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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day

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UFC

UFC updates

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Today’s UFC 94 events open to the public: Three big events are on the schedule today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for UFC 94. At 1:00 to 3:00, Kenny Florian, Wanderlai Silva and Thiago Alves will hold an autograph session at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Then, from 2:00 to 3:00, newly-crowned UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will hold a one-hour Q&A session exclusive to UFC Fight Club members. The weigh-in for UFC 94 will follow, at 3 to 5:00, with fighters on the scale at approximately 4 p.m. Catch the action!

UFC announces partnership with GSP & BJ Penn for UFC® GYMS™:   The UFC® and New Evolution Fitness Company (NEFC), announced today that UFC Gyms will partner with Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, UFC’s Welterweight Champion, and BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, reigning Lightweight Champion to build “St-Pierre” and “Penn” UFC Gyms, with locations planned for St-Pierre’s native city of Montreal and Penn’s home state of Hawaii . . .  Click here for more

An Epic Battle of Champions:  Tomorrow night on Pay-Per-View, Georges St. Pierre takes on B.J. Penn at UFC 94  . . .  Click here for more



January 30th, 2009



Boxing News

Q&A: Wladimir Klitschko!

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

By Alexey Potapov

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he tells us about the plans for his upcoming fight against David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) and much more. (more…)



January 30th, 2009


Boxing News

Katsidis Returns To Action!

By Craig Watt

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (23-2, 20 KO’s) returns to boxing action at the Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City in the Philippines on Saturday night. It is the first fight of 2009 for the Australian fighter known as “Katsidis The Great” who comes off two defeats in his last two fights. The 28-year-old all action fighter from Toowoomba, Queensland lost in 2008 against high quality opposition in Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz but enhanced his reputation in the process for those who had not seen the brave warrior fight before. He takes on Angel Hugo Ramirez (19-4-2), from Argentina over twelve rounds for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Lightweight Title. The fight is televised live in Australia from Cebu City on PPV on Main Event from 9pm AET. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams, Pryor Jr. in action!

Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward will return to Cincinnati with super middleweight prospect Aaron Pryor Jr. on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena. Pryor Jr., 11-1-0 (8 KOs), son of legendary world champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor Sr., will battle in the eight round co-main event against southpaw William Prieto, 5-3-1 (2 KOs). “Aaron was upset in his last bout, but I’m glad to see him getting back in the ring just five weeks later. It’s better to get back in than to let it linger after a first loss with a prospect” said Steward. ‘He’s been training hard here at Kronk, sparring with Andy Lee who’s a southpaw like Prieto. I’ve liked what I’ve see of Aaron in the gym these last few weeks and I’m looking for a great performance from him on Saturday.” The card is headlined by the return of 2000 U.S. Olympian Ricardo Williams who returns to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in almost five years. Williams, 13-2 (7 KOs), will face Puerto Rican native Doel Carrasquillo, 12-9-1 (10 KOs) in the eight round main event. For tickets ($79.75, $40.75 and $23.75) call 513-462-4949.



January 30th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Sacramento!

Courtesy Sacramento Bee

Weights are in for Friday night’s six-bout boxing card at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California, promoted by Nasser Niavaroni and Jeff Berger. In the main event, unbeaten former Olympic prospect Brandon Gonzales (6-0, 5 KOs) scaled in at 175.5 lbs, while opponent Jason Dietrich (9-18, 3 KOs) weighed 173. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. Also, former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis (24-9-2, 17 KOs) weighed 194 for his six-round semi-main bout with Leo Bercier (5-8-1, 4 KOs), 199 lbs.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Maidana sure he’ll beat Kotelnik!

Photo: Ramón Cairo

Photo: Ramón Cairo

Unbeaten WBA #1 Super Lightweight Marcos Maidana from Argentina said on Thursday that he is confident that he will take the title away from current champion Andreas Kotelnik when the two meet next Saturday 7 in Rostock, Germany. “I always feel myself the favorite to win my fights, so I don’t care what oddmakers and others think about it.” The KO artist Maidana, 25, offered a crowded press conference on Thursday in Buenos Aires before embarking towards Germany and said that “I’m prepared for whatever Kotelnik will bring. I have a high respect for him, but this is my turn to become a world champ. That’s why I had a great training camp during over two months. Kotelnik has good boxing skills. If he decides to walk the ring, I’ll follow him until I catch him. If he decides to trade punches, instead, even better for me. Whatever he will do, I won’t let this chance go away,” Maidana added. Maidana is considered the greatest prospect in Argentina’s boxing and has an impressive record of 25 wins (24 KOs) and no losses. Kotelnik has 30 victories (13 KOs), 2 losses and 1 draw.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Brian Cohen!

