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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor...for Bernard

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo courtesy Team Soliman IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) talks to Fightnews to ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

Photo: Goossen Promotions Austin Trout 154 vs. Daniel Dawson 154 Mahonri Montes 142.5 vs. Erick Bone 143 Micheal Hunter 205 vs. Harvey Jolly 194 Juan Funez ...

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

Photos: Tom Barnes, Tomba-Images Just days before from the highly anticipated "B96 Boxing at the Ballpark" event set for this Saturday night, August ...

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Photo: Sebastian Hagler On September 27 in Kiel, Germany, Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) puts his WBO World Super Middleweight title on the ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Boxing News

Andy Ruiz to face Nagy Aguilera next

Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, will bring Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas back on August 9. In the main event, rising undefeated Mexican-American heavyweight prospect Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (22-0, 16 KOs) will defend his NABF and WBO Intercontinental heavyweight titles against Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). Ruiz, the former amateur standout and Mexican Olympic Team member, has quickly ascended the pro ranks in his last three bouts by displaying his speed and explosiveness in early knockouts of Manueal Quezada (28-9), Tor Hamer (21-2) and previously undefeated prospect Joe Hanks (21-0). Ruiz is currently ranked #2 in the world in the WBO and #11 in the world in the WBC. Aguilera gained world recognition in 2009 when he knocked out former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in the first round. (more…)



July 8th, 2014



Boxing News

Rios-Chaves kickoff press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former world lightweight champion and all-action fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas, his next challenger undefeated contender Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov, and 2012 U.S. Olympian and social activist Jose Ramirez hosted a Los Angeles press conference Tuesday to discuss their upcoming fights, which will headline an HBO boxing event on August 2 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Rios faces former interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, who was not in attendance. Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) will be making his defending his title against Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs). Ramírez (10-0, 8 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round lightweight bout on the non-televised undercard.

Brandon Rios: I’m very exited to be back. It’s been eight months missing in action. People thought I was in Miami, but I wasn’t. I was in my house depressed, crying because I wanted to get in the ring and fight again. That’s what I love to do and I’m just very happy to be back to show everybody that I’m not done yet. The last two fights was, you know, it happened the way it did and that’s alright. Also I’d like to thank the Cosmopolitan for giving me the first fight to fight there and I’m very excited because it’s like breaking into the virginity for the first time, first fight there. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo, Lara grand arrivals

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Fight Week kicked off in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the “grand arrivals” of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Abner Mares, Jonathan Oquendo, Juan Manuel Lopez, Francisco Vargas, Mauricio Herrera and Johan Perez at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

All eight fighters are appearing on Saturday’s Canelo-Lara PPV telecast.

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July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev to B-Hop: Any time, any place

As Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) prepares to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against Blake “Il Capo” Caparello on August 2nd on HBO, there is some media buzz about the possibility of a unification fight between Kovalov and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), after Hopkins called out Kovalev in an interview. “All I want to do is fight the best,” responded Kovalev “I wanted to fight Stevenson but he ran away. I would get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins right now! Any time, any place! But who knows? Maybe he’s just trying to get more money from Showtime? So, I am focused on preparing for my fight on HBO on August 2nd and after we’ll see if Hopkins will really get in the ring with me.”

Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva/Main Events stated that she reached out to the Hopkins’ side but no one knows who would represent Hopkins in negotiations until Hopkins sorts out his promotional situation with Golden Boy.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco could return in August

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former Mexican WBC world champion Antonio DeMarco (30-3-1, 23 KOs) is currently training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles with Freddie Roach. DeMarco is expected to fight on a Zanfer Promotions card in Tecate, Baja California in August, possibly against Nigerian-Australian Wale Omotoso (23-1, 19 KOs).



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Jimmy’s Boxing wins IBF flyweight purse bid

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There was a purse bid in the IBF office today for the IBF flyweight championship between champion Amnat Ruenroeng and McWilliams Arroyo. Jimmy’s Boxing bid $202,000 and Golden Boy Promotions bid $70,150. The split is 75% to Ruenroeng and 25% to Arroyo.

Jimmy’s Boxing, headed by Jimmy Chaichotchuang, has 90 days to put the fight on.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Grachev returns Aug 9, new trainer Chris Byrd

Light heavyweight Denis Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs) will look to get back on the winning track when he faces unbeaten Ryno Liebenberg (15-0, 11 KOs). The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds with the WBC International Silver light heavyweight title on the line. Site of the bout will be the Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa with Rodney Berman (Golden Gloves Promotions) promoting.

