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Canada’s Tony Luis comes up short in world title bid dropping razor thin decision to Derry Mathews

By Ace Freeman (18-Apr-2015)

Derry Mathews W UD12 Tony Luis

Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) came up short in his late notice bid for the interim WBA World lightweight title when he found himself on the short end of a razor thin decision loss to England’s Derry Mathews (38-9 20 KOs) Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Luis was the aggressor throughout and out-landed Mathews by a significant margin. Mathews’ success came from infrequent flush right hands timing Luis on the way in, but the Canadian spent the majority of the fight pressing his man to the ropes were he scored with more frequency. Mathews lost a point for holding in Round 8 and Luis was also penalized for leading with his head / forearm. The late rounds were close but Luis had a late rally to take the twelfth. Scores were read as 115-112 and 114-112(x2) for Mathews who captured the interim WBA world 135-pound title with the win. FightFan.com had the bout 114-112 for Luis.

Schiller Hyppolite decisions Ramallo, Steven Butler KO’s Santa, Hussain brother win, Theroux upset in Quebec!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (18-Apr-2015)

Photos by Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Way Productions Pierre Lavoie was live on location at Colisee Cardin in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec where the latest Eye of the Tiger Management card was held before a frenzied crowd of local Fight Fans Friday night. In the main event of the evening, surging Quebec super middleweight Schiller Hyppolite got some rounds in pounding out a ten round unanimous decision over Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo. In the co-main event Spaniard Ignacio Mendoza shocked local super lightweight David Theroux with a seventh round stoppage. It was the first loss of Theroux’s career. Other fighters picking up wins were fast rising junior middleweight Steven Butler who stopped Krisztian Santa in one round, Mian Hussain decked Aki Selesmaa in the first, Ayaz Hussain won a six round decision over Maurycy Gojko, Guillaume Tremblay-Coude scored a third round TKO of Rashad Jones, Will Madera blitzed Norbert Gluck in Round 1, and Mathieu Germain out-pointed Hector Osornio over four rounds. Check out these photos from ringside:


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

Video courtesy of ShoSports

The fight the fans craved is finally here. Now, after years of anticipation and negotiation, the reality of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stepping into the ring is just over two weeks away. Fight Fans can now watch the entirety of Episode 1 of the SHOWTIME Sports® documentary series INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO above. Don’t miss the full televised episode this Saturday immediately following SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME.

Weekend Scale Watch: Matthysse-Provodnikov, Crawford-Dulorme, Chavez-Fonfara, Tony Luis!

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

Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions / HBO

Tony Luis on his April 18 world title shot: “People in the UK will know who I am after Saturday night!”

By Ace Freeman (17-Apr-2015)

Video courtesy of Robert Macabagdal

On Saturday, April 18, Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will now face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. The confident Canadian spoke to iFL TV about the big shot and how he is unfazed fighting in enemy territory.

Schiller Hyppolite, Steven Butler, David Theroux and the Hussain brothers back in action Friday in Quebec!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (17-Apr-2015)

Video courtesy of Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Courtesy of Pierre Lavoie and Way Productions, check out this exclusive reel from Thursday’s presser in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, where Eye of the Tiger Management is set to stage a huge card filled with rising Canadian talent on Friday night. Schiller Hyppolite, Steven Butler, David Theroux and the Hussain brothers are all set to see action among others. For more info on the full card visit boxrec.com. Ticket info is available by calling 514-632-5666.

Stay tuned for more Video/Photo coverage!

CBS: Hogan vs. Brunson Now for NABA-US title!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Apr-2015)

The 10-round main event for the debut of “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” between Ireland’s WBA #12- and IBF #11-rated “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan and Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson, has been upgraded to a contest for the World Boxing Association’s NABA-US Super Welterweight Championship. Presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions and produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions, Hogan vs. Brunson will top a night of world-class boxing broadcast live on CBS Sports Network from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.

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Terence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme Saturday on HBO!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Apr-2015)

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (25-0, 17 KOs), from Omaha, NE, Puerto Rican buzz saw THOMAS “Thunder” DULORME (22-1, 14 KOs), the No. 2 world-rated contender and Hall of Fame promoter BOB Arum hosted a media conference call this week to discuss their upcoming rumble for the vacant WBO junior welterweight title. The Crawford-Dulorme world title fight will take place This Saturday! April 18, at College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

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Manny Pacquiao Media Day: “Floyd thinks I’m reckless? It’s why people love me… and my killer instinct is BACK!”

By Dr. Ed de la Vega DDS (16-Apr-2015)

Photos by Dr. Ed de la Vega, DDS / Philboxing.com

“This fight has been six years in the making. My killer instinct is back. Floyd thinks I’m reckless? That’s why people love me. I am exciting. [If Floyd wants to fight] that is good for me, I want action. But we also have strategies for this fight!” - Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather Media Day exclusive video & quotes: “Pacquiao is very, very reckless and every move I make is calculated!”

By FightFan News Wire (15-Apr-2015)

Video courtesy of Robert Macabagdal

This is going to be an exciting fight. Our styles are totally different. [Pacquiao] is very, very reckless. Every move I make is calculated. I’m always 5-10 steps ahead of my opponent. We’ll see what happens when the fight starts. But when all is said and done I’m going to be the winner.”  - Floyd Mayweather

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Chavez Jr. returns Saturday vs. Fonfara on Showtime!