By Rick Scharmberg

Brian Cohen (9-1, 8 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will now face Billy Bailey (7-3, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, CA in the light heavyweight main event on Saturday night’s card at South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, PA. Cohen’s original opponent, Robbie Tovar, of Lafayette, IN, pulled out for personal reasons. The card is highly anticipated in Philadelphia because it features several hot prospects, such as Kensington’s Dennis Hasson (5-0, 2 KOs), who will face Michael Rayner (6-10, 5 KOs), of Lumberton, NC in a six round super middleweight bout. Also featured is North Philly’s Tony Ferrante (4-0, 1 KO), who will engage South Carolina’s Robert Dunton in a six round cruiserweight bout. There will be four additional bouts, including a female bout between debuting Nasia Brown and Karen Dulin, of Mystic, CT. Tickets are priced at $20, $40, and $50 and can be purchased by calling 215-755-8155. Doors open at 6:30. First bout 7:30.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Hatton the promoter!

By Craig Watt

In the week when it was finally confirmed that Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton would finally meet Manny Pacquaio in Las Vegas in May, it was also confirmed that the current IBO Jr-welterweight champion had inked some of the UK’s best rising boxing talent in his role as boxing promoter. At a press conference in Manchester on Thursday he confirmed the signature to Hatton Promotions of a number of rising boxing talents. These included twenty year old rising super-bantamweight prospect Scott Quigg who is 12-0 in the pro ranks, twenty one year old Jr-middleweight Danny Butler (15-1), unbeaten super-bantamweight nineteen year old Rhys Roberts (6-0) and 2008 Beijing representative Joe Murray at bantamweight, who won a bronze medal at the 2007 world amateur championships. Hatton Promotions will be showcasing some of these fighters in Bristol on March 14th at the Marriot Hotel and in Altringham, Manchester on March 28th.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton Update!

New Ticket Outlet Information

Tickets priced at $1000, $750, $500, $300 and $150 go on sale tomorrow at 10AM PT for the May 2 superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person at the $1,000, $750, $500 or $300 price levels and a total of two (2) tickets at $150.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.  There will be no sales at MGM Grand or any Ticketmaster outlets. The outpouring of global interest for this bout is tremendous, and a quick sellout is expected.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams-Cooper rematch!

Former IBF crusierweight champion and current WBC USNBC interim titleholder “King” Arthur Williams (45-15-1, 30 KOs) will meet Dewey Cooper (17-2-3, 10 KOs) in a rematch on February 6th at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. Williams and Cooper met last October 23, 2008 for the same title. Due to an accidental head butt in the fifth round which caused a giant gash on Williams’ forehead, the fight was stopped and Williams won by TD. The Williams camp say he’s fighting Cooper again to prove that his first win was no fluke and that vow that Williams will be victorious again. The rematch will take place in an off-TV bout on the SHOWTIME-televised card featuring Olympian gold medalist Andre Ward against Henry Buchanan.



January 29th, 2009

UFC

Penn, St. Pierre ready for war!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Report by Anthony Springer Jr.

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre and “The Prodigy” BJ Penn got most of their talking out of the way during the three week run of “UFC Primetime.” Needless to say, the pair of highly touted mixed martial artists were men of few words at yesterday’s UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 press conference. . . .  Click here for more

Come Party with Dana White at the UFC 94 Official After Fight Party . . . . Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 29th, 2009

Scale Watch

Urango, Ngoudjo make weight!

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Hermann Ngoudjo 139.1 vs. Juan Urango 139
(IBF super lightweight world title)
Antonin Decarie 146.1 vs. Dorin Spivey 145
(NABO Welterweight Title)
Ali Chebah 142 vs. Cesar Soriano 142
David Lemieux 159 vs. Rogelio Sanchez 159
Kenny Galarza 143* vs. Leonardo Rojas 141
Lukasz Pawel Janik 197.1 vs. Martin Hudon 194
Logan McGuinness 139.1 vs. Jean Charlemagne 139
Danny O’Connor 139 vs Greg Jiminez 137.1
Location: Bell Centre Montreal Quebec
Promoter: GYM in Association with Seminole Warriors
Television: ESPN2 and SRC 8:30pm
First Bell: 6:45

Photo: Dave Spencer

Photo: Dave Spencer



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Liakhovich ready to return!

