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Rios-Chaves Presser Quick Quotes

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By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank The final press conference took place Thursday for Saturday night's expected welterweight war between ...

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Junior welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

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Boxing News

GIANT Magdeburg Photo Gallery!

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Photo: Eroll Popova

See all the action from the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009 including  Karoly Balszay’s win over previously unbeaten champion Denis Inkin to claim the WBO super middleweight crown, the same title held by Joe Calzaghe for ten-plus years. (more…)



January 12th, 2009



UFC

Schafer puts foes on ‘Red’ alert

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

There is no division like 205 pounds in the sport of mixed martial arts. Known as the sport’s “Glamour Division,” the UFC light heavyweight division has arisen from its long time championship deadlock of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ Tito Ortiz and “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell to become one of the most competitive weight classes. Since losses by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin, the 205 pound title has changed hands three times in the last two years. . . . Click here for more by Brady Crytzer

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 12th, 2009

Boxing News

The best of Showtime!

The year in photos by Tom Casino

Showtime photographer Tom Casino showcases his best shots from 2008: 33 high-action photos from the year’s best fights as televised on Showtime! Click here for more



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Cotto-Jennings!

Tickets to the February 21 Miguel Cotto-Michael Jennings WBO welterweight title clash at Madison Square Garden will go on sale tomorrow at noon ET. Priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, they can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com. Cotto-Jennings from New York City and the Kelly Pavlik vs Marco Antonio Rubio middleweight championship clash from Youngstown, Ohio, will headline a rare split-site pay-per-view event.



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Brähmer returns March 7!

Will fight Kanfouah for Euro title
Photo: Universum

Photo: Thomas Leidig

Today the public prosecutor’s office in Schwerin has brought charges against Universum boxer Jürgen Brähmer involving two incidents in May and September of 2008. Brähmer stated, “For me this is no new situation. I’m calming awaiting it. I’m focusing now on my next fight, which is waiting for me in March.” It was also announced today that Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will return to the ring on March 7th in Dresden against Frenchman Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) in a bout for the European light heavyweight championship. In his last bout in November, Brähmer dropped a twelve round decision in a world title bid against WBA champion Hugo Hernan Garay.



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Huck to face Batello!

Marco “Captain” Huck will make his second defence of the European Cruiserweight Title against Geoffrey Batello in Riesa on January 24 after challenger Vadim Safonov has been hindered by an injury. Unbeaten in 18 fights, Batello boasts an impressive record of 15 KOs. “Batello is an excellent challenger for Captain Huck,” Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer said. “The fight against him will be more difficult than the one against Safonov. We know Batello very well. He has been in full practice and is in top shape. And his fight record speaks for itself.” (more…)



January 12th, 2009

UFC

Drwal takes on Silva!

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

There are a lot of tough guys in the UFC. Just walking up the four steps into the Octagon on fight night guarantees that. But what happens after giving your best you still fall short of victory? What you do after that loss may be what truly defines toughness. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, 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 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Arena wins WBC purse bid!

Arena Box-Promotion has won the purse bid for the WBC cruiserweight Final Eliminator between Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey. The fight will most probably take place in late March or early April. The winner of the elimination bout will face the winner of the WBC cruiserweight championship between Giacobe Fragomeni and Krystzof Wlodarczyk. If he can beat Godfrey, Hide would not only opening up the door for earning big money at the end of his long and successful career, the “Dancing Destroyer” could also make history becoming the first former world heavyweight champion to go down to cruiserweight to win a world title.



January 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Rolly wins OPBF 122lb belt!

By Joe Koizumi

WBA#12 bantam Rolly Matsushita Lunas (27-7-1, 14 KOs), 121.5, a Japan-based Filipino, stunned the crowd as he captured the OPBF 122-pound belt by eking out an upset hairline split verdict (115-114, 115-113 and 114-115) over WBC#3 Wethya Sakmuangklaeng (92-5, 55 KOs), 121.5, Thailand, over twelve sizzling hot and close rounds on Sunday in Kanazawa, Japan. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Balzsay-Inkin video highlights!

balzsayvideoVideo highlights of Saturday’s fights in Magdeburg, Germany, featuring Karoly Balzsay’s win over defending champion Denis Inkin for the  WBO super middleweight belt and WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei’s non-title win over Yuri Barashian are now available online.



January 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Busy year for Milenkovic!

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has lined up a number of world title eliminators and challenges for world titles for South African boxers in 2009. Branco fighters include Siphiwo Nongqayi, Ali Funeka, Vusi Malinga, Cassius Baloyi, Malcolm Klassen, Silence Mabuza, Moruti Mthalane, Jeffrey Mathebula, Evans Mbamba and Simphiwe Vetyeka among others. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Announcement

WBF champ dies in motor accident

By Ron Jackson

One of South Africa’s most talented fighters Ludumo Galada the WBF featherweight champion was killed in a motor accident near East London on Saturday. He was 26. After a distinguished amateur career, Galada was unbeaten as a pro. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Balzsay dethrones Inkin!

