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12/10 -- Anthony Joshua V Eric Molina
5:30PM ET/2:30PM PT
12/10 -- Terence Crawford V John Molina
9:35PM ET/9:35PM PT
12/10 -- Jesus Cuellar V Abner Mares
10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT
12/10 -- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. V Dominik Britsch
11:00PM ET/8:00PM PT
12/9 -- Derrick Lewis V Shamil Abdurakhimov
9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT
12/9 -- Kassius Holdorf V Maki Pitolo
7:00PM ET/4:00PM PT
12/9 -- Jordan Johnson V LeMarcus Tucker
10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT
12/10 -- Joey Beltran V Alessio Sakara
9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT
12/10 -- Max Holloway V Anthony Pettis
9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT
Unbeaten junior lightweight contender Sergey Lipinets is wrapping up training camp as he prepares for his world title eliminator against Australia's Lenny Zappavigna this Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.
Saturday's event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending againstformer three-division world champion Abner Mares in a long-awaited showdown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a world championship battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are on sale and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to www.galentix.com.
Lipinets and Zappavigna will fight in an eliminator for the 140-pound world title won this past weekend by Julius Indongo via a first round knockout of reigning champion Eduard Troyanovsky. Here is what Lipinets had to say about training camp with Buddy McGirt, his matchup on Saturday and more:
On his upcoming title elimination bout against Lenny Zappavigna...
"Zappavigna is a very well-rounded fighter with a lot of experience and I know he's coming to rip my head off. There is no doubt about it, this fight is going to be tough. We both have a lot at stake because this is a title elimination bout. This will be war and everyone should be tuning in."
On his recent training camp...
"It's been a really productive training camp. My coach, Buddy McGirt has studied a lot of tape on Zappavigna and we have a great game plan intact. We are finalizing our last days of camp and we will be ready to go. I'm well prepared for this fight."
On his rapid rise toward the top of the junior welterweight division...
"I've worked really hard and fought a lot of tough opponents to get in this position. In my first fight as a professional boxer, I fought a guy with over 30 fights, so nothing has come easy for me. I've earned my right to be here."
On the possible opportunities that will come with a victory...
"A victory against Zappavigna will put me in position to fight for a world title. The opportunities are endless from then on. Unification bouts, fighting all the champions, those are the type of fights I'm looking forward too. My desire to be the best is all I think about."
On fighting December 10th in Los Angeles in front of hometown fans...
"Since I've moved to America I've made a lot of friends in Los Angeles, especially in the Russian community. Anytime your hometown fans can see you fight on a mass scale is a beautiful thing. I have a lot of friends and fans that will be in attendance. I believe my fighting style is pleasing to the eyes of all fans. I'm always looking to knock out my opponent. I know one thing...the Mexican fans will love watching me go to battle. It's time to take my career to the next level and it starts on Saturday, December 10 in Los Angeles."
The recently formed promotional company, Ringstar Sports, added another future world champion to its growing stable of fighters today with the announcement that 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez has signed with the company led by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer.
"I'm thrilled to be adding another promising young potential super star in Misael Rodriguez to the Ringstar lineup," said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. "This is a young man who has overcome every obstacle thrown his way. He is mentally strong, has great skills and I expect him to have a very long, successful career. I'm looking forward to helping Misael and his family achieve their goals and I hope to make him a household name in the sport."
"After I came back from the Olympics, I knew that it was time to start my professional career," said Rodriguez. "I am excited to have signed with Ringstar Sports. I have always appreciated Richard Schaefer's approach on developing talent in to boxing stars. When the time came, picking my promoter was easy. I knew that this is where I wanted to be.
"I look forward to showing the world the passion and heart I have for the sport I love," continued Rodriguez. "Becoming a world champion has always been a childhood dream, and now it is my number one goal."
The 22-year-old Rodriguez was the only Mexican fighter at the Olympics to bring home a medal as he earned his bronze by putting on a great performance in the middleweight division against Egypt's Hosam Bakr Abdin. The path for Rodriguez was a long and arduous one before Rio as the Chihuahua-native and his teammates had to resort to "begging" on public buses and streets in Mexico to raise money to compete in international boxing tournaments.
Despite these long odds, Rodriguez won the first Olympic boxing medal for Mexico since Christian Bejerano in 2000. His impressive amateur career saw him win 104 of 126 fights and compete in numerous tournaments after joining the Mexican National Team in 2013, including a Senior National Championship.
