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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Boxing News

Shumenov-Uzelkov Update

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov

WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) returns on July 23 against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. The fight was confirmed to Fightnews.com by the General Director of K2 Promotions Ukraine Alexander Krassyuk.



May 30th, 2010



Boxing News

Lazarte achieves elusive dream

By Robert Coster

Luis Lazarte’s story is an improbable tale that makes one believe that dreams do come true – if you believe enough in them. Saturday night in Argentina, hometown hero Lazarte, 39, became a world champion in his sixth try for a world crown. Lazarte (47-9-1, 18 KOs) became the IBF light flyweight champion by defeating Carlos Tamara by split decision. A pro for 14 years, the Argentinian veteran had been unsuccessful in previous title bids in three divisions: versus Kermin Guardia L12 (WBO light-flyweight title) 10/30/1999, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam KO2 (WBC flyweight title) 12/6/2001, Omar Narvaez DQ10 (WBO flyweight title) 9/13/2002, Edgar Sosa DQ10 (WBC light flyweight title) 9/26/2007, Daniel Reyes L12 (WBO minimumweight interim title) 7/17/2008. Before his unusual feat, the bald and wrinkled Lazarte, a street sweeper by profession, had mentioned that win or lose he would probably retire from boxing. Whether he does or not, Luis Lazarte made history Saturday night.



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Mike Lee wins in debut

Photo: John Booz

In his pro debut, highly regarded Top Rank light heavyweight Mike Lee (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Emmitt Woods (0-4-1, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Scores were 40-36 on all cards. The 22-year-old Lee, a three-time Notre Dame boxing champion, was unbeaten as a fighter at Notre Dame and following that was a gold medalist in the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves. He has already received substantial national press before his debut. Click here for more photos.



May 30th, 2010

Boxing News

Acosta stops Moses in 6

Now WBA absolute lightweight champion

Photo: Orangel Ramos/Namibia Sport

WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (27-3-2, 21 KOs) upset previously unbeaten WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-1, 17 KOs) by way of sixth round knockout. The bout took place Saturday in Moses’ native land at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. more photos



May 30th, 2010

UFC

Evans, Jackson speak

Postfight presser by Anthony Springer Jr.

After Quinton Jackson (30-8) boldly declared that “Suga” Rashad Evans (15-1-1) would see the most dangerous “Rampage,” the former UFC light heavyweight champion and star of the upcoming A-Team admitted what everyone already knew.

“Ring rust is a factor.” (more…)



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Forsyth defeats Pupu’a

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Athens 2004 heavyweight olympian Adam Forsyth (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a knockout over Tongan Walter Pupu’a (11-7, 6 KOs) in round one at the Macedonian Cultural Centre in Balcatta, Western Australia on Saturday. Referee Gary Ingraham crowned Forsyth the winner at 2:05. (more…)



May 30th, 2010

UFC

Evans decisions Jackson

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.

“Suga” Rashad Evans (arguably) won the war of words, won The Ultimate Fighter and now, owns a victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. In one of the most highly anticipated bouts in UFC history, Evans went back to his wrestling roots, while keeping Jackson off balance to earn the lopsided win. Evans rocked Jackson with a right hand that seemed to set the tone for the bout. Jackson—known as a knockout artist—returned the favor, stunning Evans in the final frame but was unable to seal the deal. Evans battled back from the brink of defeat, taking “Rampage” down in the second half of the final round to clinch the win. The judges scored the bout 30-27 (twice) and 29-28

In the night’s co-main event, Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision. The staredown between the pair—which saw Bisping go nose to nose with Miller—packed as much action as the bout. Bisping used superior striking to keep Miller off balance. The judges scored the bout 30-27(twice) and 29-28.

Mike Russow knocked out Todd Duffee in the third round.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earned a controversial split decision victory over Nebraska wrestler Jason Brilz.

John Hathaway defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision in the night’s first main card bout.



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Burgos wins WBC eliminator

Undefeated WBC #2 ranked featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-8-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Arena at the Tecate Boxing Tour event in Guadalajara, Mexico. Burgos was in command throughout the fight and Castillo abruptly remained on his stool at the beginning of the eleventh round. With the win, Burgos (the nephew of ex-champ Victor Burgos) earned a shot at the WBC featherweight belt.



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Thompson denies Griffin

By Jason Ford at ringside

Cruiserweight Ross “The Boss” Thompson derailed former world champion Montell Griffin’s “Quest for 50″ on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Thompson (27-14-2, 17 KOs) beat Griffin (49-8-1, 30 KOs) to the punch all night and was unlucky that the bout ended in a ten round draw. Scores were 96-94 Griffin, 97-93 Thompson and 95-95. Griffin, who turns 40 next week, was looking to cap off his successful career with his 50th professional victory against the Buffalo veteran in the main event of a show presented by Hitz Boxing.



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Lazarte upsets Tamara!

