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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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UFC

UFC teams up with Jobbi.com

With millions of Americans searching for a job, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world’s fastest growing sports organization, has teamed up with jobbi.com, a new free online job website, to promote jobbi to the UFC’s huge audience through the UFC website UFC.com and UFC Pay-Per-View events. (more…)



October 5th, 2010



Boxing News

Lucas Matthysse workout

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

World-ranked junior welterweight contender and knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) of Argentina began preparations this week, along side fellow countryman and current WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA for his next bout as he is set to return on Saturday November 6th and take on former undisputed welterweight champion and 2-time junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. more + photos



October 5th, 2010

UFC

UFC Primetime: Lesnar-Velasquez

In anticipation of their UFC® heavyweight championship title clash at UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez, UFC champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Cain Velasquez will be featured on “UFC Primetime®,” a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on Spike TV. (more…)



October 5th, 2010

Feature Story

Tarver, Aguilera speak

By David Finger

The last time we saw Antonio Tarver as a heavyweight, he was fending off a spirited challenge from a seemingly washed up popular former champion named Rocky Balboa in the film of the same name. Funny how the tables are turned now as Antonio Tarver attempts to do what Balboa did on the silver screen: knock out a heavily favored Eastern European fighter and prove that father time doesn’t yet have the best of him. Of course, the Hollywood story of Antonio Tarver could still get derailed before that Rocky IV moment ever happens. First he needs to get past a 24-year old fringe contender named Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KO’s) on October 15th in Miami, Oklahoma at the Buffalo Run Casino. The fight, which will be televised on Showtime as part of the Showbox boxing series (at 11 P.M. ET/PT) promises to add a shot of adrenaline to a somewhat sluggish heavyweight division. But there are honest questions as to the legitimacy of a 41-year old former light heavyweight champion who is coming into the division off of a pair of losses to Chad Dawson and who is over two years removed from his last victory. (more…)



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Berto-Hernandez official

WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero will both step into the ring on November 27th on the televised undercard of WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez’s title defense against WBO Interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his title against once-beaten, #11 ranked Freddy Hernandez (29-1, 20 KOs), who earned the title shot in his last bout, the most impressive of his career, when he stopped former world champion Mike Anchondo in four rounds. Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs), the reigning WBA Champion at super bantamweight, will again push himself by making the leap to 130 lbs. for a showdown with WBA #3, WBC #4, IBF #6, WBO #10 ranked Jason “The American Boy” Litzau.



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Joe Mesi joins NYSAC

By Bob Caico

Former heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi has been appointed as a deputy commissioner with the New York State Athletic Commission by Chairperson Melvina Lathan. Mesi will be assigned to work in upstate New York overseeing the commission’s rules and regulations, physicals and payments to boxers. “I am honored to be appointed to a great commission, this will keep me close to the boxing game that I love so much,” said Mesi. He feels his biggest contribution in the unpaid position is to make sure the young fighters are treated right and paid accordingly. Mesi has had some well documented problems with the NYSAC in the past but that is all behind him now and he looks to help the Commission in any way he can. “I have had issues with the NYSAC and it is ironic I am a part of it now,” explained Joe. “I see great things with Melvina at the helm and look forward to seeing the sport continue to grow in the State.



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Ammann-Siale clash Friday

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry

Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann (19-4-1, 4 KOs) will clash with Oscar Siale (12-6, 4 KOs) of New Zealand over ten rounds at the Newcastle Basketball Stadium in New South Wales, Australia on Friday. Ammann is coming off a ten round points decision loss to former world rated heavyweight Shane Cameron in 2010 and lost in two rounds to world rated Alexander Alexeev in Germany in 2009. Sial was featured in one of the best Australian fights for 2010 when he dropped a close twelve round points decision to Dominic Vea in a nationally Foxtel televised Commonwealth cruiserweight title bout. In the main support, classy 154 pounder Tui Leveni (10-2-1, 6 KOs) will be in action over six rounds against Aswin Cbuy (11-17-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia. Leveni had given WBO and WBA rated Ryan Waters the fight of his life on the undercard of Danny Green vs. Roy Jones, Jr., in a six round contest that was declared a draw. Promoter and matchmaker: Peter Hallett.



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Dawson returns Saturday

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Australian junior middleweight and former world title challenger Daniel Dawson (34-2, 24 KOs) will return to ring action on Saturday when he will clash with Frank La Porto (12-4-2, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Joondalup Arena, in Western Australia. In his most recent ring outing, Dawson was stopped in ten rounds by WBO 154 pound champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in May. In the main supporting bout, Australian lightweight Erin McGowan (13-0, 7 KOs) will punch it out with Lyndsey Scragg (10-2, 3 KOs) of England over ten rounds with the WBO female lightweight title up for grabs. Scragg had previously challenged for the WBA title losing a ten round decision to Kina Malpartida in 2009. Former IBF 140 pound challenger Naoufell Ben Rabah (30-3, 15 KOs) formerly of Tunisia but now based in Perth, Western Australia will be in action against Marco Tuhumury (7-8-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds in a welterweight contest. Ben Rabah lost a disputed twelve round decision to Juan Urango in an IBF challenge in 2006. Promoter: Ty Colman.



