Team Rouse Kickboxing is back with a new card on January 21st at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey, Oklahoma. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Randy Rouse at (918) 214-2333. “Bad” Brad Berkwitt will be the Ring Announcer once again, so come on out for a night of great fights…
Team Rouse Kickboxing Is Back with Another Show on January 21st at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey Oklahoma – Breaking News
Following the outstanding response from fans and media of the announcement to their World Middleweight Championship battle set for Saturday, March 18 at Madison Square Garden, Unified Middleweight World Champion (WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO), GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA Middleweight Champion and Mandatory Challenger, Brooklyn’s DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) will hold press conferences in New York City and Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 11, respectively.
The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Four-division world champion Amanda Serrano hosted media at the Mendez Gym in New York on Thursday as she nears her championship defense against former champion Yazmin Rivas on Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME EXTREME.
The Serrano vs. Rivas fight is the first nationally televised women’s world title bout in nearly a decade and will headline action on SHOWTIME EXTREME. Coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET/PT and features Ievgen Khytrov battling Immanuwel Aleem in a 10-round matchup of undefeated rising middleweight contenders.
Midtown MMA brings the octagon ring back to Eugene, Or on Jan. 28 presenting the biggest Mixed Martial Arts fight card the city has ever seen. Headlining Midtown Throwdown 10 is a professional heavyweight championship bout between the Pacific Northwest’s #19 Jimmy Jennett and #6 Anthony “The Joker” McDonald. And in the co-main event, former middleweight champion Justin Ellis battles Hank Turner for Midtown’s middleweight title. Midtown Throwdown 10 also features a women’s strawweight championship fight between deaf fighter #4 (Utah) Aubree “The Silent Assassin” Thompson and #28 (Nevada) Cheyenne “The Warrior Princess” Vlismas, along with, a welterweight title fight between #3 Raymond “Boom Boom” Hill and #5 Aaron Bowles. Tickets are available online now at Midtownthrowdown.com.
Jezreel Corrales Wins a Split Decision Over Takashi Uchiyama to Defend His WBA Super Featherweight Title in Japan
Last Saturday night, at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Toyko, Japan, Jezreel Corrales, 21-1, 8 KO’s pulled out a split-decision victory over Takashi Uchiyama, 24-2-1,20 KO’s to successfully defend his WBA World Super Featherweight title (117-110, 115-112, 113-114). Last April, the 23-year old Corrales pulled off a stunning upset by knocking out the 37-year old Uchiyama to take the crown.
Uchiyama knocked Corrales down late in the fifth round, though it didn’t seem to do a lot of damage to the champion. Not surprisingly, “Knockout Dynamite” had a hard time landing blows against the athletic, unorthodox fighter Corrales. In the later rounds, Uchiyama seemed to adjust to the Panamanian’s speed and began landing some punches, but could not hit “El Invisible” with any big shots before the bell in the final round.
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci
OK sports fans let’s get ready to step back into the ring for the much-anticipated fistic mayhem of 2017. First up is the title unification between Super middleweight champions James DeGale and Badou Jack on January 14th when they both put their titles on the line in Brooklyn New York at the Barclays Center and televised live on Sky Sports. Both champions have been working off the same career time frame winning titles in 2015 and both making two successful defenses. These two cats are quite evenly matched beyond that so fans are urged not to miss this one.
Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) will challenge Oli Thompson (17-9) during the main card of “Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione” on February 18, 2017 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. In addition, undefeated lightweights Adam Piccolotti (9-0) and Brent Primus (7-0) are also set to face off during the Spike-televised card.
In the main event of “Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione,” Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) will compete on American Soil for the first since 2011, when he meets Matt Mitrione (11-5). The event will air LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event start at only $30 and are available at SAP Center Box Office, Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. Additional fights will be announced in coming weeks.
Photo credit Amy Stein
Tommy Cordova, 22-15-3, 9 KO’s was a scrappy brawler from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who battled some of the top fighters in the super featherweight division in the 1980’s. Cordova, a true warrior with tremendous heart, never backed away from a challenge. Resembling a wild west gun-slinger, Cordova would face several fighters on the upstart of their careers, and would never back down from any opponent.
