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Gray Maynard remembers one of the first conversations with his boxing coach, Gil Martinez, almost like it happened yesterday. Unbeaten in three UFC fights following his stint on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, “The Bully” was just that in the Octagon – a hard-charging wrestler who swung for the cheap seats with every punch . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Jr middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) of Great Falls, VA will continue his climb towards a world title shot as he defends his WBC USNBC title against Chase “The White Tiger” Shields (29-3-1, 14 KOs) of Houston, TX at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 6th.
“Shields is an extremely-talented boxer with good punching power,” commented Lange. “This could very well be the toughest fight thus far in my career,” said Lange. “However, I am completely confident that my trainers, Don Turner and Jimmy Glenn, will create the best strategy for me to defeat him. I can’t wait to go ‘tiger’ hunting.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten hard-puncher Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBA super-feather belt when he took the initiative with his good left leads from the start, piled up points and finally caught defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), a previously unbeaten Mexican, en route to a fine stoppage at 2:48 of the twelfth and final round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama’s explosive right dropped the fading champ midway in the last session. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. (US) allowed him to go on, but the Japanese challenger’s follow-up assault was so furious that he called a halt to save Salgado from further punishment. It was a very remarkable coronation of the best Japanese prospect in the beginning of the new year. Before the stoppage, all the judges had favored the aggressive challenger, as follows: Tom Miller and Rafael Ramos (both US) both 107-102, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 106-103, for Uchiyama. (More to come)
By Craig Watt
In The Australian Contender Final at the Sydney Entertainment Centre big underdog Garth Wood (7-1, 3 KO’s) outpointed Kenyan Kariz Kariuki, (21-8-1, 18 KO’s) in an absorbing contest and won the first prize of $25,000 but perhaps more importantly secured a future match up with former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine – with it a guaranteed purse of $250,000. He won by split decision over seven rounds on the scorecards by 68-66 and 68-65 with the third judge amazingly scoring the fight 66-68 to Kariuki at the 168 pound super-middleweight limit for the tournament. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (40-1, 28 KOs), 122, Thailand, continually showed his persistent attack in the close range, displayed his abundant stamina and pounded out a majority but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Satoshi Hosono (16-1, 12 KOs), 122, over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Tom Miller (US) 115-113, Michael Lee (Korea) 117-113, both for the champ, and Raul Caiz Sr. (US) 114-114. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US). It looked like a couple of tiny bulls kept swapping punches from the outset to the end. But it was the more aggressive and energetic champ that dominated a bit more rounds by slight margins in a close affair. Poonsawat, three years his senior at 29, showed his experience and ring-craft in connecting with short left hooks and right uppercuts to the face with better precision than Hosono. (More to come)
Results by Brady Crytzer
After two competitive rounds, interim WEC lightweight champion Ben “Smooth” Henderson utilized a flying guillotine to surprise and submit titlist Jamie Varner in the third period making him the unified lightweight champion of the world. Varner controlled the first round by pressing Henderson into the cage and controlling the pace of the fight. Round two witnessed Henderson create space and slam hard kicks to the head and body of Varner. The third round saw Varner continue to implement his wrestling strategy until, after a throwing a hard knee, Henderson leapt onto the neck of Varner. With a tight guillotine in place Varner tapped suddenly giving Henderson the submission victory at 2:41. (more…)
From the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia for Monday night’s “Ultimate Fight Night,” airing on SPIKE TV beginning at 9pm ET / PT and 8pm CT.
Nate Diaz 155 vs Gray Maynard 155
Evan Dunham 155 vs. Efrain Escudero 155
Aaron Simpson 185 vs Tom Lawlor 185
Brad Blackburn 170 vs Amir Sadollah 170
Jay Silva 185 vs Chris Leben 185
Jesse Lennox 170 vs Rick Story 170
Nik Lentz 155 vs Thiago Tavares 155
Rory MacDonald 170 vs Mike Guymon 170
Rafael Dos Anjos 155 vs Kyle Bradley 155
John Salter 185 vs Gerald Harris 185
Jesse Forbes 185 vs Nick Catone 185
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese veteran judge Ken Morita will become a Japanese version of Harold Lederman in HBO programs for the world title twinbill to be shown by TV Tokyo tonight (Monday). Morita lately served as judge for the Vitali Klitschko-Chris Arreola WBC heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles last September. It is the first attempt to have a scoring judge in a TV boxing program here, since commentators (ex-world champs and/or expert journalists) previously made it a rule to express their opinions on the score after each round. However, there happened some notorious controversies on the differences between the official verdicts and commentators’ private tallies, so almost all our televisions have become reluctant to have commentators clarify their scores to TV viewers. Morita, we hope, will do a good jab as he is as vastly experienced as today’s officials.
