Monthly Archives: November 2014

Provodnikov – Castillo Press Conference

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Photos by Zhanna Popova

Tuesday’s press conference in conjunction with Friday’s fight between Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KO’s) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KO’s) that will take place on this Friday, November 28 at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.

Ruslan Provodnikov to take on Jose Luis Castillo in a battle of former world champions on Friday, November 28 in Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia / Philadelphia -On Friday November 28, former world champions will collide when “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov squares off with Jose Luis Castillo in a 12-round Welterweight bout at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow,
The fight is promoted by Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and World of Boxing LLC

“I’m happy to be fighting at home! It’s been three years, and I’m ready for war with Castillo! Hope to see all my fans in Moscow on Nov. 28th!” said Provodnikov @BannerBoxing #TeamProvodnikov @VadimkManagement @cutttman @Sportsciencelab @marvinsomodio @FreddieRoach

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RIGO GOES OUT NEW YEARS EVE WITH A BANG!

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Report: @latinboxsports
Super Bantamweight Guillermo “EL Chacal” Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KO’s) @RigoElChacal305 will travel around the world to fight in Tokyo, Japan on New Years Eve, Wednesday December 31, 2014. I have spoke with his trainer Jorge Rubio @OfficialJorgeRubio who confirmed Rigo’s up and coming fight. He is well prepared and ready. Rigondeaux clearly a threat in boxing and one of the most dangerous fighters out there looking to go into 2015 with a win. More details will come shortly on who he is fighting and the venue.

Fres Oquendo’s Team Response to Dugazaev’s Claims

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Fres Oquendo’s team responded today to Timur Dugazaev’s press release that was ghost written by Malte Muller Michaelis trying to justify the non-payment of Oquendo’s purse based on an allegedly positive drug test by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). “People in the sport need to know that this guy, Timur Dugazaev, can’t speak a word of English yet he has his co-hort Malte make up all these quotes and lies. They are both wannabes in boxing and Timur is only a servant to President Kadyrov from whom he pilfered Oquendo’s purse money. I suspect that once all of this comes to light, both he and Malte will be called to task. Their story is nothing but a ploy to try and justify their keeping Fres’ money and lying to the President.”

“The stuff that happened to us over there is really unbelievable,” continued Tsatas. “Timur orchestrated the kidnapping of Oquendo to forcibly take him back to the arena from the hospital to make him take the RUSADA drug test against his will. Fres’ trainer was threatened in an elevator that if Fres knocked out Chagaev none of us would leave Grozny (which by the way, is a worry that also concerned Gilberto Mendoza regarding the WBA judges). Timur then tried to extort money from us after our passports supposedly went ‘missing’ at the airport while the aircraft was on the runway about to take off. No, this is not a scene from the movie Argo or some cold war spy novel, but what our team actually experienced during our 3 days there. These facts are backed up by not just me, but also Oquendo himself, John Wirt, long time CEO of Square Ring Promotions, George Hernandez who is a well-respected boxing trainer and Vietnam Veteran, Dino Spencer, who co-owns the 5th St Gym with me and was a student of Angelo Dundee and Nate Jones who is a US Olympic Bronze medalist and Floyd Mayweather’s co-trainer.”

“Yesterday, Dugazaev put out a press release accusing Oquendo of testing positive,” said Tsatas. “What Oquendo ‘supposedly’ tested positive for are two women breast cancer drugs. Not steroids. Not testosterone and not masking agents. So let’s be clear. We vehemently deny the accuracy of the RUSADA results and have filed a protest with the WBA and are requesting a full impartial panel hearing under Article 8 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code. Furthermore, we had Fres tested here in the US by the same company that does the testing for most of the Boxing Commissions in the US and even had his second sample sent to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing lab in Utah and everything has been negative, including for these alleged breast cancer drugs. This was done in response to a Skype text message Fres’ promoter received shortly after the fight that had been leaked by RUSADA and that warned that Oquendo had tested positive. This leak of confidential information alone constitutes a breach by RUSADA of the WADA Code and irrefutably proves that RUSADA and the people working for it cannot be trusted.”

