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Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Report/photos Tony Mayger at ringside Robin Krasniqi outpointed Dariusz Sek in Munich to firmly plant himself in the light heavyweight mandatory challenger's position ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Former featherweight title challenger 'Mr.' Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) was way too fast for Christopher 'S.D. ...

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Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mark Geraldo (31-5-3, 14 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision ...

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

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UFC

First UFC Gym opens

image0011The UFC® OctagonTM isn’t just for fighters anymore. Now, for the first time in the 15-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, anyone – no matter how young or old – can experience what it’s like to train in the most exciting sport in the world thanks to the launch of the UFC® GymTM. UFC and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC) announced today that Concord, California will be the first home to the ultimate fitness destination, one that combines a complete UFC experience with mixed martial arts and fitness. (more…)



June 11th, 2009



Boxing News

Boystov on the rise!

Photo: Marianne Müller

Photo: Marianne Müller

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer

While most the attention was on light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer last Saturday in Oberhausen, Germany, there was another fighter on the card who also took a major step forward. When unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boytsov entered the ring around midnight to face the toughest opponent in WBA #2 Taras Bidenko, it was crossroads in the career of the 23-year-old Russian prospect. Around 25 minutes later, a lot of questions were answered. Boytsov scored a devastating knockout in the sixth round, leaving the career of his Universum Box-Promotion stablemate in doubt, while raising his own status from heavyweight prospect to a serious and hard-hitting world title contender. (more…)



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko ready for Chagaev!

By Alexey Potapov
Photos: Pavel Terekhov

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IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight Wladimir Klitchsko (52-3, 46 KOs) is training in Going, Austria for his tough upcoming fight against WBA champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev (25-0-1, 17 KOs) on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitchsko has seven sparring partners in camp and spars 10-12 rounds daily in order to prepare for Chagaev. “For me it’s a difficult fight. I have just two weeks for preparation,” said Klitschko, “Ruslan Chagaev is a lefthander [Wladimir had been preparing for David Haye] but I have experience and victories over strong southpaws like Sultan Ibragimov and Tony Thompson. I decided to not cancel the fight on June 20th because I don;t wish to upset the fans. There will be an overflow crowd and it will be an excellent fight.”
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Word is the fight will be televised in the USA on ESPN Classic, after HBO pulled the plug. RTL will televise in Germany.



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Arce returns June 20!

Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) says he’s returning to his roots: technical boxing, speed and explosiveness. For four weeks, Arce has been training at the famous Romanza Gym in Mexico City under famed disciplinarian trainer Nacho Beristain. “I think that if I had trained before with Don Nacho, I would not have lost the world championship,” stated Arce, who will return against dangerous Fernando Lumacad (19-1-2, 7 KOs) on June 20th at the Poliforo Juan Gabriel in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Also on the card will be Omar Chavez (14-0-1, 12 KOs), son of the legendary Julio César Chávez.



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Irvine, CA!

Weights: Jeremy Roseman
Photos: Jeremy Roseman

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Arquimendez Garcia 131.5 vs Johnny Frazier 132
Mia Henderson 158.5 vs Mia Etelapelto 160.5
Hildo Silva 248 vs Joe Hanks 242.5
Ramon Camacho 171 vs Tyrell Hendrix 168.5
Mike Finney 247.5 vs Lionel Davis 251
Scott Alexander 232.5 vs Jesus Hernandez 289.5
Venue: Irvine Marriott
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Tickets: Irvine Marriott Box Office (949) 553-0100



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

“Tinley Park Rumble” Weigh-In!

Walker-Waite Weigh-In Open To Public Today!

