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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Scott Raven Lightweight Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9 KOs) stopped former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24 KOs) with a single left ...

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Jose Ramirez 140.8 vs. David Rodela 141.4 Andy Ruiz 272.6 vs. Kenny Lemos 266.2 Michael Finney 151.6 vs. Wilkins Santiago ...

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

Photo: Ping Nepo Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao put on an awesome display at his media workout on Friday. Members of the ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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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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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC

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Boxing News

Verdejo scores explosive KO over Villanueva

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster

At the sold out Bahia Shrine in Orlando, Florida, undefeated Puerto Rican sensastion Felix “El Diamente” Verdejo took another step towards stardom, as he defeated wily veteran Sergio Villanueva. The Puerto Rican fight fans came out en masse, filling the arena to the brim as dozens of fans had to be turned away. They were in for a treat, as Verdejo made short work of his Mexican opponent in dramatic fashion. The opening roundswere a feeling out period. Both fighters traded jabs, trying to establish themselves and find their distance. Villanueva worked as a counter-puncher, trading single blows with Verdejo to start the bout. Verdejo’s (15-0-0, 11 KOs), 134.8 lbs., hand speed was on display early and proved deadly for Villanueva (26-5-2, 13 KOs), 133.2 lbs. In the third round, Villanueva worked Verdejo against the ropes and threw a left hand at Verdejo. Verdejo avoided the punch masterfully and launched a perfectly placed counter-right hand. Villanueva crashed into the mat, ending the night at the 1:57 mark of the third round. Verdejo continued his winning ways, and can now look forward to a potential title bout in the near future for this popular and exciting Puerto Rican fighter. (more…)



October 5th, 2014



Boxing News

Belasco and Nelson battle to a draw

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

In Saturday night’s main event at the Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, PA, Ryan Belasco, 18-6-4, 3 KOs, Wilmington, DE, and Philadelphia’s Naim Nelson, 12-0-1, 1 KO fought to a majority eight-round draw. The scores were 77-75 Belasco and 76-76 twice.

In the scheduled eight-round co-feature bout, southpaw Frank Santos De Alba, 14-1-2, 5 KOs, defended his UBF All-American junior lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Jesse Carradine, 8-4-2, 4 KOs. De Alba scored a knockdown in round five en route winning by scores of 79-72, 78-73 and 76-75.



October 4th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Halifax Prelims: Late Sub Kelades Stuns Holohan

Stepping in on five days’ notice to replace Louis Gaudinot, Nova Scotia flyweight Chris Kelades thrilled his hometown fans at Scotiabank Center in Halifax Saturday with a stirring three-round unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Irishman Patrick Holohan . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Tapia, Hart rock Atlantic City with KO wins

Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank

All action jr middleweight contender Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (22-1 14 KOs), of Passaic, NJ, thrilled the partisan crowd with a fourth round TKO over tough Chicago fighter Donatas Bondorvas (18-5-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Time was :47. Tapia knocked Bondorvas through the ropes to end it.

Unbeaten Philadelphia super middleweight Jesse Hart (15-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Robert Acevedo (8-3, 5 KOs) in round four to claim the NABF “junior” super middleweight title. Time of the KO was 1:15. Hart is the son of Philly ring legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart. (more…)



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman breaks camp in NYC

solimanmsg300IBF middleweight world champion “King” Sam Soliman made the rounds before breaking training camp in New York City visiting the Engine 33 — Ladder 9 Firehouse and “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden. In the afternoon Soliman headed to Engine 33 – Ladder 9 on Great Jones Street in Manhattan where he received well wishes from numerous firemen. The Champ’s next stop was Madison Square Garden where company executives gave him a grand tour. “It’s a beautiful arena, full of legendary tales of world title fights over the years. I’d love to defend my title there in the future,” said Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) who is headed to Biloxi, Mississippi for the challenge from Taylor (32-4, 20 KOs). At the age of 40, Soliman won his first world title by defeating Felix Sturm on May 31 in the champion’s homeland of Germany.



