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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

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UFC

Jones is on road to redemption, wants back everything he lost

The Jon Jones redemption tour is underway, and it’s the hottest ticket in Las Vegas this weekend. The pound-for-pound king has said all the right things. The community service hours have been logged; the gratitude to fans for continued support has been paid . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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The Jon Jones redemption tour is underway, and it’s the hottest ticket in Las Vegas this weekend. The pound-for-pound king …


Boxing News

Weights from Catskill, New York

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Alvin Varmall, Jr 196 vs. Leo Pla 199.4
Mike Black 145.2 vs. Andy Gonzalez 145
Dave Tamaso 158.2 vs. Keith Holloway 162.4
Rex Harris 203.2 vs. Jimmy Levins 229
Daryl Watkins 165.8 vs. LeShawn Rodriquez 165.4
Ismael Lebron 144.6 vs. Leonardo Kenon 140
Ignacio Camacho 199.6 vs. Devaughn Greenwood 193.4

Venue: Catskill High School
Promoter: Boss Lady Promotions
Doors open at 6:30PM, first bout at 8PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Prices are $100 Ringside, $75 Floor Seats, $55 Middle Bleachers and $40 General Admission.

By Kurt Wolfheimer Alvin Varmall, Jr 196 vs. Leo Pla 199.4 Mike Black 145.2 vs. Andy Gonzalez 145 Dave Tamaso …



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Weights from Chester, West Virginia‏‎

Aaron Quattrocchi 173.5 vs. Shawn Laughery 173.5
(WV light heavyweight title)

Ed Latimore 216 vs. Hassan Lee 225
Josh Himes 196.5 vs. Lamont Capers 195
Matt Conway 140 vs. Isaiah Robinson 147
(ABA super lightweight title – only Conway can win)
Zhimin Wang 143.5 vs. Donny Miller 145
Boubacar Sylla 145.5 vs. Darrell Jones 147.5
Nelson Best 264 vs. Justin Oaks 219Inbox

Venue: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, Chester, WV
Promoter: Made Men Promotions
Doors open at 5:00, and first bell is at 7:00. Tickets are priced $75, $60, and $30 and are available at www.mademenboxing.com or the door.

Aaron Quattrocchi 173.5 vs. Shawn Laughery 173.5 (WV light heavyweight title) Ed Latimore 216 vs. Hassan Lee 225 Josh Himes …


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Zbikowski wins in comeback fight

Former Notre Dame and NFL footballer, and now Chicago firefighter Tommy Zbikowski moved to 5-0, 3 KOs, with a four round unanimous decision over Keith Jackson (2-3-2, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Belvedere in Elk Grove, Illinois. Scores were 40-36 across the board for Tommy Z. who was last in the ring five years ago.

Former Notre Dame and NFL footballer, and now Chicago firefighter Tommy Zbikowski moved to 5-0, 3 KOs, with a four …




Boxing News

Weights from Maine

Brandon Berry 140.6 vs. James Lester 140.2
Brandon Montella 172 vs. Crowsneck Boutin 175.9

Venue: Androscoggin Bank Colisée, Lewiston, Maine
Promoter: New England Fights
Matchmaker: Peter Czymbor
Tickets: www.TheColisee.com

Brandon Berry 140.6 vs. James Lester 140.2 Brandon Montella 172 vs. Crowsneck Boutin 175.9 Venue: Androscoggin Bank Colisée, Lewiston, Maine …


UFC

UFC 200 a ‘work in progress,’ but stars are ready

Of the 12 seats on the dais for the kickoff press conference to officially announce several of the bouts for July’s UFC International Fight Week festivities in Las Vegas Friday, only 11 were filled. So UFC President Dana White immediately made it clear that after a crazy week for the promotion, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will not be fighting Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Of the 12 seats on the dais for the kickoff press conference to officially announce several of the bouts for …


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Cuadras, Mepranum make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Carlos Cuadras 113 vs. Richie Mepranum 112.65
(WBC super flyweight world title)

