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Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!
Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing, would like to wish Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (2-0, 2KO) a happy 21st. birthday. Andrade who is co-promoted by DeGuardia, will be in action on the Star Boxing promoted card on March 6th at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. Andrade will open up the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast.
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) of Belarus seized a vacant EBA title with a convincing fifth-round TKO over Ukrainian Maxim Pedyura (11-1, 10 KOs) moments ago at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Ustinov was surprisingly quick for a man of his colossal stature, using his jab to control defensive-minded Pedyura and overhand right to regularly rock him. However, the Ukrainian fighter used his skills to avoid an early knockout. The bout was stopped in round five after Pedyura’s nose started to bleed strenuously. (more…)
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek weighed in at 199 lbs, for his world title defense against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event tomorrow on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT). Banks weighed 200. Also Giovanni Lorenzo and Dionisio Miranda both weighed 159 for their IBF middleweight elimination bout. All made weight on the first try.
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Seven years and nine fights ago, Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia made his debut with World Extreme Cagefighting in the now-elite organization’s very first event.
Thirty-eight WEC events later, Garcia, 12-3, has made the transition from prelim battler to main eventer for, on Sunday Mar. 1, he will get a shot at the WEC’s lightweight title when he takes on champion Mike Brown, 20-4, of Portland, Ore. . . . Click here for more
Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. president Jimmy Burchfield made several key announcements today, ranging from a minimum 11-fight schedule in 2009 to major fights in Germany for two of his top fighters, Jason “Big Six” Estrada and cruiserweight “Awesome” Aaron Williams. As previously reported, 2004 U.S. Olympian Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) takes on 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the IBF’s top ranked heavyweight, Alexander Povetkin, April 4, in the main event in Dusseldorf, Germany. Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) challenges IBF Intercontinental title-holder Enad Licina (16-1, 10 KOs) in the co-feature. (more…)
After a one-year stay in Houston, Texas, Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (23-0, 14 KOs) has made his return back home to Glendale, CA. Vanes is excited to re-unite with his former trainer Freddie Roach, and ready to start training again at The WildCard Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA. “It saddens me to leave Ronnie Shields and Houston after a very productive one year run, but my team and I made a tough decision and believe this change will be best for my career at this time” said Martirosyan. “I cannot thank Ronnie, Brian Caldwell, and Creed Fountain and the rest of the guys at Savannah Gym enough for the many hours they put in with me and for all that I learned during my time there. I would also like to take time to thank Dr. Albrik Nazarian for being a great friend and mentor during my stay in Houston. I do look forward to a fresh start here with Freddie Roach – who I began my pro career with, and can’t wait to get in the gym. This is a very big year for me and I’m now more than ever determined to take it to that next level and make some noise at 154.”
By Andreas Hale at ringside
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Shaun George wanted to prove that his upset victory over Chris Byrd last May was not a fluke and that he is a legitimate Light Heavyweight contender. At BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, George got another opportunity to showcase his talents when he faced Jaffa Ballogou. Unfortunately for those that wanted an extended look at George, if you blinked, you missed it. George needed just 86 seconds to beat Ballogou from pillar to post before the fight was called to a halt and gave George the TKO victory. (more…)
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Pretty little Japanese girl Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 5 KOs), 114, captured the WBA female super-flyweight belt as she kept on stalking defending champ Zhang Xi Yan (7-2-1, 2 KOs), 113.75, a Chinese southpaw, and overcame her early deficit on points to earn a split decision over ten heats on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. It was such a hairline verdict as either could have been the winner, as scored: Namchul Park (Korea) 97-95, Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 98-92, both for the challenger, and Arkom Wannasit (Thailand) 96-95 for Zhang. The referee was Silvestre Abainza (Philippines). It was the very first WBA female world title bout ever held in Japan, a good market for smaller divisions. (more…)
IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is willing to defend his IBF title against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik anywhere in the world to prove he is the best in the division, according to his agent Kalle Sauerland. Abraham’s next fight is against Lajuan Simon on March 14. Sauerland told Setanta Sports News that Pavlik was the only fight Abraham wanted. “We’ve been after this fight for a long time and there definitely hasn’t been any offer to come to Germany,” he said. “We put an offer to Top Rank [Pavlik’s promoters] and they seem to be hesitant, but I think in the past 48 hours we’re starting to make roads forward. This match up will show who the best middleweight in the world is. We understand that Kelly’s a big name in the States, but Arthur’s a big name in Germany. All we want is for this fight to happen. We’ll go to his backyard and fight him if necessary.”