With his promotional ties to Don King Productions severed and his shoulder injury now fully healed, former WBO Champion Sergei Liakhovich says he is ready to return to heavyweight glory in 2009. “I want to make a statement in the heavyweight division this year and have some great fights. I’m a free man and I’m 100% healthy. I did my shoulder rehab with one of the best in the States and now everything is great,” asserts the eager Belarusian slugger. Liakhovich hadn’t had much luck on his side since winning the WBO title against Lamon Brewster in impressive fashion in 2006. First he suffered a late stoppage against Shannon Briggs at 2:59 of the twelfth and final round to lose his title. Then in a WBA title eliminator in February of last year he suffered a rotator cuff injury against Nikolay Valuev and was shut out over twelve rounds. The 32-year-old “White Wolf” has a record of 23-3 with 14 KOs.



January 29th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from St Thomas!

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Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

By Boxing Bob Newman

Here are the weights for tomorrow’s history making “Class of 2008″ show in beautiful St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands:
Victor Manuel Cayo 140 vs. Noe Bolanos 141
(WBA Fedecaribe Light Welterweight title)
Ryan Kielczewski 132 vs. Benjamin Borteye 134.5
Julius Jackson 167 vs. Marvin Blair 167
Evan Nedd 200 vs. Clinton Hester 197.25
John Jackson 153.25 vs. Alphonso Alexander 151
Samuel Rogers 155.25 vs. Erix Quinteros 155.25
The show is being promoted by 340 Promotions (Lesley Comissiong & Sampson Lewkowicz) in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing, at the University of Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., First fight starts at 7:30 p.m. Advanced sale tickets are $25, $40, day of show $30, $50. Notes: Bolanos has 2 hours to lose 1 lb, Borteye has 2 hours to lose 2 lbs.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

USVI Commission officials seminar!

By Boxing Bob Newman

This morning in St. Thomas, USVI, events got off to a start as a warm-up to tomorrow’s “Class of 2008″ fight show, promoted by 340 Promotions. 340 CEO Lesley Comissiong opened the proceedings by introducing the event’s emcee, world renowned ring announcer Bob Alexander, who then in turn introduced the participants, which included Anibal Miramontes, president of FightFax (the boxing records entity recognized by the ABC), esteemed ring officials Levi Martinez and Dr. Ruben Garcia, world class referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Purse Bid Notes!

The WBO has scheduled a February 5 purse bid for a WBO bantamweight title clash between champion Fernando Montiel and challlenger Eric Morel. The minimum acceptable bid is $100,000.
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The IBF super middleweight eliminator purse bid scheduled for today between IBF #2 Vitali Tsypko and #3 Librado Andrade was canceled after both sides reached an agreement. The fight will take place in Montreal, Canada on April 4.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

AAPRP wants fight postponed!

Tommy Morrison comeback fight targeted

The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) is strongly recommending that that proposed contest between Tommy Morrison and Corey Williams scheduled for this Saturday at the Albany Fair Grounds, Laramie, Wyoming, be postponed. A statement from the AAPRP says:
“As referenced in multiple reports over the past twelve years, Mr. Morrison has not been able to document negative HIV status thereby not meeting the minimum medical requirements to insure the safety and protection of himself, his opponent or ring officials. As such, the AAPRP is concerned about the potential of transmission of infectious diseases should bleeding occur. Currently, the State of Wyoming does not have a boxing commission. Thus, we recommend that this fight be canceled until such time as an appropriate supervisory commission is appointed to oversee the medical aspects of this contest and blood test are performed by an AAPRP approved physician to document the health status of each competitor. Should this contest take place without proper regulatory oversight and experienced medical personnel, we believe there is a possibility that the health and safety of the competitors and ring officials may be compromised; an unnecessary risk which should not be permitted.”



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Sascha: I’m ready for Wlad!

It was reported earlier today by Fightnews.com’s Alexey Potapov that current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he is willing to face WBO #1 rated Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko of the Universum boxing stable. Dimitrenko was delighted to hear that news. “I’m ready to fight with Wladimir. It’s my biggest dream to become world champion and I’m very happy to challenge Wladimir Klitschko in the ring!” Wladimir is currently planning on facing David Haye next, with Dimitrenko and Chris Arreola mentioned as other viable challengers.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Full Report: Zuniga-Danny Z!

