Tyner-Florez deliver for dearborn fight fans

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By Brad Snyder-The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Lanardo “The Pain Server” Tyner improved to (32-10-2, 20 KOs) with an exciting UD (78-73, ...

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Caferro knocks out Zeigler in Three

Caferro knocks out Zeigler in Three

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Gonzalez KOs Contreras, takes aim at world title

Gonzalez KOs Contreras, takes aim at world title

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Olympian Nico Hernandez wins pro debut

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Linares beats Crolla again, retains WBA lightweight title in dominant fashion

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Fight photog passes away

Fightnews.com is sad to inform the boxing community that longtime photographer Roger Williams passed away yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz. Williams, 69 or 76, depending on the source, was part of the Fightnews team for many years, and had been a familiar face at ringside for over 20 years. He was also a UPI, Washington Post and White House photographer. Services for Williams are pending.

Fightnews.com is sad to inform the boxing community that longtime photographer Roger Williams passed away yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz. Williams, …


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McCloskey camp rejects Khan offer

Paul McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn accused Amir Khan of using his fighter to get a cheap world title defence after closing the book on their deal to fight in Manchester. McCloskey and Khan were in negotiations to fight for Amir’s WBA Light-Welterweight belt at the MEN Arena on April 16 but with both parties failing to agree on terms for the fight, the 31 year-old will now turn his attention to his next fight. McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn said that Khan’s offer was “totally derisory” to his fighter, after the 24 year-old Bolton man and his people refused to budge on ticket sales commission and pay-per-view revenue shares. Hearn said that McCloskey would be a big ticket seller for the fight and he would also push pay-per-view sales in Northern Ireland and Ireland, but that Khan was unwilling to offer a fair share of money largely driven by McCloskey’s presence.

“Amir Khan lives in America and wants to earn a living popping over here and underpaying British fighters,” said Hearn. “The deals placed on the table were an insult to Paul, an undefeated fighter and a European champion. Amir cannot fight himself, and I’m afraid you have to pay opponents to step in the ring with you, and pay them fairly.” (more…)

Paul McCloskey’s promoter Barry Hearn accused Amir Khan of using his fighter to get a cheap world title defence after …



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Vitali vows to KO Solis

Photos: RTL

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis participated yesterday in a press conference at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany to announce their fight on March 19. The arena is the home field of the Cologne Sharks ice hockey team. “Solis is an Olympic gold medalist, therefore I give him respect,” stated Klitschko. “He’s a very good and strong fighter. I like that because it means it is going to be a tough fight. But he is lacking experience and that is why I will knock him out. It is going to be a real battle. But there is no doubt that I will leave the ring still as world champion.” (more…)

Photos: RTL WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis participated yesterday in a press conference at LANXESS …


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Acosta meets 30-day weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta met the pre-weight requirement in Caracas, Venezuela, one month ahead of his first defense of the world belt on February 26 at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Under the supervision of the National boxing chief Nicolás Hidalgo and accompanied “Aguacerito” scaled in at exactly 145.20 pounds. “I respect Brandon Rios,” said Acosta. “I have no problem with having the fans on his side, because I’m used to that. But the fans won’t be in the ring that night, it’ll just be me and Rios. He’s a tough fighter and I hope it will be a great fight for boxing. We’re relying on our physical condition.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBA lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta met the pre-weight requirement in Caracas, Venezuela, one month …




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Rigondeaux cleared to enter Ireland

Photo courtesy Gary Hyde

WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) has been cleared to enter Ireland. A previous press conference for his March 19 clash with Willie Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) was cancelled due to Rigondeaux visa difficulties. However the press event has been rescheduled for Monday in Thomond Park, Limerick, Ireland and the champion will be on hand. Click here for more photos.

Photo courtesy Gary Hyde WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) has been cleared to …


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WBA twinbill in Guadalajara, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Marcelino Castillo

The vacant WBA interim flyweight title will be on the line on Saturday night in Guadalajara, Mexico, when Jean Piero Perez (17-3-1, 13 KOs) meets Jesus Jimenez (31-6, 22 KOs) in a scheduled twelve rounder at the Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The co-feature is a WBA super bantamweight eliminator between Mexican Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (28-2-1, 16 KOs) and former WBA interim bantamweight titlist Nehomar Cermeño (20-2, 12 KOs).

