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Steven Butler headlines EOTTM’s Fight Club 22 July 7!

By FightFan News Wire (30-Jun-2016)

Eye of the Tiger Management’s next gala set for July 7 in Montreal.

Boxemontreal.com, in collaboration with Eye of the Tiger Management, will host a Pro-Am gala on July 7th at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex. The event will feature IBF junior world champion Steven Butler (16-0-1, 13 KOs), Mathieu Germain (7-0, 5 KOs) and new EOTTM recruit Batyr Jukembayev (3-0, 3 KOs) as well as two Canadian champions, Armand Miclescu and Giovan Major, who will start the evening off in the amateur part.

For the grand finale, 15th-ranked world contender in the IBF and current IBF junior world champion Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (16-0-1, 13 KOs) will come face-to-face with former WBO Latino champion, Brazilian Robson Assis (16-2, 9 Kos).

Lots of action is in store at the semi-final, with Mathieu Germain (7-0, 5 KOs) facing Mexican hitter Manuel Mares (15-7, 13 KOs). Mares lost to David Théroux (11-1, 8 KOs) in a competitive fight at his last bout.

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Lee Baxter Promotions Teams up with VonBets

By FightFan News Wire (30-Jun-2016)

Lee Baxter Promotions teams up with VobBets in association with LBM’s “Next Generation” Boxing Series

Lee Baxter, CEO of Lee Baxter Promotions, has announced a partnership with VonBets in association with his “Next Generation” Boxing Series. Set to kick off July 28 at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, “Next Generation” will feature up and coming fighters who are aiming to get to the next level.

Most of the fighters are from Canada but some will travel from different parts of the world for the opportunity to show off their talents. The debut card on the 28th is headlined by a ten round bout featuring junior lightweight prospect Alex Dilmaghani.

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Highlights: A look back at the Thurman-Porter war!

By FightFan.com Staff (28-Jun-2016)

Highlights from Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter’s legendary 12-round slugfest as Thurman retained his WBA Welterweight title on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS.

Video Courtesy of Showtime Sports

Taber’s Joel Mills thrills fans with huge KO victory in Calgary, Results from the Deerfoot Casino!

By Joe Bruiser (26-Jun-2016)

A packed house was on hand at the Deerfoot Casino in Calgary on Saturday for Teofista Boxing Series 19 as fan favourite Joel Mills headlined a very entertaining card from start to finish. Read on for full results from the card.

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maple-leaf-iconTaber, Alberta’s own Joel Mills (7-3-1, 2 KOs) returned to the ring after a 7-year layoff to thrill the busloads of his hometown fans with a spectacular first round KO of  Justin Schmidt (0-1) in the light heavyweight division. Mills dropped Schmidt with a right hand off the break mid way through the round, and followed up shortly after with a huge right hand that sent Schmidt face first to the canvas to end the bout.

Middleweight Janks Trotter (10-3-1, 10 KOs) made short work of unheralded opponent Mikhail Lyubarsky (3-17, 1 KO) in the penultimate fight of the evening, scoring two knockdowns en route to an uneventful first round stoppage as it was obvious that Lyubarsky was not interested in putting up a fight.

Calgary’s Dustin Sutley (5-1, 5 KOs) scored first round stoppage over Vancouver’s Tristan Connelly (0-1) in a wildly entertaining super middleweight bout. Both men were throwing bombs early and Sutley was badly cut by a clash of heads shortly before Connelly was also cut over the eye by a punch. Moments later Sutley dropped Connelly along the ropes, and while Connelly was able to beat the count, he was on unsteady legs and the referee waved off the contest.

Chiseled 49-year-old Lee Mein (2-2, 2 KOs) pummeled much shorter opponent Jonathon Dubois (0-3) to his knees with body shots before finishing him with a stiff jab at 1:40 of Round 2 of their heavyweight bout.

Lightweight Justin Schlusinksi (1-1, 1 KO) looked very good in stopping opponent Louie Grover (0-2) in three rounds. Grover was down twice in Round 2 and once in Round 3, all from right hands.

Calgary’s Connor ‘The Bomber’ Bush (3-1-1, 2 KOs) made quick work of welterweight Desmond Johnson (0-2) via left hand at 0:52 of Round 1 in the first bout of the evening.

