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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Junior welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session ...

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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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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media

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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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Boxing News

Ngoudjo corner all squared!

By Dave Spencer

Yet another change in the corner of Hermann Ngoudjo for Friday night’s IBF super-lightweight showdown with Juan Urango taking place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With Ngoudjo’s trainer Howard Grant suspended for his actions at the end of the Lucian Bute versus Librado Andrade bout, it was announced Wednesday that promoter Yvon Michel would enter in and assist Howard’s brother Otis, who would be the chief second for the contest. No go declared the Quebec Commission (Regie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux) who referred to a 2004 amendment to the combat sport licensing regulations that state in paragraph 58 that the board may cancel any trainer or cornerman’s license who works concurrently as an organizer. With the regulation clear, Michel has stepped aside and welcomed long time trainer and cutman Russ Anber to Ngoudjo’s corner. The pairing reunites Anber and Otis Grant, the boxer he trained for ten years as a professional and a world championship. “I know Russ very well,” said Ngoudjo. “I trained during the 2 last months with the one of his boxers, David Lemieux and Russ was very often with us. We could not have found better under the circumstances.”



January 29th, 2009



Photo Gallery

Brähmer-Kanfouah Presser!

Photo: Eroll Popova

Photo: Eroll Popova

A press conference was held in Dresden, Germany on Wednesday at the Schiller Garten located at the famous “Blauen Wunder” (Blue Wonder) steel bridge over the Elbe River to officially announce the March 7 “Universum Champions Night” at the Freiberger Arena. In the main event, light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will take on French champion Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) for the vacant European title, while WIBF/GBU female super bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (22-1, 9 KOs) meets Magdalena Dahlen (9-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their exciting bout last November in Rostock. Here’s what they had to say, plus more photos. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Vic Darchinyan, Karl Freitag

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan and Fightnews publisher Karl Freitag. Call or email your questions for Vic and Karl to ttropes@earthlink.net. WBC/WBA/IBF super flyweight king Vic Darchinyan is coming off a career defining win against Christian Mijares. Hear what the always outspoken Raging Bull has to say about the Mijares fight and what are sure to be some choice words about his next opponent Jorge Arce. Karl Freitag has become Through the Ropes’ expert on the hot German boxing scene. Karl will give his analysis of the upcoming fights including Chagaev-Drummond and Klitschko-Gomez. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



January 29th, 2009

UFC

Fitch ready for second climb

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Jon Fitch regretted it the second it happened – well, maybe the second after it happened. As he threw a right kick to the leg of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the first round of their bout last August, he knew something bad was going to happen.s   . . .  Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan, Arce speak out!

A must-see matchup that fans, media and the fighters themselves have been clamoring for will take place when two of boxing’s biggest little men and hardest punchers, Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce, clash at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Darchinyan’s 115-pound IBF, WBC and WBA world titles will be on the line. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Top Boxing Stories

Margarito Suspended!

Trainer Javier Capetillo also suspended

Following is a statement by Tim Noonan, Chairman of the California Athletic Commission, regarding Antonio Margarito:

“The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has temporarily suspended the licenses of Antonio Margarito and his chief corner man, Javier Capetillo. The temporary suspension will remain in effect until CSAC has fully investigated the circumstances surrounding events at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 24, 2009. A foreign substance was found by California State Athletic Commission staff in the hand wraps of Antonio Margarito before his bout against Shane Mosley at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The substance found in Margarito’s hand wraps is currently being analyzed by the California Department of Justice. An investigation as to whether either licensee violated CSAC rules is ongoing. Mr. Margarito and Mr. Capetillo have been asked to appear at an initial hearing scheduled for February 10, 2009.” (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Burgos back on Feb 27!

