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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

Photo: Goossen Promotions Austin Trout 154 vs. Daniel Dawson 154 Mahonri Montes 142.5 vs. Erick Bone 143 Micheal Hunter 205 vs. Harvey Jolly 194 Juan Funez ...

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

Photos: Tom Barnes, Tomba-Images Just days before from the highly anticipated "B96 Boxing at the Ballpark" event set for this Saturday night, August ...

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Photo: Sebastian Hagler On September 27 in Kiel, Germany, Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) puts his WBO World Super Middleweight title on the ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Boxing News

TKO inks Ayala!

Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (18-3-1, 8 KOs) has joined forces with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions in an exclusive promotional agreement. In Ayala’s last bout on March 29, 2008, he battled IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham over twelve hard fought rounds before being stopped in the final stanza. He fought to a draw with Sergio Mora in October 2007. The 27 year old Ayala will return to the ring against TBA on January 23rd at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “Elvin has all the tools to be a world champion and our goal is to get him another shot at the title this year. Prior to the fight with Abraham he had the draw with Sergio Mora who went on to beat Vernon Forrest so there’s no question in our mind that he can compete at a world class level. We’re proud to add him to our team at TKO Boxing,” said TKO chief Chet Koerner.



January 9th, 2009



Boxing News

Erdei, Inkin public workout!

Photos: Eroll Popova

Fighters appearing on Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill worked out for the public at Voets Autozentrum in South Magdeburg. Among those on hand were WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei, his challenger Yuri Barashian, WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin, mandatory challenger Karoly Balzsay, and world super middleweight title challengers Dimitri Sartison and Robert Stieglitz. See our giant photo gallery. (more…)



January 9th, 2009

Boxing News

Houston Presser Quick Quotes!

By Byron Spurlock

Juan Manuel Marquez: I’m going to prepare myself very well for this fight and I’m going to come prepared.  I’m going to fight this fight for all the Mexican fans. I feel good and I feel very young.  I hope that everybody comes out to watch a great fight.
Juan Diaz: It’s a amazing to be in this position right now, I had my first loss last year and I had one of biggest wins last year too.  This is a new year and I want to start it off right and this is winning a world title in my hometown against a legendary world champion Marquez.
Marquez’ Trainer “Nacho” Beristain: Fighters like Juan, Rocky, and Marquez are big names in boxing and that’s what makes a fight card like this so attractive.
Diaz’ manager Willie Savannah: Marquez is considered one of the best fighters in the world today and Juan is considered one of the best in his division. So we have the best fighting the best and this is exactly what we wanted.
Diaz’ trainer Ronnie Shields: Styles make fights and this is going to be a good fight for both of these fighters come at their opponents. This is going to be an action-packed fight, that you don’t want to miss.
Rocky Juarez: What a better place to win my world title right here in Houston. I even took less money to gt the fight here.
Juarez’ trainer Ronnie Shields: These guys are going to have a tough fight. Chris John is the champion right now and Rocky has to defeat Chris if he wants that title. This may be Rocky’s last chance to win a world title.
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Marquez faces Diaz and Juarez faces WBA champ Chris John on February 28th at the Toyota Center in Houston.



January 8th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon tops “UFC Fight Night”

UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon fights once again in the main event February 7, headlining “UFC Fight Night” on Spike TV against fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Hermes Franca, live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida . . . Click here for more



January 8th, 2009

UFC

Final bouts for 1/25 WEC card

World Extreme Cagefighting® today confirmed the remaining bouts on an already blockbuster card which will feature WEC® lightweight champion Jamie Varner defending his belt against undefeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Plus, in the co-main event, former WEC featherweight title holder Urijah Faber and former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver look to deliver another classic in 2009 as the WEC holds its first-ever event in San Diego at the San Diego Sports Arena on Sunday, January 25 . . . . Click here for more



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Gomez fight set!

WBC President Jose Sulaiman announced today that WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez of Cuba/Germany have reached an agreement and signed for their mandatory fight. The purse offer, which was scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled. Shelly Finkel, representing Klitschko, and Ahmet Oner, representing Gomez, both informed Sulaiman of the agreement. The fight will be held in Germany during the first two weeks of March 2009.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Shane Mosley & Andre Berto

Through The Ropes – the #1 boxing news radio show that is hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld – airs LIVE coast to coast each Thursday evening from 9pm thru 10pm ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show is also available on the American Forces Network and Sportsbyline.com. Plus FightNews readers can listen LIVE by CLICKING HERE between 9 pm to 10 pm ET this Thursday. This week’s guests are Shane Mosley and Andre Berto. Call-in or email your questions to: ttropes@earthlink.net



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Marquez-Diaz Presser!

