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Ivan Baranchyk Wins Unanimous Decision over Wang Zhimin
Unbeaten Welterweight Ivan Golub Stops James Stevenson in Third
MIAMI, Okla. (Sept. 24, 2016) – On a night when undefeated heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison won his television debut and Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and Ivan “The Volk” Golub remained unbeaten, light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic regained his winning ways by registering a fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Travis Peterkin in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME Friday from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

Making his ShoBox debut and first start since suffering his lone defeat on a disputed decision to Marcus Browne, a motivated Kalajdzic (22-1, 15 KOs) of St. Petersburg, Fla., dropped Peterkin (16-1-1, 7 KOs), of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y., two times in the fifth before the fight was stopped at 1:32.

Other televised results: Baranchyk (12-0, 10 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., took a 10-round unanimous decision over Wang Zhimin (7-1, 3 KOs, 7-1 WSB), of Nutley, N.J. by way of Ningbo, China, in the ShoBox co-feature; immensely popular local favorite and son of the late former world heavyweight champion, Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (12-0, 12 KOs) demolished previously unbeaten Ed Latimore (13-1, 7 KOs), of Pittsburgh, Pa., scoring a 2:19, first-round TKO; and Ukrainian welterweight Golub (13-0, 11 KOs, 5-0 WSB), of Brooklyn, registered a third-round knockout over James Stevenson (23-3, 16 KOs), of Baltimore, Md.

Kalajdzic overwhelmed Peterkin with consistent aggression, superior fighting spirit and better power. He landed 45 percent of his power shots, including 60 percent in the final round. Plus, he led 37-7 in body connects.

A 6-foot-2 native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kalajdzic dropped Peterkin the first time with a right-left combination and finished him with a right-left-right combination. Peterkin fell heavily in a neutral corner, prompting the referee to stop it.

“He was a little bit awkward so it took me a little bit to find my range but once I did and I got into a rhythm, I knew he wasn't going to last,’’ Kalajdzic said. “We have been working on staying patient and finding that range and it showed tonight.

“I wanted to make a statement in this fight and I did. I want the biggest names in the light heavyweight division, but before that I want Marcus Browne again. That is unfinished business for me. If he really thinks he won the fight then let's do it again. We could fight next week. I'm ready.’’

Baranchyk, despite getting cut for the first time in his career (over his left eye in the fifth), won by the scores of 100-90 twice and 99-91. There were no knockdowns.

The rounds, particularly in the fight’s second half, were competitive. Both fighters landed a high percentage of power shots, 44 percent for Baranchyk, 41 percent for Zhimin, but the difference was that Baranchyk was busier, crisper and physically stronger.

Going more than four rounds for the first time, he answered questions about his late-round stamina and feels he is now ready to step up again.

“The 140-pound division is loaded with talent,’’ Baranchyk said. “There are tons of fighters I would love to fight, but there are two guys in particular I’d like to fight next: Maurice Hooker and Abel Ramos. Hooker is with Roc Nation and is above me in the ratings. He's undefeated and this would be a great fight to prove I'm one of the best up-and-coming guys in this division. I’d love Ramos to fight Ramos too. We are both promoted by DBE and I have heard he called me out. He's a come forward guy and those are the type of fights I like and that make for great TV.

“I love the fans here in Miami and I love fighting on ShoBox.  This was my first time going 10 rounds and I feel great. Of course I would have liked to get the knockout because I always want to put on a spectacular show, but this was a great learning experience for me. He was an extremely tough opponent and I was surprised he was able to take so many big shots. We have been working on being patient and boxing and I was able to show that tonight.’’

Wang, who gave his best and never allowed Baranchyk to relax, said, “I felt a little tight and I couldn’t get my punches off like I wanted to. He was a little too big for me.’’

In a performance that lit up the arena, Lippe Morrison dropped Latimore two times and was on the verge of knocking him down again when the referee stepped in and halted matters at 2:19. Morrison decked Latimore the first time with a right hand midway through the first. Moments later, Latimore went down again from two rights and a left hook. After a series of shots, the referee stopped it.

“You know I have to watch the fight, but I think I did alright,’’ said Morrison after what was supposed to be the most dangerous assignment of his career. “I know I have to be patient and work behind my jab and just take the opening that I see – patiently. Being patient is something I’ve really been working on. I really felt my patience this time.

“I didn’t expect it to end this quick. I knew it might, but I didn’t plan on it. It felt good to drop a guy with my left hand. I never had the accuracy or quickness with the left that I do know. I now feel that I am equally adept with both hands. My left is like my right.

