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Canelo, Lara discuss their PPV showdown

Canelo, Lara discuss their PPV showdown

Photos: Mary Ann Owen Neither Canelo Alvarez or Erislandy Lara said much at the dias during the final press conference for Saturday's PPV ...

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Judgment Day is here for Mendez, Barthelemy

Judgment Day is here for Mendez, Barthelemy

Photos: Oscar Palamino, IMP Former heavyweight world champion, boxing legend Mike Tyson held court at the Final Press Conference for "Judgment Day" on ...

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Gomez beats Paredes in comeback fight

Gomez beats Paredes in comeback fight

By Butch Gottlieb At ringside Photos: Mary Ann Owen Former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to outpoint Ed ...

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Rios-Chaves kickoff press conference

Rios-Chaves kickoff press conference

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion and all-action fighter Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Jessie ...

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Canelo, Lara grand arrivals

Canelo, Lara grand arrivals

Photos: Mary Ann Owen Fight Week kicked off in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the "grand arrivals" of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Abner ...

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Boxing News

South Philly HS card set!

By Rick Scharmberg

South Philadelphia’s Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs) will face Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), of Lafayette, Indiana in the ten round light heavyweight main event on Saturday, January 31, at South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also featured is up and coming Dennis Hasson (5-0, 2 KOs), who hails from the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Hasson will face Michael Rayner (6-10, 5 KOs), of Lumberton, North Carolina in a six round super middleweight bout. Another local unbeaten, Anthony Ferrante, 4-0, with 1 KO, of North Philadelphia, will face South Carolina’s Robert Dunton (6-3, 5 KOs), in a six round cruiserweight match. The show is being promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions. (more…)



January 19th, 2009



Boxing News

Seal stops Roy!

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Two crushing stoppages were the highlights of the Left Hook Boxing card on Saturday at the ABC Sports Arena in Springfield, VA. In the main event, Caroline, VA cruiserweight Adam “The Real Deal” Seal scored a punishing second-round TKO over Terry “T-Brick” Roy of Front Royal, VA. The co-feature saw 18-year-old welterweight Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez of Haymarket, VA score a devastating first-round TKO over veteran Edward “Nucky” Anderson of Richmond. (more…)



January 19th, 2009

Announcement

Jose “Chegui” Torres passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres passed away at the age of 72 this morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico. An Olympic silver medalist in 1956, Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs) knocked out Willie Pastrano in March 1965 to take the WBC and WBA light heavyweight world championship, which he defended three times. After retiring in 1969, he served as television commentator, journalist, author, and became chairman of the NY State Boxing Commission as well as President of the WBO. He was a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Fightnews.com sends our sympathies to Jose’s family and many friends.



January 19th, 2009

Feature Story

Lathan is on the job!

Story by Matt Richardson

New York boxing fans remember the time well, unfortunately.

There was a period from the end of the former decade to the beginning of the current one where it seemed as if nothing could go right when it came to boxing in “The Big Apple.” . . . Click here for more



January 19th, 2009

Feature Story

A new start for Guerrero

Story by Felipe Leon

There is nothing more that Robert “Ghost” Guerrero (22-1-1, 15 KOs) would like to do more than to forget the year 2008. His seventh year as a prize fighter got off to a good start, with the second successful defense of his IBF featherweight title—an exciting eighth round knock out over popular Jason Litzau on national television . . .  Click here for more



January 19th, 2009

Feature Story

Holly’s Holmcoming

Story by Chris Cozzone

After two fights with Mary Jo Sanders, one out of town, one not, New Mexico’s top boxing draw Holly Holm returns home Friday night to headline another show at Isleta Resort & Casino. Holm, 22-1-3 (6 KOs), will put one of her several straps on the line—the WIBA welterweight title—in a ten-rounder against former jr. welterweight champ Myriam Lamare, 16-2 (9 KOs), of Marseille, France . . . Click here for more



January 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Penalosa-Juanma in Puerto Rico!

