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- Vargas featured Saturday in Toronto
- Goossen Promotions returns Nov 20
- Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes
- Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez Ticket Alert
- A champion will be crowned at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on Dec. 12
- Wladimir Klitschko uncensored, outspoken interview
- WBC Convention set for December 14-20
- Mack to face Cummings on Saturday
- Rodriguez ready to bounce back on Friday night
- JC Salgado ready to face Aoh in Japan
- Campbell, Coyle update
Truthfully, if things went as planned, we may not be talking about Eliot Marshall today. After losing an extremely controversial split decision at The Ultimate Fighter season eight to Karn Grigoryan, Marshall could have been sent home and never had a chance to shine on the big stage of the UFC. However, due to many significant injuries that left a few fighters unable to continue on the show, the fighter known as “The Fire” would find his way back onto the show and make a significant impact after beating Shane Primm and losing a hard fought battle with season eight winner Ryan Bader . . . Click here for more by Andreas Hale
Ringside by Francisco Salazar; Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
About a year ago, Jose Lopez had come off a disappointing defeat at the hands of Edgar Santana. Boxing was the furthest from his mind and he was walking around as a light heavyweight rather than as a lightweight. He had challenges that he had to overcome in his professional and personal life.
On Friday night, junior welterweight Jose Lopez faced a difficult challenge in Patrick Lopez. After what he has gone through over the last year, he refused to cave in. . . . Click here for more
Dennis Kang is no stranger to overcoming setbacks. The man also known as the “Super Korean” has dealt with numerous stalling points in his career only to rebound and come back more impressive than ever. After losing his UFC debut – in which he was dominating Alan Belcher before getting tapped via guillotine choke – Kang is looking to make a comeback against Xavier Foupa-Pokam at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada . . . Click here for more by Andreas Hale
By Alexey Sukachev
The World Boxing Association notified its cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (36-3-2, 28 KOs) of Panama about the May 26 deadline for negotiations between the Jones’ camp and representatives of the WBA #1 ranked contender and mandatory challenger Valery Brudov (37-2, 27 KOs) from Pskov, Russia. If the agreement isn’t reached in time, a purse bid will be held to determine the side to promote the event. The fight deadline is June 26, exactly one month after the purse bid. Jones acquired his title last September with a road TKO over then-champion Firat Arslan. Arslan, on the other hand, gained worldwide recognition in June 2007 after the split decision victory over the interim champion Brudov.
By Leonid Yuryev (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Former super flyweight contender-turned-promoter Marat Mazimbaev came back with a bang yesterday in Almaty, previous Kazakhstan’s capital. Mazimbaev put on an eight-fight boxing show culminating in the first ever heavyweight national championship in Kazakh history between young gun Kanat Altaev (3-0-2, 2 KOs) and notable crowd-pleasing gatekeeper Talgat Dosanov (12-11-4, 5 KOs). After the even two rounds, much bigger Altaev started to press his opponent in the third heat. In the fourth stanza, Altaev continued to stalk Dosanov when suddenly Talgat found a soft spot in Kanat’s defense and connected with a picture-perfect right to the chin. Altaev was down badly and counted out by the referee. Dosanov, who is the new Kazakh heavyweight master, will be back on May 9 in Chimkent during the huge Shumenov-Berrio undercard. He is slated to face fellow journeyman Willie Chapman (21-29-4, 7 KOs).
Rising welterweight Vladislav Savchenko moved up to 10-0 with 6 KOs when his Thai opponent Somchai Nakbalee (12-8-1, 5 KOs) failed to answer the belt after the fifth round. Also, bantam Zhanat Zhakiyanov (6-1, 2 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Russian veteran Alexander Fedorov (19-6-1, 12 KOs) and Yersin Jailauov (20-6-1, 7 KOs) outpointed Thai Narongnoi Or Muanklang (9-4, 5 KOs) over six.
