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Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO's) and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio "Veneno" ...

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Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri arrives in San Francisco with trainer Tim Lane on ...

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Photos: Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Photos: Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio faced off Wednesday during the kickoff ...

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Maidana: I won the first fight and I’ll win again

Maidana: I won the first fight and I'll win again

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos "Chino" Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) held an open media workout Tuesday ...

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Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Filipino light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Panamanian Walter Tello (20-8, 8 KOs) to claim ...

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Boxing News

Warriors inks Abdusalamov, Allahverdiev!

The international expansion of Seminole Warriors Boxing continues in 2009, as it was announced today that the Florida-based promotional firm will co-promote Russian standouts Magomed Abdusalamov and Habib Allahverdiev with Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, with both athletes competing under the management of Gamzat Agaev. “There is so much great talent coming from Russia, and we’re excited to be working with two of the country’s best in Magomed Abdusalamov and Habib Allahverdiev,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing. “Both of these young men have great potential and if what I’ve seen from them already is any indication, they should both be wearing world title belts in the coming years.” (more…)



February 17th, 2009



Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye talks suspended!

According to the Ukrainian language section of klitschko.com, Wladimir Klitschko has decided to stop negotiations with David Haye. He says the main problem has been a lack of professionalism on the part of Haye and his representatives. Wlad says Haye can’t decide on his demands. “If Haye continues in the same spirit, it will be two more years before he get a chance to reach a championship fight.” In the event the fight with Haye is not resurrected, Wlad plans “to face Chris Arreola or find someone else. This will be determined later.”



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Morales planning comeback!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

After two years away from the ring, three-division world champion Erik Morales says he is targeting a fight with Juan Manuel Márquez or Marco Antonio Barrera next July. The 33-year-old plans to get himself in shape at his training camp in the Otomí mountains of Mexico and return as a lightweight. “I want to return to boxing soon, but against a good opponent. We have spoken with the people of Golden Boy Promotions to do the fight against Juan Manuel Márquez, but have arrived at nothing concrete. I believe that I have a lot left and I want to go two years more at the maximum to try to conquer a fourth title at different weight and to be the first Mexican in do it,” said Morales. (more…)



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Sturm to face Sato next!

WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (31-2-1, 13 KOs) will next defend his world title against unbeaten Koji Sato from Japan. The bout will take place on April 25th in Krefend, Germany. Sato is 14-0 with 13 KOs. He is ranked WBC #6 and WBA #14. Sturm is coming off a brilliant performance against mandatory challenger  “Hurricane” Sebastian Sylvester in November.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell, Funeka speak!

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After loads of pre-fight trash talk and a grueling twelve rounds of fighting, former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell and courageous challenger Ali Funeka met again at a late night post-fight news conference inside the bowels of the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Click the photo above to see what they had to say.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Title tripleheader in Oaxaca!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Strawweight contenders Eric Ramírez and Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas and WBC female super flyweight champion Ana María Torres, who are all participating on a big triple world title card February 28 at the Auditorio Guelaguetza in Oaxaca were on hand for a press conference in Mexico City. Rosas and Ramirez are both training at the Municipal Gymnasium Cristian Mijares-Rochmar in the city of Gómez Palace, Durango. Rosas will face WBA champion Roman ¨Chocolate¨ Gonzalez, while Ramirez will challenge WBO champion Donnie Nietes. Torres will face TBA. The event is promoted by KO Entertainment in association with MR Promociones and Rochmar Promocion.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Hultin set for debut!

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Female fighter Donatella Hultin, who recently made headlines as a sparring partner for Vic Darchinyan during Darchinyan’s preparations for Jorge Arce, will make her pro debut on the undercard of Dawson-Tarver on March 14th in Las Vegas. Infinity Boxing is looking for an opponent, preferably someone from California or Nevada. or someone that has been licensed in Nevada previously. Weight will be 132-135lbs. If interested contact Infinity Boxing at 702.813.6915 or e-mail InfinityBoxing@aol.com.



February 16th, 2009

UFC

Markham opens up!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Brady Crytzer

On Saturday, February 21st the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London to present UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson. Though the event lacks a world title bout, UFC 95 features some of the best young title hopefuls in the sport. In a mix that includes Nate Maquardt, Wilson Gouviea, Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, Chicago native and Miletich product Rory Markham has high hopes for his second fight inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more

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 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto NYC Workout!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Click on photo above for more photos…
Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto gets ready to workout Monday for his upcoming championship fight against highly-rated contender Michael Jennings of England on Saturday. Cotto and WBC World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik will fight on Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” Pay-Per-View where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities all on the same night and on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio and Cotto will take on Jennings for the vacant WBO Welterweight Championship at Madison Square Garden.



