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“Fans and media have been asking me for weeks what is happening on The Ultimate Fighter® Season 11, saying things like ‘is Tito off the show, is Chuck fighting Rich.’ Today, I’m officially announcing that Chuck Liddell will fight Rich Franklin at UFC 115. I wish I could tell you why, but everyone’s just going to have to watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 on Spike TV. What I can say is that these are two UFC® legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight. Both of these guys are looking to get back to the top of the light heavyweight division. Liddell and Franklin at 205 pounds is going to be a war, and I can’t wait to do our first UFC event ever in Vancouver,” said UFC President Dana White. (more…)
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) defends his crown against WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. As usual, Pavlik prepared for the fight with trainer Jack Loew at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown, Ohio. More photos…
By Nick Giongco
Unheralded Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan has vowed to knock the WBC super-bantamweight crown off Japanese hotshot Toshiaki Nishioka’s head when they collide on April 30 at Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. Bangoyan, a protege of Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur mayor Zander Khan, told fightnews during a break in his training at the Tiger City Gym in Mandaluyong that he is almost in perfect condition for the scheduled 12-round battle in the very same venue where The Beatles first performed on Japanese shores in 1966. “I have seen Nishioka on video and I know what to do,” said Bangoyan, 22, who is unbeaten in 15 fights with seven knockouts. Frederick Wangkay, Bangoyan’s chief trainer, is confident that once the Filipino hits Nishioka, the Japanese star will fall. “Bangoyan has power on both fists and I won’t be surprised if we win by knockout,” said Wangkay. Team Bangoyan will fly to Tokyo on April 23, while other members of the boxer’s entourage, made up of Khan and business manager Wakee Salud, will follow them on April 28.
On Saturday, another chapter in German boxing history will be written when WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) defends his belt against unbeaten WBO #2 ranked Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs). It will be the seventh ever German vs. German world championship clash. Also on the world title twinbill in Magdeburg’s famous Bördelandhalle, German WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) has a rematch with WBC #2 rated Italian Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs), whom he edged in a close fight last July. The fighters were all on hand Monday at the famous Kaiser-Otto-Saal des Kulturhistorischen Museum for the fight week press conference. Here’s what they had to say: (more…)
By Felipe Leon
With their debut fight card which included fourteen bouts and eighty scheduled rounds, Baja Boxing brought professional boxing back to the border city of Tijuana, MX, with an action packed night that included three championship fights and a parade of local prospects fighting in front of their home town. Over 2,500 enthusiastic fight fans where on hand at the Palenque of Morelos Park located in the heart of the city to witness jr. welterweight Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19 KOs) stay undefeated and anesthetize his third victim in a row when he stopped Colombia’s Henry “Mamba” Aurad (12-3-1, 9 KOs) to capture the vacant WBC FECARBOX title broadcast nationally in Mexico by Televisa. (more…)
Super middleweight contender Edison Miranda has arrived in Montreal and is ready to fight IBF world champion Lucian Bute on Saturday. Pictured are trainer Ricardo Funez, Edison Miranda and head trainer Joe Goossen.
Former lightweight contender José Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs) is ready to show the world that he is back in business. After a great comeback in 2009, with 3 impressive KO wins, JM Cotto is getting ready to shine on Saturday, May 1st in the co-main bout of the Mayweather-Mosley event against Mexican prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez (31-0, 23 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley works on punching sequences with trainer Naazim Richardson on April 12, 2010 in Pasadena, California during a media workout in preparation for his May 1, 2010 mega-fight against six-time world champion Floyd Mayweather at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for quotes and more photos…
The IBF has granted formal sanction approval for IBF junior flyweight champion Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) to make an optional defense against IBF #7 rated Luis Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs). The bout is scheduled for May 29 at the Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It was the result they wanted, just not road they wanted to get there. The WBC #1 super-lightweight contender Jo Jo Dan (26-0, 14 KOs) was successful this weekend in his native Romania posting a tenth round knockout of Andre Nascimento (15-5. 11 KOs) of Brazil who was stopped for the first time. “I’d say I’m half satisfied,” said Dan’s trainer Pierre Bouchard, “We got the result we wanted, but I think we went about it the wrong way.” Dan finished the show with a left uppercut to the midsection of Nasciemento, a punch reminiscent of his fellow Romanian lefty and former amateur roommate Lucian Bute and known in the Interbox gym as the ‘Bute Special.’ (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Looks like former IBF/WBO light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) will take on undefeated Kazakh prospect Vitaly Demyanenko (18-0, 11 KOs) next. The fight, which is being rumored for late May or early June, has been discussing all over Kazakh media for about a month. The exact venue is still unknown, though Moscow has been named as one of the possible sites. However, according to Demyanenko, team Judah insists on staging the bout in America. Negotiations are ongoing and the deal is close to be signed.
