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Rances Barthelemy back on Showtime this Saturday

By Ace Freeman (01-Oct-2014)


Undefeated Rances ‘Kid Blast’ Barthelemy (20-0-0, 12 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Cuba, will defend his IBF junior lightweight title against former world title challenger and IBF No. 3-ranked challenger Fernando David “El Vasco” Saucedo (52-5-3, 8, KOs), of Florencio Varela, Argentina.

The bout is the main event of a SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition quadrupleheader on Saturday, Oct. 4, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn.

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Canada’s Mikael Zewski returns Saturday in Atlantic City!

By Ace Freeman (01-Oct-2014)

Undefeated Canadian welterweight Mikael Zewski returns to action Saturday in Atlantic City.

Photo: Dr. Ed de la Vega, DDS

Rising Canadian welterweight Mikael Zewski (24-0, 19 KOs) of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, returns to action this Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when he takes on Mexico’s Roberto Ventura (13-9, 13 KOs) in a ten round bout. The bout will be a co-main event on Top Rank’s card that features Glen Tapia taking on Donatas Bondorovas in the headliner. Zewski will be looking to pick up his third win in 2014 after scoring stoppage wins over Prince Doku Jr. and Krzysztof Szot in his last two bouts. The 25 year old Canadian has been making waves the last few years fighting on an array of Top Rank undercards where he has looked powerful in exciting scoring five knockouts in his last six appearances. The Saturday Oct. 4 bout will take place at Bally’s Event Center, in Atlantic City.

Gonzalez-Arce clash promises fireworks Saturday in Mexico!

By Ace Freeman (30-Sep-2014)

It will be bombs away this Saturday in Sinaloa, Mexico, when WBC world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez takes on Jorge Arce in a clash of all-action warriors.

Photo courtesy of Zanfer Boxing

WBC world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) feels a great deal of respect for his countryman and fellow warrior Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) as the two prepare to face off for Gonzalez’s title this Saturday, Oct. 4 at Cancha de Usos Multiples Praderas de Villa in Los Mochis, Mexico. However putting that respect aside, the reigning champion insists his belt will not be changing hands come this weekend.

“There’s no doubt I’ll be going up against one of the biggest warriors in Arce, but my title will remain with me.” Gonzalez said this week. “This is going to be a tremendous fight for the fans.” The card is presented by Promciones del Pueblo, De Leon promotions and Zanfer Promotions with the support also of the Sinaloa Government.

Curtis Stevens vs. Hassan N’Dam Wednesday on ESPN2!

By FightFan News Wire (30-Sep-2014)

This Wednesday Oct. 1st, middleweights Hassan N’Dam and Curtis Stevens will clash in a mandatory bout to earn a shot at the IBF Middleweight World Championship Belt, live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Photo: Mike Gladysz/Main Events

This Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, Curtis ‘Showtime’ Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) will face Hassan N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) for the No. 1 position in the IBF. Over the last several weeks and months, he has stepped up his training camp routine to prepare for this fight and put himself in the best possible position to win on Oct. 1. The 29-year old from Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY has always been known for his power with an impressive 74% (20 of 27) knockout-to-win ratio but, this time around, in addition to his power, “Showtime” has added speed to his game. The new training routine developed by his trainer/uncle, Andre Rozier, includes a huge cardio component to strengthen Stevens’ endurance and improve his speed.

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Canadian news: Bute, Franjic and Claggett set to return!

By Ace Freeman (30-Sep-2014)

The latest in Canadian Boxing news from across the great white north!

Lucian Bute‘s (32-2, 24 KOs) next fight is confirmed for Dec. 6th when he will take on Robert Feliciano Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will be Bute’s first since losing a twelve round decision to Jean Pascal in January of this year. It will also be the first fight for Bute under the tutelage of renowned trainer Freddie Roach.

Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (19-2-1, 13 KOs) is set to return to action after recovering from a hand injury suffered last spring when he takes on an opponent yet to be determined at the Chinese Cultural Centre in downtown Calgary. The bout will headline Teofista Boxing Series 14 which is set to take place on Friday November 21.

