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Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas was chock full of competing ...

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Boxing Result

Urango regains IBF title!

Photo: Mike Greenhill

Photo: Mike Greenhill

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Junior welterweight Juan Urango (21-1-1, 16 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Hermann Ngoudjo (17-3, 9 KOs) to reclaim the vacant IBF world championship on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Urango floored Ngoudjo twice in round three and pressed the action throughout to win by scores of 118-108, 120-106, 116-110. It was later announced that Urango broke Ngoudjo’s jaw in round three. Also, in a bizarre incident, for some reason the timekeeper allowed the tenth round to go on for an amazing five minutes and ten seconds.



January 30th, 2009



Twitter Watch

Ingemar Johansson 1932-2009

Swedish Legend died last night

By Olof Johansson / Editor BOXNING

Swedish Legend Ingemar Johansson died five minutes to Midnight January 30 2009 after a two week long struggle in the last phase of Alzheimers illness. The former Heavyweight Champion of The World was at his death 76 years and 4 month old. He was regarded as Scandinavia’s greatest fighter ever and held the undisputed World Heavyweight Championship 1959-1960; he also held The European Heavyweight Crown 1956-1959 and again 1962-1963. (more…)



January 30th, 2009


UFC

Fitch returns at UFC 94!

UFC 94 is LIVE tomorrow on PPV!

Interview by David L. Hudson

“From one legend to another” could be the mantra of mixed martial artist Jon Fitch. Last August Fitch went 25 minutes with pound-for-pound great Georges St. Pierre (GSP), losing a unanimous decision. Now this coming Saturday, Fitch returns to the Octagon at UFC 94 to face Japanese warrior Akihiro Gono who has been fighting professionally since 1994  . . .  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 30th, 2009

Boxing Result

Early Results from Montreal!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Dorin Spivey had a lot working against him as fought for only the second time in two years. Taking the fight on one week’s notice, Spivey who has spent much of his 15 year career at lightweight went in as the prohibitive underdog against undefeated Antonin Decarie who is nine years his junior at 26. Decarie was able to retain his NABO welterweight belt by pounding out a 119-105, 118-106, 118-108 victory over the Portsmouth Virginia native. Decarie’s solid jab and higher work-rate was able to put rounds in the early going until the gas in Spivey’s tank started to diminish in the 6th round. Spivey was deducted a point for holding in the round, and despite repeated warnings and pleadings from referee Gerry Bolen, was again deducted another in the 8th. Decarie tumbled down to the canvas with one bullrush from Spivey but was still able to maintain composure and still pounded away on his overmatched opponent. Spivey fell to 35-6 with the defeat while Decarie remained perfect at 21-0.
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Super-lightweight Ali Chebah push his record to 29-1 with a 79-73, 78-72, 78-72 decision over Cesar Soriano (19-22 13KO) of Mexico City. The French born Chebah who is presently fighting out of Montreal was able to walk forward all night with his hands down, constantly switching from righty to lefty. While it was enough to easily win the fight, it also was enough to swallow more right hands from Soriano than necessary in what was rather a lackluster affair.
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Knockout sensation David Lemieux made in 13 knockouts in as many tries as opponent Rogelio Sanchez (7-20-4 11KO) did not answer the Bell for the 4th round of a scheduled six. It goes down as the second longest fight in the 20 year-olds career who coming up short on punches in the early and while Sanchez was landing with his big looping right hand. Lemieux though was able to deliver some thudding blows to the body over a quickly tiring opponent and was starting to dominate as the round ended.
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U.S. Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (3-0 1KO) wore out his right-hand glove on his way to a 40-34, 40-36, 40-36 victory over debuting Greg Jimenez of Toronto. After a sustained body attack in the second round by the southpaw, a rip occurred in the glove of O’Connor and a five minute break to replace it early in the third. The break served Jiminez well in the super-lightweight contest as he was able to make it to scorecards against the Seminole Warriors-promoted fighter.



January 30th, 2009

Announcement

KNR2 Boxing show

Guests are 2008 Olympian Shawn Porter & Prizefight co-promoter Russ Young

FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with 2008 U.S. Olympic alternate Shawn Porter and Russ Young, CEO of Prizefight Boxing! You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at boxing@espncleveland.com



January 30th, 2009

UFC

Penn, GSP make weight!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV tomorrow!

Photo: Anthony Springer Jr.

Photo: Anthony Springer Jr.

Weights by Anthony Springer Jr.

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 card:

Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
BJ Penn (168) vs.  Georges St-Pierre (170)

Thiago Silva (206) vs.  Lyoto Machida (206)
Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs.  Karo Parisyan (170)
Clay Guida (156) VS vs.  Nate Diaz (156)
Jon Jones (206) vs.  Stephan Bonnar (206)
Akihiro Gono (171) vs.  Jon Fitch (171)
Thiago Tavares (155) vs.  Manvel Gamburyan (155)
John Howard (171) vs.  Chris Wilson (170)
Christian Wellisch (206) vs.  Jake O’Brien (205)
Dan Cramer (171) vs. Matt Arroyo (171)

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 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Killer Queen vs Baby Doll!

Köber vs Fischer in co-feature

Female world flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs), arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound female boxer returns in a very attractive matchup on March 20th at the famous Alsterdorf Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. “The Killer Queen” will defend her WIBF and WBA belts against Elena “Baby Doll” Reid. Reid, of course, is best known for her two grueling bouts with female ring legend Regina Halmich, who will be at ringside commentating on the bout. In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Sebastian Köber faces the well known former heavyweight title challenger Willi “de Ox“ Fischer. Both bouts will be televised on Spotlight Boxing’s popular “ProSieben Fight Night” series.



January 30th, 2009

UFC

O’Brien wants to steal show!

