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Teofista Boxing Series 18: Canadians Janks Trotter and Stuart McLellan to clash for C.P.B.C. 154-pound title Feb. 26!

By FightFan News Wire (12-Feb-2016)

Feb. 26 in Calgary, AB Janks Trotter and Stuart McLellan clash for Canadian junior middleweight title. Co-main Event Battle of Unbeaten Alberta Prospects Connor Bush vs. Mike McWilliams, Roxi Lam vs. TBA, Alejandro Torres Rynn vs. Robert Nelson, Devin Reti vs. Dia Grant, Mike Smallwood vs. Aaron Gallant

Professional boxing is set to return to Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a BANG on Friday, Feb. 26 when Teofista Boxing returns to the Deerfoot Inn & Casino where it will present the eighteenth installment of it’s popular LIVE boxing series.

Teofista Boxing Series 18 will be headlined by a C.P.B.C 154-pound title clash between big punching Janks Trotter (9-2-1, 9 KOs) of Alberta taking on road warrior Stuart McLellan (12-2-3, 3 KOs) of British Columbia. High stakes as a top twenty world ranking with the World Boxing Organization will be bestowed upon the winner.

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Golovkin and Andre Ward ink fights, Broner-Theophane April 1st, Bradley gives up WBO title, ‘Chocolatito’, More…

By Ace Freeman (10-Feb-2016)

News and notes from around the world!

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  • Two-Time World Champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, March 26th, when he takes on undefeated, #1-rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout presented by Roc Nation Sports in association with Main Events at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Both fighters have their sights set on an eventual showdown with Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey Kovalev, but only one will move on to face him.
  • Boxing Superstar and Unified Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will make his highly anticipated return to the Fabulous Forum on Saturday, April 23 to defend his world titles against undefeated, mandatory challenger Dominic “Lights Out” Wade. The event will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with TGB Promotions, advance tickets for “UNDEFEATED”, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, will go on-sale Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. A world class undercard will be announced shortly.
  • Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) was a guest on last night’s edition of PBC and confirmed his long rumoured bout vs. Mayweather Promotions fighter Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs). The bout is set to take place on April 1 and looks set for PBC on Spike TV.
  • Tim Bradley has vacated his WBO welterweight title ahead of his rubber match with Manny Pacquiao as he was unable to fulfill his mandatory obligation. Bradley said: “To accept this fight invariably means I cannot comply with my mandatory obligation and must forgo the mandatory challenger against Sadam Ali, as ordered by the WBO. This is a difficult decision, but one I have to make to give fans the best fights as well as allow myself the toughest and biggest fights possible from both a competitive and financial perspective.”
  • Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez has been added to the April 23 Gennady Golovkin card as a chief supporting bout. Gonzalez will look to defend his World flyweight championship against Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo. Both fights will air live on HBO.
  • Multi-division world champion Nonito Donaire looks set to defend his WBO featherweight title on April 23 in the Philippines when he takes on Zsolt Bedak in Quezon City.
  • Rumours abound that the legendary Roy Jone Jr. will retire from boxing. The report stems from comments made by an associate in “Patriot” Promotions’ Dmitry Luchnikov, a company Roy is reportedly set to hold a stake in. Stay tuned for more as nothing is official yet.

Luis Ortiz vs. Tony Thompson, Ali-Vargas March 5 on HBO!

By FightFan News Wire (08-Feb-2016)

Luis Ortiz set to face Tony Thompson for the WBA interim heavyweight world title Sadam Ali to take on Jessie Vargas for the vacant WBO welterweight world championship on Saturday, March 5 live on HBO!

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Fresh from a stunning knockout of Bryant “By-By” Jennings and eager to continue his quest to be the best heavyweight in the sport, WBA Interim Heavyweight World Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) will make his first title defense of 2016 when he faces former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) in 12-round main event at the DC Armory, in Washington D.C.on Saturday, March 5 and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Opening up the live telecast, top contender and 2008 Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) will face former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) in a 12-round co-main event for the vacant WBO Welterweight World Championship.

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Randy Caballero stops Ruben Garcia on Estrella TV!

By FightFan News Wire (06-Feb-2016)

A sold-out crowd of 1,814 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino welcomed back hometown hero Randy “El Matador” Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) of Coachella Valley, Calif. in his first fight since 2014 against the fierce fighter Ruben Garcia (15-2-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico, City, Mexico.