Erdei tops Barashian

By Karl Freitag

Photo: Eroll Popova

In a highly anticipated WBO super middleweight world championship clash, unbeaten #1 contender Karoly Balszay (20-0, 14 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten champion Denis Inkin (34-1, 24 KOs) via entertaining twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Both fighters met in the center of the ring and boxed at a high level, but the champion’s pressure dictated the first half of the fight. Balzsay’s southpaw counterpunching got him back in the fight down the stretch. Balzsay rocked Inkin at the end of round ten and went on to win by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.

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By Alexey Sukachev

In the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009, unbeaten long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) outpointed former Euro champ Yuri Barashian (25-5, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds in a non-title bout. Erdei won by scores of 116-111, 116-111, 117-110. Barashyan had some success with his hard blows, but Erdei’s speed allowed him to control the fight. Barashian was deducted a point in round nine for a low blow. The bout was changed to a non-title affair after Barashian failed to make the 175lb weight limit.



January 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

More results from Magdeburg!

Sartison, Stieglitz victorious

Two former super middleweight title challengers and a pair of hot prospects saw action on the undercard of Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” card at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Recent WBA super middleweight title challenger and current WBA #4 rated Dimitri Sartison (24-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Vasily Andiyanov (7-18) by scores of 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. It was Sartison’s second win since challenging Mikkel Kessler in June. Also, only about a month after his big victory over Lukas Wilaschek, WBC International super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (34-2, 21 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Dimitri Protkunas (10-28-1, 1 KO). Time was 1:47. Stieglitz is currently rated WBA/IBF #5 and WBC #10.

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In other action, unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Sergey Beloshapkin (7-3, 2 KOs) at 2:59 of round two. The hard-hitting Michalkin dropped Beloshapkin in rounds two and four. Also, flyweight prospect Pal “Pimpa” Bedak moved to 2-0, 2 KOs with a third round TKO of Ucristinel Laurent (0-1).



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik tix disappear fast!

Cotto-Jenning tickets on sale Tuesday

World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s homecoming February 21 title defense against No. 1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio is a hot ticket. According to Eric Ryan, the executive director of the Chevrolet Centre, 5,000 tickets were sold within 12 minutes of them going on sale this morning at 10 a.m. ET. Fans braving the cold, wind and snow began lining up at 11:30 p.m. Friday night. According to The Vindicator, Youngstown’s daily newspaper, “Some 200 people were lined up outside the building by 9 a.m., and that number had doubled by the time tickets went on sale an hour later.” The Chevrolet Centre can accommodate 7,000 seats.

The Pavlik-Rubio world middleweight championship fight, along with the Miguel Cotto-Michael Jennings WBO welterweight title tilt at Madison Square Garden, will headline an exciting two-city, two-title pay-per-view extravaganza broadcast live on Saturday, February 21, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. (more…)



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Chris John Update!

By Jeff Pamungkas

Facing Rocky Juarez on February 28, WBA featherweight champion Chris John and his entourage will come to Houston, Texas, by the end of this month (one full month before the fight) to adapt with the climate and conditions of the city. John has been training at Craig Christian’s “Harry’s Gym” in Perth, Australia since December 28. When asked about this big step in his career making his U.S. debut, John only commented “wish me luck.”



January 10th, 2009

Exclusive

Campbell vacates WBA title!

WBO / IBF Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell has elected to vacate the WBA Lightweight Super Champion Title. Campbell, (32-5-1, 25 KOs) issued the following statement regarding his decision:

“I really wanted to try and unify the lightweight titles, but looking at reality, it just isn’t going to happen, at least not in 09. Not that I’m looking past my Feb. 14th IBF mandatory with Ali Funeka, because I’m not. Funeka deserves, and unfortunately for him, he will get my full and undivided attention. But there just isnt any way I see that I would be able to do my WBA mandatory defense against Paulus Moses, or whoever has the regular title then. After Feb. 14, I really hope to fight the Juan Manuel Marquez – Juan Diaz winner next, and then right after that I have a WBO mandatory due with Barerra. So there’s no way I can fullfill my mandatory obligation to the WBA. So rather than pay sanction fees on it for the next few fights, knowing full well I wont be able to defend it without giving up my WBO belt, (which I won’t do), I decided to just go ahead and vacate the WBA title now. I still have the desire to someday unify all the belts, but I also have to balance that desire against the reality of the sport these days. There just arent enough opportunities to fight in order to maintain all the titles. Besides, if I do get the Marquez-Diaz winner next, then any and all debate about who the “real” lightweight champ is will be over once and for all. And after that, if my choice of mandatories is between Barerra or Moses, well no disrespect to Moses, but thats really a no-brainer. I do appreciate the WBA having recognized me as their Super Champion, and this decision in no way is a reflection on their organization.”

