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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 heavyweight Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32KO) kept ...

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell "The Special ...

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title,

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains

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Scale Watch

Campbell loses titles on scale!

Photo: Scott Foster

Photo: Scott Foster

By Jason Kotar

WBO/IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell initially weighed in at 138 lbs. for Saturday’s bout against Ali Funeka. He was given two hours to lose 3 lbs., but arrived back at the scale slightly after the two hours had expired. Campbell weighed 137.5 upon his return, and thus loses both titles. The bout will still take place, and if Funeka wins, he will claim the vacant title. Funeka weighed in 133.5 on the first try. Ironically, Campbell’s previous fight with Joan Guzman was cancelled when Guzman didn’t make weight.
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WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez weighed 153.25 while Kermit Cintron weighed 154.25. Cintron went back on the scales 15 minutes later and weighed exactly 154.
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Alfred Angulo 153.5 and Cosme Rivera 151.5 both made weight for their bout.
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Ray Austin 237.5 vs Julius Long 293.25
Bermane Stiverne 254.5 vs Robert Hawkins 250
Francisco Palacios 193.75 vs Lawrence Chapman 187.25
Ivan Kirpa 148.5 vs Frankie Santos 154.75
Anges Adjaho 142.5 vs Fernando Angulo 141.5
John Jackson 132 vs Ricardo Medina 129.5
Angelo Santana 134.5 vs Mario Garcia 136.5
Gary Russell Jr 126.5 vs John Wampash 126.5
Anthony Dirrell 166.5 vs Jose Medina 171.75
Venue: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: DKP
TV: HBO



February 13th, 2009



Boxing News

Barrera-Khan on PPV!

Also Maccarinelli-Afolabi, Cook-Martinez

Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Three 12-round championship bouts are featured for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Wegner: Abraham to be undisputed!

Ulli Wegner is convinced that Arthur Abraham will be the undisputed middleweight king by the end of the year. The undefeated 28-year-old takes on Lajuan Simon on March 14 in what will be the ninth defense of the IBF title he won in December 2005. After WBA champion Felix Sturm allegedly avoided an all-German showdown with the hard-hitting crowd favourite, King Arthur has now set his sights on Kelly Pavlik´s belts. “Arthur has worked very hard in training. He has high goals for 2009,” Wegner lauded. “I am sure he will be the super-champion before the end of the year.” However, the coaching legend warned his fighter to take one step at a time. “We are not thinking too far ahead,” Wegner added. “Our full focus is on Simon now. He has not lost any of his 24 fights so we expect a hard battle. Arthur needs to be in top shape to defeat him.” (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Martin, Rios win in San Diego!

Ringside by Felipe Leon, photos by Paul Gallegos

Bobby D. Presents, with the help of Jorge Marron Promotions, showcased the first fight card of the year in San Diego, Calif., last night. Returning to their previous home, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Bobby D. and company welcomed a sold-out house of 980 fans to witness a five-bout fight card filled with young local talent . . . .  Click here for full report & photos



February 13th, 2009

Announcement

GG champ turned promoter!

In 1988 a young Morris Park boxer by the name of Joe DeGuardia won the New York State Golden Gloves open 147 lb. championship by defeating fellow New Yorker, Larry Barnes. While DeGuardia would hang up the gloves and choose to pursue a career in law before later forming the world renown boxing promotional company Star Boxing, Barnes turned pro, compiling an outstanding professional record of 44-3,17KO and in the process won the NABF and New York State welterweight championship, as well as challenging for the IBF world welterweight and light middleweight championships. While DeGuardia and Barnes never met again inside the ring as combatants the two did work together as companions with DeGuardia in the role of promoter and Barnes as boxer . . . . Click here for more



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Funeka has puncher’s chance

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Ali Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his boxing career when he takes on world champion Nate Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) in a challenge for his IBF and WBO lightweight belts at the BankAtlantic Center, in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday night. Even though Funeka is the underdog going into the fight, with his height and reach advantages, and as Campbell has been inactive for nearly a year, he is definitely in with a puncher’s chance provided he does not freeze on the night. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan’s belts tempting Donaire!

