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Floyd Mayweather officially announces Andre Berto fight for Sept. 12 on Showtime PPV!

By Ace Freeman (04-Aug-2015)

In what is expected to be the final fight of his illustrious 19-year career, boxing superstar and pound-for-pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) will put his undefeated record and WBC and WBA Welterweight World Championships on the line against power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) Saturday, Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

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Bermane Stiverne vs. Luis Ortiz on Oct 17? Golovkin-Lemieux ticket info, Matthysse-Postal Oct. 3, Provodnikov vs. Rios or Broner? More!

By Ace Freeman (04-Aug-2015)

News & notes from this week in the world of boxing.


  • According to respected boxing insider Rick Glaser, a huge heavyweight co-feature is on tap for the Oct. 17 Golovkin-Lemieux card with former world champion Bermane Stiverne taking on unbeaten Cuban knockout artist Luis Ortiz. Stiverne was last seen in a losing effort against now champion Deontay Wilder (a bout where he was severely deyhdrated and still went the distance) while the rising Cuban phenom Ortiz has 19 KOs in his 21 wins (with no defeats) and was last seen dispatching Byron Polley in less than a round in June in Montreal.
  • Advance tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET for the highly anticipated World Middleweight Title Unification battle between Boxing superstar, WBA, IBO and WBC “Interim” Middleweight Champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF Middleweight Champion, Montreal power-puncher David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), set for Saturday, October 17 at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.
  • Former three-division world champion Humberto Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico will take on undefeated contender Antonio Orozco (22-0, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in a career defining 10-round super lightweight showdown as the co-main event on Saturday, Oct. 3 from StubHub Center televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. In the main event on Oct. 3, Lucas Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will battle undefeated Viktor Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Championship. Matthysse vs. Postol is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion.
  • Lots of buzz surrounding the return of everyone’s favourite psychopath Ruslan Provodnikov. The big punching light welterweight has been linked to both Brandon Rios (which would be an explosive blood and guts war) and Adrien Broner. Broner has been rumoured to be returning to the ring Oct. 3 in a PBC card that might compete with HBO’s Matthysse-Postal broadcast. If Broner ends up clashing with Provodnikov, there is some buzz about a potential Tim Bradley-Brandon Rios tilt.
  • More buzz about rising Canadian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9KOs). Despite being mentioned as a potential opponent for unified light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev‘s next outing, Quebec promoter Yvon Michel has tweeted that the IBF has ordered an elimination bout between his charge and the legendary Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs). More news on that is expected later this week. In other Quebec related news, GYM also announced they received an order from the IBF to negotiate an elimination bout between Quebec based Kevin Bizier (IBF # 6) and Diego Chaves ( IBF # 4) in a bout that could see the winner vie for a title in their next outing.
  • Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), in association with Global Boxing Legacy (GLB) and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), will make an official announcement at tomorrow’s press conference with all stakeholders and athletes about Boxing’s return to Toronto, Ontario. The upcoming World Championship title fight card – with details Revealed tomorrow – will feature aussi Canadian Heavy Weight Champ Dillon ‘Big Country’ Carman “His defend title against the legendary Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock. Former undisputed Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis and Said today “After more than 30 years, World Championship Boxing returns to Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum on September 11, 2015.”

Paulie Malignaggi: ‘The Magic Man’ Classy to the End!

By Lou Eisen (04-Aug-2015)

A great, retrospective look back at the career of Paul ‘The Magic Man’ Malignaggi by Lou Eisen.

If ever a fighter emerged a winner, even in defeat, it was former two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi this past Saturday night. Malignaggi, a longtime fan favorite, unofficially retired from boxing this on Saturday after getting stopped in nine rounds by the former undisputed and universally recognized junior welterweight world champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia in a welterweight bout.

The fight took place at the Barclays Center located in Brooklyn, New York where Malignaggi was born and raised and is a longtime fan favorite.

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GCP Signs Brooklyn’s Former Undisputed Champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah to a Co-Promotional Contract

By FightFan News Wire (04-Aug-2015)

The latest on former multi-division world champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah!

