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Adonis Stevenson vs. Sakio Bika: Words before War!

By FightFan News Wire (01-Apr-2015)

 photo United Banner_zpsrzxa0vwp.jpgPhoto: Amanda Kwok / PBC on CBS

During Wednesday’s final press conference at Le Bonne Entente in Quebec City, both Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika promised a knockout when they meet in the main event of the debut presentation of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS Television Network this Saturday, April 4,  at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT. The hard-hitting Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) will defend his light heavyweight world championship against former super middleweight world champion Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) in the  main event from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

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“Our Styles Will Create Some Serious Fireworks”: Steve Claggett Discusses his Upcoming Fight with Tebor Brosch!

By GM Ross / CanadianBoxiana.com (01-Apr-2015)

Canadian welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett took the time to speak to GM Ross ahead of his title defense this Friday, April 3rd against Tebor Brosch.

On Friday, March 4, Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (20-3-1, 14KOs) of Clagary, Alberta, will put his belt on the line against former titlist “The Mighty” Tebor Brosch (7-6-5, 2KOs) of Mississauga, Ontario. The fight will be at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, right in the champ’s back yard.After dropping a close unanimous decision loss to world title contender Konstantin Ponomarev in January, Claggett seems hungry to make a statement on Friday night and book his ticket back to the bright lights of international pugilism. Recently, Canadian Boxiana caught up with Claggett for his thoughts on being Canadian champion and fighting Tebor Brosch.

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Lee Baxter Management Announces Return of Samuel Vargas, Mario Perez, and Shakeel Phinn!

By FightFan News Wire (01-Apr-2015)

The latest from Lee Baxter Management courtesy of Ten Count Publicity

Lee Baxter Management (LBM) is proud to announce the return of three of its fighters, in three different cities. On Saturday, April 11, LBM’s welterweight standout Samuel “The Bull” Vargas (20-1-0, 10KOs) of Mississauga, Ontario, will face undefeated American Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (15-0-0, 12KOs) under the bright lights of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in a highly anticipated ten round clash. Vargas has won five in a row, including a fifth round stoppage of Flavio Turelli his last time out. He is a multiple division Canadian champion, wearing both the welterweight and super welterweight crowns at various points in his career. “Sam is ready for the next step in his boxing career,” explained manager Lee Baxter. “A lot of people consider him an underdog in this fight, but he’s the type of guy no one should take lightly.”

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Adonis Stevenson on PBC debut on CBS Saturday vs. Sakio Bika: “Superman doesn’t feel pressure. I am the man!”

By FightFan News Wire (31-Mar-2015)

 photo United Banner_zpsrzxa0vwp.jpgPhoto: Amanda Kwok / PBC on CBS

Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson held a public media workout on Monday at Place Fleur de Lys, a large mall in Quebec City, Canada. The hard-hitting Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) will defend his 175-pound title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) in the featured attraction of the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on CBS Television Network this Saturday, April 4 (3 p.m. ET, Noon PT). In the co-main event from The Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, promising undefeated light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) faces his toughest test when he takes on former light heavyweight world champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout.

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Mayweather-Pacquiao: A look inside training camp!

By FightFan.com Staff (31-Mar-2015)

Courtesy of the fighters’ Instagram accounts, we will keep a close eye on their training each week as they approach their May 2nd super fight!

Morning training. Training hard now so on May 2 I will be in the best shape of my life. #MayPac

A video posted by Manny Pacquiao (@emmanuelpacquiao) on

Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett Defends Canadian Title Against ‘The Mighty’ Tebor Brosch on April 3 in Calgary, Alberta

By FightFan News Wire (31-Mar-2015)

Official release from Ten Count Publicity with more info on Teofista Boxing’s next show in Calgary, Alberta on April 3 featuring Steve Claggett defending his Canadian title and more!

Teofista Promotions is proud to announce the return of undisputed Canadian welterweight champion Steve “The Dragon” Claggett (20-3-1, 14KOs) in an exciting, ten round, national title defense against former champion “The Mighty” Tebor Brosch (7-6-5, 2KOs) of Mississauga, Ontario, on April 3 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary, Alberta. After a razor thin decision loss to undefeated Russian prospect Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0-0, 13KOs) in January, “The Dragon” is particularly hungry for victory against Brosch, who represents one of the champion’s toughest domestic challenges to date.

“I’m very proud of my performance against Ponomarev,” explained Claggett. “I feel like the decision could have gone either way. Before I head back to the international stage, I need to take care of business here in Canada. I’m excited to be making my mandatory defense against Tebor. He’s been in with the nation’s best and is a former champ. His fights are always exciting, just like mine. Put us in a ring together and there will be fireworks! I think this could be one of the best fights Calgary has seen in a while.”

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Gary Russell Jr. wins WBC featherweight world title with impressive blow-out of Jhonny Gonzalez on Showtime!