By Dennis Principe

Notwithstanding the three straight victories against three world champions that revitalized the career of Vic Darchinyan, conqueror Nonito Donaire Jr. believes he is still the man capable of again snatching the Australian’s three belts if given the chance of a return encounter. Interviewed by the daily morning Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” hosted by this writer Wednesday morning, Donaire said Darchinyan has become a bit slower and cautious in scoring an emphatic 11th round TKO win over Mexican superstar Jorge Arce last weekend at The Pond in Anaheim, California.
Before Arce, Darchinyan unified all three prestigious belts in the super flyweight division with spectacular wins over Russian Dimitri Kirilov and another Mexican superstar Cristian Mijares last year. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Emanuel Steward!

By Matt Richardson

Photo: Jim Everett

Photo: Jim Everett

Boxing will return to the Mecca, Madison Square Garden on Monday night, March 16th, the night before Saint Patrick’s Day to feature a bevy of Irish and Irish American boxers, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday in New York City. Former WBC bantamweight title-holder Wayne McCullough is scheduled to fight on the card against an opponent to be determined. McCullough (27-7, 18 KO’s) hasn’t won a fight since 2004 and is determined to get back on the winning track. A similar story line will take place in the main event as middleweight prospect Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KO’s) will attempt to further distance himself from an upset loss last year to Brian Vera when he takes on multiple title challenger Antwun Echols. Echols, though, also hasn’t won a fight in five years and is just 0-4-3 in his last seven fights. Fightnews had a chance to catch up at the press conference with Lee’s trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, to discuss the fight, Echols’ presumably small chance of an upset, Steward’s other fighters and much more. Read on to see what Steward had to say. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Israel Vazquez!

By Alexey Potapov

Former WBC super bantamweight world champion Israel Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) is continuing with his recovery from retina surgery. Easily one of the most exciting and beloved fighters today, Vazquez has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he talks about his plans for the future, a possible fight against Vic Darchinyan and more. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Melligen to make US debut!

Bob Arum and Mark Jason Melligen

Bob Arum and Mark Jason Melligen

By Dennis Principe

Former Philippine national amateur standout Mark Jason Melligen has taken one huge step, at least on the business side of his career, in making his much-awaited debut in the United States. Thursday in Las Vegas, Melligen and US benefactor Tony Martin met with Bob Arum inside his Top Rank office and discussed the Filipino’s first fight in the United States. In an interview with this writer, Martin said Arum stated during their meeting about his willingness to help Melligen get in getting a fight next month. (more…)



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

More “Massacre” Notes!

By Karl Freitag

More details for Don King’s “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” card on Saturday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The referee for the bout between IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell and Ali Funeka will be Tommy Kimmons (Florida). Judges are Michael Pernick (Florida), Benoit Roussel (Canada) and Deon Dwarte (South Africa). IBF supervisor Peter Wilkins, WBO supervisor Phil Siegel.
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Officials for the WBC interim super welterweight title clash between Sergio Martinez and Kermit Cintron are referee Frank Santore (Florida) and judges Ged O’Connor (Florida), Peter Trematerra (Florida) and Tom Kaczmarek (New Jersey). WBC supervisor Craig Hubble.
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In the main off-TV bout, former #1-ranked heavyweight Ray “The Rainman” Austin (26-4-4, 17 KOs) meets seven-footer Julius Long (15-10, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Other notable bouts include welterweight Ivan “The Terrible” Kirpa (22-1, 14 KOs) vs Frankie Santos (16-6-4, 8 KOs), lightweight Anges Adjaho (24-1, 14 KOs) vs Fernando Angulo (22-4, 14 KOs), junior lightweight John “Action” Jackson (13-1, 13 KOs) vs Ricardo Medina (30-32-6, 17 KOs), and super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (14-0, 12 KOs) vs TBA.
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The BankAtlantic Center will be configured in a fan-friendly half-house configuration with only the best seats in the lower bowl and floor areas being placed for sale. In addition, DKP has created a special “Valentine’s Day 2-for-1″ ticket promotion where everyone who buys a seat will get an additional ticket for free, starting at just $25 (except a small number of ringside seats).



February 13th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Miami!

Photo: All Star Boxing

Photo: All Star Boxing

Jose “Gallo” Reyes 135 vs Efren Hinojosa 134.5
Stalin Lopez 134.75 vs Karl Garcia 131.5
Lester Gonzalez 154 vs Quinton Whitaker 153
Genier Pit 126 vs Joshua Arocho 122.5
Rocky Daniel Alvarez 135 vs Pablo Barbosa 137
Jorge Ruiz 137.5 vs Rashad Ganaway 136
Amaury Torres 141.5 vs Jose Duran 141.5
Maximino Cuevas 149 vs Chris Gray 155.5
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo 11:30PM ET/PT



February 13th, 2009

Boxing News

More on Campbell-Funeka!