Popular Canadian light heavyweight Steve Franjic (12-0-1, 17 KOs) is set to return to action Nov. 15 when he’ll take on Mexico’s Roberto Santos (12-1, 5 KOs) on the undercard of Denton Daley vs. Youri Kayembre Kalenga at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Franjic is fresh off a fifth round TKO win over Andy Gardiner in a bout that many feel was one of Canada’s most exciting of the year to date.

R.I.P. Dan Goossen — Boxing promoter passes at age 64

By FightFan.com Staff (29-Sep-2014)

FightFan.com was shocked and saddened to hear the news of respected promoter Dan Goossen’s passing this morning. Mr. Goossen was one of our favourite promoters in the sport — He granted us media credentials to cover our first fights in Las Vegas and always took our calls or called us back when we were looking for an interview, even when we were starting out. He was ever the diplomat and always a pleasure to work with. The sport of boxing will miss his presence greatly.

Dan-Goossen-RIPR.I.P. Dan Goossen (1949-2014)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Statement from the Goossen Family:

“It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer. The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends. Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing, however we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure.”

Red Dawn: Artur Beterbiev DESTROYS Tavoris Cloud
PHOTOS from the Bell Centre in Montreal!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (28-Sep-2014)

Photos by Pierre Lavoie – Way Productions

Pierre Lavoie was live on location in Montreal, bringing Fight Fans this exclusive view from the ring mat for Saturday’s “Red Dawn” card at the famed Bell Centre. In the main event, in what was just his sixth professional fight, former Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev went through the normally durable Tavoris Cloud like a hot rod through tin foil, stopping him in the second round. It was a violent display that surely put the light heavyweight division on notice. Other winners on the night included world ranked lightweight Dierry Jean, top rated welterweights Antonin Decarie and Kevin Bizier, rising junior middleweight Steven Butler, light welterweight Yves Ulysse Jr and more. Click on to view Pierre’s MEGA photo-gallery of all the action!

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Ricardo Mayorga and Sam Peter win in weekend action!

By Ben Rasofsky (28-Sep-2014)

Ben Rasofsky recaps some weekend action from around the boxing world.

Former world titlists Ricardo Mayorga (30-8-1, 24KOs) and Samuel Peter (35-5-0, 28KOs) both scored knockout victories last night in Washington, D.C. In middleweight action, Mayorga dispatched Allen Medina (9-24-1, 1KO) at 1:03 of the very first round, making a successful return to boxing after three years away from the ring. In the heavyweight division, Peter stopped hard punching Oklahoma City fighter Ron Aubrey (12-4-1, 12KOs) at 2:34 of round one. The fights were presented by Epic Sports and Entertainment and shown live on Go Fight Live.

A very rare pugilistic event occurred in Mexico yesterday, when lightweights Ivan Cano (22-6-2, 16KOs) and Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18KOs) fought to their second twelve round draw in a row for the WBC Silver Lightweight strap.

WBC Women’s Lightweight champ Delphine Persoon (30-1-0, 13KOs) of Belgium defeated Judy Waguthii (13-7-3, 4KOs) of Kenya in an eight round, non-title matchup in Gits, Beligum yesterday, scoring a shutout unanimous decision via scores of 80-72, 80-72, and 80-71. With Waguthii in her rear-view mirror, Persoon can now focus all of her attention on her super fight with WBC super featherweight champion Diana Prazak (13-2-0, 9KOs) of Australia on November 11.

Statement maker: Artur Beterbiev annihilates Tavoris Cloud in 210 seconds in his sixth pro fight to capture NABA title!