“To win a fight like this is definitely a relief. I was nervous about the fight, but not about fighting on TV.  This was supposed to be my toughest fight on paper and I think I did well.

“I feel I may have opened some eyes, but that’s in large part to Freddie Roach. I feel I’m improving thanks to Freddie. I’m throwing quicker, snappier punches and the coordination between my footwork with my hands is way better. All that is because of Freddie.

“I wasn’t going for the KO but I’m glad it happened. I could not have done it without Freddie, that’s for sure. I’ll be going back to California in a week and then right to the gym.”

The knockout was Morrison’s ninth in the first round. He also has two second-round knockouts and one fourth-round KO in a career that began in February 2014.

After a competitive, fast-paced first round, Golub took over as Stevenson appeared to tire. A picturesque right hook to the chin dropped and staggered Stevenson, who still wobbly, got up by the count of five, but Golub continued his two-fisted assault, delivered over 20 unanswered punches and the referee stopped it.

“I could see from the first round that he was leaving himself wide open when he was coming in,’’ said Golub after his second ShoBox start. “I knew it was only a matter of time until I caught him with something really big and I would get him out of there. I'm happy with the performance but know I still have a lot to improve on. Our game plan was to be patient and box and let him come to us. I'm looking forward to getting back in there soon and continuing to climb the ranks of the welterweight division.’’






Looking Into Boxing's Shadows and Finding Saddler!
By: Coach K - BillyCBoxing.com


Every morning I am pleased to join some of the most enthusiastic boxing fans listening to the Billy C Morning Show and entering the shows chat room daily, I am amazed at some of the comments of today's TMZ styled boxing fans. Many who refuse to take a look at the glorious history of our sport. It is their stance and the daily clashing of the intuitive insights of Billy C, his popular "Blast from the Past" by Alex Alex Pierpaoli and personal perspective former pro fighter "Rocky" Sal Cenicola's that once again has inspired me to take another glance back at one of the sports most freakish fighters featherweight Sandy Saddler who sadly passed away 15 years ago.

Born, Joseph Saddler the son of West Indian immigrants, June 23rd 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts later moving and being raised in Harlem, New York, the wiry seventeen year old, five foot eight, one half inch tall, 70 inch reaching "Skeletal Man" taking on the nickname "Sandy" after nearly 50 amateur bouts would begin to make his mark on the game, turning pro March 7th, 1944 scoring a eight round unanimous decision over 39 fight veteran, Earl Roys.

Returning to the Hartford Auditorium in Connecticut for his second professional fight "Sandy" would have his constitution tested early on when he was stopped in three rounds by Jock Leslie responding just seven days later returning with a second round knockout of Al King to begin a six bout winning streak until dropping a six round decision to Lou Alter, June 15th 1944 at the Fort Hamilton Arena, Brooklyn, New York.

Then, July 11th after a four round draw in a return fight with Alter on the undercard of the Ike Williams vs Cleo Shans at Madison Square Garden, Saddler would begin a 37 bout victory run finally coming to and end February 18th, 1946 losing a hard fought eight round unanimous decision to Bobby McQuillar at Arena Gardens, in Detroit, Michigan.

Never inactive long, "Sandy" adding five more wins, including a ten round decision loss to future World Boxing Hall of Famer Phil Terranova the convoluted medley of sharpened elbows and fists would go 36-3-1 in his next forty bouts finally gaining a title shot October 29th, 1948 at Madison Square Garden where he would floor the Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Garden favorite, Willie "The Wisp" Pep (134-1-1) three times, twice in the third round and once in the fourth for a full count to claim the World Featherweight title.

It would be five more victories in four months until the turbulent, Saddler would lose his title dropping a 15 round unanimous decision to Pep in a return match at Madison Square Garden, February 11th, 1949.
Banging, pawing and scrapping his way to 23 more victories, including triumphs over Paddy DeMarco and a vacant World Jr. Lightweight Title win over Orlando Zulueta, the rough disorderly and unrestrained Saddler would face his rival Pep in the rubber match September 8th, 1950 at Yankee Stadium, reclaiming the World Featherweight title when "Willie the Wisp" was unable to answer the bell for round eight suffering a separated shoulder near the close of round seven.

Three and one in his next four, the free swinging, praying mantis dropping a ten round unanimous decision to unbeaten Del Flanagan (44-0-1) would claim the World Jr. Lightweight Title with a riot causing two rounds stoppage of Diego Sosa, February 28th, 1951 in Havana, Cuba.

