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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.

Jelena Mrdjenovich to defend crown Friday in Panama!

By FightFan.com Staff (25-Mar-2015)

Image courtesy of the World Boxing Council

World Boxing Council featherweight champion, Jelena Mrdjenovich (34-9-1-18 KOs), will defend her crown against Colombian Francia Elena Bravo (19-4-2-9 KOs) this Friday, March 27 at Hotel Sortis in Panama City, Panama. The Alberta charge had been hard at work in the gym when the opportunity came up and said the timing was right. “You never know with these fights out of town,” Mrdjenovich told the Edmonton Sun. “I was training. When it came up, we were ready. It was just perfect timing.”

Jo Jo Dan confident for Saturday world title bid: “Kell Brook hasn’t faced anyone like me!”

By FightFan News Wire (24-Mar-2015)

Canadian based Ionut Dan Ion (bettter known as “Jo Jo Dan”) is as confident as ever as he approaches his long awaited world title shot against IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook Saturday March 28 in the UK. The bout will be carried live in the United States beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET on ‘Showtime Boxing International’.

Photo: Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

maple-leaf-iconJo Jo Dan has told Kell Brook that his reign as IBF World Welterweight title will end on March 28 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield in ‘Unbreakable’ presented by FX World, live on Sky Sports. Mandatory number one challenger Dan travels to the Steel City as Brook’s first opponent for the belt he won in style in California against Shawn Porter in August. Brook is looking to land a major fight in the summer as he looks to stamp his authority on the lucrative 147lb division – but the 31 year old Canada-based Romanian has other ideas.

“Kell has not fought anyone like me,” said Dan. “I believe in myself and I don’t think he can bring anything I can’t deal with on fight night.

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Juergen Braehmer, Robert Helenius and Alfonso Gomez all victorious in weekend action!

By Ace Freeman (21-Mar-2015)

Saturday action from around the boxing world!

WBA light heavyweight titleist Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) defended his belt Saturday in Rostock, Germany with a tenth round stoppage of mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-4, 16 KOs). It was a good fight in spots but the outcome was never really in doubt as Braehmer cruised down the stretch landing the heavier and more effective blows. Braehmer hurt Krasniqi in Round 9 and with the damage to his face becoming worse and worse the challenger elected to remain on his stool after the stanza was over and did not answer the bell for Round 10.

Hulking Swedish heavyweight Robert Helenius (20-0, 12 KOs) returned to action for the first time since early 2013 on Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia, where he blitzed Andras Csomor (11-5-1, 9 KOs) to score a first round stoppage win. Helenius had previously been inactive due to a long standing promotional dispute and an injury that required surgery. With the win he looks to continue his career and pursuit of a coveted world heavyweight title shot.

It was bombs away in Indio, California Friday night as former “Contender” star Alfonso Gomez, (25-6-2, 12 KOs) out-battled Yoshihiro Kamegai, (25-3-1, 22 KOs) over ten hard fought rounds as seen FOX Deportes. Both fighters traded big punches as well as momentum swings throughout the bout but after ten rounds were in the books Gomez was ahead by scores of 98-91 on all three cards.

Ryan Wagner edges Stuart McLellan in Edmonton!

By Ace Freeman (20-Mar-2015)

Photos: Ace Freeman – FightFan.com

Ryan ‘The Nightmare’ Wagner (5-2, 2 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in over three years and pounded out a competitive and exciting six round split-decision victory over previously unbeaten Stuart McLellan (12-1-3, 3 KOs) moments ago at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. It was the main event on KO Boxing’s “Full Force” card Friday. Wagner landed some solid shots in the early rounds but MacLellan took them in stride and boxed well. Both men had their moments in the middle and gave as good as they got. In the late rounds there were several momentum swings with each having a late rally. After six rounds were in the books two judges had Wagner ahead by scores of 58-56 with the third card 58-56 for McLellan.

Return of the (P)Mac: Paul Mackenzie returns with KO of Kilkenny on KO Boxing’s “Full Force” Edmonton card!

By Ace Freeman (20-Mar-2015)

Early action from KO Boxing’s “Full Force” card at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Photo: Ace Freeman

Local favourite Paul ‘P-mac’ Mackenzie (6-0-1, 4 KOs) returned to action after over a year away from the ring to destroy a much bigger Jarred Kilkenny (4-2-2, 3 KOs) Friday night at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Canada. The fight was a co-featured bout on KO Boxing’s “Full Force” card and it had the crowd on their feet throughout. Mackenzie came into the ring to the sounds of “Return of the Mac” and it was clear the Alberta charge has not lost his appeal. After a cautious opening round Mackenzie hurt Kilkenny with a big shot and followed up until he battered the big man down. The Calgary charge bravely got up but was quickly decked again twice more. While he did get up a third time, he was under siege and the referee halted the action at the 1:48 mark of Round 2 with Mackenzie all over him. ‘P-mac’ had lost a significant amount of weight for the bout and intends to continue training for another bout in June.