Photo: Aaron Sprecher – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (left), featherweight title challenger Rocky Juarez (center) and former unified lightweight champion Juan Diaz (right) pose in Houston, Texas during the press conference to announce Marquez and Diaz’ February 28 world championship fight and Juarez’ February 28 world championship fight against Chris John at the Toyota Center in Houston which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Chagaev-Drumond on PPV!

Kotelnik-Maidana also televised

Integrated Sports will distribute “The Champion Returns” show, featuring WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev against unbeaten challenger Carl Davis Drumond, February 7th on pay-per-view in the United States live from Rostock, Germany. “The Champion Returns” card, presented by Universum Boxing-Promotion, will also feature on PPV the WBA light welterweight title fight between title holder Andreas Kotelnik and undefeated No. 1 contender Marcos Rene “El Chino” Maidana, as well as hot Russian prospect Denis Boytsov against a challenger to be determined for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship. . The broadcast of the three 12-round title bouts is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 2 PM/ET – 11 AM/PT on cable pay-per-view via iN Demand and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. A same day replay will be shown at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/ET. (more…)



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Albert-Roman on FNF?

By Lee Bates

Sources are stating that a fight between Ermosele Albert (21-2-1, 10 KOs) and Saul Roman (29-5, 25 KOs) is close to being finalized for Friday, January 16th at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. The bout would be a 10 round junior middleweight main event and aired on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. This is the third scheduled opponent for Albert. Fights scheduled with former world champion Carlos Quintana and veteran Ossie Duran both fell through.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Cruz set for 1st defense!

IBF featherweight champion Cristobal Cruz (37-11-1, 23 KOs) will make his first defense of the title against Cyril Thomas (33-2-4, 10 KOs) on February 14 at the Palais des Sports in Saint Quentin, France. Thomas is the IBF’s #12-ranked featherweight and won an IBF title eliminator in his most recent fight in November. In the co-featured bout, French featherweight champion Osman Aktas (33-15-5, 3 KOs) defends against undefeated Guillaume Frenois (12-0, 1 KO). Also seeing action will be Phillip Ndou (31-1, 30 KOs) vs TBA in his firdt bout since May 2004. 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (2-0, 2 KOs), who is promoted by Joe DeGuardia/Star Boxing and Arthur Pelullo/Banner Promotions, will be featured in a four-round jr. middleweight bout against an opponent to be announced.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Skelton to face Rogan!

Heavyweight Matt Skelton (22-2, 19 KOs) will defend his Commonwealth title on February 28 at the NIA, Birmingham, against Irishman Martin Rogan (11-0, 5 KOs).  Skelton, 41, is aiming for a second world title opportunity after losing to Ruslan Chagaev on points in Germany last year in a challenge for the WBA title. He will begin as favorite against undefeated Rogan, but will be wary of the Irishman following his shock defeat of Audley Harrison in December. This will be Skelton’s 14th championship fight, and he has now won the English, British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles. He captured that latter belt in December when he forced Paolo Vidoz to quit in Milan in December in a victory that deserved more publicity than it received. “Rogan is a dangerous fighter and I was impressed by the way in which he dug deep against Harrison,” said Skelton. “Anyone with an undefeated record is a threat because they don’t know how to lose. But I believe I will win this fight.”



January 8th, 2009

UFC

Franklin faces Henderson

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

Several years ago many wondered what would happen if then-UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin locked horns with PRIDE champion “Dangerous” Dan Henderson.  It appeared to present a classic matchup between a superior striker in Franklin, against an outstanding wrestler with Olympic pedigree, in Henderson. Alas, the “dream” match never materialized given the intense competition between the UFC and the Japan-based PRIDE . . . . Click here for more by David L. Hudson

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Estrada returns Jan 24!

Recently signed Goossen Tutor Promotions fighter Shawn “El Chamuko” Estrada (2-0, 2 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is set to return against Jeffrey Osborne Jr. (8-11-2, 3 KOs) on January 24 at Minnesota’s Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley. In the main event, Marcos Olivera (15-0-1, 12 KOs) faces Mike Nevitt (16-1). The “Out Cold” card is being presented in association with Seconds Out Promotions. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55, $35 and $20, available at the box office or call Ticketmaster.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Fever KOs Ulrich!