Then with seven of his next eight wins coming by way of knockout, Saddler despite suffering his eighth loss in 137 fights, a hard fought split decision rematch with Paddy DeMarco, August 27th, 1951 at Milwaukee, Arena in Wisconsin, the boxing public was ready for a fourth fight with his rival Pep.

September 26th, again rising to the occasion, in the most brutal of the four fights, both fighters would have licenses suspended by the New York State Athletic Commission, Saddler would again stop the popular Pep this time dropping and cutting up "Willie the Wisp" with driving left hooks in round two and Saddler being declared the victor of the foul filled event when Pep unable to see was forced to withdraw at the end of the ninth round giving the agile, "Skeletal" puncher a technical knockout win.

Hitting a three bout skid beginning with a rubber match split decision loss to Paddy DeMarco, December 7th 1951, Saddler would right the ship with a KO wins over Tommy Collins on St. Paddy's Day 1952 at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.

Having previously served ten months in the navy right out of high school in 44, Saddler called me back into the Army in 52 serving a two year stint in Korea with the Army's First "Big Red" Division returned to the ring in 54.

The title having been frozen during the war, Saddler returning four pounds heavier than before being drafted in an interview after promising to remain in the featherweight division, asked "How much do you think this stint in the Army has hurt you", the patriotic pugilist slowly replied "When I think of the breaks America has given me, from a poor kid, to a world's champion, I can see no way to put it down in money. I'm proud of this hitch in the Army," something today's self serving, TMZ 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has obviously never having heard, read or even dreamed doesn't understand.

Always in the gym, a true tradesman, Saddler went right back to work scoring KO wins over Bill Bossio, Charlie Slaughter and Augie Salazar, suffering his thirteenth loss, a ten round split decision to Algerian veteran Hoacine Khalfi, May 15th, 1954 in another visit to St. Nicholas Arena, in New York.

Eight victories later, including a February 25th, 1955, World Featherweight Title win over Teddy Davis, at Madison Square Garden, Saddler would lose number fourteen dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Joey Lopes at Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California.

Never to be held down the driven Saddler would quickly snap back again July 7th, 1955, recording a 6th round TKO stoppage of Shigeji Kaneko at Korakuen Baseball Stadium, in Tokyo, Japan.

It would be just two weeks later July 20th, Saddler would lose his first meeting with Philippines future International Hall of Famer, Flash Elorde only to squeeze in a year ending sixth round TKO of Dave Gallardo before scoring a rematch thirteenth round TKO World Featherweight Title win over Elorde, January 18th 1956.

Scoring a third round TKO of George Monroe a month later Saddler would be forced to go out on a ten round unanimous decision loss to Larry Boardman, April 14th, 1956 when the 30 year old reigning World Featherweight Champion sustaining a serious eye injury in a car accident while riding in a taxi in NYC would be forced to retire in early 1957.

Saddler, despite retiring with a record of 144 wins against 16 losses and two draws, only stopped once in 162 bouts and 103 of those wins coming by way of knockout, it would be the disregard of his graceful ring generalship and bilateral slugging power by many boxing pundits allowing his rough and ready tactics to over shadow his large volume of brilliant work keeping him in the shadow of "Willie the Wisp."

Remaining friends, the retired former world champion occasionally boxed Pep in large fan drawing exhibitions. Saddler, employed as the physical director at the National Maritime Union Gym in NYC where trained many pro fighters, would later join his cousin Dick Sadler, (that's right just one d) working with former heavyweight champion George Foreman in the 1970s.
"Sandy" the uncle to Bajan-born American hip hop recording artist, DJ Joseph Saddler, "Grandmaster Flash" battling numerous serious health problems just like his rival Pep, died from Alzheimer's complications September 18th, 2001 at the age of 75 at the Schervier Nursing Care Center in the Bronx.

It's the Saddler's and Pep's from which today's TMZ stars discover, draw and adjust and build their talents and in this case not knowing history that hinders boxing 's entering of a "New Golden Era."





