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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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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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UFC

Silva takes on Maia

UFC 112 is on PPV TONIGHT @ 10p ET/7p PT

How quickly the tide can turn in the ever-fickle world of mixed martial arts. In the case of Anderson Silva, all it took was three minutes and 23 seconds, the time he needed to dispatch former light heavyweightchampion Forrest Griffin last August and return to the good graces of the group of fans and media members who turned on him after his two previous bouts against Thales Leites and Patrick Cote . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC



April 10th, 2010



Feature Story

Lora ready for toughest test

By Francisco Salazar

Dwight McCann

One of the more popular phrases is to never judge a book by its cover. For unbeaten welterweight Orlando Lora, he hopes that fight fans do not judge him on his last performance. Lora did not have a solid outing in his bout this past December against rugged Octavio Narvaez. Despite having lost five bouts in a row, Narvaez had faced stiff competition, even scoring two knockdowns in a bout against former world champion Vivian Harris before eventually being stopped. Lora won a close eight round unanimous decision over Narvaez that night but the outcome was met with a barrage of boos from fans in attendance who felt his opponent should have had his hand raised. For Lora (26-0, 18 KOs), who was a member of the Mexican Olympic team in 2000, it was not his best performance, at least not by his standards.

Lora will take a major step up in class tonight when he takes on veteran David Estrada for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX welterweight title at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)



April 10th, 2010

Scale Watch

At the scales @ Hard Rock

Photo by Chris Cozzone/Top Rank

Chris Cozzone at the scales

From the Wasted Space night club at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Top Rank Live! card televised on Fox Sports Espanol.

Mark Melligen 146 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 147
Diego Magdaleno 132 vs. Manny Perez 134.5
Lamont Peterson 143 vs. Damien Fuller 143
Jose Benavidez 137 vs. Scott Paul 138
Anthony Lenk 138 vs. Wilson Rivera 138
Cortez Bey 137 vs. Marcos Herrera 138
Vladimir Tereshkin 241 vs. Joseph Rabotte 254
Hiromitsu Miura 174 vs. Isaac Atencio 173.5

Win signed gloves from Mark Melligen, Diego Magdaleno, Lamont Peterson and Jose Benavidez: Click here for more information

For more photos . . . . (more…)



April 9th, 2010

Scale Watch

Holyfield-Botha Weights

Photo by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com

By Butch Gottlieb at the scale

Evander Holyfield 220 vs. Francois Botha 250
(For Botha’s WBF heavyweight title)
Henry Namauu 199 vs. Rayford Johnson 196
Arthur Williams 200 vs. Valente Tinajero 198
Rocco Santomauro126 vs. Karl Hammer 126
Crystal Hoy 129 vs. Jennifer Han 129
Lawrence Hughes 136 vs. Juan Alcolea 136
Jesus Gutierez 135 vs. Johnatan Garcia 140
Alexis Santiago 121 vs. Brice Yeniki 121 1/2
Venue: Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas
Promoter: Crown Boxing
TV: PPV

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April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Austin threatens to sue WBC

Heavyweight contender Ray Austin, formerly rated #1 by the WBC until being dropped from the ratings due to legal issues, is prepared to take legal action against the WBC if the organization follows through with plans to stage an elimination bout without Austin’s participation. John Tripp, one of the bankruptcy attorneys involved with Austin issued the following statement:

“Ray Austin is ready, willing and able to fight in the next elimination bout. The WBC decision to announce the title eliminator between Solis and Valuev merely because of Ray Austin filing bankruptcy and rejecting his personal management and promotional agreement with Don King Productions is clearly a violation of Ray’s rights under Federal Bankruptcy Law and we intend to file a complaint in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Ohio against WBC for violating the provisions of the bankruptcy code. I have had some dealings in boxing and this type of abuse has been going on for too long. We previously advised the WBC, on multiple occasions, that Ray was available to box Solis or any other fighter designated by the WBC, but they decided to ignore Ray Austin’s right in his #1 position. Over the weekend we will be investigation possible racketeering, conspiracy, and RICO charges against the WBC and other parties. If Jose Sulaiman wants another debacle like Graciano Rocchigiainni, he is well on his way. The WBC is not going to get away with ignoring its own rules yet again.”