Former European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s comeback fight against Armin Dollinger due to a cold and fever. The “Universum Champions Night” event in Magdeburg will go on as scheduled with the world title defense of WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) against Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) and an attractive clash of unbeaten fighters with WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) facing stablemate Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs).



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Arce: Darchinyan is just talk!

By Lee Bates

Upon hearing of WBA/IBF/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan’s (31-1-1, 25 KOs) comments today on Fightnews Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) released the following statement to Darchinyan: “You talk a good game but it’s just that. Talk. Everyone is going to get to see if you really are going to stand up under my pressure. Your whole game is intimidation and that’s been easy for you to do of late since you haven’t fought anyone who could punch since you were humiliated and knocked out silly by Nonito Donaire. I’m going to leave the trash talking to you since that’s what you do best. I’ve got more important things to do like prepare for our fight.”



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

48-year-old Paul Nave (15-8-2, 7 KOs) plans to return to the ring on March 6th in a four round main event at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California. Nave is best known for a trilogy of bouts with former world champion Greg Haugen (he went 1-1-1). His last fight was in December 1999.
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WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano’s February 28th mandatory title defense against Rocky Juarez appears to be a no-go. Reportedly Juarez will now challenge unbeaten WBA champion Chris “The Dragon” John. It will be officially announced at a press conference on Thursday in Houston.
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Kidney stones have forced Seminole Warriors Boxing junior middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene to pull out of his January 17 challenge against WBC interim champion Sergio Martinez. A new opponent for Martinez is being sought. ESPN reported that Anthony Thompson or Travis Simms will likely step in.
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Two-time lightweight champion José Luis “Temible” Castillo (57-9, 48 KOS) returns of January 17th against James Wayca (16-7, 8 KOs) at the Palenque del FEX in Mexicali, Baja California. In the co-feature, Carlos “El Salado” Yañez (16-1, 13 KOs) battles Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (11-5, 9 KOs) for the Mexican super bantamweight crown. TV AZTECA/Azteca América will televise.



January 8th, 2009

Boxing News

Galada to defend WBF belt!

By Ron Jackson

In a good local match-up Ludumo Galada will meet the more experienced Takalani Ndlovu in defence of his World Boxing Foundation featherweight belt at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday January 23. Galada 16-0; 8 who won the WBF belt in August last year when he stopped the experienced David Kiilu looked most impassive in his first defence against the capable Pedro Navarrete, but the odds will be stacked against him when takes on the former SA featherweight and  IBO junior featherweight champion Ndlovu 28-5; 18 The 31-year-old Ndlovu has fought at a much higher level than Galada, 26, a former Olympian and will go into this fight as the overwhelming favourite. Ndlovu who has lost two of his last three fights will be hoping to get his career back on track and challenge for one of the major belts. The promoter will be Koko Godlo of KK Productions.
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Meanwhile it has been announced that three Boxing SA board members, Sakhiwo Sodo, Mxolisi Tsika and Vulani Baloyi have resigned. Sodo and Tsika are from Eastern Cape and Baloyi is from Limpopo.



January 7th, 2009

Announcement

Pat Barry retirement dinner!

Las Vegas trainer Pat Barry, owner of Barry’s Boxing Gym, is retiring after 30 years with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and is being honored on Saturday night. Sheriff Doug Gillespie and Commissioner Lawrence Weekly of Las Vegas will salute Pat who has trained hundreds of youth boxers and is the chief trainer of pro prospects Diego Magdaleno and Alex Mercardo of Las Vegas. Pat will be honored at the South Point Hotel-Casino, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday, January 10, 6 pm. Al Bernstein will be the master of ceremonies. There will be a special boxing exhibition match between former world champions Clarence ‘Bones’ Adams and Kevin ‘Flushing Flash’ Kelly. “It’s a real celebration, with great food and entertainment,” said Pat. “We’re asking everyone to dress in red and black, which are our team colors.” Tickets which include dinner are available at $60. Go to www.barrysboxingcenter.com for details.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan lashes out!

