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Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped ...

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World title twinbill in Japan today

World title twinbill in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans ...

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Manny Pacquiao 143.8 vs. Chris Algieri 144.4 (WBO welterweight championship) Algieri initially weighed 144.4, stripped naked and weighed 144.2. He eventually ...

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More Camera Clicks from Macau

More Camera Clicks from Macau

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris "Real Rocky" Algieri ...

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Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew locked horns once again at today's press conference – and both men predicted KO wins ...

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

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Mercedes foe named

Veteran Mexican Luis “Titi” Maldonado will face super flyweight contender Juan Mercedes next Friday, August 5, in the 5th edition of the of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised on WAPA America. (more…)



July 27th, 2011



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Unbeaten jr welters collide

Undefeated junior welterweight rising stars; Frankie Gomez (10-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, California and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados (6-0-1, 4 KOs) will clash in the eight round main event on Friday, August 26th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Just 19 years old, the heavy-handed former amateur standout Gomez has impressively won his first ten professional bouts, eight by knockout since turning professional in April of 2010. Granados, who has trained with legendary boxing brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez and their Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, has previously drawn huge crowds at the UIC Pavilion. The bout will be televised on Telefutura.



July 27th, 2011

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Mthalane, Mbamba return in Sept

By Ron Jackson

Two of South Africa’s most talented fighters will be involved in important title fights in September. Evans Mbamba is scheduled to fight Vic Darchinyan for the Australia-based Armenian’s IBO bantamweight belt and Moruti Mthalane (pictured at right) will defend his IBF flyweight title against an Italian, Andrea Sarritzu.

Mbamba will take on Darchinyan, who has won five “world” titles, at the Karen Demirchyan Concerts Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 3.

The fight between Mthalane and Sarritzu will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia, on September 23. (more…)



July 27th, 2011

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WBA Barros-Caballero Update

By Robert Coster

The WBA has issued a press release in which it informs that no decision has been taken yet regarding the controversial verdict in the WBA featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jonathan Victor Barros and his challenger Celestino Caballero but confirms that such a decision will be rendered “in due time.” The title fight was held Barros’ hometown of Mendoza, Argentina on July 2nd. The champion was twice knocked down by Caballero and yet retained his title belt via a split decision that generated strong protest. In the press release signed by WBA President Gilbert Mendoza, the WBA stresses that the organization will take a decision on the matter with “total objectivity, not heeding to any kind of pressure and without partisanship.”



July 27th, 2011

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Matthew Hatton returns (at 147)

Matthew Hatton will start his campaign towards another world title assault in Blackpool next month when he faces unbeaten Andre Abramenka. The former European welterweight champion will be in action at the world famous Tower Circus on Friday 19th August. It will be Hatton’s first fight since going down on points in a WBC light-middleweight title challenge against Saul Alvarez in March. ‘Magic’ Matthew has returned to the 147lb welterweight division and hopeful of another world championship chance in the next few months. The vacant IBF International title will be on the line in the seaside town when he faces the Belarusian over 12 rounds. (more…)



July 27th, 2011

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Nishioka-Marquez confirmed

October 1 in Las Vegas

By Joe Koizumi

WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs), a Japanese southpaw making his seventh defense, will risk his belt against two-time world champ Rafael Marquez (40-6, 36 KOs), a hard-hitting Mexican, in Las Vegas on October 1. It was publicly announced by a leading cable television named WOWOW which has regularly shown world title bouts from all over the world for last twenty years. The Nishioka-Marquez confrontation will be broadcast live to Japan from the MGM Grand and attract our aficionados. Nishioka is expected to be the first Japanese boxer that will keep his world throne in the US. If victorious, Nishioka, 35, will also break the record of the oldest Japanese world champ defending his belt, surpassing ex-WBC flyweight kingpin Daisuke Naito’s thirty-four years.



