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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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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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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Boxing News

Povetkin, Pianeta work-out!

Alexander Povetkin has vowed to take one step at a time as he prepares for Saturday´s showdown with Jason Estrada. The White Lion is eager to return to the ring following his ankle injury which forced him to postpone his hotly-anticipated clash with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Today Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) gave the fans a first taste of his class during a public work-out session in Dusseldorf. “When I twisted my ankle back in October, I didn´t think it was a big issue at first. But the doctor´s diagnosis then was a huge blow for me,” he recalled. “However, I have put the injury past me. I am back at 100 percent and don’t have any problems with my left foot any more.” (more…)



March 31st, 2009



Boxing News

“Super Boxeo” launches in May!

New series on Fox Sports Español
(L to R) Mario Ragazzo, President of Super Boxeo; Sal Musumeci, Promoter of Final Forum; and Eddie Tosado, VP of Operations for Super Boxeo

(L to R) Mario Ragazzo, President Super Boxeo; Sal Musumeci, Promoter/Final Forum; and Eddie Tosado, VP Operations Super Boxeo

Sal Musumeci of Final Forum has teamed up with Mario Ragazzo of Super Boxeo and signed a three-year deal to promote 50 shows per year on Fox Sports Español. “I am proud and honored to bring this two hour program to the boxing fans,” said an ecstatic Musumeci. “Our mission is to bring the best boxing available to our audience around the world.” The show will be available to over 150 million viewers in North America, and will take place every Saturday night with the inaugural show airing on May 2, 2009 on Fox Sports Español. In addition to televising main event and co-feature, the show will also feature a 3-minute highlight reel of the under-card bouts so that TV audiences can familiarize themselves with the future main event fighters of the sport. This is just one of the many exciting segments planned for this broadcast. Super Boxeo is also very close to announcing a partnership deal with a well-known Puerto Rican boxing superstar. Stay tuned for more on this monumental boxing series.



March 31st, 2009

UFC

Horwich takes on Almeida

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1 @ 8pm ET/PT

Story by Robert Kravantka

A man that lives, sweats and breathes MMA, Matt Horwich will be facing off with Ricardo Almeida at UFC Fight Night tomorrow night . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Katsidis-Chavez Collide!

By Craig Watt

The term boxing “warrior” is perhaps over-used but in the description of former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis, from Australia and Mexican former WBC super featherweight and IBF lightweight champion, Jesus Chavez, the term is a correct description of their fighting pedigree, style and determination. They can knock out opponents with either hand, they can get up from the canvas and win and they can fight through adversity. Two of the sport’s most exciting “warriors” put their boxing pride and pedigree on the line on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas as part of Golden Boy Promotions “Lightweight Lightening” boxing event. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Botha vs Hoffmann!

By Ron Jackson

Former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha is scheduled to defend his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title against Timo Hoffmann from Germany on May 10 in Germany at a venue still to be announced. The 40-year-old Botha 47-4-2; 28 won the WBF belt when he outpointed Ron Guerrero in Potchefstroom on February 6 this year. Hoffmann 38-6-1; 22 has been a pro since October 1993 and has only lost one fight inside the distance and that was in December 2007 when the unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko scored a twelfth round technical knockout win. The other losses on his record have all been on points against quality heavyweights like Vitali Klitschko, Michael Sprott, Henry Akinwande, Paolo Vidoz and Timor Ibragimov. Botha appeared to be overweight and out of condition when he won the WBF beat against Guerrero, so he will have to lift his game to stand a chance against the taller and younger 34-year-old Hoffmann.
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Meanwhile it has been announced that Macbute Sinyabi 10-1; 10 will make the first defence of his South African junior featherweight title against Desmond Samuels from Cape Town at the Unisa Conference Centre in Ormonde near Johannesburg on Saturday April 25.



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Nakash returns Friday in Philly!

By Rick Scharmberg

Unbeaten cruiserweight bomber Ran Nakash (17-0, 13 KO), of Haifa, Israel returns to his adopted home, the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA, to battle Dave Brunelli (8-4, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia in an eight round grudge match this Friday, April 3. The bout is being billed as an old-time Jewish and Italian battle reminiscent of the ethnic wars typical of those in the first half of the 20th century. In the co-feature, Tyric “Too Sweet” Robinson (9-3-1, 3 KOs) will face Julias Edmonds (4-3), in all-Philadelphia, eight round junior welterweight bout. The card is being promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Geale Camp likes chances!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs) will defend the championship against former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on May 27. Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw and manager Bill Treacy are is confident their charge can upset the former WBA 168 pound title holder. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Chambers says he’s ready!

In the aftermath of his win at LA’s Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE over former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, heavyweight Eddie Chambers has proclaimed himself ready for a shot at one of the recognized world heavyweight title belts. “It was definitely the next step toward a title,” Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) said. “When you defeat a big heavyweight and one who recently held a world title, it feels good to have earned my opportunity to go for one of the world titles….I have worked long and hard to get there and I’m determined to be better next time out and win the heavyweight championship when I get my title shot. I am ready to take on any of the champions.” Manager Rob Murray, Sr., who has guided Chambers to four straight wins since taking over as Chambers’ trainer, said that Chambers hurt his right hand in the fight with Peter.



