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Mares and Santa Cruz collide on ESPN Saturday!

By FightFan.com Staff (28-Aug-2015)

PBC on ESPN presents the highly anticipated showdown between featherweights Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz this Saturday night LIVE from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

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Mayweather spars for media to promote Berto fight: “I expect a hell of a fight from Andre Berto!”

By FightFan News Wire (27-Aug-2015)

Video courtesy Showtime

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club on Wednesday for his last media day ever as he prepares for the last fight of a celebrated 19-year career. He will defend his WBC and WBA Welterweight World Championships against power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on 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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Teofista Boxing Series 17: Claggett-McLellan Canadian title clash headlines another great night of action in Calgary, AB!

By Ace Freeman (27-Aug-2015)

Pro boxing will return to Calgary, Canada on Friday Sept. 18 when Teofista Boxing Series 17 goes down at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino. Claggett and McLellan are set to officially announce the bout this Saturday at the Grand Opening of the Red Deer and District Boxing Club!

Professional boxing is set to return to Calgary, Canada with a BANG on Friday Sept. 18 when Teofista Boxing presents the seventeenth instalment of it’s popular Teofista Boxing Series at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino. Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett will return to action just four weeks removed from his Aug. 21 bout, a third round TKO victory over France’s Stephane Benito. The main event will be a Canadian title fight between Claggett and once-beaten Williams Lake, British Columbia warrior Stuart McLellan. It was announced Thursday that Claggett and McLellan will be on hand this Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Grand Opening of the Red Deer and District Boxing Club (beginning at 5:30 PM at 4940 54 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta) to officially announce the bout and partipate in an open workout for the fans and media in attendance. Local fans in the Red Deer area are encouraged to attend. Read on for more information on the exciting undercard on tap for Sept. 18.

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Canada’s Denton Daley returns Saturday vs. Giulian Ilie, Wilcox, Higson, Cotroni, Young, Cronin and more round out exciting United Promotions card in Mississauga!

By Ace Freeman (27-Aug-2015)

Professional boxing is set to return to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario with a BANG Aug. 29 as United Boxing Promotions presents a card jam packed with Canadian talent!

Video courtesy of David Motta / United Boxing Promotions

Brampton, Ontario’s Denton Daley (13-1, 6 KOs) is back in action Aug. 29 as United Boxing Promotions returns to the fight frenzied Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario with another great night of fistic action. Daley will take on Italy based Romanian Giulian Ilie (20-9-2, 6 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for twelve rounds. This will be the popular Canadian’s second fight of 2015 as he looks to continue on the comeback trail after a November 2014 setback to Youri Kayembre Kalenga in a thrilling bout contested for the interim WBA World cruiserweight title. The card will also feature a plethora of Canadian talent with lightweight Steven Wilcox taking on Luis Armando Juare and a Canadian junior middleweight title fight between Kevin Higson and Francesco Cotroni. Other names set to see action are Ryan Young, Tim Cronin, Steve Rainford and Aurey Cox. A limited number of tickets are still available at ticketmaster.ca or charge by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

Mosley-Maorga II to go through this Saturday, fighters brawl Tuesday as Mayorga slaps Mosley’s girlfriends’ behind!

By FightFan News Wire (26-Aug-2015)

Video courtesy of TMZ

Future Hall-of-Fame Boxer ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley has more than just one fight on his hands with the announcement of his independently promoted Pay-Per-View and live boxing match against Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday, August 29th at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. The fight had been in doubt in recent weeks as Mosley battled Don King in court over Mayorga’s promotional status, but news broke Tuesday the issue was resolved and the fight would be allowed to move forward. In addition to his upcoming battle in the ring, Mosley is also the solo promoter of this comeback grudge match. Through his independent promotion, Mosley is fighting, not only to overthrow his opponent, but to challenge the monopoly of big shot promoters. Mosley insists that powerful promoters often take away from the sport with their internal politics and make the big fights inaccessible to the general fan base. Mosley’s promotion company, GoBox Promotions, will broadcast Mosley v Mayorga 2 live at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT on Pay-Per-View in the USA and Canada via all cable and satellite providers for under $50. This way, Mosley has made the fight affordable for the majority of boxing fans, while still being able to recoup his million dollar investment.