On Thursday, June 11th in the San Tinley Room at the Holiday Inn/ Tinley Park Convention Center at 6 p.m., Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc. will conduct the official weigh-ins for the “Tinley Park Rumble.” Bad blood between two of O.I.A.M.’s top fighters and former sparring partners will be settled in a volatile main event when Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-2-2, 12 KOs) and “Iron” Orphius Waite (5-0, 3 KOs) step into the ring on Friday, June 12th for their ten round bout. Tickets for “Tinley Park Rumble” are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at VIP $100, VIP ringside $75, ringside $50 and general admission $30 and they are available from any Ticket Master location at (800)745-3000, (866) 438-7372 or www.ticketmaster.com. The Tinley Park Convention Center located at 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL, which is just 20 minutes from Northwest Indiana, doors will open at 7 p.m. with the first bout at 8 p.m.



June 11th, 2009

Announcement

Rising Star Daniel Hernandez!

The most talent-rich roster in California boxing just got richer today, as Thompson Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of unbeaten lightweight Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez (6-0, 4 KOs) to an exclusive promotion deal. “I’m very happy to have signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions as my promoter. I have no doubt that Thompson Boxing Promotions will take my career to the next level and eventually lead me to a world championship,” said South Gate, California’s Hernandez. “We feel really good about becoming part of the Thompson Boxing Promotions family,” added Eddie Gonzalez, Hernandez’ manager. “This is something that I had my eye on and was trying to accomplish for the last eight months. I know that both parties will complement each other in this relationship.” (more…)



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Sinyabi back quickly!

By Ron Jackson

Macbute Sinyabi makes the second defense of his South African junior featherweight title against number one challenger Luyanda Mrawuli at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. This will be the 22-year-old Sinyabi’s second title fight in three weeks. On May 24 he blasted out Desmond Samuels in 98 seconds. (more…)



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Siaca calls out Mundine!

Former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siaca is offering present IBO title-holder Anthony Mundine an opportunity to avenge one of his three pro losses, even if it means fighting Mundine again in his hometown of Sydney. Five years ago, Siaca captured the WBA super middleweight belt from Mundine, by way of 12-round decision, in Sydney. The 33-year-old Siaca (22-6, 19 KOs) said his experiment as a light heavyweight is in the past and he’s ready to take on Mundine (36-3, 23 KOs) again. “Since I beat him,” the Puerto Rican boxer said, “he’s fought nobody, only bums, other than Mikkel Kessler, who beat him, too. Mundine is fooling the people of Australia. In 2007, his people talked about him fighting me but they thought it was too risky. Danny Green pulled out of a fight against me, too. I beat Mundine in his backyard and I’ll do it again.”



June 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Los Angeles!

By Big Joe Miranda
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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David Rodela 131.50 vs Juan Garcia 132.50
(Garcia .5 overweight the first time on the scale)
Charles Hureta 125.75 vs Noe Lopez 125.75
Luis Ramos 134.50 vs Baudel Cardenas 132.50
Jose Roman 131.25 vs Ramon Flores 133.50
Ricky Lopez 124 vs Rufino Serrano 123.50
Venue: Nokia Theater (across from Staples Arena)
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Versus



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Malignaggi-Diaz set!

All open issues have been resolved regarding the proposed Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz fight on August 22, 2009 in Houston, Texas. DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy wrapped up negotiations today and tied up all loose ends for the fight- including the agreed upon weight of 138.5 lbs. “This is a fight between two guys looking to prove something. We are both coming of losses in big fights and we are both coming in hungry. Expect fireworks,” promised Malignaggi. Promoter Lou DiBella added, “I told Paulie to lay off his Grandma’s pasta and eat one less cannoli. Paulie is confident of his speed and boxing ability and is prepared to win in the lion’s den of Houston.”



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Wright to ref Diaconu-Pascal!

WBC President Jose Sulaiman, together with Director of Combat Sports in Quebec Richard Renaud, have selected the officials for the June 19th all-Canadian showdown between WBC light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (26-0, 15 KOs) and Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KOs) at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Montrealer Marlon B. Wright will be the third man in the ring, working his seventh world title bout. Judges for the contest will be John Keane (UK), Jack Woodburn (Montreal) and Max De Luca (California).



June 10th, 2009

UFC

Buchholz vows stoppage!

UFC 99 is LIVE on PPV June 13!