October 4th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Post-Fight

Charles Rosa may not have come out on the winning side in his Octagon debut against Dennis Siver at Fight Night Stockholm, but the 28-year-old certainly didn’t walk away empty handed . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Burns gets sluggish win in comeback fight

Two-division former champ Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs), moving up to jr welterweight, got back into the win column with an eight round unanimous decision over Alexandre Lepelley (17-2-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Burns dropped Lepelley in round one but had to work hard to outpoint the much shorter Frenchman the rest of the way. Score was 79-71. The 31-year-old Burns was coming off consecutive losses to Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin and a gift draw against Ray Beltran.

In the main event, featherweight Josh Warrington (19-0, 3 KOs) added the vacant European Featherweight title to his British and Commonwealth belts with a fourth round TKO over Italian Davide Dieli (15-4, 5 KOs). Warrington dropped Dieli in round four and finished him with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:42.



October 4th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Main: Story, Blachowicz, Wilkinson Win

It may have seemed like forever since Rick Story handed current UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks his first pro loss in 2010, but Saturday at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Story announced that he was back among the top welterweights in the world as he handed highly-touted Gunnar Nelson his first pro defeat via five-round split decision . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Brian Rose wins in comeback fight

Former jr middleweight title challenger Brian Rose (26-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a first round TKO over overmatched Argentinian journeyman Ignacio Fraga (11-8-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Rose scored three knockdowns. Time was 2:58. Rose was coming off a seventh round TKO loss to WBO 154lb champion Demetrius Andrade last June in Brooklyn.

Super middleweight KO Artist Callum Smith (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Uruguayan veteran Rafael Sosa Pintos (48-11, 19 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Smith dropped Pintos three times in round three with body shots. Time was 2:20.

Jr welterweight Dave Ryan (16-8, 3 KOs) scored an upset twelve round majority decision over Tyrone Nurse (29-2, 5 KOs) to win the vacant Commonwealth 140lb title. Ryan dropped Nurse in rounds one and two, but ran out of gas in the last two rounds. Scores were 114-113, 114-113, 113-113.



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Usyk, Kotelnik victorious in Ukraine

Olympian gold medalist cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over South African Daniel Bruwer (24-6-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at Lviv Stadium in Lviv, Ukraine. A left hook finished Bruwer.

In his first fight in over four years, 36-year-old former WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (32-4-1, 13 KOs) ended his career before his hometown fans with an eight round unanimous decision over Alexander Benidze (13-15-2, 6 KOs). Kotelnik scored a knockdown with a right hand in round two.

Former heavyweight champion-turned promoter-turned politician Vitali Klitschko was among those at ringside.



October 4th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Prelim: Cedenblad, Musoke win

Sweden’s Magnus Cedenblad rose from a second round knockdown to control his middleweight bout against Scott Askham on the mat and win a close, but unanimous, decision over the previously unbeaten Brit in UFC Fight Night prelim action Saturday at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

10 Count for Jack Frissina

Retired Florida amateur and professional boxing coach and trainer Jack Frissina died at home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, surrounded by family on October 2 at the age of 76. Jack had many Florida amateur champions through his career. He was the father and trainer of “Sweet” Pete Frissina, who compiled a 27-5-1 pro record with 15 KOs. Pete challenged Rafael Marquez for the IBF world bantamweight championship in January of 2004.



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Austion, Lewis Excite Motor City Fans

Report/photos by Bob Ryder

Hometown warriors Ronnie Austion and Craig Lewis scored nice wins for their fans on Friday night at Detroit’s Masonic Temple in the feature matches on AG Promotions (Antonio Gates) inaugural Motown presentation. In the main event, Austion had too much for tough Omar Avelar of the Lummi Reservation in Washington in scoring a TKO at 1:04 of round four. Prior to the match Austion had stated that he wanted to use the contest to showcase his skills for the crowd. Avelar proved to be the perfect opponent for young Ronnie to do so. Avelar kept trying and was dead game but lacked the speed or power to trouble 20 year old Austion. Austion was able to demonstrate his entire offensive repertoire, scoring with hooks and jabs both to the head and body. Avelar was knocked down in each of the first three rounds, most being set up from Ronnie’s shots to the body. After suffering yet another knockdown in the fourth, referee Gerard White wisely decided that Avelar had gone through enough for this night. Welterweight Austion is now (7-0, 5 KO’s) and had Anthony Dirrell and Adrien Broner in the seats cheering him on. Avelar drops to (3-11, 2 KO’s). (more…)