Rodriguez picked up bronze medals in 2014 at La Romana Cup, the Independence Cup and the Panamerican Sports Festival in addition to a silver at the Veracruz Central American and Caribbean games. He continued to improve and won bronze at the American Confederation Championship and Toronto Panamerican Games in 2015. Finally, in 2016 he earned a silver medal at the American Olympic Qualifier before going to Rio and taking home the bronze medal.
Home never felt so sweet for Toka Kahn Clary and Shelly Vincent.
Kahn and Vincent celebrated their long-awaited homecomings with wins Friday at Twin River Casino in the CES Boxing season finale, Kahn by second-round knockout and Vincent by unanimous decision.
Fighting in his hometown for the first time in more than two years, Kahn (20-1, 14 KOs) wasted no time sending the fans home happy, disposing of Mexican veteran Mario Macias (28-21) via second-round knockout at the 1:58 mark.
The lightning-fast super featherweight showed off his flashy footwork and hand speed in the opening round before unloading in the second, dropping Macias with a straight left midway through the round. The game Macias got back up and kept fighting, at one point landing a hard right hook to the body, but as he continued to fight on the inside, Kahn adjusted by cracking him to the chin with a right uppercut, effectively ending the bout. Macias dropped to both knees and tried to beat the count, but referee Danny Schavione waved it off, awarding Kahn his first win – and 20th of his career – since suffering a stunning knockout loss in September.
Vincent (19-1), who hadn’t fought at Twin River since 2015 prior to Friday, outworked the tough Marquita Lee (3-3) of Novato, Calif., 80-72, 77-75, 79-73. Vincent dictated the pace from the opening bell, stalking Lee, utilizing her jab and landing effective, clean shots to control the early rounds. Lee hung in and began to work the angles in the middle rounds while forcing Vincent to chase her along the ropes, ultimately prompting the Providence native to cut the ring off and continue to pound away at the body.
For Vincent, it was her first fight since August when she battled Brooklyn’s Heather Hardy on national television.
The battle of the unbeatens between New Brunswick, Canada slugger Nathan Millier (9-0-2) and Kendrick Ball Jr. (4-0-2) of Worcester, Mass., was as good as advertised, as the two traded blows for six hard rounds and fought to a majority draw.
Millier came out swinging, trying to land the knockout blow with the overhand right against the taller, leaner Ball. Millier landed a few glancing blows, but never landed anything flush as Ball used his nifty footwork and head movement to avoid getting hit clean.
As the fight wore on and Ball figured out Millier’s game plan, the momentum began to shift in the Worcester native’s favor. Ball began to utilize his reach and his jab to neutralize the overhand right and started to box more effectively on the inside. After a back-and-forth fifth, the two staged a dramatic sixth and final round, starting with Ball landing a flurry of left and right hooks, following by Millier catching his opponent on the chin with a straight right, backing him against the ropes.
Many rounds were too close to call as neither fighter seemed to take a breather for any extended period of time. Judge Clark Sammartino scored it 58-56 in favor of Millier, but judges Glenn Feldman and Ken Ezzo scored it 57-57, resulting in the majority draw.
Providence’s Anthony Marsella Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs), returning to Twin River just one month after scoring his first career knockout in just 45 seconds, made it two knockouts in three fights, stopping Devante Seay (0-2-1) of Martinsville, Va., at the 3:00 mark of the opening round, dropping Seay at the bell with a flurry of ropes, forcing referee Joey Lupino to stop the bout.
Seay came out swinging, willing to engage Marsella, but paid the price when Marsella landed a straight right that pressed Seay against the ropes. Marsella continued to unload in the closing seconds until Seay fell to the canvas right before the bell. Seay made it back to his feet before the bell, but Lupino decided he’d seen enough and waved it off.
In the first of several Fight of the Night candidates, New Bedford, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (6-0) remained unbeaten in another tough test, this time fighting the first six-round fight of his pro career and passing with flying colors, defeating the game Matt Probin (2-2) of Lewiston, Maine, 59-55, 60-54, 60-54, by unanimous decision.
Probin absorbed punishment in flurries from the experienced Oliveira, who boxed effectively on the inside and land clean hooks to the body while mixing in the uppercuts to control the pace. Probin’s best weapon was his short hook to the inside, but Oliveira survived and continued to press the action, backing Probin into a corner toward the end of the third and ending the fifth round with another flurry, a hard-fought battle for Oliveira just five months after beating Andy Gonzalez in July.