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
Photos: Gary Sarti
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In the main event of Friday night’s ProAm card in Butler, PA, WBA#10 ranked heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2, 21 KOs) was awarded a unanimous decision over Matt “The Gator” Greer (12-5, 11 KOs) after eight of the most bloody and brutal rounds in recent heavyweight memory. The judges’ scorecards all read the same, 80-72, in favor of Minto, and by the end both fighters were drenched in blood, mostly from the nose and mouth of Greer. (more…)
During the last decade The Ultimate Fighting Championship has skyrocketed as the premier organization in the sport of mixed martial arts, not arguably. Fighting under the banner of this crème of the crop brand are some of the worlds most talented mixed martial artist. At first glance several of these athletes would strike you as everything other that a professional fighter. Some fighters like Kenny Florian, Luke Cummo and Dustin Hazelett look like Geek Squad employees maybe Starbucks at best. While all three of them could easily knock or choke you out, none will freak you out . . . Click here for more by Victor Perea
UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against No. 1 contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. Also featured in the UFC’s return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97: REDEMPTION is live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Check out 97.ufc.com for more info.
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank is scheduled to have dinner with former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos in the Philippines on Saturday night, the eve of a double IBF world title fight that will be held at the Araneta Coliseum. “There’ll be food and drinks and violin (playing in the background),” Arum, smiling, told fightnews on Saturday morning as he was attending the official weighin for the Nonito Donaire-Raul Martinez IBF fly title fight and Ulises Solis-Brian Viloria IBF light-fly title match at Manila Hotel. “It would be fun because I haven’t met her since I saw her in New York (many years ago),” said Arum, who was one of the most instrumental figures who brought the Thrilla in Manila to the Philippines in 1975. Mrs. Marcos was at ringside alongside then President Ferdinand Marcos at the Araneta Coliseum when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier waged what is regarded as the most brutal fight in the history of boxing.
Nonito Donaire Jr. 111.5 vs Raul Martinez 112
(IBF bantamweight championship)
Archie Solis 107 vs Brian Viloria 108
(IBF jr flyweight championship)
Denver Cuello 103.5 vs Hiroshi Matsumoto 103.5
Yukka Gejon 109.5 vs Sony Boy Jaro 110
Drian Francisco 115 vs Sahril Fabanyo 115
Marvin Tampus- 116 vs J. Mark Apolinario 116
Rodolfo Sumabong 116 vs Edison Berwela 115
Esrael Salud- 118 vs Vivencio Urcia 117
Renye Avendan 109 vs Mateo Handig 109
Bob Montero 112 vs J. Paul Bautista 110
Venue: Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines
Promoter: Top Rank/Zanfer
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist and WBA #3-ranked contender Yuriorkis Gamboa (15-0, 13 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over second-ranked Jose “Cheo’’ Rojas (25-7-1, 17 KOs) to win the vacant interim WBA featherweight title on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino at Primm, Nevada. Gamboa dominated every minute of every round until referee Russell Mora waved it off at 1:31 of the tenth. Gamboa was credited with a knockdown in round five and constantly pressured the 37-year-old Rojas, who again failed to win a world title in his fifth attempt.
Undefeated WBC Intl welterweight titleholder Selcuk Aydin (18-0, 14 KOs) of Turkey was successful in his United States debut with a twelve round split decision over Said Ouali (25-2, 17 KOs). Aydin pressed the action for much of the fight then survived a brutal last minute assault by Ouali to win on two cards 115-112, 116-111. Ouali was up 114-113 on the third card. Aydin was deducted a point in round six for a low blow.
Middleweight Christian Pawlak (11-4, 5 KOs) won a six round split decision over Ivan Stovall (10-4, 7 KOs). Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 Pawlak and 59-55 Stoval.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Jesse Vargas (5-0, 2 KOs) defeated Anthony Lenk (5-1, 3 KOs) in a six rounder by scores of 59-53, 57-55, 58-54. Lenk was down in rounds one and six.
Jose Pacheco (1-5-5) topped Mario Gonzalez (0-3-1) over four 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Photos: Ed Mulholland
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Below are the official weigh-in results for Saturday’s UFC 97: REDEMPTION event in Montreal, Canada.