Photo: Ace Freeman

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of five-time world champion and former Undisputed World Welterweight Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, to a co-promotional agreement, along with Judah’s Super Judah Promotions. Judah, 37, will compete in the super lightweight division with an eye toward returning to his elite status in boxing. His first appearance under the new promotional banner will be in September, on a GCP televised card.

“I am overjoyed to be adding a superstar of Zab’s caliber to my promotional roster,” said Greg Cohen. “Zab has been in with every great fighter of this era and beaten many of them. He is a Brooklyn boxing legend and still a force to be reckoned with at 140 lbs.”

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Claggett and Wierzbicki to co-headline Empire Promotions debut card Aug. 21 in Calgary, Alberta!

By Ace Freeman (02-Aug-2015)

A great night of boxing is set for a hot August night in Calgary, Canada as Steve Claggett and Łukasz Wierzbicki co-headline in separate bouts Aug. 21!

Professional boxing is set to return to the Century Casino in Calgary, Alberta on Friday, August 21 as Empire Promotions presents “International Beatdown”. In the main event of the evening, Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett will clash with veteran Stephane Benito of France in a stay busy fight. In an exciting co-feature, skillful welterweight southpaw Łukasz Wierzbicki from Calgary by way of Poland will face Mexico’s Hector Osornio.

There are several other exciting bouts on the card featuring local talent. Hardened Alberta cruiserweight Rob Nichols is set to face David Whittom, Calgary’s Teddy Reno will clash with Derek Boyle, Jesse Bartlett and Maged Hammo will face off in a middleweight tilt and Aaron Gallant will square off against Dia Grant. For ticket information, call 403-404-5951.

“The Homecoming”: All-Action Sam Vargas Takes on Ulises Jimenez August 11 in Toronto!

By FightFan News Wire (02-Aug-2015)

Four Fight Undercard Featuring Undefeated Champ Brandon Brewer and Rising Star Shakeel Phinn

On August 11, Lee Baxter Management will present five exciting match-ups at the Woodbine Convention Hall in Toronto, including some of Canada’s brightest stars. In the main event of the evening, Ontario’s own two division Canadian champ Sam Vargas (21-2-1, 11KOs) will take on former WBC Mundo Hispano and FECARBOX champion Ulises Jimenez (21-16-1, 15KOs) of Mexico in a super welterweight ten rounder.

Vargas last saw action a little over a month ago in Edmonton, blasting out seasoned Mexican veteran Cesar Chavez (26-9-0, 14KOs) via TKO3. He is currently ranked #2 in the nation by Canadian Boxiana. This is Jimenez’s first fight since 2013, when he moved up to middleweight to fight Adrian Luna Flores for the Mexican championship. Although Jimenez was the more experienced fighter, the naturally bigger Flores was able to use his size advantage to secure a TKO2 victory.

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Garcia retires Malignaggi, Campbell, Rose and Jacobs win!

By Ace Freeman (01-Aug-2015)

Results from around the boxing world.

Undefeated Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) looks to have retired Paulie ‘The Magic Man’ Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs) with a slow and sustained beating Saturday night at Barclays Center as Premier Boxing Champions aired in primetime on ESPN. Garcia wore Malignaggi down over the course of the fight and won when the referee waved an end to the bout in the ninth round.

In an anticlimactic co-feature in Brooklyn, Danny Jacobs won by second-round TKO when Sergio Mora injured his right ankle on a knockdown and could not continue. The bout started furiously with both men landing bombs in the opening round, but Mora was unable to continue due to an ankle injury in the second leaving the fans wanting more.

2012 British Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (12-0, 10 KOs) picked up a career best win Saturday in Hull with a bruising tenth round TKO over a tough and durable Tommy Coyle (21-3, 12 KOs). Both men had talked a lot of trash in the build up but Campbell’s class and pedigree were the difference as he scored a second round knockdown and four more in the tenth to end the night.