Safe Fight for Pacquiao’s Second Coming
By: Rahat "The Gift Media" Haque - BillyCBoxing.com

It will be treat to see Manny Pacquiao return to the boxing ring. There is only one Pacman, and in the boxing game, where there are levels to skills, few men compare to the Filipino slugger. Which is precisely why Jesse Vargas vs Manny Pacquiao will not be close. The fight is still two months out, and videos had already started to surface early last month showing Manny training for this fight. There were doubts in people’s mind if Manny’s heart and mind was still on boxing, provided his increasing responsibilities as a senator. But if he is back in the ring for the second time already this year, that is no different than his regular fight schedule, which usually consists of two fights a year. So it’s almost as if he never followed through his retirement announcement after the fight. Which is great news for us boxing fans, because we hate to see talent like Manny leave the sport.

But I haven’t been this disappointed in his team’s matchmaking since the Rios right, which was also predicted to be a one sided affair, and it was. While, this fight won’t be as one sided as the Rios fight, I don’t seriously envision any threat to Manny that Vargas poses. Vargas is a very good fighter who has been managed very well throughout his career. He has got some excellent wins against known and unknown fighters who I rate quite well. But in the dynamic world of boxing, the relevance of those wins are always on the decline as the competition increases. The welterweight division particularly, where certain fighters are looking unbeatable at the moment. To be fair to him, he took a risk and his best test in his career so far by fighting Tim Bradley. But it was a test he failed. Pacquiao already beat Bradley twice in his career, thrice according to many. So by analyzing opponents alone, this fight seems to be heavily inclined in Manny’s favor. But we know styles makes fights. Problem for Vargas is, that his style is not suited to beat Manny. He is too aggressive. He has some slickness in him, which shows itself from time to time, and he also possesses a much overlooked jab that can frustrate his opponents. But Jesse Vargas is someone who will never stay behind his jab for the whole duration of each round. And that is going to be his downfall. If he believes he can mix it up with Manny for a second, he is in for a nasty surprise. He had a very rough time with Wale “Lucky Boy” Omatoso who uses many angles in his punches, albeit he is painfully slow in shots and combinations. If Wale had better punch speed, Vargas couldn’t have pulled out the W in that fight. Now here is Pacquiao, who probably has more angles and more speed to his game than Omatoso. He also has better footwork, which will make it hard for Vargas to counter him.

When it comes to fighting the elite in boxing, it really isn’t fair to the challengers. Guys like Chocolatito, Crawford, Mayweather, Pacquiao, GGG, Ward, Kovalev have certain variables to their game that are just scaled up to an unreachable level for the rest for now. I collectively refer to them as the magnificent 7. And so it is daunting task to come up against any of their arsenals. But boxing has been heralded as the theater of the unknown and so things happen. Also there are stars who are just waiting to crossover to superstar status who seem to be blessed with those certain variables. Think Errol Spence. But Vargas is not one such guy. So on Nov. 5th, it will be an absolute treat to watch  Pacquiao back in the ring, and it will be very interesting to see Jesse Vargas’s strategy in facing the new senator from Philippines. Because it has to an amazing game plan to get the upset win. But even if it is, it is more than likely that Vargas won’t be able to execute. I give Jesse so much credit for doing what he does, and also for being one of the genuinely nice guys in the sport (as one can tell from the interviews he gives). But he bit off a bit too much. I would have preferred to see him against Brook, had that fight not fallen out.






David Lemieux Returns
Montreal  - The Montreal slugger David Lemieux (35-3, 32 KOs) will be back in the ring at the Bell Centre on Saturday, October 22 in the gala "Blood, guts and glory" presented by Eye of the Tiger Management, Golden Boy Promotions and InterBox in association with evenko and Videotron. He will cross swords with the Argentinian Cristian Fabian Rios (21-7-3, 6 KOs) in a 10 round duel in the middleweight division. The exciting middleweight battle will be broadcast live on Indigo as of 7:00p.m ET.

