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LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2016) –World Series of Fighting ( announced today that it will head to Washington State for the first time ever with a star-studded Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) mega-event, headlined by a world featherweight (145 pounds) championship rematch between reigning kingpin Alexandre “Capitao” Almeida (18-5) and the man he took the title from – Lance Palmer (10-2) – at XFINITY Arena at Everett on Saturday, July 30, live on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Priced from $29, tickets for WSOF32: Almeida vs. Palmer go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, May 6, at and

In the co-main event, the long-standing and well-documented sibling rivalry between costumed crusader Phoenix Jones (6-1-1) aka Ben Fodor, and Caros “The Future” Fodor (10-5) will come to a head when the adopted brothers from Seattle face off against each other at a catchweight of 162 pounds.

“We are excited to make our debut in the great state of Washington with such a spectacular affair that will feature one of the most anticipated and well-deserved rematches of the year, as well as a something that you rarely see in combat sports – a matchup between family members whose competitive rivalry is so intense that, after so many years, it has resulted in the two agreeing to settle their differences in the cage,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

Additional bouts for WSOF32: Almeida vs. Palmer will be announced soon.

Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer

On December 18, the 5-foot-11, 27-year-old Almeida of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil notched his fifth consecutive win, seizing the World Series of Fighting featherweight title from Palmer of Sacramento, Calif. via a controversial, unanimous decision after Almeida used his significant height and reach advantage to continuously frustrate the 5-foot-6, 28-year-old Palmer for the duration of their five-round matchup.

The loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Palmer, who captured the featherweight strap when he submitted Rick Glenn with a rear-naked choke in the third round (3:09) of their matchup on December 13, 2014.

Phoenix Jones vs. Caros Fodor

Over the course of the last five years, Jones and Fodor of Seattle have each, on several occasions, gone on the record expressing their desires to fight one another, despite the fact that they grew up under the same roof and train in the same camp owned by head coach Matt Hume.

The 6-foot, 27-year-old Jones, whose local crime fighting escapades have made national headlines, will make his first start in the decagon cage since September 18 when he submitted Roberto Yong with a rarely seen, highlight reel scissor choke in the first round (3:09) of their meeting at WSOF23.

Fodor, a 5-foot-9, 32-year-old veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce, made his debut under the World Series of Fighting banner, after a five-fight stint with ONE in Asia, on January 23, losing a unanimous decision to Luiz Firmino in the main event of WSOF27.

During his seven-year professional career, Fodor, a former U.S. Marine who did battle in the Iraq War, has notched impressive wins over the likes of Team AKA member Justin Wilcox and Cung Le-trained James Terry.

Del Valle to meet Crespo April 9!


Bayamon, PR (April 1, 2016) – Super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle returns to the ring on Saturday, April 9 to face New England titlist Josh Crespo in an eight round bout at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.

Tickets from $35 are on sale by calling 860-982-2532 or 603-898-2311.

A blood and guts warrior who gives fans their monies worth every time he enters the squared circle, Del Valle has an outstanding 20-2 record with 15 wins by knockout. In November 2015, the Bayamon native stopped 50-plus fight veteran Jose Juan Beltran after two rounds in Comerio, Puerto Rico. Currently signed to an exclusive promotional contract with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, Del Valle has his sights set on another big fight but first must conquer the task at hand.

Born and raised in New Haven, CT, Crespo is riding a wave of confidence having defeated Jorge Abiague (9-1) for the New England super bantamweight championship last November. Crespo’s professional ledger is a deceptive 6-2-3 with 2 KO’s but he’s unbeaten in his last five, facing two undefeated fighters in the process.

If victorious, Del Valle is expected to appear in a televised bout in the immediate future. While some potentially view this fight as a given for Del Valle prior to bigger and better things, the 29-year-old knows that records don’t tell the whole story and Crespo’s hunger can’t be overlooked.

