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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

Zurdo Ramirez hits ESPN Deportes

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Newly acquired Top Rank prospect Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (R) of Mexico makes a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Ramirez talked about his upcoming 10-round middleweight feature fight on “Friday Night Fights” on ESPN, Friday, April 11 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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March 31st, 2014



Boxing News

Orlando Cruz to challenge for title; unbeaten Olympian Felix Verdejo in action on big card in Orlando on April 19

Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated, electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19. Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the official announcement today.

Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.

“I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion,” Cruz said. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Pass presents “The Best of the Beast: Ultimate Brock Lesnar Retrospective”

Former UFC® heavyweight champion and pro-wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar is back in the public consciousness this week, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s digital subscription service UFC FIGHT PASS is premiering a retrospective on the 280-pound beast’s unique legacy as a mixed martial arts fighter. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Telemundo Spring Season Finale this Friday in Mexico City

All Star Boxing, Inc and “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will close their Spring season this Friday, April 4th at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.

In the main event, #9 WBO, #10 WBA, undefeated prospect Jobert “Little Pac-Man” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) will face former world title challenger and National Champion Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KOs) of Barrio Tepito in Mexico City in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Continental Americas Flyweight Title at stake. This will mark Alvarez’ debut on Telemundo and his first outside his native country. Rivera returns for the 4th time on the series.

First bell at 7:00 PM, 6 more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM in HD. Tickets are already on sale at Foro Polanco (Moliere #328, Col. Polanco, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo and also at ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Stevens rested ready for Johnson clash

Photo:  Rich Graessle/Main Events

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events


Curtis “Showtime” Stevens took a relaxing vacation after his first round knockout of Patrick “The Machine” Majewski on January 24 at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ and now he is faster, stronger, rested and ready to take on Tureano Johnson Friday, April 4 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. Stevens, who vowed to stay busy this year, spent two weeks in Mexico and Jamaica following his fight at Resorts. However, even while he was having fun in the sun, he stayed in constant contact with Main Events’ Matchmaker Jolene Mizzone, “While I was away Jolene kept in contact with me. She asked me if I wanted to fight and I told her I was off for two years so now I want to get right back into it. I wasn’t playing around.” (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Elijah McCall: I will not fight the #1 IBF contender for peanuts

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Elijah McCall (12-3, 11 KOs), son of former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic” Bull McCall (57-13, 37 KOs), strongly denies Sauerland Event’s information about an April 5 fight between him and #1 IBF contender Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs). “Nobody will pressure me to take a fight with not true information four days before the fight,” said Elijah, who works out with his father Oliver and Fres Oquendo in Chicago’s Southside Gym.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Velez, Colon, Sosa added to April 28 card

Unbeaten Jayson Velez, Prichard Colon and John Karl Sosa were added to the show that will headlined by the Puerto Ricans Michael “The Artist” Perez and McJoe Arroyo in separate fights on April 28, to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a Golden Boy Promotions presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Tete wins WBA Pan Africa title

By Ron Jackson

Makazole Tete of Mdantsane won the vacant WBA Pan African flyweight title when he outpointed former South African flyweight champion Doctor Ntsele from Thabong, Free Staete over 12 rounds at the Orient Thetare in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete did well in the first three rounds but let Ntsele come back into the fight in the middle rounds. However, Tete finished strongly to take the decision as the judges scored it 117-112, 117-111 and 116-111. Tete improved his reported record to 9-0-1, 6 KOs and Ntsele’s record dropped to 17-6-1, 11 KOs.

On the undercard former South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (22-3, 18 KOs) outscored Tello Litebe whose record was unavailable, over eight rounds.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Bilal Laggoune back in action on May 31

The newly crowned WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight champion Bilal Laggoune, now 14-0-1(7), will be back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium on a show promoted by his brother Ezzedine Laggoune. Ezzedine, momentarily hospitalized has vowed to promote the first defense for his brother on his next show. Ryad Merhy, Geoffrey Battelo, Ismael Abdoul and Elfi Philips will also be on the card.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Jose Ramirez’ May 17th fight moves 3600 tickets first day

For the first time, 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (8-0, 6 KO’s) will fight in the main event of a nationally televised fight in a major SMG Arena production in Fresno, Calif. “It’s an honor to fight in the Central Valley,” Ramirez. “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in this arena. I went to Fresno State here. This fight will be big, but no fight is bigger then the one for water for our valley. This fight is about bringing attention to the struggle and daily fight our people have for water that creates jobs and is the lifeline of our area.”
 