Hard-punching Montreal Middleweight David Lemieux is fighting at home for the first time since capturing the IBF World Middleweight title vs. Hassan N’Dam at the Bell Centre on June 20th 2015.  Since this time David has fought twice, including a valiant loss vs. one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, Gennady Golovkin.  The fight vs Golovkin was a titles unification bout, and was presented at a sold-out MSG and televised on HBO PPV.  David got his career back in full swing with a 4th round TKO over Glen Tapia on May 7th 2016 in Las Vegas.  This high profile bout was broadcast by HBO as the semi-final to the eagerly anticipated super-fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Amir Khan. Lemieux will be facing the always game and very tough Cristian Fabian Rios. Rios the Argentinian middleweight champion has held to a draw the current number 1 world ranked by the WBC Jorge Sebastien Heiland. Rios vows to upkeep the reputation of the boxing world from Argentina and is inspired by the recent performance of his countryman David Emanuel Peralta who pulled a huge upset versus Robert Guerrero this past August 27th. He vows to do the same!
Lots of action is in store at the semi-final, with Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler (17-0-1, 14 KOs) facing canadian Janks Trotter (10-3-1, 10 KOs). At only 20 years of age, Steven “Bang Bang” Butler is quickly making a name for himself throughout the World.  Ranked at #10 in the World junior middleweight division (154 lbs) by the IBF, Butler has all the qualities to not only become a World champion, but also to follow in David Lemieux’s footsteps by becoming highly marketable and recognized all around the World. The current IBF Youth champion has already boxed in the Main Event on several occasions, wowing all fans with fantastic footwork, great combinations, raw power and great precision. Butler returns to the Montreal Bell Centre for the first time since January, when he beat a very game Antonio Hoffman (13-1-0,9 KOs) by UD in one of the best bouts presented as part of the Pascal vs. Kovalev undercard. His opponent, fellow Canadian Janks Trotter, is a dangerous puncher with a KO percentage of 100% in 10 wins. Our advice to fans is not to blink during this interesting all-Canadian matchup, as both big punchers have proved their power and both can close the fight very quickly. The winner of this bout will be proclaimed champion of the IBF North American title.
As part of the exciting undercard, Ghislain ‘Mani’ Maduma (18-2-0,11 KO) will face Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3,13 KO). Ghislain Maduma is one of the most dedicated athletes to his sport.  So much so that when he travelled to Los Angeles to help Manny Pacquiao train for his April 2016 fight vs. Timothy Bradley, Freddy Roach was so impressed with Ghislain that he agreed to train the Montreal fighter. Maduma, who racked up 16 victories in a row to start his career, is anxious to prove to his promoter Camille Estephan, as well as to his trainer Freddy Roach, that he belongs on top of the 140 lb division.  What better way than to share the same ring as David Lemieux on October 22nd. Maduma showed guts in fighting Kevin Mitchell (39-4,29 KOs) in Mitchell’s backyard at Wembley Stadium in London, England.  He was winning the bout easily before being caught by Mitchell in the 11th round, prompting the referee to put what some observers said was an early end to the fight.  Maduma’s only other loss was by controversial split-decision vs Maurice Hooker (21-0-2,16 KOs) at Madison Square Gardens on the Lemieux vs. Golovkin undercard. Ghislain, who is back in the win column with a UD victory vs Cesar Inalef (21-6-2, 7 KOs) last May 13th 2016, is matched tough on October 22nd at the Bell Centre where he will face Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3,13 KO), who fought incredibly well and earned a draw in his first trip to Montreal on the same May 13th 2016 card against World title contender Dierry Jean (21-2-1, 20 KO’s). To say Ghislain will have his hands full is an understatement.    Having only lost one fight since 2015, to tough contender Jose Felix Jr. (32-1-1) by split decision, Sismundo will be returning to Montreal with loads of confidence.  It will be up to Ghislain to counter this advantage and show the Bell Centre crowd how well he can box.
Mian Hussain (16-0-0, 6KO) will take on mexican Silverio Ortiz (34-18-0,16KO) in an 8 round battle. Mian “SuperMian” Hussain is yet another boxer bursting with potential within the Eye of the Tiger ranks.  Undefeated in 16 bouts, Mian is a slick southpaw whose ring generalship wears his opponents down.  Mian is one or two bouts removed from entering the World ranks and taking on all comers in the 147 lb division.  In the meantime, Mian is focused on his climb to the top, and to making a name for himself in Montreal and throughout the World. Silvero Ortiz is the ultimate gatekeeper.  Ortiz has faced numerous World champions and dangerous fighters.  Ortiz has beaten some very good boxers, and has lost valiantly to top contenders. Ortiz is no stranger to Montreal, having fought Herman Ngoudjo and most recently lost an 6 round unanimous decision to Custio Clayton in July.  It will be interesting to see how Mian fares against the solid Ortiz.  If he looks better or wins earlier than Custio did, expect fans and media everywhere to play the comparison game and call for a local fight between Mian Hussain and Custio Clayton.
2012 Canadian Olympian Simon Kean (5-0, 5KO) will face David Torres Garcia (10-3-0,9 KO). Kean has one of the brightest futures ahead of him.  A monstrous 6 foot 5 heavyweight, Kean represented Canada bravely in beating Tony Yoka from France at the 2012 Olympics before losing to Ivan Dychko.  The boxer he beat in 2012, Tony Yoka, won the gold medal for France at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  Meanwhile, Kean turned pro in 2015 under the Eye of the Tiger banner and has piled up 5 wins in 5 fights, all by KO.
Charismatic super lightweight blue-chip prospect Yves Ulysse JR (10-0-0,7KO) can’t wait to get back to action.  Ulysse has been out of the ring since November 2015 following elbow surgery, and will be headlining an InterBox “Prestige” show on September 24th in Blainville, Quebec.Ulysse is endowed with super quick hands, power and ring savvy.  He shares the same group of trainers as Steven Butler, and demonstrated tremendous growth as a pro boxer up until his injury. Much like Steven, Ulysse has all the tools to become a marketable athlete and a household name both locally and abroad. Ulysse wants nothing more than to box very frequently, and it seems The InterBox branded fighter will get his wish.  The plan for Junior is to bring him up the ladder quickly with meaningful bouts.  The sky is the limit for Junior, who at 140 lbs is in the perfect division to make lots of noise.
Ever since the day pound-for-pound champion Gennady Golovkin began his illustrious pro career, the sport of boxing began its fascination with boxers coming out of Kazakhstan.  The fascination will continue, as undefeated Batyr Jukembayev (4-0-0,4KO) hit the pro scene with a huge splash.  Batyr has all the tools to become a World champion in the 140-pound division and beyond:  Athleticism, speed, ring generalship, intelligence and power. Batyr is turning a lot of heads in the upper echelon of boxing, including International Boxing Organization President Mr. Ed Levine, who named Batyr to his Presidents Pick to become a World champion.  In his own words: “In our ongoing search for young fighters who show all the signs of becoming a future world champion, we are pleased to introduce the visitors to our site to our next Presidents Pick, Batyr Jukembayev. It will be enjoyable to watch his predicted fight by fight climb to stardom.'' - Ed Levine. After starting his career with 2 no-contests, including one due to a serious knee injury, Batyr quickly transformed from Eye of the Tiger`s blue-chip prospect to now budding future champion with a perfect 4 knockouts in 4 wins.  Batyr will take on Mexican José emilio Perea (23-7,15 KOs) in an 8 round battle.