Story by David L. Hudson

The charismatic and entertaining Justin Buchholz hopes to continue the momentum he started last year when he upset hyped prospect Corey Hill in July 2008 in his next bout against Terry Etim at UFC 99. Buchholz says that he will win “by some kind of stoppage.” . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info



June 10th, 2009

Feature Story

Guerrero returns

img_91Story by David Robinett

Heading into his HBO-televised bout against undefeated Indonesian prospect Daud Yordan last March, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero was on the fast track into boxing’s upper echelon, that rarified air where name recognition trumps alphabet titles as well as the arbitrary whims of promoters and sanctioning bodies.

A decorated amateur, Guerrero had recaptured the IBF featherweight title in 2007, knocking out Spend Abazi, and, in his second title defense a year later, flattened hot contender Jason Litzau.  Having put a bitter split with former promoter Goossen-Tutor behind him, a lengthy battle which kept him sidelined for nearly a year, Guerrero had just signed with Golden Boy Promotions and was the featured attraction on the first HBO card to be televised from San Jose, California, just a short drive from his hometown of Gilroy. (more…)



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Clottey presser quotes!

By Andreas Hale
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

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Joshua Clottey: “Cotto is really giving me a big opportunity. I will always respect Miguel Cotto. All of the top welterweights never mention my name and Cotto has mentioned me for a long time. I respect that. He gave me the chance when others wouldn’t. I prepared very well. trained hard and done every possible thing to win. This won’t be an easy fight at all. We’re going to leave everything in the ring. It’s all about respect. I’m going to give a very good, clean fight and win.”
Miguel Cotto: “There’s just three more days until the fight. Like Joshua said before, he’s going to leave everything in the ring and I am going to do the same to be the winner and retain my title. But the real winner will be all of the fans. I’m ready to go and I know he’s ready too. Let’s go to it on Saturday.”
Rodel Mayol: “I would like to thank Top Rank for giving me the opportunity to fight at Madison Square Garden. This is my 3rd time fighting for a title and I’m going to try my best to win this fight. Everyone knows Ivan Calderon is a good boxer but many say his fights are boring. I will ensure that on Saturday night this fight will not be boring.”
Ivan Calderon: “He may say my fights are boring because you are used to see boxers hit and I’m never getting hit. I know it’s going to be a good fight. They trained and I trained hard for this fight. My style is hit, don’t get hit and go back home with no marks. A lot of people love my fights because my boxing is not boring. This is my first time fighting at MSG on a big card. A lot of people say he’ll have Manny Pacquiao in his corner but I’ll have the whole country of Puerto Rico in mine.”
Matt Korobov: “I’m so glad I’m fighting again in New York City in Madison Square Garden because a lot of Russians live here. Good luck to everyone on Saturday night.”



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Universum Statement

Here’s a statement from Universum Box-Promotion on the current state of the WBA heavyweight world championship. “We are waiting further for a decision and an official letter from the WBA. We’re not letting ourselves get worked up by tendential press releases without official confirmation.” — Klaus-Peter Kohl



June 10th, 2009

UFC

Saunders set for Swick

UFC 99 is LIVE on PPV June 13!

Story by Robert Kravantka

Ben “Killa B” Saunders grew up with martial arts. Influenced by Bruce Lee from the age of 8, Saunders, two years later, saw his first UFC match and thought, “This is something I want to do.”

After dabbling with karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Saunders began his career in his home state of Florida, before being cast for The Ultimate Fighter, Season 6, fighting under coach Matt Serra . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

NYC eagerly awaits Pacman!