Anderson Silva 182 vs Thales Leites 185
(For the UFC middleweight title held by Silva)
Chuck Liddell 206 vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 206
Cheick Kongo 232 vs Antoni Hardonk 249
Steve Cantwell 205 vs Luiz Cane 206
Krzysztof Soszynski 204 vs Brian Stann 206
Vinicius Magalhaes 204 vs Eliot Marshall 205
Denis Kang 185 vs Xavier Foupa-Pokam 185
Jason MacDonald 186 vs Nate Quarry 186
David Loiseau 185 vs Ed Herman 186
Mark Bocek 154 vs David Bielkheden 157
Ryo Chonan 171 vs TJ Grant 169
Sam Stout 155 vs Matt Wiman 155
Don’t Miss UFC 97 LIVE this Saturday as Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against hardcore veteran Thales Leites plus living legend Chuck Liddell battles Shogun Rua in a battle of light heavyweight contenders! UFC 97: REDEMPTION is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada. Click here for more info
Photos: Marianne Müller/RTL
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IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will fight in front of up to 60,000 spectators when he takes on David Haye at the Veltins-Arena in Schalke, homefield of German Bundesliga team Schalke 04 on June 20. “I always wanted to fight in a soccer stadium in front of such a big crowd. Now, this dream comes true. Once I attended a Schalke match myself and since then I have not forgotten these fantastic fans that supported their team constantly for 90 minutes. I am sure June 20 will be an unforgettable night for all of us,” stated Wlad. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group, added “We are glad the fight takes place in Schalke. It is one of the greatest arenas in Europe. We had the choice between different offers, both Germany and Europe, and we chose Schalke because of the whole package. We will have a down-to-earth event with a reasonable pricing. With the arena management we have a very competent partner with whom we will work very professionally and constructively during the next weeks.” Tickets for Klitschko vs. Haye went on sale today and are available for 24 Euro (standing room), 39 Euro (upper stands) as well as 49 Euro (lower stands). Call 0049-01805 –12 13 14 or 0049-01805 – 15 08 10. Television deal are in place for Germany, the UK and the USA.
By Lee Bates
With about a week to go before their showdown WBO Junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) easily made the 7 day pre weigh-in limit. Lopez scaled in at 126.2 pounds while Penalosa scaled in at 126 even. “Champion vs. Champion’ will take place at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico Saturday April 25th. Top Rank and PR Best Boxing(Ivan & Peter Rivera) will promote the event while HBO will televise. Tickets can still be purchased by calling the Ticket Center at (787) 792-5000 or in person Monday April 20th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez from 10AM-5PM.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world champion Mike Anchondo returned from a two-year hiatus to win a six round unanimous decision over Hector Alatorre before a large crowd of 1,840 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA. Anchondo won a world title at 130 pounds almost five years ago only to lose it in his first title defense to Jorge Barrios four years ago. Anchondo won two straight bouts before being knocked out in the third round by Darling Jimenez almost two years ago. Now, Anchondo hopes to position himself back to where he feels he belongs: in the mix for a big money fight or a regional title shot. “I felt a little rusty in there,” said Anchondo, on assessing himself after the fight. “Not bad for a couple of years out of the ring.” Anchondo’s goal is to fight four or five times more this year. Anchondo, who is not signed to a promotional contract, will weigh his options after each fight. (more…)
At Tony Rila’s IBA Gym in Las Vegas, Hatton provided a gym crammed with photographers and reporters—all vying to get the same quote and the same photo—a taste of fitness, physique and strategy for May 2 . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone
A world championship battle between north and south will highlight the May 2 pay-per-view undercard for Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton: “The Battle of East and West.” World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Featherweight Champion Humberto Soto of Mexico will defend his title against Canadian contender Benoit Gaudet. The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature undefeated top-rated junior middleweight contender James Kirkland, risking his rating and record when he takes on Mike Walker, former two-time world amateur champion and Russian Olympian Matt Korobov facing Rodrigo Aguiar and former world amateur champion, Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara against Chris Gray. Combined, these eight gladiators have a combined record of 135-20-4 (84 KOs), an 85% winning percentage. (more…)
No stranger to traveling to his opponent’s backyards, Edison Miranda had no problem with taking a fight with Andre Ward on May 16th that will be held at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. In fact, “Pantera” welcomed the opportunity. “Knocking Ward out in front of his hometown fans will leave no questions from anyone,” said Miranda. “He can’t blame the water, can’t blame the judges, can’t blame the fans, because everything will be in his favor on May 16th. But the only thing he can’t control are my fists, and if he thinks fighting at home is a dream come true, I’m going to turn that dream into a nightmare soon after the bell rings.” (more…)
The San Francisco Giants will hold their annual Filipino American Heritage celebration to highlight the Filipino culture and community on Tuesday, April 21, when the Giants face the San Diego Padres at 7:15 p.m. Five-division boxing world champion and boxing pound for pound fighter, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans who purchase a special Filipino Heritage game ticket will receive a limited edition Manny Pacquiao bobblehead and a seat in the Filipino Heritage section at AT&T Park. A portion of the special ticket proceeds will benefit Filipino non-profit organizations including the Filipino American Arts Exposition, Manilatown Heritage Foundation and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata program. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former two-time WBC light-welterweight( 1975-78) champion Saensak Muangsurin has passed away in Thailand at the age of 58. WBC President Jose Sulaiman has declared the organization in mourning in honor of the a boxer who was a national hero in his native land. Muangsurin was certainly one of the most unsual of champions, winning the WBC title (on July 15, 1975) in only his third pro fight- a record- with an eighth round kayo of Spaniard Perico Fernandez, only 6 months after turning pro. He then lost his title by DQ to Miguel Velasquez of Spain but regained it in a rematch with Velasquez by kayo in 2 rounds. Saensak then defended his title 7 times before a surprising loss to Sang Huyn Kim of Korea. In all, Muangsurin only had 20 fights in his career, losing 5 of his last 6 bouts for a total record of 14-6 (11 KOs), probably one of the strangest of records for a two-time world champion. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Ali Chebah 139.14 lbs. vs. Joel Juarez 139.1 lbs.
