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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) went the ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

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Boxing News

KNR2 Boxing Show!

Guest: legendary boxing writer Bert Sugar

Fightnews.com 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 the legendary boxing writer Bert Sugar! You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at boxing@espncleveland.com



January 23rd, 2009



Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Update!

Photo: Bryan Perez / Promociones Miguel Cotto

Photo: Bryan Perez / Promociones Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto weighed in at 161lbs today, 8lbs less than the 15% (169lbs) 30 day limit of the PR Boxing Commission. “I feel very well,” said Cotto. “We have done the right job at the gym, we’re 8 pounds under the rules of the commission. We have a great condition. I’m ready for Jennings and all what he can bring. The world will see what Miguel Cotto is about. I will be the new WBO welterweight champion.” He faces Michael Jenning on February 21 at Madison Square Garden.



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Urango ready to regain belt!

Iron Twin vs Ngoudjo Jan. 30 in Montreal

It’s taken two long years, three wins and three knockouts, but on Friday, January 30th, Juan Urango will finally get the opportunity to win back his IBF junior welterweight title when he takes on Herman Ngoudjo for the vacant crown at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Needless to say, Urango can’t wait for his chance to shine once again. “Every day since January 20, 2007, I’ve thought about winning my title back,” said Urango, who lost his belt via a hard-fought decision to Ricky Hatton that night. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Los Angeles!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Antonio Margarito 145.8 vs Shane Mosley 147.2/147
(WBA welterweight championship)
Venue: Staples Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Top Rank/Golden Boy
TV: HBO

Note: Mosley originally weighed in at 147lbs., but then the scale jumped to 147.2 so Shane was asked to reweigh. He weighed 147.2 the second time. Shane returned a few minutes later and weighed 147 even. Comment from Margarito: “I always make sure I make the weight. He’s got to make that weight and it’s his problem.” After making weight Mosley said “I’m ready to go!”



January 23rd, 2009

UFC

Faber-Pulver could steal show!

WEC 38 is LIVE on VERSUS this Sunday!

By Anthony Springer Jr.

While this Sunday’s WEC event boasts a light weight title bout with Jamie Varner taking on Donald Cerrone, all eyes are on the evening’s other featured contest—a featherweight rematch to last year’s exciting title fight between Urijah Faber and Jens “Lil Evil” Pulver  . . .  Click here for more 



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Young Guns ready to fire!

Some of boxing’s top young talent will enter the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 24th before Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley battle in one of the most highly-anticipated welterweight bouts in recent years. In addition to Margarito vs. Mosley and the junior lightweight clash between former two-time world featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Edel “Cuate” Ruiz, four unbeaten prospects will be in action on an undercard which will provide a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow today. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

Scale Watch

Huck, Battelo make weight!

Photo: Sauerland Event

Photo: Sauerland Event

Marco Huck 195.9 vs Geoffrey Battelo 197
(European cruiserweight championship)
Enad Licina 198.4 vs Jose Luis Herrera 199.5
(IBF Intercontinental cruiserweight championship)
Alexander Abraham 154.1 vs Nikola Stevanovic 152.5
(EE-EU jr middleweight championship)
Artur Hein 183.2 vs Blanchard Kalambay 183.2
Koko Murat 154.3 vs Bjorn Fiaert 150.3
Jens Krull 292.1 vs Ferenc Zsalek TBA
Martin Kempf 203.7 vs Jean-Claude Bikoi TBA
Venue: Erdgas Arena, Riesa, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Colombians are on the rise!

By Rick Scharmberg

Promoter Alfredo Marchio is the proof that persistence will pay off. Two of the fighters he promotes, Colombians Fulgencio Zunigo and Dionisio Miranda, will engage in important televised fights two weeks apart. IBF #8-ranked Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KOs) will face IBF #5-ranked Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs) on February 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ in a 12-round title eliminator. The winner will earn the number one ranking and become the top contender to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. IBF #10-ranked Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1, 19 KOs) will challenge IBF super middleweight champion Lucien Bute (23-0, 18 KOs) on March 13 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Taylor returns to Johnstown!

By Kurt Wolfheimer

The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA will come alive on Saturday night January 23rd as undefeated hometown favorite, Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor takes on Phillip Jewel for the vacant WBF Americas Cruiserweight title. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Marali aims at 4th belt!