Rising featherweight star Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (20-0, 14 KOs) takes a step up when he battles Omar “Calilla” Lizarraga (16-6-1, 12 KOs) in a ten round battle for the vacant IBA featherweight crown on February 27th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Tijuana’s Burgos, just 21 years old, has been drawing rave reviews for his exciting style and ring savvy. The 33-year-old Lizarraga, a 13-year veteran who wants to make a statement against the youngster from his Tijuana hometown, will push him to the limit. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pacquiao-Hatton!

Two of boxing’s biggest stars will meet in the ring in what could be the year’s biggest pay-per-view event. Five-division world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao and IBO World Junior Welterweight champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will rumble for Hatton’s World Junior Welterweight Championships Saturday, May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. These two boxing artists will have a 20 x 20 foot canvas. Tickets priced at $1000, $750, $500, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

WBO wins judgment!

Arizona Commissioner socked for six figures

After twelve years of intense litigation, the World Boxing Organization has obtained a judicial victory over former regional vice-president John Montano (now State Athletic Commissioner of Arizona) and co-defendants former referee Ismael “Wiso” Fernandez and his wife, former WBO executive Virginia Pinto. The Court ruled that the trio fraudulently used the name and the initials of the WBO and its regional organizations in an attempt to divert funds in the amount of $92,000. The Docket Number: KPE1996-0764 that goes back to October of 1996 was awarded to the WBO by San Juan Superior Court Judge Ivonne Diaz on January 14th. She has ordered the co-defendants Montano and the Fernandez couple pay the $92,000 plus the legal interest since 1996 and $50,000 in attorney fees-damages well over $200,000 according to attorney José Cuevas-Segarra.



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschkos Kiev presser!

Wlad says he's fighting Haye

By Alexey Potapov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference on Wednesday in Kiev, where they shared their plans for the future.  Vitali Klitschko confirmed he will fight on March 21st in Stuttgart against official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez, while Wladimir informed Fightnews.com that he will likely box against David Haye on June 20th in London at the Stamford Bridge stadium in Chelsea.

See the full story for a complete photo report. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Ngoudjo promoter replaces trainer!

By Dave Spencer — Fightnews Canada

With trainer Howard Grant suspended for this Friday’s IBF championship contest between Hermann Ngoudjo and Juan Urango, a surprise replacement has been named to replace him. Promoter Yvon Michel will be donning the silks and will assisting Howard’s brother, former world champion Otis Grant along with veteran cutman Bob Miller. “This obviously is an important fight,” said the promoter, “If Hermann thought he’d have a better chance of winning by me carrying a water bottle, I would do it for him.” (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Margarito handwrap update!

The California Commission has promised “prompt” results the investigation into the pads from the handwraps confiscated from Antonio Margarito prior to his loss to Shane Mosley. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer decribed the material removed to the LA Times as “a white pad with a substance that was a grayish, concrete color on it” and added “…you wonder now how many times he did it before.”



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Shot of the Day!

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko display their hardware during a press event today in Kiev.



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Brähmer-Kanfouah presser!

Photo: Eroll Popova

Photo: Eroll Popova

Light heavyweight contenders Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) and Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) are joined by female world champion Alesia Graf and her challenger Magdalena Dahlen at a press conference today in Dresden, Germany. Brähmer and Kanfouah collide for the vacant European championship on the March 7 “Universum Champions Night.” More to come…



January 28th, 2009

UFC

Bonnar returns at UFC 94!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

In 2004, the Ultimate Fighting Championship engaged in the ultimate science experiment. 16 guys were picked to live in a house, fight each other and compete for a six figure contract. The series finale took place April 5, 2005 inside the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The light heavyweight final showcased two fighters that beat each other to a pulp for 15 minutes, much to the delight of a capacity crowd—who showered the men with a thunderous ovation at the conclusion—and millions of fans who curiously tuned in to the growing sport that is mixed martial arts   . . .  Click here for more

DON’T MISS THE LAST STOP  BEFORE UFC 94 . . . . Tonight on SPIKE TV, the final episode of UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Penn airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT . . . 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 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Video: Campbell warns Funeka!