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Baloyi IBF defense set!

Branco Sports

Branco Sports

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced the eagerly awaited clash between Malcolm Klassen and Cassius Baloyi for the IBF junior lightweight belt will take place at the North -West University Complex in Mafikeng, South Africa on Saturday April 18. The 34-year-old Baloyi 36-3-1; 19 who has held six world organisation belts will be making the second defence of his IBF junior lightweight belt that he won in Mafikeng on April 12, 2008 when he outpointed Mzonke Fana. In September of the same year he stopped Javier Osvaldo Alverez from Argentina in his first defence. Klassen 23-4-2; 13 won the IBF junior lightweight belt in what was considered a big upset on November 3, 2006 when he outpointed Gairy St Clair from Guyana. However, less than five months later he lost the belt to Mzonke Fana who in turn lost it Baloyi. Klassen, 28, became the mandatory challenger in August last year when he stopped former five time world champion Manuel Medina of Mexico in two rounds. Baloyi and Klassen are both managed and trained by Nick Durandt, but the boxers have agreed that Gert Strydom will train Klassen for this fight.



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Marali challenges for 4th belt!

By Ron Jackson

Zolani Marali will try to win a fourth world organisation belt when he meets Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico for the vacant IBO junior lightweight belt at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Thursday night. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa, Aydin on ShoBox!

On April 17th Yuriorkis Gamboa has the big chance to become the first world champion for ARENA Box-Promotion. “El Ciclon” (14-0, 12 kos) faces WBA #1 Jose “Cheo” Rojas (15-6-1, 17 kos) for the WBA interim featherweight title at the “Star of the Desert Arena” at Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada featured live on “ShoBox: The Next Generation” (a11PM ET/PT). “I am very proud and honoured to fight for my first world title”, says Gamboa. “This is what I turned professional for: to fight big fights and collect championship belts. I thank everybody for this opportunity. I will not underestimate Rojas – but I will beat him.” (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Mundine-Geale inked!

By Craig Watt

It was confirmed today at a press conference in Brisbane that WBA#1 ranked middleweight Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KO’s) will challenge unbeaten IBO champion Daniel Geale (22-0, 13 KO’s) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on May 27th. This is an exciting clash of two of Australia’s finest middleweights and is seen by many as one of the best Australian match-ups in recent years. The controversial Mundine stated today, “Daniel is a good little fighter, great amateur background. But I am the best. I’m the man. I am not going to under prepare – he is not undefeated for nothing. But at my best not Geale, not Sturm, none of the middleweight contenders can match with me.” The 36 year old former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion hinted this could be his last fight on Australian soil as he prepares to challenge some of the best in the middleweight division. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Cardarello retains Youth title!

By Enrico “Erik” Crociati

Italian jr. middleweight Adriano Cardarello (9-0, 2 KOs) continued his impressive recent progress and retained his IBF-Youth title at 154 lbs last Friday night at the Sports Hall in Palestrina, Italy.
Cardarello outscored Andrei Salakhutdzinau (8-1, 1 KO) of Belarus over ten exciting rounds, with the final scoresheets being 97-93 and 96-94 twice. Salakhutdzinau proved every bit as tough but Cardarello’s workrate and superior boxing skills were evident over the ten rounds.
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Also in action in front of a full packed arena, super middleweight hitter Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (15-1, 9 KOs) showed his punching power and stopped decent Frenchman Mounir Sahli (8-14, 5 KOs) in three entertaining and cruel rounds. Davide Buccioni promoted.



March 31st, 2009

UFC

‘Wrecking Machine’ vs. ‘A-Train!’

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1!

Story by Andreas Hale

When Tim “The Wrecking Machine” Mckenzie steps into UFC’s Octagon for the first time at Fight Night on April 1st, he’ll have to not only overcome the bright lights of the big stage, but he’ll also have to get over the hump of fighting a good friend and former training partner. Mckenzie (12-5 ) has the opportunity of a lifetime to prove himself when he takes on Aaron “A-Train” Simpson for his first UFC fight – just don’t expect for Mckenzie to take it easy on his friend . . . Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Subplot: Roach vs Mayweather Sr.!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

When Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Ricky “Hitman” Hatton meet in “The Battle of East and West,” more than just Hatton’s junior welterweight championship belts will be at stake. The ante will also include Pacquiao’s coveted title as boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter. Simultaneously the stakes will be just as high for their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr., acknowledged as the two best trainers in the game today. The promotion commissioned a specially designed four-tier trophy, measuring over five feet in height, with the inscription “No. 1 Pound for Pound Best Trainer in the World,” to be presented to the trainer of the winning fighter. The trophy was unveiled to the trainers and international media covering Monday evening’s red carpet Hollywood premiere news conference for “The Battle of East and West,” at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, Calif., which hosted the very first Academy Awards eighty years ago. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

De La Rosas victorious!

