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Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

Andre Berto: This is going to be for everyone who believes in the underdog

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two ...

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Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

Koseki, Miyao to collide for Female 102lb unification

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), ...

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Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

Nakatani keeps OPBF 135lb Belt

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when ...

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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Boxing News

Alexander makes pre-weight!

Photo: Terry Artis

Photo: Terry Artis

Undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) participated successfully in a preliminary weigh In yesterday, 30 days prior to his world championship showdown with former world champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter on Aug. 1 at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on SHOWTIME. (more…)



July 2nd, 2009


Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Shaun George and Ed Levine

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Shaun George and Ed Levine. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



July 2nd, 2009

UFC

The Rematch: Lesnar vs. Mir II

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

17 months after Brock Lesnar squared off against Frank Mir, the two are set to tango one more time at UFC 100, in what many are predicting to be most successful pay-per-view event in the promotion’s nearly 16-year history  . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC



July 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

Ajamu unretires, tops A.C. card!

By Lee Bates

Prince Badi Ajamu (26-3-1, 15 KO) who is best known for his twelve round decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. nearly three years ago returns to the ring July 31st at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ajamu a native of nearby Camden, New Jersey will take on Dallas Vargas (22-4, 16 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio in a 12 round light heavyweight main event for the NBA title. Ajamu retired nearly a year ago frustrated of not being able to get fights. In the co-feature heavyweight Timur Ibragimov will be featured against an opponent to be announced. The event will be promoted by DEELEE & GNP Boxing. This event will be held in the Superstar Theater, located on the Dining Level at the Resorts Casino Hotel. Doors open at 7:30 pm, with the first bout scheduled for 8:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $90, $75, $55 & $40 and can be purchased in person at the Resorts Casino Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800.745.3000 or online at
www.ticketmaster.com, www.myresortscasino.com, and www.resortsac.com



July 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

Malinga favored over Kinyogoli!

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Patrick Malinga and Maliki Kinyogoli of Tanzania meet in an international lightweight clash over ten rounds at the Nirvana Secondary School in Lenasia near Johannesburg on a Future Boxing Promotions tournament on Friday night. The show was originally set to take place at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre but the lighting was found to be inadequate for television purposes. (more…)



July 2nd, 2009

Feature Story

Arguello remembered

Photos: Gabriel F. Cordero

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Boxing leaders have issued statements after hearing the news on the passing of three-division world champion and 1992 International Boxing Hall of Fame member Alexis Arguello. (more…)



July 2nd, 2009

UFC

Grappling superfights set!

UFC Fan Expo July 10-11 in Las Vegas!

Rumina Sato. Fredson Paixao. Joe Stevenson. Vinicius Magalhaes. Jeff Glover. Ulysses Gomez. Bill Cooper. To those in the grappling world, the names represent the best of the best. To have them in the same hall together at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center is electrifying enough. To see them competing against each other in four Superfights that cap off the largest Submission Grappling tournament in history is something that could only be held at the UFC® Fan ExpoTM on Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th, just hours before the lights go down for the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, UFC 100. (more…)



July 2nd, 2009

Announcement

Nugaev takes on Huerta!

An outstanding ten round lightweight battle has been added to “SUMMER SHOWDOWN” on Friday July 10th at the Reno Events Center as Russian Rustam Nugaev will battle Mexico City’s Miguel Angel Huerta in the co-main event, it was announced today . . . Click here for more



July 2nd, 2009

Boxing News

More on Pinoy Power presser!

Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank

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Nonito Donaire of the Philippines today said he is “totally crushed’ by the loss of Alexis Arguello at a Top Rank press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“I have a complete collection of Alexis’ boxing videos, every one of his big fights,” said Donaire. “That’s how I learned to throw a hook, by watching the way Alexis did it on video, while at the same time watching how he carried himself in and out of the ring. He really was a true gentleman and that is how I try to behave at all times.” (more…)



July 1st, 2009

UFC

Grice has perfect op

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

He may joke that his submission skills come in handy for his day job in law enforcement, but in fact, newly minted police officer and UFC lightweight Matt Grice would prefer to save his moves for the Octagon  . . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC.com



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Prescott seeks new opponent!

