“We continue to grow with every new country take forward the MMA movement as well as recognition of MMA as a sport,” said Tomas Yu, President of the WMMA Pan-American Division. “I have long been an advocate of MMA as a sport. Watching this great group of pioneers put up a great fight that takes is back to the basics and to what Martial Arts truly represents: loyalty, honor, and family.”
Heavyweight Travis “My Time” Kauffman (31-1, 23 KOs) has been training hard for his showdown with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-2-1, 16 KOs) that will headline Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce Friday, March 17 from Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
Televised coverage on Bounce begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Kauffman trained in Houston, Texas with famed trainer Naazim Richardson, and is ready for the hard punching Mansour.
“Everything is great. I was in Houston starting on December 20th and I came home on March 5th,” said Kauffman.
UFC 209 was one of the most underwhelming events in recent memory and it has some fans questioning the sport’s future. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a fight with a name that’s really recognizable to casual fans and that’s exactly what the UFC needs if it’s going to be successful in the future. The old guard of MMA stars are rapidly aging (or retiring), with most in their mid-to-late thirties. If the sport wants to keep growing, it needs faces that can connect with the general public—and it needs them soon.
These days just about everyone is at least familiar with Conor McGregor, Brock Lesnar, and Ronda Rousey but casual audiences would likely struggle to name any additional fighters. UFC might have been hoping to elevate the likes of Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson into household names, but the product has failed to live up to the hype.
Packy’s World: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin INSIDE TRACK, Michael Spinks, Bobo Olson, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Alan Ladd
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… RSR readers are you as excited as I am for the big fight this Saturday night between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs? I have not been this excited since Sadie took her Yenta Club of Card Players on a cruise a few years back and Ole Packy had the house to himself for ten days! Let’s talk some boxing…
When Kelvin Gastelum stopped Vitor Belfort this past weekend he accomplished some stuff. First, he silenced the euphoric Brazilian crowd; a crowd that was already in a state of delirium after watching Shogun Hua, their other beloved son, reign strikes upon Gian Villante for a huge victory.
Literally smelling blood, as it was a gruesomely bloody UFC Fight Night, the Brazilian’s wanted more. The upstart Gastelum was not willing to oblige. Kelvin Gastelum took on the role of a human sedative instead; the crowd did its best imitation of an empty warehouse as they watched the veteran Belfort get knocked out. It is not an easy task to silence such a crowd, Gastelum did so, and appeared to relish the moment.
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Saturday night, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, David Lemieux, 37-3, 33 KO’s scored a devastating one-punch knockout of Curtis Stevens 29-6, 21 KO’s in the third round. The scheduled 10-round middleweight bout came to an abrupt end when Lemieux backed Stevens into the ropes and connected with a flush left hook to the jaw. The 32-year-old Stevens’ body went limp as he crumpled to the floor, and referee Charlie Fitch took a quick look at Stevens and called an immediate halt to the contest at the 1:59 mark. The former title challenger from Brooklyn, was carried out of the ring on a stretcher for precautionary reasons after having been laid out flat on his back on the ring apron for several tense minutes.
David Lemieux Puts Himself Right Back in Title Contention with Highlight Reel KO Over Curtis Stevens!
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, live on HBO, David Lemieux, 37-3, 33 KO’s, scored a scintillating knockout over Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens, 29-6, 21 KO’s. The knockout came at 1:01 mark of the 3rd round of their fight at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. The knockout left Stevens out could on the canvas for several minutes as doctors attended to him. Lemieux was able to catch Stevens with a right straight followed by a short and powerful left hook that he didn’t see prior to or after the punch. It was a riveting moment for those watching the telecast as well as those in the arena due to concerns for the health of Stevens.
In an intriguing fight, that had major fan interest, one punch from David Lemieux turned his fight against Curtis Stevens into something else. Something boxing fans always dread. Going in, boxing fans saw this fight as a can’t miss, all action slugfest. For the fighters, it was a calculated risk where both fighters hoped to throw their names in the opponent pool for the Gennady Golovkin Vs Daniel Jacobs winner. In the third round, David Lemieux delivered a crushing left hook to the chin of Curtis Stevens, which put the fight to a halt, and our collective hearts in our throats. Stevens went down hard and was put to sleep. He was not waking up? Would he wake up?
