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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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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

Boxing News

More Margarito-Mosley Tix!

As a result of extremely high demand, STAPLES Center, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions have released upper concourse tickets, reasonably priced starting at $25, to the January 24th World Welterweight Championship showdown between three-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley. Remaining tickets are priced at $300, $150, $75, $50, and $25 are on sale now at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232 and online at www.ticketmaster.com, and at STAPLES Center Box Office. Margarito vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. The 12-round world championship fight for Margarito’s World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title takes place on Saturday, January 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Referee Garry to retire!

Veteran Florida referee Brian Garry has decided to hang up his ‘bow tie.’ Garry has acted as the third man for over 25 years and refereed 59 world title bouts and over 1,300 pro bouts overall. He has called title fights for WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, NBA ,WBU, and the IBO over his long career. Additionally he has acted as a judge, for eight world title bouts. Garry will now work on the newly formed, “Florida Boxing Hall of Fame”, along with pursuing some other opportunities in TV and media relations. He is also working on a book titled “Your Third Man in the Ring.” Garry’s motto: “Stop it one punch too soon, rather than one punch too late.”



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan, Arce make weight!

World super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan weighed in at 123.6 pounds for his WBC-mandated 30-day weigh-in, well below the maximum limit of 127 pounds. The weight was certified for the WBC by Gary Soo, M.D. Meanwhile, WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce scaled in at 122.4 pounds at his 30-day weigh-in. (more…)



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Mack-Henry in Salisbury, MD!

The February 6th light heavyweight clash between Yusaf Mack (26-2-2, 16 KOs) and Chris Henry (23-1, 18 KOs) will take place at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. “I am fully focused on fulfilling a promise I made to my father on his death bed that I would win a world title for him,” said Mack, “as far as I am concerned Henry is in my way of keeping that promise I will be putting him to sleep!” This fight will be shown live on ESPN2 and will be for Mack’s NABA and Henry’s NABF titles. Also an interesting addition to the undercard is hot young unbeaten middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (12-0, 11 KOs) against TBA.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

The purse bid for the IBF jr. featherweight championship mandatory defense between Celestino Caballero and Jeffery Mathebula has been postponed to January 20.
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Super middleweight Jerson Ravelo is now a free agent. A 2000 Olympian, Ravelo (19-3, 12 KOs) was most recently fighting out of the Tournament of Contenders stable.
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Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera will fight in a ten-round tune-up bout in Guadalajara on January 31st according to ESTO. Opponent is TBA. Barrera is hoping to challenge unified light champion Nate Campbell in April.



January 6th, 2009

UFC

Kampmann tries 170

Martin Kampmann is a no nonsense kind of person, just like you’d expect from a guy whose nickname is “The Hitman.” Ask him what happened against Nate Marquardt at UFC 88 this past September, his first loss in the UFC, and he doesn’t mince words.Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC

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 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Arce promises victory!

"I'll leave it all in the ring"

By Lee Bates

Fightnews spoke with former two-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) from his training camp in Mexico where he is preparing for his February 7th challenge of unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs). Arce released the following statement:

“Some people don’t like my chances to win this fight because he dominated Cristian Mijares who I lost to, but in boxing styles make fights. Darchinyan can do all the talking he wants because it only motivates me even more during training. The pressure is on him. I’ve already proven on several occassions that I can overcome adversity during the course of a hard fight. Darchinyan on the other hand has not. The one time he faced somebody who could hit as hard as he could he was humiliated against Nonito Donaire as he was knocked down, out, and was stumbling all over the place. He has not fought a puncher since the Donaire fight. In a toe-to-toe fight with me he will lose that battle for sure. I’ve never been more prepared for a fight in my life. I’m going to leave it all in the ring and become the unified champion.”



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF purse bid postponed

The IBF purse bid scheduled for today for the IBF super middleweight eliminator for #1 between Vitali Tsypko and Librado Andrade has been postponed until Thursday. Tsypko is rated #2, while Andrade is rated #3. #1 is currently vacant.



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Sakio Bika!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika talks to Fightnews and explains why he wants to fight Bernard Hopkins, why he thinks he gave Joe Calzaghe his toughest fight, how he nearly drowned before the Lucian Bute fight and how he feels Anthony Mundine is dodging him. (more…)



January 6th, 2009

Announcement

Trainer killed in Delaware

By Rick Scharmberg

Sad news from Wilmington, Delaware, as popular trainer Derrick Hoey was shot and killed while trying to stop an agrument several blocks from his home. Hoey, 41, was the trainer of super welterweight Clarence “Sonny Bono” Taylor. “From now on, you see me in the ring, you’ll see him,” Taylor told the Wilminton News Journal. “My purpose from here on out is to win a championship for both of us.”



