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Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and longtime contender Kalli Meehan faced off at a press conference today in advance of their WBA eliminator on Saturday at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. More to come…
Miguel Cotto and his chief trainer Manny Steward will be at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, May 19. After a media-only press conference, Cotto will head for the batting cages as the Yankees warm up before taking on Tampa Bay. Cotto, who has been training for weeks in Tampa, takes on WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. A ring will be raised in the right field area. Ticket sales are very strong according to Bob Arum. Cotto vs. Foreman is promoted by Top Rank, Cotto Promotions and will be available on HBO.
Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard headlined an exciting week of public workouts at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT prior to their title fights on Saturday, May 22nd . . . Click here for more
For the first time ever, just as UFC® light heavyweight rivals Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans enter the Octagon™ and touch gloves, Roku users all over the country will be able to see what happens next and who emerges the winner of this ultimate grudge-match live on TV via their Roku streaming video player. (more…)
Once the trash talking was done and the stare-downs were complete, it came time to fight.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight. It was more like a beat down.
In a dominating U.S. debut in front of 4,412 vocal fans, WBA junior welterweight title-holder Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) demolished former title-holder Paulie Malignaggi; winning every round of their fight in lopsided fashion before referee Steve Smoger mercifully called a halt one minute and 25 seconds into the 11th round. The fight was the main event of a card held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. HBO televised the bout as the headliner of a “Boxing after Dark” card . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively retained his belt as he positively kept stalking much taller Angel Granados (18-9, 8 KOs), 129.25, from Venezuela, and finally caught him with a vicious looping right to drop the lanky challenger face first to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:42 of the sixth round on Monday in Saitama (close to our capital Tokyo), Japan. Uchiyama, making his initial defense, kept his cool and threw stinging lefts with precision despite a five-inch height difference to finally gain his judgment of distance prior to a sudden stoppage. (More to come)
In anticipation of Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV: Once And Four All, SHOWTIME will re-air each of the duo’s three epic bouts in their entirety as well as an updated version of Vazquez-Marquez: The Trilogy all week leading up to the live event on Saturday, May 22. It all begins on Monday, May 17 with Vazquez vs. Marquez I at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME2. (more…)
Undefeated Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) faces off against KO artist Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO Americas lightweight title on June 4th at the Micosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Florida. The twelve round championship fight will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Telemundo and is presented by Tuto Zabala Jr’s All Star Boxing Inc., The Next Generation. The winner of the bout is guaranteed a top twelve ranking by the WBO. The fight will mark Gesta’s televised main event debut. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Far be it from Andre Ward to suggest he’s as good as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the WBA Super Middleweight Champion believes there’s a subtle similarity: It’s hard for opponents to prepare for them. Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) is preparing to face Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The two spoke recently at an Oakland press conference to officially announce the fight. (more…)
World ranked light heavyweight Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will make his return to Philadelphia when he headlines a big night of boxing on Friday night June 4th at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Mack, of Philadelphia has a record of 28-3-2 with 17 KOs and is IBF #11. He’ll be looking to get back in the win column and climb back up the rankings after his sixth round stoppage defeat to former world champion Glen Johnson on February 5th in Miami. (more…)
ALA Promotions has signed former WBA and WBC minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama of Osaka, Japan. In a recent move on going global, ALA Promotions is starting to sign fighters not just from the ALA Gym to fight under its banner and Takayama is one of the first fighters to do so. He is set to headline a boxing presentation by ALA Promotions entitled Best of Boxing 1 on Saturday at the Mandaue City Sports Complex. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
There were those who felt that Junior Middleweight titleholder Sergiy Dzinzurik would not be as sharp due to ring rust of having not fought in over 18 months. They were right. For a round or two, at best. The rest of the fight was a showcase of Dzinzurik showing why he is a force to reckoned with at 154 pounds. Unfortunately, his opponent, Daniel Dawson, was on the receiving end of those sharp snapping jabs and stinging left hands to the head by Dzinzurik. Dzinzurik slowly figured Dawson out, breaking him down as the bout progressed to earn a 10th round stoppage before a crowd of 1,300 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. With the victory, Dzinzurik retains his world title belt. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
WBA middleweight mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin declared recently in an interview with a Kazakh newspaper that the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine hadn’t signed the contract to face him. Golovkin then stated that his group was in negotiation with four other boxers from the WBA top ten, including the French hope “El Phenomeno” Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam. According to the N’Jikam camp they were never approached and they never received any offer from Golovkin’s group to step in the ring with him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Paulie Malignaggi raised his arms and took a deep breath. With a towel partially hung over his badly bruised and beaten face, the normally loquacious junior welterweight didn’t need to say much. His body language said it all. He was a beaten man – beaten fair and square. And the man who beat him, WBA junior welterweight Amir Khan, is likely to be a future star.