Grachev, who has lost his last two fights, is training at the well known City Boxing Gym in Downtown San Diego, California. He has brought in former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd to be his head trainer with Baruch Ferreira staying on as the assistant.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Groves opponent named: Christophe Rebrasse

Super middleweight George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) will return on September 20 against WBC #3 and European champ Christophe Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator on September 20th at Wembley Arena in London. Groves is coming off consecutive KO losses to Carl Froch.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo wants to take back Mexican holiday fight dates from Mayweather

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Felipe Leon

WBC/WBA welterweight and super middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather has essentially taken over the Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day weekends, fighting exclusively on those dates since 2010. However, last week Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez stated he wants to fight on those dates which are so important to Mexico and used to feature fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya.

“I want to retake those dates and bring them back,” said Canelo. “Those dates are Mexican dates! They’re Mexican independence dates, and yes, for next year I will be fighting, I want to be fighting on those dates!”

Canelo’s promoter Oscar de la Hoya commented, “Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has given me strict orders, obviously he wants to follow in the footsteps of the great champions hailing from Mexico like Julio Cesar Chavez, fighters that have started the tradition of fighting Cinco de Mayo, started the tradition of fighting in September. Canelo now being a star of his own and a big draw and a person who the fans adore, me, as his promoter, it is my obligation to do what’s best for the fighter. So we’re obviously focusing 100% on Erislandy Lara and then we will be sitting down with Saul Canelo Alvarez and plan out his future.”



July 8th, 2014

UFC

BJ Penn: A Fighter Retires

There was always a running joke among a couple members of the UFC production team and myself when it came to BJ Penn. Event after event we would trade our war stories, trying to top each other by revealing the journey it took to finally track down the ever-elusive “Prodigy.” After it was all over, we would laugh at the same punchline: “But when we got him, he gave us gold.” . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Gavronski ready for limelight

On Friday, ESPN2 will telecast live from The Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. The ten round main event will be a WBC Continental Americas middleweight title fight between heralded Tureano Johnson (14-1, 8 KOs) and little known Mike Gavronski (14-0-1, 11 KOs). Gavronski is an interesting case. A five-time Washington State Golden Glove champion, Gavronski’s pro career got off to a very slow start. Trouble with local promoters, managers, and trainers seemed to follow the young man around. Eventually Gavronski would gravitate toward Sam DiTusa, a Seattle Policeman who has worked with some of the Northwest’s best fighters. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Cojanu-Pucheta meet July 25 in China

6’8 heavyweight prospect Razvan Cojanu (10-1, 5 KOs) steps up in competition when he meets Manuel Alberto Pucheta (30-9, 30 KOs) of Argentina in a special featured attraction. The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds and the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title. The bout will take place in Changsha, China with Wu Shi Niu / Liu Gang (Zovi Boxing Promotions) promoting. Also on the card will be Cojanu’s managerial stablemate 2012 Olympian super bantamweight Isaac Dogboe (2-0, 1 KO). The Romanian-born, Southern California-based Cojanu looks to make the transition from prospect to contender with the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title at stake. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Fujioka keeps WBA female 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese Naoko Fujioka (12-0, 6 KOs), 115, successfully made her initial defense of the WBA female super-flyweight belt as she overcame a five-inch height difference and pounded out a unanimous decision (all 97-93) over OPBF titlist and compatriot Tomoko Kawanishi (9-2, 4 KOs), 115, over ten heats on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The taller challenger made a good start by throwing a long left-right combination to the much shorter champ, who kept moving to-and-fro to feel out Kawanishi’s aggressiveness and stiffness as well. Fujioka, who dethroned compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi last November, regained her rhythm from the second on, precisely landing fast combinations and quickly moving out of the range. Though Kawanishi, eleven years her junior at 27, was in command in round four, when she kept stalking the elusive champ with busy but less accurate combos.

From the fifth on, it became a nearly lopsided affair as Fujioka often had Kawanishi at a standstill with solid roundhouse combinations to the face to sweep all thereafter. The champ’s left hooks repeatedly bounced off the face of the taller upright stylist. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Having fought both, former champ Austin Trout leans toward “Canelo” Alvarez over Erislandy Lara, this weekend in Las Vegas. More

Australian champ Sakio Bika was inspired by arch-rival Carl Froch. More

More on Amir Khan and the dropped assault charges.