By Nick Giongco

Filipinos residing in the US will be heartbroken if boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao decides to miss Friday night’s 84th Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) banquet in New York, BWAA president Jack Hirsch told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews on Wednesday. The BWAA had named Pacquiao as recipient of the coveted Fighter of the Year trophy for the second time after being voted as its top awardee in 2006. Pacquiao was on hand when the awards night was held at Copacabana also in the Big Apple. “It will be a tremendous insult to the boxing writers in the United States,” said Hirsch in an email message. There is still time for Pacquiao to make it to the US and boarding a Northwest Airlines jet on Friday morning should bring him to New York three hours before the BWAA event. Hirsch noted that “many Filipino people have already purchased tickets to attend (the awards night at the Capitale)….They will be bitterly disappointed if Pacquiao fails to attend,” said Hirsch, who was elected early this year.
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao was disappointed when told about Pacquiao’s decision to stay in the Philippines but he remains hopeful that Pacquiao would have a change of heart. “This is a horrible mistake,” said Arum. “It will be disrespectful to the BWAA if he doesn’t come.” Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Los Angeles-based Canadian adviser said the fighter is spending some time with his family for a much-needed rest after “all the meetings he’s attended the past few days.” Koncz said he might instead take the award “on Pacquiao’s behalf.” Aside from the BWAA affair, Arum wants Pacquiao to be at ringside when prospective foe Miguel Cotto fights Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Hirsch said he will get in touch with Arum to know if Pacquiao is indeed determined to stay in the Philippines.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Oquendo headlines in Chicago!

Two-time heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (29-5, 18 KOs) will face Gonzalo Omar Basile (41-4, 19 KOs) in the new ten round main event on June 26th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago it was announced today by Dominic Pelosi’s 8 Count Productions. Oquendo is coming off a highly controversial split decision loss to James Toney on December 13th. The bout against Basile is for the Basile’s WBO Latino heavyweight title and will be Oquendo’s first hometown bout in nine years. Tickets start at $31. Call 312-226-5800.



June 10th, 2009

Feature Story

Burgos takes on Gusev

burgos060909Story by Felipe Leon

As you cross the border from San Diego, Calif., into Tijuana, Mexico, to the west, you will find rolling hills invaded with neighborhoods all the way to the nearby ocean. On a non descriptive street just off the legendary Revolution Avenue, a lost tourist just might miss the Azteca Gym located next to an ice cream parlor and down a set of steps to a dungeon-like setting . . . Click here for more



June 10th, 2009

Announcement

Brothers Chudinov tell story!

Russian amateur sensation Dmitry Chudinov will be ringside this Saturday night, June 13th, at the “Mecca of Boxing”, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, to watch his rival countryman Matt Korobov battle on the undercard of the Welterweight World Championship Bout between Miguel Cotto and challenger Joshua Clottey . .  . Click here for more



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Tua-Cameron heats up!

By Eugene Carnachan

Heavyweights David the “Tuaminator” Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) and Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (23-1, 20 KOs) met on a prime time New Zealand television show for their first face off in the build up to their October 3rd showdown. An earlier fight was postponed due to a injury sustained in Cameron’s win over journeyman Robert Davis. The gregarious Tua was not his usual humble self and fired off a volley of barbs at the always confident Cameron. Tua called this “strictly business” and said Cameron “calling me out hasn’t shown me the respect I deserve” to which Cameron replied “it happens all the time…that’s what fighters do…if I didn’t, this fight wouldn’t be happening.” Tua emphatically warned “this will be Shane’s last fight…I’m gonna beat him up…hurt him” and to that the “Mountain Warrior” retorted with a terse “not if I have anything to do with it.” It really does look as if the “Tuaminator” is up for this fight and appears a little bent out of shape about being called out by a fellow New Zealander. Tua’s break from the niceties (his entourage actually took Talmadge Griffis to church) during pre-fight build ups are usually known to show he means business. With his vast pedigree in the upper echelons of the world boxing scene, Tua sees himself at the best heavy in Australasia and had he of stayed active to that there would be no question. But after not having fought in two years, the young guns are now calling his name and if tonight’s show of animosity is anything to go by — he doesn’t like it!



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Solis on Miccosukee card!