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Zolani Marali hopes to win his fourth world belt when he takes on Thailand’s Fahsai Sakkreenin for the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on March 21 on a bill presented by Golden Gloves Promotions. Marali (19-2, 13 KOs) has previously held the IBO and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight and World Boxing Foundation junior lightweight belts. The 27-year-old Fahsai (23-1, 9 KOs), who will be having his first fight outside his home country, won the IBF Pan Pacific featherweight title when he outpointed Edgar Gabijon who has a reported record of 6-13-2  in April 2008 and in his most recent fight in November 2008 he stopped Lekpetch Photonggym in the fifth round. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

UFC

GSP-Penn is ‘Hagler-Hearns’

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

By Chris Cozzone

It’s not often when a great champion in one division leaps up to battle a great champion in a heavier division. Last month in boxing, Manny Pacquiao made the jump to soundly defeat Oscar De Hoya—this month, the focus is on B.J. Penn, UFC lightweight champion who will jump from 155 to 170 to take on Georges St. Pierre, UFC welterweight champ  . . .  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 23rd, 2009

Feature Story

Margarito promises KO!

"I'm not stepping back"

By Edgar Gonzalez

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

More twenty thousand fight fans are expected to attend Saturday night’s showdown between WBA welterweight champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Margarito and Mosley faced off at their final press conference yesterday afternoon. “I’m really prepared for this fight,” stated Margarito. “We did our work in training camp and we know Mosley is a very experienced fighter. There are no secrets here, we know our styles and I’m very certain I will raise my hands in victory on Saturday night….he knows I’m not stepping back. I’ll be pressuring him to fight my fight. You will see a knockout!” (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

RELIVE THE BIGGEST EVENT OF 2008 FREE ON SPIKE! Get ready for the biggest event of 2009 by watching the biggest event from 2008 tomorrow night on Spike TV. Catch UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar  .  . . Click here for more

THIS SUNDAY: Live on VERSUS, WEC lightweight champion Jaime Varner takes on Donald “Cowboy”Cerrone  .  . . Click here for more



January 23rd, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Long Island!

Mike Ruiz 146 vs Daniel Sostre 145 
(NY State Welterweight Championship)
George Walton 159 vs Jose Angel Rodriguez 160 
(NY State Middleweight Championship)
Will Rosinsky 178 vs Zeferino Albino 182 
Isouf Kinda 142 vs Pablo Tejada 138.5 
Joseph Llovett 135.75 vs Luquan Lewis 134.5 
Mike O’Connor 167.5 vs Juan Zapata 165.25 
Adam Willet 200 vs Andrew Hutchinson 196 
Emmanuel Gonzalez 131.5 vs Alex Cooper 126.5 
Venue: Huntington Hilton Hotel, Long Island, NY
Promoter: Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions & Frankie G Productions
Tickets: $100, $75 and $40



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

PBFR 2008 Awards!

Pirog, Titov and Yagupov honored

By Alexey Sukachev

Professional Boxing Federation of Russia has finally summed up the results and announced the best of the best in Russian boxing over the last year. The “Fighter of the Year” trophy has been awarded to WBO #6 rated middleweight Dmitry Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs). During 2008, Pirog, who had previously been considered as one of this country’s best prospects, notched three sound victories and not surprisingly emerged as a bona-fide contender in the 160lb class. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Mexico City!

Jesus “Destroyer” Jimenez 112 vs Salvador Montes 112
(WBC Latin flyweight title)
Venue: Foro Scotia Bank, Colonia Polanco, Mexico City
TV: Telemundo live at 11:35PM ET/PT
Promoters: All Star Boxing, Inc, Tuto Zabala Jr, Producciones Deportivas and Rafael Mendoza



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Buffalo!

By Bob Caico

Professional boxing is back in Buffalo, NY for the first time since 2003 and the first time sans “Baby” Joe Mesi on a card since 1992 when Nick Garone’s X-CEL promotions presents “The Return of Buffalo Boxing” on February 20th at the Buffalo Convention Center. The main event features former world super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1) going toe-to-toe with hardcore veteran Zach Walters (28-3) for the for the NABA light heavyweight belt. (more…)



January 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

More NY Boxing Beat!

