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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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Canelo wins split decision over

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Boxing News

Sulaiman comments on woman beating quotes

WBC President José Sulaimán has given his explanation of some widely reported, highly controversial quotes. Speaking to philboxing on the WBC’s position regarding WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather’s current legal situation, he stated “beating a lady is highly critical, (but) it is not a major sin or crime.”

Official Statement: “I would like to clarify my feelings about some recent comments of mine, and apologize for not finding the right words in English – there are many times when I cannot find the right words to express what I really mean. The comments attributed to me are a complete misrepresentation of my true feelings.

“I am a devoted husband and father of two daughters, and have three wonderful granddaughters, as well. The Virgin of Guadalupe is my superior saint. I am the person that developed female boxing, and I am the person in the WBC that has always been concerned with the protection of women in the ring. I have always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and the protection of women in society. Those are the facts – everybody knows me.

“In my comments, I just meant to say that I have always been in the corner of all the boxers of the world. They are my greatest heroes and, good or bad, I will always be in their corner.

“I know Floyd Mayweather personally, and I know that he’s a good person. I know that he accepted a plea deal for a serious offense, and I did not intend to make light of that. The judge sentenced him to 90 days, which I think is fair. But I know that Floyd is a good human being with a good heart, and I am confident that he will redeem himself with his actions in the future.

“I just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his corner.”



December 28th, 2011



Interview

Q&A Mickey Vann

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Leading English referee Mickey Vann talks to Fightnews about his life growing up in England during the 1940s and how his father became friends with several celebrities including Elvis Presley. Mickey rates Lennox Lewis as one of the greatest heavyweight champions but Ricky Hatton is down the list of 140 pound world champion. His favorite is Chris Eubank who was a great showman. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Ward, Goossen Quick Quotes

Report and photo Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and promoter Dan Goossen met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Sisley’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, CA. Ward defeated Carl Froch on December 16th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ to win the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament.

Dan Goossen: “I have promoted many great fighters throughout the years. There is no other man that I have gone into the ring has had the confidence of achieving his goals as Andre Ward. He is a throwback fighter to the golden era. He has only achieved a fraction of what I believe is ahead of him.”

Andre Ward: “I work hard and I have a tremendous work ethic. However, my whole team has a tremendous work ethic. I feel that the best is yet to come for me. I’m only 27 and I feel that I’m approaching the prime of my career. I’m not a pound-for-pound fighter yet, but I feel that I’m creeping up that list.”



December 28th, 2011

Feature Story

DiBella explains change of heart on promoting Jermain Taylor

By Karl Freitag

Two years ago, after former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor’s Super Six loss to Arthur Abraham, promoter Lou DiBella announced that he would no longer promote Jermain Taylor stating “It is my belief that the continuation of Jermain’s career as an active fighter places him at unnecessary risk. While he is undoubtedly capable of prevailing in future bouts, I cannot, in conscience, remain involved given my assessment of such risk.”

Recently DiBella and Taylor reunited and Jermain will return to the ring for the first time in over two years Friday night on SHOWTIME. Today he explained what prompted him to change his mind about promoting the former champion.

“He had a fight in Germany that didn’t end the way we would have liked and which provided a wake-up call. He walked out of that arena with a headache, he didn’t feel great, he had to go to the hospital and spent most of the night there. It caused a reevaluation of where everything stood in his career at that moment in time. I made a decision at that moment to walk away and I’m very happy that he made a decision shortly thereafter to take some time off.” (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Nam Phan, an old friend

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Until our 20-minute conversation last week, I hadn’t crossed paths with Nam Phan in nearly a decade. Memory lane made us revisit a chance encounter that occurred long before I started working for the UFC and back when Phan was merely a rookie pro in mixed martial arts . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Chavez-Rubio, Donaire-Vazquez twinbill

Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr., and Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will headline a world title doubleheader, Saturday, February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Chávez Jr. will be taking on #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio. Donaire will rumble with former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. The fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Chávez Jr. / Donaire world championship doubleheader go on sale This Saturday! December 31 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Davis-Lopez tops first 2012 ESPN card

Super middleweight contender “Dangerous” Dyah Ali Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs) is fighting his way out of the long shadow cast by his father, Howard Davis Jr., who captured a gold medal and was selected Outstanding Boxer of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Dyah had hoop dreams until realizing in high school that he wasn’t heading to the NBA. Despite his pedigree, he didn’t even think about boxing until he was 23, after watching the Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko fight, which convinced him that he should become a prize fighter.

