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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

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

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME J'Leon Love 167.5 vs. Porky Medina 168.6 Badou Jack 169.4 vs. Jason Escalera 169.2 Ronald Gavril 166 vs. Thomas Falowo 166 Venue: Palms ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs

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Boxing News

Darchinyan training video!

Inside the Darchinyan camp

True to form, world champion boxer Vic Darchinyan continued his pre-fight verbal assault on rival Jorge Arce. Check out this online video from SHOWTIME Sports, as network cameras captured Darchinyan, the 115-pound division’s first three-belt unified world champion, during a sparring session last week in Las Vegas. Hint: He’s sparing with a female fighter whom he claims is better than Arce. Darchinyan of Australia and Arce of Mexico are twisted in a bitter, heated rivalry that will be settled on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.



January 30th, 2009



Boxing News

Ward planning a big 2009!

Olympic champ headlines Feb. 6 ShoBox card

Outside the ring, Andre Ward is one of the most pleasant, personable, thoughtful and unselfish young men you’ll ever want to meet. Inside, he is widely recognized as one of the most talented young fighters in the world, a “can’t miss” world champion in the eyes of many. Others take it a step further and refer to him as the “future of boxing.” So, there is little doubt that the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will likely one day become a world champion. The question is: when? (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Column

Russian Boxing Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

After a tedious one-and-a-half-month break without any significant fights in late December and January, Russian boxing promoters will resume their activities in February with an increased tempo. It all starts on February 13th, when former world title challenger-turned-promoter Andrey Shkalikov will present Russia’s first boxing event in 2009 at Triumph Sports Palace in Lyubertsy, several kilometers from Moscow. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson to face Aparicio!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (33-1, 23 KOs) will clash with Ariel Gerado Aparicio (26-9,10 KOs) over twelve rounds on Sunday at the Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia with the PABA and IBF Pan Pacific titles up for grabs. Dawson’s only loss came via points decision to world IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale in 2007. Aparicio has lost to former world IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou in a previous trip to Australia in 2004.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Urango-Ngoudjo officials!

By Dave Spencer — Fightnews Canada

Officials have been announced for tonight’s IBF championship fight between the #1 ranked Hermann Ngoudjo and the #2 Juan Urango. No surprise that referee Marlon Wright gets the nod for the main event for the vacant title. Wright who was at the helm of the controversial ending involving super-middleweight IBF Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade is the only Montreal based official affiliated with the IBF and as a result has done almost all fights involving the New Jersey based sanctioning in recent years. The resulting melee following the Bute-Andrade result ended up in Ngoudjo’s trainer Howard Grant sitting on the sidelines for tonight’s action as he serves a three month suspension. Judges are Richard Green, Pasquale Procopio and Robert Hoyle. Both Green and Hoyle are known to Canadian boxing fans as two of the judge’s at ringside when cruiserweight Dale Brown lost a very controversial decision to O’Neill Bell for the IBF belt in 2005.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa foe named!

By Robert Coster

In what will be his eighth world title defense, WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (34-5, 18 KOs) will face tough Porsawan Porpramook of Thailand on March 28th. The fight will be held in Cuidad Victoria, hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, the first title fight ever in this northern Mexican city. Porpramook (21-2, 16 KOs), a former Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) champion and reputed to be a hard puncher, fought for the WBO minimumweight title in September of 2007, losing by decision to Filipino Donnie Nietes. The Thai boxer held the PABA straweight title for over five years and was also WBC Asian Council champion in the 105lbs class.



January 30th, 2009

UFC

GSP fights with heart & mind

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre will ride a four fight win streak into Saturday’s super fight with current UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn. With wins over Josh Koscheck, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes and most recently, Jon Fitch . . .  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 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Hurtado to stage return

Former world champion Diobelys Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) is staging a return. The Cuban-born former light welter champ has just signed with Top Notch Boxing, of Denver, Colo., and is back in the U.S. after two years of living in Spain, after suffering several losses to his family. Hurtado says he now ready to take on the best at 140 to 147. “I’m returning with tremendous hunger to prove to the boxing world that I can be a world champion again,” says Hurtado, now training in Brighton, Colo., at the Strictly Boxing Gym. Stay tuned. –Chris Cozzone



January 30th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Today’s UFC 94 events open to the public: Three big events are on the schedule today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 94. At 1:00 to 3:00, Kenny Florian, Wanderlai Silva and Thiago Alves will hold an autograph session at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Then, from 2:00 to 3:00, newly-crowned UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will hold a one-hour Q&A session exclusive to UFC Fight Club members. The weigh-in for UFC 94 will follow, at 3 to 5:00, with fighters on the scale at approximately 4 p.m. Catch the action!