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Marcelino Castillo The vacant WBA interim flyweight title will be on the line on Saturday …


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Trout training for title shot

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Louie Burke

Unbeaten WBA mandatory super welterweight challenger Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) is in the final phase of his training in the Ruidoso Mountains at 7000 feet altitude in New Mexico for his February 5 bout in Guadalajara Mexico against current WBA “regular” titleholder Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez. The fight was planned to take place at the Sergio Leon Chavez Stadium in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico but has now been moved to Guadalajara. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Louie Burke Unbeaten WBA mandatory super welterweight challenger Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) is in …


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Baustista-Barrera face off

Photo: Michael Lopez

Former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (29-2, 22 KOs) of the Philippines and Alejandro Barrera (21-4, 14 KOs) of Mexico faced off today in Cebu City Philippines. The two will square off this Saturday in Cebu City at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in a 10 round featherweight main event. The bout is a rematch of their all action bout from this past August that was stopped in round four with Baustista winning at this very same venue. The first bout was an all action affair. Barrerra was giving a solid effort when he was cut by what was ruled a Bautista punch by the referee. The two will look to set the record straight this time around with a clear winner.

Photo: Michael Lopez Former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (29-2, 22 KOs) of the Philippines and Alejandro Barrera …



Announcement

Prince Laide Adeboye passes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Former Commonwealth Boxing President Prince Laide Adeboye passed away today in Lagos, Nigeria after a long illness. Adeboye, president of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control had also been an influential member of the WBC board of directors and was the face of Nigerian Boxing. Adeboye was instrumental in the rise of Samuel Peter, Africa’s first black heavyweight world champion. The NBB of C is making arrangements for the funeral and services. Fightnews sends its condolences to Adeboye’s family.

By Boxing Bob Newman Former Commonwealth Boxing President Prince Laide Adeboye passed away today in Lagos, Nigeria after a long …


Boxing News

8 Count Productions hits milestone

This Friday night’s January 28th card marks the 13th anniversary of 8 Count Productions presenting monthly professional boxing cards in the Chicago area. The first 8 Count Productions event was held on February 20, 1998 at the Park West Theatre on the Near North side of Chicago and was headlined by contenders Rocky Martinez and Mike Garcia in separate bouts.

Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions reports that advance sales are among the highest they’ve ever been. “These are the biggest numbers we’ve seen in Chicago with the exception of Diaz/Morales in 2007 and Vargas/Castillejo in 2005. Chicago is absolutely a terrific fight town and the fans are in for a sensational evening on Friday night.”

The public weigh-in for “Windy City Fight Night 15” is tonight, January 27th at Club Aquarius, 2459 N. Pulaski Road at 7pm. (more…)

This Friday night’s January 28th card marks the 13th anniversary of 8 Count Productions presenting monthly professional boxing cards in …


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Ticket alert: Pacquiao vs. Mosley

Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound box office attraction and the Fighter of the Decade, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, returns to the Fight Capital of the World for the first time since 2009 when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against three-division world champion and future Hall of Famer “Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY (46-6-1, 39 KOs), of Pomona, Calif.  Pacquiao vs. Mosley erupts on Saturday, May 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. (more…)

Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound box office attraction and the Fighter of the Decade, MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the …


UFC

UFC fighters on Silva-Belfort

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Boxing News

Toney returns Feb 24

On February 24 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernardino, California, The Empire Sports and Entertainment presents 42-year-old former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion James “Lights Out” Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) defending his IBA heavyweight belt against “Dangerous” Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) in the Fox Sports televised 12-round main event. Tickets are priced between $40 and $70. Call 1-800-359-2464 ext: 2832

On February 24 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernardino, California, The Empire Sports and Entertainment …


Boxing News

Bradley: I’m better than him

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: David Martin-Warr/DKP

Unbeaten world champion Timothy Bradley has heard it all too often before a major fight.

“Fighters love to speak their mind on how they’re going to beat me.”

So when he heard Devon Alexander, whom he will face at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI, on Saturday night, state that he will be victorious and be the best fighter at 140 pounds, Bradley could not help but retort.

“I’m better than him. Simple as that.”

