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LOS ANGELES  - Los Angeles-based undefeated Vyacheslav "Lionheart Chingonskyy" Shabranskyy (17-0, 14 KOs) will look to continue his impressive run up the light heavyweight ladder, but standing in his way will be his toughest competition to date in the form of Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs), as the two warriors go head-to-head in a 10-round bout for Shabranskyy's WBC USNBC Light Heavyweight title on HBO Latino® Boxing on Friday, December 16 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Shabranskyy is coming off of victories inside the distance in his last seven of eight fights and last appeared on HBO Latino at the end of last year when he earned a hard-fought majority decision against rugged contender Yunieski Gonzalez.
"My goal is to win a world championship in the light heavyweight division, and Barrera is just another stepping stone on that path," Shabranskyy said. "I am excited to make my second appearance on HBO Latino, and look forward to fans seeing me get ready to take on any upcoming challenges in the ring."
Barrera is a standout boxer/puncher out of Cuba, now living in Miami. He has amassed a stellar record and reputation during his years in the sport with his only blemish a hard-fought battle against top five pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward. Barrera's main challenge has been finding opponents willing to step into the ring against him.
"I'm looking forward to December 16. My respect to Shabranskyy for agreeing to fight me," said Barrera. "This will be a great fight for the fans!"
In the televised co-main event of the night, Bronx-born IBF North American welterweight titlist Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs) will put his title on the line in a 10-round fight against undefeated Rashidi "Speedy" Ellis (16-0, 11 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts.
Gomez is coming off of three straight victories including a May win in this last appearances over Jon Karl Sosa that earned Gomez the IBF North American welterweight title.
Ellis has never tasted defeat in this three-year career and has held the WBA Fedecentro welterweight title and the interim WBC Latino Welterweight championship. He has fought at the junior middleweight and middleweight limits during his last two fights, but returns to welterweight for his showdown with Gomez.
Rounding out the HBO Latino card, WBC Silver featherweight titlist and Santa Ana-born Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) will seek to grow his three-fight winning streak - including a solid victory against the then-undefeated Jason Velez to earn the belt -- against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.





LOS ANGELES  - A boxing legend will look to add an exclamation point to end his professional career with the same style, speed and slickness that has defined him in the ring for nearly three decades, as 51-year-old, two-division former world champion and Future Hall of Hamer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) prepares to square off against hard-hitting Light Heavyweight contender Joe Smith, Jr. (21-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round fight from Los Angeles' iconic Fabulous Forum. The bout will take place Saturday, December 17 and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Hopkins' resume reads like a Hall-of-Fame induction ballot. Between holding the record for the record number of title defenses as middleweight champion of the world (20) and moving up to light heavyweight to capture multiple belts in that division, Hopkins fought and defeated a who's who of boxing world champions throughout his remarkable 28-year career.
Roy Jones, Jr., John David "Action" Jackson, Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson, Felix "Tito" Trinidad, Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver, Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, Jean Pascal, Chad "Bad" Dawson, and Golden Boy Promotions business partner Oscar De La Hoya all tasted defeat at the hands of the executioner.
"While 'The Alien' may be retired, the 'Executioner' has one fight left, and Joe Smith Jr., is going to find out the hard way how well prepared I am for my final fight," Bernard Hopkins said. "A lot of people will focus on my age, the history of my run in the sport, the titles, etc...but I'm focused on one thing - knocking Joe Smith out."
Joe Smith Jr., who was born in 1989, nearly three years after Hopkins had his first fight, is coming off the victory of his career, delivering a brutal first-round knockout of established contender Andrzej Fonfara in June and earning the WBC International Light Heavyweight Championship. The belt will not be at stake in this fight.
"I'm very excited about fighting on HBO," said Joe Smith Jr. "I know now all my hard work and dedication has paid off.  I am looking forward to retiring a boxing legend"
NOTE: Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a new co-main event, as an injury to Orlando "Siri" Salido's back has forced him off the card. Golden Boy will announced the co-main and full card in the coming weeks.





Remembering "The Michigan Assassin" Stanley Ketchel!
By: Coach K - BillyCBoxing.com

October 15, 2016 -  One hundred and six years ago today, one of the real "characters" of boxing, Stanley Ketchel passed. Born, Stanislaus Kiecal, September 14th, 1886 to Polish immigrants Tomasz and Julia Kiecal, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stanley, grew up to be a fearless man whose personality was perfectly reflected by his in-the-ring savagery and dramatic life gaining the moniker "The Michigan Assassin" becoming the first two-time middleweight champ of the gloved era.

A rough, tough brawler even as a youth, skipping school and running with a local gang, engaging in more than his share of fisticuffs Ketchel ran away at age 12, walking and riding the rails ending up in Butte, Montana.

At about age sixteen in Montana, working at a local hotel as a bell hop and later a bouncer, Ketchel joining in some backroom hotel boxing matches with older locals and transients for about twenty dollars a week the young pugilist soon began traveling throughout the state taking on any and all challengers.

Making his pro debut May 2nd, 1903 knocking out Kid Tracy in one round, only to lose his second fight a six round decision to Maurice Thompson, fighting 38 more times in Montana losing a rematch decision to Thompson, drawing with him in a third bout after knocking out 14 opponents in a row during an eight-month period in 1905, Ketchel 34-2-3, with one no contest  and 34Knockouts moved to California for more exposure in 1907.

Fighting six times that year recording three straight KO's wins, battling then recognized World Middleweight Champion, Joe Thomas to a draw "The Michigan Assassin" Ketchel would stop Thomas in round thirty two of the rematch, claiming the World Middleweight title December 12th, 1907 in the rubber match outpointing Thomas to close the year.

Continuing to fight against an increasing quality of opposition, Ketchel started 1908 with KO title defense wins over Boston "Twins" Mike and Jack Sullivan, retaining his title winning a ten round unanimous decision June 4th, 1908 in his first battle with "The Illinois Thunderbolt" Billy Papke who he would develop a nasty rivalry.

Recording two more title defenses with KO wins over Hugo Kelly and Joe Thomas, Ketchel would lose his title in the legendary "sucker punch" rematch bout with Billy Papke. Papke, rumored to have punched Ketchel in the face during the pre fight introductions went onto stop "The Michigan Assassin" in the 12th round of the scheduled 25 round championship fight. Two months later, November 26th, 1908, in their third meeting Ketchel would becoming the first two-time middleweight champ of the gloved era regaining the title with a rubber match 11th round knockout of Papke.

Starting 1909, March 26th, robbed of a KO win due to a NY rule the fighter can be saved by the bell, Ketchel was forced to settle for a ten round newspaper decision after flooring reigning Light Heavyweight Champion and future Hall of Famer "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien three times in the final round, the third time interrupted at the count of four by the final bell.

"The Michigan Assassin" adding wins over Hugh McGann and Tony Caponi would leave no doubt in the rematch stopping O'Brien in three rounds in his hometown, June 9th just seven days after the Caponi fight.

July 5th Ketchel would secure the Papke rivalry with a solid twenty round unanimous decision win before stepping up to challenge for the world heavyweight title in October.

