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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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UFC

TUF 19 Prelims: Issa Pulls Off Miracle Finish

Singapore-based Brazilian Leandro Issa pulled out all the stops in search of victory against China’s Jumabieke Tuerxun in their TUF 19 Finale prelim bout and it worked, as he scored a last-round submission win in their back-and-forth bantamweight battle at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014



Boxing News

Chagaev wins WBA heavyweight title with majority decision over Oquendo

By Karl Freitag

In a bout for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight championship, former world champ and WBA #3 rated Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over #4 rated Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) on Sunday night in front of 30,000+ at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia.

35-year-old southpaw Chagaev pressed the action in round one but nothing meaningful landed by either fighter. Chagaev began to connect with a few shots in round two. Oquendo was more active with his jab in round three while Chagaev landed a good straight left. The 41-year-old “Big O” opened round four well, then little action after that. Chagaev upped the pressure in round five. Oquendo also landed a few shots. Mostly Chagaev’s round in round six, but Oquendo did back up Chagaev with some punches toward the end of the round. Chagaev was bleeding from a cut over the left eye in round seven and the sight of blood seemingly inspired Oquendo to work a little harder. After a slow-paced round eight, Chagaev outworked Oquendo in round nine. Round ten was another slow, tactical round with both fighters landing occasional shots. Oquendo outboxed the visibly fatigued Chagaev in round eleven. Fres clearly had more left in round twelve, but an all out assault just isn’t in Oquendo’s nature and he didn’t get the big finish he needed. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.

With the win, Chagaev is now recognized by the WBA as world heavyweight champion along with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds a 2009 win over Chagaev.

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Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (55-3, 40 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten Goran Delic (24-1, 4 KOs). It was simply target practice for Gomez, who got win when the ring doctor suddenly pulled the plug midway through round five. Time was 1:32. Gomez claimed the vacant WBA International belt.



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Shibata keeps OPBF/Japanese 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Slick-punching and fast-moving Japanese Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, kept his OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) and Japanese middleweight belt as he managed to earn a unanimous hard-fought decision (115-113, 116-112, 118-110) over Hikaru Nishida (10-7-1, 3 KOs), 160, over twelve sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Having entirely lost his reputation with a second-round annihilation by ex-Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his very pro debut, the OPBF ruler Shibata rebounded a little by acquiring a national belt by whipping Daisuke Nakagawa this March. The elongated footworker, six years his senior at 32, had a tough time coping with the slower but rugged challenger, but steadily piled up points with his favorite hit-rand-run tactics. Nishida monotonously went forward and tried to dig solid body shots to stop the champ’s elusive mobility, which, however, didn’t cease until the end. (more…)



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Performances Bonus Recap

Chris Weidman retained his UFC Middleweight championship in a five-round war against challenger Lyoto Machida. For their effort, Machida and Weidman earned $50,000 each for the fight of the night . . . More
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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev a big favorite to regain WBA crown

Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is a -1000 favorite to defeat veteran Fres Oquendo when they meet tonight for the WBA “regular” heavyweight belt in Grozny, Chechnya. Oquendo backers can get +550.

A lot of questions surrounding Oquendo, who arrived in Chechnya just a day before the fight after a long transatlantic flight. He missed a scheduled public workout and the final press conference, prompting the event’s organizers to reach out to possible replacement fighters.

Chagaev, on the other hand, has been in Chechnya for weeks and will enjoy almost unanimous crowd support from 30,000+ spectators. Attendance to the fight card is free.



July 6th, 2014

UFC

Kevin Lee: The Good Son

Kevin Lee kept his promise. Growing up in one of the roughest areas in Detroit, it would be almost too easy to say there was no joy on Joy Road. But Lee wasn’t about to get swept up by the streets that had taken so many lives on that block . . . More
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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Estrella beats Jardon, but KO streak ends

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Hot Mexican super featherweight prospect Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (18-0, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision against former WBC world title challenger Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-5, 20 KOs) in front of 5,000 fans in the Domo Care, Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico at an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa

“I’m very happy and this win is the result of work done in the training,” said Estrella, who was extended the distance for the first time in his career. “I expect to return to training in a couple of days, it ensures great things to come for my career.”

In the co-feature, former female world champion Arely Muciño unanimously defeated Suri “Tsunami” Tapia for the second time by scores 100-90, 100-90 and 98-92 in a ten-rounder. photos



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Berchelt brutally KOs Reyes

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Super featherweight contender Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (24-1, 20 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over Carlos Manuel “Bazooka” Reyes (24-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Unidad Deportiva Víctor Cervera Pacheco de la Colonia Inalámbrica in Merida, Mexico. A left hook to the jaw laid out Reyes at the 2:54 mark.