“Jose Ramirez deeply cares about his community and its battle for ‘Fight for Water,’ said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is a wonderful young man and is on his way to stardom in the sport of boxing.” (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

According to Barry McGuigan, the biggest superbantamweight fight out there is between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz. More

Nonito Donaire is back in the gym, opening up official training camp for his May 31 fight against Simpiwe Vetyeka. More

Manny Pacquiao says he “took it easy” on Tim Bradley, the first time around. More

Who’s next in line for a shot at Ireland’s Stuart Hall? More

 



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Hubeaux to defend WBC Youth on May 31

Belgian Herve “Double hache” Hubeaux, now 16-1(7), is scheduled to defend his WBC Youth heavyweight title on May 31 in Brussels on a promotion of Elite Enghien and Van Ghyseghem. In the co-main event Sanae Jah will fight for the vacant EBU flyweight title against Corina Carlescu.



March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Nate Campbell: An eye on the future

By Scott Foster
Photos: Scott Foster

Nate Campbell (37-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs) via unanimous 8-round decision. With the win, the ex-lightweight champion Campbell earned the NBA 154lb title. Campbell controlled the pace of the bout throughout, with steady, thumping bodywork and a long, stiff jab. Venegas attempted a mid-round rally, forcing Campbell to increase his tempo, landing heavy, looping right hands over the top. Both fighters enjoyed a solid final frame, with Venegas landing a flush left hook early that seemed to incense Campbell, who finished the final 2 minutes in complete command.

“I felt a little rusty after the long layoff,” Campbell admitted, “and going up to 154 was a hard thing for me. I felt like I was proficient on my basics, but I’m going back down to 140lbs where I’m supposed to be.” (more…)



March 31st, 2014

UFC

Classic Minotauro Moments

On Friday, April 11, UFC Fight Pass subscribers will have the opportunity to see one of MMA’s true heavyweight greats, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, step into the Octagon to face popular knockout artist Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. But before the action shifts to the Octagon, there’s no better time to fire up that UFC Fight Pass membership and check out some of Nogueira’s most memorable moments in the UFC and PRIDE . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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March 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Chris Arreola: I will be a nightmare for Stiverne

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Top rated heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) of Riverside, California is ready to get a crack once again at top contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), of Miami by way of Haiti. Arreola will get his shot at redemption in a rematch Saturday May 10 at the Galen Center on the campus of the USC in Los Angeles live on ESPN. We caught up with the “Nightmare” at the Bashor Lounge at Heritage Hall on the campus of USC at the kickoff press conference officially announcing the fight.

“We are fighting at USC as a kid I always wanted to play football here but now I will box at USC in front of an LA crowd,” Chris Arreola told Fightnews.com

“The Nightmare” will head off to training camp as he will be training in San Diego with his longtime trainer Henry Ramirez. Staying home to train has been Arreola’s biggest weakness. He trained in Phoenix for his last fight coming in to the fight in top shape and making a statement. (more…)



March 31st, 2014

Column

Why a technical draw and not a “no contest?”

By Graham Houston

The unsatisfactory ending to the Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward IBF bantamweight title fight on the weekend had sporting types feeling somewhat aggrieved. Under U.K. betting rules, the technical draw result meant that all wagers on either man were considered losing plays. (Under Nevada rules a draw is a “push” or “no bet” as there was no winner in the contest; under U.K. rules a player loses his money if a bout ends in a draw unless he or she has bet on the draw as a separate wager.)

The head clash that occurred in the opening round that resulted in a severe cut over Ward’s eye might have robbed Hall backers of a winning result.

Hall looked much the bigger, stronger man and, as I saw it, he was getting to Ward much earlier than I had expected, although no one can say for sure what would have happened with 10 rounds to go.

The second-round technical draw result was a big disappointment. (Players who bet on “fight won’t go distance” or any of the “under” propositions, or who had money on the draw, came out of this OK. It’s an ill wind etc.)