October 4th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Stockholm and Halifax Study Guide

Get ready for UFC Fight Nights in Stockholm and Halifax by watching the superstars in some free fights! . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 179: ALDO VS. MENDES is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Warren: Korobov-Lee meet in December in the UK

Promoter Frank Warren discusses the all-British middleweight match up between WBO #2 Billy Joe Saunders and WBO #9 Chris Eubank Jr., plus confirms that WBO #1 middleweight Matt Korobov will face WBO #4 Andy Lee in December in the UK, with the winners to collide next year.



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Pesoli: Fonfara has proven himself as a top LH contender

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Dominic Pesoli, one of #5 WBC ranked Andrzej Fonfara’s promoters, talks about Al Haymon’s plans with the Polish light heavyweight, his future and what convinced him many years ago that the “Polish Prince” will be a world champion. Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) will be back on the ring in Chicago on November 1 in a special edition of Showtime Boxing against Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs), with the very much discussed bout on the horizon with former WBC champion Chad Dawson, who fights today against former Fonfara opponent Tommy Karpency.  Talking about facing Ngumbu, Fonfara said: “It’s about me, it’s about what I will do in the ring. I know what I’m capable of.” Fonfara, along with trainer Sam Colonna and sparring partners are starting training camp at Abel Sanchez’ gym. “Again, with Gennady Golovkin in the camp. Last time it worked well for him, almost well for me,” said the Polish fighter who worked with GGG before his fight with Daniel Geale and Fonfara in preparation for his battle with Adonis Stevenson.



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Lozano flattens Vidal, wins WBO Latino belt

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster

In front of a standing room only crowd at the beautiful A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano flattened Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal for the WBO Latin Super Flyweight title. All Star Boxing, in association with Shea Bailey Promotions, presented another night of exciting boxing in central Florida, and televised live on the popular Boxeo Telemundo series. On the undercard, Radivoje Kalajdzic kept his record unblemished, making easy work of Rayco Saunders, and exciting amateur star Sammy Valentin did not disappoint, crushing his opponent inside of two rounds.

In the opening round of the main event, both crafty fighters took their time in establishing themselves. Lozano (13-1-0, 10 KOs), 114.8 lbs., took the initiative first, landing more consistently than fellow WBO titlist Vidal (18-3-0, 10 KOs), 114.6 lbs. Lozano’s power was on full display in the second, as he caught Vidal with a pair of punishing blows nearing the end of the round. The crisp combinations forced Vidal to fall back against the ropes. The referee ruled a knockdown against Vidal, with only the ropes keeping him upright. A slower third round followed, with neither fighter landing an effective blow. Regardless, Lozano continued to outwork the more experienced fighter, and utilized his strength advantage to keep Vidal at bay.

Lozano worked the body repeatedly throughout the contest and it paid huge dividends in the fourth round. Lozano landed a brutal left hook to the side of Vidal, just underneath the rib cage, causing him to step back, turn around, and drop to the canvas, withering in pain. The referee immediately called a half to the bout at the 2:29 mark of the fourth round. With the victory, Lozano dropped the interim tag he won back in August, and steps up to the full WBO Latino Super Flyweight champion. A once-promising undefeated Vidal now appears in a freefall, dropping three of his last four matches. (more…)



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo: A phenomenon in and out of the ring

Photo: Peter Amador / Top Rank

Photo: Peter Amador / Top Rank


By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

21-year-old Felix Verdejo, whom they nickname “Diamante” (diamond), has a record of 14-0 with 10 KOs and has monopolized the local and international news media thanks to the effective marketing and public relations of Top Rank, whose founder Bob Arum is an expert in the above mentioned matter since time immemorial. On Saturday in Orlando, Florida, he’ll face Mexican Sergio ‘El Cuate’ Villanueva (26-4-2, 13 KO’s), who by his record seems to be the ‘litmus test’ for the fighter who is traind and managed by Ricky Márquez.

