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When Terry Etim returns to the locker room following a gruelling contest under the UFC lights, there is only one definitive opinion he wants to hear. It’s not that of any trainer, friend or family member. It’s not that of a training partner or a fighting peer. It’s not even that of Dana White or Joe Silva . . . Click here for more
UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com
On Friday February 13th, Star Boxing’s jr. welterweight prospect “The New” Ray Robinson (9-0, 3KO) will look to start the new year with a bang when he takes on fellow unbeaten prospect Darnell Jiles Jr. (8-0-1, 3KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. welterweight division, and will be the co-feature bout for that evening’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast. In the main event of the evening, Star Boxing’s welterweight knockout artist Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) will look to close the show in exciting fashion when he meets the tough as nails Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) in a ten round wetlerweight contest. For Robinson, who was named as one of the “Five Best Prospects to Watch in 2008″ and as one of the “Sweet 16, Philly Boxing Prospects on the Rise”, it will mark the first time the young prospect will fight as a co-feature bout on national TV . . . click here for more
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger Z Gorres (28-2-2, 15 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in 2009. The bout will take place March 14th in a 12 round main event at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City for the WBO Oriental bantamweight title. The long time well renown and respected ALA Promotions will promote the event. Instead of facing a local journeyman he will instead take on experienced veteran and former world champion Roberto Leyva. The underrated Gorres lost a disputed split decision to current WBO Flyweight champion Fernando Montiel back in 2007. What looks even more impressive now is his twelve round draw with Vic Darchinyan nearly a year ago in a fight where Gorres knocked Darchinyan down. Since that fight no one has gone the distance or even been competitive on the scorecards in Darchinyan’s subsequent three world title fights.
By Dennis Principe
Promoter Gary Shaw believes there is no need for Vic Darchinyan to chase conqueror Nonito Donaire Jr and that the undisputed super flyweight champion should instead look forward to having bigger fights in the coming months. Shaw was the main guest of Tuesday morning’s “Sports Chat” aired live over Philippine radio station DZSR Sports Radio 918. Darchinyan is coming off a resounding 11th round stoppage of Mexican superstar Jorge Arce over the weekend at The Pond in Anaheim, California. Listen to the interview.
Photos: Eroll Popova
The world championship picture cleared up somewhat after Saturday night’s “Universum Champion’s Night” in Rostock, Germany. Hard luck WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev is now set for a summer date with WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. Previously untested Carl Davis Drumond showed he can compete against top level opposition. WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik summoned everything he had to narrowly defend his crown against his mandatory challenger and now eyes a unification clash in the USA. And Marcos Rene Maidana showed the kind of talent and exciting style that could propel him to superstardom. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Floyd Mayweather Sr. has a message for Manny Pacquiao. “Tic-Tac-Toe,” Mayweather recited over the phone to Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Monday night. “Pacman hits the floor….you better stay down, if you want to be around,” said Mayweather, whose prized ward, British Ricky Hatton, is angling for Pacquiao’s mythical pound-for-pound title, on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “If there’s one guy who’ll fall down, it’s not going to be Ricky, but the Pacman,” said Mayweather. Because of Hatton’s daredevil style and relentless pressure, Mayweather said the fight is likely not to go 12 full rounds. “It could be short and it could be a long fight but it doesn’t matter (because Ricky will win),” said Mayweather, who was once a world-rated welterweight in the 1970s until he got beaten by Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. Mayweather was born in Bronx, New York, became a two-time Michigan Golden Gloves titleholder and he eventually racked up a 29-6-1 win-loss-draw card as a pro from 1974 to 1990. In 1993, Mayweather began serving a five-year prison sentence at a Michigan federal penitentiary for interstate cocaine trafficking from 1987-1992. Before hooking up with Hatton for the Nov. 22, 2008 fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Mayweather used to train Oscar De La Hoya and his now-retired son Floyd Mayweather Jr.
By Craig Watt/Photos: Craig Watt
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Former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green held a press conference at the Subiaco Oval in Perth, Australia today to announce his much expected ring return. In dramatic style he landed in the centre circle of the impressive oval shaped AFL football ground in a helicopter to meet Australia’s waiting media. The 36 year old who retired in March 2008 will have two or three fights in 2008 with the aim to take on fellow Australian rival Anthony Mundine in a re-match of their 2006 fight for the WBA super-middleweight title which Mundine won on a clear and unanimous decision over twelve rounds. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (34-3, 23 KOs) takes on fellow Aussie Shannon Taylor (48-6-3, 34 KO’s) in Wollongong, New South Wales on Wednesday. The 33 year old from Sydney who is ranked #1 by the WBA at Middleweight received an impressive rap from Bernard Hopkins today, in his role as a member of Golden Boy Promotions. The former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion told Fox Sports News in Australia, “Now that we have an opportunity to promote him, he is going to be a champion and well known all around the boxing world. He will be a champion, very, very soon. We are going to bring him on slow and then showcase his to he boxing public and I believe given his talent and dedication he will blow up into a major boxing star. Many people have tried to sign Anthony Mundine and I am glad we will be working with him at Golden Boy.” (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
Looks like Danny Perez has pulled out of Saturday’s match with Alfredo Angulo in Sunrise, Florida. Promoter Gary Shaw was unsure why Perez pulled out and is concerned that if a replacement isn’t found quickly, Angulo’s appearance might get scrapped from the HBO-televised card. This will be the second opponent for Angulo to fall out. He was originally slated to face former two division champion Ricardo Mayorga. Still scheduled to fight Valentine’s Day, Nate Campbell vs. Ali Funeka and Sergio Martinez vs. Kermit Cintron.