In the co-feature, jr welterweight Aarón “La Joya” Herrera (29-3, 19 KOs) outpointed David Mosquera (16-4-1, 9 KOs) over ten. photos



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Main: Weidman Proves Mettle Once More, Beats Machida

Co-main: Ronda wins in 16 seconds

If anyone ever says that a championship belt doesn’t mean anything, they obviously never saw Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida fight for it Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. But after five heated rounds, a winner had to be declared, and it was the unbeaten middleweight champion from Long Island, who won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Machida in an instant classic . . . click here for more

CO-MAIN: Hyperbole just doesn’t work with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey anymore. In the fourth defense of her crown against Alexis Davis Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Rousey was flawless, knocking Davis out in just 16 seconds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Prelims: California Kid Subs Cacares in Three!

The streak continues. Bantamweight contender Urijah Faber, the man who has never lost a non-title fight in a career that spans 38 fights and nearly 11 years, walked away a victor once again Saturday, turning back a tough challenge from Alex Caceres to submit the Ultimate Fighter 12 alum in the third round of their UFC 175 prelim bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 at the scales

The TUF 19 Finale, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, as well as the middleweight and light heavyweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter season 19, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at 9pm ET / 6 pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening two prelim bouts exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
BJ Penn 145 vs. Frankie Edgar 145.5

TUF 19 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FINAL
Matt Van Buren 206 vs. Corey Anderson 204

TUF 19 MIDDLEWEIGHT FINAL
Eddie Gordon 186 vs Dhiego Lima 185

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Dustin Ortiz 125 vs. Justin Scoggins 124
Guto Innocente 232 vs. Derrick Lewis 264

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Kevin Lee 156 vs. Jesse Ronson 155
Leando Issa 135.4 vs. Jumabeieke Tuerxun 136
Juan Manuel Puig 155 vs. Adriano Martins 155.5
Daniel Spohn 205 vs. Patrick Walsh 206

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Alex Dufresne 143 vs. Sarah Moras 139
Keith Berish 203 vs. Robert Drysdale 202.5

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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Grozny: Chagaev 246, Oquendo 224.5

Heavyweight Fres Oquendo finally made his eagerly anticipated arrival to Grozny, Chechnya (Russia) today just in time for the official weigh-in. Due to health issues of his family back at home in Chicago, the Puerto Rican veteran had missed two flights to Russia over the last week causing countless rumors of possible replacements for his WBA world heavyweight championship against local fan favorite Ruslan Chagaev scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, July 6th).

In the end Oquendo decided not to let down promoter Timur Dugazaev and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who put a lot of personal effort in bringing this big fight to Grozny and take the last possible flight from Chicago via Warsaw to the capital of Chechnya in order to save the fight. Oquendo and his team were welcomed very warmly by many fans, journalists and political leaders who followed them to the official weigh-in ceremony shortly after their arrival.

“The Big O” brought 101.9 kg (224.5 lbs) to the scale while Chagaev weighed in a lot heavier at 111.7 kg (246 lbs). Both men were in the range of their average weight for the last couple of fights. In the co-feature Juan Carlos Gomez (89.3 kg / 197 lbs) will take on unbeaten Goran Delic (89.1 kg / 196.5 lbs) for the vacant WBA international cruiserweight championship.



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis-Earl Full Report

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn

Former world champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis ( 30-6, 24 KOs) clearly outscored Englishman, Graham “Duke of” Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the WBU 140 pound title at Rumours International, Toowoomba Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Scores Steve Marshall 119-109, Adam Height 120-108, Tony Kettlewell 120-109. This was a rematch from their 2007 world title bout when Katsidis was declared the winner in five rounds of a controversial contest.

