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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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Boxing Result

Barrera wins, suffers cut!

Solis TKOs Meza-Clay in eliminator

By Lee Bates

Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs) won by third round disqualification over emergency replacement Freudis Rojas (1-8-1) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Telmex de la UG in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. Rojas was DQ’d for a headbutt which left Barrera with a bad gash over his left eye. The cut could jeopardize Barrera’s scheduled March 14 clash against Amir Khan in Manchester, England. Barrera was originally slated to face John Nolasco on Saturday night, but Nolasco didn’t show up at the weigh-in, so Marco Antonio was pressed into facing Rojas, whom he knew absolutely nothing about.
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In the co-feature, featherweight Jorge Solis (37-1-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Monty Meza Clay (28-2, 19 KOs) in an IBF eliminator.



February 1st, 2009



UFC

UFC announces line of jewelry

UFC 94 is LIVE TONIGHT on PPV!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the premier brand in mixed martial arts, today announced a strategic partnership with Skeletal Metal LLC (SKM), creator of surgical steel jewelry, to launch the first ever UFC branded jewelry. Available through UFCstore.com, the UFC line launches today with Men’s bracelets styled after the famed UFC® Octagon™ .  . . .  Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Karpancy wins Fedecentro belt!

Last night in front of a sold out crowd at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia, local prospect Tommy Karpency (16-1-1, 11KOs) from Adah, Pennsylvania stopped Cory Phelps (13-5-1, 7 KOs) from Catlettsburg, Kentucky in the second round to capture the vacant WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight title. Karpency dropped Phelps early in the second with a left to the body, Phelps got to his feet only to be dropped again by Karpency. Phelps again got to his feet and was then forced to the corner by Karpency, who landed one big shot after another forcing referee Mike Napple to step in and stop the action. After the fight, an estatic Karpency said “I feel great, I worked hard for this. You’ve just got to gun out there. That’s all.”
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In the co-main event, Pittsburgh PA’s Jimmy Lubash improved to 13-1, 6 KOs) in his first eight-rounder, taking a unanimous decison victory over Weston, WV’s James North (9-21-2, 4 KOs) in a super-middleweight bout. Lubash had North in deep trouble in the seventh round, but a very tough North made it to the bell. Judges at ringside scored 80-72 twice and 79-73 all for Lubash. The event was presented by Steve Simons Promotions.



January 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Brook batters Elwell!

By Alexey Sukachev

Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook (19-0, 12 KOs) retained his BBBofC British crown with a second-round stoppage of Stewart Elwell (12-4, 1 KO) on Friday night at the famous York Hall in London. Elwell was down twice in the first round. The bout was waved off after Elwell was staggered again in round two, although the stoppage was a bit premature, it seems.



January 31st, 2009

Feature Story

Urango, Ngoudjo speak!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Juan Urango: “I fought a great fighter in Ngoudjo, it wasn’t an easy fight. The results came by the hard work I put into training. For 2009 you guys are going to see a lot of great things, not just from myself, but from Hermann Ngoudjo. I didn’t think the fight would last twelve rounds, but that’s just more credit to him for getting up and going twelve rounds.”

Hermann Ngoudjo: “I want to say congratulations to Urango and to Warriors. He hits very hard. I think I showed a lot of heart. I’m very content with my performance. I think Urango is going to make a great champion. He’s very aggressive and physical. He’s the biggest puncher I’ve met in my career. He fought very well tonight and deserves to be world champion and that he’ll be champion for a long time.”

Promoter Leon Margules: “I think he (Juan) is a lot more polished complete fighter than when he fought Ricky Hatton. If you remember the fight, about the 5th or 6th round he hurt Ricky bad with a body shot, the guy you saw tonight would have finished Ricky Hatton that night.” (more…)



January 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Full Report: Urango-Ngoudjo!

"Iron Twin" a champion again

By Dave Spencer, Fightnews Canada / Photos: Mike Greenhill

An unrelenting attack from Juan Urango (21-1-1 16KO) helped propel him to a pair of third round knockdowns and a 118-108, 120-106, 116-110 decision on the scorecards over hometown favourite and #1 ranked Hermann Ngoudjo (17-3 9KO) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Urango recaptures the IBF junior welterweight title he had won versus Ben Rabah and lost on his first defense to Ricky Hatton two years ago in January 2007. The Columbian born fighter who now makes Miami his home dominated the proceedings in convincing fashion as he came forward for the duration, walking through whatever offense Ngoudjo could muster up. (more…)



January 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Katsidis Outpoints Ramirez!