The WBO #7, WBC #9 and WBA #10 ranked Kazakh right-handed stylist, who is working out of unnatural southpaw stance, is coming off a shutout (120-108 twice and 120-109) twelve-round decision over Argentinean Jorge Daniel Miranda this February in Moscow. Demyanenko holds PABA, WBC ABC and WBO Asia Pacific belts at 147 lbs.
Team Sauerland is delighted to announce it has signed a long-term contract with gifted Swedish amateur Erik Skoglund. The 18-year-old, considered by many to be Sweden’s biggest boxing talent, will make his professional debut on the Kessler-Froch undercard in Herning on April 24, taking on cruiserweight Viktor Szalai. Skoglund will be coached by Karsten Rower, who also trains IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester. (more…)
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik, display their world championship belts at a press conference today in Magdeburg, Germany. On Saturday, Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) will defend his belt against unbeaten Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs) and Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) has a rematch with Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs), whom he edged in a close fight last July. Full details to come…
The popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns on April 30 to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida with a explosive main event. Former world title challenger and new idol in Miami, William “Chirizo” Gonzalez will face Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Gonzalez’ WBO Latin bantamweight title at stake. Gonzalez is ranked #8 WBA #8 WB0 and #11 WBC, is 28 years old and brings a record of 24-3, 20 KOs. Araiza on the other hand is the former WBA FEDCENTRO titlist, currently ranked #15 WBO, is 31 years old and brings an excellent record of 31-1, 22 KOs.
The undercard will be announced shortly. A total of 8 fights are scheduled with the first bell at 8:30 PM. The event is being promoted by Tuto Zabala, Jr.and All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network on HD. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort. Call 1-800-741-4600.
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25 KO’s) and challenger Manny Siaca (22-6, 19 KO’s) met today at the final press conference in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia. Both fighters were confident of victory but the 37 year old “Green Machine” was reflective on what happened to Roy Jones Jr when they met in December at the Acer Arena. He stated, “I will not be taking Manny Siaca lightly and will not make the same mistake Roy Jones made with me. He underestimated me because he was looking forward to his next fight with Bernard Hopkins and was distracted and totally under estimated me. The result was he got knocked out. I cannot fall into that trap and I am totally focussed on defeating Siaca in front of all my fans in Perth. I will not be thinking about the next fight until I have defeated my challenger and that is all that is on my mind.” Click here for more, plus more photos.
Boxing fans worldwide want to see one fight: IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye. Now, triple champion Klitschko is taking action and officially calling out David Haye in a video message. Haye has already pulled out of fights with the Klitschko brothers twice.
Here is what Wladimir addresses in his message to David Haye: “I want to send this message to boxing fans and directly to David Haye. David, you’ve bitched out on fighting both Klitschko brothers twice already and now’s the time to make it happen. On behalf of the boxing fans around the world, I am officially calling you out to fight me. You can’t run away from me forever and you need to follow through with this fight if you want to be respected. I’m ready!!! What’re you waiting for?”
Report by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC
It’s not often that “Anderson Silva” and “embarrassed” find themselves in the same sentence.