By Dennis Principe

Gerry Penalosa will have his own stab at boxing glory by facing super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez behind enemy lines. Interviewed by DZSR’s “Sports Chat” Monday morning hosted by this writer, Lopez’ promoter Ivan Rivera revealed they have already agreed on an April 25 date, possibly at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Penalosa meanwhile is set to take a tune-up fight on February 21 in Cebu by facing Mexican German Meraz. In a separate interview Penalosa said he has accepted every detail of the offer and is now awaiting for the contract to formalize his second shot at the world super bantamweight crown. Listen to the interview with Ivan Rivera



January 19th, 2009

Boxing News

N.Y. boxing beat

By Matt Richardson

While 2009 is not yet a month old, the schedule for boxing in New York is bound to keep local boxing fans busy. With fights scheduled as far away as August, the boxing scene in “The Big Apple” is robust and looks to stay that way for the remainder of the year.

This Friday, January 23rd, boxing will return to the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Long Island, New York in a card promoted by Bob Duffy. Then, on February 3rd, in the first of what is hoped to be a monthly series, the legendary Gleason’s Gym will promote a card at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn featuring flyweight Rafael Concepcion versus former title-holder Kermin Guardia and unbeaten cruiserweight Ahmed Samir versus Jerry Spiegel. (more…)



January 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Ramirez-Alekseev highlights!

menzerThe second Universum-Champions-Night of 2009 saw two great world championship battles. In front of 4000 fans at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ina Menzer scored an exciting unanimous decision victory over tough Esther Schouten. In the co-feature, Dusseldorf witnessed a stunning upset, as Spotlight Boxing’s Alexander Alekseev felt short in a bid for the WBO interim cruiserweight title against underdog Victor Emilio Ramirez from Argentina. On the undercard, Gennady Golovkin scored a impressive first round TKO.
Raimirez-Alekseev Video Highlights
Menzer-Schouten Video Highlights



January 19th, 2009

Feature Story

Irish Boxing Scene!

By Robert Coster

The Irish boxing scene is on a high at the beginning of this new year with an exciting slew of boxers attracting eagers fans and ambitious plans by the indefatigable Irish promoter Brian Peters, assisted by his dynamic matchmaker Tomas Rohan. The standard bearer of Irish boxing is of course junior featherweight contender Bernard Dunne (27-1,14 KOs) the most popular Irish battler at the moment. Dunne has rebounded well from a surprising loss to Spaniard Kiko Martinez in September of 2007 and is said to be nearing a title shot which, if it happens, will likely be in Ireland, an event which promises to fire up Irish boxing fans. (more…)



January 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Ricky Hatton Update!

Ray Hatton: We won't be messed around

By Craig Watt

The father and manager of Ricky “The Hitman Hatton” told the UK Guardian newspaper, “We won’t be messed around!” in the on-going discussions with Team Pacquiao concerning their planned May 2nd mega bout. He stated, “We have the offer of another massive fight in the summer, in the British Isles, which would bring a crowd of 80,000 or more,” said Ray Hatton. “We are extremely serious in our threat that we will pull the plug on Pacquiao and go for that alternative if that contract is not signed. We will not be messed around.” Many people are speculating that this summer bout mention by Ricky’s father could be the return and re-match of “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is estimated that both Pacquiao and Hatton could earn $10-20m for a potential fight, and although no one disputes Pacquiao’s position as the “pound for pound” champion, Team Hatton have pointed to the vast army of fans that will travel to the live gate in the US and the additional UK PPV income that could see in excess of 1.0m buys, alone generating several million additional dollars to the main US PPV market. With the clock now ticking for the final negotations, this should be a key week in deciding whether one of the most anticipated fights of 2009 will take place.



January 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Finally, Tua vs Cameron is on!

By Eugene Carnachan

Heavyweights Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (22 -1, 19 KOs) and David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) have agreed to fight later on this year. Both have signed contracts with promotions company Duco. Ian Fraser, one time head of Television New Zealand, has joined forces with Duco to squeeze as much revenue out of the fight that’s being called “The Fight of the Century”. Tua still holds the honor of bringing in the most viewers to a sporting event in New Zealand history. Over one million New Zealanders tuned in to see his failed attempt to dethrone long time champ Lennox Lewis. Duco have yet to set out a venue and date and both Cameron and Tua are both expected to have tune-up bouts, so in all likelihood their showdown will take place around July or August. (more…)



January 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Camacho defeats Sparkman!

