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Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Report/photos Tony Mayger at ringside Robin Krasniqi outpointed Dariusz Sek in Munich to firmly plant himself in the light heavyweight mandatory challenger's position ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Former featherweight title challenger 'Mr.' Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) was way too fast for Christopher 'S.D. ...

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Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mark Geraldo (31-5-3, 14 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision ...

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF

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Boxing News

Fonfara-Campillo officials named

By Johnny B’

IBF president Daryl J. Peoples and Championships chairman Lindsey Tucker have agreed on the officials assigned by Illinois boxing director Nancy Illg for the Fonfara vs. Campillo IBF elimination bout. The referee and judges who will work this Friday’s light heavyweight eliminator between former IBO champion Andrzej Fonfara and Gabriel Campillo to be held at the U.S. Cellular Field are as follows:

The referee will be Genaro Rodriguez Puerto Rico/Illinois. The Judges will be Bill Lerch, Illinois, Scott Dexter Michigan and Harry Davis from Ontario Canada. The IBF supervisor for this bout will be Hiawatha Knight from Michigan.



August 14th, 2013



Boxing News

WBA super bantamweight title fight added to September 28 Haye-Fury undercard

Unbeaten WBA interim super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg (26-0-1, 19 KOs) will challenge Yoandris Salinas (20-0-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBA super bantamweight title at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena on September 28, in a bout acting as chief support to David Haye’s blockbuster clash with Tyson Fury.

Also included on the stacked September 28 undercard will be an intriguing international middleweight contest between Irish southpaw Andy Lee (30-2, 21 KOs) and Italian tough nut Domenico Spada (37-4, 19 KOs).



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Weights

Weights for tonight’s DiBella Entertainment and SMS Promotions Broadway Boxing card at B.B. King Blues Club & Grille in New York City:

Boyd Melson 156 vs. Jason Thompson 153
Tor Hamer 225 vs. Kertson Manswell 280
Donte Strayhorn 139.5 vs. Justin Robbins 138
Neuky Santelises 130 vs. Michael Doyle 131
Sonya Lamonakis 216 vs. Tanzee Daniel 240
Patrick Day 154 vs. Donald Ward 150
Lennox Allen 169 vs. Michael Gbenga 170
Amos Cowart 135.5 vs. Chazz McDowell 137
Jeremy Abram 128 vs. Micah Branch 128



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Fonfara-Campillo/Szpilka-Mollo Notes

Photos: Tom Barnes/ Tomba Images

The official public weigh-in takes place Thursday in the rear outdoor patio of Bacardi at the Park (Adjacent to U.S. Cellular Field). Doors open at 5PM, fighters will be on the scale at 6:30PM.

An “open workout” outside U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago Monday was rained out and was more of a photo opportunity and “meet and greet” for the fans.

Two-time and current WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk, a native of Warsaw, Poland, is making his way to Chicago this week in support of his countrymen, Andrzej Fonfara and Artur Szpilka.

The last professional outdoor boxing event held in Chicago took place over 50 years ago at Comiskey Park on September 25, 1962 and was headlined by the heavyweight world championship between Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson. (more…)



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Braehmer sees Abatangelo as more than a tune-up before world title shot

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Juergen Braehmer (40-2, 31 KOs) cannot await his next fight. On August 24, he will step into the ring at the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin, taking on Stefano Abatangelo (17-2-1, 6 KOs) for the European Light Heavyweight Championship. It is a special occasion for Braehmer, as he has not fought in his hometown of Schwerin since April of 2012. The face-off with Abatangelo will also mark the 34-year-old German’s final test before seizing his WBO mandatory status to fight for the world title he once held. Therefore, Braehmer is fully focused on the task ahead of him. (more…)



August 14th, 2013

UFC

Matt Brown: ‘A Dog Fight is My Kind of Fight’

Back in 2010, Matt Brown found himself on a three fight losing skid and with his back against a wall. The Ultimate Fighter season 7 veteran had a reputation for toughness and a penchant for exciting fights, but knew that he was uncomfortably close to losing his job in the world’s best fighting organization . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen is LIVE on FOX Saturday, August 17 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT. Click here for more



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Postcard from Moscow

By Przemek Garczarczyk in Moscow

When you walk just five minutes from the headquarters of boxing promoter Andrey Ryabinsky “MIC” Group of Companies in Moscow, you’ll find a martial arts store with more choices of boxing gloves and boxing equipment than in whole city of Chicago. Ryabinsky is, of course, the man who already spent more than $23 million to make the mega fight between heavyweight giants Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin possible on October 5, right here in Moscow. But for the Russian businessman this heavyweight clash will only be the beginning. Ryabinsky is also confident that not only will Russia become a mecca of world class boxing events, but because of popularity of the sport fighters from this country could dominate world rankings. (more…)