Saturday night, at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong-based contender Rex Tso, 21-0, 13 KO’s defeated Japan’s Hirofumi Mukai, 13-5-3, 3 KO’s by eighth-round knockout in a wild brawl.
Tso scored knockdowns in rounds three and six before finishing Mukai at the :32 second mark of the eighth. A straight left to the body by Tso put Mukai down for a third time, convincing referee Danrex Tapdasan to waive off the bout. The fight was a back-and-forth affair for most of the contest, with both men starting out with jabs before opting to trade power shots midway through the first round. Mukai received a cut on his left eye due to an accidental headbutt by the time the round ended.
Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa, 26-1, 17 KO’s, made his return to the ring on March 11, 2017, after a lengthy, 15 month layoff. Lengthy layoffs have seemingly become the norm for Gamboa at this point in his career. In this return fight Gamboa won a unanimous decision over Rene Alvarado, 24-8, 16 KO’s, in a mostly uneventful fight. I must preface by saying that much of the lack of action was stewarded by Alvarado as he was reluctant to throw shots for the majority of the fight.
At 35 years old, Gamboa looked relatively sharp for a fighter coming off such a long layoff. Additionally, it looked as though Gamboa hasn’t really lost much, if any, speed and reflexes even at this age. This was apparent regardless of the fact that his opponent wasn’t very game. Gamboa maintaining his speed and reflexes could be in part to his inactivity prolonging some some of his physical attributes.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. craves attention and he is the King at getting it. Read HERE what he has just announced!
Demetrius Andrade walked into the lions den and came out of it a two-time world champion with a 12-round split decision to capture the WBA Junior Middleweight world title over defending champion Jack Culcay in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Andrade was the superior boxer, who controlled the bout with his combination punching as he worked the body and then came upstairs to the head of Culcay. Andrade kept a solid distance with his jab, that thwarted Culcay’s oncoming rushes. It was a tough grueling battle as Culcay (22-2, 11 KO’s) tried to bull his way in, had some, but little success and, Andrade was consistently finishing off the exchanges with the prominent punches.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields shined in her television debut, knocking out the durable Szilvia Szabados in the fourth round (1:30) to advance to 2-0 as a professional in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME at MGM Grand Detroit.
Shields (2-0, 1 KOs) put on a show less than an hour from her hometown of Flint, Mich., landing nearly 50 percent of her power shots in the first women’s boxing main event in premium television history.
Szabados (15-9, 6 KOs), of Hungary, didn’t touch the canvas but never really stood a shot against an opponent that has been billed as the future of women’s boxing. Shields came out blazing in the opening round, backing up Szabados with crisp, clean punches as she out-landed her opponent 31-4 in the first.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR Shocks Boxing World with Comments about Sugar Ray Robinson & Muhammad Ali – Breaking News
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. once again, goes where many boxing fans feel he should never and it’s not his local Strip Club! Read HERE what Floyd has said now.
Bellator Spotlight: Alex Lohore Discusses His Career & Offers Advice to a Young Man Or Woman Wanting to Break Into Mixed Marital Arts
“…believe in yourself, don’t be scared to try new stuff at training, ask a lot of questions and always put yourself in the worst condition at training; because training is where you learn, get to try again and understand moves, positions etc properly”. —Alex Lohore
Alex “Da Kid” Lohore is a mixed martial artist; welterweight division, with a professional record of 11-1. Nine of his victories have come inside of the distance. Alex is a very versatile fighter whose stock is on the rise. He made his Bellator debut on February 24th, with a submission victory; rear-naked choke, over veteran Colin “Freakshow” Fletcher.
Alex recently took part in a candid Q&A for Ringside Report; where he discussed his MMA origins, the value of training and why he was ‘The Best Man’ on February 24th.
Vinny’s Views: Views & Views & Did We Say Views? Everything Going on in Boxing Over the Next Several Months is Covered
Ok Gang, sometimes there’s absolutely nothing to report or get your pajamas in a twist over. Our beloved sport knows how to placate business as usual and continue to manifest itself like rust or fungus when nothing spectacular is happening. What keeps up coming back for more is watching it implode while we calibrate the newly inked super matches that make us forget its ills. Occasionally, when there is a pyre of burnt opportunities we get treated to what tantamount as blessings from the boxing gods. The stars align so perfectly we can make peace with what’s lost in high expectation of what’s growing on the vine. Too many metaphors? Your reading a Lucci column baby, you want names and dates go study Wikipedia.