By Bill Luppert and Scott Ploof at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
A fighter will take a win no matter how they get it. Some victories however can be less than satisfying. Such was the case at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI on Friday night as light heavyweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (24-1-1, 17 KOs) knocked out journeyman Matt Gokel (12-10, 7 KOs) at 1:55 of the first round. The sold out nine bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. In what may be considered the fight of the night by many in the audience, “Irish” Joe McCreedy (10-2-1, 5 KOs) won a very hard fought and closely contested majority decision over Bobo “The Bull” Starnino (9-5-2, 2 KOs) in a rematch of their previous encounter. (More)
By David Robinett, Photos: Jan Sanders/SHOWTIME
2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward continued his march towards fighting for a major title with a unanimous decision over Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan through 12 one-sided rounds in the main event Friday night on ShoBox: The Next Generation from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Ward, defending his NABO/NABF Super Middleweight title a few hours south of his hometown of Oakland, California, controlled the bout throughout, landing nearly at will against fellow prospect Buchanan, while Buchanan could only muster a defensive jab and little else in return. In past fights Ward has been criticized for a lack of aggression, particularly against overmatched opponents, however in this fight it was Buchanan’s defensive posture and unwillingness to engage that prevented Ward from getting a stoppage. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar / Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass did not have one important person in his corner throughout his bout Friday night against Carson Jones. Still, he did enough to win an entertaining and competitive bout against his opponent. Soto-Karass, a welterweight contender and Antonio Margarito stablemate, dropped Jones twice en route to a 10 round unanimous decision victory before a packed Activity Center crowd in Maywood, CA on Friday night. The bout headlined a “Champions of Tomorrow” card, presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions. It was the first show on a new series of fights to be aired by Azteca America. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams & “Priceless” Steve Price at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over former world title challenger Chris Henry (23-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Mack started strongly, but the naturally bigger Henry was stronger down the stretch until a twelfth round rally by Mack. Scores were 116-112, 115-112 for Mack, 115-113 for Henry. (more…)
With the addition of top-rated junior flyweight contender Giovani Segura, it will now be five of Mexico’s biggest names in boxing converge for the first time, headlining the same boxing card when Top Rank presents “Latin Fury 8 — Tijuana Thunder,” broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from Tijuana, Mexico on March 28. The five-bout pay-per-view extravaganza will feature undefeated super welterweight sensation Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto, WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, and Segura in separate bouts. “From top to bottom, this is the greatest Mexican boxing event ever and I’m proud to be promoting it. Four title fights plus Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. versus Luciano Cuello in a battle of undefeated contenders in the main event,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico and son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, will be making his 2009 debut. Now world-rated a career high No. 4 by the WBC, he’ll be risking everything when he rumbles with former WBO Latino junior middleweight champion and undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0, 9 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Latin Fury 8 pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide will continue his revival of pro boxing in Buffalo on February 20 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The aptly named “Return of Buffalo Boxing” will feature two-time super middleweight world champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) against 6′ 4″ Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (23-3, 18 KOs). In the co-main event, local heavyweight Paul “The Italian Hit Man” Marinaccio will face veteran Ryan Thompson. Also super lightweight Meacher Major (15-3-1, 13 KOs) goes against Kevin Carmody (10-10-2, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100, and are available by calling 631.878.1676.
