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Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Light Heavyweight kings Bernard Hopkins, 55-6-2, 32 KOs, the WBA/IBF 175-pound champion, and Sergey Kovalev, ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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Boxing News

Roy Jones, Jr: I’m my own man!

Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

Just hours before end of 2013, Fightnews.com caught up with Roy Jones, Jr. to discuss his upcoming plans in light of Anderson Silva breaking his leg in UFC 168 and the numerous Internet reports regarding other potential RJJ opponents. “The end of the year is a great time to clarify some things,” said the legendary fighter.

What are your plans for your next fight?

Obviously I’m disappointed that my fight with Spider will not come off for a while. I visited him in the hospital on Sunday and wished him a speedy recovery. McGee [Wright, RJJ's manager] and I have had several meetings with Dana [White] and he was open to that fight. At the end of the day, it’s going to be Dana’s call, but both Spider and I wanted the fight. With the leg injury, a boxing match may now be actually easier to make, although it won’t happen until Anderson is completely recovered and can properly train. (more…)



January 1st, 2014



Boxing News

2013 Boxing in the USA

By Johnny B’

Recently, I took on the task of taking a look at the health of professional boxing in the United States as I did in 2011. My goal, to see which states are surviving the unrest in our economy and the effect of both the shrinking dollar and the increase of MMA shows in the last several years. I have completed a review of the professional boxing shows in the United States for 2013. Here are the results.

As in both 2011 and 2012 California heads the healthy list, as they held ninety (90) professional boxing shows for 2013. Texas is the runner-up was with boxing thriving as they held 68 shows. Over to the east coast, New York not far behind held 51 pro cards.

There is a slight drop after that, Pennsylvania 34 shows, Florida 27, West Virginia 24, North Carolina 21 and the onetime thriving states, Nevada and New Jersey with only 20 and 19. (more…)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Photos: Ioka keeps WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada / WBA

Unbeaten Japanese Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), 106.5, kept his WBA light-flyweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (119-109, 119-110, 115-113) over previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (18-1, 15 KOs), 106.75, over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

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December 31st, 2013

UFC

Anderson Silva: When Can I Train Again?

Like a great fighter, Dr. Steven Sanders is always thinking two steps ahead. So when one of those great fighters, Anderson Silva, fell to the canvas in pain after breaking his leg in his UFC 168 bout against Chris Weidman last Saturday, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon wasn’t gasping or staring in shock . . . More

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December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Uchiyama survives a knockdown to retain WBA 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs), 129.75, impressively kept his WBA super-featherweight throne as he controlled the affair, survived a surprising visit to the deck in round ten, had game compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-3-3, 12 KOs), 130, at bay down the stretch, winning a unanimous decision (all 117-110) over twelve furious rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be a strong candidate for Japan’s Fight of the Year with the champ and the challenger having fully displayed what they had to greatly entertain the audience and TV watchers on the last day of the year.

(More to come)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Miura stops Jardon to keep WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBC super-feather champ, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs), 130, impressively retained his belt as he overwhelmed WBC#2 ranked Mexican Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-4, 20 KOs), 130, from the outset, badly floored him in the fifth, accelerated his persistent attack and finally decked him again to prompt the referee’s intervention at 0:55 of the ninth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was more lopsided than people had expected, as Miura maintained the pressure from the start and kept battering the breadbasket of Jardon, who desperately withstood the champ’s persistent attack. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 40-36 by all the judges, and after the eighth, 80-71 twice and 80-70, all in favor of the pugnacious champ.

The fatal ninth saw Miura swarm over the exhausted Mexican with a barrage of punches to have him down again, when the referee declared a well-received halt.

(More to come)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Shocker: Ex-WBA 105lb champ Miyazaki KO’d

By Joe Koizumi

Previously unbeaten ex-WBA minimum champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-1-3, 11 KOs), 108, engaged in a non-title bout after his latest relinquishment of the belt but suffered a shocking knockout defeat by WBA #6 minimum Thailander Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (23-2, 14 KOs), also 108, at 2:22 of the third round in a scheduled ten beneath the WBA light-fly title bout on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

His weight problem made Miyazaki renounce the WBA 105-pound belt and it was his first appearance since. It was ballyhooed as a tune-up bout prior to his next shot at any of world light-fly championships.