In what many called a modern-day "David vs Goliath" at 5'9" Ketchel would take on the 6'1" "Galveston Giant" Jack Johnson, a 10 to 4 favorite to win and even money to stop Ketchel in less than 15 rounds, October 16th, 1909.

The fight scheduled for 20 against Ketchel's request of a 45 round limit, we would see "The Michigan Assassin"
giving away over nearly 40lbs still the aggressor fighting off his back leg.

Pushing the action, Ketchel would see his most of his aggression fall ineffective, thwarted by Johnson's superior reach and some timely grappling. Going down in the round two compliments of a Johnson long right with "The Michigan Assassin" would never give quarter staying on the attack pushing the fight.

The bloodied antagonist Ketchel never relenting to the champion's thumping jab or powerful rights, he stayed on the attack going into the second half of the fight until swinging from the hip in round twelve sending the surprised champion spinning to the canvas with a looping right hand to the back of the head. Following an abbreviated count, the awakened and infuriated Johnson immediately retaliated charging and dropping a non retreating Ketchel cold with a "Giant" sized, teeth embedding right, ending Ketchel's bid about thirty seconds into round twelve.

Motivated by his lack of fear and his knockdown of Johnson, Ketchel in search of a rematch returned to action with a March 23rd, 1910 draw with East Pittsburgh's Frank Klaus, then losing a six round back and forth, nobody down newspaper decision to Boston, future Hall of Famer, Sam "Tar Baby" Langford just a month later.

Ketchel rumored to imagine his opponent had insulting his mother putting him in a furious rage before each of his fights, was revered for his ferocity and his courage taking on all comers, even heavyweights sometimes outweighing him by more than 40 pounds.

Still in search of a Johnson rematch, finishing 2010 on a three bout KO win streak, it would be on October 15th, while eating breakfast training at family friend Col. R.P. Dickinson's Two Bar Ranch in Conway, Missouri, a 24 year old Ketchel was shot in the chest with a shotgun and killed by a jealous ranch hand and Navy deserter Walter Dipley for his alleged attention of the hired helps girlfriend Goldie Smith.

Both Dipley and Smith were arrested for the murder and tried in Marshfield early in 1911 with robbery being the named motive. Found guilty, both Dipley and Smith appealed their convictions, Smith's having hers overturned by the state supreme court and she released after serving about 17 months, while Dipley's conviction was upheld until he was paroled after serving nearly twenty five years.
Ketchel was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Michigan in the most attended funeral in the state history until the that of Ford family decades later. The neighborhood on Grand Rapids' west side was later named in Ketchel's honor.

"The Michigan Assassin", like Jack Dempsey, always appearing to want to kill his opponent, also known as the "Michigan Marvel" and the inventor of the "triple shift", stance changing lead punch was named to the inaugural class of inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Ketchel, having boxed 500 rounds, no ducking, taking on all challengers, compiling a record of 51-4-4, 48Ko's with a KO ratio of 75%, ranked by The Ring Magazine in 2004 as the eighth greatest middleweight of all time, sixth on its list of all time 100 Best Punchers and the subject of numerous books including "The Killings of Stanley Ketchel," a novel by James Carlos Blake, "The Light of the World" by Ernest Hemingway, "A Life of Triumph and Prophecy," by Manuel A. Mora. "Biography The Michigan Assassin: The Saga of Stanley Ketchel," by RING Magazine Editor Nat Fleischer and his passing at the young age of 24 it stretches the mind wondering what else he could have accomplished planting "The Michigan Assassin" securely in this writers "Top 25 Fighters of All Time."





Maurice Hooker vs. Darleys Perez Join Kovalev-Ward "Pound For Pound" Televised Undercard Title Fight Set for Saturday, November 19
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA  - Rising Dallas, Texas boxing star andNABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will defend his NABA junior welterweight title against Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs)in a ten-round bouton the televised undercard of Kovalev-Ward "Pound For Pound" on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
In his last appearance on August 6, Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker captivated the crowd at Oracle Arena as the co-feature of Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand. Hooker wasted no time outperforming Washington D.C.'s Tyrone Barnett, landing a flurry of punches before scoring a technical knockout at the 2:17 mark of the opening round to retain his NABO junior welterweight title. Hooker looks ahead to his next challenge, former WBA World Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez. Perez is coming off a May 20 knockout victory over fellow Colombian Ubadel Soto, an impressive bounce back following a tough title defense loss to Anthony Crolla, the previous year. The veteran fighter, who resides and trains full-time in the U.S., will step up a weight class to meet Hooker.
"I want to thank my team at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Roc Nation Sports and HBO for giving me the opportunity to show the world a 'Mighty Mo' performance on the undercard of the 'Fight of the Year'," said Hooker. "For my part, I promise to put on a show for the fans in Las Vegas and the Pay-Per-View audience at home. No one punches like me. It's going to be lights out."
Hooker added, "I will be dedicating this fight to Aaron Pyror, who passed away, earlier this week. I can't think of a better way to honor 'The Hawk's' legacy than with a big win. I look to be a world-class junior welterweight champion like him."
"This is my chance get back into the limelight. I have fought all over the world and facing Maurice Hooker in Las Vegas on November 19 is perhaps my last chance to show that I have a lot left inside the ring and I plan to take full advantage of it because losing is not an option," said Perez. "I will move up to the 140-pound division and I will be ready to challenge this young lion who has never fought a guy like me before. There will be fireworks in Las Vegas and I plan to go home a winner."
Maurice "Mighty Mo" Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) was born and raised in Oak Cliff, Texas, where he found a boxing home at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym by way of an outreach program for at-risk youths. His natural talent was soon noticed resulting in him competing as an amateur, during which time he participated in over 100 fights, compiling a record of 97 wins and only seven losses, with 67 victories coming by way of knockout. Hooker turned professional on April 29, 2011, taking on the vastly more experienced Tyrone Chatman at the Orpheum Theater in St. Louis. After four rounds, the judges saw the fight 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38, calling the fight a split draw. Undeterred, in his next fight on June 24, 2014, Hooker scored his first professional win, knocking out Wilbert Mitchell in the first round. Eleven wins (eight by knockout) later, he took on undefeated Abel Ramos on January 17, 2014 in a bout that was featured on ShoBox from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. After eight close, hard-fought rounds, the judges saw the fight a draw. Four consecutive knockout victories would follow before he took on fellow undefeated prospect Eduardo Galindo on June 26, 2015 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas for the vacant NABO junior welterweight title. "Mighty Mo" did not disappoint his legion of hometown fans who saw him capture the title with a sixth round technical knockout victory. On October 17, 2015, Hooker successfully defended his title at Madison Square Garden in New York City against his toughest opponent to date in Ghislain Maduma. The 10-round decision win came on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux and was featured on the event's "freeview" as well as streamed online around the world. "Mighty Mo" made his debut under the Roc Nation Sports banner on the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera, this past March at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, where he annihilated opponent Wilfrido "La Roca" Buelvas of Columbia in the first round of a 10-round junior welterweight bout by way of technical knockout. Hooker returned to Oracle Arena on August 6 as the co-feature on the Ward-Brand undercard, defeating Tyrone Barnett of Washington, D.C., to remain the NABO Junior Welterweight Champion. Hooker is ready to step up to the challenge on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when he faces former WBA World Lightweight Champion Darleys Perez.
Darleys Perez (33-2-1, 21 KOs) is a celebrated Colombian boxer hailing from San Pedro de Uraba. As an amateur, with a record of 82 wins and 7 losses, he captured the lightweight boxing gold medal at the 2006 South American games in Buenos Aries, Argentina, and was a contender at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. Perez made his professional debut on February 14, 2009, by way of knockout over fellow countryman Edwin Ortiz. 27 consecutive victories followed, earning Perez a shot at the interim WBA World lightweight title against undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada on June 8, 2013. In a closely-fought contest that went the distance, Gamboa prevailed, handing Perez his first career loss. A year later, Perez received a second chance at the interim WBA World lightweight title, successfully scoring a unanimous decision over Argenis Lopez at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Perez was promoted to full titleholder status when the WBA stripped Richar Abril of the belt for twice failing to make title defenses. In the first of back-to-back defenses of the WBA World lightweight title on July 18, 2015, Perez topped hometown challenger Anthony Crolla with a majority decision draw at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom. In the rematch on November 21, 2015, again at Manchester Arena, Perez was taken down for the count in the fifth round by a single body shot. Undeterred by his second loss, Perez returned to the ring on May 20, 2016, scoring with a big second-round knockout over Ubadel Soto. Perez looks to continue his upward streak as he moves up a weight class to take on Maurice Hooker for the NABO junior welterweight title on November 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  






