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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

Luis Abregu workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Argentina’s Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) works out during training at the Wild Card Boxing Club ,Friday for his upcoming co-feature against Brooklyn’s Sadam “World Kid” Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 8.

In the other co-feature is the light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Ali vs. Abregu is a 10-round welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank and will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. photos



October 3rd, 2014



Boxing News

Barthelemy, Saucedo make weight

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Rances Barthelemy 130 vs. David Saucedo 130
(IBF junior lightweight title)

Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs. Willie Nelson 153
Chad Dawson 173 vs. Tommy Karpency 173

Venue: Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: Showtime

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October 3rd, 2014


Boxing News

Frankie Gomez renews promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions

Unbeaten welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez, the pride of East Los Angeles and exciting future prospect, renewed his promotional contract today with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, the leading boxing promoter based in Los Angeles, California. “Frankie Gomez is a natural talent and that’s why I have no doubt that he’ll be the next super star and next world champion from East Los Angeles”, said Oscar de la Hoya, president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “The truth is that we are very happy to continue promoting Frankie and help him to continue on his quest for a world title,” he added. (more…)



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Di Rocco retains Euro 140lb title

OPI 2000’s European super lightweight champion WBC and IBF #7 Michele Di Rocco (38-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his title by unanimous decision moments ago in Madrid, Spain against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Ruben Nieto (15-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 114-113 twice and 114-112.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

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Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank

Glen Tapia 156 vs. Donatas Bondorovas 155
Mikael Zewski 150 vs. Roberto Ventura 150
Jesse Hart 168 vs. Roberto Jose Acevedo 168
Mike Reed 140 vs. Osnel Charles 138
Toka Kahn Clary 128 vs. Jose Del Valle 129
Julian Rodriguez 140 vs. Christian Steele 138
George Arias 221 vs. Edwin Ranquillo 238

Venue: Bally’s Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Top Rank
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October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez, Arce make weight

Photo: Zanfer

Johhny González 126 vs. Jorge Arce 126
(WBC world featherweight title)

Celestino Caballero 130 vs. Adrian Estrella 130
Juan Carlos Sánchez 123 vs. Gregorio Torres 124
Adrian Young 130 vs. Edgar Monarrez 130

Venue: CUM, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer, Promociones del Pueblo
TV: beIN Sports Espanol, Televisa

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October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Sergey Kovalev Camp Notes

Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

As current WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev prepares for the fight of his life against Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins next month, he is on the precipice of a life-altering event as his wife, Natalya, is moments away from giving birth to their first child. The Kovalevs are expecting their son any day now, with the official due date scheduled for October 17. Despite the stress and distractions that come with expectant-parenthood, the 31-year-old Kovalev assured everyone at his media day at Wolf Total Fitness in Big Bear City, Calif. yesterday that his focus is still fixated 100 percent on Hopkins, “I’m living for this fight. Only for this fight. I’m leaving for Florida when my [first] baby is due. I’ll be in training camp in Florida because this is the most important thing in my life right now.”

Sergey is scheduled to conclude his strength and conditioning training in Big Bear on October 9, then he will return to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to begin the sparring portion of his training with his trainer two-division world champion John David Jackson. With this schedule, there is a very good chance he will not be with his wife in Los Angeles when she goes into labor. (more…)



October 3rd, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Halifax at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine and the bantamweight bout between Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Tarec Saffiedine (170) VS Rory MacDonald (170)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Bryan Caraway (135) VS Raphael Assuncao (135)
Yosdenis Cedeno (155) VS Chad Laprise (155)
Bruno Santos (185) VS Elias Theodorou (185)
Li Jingliang (170) VS Nordine Taleb (170)
Roman Salazar (135) VS Mitch Gagnon (135)

FOX SPORTS 2 PRELIMS
Daron Cruickshank (155) VS Anthony Njokuani (155)
Jake Lindsey (156) VS Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155)
Paul Felder (155) VS Jason Saggo (155)
Patrick Holohan (125) VS Chris Kelades (126)

UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Matt Dwyer (169) VS Albert Tumenov (170)
Jerrod Sanders (135) VS Pedro Munhoz (135)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Tremendous Ticket Sales for Crawford-Beltran

Tickets to the Terence “Bud” Crawford vs. Ray Beltran WBO lightweight championship fight have been flying out the window — literally — since going on sale today at 10AM CT. Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), Omaha’s favorite son, will be defending his world title against #1 contender Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., Saturday, November 29 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. “In just the four hours of being on sale, we are close to selling out the ringside seats and the next highest priced tier tickets sales are not too far behind that,” said Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum. “Terence’s fans are taking no chances on missing the opportunity of seeing their world champion defend his title live. The atmosphere on fight night is going to be even more electric than his last fight!”