“I’ve got big plans but that all goes out the window if I don’t do what I have to against Crespo,” Del Valle said from his training camp in Puerto Rico. “Anybody who really knows boxing understands that a record doesn’t determine how good a fighter is. I’ve seen Crespo before. He’s tough and willing to take on anybody which is evident by the fact that he’s facing me rather than a lesser opponent. I’m training like I’m the underdog since this fight is close to his hometown and I’ve got a lot on the line.”

Fans can interact with Del Valle on Twitter @Orlanditoboxing or via Facebook at

Amateur standout Ruben Villa IV & undefeated Super Bantamweight Jhordy Ramirez sign with manager Danny Zamora

Featherweight prospect set to debut this Spring;
Undefeated Ramirez coming off big win this past Friday night
Ruben Villa IV signs contract.
Los Angeles, CA–Noted boxing manager Danny Zamora is proud to announce the signing of featherweight prospect Ruben Villa IV and undefeated Super Bantamweight Jhordy Ramirez to exclusive managerial contracts.
Villa of Salinas, California placed 2nd at the 2015 United States Olympic Trials which culminated an outstanding career which saw him accumulate a record of 165-17.
Villa also was the 2014 & 2015 National Golden Gloves champion as well as the 2012 & 2013 Olympic Junior National Champion.
“I just want to thank my family for always being there for me and allowing me to follow my dreams of becoming a professional boxer,” Said Villa.  “I can’t wait to turn pro. I have a great team in Manager Danny Zamora, trainer Rudy Puga , cutman Mike Rodriguez, and my sponsors SNAC and WAR Tape.”
Jhordy Ramirez following a win
Ramirez of Santa Maria, California has a record of 2-0 with one knockout, also was a distinguished amateur as he went 71-16 and won Won Desert Show Tournament in 2008, Oxnard Pal Adidas Tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well as the BCR Belt at Fantasy Springs 2014 and 2015.
He turned professional on November 20, 2015 with a first round stoppage over Joel Cano.  The 20 year-old Ramirez won a 4-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Diaz in February 12th in Ontario, California.
Along with Zamora, Ramirez is co-managed by Zenon and David Balderas.  Ramirez trains alongside 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas.
Said Danny Zamora, ” Jhordy is a very good fighter and best of all he is a good young man.  He trains and attends college at the same time.  I truly believe that Jhordy and Ruben are two great acquisitions to my stable that also includes 2012 Olympian Lightweight Cesar Villarraga who is 8-1 4 KO’s , Super Middleweight Rudy Puga Jr. who is 7-0 6 KO’s & Petr Petrov who is 36-4-2 with 17 KO’s and is considered one of the top Lightweights in the world as he is ranked number-three by the WBA, number-five by the WBO and number-nine by the IBF.”

Undefeated Alex Martin ready for first national television exposure on TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX DEPORTES

Televised Coverage Begins At 11 P.M. ET/8 P.M. PT
BETHLEHEM, PA. (February 3, 2016) – Unbeaten prospect Alex Martin (11-0, 5 KOs) steps up in the co-featured bout when he takes on Rossemberth Gomez (17-4-1, 13 KO’s) of Minagua, Nicaragua in a welterweight bout scheduled for eight-rounds.
The bout takes place on an exciting night of boxing that will be part of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 9 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (14-0, 8 KOs) taking on Colombia’s Luis Eduardo Flores (21-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are priced at $100, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes and are on sale now. Tickets are available at To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

In addition to his 2012 National Golden Gloves Championship, Martin won three Chicago Golden Gloves and a National PAL championship fighting out of nearby Harvey, Illinois. An owner of 340 amateur wins, he made it to the United States finals where he lost to eventual Olympian, Errol Spence Jr. Martin turned pro in 2013 and is yet to lose. The 26-year-old picked up four victories in 2015 and will begin 2016 against the 29-year-old Nicaraguan Gomez who will be making his U.S. debut.