Photo: Pablo Freight, Notifight.com

The scheduled 10-round featherweight fight was televised live nationally on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV. The exciting bout had the crowd on their feet as Caballero took control of the fight with a series of combinations in the first round, setting the stage for the remaining rounds of the thrilling event. Both fighters exchanged constantly entertaining the fans, but as the rounds crept up Garcia was getting exposed by Caballeros punches. By the sixth round, Garcia hit the canvans but was able to make the count and was also dropped twice in the seventh round by a right hook to the body. Before the eighth round, the referee ruled Garcia unfit to continue, waving off the bout and declaring Caballero the victor by seventh round technical knockout.

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Quick Jabs: Frampton-Quigg, Santa Cruz-Martinez, Mares-Montiel, Pacquiao-Bradley Undercard, more!

By FightFan.com Staff (06-Feb-2016)

News and notes from around the world!

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  • Undefeated three-division world champion Leo ‘El Terremoto’ Santa Cruz will make the first defense of his Featherweight World Championship against former world champion Kiko Martinez on Saturday, Feb. 27, live on SHOWTIME® from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. In the opening bout of the evening, unbeaten brawlers Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and Oscar Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round showdown of rising heavyweights.
  • Undefeated Super Bantamweight World Champions Carl Frampton (IBF) and Scott Quigg (WBA) are set to collide in a 122-pound unification showdown on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL on Saturday, Feb. 27, live on SHO EXTREME. The 12-rounder between Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, and Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs), of Lancashire, United Kingdom, will air live from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. SHOWTIME Sports® will present a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader later that evening, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., featuring Santa Cruz defending against Martinez and WBC 122-pound champ Julio Ceja defending against Hugo Ruiz in a rematch of a wild brawl won by Ceja last Aug. 29.
  • Former three-division world champions Abner Mares and Fernando Montiel will square off in all-action co-feature on Saturday, March 12, live on CBS as part of the anticipated Keith Thurman-Shawn Porter bout. Mares (29-2-1, 15 KOs) and Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) are two of the most accomplished and entertaining Mexican boxers in the sport today. Mares compiled a staggering resume over the past five years while earning titles at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Montiel is one of the most skilled boxers of his generation having won championships at 112, 115 and 118 pounds over a 17-year career.
  • A wealth of latino talent is in the works for the Pacquiao-Bradley III undercard as Mexican featherweight Oscar Valdez, Mexican-American U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez and Mexican middleweight Gilberto Zurdo Ramirez are all tentatively scheduled to see action. Another bout being rumoured is 23-year-old Russian welterweight contender Konstantin Ponomarev (29-0, 13KOs) potentially facing off against unbeaten 32-year-old Brad Solomon (26-0, 9KOs).
  • Increasingly avoided rising unbeaten heavyweight Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) looks set to face Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) in his next bout. The fight would be part of a WBA tournament to fight for it’s heavyweight title recently stripped from unified champion Tyson Fury. No word on a date yet as the details are currently being negotiated by both fighters’ promoters.
  • Still no news on the mandated rematch between newly crowned unified heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury and former champ Wlad Klitschko. Fury lifted Wladimir’s titles in a huge upset twelve round decision win late last year but both sides have yet to agree on a date or location for the contractual rematch.
  • Pound-for-pound boxing stalwart Guillermo Rigondeaux is set to return to action March 12 in England when he faces Jazza Dickens on the Terry Flanagan-Derry Mathews undercard. The move is set to put pressure on Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg many feel have largely avoided the Cuban phenom.

Randy Caballero vs. Ruben Garcia tonight on Estrella TV!

By FightFan News Wire (05-Feb-2016)

Randy Caballero vs. Ruben Garcia is a 10-round super bantamweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, February 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

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The Coachella Valley will see fireworks TONIGHT, with a stacked card of fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In the main event of the evening, hometown hero and former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Randy “El Matador” Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will make his grand return to the ring in a 10-round super bantamweight bout against Ruben Garcia (15-1-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, televised live nationally on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV.

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Butler to fight for IBF youth title 3/12, Tony Luis lands on CBS 2/19, United Promotions 2016 debut 2/27, more!

By Ace Freeman (04-Feb-2016)

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

Eye of the Tiger Management has announced that rising Canadian junior middleweight star Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) has secured a co-featured spot on the upcoming David Lemieux vs. James De la Rosa card set for March 12 at the Olympia Theatre in Montreal. It’s a quick turnaround for Butler who just picked up a very impressive victory on last weekend’s Kovalev-Pascal II card when he dominated previously unbeaten Antonio Hoffmann over eight rounds. A representative for the IBF was so impressed Butler’s upcoming fight will be contested for the vacant IBF Youth super welterweight title. The opponent is slated to be unbeaten Bosnian Sladjan Janjanin (13-0, 11 KOs).

