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Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Light Heavyweight kings Bernard Hopkins, 55-6-2, 32 KOs, the WBA/IBF 175-pound champion, and Sergey Kovalev, ...

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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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Hopkins and Kovalev hold court

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Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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Announcement

Howie Albert remembered

Famed boxing personality Howie Albert passed away recently in Secaucus, New Jersey at age 86. Albert managed former featherweight champ Juan LaPorte and former welterweight champion Pedro Vilella. He co-managed the likes of Emile Griffith, George Foreman, Rodrigo Valdes, Harold Weston and Jerry Quarry with partner Gil Clancy. He was a good friend to Fightnews and we offer our sympathies to his family and many friends.



January 13th, 2009



Exclusive

The year in photos!

Fightnews photographer Chris Cozzone showcases his best shots from 2008–from Vazquez-Marquez III to Margarito-Cotto to Pacquiao-De La Hoya, and everything in between! Click here for giant gallery



January 13th, 2009

UFC

Franklin-Henderson a toss-up!

UFC 93 is LIVE on PAY-PER-VIEW
THIS SATURDAY at 10p ET/7p PT!

While the sporting world has familiarized itself with the diverse facets of mixed martial arts, many have learned that there are no “sure things.” Most got off easy; some have learned the hard way  . . . Click here for more by Brady Crytzer

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 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Hirsch named new BWAA president

Jack Hirsch has been voted in as the new president for the Boxing Writers Association of America. A boxing journalist since 1986, Hirsch was the organization’s vice president since 2000. He replaces Bernard Fernandez, who, after serving as president for five of the past seven years, has stepped down this year. 



January 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Hatton camp balks at split!

Still no deal on the proposed May 2 Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton super fight in Las Vegas. The Hatton camp is balking at the proposed 60/40 split in favor of Pacquiao, insisting on 50/50. “Ricky brings as much to the table as Manny,” Hatton’s lawyer Gareth Williams told BBC Sport. “Either it is 50/50 or we’ll consider other options. If that’s Manny’s position, there is no fight.” Williams claims Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum originally agreed to a 50/50 split and “as far as we’re concerned we’ve got a binding contract.”



January 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Erdei, Balzsay speak!

Post fight quotes from Magdeburg

WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay have commented on their fights over the weekend. Erdei was ecstatic that his friend Balzsay won a world title and took it in stride that his fight was bumped off live TV and into a non-title matchup when opponent  Yuri Barashian failed to make weight. For Balzsay, being a world champion is still sinking in. (more…)



January 13th, 2009

Boxing News

New monthly series in NYC!

The world famous Gleason’s Gym will present “Tuesday Night Fights” on the first Tuesday of each month at the Masonic Temple (317 Clermont Avenue, Fort Greene) in Brooklyn, NY. The first show is set for Tuesday February 3rd and the main event will be Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (former WBA interim super flyweight world champion, currently ranked #4) vs Kermin Guardia (former two-tome WBO world champion). The undercard will be full of exciting young prospects from the NY area, including the undefeated highly popular Ahmed “Prince of Egypt” Samir plus the professional debut of the highly decorated and two-time world amateur female champion Keisher “Fire” Mcleod-Wells. Tickets are $100, $50 and $35 and can be purchased at Gleason’s Gym 718-797-2872 or at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bout is at 7:30pm.



January 12th, 2009

UFC

Stevenson takes on Sanchez!

Live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Spike TV heads across the pond for the fourth time to telecast a UFC fight card when The Ultimate Fighter® champions Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez (Season 1), making his debut in the lightweight division, and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson (Season 2) meet in a bout which headlines the telecast LIVE Saturday, February 21 at 9:00pm ET/PT (same-day tape delay) from the O2 Arena in London, England . . . Click here for more



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Pavlik hit NYC!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBC/WBO world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and former world champion Miguel Cotto arrived in New York Monday night. Both will attend a press conference Tuesday at Madison Square Garden for Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” Pay-Per-View where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities all on the same night on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio against #1-rated challenger Marco Antonio Rubio while Cotto will take on Michael Jennings of England for the vacant WBO Welterweight Championship at Madison Square Garden.



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Spina headlines Feb 6!

WBO #14 light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina (23-1-1, 16 KOs) headlines on February 6th at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Spina will take on veteran Steve “The Spoiler” Walker (22-19, 16 KOs) in an eight rounder. (more…)



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Michalczewski says millions gone!

Ring legend Dariusz Michalczewski says he no longer has most of millions he earned his his Hall of Fame career. “The Tiger,” who has been married three times (to one woman twice), told BILD “I have wasted €30 million on booze and loose living….my women have my money.” Now 40, Michalczewski is planning to marry his current girlfriend.



