Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Coming Soon: DAZN

DAZN is an over-the-top subscription video streaming service owned by the United Kingdom's Perform Group. This service will air live sporting events including boxing and MMA, and will soon be available to subscribers in the United States. The service provides live coverage of some of the biggest events in combat sports from promotions such as Matchroom Boxing, Bellator, and World Boxing Super Series for $9.99/month.

Subscribers will be able to stream the following fights in September and October:

Sept. 21st – Bellator 205: Pat Curran vs. AJ McKee

Sept. 22nd – Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin

Sept. 29th – Bellator 206: Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva & Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald

Oct 6th – Matchroom USA Event

Oct. 12th – Bellator 207: Matt Mitrione vs. Ryan Bader

Visit DAZN.com for more information on this service.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Mikey Garcia isn’t worried about anyone else

Check out Luis Cortes' recent article, Mikey Garcia isn’t worried about anyone else.

Luis' article on lightweight champion, Mikey Garcia is available on the Undisputed Champion Network website.

Congrats on another great article, Luis!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins

Gene Pantalone's new book, From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins, is scheduled for release in November 2018. Jenkins was a hero both in the boxing ring and on the battlefield, as a decorated United States Army soldier in World War II and the Korean War.

Book Summary

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins

World champion boxer Lew Jenkins fought his whole life. As a child, he fought extreme poverty during the Great Depression in the depths of the Texas Dust Bowl. In his twenties, he fought as a professional boxer and obtained the pinnacle of his vocation—a world championship. Jenkins fought in World War II and the Korean War, and in his later years, he fought the ravages from the aging of an abused body.

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins details for the first time the extraordinary life of Lew Jenkins, from his difficult childhood to his death in 1981. Despite his talent for boxing, Gene Pantalone reveals that Jenkins often fought and trained through drunken stupors. After wasting his ring title and all his money, Jenkins found purpose during World War II and the Korean War. He fought in major battles that included D-Day, Bloody Ridge, and Heartbreak Ridge, and his efforts earned him one of the highest decorations for bravery, the Silver Star. Unable to find meaning in life at the peak of his boxing success, Jenkins discovered values to which he could cling during war.

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield features exclusive interviews with Lew Jenkins’ son, grandson, and Medal of Honor recipient Ronald E. Rosser who fought with Jenkins in the Korean War, providing a personal perspective on the life of this complicated war hero. The first biography of Jenkins, this book will fascinate boxing fans and historians alike.

Reviews and Endorsements:

"Too often the history of boxing boils down to tales about heavyweights, as if the exploits of Sullivan, Johnson, Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Ali, and Tyson are all that matter. Well, Lew Jenkins—lightweight champion, war hero, and a danger to himself as much as any opponent—mattered. His is the story of survival in the ring, in two wars, and in life. Gene Pantalone’s biography of Jenkins richly recounts a fascinating life. ‘Only in America,’ as the great Don King always said."
-Randy Roberts, professor of history, Purdue University, and co-author, A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle

"The life of Lew Jenkins is the stuff of boxing legend. From his Depression era upbringing and carnival barnstorming to winning a world title and squandering it all before becoming a war hero, Jenkins is an epic pulp novel come to life. In the capable hands of Gene Pantalone the story brims with all the hardscrabble detail you want in a great boxing book. This is a must-read for fans of the squared circle's history."
-Chad Dundas, sportswriter and award-winning author of Champion of the World

"I served in combat with Lew Jenkins during the Korean War when he received his Silver Star. Jenkins was a brave soldier who cared for his men. It was an honor to have served with him."
-Sergeant Ronald E. Rosser, Medal of Honor recipient, Korea 1951-52

"Lew Jenkins had a howitzer of a right hand and sometimes fought drunk. What more could you ask for?"
-Nigel Collins, ESPN Boxing analyst and columnist, International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, and former editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine

"Until the publication of Gene Pantalone’s biography, the annals of boxing have been missing a chapter—a chapter on Hall-of-Famer Lew Jenkins. Jenkins was a bony Texan who, as a world lightweight champion, mastered the stylized warfare of the ring as well as the real thing—WWII and the Korean War. A must-read for all students of the history of the sweet science, Pantalone’s richly-documented biography presents an arresting portrait of a boxer and soldier who was as wild as a pirate and as courageous as Achilles."
-Gordon Marino, veteran boxing trainer and award-winning boxing writer for the Wall Street Journal and HBO Inside Boxing

"A full-length biography of boxer Lew Jenkins has been long overdue, and here Gene Pantalone does a good job of connecting Jenkins’ hardscrabble upbringing in rural Texas to the bright lights of Broadway to the grim realities of the battlefield. It’s an exceptional story of a fighter’s struggle, success, disgrace, and a sincere and hard-earned redemption."
-Clay Coppedge, author of Texas Singularities and Forgotten Tales of Texas

"Gene Pantalone has done a remarkable job bringing lightweight champ and Hall of Famer Lew Jenkins to life in this most entertaining and informative biography. "The Sweetwater Swatter" was one helluva hard puncher... so's his biographer."
-Clarence George, boxing writer and historian  

Gene Pantalone

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Guerra de Gallos: Battle for Tucson Recap - Saturday, July 21st (Tucson, AZ)

Raging Babe Promotions put on a great night of boxing in southern Arizona on Saturday! The Battle for Tucson was a competitive card that had a lot of local talent on display. I am excited to see more of these fighters who left their hearts in the ring, and gave fans their all.

Christopher Gonzalez (3-0) vs. Sergio Ivan Lopez (0-1) - Super Lightweights
Gonzalez found himself in a gritty competition against Lopez. Gonzalez remained active throughout the four round battle and won a majority decision.

Emmanuel Guajardo (3-0) vs. Jordan Gregory (0-3-2) - Middleweights
Guajardo came out to the roar of the crowd and used it to his benefit. The crowd favorite won a unanimous decision against Jordan Gregory. Gregory displayed tremendous heart throughout the bout, but Guajardo was the busier the man, and the judges rewarded him for his work.

Richard Martinez (1-1) vs. Brian Ramirez (0-3) - Bantamweights
Martinez was another hometown favorite who put on a dominating performance against Ramirez. Martinez dropped Ramirez three times in the first round, and the referee called the fight. Martinez put on a clinic and his aggression led to a first round TKO.

Nicholas Rhoads (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Hamilton Ash (0-1) - Super Welterweights
Rhoads defeated Ash by way of unanimous decision. Ash showed tremendous heart, but the work rate of Rhoads led him to victory. Ash even came on a bit in the third round, but it was too little too late, as Rhoads stayed the busier of the two during the contest. Rhoads appeared to have more pop at the end of fight as well.

Jensen Ramirez (6-2-3, 1 KO) vs. Jesus Arevalo (2-4) - Super Featherweights
This fight was a competitive bout where each fighter imposed their will at times. Honestly, I thought both fighters hurt one another. I could have seen this fight going either way. However, Ramirez won by majority decision.

Judas Estrada (1-1, 1 KO) vs. Jose Amezcua Barrera (1-0) - Welterweights
This fight grabbed the fans from the opening bell. Each fighter landed haymakers that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. This was one of the most exciting bouts of the evening. Barrera, in his debut gave Estrada all he could handle. It was too close to call for this writer, but Barerra won by majority decision to improve to 1-0.

Alfonso Olvera (10-5-1, 4 KOs) vs. Wilberth Lopez (23-9, 15 KOs) - Super Lightweights
The main event was finally upon us and trust me, it did not disappoint. Lopez sent Olvera to the canvas in round two. What does Olvera do after being knocked down? He got up and taunted Lopez in round three. This fight had everything fans want. Olvera ended up coming back and it would not have been a surprise if he would have been slightly ahead on the judges’ score cards, however, this was not the case. Lopez wins by majority decision to improve to 23-9.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Welcome to the Team, Gene Pantalone!

We would like to welcome a friend of The Weigh-In, Gene Pantalone, to our team! Gene is a boxing historian and author who will serve as a contributor to the website.

