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Canelo wins split decision over Lara

Canelo wins split decision over Lara

By Butch Gottlieb and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME In a non-title grudge match fought at a contract weight of 155 lbs, ...

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Alvarez, Lara make weight

Alvarez, Lara make weight

By Butch Gottlieb and Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mary Ann Owen Saul Alvarez 155 vs. Erislandy Lara 155 Abner Mares 126.5 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 126.5 Juanma Lopez ...

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Canelo, Lara discuss their PPV showdown

Canelo, Lara discuss their PPV showdown

Photos: Mary Ann Owen Neither Canelo Alvarez or Erislandy Lara said much at the dias during the final press conference for Saturday's PPV ...

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Judgment Day is here for Mendez, Barthelemy

Judgment Day is here for Mendez, Barthelemy

Photos: Oscar Palamino, IMP Former heavyweight world champion, boxing legend Mike Tyson held court at the Final Press Conference for "Judgment Day" on ...

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Gomez beats Paredes in comeback fight

Gomez beats Paredes in comeback fight

By Butch Gottlieb At ringside Photos: Mary Ann Owen Former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to outpoint Ed ...

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Feature Story

WBC New Year’s Message

By WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon

We left behind 2011, a year for the whole family full of boxing events that gave a new opportunity to boxing. People say that every year is a new opportunity to realize their dreams and the WBC is immensely pleased with our work and achievements over harvest this year, aware that there are still many things ahead.

Throughout the year we celebrated the birth of some new green and gold champions, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, Jhonny Gonzalez, Erik “Terrible” Morales and others. On the other hand Andre Ward won the super middleweight title, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a world title and Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to win the world welterweight crown. (more…)



January 1st, 2012



Interview

Q&A Jacques Deschamps

By Robert Coster
Photos courtesy Jacques Deschamps

Countries of the Caribbean and Central America have produced great boxers in the past and continue to do so in the present. The region is a constant source of new blood and talent for the game of boxing. A question arises at this end of the year: what are the new figures in boxing in the region, what are the problems that confront local promotors and what was the boxing activity in the area in 2011? To answer these queries, Fightnews talked to a knowledgeable source, promoter and manager Jacques Deschamps, a man who has put up boxing shows in Jamaica, Haiti and Panama and has followed the evolution of boxing in the region for more than 35 years. (more…)



January 1st, 2012

Feature Story

Year of the Underdog: There were surprises galore in 2011

By Graham Houston

Upsets were the norm in 2011 but often only seemed shocking because the sportsbooks now offer such wide odds on boxers who are generally expected to win. Odds of -1000 (10-1 on) once indicated a prohibitive favourite. Now, however, we are seeing boxers listed at -1400, -1800 and higher in fights that have a competitive look to them (such as Lamont Peterson on home ground in DC against Amir Khan).

It might seem unbelievable that the great Joe Louis was a mere 6-1 on favourite to defeat overmatched Nathan Mann in a heavyweight title fight in 1938. Louis was only 2-1 on to beat Max Schmeling in their rematch. Sporting types who felt sure that Louis was a class above Tony Galento could have wagered on the heavyweight champion at 6-1 on — but they would have had a scare when Two-Ton Tony dropped the Brown Bomber with a left hook. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Full Report

Full Report: Taylor-Nicklow, Dirrell-Cunningham

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside

Jermain Taylor was on top of the middleweight world some four years ago. Mentioned as one of boxing’s top fighters pound for pound in the world, nothing seemed to stand in the way of Taylor towards stardom. However, in a span of two years and two weight classes, Taylor suffered three brutal knockouts within four losses, leading to the former undisputed middleweight champion to step away from the sport. After a two-year hiatus, Taylor returned to the ring on Friday night, aiming to get back to where he once was in become the top fighter again in the middleweight division. Even if was at the expense of a limited fighter. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

UFC updates

UFC Arrives On Fuel TV January 1 With A 24-Hour Marathon: Featuring the premiere of UFC Reloaded, which brings you the biggest and most memorable events in UFC history, plus UFC Bad Blood: Liddell vs Ortiz, Ultimate Knockouts and more! All day January 1 on Fuel TV

Who’s Next For JDS? Watch The UFC 141 Replay: Brock Lesnar faced Alistair Overeem in a matchup of epic proportions, and Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone went toe-to-toe in an instant classic!
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Brock Lesnar: In and out of the UFC with a bang

Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.

Brock Lesnar came in with a bang.

He went out the same way.

After being throttled by Alistair Overeem in just 2:26, the former UFC heavyweight champion called it a career and publically retired.

UFC president Dana White apparently had no inkling the “Next Big Thing” was thinking about putting his professional fighting days. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Diaz-Cerrone lives up to the hype at UFC 141

Postfight report by Andreas Hale

The tension between lightweight contenders Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone had reached a boiling point heading into Friday night’s fight. Usually, when there is this much heat between two fighters, the actual action inside of the cage is barely a fraction of what fight fans anticipate. That certainly wasn’t the case when Nick Diaz and Donald Cerrone engaged in a frantically paced three round brawl that ended with Diaz’ hand raised in victory. (more…)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Uchiyama unifies WBA 130lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), 130, impressively unified the WBA 130-pound belts as he completely outpunched WBA interim ruler Jorge Solid (40-4-2-1NC, 29 KOs), 130, and finally flattened him with a looping left hook at 0:19 of the eleventh round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Caballero keeps WBA 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Panamanian Celestino Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), 125.25, successfully kept his WBA feather belt as he battered shorter Japanese Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (21-2, 15 KOs), 126, from all angles and pounded out a unaimous decision (119-108 twice and 116-111) over furious twelve rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Ioka keeps WBC 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (9-0, 6 KOs), 105, easily kept his belt as he quickly polished off Thai challenger and WBC youth titlist Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-1, 4 KOs), 104.25, at 1:38 of the first round on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka’s left hook following a solid combination was a haymaker that dropped the Thailander with a thud. The referee Bruce McTavish promptly called a halt with the loser carried out on a stretcher. (More to come)