By Lee Bates

A proposed battle of lightweight KO artists between unbeaten Breidis Prescott of Colombia (21-0, 18 KOs) and Sugar Ray Narh of Ghana (22-1, 19 KOs) scheduled for July 17th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas has collapsed. Promoters are now looking for another opponent for Prescott, who is best known for knocking out British hero and then-unbeaten Amir Khan in less than one round last September in England. The July 17th bout will air on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series.



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Dimitrenko, Chambers Workout!

Photos: Andre Boge/Universum Box-Promotion

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Heavyweight contenders Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko and “Fast” Eddie Chambers gave Hamburg fight fans a preview of what will happen in the ring on Saturday night at their WBO world championship elimination bout during a public workout today at the giant Quarree Wandsbek Mall. Also on hand to thrill the large crowd were unified female flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian, unified female jr bantamweight world champion Alesia Graf, female super flyweight champion Carolina Gaite, WBO #5 cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev and hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdiercks.



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Pinoy Power 2 presser!

Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank

World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Steven Luevano signs gloves before his press conference to announce the world champonship doubleheader “Pinoy Power 2”,  promoted by Top Rank and broadcast live on Pay-Per-View from the new Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Luevano takes on Bernabe Concepcion and Nonito Donaire battles Rafael Concepcion.



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Cordero to face Nakama!

By Lee Bates

WBA number #14 ranked super featherweight Francisco Cordero of Colombia (19-0,13 KOs) risks his ranking and unbeaten record vs Koseki Nakama (14-1, 6 KOs) of Japan in a 10 round main event on Sunday June 5th in Nakama’s native Okinawa, Japan. Shigeru Nakama’s Okinawa World Ring LTD will promote the event. Though Cordero enters the bout as the undefeated fighter it is Nakama who has defeated a former world champion. In just his seventh professional bout Nakama defeated then former WBA featherweight champion Antonio Cermeno.



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Vazquez Jr returns!

All Star Boxing, “The New Generation,” Tuto Zabala Jr. and the Telemundo Network returns with their successful series “Boxeo Telemundo,” Friday, July 17, 2009 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. This marks the 8th year of the series at the popular Central Florida venue. In the main event, local idol Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. will defend his WBO Latin super bantamweight title against the toughest opponent in his young career when he faces veteran Cecilio “Boga” Santos in a clash schedule for 12 rounds. (more…)



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Rojas rival changed!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

We have received information about Everardo “Zihua” Morales now facing Tomas “Gusano” Rojas for the WBC super flyweight Interim title on July 18 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Previously Panamanian prospect Ricardo “Matematico” Nuñez was penciled in against Rojas for the bout. The 32-year-old Morales has a record of 32-13-2 with 22 KOs, and has been faced the likes of Gerson Guerrero, Isidro Garcia, Melchor Cob, Omar Narvaez, Juan Alberto Roses, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Koki Kameda among others.



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Moreno-Monshipour presser!

By Robert Coster
Photos: Olivier Monserrat-Robert

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A press conference was held yesterday in Poitiers at the posh Mercure Hotel in this historic French city in order to preview the much expected battle between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama and his French challenger, former WBA junior featherweight champion and local hero Mahyar Monshipour on Saturday. (more…)



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Kotelnik: First Khan, then USA!

WBA super lightweight world champion Andreas Kotelnik says he will beat Amir Khan at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, England on July 18 and dedicate the victory to his hero the late Oscar-winning actor Jack Palance, whose family also came from the city of Lviv in the Ukraine. In the early 1940s, Palance, who was born Volodymyr Palahniuk, he was a heavyweight prospect, winning his first 15 fights before WWII cut short his career. “When I told him I was a boxer like him, he patted me on the head and told me America was where I had to conquer if I wanted to make it big,” said Kotelnik. I’ve not quite got that far yet, but I am a world champion and after I have knocked out Amir Khan I will go to America and prove that I am the best light-welterweight in the world. We have had some very famous Ukrainians over the years, but I will become the most famous of them all when I smash Khan on July 18.”



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Moscow!

