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Can Santa Cruz Overcome The More Experienced Abner Mares?

By Richard Eberline August 29th, 2015 All Boxing Previews

August goes out with a bang tonight at Staples Center in the American city of Los Angeles with the WBA featherweight "super" title on the line in a massive showdown between California based Mexican boxers Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz.

The combatants are both multi-weight world champions with Mares, 29-1-1 (15), having held the IBF bantam, WBC super bantam and WBC featherweight crowns while Santa Cruz, 30-0-1 (17), has worn two of the same belts, the IBF bantam and the WBC super bantam.

This will be Santa Cruz's second appearance at 126 pounds as the lanky 27 year old won all ten rounds against Jose Cayetano in May while 29 year old Mares has been a featherweight since 2013, although fought as a super feather in his last three appearances.

Mares has defeated the better grade of opposition, with names such as Anselmo Moreno, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Joseph Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan and Eric Morel on his resume while Santa Cruz's list of notable victims includes Vusi Malinga, Cristian Mijares and Morel.

The media build-up to this contest has featured some bad blood, mostly from Mares, who has maintained that Santa Cruz has been a protected fighter who hasn't been put in with the type of competition that Mares has had to deal with.

That type of tough matchmaking led to Mares' sole defeat, a crushing first round KO at the hands of hard-hitting Jhonny Gonzalez, who took away the Montebello man's WBC featherweight title two years ago.

It's that loss that gives Team Santa Cruz confidence that their charge will expose the fact that Mares hasn't been the same fighter since suffering that devastating defeat.

And that is what gives Mares extra motivation to prove that he not only is better than he ever was but that Gonzalez's victory was nothing more than the result of a lucky punch. More...


Bryan Stays Undefeated With ShoBox Slugfest Victory Over Rossy

By Showtime Boxing August 29th, 2015 All Boxing Results

On a hot summer August night, in a specially-constructed ring outside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Trevor “The Dream” Bryan remained unbeaten and passed the toughest test of his career with a crowd-pleasing, hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision over Derric Rossy in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on Showtime.

Bryan (16-0, 11 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., dropped the vastly more experienced Rossy (30-10, 14 KOs), of Medford, N.Y., with a flurry of punches 30 seconds into the fight en route to winning one of the most exciting heavyweight fights of the year by the scores of 98-91 twice and 97-92. Round three of the slugfest could be a candidate for Round of the Year. More...


Santa Cruz, Mares Make Weight Ahead Of WBC Title Clash

By Boxing Press August 29th, 2015 All Press Releases

Ahead the mostly highly anticipated clash of the summer, featherweights Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares made weight yesterday for their WBA "super" title clash this evening at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

WBA Featherweight Super Championship, 12 rounds
Leo Santa Cruz: 124.8 lb
Abner Mares: 125.2 lb More...


Broner Faces Allakhverdiev For Fourth World Title October 3

By Showtime Boxing August 29th, 2015 All Boxing News

Former three-division world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) returns to his hometown looking for a fourth world title as he faces fellow former world champion Khabib "The Hawk" Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA Super Lightweight title on Saturday, October 3 live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the Showtime Championship Boxing co-feature, undefeated IBF Junior Lightweight Champion Jose "The Sniper" Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against veteran former world title challenger Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry (34-6-2, 19 KOs). More...


Crolla Gets WBA Title Rematch Against Perez In Manchester

By Matchroom Boxing August 29th, 2015 All Press Releases

Anthony Crolla will face Darleys Perez in a rematch for the WBA Lightweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 21, live on Sky Sports.

Crolla and Perez clashed in the same venue in July where Perez kept hold of his title via a majority draw despite a tremendous performance from Crolla and having two points deducted in the second half of the fight for low blows. More...


Fresno Prospect Marcos Hernandez Wins In Costa Mesa

By Boxing Press August 29th, 2015 All Press Releases

Last night during the Fight Club OC card at the "The Hangar" in Costa Mesa, California, super-welterweight prospect, Marcos "The Madman" Hernandez (7-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated, winning an six round unanimous decision against Luis Alfredo Lugo (14-23-1, 5 KOs).

In the opening round, Hernandez wobbled Lugo with a powerful left hook, almost stopping the veteran of over thirty fights. Lugo, surviving most of the fight, was hurt again in the sixth, but managed to finish the fight. More...


Andy Lee Overwhelmed By Irish Invasion For Saunders Clash

By Boxing Press August 29th, 2015 All Boxing News

Boxing star Andy Lee has been overwhelmed at the number of Irish fans set to travel to Manchester for his world title clash with Billy Joe Saunders.