UFC announces partnership with GSP & BJ Penn for UFC® GYMS™:   The UFC® and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC), announced today that UFC Gyms will partner with Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, UFC’s Welterweight Champion, and BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, reigning Lightweight Champion to build “St-Pierre” and “Penn” UFC Gyms, with locations planned for St-Pierre’s native city of Montreal and Penn’s home state of Hawaii . . .  Click here for more

An Epic Battle of Champions:  Tomorrow night on Pay-Per-View, Georges St. Pierre takes on B.J. Penn at UFC 94  . . .  Click here for more



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Wladimir Klitschko!

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

By Alexey Potapov

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he tells us about the plans for his upcoming fight against David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) and much more. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis Returns To Action!

By Craig Watt

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (23-2, 20 KO’s) returns to boxing action at the Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City in the Philippines on Saturday night. It is the first fight of 2009 for the Australian fighter known as “Katsidis The Great” who comes off two defeats in his last two fights. The 28-year-old all action fighter from Toowoomba, Queensland lost in 2008 against high quality opposition in Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz but enhanced his reputation in the process for those who had not seen the brave warrior fight before. He takes on Angel Hugo Ramirez (19-4-2), from Argentina over twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight Title. The fight is televised live in Australia from Cebu City on PPV on Main Event from 9pm AET. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams, Pryor Jr. in action!

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward will return to Cincinnati with super middleweight prospect Aaron Pryor Jr. on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena. Pryor Jr., 11-1-0 (8 KOs), son of legendary world champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor Sr., will battle in the eight round co-main event against southpaw William Prieto, 5-3-1 (2 KOs). “Aaron was upset in his last bout, but I’m glad to see him getting back in the ring just five weeks later. It’s better to get back in than to let it linger after a first loss with a prospect” said Steward. ‘He’s been training hard here at Kronk, sparring with Andy Lee who’s a southpaw like Prieto. I’ve liked what I’ve see of Aaron in the gym these last few weeks and I’m looking for a great performance from him on Saturday.” The card is headlined by the return of 2000 U.S. Olympian Ricardo Williams who returns to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in almost five years. Williams, 13-2 (7 KOs), will face Puerto Rican native Doel Carrasquillo, 12-9-1 (10 KOs) in the eight round main event. For tickets ($79.75, $40.75 and $23.75) call 513-462-4949.



January 30th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Sacramento!

Courtesy Sacramento Bee

Weights are in for Friday night’s six-bout boxing card at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California, promoted by Nasser Niavaroni and Jeff Berger. In the main event, unbeaten former Olympic prospect Brandon Gonzales (6-0, 5 KOs) scaled in at 175.5 lbs, while opponent Jason Dietrich (9-18, 3 KOs) weighed 173. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. Also, former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis (24-9-2, 17 KOs) weighed 194 for his six-round semi-main bout with Leo Bercier (5-8-1, 4 KOs), 199 lbs.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Maidana sure he’ll beat Kotelnik!

Photo: Ramón Cairo

Photo: Ramón Cairo

Unbeaten WBA #1 Super Lightweight Marcos Maidana from Argentina said on Thursday that he is confident that he will take the title away from current champion Andreas Kotelnik when the two meet next Saturday 7 in Rostock, Germany. “I always feel myself the favorite to win my fights, so I don’t care what oddmakers and others think about it.” The KO artist Maidana, 25, offered a crowded press conference on Thursday in Buenos Aires before embarking towards Germany and said that “I’m prepared for whatever Kotelnik will bring. I have a high respect for him, but this is my turn to become a world champ. That’s why I had a great training camp during over two months. Kotelnik has good boxing skills. If he decides to walk the ring, I’ll follow him until I catch him. If he decides to trade punches, instead, even better for me. Whatever he will do, I won’t let this chance go away,” Maidana added. Maidana is considered the greatest prospect in Argentina’s boxing and has an impressive record of 25 wins (24 KOs) and no losses. Kotelnik has 30 victories (13 KOs), 2 losses and 1 draw.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Brian Cohen!