But after last night’s performance, that’s exactly how UFC president Dana White described the bout. In his eleventh straight Octagon victory, Anderson Silva (26-4) retained his middle weight title in a lackluster decision win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom Demian Maia (12-2) . . . Click here for more
Universum heavyweight Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) is looking forward to getting a crack at European champion Audley “A-Force” Harrison. Dimitrenko was already named the official EBU challenger prior to Harrison’s bout with Michael Sprott for the vacant belt, a bout that ended with a spectacular twelfth round come-from-behind knockout by Harrison. “I followed the fight live on the Internet and have to say that it was a very high level bout. Both had nothing else to give. A very interesting fight for me. Harrison was clearly behind on points. He could only win by KO and that he actually did it was very impressive. He’ll be a good opponent for me. I’m look forward to a great fight. I think I can keep Harrison in check.” (more…)
By David Finger
Usually when former heavyweight champion announces he is making a comeback, fans assume the worst. But such is the current state of the heavyweight division that most fans are already predicting a world title fight for former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs). Or perhaps it’s because Briggs has proven his critics wrong so many times in the past that it’s just safer not to bet against him. His comeback begins this Tuesday when he faces the Cuban brawler Rafael Pedro (20-8-1, 14 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. (More)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally Foxtel televised promotion Fijian based Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs), formerly of Ghana, stopped Jamie Pittman (19-2, 8 KOs) in seven rounds at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Southpaw Pittman controlled all the rounds as he scored with power shots to the head and body of Kwadjo. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
In what is the biggest bout of his career so far and with only one week away from his world middleweight championship fight against Kelly Pavlik, WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez has completed his preparations in Oxnard, CA and will be departing on Sunday for Atlantic City, NJ. For more details and photos click here…
Lucian Bute is back in Montreal after spending the last nine weeks in Florida training at the Thump Boxing Gym facilities in Miami with Head Trainer Stephan Larouche and Physical Conditioning guru Andre Kulesza. Lucian Bute (25-0, 20 KOs) will defend his IBF world super middleweight title against Edison Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at the Montreal Bell Centre. This bout will be broadcast live on PPV on Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw across Canada and by HBO World Championship Boxing in the United States and Internationally. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #15 lightweight Saddam Kietyongyuth (19-0, 15 KOs) will be in action on Friday in Bangkok, Thailand when he will clash with Indonesian Simson Butar-Butar (19-10-2, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds. Kietyongyuth only had one contest in 2009 because of a shoulder injury and in January 2010 scored a second round stoppage over Korean Yong Yoon Choi in Singapore. (more…)
By Damien St. Pierre
A disappointing end to an exciting bout left the sold out crowd at the Hilton Towers in Lafayette, Louisiana wanting more as the man they came to see suffered his first defeat as a professional, although in a odd manner. Sao Paulo, Brazil native Juliano Ramos captured the Louisiana state light middleweight championship this past Saturday night without breaking a sweat. His opponent hometown prizefighter Jarred “Lethal Weapon” LeBlanc (12-1) came out with his usual aggressive style and put Ramos’ back to the ropes as LeBlanc tried to step to the side he fell to the canvas in obvious pain. LeBlanc would try to get back to his feet but was unable to do so. Referee Larry Berger called in the ringside doctor and he would eventually deem LeBlanc unable to continue. The official time was 1:55 into the opening round. With the win Ramos moves his record to 16-3. A rematch has already been discussed by both teams. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #3 super flyweight Drian Francisco (18-0-1, 14 KOs) of the Philippines will clash with WBA #2 Ricardo Nunez (17-1, 15 KOs) of Panama over twelve rounds in a WBA elimination bout at the Ynares Sports arena in Metro Manila, Philippines on Saturday. Francisco scored the best win of his career in October 2009 when he scored a ten round technical knockout over former world champion Roberto Vasquez. Nunez has lost only one contest back in 2008 when William De Sousa stopped him in round one. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Rising Philly featherweight prospect, “Pretty Boy” Coy Evans (8-0-1, 2KO’s) looked spectacular on Friday night at the Arena in South Philadelphia PA, scoring a destructive third round knockout of experienced Kenyan, Morris Chule (11-11-2, 8KO’s) in the eight round main event of the evening. Unfortunately on the undercard, several bouts fell out at the last moment so fans were unable to see the likes of undefeated middleweight prospect Derrick Webster (5-0, 4KO’s) and the ever popular Olivia “The Great” Fonseca (3-2-2, 2KO’s). However, former amateur standout Keenan Smith stepped in admirably in scoring a one sided four round unanimous decision over fellow Philly super featherweight, Luis “Smurf” Esquilin (1-4-1), in his professional debut. The four bout card was promoted by Greg Robinson in association with the River Edge Beverage Company. (more…)
Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield said he would again become world champion. He fulfilled that promise by stopping World Boxing Federation champion Frans Botha in front of just over 3,000 cheering fans at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas.
It certainly wasn’t pretty, but for Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield his TKO victory over Botha not only earned him the WBF title, it also meant that Holyfield’s boxing career isn’t quite over yet . . . click here for more
Mexican welterweight champ Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez had promised to exact vengeance for the many losses Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao had wreaked upon his fellow countrymen. But last night at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Gonzalez was forced to eat, both, his words, and an unhealthy serving of “Melligen stew.”
Making his mark upon the welterweight division, and his iron-chinned opponent, “Mighty” Mark Melligen grilled, double-baked and roasted Gonzalez through ten rounds for a shutout decision . . . Click here for more
Forty-seven-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield looked as if he had no business in a boxing ring for five-and-a-half rounds against South African Frans Botha.
Then, all of a sudden, the “Real Deal” found the fountain of youth and tore into the “White Buffalo” to earn the World Boxing Federation title with a crowd-pleasing eighth round TKO victory in front of just over 3,000 fans at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
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