“He knows how to win rounds,” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KO’s) told the ringside media directly after the conclusion of his eleventh round technical knockout loss at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten newly crowned WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line against hugely elongated 6’1″ Venezuelan Angel Granados (18-8, 8 KOs; a challenger with a triple eight) tomorrow (Monday) in Saitama (adjacent to Tokyo), Japan.
Uchiyama, formerly multi-national amateur champ at 30, was fortunate enough to have gained the world throne with a couple of reasons: (1) then WBA 130-pound champ Jorge Linares, regarded as formidable by all, astoundingly lost his belt via unexpected and unbelievable first-round demolition by Juan Carlos Salgado last October, and (2) Uchiyama was given an opportunity to have a shot against Salgado in the unbeaten Mexican’s initial defense here and then disposed of him in the last stanza this January. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
The heavy-handed Colombian puncher who sent Filipino Z Gorres to retirement is arriving in the Philippines this Wednesday in time for his 10-round bantamweight battle with Michael Domingo at the Waterfront hotel in Cebu this Saturday night. Luis Melendez, who will be accompanied by two others, will begin their journey in Baranquilla, then onwards to the capital of Bogota and to Paris for a connecting flight to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, Melendez will fly directly to Cebu, according to Cebu boxing patron Tony Aldeguer in an interview with Fightnews on Sunday afternoon. “Melendez is familiar to Filipino boxing fans because of his unforgettable fight with Gorres,” said Aldeguer, stressing that traumatic experience Gorres had with Melendez when they fought on Nov. 13, 2009 in Las Vegas. (more…)
In what was billed as a “final WBC featherweight title eliminator,” former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs) scored a second round TKO over unrated Jean “Evengelista” Sotelo (22-8-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Domo Del Mar in the resort town of Ciudad Del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Gonzalez is now in line to challenge champion Elio Rojas.
Hot, young, prospect Roberto Marroquin gets his picture with the always exciting world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce after Marroquin knocked out rugged Arturo Camargo in the second round on the Top Rank Live card in Los Mochis, Mexico Saturday night.
Rudy Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) celebrated a successful ring return on Saturday night in Herning when he stopped Christophe Karagoz in the sixth round of the newly-created TV 2 Fight Night series. The “Hardhitter” was off to a flying start, knocking his opponent down in the first round with a body shot. He was in control throughout, cleverly firing in power punches to body and head. In the sixth, he dusted his opponent with a right and then again with a one-two combination. When Karagoz was in trouble again, the referee waved the bout off. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former New Zealand heavyweight champion George Mahoni has recently passed away at the age of 72 in Tonga after living several years in the USA. The 5’8 Mahoni started his professional career in 1958 with a knockout in ten rounds over Joveci Bau in Fiji. Known as the “Niumaefolu Mohini ” George scored wins over Australians Ernie Bull Hughes via decision in twelve and technical knockout in six over Alec Ross in 1959 (more…)
Photos: Venganza Gloria
In a much anticipated rematch, Orlando “Siri” Salido (34-10, 22 KOs) won the IBF featherweight belt by dethroning champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Tomás Oroz Gaytán Stadium in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
Longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvarez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina stepped up a weight class to defeat #1 rated Everth Briceno (32-5-1, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua by unanimous decision, winning the vacant WBO super flyweight title on Saturday night at the famous Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aries, Argentina. (more…)
By John Robbins (Fightnews Canada) at ringside
Proceeding were stopped early at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton Ontario as things were turned over to the judges’ scorecards after four rounds of boxing for the vacant NABA bantamweight title due to cut on the nose of hometown fighter Andrew Kooner. The decision went to Jose Silveira of Mexico by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38. (more…)
Photos by Top Rank/Zanfer
WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (52-7-2, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title against challenger Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Dominguez (31-6-2, 19 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 117-112. The clash had local as well as worldwide significance as Soto hails from Los Mochis and Dominguez is from nearby Culiacan. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) punished former IBF champion and currently WBA #3 rated Paulie Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) for eleven rounds on Saturday night in The Theater at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Khan won every round in a one-sided beating, but although outgunned, the game Malignaggi battled on until referee Steve Smoger made a mercy stoppage in the eleventh. Time was 1:25.
In an important collision of super lightweight contenders, WBA #2/WBO #4/IBF #6 Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over 38-year-old former lightweight world champion and current WBO #2/WBA #4/IBF #11 Nate Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs). Ortiz was credited with a questionable knockdown in round one, but he didn’t need the extra help as he pounded out a clear ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. For more details and photos click here…
Anthony Marcial (17-1, 15 KOs) stopped fellow Filipino countryman Dante Paulino (14-10-2, 10 KOs) by way of 4th round TKO in their lightweight main event on Saturday night. Marcial won the vacant WBO Oriental lightweight title with the win. The bout took place at the Wilfredo Cabalse Sports Complex in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. Samson Gello-ani SGG Sports Promotions promoted the event.
