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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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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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Boxing News

Video: Briggs stops Mireles in 27 seconds

Here’s VIDEO of comebacking former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs’ 27 second KO against 286-pounder Francisco Mireles last Saturday in Minnesota. It was Briggs’ 32nd career first round KO, and probably his easiest.



April 23rd, 2014



UFC

UFC 172 Main Card Fantasy Preview

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will go into UFC 172 looking to extend his already record-setting run as the best 205-pound title holder of all-time when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of the UFC’s first trip to Baltimore . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Browne hoping for Sheffield support

Heavyweight Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is hoping Sheffield fight fans get behind him when he faces Eric Martel Bahoeli next Saturday, despite him defeating one of the city’s favorite sons. Browne, 35, set up his Commonwealth heavyweight shot by stopping the Steel City’s own Richard Towers in Hull last November, but believes he’ll have the support of the crowd at the Ponds Forge Arena. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as he dropped ex-WBC bantam and feather ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), 122, three times and blasted him out at 1:20 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

The champ decked the challenger once in the second and twice more in the fatal seventh to show his strength and superiority. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm promises he’ll beat Soliman in rematch

Felix Sturm will put his IBF Middleweight World Title on the line on May 31, 2014 against Australian mandatory challenger Sam Soliman at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm, who won the title via second round TKO against Darren Barker last December, is making the first defense of his title against an old rival. Soliman and Sturm fought before, last February, with Soliman winning a disputed decision that was later overturned to a NC after the Australian tested positive for a banned substance. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

George Foreman: Bernard Hopkins should retire

By TMZSports.com

The legendary George Foreman tells TMZ Sports he has a message for Bernard Hopkins — HANG ‘EM UP … while you still have your health. Foreman — who famously fought until he was 48-years-old — says he was incredibly impressed with 49-year-old B-Hop’s commanding victory over Beibut Shumenov this weekend … but cautions, “Don’t tempt fate.”

“I fought all the way until I was about 50,” Foreman says … “Around my 56th birthday, I was gonna come back. I saw a path to the heavyweight championship. My wife said, ‘you’re not gonna do it.’ We all need someone like that. It was the best thing that could’ve happened to me.”

Foreman adds, “Leave while you can. When the curtain closes, you don’t want to be laying on your back in the middle of the ring.” When asked what he would say to Hopkins, Foreman told us, “Bernard, you looked great! Fantastic! Isn’t that the way you wanna go out? You looked unbeatable, now leave. I think Muhammad Ali would say the same thing. Get out and smell the roses. There’s life after boxing,” George adds … joking, “If he makes a Bernard Hopkins Grill, I’ll have all my kids buy one! I have 10 kids, 10 grandkids, and 2 great grandchildren. He can make a lot of money just off us!”



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Yamanaka, Martinez to defend WBC 118lb, IBF 122lb belts in Japan today

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

A world title twinbill will take place at the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan, today (Wednesday). WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs), an unbeaten southpaw razor-puncher, will put his belt on the line against Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) from Belgium in the main event. IBF super-bantam titlist Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) of Spain will risk his throne against former WBC bantam and feather ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs), a Japanese lefty veteran, in the first title go.

All of them passed the weigh-in at the first trip to the scale yesterday: Yamanaka 118, Jamoye 117.25, Martinez 121.25 and Hasegawa 122. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather’s engagement to Shantel Jackson is off. More

Nonito Donaire is “enjoying” his training in Cebu, Philippines, ahead of his May 31 showdown with Simpiwe Vetyeka. More

“I’m not letting my world title go,” says Stuart Hall, who will defend a minor belt against Paul Butler on June 7 in England. More

How Ruben “Hurricane” Carter wrote Oscar campaigning. More



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson-Fonfara undercard announced

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1-0, 20 KOs) makes his SHOWTIME debut May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal in defense of his WBC light heavyweight world championship against challenger Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs). The Stevenson-Fonfara winner could be first in line to face legendary unified WBA/IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins

In the ten round co-feature, it was officially announced today that Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) will face former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif. Also, world-ranked junior middleweights Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, and Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, by way of New York, will open the telecast in a 10-rounder.