In an intriguing bout that pits two of the best young 140-pound champions today, Bradley and Alexander will duke it out for 12 rounds, with each fighter’s world title belt on the line. The bout will be shown on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing.” (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Unbeaten world champion Timothy Bradley has heard it all too often before a major fight. “Fighters love …


Boxing News

Q&A: Wayne Kelly

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Leading American referee Wayne Kelly has been the third man in the ring in several classic bouts including Riddick Bowe-Andrew Golota I when one of the worst brawls at a sporting event broke out after the Pole was DQ’d, and two of Arturo Gatti’s most exciting ring battles against Tracy Harris Patterson and Wilson Rodriguez. Wayne talks to Fightnews about these outstanding fights and also about his famous grandfather Harlem Eddy Kelly who boxed the great Benny Leonard and Mickey Walker. He also discusses the Anthony Mundine vs Sven Ottke title bout and how Mundine had made disgusting comments about the 9-11 attack on New York. Kelly also talks about his Army service in Vietnam and how proud he is of his family. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Leading American referee Wayne Kelly has been the third man in the ring …


Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Gamboa-Solis

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 28, noon, for Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury!” with three big title fights on a Top Rank championship event at the Boardwalk Hall here on Saturday, March 26. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 plus applicable fees and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com

“This will be a great, entertaining night of boxing. I am really looking forward to this tripleheader which we are calling Featherweight Fury!,” said Bob Arum, CEO, Top Rank.

World featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami, Fla. will defend against Jorge Solis of Mexico; the very popular champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard of Manchester, Conn. will defend his featherweight titles against #1-ranked Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Ca.; and champion Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia defends his Jr Featherweight crown against Jorge Diaz of New Brunswick, N.J.

The bouts will be held at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. The Gamboa vs. Solis and Remillard vs. Garcia title fights will be televised by HBO After Dark. Featherweight Fury! is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 28, noon, for Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury!” with three big title fights on a …



Boxing News

Fans come to see Chavez, Jr.

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Hometown fans came out to see Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., today during a public workout. “It’s always great to feel the support of fans, specially here at home,” said Chavez, Jr., who was hosted by the Mayor of Culiacan, Héctor Melecio Cuén at the City Hall where the workout was attended by hundreds of fans. Chavez, Jr., returns home this Saturday to take on Billy Lyel in the main event of “Top Rank Live” that will be telecast by Fox Deportes in the United States. For more details and photos click here…

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions Hometown fans came out to see Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., today during a public workout. …


Feature Story

Tough test for Joyi

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions produces a bumper bill at Carnival City, Brakpan on Saturday night with Nkosinathi Joyi defending his IBF mini flyweight belt against Katsunari Takayama of Japan and in the co-feature Cassius Baloyi meets Argenis Mendiz from the Dominican Republic in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator.

Joyi (21-0, 15 KOs) makes the first defence of his IBF mini flyweight belt against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama (24-4, 10 KOs). Takayama earned the right to face Joyi when he stopped Tshepo Lefele in six rounds at Carnival City last September and is expected to extend Joyi all the way. The southpaw Joyi, 27, possibly the most talented fighter in South Africa won the IBF belt in March last year when he outpointed previously unbeaten Mexican Raul Garcia in East London. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions produces a bumper bill at Carnival City, Brakpan on Saturday …


Boxing News

Sierra-Davis top Maywood card

Boxing returns to the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California on February 5th when hard-hitting Mexican super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21 KOs) takes on Florida’s Dyah Davis (18-2, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event. Lightweight Oscar “Estudiante” Meza (20-4, 17 KOs) will be in the co-featured bout facing Leo Martinez. (more…)

Boxing returns to the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California on February 5th when hard-hitting Mexican super middleweight Francisco Sierra …


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Zaleta promises upset

Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs), of Chihuahua, Mexico, is promising an upset win when he steps into the ring aiming to usurp the crown from undefeated WBO Super Flyweight Champion Omar Andres Narvaez (32-0, 19 KOs), Feb. 12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I know I’m not a favorite against Narvaez,” says Zaleta. “But I’m used to being the underdog.” In his third pro fight, Zaleta was pitted against former title challenger Eric Ortiz, whom he TKO’d in six. Three fights later, he defeated former champ Jose Antonio Aguirre. “The fight with Narvaez will be difficult,” admits Zaleta. “But I will come to win and to shut mouths.”

Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs), of Chihuahua, Mexico, is promising an upset win when he steps into the ring aiming …


UFC

Tito is back on Spike TV!

