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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

By Sam Geraci Photos: Bob Ryder Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over ...

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Leonso Nunez The much anticipated test of Tijuana female flyweight Brenda Flores (7-2, 2KOs) went down last Friday ...

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Ringside by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com You could make a case that the third man in the ring, ...

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Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Report by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what ...

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Pacquiao avenges loss to Bradley, regains welterweight championship

Pacquiao avenges loss to Bradley, regains welterweight championship

By Chris Cozzone and Butch Gottlieb at ringside Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer In a rematch of their controversial June 2012 fight, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 ...

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

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Boxing News

WBO Congress Day One Report

Story and photos by David Finger

The 26th Annual WBO Congress officially kicked off Tuesday morning at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Budapest as boxing insiders from around the world came to celebrate some of the exciting developments in the World Boxing Organization in 2013. The event kicked off with roll call, followed by an invocation. After approving the prior minutes from the 2012 Convention, the congress moved forward with the regional Vice President’s reports. Starting off was Vice President Mark Reels, who did reports from the NABO and the WBO Intercontinental. Although the NABO and the WBO Intercontinental both saw a slight drop in activity it still was a productive and profitable year for the regional organizations. (more…)



August 28th, 2013



Boxing News

Canelo Camp Quick Quotes

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Mexican superstar WBA/WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs) worked out Tuesday for media in Big Bear, California as he is set to take on eight time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26KOs) on Saturday September 14 live on Showtime PPV from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo Quotes: “I am ready for this, that’s the reason I asked for this fight. Training is going great and my sparring has been helpful, I feel good at these heights in training camp. It is a difficult tough fight we have been working but we have our advantages. I am coming to win.”

Manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso Quotes: “We are training hard to beat Mayweather. We have all the confidence in the world that we will win.”

Oscar de la Hoya Quick Quotes: “September 14 is going to be huge with Canelo and Mayweather you have two of the best. Canelo is getting ready to take on the biggest challenge. This reminds me of my fight when I fought Trinindad. Both of us were undefeated and both Canelo and Mayweather are undefeated. He is a big superstar. Canelo is experiencing what I did, I mean Canelomania is huge! I expect a great fight and I believe this is Canelo’s time.”

Trainer Eddie Reynoso: “Mayweather is an accomplished fighter we are training hard for this fight. Canelo is looking good, he is working hard as always and training has been intense. I expect for Canelo to win come fight night.”



August 28th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

IBF Middleweight Champion Darren Barker swears he saw his dead brother in the ring after being floored by Daniel Geale in the sixth round. “He told me to get up,” says Barker. More in the Telegraph.

Boxing referee Tony Weeks is the star of a new Audi ad. More

So-called boxing experts are picking Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to win. More

Former heavyweight champ George Foreman was presented the James V. Day “Good Guy” award by the American Legion during the organization’s 95th national convention.



August 28th, 2013

UFC

UFC Fight Night at the scales

Weigh-in results for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, and the lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos, airing live on Fox Sports 1 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see two additional prelim bouts at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Martin Kampmann (170) VS Carlos Condit (170.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Rafael Dos Anjos (155.5) VS Donald Cerrone (156)
Brian Melancon (170) VS Kelvin Gastelum (170)
Robert Whittaker (170.5) VS Court McGee (170)
Erik Perez (135.5) VS Takeya Mizugaki (135.5)
Bubba McDaniel (185) VS Brad Tavares (186)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Papy Abedi (184.5) VS Dylan Andrews (185)
Brandon Thatch (170) VS Justin Edwards (170)
Hatsu Hioki (146) VS Darren Elkins (145)
Jason High (171) VS James Head (170.5)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Benny Alloway (170) VS Zak Cummings (170.5)
Abel Trujillo (155) VS Roger Bowling (155.5)
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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann is LIVE on FOX Wednesday, August 28 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

World rated Brunker angling for title shot

Gary Shaw Productions featherweight contender, Australia’s Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs), feels he’s ready to challenge any of the champions in his division. Currently undefeated, Brunker has been steadily climbing up the rankings in all sanctioning organizations. Brunker is rated WBO #4, IBF #6, WBA #13 and WBC #15 WBC respectively.