April 22nd, 2014

Twitter Watch

Pacman vs. Canelo? Arum and Oscar initiate discussions over first major Top Rank-Golden Boy co-promotion in years

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya are discussing a possible megafight between boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez according to the Los Angeles Times. If the fight happens, it would be the first major co-promotion between the rival companies in five years.

Oscar also told the Times that his widely publicized internal squabble with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has been resolved with Schaefer getting an extended contract until 2018. “If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob, it’s on them,” De La Hoya stated. “I have nothing against Bob and I feel making fights with Bob is beneficial to the fans and the market.”



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Don King takes over Red Square

Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King paid a visit to the famous Red Square in downtown Moscow on Tuesday. And, as usual he was recognized by everyone.

The legendary King is in Russia to co-promote the rematch between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and champion in recess Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs), who collide Friday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye.

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April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton

IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia by way of Samoa on Saturday at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The press conference Klitschko and Leapai took place Tuesday in Düsseldorf. The media presence was quite impressive with about 100 representatives and 20 camera crews.

Once more, Wladimir Klitschko pointed out the respect for his opponent: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. We can see that Alex is highly motivated and he is here to win. I will not underestimate him on Saturday evening,” said the 38-year-old but added: “Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!” (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Heavyweight ‘Bolo’ Wills wins a million dollars in California Lottery

Photo: Brandon Lluis

Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills is an excellent example of the old cliche that you can’t keep a good man down. Wills’ name last appeared in boxing news when he was eliminated in the first round of the UK’s Heavyweight Prizefighter by a close to decision to a local UK fighter. Things didn’t get any better for Wills upon his return home as he was released by his then management team. Soon after he found himself struggling to make ends meet and to just put food on the table.

Things started looking up when Wills was signed by John Arthur of Journeyman Management with Andrew Zack acting as advisor. Then with a random play of a scratch-off ticket in the California Lottery’s “California Black Exclusive Scratchers” game, Wills won the million dollar top prize. A very humbled Wills spoke with Fightnews.com about his huge life changing experience. (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Donaire-Vetyeka kickoff presser

A press conference in Manila on Tuesday announced the details of Featherweight Fury – a championship event with three featherweight world title main event fights to be hosted by The Venetian Macao on Saturday, May 31 at the Cotai Arena.

The world-class event is headlined by three spectacular featherweight title matchups: four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will challenge WBA undisputed featherweight world champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka; undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters will defend his title against two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan; and undefeated IBF champion Evgeny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich, making his third consecutive featherweight title defense at the Cotai Arena, will be battling #1 contender Alexander Miskirtchian.

The Donaire-Vetyeka title fight will be televised on the same day in the U.S. on HBO, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London. (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Namibian boxers ready to challenge for world titles

By Ron Jackson

Boxing is alive and well in Namibia and the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy have a number of fighters ready to challenge for world titles. The Academy run by promoter and trainer Nestor Tobias has been rated and awarded the “Best in Africa” by the World Boxing Organisation for the past four years and has produced two world champions. The latest WBO rankings suggest that they are well on their way to more world titles in the near future. (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

UFC

Joseph Benavidez: In the Franklin Zone

Despite his best efforts, Joseph Benavidez is back in a familiar place, a state of contender purgatory affectionately known as “The Rich Franklin Zone.” . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne, Arreola Quick Quotes

By David Finger

In a teleconference that was defined by the mutual respect both fighters had for each other, Haitian-Canadian heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s) and Chris Arreola (36-3-1, 31 KO’s) held a telephonic press conference today to answer questions about their upcoming WBC world heavyweight title fight on May 10th at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Both fighters recognize the historical significance of the fight, with both alluding to not only the opportunity to bring the world title back to the United States, but also to the significance of the winner being either the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the first Haitian heavyweight champion in boxing history.

“I’m just happy to be a part of this,” Stiverne said of the upcoming fight, “Its personally it’s a long time coming. I’m already looking forward to making history. (First) to bring back the title to America, and also to be the first Haitian to be heavyweight champion of the world.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven

Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed “Rampage” bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face to face at a press conference. Hall will defend his IBF title on June 7th and both men got a little heated towards one another during the press conference.