By Ace Freeman (27-Sep-2014)

Photos by Pierre Lavoie – Way Productions

Artur Beterbiev KO 2 Tavoris Cloud: It was a coming out party for Russian-born Canadian-based undefeated light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev Saturday night in Montreal where he absolutely destroyed the normally durable and vastly more experienced Tavoris Cloud in just over 200 seconds. Beterbiev battered Cloud to the canvass three times in the opening round and while Cloud was saved by the bell and allowed to continue he was blitzed in the opening moments of Round 2. Beterbiev hammered away until Cloud was battered to the deck for a final time where he received a full ten count. The bout was stopped at the :38 second mark of the second and it was later said by ringside officials that the American had suffered a broken jaw in the violent onslaught.

The impressive win captured Beterbiev the vacant NABA light heavyweight title and moved him to 6-0 (6 KOs). The bout was the main event of Saturday’s “Red Dawn” card at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The exciting gala was co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox, in association with Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and the participation of Don King Productions (DKP), and co-presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.

Stay tuned for a PHOTO report from Pierre Lavoie on Sunday!

Dougy Style: Dierry Jean KO’s Daniel Ruiz in Five!

By Ace Freeman (27-Sep-2014)

Dierry Jean KO 5 Daniel Ruiz

Photo: Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

NABF lightweight champion Dierry ‘Dougy Style’ Jean (27-1, 19 KOs) scored an emphatic fifth round stoppage of Mexico’s Daniel Ruiz (32-8-2, 22 KOs) moments ago at the beautiful Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada in the co-main event of Saturday’s “Red Dawn” card. Ruiz was wild coming out of the gate swinging with wide, unorthodox punches. This disrupted Jean’s rhythm in the early going but it didn’t take long for ‘Dougy Style’ to find his timing with his fast hands and flush, powerful shots. After a few exciting rounds early where both men traded hard shots, Jean got to Ruiz with a blistering body attack in the fifth. Ruiz was sent down twice on body shots and did not get up the second time. He was counted out at 2:42 giving Jean the big win.

Stay tuned for a PHOTO report from Pierre Lavoie on Sunday!

Beterbiev-Cloud Undercard: Early results from Montreal!

By Ace Freeman (27-Sep-2014)

Early results from the Beterbiev-Cloud card taking place Saturday evening at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada!

Top rated Canadian welterweight Kevin Bizier improved to 23-1 (16 KOs) as a professional moments ago in Montreal with a first round demolition of Laszlo Fazekas. The win was Bizier’s second in as many fights in 2014 since picking up his first pro defeat in late 2013 in a close decision loss to JoJo Dan.

In an exciting welterweight showcase, top rated world welterweight contender Antonin Decarie needed just five rounds to send Mexico’s Ivan Pereyra home with a TKO loss. The bout was officially stopped at the 2:08 mark giving Decarie the stoppage victory improving him to 31-2 (10 KOs).

Rising Canadian junior middleweight phenom Steven Butler improved to 5-0 (4 KOs) with a second round stoppage over France’s Bernard Follea in front of a rowdy crowd at Montreal’s Bell Centre. An impressive showing from the 19-year old Butler who becomes the first to stop the product of Rouen, Seine-Maritime.

Fast rising light welterweight Yves Ulysse Jr. remained undefeated in early action in Montreal with a six round unanimous decision victory over Krystian Huczko.

In one of the opening bouts of the evening, light heavyweight Erik Bazinyan scored a six round unanimous decision over Baptiste Castegnaro. Scores were 60-53 and 60-54(x2).

43 year old former Canadian national champion Stephane Ouellet returned to action for the first time since 2004 in a middleweight contest Saturday in Montreal, but just couldn’t turn back the clock. The veteran lost a four round decision to Cedric Spera after being dropped in the final round. Scores were 39-36 (x3) for the younger Spera.

Stay tuned for a PHOTO report from Pierre Lavoie!

Arthur Abraham defends title with decision over Paul Smith
Drozd wins cruiserweight title, Lebedev destroys Kolodziej!

By Ace Freeman (27-Sep-2014)

Quick results from around the boxing world in Saturday action.

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) pounded out a close and competitive twelve round unanimous decision victory over a gallant Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) moments ago in Germany. Both men had there moments and there were a lot of close rounds but after twelve were in the books the defending champion Abraham was ahead by wide scores of 119-109 and 117-111(x2).