Ontario’s Tony ‘Lightning’ Luis (20-3, 7 KOs) is set to return to action Friday, Feb. 19 when he will take on Samuel Amoako at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa. It’s a welcome return for the ring Luis who has had several fights fall through in frustrating circumstances with Avenue East Promotions. Luis’s team was hard at work trying to secure his return to the ring and in the end it looks to have worked out well as his bout is set to televise on CBS Sports. In bonus Canadian action, undefeated Quebec based Kevin Lavallee is also slated to fight on the card.

United Promotions is looking to kick off 2016 in a big way when pro boxing returns to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on Feb. 27. Fighters slated to see action are Sam Vargas, Tyler Asselstine, Tim Cronin, Mohammed Abedeen, Kane Heron and more! Tickets are available atwww.ticketmaster.ca or visit the Hershey centre box officewww.hersheycentre.com. This caps off what looks to be an exciting year for United Promotions, as they also have rising Ontario charges Steven Wilcox and Kevin Higson poised to return to action April 23 in Hamilton. Stay tuned for more!

Undefeated Quebec based super middleweight Erik Bazinyan (11-0, 7 KOs) is scheduled to return to action March 12 in Montreal on a Grant Brothers Promotions card. Also tentatively set to see action is middleweight human highlight reel Francis Lafreniere fresh off his early fight of the year candidate against Renan St Juste on last week’s Kovalev-Pascal II card. Quebec lightweight Roody Pierre-Paul is also poised to see action on the billet.

Canelo vs. Khan? Golden Boy says it’s set for May 7!

By FightFan.com Staff (02-Feb-2016)

Video: Golden Boy Promotions

In a sudden and somewhat shocking announcement, Golden Boy Promotions has announced a deal has been reached for newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez to defend his title against Amir Khan at a catch-weight of 155 pounds on May 7th, 2016 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan, who has only three fights at welterweight, will seemingly bypass 154 to face the much bigger Canelo at the middleweight catch-weight. Stay tuned for more.

Sergey Kovalev speaks post fight in Montreal: “I wanted to punish Pascal and I’m happy I did it!”

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (31-Jan-2016)

Video by Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Pierre Lavoie was live on location Saturday in Montreal, Canada where light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev spoke to the press about his dominant seventh round TKO victory over Jean Pascal in their rematch last night. Kovalev had some harsh words for his rival and also spoke about the possibility of fighting Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson (who he called a chicken). Stay tuned for more.

Pascal and Freddie Roach post fight talk from Montreal!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (31-Jan-2016)

Video by Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Pierre Lavoie was live on location Saturday in Montreal, Canada where Jean Pascal and his coach Freddie Roach spoke to the media about his seventh round TKO loss to Sergey Kovalev in last night’s rematch.

Kovalev too much for Pascal in awaited rematch

By Ace Freeman (30-Jan-2016)

Sergey Kovalev TKO 7 Jean Pascal

Sergey Kovalev defended his light heavyweight crown with a seventh round TKO of Jean Pascal moments ago at the Bell Centre in Montreal when Pascal’s corner halted the bout. Pascal used good movement and fast hands to keep it competitive early, but it didn’t take long for Kovalev to catch up with him. The Russian’s heavy shots hurt Pascal in Round 5 and while the Canadian survived the round he looked unsteady. Pascal’s head trainer Freddie Roach warned his man he was going to stop it between both the fifth and sixth rounds encouraging one last stand. In Round 7 Pascal tried as best he could but he just couldn’t pull the trigger and was getting beat up. True to his word, Roach stopped the bout after the seventh which seemed like a wise move. Stay tuned for more from Montreal.

Early results from Montreal: Francis Lafreniere and Renan St Juste thrill fans with a fight of the year candidate!