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Dawejko-Visinia Set for Heavyweight Tilt on Shobox

By GM Ross / CanadianBoxiana.com (26-Aug-2015)

ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME This Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 p.m. ET/PT From “The D” in Las Vegas

On Friday, August 28, Philadelphia’s Joey Dawejko (15-4-2, 8KOs) takes on once-defeated Natu ‘The Truth’ Visinia (11-1-0, 9KOs) of Clinton, Illinois, in a clash of heavyweight hopefuls, live on Shobox. Fight fans are, no doubt, itching to see Dawejko in action again. After all, it’s been just three weeks since Dawejko blasted out Robert Dunton (11-15-1, 6KOs) via 31 second, first round KO in Atlantic City. Visinia, however, should be a tougher proposition. His only loss came against former cruiserweight titlist Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, who he managed to drop in the fifth round, ultimately losing on a doctor’s stoppage. Unlike Dawejko, who maintains a relatively busy schedule, Visinia has fought just once in 2015, taking a KO4 victory over .500 fighter Joshua Clark (2-3-2, 2KOs) of Kentucky. A loss for either man and their heavyweight title dreams will be, all but officially, kaput.

Cotto and Canelo face off in LA as tickets go on sale!

By FightFan News Wire (25-Aug-2015)

Photo by Big Joe Miranda / BigJoesPics.com

Boxing superstars Miguel Cotto and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez came face to face in Los Angeles Monday to officially announce their Nov. 21 super fight. The fighters were captured locked in a cold stare in the photo above by Big Joe Miranda. Tickets for the highly anticipated showdown between WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto and former two-time Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez will go on sale TODAY, Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250, $650, $350 and $150, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket orders are limited to four per person.

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Official info on Dierry Jean challenging Terence Crawford Oct. 24 on HBO!

By FightFan News Wire (24-Aug-2015)

Official release confirming Canada’s Dierry Jean will challenge Terence Crawford for his WBO 140-pound title on Oct. 24!

Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD, Omaha’s favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY “ALL IN” JEAN, Saturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102). The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Nichols edges Whittom in a Canadian Cruiserweight classic — PHOTOS from Calgary, AB!

By Joe Bruiser (23-Aug-2015)

Canadian cruiserweights Rob Nichols and David Whittom gave fans a fight to remember at the Century Casino in Calgary, Canada on Friday night. Both fighters refused to back down as they traded bombs for six rounds before Nichols walked away with the split decision victory. Check out our exclusive PHOTO GALLERY from ringside, only on FightFan.com!

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Body Banger: Claggett’s patented body attack breaks down Benito in the main event of “International Beatdown”

By Ace Freeman (21-Aug-2015)

Photo by Joe Bruiser / FightFan.com

Steve Claggett TKO 3 Stephane Benito: Reigning Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (22-3-1, 15 KOs) scored an accumulative stoppage of veteran Frenchman Stephane Benito Friday night at the Century Casino in the main event of Empire Promotions “International Beatdown” card. It was a stay-busy fight for Claggett who used surgical precision throughout. To his credit the game Frenchman came out swinging but the local charge was calm and used excellent footwork to control the action. Claggett went to the body with vigor and really started landing at a high clip in the third. The final punch in a beautiful series crashed into Benito’s liver and he lifted his entire body as he cringed backward from the blow. Referee Len Koivisto stepped in and waived the action off somewhat prematurely, but more punishment was surely to follow. Benito protested vehemently but alas then end had come at 1:35 of the third giving Claggett his 22nd career win.

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How ‘Sweet P’ it is: Lukasz Wierzbicki stops Hector Osornio in three rounds in Calgary!

By Ace Freeman (21-Aug-2015)

Lukasz Wierzbicki TKO 3 Hector Osornio

Undefeated Alberta based Lukasz ‘The Sweet P’ Wierzbicki (7-0, 3 KOs) of Calgary, Canada by way of Zawidow, Poland delighted local fans at the Century Casino as he scored a third round TKO win over Mexico’s Hector Osornio in the co-main event of Empire Promotions’ “International Beatdown” card. Wierzbicki’s blazing hand-speed was on display from the outset as he went to the head and body with aplomb. The Mexican was game but had no answer for the local favourite’s speed and tenacity. In Round 3 an accumulation of punches sent Osornio retreating and Lukasz was unrelenting. The bout was stopped in the midst of a barrage to save the visitor fromfurther punishment. The end came at 2:39 of Round 3 giving Wierzbicki his third stoppage win in seven victories to date.