"I will KO Arce and Beltran"

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA/IBF/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) is confident of knocking out Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) on February 7th at The Pond, Anaheim, California and also has a warning for Arce’s manager Fernando Beltran. “I am upset with Beltran – the manager of Arce… He should keep his mouth shut and let Arce and myself do the talking. After I knockout Arce I will go to his corner and thank him for fighting me but then I might knock out Fernando Beltran. I plan on punishing Arce and will show him who is the better puncher and boxer.” (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Hilton cleared!

A Quebec judge has thrown out three new sex charges against former WBC middleweight champion Dave Hilton Jr. According to CP, the judge ruled that evidence against Hilton was non-existent involving the alleged sex crimes. Hilton, who appeared briefly in court today, has been living in a half-way house since being released from prison after a highly publicized conviction in 2001 for sexually abusing his two daughters.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Abraham vs Geale?

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australia’s IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (20-0, 12 KOs) could challenge IBF middleweight boss Arthur Abraham (28-0, 23 KOs) in March if negotiations go as planned. Geale, 27 years, trains at the highly respected Grange Gym, which also has world class boxers Lovemore Ndou and light middleweight Robert Medley in its stable. (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

ShoBox kicks off 2009!

January 16 Live on SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT

Leonilo Miranda (24-0, 23 KOs), a featherweight from Mexico, will aim for another knockout victory when he faces fellow unbeaten Orlando Cruz (15-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in a 10-round featherweight bout on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. E/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Both prospects are southpaws and both are making their American television debut. “ShoBox is in large part about giving young talented, unknown and untested fighters opportunities to take center stage,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of the acclaimed SHOWTIME Sports series, ShoBox. “Miranda and Cruz will be fighting, to live up to lofty expectations and to keep their undefeated records intact. They are unproven and untested until they fight on ShoBox.” (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Holmes returns Jan. 23!

Super middleweight Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes (17-1-2, 9 KOs) returns on January 23rd at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana. Holmes will be squaring off against a TBA opponent, in his first fight since February 1 of last year. In other action on the Octavius James-promoted card, female lightweight “Merciless” Mary McGee (15-0, 9 KOs) and welterweight KO artist Ed Ochoa (6-0, 6 KOs) will also be featured. Tickets ($100, $75, $50 and $30 are available at Ticketmaster.



January 7th, 2009

UFC

Eyes on Hathaway

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

Four years ago John Hathaway was watching something exciting on the ‘telly’. He was enthralled by it. Inspired by it. Attracted to it. Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com

UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™  to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com



January 7th, 2009

Announcement

Johnson new SHOWTIME voice!

Steve Albert will have a continuing role

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Dynamic play-by-play broadcast veteran Gus Johnson of CBS Sports signed with Showtime Networks Inc. to host and call the action on the premium network’s flagship sports series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports & Event Programming. Johnson replaces Steve Albert, who has served as the play-by-play voice of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING since 1987. Johnson will work alongside color analyst Al Bernstein on the monthly series.

“SHOWTIME has been on fire for several years—televising some of the most important and evenly matched world title fights in boxing, breaking ground by televising mixed martial arts and adding INSIDE THE NFL to the line up,” said Johnson, who has called boxing for CBS Sports and Madison Square Garden Network. “I am thrilled to join the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team. And as a division of CBS, my work with SHOWTIME will be complementary to that of CBS Sports.” (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa, Solis presser!

Photo: Rick Pineda

Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara looked focused but also relaxed at the press conference for their fights on Friday at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. “We had a great preparation, everything went according to plans”, stated “El Ciclon” Gamboa. “Of course, it is hard to work over Christmas and New Year’s but I love what I’m doing and I know that I have to make certain sacrifices to become champion of the world.” Gamboa (12-0, 10 KOs) is very close to fulfilling his great dream. If he can beat Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-2, 18 KOs) on Friday his next fight will be for the WBC interim featherweight championship. (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

With WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko tied up with two WBC mandatories, IBF/WBO/IBO champ Wladimir Klitschko may end up facing David Haye instead of Chris Arreola. The bout would be more appropriate anyway, as it was Wlad’s severed head in Haye’s doctored photo that got the Klitschko camp riled up to begin with.
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Ricky Hatton’s lawyer Gareth Williams is headed to Dubai, but says the trip is to discuss possible future Hatton fights there and that Las Vegas remains “the most likely venue” for Pacquiao-Hatton.
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Former figure skater/boxer Tonya Harding, now 38, will see action on January 24 card in Detroit.
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Following his unsuccessful title shot against WBC super lightweight champ Timothy Bradley, Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (24-6, 12 KOs) will be returning to the lightweight division. Cherry doesn’t have anything firm lined up yet, but will see action in early 2009.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pavlik-Rubio!