Photos: David Martin Warr

Click on the photo to see more photos…

IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) continued his verbal assault on Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs), the man he will face in the main event on Saturday night at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, 10 p.m. ET/PT). “I listened and read what he [Funeka] was going to do to me,” Campbell said. “He talks trash over an ocean and then he gets here and doesn’t have nothin’ to say. I’m going to be doing the talking in the ring on Saturday night. He’s going to have to face me.” (more…)



February 12th, 2009

UFC

Grove thinking big!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Born in South Africa and based in England, Neil ‘Goliath’ Grove is a man who has lived. This towering heavyweight from Klerksdorp found life before he found fighting. He matured, browsed life’s yellow pages and then discovered this fighting lark may be right up his street  . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 12th, 2009

UFC

Remaining bouts for UFC 96!

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) proudly confirms the remaining bouts for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 7, 2009  . . . Click here for more



February 12th, 2009

Scale Watch

‘Friday the 13th’ at the scales!

From New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom:

Alexis Camacho – 147 1/4  vs. Carlos Molina – 148 
Ray Robinson 142 vs. Darnell Jiles – 142
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Yathomas Riley – 185 1/2 vs. Julius Jackson – 189 
Eddie Irizarry – 127 1/2  vs. Guillermo Sanchez – 127 1/2 
Denis Douglin – 159 vs. Roberto Irizarry – 161 
Bryant Pappas – 169  vs. Chris Ray – 172 
Terrell Nelson – 255 vs. Wes Taylor – 217



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell-Funeka Presser!

Things heated up at Thursday’s Campbell-Funeka press conference in advance of their world lightweight title showdown on Saturday at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King presided over the festivities as only he can.



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye Update!

By Matt Richardson

Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward has updated Fightnews.com on the status of the upcoming grudge match between WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. “I think the deal is pretty much complete because I got a call on Tuesday from Wladimir asking me what size ring they should use because they’re completing the contract, so they must be finalizing June 20th in the 02 Arena in England,” stated Steward. As for his opinion about Haye? “I like the excitement he brings, the punch, the arrogance, not coming in intimidated like a lot of guys do because of Wladimir’s size. It’ll be a good, exciting fight.” Stay tuned for full interview to come…



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams-Wright now official!

The April 11th clash between two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former jr middleweight titlist Winky Wright at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas was officially announced today. The bout will be fought at middleweight. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been this motivated and I can’t wait until the bell rings,” said Wright. “Paul is one of the top young fighters in the game, but he hasn’t seen what I’ve seen or done what I’ve done. This is my time to shine and I won’t let this young fighter steal my spotlight.” Williams stated, “I am glad that the fight is on. This fight has got a big name. Wright has taken the titles from champions and I’d love to take his reputation. That would add to my legacy. All I know is that everyone says he has got a good defense and nice jab but that doesn’t matter to me – I’m going to get mine in. I’m gonna whoop him and get in there.” Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50 go on sale Friday at 10AM at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations.



February 12th, 2009

Twitter Watch

Pavlik: “I’ve got a lot of proving to do.”

By Antonio Castro

Kelly “the Ghost” Pavlik took time away from his training schedule to talk with the media today.  Pavlik is set to defend his WBC and WBO middleweight titles on February 21st at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio against WBC #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio.  It will mark the second defense of his titles.

Pavlik, coming off the first loss of his career to Bernard Hopkins last October, is ready to get back in the ring.  “I’m definitely anxious to get back in there.  I’ve got a lot of proving to do.  Training camps been going great, we’ve been working on a lot of things and training hard as we always do.  I’m ready to put on a great show on the 21st” said Pavlik.

The fight will be seen on a Pay-Per-View basis, and will serve as the headliner to a card that also features former welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto.  



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Arum comments on Margarito!

