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From Vancouver, Canada for tomorrow night’s UFC 115 card, live on PPV:
Rich Franklin 205 vs. Chuck Liddell 205
Pat Barry 248 vs.Mirko Cro Cop 235
Gilbert Yvel 243 vs.Ben Rothwell 264
Rory MacDonald 170 vs.Carlos Condit 170
Martin Kampmann 170 vs.Paulo Thiago 170
Evan Dunham 155 vs.Tyson Griffin 154
Matt Wiman 156 vs.Mac Danzig 156
Mario Miranda 186 vs.David Loiseau 185
Peter Sobotta 171 vs.James Wilks 170
Claude Patrick 170 vs.Ricardo Funch 170
Jesse Lennox 170 vs.Mike Pyle 170
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Chuck Liddell offered little more than a blank stare in referee “Big” John McCarthy’s direction. At UFC 71, it took Quinton “Rampage” Jackson just 1:53 and a right hook in the opening stanza to bring “the Iceman’s” 25-month reign as light heavyweight champion to an end. Prior to that, Liddell had only tasted defeat on three other occasions (one of which a 2003 Pride loss to Jackson).
In other words, watching the mohawked warrior defeated in such a fashion was a pretty big deal . . . Click here for more
One Punch Productions has announced that the next installment of the popular Ballroom Brawl series will take place on July 16 in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The main event of the evening will feature undefeated welterweight contender Raymond Charles (12-0). Charles’ most recent appearance in Tampa was a sixth round knockout of Louis Leija on September 19th of 2009. (more…)
Julio César “Pingo“ Miranda 112 vs. Richie Mepranum 112
(Vacant WBO flyweight championship)
Rodolfo Hernandez 119 vs. Reynaldo Cajina 119
Mauro Romero 166 vs. Rigoberto Álvarez 166
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Yuri Foreman’s surgery was described as a success today in NYC. He expects to return to the ring in February.
Photo by Joel a. Colón/Pr Best Boxing/Top Rank
Ivan Calderon 106 vs Jesus Irbie 106
(WBO light flyweight championship)
After he weighed in Calderon sipped from a bowl of hot chicken soup. He drank from a glass bottle of Snapple Light Lemon Tea. Calderon said he brought in food and a chef to prepare his meals throughout fight week.
Steven Badgley 172 vs Carlito Angel Gonzalez 172 1/2
Badgley is wearing a tattoo on his chest with initials of eight fallen soldiers. “All friends of mine. Some of their families are coming to the fight on Saturday night.” Before the weigh-in Gonzalez said he wants to be introduced as Carlito on Saturday night.
For more details and photos click here…
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and his Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. at Yankee Stadium where they are special guests for tonights game and Vazquez, Jr. will throw the first pitch. Special thanks to Doug Jacobs of Integrated Sports for making it happen.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank was the winner of purse bid called by the WBO in New York for the mandatory unified bantamweight world title between the WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and interim champion Eric Morel. The winning bid was $102,500 and Top Rank was the only bidder. Possible venues and dates for the fight are a site in Mexico (July 17), Las Vegas (July 24) or Atlantic City (August 7). One snag may be that there were plans Montiel to defend his title against former WBA interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion on July 17. Stay tuned…
Photoc by Enrique “Kike” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
On a beautiful, sunny day in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico at “El Jardín Botánico de Caguas,” WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto talked about his great performance and big win over Yuri Foreman last Saturday at the Yankee Stadium.
“We trained really hard for the fight and I feel that I have the love for the game back and I’m hungrier than ever,” said Cotto. “I fixed the mistakes that I committed in the past. Now starts a new chapter and I’m back for the great challenges and the big names.” Click here for more photos…
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live professional boxing webcast – free of charge – on Saturday, June 12. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico. WBCBoxing.tv webcast at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Time: In the 12-round main event at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, WBC Latino middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio, 46-5-1 with 40 knockouts, of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, will make his second defense of the title against Samuel “Marivioso” Miller, 20-3 with 17 knockouts, of Arboletes, Colombia. The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo. (more…)
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBC #5 and current NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia, began preparations this week at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for his upcoming bout. Rios will step back into the ring against WBC # 1 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington, DC on Saturday, July 24 for the interim WBA lightweight title at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in the co-feature of HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Cuba against an opponent yet to be determined. For more details and photos click here…
Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala returns to action Tonight, June 11th against Montreal fan favorite David Lemieux headlining “Boxing Under the Stars” at the spectacular Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
Presented by Group Yvon Michel in association with TKO Boxing Promotions, the twelve round bout for the vacant WBC International Middleweight Title will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST). (more…)
Highly-ranked contender Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4, 7 KOs), of Canada and Rhode Island, may be the next opponent for Albuquerque’s Holly Holm (27-1-3, 7 KOs). If it becomes official, the two will fight on August 6 on a Fresquez card in Albuquerque.
Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, who helped construct and build the careers of superstars and world champions, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend. He is the fourth from Top Rank who is in the Hall of Fame. Bob Arum, who founded Top Rank, was inducted in 1999. Top Rank’s all-time publicist, Irving Rudd (1999) and legendary matchmaker Teddy Brenner (1993) are also in the Hall of Fame. (more…)
Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic will wrap up Saturday, June 19 when Andre Ward takes on fellow American Allan Green from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. See how these warriors match-up in the Tale of the Tape. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
When fighters see Tyson Griffin’s name on the card, they must all collectively groan as they can kiss that “Fight of the Night” bonus check goodbye.
In nine UFC fights, the 26-year-old wrestling stud has won “Fight of the Night” five times. Allow that to sink in for a minute – five times. Most fighters would be happy to get one “Fight of the Night” bonus check in their entire career. Griffin has five. And oddly enough, he’s probably the only one that is sick and tired of that bonus. If you ask Griffin, he’d prefer to trade that check for a “KO of the Night” or “Submission of the Night” check . . . Click here for more
The fight between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and two-time title challenger Khoren Gevor is off. They were slated to meet on July 17 in Schwerin, Germany. “We needed to have our plans finalized for our promotional partners and Sebastian Zbik hadn’t signed the fight contract on time,” said Universum General Manager Stefan Braune. “Therefore we had to reorganize and we’re pleased that we’re able to present to the fans two additional great fights with local favorite Jürgen Brähmer and Susi Kentikian.”
Universum has agreed to submit a new offer to Zbik to fight in a subsequent event. “We’re working with Sebastian on a new plan for his next title defense,” Braune added. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world IBF lightweight champion Philip “No Deal” Holiday (39-7-1, 22 KOs) captured the vacant Australian jr middleweight championship with a hard fought ten round split decision over Jason Kanofski (13-4-3, 2 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Scores: Alan Burford 97-93 (Holiday), Tony Kettlewell 96-95 (Holiday) and Alan Moore 98-97 (Kanofski). This was the second comeback bout for Holiday who was stopped in eleven rounds by Samuel Colomban in March.
Holiday held the world title from 1995 to 1997 and made six defenses including a second round stoppage of Australian great Jeff Fenech. He lost to the title to future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley in a closely contested bout. The 40-year-old Holiday was born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa but has been based in Brisbane, Australia for several years. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Christopher Martin 127.5 vs. Adolfo Landeros 126.5
Luis Grajeda 146.5 vs. Christian Favela 144.25
Antonio Orozco 141* vs. Michael Peralta 139
Lester Gonzalez 160 vs. Ibahiem King 161.75*
Pablo Armenta 128 vs. Rene Torres 128
*Orozco and King had two hours to lose one pound and three quarters of a pound respectively.
Venue: 4 Points Hotel by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) is chomping at the bit to fight Puerto Rican star Ivan Calderon and he’s angry. Gonzalez says he’s still fuming from the disrespect shown him by the Puerto Rican star earlier this year at a fight card in Nicaragua. “He was talking a lot of smack when he was in my country,” commented Gonzalez. “He said he had never even heard of me. I should have slapped him right then!” Gonzalez is currently training for his next title defense in Mexico on July 17th but the only thing on his mind seems to be inflicting a beating on Calderon. “I will fight him anywhere, anytime, at any weight, with any organization, and if he tries to ignore me, I can only think he’s afraid of me. When I leave boxing I want to be known as a fighter who always fought the best and better. It seems Calderon doesn’t care about his legacy.”
By Robert Hough
Karim Mayfield’s busier than usual before his fight in San Francisco on Saturday—and he couldn’t be happier. The welterweight is getting a lot of attention in the days before he headlines a rare boxing card in his hometown. Mayfield (12-0-1, 7KOs), who fights Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3, 1KO) in the main event of a five-fight card, hopes the city’s first night of fights in six years is the first step toward bigger fights there. “If they send ‘em my way, I’m not ducking them,” said Mayfield, who has sparred with Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton and Antonio Margarito. “I’ve been in world champions’ camps and that’s not easy. I can see I’m competitive and keep up with these guys. I’m not getting beaten up or sent home so it’s an inspiration. I would welcome fights with the supposed-to-be prospects.” (more…)
Rachid El Hadak (20-8-1, 7 KOs) of France unanimously decisioned Roman Kracik (31-4-1, 17 KOs) of Czech Republic over 12 rounds to win the vacant European Boxing Association (EBA) cruiserweight title. Scores were 120- 108, 119-109 and 118-110. The two fought to a draw back in 2008 in Kracik’s native Czech Republic. The event took place at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne in Loirre, France with Herve Jacques promoting and Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
Photos: Carlos Baeza
The NABF convention, consisting of boxing luminaries from Mexico, the United States and Canada, is on in New Orleans. The general session was opened by the Deputy Mayor of New Orleans. Then, Robert Lenhart, in his unique style, emceed the session. Mauricio Sulaiman shared some wonderful personal stories of his time in New Orleans for the “No Mas” fight, as well as encouraging news about the state of boxing in Mexico. Ed Pearson was praised for bringing in more Canadian representatives to the NABF. (more…)
Story by Brady Crytzer
Rich Franklin was been looking for a home. After establishing himself as the sport’s first stable middleweight champion in over ten years and losing his title in 2006, the Cincinnati native has been taking on all comers.