By FightFan News Wire (28-Mar-2015)

Photo Courtesy of Showtime

After coming close to world championship glory in 2014, Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs), a former United States amateur standout, delivered on his promise in impressive fashion Saturday night, knocking out defending champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, in the fourth round in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader promoted by DiBella Entertainment at The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort.

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Logan McGuinness and Razor Ruddock both returned to action with victories Saturday in Mississauga!

By Ace Freeman (28-Mar-2015)

 photo United Banner_zpsrzxa0vwp.jpgPhoto: Rob Cruz / Philboxing.com

It was another great night of boxing at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario as United Boxing Promotions presented a great night of fistic action. In the main event, Logan ‘Cotton’ McGuinness (21-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a unanimous eight round decision win over Argentina’s Sergio Carlos Santillan (31-15-3, 14 KOs). It was Mcguinness’s first fight since September 2013 and the Ontario product is eager to step back into bigger fights after his victory Saturday night.

Photo: Rob Cruz / Philboxing.com

In an intriguing special heavyweight attraction bout, Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock returned to action for the first time since 2001 and scored a fifth round TKO win over Raymond Olubowale.

In a co featured bout, Canadian light heavyweight Kevin Higson remained undefeated scoring a unanimous eight round decision win over fellow Canuck Junmar Emon.

In another upset, Ontario’s Steve Franjic was stopped for the second fight in a row when unheralded Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo started fast to score a first round TKO win.

Tim Cronin scored a third round TKO over Travis Connors.

Ryan Young pounded out a six round decision victory over Bruno Romay

Josh O’Reilly cruised to a unanimous four round decision over Diego Perez

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Photos: Rob Cruz / Philboxing.com

Kell Brook runs over Jo Jo Dan in four rounds!

By Ace Freeman (28-Mar-2015)

Kell Brook TKO 4 Jo Jo Dan

In a very impressive performance, IBF welterweight world champion Kell ‘The Special One’ Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) successfully defended his title over the normally durable Jo Jo Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) scoring four knockdowns before stopping the brave challenger after four one-sided rounds. The bout took place at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England as seen live on Showtime. Brook started with his foot firmly on the gas as he went after Dan from the opening bell. In the second a huge uppercut from the Englishman rocked the visitor who went down in the followup attack. Dan bounced up but was visibly shaken and was sent down a second time. While he managed to survive the round it was on very unsteady legs. Brook went back on the attack and controlled the ensuing rounds from range. Another barrage in Round 4 felled the challenger who beat the count but was sent down again at the bell. The brave visitor wished to continue but the bout was waived off between rounds giving Brook the big win in front of an elated crowd. After Saturday’s mandatory defense, Brook is now looking forward to a major fight this summer.

Fan Cam: Nonito Donaire returns to 122 lbs to stop Prado!

By Ace Freeman (28-Mar-2015)

Nonito Donaire TKO 2 William Prado: Former multi divisional world champion Nonito Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs) was in action earlier today in Manila, Philippines where he made quick work of William Prado (22-5-1, 15 KOs) to get on the comeback trail. ‘The Filipino Flash’ had moved back down to super bantamweight for the bout after losing his last contest at featherweight to Nicholas Walters in late 2014. In Saturday’s bout, Donaire was all over Prado from the start and scored the stoppage in the second with a barrage of huge left hands as seen in the above video from ringside. On the same card, WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (35-1-4, 21 KOs) defended his title with a tenth round stoppage of Gilberto Parra (19-3, 17 KOs).

Canada’s uncrowned world champion Tyson Cave keeps busy with another win in Montreal Friday!

By Ace Freeman (28-Mar-2015)

Tyson Cave W UD8 Abraham Gomez

Photo: Team Cave

For all intents and purposes, Canada’s Tyson ‘Prince of Hali’ Cave (25-3, 8 KOs) is a world champion after the entire boxing world witnessed his title winning effort last December in a dominant showing vs. Oscar Escandon on ESPN. While the three judges jobbed the Halifax native in one of the worst robberies in recent memory, Cave was the recipient of praise and admiration around the boxing world. On Friday night he picked up another victory in a stay-busy fight against Mexico’s Abraham Gomez at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal, Quebec in another showcase of his pugilistic prowess. Cave boxed and moved with aplomb and after eight rounds were in the bank scores were read as 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74, all in his favour. The card was presented by Grant Brothers Promotions in association with Global Legacy Boxing and also featured Francis Lafreniere (8-5-2, 5 KOs) stopping Mohammed Akrong in eight rounds in the headlining bout. Eric Martel Bahoeli, Dillon Carman, Erik Bazinyan, Golden Garcia and Dwayne Durel also picked up victories on the card.

Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich defends title on the road in Panama with ninth round TKO vs. Francia Elena Bravo!

