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Weights from Phoenix

Weights from Phoenix

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Konstantin Ponomarev 148.6 vs. Cosme Rivera 145.6 Trevor McCumby 173.6 vs. Martin Verdin 176 Egidijus Kavaliauskas 147.8 vs. Eduardo ...

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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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UFC

Stevenson welcomes Sanchez to lightweights!

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Fans in the United Kingdom will be treated to a lightweight showdown this Saturday at UFC 95 as Joe “Daddy” Stevenson welcomes Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez to the 155 pound division  . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 18th, 2009



Announcement

Crash victims benefit in Buffalo!

Boxing promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide has announced he will donate $1 from every ticket sold to his “Return of Buffalo Boxing” event to the families of the 49 passengers killed in the crash of a Continental Flight 3407 near Buffalo. (more…)



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Wright-Williams Presser!

By Edgar Gonzalez/ Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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Halloween is celebrated at the end of October, but this year Halloween will be on April 11, 2009 when two of the most feared boxers in the world step in the ring at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former Junior Middleweight World champion Winky Wright will look to stop the meteoric rise of two-division World Champion Paul Williams in a 12 round middleweight bout that is destined to land the winner on the list of boxing’s best, pound-for-pound. Both Wright and Williams played host to a press conference today at the ESPN ZONE in Los Angeles. (more…)



February 18th, 2009

Photo Gallery

Campbell bonus gallery!

Photos by Scott Foster

More photos from Saturday night’s St. Valentine’s card in Florida: Campbell edges Funeka, Martinez draws with Cintron and Angulo destroys Rivera . . . Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

Column

Australian Boxing Buzz!

By Craig Watt

Although middleweight Anthony Mundine secured the mandatory challenger position with the WBA following his unanimous points win over Shannan Taylor in New South Wales recently, it appears he will have to wait until later in 2009 for his desired challenge to WBA champion Felix Sturm. It has been announced that Sturm will first make a voluntary defence against Japan’s Koji Sato in April. The former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion from Sydney is adamant his future is at middleweight, although recently fellow Australian Danny Green has called him out for a re-match of their 2006 fight at light-heavyweight. The 35 year old stated this week, “My priority is to win a world title at middleweight and Danny Green can wait his turn. Green is waiting their in my pocket and I can whip his ass whenever I want but my aim is to unify the world middleweight division. That is my priority.”
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Returning to Australia the WBA, WBC and IBF super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan confirmed he intended to move up to bantamweight after he retained his titles with an eleventh round stoppage of Mexican Jorge Arce in Los Angeles on February 2nd. He is bidding to become only the second Australian after Jeff Fenech to win world titles in three divisions. He stated this week on Fox Sports News in Australia, “I want to be champion in three weight divisions, four, five, I don’t want to go to bantamweight and stop, I want to be the best pound for pound fighter in world boxing. Pacquaio is ten kilos heavier than me so that fight does not make sense at the moment. He is the pound for pound champion but one day that is my goal.” It is reported in Australia that Darchinyan’s manager, Elias Nassar is looking at a match up with WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegwa or Ghana’s IBF champion Joseph Agbeko. A further possibility if Darchinyan remains at super-flyweight is a match with Mexican WBO champion Fernando Montiel.
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It was expected that former WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis would have his next fight in Australia with a “homecoming” fight in Queensland planned but manager Brendon Smith confirmed this week it would likely be another return to the US for his next bout. It has been announced this week that Katsidis will take on Jesus Chavez in a WBO eliminator in Texas on April 4th. He stated, “This is our home and ideally Michael wants to come home and fight here in Queensland but it is a matter of timing and this is a great opportunity that could lead him back to the WBO title and is also a major show that will have a wolrdwide television audience. It is a great offer and we must take it to push Michael back into the championship picture again at lightweight.”



February 18th, 2009

Feature Story

Pavlik ready to defend!

Story by Antonio Castro

The last time he entered the ring, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik  was a heavy favorite.  He was undefeated.  He was powerful.  He was full of confidence.  His opponent that night, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, had twice lost to Jermain Taylor, whom Pavlik had defeated twice himself.  Thousands of the Youngstown faithful traveled to Atlantic City and watched in horror as “The Ghost” was “Executed.” (more…)



February 18th, 2009

Interview

Mitchell returns!

Interview by Bob Caico

Two-time WBA super middleweight champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) continues his comeback this Friday when he challenges tough Zach Walters (23-3, 18 KOs) in Buffalo, N.Y  for the NABA light heavyweight title . . .  Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

UFC

UFC inks deal with French TV!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization has reached a new agreement with AB Groupe’s RTL9 to bring the world’s most exciting sport to over 14 million French-language homes across 38 countries and territories on two continents, Europe and Africa . . . Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Rubio presser tomorrow!