Promoted by Top Rank remaining tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran world lightweight championship event, priced at $127, $77 and $52 and $27, are available for purchase at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call 800-745-3000. To order online, visit Ticketmaster.com.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Saunders-Eubank Jr grudge match back on for Nov 29

By James Slater

After days and days of doubt that seemed to turn to a definitive negative, the British middleweight grudge-match that is Billy Joe Saunders Vs. Chris Eubank Junior is finally a done deal, signed and sealed for its originally announced date and venue of November 29th at The ExCel in London. Rewind to a week ago, to September 25th, to when Eubank Jr had failed to show up to sign the fight contract on promoter Frank Warren’s deadline of 5PM U.K time, and many fans thought his no-show had killed the fight, and immediately the accusations of Eubank Jr having “bottled it” began. It may have looked like that, but today the unbeaten 25-year-old son of former WBO middle and super-middleweight ruler Chris Eubank Senior singed the contract – to the delight of European middleweight king Saunders. (more…)



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank

Felix Verdejo 134.8 vs. Sergio Villanueva 133.2
Gamalier Rodríguez 129 vs. Martin González 128.4
Esquiva Falcao 158.2 vs. Austin Marcum 158
Jantony Ortiz 114.2 vs. Gilberto Mendoza 112.8
Christopher Diaz 125.8 vs. Francisco Camacho 126.6
Anthony Mercado 141.6 vs. Esteban Villalba 140.2
Nelsan Machado 125 vs. Stephon McIntyre 123.8
Jovan Perez 139.6 vs. Berthin Rousseau 138

Venue: Bahia Shrine in Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly-Bellew rematch sold-out

The rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew on November 22 has become the fastest selling sporting event at Liverpool’s Echo Arena after selling out in under 48 hours. The bitter rivals return to the venue of their first clash in 2011 to finally face each other once again, and fight fans have snapped up all of the tickets on sale inside 48 hours. Their explosive second encounter, this time at cruiserweight, is supported by an undercard featuring Scott Quigg defending his WBA World Super Bantamweight title and Jamie McDonnell defending his WBA Bantamweight strap against Walberto Ramos.

Olympic gold medal sensation Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Michael Sprott in a final eliminator for the British Heavyweight title, unbeaten world-rated Liverpool Super Middleweight prospect Callum Smith facing Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC Super Middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature in crunch clashes. (more…)



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Antonio Tarver Jr. won his pro debut

On the non-televised undercard of Monday’s Jo Jo Diaz vs. Raul Hidalgo fight in Hidalgo, Texas, 26-year-old Antonio Tarver, Jr. won his pro debut, scoring a fourth-round technical knockout over Zachary Briones (1-2). His father, former light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs), was supposed to headline against Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs), however, a fracture of his hand forced Tarver to withdraw from the fight but he did work his son’s corner.

Father and son will be traveling this weekend from Tampa to Miami to start working Monday with trainer Orlando Cuellar at Brazilian Rocky Fight Club.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Update

Former WBC middleweight champion and “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. believes his contract with Top Rank has ended and he says he’s now a free agent. However, Top Rank attorney Daniel Petrocelli tells ESPN Deportes that Junior is bound to the company until at least April 2016. Ultimately a federal court will likely decide the situation. Chavez Jr. has been out of the ring since March.



October 3rd, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story and the featherweight bout between Akira Corassani and Max Holloway, airs live on UFC Fight Pass from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden beginning at 12:10pm ET / 9:10am PT.

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Rick Story (170) VS Gunnar Nelson (170)

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Akira Corassani (145) VS Max Holloway (145)
Jan Blachowicz (205)VS Ilir Latifi (204)
Mike Wilkinson (145) VS Niklas Backstrom (145)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Scott Askham (185) VS Magnus Cedenblad (185)
Alexander Yakovlev (170) VS Nico Musoke (170)
Charles Rosa (146) VS Dennis Siver (145)
Gasan Umalatov (170) VS Cathal Pendred (171)
Krzysztof Jotko (185) VS Tor Troeng (185)
Marcin Bandel (156) VS Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Ernest Chavez (146) VS Zubaira Tukhugov (145)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Hollywood, CA

Former IBO middleweight champion Avtandil “Tornado” Khurtsidze (28-2-2, 17 KOs) tops an October 30th card at the World Famous Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California. The 8th edition of Hollywood Fight Night presented by Bash Boxing will also feature Wildcard Boxing Club light middleweight Urmat Ryskeldiev (9-3-1, 5KOs), undefeated lightweight Luis Sedano (3-0, 1 KO), and two boxers making their professional debuts, lightweight Davon Smith and bantamweight Juan Roman. Opponents will be named. The event will be a special Halloween edition.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

After his team secured him a fight against Matt Korobov for the vacant WBO middleweight title, WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade has decided to remain in the 154lb division and defend his title at that weight. A new WBO-rated opponent for Korobov is being sought.

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has ordered a 30-day negotiation period between “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and “interim” champion Luis Ortiz. In the event an agreement is not reached, a purse bid will be called.

A lot of interesting fights in Russia lately. The next is former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin against Carlos Takam on October 24 in Moscow.

Also, it looks like on November 28 former jr welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov will fight in the same city.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. ready for comeback

Photo: Chris Farina/ Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/ Top Rank


The Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry continues. Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (23-4-1, 19 KOs) will try to link the past and present in boxing when he resumes his career on Saturday November 1. WV2 headlines ‘The Comeback’ against Jonathan Arellano (15-4, 3 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Hometown favorite Vazquez Jr. is back training with his father, the former triple world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. “I wanted to have my father for the last fight in my training camp together with my conditioning coach Angel Heredia. It couldn’t be possible, but now we are together” stated Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. “Arellano is tough fighter, but we will be ready for him.”

