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Preview by Brady Crytzer
Frankie Edgar works hard for his money. As an undersized fish in a pool of sharks, the man affectionately known as “The Answer” has taken on some of the best in the world and came out with his hand raised. Known as a hard nosed wrestler with a penchant for exchanging punches with much bigger men, Edgar has been rewarded for his six UFC victories by being rewarded with a shot at world lightweight champion BJ Penn. Though it’s not the main event of UFC 112: Unstoppable, Edgar is ready for the biggest fight of his career . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Xola Sifama from East London and Anele Makhwelo of Cape Town meet for the vacant South African flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The title became vacant when Moruti Mthalane vacated it after winning the IBF flyweight belt in November last year. Makhwelo (9-0, 4 KOs) made his pro debut in April 2007 with a points win over Khanyisa Zintsi and was most impressive last year in scoring wins over Mululeki Jola (tko 6), Patson Munyaro (pts 6) and Smangaliso Madonsela (ko 2). Mifama (7-2-1, 4 KOs) will be having his second crack at trying to win the national flyweight title. In June 2007 he was stopped in the fifth round by Morurti Mthalane. (more…)
The popular and charismatic three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Cecilio Santos made their April 24 showdown official on Wednesday, as they will meet in a 12 round elimination bout in the main event of “Top Rank LIve” in the Multi Use Center of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora. “Ciudad Obregon is a great boxing city and I wanted to fight here one more time because I have many friends and is close enough to my hometown to have my family come and see me. I want to give them a great and entertaining fight,” said Arce, today in a press conference to announce “The Battle of the Yaqui.” (more…)
After declaring he’s a big fan of Miguel Cotto’s career, the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward completed his first working session with the former WBO welterweight champion in Humacao, Puerto Rico, as a part of the physical and psychological job they’ll be heading up to defeat WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) in the bout scheduled for June 5 at Yankee Stadium. The session lasted approximately two hours and included jumping rope, sparring and a short routine of weights. During the work of sparring, both Stewart and Cotto were comfortable working together, but also it became noticeable the level of demand that the coach will incorporate to his new trainee’s routine. Steward assured his mission will be to work on Miguel’s speed, and to retrieve those “brilliant moves” that have characterized him as a boxer, while Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) said he’s feeling confident about Emanuel’s experience and ‘charisma’. As he emphasized, the new coach can contribute a lot, not only to him as a boxer, but also to his entire team. Click here for more photos.
Story by David Robinett
WBC #8 heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-4, 18 KOs) faces off against veteran Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs) this Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California.
Quezada, who is coming off a five and a half month layoff, looks to notch his 19th consecutive win and try to improve on his ranking. Gavern, a capable but inconsistent skilled journeyman, is looking to bounce back from losses against undefeated prospects in his last two bouts . . . Click here for more
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In its first appearance in the Middle East, the UFC presents a night of title fights with UFC 112: Unstoppable. Featuring Anderson “The Spider” Silva defending his world middleweight title against fellow Brazilian Demian Maia, Silva looks to continue his record breaking winning streak as he attempts to make it eleven straight, ten of those being in title fights. Although he was originally scheduled to face the blistering striker Vitor Belfort, Maia has stepped in to present an entirely different type of challenge. Is Maia’s world class submission game enough to stop Silva in his tracks? Read on as Brady Crytzer presents his take on the main event of UFC 112. . . . Click here for more
Manny Quezada 226.2 vs. Jason Gavern 228
Michael Dallas Jr 140.8 vs. Genaro Trazancos 142.8
Mike Ruiz 117.6 vs. Jose Luis Mares 117.4
Tyrell Hendrix 170 vs. Paul Mendez 167.8
Juan Tepoz 122.2 vs. Jose Pachecho 125
Rufino Serrano 126.4 vs. Eder Peralta 127
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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Two-time world champion Joey Gamache is victorious in his ten-year legal battle against the New York State Athletic Commission. After a five-day trial, Court of Claims Judge, Melvin Schweitzer released his verdict late last week. In a 47-page decision, he held that the NYS Athletic Commission was negligent by failing to carry out their duties and responsibilities by conducting an improper weigh-in of Arturo Gatti and in allowing him to exceed the 141 pound limit at the weigh-in held on February 25, 2000. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former WBA 168 pound champion Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) has arrived in Australia for his IBO Cruiserweight Title fight with Australian Danny Green on April 14th at the Challenge Stadium, Perth and is in a confident mood. The 36 year old from Puerto Rico has been training at Anthony Mundine’s Gym in Sydney and predicted a victory inside the distance yesterday, “I have not come to Australia to make up the numbers-I plan to win and win by knockout. We have three Australian judges and there is no way I am going to get a decision so it is up to me to knock him out and then we don’t need the judges.” (more…)
Former world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha faced off at a final press conference held today at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “All I have thought about since 1999 was becoming the unified heavyweight champion again,” said Holyfield. “I am thankful to Frank Luca [of Crown Boxing] for giving this opportunity to once again to become a champion. I am in great shape and looking forward to fight on April 10.”