By Ace Freeman (28-Mar-2015)

Jelena Mrdjenovich TKO 9 Francia Elena Bravo

Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich (35-9-1, 19 KOs) successfully defended her WBC World female featherweight title Friday night when she stopped Francia Elena Bravo (19-5-2, 9 KOs) in nine rounds at the Hotel Sortis in Panama City, Panama. It was Mrdjenovich’s first bout on the road since 2011 when she defeated Fujin Raika in Japan. Friday’s win was an impressive one for the Canadian charge who halted a three fight winning streak from Bravo in front of a packed house in Panama. Mrdjenovich is widely regarded as one of the top fighters in female boxing and has carved out a niche fighting in front of hometown fans in Edmonton, Alberta. The Bravo defense was a good opportunity to take a fight on the road and increase her fanbase abroad.

SHOWTIME Sports Announces INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO Four-Part Series!

By FightFan News Wire (27-Mar-2015)

SHOWTIME Sports® offers viewers exclusive access to Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the most anticipated event of the year with “INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO,” an intimate four-part documentary series chronicling the life of the perennial pound-for-pound champion as he navigates his collision course with Manny Pacquiao. Episode 1 premieres on Saturday, April 18 immediately following the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader featuring Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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Showtime Saturday: Kell Brook vs. Jo Jo Dan in the afternoon, Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Gary Russell at night!

By FightFan News Wire (27-Mar-2015)

In the second half of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader this Saturday, hard-hitting Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, will defend his WBC Featherweight World Title against talented once-beaten Gary Russell (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md.

Photo courtesy of Showtime

Two days before their important fights live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), this Saturday, March 28, hard-hitting WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, 2008 U.S. Olympian and former world title challenger Gary Russell Jr., undefeated super welterweight Jermell Charlo and once-beaten super welterweight Vanes Martirosyan participated in the final press conference at The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The telecast opener will match undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, against the battle-tested Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., in a 10-rounder for the WBO Intercontinental 154-pound championship.

Earlier on Saturday, SHOWTIME Sports® will present the Sky Sports telecast of the IBF Welterweight World Championship between defending champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook and No. 1 challenger Jo Jo Dan live on SHOWTIME at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Sky Sports’ Jim Watt and Nick Halling will call the action from ringside.

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Logan McGuinness, Steve Franjic and Razor Ruddock all return to the ring Saturday in Ontario!

By Ace Freeman (25-Mar-2015)

Pro boxing will return to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario with a BANG on Saturday night as United Boxing Promotions has a great card on tap. Undefeated Canadian featherweight Logan ‘Cotton’ McGuinness (20-0-1, 9 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time since 2013 when he takes on Luis Armando Juarez in a ten round bout. In the co-main event of the evening all action light heavyweight ‘Silent’ Steve Franjic will look to get back on track after suffering his first pro defeat last November when he faces Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo. In an intriguing special attraction, former heavyweight title contender Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock will return to the ring for the first time since 2001 when he takes on Raymond Olubowale. The card also features a wealth of young Canadian talent including the likes of Kevin Higson, Ryan Young, Tim Cronin and Josh O’Reilly. Tickets are available for this exciting card at Ticketmaster.

Tyson Cave speaks to GM Ross about ring return, Dierry Jean sparring Pacquiao, Ryan Young back Saturday!

By Ace Freeman (25-Mar-2015)

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

On Friday, March 27, world title contender Tyson ‘Prince of Hali’ Cave (24-3-0, 8KOs) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, takes on Abraham Gomez (19-9-1, 9KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in a super bantamweight eight rounder at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal. This will be Cave’s first fight since suffering a highly controversial split decision loss to Oscar Escandon (24-1-0, 16KOs) for the interim WBA super bantamweight title. Virtually all boxing commentators, Teddy Atlas included, felt Cave’s loss to Escandon was a clear injustice. Recently, Canadian Boxiana caught up with the busy Mr. Cave for his thoughts on the Escandon fight and his upcoming clash with Gomez. Read full interview here.

Canadian lightweight Dierry Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) is currently in Los Angeles where he has been asked to help superstar Manny Pacquiao prepare for his May 2nd mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather. Jean was selected by Pacquiao’s camp to come in as a sparring partner as they believe he has traits that can emulate Mayweather’s style. It’s a big opportunity for Jean and he has said through his social media he is soaking up every moment working with the legendary ‘Pacman’. “It is a unique opportunity for him,” said Jean’s manager Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Management to TVA Sports. “It says a lot about the qualities of Dierry. It would seem that his style looks a bit like that of Mayweather.”

Undefeated middleweight boxer Ryan Young (6-0-0, 6 KOs), Oakville’s own knockout machine, returns to action on March 28 at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre against fellow power puncher Bruno Leonardo Romay (8-3-0, 8KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled six rounder. After a very successful 2014, Young has re-signed with manager Tyler Buxton to continue his quest for a national championship. More on CanadianBoxiana.

Undefeated Hamiltonian boxers Kevin Higson (5-0-0) and Josh O’Reilly (2-0-0) return to action on March 28 at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre. Products of Bob Wilcox’s Steeltown Boxing Club on Upper Ottawa Street, both Higson and O’Reilly recently re-signed with manager Tyler Buxton. More on CanadianBoxiana.