Nate Campbell
IBF / WBO / NBA Lightweight Champion



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Inkin-Balzsay now main event!

Clash of unbeatens takes center stage


Photo: Eroll Popova

The highly anticipated WBO super middleweight world championship collision between unbeaten fighters Denis Inkin and Karoly Balszay has been elevated to main event status tonight in Magdeburg, Germany. The decision was made by ZDF to feature the bout on live German television after Yuri Barashian was unable to make weight for his light heavyweight world title challenge against longtime champion Zsolt Erdei. Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) and Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) were supposed to meet for the WBO interim belt last September in Hamburg, however Balzsay suffered a cut in training. Inkin then defeated late sub Fulgencio Zuniga and was crowned full WBO champion after Joe Calzaghe relinguished the WBO title. He will now make his first defense against his WBO #1 rated stablemate on the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009. Erdei vs Barashian will still take place on the card, but Erdei retains the WBO belt win or lose.



January 10th, 2009

UFC

The evolution of Kang

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

To say UFC newcomer Denis Kang is “well-traveled” would be a major understatement. By the age of 11, Kang had lived in three countries in two continents and spoke four different languages. The term “overachiever” might be a more fitting label for the successful 31-year-old middleweight veteran as he has continued to evolve as a fighter, winning him the respect of MMA fans and pundits alike who have sung his praises for the majority of his mixed martial arts career . . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, 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 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Barashian unable to make 175!

Erdei keeps world title on the scale


Photo: Eroll Popova

WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei retained his world championship on the scale Friday when challenger Yuri Barashian stunningly was unable to make weight for their world title clash on Saturday in Magdeburg, Germany. As previously reported, Barashian initially weighed in at 176.8 pounds. After trying for two hours to lose the overage, Barashian was still 1.22 pounds over the division limit. The bout will now go on as scheduled, but as a non-title affair. Erdei, who won the title five years ago, has made ten successful defenses during that time. In a second world title bout, both Denis Inkin and Karoly Balszay made weight for their highly anticipated WBO super middleweight collision between unbeatens on the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing Result

Gamboa stops Gonzalez late!

Solis, Lara also halt foes

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara were all victorious on Friday night at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. Unbeaten WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #6, IBF #8 featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-3, 18 KOs). Gonzalez briefly dropped Gamboa in round two, but the knockdown only served to wake up the heavy-handed Gamboa, who was right back on the offensive and dominated the bout until referee Robert Byrd rather suddenly stopped the bout with :48 remaining in the final stanza. Gamboa’s, who was a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is expected to fight for the WBC interim featherweight championship in his next bout.
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WBC #12 heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (13-0, 9 KOs) defended his WBC international title with an eighth round TKO over 6’6 “Big Man” Kevin Burnett (13-2-1, 8 KOs). Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, showed glimpses of his talent in short bursts throughout the bout before finally rocking Burnett with a left hook in the eighth prompting referee Jay Nady to wave it off. Time was 2:00.

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Hot junior middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs) scored an impressive first round KO over Rodrigo Aguiar (5-4, 3 KOs). Lara floored Aguiar with a straight left just before the bell and referee Joe Cortez ruled Aguair was in no condition to continue. Lara was the 2005 world amateur champion.



January 9th, 2009

UFC

Final bouts set for UFC 94!

UFC 94 is live on PPV Jan. 31!

It’s one of the most anticipated fights in years; and now the Ultimate Fighting Championship® proudly confirms the remainder of the fight card for UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 31, 2009  . . . . Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Santos will face Martinez!

154lb. title showdown on Feb 14

Daniel Santos will make his first defense of the WBA super welterweight championship he won in July when he faces interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on Feb. 14. The addition of the Santos-Martinez world championship to the previously announced HBO-televised card promoted by Don King Productions makes for a smashing tripleheader. The event already features WBO and IBF lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) opposing his IBF No. 1-Ranked mandatory challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka as well as another intriguing 154-pound pairing of former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (28-7-1, 22 KOs) and undefeated WBC No. 3-ranked Alfredo “Perro” Angulo squaring off in a WBC elimination bout to determine the No. 1 ranking and become mandatory challenger. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Announcement

Star Boxing: 2008 in review

The year 2009 is finally here and if it is anything like 2008, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is in for yet another extremely busy year in the boxing world. Whether it was exciting sold out shows, major signings, or watching our fighters climb the ladder in the world ratings, Star Boxing had it all, including having two of its top fighters being named to Dan Rafael’s ESPN.com, Top Prospects of 2008 list. Below is a brief break down of the Star Boxing Roster and what they accomplished this past year . . . click here for more



January 9th, 2009

Twitter Watch

Lamare lands in U.S.