Aaron Pryor passes away at age 61- Hawk Time will always be His Time!

By: Daxx Khan - BillyCBoxing.com

What kids like on Monday, is ancient history by Wednesday and until becoming a teenager, I was that way with my favorite fighters. In 1981 my favorite fighter was Ray Mancini, after losing to Alexis Arguello, 1982 started with Arguello as my number one guy. When talks of Arguello versus Pryor began to circulate, I was sure my number one guy would prevail. That was until I had actually seen footage of Pryor, his bout against Akio Kameda in particular. The way Pryor attacked without caution, after being knocked down, he didn’t even bother for the ref to count before attacking Kameda. They showed clips of him screaming “What time is it?”, then answering his own question yelling “Hawk Time”. At minimum, I was intrigued by this little man who spoke and attacked opponents like a vicious heavyweight.

After the defeat over Arguello, unlike in the past Pryor did not become my favorite fighter. Even after dominating the rematch, would Pryor become my number one guy. It had nothing to do with Arguello losing, I wasn’t old enough to understand the whole “Black Bottle” scandal for it to deter my opinion. The truth is “Aaron Pryor Scared Me”!

His scowl right into the camera, walking into press conferences demanding fights. He was a showman without trying to put on a show, Aaron Pryor was SERIOUS! He not only won his bouts, he won impressively against the best willing to face him.  Eventually Pryor became my favorite fighter, not because of who he beat but simply for the fact he was Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor. How much of a Pryor fan had I become by my teenage years? When he lost to Bobby Joe Young in 1987, I was sure for some reason Pryor wasn’t able to fully prepare for the fight. How else could he have been beaten by a “B” level fighter named “Bobby Joe Young”? Later I learned, Pryor didn’t fully prepare, something was wrong. He had started using drugs, training lightly and his hunger had faded.  

With a career full of highlights, my two most memorable Aaron Pryor moments, took place away from a boxing ring. It was long after his career had ended, on two separate days in Canastota NY at the yearly “Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend”. The first was June 14th 1997, that day I had spoken with Willie Pep, Kid Gavilan, Gene Fullmer, Wilfred Benitez, Archie Moore and Marvin Hagler. I was getting ready to go back to the hotel, when noticing someone sitting quietly, waving to people, occasionally smiling widely. I headed over out of curiosity to discover, that person was Aaron Pryor. He was soft spoken, his “Hawk” persona long gone, his eyes were the only telling feature remaining. I would walk away after our conversation, hardly believing, it was the same guy I watched knock out opponent after opponent growing up.

The second, most memorable Aaron Pryor moment for me came on June 2nd 2010, opening day of the years “Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend”. I was walking with my five-year-old son, it was his first time at the event and crowds had not gathered yet. Just like in 1997 Pryor sat quietly, smiling and the only feature unmistakable were his eyes. I brought my son over to where he sat, before saying a word, both Pryor senior and Junior, took photos with him then signed his shirt. I would notice the once fierce warriors voice, had grown even softer than it was in 1997. He rubbed my son's head before we walked away, I looked back to see him quietly smiling, waving as people passed by.

My son asked as we drank a soda, “Dad who is that man? Was he a fighter? Was he any good? Did he win a world belt?” Later back at the hotel after dinner, I played some YouTube footage of Pryor. As he watched, that same look I used to get as a kid spread across his face. It’s a look any new fight fan gets, watching Pryor in action for the first time.

I was saddened by the news of Aaron Pryor passing away Sunday morning, he was unquestionably one of boxing’s most memorable characters and tenacious sluggers to ever lace on gloves. After the news I sat thinking for a few moments and it occurred to me, all my childhood heroes are quickly fading away. The only thing to look back on is their legacy, Pryor certainly left one. He did it by making every time, the camera focused on him Hawk Time.





The WBC heavyweight championship of the world was scheduled to be contested on May 21, 2016 in Russia. The Bout was Champion Deontay Wilder’s mandatory defense of his title against Mandatory Challenger Alexander Povetkin. The Bout was the result of a purse bid the WBC conducted and which promoter World of Boxing won.

On May 13, 2016 VADA reported to the WBC that Alexander Povetkin’s anti- doping test that had taken from his April 27, 2016 sample pursuant to the WBC Clean Boxing Program yielded an adverse finding for the banned substance Meldonium.

On May 15, 2016, the WBC granted Champion Wilder the right to make a voluntary defense of his World Title, which defense took place on July 16, 2016.  In connection with that defense, Champion Wilder injured his right hand and arm, which injury required surgery.  As a result of his injuries and surgeries, Champion Wilder is expected to be inactive until January of 2017.  

On August 17, 2016, the WBC issued two separate rulings.

The first WBC Board ruling related to Mr. Povetkin’s anti-doping test’s adverse finding for Meldonium which had resulted in the Wilder v. Povetkin not going forward as scheduled on May 21, 2016.

The second WBC Board ruling set forth the status of the division in light of Champion Wilder’s injuries suffered during his voluntary title defense.  The second WBC Board Ruling ordered a purse bid ceremony in connection with the Povetkin versus Stiverne WBC Interim Heavyweight Championship bout.  The purse bid ceremony will take place today, October 7, 2016.

As a result of the foreground above, the WBC would like to clarify its August 17, 2016, ruling concerning the adverse result for Meldonium found in Mr. Povetkin’s April 27, 2016, urine sample.  Since that ruling, questions have arisen about its meaning.  

1.         For the avoidance of doubt, the WBC hereby states that the WBC ruling was not intended to convey, and should not be construed as conveying, a conclusion about whether Mr. Povetkin did or did not take Meldonium after it became a banned substance on January 1, 2016.