By FightFan News Wire (15-Apr-2015)

“Chavez Jr. vs. Fonfara”, a 12-round light heavyweight bout co-promoted by Goossen Promotions and Chavez Promotions that takes place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will air on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

The return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., this Saturday April 18 as the Mexican superstar makes his SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® debut against exciting brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

“I’m excited to get back in the ring and remind everyone that I’m one of the best fighters in the world,” said Chavez Jr. “I have a tough test on April 18, but I am going to pass with flying colors and I look forward to taking on any challengers after that.”

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Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale set for June 6, Main Events pulls Kovalev from Stevenson Purse Bid, more!

By Ace Freeman (15-Apr-2015)

The latest news from around the boxing world!


  • Puerto Rican superstar and reigning middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is now officially slated to defend his WBC 160 pound title against Australia’s Daniel Geale on June 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on HBO. The bout will be the first co-promotion between Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions. Sources are reporting the bout will be held at a 157-pound catchweight. More info to follow.

  • Kathy Duva’s Main events has pulled unified light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev out of Friday’s scheduled purse bid to face WBC champion Adonis Stevenson in a massive 175-pound unification fight. The issue stated by Main Events is complications related to their contractual ties to HBO and needing any unification fight to air on that network. Stay tuned for more from FightFan.com’s Joe Bruiser.

  • The 28-year-old British sensation Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is coming back to the Big Apple, where he made his American debut against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010, for a 147-pound tilt against Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), who’s seeking to bounce back from his first career loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao last year. Khan and Algieri will meet at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on May 29, with the fight being broadcast on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. ET Thursday.

  • As Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight night approaches, Mayweather Promotions announced today that undefeated Mexican superstar and current WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo ‘Terremoto’ Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) will be featured on the three-fight pay-per-view televised undercard against an opponent to be determined.

Results from Toronto: Wilcox and Gadbois battle to a majority draw, Pagcaliwangan KO’s Kanalas in Round 4!

By Ace Freeman (15-Apr-2015)

Photo courtesy of Caroline Cassin

Boxing returned to Toronto, Ontario Tuesday evening as part of the 2015 Shaw Festival. “Shaw Boxing Evening” took place at the renowned Fairmont Royal York Hotel and featured two exciting professional bouts. In the main event of the evening, lightweight Steven Wilcox (11-1-1, 5 KOs) of Hamilton, Ontario fought to a spirited ten round majority draw against Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec’s Michael Gadbois (13-0-3, 4 KOs).

“We’ll we didn’t get the win,” Wilxox said via his Facebook page. “We fought to a ten round majority draw. One judge had it 98-92 for me while the other two had it (even) at 95-95. [It was a fight] against a game tough opponent. We didn’t get the belt but we’ll get back to gym and move forward to the next one. Thank you all for the love and support.”

On the undercard, surging undefeated super bantamweight Marc Pagcaliwangan (9-0-1, 7 KOs) of London, Ontario, stopped once-beaten Robert Kanalas of Hungary in the fourth round. It was Pagcaliwangan’s 2015 debut, and after the fight he said he plans to keep busy.

“I remain undefeated with a fourth KO, Pagcaliwangan said via Facebook. “I want to thank all my fans and supporters, my coaches Socrates Celestial, Glen Erjas, Stephen Molitor and Sean Frugolsio for training me. Thank you to my family and friends and my manager Mark Erwin and of course my supportive girlfriend Caroline Cassin. Time to train for the next fight!”

Canada’s Tony Luis receives last-minute opportunity to fight for a world title vs. Derry Mathews Saturday in the UK!

By Ace Freeman (14-Apr-2015)

Tony Luis will be switching opponents and continents this weekend as he is now set to fight for a world title on British soil Saturday!

Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) was originally slated to defend his WBC Continental Americas Championship against Memphis, Tennessee, veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) this Friday in in Hinckley, Minnesota, live on CBS. That was the plan until a sudden phone call to Luis’s trainer and father this week changed everything. Luis’s team was offered a last minute chance to fight Derry Mathews (37-9 20 KOs) this Saturday April 18 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England in a bout that will be contested for the interim WBA World lightweight title. Mathews was originally slated to face unbeaten southpaw slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs), who apparently had to opt out due to visa issues. An elated Luis jumped at the chance to fight for a coveted world title and will be departing for England tonight. Read on for the official press release…

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There Will be Blood: Matthysse vs. Provodnikov barn-burner set for Saturday on HBO!

By FightFan News Wire (14-Apr-2015)

This Saturday, April 18: Matthysse vs. Provodnikov is a 12-round junior welterweight bout presented by Banner Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions and is sponsored by Corona Extra, Mexico, Live it To Believe It! and Khortytsa Vodka. Doors are currently scheduled to open at 6:00 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 6:50 p.m. ET and the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will being at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

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Danny Garcia gets by Lamont Peterson in Brooklyn!

By Ace Freeman (12-Apr-2015)

Video courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions

Reigning light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) scored a very close and competitive twelve round majority decision win over Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions’ latest gala on NBC. The bout took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Peterson started out boxing well but Garcia upped the pressure. Both men had their moments down the stretch and then the challenger (Peterson) seemed to finish strong. After twelve rounds were complete scores were read as 115-113(x2) for Garcia with the third card even at 114-114.