Keith Thurman edges Shawn Porter in a twelve round war!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jun-2016)

Keith Thurman W UD12 Shawn Porter

Professional boxing returned to regular CBS network television in the USA Saturday night for the first time in decades with an excellent Premier Boxing Champions welterweight title match-up that did not disappoint. In the main event of the evening, undefeated WBA 147-pound champion Keith ‘One-time’ Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) won a closely contested and exciting twelve round unanimous decision against hard charging ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs). It was a high skill-level fight that featured many momentum swings. The bout pitted Porter’s smothering activity level against Thurman’s well placed power punches and surprising defense. Thurman shook Porter with counter shots a few times in the bout but the Cleveland native shook them off. To his credit Porter hurt Thurman to the body late in the bout but the defending champion rebounded nicely. After twelve rounds were complete, the three judges were in agreement turning in identical 115-113 scores across the board to see Thurman retain his title.

Anthony Joshua continues meteoric rise in heavyweight division, retains title after dominating Dominic Breazeale!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jun-2016)

Anthony Joshua KO 7 Dominic Breazeale

IBF heavyweight champion and fast rising phenom Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) continues to look like a maturing beast making fast work of boxing’s biggest division. On Saturday the undefeated Brit absolutely dominated tough-as-nails American challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-1, 15 KOs) for seven rounds until the bout came to an abrupt and violent end. Joshua’s athleticism and fluidity in a 6’6, 245 pound package is formidable and he controlled the action from the opening bell. He hit Breazeale with several titanic right hands in the early rounds but the American challenger absorbed them well. While it turned out Breazeale wouldn’t be on his way out early, he had no answer for Joshua’s skilled attack and couldn’t muster any offense of note. Joshua was poised and patient and hurt Breazeale in the sixth but didn’t rush to finish him. In the seventh, the attack took it’s toll and Breazeale went down twice, the second from a violent barrage and the bout was waived off giving the Brit his seventeenth knockout win in as many victories. It was the first pro defeat for Breazeale, and Joshua now looms large in a resurgent heavyweight division.

Groves tops Murray in a war, Alvarado and Korobov victorious in Texas, Eubank Jr. and Hurd win big!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jun-2016)

Saturday action from around the boxing world!

In another “fight of the year” candidate all-action super middleweight George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over a game Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) in an absolute war in the UK Saturday. There were several momentum swings and both men hurt each other several times but Groves had the edge due to some good work early on. He was ahead after twelve rounds to pick up the win, which was a WBA eliminator.

On the same card, fast rising top rated middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (23-1, 18 KOs) made quick work of previously undefeated Tom Doran (17-0, 7 KOs), stopping him in four rounds. Eubank used his fast hands and accurate power-shots to dominate and scored five knockdowns before the one sided affair was stopped in the fourth.

On the PBC broadcast on CBS, Jarrett Hurd (18-0, 12 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Oscar Molina (13-1, 10 KOs) in Round 10 of an exciting co-feature. Hurd scored a knockdown in Round 1 dropping Molina for the first time in his career and then cruised on route to the tenth round TKO win. Molina was stopped on his feet and protested but he was under heavy fire.

All action Mike Alvarado (36-4, 24 KOs) returned to action Saturday in Dallas, Texas where he out-pointed Josh Torres (15-5-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76.

On the same card in Dallas, middleweight Matt Korobov (26-1, 13 KOs) pounded out a unanimous decision over Brian Vera (23-11, 14 KOs) after scoring two early knockdowns. It was an eight round fight and Korobov was ahead by near-shut out scores in the end.

Fury Klitschko II postponed, No news on GGG-Canelo, Kovalev-Ward probable for the fall, more!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jun-2016)

News and notes from around the world!