January 6th, 2009

Feature Story

De La Hoya-Chavez Jr. Update!

By Lee Bates

Zanfer Promotions president Fernando Beltran spoke with Fightnews today and answered questions regarding a proposed Oscar De La Hoya vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight and the February 7 Jorge “Travieso” Arce vs Vic Darchinyan super flyweight world title fight. Beltran co-promotes both Chavez Jr. and Arce with Top Rank.

When asked about the possibility of a De La Hoya-Chavez Jr. fight, he commented, “As of right now the negotiations have not begun but I can tell you from our side we want this fight for sure. Despite his loss to Manny Pacquiao last month, we still feel De La Hoya is an excellent fighter who has had an outstanding career. We very much are looking forward to him and Chavez Jr. fighting.” (more…)



January 6th, 2009

Boxing News

WBC Purse Bids!

The WBC will conduct several purse offer ceremonies at noon on Friday at WBC headquarters in Mexico City.

Heavyweight
Vitali Klitschko mandatory title defense vs. Juan Carlos Gómez.
Cruiserweight
a) Mandatory Defense between Giacobbe Fragomeni and Krzysztof Wlodarczyk;
b) Final elimination bout between Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey.
Light heavyweight
Mandatory defense between champion Adrián Diaconu and Silvio Branco.
Lightweight
Interim championship between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalúa.
Featherweight
Interim championship between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Elio Rojas.



January 5th, 2009

UFC

UFC: The year in fighters

UFC 93 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 17!

 Last, but certainly not least, we conclude the highly unofficial 2008 UFC awards with a celebration of the top ten fighters of the past year. This one was another close race, but by the time December 31st made way to January 1st, the choice was clear. Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

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 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton Update!

It looks like Las Vegas will overcome any remote possibility of losing the May 2 Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton megafight to Dubai. According to the LA Times, promoters Richard Schaefer and Bob Arum have now reached a verbal agreement on terms with meetings on tap tomorrow with Planet Hollywood and MGM/Mirage to determine whether the venue will be held at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center or the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 140lb clash could be signed as soon as next week.



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Arreola update!

By Alexey Potapov

“We cannot confirm or comment on information about a fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Arreola,” the Klitschko Brothers Management Group informed Fightnews.com this morning. Unofficially, word is the sides of both boxers are in the closing stage of negotiations for a clash between IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Klitschko and highly regarded Arreola with the fight to take place May 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.



January 5th, 2009

Feature Story

Erdei-Barashian presser!

Inkin-Balzsay meet in co-feature

Photo: Eroll Popova

The first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009 opens with an explosive world title doubleheader on Saturday at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. In the main event, unbeaten long time WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) will defend the title against former Euro champ Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs). “With Yuri Barashian I have a strong opponent, who is an intelligent and clever boxer and showed his quality against Thomas Ulrich,” said Erdei at today press conference at the Magdeburger CINEMAXX. “I never underestimate an opponent and will not underestimate Barashian. I’m 100% prepared. He will certainty be a hard nut to crack!” (More)



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton in Dubai?

The Las Vegas Review Journal has reported that the proposed May superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton could end up in Duabi, United Arab Emirates. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum recently visited the region, which he described as “Fantasyland. Huge, new, spectacular buildings everywhere.” Arum added that the city has a large Filipino population and strong UK tourism.



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschko-Gomez Update!

Looks like WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will likely defend against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez on March 21, possibly in Stuttgart, Germany. Gomez’ manager Ahmet Öner told BILD that Gomez, who has been running on Southern California beaches through the holidays, will set up camp in Mallorca. The two sides are hoping to finalize the agreement as soon as today. Reportedly the Klitschkos’ initial offer of $1.2 million has been upped to $1.6 million.



January 5th, 2009

Column

Beltway Boxing 2008!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Although the Beltway (Washington DC and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia) Boxing Scene saw great performances in 2008, the 2008 Beltway Boxing year may be best remembered for the number of controversial situations that took place. Four Beltway-area cards contained some sort of controversial bout and a fifth situation made world-wide news. We start the year-in-review by taking a chronological look back at the strange situations that took place.  (more…)



January 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Mijares eyes bantam ranks!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Possibilities exist that former world champion Cristian Mijares can reappear in March to fight for a WBA interim bantamweight belt in Monterrey, Mexico City or Torreon. Mijares is already known to be training and carrying out physical conditioning. Likewise, there is also the possibility of a rematch beyween WBA world bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno with former champion Wladimir Sidorenko.



January 5th, 2009

UFC

Franklin: 7 defining moments

UFC 93 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 17!

