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On Saturday night, Juan Urango attempts to become one of the select few fighters to win world championships in two weight classes, and he is on target for his championship bout against Andre Berto after weighing in at 153.4 pounds during the mandatory WBC seven-day weigh in. On Friday, Urango will be required to weigh-in at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Berto vs Urango, a 12 round bout for the WBC welterweight championship of the world, is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 pm ET / 6:45pm PT. In the televised co-feature, junior middleweights Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron will slug it out. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, are on sale now, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com
The most historic event in UFC just got bigger with the announcement that rap-metal pioneers Limp Bizkit are bringing the only performance in the US of their “Unicorns N’ Rainbows” tour to Mandalay Bay Beach on Friday, July 10th to perform in their first North American concert in eight years as a part of the UFC 100 weekend. The multi-platinum-selling group has picked the perfect time to return to North American stages, and you can be sure that once their hits “Break Stuff”, “Rollin'” and “My Way” start blasting through the speakers, you’ll have all the adrenaline you need for UFC 100 the next night on Saturday, July 11th . . . Click here for more
Brazil has produced some of the finest mixed martial artists the world has ever seen. From Anderson Silva to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to Mauricio Rua, the cities and towns of this South American country have churned out devastating strikers, dangerous grapplers, and vicious finishers . . . Click here for more
UPDATE: Sad to report that 4-year-old Exodus Tyson passed away a little before noon this morning. Fightnews staff extends our thoughts and prayers to the Tyson family.
A freak accident in the home of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has left Iron Mike’s 4-year-old daughter Exodus is in critical condition at a Phoenix hospital. According to MyFoxPhoenix.com, she was playing my herself on a treadmill and was found by her brother hanging from the machine’s powercord. Tyson, who was out of town at the time, has since arrived at the hospital.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA flyweight champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (47-1-1, 20 KOs) barely retained his title as he won a twelve round split decision over WBA#12 Hiroyuki Hisataka (17-8-1, 6 KOs) on Tuesday at the Central Stadium of Uttaradit Province, Thailand. The bout was a close affair in the first six rounds with the champion dominating a little with his aggression, mostly hunting the Japanese who also displayed his effective counterpunches. The champion looked weakened from round eight which caused his foe to come back and gained the score, especially at the last two rounds. The Thai fighter was also deducted a point for his foul punches repeated at the back of the challenger’s head in round eight. Scored : Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 115-112, Kwang Tak Yoon (Korea) 115-112 for Denkaosan, Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) 115-113 for Hisataka. In other action, Fonluang Sor Tanapinyo (7-0,2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Safwan Lombok in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Galaxy Boxing Promotion.
All Star Boxing, Inc, and its Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. will return to South Florida for the second time in over two months with former WBA world champion Diosbelys Hurtado on June 12th at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami. Hurtado (40-3-1, 25 KOs) of Santiago, Cuba will be facing former WBC Latin and WBA FEDECARIBE champion Manuel “El Marro” Garnica (25-10, 13 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico in clash scheduled for 12 Rounds with Hurtado’s WBO Latin welterweight title on the line. Also in action on the card popular undefeated Cuban prospect Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (10-0, 6 KOs) and undefeated heavyweight Erik “The Viking” Leander (6-0, 5 KO’s) in separate bouts. Seven fights are scheduled. Doors open at 7:30 PM first bout 8:30 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL or by calling (877) 242-6464. They are also available at Ticketmaster. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
Howard Grant, chief trainer of undefeated challenger Olivier Lontchi of Montreal, said today “we’re going to shock Juanma Lopez’ world” when the two fighters battle on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9 championship card June 27 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Grant was at a press conference today in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. “We’re fighting the top gun at 122 pounds in Juan Manuel Lopez,” said Grant. “It’s a great opportunity. Lontchi is going to put on a shocking performance.” (more…)
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The “White Tyson” Ruslan Chagaev during his workout this morning at Töölö Bay in Helsinki, Finland. Also in the pictures are his trainer Michael Timm and bodyguard Thomas Pütz. “I want to win and show who the real champion is,” said Chagaev about Saturday’s long awaited world title rematch with Nikolai Valuev. “I am out of the so named status ‘in recess.'”