By Rick Scharmberg

Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will now face Billy Bailey (7-3, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, CA in the light heavyweight main event on Saturday night’s card at South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, PA. Cohen’s original opponent, Robbie Tovar, of Lafayette, IN, pulled out for personal reasons. The card is highly anticipated in Philadelphia because it features several hot prospects, such as Kensington’s Dennis Hasson (5-0, 2 KOs), who will face Michael Rayner (6-10, 5 KOs), of Lumberton, NC in a six round super middleweight bout. Also featured is North Philly’s Tony Ferrante (4-0, 1 KO), who will engage South Carolina’s Robert Dunton in a six round cruiserweight bout. There will be four additional bouts, including a female bout between debuting Nasia Brown and Karen Dulin, of Mystic, CT. Tickets are priced at $20, $40, and $50 and can be purchased by calling 215-755-8155. Doors open at 6:30. First bout 7:30.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Hatton the promoter!

By Craig Watt

In the week when it was finally confirmed that Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton would finally meet Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas in May, it was also confirmed that the current IBO Jr-welterweight champion had inked some of the UK’s best rising boxing talent in his role as boxing promoter. At a press conference in Manchester on Thursday he confirmed the signature to Hatton Promotions of a number of rising boxing talents. These included twenty year old rising super-bantamweight prospect Scott Quigg who is 12-0 in the pro ranks, twenty one year old Jr-middleweight Danny Butler (15-1), unbeaten super-bantamweight nineteen year old Rhys Roberts (6-0) and 2008 Beijing representative Joe Murray at bantamweight, who won a bronze medal at the 2007 world amateur championships. Hatton Promotions will be showcasing some of these fighters in Bristol on March 14th at the Marriot Hotel and in Altringham, Manchester on March 28th.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton Update!

New Ticket Outlet Information

Tickets priced at $1000, $750, $500, $300 and $150 go on sale tomorrow at 10AM PT for the May 2 superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person at the $1,000, $750, $500 or $300 price levels and a total of two (2) tickets at $150.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.  There will be no sales at MGM Grand or any Ticketmaster outlets. The outpouring of global interest for this bout is tremendous, and a quick sellout is expected.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams-Cooper rematch!

Former IBF crusierweight champion and current WBC USNBC interim titleholder “King” Arthur Williams (45-15-1, 30 KOs) will meet Dewey Cooper (17-2-3, 10 KOs) in a rematch on February 6th at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. Williams and Cooper met last October 23, 2008 for the same title. Due to an accidental head butt in the fifth round which caused a giant gash on Williams’ forehead, the fight was stopped and Williams won by TD. The Williams camp say he’s fighting Cooper again to prove that his first win was no fluke and that vow that Williams will be victorious again. The rematch will take place in an off-TV bout on the SHOWTIME-televised card featuring Olympian gold medalist Andre Ward against Henry Buchanan.



January 29th, 2009

UFC

Penn, St. Pierre ready for war!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Report by Anthony Springer Jr.

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre and “The Prodigy” BJ Penn got most of their talking out of the way during the three week run of “UFC Primetime.” Needless to say, the pair of highly touted mixed martial artists were men of few words at yesterday’s UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 press conference. . . .  Click here for more

Come Party with Dana White at the UFC 94 Official After Fight Party . . . . 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 29th, 2009

Scale Watch

Urango, Ngoudjo make weight!

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Hermann Ngoudjo 139.1 vs. Juan Urango 139
(IBF super lightweight world title)
Antonin Decarie 146.1 vs. Dorin Spivey 145
(NABO Welterweight Title)
Ali Chebah 142 vs. Cesar Soriano 142
David Lemieux 159 vs. Rogelio Sanchez 159
Kenny Galarza 143* vs. Leonardo Rojas 141
Lukasz Pawel Janik 197.1 vs. Martin Hudon 194
Logan McGuinness 139.1 vs. Jean Charlemagne 139
Danny O’Connor 139 vs Greg Jiminez 137.1
Location: Bell Centre Montreal Quebec
Promoter: GYM in Association with Seminole Warriors
Television: ESPN2 and SRC 8:30pm
First Bell: 6:45

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Liakhovich ready to return!

