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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

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Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances ...

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Boxing News

Cunningham defeats Johnson

Photo: Bob Ryder

Photo: Bob Ryder

By Bob Ryder

Darryl Cunningham ran into a determined customer in Indianapolis’ Mustapha Johnson at Friday night’s main event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Detroit native Cunningham had to work hard in scoring a six round unanimous decision (60-54 x 2, 58-56) over Johnson who came to fight. The wide scores were not totally indicative of the contest as every time it appeared that Cunningham would pull away, Johnson battled back. In the end, super middleweight Cunningham was more effective with the clean punching and was able to up his record to (16-2, 8 KOs) to the delight of another nice crowd for promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions. Johnson drops to .500 at 6-6-1. For more details and photos click here…



September 19th, 2009



Boxing News

Valuev-Haye in Nuremberg

Team Sauerland is pleased to announce that Nikolai Valuev will defend his WBA Heavyweight Title against David Haye in Nuremberg on November 7. “We are delighted to return to Nuremberg,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Niko only has the best of memories of the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung. That is where he displayed one of the best performances of his career. Back in February 2008, he won every single round in the eliminator against former world champion Sergej Liakhovich. We look forward to another great night of boxing.” Added Kalle Sauerland: “After all the trash talk from David Haye, it is about time that someone shuts him up. I am sure Niko will gratefully accept this task. It will be a battle of David against Goliath but this time, Goliath wins!” While Haye is convinced he can become the first man to floor the Russian Giant, Valuev has been unimpressed by the verbal outbursts of his challenger. “He can say what he wants. I look forward to fighting in Nuremberg again. I will continue where I left it against Liakhovich. Haye is a strong challenger, but he will not beat me. I will defend my title and calm Haye down.”



September 19th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sinyabi KOs Munyai in thriller

By Ron Jackson

Macbute Sinyabi came back from the brink of a knock-out defeat to stop Tendani Munyai in the second round of a sensational SA junior featherweight title fight at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The crowd saw five knock-downs in less than two rounds. (more…)



September 19th, 2009

UFC

Dos Santos has youth on Cro Cop

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Preview by Brady Crytzer

Making its return to the Lone Star State, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presents a night of action featuring some of the best up and coming warriors in its deep ranks at UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort on Saturday, September 19th. The evening’s co-feature pits MMA veteran knockout artist Mirko Cro Cop against rising star Junior Dos Santos. Cro Cop has become known as one of the sport’s premiere knockout artists but he has shown signs of being on the downturn. Will the upward momentum of Dos Santos be enough to elevate him to the next level of the heavyweight division? Let’s find out  . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 19th, 2009

Boxing Result

Grano KOs Kauffman

Avalos lays out Caro
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

In a very exciting fight, heavyweight Tony Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over previously undefeated Travis Kauffman (18-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Both fighters were rocked in the fight and after Grano was almost out on his feet early in the fourth, he recovered and came back with a brutal assault that finally sent an exhausted Kauffman to the deck at 2:56.

Unbeaten bantamweight Chris Avalos (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Giovanni Caro (12-9-3, 11 KOs). An excellent two-way slugfest ended suddenly when Avalos landed a right hand that laid Caro out for several minutes. Time was 2:25. For more details and photos click here…



September 19th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Tampa

Nick Iannuzzi 197 vs. Harvey Jolly 198.5
Raymond Charles 145.25 vs. Louis Leija 145.5
Adam Jaco 170.5 vs. Eric Clinton 175.5
Manny Woods 155.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 155.25
Cordaro Simpkins 128.25 vs. Roger Rosa 128.75
Lamar Davis 238.25 vs. Robert Turner 219.5
Kenneth Moody Jr. 162 vs. Richard Grant 159.25
Anthony Rodriguez 112.75 vs. Felipe Almanza 111.25

Tickets are still available at the box office.

