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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

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

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

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

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

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

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

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Shiming defeats De La Rosa, Ramirez demolishes Talipau in one

Shiming defeats De La Rosa,

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Boxing News

Estrada returns Jan 24!

Recently signed Goossen Tutor Promotions fighter Shawn “El Chamuko” Estrada (2-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is set to return against Jeffrey Osborne Jr. (8-11-2, 3 KOs) on January 24 at Minnesota’s Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley. In the main event, Marcos Olivera (15-0-1, 12 KOs) faces Mike Nevitt (16-1). The “Out Cold” card is being presented in association with Seconds Out Promotions. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55, $35 and $20, available at the box office or call Ticketmaster.



January 8th, 2009



Boxing News

Fever KOs Ulrich!

Former European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s comeback fight against Armin Dollinger due to a cold and fever. The “Universum Champions Night” event in Magdeburg will go on as scheduled with the world title defense of WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) against Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) and an attractive clash of unbeaten fighters with WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) facing stablemate Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs).



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Arce: Darchinyan is just talk!

By Lee Bates

Upon hearing of WBA/IBF/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan’s (31-1-1, 25 KOs) comments today on Fightnews Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) released the following statement to Darchinyan: “You talk a good game but it’s just that. Talk. Everyone is going to get to see if you really are going to stand up under my pressure. Your whole game is intimidation and that’s been easy for you to do of late since you haven’t fought anyone who could punch since you were humiliated and knocked out silly by Nonito Donaire. I’m going to leave the trash talking to you since that’s what you do best. I’ve got more important things to do like prepare for our fight.”



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

48-year-old Paul Nave (15-8-2, 7 KOs) plans to return to the ring on March 6th in a four round main event at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California. Nave is best known for a trilogy of bouts with former world champion Greg Haugen (he went 1-1-1). His last fight was in December 1999.
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WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano’s February 28th mandatory title defense against Rocky Juarez appears to be a no-go. Reportedly Juarez will now challenge unbeaten WBA champion Chris “The Dragon” John. It will be officially announced at a press conference on Thursday in Houston.
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Kidney stones have forced Seminole Warriors Boxing junior middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene to pull out of his January 17 challenge against WBC interim champion Sergio Martinez. A new opponent for Martinez is being sought. ESPN reported that Anthony Thompson or Travis Simms will likely step in.
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Two-time lightweight champion José Luis “Temible” Castillo (57-9, 48 KOS) returns of January 17th against James Wayca (16-7, 8 KOs) at the Palenque del FEX in Mexicali, Baja California. In the co-feature, Carlos “El Salado” Yañez (16-1, 13 KOs) battles Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (11-5, 9 KOs) for the Mexican super bantamweight crown. TV AZTECA/Azteca América will televise.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Galada to defend WBF belt!

By Ron Jackson

In a good local match-up Ludumo Galada will meet the more experienced Takalani Ndlovu in defence of his World Boxing Foundation featherweight belt at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday January 23. Galada 16-0; 8 who won the WBF belt in August last year when he stopped the experienced David Kiilu looked most impassive in his first defence against the capable Pedro Navarrete, but the odds will be stacked against him when takes on the former SA featherweight and  IBO junior featherweight champion Ndlovu 28-5; 18 The 31-year-old Ndlovu has fought at a much higher level than Galada, 26, a former Olympian and will go into this fight as the overwhelming favourite. Ndlovu who has lost two of his last three fights will be hoping to get his career back on track and challenge for one of the major belts. The promoter will be Koko Godlo of KK Productions.
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Meanwhile it has been announced that three Boxing SA board members, Sakhiwo Sodo, Mxolisi Tsika and Vulani Baloyi have resigned. Sodo and Tsika are from Eastern Cape and Baloyi is from Limpopo.



January 7th, 2009

Announcement

Pat Barry retirement dinner!