Ava Knight 113.30 vs. Judith Rodriguez 122.65
Rodolfo Flores 127.60 vs. Jesus Silveira 128.50
Karim Arce 115.50 vs. Vicente Castro 114.40
Jai Opetai 180.40 vs. Orlando Vazquez 182.50

Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Venue: Centro de Usos Múltiples, Los Mochis, México.
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

Photos

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez Carlos Cuadras 113 vs. Richie Mepranum 112.65 (WBC super flyweight world title) Ava …


Boxing News

Master class by Vetyeka

By Ron Jackson

Former world champion Simphiwe Vetyeka of South Africa gave a master class of boxing when he outpointed Tsuyoshi Tameda of Japan by wide margins over ten rounds in a featherweight contest before a capacity crowd on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa. Judge Allen Matakane scored it 100-91 and judges Lulama Mtya and Simphiwe Mbini scored it 99-92 and 98-92.

The 35-year-old Vetyeka (57.15kg), who improved his record to 29-3, 17 KOs, made a slow start but picked up the pace in the third round as he jolted Tameda’s head with his educated left jab. This was the pattern throughout the fight as the South African fought from the back foot scoring with lefts and rights to the head.

Tameda finished the fight with his face red and puffed up from the continuous barrage of punches. However, Tameda, 22, must be given full marks for commitment as he came forward throughout the ten rounds and never stopped throwing punches but this was not enough against the classy Vetyeka. Tameda (57.32kg) saw his record drop to 13-2-2, 11 KOs. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Former world champion Simphiwe Vetyeka of South Africa gave a master class of boxing when he outpointed …



Boxing News

Golovkin, Wade, Gonzalez Arroyo make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Gennady Golovkin 159 vs. Dominic Wade: 159.6
(WBA, IBF, WBC interim middleweight titles)

“Chocolatito” Gonzalez 111.4 vs. McWilliams Arroyo 111.6
(WBC flyweight title)

Venue: The Forum in Inglewood, California
Promoter: K2
TV: HBO

By Przemek Garczarczyk Gennady Golovkin 159 vs. Dominic Wade: 159.6 (WBA, IBF, WBC interim middleweight titles) “Chocolatito” Gonzalez 111.4 vs. …


Boxing News

Photo of the day

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Photo: Top Rank

Esquiva Falcao of Brazil poses with his trainers Richie Sandoval and Miguel Diaz at the Top Rank Gym today. Falcao sparred eight rounds today to get ready for his next bout vs Paul Valenzuela on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate-UniMas event May 14 at the Sportsman’s Lodge, Studio City, Ca

Esquiva Falcao of Brazil poses with his trainers Richie Sandoval and Miguel Diaz at the Top Rank Gym today. Falcao …


UFC

UFC 197 at the scales

UFC 197, which is headlined by the UFC interim light heavyweight title clash between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux, and the flyweight championship fight between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 23 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

Main Event – interim UFC light heavyweight five-round title fight
Jon Jones (205 lbs) vs Ovince Saint Preux (205 lbs)

Co-Main Event – Flyweight title fight
Demetrious Johnson (125) vs Henry Cejudo (125)

Pay-Per-View main Card
Anthony Pettis (156) vs Edson Barboza (155)
Robert Whittaker (185.5) vs Rafael Natal (186)
Yair Rodriguez (145.5) vs Andre Fili (146)

FS1 Prelims
Sergio Pettis (126) vs Chris Kelades (126)
Danny Roberts (170.5) vs Dominique Steele (171)
Carla Esparza (116) vs Juliana Lima (115)
Glaico Franca (156) vs James Vick (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Walt Harris (255.5) vs Cody East (245.5)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205) vs Clint Hester (205)
Efrain Escudero (155.5) vs Kevin Lee (156)

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UFC 197, which is headlined by the UFC interim light heavyweight title clash between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux, …


Boxing News

Shocking News: Shindo to fight WBO female 118lb champ Fujioka in last bout as girl, take transsexual operation afterward, go on fighting as man

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

What a news it is! Although this reporter made out a draft of a press release—due to the local promoter’s request—for the press conference in Osaka on Thursday, I didn’t know such a shocking announcement would be made on the next day there.

