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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Boxing News

Crawford vs Beltran Kickoff Presser

By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

On Tuesday, Top Rank in association with Tecate officially announced what is expected to be an exciting lightweight title fight between current undefeated born-and-raised in Omaha, Nebraska, WBO world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) against the #1 ranked WBO contender Ray Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) of California on November 29 at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha. (more…)



October 1st, 2014



UFC

Fight Night Stockholm Main Card Fantasy Preview

This weekend the UFC returns to Sweden with a card headlined by the biggest welterweight prospect since a guy named Georges St-Pierre debuted back in 2004. Grappling prodigy Gunnar Nelson was long talked about as a fighter that could one day develop into something pretty special, and thus far in his UFC career, he hasn’t disappointed one bit . . . 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



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on the near death of former champ Jamie Moore.

Filipino Michael Farenas to fight Jose Pedraza. More

“Pacquiao’s already in great shape,” says Freddie Roach. More

Paul Smith: Judge’s scorecard was “screwed up.” More



October 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag

Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8
(IBF middleweight eliminator)

Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6
Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher Martin 125.8
Isa Akberbayev 193.8 vs. Geovanni Sarran 205.2
Sergiy Derevyanchenko 164.2 vs. Laatekwei Hammond 162

Venue: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California
Promoter: King Sports
TV: ESPN2

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September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

N’Dam-Stevens undercard lineup

Three fights will be featured on tomorrow night’s ESPN Wednesday Boxing Special headlined by the IBF middleweight eliminator between former WBO champion Hassan N’Dam and Curtis Stevens at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

The 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated welterweight Fredrick “General Okuna” Lawson (22-0, 20 KOs) of California against New York’s Ray “The Emperor” Narh (26-5, 21 KOs). In his last outing, Lawson scored a sixth-round TKO win over Mohamed Kayongo, while Narh is looking to rebound from a 10-round split decision loss to Chris van Heerden.

The show will open with an eight-round bout between undefeated featherweight Miguel Marriaga (18-0, 16KOs) of Colombia and Californian Chris Martin (28-3-3, 9 KOs).



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gradovich to defend IBF belt against Velez

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum today announced a second world title fight on the November 29 Crawford-Beltran card at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will defend against #12 rated Jayson “Maravilla” Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) in an attractive battle of unbeaten fighters.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Crawford-Beltran

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, will make an encore hometown title defense on the heels of his wildly successful victory over previously undefeated world champion and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa. Crawford will defend his title against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, at the CenturyLink Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at
10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Crawford vs. Beltran world lightweight championship event will go on sale this Friday (October 3) at 10:00 a.m. CT. Reserved seat tickets start at $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52, $77 and $127. They will be 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.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran hosted a news conference Tuesday in Omaha announcing their November 29 HBO showdown at the CenturyLink Center. Joining Crawford and Beltran was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Ray Beltran: Three years ago it was a different story. I was going through a lot of downs, but I always believed God had a plan for me. Like you heard I went to Scotland and didn’t get the decision, but I still believed God had a different plan for me and now I’m fighting Terence Crawford, a great champion, a classy guy, a very good person and I respect him. This fight is even bigger. Not just about the title, but it’s a very dangerous fighter, very skillful. So it’s a bigger risk, but bigger reward.

Terence Crawford: This fight is gonna be a tough fight I can tell. Ray Beltran is a good, crafty fighter. Everyone knows, including me, that he went over there and won that belt. He feels that he’s coming back to get what belongs to him so he’s gonna be fighting with a chip on his shoulder. But for me, I can’t let that happen.

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September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Arce WBC officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American John Callas will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) defends for time against his compatriot challenger and multiple division former champ Jorge “Travieso” Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) on Saturday at Cancha de Usos Múltiples, Pradera de Villas in Los Mochis, Sinaloa in Mexico. The three judges are Rey Danseco (Philippines), Thomas Nardone and Mike Ross, both from the U.S.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Gang, Sun, Lee capture vacant Korean titles

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

At the first event held under the auspices of the newly reestablished Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) led by former two-time world champion (in two weight classes) Soo-Hwan Hong, Korean boxing fans were treated to an afternoon of spirited bouts culminating in three vacant Korean National Title matches. Although Myung-Woo Yuh was only the second Korean boxer to be inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame (in 2013), many would argue that Soo-Hwan Hong is as (if not more) deserving. In Korea and Asia as a whole, there is little doubt that Hong is more well-known and celebrated for his accomplishments in the ring. To see why, watch his incredible 1977 bout in Panama against Hector Carrasquilla. (more…)



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Camps: N’Dam to box, Stevens looking for KO

Both camps are confident in advance of tomorrow night’s ESPN2-televised 12-round IBF eliminator between middleweight contenders Hassan “El Fenómeno” N’Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The winner of the bout will earn the right to fight for the IBF Middleweight title, currently held by Australia’s Sam Soliman. The card is promoted by King Sports.

