WBA Super-Middleweight Champion
Tony Bellew 174.75 vs. Isaac Chilemba 174.25
Televised on HBO, Saturday May 25th.
Although he fought last Saturday in Poland, former WBC heavyweight
champion Oliver McCall will remain on the National Suspension List (Fight
Fax) and thus will not be able to compete in the United States. “The
Atomic Bull” was given a clean bill of health by the Polish Boxing
Commission after he was cleared neurologically by a Gurnee, Illinois
chiropractor! This is not being accepted by the Mohegan Sun Commission,
which placed the 48-year-old McCall on indefinite suspension after an
abnormal brain scan in November 2011.
When word came out earlier this week about ESPN laying off up to 400 employees, we crossed our fingers hoping this wouldn’t affect anyone in boxing. Unfortunately, it turns out not to be the case. ESPN Director of Programming Doug Loughrey, the man who ran the network’s “Friday Night Fights” boxing program, is one of those let go. Not good for ESPN boxing
As the holiday weekend gets underway in the United States, there will be no rest for the warriors stepping into the ring at Domo De La Feria in Leon, Mexico, when Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions present a championship doubleheader featuring two of Mexico's finest which will be televised on Televisa in Mexico and on FOX Deportes in the United States. In the main event, one of the best female fighters on the planet, Mexico City's Zulina "La Loba" Muñoz, defends her WBC Super Flyweight World Championship in a 10-round fight against Soledad "La Negra" Macedo. In the co-featured bout, the WBC USNBC Middleweight title will be on the line in a 12-round contest pitting champion Bruno "Tiburon" Sandoval of Mexico City against Rafael "Locomotora" Sosa Pintos.
He is back! Felix Sturm, the long-time Middleweight
The interesting battle preceding the much-anticipated showdown on Saturday night, June 8, between the most dangerous super middleweight, Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (20-1-0, 17 KOs), and World Boxing Council (WBC),The Ring Magazine and linear light heavyweight champion, "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-2-0, 17 KOs), features a pair of international stars adding spectacular excitement for boxing fans in attendance as well as those watching on HBO's "Boxing After Dark," live from the historic Bell Centre in Montreal.
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has put together a stellar undercard for
tomorrow night's ESPN Friday Night Fights event at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Two weeks from tonight, on Thursday, June 6th, the biggest Fight Club OC show ever will explode in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. All fans attending will witness an epic heavyweight battle between two fighters who don't like each other and want to settle things in the ring. In a can't miss "fight of the year candidate" it will be heavyweight Jonathan Hamm at 5-1 out of Atlanta facing LA's 5-7 Andre Carthron.
Carl Froch could face disciplinary action from the British Boxing Board of Control after saying he was prepared to kill Mikkel Kessler, his opponent in the world super-middleweight title fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
The pair have long been viewed as good friends and Froch considers himself a gentleman pugilist but the British fighter was in uncharacteristically bitter and aggressive mood on Wednesday.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
THE WBC RECOGNIZES ANDRE WARD'S GREATNESS AND WISHES HIM THE BEST
Andre Ward recently communicated to the WBC through his advisors, and to the public via a press release, his decision to relinquish his WBC Super Middleweight Emeritus World Championship. The WBC has vested the Emeritus World Champion honor only to a few elite, great champions. Legendary WBC champions like Vitali Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather and Erik Morales have received the Emeritus status when extreme circumstances temporarily interrupted their distinguished careers. In every instance the outcome has been fair and just for all involved, proving that this rule is a great provision.
Froch-Kessler final press conference quotes
ahead of Saturday's showdown at the
IBF CHAMPION CARL FROCH:
Ward, who is in London to commentate for HBO told Boxing News magazine he
thinks Carl Froch can stop Mikkel Kessler in their super middleweight
rematch at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. Ward who holds victories over
both men stated “Carl Froch has been in some tough fights but I think he
has more in the tank. I think Kessler has kind of dipped a little bit
since he and I fought, and even since he fought Froch the first time. Even
though it’s going to be a tough fight, it’s going to be back and forth, I
can’t see Kessler winning this. Kessler’s last two performances, he hasn’t
fought the best guys – a shopworn Allan Green then Brian Magee who’s very
tough but limited – and he’s going to look good against them but I don’t
know if he has the same fire as when he fought Froch the first time. I
would be shocked if Kessler got his hand raised. I think Froch wins and I
wouldn’t be surprised if Froch caught and stopped him.”