Diego De La Hoya set to return on December 14

By Scott Christ

De La Hoya will face Jose Salgado in an ESPN main event.

The 2017 year for Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN will close on December 14, with super bantamweight contender Diego De La Hoya returning to action to face Jose Salgado in the main event from Indio, California.

De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KO) was last seen on September 16, beating Randy Caballero on the Canelo-GGG undercard.

“I’d like to thank Golden Boy Promotions and my manager once again for keeping me busy with this final fight of 2017,” said De La Hoya in a press release. “It’ll be my fifth fight this year and my team and I feel confident in my progression. I’m looking forward to closing the year off at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and on ESPN. I anticipate 2018 to be even greater!”

The 23-year-old hopes that a win will get him even closer to a world title shot next year.

Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KO) is a 28-year-old veteran from Mexico who has mainly competed at super flyweight in his career. In his last outing, he lost a 10-round split decision to Javier Gallo, on April 15.

“Since my last fight, I have been hoping for an opportunity like this one,” said Salgado. “This fight motivates me. De La Hoya is a great challenge and I hope he is prepared to take me on. On December 14, I am going to give it my all to come out victorious for my fans and family.”

The card will also feature the return of Carlos Morales (16-2-3, 6 KO) in a 10-round super featherweight fight against Dardan Zenunaj (14-3, 11 KO), plus fights for Ferdinand Kerobyan, Joet Gonzalez, Joshua Franco, Jonathan Navarro, and Raul Curiel.

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UFC Sydney sends message to organisers

UFC Sydney sends message to organisers

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Cletus Seldin rumored for Saunders-Lemieux undercard

By Michael Woods

Cletus Seldin may be back sooner than later on HBO.

This period in boxing history will stand out, we suspect, a bit more than the average time span, for a few reasons.

Maybe first and foremost, 2015 and 2017 saw two mega fights unfold, massive revenue generators each. This being the USA, where it’s money that most often matters over and above every other category, the loot summoned by Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao and then Conor McGregor was of the mountainous variety, so these exercises in the art of clever capitalism will have staying power as mementos of an age.

Also, these last few years will be recalled as the Haymon Era, when the reclusive Harvard Business School grad turned music man turned fight game influencer held an outsized sphere of influence on the sweet and at times unsavory science. Haymon had and has a foot and toe hold dug in and still holds sway over maybe 200 contracts/fighters.

No mystery there; his ability to conjure healthy purses for them breeds a consistent loyalty. But one downside to the Haymon way is that consistent and regular activity has not been a hallmark of the average Haymon/PBC pugilist.

“Less is more” is often the prevailing scheduling POV. That is maybe better for the brains and bodies of these warriors, that must be acknowledged. But intermittent appearances, two a year, isn’t the optimal activity level so athletes become more household names, allowing themselves to be known more intimately and help give fans reasons to care, to root for them, to follow their progress.

Forgive the lengthy preamble, please…

With all that in mind, I must offer (perhaps premature) applause if what I’m hearing turns out to be true, and that Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin is due to fight Dec. 16 in Montreal, underneath a David Lemieux v BJ Saunders middleweight tango, to run on HBO.

Seldin just laced up, on HBO, Nov. 11, and made quite a buzz hubbub downing Roberto Ortiz at Nassau Coliseum. He stole the Thursday press conference and the Saturday fight night. And if the junior welterweight indeed is coming back to scrap five weeks after his last waltz, he sends an even more amplified message to the masses: I’m a warrior, I love to rumble. Give me a date, and I will entertain you.

It’s not the avenue for everyone, but this I know: it’s a faster track to prominence and paydays, usually, and in this age, with rapidly cycling news flurries, one risks premature irrelevance if one doesn’t make frequent returns to the newsmaker station. Smart, Seldin.

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Volkan Oezdemir’s Manager Releases Statement on Fighter’s Arrest

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Volkan Oezdemir’s manager has sent out a statement addressing his fighter’s recent arrest. Last night (Nov. 18), number two ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Oezdemir was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. “No Time” was taken into custody for aggravated battery. A bond hearing was set for this morning. Oezdemir’s manager Frederic Englund, released a […]

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Boxer in critical condition after KO

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Salvadoran welterweight Francisco “Pantera” Ruiz has been hospitalized since Saturday night with an unfavorable prognosis after his fight for the domestic title of El Salvador at the event “KO a Las Drogas.” Ruiz had to be taken from the ring on a stretcher after being knocked out by compatriot Ricardo Cortés. Ruiz’s injury occurred at the end of the eighth round and he was immediately rushed to the hospital. Ruiz was unbeaten in three fights all of them in 2017 and all had been four rounders.

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Baxter Scores Knockout In DC

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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Washington, DC welterweight Jonathan “Bad Badger” Baxter scored a fourth-round TKO over Joseph “Trouble” Figueroa of the Bronx, NY in the main event of the TAC Promotions/Putney Promotions card at the Merrick Recreation Center in DC.

Badger hammered Figueroa all throughout the contest with head and body shots. Figueroa resembled a punching bag with feet, throwing very little back offensively in return. Baxter made Figueroa drop to one knee with a right to the body in the third round. Early in the fourth, Figueroa fell to his knees again, although it seemed to be more from a tangle than from a Baxter punch. However, referee Sharon Sands had seen enough and waived the bout off at 35 seconds of the round. Badger, who competed in his hometown for the first time as a pro, is now 9-1, eight KO’s. Figueroa, who was knocked out for the first time in more than seven years, falls to 11-63-5, three KO’s.

