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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

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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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla

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Boxing News

Martin Murray stripped of WBA interim belt

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association announced that Martin Murray no longer holds the middleweight interim title of the organization. The decision was made in accordance to the regulations because Murray did not make any defense since he won the title in November 2012. In addition, the Committee decided to withdraw Murray from the mandatory challenger position of the division. Murray can appeal the decision.



March 7th, 2014



Boxing News

Donovan George off Friday night Chicago Card, now fights April 18 at Horseshoe Casino

Super middleweight contender Donovan “DA BOMB” George will not be fighting tonight, March 7 in Chicago as was previously announced by his co-promoters, Chicago’s Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions. George was to have made his highly anticipated return to battle in the main event at the Horseshoe Casino presented FIGHT NIGHT at The Belvedere in Elk Grove Village, however the action-packed card will still take place. “It’s very frustrating that we were unable to find a suitable opponent for Donovan to fight on Friday night” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “We had five different boxers lined up each of whom would have provided for an exciting, fan friendly bout but unfortunately the Illinois State Athletic Commission refused to allow any of them to face Donovan, thereby robbing the fans of seeing a terrific fight.” (more…)



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Molina-Charlo scrubbed

IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina will not be released in time from Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas and his title defense against undefeated Jermall Charlo is off. That bout will be replaced on the Canelo-Angulo PPV card with a 135-pound matchup between Ricardo Alvarez (23-2-3, 13 KOs), an older brother of Canelo, and Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs). The situation will cost Molina his $275,000 purse.

Molina’s promoter Leon Margules posted a $10,000 bond on Thursday to have Molina released after he was arrested on an old 2007 warrant for not registering as a sex offender in Wisconsin. However, then it was discovered that Molina was also wanted by immigration authorities for undisclosed reasons. Molina was born in Mexico and has lived and worked in the United States for 26 years. He resides in Chicago.



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Judge Ruben Garcia passes away

By Gabriel F. Cordero

International boxing judge Dr. Ruben Garcia sadly passed away at the age of 65 on Friday morning in Alice, Texas. Garcia was involved in boxing for many years ever since he stared scoring fights in Texas in 1991, and later joined the WBA International Officials Committee in 2003. He worked world title fights for the IBF, WBO and WBA. Fightnews.com wish to express our condolences to Ruben Garcia’s relatives and friends. He was a nice person and Friend of fightnews.com during many travels and fights. Rest in peace.



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC to update world title belt design

The World Boxing Council will soon unveil the new generation of the WBC green and gold belt. The new design of the iconic WBC belt will be introduced at the fight between Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Miguel Cotto for the WBC middleweight championship of the world on June 7. The WBC Board of Governors voted unanimously to add the picture of WBC Lifetime President Jose Sulaiman to the belt after his tragic passing on January 16th of this year. The new generation WBC belt will also feature the picture of the greatest champion of the division. In this case, Sugar Ray Robinson has been selected as the iconic champion to be showcased in the middleweight division. The winner of the battle on June 7 will hold the first new generation WBC world championship belt.

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March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Yeyo Thompson: I am going to Vegas to win

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By Miguel Maravilla

Fightnews.com recently caught up with hard hitting Mexican super featherweight Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 26 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico, who has stepped up to the challenge as he will be taking on countryman Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KOs) on a one week notice, taking place this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“I am ready. I am just working on making the weight. I was notified on Sunday everything was confirmed Monday. I took the fight and I wait to be victorious,” Thompson told Fightnews.com. (more…)



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Fight fans are invited to attend today’s weigh-in for Canelo-Angulo at 3PM today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 1PM.

Manny Pacquiao and his team will head from the Philippines to the USA on Saturday to return to the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, as he amps up his training for his April 12 rematch with undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.

Condolences to promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala, whose mother Carmen Zabala passed away this week.