By Karl Freitag
In a clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title, WBC #1 rated Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (43-2-1, 32 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over WBC #2 Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-3-1, 10 KOs) to claim the belt formerly held by Zsolt Erdei on Saturday night at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. The Polish star Wlodarczyk dropped the 40-year-old Fragomeni with a big right hand at the end of round six, but the rugged Italian showed no lingering effects in the following round. However, in round eight Wlodarczyk jumped all over Fragomeni and dropped him again. Referee Frank Garza then waved off the fight. The two had battled to a disputed draw one year ago. (more…)
After winning an emergency injunction this afternoon over a rival promoter and one of his fighters that was attempting to participate tonight in an MMA match in Fayetteville, N.C., Don King had one last hurdle to clear: Florida state law required him to post a bond that Broward County Circuit Court Judge Marc H. Gold determined at $1 million. And he had to do it within two hours. With most businesses that would help him conduct a transaction of this magnitude not operating on a Saturday, King departed the Ft. Lauderdale courthouse and returned prior to the deadline to present the judge with two duffel bags containing $1 million in cash to fulfill his obligation to the court. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs) scored a punishing third round TKO over previously unbeaten and #1 rated Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night outdoors before a large disappointed crowd at the Upton Park soccer stadium in London. Katsidis rocked the hometown hero Mitchell early in round three and after a furious follow up barrage the bout was waved off by referee Dave Perris. Time was 1:57.
Unbeaten heavyweight Derek Chisora (13-0, 8 KOs) ended the career of former heavyweight title challenger Danny Williams (41-9, 31 KOs), scoring a second round TKO to claim Williams’ British belt. Williams, best known for his 2004 shock KO of Mike Tyson, had said this was his last fight win or lose.
James DeGale TKO5 Sam Horton (super middleweight)
Frankie Gavin TKO1 Gavin Tait (jr welterweight)
Billy Joe Saunders W6 Andy Butlin (super middleweight)
By Karl Freitag
WBA #12 middleweight Andy Lee (21-1, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over former Euro champ Mamadou Thiam (46-9, 43 KOs) on Saturday night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. Lee was in command until Thiam suffered a back injury and could not come out for round three.
Heavyweight Mike Perez moved to 10-0 with 8 KOs after winning two fights on the same card. First Perez needed just 48 seconds to destroy Edgar Kalners (21-23) then he returned later to TKO no-hoper Tomas Mrazek (4-28-5) in round three.
Super middleweight Luis Garcia (6-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Alexander Sipos (19-10-2, 9 KOs) over six by a score of 60-54.
Light heavyweight John Waldron (5-2, 2 KOs) surprised Jamie Power (7-2, 4 KOs) to win the vacant Irish title by a score of 97-91.
After hearing eight hours of testimony over two days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Broward County Circuit Court Judge Marc H. Gold today granted Don King Productions’ request for an injunction preventing Ricardo Mayorga from appearing tonight on an MMA card tonight in Fayetteville, NC. Mayorga is in Fayetteville and the MMA promoter has issued a press release stating the bout will go on as scheduled despite “Don King and a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo.” However, Gold warned from the bench, “If my orders are disobeyed, there will be serious sanctions from this court.” The judge is requiring DKP to post a $1,000,000 bond today for the order to stick.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo suffered more than just a defeat at the hands of Julio Diaz in Primm Nevada Friday night; the super-lightweight contender suffered both a broken jaw and broken orbital bone that required medical attention following the fight. “He didn’t complain at all during the fight and we’re not quite sure when it happened,” said trainer Marc Ramsay who saw his fighter go down to Diaz by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 99-91 on the scorecards. “It was only a half-hour after the fight that he started mentioning the pain and we had him checked out. The jaw is not that bad but the orbital is the more serious of the two.” It is possible that the fateful blow was delivered in the 9th, a left hand that sent Ngoudjo back into the ropes and had him hanging on for the only time in the fight. (more…)
In the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz easily outpointed Herman Ngoudjo and took home a unanimous decision victory in their ten-round junior welterweight bout at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev.
The former champion, who has fought the likes of Juan Diaz and Jose Luis Castillo, proved that he still has some fight left in him after losing both of his 2009 fights against Victor Cayo and Rolando Reyes . . . click here for more
Entering the Boxing Writers Association of America annual writing contest (a.k.a. the “Barneys) for the first time, Fightnews.com received an honorable mention. In event coverage, writer/photographer Chris Cozzone picked up the honors with “Run, Rabbit, Run” – coverage of Holly Holm vs. Victoria Cisneros, held at Isleta in Albuquerque, N.M. (Click here)
Veteran Associated Press writer Tim Dahlberg took top honors; he was the only winner of two first places as well as the only person to place among the top three in three of the six categories. (more…)
The bitter rivalry between former UFC® light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans can no longer be contained inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. UFC officials announced today that on the heels of a sold out UFC 114, a closed circuit viewing event has been added at the MGM Grand Conference Center to give fans the opportunity to witness one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. (more…)
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