Huge damand; quick sellout expected

Tickets go on sale Saturday for WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s February 21st hometown title defense against Marco Antonio Rubio at the 7,000-seat Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Seeing that 5,000+ of his local fans are willing to travel to Atlantic City to see Pavlik fight, this card is expected to sell out very quickly. Seats ($500, $300, $200, $100 and $50) go on sale at 10AM Saturday at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations such as Giant Eagle and Macy’s, by telephone at (800) 745-3000 or (866) 448-7849, and at the Chevrolet Centre box office. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Danny Green to return?

By Craig Watt

As we move into a new boxing year Australian boxing fans have one fight they wish to see happen in 2009. This fight is the re-match of former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22 KOs) and his arch rival Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs). Their first fight in May 2006 in Sydney broke all Australian box office records as they generated in excess of $10m revenue and a live crowd of over 37,000 at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales. Unofficial figures suggest a PPV audience in excess of 800,000 for the bout and given the country has a national population of just 22 million, it clearly showed how the fight sparked the public’s imagination. Many feel this type of  viewing audience, both live and PPV can be repeated if the fighter’s enter the ring for a second time later in 2009. (more…)



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC: 64 title fights in 2008!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC presented a record 64 world title fights during 2008. “It has been a great year for the WBC in quantity and quality of fights,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “It’s the best year in its history, including seventeen world title bouts in Mexico without counting Youth or female world title matches. Sulaiman also said he hopes to bring a world title fight to his hometown of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico sometime this year.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Zuniga returns!

By Lee Bates

Veteran middleweight Fernando Zuniga (27-9, 20 KOs) returns to action January 23rd at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The bout will be his first since his upset of prospect Carlos De Leon Jr. nearly a year ago (February 2, 2008). Zuniga has been sidelined since due to elbow surgery but is said to be back to 100 percent. He will face unpredictable journeyman Daniel Stanislavejevic aka ‘Danny Zee’ (8-14-3, 4 KOs) in an eight round 164 pound catchweight main event. The durable Stanislavejevic’s record is very deceiving as he’s fought and competed well against some world class opposition including decision losses to world ranked contenders Marco Antonio Rubio and Alfredo Angulo.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Prodesa inks three prospects!

By Gabriel Cordero

Prodesa Boxing, Nicaragua’s top promotion and managerial company, recently signed three top local prospects: Junior welterweights Moises Solis (13-1, 9 KOs), Rosemberg Gómez (13-1, 9 KOs) and Cristian Ruiz (7-0, 6 KOs). All join a stable that is brimming over with talent led by boxing’s hardest hitting little guy, WBA minimumweight world champion Roman ‘Chocolate’ Gonzalez and former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro. In its 5 year existence, Prodesa has promoted 40+ professional fight cards, participated in five world title bouts crowning two Nicaraguan world champs, and actively promotes 26 professional boxers. It also has a working relationship with promotional companies in Germany, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, and the United States.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams-Wright almost finalized!

By Lee Bates

Sources have confirmed that a bout between interim WBO light middleweight champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) and former unified light middleweight champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) is close to being finalized for April 11th. The agreed upon weight for the fight would be 160 pounds so Williams’ title will not be on the line. Site for the fight is to be determined with HBO likely to broadcast the bout.



January 7th, 2009

Boxing News

More Boxing Buzz!

It appears that veteran blow-by-blow man Steve Albert, who has been at ringside for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING since 1987, will not return in 2009. Reportedly the new man behind the mike will be Gus Johnson, well known for doing NCAA basketball and NFL football on CBS as well as NBA basketball for the New York Knicks. An official announcement is expected shortly.
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Scheduled to see action in the co-feature of the big Margarito-Mosley card on January 24th at Staples Centre in Los Angeles is unbeaten IBF #3/WBO #4/WBC #5/WBA #7 super flyweight Raul Martinez (24-0, 14 KOs) against an opponent to be named. Also on the card is Top Rank’s prized middleweight prospect Matt Korobov (2-0, 2 KOs).
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Former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain was back at work in the Senate Tuesday, once again introducing legislation to establish a national commission to regulate boxing.



January 6th, 2009


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