Undefeated No. 1 light heavyweight contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) has found a solid boxer to face him on the July 29 card, featuring the WBC and lineal world light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs), at the Videotron Centre. WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Alvarez will face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs).
Jesse Vargas made headlines across the pond with his recent comments on the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Kell Brook match. Read HERE.
The last time fight fans had a chance to watch two time former world champion Mikey Garcia enter the boxing ring was on January 25th 2014. That night he came away with a unanimous decision victory over Juan Carlos Burgos. Since that night in New York City, Mikey has spent the last two and half years out of the ring fighting a legal battle against Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum. Mikey claimed Top Rank violated the Muhammad Ali Act, which is a federal statute put in place to prevent promoters from taking advantage of fighters. Eventually after a long court battle Garcia was released from his Top Rank contract this past April.
With a potential title shot on the line, Adam Lopez and Roman Reynoso fought to a 10-round draw in the main event of the 15-year anniversary telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME® from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
In attendance ringside before the fight, newly crowned IBF Junior Featherweight World Champion Jonathan Guzman (22-0, 22 KOs) announced that he’d like fight the winner of Lopez-Reynoso, raising the stakes for this matchup of 122-pound prospects. While the fight was close and entertaining, analyst Steve Farhood, who has called all 219 ShoBox telecasts, didn’t believe either fighter did enough to earn an immediate title shot against Guzman.
Tyson Fury continues to make boxing headlines. Read HERE.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Sure once again, I grabbed the RSR Reader and new readers with my title. Yes, it was on purpose. Before you leave me hate comments on Facebook or threaten to shove my spleen through my kidneys (Is that even possible? Yes, an actual threat from a Facebook Keyboard Warrior World Champion) let me break this article down and the title for you…
A Closer Look at Five Possible Opponents for WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder
Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder is coming off a sensational eighth- round technical knockout victory over Chris Arreola this past Saturday night in defense of his WBC Heavyweight title. The champion will be sidelined for a few months while trying to heal a broken right hand and a torn bicep muscle that were sustained during the fight. However, the search for his next opponent begins now. Here are the five heavyweight challengers that await an opportunity to fight the “Bronze Bomber” for the championship.
Photo Credit Winfried Mausolf
Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) will defend his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
The fight has been a long time coming with the pair originally slated to meet in 2011 at The O2 in London before an eye injury forced Braehmer to withdraw. Four years later, the fighters were again close to sharing a ring but talks broke down with Cleverly opting to fight in America instead.
When boxing fans think of the biggest and best fight of the year they think of Mexican Independence Day weekend. A weekend that Floyd “Money” Mayweather, JR. made famous. A weekend where thousands of fight fans usually converge on Las Vegas and spend millions of dollars. For the older boxing fans and true historians of the fight game they know that September 15th 1972 was the date that started it all. That memorable night in Los Angeles 44 years ago Chango Carmona gave fight fans one of the best fights the Mexican Holiday has ever seen. Carmona faced the very popular Southern California fighter Mexican-American Mando Ramos. Ramos was the WBC Lightweight Champion and a Long Beach, California native. The Los Angeles Coliseum, was loud and the fans were rowdy. Half the crowd was Mexican nationals rooting for Carmona, the other half of the crowd rooting for the hometown favorite Ramos. Leading up yo the fight Carmona had trained two months in the elevation of Mexico City.
The Historian’s Hub: Deontay Wilder Vs Chris Arreola, Viktor Postol Vs Terence Crawford & Adrien Broner Better Avoid Boner’s While in Jail!
This week in the world of combat sports
A one-armed Pride of Tuscaloosa batters a 246 lb heavy bag, and despite this seemingly impressive win over a man with two arms, it does not put the rest of the division on notice. The champ shows some heart, but proves little in title defense of trampionship belt versus said heavy bag…Adrien “Boner” returns to the Big House for a 30 day stint because he can’t keep a court date…HBO jams its foot in its mouth by pitting two good (but low draw) fighters on a PPV card, thus limiting the exposure of two potential stars…
Any fans of boxing or MMA have heard the same old arguments from countless people about why one discipline is superior to the other, and vice versa, ad nauseum. I, of course, am a boxing man, but I do enjoy the bigger UFC cards when they are on. I also enjoy the irony that when watching UFC with a bunch of people, they remain mostly bored watching the grappling style fights until a stand up fight breaks out. Either way, and whichever fighting discipline you prefer, my intention is not to drag that tired, old and never-ending argument off the backburner. My intention is to take a look back in history at a time when boxing looked….a lot like MMA?
With a win, the 24 year-old of Millville, New Jersey is staring a big opportunity in the face against an undefeated opponent that is already penciled in for a September 16th date in Atlantic City.
Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) will not have to wait long for a second shot at World glory following his majority draw with WBA World Champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. The German super middleweight injured his left shoulder in the sixth-round of their World Championship clash, but thankfully, the injury has been diagnosed as just a minor muscle tear, which will not require surgery, and following a short break, the 24 year-old will be ready for a rematch with De Carolis later this year.
The World MMA Association (WMMAA) has terminated its Head of Judges, Radmir Gabdullin, due to his imprudence, inexperience, and technical inability to evaluate Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the professional sector.
Regarding recent statements that he recently made in the Russian press, Gabdullin expressed himself disrespectfully to other colleague judges, WMMAA Board member Alexander Engelhardt and the Association itself, as Worldwide WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein expressed, “One of the key factors of MMA is respect. This is a line we should and can never cross. That being said, it leaves me no other choice than to release Radmir Gabdullin from his function. We also severely advise that the Russian MMA Union do the same. (The Russian MMA Union is a full member of the World MMA Union.)
A lot of people have been wondering why Canelo Alvarez isn’t fighting Triple G this year. Boxing fans have known for a while now that Alvarez would fight Liam Smith for the WBO Middleweight title. However, a lot of sportsbetting boxing odds probably favored the Alvarez/Triple G bout over the matchup that Jerry Jones and Oscar De La Hoya announced.
It seems that UFC can’t catch a break but USADA is on a roll. For the second time, former heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar tested positive for as yet to be determined banned substance, this time though, the test was conductive “in-competition” meaning the banned substance was in his system during fight day, USADA did not specify as to whether it’s from a pre-fight or post-fight drug test last July 9.
Terence Crawford, WBO and The Ring Junior Welterweight champion, is primed for his upcoming battle with Viktor Pistol, WBC Super Lightweight champion, on July 23rd, to unify the belts. Crawford,28-0, 20 KO’s, former WBO and The Ring Lightweight champion, is currently ranked sixth in the world, pound-for-pound. The young superstar is starting to put together a nice resume of world titles and notable wins, but will a victory later this month put him on the list for the top five junior welterweight all-time champions.
Undefeated rising contender David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) is set to face super middleweight contender Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 5 live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with exciting lightweight contender Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) taking on Ireland’s Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round attraction.
Undefeated rising contender Miguel Flores (20-0, 9 KOs) takes on exciting once-beaten featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski (25-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 12 from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a welterweight showdown between unbeaten contender Bryant Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) and Cuban Olympian Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.
Bahodir Mamadjanov hails from Uzbekistan, and a quick glance at his resume tells you he is a willing and capable warrior. The 29 year old lefty, who campaigns in the super lightweight class, has been in with opposition of known quality since turning professional in 2011, and that trend figures to continue now that he has signed on with young gun promoter Dmitriy Salita.
Mamadjanov (19-2 with 11 KOs) opened eyeballs galore when he upset 14-0 Angelo Santana, a highly touted prospect, in 2014. He didn’t get the nod in 2015, when he clashed with Richard Commey, who will shortly vie for the IBF 135 pound title.
This Friday night at the Claridge in Atlantic City, welterweight, Anthony “Juice” Young will be in the headlining bout for the first time, and he gets to do it in front of his hometown fans as he takes on Eduardo Flores in six-round bout in a card promoted by Rising Promotions.
The 28 year-old former college football player will look for his 2nd straight win and in the process look to put on a dominant performance against a man who has more than three-times the amount of fights then the Atlantic City native.
Former lineal Word Light Heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) will not face Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) in the co-main event on “SHOOTOUT,” headlined by the light heavyweight world title bout between defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs), July 29 at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City. The 34-year-old Dawson, fighting out of New Haven, Connecticut, injured his shoulder during training camp.
Photo by Rosie Cohe/Showtime
Promising, unbeaten, power-punching heavyweight Jarrell “ Big Baby” Miller and undefeated welterweight knockout artist Bakhtiyar Eyubov participated in an Open Media Workout Tuesday at Mendez Boxing in Manhattan, N.Y.
Miller and Eyubov, who both fight out of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be featured in two of the three fights of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on Friday, Aug. 19, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m.. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the outdoor soccer venue at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
WBC Heavyweight champ, Deontay Wilder, 36-0, 35 KO’s faced off against an often mentioned lesser opponent in Chris Arreola, 36-4-1, 31KO’s with 3 of those losses by KO’s, two of which came at the hands of Bermane Stiverne. Who himself suffered only his 2nd loss in 27 fights to the hands of Wilder in January of last year.
So was this the fight we all thought it would be? That would be a resounding yes.
Deontay Wilder emerged victorious last night over Chris Arreola. Arreola, as many suspected, did not have the firepower to compete with the “Bronze Bomber”, and was clearly outgunned in every round before his corner stopped the fight. What is more alarming than the outcome is that Deontay Wilder once again sustained an injury to his right hand.