February 16th, 2009

Feature Story

Rubio’s time has come!

Feature story by Felipe Leon

The day has finally dawned for the man known as “El Veneno” (The Poison).

Since climbing up to the middleweight division nearly three years ago, Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 37 KOs) has been chasing the dream of fighting for the middleweight title. On Saturday night, he will do just that as he challenges Youngstown, Ohio’s Kelly Pavlik in the champion’s hometown for not only the WBC 160-pound title but also the WBO strap, on PPV distributed by Top Rank . . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaz, Juarez ready for title bouts!

Story & photos by Byron Spurlock

Monday in Houston, Texas, former lightweight king Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and Rocky Juarez held an open media session at Savanna Boxing Club where both fighters are training and preparing for their upcoming fights on HBO’s World Championship Boxing . . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon poised for title shot!

Tattoo-less Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon, coming off his impressive win against Jeremy Stephens, headlining the February 7th “UFC Fight Night 17” in Tampa, has positioned himself for a future UFC title run in the highly competitive lightweight division . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rivera defeats Edwards!

Featherweight Carlos Rivera (15-3-2, 5 KOs) earned the biggest victory of his career this past Friday as he scored an eight round unanimous decision over rugged Johnnie Edwards (14-4-1, 8 KOs). The two clashed heads on multiple occasions, which caused Rivera to bleed heavily from his mouth in the second. The blood only sparked a fire within Rivera, who boxed excellently while taking Edwards’ best shots during the rest of the contest. Scores were 78-73 and 77-74 twice for Rivera, who resides in Port Richey, Florida. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Grigorian opponent named!

Bout celebrates Universum's 25th anniversary
Photo: Universun Box-Promotion

Photo: Universun Box-Promotion

Former longtime WBO lightweight champion Artur Grigorian (37-1, 22 KOs), who reigned as world champion from 1996 to 2004, will return to the ring for the first time in nearly five years on February 24th. It was announced at a press conference today that the 41-year-old “King Artur” will face Kirkor Kirkorov (28-21, 6 KOs) in a six rounder. The bout will take place at the famous Universum Gym in Hamburg during a gala celebration commemorating Universum’s 25th Anniversary. The company has presented 275 fight cards during that span, and produced 23 world champions (plus 9 female world champions). All are invited to attend the event.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Gomez, Contender part ways!

Welterweight Alfonso Gomez announced today that the Tournament of Contenders (TOC) has granted his request to be released from his contract. Gomez formally requested an early contractual release last year. His long-time manager Gary Gittelsohn negotiated an unconditional release and reached a mutually agreed settlement with TOC. “I will always be grateful for the opportunities provided by The Contender,” Gomez said. “But I’m happy to resolve this matter and move on to new challenges. More than anything, I’m eager to get back in the ring and do what I love.” Gomez resumed training and conditioning months ago in anticipation of his next bout. According to Gittelsohn, that next bout may be as soon as spring 2009.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Nate Campbell Update!

Resting for a few days at the Tampa home of advisor and co-promoter Terry Trekas, former unified lightweight world champion Nate Campbell had the following to say about his performance Saturday night, and what the future at 140 holds for him. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Tada defeats Kim!

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten southpaw sharp-shooter, WBC#13 Etsuko Tada (4-0, 2 KOs), 103.75, battered WBC#8 Korean Hemin Kim (2-4-1, 2 KOs), 103, to the punch, swept all rounds and pounded out a shutout decision (60-55 twice and 60-54) over six lopsided rounds in a main event on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell survives Funeka

Ringside by Jason Kotar, photos by Javiel Centeno

In a thrilling co-headline bout on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre card, presented by Don King Productions, Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5, 25 KOs) pulled out a majority decision over a tough Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka (30-2, 25 KOs). Campbell, whom, the day before lost his IBF, WBO and WBA lightweight titles after failing to meet the 135-pound lightweight limit, needed every minute of every round in defeating the South African Funeka. From the opening bell, Campbell came out with bad intentions, firing vicious right hooks to the body and looping overhand rights to the head of his opponent. Funeka did his best to counter, unfortunately many of his punches were picked off by the high guard defense employed by Campbell  . . . Click here for full report & gallery



February 16th, 2009

UFC

Countdown to UFC 95!

Tonight on Spike TV!

The countdown begins! Catch the Countdown to UFC 95 tonight on SPIKE TV, at 11 p.m. PT/ET . . . Click here for more

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 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto hits the airwaves!

