Author: Daxx Khan

Muhammad Ali Trophy: WBA Super-Middleweight Super Champion ‘Saint’ George Groves signs up for World Boxing Super Series

World Boxing Super Series Summary
Combined Record of the Four Confirmed World Boxing Super Series Participants: 125 wins, 6 losses, 91 KOs
Confirmed Super-Middleweights:

  • George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), WBA Super Champion

Confirmed Cruiserweights:

  • Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), IBF World Champion
  • Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs), WBC World Champion
  • Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs), former IBF / WBC World Champion & IBF top-ranked challenger

ABOUT THE WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES Organised by Comosa AG, the World Boxing Super Series will kick off in September 2017, featuring the Cruiserweight and Super Middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight elite boxers will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament, with four quarter-finals (fall 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018). This makes for seven top fights per weight class, and a total of 14 fights in Season One to be staged in premier venues around the globe. The winners of the World Boxing Super Series will rightfully receive the GREATEST prize in boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Weights from Claressa Shields vs. Sydney LeBlanc in Detroit

Weights from Claressa Shields vs. Sydney LeBlanc
in Detroit
Claressa Shields 162.4 vs Sydney LeBlanc 164
Alexey Zubov 197.4 vs Demetrius Banks 195.4
Jarico O’Quinn 117 vs David Martino TBD
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 147.8 vs Cesar Soriano 150
Serdar Hudayberdiyev 159.8 vs Antonio Urista 154.6
Dimash Niyazov 137.8 vs Ramon Guevara 136.6
Jacob Bonas 147.4 vs Anthony Brooks 147.2
Darren Gibbs 173 vs Scott McCurdy 176

Red-Hot Super Middleweight Contender David Benavidez Does Admirable Job Behind Fox Sports 1 Mic

Phoenix, Arizona-based super middleweight phenom David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez spent some time behind the microphone last Sunday, while waiting eagerly for his potentially record-breaking world championship challenge.

Undefeated Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) did an admirable job serving as a Fox Sports 1 guest commentator for former champion Brand Rios’ exciting comeback victory over Aaron Herrera at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California.

Benavidez is coming off a star-making eight-punch combination KO 8 of fellow contender “Porky” Medina at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas.

The 20-year-old now waits for word on who he will face for the WBC Championship in his try to become the youngest super middleweight world champion in boxing history. Darrin Van Horn, who was 22 years, 8 months and 11 days old when he beat Lindell Holmes for the IBF super middleweight championship on May 18, 1991.

“David is a talent at everything he does,” said his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz. “Thank you to the PBC and Fox Sports for allowing him to reach a dream and work as a commentator while he awaits his ultimate dream: to become the youngest champion in history at 168 lbs.”

Warriors Boxing Presents ‘Night of the Rising Stars 2’

Warriors Boxing Presents
‘Night of the Rising Stars 2’ on Saturday, June 24 at Deauville Beach Resort in Miami
On Saturday, June 24, 2017, professional boxing returns to Miami Beach as Warriors Boxing presents “Night of the Rising Stars 2” at the Deauville Beach Resort.
 
The second of Warriors Boxing’s series of Miami-area fights designed to develop local and international prospects, NORS 2 will feature popular and talented light heavyweight Robert Daniels Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) of Miami looking to remain perfect in the light heavyweight division.
 
24-year-old southpaw light heavyweight Robert Daniels Jr. is the son of former cruiserweight world champion Robert “Preacherman” Daniels, the only Miami-born fighter to hold a major world title.
 
Daniels Jr. started boxing at 10 years old and went 64-6 as an amateur boxer. Among his many accolades, he won the Sunshine State Games twice, the State title twice, the Platinum Gloves, the Junior Olympic regionals.
 
A boxer/puncher with excellent counter-punching skills, Daniels is trained by former world champion John David Jackson.
 
Also scheduled for action are undefeated super welterweight John David “Pretty Boy” Martinez (6-0, 5 KOs) of Miami in a six-round battle; undefeated Miami welterweight Chris Velez (7-0-1, 4 KOs) in a six rounder; and undefeated bantamweight Lawrence Newton (6-0, 4 KOs) of Boynton Beach, Florida, will fight a six-rounder.
 