July 27th, 2011

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Torres-Nava II for diamond belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

This weekend’s rematch between WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres and WBC interim female super bantamweight beltholder Jackie Nava in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, will be for a WBC Diamond Belt. The winner will be part of an exclusive club that thus far includes only Manny Pacquiao and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, as well as being the only female diamond beltholder. Torres-Nava I ended in a ten round draw. (more…)



July 27th, 2011

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Hopkins-Dawson Update

By Francisco Salazar

The Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson light heavyweight title fight has been penciled to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on October 15th. However, there is a possibility that the bout could take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told a small group of reporters, including Fightnews.com, on Tuesday afternoon. Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) is scheduled to defend his world title belt against Dawson that he won from Jean Pascal in a rematch in May at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on the same card, Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s) won a 12 round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu. Schaefer admits that nothing has been officially signed and he would still need to negotiate with Gary Shaw, Dawson’s promoter, for the fight to be brought out to the west coast. Hopkins has fought at STAPLES Center before, winning a clear-cut 12 round unanimous decision over Howard Eastman in February of 2005.



July 27th, 2011

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Balzsay-Kashtanov for WBA belt

On the 26th of August, former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay is attempting to become a champion again, clashing with Ukrainian talent Stanyslav Kashtanov to battle it out for the vacant WBA super middleweight title. Actually this title belongs to Balzsay’s Universum BoxPromotion stable mate Dimitri Sartison but he suffered a bad knee injury in preparation of his originally planned unification bout with WBO king Robert Stieglitz which is going to see him not stepping in the ring for a long time. Therefore, the WBA decided to make its world title vacant, having their #1 and #2 in the rankings, Kashtanov and Balzsay, fighting for it on August 26 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (more…)



July 27th, 2011

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Gomez-Willis collide Aug 12

By Sam DiTusa

Heavyweight Gary “Pit Bull” Gomez (19-10-1) faces Tacoma’s Jonte Willis (8-1) on August 12th at the Silver Reef Casino & Spa in Ferndale, Washington. The bout will be for the Washington state heavyweight title. Gomez is coming off two impressive performances against Mike Mollo and Val Tinajero while Willis suffered the first loss of his pro career in June. Looks like an interesting boxer/puncher stylistic matchup with the bobbing and weaving inside attack of Gomez trying to get inside the speed and boxing ability of Willis. (more…)



July 27th, 2011

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Butch Lewis Services

Photo: Ray Bailey

Butch Lewis, legendary boxing promoter and manager, film and music producer, dealmaker and humanitarian, will be celebrated at his home-going service on Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront (815 Justison Street) in Wilmington, Delaware. The Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. Lewis, 65, died of natural causes at his home in Bethany Beach, Delaware on Saturday, July 23. Viewing and Repast 7AM to 10:30AM, Service 11AM. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly accepts donations to the Butch Lewis Foundation, 250 W. 57th Street, Suite 311, New York, NY 10107. Checks should be made payable to: Butch Lewis Scholarship Fund.



July 27th, 2011

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Shumenov set for Santiago


Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champ Beibut Shumenov puts in a workout at the Elite Fitness & Training Center in Henderson, Nev., Tuesday night in preparation of Friday’s Telefutura card at Las Vegas’ South Point Casino. Shumenov defends his belts against Danny Santiago. Stay tuned for more photos and a story tomorrow.



July 26th, 2011

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Alvarez-Gomez Presser

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Not only did a warm Tuesday afternoon greet super welterweight world title holder Saul Alvarez at the outdoor plaza of the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, but an impromptu rap performance by Alfonso Gomez, whom he will face on September 17th. Both men will duke it out in Los Angeles on the same evening as the welterweight clash between world title holder Victor Ortiz and unbeaten challenger Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Both fights will co-headline the “Star Power” card that will be televised on HBO Pay Per View. Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) performed an English-Spanish rap performance at the press conference that drew mixed reactions from the media and fans in attendance, mainly because the fighter who resides in Buena Park, CA is usually soft-spoken. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) was not visibly happy during the performance as Gomez rapped about taking Alvarez’s title, his unique red hair, and not having faced the caliber of fighter that Gomez has during his career. For more details and photos click here…



July 26th, 2011

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Marroquin returns Saturday

Roberto Marroquin of Dallas gets back into action this weekend with a new trainer – Paul Reyes, who worked the corners of world champions Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry and Paulie Ayala – on a Top Rank Live! fight card in Denver, Colorado. Marroquin, coming off his first pro loss, is working with Reyes at his son’s gym in River Oaks, Texas. On Saturday night, Marroquin will take on Jose Beranza of Mexico City. “We’re ready to fight,” said Reyes. “Marroquin did everything we asked – starting with a lot of running which is what we did with our champions, Donald Curry and Paulie Ayala. “Marroquin is an outstanding boxer who can adapt to another fighter’s style,” Reyes said. “He is a good boxer with excellent hand speed. He needs this fight and he needs a win on Saturday night. I know he will win. I can feel it. “Marroquin reminds me a lot of Paulie who fought with a lot of heart,” Reyes said. “Marroquin has another great weapon – his uppercuts. He will firing off a few uppers on Saturday night.”

