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Pascal vs. George official for Dec.6, Pascal signs multi-fight deal with Interbox

By Joe Bruiser (22-Oct-2014)

Jean Pascal will return to the ring for the second time in 2014 against hard hitting Donovan George Dec.6 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Jean Pascal By Joe Bruisermaple-leaf-iconFormer light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) has signed a four fight promotional deal with Interbox Promotions, with the first fight of the deal taking place on Interbox’s Dec.6 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC on the undercard of Bute vs. Bolonti. Pascal’s opponent will be Donovan George (26-4-2, 22 KOs).

After months of promotional problems, which derailed a proposed September fight against Tavoris Cloud, the Dec.6 fight against George will mark the first time Pascal has fought twice in one calendar year since 2010. The Interbox deal should also provide other high profile fights for Pascal, who recently dominated Lucian Bute over 12 rounds in the biggest selling domestic fight in Canadian history.

“I am very happy to be fighting George. He took Adonis Stevenson to the 12th round and I plan to do better so that fight fans can use this as a measuring stick for an eventual fight between Stevenson and I.” - Jean Pascal

“24/7 Hopkins/Kovalev” — watch Episode 1 in full!

By FightFan.com Staff (21-Oct-2014)


Video courtesy of HBO

Courtesy of HBO, check out the first episode of “24/7 Hopkins/Kovalev” to get a feel for this intriguing upcoming light heavyweight clash of titans. “Hopkins vs. Kovalev” is a 12-round unification bout for the IBF, WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight World titles, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Corona Extra, AT&T, Hortitsia Vodka and Mexico, Live it To Believe It!. Ali vs. Abregu is a 10-round welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Quick Jabs: David Lemieux vs. Gabe Rosado Dec. 6, Khan-Alexander and Bradley-Chaves on duelling cards Dec. 13!

By Ace Freeman (20-Oct-2014)

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

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  • Canadian KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) has announced via his social media that his next bout will take place December 6 against Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in the United States. It is a Golden Boy card set to take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York slated for HBO.
  • Former two-division world champion TIMOTHY ‘Desert Storm’ BRADLEY JR. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion DIEGO ‘La Joya’ CHAVES in a 12-round welterweight rumble, Saturday, December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
  • Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander is on tap for Dec. 13 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas pegged for Showtime. Rumours had been circulating that Khan may have been lined up to face Keith Thurman but the news of the Alexander clash likely quashes that. The date is an interesting one as the Golden Boy card looks set to go up against Top Rank’s Bradley-Chaves HBO card despite the amicable relations between the two promoters as of late.

MEGA GALLERY from StubHub Center — “Mexican Style” undercard action and more from Carson, CA!

By Big Joe Miranda / BigJoesPics.com (19-Oct-2014)

Big Joe Miranda was ringside at StubHub Center in Carson, CA on Saturday night to capture all the action from the Golovkin-Rubio card.

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Golovkin KO 2 Rubio, Walters TKO 6 Donaire Highlights!

By FightFan.com Staff (19-Oct-2014)

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Golovkin KO 2 Rubio Highlights:


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Walters TKO 6 Donaire Highlights:


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Golovkin vs. Rubio and its undercard was presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions, in association with Promociones Del Pueblo and took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, as seen live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Golovkin makes easy work of Rubio, stops him in two!

By Ace Freeman (18-Oct-2014)

Gennady Golovkin KO 2 Marco Antonio Rubio

Photo Credit: Big Joe Miranda

Middleweight destroyer Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) made short and easy work of Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) moments ago at StubHub Center in Carson, California, when he stopped him in Round 2 as seen live on HBO. Golovkin went right after Rubio from the opening bell and while the challenger was brave to stand his ground it was easy to see this one wouldn’t last long. Golovkin hurt Rubio in the closing moments of the opening stanza and jumped right on him in Round 2. A huge uppercut shook the Mexican up and a massive shot to the top of the head felled him for good. Rubio attempted to get up but did not beat the count. The end came officially at the 1:19 mark of Round 2, and with the victory ‘GGG’ retained his WBA middleweight title.

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Nicholas Walters becomes first man to stop Nonito Donaire!