In the main supporting bout, WBC Youth featherweight champion Brayd “The Great White” Smith (10-0, 8 KOs) stopped Jarrett Owen (4-3-2, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round contest. Owen was dropped twice in round two and referee Tony Kettlewell crowned Smith. (more…)



July 5th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Finale Prelim Fantasy Preview

International Fight Week in Las Vegas will come to a close on Sunday night with a stellar card featuring the best of the best from The Ultimate Fighter 19 as well as a cast of characters on the undercard including two outstanding light heavyweights from the show as well as a pair of bantamweight women looking to make an impact in a growing 135-pound division . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker still unbeaten, stops Minto in seven

Unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Pennsylvanian Brian “The Beast” Minto (39-8, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand. The normally uber-aggressive Minto fought cautiously against the much larger Parker. Parker landed most the big shots as he patiently broke down Minto. Parker floored Minto at the end of round five with a big right hand behind the ear. Parker dropped Minto again at the end of round seven. Minto’s corner stopped the fight after round seven. Parker exacted revenge from Minto for retiring Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron last year. The bout was for the interim PABA and WBO Oriental titles. After the fight, Minto stated that he entered the bout with a broken nose.

WBO #10, WBA #12 light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) annihilated Rogerio Damasco (12-2-2, 12 KOs) in just 2:18 of the first round. Impressive performance by Berridge, who dropped Damasco twice in the bout, which was for the PABA and WBO Oriental belts.

2012 Olympian welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (8-0-1, 6 KOs) outclassed Fernando Ferreira da Silva (32-4-1, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds. Horn dominated every round and dropped de Silva in round twelve. Scores were 120-107 on all cards as Horn claimed the WBO Oriental welterweight title.

In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Nikolas Charalampous (8-0, 5 KOs) dropped rugby player Aaron Lai (6-1, 5 KOs) four times en route to an easy six round unanimous decision. Scores were 60-50, 60-50, 61-51.



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Dennis Hogan 153 vs. Steve Moxon 153.8
(WBA Oceana light middleweight title)
Stephen Kelly. 158.9 vs. Jake Gathercole 159.8
Shannon O’Connell 121 vs. Bronwyn Wylie 121.2
Jason Misfud. 171.7 vs. Paul Doig 173
Marcus Armado. 167.5 vs. Graham Blay 165.5
Jag Sing Brar 142.4 vs. Jason Davey 142.8
Cameron Eyes 145.7 vs. Ben Kite. 144.6

Venue: Venue Grand Star Reception, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Adam Wilcock

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July 5th, 2014

UFC

Lyoto Machida: His Own Fighter

You know the answer before the question is even asked, but you ask Lyoto Machida anyway, wondering if he thinks about the possibility of becoming only the third man in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes if he defeats middleweight champion Chris Weidman this Saturday in the UFC 175 main event . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

‘Chato’ Robles returns with win, ‘Zurdo’ Barcenas and ‘Wenjo’ Mora triumphat

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Dobberman Promotions along with Velazquez Boxing took Tijuana boxing to a new venue when they presented a quick seven-bout fight card last night at the Rancho Grande Nightclub right smack in the middle of the most famous street in town, Avenida Revolucion. A small but enthusiastic enjoyed a full night of boxing with the majority rookie fighters taking their first steps in the sport. In the main event, Mexicali, Mexico, light welterweight veteran Armando “Chato” Robles (25-3-2, 13KO) came back into town to take care of Eduardo “Mesero” Iñiquez (2-12-1, 2KO) of Tijuana in the second round of a scheduled six.

The last time that Robles was in Tijuana was in his last fight when he defeated Alvaro Aguilar via an entertaining ten round decision back in November of last year. Now making his home in Tijuana, the southpaw Robles was clearly too much for the journeyman Iñiguez sending him down to the canvas early in the first with a straight left. Robles was the bigger and better man as Iñiguez was just trying to survive as Robles was looking to work a little bit but the Tijuana fighter was not having none of it. (more…)



July 5th, 2014

Boxing News

More on Chagaev-Oquendo drama

There has been lots of confusion over the last couple of days regarding this Sunday’s WBA world heavyweight championship bout between Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo in Grozny. Rumors said that the fight was off after Oquendo failing to board his plane to Russia twice due to family issues. Possible replacements such as former world champion Shannon Briggs, WBA #9 rated contender Alexander Ustinov and former WBA international champion Alexander Petkovic were waiting in line to jump in as last-minute replacements to get a title shot.