Oldest active police officer Leo Thalassites inducted into Florida’s boxing hall of fame. More



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Ricky Hatton

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton talks to Fightnews about London Olympian Cameron Hammond and also IBF #14 middleweight Adam Etches, whose careers are guided by Hatton Promotions. Ricky says his greatest victory in the ring was defeating Kostya Tszyu. He also thinks a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao bout could be a 50-50 fight now that Floyd has had close fight with Marcus Maidana and Pacman had impressive wins over Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley.



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo vs. Lara Grand Arrival Info

Boxing fans are invited to attend the Grand Arrivals for featured fighters on Saturday’s Canelo-Lara PPV telecast from Las Vegas. The festivities begin Tuesday morning at 11AM at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. The schedule is as follows:

11:00 a.m. – Mauricio Herrera & Johan Perez
11:15 a.m. – Juan Manuel Lopez & Francisco Vargas
11:30 a.m. – Abner Mares & Jonathan Oquendo
11:45 a.m. – Erislandy Lara
12:00 p.m. – Canelo Alvarez

While you’re at it, at 6PM you can drop by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the official weigh-in for Wednesday night’s Alfonso Gomez VS. Ed Paredes fight on Fox Sports 1 & Fox Deportes. The weigh-in will be held at The Joint Casino Entrance (between Vinyl & Peacock Lounge).



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF #14 Hogan defeats Moxon

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

IBF #14 light middleweight Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (19-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over former amateur star, Steve Moxon (5-1, 4 KOs) at the Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Sunday. Scores Tony Marretta 116-113, Anthony Hibbs 111-118, Wayne Ashdown 115-113. Hogan previously held the national middleweight crown but vacated the title recently to campaign in the light middleweight division

In main supporting bout, super bantamweight Shannon O’Connell (10-3, 5 KOs) clearly outscored Bronwyn Wylie (3-3) over ten rounds Scores 100-90, 100-91, 99-91. O’Connell outworked Wylie in most of the rounds to capture the vacant WIBA Women’s International title (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

London Olympian Hammond stays unbeaten

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

London Olympian Cameron Hammond (10-0, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco (11-2, 5 KOs) over ten rounds at the
Moree Town Hall, Moree, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Scores 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. Blanco’s style was unorthodox but Cameron gained control in round two and outworked his Argentine opponent in most of the rounds to capture the vacant WBA Oceania welterweight title. “Cameron boxed well against a difficult opponent and this was a good learning fight at this stage of his career,” said Ricky Hatton who guides Hammond’s career under Hatton Promotions. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev: This is one of the greatest moments of my life

When he realized that he had really done it again, former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev went down to his knees on Sunday night at Ahmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. It was legendary Michael Buffer who announced Chagaev’s close but well deserved majority decision win (115:113, 115:113, 114:114) over Fres Oquendo which earned the 35-year-old Uzbek the WBA heavyweight championship for the second time in his career. None other than Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was the first to congratulate Chagaev in the ring. While the fight lasted Kadyrov even took charge as chief second coaching “his” champion in the corner. It was the leader of the Chechen Republic who brought this world title fight to Grozny along with promoter Timur Dugazaev (Terek Box Event). Accordingly Chagaev thanked the President for all his help and support.

“Words cannot express my gratitude to Ramzan Kadyrov for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank all people of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, Uzbekisten, Germany and the whole world. This is one of the greatest moments of my life”, said Chagaev immediately after the fight in the ring. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly: One more fight then I beat Bellew again

Former world champion Nathan Cleverly says that beating Alejandro Valori on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool will lead to a massive British grudge rematch with Tony Bellew – and he’ll beat his bitter Liverpool foe again. The Welshman defended his WBO Light Heavyweight crown at the Echo Arena against Bellew back in October 2011 and made three more successful defenses of the title before losing the belt to Sergey Kovalev in Cardiff in August. Cleverly took some time out of the game before deciding like Bellew to move up to cruiserweight and the 27 year old wants the big rematch against Bellew then a shot at a world title.