What I wrote: WBO female bantamweight champion Naoko Fujioka (14-1, 6 KOs) will put her belt on the line against former WBC flyweight titlist Go Shindo (16-3, 11 KOs), from Osaka, under the WBO headquarters’ sanction at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on June 13.

WHAT THEY ANNOUNCED: Shindo, whose real name is Megumi Hashimoto and who is really a girl, will undergo a transsexual operation afterward in Thailand and resume fighting as a male boxer from the next year on.

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I am sorry to say that I am not so familiar with the so-called transsexual surgery, but within my limited knowledge Thailand is a world-famous place where the special man-to-woman or woman-to-man operation has been frequently made with a high technical standard. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat What a news it is! Although this reporter made out a draft of …



Boxing News

Weights from Sweden

Erik Skoglund 173 vs. Ryno Liebenberg 173.2
Mikaela Lauren 148.8 vs. Ivana Habazin: 146.6
(WBC Female Super Welterweight title)
Otto Wallin 229 vs. Irineu Beato Costa Jr 249
Klara Svensson 148.1 vs. Lucia Morelli: TBA
Oscar Ahlin 171.7 vs. Patrick Mendy 171.9
Patricia Berghult 139.3 vs. Katarina Vistica TBA
Daniel Hartvig 150.5 vs. Nikoloz Gvajava 150.3
Angelique Hernandez 122.5 vs. Karina Kopinska 123.4

Venue: The Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden
Promoter: Sauerland Event

Erik Skoglund 173 vs. Ryno Liebenberg 173.2 Mikaela Lauren 148.8 vs. Ivana Habazin: 146.6 (WBC Female Super Welterweight title) Otto …


Boxing News

Weights from Chicago

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images

It’s fight day in Chicago, as Hitz Boxing presents Fight Night at the Belvedere. Former Notre Dame and NFL footballer, and now Chicago firefighter Tommy Zbikowski makes his long-awaited return to the ring in a four-round cruiserweight bout versus Missouri’s Keith Jackson. A portion of the evening’s profits will be donated to the family of fallen firefighter Daniel Capuano.

Tommy Zbikowski 184 vs. Keith Jackson 185
Nick Ramirez 147 vs. Jacob Szilasi 145
Nick Mazurek 230 vs. Randy Easton 228
Giovanni Miletti 140 vs. DeShawn Debose 142
Nick Ramirez 112 vs. Luis Guerrero 112

Doors to The Belvedere Elk Grove open at 6:00, and first bell is at 7:00. Tickets are priced $110 and $50, and are available at the door.

Photo: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images It’s fight day in Chicago, as Hitz Boxing presents Fight Night at the Belvedere. Former Notre Dame …


Boxing News

Chisora: Pulev has no idea how to fight

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora ​​pulled no punches when discussing his May 7 clash with Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg, Germany. The bout will be for the vacant European heavyweight and also serve as an IBF eliminator.

“I just got back from California where I had a fantastic training camp and perfect sparring partners. I look forward to this fight. I think I’m going to knock out Pulev!” stated Chisora, who was just getting started.

​​”Pulev was always protected. His opponents were scrap, his fight record is ridiculous – and against Wladimir Klitschko, he was beaten up very badly. Pulev has no idea how to fight. I’m not worried. I’m telling you. He has boxed only shit-opponents. The best of them was Tony Thompson (laughs)! I’ve boxed Haye, Fury and Vitali Klitschko. On May 7, he’ll be surprised. This will not turn out well for him.”

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora ​​pulled no punches when discussing his May 7 clash with Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg, Germany. The bout …


UFC

Saint Preux thriving in underdog role; determined to win

If you look at Ovince Saint Preux’s timeline on Twitter (@003_OSP), there is a tweet pinned to the top of his feed that tells you everything you need to know about his mindset heading into Saturday’s UFC 197 main event . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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If you look at Ovince Saint Preux’s timeline on Twitter (@003_OSP), there is a tweet pinned to the top of …



Boxing News

Chocolatito looking to impress against Arroyo

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions

WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (44-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua returns to the ring Saturday night against McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KO’s) of Puerto Rico at the LA Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. “I am back fighting at the Forum the same arena my idol Alexis Arguello won his first world title against Ruben Olivares. For me its an honor, I cant describe it,” Gonzalez told Fightnews.com®.

