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Ponoramev tops Claggett in a bloody affair — PHOTOS from Broomfield, Colorado!

By Joe Bruiser (26-Jan-2015)

maple-leaf-iconFightFan.com was LIVE at ringside as undefeated Russian welterweight Konstantin Ponoramev got all he could handle from Canada’s Steve Claggett over eight hard fought rounds at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO on Saturday night. 

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Ponoramev boxed well and was the busier fighter throughout, but Claggett was undeterred as he landed the cleaner, harder punches and rallied in the late rounds. However, it was Ponoramev who walked away with the unanimous decision victory, even if that verdict was unpopular with a large portion of the fans in attendance.

Rios stops Alvarado in three in Denver rubber match!

By Ace Freeman (24-Jan-2015)

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Photo: Joe Bruiser

All action Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) scored a brutal third round beat-down of his long time nemesis ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) moments ago in Denver, Colorado, stopping him after three torrid rounds. Rios started strong in the opening stanza, landing several sharp punches that snapped Alvarado’s head back. The capacity crowd had reached a fevered pitch and were thirsty for action. Rios continued his early onslaught in Round 2 looking the much fresher of the two. He rocked Alvarado twice but the cagy local favourite responded with a low blow that momentarily deflated the action. Rios went back to stalking in the third and continued to land the bigger punches. Alvarado was unable to establish his jab the way he did in their second fight and Rios took full advantage.

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Canada’s Claggett drops decision to Russia’s Ponomarev as boos rain down at 1stBank Center in Colorado!

By Ace Freeman (24-Jan-2015)

Konstantin Ponomarev W UD8 Steve Claggett

Photo: Joe Bruiser

Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett joins the long list of canuck fighters who travelled south of the border and deserved a better fate when he found himself on the wrong end of a decision victory against undefeated Russian Konstantin Ponomarev Saturday night in Denver, Colorado. It was an exciting fight in which Claggett was the aggressor throughout and appeared to land the harder, more effective punches the whole way but had his opponent largely pitty-pattying with lighter shots in higher volume. The Canadian started well behind his jab but the Russian fighter responded in kind using his lead well. Claggett’s best work came from counter right hands that had Ponomarev’s nose bloody several rounds in. The fighters traded rounds in the middle but Claggett came on strong in the end breaking his man down. With 20 seconds remaining in the eighth Claggett caught Ponomarev with a big right hand that had him hurt and retreating into the ropes. Claggett pounded away until the bell rang to the delight of the local Denver crowd. Afterwards, Ponomarev was announced the winner by scores of 77-75 (x2) and 78-74. The decision was met with a chorus of boos and Claggett left the ring with his hand in the air receiving his just due from the fans at ringside.

Canada’s Steve Claggett and Konstantin Ponomarev ready for war – watch LIVE Saturday on TopRank.TV!

By Ace Freeman (24-Jan-2015)

Another young Canadian fighter will head south of the border for a big fight Saturday night when Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (20-2-1, 14 KOs) takes on undefeated Russian Konstantin Ponomarev (26-0, 13 KOs) on the Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios III undercard in Denver, Colorado. Canadian Fight Fans and those all around the world can tune in LIVE on the web via Top Rank’s undercard webcast which can be seen live on TopRank.TV beginning at 7 p.m. EST Saturday night (5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time). Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zapari Boxing and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event, priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, are available at www.AltitudeTickets.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at the Pepsi Center box office.

Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado make weight for Saturday night’s rubber match in Colorado!

By Joe Bruiser (23-Jan-2015)

FightFan.com is LIVE on location in Denver, CO for the highly anticipated Rios vs. Alvarado III event set for Saturday night at 1st Bank Center. All fighters made weight Friday afternoon for the card, which is set to be televised on HBO.

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Brandon Rios 146.75 | Mike Alvarado 146.5
Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 | Maxim Vlasov 170
Aik Shakhnazaryan 141.5 | Abner Lopez 141
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 175 | Cory Cummings 174
Jeremy Ramos 151 | Rene Marquez 150
Zsolt Daranyi 152 | Luis Marquez 151

Claggett and Ponoramev on weight and ready for WAR!