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has commented on the Antonio Margarito situation:

“We want to publicly thank the president of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman, for his forthright and compelling statement regarding the Margarito bandaging situation. President Sulaiman is 100% correct in stating that Margarito should not be punished since he was totally unaware of the improper bandaging. The commission hearing established Margarito’s lack of knowledge and innocence. The commission punishment is based on the theory that the boxer is the captain of his team and is responsible for any wrongdoing of his trainer or any of his cornermen. This is not the law. When Roger Mayweather, trainer for Floyd Mayweather, entered the ring improperly during the Mayweather vs. Judah fight, Roger was punished but the Nevada commission quite properly never suggested that Floyd be punished. We in America should respect the law, fundamental legal principles and not be swayed by emotion. The ‘message’ sent by the California Athletic Commission is the wrong message. The correct ‘message’ is that a person should only be punished if he or she is guilty of wrongdoing. We hope that Margarito will appeal the unjust revocation of his California boxing license.”



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Froch-Taylor Update!

SHOWTIME has already announced an attractive showdown between WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in April. Froch says negotiations aren’t finalized but says he’s ready to face Taylor. “We’re very close to doing it,” Froch told the BBC. “I could say ‘if you’re not coming to England I’m not fighting,’ but I want to go over to the States and make it big over there anyway. It looks like it is going to be mid-late April, it’s going to be in America – he won’t come to England.”



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Maskaev comes back March 14th!

Rich Boruff named as likely opponent

By Alexey Sukachev

On March 14th, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oleg Maskaev (35-6, 26 KOs) will conduct his second comeback fight in a row since a stoppage loss to Samuel Peter. The bout will be held in Saransk, capital of Mordvinia, one of a few republics in Russian Federation. This event was confirmed by Tatyana Emelianova, deputy director of the republic’s CSP today in her interview to All Sport media agency. “On Feb. 12th, a special conference of the organizing committee will be conducted as a part of the government’s meeting to determine an exact venue of the match. American veteran Rich Boruff (17-2-1, 10 KOs) is the most possible choice for a future opponent. However, Oleg is scheduled to fight on March 14th in our capital anyway, regardless of the opponent selected,” said Emelianova. WBC #6 and IBF #7 Maskaev, who will turn 40 years of age eleven days prior the bout, is of Mordvinian origin.



February 12th, 2009

Column

South African Roundup!

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Malinga returns to action for the first time since winning the South African lightweight title in August last year when he meets Romeo Jako from the Philippines. The Branco Sports Productions tournament is being staged at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. This begins an impressive run of big fights presented by promoter Branco Milenkovic. (more…)



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Nate Campbell, John Beninati

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, lightweight champion Nate Campbell and Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati. Call or email your questions for Kermit, Andre and Mike to ttropes@earthlink.net.
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Lightweight king Nate Campbell defends his title Saturday night on HBO. This will be Nate’s first start since winning the belts from Juan Diaz almost one year ago. Listen to what the always outspoken and entertaining Campbell has to say about the fight, his future and the boxing landscape. Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati will talk about the challenges in finding an opponent for Alfredo Angulo for this weekend’s HBO card after Ricardo Mayorga pulled out. He’ll also tell hilarious tales from his years in the sport including a stint working for Don King.
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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.



February 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Ulrich returns March 7th!

Also Kuziemski vs Dollinger

Three additional title fights (making a total of five) have been added to the big “Universum Champions Night” card set for March 7th at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden. Now in addition to the European light heavyweight clash between Jürgen Brähmer and Rachid Kanfouah, popular former Euro light heavy champ and world title challenger Thomas Ulrich (31-4, 21 KOs) will return against Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (14-3, 7 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt. Also seeing action are unbeaten WBO #2 rated light heavyweight Aleksy Kuziemski (16-0, 3 KOs)and fellow unbeaten Armin Dollinger (19-0, 8 KOs) risking their “Os” in an attractive showdown for the EBA-Europa title. In a female world title matchup, WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight world champion Alesia Graf (22-1, 9 KOs) faces Magdalena Dahlen (9-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch. Also junior featherweight Zsolt Bedak (12-0, 3 KOs) takes on “The Destroyer” Franklin Teran (27-2, 21 KOs) for the WBO Europatitle. In further fights, younger brother Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (2-0, 2 KOs) will look for another spectacular KO in a flyweight clash. In another light heavy encounter, undefeated Igor Michalkin (7-0, 6 KOs) will face TBA.



February 12th, 2009

Feature Story

Peterson revved for the Garden!

