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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Jose Benavidez 145.8 vs. Henry Aurad 146 Oscar Valdez 125.6 vs. Juan Ruiz 125.4 Trevor McCumby 173.8 vs. Michael ...

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York City

Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" visited the Veterans Hospital in New York City, Friday ...

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke Robert Stieglitz 167.7 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 166.6 (WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title) Robin Krasniqi 173 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 172.8 (WBO ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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UniMas Weights from Phoenix

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

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Terence Crawford hits New York City

Terence Crawford hits New York

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Weights from Dessau, Germany

Weights from Dessau, Germany

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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



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton Update!

It looks like Las Vegas will overcome any remote possibility of losing the May 2 Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton megafight to Dubai. According to the LA Times, promoters Richard Schaefer and Bob Arum have now reached a verbal agreement on terms with meetings on tap tomorrow with Planet Hollywood and MGM/Mirage to determine whether the venue will be held at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center or the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 140lb clash could be signed as soon as next week.



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Arreola update!

By Alexey Potapov

“We cannot confirm or comment on information about a fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Arreola,” the Klitschko Brothers Management Group informed Fightnews.com this morning. Unofficially, word is the sides of both boxers are in the closing stage of negotiations for a clash between IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Klitschko and highly regarded Arreola with the fight to take place May 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.



January 5th, 2009

Feature Story

Erdei-Barashian presser!

Inkin-Balzsay meet in co-feature

Photo: Eroll Popova

The first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009 opens with an explosive world title doubleheader on Saturday at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. In the main event, unbeaten long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) will defend the title against former Euro champ Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs). “With Yuri Barashian I have a strong opponent, who is an intelligent and clever boxer and showed his quality against Thomas Ulrich,” said Erdei at today press conference at the Magdeburger CINEMAXX. “I never underestimate an opponent and will not underestimate Barashian. I’m 100% prepared. He will certainty be a hard nut to crack!” (More)



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton in Dubai?

The Las Vegas Review Journal has reported that the proposed May superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton could end up in Duabi, United Arab Emirates. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum recently visited the region, which he described as “Fantasyland. Huge, new, spectacular buildings everywhere.” Arum added that the city has a large Filipino population and strong UK tourism.



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Gomez Update!

Looks like WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will likely defend against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez on March 21, possibly in Stuttgart, Germany. Gomez’ manager Ahmet Öner told BILD that Gomez, who has been running on Southern California beaches through the holidays, will set up camp in Mallorca. The two sides are hoping to finalize the agreement as soon as today. Reportedly the Klitschkos’ initial offer of $1.2 million has been upped to $1.6 million.



January 5th, 2009

Column

Beltway Boxing 2008!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Although the Beltway (Washington DC and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia) Boxing Scene saw great performances in 2008, the 2008 Beltway Boxing year may be best remembered for the number of controversial situations that took place. Four Beltway-area cards contained some sort of controversial bout and a fifth situation made world-wide news. We start the year-in-review by taking a chronological look back at the strange situations that took place.  (more…)



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Mijares eyes bantam ranks!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Possibilities exist that former world champion Cristian Mijares can reappear in March to fight for a WBA interim bantamweight belt in Monterrey, Mexico City or Torreon. Mijares is already known to be training and carrying out physical conditioning. Likewise, there is also the possibility of a rematch beyween WBA world bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno with former champion Wladimir Sidorenko.



January 5th, 2009

UFC

Franklin: 7 defining moments

UFC 93 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 17!

On January 17th, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin gets an opportunity to stamp himself as a legitimate 205-pound contender when he takes on Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 93 in Dublin. A win for Franklin will not only be his third in a row, but it will show that “Ace” is truly back after his two losses to Anderson Silva. But before Franklin and Henderson square off in the Octagon, we’ll look at this updated list of the Cincinnati native’s seven defining moments  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



January 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Genaro Hernandez Update

On January 17, the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum located at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, CA will host a dinner party in honor of ailing former world champion, Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez. An evening full of entertainment will be provided, along with a silent auction featuring rare autographed gloves, statues and other prized items from the world of boxing not normally available for purchase. Among the featured guest speakers are WBC President Jose Sulaiman, WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez and WBC Continental Americas & NABF heavyweight champion Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola amongst others. Please purchase your tickets in advance (323.229.1694), as there is limited space available.