Russia’s Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) captured the WBC cruiserweight title Saturday in Russia, dethroning previous champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs) over twelve rounds. Drozd scored a knockdown in the eighth and cruised to a decision victory by commanding scores (119-108 (x2) and 118-109) to capture the coveted green belt.

Big punching WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Pawel Kolodziej (33-1, 18 KOs) in the second round earlier this evening in Moscow, Russia. The taller Kolodziej attempted to box from range but a massive straight left hand from Lebedev in Round 2 dropped the Polish visitor hard and the bout was stopped. Lebedev, who is currently trained by renowned coach Freddie Roach, retains his title with the win.

In a middleweight bout, world ranked contender Matthew Macklin pounded out a fairly uninspired eight round majority decision over journeyman Jose Yebes. It was Macklin’s second bout in fifteen months since his big knockout loss to middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. He was the busier fighter in Saturday’s bout but Yebes stuck around all night. Final scores were 77-75 (x2) for Macklin with the third card even at 76-76.

Video: Artur Beterbiev vs. Tavoris Cloud weigh-in!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (26-Sep-2014)

Video courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (174.6 lbs | 5-0-0, 5 KOs) and his more experienced foe in former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris ‘Thunder’ Cloud (174 lbs | 24-2-0, 19 KOs) both made weight Thursday afternoon in Montreal. Courtesy of Way Productions’ Pierre Lavoie, watch all the fighters in the card step on the scales in this video report. “Red Dawn” is co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox, in association with Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and the participation of Don King Productions (DKP), and co-presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.

Artur Beterbiev vs. Tavoris Cloud this Saturday in Montreal!

By FightFan News Wire (24-Sep-2014)

Another exciting card is taking place in Montreal, Canada this Saturday as GYM, InterBox and Eye of the Tiger Management co-present “Red Dawn” at the famed Bell Centre!

Photo: Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (5-0-0, 5 KOs) steps up in class this Saturday night (Sept. 27) as he headlines “Red Dawn” against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-2-0, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) 175-pound title at famed Bell Centre in Montreal.

“Red Dawn” is co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox, in association with Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and the participation of Don King Productions (DKP), and co-presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.

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Cruiserweight Championship Double Bill Slated for Saturday in Moscow, Russia!

By Ben Rasofsky (24-Sep-2014)

“Clash of the Cruiserweights” takes place Saturday, September 27, live from Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia.

On Saturday, September 27, Russian fight fans will be treated to a special cruiserweight championship double bill at the Dynamo Ice Palace in Moscow, featuring three Boxrec.com top fifteen fighters. In one bout, no. 4 ranked Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35KOs) of Poland will put his WBC cruiserweight title on the line against no. 7 rated Grigory Drozd (38-1-0, 27KOs) of Russia.

Wlodarczyk won the title back in 2010 by stopping Giacobbe Fragomeni and has been undefeated ever since. Drozd, whose only loss came to Firat Arslan in 2006, is the reigning European (EBU) champion.

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Rising Canadian star Steven Butler in action Saturday!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (24-Sep-2014)

Video courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Canadian Fight Fans in la belle province can catch a rising star in action Saturday night as highly regarded junior middleweight prospect Steven Butler will be in action taking on toughest opponent to date, Frenchman Bernard Follea (5-2-1, 1 KO), in a four-round bout. The card, “Red Dawn”, will take place at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal and is co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox, in association with Eye of the Tiger Management (who manager Butler) and the participation of Don King Productions (DKP), and co-presented by Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. Butler, who was the youngest Canadian national champion in history, boasts a 4-0 (3 KOs) record as a professional, having reeled off four straight victories in 2014 to kick off his pro career. The 19 year old prodigy boasts impressive power in each hand and a pugilistic prowess well beyond his years. Check out the above video by Way Productions’ Pierre Lavoie and check back Saturday for more!