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Taylor, Dirrell Postfight Quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell made triumphant returns to the ring Friday, both winning by knockout during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., registered an eighth-round knockout over game but outclassed Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., in the main event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), of Flint, Mich., scored two knockdowns en route a second-round knockout over Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs), of Detroit, in the co-feature. Taylor was making his first start in 26 months; Dirrell his first in 21. For more details and photos click here…



December 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Overeem retires Lesnar at UFC 141

A vicious kick to the body by Alistair Overeem dropped Brock Lesnar to a knee nearly midway through the first round of their bout Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and a storm of Overeem right hands ended not only their UFC 141 main event tussle, but also Lesnar’s brief, but spectacular, UFC career . . . Click here for more

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December 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Taylor stops Nicklow, Dirrell destroys Cunningham

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor stopped overmatched Jessie Nicklow in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Fighting for the first time in over two years and showing some signs of when he ruled the 160-pound division, Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) started strong, landing hooks and crosses to the head. Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) landed the occasional left hook to the head, but was mostly on the defensive. Taylor began to work the body in the fifth round. However, he was deducted a point after the end of the sixth round for throwing and landing a cheap shot to the head of Nicklow. At the beginning of the eighth round, Taylor stunned Nicklow with a left-right combination to the head. As Nicklow backed up against the ropes, Taylor landed two left hooks to the head that were partially blocked. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and stopped the bout at 36 seconds, despite protests from Nicklow.

Fighting for the first time in 21 months, super middleweight contender and original “Super Six” participant Andre Dirrell stopped Daryl Cunningham in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After a tactical first round, Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) stunned Cunningham with a left hand, eventually dropping him with another left Han to the head. As Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs) was struggling to get up, someone from his corner threw a towel into the ring. Referee Jack Reiss threw it out of the ring, but later asked Cunningham’s corner if they wanted to stop it. After the action resumed, Dirrell dropped Cunningham with a right hook-left cross combination to the head. Cunningham got to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel again. This time, Reiss saw the towel and waved the fight over at 2:05.

In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Cuban-born Luis Garcia won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson. From the opening bell, the southpaw Johnson (12-1, 5 KOs) was way in over his head, as Garcia consistently beat him to the punch. By the fourth round, Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) would toy with Johnson, showing little respect as Johnson did very little in the second half of the fight. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Garcia.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather Headbutted

By Joe Koizumi

It was on Boxing Day that this reporter visited Teiken gym in the center of Tokyo to see WBA featherweight champ Celestino Caballero training. The lanky Panamanian is handled by his American trainer Jeff Mayweather, who had a cut over the left eyebrow treated with Vaseline-like medicine.

Q: What happened to your eyebrow? Did you street-fight?
A: Oh, no, I got headbutted.

Q: By whom?
A: By Celestino.

Q: When and how?
A: While he’s hitting my mitt, he happened to collide with my head.

Q: Were you training for head-butting?
A: No, no, that’s only an accident.

Jeff Mayweather, the youngest uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., had a sense of humor. Japanese press people asked him about Caballero’s best weapon on the press conference at the gym, and Jeff replied, “A hard head as well as his hard punch.”



December 30th, 2011

Boxing Result

Off-TV Results from Cabazon, Calif.

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside

Highly-decorated lightweight Jose Pedraza stopped tough Herbert Quartey in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. The taller Pedraza (6-0, 5 KOs) was able to work behind a stiff jab an was able to land lead right hands to the head. Quartey (7-7, 4 KOs) had some success landing counter right crosses to the head as he was able to get inside. In the fifth round, Pedraza stunned Quartey with a left hook to the head, and dropped him with a right uppercut to the head. Quartey was able to stand up, but was disoriented, prompting referee Tom Taylor to stop the fight at 1:20.

Junior lightweight Alejandro Luna won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera. Luna (7-0, 5 KOs) pressed the fight, throwing and landing to the head and body of Herrera. However, Luna would drop his hands, allowing Herrera (6-8-1, 2 KOs) to counter with his own punches to the head. Luna would at times smother himself, which did not allow him to sit down on his punches. Herrera had a point deducted in the fifth round by referee Jack Reiss for having his mouthpiece coming our of his mouth. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Luna.

Junior welterweight Ivan Redkach stopped Dillet Fredericks in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. The southpaw Redkach (9-0, 8 KO’s) repeatedly scored with right hooks and left crosses to the head, while Fredericks attempted to get on the inside to counter. Redkach stunned Fredericks (8-5-3, 5 KOs) with a right hand to the head at the end of the third round. In the fourth round, Redkach stunned Fredericks with a barrage of punches, backing him up against the ropes. Although Fredericks fought back, Redkach continued to punch until referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight somewhat prematurely at 1:58. Fredericks protested the stoppage.

Heavyweight Mike Perez, best known for winning the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” competition in London, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over veteran Friday Ahunanya. The Cuban-born southpaw, who now resides in Cork, Ireland, was the more-polished fighter of the two. Perez (18-0, 12 KOs) would consistently beat Ahunanya (24-8-3, 13 KOs) to the punch during most the bout. Ahunanya’s best round was in the fourth as he was able to land a series of right uppercuts to the head of Perez. However, he would only fight in spurts the rest of the fight, allowing Perez to win every round. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Perez, while Fightnews.com scored the bout 99-91 for Perez.



December 30th, 2011




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