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Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Report/photos Tony Mayger at ringside Robin Krasniqi outpointed Dariusz Sek in Munich to firmly plant himself in the light heavyweight mandatory challenger's position ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Former featherweight title challenger 'Mr.' Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) was way too fast for Christopher 'S.D. ...

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Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mark Geraldo (31-5-3, 14 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision ...

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

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March 1st, 2009



UFC

WEC at the scales!

WEC 39 is live on VERSUS tonight!

From the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas for tonight’s WEC 39 card on VERSUS: 

Main Event – WEC Featherweight Title
Mike Brown (144.25) vs Leonard Garcia (145)

Ricardo Lamas (154.5) vs Bart Palaszewski (155.5)
Chris Mickle (145) vs Jose Aldo (145.5)
Rob McCullough (156) vs Marcus Hicks (155.5)
Phil Cardella (155.5) vs Danny Castillo (156)
Damacio Page (136) vs Marcos Galvao (136)
Alex Serdyukov (171) vs Johny Hendricks (171)
Rafael Rebello (135.25) vs Kenji Osawa (135.25)
Greg McIntyre (155) vs Alex Karalexis (156)
John Franchi (145) vs Mike Budnik (145.25)
Mike Pierce (170) vs Justin Haskins (170.25)



March 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Pacman in London!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Hundreds of Filipino fans awaited Manny Pacquiao’s arrival at the famous Westminster Cathedral in London for Sunday services. Following mass, Pacquiao went to a crowded meet-and-greet with hundreds more Filipino fans at a local hotel. He took pictures and signed autographs for over 2 hours. There is a large Filipino population in the greater London area.



March 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Vargas next for Nietes?

By Nick Giongco

Fresh from overpowering Erik Ramirez of Mexico, Filipino WBO minimumweight king Donnie Nietes of the ALA Boxing Club of Cebu is being groomed to make the third defense of the championship against another Mexican, Manuel Vargas, by late-May, ALA big boss Tony Aldeguer told Fightnews.com. “We are looking at (staging Nietes-Vargas) within 90 days from now,” said Aldeguer, moments after he received word that Nietes had won by 12-round unanimous decision before a highly-partisan crowd in Oaxaca. Mexican press reports say that Nietes decked the gutsy Ramirez once each in the first, fifth, ninth and 12th rounds in a dominating display. Aldeguer plans to put up Nietes’ battle with Vargas in the Philippines in partnership with giant TV network ABS-CBN. Nietes is one of only three current Filipino world champions. The two others are IBF fly king Nonito Donaire and WBO bantam supermo Gerry Penalosa. Nietes hails from Murcia, Negros Occidental, but trains in the boxing hotbed of Cebu. Nietes had captured the then-vacant title in Sept. 2007 with a points win over Pornsawan Kratingdaeng-Gym and he made the initial defense last year, stopping Nicaraguan Eddy Castro.



March 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Rogan TKOs Skelton!

Another upset win for Belfast cabbie

Unbeaten heavyweight Martin Rogan (12-0, 6 KOs) shocked the second big name in a row on Saturday night at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Following his win over 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison, Rogan stopped former world title challenger Matt Skelton (22-3, 19 KOs) to claim the Commonwealth heavyweight title. The fight was waved off after Rogen dropped Skelton with a right hand in round eleven, then finished him with a follow-up barrage — the first stoppage defeat of the 42-year-old Skelton’s career. Time was 1:21. Prior to the Harrison bout, the previously little-known Rogan surfaced in a made-for-TV heavyweight tournament called “Prizefighter” presented by promoter Barry Hearn on SKY-TV in April 2008, in which he won three bouts in one night to claim a £25,000 prize.



March 1st, 2009

Boxing Result

Gonzalez, Nietes retain 105 belts!

Photo: Gabriel F. Cordero

Photo: Gabriel F. Cordero

By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside

Two world minimumweight titles were on the line on Saturday night at the Auditorio Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico. WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs) of Nicaragua won a majority decision over Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (20-6-2, 12 KOs). The fighters constantly exchanged blows for all twelve rounds, but Gonzalez had a little more than his courageous challenger and won by scores of 115-113, 116-112. The third card was 114-114. Gonzalez retained his WBA world crown in his first defense outside his country.
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In the other championship battle, Filipino Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs) scored four knockdowns in a twelve round unanimous decision over brave Mexican Erik Ramirez (25-6-2). Scores were 115-109, 116-108 and 113-111. Nietes retained his WBO miniumweight world crown in his first bout on the American continent.