Wilfredo Sr. added, “This fight with Jonathan Arellano is a very important one for Papito. A win over him may take him to another world title opportunity.” (more…)



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fanlong Meng to turn pro under Dynasty Boxing

Chinese light heavyweight amateur star Fanlong Meng has signed with Dynasty Boxing to fight professionally, President Dino Duva announced today. “Fanlong is one of the best boxers in China,” said Duva. “I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing him for five years. He is a terrific boxer-puncher and will fight professionally in a very hot weight class. I believe he has as much pro potential as any boxer in China and I’m extremely excited about his signing.” In addition, Meng’s coach from Inner Mongolia, Ma Jingwei, has signed an exclusive training and recruiting contract with Dynasty Boxing. “Coach Ma is one of the best and most knowledgeable boxing coaches in China,” said Duva. “His signing strengthens our ability to sign the best boxers from China for years to come.”

Duva announced the launch of Dynasty Boxing on March 10. Brothers Tommy and Terry Lane – sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane – are partners in the enterprise. Details of Fanlong Meng’s professional debut will be announced shortly. 2012 Olympian Meng and Ma have arrived in New Jersey at the Dynasty training camp, and will be joining his teammate Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei to train and box as a professional.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Ali vs. Abregu to open Hopkins-Kovalev telecast

A member of the 2008 United States Olympic team who is rapidly speeding up the welterweight ladder, Brooklyn’s Sadam “World Kid” Ali will look to announce his arrival on the international stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 8, when he faces his biggest challenge to date in the form of veteran Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu. The bout will open the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast headlined by the light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.

“This is the big fight I’ve been asking for, and I’m ready to perform on November 8,” said the unbeaten Ali. “Abregu is a seasoned veteran. He hits hard and he comes to fight. It’s the type of win that will put me in the title picture, and I can’t wait to put on a great fight for the fans and bring the win back to Brooklyn.”

“I’ve been sitting back watching my fellow Argentinian brothers Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse and Diego Chaves all get their opportunities to fight in the U.S. and now it’s my time to show the boxing world the best fighter from Argentina is me,” said Abregu. “I have been avoided by Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios and Ruslan Provodnikov so I thank Sadam Ali for stepping up to fight me. November 8 I will show the fans why I am the best and most exciting fighter from Argentina! Viva!” (more…)



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Heavyweight Tom Schwarz still unbeaten

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Photo: Alexandre Gorodnyi

20-year-old German heavyweight prospect Tom Schwarz moved to 9-0, 6 KOs after a six round unanimous decision over 33-year-old Czech Tomas Mrazek (9-49-6, 5 KOs) on Thursday night in the “Steko’s Fight Night” main event at Circus Krone in Munich, Germany.

Schwarz, who fights out of the SES stable, dropped Mrazek in round one and displayed fast hands and nice combinations en route to a one-sided victory. Mrazek’s main claim to fame was a win over Danny Williams last December.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing

Jonathan Vidal 115 vs. Daniel Lozano 115
(WBO Latin super flyweight title)

Emanuel De Jesus 150 vs. Aaron Steadman 149
Noemi Bosques 115 vs. Ivana Coleman 112
Sammy Valentin 147 vs. Jose Carrillo 151
Omar Albanil 151 vs. Clifford Gray 151
Jayron Santiago 125 vs. Ricky Tomilson 124
Radivoje Kaladzic 175 vs. Rayco Saunders 174
Leanthony Fleming 152 vs. Armando Alvarez 152

Venue: A La Carte Pavillion, Tampa, FL
First Fight: 8 PM
Promoter: Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc.
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Latin America)
Tickets: (813) 309-9991

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October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

By Bob Ryder

Ronnie Austion 145.5 vs Omar Avelar 147.2
Craig Lewis 214 vs Tim Washington 260.4
James Ballard 171.6 vs David Rohn 171.6
Carlos Alcala 124 vs Jeremy Abram 126.2
Ed Williams 146.8 vs Antoine Elerson 149.2
Dewayne Zeigler 141.8 vs Jose Araguz, TBD
Jerry Waterson TBD vs David Mbah TBD
Junior Wright TBD vs Daniel Allotey TBD

Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: AG Promotions (Antonio Gates)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Tickets: starting at $35 via ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-300, Masonic Temple Box Office 313-638-2724
Doors 7 PM, First Bell 8.

Main event participant quotes + photos



October 3rd, 2014

UFC

Bryan Caraway: No More Nerves

“Super-nervous, man, super-nervous. A little scared – I’m not going to lie.”

Those were the first words Bryan Caraway uttered on Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter as he warmed up backstage for the elimination fights to get into the house. After earning his way on to the show with a “grind ‘em out” victory that failed to impress UFC President Dana White and the coaches, the anxiety of the veteran from the Pacific Northwest would be front and center in the second episode of the season . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. STORY is LIVE on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 4 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



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