In preliminary action, popular undefeated cruiserweight Ulysses Diaz 2-0 (2 KOs) of Miami will fight a four-round battle; Miami super bantamweight Jessy Cruz (11-6-1, 4 KOs) will fight six; undefeated Dominican super welterweight Edurado Perez Diaz (3-0, 3 KOs) will go four rounds; and Cuba’s undefeated Irosvani Duvergel (2-0, 2 KOs) of Guantanamo will go four super middleweight rounds.
“We have put together a terrific night of fighting at a beautiful venue for the great boxing fans in Miami,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing. “These shows were created to put local and global talent in the types of fights that will make them better fighters and weed out those who haven’t got it.”

 

All opponents will be announced shortly. The Deauville Beach Resort is located at 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida. On fight night, doors open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30 pm. All bouts subject to change.

NSAC Approves Mayweather Promotions request for August 26th at the MGM Grand-

Mayweather promotions had filed a request with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, to host a boxing event on August 26th at the MGM Grand Arena. That request and whether or not it would be approved was on their agenda for the week of  June 12th 2017. On June 13th the request was removed from their agenda, most likely that reason was despite being able to reserve the arena, there were no official contracts in place signed by both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor presented to NSAC for approval.

Official agenda of business for the Nevada State Athletic Commission June 14th 2017

On Wednesday June 14th, word got out that request had been placed back on the days agenda. With that request being placed back on the official NSAC agenda and becoming a priority so quickly, it inclined a signed contract had been presented to NSAC giving them every reason to proceed. At 9:00am PT when the Nevada State Athletic Commission convened, the request by Mayweather promotions to host an event on August 26th at MGM Grand Arena, was a priority. An hour later, according to Nevada State athletic commission chairman Anthony Marnell, the request by Mayweather promotions to host their August 26th event at the MGM Grand Arena had been approved.

As social media buzzes with excitement, fans already scamper to book hotel rooms and reserve flights, this approval does not mean that request was for Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor only to host a boxing event. The fact Miguel Cotto, will be facing Yoshihiro Kamegai that same night for the vacant WBO 154lb title has me questioning this approval being for Mayweather versus McGregor. I don’t see Golden Boy promotions trying to place Miguel Cotto head to head against this event, on the night Cotto fights under their banner for the first time since parting with Roc Nation.

One thing I do know for sure, is whether the fight happens or not Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, NSAC and the UFC are having a good time.

Germany’s rising stars out to impress in Wetzlar

Germany’s rising stars are out to impress on Saturday night as they face tough international opposition on the undercard of Tyron Zeuge’s WBA World Super Middleweight title defence against Paul Smith at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar.

Cologne’s Denis Radovan (4-0, 2 KOs) meets Josip Duric (3-1, 2 KOs) over six-rounds in what promises to be his toughest career test to date. If successful, the 24-year old super middleweight says he would like the chance to avenge an amateur defeat to domestic rival Stefan Haertel, who boxes in Wetzlar against Patrick Mendy, and to land his first title shot.

“I lost against Haertel in the amateurs so I would love the chance to set the record straight” said Radovan, who is trained by former World Champion Juergen Braehmer. ‘’I’m targeting my first title at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018. I’ve not had many fights, but I feel like I’m ready!”

Leon Bunn Photo Credit KGZ Fougstedt

Two-time national amateur champion, Leon Bunn (4-0, 4 KOs), has looked impressive since turning over as a professional and winning all of four of his paid contests inside the distance. The fighter from Frankfurt has yet to go past the second round, but can expect tougher resistance from Hungary’s Laszlo Ivanyi (6-4, 4 KOs).

“I’m just taking it one step at a time” said Bunn ahead of his six-round light heavyweight clash. “Getting this opportunity to fight in Wetzlar, near my hometown, is huge for me!”

Bunn’s coach Ulli Wegner has expressed his excitement about the 24 year-old’s talent: “Leon will be the first to become World Champion out of my group of young boxers,” said the legendary German trainer.

Albon Pervizaj Photo Credit LAP Images

Fledgling heavyweight Albon Pervizaj (2-0, 2 KOs) will be looking for a third consecutive victory against Dusan Krstin (7-7, 2 KOs). The Hamburg boxer has impressed so far with two knockout performances, but in his durable Serbian opponent, Pervizaj meets a man who has a reputation for being incredibly difficult to stop.

“My dream is to fight for a World title in Hamburg, and I’m sure one day it will happen!” said Pervizaj. “But first, I must get past Krstin, who is a tough opponent for my third fight.’’

Hometown hero Emir Ahmatovic (2-0, 1 KO) is also in action, alongside Wolfsburg middleweight Patrick Wojcicki (7-0, 4 KOs). Wojcicki, a former national amateur champion, faces a tough test against Henri Kekalainen (9-3, 4 KOs), but will need to overcome his Finnish opponent to prove he is ready to step up and compete for titles.