Tommy’s career got off to a great start with nine victories in a row, six coming via by knockout. Most of his competition were soft opponents though, merely club fighters who offered no resistance. Cordova’s first tough opponent, Kenny Baysmore, was an undefeated prospect who was undefeated after thirteen bouts. At the Graham Central Station in Pheonix, AZ, on March 5, 1984, Cordova walked away with the first professional loss of his career, dropping an unanimous decision.
On December 16, 2016, VADA notified the WBC that Alexander Povetkin’s anti-doping test taken from his December 6, 2016, “A” Sample pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program (“CBP”) yielded an adverse analytical finding for the banned substance Ostarine. The WBC Rules & Regulations provide that Mr. Povetkin can request that: (1) the “B” Sample be tested; and (2) he or his designated representative(s) witness the opening of the “B” sample container.
Mr. Povetkin made the requests set forth above. The opening of the “B” Sample container is scheduled to take place at the University of California Los Angeles laboratory on January 5, 2017.
Before the cage door closes at the Forum in Los Angeles, the main and co-main event fighters from “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” participated in a media conference call. If you weren’t on the line, you can listen to it here, or read a couple of the quotes below.
In the main event of the evening, Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) takes on Chael Sonnen (28-14-1). In addition, Ralek Gracie (3-0) and Hisaki Kato (7-2) will meet in a middleweight feature fight, while Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) battle. Lastly, a fantastic welterweight co-main event pitting Paul Daley (38-14-2) against Brennan Ward (14-4) is also set for the Spike-televised main card.
6:08 AM – 2 Jan 2017
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Brennan Ward (14-4)
Middleweight Main Card Bout: Ralek Gracie (3-0) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)
M1 Challenge Champion Alexey Kunchenko Vs Shavkat Rakhmonov Headline M-1 Challenge 75 – Breaking News
M-1 Global has announced a battle of undefeated fighters to headline M-1 Challenge 75 as M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko takes on top challenger Shavkat Rakhmonov, March 3, in Moscow, Russia.
M-1 Challenge 75 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.
If you love knockouts, one fighter you should most certainly be watching in 2017 is the Russian standout who fights out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Artur Beterbiev, 11-0, 11 KO’s. For those familiar with him, he needs no introduction. All of the blood-thirsty boxing ghouls have already received a taste of what he has to offer. If you’re witnessing a Beterbiev fight you might not want to blink as they typically end in quick, dramatic fashion.
Beterbiev didn’t just pop up out of nowhere given that as an amateur he had wins over the likes of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and Ismail Sillakh. Not to mention the fact that he’s been in with other amateur standouts in losing efforts to include the current World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight, 200 pounds, Champion, Oleksandr “The Cat” Usyk. Regardless of wins and losses, being in the ring with fighters of such caliber only make you better.
By Jeffrey “Italian Medallion” Cellini
Friday, from the Ariake Colosseum, in Tokyo, Japan, two-division world champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue, 12-0, 10 KO’s stopped Kohei Kono, 32-10-1, 13 KO’s in the sixth-round of an all-Japanese clash to defend his WBO Super Flyweight title. The biggest secret in boxing, Inoue dominated the contest from opening bell and demonstrated why he is on the verge of gaining worldwide recognition as one of the best fighters in the world.
Rhonda Rousey Destroyed in 48 Seconds by Amanda Nunes: Floyd Mayweather, JR’s Reaction & Screams of a Fixed Fight!
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Last night in Las Vegas Nevada Rhonda Rousey returned to the ring after a yearlong absence after being knocked out by Holly Holm. In UFC 207, she faced bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes for her 135 LB championship at the T-Moblie Arena.
In just 48 seconds, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight when Nunes rocked Rousey with right hands along the fence. Rousey did not go unconscious, as she did from Holm’s infamous head kick, but she was essentially out on her feet. It is the fastest knockout finish of Nunes’ career.
Floyd Mayweather, JR. who listened to many Rousey nut huggers say “she would KO him in a boxing match” has to be laughing all the way to the strip club right now!