By Ace Freeman (30-Jan-2016)

Early results from the Pascal-Kovalev II card at the Bell Centre in Montreal

The fireworks started early at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night as Canadian Quebec based middleweights Francis Lafreniere and Renan St Juste engaged in a stunning war of attrition over ten hard fought rounds in a co-featured bout on the Pascal-Kovalev II card. It was one of those old fashioned hook throwing contests with both men trading bombs and momentum while fighting in a phone booth round after round. Both men were shaken several times in the bout and came roaring back to keep the crowd on the edge of their feet. Lafreniere lost a point for low blows late in the bout but went on to hurt St Juste in the closing moments of Round 9. The tenth round was toe-to-toe with both men flurrying until the final bell. After ten rounds were in the books scores were read as 99-90 and 97-92(x2) which is far far wider than the bout actually appeared. It was a close and exciting fight where each man gave as good as he got. Surely an early “Fight of the Year” candidate. With the win Lafreniere captured the vacant IBF International middleweight title.

Rising Eye of the Tiger Management charge Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (14-0-1, 11 KOs) continues to deliver the goods as he made easy work of previously undefeated Antonio Hoffman (13-1, 9 KOs) over eight rounds on route to a decision win. Butler scored big knockdowns in the opening and closing rounds to cruise to a wide victory by scores of 79-71 and 78-72(x2).

Quick Results:

Dmitry Mikhaylenko W UD10 Karim Mayfield

Sebastian Bouchard W UD6 Damian Mielewczyk

Joel Diaz Jr TKO 2 Abraham Gomez

David Theroux TKO 3 Juan Armando Garcia

Virgilijus Stapulionis TKO 2 Laszlo Fazekas

Groves runs over Di Luisa, Felix Jr. survives Sismundo

By Ace Freeman (30-Jan-2016)

Saturday action from around the boxing world!

saturday scorecardHeavily favoured top rated lightweight José Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) pounded out a narrow unanimous decision over a very game Ricky Sismundo (30-9-2, 13 KOs) Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel Events Center in Burbank, California. It was yet another fight that appeared much closer than the three scores of 96-93 (x2) and 95-94 with many at ring side seeing it even.

The always exciting and colourful super middleweight hopeful George Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) made short and brutal work of Andrea Di Luisa (18-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in London. Groves punished Di Luisa the entire way sealing the deal with two knockdowns in the fifth where the corner elected to throw in the towel.

Watch: Pascal and Kovalev face off at tension-filled weigh in ahead of Saturday’s grudge-rematch in Montreal!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (29-Jan-2016)

Video by Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Pierre Lavoie was live on location Friday in Montreal, Canada where Jean Pascal (174.3 lbs) and Sergey Kovalev (174.6 lbs) came face to face at their tension-filled weigh in. The grudge match for the unified light heavyweight world championship between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal, a Vidéotron presentation in collaboration with Mise-O-Jeu, will be televised live in the United States on HBO beginning 9:45pm ET/PT. The HBO telecast will open with a ten-round match-up between Dmitry Mikhaylenko and Karim Mayfield for the vacant USBA Welterweight Title. In Canada the event will be available on pay-per-view TV, please consult with your local cable provider. The card is promoted by Main Events and InterBox in association with German Titov Promotions. Tickets are on sale on at www.evenko.ca, at Centre Bell box office and at Club de boxe Champions in Montreal.

Pascal-Kovalev II: Undercard weigh-in video montage!

By Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions (29-Jan-2016)

Video by Pierre Lavoie / Way Productions

Pierre Lavoie was live on location Friday in Montreal, Canada where all the fighters involved on the action-packed undercard for Saturday’s Pascal-Kovalev II Gala weighed in. Check out the above video to see all the co-featured fighters and read on below for quotes.

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Jose Felix vs. Ricky Sismundo Saturday night on UniMas!

By FightFan News Wire (29-Jan-2016)

Catch Jose Felix Jr. vs. Ricky Sismundo Saturday night on UniMas (11PM ET/PT)

Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas takes place Saturday night at the Marriott Covention Center in Burbank, California, highlighted by the 10 round main event featuring #5 IBF and #7 WBO rated Lightweight Jose Felix Jr. (31-1-1, 25KOs) taking on Filipino Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13KOs) in a lightweight affair and South El Monte Welterweight Arnold Barbosa (9-0) taking on his toughest challenge to date in Robbie Cannon (15-11-2, 7KOs). Also featured on the card will be 2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist Egor Mekhontsev (10-0), Tulare’s rising Light Middleweight Danny Valdivia (9-0), Fresno’s Eric Altamirano (6-0), Wildcard Boxing Club’s Bryan Flores (2-0), and the professional debut of Miguel Alcantara. Valley Fight Night 5 is presented by Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing and PR Sports Promotions. Tickets starting at $40 can be purchased online at www.valleyfightnight.com or
by calling (626) 388-8888.

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