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Moments ago, Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes stopped Ronda Rousey with a series of big right hands that left Rousey with a bloody nose.


Rousey left the ring before being interviewed and questions will be answered at a later date.  For Nunes, she defended her UFC women’s bantamweight title.


Nunes improves to 14-4, with 10 KOs, 3 submissions, and 1 decision.   Rousey drops to 12-2, with 3 KOs and 9 submissions.


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The Fight Journal’s 2016 Boxing Awards:

Fight of the Year


The candidates…


Jesus Soto Karass vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai I. The first fight between these two ended in a ten round draw. The fight went back and forth with each man having moments in this slugfest. Soto Karass enjoyed much success on the inside, while Kamegai found success from distance. No matter where the range was, these warriors battled non-stop until the final bell. Definitely catch this one. See entire fight below:



Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter. This fight featured power versus intensity. Thurman landed some bone-jarring shots in key moments of the fight to earn the judge’s approval in this controversial fight. Conversely, Porter applied pressure and forced Thurman outside of his comfort level round-after-round-after-round. The fight went to the wire and was as close as close could get. Two top five guys in the welterweight class featured Porter’s smothering body and head assault against Thurman’s back foot counter strategy. Definitely worth checking out. See highlights below:



Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora. Bad blood was the name of the game in this one, featuring two heavyweights with questions still needing to be addressed. I’m not sure if those questions were answered, but what we know is it was a fight of the year candidate. These guys threw big shots from the opening bell, with Chisora scoring big in the early half- rounds two, three, and five. He also almost dropped Whyte with a big left hook in the eighth. Whyte scored well in the second half of the fight with power shots and stiff jabs as Chisora began to tire. Two big men swinging for the fences in what could’ve been the best heavyweight fight of 2016. It was a great contrast of styles featuring Whyte, with better technique and straighter shots against Chisora’s wide shots and chopping hooks. A must see heavyweight fight. See entire fight below:



Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz. Styles make fights and if these guys fought five times, you’d see five FOTY candidates. They’ll rematch in early 2017 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see their names this time next year. Santa Cruz was employed his usual active style, throwing 1,002 punches. In the second round, Frampton timed Santa Cruz with a left hook that sent him to the ropes and should’ve been scored a knockdown. Frampton continued to try to put Santa Cruz on his back foot, but Leo wouldn’t have it. Santa Cruz began to find a home for the left hook and by the midway point, a toe-to-toe fight began, with Leo scoring big. Both fighters gave and took in the non-stop action fight as they punched until the final bell. There were plenty of impactful shots by both men, with Frampton winning by landing the harder shots and using movement to lower Santa Cruz’s connect percentage.

Punch stats
Punches Santa Cruz Frampton
Landed 255 242
Thrown 1002 668
Percent 25% 36%

— Courtesy of CompuBox


See highlights of Frampton vs. Santa Cruz below:


Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. Carlos Cuadras. If you never watched boxing and looked at each guy’s face after this one, you would be 100% certain Roman Gonzalez lost big! Well, he won by a few rounds, which should tell you how good this fight was last September. Gonzalez won a title in his fourth weight class and had to go through hell to earn it. Chocolatito was relentless with his attack on Cuadras from the opening bell. He threw everything AND the kitchen sink at the Mexican. Cuadras employs an awkward style, reminiscent at times to Hector Camacho as he moved and countered with big shots to swell Chocolatito’s face. Cuadras usually likes to stalk, but the pressure early on made him uncomfortable. Cuadras adapted and begin to launch fast combinations. I’m not talking three or four punches. I’m talking eight and nine punch deals being thrown back at Chocolatito. Jabs to the body and overhand shots scored for Cuadras as the champion understood keeping his title was at stake. In the end, the judges preferred the higher work-rate and accuracy of Chocolatito.

Punch stats
Punches Gonzalez Cuadras
Landed 323 258
Thrown 985 893
Percent 33% 29%
— Courtesy of CompuBox


See the full fight in standard definition below:



Others under consideration:

Robert Easter Jr vs. Richard Commey

Jamie Conlan vs. Anthony Nelson

Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward


The winner:

Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido. One night after Muhammad Ali died, these two evoked memories of the champ’s fights with Joe Frazier. Max Kellerman said it best: “It’s never a guarantee you will roll a seven, but tonight you’re rolling with loaded dice.”

These two waited until the last minute of round one to get started and never looked back. Jab, you ask? What’s that, wondered Salido as you can count the number he threw on one hand. Neither man had time for setup punches, as they both tried to impose their resolve on each other.

In the third round, Vargas had a cut over his eye and my thoughts were the fight would end in a round or two due to it. However, by the fourth and fifth, we got the to-to-toe war that all sick boxing fans live to see.


There were instances when each fighter was rocked and the crowd rose to its feet; not in anticipation of a KO, but to give standing ovations to these competitors.


Let’s put it this way. One guy threw over 1,100 punches and the other threw almost 1,000, yet they both landed over 33% of their punches. We aren’t talking jabs here folks. Power shots in a slugfest you that lived up to the hype!