Weights by Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Evgeny Solodov

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Grigory Drozd 198.5 vs Darnell Wilson 200
(WBO Asia Pacific and PABA cruiserweight titles)
Andrey Isaev 126 vs Chaiyong Sithsaithong 125
(WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title)
Dmitry Ganiev 134 vs Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat 133
(PABA and interim WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title)
Vasily Lepikhin* 174.8 vs Roman Simakov 174
(Vacant BBU light heavyweight title)
Georgy Kevlishvili 126 vs Saichon Sotornpitak 125
Magomed Abdusalamov 254.5 vs Sherzod Mamajanov 200.5
Sahib Usarov 127.8 vs Rakhim Mingaleev**
Vyacheslav Glazkov 221 vs Ozcan Cetinkaya**
* – Lepikhin was overweight at 176 lbs, but successfully made the weight one hour later
** – Mingaleev and Cetinkaya will weigh-in later
Venue: “Dynamo” Sports Arena, Krylatskoe, Moscow
Promoter: German Titov
TV: NTV+



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Urango-Bailey August 28th?

By Lee Bates

Word has it that IBF junior welter champion Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) could defend his title against former world champion and mandatory challenger Randall Bailey (39-6, 35 KOs) Friday,August 28th. Its possible that the bout could take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida and possibly televised on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights series. Urango promoted by Warriors Boxing is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to WBC champion Andre Berto but Urango`s title was not at stake. Bailey promoted by Lou Dibella is coming off of an impressive 4th round KO over then world ranked contender Francisco Figueroa. The fans would be the true winners in this type of fight as neither fighter takes a step back when fighting and each has serious knockout power.



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Arum comments on Arguello

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has commented on the passing of ring legend Alexis Arguello, who fought on many Top Rank cards. “We at Top Rank are very saddened to learn about the death of Alexis Arguello. Alexis was one of the world’s greatest fighters and champions. More importantly, he was a real man, true gentleman and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed.”



July 1st, 2009

Announcement

Alexis Arguello dies in Nicaragua

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Courtesy WBC

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Legendary three-time former world champion Alexis Arguello, 57, died today from what has been reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his residence in Managua, Nicaragua. Arguello had taken on the job of Mayor of Managua in January of 2009 representing the majority pro-government Sandinista Front of National Liberation (FSLN). Up to now authorities have not officially announced the cause of death. Arguello was one of the greatest fighters in history, compiling a record of 82-8 with 65 knockouts.



July 1st, 2009

UFC

Fitch still raining icepicks

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Jon Fitch has seen a lot in his seven years of professional fighting. He saw stars when he got knocked out by Wilson Gouveia in 2002. He saw opportunity when he caught Thiago Alves with an upkick. He’s seen his arm raised against Diego Sanchez, a doppelgänger in Chris Wilson and a welterweight title shot against Georges St-Pierre . . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC.com



July 1st, 2009

Photo Gallery

Gunn ready for shootout!

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Photography by Tom Casino for Main Events

Inside Bobby Gunn’s training camp: “I took this fight because I wanted to fight the best. Tomasz Adamek is the best. The man is a champion inside and outside the ring. I would have taken this fight for any amount of money they gave me. This is not about financial profit. This is about my chance to show everyone that I can be the best” . . . Click here for more



July 1st, 2009

Boxing News

Arreola demands title shot!

Photos: Jorge Garcia

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Undefeated No. 1 ranked World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight Cristobal Arreola, his promoter Dan Goossen and trainer Henry Ramirez hosted a press luncheon on Tuesday to discuss his future plan and quest on becoming the first Mexican fighter to become world heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. “They need to come across the pond and fight here,” said Arreola of Nikolai Valuev and the Klitschkos. “They need to come to the U.S. and fight me. If they don’t want to give it to me, I’m going to kick that door in. The more time they give me, the better and angrier I get.”



June 30th, 2009

Announcement

Inside Brinkley’s camp!

Amidst the sweltering summer heat and humidity in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, trains the Fighting Pride of Northern Nevada, Jesse Brinkley, in preparation for his light heavyweight showdown with Baltimore’s Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall on Friday, July 10th at the Reno Events Center  . . . Click here for more



June 30th, 2009

UFC

WEC hits Youngstown!

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, World Extreme Cagefighting® brings its hard-hitting, explosive brand of mixed martial arts to one of the finest fight towns in the country. The best light weight fighters in the world will be on display when WEC invades the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH. In the main event, fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone battles feared striker Ben Henderson in a bout that will crown the interim WEC lightweight champion. (more…)



June 30th, 2009

Preview

Fireworks start early!