One Punch Productions / Fight Factory Promotions
Hyatt Regency Tampa
Doors 7pm, First bell 7:30pm



September 18th, 2009

UFC

Franklin favored over Belfort

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

On Saturday, September 19th the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its debut in Dallas with UFC 103 featuring a middleweight showdown pitting former world middleweight champion Rich Franklin against former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort  . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kiattaweesuk defeats Olisa

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Thailand bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk (13-0) was impressive in scoring a shutout twelve round decision over Richard Olisa (18-8-1) of the Philippines to retain the IBF pan pacific title at the Petchakasem University, Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Kiattaweesuk connected with accurate head and body combinations consistently to keep the aggressive Olisa off balance in all the rounds. In round nine the Thai sustained a cut to his forehead due to an accidental head clash. At the conclusion the scores were 120-108, 120-108, 120-108. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “I am very happy with the performance of my boxer, Kiattaweesuk. Olisa has had good wins in Thailand previously and holds a knockout win over a WBC rated boxer David Nakhonluangpromotion.” For more details and photos click here…



September 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rigondeaux crushes Andrade

Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux (3-0, 3 KOs) made quick work of 71-fight veteran Giovanni Andrade (60-12, 49 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash on Friday night at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. Rigondeaux made Andrade take a knee in round two and finished him in round three with a bodyshot. Time was 2:53.
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2004 Olympic Silver Medal winner Yudell Johnson (3-0, 1 KOs) outpointed Frankie Santos (17-8-4, 8 KOs) over eight rounds in a jr middleweight bout. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 77-74.
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2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner from the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (2-0, 2 KOs) destroyed late sub Omar Brown (1-3) in a jr welterweight bout. Brown was down three times before the bout was halted at the 1:28.
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2004 Olympic Bronze medal winner and World Amateur Champion Yordanis Despaigne (3-0, 2 KOs) overwhelmed Mickey Scaraborough (4-1) getting the stop 1:41 of round one in a cruiserweight bout.



September 18th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Mayweather-Marquez weigh-in pix

Photography by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

All the shots from today’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Mayweather-Marquez, Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez, Michael Katsidis vs. Vicente Escobedo, Orlando Cruz vs. Cornelius Lock and more!  CLICK HERE for giant-sized photo gallery by Chris Cozzone



September 18th, 2009

Announcement

Weights from Hartford

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Weights from Hartford, Ct., for tomorrow night’s TKO Boxing card:

Matt Remillard 125 vs. Rafael Lora 125.5
Joseph Perez 132 vs. Juan Zuniga 133
Danny Aquino 123 vs. James Franks 120
Edwin Soto 140.5 vs. Donald Miller 143
Robert Rodriguez 123 vs. Jose Pacheco 124.5
Steve Kerner 249 vs. Winston Thorpe 234.5
Kelly Luchs 147.5 vs. Noel Garcia 148.5

TKO BOXING Promotions
Nomads Adventure Quest
Doors 6pm, First Bell 730pm
Click here for more photos…



September 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC 103 at the scales

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

From the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Tex. for tomorrow night’s UFC 103 card televised on PPV:

Rich Franklin 195 vs Vitor Belfort 196*
Junior Dos Santos 236 vs Mirko Cro Cop 226
Paul Daley 170 vs Martin Kampmann 169.5
Josh Koscheck 170 vs Frank Trigg 170.25
Tyson Griffin 155.5 vs Hermes Franca 159**

Drew McFedries 185.25 vs Tomasz Drwal 185
Efrain Escudero 156*** vs Cole Miller 155
Rafaello Oliveira 155.25 vs Nik Lentz 155
Rick Story 170 vs Brian Foster 170.25
Eliot Marshall 204.75 vs Jason Brilz 205.25
Igor Pokrajac 203 vs Vladimir Matyushenko 205
Rafael Dos Anjos 155.5 vs Rob Emerson 155.5

* Belfort made weight on second attempt
** Franca failed to make weight. Griffin agreed to fight him at catch weight of 159
*** Escudero made weight on second attempt



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

“Night of Thunder” Weights

A Tribute to Arturo Gatti

Teon Kennedy 121.5 vs. Lante Addy 121.75
Victor Valenzeula 126.5 vs. Anthony Flores 130
Josh Mercado 147.5 vs. Joel Nieves 145.5
Alfred Kinsey 174.5 vs. Garrett Wilson 174.5
Jeremy Bryan 142.5 vs. Gary Bergeron 140.5
Steve Martinez 154 vs. Stanley Harvey 153.5
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events



September 18th, 2009

Scale Watch

Mayweather, Marquez weigh in

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Weights by Andreas Hale & David L. Hudson
Photos by Chris Cozzone

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Number One/Numero Uno” card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions & Mayweather Promotions, televised on HBO-PPV:

Floyd Mayweather 146 vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 142*
* Contractual weight was the 147 pound welter limit, but penalties were written into the contract for excess poundage over 144.  “The penalty [for Mayweather] was a significant amount of money,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

Chris John 126 vs. Rocky Juarez 126
Michael Katsidis 135 vs. Vicente Escobedo 134
Orlando Cruz 126 vs. Cornelius Lock 125

Said Ouali 146 vs. Francisco Rios 148
Erislandy Lara 155 vs. Jose Varela 156
Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Raul Tovar 141
Dion Savage 167.5 vs. Loren Myers 167.5
Mike Perez 133 vs. Richard Ellis 133

Stay tuned for more photos.



