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Why James ‘Lights Out’ Toney is the greatest fighter on the planet! (Hint: Because he said so!)

By Ace Freeman (26-May-2016)

A look back at the chilling and hilarious encounter between the legendary James ‘Lights Out’ Toney and then young rookie boxing writer Ace Freeman in 2006 as the future hall-of-famer scared the daylights out of the Canadian visitor in front of a packed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood!

Actual moment Toney confronted Ace

It was a sunny mid February afternoon in Los Angeles as I walked up the steps of the famed Wildcard Gym on Vine Street in Hollywood. It was my first time visiting Freddie Roach’s renowned gym and I was excited to see whom I might find upon entering.

At the top of the stairs I reached a closed door with a sign that read “Wildcard Closed from 1:00 to 3:30 for private training camp of James Toney. No admittance, no exceptions”. Never one to be discouraged, I walked right in.

I was met in the entranceway by a large security worker who stepped in my way.

“Who are you?” he asked.

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Surging Custio Clayton continues rise up Canadian welterweight ranks with headlining win at Montreal Casino!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (25-May-2016)

Photo courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Professional boxing returned to the Montreal Casino Tuesday when GYM brought “Le Grand Retour De La Boxe” back to the Quebec hotspot featuring a dynamite night of fistic action. In the main event of the evening, fast rising undefeated Canadian welterweight Custio Clayton (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped Mexico’s Jose Emilio Perea in the tenth round. Clayton got some valuable rounds in and looked every bit the part as he largely swept each round behind a stern jab and fast combinations. The Quebec charge scored several knockdowns in the bout and the final one in the tenth saw Perea unable to continue giving Clatyon the stoppage win. In other action, all action Francesco Cotroni pounded out an eight round majority decision over Pablo Munguia, Shakeel Phinn continued his winning ways with a decision over Jaudiel Zepeda, Marie Eve Dicaire out-pointed Ashleigh Curry over six rounds, Patrice Volny decisioned Charles Hauver and Whitney Baille topped Michael Gargouri after four rounds. Check out the action in photos below as captured by Way Productions’ Pierre Lavoie:

Lara, Charlo brothers win big on Showtime!

By FightFan News Wire (22-May-2016)

Video courtesy of SHOWTIME

On a night Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara successfully defended his WBA Super Welterweight Championship with a hard-fought 12-round unanimous decision over Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan, undefeated brothers Jermall and Jermell Charlo, of Houston, became the first twins in boxing history to hold world titles in the same weight class.

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Knockout Night at the D results: Hernandez shocks Magomedov, Vera KOs Ruelas, Haney shines

By FightFan News Wire (22-May-2016)

“Knockout Night at the D” results from Las Vegas!

Determined Phoenix middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez shocked heavy favorite Arif “The Pedator” Magomedov in tonight’s main event on the “Knockout Night at the D” card, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from under the neon lights at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) outdoor venue. The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegasand DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions. Tonight’s event was promoted in association with Main Events and Shamo Boxing Promotions.

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Haye and Briggs KO their opponents to set up showdown!

By Ace Freeman (21-May-2016)

Heavyweight results from the United Kingdom Saturday!

Former heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) made short and violent work of previously undefeated Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) moments ago at the O2 Arena in London. Haye scored two knockdowns in the opening round and two more in the second before the one-sided affair was halted.

On the under-card, brash former American heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) chopped down late replacement Emilio Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs) in short order in the opening round with a body shot. The victories by both men now set the table for a potential showdown between the two later this year in London.

Results from Sorel, Quebec: Theroux stops Mares, Pavko stuns Hussain, Tremblay-Coude blasts out Villeneuve!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (20-May-2016)

Photo courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Professional boxing returned to Sorel, Quebec Friday night where BoxeMontreal.com put on an exciting night of action at the Colisee Cardin. In the main event of the evening fast rising super lightweight David Theroux boxed beautifully on route to stopping Mexico’s Manuel Mares in the sixth round. In the co-main event of the evening undefeated big punching Russian Evgeny Pavko stunned the local crowd and previous unbeaten Quebec based Ayaz Hussain in the first round in a battle of huge punchers. In other action, Argentina’s Roman Ruben Reynoso pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Cristian Arrazola in a featherweight bout. In a show-stopper, local fan favourite Guillaume Tremblay-Coude scored a brutal first round knockout over Pascal Villeneuve in a battle of Quebec light heavyweights.

