By Donny “Golden Boy” Lalonde
How good is the new WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 33-0, 32 KO’s? Well, I thought Bermaine Stiverne was hurting him to the body. I felt he was very vulnerable in that fight and Bermaine had ever opportunity to knock Deontay out, but just didn’t throw punches that he is very capable of throwing.
“Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” Adds Middleweight Slugfest Pitting Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato – MMA News
A card loaded with explosive contests has received one more potential slugfest, as middleweight sluggers Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (2-4) and Hisaki Kato (4-1) will clash in the fourth and final main-card matchup of next month’s “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” event which airs live on Spike.
Headlined by a heavyweight contest between French striking specialist Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) and former Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Champion Alexander “Drago” Volkov (24-5), “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” takes place June 26 at Kansas Star Event Center Arena in Mulvane, Kan.
Emmanuel Sanchez Replaces Injured Goiti Yamauchi: Plus Four Additional Preliminary Bouts Complete 13-Fight “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov” Card On June 26
With an unfortunate injury forcing the withdrawal of Goiti Yamauchi, Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (10-1) receives the call to step in against former featherweight champion Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran (20-7). With this change of opponent, and four newly announced matchups, “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov” on June 26 is now complete with 13 total scraps to sink your teeth into.
The additional fights include heavyweight bouts between Alex Huddleston (5-1) vs. Javy Ayala (8-3) and Derek Bohi (5-4) vs. Frederick Brown (2-1) as well as featherweights Greg Scott (3-3) vs. Gaston Reyno (3-0) and lightweights Marcio Navarro (13-11) vs. Cody Carrillo (8-11).
With an incredible four-fight Spike-broadcast main card already locked up for the June 26th “Bellator: Kongo vs. Volkov” event, Bellator MMA officials are now turning their attention to the evening’s Spike.com-streamed preliminary lineup.
The first preliminary contest booked features featherweight standout Bubba “The Highlight Kid” Jenkins (8-2), as he looks to build his way back to a title shot against 28-fight veteran Joe “The Nose” Wilk (18-10).
International Knockout Artists Cheick Kongo & Alexander Volkov Clash on June 26th – MMA Breaking News
The two sluggers clash in the five-round main event of “Bellator MMA: Kongo vs. Volkov,” which takes place at Kansas Star Event Center Arena in Mulvane, Kan.
The heavyweight slugfest joins previously announced matchups of lightweights Dave “The Caveman” Rickels (16-3) vs. John “The Natural” Alessio (35-17) and former Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat “Paddy Mike” Curran (20-7) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (18-2) on the event’s featured portion.
The first two fights confirmed to take place on the “Bellator 139” main card have been announced with Kansas’ own David “The Caveman” Rickels (16-3) taking on Pride Fighting Championships veteran John Alessio (35-17) in lightweight action and former featherweight champ Pat Curran (20-7) faces Goiti Yamauchi (18-2).
Many of boxing’s best prospects indulged their hands on heavy bags, pads, speed bags, and various other tools of fistic instruction as children. That wasn’t the case with Australia’s own battling welterweight, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn. At the physically matured age of eighteen, the Brisbane native entered the gym with the intent of learning self-defense and getting in shape. He accomplished both, but in the process of doing so, Horn’s aptitude for the nuances of boxing became quickly apparent by his trainer Glenn Rushton. Coach Rushton wished to put this newly discovered talent through its paces by entering Horn into the amateurs with the intent of making him an Olympian.
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… Well, RSR readers the kitchen that cost me 50k and Sadie designed is coming along nicely. She only broke my bagels once today picking out cabinets. But hey, she is the lady I have been with for 50 years, so she can break my bagels anytime she wants.
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MMA Feature Writer Nathan “Diesel” Hendrickson is the newest member on Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing”. We welcome him aboard.
Argentina’s power-punching southpaw, Jesus “El Forastero” Cuellar, 27-1, 21 KO’s, matched up with ring veteran, Vic Darchinyan, 40-8-1, 29 KO’s, over the weekend in a twelve-round contest. In a competitive match-up, Darchinyan showed that even at the age of 39 he still has some fistic wherewithal when he stunned Cuellar in round one and four. The Armenian native also showed that the old boxing brain was still ticking when he boxed fairly well throughout the course of the bout, circling nicely and using distance to good effect. However, it was Darchinyan’s size deficiency and Cuellar’s aggression, work rate, and power which ultimately prevailed. The Argentine kept up a steady pace and eventually found a home on Vic’s chin with a strong right hook that sent Darchinyan sprawling to the canvass. Darchinyan managed to arise before the ten-count, but he was glassy-eyed and clearly didn’t have his wits about him. The referee felt that the veteran was in proper shape to continue and allowed Cuellar a number of free shots against the ropes which halted the bout in the eighth.