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Sergio Thompson wraps up camp ready for title

By Miguel Maravilla

Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (27-2, 25 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico will finally get his shot at the world title that he has been awaiting for some time. This Saturday as he takes on WBC junior lightweight champion Japan’s Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19 KOs) at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Fightnews.com spoke with Yeyo on his upcoming shot at the title as he talked about his opponent and his preparations. Thompson wrapped up training camp last week had been working with Abner Mares and his camp as both prepare for separate bouts. (more…)



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Kovalev: I’ve trained to go three rounds, but no one can guarantee that this fight will go past three

At Tuesday’s media workout in Newport, light heavyweight challenger Sergey Kovalev had some fierce words for the WBO champion Nathan Cleverly, who he faces on Saturday night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The undefeated Kovalev, who has destroyed 19 of his 21 opponents with 18 coming inside the first three rounds, is predicting a similar outcome for Cleverly. “Cleverly is my toughest test, he’s a good, fast fighter who throws a lot of punches, but I think it will be a similar outcome on Saturday night,” said Kovalev, who also took a snipe at Cleverly and his father/trainer Vince, saying the pair “talked a little too much.”



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Mundine says Mosley fight is a done deal

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world champion Anthony Mundine has announced on Facebook that his fight with future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley is a go. The bout is expected to take place in October at a venue in Sydney, Australia.

THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER! I will be fighting Sugar Shane Mosley at 154p. Lets go! @SugarShaneM Sugar Shane Mosley Signed & Deal DONE!



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Vitali Klitschko visits Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko was in Mexico City to meet with WBC President Jose Sulaiman about his mandatory fight. the 42-year-old Klitschko says he hurt his right hand in training and therefore won’t be able to fight Bermaine Stiverne on the date scheduled for his mandatory. Klitschko is hoping that physiotherapy will render surgery unnecessary. The WBC will give Vitali the opportunity to make a full recovery so he can return to the ring in March or April of 2014. Klitschko, who is active politically in his native Ukraine, also stated that he plans to seek the nomination for President of that country in 2015.



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Provodnikov receives warm welcome from ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas

‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado welcomed Ruslan Provodnikov to Denver properly with a gift, an authentic Peyton Manning jersey. Provodnikov was thankful but was quick to add “You don’t know but the only number I like is #1″ in reference to the #18 on the Manning Jersey.

Fred Sternburg opened the press conference by thanking everyone for coming and thanking everyone involved. He then turned the floor over to Top Rank president Todd duBoef. DuBoef again thanked everyone before making a joke about Sternburg’s flight. Usually Sternburg has to travel to the press conferences but this one was right here in his hometown. He also joked about the fight negotiation saying that he and Alvarado were arm wrestling at one point. “I don’t know where it came from but he was challenging me and he obviously got more money out of me.” (more…)



August 14th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The David Tua-Alexander Ustinov fight has been postponed until Saturday, Nov. 16. A torn calf muscle injury sustained by Tua is the reason. Originally, August 31 was the target date.

Local coverage from Denver on Tuesday’s presser between hometown champ Mike Alvarado and challenger Ruslan Provodnikov. More

Retro piece by OnMilwaukee.com on ’40s fighter Charley Parham. More

Daniel Geale is hungry to take down Darren Barker in his IBF middleweight title defense. More



August 14th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. says his bout with Bryan Vera will be moved to September 28

Junior also indicates that the bout will move from Staples Center to the newly renamed StubHub Center, formerly known as the Home Depot Center.



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Arreola-Mitchell clash moved to September 7

With Julio Cesar Chavez-Bryan Vera moving off the September 7 HBO date due to Chavez’ training injury, Golden Boy Promotions has announce that their Showtime doubleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California will now take the September 7 date. The event was originally slated for Friday, September 6.

The telecast features a 12-round clash of heavyweight contenders between Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KO’s) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (34-3, 30 KO’s) and a 10-round featherweight meeting between Mexican superstar Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KO’s) and California prospect Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9 KO’s). The SHOWTIME telecast and event start time remain the same. All tickets bought for Sept. 6 will be honored on Sept. 7.



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Stiverne Camp frustrated and furious

Photo: Team Stiverne

The latest ruling by the World Boxing Council (WBC), allowing its heavyweight champion, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs), to avoid fighting #1 mandatory challenger Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1, 20 KOs), has drawn anger from an increasingly frustrated Team Stiverne.