All heart: Rob Nichols edges David Whittom in a Canadian Fight of the Year Candidate!

By Ace Freeman (21-Aug-2015)

Rob Nichols W SD6 David Whittom

Photo: Joe Bruiser / FightFan.com

Every now and then in this beautiful and brutal sport we all love so much… two fighters come together and produce a fight that moves beyond the confines of the sport. On those rare occasions when two unbendable wills collide and each fighter is powerful enough to hurt their opponent but each is also just tough even to take it… a special fight occurs. Tonight we saw one of those battles at the Century Casino in Calgary as Rob Nichols scored a narrow, closely contested – and brutal – six round split decision win over Quebec’s David Whittom in a crusierweight bout. It was a blood and guts affair that saw both men rocked throughout, only to hang on and come roaring back.

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International Beatdown: Early results from Calgary, AB!

By Ace Freeman (21-Aug-2015)

The latest from Empire Promotions debut card “International Beatdown” at the Century Casino in Calgary, Canada

It was a blood and guts battle to kickoff the evening’s Fisticuffs in Calgary Friday night when local favourite Aaron Gallant notched his first professional victory with a fourth round TKO win over a very tough Dia Grant of Kelowna, B.C. Both men gave as good as they got early, but Gallant’s edge in power became apparent as the rounds wore on. Grant was checked out by the Doctor in Round 3 as he was bleeding heavily from the nose but was allowed to continue. The stay was brief as Gallant hammered away until the referee called a halt to the bout at 2:28 of Round 3 to give the Calgary charge the win.

In a heated battle of two Alberta fighters looking for their first pro win, Maged Hammo of Lethbridge, Alberta pounded out a thrilling four round unanimous decision win over Calgary’s Jesse Bartlett. Both men displayed some adept counter-punching and nailed each other in the early going. Hammo scored early but was warned for punching behind the head. Bartlett had some moments in the middle of the bout but Hammo closed strong despite losing a point in the final stanza for rabbit punching. Scores were 38-37 (x2) and 39-36, all for Hammo.

Lukasz ‘The Sweet P’ Wierzbicki ready to put on a show tonight in Calgary, Canada!

By Ace Freeman (21-Aug-2015)

Lukasz Wierzbicki weighed in at a ripped and ready 139 pounds for his bout with Hector Osornio (who checked in at 141 lbs) tonight in Calgary, Canada!

Undefeated Alberta based Lukasz ‘The Sweet P’ Wierzbicki (6-0, 2 KOs) might have been born a proud native of Zawidow, Poland, but he has since become a popular attraction in his transplanted home of Calgary, Canada. This will be evident tonight as his hoard of chanting fans and supporters will be on hand to see him take on Hector Osornio in a featured bout as Empire Promotions presents “International Beatdown” at the Century Casino. There are several other exciting bouts on the card featuring local talent. Canadian welterweight champion Steve Claggett will be taking on France’s Stephane Benito in a co-headlining bout. 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.

Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett ripped and ready for ‘International Beatdown’ Friday in Calgary, Canada!

By Ace Freeman (20-Aug-2015)

Photo courtesy of Eric de Guzman

Professional boxing is set to return to the Century Casino in Calgary, Alberta TOMORROW night, Friday, August 21 as Empire Promotions presents “International Beatdown”. In the main event of the evening, Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (147.5 lbs) will clash with veteran Stephane Benito (145.5 lbs) of France. The fighters are pictured above (Claggett left, Benito right) at Thursday’s weigh-in. 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.

Canada’s Dierry Jean ‘All-in’ challenging Terence Crawford Oct. 24 in Nebraska!

By Ace Freeman (20-Aug-2015)

Rumours have been circulating for a few weeks and it now looks to be official: Dierry Jean will challenge Terence Crawford for his WBO 140-pound title on Oct. 24!

Big news resonating around the boxing world Thursday as it looks like Canada’s Dierry Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) will challenge highly regarded WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) on Oct. 24 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, live on HBO. Top Rank (Crawford’s promoter) confirmed earlier today and has scheduled a presser for Monday. Jean has reeled of four straight wins since coming up short in his initial world title bid against Lamont Peterson early in 2014. Crawford has fought just once in 2015 to date, stopping Thomas Dulorme in April.

“I just can’t wait. I want this. I’m hungry,” Jean told ESPN.com Thursday. “Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing, but I will hurt him. Mark my words. I will be crowned world champion on Oct. 24th.”

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