Interview by Byron Spurlock
Lightweight Hylon Williams Jr. will continue to get attention Saturday night, when he fights on the undercard of the Marquez–Diaz fight card. Williams was a member of the USA Boxing Elite Junior Olympics Team. He is also a 13-time Regional Golden Gloves champion (Voted Outstanding Boxer), and a 10-time Regional Junior Olympic champion, 13-time Games of Texas champion. The list goes on and on. (more…)
Matchups are set for the big “Tijuana Thunder” pay-per-view event on March 28th in Tijuana, Mexico. As previously announced, Julio César Chávez Jr (39-0-1, 29 KOs) will take on unbeaten Luciano Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) in the main event. In other bouts, WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (46-7-2, 29 KOs) will face Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (26-4, 13 KOs), former WBO super flyweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel will meet Diego Silva (24-1, 12 KOs) for a WBO interim bantamweight title belt, and two-time ex-WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (58-8-1, 49 KOs) will battle Antonio “Toño” Diaz (45-5-1, 20 KOs) in a bout contracted at 143 lbs.
Interview by Byron Spurlock
Juan Diaz’s trainer Ronnie Shields spoke to Fightnews about Juan’s preparation for the upcoming fight and why he believes this fight has all the makings of a thriller, Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (more…)
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By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Simphiwo Nongqayi faces the toughest fight of his career when steps into the ring with Mexican Francisco Arce in Toluca, Mexico on Saturday night. The 37-year-old Nongqayi (15-0, 6 KOs) and Arce (28-4-2, 19 KOs) will meet in an IBF junior bantamweight title eliminator. The South African who had a long and successful amateur career fought at the 1988 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpar and was eliminated in the second series. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#10 feather Naoki Matsuda (29-8-4-1NC, 12 KOs), 126, very barely kept his Japanese 126-pound title when he was held to a split draw (97-94, 95-96 and 96-96) by ex-champ Koji Umezu (15-8-2, 6 KOs), 126, over ten heats on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was such a close affair, as Umezu seemingly overpowered the champ all the way, while Matsuda (formerly a conqueror of ex-WBC feather champ Rudy Lopez in Mexico) occasionally an effective shot at a time. Undercard: WBA#9/WBC#13 122-pounder Akifumi Shimoda (18-2-1, 8 KOs), 123, fought to a technical draw with Panamanian Jose Arboleda (23-4-2, 9 KOs), 122.75, at 1:08 of the third session because of the Japanese southpaw’s bad vertical laceration at the forehead in a scheduled ten. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
31-year-old underdog Shoji Kimura (22-2-2, 8 KOs), 122, surprisingly captured the Japanese super-bantam belt as he stunned the crowd with an unexpectedly quick demolition of WBA#8 prefight favorite Kazuma Miura (12-1-2, 5 KOs), 122, with a single left hook at 1:21 of the second session on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Who had expected such a clearcut knockout by soft-punching speedster Kimura? Miura had upset prohibitive favorite Akifumi Shimoda to win the national belt in a huge upset, and it was his initial defense to show it wasn’t a fluke. Kimura, piloted by ex-WBA fly champ Susumu Hanagata, is on the twilight of his career, having lost twice at his important stage and considering a farewell to the ring after singing a swan song tonight. The champ couldn’t beat the count to forfeit his newly acquired throne. Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.
By Scott Ploof and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Cruiserweight Troy Ross (18-1, 13 KOs) scored a sudden fourth round TKO over Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor (12-4, 7 KOs) to earn the Season Four Contender championship on Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. A competitive fight ended when a massive right-left combination by Ross left Ehikhamenor unable to defend himself in a corner forcing referee Steve Smoger to stop it at the 2:00 mark.
Cruiserweight Rico Hoye (20-2, 15 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Akinyemi “AK” Laleye (10-1, 5 KOs) in the Contender semi-windup. Hoye outworked Laleye in a good action bout to win by scores of 79-72 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-3-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Brad Gregory (11-3, 9 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Medieval Times Castle in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Gunn dropped Gregory twice with bodyshots in the fourth to claim the WBA-NABA belt and retain the WBC-USNBC belt. Time was 2:14.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
It was a short night for light heavyweight contender Shaun George (18-2-2, 9 KOs) as he needed just 86 seconds to take out Jaffa Ballogou (46-8, 40 KOs) on Wednesday night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s Times Square. George rocked Ballogou early and battered him until the bout was halted at 1:26. George is currently ranked #8 by the WBC, #9 by the IBF and #11 by the WBA.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (4-0, 4 KOs) destroyed Clarence Tillman (1-2-1) via first round TKO. Tillman was knocked down twice before the bout was stopped after just 1:44.