“Training is good.  I really do not know much about Gomez, but that doesn’t matter much at all because I just go in there and like to fight.”
Martin is ready to showcase his skills for the first time in front of a nationally televised audience and he knows this is just the beginning of positioning himself into bigger fights.
“It is a big step for me.  This will show me and the fans how good I am and where I can go in my career.”
Without looking too far down the line, Martin would love a chance at his old amateur rival, Spence.  Martin knows that he needs to continue winning and looking good to get that opportunity within in the next year.
“Spence is definitely on my radar.  I can see us fighting by the end of 2016 or early 2017.  I feel that I will be ready for that fight.  He is just one of a few guys that I want to fight on my way to the top.  I am just hoping that everyone tunes in on February 9th and the fans will remember my national television debut.”
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LEON, NICARAGUA (December 28, 2015) – With just a few days away from his first world title opportunity, WBA #6 rated super-featherweight contender, Oliver Flores(27-1-2, 17 KOS) talks about his upcoming fight with WBA world champion Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KOs).  Uchiyama vs. Flores is set to take place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Flores speaks on his upcoming showdown with Uchiyama…
On December 31, 2015 you fight WBA super-featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama for his title.  This will be your first would title opportunity.  How do you feel going into this fight?
Oliver Flores:  I’m very excited for the opportunity to be fighting for a world title.  I’m very grateful to my promoter Havoc Boxing, who came through and put this fight together for me.  I’ve worked my whole life to get in this position.  I’m 100 prepared to give Uchiyama the fight of his life.  My body is healthy and I’m in the best shape of my life.  I’m going to seize the opportunity to the best of my ability.
What kind of fight are you expecting from the champion?
Oliver Flores: Takashi Uchiyama is an incredible fighter.  He’s defended his title many times over and his record is unblemished.  Most of his title defenses have ended in a knockout so I know he’s a very powerful puncher.  I’m expecting him to be aggressive in his approach.
How is the relationship with you and your father, who also serves as your trainer?
Oliver Flores:  My father Roger Flores is a former pro boxer who has been guiding my corner since I turned professional.  He knows my strengths and weaknesses and is very good at finding flaws in my opponents.  He’s been with me from day one and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
How special would it be for you if you were to bring the World Championship home to you countrymen of Nicaragua?
Oliver Flores:  To bring the title home would be a dream come true for me.  I have a lot of support from family and friends that will be looking forward to the outcome.  I know I’m the underdog going into this fight but I have a country that will be showing support when I go to battle in Japan.  My goal is to follow in the footsteps of Alexis Arguello and Roman Gonzalez, who brought great pride to Nicaragua?
Can you talk about training camp?
Oliver Flores:  Training camp has been very demanding.  I’m on a strict diet that has me at my optimum best. I’ve had some great sparring here in Nicaragua where I’m working out with a few different guys.  Everyone is pushing me to the limit.  It’s this type of training camp that’s going to get ready for Uchiyama, who I know is going to be at his best.  I’m executing every possible situation that I feel will come up in this fight.  I’m ready for battle.
Without giving up your game plan, what do you feel you’ll need to do to come out victorious against Uchiyama?
Oliver Flores:  I need to be aware of his powerful right hand power punchers.  He also likes to land he left hook to the body, so I need to be ready to counter those punches.
Are you concerned about getting a fair decision in Japan where Uchiyama resides?
Oliver Flores:  No, I believe the WBA judges will be fair.  Of course my goal is to end the fight early if possible, to avoid any argument.  I know it’s going to be a very difficult task to come out with a victory, but a task I feel I can accomplish.
Talk about you relationship with Havoc Boxing Promotions.
Olivier Flores: Fighting for Havoc Boxing has been a tremendous blessing to for me and my career.  I signed with them in June and shortly after I had a fight in August.  Now remarkably I’m fighting for a world title and I couldn’t be happier.  As a fighter you want to stay busy and put yourself in position to take your career to the next level.  With Havoc Boxing, I’ve been able to do all of the above.  My dad and I are very pleased to be part of Team Havoc Boxing.