Punch stats
Punches Vargas Salido
Landed 386 328
Thrown 1184 939
Percent 33% 35%


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Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Returns to Defend His Title Against Polish Challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25 in Birmingham, Alabama


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BIRMINGHAM, AL (December 28, 2016) – Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces once-beaten challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.


Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will feature the only American heavyweight world champion headlining his third primetime show on network television, after Wilder most recently stopped Chris Arreola after eight-rounds of action on FOX in July. The champion suffered hand and bicep injuries during the fight, but returns on February 25 fully healthy.


“I’m excited about defending my world championship for a fifth time and in front of my great fans at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on February 25,” said Wilder. “It’s always fun to display my talents in front of the hometown fans. It’s an opportunity that I always look forward to and it brings out the best in me. I’m healthy and I’m ready to put on a fantastic show.”


“I’m extremely motivated to fight for the heavyweight title against a great fighter like Deontay Wilder,” said Wawrzyk. “Fighting for the world title has always been my dream. To fight against such a great athlete as Wilder is an extremely difficult challenge, but one I am ready for. I have trained for this since I was a teenager. On February 25 I will step into the ring ready to fight and win against the most dangerous man on the planet.”


“The city of Birmingham is beyond excited to have Deontay return to defend his title,” said Birmingham Mayor William Bell.  “He has become a great ambassador for our community and we can’t wait to see him compete once again.”


Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale Thursday, December 29. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com. Fans can purchase the “New Year’s Package” through Monday, January 2 and receive two Upper Level Tickets for $35. 


“We are thrilled that Deontay’s two surgeries went so well and that he rehabbed like the champ he is,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “As a result, he will be able to fight on February 25, in another defense of his WBC Heavyweight Championship against rugged Polish contender Andrzej Wawrzyk. We are not looking past Wawrzyk, but we believe we will find out that Deontay is back to full strength and ready for an active 2017, with major matchups ahead. We are happy to return to Deontay’s fighting home base of Birmingham, Alabama.We hope that Deontay’s fans will take advantage of the special ‘New Year’s Package’ being offered at this time. Happy New Year to all.”


“We are very excited that Andrzej Wawrzyk is getting the opportunity to challenge Deontay Wilder for the world title,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “Andrzej has accomplished a lot in his career by becoming a top contender with a 33-1 record. This opportunity is a ‘feather in his cap,’ and with a victory, he will make history and become the first heavyweight champion from Poland. I expect Andrzej to make the most of this opportunity and Warriors Boxing is excited to be a part of it.”


“We are excited to work with DiBella Entertainment to bring the fourth heavyweight boxing championship to the state of Alabama,” said Gene Hallman, president and CEO of Bruno Event Team, a leader in delivering event excellence. “Deontay Wilder always puts on a great show and we encourage Alabama boxing fans to show their support for the Bronze Bomber.” Continue reading







PHILADELPHIA – December 27, 2016 – Victory Boxing Promotions kicks off 2017 with “Super Brawl,” a ten-bout card featuring world class talent from Philadelphia and beyond, Saturday, January 28th at 2300 Arena in South Philly.


Jaron Ennis (8-0, 7KO) will showcase his talents at welterweight in his ninth fight since his professional debut in April of last year. Ennis, who took home his second Briscoe Award earlier this year for his outstanding amateur career, delivered a phenomenal performance in his sixth round stoppage of Marucs Beckford (3-5-3, 1KO) earlier this month. The Ennis family has deep roots in the Philadelphia boxing scene. The 19-year-old is trained by his father and former professional boxer, Derrick “Bozy” Ennis, and is the younger brother of Derrick “Pooh” Ennis and Farah Ennis, who were themselves accomplished professional boxers.


Another Philadelphia favorite, super bantamweight Manny “Major Pain” Folly (8-0, 6KO), continues his quest to remain undefeated, while setting an example for the kids in his community. The Philadelphia Police Officer splits his time between training for boxing and protecting his community and fellow Philadelphia residents. He turned heads in his last fight, a first round knockout win over Hungarian Tibor Nadori (9-7-1, 4KO) in November.


Philadelphia super lightweight Joshua “Hands of Stone” Jones (3-0-1, 2KO) returns in his first fight since winning a wide unanimous decision over South Carolina’s Corey Edwards (2-2, 1KO) at Victory Boxing’s November card at 2300 Arena.


Elite talent, and incredibly hard-hitting Canadian prospect Adam Daranyi (9-0, 9KO), looks to continue his perfect run in a six round bout at super welterweight. Mexican super lightweight Carlos Sanchez, who racked up an 11-0 record in 11 months in 2016, makes his first appearance in the City of Brotherly Love. UK talent Donovan Cameron (4-0, 4KO) also steps into the ring on January 28th in a super welterweight bout.