With his promotional ties to Don King Productions severed and his shoulder injury now fully healed, former WBO Champion Sergei Liakhovich says he is ready to return to heavyweight glory in 2009. “I want to make a statement in the heavyweight division this year and have some great fights. I’m a free man and I’m 100% healthy. I did my shoulder rehab with one of the best in the States and now everything is great,” asserts the eager Belarusian slugger. Liakhovich hadn’t had much luck on his side since winning the WBO title against Lamon Brewster in impressive fashion in 2006. First he suffered a late stoppage against Shannon Briggs at 2:59 of the twelfth and final round to lose his title. Then in a WBA title eliminator in February of last year he suffered a rotator cuff injury against Nikolay Valuev and was shut out over twelve rounds. The 32-year-old “White Wolf” has a record of 23-3 with 14 KOs.



January 29th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from St Thomas!

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Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

By Boxing Bob Newman

Here are the weights for tomorrow’s history making “Class of 2008″ show in beautiful St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands:
Victor Manuel Cayo 140 vs. Noe Bolanos 141
(WBA Fedecaribe Light Welterweight title)
Ryan Kielczewski 132 vs. Benjamin Borteye 134.5
Julius Jackson 167 vs. Marvin Blair 167
Evan Nedd 200 vs. Clinton Hester 197.25
John Jackson 153.25 vs. Alphonso Alexander 151
Samuel Rogers 155.25 vs. Erix Quinteros 155.25
The show is being promoted by 340 Promotions (Lesley Comissiong & Sampson Lewkowicz) in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., First fight starts at 7:30 p.m. Advanced sale tickets are $25, $40, day of show $30, $50. Notes: Bolanos has 2 hours to lose 1 lb, Borteye has 2 hours to lose 2 lbs.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

USVI Commission officials seminar!

By Boxing Bob Newman

This morning in St. Thomas, USVI, events got off to a start as a warm-up to tomorrow’s “Class of 2008″ fight show, promoted by 340 Promotions. 340 CEO Lesley Comissiong opened the proceedings by introducing the event’s emcee, world renowned ring announcer Bob Alexander, who then in turn introduced the participants, which included Anibal Miramontes, president of FightFax (the boxing records entity recognized by the ABC), esteemed ring officials Levi Martinez and Dr. Ruben Garcia, world class referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Purse Bid Notes!

The WBO has scheduled a February 5 purse bid for a WBO bantamweight title clash between champion Fernando Montiel and challlenger Eric Morel. The minimum acceptable bid is $100,000.
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The IBF super middleweight eliminator purse bid scheduled for today between IBF #2 Vitali Tsypko and #3 Librado Andrade was canceled after both sides reached an agreement. The fight will take place in Montreal, Canada on April 4.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

AAPRP wants fight postponed!

Tommy Morrison comeback fight targeted

The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) is strongly recommending that that proposed contest between Tommy Morrison and Corey Williams scheduled for this Saturday at the Albany Fair Grounds, Laramie, Wyoming, be postponed. A statement from the AAPRP says:
“As referenced in multiple reports over the past twelve years, Mr. Morrison has not been able to document negative HIV status thereby not meeting the minimum medical requirements to insure the safety and protection of himself, his opponent or ring officials. As such, the AAPRP is concerned about the potential of transmission of infectious diseases should bleeding occur. Currently, the State of Wyoming does not have a boxing commission. Thus, we recommend that this fight be canceled until such time as an appropriate supervisory commission is appointed to oversee the medical aspects of this contest and blood test are performed by an AAPRP approved physician to document the health status of each competitor. Should this contest take place without proper regulatory oversight and experienced medical personnel, we believe there is a possibility that the health and safety of the competitors and ring officials may be compromised; an unnecessary risk which should not be permitted.”



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Sascha: I’m ready for Wlad!

It was reported earlier today by Fightnews.com’s Alexey Potapov that current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he is willing to face WBO #1 rated Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko of the Universum boxing stable. Dimitrenko was delighted to hear that news. “I’m ready to fight with Wladimir. It’s my biggest dream to become world champion and I’m very happy to challenge Wladimir Klitschko in the ring!” Wladimir is currently planning on facing David Haye next, with Dimitrenko and Chris Arreola mentioned as other viable challengers.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Full Report: Zuniga-Danny Z!

By Francisco Salazar

Super Middleweight Fernando Zuniga wants to get rid himself of being a gatekeeper in his weight class. The label of “contender” in his opinion would suit him just fine. Zuniga is on the right track as he defeated veteran Daniel Stanislavjevic over eight rounds before an almost-sellout crowd of almost 1,000 last Saturday night at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa returns February 20!