Frank Warren, Butler’s manager: “Paul Butler, in my opinion, is one of the best youngsters, not only in this country, but in the world. Stuart Hall I have tremendous respect for, he’s the IBF champion and he’s done it the hard way and he’s a proud man. I’m sure both will give it 100-percent and the fans will really benefit. This can’t be anything other than a great fight, the venue will be full on the night, and this has the potential to be The Fight of The Year.” (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

2004 Olympian Alex “El Pollo” de Jesus returns

Former 2004 Olympian Alex “El Pollo” de Jesus (20-1, 13 KOs), who was released from prison last December after serving four years and two months for domestic violence in the correctional institution in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will resume his career in a six-round bout against Mexican welterweight Gerardo Pipino Cuevas, Jr. (17-11, 5 KOs), the son of former world champion Pipino Cuevas, on Thursday night to Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Also, there was a change in the main event for the Iron Mike Productions card. Florida light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (17-3, 12 KOs takes on Pittsburgh veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Bryant is a late replacement for recently injured Dominican light heavyweight Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KOs). (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs crashes Klitschko-Leapai presser

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs crashed today’s Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai press conference in Oberhausen, Germany, ripping off his shirt and hurling insults at Klitschko and Leapai for nearly ten minutes. Briggs repeatedly called Leapai a “bum” and declared that he’s the real champion while Klitschko is a fabricated champ. “Why you so scared of me?” Briggs demanded to know.

As Briggs became more agitated, he punched the podium and threw his shirt at Klitschko, who stayed steely calm throughout the incident. An enraged Leapai, however, challenged Briggs to fight right then and there, and had to be held back by Klitschko himself. The shirtless Briggs then did some pushups before he left.

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“I’ve never had to hold back my own opponent at a press conference,” Klitschko commented.



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

WBC/WBA call for sanctioning body summit

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has told Fightnews.com that Mexican WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. are looking to bring the leaders of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO together to discuss various issues in world boxing. Among the topics expected to come up are boxer safety, social causes, and the multitudes of interim world champions.



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Hall and Butler meet head-to-head in Newcastle

IBF World Bantamweight Champion Stuart Hall and undefeated challenger Paul Butler met head-to-head for the first time today to discuss their big summer “Rampage” showdown at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7th. Hall puts his title on the line for the second time against a British challenger – in March he retained his title against Martin Ward on technical decision in round two after a clash of heads opened a cut above Ward’s eye – and is promising a devastating performance with a conclusive win against Butler.

Stuey Hall: I’ve grown into being a world champion and I’m not letting my world title go. Paul’s a good young fighter, but this opportunity has come too soon for him. I’m too big and strong for him and it will show on the night. I’ll never underestimate him, but I’ll guarantee that I’ll be leaving the ring with the world title on the night.”

Paul Butler: Since I was 10 years this is the moment I’ve dreamed of and to be fighting a British fighter, who’s the world champion, and for his world title is fantastic. I’m over the moon that the fight is in Newcastle, I wanted to fight him here in his backyard and beat him in his hometown in front of his own fans.



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

BJ Flores added to Arreola-Stiverne undercard

Cruiserweight BJ Flores has announced that his new team of manager Al Haymon and advisors Louie Decubas and Mike Boreo have landed him an eight-rounder the May 10th ESPN card headlined by Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

“Veneno” Rubio to defend against Mayorga?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC interim middleweight world champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio could defend his crown for the first time in late July in Mexico. Candidates mentioned are Bryan Vera, Bronco McKart and Ricardo Mayorga, with the most interest in a defense against Mayorga. For Mayorga to get the fight, he would be required to pass a full medical examination, then apply for a special permit which would be put to a vote before the WBC governing board.



April 22nd, 2014

UFC

Miller’s long cold winter is over

Lightweight Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 172 bout against Jim Miller due to injury. Stepping in for the April 26 bout against the New Jersey standout is Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros. Medeiros was originally scheduled to face Joe Ellenberger on the Baltimore card. A new opponent for the debuting Ellenberger will be announced shortly.A career in mixed martial arts is a rigorous trade by any measure and there are numerous elements that can create pressure and strain in both the physical and mental realms. Therefore, it is crucial for fighters to have a release – a place where peace of mind can be found – in order to recharge their resources and keep themselves dialed in and focused . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 22nd, 2014




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