Amateur standouts Brandun Lee and Christian Camarena both make their highly-anticipated professional debuts on the card as well. Continue reading



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MONTRÉAL (December 27, 2016) – Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) is proud to announce the promotional contract signing of 2016 French Olympian Christian M’Billi Assomo to an exclusive promotional contact.He will settle in Quebec and make his professional debut there in early 2017.

Known in the ring as ”Le Solide” (The Solid), Assomo will arrive in Montreal at the beginning of January, when he will start working with world-class trainer Marc Ramsay and his outstanding team.

The spectacular 21-year-old Assomo has all the tools to achieve his goal of becoming world champion, as well as a great star in international boxing. As a Frenchman, his primary language is that spoken in Quebec, which will facilitate his adaptation and connection with the local media.

A native of Yaoundé in Cameroon, he moved at the age of seven to France, where he learned by chance to box at the Montargis Club.  Assomo quickly developed into a powerful, serious tough and highly successful boxer. He became a major name on the international amateur scene in the middleweight division (165 lbs./75 kg).

A member of the French Army, Assomo had a truly impressive amateur record, capturing gold medals at the 2013 European Junior Championship, 2014 European Union Championship and European Olympic Qualification Tournament, as well as maintaining an unbeaten record (4-0) in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Assomo defeated Ukrainian Dmytro Mytrofanov and Ecuadorian Marlon Delgado prior tolosing in a furious battle to the eventual Olympic gold medalist, Arlen Lopez, ofCuba.

“At the outset,” GYM President Yvon Michel said, “we were interested in his talent, determination and willingness to do well. There’s also his engaging personality and he has the discipline to become the best. We are very excited to work with him. I am convinced that he has the potential to become world champion.”


“I am very pleased with this agreement with the Groupe Yvon Michel,” Assomo added. “I’m sure this is the beginning of a great adventure. I look forward to my first performance. GYM knew how to attract me: by its past, by the boxers it supports, by its structure,”


“After a good career among amateurs, rich in results,” French National Boxing Team coach John Dovi explained, “it is time for Christian to go into the pro ranks. His offensive style and overall boxing skills will allow him, I am sure, to reach the highest level.”

“I started following Christian M’Billi’s amateur career two years ago and his successes on the international scene were more than impressive,” Ramsey commented. “I am very happy to associate myself with such a disciplined and talented boxer. I see a very promising future for this young man.”


“Christian M’Billi fuels such high intensity,” GYM Vice President of Operations and Recruitment Bernard Barré noted. “Fans will be in ecstasy watching such a powerful and exciting pugilist.”


Assomo, who is currently training in France, fought his last amateur bout on December 3rd. The goal is to have him boxing on February 9 at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal.



Age: 21 (March 26, 1995)

Birthplace: Yaoundé, Cameroon

Residence: Montargis, France

Division: Middleweight (165 lb in the amateurs)

Height: 5’9”

Stance:  Orthodox

Nickname: ”Le Solide”




Participant at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

Undefeated in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), 4-0 record

Gold medalist at the 2016 Olympic European Qualification Tournament

Gold medalist at the 2014 European Union Championship

Gold medalist at the 2013 European Junior Championship

Gold medalist at the 2015 French Championship

Record of 72-13-1

ABOUT GROUPE YVON MICHEL (GYM):  Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) was founded in 2004 by Yvon Michel and his associates. The organization’s mission is the development of high-level boxers through coaching support and especially by competitive management. To achieve its objectives, GYM actively recruits talent and organizes events.  GYM is associated with the popular series, “Premier Boxing Champions (PBC),” and has developed major Videotron partnerships with Loto Quebec, TVA Sports, Centre Videotron, Casino de Montreal and Lac Leamy, Tonik GroupImage and Lapointe Dental Centre, in addition to collaborating closely with Rixa.CONTACT: Vincent Morin, Groupe Yvon Michel, 514-458-8950, vmorin@groupeyvonmichel.ca / v-morin-journaliste@outlook.com



The Fight Journal’s 2016 Boxing Awards:

Fighter of the Year




The nominees:

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Chocolatito had his knockout streak end at 10 in 2016, as he won decisions over McWilliams Arroyo and Carlos Cuadras. Weight issues in the Arroyo fight led him to move from flyweight to super flyweight. However, he dominated Arroyo who should be given credit for surviving Gonzalez’s assault.

In his first fight at super-fly (I couldn’t resist), he did what only the great ones do. He immediately fought the WBC #1 guy, Cuadras in a fight of the year candidate.

Terence “Bud” Crawford. Crawford began 2016 by with a sensational stoppage of Hank Lundy. Crawford used his jab on the smaller Lundy throughout most of the fight, and landed a left in the fifth that wobbled him and sent him to the ropes. He followed up and dropped Lundy with another left against the ropes. Lundy was game, but Bud finished him with a lightning flurry causing the referee to step in. In July, Crawford fought a unification showdown with Viktor Postol. Crawford fought most of the fight southpaw and was too quick for Postol, as he dropped Ukraine’s “Iceman” twice in the fifth round. In the final quarter of the fight, you got the feeling that Crawford could end the fight at any moment if he pressed the action. Bud chose to coast to a decision win, which set the record as to who was the king of the junior welterweight division.