“I’m ready to fight for a world title,” said Brunker. “I’ve fought many styles as I worked my way up the rankings. In those fights I’ve gained a lot of experience. My skills have enhanced tremendously and I feel confident in my ability to capture a world title.” (more…)



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

David Price parts company with trainer Francis Smith

Heavyweight David Price has announced that it has been mutually agreed that he and Francis Smith will no longer be working together and have parted on good terms. After a careful review of his Career, David came to the decision that a change was appropriate in order to get where he wants to be. It is not a decision that was reached lightly or hastily.

David said: “Franny will always be more than just a trainer to me, I consider him as a very close friend so making this decision was extremely hard, he did a fantastic job making me the first Liverpudlian British & Commonwealth heavyweight champion. I have made up my mind that I have to start a new chapter in my career and I am sad that I will be starting this without Franny, but for me to achieve my goal as heavyweight champion of the world, I feel that I need a change. Franny has always been a huge part of my career and after discussion we’ve agreed that this is the best way forward.”

The goal now is to find that right man to take David to the next level. “I am in no rush to appoint another trainer and I am open to discussions. Whatever happens I want to thank Franny for all his hard work and support and wish him all the success for the future.”



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

R&R Promotions and Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati to present first ever boxing event at an Ohio casino Sept. 7

R&R Promotions, in conjunction with the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, looks to make history September 7 when they bring boxing back to Cincinnati with the first ever event to be held at an Ohio casino. “Fight Night at The Shoe,” to be held at The Shoe at the Horseshoe Casino, will feature 10 bouts in total with lightweight Brandon “Untouchable” Bennett in the main event. The co-main event will showcase Aaron Pryor Jr., the son of newly crowned pro boxing Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor Sr. Pryor Sr. will be in attendance at the event, along with three-time world champion Adrien Broner and special invited guest former two-time champion Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, as he looks to support his son Ronald Hearns who is also featured on the undercard. (more…)



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

Dereck Chisora set to face unbeaten Denis Boytsov for European crown on September 21st show

By James Slater

Dereck Chisora will be back in action again next month, just over two months after his stoppage win over the previously unbeaten Malik Scott, and “Del Boy” will look to take away another top level fighter’s perfect record on September 21st as he is set to face Russia’s Denis Boytsov in a bout that will contest the European heavyweight belt.

Chisora-Boytsov will take place on Frank Warren’s show at the Copperbox Arena in London.

“That’s a good show,” Warren said to UK trade paper Boxing News. “[Chisora's] got to get the European and hopefully he can get himself into a good position. I watched Pulev and Thompson at the weekend. We certainly wouldn’t worry about fighting either of those.” (more…)



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

50 Cent, DiBella announce Sept 16 Monday night card at Resorts World Casino NYC

On September 16, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will host a special Monday night of boxing at the beautiful Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens. Titled “Big Apple Boxing”, it will be the first card staged by both promoters at the recently built casino, located in the same area of Queens in which 50 Cent grew up and began building his business empire. The card will feature a number of top up-and-coming talented prospects from both SMS Promotions and DBE, including two future stars that the companies have just signed to exclusive co-promotion contracts.

The two main bouts will feature SMS-promoted Mark Davis (17-0, 5 KOs) looking to keep his undefeated record intact and continue climbing the lightweight world ratings, and DBE’s super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (17-1, 12 KOs). Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)



August 27th, 2013

UFC

Poirier after a steal-the-show bonus this weekend

After a ferocious 53 second blitz of Zach Micklewright at WEC 52 in November of 2010, Dustin Poirier figured he had the Knockout of the Night bonus locked up . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann is LIVE on FOX Wednesday, August 28 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

Steve Cunningham, BJ Flores collide in Audi commercial

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Two world class boxers, former world world champion Steve Cunningham and cruiserweight contender BJ Flores spend couple of weeks fighting (almost) for real for an Audi commercial. “We were going hard on each other. It was a real battle, not some BS you see sometimes in the ads,” said BJ Flores talking to Fightnews.com. “There were better rounds from us there than you see in the ring in sanctioned championship fights. I’m proud of our work!”

And this is the end result, where the surprise star turned out to be the third man in the ring Tony Weeks…



August 27th, 2013

AWE TV

Buffer ready to rumble for Burns vs. Beltran

See Burns vs Beltran LIVE on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com on September 7

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Matchroom Sport is shelling out the big bucks to bring American Hall of Fame ring announcer Michael Buffer over to Scotland to introduce Ricky Burns and Raymundo Beltran when the pair clash for Burns’ WBO world lightweight crown on September 7 at the SECC in Glasgow, live on Wealth TV and www.wealthtv.com.