The WBO middleweight champion defends his title against the unbeaten Londoner in an Ireland versus England showdown and has been taken aback at the number of fans snapping up tickets for the October 10 Manchester Arena clash.

Masses of Irish supporters disappointed at not seeing their hero fight on home soil, following the rescheduling of his Limerick bout due to illness, are refusing to be deterred and are buying up tickets in massive numbers to make the trip across the Irish Sea. More...


Weaver Back In The UK, Faces Latvian Hurdle Saturday

By Boxing Press August 27th, 2015 All Boxing News

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Former Team GB star Iain ‘The Blessed One’ Weaver is set for his first UK bout, since returning from America, this coming Saturday at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, where he will face Latvian Dinars Skripkins.

Weaver, who last fought at York Hall back in October 2013, has been establishing himself as one of the top prospects in the ultra competitive Super Featherweight division internationally. More...


Nathan Clevery Goes To America To Face Andrzej Fonfara

By Boxing Press August 27th, 2015 All Boxing News

Bruising Polish star Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) and former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will meet in a 12-round light heavyweight battle as Premier Boxing Champions on Spike returns to UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, October 16, with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fonfara, a fan-favorite in Chicago, will be fighting at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a stunning performance against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April of this year. More...


Team Tarver Hits Hard To Help Needy Tampa Schoolkids

By Boxing Press August 27th, 2015 All Press Releases

The inaugural Team Tarver Back-To-School-Drive was a major hit last week at Layla's House in Tampa, Florida.

Multiple former world champion and world heavyweight contender, Antonio "The Magic Man" Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs), his son, unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Antonio Tarver, Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs), and some other Team Tarver members distributed school supplies last Thursday to underprivileged children in Tarver's hometown of Tampa. More...


Martin Murray Faces Hard-Hitting Colombian Torres In Leeds

By Matchroom Boxing August 27th, 2015 All Boxing News

Martin Murray will face Jose Miguel Torres at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on September 5, live on Sky Sports.

Murray is set for his first championship bout since facing Middleweight star Gennady Golovkin for the World title in February, and the St. Helens star is gunning for his first strap at 168 lb in his quest to land World honours.

Experienced Colombian Torres has claimed his last four wins inside the distance and the 36 year old is taking Murray’s example by stepping up to Super Middleweight as he looks to thwart the plans of the Brit in his 38th contest. More...


Daki Kameda vs. Victor Ruiz Added To September 6 PBC On CBS

By Boxing Press August 27th, 2015 All Boxing News

Former two-time world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18 KOs) takes on Mexican slugger Victor Ruiz (19-5, 14 KOs) in bantamweight action in a stacked lineup of undercard attractions as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS airs live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Sunday, September 6. The telecast kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.

The event is headlined by former world champion Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico's Marco Antonio "El Veneno" Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs) and features the rematch between bantamweight world champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and exciting brawler Tomoki "El Mexicanito" Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs). More...


Brandon Bennett Looks To Join Childhood Friends Broner, Warren

By Boxing Press August 27th, 2015 All Press Releases

This Friday night, August 28, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital of Washington, DC, King's Promotions will present a spectacular night of boxing that will feature some of the best talent in the United States.

In the main event, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KO's) will square off with former world title challenger Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KO's) in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10-rounds.

Bennett of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been training hard for Maicelo, who has challenged for an interim world title. More...


Hirsch vs. Paredes Friday Night For IBU Middleweight Strap

By Boxing Press August 27th, 2015 All Boxing News

This Friday night, it will be a special night of boxing when Global Sports Streaming (GSS) will present the first broadcast of a brand new sports streaming service and the premier edition of Best in Boxing (BIB)

The first broadcast on Friday August 28 will feature the IBU Middleweight title bout between Tony Hirsch (18-6-2, 8 KO's) and Rolando Paredes (9-2-2, 8 KO's) More...


Boxino Champ John Thompson Meets Liam Smith For Vacant WBO Belt

By Banner Promotions August 27th, 2015 All Press Releases

Boxcino 2015 champion John "Apollo Kidd" Thompson has signed to face undefeated Liam Smith for the vacant WBO Jr. Middleweight Title on October 10 in Manchester, England. Thompson joins Willie Monroe Jr. as the 2nd Boxcino champion to fight for a world title in a five month span.

Thompson (17-1, 6 KO's) of Newark, New Jersey, will be participating in his first world title bout and is co-promoted by Vito Mielnicki's GH3 Promotions and Arthur Pelullo's Banner Promotions. More...


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