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Eleider Alvarez, Francis Lafreniere and Shakeel Phinn top GYM’s Dec. 10 “La série de boxe” Gala at Montreal Casino!

By Ace Freeman (09-Dec-2016)

The weather may be cold as of late in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, but Saturday night will be red hot inside the local boxing ring as Groupe Yvon Michel presents “la Série de boxe” at Casino de Montréal. Rising undefeated Canadian based Columbian light heavyweight Eleider ‘Storm’ Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) is set to headline looking to keep busy ahead of his recently publicized Canadian super fight with Lucian Bute set for Feb. 24. On Saturday night, Alvarez will face Poland’s Norbert Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs) in a ten round contest highlighting the exciting night of action. In a co-main event, IBF international middleweight champion and local Quebec hero Francis Lafreniere (12-5-2, 7 KOs) will clash with Poland’s Damian Mielewczyk (10-2, 7 KOs) in an eight round bout. Also seeing action in an exciting co-featured bout is surging and red hot Shakeel ‘The Jamaican Juggernaut’ Phinn (10-1, 6 KOs) looking to pick up his sixth victory in 2016 when he takes on France’s Mehdi Madani (13-7-1).

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Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland on tap for Feb. 25 in Texas!

By Ace Freeman (08-Dec-2016)

A formal announcement is expected soon that would pit Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland against one another in a junior middleweight barn burner!

Multiple sources (including ESPN) are now reporting that former multi division world champion Miguel Cotto will meet James Kirkland Feb. 25 in Dallas, Texas at the indoor arena at the Cowboys’ practice facility (a venue that seats 12,000). It would be a co-promotional effort between Miguel Cotto Promotions and Roc Nation and is slated for HBO PPV. A formal announcement is expected as soon as Thursday. Cotto, 36, is from Puerto Rico. He is 40-5 with 33 knockouts. Kirkland, 32, from Austin, is 32-2 with 28 knockouts.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. returns to action Saturday in Mexico

By Ace Freeman (07-Dec-2016)

The ‘Son of a Legend’ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will make his 2016 debut Saturday

Photo: JC Chavez Jr. (Official Fanpage)

Mexican star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (49-2-1, 32 KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday, Dec. 10 in Monterrey, Mexico where he will take on Germany’s Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) at Arena Monterrey in Nuevo León. It will be Chavez’s first fight in what was an injury plagued-2016 and is said to be a ten rounder at a catch-weight between the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. The ‘Son of a Legend’ was last seen in the ring in July 2015 when he pounded out a unanimous decision over Marcos Reyes, just three months removed from his stoppage loss to Polish light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara. Saturday’s bout will see regional television coverage on Mexico Azteca.

GYM confirms Lucian Bute vs. Eleider Alvarez for Feb 24!

By Ace Freeman (06-Dec-2016)

Breaking news from Groupe Yvon Michel in Quebec!

Groupe Yvon Michel has just announced Tuesday that former super middleweight world champion and Quebec boxing star Lucian Bute will return to the ring to face fellow-Quebec based Eleider ‘Storm’ Alvarez February 24 at the Videotron Center in Quebec City.

The winner will be on tap to face linear light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson later in 2017, possibly late April.

Showtime Tripleheader Saturday: Cuellar-Mares, Charlo-Williams and Joshua-Molina on tape delay!

By FightFan.com Staff (06-Dec-2016)

Video courtesy of PBC

A SHOWTIME Championship Boxing tripleheader featuring six of the world’s best fighters in three high-stakes showdowns is on tap for this Saturday, Dec. 10th: champion featherweight Jesus Cuellar (28-1, 21 KOs) takes on Mexican superstar Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) faces undefeated challenger Julian “J-Rock” Williams (22-0-1, 14 KOs), live from USC’s Galen Center. Plus, a rebroadcast of British knockout sensation Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs) defending his heavyweight title against American Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs).

Terence Crawford vs. John Molina this Saturday on HBO!

By FightFan News Wire (06-Dec-2016)

Terence Crawford vs. John Molina will take place on Saturday, December 10, at CenturyLink Center Omaha televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®

This Saturday, Dec. 10 HBO World Championship Boxing will air a championship bout between undefeated junior welterweight titleist Terence Crawford and John Molina Jr. It gets under way beginning at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT.

Molina is coming off a career-best win, in June, over Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov. But Crawford presents a different challenge. A boxer-puncher, Crawford has stopped four of his last six opponents, including then-division titleholder Viktor Postol.

Crawford-Molina promises to end the year in boxing on a high note. That it takes place in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha only adds to the intrigue.

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Andy Ruiz vs. Joseph Parker Dec. 10 for WBO title!

By FightFan News Wire (06-Dec-2016)

WBO World Heavyweight Title bout between Kiwi boxing sensation Joseph Parker and Mexican/American Andy Ruiz Jr will take place at Vector Arena, in Auckland, on December 10.