On January 17th, former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin gets an opportunity to stamp himself as a legitimate 205-pound contender when he takes on Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 93 in Dublin. A win for Franklin will not only be his third in a row, but it will show that “Ace” is truly back after his two losses to Anderson Silva. But before Franklin and Henderson square off in the Octagon, we’ll look at this updated list of the Cincinnati native’s seven defining moments  Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

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 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Genaro Hernandez Update

On January 17, the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum located at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, CA will host a dinner party in honor of ailing former world champion, Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez. An evening full of entertainment will be provided, along with a silent auction featuring rare autographed gloves, statues and other prized items from the world of boxing not normally available for purchase. Among the featured guest speakers are WBC President Jose Sulaiman, WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez and WBC Continental Americas & NABF heavyweight champion Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola amongst others. Please purchase your tickets in advance (323.229.1694), as there is limited space available.

If you want to participate, but are unable to attend, please send donations to World Boxing Cares (WBCARES) 36 W. 22nd St.  NY, NY 10010. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID: # 262665978) and 100% of the money goes to the Hernandez family. Genaro was diagnosed two months ago with a very rare cancer that has spread rapidly. Since his insurance carrier is refusing to cover all his needed treatments, the WBC is asking lovers of boxing to help support Genero in his time of need.



January 4th, 2009

Announcement

Salandy dies after accident

By Lee Bates

WBA, WBC, AND WIBF female light middleweight champion Jiselle Salandy tragically passed away this morning after an auto accident on the outskirts of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. She was only 21 years old and would have turned 22 on January 25th. She had a record of 17-0, 6 KOs. Fightnews.com sends our sympathies to her family and friends.



January 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio Update!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

When Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio of Mexico challenges WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on February 21st, the bout will take place in Pavlik’s hometown at the 7,000-seat Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik will begin training Monday at the new Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown. Rubio, the official WBC mandatory and rated WBO #3 is presently training at the Municipal Gym in the mountains of Temoaya, Mexico at more than nine thousand feet above sea level. Tickets are expected to go on sale soon.



January 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Unbeaten Sato ices Avila!

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC#8/WBA#10 ranked OPBF middleweight champ Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs), 161.5, engaged in a non-title bout and displayed a fine and quick demolition of Mexican Martin Avila (9-4, 3 KOs), 160.5, with a solid right to the face at 2:18 of the second session in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Avila took a full count with the head pillowed on the lowest rope, as if he was sleeping there. Sato, whose amateur mark was 133-3, 101 stoppages, acquired the vacant OPBF belt by halting Australian ruler Adam Vela in nine hard-fought rounds in March 2007, and kept it four times. Sato, 28, handled by Akihiko Honda, seems to need more speed and agility to cope with international top notchers.

Unbeaten southpaw flyweight prospect, OPBF#13 Go Onaga (13-0, 9 KOs), 112, battered OPBF#9 Korean Jinki Jun (6-6, no KO), 112, from the outset, but had to be content with a unanimous technical decision (60-54, 60-55 and 59-57) because of the winner’s bad bleeding caused by an accidental butt at 0:53 of the sixth in a scheduled eight. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



January 4th, 2009

Boxing Result

Full Report: Title Twinbill!

By Joe Koizumi / Photo: Sumio Yamada

The first two world title bouts of 2009 took place Saturday at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan. In the main event, WBC super bantamweight champion Toshikai Nishioka floored Mexican warrior Genaro Garcia twice en route to a twelfth round TKO. Earlier, unbeaten challenger Paulus Moses captured the WBA belt via twelve round unanimous decision over defending champ Yusuke Kobori. (more…)



January 3rd, 2009

UFC

UFC: Best fights of 2008

No explanation necessary for this one – this is a collection of the fights that got you up off your seat and cheering from beginning to end. And whether these fights were displays of high-level grappling, toe-to-toe standup battling, or a mix of both, they’re certainly ten for the 2009 time capsule. Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

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 3rd, 2009

Twitter Watch

Nishioka wins, Kobori dethroned!

By Joe Koizumi

Slick-punching southpaw Toshikai Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), 121.5, kept his WBC super-bantam throne as he floored Mexican warrior Genaro Garcia (38-7, 22 KOs), 122, twice and finally chalked up a TKO victory at 0:57 of the twelfth and final round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)

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Unbeaten Namibian Paulus Moses (24-0, 17 KOs), 133.5, impressively captured the WBA lightweight belt as he kept jabbing and throwing busy combinations to game and gutsy defending champ Yusuke Kobori (23-3-1, 12 KOs), 132.5, Japan, and withstood the champ’s retaliation in middle rounds en route to a unanimous decision (115-113 twice and 119-109) over hard-fought twelve rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)



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