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Bermane Stiverne
(23-1-1, 20 KOs)
La Plaine, Haiti

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Malignaggi-Porter clash in Showtime co-main event Saturday!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Apr-2014)

This Saturday, in addition to the Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov main event, there will be a battle for the IBF Welterweight World title between champion Shawn ‘Showtime’ Porter and former two-time and two division word champion and current NABF Welterweight titleholder Paulie ‘Magic Man’ Malignaggi!

Paul Malignaggi: “Shawn Porter is a young, hungry guy who wants to make his mark on the sport, but I’m in his way. He’s aggressive. He’s got a certain physicality, but we’ll be ready for him.”

Shawn Porter: “Paulie is a good fighter, he’s skillful, crafty and smart. I have everything it takes to beat him, I’m just as fast, just as quick. We’re going to go after him Saturday night.”

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WBO middleweight champ Quillin still fighting for respect!

By FightFan News Wire (17-Apr-2014)

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion of the World, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, is fighting for respect this Saturday night on SHOWTIME against No. 2 ranked Czech challenger Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs).

Photo: Full Court Press

Quillin vs. Konecny is part of a Golden Boy Promotions event, sponsored by Corona and AT&T, and headlined by the world light heavyweight unification fight between IBF champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov. The live SHOWTIME tripleheader telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

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B. WARE: History in the Making – Bermane Stiverne focused on capturing heavyweight crown in rematch with Arreola!

By Ace Freeman (16-Apr-2014)

FightFan.com’s Ace Freeman spent the day in the training camp of top heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne as he prepared to fight for the WBC world title May 10 against Chris Arreola in an anticipated rematch. Read all about the camp visit and watch an exclusive interview with ‘B. Ware’ himself, only on FightFan.com!

Photo: Ace Freeman

Early on a Monday morning the brigade of vehicles showed up in turn at Las Vegas’s famed Mayweather Boxing Club. The last to arrive was a large SUV decorated with “Stiverne vs. Arreola 2″ ESPN posters as I stood waiting patiently for the WBC’s reigning Silver heavyweight champion. It should come as no surprise though, that when Bermane Stiverne finally emerged and squinted from the bright Nevada sun… silver was the element farthest from his mind. The Haitian born heavyweight had nothing but gold on his mind as he arrived for another day of training for his May 10 rematch with Chris Arreola. Stiverne handily defeated the California native in April 2013 (by wide scores punctuated by a huge third round knockdown) but this time there will be a whole lot more on the line. The WBC heavyweight title, recently vacated by a retired Vitali Klitschko, will be up for grabs. The very same belt that Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali once held. A prominent history that was not lost on Stiverne, even for a second.

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Jean Pascal inks a two fight deal with GYM and InterBox!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (16-Apr-2014)

Photos by Pierre Lavoie – Way Productions

This afternoon at La Cage aux Sports Boucherville, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox announced that they had reached an agreement with Jean Pascal Promotions to ensure the services of the NABF Champion and WBC Diamond Belt light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), who recently defeated Lucian Bute. The multi-fight agreement was signed last Saturday between President Yvon Michel of GYM, InterBox President Jean Bédard and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Jean Pascal Promotions, Greg Leon.

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Hopkins looking to unify world titles this Saturday at 49!

By FightFan News Wire (16-Apr-2014)

This Saturday,SHOWTIME Championship Boxing presents an historic event when IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins faces WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov in an attempt, at 49-years-old, to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles.

Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime

“Taking the test without studying is like taking a fight without being in the gym, ” Bernard Hopkins said this week. “The gym is studying. The test is April 19. You can put the cart in front of the horse if you’re a fool and I think people would agree I’m no fool.”

“I’m a guy that loves the craft and respects the craft. You can love something, but it doesn’t mean you respect it. Love is the emotional part; respect is the dedication and hard work. That attitude and that demeanor is always going to be there. That’s just who I am.”

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: Promoter Cohen Congratulates Usmanee for Gutty Performance Against Beltran!

By FightFan News Wire (16-Apr-2014)

Check out this exclusive PHOTO GALLERY of Canada’s Arash Usmanee’s battle with Ray Beltran from last Saturday night in Las Vegas that was the co-main event on HBO’s Pacquiao vs. Bradley II PPV!

Photos: Dr. Ed de la Vega, DDS

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions wishes to congratulate his fighter, Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-2-1, 10 KOs) who stepped up in weight on short notice to face WBO No. 1 ranked Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) for the WBO NABO Lightweight title last Saturday night, April 12.

Fighting in the co-main event of the HBO Pay-Per-View card featuring the Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Usmanee put in a brave performance against the larger Beltran, but became understandably fatigued as the fight progressed. Read on for more and to see Dr. Ed de la Vega’s exclusive photo gallery from this exciting fight!

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FightFan.com visits Bermane Stiverne in camp for Arreola!

