Lucas Browne to Face Former MMA Star Turned Boxer Icho Larenas, After Gonzalo Basile Withdraws

CANADIAN MMA star turned boxer Icho “The Bulldog” Larenas has stepped in to face Lucas Browne at The Melbourne Pavilion next Friday (August 14) following the withdrawal of Gonzalo Basile.
 
With Browne on the verge of a WBA world title shot, the fight is a potential banana skin and some would argue that Larenas presents a greater challenge than that posed by Basile.
 
The Quebec-born former UFC participant has won 15 of 18 fights since swapping the Octagon for the square ring and 14 of his opponents have failed to hear the final bell.
 
“Nothing has changed from my perspective. I’m ready to do a job, get back in the ring and get this guy out of there…The same as every fight,” Lucas, 22-0 (19 KOs), said.
 
“I’ve seen Larenas fight once or twice before in the UFC and on YouTube. He’s an aggressive guy who comes out fast and aggressive. It might be a short night if he keeps that game plan.
 
“I don’t like to leave it up to the judges. I’m the hardest hitting heavyweight in the world and I look forward to putting on a good show.”
 
Matt Clark, Browne’s manager, believes Basille’s withdrawal came due to “cold feet” rather than an injury, but he’s confident that his man will not be affected by the late notice change of opponent.
 
“Basile quite clearly thought twice about coming over here to face Browne,” he explained. “Everything was agreed by all parties but what can I say? He got cold feet, simple as that.
 
“Through the excellent work of Juan Pablo Manfredi, one of the best agents in boxing, we have secured an opponent for Lucas at such short notice.
 
“Clearly this isn’t an easy thing to do with Lucas being undefeated and probably the hardest puncher in the division. Not many guys like to put their hand up at short notice to potentially get their nose caved in.
 
“It is critical Lucas gets back in the ring and despite a change of opponent, he’s focused on his performance and nothing else. Larenas is built like a Sherman tank so Lucas will have to be careful early, shake off some rust and then break him down and get him out of there in spectacular fashion.”
 
He added: “Lucas remains as the mandatory challenger to the winner between Chagaev and Oquendo. That bout is due to take place in the next couple of months. We’ve also told Deontay Wilder’s team that we are open to offers to have Lucas challenge Deontay for his WBC title. The line must have been crackling with static because there’s been no reply!”
 
Next Friday’s bill will see Browne make the second defence of his WBA Intercontinental crown. The show is promoted by Brian Amatruda and will broadcast free to air across Australia on Channel 9.

Two-Time World Champion, Amanda Serrano Takes Verbal Jab at Ronda Rousey’s Trainer Edmond Tarverdyan

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Two-time world champion, Amanda Serrano (24-1-1, 18 KO’s) from Puerto Rico, and her trainer / manager, Jordan Maldonado consider it very disrespecful for the boxing community, the comments made by Edmond Tarverdyan, trainer of the UFC World Champion, Ronda Rousey in www.mmafighting.com.

“I know she can do it,” Tarverdyan told MMA Fighting, “I know she can win the boxing world title. Ronda spars with boxing world champions that punch way harder than Cyborg,”, Tarverdyan also added that, “Ronda has never lost a round in the gym. A round. With boxing world champions”.

“Definitely Rousey’s trainer does not have any knowledge about the sport of boxing. She is a very good fighter in the Octagon, and I really congratulate her for everything she has done. Her opponents cannot box and It’s easy to look great but when facing a high quality boxer with punching power as myself, believe me, things are gonna change. In a boxing ring, the canvas will be your comfort zone”.

About Rousey’s fight last Saturday, where she defeated Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, Serrano said, “As a boxing point of view, she looked like a rookie amateur fighter, throwing very wide punches with no cordination. I heard that Cyborg is not willing to come down to the lightweight division to fight Ronda, but I can go up to 135, and we can settle a boxing match so I can prove her trainer wrong. I once went up to the lightweight division, and traveled to Argentina for a world title fight. At the end, the results was that I became the first ever Puerto Rican female boxer to captured a world title in two weight classes”.

Serrano’s manager and trainer, Jordan Maldonado pointed out that “we do not challenge other fighting styles. We represent boxing and we want to get some respect. We are available for any sparring they may want or a boxing match, so we can show Edmond Tarverdyan how wrong he is about boxing”.

On August 15, 2014, Serrano traveled to Argentina to face WBO Lightweight World Champion Maria ‘Tily’ Maderna, who at that time, had three successful title defenses, but could not handle the aggressiveness of the Puerto Rican power puncher, who ended the fight in the sixth round by way of knockout.

With this victory, Serrano became the first Puerto Rican female boxer to win world titles in two divisions (130-135).

Serrano’s first title reign came in September 2011 when she knocked out Kimberly Connor in the first round to become the IBF World Champion at the super featherweight division.
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Magomedov Preparing for Webster with Ronda Rousey’s Trainer

Glendale, CA:         On Friday, July 17 Arif “Mayhem” Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs) will face Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) on ShoBox live from Sands Resort and Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This will be the toughest opponent the young 22-year old from Chekhov, Russia has faced to date. According to Magomedov’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, of the Glendale Fighting Club, “He is young, he is hungry, he trains very hard and he really doesn’t care who he fights, when he fights or what he is doing.”

 
Tarverdyan and Magomedov started training together about six months ago when Arif came to the United States from Russia. Although the transition from Russia to America has been difficult for Arif, Edmond explains it has also played a major role in his continued success. Edmond said, “Like a lot of other fighters who come over, he had that European style and would move around a little too much. Now he is using his jab way better and sitting down on his feet a bit. He is also getting a lot of sparring in the United States. When he was back home he wasn’t getting that. He was getting ready for 12-round fights and would only have one day a week of sparring. It was very difficult for him to get sparring partners when he was in Russia..”

 
The lack of sufficient sparring partners and his young age are two reasons Tarverdyan is so impressed by Magomedov. He explained, “When you consider that he is only 22 years old and he was only sparring once a week, his record becomes even more impressive. He just keeps getting better now. He always wants to go for the finish. He is a great fighter. He knows exactly how to get the win. He is very, very tough, determined and focused. When it comes down to fighting he has a great personality. Outside of the ring he is a great gentleman but when he steps in the ring the attitude kicks in and he knows what he is doing. He’s tough and I see it in his eyes. He has everything.”

 
This is high praise considering Tarverdyan has worked with some very impressive fighters. “I train [WBC Featherweight] World Champion Vic Darchinyan and the most famous fighter I train is Ronda Rousey [Women’s UFC Bantamweight Champion],” added Edmond. “I started with Ronda Rousey from zero, from the amateurs. Every time I told people she was special, they wouldn’t believe me but now everyone sees how great she is. Arif has everything. I see him as a future world champion.”

 
When asked about Arif’s place in the hot middleweight division, Edmond was cautious but optimistic when he said, “Time will tell. No need to rush. Gennady [Golovkin, WBA and WBC Middleweight World Champion] is the man. I have been up to Big Bear and their training camp up there and he is an amazing fighter. There are other great guys in the division too. [David] Lemieux just won the IBF [World Middleweight] Title. I have followed his career too. Arif could definitely take him. We’ve got Andy Lee there too – no problem. He could definitely get in there with any of them and take the title.”

 
But in the meantime Arif and Edmond are focused on Webster. Edmond is assured that Arif will be ready, “Webster is tall and he is a skilled boxer/puncher, so Arif knows exactly what to do. He has to get inside. We have a great game plan. We have been sparring hard so he is ready. He has fought southpaws before. He’s tall and lanky so he knows exactly what to do.”