New IBF light flyweight champion

Luis Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina upset IBF junior flyweight champion Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Colombia by split decision. on Saturday night at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was Lazarte’s 6th attempt to win a world title. No knockdowns were scored. The official judges scorecards were 115-113 and 116-112 for Lazarte and 115-113 for Tamara. Lazarte clearly won the fight and did not receive a home decision. He earned the victory. (more…)



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Chavez wins; Maestrito loses

Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez (22-0-1, 15 KOs) defeated Rodrigo Juarez (15-12-1, 11 KOs) by round split decision in an eight round welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Centro de Espectaculos in León, Guanajuato, México. Scores were 78-77, 79-77 for Chavez, 78-77 for Juarez. The local fans were upset by the the decision and threw beer into the ring.

In the co-feature, former welterweight world champion José Luis “Maestrito” López (50-5-2, 28 KOs) stayed on his stool at the beginning of round six and lost by TKO to Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (21-3, 19 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. More results and photos…



May 30th, 2010

Boxing Result

Vazquez, Martinez retain titles

Jose Perez/PR Best

Unbeaten WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBO #1 rated Zsolt Bedak (15-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Bedak held his own for the first four rounds, but Vazquez rocked him in round five and had him in trouble. Vazquez continued the assault in the sixth and dominated the rest of the way, finally dropping Bedak in the tenth and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:12.

Unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Román Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over WBO #10 rated Gonzalo Mungía (17-7-3, 13 KOs). Mungía was game, by “Rocky” had too much firepower, pummeling him to the canvas for the count. Time was 1:48. For more details and photos click here…



May 29th, 2010

Boxing Result

Klitschko KOs Sosnowski

Pavel Terekhov

By Karl Freitag

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a huge crowd at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A heavy favorite, Klitschko had to work harder than expected against a determined challenger.

Klitschko kept Sosnowski on the outside in round one. Another measured round for Klitschko in round two. Sosnowski landed a few shots in round three. Another workmanlike round for Klitschko in the fourth. Klitschko began to open up in the fifth punishing Sosnowski. More good work from Klitschko in the sixth, but Sosnowski remained game. Another round for Klitschko in the seventh, but Sosnowski backed him up on occasion. Sosnowski landed a good right in the eighth.

Klitschko had his best round of the fight so far in the ninth, landing numerous hard shots. Klitschko came out for the kill in the tenth, finally sending Sosnowski to the deck. Referee Jay Nady immediately waved it off saving the glassy-eyed challenger from further abuse. Time was 2:20. It was Klitschko’s fourth successful title defense. For more details and photos click here…



May 29th, 2010

Boxing Result

Casey wins Prizefighter

Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey won the Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights title after a night of action, drama and controversy at London’s York Hall. Casey, 28, from Limerick, Ireland, claimed the £32,000 winner’s prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney. McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance. (more…)



May 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschko-Sosnowski PPV Preview

3PM ET/noon PT live from Germany on PPV

By Karl Freitag

Opening today’s Klitschko-Sosnowski pay-per-view telecast will be unbeaten Balkan cruiserweight Nenad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs), who will be tested by Raymond Ochieng (21-10-3, 17 KOs). Borovcanin is looking to capture the European cruiserweight belt this year.

Next up will be WBC #7 heavyweight Johnathon Banks (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his NABF title against Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs). Gavern earned this high profile fight by defeating then WBC #8 rated Manny “El Toro” Quezada in April. Can Gavin pull off a second straight shocker?

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be making the fourth defense in his second WBC title reign. Since returning from a four year retirement, Vitali has defeated Samuel Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez, Chris Arreola and Kevin Johnson. Challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) is coming off a win over Olympian Paolo Vidoz for the European championship.

The pay-per-telecast begins at 3PM ET/noon PT on both cable and satellite via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada. Suggested price is $24.95.



May 29th, 2010

UFC

Hughes, Hall of Famer

UFC 114 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT!

Matt Hughes is probably tired of me bringing up this topic (you can even see it as the lead to the defining moments piece linked below), but as the two-time welterweight champion celebrates his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame tonight, I couldn’t help but remind him of his words to me the first time I interviewed him in 2001 before his Extreme Challenge bout against Chatt Lavender . . . Cick here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC



May 29th, 2010

Feature Story

Bearded Vitali defends today

3PM ET/noon PT live from Germany on PPV

Sumio Yamada

By Karl Freitag

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be sporting a new look when he defends his title against Albert Sosnowski today on PPV at 3PM ET/noon PT. Vitali will enter the ring with a beard for the first time in his career. Although it doesn’t look half-bad, the champion says he plans to shave it off after the fight because he wants to look neat when he is presented with a medal of honor in Kiev next week. As for Sosnowski, Vitali stated, “My KO ratio is 97%, therefore my chances of winning are at 97%.” Vitali has the highest KO rate of any champion in heavyweight history, although his KO rate actually went down to 94.8% after survival-minded Kevin Johnson went the full twelve in his last fight. Sosnowski has vowed that he will attack Klitschko in any way possible and become the first Polish heavyweight champion. A large contingent of Polish fans are expected to be among the 60,000+ on hand at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95.