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Sakkreerin-Comaro Oct 15

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotchuang

Former world rated featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (28-2, 13 KOs) will clash with Indonesian champion Eddy Comaro (23-8-4) on October 15 in Bangkok, Thailand over twelve rounds. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang is expecting a very good contest. “Eddy Comaro will come to Thailand to challenge Fahsai Sakkreerin over twelve rounds in Bangkok in what I am sure will be a good fight,” said Chaichotchuang. Comaro visited Thailand in 2009 and extended Somsak Sithchatchawal (58-3-2) losing a close decision over eleven rounds. In his most recent fight Comaro defeated Simson Butar Butar in an Indonesian super featherweight title bout. (more…)



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Reveco postpones defense

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA regular light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco was scheduled to defend his world crown for the third time against WBA minimumweight champion Roman Gonzalez on October 24, but that fight must now be rescheduled after Reveco was found to have kidney stones. Reveco (25-1-0, 15 KOs) was planning to travel next Sunday to Tokyo, but during a gym session with trainer Diego Giménez and teammate Jonathan Barros he suffered severe pain in his back and had to seek immediate help.



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Kuziemski set for Sukhotsky

On October 29, WBA #3/IBF #5/WBO #6 light heavyweight Aleksy Kuziemski (19-1, 4 KOs) of the Universum stable faces #13 rated Dmitri Sukhotsky (15-1, 10 KOs) in a meaningful 175lb clash at the Yubileiny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Both the WBO Intercontinental and EBA belts are on the line in a bout that will position the winner for another title shot and set the loser back in the pack. Both suffered their only losses in 2009 world title challenges against WBO champion Jürgen Brähmer.

“I know what I did wrong against Jürgen,” said Kuziemsky. “Since then I’ve improved working with my trainer Artur Grigorian.” He is training in Hamburg’s Universum Gym.



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Promoter: Lee, Duddy rejected offer

Following recent speculation in the press regarding a possible clash between Irish Middleweight rivals Andy Lee and John Duddy, promoter Brian Peters says he would like to set the record straight on his recent efforts to make the much talked about all-Irish fight. There has been increasing rumblings in the media about the possibility of both men getting it on but Peters has revealed that a recent written offer to both camps was rejected. “I have the greatest of respect for both Andy and John and have always worked very well with them in the past but I believe it’s important that a recent offer made to them is put on the record,” said Peters. (more…)



October 5th, 2010

Feature Story

Chavez Jr, Gomez set for Dec 4

By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBC Silver middleweight champion “The Son of the Legend” Julio César Chávez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico and fellow countryman Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, famed for season one of “The Contender” reality show, met Monday in a press conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA to announce their middleweight world championship fight that will take place on December 4th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Top Rank chief, Bob Arum was on hand to introduce the fighters. “I think its one of the best boxing cards of the year. Every fight will be a good, exciting fight.” said Arum. “We’re expecting a tremendous attendance on December 4th and as far as the telecast itself, there will only be top fights with experienced, well known fighters.” continued Arum. (more…)



October 5th, 2010

Feature Story

Gesta at home in SD

Team Gesta

After establishing himself in “America’s Finest City”, San Diego, CA, nearly three years ago from his hometown of Mandaue City, Cebu, PI, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) has made himself feel right at home in the seaside city. Within the large Filipino population, the 22-year-old Gesta has found a built-in audience for his quick as lighting southpaw style which is ready to support him on October 22nd when he takes on his stiffest test to date, KO artist Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KO) at the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego. The eight round main event will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. Recently, Gesta was honored as one of the special guest at this year’s Fi-Am Festival which celebates Filipino heritage and their contribution to the San Diego community. (more…)



October 5th, 2010

Boxing News

Ndou, Alvarez clash December 4

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) is confident he will defeat Saul Alvarez (33-0-1, 26 KOs) of Mexico when they clash on December 4 at Xcaret, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ndou recently defended the IBO title with a twelve round decision over Bongani Mwelasi (14-1, 12 KOs) in Gauteng, South Africa on September 18 and says this fight was a good warm up bout for the showdown against the highly regarded Alvarez. “I’ve seen Saul Alvarez fights against Jose Cotto and Carlos Baldomir and I see he does make mistakes in the ring,” said Ndou. “Against Cotto he was in trouble himself early in the fight and was nearly stopped but came back to win in round six.” Ndou added, “When I get him in trouble I will not let him off the hook. I gave Miguel Cotto a good fight and he’s a much tougher boxer than Jose Cotto. Alvarez win over Baldomir was predictable. I sparred Baldomir recently and I know he’s a shot fighter. I know Alvarez is looking for a win over a veteran but I want him to know he has picked on the wrong veteran. I am going to kick his ass. I must thank my boxing agent Mike Marchionte for getting me the fight against Alvarez.” Ndou won the IBF jr welterweight title in 2007 and captured the IBO welterweight title in 2009.