Miyazaki breathlessly made the contract weight of 108 pounds, but temporarily collapsed at the scale because of his dehydration. It was reported that Miyazaki didn’t have a good condition for this fight. (More to come)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Danny Williams defeated by Tomas Mrazek (9-45) in Prague

By Antonín Vavrda/Štefan Moravčík
Photos: Filip Škeřík

A great main event could be seen at the sold-out Lucerna Palace in Prague as the Czech heavyweight warrior Tomas Mrazek (9-45-6, 5 KOs) eventually managed to beat his more famous British opponent Danny Williams (45-20-0, 34 KOs) in a fiercely contested battle via a close split decision. Boxing in front of two thousand enthusiastic local fans, the 40-year old Williams began the bout in a crushing manner, showering his eight-year younger opponent Mrazek with a flurry of body punches. Mrazek, however, wasn’t rattled, as he began to work with his jab, leaving his rival simply standing in the center of the ring and eating them one by one.

In the beginning of the second, it seemed as if he was a bit wobbled by a jab from Williams to the body, but he managed to get out of trouble, handing his favored opponent a knockdown himself in the third (which, though, wasn’t a regular one, as the Briton simply slipped and then fell onto the ropes). (more…)



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Manny Pacquiao credited his successful ring return in 2013 to diehard fans. More

Bolton boxing superstar Amir Khan had a memorable 2013 despite just one outing in the ring . . . More

Floyd Mayweather Sr. gave Pacquiao props for his return in November, but with Brandon Rios, he was less than impressed. More



December 31st, 2013

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Mares II to be postponed

The rematch between WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and former champion Abner Mares scheduled for February 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles will reportedly be postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Mares. Gonzalez also sustained a hand injury in training. No new date as of yet.



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Khan says he’s signed to fight Mayweather, but if Floyd doesn’t commit he’s willing to face Pacquiao

Amir Khan told the UK’s Daily Mail that he has signed a contract to fight Floyd Mayweather and is waiting for Floyd. “I am the one who signed the contract, I’ve signed my part of the contract, they’ve not signed theirs,’ he said. ‘If he wants to fight Amir Khan then he should sign it…if he wants to face someone I’ve beaten (Maidana) then so be it.”

“I’d fight Manny,” he continued “Look, it’s business. We are friends and respect each other, but I would definitely consider the fight, and I am sure he would too.”



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Podgorski to ref first world title fight of 2014 on Friday night in Minneapolis

IBF officials have been named for Friday’s IBF jr. lightweight mandatory defense of champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) against unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The referee will be Pete Podgorski (Illinois), judges are Denny Nelson (Minnesota), Ricardo Ocasio (Nevada) and Gary Merritt (Indiana). IBF Supervisor is Hiawatha Knight.



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Who is Kazuto Ioka?

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

WBA light-flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, an unbeaten 24-year-old Japanese youngster, became a two-class world champ last December, and is one of the best boxers here along with WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama and WBC bantam kingpin Shinsuke Yamanaka in Japan where we currently possess nine male champs and six female titlists. It was in June 2012 that the baby face Kazuto, then WBC 105-pound champ, engaged in a unification bout with WBA counterpart Akira Yaegashi, a much more experienced compatriot, winning a close but unanimous verdict to unify the 105-pound belts to his credit.

Ioka then renounced both belts and acquired the second throne—the WBA 108-pound belt—by impressively halting Mexican Jose Rodriguez in six frames on the last day of the previous year. It was only in his eleventh pro bout that he remarkably registered an achievement. How has he climbed up to the top so quickly? (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Ricky Burns-Terence Crawford official for March 1st in Glasgow

By James Slater

It’s official: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will defend his belt against unbeaten Terence Crawford on March 1st in Glasgow. Burns, who suffered a broken jaw in his last fight – a hugely controversial draw with Raymundo Beltran that took place in September – knows he has a point to prove against the 22-0 (16) Crawford.