Packy’s World: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin – Danny Jacobs Fight PREDICTION, Fighter of 2016, Oscar De La Hoya Get Your Fishnets On, My Pal Al, Happy New Year & The Chutzpah Award Goes to Dak Prescott
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… RSR Readers, I am sorry for my absence as of late and trust me, I missed all of you who write in when Bradley posts my column on Ringside Report. Also, to the folks who email me to see if I am doing OK when you don’t see a “Packy’s World” on RSR for some time. At my age of 40, (OK so I hit it twice and add some more) life throws you curveballs to the bagels that years ago, I could have knocked out the park.
Enough of ole Packy. Did you have a good Christmas? My Sadie has been on a Gin Rummy tear as of late over these yentas in her club, I will tell you that.
So, without any more wait, let’s get to some boxing….
Where art thou, Yuriorkis? Yuriorkis Gamboa, 25-1, 17 KO’s is one of the most exciting fighters of this generation. He’s comparable to a missile. A lot of power packed in a small shell. He opens each fight as though he were shot out of a cannon with the single mission of seek and destroy. Additionally, as with a missile, Gamboa has no regard for what may come in his path as though regardless of the outcome, he will have served his purpose.
Gamboa is and will continually be recognized as one of the best fighters to defect from Cuba and establish himself in the United States. If putting on a show could be defined by a fighter’s output, Gamboa has notoriously left us craving for an encore. He’s an elite level fighter with a high powered offense comparable to the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. And for that same matter he’s also comparable to the Saints defensively, which has ultimately been to his disadvantage at many times throughout his career.
World ranked cruiserweight KEVIN “THE KO KID” LERENA, (16-1-0, 8 KO’s) kicks off his 2017 campaign towards a world title in style on Saturday, February 4 with his triumphant return to South Africa’s premier boxing venue, Emperors Palace against VIKAPITA “BEAST MASTER” MERORO, (28-5-0, 14 KO’s) of Windhoek, Namibia.
Presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves of South Africa, advance tickets for THUNDER AND LIGHTNING, may be purchased by calling 078-457-3030.
“Irish” Teddy Mann, 27-15, 14 KO’s was a former world-rated middleweight boxer during the late 1970’s-early 80’s. Mann, who grew up in the Forked River section of Lacey Township, New Jersey while very young, developed a lifelong love for the sport of boxing. As an amateur, he was able to build an impressive record and fight some of the toughest competitors including A.A.U. Champion, Curtis Parker and several other golden gloves champions.
After turning pro on August 24,1977, Theodore A. Mannschreck, shortened his name to Mann after his manager Carmen Graziano recommended for him to do so. One of the most memorable victories for “Irish” Mann was his seventh-round knockout over Frankie Suarez for the Florida State Middleweight title in October of 1978 in Orlando.
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By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci
OK fight fans I’m here to shed the light and handicap the upcoming catch weight bout between former middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and former contender James Kirkland. When you see descriptive words in first sentence like “catch-weight” and “former” it’s dead giveaway someone’s picking on the cherry tree again. When you see the words “pay per view,” buyer beware.
On paper this is a fan friendly matchup of two gents whose styles will mesh to give their target audience an entertaining bout and most likely go the distance. What’s problematic is that Cotto will be coming off 15 months of ring rust surpassed only by Kirkland’s 21, like two Tin Men from Oz left out in the rain. Worse yet, last time we saw poor Kirkland left for proverbial dead in a heap courtesy of a Canelo Alvarez right hand.
Gennady “GGG” Golvokin Vs Daniel Jacobs INSIDE TRACK, Larry Holmes, Andre Ward Retires & More – RSR Video Email Bag Show
The stacked main card of “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” has added even more ammo to its arsenal with the news that Derek Campos (17-6) and Derek Anderson (14-2, 1 NC) will compete in a lightweight feature fight on January 21, 2017 inside The Forum in Los Angeles, Calif. In addition, a female flyweight bout pitting Rebecca Ruth (6-2) against Colleen Schneider (10-7) has been added to the preliminary portion of the event.
The lightweight clash joins a main card that is highlighted by a legendary faceoff between superstars Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1). In addition, Ralek Gracie (3-0) and Hisaki Kato (7-2) will meet in a middleweight feature fight, while Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) battle. Lastly, a fantastic welterweight co-main event pitting Paul Daley (38-14-2) against Brennan Ward (14-4) is also set for the Spike-televised main card.
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.