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Quigg annihilates Munyai to retains WBA super bantamweight belt

Quigg annihilates Munyai to retains WBA super bantamweight belt

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank Unbeaten lightweight Felix "Diamante" Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan "El Oso" ...

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, ...

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Weights from Minnesota

Weights from Minnesota

Photos: S.C. Photography Comebacking former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) returns tonight against Mexican heavyweight Francisco Mireles (17-8, 5 KOs). The ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

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Weights from Minnesota

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Boxing News

Weights from Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Anselmo Moreno 118 vs Javier Chacon 117
(WBA bantamweight super world championship)

Leroy Estrada 105 vs Edwin Diaz
(WBC Latino minumweight title)

Gilberto Pedroza 105 vs Carlos Ortgea 104
(WBC Fecarbox miniumweight title)

Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Venue: Roberto Duran Arena
TV: TV MAX

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March 21st, 2014



Twitter Watch

WBO orders Russell vs. Lomachenko clash for vacant featherweight belt

The WBO has ordered Gary Russell to face Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title. Promoters, Golden Boy (for Russell) and Top Rank (fro Lomachenko) have 30 days to negotiate. That should be interesting as Top Rank and Golden Boy haven’t been doing business with each other recently.



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez corner team named

Sergio Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz has announced the team that will be working Martinez corner for his June 7 PPV fight against Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The team will consist of trainer Pablo Sarmiento, cutman Dr. Roger Anderson, hand wrapper and advisor Russ Anber and Martinez’ personal doctor, Dr. Raquel Bordons.



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Sabillo, Rodriguez make weight in Monterrey, Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Merlito Sabillo 104.5 vs. Francisco Rodriguez 105
(WBO minimumweight championship)

Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr 148 vs. Vivian Harris 148
Abner López 142 vs Ricardo Domínguez lbs
Juan Hernández 111 vs Gerardo Verde 109
Rodolfo Quintanilla 141 vs Uriel Hernández 141.5
Sergio Ortega 140 Juan Ramírez 141

Venue: Arena Monterrey
Promoter: Zanfer

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March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Chester, PA

Eric Hunter 125.5 vs. Yenifel Vicente 125.5
(USBA featherweight title)
Miguel Cartagena 113.5 vs. Miguel Robles 118*
Victor Vasquez 135.5 vs. Osnel Charles 135.5
Tony Ferrante 210 vs. Pedro Martinez 229
Anthony Prescott 150.5 vs. Anthony Miller 150.5

Promoter: Joey Eye Boxing Promotions
Venue: Harrahs Philadelphia
1st Bell: 7:30 PM ET

* Robles 3 lbs over
Hunter was 132 and Vicente 134 at the mandatory 2nd day weigh in



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Antonio Tostado

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“Boxeo Telemundo” continues its 25th year on the air tonight when Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico, takes on Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the main event. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fight card will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion , Tampa, FL. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions.

Tostado is familiar to the Telemundo audience, having fought recent world title challenger David Carmona dropping a hard fought decision loss. It was the first and only blemish to date on Tostado’s record but Tostado said it was a learning experience and he is ready to move forward. Fightnews caught up with Tostado as he was literally arriving to his hotel from the airport having taken this fight on just a few days notice. (more…)



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

McGowan returns at Western Alliance 12

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By Brett Bonetti

Former WBO Female Lightweight World Champion Erin McGowan (14-2, 7 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday night where she will take on former 2 time world title challenger Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth (12-2-2, 5 KOs) at Western Alliance 12 at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium in Perth Australia. McGowan is very excited about fighting in front of her home fans for the first time since 2010. “It sure has been a tough four years fighting overseas and taking a break” McGowan said. “But I am feeling really mentally and physically focused. My opponent has fought for 2 world titles and she is a good test to see where I’m at after a huge break. It is my mission to bring another world title back to Perth, Sky is the limit.” (more…)



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Kamanga to be tested by veteran Buhlalu

By Ron Jackson

Veteran Irvin Buhlalau will be a tough test for the rising young star Paul Kamanga when the meet over six rounds in a light welterweight bout at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto south of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. The 20-year-old Kamanga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who is now based in Johannesburg and trained by former fighter Anton Gilmore made his pro debut on July 9 2012. He has been most impressive in racking up an unbeaten record of nine wins with six coming inside the distance.