Las Vegas trainer Pat Barry, owner of Barry’s Boxing Gym, is retiring after 30 years with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and is being honored on Saturday night. Sheriff Doug Gillespie and Commissioner Lawrence Weekly of Las Vegas will salute Pat who has trained hundreds of youth boxers and is the chief trainer of pro prospects Diego Magdaleno and Alex Mercardo of Las Vegas. Pat will be honored at the South Point Hotel-Casino, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday, January 10, 6 pm. Al Bernstein will be the master of ceremonies. There will be a special boxing exhibition match between former world champions Clarence ‘Bones’ Adams and Kevin ‘Flushing Flash’ Kelly. “It’s a real celebration, with great food and entertainment,” said Pat. “We’re asking everyone to dress in red and black, which are our team colors.” Tickets which include dinner are available at $60. Go to www.barrysboxingcenter.com for details.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan lashes out!

"I will KO Arce and Beltran"

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA/IBF/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) is confident of knocking out Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) on February 7th at The Pond, Anaheim, California and also has a warning for Arce’s manager Fernando Beltran. “I am upset with Beltran – the manager of Arce… He should keep his mouth shut and let Arce and myself do the talking. After I knockout Arce I will go to his corner and thank him for fighting me but then I might knock out Fernando Beltran. I plan on punishing Arce and will show him who is the better puncher and boxer.” (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Hilton cleared!

A Quebec judge has thrown out three new sex charges against former WBC middleweight champion Dave Hilton Jr. According to CP, the judge ruled that evidence against Hilton was non-existent involving the alleged sex crimes. Hilton, who appeared briefly in court today, has been living in a half-way house since being released from prison after a highly publicized conviction in 2001 for sexually abusing his two daughters.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Abraham vs Geale?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australia’s IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (20-0, 12 KOs) could challenge IBF middleweight boss Arthur Abraham (28-0, 23 KOs) in March if negotiations go as planned. Geale, 27 years, trains at the highly respected Grange Gym, which also has world class boxers Lovemore Ndou and light middleweight Robert Medley in its stable. (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

ShoBox kicks off 2009!

January 16 Live on SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT

Leonilo Miranda (24-0, 23 KOs), a featherweight from Mexico, will aim for another knockout victory when he faces fellow unbeaten Orlando Cruz (15-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in a 10-round featherweight bout on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. E/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Both prospects are southpaws and both are making their American television debut. “ShoBox is in large part about giving young talented, unknown and untested fighters opportunities to take center stage,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of the acclaimed SHOWTIME Sports series, ShoBox. “Miranda and Cruz will be fighting, to live up to lofty expectations and to keep their undefeated records intact. They are unproven and untested until they fight on ShoBox.” (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Holmes returns Jan. 23!

Super middleweight Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes (17-1-2, 9 KOs) returns on January 23rd at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana. Holmes will be squaring off against a TBA opponent, in his first fight since February 1 of last year. In other action on the Octavius James-promoted card, female lightweight “Merciless” Mary McGee (15-0, 9 KOs) and welterweight KO artist Ed Ochoa (6-0, 6 KOs) will also be featured. Tickets ($100, $75, $50 and $30 are available at Ticketmaster.



January 7th, 2009

UFC

Eyes on Hathaway

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

Four years ago John Hathaway was watching something exciting on the ‘telly’. He was enthralled by it. Inspired by it. Attracted to it. Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 7th, 2009

Announcement

Johnson new SHOWTIME voice!

Steve Albert will have a continuing role

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Dynamic play-by-play broadcast veteran Gus Johnson of CBS Sports signed with Showtime Networks Inc. to host and call the action on the premium network’s flagship sports series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports & Event Programming. Johnson replaces Steve Albert, who has served as the play-by-play voice of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING since 1987. Johnson will work alongside color analyst Al Bernstein on the monthly series.

“SHOWTIME has been on fire for several years—televising some of the most important and evenly matched world title fights in boxing, breaking ground by televising mixed martial arts and adding INSIDE THE NFL to the line up,” said Johnson, who has called boxing for CBS Sports and Madison Square Garden Network. “I am thrilled to join the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team. And as a division of CBS, my work with SHOWTIME will be complementary to that of CBS Sports.” (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa, Solis presser!