March 1st, 2009

Boxing Result

Nongqayi defeats Arce!

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Unbeaten Simphiwe Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Francisco “Panchito” Arce (28-5, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF super flyweight eliminator on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce was knocked down in round eleven. Scores were 116-111 on all cards. In other action, former world champion Eric Ortiz (31-8-2, 20 KOs) stopped José Alfredo “Galletas” Tirado (6-9, 4 KOs) in round five.



March 1st, 2009

Boxing Result

Marquez KOs Diaz!

John keeps title with draw against Juarez
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

By Byron Spurlock & Jose Reyes at ringside

Lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO over Juan Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA super and WBO lightweight titles, as well as Diaz’ IBO belt on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. It was a fierce all out war in which Marquez absorbed Diaz’ heavy pressure early, then broke down the “Baby Bull,” dropping him twice in the ninth. Time was 2:40. A definite fight of the year candidate.

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

In his eleventh defense of his WBA featherweight title and first fight in the USA, unbeaten world featherweight champion Chris John (42-0-2, 22 KOs) and Rocky Juarez (28-4-1, 20 KOs) battled to a hard-fought twelve round draw. John mostly outworked a determined Juarez, although Rocky landed the harder punches. John cut Juarez over the left eye in round five and threw more than 100 punches in most rounds, while Juarez closed strong winning the last two rounds on all cards. All three judges scored it 114-114, thus John retains the title. John originally won the belt in an elimination bout with Oscar Leon in Indonesia back in 2003. (more…)



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Cruz stops Diaz!

Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

In the main event of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, Luis Cruz TKO’d Carlos Díaz at 1:26 of the sixth round. “El Artesano” showed superior fighting skills over “Bam Bam” Díaz, who despite of having more experience on the ring, didn’t present significant opposition. “In the ring I tried to learn as much as I could from my opponent so I can use the experience as a tool for my development as a fighter,” Cruz commented as he improved his record to 8-0 with 7 KOs.
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In a previous bout, Jayson Vélez TKO’d Luis Colón at 2:19 of the fourth round. “La Maravilla” Vélez improved his record to 6-0, 6 KOs. Miguel Cotto Promotions and H-2 Entertainment will return with their boxing series “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas on Friday, March 27 at Roger Mendoza Coliseum.



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sylvester KOs Nespro!

Murat stops Sanavia
Photo: Sauerland Event

Photo: Sauerland Event

By Karl Freitag

Former middleweight world title challenger “Hurricane” Sebastian Sylvester (30-3, 15 KOs) returned to the ring with an explosive seventh round knockout of Gaetano Nespro (14-5, 2 KOs) to win the vacant IBF International middleweight title on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Sylvester dropped Nespro with a right hand at the end of round one and walked right through whatever resistance his opponent offered as he completely dominated the fight, finally laying out Nespro with a flush right hand in the seventh. Time was 2:39. It was Sylvester’s first fight since his unsuccessful WBA title challenge against Felix Sturm last November and also his first fight with trainer Karsten Röwer.

In a rematch, European super middleweight champion Karo Murat (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former WBC super middleweight titlist Cristian Sanavia (40-5-1, 12 KOs). Murat was deducted a point in round one for a low blow, but also punished Sanavia over the early rounds. The rugged former world champion continued to apply pressure, but Murat was extremely sharp and connected with hard, clean punches throughout the fight. The bout was finally stopped between rounds nine and ten. Official time was :05 of round ten. Murat had won a close decision over Sanavia to win the Euro belt last April. This time the result was clear and impressive. (more…)



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Mezaache stuns Thaxton!