A big heavyweight title fight is on tap this Saturday pitting undefeated heavyweight titans Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr. against one another. The pair will collide for Tyson Fury’s recently vacated WBO title on December 10th at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand as the heavyweight division ushers in a new era. The fight can be seen via tape delay on HBO, beginning at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT, followed immediately by the live telecast of Crawford vs. Molina.

Ruiz Jr is 29-0, with 19 KOs, and at 27 years old has been the top heavyweight prospect in promotional company Top Rank’s stable for several years. Mexican-American Ruiz has already fought three times in 2016 and is coming off a 10-round unanimous points win over Franklin Lawrence in September. 6ft 4inch Parker has an equally impressive record, racking up 21 wins and 18 KOs since turning professional in 2012.

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Weekend Results: Gassiev edges Lebedev, Ramirez shines in SoCal, Pulev beats old Peter, Saunders wins, more!

By Ace Freeman (04-Dec-2016)

Results from around the boxing world.

In a big cruiserweight title bout in Moscow, Russia, top rated challenger Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs) lifted the IBF cruiserweight crown from defending champion Denis Lebedev (29-3, 22 KOs), scoring a closely contested split decision victory. It was a give and take fight with both men landing in spots but Gassiev appeared busier down the stretch. Scores were 116-111 and 116-112 for the challenger with the third card 114-113 for Lebedev.

2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) returned to the ring Friday in Fresno, California and dominated Issouf Kinda (18-3, 7 KOs) on route to a sixth round stoppage. The impressive and violent win saw him retain the super lightweight WBC Continental Americas title before 13,700 at Save Mart Center. Time of the stoppage was 58 seconds.

Former world heavyweight title challenger Kubrat Pulev (24-1, 12 KOs) stopped a past-his-prime Sam Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) Saturday night during his widely publicized homecoming bout in his native home at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria. Pulev was in control throughout and pounded on Peter for three rounds until he remained in his corner, uninterested in further punishment. For what it’s worth, the win earned Pulev the vacant WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title.

WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) kept his unbeaten record in tact Saturday and defended his title with a lackluster twelve round unanimous decision win over a game Artur Akavov (16-2, 7 KOs). The bout took place in Glasgow, Scotland. Saunders looked flat and uninspired and barely managed to stay ahead of the hungry challenger, but did retain his title by scores of 116-112, 116-113 and 115-113.

In another exciting edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club Friday in LA, Abraham Lopez (22-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Sergio Lopez (21-12-1, 12 KOs) to successfully defend his NABA title. The bout took place at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Ashley Theophane wins on Mayweather Promotions card!

By Ace Freeman (03-Dec-2016)

Mayweather Promotions results from Las Vegas!

Mayweather Promotions returned to Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas Friday night with “Sin City Showdown”. In the main event, Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane (40-7, 12 KOs) earned his 40th victory by way of unanimous over Yakubu Amidu. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 100-90.

On the undercard, Latondria Jones improved her perfect record to 5-0 (2 KOs) as she earned a unanimous decision victory over Selena Arellano.

Andres Cortes improved his undefeated record to 4-0 (2 KOs) defeating Miguel Espinoza by way of Unanimous Decision.

Cam O’Connell’s body attack paves the way for decision victory over Juan Bedolla Orozco!

By Ace Freeman (03-Dec-2016)

Photo: Ace Freeman

Rising Red Deer, Alberta lightweight Cam O’Connell (14-0-1, 9 KOs) looked poised and steady boxing his way to a unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Juan Bedolla Orozco (14-5-2, 11 KOs) in the main event of K.O. Boxing Promotions’ “KO 77” Gala Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton. O’Connell started out with a stern jab and took the opening round but Orozco showed he was there to fight when he rallied back in Round 2. O’Connell took control in the middle rounds with his blistering body attack. The Mexican visitor showed good resolve to hang in there and had some good moments as he pressed forward through the onslaught. Some great action that had the local crowd on their feet down the stretch. The Alberta native’s defense was on point in the closing rounds and he continued with the body attack that was largely the difference in the fight. After eight rounds were in the books, scores were read as 79-73 x2 and 78-74, all for O’Connell, who called out Tony Luis and Steven Wilcox in his post fight interview.

Ryan Ford punishes a retreating Mario Baeza for 6 Rounds!

By Ace Freeman (02-Dec-2016)

“Daddy, this guy doesn’t want to fight you!” – RJ Ford

Photo: Ace Freeman

Undefeated rising Canadian light heavyweight Ryan ‘The Real Deal’ Ford (9-0, 5 KOs) got some rounds in Friday night in the co-main event of K.O. Boxing Promotions’ “KO 77” Gala when Mexico’s Mario Baeza (6-3, 5 KOs) showed up with nothing but his running shotes. Ford pounded out a decisive and one-sided six round unanimous decision win after stalking and punishing his retreating foe for the full six rounds. Ford did great work to the body and cut the ring off well but Baeza was more interested in backing off than giving himself a chance to win. It culminated in the fifth round when the visitor was deducted a point for holding and Ford’s young son RJ could be heard from his corner during a lull in the action yelling “Daddy this guy doesn’t want to fight you!” Ford punished Baeza in the sixth and final round to put an exclamation point on the win. Scores were a wipe out in the Canadian’s favour, coming in at 60-53 x2 and 59-54 to seal the “Real” Deal.