Tom Tsatas went on to say, “we have contacted President Kadyrov and requested him to intervene to correct these injustices. He was very pleasant towards Fres when we were in Grozny and even joked by pointing to Fres’ and Ruslan’s faces and stating that it looked like Fres was the guy who won. In fairness, his government put on a spectacular promotion and he was very hospitable to us and even invited Fres to the Presidential Palace after the fight, but the boxing side of things which was run by Dugazaev and Michaelis was deplorable and the fact that they have not paid Fres his purse or respected the rematch clause in the written contract they signed despicable. The boxing community needs to know and be forewarned about dealing with these two. I have all the voice messages, threatening emails, contract and damning information on Terek Boxing and Dugazaev and Michaelis, and all of this will come out in the lawsuit being filed in December. They duped us into going to save their own asses because in truth Fres really was not mentally ready for the fight because of his sick wife and newborn child and he wanted them to postpone the fight, as was his contractual right, but they refused. Instead, to induce us to go, they increased Fres’ purse and offered him a rematch if he lost and we were the suckers who believed their fraud. Well, we intend to get the last word and will see what a jury of our peers thinks about all of this.”

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Dugazaev’s announcement four and half months after the fight took place that RUSADA allegedly found that Oquendo tested positive but only a week after we finally went public that Fres’ $1 million purse had not been paid is nothing more than pure BS,” said Bobby Hitz, President and Founder of Hitz Boxing, the co-promoter of Fres Oquendo. “The truth is that we objected to RUSADA testing because we knew RUSADA could not be trusted. The guys at USADA told us as much and that’s why we had Fres tested by the USADA lab which was negative. But none of this should be a surprise since even WADA suspended RUSADA just last November right before the Sochi Olympics for too many false positives. The bottom line is that the promoter forced Fres to take the RUSADA test against his will.”
“But what is really troubling to me and what I am having a really hard time understanding is that we provided concrete proof to the WBA that RUSADA violated the WADA Code in connection with Oquendo’s testing and we’ve proved that the RUSADA people cannot be trusted,” Hitz continued. “And we also protested the fight with the WBA and established that Chagaev’s team violated the WBA rules by permitting Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to climb up onto the ring apron between rounds to coach Chagaev. I don’t mean any disrespect to President Kadyrov but Timur and Malte are so clueless they probably don’t even know this rule and they obviously did not tell the President since I understand that Kadyrov is an honorable man and would not have knowingly violated the WBA rules. But honestly, what kind of level playing field was there when the country’s sitting president gets to publicly coach and encourage his fighter for the three ‘impartial’ WBA judges to see? Can you imagine what kind of hoopla that would make if the fight had been in Washington and Obama was in Fres’ corner coaching him? For the life of me I don’t understand what the WBA is thinking and why they are putting their heads in the sand on this one.”

“There are already two pending lawsuits in Chicago over this fight and this is just the beginning,” said Hitz. “We intend to request a hearing before the WBA under Article 8 of the WADA Code and there will be other lawsuits filed shortly to address these injustices, unless President Kadyrov and the WBA make this thing right.”

SILKY SMOOTH WIN FOR CAMPFORT

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By Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez
Photo credits: Joe Miranda

Middleweight “Silky” Wilky Campfort (18-1, 10 KO’s) @SilkyWilky509 got his back to back win on the West Coast US. Thursday night at the @SportsmenLodge in Studio City, CA. On the @GoossenBoxing #LiveAtTheLodge card that was in Honor to the late Dan Goossen. Campfort from Tampa, FL. Outworked tough Richard Gutierrez (28-15-1, 17KO) in a unanimous decision win. Campfort doing most of the damage in the bout taking it to Gutierrez who showed the ability to survive in the contest, But Campfort established offense rolling and sliding punches making Gutierrez pay every round. Judges scored the bout 80-72, 79-73 and 80-72, all in favor of Campfort. #BullDogBoxingClub

VERDEJO LOOKING TO SHOW PHILADELPHIA SOME BROTHERLY LOVE

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Report: Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez @DiamanteVerdejo has a tremendous fighting spirit and will to win his relentless steady attack leaves no lingering questions to boxing exports that Verdejo is clearly a rising star in boxing. Trainer Ricky Marquez gets Verdejo set in his final weeks of training camp in Puerto Rico for his televised bout on @UniMas @DiamanteVerdejo Fights in Philadelphia at the @2300Arena on Saturday December 13th Lightweight prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (15-0, 11 KO’s, the 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian & rising star returns to the ring headline a @UniMas Televised card #SoloBoxeoTecate @TecateBoxing on Saturday December 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Promoted by @Trboxing and @PeltzBoxing @BamBoxing Verdejo is slated to face Spain’s Karim El Quazghar (16-5-2, 4 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round main event bout also Super Middleweight Jessie Hart (15-0, 12 KO’s) will be featured on the card. @ToddDuboef @Bradleyajacobs @FrankStea @Boxeolarevista @BobArum @CarlMoretti @PeltzBoxing @BAMBoxing at Puerto Rico