Free event open to Youngstown fans

World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) and his challenger #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio (43-4-1, 38 KOs) will hold their final news conference for their world championship pay-per-view event tomorrow (2/19) at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. In an unusual move, Top Rank will open this press conference to the public. Doors at the Chevrolet Centre will open to the public at 11AM with the news conference beginning at noon. Pavlik, Rubio and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be on hand. There is no charge for entry. Pavlik and Rubio collide Saturday on pay-per-view.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Kelly Pavlik Workout!

Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank

WBC and WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (34-1, 30 KOs) worked out today at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik will be defending his title against mandatory challenger #1 contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (43-4-1, 38 KOs) at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown this Saturday. Pavlik and two-time world champion Miguel Cotto headline Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” pay-per-view where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities on the same live telecast. Cotto will fight and highly-rated contender Michael Jennings Saturday’s WBO world championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell answers Judah!

By Flattop

Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell had this to say when informed about recent remarks made about him by Zab Judah:
“Let me tell you something Flattop. Zab can get it! If he can make 140, he can come get it! But I’m not doing all this calling out business anymore. I’ll fight anyone Terry puts in front of me. I called out everyone and their mother at 135, and what did it get me? A cancelled Guzman fight, and a very tough fight with a friggin giant in Ali Funeka. And to top it off, now I hear all these 135 guys are trying to make their fights for all my old titles. Ain’t none of them wanted those titles when I had them, but now that I’m moving up all the sudden they all want the belts. Too funny! But here’s the thing, I’m done with all that calling out stuff. All Zab needs to know is that if he can make 140, then we can do this. Zab says that 140 is his house? Man, 140 is a vacant house. If anything, it’s Hatton’s house. Zab ain’t lived there in 5 years or better. So let’s save all the yapping for the press conferences, and if he can seriously make 140, then come on with it. Lets do it!”



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

WBO sanctions Marquez-Diaz!

The WBO World Championship Committee received from Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker Eric Gomez a formal request that the bout between Juan Manuel Márquez and Juan Díaz on February 28 in Houston, Texas, be sanctioned as a WBO vacant lightweight championship title bout. The lightweight title was vacated when former champion Nate Campbell did not make the weight prior to his February 14 bout. Pursuant to the consideration of these facts, it is the consensus of the WBO Executive Committee and Championship Committee to grant Gomez’ petition. Therefore, the WBO World Championship Committee sanctions the above referenced bout to be held February 28, 2009 in Houston, Texas, with the provision that the winner must face the mandatory challenger within 180 days of the bout, unless some other decision is reached in accordance with the WBO World Championship Rules and Regulations.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Jennings NYC Presser!

By Mariano Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

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Two-time world champion Miguel Cotto and highly-rated contender Michael Jennings pose during a press conference Saturday’s WBO world championship fight at Madison Square Garden. Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will headline Top Rank’s “Two Great Fights, One Great Night” pay-per-view where the two superstars will fight two world title fights in two different cities on the same live telecast. Pavlik will fight Marco Antonio Rubio at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
Miguel Cotto: “We trained pretty good for the last two months and we’re ready for everything that Michael can bring. We’re going to do anything we have in our hands to come back to Puerto Rico with the title.”
Michael Jennings: “It is a dream come true to fight in New York at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing, where all the legends have fought. I’ve trained 100% and will show everyone a great fight on Saturday night.”



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson update!

By Flattop

Promoter Gary Shaw updated FightNews that Chad Dawson’s right hand suffered a ligament injury and that the fighter will wear a soft cast for approximately two weeks. Mike Criscio – the manager of Dawson – is flying Tuesday evening to Vegas to assist Dawson. Dawson was working out Monday at the famous Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym when he suffered the injury, as reported by Butch Gottlieb with BoxingInLasVegas.com.



February 18th, 2009

Announcement

Walter Smith passes

Legendary cornerman Walter Smith has passed away at the age of 94 in Detroit. Smith worked at the Kronk Gym with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and helped train former world champions Thomas Hearns and Hilmer Kenty among others. Smith was a teammate of Joe Louis in the 1930s. “For those of you who knew Walter Smith…we have lost a giant in the boxing world,” wrote former state boxing commissioner Dr. Stuart Kirschenbaum in an email to Fightnews.com. Visitation is 6-9PM today and 10AM-9PM Thursday at Swanson’s Funeral Home, 806 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit. The (313-923-1122). A service will be held at 11AM Friday at Shield of Faith Ministries, 13600 Van Dyke.



