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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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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Kevin Johnson, Dyah Ali Davis

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are heavyweight title challenger Kevin Johnson and super middleweight prospect Dyah Ali Davis (16-1, 7 KOs, son of Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis, Jr.). Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.



November 19th, 2009



Boxing News

CBHOF annual dinner

The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame has selected unbeaten world light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson of New Haven as its 2009 Pro Fighter of the Year. It is the third time in the last four years Dawson has won the award. Manchester featherweight Matt Remillard won the award in 2008. Dawson (29-0) won a decision over Glen Johnson on Nov. 7 to keep his IBO light heavyweight title while adding the WBC interim title to his collection. The CBHOF achievement award will be presented to Paul Cichon of East Hartford, the former director of the Manchester Police Athletic League boxing program. The CBHOF Amateur Fighter of the Year is Luis Rosa of New Haven. Phyllis Roy of Glastonbury, who is affiliated with USA Boxing in Connecticut, is the Official of the Year. John Scully, Vito Tallarita, Danny Cosgrove, Julie Kogon, Sal DiMartino and Jack Delaney comprise the 2009 induction class. CBHOF’s annual dinner will take place on Nov. 21 at the Mohegan Sun. Showtime boxing analyst Steve Farhood will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets can be obtained by calling Sherman Cain at 860-646-0500 (extension 321) or Mike Murtha at 860 862-7586.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Z Gorres Update

Fightnews is happy to report that professional medical opinion is that fomer world title challenger Z Gorres is expected to have a functional life. For now, he will need to rehabilitate his left side which may need time but he is no longer in critical condition although still in a serious situation. Gorres may be removed from the ventilator in the next 48 hours. According to Dr. Casey (Trauma Surgeon), the progress of Gorres is remarkable and is normally seen in two weeks but because Gorres who is young and in great health responded well in only five days. “Z has dramatically improved, I am happy with his developement” said Casey.

“We are pleased to hear the news and would like to thank everyone for all the prayers that we know that have helped Z recover from the biggest fight of his life. Thank you,” said Michael Aldeguer President of ALA Promotions. (Gorres’ Promoter in the Philippines). Gorres won a unanimous decision over Luis Melendez on Friday night in Las Vegas. Moments later he collapsed to the canvas and was taken on a stretcher to University Medical Center’s trauma unit where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.



November 19th, 2009

Full Report

Brown dethroned by Aldo!

WEC 44: Report and gallery

IMG_6Results by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Chris Cozzone

In front of a capacity crowd at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 23 year old Jose Aldo TKO’ed Mike Brown to become the WEC featherweight champion in the second round of their scheduled five-round contest.

The eyes of the combat sports world were on The Pearl at The Palms Wednesday night, and for good reason . . . Click here for more



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Lauzon heading back to Octagon

A little more than eight months since undergoing knee surgery, UFC lightweight prospect Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 KOs, 13 submissions) is fully recovered and anxious to get back into The Octagon. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Medellin, Colombia

By Boxing Bob Newman

The Colombian Boxing Federation, in conjunction with the WBA 88th Annual Convention will oversee tonight’s 10-bout card at La Macarena in the Plaza Mayor Convention Center in Medelin, Colombia. The main event will feature the WBA Interim Super Featherweight title between Colombia’s Likar Ramos and Venezuela’s Angel Grandaos.

Likar Ramos 130 vs. Angel Granados 130
(WBA Interim Super Featherweight title)
Santander Silgado 200 vs. Ruy Da Gloria 200
(WBA Fedecaribe Cruiserweight title)
Darley Perez 135 vs. Patricio Pedrero 135
(Vacant WBA Fedelatin Lightweight title)
Daulis Prescott 126 vs. Irving Berry 126
(WBA Fedebol Featherweight title)
Emilio Julio Julio 147 vs. Charlie Navarro 147
Jhonatan Romero 121 vs. Hermin Isava 121
Ogleidis Suarez 126 vs. Angela Marciales 135
Carlos Padilla 128 vs. Fernando Contreras 128
Humberto Martinez 130 vs. Elvis Morales 130
Jhonatan Ricard 170 vs. Jose Cervantes 170
The first bell will be at 7:30 p.m.



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Preview: UFC 106

UFC 106 is live on PPV Nov. 21!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

Their first fight was a spectacular one, and the end result was one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history.