Middleweight Hector Camacho, Jr. (48-3, 27 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Sammy “Silk” Sparkman (20-18, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Rock Arena in Kissimmee, Florida. Camach dropped Sparkman in round five and rocked Sparkman numerous times, but the veteran Sparkman made it to the final bell. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. After the fight, Camacho called for a showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “The fans want it,” he said. “It would be a historic fight. I want to get revenge for my father. It makes too much sense not to happen!” The card in Kissimmee was promoted by Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing.



January 18th, 2009

UFC

Henderson defeats Franklin!

Report by Brady Crytzer

In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.

Round one witnessed Henderson begin by working the legs of Franklin with hard kicks. The former Olympian backed Franklin into the cage with a hard punch that just missed and the men slipped to the floor. In the top position, Henderson blasted the former UFC champion with hard punches. Once he created some space, Franklin began to hammer the midsection of his opponent with hard body kicks. Always a workhorse, Franklin showed tremendously quick footwork and really pushed the pace . . . . click here for full report and photo gallery



January 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Castillo crushes Wayca!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Two time world champion Jose Luis Castillo stopped James Wayca in the second round in Mexicali in front of a near sellout crowd at the Fex Palenque. Castillo (58-9-1, 48 KOs) dropped Wayca (17-8, 7 KOs) in round one and finished him a round later with a hook to the body. “I felt very loose in this fight,” stated Castillo. “I wanted to please the public and was hoping for a little more from my opponent, but I got him good with that hook and he couldn’t get up. I’m on my way back to the top!”
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In other action, Ricardo Dominguez (26-4-2, 16 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (27-4, 15 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 79-73 and 80-71.



January 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Matumla tops Miyeyusho!

By Emmanuel Mlundwa

Bantamweight Mbwana Matumla (18-3, 10 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous twelve round decision over Francis Miyeyusho (23-8-2, 12 KOs) to claim the International Circuit Boxing (ICB) title in Saturday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Matumla knocked down Miyeyusho in round six en route to a 119-116, 118-115, 119-116 win.



January 17th, 2009

UFC

Henderson edges Franklin!

Photo: Josh Hedges/UFC

Photo: Josh Hedges/UFC

UFC 93 results by Brady Crytzer

In the UFC’s first appearance in the Republic of Ireland, former Pride FC welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson scored a three round split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Round one saw the former Olympic wrestler Henderson win the opening round by taking his opponent down and controlling him from the top position. The second round saw Franklin push the pace on the feet and use a long southpaw jab to keep Henderson at bay. The final round was a slugfest in which came to a screeching halt when Franklin was accidentally poked in the eye. Judges scorecards read 30-27 in favor of Franklin and 29-28 twice in favor of the winner Dan Henderson.

In the UFC 93’s co feature, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earned his first UFC victory stopping Mark “The Hammer” Coleman in the final round with a hard four punch combination. As the fight wound down, both fighters were terribly exhausted. The 44 year old Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame last August.

On the undercard: Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Rousimar Palhares soundly defeated Jeremy Horn over three round to earn a unanimous decision; In a highly anticipated middleweight showdown, Alan “The Talent” Belcher scored a wild upset submitting the internationally recognized MMA superstar Denis Kang with a tight guillotine choke in the second round at 4:36; Thought to be a possible fight of the night candidate, welterweight Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis scored a razor thin split decision over Chris “Lights Out” Lytle in a true slugfest, scorecards reading 29-28 x 3; John Hathaway defeated Thomas Egan despite heavy hometown support in the opening round with elbows from the top position, with an official time of 4:36 of round one; In his welterweight debut Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann scored a second round TKO over Alexandre Barros; Jiu jitsu ace Eric Schafer stopped Antonio Mendes in the first round with punches from the mount; In a light heavyweight contest, Tomasz Drwal stopped Ivan Serati at 2:02 of round one with hard punches from the top position; and lightweight Denis Siver started the night off with a bang knocking out Nate Mohr with a spinning back kick at 3:27 of the third round.



January 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Berto survives Collazo!