Why, you might ask, was this a technical draw and not a “no contest” when the IBF title was at stake? (more…)



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Sherman Williams comes out swinging

By Matheson Sports Media

Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has served up a volley of abuse as the countdown to his clash with unbeaten New Zealander Joseph Parker on the world’s biggest stage in Germany draws near. And Williams doesn’t just have the young Kiwi boxing phenomenon in his sights. He’s singled out Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry and promoters Duco Events for having the audacity to pair him with the 22 year old on the April 27 undercard of the world heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai in Germany.

“They should have done some research before agreeing to put him in the ring with me,” said Williams, who can claim to be one of the heavyweight division’s most durable boxers having only been stopped once in 52 fights. “At the end of this fight Joseph and all the people who like talking for him – people like Kevin Barry – are going to have to start their planning all over. They are going to have to figure out how to market a guy coming off a loss following his first fight against a decent fighter. I question their management because they are pushing him into the fire. (more…)



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Hall, Ward, Hobson post fight comments

Photo: Rob Chambers

Photo: Rob Chambers


After last night’s history-making show in Newcastle, where Stuart Hall retained his IBF world bantamweight title after a clash of heads cut short his contest against North East rival Martin Ward, both fighters spoke at the post-fight press conference.

Stuart Hall: “I’m just gutted at the way it has turned out. The crowd has been robbed of a great fight. It’s one of those things in boxing though and I don’t really know what to say. It was a bad cut. I’m still champion and that’s the main thing in my eyes. I felt stronger and I started strong. Martin was warming up too but I felt like I had the strength in there.”

Martin Ward: “The fight fans have been robbed. It was only a round a and half. That would have been a terrific fight. Everybody knew Stu was the stronger lad. I was sticking to my game plan and it was starting to gel nicely. Stu feels deprived of saying he was world class tonight, and I feel deprived that I have not had the chance to prove that I’m at the same level that I believe I’m at. The North-East still has a world champion and good luck to him. He is a very good fighter. He is the best bantamweight in the world. Paul Butler is far too small in my opinion, Stu will keep his belt for longer.”

Promoter Dennis Hobson: “We’ve been robbed of a bit of drama. There is always drama in a fight of this magnitude. The first time two North-East kids have been together for a world title. There was a sense of expectation. But it was dangerous, a terrible cut. There is nobody stronger than Stu, you can tell he has grown in stature and looks a mountain at bantamweight. Stuart will take some beating for a long time to come. People saying what about a rematch, that’s a bad cut, he might need plastic surgery on that. IBF rules are that Stu should defend by June 21 and there are two kids fighting an eliminator for the number one spot. We’ll see where we get to and will consult with the IBF.”



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Wonder Boy Lopez wins the FECARBOX title

Photos: Alex Roman/Cotto Promotions
& Peter Amador/Top Rank

Unbeaten prospect Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez won the WBC FECARBOX featherweight title by defeating veteran Leivi Brea by technical knockout at 2:33 of the first round on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. ” I’m very happy with this victory. I trained very hard. So excited to become The FECARBOX champion,” said Lopez. The Cotto Promotions rising star will be back on Saturday, June 7 at Madison Square Garden as part of the mega Cotto vs. Martinez event.

In the co-main event, jr flyweight Charlie Clemente improved his undefeated record to 6-0, 3 KOs, by beating Omar Soto by unanimous decision. The three judges scored the bout: 58-55 (x2) and 57-55, all in favor of Clemente. More results & photos…



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Clottey invades Australia; exchanges heated words with Mundine

Former world champion Joshua Clottey and his team arrived in Australia yesterday for his upcoming April 9th elimination bout against former two time WBA world champion Anthony “the man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs). Mundine has been talking a lot of smack about IBF World champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) and their twelve round title defense of Mundine’s WBA International title. It looks like no love is lost either side.

Clottey’s promoter Joe DeGuardia: “It looks like Mundine and BOXA Promotions are looking past Joshua onto bigger things but I can tell everybody here. Joshua has not stopped training for 6 months since this fight was first mentioned” and is very confident of victory.”

BOXA promotions agent Brendan Bourke: “We never overlook any opponent but it’s true we think Anthony is on another level.”

Joshua Clottey: “Mundine is in for a rude shock when I retire him April 9 in Australia, he has no idea who he’s fighting.”