Crawford closed out 2016 with a dominant stoppage of Johns Molina, Jr. He made it look easy folks. What more can I say?

Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko. Loma, like Gonzalez took on a champion in his first fight moving up to a new division. In June, he stepped up to fight Roman “Rocky” Martinez for the WBO World super featherweight title. Loma delivered a message for those critical of his amateur style, becoming the fastest to win a title in two divisions with a spectacular knockout. A big left uppercut and right hook combo closed the show.

In his next fight, he took on fearsome and undefeated knockout King Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters. Lomachenko pitched a seven round shutout, using boxing dexterity to force Walters to quit.

Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao. Manny began 2016 in April with a convincing win over longtime nemesis Timothy Bradley, Jr. He scored a few knockdowns and won his most convincing fight against Bradley, who was coming off a KO win over Brandon Rios. A short hook dropped Bradley in the seventh round. A nice counter left in the ninth dropped Bradley as he did a reverse somersault after hitting the canvas. Pacquiao won 116-110 on all cards to put the trilogy to rest.

Later in 2016, Pacquiao fought the dangerous Jessie Vargas. As Floyd Mayweather Jr watched ringside, Pacquiao gave him food for thought as he dominated Vargas. Notwithstanding the 114-113 Dave Moretti card, of course. A straight left dropped Vargas in the second round. Vargas got up, but the speed and angles were too much for Vargas. While Vargas landed his share of shots, some of them power punches that knocked Manny off balance- he was cut over his right eye for his troubles. Pacquiao landed 36 percent of his punches to 19 percent for Vargas. Two dominant wins in 2016 over solid opposition is just what the doctor ordered for Manny. See you in May 2017 for the Mayweather rematch.

Anthony “AJ” Joshua. Joshua is steadily climbing the charts of respectability and he had a great 2016. In April, he became the new IBF World heavyweight champion with a second round knockout of Charles Martin. The knockout crushed Martin physically, and may have even caused mental damage to Martin based on the series of videos he’s appeared in on YouTube. Here’s a sample of one below:

Joshua followed the Martin win up with his first title defense against another young, undefeated Olympian in Dominic Breazeale. Joshua, an Olympic gold medalist and Breazeale, ranked the #1 U.S. amateur, squared off in June. The fight started slowly as Joshua had to deal with Breazeale’s reach, height, and weight advantages. In the second frame Joshua sent Breazeale reeling with a big right hand and follow-up that almost caused the fight to end. Breazeale fought back in the third, but by the fifth, a huge left hook wobbled Breazeale. In the seventh, Joshua landed a flurry to drop Breazeale. Breazeale was able to get up, but was knocked down again seconds later for a referee stoppage.

Joshua ended the year with his second title defense, this time against Eric Molina from Deontay Wilder fame. Molina gave Wilder much more trouble than he gave Joshua. As a matter of fact, Molina was no trouble at all. Molina entered the fight with the wrong game-plan, which was basically to look to land something big. If that was the plan, as suggested, Molina never gave a strong effort to do so. In the third round, Joshua sensed it was time to get Molina out. He stepped up the aggression, landing to the body and throwing combinations. Molina followed with a few jabs and attempted to land a big hook. He missed. Joshua landed a WHOPPING right that dropped Molina, who kept his guard high but turned from seeing the punch. Molina went down hard but got up. Shortly thereafter, Joshua landed some brutal punches- a left hook started the damage, followed by a right, left hook, right hand, double left uppercut and the brutal assault was over. A World heavyweight title and two defenses in one year for a 27 year old who is only 18-0. The world may soon be his. Here is a nice slow motion replay of the knockdown and knockout of Molina:


Others under consideration:

Joe Smith, Jr

Errol Spence, Jr

Jermall Charlo

The winner:

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton. On Frampton’s upper right chest a tattoo reads Veni, Vidi, Vici. The phrase is Latin for I came; I saw; I conquered. In 2016, this road warrior did all of the above. In February, the IBF World champion took on WBA World champ Scott Quigg in a super bantamweight (junior featherweight) unification bout in Manchester. Frampton was making the third defense of his IBF belt. Quigg was making the seventh defense of his WBA title. Quigg was 31-0-2 and Frampton was 21-0. Two champions. Two undefeated. Something had to give. It turned out to be Quigg’s jaw, as Frampton fractured it during the first half of the bout. While the official scores declared the bout a split decision, it was a dominant display by The Jackal. Frampton used speed, feints, and power to outclass Quigg. Everyone blames Quigg for starting too slow and giving away the early rounds. I blame Frampton for being too good and causing Quigg’s slow start. The angles and hooks kept Quigg just enough off balance to win rounds for Frampton. Quigg made a late push, but by then he’d given away too much in the early portion of the fight. Even when Quigg found success, you always had the feeling Frampton was in control.