“I am very proud to be fighting a legend like Evander Holyfield, who has fought and defeated the best heavyweights in the world,” said Botha. “We should have fought ten years ago but for some reason it just didn’t happen. But now I am going to do everything I can to retire him permanently.”
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IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck showed his skills to thrilled fight fans on Wednesday during a public workout at the “City-Park” shopping center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Also pictured is trainer Dirk Dzemski. Zaveck (28-1, 16 KOs) makes his first world title defense against Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night.
El Paso’s Antonio Escalante stood toe-to-toe with Juarez’ Mickey Roman, on February 26 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in what many are calling — the 2010 “FIGHT OF THE YEAR.” Escalante won a hard fought decision and left his legion followers craving more of the non-stop action he has come to be known for.
The 24 year old Escalante (22-2, 14 KO’s-) is now set to oblige his fans on Friday, May 7, when he puts his number top world ranking on the line against Argentina’s respected Carlos Ricardo Rodriguez (22-3, 12 KO’s), at the Haskins Center. (more…)
A press conference held today at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque officially announced a May 7 card promoted by Danny Romero Productions. The card, billed as “Crossroads” will headline a battle of local “Mad” men: “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs) vs. “Mad” Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs). Other bouts include Willie “The Explosive Thinman” Villanueva (9-1, 2 KO’s) vs Randy “Savage” Arrellin (3-2-, 3KO’s), Joshua “Nino de Oro” Gomez (1-0) vs. Derrick Lopez (0-3), Jose “The Goose” Ramirez (10-10, 6 KOs) vs Lucas “The Ghost” Galle (6-4), Freddie “The Businessman” Montoya (3-1, 2 KO’s) vs Jeremiah Torres (7-16, 1 KO), and Clara De la Torre (1-9-1, 1 KO) vs Mercedes Mercury (3-10, 1 KO).
Teams Are Chosen Tonight On An All New Ultimate Fighter
14 fighters have earned their way into the house – coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz make their picks, and the first preliminary bout takes place in the Octagon. 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
The official press conference to announce the May 29th Pay-Per-View titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ was held today at the Teatro Braulio Castillo in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In the main event WBO Junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. The co-feature will have WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14KOs) of Puerto Rico defending against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13KOs) of Nicaragua. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event. Click here for more photos.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Kali Meehan will clash with Ruslan Chagaev on May 22 for the WBA mandatory position and is confident he has the power the win by knockout over the former heavyweight champion and then go on to win the WBA heavyweight title. Meehan talks to Fightnews and said he was impressed with WBA heavyweight champion’s David Haye’s win over tough veteran John Ruiz and also reflects on the sparring session’s he had with the WBA champion where he found a weakness, but he says Haye will beat Wladimir Klitschko when they clash. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Rosanna Conti Cavini will stage a show on Friday night at the PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy, headlined by an explosive super middleweight National title clash. Andrea Di Luisa (7-0, 7 KOs) and Roberto Cocco (10-4, 5 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown.