By Alexey Potapov
Unbeaten WBO light middleweight world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk has informed Fightnews.com thay he will return to the ring in April. “I talked to the promoters concerning the next fight,” he said. “They’ve informed me that the fight will take place in April in Germany. The challenger is still unknown.” There were discussions for a fight between Dzinziruk and interim titleholder Paul Williams, but they did not come to fruition. Dzinziruk he’s ready to fight, but the Williams camp made unrealistic demands. Williams will instead fight Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright on April 11th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “Who will win this fight? Very much a question at issue. I expect good and entertaining fight, but nevertheless I will pick Ronald Wright. He has more experience,” predicted the champion.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Daisuke Nakagawa (13-2-1, 9 KOs), 146.75, astoundingly captured the Japanese national welter belt as he outpunched hard-hitting defending champ, OPBF top ranked Koji Numata (15-3-1, 10 KOs), 145.75, winning an unexpectedly lopsided decision (99-92, 98-92 and 100-92) over ten upset rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Numata had broke the jaw bone of highly regarded national titlist Tadashi Yuba and wrested the belt via knockout route last year, and his hard-hitting ability and tremendous durability have been highly evaluated by hardcore fans. But the lanky speedster kept throwing pit-a-pat punches to the champ’s face – which was badly swollen in the end – to cause a stunning upset. Promoter: Shinto Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-IBF minium and former PABA fly champ Ratanapol Sor Voraphin (58-7-1, 47 KOs), 113.75, surprisingly stunned the crowd with his quick stoppage of ex-OPBF fly champ Noriyuki Komatsu (24-6-6, 10 KOs), 113.75, at 2:16 into the opening session in a scheduled ten on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. The Thai veteran southpaw caught the local favorite with a smashing left, dropping Komatsu to the deck. The Japanese gamely resumed fighting, but Ratanapol pinned him with a flurry of punches to have him so defenseless and helpless that the referee saved the loser from further punishment. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
Ex-WBA bantam challenger and currently Japanese #2 118-pounder Nobuto Ikehara (29-3, 19 KOs), 122, barely earned a unanimous decision (98-94, 98-93 and 99-93) over Thai bantam champ Kaonah Khlongphajon (24-18-3, 19 KOs), 121.5, over ten heats on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. Ikehara, who previously failed to win the WBA belt from Wladimir Sidorenko because of his lack of convincing power, was bloodied by Kaonah’s legal shots in the second, and the Thai champ was seemingly controlling the action in the first half. Ikehara then turned loose and dominated the second half with his light but busy combinations, piling up points steadily to overcome his early deficit on points. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
The WBC final eliminator in the cruiserweight division between the “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey that was originally scheduled to take place on March 6th in Cuxhaven, Germany, has to be postponed for at least eight weeks because Godfrey suffered a hand injury while preparing for the fight. Nonetheless Hide (46-4, 42 KOs) will make his next appearance on March 6th in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be announced. (more…)
By Scott Foster
February 14th is usually a date reserved for romantics, but for newlywed Nate Campbell (32-5-2, KOs), this Valentines Day arrives laced with pain. It is the pain of a long distance runner, patiently laying them down, or the climber who scales the mountaintop only to be confronted by a larger, more ominous cliff dead ahead. Luckily, the lightweight champion will be sharing this Valentines Day with his mandatory challenger, and while Campbell is expected to begin the night by touching gloves with Ali Funeka (30-1, 24 KOs), most do not expect hugs & kisses to follow . . . . Click here for more
On Friday February 13th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will put on NYC’s first compelling night of fights for the new year. The card, which will take place at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom, and be broadcast live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, will feature some of boxing’s brightest Stars, and be headlined by a fantastic welterweight showdown between Star Boxing’s Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) and Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) . . . click here for more
UFC World Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva headlines UFC 97: REDEMPTION on Saturday, April 18 at the Centre Bell Arena in Montreal, Canada. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 11 at noon . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Super Welterweight Alfredo Angulo will indeed fight on Valentine’s Day, despite Ricardo Mayorga backing out of their proposed fight. Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) confirmed to FightNews on Saturday night that he will face Danny Perez in a 10 round bout at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. Angulo, a 2004 Olympian for Mexico, is looking forward to facing a fighter in Perez, who fought Antonio Margarito twice in losing efforts. “I look forward to facing Perez in a good fight,” said Angulo, who is coming off a 10th round stoppage victory over Andrey Tsurkan in October. “He brings a lot of experience and I expect a good fight from him.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews on Monday morning (Sunday night in the US) that the April 25 super-bantamweight showdown between WBO 122-lb king Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico and ageless Filipino warrior Gerry Penalosa is green and go. “I have talked with Penalosa’s manager, Billy Keane, today and we’re doing the fight,” said Arum, whose company promotes the undefeated Lopez. Penalosa is under contract with Golden Boy Promotions but a deal has been made for the two to clash in a scheduled 12-rounder in Puerto Rico. Penalosa, 36, is currently training in Baguio City for a tuneup bout set Feb. 21 in Cebu against a crack Mexican rival. Penalosa is the current WBO bantam titleholder and the former WBC super-fly ruler.