Also in action David Theroux (11-1-0, 8 KOs) and Mathieu Germain (7-0,5 KOs) rookie of 2015.



HATTON PROMOTIONS has welcomed the World Boxing Association’s resolution regarding Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne’s failed drug test following his title victory over Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia on March 5 this year.
In a document released on Tuesday (September 6), the world sanctioning body stated that Browne will be reinstated in its top five rankings and has ordered that he face leading contender Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA heavyweight title within 120 days.
The WBA ruled that it was “unlikely Browne intentionally or voluntarily ingested clenbuterol in a single dose in the days leading up to the bout as the amount would not have gained any advantage”.
It also highlighted the fact that Browne had agreed to testing administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on February 8 and passed an unscheduled test on February 29 – just five days before the fight.
The past six months have been very stressful for Browne, his team and his family. What should have served as a historic moment in Australian boxing became tarred by the claim that Browne is not a clean athlete.
Hatton Promotions would like to thank Browne for his professionalism during the fight to clear his name. We would also like to thank his legal team and advisers for their work and the WBA for reaching the resolution they have now done.
Due to the nature of Browne’s case, Hatton Promotions has not been in a position to make clear statements about the heavyweight’s future. However, this resolution now means it is back to business as usual and Ricky Hatton is looking forward to setting up Lucas's shot at the vacant title.




Democratic Republic of Congo - Formerly Zaire, and the Philippines Among Possible Hosts
Deerfield Beach, FL  – The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 1 Alexander Povetkin and No. 2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title.  The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.

“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne.  “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America.  Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”

Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.

Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites.  Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and of course United States boing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well.

This sparked the idea to do something fantastic by memorializing “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali, to the benefit of the people.  So, reflecting on my memories and my historical association with The Greatest…Ali, we, his spirit and I, seized upon the idea to create A Salute to Greatness Championship Series by celebrating and paying homage to great boxing champions of the world and paying tribute to great champions of humanity and peace for the world in the spirit of Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Shimon Perez, Uri Savir, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, Jose Sulaiman (WBC) and Hugo Chavez.  We will spotlight countries that four decades ago held the most memorable heavyweight fights in history.  We will visit new countries that maybe able to have that same impact on, to gain international fame and acclaim, catapulting the name of their country to the forefront of world recognition.