By Joe Koizumi
After a fiasco of the fight place being moved to Japan from China just three days before, WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito (35-2-3, 22 KOs), a 34-year-old Japanese, barely kept his belt as he came off the deck in the sixth and maintained his early lead on points with his final effort to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Xiong Zhao-Zhong (12-2-1, 8 KOs), 112, over twelve see-saw rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 113-111, Jaebong Kim (Korea) 114-111 and Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 114-110, all for the defending champ who managed to score his fifth defense since he dethroned Thailander Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in July 2007. The referee was Bruce McTavish (Philippines). (more…)
Prior to the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Team Sauerland has launched its English webpage, www.boxing-online.com. Fans will not only find all the latest news and background information about star fighters such as Valuev, Povetkin and King Arthur but also receive video updates from training camps and fight venues. Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster, who will also be in action on Saturday night, is featured in a special video blog from today´s media practice session in Helsinki. There will be additional updates from the Russian Giant in the next couple of days. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
After a fiasco of the fight location being moved to Japan from China just three days before, WBC flyweight champ Daisuke Naito (35-2-3, 22 KOs), a 34-year-old Japanese, barely kept his belt as he came off the deck in the sixth and maintained his early lead on points with his final effort to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Xiong Zhao-Zhong (12-2-1, 8 KOs), 112, over twelve see-saw rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Noparat Sricharoen (Thailand) 113-111, Jaebong Kim (Korea) 114-111 and Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 114-110, all for the defending champ who managed to score his fifth defense since he dethroned Thailander Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in July 2007. (More to come)
Now it’s official. The WBO has sanctioned the July 4 heavyweight clash between #1 ranked Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and “Fast” Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) as an eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger to Wladimir Klitschko. The fight headlines a “Universum Champions Night” card at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg.
Sensational junior featherweight prospect Rafael Valenzuela has finished preparations and is headed to Houston, Texas for his featured showdown against Columbian veteran Jose Garcia Bernal at “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN, set for this Thursday night, May 28th, at the Arena Theatre . . . Click here for more
The press conference for Friday’s IBF bantamweight title eliminator between Silence Mabuza (22-2, 18 KOs) and Yonnhy Perez (18-0, 13 KOs) took place at the Johannesburg television studios of media giant SABC Sport on Monday. “Perez is a good fighter, he has speed, power, and a great amateur career,” stated Mabuza. “But he has never faced anybody of name in his career. I fought the best; I have vast experience in situations like this. Perez has not faced one quality opponent and now he is in front of me, he is blocking my way to the championship belt and I have to take him out of the way. I am very confident this fight will end in a knockout, I will win in spectacular fashion.” Perez countered, “I know Mabuza from watching him on different DVDs. He is a tough fighter but he is not invincible. I have worked long and hard to be here today, he might think he will knock me out but he better be ready for 12 hard rounds. An opportunity like this only comes once in a lifetime and I will make the best of it. If he thinks he will clear me out of the ring early he is dead wrong. Things like this don’t happen every day and I know I will win.” The bout is presented by Branco Sports Promotions, in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions and will take place at the Springs Indoor Arena just outside Johannesburg.