April 9th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Sunrise, FL

Andre Berto 146.5 vs Carlos Quintana 146.5
(WBC welterweight championship)
Celestino Caballero 125.75 vs Daud Yordan 125.5
(WBA interim featherweight title)
Venue: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: HBO



April 9th, 2010

Boxing Result

Harrison brutally KOs Sprott

'Hail Mary' punch wins European title

By Alexey Sukachev

In what will be long remembered as one of the most fascinating endings in the recent history of British boxing, seemingly wasted 2000 Sydney super heavyweight gold medalist Audley “A-Force” Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs) delivered a monstrous left hand equalizer to knock out bitter rival Michael Sprott (32-15, 17 KOs) cold at 1:05 of the twelfth and final round on Friday night at the Alexandra Palace in London. The newly-crowned European heavyweight champion Harrison, at 38, was seemingly on the brink of calling it a day, losing to smaller Sprott the majority of rounds and showing little will to deliver anything big, until he turned the whole fight around and avenged his only career kayo loss in a stunning fashion. (more…)



April 9th, 2010

Boxing Result

Zaveck retains IBF welter belt

SES Boxing

By Karl Freitag

IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (29-1, 17 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over #15 ranked contender Rodolfo Martinez (36-4-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Tivoli Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The much quicker Zaveck was in command from the get-go, strafing the rugged Martinez repeatedly with sharp combinations. The match was finally waved off by referee Ingo Barrabas with :45 seconds left in the bout, although Martinez was still game to continue.

7’1 heavyweight Jürgen Frank (4-1, 4 KOs) had little trouble with 40-year-old Dusan Pasic (3-20, 1 KO) scoring a second round TKO. Frank is the tallest active professional boxer.

Unbeaten female junior middleweight Christina Hammer (4-0, 3 KOs) was again victorious, stopping no-hoper Danijel Bickei (0-6 and kayoed all six times) in round four.

Cruiserweight Denis Simcic (22-1, 12 KOs) stopped overmatched Marko Angermann (2-3) in round four.



April 9th, 2010

Boxing Result

Nongqayi barely keeps belt

Battles to close draw with Bouziane

By Alexey Sukachev

There will be no new IBF champion at 115lb after the fight between the reigning titlist Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) from the Republic of South Africa and IBF #10 ranked challenger Malik Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) of Massy, France. A heated twelve-round affair between two well-educated but light-hitting stylists, which was held at Bouziane’s backyard ended in a split draw, which well reflects the flow of the contest. Both boxers boxed cautiously, using jab and tight defense and going into the slugfest mode only on occasion. The reigning champion took first two rounds off to adjust himself to the awkward Frenchman. Nongqayi was the better man in rounds three and four. The see-saw process continued in subsequent rounds as well and neither fighter could get the better of another. It looked like Bouziane did exactly enough to get the twelfth and final round but it turned out to be a disappointing mirage both for him and his partisan home crowd. Scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Bouziane. Fightnews scored it 115:114 for the challenger. Both fighters were down once and both times no knockdowns were issued.



April 9th, 2010

Boxing Result

Gomez cruises to victory

By Alexey Sukachev

Comebacking Cuban heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez (46-2, 36 KOs) cruised to an easy eight-round unanimous decision over hugely overmatched German Alexander Kahl (15-5-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Neue Arena in Schwerin, Germany. Gomez, fighting for the second time in 13 days, was in control of the contest for every minute of every round, continuously stalking and tagging Kahl, who was boxing in safety-first mode. Nevertheless, he was unable to visit the canvas four times over the course of the fight: in rounds two and six after the liver punches, and twice in round eight – from the left hook to the chin and the second time by the left hand to the solar plexus. Kahl was out of his feet but somehow managed to last till the final bell. Scores were 80-69 (twice) and 80-68 – for the Cuban ex-champion. (more…)