The WBA World Super Middleweight Championship clash between Tyron Zeuge and Paul Smith will be shown live on SAT.1 and ran.de in Germany, and Sky Sports in the UK.

 

“KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire” Fact Sheet

“KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire”
FACT SHEET
Airing live on CBS Sports Network this
Saturday night from Hartman Arena in Kansas
FACT SHEET

WHAT:
           “KO Night Boxing: Rapid Fire”
 
WHO:              Main Event – Flyweights (6) — CBSSN
Nico Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO), Wichita, KS
                        Jose Rodriguez (2-0, 2 KOs), Markesan, WI
                                                              
Co-Feature — Junior Middleweights (6) — CBSSN
Noel Esquada (7-3-2, 5 KOs), Wichita, KS
                        Limberth Ponce (12-3, 9 KOs), Rock Island, IL
                       
                        Featherweights (4) — CBSSN
Eric Vargas (2-0, 1 KO), Garden City, KS
                        Humberto Tellez (pro debut), Winfield, KS
                       
                        Junior Welterweights (4)
Brian Clements (pro debut), Topeka, KS
                        Bryant Montalvo-Colon (1-9, 1 KO), Garden City, KS
                       
                        Light Heavyweights (4)
Juan Hollingsworth (1-0, 1 KO), Winfield, KS
                        Matt Dixon (pro debut), Tulsa, OK
                       
                        Middleweights (4)
Eddie Chavez (pro debut), Wichita, KS
                        Luis Fernando Juanez Jasso (pro debut), Garden City, KS                                  
WHEN:            Saturday, June 17, 2017
WHERE:          Hartman Arena
PROMOTER:   KO Night Boxing LLC
TELEVISION:   Live on CBS Sports Network
 
BROADCASTERS: Sean Wheelock & Joey Varner

Sydney LeBlanc Steps in to Face Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields

Sydney “Ginger the Ninja” LeBlanc is stepping in on three days’ notice to face Women’s NABF Middleweight
Champion, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields of Flint, Michigan, in the eight-round main event of Salita Promotions’ “Detroit Brawl”  this Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.

33-year-old LeBlanc (4-1-1) from Gretna, Louisiana, represents a step up in competition from original opponent Mery Rancier,who was unable to participate due to visa issues. A six-year pro who was already in training for a fight on June 10,  LeBlanc says she’s eager for the chance to upset the two-time Olympian and budding women’s superstar Shields.

“I’ve been pro boxing for nine years, since before the Olympics had a women’s division and I’ve taken a lot of time off because of a lack of available opponents,” explained LeBlanc. “These Olympians are reopening the gates for all female fighters. Everybody was on the shelf for years. This is the first time female boxing has been popular since the Ann Wolfe days, so I’m very appreciative of the opportunities they are bringing. I’ve never watched any of my opponents before a fight, but I know about Claressa Shields and I want to fight her. I’m looking at this fight as a good chance to see where I’m at, skill-wise and I’ll be ready.”
Shields vs. LeBlanc will be contested for the WBC Silver Super Middleweight Championship.
In the 10-round co-main event, undefeated Detroit cruiserweight Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) will take on Detroit via Russia’s Alexey Zubov (14-1, 9 KOs).
 
In the night’s main supporting bout, undefeated welterweight pulverizer Bakhtiyar Eyubov (12-0, 10 KOs) of Aktjubinsk, Kazakhstan, will look to stay busy waiting for his next high-profile step, as he attempts to inflict his crowd-pleasing style on always-tough Cesar Soriano (27-35-1, 16 KOs) Iztacalco, Mexico, over six rounds.
In another of the chief supporting bouts, Detroit’s rising talent and “Great Lakes King” Ja’Rico O’Quinn (6-0, 5 KOs) returns to action in a six-round bantamweight brawl against David Martino (2-2, 2 KOs) of San Felipe, Mexico.
Also scheduled is an all-action six-round super welterweight battle between Antonio Urista (7-2, 2 KOs) of Lansing, Michigan, and highly decorated former amateur star Serdar Hudayberdiyev (3-0, 2 KOs) of Turkmenabat, Turkey.
Opening the night will be a six-round super lightweight tilt between Staten Island, New York via Kazakhstan’s Dimash Niyazov (10-0-3, 4 KOs) and Grand Rapids, Michigan, veteran Ramon Guevara (10-24-2, 6 KOs); as well as a four-round welterweight bout between undefeated Jacob Bonas (2-0-1, 1 KO) of Bellville, Michigan, and Clinton Township, Michigan’s Tony Brooks (1-1).