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Golden Gloves inks Martin Murray

Martin Murray is targeting a November showdown with hard-hitting middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin after signing a lucrative seven-figure, three-fight deal with Africa’s largest promoter, Golden Gloves. The 31-year-old from St Helens in the UK split with Ricky Hatton last month after a frustrating year that saw him fight just once after his narrow defeat to Sergio Martinez in Argentina last April. Murray (26-1-1) will fight in June, November and next February in Monte Carlo and also hopes to have a warm-up bout in Germany on April 5 on the undercard of Juergen Braehmer’s WBA light-heavyweight title defense against Enzo Maccarinelli.

“I’m made up,” said Murray, who is ranked #1 by the WBA and #6 by the IBF. “It’s great knowing I’m getting with someone who is going to give me some direction in my career. The purses are really good and they’re willing to invest in me. The money is amazing, I can’t believe it’s true. We’re hoping to fight Golovkin in November so it’s a good deal all round. (more…)



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight Night at the Belvedere Weights

Eddie Ramirez 141 vs. De Marcus Rogers 141
Joey Hefferle 142 vs. Michael Pickett 144
Danny Morales 174.5 vs. Norman McGinn 170
Nick Asberry 239 vs. Raymundo Lopez 239
Roy Navarro 147 vs. Dustin Guillemin 147

Venue: Belvedere Events & Banquets, Elk Grove Village, IL
Promoter: Hitz Boxing, Round 3 Productions



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Hopkins-Shumenov/Quillin-Konecny

On Saturday, April 19, IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) faces WBA world champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) in an attempt, at 49-years-old, to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles. Washington DC’s “DC Armory,” the site of several championship boxing matches in the last year, will host the return of the future Hall of Famer. In the co-main event, popular undefeated WBO middleweight world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) defends his title for the third time when he meets WBO European titleholder and former interim WBO junior middleweight champion Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs).

“It’s no secret that my one of my biggest goals has been to unify the titles and getting to do that in a city where I have a lot of history is the best-case scenario,” said Hopkins, who defended his middleweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout of Robert Allen in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 6, 1999. “I’m coming back to break another record by unifying the title and I’m looking to get my first knockout since I fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. I know Shumenov is tough, but I’m tougher and I’m not going to let him make a name for himself by being the one to stop me.”

Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300 go on sale today.



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Charlo hoping Molina can get out of jail

We might not know until the weigh-in, but undefeated Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs) is hoping IBF junior middleweight world champion Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) can resolve his legal obstacles so their fight on Saturday’s Canelo-Angulo PPV can go on as scheduled. “Obviously, I want the fight to happen,” said Charlo. “If it doesn’t, I will fall short of my goal. I know I’m ready, my team is ready, and the city of Houston is ready for me to bring home that world title. I’m going to continue to train and think like it is happening.

“I’m sure I will be very, very disappointed if it doesn’t [happen]. When I was first told that something was up with Molina, I thought they were playing with me, figuring here I am, on the eve of being on boxing’s biggest stage, there’s no way we don’t fight. But it was not a joke. If we don’t fight, I’m just going to work that much harder.”

Purses for the fight are $275,000 for Molina and $100,000 for Charlo. Charlo has been told he will get paid whether or not the fight takes place.



March 7th, 2014

UFC

Melvin Guillard: Strike First

If you do it right, life is a continuous education process. It’s what allows a 40-year-old to do things he wouldn’t have thought of doing at 20, while still finding out that there’s even more to do at 60. For most of us, that process takes place in private, far beyond the probing eyes of the media and fans . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Two British boxing stars swap gloves for running shoes for a marathon charity. More

More on Amir Khan’s next opponent – no, it’s not Adrien Broner. More

Speaking of Broner, Floyd Mayweather has already told the media what he thinks about the former undefeated fighter’s ability to rap. Now, you decide whether he can rap or not: More

The latest on Vitali Klitschko’s political ventures: More



March 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Craig Vitale 244.2 vs. Junior Likopo 213
Anthony Buttigeig 153.6 vs. David Galvin 156
Michael White 166.6 vs. Benjamin Harvie 166.4
Alexander Don 164.7 vs. Kym Raynor 160.9
Marcos Amado 169.7 vs. Scott Tuddenham 172.4
Luke Jackson 129.8 vs. Sam Rodgers 132.4

Venue: Calabria Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Adam Wilcock

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March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Bergman defends NABA belt March 28

NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (22-10, 15 KOs) is set to defend his title on Friday March 28th at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. His challenger will be announced in the coming week. Bergman, 6’3 250 pounds, captured the NABA-US title via a first round annihilation of previously undefeated John L. Smith (13-1-1) this past October and thereafter destroyed former IBF title challenger Rubin Williams by 1st round KO in December. The 10 bout Pro/Am card is being presented by Angelo Magnone’s MadeMen Promotions. For tickets ($30-$50) or tables ($300-$1000), contact Magnone at (304) 670-9406.