England’s Brian Rose (27-3-1, 8 KOs) got his revenge over well travelled spoiler Carson Jones (37-11-3, 27 KOs) Saturday in Hull with a twelve round unanimous decision to avenge his shocking and controversial first round stoppage loss to Jones earlier in the year. Jones had his moments but Rose fought through some duress and stayed busy to pick up the decision victory.

Matthysse runs and roughhouses her way to decision victory over Mrdjenovic in Buenos Aires

By Ace Freeman (01-Aug-2015)

Edith Soledad Matthysse W UD10 Jelena Mrdjenovic

In what turned out to be a rough and tumble affair, Argentina’s Edith Soledad Matthysse (14-7-1, 1 KO) unified the WBC and WBA female featherweight titles Saturday night in Caseros, Buenos Aires with a ten round decision victory over Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovic (35-9-1, 19 KOs). Matthysse, trained by her famed brother Lucas, came out with fury in the opening round but was quickly shut down by Mrdjenovic’s high guard and stern jab. The Canadian charge used her superior skills to back the Argentinian up and came forward for the duration of the bout utilizing her authoritative lead left. Matthysse was on her bicycle and back-peddled with fleet footwork throughout, but would spring forward with her head frequently fouling. She also spent more time tying Mrdjenovic up in clinches than she did punching. Mrdjenovic appeared to land the cleaner, text book punches but Matthysse did have her moments. There were some furious exchanges late in the fight which had the crowd on their feet. After ten rounds were in the books the judges awarded the fight to the Argentinian by scores of 96-94 – Samuel Conde Lopez (Puerto Rico), Gustavo Padilla (Panama) 98-92, and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 97-93.

Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi set to battle for Brooklyn Saturday night as PBC is back on ESPN!

By FightFan News Wire (29-Jul-2015)

More on Garcia-Malignaggi set for Saturday night in Brooklyn with Danny Jacobs set to take on Sergio Mora in the co-feature!

Undefeated superstar Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) will take on Brooklyn’s own Paulie ‘The Magic Man’ Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) at Barclays Center as Premier Boxing Champions will be live in primetime on ESPN on Saturday, August 1 with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

“It’s going to be a great fight against Paulie on Saturday,” said Garcia. “I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the undefeated Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia. To all of the fans that love me, I love you too. This is for you.”

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Road Warrior: Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovic faces Edith Matthysse Saturday in Buenos Aires as No. 1 and 2 ranked featherweights collide in WBC /WBA unification bout!

By Ace Freeman (29-Jul-2015)

A huge fight is on tap this weekend as one of female boxing’s pound-for-pound best in Edmonton, Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovic (35-9-1, 19 KOs) is on the road to face Edith Soledad Matthysse (13-7-1, 1 KO) at Ce.De.M. N° 2 in Caseros, Buenos Aires on Saturday, August 1st. Mrdjenovic’s WBC featherweight title will be on the line in addition to the WBA 126-pound world title. It is a compelling match up as the Canadian charge and Matthysse are ranked first and second in the world female featherweight rankings respectively. Mrdjenovich is on a seven fight winning streak punctuated most recently by a ninth round TKO win over Francia Elena Bravo last March in Oanama. A huge draw for K.O. Boxing Promotions in her native Edmonton, AB, she has shown she has no issue traveling abroad to seek out the biggest fights possible. Matthysse, who resides in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina, comes from a family rich in boxing tradition. Her brother is popular big punching and all-action Lucas Matthysse. Stay tuned for the latest this Saturday!

Cotto vs. Canelo super-fight likely for Nov. 21 in Las Vegas!

By Ace Freeman (29-Jul-2015)

Cotto-Canelo looks to be set for Nov. 21 in Las Vegas!

Several sources are now reporting that the long rumoured Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto middleweight super-fight is set to land Nov. 21 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Casino. The bout has been in negotiations for weeks and finally looks to be settled. On the line will be Miguel Cotto’s WBC and linear middleweight titles, although the bout will probably be contested at a catch-weight south of the 160 pound limit. Both men are accomplished junior middleweights with Cotto having picked up the recognized middleweight crown with an impressive dismantling of then champion Sergio Martinez in June 2014. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Adonis Stevenson to defend his titles Sept. 11 in Toronto live on PBC on Spike TV!