There are moments when the boxing universe is literally like stars orbiting each on separate paths and like NASA we predict which ones will collide. Add to that drama, cherry picking, trash talking cowboys, gutless promoters, clueless contenders, wannabe champions, exiting legends and just while you’re trying to clear away the debris along comes the supernovas.
Roman Gonzalez Puts His Title on the Line on the Undercard of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Vs Danny Jacobs
Next week, on Saturday March 18th, on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs fight, pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez, 46-0, 38 KO’s will put his WBC World Super Flyweight championship on the line against Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 41-4-1, 38 KO’s. Also, former world champion Carlos Cuadras,35-1-1, 27 KO’s will face Mexican David Carmona, 20-3-5, 8 KO’s on the same card.
Last September, Gonzalez defeated Cuadras by 12-round unanimous decision to win the WBC Super Flyweight belt. Cuadras is hoping for an opportunity to avenge his loss to Gonzalez; however, ‘Chocolatito is planning on moving up from 115 pounds to 118 after next weekend’s title mandatory title defense. The 28-year old Cuadras came on late in that fight, yet still lost on all three scorecards (117-111,116-112,115-113).
“My life is in a place 19 years later that I never dreamed it could be in. And I have boxing to thank for that. I gave absolutely everything I had to this sport for almost 2 decades, and I will never lose the many, many incredible memories that were created during that time.”
Last Saturday night in London, apart from a massive fight in the heavyweight division that caught our attention, the return of a champion to the ring who had been denied his opportunity to defend his world title in the US AND more talking points than a Trump press conference, we got something special.
It was not the beginning of something but the end of a highly active career; Paulie Malignaggi, 36-8, 7 KO’s.
Some fans inquire how I got the nickname “Glory Days”? It’s not my real tag around my circle of friends but more wishful thinking for how boxing used to be. The good old days of two champions, fifteen rounder’s, fearless legends, no cherry pickers, weekly newspaper coverage, no pay-per-view (or you plucked down 20 bucks to see a huge event in movie theatre) two dollar boxing magazines, small venues for rising stars to hone their craft, weekend broadcasts on free TV, and of course, Lou Duva.
Lou Duva was the epitome of everything that was great for boxing in the eighties, nineties and beyond. The man who had “boxer” written all over his face was a fiercely loyal man to all who hitched themselves to his stable or asked for guidance. Boxing fans of that era will fondly recall Lou willing to charge anyone who got in his way or disrespected his protégés. Some writers back in the day would tease him with quips about Looking like Fred Flintstone in jest, but he was a living icon who helped form the most impressive stable of the day while making champions out of talented amateurs.
1998 Hall of Fame Inductee Lou Duva
“Lou Duva was fiercely devoted to his fighters and to the sport that he dedicated his life to,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “Everyone at the Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning his passing.”
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. never one to shy away from any media coverage is in the news once again. Read HERE.
Straight off the heels of the exhilarating UFC 209, the top mixed martial arts organization in the world serves up an intriguing UFC Fight Night, to be aired on FS1 in Brazil.The main event pits two top ten middleweight contenders, Vitor Belfort, ranked 9th and Kelvin Gastelum ranked 10th, against each other to compare skills inside the cage. It is a worthy main event for several reasons. For one, it matches two fighters at the low end of the top ten against each other, proving once again you cannot hide in the UFC.
The winner of this fight will crawl up the ranks in a top-heavy division, which just became more crowded with the announcement of UFC Legend George St. Pierre set to challenge for the coveted middleweight title.I would not bet on a victory translating into a title shot for either one of these fighters this year. Yet, they risk their standing against each other, and ‘bring it’ they will. A fight of this nature is the essence of the UFC and mixed martial arts; high risk, low reward. These kinds of fights are commonplace for the majority of UFC fighters. Why we love these fighters and the sport.
Super Middleweight Gabriel Pham will look for his 2nd consecutive impressive performance when he takes on Chauncey Fields in the co-feature bout of a 9 bout card this Saturday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City.
The Show is promoted by Rising Promotions.
Pham of Pleasantville, New Jersey has a record of 7-1 with 3 knockouts, and is coming off an explosive 2nd round stoppage over Jose Valderrama on January 28th at The Claridge.