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Holly Holm retiring from boxing to pursue MMA career

645ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (April 16, 2013, 2013) – Today at a Fresquez Productions media luncheon, 14-time, three-division world boxing champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (32-2-3, 9 KOs) shocked the combat sports world by announcing her retirement from boxing, effective after her May 11 fight with “Merciless” Mary McGee (20-1, 11 KOs), in order to pursue her mixed-martial-arts career (3-0-0).

“Since I first started fighting, it became my passion,” Holly explained her decision. “I decided a long time ago, after quitting school to fight, that I would box as long as my heart was in it. One of my biggest and controversial fights was against Christy Martin. Then, it was Mary Jo Sanders. There’s always a champion. This is my own journey. Every one of my fights have helped me to believe in myself.

“When we were deciding which way to go with my future, my trainer, Mike Winkeljohn, said it best, ‘You want to climb a new mountain.’ Continue reading

Video: Amir Mansour stops Gavern to stay unbeaten

DOVER, Del.—Amir “Hardcore” Mansour continued to make his case for bouts against top-ranked heavyweights by easily stopping Jason Gavern in the first round of their fight Friday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Mansour, now 18-0-0 with 14 knockouts, claimed his eighth KO victim in his last nine fights. He equally distributed punishment from his left and right hands to quickly send Gavern to the canvass four times before the fight was stopped at 2:43 in the opening round. Continue reading

Quillin & Brown riding high into Apr. 27 title defense vs. Guerrero

LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2013) – Undefeated, World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (28-0, 20 KOs) and his head trainer, Eric Brown, have developed a symbiotic relationship working together during the past two years. Quillin makes his first world title defense April 27 on Showtime Championship Boxing against challenger Fernando Guerrero (25-1, 19 KOs), at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

Serrano Sisters now ranked in the WBC, IBF and WBA

Brooklyn, New York – The Serrano sisters from Bushwick, Amanda and Cindy, have been classified in three of the most important major sanctioning bodies in professional boxing. At super featherweight division ( 130lbs ), Amanda ( 17-1, 12 KO’s ), a Puerto Rico native is ranked # 1 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), # 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), but in the World Boxing Council (WBC) is ranked # 5 at the featherweight division ( 126lbs ). Her older sister, Cindy ( 18-5-2, 8 KO’s ) is now ranked in the super featherweight # 4 by the IBF, and # 5 in both WBA and WBC. Continue reading

Don Majeski Ring 8 guest speaker Tues in NY

International matchmaker Don Majeski will be this month’s Ring 8 guest speaker on Tuesday evening (April 16, 7:00 p.m. ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. Majeski is arguably the premier matchmaker in the world, based on his background of serving as matchmaker for many of the top fighters and fights in the world for the past few decades. He is also a member of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame’s nominating committee. Continue reading

Bernard Hopkins vs Karo Murat on July 27

Video: Bernard Hopkins spoke to Bill Emes about his July 27 IBF light heavyweight title defense against Karo Murat and facing the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Lucian Bute and Carl Froch at the recent BWAA awards dinner.

Cenicola-Petty on Saturday, April 13th

We are now a day away from one of the greatest feats in boxing history as Sal “Rocky” Cenicola, at 53 years of age, attempts to break a Guinness Book of World Records for the longest comeback in professional boxing history when he takes on Nathan ”The Main Event” Petty” in a middleweight main event attraction bout. Bill Calogero and former unified Lightweight champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell will be on the call ringside as ring announcer great Marc Lichtenfeld introduces Sal into the ring for first time in 25 years. The incredible and former world champ Mickey Ward will be ringside along with former world champ Chevelle Hallback and many others as history is made. ”Comeback to Reality”…the dream is almost here! Continue reading