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Run Manny Run

Run Manny Run

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao goes thru early morning drills with strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune in Los Angeles for ...

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Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

By Tracy Morin at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) ...

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Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night ...

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Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) retained his titles with a third round TKO over Rommel ...

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Manny Pacquiao looks sharp in workout

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club ...

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Scale Watch

Weights from Corpus Christi

Rafael Soto, Top Rank/Zanfer

Tomas Villa 126 vs. Miguel Angel Garcia 126
(USBA featherweight title)
Lenin Arroyo 144 vs. Mike Alvarado 143.5
John Molina 116 vs. Raul Martinez 116
Orphius Waite 155.25 vs. Omar Henry 155
Gil Garcia 126 vs. Jerry Belmontes 126.25
Gabriel Holguin 173.5 vs. Alfonso Lopez 174
Esteban Almarez 142.25 vs. Juan Jose Fuentes 143.75
Eddie Ramirez 129.5 vs. Arthur Trevino 129.5
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: FSE/FSN
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April 2nd, 2010



Scale Watch

Haye-Ruiz weigh-in video



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing Result

Results from Irvine, CA

Biggest "Battle In The Ballroom" crowd ever

Before an all time “Battle In The Ballroom” crowd of 1,456 fans, heavyweight Scott Alexander stayed undefeated, but he added a draw to this 5-0 record in a hard fought war with 4-1 Marcus Dickerson on Thursday night at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA. Alexander did little in the fourth and final round and lost the round on all three scorecards which cost him the win. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Philadelphia

Derek Ennis 157.5 vs. Jose Gonzlaez 155

Farah Ennis 169 vs. Frankie Santos 173

Clenete Bethea 139.5 vs. Jason Sia 139

John Bolden 237.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 221

Luis Esquilin 126 vs. Jose Ortiz 129

Duane King 154 vs. Kamel Al-Olabi 159
Venue: The Legendary Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions LLC



April 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Beltway weights

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Vinroy July 198.5 vs. Fred McClinton 192.5
Lenwood Dozier 142 vs. Julius Edmonds 142.5
Nick Kisner 201 vs. Octavius Davis 236.5
Robert McConnell 197 vs. Daniel Kooji 195.5
Dwayne McRae 254 vs. Corey Winfield 301
Hugh Hinds 133 vs. Tyrone Wright 127
(Originally supposed to be a rematch, now will be an exhibition because of the weight difference)
Venue: Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland

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Henry Buchanan 166 vs. Julius Fogle 167
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Ryan Thompson 263
Tony Jeter 167 vs. Vincent Robbins 162
Alexander Johnson 177 vs. William Gill 174
Horace Grant 258 vs. Jonathan Felton 218
Molly McConnell 147 vs. Adelita Irizarry 147
Venue: Washington Convention Center, Washington DC



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Robert Guerrero to return

Former three-time and two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will host a press conference on Saturday to announce his fight against Roberto Arrieta which will air on TeleFutura’s returning boxing series “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” on April 30 at Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.



April 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Montreal

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

David Lemieux 164.1 vs. Walid Smichet 163.7
(Canadian super middleweight title)
Kevin Bizier 146.1 vs. Wilfredo Negron 146.4
Victor Lupo 149.1 vs. Antonio Soriano 149.2
Samuel Vargas 149.6 vs. Jose Leonardo Corona 146.7
Francis Lafreniere 162.1 vs. Patrick Tessier 164.1
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Location: Casino de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Fight Camp 360° Returns

Episode 5 Premieres Wednesday, April 7

On Monday, SHOWTIME Sports launched a new, public access web page dedicated to the Fight Camp 360° series. To view complete episodes 1 through 4, plus the episode 5 trailer, please visit: http://sports.sho.com/fight-camp-360.html
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The latest installment of the universally lauded reality series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returns to SHOWTIME® with Episode 5, premiering Wednesday, April 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This new 30-minute installment includes all the drama from Detroit, where Andre Dirrell’s surprising upset victory via Arthur Abraham disqualification turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic on its head. Go behind the scenes during intense fight week controversy between the promoters, into the locker room before the bout, into the ring (where no less than seven Fight Camp 360° cameras captured never-before-seen footage) and to the hospital as Dirrell recovers from the DQ blow. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez roadwork