  • Hennessy Sports, Klitschko Management Group (KMG) and Team Fury regret to inform that World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury has suffered an ankle injury in training and is therefore unable to defend his belts against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 at the Manchester Arena. The injury – a badly sprained ankle – occurred recently and has unfortunately shown no signs of improving. This has left Team Fury with no option but to postpone the first defence of his WBA Super, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles. No news on a new date at this point but stay tuned.
  • Despite rumblings there is no definitive news on a proposed Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez super fight. Sources speculated at tentative deal for a fall 2017 bout had need agreed to but Golovkin’s camp later denied this. It was then announced Alvarez will now drop down to junior middleweight and challenge titleholder Liam Smith in his next bout on Sept. 17 in an HBO PPV card. No word on a fall opponent for ‘GGG’ but that news is expected shortly.
  • Talks heating up surrounding a fall showdown between unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and super middleweight kingpin Andre ‘S.O.G.’ Ward. Kovalev returns to the ring July 11 in a stay-busy fight against Isaac Chilemba in Russia while Ward will supposedly take a tune-up fight August in Oakland with Alexander Brand’s name in the running. If both men are successful as expected, a fall mega-fight on HBO PPV looks all but set.
  • Fast rising all-action welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) has been added to the July 16 PBC card featuring Deontay Wilder clashing with Chris Arreola. Vasquez Jr. will face former world champion Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Pro boxing returns to Halifax on July 30 at the Lebrun Arena with ten pro fights slated. WBU bantamweight world champion Tyson Cave is set to see action with popular Canadian heavyweight Dillon Carman rumoured to be featured. Stay tuned for more.
  • Former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is returning to the boxing world. His new company is called “Ringstar Sports” and he is currently looking to fill his roster with promotional staff and fighters.

Alberta’s Joel Mills on the comeback trail tonight in Calgary!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jun-2016)

Photo courtesy of Teofista

Taber, Alberta’s Joel Mills (6-3-1, 1 KO) is set to return to the ring this evening for the fist time since 2009 when he takes on Strathmore’s Justin Schmit in a scheduled four rounder. The bout will headline Teofista Boxing Series 19 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary. Mills was a staple of the Los Angeles boxing scene for many years after relocating from Alberta but was side-tracked by several hand and arm injuries. Now healthy, the Alberta charge is looking to resume his career and is a hot item having largely sold out the Calgary venue with fans and friends making the trip in. For more on Eric de Guzman’s Teofista Boxing series click on the banner above.

Keys to Victory: Thurman vs. Porter (Showtime Sports)

By FightFan.com Staff (21-Jun-2016)

Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein gives the keys to victory for Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter as they prepare for their anticipated welterweight clash on Saturday, June 25 in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn – live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

Video Courtesy of Showtime Sports

Surging heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua takes on Dominic Breazeale Saturday afternoon on Showtime!

By FightFan News Wire (21-Jun-2016)

Video courtesy of Showtime

Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) of Upland, Calif., this Saturday, June 25 on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL® from The O2 in London, live on SHOWTIME® on at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT. Just a few hours later in Primetime on CBS (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), Keith “One Time” Thurman will defend his WBA Welterweight World Title against former champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a welterweight blockbuster that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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Teofista Boxing is red hot this summer with cards in Calgary, Canada and Mexico on the same night this Saturday!

By FightFan News Wire (21-Jun-2016)

Teofista Boxing will present two cards this coming Saturday, June 25 with shows in both Calgary, Canada and Jamay, Mexico on the same night! Canadian junior middleweight champion Stuart McLellan returns to Mexico while Alberta’s Joe Mills is on the comeback trail in Calgary where Janks Trotter will also see action!

Eric de Guzman’s Cochrane Alberta based Teofista Boxing makes another big milestone this Saturday June 25 as the promoters growing stable of fighters look to showcase their skills in two different countries on the same night. Going down at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino is a Southern touch of Alberta’s finest. Taber Alberta’s hometown star Joel Mills makes his much anticipated return to the ring after a seven year lay off. Joel’s opponent will be coming from another hard working blue collared town. Strathmore Alberta has some of the roughest toughest boys and Justin Schmit who owns and operates Apex-MMA is the type of fighter that is very rare in the sport of boxing.

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Watch: Shocker – Smith Jr. stuns Fonfara by KO-1!