Photo: Chris Royle

Photo: Chris Royle

By Alexey Sukachev

Lightweight Anthony Mezaache (15-5-3, 3 KOs) upset local favorite Jonathon Thaxton (34-9, 18 KOs) with his spirited performance after a disastrous first round, in which he was knocked down and deducted a point. The Frenchman used his superior technique and fighting ability to finish strong, taking a decision with the late rally: 115-111, 115-112, 114-113 – all in favor of Mezaache, who is now a new European lightweight champion. The bout took place at the Norwich Showground in Norwich, England.



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Jackiewicz defeats Abis!

By Alexey Sukachev

European welterweight champion Rafal Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18 KOs) retained his belt for the second time with a spirited unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Italian contender Luciano Abis (25-1-1, 11 KOs) in front of a partisan crow moments ago in Lublin, Poland. Both boxers fought on even terms for the first three rounds but then the more active and consistent Pole started to build up a lead. Abis had his moments in middle rounds, however, Jackiewicz was a bit sharper finding a room for his trademark right uppercut – right hook combination. Both fighters gave everything they had in final two rounds with Jackiewicz being more precise, active and strong of two. All three judges had it in favor of the defending champion: 117-111, 116-112 and 118-112. Fightnews scored it almost the same 117-112 – for the WBO #5, WBC/IBF #6 and WBA #7 European welterweight champion.
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Highly regarded Polish light heavyweight Dawid “Cygan” Kostecki (WBC #4 and WBA #7) moved to 30-1, with 21 KOs, after a hard-fought eight round decision over extremely tough Cameroonian journeyman Martial Bella Oleme (8-20-1, 1 KO), who is much better than his sub-par record suggests. Kostecki seemed to be lucky not to be stopped in the last round after a bad cut over his forehead near the left eye. However, replay revealed that the cut was caused by an accidental head-butt.
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Rising Polish heavyweight prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk (14-0, 9 KOs) added a name of tough Latvian journeyman Edgars Kalnars (18-17, 9 KOs) to his resume with a third-round technical knockout.
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Other results:
Damian Jonak (20-0, 15 KOs) TKO 4 Janos Petrovics (15-23, 7 KOs); Lukasz Janik (13-0, 6 KOs) PTS 8 Remigijus Ziausus (7-20-1, 5 KOs);
Lukasz Maciec (5-0, 2 KOs) PTS 4 Jevgenijs Fedorovs (2-8-1); Artur Szpilka (3-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Victor Szalai (10-18-1, 3KOs)



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Shailezov outpoints Roque Ler!

By Alexey Sukachev

After a recent chain of setbacks (including 0-1-1 against losing journeyman Sergey Yurovskih), Kyrgyz top super flyweight Timur Shailezov (13-2-1, 1 KO) came back strong yesterday at Metro Bar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Shailezov scored his third win in a row and this time a sound one, convincingly outpointing experienced Argentinean Julio David Roque Ler (26-6, 15 KOs) over twelve rounds: 115-112, 115-113 and 118-110. Kyrgyz fighter seized a vacant WBA international belt with this victory. Roque Ler fought Jorge Arce in a WBC eliminator in 2007. The show was promoted by Akyl Beckbolotov.



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Burgos batters Lizarraga!

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

Unbeaten Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (22-0, 15 KO’s) stopped Omar Lizarraga in the second round of a 10 round bout at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Burgos dropped the game Lizarraga twice in the second round, both on left hooks. Burgos went in for the kill and landed a hard right hand that wobbled Lizarraga (16-7-1, 12 KO’s) prompting referee Dr. James Jen-Kin to step in and stop the bout at 2:19 of the round. With the victory, Burgos won two regional belts. Burgos is the nephew of former world champion, Victor Burgos, who was present at ringside. (more…)



February 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Ruiz named WBA mandatory!

The World Boxing Association Championship Committee has declared two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), presently rated No. 3, as the mandatory challenger for the winner of this year’s Ruslan Chagaev-Nicolai Valuev WBA title fight.



February 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Hatton beats Pacquiao (at darts)!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

As expected, Ricky Hatton was victorious over Manny Pacquiao in a game of darts on Saturday afternoon at the New Inn in Manchester, England. Playing a game of 501, “The Hitman” won in sixteen throws, nailing a double two to end it as the place went wild. Darts is a pro sport as well as a traditional pub game in the United Kingdom. After the match, Hatton presented Pacquiao with a Manchester City football jersey.
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Later, trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach met in a special challenge match: the first to get a bullseye wins. The match ended in a draw after fifteen shots each with no bullseyes for either side.