Ricardo Conde

By Ricardo Conde

With only two weeks away from his world middleweight championship fight against Kelly Pavlik, WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez continues his preparations. Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets are priced at $350, $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-736-1420. Click here for more photos…



April 2nd, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Sakio Bika

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Sakio Bika will clash with Jesse Brinkley before June 16th for the IBF #1 position, and if he wins will eventually fight for the IBF super middleweight championship against Lucian Bute. Bika talks to Fightnews and tells of his respect for Brinkley’s ability, but says he is confident he will defeat the American and then challenge Bute in a rematch that he is also confident of winning (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Announcement

Garcia takes on Said

The first Sky Ute Casino card of the year is set to go in Ignacio, Colo., tomorrow night. In the main event, Four Corners’ champion Elco “The Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) will take on Mohammad Said (33-8-1, 24 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a ten-round middleweight bout. Said is on an eight-bout win streak since 2008.  In the co-main, Bloomfield, NM light heavyweight Victor Filerio (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Mike Montoya (2-1, 2 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo.  Also on the lineup: Brittany Cruz (6-2-1) goes four with Albuquerque Jessica Sanchez (1-1-2); New Mexico heavyweight Reginald Jackson (1-1) goes four with debuter Lawrence Ashurst; local jr. middleweight Servando Lopez (1-0) takes on Jamal Hodges (1-7-1) in a four-rounder; and, in a four-round bantam bout, New Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (0-2) takes on Las Vegas’ David Springer (2-1-3). For tickets, call 888.842.4180.



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Tapia back in jail

Former five time world champ Johnny Tapia is back in jail for failing a urine test. KOB TV in Albuquerque, N.M. broke the story this morning, reporting that Tapia returned to jail yesterday after his urine tested positive for cocaine. The urine test was part of his conditions for an early release in January into a community custody program rather than fulfill the length of a sentence for a probation violation.



April 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

Haye 222, Ruiz 231

Al Stevenson

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and challenger John Ruiz took to the scales this afternoon ahead of their title showdown in Manchester, England tomorrow night. Champion Haye looked in magnificent shape and tipped the beam at 222lbs (15 stone 12lbs) while Ruiz, who refused to take his t-shirt off, weighed 231 lbs (16 stone 7 lbs). The fight is being broadcast live in the UK on Sky Box Office.



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Danny Green

Green Machine

By Craig Watt

IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25KO’s) is in the final stages of his training camp in Sydney for his upcoming title defence on April 14th. He takes on Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) from Puerto Rico in a bout that is sold out at the Challenge Stadium in Green’s hometown of Perth, Western Australia. This is a “homecoming” fight for the popular Australian who is a three weight world champion having previously won the WBA light-heavyweight and interim WBC 168 pound titles. The 5,500 capacity crowd was sold out in just two hours in his hometown city when tickets went on sale last month.

The 37 year old “Green Machine” comes off his most impressive win to date when he stopped future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior in 122 seconds in December which shocked the boxing world. After possible fights against Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver fell through he turned his attention to a lucrative potential rematch with two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Sylvester-Karmazin in Germany

IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Germany. While Sylvester comes off an 10th-round TKO victory over Billy Lyell, Karmazin knocked out Dionisio Miranda to earn the right to challenge Sylvester. Bash Boxing had won the purse bid for the clash. “Roman Karmazin and I are extremely grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues at RusLoto in St. Petersburg, Russia,” commented Bash Boxing President Steven Bash. “In light of some timing obstacles surrounding a summer promotion in Russia, we look forward to working together with Sauerland Event in co-promoting this historic fight and making it available to boxing fans in Russia and all around the world. Roman Karmazin, a true road warrior in every sense of the word, is eager to come back to Germany and become the first Russian boxer in history to win a world title in two different weight classes.” (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Feature Story

SHOWTIME Super Six Summit

Movers & Shakers Meet in Times Square

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Showtime Sports General Manager Ken Hershman invited the media to the Renaissance New York Times Hotel on Tuesday for a round-table discussion about the “Super Six World Boxing Classic” tournament his network is delivering as well as the general state of boxing. In addition to Hershman, panelists included tournament promoters Lou DiBella, Dan Goossen, Mick Hennessy, Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and Gary Shaw.