Following wins over Jason MacDonald and Travis Lutter at the middleweight limit, Franklin was victorious in one of 2009’s best firefights when he defeated fellow weight class-nomad Wanderlai Silva in a 195 pound catchweight bout. Now, after nearly nine months out of action, Rich Franklin is ready to headline UFC 115 in a light heavyweight showdown against Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell . . . Click here for more
Photos: David Marin Warr/DKP
A typical boxing press conference today at Scottrade Center in St. Louis suddenly turned raucous after undefeated unified 140-pound world champion Devon Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham told former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, a Ukrainian making his first visit to America, “That’s a long way to come for an ass whuppin.’ Kotelnik responded “There will be an ass kicking, but St. Louis will be surprised who will be doing it.” (more…)
Matthew Hatton bids to show he’s a world class welterweight when he makes the first defence of his European title next month. ‘Magic’ Matthew (39-4-2) will face mandatory contender, Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-1) at Bolton Arena on Friday July 16. Hatton, 29, the brother of Ricky Hatton, is one of the most improved fighters in the division and proved that by winning the title when he outpointed Gianluca Branco in March. (more…)
The finals are set for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” as Court “The Crusher” McGee and Kris “Savage” McCray emerged last night to compete for a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the finale will be telecast LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, June 19 at 9:00 PM ET. (more…)
Photo by Joel A. Colón – PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
WBO World Jr Flyweight Champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon and his challenger Jesus “Azul” Iribe from Mexico, both promised a victory, today during the last press conference on route to their world championship fight this Saturday night at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden in the main event of “Top Rank Live” to be telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Espanol and on Pay-Per-View in Puerto Rico. (more…)
Tickets went on sale this morning at Scottrade Center in St. Louis for “Gateway to Greatness… The Homecoming”–a world championship boxing doubleheader set for Aug. 7. Promoter Don King officially announced the blockbuster event today, which features hometown hero and unified WBC/IBF140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) against former WBA super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs). Tickets priced at $17.50, $35, $70, $150 and $300 are on sale now at Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.
Allan Green is in the tapering -down stage of training camp now, with less than 9 days before his WBA title bout with Andre Ward. He’s very confident about his training camp and preparation for his title fight, which will air live on SHOWTIME® Saturday, June 19 at 10:00 pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
For most fighters a normal training camp can last anywhere from 6-8 weeks at a remote training facility far from home to limit distractions. But for Allan Green that has not always been the situation. Most of the time he has taken fights on late notice anywhere from 3-4 weeks, which means he always had to be ready and stay in some kind of shape. For his upcoming fight with Andre Ward he’s had 7 weeks to concentrate, prepared and focus on one fight and it has made a huge difference. (more…)
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By Robert Hough
Photo by Laura De la Torre
Super middleweight Andre Ward has learned over the years that training for a fight doesn’t mean “living like a caveman and staring at a wall to focus on a fight.” Ward, who fights Allan Green on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to close out the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, said at a public workout that he balances fight preparation with relaxation–which these days includes watching the NBA Finals. Ward predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics will split the next two games in Boston and when the series returns to Los Angeles, the Lakers, up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, will win the title. Click for GIANT photo slide show…
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
UFC 111 came and went. Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his title against Dan Hardy and the world kept spinning. UFC 112, 113 and 114 also came and went. And while numerous fighters taped up their fists and entered the Octagon for caged combat, Martin “Hitman” Kampmann (16-3) watched it all from the sidelines . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KOs) has issued a challenge to former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (38-3,23 KOs) who is scheduled to challenge Carlos Adan Jerez (3-12-3, 16 KOs) of Argentina for the WBA International super welterweight championship at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on June 30. “Mundine is now boxing at 154 pounds and he is scheduled to fight on June 30,”.said Ndou. “I would be happy to fight Mundine at 154 pounds. Mundine recently told the media in Australia that he is the only boxer who can beat Floyd Mayweather. I worked with Floyd as his sparring partner and I can promise Mundine he would not go five rounds with the boxer I regard as the best pound for pound boxer in the world.” Ndou added, “I will take Mundine to school and stop him inside eight rounds.”
Heavyweight Lance “Mount” Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) takes on Andrey Fedosov (21-1, 17 KOs) in a twelve rounder on Saturday at the famed Hollywood Palladium. The event is presented by MEZ Sports.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission heard arguments on the merits of mandatory blood testing from United States Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart. The Commission is reviewing their testing procedures in the wake of the Pacquiao-Mayweather meltdown earlier this year.
Ricky Hatton says he’s a big fan of the one night series of Prizefighter tournaments taking place in the U.K.“ It’s an absolutely fantastic event – the mix of underdogs and kids against the fighters having their last shot at glory is sensational stuff,” said Hatton. “It’s only three rounds so tactics go out the window and you have to give it hell for leather…it’s great for a young prospect because he might have to fight a former champion with experience and I love that – I think that’s fantastic, it’s a great idea.” The next event is Prizefighter Super Middleweights on June 30.
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