By Craig Watt

Australian boxer Michael Katsidis (24-2, 20 KO’s) secured the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight Title at the Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City in the Philippines tonight with a laboured ten round points win over Argentinean Angel Hugo Ramirez (19-5-2, 8 KO’s). The 28 year-old Aussie from Toowoomba, Queensland, dominated the bout from the first bell as Ramirez seemed not to want to engage in any action and kept running on the retreat for most of the bout. Katsidis stalked forward and dropped the Argentinean, now fighting out of Spain, four times in the first five rounds, with Ramirez hitting the canvas three times in the fourth round. Most of the knockdowns came from body shots and the advancing Katsidis caught the retreating Ramirez periodically on the ropes. (more…)



January 31st, 2009

UFC

Diaz primed for Guida!

UFC 94 is LIVE TONIGHT on PPV!

Story by Robert Kravantka

The bloodlines of the fighting style of Nate Diaz are seen in the style he shares with his older brother, Nick Diaz. Both come from the pronounced Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. They aren’t afraid to stand and trade with strikes. They share the warrior mentality of wanting to fight and fight often.  . . .  Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 31st, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Denver!

By Chris Morris/RMB

Donald Camarena 146 vs Abel Perry 149
Brad Jackson 146 vs Stevie Marquez 146
Chris Green 230 vs Louis Monaco ??
(Monaco did not make it to weigh-in leaving this bout up in the air)
Tommy Atencio 126 vs Brandon Quintana 127
Stephan Zetunyan 173 vs Chris Hildebrand 176
Brandon Sanchez 123 vs Arnaldo Parra 124
Shawn Nichol 116 vs Harvey Phillips 114
Venue: Softball Country Arena



January 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Gonzales KOs Dietrich!

Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Former Olympic prospect Brandon Gonzales, 165 1/2, Sacramento, improved to 7-0 with his sixth knockout victory, stopping Nebraskan Jason Dietrich 173, 15 seconds into the third round on Friday night at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. Dietrich (9-19) retired kneeling, the only knockdown of the scheduled eight-rounder, after taking a power punch to the nose, resulting in a nasal fracture.
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In the semi-main, former IBF cruiserweight champ Kelvin Davis (24-10-2) of Reno, Nev., suffered a third-round knockdown in losing a unanimous six-round decision to Montana’s Leo Bercier (6-8-1). The judges’ scores were 58-55, 57-56 and 59-54.
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Also: Hector Martinez, 230, Broderick, Calif., over Jamiah Williamson, 226, Anaheim, Calif., UD-4; Adura Olalehin, 197 1/2, Anaheim, over Rich Blake, 202, Yuba City, Calif., TKO-2; Geraldo Lopez, 145, Vacaville, Calif., over Kyle Dundas, 145, Rocklin, Calif., UD-4; Max Becerra, 134 1/2, Vacaville, over Matt Mauler, 135, Stockton, Calif., TKO-2.



January 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Cayo tops Bolanos!

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing’s return to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands after a nearly six year hiatus was a successful one as 340 Promotions, headed by CEO Lesley Comissiong and Sampson Lewkowicz, presented “Class of 2008,” and the homecoming of 2008 USVI Olympic representatives Julius and John Jackson. The two brothers and sons of St. Thomian legend Julian “The Hawk” Jackson made their professional debuts, along with Jackson nephew Samuel Rogers all of whom won. In the main event, for the WBA Fedecaribe super lightweight title, unbeaten beltholder Victor “Mermelada” Cayo won a hard fought nine-round unanimous decision over game challenger Noe “Platanito” Bolanos. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing Result

Urango regains IBF title!

Photo: Mike Greenhill

Photo: Mike Greenhill

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Junior welterweight Juan Urango (21-1-1, 16 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Hermann Ngoudjo (17-3, 9 KOs) to reclaim the vacant IBF world championship on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Urango floored Ngoudjo twice in round three and pressed the action throughout to win by scores of 118-108, 120-106, 116-110. It was later announced that Urango broke Ngoudjo’s jaw in round three. Also, in a bizarre incident, for some reason the timekeeper allowed the tenth round to go on for an amazing five minutes and ten seconds.