The co-feature saw Glenarden, MD super lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls bounce back from his first pro loss and win a four-round unanimous decision over Robert “Hitman” Hill of Gulfport, MS. Speed Rawls used his punching speed to his advantage in the early part of the bout. Hill challenged at times but Speed Rawls was able to outpunch his foe throughout the bout. Speed Rawls won by shutout (40-36) on all three scorecards. Speed Rawls is now 9-1-1, six KO’s. Hill drops to 7-35-1, two KO’s.

DC welterweight Cornell “Hitman” Hines scored a first-round TKO over Clifford “The Magician” McPherson of Cleveland, OH. Near the halfway point of the bout, Hines landed a solid right hand that dropped McPherson. The effect of the punch seemed to damage McPherson’s shoulder to the point that he could not continue. The bout was stopped at 1:31. Hines is 2-0, with both wins coming by first-round knockout. McPherson falls to 2-34-1, one KO.

Another DC welterweight, Dionte “Mr. Untouchable” Burts, made his pro debut a successful one with a first-round TKO over Molique Artis of Wilson, NC. Burts landed a double left hand and dropped Artis early in the first then followed it up with another left hand to put him down for the second time. The boxers tangled later in the round and Artis fell again after which he decided not to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:09. Artis falls to 0-5. Both Hines and Burts are trained by three-time world champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson.

In women’s action, “The Dark Menace” Tiara Brown of Bladensburg, MD won an easy four-round unanimous decision over Natalie King of Wilson, NC in a rematch of a bout that Brown won in March. Much like the first bout, Brown laid a beating on King, landing every kind of punch from every kind of angle. Much like the first bout, King refused to go down. Brown would win by shutout to raise her record to 4-0, two KO’s while King remains winless at 0-8. Brown, by the way, is also a Washington, DC police officer. The city’s police chief, Peter Newsham, was in attendance at the card.

Yonkers, NY middleweight Bryant “Spartan” Pappas won a second-round TKO over Jason “Micro Tyson” McClure of Paris, AR. The bout, a rematch from a 2010 contest Pappas won by fourth-round TKO in Paris, resembled a sparring session in the first round as both men seemed to pitty-pat their punches against one another. Finally, in the second round Pappas put more mustard on his punches and went exclusively to McClure’s body to put him down and end the contest at 1:54. Pappas is now 17-2-1 with all 17 wins by knockout. McClure drops to 1-10.

The curtain-raising contest saw light heavyweight Alan Lawrence of Newark, NJ stop Henry Mercer of Rocky Mount, NC at the beginning of the third round. Lawrence landed a series of body shots on Mercer throughout the contest. Eventually, the body shots proved to be too much for Mercer and he could not answer the bell for the third round. Lawrence is now 3-0, three KO’s while Mercer falls to 2-14, one KO.

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Puello crushes Gutierrez, Jones wins

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By Robert Coster

A good crowd showed up at the luxury Jaragua Renaissance Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo to watch Shuan Boxing Promotion’s last card of the year, a marathon event which ended at 2AM. In the main event, WBA #11 jr welterweight Alberto Puello (13-0, 8 KOs) gave the best performance of his young career by annihilating Ricardo Gutierrez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico in 1’28” of the first round. The stylish Puello is generally known to take his time but not on this night: a vicious right hook to the body sent the visitor to the canvas on his back for the full count – a quick, spectacular victory for the young Dominican who retains his WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino belts.

The co-main event had former WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones (41-3-2, 30 KOs) of Panama battle former amateur star Ytalo Perea (10-3, 6 KOs) of Ecuador for the vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title. The contest was an exciting give-and-take rumble for 11 rounds. Perea – a former Pan American Games gold medalist – started off well but the latter portion of the fight saw the veteran Jones take command. The 45-year-old Jones was awarded a split decision (107-102, 104-105,107-102). Fightnews had Jones winning 106-103.

The Dominican Republic’s top prospect Carlos Adames, ranked 5th in the Welterweight class by the WBA, moved up to the jr middleweight division to face Adrian Perez of Venezuela. Adames (13-0, 11 KOs) threw everything but the kitchen sink at the gritty and game Perez (7-3, 5 KOs), a much better boxer than his record would indicate, but could not get the Venezuelan off his feet. At the end of the 6th round with Perez bleeding and battered, his corner did not let him out for the next round. All and all, a somewhat sluggish performance by the usually spectacular Adames.

Top Puerto Rican jr welterweight prospect Subriel Matthews (8-0, 8 KOs) looked very impressive battering veteran Patrick Lopez (25-10, 16 KOs) of Venezuela, knocking him down twice in the first round and forcing the referee to stop the slaughter in the 2nd round.

Other bouts: Abigail Soto TKO 5 Frank Mola (for the vacant Dominican heavyweight title ); Lenin Castillo KO1 Andy Perez, light-heavyweight; William Encarnacion K0 2 Julio Cesar Cruz, jr featherweight; Yomar Medina TKO 6 Abelardo Ramos (lightweight); Eridson Garcia W8 Jose Luis Galvez (jr lightweight); Jackson Marinez W8 Alfonso Perez (lightweight); Luis Salazar W6 Nestor Gonzalez (jr Lightweight); Great Cayman TKO 1 Elvin Javier Liberato (super-middleweight).

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