February 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Hatton Presser!

William Sheratt - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

William Sheratt - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

6,000 fight fans, surprisingly about a third of them Filipino, turned out at the Trafford Centre in Manchester, England for a kick-off press conference for the May 2 ‘The East vs the West’ world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky HAtton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “On May 2 I’ll be the new pound-for-pound king,” promised Hatton. “I’ve never been beaten at 10 stone (140lbs). This is my weight. This is where I do best. I promise all my fans I’ll win for Manchester!” Pacquiao wished Ricky good luck and stated “I’m going to win it for the Philippines. Ricky’s a very good fighter.” Pacman’s promoter Bob Arum promised victory “for all our Filipino brothers and sisters.” Manny will face Ricky in a darts competition at a pub in Manchester this afternoon.



February 28th, 2009

Boxing News

Califano wins Italian title!

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati

Italian warrior Simone ‘Chico’ Califano (13-1, 7 KOs) won the domestic title at lightweight on Friday night in his hometown of Acqua Acetosa Sports Hall in Roma, Italy, when defending champion Pasquale ‘El puma’ Di Silvio (9-1, 4 KOs) was stopped at ten seconds of the end of round three by referee Renato Mosella. It was a heated fight, until the interruption both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with 4,000 screaming fans standing on their feet in a real ‘Mexican atmosphere.’, The clash is easily the “Fight of the Year” so far in Italy. Di Silvio got off to a good start in the first round, but Califano turned the tide in the second and dropped the titlist with a devasting right hand in the third. Di Silvio got to his feet only to be punished again by Califano, who landed more big shots and forced referee to step in and stop the action. Time was 2:50. It was the second match between two real warriors and every boxing fan can only wish a third match as Italian boxing needs fights like this. Topping the undercard of the Unicorner promoted show, local boy, Gianluca Cima (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Albanian puncher Kadri Xhulaj (4-2, 3 KOs) in the third stanza of a scheduled eight rounder to win a cruiserweight Trophy ‘Italy Pro Cup.’ The show was televised in Italy by Rai Sport Piu.



February 28th, 2009

UFC

Brown tackles the ‘Bad Boy!’

WEC 39 is live on VERSUS tomorrow!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

It wasn’t too long ago that the mentioning of Mike Brown’s name to someone who only casually followed the WEC would be met with anything other than, “Who?”

With a record of 19-4 coming into the bout, Brown (20-4) moved quietly up the featherweight ranks to a headlining match against “The California Kid” Urijah Faber last November. To all unaware of Brown’s skills, it seemed to be little more than a foregone conclusion that he’d be another stepping stone in Faber’s path. . . . Click here for more



February 28th, 2009

UFC

WEC inks deal with Fox Sports

World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) and Fox Sports en Español (FSE) announced today that FSE is significantly expanding its mixed martial arts content with the launch of WEC: ALBOROTO, a new Spanish-language program featuring some of the most memorable matchups ever seen in the WEC. . . . Click here for more



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Lefele retains SA title!

By Ron Jackson

Tshepo Lefele retained his South African minimumweight title when challenger Sakhumzi Mqadaru could not answer the bell for the seventh round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. (more…)



February 28th, 2009

Boxing Result

Adamek KOs Banks!

Photo: Ed Mulholland

Photo: Ed Mulholland

By Andreas Hale at ringside

IBF cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek (37-1, 25 KOs) retained his world title with an impressive eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Johnathon Banks (20-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It took Adamek five rounds to figure Banks out, but after that Adamek took over, finally dropping Banks twice in round eight before referee Eddie Cotton waved off the bout. Time was 1:30.

In an IBF middleweight eliminator, Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) scored an explosive second round knockout of Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KOs). It was a big right hand that spectacularly laid out Miranda for the count. Time was 2:48. Lorenzo is now the mandatory challenger for IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing Result

Johnson punishes Judah!

