IBF invoked its rule 5.C., which says, in part, “Any boxer who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which would prevent the bout from taking place, or ... Read More »

Mora decisions Han

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Sergio Mora scored a 12-round split decision over Abie Han in a 12-round Middleweight bout at the Beau Rivage Casino & Resort in Bilox, Mississippi. Mora boxed and moved well throughout the battle. He got caught in round ten when Han landed a right hand to the shoulder while Mora was off balance and Mora hit the canvas. Han pressed ... Read More »

Lee to defend Middleweight crown against Quillin

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, WBO Middleweight champion Andy Lee will defend his crown against Peter Quillin. The bout could only take place after a deal was reached with mandatory contender Billy Joe Saunders to step aside. The rumored date for the bout is April 11 with Barclays Center being mentioned as a possible Venue. “After tens of hours ... Read More »

Froch vacates IBF Super Middleweight crown

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Carl Froch vacated his IBF Super Middleweight title due an elbow injury according to Dan Rafael of espn.com. “It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks with terms agreed for the Chavez fight only for me to be unable to proceed in camp due to injury,” Froch said. “I know what it’s like to wait for a shot, and I didn’t ... Read More »

No announcement yet for Mayweather – Pacquiao fight

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, there is no imminent announcement for the much talked about fight featuring Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. “The thing that really concerns me is that we are running out of time for May 2,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who represents Pacquiao, told ESPN.com on Monday. “If you want to drag this out a ... Read More »

Former Super Middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler retires

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com former Super Middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has retired. “I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated,” Kessler wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. “My promoter (Sauerland Event) has done a great job in creating these, but ... Read More »

Gary Shaw and Roc Nation sever ties

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Gary Shaw left Roc Nation after just under a month according to Dan Rafael of espn.com. As part of that agreement, Shaw resigned from the company on Friday and they are in the process of completing their separation in a deal in which Shaw will leave with his fighters and staff and continue doing business as Gary Shaw Productions. “We ... Read More »

Benavidez goes back to work, hopes for a shot at Jessie Vargas

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Phoenix junior welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr., who won the WBC’s interim junior-welterweight title in a controversial decision over Mauricio Herrera on Dec. 13, plans to resume training on Monday. His trainer and father, Jose Benavidez Sr., said he hopes his son’s next fight is in the spring. However, Top Rank, his promoter, has yet to decide on an opponent or ... Read More »

Promoter Cedric Kushner passes away at age 66

Promoter Cedric Kushner passed away at age 66 on Thursday from a Heart Attack in New York City. “I got a call and I had to go to the hospital because he had a massive heart attack,” said promoter Lou DiBella, one of Kushner’s closest friends for more than 25 years. “His brain had been affected. I knew he wouldn’t ... Read More »

Vazquez stops Rios after 4 in New York

Rafael Vazquez scored a 4th round stoppage over Joseph Rios in a scheduled 8-round Super Bantamweight bout at BB Kings in New York. Vazquez dropped Rios twice in round two from left hooks. Vazquez dropped Rios again in round four. The fight was halted after the 4th. Vazquez, 122 lbs of Brooklyn is 13-1 with 11 knockouts. Rios, 120 1/4 ... Read More »

Pacquiao – Mayweather have private meeting

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According to Dan Rafael of espn.com, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather held a private meeting inside of Pacquiao’s hotel suite on Tuesday night in Miami. They met inside Pacquiao’s hotel suite and “it was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over,” Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who was present at the meeting, told ESPN.com on ... Read More »

Retired: Juarez loses to Castellanos and calls it a career

SAN ANTONIO – Rocky Juarez spent his career being an honest prizefighter who never quite found within himself a transcendent performance when the occasion demanded one. Monday’s match was no exception, and Juarez’s retirement, announced immediately afterwards, was no surprise. Fighting in the main event of a good card at Cowboys Dancehall, Houston’s Juarez (30-11-1, 21 KOs) dropped a lopsided ... Read More »

Kell Brook to defend Welterweight title against Dan

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Kell Brook will make the 1st defense of the IBF Welterweight title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan on March 28 in Sheffield, England, according to Dan Rafael of espn.com. The 28-year-old Brook was supposed to make his first title defense late last year — the opponent had not been announced — but he suffered a stab wound in his ... Read More »

Matthysse signs extension with Golden Boy

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Former Super Lightweight titlist Lucas Matthysse has signed a contract extension with Golden Boy Promotions according to Dan Rafael of espn.com. “Lucas Matthysse is extremely happy with Golden Boy Promotions, and he wants to retire with us,” De La Hoya said. “I’m extremely happy that he’s a loyal fighter and person who understands the value of having a promoter on ... Read More »

Haymon reveals deal with Spike TV

Powerful adviser Al Haymon announced his plans for a Friday night series on Spike TV according to Dan Rafael of espn.com. The first card will take place March 13 (9 p.m. ET/PT) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, and be headlined by former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) against Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs). Former welterweight titleholder ... Read More »