Buhlalu, 39, from Durban was an outstanding amateur representing South African at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 1996 Olympics and as a professional won the South African and All Africa lightweight titles. However, he has only had four fights since August 2009 and in December last year was only a shell of his former self when he was badly beaten and stopped in seven rounds by Thompson Mokwana when challenging the South African lightweight title.

On the undercard Sean Ness meets Vusi Dladla in a welterweight bout scheduled for six rounds. There are also five other bouts on the undercard and the tournament is backed by Golden Gloves Promotions.



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Ali Ndiaye vs Rebrasse Rematch for EBU title

Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show tomorrow in Pontedera (Pisa), Italy. In the main event WBC #12 and IBF #6 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (23-1-1, 13 KOs) will fight WBC #9 and IBF #7 Christopher Rebrasse (21-2-3, 5 KOs) for the vacant European super middleweight championship. It’s a rematch between the two. Last June, the fight finished with a controversial draw where many people saw Rebrasse winning the fight. (more…)



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: Hectos Santos/ Cotto Promotions, LLC

Jorge Melendez 154.6 vs. Richard Gutierrez 153
Felix Verdejo 134 vs. Juan Santiago 133
Jose Martinez 115 vs. Miguel Del Valle 115
Christopher Diaz 124.8 vs. Luis Hernandez 121
Antonio Ortiz 142 vs. Julio Santos 140
Yomar Alamo 144 vs. Victor Vega 148
Kevin Nieves 134 vs. Jose Del Valle 134
Emanuel Morales 130.6 vs. Sean Acosta 129

Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Top Rank/Miguel Cotto Promotions/H2 Entertainment
TV: UniMas

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March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Martirosyan Looks to Start a New Chapter tonight

By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Despite an eight-year, 33-fight unbeaten streak to start his career, 2004 United States Olympian Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan was considered by many a slight underdog to untested young contender Demetrius Andrade in a fight for the WBO light middleweight title last November. In that fight, Martirosyan briefly showed flashes of the brilliance that once had him on the fast track to stardom, knocking Andrade down in the first round and threatening to make short work of his opponent. But over the course of the remaining eleven rounds, Martirosyan failed to capitalize on his quick start and lived down to more contemporary expectations, losing a split decision to Andrade that most ringside observers felt was not as close as the final scores indicated.

Four months later, Martirosyan, (32-1-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring tonight for the first time since that loss, armed with a new trainer in Joe Goossen, a new promoter in Goossen Tutor Promotions, and the optimism that comes with a second chance for a fresh start.

“I feel like I’m starting 0-0 again,” Martirosyan told FightNews.com. “Goossen is bringing the best out of me and on Friday night people will get to see and realize this is the start of something big.” (more…)



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Luis Ortiz opponent named: Monte Barrett

The April 3 FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes tripleheader is now complete, as former heavyweight world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring to face unbeaten WBA #2 contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) in the main event of “Night of the Heavyweights” Golden Boy Live! event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

In previously announced televised heavyweight bouts, Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington risks his perfect professional record in the 10-round co-main event against Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale goes for 10 straight wins when he takes on veteran Nagy Aguilera. Plus, unbeaten rising star Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya will appear in a six-round junior featherweight bout and prospects Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara, Neeco “The Rooster” Macias, Michael Hunter and Stephan Shaw will also be seeing action on this stacked card.

Fight fans in attendance at Fantasy Springs are in for a special treat as former heavyweight contender Gerry “Gentleman” Cooney will be on hand as a special VIP guest to meet and greet those at the event.



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Kathy Duva talks Adamek, Glazkov

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Main Events

“Only Adamek knows if he can again dedicate himself 100 percent to the sport of boxing. He’s financially secured, has a great family, and if Adamek decides to fight is because of his competitive spirit, not because he has to. Those are tough questions and I expect that Tomasz should have weeks to make the right decision. No matter what his decision will be, Main Events will always support our champion; we understand the reasoning behind both options,” said Main Events President Kathy Duva in a Fightnews.com interview. (more…)



March 21st, 2014

UFC

Lahat cool and confident before debut

UFC newcomer Noad Lahat couldn’t help but shake his head when a friend recently asked him if he was worried about fighting a Brazilian – Godofredo Pepey – in Brazil this Sunday when he makes his Octagon debut . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Jonathan Vidal

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Tonight’s “Boxeo Telemundo” Main Event will see Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico take on Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fight card will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion , Tampa, FL. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions.

