Juergen Braehmer getting ready for Enzo Maccarinelli fight

By ES Boxing Juergen Braehmer is working out for his next fight on April 5th.
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http://t.co/aCY6K3XA5b — Gilberto J Mendoza (@GilberticoWBA) March 25, 2014 By Gerhardt Foath: In a battle of aging 175lb fighters, WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KO’s) is getting ready for his title defense against 33-year-old former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (39-6, 30 KO’s) at the Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Braehmer picked up the vacant WBA World light heavyweight title last December with a 12 round unanimous decision win over Marcus Oliveira. This was the idea way for Braehmer to win a world title, because his chances of beating the other top fighters in the division were pretty much zero. Braehmer is a good Euro level fighter, but he’d stand no chance against light heavyweights like Bernard Hopkins, Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson and probably even Beibut Shumenov. Braehmer lucked out due to the World Boxing Association being one of the sanctioning bodies that has two world champions in many of their weight divisions. This gave Braehmer a chance to win a world title that he otherwise wouldn’t have won given his limited talent and advanced age. There was a time years ago where Braehmer was one of the top 3 light heavyweights in the division, but that was a long time ago. The division […]

Source: East Side Boxing

    

Thurman, Matthysse, and Figueroa set for April 26 Showtime card

By Scott Christ

Keith Thurman, Lucas Matthysse, and Omar Figueroa will return on an April 26 Showtime triple-header from Carson, California.

Keith Thurman will be back in the main event of a Showtime-televised triple-header from the StubHub Center in Carson, California, as the welterweight prospect/contender will face former lightweight titleholder Julio Diaz. On the undercard, Lucas Matthysse will take on John Molina, and Omar Figueroa will face Jerry Belmontes.

Thurman (22-0, 20 KO) is coming off of a TKO-9 win over Jesus Soto Karass in December, and the fight with Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KO) is a sideways step at best. The 34-year-old Diaz is 0-2-1 in his last three fights, drawing with Shawn Porter, then losing a close fight with Amir Khan, and a rematch with Porter that the younger man handled fairly easily.

Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO) is looking to rebound from his September 2013 loss to Danny Garcia and get back on track in the 140-pound division. Molina (27-3, 22 KO) had recently been in discussions to face Adrien Broner on May 3, but it now appears Broner will face Carlos Molina (the lightweight) instead. Molina, 31, has a flair for the dramatic, with rally KO wins against Hank Lundy and Mickey Bey Jr to his credit, but he was also blown out in 44 seconds by Antonio DeMarco in 2012.

Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KO) will be back for the first time since his July 2013 domination of Nihito Arakawa, a fight that may have done more damage to its near-shutout winner than the losing man, who took an awful beating. Figueroa has been bothered by hand injuries from that fight, and was recently scrapped from the Canelo-Angulo PPV card. Belmontes (19-3, 5 KO) is a spoiler type fighter who recently “upset” Will Tomlinson on March 8.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Stevenson jumping ship to Showtime

By Togorashi According to various reports, Showtime has snapped up the May 24 fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara that HBO was planning on airing. This likely scuttles HBO’s plans for an eventual Stevenson-Kovalev showdown. Stevenson, who …

Source: Fightnews.com

    

Lara vs Smith: Fight official for May 2 on FOX Sports 1, night before Mayweather-Maidana

By Scott Christ

Erislandy Lara vs Ishe Smith is official, as the two will headline a May 2 triple-header on FOX Sports 1 the night before Mayweather-Maidana in Las Vegas.

The rumored/previously reported May 2 fight between WBA “regular” junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara and former IBF titleholder Ishe Smith is official, with FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes televising the fight the night before Mayweather-Maidana.

The fight will take place at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale tomorrow:

Tickets, priced at $95, $65, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26 at noon PT and will be available for purchase by visiting The Joint box office, calling 800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

On the undercard, Mickey Bey Jr (19-1-1, 10 KO) will face Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KO), and Jesus Cuellar (23-1, 18 KO) will take on former super bantamweight titlist Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KO).

ERISLANDY LARA

“Ishe Smith talks a lot on the internet, let’s see if he fights as well as he talks. I’m on a different level and he’ll know that as soon as the first bell rings. He’s fighting the best super welterweight in the world and the pressure is mounting on him so he’s trying to build himself up mentally. Come May 2nd I’m going to do Mayweather a favor and retire him.”

ISHE SMITH

“This is a dream come true, not only fighting for a chance at claiming another world title, but to be doing it in front of my hometown fans and family is a blessing, I’m truly honored. Lara was offered a chance to fight me back in 2012 and he turned it down to fight Freddy Hernandez instead. I will show him he was right in turning the fight down the first time. I’m ready to lay it all on the line to regain one of the super welterweight championships, come May 2nd I will turn his American Dream into an American Nightmare.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, Mayweather Promotions

“May 2nd should not be overlooked by any means, it’s one night with two world championships on the line. We have put together a card with a roster of top tier talent that will be showcased come fight night. I’m sure no one in the building or watching from home will be disappointed.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Golden Boy Promotions

“With the entire boxing world focusing on Las Vegas, we’re giving fans another stacked card the night before ‘The Moment.’ Two championship fights and a great matchup between top prospects will get the weekend started right on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes.”

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Lucas Matthysse faces John Molina on Thurman-Diaz card on April 26th

By Jeff Sorby Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO’s) will be taking a tune-up/stay busy fight against lightweight slugger John Molina (27-3, 22 KO’s) on the Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz fight card on Showtime at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA. The Matthysse-Molina fight should provide entertainment for boxing fans anxious to see straight slugging, even if the fight does prove to be a mismatch. Hopefully, the Molina doesn’t fold in one round like he did against Antonio DeMarco in 2012. Matthysse is a bigger puncher than DeMarco, so it’s quite possible we could see Molina drop for the 10 count early in the fight. In that case, hopefully Golden Boy Promotions and Golden Promotions learn from the experience that they can’t match Matthysse against lightweights and expect the fights to be entertaining. We already saw Matthysse matched up against a lightweight not too long ago when Humberto Soto, an arguably better fighter than Molina, was thrown in the ring with Matthysse in June of 2012, and Matthysse tore him apart in stopping him in the 6th round. The 31-year-old Molina has lost 2 out of his last 5 fights in the last couple of years, and obviously his career has seen better days. He did, however, beaten the unproven and untested Mickey Bey Jr. last year in July in a come […]

Source: East Side Boxing

    

Thurman, Matthysse, Figueroa on April card

By Dan Rafael Three of boxing’s most exciting punchers — Keith Thurman, Lucas Matthysse and Omar Figueroa — will be in action April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com.

Source: ESPN

    

Olympic gold medal boxer Claressa Shields featured in new Audi A3 commercial

By Scott Christ

2012 U.S. Olympian and gold medalist Claressa Shields is part of a new ad campaign from Audi.

Source: Bad Left Hook