2.         The litigation pending between Wilder and Povetkin is going to trial in February of 2017.  If Mr. Wilder prevails at that trial, the WBC shall afford Mr. Povetkin the opportunity to show that the trial’s result was not based on a finding that Mr. Povetkin ingested Meldonium after January 1, 2016.  If Mr. Povetkin fails to make that showing the WBC shall: (a) withdraw recognition of Povetkin as Interim World Champion (if he wins that title); (b) withdraw any mandatory challenger status he might have; and (c) impose any penalties upon Mr. Povetkin as per the WBC Clean Boxing Program Protocol, which includes suspensions and fines.

Heavyweight Purse Offer
A purse offer was held today (October 7, 2016) in New York for the WBC heavyweight interim championship bout between Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne. The winning promoter was World of Boxing with a bid of $3,165,000 dollars.

The purse offer for the mandatory defense of WBC heavyweight silver champion Johann Duhaupas against Carlos Takam was also held today in New York. The winning promoter was OPI2000, Salvatore and Christian Cherchi, with a bid of $235,000 dollars.




Curtis Stevens vs. James De La Rosa Added to Kovalev-Ward "Pound For Pound" Card
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA  -  Curtis "Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (28-5, 21 KOs) returns to the ring and the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Kovalev-Ward "Pound For Pound" non-televised undercard to face James "The King" De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight showdown.

Stevens, 31, of Brownsville, Brooklyn returned to the ring on May 7 of this year and stopped previously undefeated Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira in the second round on the HBO Pay-Per-View® undercard of Canelo-Khan. The victory over Teixeira catapulted Stevens back into the ranking of all four sanctioning bodies, including top ten ratings in both the IBF and WBC. He is hoping to continue that momentum and secure another shot at the middleweight title.

De La Rosa, 28, is originally from Mexico but now resides in San Benito, Texas. His most recent win was a unanimous decision upset over former title contender Alfredo Angulo on the undercard of Mayweather-Maidana. De La Rosa has suffered two back-to-back losses since his win over Angulo but both have come at the hands of two previously undefeated prospects in Hugo Centeno Jr. and Jason Quigley. Commonly, fighters in his position would prefer a tune-up to get back on a winning track but, in this case, De La Rosa opted out of that easy route and decided to test himself against another former title contender in Stevens.

According to Stevens, "I'm happy someone is willing to fight me. Bless the Gods. Now, it's time to turn it up a notch and get ready to check in and check out. The Bully is back!"

This will be Stevens's second fight working with world-renowned trainer and former world champion John David Jackson. Jackson added, "Curtis Stevens is happy to be stepping back in the ring on November 19 against De La Rosa. He is eager to show the world that he deserves another chance to win the middleweight world title."

"It's always good to fight on a big stage," said De La Rosa. "As always, I'm coming to fight and put on a show. I know I have a tough fighter in front of me in Curtis Stevens. With his style and my style, we'll warm the fans up for Kovalev-Ward. Thanks to Main Events and AC Sports Management, LLC for putting this together."

De La Rosa's manager Adrian Clark added, "This is a must win situation for James and I know that he has the potential to pull off an upset. Curtis Stevens is a very dangerous opposition but again, I believe that JDLR can spoil things and leave Vegas with a 'W'. It is great to finally work with Main Events again. It has been too long!"






White Plains,  New York- Due to the unfortunate legislation and its new insurance requirements which have crippled boxing in New York State, Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing, has cancelled the scheduled October 14th "Rockin Fights" event at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

New York State enacted a new law that legalized MMA in the State, but, in doing so, changed various rules relating to Boxing, most poignantly, the insurance requirements for boxing.

New York's top 4 prolific boxing promoters, Joe DeGuardia, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions, and Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, along with the rest of the boxing world, are disheartened and disappointed that the new rules have caused boxing to cease in New York.

The new rules require $1 Million in Traumatic Brain Injury coverage for each fighter who competes in an event (typically 12-14 boxers on each card). While many have said the cost will destroy boxing in New York due to the costs, it goes beyond that. Currently there isn't any insurance policy approved by the State. Therefore, the cost is currently irrelevant as there is no legal way to hold a professional boxing match in New York as the insurance required by the new regulation cannot be purchased at the present time.

Star Boxing plans to move its events to venues outside of the State of New York until when and if this situation is corrected. Star Boxing has a December 3rd date tentative at The Paramount depending on the ongoing insurance issue.

The State of New York has always had a rich Boxing history, but, for the first time in memory, there will be no professional Boxing in the months of September, October, and, seemingly, November. This not only affects the boxers, their families and promoters, but the countless number of people who benefit from the staging of these events including venues, restaurants, hotels, transportation services, and local merchants where the fight would normally take place.

This is the first time in the 20 plus year history of Star Boxing that an event has been postponed due to this kind of issue. DeGuardia was hopeful that some sort of resolution would be in place since the requirement was put into effect on September 1, 2016, but that has failed to happen.

DeGuardia said: "I am truly disappointed in having to postpone one of our regularly scheduled cards at The Paramount, where we worked very hard over the last few years to make it one of the outstanding fight venues in the country. More importantly, it is ridiculous that our elected officials have not corrected this absurdity. It is a travesty that deprives New York boxers, as well as managers, trainers and promoters, and venue employees of their livelihoods."

"While it is disguised as a safety measure, it does nothing to improve the health and safety of the boxers," added DeGuardia. "In fact, it may create the opposite effect, forcing boxers to move to other jurisdictions with fewer protections, particularly in substantial health and safety matters that New York has had in place for many years."

DeGuardia is disappointed but is hopeful that the matter will be resolved so that all the interested parties and the numerous loyal boxing fans in New York and the world will not be continuously denied access to the sport of boxing in New York.

Top Rank's Bob Arum noted: "Boxing is in a crisis position in the state of New York and we must find a way to resolve the insurance issue before we can go back to presenting boxing events to the fans of New York."

Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez said: "It's a huge concern, I hope it changes. It affects everybody and it's something that's troublesome...we're going to have to really think about doing shows in New York because, the way it stands right now, we can't do any show as there is no insurance approved. This must be adjusted"

DiBella asserted: "The state of boxing in New York State must change. I have been extremely active promoting shows in New York but at this time I have moved all of my shows to other States for the foreseeable future. I couldn't do a show in New York if I wanted to, as NO insurance required by the new law and regulations currently exists."

The aforementioned top boxing promoters stand together along with the rest of the boxing world, its fans, and all others associated with the sport and industry, in requesting New York State to remedy the impact of this damaging legislation.




LAS VEGAS  -- Boxing Day comes to Las Vegas one month early with a blockbuster fight between two of the hardest hitters in the sport.  Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight title against undefeated former world featherweight champion NICHOLAS "Axe Man" WALTERS.  Lomachenko vs. Walters will take place Saturday, Nov. 26, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT.  

"Boxing fans will be able to spend their Thanksgiving holiday weekend feasting on the year's most anticipated showdown," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.  "Forget their weight class.  With more than 3/4 of their victories coming by way of knockout, they punch and win like heavyweights!  We know how the fight is going to end.  The question is, which fighter will end it."     

