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Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Images from Wednesday's media workout in conjunction with Friday's fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, ...

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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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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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

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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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

Announcement

Mayweather-Marquez weigh-in alert

Weigh-in open to the public

Friday’s weigh-in for Mayweather-Marquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is open to the public. Fighters will step on the scale beginning at 2:30 p.m. PT. Doors to the arena open at 1 p.m. PPV undercard fighters weigh-in at 2:30 with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez weighing in at 3:10. Remaining undercard fighters will be weighed following the main event. Comedian D. L. Hughley and radio personality Piolin will emcee the weigh-in.



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Fightwriter on Mayweather-Marquez

By Graham Houston

After a retirement lasting 21 months, Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the ring on Saturday when he meets Juan Manuel Marquez in a catchweight PPV 12-rounder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. No title is at stake in a bout made at 144 pounds, but the prize for the winner could be a blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao — always assuming Pacquiao can defeat Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 . . .  Click here for more



September 18th, 2009

Announcement

TKO weigh-in alert

Boxing fans in the Hartford, Connecticut, area are invited to the public weigh-in on Friday afternoon, September 18th at 4pm for Saturday night’s “A Warriors Homecoming” professional boxing event presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions.  (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Announcement

Mayweather-Marquez closed circuit update

Due to the high demand for tickets to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega-fight this Saturday, closed circuit viewing will now be available in MGM Grand Premier Ballroom in Las Vegas. (more…)



September 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC heavyweight ratings a KO!

While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.* (more…)



September 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis guns for Escobedo!

Chris Cozzone

Chris Cozzone

By Craig Watt

Australian lightweight contender Michael “The Great” Katsidis (25-1, 21 KOs) has a chance to secure the WBO interim lightweight title on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against American Vicente Escobedo (21-1, 13 KOs) in what many people believe could be the fight of the night on a packed card of high class boxing, headed by the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez. The 29 year old Katsidis from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia always comes to fight and never takes a backward step and many predict this battle with Escobedo could be an all action fight of the highest quality. (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Scale Watch

ShoBox Weights!

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Travis Kauffman 221 vs Tony Grano 218
Chris Avalos 118 vs Giovanni Caro 118
Venue: Chumash Resort & Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
(more…)



September 17th, 2009

UFC

Escudero used to underdog status

UFC 103 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 19!

Story by Andreas Hale

Efrain Escudero is used to the term “underdog.” He wasn’t the favorite to win The Ultimate Fighter, Season 8, but he did it in convincing fashion when he dominated Phillipe Nover in the finale. His underdog status has served him well as he has amassed an undefeated MMA record going into his first fight in nearly a year against TUF 5 competitor and UFC veteran Cole Miller. . . . 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 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Chakhkiev gearing up

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Under his trainer Michael Timm, 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chakhkiev is now into the intensive training phase of his preparations for his professional debut in a cruiserweight bout on the big October 10th Universum Box-Promotion card in Rostock, Germany.

“Rachim has all the requirements,” says Timm. “He moves very well, is strong as an ox and has had no difficulties with our program. I am very excited about his debut in Rostock and optimistic about his entrance into the professional scene because he has great potential!” (more…)



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Vazquez comeback details

On Saturday, October 10, the much anticipated return of Mexican superstar and former world junior feathereweight champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez, will finally occur as he takes on Angel Priolo in a ten-rounder at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California. Tickets $25-$200 go on sale Friday. The fight will be televised in Latin America, but no U.S. TV is scheduled. Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been sidelined since March of 2008 due to surgery for a detached retina. He will now campaign as a featherweight.



September 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Kessler, Ward in Oakland

Photo: Laura De la Torre

Photo: Laura De la Torre

By Bob Hough

WBA super middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler and undefeated and #1 WBA contender Andre Ward met Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, site of their Nov. 21 fight, to discuss the match-up—part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward and Kessler were impeccably dressed and impeccably professional in relating confidence in themselves and respect for each other. After the cameras were turned off and Kessler was heading out, he made point of walking over to Ward, shaking his hand and wishing him good fortune in training camp.
Click here for more photos…



September 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Playboy Bunnies and Boxing!

Big Joe Miranda

Big Joe Miranda

Francisco Salazar at ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

The gracious Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Bunnies hosted the “Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion” at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA this past Friday as featherweight Eloy Perez won a hard-fought decision over Dannie Williams to capture the WBC USNBC super featherweight title. Click here to read the full report and see the Playboy Bunnies.



September 17th, 2009

Full Report

“A Night to Remember” Gallery

By Mark Vaz at Ringside, Photos by Emily Harney

It was “A Night to Remember” this past Friday as former IBO junior featherweight champion “Machine” Mike Oliver scored a hard-fought decision over former Guatemalan amateur star Castulo Gonzalez to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles. Several more bouts featuring top New England talent were also showcased in the third installment of the fan-favorite “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the full report and photogallery



September 17th, 2009




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