This Saturday night in his hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico Francisco “Panchito” Arce, the younger brother of three-time world champion Jorge”Travieso” Arce, will step into the ring to face Simphiwe Nongqayi of South Africa in an IBF super flyweight eliminator bout. Arce (28-4, 19 KOs) is currently ranked #13 by the IBF while Nongqayi (14-0, 6 KOs) is ranked #6. The Zanfer Promotions promoted card will be televised via Azteca America here in the US from the Gimnasio Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis. Arce currently holds a minor belt after having disposed of William De Sousa last November that open the door to this elimination bout. “I’ve got to take advantage of this opportunity – Nongqayi looks like a difficult and tough opponent but I’ve got to fight this type of fighters if I want to fight for a world championship. I’ve got to show my fans and my people in Los Mochis that I can beat high level fighters and I’ll prove it to them that I can on Saturday Night,” said Arce.
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The always-exciting Tomasz Adamek will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight title against undefeated Johnathon Banks in the main event this Friday, Feb. 27, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The aggressive-minded Adamek (36-1, 24 KOs), of Jersey City, N.J., by way of Poland, will be making the first defense of his IBF title against Detroit’s Banks (20-0, 14 KOs), the IBF’s No. 8-ranked contender who is managed by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. In the 12-round ShoBox co-feature, Giovanni Lorenzo (26-1, 18 KOs), of New York City via the Dominican Republic, will meet Dionisio Miranda (19-3-2, 17 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia, in an IBF middleweight elimination bout. The winner could be next in line to challenge champion Arthur Abraham. The event is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions. Tickets, priced from $38, can be purchased at the arena box office or by calling Ticketmaster (201) 507-8900. The first live fight starts at 8:30 p.m. ET. Here’s what the fighters and camp members said Wednesday: (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion Chris John finished his final sparring session on Tuesday, 2/24, at his training camp in Houston, Texas, prior to his encounter with the hometown hero Rocky Juarez, Feb. 28 at the Toyota Center in Houston. The official weigh-in will be conducted on Friday, 2/27.
Indonesian young star Daud “Cino” Yordan (23-0, 17 KOs) departed to California last week for the long preparation and adaptation for his most important fight in his boxing career against the former IBF featherweight champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (23-1, 16 KOs), March 7, at the Tank in San Jose, California. The bout is scheduled in 10 rounds, in the jr. lightweight division.
Besides his brother/trainer Damianus Yordan, Indonesian jr. welterweight Daudy Bahari also included in Yordan’s entourage. Besides demonstrating his ability in front of the US public during sparring sessions with Yordan, Daudy will also make his US debut against Argentina’s Hector David Saldivia. The 25-year-old Bahari (38-2-1, 14 KO), a former jr. welterweight PABA champion, will try to seize Saldivia’s WBA fedelatin welterweight title in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on 3/27.
By Scott Ploof and Alex Dombroff at ringside
The local flare added to the card by Tim Flamos was extinguished quickly by Felix Cora, Jr. Cora(20-3-2, 10 KOs) and Flamos(20-6-1, 8 KOs) fought most of the first round on even terms, each trying to break the other down by working the body. As the action wore on, Cora began finding his range, and battering Flamos, from nearby Brockton, Mass. In round three, with Cora pinned in the corner, Cora unleashed a series of uppercuts that backed Flamos off him. A series of looping power punches in the middle of the ring dropped Flamos, whose subsequent trouble rising to his feet cause referee John Callas to stop the bout at 1:57 of round three.
In the opening bout of the evening from the brand new MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT, Alfredo Escalera Jr. (17-2-1, 12 KO’s) led by his powerful jab and explosive combinations, battered and beat his opponent Erick Vega (8-4-1, 6 KO’s) over six masterful rounds until referee Johnny Callas called a halt to the bout at 2:50 of the final round. Escalera Jr. was explosive with his combinations and out landed and out worked his opponent throughout.
“The Contender’s” Ryan Coyne (10-0, 2 KO’s) kept his perfect record unblemished as he landed the more effective punches and combinations, typically in the later minutes of each round to score a six round unanimous decision over Richard Gingras (9-3, 5 KO’s). Scores of the bout were 60-54 twice and 59-55 all in favor of Coyne.
Interview by Byron Spurlock
With probably his biggest fight to date, only days away, IBO Lightweight Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz held little back expressing his opinion of opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez, Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Tex. (more…)
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