Montreal Bell Centre to Host Kovalev vs. Pascal‏

Main-Events and InterBox announced that the Montréal Bell Centre will host the March 14th 2015 boxing Gala that will feature the reigning unified WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) vs. former WBC, IBO and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). Tickets to this megafight, which will also be broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing throughout the United States, go on sale Saturday, December 20th 2014 as of 10 AM. A press conference is scheduled to take place early next week.

Three of the 4 major titles on the line

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main-Events, received the exception from the IBF that she and Sergey requested. Therefore, the IBF title will be on the line on March 14th when Kovalev faces Pascal. Mandatory IBF contender Najib Mohammedi is happy with the outcome because it will give him more time to work with his new trainer. Mohammedi will appear on the undercard of Kovalev-Pascal. Therefore, three of the four major world title belts will be on the line: The IBF and WBO World Light Heavyweight titles, as well as the WBA Super Light Heavyweight belt. Continue reading

Tyson Fury returns To Action February 28


Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that Tyson Fury will headline London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 28th February in his final fight before going on to challenge for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.

The undefeated Manchester star will face a top 15 ranked contender to be announced as he keeps busy ahead of a long-awaited shot at reigning WBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury put on the best performance of his career last month when he defeated Dereck Chisora for a second time, completely shutting out the Londoner with a dominant performance over ten rounds before Chisora was retired by his corner.

With the win, Fury took Chisora’s European title and also won the vacant British title for a second time, plus securing the number one spot in the WBO rankings and mandatory challenger position to the Ukrainian great. Continue reading

Famous Fighter of the Week: James Toney

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By Matthew Baker

It’s no secret that a boxer’s life is a struggle. Some fighters use the ring as an escape from the violent and drug-infested streets. Some use it as an avenue for temper, anger, and stress. In the case of James “Lights Out” Toney, much of the struggle was just to make the weight limit for his next bout.

Growing up in the Detroit, James Toney was a star football player in high school, who also had a reputation for packing a weapon and dealing in drugs. After losing the chance to attend the University of Michigan on a football scholarship by getting into a scrap with another player, Toney decided he was not a team player and turned to boxing. He went pro at age 20, but could not immediately leave his unsavory past behind. His manager was also a drug dealer and was shot to death after Toney’s 7th fight. Toney, often unfocused and undisciplined, but slick and strong with an amazing natural ability, soldiered forth, surrounding himself with increasingly solid boxing professionals, including Jackie Kallen, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, and Freddie Roach.

Toney went 46 fights before his first loss. Everyone spoke of how hard he was to hit, how fast his defensive reflexes were, on top of his powerful punch. But the man who became world champion in three different weight classes often weighed in seriously over the weight limit for a given bout. For his 1996 defeat of Richard Mason, he was fined $25,000 for being 15 pounds overweight. At five pounds overweight against Drake Thadzi in 1997, it was agreed that, if Toney won the fight, he would not win Thadzi’s light heavyweight belt. In that first career loss against Roy Jones Jr., Toney blamed the severe dehydration he suffered in trying to make weight for his weakness in the ring.

Toney has also had his share of drug trouble in the ring, having been stripped of the WBA heavyweight title that he won from John Ruiz in 2005 after testing positive for steroids immediately after the fight. Two years later, he was fined $2,500 after failing another steroid test against Danny Batchelder.

Toney has also competed in MMA bouts but now, at age 46, his speech has become increasingly slurred and more and more observers are urging him to quit while he still has a life left to enjoy. Let us hope the talented, hotheaded champion listens.

Francisco Santana returns against Sebastian Lujan Jan 9 on ESPN Friday Night Fights‏


Super-welterweight contender, Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs), returns to the ring against Sebastian Lujan (43-8-2, 26 KOs) on January 9, 2015 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The 10-round bout will serve as the co-feature to the Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) vs. Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). Both fights will air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”.

Earlier this year, Santana impressed the boxing world when he defeated former undefeated contender Eddie Gomez (17-1, 10 KOs) by way of unanimous decision. Francisco is currently riding a winning streak which spans 9-fights in a row. In his last bout he defeated Luis Alfredo Lugo by way of fifth round knockout. He’ll look to continue on his winning streak against a tough Lujan whose only been stopped twice in his career.

“I’m very excited that my promoter Gary Shaw has brought me back to ESPN.” said Santana. “I know Lujan is a very crafty veteran and I’m not looking past him. These are the type of fights that I have to win if I want to accomplish my goal of becoming a world champion. The Chumash is in my backyard and I want to put on a great show for all my hometown fans that will be there to support me. 2015 is going to be a big year for me.” Continue reading

Erik Skoglund defeats Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson, Erik Skoglund  Photo Credit: Photo Wende

Glen Johnson, Erik Skoglund
Photo Credit: Photo Wende

Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) took another step towards a world title challenge with a unanimous points victory over Jamaican veteran Glen Johnson (54-20-2, 37 KOs) on Saturday night at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen.

The rising Swedish star proved too much for the former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion, and after ten rounds of action the judges scored the fight 98-92, 97-93 and 97-93.

‘I was pleased with my performance,’’ said Skoglund. ‘It might sound cocky to say, but I felt I was the better boxer on the night. I was one step ahead of him in everything I did. I’ve proved I’m ready for a world level opposition. I want to challenge for a world title in 2015!’’ Continue reading

Herrera robbed on big boxing weekend

Photo by Josh Hedges

Photo by Josh Hedges

By Rich Mancuso

New York – Championship fights are supposed to be won in the ring but this past weekend the judges took the title from Mauricio Herrera at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as fans worldwide watched on HBO. Timothy Bradley closed the show and received an undeserved 12-round draw in the same ring with Diego Chaves that also should have went his way.

So what may have been the biggest weekend on the boxing calendar on HBO and Showtime became another travesty for the sport. And the judges at ringside are the culprits putting another black eye on the sport.

They got it right with Keith Thurman and Abner Mares.The judges had an easy time scoring it correct for Amir Khan and his dominant win over Devon Alexander all on Showtime minutes away at the MGM Grand Arena. Khan propelled himself to possibly being the next opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. so they had to get that one right. Continue reading

Steven Martinez defeat was a learning experience in the national spotlight


By Rich Mancuso

Regardless of what the judges final scorecard said Friday night at the Illusions Theatre at the Alamadome in San Antonio Texas, junior middleweight Steven Martinez of the Bronx won more rounds in his 10-round unanimous decision loss to Chris Pearson. This is boxing and though Martinez admits he lost the later rounds it is still a stepping stone to get better.

Martinez, 15-2, 12 KO’s, heard the final scores: 98-92, and two judges had it 97-93 in a bout that was televised nationally on Showtime. Back home Sunday, at his home off Prospect Avenue and Southern Boulevard, Martinez briefly reviewed the tape. Yes there is is disappointment but the 24-year old will take some time off and prepare for the next one with his promoters.

“I am rested and good,” Martinez said. “I saw the fight. I started strong and in the second half I faded, got tired, and fatigued. I let the fight slip away in the second half.” And he admits, despite the scores, the fight was much closer. So it is back to the drawing board and the second loss of his young career can only leave room for improvement.

Pearson was a tough opponent as he came into the fight undefeated, now 12-0, 9 KO’s. And this was a fight that was originally scheduled in August but Pearson sustained an injury to his ankle. Martinez was ready and put in the proper training before leaving for Texas last week for his first 10-round fight. Continue reading