By Roy Hess at ringside

Brothers J.P. and James De La Rosa made Saturday night’s “Sons of the Valley” boxing show at Harlingen Baseball Field a success with victories in the outdoor card’s featured bouts. J.P. “El Gallo Negro” De La Rosa (20-3-1, 15 knockouts) pounded out an eight-round unanimous decision ( 80-71, 78-73, 78-73 ) against Guadalupe Martinez (16-3, nine KOs) of Sugar Land in the main event matching middleweights. “King” James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs), J.P.’s younger brother, prevailed in the six-round co-main event of super welterweights when his opponent, Marteze Logan (26-36-2, six KOs) of Covington, Tenn., was disqualified at the 1:15 mark of the sixth by referee David Avalos for repeatedly holding. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao, Hatton in LA!

By Edgar Gonzalez
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank


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When you think about red carpet affairs in Hollywood, the first thing that comes to mind is celebrities. Several major Hollywood stars were on hand to join pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton at a red carpet themed press conference Monday night on Hollywood Boulevard at the famous Roosevelt Hotel to announce their scheduled bout on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

Boxing Result

Cayo outpoints Alcorro!

By Robert Coster

In a rather lackluster performance, WBA #9 Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (21-0, 14 KOs) won a unanimous nine round decision over veteran Wilson Alcorro of Colombia to retain his WBA Latin junior Welterweight title at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Colombian visitor was too much of an elusive target for Cayo to land clearly and inflict any damage. Very little emotion in this very “ho-hum” bout. (more…)



March 31st, 2009

UFC

Faber-Brown II set for June 7!

WEC announces biggest fight in WEC history!

On Sunday, June 7, World Extreme Cagefighting® returns to the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA with one of the most anticipated rematches in mixed martial arts history: Brown vs. Faber II. Looking to prove that his title win in 2008 was no fluke, WEC® featherweight champion Mike Brown defends the crown against former 145-pound king Urijah “The California Kid” Faber  . .  Click here for more



March 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Sosa set to defend (again)!

By Robert Coster
Photos: Tito Gonzalez


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The very popular WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa expects a tough contest for his eighth title defense against hard-punching Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand in Cuidad Victoria this Saturday. The fight will be the first world title bout held in this central western Mexican city, birthplace of WBC President Jose Sulaiman. It promises to be an entertaining matchup of styles between Sosa (34-5,18 KOs), a boxer-puncher, and the hard-hitting Porpramook (21-2, 16 KOs), who is moving up from the lower 105lb division. (more…)



March 30th, 2009

Feature Story

Full Report: Dirrell, Yorgey!

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” series rolled into the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami Oklahoma for a telecast that featured former 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre “The Matrix Dirrell and an exciting matchup featuring two of the top undefeated prospects as Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns and Lightning Harry Joe Yorgey squared off for the IBA International title. The fans braced a freak winter snow storm to see one of the best junior middleweight fights in recent memory. Both bouts will re-air on Wednesday at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME TOO. It will be available ON DEMAND from Tuesday, March 31-April. 27. (more…)



March 30th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaconu added to Montreal card!

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Another world champion has been added to this Saturday’s card at the Bell Centre in Montreal featuring Kendall Holt versus Timothy Bradley unification bout featured on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). WBC light-heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu will be participating in a non-title match-up versus David Whittom. Diaconu who hasn’t fought in close to a year since winning his title nearly a year ago in his native Romania was scheduled to have met Silvio Branco in Italy on April 10th. That card was cancelled when WBC cruiserweight champion and headliner Giacobbe Fragomeni was reportedly injured and the on-again off-again card was pushed back to May. (more…)



March 30th, 2009

UFC

Mizugaki gets right to work!

Mizugaki faces Torres April 5 on VERSUS!

It didn’t take long for bantamweight challenger Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) to realize that he wasn’t in Japan anymore. After a 6300-mile journey brought the 25-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan to Chicago, IL this past Saturday, Mizugaki found himself standing in the center of one of the greatest sports towns in the world. Surrounded by images of the hometown Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks, Mizugaki was in brief awe of the sights and sounds of the Windy City  . .  Click here for more



March 30th, 2009

Feature Story

Rip Van Winky!

Wright returns from nap of inactivity to face Williams

Story by Chris Cozzone

The last man no one wanted to fight will take on the latest man no one wants to fight. “I’m coming back to the top level,” says former champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs), who’s staging his return April 11 on HBO against two-time welter champ Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more



March 30th, 2009

UFC

Browning ‘no threat’ for Miller!

UFN is LIVE on SPIKE TV April 1!

Interview by David L. Hudson Jr.

One of the more intriguing matchups at next week’s UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, Tenn., on April 1, 2009, matches up two participants in The Ultimate Fighter – Cole Miller (Season 5) and Junie Browning (Season 8). Miller possesses much more professional MMA experience, compiling a record of 13-3 with three wins in the Octagon.  Browning has only a handful of fights but garnered much attention with his behavior on the show . . .  Click here for more

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info



March 30th, 2009




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