“We want to bring the world together,” King concluded.  “I have been taking calls, for weeks, from interested parties and we will consider all options.  We want to reverse the affects that war, hatred, bombs and bullets have had …and with love, respect, harmony and togetherness we can make a better world.”

“I want to thank the WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman for this.” said King.

Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs), born in Haiti now residing in Las Vegas, won the WBC heavyweight title on May 10, 2014 by 6th round TKO against Chris Arreola.  Stiverne knocked Arreola to the canvas twice in that round when referee Jack Reiss waved the count to end the fight.  Stiverne lost the title via unanimous decision to Deontay Wilder on January 17, 2015.  Stiverne followed that disappointing loss with a win against Derric Rossy on November 4, 2015 to vault him back to top contender and in position for the title.

Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) from Chekhov Russia is the current WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion and former WBA Heavyweight Champion.  Povetkin won the WBA title via unanimous decision win against Ruslan Chagaev on August 27, 2011.  Povetkin had four successful defenses over a two-plus-year reign prior to a losing the belt against Vladimir Klitschko on October 5th 2013.  Povetkin responded to that unanimous decision loss by stringing together four consecutive wins including winning the WBC Silver belt, which represents the No. 1 ranking.





OAKLAND, CA  - On Saturday, Nov. 19 the world's best pound-for-pound boxer will be crowned. Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, and Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) Two-Time World Champion, officially announced their long-awaited showdown following Ward's victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the live HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT and is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions.

Kovalev and Ward are currently ranked the number two and number four pound-for-pound boxers in the world, respectively, by The Ring Magazine, making their hotly anticipated fight only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated top-five ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other. Odds makers and pundits have this fight evenly matched at 50-50 and it is poised to be a sure-fire 2016 Fight of the Year candidate. History will be made on Nov. 19th!
Making the fight even more intriguing, Kovalev and Ward are polar opposites. The Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev is an unbeaten knockout artist sitting atop boxing's light heavyweight division. With his ferocity in the ring and his charisma outside of it, Krusher is on his way to becoming the sport's next big star. The last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing, Andre "S.O.G." Ward is already a future Hall of Famer. Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior's instinct inside it, Ward has not lost a fight, amateur or professional, since he was 12-years-old. Kovalev's seemingly unstoppable offense-first approach stands in stark contrast to Ward's slick, defensive style that has been an unsolvable riddle for every foe he's taken on.
Neither man has faced an opponent like this before. Who will be the next "Pound for Pound" king? Find out Saturday, Nov. 19!

Live on HBO during the Ward-Brand fight, when asked about whether or not Ward is ready to face him Kovalev said, "I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let's do it November 19 on HBO."
Ward responded, "I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn't have any soft touches. He wasn't protected. He wasn't really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1."

*The Ring Magazine began publishing pound-for-pound rankings in 1989.
Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 33, has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. Out of of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only twice in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.
Ward, 32, the last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing (2004), reigned as the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion from 2009 to 2015 while fighting mostly out of his hometown, Oakland, CA. He announced his intention to move to up to the light heavyweight division in search of a bigger challenge in 2015, shortly after signing with his current promoter, Roc Nation Sports. He has been a top rated pound-for-pound fighter since 2011. Ward is seeking to assume his place and leave a legacy at the top of the sport.