Later in the year Frampton went on the road across the pond and English Channel to the United States to face another undefeated champion in Leo Santa Cruz. This time Frampton (like Chocolatito) did what only the great ones do. He moved up to super featherweight (junior lightweight) to fight Santa Cruz (32-0-1), who was making his third defense. Frampton had to overcome two things in the fight: Santa Cruz’s phenomenal punch output and his seven inch reach advantage. Let me say that again. Santa Cruz had a SEVEN INCH reach advantage on Carl Frampton!

It was a great fight, with each guy having multiple moments throughout the battle. Santa Cruz threw over 1,000 punches, but it was Frampton’s controlled distance, left hooks, and power shots that won the fight.

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PHOTO ALERT: Miguel Cotto Attends Dallas Cowboys Game, Presents Dez Bryant with Signed Boxing Gloves


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On Monday night, Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) attended the Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Prior to kickoff, Cotto hit the field to present fellow Roc Nation Sports’ family Dez Bryant with signed boxing gloves. Cotto also had signed gloves on hand for former Cowboys’ running back and NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith. Cotto joined Cowboys’ owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones in his private suite for the remainder of the game. Cotto had signed gloves for Jerry and Stephen Jones – thanking them for brining “The Return” to Ford Center at The Star on February 25.


Cotto will face James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) in a highly anticipated February 25 showdown at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Dubbed as “The Return”, the bout is a 12-round junior middleweight contest. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office.


Cotto vs. Kirkland is a 12-round junior middleweight fight presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and Ford Center at The Star, and is sponsored by Corona Extra.


For more information, please visit www.throneboxing.com. Follow Roc Nation on Twitter @rocnation and Instagram @rocnationsports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RocNation.


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September 10, 2016

The O2, London, England

Telecast on HBO (US) and Sky Sports Pay-Per-View (UK)


Setting the table for the biggest international boxing event of 2016, more than 19,000 tickets (capacity) for The O2 in London were sold in 11 minutes on the first day they became available for purchase as the boxing’s most exciting and talked about fighter in the world, “GGG” prepared to fight for the first time as a professional in England.


As millions watched worldwide, the valiant and undefeated Brook went into the heat of the battle with Golovkin from the opening bell. As the huge crowd chanted for Brook, their native son, Golovkin displayed his trademark vicious body attack coupled with a full arsenal of power shots, breaking Brooks’ orbital bone in the second stanza.


After two additional hellacious rounds of action, Golovkin earned the stoppage in the fifth stanza as Brooks’ corner called a halt to the action during a blistering assault of head and body shots.
Wrote Dan Rafael from ESPN.com (excerpts).. “Gennady Golovkin steamrolled to yet another knockout victory to retain his world middleweight title in a slugfest against Kell Brook on Saturday night at the sold-out O2 Arena.


Golovkin, the much heavier puncher, punished Brook before unloading a brutal onslaught of blows against the game welterweight titleholder, sending Brook’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, onto the ring apron to throw in the towel in the fifth round.


Brook’s home-country crowd had come to see if he could pull off one of the biggest upsets in British boxing history. But Brook (36-1, 25 KOs), who was moving up two weight divisions, was overpowered by perhaps the best puncher in boxing. Brook took some thunderous shots and never went down, but he seemed shaken by the numerous punches Golovkin landed.


Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) retained his title for the 17th consecutive time. The middleweight division record is 20 straight defenses, set by the great Bernard Hopkins, who was ringside as an HBO analyst.


Golovkin, who has not gone the distance since winning an eight-round decision in 2008, notched his 23rd knockout in a row and raised his record for highest knockout percentage in middleweight title history to 91.7%”



On September 10, 2016, Gonzalez won his fourth divisional world title challenging undefeated WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos Cuadras at The Fabulous Forum, boxing’s legendary venue in Los Angeles.


Retaining his Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter status, Gonzalez won a hard fought, epic battle by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 115-113). With the victory Gonzalez became the first Nicaraguan fighter to win world titles in four divisions, besting his mentor and legendary boxer Alexis Arguello.


Also at The Fabulous Forum on April 23, 2016, Gonzalez defended his WBC Flyweight World Title for the fourth time in a brilliant performance against top rated contender McWilliams Arroyo by unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109 twice).


With his outstanding performances in 2016, Gonzalez continued to spotlight the lower weight classes for media and fans internationally with his action packed, aggressive style.



Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO’s) vs. Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KO’s)

September 10, 2016

The Fabulous Forum/Los Angeles, CA

Telecast on HBO (US)

**records prior to the fight**


Featuring the highest stakes in boxing and with two undefeated world champions performing at the peak of their careers, Gonzalez and Cuadras captivated fans with their world class skills, keeping them on their feet throughout the memorable, brutal slugfest against the toughest opponent of their respective careers


Going into the battle at The Fabulous Forum, Cuadras was defending his title for the fifth consecutive time as Gonzalez sought to capture his fourth divisional world title facing the toughest opponent of his Illustrious career.


