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Fonfara, Kameda workouts

Fonfara, Kameda workouts

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images Hometown favorite Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara, France’s Doudou Ngumbu, WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki Kameda and Interim ...

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Soliman: I will be back early in 2015

Soliman: I will be back early in 2015

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman spoke to Fightnews.com and revealed that he ...

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Vazquez Jr. and Arellano ready for UniMas clash

Vazquez Jr. and Arellano ready for UniMas clash

Photos: Cotto Promotions, LLC Former super bantamweight world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is back and ready to take his career to another level. ...

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Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

Photos: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Golden Boy Promotions returns to its East Coast home - Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December ...

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel Colon/WBO The World Boxing Organization 27th Annual Convention kicked off in full force this morning at Caesars Palace in ...

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Soliman: I will be back

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Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

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Boxing News

Estrada: Povetkin a sitting duck!

U.S. Olympian heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) had some tough talk for Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs), the unbeaten 2004 Olympic gold medalist and IBF #1 contender, whom he meets April 4 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Povetkin has a mandated title shot this fall against IBF heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, if he gets past Estrada. “The fight’s on April 4 but Povetkin’s the April Fool,” Estrada said during a break from training at his Big Six Academy in Providence, RI. “I really see this guy as just a big-name opponent. He has his gold medal but he’s been babied his entire career. They just put guys in front of him to fight. He’s making a big mistake taking this fight. I’m not dwelling on the past. The old stuff doesn’t matter to me; I’m focusing on the present. It doesn’t upset me that people are calling this a tune-up for him. If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn’t take him lightly, but they’re making a huge mistake if they’re taking me lightly. I think it will be easier fighting him today than in the amateurs because he had to box a little more back then. You don’t see him boxing now. He’s a sitting duck. This (pro boxing) is a whole different game, something I learned in my first fight and I’ve progressed from there. He’s got the same stuff. Our fight didn’t happen in the amateurs, so I’m focused on beating him as a pro. I can’t see how he took this fight. His people must be telling him I’m just fast, like (Eddie) Chambers or (Chris) Byrd, but I’m more aggressive and they weren’t. I’m not worried about going over there because, if I smash him and lose, everybody will see that. No way I’m going to lose; I’m either going to stop him, or I’ll deserve a win by decision. He can’t prepare for what I’m bringing.”



February 27th, 2009



Boxing News

Spadafora returns March 31!

Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (41-0-1, 16 KOs) will headline a March 31 card in the ballroom of the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA. He will face a fighter to be named. Now 33 years old, Spadafora has fought just one fight in each of the last three years after his career was derailed by a prison stint.



February 27th, 2009


Video

Video Q&A: Glen Johnson!

Former world light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson talks about tonight’s rematch with Daniel Judah at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. ESPN2 will televise.



February 27th, 2009

UFC

Judgment day for Jackson, Jardine

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Story by Chris Cozzone

With a 205-pound title shot looming, both Keith Jardine (14-4-1), of Albuquerque, N.M., and Quinton Jackson (29-7), fighting now out of the U.K., are expecting a war on March 7, when the two clash in the headline bout of UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio . . . . Click here for more

Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Alexander Dimitrenko!

By Alexey Potapov

WBO #1 ranked heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs), in an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, spoke about his dream to become world champion, about possible fights against Matt Skelton and Wladimir Klitschko and much more. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao Departure Statement!

I am looking forward to the promotional tour that will be held in London and Manchester this weekend as I have received tons of emails from English boxing fans, who are one of the most passionate in the world. Even if it’s going to be hostile territory for me–as Ricky Hatton comes from this boxing-crazy country–I know that I will enjoy every minute of my brief stay there as I have heard a lot of great things about England, its notable people, its amazing culture and its proud history. After my trip to England, I will proceed to Los Angeles so I could kick off my preparation for Ricky Hatton, who is one of the world’s most exciting fighters. Hatton is a very dangerous opponent as I have seen most of his high-caliber fight on video and you cannot take somebody like him lightly. This is going to be a big challenge for me. This early, I am confident in saying that I will train harder for Hatton and I won’t be surprised if I end up in a much better shape than when I fought the legendary Oscar De La Hoya last December. Once I report for training camp at the Wild Card under my very capable trainer Freddie Roach, my sole focus will be training. I will be eating, breathing and living Ricky Hatton from the day I start my training camp. I assure fight fans that when I get into the ring on May 2, I am going to show my best–as always–and ours will be an explosive and exciting fight. And most importantly, I am dedicating this important fight to my beloved countrymen and to all boxing fans from around the world.