“I believe at the end of this year, or probably at the start of 2015, I will be in line for a shot at the world title,” said Cleverly. “I want to get this job done on Alejandro Valori and then first and foremost it is important I win that fight in good fashion. Then we will look for that big domestic grudge match between myself and Bellew and when I bash him up we will be looking for the world title fight then. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Press Statement on Amir Khan’s arrest

Amir Khan was arrested during the early hours of Friday 4th July on suspicion of common assault against two youths. Shortly thereafter he was released on police bail pending further enquiries. This was a minor incident involving a misunderstanding between Amir Khan and two other youths. On Monday 7th July Amir was notified by the police that the allegations against him had been withdrawn and the matter would not be pursued any further.



July 7th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Bonus Recap

Anderson and Gordon are TUF 19 Winners

Six fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the Ultimate Fighter Finale post-fight press conference: Headliners Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, Ultimate Fighter winners Corey Anderson and Eddie Gordon, Dustin Ortiz, and Leandro Issa . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA female 115lb champ Fujioka to collide with Kawanishi today

By Joe Koizumi

Having jumped up three classes to win the WBA super-fly belt, unbeaten Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs) of Japan will risk her newly acquired belt against a talented and tall compatriot, OPBF titlist Tomoko Kawanishi (9-1, 4 KOs) on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, a 38-year-old Wilfredo Gomez stylist, kept her WBC 105-pound throne twice after dethroning Mexican Anabel Ortiz by an eighth-round stoppage in 2011. She had a difficulty being matched with any suitable challenger, and finally decided to shift her target to compatriot WBA 115-pound ruler Naoko Yamaguchi, whom she impressively dropped early to win a unanimous nod and capture the belt last November. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Kameda to defend WBO belt on Showtime

As part of the programming in advance of Saturday’s Canelo vs. Lara PPV presentation at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Showtime will televise undefeated WBO bantamweight world champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda defending his title against #1-ranked contender Pungluang Sor Singyu during “Canelo vs. Lara: COUNTDOWN LIVE” (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the live PPV telecast.

Kameda, who turns 23 on the night of the fight, and his two brothers, Koki, 27, and Daiki, 25, recently made boxing history when all three held world titles at the same time. Tomoki is the only current champion in the family.



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Matchmaker Philippe Fondu

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Philippe Fondu, who is international matchmaker for Hatton Promotions, talks to Ray Wheatley of Fightnews about WBC #8,IBF #9,WBA #13 heavyweight Lucas Browne and also London Olympians Cameron Hammond and Damien Hooper. Philippe also discusses WBC #1 light middleweight Sergey Rabchenko and WBC #2 bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov.



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Farenas-Davis: Full Report/Photo Gallery

Photos by Emily Harney

Rapper/promoter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson returned to the Nutmeg State to celebrate his birthday as his company, SMS Promotions, presented a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights on Wednesday, July 2nd, at the Grand Theater in Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. More



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Bika-Dirrell 2 is on for August 16

WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) will defend his WBC title for the second time against undefeated Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) on August 16 at the StubHub Centre, Carson, California. The card will also feature IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter defending against Kell Brook.

Sakio drew with Dirrell in their first world title bout last year, and the Australian has revealed it was fellow world champion Carl Froch’s defeat of George Groves that inspired him to pursue a rematch with Dirrell.

“I was at Wembley in May to watch Carl Froch knock out George Groves,” said Bika. “I was impressed by the way Froch handled his unfinished business with George Groves and now I want to do the same with Dirrell. (more…)



July 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Juanma, J. Oquendo heading to Las Vegas

Puerto Ricans Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo will travel tomorrow to Las Vegas for their fights against Mexicans Francisco Vargas and Abner Mares, respectively on Saturday.

The former WBO super bantamweight and featherweight champion Lopez (34-3, 31 KOs), who is going to defend his WBO International junior lightweight title versus Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KOs), will fly tomorrow from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport on Delta Airlines flight #1386 at 11:44 a.m., along with his trainer Freddy Trinidad and his manager Orlando Piñero. Oquendo (24-3, 16 KOs), who will fight against former world bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight champion Mares (26-1-1, 14 KOs) in a 10 round bout, will travel on American Airlines flight #1341 from Puerto Rico at 12:05 p.m. with his trainer Dennis Pantoja and his team.

The main event will feature former 154lb world champion Canelo Avarez against the WBA junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara on PPV at the MGM Grand.