Wrote the Associated Press about the breathtaking clash, (excerpts)..” The Nicaraguan pound-for-pound star better known as Chocolatito persevered through a brutal slugfest with Cuadras, who was outstanding on the biggest stage of his career. The fighters traded big shots and frenetic flurries for 12 rounds, but Gonzalez’s remarkable skills earned the victory on all three cards.


Gonzalez was thoroughly tested by Cuadras (35-1-1), who fearlessly took the star’s biggest shots in a name-making performance. A vociferous crowd of 6,714 at the famed Forum roared for both fighters through 12 punishing rounds, alternating chants of “Nicaragua!” and “Mexico!


Gonzalez appeared to lose none of his power or speed when he moved up 3 pounds from flyweight to super flyweight. He attacked Cuadras from the opening moments with relentless combinations, pressuring with his usual stellar footwork and movement.


But Cuadras replied with toughness and flair, shuffling his feet to taunt Gonzalez in the middle rounds. He repeatedly caught Chocolatito with creative shots while Gonzalez relentlessly stalked the champion.


Blood began dripping from a cut near Cuadras’ right eye in the ninth round, but Chocolatito’s face swelled on the right side in the late rounds as well.”


Gonzalez landed 33% of his punches, (323/985), while Cuadras landed 29% (258/893). Additionally, according to Compubox, 88% of the punches landed throughout the fight were power punches.


WBO Cruiserweight World Champion (11-0, 10 KO’s)

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New York State Boxing Hall of Fame announces Class of 2017

New York State Boxing Hall of Fame

 Announces Class of 2017 

Sunday, April 30 Induction Dinner

Dick Tiger, Jose Torres, Gaspar Ortega, Renaldo Snipes & Arthur Donovan head new class


NEW YORK (December 26, 2016) – The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 15-member Class of 2017. The sixth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 30, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“Once again, “said NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy, “we’re honoring New York’s finest in our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New York.  We’re expecting another knockout night.”

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include Manhattan welterweight Gaspar “El Indio” Ortega (131-39-6, 69 KOs), Yonkers’ world heavyweight title challenger Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes (39-8-1, 22 KOs), Yonkers middleweight Doug “Cobra’ Dewitt (33-8-5, 19 KOs), and “The Bronx Bomber,” world middleweight title challenger Alex Ramos (39-10-2, 24 KOs)

Posthumous participants being inducted are Queens’ former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Dick Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs), Brooklyn/Manhattan light heavyeight world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs), and “The Nonpareil”, Williamsburg middleweight world champion Jack Dempsey (51-4-11, 23 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Queens’ International agent Don Majeski, Long Island matchmaker Ron Katz, Manhattan manager Stan Hoffman and past Ring 8 president/NYSAC judge Bobby Bartels.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Brooklyn boxing historian Hank Kaplan, Long Island cut-man Al Gavin, Bronx referee Arthur Donovan and New York City columnist Dan Parker.

Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF.

The 2017 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members:  Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair, Angelo Prospero and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career.


CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and Arthur Mercante, Sr.

CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James “Buddy” McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard and Don Dunphy.


CLASS OF 2014:  Floyd Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D’Amato, William Muldoon and Tom O’Rourke.

CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby, Joey Giambra, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley, Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al Weill.

CLASS OF 2016:  Aaron Davis, Charles Murray, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Viruet, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Rocky Graziano, Rocky Kansas, Joe Lynch, Joe Miceli, Ed Brophy, Joe DeGuardia, Randy Gordon, Dennis Rappaport, Howie Albert, Freddie Brown, Howard Cosell, Ruby Goldstein and Jimmy Jacobs. Continue reading

PBC Round of the Year: Robert Easter vs. Richard Commey 9th Round – Story & Video: PremierBoxingChampions.com


Easter, Commey hit all the right spots in PBC’s Round of the Year


Click HERE for story and video via PremierBoxingChampions.com 


Entering the late stages of a competitive, action-packed fight with a vacant 135-pound world title at stake, Robert Easter Jr. and Richard Commey upped the ante in a thrilling three minutes that brought out the best in both men.


After Commey gained a questionable knockdown of Easter in the eighth round of their September 9 bout at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania, there was complete uncertainty to which fighter had the edge on the judges’ scorecards.


With a date with greatness up for grabs, Robert Easter Jr. and Richard Commey wasted no time going back at it in Round 9, which the staff of Premier Boxing Champions has selected as PBC’s Round of the Year for 2016.


Easter-Commey beat out three other worthy candidates: Round 9 of Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter, Round 2 of Leo Santa Cruz vs Carl Frampton and Round 4 of Adonis Stevenson vs Thomas Williams Jr. It was a closely contested round, with two of the judges siding with Easter and and one giving Commey the nod, which factored into Easter winning a split decision.


Just 10 seconds into Round 9, Easter and Commey moved into close quarters, exchanging heavy blows with both hands for nearly 30 seconds with little pause.

The fighters backed off nearly a minute in as they regrouped from the heated exchange and resumed a more measured approach working primarily with their jabs.