Canelo vacates title that WBC immediately gives to ‘GGG’, negotiations for 160-pound super-fight still ongoing!

By Ace Freeman (18-May-2016)

A strange turn of middleweight title events Wednesday as Golden Boy Promotions announced Saul Alvarez is vacating the WBC middleweight title only to have the WBC award it to Gennady Golovkin hours later. Both sides maintain they are working towards a deal that will solidify the long awaited super-fight.

Saul Alvarez statement: “After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”

WBC statement: “The WBC has received official confirmation from golden promotions with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez decision to vacate the WBC middleweight championship. Gennady Golovkin is hereby recognized as the undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world. The WBC wishes Canelo great success in his career and will certainly look forward to see Golovkin vs Alvarez materialize in the future.”

Jermall Charlo vs. Austin Trout Saturday on Showtime, Lara vs. Martirosyan II on undercard!

By FightFan Facebook (18-May-2016)

PBC on FS1: Gassiev destroys Shimmell

By Joe Bruiser (18-May-2016)

Undefeated cruiserweight Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular first-round KO over opponent Jordan Shimmel (20-1, 16 KOs) Tuesday night, as seen on PBC on FS1.

Wilder-Povetkin off due to Povetkin failed PED test!

By FightFan Facebook (16-May-2016)

Weekend Scorecard: Andy Ruiz wins, Rodriguez, Tso and Briedis victorious, Higson and Vargas win in Canada!

By Ace Freeman (15-May-2016)

Results from around the boxing world.

Fast-handed undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) picked up another win Saturday in Studio City, California when he stopped veteran Ray Austin (29-7-4, 18 KOs) in Round 4. Ruiz dropped Austin in the first round and landed at will over the next three until Austin elected to remain on his stool at the end of the fourth.

Rising lightweight Saul Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) shined in his bout Saturday in Studio City where he stopped Daulis Prescott (31-4, 23 KOs) in Round 7.

In Hong Kong, undefeated local favourite Rex Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) returned to action Saturday in front of a frenzied local Chinese crowd where he stopped Young Gil Bae (27-6, 21 KOs) in the fourth round. The victory earned Tso the vacant WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight titles.

In an exciting co-featured bout on United Boxing Promotions’ Saturday card in Ontario, undefeated super welterweight Kevin Higson (8-0 1, KO) fought to a spirited ten round decision win over Junmar Emon. It was an exciting back and forth bout with both men landing some good shots but Higson had the edge due to volume and accuracy to win by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94.

Ontario based Sam Vargas improved to 25-2-1 (13 KOs) Saturday night in New Brunswick when he out-pointed Juan Armando Garcia over ten rounds to capture the WBA-NABA super welterweight title.

An important welterweight bout took place Friday night in at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C, where Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Mike Dallas, Jr. fought to a controversial draw. Many in attendance felt Dallas did enough to win the fight but Harrison squeaked out enough rounds to come away with his record unblemished.

Top rated cruiserweight Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) picked up a big win over fellow top contender Olanrewaju Durodola (22-3, 20 KOs) Saturday night in Latvia.

Canadian Quick Results:

Mississauga, Ontario:

Josh O’Reilly KO 3 Imre Nagy
Aurey Cox TKO 1 Steve Rainford
Jessie Wilcox W UD6 Flavio Michel
Abokan Bokpe W SD4 Shavar Henry

Fredericton, New Brunswick:

Nathan Millier KO 1 Robbie Cameron
Mario Perez Draw Jesus Perez
Dominic Babineau TKO 5 Jessie MacMillan

Brandon Cook dominates Davide Doria potentially setting up a WBA interim world 154-pound title clash later this year!