Vidal like Tosado recently suffered his first and only career loss to date. However, unlike Tosado, Vidal does not feel he lost when he dropped a decision in the home country of his opponent. Though Vidal is taking this fight on just days notice, he stated he was in excellent shape and ready to shine on this big stage. (more…)



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Mancini visits the Wild Card

Photos by Pete Susens

Former World Lightweight Champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini visited The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood Thursday to watch Manny Pacquiao prepare for his April 12th bout with Timothy Bradley at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

More photos…



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Pueblo, Colorado

Photo: Sundown Entertainment

Photo: Sundown Entertainment

Maria Suarez 109 vs. Chantel Cordova 111.2
Javier Rodriguez 152.8 vs. Marcus Dawkins 155
Robert Brewington 168 vs. Izaak Cardona 168
Kevin Benson 135.2 vs. Ronnie Reams 136

Venue: Pueblo Convention Center
Promoter: Cordova Productions and Sundown Entertainment

The card originally was planned to include five professional bouts. However, due to injury David Escamilla is unable to participate in his contest with Chris Galvadon.



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights

Heather Hardy 121 vs. Nydia Feliciano 119
Joe Smith 178 vs. Michael Gbenga 172
Patrick Day 153 vs. Duane King 151.4
Lamar Russ 160 vs. Tony Hirsch 160
Chris Galeano 155 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 155
Joel Diaz 130 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 129
Eduardo Alicea 165.4 vs. James Johnson 159
Joseph Williams 177.8 vs. PJ Cajigas 173.8

Venue: Aviator Sports & Event Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Cabazon, California

Vanes Martirosyan 154 vs. Mario Lozano 153
Anthony Peterson 135 vs. Marcos Jimenez 132
Razvan Cojanu 264 vs. Avery Gibson 240
Abel Ramos 140.75 vs. Rodolfo Armenta 138

Venue: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: ESPN2



March 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko discusses Briggs gym ambush

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko speaks after former WBO champion Shannon Briggs went ballistic on Thursday morning as Wladimir prepared for his workout at the Heavyweight Factory in Hollywood. Florida.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury erupts at press conference

Tyson Fury erupted at Thursday’s press conference in Manchester with rival Dereck Chisora as the volatile heavyweights came face-to-face in the city where the big grudge fight will take place. Chisora and Fury collide in a Final Eliminator for the WBO World heavyweight title, with the vacant British title on the line and also Chisora’s European belt, at the Phones 4 U Arena on July 26th. Both met head-to-head on Monday in London where they engaged in a war of words, but if Thursday’s events are anything to go by, the big summer showdown could be the most explosive all-British heavyweight scrap in recent years.

Londoner Chisora kept Fury waiting on the top table turning up well after the official start time and casually strolling in which, no doubt, infuriated the Manchester giant.

After the initial introduction were made by Francis Warren, followed by a few words from trainers Don Charles and Peter Fury and Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy, Fury stood up and said, “All this mumbo-jumbo, great fights and all that – basically, let me tell you straight how it is.” Standing up and grabbing the microphone he continued, ‘Listen, I’m Tyson Fury, I’m the best heavyweight on the planet, this idiot is getting knocked spark out and I’m sick to death of this.’ Finishing off with: ‘This motherf****r is going to sleep’ before tipping the table over sending the title belts, table microphones, reporters’ recorders and bottles of water flying, before storming out of the press conference. (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayfield Moves Smooth

By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com

Karim Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KOs), who faces Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) on March 29 talked Thursday of being unconventional in the ring and in life – and backed it up with a high-energy press conference that included a spiritual, rousing introduction by his mother; the junior welterweight calling fans to the stage for a push-up contest after rapping a little; singing the praises of yoga; and working out to the swift, percussive beats of seven drummers.