Manny Pacquiao
Boxing’s Pound-For-Pound King
February 27, 2009

(Note: Pacquiao left for London on board Cathay Pacific at 6:30 a.m.)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Iron Boy returns!

By Lee Bates

WBO light flyweight champion and pound for pound ranked Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (32-0, 6KOs) is set to have his first bout of 2009. Calderon will meet WBA interim champion Cesar Canchila (27-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia May 23rd in Puerto Rico at a venue soon to be announced. PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will promote the event. Canchila is coming off his impressive upset win over then unbeaten top contender Giovanni Segura this past July where he won his title. Calderon of Puerto Rico impressively defeated former world champion Hugo Cazares in their rematch in his last fight August 2008.



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Tua-Cameron date set!

By Craig Watt

It has been confirmed in New Zealand that former heavyweight title challenger David Tua (49-3, 42 KOs) will return to the ring on June 6th at the Waikato Stadium and face fellow Kiwi Shane Cameron (22-1, 19 KOs). This will be New Zealand’s biggest domestic contest for many years and the stadium in Hamilton is being set for an 18,000 capacity crowd at the outdoor venue. The 36-year-old Tua has been out of action since his second round stoppage of Cerrone Fox in Michigan, US in September 2007. He has won his last seven fights since his disputed draw with Hasim Rahman in an IBF heavyweight eliminator back in 2003. He has also a challenge for the world title ending in a unanimous points loss to Lennox Lewis in November 2000 for the WBC and IBF titles. The fight is expected to break all box office and TV audience records in New Zealand and will be promoted by Duco Events under the headline, “New Zealand’s Fight Of The Century”. The eagerly anticipated clash will be for the WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. Shane Cameron will have a warm up fight in Gisborne, New Zealand on March 7th when he takes on 37-year-old veteran Robert Davis (32-9) from Ohio, US over 12 rounds for the IBF Pan Pacific Title.



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Ontario, CA!

Photo: Thompson Boxing

Photo: Thompson Boxing

Juan Carlos Burgos 125.5 vs. Omar Lizarraga 124.5 Lbs.
Mauricio Herrera 142.5 vs. Brian Gordon 143
Patrick Lopez 139.5 vs. Jailer Berrio 142
Abraham Lopez 125.5 vs. Manuel Sarabia 126
Walter Sarnoi ?? vs. Alvaro Muro ??
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Team Maskaev on Klitschko!

By Matt Richardson

“This is the theater of the absurd,” said Oleg Maskaev promoter Dennis Rappaport in response to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s complaint with the WBC because he has to fight two mandatory challengers in a row. “Klitschko is fighting about the very same thing he received. What does this guy have a double standard? One for the rest of the world and one for the Klitschko’s?” A year ago, Maskaev was in the same position Klitschko is in now: a mandatory defense against Samuel Peter which was to be followed by a mandatory defense against Klitschko. Maskaev lost to Peter who then lost to Klitschko last October. Now, Klitschko has a March 21st mandatory defense against Juan Carlos Gomez then another due against the former champion, Maskaev. “He’s in the mirror position of Maskaev,” said an exasperated Rappaport. “Why didn’t he cry when it benefited him? It’s really like a joke. Now he wants to attack the very same thing he benefited from!” Maskaev (35-6, 27 KO’s) meanwhile, will next fight on March 14th in the Republic of Mordovia against journeyman Rich Boruff.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Caguas!