“When Eddie Hearn reached out to me for this event, I jumped at the chance,” said Buffer. “I was originally booked in Los Angeles for JC Chavez’s fight which was cancelled and postponed. Eddie asked if I was now free to come to Glasgow for ‘Rickster’s’ title defense I couldn’t say no – Ricky has unbelievable fans!” (more…)



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

Braekhus: I need to be at my very best to beat an opponent like Castillo

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WBA, WBC and WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KOs) will defend her titles against WBO Female light middleweight champion Oxandia Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on September 7. Here is the latest from the First Lady prior to the clash of champions.

Q: It´s not long until the fight, how has the training been going?

CB: “Everything is going fine. We are training twice a day at the Max-Schmeling-Gym, normal training in the morning and then sparring in the afternoon. That´s very exhausting but just what I need to be in top shape. I need to be at my very best to beat an opponent like Oxandia.” (more…)



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

Atsushi Kakutani ready for ‘Confesor’ Hernandez

Story and photos by Joe Koizumi

Japanese challenger Atsushi Kakutani (13-3-1, 6 KOs) left Osaka for Mexico city today (Monday) to have an ambitious crack at the WBC light-flyweight belt against Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez (27-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Gimnasio San Juan de la Barrera on this coming Saturday. Kakutani was accompanied by his manager Hideo Kanazawa (ex-OPBF junior middleweight champ) and his trainer Jinduk Kim. There was a bad rumor that Kakutani had suffered such an injury that he wouldn’t be able to fight Hernandez some a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t true as the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) promptly sent its medical certificate to the WBC and the Mexican promoter, saying that Kakutani should be well-conditioned without any injury. Then, the title bout goes back on as slated. Even though Kakutani is an apparent underdog, he is hoped to do his best and show his utmost performance to the Mexican aficionados.



August 27th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Interesting piece on Oscar De La Hoya and his ongoing struggle against alcoholism in the LA Times. More

To battle his Parkinson’s, 61 year old Bruce Hamberlin attends former world champion Paulie Ayala’s twice-weekly “Punching out Parkinson’s” training classes at the Hard Knocks Gym in Fort Worth: More

Is Manny Pacquiao going bankrupt? ABS CBN explores.



August 27th, 2013

Boxing Result

O’Connor wins via a bizarre DQ

By Billy “Loops” Luppert at Ringside
Photos by Emily Harney

Promoter/boxer Chris Traietti of Granite Chin Promotions returned Saturday to The SportZone in Derry, NH with a seven-bout card showcasing jr middleweight prospect Danny O’Connor in a scheduled eight-round contest with 58-fight veteran Ruben Galvan. In one of the oddest endings to a bout that this reporter has ever witnessed, O’Connor was awarded the contest after Galvan was disqualified at 2:05 of the 4th round for profane language directed at the referee. O’Connor dominated from the opening bell. O’Connor was first to the punch in almost every exchange as he moved Galvan around the ring with ease. O’Connor made particularly good work with his jab and body punching for which Galvan simply had no answer. In round four, things took a strange turn as Galvan was hit with an unintentional low blow while next to his corner. Instead of being given the usual five minutes to recover, the fight was waived off, puzzling everybody at ringside. It was only after O’Connor was announced as the winner by disqualification did things get more confusing as Galvan didn’t appear to do anything that would warrant a disqualification. More…



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Chavez Jr & Sr hit ESPN Deportes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former WBC Middleweight champion and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. makes a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show with hosts: his dad Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and David Faitelson at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Chavez is in town to announce his upcoming fight against No. 1 contender Bryan Vera at a press conference Thursday, August 29 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Chávez vs. Vera will take place ,Saturday, September 28, under the stars, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions and Tecate, remaining tickets to Chávez vs. Vera, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $20 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. photos



August 26th, 2013

UFC

The Countdown to UFC 164 Begins Tonight

The Countdown to UFC 164 Begins Tonight: Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis prepare for their championship showdown this Saturday night, plus Josh Barnett gets ready for his return to the Octagon to face Frank Mir! Countdown to UFC 164 premieres tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on FOX Sports 1

Great Seats Available For UFC 164 In Milwaukee: Benson Henderson defends the lightweight title against former WEC 155-pound champ Anthony Pettis this Saturday night! Plus, check out these upcoming events: Condit vs Kampmann 2 – Wed. Aug. 28 – Indianapolis; St-Pierre vs Hendricks – Sat. Nov. 16 – Las Vegas

Henderson or Pettis? Make Your UFC Fantasy Picks: Make your UFC Fantasy picks for a chance to win prizes!