While there should be joy and style in living, Mayfield believes, the HBO-televised fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ will remind people that he grew up in a tough, violent part of San Francisco, Calif.

“There will be some street-fighting,” he said in front of a raucous, supportive crowd of about 150 supporters at San Francisco City Hall. “I’m from the streets, right?” (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Arce visits former foe Carmona in Colombia

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Photo: Miguel A Guzman

Former multi-division world champion Jorge Arce of Mexico visited former opponent Jose Carmona of Colombia in Cartagenas, Colombia. Carmona endured two brain surgeries after his fight with Arce last November and remains hospitalized but conscious. Arce donated $10,000 to go towards the medical expenses of Carmona.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Photo: All Star Boxing

Photo: All Star Boxing


Jonathan Vidal 117 vs. Antonio Tostado 117
Luis Cruz 138.2 vs. Carlos Velazquez 135.4
Toribio Ramirez 126 vs. Bryan Resto 125.8
Alphonso Black 154.2 vs. Juan Aguirre 151.6
Angel Martinez 163.4 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 164.8
Lenroy Thomas 243 vs. Travis Fulton 243
LeJea Bolden Jr. 125.6 vs. Celiel Castillo 128.6

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo



March 20th, 2014

UFC

Edgar-Penn 3 set for July 6

After ten rounds, two fights, and one stint coaching against each other on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will settle their score once and for all at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6. Edgar has won the first two bouts of this series, but with the landscape changing to the featherweight division and Penn hungrier than ever for redemption, this five round matchup, which headlines the TUF 19 Finale card, has all the makings of a classic.

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

FBHOF names new board members

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The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its new Board of Directors. President Walter “Butch” Flansburg, CFO Kathy Flansburg and Vice President Steve Canton are set as lifetime board members and Dr. Mel Jurado (Corporate Governance), Bob Alexander (Public Relations/Media), John Daddono (Fundraising/Sales) and Enrique “Rick” Encinosa (Historian) have each been elected to serve one year terms.

“We are very pleased with our selection of new board members, and are very excited as we move ahead in the coming years with the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame,” said President Walter “Butch” Flansburg.

The Induction weekend is set for June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Sheraton Tampa East in Tampa, Florida.

Living inductees for the Class of 2014 include former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, manager Fred Levin, promoters Walter Alvarez, Luis De Cubas and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, and Leo Thalassites. Those inducted posthumously include former world champion Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman. Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra will receive Boxing Achievement Awards.



March 20th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fan Expo Returns to Las Vegas This July During International Fight Week

As part of UFC International Fight Week™, thousands of fans from all over the world will celebrate their passion for mixed martial arts (MMA) during UFC Fan Expo® July 5-6 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. During the two-day event fans will have access to the sport’s biggest names, interact with industry icons and more than 150 vendors, participate in exhibitions, fighter autograph and training sessions, and enjoy other special events and competitions. The UFC Fan Expo will culminate with the exciting conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter® 19 Finale on Sunday, July 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Center. (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

VIDEO: Briggs disrupts Klitschko training session

By Karl Freitag

The workout of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was disrupted Thursday morning by comebacking former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. As Wlad was having his hands wrapped by assistant trainer Aldo Vetera, Shannon stopped by the Heavyweight Factory Gym in Hollywood, Florida. Briggs was calm and collected at first, but then he started going off on Wladimir. Shannon then ripped off his shirt and told Wladimir that he’s been fighting bums all his career and challenged Wlad to fight right then and there. As he was being held back, Briggs threw his shoe at Wlad, striking him in the chest.



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Sabillo: I’m coming to give everything in the ring

Photo: Zanfer

Photo: Zanfer


WBO mini-flyweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs) is in Monterrey, Mexico, where he’ll defend against local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (13-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey. The world title bout is the co-feature for the welterweight clash between Jorge “Maromerito” Paez and former world champion Vivian Harris.

“I know little of the Mexican,” said Filipino star Sabillo. “Just that he’s very young. He must have talent to be looking for a world title, but I’m ready. I’m fully confident that I will continue as champion. We had a great camp and even in the backyard of my challenger I’ll defeat him…fights between Mexicans and Filipinos are guarantees of a great fights and Saturday against Rodriguez will be no exception. I’m coming to give everything in the ring.”