May 29th, 2010

Feature Story

Weights from Hammond, Indiana

Hitz Boxing

Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin and Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz pose together at the weigh-in prior to tomorrow night’s “Quest for 50″ event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Griffin will be vying for his 50th career victory in the main event against Buffalo’s Ross “The Boss” Thompson.

Montell Griffin 179.6 vs. Ross Thompson 192.5
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Marcus Luck 156
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Click here for a special feature on Irish junior middleweight Henry Coyle…



May 29th, 2010

Boxing Result

Briggs annihilates Calloway

By Chris Perry at ringside

Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5, 45 KOs) scored his second first round KO in less than a week on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This time it took Briggs 98 seconds to demolish Rob Calloway (70-12-2, 57 KOs). Briggs dropped Calloway three times before the bout was waved off. Briggs knocked out Dominique Alexander in 20 seconds last Saturday night in New York City.
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In the co-feature, cruiserweight Adam Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) scored an upset fifth round TKO over veteran Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off at the 2:40 mark.



May 29th, 2010

Boxing News

Vázquez Jr, Martínez showcase

José Pérez/PR Best

Puerto Rico will have two of their world champions defending their titles tonight May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will be defending against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) in the 12 round main event. Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) will defend against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs). A large capacity crowd is anticipated to be on hand to support their two world champions. Where some fighters may see this as pressure, Vázquez Jr. and Martínez don’t see it that way at all. (more…)



May 29th, 2010

Boxing Result

Lujan TKOs Berrio

Two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan (33-5-2, 20 KOs) of Argentina stopped Jailer Berrio of Colombia (19-6, 11 KOs) in round five to win the vacant WBC Latino welterweight title. Berrio scored well early and gave Lujan trouble but never seriously hurt him. The tide turned in round four beginning with a flash knockdown scored by Lujan. Berrio beat the count easily but Lujan charged him immediately and landed a vicious left hook that put him down again. Berrio managed to beat the count and was saved by the bell. Lujan swarmed Berrio with a volume of punches at the beginning of round five and again put him down. Berrio beat the count but more of the same followed seconds later and when Berrio went down again the referee stopped the fight without a count. The bout took place at the Estadio U.T.N. in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina. The event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Producciones

In the 10 round co-featured WBC Latino lightweight title bout Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (18-0, 7 KOs) of Argentina edged countryman Alberto Santillan (16-5, 5 KOs) by majority decision. The bout was closely contested with both fighters having their moments. No knockdowns were scored though both fighters had the other hurt in the bout. The official scores were 97-94 and 96-94 for Lopez. The other judge had it even at 95-95.



May 28th, 2010

Boxing Result

Andrade stops Lucas

By Dave Spencer (Fightnews Canada) at ringside

WBC #12 super middleweight contender Librado Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over comebacking former WBC super middleweight champion Eric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night in a highly-anticipated showdown at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. In a good action fight, Andrade, fighting in Canada for the fourth consecutive time, simply had too much energy and durability for Lucas, who turns 39 at midnight tonight. The face of Lucas was progressively showing the effects of the fight with cuts over both eyes and a bloody nose. The fight was waved off after round eight. With the win, Andrade somewhat eases the memory of his title fight loss to current IBF champion Lucien Bute last November in the same building. Lucas said before the fight that he would retire if he didn’t win.

Middleweight Marcus Upshaw (13-4-1, 6 KOs) upset Renen St-Juste (24-2-1, 14 KOs). Upshaw was credited with a knockdown when St. Juste turned his back on him in round four and went on to win a ten round split decision. (more…)



May 28th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Chicago

Mike Lee 174 vs Emmitt Woods 171
Jesus Soto-Karass 149 vs Gabriel Martinez 149
Jose Luis Soto-Karass 138 vs Ivan Popoca 138
Jose Benavidez 139 vs Ronnie Peterson 138.5
Wendell Henley 147 vs Marcus Thompkins 145
Antonio Avila 134 vs David Laque 138
Krystof Zimnoch 230 vs Michael Moncrief 245
Venue: UIC Pavillion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Top Rank/8 Count
TV: Fox Sports Espanol



May 28th, 2010

Boxing News

Johnson headlines June 4

Unbeaten jr middleweight Yudell Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) takes on Juliano Ramos (16-3, 13 KOs) next Friday (June 4) at the Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds. Johnson, a Cuban Defector who won the silver medal at the Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004, is fighting his first main event. The co-main features undefeated welterweight Kenny Galarza (13-0, 13 KOs) against fellow unbeaten Brad Solomon (11-0, 4 KOs). There will be six additional bouts featuring Cuban and Puerto Rican Olympians and other up and coming international boxers. ESPN2 will televise.



May 28th, 2010

Boxing News

Grano returns June 26

Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) returns June 26 against Horace Ray “The Reeazon” Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Grano is probably the most popular boxer in New England,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He has a growing legion of fans that support him whenever he fights.” Super bantamweight Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) faces former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature. Tickets are $40, $60 and $105. Call 401.724.2253.



May 28th, 2010




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