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Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
2012 is set to be one of the biggest years in the history of Strikeforce. With more muscle behind it courtesy of being purchased by MMA powerhouse Zuffa (owners of the UFC) and a brand new deal with Showtime, the promotion aims to reach more eyes and keep putting on amazing fights. Fight News caught up with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker ahead of this weekend’s fight at The Joint inside the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas to get his thoughts on the upcoming card, the fate of the women’s division and whether Strikeforce will finally get the recognition it deserves. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Robin Krasniqi 174.4 vs. Hakim Zoulikha 173
(WBO Europe light heavyweight title)
Denis Simcic 174.8 vs. Tomas Adamek 174.8
Francesco Pianeta 241 vs. Zack Page 210
Dennis Ronert 194 vs. Armen Azizian TBA
Dominic Bösel 175 vs. Dominik Ameri TBA
Norman Jendrejczyk 242.5 vs. Martin Stensky TBA
Andrei Maurer TBA vs. Vladimir Fecko TBA
Venue: Maritim-Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Former WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Amir Khan says an unidentified “mystery man” in a black hat interacted with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh and interfered with the judges’ scorecards during his upset loss to hometown favorite Lamont Peterson in Washington DC. “I want to know who this man is,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “He had no accreditation. At the end of the fight he was straight over Peterson’s people, celebrating with them.” Khan also posted numerous photos of the “mystery man” online and the BBC reportedly contacted Welsh who refused to reveal the mystery man’s identity.
Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) is hoping to get a shot at another world title sometime in 2012. But first he has to show that he can actually go through with a fight. Brähmer pulled out of three consecutive title defenses on late notice citing illness or injury and was stripped of his belt by the WBO. 21 months since his last fight, he’s now going to give it a try once again on January 28 against Spaniard José Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) in Hamburg. Despite causing three straight promotional disasters for Universum Box-Promotion, Brähmer says he has agreed on a contract extension and is now ready to focus on boxing.
The Octagon® returns to Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents an intense welterweight bout between top contenders Diego Sanchez and Omaha native Jake Ellenberger. Sanchez, the season one winner of The Ultimate Fighter®, and Ellenberger, a winner of five straight, will collide at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. It will be the first UFC main card featured live on FUEL TV, as a part of a three-hour broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. (more…)
The first Prizefighter of 2012 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on February 11 with the Light Welterweights II has completely sold-out. promoter Matchroom Sport claims to have assembled “the best line-up in the tournament’s history” as the 23rd edition of the groundbreaking one-night tournament hits the area for the first time. Fighters include unbeaten Dale Miles and Tyrone Nurse alongside former British champion Barry Morrison, English welterweight king Adil Anwar and major title challengers John Watson, Young Mutley, Dean Harrison and Mark Lloyd.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Muhammad Lawal (8-1) sat at yesterday’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine press conference and looked like he didn’t have a care in the world.
With his now trademark headphones slightly above his ears, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion looked down through most of the conference and only perked up when correcting CEO Scott Coker about his weight class (Coker mistakenly referred to Lawal as a middleweight). (more…)
WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to begin serving his 90 day sentence in a county jail in Las Vegas today after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge last month. With good behavior, Floyd could be back on the street in 60 days. Floyd’s legal situation has scuttled a possible May showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Pacman is now expected to choose his next opponent from a short list consisting of Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson. A decision could be made as soon as this weekend for a May or June date.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Hector Gabino
Newly-formed promotional powerhouse Acquinity Sports held a top-class press conference yesterday from the swank Boca Prime Steakhouse in Boca Raton for this Saturday’s card at the Hollywood Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. Headlining the Telefutura-televised card is current WBO Latino champion and Hollywood hometown resident Ed “The Lion” Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs). Paredes squares off against tough Mexican puncher Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
Paredes took the podium to tell his local and national fans: “This is an important fight for me, I’ve trained very hard for this fight and Saturday night will show how ready I am to take the next step in my career.” Lozada believes he has the goods to knock off the young “Lion,” responding: “There is no hometown advantage for Paredes. I have the experience and the power to win this fight.”
Fightnews had a chance to catch up with Acquinity Sports Boxing promoter Henry Rivalalta during the festivities to discuss the upcoming card. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
Zanfer Promotionsis protesting the removal of Juan Manuel Marquez as WBA lightweight super champion for failure to defend his belt.
“We totally condemn the action of WBA and our company Zanfer will defend to the last our fighter, a great example to world boxing such as Juan Manuel Marquez, and send a letter immediately to the offices of the WBA asking them to reconsider and reinstall Juan Manuel as super champion. We are also asking for an explanation of this unfair action against our fighter. We are confident that by sending the letter to the leaders of the WBA that they’ll reconsider and realize the error and injustice committed against Juan Manuel and what it represents. What has been achieved by Juan Manuel with much effort fighting in the ring can’t be deleted from a desk just because.”
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
Dyah Davis 166.75 vs. Alonso Lopez 167
Steve Martinez 153.75 vs. Denis Douglin 154.5
Venue: Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN2 (more…)
Photos: Bob Ryder
Pete Cantu 136 vs. Joel Flores 135.5
Sidney Gurley 164.5 vs. Cameron Allen 163.5
Juan Goode 245 vs. Keyonn Graham (TBD)
Rick Dufty 202.5 vs. Ryan Rawls (TBD)
Lane Staal 168 vs. James Denson (TBD)
Leandre White 150.5 vs. Dorain Hatcher 162 (Hatcher to reweigh on Friday)
Chris Finley 141 vs Gabriel Morris 141
Bowe Vincent 160 vs. Patrick Boozer 150 (Boozer to reweigh Friday)
Mickey Ward attended weigh in to meet and greet press and fans. Ward will also attend fights on Friday night.
Promoter: Donofrio Entertainment in association with Jackie Kallen and Palace Sports
Venue: Palace of Auburn Hills (more…)
Mason Menard 135 vs. Rynell Griffin 132.1
Bobby Bryant 154 vs. Anthony Middlebrooks 153.1
Josh Joseph 147 vs. Allan Moore 147
Cody Richard 139 vs. Dedrick Bell 136.1
Joey Bryant 135 vs. Travis Bedwell 133.4
Deandre Neal Robinson 153 vs. Nathan Kenning 151
Bailey Bobbitt 173.2 vs. William Johnson 173.2
Venue: Evegaline Downs Casino, Opelousa, Louisiana
Promoter: Boxncar Promotions
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Luis Ramos 134.8 vs. Raymundo Beltran 134.2
Michael Perez 134.6 vs. Omar Figueroa 134.4
Michael Finney 148 vs. Hector Orozco 145.4
Ricardo Malfavon 154.6 vs. Stephen Rubalcaba 154.2
Naphi Mohammad 130.4 vs. Rocco Espinoza 129.8
Christopher Pearson 155.8 vs. Cleven Ishe 155.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: SHOWTIME (more…)
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