Gonzalez began camp in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua and relocated camp to Costa Rica with his longtime trainer Arnulfo Obando, co-trainer Wilmer Hernandez and father Luis Gonzalez where they completed their preparation. “I feel good motivated and I am in really good condition and ready to give a great fight Saturday night,” Chocolatito said. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (44-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua returns to …


Boxing News

Randall Bailey: I am going to KO Jeff Horn

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF/WBA/WBO world champion and currently rated WBO #12 Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 KOs) is confident of defeating IBF #5, WBO #6, WBA #11 Jeff Horn (13-0, 8 KOs) inside the distance when they clash over twelve rounds next Wednesday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

“I am going to Australia to knock Jeff Horn out,” stated Bailey. “I’m not trying to go to a decision or scorecards – knockout – that’s what I’m training for. I’m going over to his hometown and whatever punch that lands correctly and accurately will probably produce a knockout. At the end I am going to shake his hand and get on the plane. Whatever is left of him.”

Bailey is coming off a knockout victory over Shusaku Fujinaka in seven rounds last October 2015 in South Korea. Horn is coming off a one-sided ten round decision victory over Ahmed El Mousaoui in December 2015.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former IBF/WBA/WBO world champion and currently rated WBO #12 Randall Bailey (46-8, 39 …


Boxing News

Donaire, Bedak make weight

Defending WBO junior featherweight world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) weighed in at 121.75 pounds and challenger Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs) scaled in at 121.5 pounds for their world title clash in Cebu City, Philippines.

The fight will be televised live on pay-per-view in the USA on Saturday, beginning at 8AM ET/5AM PT.

Defending WBO junior featherweight world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) weighed in at 121.75 pounds and …


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Boxing Buzz

Jeff Horn becomes Australian boxing’s unlikely saviour

Nonito Donaire not interested in fighting ‘kids’ at Rio Olympics

Anthony Joshua surprises mom with new car

Kell Brook hasn’t turned down Miguel Cotto… “we would walk to the US to make it happen but Cotto wants an easier fight”

Jeff Horn becomes Australian boxing’s unlikely saviour Nonito Donaire not interested in fighting ‘kids’ at Rio Olympics Anthony Joshua surprises …


UFC

Stars of International Fight Week to appear at press event on Friday

Las Vegas – From legendary athletes and historic fights, to its undisputed place in the sports landscape, UFC has built an unforgettable legacy that stands the test of time. International Fight Week 2016, and the history-making UFC® 200 event, is a celebration of the heroes and moments that have paved the way, and those who are evolving the sport for the future . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Boxing News

Skoglund favored to beat Liebenberg

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of career when he meets the unbeaten Erik Skoglund of Sweden for the vacant IBO International light heavyweight title at the Johanneshov in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday night. The 24-year-old Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs)has been at the forefront in the revival of Swedish boxing. On September 19, 2015, he made history when defending his IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title against Oleksandr Cherviak; the first championship fight on Swedish soil since the ban on professional boxing in Sweden since 1969. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of career when he meets the unbeaten Erik Skoglund …


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2012 Olympian Opetaia in action Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 2012 London Olympian heavyweight Jai Opetaia (3-0, 1 KO) will be in action against Orlando Vazquez (2-0) at the Centro de Usos Multiples, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Saturday on the undercard of the WBC super flyweight title clash between champion Carlos Cuadras (34-0-1, 26 KOs) and Richie Mepranum (31-4-1,8KO’s). The 20-year-old Opetaia was Australia’s representative at the London Olympics at only 16 years losing narrowly to Teymur Mammadov of Aberbajan by a score of 11-12. Opetaia, who is managed by Hall of Famer and three time world champion Jeff Fenech, was recently chief sparring partner to Lucas Browne before his victory over Ruslan Chagaev to capture the WBA heavyweight crown.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian 2012 London Olympian heavyweight Jai Opetaia (3-0, 1 KO) will be in …