N’Dam’s manager Gary Hyde stated, “I think Curtis Stevens is a great fighter – he’s unbelievably strong and can knock you out with either hand. But, I think he’s limited when it comes to fighting a boxer like Hassan. I think the key to this fight is just Hassan being himself. He’s got lovely lateral movement and he’s a fantastic boxer. He’s got the Ali-Leonard style, and that’s what he should stick with against Stevens.”

Stevens’ trainer Andre Rozier countered, “I really expect Curtis to be super explosive. He knows that this is a title eliminator which will bring him to fighting the winner of the Jermain Taylor-Sam Soliman fight. So he’s literally right back in the title hunt with two steps to go – two really very short steps. I think we’re going to see a very explosive performance that ends in a big knockout.”



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

“The Mountain” Returns October 11

NABF junior heavyweight champ “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (11-1) returns to the ring on Saturday, October 11th at Fairmont State University in West Virginia in a non-title bout. 6’8, 250lb Martz will face former IBF world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-24) in the 8 round main event. In his last bout televised on Fox Sports in June, the 23-year-old Martz stopped formerly undefeated Alexis Santos (13-1) to capture the NABF junior strap.

Also in action, undefeated heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency (10-0) will battle an opponent to be named in the eight round co-feature. The undercard will also showcase welterweight Angelo Snow (2-0) and featherweight Justin Lopez (5-1) in separate four-rounders. The six bout card is being promoted by John Canterberry, and tickets can be purchased by calling (412) 725-4949.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Ortiz ready to shine for Florida boxing fans

Photo: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions, LLC.

Photo: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions, LLC.


2012 Olympian and undefeated flyweight prospect Jantony Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) is wrapping up his camp for his next match against Mexican Gilberto Mendoza (4-3) on Saturday at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. Jantony, since his grand debut last June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York and making his second pro fight in front of his hometown in Humacaso, has not stopped training and is ready for his third pro fight. “We’re pleased with the preparation for this fight, various details have been working and making some adjustments, we are ready for this big fight, and this opportunity I’m excited to fight in Orlando for all my Puerto Ricans,” said Jantony. “I know Gilberto doubles me in experience at a professional level, I have seen him and I know how we will outwork him this Saturday, you will see me very explosive.”



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Lozcano-Vidal collide Friday night

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their Fall Series this Friday, October 3rd, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title.

Also, undefeated welterweight prospect Emanuel “Pirata” De Jesus (11-0, 7 KOs) of Canovanas, Puerto Rico battles Aaron Steadman (10-5-2, 6 KOs) of Ocala, Florida scheduled for 6 rounds. (more…)



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

‘Action’ Douglas back in action on Oct 24

On October 24, undefeated middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas (14-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on veteran Jose Medina (18-15-1, 7 KOs) in the main event of a night of boxing at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The scheduled eight round bout will be the main event of a card promoted by GH3 Promotions.

Douglas was recently impressive in scoring a second round stoppage over former world title challenger Luca Messi (37-9-1) on April 4 in Parsippany, New Jersey. In his last bout, Douglas and former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1) fought to a draw in a bout that headlined the 200th episode of the highly acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series on July 25. (more…)



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Lerena, Klassen triumph in South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Kevin Lerena knocked out Gogita Gorgiladze in the fourth round of their cruiserweight bout at Emperors Palace east of Johannesburg on Monday night. The 22-year-old South African picked up the vacant WBC youth (silver) cruiserweight title for his trouble. Lerena started like a man in a hurry, stinging the globetrotting visitor from Georgia with southpaw jabs from the first round. He dropped Gorgiladze with a juicy left, leaving it to referee Thabo Spampool to count him out. (more…)



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Returning To Haiti

Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions

Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions


By Robert Coster

After a hiatus of over 5 years, boxing is returning to the Caribbean island of Haiti. Promoter Jacques Deschamps (also manager of WBA Featherweight Champ Nicholas Walters) has set the date of October 24th for a big card to held at the plush Karibe Convention Center in Petionville. The main event will pit local hero Evens “The Sun CIty Kid ” Pierre (23-1, 16 KOs) against former contender Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6-1, 23 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Lightweight title. Pierre is coming off a year layoff from boxing to face a very tough opponent whose last fight was for the WBA interim world title. (more…)



September 30th, 2014

UFC

Matt Dwyer: Wary of Buffer, Ready for Tumenov

Talk to a UFC newcomer and there are a couple things you’re bound to hear every time.