Now, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz returns to the Octagon to meet former world light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 106. While Ortiz earned the judges’ nod the first time around, Griffin is no longer an unproven flicker in the cosmos of the light heavyweight division.. . . click here for more

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler of Denmark (left) and undefeated Andre “S.O.G” Ward of Oakland pose and face off at a packed, free public final press conference Wednesday at downtown Oakland City Hall. On Saturday, Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) and Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) will clash for Kessler’s WBA 168-pound title in the the first Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout for each boxer this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF/USBA lauded for drug testing

The International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association received the top score in an analysis conducted recently by a panel of experts arranged by the Wall Street Journal on Drug Testing policies of sports organizations throughout the world. “I am extremely pleased that we received the highest score among so many notable sporting organizations,” noted Marian Muhammad, IBF President. The IBF/ USBA came in number one with a score of 94.75 and scoring significantly higher than other major organizations such as the NFL (72.5), NBA (57.5), NHL (57.5) and MLB (56.2). The score was based on the presence of a policy, public accessibility to the policy and its administration, as well as the severity of the sanctions on the code’s offenders. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Kessler-Ward Presser Report

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By David Robinett

On a clear, brisk afternoon in downtown Oakland, California, WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward held court before an international press corp and a smattering of fans to announce their Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout this Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. But all was not well as the participants took their turns at the dais. Prior to the press conference, word had broken that Kessler’s promoter Sauerland Event was objecting to the selection of the referee and judges for Saturday’s championship fight. Promoter Wilfried Sauerland used his opportunity to speak to address the issue. “The one thick cloud hanging over us in this beautiful blue sky is the referee and judges,” said Sauerland. “Andre has the home advantage and Dan Goossen has done a great job of securing home advantage for all three fights while all the other guys have to travel around the world. But one thing we do not accept is that the referee and all the judges come from California.” (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Mosquera on the comback trail

When boxing fans last saw WBA super featherweight champion Vicente ‘El Loco’ Mosquera (24-2-1, 12 KOs) he was defending his title in an exciting shoot out with then contender and now world champion Edwin Valero in August 2006. The bout was a thriller that saw both fighters knocking the other down. In the end it was Valero winning and taking Mosquera’s title. However, Mosquera’s effort left many fans wanting to see more of him and his exciting fight style. Sadly the Valero fight would be Mosquera’s last fight as not too long after that he was implicated in an unclear situation that resulted in the death of a person (which Mosquera to this date stands by his innoncence) and was sent to prison. Fast forward three years and Mosquera recently released from prison still has aspirations in the ring. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Porter headlines in Tunica

Prize Fight Boxing showcases a slew of young talent on “Boxing’s Future Champions III” Saturday Night at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS. The main event of the evening features highly touted junior middleweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter (10-0, 8 KOs) against Jerome “Boomer” Ellis. A 2008 United States Olympic Alternate, Porter served as Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner leading up to his fight with Miguel Cotto. The Akron, OH native also appeared on HBO’s famed 24-7 series and received kudos from three time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach for pushing the pound for pound king to the max. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Zsolt Erdei

Universum Box-Promotion

Universum Box-Promotion

Three days before his big world championship challenge against the Italian WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, long-standing WBO light heavyweight world championZsolt Erdei had time for a short interview. “The Firebird” spoke about the fight, revealed the reason he presented Fragomeni with packages of noodles at the press conference, and explained why he is sporting a black eye. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

UFC

Brown goes down!

Aldo dethrones Brown at WEC 44!

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Results by Brady Crytzer

In front of a capacity crowd at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, 23 year old Jose Aldo TKO’ed Mike Brown to become the WEC featherweight champion in the second round of their scheduled five round contest. Brown had difficulty dealing with the trademark speed of Aldo in the first round as he attempted to close the distance and take his opponent down. In the second round the more confident Aldo began to unload with hard punches until he stunned Brown and took him to the mat. Once on top Aldo delivered a barrage of punches until the fight was stopped at the 1:20 mark. (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Ortiz amping up for Toño

Photo: Ricardo Conde

Photo: Ricardo Conde

By Ricardo Conde

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (24-2-1, 19 KOs), from Oxnard, CA by way of Garden City, Kansas will return to the ring on December 12th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. This will be Ortiz’s first fight after his devastating loss to Marcos Maidana for the interim WBA light welterweight title back in June. Ortiz will face Antonio “Tono” Diaz (46-5-1, 29 KOs), which will be the co-feature on Diaz-Malignaggi II and will be shown live on HBO B.A.D. Click here for more photos…



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Lopez to face Taylor

By Peter Lim

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez looks to extend his undefeated record of 17-0 (14 KOs) when he takes on Tiwon Taylor, 26-17-1 (19 KOs) on Nov. 19 at the Stafford Center on the outskirts of Houston. A former two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion, Lopez, 27, has fought predominantly in the Houston area, where he has gained a modest fan base, since turnng pro in 2007. A self-described “boxer-brawler,” Lopez’ primamry weapon is the left jab which he uses to set up combinations and power punches. Alao undefeated at light heavyweight, Terrence Woods, 6-0 (4 KOs), takes on Brandon Singleton, 2-3 (1 KO), in a four-round bout. Fernando Casteneda, 4-4 (1 KO), faces Josh Burns, 3-7-5 (1 KO) in a junior middleweight bout. And Ivan Casteneda, 1-1 (1 KO), will take on Deshaun Williams (debut) in a bantamweight bout. Billed Evening of Boxing, the fights will be staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions.