“I have a point to prove,” Burns said. “I’ve had two bad performances, we’ve made a few changes and some adjustments, we’re going to be doing things differently, and fingers crossed we see a new Ricky Burns on March 1st. Everybody is writing me off again with Terence but that doesn’t bother me, I like being the underdog and I can’t wait to get back out there again in front of another great Glasgow crowd.”

Burns, 36-2-1 (11) says he “went into survival mode” against Beltran and didn’t even care about the decision such was the pain in his broken jaw. Crawford says Burns will “have to walk to hell and back” in the upcoming fight. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Truax ready to lead off 2014 boxing year

Barring organizers sneaking in some obscure four-rounder, the first televised fight of 2014 will feature Minnesota middleweight Caleb Truax (23-1-1, 14 KOs) taking on veteran Ossie Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder at the Target Center in Minneapolis on ESPN2′s first Friday Night Fights telecast. With original opponent Derek Ennis forced to withdraw, Duran says he’s more than ready to step in and halt the momentum of the streaking Truax. “It means a lot to be fighting at home in front of family and friends,” said Truax. “My fight is going to be a battle against an opponent who wants nothing more than to make a name for himself. I will be ready for anything he has to offer.”

The main event is an IBF super featherweight championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs).



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

New Faces: Eliezer Aquino

By Robert Coster

In the Dominican Republic, he is nicknamed “The Little Assassin.” Super flyweight Eliezer Aquino (15-0-1, 9 KOs) is a crowd favorite on the Caribbean island because of his Tyson-like bobbing-and weaving attack style. Two of Aquino’s fights (versus Jonathan Arias in 2009 and against Norberto Jimenez in 2013) were candidates for Fight of the Year in the Dominican Republic. With just 16 pro fights, Aquino has already won four regional title and is ranked 7th by the IBF.

Next for the “Little Assassin” is what is undoubtably the biggest challenge of his young, promising career. On January 25th he will fly to Puerto Rico to face a very dangerous foe — unbeaten local ex-Olympian and IBF #5 ranked McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) in a 12 round contest. The winner of the fight will automatically be raised to the second spot in the IBF super flyweight rankings. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Interview

Carlos Molina: “I wanna kick Mayweather’s ass, and it’s not about the payday!”

_8CO4788By Sam Geraci; photos by Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images.com

On September 14th “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) defeated Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 11 KOs) to capture the IBF jr middleweight championship and become Chicago’s first world champion since David Diaz defeated Erik Morales for the WBC lightweight championship on August 4, 2007. After Molina’s victory, one would have assumed that Molina would have been given the opportunity to unify the 154 pound division against Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 25 KOs), who won the WBA and WBC 154 pound championships that same night on the same card by defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs).

It did not happen. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Browne happy to accept Fury challenge

Aussie contender Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is happy to step up to the challenge offered by Tyson Fury on Twitter. The giant Englishman recently used the micro blogging site to set out the names on his wish list for 2014. Browne was mentioned alongside Deontay Wilder, Dereck Chisora and Roy Jones Jr and say he would gladly accept if the fight was offered to him. Fury was due to face David Haye in a massive all-British encounter, but that fight now seems dead in the water due to the Hayemaker’s career hanging in the balance following a serious shoulder injury. Browne, 19-0 (17 KOs), said: “All I can say is that his team should contact my promoter, Ricky Hatton, and I’ll sign the contract tomorrow. The fans want to see this fight and I think it will be a war. He’s stated he’s having a warm up fight in February. I’m in one corner to box for the Commonwealth title in early 2014. After that, I think we should fight each other. I promise Tyson that unlike David Haye, I’ll definitely turn up on fight night!” (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Hughie Fury has to win world heavyweight title in 14 months to beat Tyson’s record

By Karl Freitag

Since his professional debut in March, heavyweight Hughie Fury (12-0, 7 KOs) has been repeatedly been touted by his PR machine as having a chance to beat Mike Tyson’s famous record of becoming the youngest fighter to win a world heavyweight title. For that to happen, Hughie (currently 19 years, 3 months old) has to win a world heavyweight within 14 months to best Tyson (who won the WBC heavyweight title at 20 years, five months).