January 12th, 2009

Announcement

Bernard Docusen passes

By Bob Ryder

Bernard “Big Duke” Docusen one of boxing’s’ uncrowned champions of the 1940′s-1950′s died on January 11. 2009. Docusen suffered several heart attacks and lapsed into a coma. The 81 year old Docusen was best known for his terrific fight with Sugar Ray Robinson for the welterweight championship of the world on June 28, 1948. Docusen , who had just turned 21 years old 9 days before the fight, lost a very close 15 round decision to the man most consider to be the best pound for pound boxer of all time. In the days of only 8 weight classes and one champion per division, Bernie never got another crack at a title. (more…)



January 12th, 2009

Boxing Result

Molina defeats Berrio!

By Sam DiTusa at ringside

Chicago-based welterweight Carlos Molina improved to 14-4, 5 KOs Saturday night with a ten round unanimous decision over Colombia’s Jailer Berrio (11-5, 7 KOs) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. The last minute replacement main event headlined a six-bout card and was contested at a catch weight of 152 lbs. (more…)



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Joey Abell!

By Jesse Kelley

Heavyweight Joey Abell (20-4, 19 KO’s) will be back in action this Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Saint Paul, MN. The last 14 months have been a roller coaster year for Abell to say the least. Things started on a high note for Abell as he took a short notice fight on Showtime in late November of 2007. At the end of the night, Abell picked up a career best win, earning a majority decision over Teke Oruh (14-0-1). Abell rattled off two more wins (Ratko Draskovic 28-7-2 and Maurice Wheeler 10-11-1) before things took a turn for the worse. The 27-year-old Coon Rapids, MN native lost his next three bouts as he was shocked by Andrew Greeley (14-25-2), lost a split decision to Al Cole (34-14-3), and most recently lost by disqualification to Jason Nicholson (17-26-2)a month ago in South Dakota. Now Abell will look to rebound against Derek Amos (15-26) this Saturday. (more…)



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Release date set for TYSON!

Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed the acquisition of North American rights to writer-director James Toback’s acclaimed documentary, TYSON (winner of the Un Certain Regard’s Knockout Prize at the Cannes Film Festival). TYSON will have its North American premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theatres on April 24, 2009. Former heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson was involved and “100% supports” the project according to Tyson friend and confidant Damon Bingham. (more…)



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

GIANT Magdeburg Photo Gallery!

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Photo: Eroll Popova

See all the action from the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009 including  Karoly Balszay’s win over previously unbeaten champion Denis Inkin to claim the WBO super middleweight crown, the same title held by Joe Calzaghe for ten-plus years. (more…)



January 12th, 2009

UFC

Schafer puts foes on ‘Red’ alert

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

There is no division like 205 pounds in the sport of mixed martial arts. Known as the sport’s “Glamour Division,” the UFC light heavyweight division has arisen from its long time championship deadlock of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ Tito Ortiz and “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell to become one of the most competitive weight classes. Since losses by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin, the 205 pound title has changed hands three times in the last two years. . . . Click here for more by Brady Crytzer

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 12th, 2009

Boxing News

The best of Showtime!

The year in photos by Tom Casino

Showtime photographer Tom Casino showcases his best shots from 2008: 33 high-action photos from the year’s best fights as televised on Showtime! Click here for more



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Cotto-Jennings!

Tickets to the February 21 Miguel Cotto-Michael Jennings WBO welterweight title clash at Madison Square Garden will go on sale tomorrow at noon ET. Priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, they can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com. Cotto-Jennings from New York City and the Kelly Pavlik vs Marco Antonio Rubio middleweight championship clash from Youngstown, Ohio, will headline a rare split-site pay-per-view event.



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Brähmer returns March 7!

Will fight Kanfouah for Euro title
Photo: Universum

Photo: Thomas Leidig

Today the public prosecutor’s office in Schwerin has brought charges against Universum boxer Jürgen Brähmer involving two incidents in May and September of 2008. Brähmer stated, “For me this is no new situation. I’m calming awaiting it. I’m focusing now on my next fight, which is waiting for me in March.” It was also announced today that Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will return to the ring on March 7th in Dresden against Frenchman Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) in a bout for the European light heavyweight championship. In his last bout in November, Brähmer dropped a twelve round decision in a world title bid against WBA champion Hugo Hernan Garay.



January 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Huck to face Batello!

Marco “Captain” Huck will make his second defence of the European Cruiserweight Title against Geoffrey Batello in Riesa on January 24 after challenger Vadim Safonov has been hindered by an injury. Unbeaten in 18 fights, Batello boasts an impressive record of 15 KOs. “Batello is an excellent challenger for Captain Huck,” Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer said. “The fight against him will be more difficult than the one against Safonov. We know Batello very well. He has been in full practice and is in top shape. And his fight record speaks for itself.” (more…)



January 12th, 2009

UFC

Drwal takes on Silva!