By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing
Promoter Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing are making a tradition of the beloved outdoor ‘Battle Under The Stars’ fight card at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. This year’s show will be held at the Softball Country Arena on Saturday with the first bell at 7pm sharp. The card will see three six rounders featuring some of Colorado’s finest. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Tomorrow night, WBC #10 Super-Flyweight contender, Xiong Zhaozhong of China will be making history. Xiong will be the first Chinese boxer to challenge for a world title, a daunting task since he will be facing the formidable reigning WBC champion Daisuke Naito who is bigger, taller and much more experienced. The bout is not taking place in Shanghai as originally planned but in Tokyo, so the 26-year-old challenger will also not be able to count on the support of the crowd. But a very determined Xiong is planning to give it his all, hoping to upset the overwhelmingly favored champion. Fightnews was able to reach Xiong on the eve of the biggest day of his life and short (3 years) boxing career. (more…)
Today at a press conference, International Boxing Federation President Marian W. Muhammad and the organization were welcomed to Panama City, Panama, the site for the organization’s 26th Annual convention. The press conference highlighted a fight card promoted by U.S.-based group Universal Boxing Promotions and will feature two IBF Latino Junior title fights. Ms. Muhammad was thanked by the promoter, Porfirio Betegon, and Panamanian Boxing Commissioner Miguel Prado for the sanctioning body’s support of boxing in Panama. Muhammad expressed, “We are happy to be here and more importantly we want to support the talented fighters that the other organizations are not able to.” The IBF Convention officially begins Tuesday, May 26, 2009 and concludes on Sunday, May 31. Several well-known boxing personalities are scheduled to attend. More to come.
World ranked contender Abner Mares (18-0, 11 KOs) has joined forces with award winning manager Frank Espinoza. The 23-year-old Mares, promoted throughout his career by Golden Boy Promotions, is currently world ranked #4 by the IBF and WBO. The 2004 Mexican Olympian made his return from a detached retina injury after an almost one year layoff by stopping Jonathan Perez in the sixth round in Las Vegas on May 2nd. He is tentatively scheduled to return to action on the July 18th undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. /Juan Manuel Marquez event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Espinoza is best known for his outstanding handling of the career of junior featherweight world champion and “Pound for Pound” superstar Israel Vazquez, who incidentally will be announcing his future plans later this week.
WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev has arrived in Helsinki, Finland for Saturday’s showdown with Nikolai Valuev. In an interview with boxing.de, the unbeaten Chagaev spoke about fighting in Helsinki, his preparations, his achilles tendon injury, Valuev reclaiming the WBA belt in his absence, and much more. (more…)
WBO#9 Heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2) will face former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-7) for the interim WBO NABO heavyweight title on Friday August 14th at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. A winner of six straight, WBA#15 Minto will also be putting his WBA Fedecentro title on the line. Seldon, a winner of two straight and five of his last six, boasts 36 knockouts in his 40 professional wins. The show will mark the second appearance by Minto at the historic Pullman Park baseball stadium. Last year, Minto Ko’d John Poore (20-2) on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights before thousands of spectators. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions in association with Brian Minto Fighting, the 8 bout card will begin at 7pm. Tickets for the event are priced at $25 (general admission), $35 (box reserved) and $50 (ringside) and available beginning on June 1st at Pullman Park or by calling (724) 287-6797.
By Craig Watt
There is a growing feeling in Australia that potentially the biggest fight in Australian boxing history is heading to the “rocks” as both former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green (26-3, 23 KO’s) and former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KO’s) cannot agree the detail over weight and venue for their proposed re-match. Green now looks likely to try and secure a fight at 175 pounds with American Roy Jones Jnr, later in 2009 and is confident a match can be made. It was confirmed in the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday that Danny Green and his team are now looking to a potential match with Roy Jones Jnr as a preferred option, rather than a re-match with his arch rival Mundine. Green stated, “We’ve been in negotiations with Roy and his management team for a while and it looks promising.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Fomer two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KO’s) was in confident mood at the final press conference in Brisbane today for the highly anticipated IBO middleweight title fight with unbeaten champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KO’s) to be held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday. This fight is the biggest bout in Australian boxing in 2009 so far and pitches together two genuine world ranked middleweights with Mundine currently ranked in the mandatory WBA#1 position for Felix Sturm’s title and Geale holding the IBO crown. Mundine is well known for his outspoken views and controversial comments in his build up to most fights, but surprisingly today he was respectful, yet confident. He stated, “I respect him as a fighter. In his career he hasn’t lost many rounds, let alone fights. Daniel will beat most fighters and most contenders but he won’t beat me.” (more…)
Continuing to create new and novel promotions to involve the fight fans, Battle In The Ballroom promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today, that fans attending all future Irvine Marriott Battle In The Ballroom boxing and mixed martial arts shows will have a chance to judge the winner of each bout, and that the winning fighter as selected by the fans will receive a cash bonus right on the spot. Here’s how this “Fans Be The Judge” promotion will work. Immediately following the end of each bout that goes the distance, and while the official scorecards are being tabulated, the ring announcer will go to each corner and will ask all fans in attendance to vote by their applause and cheers who they think won the bout. The fighter that gets the biggest cheer is immediately presented with a $100 bill paid right in their corner. Following the awarding of the $100 to the “Fans Be The Judge” winner, the scorecards will be read and the official winner announced. (more…)
Ringside Report by Jason Kotar
Photography by Javiel Centeno
Welterweight Antwone Smith (16-1-1, 8 KOs) scored an impressive unanimous decision over a tough Richard Gutierrez (24-3, 14 KOs) in the main event of last week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In his highly anticipated professional debut, two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Cuban national team captain Guillermo Rigondeaux (1-0, 1 KO) scored a TKO over Juan Noriego (3-3, 3 KOs) in a junior bantamweight encounter. Click here to read the full reports and view the dynamite photos!