"I want to thank HBO and Bob Arum for giving me this opportunity to test myself in the fight with the best.  Walters you are next on my list." said Lomachenko.

"Any fighter can be knocked out no matter who he is," said Walters.  "I like fighting the best and I like fighting against great technical fighter like Lomachenko.  Look at what happened when I fought a great technical fighter like Nonito Donaire.  Lomachenko is great, he knows what he is doing in the ring.  But I always look for a knockout against whomever I fight.  If I can do it quick, I will.  This is the best fight out there in boxing today. It will be the Fight of the Year."

The greatest amateur boxer of his era and arguably of all time, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs), of Odessa, became a two-division world champion just as he did with his first professional world title, he won world title No. 2 in a record least amount of fights -- SEVEN!   In his last fight, on June 11, he annihilated defending three-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman "Rocky" Martinez via a cringe-worthy knockout punch in the fifth round .  Lomachenko captured his first world title -- the vacant WBO featherweight title -- on June 21, 2014, winning a scintillating majority decision over the previously unbeaten Gary Russell Jr.  It was Lomachenko's third professional bout, tying him with Thailand's Saensak Muangsurin for fewest fights to win a world title.  Muangsurin won a junior welterweight title in 1975, also in his third professional fight.  Russell, a former U.S. Olympian and current World Boxing Council (WBC)  featherweight world champion, was totally blitzed by Lomachenko, battered around the ring throughout the fight.  From the outset of his professional career, Lomachenko made it known that he was ready for the best in his division.  He made his professional debut in 2013 knocking out the WBO's No. 7-rated featherweight contender Jose Luis Ramirez (24-2-2, 15 KOs) in the fourth round of a bout that was scheduled for 10.  Less than five months later, on March 1, 2014, in his second professional bout, he challenged WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, losing a split decision to the heavier defending champion whose title had been stripped because he could not make the weight limit.  Lomachenko successfully defended the featherweight title three times, winning a 12-round unanimous decision on November 23, 2014, against No. 1 contender Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33 KOs), a ninth-round knockout of Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs) on the undercard of the May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao extravaganza and a 10th-round knockout of Top-10 contender Romulo Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs), on November 7, 2015 .  Lomachenko first gained international renown by winning gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games as a featherweight and a lightweight, respectively.  

Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs), from Montego Bay, Jamaica, has won 11 of his last 14 fights by stoppage.  He captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round.  He successfully defended the title three times during his three year reign -- all by knockout -- stopping Alberto Garza, former two-division world champion Vic Darchinyan and 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.  A former amateur standout who collected gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier III and the  2005 and 2007 Caribbean Championships, Walters is known for his expert boxing skills and movement and two-fisted punching power that are at a caliber of a much higher weight class.  On June 13, 2015, at Madison Square Garden, Walters was forced to vacate the title when he failed to make the weight limit by one pound.  However, he emerged victorious, winning a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Top-10 contender Miguel Marriaga.  In his last fight, on December 19, 2015, Walters moved up to the junior lightweight division and took on once-defeated Top-10 contender Jason Sosa, who entered the fight riding a four-year, 17-bout unbeaten streak, which included 13 consecutive knockout victories.  Walters and Sosa fought to a controversial majority draw in a bout where media and fans alike had Walters winning by a wide margin.  






Looking Into Boxing's Shadows and Finding Saddler!
By: Coach K - BillyCBoxing.com


Every morning I am pleased to join some of the most enthusiastic boxing fans listening to the Billy C Morning Show and entering the shows chat room daily, I am amazed at some of the comments of today's TMZ styled boxing fans. Many who refuse to take a look at the glorious history of our sport. It is their stance and the daily clashing of the intuitive insights of Billy C, his popular "Blast from the Past" by Alex Alex Pierpaoli and personal perspective former pro fighter "Rocky" Sal Cenicola's that once again has inspired me to take another glance back at one of the sports most freakish fighters featherweight Sandy Saddler who sadly passed away 15 years ago.

Born, Joseph Saddler the son of West Indian immigrants, June 23rd 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts later moving and being raised in Harlem, New York, the wiry seventeen year old, five foot eight, one half inch tall, 70 inch reaching "Skeletal Man" taking on the nickname "Sandy" after nearly 50 amateur bouts would begin to make his mark on the game, turning pro March 7th, 1944 scoring a eight round unanimous decision over 39 fight veteran, Earl Roys.

Returning to the Hartford Auditorium in Connecticut for his second professional fight "Sandy" would have his constitution tested early on when he was stopped in three rounds by Jock Leslie responding just seven days later returning with a second round knockout of Al King to begin a six bout winning streak until dropping a six round decision to Lou Alter, June 15th 1944 at the Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York.

Then, July 11th after a four round draw in a return fight with Alter on the undercard of the Ike Williams vs Cleo Shans at Madison Square Garden, Saddler would begin a 37 bout victory run finally coming to and end February 18th, 1946 losing a hard fought eight round unanimous decision to Bobby McQuillar at Arena Gardens, in Detroit, Michigan.

Never inactive long, "Sandy" adding five more wins, including a ten round decision loss to future World Boxing Hall of Famer Phil Terranova the convoluted medley of sharpened elbows and fists would go 36-3-1 in his next forty bouts finally gaining a title shot October 29th, 1948 at Madison Square Garden where he would floor the Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Garden favorite, Willie "The Wisp" Pep (134-1-1) three times, twice in the third round and once in the fourth for a full count to claim the World Featherweight title.

It would be five more victories in four months until the turbulent, Saddler would lose his title dropping a 15 round unanimous decision to Pep in a return match at Madison Square Garden, February 11th, 1949.
Banging, pawing and scrapping his way to 23 more victories, including triumphs over Paddy DeMarco and a vacant World Jr. Lightweight Title win over Orlando Zulueta, the rough disorderly and unrestrained Saddler would face his rival Pep in the rubber match September 8th, 1950 at Yankee Stadium, reclaiming the World Featherweight title when "Willie the Wisp" was unable to answer the bell for round eight suffering a separated shoulder near the close of round seven.

Three and one in his next four, the free swinging, praying mantis dropping a ten round unanimous decision to unbeaten Del Flanagan (44-0-1) would claim the World Jr. Lightweight Title with a riot causing two rounds stoppage of Diego Sosa, February 28th, 1951 in Havana, Cuba.

Then with seven of his next eight wins coming by way of knockout, Saddler despite suffering his eighth loss in 137 fights, a hard fought split decision rematch with Paddy DeMarco, August 27th, 1951 at Milwaukee, Arena in Wisconsin, the boxing public was ready for a fourth fight with his rival Pep.

September 26th, again rising to the occasion, in the most brutal of the four fights, both fighters would have licenses suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission, Saddler would again stop the popular Pep this time dropping and cutting up "Willie the Wisp" with driving left hooks in round two and Saddler being declared the victor of the foul filled event when Pep unable to see was forced to withdraw at the end of the ninth round giving the agile, "Skeletal" puncher a technical knockout win.

Hitting a three bout skid beginning with a rubber match split decision loss to Paddy DeMarco, December 7th 1951, Saddler would right the ship with a KO wins over Tommy Collins on St. Paddy's Day 1952 at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.