Boxing fans gathered in front of Caguas’ City Hall to witness the weigh-ins of the 20 fighters appearing on “Boxeo Boricua In Caguas 2009.” Dommys Delgado, president of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission led the activity in conjunction with the two commissioners assigned for the event. “I feel very emotional and happy because of the support shown by the fans,” said Luis Cruz, whose match in the featherweight division will be the main event of the evening. “El Artesano” (Cruz) weighed 126.5 and his opponent Carlos Díaz 124.75. This match is scheduled for eight rounds. All the fighters made their required weights.
Luis Cruz 126.5 vs. Carlos Díaz 124.75
Luis Daniel Colón 126.25 vs. Jayson Vélez 126
Carlos García 147.5 vs. Jhon Anthony Vásquez 147
Carlos García García 113.5 vs Arturo Santiago 113.5
Celestino Rodríguez 140 vs. Javier García González 140
Jorge Medina 128s vs. Aert Cruz 130
Anthony Sánchez 137s vs. Juan Castillo 141
William Lorenzo 129 vs. Irvin Torres 130
Jesús Bayrón 124.5s vs. Jesús Cuascut 125
Willy Maldonado 159s vs. Jorge Iglesias 156.5



February 26th, 2009

Feature Story

Burgos follows family destiny

Story by Felipe Leon

If there is such a thing as destiny, undefeated featherweight prospect Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (24-0, 14 KOs) may be just the man to embody it.

Twenty-one years ago, he was born into a fighting family.

“I started to box at the age of nine,” says Burgos . . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Ross, Ehikhamenor speak!

By Alex Dombroff/Photos: Emily Harney


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Season Four of the reality TV show The Contender produced it’s winner Wednesday night, culminating a season that began with sixteen cruiserweights living together in Singapore. But even after Troy Ross had knocked out Ehinomen Ehikhamenor to claim the Contender title, it was clear the impact of the experience went much deeper than the impact on their records. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Announcement

Mar. 6 undercard announced!

On March 6th at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will put on an exciting six bout card, headlined by a sizzling showdown between Star Boxing promoted welterweights Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14KO) and Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1, 11KO). At stake will be Rodriguez’s USBA welterweight championship . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights for Friday Night Fights!

Glen Johnson 175.25 vs Daniel Judah 175
Norberto Gonzalez 147.75 vs Antwone Smith 147.5
Danny O`Conner 138.25 vs. Jamar Saunders 137.25
Jesús Pabon 140.75 vs. Lenin Arroyo 142
Magomed Abdusalamav 263.5 vs. Maurice Winslow 210
Habib Allahverdiev 141.5 vs. Richard Pitt 139
Henry Funtes 240.75 vs. Samuel Brown TBA
Eli Augustama 163 vs. William Deet 162.25
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: Seminole Warriors Boxing
TV: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights



February 26th, 2009

Announcement

Frauenheim wins BWAA award

The Boxing Writers Association of America has chosen Norm Frauenheim of Arizona, as recipient of the 2008  Nat Fleischer award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism.”

(more…)



February 26th, 2009

UFC

Bid on UFC 96 tickets!

UFC 96 is live on PPV Mar. 7!

Bid now to win tickets in the first two rows of UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine  . . . Click here for more

Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!



February 26th, 2009

Announcement

Happy birthday, ‘Boo Boo’

Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing, would like to wish Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (2-0, 2KO) a happy 21st. birthday. Andrade who is co-promoted by DeGuardia, will be in action on the Star Boxing promoted card on March 6th at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Andrade will open up the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ustinov still unbeaten!

By Alexey Sukachev

Rising heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) of Belarus seized a vacant EBA title with a convincing fifth-round TKO over Ukrainian Maxim Pedyura (11-1, 10 KOs) moments ago at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Ustinov was surprisingly quick for a man of his colossal stature, using his jab to control defensive-minded Pedyura and overhand right to regularly rock him. However, the Ukrainian fighter used his skills to avoid an early knockout. The bout was stopped in round five after Pedyura’s nose started to bleed strenuously. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Scale Watch

Adamek, Banks make weight!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek weighed in at 199 lbs, for his world title defense against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event tomorrow on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT). Banks weighed 200. Also Giovanni Lorenzo and Dionisio Miranda both weighed 159 for their IBF middleweight elimination bout. All made weight on the first try.



February 26th, 2009

UFC

Garcia: ‘One of us will break!’

WEC 39 is live on VERSUS Mar. 1!

Story by Chris Cozzone

Seven years and nine fights ago, Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia made his debut with World Extreme Cagefighting in the now-elite organization’s very first event.