In the co-main event of the evening, surging Canadian middleweight Steve Rolls of Toronto, Ontario moved to 11-0 (6 KOs) with a blistering beat-down to Jozef Kormany’s liver. Rolls went to the body with a vengeance and scored multiple knockdowns before the bout was finally halted at the :35 mark of Round 3.

Edmonton’s Mike McWilliams and Saskatoon’s Kye Sabo fought to a spirited six round draw in a co-featured bout Friday night in Edmonton. They both left it all in the ring as both men gave as good as they got over six busy rounds. After it was all said and done one judge had McWilliams up 58-56 and the other two cards were even at 57-57 rendering the bout a draw.

Edmonton’s Sheena Kaine moved to 3-0 as a professional when she stopped Nelson, BC’s Nicole Gozdek in a wild first round affair. Gozdek, who took the bout on short notice, decided to go for broke from the opening bell. Kaine was calm under early pressure and took control with short, sharp counter punches. A huge punch turned Gozdek around and the bout was waived off at the :51 mark.

In a battle of local Edmonton fighters, Justin Hocko picked up his first career victory with a spirited four round majority decision over Abdula Teymouri. Both men gave as good as they got but Hocko’s accuracy gave him the edge to secure the hard fought victory.

In the second bout of the evening, Edmonton’s Kandi Wyatt pounded out an exciting four round unanimous decision over Toronto’s Lita Mae Button. Scores were 40-36 and 39-37(x2).

In the opening bout of the evening, two local Edmonton, Alberta fighters went toe to toe. Eric Taylor started strong scoring two knockdowns in the opening stanza but Reece Chapman showed heart to hold on. Taylor was in command the whole wan and scored two more knockdowns before the bout was waived off in the third at 2:43.

Alfonso Gomez vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai tonight on Fox!

By FightFan News Wire (20-Mar-2015)

Kamegai vs. Gomez is a 10-round super welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico – Live It To Believe It!. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bell rings at 6:00 p.m. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT.

Golden Boy Promotions today announced the full card for an exciting March 20 return to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. where former world title contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico will take on Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) in an exciting 10-round super welterweight bout. Airing live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, Kamegai vs. Gomez is part of the fan-favorite Golden Boy Live! series. In addition to the stacked card, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and future boxing Hall of Famer, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins will be in attendance to meet and greet with fans at the Special Events Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Wagner-McLellan grudge match boils over at tension filled weigh-in ahead of KO Boxing’s Friday “Full Force” card!

By Ace Freeman (19-Mar-2015)

The escalating grudge-match between western Canadian based Ryan Wagner and Stuart McLellan has reached a boiling point as both men weighed in Thursday in Edmonton ahead of their headlining bout Friday night on KO Boxing’s “Full Force” card at the Shaw Conference Centre!

Photo: Team Wagner

Tensions were running high at Thursday’s weigh-in for the “Full Force” card being staged by KO Boxing Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta as western Canadian based welterweights Stuart McLellan (146.7 lbs) and Ryan Wagner (147.2 lbs) got into it after hitting the scale.

“It’s coming!” Wagner hissed at McLellan as he pressed his nose right into his opponent’s face. “It’s coming and you’ve got nowhere to go now!”

“You’re nothing! You just keep on yappin,” McLellan responded with a dismissive tone.

At that point the Wagner was restrained and the fighters were separated. The member of Wagner’s camp running the camera taunted “12-1!” implying McLellan will be handed his first career defeat. The Williams Lake B.C. native promptly placed his middle finger right up to the camera lens and retorted “That’s what I think of you!”

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Surging Artur Beterbiev continues fast learning curve taking on Gabriel Campillo April 4 on Stevenson Undercard!

By FightFan News Wire (19-Mar-2015)

Fast rising Canadian based light heavyweight terror Artur Beterbiev returns to action April 4 when he takes on the much more experienced Gabriel Campillo on the Adonis Stevenson-Sakio Bika undercard in Quebec!

Photo: Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

maple-leaf-iconAfter dominating the amateur ranks during two entire Olympic cycles, Russian prospect Artur Beterbiev is now ready for pro boxing’s elite, even though he has only fought seven times as a professional. The Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) jewel will continue his journey April 4 in Quebec City, airing live on CBS and TVA Sports, against former world champion Gabriel Campillo, of Spain.

“The journalists won’t be happy since I did not KO anybody today,” laughed Beterbiev after a public training session today in Quebec City, He demonstrated his skills with his sparring partners, Englishman Bob Ajisafe and Australian Blake Caparello.

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The Fighting VP: Antonin Decarie announced as Vice President of Eye of the Tiger Management!

By FightFan News Wire (19-Mar-2015)

News from rising Canadian powerhouse promoter Eye of the Tiger Management

It is with great pride that Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) announces the appointment of Antonin Decarie as vice-president of the company. EOTTM wishes to clarify that he will continue his career in professional boxing along with his new tasks in the heart of the administrative department.

“We are very pleased and honored that Antonin accepted our proposal. We could not hope for a better candidate for the job. In addition to having the success of the team at heart, Antonin has a lot of skills and knowledge in the field as well as the character needed for the task.” commented EOTTM’s President, Camille Estephan.

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