Having previously served ten months in the navy right out of high school in 44, Saddler called me back into the Army in 52 serving a two year stint in Korea with the Army's First "Big Red" Division returned to the ring in 54.

The title having been frozen during the war, Saddler returning four pounds heavier than before being drafted in an interview after promising to remain in the featherweight division, asked "How much do you think this stint in the Army has hurt you", the patriotic pugilist slowly replied "When I think of the breaks America has given me, from a poor kid, to a world's champion, I can see no way to put it down in money. I'm proud of this hitch in the Army," something today's self serving, TMZ 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has obviously never having heard, read or even dreamed doesn't understand.

Always in the gym, a true tradesman, Saddler went right back to work scoring KO wins over Bill Bossio, Charlie Slaughter and Augie Salazar, suffering his thirteenth loss, a ten round split decision to Algerian veteran Hoacine Khalfi, May 15th, 1954 in another visit to St. Nicholas Arena, in New York.

Eight victories later, including a February 25th, 1955, World Featherweight Title win over Teddy Davis, at Madison Square Garden, Saddler would lose number fourteen dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Joey Lopes at Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California.

Never to be held down the driven Saddler would quickly snap back again July 7th, 1955, recording a 6th round TKO stoppage of Shigeji Kaneko at Korakuen Baseball Stadium, in Tokyo, Japan.

It would be just two weeks later July 20th, Saddler would lose his first meeting with Philippines future International Hall of Famer, Flash Elorde only to squeeze in a year ending sixth round TKO of Dave Gallardo before scoring a rematch thirteenth round TKO World Featherweight Title win over Elorde, January 18th 1956.

Scoring a third round TKO of George Monroe a month later Saddler would be forced to go out on a ten round unanimous decision loss to Larry Boardman, April 14th, 1956 when the 30 year old reigning World Featherweight Champion sustaining a serious eye injury in a car accident while riding in a taxi in NYC would be forced to retire in early 1957.

Saddler, despite retiring with a record of 144 wins against 16 losses and two draws, only stopped once in 162 bouts and 103 of those wins coming by way of knockout, it would be the disregard of his graceful ring generalship and bilateral slugging power by many boxing pundits allowing his rough and ready tactics to over shadow his large volume of brilliant work keeping him in the shadow of "Willie the Wisp."

Remaining friends, the retired former world champion occasionally boxed Pep in large fan drawing exhibitions. Saddler, employed as the physical director at the National Maritime Union Gym in NYC where trained many pro fighters, would later join his cousin Dick Sadler, (that's right just one d) working with former heavyweight champion George Foreman in the 1970s.
"Sandy" the uncle to Bajan-born American hip hop recording artist, DJ Joseph Saddler, "Grandmaster Flash" battling numerous serious health problems just like his rival Pep, died from Alzheimer's complications September 18th, 2001 at the age of 75 at the Schervier Nursing Care Center in the Bronx.

It's the Saddler's and Pep's from which today's TMZ stars discover, draw and adjust and build their talents and in this case not knowing history that hinders boxing 's entering of a "New Golden Era."





David Lemieux Returns
Montreal  - The Montreal slugger David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) will be back in the ring at the Bell Centre on Saturday, October 22 in the gala "Blood, guts and glory" presented by Eye of the Tiger Management, Golden Boy Promotions and InterBox in association with evenko and Videotron. He will cross swords with the Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (21-7-3, 6 KOs) in a 10 round duel in the middleweight division. The exciting middleweight battle will be broadcast live on Indigo as of 7:00p.m ET.