If you want to participate, but are unable to attend, please send donations to World Boxing Cares (WBCARES) 36 W. 22nd St.  NY, NY 10010. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID: # 262665978) and 100% of the money goes to the Hernandez family. Genaro was diagnosed two months ago with a very rare cancer that has spread rapidly. Since his insurance carrier is refusing to cover all his needed treatments, the WBC is asking lovers of boxing to help support Genero in his time of need.



January 4th, 2009

Announcement

Salandy dies after accident

By Lee Bates

WBA, WBC, AND WIBF female light middleweight champion Jiselle Salandy tragically passed away this morning after an auto accident on the outskirts of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. She was only 21 years old and would have turned 22 on January 25th. She had a record of 17-0, 6 KOs. Fightnews.com sends our sympathies to her family and friends.



January 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio Update!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

When Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio of Mexico challenges WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on February 21st, the bout will take place in Pavlik’s hometown at the 7,000-seat Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik will begin training Monday at the new Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown. Rubio, the official WBC mandatory and rated WBO #3 is presently training at the Municipal Gym in the mountains of Temoaya, Mexico at more than nine thousand feet above sea level. Tickets are expected to go on sale soon.



January 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Unbeaten Sato ices Avila!

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC#8/WBA#10 ranked OPBF middleweight champ Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs), 161.5, engaged in a non-title bout and displayed a fine and quick demolition of Mexican Martin Avila (9-4, 3 KOs), 160.5, with a solid right to the face at 2:18 of the second session in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Avila took a full count with the head pillowed on the lowest rope, as if he was sleeping there. Sato, whose amateur mark was 133-3, 101 stoppages, acquired the vacant OPBF belt by halting Australian ruler Adam Vela in nine hard-fought rounds in March 2007, and kept it four times. Sato, 28, handled by Akihiko Honda, seems to need more speed and agility to cope with international top notchers.

Unbeaten southpaw flyweight prospect, OPBF#13 Go Onaga (13-0, 9 KOs), 112, battered OPBF#9 Korean Jinki Jun (6-6, no KO), 112, from the outset, but had to be content with a unanimous technical decision (60-54, 60-55 and 59-57) because of the winner’s bad bleeding caused by an accidental butt at 0:53 of the sixth in a scheduled eight. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



January 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Full Report: Title Twinbill!

By Joe Koizumi / Photo: Sumio Yamada

The first two world title bouts of 2009 took place Saturday at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. In the main event, WBC super bantamweight champion Toshikai Nishioka floored Mexican warrior Genaro Garcia twice en route to a twelfth round TKO. Earlier, unbeaten challenger Paulus Moses captured the WBA belt via twelve round unanimous decision over defending champ Yusuke Kobori. (more…)



January 3rd, 2009

UFC

UFC: Best fights of 2008

No explanation necessary for this one – this is a collection of the fights that got you up off your seat and cheering from beginning to end. And whether these fights were displays of high-level grappling, toe-to-toe standup battling, or a mix of both, they’re certainly ten for the 2009 time capsule. 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



January 3rd, 2009

Twitter Watch

Nishioka wins, Kobori dethroned!

By Joe Koizumi

Slick-punching southpaw Toshikai Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), 121.5, kept his WBC super-bantam throne as he floored Mexican warrior Genaro Garcia (38-7, 22 KOs), 122, twice and finally chalked up a TKO victory at 0:57 of the twelfth and final round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)

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Unbeaten Namibian Paulus Moses (24-0, 17 KOs), 133.5, impressively captured the WBA lightweight belt as he kept jabbing and throwing busy combinations to game and gutsy defending champ Yusuke Kobori (23-3-1, 12 KOs), 132.5, Japan, and withstood the champ’s retaliation in middle rounds en route to a unanimous decision (115-113 twice and 119-109) over hard-fought twelve rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)



January 3rd, 2009

Interview

Q&A: Yuri Barashian!

By Alexey Potapov

Former world title challenger and European champion Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) is set to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) at the Bordelandhalle, in Magdeburg, Germany. A few days before the fight, the Ukrainian boxer has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com. (more…)



January 3rd, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman’s UK, US media tour!