“His first year as a professional is up at the end of March and already he’s had 12 fights, won all 12 with seven knockouts and next year we’ll be looking at all the top domestic fighters,” said Hughie’s father and trainer Peter Fury. “Hughie’s not hanging around, he’s upping his game next year and he’s upping his game with the class of opponents as well.” (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Park vs. Lee slugfest ends in majority draw

By Victor Lee
Photo: Aaron Jang

In the final installment of promoter Sounghun Lee’s (Puno Boxing Promotion) monthly Rookie Series, fans in South Korea were treated to a rip-roaring welterweight six round matchup in addition to a full undercard of heated six and four-rounders on Sunday not far from Gimpo Airport. Lee began his Rookie Series in order to spark some life into the decrepit boxing scene in South Korea, which has been on a downward spiral since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Hosting these monthly bouts between novice pros every month at his Puno Boxing Gym—where there’s not a bad seat in the house—Lee has helped rejuvenate boxing in Korea. One of the youngest promoters in the sport here, Lee has also contributed significantly to the lives and careers of young boxers in Korea by providing them with a regular forum to showcase their developing skills, discipline and fighting hearts. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

47-year-old boxer Petranyi KOs Balogh

47-year-old Hungarian veteran Zoltan Petranyi successfully defended his Universal Boxing Organization European heavyweight title against 20-years-younger compatriot Tibor Balogh on Sunday December 29 at the Hotel Aquincum in Budapest. Fighting live on Fix TV in Hungary, Balogh came out fast and tried to surprise Petranyi, but the reigning champion kept his cool and soon found his rhythm. From the second round it was Petranyi in command, and in round three things really started to go bad for the challenger. In the third, Petranyi floored Balogh twice with body-punches and after the second knockdown referee Bela Florian counted ten. A clear victory for the ageless UBO champion!

Petranyi, making his third defense of the UBO title he won in January 2011, improved his professional record to 50-20, 15 KOs. This was his fourteenth victory in a row, having gone undefeated since 2007. Balogh, coming in with ten straight victories, drops to 12-2-2, 8 KOs). The fight was promoted by Profibox-Promotions, headed by none other than Zoltan Petranyi himself.



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Weigh-in ceremony in Japan ends in ten minutes

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Joe Koizumi

As follows are the results of today’s weigh-in ceremony on Monday in Tokyo, Japan:

Takashi Uchiyama 129.75 vs. Daiki Kaneko 130
Takashi Miura 130 vs. Dante Jardon 130

Since there was neither Brandon Rios nor Jose Luis Castillo, everything at the weigh-in proceeded so smoothly that the well-organized ceremony ended in just ten minutes for both the WBA and WBC 130-pound title bouts. An inspector of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) seldom moved the scale around 130 pounds, the limit of the super-feather category. All the contestants quickly finished the weigh-in. Only time-consuming was our photographers’ persistent requests for various poses while the champ and the challenger standing close to the scale. All looked in excellent shape, and we look forward to watching spectacular fights tomorrow.

This show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.

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December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Heavyweight Danny Williams returns tonight

By Antonin Vavrda
Photo: Filip Škeřík

44-year old British heavyweight Danny Williams (45-19-0, 34 KOs) and Czech Tomáš Mrázek (8-45-6, 5 KOs) successfully made their weigh-in ahead of their Monday December 30 clash at Prague’s Lucerna Palace. Williams, who in 2004 beat the legendary Mike Tyson, last boxed on December 19 in Abu Dhabi, where he registered his first win in more than two years, beating the Egyptian Mazur Ali (10-9-0, 5 KOs). His oponent Mrázek, who often travels for his fights to UK or France, last saw action three days later, when he lost a close one in Manchester against the hometown fighter Paul Drago (5-0-0, 0 KOs).

“I’m looking forward to fighting in Prague. I’ve already fought in Russia, Latvia, and now Czech Republic, which I’m very happy for as there aren’t that many UK fighters who get the chance to box in these countries. People there really like boxing,” said the former British heavyweight champion to Profiboxing.cz. (more…)



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Day-13: Miskirtchian – Takoucht heats up.