Stiverne has already won not one, but two WBC title eliminators, the latest against Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) on HBO this past April 27, and three different mandated purse bids have been postponed. Now, the WBC has announced that the 42-year-old Klitschko has suffered an injury to his right hand and he won’t return to the ring until 2014. Plus, the WBC will not make a decision regarding his title situation until the first-quarter of 2014, leaving Stiverne waiting even longer for his much deserved world title shot. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Tua-Ustinov postponed until November 16

Photos: Dave Cameron

Heavyweight David Tua’s clash with Alexander Ustinov has been postponed until Saturday November 16. It was thought that the fight originally slated for Claudelands Arena on August 31 would be put back to late September after the Tuamanator picked up a minor grade 1 calf muscle injury last week. However the challenge of venue availability and not clashing with other significant sports events saw a slightly longer than expected hiatus for both fight camps.”This is the fight game and every now and again fighters get injured and plans change,” says promoter David Higgins of Duco Events. “It’s business as usual. Delays are commonplace in boxing.” (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC Board of Governors to decide what will happen in the heavyweight division with Vitali out

The WBC made a long series of tweets regarding their position on the Vitali Klitschko situation:

Vitali Klitschko is injured of his right fist and he might return to fight early next year

They then tweeted a statement of Vitali Klitschko:

Being the #WBC heavyweight champion is the dream of my life , is an honor to hold the same belt as Tyson and the greatest Ali…I’m very proud to be part of the WBC, boxing has the power to change the world…My brother might have many belts, but I have the best of all…I’m afraid to fight my brother, not because he’s my brother but because of my mom…I had a dream as small boy, I got inspired by Mike Tyson, once I told my friends I was going to defeat him and conquer the WBC belt.

Finally another WBC comment on Vitali:

Vitali is not dodging anyone that is why he came to talk with our president, his fist is injured and [he] won’t be able to fight until next year, meanwhile the Board of Governors will decide what will happen with the division while he’s unable to fight…Different scenarios are addressed by Article III of the WBC rules and regulations,please visit the website for further information.



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Alvarado-Provodnikov Presser Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

After some entertaining pre-fight trash tweets, both “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov were polite and respectful at today’s news conference in Denver to announce their October 19 WBO jr welterweight title clash at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Ruslan Provodnikov: I can confidently say that we’re both going to create a war and I’m pretty sure one of us is going to remain laying in the ring after the fight.

Mike Alvarado: It’s going to be a great show. It’s going to be a dream come true fighting in my hometown. (Alvarado also presented Provodnickov with a Denver Broncos jersey.)

This match will be the area’s first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, via majority draw, at Pepsi Center. Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO. photos



August 13th, 2013

Twitter Watch

WBC: Vitali Klitschko out until 2014 with injury



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Cleverly-Kovalev officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday’s light heavyweight world title fight between the champion Nathan Cleverly and the #2 ranked Sergey Kovalev to be held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. The referee will be Terry O’Connor, from United Kingdom. Judges will be Alfredo Polanco from Mexico, Jose Ignacio Martinez from Spain and Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Tor Hamer wants to get back into the Top American Prospect Conversation

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By Matt Thompson
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

On Wednesday, August 14, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions return to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill for the latest edition of New York City’s Broadway Boxing series. Headlining the card is a heavyweight match up between popular New Yorker Tor Hamer (20-2, 13 KOs) and tough veteran Kertson Manswell (23-7, 17 KOs) of Trinidad and Tobago. Wednesday night marks only the second time Hamer will step into the ring since his tough loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov last December in a bout in which he retired after round four when he was unable to answer the bell.

Hamer recently sat down with Fightnews.com to lend some insight into his camp as he prepares to fight Manswell tomorrow night. The interview covered a wide range of topics to include life after boxing and what Hamer must do to get back into the top American heavyweight prospect conversation. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Heavyweight Tim Puller back in action after 13 years

On Saturday, September 21, the wait is over, as “The Hebrew Hammer,” former IBC heavyweight champion Tim Puller, makes his return to the ring after nearly 13 years to face Yohan Banks on the latest hard-hitting edition of Roy Englebrecht Promotions’ Fight Club series at Little-Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. The six round heavyweight bout will mark the 44-year-old Puller’s first fight since his October 2000 match with Marvin Hunt.