One of mixed martial arts most renowned icons, Tito Ortiz (16-8-1), returns to the Octagon® to take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-4) in Spike TV’s “UFC® Fight Night™” live from the KeyArena in Seattle, WA on Saturday, March 26 at 9pm ET/PT.  Ortiz’s combination of athleticism and charisma made him one of the sport’s first mainstream stars. Now he looks to get back to the top beginning with his must-win bout against the dangerous Nogueira. (more…)

One of mixed martial arts most renowned icons, Tito Ortiz (16-8-1), returns to the Octagon® to take on Antonio Rogerio …


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Q&A: Joey Abell

26 knockouts in his 27 wins would qualify calling Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) a “Knockout Artist.”  This Friday night, the “Knockout Artist” looks to make a big heavyweight statement when he takes on his toughest and most notable opponent of his career in world-rated contender Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.  The scheduled 10-round co-main event will be televised on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.” We go “Inside the Mind” of the hard-hitting southpaw known as “Minnesota Ice” with “Six Questions” concerning this showdown: (more…)

26 knockouts in his 27 wins would qualify calling Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) a “Knockout Artist.”  This Friday night, the “Knockout …


Boxing News

Fight Night at the Fitz

Prize Fight in association with Global Boxing present a six bout card on Saturday night at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In the six-round middleweight main event, heavy-handed Dominic Wade (9-0, 7 KOs) faces Brian Norman (17-10, 5 KOs). The card also features five four-rounders. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the first fight will start at 7:30 PM.

Prize Fight in association with Global Boxing present a six bout card on Saturday night at the Fitz Hotel & …


UFC

Ticket alert: UFC 129

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has announced ticket information for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS scheduled for Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Saturday, April 30.

Tickets for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS, which is presented by TapouT®, range from $300-$800 on the floor and from $50-$225 in the stands. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. ET. UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the first chance to buy tickets on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. ET, followed by UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. ET. Fans can sign up for the UFC® Fight Club™ at www.ufcfightclub.com. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has announced ticket information for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS scheduled for Toronto’s Rogers Centre on …


Boxing News

Devon Alexander workout

Photos and report by Bob Ryder

It was Devon Alexander’s turn to take to the fabled Kronk Gym ring in Detroit as he went through a final workout for the media in preparation for his contest with Tim Bradley at the Pontiac Silverdome on Saturday night. Looking sharp and fast Alexander worked several brisk rounds of shadow boxing before trainer Kevin Cunningham put on the mitts for a round of power and speed target practice. Alexander had stated “I’m ready to rock and roll!” and he beat a steady and driving rhythm, firing off his combinations at Cunningham’s gloves. For more details and photos click here…

Photos and report by Bob Ryder It was Devon Alexander’s turn to take to the fabled Kronk Gym ring in …


Boxing News

More on Klitschko-Solis

Photo: Public Address/Arena

At today’s first press conference for the March 19th showdown at Germany’s biggest indoor arena (Lanxess Arena) in Cologne, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko showed a lot of respect for his next opponent, Odlanier Solis.

“I have fought a lot of strong opponents but I have never been in the ring with an Olympic gold medallist,” said Klitschko. “I expect a very tough and close fight against a very talented young boxer who comes to take the belt from me. I won’t let that happen though. I will show why I am the champion and defend my title.”

Solis didn’t look too impressed by the champion’s physique (Klitschko is six inches taller). When asked how he feels going into the toughest fight of his professional career so far against a true champion, “La Sombra” smiled and asked: “What makes you think that this will be my toughest fight? Can you tell me what makes a boxer a strong or superior boxer? So far all guys I fought had two arms and two legs. I would understand your question if I would fight an opponent with three fists for the first time…” (more…)

Photo: Public Address/Arena At today’s first press conference for the March 19th showdown at Germany’s biggest indoor arena (Lanxess Arena) …


Boxing News

All Star Boxing sues Alvarez/GBP

Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing has filed a lawsuit in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against unbeaten welterweight Saul Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions alleging that Alvarez breached a four-year promotional agreement and that Golden Boy engaged in tortious interference for “influencing, inducing or coercing” Alvarez to breach his contract and states that “Golden Boy’s interference was willful, malicious, direct and intentional.” All Star Boxing is seeking damages and a trial by jury on all issues so triable.

Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing has filed a lawsuit in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court against unbeaten welterweight …


Boxing News

Puerto Rico Boxing Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Tuesday the new leadership of the Professional Boxing Association Officials of Puerto Rico was chosen for 2011 to 2013.

President: Nelson Vazquez
Vice President: Cesar Ramos
Secretary: Carlos Colon
Treasurer: Jose Roberto Torres
Spokesman: Raul Nieves

Vasquez is a recognized boxing official with 34 years of experience and has worked 120 world title fights including Margarito-Mosley, Pacquiao-Clottey, Hopkins-Trinidad, Trinidad-Jones Jr., Calzaghe-Lacy, Cotto-Judah, Klitschko-Mercer and many more. He has been named “official of the year” seven times by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. Recently Vasquez was named WBA official of the year for 2010.

Also referee Luis Pabon was appointed chairman of the training committee.