Photo: Javiel Centeno

Photo: Javiel Centeno

By Jason Kotar at ringside

Former light heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) avenged a controversial 2003 draw against Daniel Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs) with a dominating ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida. Risking his lofty WBC #2, WBA #3, IBF #5, WBO #3 ratings, Johnson dropped Judah with a big right hand at the end of round one, and punished Judah the rest of the way, winning clearly 99-89, 99-90, 99-90. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Lublin, Poland!

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Photo: Michał Koper

By Michal Koper / bokser.org

Rafał Jackiewicz 146.8 vs Luciano Abis 145.2
(European welterweight title)
Andrzej Wawrzyk 234.7 vs Edgar Kalnars 215.8
Dawid Kostecki 176.8 vs Martial Bella Oleme 174.8
Łukasz Janik 199.9 vs Remigijus Ziausys 199.9
Damian Jonak 154.9 vs Janos Petrovics 157.6
Łukasz Maciec 141 vs Jevgenijs Fjodorovs 138.8
Artur Szpilka 200.4 vs Viktor Szalai 198.1



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao London Update!

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank


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Pound-for-pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao was in his hotel room throwing feathered darts onto a practice dart board on Friday night. “Just want to sharpen up little,” said Manny who will face Ricky Hatton in a darts competition at pub in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and his team on Saturday morning will take a train from London’s Euston Station to Manchester’s Piccadilly Station for a noontime press conference at the Trafford Centre – Great Hall. There they will talk about their upcoming ‘The East vs the West’ world title fight promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 2. Pacquiao vs. Hatton will be available on HBO Pay Per View. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Nonito Donaire Update!

The Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire, has a new date – April 18 – for his IBF/IBO flyweight title defense against undefeated Raul ‘Cobra’ Martinez of San Antonio. The Donaire vs Martinez and Ulises Solis vs. Brian Viloria title fights were initially scheduled for March 21. The venue is the same, Araneta Coliseum, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Top Rank championship card will be on Pay Per View.



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights From Oaxaca, Mexico!

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Gabriel F. Cordero


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Donnie Nietes 104.49 vs. Erick Ramirez 104.94
(WBO miniumweight World Tittle)
Chocolate Gonzalez 104.49 vs Francisco Rosas 105
(WBA miniumweight World Tittle)
Ana Maria Torres 114.63 vs Paulina Cardona 113.53
(WBC super flyweight Tittle)
Venue: Auditorio Guelaguetza, Oaxaca
Promoter: KO Entertainment
TV: Televisa (Mexico)



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Showtime NYC Roundtable!

Photo: David Greene

Photo: David Greene

Showtime hosted a media roundtable Friday afternoon in New York City to discuss the ShoBox program. Sr. VP Ken Hershman, Executive Producer Gordon Hall, Play-by-Play announcer Nick Charles and Analyst Steve Farhood discussed the upcoming ShoBox matchups plus addressed the current State of the Game and the role ShoBox plays in shaping the sport. In its eight-year history, the ShoBox series has become most influential boxing television series in the industry. A significant percentage of today’s fighters at/or near the top of the world rankings have gotten their first big break on ShoBox. Over 30 ShoBox “alumni” have gone on to capture World titles since the launch of the series in July 2001. Tonight’s showdown between IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek and undefeated challenger Johnathon Banks will be the 120th telecast of the ShoBox series. Attached is a fact sheet that includes the list of ShoBox alums that have gone on to win world titles as well as a list of some of today’s top fighters who also got their starts on ShoBox. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Feature Story

Banks: Don’t blink!

Johnathon Banks

Johnathon Banks

By Bob Ryder

Undefeated cruiserweight contender Johnathon Banks battles newly-crowned IBF champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek tonight at Newark’s Prudential Center . FightNews recently caught up with the cruiserweight contender at a local Kronk amateur show. “My training has been going fantastic, my trainers Emanuel Stewart and Sugar Hill have got me completely ready, ” Banks stated. When asked if he had watched the Adamek-Steve Cunningham battle, Banks leaned forward and said: “Oh, yeah. When I saw that one I told Emanuel, please make this match! I’m a much bigger puncher than Cunningham and when I saw Adamek getting hit with those shots, I knew this was my fight.” (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Los Mochis!