By Ace Freeman (18-Oct-2014)

Nicholas Walters TKO 6 Nonito Donaire

Photo Credit: Big Joe Miranda

Undefeated Jamaican KO artist Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) secured a career best win Saturday on HBO, stopping former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) in the sixth round at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The bigger and stronger natural featherweight was simply too young and too powerful for the aging Filipino veteran. After a fairly cautious first round both men loaded up in the second. Walters looked to lead the action and the veteran Donaire was defensively sound looking to counter. In the final moments of the round Walters went on the aggressive and Donaire landed two sharp counters that rang the Jamaican but the bell sounded to bring the stanza to a close. Both fighters continued trading in the third on even terms until a sneaky uppercut from Walters dropped Donaire for the first time in his career. The Filipino got up and began to trade as both men swung away until the bell sounded. Walters found some success in the ensuing rounds with his jab and it left Donaire, who received a cut around his right eye, looking to adjust.

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‘USS’ Cunningham defeats much bigger Visinia by TKO!

By Ace Freeman (18-Oct-2014)

Quick results from NBCSN Fight Night from 2300 the Arena in South Philadelphia!

After a brutal seven rounds of boxing, Natu Visinia’s (10-1, 8 KOs) corner stops the fight. Steve USS Cunningham (28-6, 12 KOs) wins by TKO in a thriller on NBCSN #FightNight! Giving away nearly 75 pounds to the much heavier Visinia, Cunningham boxed well behind a stern jab. Visinia was credited with a knockdown in Round 5, but as he always does, ‘USS’ Cunningham showed a ton of heart and came roaring back. He poured on a beating to the bigger man in Round 6 and 7 until the bout was stopped.

In the co-feature, Edner Cherry detonated a Cherry Bomb to knockout Osumanu Akaba in the 2nd round.

Golovkin on weight – Rubio 1.8 pounds over at weigh-in!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Oct-2014)

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Marco A. Rubio 161.8 lbs ……. . Gennady Golovkin 159 lbs

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and World Boxing Council (WBC) interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio ‘El Veneno’ Rubio both stepped on the scales earlier this afternoon and Rubio weighed in 1.8 pounds above the 160 lb limit. He had 2 hours to come back and hit the 160 pound target but failed to do so. As a result, he has been fined and will give up his interim title but the fight will proceed as planned with Rubio having been allowed to weigh in nearly two pounds heavy Friday. Golovkin vs. Rubio and its undercard are presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions, in association with Promociones Del Pueblo and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT from the StubHub! Center in Carson, Calif.

Stone Cold: Donaire and Walters face off at weigh-in!

By FightFan.com Staff (17-Oct-2014)


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Nonito Donaire 125.6 lbs ……. . Nicholas Walters 125.6 lbs

WBA featherweight champions NONITO ‘The Filipino Flash’ DONAIRE and NICHOLAS ‘The Axe Man’ WALTERS collide This Saturday! in a WBA featherweight title unification showdown at a sold-out StubHub! Center in Carson, Calif. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also feature WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defending his titles against World Boxing Council (WBC) interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio. Golovkin vs. Rubio and its undercard are presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions, in association with Promociones Del Pueblo. Donaire and Walters boast a combined record of 57-2 (41 KOs) — a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%. When it comes to these two world featherweight champions, “You could have knocked me over with a feather,” is more than just a figure of speech!

All-action Steve Cunningham faces another unbeaten heavyweight in Natu Visinia Saturday in Philadelphia!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Oct-2014)

NBCSN’s Fight Night on Saturday, Oct. 18, live at 9 p.m. ET is highlighted by a heavyweight showdown between Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, of Philadelphia, and Natu ‘The Truth’ Visinia, of Clinton, IL. live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pa.

Photo Credit: Larry Levanti/Main Events

Steve Cunningham: “He’s a big power puncher. He’s big. I am a fighter. This is the third undefeated fighter I am fighting as a heavyweight. I am ready to fight. I am a fighter. I have been going through this with Kennedy for nine years. I want to stay active. I want to get back in there. I wanted another shot before the year was out and thank you to Main Events for making it happen.”

Natu Visinia: “I have nothing negative to say about him. I admire him. He is where I want to be. He’s been eating from a good menu for a long time and I am hungry. Some guys need 30 fights before they would face a Steve Cunningham. A fight like this comes along and I jump at it. ”

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Nonito Donaire slight underdog in title fight vs. Nicholas Walters this weekend in California!