The revolutionary tournament pits six of the best super middleweights in the world against one another, with three boxers from the US and three from Europe participating. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Feature Story

Lara faces test tonight

Tonight at 11PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME

“I really feel like every fight is a stepping stone to winning a world title. Hopefully, I’ll win my first world title in 2010,” said confident undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs), who faces dangerous veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) tonight in the ten round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. “I just want to prove myself,” Lara continued. “Tonight is just the beginning. This is just the start of my great career.” The 33-year-old former world title challenger Perez stated “Training has been perfect. My weight is where it’s supposed to be. Fighting on SHOWTIME is perfect for me. I have a lot of respect for my opponent, but once we get in the ring it’s a different ballgame. I trained hard so when we get in there I’ll go at it.” (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Feature Story

Quezada seeks 19th straight win

Laura De la Torre

WBC CABOFE beltholder and current WBC #8 heavyweight contender Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-4-1, 18 KOs) is making final preparations for his first fight of 2010 against veteran Jason Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs). The April 8th card will be the first of four scheduled shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California this year presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The 32-year old Quezada, who hails from nearby Wasco, California, will be making his 18th appearance at his “Home Away From Home” at Tachi. He will be seeking his 19th consecutive victory. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Heavyweights invade Bay St. Louis

On April 24, Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi will host one of biggest heavyweight fights the Gulf Coast has seen in nearly a decade when crowd pleaser “Big Fred” Kassi (15-1, 8 KOs) returns for a ten round bout with veteran Leo Nolan (27-2, 10 KOs). “The Kassi-Nolan fight will be the biggest fight held on the Gulf Coast since the Etienne vs. Botha fight that was held in the New Orleans Arena and televised on Showtime on July 22, 2002,” said promoter Les Bonano. “This will be a real test for Kassi, and his performance could lead him to being rated and open some big doors for him in the boxing world.” In the co-feature, light heavyweight Anthony Doughty (7-1) will battle it out with undefeated Justin Verdin (9-0) in a six-rounder. “I was surprised that Doughty accepted this match,” said Bonano. “Most fighters typically attempt to build and improve their record and do not necessarily move up to challenge an unbeaten fighter until they make a large payday. In this case, he is willing to step up to the challenge without the bigger payday.” Tickets are $20, $50 and $100. Call 1-800-229-2683. Must be at least 21 to attend.



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

New Blood in Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Baja Boxing

Visibly excited and nervous, Antonio Lozada Jr, David De La Mora and Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo, the three main players of the “Sangre Nueva (New Blood)” fight card being held on Saturday, April 10th in Tijuana, MX, all agreed that they will not waste the opportunity afforded to them by newly minted promotional company, Baja Boxing. The three undefeated fighters were part of the first press conference hosted by Baja Boxing to announce the multiple bout fight card in which each one of them will be on their quest to capture their respective division’s WBC Fecarbox title. The three title fights will be televised by Televisa in all of Mexico. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Salcido-Sanchez added May 14

Junior lightweight Dominic Salcido (17-2, 9 KOs) will look to rebound from two recent defeats when he takes on unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez (11-0, 5 KOs) in the co-featured bout on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast May 14th at Buffalo Bill’s Casino & Resort in Primm, Nevada. As previously reported, former two-time lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz moves up to junior welterweight to face former title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo in the main event. Tickets are $10 and $50. The venue is located 25 minutes south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 at the Southern Nevada/California state line.