Boxing News

Lomachenko-Martinez official announcement coming next week

World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, plus undefeated #2 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will host a New York press conference next Thursday to announce a Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend championship card on June 11 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko (11-1, 3 KOs), of Ukraine, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion, will be moving up to challenge Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), a three-time world champion from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, for his WBO junior lightweight world title. Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be defending his WBO Latino lightweight title against an opponent to be named. Both fights will be televised live on HBO.

World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, plus undefeated #2 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo and Hall …


Boxing News

Sam Watson: Wade wanted GGG…and he will beat him!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“We pick winners! It’s not about the money for Dominic. Both of these guys will fight on Saturday. And Wade will figure it out and win. I’m ready for an upset,” said the Face of PBC Sam Watson when asked by Fightnews.com® about his protégé during Thursday’s final Golovkin-Wade press conference in Los Angeles. “It’s his time now. Just watch what I’m saying, you watch this miracle! Just like the upcoming Khan vs. Canelo – watch that, because we only pick winners!”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “We pick winners! It’s not about the money for Dominic. Both of these guys will fight on …


Boxing News

Golovkin-Wade, Gonzalez-Arroyo face off in LA

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk


Boxing News

Wilder: No concerns about fighting in Russia

Photo: Scott Foster

Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Skyy Gym in Northport, Ala. as he prepares to become the first reigning American heavyweight champion to travel to Russia to defend his title. In exactly one month, on Saturday, May 21, Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will put his world title on the line against mandatory challenger and native Russian, Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs), in Moscow.

Here’s what Wilder said at his Media Workout day on Tuesday:

(On his expectations going to Russia…)

“My expectation is, of course, to win. To come back with that victory for America. This is a big fight, not just for myself, for America. It’s like Russia vs. America. I’ve been getting nothing but positive feedback from fans all over. Even if they weren’t a fan of Deontay Wilder they are now for this very fight. Hopefully I can win them over to stay a fan of Deontay Wilder after this fight. I think it’s a great fight. I think it’s a great thing that we’re going over to Russia defending my title in somebody else’s backyard. (more…)

Photo: Scott Foster Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Skyy Gym in …


Boxing News

Eric Molina targets Anthony Joshua

Interview & photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

“I don’t think Joshua fought somebody who does that AND is a smart fighter. Can he go out and look good, for one, two, three, four rounds? Yeah – we know that. But it doesn’t prove he’s a championship caliber fighter. Lots of fighters can do that. What I want to exploit? His inexperience when not everything goes your way,” said heavyweight contender Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) in a Fightnews.com® interview.

Molina, the IBF Intercontinental titleholder, is staking his claim to be the next in the ring against undefeated new IBF world champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs). (more…)

Interview & photo: Przemek Garczarczyk “I don’t think Joshua fought somebody who does that AND is a smart fighter. Can …


Boxing News

Donaire-Bedak on PPV in the USA

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2012 Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) is in Cebu City, Philippines, where on Saturday he’ll defend his WBO junior featherweight world title against the #4 world-rated contender Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs), of Hungary.

The fight will be televised live on pay-per-view in the USA on Saturday, beginning at 8AM ET/5AM PT. For more information on the pay-per-view go to: http://www.indemand.com/event/boxing-donaire-vs-bedak/.

[Donaire On fighting in the Philippines] “They tell me over 30,000 are coming to my fight Saturday night in Cebu. Everywhere I go, like in the mall in Cebu, people surround me four or five deep asking for pictures and autographs. I am so excited and so blessed for all of this to happen.