By FightFan.com Staff (18-Jun-2016)

Big upset on Saturday night’s edition of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC as unheralded Joe Smith Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) obliterated the normally durable and iron chinned Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KOs) in one round at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Smith Jr. hurt Fonfara badly with a huge right hand that dropped the former world title challenger hard. Fonfara beat the count but was in bad shape and a vicious barrage that included more right hands dropped him a second time where he was trapped under the ring-post. The bout was called off with Fonfara in distress giving Smith Jr. the improbable first round stoppage win. Check out the violent highlight package above courtesy of PBC!

K.O. 75 Results: O’Connell and Ahumada win big in Edmonton, McWilliams and Byrd fight to an exciting draw!

By Ace Freeman (18-Jun-2016)

KO Boxing Promotions results from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta!

KO Boxing Promotions returned to the Shaw Conference Centre Friday night with their latest offering dubbed “K.O. 75”. In the main event of the evening fast rising Canadian lightweight Cam O’Connell (11-0-1, 7 KOs) kept his unbeaten record in tact with a spirited and impressive eighth round TKO win over Hungary’s Bence Molnar (16-8, 9 KOs). The bout was an exciting one from start to finish as Molnar came to fight but O’Connell’s patient body attack paid dividends as he broke his man down through the middle rounds and finished him off with a sustained attack in the eighth and final round to seal the victory. The co-main event was an exciting and evenly matched bout between Edmonton’s Mike McWilliams and Jacksonville, Florida’s Andre Byrd. Both men showcased excellent poise and boxing ability and traded momentum throughout the six rounds. McWilliams appeared to have an edge behind his piston-like jab but had to settle for a majority draw as despite one judge seeing the bout in his favour, the other two tallies were even.

On the undercard, undefeated Fil-Canadian heavyweight Stan Surmacz-Ahumada remained undefeated with a hard fought and well deserved four round decision win over Craig Hudson. In an exciting tilt Adam Braidwood stopped Todd Stoute in Round 2 while Brad Switzer blitzed Patrick Graham in the opening round. In early action Eric Taylor pounded out a four round unanimous decision over Stephen Zea. For more info on the card including video highlights, check out the Facebook page of respected Canadian sports journalist Vincent Tremblay.

Lafreniere and Bazinyan win big at Tohu in Montreal!

By Ace Freeman (17-Jun-2016)

Grant Brothers Promotions results from Tohu in Montreal!

Professional boxing returned to Tohu in Montreal Friday night with a BANG when Rixa Promotions in collaboration with Otis and Howard Grant of Grant Brothers Promotions presented a full night of fistic action. In the main event of the evening, popular IBF international middleweight champion Francis Lafreniere (12-5-2, 7 KOs) thrilled local fans with a third round TKO victory over Hungary’s Attila Koros. In the co-main event undefeated and fast rising super middleweight Erik Bazinyan (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round knockout of Zoltan Sera. Other winners on the night included Oleksandr Teslenko, Golden Garcia and Bruno Bredicean while Roody Pierre-Paul fought to a spirited draw against Oscar Barajas.

Francis Lafreniere and Erik Bazinyan set to headline Friday night in Montreal on Grant Brothers / Rixa Promotions Gala!

By Ace Freeman (16-Jun-2016)

Don’t miss another exciting night of boxing in Quebec this Friday, June 17 with Francis Lafreniere, Erik Bazinyan and Roody Pierre-Paul headlining at Tohu in Montreal!

It’s going to be a hot night for the sport of boxing Friday night in Montreal where TOHU Rixa Promotions in collaboration with Otis and Howard Grant of Grant Brothers Promotions have a card chalked full of emerging local talent at TOHU – la Cité des arts du cirque. Headlining the exciting show is newly crowned IBF international middleweight champion Francis Lafreniere (11-5-2, 6 KOs) who will be taking on Attila Koros in a ten round bout. In the co-main event, undefeated super middleweight Erik Bazinyan (12-0, 8 KOs) is set to clash with Zoltan Sera in an eight round tilt. Other names in action include Roody Pierre-Paul, Oleksandr Teslenko, Golden Garcia, Bruno Bredicean and Miguel Poissant. The event is set for 7:00 p.m. local time with the action taking place at 2345 Jarry Street East Montreal (Quebec) H1Z 4P3. Tickets available online at Tohu.ca.

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