But now they all know that they will have to wait for their opportunity. Because Oquendo and his team finally boarded the plane to leave Chicago today to make it to Grozny in time for the weigh-in. “The fight has never been officially off”, says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “We were always hoping that Fres Oquendo would be able to make it. We understand that he was facing some serious problems over the last week with close family members getting sick and having to go to hospital. But still he will keep his word, fulfill his contract and take his chance to become heavyweight champion of the world.” (more…)



July 4th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 at the scales

UFC 175, which is headlined by the UFC middleweight championship bout between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida and the UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout between Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening two prelim bouts exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Lyoto Machida (184.5) VS Chris Weidman (185)

CO-MAIN EVENT – UFC WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Alexis Davis (135) VS Ronda Rousey (135)

PPV MAIN CARD
Matt Mitrione (254) VS Stefan Struve (251.5)
Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos (185) VS Uriah Hall (185)
Russell Doane (136) VS Marcus Brimage (135.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Alex Caceres (135) VS Urijah Faber (136)
Ildemar Alcantara (170) VS Kenny Robertson (171)
Bruno Santos (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)
Rob Font (135) VS George Roop (135)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Guilherme Vasconcelos (185) VS Luke Zachrich (185)
Kevin Casey (185) VS Bubba Bush (185)

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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Merida

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Miguel Berchelt 131.2 vs. Carlos Manuel Reyes 130
Aarón Herrera 140 vs. David Mosquera 140
Iván Montero 153.2 vs. Carlos Lozano 156.5
Julián Yedras 108 vs. Irving Requena 108.2
Eduardo Torres 131.8 vs. Joaquín Cruz 130.7
Óscar Arjona 130.7 vs. Carlos Martín 127.9
Daniel Cruz 121.9 vs. Erick “Chamaco” Cetina 125.4
Alberto López 113.5 vs. Miguel Tique 121.5
Gilberto Medina 107 vs. José Gómez 108
Jesús Macías 132.3 vs TBA

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July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Nuevo León

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Adrián Estrella 128.50 vs Dante Jardón 128.75
WBC súper featherweight Fecarbox title

Arely Muciño 110.50 vs Suri Tapia 108.90

Venue: Domo Care de Guadalupe
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Ricky Hatton in Australia

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Geoff Smith

Former world champion and future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton has arrived in Australia. “The Hitman” will be at ringside at the Moree Town Hall, Moree, New South Wales, on Saturday when 2012 London Olympian Cameron “The Hammer” Hammond (9-0) will clash with Alfredo Blanco (11-1) over ten rounds with the WBA Oceania welterweight title up for grabs.

Both fighters weighed in at 145.2.



July 4th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Oquendo at the airport

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Fres Oquendo and his team are at the airport in Chicago where he will catch a commercial flight to Warsaw, Poland. From there he will take a private jet to the Chechen Republic, arriving Saturday afternoon. His WBA heavyweight title fight against Ruslan Chagaev is on Sunday.



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA: Only Chagaev-Oquendo is sanctioned

In response to a tweet from Fightnews.com, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto J Mendoza stated that the WBA has not received any official communication with any change in the challengers for the Sunday’s bout for the vacant WBA regular heavyweight championship in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia. Mendoza added that the WBA Championship Committee has only approved Chagaev-Oquendo.



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Oquendo on his way to the airport! Team Oquendo says “the fight is a go!”

By Flattop

In a shocking turn of events, promoter Bobby Hitz revealed that heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo is still in Chicago but – as of 3:15p CT – the legendary promoter received a text from the Oquendo camp stating “The fight is a go!” and that the fighter is on his way to the airport.

The rumor is a private jet is fueled and ready to fly team Oquendo to Warsaw, Poland, and then to the city of Grozny in the Chechen Republic for his showdown with former champion Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight championship.

Oquendo and Chagaev are scheduled to go toe-to-toe this Sunday at the 30,000-seat Ahmat Arena in Grozny. Over 30,000 fans are anticipated. (more…)



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev to face Petkovic?

By Karl Freitag

Still a lot of unanswered questions about Sunday’s WBA world heavyweight title fight in Grozny, Russia. Ruslan Chagaev is good to go. Fres Oquendo isn’t. Organizers reached out to former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, however, this being Friday afternoon and the fight being Sunday, logistics dictate that the possibility of a Europe-based fighter facing Chagaev are becoming more likely by the minute — if the event isn’t postponed.

The one name that has been mentioned is Germany-based Bosnian Alexander Petkovic (49-4-4, 27 KOs), who is not currently rated by the WBA but is available to fight. As of now, the WBA hasn’t sanctioned a Chagaev-Petkovic fight.

However, German promoter Rainer Gottwald has posted the following on his Facebook page: “For Alexander Petkovic a dream come true! On July 6 in Grozny, Russia he’s boxing against Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight championship. This is a surprise, you never would have thought. We have our fingers crossed for Alexander. Chagaev will have to go through hell to win. Yesterday we confirmed that Oquendo is not boxing and Alex gets the chance. So, keep your fingers crossed.”