Photo: Rick Pineda

Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara looked focused but also relaxed at the press conference for their fights on Friday at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. “We had a great preparation, everything went according to plans”, stated “El Ciclon” Gamboa. “Of course, it is hard to work over Christmas and New Year’s but I love what I’m doing and I know that I have to make certain sacrifices to become champion of the world.” Gamboa (12-0, 10 KOs) is very close to fulfilling his great dream. If he can beat Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-2, 18 KOs) on Friday his next fight will be for the WBC interim featherweight championship. (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

With WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko tied up with two WBC mandatories, IBF/WBO/IBO champ Wladimir Klitschko may end up facing David Haye instead of Chris Arreola. The bout would be more appropriate anyway, as it was Wlad’s severed head in Haye’s doctored photo that got the Klitschko camp riled up to begin with.
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Ricky Hatton’s lawyer Gareth Williams is headed to Dubai, but says the trip is to discuss possible future Hatton fights there and that Las Vegas remains “the most likely venue” for Pacquiao-Hatton.
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Former figure skater/boxer Tonya Harding, now 38, will see action on January 24 card in Detroit.
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Following his unsuccessful title shot against WBC super lightweight champ Timothy Bradley, Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (24-6, 12 KOs) will be returning to the lightweight division. Cherry doesn’t have anything firm lined up yet, but will see action in early 2009.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pavlik-Rubio!

Huge damand; quick sellout expected

Tickets go on sale Saturday for WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s February 21st hometown title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio at the 7,000-seat Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Seeing that 5,000+ of his local fans are willing to travel to Atlantic City to see Pavlik fight, this card is expected to sell out very quickly. Seats ($500, $300, $200, $100 and $50) go on sale at 10AM Saturday at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations such as Giant Eagle and Macy’s, by telephone at (800) 745-3000 or (866) 448-7849, and at the Chevrolet Centre box office. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Danny Green to return?

By Craig Watt

As we move into a new boxing year Australian boxing fans have one fight they wish to see happen in 2009. This fight is the re-match of former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22 KOs) and his arch rival Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs). Their first fight in May 2006 in Sydney broke all Australian box office records as they generated in excess of $10m revenue and a live crowd of over 37,000 at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales. Unofficial figures suggest a PPV audience in excess of 800,000 for the bout and given the country has a national population of just 22 million, it clearly showed how the fight sparked the public’s imagination. Many feel this type of  viewing audience, both live and PPV can be repeated if the fighter’s enter the ring for a second time later in 2009. (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC: 64 title fights in 2008!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC presented a record 64 world title fights during 2008. “It has been a great year for the WBC in quantity and quality of fights,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “It’s the best year in its history, including seventeen world title bouts in Mexico without counting Youth or female world title matches. Sulaiman also said he hopes to bring a world title fight to his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico sometime this year.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Zuniga returns!

By Lee Bates

Veteran middleweight Fernando Zuniga (27-9, 20 KOs) returns to action January 23rd at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The bout will be his first since his upset of prospect Carlos De Leon Jr. nearly a year ago (February 2, 2008). Zuniga has been sidelined since due to elbow surgery but is said to be back to 100 percent. He will face unpredictable journeyman Daniel Stanislavejevic aka ‘Danny Zee’ (8-14-3, 4 KOs) in an eight round 164 pound catchweight main event. The durable Stanislavejevic’s record is very deceiving as he’s fought and competed well against some world class opposition including decision losses to world ranked contenders Marco Antonio Rubio and Alfredo Angulo.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Prodesa inks three prospects!