By Ace Freeman (14-May-2016)

Brandon Cook W UD10 Davide Doria

WBA world ranked No. 9 super welterweight Brandon ‘Bad Boy’ Cook (16-0, 19 KOs) pitched a virtual shut-out over German based Italian Davide Doria (14-2-1, 4 KOs) Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. It was the main event of United Boxing Promotions’ ‘The Proving Ground’ card and topped a stellar night of action. Cook was the aggressor from the outset but Doria showed early that he was there to fight as both men landed some good shots in Round 1. Cook used his jab well and it set up some great uppercuts that landed flush in the early rounds. Through the middle of the bout the Canadian charge started to go to the body with vigour and did well with his footwork taking small steps back to create the space and range for more power shots upstairs. To his credit the visitor was game but he took a lot of punishment down the stretch. Despite bleeding from a cut caused by a headbut, Cook finished strong and when ten rounds were in the books scores were read as 98-92 and 100-90 (x2), all for the local product. The win secured Cook the WBA Inter-Continental super-welterweight title and hopefully places him on a collision course with WBA interim world 154-pound titleist Jack Culcay.

Brandon ‘L-Jack’ Brewer stops Marocchi in Fredericton!

By Ace Freeman (14-May-2016)

Brandon Brewer TKO 3 Diego Adrian Marocchi

Fan cam: Brandon Fitz

Undefeated Canadian junior middleweight Brandon ‘L-Jack’ Brewer (19-0-1, 10 KOs) continued rolling Saturday night when he made quick and violent work of Argentina’s Diego Adrian Marocchi (18-2, 13 KOs), stopping him in just three rounds at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Brewer started fast and dominated the first round with aggression and accuracy. He found the target more often as the fight went on and Marocchi was under siege early. In Round 3 the visiting corner had seen enough and threw in the towel giving ‘L-Jack’ the sensational win in front of a frenzied local crowd of supporters.

EOTTM Results: Quebec’s Butler keeps rolling with win over Pilz, Maduma returns with a big win, Jean held to a draw!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (14-May-2016)

Photo courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Undefeated Quebec based junior middleweight Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (16-0-1, 13 KOs) successfully defended his IBF Youth 154-pound title when he stopped Ferdinand Pilz (16-1, 12 KOs) Friday night in Round 9 at the Metropolis in Montreal Quebec in Eye of the Tiger Management’s latest gala. Butler was in command the entire way and dropped Pilz twice in Round 9 to seal the big win. On the undercard, Guislain ‘Mani’ Maduma (18-2, 11 KOs) returned from several months in Los Angeles working with Manny Pacquiao to impressively route Cesar Inalef (20-6-2, 6 KOs) via eight round unanimous decision. Highly ranked Dierry ‘All In’ Jean (29-2-1, 20 KOs) had a tougher time than expected battling to a draw with Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3, 13 KOs) in a bout where he hit the canvas twice. Other fighters victorious on the night where Mian Hussain, Mathieu Germain, Louisbert Altidor, Battyrzhan Jukenbayev and Vanessa Lepage Joanisse. Click on a photo below for more:


Gloved Up Promotions ‘Rumble at the Rink II’ Results: Dashon Johnson and Lukasz Wierzbicki win!

By FightFan Facebook (14-May-2016)

Watch Butler, EOTTM fighters make weight in Montreal!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (12-May-2016)

Video courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Eye of the Tiger Management will return to the Metropolis in Montreal this Friday with a BANG. Or better said, a ‘Bang Bang’ as rising Canadian 154-pound prospect Steven Butler (15-0-1, 12 KOs) is set to headline defending his IBF youth super welterweight title against undefeated Ferdinand Pilz (16-0, 12 KOs) of Germany. The undercard is packed with Canadian talent including the eagerly awaited return on Diery ‘All in’ Jean as well as top rated super middleweight Schiller ‘Batman’ Hyppolite. Ghislain Maduma will also make his ring return fresh off a well publicsized camp in Los Angeles where he worked with Manny Pacquiao. Other names rounding out the card are Mian Hussain, Mathieu Germain, Louisbert Altidor, Battyrzhan Jukenbayev and Vanessa Lepage Joanisse. Great news for Fight Fans everywhere with the HD pay-per-view available online at PunchingGrace.com. Local Montreal area fans can get their tickets now at evenko.ca.