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann is LIVE on FOX Wednesday, August 28 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Robles-Landeros II update

By Felipe Leon

All is set for this Friday night’s next installment of “San Diego Fights” brought to “America’s Finest City” San Diego by California state hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis on Friday, August 30th, at the only home for professional boxing in the city, the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Kearny Mesa. It was announced that the night would be a special one since it would mark the return of San Diego’s favorite fighting female Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (6-1-2, 1KO) was all ready to make her way back to the ring after a more than a year hiatus. Unfortunately a freak accident in which Quintana suffered a cut to her left hand will have to postpone her much awaited comeback to a bit later this year.

Despite the setback, a night of fireworks is still expected when undefeated light welterweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (8-0-1, 3KOs) of San Diego puts his undefeated record on the line against the much more experienced Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (22-32-2, 10KOs) in a six round tilt. The Robles vs Landeros match up will be the second time these two warriors meet. Earlier this year, Robles took a unanimous decision over Landeros in a much closer fight than the scores reflected. The tough Landeros of Mexico City has always been a tough out for anybody including Guy Robb, former champion Jhonatan Romero and Efrain Esquivias among others. (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Joshua Clottey return set for September 14

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to it’s Long Island home on Saturday, September 14 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, with the tenth installment of it’s acclaimed series of world class professional boxing, “Rockin Fights”.

“It’s always special to promote at The Paramount, truly one of the premier venue for professional boxing in the country. This is the tenth “Rockin Fights” event we’ve held there, the first nine selling out, and we’re thrilled to showcase Huntington’s favorite son, undefeated Chris Algieri and former world champion Joshua Clottey in separate bouts” said DeGuardia. “Also, knowing that September 14 is such a big night in boxing, we will broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas, the Mayweather/Canelo world title clash on the big screen ( multiple viewing areas) at The Paramount following the action in the ring.”

Algieri (17-0, 7 KOs) with be making the third start of his 2013 campaign, clashing with Nicaraguan veteran Wilfredo “EL Zurdo” Acuna (14-12, 11 KOs) in the main event. Now competing in the middleweight and jr middleweight divisions, former world champion Clottey (36-4, 22 KOs) will face Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (14-12-3, 5 KOs).



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

26th Annual WBO Convention kicks off in Budapest

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By David Finger

The 26th annual WBO Congress kicked off tonight in Budapest, Hungary as WBO Vice President Istvan “Koko” Kovacs welcomed boxing insiders to the Hungarian capital. After the 16th annual golf tournament kicked off in the morning, a welcome cocktail held at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Danube allowed boxing insiders to discuss some of the major developments in the sport.

The evening concluded at the Kárpátia Restaurant where a Latin Guitar show coupled with Hungarian cuisine delighted guests. The convention kicks off tomorrow at 8AM with the opening ceremonies at the Intercontinental Hotel.



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Mora targets Quillin

With undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin still in search of an opponent for his upcoming title defense October 26 in Atlantic City, former WBC junior middleweight champion and current world-rated middleweight contender Sergio Mora says that he would be honored to step in to face the champ. “Peter Quillin is a really strong, big, and avoided middleweight champion. He is annihilating everyone that he steps in against and because of that, not many people are jumping at the chance to face him. I have never been afraid to face any fighter in my entire career though and the same goes for Peter,” stated Mora. “The Latin Snake” (24-3-2, 7KOs), the original Contender Champion is coming off a unanimous 10-round decision victory over Grzegorz Proksa on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on June 28 of this year. He is currently rated #7 by the WBA and #14 by the IBF.



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Fight Promoter University IX Session Finally Announced For December

Will Feature Two Shows and New Online FPU Course Also Announced

After several postponements the next session of Fight Promoter University will finally happen and will feature two Fight Club OC shows and a new Online Course Curriculum it was announced today by FPU founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht. Fight Promoter University IX the only fight promotions teaching seminar of its kind anywhere, and that has already seen over 150 future fight promoters attend from all over the world, is now definitely set for December 4-7, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County Airport in Irvine, California. Plus all students attending FPU IX will get to work not one, but two Fight Club OC shows.