Ward vs. Kovalev II Grand Arrivals

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 13, 2017) – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) and former titleholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) opened Fight Week Powered by Monster with their Grand Arrivals at Mizuya Lounge at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, June 13, ahead of their ultimate rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
 
Below is what the fighters had to say:

Andre Ward Photo Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
 
“I am looking forward to making a statement in this fight and answering any questions that may be out there and removing any doubt that may be out there, so I’m excited. You got to look at the other side of the coin, there’s a lot of people that thought I won the fight and he got what he asked for. Now after this, we don’t want to hear any excuses. We don’t want to hear about anything. We’re going to shut the door on this and, like I said, take all doubt and all questions off the table.
 
“In this sport, I have very little room for error. I always have the pressure on my side – no matter if I’m the challenger or the champion. But that’s OK because me and my team, we’ve learned how to deal with the pressure. We know how to deal with it. I come here looking forward to bringing back everything that I brought, including those belts. I’m excited. I can’t wait, we’re a couple days away. All of this talking is getting ready to be over. We’re getting ready for my favorite part, which is the fight. June 17. It’s about business, so I did what I had to do the first time. I’m looking to turn it up this time.
 
“The pressure is always on, man. It comes with my territory and it’s been like this since I’ve been a baby – 16 years old, 17 years old. You get to a point where you don’t run from the pressure, you embrace it. That’s what all the greats do. All I got to do is be myself and that will be enough. Everything else will take care of itself. At the highest level, you’re going to face adversity. It’s not if, it’s when. But the question is how do you respond? We responded like we were supposed to. I’m just looking forward to giving the fans another great fight in a few days here at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on June 17.
 
“A lot of people talk about the jab and the right hand. But if you look at the second part of the fight, he [Kovalev] wasn’t landing right hands and jabs. He had a good moment and he’s a really great fighter – I’m not taking anything away from him. That’s why I want to face the best, to be the best. Some people thought I won, some people thought I lost. So let’s do it again and that’s the beauty of rematches in this sport. It’s nothing to get defensive about. You just lace it up, do it again and we’ll see what happens.
 
“I got out of that business a long time agotrying to prove people wrong – because it’s not an even playing field. I’ve shut guys out – 120-108; 120-107 on the scorecard – and I’ve literally heard grumblings about something. If it’s not this, it’s that. You get to a place where you mature as a man, you mature as an athlete, and you make the decision that ‘I’m going to live my life in the middle.’ I appreciate the praises, but I can’t get too high with those. And the criticisms – I can’t get too low with those. People are entitled to their opinions. Let me just keep doing me and that’s really the best place to be as an athlete.
 
“Tactically, I obviously want to have a better start and I’m going to have a better start. That’s really what got me in my hole – the start. I’m sure he’s made some adjustments and he’s going to come harder, but I’m ready. I’ve done everything I’m supposed to do. When you prepare the way you’re supposed to – and all the boxes are checked – it’s time to go to work. And I’m going to go to work, having fun and enjoying what I do, and put on a show in the process on June 17.”

Sergey Kovalev
Photo Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – Former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion 
 
“You know it’s good that he’s believing himself right now, that he’s got the key for me, but he didn’t get the key. He won two rounds against me as empty Kovalev, I remember I was like a heavy bag. Just like a fighter who came in the boxing gym like one month ago. And he’s like right now, ‘oh yeah I beat the Kovalev, but he won with empty Kovalev’.
 
“For this fight, I definitely had to get in shape, have different emotions and different motivations. I don’t just want to get my belts back and thank boxing fans for the support. I want to thank my haters – they motivate me to keep going. I want to get my belts and I’m here for this.
 
“Yeah, my fists will say it. I’ve already said enough. I want to say to Team Ward – they’ve said a lot of trash to my side, my team. He will pay for everything; I promise you.
 
“I appreciate him giving me the opportunity to get my belts back and on June 17 it’s going to be a different fight.
 
“I was empty one month before the November fight. Ward fought an empty Kovalev. This time I will not be empty – Ward will be fighting Krusher. I had pushed myself so hard in the beginning of training camp that one month out I was empty. I felt so much presser for the fight – my first fight on HBO Pay-Per-View – that I just trained too hard.”
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