Also on tap is a Washington State Middleweight Championship bout between undefeated Tacoma prospect Mike Gavronski (12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Seattle’s Eddie Hunter (8-8-2, 2 KOs), and a clash of heavyweight unbeatens featuring Federal Way’s “Vicious” Vince Thompson (13-0, 2 KOs) against Los Angeles’ Charles Martin (9-0-1, 8 KOs). (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Alvarado-Provodnikov Ticket Alert

Denver’s very own homegrown world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado will make the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title a “home game,” when he battles #1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia, Saturday, October 19, at 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield, Colo. This marks the area’s first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, via majority draw, at Pepsi Center. Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. This will be the first time HBO has televised a live fight from Colorado.

Tickets to the Alvarado vs. Provodnikov world title fight event will go on sale This Friday! August 16 at 10:00 a.m. MT. Priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable fees and taxes, tickets can be purchased online at TicketHorse.com, order by phone at 866-461-6556 and at Tickethorse kiosks located at all Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods Stores (for credit card purchases only)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Duran-Castro exhibition match in Argentina?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sources reported from Argentina that 45-year-old former WBA world champion Jorge “Locomotora” Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOS) could reappear in the ring with 62-year-old Panamanian Hall of Famer Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran (103-16, 70 KOS) at Luna Park in Buenos Aires on September 7, but it’s not clear whether it’s as special guests or in an exhibition match or even a real fight. Duran and Castro met twice previously. Their first bout was in February 1997 in Mar del Plata, Argentina and Castro won a controversial ten round decision. The second fight, in June 1997, was won by Duran via decision over 10 rounds in the Nuevo Panama Gym, which today is named the Roberto Duran Arena.

The event is organized by Argentina Boxing Promotions headed Mario Margossian and will be headlined by former world title challenger Javier “The Beast” Maciel and IBF female super flyweight world champion Deborah Dionicius in separate bouts.



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Geale: I’m going to bring that title home

Photos: Wojciech Kubik

Australia’s IBF middleweight champion, Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) held a media workout Monday at the Mendez Boxing Gym in New York City. Geale will be defending his title against #3 rated Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs) this Saturday night on HBO at the Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City.

“I’m feeling good as I’m starting to get fresher every day,” Geale stated. “I’m excited because I know it’s going to be a great fight. Barker is going to come out hard and I know he’s very hungry. I want to be pushed and I know Barker is going to that which is going to make for an exciting fight. Fighting on HBO is great. It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited to fighting on such a great card. Gary Shaw and my team back home have done a great job getting me here and I just want to put on a great show. To all my fans please tune in because I’m going to bring that title home.” (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Team Kovalev Ready for Cleverly

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By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo: Gary Purfield

Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs), gets his first crack at a world title this Saturday when he meets Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs), for the WBO light heavyweight title in a 12-round fight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. The fight appears to be an interesting boxer vs. puncher matchup between two unbeaten pros, and will be televised by HBO in a delayed broadcast (9:45PM Eastern). The stakes in the fight are high, given that the winner could be propelled into some very big opportunities with the stars of the 175-pound division. We caught up with Kovalev and his trainer John David Jackson by phone for the Q&A session. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Bonanni back under Cloud

By Phil Doherty

It didn’t take long for Florida Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Al Bonanni to go from one “Slugfest” to what promises to be another when he reunited with former IBF light heavyweight Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) in Ocala yesterday. Bonanni, fresh off a successful show at Casino Miami Jai Alai this past Saturday with his company Tiburon Promotions, made the quick turnaround to join Cloud and his physical trainer and first professional coach Alonzo Johnson.

Cloud is in his third week of preparation for a chance to regain a world title–this time the WBC–against southpaw champion Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) on September 28 in Montreal: site of Stevenson’s spectacular first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in June. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Feature Story

Darren Barker: I’m going to be the champion

By Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Wojciech Kubik

IBF #3 middlewqweight contender Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs) took time out to speak to FightNews about his upcoming IBF middleweight title shot against world champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City’s newest and largest casino resort. The bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

How does it feel to be back headlining a HBO show?