Commey, however, quickly ramped the action back up about 90 seconds into the round as the Ghana native began to let loose with his right hand coming behind the jab.


With a minute left in the round and a partisan crowd filled with family and friends from his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, rooting him on, Easter appeared to gain the upper hand as he pinned Commey against the ropes and landed a couple of solid rights during a flurry of punches.


After escaping the barrage, though, it was Commey’s turn to return fire as he landed a couple of rights before Easter responded with a head-turning left hook.


In the final 25 seconds, both fighters again exchanged rapid-fire blows before backing off just before the bell so that not only they could catch their breath, but that everyone watching could as well. Continue reading

REMINDER: Rivera Promotions Entertainment press conference THIS WEDNESDAY in Worcester, MA




WHAT:    Rivera Promotions Entertainment Press Conference




WHO:      Jose Antonio Rivera                                           

CEO, Rivera Promotions Entertainment

3-time, 2-division World Champion

Worcester, MA


Anthonee Jose Rivera

President, Rivera Promotions Entertainment

Worcester, MA




Irvin Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs), Worcester, MA

Reinaldo “Bazooka” Graceski (4-0, 2 KOs), Springfield, MA

Ranse Andino (pro debut), Worcester, MA

Chuck Shearns (2-1, 1 KO), Auburn, MA

Felix Martinez (pro debut), Worcester, MA

Richard Rivera (pro debut), Hartford, CT

Wilfredo Pagan (pro debut), Southbridge, MA

Luis “Pancho” Santiago (pro debut), Springfield, MA

Anthony Laureano (1-0, 0 KOs), East Haven, CT

Brandon Montella (5-0, 4 KOs), Quincy, MA


WHEN:      THIS WEDNESDAY, December 28, 2016 – 6 p.m. ET start


WHERE:    Whiskey On Water,97 Water St., Worcester, MA


WHY:       To formally announce the January 19, 2017 “New England’s Future” professional boxing event, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment, at the Palladium in Worcester.


OTHER:       Tickets, priced at $65.00 (ringside), $45.00 (preferred seating) and $35.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at www.ThePalladium.net or the Palladium box office (general admission only), or by contacting Jose Rivera (elgallojar@gmail.com/508.864.6954),  AJ Rivera  (anthoneerivera@gmail.com/774.272.2269) of any of the fighters.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Why Me & Sherry’s House




Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt @joseriverachamp

CONTACT:  Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, 978.590.0470, @fightpublicist

Press Release – The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer: Make Wilson Fight Night Small Town Big Dreams Tickets A Part Of Your Christmas



Tickets On Sale NOW at https://wilson-fight-night.ticketbud.com/wilson-fight-night  or purchase by calling 919 701-CATZ


Wilson, NC (December 22) –  If you are looking for an exciting last minute gift that will bring the ultimate entertainment to a loved one’s life, tickets to Top Catz Boxing’s February 4 Wilson Fight Night – “Small Town Big Dreams” is the way to go. The ultimate stocking stuffer for the sports fans in your life!


You will be giving plenty of Holiday Joy in an unforgettable event featuring:


Undefeated Wilson, NC Cruiserweight Austin “Babyface Assassin” Bryant 2-0 (2 KO’s) headlines a card that will also feature a highly anticipated middleweight match up between proven veteran Jamar Freeman 14-5-2 (7 KO’s) and undefeated Pablo Velez Jr. 7-0-1 (5 KO’s).


The Wilson Fight Night – Small Town Big Dreams card will also include North Carolina boxers undefeated Heavyweight Jo-El Caudle 5-0 (4 KO’s), the pro debut of Welterweight Anthony Sonnier, very promising Lightweight Marko Bailey 2-0 (2 KO’s), and talented Welterweight Donnie Marshall 1-0 (1 KO).


Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Top Catz Boxing, are priced at $20, $35, and $75.  Tickets are available online at www.topcatzboxing.com or at https://wilson-fight-night.ticketbud.com/wilson-fight-night  Tickets can also be purchased by calling 919 701-CATZ.


About Wilson Fight Night – “Small Town Big Dreams”


Top Catz Boxing presents Wilson Fight Night – “Small Town Big Dreams” Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Bill Ellis Convention Center. Doors open at 6PM.  First fight is at 7PM.


The night will be filled with exciting professional boxing matches that will keep fans entertained and on their feet cheering for some of the best local, North Carolina boxing talent.


For more information about Wilson Fight Night – “Small Town Big Dreams,” follow Top Catz Boxing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TOPCATZBOXING.



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CES MEDIA ALERT Eight months removed from knee surgery, Lundy makes long-awaited return next Friday in Cincinnati

Hank LundyPROVIDENCE, R.I. (Dec. 22nd, 2016) – A lot of people think “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy is a little crazy, including his doctor, especially after Lundy returned to the gym to start hitting the heavy bag just three weeks removed from major knee surgery.