Photo: Scott Foster

Photo: Scott Foster

By Damien St. Pierre at ringside

WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) barely got by former WBA champ Luis Collazo (29-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Collazo got off to an excellent start against Berto as both fighters met at close quarters. After Berto was deducted a point for holding in round four, Berto started boxing from the outside in round five and had a few good rounds. Collazo got a second wind in rounds nine and ten, but Berto closed the fight strong to pull it out. Scores were 116-111, 114-113, 114-113.
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Heavyweight Tor Hamer (3-0, 3 KOs) pummeled Darion Moss (0-3), knocking Moss through the ropes to end it at 1:53 of round two.
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Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Brad Austin (8-6, 5 KOs). Austin was down once in each once in each round before the bout was waved off at the 1:09 mark.
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U.S. Olympian welterweight Sadam Ali needed just 1:42 to destroy Ricky Thompson (1-5) in his highly anticipated pro debut. A right hook dropped Thompson, who beat the count but couldn’t continue due to a suspected broken eardrum.
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Junior welter Wes Ferguson (20-3-1, 6 KOs) stopped a game and determined Derrick Moon (13-26-1, 3 KOs) at 2:31 of round six.
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Unbeaten super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (8-0, 4 KOs) won a clear but competitive six-round unanimous decision over Richmond Dalphone (0-5-2). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.



January 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ramirez stuns Alekseev!

Underdog claims WBO interim cruiser belt

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside

In the first huge shocker of 2009, highly touted cruiserweight hope Alexander Alekseev was stopped by unknown Argentinian Victor Emilio Ramirez after nine hard-fought rounds for the WBO interim cruiserweight title in front of 4000 excited fans on Saturday at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany. Alekseev started well, keeping the distance and outboxing Ramirez in the first couple rounds. The Argentinian, however, managed to get some hard shots in at times while marching forward with bulldog-like aggression. The tide turned in the sixth when Alekseev got caught by some big body shots and was wobbled. The Russian came back in the seventh with a body shot himself that stunned Ramirez. Afterwards, it was the Argentinian who bullrushed Alekseev around the ring and connected with hard shots in the eight before wobbling the Spotlight fighter around the ring in the ninth, scoring with huge shots that had Alekseev out of his feet. The Russian was not able to get the momentum back and was almost down at the end of the round, eating punches in bunches. After the ninth, the corner of the Russian decided it was enough and threw in the towel, making it a tenth round TKO victory for the underog Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez. Suffering his first career loss, Alekseev falls to 16-1. Scoring the big upset, Ramirez moves to 14-1 with 12 KOs, capturing the WBO interim belt. (more…)



January 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ennis outduels Taylor!

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Several hundred fans traveled through the bitter cold, with temperatures reaching the single digits on Friday noght, to witness a highly entertaining five-bout card at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, PA. In the main event of the card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Xtreme Productions, welterweight prospect Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs) proved once again he is ready to take the step back into a national picture with a well fought unanimous decision victory over dangerous veteran Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor(13-20-3, 6 KOs). (more…)



January 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Yashiro barely keeps belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten southpaw, WBC#14/WBA#13 Yoshimitsu Yashiro (21-0-2, 12 KOs), 129.75, very barely kept his Japanese national super-feather belt as he survived a couple of visits to the deck and desperately dominated the last two sessions down the stretch to be awarded a split draw (95-95, 94-94 and 94-96 against him) with mandatory challenger Takashi Miura (15-2-1, 13 KOs), 130, over furiously hard-fought ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



January 17th, 2009

Boxing News

More on Cruz-Miranda!

Olympian Russell breaks opponent's jaw
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Featherweight Orlando Cruz remained undefeated Friday night with a devastating fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Leonilo Miranda on ShoBox: The New Generation. Cruz improved to 16-0-1 while Miranda fell to 24-1. The tripleheader on SHOWTIME began with an impressive performance from 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. Making his professional debut, the talented 126-pounder defeated Antonio Reyes by TKO at 0:21 of the third round. In the second fight of the telecast, Marvin Quintero out-performed Nick Casal, who threw the towel in after the third round. The event, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, took place at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Okla. (more…)



January 17th, 2009

Announcement

Ali to make debut tonight

Amateur sensation Sadam Ali is set to make his highly anticipated pro debut this Saturday night in Biloxi, Mississippi on the under card of the Berto-Collazo World Championship fight.  Fans are in for an extra treat in Biloxi as the energetic and extremely talented fighter sets out to make his mark as a pro boxer.  “We are happy to add Olympian Sadam Ali to our Saturday night show at the Beau Rivage,” said show promoter Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment.  “It should be a great fight.”