Photos by Team Barrios
SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 24, 2015) – Yesterday hot undefeated super-featherweight prospect, Mario Barrios (14-0, 8 KOs), joined the Christmas spirit by donating gifts to the local boys and girls club in San Antonio.  Barrios, along with cornerman Rick Nunez, delivered shoes and toys to the kids, brining smiles to everyone involved.
“It was great to see the smiles on all the kids when Rick and I dropped off the gifts,” said Mario Barrios. “I know there are a lot of kids out there that don’t get to receive many gifts during Christmas so it was nice to provide something extra for these children.  It was fun and everyone was happy.”
“Mario Barrios has a big heart and he’s a great role model to everyone out here in San Antonio.” said Rick Nunez. “When he asked me to join him I didn’t hesitate.  Together we were able to put a lot of smiles on those kids.  It was very rewarding and Mario and I are very happy to be part of something special during Christmas.”


Chael Sonnen, Bas Rutten and Todd Harris to co-host
one-hour program filled with the year’s most dramatic action

“Fight of the Year” will be determined by fan votes cast online
LAS VEGAS (December 22, 2015) –World Series of Fighting ( will return to NBC with a special, one-hour program filled with an assortment of the most memorable and impactful moments of 2015 in the decagon cage, on Sunday, December 27, at 2 p.m. ET/11 am P.T.

Co-hosted by Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) icons and World Series of Fighting color commentators Chael Sonnen and Bas Rutten, along with veteran play-by-play man Todd Harris, “WSOF: Greatest Hits 2015” will feature highlights from bouts recognized as candidates for “Fight of the Year,” “Finish of the Year” and “Upset of the Year.”

“This was an incredible year filled with some of the best action we have seen in the cage from our world-class athletes, so we are excited to be able to package the most powerful highlights into a phenomenal hour-long program for a broadcast television audience and deliver it to our fans who have the opportunity, beforehand, to vote for ‘Fight of the Year,’” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.

Fans can cast their votes for “Fight of the Year” online at  The winning bout will be announced on NBC during the ‘Greatest Hits’ program.

The show will include highlights from World Series of Fighting’s historic, first-ever, one-night tournament that saw eight fighters battle for the number one contender spot in the coveted lightweight (155 pounds) division.

Additionally, an “International Fighter of the Year” segment will showcase footage featuring each of seven different, prolific World Series of Fighting athletes, including reigning heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov and reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) kingpin Marlon Moraes, who turned in at least one impressive performance in 2015.

The year-end program on NBC comes shortly after World Series of Fighting’s 26thlive event and towards the close of its third year of operation.

Among the accolades the world championship MMA league garnered in 2015 were two “Fight of the Month” honors.  The first world lightweight championship showdown between reigning, undefeated champion Justin “The Highlight Gaethje and battle-tested challenger Luis “Baboon” Palomino on March 28, as well as the rematch between the two gritty fighters on September 18, were each bestowed with the award.

World Series of Fighting action will return to NBCSN on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT with a re-airing of “WSOF26: Palmer vs. Almeida” world championship fight card that took place on Friday, Dec. 18.

Cotto vs.        Alvarez ** In-Depth Preview and Analysis **



By Tony Penecale


There are rivalries that are legendary throughout history.  The Hatfields and The McCoys, The Capulets and The Montagues and The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox are all bitter rivalries.  It can be argued that the most brutal is the long-standing boxing rivalry between Puerto Rican fighters against their Mexican counterparts.  The next chapter matches the experience and heavy hands of Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto against the youth and power of Mexican dynamo Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.  When they meet on Saturday night, both fighters will be carrying the pride of their country into the ring and in the mantra of Spartan warriors, they will emerge from battle with a shield or on it.  Who will be carrying his shield at the end of their encounter and who will be carried out on his?




Cotto:   Age:  35 years old

Record:  40-4 (33 Knockouts)

Height:  5’7”

Weight:  153   * * Weight for last bout (6-6-15)

Reach:  67”


Alvarez: Age:  25 years old

Record:  45-1-1 (32 Knockouts)

Height:  5’9”

Weight:  154   * * Weight for last bout (5-9-15)

Reach:  70”





WBO Junior Welterweight Champion (’04-‘06)

WBA Welterweight Champion (’06-‘08)

WBO Welterweight Champion (’09)

WBA Junior Middleweight Champion (’10-‘12)

WBC Middleweight Champion (’14-Pres)



WBC Junior Middleweight Champion (’11-‘13)

WBA Junior Middleweight Champion (’13)





A physical stalker who boxes from the orthodox stance, Cotto has developed better boxing skills but still prefers to come straight ahead, and wear opponents down with a vicious body attack.  Cotto favors hooks and uppercuts to straight punches and turns every bout into a war of attrition.  Doesn’t have lights-out punching power but is very punishing.  Most of his stoppage victories have come late, after his opponent has been worn down.  Will often leave himself open to counters when trying to unleash his offense.  