To survive and advance in the sport of boxing, one must be a bit bold – a little daring now and then – and be unafraid to take risks. The 32-year-old Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) has never backed down from a challenge or shied away from confrontation, whether it’s moving up to an entirely different weight class to challenge one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighters for a shot at a world title or traveling more than 5,000 miles to Europe to face an undefeated prospect in his own backyard.


On Friday, Dec. 30th, 2016, boxing’s most feared road warrior fights for the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) World Lightweight Title in a 12-round bout against 24-year-old California native John Delperdang (10-1, 9 KOs) at the B.O.O.M. Fitness Center in Cincinnati, presented by B.O.O.M. Promotions in association with CES Boxing, only eight months after underdoing major knee surgery to repair a torn ACL.


The most important sidebar in all this, aside from Lundy’s long-awaited return, is the Philadelphia native’s official campaign for a major world title at 135 pounds. No longer lamenting the fact most lightweights refuse to fight him, or stepping up to 140 for a lucrative, high-profile bout, Lundy will instead press the issue in 2017.


Those who’ve successfully avoided him in the past will be forced to face the music as Lundy continues to climb the ladder in the competitive 135-pound division.


“I’m ready to make a statement at 135,” Lundy said. “I’ve been chasing a title down there, but had to jump to 140 because no one will fight me at 135. They know I’m a monster there.


“This year, I will be a world champion at 135, no ifs, ands or buts about it.”


The Delperdang bout is Lundy’s first since challenging pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super Lightweight Title in New York, a fight Lundy accepted, injured knee and all, knowing he’d eventually need surgery to get back to 100 percent.


At his peak, Lundy rose to No. 1 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings in 2012 and was still a top 10 contender when he faced Crawford in February. Fighting and defeating Delperdang would be the first step in Lundy’s quest to get back into the rankings and in contention to fight for a major title at 135, where he’s always been the most comfortable.


“Starting Dec. 30th and going into 2017, we will fight at 135 pounds and fight for a world title. Hank deserves it,” said Lundy’s promoter, CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr.


“He hasn’t backed down from anybody. [Raymundo] Beltran, [John] Molina, [Richar] Abril, [Thomas] Dulorme, Crawford, [Viktor] Postol – no one in boxing has done that. We came up to 140 because no legitimate 135-pounder wanted to fight Hank. Now we’re back in business.”


The hardest part for Lundy while sitting out the past eight months watching others make their climb in the 135-pound division was having to take time off from training. As Lundy puts it, “I’m an athlete,” so it ate away at him knowing he couldn’t do what he loved most immediately following the surgery.


“I couldn’t do anything,” Lundy said. “I’m not going to lie to you, I almost went into depression mode. To go from doing everything on your own to having to rely on someone to help you every step of the way, my wife is a blessing from God. She helped me through that.


“I kid you not, two to three weeks after the surgery, I was up and down the steps walking around. I still had the staples in my leg when I was in the gym hitting the bag. I was in the gym working and people were like, ‘Man, you’re crazy!’


“Even the doctor told me I was crazy. The doctor knows best, but the man upstairs knows what’s better. I put it in God’s hands. Look at me now. I’m stronger than ever.”


While neither Lundy or Burchfield offer any excuses for Lundy’s performance in the Crawford bout – “Under no circumstances would he pull out of the fight,” Burchfield said – Lundy acknowledged he feels better, faster and stronger since the surgery.


“I’ve been on my toes dancing,” he said. “I’m doing 12 rounds on my toes. I feel great again. It’s like when you get a flat tire. Once you get it fixed, you hit the road again. That’s how I feel.”


Burchfield likened Lundy’s spirit to that of former CES Boxing contenders who’ve defied the odds through the years, among them five-time world champion Vinny Paz, the subject of the biopic film “Bleed For This,” and former super lightweight contender “Sucra” Ray Oliveira.


“These guys were all warriors,” Burchfield said. “They fight.”


Lundy’s opponent next Friday is a relative unknown in the lightweight division, but has stopped nine of 11 opponents with his only loss coming by a narrow majority decision to lightweight contender Rickey Edwards.


The one thing he lacks is Lundy’s experience in high-profile fights; in addition to his HBO main event showdown with Crawford in February, Lundy challenged Dulorme on HBO in December of 2015 and defeated Angelo Santana on Showtime in 2014. Other previous opponents include Postol, the former WBC World Super Lightweight champion, and Abril, a former World Boxing Association (WBA) World Lightweight title-holder, whom Lundy beat in 2010.


“Everyone may say, “What’s Hank doing fighting a guy who’s 10-1?’ At the end of the day, he’s the only guy willing to step up,” Lundy said. “I know he’ll bring everything into the ring to defeat ‘Hammerin’’ Hank. A win over me puts his name on the radar.


“I’m hungry and he’s hungry, too. We’re ready for war. It’s going to be a great show.”


Tickets for the Dec. 30th Lundy-Delperdang bout are priced at $30.00, $50.00, $100.00 and $250.00 and are available by phone at (513) 409-2663 or online at www.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.boomfitnesscenter.comwww.cesboxing.comwww.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING.


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