By Francisco Salazar

Super Middleweight Fernando Zuniga wants to get rid himself of being a gatekeeper in his weight class. The label of “contender” in his opinion would suit him just fine. Zuniga is on the right track as he defeated veteran Daniel Stanislavjevic over eight rounds before an almost-sellout crowd of almost 1,000 last Saturday night at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa returns February 20!

Added to ESPN FNF card in Fort Lauderdale

ARENA’s fast rising featherweight superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa (13-0, 11 KOs) will be back in action again on February 20th at the University Center Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Only six weeks after stopping Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez in round 10 at his last ESPN appearance “El Ciclon” is ready to shine again on the next “Friday Night Fights” show presented by ARENA Box-Promotion US, LLC. Gamboa completes the excellent line-up that will also see Columbian lightweight star Breidis Prescott (20-0, 18 KOs) and light middleweight contender Richar Gutierrez (24-2-1, 14 KOs) as well as hot Cuban prospect Erislandy Lara (3-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Leslie Comissiong!

By Boxing Bob Newman

Lesley Comissiong

Lesley Comissiong

This Friday, January 30th, professional boxing will return to St. Thomas, USVI for the first time in over five years. Billed as “The Class of 2008,” the vent will feature two of St. Thomas’ native sons in Julius and John Jackson, sons of former three-time world champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. In conjunction with Seminole Warriors Boxing, 340 Promotions will present up the card of amateur and pro bouts. 340 Promotions CEO Lesley Comissiong, is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Utica College and has been a special assistant to USVI Governor John deJongh Jr. Fightnews spoke with Comissiong about this upcoming historic event. Here’s what she had to say. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

King steps in for N.Y. gov!

Story & photos by David Greene

Boxing promoter Don King stepped up to the plate at the last minute, delivering the keynote address at a luncheon in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when New York Governor David Paterson disappeared from public view and the media, in the days following the Caroline Kennedy fiasco . . . Click here for more



January 29th, 2009

UFC

Preview: GSP-Penn 2

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

The countdown is on to the biggest fight in UFC history as welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre defends his crown against lightweight kingpin BJ Penn. With each man everybody’s top three pound for pound category, the main event of UFC 94 comes down to one thing…details. Let’s take a look at them as the world prepares for their showdown on Saturday, January 31 . . .  Click here for more

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Wlad ready for Dimitrenko!

By Alexey Potapov

Also in the mix to face IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is Wlad’s countryman, unbeaten WBO #1 rated Alexander Dimitrenko, who has been waiting patiently for his title shot. “I’m ready to fight with Alexander Dimitrenko,” Wladimir said. “And for me it’s not important that he too is Ukrainian. For me, the nationality and color of the skin is not important. I’m ready to fight with anyone they select to challenge for my title.” It appears however, that David Haye is currently at the top of Wlad’s list.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa to face Melo?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC miniumweight world champion Edgar Sosa could defend his crown against Panamanian Carlos Melo on March 28 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. If it happens, it will be the first world title fight ever in Ciudad Victoria, the hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, who of course will be on hand. The event will also feature regional title fights, as well as a female world title bout. The site of the card will be a gymnasium with a capacity for six thousand people.



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

Ngoudjo corner all squared!

By Dave Spencer

Yet another change in the corner of Hermann Ngoudjo for Friday night’s IBF super-lightweight showdown with Juan Urango taking place at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With Ngoudjo’s trainer Howard Grant suspended for his actions at the end of the Lucian Bute versus Librado Andrade bout, it was announced Wednesday that promoter Yvon Michel would enter in and assist Howard’s brother Otis, who would be the chief second for the contest. No go declared the Quebec Commission (Regie des Alcools des Courses et des Jeux) who referred to a 2004 amendment to the combat sport licensing regulations that state in paragraph 58 that the board may cancel any trainer or cornerman’s license who works concurrently as an organizer. With the regulation clear, Michel has stepped aside and welcomed long time trainer and cutman Russ Anber to Ngoudjo’s corner. The pairing reunites Anber and Otis Grant, the boxer he trained for ten years as a professional and a world championship. “I know Russ very well,” said Ngoudjo. “I trained during the 2 last months with the one of his boxers, David Lemieux and Russ was very often with us. We could not have found better under the circumstances.”



January 29th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Brähmer-Kanfouah Presser!