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

There are a lot of tough guys in the UFC. Just walking up the four steps into the Octagon on fight night guarantees that. But what happens after giving your best you still fall short of victory? What you do after that loss may be what truly defines toughness. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, 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 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Arena wins WBC purse bid!

Arena Box-Promotion has won the purse bid for the WBC cruiserweight Final Eliminator between Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey. The fight will most probably take place in late March or early April. The winner of the elimination bout will face the winner of the WBC cruiserweight championship between Giacobe Fragomeni and Krystzof Wlodarczyk. If he can beat Godfrey, Hide would not only opening up the door for earning big money at the end of his long and successful career, the “Dancing Destroyer” could also make history becoming the first former world heavyweight champion to go down to cruiserweight to win a world title.



January 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Rolly wins OPBF 122lb belt!

By Joe Koizumi

WBA#12 bantam Rolly Matsushita Lunas (27-7-1, 14 KOs), 121.5, a Japan-based Filipino, stunned the crowd as he captured the OPBF 122-pound belt by eking out an upset hairline split verdict (115-114, 115-113 and 114-115) over WBC#3 Wethya Sakmuangklaeng (92-5, 55 KOs), 121.5, Thailand, over twelve sizzling hot and close rounds on Sunday in Kanazawa, Japan. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Balzsay-Inkin video highlights!

balzsayvideoVideo highlights of Saturday’s fights in Magdeburg, Germany, featuring Karoly Balzsay’s win over defending champion Denis Inkin for the  WBO super middleweight belt and WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei’s non-title win over Yuri Barashian are now available online.



January 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Busy year for Milenkovic!

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has lined up a number of world title eliminators and challenges for world titles for South African boxers in 2009. Branco fighters include Siphiwo Nongqayi, Ali Funeka, Vusi Malinga, Cassius Baloyi, Malcolm Klassen, Silence Mabuza, Moruti Mthalane, Jeffrey Mathebula, Evans Mbamba and Simphiwe Vetyeka among others. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Announcement

WBF champ dies in motor accident

By Ron Jackson

One of South Africa’s most talented fighters Ludumo Galada the WBF featherweight champion was killed in a motor accident near East London on Saturday. He was 26. After a distinguished amateur career, Galada was unbeaten as a pro. (more…)



January 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Balzsay dethrones Inkin!

Erdei tops Barashian

By Karl Freitag

Photo: Eroll Popova

In a highly anticipated WBO super middleweight world championship clash, unbeaten #1 contender Karoly Balszay (20-0, 14 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten champion Denis Inkin (34-1, 24 KOs) via entertaining twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Both fighters met in the center of the ring and boxed at a high level, but the champion’s pressure dictated the first half of the fight. Balzsay’s southpaw counterpunching got him back in the fight down the stretch. Balzsay rocked Inkin at the end of round ten and went on to win by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.

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By Alexey Sukachev

In the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009, unbeaten long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) outpointed former Euro champ Yuri Barashian (25-5, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds in a non-title bout. Erdei won by scores of 116-111, 116-111, 117-110. Barashyan had some success with his hard blows, but Erdei’s speed allowed him to control the fight. Barashian was deducted a point in round nine for a low blow. The bout was changed to a non-title affair after Barashian failed to make the 175lb weight limit.



January 10th, 2009

Boxing Result

More results from Magdeburg!

Sartison, Stieglitz victorious

Two former super middleweight title challengers and a pair of hot prospects saw action on the undercard of Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” card at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Recent WBA super middleweight title challenger and current WBA #4 rated Dimitri Sartison (24-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Vasily Andiyanov (7-18) by scores of 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. It was Sartison’s second win since challenging Mikkel Kessler in June. Also, only about a month after his big victory over Lukas Wilaschek, WBC International super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (34-2, 21 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Dimitri Protkunas (10-28-1, 1 KO). Time was 1:47. Stieglitz is currently rated WBA/IBF #5 and WBC #10.

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In other action, unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Sergey Beloshapkin (7-3, 2 KOs) at 2:59 of round two. The hard-hitting Michalkin dropped Beloshapkin in rounds two and four. Also, flyweight prospect Pal “Pimpa” Bedak moved to 2-0, 2 KOs with a third round TKO of Ucristinel Laurent (0-1).



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik tix disappear fast!

