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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

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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

Darchinyan to face Agbeko!

In what will be a brutal battle of pure power punchers, Vic “Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan will attempt to become a world champion in a third weight class when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko on Saturday, July 11, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The event is being co-promoted by Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. Agbeko (26-1,22 KOs), of New York by way of Ghana, will be making the second defense of the 118-pound crown he won with a seventh-round TKO over Luis Perez in August 2007. A winner of five in a row, Agbeko is coming off a 12-round decision over William Gonzalez on Dec, 11, 2008. Darchinyan (32-1, 26 KOs) solidified his status as the No. 1 super flyweight in the world – and one of the top boxers pound-for-pound – with back-to-back impressive victories over Jorge Arce last Feb. 7 on SHOWTIME and Christian Mijares on Nov. 1, 2008, on SHOWTIME. (more…)



April 13th, 2009



Boxing News

Chagaev-Valuev II purse bid!

Sauerland Events will promote the WBA heavyweight championship rematch between world champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev and world champion Nikolai Valuev. Universum Box-Promotion (represented by Stefan Braune) and Sauerland Events (represented by Hagen Doering) submitted offers today at a purse bid ceremony, which took place at the European Boxing Association (EBA) office in Vitoria, Spain. Sauerland Events’ bid of $2,814,414 topped the bid of $2,164,660 from Universum Box-Promotion. The three possible dates and places from the winning offer are:
1st: Helsinki, Finland – May 30th 2009
2nd: Nürnberg, Germany – May 30th 2009
3rd: Halle-Westfalen, Germany – May 30th 2009
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“We are very happy to have won the bid and we are pleased to promote this fight for Nikolai,” said Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer. “We intend to stage the bout on May 30. We have targeted Helsinki, Finland as the location but will announce further details in the next days. Effective June 1 there will just be one WBA heavyweight champion. All boxing fans will finally know who the real champion is. We thank the WBA for the quick course of action. This gives us the chance to put the record straight on May 30.”
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Valuev, who is currently shaping up in Japan, was pleased about the outcome. He cannot wait to get back into the ring with Chagaev. “I have been waiting for this day for two years,” said the WBA heavyweight champion. “I will finally make amends for only loss of my career.”



April 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Lopez-Penalosa update!

Photo: Jose Perez

Photo: Jose Perez

By Lee Bates

The showdown between WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) is less than two weeks away and the anticipation of the bout is showing in ticket sales. “We have already sold 50 percent the tickets for this fight. We are expecting a full house for this event with more than 12,000 fans expected to be in attendance. This really demonstrates just how much Juanma’s popularity has grown in Puerto Rico and how much Puerto Rican fans want to see him fight live in person,” said PR Best President Ivan Rivera. The event entitled ‘Champion vs Champion’ is being promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing. HBO will televise the event live Saturday April 25th from the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In the televised semi-main event, Top Rank’s Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) will take on Universum Box-Promotion’s Willie Blain (20-0, 3 KOs) in a 12 round bout for the WBO interim junior welterweight title. Tickets can still be purchased by calling the Ticket Center at 787) 792-5000.



April 13th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ioka’s nephew makes pro debut!

By Joe Koizumi

The professional debut of amateur star Kazuto Ioka, formerly two-time world champ Hiroki Ioka’s nephew, drew some 8,000 spectators, more than the previous day’s world title doubleheader, at the same venue (Osaka Pefectural Gymnasium) in Osaka, Japan, on Sunday. Kazuto, 20, had acquired six national high school championships, and campaigned as amateur boxer in Tokyo Agricultural University. But his failure to participate in the Beijing Olympic Games had him decide to turn to the paid ranks. His amateur mark was a remarkable 95-10, 64 stoppages. Kazuto Ioka, a light-fly boy at 107.75, displayed excellent speed, reflexes and power in dispatching Thai top ranked flyweight contender Thongthailek Por Vorasing (10-10, 5 KOs), 108, at 0:26 of the third session in a scheduled six. (more…)



April 13th, 2009

UFC

Liddell to put doubts on ‘ice’

UFC 97 is LIVE on PPV April 18!