Gene is an expert on the golden age of boxing—the years between 1920 and 1950—and Madame Bey’s boxing camp, which hosted 14 heavyweight champions and no fewer than 80 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees. Pantalone is the author of Madame Bey’s: Home to Boxing Legends and From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins, which is due out November 2018.

Check out Gene's books via the below links:

Madame Bey’s: Home to Boxing Legends

From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins

Gene has also appeared on an episode of the podcast where he discussed his book, Madame Bey’s: Home to Boxing Legends. You can check out the podcast episode here.

Welcome to the team, Gene!

(Gene Pantalone)

Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVI Recap

Impact Wrestling presented us with Slammiversary XVI from the Rebel Entertainment Complex in Toronto, Canada this evening. The card boasted eight matches with four titles contested. What has become one of the few staple pay per views that Impact presents each year far exceeded expectations and quickly made me forget (or care) that I gave Cox Cable $49.99.

Johnny Impact vs. Petey Williams vs. “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori vs. Fenix
Winner: Johnny Impact

Slammiversary hit the ground running with four of the most exciting, high-flying competitors in professional wrestling today. The match was originally supposed to feature newly signed Rich Swann but unfortunately he sustained a concussion earlier in the week and was unable to compete. The Canadian crowd certainly did not object to his replacement, however, as the master of the Canadian Destroyer, Petey Williams was the first contestant introduced. This match also featured the Impact returns of Johnny Impact and Taiji Ishimori with the newly acquired moniker of the Bone Soldier after his inclusion as part of NJPW’s famed Bullet Club stable. This bout ended in a flurry as we were treated to a 450 splash from Ishimori, followed by a Canadian Destroyer by Williams, then a Fenix Springboard from Fenix, and finally Starship Pain from Johnny Impact for the win.

Tessa Blanchard vs. Allie
Winner: Tessa Blanchard

This was a late edition to the card and pleasantly surprised all who bore witness to it. Allie brought the fight to the daughter of the legendary Tully Blanchard but the Allie Valley Driver, Code Breaker, and Best Superkick Ever were not enough as Tessa hit the DDT for the win.

House of Hardcore Match
Tommy Dreamer vs. Eddie Edwards
Winner: Eddie Edwards

Sure Tommy Dreamer is 47-year- old but he came to put on a show this evening and made everyone remember why he’s known as the Innovator of Violence. On a side note, Dreamer also had a shirt that I’m going to need to find… It featured a cheese grater with blood and said “Make Wrestling Grate Again.”  This match certainly lived up to its hardcore branding as Tommy Dreamer wasted no time stealing a woman’s beer in the front row, taking a mouthful, and smashing Edwards in the face with it before he used a staple gun to bust open The Lone Wolf. The match eventually came to its conclusion as Dreamer, with his face propped against the back of a steel chair, was delivered a Boston Knee Party from Edwards who earned the victory.

X-Division Championship
Matt Sydal ( c ) vs. Brian Cage
Winner: Brian Cage

This bout, which I anticipated would be a squash match, was actually quite competitive to the point where it appeared Sydal was going to retain his title. In the final moments of the bout, Sydal scaled his way to the top turnbuckle to attempt the Shooting Star Press on a prone Brian Cage. On the way down, Sydal’s foot caught the rope and Cage got his boot up in Sydal’s face. Cage then quickly recovered and nailed Sydal with the Drill Claw to become the newly crowned X-Division Champ.

Knockouts Championship
Su Yung ( c ) vs. Madison Rayne
Winner: Su Yung

Madison Rayne overcame the distraction of the undead bridesmaids at ringside and dominated Su Yung with the Ripcord Cutter and the Raindrop only to succumb to Yung’s version of the Mandible Claw. After the match, Rayne was placed in a coffin and carried out of the arena in another disturbing display of showmanship by Su Yung.

Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championship 5150 Street Fight
LAX ( c ) vs. OGz
Winners: LAX

This match pitted the latest incarnation of the Latin American Xchange, comprised of Santana and Ortiz, with their manager Konnan against the original incarnation of LAX, Homicide and Hernandez, accompanied by King. This match came about after Konnan was “taken out” backstage at the Redemption pay per view by unknown assailants. Kingston, a former member of the short-lived DCC, reemerged shortly thereafter as “King” and took Ortiz and Santana under his guidance en route to the tag team championship. Once Konnan made his return and exposed King, Homicide and Hernandez returned with the classic backstory of being forgotten when LAX was reformed. This match certainly attempted to one-up the Dreamer/Edwards match as the ring quickly became littered with tables, trash cans, brooms, and hockey sticks. It appeared the OGz were on their way to a victory after Hernandez put Ortiz through a table via the Border Toss, but leave it to Konnan to get involved. Konnan distracted Homicide as he tossed a bag of tacks to Santana. Santana tossed a handful in the face of Homicide and body slammed him onto the rest.  Santana then went to the top turnbuckle and hit the Frogsplash to retain the titles. The victory didn’t last long as the OGz jumped LAX from behind and defaced the titles by tagging them with their moniker.

Mask vs. Hair Match
Pentagon Jr. vs. Sami Callihan
Winner: Pentagon Jr.

This match was the definition of pure, unadulterated violence. Shortly after Callihan introduced some chairs to the match, he escalated the situation and acquired some railroad spikes from under the ring. Callihan proceeded to pierce the forehead of Pentagon to the point where he bled through his mask but the tables were quickly turned as Callihan got greedy and went for a baseball bat providing Pentagon with the opening he needed. Pentagon then took possession of the spikes and drove one into the forehead of Sami until he wore a crimson mask. While WWE’s Extreme Rules was an entertaining pay-per-view last weekend, this match was what one would expect to have seen on a card with that branding. In the end, Pentagon Jr. “broke” Callihan’s arm and hit the Pentagon Driver for the pinfall victory. Callihan tried to escape with the assistance of OVE, but Pentagon’s brother Fenix put an end to that, and the rabid Toronto crowd was able to witness Callihan have his head shaved.

Impact Heavyweight Championship
Austin Aries ( c ) vs. Moose
Winner: Austin Aries

Moose finally earned his shot at the title after he successfully supplanted Eli Drake from the title picture on an earlier edition of Thursday Night Impact. Moose was certainly game for the match and put his strength and size advantage into full effect, however, Aries showed what a ring general he truly is as his technical prowess showed through in the long run. The Greatest Man That Ever Lived put his freakish strength on display as he finished off Moose with the Brainbuster for the pinfall victory to retain his title.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

A heat wave of boxing hits Philly

Check out Luis Cortes' recent article, A heat wave of boxing hits Philly.

Luis' article on the upcoming Philadelphia area boxing shows is available on the Undisputed Champion Network website.

Congrats on another great article, Luis!

(Jaron "Boots" Ennis)

New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2018

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its 49th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 6:45 P.M. Tickets are priced at ONLY $90 ($95 for the use of a Credit Card) per person.

Fourteen of boxing’s finest will be inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:

Mustafa Ameen, Charles Boston, Michael Covington, Lenny DeJesus, Harvey Dock, Calvin Grove, Kendall Holt, Alan Rubenstein, Lee Samuels, Aaron Snowell, and Kevin Watts.

POSTHUMOUSLY - Tommy Dundee, Frankie Leta, and Joseph Rinaldi.

For more information on this event, check out the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Official Website and Facebook page.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Kimbo Slice Film Update

For those of you following the development of the upcoming Kimbo Slice film, Backyard Legend, we have an update for you!

Anthony D'Alessandro of Yahoo Entertainment reported that Winston Duke, who recently starred in the critically acclaimed film "Black Panther," will play Slice. Duke played T’Challa’s ally M’Baku in the recent Marvel Studios' blockbuster films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

(Duke as M'Baku)

Kimbo Slice was a Bahamian-born cage fighter, boxer, wrestler, and actor who rose to popularity in combat sports circles by fighting in several street fights that were posted on the internet. His professional MMA career began on November 10, 2007 when he fought and defeated Bo Cantrell on the EliteXC: Renegade card in Corpus Christi, TX. He went on to fight seven more times on EliteXC, UFC, and Bellator cards. His final MMA fight took place on February 19, 2016, just months before his untimely death on June 6th at the age of 42. Slice also fought seven professional boxing matches between 2011 and 2013, in which he went undefeated. His death was determined to be caused by heart failure. Slice left behind six children and a fiancé.