By FightFan News Wire (16-Oct-2014)

A huge featherweight title fight is on tap for this Saturday’s Golovkin-Rubio card when Nonito Donaire will battle undefeated Jamaican KO artist Nicholas Walters in a battle of KO-punchers!

Photo Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Nonito Donaire: “Confident fighters are dangerous fighters. I know that. But there other fighters who said before a fight they were stronger than me, hit harder, were going to knock me out. [Walters and I] both have speed, we both have power. It’s an explosive fight. This is going to end in a knockout. I will go into the ring and do my best.”

Nicholas Walters: “If Donaire isn’t right, he’s going to get knocked out. Maybe five rounds, maybe less. Not sure yet. But you know what? Donaire stepped up and took this fight. He didn’t have to. For that, I respect him for getting in the ring with me.”

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“Time to Shine”: Canuck Champ Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett Faces Felipe De la Paz on November 21 in Calgary

By FightFan News Wire (16-Oct-2014)

Official press release for Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett’s return to action in Calgary, Alberta on Nov. 21!

maple-leaf-iconOn Friday, November 21, Teofista Promotions proudly presents “Time to Shine,” featuring the return of Calgary’s own Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (19-2-1, 13KOs) and five other pro boxing matchups at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Claggett will meet tough-as-nails Mexican prospect Felipe De la Paz Teniente (15-3-1, 6KOs) over the eight round route. Since winning the Canadian championship last September, “The Dragon” has been rampaging through the division, earning an eight round unanimous decision over former European Union titlist Giuseppe Lauri (55-16-0, 33KOs) and an impressive second round knockout over Hungarian champion Gyula Vajda (17-6-0, 11KOs). “I’m faster and stronger than ever,” said Claggett, “If people think I was fast before, they should see me now. I’m a monster! It’s time to take my career to the next level, beginning with Teiente. Fans will see a whole new me on November 21!”

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Canadian Quick Jabs: Cotroni Stops Reittie; Villeneuve and Butler Earn Wins; Smichet Replaces Rolls Against Trotter

By Ben Rasofsky (16-Oct-2014)

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

There has been a change to the line up for October 25 at the Mattamy Events Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Steve Rolls (10-0-0, 5KOs) of Toronto will not be fighting Janks Trotter (8-1-1, 8KOs) for the vacant NCC Canadian middleweight championship. Instead, veteran Walid Smichet (21-7-3, 15KOs) of St. Eustache, Quebec, will step in to meet Trotter for the vacant title.

Brandon Brewer‘s fight in Maine and Ahmad Cheikho‘s fight in Kansas were both cancelled last weekend. Brewer’s opponent withdrew at the last minute.

Brandy Badry (1-5-0) of Edmonton, Alberta, returns to the ring on October 24 in San Diego, California, to face Jillian Lybarger (0-1-0) of Phoenix, Arizona, in a light welterweight four rounder.

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An inside look at Gennady Golovkin’s training camp!

By Joe Bruiser (15-Oct-2014)

Courtesy of GGG Promotions, check out this inside look at Gennady Golovkin’s training camp as he prepares for his Saturday Oct.18 “Mexican Style” showdown with Marco Antonio Rubio, set to be televised LIVE on HBO.

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Canadian Quick Jabs: Pascal, Stevenson and Beterbiev to return in December?

By Joe Bruiser (15-Oct-2014)

News and notes from around the Canadian boxing scene!

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  • Former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) could be making a return to the ring on the undercard of Lucian Bute’s Dec.6 comeback bout at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Pascal, who hasn’t fought since winning a wide decision over Bute earlier in 2013 is reportedly going to face Donovan George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) in a tune up before his tentatively scheduled showdown with Adonis Stevenson in April 2015.
  • Current WBC Light Heavyweight champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) is currently in discussions to make his return to the ring in December on a Showtime televised boxing card. The date, venue, and opponent have yet to be determined, but it would only be Stevenson’s second bout in 2014 after having fought four times in 2013.
  • Rising light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) is a good possibility to appear on the undercard of Stevenson’s December bout. Beterbiev is coming off a huge win in which he steamrolled perenial contender Tavoris Cloud in less than two rounds on Sep.27.
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