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm and heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko are currently on promotional tour in Monaco at the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo. The two boxers were right in the middle of the action at the invitation of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and the Red Bull F1 team. Sturm will defend his belt against European champion Khoren Gevor on July 11th in the new Ring Arena on the eve of the Formula 1 race at the Nürburgring Raceway. “Crazy, the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind. The people here get close to the event like nowhere else. I’ve also found that among the motor sport fans, many are also boxing fans. Many want to come to my fight at the Nürburgring and have asked for tickets. That will be a great event.” Dimitrenko, who faces Eddie Chambers on July 4th in Hamburg stated, “It’s unbelievable how loud the Formula 1 is …. on Monday it’s back to the heavy bag and weights instead of the sun and fun. But that’s the way it must be sometimes.”
Unbeaten super lightweight Dmitriy Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs) easily outpointed veteran Raul Munoz (20-12-1, 15 KOs) over ten rounds on Sunday night in at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91. With the win, Salita maintained his status as the WBA’s #1 challenger in line to face the winner of the June 27 clash between WBA world champion Andreas Kotelnik and Amir Khan.
Unbeaten WBC #3 featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (21-0, 15 KOs) takes on Vyacheslav Gusev (16-1, 3 KOs) on June 12th in the main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The bout will be for the WBC CABOFE title. Burgos is the nephew of former world champion Victor Burgos. In the co-main event, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (10-0, 5 KOs) returns to take on spoiler Luis Alfredo Lugo (10-8-1, 6 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBC/USNBC welterweight crown. Also featured is featherweight Aaron Garcia (9-1, 2 KOs) against unbeaten Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez (8-0, 2 KOs). Garcia, a former amateur star who won the 2003 US amateur title and two National Golden Gloves championships. Tickets are $75, $45 and $30, call 714-935-0900.
By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi smashed Derek Samuels from the Western Cape to defeat in 98 seconds of the first round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old Sinyabi (54.82kg) was just too big and strong for the smaller Samuels (55.16kg) as he attacked from the opening bell to land with stinging combinations to the head and body. Samuels, 22, never landed a punch on the champion as he was backed up and even turned his back on the champion to avoid the onslaught. After a series of clubbing rights to the head the outclassed Samuels fell to his knees and referee Wally Snowball waved the fight off without picking up the count. (more…)
Ringside report & photos by Chris Cozzone
Defending his WBC super bantamweight title on foreign turf, the Japanese champion, Toshiaki Nishioka, had no need of three Americano judges and ref in scoring the biggest win of his career-knocking out ex-bantam champ Jhonny Gonzalez, of Mexico City, in front of 12,523 suddenly-silent Mexicans . . . Click here for full story
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & David L. Hudson
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
Both fighter’s boasted undefeated records, Evans at 18-0-1 and Machida at 14-0. Both have been impressive as of late-Evans with knockout victories over Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Machida with a knockout victory over Thiago Silva. Both were highly regarded as two of the world’s best light heavyweights . . . click here for more
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
Saturday, May 23 2009 will go down as the day in MMA history that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida officially arrived.