Photo: Eroll Popova

Photo: Eroll Popova

A press conference was held in Dresden, Germany on Wednesday at the Schiller Garten located at the famous “Blauen Wunder” (Blue Wonder) steel bridge over the Elbe River to officially announce the March 7 “Universum Champions Night” at the Freiberger Arena. In the main event, light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will take on French champion Rachid Kanfouah (29-6, 23 KOs) for the vacant European title, while WIBF/GBU female super bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (22-1, 9 KOs) meets Magdalena Dahlen (9-1, 3 KOs) in a rematch of their exciting bout last November in Rostock. Here’s what they had to say, plus more photos. (more…)



January 29th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Vic Darchinyan, Karl Freitag

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’s guests are super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan and Fightnews publisher Karl Freitag. Call or email your questions for Vic and Karl to ttropes@earthlink.net. WBC/WBA/IBF super flyweight king Vic Darchinyan is coming off a career defining win against Christian Mijares. Hear what the always outspoken Raging Bull has to say about the Mijares fight and what are sure to be some choice words about his next opponent Jorge Arce. Karl Freitag has become Through the Ropes’ expert on the hot German boxing scene. Karl will give his analysis of the upcoming fights including Chagaev-Drummond and Klitschko-Gomez. 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.



January 29th, 2009

UFC

Fitch ready for second climb

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Jon Fitch regretted it the second it happened – well, maybe the second after it happened. As he threw a right kick to the leg of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the first round of their bout last August, he knew something bad was going to happen.s   . . .  Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan, Arce speak out!

A must-see matchup that fans, media and the fighters themselves have been clamoring for will take place when two of boxing’s biggest little men and hardest punchers, Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce, clash at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Darchinyan’s 115-pound IBF, WBC and WBA world titles will be on the line. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Top Boxing Stories

Margarito Suspended!

Trainer Javier Capetillo also suspended

Following is a statement by Tim Noonan, Chairman of the California Athletic Commission, regarding Antonio Margarito:

“The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has temporarily suspended the licenses of Antonio Margarito and his chief corner man, Javier Capetillo. The temporary suspension will remain in effect until CSAC has fully investigated the circumstances surrounding events at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 24, 2009. A foreign substance was found by California State Athletic Commission staff in the hand wraps of Antonio Margarito before his bout against Shane Mosley at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The substance found in Margarito’s hand wraps is currently being analyzed by the California Department of Justice. An investigation as to whether either licensee violated CSAC rules is ongoing. Mr. Margarito and Mr. Capetillo have been asked to appear at an initial hearing scheduled for February 10, 2009.” (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Burgos back on Feb 27!

Rising featherweight star Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (20-0, 14 KOs) takes a step up when he battles Omar “Calilla” Lizarraga (16-6-1, 12 KOs) in a ten round battle for the vacant IBA featherweight crown on February 27th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Tijuana’s Burgos, just 21 years old, has been drawing rave reviews for his exciting style and ring savvy. The 33-year-old Lizarraga, a 13-year veteran who wants to make a statement against the youngster from his Tijuana hometown, will push him to the limit. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pacquiao-Hatton!

Two of boxing’s biggest stars will meet in the ring in what could be the year’s biggest pay-per-view event. Five-division world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao and IBO World Junior Welterweight champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton will rumble for Hatton’s World Junior Welterweight Championships Saturday, May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. These two boxing artists will have a 20 x 20 foot canvas. Tickets priced at $1000, $750, $500, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

WBO wins judgment!

Arizona Commissioner socked for six figures

After twelve years of intense litigation, the World Boxing Organization has obtained a judicial victory over former regional vice-president John Montano (now State Athletic Commissioner of Arizona) and co-defendants former referee Ismael “Wiso” Fernandez and his wife, former WBO executive Virginia Pinto. The Court ruled that the trio fraudulently used the name and the initials of the WBO and its regional organizations in an attempt to divert funds in the amount of $92,000. The Docket Number: KPE1996-0764 that goes back to October of 1996 was awarded to the WBO by San Juan Superior Court Judge Ivonne Diaz on January 14th. She has ordered the co-defendants Montano and the Fernandez couple pay the $92,000 plus the legal interest since 1996 and $50,000 in attorney fees-damages well over $200,000 according to attorney José Cuevas-Segarra.



January 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Klitschkos Kiev presser!

Wlad says he's fighting Haye

By Alexey Potapov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

Photo: Pavel Terekhov

IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference on Wednesday in Kiev, where they shared their plans for the future.  Vitali Klitschko confirmed he will fight on March 21st in Stuttgart against official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez, while Wladimir informed Fightnews.com that he will likely box against David Haye on June 20th in London at the Stamford Bridge stadium in Chelsea.

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January 28th, 2009




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