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Arturo Gatti Thunder Place

Atlantic City Councilman, George Tibbitt, is presenting a proclamation to the Gatti Family declaring Georgia Avenue in Atlantic City to be named “Arturo Gatti Thunder Place”. The celebration will kick off an entire day celebrating the life of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. The “Arturo Gatti Thunder Place” street dedication will take place at the corner of Park Place and Boardwalk in Atlantic City at 3:00pm. The dedication is open to the public. (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Daws kayos Morrison in ten

By Alexey Sukachev

Londoner Lenny Daws (20-1-1, 8 KOs) is a two-time British junior welterweight champion, following a dominating tenth-round knockout of Scotland’s Barry Morrison (17-4, 7 KOs) in a grudge rematch of their January 2007 title match-up, which had ended in a split decision in the Scot’s favour. This time Morrison started the battle rapidly and brought a war to the usually slow-starting Daws. It wasn’t until round five when the Londoner finally found both his rhythm and distance and started to stop Barry in his tracks with the jab and long lean right hands. After six rounds, the fight was dead even. Daws took round seven and eight, the last minute of the latter being a showcase for his strengths. Morrison delivered the rest of his power and stamina in round nine, which he barely won. But he left nothing in his fuel tank and after a hard left hook by Daws he took a knee and was counted out at 1:32 of the tenth, finding no energy to continue this pitch battle. The fight was held at York Hall, London, UK. Fightnews had it 85-86 Daws at the time of stoppage.



September 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Kretschmann, Airich, Oral win

By Alexey Sukachev

German heavyweight heavy-hitter Steffen Kretschmann (14-1, 13 KOs) didn’t particularly impress in his stoppage win over no-hoper Ergim Solmaz (3-22-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Gran Casino in Castellon, Spain. Kretschmann dominated the fight and at the end of the fourth round, Solmaz complained about an ear-drum injury and the action was stopped on the advice of the ring physician.

Comebacking heavyweight banger Konstantin Airich (12-2-1, 10 KOs) wasted no time in finishing hugely overmatched Russian journeyman Yuri Lunev (5-11, 2 KOs). Airich threw several probing power punches and then connected with a monstrous left hand that had Lunev down and out at 1:12 of the very first round.

Recent world title challenger Mahir Oral (26-2-2, 11 KOs), ranked #12 by the IBF at middleweight, came back into the winning column with a stoppage win over German Alexander Sipos (19-8-2, 9 KOs). (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ex-champ Nuzhnenko wins

By Alexey Sukachev

One result from K2 East card in Dnepropetrovsk wasn’t reported yesterday for technical reasons. Ex-WBA welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (29-1-1, 14 KOs) erased his recent disappointing memories with the fifth-round TKO over Uzbek underdog Mamasoli Kimsanbayev (11-2, 4 KOs). WBA #7 Nuzhnenko dominated the bout with his skills and ring experience, while his foe did everything not to let him fight instead of doing anything himself. There were knockdowns but the clash was halted after the fourth stanza due to a severe injury of Kimsanbayev’s right shoulder.



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Decarie-Alvarez Oct 3rd

By Lee Bates

NABO welterweight champion Antonin Decarie of Canada (22-0, 6 KOs) will take another step up in competition as he will be defending his title against Shamone Alvarez of New Jersey (20-2, 11 KOs) on October 3rd. The bout is a scheduled for 12 rounds main event and will take place at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) will promote. The unbeaten Decarie has impressively dominated good competition including former world title challenger Israel Cardona who he shut out over 10 rounds in 2008.



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto headed to Tampa

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, sporting a new tattoo on his left shoulder, is scheduled to leave today for Tampa, Florida, where he’ll initiate the last and hardest phase of his preparation for November 14 collision in Las Vegas against Manny Pacquiao. Cotto is accompanied by his trainer José ‘Joe’ Santiago and the conditioning trainer Phil Landman.



