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Two Championships, One Night – UFC® 112 Tomorrow Night: Anderson Silva defends the middleweight title against Demian Maia, BJ Penn looks to keep the lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar, and legends Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie meet in the Octagon® – 10pm ET / 7pm PT only on Pay-Per-View
Penn’s Prodigious History: For those who have followed BJ Penn’s nearly nine year career since its beginning, his reign of dominance has been a long time coming.
Highly touted super middleweight Caleb “Golden” Truax (14-0, 9 KOs) will meet in-state rival Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-3, 10 KOs) at the St. Paul Armory on April 23, in the main event of Seconds Out Promotions’ “St. Paul Brawl.” Truax and Williams meet over ten rounds for local bragging rights, as the Minnesota State Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs. In the eight round co-feature, cement-fisted heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25-4, 24 KOs) battles 31 fight veteran Josh Gutcher. Tickets are $25 and $75.
Before his world title defense tonight Ljubljana, Slovenia, IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck had a different kind of sporting challenge on his hands. In the last phase of his preparations, the champion (who also enjoys horseback riding) was out for a run on the outskirts of Magdeburg, when he noticed a loose horse. “I saw an excited horse trotting freely with a halter and reins. I thought that clearly wasn’t right, especially with a busy street next to it. I didn’t hesitate and immediately sped up and tried to catch it. With a hard sprint, quite contrary to my training, I quickly turned, grabbed the halter and gave it back to the thankful owners, who were so happy they said I can ride it whenever I want. Cool!” (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Veteran heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs) shockingly ended the 18-fight win streak of WBC #8 rated Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-5-1, 18 KOs) with a ten split decision on Thursday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Quezada was cut by an accidental headbutt in round two and Gavern as the uncut fighter was deducted one point per WBC rules. Gavern decked Quezada with a straight left in round six (incorrectly ruled a slip) and went on to win a close fight by scores of 95-94 on two cards. Quezada was up 95-94 on the third card. With the victory, Garvern claimed Quezada’a WBC CABOFE belt.
In the co-feature, unbeaten jr welterweight Michael Dallas Jr (13-0-1, 4 KOs) KO’d Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13 KOs) at 2:51 of round one.
By Benny Ricardo
The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego rocked to the beat of the punching power of The San Diego Kid, Christopher Martin as he successfully defended his California Super Bantamweight Title against Mexicali’s Ruben “Finito” Lopez. The Coors Light Boxing series crowd of 650 erupted in celebration when after the advice of the corner of Lopez, referee Jose Cobian waved his arms signaling the end of the fight before the start of the seventh round and thus awarding Martin the 5th knockout of his career. (more…)
By John Robbins
Irish Eyes weren’t smiling on Halifax fighter Tyson Cave Thursday night as the previously undefeated fighter went down to defeat at the 25th annual Shaw Festival in Toronto, Ontario. The previously unbeaten Canadian Super-bantamweight champion Cave (10-1 2KO) was stopped in the 8th round by Willie Casey of Limerick who moved to 5-0 scoring his 4th knockout.
In the headliner, Buzz Grant fared much better by scoring a convincing 99-91, 100-90, 98-92 over Michael Kelly, handing the Belfast fighter his first defeat and dropping his record to 8-1-1. (more…)
May 22 is the moment of truth for former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs), who will meet Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) in a WBA heavyweight eliminator at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Chagaev, returning after an eleven month layoff with new trainer Magomed Schaburov, will go directly into the high-voltage clash with Meehan with the mandatory challenge against WBA champion David Haye going to the winner. More plus photos and video.
The challenges, staredowns, and media turnout might’ve been less than hoped for, at today’s Top Rank press conference, held at the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas, but undefeated Las Vegas jr. lightweight Diego Magdaleno summed up the bigger challenge for the show he’ll be co-headlining when he took his turn at the podium:
“The sparks are gonna be here, at the Joint – not at the Thomas & Mack Center.” . . click here for more
Zuffa, LLC (“Zuffa”), dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (“UFC®”), was awarded yet another legal victory today when the Honorable Susan H. Johnson, of the Eighth Judicial District Court for Nevada, granted Zuffa’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs against former UFC fighter Ken Shamrock. (more…)
Former world cruiserweight champion and world heavyweight title contender Juan Carlos Gomez is clearly not in the shape of his lifetime these days but slowly on the way back to his old physique. For Friday’s fight against Alexander Kahl in Schwerin (live on Eurosport from 9pm German time) Gomez weighed in at 110,0 kg / 242.5 lbs. Although it is still a long way from the “Black Panda“ (as German BILD Zeitung wrote) back to the “Black Panther“ Gomez has lost 13 lbs. since his last fight only two weeks ago in Hamburg. “Lots of people think I am not serious in trying to get back to the top of the world“, Gomez said in Schwerin. “But I am ready to prove them all wrong. The Black Panther is back. I promise my fans a great fight and I still dream of becoming the first Cuban heavyweight champion of the world. It’s Showtime!“ (more…)
Celebrity athlete and UFC sports legend Chuck Liddell will be immortalized in wax May 29 at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The 40 year-old athlete will be the first mixed martial arts athlete to be inducted into the famed collection, located in front of the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.