The stars will fight, big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Jerry Jones and Bob Arum, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and chairman of Top Rank, respectively, announced today that Cowboys Stadium would be the site of the Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey world welterweight championship fight taking place on Saturday, March 13 and broadcast live on pay-per-view. Formal news conferences at Cowboys Stadium and in New York next week will provide details on tickets and the pay-per-view broadcast. Pacquiao vs Clottey will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys and MP Promotions. Pacquiao and Clottey boast a combine record of (85-6-2, 59 KOs) — a winning percentage of 91% and a victory by knockout ratio of nearly 70%. “I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?” asked Jones. “Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound attraction and the world champion. Manny defending his title against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it’s a great event, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium. We’re going to promote this like it was the Super Bowl.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Anthony Mundine 158.9 vs Robert Medley 158.7
Kariz Kariuki 166.8 vs Garth Wood 167.3
Nader Hamdan 167.7 vs Junior Talipeau 167.9
Venue: Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Promoter: Tony Mundine Senior
Lots of video highlights from Saturday night’s big “Universum Champions Night” event in Magdeburg. See WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz’ dominating TKO over challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta, plus a KO win by super welterweight prospect Jack Culcay over Dmitrijus Sidorovicius, unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov’s two round destruction of Kevin Montiy, unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr’s tenth round TKO of former world title challenger Owen Beck and journeyman heavyweight Zack Page’s shocking win over previously unbeaten and highly regarded Sebastian Köber.
By Joe Koizumi
Foreign people may think Japan is still rich enough to stage many world title bouts, but it is not true. Japan, under recession, isn’t Saudi Arabia, with no petroleum but some boxing prospects. The brightest young men out of Japan will have ambitious shots at world championships tomorrow (Monday; our national holiday of Coming-of-Age Day) at the Tokyo Big Site. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Raymundo Beltran, 23-4, dominated David Torres, 22-2, en route to a seventh round TKO at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The fight was at a catchweight of 138 pounds. In the co-main event, lightweight Francisco Reyes moved to 4-0 with a six round unanimous decision over Darren Darby, now 5-8-2. Also, heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III easily moved to 5-0 with a first round stoppage of Yul Witherspoon, now 1-3. Click here for full details…
In a battle of unbeatens Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) will meet former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines February 27th for the WBO interim junior featherweight title. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “This will be Vazquez’ Jr. first world title fight and he gets to fight in his hometown of Bayamon. Its a great opportunity for him,” said Iván Rivera, president of PR Best Boxing Promotions. The bout is being presented by PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC. Tickets go on sale Monday January 11th and can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com . Tickets are priced from $20 to $300. The initial press conference will take place this Wednesday in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
From the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California, airing live on VERSUS beginning at 9:00pm ET / 6pm PT.
WEC Lightweight Championship:
Ben Henderson 154.5 vs Jamie Varner 155
Raphael Assuncao 146 vs Urijah Faber 145.5
Kamal Shalorus 155 vs Dave Jansen 156
Anthony Morrison 146 vs Mike Brown 146
Deividas Taurosevicius 146 vs Mackens Semerzier 144.5
Akitoshi Tamura 135 vs Charlie Valencia 134
Clint Godfrey 135.5 vs Wagnney Fabiano 136
Eddie Wineland 135.5 vs George Roop 135.5
Bryan Caraway 146 vs Mark Hominick 146
Will Campuzano 136 vs Coty “Ox” Wheeler 136
The name of Matthew Hatton, younger brother of Ricky, has again surface as a possible opponent for Floyd Mayweather, after Mayweather’s proposed fight with Manny Pacquiao imploded on Wednesday. “Mayweather’s camp have been in touch about three times now. With the Pacquiao fight being called off now, it’s good news for me,” Matthew told the Daily Star. “My trainer was told by them I’m top of their list of opponents.” He added, “He’s a level above me in terms of class but, in sport, upsets happen. And it only takes one punch in boxing.” Mayweather is apparently willing to fight in the U.K. against Hatton, who is coming off a draw against Lovemore Ndou. Paulie Malignaggi has also been mentioned as a possible Mayweather foe.
WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) dominated and impressively stopped #11 rated challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (23-4-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Stieglitz dropped Acosta with a left hook in round three and Acosta was down again from a body shot in the fifth. The bout was waved off during Stieglitz’ follow-up barrage in the fifth. Time was 1:48. Acosta stepped in on late notice after Edison Miranda had to pull out due to illness. It was Stieglitz first defense. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA ex-champion Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) started this year in a cheerful mood. The first ever Russian heavyweight champion of the world was decorated with the prestigious “Peacemaker” Order to the second degree by the world alliance of the same name several days ago in Moscow, according to his official web portal. Another famous boxer, Alexander Lebzyak (2000 Sydney gold medalist in the light heavyweight division and former national amateur team head coach), was also honored with the same award. As the laureate of the Order, Valuev will automatically be installed as the citizen of the world. The Peacemaker alliance unites a number of outstanding persons from different countries of the Earth, who are fighting for tolerance, education standards, humanity, and its cultural sportive and scientific development as well as for high living standards all around the world.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Roman Karmazin goes by the nickname of “Made in Hell.” How fitting was it, that he had to go through what seemed like hell in the ring against Dionisio Miranda to pull out a come-from-behind victory?
Karmazin was hurt and even knocked down in his 12-round eliminator bout against Miranda. Yet somehow he managed to withstand Miranda’s onslaught to return fire, twice dropping his foe in the 10th round to win a thrilling stoppage victory before a sold-out crowd of about 900 at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, Calif. . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valeo has traveled to the city of Monterrey in Mexico to continue with his training and to get acclimated before defending his title against the Mexican interim titleholder Antonio De Marco on February 6 in the Arena Monterrey. Valero will be defending his WBC title for the second time since winning it in April 2009 and defending it December 19 in Venezuela. The fight will be televised by Showtime and the full card will include ten fights.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In an IBF middleweight eliminator, former jr middleweight champion and current #3 rated Roman Karmazin (40-3-1, 26 KOs) won by spectacular come-from-behind knockout over #9 Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. The heavy-hitting Miranda rocked Karmazin in round three but couldn’t follow up. Karmazin recovered and boxed well, but was dropped hard with a Miranda right hand in round nine. Seemingly in trouble, Karmazin stormed back to drop Miranda twice in round ten to win by KO. Time was 2:34. Karmazin is now in line for a shot against IBF middleweight world champion Sebastian Sylvester. For more results and photos click here…
The glow hasn’t worn off yet for Jay Silva. Days before he steps into the Octagon for the second time this Monday night, to face Chris Leben on the UFC Fight Night card in Fairfax, Virginia, the 28-year old native of Rio De Janeiro is as happy to be here as he was before his first bout last September against CB Dollaway. Missing the holidays, making weight, getting ready to take on a hungry opponent looking to take his head off – none of it bothers Silva, and his enthusiasm is infectious.. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
“ESPN Friday Night Fights” invades Cleveland, OH on February 19th live from the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. The star studded night of boxing will feature the homecoming of 2008 United States Olympic Team member and undefeated professional Shawn “Showtime” Porter in a twelve round main event against Russell Jordan of Rochester, NY for the NABO junior middleweight title. Cleveland’s Porter (12-0, 10 KOs), recently named as one of ESPN’s top 20 prospects in the world today, will bring his exciting all action style to the bout against Jordan (15-6, 10 KOs) in the junior middleweight clash. The bout will feature an interesting clash of styles as Porter, who stands 5’7″ and is orthodox, will try to impose his will on the taller southpaw Jordan, who stands 6’2″. (more…)
By Craig Watt
When Danny Green destroyed Roy Jones Jr in just 122 seconds at the Acer Arena on December 3rd it gave Australian boxing a huge boost, not just for the result but because it put the sport back in the media spotlight and has created some momentum for the sport “Down Under”. On a daily basis now, boxing coverage has shown a visible jump in media exposure and coverage all over Australia. At the same time, the highly entertaining TV show The Australian Contender, shown on Fox 8 in Australia has brought in excellent TV ratings and put the spotlight on some of the best prospects the country has on offer — it has been compelling for the fans, many of whom are now new viewers and new fans of boxing. Indeed, the final on January 11th at the Sydney Entertainment Centre is part of a major PPV event in Australia that sees Anthony “The Man” Mundine (37-3, 23 KOs) take on Rob Medley (27-2, 17 KOs) for the WBA international title at middleweight as the main event over twelve rounds with Garth Wood (6-1, 3 KOs) and Kariz Kariuki (21-7-1, 18 KOs) clashing for the Contender final – the winner then to take on the former two time WBA 168 pound champion in his next fight and a guaranteed purse of $250,000. (more…)
Boxing returns January 15 at the Laredo Entertainment Center, located at 6700 Arena Boulevard in Laredo, Texas. The main event, co-featured bout, and other selected fights will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, their Spanish-Language Network, and ESPN 360.com. In the main event scheduled for 12 rounds, Juan Carlos Burgos, (23-0, 16 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, will defend the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight title against Juan Carlos Martinez, (15-10-1, 5 KOs), of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (more…)
Looks like Manny Pacquiao won’t move up to 154 to face WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman in a quest for a world title in an eighth weight division. Instead Pacman will defend his WBO welterweight belt against Joshua Clottey. That fight has been discussed for March 13, possibly at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas or the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Everything should be finalized next week.