I like Verdejo. He has my respect. The press loves him and without being champion he’s already a star, a media phenomenon. He has an attractive and captivating smile for television as well as being a good-natured young man with strong Christian convictions. His character and way of behaving reminds me of another Felix, the great Tito Trinidad, the former fighter from Cupey Alto and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. (more…)



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Martirosyan dedicates fight to Dan Goossen

Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs) will be stepping into the ring tonight with a heavy heart just five days after the death of his promoter Dan Goossen, brother of his trainer Joe Goossen. Martirosyan faces Willie Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round collision of once-beaten junior middleweights at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Conn.

“We have a good game plan put together with Joe [Goossen]. We’re ready to box or brawl if we need to. We’ll just take it from there. We’re ready for whatever he brings and we’re just going to be on top of him the whole fight, stated Martirosyan. “We’ve been heartbroken since we’ve heard the news [that Dan passed]. Especially because they kept it away from me the whole training camp. It was a big surprise to us. The second we heard it we all, my wife, my mother, we all started crying. But, in a way, we’re happy that we get to fight Saturday night and dedicate this victory to Dan Goossen. It gives me more motivation to fight and make him proud because I know he’s going to be looking down on us. On Saturday we get to thank him. I think this will make me stronger. The last thing, boxing-wise, that Dan said to Joe was, ‘make sure Vanes wins.’ I’m taking that in the ring with me. He’s going to be watching me from above so we’re going to put on a good performance for him. I’m going to win by knockout. I have too much happiness and too much strength going into the ring that I will win by knockout.” (more…)



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Walters: I’m knocking out Donaire in 5-6 rounds

By Robert Coster

“Donaire is going to realize from round one that he is in the wrong division fighting the wrong guy. Come October 18th, Christmas is coming early for me: I’m knocking out Donaire in round five or six,” so says WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) about his upcoming showdown against WBA super champion Nonito Donaire, a fight that seems to be gathering more enthusiasm than the main event match between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio. The Jamaican-born Walters has won 10 0f his last 11 fights by knockout and is counting on his size, youth and power to overwhelm the multi-division Filipino champion.



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Dawson: I’m back to being ‘Bad’ Chad

Photo: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME

“I beat the scale and tomorrow night we’ll go out and win the fight,” stated former world champion ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson after weighing in at 173 for his clash with Tommy Karpency tonight on Showtime. “I know that I have to go out and perform. I have to let the world know that I’m the same fighter, that I’m still one of the best fighters in the world. If anything, I think I’m wiser and that makes me a better fighter. I’m going to go out there and do what I do best, use my jab, use my hand speed. People underestimate my jab, but I have one of the best jabs out there. I just need to use my size and win the fight. Hopefully within the next two fights I’ll get a world title shot. We want to get another fight after this, hopefully in December, and then sometime early next year I’ll be fighting for another world title. (more…)



October 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Lozano KOs Vidal in fourth round

Local super flyweight favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-3, 10 KO’s) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Lozano dropped Vidal in round two and finished him in round four with a body shot to claim the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title.



October 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Valley Forge, PA

Frank De Alba 129.6 vs. Jesse Carradine 129.4

Naim Nelson 138.4 vs. Ryan Belasco 138.8
(UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title)

Christian Molina vs. Josue Rivera 140.2
Shawn Sutton 146 vs. Anthony Prescott 148
Travis Thompson 132.4 vs. Benjamin Burgos 127

Venue: Valley Forge Casino Resort
Promoters: King’s Boxing & Peltz Boxing
1st Bell 7:30 PM



October 3rd, 2014

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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