Miskirtchian with Alain Vanackere Belgian Alex Miskirtchian will face French Sofiane Takoucht in an IBF ordered featherweight eliminator on January 11, 2014 in the Country Hall, Sart Tilman of Liege, Belgium. It will be a rematch of their Sept 2011 encounter which was won by split decision by Miskirtchian. At that time it was Takoucht’s EBU title which was at stake. The Belgian vacated his EBU title to concentrate on a world title.
Miskirtchian, 23-2-1(9), is undefeated in the last 5 years with only 2 defeats, both abroad and on points. Against Paul Truscott and Antonio De Vitis. He had 1 draw against French Mohamed Bouleghcha back in 2006.
Sofiane Takoucht has almost a similar record with a 27-2-1(12) record. His last loss was against Miskirtchian in 2011 and before he lost to compatriot Guillaume Frenois for the French title. None of the boxers have been stopped so it is expected to go the distance is a fierce battle with the winner becoming the mandatory to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich.

On the undercard WBC Youth champion Herve Hubeaux will have a 4 rounder. Sanaeh Jah a rematch with Sandy Coget. Prospect Ryan Merhy is looking for win #6. Bilal Laggoune keeps active before his WBC Youth titlefight early next year. Geoffrey Battelo has a 6 rounder.
The show is promoted by 12 Round Promotion headed by Alain Vanackere.
Click below to see the full announcement of the fight.
IBF Final eliminator: Miskirtchian-Takoucht, Jan 11, 2014



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Pacquiao tax update: According to the Bureau of Internal Reveue in the Philippines, it is not Manny Pacquiao’s duty to file and pay income tax in the U.S. More

It’s not set in stone, but Amir Khan is still looking like the leading contender for Floyd Mayweather’s next fight. More

Speaking of Pacquiao, and Mayweather, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza says the Pound-for-Pound champ Mayweather is willing to fight Pacman anytime, anywhere. More

Former title challenger Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista is looking to make another run at it. More



December 30th, 2013

Boxing News

With Anderson Silva out, Roy Jones Jr. wants to fight Nick Diaz now

Nobody sitting ringside was more disappointed in the gruesome leg injury suffered by Anderson Silva Saturday night in Las Vegas than Roy Jones Jr. Jones has been longing to face Silva in the ring in a fight using boxing rules, but with Silva certain to be out of action for an extended period, it was reported on FOX Sports 1 that Jones has turned his attention to Nick Diaz.



December 29th, 2013

UFC

Anderson Silva Injury Update

Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, released the following statement regarding Anderson Silva’s injury.

“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s orthopedic surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.

“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”

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December 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Preview of year-end world title twinbill

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

It is wonderful for us to be able to watch such competitive world title bouts on the last day of this year. We will see a world title doubleheader featuring our WBC and WBA 130-pound champions putting their belts on the line against dangerous challengers on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event, WBA super-feather titlist, unbeaten hard-punching Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will risk his throne against fast-rising compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs) in a highly awaited encounter. Also, WBC ruler, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs) will face WBC #2 ranked Mexican Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs) in a do-or-die confrontation. (more…)



December 29th, 2013

UFC

UFC 168 post-fight presser and bonus recap

UFC president Dana White presided over the UFC 168 post-fight press conference and announced the night’s bonuses:

Bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate took home Fight of the Night honors, and Rousey also earned an extra check for Submission of the Night for her third-round finish. Heavyweight Travis Browne won Knockout of the Night after using elbows to knock out Josh Barnett in a minute flat. . . . More

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December 29th, 2013

Boxing News

Video: Sam Colona about Andrzej Fonfara’s championship chances

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Sam Colona, well-known trainer of WBO/IBF #1 rated light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) has no doubt that in upcoming year his 26-year old fighter will have chance to win a championship belt. “Andrew wants to fight the best, has top rankings, so we all know and welcome the fact, that he will have to fight the best,” said Colona in a Fightnews.com interview. When asked who from the current crop of champions Fonfara is closest to fighting, Colona said, “We wanted to fight Bernard Hopkins, but looks like it’s not going to happen. Stevenson is the closest possible fight. Andrew is ready for this fight mentally and physically. We fought many southpaws recently – Fonfara is ready!”