January 30th, 2009

Twitter Watch

Ingemar Johansson 1932-2009

Swedish Legend died last night

By Olof Johansson / Editor BOXNING

Swedish Legend Ingemar Johansson died five minutes to Midnight January 30 2009 after a two week long struggle in the last phase of Alzheimers illness. The former Heavyweight Champion of The World was at his death 76 years and 4 month old. He was regarded as Scandinavia’s greatest fighter ever and held the undisputed World Heavyweight Championship 1959-1960; he also held The European Heavyweight Crown 1956-1959 and again 1962-1963. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

UFC

Fitch returns at UFC 94!

UFC 94 is LIVE tomorrow on PPV!

Interview by David L. Hudson

“From one legend to another” could be the mantra of mixed martial artist Jon Fitch. Last August Fitch went 25 minutes with pound-for-pound great Georges St. Pierre (GSP), losing a unanimous decision. Now this coming Saturday, Fitch returns to the Octagon at UFC 94 to face Japanese warrior Akihiro Gono who has been fighting professionally since 1994  . . .  Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 30th, 2009

Boxing Result

Early Results from Montreal!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Dorin Spivey had a lot working against him as fought for only the second time in two years. Taking the fight on one week’s notice, Spivey who has spent much of his 15 year career at lightweight went in as the prohibitive underdog against undefeated Antonin Decarie who is nine years his junior at 26. Decarie was able to retain his NABO welterweight belt by pounding out a 119-105, 118-106, 118-108 victory over the Portsmouth Virginia native. Decarie’s solid jab and higher work-rate was able to put rounds in the early going until the gas in Spivey’s tank started to diminish in the 6th round. Spivey was deducted a point for holding in the round, and despite repeated warnings and pleadings from referee Gerry Bolen, was again deducted another in the 8th. Decarie tumbled down to the canvas with one bullrush from Spivey but was still able to maintain composure and still pounded away on his overmatched opponent. Spivey fell to 35-6 with the defeat while Decarie remained perfect at 21-0.
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Super-lightweight Ali Chebah push his record to 29-1 with a 79-73, 78-72, 78-72 decision over Cesar Soriano (19-22 13KO) of Mexico City. The French born Chebah who is presently fighting out of Montreal was able to walk forward all night with his hands down, constantly switching from righty to lefty. While it was enough to easily win the fight, it also was enough to swallow more right hands from Soriano than necessary in what was rather a lackluster affair.
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Knockout sensation David Lemieux made in 13 knockouts in as many tries as opponent Rogelio Sanchez (7-20-4 11KO) did not answer the Bell for the 4th round of a scheduled six. It goes down as the second longest fight in the 20 year-olds career who coming up short on punches in the early and while Sanchez was landing with his big looping right hand. Lemieux though was able to deliver some thudding blows to the body over a quickly tiring opponent and was starting to dominate as the round ended.
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U.S. Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (3-0 1KO) wore out his right-hand glove on his way to a 40-34, 40-36, 40-36 victory over debuting Greg Jimenez of Toronto. After a sustained body attack in the second round by the southpaw, a rip occurred in the glove of O’Connor and a five minute break to replace it early in the third. The break served Jiminez well in the super-lightweight contest as he was able to make it to scorecards against the Seminole Warriors-promoted fighter.



January 30th, 2009

Announcement

KNR2 Boxing show

Guests are 2008 Olympian Shawn Porter & Prizefight co-promoter Russ Young

FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with 2008 U.S. Olympic alternate Shawn Porter and Russ Young, CEO of Prizefight Boxing! You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at boxing@espncleveland.com



January 30th, 2009

UFC

Penn, GSP make weight!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV tomorrow!

Photo: Anthony Springer Jr.

Photo: Anthony Springer Jr.

Weights by Anthony Springer Jr.

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 card:

Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
BJ Penn (168) vs.  Georges St-Pierre (170)

Thiago Silva (206) vs.  Lyoto Machida (206)
Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs.  Karo Parisyan (170)
Clay Guida (156) VS vs.  Nate Diaz (156)
Jon Jones (206) vs.  Stephan Bonnar (206)
Akihiro Gono (171) vs.  Jon Fitch (171)
Thiago Tavares (155) vs.  Manvel Gamburyan (155)
John Howard (171) vs.  Chris Wilson (170)
Christian Wellisch (206) vs.  Jake O’Brien (205)
Dan Cramer (171) vs. Matt Arroyo (171)

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Killer Queen vs Baby Doll!

