Canelo Alvarez vacates WBC belt to avoid 'artificial deadlines' for GGG fight
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Lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has decided to vacate his WBC middleweight belt as the WBC’s 15-day deadline to get a unification fight done with mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin draws near.
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), coming off an explosive sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on May 7, said he did not want to be negotiating the fight with Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) under “artificial deadlines.”
With Canelo vacating the belt, Golovkin, who was the interim WBC champion, sheds the interim title and is now the WBC middleweight champion.
Canelo released a statement Wednesday:
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”
Mir echoes kanagaroo meat sentiment in light of failed 'B' sample drug test
Last month, it was revealed that Frank Mir tested positive for oral turiabol metabolites - an anabolic steroid - for his in-competition drug test relating to UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Hunt.
Mir, who lost via first round KO to 'Super Samoan', hinted that tainted kangaroo meat in Australia was perhaps responsible for his failed drug test, and the two-time heavyweight champion is using the same argument to defend his 'B' sample, which also flagged for performance-enhancing drugs.
Mir cited NFL lineman Duane Brown on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast (per MMA Fighting), whose positive drug test for clenbuterol stemmed from tainted beef he ate in Mexico.
Muay Thai champ Tiffany van Soest says she’s ‘one or two years away’ from breaking out in MMA
After making her name as a champion kickboxer under the Lion Fight banner, winning titles in two separate weight classes, Tiffany van Soest is looking to expand her horizons.
The 27-year-old "Time Bomb" recently signed deals with the kickboxing promotion Glory, as well as an MMA deal with Invicta FC. She competes May 13 at the Glory 30 Super Fight Series against Emma Hasshass in Los Angeles.
And, though an opponent hasn’t been named as of yet for her Invicta FC debut -- which will double officially as her MMA debut -- van Soest says the fight will take place on Sept. 23.
Boxing: Adrien Broner Indicted on Assault, Robbery Charges
Multi-divisional world boxing champion Adrien Broner was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday. Broner, who was arrested and put behind bars earlier this week for violating his probation in an unrelated reckless driving case, could face up to 26 years in prison if found guilty.
Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) was officially indicted on assault and robbery charges stemming from a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Broner pointed a gun at him over a dispute over a high-stakes bowling session in the fighter’s hometown of Cincinnati. The man alleges to have won thousands of dollars from Broner, but when he tried to leave the bowling alley, “The Problem” pulled a gun on him and knocked him out, taking all of his money.
Manny Pacquiao retires after beating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision
LAS VEGAS – If this was the finale of Manny Pacquiao's legendary career, he went out on top, if not in style.
The Filipino superstar has had better days in the ring during a career that saw him win world titles in eight weight classes and virtually guarantee himself a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
It's fair to say, though, that the action was lacking at many points during his fight with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden before 14,665 largely Pacquiao partisans.
Buoyed by two knockdowns in what could be his final fight, Pacquiao won a unanimous decision over Bradley in a fight that was dull for long stretches.
All three judges had it 116-110 for Pacquiao.
HBO PPV Weigh-in Results: Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley on Point
On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of boxing’s biggest stars will be in action once again, though Manny Pacquiao claims it’ll be his last fighter before retiring to a life as a full-time politician. He’ll oppose rival Timothy Bradley for a third time and thanks to both men being on point at Friday’s weigh-ins, the fight was given the green light.
Bradley climbed to the scale and came in at 146.5 pounds for his welterweight rubber match with the Filipino legend. Not to be outdone, Pacquiao tipped the scale at 145.5 pounds, clearing the way for their anticipated showdown.
HBO PPV Weigh-in Results:
Manny Pacquiao (145.5) vs. Timothy Bradley (146.5)
Arthur Abraham (168) vs. Gilberto Ramirez (168)
Oscar Valdez (125.5) vs. Evgeny Gradovich (126)
Jose Ramirez (138) vs. Manny Perez (137.5)
Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko rematch set for July 9, same day as UFC 200
Tyson Fury's first defense of his WBO and WBA heavyweight titles will be against the man he took it from in November 2015. In news confirmed by Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and trainer, Tyson will rematch Wladimir Klitschko on July 9th in Manchester, England.
More details are due to be announced on Saturday, including the venue.
Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) defeated Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) by unanimous decision (116-111, 115-112, 115-112) at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf to end Wladimir's reign as the world's #1 heavyweight. It was Klitschko's first loss since a stunning TKO defeat to Lamon Brewster back in 2004. The fight itself was ... bad. They combined to land 138 punches (per CompuBox) over the course of 36 minutes. That averages out to less than 4 punches landed per minute, and Wladimir only was credited with 52 out of 231 thrown. After the scorecard was read, Fury serenaded his traveling fans with a stirring rendition of Aerosmith's "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing.
Adrien Broner Loses another title to the scales
Controversial boxer Adrien Broner (31-2-1 NC, 23 KOs) is just 1 day away from a Premier Boxing Champions on Spike main event against England's Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs). This is despite the fact that Broner is wanted by Ohio police on assault and robbery charges stemming from an alleged bowling alley incident in January. Washington DC's commission still agreed to license him, with the expectation that Broner would turn himself in once he returned to Ohio.
Coming into today's weigh-ins in Washington DC, Broner vs. Theophane was supposed to be a title defense for "The Problem", who won the vacant WBA super lightweight (140 lbs) title against Khabib Allakhverdiev with a 12th round TKO. The problem (see what I did there?) for Broner? He didn't make weight.