Photo: Chris Farina

Photo: Chris Farina

Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto speaks Monday morning on Univision Radio’s “The Luis Jimenez Show”, the #1 top-rated Spanish radio show in New York. Cotto is in town for his upcoming championship fight against highly-rated contender Michael Jennings of England on Saturday. Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will fight on Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights/One Great Night” pay-per-view where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities all on the same night and on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio and Cotto will take on Jennings for the vacant WBO welterweight championship at Madison Square Garden.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Jennings in NYC!

Peterson injured, off card

Miguel Cotto and Michael Jennings have arrived into New York City to get set for their showdown at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.. Both will be at a Top Rank media workout on Tuesday at the Bronxchester Boxing Club, 225 Randall Ave., the Bronx, on Tuesday. Jennings will be there at 11:30 am, Cotto at 1 pm local time. Top Rank today moved the Matt Korobov vs. Cory Jones middleweight fight onto the live PPV telecast. Anthony Peterson, an undefeated lightweight from Washington, DC., was injured while training last week in Washington, D.C. Peterson heard a clicking noise in his left knee area, did an eight-mile run and aggravated an area behind the kneecap. A MRI test was taken on Saturday. “Anthony is very, very upset as he really wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden,” said Barry Hunter, manager and chief trainer. “He is physically unable to compete at this time.” Peterson has a record of 28-0. He was scheduled to take on contender Edner Cherry, 24-6-2. Korobov, managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Dan Birmingham, is a tremendous puncher in the middleweight division. He is a Russian Olympian who strikes with power and is taking on Cory Jones of New York City in a four-round bout. Korobov has a record of 3-0 with three knockouts. He has been training in Florida and will be at the media workout with Cotto and Jennings on Tuesday.



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Mosley: I’m like Pacquiao but…

By Dennis Principe

Whatever weight Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in you can bet he will always be instantly considered as the top fighter of that division. A champion in four weight classes and a recent conqueror of one of the best fighters of all time in the welterweight class, Pacquiao is again getting serious challenge and this time, current 147 kingpin Sugar Shane Mosley is the one waiting for the Filipino boxing sensation to again tinker with the possibility of moving up in weight. Thursday last week Mosley was the main guest of the daily morning Philippine radio show “Sports Chat” where the newly-crowned welterweight king reiterated his readiness to brawl with the world’s top pound-for-pound kingpin sometime in the near future. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye Update!

Former world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has offered to box in Germany on a K2 Promotions show in order to revive negotiations for a summer showdown with WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Originally scheduled to take place on June 20 at Stamford Bridge in London, Haye’s eagerly anticipated duel with Klitschko has hit a series of snags in recent weeks, and now appears on the brink of collapse. Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth says the Klitschko camp has distorted some of the facts. “David will fight Wladimir anywhere they choose, and give them the two rematch options they have requested….what they’re also demanding is that if David were to win against Wladimir and then have a mandatory challenger obligation (non-Klitschko) he would have to immediately vacate the title he won from Wladimir. This would mean David could win three fights against the Klitschko brothers and still not be in a position to officially call himself heavyweight champion of the world at the end of it. They (the Klitschkos) would make exactly the same money in Germany as they would in England because we have dropped our figure to go to Germany. If they take a proposed fight with Chris Arreola, they will make substantially less. So people can now work this out for themselves.”



February 16th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Brinkley-Gilbert: full report!

By Frank Coleman
Photos: Fielding Cathright

In front of a near capacity crowd of 6,626 at the Reno Events Center on Saturday night, longtime Northern Nevada rivals Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert finally settled their score in the ring. Presented by Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions in association with Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions. the appropriately named “CIVIL WAR” lived up to its billing.


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February 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Lopez-Posuwan undercard!

By Lee Bates

As previously announced on Fightnews, Puerto Rico’s Jose “Carita” Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) will now meet Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) for the WBO interim super flyweight title March 28th in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The event will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez and be promoted by PR Best Boxing ( Ivan & Peter Rivera). Two ex-world champions have now been added to the card in former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siaca (21-6, 18 KOs) and former WBA super flyweight champion Eric Morel (40-2, 21 KOs). (more…)



February 16th, 2009

Column

Eastern Europe update!