Hard-punching Montreal Middleweight David Lemieux is fighting at home for the first time since capturing the IBF World Middleweight title vs. Hassan N’Dam at the Bell Centre on June 20th 2015.  Since this time David has fought twice, including a valiant loss vs. one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, Gennady Golovkin.  The fight vs Golovkin was a titles unification bout, and was presented at a sold-out MSG and televised on HBO PPV.  David got his career back in full swing with a 4th round TKO over Glen Tapia on May 7th 2016 in Las Vegas.  This high profile bout was broadcast by HBO as the semi-final to the eagerly anticipated super-fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan. Lemieux will be facing the always game and very tough Cristian Fabian Rios. Rios the Argentinian middleweight champion has held to a draw the current number 1 world ranked by the WBC Jorge Sebastien Heiland. Rios vows to upkeep the reputation of the boxing world from Argentina and is inspired by the recent performance of his countryman David Emanuel Peralta who pulled a huge upset versus Robert Guerrero this past August 27th. He vows to do the same!
Lots of action is in store at the semi-final, with Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (17-0-1, 14 KOs) facing canadian Janks Trotter (10-3-1, 10 KOs). At only 20 years of age, Steven “Bang Bang” Butler is quickly making a name for himself throughout the World.  Ranked at #10 in the World junior middleweight division (154 lbs) by the IBF, Butler has all the qualities to not only become a World champion, but also to follow in David Lemieux’s footsteps by becoming highly marketable and recognized all around the World. The current IBF Youth champion has already boxed in the Main Event on several occasions, wowing all fans with fantastic footwork, great combinations, raw power and great precision. Butler returns to the Montreal Bell Centre for the first time since January, when he beat a very game Antonio Hoffman (13-1-0,9 KOs) by UD in one of the best bouts presented as part of the Pascal vs. Kovalev undercard. His opponent, fellow Canadian Janks Trotter, is a dangerous puncher with a KO percentage of 100% in 10 wins. Our advice to fans is not to blink during this interesting all-Canadian matchup, as both big punchers have proved their power and both can close the fight very quickly. The winner of this bout will be proclaimed champion of the IBF North American title.
As part of the exciting undercard, Ghislain ‘Mani’ Maduma (18-2-0,11 KO) will face Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3,13 KO). Ghislain Maduma is one of the most dedicated athletes to his sport.  So much so that when he travelled to Los Angeles to help Manny Pacquiao train for his April 2016 fight vs. Timothy Bradley, Freddy Roach was so impressed with Ghislain that he agreed to train the Montreal fighter. Maduma, who racked up 16 victories in a row to start his career, is anxious to prove to his promoter Camille Estephan, as well as to his trainer Freddy Roach, that he belongs on top of the 140 lb division.  What better way than to share the same ring as David Lemieux on October 22nd. Maduma showed guts in fighting Kevin Mitchell (39-4,29 KOs) in Mitchell’s backyard at Wembley Stadium in London, England.  He was winning the bout easily before being caught by Mitchell in the 11th round, prompting the referee to put what some observers said was an early end to the fight.  Maduma’s only other loss was by controversial split-decision vs Maurice Hooker (21-0-2,16 KOs) at Madison Square Gardens on the Lemieux vs. Golovkin undercard. Ghislain, who is back in the win column with a UD victory vs Cesar Inalef (21-6-2, 7 KOs) last May 13th 2016, is matched tough on October 22nd at the Bell Centre where he will face Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3,13 KO), who fought incredibly well and earned a draw in his first trip to Montreal on the same May 13th 2016 card against World title contender Dierry Jean (21-2-1, 20 KO’s). To say Ghislain will have his hands full is an understatement.    Having only lost one fight since 2015, to tough contender Jose Felix Jr. (32-1-1) by split decision, Sismundo will be returning to Montreal with loads of confidence.  It will be up to Ghislain to counter this advantage and show the Bell Centre crowd how well he can box.
Mian Hussain (16-0-0, 6KO) will take on mexican Silverio Ortiz (34-18-0,16KO) in an 8 round battle. Mian “SuperMian” Hussain is yet another boxer bursting with potential within the Eye of the Tiger ranks.  Undefeated in 16 bouts, Mian is a slick southpaw whose ring generalship wears his opponents down.  Mian is one or two bouts removed from entering the World ranks and taking on all comers in the 147 lb division.  In the meantime, Mian is focused on his climb to the top, and to making a name for himself in Montreal and throughout the World. Silvero Ortiz is the ultimate gatekeeper.  Ortiz has faced numerous World champions and dangerous fighters.  Ortiz has beaten some very good boxers, and has lost valiantly to top contenders. Ortiz is no stranger to Montreal, having fought Herman Ngoudjo and most recently lost an 6 round unanimous decision to Custio Clayton in July.  It will be interesting to see how Mian fares against the solid Ortiz.  If he looks better or wins earlier than Custio did, expect fans and media everywhere to play the comparison game and call for a local fight between Mian Hussain and Custio Clayton.
2012 Canadian Olympian Simon Kean (5-0, 5KO) will face David Torres Garcia (10-3-0,9 KO). Kean has one of the brightest futures ahead of him.  A monstrous 6 foot 5 heavyweight, Kean represented Canada bravely in beating Tony Yoka from France at the 2012 Olympics before losing to Ivan Dychko.  The boxer he beat in 2012, Tony Yoka, won the gold medal for France at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  Meanwhile, Kean turned pro in 2015 under the Eye of the Tiger banner and has piled up 5 wins in 5 fights, all by KO.
Charismatic super lightweight blue-chip prospect Yves Ulysse JR (10-0-0,7KO) can’t wait to get back to action.  Ulysse has been out of the ring since November 2015 following elbow surgery, and will be headlining an InterBox “Prestige” show on September 24th in Blainville, Quebec.Ulysse is endowed with super quick hands, power and ring savvy.  He shares the same group of trainers as Steven Butler, and demonstrated tremendous growth as a pro boxer up until his injury. Much like Steven, Ulysse has all the tools to become a marketable athlete and a household name both locally and abroad. Ulysse wants nothing more than to box very frequently, and it seems The InterBox branded fighter will get his wish.  The plan for Junior is to bring him up the ladder quickly with meaningful bouts.  The sky is the limit for Junior, who at 140 lbs is in the perfect division to make lots of noise.
Ever since the day pound-for-pound champion Gennady Golovkin began his illustrious pro career, the sport of boxing began its fascination with boxers coming out of Kazakhstan.  The fascination will continue, as undefeated Batyr Jukembayev (4-0-0,4KO) hit the pro scene with a huge splash.  Batyr has all the tools to become a World champion in the 140-pound division and beyond:  Athleticism, speed, ring generalship, intelligence and power. Batyr is turning a lot of heads in the upper echelon of boxing, including International Boxing Organization President Mr. Ed Levine, who named Batyr to his Presidents Pick to become a World champion.  In his own words: “In our ongoing search for young fighters who show all the signs of becoming a future world champion, we are pleased to introduce the visitors to our site to our next Presidents Pick, Batyr Jukembayev. It will be enjoyable to watch his predicted fight by fight climb to stardom.'' - Ed Levine. After starting his career with 2 no-contests, including one due to a serious knee injury, Batyr quickly transformed from Eye of the Tiger`s blue-chip prospect to now budding future champion with a perfect 4 knockouts in 4 wins.  Batyr will take on Mexican José emilio Perea (23-7,15 KOs) in an 8 round battle.

Also in action David Theroux (11-1-0, 8 KOs) and Mathieu Germain (7-0,5 KOs) rookie of 2015.



HATTON PROMOTIONS has welcomed the World Boxing Association’s resolution regarding Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne’s failed drug test following his title victory over Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia on March 5 this year.
In a document released on Tuesday (September 6), the world sanctioning body stated that Browne will be reinstated in its top five rankings and has ordered that he face leading contender Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA heavyweight title within 120 days.
The WBA ruled that it was “unlikely Browne intentionally or voluntarily ingested clenbuterol in a single dose in the days leading up to the bout as the amount would not have gained any advantage”.
It also highlighted the fact that Browne had agreed to testing administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on February 8 and passed an unscheduled test on February 29 – just five days before the fight.
The past six months have been very stressful for Browne, his team and his family. What should have served as a historic moment in Australian boxing became tarred by the claim that Browne is not a clean athlete.
Hatton Promotions would like to thank Browne for his professionalism during the fight to clear his name. We would also like to thank his legal team and advisers for their work and the WBA for reaching the resolution they have now done.
Due to the nature of Browne’s case, Hatton Promotions has not been in a position to make clear statements about the heavyweight’s future. However, this resolution now means it is back to business as usual and Ricky Hatton is looking forward to setting up Lucas's shot at the vacant title.




Democratic Republic of Congo - Formerly Zaire, and the Philippines Among Possible Hosts
Deerfield Beach, FL  – The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 1 Alexander Povetkin and No. 2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title.  The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.

“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne.  “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America.  Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”

Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.

Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites.  Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and of course United States boing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well.

This sparked the idea to do something fantastic by memorializing “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali, to the benefit of the people.  So, reflecting on my memories and my historical association with The Greatest…Ali, we, his spirit and I, seized upon the idea to create A Salute to Greatness Championship Series by celebrating and paying homage to great boxing champions of the world and paying tribute to great champions of humanity and peace for the world in the spirit of Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Shimon Perez, Uri Savir, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, Jose Sulaiman (WBC) and Hugo Chavez.  We will spotlight countries that four decades ago held the most memorable heavyweight fights in history.  We will visit new countries that maybe able to have that same impact on, to gain international fame and acclaim, catapulting the name of their country to the forefront of world recognition.

“We want to bring the world together,” King concluded.  “I have been taking calls, for weeks, from interested parties and we will consider all options.  We want to reverse the affects that war, hatred, bombs and bullets have had …and with love, respect, harmony and togetherness we can make a better world.”

“I want to thank the WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman for this.” said King.

Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), born in Haiti now residing in Las Vegas, won the WBC heavyweight title on May 10, 2014 by 6th round TKO against Chris Arreola.  Stiverne knocked Arreola to the canvas twice in that round when referee Jack Reiss waved the count to end the fight.  Stiverne lost the title via unanimous decision to Deontay Wilder on January 17, 2015.  Stiverne followed that disappointing loss with a win against Derric Rossy on November 4, 2015 to vault him back to top contender and in position for the title.

Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) from Chekhov Russia is the current WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion and former WBA Heavyweight Champion.  Povetkin won the WBA title via unanimous decision win against Ruslan Chagaev on August 27, 2011.  Povetkin had four successful defenses over a two-plus-year reign prior to a losing the belt against Vladimir Klitschko on October 5th 2013.  Povetkin responded to that unanimous decision loss by stringing together four consecutive wins including winning the WBC Silver belt, which represents the No. 1 ranking.





