Former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) today hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego ahead of his clash with WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on Mexican …… continue reading


Canelo: We expect Smith to be very powerful

By Togorashi

Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions

Former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego on Wednesday ahead of his clash with WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on Mexican Independence Day Weekend on September 17 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.

Below is what Canelo had to say at today’s media workout in San Diego:

“I love San Diego because it’s really calm here, which is something I require when I am in camp. I feel comfortable and at home which makes me feel great while training, and allows me to train at 100 percent.

“Getting to fight at the AT&T Stadium in Texas is a huge privilege for me and my career. Fighting on this weekend is powerful because it tells the story of Mexicans all over, making a win even more important. This fight is going to be historic; from the venue, the title, to the fans who are going to show up – I take all of this into consideration as I train hard for this match.”

“In our training we have taken a huge focus on the opponents fighting style – no matter what size or weight. Analyzing, and breaking down the fighter’s approach is what we go after in the ring. Just because Smith isn’t very well known in the U.S. doesn’t diminish how tough he is as an opponent. We expect him to be very powerful, and we are training for that.”

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Broadway Boxing Weights from Foxwoods

By Togorashi

Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart 137 vs. “Nice” Nick DeLomba 137
Dardan Zenunaj 130 vs. Jose “Shorty” Salinas 131
“Marvelous” Mykey Williams 142 vs. David Nelson 140
Irvin Gonzalez 126 vs. Juan Muniz 129
Anthony Laureano 146 vs. Nahir Albright 144
Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa 144 vs. Demetris Williams 144
Jon “Jonfer” Fernandez 132 vs. Naciff “Chata” Castillo 132
Wesley Ferrer 139 vs. Angel Figueroa 139

Venue: Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets: $125, $75 and $45

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Ryan Martin added to Cuadras-Chocolatito undercard

By Togorashi

Undefeated lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, (15-0, 9 KOs) will face Fermin “El Seda” De Los Santos, (28-15-2, 18 KOs) in an eight round clash on the non-televised undercard of the WBC super flyweight world championship between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) and defending undefeated world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-0, 27 KOs) September 10 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Martin vs. De Los Santos, contested for the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas title, will be telecast live on the international broadcast on the evening of the event.

Co-featured on September 10 and also telecast live on HBO along with Gonzalez vs. Cuadras is a 10-round junior middleweight rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, (23 KOs) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KOs).

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Brewer-Johnson collide Saturday in Erie, PA

By Togorashi

Bizzarro Promotions steps back into the ring Saturday, September 3rd at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA with a main event featuring Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (17-4-1, 6 KOs) against upset minded Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-12-6) in a six-round welterweight contest. The co-main event is a six-round contest featuring Youngstown, Ohio super featherweight prospect Alejandro “Popo” Salinas (6-1, 6 KOs) against an opponent to be determined.

Brewer, the highly touted former amateur star and National Golden Gloves champion owns victories over several previously undefeated fighters including, Michael Jean Louis (9-0, 8 KOs) and Emmanuel Taylor (14-0, 10 KOs). At twenty-eight years old, Brewer knows his time is now to live up to his nickname of “Greatness” and make a run at his championship aspirations. He will have a difficult task on his hands when he enters the ring on Saturday night against twenty-four fight veteran Justin Johnson.

You can disregard his upside down record as Johnson has been a gatekeeper, testing some of the top undefeated prospects on the way up including Bryant Perella (7-0, 6 KOs), Christian Molina (4-0, 3 KOs) and Daniel Gonzalez (9-0-1, 3 KOs). Johnson is also no stranger to spoiling the dreams of rising stars as shown right in Erie, PA., owning draws with and Wilkins “The “Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (12-1-2, 2 KOs) and James Robinson (3-4-3, 1KO) in his last two bouts.

The undercard will feature some of the rising prospects in the region, competing in scheduled four-round contests.

Undefeated welterweight Daywuan Roseberry of Cleveland, Ohio (2-0, 2 KOs) will battle it out with fellow Ohio native Terrell Houston (0-1).

Ohio light heavyweight knockout artist Roy Barringer (3-0, 3 KOs) will tangle with the Georgia’s Hakeem Atkinson (2-4, 1 KO).

If heavyweights are your bag of choice, then get ready to be entertained when Ontario, Canada’s Bradley Hamil makes his professional debut against Idris “Grumpy Bear” Wasi (1-0, 1 KO) of Sacramento, California.

Undefeated middleweights, Isaiah Steen (3-0, 3 KOs) and Fred Wilson Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) will be fighting in separate four-round contests against opponents to be announced.

Opening the show, will be the professional debut of Robert James Thomas from Ontario, Canada who will duke it out with Antwaun Taylor (1-3) of Cincinnati, OH, the son of former WBA world champion Tony Tubbs.

Doors open at 5:30p and the first bout is scheduled for 6p. Tickets are $75 VIP Ringside, $500 VIP tables of ten and $30 General Admission. Tickets are on sale at or at the Presque Isle Downs Casino Gift Shop or by calling 814-881-3750.

Bizzarro Promotions has become a staple for professional boxing in the Erie area with five cards in just over a year. Crowds have flocked to the shows, knowing that they can expect great fights at world class venues at affordable prices.

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More on Povetkin-Stiverne and Don King

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The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), #1 Alexander Povetkin and #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 boxing 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.,” said King “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 be 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 effects 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.

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