By Nick Giongco

HALL of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has penciled a press tour of key US and UK cities in relation to the blockbuster May 2 clash between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and British Ricky Hatton. “(We are) all on the same page,” Arum told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews on Friday from Las Vegas, noting that only the venue for the scheduled 12-round super-lightweight tiff will be decided this coming week.

Arum said the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which can accommodate 15,000-plus, and the bigger Thomas and Mack Center (19,000 seats) inside the sprawling UNLV campus, are vying for the right to host the megamatch. Arum is meeting with officials of the MGM/Mirage and Wynn Group that also includes Planet Hollywood on Tuesday (Wednesday in the Philippines). A representative from Hatton’s promotional outfit, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, will likely be present as well. “Everything seems a go…negotiations with Golden Boy is finished,” reported the Bulletin. (more…)



January 3rd, 2009

Boxing News

Ulrich returns January 10th!

Ex-European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich has been added to the January 10th “Universum Champions Night” card in the boxing hotbed of Magdeburg, Germany. Ulrich (31-4, 21 KOs) will take on unbeaten Armin Dollinger (19-0, 8 KOs) in an eight round cruiserweight bout. It will Ulrich’s first bout since losing his European belt to Yuri Barashian in February 2008. He is trained by Ralf Rocchigiani. Dollinger is coming off a career-best second round TKO of Kai Kurzawa last March. Hightlighting the card are two world title fights. WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) defends against the above-mentioned Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) and WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) faces #1 rated Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) in a highly attractive “stall duel” between undefeated fighters.



January 2nd, 2009

Preview

World title twinbill tomorrow!

Nishioka-Garcia, Kobori-Moses in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

Latest Hall of Famer, Akihiko Honda, influential impresario of Teiken Promotions, presents a world title doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday) at the Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama City, Japan. WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (32-4-3, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting and slick-punching southpaw veteran, will make his initial defense against Mexican warrior Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (38-6, 22 KOs) in the main event. Today Nishioka, a handsome champ, tipped the beam at 121.5 pound, while Garcia, with a “macho” appearance, scaled in at the 122-pound class limit though still wearing tee-shirts. Both looked fine and well-prepared. The WBC officials are as follows: Referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Maximo de Luca (US), Gene del Bianco (US) and Thanawuth Pluemsamran (Thailand); supervior Edward Thangarajah (Thailand).

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In the other world title bout, fearless warrior Yusuke Kobori (23-2-1, 12 KOs), will risk his newly acquired WBA lightweight belt against perennial top contender Paulus Moses (23-0, 17 KOs), from Namibia, in a highly-expected twelve rounder. Both were rather lighter than the 135-pound limit, as Kobori weighed in at 134.5 to 133.5 for Moses. Both looked highly motivated to win this game. The WBA officials are as follows: Referee Rafael Ramos (US); judges Derek Milham (Australia), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) and Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand); and supervisor Jose Oliver Gomez (Panama).
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Yes, four of the five officials are same as those who participated in the previous WBA flyweight title bout between Sakata and Denkaosen on the last day of the last year. They moved from Hiroshima to Tokyo on the New Year Day. No one likes to work here in Japan on January 1 through 3 (our traditional holidays) even in this country of workaholics, but the Hall of Famer Akihiko Honda thus presents an interesting dual title show to entertain our aficionados. (More)



January 2nd, 2009

UFC

Full card announced for UFC 93!

Stacked card set for Dublin, Jan. 17

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization has confirmed the stacked 10-bout fight card for UFC 93: FRANKLIN vs. HENDERSON. The UFC®’s first ever event in the Republic of Ireland emanates from the brand new O2 in Dublin. Click here for more

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 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

Brähmer accident KOs return!

Light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer’s January 17th clash with Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams in Dusseldorf has fallen through after Brähmer suffered a cut to his head in a New Year’s Eve accident. While attending a midnight fireworks show and his girlfriend Tatjana in Schwerin, Brähmer was struck by some shattered glass. He spent the first few minutes of the new year in the hospital where he received six stitches on the hairline. “I’m happy that nothing happened to my girfriend,” he said. “Tatjana stood right next to me. I must now must miss a week’s training before they remove the stitches. This is very annoying. I couldn’t celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve because I trained right through, but I think that I can return to the ring in the near future.”