The night began with a back-and-forth junior welterweight battle between Washington, D.C., vet Lamont White (0-5) and East Haven, Conn., native Anthony Laureano (1-0), who made his Twin River debut. White showed a tough chin, continuously coming forward and eating a few short hooks along the way in order to fight on the inside, but Laureano controlled the pace for the first two rounds until the two accidentally butted heads in the third, opening a nasty cut over White’s left eye. After examining the cut, the ringside physician decided to stop the bout, resulting in a no contest.
Also making his Twin River and professional debut, Lynn, Mass., junior welterweight Khiry Todd (1-0, 1 KO) made quick work of fellow debut Patrick Leal (0-1) of Somerville, Mass., knocking Leal to the canvas twice before finishing him for good with a straight left at the 47-second mark of the opening round.
Returning to Twin River for the second time this year and the second time since September, Durham, N.C., vet Isaiah Robinson (3-5) again fought four hard rounds, this time against New London, Conn., prospect Cristobal Marrero (3-0), who won all four rounds on each of the three scorecards, 40-36, to score the unanimous decision win. Marrero won his two first professional bouts by first-round knockout, but faced his toughest test to date against the veteran Robinson, who also went the distance with Lawrence, Mass., prospect Adrian Sosa three months ago.
Ashley "Treasure" Theophane (40-7-1, 11KO's ) faced Yakabu Amidu (19-9-2, 17 KO's ) in 10 rounds of action in the main event of Mayweather Promotions' Sin City Showdown Friday night. Theophane came out focused and on cue with his game plan, he was able to deflect most of Amidu's punches and break his opponent down. It was a steady 10 rounds of action, Theophane was able to break Amidu down with consistent jabs and body punches aiming consistently at his target, round after round. Amidu struggled to read Theophane, which ultimately led to Theophane to his 40th win, by way of unanimous decision.
"It feels great to have a career that's lasted this long, he made it easy to stick to my game plan. I listened to my corner who guided me and kept me on track, I couldn't be happier with the decision," said Theophane.
"I knew he was going to be a good opponent, I didn't perform my best," says Amidu. "This fight should have been in my favor, but in the end the judges decided the winner."
Leading up to the main event, was a fast-paced blow-by-blow welterweight exchange between Mayweather Promotions' power-puncher Maurice Lee (7-1, 3 KO's) and Cameron Kreal (9-12-2, 1 KO). As soon as the first bell rang Krael jumped out his corner quickly putting the pressure on Lee, while Lee searched to find his groove. Krael kept delivering punches, forcing Lee to fight on the defense. By the beginning of the fifth round, Lee found an opening, landing jabs and uppercuts affecting Krael. Ultimately, Lee couldn't seem to land enough of what normally seems like easy jabs against the quick moving and strong Cameron Krael. After 6 rounds of action the judges saw the bout in favor of Krael by unanimous decision, giving Lee the first loss of his career.
"I only had one week to prepare for this fight, the results ultimately showed how much more experience and fights under my belt, I had over my opponent," says Krael. "I broke him down round by round, he never had a chance."
"My game plan was to box smart, I knew he had a lot of experience so I knew I had to be smart in the ring." Lee reflects on his performance and goes on to say, "I thought the fight was a lot closer than what the judges ruled. I definitely could have thrown more punches. We both took a lot of punches in the end. This was a learning experience and I just gotta come back harder."
The night began with a full Mayweather Promotions showcase serving back-to-back, non-stop undercard action. Newly signed lightweight amateur Rolando Romero (1-0, 1 KO)got the first win of his career in the first round, by TKO against David Courtney (1-5, 1KO) after only one minute and eleven seconds of action. Also making his Mayweather Promotions debut Oluwafemi "The Eagle" Oyeleye (1-0) got the first win of his career, by way of unanimous decision in a 4-round Jr. middleweight showdown against Brian True (1-5, 1 KO). Lightweight Andres Cortes (4-0, 2 KO's) furthered his undefeated record against Miguel Espinoza (3-2, 1 KO) after 4 rounds of action. The night continued on as Latondria Jones (5-0, 2 KO's) kept her undefeated record in tact against Selena Arellano (1-2-, 1 KO), judges ruled the 4 round Jr. middleweight bout in Jones favor by UD. Further up in the lineup was a brutal welterweight showdown giving Mayweather Promotions' Charvis Holifield (6-2, 4 KO's) the second loss of his career versus Samuel Santana (9-11-3, 3 KO's) which ended in a 5th round stoppage, giving Santana the win by way of TKO.