Story by Alex Dombroff

Anthony Peterson promised he wouldn’t be smiling as much when it comes time for him to enter the ring. But until then, the thought of fighting at Madison Square Garden has him brimming ear to ear.

On February 21, Peterson will battle former world title challenger Edner Cherry at MSG on the undercard of Miguel Cotto’s bout with Michael Jennings . . . . Click here for more



February 11th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Prepwork for ‘St. Valentine’s Day Massacre!’

Quotes & photos from today's media workout!

Photos by Javiel Centeno

IBF/WBO/WBA lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs), his opponent IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (30-1-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated WBC and WBO No. 1-ranked contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) participated in media workouts at American Top Team gym in South Florida today promoting Saturday’s big “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” card at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, 10 p.m. ET/PT). “Funeka said he knows me like the back of his hand,” Campbell told the media. “Now he gets to meet the front of my hand on Saturday night . . . . Click here for photos of today’s workouts!



February 11th, 2009

UFC

Marquardt won’t need luck

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt isn’t superstitious and he doesn’t believe in luck. When you’re 30-8-2 and a former UFC title challenger, luck is something you discarded long ago. Besides, Marquardt feels luck is for the inferior man  . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 11th, 2009

Announcement

Riley ready to shine!

This Friday the 13th at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom in mid-town Manhattan, Star Boxing’s exciting light heavyweight prospect Yathomas Riley (5-0,3KO) will look to showcase his skills for the first time on national T.V. when he takes on Julius Jackson (2-2) in a four round light heavyweight contest that is scheduled to open up that evening’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast. In the main event, Star Boxing’s Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) will look to start the new year with a bang when he takes on the always dangerous Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) in a ten round welterweight contest . . . click here for more



February 11th, 2009

Feature Story

No worries for Pavlik

Feature story by Antonio Castro

Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik is dealing with an issue he’s never had to deal with before as a professional prizefighter.

The last time in the squared circle, Pavlik was battered for 12 rounds at the hands of Bernard Hopkins, so this will be the first time that Pavlik has had to prepare for a fight dealing with a loss. (more…)



February 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Jones-Sheika Update!

Ticket went on sale today for multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr’s first hometown fight in Pensacola, Florida, since January, 1999. Coming off his loss to Joe Calzaghe in November, Jones (52-5, 38 KOs) will face Omar Sheika (27-8, 18 KOs) on March 21 at the Pensacola Civic Center. The event is being promoted by Square Ring Promotions in association with Hirsch Borao Boxing and the Pensacola Civic Center and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. Tickets are priced at $128, $103, $78, $53 and $28 available at all Ticketmaster locations.



February 11th, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Kennedy!

Hard-hitting lefty Andre Wilson, of St. Joseph, MO, steps in against unbeaten super bantamweight Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, in the scheduled eight-round semifinal Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street. First fight i s set for 7.30 pm. Wilson replaces another lefty, veteran Paulino Villalobos, of San Diego, CA, who withdrew due to medical reasons. (more…)



February 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Speaks!

By Karl Freitag

Two-division world champion Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) spoke to reporters today from his training camp from Caguas, Puerto Rico. Miguel is in his last 10 days of training for his February 21 rumble with top-rated contender Michael Jennings (34-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden. The big question on everyone’s mind today, however, didn’t concern Jennings. It wasn’t long before Miguel was asked whether he believes Margarito used the illegal handwraps in their fight last summer. “You know what? They are the only ones that can answer that question,” he answered. “I can’t answer that question. The fans might have a question about that, but I don’t. Margarito had a great night and I’ll leave it at that.” Cotto does have a very strong opinion about Margarito possibly fighting in Mexico while his one year ban is effect in the United States. “If it’s up to me, I think we should all abide by the rule that was made. If he’s suspended for one year, he should be suspended everywhere. I don’t think he should fight. I don’t think it’s right for him to go and fight somewhere else. If he can’t fight in the United States, he shouldn’t be able to fight at all.” (more…)



February 11th, 2009

Announcement

St. Pat’s Showdown Mar. 20!

Professional boxing returns to the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, March 20th, when Pugnacious Promotions presents a special St. Patrick’s Day pro boxing event featuring the NABA US Light Welterweight Championship and the region’s most exciting, young fighters in undercard bouts. 

(more…)



February 11th, 2009




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