By Johnny B’
Undefeated super middleweight George ‘Comanche Boy’ Tahdooahnippah will put his (21-0-1, 18 KOs) record on the line Thursday evening, January 28th at the Coca-Cola Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Comanche Boy will be in main event bout of the card being presented by Tony Holden – Holden Productions. Matchmaker Bobby Dobbs is still searching for worthy opponents for George and Oklahoma light heavyweight Tracy Sneed (24–2, 18 KOs). However, featured on the card will be a match between female sensation Hollie Dunaway (22-8-1, 10 KOs) and Colorado’s leading lady, Chantel Cordova (7-0-1, 3 KOs). In a light middleweight match-up Oklahoma City’s Carson Jones (24-7-1, 15 KOs) battles tough Mexican Eloy Suarez (11-7-1, 5 KOs) who currently lives and trains in San Antonio Texas.
On Friday, January 29, KZ Event Productions and Golden Boy Promotions are pleased to present an evening of world championship boxing when they present “Fight Night With De La Hoya and Hopkins: Campillo vs Shumenov II” at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the 12-round main event, Spain’s Gabriel Campillo will defend his WBA light heavyweight world title against Las Vegas resident Beibut Shumenov, who will defend his IBA light heavyweight world title, in a rematch of their heated 2009 title fight. In that August bout, Campillo upset the odds in an exciting 12 rounder that saw both men hit the deck before the Spaniard took the razor-thin and highly controversial majority decision. (more…)
After 18 years of absence, the acclaimed American network comes back to broadcasting boxing in Mexico, and that will happen on February 6th, 2010 in Monterrey, when WBC lightweight world champions, Edwin Valero (Venezuela) and Antonio DeMarco (Mexico), interim champion, will face each other in the main event of a card that promises to be unforgettable. Showtime will broadcast live the unification bout of the aforementioned championships and the show will certainly turn out to be a top attraction due to the background of both champions. Great local prospects will also perform in fights that will be fought for several WBC affiliate titles.
On January 11th from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) will hold it’s third meeting and first of the new year. At the meeting the BPA expects to move forward with the continued development and betterment of the sport. President Joe DeGuardia released the agenda today. (more…)
FightNews has been informed by Branco Sports Productions, the promoter of cruiserweight contender Valerie Brudov who is the mandatory challenger to WBA champion Guillermo Jones, that they will forgo further negotiations with Don King for the mandatory defense and will instead participate with the January 21st purse bid. “There is no longer anything to negotiate with Don King,” stated Sampson Lewkowicz, the spokesperson for Branco Sports. “We plan to go to purse bid as scheduled with the WBA.” FightNews had reported earlier that an agreement had been worked out between the parties involved and that the WBA had called off a scheduled January 21st purse bid. “No agreement has been reached and the purse bid is still scheduled for January 21st,” Lewkowicz emphasized. “Brudov has waited long enough for his opportunity. Jones has had the title for over a year and he has not even stepped back into the ring. We are looking forward to the purse bid resolving the deadlock!” Jones has been inactive since he dethroned then-WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan on September 27, 2008.
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Most people can fit all of their New Year’s resolutions on one piece of paper. Urijah Faber’s wish list consumes three pages. At the top of the former champ’s California dreamin’ for 2010 is this dandy: “Finish Raphael Assuncao in the first round. Dominate the entire fight. Be extremely entertaining and creative.”. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Floyd “Money” Mayweather has released the following statement regarding a superfight with Manny Pacquiao:
“Throughout this whole process I have remained patient, but at this point I am thoroughly disgusted that Pacquiao and his representatives are trying to blame me for the fight not happening when clearly the blame is on them.
“First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass. (more…)
If Urijah Faber is the Tyreke Evans of the lighter weight classes, you can expect that “The California Kid” will be looking to hit the game-winning shot when he faces Raphael Assuncao at ARCO Arena on Sunday night. An explosive, speedy fighter who is considered among the best 145-pounders in the world, Faber (22-3) has his sights set on reclaiming the featherweight title. And while many believe a Faber win this weekend would lead to a mega-fight with champion Jose Aldo, the 30-year-old Sacramento native isn’t thinking that far ahead just yet. (more…)
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