'Buchecha' vs. Roger Gracie 2, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Satoshi Ishii set for Metamoris 7
Metamoris may have taken a year off, but it is far from dead. The jiu-jitsu promotion on Friday announced a rematch between Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida and Roger Gracie to headline Metamoris 7 on July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.
In addition, the card is expected to feature UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Gilbert Burns rolling against Satoshi Ishii and Dillon Danis, respectively; Metamoris creator Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs; Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes; along with a secret match to be unveiled on fight night.
Bellator to apply MMA weight class guidelines to new kickboxing promotion
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA.
The information was announced in a Bellator press release.
With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
GLORY, Spike TV and the divide between sports and entertainment
Kimbo Slice, GLORY kickboxer. That was almost a thing last year.
GLORY CEO Jon Franklin told MMA Fighting this week that he and his staff discussed the possibility of bringing the wildly popular former streetfighter in for a bout. Slice had competed in boxing before and, obviously, had a history in MMA. At the time, Slice was already on the Bellator MMA roster and GLORY and Bellator shared a television network, Spike TV.
Talks ceased pretty quickly, though. Nothing personal against Slice, but GLORY execs didn't want to compromise the promotion's identity as the top kickboxing organization in the world by putting forth a subpar product.
Mauro Ranallo Reunited with Bas Rutten as New Inside MMA Host
AXS TV FIGHTS on Wednesday announced renowned combat sports personality and broadcaster Mauro Ranallo will be the new host of INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news series on television, beginning Friday, March 25.
A veteran broadcaster with over 30 years’ experience, Ranallo will bring his energetic broadcasting style and opinionated views on the world of combat sports to INSIDE MMA alongside UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and correspondent Ron Kruck Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET following AXS TV FIGHTS’ weekly live MMA and Muay Thai broadcasts.
Ranallo is best known for his play-by-play commentary for prestigious organizations such as Pride Fighting Championships, which he called alongside his new co-host Rutten for several years; Showtime Boxing, where he recently called the international feed of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight; and Strikeforce, which was home to MMA superstars like Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. In 2015, Ranallo helped AXS TV launch its hit pro wrestling series NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING calling matches alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, before signing with WWE as the new voice of Smackdown.
Roy Jones Jr's opponent announced, Tank Abbott vs Dan Severn set for UR Fight
After an initial campaign in which a fan would be selected online to fight boxing great Roy Jones Jr, UR Fight, the organization holding the event, faced the obstacle of being forced to ensure that the selected opponent had to have a professional record.
Well, that hurdle has been cleared. Sort of. Enter MMA fighter Vyron Phillips, a native of Minnesota that's been living and training in Western Canada and is ranked #44 in the listing for Canadian welterweights according to Tapology. This bout is purportedly a boxing match, with a potential $100,000 prize for the challenger were he to defeat the former multiple time boxing champion. While UR Fight has announced the matchup, there doesn't seem to be any indication by the state athletic commission regarding whether or not this fight would be approved since Phillips does not seem to have any professional boxing experience.
Joe Schilling feels like the 'cards are stacked' against him as GLORY deal winds down
Joe Schilling doesn't think he'll have many friends at the Sears Centre Arena this weekend.
It's not often that a fighter will compete for an organization when he is already set to bolt after his contract is up and everyone knows it. But that's exactly the case for Schilling when he meets Michael Lemaire at GLORY 27 on Friday night.
Schilling, the most well-known American kickboxer and fan favorite, has already inked a deal with Bellator Kickboxing and was introduced at the new promotion's introductory press conference last Friday in Houston. That contract just won't begin until he fulfills two more fights with GLORY. This particular one will come on the Superfight Series in Chicago and will air on UFC Fight Pass.
Boxing: Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao After Anti-Gay Slurs
The rumors were swirling all morning but on Wednesday afternoon, apparel monolith Nike officially dropped boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao from its roster.
Pacquiao, who is a devout Catholic, came under a tremendous amount of scrutiny during the past two days for saying in an interview with Filipino station TV5 that he greatly opposes gay marriage, even comparing gays to animals.
“Woman was made for man, man was made for woman. It’s common sense,” the eight-division world champion said. “Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish… If we approve male on male, female on female,” he added. Then man is worse than animal.”
UFC vet Maldonado returns to boxing for first match in 6 years
After a six-year hiatus, Fabio Maldonado will return to his roots as he accepted to face Robson Oliveira in a boxing match on February 27, in Brazil, as Globo Esporte reported.
Following a 5-6 UFC run which ended with two consecutive losses to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Corey Anderson, Maldonado will fight in the ring again, but this time as a heavyweight in a 10-round fight in his home state of Sao Paulo. He remains undefeated in the sport, with a record of 22 wins and 22 KO's. Oliveira, a muay thai practicioner, is only 3-0.
Italy's Venator FC books Sokoudjou vs. Matt Hamill, Che Mills vs. Roberto Rigamonti
The upstart Italian MMA promotion Venator FC continued to bolster its roster today with the signing of veteran fighters Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Che Mills.
Sokoudjou (16-14), a veteran of the UFC, Bellator, WEC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, DREAM and even Affliction, will meet UFC and “TUF” veteran Matt Hamill (12-6) in a light heavyweight bout at Venator FC 3 this spring. And UFC veteran Mills (16-8) will take on Roberto Rigamonti (4-2-1) in a welterweight bout.
Velator FC 3 takes place May 21 at Palasesto Arena in Milan, Italy. In the main event, UFC veterans Luke Barnatt and Jason “Mayhem” Miller fight for the promotion’s middleweight title.