Going for broke is always admirable until you end up broke—then it just becomes a cautionary tale of reckless behavior. Enter the world of Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell—the fiercest, most revered striker to ever lose three of four fights. As everyone knows, the former Light Heavyweight champion is 39 years old and coming off seismic knockout at the hands of Rashad Evans at UFC 88 in Atlanta. At this point, the window of opportunity for another title shot—something he and many fans still hungrily covet—is being held open with a trembling twig . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC

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.



April 13th, 2009

Full Report

Lacy-Griffin Photo Gallery!

Homecoming Victory for "Left Hook"!

Ringside Report by Ryan Macalua
Photography by Scott Foster

A “Homecoming, The Return of Jeff Left Hook Lacy,” took place this past Friday night at the USF Sundome Arena in Tampa, Florida as former super middleweight titleholder Jeff Lacy’s (25-2-0, 17 KOs) comeback to the ring was a successful one as he defeated Otis Griffin (19-5-2, 3 KOs) in a close ten round majority decision. Lacy, coming off of a loss to Jermain Taylor in his last bout, did just enough to get by the game challenge of Griffin, who was the winner of Oscar De La Hoya’s “The Next Great Champ” reality boxing series. Final scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 95-95. Heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas (12-1-0, 8 KOs) was very impressive in the co-feature of the evening as he fought Wes Taylor (7-13-1, 9 KO) stopping him within two rounds. The seven bout fight card was presented by Left Hook Promotions and One Punch Productions. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.



April 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Martinez, Solis in Manila!

Photo: Nick Giongco

Photo: Nick Giongco

By Nick Giongco

US challenger Raul Martinez and Mexican champion Ulises Solis have arrived in Manila in time for their April 19 fights at the Araneta Coliseum. Martinez challenges Nonito Donaire for the IBF flyweight title, while Solis defends his IBF light-fly belt against Brian Viloria. The two fighters were on board the Philippine Airlines jet that took off from Los Angeles. They touched down in the Philippines at 6 am of Monday. Solar Sports will put up the double world title fight in partnership with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.



April 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Celestino Caballero!

Photo: Javiel Centeno

Photo: Javiel Centeno

By Robert Coster

When he dominated then-unbeaten IBF Jr Featherweight Champion Steve Molitor last November, WBA Super-Champion Celestino”Pelenchin” Caballero became only the second boxer from Panama -since Roberto Duran- to unify titles. Prior to the Molitor fight, an underdog Celestino had travelled to Thailand to win the WBA crown with an explosive knockout. But the lanky monarch hasn’t let his success go to his head and he is back in the gym training as hard as ever for the first defense of his unified crown against Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa. Celestino is one champion that knows too well that you just cannot rest upon your laurels and that defeat can be as sudden as victory. As an unbeaten boxer, he suffered a dramatic kayo loss to Jose Rojas of Venezuela in front of his fans. Yet, four months after, “Pelenchin” showed his metal by stepping back into the ring. Caballero was also the victim of a near fatal car accident. Many predicted he would never fight again, not counting on Celestino’s iron will and grit. Taking time off from his training, the always gracious “Pelenchin” answered a few pointed questions by Fightnews. (more…)



April 13th, 2009

Boxing News

Afolabi Update!

World champion stranded in UK

By Lee Bates

Its been nearly a month since WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) pulled off his huge upset in England against heavily favored local Enzo Maccarinelli by ninth round TKO to win the vacant title. Though Afolabi resides near Los Angeles, California, he sadly hasn’t been home since his title victory to celebrate with friends and fans who are awaiting him. Apparently Afolabi hasn’t even left the country where he won his title. Word also has it due to some issues that have to be attended to regarding his visa, Afolabi is still in England where fortunately he has family he’s staying with until these visa matters are taken care of. A detailed update on Afolabi, his visa situation, and his next fight will be reported soon. Stay tuned.



April 13th, 2009

Boxing News

‘Cobra’ eyes KO win vs Donaire!

By Nick Giongco

Challenger Raul ‘Cobra’ Martinez of the US strongly feels he needs a knockout to win Nonito Donaire’s IBF flyweight crown on April 19 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. “When you fight in the champion’s territory, it’s going to be very hard to win the title (on points),” Martinez told fightnews and Manila Bulletin just before he boarded a Philippine Airlines jet from Los Angeles early Sunday afternoon (Saturday night in the US). Martinez is expected to arrive in Manila at around 6 a.m. of Monday and he will immediately be brought to his official residence, The Manila Hotel, a famous landmark in Manila. (more…)



April 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Williams, Wright Speak!