TOM MOLINEAUX: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet – A Must Read For All
Lake George, NY – Bill Calogero, host of boxing’s Undisputed Champion of Boxing Talk program, the Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show, officially released his first book, Tom Molineaux: From Bondage To Baddest Man On The Planet two weeks ago. Since then, the demand for signed copies, which are available through the Book Club section of the BillyCBoxing.com website, has not stopped.
The book tells the story of Tom Molineaux, who was born a Slave on a Virginia Plantation during the late 1700’s, became a fighter, fought and won his freedom, fought for a World Title and whose fame rose to the height of being the very first high-profile World-Wide sports celebrity. However, because of the color of his skin not only during his lifetime but unfortunately continues to this day, he has become virtually a forgotten name. Molineaux is not only an important piece of Boxing History he’s also a major part of American History. Calogero’s book tells the complete story and wants people to read the book and help set the record straight. It’s time to give Molineaux the credit he deserves.
Here’s What’s Been Said Recently About the Book:
Charley Fitch - Professional boxing referee:
Finished reading “Tom Molineaux” today and it is fantastic! Congratulations on writing a truly excellent book covering a person with historical significance that goes well beyond boxing.
What a story. Well written and interesting to read. A treasure of information that I’m going to be purchasing several more copies of as Christmas presents.
I loved the details and how you were able to put Molineaux’ achievements in historical context (slavery, American Revolution). This is much more than a boxing book. It’s important history from several often neglected aspects.
Plus, book was factual and told the story of a human being overcoming longest of odds to reach highest of highs only to succumb to the lowest of lows. It included the man’s warts, the character flaws and failings.  That is how life is. I loved the honesty of it.
Thank you for writing “From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet” and bringing Tom Molineaux’s amazing story to life. Before reading your book I knew nothing about him. Due to the work you have done that has changed.
Don “Bear” Koss:
In his new book, Tom Molineaux, From Bondage to Baddest Man on the Planet, Bill Calogero, presents the story of an early prize ring warrior to a new generation of boxing fans. Molineau’s story, hitherto known only to boxing’s historical cognoscenti, is a compelling tale hallmarking the meteoric rise and fall whose personality was imbued with human frailty while suffering societal injustice.
Chronicling the life and career of a prize ring pugilist and evaluating it is especially challenging. The difficulties go well beyond the difference in rules between the Prize Ring and the Queensberry eras. The most common tool used in contemporary evaluation is film or tape.  YouTube dominates contemporary culture. When no film exists, or when the quality of existing film is poor in quality as in the case of the early 20th century contemporary evaluators tend to denigrate the skills of boxers of an earlier era.
Newspapers and other print sources must be brought to the fore when evaluating earlier fighters. When there is a paucity of these sources the problem is magnified. For the most part, only major fights in the careers of pugilists have been recorded. One can compare the number of recorded fights of Daniel Mendoza with those of his contemporaries. There is a substantial difference in the numbers. Mendoza published his memoires and listed his fights. The difference in number is large enough to allow the inference that at least 60 % of a pugilist’s record is lost to history. In the case of Molineaux the problem is even more acute. As Billy C points out, Molineaux was a product of what was euphemistically called the peculiar institution, Slavery, and however much revisionist may white-wash this fact, it won’t go away.
Bill C utilizes the existing source material for prize ring history (old and rare books) to overcome these problems. He synthesizes these sources to give us the life of Tom Molineaux presented in fresh and colloquial language. Bill is concerned with presenting the facts of Molineaux’s life. This is evidenced by his omission of references to Molineaux and George Washington, because nothing beyond their anecdotal nature could be substantiated. His effort to present the facts of Molineaux’s life, is undermined to a degree, by a lack of citation in his text. Academics always find a lack of citations troublesome. I was still able to check source material by cross referencing this book with Billy C’s essay “Tom Molineaux: From Slave to American Heavyweight Champion”  in Aycock & Scott’s The First Black Boxing Champions. The lack of citations could possibly limit the purchasing of this book by libraries to those with specialized sports of Black History specializations but should not hinder the boxing fan from making Tom Molineaux’s life a part of their own.
Donald R Koss
 Longtime Member International Boxing Research Organization
World Boxing Hall of Fame Elector
Emeritus Professor of Library and Information Science, Richard J. Daley College
Member, Dubois’ Company, 3rd New York Regiment, MWTA (A Midwestern group of historical revolutionary war re-enactors)
A MUST READ for not only boxing buff's but American history in general
By:  Anthony Owens -  Life-long Boxing fan
Fantastic read, the life of Tom Molineaux is a mixture of not only boxing but American history. Learning the struggles of Molineaux from start to finish and manner in which they were told made it impossible to put down.
As a boxing fan while reading portions in the book leading up to Molineaux's biggest bouts and how his training was progressing left me with that same feeling of anticipation I get when counting down to a modern big time Pay-Per View event as if I had no idea who would prevail.
When the bouts themselves were described I could virtually hear the crowd yelling and sounds of thudding punches. The first bout against Cribb was so detailed in the description at one point I was thinking to myself I hope this doesn't get stopped on cuts!
The way Bill Calogero tells of Molineaux's struggles from being born a slave to gaining freedom, fighting for recognition not only as a prize fighter but as a MAN left me in awe of the type person Tom Molineaux must have been on the inside and fortitude he possessed.
The only thing I could not understand after reading the book was why has no one told his story in full before?
You can a copy of the book right now at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and where all good books are sold.  You can get a signed copy of the book by visiting the Book Club section at BillyCBoxing.com.
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