This Fourth of July weekend the fireworks will start early when American Boxing Promotions hold their inaugural card on Friday, July 3 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main event will feature one of the biggest rematches in the history of women’s boxing. WBA and GBU lightweight champion of the world and Las Vegas resident Layla McCarter will defend her belts against Tokyo, Japan’s Fujin Raika in a rematch that’s been seven years in the making . . . Click here for more



June 30th, 2009

UFC

Mir to Lesnar: “Come after me!”

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Following a grueling workout at Striking Unlimited last week Friday, UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir sat down with the sports media in Las Vegas to talk UFC 100. Mir gave advice to UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, stating the strategy he used against him the first time around might just work the second.  “If Brock really comes out and tries to abandon the running at me, heads over heels and just trying to knock, bull rush me over, I honestly think that’s his best approach,” said Mir, with a black shine circling his eye. “I would just come after me – take a chance, ’cause to sit there and play the cat and mouse game with me, and jab and slip and move around, I think that’s a slow death for him that he can’t possibly win.”

UFC 100 takes place Saturday, July 11 live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The sold out event is available live on Pay-Per-View starting at 10pm ET/7pm PT.



June 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Darchinyan, Agbeko comments!

Two of the hardest-hitting boxers in the world participated in a media conference call Tuesday to discuss their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, July 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. IBF Bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and two division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan both possess eye-popping knockout percentages. Agbeko (26-1, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, now fighting out of Bronx, N.Y., has knocked out more than 81 percent of his opponents while Darchinyan (32-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, is right behind him at 76 percent. (more…)



June 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Contender alums clash 7/17!

Two stars from The Contender season 4 television reality show, Rich Gingras (9-2, 5 KOs) and Tim “The Hammer” Flamos (20-6-1, 8 KOs) collide on a July 17 presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The bout will be an eight rounder for the vacant EBA cruiserweight belt. The second half of the co-main event is a six-round rematch between unbeaten Eddie Soto (11-0, 4 KOs) and Sean Eklund (6-4, 1 KO), who is trained by his uncle “Irish” Micky Ward. Soto won the first fight by split decision. Tickets are $25-$100 Call 401-724-2253/2254. Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for this event. Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.



June 30th, 2009

UFC

Lawlor is ready for July 11

UFC 100 is LIVE on PPV July 11!

Need evidence of the recession? Just take a look at unemployment rates, home foreclosure statistics, dwindling 401Ks, or former TUF 8 contestant Tom Lawlor – the UFC’s latest addition to the middleweight division. . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC.com



June 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Oquendo-Basile on again!

Fresh off a devastating third round knockout win this past Friday night, two time world heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) will return to action against WBO Latino Heavyweight Champion, Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Basile (41-4, 19 KOs) on July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Oquendo was originally slated to fight Basile last Friday, but Basile had problems getting into the United States from Argentina. Oquendo instead crushed Mark “Oak Tree” Brown. Local lightweights Gadiel Andaluz and Oscar De La Cruz meet in the co-feature. Advance tickets for “Windy City Fight Night 4” start at $31. Call 312-226-5800.



June 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Marcos Maidana Statement!

“I dedicate my win to Gilberto Mendoza’s health”
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

To all my friends and fans:

I cannot describe this moment of glory that I’m going through right now, after I conquered the WBA Super Lightweight title last Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was a dream night for me. Due to the magnitude of the fight, the quality of my opponent Victor Ortiz, and especially beacuse of how things unfolded during the bout in my debut in the United States.

Obviously, it was quite a tough fight. I was quite nervous at the beginning and things got complicated for me. But I always had the unbreakable determination of winning the fight. Every time of the three occasions I hit the canvas, I got back on my feet saying to myself that I could not lose. (more…)



June 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Belasco headlines July 24!

By Rick Scharmberg

Ryan Belasco (11-2-2, 3 KOs), of New Castle, Delaware will fight in his first main event on Friday, July 24, when he faces West Virginia’s Dean White (14-10-1, 7 KOs) in an eight round junior welterweight bout at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. At stake will be the WBF USA belt. Belasco is unbeaten in his last seven bouts. In the co-feature, rising star “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (9-1, 4 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined. The promoter of “Delaware’s Young Guns” is Capital City Promotions. (more…)



June 30th, 2009




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