An aggressive, physical fighter with underrated boxing skills and quickness, Alvarez often wears opponents down with consistent pressure and heavy-handed punches.  Will use feints and counters to throw is opponents timing off and create openings for a strength-sapping body attack.  Carries fight-changing power in both hands but sometimes doesn’t throw enough punches.  While he is most known for his offensive skills, Alvarez has decent, but not great, defensive skills slipping and blocking punches.





* Body Attack – Cotto is quite possibly the best body puncher in the sport today.  He wings thunderous hooks on the inside that make contact with whatever is available: ribs, shoulders, torso, chest, and arms, with punishing results.  


* Strength – Cotto is a strong and physical fighter.  Even as he has grown from junior welterweight up to middleweight, he remains a physical force, capable of wearing down larger adversaries.


* Heart – Cotto carries a lot of pride when he steps into the ring.  He has been in a number of wars where he’s been cut, knocked down, or in other adverse situations, and Cotto has shown a champion’s heart.



* Punching Power – Alvarez carries thunder in both fists.  He is knockout power in either hand, but his most devastating weapon resides in his left hook.  A single left hook rendered the iron-jawed Carlos Baldomir unconscious and his knockout of James Kirkland was a potential knockout of the year candidate.


* Strength – Alvarez is a physically-maturing and thickly-built fighter with uncanny strength.  He is effective in backing fighters up, even when not landing flush punches.  Against the smaller Josesito Lopez, he lifted him off his feet and sent him to the canvas with punches that landed against his opponent’s chest.


* Punishing Body Attack – Alvarez prefers to wear his opponents down in the traditional Mexican fashion of punishing the body.  While he is economical with his punches, he delivers maximum leverage on each punch, especially the crushing left hook to the liver.





* Effects of Wars – Cotto has been competing against world-class opposition for over a decade.  He suffered two brutal losses to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao and suffered punishment in his wins over Ricardo Torres, Zab Judah, and Shane Mosley.  While he has had a resurgence working with Freddie Roach, the cumulative effects of his prior wars can be a detriment.


* Easy to Hit – Cotto has made improvements with his defense but still has the mindset that his best defense is a good offense.  His wide open offense and relentless body attack often leaves him open to be hit with counterpunches, primarily hooks and uppercuts.


* Chin – Combined with an offense that leaves him prone to counter punches, Cotto’s shaky chin can be a recipe for disaster.  Cotto was wobbled or dropped in several of his earlier fights and then battered, bloodied and TKO’d in his fights against Margarito (1st fight) and Pacquiao.  Even the light-punching Floyd Mayweather staggered him late in their fight.



* One Dimensional – Alvarez does not adapt well in mid-fight.  He comes in with a single game-plan and has not shown the ability to adjust even when his tactics are not working.  He struggled in his wins over Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara and was easily out-boxed against Mayweather.


* Fatigue – Alvarez works hard in the gym and is always in great shape but often finds it hard to go full tilt for an entire round, especially as his fights go into the middle or later rounds.  In his match with Austin Trout, Alvarez showed serious fatigue at times and even found himself backing up.


* Easy to Hit –Alvarez is still an offense-first type of fighter who likes to apply pressure to his opponents.  He will leave himself open to counter punches, especially right hand and counter left hooks.





(6/6/15) – Cotto demolished Australian Daniel Geale in a middleweight title defense, knocking him out in four rounds.  After winning the first three rounds, Cotto floored Geale twice in the 4th round, forcing him to surrender.