Cotto-Jenning tickets on sale Tuesday

World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s homecoming February 21 title defense against No. 1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio is a hot ticket. According to Eric Ryan, the executive director of the Chevrolet Centre, 5,000 tickets were sold within 12 minutes of them going on sale this morning at 10 a.m. ET. Fans braving the cold, wind and snow began lining up at 11:30 p.m. Friday night. According to The Vindicator, Youngstown’s daily newspaper, “Some 200 people were lined up outside the building by 9 a.m., and that number had doubled by the time tickets went on sale an hour later.” The Chevrolet Centre can accommodate 7,000 seats.

The Pavlik-Rubio world middleweight championship fight, along with the Miguel Cotto-Michael Jennings WBO welterweight title tilt at Madison Square Garden, will headline an exciting two-city, two-title pay-per-view extravaganza broadcast live on Saturday, February 21, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. (more…)



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Chris John Update!

By Jeff Pamungkas

Facing Rocky Juarez on February 28, WBA featherweight champion Chris John and his entourage will come to Houston, Texas, by the end of this month (one full month before the fight) to adapt with the climate and conditions of the city. John has been training at Craig Christian’s “Harry’s Gym” in Perth, Australia since December 28. When asked about this big step in his career making his U.S. debut, John only commented “wish me luck.”



January 10th, 2009

Exclusive

Campbell vacates WBA title!

WBO / IBF Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell has elected to vacate the WBA Lightweight Super Champion Title. Campbell, (32-5-1, 25 KOs) issued the following statement regarding his decision:

“I really wanted to try and unify the lightweight titles, but looking at reality, it just isn’t going to happen, at least not in 09. Not that I’m looking past my Feb. 14th IBF mandatory with Ali Funeka, because I’m not. Funeka deserves, and unfortunately for him, he will get my full and undivided attention. But there just isnt any way I see that I would be able to do my WBA mandatory defense against Paulus Moses, or whoever has the regular title then. After Feb. 14, I really hope to fight the Juan Manuel Marquez – Juan Diaz winner next, and then right after that I have a WBO mandatory due with Barerra. So there’s no way I can fullfill my mandatory obligation to the WBA. So rather than pay sanction fees on it for the next few fights, knowing full well I wont be able to defend it without giving up my WBO belt, (which I won’t do), I decided to just go ahead and vacate the WBA title now. I still have the desire to someday unify all the belts, but I also have to balance that desire against the reality of the sport these days. There just arent enough opportunities to fight in order to maintain all the titles. Besides, if I do get the Marquez-Diaz winner next, then any and all debate about who the “real” lightweight champ is will be over once and for all. And after that, if my choice of mandatories is between Barerra or Moses, well no disrespect to Moses, but thats really a no-brainer. I do appreciate the WBA having recognized me as their Super Champion, and this decision in no way is a reflection on their organization.”

Nate Campbell
IBF / WBO / NBA Lightweight Champion



January 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Inkin-Balzsay now main event!

Clash of unbeatens takes center stage


Photo: Eroll Popova

The highly anticipated WBO super middleweight world championship collision between unbeaten fighters Denis Inkin and Karoly Balszay has been elevated to main event status tonight in Magdeburg, Germany. The decision was made by ZDF to feature the bout on live German television after Yuri Barashian was unable to make weight for his light heavyweight world title challenge against longtime champion Zsolt Erdei. Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) and Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) were supposed to meet for the WBO interim belt last September in Hamburg, however Balzsay suffered a cut in training. Inkin then defeated late sub Fulgencio Zuniga and was crowned full WBO champion after Joe Calzaghe relinguished the WBO title. He will now make his first defense against his WBO #1 rated stablemate on the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009. Erdei vs Barashian will still take place on the card, but Erdei retains the WBO belt win or lose.



January 10th, 2009

UFC

The evolution of Kang

UFC 93 is live on PPV Jan. 17!

To say UFC newcomer Denis Kang is “well-traveled” would be a major understatement. By the age of 11, Kang had lived in three countries in two continents and spoke four different languages. The term “overachiever” might be a more fitting label for the successful 31-year-old middleweight veteran as he has continued to evolve as a fighter, winning him the respect of MMA fans and pundits alike who have sung his praises for the majority of his mixed martial arts career . . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell, 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 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Barashian unable to make 175!

Erdei keeps world title on the scale


Photo: Eroll Popova

WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei retained his world championship on the scale Friday when challenger Yuri Barashian stunningly was unable to make weight for their world title clash on Saturday in Magdeburg, Germany. As previously reported, Barashian initially weighed in at 176.8 pounds. After trying for two hours to lose the overage, Barashian was still 1.22 pounds over the division limit. The bout will now go on as scheduled, but as a non-title affair. Erdei, who won the title five years ago, has made ten successful defenses during that time. In a second world title bout, both Denis Inkin and Karoly Balszay made weight for their highly anticipated WBO super middleweight collision between unbeatens on the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009.



January 9th, 2009




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