Mares, Charlo, Spence, Victor Ortiz added to Khan/Alexander Card!

Press Release: Prior to the December 13th edition of Showtime Championship Boxing, Showtime Extreme will air live action beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Junior middleweight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (24-0, 11 KOs) is matched against Mario Alberto Lozano (28-5, 20 KOs) in a ten rounder and undefeated 2012 United States Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-10-1, 11 KOs) of Greece in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. Also featured will be the return of former welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KOs) against Denver’s Manuel Perez (21-10-1, 4 KOs).

Rounding out the non-televised card, in an eight-round cruiserweight bout featuring Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) versus Robert Thomas Jr. (14-2-1, 9 KOs) and Tokyo’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KOs) will face off against San Jose’s Oscar Godoy (13-3, 6 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight showdown.

Tickets for the live event can be charged by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at http://www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Facing off against Abner Mares will be Mazatlan, Mexico native Jose Ramirez, (24-3-2, 15 KOs), who can put himself in the running for a world title shot at 126 pounds with a win on Dec. 13th. A professional since 2006, the 27-year-old is 3-2 in his last five bouts, a stretch that includes a victory over veteran contender Rey Bautista. Ramirez now makes his home in Oxnard, Calif., where he’s put in an intense training camp for the biggest fight of his career.

Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15 KOs) of Houston, Texas has made his presence known in the professional game with all but four of his wins coming by way of knockout. The 24-year-old opens the Dec. 13 telecast against Lenny Bottai. His most recent win, a seventh round technical knockout over Norberto Gonzalez in September has given Charlo the drive to close out the year with a victory and head into 2015 with a world championship in his sights. Continue reading

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Chocolatito wins by KO!

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AP: YOKOHAMA, Japan — Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua beat Rocky Fuentes of the Philippines with a technical knockout Saturday in the first defense of his WBC flyweight title.

Gonzalez sent Fuentes to the canvas with a combination in the sixth round and the referee stopped the bout.

Gonzalez, who captured the title in September with a ninth-round TKO of Akira Yaegashi in Tokyo, improved to 41-0 with 35 knockouts. Fuentes dropped to 35-7-2 with 20 KOs.

Also, Takashi Miura of Japan beat Mexican challenger Edgar Puerta with a TKO in the sixth to retain his WBC super featherweight title. Miura improved to 28-2-2 with 21 KOs while Puerta fell to 23-5-1 with 19 KOs.

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Pacquiao dominates Algieri!

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Chris Farina – Top Rank

Story by: Robert Uzzell

Macao, China – Manny Pacquiao hit Chris Algieri with everything he had and did everything except score a knockout in his dominant performance last night.

Pacquiao knocked Algieri down six times en route to a lopsided decision, with scores of 119-103 twice, and 120-102.

Afterwards Manny was asked what he wanted to do next. Does he want the Floyd Mayweather fight?

“He’s going to fight me? Yes! Yes!”, Manny said in reference to his new Foot Locker commercial shown here:

“I think it’s time to say something. I’m going to say the people deserve that fight. The fans deserve that fight. I think it’s time to make that fight happen,” stated Pacquiao.

“It’s been a long time that I want that fight, but, you know, I just didn’t want to be talking about that fight when the other camp would deny, deny; they always deny to talk about that fight, so I thought better to say nothing,” Pacquiao explained when asked why he’s being more vocal now than he’s ever been in the past when asked about the fight. “Right now, I think the fans has called for this mission to fight with him, so I think the fight it has to happen because the fans deserve that.”

It’s been a six year wait. What’s another few months to see what happens?

Stay tuned…

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Tim Bradley and Virgil Hunter Analyze Pacquiao/Algieri

HBO Sports did a very nice piece on Chris Algieri’s (bogus) title defense Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao.

A video of the discussion (titled Under The Lights) with Kellerman, Bradley, and Hunter can be seen below. Check it out:

Under The Lights: Pacquiao – Algieri

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Weights from Macau, China

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Chris Farina – Top Rank

WBO (BOGUS) welterweight championship

Manny Pacquiao 143.8
Chris Algieri 144.4

Algieri initially came in 1/4 pound over the catchweight. He came back and made weight at 143.8.