(WBC Youth and NABF Super Lightweight Title
Walid Smichet 166.9 lbs. vs. Peter Manfredo Jr. 166.11 lbs.
David Lemieux 159.15 lbs. vs. Thomas Davis 155.1 lbs.
Benyamine Besmi 147.2* lbs. vs. Frank Abbiw 146.1 lbs
Kevin Bizier 146.4 lbs. vs. Ulisses Duarte 147.5*
*over contract weight of 147 pounds and will forfeit 20% of purse.
Ali Mansour 243.4 lbs. vs. Ken Murphy 228.1 lbs.
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
Location: Casino de Montreal
First Bell: 12:00 noon
Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) will make a third defense of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on Vitaliy Rusal. The 28-year-old Ukrainian, ranked 12th by the WBA, is unbeaten in 23 fights (16 KOs). “Rusal has never left the ring as the loser,” coach Ulli Wegner warned. “He is a strong boxer who knows how to fight. Marco needs to be on full alert. He must not underestimate him. I will make sure he will be well prepared.” (more…)
UFC 97: Redemption may be one for the MMA history books. Two careers hang in the balance and a champion finds himself in a quest to tie one UFC record—most consecutive title attempts, and break another—nine consecutive Octagon victories.
In the night’s main event, Anderson “The Spider” Silva will ride an eight-fight UFC winning streak into his middleweight title showdown with Thales Leites. The man that many label the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world will likely be out to send a message . . . Click here for more by Anthony Springer Jr.
Don’t Miss UFC® 97 Live Tomorrow Night Anderson Silva defends the Middleweight Title against Thales Leites, and Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua face off in a battle of light heavyweights. Fight Card>
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, 2009 Prospect of the Year and WBA #3-ranked contender, Yuriorkis Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs), of Miami by way of Cuba, will face second-ranked Jose “Cheo” Rojas (25-6-1, 17 KOs, 1 No Decision) of Caracas, Venezuela, for the interim WBA featherweight title tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino at Primm, Nev., undefeated Selcuk Aydin (17-0, 14 KOs) of Turkey makes his ShoBox and United States debuts against hard-punching southpaw Said Ouali (25-2, 17 KOs), a Las Vegas-based Moroccan, in a 12-round battle of top 10 welterweights. (more…)
On April 25 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, unbeaten jr welterweight Willie “Small Leonard” Blain (20-0, 3 KOs) will seek to gain a professional world championship to match the world amateur championship he won in 2003. The Spotlight Boxing fighter, who celebrates his 31st birthday the day before the fight, will take on fellow unbeaten Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) for the WBO interim title. “I firmly believe that Willy can win the interim world title in Puerto Rico,” said Spotlight Boxing promoter Dietmar Poszwa. “He has steadily improved, has a highly trained technique and can consistently go for twelve rounds. After our first world champion Firat Arslan, we want to bring the second men’s world title for Spotlight Boxing to Hamburg.”
Jose Lopez 139.5 vs. Patrick Lopez 140
Mauricio Herrera 143.5 vs. William Correa 143.5
Abraham Lopez 126.5 vs. Daniel Lorenzana 127.5
Danny Hernandez 133.5 vs. Kadaphi Proctor 134
Erick Garcia 146.5 vs. Ricky Duenas 146
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Note: Timothy Bradley will officially receive his WBO championship belt at the event.
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