By Gabriel Cordero

Prodesa Boxing, Nicaragua’s top promotion and managerial company, recently signed three top local prospects: Junior welterweights Moises Solis (13-1, 9 KOs), Rosemberg Gómez (13-1, 9 KOs) and Cristian Ruiz (7-0, 6 KOs). All join a stable that is brimming over with talent led by boxing’s hardest hitting little guy, WBA minimumweight world champion Roman ‘Chocolate’ Gonzalez and former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro. In its 5 year existence, Prodesa has promoted 40+ professional fight cards, participated in five world title bouts crowning two Nicaraguan world champs, and actively promotes 26 professional boxers. It also has a working relationship with promotional companies in Germany, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, and the United States.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams-Wright almost finalized!

By Lee Bates

Sources have confirmed that a bout between interim WBO light middleweight champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) and former unified light middleweight champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) is close to being finalized for April 11th. The agreed upon weight for the fight would be 160 pounds so Williams’ title will not be on the line. Site for the fight is to be determined with HBO likely to broadcast the bout.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

More Boxing Buzz!

It appears that veteran blow-by-blow man Steve Albert, who has been at ringside for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING since 1987, will not return in 2009. Reportedly the new man behind the mike will be Gus Johnson, well known for doing NCAA basketball and NFL football on CBS as well as NBA basketball for the New York Knicks. An official announcement is expected shortly.
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Scheduled to see action in the co-feature of the big Margarito-Mosley card on January 24th at Staples Centre in Los Angeles is unbeaten IBF #3/WBO #4/WBC #5/WBA #7 super flyweight Raul Martinez (24-0, 14 KOs) against an opponent to be named. Also on the card is Top Rank’s prized middleweight prospect Matt Korobov (2-0, 2 KOs).
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Former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain was back at work in the Senate Tuesday, once again introducing legislation to establish a national commission to regulate boxing.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

More Margarito-Mosley Tix!

As a result of extremely high demand, STAPLES Center, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions have released upper concourse tickets, reasonably priced starting at $25, to the January 24th World Welterweight Championship showdown between three-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley. Remaining tickets are priced at $300, $150, $75, $50, and $25 are on sale now at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232 and online at www.ticketmaster.com, and at STAPLES Center Box Office. Margarito vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. The 12-round world championship fight for Margarito’s World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title takes place on Saturday, January 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Referee Garry to retire!

Veteran Florida referee Brian Garry has decided to hang up his ‘bow tie.’ Garry has acted as the third man for over 25 years and refereed 59 world title bouts and over 1,300 pro bouts overall. He has called title fights for WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, NBA ,WBU, and the IBO over his long career. Additionally he has acted as a judge, for eight world title bouts. Garry will now work on the newly formed, “Florida Boxing Hall of Fame”, along with pursuing some other opportunities in TV and media relations. He is also working on a book titled “Your Third Man in the Ring.” Garry’s motto: “Stop it one punch too soon, rather than one punch too late.”



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan, Arce make weight!

World super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan weighed in at 123.6 pounds for his WBC-mandated 30-day weigh-in, well below the maximum limit of 127 pounds. The weight was certified for the WBC by Gary Soo, M.D. Meanwhile, WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce scaled in at 122.4 pounds at his 30-day weigh-in. (more…)



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Mack-Henry in Salisbury, MD!

The February 6th light heavyweight clash between Yusaf Mack (26-2-2, 16 KOs) and Chris Henry (23-1, 18 KOs) will take place at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. “I am fully focused on fulfilling a promise I made to my father on his death bed that I would win a world title for him,” said Mack, “as far as I am concerned Henry is in my way of keeping that promise I will be putting him to sleep!” This fight will be shown live on ESPN2 and will be for Mack’s NABA and Henry’s NABF titles. Also an interesting addition to the undercard is hot young unbeaten middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (12-0, 11 KOs) against TBA.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

The purse bid for the IBF jr. featherweight championship mandatory defense between Celestino Caballero and Jeffery Mathebula has been postponed to January 20.
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Super middleweight Jerson Ravelo is now a free agent. A 2000 Olympian, Ravelo (19-3, 12 KOs) was most recently fighting out of the Tournament of Contenders stable.
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Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera will fight in a ten-round tune-up bout in Guadalajara on January 31st according to ESTO. Opponent is TBA. Barrera is hoping to challenge unified light champion Nate Campbell in April.