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Prize Fight Memphis Presser

Photo: JD Meredith, Memphisboxing.com

By JD Meredith, Memphisboxing.com

Fight supporters and media gathered Thursday afternoon at a press conference for the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” from the historic New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street. The bout on Friday, April 16 will mark the fourth consecutive year ESPN and Prize Fight Boxing have teamed up to bring nationally broadcasted boxing to Beale Street and Memphis. Memphis sport talk radio host, Dave Woloshin, opened the press conference saying “How fitting is it that we have boxing here. I can remember back twenty-five years ago fights on Beale every Tuesday night and we now reenact that great time.”Owner of the New Daisy Theatre, Mike Glenn, has some interesting history with ESPN network. Years ago Glenn managed a cruiserweight fighter from Memphis by the name of Mike Greer. Greer fought as a cruiserweight in a tournament on ESPN in the network’s formative years. more



April 9th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Durango, Mexico

Photo: Rafael Soto - Top Rank/Zanfer

Cristian Mijares 116.5 – Francisco “Panchito” Arce 118
Faustino Cupul 114 – Julio César “Pingo” 112.8
José Luis “Maestrito” López 168.5 – Juan Carlos “Chocolate” Barreto 169.3
Rey Vargas 120.3 – Ivan Reyes 121.3

Venue: Palenque de la Feria
TV: TELEVISA, Mexico
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010

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April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Rigondeaux situation unclear

Today Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Scott Silverman ordered that the Court’s previous order dated April 1, 2010, confirming an arbitration award in manager Gary Hyde’s favor against two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist and #7 Ranked WBA jr. featherweight sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux shall have no force and effect until the Court orders otherwise.
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Rigondeaux was scheduled to fight on Saturday night’s world title twinbill in Sunrise, Florida, but pulled out citing a back injury. Rigondeaux has also split from trainer Freddie Roach and is looking for a new trainer.



April 9th, 2010

Full Report

Report/gallery: Quezada-Gavern

Ringside by David Robinett
Photos by Laura De La Torre

Coming off consecutive uncompetitive losses to young prospects, heavyweight Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, (19-7-3, 8 KOs) was seriously contemplating retirement rather than finish out his career as a punching bag for talented up-and-comers.

“I was going to quit because I didn’t have the passion anymore,” admitted Gavern. “I looked to God to see what I should do and next thing I know I got three or four calls, including one for this fight.” . . . Click here for more



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Solis-Valuev WBC eliminator

Due to the unavailability of Ray Austin, as declared in testimony given under oath in a court of law, and based in an overwhelming majority vote of the WBC Board of Governors, the WBC is ordering a final elimination fight between the two highest available contenders in the heavyweight division, Odlanier Solis of from Cuba and Nicolay Valuev of Russia, to determine the mandatory challenger in the heavyweight division. The free negotiation period begins today and if there is no agreement between the two parties, a purse offer will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 12:00 noon at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City.



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Cotto – Foreman NYC Presser

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto and undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman pose during a press conference at Yankee Stadium Friday for their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, June 5 at Yankee Stadium on HBO Championship Boxing.

Click here for more photos.



April 9th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Philadelphia

Coy Evans 124.5 – Morris Chule 125;5
Derrick Webster 172 – Octiviase Harrison TBD
Keenan Smith 130 – Luis Esquilin 127 lbs
Joe McKenzie 170.5 – Maurice Amaro 170
Kareem Cooley 133 – Puro Pairol 130.5
William Davies 127 – Joseliz Cepeda 127

Venue: The Arena
Promoter: Greg Robinson’s Power Productions
First Bell: 7:30 pm est



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

GSP inks Salka

Gary Shaw Productions has added lightweight prospect Rod Salka to their stable of fighters. Salka is unbeaten at (10-0, 2KOs) and resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Smichet hangs them up