Justin Hocko edges Dominic Babineau by split decision in battle of undefeated Canadian super featherweights

By Ace Freeman (02-Dec-2016)

Photos: Ace Freeman

Undefeated Alberta based Justin Hocko (4-0-2) scored a close and competitive six round split decision victory over Richibucto, New Brunswick’s Dominic Babineau (6-1, 4 KOs) in a thrilling super featherweight encounter Friday night in Edmonton. It was a co-featured bout on K.O. Boxing Promotions’ “KO 77” Gala at a packed Shaw Conference Centre. Both men were quick and accurate in the early rounds with little to choose between them. They both showcased great skill and speed as they seemed to trade rounds down the stretch. Unfortunately a suspect point deduction against Babineau in Round 5 became a deciding factor in what was an otherwise excellent and close fight. After six rounds were in the books both men had a 57-56 score read in their favour followed by a second and deciding 57-56 tally for Hocko giving him the win. Great fight, hope to see a rematch!

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K.O. 77 Early Action: Mladen Miljas, Tim Chemelli, Vince Calio, Adam Braidwood and Eric Taylor victorious!

By Ace Freeman (02-Dec-2016)

Early results from Friday’s KO Boxing Promotions’ Gala in Edmonton, Alberta

Mississauga, Ontario’s Mladen Miljas continued looking like a growing terror in the Canadian heavyweight division with an impressive and violent first round TKO of a very game Tim Hague. Former UFC fighter Hague came out charging at the bell and took the fight to the Ontario native in the early going, but Miljas remained poised and defended well. Suddenly Miljas unleashed a barrage of body shots and Hague went down in pain. He bravely beat the count but was sent down again by a series of heavy blows. Miljas loomed large as he beckoned Hague to get up, and the Edmonton native did, only to be punished down again before the bell. With the first round victory Miljas moves to 3-0 (3 KOs).

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Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane headlines Mayweather Promotions’ “Sin City Showdown” gala Friday in Las Vegas!

By FightFan News Wire (01-Dec-2016)

Mayweather Promotions returns to Las Vegas Friday with an action packed card filled with local talent

Mayweather Promotions is set to return to Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas this Friday, Dec. 2 with “Sin City Showdown”. Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane (39-7, 12 KOs) will be featured in the main event taking on Yakabu Amidu. Theophane, who was originally supposed to be featured on the last Sin City Showdown card on October 8th has taken this time to train harder, become more focused and is set to out perform and come out on top with a victory.

In surrounding action, young and exciting prospects Kevin Newman (6-0-1, 2KO’s) and stable-mate Maurice Lee (7-0, 3KO’s) will step into the ring in separate bouts for an exciting night of boxing as they look to further their undefeated record. Also bringing in the action is Mayweather Promotins first lady, Latondria Jones (4-0, 2KO’s) who has proven to be victorious since her professional debut, followed by newly signed Andres Cortes (3-0, 2KO’s). Opening the night are two recently signed amateurs making their professional debut, 19 year old Oluwafemi Oyeleye and 21 year old Rolando Romero in separate bouts!

Season’s Beatings: Teofista Boxing & Lee Baxter Promotions to Present Special Dec. 29 Holiday Pro-Am in Calgary!

By FightFan News Wire (01-Dec-2016)

Logan McGuinness, Alex Dilmaghani, Ahmad Cheikho, Devon Reti, Lukasz Wierzbicki, Kane Heron and more make up an exciting special holiday edition of Teofista Boxing Series Dec. 29 in Calgary, AB!

In a special holiday edition of the Teofista Boxing Series, pro and amateur boxing will return to the beautiful Deerfoot Inn & Casino on Thursday, Dec. 29 when Lee Baxter Promotions and Eric de Guzman’s Teofista Boxing proudly present “Double Trouble”. This exciting gala will mark the second consecutive co-promotional effort between the two Canadian powerhouse promoters after Teofista Boxing Series 20 filled the same venue on Oct. 28 with an action packed night of fights.

Orangeville, Ontario’s Logan ‘Cotton’ McGuinness (24-0-1, 11 KOs) is slated to headline for the second consecutive time in Calgary, taking on Mexico’s Cristian ‘El Rudo’ Arrazola (22-12-2, 16 KOs) in an eight round bout.

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David Haye and Tony Bellew brawl at kick-off press conference setting the table for their March 4 bout!

By FightFan.com Staff (01-Dec-2016)

Video courtesy of iFL.TV

Former cruiserweight / heavyweight world champion David Haye and Tony Bellew got in one another’s faces at Wednesdays UK presser to announce their March 4 grudge match. Haye appeared to get in a sneaky counter punch over top of Bellew’s shove. The bitter rivals will meet at The O2 on March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office.