This is what I’ve worked towards since I was a boy, since I was 12 so it’s been 19 years and it has all led to this moment. It’ll be a bittersweet feeling actually being in Atlantic City, as you rightfully said I’m 0-2 if you’re counting my loss against Martinez and I was in Lee Purdy’s corner against Devon Alexander, it’ll be third time lucky. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

UFC

Joe Lauzon: The Bonus King Comes Home

Sure, Joe Lauzon is a mixed martial arts fan, but he also has a reputation to think about. So when future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva stepped into the Octagon to defend his middleweight title against unbeaten upstart Chris Weidman in July, he couldn’t just enjoy the fight for what it was. And while his head said Silva would win, his heart said win, but just don’t get a bonus doing it . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen is LIVE on FOX Saturday, August 17 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT. Click here for more



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Yuba acquires fifth Japanese national belt

By Joe Koizumi

On the same night of a world title doubleheader in the same city of Tokyo, an unprecedented record was registered by a 36-year-old tall southpaw veteran campaigner. Tadashi Yuba (44-8-2, 32 KOs), 153.5, impressively acquired his fifth Japanese national belt in the 154-pound division by dispatching Yosuke Kirima (17-4-2, 12 KOs), 153.25, at 2:36 of the first round in a scheduled ten rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

The lefty six-footer sent Kirima sprawling to the deck with a southpaw left hook on three occasions to have the referee automatically declare a knockout on the three-knockdown rule. It took thirteen years that a lanky youngster Yuba gained his first national belt in the lightweight division in 2000 and then seized the titles in the super-light, welter and middle categories, and finally the throne in the super-welter class. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Cleverly: I win because I bring the better all round package. I expect to stop Kovalev midway to late

For some time now, WBO light heavyweight king Nathan Cleverly has been putting himself on offer as the finest 175lb prizefighter on this planet. On Saturday evening, at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in his native Wales the 26-year-old from Cefn Fforest finally gets his chance to convince others of the veracity of his claim when he makes a sixth defense of his belt against formidable Russian Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs). When Cleverly spoke with boxing writer Glynn Evans, the champion was adamant that he was physically and psychologically primed to meet the challenge. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Yamanaka quickly retains WBC bantam belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese lefty Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14 KOs), 118, impressively retained his WBC bantamweight belt as he very quickly finished Puerto Rican challenger Jose Nieves (22-3-2, 11 KOs), 117.5, with a single pulvertizing southpaw left to the button at 2:40 of the opening round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a contest of southpaws.

Yamanaka was a prohibitive favorite but we didn’t expect such a short affair since Nieves was said to be durable and skillful. But the champ’s aggression and a single left blasted out Nieves’ ambition to be newly crowned here, as he had predicted at the press conference. His dream lasted just 160 seconds.

Nieves, two years his senior at 32, kept circling from the outset to probe the champ’s fight plan. The first effective shot in the game was thrown by Nieves, who landed a good southpaw jab to the face of Yamanaka. The champ kept his cool and maintained the pressure to the challenger on the bicycle.

The taller Japanese, making his fourth defense, connected with sharp combinations to the retreating challenger. Yamanaka threw a very long and solid left that accurately caught Nieves and had him staggering to the ropes. Down he went. It was apparent that the Puerto Rican was so badly hurt to stand up and resume fighting positively. Referee Bruce McTavish, from the Philippines, coolly tolled the fatal ten against the loser who, however, protested against his stoppage. The crowd also claimed that they wished to see it longer, but the champ’s left, dubbed “God’s Left”, might have sent Nieves back to the canvas should he have been allowed to go on. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Yaegashi Keeps WBC 112LB Belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Shorter but faster Japanese, Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9 KOs), 112, kept his WBC flyweight belt with great ease as he floored hard-hitting Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-6-1, 23 KOs), 112, in the eighth session en route to a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Don Griffin (US) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) both tallied 116-110, and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) saw it 115-111, all in favor of the defending champ making his initial defense. The referee was Len Koivisto (Canada).

Blanquet, whose power punching was greatly vaunted prior to the game, failed to show his power, nor his heart, as he looked to be too slow to catch the fleet-footed and quick-handed champ. Yaegashi’s hit-and-run tactics prevailed to frustrate the taller Mexican all the way.

Yaegashi, two years his senior at 30, captured the WBC 112-pound belt from compatriot Toshiyuki Igarashi this April, following his previous WBA 105-pound throne that he forfeited in a unification bout with the then WBC ruler Kazuto Ioka in June of the last year. (more…)



August 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko: Don’t call me a legend

By Przemek Garczarczyk from Moscow

WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) was in a good mood even after he faced what must be a record-breaking number of 300 reporters who arrived at Moscow’s “Mary Jane Bar” for the initial press conference before his October 5 mega fight. “Dr Steelhammer” complimented his next rival, Olympic champion and undefeated Russian Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs), even comparing Povetkin’s style to Mike Tyson (“I’d compare Alexander’s style with Mike Tyson. He advances in the same way”) and agreed to talk to Fightnews.com… (more…)



August 13th, 2013




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