Anthony Mundine: “I want Cotto, Alvarez, then Mayweather. Joshua is a good fighter but he’s not on my level. I can’t lose.” (more…)



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA President Mendoza turns 71

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Happy Birthday to WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, who turns 71 today. Mendoza was born on March 30, 1943 in Barquisimeto in the state of Lara, Venezuela. He has been the WBA’s president since 1982, and has consistently worked for the welfare and growth of boxing in all areas. One of his greatest achievements has been the creation of the “KO to Drugs” program, which now became a global campaign.



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Sergey Kovalev’s post fight comments and Adonis Stevenson’s response

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney


Sergey Kovalev: “It was a difficult fight tonight because I got the two cuts. One from his hand and one from his elbow. He has good defense. I found the key – the left to the body. This is very good for me. I was ready for 12 rounds – just to try. He is not a fighter, he is just a boxer. I tried to box with him. I found the key to the body. I found this open place in his defense and my last punch was more harder.”

[When asked about Adonis Stevenson] “Adonis Stevenson is a piece of sh*t. I will fight any champion in my division. I want to get another title. I am ready for anyone. I will be great boxer.”

Cedric Agnew: “I will be back.”

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva: “Agnew was far tougher than anyone gave him credit for. Sergey is just incredible. We look forward to a nice long run with the best light heavyweight in the world.”

Kovalev’s comment threw social media into a frenzy. Stevenson responded via Twitter: “You just a real slow BUM with no defence. Easy work! …You cant fight for sh*t! Tell mama Duva to call Al Haymon and Yvon Michel so I can have an Easy pay day”



March 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Campbell wins in homecoming fight

By Scott Foster
Photo: Scott Foster

Former world champion Nate Campbell (36-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-14, 8 KOs) via unanimous eight round decision at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.

With the win, the ex-unified lightweight champ earns the NBA (National Boxing Association) 154lb title. More to come…



March 30th, 2014

Boxing Result

Martinez upsets Perez, Ramirez hammers Henley

Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank

In an huge upset, Juan Carlos Martinez (19-14-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decksion over WBA #14 super featherweight Alejandro Perez (19-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Scores were 96-93, 96-93 Martinez, 96-93 for Perez. It was an entertaining two-way slugfest with both fighters having their moments. Perez was deducted a point for a low blow in round ten.

The loss was a costly one for Perez, who had been expected to land a May title shot against WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters in Macao, China.

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Boyd Henley (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Ramirez showed explosive offense prompting referee Robert Byrd to step in even though the game Henley was still fighting back. Time was 2:32. “Henley was strong and had a lot of heart,” said Ramirez after the fight. “Even though I hurt him he kept moving forward was good for me. he was the best fighter I fought. I wanted to go more than one round and this went two. he was a tough guy but I got the win.”

Ramirez fights again in Fresno on May 17

Two-division former world champion Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) returned to the ring one year after losing his WBO/WBA belts to Juan Francisco Estrada in Macao. The 33-year-old “Hawaiian Punch” hammered out a clear but unspectacular ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Juan Herrera (9-8, 4 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-93. (more…)



March 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev KOs Agnew in seven

By Kurt Wolfheimer and Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Agnew went for long periods in this bout covering up and not punching. Kovalev dropped Agnew at the end of round two and rocked him in round three. Kovalev suffered a cut over the right eye from an unintentional headbutt in round four. Kovalev battered Agnew to the deck again in the sixth round. Kovalev dropped Agnew again in the seventh with the body shot to end it. Time was :58.

After the fight, Kovalev was asked about WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who rejected a showdown with Kovalev later this year and jumped to rival network Showtime. “I don’t want to speak about Adonis Stevenson,” he stated. “He is a piece of s**t.”

In a grudge match between jr welterweight contenders, Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) got a measure of revenge for an incident during Friday’s weigh-in by licking previously unbeaten Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. The taller Dulorme was able to use his reach to good advantage in compiling a 98-92, 97-94, 96-93 win.

“Tonight I wanted to show the world that I’m a force in the jr. welterweight division,” said Dulorme, who claimed the NABF title. “Mayfield was an undefeated fighter who punches with a lot of power but he never hurt me. Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza are taking me to another level and I believe I’m the best jr. welterweight in the world.”

(more…)



March 29th, 2014




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