“I have finally selected early December of 2013 as our next FPU session so that those people wanting to attend would have enough lead time to make proper arrangements,” said Englebrecht. “Plus, with our December Fight Club OC shows at The Hangar, all students will now get to observe, experience, and work not one, but two shows. I think with adding an extra show that these four days and two shows will deliver the best opportunity for people attending to be ready to decide if the fight promotions profession is what they want to invest and get involved in.” (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Gonzalez back in Mexico; targets Rigondeaux, Donaire and Mikey Garcia

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez triumphantly arrived on Sunday in Monterrey, Mexico to meet hisnewly born daughter Dulce, who entered the world a month ago while Jhonny was in Mexico City preparing for his fight last Saturday against Abner Mares.

“I want to fight the best and if I have a rematch with Mares, I’m ready,” said Jhonny. “I am going to relax and enjoy my family. But I hope to have opportunities to face Nonito Donaire, Mickey Garcia and Guillermo Rigondeaux among others. I again have the belt of the World Boxing Council and it’s a great privilege to face the best.”



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Shane Mosley confirms Anthony Mundine fight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Three-time former world champion Shane Mosley has confirmed that his next fight will against former world titlist Anthony Mundine on October 23 in Australia, probably in Sydney.

Mosley was in Panama last week with his mother who is receiving medical treatment. While he was there, Mosley popped into a local boxing gym and did some sightseeing at the Panama Canal before dropping by World Boxing Association Headquarters. WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presented black and gold WBA belts to Mosley and Panamanian bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno. (more…)



August 26th, 2013

UFC

Ryan Couture: True Identity

The meeting was arranged in a back room of a Gold’s Gym in Bellingham, Washington, shortly after Ryan Couture decided he was fed up with his current state of life. It was a few years earlier when Couture’s athletic career had reached its peak. After failing to qualify for States as a junior, Couture topped off his senior year by placing third in the Washington State 4A wrestling championship. The future was brighter than Einstein’s IQ for the son of a famous father crafting his legend in mixed martial arts. After all, wrestling was in the family genes and Couture was destined for great things upon his acceptance to Western Washington University . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann is LIVE on FOX Wednesday, August 28 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Hector Vazquez wins the Texas State super welterweight title in Arlington, Texas

Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez 10-1 2 KO’s of Irving returned after a hand injury that required surgery to win the Texas State Super Welterweight Title over Larry “Slomoshun” Smith 10-17 7 KO’s of Dallas Saturday night in Arlington. The excitement started with elaborate entrances from both. Smith came to the ring with a local rapper while the lights went off and returned with a mariachi band for Vazquez. The contest started out as a feel-out process between both fighters until straight right hands from Smith found their mark in the second. Vazquez turned it on in the third with dazzling multiple punch combinations that took Smith out of his rhythm. A game Smith hung in there but the rest of the fight looked the same. In the end two of the judges scored the bout 80-72 while the third had it 79-73. (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Gonzales-Mares post fight press conference

Report & photos: Rocco Morales

“This is the single greatest moment of my life” said newly crowned WBC featherweight champion, Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47KO) after his shocking first round knockout over the heavily favored three division champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KO). With the victory, Gonzalez was able to win back the very belt that he lost by way of technical decision last September to Daniel Ponce De Leon.

After two wins over softer competition earlier this year, Gonzales earned the title shot against Ponce De Leon conqueror, Abner Mares, who was coming off a career best performance against Ponce De Leon just three and a half months ago. With Mares seemingly peaking and Gonzales seemingly at the end of his career, few, if any, gave Gonzalez much chance to make it to the final bell, yet less to win the fight by way of first round knockout.

According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaeffer, “19 boxing experts were asked about their opinion of Mares vs. Gonzalez and all 19 picked Abner Mares. That’s why we love boxing because you never know what is going to happen.” (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Tommy Morrison Update

By Darren Barcomb

The past 17 years have been a roller-coaster ride for former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs). After allegedly being diagnosed with HIV in 1996 and barred from the sport, Morrison began an improbable comeback in 2007 and has been able to fight sporadically since then. So, where is Tommy Morrison today? Rumors continue to swirl on internet message boards that the Duke has died; all based on hearsay and lies. No, Morrison is still alive, and fighting a health battle, but against Miller Fisher Syndrome/Guillain Barre Syndrome and not HIV/AIDS as most pundits assume. (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Green and Lucas to clash at Thunderdome III