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Michael “Slick” Anderson returns July 19

Welterweight up and comer Michael “Slick” Anderson (13-2, 10 KOs) of Newark returns to the ring Saturday, July 19 at the Parsippany Police Athletic League when he battles an opponent to be named in an eight round contest. A former New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion and President of the “Show Off Riders” Motorcycle Club, Anderson is backed by a strong local following in the Garden State. Last November, Anderson, who spoke at multiple schools in Newark as part of the “Fight for Attendance” initiative, scored a spirited split decision against hard-hitting George Sosa.

In the chief supporting bout, popular unbeaten super middleweight John Magda puts his 8-0 record on the line in a six round contest. Magda, who is one of power broker Al Haymon’s newest signees, is fresh off a dramatic fourth round stoppage of Taneal Goyco on June 27. The East Rutherford, NJ native will face an opponent to be named. (more…)



July 4th, 2014

UFC

Predictions: UFC 175

That’s right boys and girls, Tom Cruise was born on the Fourth of July, and so was the Downes Side! [Editor’s note: neither one of those facts are true]. Even if you aren’t a citizen of the United States of America, strap yourself in for the only MMA predictions column that combines the leadership of George Washington, the ruggedness of Davy Crockett and the masculinity of Christian Bale. Who could be more American than Batman? . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 6, at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Oquendo out; Briggs in negotiations for world title fight with Chagaev THIS WEEKEND!

It’s been officially confirmed that the last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) is currently in talks with the team of former world champion Ruslan Chagaev (32-2-1, 20 KOs) to challenge for the vacant WBA Title this Sunday. The original opponent Fres Oquendo has pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons. Briggs has erased all doubts of just how serious he is about this current comeback, willing to take a fight of this magnitude on just days notice.

Briggs in anticipation that the fight will indeed happen immediately headed to the gym for some very last minute preparation. Fightnews caught up with Briggs moments ago at the gym where he issued the following statement: “I was contacted with the offer to fight Chagaev just last night and I’ve been informed that there is a very big financial backing behind this event and they want badly for the show not to be cancelled. So I’m preparing like it’s going to happen. My goal for the past year while getting in shape was to fight Wladimir Klitschko and it still is. However, if they want to pay me the millions that a fight of this magnitude rates on this kind of notice for a former world champion like myself then I’m ready to board the flight today headed to Grozny, Russia to knock out Chagaev. Then it’s on to chasing Wladimir Klitschko to do the same to him.”



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Huck opponent named: Mirko Larghetti

Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) will be facing Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) for “The Captain’s” WBO Cruiserweight World Championship on August 30. The Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany will play host to Huck’s 13th defense of the title he acquired back in August of 2009. If successful, the protégé of coach Ulli Wegner will equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division.

However, Larghetti has other plans. The Italian is still fuming over the cancellation of his title bid on March 29, which saw Huck injuring the thumb of his right hand in preparation of their fight. “I was ready back then and I am even more ready now,” said the 31-year-old, adding: “Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign.” (more…)



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Michael Katsidis decisions Graham Earl in rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Ben Hohn

In a rematch of their classic 2007 war, former world champion Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (30-6, 24 KOs) scored a less than classic one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Graham ‘The Duke of’ Earl (26-5, 12 KOs) in a light welterweight bout on Friday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Australia. Scores were 120-108, 120-109, 119-109 as Katsidis claimed the vacant WBU belt (German version). Earl came out of a five year retirement to take this bout.

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July 4th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Finale Main Card Fantasy Preview

Less than 24 hours after the action ends at UFC 175, The Ultimate Fighter season 19 finale will hit the Octagon, where two new winners from the long standing competition will be crowned, along with the five-round featherweight main event pitting Frankie Edgar against BJ Penn for the third time . . . More
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July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Coachella, Calif. fighter Randy Caballero braces for a title fight. More

Carl Frampton banking on Belfast crowd support for a victory over Kiko Martinez. More

Former Gloucester, England fighter Johnny Melfah, who took on Chris Eubank, is looking for help. More

Ricky Burns’ promoter says Scott Harrison might be an option: More



July 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker weighs in 15.4 pounds heavier than Minto

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

The weigh-in took place Friday for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand.

Parker weighed in at 226.1 lbs., while Minto scaled in at 210.7 lbs. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds.

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