By Matt Richardson

As we mentioned earlier in the week, with the amount of fights and fighters performing in New York over the next couple of weeks and months there are bound to be some changes to the schedule. So far, the only cancellation is a card that was slated to occur on March 15 at the Roseland Ballroom. The date for Monday, March 16, meanwhile, originally scheduled for the Hammerstein Ballroom, will now be held around the corner at Madison Square Garden’s Wamu Theatre. That show will be promoted by Irish Ropes in association with Gotham Boxing. Other dates added to the schedule include Friday, March 20 in Albany in a card promoted by Pugnacious Promotions and another all the way on Friday, July 31 at the Saratoga Springs City Center with the same promoter.



January 22nd, 2009

UFC

Henderson to coach on TUF

Dan Henderson will serve as coach of the American team for season nine of “The Ultimate Fighter: US vs. UK” premiering Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT on Spike TV. Henderson earned the right to coach after defeating former middleweight champ Rich Franklin via split decision after an intense bout at UFC 93 last Saturday night. He will be opposed by British sensation Michael Bisping. Production for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team US vs. Team UK” begins this Friday, January 23 in Las Vegas  . . .  Click here for more



January 22nd, 2009

Scale Watch

Holm-Lamare at the scales

Weights by Chris Cozzone

From the Isleta Resort & Casino south of Albuquerque: 
Holly Holm 145.5 vs. Myriam Lamare 144.5
Joe Gomez 155.75 vs. Jose Luis Cruz 158.5
Randy  Arrellin 122.5 vs. Raymond  Montes 119.25
Josh Torres 146.5 vs. Cornelius Shuler 146
Carlos Sanchez 153.5 vs. Mike Rodriguez 152 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton back on?

Manny Pacquiao has reportedly agreed to accept existing terms to face Ricky Hatton on May 2 at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Team Pacquiao member Rex ‘Wakee’ Salud informed PhilBoxing that Pacman is now on board with a $12 million guarantee with a 52-48 PPV split. Stay tuned…



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Margarito-Mosley Presser!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

By Edgar Gonzalez

WBA welterweight champion Antonio ‘The Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito and three-division world champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley pose during the press conference for their upcoming world welterweight championship on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Former two-division Bernard Hopkins separates the two combatants.
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“I know Mosley’s style, he knows mine,” Margarito told reporters today. “He knows I’m not stepping back. I’ll be pressuring him to fight my fight. You will see a knockout!” Mosley promised a “special” performance. “My training has gone well and on Saturday you’ll notice a diference,” he stated. Golden Boy’s Bernard Hopkins, referencing his recent win over Kelly Pavlik, warned “Don’t think Mosley will lose because he’s older.” Margarito vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Yanez opponent named!

2008 U.S. Olympian, Luis Yanez, now knows who will be standing between himself and his first professional victory when he makes his pro boxing debut at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, on Friday, February 20th. Yanez will take on San Antonio’s Julio Valadez (3-2), according to the event matchmaker, Wayne Harrison, who represents promoter — Mendelson Entertainment Group, LLC. The Yanez vs Valadez six-round Jr. Bantamweight main event, will headline a six-bout fight card, starting at 7:30 p.m. The remainder of the card is to be announced. (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Gauthier-Kooner in June?

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Fightnews has learned that both sides have agreed to a proposed fight between Canadian bantamweight champion Andrew Singh Kooner and hard hitting Sebastien Gauthier. “We’ve been contacted and have agreed,” said Stephane Larouche of Interbox. “We’ve got a proposed date for June and this could be fight of the year between these two,” promised Larouche. Kooner (9-1 4KO), a two-time Olympian, has rattled off five straight victories since suffering his only career defeat in England in 2006. to Gauthier is 15-1 with 11 knockouts (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

NJ ‘Knockout Night’ KO’d!

Tonight's card rescheduled to February 3rd

The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions card entitled “Knockout Night” that was scheduled for tonight at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ has been postponed to Tuesday, February 3rd at same location. The Darwish Brothers released the following statement: “The fight was jeopardized because one of the fighters was unable to make weight and another one had an eye injury so we had to postpone it for two weeks from this week. Tickets already purchased for the event will be honored at the new date. Anyone who wishes to return their tickets can call 973.339.9611.”