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Story by Jose E. Santiago

On Saturday night at in Las Vegas, UFC 94 Penn and St. Pierre will square off in a rematch, but one fighter that hopes to steal the spotlight will be “Irish” Jake O’Brien.  In his sixth appearance in the famous UFC Octagon, O’Brien will come in a few pounds lighter when he takes his first stab at the loaded light-heavyweight division . . .  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 30th, 2009

Announcement

Camacho takes on Molina!

Star Boxing’s welterweight prospect, Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) will look to make the transition from highly thought of prospect to contender when he takes on the very dangerous Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) on Friday February 13th at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom. The bout between Camacho and Molina is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and will be shown live as the main event of that evenings ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast. Camacho vs. Molina is scheduled for ten rounds in the welterweight division . . . . click here for more



January 30th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon prepares for Stephens

UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon held an open media workout yesterday afternoon at his gym, Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts in Bridgewater (MA), in preparation for his main event fight February 7 on “UFC Fight Night 17,” broadcast live on Spike TV from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida . . .  Click here for more



January 30th, 2009

Interview

Q&A: Frank Espinoza!

Well known boxing manager Frank Espinoza sat down and answered some questions for Fightnews.com readers about several issues including the return of Israel Vazquez, his new crop of fighters and his overall goals within the boxing industry. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Announcement

Press events opened to fans!

Workouts, the presser, and weigh-in

In an unusual move, fight fans are being invited to attend every press event during fight week for the Victor Darchinyan vs. Jorge Arce showdown at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca., on Saturday, Feb. 7. “We’re going to be fan-friendly, up close and personal all week in Anaheim,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Normally closed workouts, the final press conference and the prefight weigh-in will all be open to the public. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan training video!

Inside the Darchinyan camp

True to form, world champion boxer Vic Darchinyan continued his pre-fight verbal assault on rival Jorge Arce. Check out this online video from SHOWTIME Sports, as network cameras captured Darchinyan, the 115-pound division’s first three-belt unified world champion, during a sparring session last week in Las Vegas. Hint: He’s sparing with a female fighter whom he claims is better than Arce. Darchinyan of Australia and Arce of Mexico are twisted in a bitter, heated rivalry that will be settled on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward planning a big 2009!

Olympic champ headlines Feb. 6 ShoBox card

Outside the ring, Andre Ward is one of the most pleasant, personable, thoughtful and unselfish young men you’ll ever want to meet. Inside, he is widely recognized as one of the most talented young fighters in the world, a “can’t miss” world champion in the eyes of many. Others take it a step further and refer to him as the “future of boxing.” So, there is little doubt that the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will likely one day become a world champion. The question is: when? (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Column

Russian Boxing Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

After a tedious one-and-a-half-month break without any significant fights in late December and January, Russian boxing promoters will resume their activities in February with an increased tempo. It all starts on February 13th, when former world title challenger-turned-promoter Andrey Shkalikov will present Russia’s first boxing event in 2009 at Triumph Sports Palace in Lyubertsy, several kilometers from Moscow. (more…)



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson to face Aparicio!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (33-1, 23 KOs) will clash with Ariel Gerado Aparicio (26-9,10 KOs) over twelve rounds on Sunday at the Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia with the PABA and IBF Pan Pacific titles up for grabs. Dawson’s only loss came via points decision to world IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale in 2007. Aparicio has lost to former world IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou in a previous trip to Australia in 2004.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Urango-Ngoudjo officials!

By Dave Spencer — Fightnews Canada

Officials have been announced for tonight’s IBF championship fight between the #1 ranked Hermann Ngoudjo and the #2 Juan Urango. No surprise that referee Marlon Wright gets the nod for the main event for the vacant title. Wright who was at the helm of the controversial ending involving super-middleweight IBF Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade is the only Montreal based official affiliated with the IBF and as a result has done almost all fights involving the New Jersey based sanctioning in recent years. The resulting melee following the Bute-Andrade result ended up in Ngoudjo’s trainer Howard Grant sitting on the sidelines for tonight’s action as he serves a three month suspension. Judges are Richard Green, Pasquale Procopio and Robert Hoyle. Both Green and Hoyle are known to Canadian boxing fans as two of the judge’s at ringside when cruiserweight Dale Brown lost a very controversial decision to O’Neill Bell for the IBF belt in 2005.



January 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa foe named!

By Robert Coster

In what will be his eighth world title defense, WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (34-5, 18 KOs) will face tough Porsawan Porpramook of Thailand on March 28th. The fight will be held in Cuidad Victoria, hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, the first title fight ever in this northern Mexican city. Porpramook (21-2, 16 KOs), a former Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) champion and reputed to be a hard puncher, fought for the WBO minimumweight title in September of 2007, losing by decision to Filipino Donnie Nietes. The Thai boxer held the PABA straweight title for over five years and was also WBC Asian Council champion in the 105lbs class.



January 30th, 2009

UFC

GSP fights with heart & mind

UFC 94 is LIVE on PPV Jan. 31!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre will ride a four fight win streak into Saturday’s super fight with current UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn. With wins over Josh Koscheck, Matt Serra, Matt Hughes and most recently, Jon Fitch . . .  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 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Hurtado to stage return

Former world champion Diobelys Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) is staging a return. The Cuban-born former light welter champ has just signed with Top Notch Boxing, of Denver, Colo., and is back in the U.S. after two years of living in Spain, after suffering several losses to his family. Hurtado says he now ready to take on the best at 140 to 147. “I’m returning with tremendous hunger to prove to the boxing world that I can be a world champion again,” says Hurtado, now training in Brighton, Colo., at the Strictly Boxing Gym. Stay tuned. –Chris Cozzone



January 30th, 2009

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




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