By Alexey Sukachev

Up-and-coming Russian junior welterweight prospect Denis Shafikov (18-0, 10 KOs) showed his stellar potential one more time yesterday at Pyynikin Palloiluhalli in Tampere, Finland. Shafikov, 23, who has recently defeated former WBA lightweight champion Raul Horacio Balbi, was as quick as punishing in a brutal two-round annihilation of an overmatched Thai Decho Bankluaygym (30-12-2, 19 KOs). Miass, Russia, native was in total control from round one scoring with numerous combinations. In round two, his spirited assault resulted in two hard knockdowns of the Asian fighter. The bout was stopped on 1:00 of the second round after the latter flooring. (more…)



February 16th, 2009

UFC

Sanchez drops to lightweight

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Chris Cozzone

Dropping 30 pounds since the holidays and training on a meager 1,100 calories a day, Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez will take on former title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson in the headlined bout of UFC 95, Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. . . Click here for more

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 15th, 2009

Boxing Result

Brinkley defeats Gilbert!

In a bloodfilled, highly competitive one-sided super middleweight brawl before 6,626 loud fans, Jesse Brinkley (33-5, 22 KOs) defeated Joey Gilbert (17-2, 13 KOs) by scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 119-108 at the Reno Events Center. Gilbert down in the fifth round, in which he also suffered a broken nose on the same punch, a devastating overhand right from Brinkley. Both fighters had participated in season one of the boxing reality TV series ‘The Contender.’



February 15th, 2009

UFC

Koscheck: Steeler Pride

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

When Santonio Holmes pulled a bullet into the corner of the end zone, cementing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ legacy as the NFL team with the most Super Bowl wins in history, what was exhibited was true blue determination. This win at-all-costs attitude is infectious for the dwellers of western Pennsylvania, and with sports competition as the ultimate measuring stick, it’s not hard to understand how a Josh Koscheck came to be. . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, 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 15th, 2009

Boxing News

“Massacre” Post-Fight Quotes!

Nate Campbell: “I had two knockdowns, of course I thought I won the fight. This guy was tough. He could punch, take a shot. He tried to keep me away with his jab, but body shots is how I win fights. His day will come….I felt fatigue from trying to make weight in rounds five, six and seven. I’m moving up to 140 pounds” (On lingering disappointment from failing to make weight) “I worked my whole life to be world champion, to be the best at what I do. Of course it hurts but the win feels good.”

Sergio Martinez: “The fight was over when I knocked him down the first time so I won twice. I didn’t think he made it up at the end of the seventh round.”
Kermit Cintron: “Hell yeah I did enough to win. I clearly won it. I thought he hit me with a headbutt in round seven. Nobody hits that hard.”
Referee Frank Santore: “I didn’t hear the bell, that’s why there was some confusion. Cintron got up at the count of nine so the fight was not over.”

Alfredo Angulo: “I felt a little slow but I was good. I felt better as the rounds went on. I’m ready for anyone. I’m not afraid of anyone in boxing.”



February 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Vargas still WBO minimum king!

Photo: Carlos Armando Torres Bujanda

Photo: Carlos Armando Torres Bujanda

Manuel “Chango” Vargas won by twelve round unanimous decision over Walter Tello from Panamá and retained the WBO minimumweight title on Saturday night in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. (More to come)



February 15th, 2009

Boxing Result

Campbell chops down Funeka!