Myriam Lamare (16-2, 9 KOs), who takes on Holly Holm (22-1-3, 6 KOs) for the WIBA welterweight title Jan. 23, in Albuquerque, N.M., has landed in Los Angeles for final preparations. Lamare will work under former pound-for-pound queen Lucia Rijker before heading to Albuquerque. Holm, meanwhile, continues her training under Mike Winkeljohn at Jackson’s/Winkeljohn’s. The Fresquez-promoted card will take place at Isleta Resort & Casino.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

ESPN FNF hires Hopkins!

Future Hall of Fame middleweight and light heavyweight great Bernard Hopkins has been hired by ESPN as a “boxing analyst” for the 2009 season of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Hopkins, who will make a series of regular appearances on the show, will handle his first assignment tonight alongside ESPNlongtime host Brian Kenny for the FNF season debut featuring Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara from Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Miranda, Powell kickoff 2009!

Public invited to "Hard Knocks" presser

The day before super middleweight star Edison “Pantera” Miranda and junior middleweight contender Sechew “The Iron Horse” Powell step into the ring and begin their 2009 campaigns, these two fistic standouts will meet the press for the first time this year to discuss their pivotal bouts on January 14th’s “Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock” event. The final press conference for “Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock” will take place on Tuesday, January 13th at 1pm at Paradise Live, which is located in Seminole Paradise next to Hard Rock Live. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Showdown: Diaz vs. Marquez!

Report by Byron Spurlock

Ring Magazine’s lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez 49-4-1 (36) and former three-time world champ Juan Diaz 34-1 (17) kicked off 2009 by making a stop in Houston, Tex., Thursday . . . . Click here for more



January 9th, 2009

Announcement

Riley comes home!

Star Boxing’s fast rising light heavyweight prospect, Yathomas Riley (4-0,3KO) will return home to Florida when he fights on the undercard of the Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, Wednesday January 14th against Evjeny Stardoubstev (pro-debut) . . . . Click here for more



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Magdeburg!

Barashian 1.8 lbs. over weight limit

Photos: Eroll Popova

Zsolt Erdei 173.1 vs. Yuri Barashian 176.8
(WBO world light heavyweight championship)
Denis Inkin 167.1 vs. Karoly Balzsay 167.1
(WBO world super middleweight championship)
Dimitri Sartison 168 vs. Vasily Andriyanov 170.9
Robert Stieglitz 173.1 vs. Dmitri Protkunas 173.1
Igor Michalkin 175 vs. Sergey Beloshapkin 173.7
Pal Bedak 113.1 vs. Laurent Ucristinel Balmau 114
Venue: Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)



January 9th, 2009

Scale Watch

López-Posawan make weight!

By Lee Bates

Puerto Rico’s Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (38-7-2, 32 KOs) and Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan (45-1-1, 24 KOs) both successfully made the 30 day weight limit requirement for their WBO iterim super flyweight title fight. Lopez weighed in at 122 pounds and Pramuansak weighed in at 124 pounds. The minimum 30 day pre-fight weight limit was 132.25 pounds. The bout will take place February 7th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will promote the event.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Pavlik in NYC!

Split venue PPV twinbill on Feb 21

Two superstars, two world title fights, two cities — all on the same night. That’s what Bob Arum of Top Rank will discuss when Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik will be at Madison Square Garden for a press conference on Tuesday. Cotto will take on Michael Jennings of Chorley, England, for the vacant WBO Welterweight Championship at Madison Square Garden. Pavlik will defend his WBC Middleweight world title against #1-rated challenger Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 21. Arum said today that three PPV bouts including Cotto vs. Jennings will be on the live telecast from Madison Square Garden, then the live telecast goes to Youngstown for the Pavlik vs Rubio title fight. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Cook, Martinez reach accord!

Parties representing WBO super featherweight champion Nicky Cook and mandatory challenger Rocky Martinez have reached an agreement, thus the scheduled WBO purse bid has been cancelled. Details are forthcoming.
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Meanwhile, a scheduled WBO bantamweight title purse bid between champion Gerry Peñalosa and Erik Morel has been postponed until further notice.



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Steven Luevano Update!

As WBO mandatory challenger Rocky Juarez has decided not to challenge WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano and no agreement for that bout has been reached, the January 12th WBO purse bid for Luevano-Juarez has been cancelled.  Luevano will now be making a voluntary defense in his next bout.



January 9th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Primm, NV!

Photo: Rick Pineda

Yuriorkis Gamboa 126 vs Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez 127.5
Odlanier Solis 246 vs Kevin Burnett 253
Erislandy Lara 154 vs Rodrigo Aguiar 157
Venue: Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resort, Primm, NV
Promoter: Arena Box-Promotion
TV: ESPN2
Tickets: $35 and $10, doors open 5PM



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