By Joe Bruiser (23-Jan-2015)

maple-leaf-iconCalgary’s Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett and undefeated Russian opponent Konstantin Ponoramev made weight on Friday afternoon in Denver, CO ahead of their Saturday night showdown on the undercard of Rios-Alvarado III.

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Steve Claggett 147.5 | Konstantin Ponoramev 147.5

Road to Alvarado-Rios 3: Full Show (HBO Boxing)

By FightFan.com Staff (21-Jan-2015)

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Watch “Road to Alvarado-Rios 3,” a compelling special spotlighting the upcoming final chapter of this trilogy. Alvarado-Rios 3 happens Saturday, Jan. 24 live on HBO beginning at 9:45pm ET/PT. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zapari Boxing and Tecate,  remaining tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event, priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, are available at www.AltitudeTickets.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at the Pepsi Center box office.  The 12-round Alvarado-Rios 3 WBO International Welterweight Championship rumble will take place Saturday, January 24,  at the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield and will be televised live on  HBO®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Klitschko to defend titles against Jennings in NYC!

By FightFan News Wire (21-Jan-2015)

Wladimir Klitschko defends his titles against Bryant Jennings in New York City on April 25!

IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles on April 25th against US fighter Bryant Jennings. The fight will take place at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City. Seven years after his first unification fight Wladimir Klitschko finally fights in the US again.

The 30 year old Bryant “By-By” Jennings from Philadelphia is 6ft 3in, and has an almost 3 inch longer reach than Wladimir Klitschko. Jennings has an outstanding record: 19 wins, 10 by KO and no defeats. In his last two fights he won against the undefeated Mike Perez and Artur Szpilka. Jennings is a former US heavyweight champion and ranked very high in all world boxing organizations.

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Lucian Bute inks with Haymon, Stiverne diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, Lemieux on breaking ties with GYM

By Ace Freeman (19-Jan-2015)

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

Canadian based former light heavyweight world champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) has announced via his social media outlets that he has inked a deal with Al Haymon: “I am proud to announce that I am now represented by Al Haymon. #TeamBute, under Al’s guidance will work with my promoter INTERBOX to secure me the fights that I need to attain my objectives.” – Lucian Bute’s official Facebook

Former WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs), who just lost his title last weekend in Las Vegas via decision to Deontay Wilder, was hospitalized for the last two days at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Wilder was taken to hospital suffering from dehydration after the bout and has since spoken to media about being diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis – a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down. Stiverne will seek treatment and continue his career and hopes to obtain a rematch with Wilder.

Following the publication of a press release by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM ) about David Lemieux‘s file, EOTTM is obliged to present some clarifications refuting their claims. David Lemieux is not under contract with Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). Lemieux’s agreement with GYM expired in 2013 and there has never been a verbal or written agreement of a contract renewal between Eye of the Tiger Management and GYM. Eye of the Tiger Management is confident it has met all its obligations in relation to GYM and its contract with David Lemieux and that GYM has no further rights to promote Lemieux’s fights. Although Eye of the Tiger Management and David Lemieux are grateful for services rendered by Groupe Yvon Michel, they studied their options and prefer to take a new direction for the future of his career.

Wilder defeats Stiverne to capture WBC heavyweight title — PHOTOS from Las Vegas!

By Dr. Ed de la Vega DDS (18-Jan-2015)

Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade when he defeated Haitian-Canadian Bermane ‘BWARE’ Stiverne over twelve rounds at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday night, and Dr. Ed was on location at ringside to capture all the action.

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Canada’s Claggett closes up training camp at Mayweather gym ahead of Ponomarev fight on Alvarado-Rios III card!

By Ace Freeman (18-Jan-2015)

Photo courtesy of Team Claggett

Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (20-2-1, 14 KOs) is pictured here this weekend at Las Vegas’s famed Mayweather Boxing Club as he puts the finishing touches on training camp for his anticipated showdown against undefeated Russian Konstantin Ponomarev (26-0, 13 KOs) on the Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios III undercard on Jan. 24 in Denver, Colorado. Claggett and head trainer Eric de Guzman have spent the final week of camp turning heads in sparring in Las Vegas for their big shot. The pair are now Denver bound as they turn their attention toward fight night. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zapari Boxing and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event, priced at $250, $200, $125, $65 and $40, are available at www.AltitudeTickets.com, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at the Pepsi Center box office.