Seven years later, he’s the #9 rated 168-pounder by the WBC and WBA, preparing to headline the first ESPN Friday Night Fight broadcast of 2012, January 6 in against Alfonso “The Tiger” Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs) in Key West, Florida. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Watch UFC 141 press conference online

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Watch the UFC 141 pre-fight press conference live Wednesday, December 28 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT with Dana White, Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone. Click for more
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December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Ahmet Oner says he’s pulling out of Germany

German promoter Ahmet Oner, head of ARENA Boxing Promotions, has declared that “boxing in Germany is officially dead” and that he plans to pull out of promoting in Germany. Now recognized as an international promoter, Oner currently lives in Miami and Istanbul, Turkey. “I have worked with [Yuriorkis] Gamboa, one of the best and most spectacular boxers in the world, who had a super reception in the U.S. and with whom I earn a lot of money there. Odlanier Solis will come back and make his comeback in the United States. Selcuk Aydin can fight in America or Turkey. Germany does not interest me anymore.”



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Rubio-Chavez Jr confirmed

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source reports that fight between Mexican stars Marco Antonio Rubio and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is confirmed with both boxers having signed the contract to fight on February 4 in San Antonio, Texas, for Chavez’ WBC middleweight world title. The source said that Rubio signed during the WBC Convention in Las Vegas and Chavez Jr. has recently signed. An official announcement is expected next week. Rubio and trainer Jorge Rodriguez are considering preparing at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Temoaya or in Toluca, Mexico, but could finish his camp in Torreon. The winner of Chavez-Rubio will face Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in 2012.



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

The Blueprint: Lesnar vs. Overeem

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

This Friday’s heavyweight showdown between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem is the quintessential battle of styles.

Lesnar is the single most dominant wrestler in the UFC heavyweight division. The former collegiate standout was a two-time Division I All-American and a national champion in his senior year. His overall collegiate record was 106-5. Daniel Cormier, a Strikeforce heavyweight standout, is the only heavyweight in the world who boasts better wrestling chops . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez and WBO President Francisco Valcarcel help children in Mexico

As part of their “Kids Drug Free” Program, WBO Super Champion Juan Manuel Marquez, President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and the World Boxing Organization made a donation today in Mexico City to the children of Hogares Providencia of Father Chinchachoma in Coyoacan.

“We are very happy to be in Mexico with our great Super Champion helping the future of this country” expressed WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. “We have been helping the children with our WBO “Kids Drug Free” program in over 25 countries. (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Darryl Cunningham: It’s Time To Go To War!

Interview and photos by Bob Ryder

Fightnews.com spoke with Darryl “The People’s Choice” Cunningham as he wrapped up a training session in preparation for his fight with Andre Dirrell. The Cunningham-Dirrell bout will be telecast live on Showtime, this Friday, December 30th, 11PM EST as part of the ShoBox presentation featuring Jermain Taylor vs. Jesse Nicklow.

Darryl, how is your training going?

Excellent, I’m ready. I have been getting real good sparring. My trainers Anthony Henry, Josh Canty and Tony Hloros have me totally prepared. (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Lundy: Talk is cheap

Tired of being earmarked by the contenders in the 135-pound division, reigning NABF lightweight champion “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy has a direct response to the challengers questioning his credentials, specifically #2-ranked Dannie Williams, who threatened Tuesday to “hurt” Lundy if the two should face one another in 2012.

“Everyone knows ‘Hammerin’’ Hank will fight anyone, anywhere at anytime. This has to stop,” Lundy said. “I’ve proven myself time and time again on the road. Now y’all have to come to me. I went out to Chicago and knocked out the former world champ [David Diaz on Aug. 9]. What more do I have to do to get respect? So, if y’all aren’t coming to Philadelphia, Rhode Island, or Connecticut to fight ‘Hammerin’’ Hank, then we don’t have a fight. I’m tired of going into people’s backyards. It is what it is.” (more…)



December 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Luis Ramos – Fulfilling a promise

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

If we play with numbers, when the issue is a knockout or a technical knockout, we could say that 95% of mixed martial arts viewers love nothing more than seeing a fight end in that fashion. That highlight reel moment which marks the meeting of a fist, knee, or kick with an opponent’s jaw or head is usually unforgettable whether it comes by a “lucky” punch, a beautiful combination or that sometimes unfair trade of bullets on the feet when you say, “Someone is gonna drop.” . . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
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December 27th, 2011




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