George Groves’ purse increase request declined by IBF



Super middleweight George Groves was granted a rematch with IBF belholder Carl Froch last week, but the previously unbeaten fighter did not get his wish for a purse increase in their planned return bout.

That's because the IBF on Thursday turned down a request by the Groves camp for an improvement from the organization's purse standard.

"Earlier today the IBF/USBA Board of Directors reviewed the arguments of George Groves and his attorney to increase his percentage of a potential purse bid split for the rematch with Carl Froch from the standard 15 percent for the boxer rated No. 3 or below to 25 percent,"  IBF public relations director Jeanette Salazar stated in an email.

"Carl Froch and his attorneys argued to maintain the standard split of 85 percent to the champion and 15 percent to the challenger," she added. "The Board voted unanimously to maintain the 85 percent to 15 percent split."

On Jan. 24the IBF mandated that Froch (32-2, 23 knockouts) must grant Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) a rematch within 90 days or risk being stripped of his belt. The IBF's announcement came after a commission reviewed Froch's controversial ninth-round TKO over Groves in November during which Froch was floored in the first round.

Froch came up with his fourth straight win and his third knockout during that run against Groves since falling to Andre Ward by unanimous decision in December 2011 in their bout for THE RING, WBA and WBC belts.



Esquiva Falcao,  a 2012 middleweight Olympic silver medalist from Brazil, will make his televised professional debut on the undercard of Diego Magdaleno's lightweight bout against Ernie Sanchez on Feb. 15 live on UniMas from the Robert Lee Activity Center in Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.

Falcao is a 23-year-old southpaw and the younger brother of Yamaguchi Falcao, a light heavyweight bronze medalist who signed with Golden Boy in October.

Falcao, who takes on Paul Harness (4-4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round middleweight bout, has been training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

In the main event, Magdaleno (24-1, 9 KOs) will meet Sanchez (14-5, 5 KOs), having trained with Joel Diaz in advance of the fight.

In an off-television matchup, Diego's younger brother, Jessie Magdaleno (17-0, 13 KOs) will face Roger Castaneda (20-5-1, 15 KOs). Like Diego, Jessie is a Las Vegas resident who is trained by Diaz and managed by Frank Espinoza.

Diego Magdaleno was dropped in the fourth round of a split-decision loss last April to then-WBO beltholder Roman Martinez, but rebounded with September's unanimous decision over Edgar Riovalle.

Jessie will be after his fifth straight stoppage win against Castaneda, a loser of his past four fights, three of them by knockout.


Mexican super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (26-0, 20 KOs) will meet Don Mouton (12-7-1, 10 KOs) of Houston, Tex., 2012 U.S. Olympian Mexican-American Jose Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) will face Javier Perez (8-6, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout, and lightweight Roberto Marroquin (23-3, 16 KOs) takes on Alejandro Rodriguez (18-13, 11 KOs) on a Top Rank show at The Engergy Center in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday.

Also on the card is a welterweight matchup featuring Alex Saucedo (11-0, 8 KOs) and Franciso Reza (12-9, 9 KOs), as well as a featherweight clash between Jerren Cochran (9-0, 4 KOs) and Sergio Gomez (17-18, 13 KOs).