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Francisco Arce 115 vs Simphiwe Nongqayi 114
(IBF super flyweight eliminator)
Eric Ortiz 113 vs Valentín León 114
Ivan Valle 139 vs Carlos Urías 137
Miguel Beltrán 126 vs Victoriano Nuñez ??
Miguel Vázquez 137 vs Sergio Soto ??
Pablo Lugo 135 vs Daniel Valenzuela 135
David Sánchez 112 vs Jorge Cruz 112
Luis Lugo 114 vs Manuel Valdez 114
Julio César Valenzuela 147 vs Fernando Ibarra 147
Daniel Cota 200 vs Dagoberto Yañez 210
Venue: Gimnasio Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca America



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

More weigh-in shots!

All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas:  Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez, and more: Click here for gallery by Chris Cozzone



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Marquez, Diaz make weight!

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Weights by Byron Spurlock

From the Toyota Center, downtown Houston for tomorrow night’s “Supremacy” card televised on HBO and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

For the WBA, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine lightweight titles:
Juan Manuel Marquez 134.25 vs. Juan Diaz 134.5

For the WBA world featherweight title:
Chris John 125.25 vs. Rocky Juarez 125.5

Danny Garcia 142.75 vs. Cristian Favela 142.75
Daniel Jacobs 165.75 vs. Jose Cruz 164.25
Hylon Williams 134.25 vs. Jonathan Bobadilla 146.25
Jermell Charlo 147.75 vs. Juan Serrano 151.25
Hector Vasquez 135.5 vs. Ramon Flores 139.5
Michael Anderson 147 vs. Oscar Rosales 148.5
Darryl Hayes 132.25 vs. Gerardo Carillo 136.5



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Maidana back in training!

Photo: Team Maidana

Photo: Team Maidana

By Team Maidana

Argentina’s Marcos Maidana is now back at training 20 days after he lost a controversial split decision against WBA Super Welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik from Ukraine in Rostock Germany. Although he admits it was quite a competitive fight, Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs) is still upset about the decision of the two European judges (Jean Louis Legland and Paul Thomas) that gave the nod to Kotelnik by one and two points, respectively. “I know I didn’t lose the fight. And many people agree with me. I put all the pressure and hit him with the best punches during almost the whole bout. I’ve read that Kotelnik himself has said in a recent interviews that when a fight is close the judges have to award the champion. I respect Kotelnik as a good champion but he knows that it shouldn’t work that way,” Maidana said. “However, I’m thankful at the WBA as in their lastest ranking they’ve kept in the #2 spot. That means that I may another chance very soon, which is exciting. That’s why the Kotelnik loss is now water under the bridge for me. I’ve rested two weeks and I’m already back at the gym. If I was fit 100% last time, I’ll be prepared 110% the next one,” ‘El Chino’ added.



February 27th, 2009

Boxing News

“The Road Warrior” Returns!

By Matt Thompson

Glen Johnson will step in the ring for the sixty-second time of his 16-year career tonight when he battles challenger Daniel Judah at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Few professionals in boxing today have this kind of experience, particularly at the level of “The Road Warrior.” Johnson fought for his first title shot against Bernard Hopkins 12 years ago. Since the Hopkins fight, Glen Johnson has been in with the who’s who in the super middleweight and light heavyweight division including his signature knockout win over Roy Jones, Jr., and decisions over Antonio Tarver and Clinton Woods earning him 2004 fighter of the year accolades. Recently FightNews had the opportunity to talk with the always charming former champ in Miami as he prepared for his rematch against Judah. (more…)



February 27th, 2009

Scale Watch

Murat, Sanavia make weight!

Photo: Sauerland Event

Photo: Sauerland Event

Karo Murat 166.7 vs Cristian Sanavia 166.4
(European Super-Middleweight Title)
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs Gaetano Nespro 159.8
(IBF International Middleweight Title)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: 200 vs Micky Steeds 203.9
Dominik Britsch 158.1 vs Rachid Ouafi 158.3
Robert Helenius 244.1 vs Enrico Garmendia 236.1
Venue: Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)



February 27th, 2009




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