Added to ESPN FNF card in Fort Lauderdale

ARENA’s fast rising featherweight superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) will be back in action again on February 20th at the University Center Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Only six weeks after stopping Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez in round 10 at his last ESPN appearance “El Ciclon” is ready to shine again on the next “Friday Night Fights” show presented by ARENA Box-Promotion US, LLC. Gamboa completes the excellent line-up that will also see Columbian lightweight star Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs) and light middleweight contender Richar Gutierrez (24-2-1, 14 KOs) as well as hot Cuban prospect Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Leslie Comissiong!

By Boxing Bob Newman

Lesley Comissiong

Lesley Comissiong

This Friday, January 30th, professional boxing will return to St. Thomas, USVI for the first time in over five years. Billed as “The Class of 2008,” the vent will feature two of St. Thomas’ native sons in Julius and John Jackson, sons of former three-time world champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. In conjunction with Seminole Warriors Boxing, 340 Promotions will present up the card of amateur and pro bouts. 340 Promotions CEO Lesley Comissiong, is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Utica College and has been a special assistant to USVI Governor John deJongh Jr. Fightnews spoke with Comissiong about this upcoming historic event. Here’s what she had to say. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

King steps in for N.Y. gov!

Story & photos by David Greene

Boxing promoter Don King stepped up to the plate at the last minute, delivering the keynote address at a luncheon in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when New York Governor David Paterson disappeared from public view and the media, in the days following the Caroline Kennedy fiasco . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2009

UFC

Preview: GSP-Penn 2

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

The countdown is on to the biggest fight in UFC history as welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre defends his crown against lightweight kingpin BJ Penn. With each man everybody’s top three pound for pound category, the main event of UFC 94 comes down to one thing…details. Let’s take a look at them as the world prepares for their showdown on Saturday, January 31 . . .  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 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Wlad ready for Dimitrenko!

By Alexey Potapov

Also in the mix to face IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is Wlad’s countryman, unbeaten WBO #1 rated Alexander Dimitrenko, who has been waiting patiently for his title shot. “I’m ready to fight with Alexander Dimitrenko,” Wladimir said. “And for me it’s not important that he too is Ukrainian. For me, the nationality and color of the skin is not important. I’m ready to fight with anyone they select to challenge for my title.” It appears however, that David Haye is currently at the top of Wlad’s list.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa to face Melo?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC miniumweight world champion Edgar Sosa could defend his crown against Panamanian Carlos Melo on March 28 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. If it happens, it will be the first world title fight ever in Ciudad Victoria, the hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who of course will be on hand. The event will also feature regional title fights, as well as a female world title bout. The site of the card will be a gymnasium with a capacity for six thousand people.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Ngoudjo corner all squared!

By Dave Spencer

Yet another change in the corner of Hermann Ngoudjo for Friday night’s IBF super-lightweight showdown with Juan Urango taking place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With Ngoudjo’s trainer Howard Grant suspended for his actions at the end of the Lucian Bute versus Librado Andrade bout, it was announced Wednesday that promoter Yvon Michel would enter in and assist Howard’s brother Otis, who would be the chief second for the contest. No go declared the Quebec Commission (Regie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux) who referred to a 2004 amendment to the combat sport licensing regulations that state in paragraph 58 that the board may cancel any trainer or cornerman’s license who works concurrently as an organizer. With the regulation clear, Michel has stepped aside and welcomed long time trainer and cutman Russ Anber to Ngoudjo’s corner. The pairing reunites Anber and Otis Grant, the boxer he trained for ten years as a professional and a world championship. “I know Russ very well,” said Ngoudjo. “I trained during the 2 last months with the one of his boxers, David Lemieux and Russ was very often with us. We could not have found better under the circumstances.”



January 29th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Brähmer-Kanfouah Presser!

Photo: Eroll Popova

Photo: Eroll Popova

A press conference was held in Dresden, Germany on Wednesday at the Schiller Garten located at the famous “Blauen Wunder” (Blue Wonder) steel bridge over the Elbe River to officially announce the March 7 “Universum Champions Night” at the Freiberger Arena. In the main event, light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will take on French champion Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) for the vacant European title, while WIBF/GBU female super bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (22-1, 9 KOs) meets Magdalena Dahlen (9-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their exciting bout last November in Rostock. Here’s what they had to say, plus more photos. (more…)



January 29th, 2009




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