December 29th, 2013

UFC

UFC 168: Weidman retains title, Silva breaks leg

Ronda Rousey submits Tate

The highly-anticipated rematch between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva met an abbreviated end Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with an injury to Silva’s left leg forcing a second round stoppage in the main event of UFC 168. . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Ronda Rousey can go more than five minutes in a fight. After seven first round finishes in seven pro fights, she went into the third stanza Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but the result was the same in the UFC 168 co-main event, as she defeated heated rival Miesha Tate via armbar submission to retain her UFC women’s bantamweight crown . . . More



December 29th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA announces mandatories for Moreno, Vazquez

The WBA Championships Committee has made rulings affecting champions in the bantamweight and super featherweight divisions. WBA bantamweight “super” champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno must make a mandatory defense against #2 rated Juan Carlos Payano, while WBA interim super featherweight beltholder Bryan Vazquez must face #2 rated Javier Fortuna. Both will have to sign the fight contract and return it to WBA headquarters by January 15.



December 28th, 2013

Boxing News

WBA will NOT recognize Chudinov as interim champion, Murray-Fletcher for interim (not regular) belt, Golovkin denied “super” status

By Karl Freitag

New information on the status of the various versions of the WBA middleweight world title.

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has announced that Gennady Golovkin will keep his status as “regular” champion. The request made by the Golovkin camp for “super” champion status was denied for the moment due to the fact he was already granted special permission for a fight prior to his mandatory commitment. However, even though he was denied the super designation he requested for the moment, that doesn’t mean he couldn’t get it later.

In the same division, it was announced today that on December 21 (the same day as the fight apparently), a resolution was issued that decreed the clash between Juan Camilo Novoa and Dmitry Chudinov to be an elimination fight for the interim title, and not a fight for the interim title as publicized prior to the fight by the promoter. That bout was widely reported as a WBA interim middleweight title fight and Chudinov was announced as champion and received a WBA championship belt in the ring after the fight. Chudinov for now will remain a contender, but will be recognized as mandatory challenger from May 2014. This move scuttles plans for Chudinov’s initial title defense against Ricardo Mayorga. Meanwhile, Martin Murray remains the WBA interim champion and will defend that belt as the co-feature on the same February 1 card in which Golovkin defends the “regular” version of the WBA’s middleweight belt.



December 28th, 2013

Column

2013 to close with a bang in Japan

By Graham Houston


The old year has wound down as far as boxing in the West is concerned but not so in the East, with two big shows featuring three intriguing title fights in Japan on New Year’s Eve.

These fights — featuring title defences by Japanese superstars Takashi Uchiyama and Kazuto Ioka and the always entertaining slugger Takashi Miura — should provide treats for aficionados and I always think it’s a shame that none of the Western TV outlets negotiates to show these fights, even if screened on a one-day delay due to the time difference.

The oddsmakers have in recent times stayed away from the Far East fights, and it can be difficult to gauge how good some of these fighters really are. Yet the Asian nations — principally Japan, Thailand and the Philippines — have given us some of our greatest fighters: Manny Pacquiao, Fighting Harada, Flash Elorde, Yoko Gushiken, Pancho Villa, Pone Kingpetch, Pongsaklek, all come to mind, while Korea’s Myung-Woo Yuh won 18 consecutive WBA title bouts in the light-flyweight division.

Last year I previewed the New Year’s Eve shows in Japan and posted my own odds. As I remember there was considerable wagering activity at the sportsbook that offered betting lines. There were two big upsets last year on Japan’s Dec. 31 shows. In a heavyweight fight, the Japanese kickboxing sensation Kyotaro Fujimoto — people who follow MMA were very enthusiastic about this colourful fellow — suffered a shocking KO defeat in his step-up boxing match against Solomon Haumona. As I recall, money was flowing in on Fujimoto. The other big upset saw Tepparith, a Thai junior bantamweight who had won 18 bouts in a row, which included winning three consecutive world title bouts in Japan, suffering a fourth-round KO defeat against Kohei Kono, a Japanese veteran who had lost three of his last five fights. This result was also a blow to players — again, all the money was coming in on the favourite, Tepparith. (more…)



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