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Frans Botha to headline May 1 UAE card

Last December, Edward Mendy’s Lion Heart Boxing promoted the first-ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi history. Mendy will now return to the United Arab Emirates with a May 1 card taking place in Dubai. The event, billed as “May Day Mayhem,” will feature former heavyweight contender Frans Botha (48-11-3, 29 KOs) and take place at the Emirates Golf Club’s “The Lawns” venue. The 45-year-old “White Buffalo” will be looking to snap a six fight losing streak against an opponent to be named.

In the co-feature, 40-year-old former welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita (35-3, 27 KOs) returns against Dubai-based French fighter Nordine Arik (11-2-2, 4 KOs). (more…)



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Steve Cunningham media workout

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

With a little more than two weeks remaining before his 10-round nationally televised main event with Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, 20-0, 15 KOs, heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham, 26-6, 12 KOs, held an open media workout today at the Rock Ministries Gym in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

Cunningham and Mansour will clash at North Philly’s Liacouras Center on Friday, April 4th, in a fight for Mansour’s USBA title that will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network.

Also participating in the workout were Cunningham’s stablemate, Khalib “Bigfoot” Whitmore, 5-0, 4 KOs, who has a spot on the undercard of the anticipated April 4th card, and the trainer of both fighters, Brother Naazim Richardson.

Steve Cunningham: “This is a special fight for me because Mansour is the powerhouse and they are calling him the next Mike Tyson. He has the USBA title and the fight is in Philly. So great, let’s go. All the negative things being said about me just fuel me up. These things fuel me in camp. Almost every fight in my career, even as a champion, has been about showing these people that I’m supposed to be here.” (more…)



March 20th, 2014

UFC

UFN Natal Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC’s return to Brazil marks yet another opportunity to discover some of the best young talent coming out of the South American country, not to mention the mix of veterans also competing on the undercard who are either looking to bounce back from a recent loss or fight their way onto a main card in the future . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vibe Mag reports on Floyd Mayweather working out to Justin Bieber. More

Can Vanes Matirosyan make a fresh start under Goossen-Tutor? More and More

According to local reports, former boxing champ Holly Holm is out of the running as a possible foe for UFC’s Ronda Rousey.

A new biopic produced in the Philippines will focus on Manny Pacquiao’s childhood and family. More



March 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hatanaka: Tanaka may win world belt in third pro bout to tie Saengsak’s record

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Fumika Okuchi

Former WBC super-bantam champ and currently promoter/manager Kiyoshi Hatanaka flamboyantly predicts that his “Dream Boy” Kosei Tanaka (2-0) may win a world championship in his next bout to tie with Saengsak Muangsurin’s record of winning the world belt in his third pro outing. The sensational youngster Tanaka, who defeated a couple of world contenders in as many pro bouts, is still 18 years of age, but his impresario Hatanaka earnestly wishes to make his golden rookie have a world shot as soon as possible. “Tanaka has everything to become a world champion, so I hope he will tie the world record of Muangsuin. Lomachenko lately failed to beat Saengsak’s mark, but Tanaka will tie the record without fail should he be fortunate enough to get an opportunity. As you (press people) watched, Tanaka superbly can punch, box and defend himself. I hope the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF will pave the way for the genius to prove his worth.”

Reviewing boxing history thanks to great statistician Bob Yalen’s list (where so-called “interim” champs aren’t counted), the quickest route to the top was registered by Saengsak Muangsurin of Thailand who dethroned WBC 140-pound champ Perico Fernandez of Spain via eighth round knockout in 1975. The southpaw ex-Muaythai battler won the belt in his “third” international-style fight. The second quickest is also a Thailander named Veeraphol Sahaprom, who gained the WBA bantam belt by dethroning his compatriot Daorung Chuwatana in his “fourth” pro fight in 1995. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

New Telemundo main event: Vidal vs. Tostado

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will return Friday from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In a new main event Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds for the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title. This will be another classic battle of the series Puerto Rico vs. Mexico. The original main event fell out when David Carmona reported ill for his fight against Mathew Villanueva. (more…)



March 19th, 2014


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