Packy’s World: John Wayne, Al Haymon SHOCKER, Floyd Mayweather, JR Would Get Stopped by Beau Jack & Erik Weihenmayer Awarded The Chutzpah Award
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… What a weekend. Sadie broke my bagels over the kitchen renovation which now has exceeded 50k! We were on a 35K budget, but as my Sadie can make money disappear like Al used to back in the day with a broad from the 500 Club in Atlantic City. Al was something in those days before he became a father to Bradley AKA “Bad” Brad many – many years later. He would pull women sometimes a foot taller than his 5’2 self, which always cracked me up. I will never stop missing my pal.
Sugar Ray Robinson fought the best fighters in the world during his era. So who did he say hit him the hardest? Sugar Ray repeatedly stated that it was Artie Levine.
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Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome “The Showstopper” Quigley successfully defended his Virginia State Welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.
Quigley gradually wore down Olinga with solid left jabs. Quigley wanted to land the right hand earlier but could not get his timing down. Finally, in the fourth, Quigley landed a series of rights and lefts that made Olinga slump into a neutral corner and his mouthpiece fall out of his mouth. Referee Freddy Corritone issued an eight-count saying the ropes held Olinga up. Moments later, Quigley landed two crushing right uppercuts that dropped Olinga and ended the bout at 2:40.
By Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
Photo Credit: Evan Shoman Art
When boxing fans discuss fantasy matches, at some point the discussion ends up at Muhammad Ali vs Mike Tyson. They are the two most exciting heavyweights in the past fifty years. Despite their common respect and adulation, they were polar opposites in almost any way you could think of. One was from the South, one North. One was tall, the other short. One was the most approachable man in the universe, the other a loner who preferred to be left alone. Yet, despite having contrasting origins and methodologies, these two men are linked constantly in the “What if?” conversation of all time great boxers. How would a fight between the Butterfly and the Bull play out? Before we get to the fight itself, let’s first examine these two great fighters in some detail and gain an understanding of what made them who they were.
Last night at M-1 Challenge 58: Battle in the Mountains 4, Mural “Hunter” Abdulaev won a unanimous 5-round decision over Marcelo Brito to capture the vacant M-1 Challenge welterweight title, outdoors in Ingushetia, Russia.
Abdulaev (13-10, 6 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), fighting out of Russia, remained unbeaten in M-1 Global competition with his third victory. Brito (13-6-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), who replaced his injured Brazilian countryman Igor Fernandes, made his M-1 Global debut.
Last week UFC president, Dana White, announced two title fights. In the middleweight division Luke Rockhold will challenge Chris Weidman whilst one division up at light-heavyweight, Daniel Cormier will make his first title defence against Alexander Gustafsson.
Rocky Marciano & Floyd Mayweather, JR: Stop with the Undefeated Record Debate Already – There Is NONE!
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
For the last two years, the discussion has raged on that if Floyd Mayweather, JR., 48-0, 26 KO’s goes to 49-0, he ties Rocky Marciano’s, 49-0, 43 KO’s undefeated record as a champion and of course, if he goes to 50-0, he breaks it. However, Mayweather, JR. has been a multiple division champion and Marciano, a one division champion. They both ruled boxing in their respective eras, but that is where anything compared should end. You cannot say if Mayweather, JR. goes undefeated and retires, he breaks a Heavyweight Champion’s record.
Saturday night, live on HBO from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Miguel Cotto, 40-4, 33 KO’s, pleased his rabid Puerto Rican fan base by annihilating Daniel Geale, 31-4, 16 KO’s, in the first defense of his WBC, and lineal, middleweight championship at the kick off event for the annual Puerto Rican Day festivities. Somehow at age 34, after looking like his career was all but over just a couple of years ago, Miguel Cotto has re-emerged looking like he did in his prime but against much bigger men!