Ronald Hearns returns December 12

By Togorashi ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL, RONALD HEARNS TOPS HOLIDAY BOXING BASH UNDERCARD IN CHICAGO, ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 Comebacking former world title challenger and son of a legend, Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns (26-5, 20 KOs) will appear in a featured … Continue reading

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Puerta confident of dethroning Miura

By Togorashi By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19 KOs) has proclaimed that he is ready to face and dethrone WBC super featherweight world champ Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Yokohama International Swimming Pool in … Continue reading

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Could we see Pacquiao vs Marquez V in 2015?

By Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have four classic fights together, and a fifth is a possibility for 2015 — if both sides really want it.

Is a fifth fight between legendary rivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez coming in 2015? Despite saying several times that he’s not interested, Marquez may have good reason (and many millions more good reasons) to take the fight, and his promoter Fernando Beltran is in Macau to watch Pacquiao-Algieri tomorrow night.

Fightnews.com talked to Beltran, who said that Pacquiao holding the WBO welterweight title could be the big incentive for Marquez, who wants to claim a world title in a fifth weight class.

Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO) fought just once this year, handily defeating Mike Alvarado on May 17 in Los Angeles. The 41-year-old Mexican star is still a top fighter at 140, 147, or any catchweight in between, and obviously has always meshed wonderfully with Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO).

The two first met in 2004 as featherweights, with Marquez recovering from three knockdowns to outbox the more limited Pacquiao, resulting in a draw. It would be four years before they met again as super featherweights, with Pacquiao scoring a split decision win in 2008. In 2011, Pacquiao took a majority decision win in a 143-pound catchweight bout, and then in 2012, Marquez brutally knocked out Pacquiao at the end of round six in a welterweight fight.

Marquez has been adamant that he wants to leave the rivalry there, with his hand raised and, in his mind, proving he was the superior fighter. But there’s a lot of potential money out there for Pacquiao-Marquez V, and it’s an easy sell. The fighters both have big fan bases, and their history of great fights speaks for itself.

So will Marquez go back on his word in order to chase that fifth world title? (Actually, it would be his fourth, as his title at 140 was just an interim belt, but Marquez counts it, so that’s what matters here.) The money will be there. The opportunity could be there.

There is one other factor, though, and that’s Pacquiao potentially moving down to 140 pounds for his next fight. His fight tomorrow night with Algieri is for the WBO welterweight title, but is being fought at a 144-pound catchweight, and Team Pacquiao has had the idea of moving down to 140 if Manny looks good. That could result in two things: Pacquiao fighting for the now-vacant WBO junior welterweight title, and potentially, Marquez getting a fight for the potentially vacant welterweight title — perhaps a rematch with Timothy Bradley?

Do you think we’ll see Pacquiao-Marquez V in 2015?

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Fight Night Austin Prelim Fantasy Preview

By cozman471 The UFC Fight Night card headed for Austin, Texas this Saturday features a preliminary card filled with prospects, including two serious knockout artists from the heavyweight division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com . . . . COMING UP … Continue reading

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Nathan Cleverly geared up for grudge match with Bellew, targeting Hernandez

By Scott Christ

Nathan Cleverly is itching for his grudge rematch with Tony Bellew, and looking for a world title after that.

Nathan Cleverly lost his WBO light heavyweight title to Sergey Kovalev in August 2013, and after some soul-searching and a move to cruiserweight, the 27-year-old Welshman is ready for Saturday’s grudge rematch with Tony Bellew in Liverpool, and is looking at a world title in 2015.

Cleverly (28-1, 14 KO) has fought twice as a cruiserweight since being blasted by Kovalev, stopping also-rans Shawn Corbin and Alejandro Emilio Valori. Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KO) also has two cruiserweight fights under his belt, following a WBC title challenge and loss against Adonis Stevenson in November 2013.

The two rivals fought in October 2011 as light heavyweights, Cleverly escaping with his a majority decision victory in an exciting, action-packed fight that had plenty of personal animosity. Tensions between the two have gotten worse if anything since then, and Cleverly isn’t looking to make friends with another fight:

“[T]his grudge match is fuelling my fire and I’m raring to go. … Too much has been said so I’ll just turn up in Liverpool, take care of business, get my hand raised, fulfill my media commitments and leave him with another defeat. With the things he’s said, and the way he’s acted, that’s what he deserves.”

If he’s successful against Bellew, Cleverly could soon look to challenge one of the four titleholders at cruiserweight: Yoan Pablo Hernandez (IBF), Marco Huck (WBO), Grigory Drozd (WBC), or Denis Lebedev (WBA). Cleverly says he prefers Hernandez, who also holds The RING championship, and faces Ola Afolabi on December 6 in Germany.

“He’s a good fighter, well-schooled, but I believe my style would give him a lot of trouble. He struggled against Firat Arslan and I would be all wrong for him. I’d fancy that one big time.”

Is championship gold in Cleverly’s future at cruiserweight? Time will tell, but it really starts with Bellew on Saturday night. This is not just a personal rivalry, but a must-win fight for both men, at least if they hope to make a move in the division next.

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Weights from Queens, NY

By Togorashi Bryant Cruz 134 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 141 (8rds for vacant UBF All-Americas lightweight title) *Valenzuela didn’t make contracted weight of 135lbs so can’t win title if victorious Jonathan Maicelo 138 vs. Hector Velazquez 142 Allan Phelan 128 vs. Angel Albelo … Continue reading

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Pacquiao vs Algieri: Live streaming weigh-in today at 7 pm EST

By Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri weigh in today in Macau for tomorrow night’s big fight.

This evening at 7:00 pm EST, streaming live right here at Bad Left Hook, Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri hit the scales for tomorrow night’s HBO pay-per-view main event from Macau.

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Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO) and Algieri (20-0, 8 KO) will be battling for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title at a catchweight of 144 pounds (or 143+1). Pacquiao, 35, is the heavy favorite in the fight, but the 30-year-old Algieri has beaten the odds already this year, when he toppled Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14 to win the WBO junior welterweight title. (Algieri has since been stripped of that belt.)

The undercard fighters will also be weighing in, of course. Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) will defend his WBO featherweight title against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KO); Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) will face Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-0-2, 12 KO) in a 12-round flyweight bout; and Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KO) will meet Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1, 23 KO) in a junior welterweight bout, also set for 12 rounds, with Vargas’ “regular” WBA title at stake.

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