OAKLAND, CA  - On Saturday, Nov. 19 the world's best pound-for-pound boxer will be crowned. Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, and Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) Two-Time World Champion, officially announced their long-awaited showdown following Ward's victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the live HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19. 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 and is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions.

Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the number two and number four pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively, by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated top-five ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Odds makers and pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will be made on Nov. 19th!
Making the fight even more intriguing, Kovalev and Ward are polar opposites. The Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev is an unbeaten knockout artist sitting atop boxing's light heavyweight division. With his ferocity in the ring and his charisma outside of it, Krusher is on his way to becoming the sport's next big star. The last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing, Andre "S.O.G." Ward is already a future Hall of Famer. Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior's instinct inside it, Ward has not lost a fight, amateur or professional, since he was 12-years-old. Kovalev's seemingly unstoppable offense-first approach stands in stark contrast to Ward's slick, defensive style that has been an unsolvable riddle for every foe he's taken on.
Neither man has faced an opponent like this before. Who will be the next "Pound for Pound" king? Find out Saturday, Nov. 19!

Live on HBO during the Ward-Brand fight, when asked about whether or not Ward is ready to face him Kovalev said, "I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let's do it November 19 on HBO."
Ward responded, "I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn't have any soft touches. He wasn't protected. He wasn't really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1."

*The Ring Magazine began publishing pound-for-pound rankings in 1989.
Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 33, has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. Out of of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only twice in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.
Ward, 32, the last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing (2004), reigned as the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion from 2009 to 2015 while fighting mostly out of his hometown, Oakland, CA. He announced his intention to move to up to the light heavyweight division in search of a bigger challenge in 2015, shortly after signing with his current promoter, Roc Nation Sports. He has been a top rated pound-for-pound fighter since 2011. Ward is seeking to assume his place and leave a legacy at the top of the sport.





TOM MOLINEAUX: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet – A Must Read For All
Lake George, NY – Bill Calogero, host of boxing’s Undisputed Champion of Boxing Talk program, the Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show, officially released his first book, Tom Molineaux: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet two weeks ago. Since then, the demand for signed copies, which are available through the Book Club section of the BillyCBoxing.com website, has not stopped.
The book tells the story of Tom Molineaux, who was born a Slave on a Virginia Plantation during the late 1700’s, became a fighter, fought and won his freedom, fought for a World Title and whose fame rose to the height of being the very first high-profile World-Wide sports celebrity. However, because of the color of his skin not only during his lifetime but unfortunately continues to this day, he has become virtually a forgotten name. Molineaux is not only an important piece of Boxing History he’s also a major part of American History. Calogero’s book tells the complete story and wants people to read the book and help set the record straight. It’s time to give Molineaux the credit he deserves.
Here’s What’s Been Said Recently About the Book:
Charley Fitch - Professional boxing referee:
Finished reading “Tom Molineaux” today and it is fantastic! Congratulations on writing a truly excellent book covering a person with historical significance that goes well beyond boxing.
What a story. Well written and interesting to read. A treasure of information that I’m going to be purchasing several more copies of as Christmas presents.
I loved the details and how you were able to put Molineaux’ achievements in historical context (slavery, American Revolution). This is much more than a boxing book. It’s important history from several often neglected aspects.
Plus, book was factual and told the story of a human being overcoming longest of odds to reach highest of highs only to succumb to the lowest of lows. It included the man’s warts, the character flaws and failings.  That is how life is. I loved the honesty of it.
Thank you for writing “From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet” and bringing Tom Molineaux’s amazing story to life. Before reading your book I knew nothing about him. Due to the work you have done that has changed.
Don “Bear” Koss:
In his new book, Tom Molineaux, From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet, Bill Calogero, presents the story of an early prize ring warrior to a new generation of boxing fans. Molineau’s story, hitherto known only to boxing’s historical cognoscenti, is a compelling tale hallmarking the meteoric rise and fall whose personality was imbued with human frailty while suffering societal injustice.
Chronicling the life and career of a prize ring pugilist and evaluating it is especially challenging. The difficulties go well beyond the difference in rules between the Prize Ring and the Queensberry eras. The most common tool used in contemporary evaluation is film or tape.  YouTube dominates contemporary culture. When no film exists, or when the quality of existing film is poor in quality as in the case of the early 20th century contemporary evaluators tend to denigrate the skills of boxers of an earlier era.
Newspapers and other print sources must be brought to the fore when evaluating earlier fighters. When there is a paucity of these sources the problem is magnified. For the most part, only major fights in the careers of pugilists have been recorded. One can compare the number of recorded fights of Daniel Mendoza with those of his contemporaries. There is a substantial difference in the numbers. Mendoza published his memoires and listed his fights. The difference in number is large enough to allow the inference that at least 60 % of a pugilist’s record is lost to history. In the case of Molineaux the problem is even more acute. As Billy C points out, Molineaux was a product of what was euphemistically called the peculiar institution, Slavery, and however much revisionist may white-wash this fact, it won’t go away.
Bill C utilizes the existing source material for prize ring history (old and rare books) to overcome these problems. He synthesizes these sources to give us the life of Tom Molineaux presented in fresh and colloquial language. Bill is concerned with presenting the facts of Molineaux’s life. This is evidenced by his omission of references to Molineaux and George Washington, because nothing beyond their anecdotal nature could be substantiated. His effort to present the facts of Molineaux’s life, is undermined to a degree, by a lack of citation in his text. Academics always find a lack of citations troublesome. I was still able to check source material by cross referencing this book with Billy C’s essay “Tom Molineaux: From Slave to American Heavyweight Champion”  in Aycock & Scott’s The First Black Boxing Champions. The lack of citations could possibly limit the purchasing of this book by libraries to those with specialized sports of Black History specializations but should not hinder the boxing fan from making Tom Molineaux’s life a part of their own.
Donald R Koss
 Longtime Member International Boxing Research Organization
World Boxing Hall of Fame Elector
Emeritus Professor of Library and Information Science, Richard J. Daley College
Member, Dubois’ Company, 3rd New York Regiment, MWTA (A Midwestern group of historical revolutionary war re-enactors)
A MUST READ for not only boxing buff's but American history in general
By:  Anthony Owens -  Life-long Boxing fan
Fantastic read, the life of Tom Molineaux is a mixture of not only boxing but American history. Learning the struggles of Molineaux from start to finish and manner in which they were told made it impossible to put down.
As a boxing fan while reading portions in the book leading up to Molineaux's biggest bouts and how his training was progressing left me with that same feeling of anticipation I get when counting down to a modern big time Pay-Per View event as if I had no idea who would prevail.
When the bouts themselves were described I could virtually hear the crowd yelling and sounds of thudding punches. The first bout against Cribb was so detailed in the description at one point I was thinking to myself I hope this doesn't get stopped on cuts!
The way Bill Calogero tells of Molineaux's struggles from being born a slave to gaining freedom, fighting for recognition not only as a prize fighter but as a MAN left me in awe of the type person Tom Molineaux must have been on the inside and fortitude he possessed.
The only thing I could not understand after reading the book was why has no one told his story in full before?
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