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Former Amateur Olympic and World Champion Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis of Havana, Cuba has been added to the already interesting show this Friday at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. Solis (13-0, 9 KOs) who is the WBC International heavyweight champion and currently ranked #7 WBC will face Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (18-6-1, 9 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas in scheduled eight round bout. The bout will be officially announced at today’s press conference. Also undefeated Cuban prospect Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (10-0, 6 KOs) will face the toughest fight of his career when he faces hard punching former Olympian Juan Camilo “La Boa” Novoa (13-3, 11 KOs) in a clash scheduled for six rounds in the jr middleweight division. In the main event, Diosbelys Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) returns home and will be facing former WBC Latin and WBA FEDECARIBE champion Manuel “El Marro” Garnica (25-10, 13 KO’s) in a clash scheduled for twelve rounds with Hurtado’s WBO Latin welterweight title on the line. Seven fights are scheduled, doors open at 7:30 PM first bout 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL or by calling (877) 242-6464. They are also available in www.ticketmaster.com. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.



June 10th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

Don’t Miss An All New Episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Tonight At 10pm ET/PT On Spike
Did You Miss WEC® Brown vs Faber 2? – Watch The Replay Tomorrow Night At 8pm On Versus
Join The UFC® Community And Upload Your Photos, Videos And Blogs
UFC® Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – Pick Your Top 100
Follow UFC® & Dana White On Twitter

(more…)



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

‘Iron Boy’ hits the Big Apple!

Photo: Joel Colón/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Photo: Joel Colón/PR Best Boxing Promotions

By Lee Bates

While Cottomania has swept New York City, WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) is getting some attention, too. Here the unbeaten ‘Iron Boy’ stands outside the legendary Madison Square Garden. Calderon will defend against two time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs) this Saturday. The bout will precede the main event of WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) vs Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20 KOs). The Calderon/Mayol fight will be seen free in Puerto Rico not no TV in the U.S. Cotto/Clottey will be televised by HBO. Top Rank will promote the event.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Tyson married for third time!

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was married over the weekend in Las Vegas according to USA Today. Iron Mike exchanged vows with Lakiha Spicer at La Bella Wedding Chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton. The ceremony took place just two weeks after the tragic death in Phoenix of his four-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. It’s the third marriage for the 42-year-old Tyson.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Clottey Notes!

Miguel Cotto has a special guest — a Wounded Warrior, Arturo Cordova of the U.S. Marines – to introduce before a Top Rank press conference gets underway Wednesday noontime at Madison Square Garden. Cotto, the WBO world welterweight champion, is about to take on rugged challenger Joshua Clottey of Ghana in the main event at MSG on Saturday night. Several months ago Cotto was invited to meet soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The visit had a profound effect on Cotto. He became involved in the Wounded Warrior Project which provide programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. “Miguel went to Washington, D.C. to meet the soldiers and he has been active in helping them ever since. He wants to help,” said his personal publicist, Bryan Perez. Corporal Arturo Cordova will be introduced at the Wednesday press conference. He was severely wounded while in Iraq in August, 2005. Laurie Baker, an aide in the Wounded Warriors program, will accompany him to the press conference.
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Cotto has been mobbed by fans in all of his New York appearances – first at an open workout at the Bronx followed by a visit to an AT & T store where there was a long line of fight fans. Cotto has been working out each day at the Trinity Boxing Club on Greenwich St. Clottey has been training at the Kingsway Gym on West 28th St. First bell on Saturday will be at 6:30 pm. There are two Team Cotto fighters on the undercard, super featherweight Alberto Cruz, 4-0, and super bantamweight Jayson Velez, 8-0. The Ivan Calderon vs. Rodol Mayol world title fight will be at 9 pm, followed by Russian Olympian Matt Korobov vs. Loren Myers. The HBO telecast will get underway at 10:35 pm local time. On Sunday, Cotto will be on a float with his family at the annual Puerto Rico Parade in New York.



June 10th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA: Valuev is champion!