January 6th, 2009

UFC

Kampmann tries 170

Martin Kampmann is a no nonsense kind of person, just like you’d expect from a guy whose nickname is “The Hitman.” Ask him what happened against Nate Marquardt at UFC 88 this past September, his first loss in the UFC, and he doesn’t mince words.Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Arce promises victory!

"I'll leave it all in the ring"

By Lee Bates

Fightnews spoke with former two-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) from his training camp in Mexico where he is preparing for his February 7th challenge of unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs). Arce released the following statement:

“Some people don’t like my chances to win this fight because he dominated Cristian Mijares who I lost to, but in boxing styles make fights. Darchinyan can do all the talking he wants because it only motivates me even more during training. The pressure is on him. I’ve already proven on several occassions that I can overcome adversity during the course of a hard fight. Darchinyan on the other hand has not. The one time he faced somebody who could hit as hard as he could he was humiliated against Nonito Donaire as he was knocked down, out, and was stumbling all over the place. He has not fought a puncher since the Donaire fight. In a toe-to-toe fight with me he will lose that battle for sure. I’ve never been more prepared for a fight in my life. I’m going to leave it all in the ring and become the unified champion.”



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF purse bid postponed

The IBF purse bid scheduled for today for the IBF super middleweight eliminator for #1 between Vitali Tsypko and Librado Andrade has been postponed until Thursday. Tsypko is rated #2, while Andrade is rated #3. #1 is currently vacant.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Sakio Bika!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika talks to Fightnews and explains why he wants to fight Bernard Hopkins, why he thinks he gave Joe Calzaghe his toughest fight, how he nearly drowned before the Lucian Bute fight and how he feels Anthony Mundine is dodging him. (more…)



January 6th, 2009

Announcement

Trainer killed in Delaware

By Rick Scharmberg

Sad news from Wilmington, Delaware, as popular trainer Derrick Hoey was shot and killed while trying to stop an agrument several blocks from his home. Hoey, 41, was the trainer of super welterweight Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor. “From now on, you see me in the ring, you’ll see him,” Taylor told the Wilminton News Journal. “My purpose from here on out is to win a championship for both of us.”



January 6th, 2009

Feature Story

De La Hoya-Chavez Jr. Update!

By Lee Bates

Zanfer Promotions president Fernando Beltran spoke with Fightnews today and answered questions regarding a proposed Oscar De La Hoya vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight and the February 7 Jorge “Travieso” Arce vs Vic Darchinyan super flyweight world title fight. Beltran co-promotes both Chavez Jr. and Arce with Top Rank.

When asked about the possibility of a De La Hoya-Chavez Jr. fight, he commented, “As of right now the negotiations have not begun but I can tell you from our side we want this fight for sure. Despite his loss to Manny Pacquiao last month, we still feel De La Hoya is an excellent fighter who has had an outstanding career. We very much are looking forward to him and Chavez Jr. fighting.” (more…)



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC Purse Bids!

The WBC will conduct several purse offer ceremonies at noon on Friday at WBC headquarters in Mexico City.

Heavyweight
Vitali Klitschko mandatory title defense vs. Juan Carlos Gómez.
Cruiserweight
a) Mandatory Defense between Giacobbe Fragomeni and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk;
b) Final elimination bout between Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey.
Light heavyweight
Mandatory defense between champion Adrián Diaconu and Silvio Branco.
Lightweight
Interim championship between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalúa.
Featherweight
Interim championship between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Elio Rojas.



January 5th, 2009

UFC

UFC: The year in fighters

UFC 93 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 17!

 Last, but certainly not least, we conclude the highly unofficial 2008 UFC awards with a celebration of the top ten fighters of the past year. This one was another close race, but by the time December 31st made way to January 1st, the choice was clear. Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



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