February 18th, 2009

Announcement

Former SA champion dies

By Ron Jackson

Former South African heavyweight champion and outstanding trainer Billy Lotter died on Tuesday. Billy who was 71 had been suffering from cancer for the past two years. A southpaw and born Willem Godfriend Lotter in Pretoria on May 25, 1937, Billy won the South African heavyweight title when he scored an easy 12 round points decision over Stoffel Willemse in Johannesburg on February 29, 1964. (more…)



February 18th, 2009

UFC

Sonnen takes on Maia

UFC 95 is live on Spike TV Feb. 21!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Every mixed martial artist dreams of having his or her hand raised at the end of a fight round title fight. Reaching the top of the heap in one’s weight class means that said fighter has arrived. For Chael Sonnen (23-9-1), his time to shine was supposed to come last November in a rematch with Paulo Filho, the WEC’s last middleweight champion. Filho bested Sonnen in their first meeting after locking in an arm bar. The rematch, however, was Sonnen’s for the taking  . . . Click here for more

UFC 95 is LIVE on FREE SPIKE TV, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT: The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, February 21st, and in the UFC 95 main event, it will be one of the most intriguing bouts of the New Year as exciting welterweight contender Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez makes his lightweight debut against former world title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson.  UK fans will also be treated to an all-star cast of the UFC’s finest international talent in pivotal bouts that can’t be missed. For more information, check out 95.ufc.com



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Contender Update!

The live final of the Season Four contender series is set for February 25th at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. As usual the results are being kept secret until tonight’s final taped installment, although the Mississauga News is already reporting the names of fighters in the finale. Versus is planning a two hour telecast next week, their first live event of 2009.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

WBA lightweight title update!

The WBA lightweight “super-champion” title was renounced by Nate Campbell prior to his fight with Ali Funeka, but promoter Don King apparently had patched things up with the WBA before Campbell’s problem at the scale forced him to relinquish the belt.
Paulus Moses is now the sole WBA lightweight champion. Should the Barrera-Kahn clash be approved by the WBO as a world title fight, Moses would be happy to face the winner for a unification, whereby a new WBA “super-champion” would be recognized.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Holt-Bradley Ticket Alert!

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon for the April 4th junior welterweight showdown between WBC champion Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley and WBO champion Kendall “Rated R” Holt at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The bout will be first world championship unification bout ever staged in the city. On the undercard, super middleweights Librado Andrade and Vitali Tsypko meet in an IBF eliminator. Ticket prices are $45, $65, $99.50, $149.50, $199.50, $350 and $550. Call 1-877-668-8269. Both bouts will be televised in the U.S. on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.



February 18th, 2009

UFC

Final bouts set for WEC card

The will be plenty of stars in the Lone Star state on March 1 as World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) proudly confirms the remaining bouts for WEC: Brown vs. Garcia, live from the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday, March 1, 2009 . . . Click here for more



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Rubio promises KO!

When #1 contender and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio worked out in front of a full media contingent yesterday in Youngstown, including two network affiliate television stations which broadcast live from the gym, he made a bold prediction.
“I have a secret plan that will not only take the world title belt from Pavlik, but will produce a knockout in front of all his fans,” proclaimed Rubio. “I really enjoy Youngstown and I look forward to showing Pavlik and his team around Mexico when they come down for the rematch to try to reclaim my title.” Rubio challenges WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik this Saturday at the sold-out Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The Pavlik-Rubio rumble headlines a two-city / two-world title doubleheader broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Lightweight title update!

Unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell’s inability to make weight has led to three titles becoming vacant. As previously reported, Golden Boy has expressed interest in having the WBO sanction the February 28 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz. Also in the mix for that belt is the March 14 clash between Amir Khan and Marco Antonio Barreral. Promoter Frank Warren told the Sun, “Khan vs. Barrera might well become a title fight. I hope the WBO will sanction it.”



February 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Dawson-Tarver cancelled!

By Butch Gottlieb

Boxinginlasvegas was just informed by IBF/IBO champion Chad Dawson’s trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad that Chad has sustained a hairline fracture in his right hand and that the March 14th rematch between him and former champ Antonio Tarver has been postponed. Further details will be posted as they become available.



February 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Maskaev set for title shot!

Today the last details have been finalized for former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev to face Richie Boruff, 17-2-1, on March 14th at Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia. If Maskaev doesn’t beat Boruff, he is jeopardizing and will lose his mandatory status as per the WBC order dated December 25, 2008. The WBC ordered that the winner of the Vitali Klitschko-Gomez bout must make the next defense of the WBC heavyweight championship against Maskaev within 120 days after the Klitschko-Gomez bout. (more…)



February 17th, 2009




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