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By Brett Bonetti

MMA star Xavier “X Man” Lucas (6-1-1, 4KO’s) and undefeated Andrew “Widow Maker” Green (10-0-1, 5 KO’s) will clash for the vacant Western Australian State Light Heavyweight Title on Friday night at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome III at Metro City Perth, Australia. Both Fighters are coming off Draws against the same fighter, Jeremy “War Machine” Van Diemen (4-0-2, 3 KO’s). Friendship was put aside last month, as ‘mates’ Green and Van Diemen battled to a split decision draw. Lucas and Van Diemen battled to a controversial draw in March this year. (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Chavez-Haugen attendance record shattered? Promoter says more than 200,000 fans watched boxing match in Volgograd

According to various sources, Mexico City holds the record for most fans watching a boxing match. Reportedly 136,274 boxing aficionados showed up in 1993 to see Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen in the famous Azteca Stadium, but this number was apparently eclipsed last Saturday in the Russian city of Volgograd. According to well-known Russian manager and promoter Vladimir Hrunov, more than 200,000 people turned out to see a WBA International title fight between 26-year-old middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (10-0, 7 KO) and Jorge Navarro (12-2, 10 KO). Chudinov, in a dominant performance, won by second round KO, but the huge crowd and special circumstances of the night in Volgograd were the story. (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Boxing News

Kennedy-Collado Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer and John Disanto at ringside
Photos: Kathryn Warburton

Junior lightweight contender Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (19-2-2, 7KOs) was put to the test by Joselito Collado (13-3, 3KOs) and suffered a possible broken jaw before escaping with a grueling ten round unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at Bally’s AC in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the co-feature of the eight-bout card promoted Peltz Boxing Promotions, junior middleweight prospect DeCarlo Perez (11-2-1, 4KOs) survived a few rocky moments in the early on in capturing a hard fought eight round unanimous decision victory over Jamar Freeman (9-2-2, 5KOs). (more…)



August 26th, 2013

Full Report

Report/gallery: Mares vs. Gonzalez

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Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

In his first defense of his WBC featherweight championship, Abner Mares (26-1, 14 KOs), Guadalajara, Mexico, fell to Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. Gonzalez, a veteran of over 60 fights, scored a shocking first round knockout over the previously unbeaten Mares.

The round opened with the fighters jabbing away. Later in the round, Gonzalez caught Mares with a solid right. Moments later, Gonzalez tagged him with a flush left hook to the chin that sat Mares down to the canvas. Mares staggered as he got up. Gonzalez continued his assault, connecting with a straight right that knocked down Mares again. Referee Jack Reiss began a ten-count but then stopped the action at 2:05 . . . click here for more



August 25th, 2013

Boxing News

Inoue acquires Japanese 108lb belt in 4th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

82513inoueUnbeaten twenty-year-old boy Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3 KOs), 108, captured the Japanese national light-flyweight belt in his fourth pro bout when he made good use of his versatile left hand and quick combinations en route to a unanimous decision (98-93, 98-92 and 97-94) over WBA#3 ranked defending champ Ryoichi Taguchi (18-2-1, 8 KOs), 108, over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Zama, Japan. Inoue failed to extend his knockout streak, but displayed his superior skills and excellent speed in whipping the 26-year-old defending champ.

Inoue was in command by taking the leadoff from the outset, but Taguchi occasionally attempted to score right crosses over Inoue’s busy and accurate jabs. Inoue’s left hand, however, was faster and more effective all the way.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.



August 25th, 2013

Boxing News

Olympic Gold Medalist Murata halts OPBF Champ Shibata in pro debut

Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Olympic middleweight gold medalist in London, Japan’s Ryota Murata, 161, impressively decked his professional debut as he dropped OPBF 160-pound champ Akio Shibata (21-8-1, 9 KOs), also 161, in the opening session and quickly halted him with his furious follow-up at 2:24 of the second round in a scheduled six-rounder on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Murata, physically stronger and more powerful, took the leadoff with his opening attack to have the compatriot circling or retreating from pillar to post. In the closing seconds of the round, Murata’s long right caught Shibata, who badly hit the deck and barely beat the count. He had a very narrow escape.

It was a matter of time how soon Murata would finish the affair as Shibata was apparently overwhelmed and overpowered by the ex-Olympic winner. The second witnessed Murata swarm over the fading foe with a flurry of punches that had him staggering to the ropes, which prompted referee Fukuchi to declare a well-received halt. Murata, five years his junior at 27, simply looked too pugnacious and powerful for the crestfallen loser. (more…)



August 25th, 2013




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