(more…)



January 17th, 2009

UFC

How Franklin got his groove back

UFC 93 on PAY-PER-VIEW TONIGHT!

Putting on 20 pounds is usually a cause for concern. In Rich Franklin’s case, it may have given his career a new spark after losing twice to Anderson Silva .  . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Pozo regains Euro title!

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Former European flyweight champion Ivan Pozo (30-5-1, 19 KOs) regained the vacant belt with an eight round  technical decision over Cristophe Rodrigues (15-15-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Pabellon As Travesas inVigo, Spain. After six competitive rounds, the fighters clashed heads in the seventh cutting Vigo over the eye. Vigo’s corner was unable to stop the blood and after round eight the bout was stopped and sent to the scorecards.  Pozo will next face Andrea Sarritzu of Italy. The card was the first of 2009 for Salvatore Cherchi’s OPI 2000.



January 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Cruz KOs Miranda!

Night of knockouts in Oklahoma

Undefeated featherweight Orlando Cruz (16-0-1, 7 KOs) scored an explosive one-punch fifth round knockout of world rated previously unbeaten KO artist Leonilo Miranda (24-1, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The favored Miranda pressed the action early and showed great power during a huge round three. Southpaw Cruz, however, weathered that storm and two rounds later he ended the fight with a punishing straight left hand that leveled Miranda for the count. Time was :39. Miranda is rated #5 by the WBA and #8 by the WBC.
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In a brutal and highly entertaining fight, lightweight Marvin Quintero (15-1, 12 KOs) outslugged Nick Casal (18-4-1, 14 KOs) during three violent rounds. Casal opted to stay on his stool after round three. Very impressive performance by Quintero.
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2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. successfully made his pro debut with a third round TKO over  Antonio Reyes (3-3) in a 126-pound match. Russell looked good as he dropped Reyes in round two, and referee Steve Smogar stopped the fight 21 seconds into round three.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward to face Buchanan 2/6!

One day before Vic Darchinyan risks his IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight belts against former world champion Jorge Arce on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward will defend his NABO super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry Buchanan on Friday, Feb. 6, on ShoBox The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The ShoBox event, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will originate from The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, Calif. (more…)



January 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Hernandez stuns McGirt Jr!

Former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez (29-7, 16 KOs) won an upset unanimous decision over James McGirt Jr (19-2-1, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight bout on Friday night at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. Hernandez pressured the busier McGirt throughout the bout and was awarded with a 96-94, 96-94, 96-95 win. The bout was originally announced as a majority decision, due to a mistake in the addition on one of the cards. The McGirt camp was furious with the scoring.
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In the main event, jr middleweight Eromosele Albert (22-2-1, 10 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over late sub Germaine Sanders (27-7, 17 KOs). Scores were 100-90 on all cards. Alvbert was originally slated to face ex-world champion Carlos Quintana.



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Morrison returns January 31!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs) will be back in action on January 31 when he clashes with Corey Williams (7-9-2, 4 KOs) at the Albany Fair Grounds in Laramie, Wyoming. Also boxing on the undercard will be Mia St John (45-9-2, 18 KOs) who will meet Veronica Mahling (2-2, 2 KOs) in a exhibition bout. St John, 40 years of age, born Mia Rosales, resides in Oxnard, California. Morrison won the WBO heavyweight title by outpointing George Foreman in 1993. He is scheduled to be in Melbourne, Australia on April 17 for KO to Aids Fundraiser which is being organised by Australian promoter Peter Maniatis.



January 16th, 2009

Exclusive

Campbell wants Hatton!

By Flattop

IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell is ready to move up to 140 pounds and challenge Ricky Hatton if the “Hitman” doesn’t come to terms with Manny Pacquaio. Having read FightNews for the past two weeks regarding the financial squabbling between the Pacquaio and Hatton camps, Campbell has released the following exclusive statement:

“I have been following the little drama between Hatton and Pac regarding their money dispute. Negotiating is one thing, but it should have at least some appearance of common sense. So I don’t blame Ricky one bit if he dumps that fight. And I hear his pops has a deal for a fight in the British Isles or something in the summer already lined up. Well let me just say this. If they can wait till after Feb 28 to make a decision about their opponent, then I hope they will keep my name in the mix. Its no secret that I am pulling for Marquez in his fight with Diaz on Feb 28, because I think there’s a legitimate chance of making a fight between me and Juan Manuel. Its also no secret that I truly believe that Willie Savannah will never put Juan Diaz anywhere near me again, regardless of whatever junk he says to the media. So if Diaz happens to pull off a win on Feb 28, then I will have some free time before my WBO mandatory (with Barrera or whoever) is due, and would be more than happy to come up and fight Ricky at 140 in England, the British Isles, or even at his momma’s house. And I understand and respect Hatton’s drawing power in the UK, and I never make negotiations a problem. Not to mention, it would be a helluva fight. So to Ricky I would say that if you end up dumping the Pac fight, then Hatton – Campbell is a pretty good bad Plan B. And before 100 people email me about how I am overlooking my fight with Funeka, well that’s just not true. I am preparing for Funeka as if my entire career is on the line, because it is, and because Funeka and the fans deserve that of me. But that certainly doesn’t mean I can’t take a minute or two here and there to think about what lies ahead.”

Nate Campbell
IBF/WBO Lightweight Champion



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Mexicali!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer

Photo: Rafael Soto/Promociones Zanfer

Jose Luis Castillo 146 vs James Wayca 147
Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales 134.5 vs Ricardo Dominguez 134.5
Giovanny Ruso Caro 122 vs Carlos Salado Yañez 121.5
(Mexican super bantamweight title)
Jesus Kalaka Navarro 118 vs Enrique Armenta 118
Jose “Negro” Ramirez 130 vs Omar Soriano 130
Venue: Palenque Del Fex, Mexicali, BC
Promoter: Zanfer/Hurtado Promotions
TV: Azteca America, TV Azteca



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Berto, Collazo make weight!

By Damien St. Pierre at the scale

Andre Berto 145.8 vs Luis Collazo 145.6
(WBC welterweight championship)
Edwin Rodriguez 167 vs Brad Austin 167
Wes Ferguson 138 vs Derrick Moon 136.5
(Contract weight 137, no reweighs agreement was made)
Tor Hamer 223 vs Darien Moss 224
Sadam Ali 143 vs Ricky Thompson 144.5
Richmond Dalphone 165.4 vs Jonathon Nelson 164
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS
Promoter: DeBella Entertainment
TV: HBO



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Miranda plans big 2009!

It was just like old times Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, as super middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda showed off his fearsome power once again as he knocked out Manuel Esparza in the third round on the “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” event.”Since my loss to Abraham, my economy has suffered like the US economy. I plan to fix my economy and the US economy starting with this knockout,” said Miranda, during the press conference. “This is just the beginning for me,” said Miranda, who was fighting for the first time since his rematch with Arthur Abraham last June. “I’ve learned how to take care of my body properly between fights, and now I feel sorry for anyone who steps into the ring with me in 2009 and in the coming years.” (more…)



January 16th, 2009

Scale Watch

UFC 93 at the scales

UFC 93 on PAY-PER-VIEW TOMORROW

From the O2 Dublin in Dublin, Ireland:
Rich Franklin 203 vs Dan Henderson 202
Mark Coleman 206 vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 205
Jeremy Horn 185 vs Rousimar Palhares 184
Alan Belcher 186 vs Denis Kang 184
Marcus Davis 169 vs Chris Lytle 171
Alexandre Barros 170 vs Martin Kampmann 168
Antonio Mendes 204 vs Eric Schafer 205
Ivan Serati 204 vs Tomasz Drwal 203
John Hathaway 171 vs Tom Egan 169
Dennis Siver 155 vs Nate Mohr 156

 

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 16th, 2009

Boxing News

DKP tripleheader site found!

BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida

The BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida will host pro boxing for the first time when Don King Productions presents a world championship card at the South Florida venue on February 14. Promoter Don King has dubbed the event “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” featuring WBO/IBF lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell risking his crowns against IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali Funeka and former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga meeting undefeated #3-ranked contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo to determine the WBC’s #1-ranked mandatory challenger at the 154-pound limit; and another important match at 154 pounds with interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will take on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron. King said he plans to have 10 fights or more on the card. Ticket prices and full event information will be announced next week. The BankAtlantic Center is the home arena for the NHL’s Florida Panthers.



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