[On his opponent Zsolt Bedak] “He is banking on his ability to outbox me. He’s not going to brawl with me.” (more…)

2012 Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) is in Cebu …


UFC

Barboza getting inside help for fight vs. Pettis

In what could be one of the greatest stand-up matchups seen in the UFC lightweight division in years, Edson “Junior” Barboza will take on former champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at UFC 197 Jones vs Saint Preux on April 23 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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In what could be one of the greatest stand-up matchups seen in the UFC lightweight division in years, Edson “Junior” …


Boxing News

Skoglund overcomes injury doubts, ready for Ryno

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test against South African fighter Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

‘’My training couldn’t have gone better,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I’ve had some of my toughest sparring sessions and felt perfect afterwards – not only physically, but also mentally.’’

This may sound like a cliché statement from a boxer trying to intimidate his opponent, but for Skoglund, who underwent a serious back operation last year, this is important news. (more…)

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test …


Boxing News

Golovkin: Every fight is a big test for me

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chria Farina/K2 Promotions

We caught up with unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) prior to Saturday’s showdown with undefeated IBF mandatory contender Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO. “I am very excited,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com®. “This is my second home and fighting at the Forum, I know what it means. There are fans that are there for boxing and are true fans.”

Golovkin held training camp at his trainer Abel Sanchez’s Summit headquarters in Big Bear, California, where he finds comfort training in the high altitude surroundings. “Camp has gone very well. Saturday was my last day. I’m relaxing now and waiting for the fight,” Golovkin said. “I am focused and ready.”

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez told us “We’ve had a little more time than normal, so he came in for nine weeks. It’s usually eight weeks, but because we had six months off we decided to train a little more. It went well and he is just anxious to get back in the ring.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Chria Farina/K2 Promotions We caught up with unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 …


Boxing News

Joshua’s first world title defense set for June 25

Anthony Joshua MBE will defend his IBF world heavyweight title at London’s O2 Arena on June 25. Joshua landed the belt at the same venue last month, dispatching Charles Martin inside two rounds. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist returns to the scene of that win for his first defence, with further information on his opponent and ticket sale dates to be released next week.

“If there is a date to get in your diary its June 25th – first title defense, The O2,” said Joshua. “Opponent to be announced but I just spoke to coach and I told him I am feeling great and I can’t wait to get back in to camp. I want to be active so that is why I chose the closest date. I appreciate you guys and I can’t wait to see you again and put on a great performance.”

Anthony Joshua MBE will defend his IBF world heavyweight title at London’s O2 Arena on June 25. Joshua landed the …


Boxing News

Big card set for East London, South Africa

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Simphiwe Vetyeka meets Tsuyoshi Tameda of Japan in the main event of a bumper tournament at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on Friday night. The event, which is presented by Andile Sidinile of Sijuta Promotions, will be televised live on SS9.

Also on the bill are two International fights with former Japanese super flyweight champion Yohei Tobe against Luzuko Siyo in a bout for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super flyweight title and the unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni facing Tanzanian Emilio Norfat in a ten round lightweight clash.

The 35-year-old Vetyeka (27-3, 16 KOs) who has held the South African bantamweight title, two International titles and three world belts must be rated as one of the top three fighters in South Africa at present. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Simphiwe Vetyeka meets Tsuyoshi Tameda of Japan in the main event of a bumper tournament …


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WBC to review Kimweri-Petalcorin fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Promoter Peter Maniatis has received conformation that the WBC will review the controversial fight between former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin and Omar Kimweri. Kimweri claimed the WBC flyweight silver title by split decision in the April 15th bout, but the Petalcorin camp argues that referee Malcolm Bulmar did not credit Petalcorin with four knockdowns in the fight.

A letter from WBC Secretary General Robert Lenhardt reads:

Please receive this confirmation that the WBC has received and registered an official protest from Mr. Peter Maniatis, co-manager of Randy Petalcorin, regarding the WBC Silver Championship held April 15th in Melbourne, versus Omari Kimweri.

In response, the WBC has created a committee that will review this case, as it is our duty to review the matter and issue a ruling to resolve the controversies in this matter. The committee is headed by the undersigned WBC Secretary General, Robert Lenhardt. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Promoter Peter Maniatis has received conformation that the WBC will review the controversial …










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