Beyond the genuine enthusiasm for being called up the big leagues, the tales of long hours in the gym, hard work paying off, and clichéd statements about treating this fight like any other fight, the one thing most admit to is that hearing Bruce Buffer belt out their name on fight night is going to be a “need to check myself” moment . . . 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



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Christian Today on Manny Pacquiao, who is “praying for Floyd Mayweather to fear God and change his ways.” More

A frail Muhammad Ali appears at a function to honor NFL great Jim Brown. More

More on the passing of boxing promoter Dan Goossen. More

Sugar Ray Leonard on a Mayweather-Pacquiao matchup. More

Happy to report Nick Rattenni is still with us. Apologies for the confusion.



September 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Diaz mauls Hidalgo in Hidalgo, Texas

In his first main event, 2012 U.S. Olympian jr featherweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (12-0, 8 KOs) looked good in stopping Raul Hidalgo (22-12, 16 KOs) in the seventh round on Monday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Diaz dropped Hidalgo in round one and put him down three times in round seven to end it. Time was 2:13.

Jr welterweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) scored an all-action eighth round TKO over Nelson Lara (15-6-5, 8 KOs). Lara gave Maldonado all he could handle for seven rounds. Maldonado scored a knockdown in round eight and got the stoppage with his followup. The stoppage was rather quick. Time was 1:30.

Canelo Alvarez’ brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (24-3, 13 KOs) won an unpopular eight round unanimous decision over 46-year-old former WBA bantamweight champion John Michael Johnson (31-10, 23 KOs). The fight seemed closer than the official scores of 79-73, 78-74, 77-75. It was Johnson’s second bout following an eleven year layoff.



September 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Mansour-Kassi Collide on NBCSN Nov 8

Heavyweight powerhouse Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) headlines the final Fight Night edition of 2014 with a ten-round heavyweight battle against Frederic “Big Fred” Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) on Nov. 8 live from Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The Mansour-Kassi match-up will serve as the main event on a triple header edition of Fight Night. Tickets are on sale now.

This will be the third Fight Night appearance for Mansour, the Southpaw from Philadelphia, PA who lost a narrow decision in a Fight of the Year candidate to Steve “USS” Cunningham in his last Fight Night appearance on Apr. 4 in his hometown of Philadelphia.

“If a guy sits there and bangs out with me, he’s going down,” said a confident Mansour. “I just go in there with the mindset that whoever my opponent is they are going to fight the best fight they ever fought against me so that’s what I prepare for. Whoever it is, I’m prepared for them to come out to be their best.” (more…)



September 29th, 2014

UFC

Cathal Pendred: Now the Show Begins

Heart is a difficult attribute to measure in the fight game. However, it doesn’t take scientific instruments or scales to know that Cathal Pendred has a ton of it . . . 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



September 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto Promotions inks Israel Vazquez, son of Wilfredo Vazquez

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Undefeated strawweight Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez signed a exclusive promotional agreement with Miguel Cotto’s, Cotto Promotions, LLC. Vázquez is son of the 3 division former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr. and has a professional record of 9-0-2 and 6 KOs.

“I am very happy to be part of this great company, I’m so excited to be back in the ring and follow my dream. Together with my father’s knowledge I know I will succeed,” Israel said. (more…)



September 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Statement from Andre Ward on the Passing of Dan Goossen

“I was deeply saddened to learn the news of Dan Goossen’s passing early this morning. My thoughts and prayers have been with Dan and his family since I received the news of his illness last week. While Dan and I recently had our professional struggles, he was a great man, father and husband. He will be greatly missed by the boxing community. I will continue to keep the Goossen family in my prayers.”



September 29th, 2014

Boxing News

NFL’s Antonio Gates Promoter For Detroit Show

By Bob Ryder

Boxing returns to Detroit’s Masonic Temple this Friday night with a new promoter. San Diego Chargers star Antonio Gates enters the boxing promotional ranks as his company AG Promotions presents an 8 bout card put together by matchmaker Carlos Llinas. Gates, a Detroit native, played football at Central High School in the city before embarking on his current star success in the NFL. Headlining Gates’ first boxing venture is promising Motor City welterweight Ronnie Austion. (more…)



September 29th, 2014


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