(Kimbo Slice)

The film is being produced by Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions and Michael J. Weiss’ Webros Entertainment. The release date is yet to be determined.

For more information on this film, check out D'Alessandro's article, "'Black Panther's' Winston Duke Jumping In The Cage As MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice In 'Backyard Legend'"

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Muhammad Ali "Me Whee" Documentary Screening

The Veteran Boxers Association Ring 1 of Philadelphia will host the first Philadelphia screening of the Muhammad Ali documentary "Me Whee" on September 12th with Q & A moderated by Executive Producer Drew Stone and special guests T.B.A.

"Me Whee" was shot in 1975 in and around his training camp in Deer Lake, PA and in Las Vegas. This documentary captures an incredible moment in time in Muhammad Ali’s life. At the peak of his career his love for kids and general philosophy of life shine thru with appearances by luminaries from the boxing and entertainment world. Highlights include his legendary 1975 commencement speech at Harvard University.

The documentary features appearances by Muhammad Ali, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Lewis, Angelo Dundee, B.B. King, Drew “Bundini” Brown, Jim Brown, Walter Youngblood, Lloyd Wells, and Gene Kilroy.

Tickets for this event are $10.00 and are available at the door and by calling 609-377-6413. Your ticket purchase includes food and drink specials at the VBA Ring 1 Clubhouse located at 2733 E Clearfield St, Philadelphia, PA 19134. For more information on this great event, check out the official Facebook event page by clicking here.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Jimmy Deoria and Gerardo Martinez Interview

Matt Ward sat down with Jimmy Deoria and Gerardo Martinez tonight at the Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Jimmy Deoria is a former professional fighter who now trains fighters at the Phoenixville Area PAL. He captured the Pennsylvania State Lightweight Title on February 13, 1993 with a TKO victory over Gene Reed in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He retired from boxing in 1996 with a record of 20 wins, 7 losses, and zero draws. In 1999, he founded the Phoenixville Area PAL boxing program. Jimmy currently manages and trains fighters from Pennsylvania.Jimmy currently serves as a police office in Schuylkill Township, Pennsylvania.

Gerardo Martinez (3-1, 1 KO) is a super lightweight boxer from Coatesville, Pennsylvania who is trained by Joe Rowan and Jimmy Deoria at the Phoenixville Area PAL. He last fought on June 29, 2018 at Parx Casino where he defeated Nyrome Lynch (0-2) by unanimous decision.

Check out their interview on both SoundCloud and iTunes:

Bonus Round - Jimmy Deoria and Gerardo Martinez Interview on SoundCloud

Bonus Round - Jimmy Deoria and Gerardo Martinez Interview on iTunes

For more information on the Phoenixville PAL, check out the following links:

Phoenixville Area PAL Official Website

Phoenixville Area PAL Facebook Page

(L to R: Matt Ward, Jimmy Deoria, Gerardo Martinez, and Joe Rowan)

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WWE Extreme Rules 2018 Recap

This evening WWE presented Extreme Rules from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.  The card boasted ten matches with seven titles on the line. On a personal note, I understand that this is the “PG Era” of WWE but if you’re going to call a pay-per-view Extreme Rules then at least give us a TV-14 rating and a match or two that would pay homage to hardcore legends like Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Tommy Dreamer, and Raven. Nonetheless, this was an entertaining pay per view that saw some shocking title changes.  Without further ado, here’s the rundown of the card:

RAW Tag Team Championship
The Deleters of Worlds (Woken Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt) ( c ) vs. The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
Winners: The B-Team via Pinfall

After several weeks of The B-Team impersonating the Deleters of Worlds and engaging in numerous singles matches, the rivalry finally came to a peak at Exreme Rules. This bout also presented us with the interesting dynamic of pitting real life brothers Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt against each other. In the end, Hardy was shoved into Wyatt knocking him off the ring apron and leaving the disoriented Hardy susceptible. Bo Dallas hit the DDT as Matt Hardy’s feet were suspended on the ropes for the victory.