SHIMING TALENT GUARANTEE STARDOM

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Report: Damon “LatinBox” Gonzalez Flyweight rising star Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO’s) from Guizhou, China. wants to clearly give a great fight to the fans on November 22nd a fighter that displays plenty of guts when he battles Kwanphichit Onesongchaigym (27-0, 12 KO’s) from Burimam, THI. in a 12 round fight at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian, Macao. Manny Pacquiao (56-4-3), the Filipino icon, defends his WBO welterweight title against Algieri (20-0), the scholar-fighter, Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate,the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®,beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. #PacAlgieri to join the conversation on Twitter. @hboboxing @toprank @toprankboxeo @landonflynn @ceatta @keenanbox @ToddDuboef @Bradleyajacobs @FrankStea @Boxeolarevista @BobArum @CarlMoretti at Cotai, Macao China

LOMACHENKO READY FOR MACAU

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Photo credits: @trboxing A fighter that is very cool and patient to a fault, Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) @VasiliyLomachenko isn’t the type of fighter to be blinded by an opponent’s animated ring behavior at all, Journeyman Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KO’s) will have to step it up against Lomanchenko for the WBO World Featherweight Title on November 22nd. Manny Pacquiao (56-4-3), the Filipino icon, defends his WBO welterweight title against Algieri (20-0), the scholar-fighter, Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian® Macao’s Cotai Arena. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate,the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® Use the Hashtag #PacAlgieri to join the conversation on Twitter. @hboboxing @toprank @toprankboxeo @landonflynn @ceatta @keenanbox @ToddDuboef @Bradleyajacobs @FrankStea @Boxeolarevista @BobArum @CarlMoretti at Cotai, Macao China

THE HART AND SOUL OF PHILADELPHIA

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Super Middleweight Jesse HART (15-0, 12 KO’s) @Jess_the_facts from Philadelphia, PA. ready for his much anticipated return to the ring on Saturday December 13th at the @2300Arena against tough Colombian Samuel Miller (28-9, 25 KO’s) @DiamanteVerdejo Fights in Philadelphia at the @2300Arena on Saturday December 13th Lightweight prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (15-0, 11 KO’s, the 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian & rising star returns to the ring headline a @UniMas Televised card #SoloBoxeoTecate @TecateBoxing on Saturday December 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Promoted by @Trboxing and @PeltzBoxing @BamBoxing Verdejo is slated to face Spain’s Karim El Quazghar (16-5-2, 4 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round main event bout also Super Middleweight Jessie Hart (15-0, 12 KO’s) will be featured on the card. @Trboxing @ToddDuboef @Bradleyajacobs @FrankStea @Boxeolarevista @BobArum @CarlMoretti @PeltzBoxing @BAMBoxing @UniMas at Philidalphia, PA.

RUSSIAN ASSULT – FUTURE STARS

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Photo credits: @Boxingtitov Report: @LatinboxSports These two Russian bull dozers making there early mark in the US. Light Heavyweight Vasily “The Professer” Lepikhin (17-0, 9KO’s) and Dmitry “The Machanic” Mikhaylenko (18-0, 7KO’S) just coming off of his win last Saturday against Ronald Cruz at Sands Bethlehem Casino. I assure you both these fighters are being widely hailed as boxing’s newest stars look for them to be back in action early 2015.

GARCIA BANKING ON BREAKOUT 2015

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Report: Damon “Latinbox” Gonzalez Jr. Welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KO’s) @DannySwiftGarcia while he looks pretty exiting in the photograph, getting work in staying very sharp in the gym Garcia is probably in the best position to have a breakout 2015 fight year. Can he emerge as a superstar in the sport remains to be seen, but he is certainly on track, granted a historic victory to date back in 2013 over Lucas Matthysse in my eyes was the biggest fight to date for Garcia. Then I try not to recall his majority decision over Mauricio Herrera that raised a lot of flags Garcia clearly overcame but folks we are not in there, you cannot urge a fighter to abandon the style that makes him so effective. I’m exited for Garcia and believe that he will certainly surpass with his achievements in 2015. @GoldenBoyBoxing @RealOscarDeLaHoya @OscarDeLaHoya @MonicaSears @MakeAWar @MarylynAceves @Micheladatime @Class56Ramiro at Philidalphia, PA.