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

By Andreas Hale

In an interesting post-fight press conference, two-division champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams says Winky Wright brought out his best, Wright gave Williams his due and stated that he’s not retiring, Williams’ promoter Dan Goossen commented that Williams will seek a matchup with WBA welterweight champ Shane Mosley, and heavyweight Chris Arreola, who was impressive in the co-feature, says just bring it on! (more…)



April 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Urango-Berto announcement!

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On Wednesday, the day before the New York Yankees make their debut in their new home in the Bronx, two of boxing’s heaviest hitters – WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto and IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango – will enter the new Yankee Stadium to officially announce their May 30th clash at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. (more…)



April 12th, 2009

Boxing News

KNR2 Boxing Show

Guest: Shawn Porter

FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with Shawn Porter, fresh off a 1st rd TKO on ESPN2’s Friday night fights last week. You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at boxing@espncleveland.com



April 12th, 2009

Announcement

‘TNT’ Thomas KOs Taylor!

Friday night in Tampa, Florida, Jamaican born heavyweight prospect Lenroy Thomas thrilled the huge “HOMECOMING” crowd with a vicious second round knockout of Wes Taylor at the Sun Dome arena. The Thomas/Taylor bout was the co-main event to the Jeff Lacy/Otis Griffin headliner  . . . Click here for more



April 12th, 2009

UFC

Silva returns to his roots!

UFC 97 is LIVE on PPV April 18!

Since the reigning UFC middleweight champion, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, did not put on his usual spectacular performance in his last appearance against Patrick Coté at UFC 90, critics have been saying that the champion is not the same fighter anymore . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC

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.



April 12th, 2009

Boxing Result

Garcia retains IBF minimum belt!

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer


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Unbeaten IBF minimumweight champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (26-0-1, 16 KOs) rertained his title with a sixth round TKO over Ronal Barrera (26-6-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadio Arturo C. Nahl in La Paz, Mexico. The bout was waved off by referee Rafael Ramos due to a cut over Barrara’s right eye.



April 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Williams punishes Wright!

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

By Andreas Hale at ringside

In a battle of two boxers billed as boxing’s most avoided fighters, two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) punished former unified junior middleweight world champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) on over twelve one-sided rounds Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was fought at middleweight poundage. Williams’ punch output and pressure easily overwhelmed the defensive skills of Wright from the opening bell. Scores were 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. Williams, currently holds the WBO interim jr middleweight belt.
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In the co-feature, unbeaten heavyweight Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) impressively outslugged former world title challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline (39-10-3, 23 KOs), winning by fourth round knockout. A big right hand finished the job at 2:01. Tony Weeks counted McCline out. Arreola retains the NABF heavyweight title. (more…)



April 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Full Report: Nashiro-Tomiyama!

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), 115, Japan, came off the canvas twice in the first and sixth, and finally retaliated to score a come-from-behind TKO win over compatriot Konosuke Tomiyama (18-2, 6 KOs), 115, a taller boxer-puncher from Tokyo, at 1:22 of the eighth round to retain his WBA belt and have the spectators in frenzy on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)



April 11th, 2009

Full Report

Villarreal-Roman Photo Gallery!

Upset in The Ballroom!

Villarreal Shocks Roman to Claim WBC Youth Title!
Ringside Report and Photos by Rocco Morales

This past Wednesday night a sell out crowd turned out to witness the hugely popular “Battle in The Ballroom” show at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA. Instead California fight fans were treated to a surprising upset as Anthony Villarreal (9-2, 4 KOs) won an eight round split decision victory over the previously undefeated Manny Roman (14-1, 5 KOs). The show, promoted by Roy Englebrecht Events, was their 26th consecutive sellout and featured a main event with no less than a WBC title at stake. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.



April 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya update!

Will he stay or will he go? Fight fans will have a chance to learn the answer the same time the press does on Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles when 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist and future boxing hall of famer, “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya holds a press conference to announce his future in the ring. The press conference takes place at noon at the Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE, across from STAPLES Center. The event will be open to the public.