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Tuesday the new leadership of the Professional Boxing Association Officials of Puerto Rico was chosen …


Feature Story

Arreola ready for Abell

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: Bryan Crowe

Heavyweight Chris Arreola may have all the advantages to secure a victory over hard-hitting Joey Abell on Friday night. Fighting about 45 minutes from his hometown, having fought the better opposition of the two, and the ability to come back from a knockdown, as was evident in his comeback victory over Travis Walker. One would think that Arreola would be satisfied to play with those cards on Friday, but the popular Mexican-American fighter may have found an ace in his deck now that he has respected trainer Ronnie Shields in his corner.

Arreola will face Abell in a 10 round Heavyweight bout this Friday at the Pechanga Casino Resort in Temecula, CA. The bout, which will be televised on ESPN2’s popular “Friday Night Fights,” will headline a six-bout card, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Heavyweight Chris Arreola may have all the advantages to secure a victory over hard-hitting Joey Abell on …


Feature Story

Jeff Lacy issues statement

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Former world champion Jeff Lacy has released a statement on the terrible tragedy that struck the St. Petersburg, Florida community this past Monday. Lacy’s older brother Hydra Lacy Jr, was involved in a shootout with police in which St. Petersburg Police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Office Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed. Hydra Lacy Jr. also died during the shootout. Police in St. Petersburg had been looking for Hydra Lacy, Jr. since November after he skipped out on a trial for a 2009 domestic violence charge.

The 33 year old Jeff Lacy is a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg. He had left Florida two days prior to Monday’s tragedy for a previously scheduled surgical procedure and will be returning as soon as his doctor clears him to fly.

“I know this is an emotional time for everyone. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of Sgt. Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. I am truly sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the anger and pain you are feeling.” (more…)

Former world champion Jeff Lacy has released a statement on the terrible tragedy that struck the St. Petersburg, Florida community …


Boxing News

Klitschko-Solis Quick Quotes

WBA heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis faced off Wednesday in Cologne, Germany at a press conference to kickoff their March 19 clash at the Lanxess Arena.

Vitali Klitschko: “I have great respect for my opponent. But I will prove that the belt belongs to me. I am confident for this fight. My goal is a knockout win.”

Klitschko trainer Fritz Sdunek: “Solis is a very successful amateur, but still no great boxing opponent.”

Odlanier Solis: “We will see the best fight of all time.”

Solis promoter Ahmet Öner: “We will make history and put an end to the era of Klitschko.”

WBA heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis faced off Wednesday in Cologne, Germany at a press conference …


Boxing News

More on Cunningham-Lucina

Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Cruiserweight Title in Mulheim, Germany on February 12 when he takes on mandatory challenger Enad Licina (19-2, 10 KOs). The clash was originally scheduled for January 22 but had to be postponed after IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester caught a virus infection, forcing Team Sauerland to cancel the entire card in Neubrandenburg. In the main event in Mulheim, Cuban cruiserweight sensation Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs).

Cunningham has returned to Philadelphia to continue his preparation. “The small delay is no problem for me,” the 34-year-old stated. “I will be in top shape. I think Licina is a good fighter. He is not to be underestimated, and he will not. He is the number one contender, this is a serious level of boxing and I take him and this fight very serious.”

Licina, who defeated Felix Cora Jr. in an eliminator in November, is also brimming with confidence. “I have performed very well in sparring,” he said. “That´s why I go into this fight with a lot of confidence. I know that a lot of people keep underestimating me and don´t think I can beat Cunningham. But everybody is beatable. Cunningham is a great champion but I will find a way to be victorious.”

Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) will make a first defence of his IBF Cruiserweight Title in Mulheim, Germany on February …


Preview

Boxing’s Mob Squad

Book Review of Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties: Long before the networks put a rear naked choke on boxing; before there were 1,001 champs fighting for 1,001 titles under 1,001 sanctioning bodies, there was New York, Madison Square Garden, one major promoter and a handful of hoods who controlled the game.

Golden era? You bet. Was the fix in? Oftentimes, yeah . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone

Book Review of Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties: Long before the networks put a rear naked choke on …


UFC

Prepare for the world’s fastest

Demetrious Johnson is beginning to stand out in the UFC bantamweight division and it’s not just because of the uncommon spelling of his first name or his cartoon character alias. The Matt Hume protégé dealt New York’s Nick Pace the first loss of his career, and followed that up by stunning red-hot Damacio Page. At UFC 126 the speedy 24-year-old will try to play spoiler once again when he collides with Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3, 1 NC), arguably Asia’s most popular mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC

For more info on UFC 126 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com

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