Deontay Wilder tops Bermane Stiverne to bring heavyweight tile back to America

By FightFan News Wire (18-Jan-2015)

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Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

And the new WBC Heavyweight World Champion… America finally has its heavyweight world champion as Alabama’s Deontay Wilder dethroned defending champion Bermane Stiverne via unanimous decision (118-109, 119-108, 120-107) Saturday on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), who had never fought past the fourth round and had knocked out all 32 of his professional opponents, boxed brilliantly behind a stellar jab to become the first U.S.-born heavyweight champion in nearly a decade. The towering 6-foot-7 Tuscaloosa native capitalized on his reach advantage, jabbing consistently to set up a powerful straight right.

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Stiverne 239, Wilder 219 — Weigh in results from Las Vegas!

By FightFan.com Staff (17-Jan-2015)

Both WBC Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne and mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder showed up in shape and ready for war at Friday’s official weigh in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Junior featherweights Leo Santa Cruz and Jesus Ruiz, and junior welterweights Amir Imam and Fidel Maldonado Jr. also made weight for their respective undercard bouts. Showtime will televise Saturday night’s card at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT.

Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder

Bermane Stiverne 239 lbs | Deontay Wilder 219 lbs
Leo Santa Cruz 121.5 lbs | Jesus Ruiz 122 lbs
Amir Imam 140 lbs | Fidel Maldonado Jr. 139 lbs

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David Lemieux signs with Golden Boy Promotions!

By FightFan.com Staff (17-Jan-2015)

Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management have joined together as Canadian fan favorite and tour de force David Lemieux, has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions.

maple-leaf-iconAfter his explosive headlining debut in the U.S. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 6, the beloved Montreal native not only retained his NABF middleweight title, but proved to critics that he is a powerful force in the 160 pound class.

Lemieux impressed as he knocked down Gabriel “King” Rosado in the third round and won by technical knockout in the tenth round when the medical examiner stopped the fight due to Rosado’s terribly swollen left eye. ESPN’s Dan Rafael said “there is no doubt that David belongs to the elite, he has a couple of losses but many others after losses have had great careers such as Wladimir Klitschko. He has a lot of potential.”

Lemieux’s previous bout against Fernando Guerrero for the then vacant NABF middleweight title resulted in a dominating win for Lemieux, knocking down Guerrero in the first round, second round, third round and finally a technical knockout in the fourth round. Now Lemieux is certainly seen as a serious contender for a world title and for 2015 bouts against the elite of the division.

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Stiverne and Wilder continue their WAR OF WORDS to at Wednesday’s Final Presser!

By FightFan News Wire (16-Jan-2015)

Bermane Stiverne, Deontay Wilder and the main undercard fighters were on hand Wednesday afternoon at the MGM Grand’s David Copperfield Theatre in Las Vegas, NV for the final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s highly anticipated Showtime televised boxing card. Check out these QUOTES and PHOTOS from all participants.

“There’s something about Deontay….I’m gonna keep his record clean, because he isn’t getting past four rounds.” - Bermane Stiverne

“You are all in for a treat. I’ve never been so ready to whoop a man. I don’t play games. It doesn’t get any realer than this.” - Deontay Wilder

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Brandon Rios / Mike Alvarado Denver Media Workout Quotes

By FightFan News Wire (16-Jan-2015)

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Check out what Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado had to say heading into the highly anticipated January 24 rubbermatch.

“I am so ready for chapter three on January 24. This is the ending the fans have been waiting for and I promise you they will not be disappointed!” - Brandon Rios

“Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honor. This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time. We are entertainers and our fight on January 24 will be the grand finale. I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight.” - Mike Alvarado

Just 10 days before they write the final chapter of their epic trilogy, former world champions and co-stars of one this era’s most intense and exciting boxing rivalries, Denver’s “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO and BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS of Oxnard, Calif., met with the media today at a media workout at Alvarado’s Denver-based gym. Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) and Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., who each own a victory in the series — both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013 — discussed the upcoming Alvarado-Rios 3, which is scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International welterweight championship on the line. Taking place Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO, Alvarado-Rios 3 will be televised live on HBO, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The last boxing event hosted by 1STBANK Center was sold out in advance — the October 19, 2013 WBO junior welterweight world championship between Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

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