April 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Mayes stops Williams!

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Henry “Hurricane” Mayes captured the Maryland State Light Heavyweight championship with a 10th round TKO over fellow Baltimore boxer Willie “For Real” Williams in a Beltway Bout of the Year candidate at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The third bout in this trilogy looked like the first two bouts between these two warriors — even — during the first five rounds. Both men had advantages with Mayes using his ring generalship in the early going and Williams picking up the pace as the bout headed to the middle rounds. Mayes turned the tide of the bout for good late in the ninth round by landing a crushing left-right combination that dropped Williams to the canvas with 10 seconds remaining in the round. Williams barely beat referee Malik Waleed’s count. Mayes sealed the victory early in the 10th when he rocked the game Williams with lefts and rights, forcing the stoppage at 20 seconds of the round. With the win, Mayes raises his record to 8-6-3, five KO’s while Williams falls to 12-4-2, three KO’s. (more…)



April 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back in Denver!

By Chris Morris / rockymountainboxing.com

Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and CC Edwards are teaming up to present an outdoor pro boxing show on May 30th at the Softball Country Outdoor Arena. The main event will see the next step for undefeated welterweight Brad Jackson as he takes on veteran Geoffrey Spruiell in a six rounder. The undercard has a preliminary line up including a set of four rounders featuring Josh Martinez vs Jacob Dominguez at super-featherweight. Anthony Wehr will return at light heavyweight and Alejandro Castillo at bantamweight with opponents to be announced. C.C. Edwards and Moonlight Productions are ‘importing’ New Mexican Arturo Crespin for a bout and local fan favorite Manuel Perez will see six rounds of action in a ‘rust shaker’ against journeyman Reginald Nash before seeking a rematch with Brandon Rios. Tickets and information are available at MileHighBoxing.com or by calling Jim Smith at 303-450-9763. Prices are $50 for ringside, $35 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission. There are also sponsorship opportunities, including ringside VIP tables, available.



April 11th, 2009

Boxing Result

Nashiro, Tada victorious!

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), 115, came off the canvas twice in the first and sixth and finally retaliated to score a come-from-behind TKO win over compatriot Konosuke Tomiyama (18-2, 6 KOs), a taller boxer-puncher from Tokyo, at 1:22 of the eighth round to retain his WBA belt and have the spectators in frenzy on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Also, unbeaten Etsuko Tada (5-0, 2 KOs), 104.75, captured the WBA female minimumweight belt by winning a nearly lopsided decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over previously unbeaten defending champ Cholong Son (10-1, 3 KOs), 104.5, Korea, over ten fast rounds. (More to come)



April 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Merza returns in Montenegro!

By Raymond Markarian & Johnny B’

Former promoter/boxer Sammy Merza is back in action. The hard hitting puncher from Chicago, Illinois will fight on April 16th in Podgorica, Montenegro. Merza’s boxing story is probably one of the more unique in the history of the sport. The proud Assyrian super middleweight went 14-1 with 11 knockouts in his first fifteen bouts, then hung up the boxing gloves for three years, and threw his hat into the promotional ranks from 2005 to 2008. In October, Merza returned to his knockout ways, destroying Michael Rush in the first round. Now 16-1 Merza’s looks to his next opponent, Thomas Hengstberger who has had 36 professional bouts, and fights out of Austria. If Merza is victorious, he is targeting Andy Lee and John Duddy.



April 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Title twinbill in Japan today!

By Joe Koizumi

Despite the nationwide and worldwide recession, Japan keeps staging world title bouts as regularly as previously, though our promoters complain of unsatisfactory ticket sales. A dual world title promotion will take place today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan.
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (12-1, 7 KOs), 115, will put his title on the line against compatriot and ex-OPBF ruler Konosuke Tomiyama (18-1, 6 KOs), a taller boxer-puncher from Tokyo, over twelve rounds. Also, WBA female minimumweight champ Cholong Son (10-0, 3 KOs), 104.25, will risk her belt against unbeaten Japanese prospect Etsuko Tada (4-0, 2 KOs), 104.75, over ten two-minute rounds. (more…)



April 10th, 2009




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