Chagaev's Status Is "Under Review

The WBA clarified on Tuesday that Nikolai Valuev is the WBA world champion and Ruslan Chagaev remains the champion in recess. The matter is in the hands of the WBA. The sanctioning body’s attorneys have now put in writing that Chagaev’s status as champion in recess is “under review” and Valuev remains the world champion. Chagaev is expected to face IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on June 20th in Germany. The WBA’s attorney letter also states that neither Chagaev, Klitschko nor their representatives have requested a WBA sanction of the event, which “is unlikely to be granted.” Valuev and Sauerland Event will make no attempt to stop Chagaev from fighting Klitschko, but have demanded that Valuev’s status as champion not be further confused by a WBA sanction of Klitschko-Chagaev.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto NYC workout!

Photos: Ed Mulholland

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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto conducted his final media workout today at the Trinity Boxing Club in Manhattan as he prepares for his world title defense against Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Garden in New York, on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaconu-Pascal heats up!

With only 10 short days to go before fight night, tension is starting to mount in the camps of WBC world light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (25- 0-0, 15KO) and Jean Pascal (22-1-0, 15KO). Both local boxers will meet at the Montreal Bell Centre on June 19 to dispute the crown of new king of the light heavies in Canada. With Versus Network cameras rolling, the atmosphere at the arena will certainly be electric as boxing fans have been looking forward to this bout for weeks now. Since today marks Adrian’s 31st birthday, Jean Pascal had some choice words for the champion in a radio interview from his training camp facilities in Florida. “For his birthday I will give Adrian one gift and I will take one away. The first I will hand deliver to him at the press conference next week. Then, after I win the fight on June 19th, I will take away the belt that the WBC gave him as a gift when they declared him light heavyweight champion last year.”
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Stephane Larouche, head trainer for InterBox, quickly retorted. “I will forward your message to Adrian personally. He will certainly find it interesting. He is in training camp in Montreal because he has all the resources he needs right here in his home city. Pascal can say what he wants, but he submitted himself to a so-called sophisticated training camp in Arizona for his bout against Froch last year and he still showed lack of energy for the last seven rounds!” adds Larouche.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Juanma ready for 1st PPV!

Photo: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Photo: José Pérez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

By Lee Bates

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) hits the speed bag from his training camp in Puerto Rico. The Top Rank/PR Best Boxing-promoted Lopez is intensely training for his title defense against unbeaten challenger Oliver Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs). The bout will take place on June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This will be the first time Lopez will headline a pay-per-view. “I’m very excited to be in my first main event on pay-per- view,” said Juanma. “I’ve seen a video on Lontchi and I’m expecting a very tough fight. I am coming to the fight very well conditioned and prepared. I’m ready to meet his challenge. I encourage those who are unable to attend in person to watch the fight on PPV. The fans can expect to see me involved in another exciting fight.” (more…)



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Rodela ready to roar!

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Super featherweight prospect “Dangerous” David Rodela (12-1-2, 6KOs) headlines the series debut of Golden Boy Promotions “Fight Night Club” at the new Club Nokia at LA Live (across the street from the STAPLES Center) in downtown Los Angeles, CA on Thursday against Juan Garcia (15-2, 5KOs) . Versus will televise.



June 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Ballroom: Super-size it!

To say that the Thursday, June 11th Battle In The Ballroom show at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California is BIG, is an understatement. How about a 6’7” power forward from the University of Idaho…or a 6’7” quarterback from Northern Colorado University…or a 6’7” power forward from Notre Dame? That’ll be just some of the heavyweights in action at the Irvine Marriott, as promoter Roy Englebrecht has super-sized his Ballroom show. (more…)



June 9th, 2009

UFC

Opportunity knocks for Velasquez

UFC 99 is LIVE on PPV June 13!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

The co-feature of UFC 99: The Comeback offers a heavyweight contest with serious title implications as rising star Cain Velasquez faces the biggest challenge of his young career when he meets top contender Cheick Kongo . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info



June 9th, 2009

UFC

WEC 40: Catch the replay!

Faber vs. Brown II to Re-Air Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET

VERSUS, the exclusive television home of World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), will re-air the most-anticipated featherweight championship rematch in MMA history between Mike Brown and Urijah Faber on Wednesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. ET and again at 12 a.m. ET. (more…)



June 9th, 2009




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