The 28-year-old Di Luisa is a real Italian top prospect with terrific power in both hands, but his opponent, former kick-boxing superstar Cocco, who fought Mads Larsen and Nikola Sjekloca in his 4-year long career, looks like a tough customer. He is renowned as a defensive wizard and has much more experience in top fights than his counterpart.
The undercard will feature some of the top fighters from Conti Cavini’s stable: light heavyweight Francesco Versaci (15-1, 5 KOs), featherweight Giuseppe Di Micco (5-0, 3 KOs), welterweight Marino Bucciarelli (6-2, 3 KOs) and former Ebu contender featherweight Luca Maggio (8-4, 1 KOs).
Di Luisa vs Cocco will be aired live on RAISPORT-PIU’ starting at 10:20pm local time.
Whether they’re 25, 35, or 45 years old, the great ones never ask ‘Who’; they only ask ‘When.’ Matt Hughes, 36 years old, 44-7 as a pro mixed martial artist, and with enough accolades over the course of his 12 years in the game to guarantee an eventual spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, definitely falls into this category. He’s never asked to pick and choose opponents, never ducked the best in the world, and it’s what has cemented his place in the sport, whether the end result was a win or a loss. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
WBA heavyweight champon David Haye’s wish to fight IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next may prove to be an expensive proposition. Reportedly a number of 700,000 Euros ($935,000) has been mentioned as the step-aside fee Haye would have to pay IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin to make the fight with Wlad happen next.
This could open the door for Haye to fight Golden Boy stablemate Bernard Hopkins, who has expressed an interest in fighting Haye.
Earlier this morning, former Word Champion Miguel Cotto officially announced through his Twitter account that his new head trainer will be Emanuel Steward. The legendary hall of fame trainer has already joined Miguel in his training camp, and will remain together with the Puerto Rican superstar until June 5th, when he will challenge WBA Super Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman, in the Yankee Stadium, in New York.
AThe light-heavyweight title will be on the line on when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal. At UFC® 104 last October, light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a back-and-forth five round battle resulting in the champion retaining his belt via a razor-thin unanimous decision. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will square off once again with the championship on the line for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (28-1, 16 KOs) and Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs) faced off Tuesday in advance of their world title showdown on Friday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Argentine Martinez promised to do “a tango” in the ring against Zavek, who countered by saying he would show the challenger a Slovenian Polka. Both fighters looked to be in top form. The SES Boxing-promoted Zaveck is known for his aggressive style and said he wants to impress his fellow countrymen. Martinez, however, stated Zaveck would be impressed by his style and he would go on the offensive and take the belt from the champion.
The first title defense of the IBF champion will take place on Friday and be available worldwide in 240 countries through a live pay-per-view webcast at www.sport1.de at 10PM CET/4PM ET/1PM PT.
Lorraine Chargin, longtime boxing promoter with her husband Don, passed away Tuesday in a hospital near their Cambria, California coastal home. Lorraine and Don have been a couple since 1957 and wed for 49 years. “I don’t know what I’ll do without my sweet Lorraine,” said Don. “I can’t stop looking at her picture. The only comfort I have is knowing that my sweetheart is no longer suffering.” Lorraine, 79, had been treated for cancer in recent weeks. Don was inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001 and everyone agreed that Lorraine was unofficially a member of The Hall as well. A memorial service for friends and family will be held in Cambria next Wednesday. She will missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace, Lorraine.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA International Officials Committee has ruled in favor of a direct rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former interim champion Nehomar Cermeño after their recent controversial split decision in Venezuela. The free negotiation began Tuesday and will extend one month. The bout is likely to again take place in Venezuala. WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said he expects the rematch to decide who will be the best bantamweight in the WBA.
It’s not what you’d expect to see 10 days before the biggest fight of his career, but powerful middleweight Renan St-Juste puts some novices through their paces at his Club de Boxe 35 in Repentigny, Quebec. St-Juste (20-1-1 13KO) meets Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2 18KO) of Columbia at The Bell Centre in Montreal as the co-feature the Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda bout.