September 18th, 2009

Scale Watch

Sylvester, Lorenzo make weight

Sauerland Event

Sauerland Event

Sebastian Sylvester 159.2 vs Giovanni Lorenzo 160
Note: Lorenzo made the weight on the second attempt half an hour later.
(Vacant IBF middleweight championship)
Francesco Pianeta 240.5 vs Matt Skelton 253.1
(EU heavyweight title)
Venue: Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Pacquiao upbeat after workout

Nick Giongco

Nick Giongco

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao worked out at the Wild Card Fitness Gym in Paranaque on Friday afternoon in front of a sizeable crowd that was there from beginning to end. While the training was light and easy, Pacquiao looked very excited to be at the gym and said he is looking forward to the training camp that will start Monday in Baguio.

Pacquiao plans to train there for four or five weeks for the Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. “I feel very good and I am looking forward to Baguio,” said Pacquiao. (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Jorge Linares Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility exists that WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela will soon begin campaigning more in the United States if an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions or Top Rank is finalized. It has been known that talks have been ongoing for a long time with both but up to now nothing has been signed, however a source very near to Linares says a decision is close. The same source reveals that Akihiko Honda of Teiken Boxing could be traveling to the U.S. in the next few days to seek to close the deal. Meanwhile Linares is preparing for his October 10 defense in Japan against Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado.



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

A tale of two trainers

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

At one table is the understated Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain – trainer of the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Juan Manuel Marquez. Beristain sits quietly as a small group of press gathers around him asking about the mountain he is training his fighter to climb – Mount Mayweather  . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Golden Boy stacks undercard

Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Boxing is in dire need of an adrenaline shot.

It’s no secret that the casual fight fan watches pay-per-view fights strictly for the main event. But with the skeptics rifling off that boxing is in a downward spiral and the UFC breathing down the sport’s neck, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions knew that they needed to put together something spectacular to make the $49.95 price tag worth every penny . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

- Don’t miss UFC® 103 tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
– For the first time ever, catch the UFC® 103 prelims live on Spike at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
– Tickets on sale this week for UFC® 106 featuring Lesnar vs Carwin for the World Heavyweight Championship, plus Ortiz vs Coleman
– Get closer to the action with the new UFC® iPhone app – available now in the iTunes App Store
– UFC.com – Vitor Belfort 3.0
– UFC.com Video – Franklin and Belfort Workout



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Pacman trains in Manila!

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao showed up at a local gym in the Philippines on Friday afternoon in preparation for his Nov. 14 fight with Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao, who arrived in Manila on Thursday morning after a tiring five-city publicity tour, trained for a little over an hour and he complained of the heat inside the Wild Card Fitness Gym in Paranaque. Still, Pacquiao made quite an impression as the fellow who was tasked to handle the mitts later confessed that he’d never felt a punch so strong. “His jab is just like the best punch of my welterweight boxer,” said Ericson Asilo. Trainer Freddie Roach will arrive in the Philippines next week to hook up with Pacquiuao in Baguio. Pacquiao, meanwhile, is leaving for Baguio on board a private plane on Sunday morning in time for the start of his eight-week training camp on Monday. Pacquiao will train at the Cooyeesan Hotel, which also houses a well-equipped gym that the pound-for-pound fighter will use for four to five weeks. Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s long-time training assistant, is already in Baguio and is excited to begin training camp.
“Everything is all ready,” said Fernandez.



September 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Kauffman-Grano tonight

Up-and-coming, undefeated heavyweight Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) of Reading, Penn., has rendered unconscious his last eight opponents, but figures to get his sternest test to date when he faces confident, upset-minded, once-beaten Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Sept. 18, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

“This is just a great opportunity and I’m very confident I’ll come out on top,’’ Grano said. “He hasn’t fought anybody and I think they are underestimating me big time. This is going to be a much tougher fight for Kauffman than he anticipated. By far, this will definitely be his toughest fight. We’ll know after Friday if it’s mine.’’

Counters Kauffman: “I am not underestimating him at all. If I was, I wouldn’t have spent seven weeks at camp, running five-six miles a day.’’ (more…)



September 18th, 2009

UFC

Belfort returns to the UFC

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Vitor Belfort is a man of few words. For a journalist searching for the story, this is a bad thing. For a hapless opponent, this is a very good thing  . . . Click here for more

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is live on PPV, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Undercard presser gallery

All the shots from today’s PPV undercard press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday night’s co-feature bouts: Katsidis vs. Escobedo, John vs. Juarez and Cruz vs. Lock. Click here for photos by Chris Cozzone



September 18th, 2009




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