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and his long-time promotional partner, Sergio Martinez of Maravillabox Promotions, congratulate the welterweight contender they co-promote, Ceferino "Ferino V" Rodriguez, for today's (December 2) hard-fought EBU (European) welterweight title-winning victory over France's Ahmed El Mousaoui.
After a scintillating back-and-forth war, Rodriguez (24-1, 12 KOs), also the former WBC Latino Welterweight champion, won a split decision over the determined El Mousaoui (now 24-3-1, 6 KOs) at the Las Palmas in Islas Canarias, Spain.
The victory sets up a potential showdown with former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi for Rodriguez's newly won European championship on American soil.
"I am happy to have won such a rough fight," said Rodriguez. "Now I want to make history with a fight between a Spaniard and an Italian on American soil. Bring me Paulie Malignaggi."
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz says he hopes Malignaggi sees the historical implications of fighting for a Euro title on US soil.
"Paulie is a smart man as a fighter and commentator. I invite him to try and further his incredible career by going for this championship, which I know is important to his people back in Italy. Forget Connor McGregor and let's make this world war happen."
Lewkowicz says he's very happy for his fighter's success and for the ongoing relationship with Martinez, whom he also worked with when he was an active fighter and superstar in boxing.
"Sergio and I have enjoyed a long and successful time in boxing and I look forward to making even more boxing history, as we guide the career of Ceferino Rodriguez together, hopefully into a globally important fight against Paulie Malignaggi," he said.
Thompson Boxing Promotions signed two Mexican prospects with extensive amateur backgrounds - welterweight Francisco Armenta and junior welterweight Miguel Angel Madueño.
Armenta and Madueño will have their first professional fights early next year on a Thompson Boxing show in Southern California.
"I'm really happy and motivated to start my career as a professional," said Armenta, who had approximately 250 fights as an amateur. "I think boxing fans will enjoy watching me fight. I like to press the action. My goal is to become a world champion and I won't stop until that happens."
"I'm excited for the doors that this will open for me," said Madueño, who appeared in roughly 230 amateur fights. "I'm a boxer that likes to throw a lot of punches. Fans are going to like my style. It's every boxer's dream to be a world champion and that's what I want."
Both Armenta, 22, and Madueño, 18, won the majority of their amateur contests and both captured numerous national and regional tournament titles in their native country. They currently belong to one of Mexico's most renowned boxing academies - Centro de Alto Rendimieto de Boxeo in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
The academy, which prepares its students for careers in boxing, also consists of an academic and civic component that strives to develop sold citizens out of its alumni.
"Francisco and Miguel are ahead of the curve in terms of their development," said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. "They each excelled in the amateur ranks and now it's time for them to make their marks as professionals. We are looking forward to Francisco's and Miguel's professional debuts, which could come as early as February."
Armenta resides in Los Mochis, while Madueño lives in Guasave, Sinaloa. Both are managed by Roberto Sandoval.
Undefeated prospect Mario Barrios (16-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his lightweight debut when he fights Argentina's Claudio Rosendo Tapia (28-17-4, 13 KOs) in undercard action on Saturday, December 10 from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles.
The December 10 event is headlined by featherweight world champion Jesus Cuellar defending against former three-division world champion Abner Mares in a long-awaited showdown. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT with junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo and top-rated challenger Julian Williams in a world championship battle of undefeated rising stars in their prime.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Ringstar Sports and TGB Promotions, are on sale and are priced at $35, $50, $75, $150 and $200. To purchase tickets go to www.galentix.com.
Barrios shared thoughts on his first training camp with Virgil Hunter, moving up and weight in more. Here is what the San Antonio-native had to say from Oakland:
On moving up to lightweight...
"At 6'1, it was getting difficult making 130 pounds. I feel a lot stronger now that I'm fighting at lightweight. It's also safer not to be drained going into fights. In my last fight, I killed myself trying to make weight. I believe this is the right move for me."
On working with new coach, 2011 BWAA "Trainer of the Year" Virgil Hunter...