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA Convention Day 2

Day two of the 88th annual WBA convention in Medellin, Colombia kicked off this morning with a motivational talk and video hilights by former WBA flyweight champion from Colombia, Fidel Bassa. After lunch, the ratings committee heard requests from several assembled promoters and fighter representatives to consider ranking requests for their respective fighters. The following is a compilation of the representatives followed by the fighters for whom they lobbied for higher rankings or a top fifteen consideration… (more…)



November 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward-Kessler Presser Flash Quotes

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

By David Robinett

Andre Ward: “I don’t have much to say about the fight, I feel like a quiet storm right now….I’ve been doing everything I need to do, not just for the last 6 to 8 weeks, but I’ve been preparing for this night since I was 9 years old. I want that [WBA] belt really, really, really bad….I’m in tremendous condition. You know I always seem to be the underdog but I embrace that.”

Mikkel Kessler: “I’ve come all the way over here to Oakland and I’m 150 percent ready for the fight. I’ve had good preparation and I am in unbelievable shape….This is the best preparation I’ve had. I had a loss against Joe Calzaghe and it still tears me up today, so I’m not thinking about losing anymore.”

Note: Kessler Promoter Wilfried Sauerland announced that his team was objecting to the referee and judges, stating that they were all based in California and that neutral judges are required by the terms of the Super Six tournament. Sauerland said if the WBA does not assign any neutral judges for Saturday, Kessler will not put his WBA super middleweight title on the line and that the fight would be a non-title bout. More details to come…



November 18th, 2009

Boxing News

The Rise of El Pescador

By Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing Bob Newman

Boxing Bob Newman

In the annals of boxing history, there are far more stories of boxer despair and heartbreak than those of success, especially after their ring career is over. The story of celebrated former WBA flyweight champion Fidel “El Pescador” Bassa is one of those rarities- a heartwarming tale of success and adulation for the diminutive boxer. Following the intriguing talk of Ricardo Lopez the day prior, Fidel Bassa entranced the audience with his life story, from the streets of El Reten, to the boxing rings around the world, to the top of the business world in Colombia. (more…)



November 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Hopkins still has big goals

44-year-old former world champion Bernard Hopkins said today he still has more history to make, starting with Enrique Ornelas on December 2 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. “I will win and I will be impressive,” vowed ‘The Executioner’ who is lined up to face Roy Jones Jr. in his next match. He also hinted at a possible heavyweight title shot later in the year. “December 2 starts a marathon of super greatness for me,” he stated.



November 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Valuev comments on Haye fight

7-foot former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has commented on quotes attributed to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov implying Valuev may have been set up by his co-promoters, Sauerland Event and Don King Productions, into taking a fight against David Haye that was not in his best interests. It was also revealed that there was a rematch clause in the Valuev-Haye deal, so expect a rematch after Haye’s mandated bout with John Ruiz. (more…)



November 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Behind David Haye

cozzone_davidhayePC_0380Report by Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone

David Haye’s mouth and punching power may have been too much for the cruiserweight division. When he announced that he was moving up to the heavyweight, few took him serious about being a major playmaker in the division. Now that he has a portion of the heavyweight world title – the WBA belt – Haye can not help but call out top fighters in the division.

Are there any takers? Anyone?  . . . Click here for more



November 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Kessler, Ward face off

IMG_4By Robert Hough
Photos by Laura De La Torre

Mikkel Kessler (42-1-0, 32 KOs) and Andre Ward (20-0-0, 13 KOs) are all but done preparing for their November 21 fight, but Ward knows too well, that sacrifices continue.

Ward’s close to his Oakland-area home in a training-camp environment, committed to the point that he missed a father-son activity days before the bout, for Kessler’s WBA super-middleweight title . . . Click here for more



November 18th, 2009

UFC

Ortiz opens up!

UFC 106 is live on PPV Nov. 21!

Story by Brady Crytzer

It has been 18 months since Tito Ortiz has fought as a professional. Following a loss to future light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 84, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” prepares to make his return to the UFC Octagon in the main event of 106 on Saturday, November 21st in Las Vegas . . . click here for more

Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin clash in a rematch at UFC® 106 – this Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET on PPV.



November 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Hatton-Marquez in the works?

By Craig Watt

Speculation is growing that former two weight world champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton is contemplating a return to the ring in 2010 in a major outdoor event against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. In 2008, the popular fighter from Manchester broke the post war live crowd record in the UK with 56,000 at the City of Manchester Stadium when he outpointed Juan Lazcano over twelve rounds. The speculation was heightened today when Hatton Promotions chief executive, Gareth Williams told the Daily Express in the UK: “If Ricky does carry on it would be an ideal fight for him to take on Marquez. He is an elite fighter, just like Ricky, who will want to challenge the best. It makes far more sense to fight Marquez than some of the other names that have been bandied about.” (more…)



November 18th, 2009




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