By Ace Freeman (14-Apr-2014)

Photo: Ace Freeman / FightFan.com

FightFan.com spent the day behind closed doors at Las Vegas’s famed Mayweather Boxing Club in the training camp of top rated heavyweight contender BERMANE ‘B. Ware’ STIVERNE who looked sharp and ready in an intense day of sparring. Stay tuned for a full video interview later in the week, only on FightFan.com! Stiverne, 23-1-1 (20 KOs) of La Plaine, Haiti will meet CHRIS “The Nightmare ‘ARREOLA’ 36-3-0 (31 KOs) of Riverside, California for the vacant World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Heavyweight Championship in “FIGHT FOR PEACE HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY” on Saturday, May 10th at the USC Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California which will be telecast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Stiverne and Arreola are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the world respectively by the WBC.

Saul Alvarez to face Erislandy Lara July 12 on PPV!

By Ace Freeman (14-Apr-2014)

News broke this last weekend that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will return to action July 12 to take on slick Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara in an important junior middleweight match up.

Rising Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) is now set to clash with Cuba’s Erislandy Lara on July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas according to multiple reports that surfaced this weekend. Alvarez’s promoter Golden Boy Promotions confirmed the terms have been agreed to. Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) had to pull out of his scheduled May fight against Ishe Smith to land the lucrative ‘Canelo’ showdown.

Alvarez is fresh off his 2014 debut where he stopped Alfredo Angulo while Lara is on a roll with wins over Austin Trout and Angulo as well. More information and an official announcement is expected soon. Stay tuned!

Lemieux-Guerrero lands on Stevenson card, McGuinness headlines Golden Boy Card June 5th, Stiverne on ESPN!

By FightFan News Wire (14-Apr-2014)

Lemieux-Guerrero May 24 co-feature on Stevenson-Fonfara ‘Collision’ in Montreal

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) is presenting an evening of thunder, “Collision: Stevenson vs. Fonfara,” May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal. The co-feature will mark the SHOWTIME debut of powerful Quebec middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs), who takes on Dominican Republic-born, American fighter Fernando Guerrero (26-2-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant NABF title. The IBF #10 and WBO #11 rated Lemieux has an incredible opportunity to break into the international scene in the 160-pound division. He has made vital changes since his loss to current WBC interim champion Marco Antonio Rubio ( 59-6-1, 51 KOs), riding a six-fight win streak, five coming by knockout, into his May 24 showdown with former world title challenger Guerrero.

Logan McGuinness-Mike Oliver headline June 5 FS1 card in Boston

After an exciting night of fights in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day, Golden Boy Promotions will return to this boxing rich town to team up with Murphy’s Boxing U.S.A and Back East Promotions on Thursday, June 5 with a stacked card at the House of Blues featuring a title defense and a stellar lineup of New England’s top prospects. In the 10-round Golden Boy Live! main event featured on Fight Network, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, Ontario, Canada’s Logan McGuinness faces one of New England’s finest, Mike “The Machine” Oliver, in a showdown for McGuinness’ NABA Super Featherweight Title.

Stiverne making the rounds in Vegas promoting Arreloa Rematch!

Top rated heavyweight contender BERMANE “B. Ware” STIVERNE made an appearance on ESPN last Friday night, leaving his training camp at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada to discuss his upcoming WBC World Heavyweight Championship fight. Stiverne, 23-1-1 (20 KO’s) of La Plaine, Haiti will meet CHRIS “The Nightmare” ARREOLA,” 36-3-0 (31 KO’s) of Riverside, California for the vacant World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Heavyweight Championship in “FIGHT FOR PEACE HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY” on Saturday, May 10th at the USC Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California which will be telecast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Stiverne and Arreola are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the world respectively by the WBC.

Łukasz Wierzbicki wins big in Calgary last weekend!

Fast rising Polish welterweight product (by way of Calgary) Łukasz Wierzbicki moved to 3-0 last weekend at the Polish Cultural Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Edmonton’s Josh Wagner also put in a strong performance moving to 4-0. Results courtesy of Boxrec.com

Manny Pacquiao speaks: “This win over Bradley was important… I proved my boxing journey will continue!”

By Ace Freeman (13-Apr-2014)

Video by Ace Freeman / FightFan.com

Manny Pacquiao speaks out about his vindicating win over Tim Bradley in their anticipated rematch Saturday night in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won a wide unanimous decision handing Bradley his first pro defeat and reversing the controversial defeat he suffered in their 2012 first encounter that many people feel the Filipino won handily. Stay tuned for more from Las Vegas, only on FightFan.com!

Tim Bradley speaks: “Pacquiao was the better man tonight and still has it… I have no excuses”

By Ace Freeman (13-Apr-2014)

Video by Ace Freeman / FightFan.com

FightFan.com was live on location in Las Vegas where Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley by unanimous decision in their anticipated rematch. Check out what former WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley had to say about suffering his first career loss to Pacquiao and keep it dialed in to FightFan.com for more video coverage from Sin City!

Pacquiao beats Bradley cleanly again, this time gets the proper decision!