WBA/IBF/WBO unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell says his February 14 ‘St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’ showdown with mandatory challenger Ali Funeka is personal. “If he truly wants to win, he better be ready to fight, kill or die,” stated the “Galaxy Warrior” at Tuesday’s kickoff press conference at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Chavez to fight in California!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Photo: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Omar Chavez, the youngest boxing son of the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez will fight for the first in Southern California when he takes on Rodolfo Armenta of Nogales, Mexico on Friday, February 6 at the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California in the series premier of “Boxeo Azteca” to be telecast by Azteca America in the United States. Omar Chavez has been training for five weeks in the Mexican Mountains to get ready for this fight. “My father holds Los Angeles in a very special place. He trained there for many of his fights and it become a second home for him during his boxing days. I’m looking forward to giving the fans there a good fight in the name of my father,” said the 18 year old Chavez. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

UFC launches UFC® GYMS™:   The fastest growing sports organization in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) in partnership with New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC), today announced plans to launch a nationwide and global network of UFC gyms   . . .  Click here for more

Franca injured; Hermes steps up to Lauzon:  With Hermes Franca sidelined due to injury, Jeremy Stephens has stepped up to take his place to fight Joe Lauzon in what should be an action packed battle in the UFC’s lightweight division at Spike TV’s Live “UFC Fight Night,” which will emanate from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, FL on Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT   . . .  Click here for more

UFC 91 replay peaks at 3.3 million: UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar can now add television ratings champion to his resume. Spike TV’s replay of UFC 91 (originally airing on Pay Per View on November 15) featuring UFC legend Randy Couture vs. Lesnar was the highest rated show among Men 18-34 in all of television (broadcast or cable) in its timeslot on Saturday, January 24 (9:00-11:30pm ET/PT). UFC 91 peaked at 3.3 million viewers at 11:15pm for the Lesnar victory ending in a second round TKO. The entire fight card, which included exciting victories for lightweight contender Kenny Florian and heavyweight hopeful Gabriel Gonzaga, averaged 2.3 million viewers for the 2.5 hour telecast, easily making UFC 91 the most-watched taped UFC event in network history. Overall, UFC 91 on Spike TV drew a 1.7 household rating and a 1.8 among M18-49 (991,000), a 1.8 among M18-34 (508,000) and had an average audience of 2.3 million viewers.



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell rips into Funeka!

Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP

Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP

Unified lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) gave a stern warning to IBF #1-ranked lightweight mandatory challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (30-1, 25 KOs) at a Don King-hosted press conference at BankAtlantic Center today promoting their Valentine’s Day meeting in South Florida. “I’m a New Age guy that likes to be on the Internet,” Campbell began. “Then I went on the Web and read what Ali Funeka said he’s going to do to me on Valentine’s Day. He said he sees nothing special in me. He said he knows me like the back of his hand. That’s rhetoric but he’s going to pay for it. I’m going to beat him like he tried to steal something from me.” (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Ngoudjo’s trainer suspended!

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

While Hermann Ngoudjo enters the ring this Friday, attempting to win the IBF super-lightweight in his second attempt versus Juan Urango, one familiar figure will be absent from ringside. Ngoudjo’s longtime trainer Howard Grant learnt this morning that the appeal of his three month suspension for his actions at the end of the championship bout between Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade. “They’ve thrown the bad guy out,” Grant told Fightnews. The fiery trainer was guilty of pushing referee Marlon Wright at the conclusion of the highly contested October 24th bout that had Grant’s fighter Andrade scoring a knockdown with just five seconds left in the contest. The original hearing for Grant was heard on December 11th, allowing two full fight cards in which the Montreal trainer fully participated to transpire. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Ngoudjo laughs off KO claim!