Thirty-eight WEC events later, Garcia, 12-3, has made the transition from prelim battler to main eventer for, on Sunday Mar. 1, he will get a shot at the WEC’s lightweight title when he takes on champion Mike Brown, 20-4, of Portland, Ore. . . . Click here for more



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams to face Licina!

Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. president Jimmy Burchfield made several key announcements today, ranging from a minimum 11-fight schedule in 2009 to major fights in Germany for two of his top fighters, Jason “Big Six” Estrada and cruiserweight “Awesome” Aaron Williams. As previously reported, 2004 U.S. Olympian Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) takes on 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the IBF’s top ranked heavyweight, Alexander Povetkin, April 4, in the main event in Dusseldorf, Germany. Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) challenges IBF Intercontinental title-holder Enad Licina (16-1, 10 KOs) in the co-feature. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Martirosyan, Roach re-unite!

After a one-year stay in Houston, Texas, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (23-0, 14 KOs) has made his return back home to Glendale, CA. Vanes is excited to re-unite with his former trainer Freddie Roach, and ready to start training again at The WildCard Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA. “It saddens me to leave Ronnie Shields and Houston after a very productive one year run, but my team and I made a tough decision and believe this change will be best for my career at this time” said Martirosyan. “I cannot thank Ronnie, Brian Caldwell, and Creed Fountain and the rest of the guys at Savannah Gym enough for the many hours they put in with me and for all that I learned during my time there. I would also like to take time to thank Dr. Albrik Nazarian for being a great friend and mentor during my stay in Houston. I do look forward to a fresh start here with Freddie Roach – who I began my pro career with, and can’t wait to get in the gym. This is a very big year for me and I’m now more than ever determined to take it to that next level and make some noise at 154.”



February 26th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Full Report: George-Ballogou!

By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

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Shaun George wanted to prove that his upset victory over Chris Byrd last May was not a fluke and that he is a legitimate Light Heavyweight contender. At BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, George got another opportunity to showcase his talents when he faced Jaffa Ballogou. Unfortunately for those that wanted an extended look at George, if you blinked, you missed it. George needed just 86 seconds to beat Ballogou from pillar to post before the fight was called to a halt and gave George the TKO victory. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Tenkai wins WBA 115lb belt!

Photos: Joe Koizumi


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Pretty little Japanese girl Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 5 KOs), 114, captured the WBA female super-flyweight belt as she kept on stalking defending champ Zhang Xi Yan (7-2-1, 2 KOs), 113.75, a Chinese southpaw, and overcame her early deficit on points to earn a split decision over ten heats on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. It was such a hairline verdict as either could have been the winner, as scored: Namchul Park (Korea) 97-95, Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 98-92, both for the challenger, and Arkom Wannasit (Thailand) 96-95 for Zhang. The referee was Silvestre Abainza (Philippines). It was the very first WBA female world title bout ever held in Japan, a good market for smaller divisions. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Abraham camp targets Pavlik!

IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is willing to defend his IBF title against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik anywhere in the world to prove he is the best in the division, according to his agent Kalle Sauerland. Abraham’s next fight is against Lajuan Simon on March 14. Sauerland told Setanta Sports News that Pavlik was the only fight Abraham wanted. “We’ve been after this fight for a long time and there definitely hasn’t been any offer to come to Germany,” he said. “We put an offer to Top Rank [Pavlik’s promoters] and they seem to be hesitant, but I think in the past 48 hours we’re starting to make roads forward. This match up will show who the best middleweight in the world is. We understand that Kelly’s a big name in the States, but Arthur’s a big name in Germany. All we want is for this fight to happen. We’ll go to his backyard and fight him if necessary.”



February 26th, 2009

Interview

Hylon Williams on the rise!

Interview by Byron Spurlock

Lightweight Hylon Williams Jr. will continue to get attention Saturday night, when he  fights on the undercard of the Marquez–Diaz fight card.  Williams was a member of the USA Boxing Elite Junior Olympics Team. He is also a  13-time Regional Golden Gloves champion (Voted Outstanding Boxer), and a 10-time Regional Junior Olympic champion, 13-time Games of Texas champion. The list goes on and on. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Tijuana Thunder Line-up!