By Ace Freeman (12-Apr-2014)

Manny Pacquiao W UD12 Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao found his vindication on Saturday night in Las Vegas where he clearly out-pointed Tim Bradley to win back his WBO welterweight title in an impressive performance. Pacquiao won by wide margins on all three cards to seal the win and in the process administered some payback for their 2012 first fight that most people feel the Filipino dominated after Bradley received a controversial decision victory. Pacquaio came out more cautiously on Saturday night than he did in the first fight and both men looked to feel each other out. Bradley landed a sharp right hand and looked more confident out of the gate this time. Pacquiao exploded with a storm of leather in Round 2 and dazed Tim but the ‘Desert Storm’ responded well to stand his ground and land a few right hands to keep Pacquiao honest. Both men continued to trade big shots in the third and while Pacquiao had the edge and landed cleaner, Bradley showed resolve to stand in there and land a few of his own. It was a pure fire fight in the early going.

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Ray Beltran puts on a savvy veteran performance out-pointing a gallant Arash Usmanee in Las Vegas!

By Ace Freeman (12-Apr-2014)

Photo by Dr. Ed de la Vega, DDS – Philboxing.com

Ray Beltran W UD12 Arash Usmanee: Veteran lightweight Ray Beltran used his size and experience to fend off a spirited effort from gutsy Canadian charge Arash Usmanee in the co-feature moments ago on HBO PPV. Both fighters were busy in the early going as they went toe to toe in the centre of the ring. Usmanee looked slightly quicker while the Beltran, a mainstay at lightweight, looked to carry more power. It was evident early that Beltran would rely on his left hook while Arash was sharp with his right hand. Beltran sat down and threw some hard punches in the third and fourth but Usmanee, who’d taken the fight on a week’s notice moving up a division, showed he was there to fight as he remained game and in the centre of the ring.

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Pacquiao-Bradley II: Early results from Las Vegas!

By Ace Freeman (12-Apr-2014)

Jessie Vargas W UD12 Khabib Allakhverdiev

In a blood and guts twelve round war Jessie Vargas moved down from welterweight to narrowly out-point big punching Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev in an exciting 140-pound contest. Vargas started out boxing from range with a long jab but Allakhverdiev quickly closed the distance and started pressuring early. While Vargas appeared to have a size advantage the aggressive Russian showed he was packing a lot of power behind his punches. The Russian switched well between a head and body attack through the middle rounds to seemingly build a lead. Vargas battled back in tbe middle rounds and found a home for his left uppercut. Allakhverdiev sustained a cut from an accidental headbutt in the eighth and the blood seemed to amp both men up. Both men dug deep in the championship rounds with Vargas concentrating on the body while Allakhverdiev was busier attacking upstairs. After twelve rounds were complete the scores were read as 115-113 (x2) and 117-111 all for Las Vegas’s Jessie Vargas. The win also captured him the WBA World light welterweight title.

Bryan Vasquez W UD12 Jose Felix Jr.

In the opening televised bout of the evening Bryan Vasquez pounded out a clear but competitive twelve round unanimous decision over Jose Felix Jr. to retain the WBA World super featherweight title. Vazquez started strong and found an early home for a big left hook upstairs that landed with frequency in the early rounds. After a fierce opening four rounds featuring a lot of back and forth action, things slowed at the midway point but Vasquez remained the aggressor, frequently backing Felix up. Things tightened up down the stretch with Felix finding the mark with his right hand while Vazquez continued to attack the body. Felix was deducted a point for low blows in the ninth as the score seemed to tighten up. An accidental headbutt in Round 11 cut Felix and it seemed to light a fire under both men. Vazquez finished strong in the final round and after twelve were in the books the scores were read as 117-110 and 114-113 (x2), all for Vazquez.

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Exclusive VIDEO: Watch the best Pacquiao-Bradley II Weigh-in video on the web only on FightFan.com!

By Ace Freeman (12-Apr-2014)

Video by Ace Freeman / FightFan.com

FightFan.com’s Ace Freeman is LIVE on location at the MGM Grand where Manny Pacquiao (145 lbs) and Timothy Bradley (145.5 lbs) just made weight moments ago. Check out this slick edit of today’s weigh in and keep it dialed in to FightFan.com for the latest from Las Vegas! Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Gilberto Ramirez stops Giovanni Lorenzo on ESPN!

By FightFan.com Staff (11-Apr-2014)

In a fight frenzied Las Vegas on the eve of Top Rank’s big Pacquiao-Bradley II PPV, WBC No. 4 super middleweight Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) showed why he is one of the fastest rising Mexican stars in boxing with a fifth round TKO over former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-7, 25 KOs) on ESPN. The Friday card was staged by Top Rank and took place at Mandalay Bay. Ramirez pressured well from the opening bell and used a blistering body attack to break Lorenzo down. Two knockdowns in the fifth as his man was wilting saw Ramirez credited with the TKO win after Lorenzo’s corner threw in the towel. In the co-feature undefeated super middleweight Jesse Hart (13-0, 10 KOs) pounded out a workman like decision over Samuel Clarkson (10-3, 6 KOs) over eight rounds. Hart was busier and sharper throughout and pulled away to the tune of shutout scores in the big points victory. (Above highlights courtesy of ESPN)

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