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

WBC honors Jeff Harding

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hit Man” Harding (23-2, 17 KOs) of Australia will be honored by the WBC at the Grange Gym Fox televised promotion featuring world-rated super middleweight Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) vs Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) of Ghana over twelve rounds at the Le Montage Reception Center in Lilyfield, NSW, Australia on April 8th. Harding was recently inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Pryor tops card in Green Bay

Boxing returns to Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 9th as the Oneida Casino along with John Petitjean’s Championship Productions presents a super middleweight battle between Milwaukee veteran Kendall Gould (12-14-1, 6 KOs) and Aaron Pryor, Jr. (12-2, 9 KOs) scheduled for eight rounds. Pryor, the son of former world champion and Hall of Fame junior welterweight Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, has been training in Newark, New Jersey with his father who will be attending the fights. Pryor is co-managed by another Hall of Famer in trainer Emanuel Steward. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

J Mayweather: Yordan getting KO’d

WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero’s trainer Jeff Mayweather has responded to comments made by unbeaten Daud Cino Yordan (25-0,19 KOs) of Indonesia, who has stated that he would crush Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) when given the opportunity. The two square off April 10th in Sunrise, Florida for the WBA interim featherwight title. “Yordan will be the one getting knocked out,” said Mayweather. “He has not defeated anyone near the level of Celestino. Furthermore his own people think he is going to lose. I’ve received multiple messages on my Facebook from fellow countryman of his in Indonesia saying that Yordan is a nice guy but hasn’t fought anybody and will lose to Caballero.”



April 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Briggs headlines April 13

The Heavyweight Factory returns to the Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida on April 13 with former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) taking on Rafael Pedro (20-8-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round main event. Lightweight Richard Abril (12-2-1, 6 KOs) meets Darnell Jiles (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in the co-featured bout. The undercard is stacked with young talent, mostly heavyweights. Tickets are $105, $55 and $30. Call 305-917-5656.



April 2nd, 2010

Announcement

Lupo returns to Montreal

It’s been over two years since Victor Lupo (17-1-2, 9 KO’s) last fought in Canada’s national hotbed of boxing, the Province of Quebec.

And despite the fact that Lupo stopped native son Leonardo Rojas in Montreal’s Bell Centre in February of 2008 to claim the Canadian Welterweight championship, the Romanian-born Toronto resident is returning to boxing-crazed Montreal with a point to prove. (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Scale Watch

‘Hometown Heroes’ weights

Photos courtesy of TKO Boxing

From the Rio Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Hometown Heroes” card. Doors open at 6 p.m., first bell is at 6:30.

Sharif Bogere 139 vs. Martin Tucker 143
Robert Rodriguez 124.5 vs. Manuel Delgado 124.5
Eddie Salas, 164 vs. Michael Alexander 164
Michael Finney 143.5 vs. Jordan Washington*
*will weigh in later
Bradley Blankenship 157 vs. Abram Espinosa 158
Fidel Maldonado 136 vs. Blake Franklin 137 (more…)



April 2nd, 2010

Feature Story

Hopkins-Jones undercard

Undercard press conference report

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Prior to Roy Jones Jr (54-6, 40 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (50-5-2 1NC, 35 KOs) settle their 17-year-old score on April 3rd at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, both Square Ring and Golden Boy will showcase their fighters on the undercard.

Roy Jones Jr attended the undercard press conference and spoke on not only being a fighter, but a promoter . . . Click here for more



April 2nd, 2010

UFC

UFC 115 lands in Vancouver

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization, Canucks Sports and Entertainment and the City of Vancouver announced today that UFC 115 will take place in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at General Motors Place on Saturday, June 12. (more…)



April 1st, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from the Hard Rock

Weights and photo by Chris Cozzone

From The Joint at the Hard Rock & Hotel in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Erislandy Lara 156.5 vs. Danny Perez 155.5
Carlos Velasquez 127.5 vs. Ira Terry 128
Toddy Junior 129 vs. Luis Martinez 129
Hector Sanchez 145 vs. Cleotis Pendarvis 146
Deontay Wilder 215.5 vs. Tyson Cobb 254
Mike Perez 135.5 vs. Sergi Ganjelashvili 135.5



April 1st, 2010




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