March 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC FIGHT PASS Goes Global

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announced that UFC FIGHT PASS™, the UFC’s new digital subscription service, is now available around the world.

Following a hugely successful initial launch in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in December, fans in 178 countries and territories across the globe will now be able to enjoy UFC FIGHT PASS’s unbeatable combination of live fights, original programming and unlimited access to the world’s biggest mixed martial arts fight library. (more…)



March 6th, 2014

UFC

UFC returns to Germany

The O2 World Berlin will host the UFC for the first time, in what will be the third event for the organization in Germany. The UFC previously held UFC® 99 in Cologne in 2009 and UFC® 122 in Oberhausen in 2010, both of which were incredibly successful. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Angulo presser quick quotes

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Jr. middleweights Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo faced off at the final press conference before their PPV showdown on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez: Not too many more words to say, I’m ready to go.

Perro Angulo: I’ve spoiled my fans with exciting fights and march 8 will be no exception.

Virgil Hunter: This is going to be a savage, savage affair.

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March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Heavyweights to invade Fantasy Springs

The big men of boxing are on their way to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Thursday, April 3 when Golden Boy Live! airs “Night Of The Heavyweights,” a tripleheader of hard-hitting heavyweight action on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. In the 10-round main event, unbeaten Cuban star Luis Ortiz looks to continue his race towards a world title fight against an opponent to be announced shortly.

Plus, Vallejo, California’s Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington risks his perfect professional record in the 10-round co-main event against Houston’ Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale goes for 10 straight wins when he takes on veteran standout Nagy Aguilera. (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Molina still in jail, fight is in jeopardy

By Butch Gottlieb

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer informed Fightnews.com that IBF jr middleweight Carlos Molina is still in jail and his status for Saturday is a question mark. Molina was arrested Tuesday by Las Vegas police for an outstanding warrant and is being held in the Clark County Detention Center. Apparently Molina is also facing an immigration hold. Molina resides in Chicago, Illinois but he was born in Patzcuaro, Mexico.

Schaefer explained that if the Molina vs. Jermall Charlo bout does not happen, then the Ricardo Alvarez vs. Sergio Thompson bout will be televised. Ricardo is the brother of Canelo Alvarez.



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Gesta returns April 11

Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, Golden Boy Promotions and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment, is happy to announce the second edition of its popular boxing series titled “Ringside at Del Mar” taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on April 11, 2014. The 8-round main event will feature the return of former world title challenger, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (26-1, 14 KOs), as he faces an opponent to be announced in the lightweight division. Gesta, who resides in San Diego, by way of Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, is eager to get back in the ring since his last fight in December of 2012, a world title bout against Miguel Vasquez on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV. (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Molina arrested on old warrant, could miss Canelo-Angulo press conference

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Photo: Mary Ann Owen

IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina, who is scheduled to defend his belt against Jermall Charlo on Saturday’s Canelo-Angulo undercard, was arrested by Las Vegas police for an outstanding warrant and has been held in the Clark County Detention Center since Tuesday. He made his “grand arrival” on Tuesday but wasn’t present at Wednesday’s workout. He is scheduled to appear at today’s press conference, although on the Clark County Detention Center website Molina is still listed as being in custody.



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

WBO President denies judge suspension

WBO president Paco Valcarcel has denied that the WBO is planning to suspend British boxing judge Paul Thomas for his score on Saturday’s Abraham-Stieglitz fight. “I have never said that,” Valcarcel told BILD. “I don’t know where BDB President Thomas Pütz got such information. For suspensions, we have very clear regulations. There are committees that decide this and surely not me alone as a president.”