October 4th, 2010

UFC

Full card set for UFC 121

With the baddest man on the planet, Brock Lesnar, set to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez, UFC 121: LESNAR vs. VELASQUEZ, which is presented by Boost Mobile and live on Pay-Per-View on October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the return to Anaheim, the UFC confirms that the remaining bouts at UFC 121 include the following: Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen, Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor, Mike Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts, Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor, Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang and Jon Madsen vs. Gilbert Yvel. (more…)



October 4th, 2010

UFC

Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck set

Two of The Ultimate Fighter’s® most celebrated alumni, Stephan Bonnar and Kendall Grove, will be featured in separate co-featured fights in the live finale of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck on Saturday, December 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT.  Emanating from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Bonnar (Season 1) takes on Croatian contender Igor Pokrajac while Grove (Season 3) battles one of the top middleweights in the division, Demian Maia. (more…)



October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Torres, Claudio presser

Photos by Universal Promotions, Inc.

Today, at the Guaynabo Sports Museum, was held the press conference, announcing the rematch between Fernando Torres and WBA America’s lightweight champion Carlos Claudio. The first bout took place exactly one year ago as Claudio delivered Torres his first pro loss when the fight was stopped on an accidental head-butt in the middle of the 9 round. The co-main bout will feature knockout sensation Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, who will put his undefeated record on the line against hard punching warrior Joseph de los Santos. This 2008 Olympian has a 9-0 record, all wins by knockout. This event will be held at the Guayama Convention Center on October 29, 2010. Guayama mayor, Glorimari Jaime Rodriguez expressed her commitment on making this event possible, the first ever professional boxing event on her city. The official pre-weight ceremony also took place as Torres weighted 154 pounds and Claudio made 155 pounds.



October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Chavez-Gomez Quick Quotes

By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Big Joe Miranda

Top Rank hosted a press conference Monday at the Biltmore Hotel to kickoff the December 4th “In Harm’s Way” PPV event featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr versus Alfonso Gomez.

Bob Arum: “December 4th will be the first time in 2 years that Top Rank will be doing a show in California. Every fight on the card will be a great, exciting fight.”

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I have followed Alfonso’s career and I know he’s a great fighter with a lot of heart. Alfonso was my favorite fighter on the “Contender” show and I was rooting for him to win. The real winners on the night of the fight are going to be the fans.”

Alfonso Gomez: “Everyone knows that when I’m in a fight I go to entertain and most important to win. I will win this fight.”

Nonito Donaire: “The Honda Center is going to be filled with fireworks on Dec. 4th.”

Brandon Rios: “I had a great fight on Sept. 11th and I’m ready to put on another great show Dec. 4th.”
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October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Bundrage: I want Oscar

Can IBF champ lure Golden Boy back?

By Rick Scharmberg

Newly-minted IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs), of Detroit, Michigan has informed Fightnews.com that he would like nothing more than to challenge none other than the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya. Oscar has been retired since April 15, 2009, and has not fought since his December 6, 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao. “This would be a great comeback fight for him. It is a chance for him to go out on top, and who is better than to go out against a champion?” stated Bundrage. (more…)



October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

DiBella inks Kielczewski

Augmenting its roster of New England boxers, DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten lightweight prospect Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (8-0, 2 KOs). Kielczewski, 21, of Quincy, MA, joins middleweight contender Peter Manfredo, Jr., of Providence, RI, and super middleweight prospect Edwin Rodriguez, of Worcester, MA. “Ryan is an exciting young fighter with an all-star group behind him,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “His combination of character, looks, and legitimate ability made him a priority to sign.” Kielczewski will likely make his official DiBella Entertainment debut in November.



October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Englebrecht adds staffers

Roy Englebrecht, CEO of Roy Englebrecht Promotions and Roy Englebrecht Events announced today that Carlos Downey and Mel Valenzuela have joined his staff as assistant matchmakers and that they will immediately report to Whit Haydon Director of Fighter Relations & Matchmaker for Englebrecht’s companies. (more…)



October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Eloy Perez road work

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, continues his preparations in Oxnard, CA for his return to the ring and defense of this title on Friday, October 15th against Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) of Rialto, CA at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA. Perez vs. Salcido is scheduled for a 10-round super featherweight bout and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions and will be broadcast live in the main event on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate”. Also in action will be Charles Huerta, Randy Caballero, undefeated heavyweights Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder and just added junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez, in separate bouts. Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by phone at (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySprings.net. In his last outing Perez defeated Derrick Campos (20-9, 11 KOs) this past August at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, CA via 5th round TKO. Click here for more photos…



October 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Frankie Gomez added

Hot junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (6-0, 6 KOs) has been added to the October 15 Golden Boy event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The 18-year-old Gomez will take on an opponent to be named in a six round co-feature, which will be televised on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” The main event features unbeaten Eloy Perez against Dominic Salcido in a ten round NABO junior lightweight title contest.



October 4th, 2010

Feature Story

Coleman-Lopez: Report/Gallery

By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Not much live boxing this week, but if you’re in the mood to see some exciting ring action, be sure to catch a replay of SHOWTIME’s knockout-filled ShoBox card from last Friday night, which will be available On Demand beginning Wednesday, Oct. 6 and ending Tuesday, Oct. 19. Click here for a full report of the night’s action.



October 4th, 2010




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