"I have a lot of respect for Virgil Hunter. He's great explaining the fundamentals of boxing. He's a great motivator and I'm looking forward to a bright future with Virgil. Everyone knows he's one of the best trainers in the world so I'm excited to have him in my corner leading the way."
On fighting in Los Angeles on December 10...
"This will be a great card to fight on. Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares is going to be an all-out war. This will be the second time fighting at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. I'm looking to put on a great performance for all the Mexican fans that will be in attendance. Everyone will see a stronger fighter when I step in the ring on December 10."
On his recent training camp in California...
"Training in California has been very productive. I've got a lot of good sparring and my strength and conditioning has gone to a new level. I feel powerful and I know I'll be at my best when I step in the ring. All in all, it's been a great learning experience working out here on the west coast."
On fighting Argentinean veteran Claudio Rosendo Tapia...
"I know he just went the distance with two undefeated fighters, so I know he's durable. Fighters from Argentina always bring it. I know this fight will get rough at some point so I'll be well prepared for anything he brings. I'm very confident in my ability to come out victorious."
On his goals for 2017...
"2017 will be a year where I'll get comfortable fighting at a higher weight class. My main goal is to stay busy and get as many fights in as possible. I can see myself possibly fighting at super lightweight if I keep growing. I'm just going to take it day by day."
Junior featherweight world champion and Brooklyn-native Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (30-1-1, 23 KOs) is set to battle former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) in the first nationally televised women's world title bout in nearly a decade on Saturday, January 14, live on SHOWTIME EXTREME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The last nationally televised female world title fight was Mary Jo Saunders vs. Valerie Mahfood on March 30, 2007 (ESPN2).
The SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT and features Ievgen Khytrov (14-0, 12 KOs) battling Immanuwel Aleem (16-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round matchup of undefeated rising contenders for the WBC Middleweight Silver belt.
The January 14 event features a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader headlined by the super middleweight world championship unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale. Televised coverage on SHOWTIME® begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT with super featherweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis.
Serrano, the WBO 122-pound titlist, and Rivas, the WBC International champion at super bantamweight, will fight for the WBO title and the prestigious WBC Diamond championship in a bout that promises intense action from start to finish. The addition of Serrano means that the card will feature Puerto Rico's only two world champions, Serrano and Pedraza.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, start at $25. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Serrano gravitated toward boxing from watching her older sister Cindy, also a professional fighter. She picked the sport up quickly, amassing a 9-1 record during a brief amateur career in which she won the New York Golden Gloves title in 2008. The 27-year-old would go on to fight all over the world, seizing her first world title in 2011 when she defeated Kimberly Connor to grab a super featherweight belt. In 2014, she went to Argentina and defeated Maria Elena Maderna to become a world champion at lightweight. Her world title climb continued in February when she stopped Olivia Gerula in the first round to capture her featherweight championship. She made her Barclays Center debut in July with a first-round stoppage of Calixta Silgado before earning another victory in the first round when she stopped Alexandra Lazar to pick up a vacant junior featherweight world title.
A 28-year-old out of Torreon, Mexico, Rivas picked up her WBC International title in her last bout, a decision victory over Jessica Gonzalez. Rivas had previously successfully defended her bantamweight world title four times after winning the belt against Alesia Graf in 2014. Her prior run as a bantamweight champion lasted for five defenses after she defeated previously unbeaten Susie Ramadan to win that belt. These extended championship runs came after she became a flyweight world champion in 2005 by defeating Lucia Avalos.
An Olympian who represented his native Ukraine, Khytrov also won an Amateur World Championship before turning pro in 2013. Since then, the 28-year-old has dominated on his way to stopping contenders Josh Luteran and Nick Brinson and previously unbeaten fighters Maurice Louishomme and Aaron Coley. Khytrov, who trains out of Brooklyn, won an entertaining ninth-round knockout over Paul Mendez in his last start this past July. Khytrov has fought three times previously on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Born in East Meadow, New York and fighting out of Richmond, Virginia, Aleem was introduced to boxing at a young age by his parents. Since turning pro in 2012 at age 18, the 23-year-old has wiped out all of the competition in front of him. In 2015, he dominated Emmanuel Sanchez, David Toribio, Oscar Riojas and Carlos Galvan before defeating once-beaten Jonathan Cepeda in April. In his last bout, he boxed a draw with once-beaten prospect Demond Nicholson. He will look to take advantage of another big opportunity on January 14.