Initially panned by fans as a “boring” fighter because of his elusive style and ability to avoid damage, the Karate fighter walked out to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for UFC 98’s main event a newly crowned fan favorite . . . click here for more
By Lee Bates reporting from Colombia
Promoter Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) has inked Olympians Eleider Alavarez (light heavyweight) and Oscar Rivas (heavyweight). Both fighters represented their country of Colombia in 2008. Former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza, a native of Colombia, was a major factor in having the duo sign with GYM. (left to right: Oscar Rivas, Epifanio Mendoza, trainer Marc Ramsay, Eleider Alvarez)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated jr lightweight William Kickett (15-1, 5 KOs) easily outpointed Filipino Roel Mangan (13-11-1, 3 KOs) in a four round main event on Friday at the Wyong Leagues Club, Wyong, NSW, Australia. Kickett skillfully evaded his aggressive opponent and picked him off with accurate long range combinations. Scores 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.
IBF #14 featherweight Jackson Asiku (25-3, 13 KOs) swapped bombs as he outscored jr welterweight Filipino Junmar Dulog (5-17-2) in all four action rounds of their contest. Scores 39-37, 39-37, 37-39. Asiku s coming off the biggest win of his career when he became the only boxer to KO former world champion Gairy St Clair who had been the distance with the great Deigo Corrales and Vivian Harris. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian welterweight champion Oyewale Omotoso (13-0, 11 KOs) knocked out Indonesian Darsim Nanggala (3-8-1) in 1:42 of round one at the Knox Netball Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso is formerly of Nigeria where he established an outstanding amateur career. He has been based in Australia for several months under the expert guidance of respected Murray Thompson. In the ten round main supporting bout, super middleweight Luke Moloney (13-3) outpointed Amir Hossein Ranijar (3-11) in ten one sided rounds, 100-90, 100-90, 100-90. Female super bantamweight Susie Ramadan (9-0) won eight round decision over debutant Leanne Banham (0-1), 80-72, 79-73, 80-71. Middleweight Johannes Mwetupunga (5-2) stopped Andrew Gosden (4-4) in six rounds. Time was 2:46. Light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (4-1) stopped Andrew Banham (0-2) in two rounds. Time 1:21. Super flyweight Omari Kimweri (5-2) won a clear six round decision over Thai importation Thanupetch Singmanasak (0-1). Promoter Murray Thompson.
Australian super middleweight Wade Foley (3-1-1, 1 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he was awarded a eight round split decision over the experienced William Hadlow (7-15-4) to capture the Queensland State 168 pound title at the Maroochydore Rugby Leagues Club, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Scores were 78-74, 80-74, 75-77. Lightweight Paul Fleming (3-0) was forced to go the distance for the first time in his professional career as he outpointed Flash Villacula (22-21-1) of the Philippines over six one sided rounds by scores of 60-54, 59-54, 59-54. Welterweight Brad Hemming (13-8-1, 5 KOs) stopped Mhelvin Hernandez (1-7) at 2:33 of round two.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian amateur champion Daniel Baff (10-1-1, 9 KOs) scored a second round knockout over Simone Tui (1-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled ten round cruiserweight contest at the Vodafone Arena, Suva Fiji. The 6’2 Baff, who resides in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, is chasing a national title bout. In main support light heavyweight Sakeasi Dakua (25-11-3, 16 KOs) outpointed Pita Domoni (4-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Also a jr middleweight bout between Tevita Vakalabure (14-8-1) and Joeli Naieca (7-3-7,6 KOs) was ruled a no contest at the end of round four. Middleweight Opeti Tagi (12-4, 6 KOs) outscored Saimoni Taudomo (1-4-1) over six rounds. Heavyweight Fatu Tuimanono (8-9-1, 7 KOs) knocked out Napoleon Thumoepeau (0-1) in round two.
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