By Felipe Leon
San Diego bantamweight Christopher Martin (12-0-2, 2KO) is all ready to make a run at his first title when he faces veteran Trinidad “Triny” Mendoza (24-18-2, 19KO) for the California State title this Thursday night from the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA. “I have had a great camp and I am ready for the challenge,” Martin stated. “Although we have met inside a ring before, Mendoza is a tough fighter and I know that I am in for a long night but I am ready for anything, I want to win the title in my hometown.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
According to a report in the renown Mexican newspaper Reforma, the camp of lightweight Johnny Nolasco is alleging that Jorge Barrera, brother and manager of former three divisional world champion Marco Antonio Barrera asked that Nolasco, the original opponent for Marco Antonio’s most recent bout on January 31st in Guadalajara, MX, take a dive in that bout. The Daily Reforma quotes Rosa Diaz, manager of Nolasco among other fighters, who states that Jorge Barrera called her and stated “we need for Nolasco not to go past the 4th round, at the very least.” Diaz told the paper that she refused the offer. She states that she reponded to Jorge Barrera, “How are you going to ask me that if we are speaking about Marco Antonio Barrera? Please… especially with a fighter that has less than half the fights that Marco Antonio does.” At the last minute, Cuban Freudis Rojas substituted for Nolasco as the official opponent. The result was a less than stellar contest which Barrera won by disqualification after the 1-8-1 Rojas initiated a headbutt that resulted in Barrera needing stitches. On Friday Barrera stated that he had discussed the issue with his brother and denied the accusation.
Super middleweight “Contender: Season One” alums Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert broke camp on Sunday in anticipation of their long awaited showdown this Saturday night at The Reno Events Center. Both fighters will appear at open workouts for fans and media on Tuesday, February 10th at the Fourth Street Gym in Reno. Brinkley will work from 11am to 12noon while Gilbert will train from 12:30 to 1:30pm.. The Fourth Street Gym is located at 410 E. Fourth St.
By Robert Coster
The date is March 21. The place is the 9000-seat O2 Auditorium in Dublin. That day, native son and Irish boxing hero Bernard Dunne will step into the ring to challenge WBA super bantamweight champion Ricardo Cordoba of Panama. For Irish boxing fans, the upcoming fight has historic connotations as Dunne will be the first Dublin-born boxer to challenge for a world title in Dublin. “For Irish boxing this will simply be a momentous event,” predicts promoter Brian Peters. (more…)
Ringside by Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar, photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In a highly anticipated grudge match, unified IBF/WBA/WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan accepted the challenge of four time world champion and current interim WBA Superflyweight Champion, Jorge “Travieso” Arce.
There was no love lost between these two fighters who had their moments during the weeks leading up to the showdown. The 29 year old Arce, a winner of 31 of his last 32 fights, with 20 of those fights either being for a world championship belt or elimination fights for a world championship belt, hoped to be able to pull off a minor upset over the powerful Darchinyan . . . . Click here for more
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will be in Los Angeles on Monday, to talk about his upcoming bout against undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) of Argentina. Chavez Jr vs. Cuello will headline Top Rank’s Latin Fury 8 Pay-Per-View, live from Tijuana. Bob Arum of Top Rank will outline the PPV card which will include current world champions Humberto Soto and Fernando Montiel plus former world champion Jose Luis Castillo. Chavez Jr., 24, is rated WBC #6 as a super welterweight. He is the WBC Continental Americas champion.
Jorge Arce said Sunday morning that he plans to head for Miami where he and his family have reservations on a cruise ship which will travel throughout the Carribean. “First stop is Puerto Rico where I hope to see my good friends Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon,” said Arce. After the fight Saturday, Arce, 29, was taken to a local hospital for observation, then released. On Sunday morning Arce was in his room at the Ayres Hotel in Anaheim. He said he has the usual “aches and pains from a fight” but added he was physically all right. “I really wanted to go all 12 rounds,” Arce said about his title fight against champion Victor Darchinyan at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday night. Arce said he plans to continue fighting “….at least one more time.”
By Craig Watt
It has widely been anticipated that Australian boxers, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine would square off again in Australia’s biggest fight of 2009, even though Green, the former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion was retired. After generating the highest PPV audience in Australia’s boxing history and a live gate of 37,000 in their May 2006 fight, many Australian’s wanted to see a return. Green, who retired with a 34-3 record and 23 KOs has been sparring at the Belcatta Gym in Perth over five sessions against Russian fighter Victor Oganov to test his desire and physical condition after over a year outside the boxing ring. (more…)
Report by Brady Crytzer, photos by Josh Hodges/UFC
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fight Night 17 from the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, Joe Lauzon stopped Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens in the second round with a slick armbar . . . Click here for more
See video of WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev’s comeback technical decision win over previously unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond. Chagaev required 12 stitches to close two cuts over his left eye.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#6 ex-OPBF 115-pound champ Kohei Kono (22-4, 8 KOs), 117, returned to ring action five months after his unsuccessful WBA title shot and decked a fine TKO win over OPBF#13 Hendrik Barongsay (13-7-3, 4 KOs), 115.75, Indonesia, at 2:28 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
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