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis hits Istanbul

Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis has arrived in Istanbul (Turkey). The 2004 Olympic gold medalist will face US veteran Tony “Tiger” Thompson on March 22nd in Tekirdag. It is the clash of two former Klitschko foes: In March 2011 Solis lost to then WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne (Germany) due to a knee injury; Thompson had already two shots at Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir in 2008 and 2012 but lost both fights.

“The winner of this bout will get another shot at the world title”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “With Vitali in retirement and Wladimir facing stiffs like Alex Leapai it’s about time to bring back some action to the heavyweight scene. Both guys have a lot to win but even more to lose. So I am sure that it will be a hell of a fight.” (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Denver

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

Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and Airtight Boxing put on a good show in front of standing room only crowd of about 600 last Saturday at Aurelio Martinez’ venue the Denver Boxing Academy. Fight fans were treated to the rematch between super lightweights Daniel ‘Kaos’ Calzada (10-9-1, 2 KOs) and Alfred ‘Tornado’ Romero (6-3, 5 KOs), with Calzada winng a seven round unanimous decision. Fans also got a glimpse of featherweight prospect Chris Galvadon, who looked very sharp in his second pro bout. (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

David Price Update

Ondrej Pala (32-4, 22 KOs) has been confirmed as the latest opponent for British heavyweight David Price (16-2, 14 KOs). The pair will meet in an eight-round contest on the Huck-Larghetti undercard at the Velodrom in Berlin on March 29th.

David Price: This is exactly the type of fight I need. Pala is a guy who isn’t afraid to come forward and trade. We saw this when he fought Chisora. Although Dereck got the stoppage, Pala was holding his own and I don’t think he was ever in any real trouble, he just got spun into the corner and the fight was waved off. Now its my turn. I’m in great shape. Everything has been going really well in the gym with Tommy (Brooks). I am looking forward to getting in there and exchanging blows with this guy. I am confident that on March 29th I am going to get the job done.



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Clottey-Mundine finalized

Former world champion Joshua “The Grand Master” Clottey will head to Newcastle, Australia on April 2 to clash with former two time WBA Champion and local favorite Anthony “The Man” Mundine in a twelve round junior middleweight clash, it was confirmed today by Joe DeGuardia, Founder and President of Star Boxing.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for Joshua, and we are glad that after extended negotiations with Brendan Bourke from BOXA Promotions this fight is officially on,” said DeGuardia. “He’s been training since his last victory in September looking for a big fight and Mundine presents a high risk/high reward type of fight. A win over Mundine will put him right back on track for a major fight in the United States.”



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Kuehne, Krasniqi headline in Potsdam

Photos: P. Gercke / SES Boxing

SES Boxing returns March 28 at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany, with a card headlined by triple world champion Ramona Kuehne (21-1, 7 KOs) against Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs). Also on the card, former light heavyweight world title challenger and current WBA #4/WBO #8 contender Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) fights WBO #14 Emmanuel Danso (20-0, 18 KOs) for the WBO International belt, unbeaten WBO #13 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 5 KOs) meets Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental belt and heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) will fight again under the SES banner.

Ramona Kuehne: You can say this is a duel between old and young, but I’m still dynamic. The Hungarian will come forward gear and hit hard, but with my experience of many championships and the great audience here in Potsdam backing me I’m very optimistic. I’m home here!

Robin Krasniqi: I’m hot and impatient for the fight. Danso is a man with a great knockout ratio, but that doesn’t scare me. With a victory I have many options and I want a world title fight as quickly as possible.

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March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Paul McClosky pulls out of Bradley Saunders fight

Former British and European champ Paul McClosky has pulled out of the scheduled fight with unbeaten prospect, Bradley Saunders, due to a knee injury. The fight was arranged for Saturday 29th March in Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on the undercard of the British cruiserweight title clash between champion Jon Lewis Dickinson and challenger Neil Dawson. The Irish southpaw stated on Twitter earlier this week, “Regrettably I will not be fighting on 29th March Newcastle due an injury on my knee, on medical advice I’ve been advised to withdraw #gutted.”