It was with great surprise that the #1 IBF contender Hermann Ngoudjo (17-2-0, 9 KOs) read the press release where former IBF champion Juan Urango (20-1-1, 16 KOs) claimed he was going to knock out “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo. Ngoudjo will take on the Colombian for the vacant IBF Super lightweight world championship in Montreal on Friday. For two years Hermann Ngoudjo has fought the elite of the division, and no one has hurt or come close to a knockout win against him! (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Johnson-Judah!

Light heavyweight standouts Glen Johnson and Daniel Judah have unfinished business with each other after their disputed draw in 2003.  On Friday, February 27th, they finally get their chance to get it on again at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and tickets are now on sale for what promises to be an explosive rematch. Priced at $152, $102, $52, and $22, tickets may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or TicketMaster.com for Johnson vs Judah II, a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto/Pavlik PPV undercard!

The wildly popular John Duddy of Ireland will take on Matt Vanda and undefeated Anthony Peterson faces Edna Cherry on Top Rank’s Cotto–Pavlik PPV event on Saturday, Feb. 21. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Duddy vs. Vanda and Peterson vs. Cherry will be at Madison Square Garden where Cotto will fight for the world welterweight championship against Michael Jennings.  On the same PPV, Kelly Pavlik will defend his world middleweight crown against challenger Marco Antonio Rubio at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. “I am excited, as is everyone at Top Rank, about this championship night of boxing in two locations — Madison Square Garden in New York City and at Kelly’s hometown in Youngstown,” said Arum. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Adamek-Banks official!

Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek of Jersey City and Golwice, Poland returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Friday, February 27th to make the first defense of his world title against Detroit’s undefeated Johnathon Banks when Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions, bring boxing back to “The Rock.” The inaugural event of Main Events’ “Brick City Boxing Series” at the Prudential Center also will be aired on Showtime as part of its ShoBox boxing series. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Karpency eyes first belt!

On Friday January 30th at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia, 23 year old, Tommy Karpency (15-1-1 10 KOs) is scheduled to face Cory Phelps (13-4-1 7 KOs) over ten rounds for the vacant WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight title. Promoted by Simons’ Promotions, the five bout card also features hot super middleweight prospect, Jimmy Lubash (12-1 6 KOs) in the eight round co-feature. Lubash will meet durable journeyman James North in a West Virginia State elimination match. Both Karpency and Lubash are managed by Pat Nelson and promoted by Steve Simons. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

UFC

Guida takes on Diaz

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

Since winning The Ultimate Fighter 5, Stockton, California’s Nate Diaz has been on an unexpected tear through the UFC lightweight division. With five quality wins under his belt in a little less than two years, the 23-year-old look to take on the biggest test of his career in perennial contender Clay “The Carpenter” Guida. Although he’s improved each time he’s stepped into the Octagon, is the high octane Guida going to be too much, too soon?   . . .  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 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Valero to join Top Rank?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unbeaten Venezuelan superstar Edwin Valero could soon be an official member of the elite Top Rank stable of fighters. Sources report that a promotional pact would kick in after Valero’s showdown with Colombian Antonio Pitalua for the WBC interim lightweight belt. Valero-Pitalua is expected to take place in March, possibly in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo and be available on U.S. television. One of the more interesting fighters in the sport, Valero opened his career with 18 consecutive first round knockouts and has compiled an unblemished career mark of 24-0 with all wins coming by knockout. He held the WBA super featherweight world title and defended it four times before vacating that belt and moving up to lightweight. Valero is also considered to be a viable opponent for Manny Pacquiao.



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Spivey gets NABO title shot!

Welterweight Dorin Spivey (35-5, 28 KOs) will now meet WBO #6 Antonin Decarie (20-0, 6 KOs) for Decarie’s NABO belt this Friday at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will be the televised co-feature on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Now managed by Pat Nelson, Spivey’s biggest wins to date have been against Michael ‘No Joke’ Stewart and Canadian Billy Irwin. “Initially scheduled to fight for the NABA belt on December 30th, I never left the gym after that bout fell through. I am ready to take full advantage of this great opportunity,” Spivey stated. The card is promoted by Group Yvon Michel and features the IBF junior welterweight title clash between Herman Ngoudjo (17-2) and Juan Urango (20-1) in the ESPN2 main event.