Matchups are set for the big “Tijuana Thunder” pay-per-view event on March 28th in Tijuana, Mexico. As previously announced, Julio César Chávez Jr (39-0-1, 29 KOs) will take on unbeaten Luciano Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) in the main event. In other bouts, WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (46-7-2, 29 KOs) will face Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (26-4, 13 KOs), former WBO super flyweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel will meet Diego Silva (24-1, 12 KOs) for a WBO interim bantamweight title belt, and two-time ex-WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (58-8-1, 49 KOs) will battle Antonio “Toño” Diaz (45-5-1, 20 KOs) in a bout contracted at 143 lbs.



February 26th, 2009

Interview

Shields: ‘Diaz will win!’

Interview by Byron Spurlock

Juan Diaz’s trainer Ronnie Shields spoke to Fightnews about Juan’s preparation for the upcoming fight and why he believes this fight has all the makings of a thriller, Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Jonathon Banks, Joe Tessitore

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week, Johnathon Banks and Joe Tessitore. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net.
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Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 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 will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Nongqayi ready for IBF eliminator!

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Simphiwo Nongqayi faces the toughest fight of his career when steps into the ring with Mexican Francisco Arce in Toluca, Mexico on Saturday night. The 37-year-old Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) and Arce (28-4-2, 19 KOs) will meet in an IBF junior bantamweight title eliminator. The South African who had a long and successful amateur career fought at the 1988 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpar and was eliminated in the second series. (more…)



February 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Matsuda barely keeps 126 belt!

By Joe Koizumi

WBC#10 feather Naoki Matsuda (29-8-4-1NC, 12 KOs), 126, very barely kept his Japanese 126-pound title when he was held to a split draw (97-94, 95-96 and 96-96) by ex-champ Koji Umezu (15-8-2, 6 KOs), 126, over ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was such a close affair, as Umezu seemingly overpowered the champ all the way, while Matsuda (formerly a conqueror of ex-WBC feather champ Rudy Lopez in Mexico) occasionally an effective shot at a time. Undercard: WBA#9/WBC#13 122-pounder Akifumi Shimoda (18-2-1, 8 KOs), 123, fought to a technical draw with Panamanian Jose Arboleda (23-4-2, 9 KOs), 122.75, at 1:08 of the third session because of the Japanese southpaw’s bad vertical laceration at the forehead in a scheduled ten. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kimura upsets #8 Miura!

By Joe Koizumi

31-year-old underdog Shoji Kimura (22-2-2, 8 KOs), 122, surprisingly captured the Japanese super-bantam belt as he stunned the crowd with an unexpectedly quick demolition of WBA#8 prefight favorite Kazuma Miura (12-1-2, 5 KOs), 122, with a single left hook at 1:21 of the second session on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Who had expected such a clearcut knockout by soft-punching speedster Kimura? Miura had upset prohibitive favorite Akifumi Shimoda to win the national belt in a huge upset, and it was his initial defense to show it wasn’t a fluke. Kimura, piloted by ex-WBA fly champ Susumu Hanagata, is on the twilight of his career, having lost twice at his important stage and considering a farewell to the ring after singing a swan song tonight. The champ couldn’t beat the count to forfeit his newly acquired throne. Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.



February 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ross is Contender champion!

Hoye tops Laleye in semifinal
Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

By Scott Ploof and Alex Dombroff at ringside

Cruiserweight Troy Ross (18-1, 13 KOs) scored a sudden fourth round TKO over Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor (12-4, 7 KOs) to earn the Season Four Contender championship on Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. A competitive fight ended when a massive right-left combination by Ross left Ehikhamenor unable to defend himself in a corner forcing referee Steve Smoger to stop it at the 2:00 mark.
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Cruiserweight Rico Hoye (20-2, 15 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Akinyemi “AK” Laleye (10-1, 5 KOs) in the Contender semi-windup. Hoye outworked Laleye in a good action bout to win by scores of 79-72 on all cards.



February 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Gunn TKOs Gregory!

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-3-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Brad Gregory (11-3, 9 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Gunn dropped Gregory twice with bodyshots in the fourth to claim the WBA-NABA belt and retain the WBC-USNBC belt. Time was 2:14.



February 25th, 2009




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