By Ace Freeman (28-Jul-2015)

Adonis Stevenson will defend his heavyweight titles against Tommy Karpency Sept. 11 on Spike TV.

Linear light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson of Canada will defend his crown on Sept. 11 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto taking on Tommy Karpency. The bout will air on Spike TV via Premier Boxing Champions. It will be the sixth defence of the belt he won with a first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013.

“I’m excited to announce my fight on September 11 against Tommy Karpency,” Stevenson said Tuesday. “I’m ready to put the hurt on.”

Stevenson, one of the most feared punchers in boxing and a resident of Quebec by way of Haiti, is coming off a win by unanimous decision over Sakio Bika on April 4. While he has fought primarily in his home province of Quebec in recent years he is excited to be bringing boxing back to Canada’s most populated city this September and the exciting card marks another big card for the city of Toronto as fistic action continues to heat up there.

K.O. Boxing inks 6’4 Filipino Heavyweight Stan Surmacz Ahumada who will turn pro Sept. 11 in Edmonton, Canada!

By Ace Freeman (28-Jul-2015)

News of a new heavyweight turning pro in Alberta, Canada!

There’s a new heavyweight in Edmonton, Canada. K.O. Boxing is proud to announce the signing of heavyweight Stan Surmacz Ahumada.

This 6’4″, 250lb, Filipino heavyweight is the newest addition to the K.O. Stable. Come see him make his pro debut at our next event September 11 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

K.O. Boxing Canada is boxing’s most active and respected promoters north of the border. Presenting action packed fights in Edmonton, Alberta.

For more on K.O. Boxing, visit them on their Facebook Page and their official website at KOBoxingCanada.com.

Linear light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson blasts Sergey Kovalev: Your team dumped the purse bid to fight me… it would be my pleasure to knock you out!”

By Ace Freeman (25-Jul-2015)

Linear light heavyweight kingpin Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson didn’t take long to make a statement (via social media) after fellow light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev notched a win on HBO tonight against an over-matched Nadjib Mohammedi!

Adonis Stevenson: “Sergey Kovalev you and your team had a purse bid to fight me and you dumped it. You talk trash and make excuses.”

“It would be a pleasure for me to fight you and knock you out. You’ve never fought a power-punching southpaw like me. It’s an exciting fight and I want your belt. I am the (linear) champion and I want to unify!”

For more on Adonis Stevenson, visit his Facebook Page and follow him on Twitter at @AdonisSuperman.

Kovalev ‘krushes’ Mohammedi’s face to win in three, HBO again down-plays Adonis Stevenson in aftermath!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jul-2015)

Sergey Kovalev TKO 3 Nadjib Mohammedi

WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) made the first mandatory defense of his titles against Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) Saturday night in Las Vegas, stopping his over-matched foe in three rounds. Kovalev hurt Mohammedi every time he hit him and dropped him in Round 2 before finishing him off with two big right hands in Round 3. In the aftermath, as they have done several times before for political reasons, HBO made only a brief mention of light heavyweight kingpin Adonis Stevenson in passing, and tried to drum up interest for a bout between Kovalev and super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Despite Stevenson-Kovalev being one of the most important (and explosive) fights in boxing, promotional and network politics have been major roadblocks in seeing that mega-fight come to fruition.

Pascal soldiers on edging Gonzalez in a barn burner!

By Ace Freeman (25-Jul-2015)

Jean Pascal W UD10 Yunieski Gonzalez

Former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) scored a narrow and thrilling ten round points victory over an ultra tough Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) moments ago at the Mandalay in Las Vegas in a bout that stacks up as a contender for “fight of the year” honours. It started fast and furiously in Round 1 with both men trading bombs. Gonzalez appeared to win the early rounds with some heavy shots but a wily Pascal stayed in tight and landed some big counter shots. Both men gave as good as they got in spots and each were wobbled in the exciting contest. After a furious finish, Pascal was seen as the winner by close scores of 96-94 on all three cards to pick up the big win.