January 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa, Solis ready to shine!

Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis are ready to shine at the season premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” next Friday (January 9th) at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts. The 2004 Olympic gold medallists had no spare time over Christmas or New Year’s but have been working hard at their training camp in Primm, Nevada. “They both did a great job and will be perfectly prepared for their fights,” states coach Ismael Salas. “Odlanier is fired up to show the US public what he is made of. And Yuri knows that this is his last step before going for his first world title. He knows that he has to be focused and concentrated to fulfil his great dream to become champion of the world.”

Fast rising featherweight star Gamboa (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-2, 18 KOs). If “El Ciclon” wins this fight he will be lined up next to fight for the WBC interim championship against Elio Rojas. Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis (12-0, 8 KOs) makes his US debut against “Big Man” Kevin Burnett (13-1-1, 8 KOs). Originally, “La Sombra” was scheduled to face Owen Beck but the former WBA world title challenger pulled out of the fight due to medical reasons. Doors open at 5.00pm. Tickets are still available for US$ 35.00 and US$ 10.00 (plus fees); call 1-800-FUN-STOP or visit www.primmvalleyresorts.com.



January 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

Meza-Clay, Solis in eliminator!

By Brady Crytzer

Featherweights Monty Meza-Clay (28-1, 19 KOs) and Jorge Solis (36-1, 26 KOs) will collide January 31st in Guadalajara, Mexico to determine the IBF #1 contender spot. This was confirmed by Meza-Clay’s management on Thursday evening. Meza-Clay, who is ranked #2 by the WBO, #5 by the IBF and #11 by the WBA, was last seen in May stopping Omar Lizarraga in the first round.



January 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

2008 Japan Boxing Stats!

By Joe Koizumi

The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) has disclosed that 276 promotions happened here in Japan in 2008. If you divide this figure by 365 (a year), you see it 75%, which showed there were three boxing shows in every four days in average. The number of bouts was 2,245 in total.

Officially licensed are 2,669 Japanese boxers and 151 foreign fighters. Including unlicensed and amateur boxers, it is said there are boxers (including training boys) approximately ten times of the JBC-licensed boxers, that is, some 25,000 boxers here in Japan.

Out of 276 promotions, we saw 160 shows in Tokyo area, 126 of which took place at the Korakuen Hall to prove it is really the mecca of boxing here. 1,067 bouts, including preliminary games, were held at the Hall last year.
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January 1st, 2009

Boxing Result

Full Report: Denkaosen-Sakata!

By Joe Koizumi

Perennial top contender Denkaosen Kaowichit (45-1-1, 19 KOs), 111.75, Thailand, very impressively captured the WBA flyweight belt as he showed a fine opening attack in the first, caught defending champ Takefumi Sakata (33-5-2, 15 KOs), 112, making his fifth defense, with a vicious right under the ear and finished him for the count at 2:55 of the second round on Wednesday in Hiroshima, Japan. It was their grudge fight as they battled to a split draw in the first encounter in November of the previous year.

We knew Denkaosen was a dangerous challenger, having seen him drop Sakata with a solid right in the first round in their initial battle that ended with 115-112 for the Thailander, 112-114 for the Japanese and 113-113. Furthermore, it was the draw despite Denkaosen having suffered a right thumb fracture in the fourth and necessarily fighting with one hand thereafter. However, we never expected such a devastating and dramatic, plus so quick, one-punch knockout by the Thai veteran, since Sakata had been known for his tremendous durability and determination in every defense. (more…)



January 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Miranda set for Jan. fireworks!

On January 11, 2008, Edison Miranda blasted David Banks out of the ring in the third round, a knockout recently named 2008 Knockout of the Year by ESPN.  On January 14th, 2009, “Pantera” hopes to make spectacular January knockouts an annual tradition when he takes on Manuel Esparza on the latest edition of “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. “I’m happy to accept the award for Knockout of the Year from ESPN, and I promise that I will be in the running for the 2009 award every time I step into the ring in the New Year,” said Miranda. “They may have to name the award after me after they see all the spectacular knockout wins I have in 2009.” Tickets for this event, which is headlined by the return of junior middleweight contender Sechew Powell and the debut of 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez, are priced at $152, $102, $52, and $22, and are available now at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or TicketMaster.com. Also in action on January 14th will be highly touted Cuban defector Stalinn Lopez in his pro debut and Star Boxing standout Yathomas Riley. Former undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell, who was scheduled to make his heavyweight debut, has pulled out of the fight for personal reasons.