The Liddell figure will be officially unveiled Friday, May 28 at 10:30am PT in front of thousands of fans gathered at the UFC Fan Expo taking place May 28-29 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Liddell figure will then be moved to Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and placed on display inside a UFC Octagon, along with Liddell’s trunks and UFC championship belt. (more…)
Heavyweight Leo Nolan has pulled out of his fight against Fred Kassi on April 24th at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, citing a back injury. Nolan forwarded copies of his medicals from Henry Ford Medical Center and his representative stated he’ll fight Kassi when he obtains the medical approval to fight. Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) will still fight on the April 24th card against a new opponent to be named.
Hall of Fame former world champion Aaron Pryor stood between his son, Aaron Pryor Jr. and Kendall Gould at the weigh in at the Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Gould weighed in at 169 while Pryor Jr. tipped the scale at 168. The two will box the eight round main event Friday night in the Oneida Conference Center.
Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and the first bell is at 8:00 P.M.
For tickets call (1 800) 895-0071
Jimenez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the April issue of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday April 10 in Durango, Mexico at the boxing card that Francisco “Panchito” Arce will battle former world champion Cristian Mijares. The magazine which had been published as the official program of the “Latin Fury” boxing series is now available as a monthly magazine that will cover upcoming fights, results of fights and will have reports on past boxing stars and the stars of the future. The digital edition of the magazine can be found at this link. You’ll read about Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, “City of Champions”, and home to current world champions, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, and they also happen to be three-time world champions in three different weight classes. (more…)
Bob Arum said today that IBF #2-ranked Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter is available and ready to take on IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko has not defended his IBF world title against a mandatory challenger since April, 2007. Alexander Povetkin is ranked IBF #1 and is next in line. “If Povetkin doesn’t take the fight, Klitschko is obligated to defend against Samuel Peter,” Arum said. “We plan to pursue that on behalf of Samuel.” Peter has a ring record of 34-3 with 27 knockouts. There has been speculation of WBA champ David Haye paying step-aside money to Povetkin to clear the way for a unification fight against Klitschko.
Andre Berto: “I had a tremendous training camp and it’s going to be a terrific night of boxing on Saturday night. Carlos Quintana is a former world champion and a crafty southpaw. This is my third straight southpaw so I’m pretty used to them by now and I had some great southpaw sparring in training camp. I’m excited to get back in ring and honestly, I wish the fight was tonight. I’ve never been this focused, hungry and motivated for a fight before and Carlos Quintana has a major task on his hands on Saturday night. I’m going to let everything loose for a good cause, and you are going to see the best of me on Saturday night. It’s going to be a terrific night of boxing and I hope everyone will come out and support this very important cause.”
Carlos Quintana: “Andre Berto is a great, young fighter with a lot of power, but I’m also a great fighter and I will prove it Saturday night. There can only be one winner on Saturday night and I will be the winner and the new WBC Welterweight Champion of the World. I trained very hard for this fight, for a world title fight and for Berto. I did everything necessary to take the belt from Berto. You might see Berto acting very calm and peaceful right now and this a great cause, but he’s a fighter I’m prepared to see something different on Saturday night, and it will definitely be a fight.”
Berto defends his WBC welterweight title against Quintana on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. A portion of all ticket sales proceeds will go to the Berto Dynasty Foundation benefitting Project Medishare www.andreberto.com to help aide those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti and are tax deductible.
By Rob Hough
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) said Thursday he will unveil a mix of old and new when he fights Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) on April 24, both fighters’ second fight in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler, who lost a technical decision to Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) in the tournament’s first round and replaced trainer Ricard Olsen with former assistant trainer Jimmy Montoya, said a new approach was required. “I had to change a lot, of course,” Kessler said on a conference call. “I can’t reveal the details now, but I had to change a lot.” Froch, also on the call, said he wasn’t serious or disrespectful in commenting recently that he will decapitate Kessler—a quote Kessler has posted on the wall in his training camp. “We all know it’s a metaphor, a figure of speech,” he said. “We’re two proud athletes at the top of our game. There’s no cheap talk from either of us, no slagging each other off.”
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto arrived in New York on Thursday for his upcoming Friday press conference at Yankee Stadium with undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. Cotto will take on Foreman at Yankee Stadium on June 5 on HBO.
Unbeaten Universum-promoted contender Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary worked out today at the Gimnasio Wilfredo Gómez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “I’m doing a mild workout to stay loose while I’m here in Puerto Rico and will do my more extensive training when I return to Germany,” said Bedak. He will return to Germany this evening where he will complete his training camp. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the main event. The Pay-Per-View is being titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ Click here for more photos.
Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will be looking for his 50th career win on May 29 at the “VENUE” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, IL. “I cannot imagine fighting for my 50th win, anywhere else other than in front of my hometown fans,” said Griffin, who holds wins over Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney. “Their support has followed and motivated me as I have traveled the globe. I couldn’t be happier about May 29th. I look forward to putting on a fantastic show.” Promoter Bobby Hitz added “I’ve known Montell since he was a scrappy 10 year old kid, and to see his success over the years is something to marvel at. Even with the record that he has, he’s always remained humble, that’s a rarity in this business nowadays; I am thrilled to have him headline my May 29th Hitz card.” Tickets go on sale April 9th and start at $10. An opponent will be named.
Simphiwe Nongqayi 115 vs. Malik Bouziane 114.6
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Venue: Massy, Essonne, France
Promoter: EUROPROM Gerard Teysseron
Photo: Welterweight Mark Melligen (right) (17-2, 13 KOs), of Cebu City, Philippines, poses with Norberto Gonzalez (18-1, 12 KOs), of Monterrey, Mexico. On Saturday, Melligen and Gonzalez will headline the Top Rank Live! show televised on Fox Sports Espanol from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a detailed report and more photos.
By Alexey Sukachev
Several Russian fighters have headlined boxing news since the beginning of 2010 and have further established their positions in various weight classes. WBA #11 heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (33-5, 23 KOs) turned Steffen Kretschmann’s payback time into a nightmare (of sorts), ultimately stopping him for the second time in the ninth round. Highly touted middleweight boxer-puncher Dmitry Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs) delivered another masterful performance by becoming the first fighter to stop rugged American Eric Mitchell, while WBO #9 Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0, 10 KOs) knocked out former champion Javier Jauregui in eight rounds of toe-to-toe action. Several other prospects, including Beijing gold medalist Felix Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs), continued their rises to glory as well, notching important victories during the past three months.
After a number of recent tournaments, organized by German Titov and his partner Kirill Pchelnikov both separately and conjointly with other promoters, Fightnews contacted the top Russian boxing personality to know more about his plans for both immediate and far future. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck and challenger Rodolfo Martinez hit the scales today in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Zaveck, making his first world title defense, weighed in at 146.8 (66.6 kilograms) and Martinez scaled in at the same weight. Besides the world title fight tomorrow at the Tivoli Arena, SES boxers heavyweight Jürgen Frank (4-1, 3 KOs) and junior middleweight Christina Hammer (3-0, 2 KOs) will see action on the undercard. Frank, at 7’1.25 the tallest active boxer in the world, faces Dusan Pasic. The highly regarded Hammer will take on Danijel Bickei in a six-rounder. Cruiserweight Denis Simcic (21-1, 11 KOs) meets Marko Angermann (2-2) in another bout.
Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, April 10th as TKO Boxing Promotions returns with it’s nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino, headlined by the return of Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo battling Chicago’s Angel “El Toro” Hernandez for the vacant IBO middleweight title.
The ten round co-main event will feature Hartford’s Matt “The Sharpshooter” Remillard defending his NABF featherweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally Foxtel televised promotion Fijian based Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs), formerly of Ghana, stopped Jamie Pittman (19-2, 8 KOs) in seven rounds at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Southpaw Pittman controlled all the rounds as he scored with power shots to the head and body of Kwadjo. (more…)
Hector “Macho” Camacho, Jr. (51-3-1, 28 KOs) will take on Denny Dalton (16-8-1, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for the vacant WBF Intercontinental middleweight belt on May 7th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. In the main support bout, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez (12-1) meets unbeaten Katy “La Super Baby” Hernandez (12-0) in a clash for the WIBA super featherweight title. Promoter Seon Bristol of Bris “O” Promotions said he’s expecting a full house at the Fox Theater. Tickets are priced at $40, $60, and $100. Call 800-200-2882.
By Craig Watt
Many boxing fans are eagerly awaiting the main supporting bout to the IBO Cruiserweight Title fight between Danny Green and Manny Siaca in Perth next week. It features Australia’s brightest boxing prospect in undefeated Will Tomlinson (11-0, 10KO’s) who faces off against unbeaten Oscar Bravo (13-0, 8 KO’s) from Chile in an intruiging bout. The 23 year old Aussie, known as “Wild Will” was voted the country’s best prospect for 2009 and is now keen to move up the world rankings. He has been sparring with WBA featherweight champion Chris John and Yuri Gamboa in the USA in recent months and has held his own against such recognized champions. He spoke to Fightnews today stating, “People think this will be a tough fight for me but I just see it as an opportunity to show the boxing world my true pedigree. Yes Bravo is unbeaten like myself and he is from a good South American boxing pedigree but I have come to a stage in my career where I want this type of challenge- I need this type of challenge. (more…)
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