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Froch: My fight with Kessler will be the biggest fight in the UK in 10 years

froch453By Michael Collins: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) sees his possible rematch with WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kesser (46-2, 35 KO’s) as being a huge fight in the UK, bigger than anything that’s taken place there in the past decade. It’s kind of hard to believe because there have been so many important fights that have taken place there during the last 10 years that would seem like much bigger fights than Froch-Kessler 2.

Froch said to thisisnottingham.co.uk “Everything is in place for what will be the biggest fight in Britain for the last ten years. It is the fight everybody wants.”

I think Froch is maybe overestimating the interest in the Kessler fight. Sure, it’s a decent fight but Kessler hasn’t exactly been fighting on a regular basis for the past two years, and he’s not been busy enough to make this a really huge fight. Continue reading

ShoBox Results & Photos: Rios, Arnett Triumphant

001RamosvsRiosIMG_7186Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME – Ronny Rios (20-0, 9 KO’s), of Santa Ana, Calif., remained undefeated and captured the vacant NABF Featherweight Championship with a unanimous 10-round decision over former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Rico Ramos (21-2, 11 KO’s), of Los Angeles, in Friday’s main event on ShoBox: The New Generation from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino live on SHOWTIME®.

In a clash of unbeaten junior middleweights in the co-feature, Daquan Arnett (10-0, 6 KO’s), of Orlando, Fla., won an eight-round decision over hard-trying Brandon Quarles (10-1-1, 2 KO’s) of Alexandria, Va.

The doubleheader was featured on the first night of a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, which continues through tomorrow/Sunday, Jan. 13.

Rios, who turns 23 on Jan. 22, won his ShoBox debut and the biggest fight of his career by the scores of 100-90, 97-93 and 96-94. Arnett, 20, a Junior Olympic national champion, got the nod over Quarles by the scores of 78-73, 77-74 and 76-75. There were no knockdowns in either bout. Continue reading

Roach excited about Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5, thinks it’ll break all-time PPV mark

By Rob Smith: Freddie Roach doesn’t see the need for Manny Pacquiao to take any tune-up fights, and he just wants him back in the ring and ready to take on Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth fight. Roach is excited about the fight because he thinks it’ll break the 2.4 million pay per view totals from the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. mark back in 2007. Those totals are the highest PPV mark ever in the sport, and Roach thinks Pacquiao-Marquez 5 will bust that record. Continue reading

Ronny Rios defeats Rico Ramos

002RamosvsRiosIMG_7317by Charles R. Dorner, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime — Rico Ramos(21-1-0 11KO) vs Ronny Rios(19-0-9 9KO)

(INDIO, CALIFORNIA), 11 January 2012

Rd 1: both fighters open the round to cautiously. Rios is throwing a bunch of jabs. Ramos lands a nice hook-straight combo. Give the first to Rios based off of higher work rate.

10-9 Rios

Rd 2: both fighters still fighting cautiously, and not landing anything significant. Ramos is sitting back trying to counter punch as the round ends without either doing much damage. Hard round to score, but I will give it to Rios due to higher work rate.

10-9 Rios

Rd 3: Rios is throwing a bunch of punches, and Ramos is sitting back. Ramos seems to be feeling the effect by a combination landed by Rios as he shakes his head. Ramos is still sitting back trying to counter punch, but Rios is keeping too much distance. Continue reading

Alantez Fox Remains Undefeated

January 13, 2013 (Maryland) – Last night at the Rosecroft Raceway, Maryland native Alantez “Sly as A” Fox (9-0-1, 4 KOs), remained undefeated with a dominating unanimous decision victory against fellow instate rival Julius Kennedy (7-3-1, 3 KOs). Continue reading

Arnett defeats Quarles

004ArnettvsQuarlesIMG_6776by Charles R. Dorner, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime – Daquan Arnett(9-0-0 6KO)vs Brandon Quarles(9-0-1 2KO)

(INDIO, CALIFORNIA), 11 January 2012

Rd 1: Quarles starts the fight throwing the jab. Both fighters are starting off throwing a bunch of punches, but not landing anything too significant. Both fighters throwing crisp inside punches with Arnett seemingly getting the better of the beginning exchanges. Arnett keeping a steady body attack on Quarles. Quarles has Arnett on the ropes and lands a nice right uppercut. Quarles lands a few more uppercuts to close the round.

10-9 Arnett

Rd 2: Quarles is keeping the fight on the inside. Quarles is landing some nice hooks and upper cuts with Arnett on the ropes. Quarles is the obvious aggressor as he has Arnett just lying and holding on the ropes. Arnett gets busy and throws a right to the body then to the head. Quarles has Arnett back on the ropes, with Arnett simply lying on the ropes. Arnett ends the round with a nice combination. Continue reading

Italia flex their muscle to beat USA (5-0); LaManna

Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 January 2013 – The last match of this exciting World Series of Boxing (WSB) weekend saw Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder host USA Knockouts at a packed Mediolanum Forum in Group B. A sensational line-up saw the home team triumph in style with wins from Italian duo Vincenzo Picardi and Matteo Modugno, Michel Tavares, Imre Szello and the Philippines’ Charly Suarez.

Italia’s 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist Picardi faced American Joe Gregory Perez in the night’s opening contest at Bantamweight (50-54kg) and the 29-year-old Italian had to work hard against his taller opponent. Precise with his punches in the first two rounds, Picardi was managing to pick his rival on the counter with some good shots, the left hook in particular connecting sweetly to the head and body in the second. After that, the experience of the fleet-footed Italian told as he began to find his rhythm to dominate the exchanges. In the end, Picardi won comfortably, taking each round on each of the judges’ scorecards. Continue reading

Thirteen Young Boxers with Junior World Team Open Titles and Berths on the Junior World Championships Team

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The first-ever Junior World Team Open concluded with thirteen championship bouts on Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. All of the victors in the evening’s action earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2013 AIBA Junior Men’s World Championship in August in Kiev, Ukraine. Continue reading