(5/9/15) – Alvarez won the potential Fight-of-2015 with a candidate for Knockout-of-the Year, destroying James Kirkland in three rounds.  The limited but dangerous Kirkland attacked early and the slugfest was initiated.  Alvarez scored three knockdowns including a final right hand the rendered Kirkland unconscious.





* Sergio Martinez (6/7/14) – Cotto upset the highly-regarded but aging and injury-prone “Maravilla” Martinez.  Cotto started quickly flooring the middleweight champion three times in the opening round and punished him throughout until the bout was halted in the 10th round.


* Zab Judah (6/9/07) – Cotto had to endure some difficult moments early against the speedy southpaw, getting rocked and suffering a cut under his lip.  Cotto’s relentless pressure gradually broke down Judah, sapping his strength.  Cotto finished the show, dropping Judah in the 9th round before finally stopping him in 11 rounds.


* Alfonso Gomez (4/12/08) – Cotto put on a stunning display, mixing boxing skills with a vicious body attack to completely obliterate popular “Contender” alum Gomez by 5th round TKO.  Cotto dominated the action and scored knockdowns in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th rounds, beating Gomez into submission.



* James Kirkland (5/9/15) – It was the 2015 version of Hagler-Hearns.  Kirkland attacked relentlessly at the bell and Alvarez responded in kind.  Alvarez scored a knockdown in the 1st round and thwarted Kirkland’s brief moments of success, flooring him with an uppercut in the 3rd round, before finishing him with a picturesque right hand only moments later.


* Kermit Cintron (11/26/11) – Making his 3rd title defense, Alvarez made it look easy against the faded former welterweight champion.  Alvarez made Cintron appear older than his true age of 32, and punished him with ease.  Alvarez scored a knockdown in the 4th round before battering him mercilessly and forcing a stoppage in the 5th.


* Carlos Baldomir (9/18/10) – Alvarez was a 20 year old prodigy facing a durable former world champion in Baldomir.  Alvarez was successful boxing early and using his advantages in speed and skill to sweep the first five rounds.  But it was his display in the 6th that was memorable.  Alvarez rocked Baldomir before finally dropping with a left hook, rendering him unconscious before he hit the mat and dealing him his only stoppage loss in a 16-year career.





* Use footwork and angles to keep Alvarez off balance


* Do not stand toe-to-toe with the naturally larger Alvarez


* Land early to gain Alvarez’s respect



* Keep the pressure on Cotto and cut off the ring

* Out jab Cotto and force him to trade punches


* Be patient early and wear Cotto down





* Can Cotto stand up to a younger and larger opponent?


* Were his last two victories more of a case of facing faded or limited opposition?


* How much does Cotto really have left?



* Can Alvarez change his gameplan if he is falling behind early?


* Will his defensive liabilities be exposed against such a dangerous puncher?


* Is Alvarez still improving?




Cotto will open utilizing his underrated boxing skills and quickness, moving laterally, and jabbing in an effort to keep Alvarez from setting his feet.  Alvarez will advance trying to establish his own jab and work the body.  Whenever Alvarez gets too close, Cotto will pivot away and step on angle with a few hard jabs.  The first two rounds will be strategical but tense.  The eruption can happen at any time.


The action will start to intensify in the 3rd round as Alvarez continually gets closer and forces Cotto to start to stand his ground.  Like a couple of mountain rams butting heads and locking horns, the power punches will start to fly.  Cotto will throw flashier combinations, featuring overhand rights to the head, left hooks to the body, and hard jabs to the face and torso.  Alvarez will dig his toes in and throw thumping single shots, uppercuts and hooks, both to the head and body, which result in an abrasion under Cotto’s left eye and blood seeping from his mouth.


Throughout the middle rounds, Cotto’s superior boxing and skillset will have him slightly ahead on the scorecards but Alvarez’s size and strength advantage will be, slowly and surely, wearing Cotto down.  Cotto’s three-and-four-punch combinations will gradually reduce to two-punch combinations and single hooks to the body.  The slower pace will favor Alvarez and he will be able to control the tempo and dig in with hard punches to the body and right hands to the face.