Saunders shared his disappointment on hearing the news, “Not sure what’s happened, I was training my heart out for it. They said there was an injury but I think he just didn’t fancy it at all.” (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch-Groves Ticket Alert

Tickets for Carl Froch and George Groves’ rematch for the WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles at Wembley on Saturday May 31 will go on sale at midday on Monday March 10. Froch and Groves meet at the national stadium to settle the score from their epic first encounter in Manchester in November, a fight that sold-out within 15 minutes of going on sale. Tickets will be on sale at midday from SeeTickets (maximum 6 tickets). Prices are £30, £40, £60, £80 and £100 while pitch seating prices are £60, £80, £100, £200, £300 and £500.



March 6th, 2014

UFC

UFN London Prelim Fantasy Preview

The UFC will go London calling this weekend when the promotion heads back to the United Kingdom for a UFC Fight Night event peppered with talent from around the world. The undercard in particular is littered with fighters who are looking to make an impact big enough to land in a featured bout in the future . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez-Harrison and Garcia work out in San Diego

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

On Wednesday afternoon in the seaside suburb of Birdrock in San Diego, All In Entertainment held a quick public workout at the Pacific Training Center to promote and inform about this Friday, March 7th ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Pala Casino and Resort in Pala, CA. The event is presented by Gary Show Productions in association with All-In Entertainment and Cohen Promotions. In the ten round main event, Russian lightweight Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16KOs) will face tough Tijuana southpaw (25-4, 21KOs) while fellow Eastern Bloc native Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6KOs), now living in Los Angeles, will look to test undefeated prospect Ramon Morales (17-0, 9KOs) in the eight round super bantamweight semi-main event.

Present at the public workout was the telecast’s opener Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (20-0, 11KOs) who will face Hawaii’s Michael Balasi (10-3, 7KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight clash.

At the age of seventeen, Hernandez-Harrison went pro after a successful amateur run of nearly 200 bouts. Dusty has been very active since then, fighting almost monthly since joining the pay ranks. In his last fight in late January, Hernandez-Harrison scored an impressive win over Tim Witherspoon Jr, son of the former heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon. Hernandez-Harrison scored a unanimous eight round decision. (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing Result

Molina: “If it’s for a world title, I’m willing to move up or down to fight the best!”

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IBF junior middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) makes his first defense this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against the #14 IBF contender Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs). The Molina-Charlo showdown is a televised bout of the “Toe to Toe” pay-per-event featuring Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) going toe-to-toe with Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs). This is Molina’s second consecutive appearance on the undercard of a Canelo PPV. Back in September, Molina captured the IBF crown from Ishe Smith when Canelo faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. (more…)



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Camps of Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. target a July date. More

Nigerian Helen Joseph gets a shot at a title in April. More

Omaha, Nebraska, honors Terence Crawford, the first Nebraskan in 100 years to bring home a boxing title. More

Dave Penalosa gets his toughest test this month in the Philippines. More



March 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Hosokawa upsets Yuba; Okada acquires Japanese 140lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Unheralded underdog Takahiro Hosokawa (25-10-3, 8 KOs), 154, very astoundingly upset prohibitive favorite, five-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (45-9-2, 32 KOs), 154, to capture the Japanese super-welterweight belt by a majority but well-received decision (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) before the stunned crowd on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The elongated defending champ, 37, looked sluggish, slow and stale from the outset only to be outhustled by the 29-year-old challenger who probably no one expected to draw such an upset and win the belt. Unfortunate was Yuba suffered a bad laceration on the forehead with which his face was covered with crimson from the fifth onward. The six-footer had the shorter but stocky Hosokawa reeling to the ropes with a vicious uppercut in the closing seconds of round nine, but couldn’t finish him to tide the turn then and there. Yuba, who had conquered the national light through middle belts, looked like another person than previously only to be battered by the game and gallant warrior. Yuba now lost his national belt for the fifth time and seemed fluctuating in good and bad form, but Yuba of this night looked most terrible in his career, frequently losing the balance to slip down by himself. Though not vastly talented as Yuba, Hosokawa’s long and steady effort paid off. (more…)



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