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

After an eight year and thirty fight career, Montreal middleweight Walid Smichet has called it a day and announced his retirement. The tough Tunisian born fighter finishes his career with a 20-7-3 (14KO) mark and managed to capture the Canadian title in 2007 and was involved in more than his fair share of exciting fights. A last minute knockout of previously unbeaten Matt O’Brien embodied the no quit attitude he brought to the ring each and every time. Fans outside Canada best know the come-forward fighter for his war with John Duddy in Madison Square Garden, the only time he fought outside Canada, losing a narrow majority decision. “Walid Smichet always showed courage inside the ring and was able to deliver spectacular performances,” said promoter Yvon Michel of the fighter he promoted for twenty-five fights. “On behalf of the entire GYM team and myself personally I thank him for being associated with us and wish him luck in his future projects.”



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Lemieux to face Ayala

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

The opponent for knockout sensation David Lemieux (22-0 21KO) was officially announced today and the young twenty-one middleweight will be battling former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-4-1, 9KO) of New Haven, Connecticut for the WBC International Title in Montreal under the stars at Uniprix Stadium on June 11th. (more…)



April 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Larsen’s future still on hold

Super middleweight contender Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs), who tested positive for a banned substance after a loss in January to Brian Magee, received a fine and reprimand from the Sports Committee of the Danish Pro Boxing Federation. However, the 37-year-old Larsen is still not free to resume his career. The federation’s Board of Directors is now planning to appeal its own committee’s decision on the grounds that the judgments were rendered in accordance with DPBF rules and not under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, to which the DPBF is bound. Larsen had said he had no idea that a Chinese herb he took contained banned substances.



April 9th, 2010

Announcement

Elegele featured on Berto card

Sensational junior welterweight prospect Joseph Elegele will be featured this Saturday night, April 10th, on the undercard to the “Fighting for Haiti” event at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. “Fighting for Haiti” is headlined by a welterweight showdown between WBC champion Andre Berto and former champion Carlos Quintana. (more…)



April 9th, 2010

Scale Watch

UFC 112 at the scales

UFC 112 is LIVE on PPV April 10!

From Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for tomorrow’s UFC 112 card, televised on PPV:

UFC Middleweight Championship:
Demian Maia 184 vs. Anderson Silva 185

UFC Lightweight Championship:
Frank Edgar 154 vs. BJ Penn 155

Renzo Gracie 171 vs. Matt Hughes 170
Rafael Dos Anjos 156 vs. Terry Etim 154
Mark Munoz 185 vs. Kendall Grove 185
Phil Davis 204 vs. Alexander Gustafsson 205
John Gunderson 154 vs. Paul Taylor 155
Rick Story 169 vs. Nick Osipczak 170
Brad Blackburn 170 vs. DaMarques Johnson 170
Matt Veach 155 vs. Paul Kelly 156
Mostapha Al Turk 235 vs. Jon Madsen 252



April 9th, 2010

Announcement

Chargin mourned

Guilty Boxing and “Big” Jeff Grmoja, vice president, sent the following on behalf of the boxing community:

On behalf of the boxing community and Guilty Boxing, wesend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Don Chargin and his family on the loss of our beloved Lorraine.  I met the Chargin’s in San Jose, CA in 1982 and have been blessed with their friendship.  Lorraine left us as she lived, with class, dignity and fighting to the end.  We share Don’s loss, share the pain, share the grief and boxing will miss Lorraine dearly.  I think Lorraine would have appreciated these words and thoughts. (more…)



April 9th, 2010

UFC

UFC updates

Two Championships, One Night – UFC® 112 Tomorrow Night: Anderson Silva defends the middleweight title against Demian Maia, BJ Penn looks to keep the lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar, and legends Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie meet in the Octagon® – 10pm ET / 7pm PT only on Pay-Per-View

Penn’s Prodigious History: For those who have followed BJ Penn’s nearly nine year career since its beginning, his reign of dominance has been a long time coming.



April 9th, 2010




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