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back in San Diego!

By Felipe Leon

On February 12, Bobby D. Presents has joined forces with Jorge Marron Productions to showcase the first professional bout card on the year in San Diego. The five fight showcase will be headlined by an eight round bantamweight state championship fight between Christopher Martin (12-0-2, 2 KOs) and Trinidad “Trini” Mendoza (24-18-2, 19 KOs). In their last face off, the undefeated Martin won a hard fought decision over the hard hitting veteran. (more…)



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Vasquez could return in June!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican superstar and WBC emeritus super bantamweight world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vázquez will likely return in June. He is recovering well from retina surgery in his right eye. Vasquez could return as a featherweight. Sources close to Vasquez do not rule out the possibility of a fourth fight against countryman Rafael Marquez at some point.



January 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Oscar payoff denied!

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has denied a claim made on the air by HBO announcer Larry Merchant that Oscar De La Hoya was not in attendance at Saturday’s clash between Sugar Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito because he was paid $5 million by a T-shirt company to instead attend an MMA event. Schaefer reportedly said Oscar “didn’t make a penny.” Merchant, who celebrates his 78th birthday on February 11th, recently re-upped with HBO for another two years.



January 26th, 2009

UFC

Varner gets the nod!

Faber back in the mix at WEC 38

Report by Brady Crytzer, photos by Joe Cordova

World Extreme Cagefighting made its return to California to host its first event of 2009 where lightweight champion Jamie Varner successfully defended his title for the second time against a very tough Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone after being hit with an illegal knee. As Varner could no longer continue, the judges decided the fight giving Varner the split decision victory . . . . Click here for more



January 26th, 2009

Twitter Watch

Official Mike Tyson Statement!

Iron Mike denies comeback rumor

Mike Tyson through his management team has released the following statement on his website officialmiketyson.com:

“The rumors about me fighting Evander Holyfield are just that, rumors.  Last week the rumors had me making a marriage proposal to a girl from England and this week they have me fighting Evander in October.  The facts are I am promoting my documentary, TYSON, which comes out April 24th on the big screen, working on a book and looking forward to the release of the new EA Sports Fight Night 4 video game. ”

Mike Tyson


January 26th, 2009

Feature Story

Chagaev plans big 2009!

Drumond, Valuev, then Klitschkos

WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev has all of his boxing ducks, so to speak, lined up in a row but first he has to get past unbeaten #10 rated Carl Davis Drumond in the 12-round main event February 7, headlining “The Champion Returns” in Rostock, Germany. “[After defeating Drumond], I will show who the real champ is by beating Valuev for the second time,” Chagaev said from his training camp in Hamburg. “Then I want to unify all of the belts. I want to fight the Klitschkos. I respect them for what they’ve reached in the heavyweight division, but I know them very well and I can beat them. 2009 will be my year.” (more…)



January 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschkos target Valuev!

Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have announced that they feel WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (holder of the only major heavyweight belt not held by a Klitschko) is avoiding them. “Around the world fans and experts want to see this fight,” WBC heavyweight Vitali Klitschko said today a news conference in Moscow. “But these promoters are doing everything to make sure that this fight doesn’t go ahead.” IBF/WBO/IBO champ Wladimir added “The most important thing is to bring the [Valuev's WBA] belt to the family.” The chance of a Klitschko-Valuev match coming anytime soon is remote, however. Valuev is committed to facing Ruslan Chagaev next (should Chagaev get past Carl Davis Drumond on February 7th). Vitali is committed to facing Juan Carlos Gomez and then Oleg Maskaev. Wladimir has an optional defense coming with David Haye and Chris Arreola having been mentioned as possible opponents.



January 26th, 2009




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