December 31st, 2008

Boxing News

Colorado promoters come together!

By Chris Morris / Rock Mountain Boxing

With the economy on the slide and boxing feeling the punches, one wouldn’t expect this would lead to better fight cards in Colorado but that is exactly what’s happening as four of Colorado’s best promoters unite for one afternoon of pro boxing. Poor Boys Pro Boxing headed by Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith, Moonlight Productions headed by C.C. Edwards, Inside Boxing headed by Aurelio Martinez and last but never the least Airtight Boxing headed by Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas are pooling their talents together for a show fittingly entitled ‘Come Together.’ The show is set for Saturday January 31st at the Softball Country Arena with a start time of 2pm and will be headlined by welterweight Donald Camarena (19-5, 9 KOs). (more…)



December 31st, 2008

Boxing News

Harrison gets early release!

Former two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KOs) has received an early release from Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, Scotland. Harrison, who has had a long history of run-ins with the law, served four months. He did not comment upon leaving the facility this morning. Although still just 31, Harrison’s legal woes have kept him out of the ring since November 2005.



December 31st, 2008

Top Boxing Stories

Denkaosen wins WBA 112lb belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Perennial top contender Denakaosen Kaowichit (45-1-1, 19 KOs), 111.75, Thailand, very impressively captured the WBA flyweight belt as he showed a fine opening attack in the first, and caught defending champ Takafumi Sakata (33-5-2, 15 KOs), 112, making his fifth defense, with a vicious right under the ear and finished him for the count at 2:55 of the second round on Wednesday in Hiroshima, Japan. It was their grudge fight as they battled to a draw in the first encounter last November.

Undercard: Unbeaten Japan-based Russian Sasha Bakhtin, 117.5, was awarded a lopsided technical decision (100-90 twice and 100-89) over OPBF top ranked Korean national titlist Sungkook Kim, 118, at 1:07 of the tenth session in a scheduled twelve. Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.



December 31st, 2008

Boxing News

No holiday for Erdei, Inkin!

While most the world is enjoying the year end holidays, it’s business as usual in Hamburg’s famous Universum Gym. In preparation for the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009, WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) with his trainer Fritz Sdunek, and WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) with his trainer Magomed Shaburov are in the midst of the last and most intense phase of sparring. “While the others celebrate, dancing and drinking, we still need to work hard – this was not Christmas,” said Erdei. The two world champions will continue to train in Hamburg until Friday, before heading to Magdeburg for the January 10th world title twinbill at the Bördelandhalle. Longtime titleholder Erdei defends against former European champion Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) while Inkin makes his first title defense facing stablemate Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs). This bout has added intrigue as Universum trainers Sdunek and Shaburov will be in opposite corners.



December 31st, 2008

Boxing News

Cotto opens training camp!


Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto and trainer Evangelista Cotto work the mitts during media day Tuesday in Puerto Rico.  Cotto has been training for three weeks and is getting ready to take on Michael Jennings for the vacant WBO welterweight title on February 21 in a Top Rank Pay per view card. “I had missed the gym and I was ready to come back and start training,” said Cotto of his return. “I’m looking forward to a great training camp and to a big fight. I feel very confident that I will return to Puerto Rico in February as a world champion,” added the two time world champion from his hometown gym in Caguas, Puerto Rico.



December 30th, 2008

Interview

Floyd Sr: Oscar will beat Junior!

By Lee Bates

After hearing of the possibility of Oscar De La Hoya facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr. shared his thoughts on Oscar’s chances of victory against ‘The Son of the Legend.’ “I can tell you with me in his corner Oscar would beat Chavez Jr. without a doubt.” he proclaimed.  Mayweather Sr. also talked about his battle with sarcoidosis, and how Ricky Hatton would do in a super showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
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