Going into the 7th round, with the bout virtually even and sensing he cannot hurt the larger Alvarez, Cotto will revert his focus back to boxing on the outside.  The change in tactic will momentarily bewilder Alvarez, who was becoming comfortable trading in the trenches.  The brief momentum shift will allow Cotto to regain a slight lead on the scorecards.


Realizing that he is behind and facing an opponent who is slowly fading, Alvarez will apply blistering pressure in the 9th round, stalking Cotto, forcing him to move or punch to survive, and causing him to expend precious energy in doing so.  Whenever they get close, Alvarez will use his shoulders to muscle Cotto and clip him with short hooks and uppercuts, momentarily staggering him in the 10th round.


With his face morphing into a grotesque mask of blood and swelling, a seemingly spent Cotto will go for broke in the 11th, attacking desperately and winging some of his best hooks to the body and head.  Alvarez will be happy to trade hooks with him and the action will be intense.  Late in the round, Alvarez will land a flush uppercut as Cotto is wide open and the Puerto Rican fighter will drop to his knees, his left eye nearly shut and his mouth leaking blood.  His heart will pull him to his feet and Alvarez will come in for the kill, backing Cotto to the ropes where the exchange of punches is only halted by the bell.


After touching gloves to start the final round, Alvarez will attack Cotto from the onset.  A pair of right hands to the side of the head will wobble Cotto, forcing him to stagger to the ropes and fall to his knees.  Referee Robert Byrd will administer the count with Cotto rising at the count of 8, vehemently contending that he is OK to continue.  As soon as Byrd waves the fighters back together, Alvarez will spring across the ring, landing a right hand and left uppercut.  As Cotto falls back against the neutral corner, Byrd will step in between them and stop the fight, signaling Alvarez as the winner.


The winner by TKO at 59 seconds of the 12h round will be Saul “Canelo” Alvarez!!!!



 7th edition of

Johannesburg, October 27 – Former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) says he will be in great shape for next weekend’s showdown with Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) in Monte Carlo as he was in training for a fight in New York at the same time.

Those plans changed, though, because “six or seven opponents changed their mind about fighting me”. They include Amir Khan and Shawn Porter.

The Russian’s in-your-face style makes him a tough fight for anyone and it’s little surprise that many big names have baulked at the chance to challenge him.

“It’s frustrating, but we will persevere,” he said from his base in Indio, California where he is working with new trainer Joel Diaz, former trainer of Provodnikov rival Timothy Bradley.

Asked what sort of fight Monte Carlo fans can expect next weekend, the Banner Promotions boxer unsurprisingly pointed to his reputation saying he had been in two fights of the year candidates, plus the fight of the year with Bradley in 2013.

“Right now, the goal is to become world champion again. Being in America has made me a better fighter,” said the 31-year-old who grew up admiring Mike Tyson. “If you are a star in the USA then you are a star all over the world. Plus the competition level in the US is at its highest.”

Having grown up in western Siberia, he attributes the emergence of Eastern Bloc fighters like himself, Gennady Golovkin, Artur Beterbiev and so many others to the challenges thrown down by Soviet history.

“There have been some tough times that really made people very hard-working and persistent in whatever they do,” said the man they call the “Siberian Rocky”.

Provodnikov is looking forward to following in the footsteps of Golovkin, who has twice fought in the principality to much acclaim.

“I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I know Gennady enjoyed it every time. I can’t wait to see how many fans I have over there.”

As ever, the Russian expects to put on a good show. “I’ve seen Rodriguez’s fights. He is a very strong fighter, and unbeaten. This will be a brawl.”

His fans, of course, wouldn’t want it any other way.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (September 14, 2015) – Two rising talents in Glory’s featherweight division have been added to an action-packed kickboxing line-up taking place at “Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” on Saturday, September 19 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Amsterdam-based Serhiy Adamchuk(29-5, 14 KO), originally from Ukraine, will meet muay Thai world champion Anvar Boynazarov (79-20-2, 45 KO) of California, by way of Uzbekistan, in a fight to determine the next Glory featherweight contender.