Marroquin vs. Beranza will open the Top Rank Live! telecast on FSN…..In the main event, big puncher Mike Alvarado of Denver takes on Gabriel Martinez of Mexico…..the fight card will be outdoors at the Softball Country in north Denver…



July 26th, 2011

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WBC to sanction Morales-Barrios?

Report and photo by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC

Today at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City, Erik Morales visited president Jose Sulaiman and they spoke about Golden Boy’s request to sanction Erik “El Terrible” Morales vs. Jorge “The Hyena” Barrios for the absolute WBC super lightweight title. Because Timothy Bradley has more than 6 months of inactivity in the ring and Devon Alexander announced that he’ll go up to the welterweight division, the WBC sent a request to the Board of Governors, based on the rule that says: “a former champion has the right to contest the title,” to authorize Barrios against Morales for the super lightweight absolute title.

“I have made many changes in my life to return to boxing. I showed Maidana there is something called school and if you do good, technique is above all,” said Morales. He added, “this is a great opportunity, I’m on the right track, next year we’ll face the best in the world. I feel fully experienced strong and young.”

“Timothy Bradley will be a champion in recess, and most likely will rise to the welterweight division,” said Sulaiman.



July 26th, 2011

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Alvarado headlines Saturday

Denver’s Mike Alvarado will risk his undefeated record and his Top-10 world rating when he takes on Gabriel Martinez in a homecoming rumble — his first in over two years — on Saturday at Softball Country in Denver. The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10 p.m. ET (blacked out locally.) (more…)



July 26th, 2011

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Despaigne vows to beat Miranda

Former Cuban amateur star Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) is ready for battle in the televised supporting bout of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights against heavy-handed Colombian Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs). The 10-round light heavyweight battle will open the Friday’s telecast from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Despaigne suffered a setback against fellow top prospect Ismayl Sillakh in his last fight and says he is eager to get back to his winning ways against Miranda and knows exactly what to do. “He’s a very good fighter,” said Despaigne. “He’s fought a lot of great guys, but it’s my time. I’ll stick to the game plan and do what I have to do and I’ll win…I’ve been in against the hardest punchers in the world and never been knocked out. I was down last fight, but I got right back up. That’s shows what kind of chin I have. I have fought so many guys who have power that I don’t even worry about it.”



July 26th, 2011

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Boxing back in Fallon, NV

The City of Fallon, NV and Let’s Get It On Promotions have announced the fourth annual “Rural Rumble” Fallon Fights 2011 on Saturday August 27th at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Headlining the card is Northern Nevada favorite Derek Hinkey (8-2, 7 KOs) making his highly anticipated return after a prolonged layoff due to a hand injury from a fight in 2009. He takes on Anthony Bartinelli (20-14-2, 13 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout.

“We are thrilled to be presenting the fourth annual “Rural Rumble” once again in Fallon.” Says Fallon, NV Mayor Ken Tedford Jr. “Boxing has played an important role in this area for over a century, and we are proud to continue the tradition.”



July 26th, 2011

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Turf wars in Mexico City

The successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico on Friday with a show being billed as “CIVIL WAR”. The main event will feature one of the the hottest prospects in Mexican Boxing as hard punching Dante “Crazy” Jardon (17-1, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC Youth jr lightweight title against compatriot Adrian Tellez (15-5-1, 10 KOs). There is a very hot rivalry between these two hungry young prospects from Mexico City. (more…)



July 26th, 2011

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Morales vs Barrios?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sources inform on the possibility that legendary former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales could face former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios on September 17 in Las Vegas and that the fight could be for a title at super lightweight. In the coming days Morales will begin his training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the Mexico State. Barrios and Morales were originally to meet in December but due to a legal situation, Barrios could not travel to Mexico. Barrios recently won a legal opportunity to get out of Argentina. Barrios was originally slated to fight Friday in Tucuman, Argentina.



July 26th, 2011




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