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Gunn back in action!

Boxing action returns to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, New Jersey on February 25 when cruiserweight Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-3-1, 17 KOs) takes on Brad Gregory (11-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout. Gunn will be defending his WBC USNBC belt. Also seeing action are former national champion Mike Perez (2-0, 2 KOs) and amateur featherweight star Carlos Zambrano (4-0). Tickets are $40 and $60.



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Mike Jones’ opponent named!

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, gets his stiffest test as a pro when he makes the first defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title against Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Huck: I will defeat Battelo!

Photo: Sauerland Event

Photo: Sauerland Event

European Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (23-1, 18 KOs) is determined to get the new year off to a winning start as he defends his title against Geoffrey Battelo (18-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday night. “If you want to reach the top, you have to defeat the best fighters out there,” Huck said. “It will be a tough fight but I know that I am better than him and that is why I will leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Bute to defend against Zuniga!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer

Lucian Bute (23-0 18KO) will be making the third defense of his IBF Super-middleweight title this coming March 13th at the Bell Centre in Montreal versus knockout artist Fulgencio Zuniga (22-3-1 19KO) of Colombia. A full house of 16,000 looked on in shock in Bute’s last fight as they saw the hometown fighter hit the canvas for the first time in his career with mere seconds remaining in the contest against hard-charging opponent Librado Andrade. (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

George to face Ballogou next!

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series makes its anticipated 2009 debut on February 25 with WBC # 6 rated light heavyweight and Brooklyn’s own Shaun George taking on former IBF Continental African cruiserweight titlist Jaffa “African Assassin” Ballogou, at the intimate BB King Blues Club & Grill, located in New York City’s Times Square. In addition to the George-Ballogou ten-round light heavyweight main event, unbeaten heavyweight Tor Hamer, from Harlem and middleweight prospect Philip Jackson Benson from Brooklyn, New York will see action. (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

UFC

Preview: Varner vs. Cerrone

Preview by Brady Crytzer

While its Ultimate big brother steals most of the attention on fight night, World Extreme Cagefighting always delivers action packed championship fights. With its best year behind it, WEC starts off 2009 in spectacular fashion as lightweight champion Jamie “The Worm” Varner defends his 155 lb. title against the unbeaten submission artist Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone  . . . Click here for more



January 22nd, 2009

UFC

Last chance to bid on UFC 94 tix

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Time is running out to bid on tickets! UFC 94 is sold out but here’s your chance to see UFC Welterweight Georges St. Pierre defend his title against UFC Lightweight Champion B. J. Penn. Bid now to win tickets in the first three rows of this exclusive UFC auction .  . . Click here for more



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Jennings warns Cotto!

British welterweight Michael Jennings will give it “100%” when he takes on Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden on February 21st. Jennings has hit out at claims in the American and Puerto Rican press that it was “a done fight”. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Jennings said, “They were trying to say that he’d already beaten me. Some Puerto Rican press asked me what I thought about Cotto having already arranged his next fight with Margarito in June I said ‘he shouldn’t count his chickens’.” Jennings described Cotto as his toughest opponent to date and is under no illusions that the odds are stacked against him. “People can say what they want about me getting knocked out. I know it’s going to be a hard fight. But I’m a proud English man. I’m not going over there lose, I’m going over there to win.”



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Alexander Alexeev!

By Alexey Potapov

Cruiserweight Alexander Alexeev (16-1, 15 KOs) lost a challenge for the WBO interim cruiserweight title and his unbeaten record via TKO to Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) last Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Alekseev tells us what happened. (more…)



January 22nd, 2009

Boxing News

Gonzalez ready for all comers!

By Gabriel Cordero and Darrel Williams

WBA minimumweight world champion Roman “Chocolate” Gonzalez (22-0 20 KOs) of Nicaragua, is one of the diamonds that are the future of boxing that continue to emerge from poverty and hunger. Growing up in the barrios of Managua, poverty and hunger were his daily dose of life. “We were so poor, often only eating once a day,” he says. “My mother took care of us, cooking, cleaning, ironing other people’s clothes, just to make sure my four brothers and I could have food on the table and clothes on our back.” (more…)



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