In addition to the kickboxing fight being added to the prelims, the alternate bout for the light heavyweight tournament will now feature Roy “Black Dynamite” Boughton (12-5) as the new opponent for Francis Carmont (23-10). Carmont was slated to take on Philipe Lins, but the Brazilian was forced to withdraw when he fell ill with dengue fever.


Adamchuk was originally slated to face Glory Featherweight World Champion Gabriel Varga at the event before the Canadian suffered an injury during training camp. The winner of this fight will now be next in line to face Varga for the title at an upcoming Glory event. Adamchuk debuted at Glory 22 in June, stepping in on 24 hours notice to beat lightweight contender Marat Grigorian in one of the biggest upsets of 2015 thus far. Boynazarov debuted last month at Glory 23, defeating highly touted Georgian prospect Giga Chikadze, training out of Kings MMA.


“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” airs live and free on Spike at 9/8c. Tickets for the historic event start at just $30 and are on sale now at the SAP Center box office and are also available for purchase at, as well as


For the first time ever, “Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” will feature both a Bellator MMA cage and a Glory kickboxing ring on one arena floor at the same time. In the evening’s main event, Tito Ortiz (18-11) will challenge the undefeated Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion, Liam McGeary (10-0) for the title.


Additionally, the previously announced fight card features a Glory kickboxing title fight featuring Zack Mwekassa (13-2, 12 KO) and Saulo Cavalari (31-2, 19 KO) for the vacant Light Heavyweight Championship, as well as Bellator MMA competitors Paul “Semtex” Daley (37-13-2) and Fernando “The Menifee Maniac” Gonzalez (24-13) also competing in Glory action, when they trade-in the MMA gloves for kickboxing gloves. Finally, recently signed Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (2-1) will compete in kickboxing action against Hadley Griffith.


On the mixed martial arts side, Bellator MMA will also conduct a four-man, one-night light heavyweight tournament to determine the No. 1 contender in the division that features Phil Davis (13-3) taking on Emanuel Newton (25-8-1) and Linton Vassell (15-4-1) facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC). Newly signed lightweight standout Josh “The Punk” Thomson (20-8, 1 NC) is also in action, when he makes his Bellator MMA debut against Mike “The Greek Assassin” Bronzoulis (18-8-1).


“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” – Saturday, September 19 – SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.


Main Card:

Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Tito Ortiz (18-11) vs. © Liam McGeary (10-0)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: TBD vs. TBD

Glory Vacant Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Saulo Cavalari (31-2) vs. Zack Mwekassa (13-2)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Josh Thomson (20-8) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (18-8-1)

Glory Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA/20-3 Kickboxing) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (24-13/1-2 Kickboxing)

Glory Bantamweight Feature Fight: Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (2-1) vs. Hadley Griffith (Debut)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Fight: Phil Davis (13-3) vs. Emanuel Newton (25-8-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Fight: Linton Vassell (15-4-1) vs. Muhammed Lawal (15-4, 1 NC)


Preliminary Card:

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Israel Delgado (0-1) vs. JJ Okanovich (0-1)

Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: James Terry (15-8) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-3)

Bellator Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez (1-1) vs. Josh Paiva (5-1)

Glory Featherweight Feature Fight: Serhiy Adamchuck (29-5) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (29-20-2)

Bellator Bantamweight Feature Fight: Gabe Carrasco (5-0) vs. Joe Neal (5-0)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Adam Piccolotti (5-0) vs. Marlen Magee (3-3)

Bellator Featherweight Feature Fight: Thomas Diagne (5-4) vs. Mike Malott (4-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Bout: Francis Carmont (23-10) vs. Roy Boughton (12-5)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Nick Pica (4-0) vs. Mauricio Alonso (10-5)

Bellator Featherweight Feature Fight: Victor Jones (Debut) vs. David Blanco (1-0) *

Bellator Flyweight Amateur Fight: Gloria Telles (Debut) vs. Alysia Cortez (Debut) *

Glory Lightweight Feature Fight: Jose Palacios (7-7) vs. TJ Arcengal (4-1) *

Bellator Middleweight Feature Fight: Brandon Hester (1-0) vs. DeMarco Villalona (1-0) *


* indicates bouts may take place simultaneously.