Former welterweight champion Antonio ‘The Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito announces his return to the ring during a press conference today in Los Angeles. Margarito will face Roberto Garcia in a 10-round super elterweight fight on May 8 from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Top Rank promotes this “Latin Fury 14” Pay-Per-View event in association with Tecate and Zanfer Promotions.
By Jose E. Santiago
In an NABF cruiserweight title fight hyped up with bad blood featuring Yahya McClain versus Lou Del Valle less than two weeks away, Del Valle has been sidelined by an apparent back injury. According to the Del Valle camp the injury occurred while he was training this past weekend. A doctors analysis has not been performed and is currently scheduled for Wednesday. McClain senses something fishy in the works. “How can a man be injured so severely that he can’t fight, but hasn’t even gone to see a doctor yet?” McClain told Fightnews Tuesday afternoon. Stepping in to fill the void is 35 year old Jason Richardson (18-5 11KO) of the Chicago area. Robinson is a viable, and experienced challenge for McClain being that he’s duked it out with world champions James Toney, Ezra Sellers, and O’Neal Bell in the past. (more…)
Hot unbeate super middleweight prospects will be featured on the April 30th edition of “SHOBOX, The New Generation.” The card takes place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and will feature Donovan “Da Bomb” George, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson in separate bouts. George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) will battle Osumanu Adams (17-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) has an eight round battle with Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs). And, Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) meets fellow unbeaten Derek Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in a ten rounder. Tickets start at $31. Call 1-800-745-3000.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
More details are emerging on the May 29 card at the D.C. Armory in Washington D.C. According to promoter Garcia Staley of Titanium Productions, former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will be facing Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough for the UBO 140lb belt. Former two-time WBC champion of the world Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will be taking on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. There will also be a third UBO title bout as former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma takes on Ishmail Arvin for the UBO light middleweight title.
Former world champion Cristian Mijares (38-6-2, 17 KOs) and Francisco “Panchito” Arce (30-5-2, 21 KOs) collide in a WBC bantamweight eliminator on Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in Durango, Mexico. “By knockout or by decision, either way I’m coming out with a victory against Arce,” said Mijares. “I say this with confidence based on the preparation I’ve done.” Panchito Arce is the younger brother of triple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, who was defeated in a high profile fight by Mijares in April 2007. The co-featured bout will be for the Latino flyweight title between Faustino Cupul (22-2, 16 KOs) and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (30-5-1, 23 KOs). In addition, former welterweight champion José Luis “Maestrito” López launches his comeback against Juan Carlos “Chocolate” Barreto.
For ten years, Thompson Boxing Promotions has delivered the best fights and fighters to boxing fans throughout the Southern California area, developing world champions such as Timothy Bradley and Yonnhy Perez in the process. On Friday, April 23rd, this tradition of excellence continues, as junior welterweight standouts Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa collide in the eight round main event of “Path to Glory” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. (more…)
After it was announced that Kendall Grove would take on Mark Munoz April 10th at UFC 112, it is conceivable that the TUF 3 middleweightwinner began to wonder if there was a new rule in place that required him to only fight former NCAA wrestling champions. Last November, Grove made short work of the highly touted Jake Rosholt, a three-time national champ at Oklahoma State, despite being considered an underdog by oddsmakers . . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, UFC.com
It has already been announced that former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will fight for the UBO light welterweight title on May 29 in Washington D.C., and now Titanium Promotions reveals that one more local former world champion will attempt to lift a UBO belt on their show promoted at the D.C. Armory. Former two-time WBC champion of the world Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will be taking on an opponent to be confirmed for the vacant UBO International middleweight title. Titanium Promotions will announce opponents for Holmes and Corley within the next few weeks.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight Heath Ellis (12-1-1, 6 KOs) will meet hard punching Steve Maxwell (6-3, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Maxwell recently stopped two time Australian champion Matthew Paulley in a major upset of 2009 and is confident of repeating the same against Ellis who is regarded as one of Australia’s best prospects. Ellis has an excellent pedigree being the nephew of Australian boxing legend Lester Ellis who was world IBF 130 pound champion and reigned as champion during the 1980s. (more…)
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