WBO featherweight championship

Vasyl Lomachenko 126
Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo 126

WBA super lightweight championship

Jessie Vargas 140
Antonio DeMarco 139.3

WBO flyweight eliminator

Zou Shiming 112
Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym 112

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Pacquiao/Algieri Final Press Conference

Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri conducted their final presser today ahead of Saturday night’s fight in Macao, China.

At stake is Chris Algieri’s WBO World welterweight title. Here is what the fighters had to say:

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ANDRE DIRRELL ADDED TO SHOWTIME’S DEC. 19 BROADCAST

Press Release: A super middleweight bout between Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs), of Las Vegas, has been confirmed to air on Showtime Boxing’s special Friday edition on Dec. 19th, from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. The bout will be one of four aired by Showtime that night, with the IBF #2 ranking at stake.

For the switch-hitting Dirrell, the elimination bout for the IBF’s #2 position behind #1 James DeGale and champion Carl Froch will be his fifth bout since getting injured against then-undefeated Arthur Abraham during SHowtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic fight in March 27 2010.

Dirrell had scored a knockdown in the fourth and was comfortably ahead of the Armenian on all scorecards heading into 11th. About a minute into the round, Dirrell slipped and Abraham hit him while he was down, knocking Dirrell out cold and resulting in Abraham being disqualified. Dirrell suffered neurological issues as a result of the punch, withdrew from the tournament and was sidelined for 21 months.

Dirrell believes he is quickly approaching the peak form he exhibited when he entered the Super Six and was regarded by many as a fast-rising contender. Dirrell has won his last five fights, three by stoppage.

“I’m excited to be back on the fast track and I’m ready to show that this is definitely where I belong,” Dirrell said. “It takes time to move back to the top, but I like to improve myself each time I step into the gym. I almost feel like I’ve been overworking myself in the gym to prove that I’m back.

“But I feel like I’m there and ready for a title shot. And, when the time comes to prove that I’m ready, I won’t leave any doubt.’’

A 2004 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist and the older brother of WBC super middleweight titlist Anthony Dirrell, Andre scored a second-round TKO in his return to the ring on Dec. 30, 2011, but didn’t fight again until February 2013. He’s been victorious in both his fights in 2014, winning his last via fourth-round TKO over Nick Brinson on Oct. 8th.

After blasting out Vladine Biosse two starts ago, the 31-year-old Dirrell called out IBF Champ Froch, who dealt Dirrell his lone loss via a split-decision in his native England in the first Super Six fight for both fighters on Oct. 17, 2009.

“I know I won that fight against Froch,” Dirrell said. “I think everyone knows I won that fight. He’s the one opponent I want and the fact that he’s a world champion again is just icing on the cake. I don’t think I’ve ever been defeated and I want that title shot. Hopefully he doesn’t retire because I know the world wants to see that rematch.

“I want to fight the best at 168. I want to unify the division, but if my brother does that first then I will move up to 175. I have a lot of work to do in a little amount of time – I want to fight for about five more years – and if Anthony runs me out at 168 then I’ll go up to 175.”

Before Dirrell gets his shot at a title he must first defeat a power-punching opponent who has a knack for upsets.

“This guy may have power, but power-punchers are the best opponents for pure boxers, for slick guys like me,” Dirrell said. “That’s when I’m at my best. I’m not even looking at his power – his will and determination in the fight will be more important than his power.

“I know he’s going to be at his best when he steps in the ring on Dec. 19. He’s been in some tough fights, but I don’t think we’ve seen the best from him yet. I’m not worried about anything but getting the job done and I know I will when the time comes.”

Edwards, who once fought light heavyweight kingpin Adonis Stevenson when he was campaigning at 168 pounds, is coming off perhaps the most unlikely result of the year, a stunning 1:01, first-round knockout of previously-unbeaten, top-five ranked Badou Jack on ShoBox: The New Generation last Feb. 28th.

A longshot going in, Edwards twice dropped Jack, the first coming with an overhand short right 32 seconds into the match. Moments later, Edwards registered another knockdown from a right followed by a glancing left hook. Jack stumbled to his feet but the referee had seen enough and waved off the bout. Continue reading

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