Köber vs Fischer in co-feature

Female world flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs), arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound female boxer returns in a very attractive matchup on March 20th at the famous Alsterdorf Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. “The Killer Queen” will defend her WIBF and WBA belts against Elena “Baby Doll” Reid. Reid, of course, is best known for her two grueling bouts with female ring legend Regina Halmich, who will be at ringside commentating on the bout. In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Sebastian Köber faces the well known former heavyweight title challenger Willi “de Ox“ Fischer. Both bouts will be televised on Spotlight Boxing’s popular “ProSieben Fight Night” series.



January 30th, 2009

UFC

O’Brien wants to steal show!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Story by Jose E. Santiago

On Saturday night at in Las Vegas, UFC 94 Penn and St. Pierre will square off in a rematch, but one fighter that hopes to steal the spotlight will be “Irish” Jake O’Brien.  In his sixth appearance in the famous UFC Octagon, O’Brien will come in a few pounds lighter when he takes his first stab at the loaded light-heavyweight division . . .  Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 30th, 2009

Announcement

Camacho takes on Molina!

Star Boxing’s welterweight prospect, Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) will look to make the transition from highly thought of prospect to contender when he takes on the very dangerous Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) on Friday February 13th at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom. The bout between Camacho and Molina is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will be shown live as the main event of that evenings ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast. Camacho vs. Molina is scheduled for ten rounds in the welterweight division . . . . click here for more



January 30th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon prepares for Stephens

UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon held an open media workout yesterday afternoon at his gym, Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts in Bridgewater (MA), in preparation for his main event fight February 7 on “UFC Fight Night 17,” broadcast live on Spike TV from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida . . .  Click here for more



January 30th, 2009

Interview

Q&A: Frank Espinoza!

Well known boxing manager Frank Espinoza sat down and answered some questions for Fightnews.com readers about several issues including the return of Israel Vazquez, his new crop of fighters and his overall goals within the boxing industry. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Announcement

Press events opened to fans!

Workouts, the presser, and weigh-in

In an unusual move, fight fans are being invited to attend every press event during fight week for the Victor Darchinyan vs. Jorge Arce showdown at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca., on Saturday, Feb. 7. “We’re going to be fan-friendly, up close and personal all week in Anaheim,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Normally closed workouts, the final press conference and the prefight weigh-in will all be open to the public. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan training video!

Inside the Darchinyan camp

True to form, world champion boxer Vic Darchinyan continued his pre-fight verbal assault on rival Jorge Arce. Check out this online video from SHOWTIME Sports, as network cameras captured Darchinyan, the 115-pound division’s first three-belt unified world champion, during a sparring session last week in Las Vegas. Hint: He’s sparing with a female fighter whom he claims is better than Arce. Darchinyan of Australia and Arce of Mexico are twisted in a bitter, heated rivalry that will be settled on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward planning a big 2009!

Olympic champ headlines Feb. 6 ShoBox card

Outside the ring, Andre Ward is one of the most pleasant, personable, thoughtful and unselfish young men you’ll ever want to meet. Inside, he is widely recognized as one of the most talented young fighters in the world, a “can’t miss” world champion in the eyes of many. Others take it a step further and refer to him as the “future of boxing.” So, there is little doubt that the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will likely one day become a world champion. The question is: when? (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Column

Russian Boxing Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

After a tedious one-and-a-half-month break without any significant fights in late December and January, Russian boxing promoters will resume their activities in February with an increased tempo. It all starts on February 13th, when former world title challenger-turned-promoter Andrey Shkalikov will present Russia’s first boxing event in 2009 at Triumph Sports Palace in Lyubertsy, several kilometers from Moscow. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson to face Aparicio!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (33-1, 23 KOs) will clash with Ariel Gerado Aparicio (26-9,10 KOs) over twelve rounds on Sunday at the Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia with the PABA and IBF Pan Pacific titles up for grabs. Dawson’s only loss came via points decision to world IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale in 2007. Aparicio has lost to former world IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou in a previous trip to Australia in 2004.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Urango-Ngoudjo officials!

By Dave Spencer — Fightnews Canada

Officials have been announced for tonight’s IBF championship fight between the #1 ranked Hermann Ngoudjo and the #2 Juan Urango. No surprise that referee Marlon Wright gets the nod for the main event for the vacant title. Wright who was at the helm of the controversial ending involving super-middleweight IBF Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade is the only Montreal based official affiliated with the IBF and as a result has done almost all fights involving the New Jersey based sanctioning in recent years. The resulting melee following the Bute-Andrade result ended up in Ngoudjo’s trainer Howard Grant sitting on the sidelines for tonight’s action as he serves a three month suspension. Judges are Richard Green, Pasquale Procopio and Robert Hoyle. Both Green and Hoyle are known to Canadian boxing fans as two of the judge’s at ringside when cruiserweight Dale Brown lost a very controversial decision to O’Neill Bell for the IBF belt in 2005.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa foe named!