Martinez-Cintron ends in majority draw
Photo: Javiel Centeno

Photo: Javiel Centeno

By Karl Freitag & Jason Kotar at ringside

Former WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), who lost his world titles Friday on the scale, won a twelve round majority decision over mandatory IBF contender Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Campbell stalked the much taller Funeka and dropped him in round two. Funeka, however, recovered and got back into the fight. Down the stretch, Funeka seemed to be getting stronger until Campbell decked him again in the eleventh to get the edge. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 114-112. Funeka would have claimed the title with a win, but with Campbell’s win the title remains vacant.
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WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) and former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) battled to a twelve round majority draw. Martinez seemed wary of Cintron’s punching power, as he tried to outbox Kermit from the outside while avoiding exchanges, much to the disgust of the crowd. Cintron was cut in round five by what was ruled a headbutt. Martinez finally dropped Cintron at the end of round seven with a big straight left and the bout seemed to be waved off by referee Frank Santore, however the bout continued with much more action. Cintron had some moments down the stretch and Martinez was deducted a point for a rabbit punch in round twelve which ultimately cost him the win. Scores were 116-110, 113-113, 113-113.
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Unbeaten WBC/WBO #1 rated super welterweight Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the 154lb division but it wasn’t easy as late sub and former IBF #1 rated welterweight Cosme Rivera (31-12-2, 23 KOs) caused some anxious moments. Angulo was cut over the right eye in round one and it was ruled that the cut was caused by a punch. Angulo, however, came on strong and punished Rivera thereafter. The bout was finally stopped by referee Telis Assimenios at 2:38 of round five, even though Rivera was still punching back.
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Undefeated WBA #4 rated cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (17-0, 10 KOs) impressively knocked out Lawrence Chapman (19-6-2, 13 KOs) at 2:58 of round one to retain his WBA Fedelatin belt.
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Olympian featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) won a four-rounder over John Wampash (1-0-1, 1 KO). Russell was credited with two knockdowns in round one and another in round four. No scores announced but it was later learned that Russell won 40-33 across the board.
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In a one-sided but entertaining bout, lightweight Angelo Santana (5-0, 4 KOs), a former amateur star from Cuba, scored a second round TKO over game Mario Garcia (7-9, 4 KOs). The fight was stopped after a knockdown in round two, although Garcia seemed OK to continue. Time was 1:36.
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Lightweight Anges Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs) scored a spirited eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Fernando Angulo (22-5, 14 KOs). No scores were announced, however we later learned scores were 78-73, 79-72, 78-73.
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Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (17-1, 16 KOs) dropped Robert Hawkins (23-12, 7 KOs) in rounds one and six, but the durable veteran Hawkins battled gamely to the end. Scores were 77-73, 77-73, 78-72, but it was the Stiverne’s first time ever going the route.
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Former heavyweight title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin (27-4-4, 17 KOs) scored a mostly lackluster eight round unanimous decision over seven-footer Julius Long (15-11, 13 KOs). Austin finally dropped Long in round eight but was deducted two points for hitting Long while he was on the deck. Scores were 76-73 on all cards.
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In only his second fight in five years, Russian super welterweight Ivan Kirpa (23-1, 15 KOs) busted up game Frankie Santos (16-7-4, 8 KOs) until the ring doctor stepped on the apron to halt the beating at 1:51 of round six.
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Unbeaten super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (15-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Jose Medina (14-13, 10 KOs) over four. Medina was down in round four and ended up on the wrong end of a 40-35 count on all three cards. Dirrell is the brother of Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell.
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Junior lightweight John Jackson (14-1, 13 KOs) dropped journeyman Ricardo Medina (30-33-6, 17 KOs) in round three, but had to be content winning an eight round unanimous nod by scores of 79-72, 79-72, 80-71.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Wood defeats Muriqi!

Photo: Chris Royle

Photo: Chris Royle

Former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KOs) got back into the world title picture with a twelve round unanimous decision over ‘The Kosovo Kid’ Elvir Muriqi (35-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the famous Hotel De France in Jersey, Channel Islands, England. Scores were 117-111 119-110 117-111. The bout was an official IBF eliminator for the #2 ranking in the light heavyweight division. In his previous fight, Woods lost the IBF world title in a one-sided bout against Antonio Tarver 10 months ago.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing Result

Cruz retains IBF 126lb belt!

IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz (38-11-1, 23 KOs) retained his title with a unanimous decision over Cyril Thomas (33-3-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palais des Sportsin Saint-Quentin, France. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113. Cruz simply had too much firepower for hometown favorite Thomas. It was Cruz’ first defense since winning the vacant title last October.



February 14th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell: I’ll fight like a champion!

By Flattop

Former lightweight champion Nate Campbell is disappointed that he lost his titles “on the scale” when he could not make the 135 pound weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in but he still wants to win his showdown with Ali Funeka like a champion. “I fought so hard (to lose the weight),” said Campbell to FightNews. “I rather lose my titles in the ring. Now I have to look really good tonight. I will fight like I am still defending my titles. I will fight like a champion!” Campbell originally weighed 138 pounds at yesterday’s weigh-in which is three pounds over the limit of the lightweight division. Campbell was allowed two hours to shed the excess poundage but he only dropped half a pound after sitting in the sauna. “I hit a wall and I couldn’t lose anymore weight,” said Campbell. “I feel fine and I am glad the fight is going forward.”

After tonight, Campbell will compete in the junior welterweight division. “We knew this was coming but just not right now,” said Terry Trekas, the long time advisor and co-promoter of Campbell. “We were hoping to fight the winner of (Marco Antonio) Barrera-(Amir) Kahn or the (Juan Manuel) Marquez-(Juan) Diaz but now we are looking at 140 pound.” Trekas explained. “Nate rather go out on his shield but he is ready for tonight and he is ready to move up!” Campbell – the former IBF, WBA and WBO champion – is looking forward to the junior welterweight division. “I am ready to move up. I will win my titles back at 140!”



February 14th, 2009




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