Finn Balor vs. Constable Baron Corbin
Winner: Finn Balor

Baron Corbin, sporting his new bald look, brutalized Balor for the majority of this match with several power moves and strikes. The match concluded with Corbin attempting the End of Days only to be rolled up in an inside cradle to lose by pinfall.

Smackdown Women’s Championship
Carmella ( c ) vs. Asuka
Winner: Carmella

This contest was a rematch of their meeting at Money In the Bank that ended with Asuka being distracted by the shocking return of James Ellsworth. To help eliminate the possibility of any outside interference, Ellsworth was suspended above the ring for this bout in a shark cage. Late in the match, Ellsworth picked the lock of the shark cage but when he attempted to climb down, his foot got caught leaving him hilariously hanging from the cage. In an attempt to free Ellsworth, the ring crew lowered the cage leaving Ellsworth exposed to several strikes from an unmerciful Asuka. While Asuka was distracted, Carmella snuck up behind her and shoved her headfirst into the steel cage allowing her to score the pinfall. After the match, Asuka not only assaulted the ring crew but also took her frustrations out on Ellsworth which culminated with him being placed in the Asuka Lock until he frantically tapped out.

United States Championship
Jeff Hardy ( c ) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

Before the match even started, Nakamura nailed Hardy with a low blow as the referee handed the title to the ringside attendant. After the referee confirmed that Hardy wished to continue, he rang the bell. Nakamura wasted no time hitting the Kinshasa and quickly scored the pinfall victory to become new champion!

After being awarded the title, Randy Orton’s music echoed through the arena! The Viper came to the ring causing Nakamura to flee. After they engaged in a stare-down for a few moments, Orton turned to Hardy as he lay in the ring, grabbed his feet, and stomped him between the uprights!

Steel Cage Match
Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
Winner: Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens thought he had the upper hand after he handcuffed Strowman to the ropes. As Owens began to climb the cage, Strowman broke free and chased him to the top. Strowman then choke slammed KO from the top of the cage and through the announce table!!! KO may have been rolled out on a gurney in a neck brace but he hit the floor first and won the match!

Smackdown Tag Team Championship
Bludgeon Brothers ( c ) vs. Team Hell No
Winners: Bludgeon Brothers

Following a backstage attack earlier in the evening at the hands of the Bludgeon Brothers that left Kane with an injured ankle, Daniel Bryan came to the ring by himself. After valiantly taking the fight to the Bludgeons for half of the match, Kane came to the ring in a walking boot. He was able to manage a couple choke slams but it wasn’t enough as in the end the Bludgeon Brothers were too much for Team Hell No.

Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns
Winner: Bobby Lashley

Despite a Superman punch, Lashley turned the tides on Reigns to counter his spear with one of his own to earn the pinfall victory!

RAW Women’s Championship
Alexa Bliss ( c ) vs. Nia Jax
Winner: Alexa Bliss

Ronda Rousey was seated at ringside for this bout and unable to compete as a result of her “suspension” due to her actions the night after Money In the Bank. This match was contested under extreme rules which meant there were no rules. While Rousey did make her presence known late in the match, it wasn’t enough. The pinnacle of the match came as Nia Jax had Alexa positioned for the Samoan Drop only to have Mickie James come to the rescue with a chair shot to the back of Jax. Bliss then hit the DDT on Jax driving her head into a steel chair to set up the pinfall victory.

WWE Championship Match
A.J. Styles ( c ) vs. Rusev
Winner: A.J. Styles

Both combatants utilized an array of their signature moves-Rusev the Machka Kick and Accolade and A.J. the calf crusher and springboard 450 splash. Aiden English also did his best to try and ensure Pittsburgh would be celebrating Rusev Day, however, amongst his actions was the removal of the turnbuckle cover which eventually brought about Rusev’s demise. After Rusev was launched head first into the exposed metal turnbuckle and left in a daze, the match concluded as Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm to earn the 1-2-3.

Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler ( c ) vs. Seth Rollins
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

This match was a 30-minute Iron Man match where the participant who scored the most pinfalls would leave victorious. The odds were stacked against Monday Night Rollins from the start as Ziggler was accompanied to the ring by Drew McIntyre. The first pinfall came after Rollins hit a Buckle Bomb on Ziggler. It didn’t take long for the second pinfall to come after Rollins took Ziggler out with a Curb Stomp. This was more than McIntyre could handle and he assaulted Rollins to make it 3-0 Rollins after a DQ. McIntyre was then ejected by the official, but before he left the ring, he unceremoniously hit Rollins with a Claymore Kick. In less than two minutes, Ziggler proceeded to tie Rollins at three with a series of super kicks and a Zig Zag. Pinfall seven was scored by Ziggler after he thwarted Rollins suicide dive attempt with a shot to the face followed by a pinfall with his feet on the ropes to make the score 4-3 in his favor. Rollins then won the next fall to tie the match at four with less than three minutes to go. Just before time ran out, Rollins landed another Curb Stomp, however, the clock expired before the referee could initiate his count. As Ziggler began to depart the ring, he was interrupted by RAW GM, and Pittsburgh’s own, Kurt Angle, who ordered the match be restarted under sudden death rules. After the match was restarted, McIntyre returned through the crowd to distract Rollins as Ziggler was able to finish him off with another Zig Zag to retain his Intercontinental Title.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Happy Birthday, Conor!

Conor McGregor is at it again... The Irish cage fighter recently gifted himself a $66,000 statue for his upcoming 30th birthday on July 14th.

Check out the footage of the making of this highly-detailed marble statue. This should satisfy your need for updates on McGregor until we hear if and when he will step into the octagon again...

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Friday, July 6, 2018

The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the members of the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame!

This year's class includes Ronda Rousey, the UFC 139 showdown between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson, Matt Serra, Bruce Connal, and Art Davie.

Check out the video for ESPN's highlights from the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Ceremony. My favorite parts of the evening were Ronda Rousey and Art Davie's speeches.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Guerra de Gallos: Battle for Tucson Preview

Peltz Boxing Promotions in association with Raging Babe returns to Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, July 21st with an eight fight card that is loaded with local fighters. The main event is an eight round contest between Tucson-based super lightweights, Alfonso Olvera (10-4-1, 4 KOs) and Wilberth Lopez (22-9, 15 KOs). Both men are looking to win their third straight professional bout.

The undercard features a super lightweight bout being billed as Phoenix vs. Tucson. Those of you who are familiar with Arizona understand that a deep-rooted rivalry exists between these two cities. Sergio Lopez, who will make his pro debut, will represent my personal favorite Arizona city, Phoenix. Chris Gonzalez (2-0), who has two professional victories in the last year and a half, will represent the "Old Pueblo," Tucson.

For more information on tickets and bouts, please visit the official Peltz Boxing Promotions and Raging Babe websites.

Stay tuned to The Weigh-In for continued coverage on this exciting night of boxing in Tucson, Arizona!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July to our American friends!

Happy Treason Day to our British friends!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse is Official

Veteran fighters, Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) will officially square off on Sunday, July 15th at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The two men will battle for Matthysse's World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight Title that he captured with an eighth round knockout victory over Tewa Kiram on January 27th. Pacquiao is coming off of a unanimous decision defeat to Jeff Horn last July, in which he lost his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World Welterweight Title. Many observers in the world of boxing were concerned that the fight would not occur due to financial issues, which have been resolved in the last 24 hours.

The eleven fight undercard is loaded with talent, and features three additional world title fights. Filipino featherweight, Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs) will fight Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) World Featherweight Title. South Africa's Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24 KOs) is scheduled to take on Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6 KOs), a fighter who had a very impressive amateur career, for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Flyweight Title. Venezuela's Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16 KOs) will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) World Light Flyweight Title against China's Bin Lu (aka Lü Bin) (1-0, 1 KO). Lu, a 2016 Olympian for China, looks to not only win a world title, but also break the record set by Saensak Muangsurin and Vasyl Lomachenko by one fight by becoming a world champion in his second fight.

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