By Robert Coster

In what will be his eighth world title defense, WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (34-5, 18 KOs) will face tough Porsawan Porpramook of Thailand on March 28th. The fight will be held in Cuidad Victoria, hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, the first title fight ever in this northern Mexican city. Porpramook (21-2, 16 KOs), a former Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) champion and reputed to be a hard puncher, fought for the WBO minimumweight title in September of 2007, losing by decision to Filipino Donnie Nietes. The Thai boxer held the PABA straweight title for over five years and was also WBC Asian Council champion in the 105lbs class.



January 30th, 2009

UFC

GSP fights with heart & mind

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre will ride a four fight win streak into Saturday’s super fight with current UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn. With wins over Josh Koscheck, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes and most recently, Jon Fitch . . .  Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Hurtado to stage return

Former world champion Diobelys Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) is staging a return. The Cuban-born former light welter champ has just signed with Top Notch Boxing, of Denver, Colo., and is back in the U.S. after two years of living in Spain, after suffering several losses to his family. Hurtado says he now ready to take on the best at 140 to 147. “I’m returning with tremendous hunger to prove to the boxing world that I can be a world champion again,” says Hurtado, now training in Brighton, Colo., at the Strictly Boxing Gym. Stay tuned. –Chris Cozzone



January 30th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Today’s UFC 94 events open to the public: Three big events are on the schedule today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 94. At 1:00 to 3:00, Kenny Florian, Wanderlai Silva and Thiago Alves will hold an autograph session at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Then, from 2:00 to 3:00, newly-crowned UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will hold a one-hour Q&A session exclusive to UFC Fight Club members. The weigh-in for UFC 94 will follow, at 3 to 5:00, with fighters on the scale at approximately 4 p.m. Catch the action!

UFC announces partnership with GSP & BJ Penn for UFC® GYMS™:   The UFC® and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC), announced today that UFC Gyms will partner with Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, UFC’s Welterweight Champion, and BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, reigning Lightweight Champion to build “St-Pierre” and “Penn” UFC Gyms, with locations planned for St-Pierre’s native city of Montreal and Penn’s home state of Hawaii . . .  Click here for more

An Epic Battle of Champions:  Tomorrow night on Pay-Per-View, Georges St. Pierre takes on B.J. Penn at UFC 94  . . .  Click here for more



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Wladimir Klitschko!

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

By Alexey Potapov

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he tells us about the plans for his upcoming fight against David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) and much more. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis Returns To Action!

By Craig Watt

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (23-2, 20 KO’s) returns to boxing action at the Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City in the Philippines on Saturday night. It is the first fight of 2009 for the Australian fighter known as “Katsidis The Great” who comes off two defeats in his last two fights. The 28-year-old all action fighter from Toowoomba, Queensland lost in 2008 against high quality opposition in Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz but enhanced his reputation in the process for those who had not seen the brave warrior fight before. He takes on Angel Hugo Ramirez (19-4-2), from Argentina over twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight Title. The fight is televised live in Australia from Cebu City on PPV on Main Event from 9pm AET. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams, Pryor Jr. in action!

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward will return to Cincinnati with super middleweight prospect Aaron Pryor Jr. on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena. Pryor Jr., 11-1-0 (8 KOs), son of legendary world champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor Sr., will battle in the eight round co-main event against southpaw William Prieto, 5-3-1 (2 KOs). “Aaron was upset in his last bout, but I’m glad to see him getting back in the ring just five weeks later. It’s better to get back in than to let it linger after a first loss with a prospect” said Steward. ‘He’s been training hard here at Kronk, sparring with Andy Lee who’s a southpaw like Prieto. I’ve liked what I’ve see of Aaron in the gym these last few weeks and I’m looking for a great performance from him on Saturday.” The card is headlined by the return of 2000 U.S. Olympian Ricardo Williams who returns to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in almost five years. Williams, 13-2 (7 KOs), will face Puerto Rican native Doel Carrasquillo, 12-9-1 (10 KOs) in the eight round main event. For tickets ($79.75, $40.75 and $23.75) call 513-462-4949.



January 30th, 2009




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