July 7th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Main: Edgar Ends Trilogy with Penn, BJ Retires

Anderson and Gordon are TUF 19 Winners

It wasn’t easy to watch, but BJ Penn’s courageous attempt to return to the Octagon as a featherweight and beat longtime rival Frankie Edgar came up empty Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, with Edgar stopping the former welterweight and lightweight champion in the third round . . . Click here for more

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CO-MAIN: Corey Anderson came into his Ultimate Fighter season 19 light heavyweight final match against Matt Van Buren with the nickname “Beastin 25/8.” When Sunday’s bout was over, there was no disputing that moniker, as Anderson tore through his opponent en route to a first-round TKO victory at the Mandalay Bay Events Center . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

UFC

TUF 19 Prelims: Issa Pulls Off Miracle Finish

Singapore-based Brazilian Leandro Issa pulled out all the stops in search of victory against China’s Jumabieke Tuerxun in their TUF 19 Finale prelim bout and it worked, as he scored a last-round submission win in their back-and-forth bantamweight battle at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev wins WBA heavyweight title with majority decision over Oquendo

By Karl Freitag

In a bout for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight championship, former world champ and WBA #3 rated Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over #4 rated Fres Oquendo (37-8, 24 KOs) on Sunday night in front of 30,000+ at the Akhmat Arena in Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia.

35-year-old southpaw Chagaev pressed the action in round one but nothing meaningful landed by either fighter. Chagaev began to connect with a few shots in round two. Oquendo was more active with his jab in round three while Chagaev landed a good straight left. The 41-year-old “Big O” opened round four well, then little action after that. Chagaev upped the pressure in round five. Oquendo also landed a few shots. Mostly Chagaev’s round in round six, but Oquendo did back up Chagaev with some punches toward the end of the round. Chagaev was bleeding from a cut over the left eye in round seven and the sight of blood seemingly inspired Oquendo to work a little harder. After a slow-paced round eight, Chagaev outworked Oquendo in round nine. Round ten was another slow, tactical round with both fighters landing occasional shots. Oquendo outboxed the visibly fatigued Chagaev in round eleven. Fres clearly had more left in round twelve, but an all out assault just isn’t in Oquendo’s nature and he didn’t get the big finish he needed. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.

With the win, Chagaev is now recognized by the WBA as world heavyweight champion along with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds a 2009 win over Chagaev.

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Former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (55-3, 40 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten Goran Delic (24-1, 4 KOs). It was simply target practice for Gomez, who got win when the ring doctor suddenly pulled the plug midway through round five. Time was 1:32. Gomez claimed the vacant WBA International belt.



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Shibata keeps OPBF/Japanese 160lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Slick-punching and fast-moving Japanese Akio Shibata (23-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, kept his OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) and Japanese middleweight belt as he managed to earn a unanimous hard-fought decision (115-113, 116-112, 118-110) over Hikaru Nishida (10-7-1, 3 KOs), 160, over twelve sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Having entirely lost his reputation with a second-round annihilation by ex-Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his very pro debut, the OPBF ruler Shibata rebounded a little by acquiring a national belt by whipping Daisuke Nakagawa this March. The elongated footworker, six years his senior at 32, had a tough time coping with the slower but rugged challenger, but steadily piled up points with his favorite hit-rand-run tactics. Nishida monotonously went forward and tried to dig solid body shots to stop the champ’s elusive mobility, which, however, didn’t cease until the end. (more…)



July 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC 175 Performances Bonus Recap

Chris Weidman retained his UFC Middleweight championship in a five-round war against challenger Lyoto Machida. For their effort, Machida and Weidman earned $50,000 each for the fight of the night . . . More
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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev a big favorite to regain WBA crown

Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is a -1000 favorite to defeat veteran Fres Oquendo when they meet tonight for the WBA “regular” heavyweight belt in Grozny, Chechnya. Oquendo backers can get +550.

A lot of questions surrounding Oquendo, who arrived in Chechnya just a day before the fight after a long transatlantic flight. He missed a scheduled public workout and the final press conference, prompting the event’s organizers to reach out to possible replacement fighters.

Chagaev, on the other hand, has been in Chechnya for weeks and will enjoy almost unanimous crowd support from 30,000+ spectators. Attendance to the fight card is free.



July 6th, 2014

UFC

Kevin Lee: The Good Son

Kevin Lee kept his promise. Growing up in one of the roughest areas in Detroit, it would be almost too easy to say there was no joy on Joy Road. But Lee wasn’t about to get swept up by the streets that had taken so many lives on that block . . . More
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Coming up next: TUF 19 FINALE: EDGAR VS. PENN is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



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