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How far can Inoue go with his size

How far can Inoue go with his size

Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi There was a medical exam today (Thursday) for the forthcoming WBO/IBF world title doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. The ...

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Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference

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Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Joshua signs multi-fight deal with Showtime

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive ...

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Mexican challengers Carmona, Tecuapetla arrive in Japan

Photos: Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi Most of company men, in Japan, take ten consecutive holidays from April 29 to May 8, but ...

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Boxing News

Fox Deportes picks up Lemieux-De La Rosa

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Saturday night’s clash between former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) and “King” James de la Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs) from Montreal’s Olympia Theatre will be televised live in the USA on Fox Deportes. This will be Lemieux’s first fight since losing his world title to Gennady Golovkin last November.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera signs with Top Rank

chapito-rivera300Undefeated Puerto Rican super bantamweight prospect Jean Carlos ‘Chapito’ Rivera (5-0, 3 KOs) has signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. “This is a dream come true for me. I feel very happy,” said the fighter who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but now resides in Orlando, Florida. “The hard work and all the sacrifices that we have made all these years are already paying off!”

“Chapito” considers himself as a classic boxer.

“I’m a fine boxer. I use angles, I use movements, and I use my legs. I consider myself as an old school fighter. Whatever I have to do to win, I will do it,” affirmed the 20-year-old, who has won four of his five victories in Puerto Rican soil. (more…)



March 7th, 2016


Boxing News

March 25 ShoBox card announced

Unbeaten super lightweight knockout artist and emerging rising star, Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (16-0, 13 KOs) will meet Aaron “The Jewel” Herrera (29-4-1, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on March 25 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Four undefeated fighters will clash in eight-rounders in co-feature bouts: Hard-hitting Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (9-0, 8 KOs) faces Nicholas “King Beamen” Givhan (16-0-1, 10 KOs) in a super lightweight scrap and Ivan “The Volk” Golub (10-0, 8 KOs) meets Marlon Aguas (9-0, 6 KOs) in a welterweight match. All but Prograis and Baranchyk will be making their inaugural ShoBox appearances.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Glowacki: I always wanted to fight Cunningham

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Lucas Noonan/PBC

“I know what’s expected from me: to deliver a great fight on NBC in front of a big American audience. I’m fine with that. I’ve already proved that I can get hit and hit back harder. For me, knocking out Huck and hopefully do the same to Cunningham in Barclays is just a start. I’d like to be champion for a long time,” – said undefeated WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Głowacki (25-0, 16 KOs). After a sensational win over Marco Huck, Glowacki will defend his title against former IBF champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) on April 16 at Barclays Center.

Steve Cunningham is connected to Polish fighters in championship bouts like no other. Two cruiserweight championship bouts with Krzysztof Diablo Wlodarczyk, and the already a classic championship bout when he fought Tomasz Adamek. Now, on April 16 at Barclays Center, it’s your turn defending the WBO title.

I know, it’s unreal. I can tell you that I was very happy when Steve decided to leave the heavyweight division and come back as a cruiserweight. I always wanted to fight him and now my wish will be granted. I don’t pay attention to how many years he’s spent in boxing. What I’m paying attention to is how well he’s always prepared, the problems his enormous reach causes, and how smart Cunningham is in the ring. (more…)



March 7th, 2016


Boxing News

Ruiz-Montes de Oca, Payasito-Carranza on Telemundo

Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will close its spring season with back to back shows this Friday, March 11, and March 18 with two “Civil Wars” from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico.

In the main event on March 11, WBO Latin jr. lightweight champion Carlos “Fino” Ruiz (15-2-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will defend his Title against compatriot Joel “Jooe” Montes de Oca (18-5, 10 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds with Ruiz title at stake.

On March 18, former WBO interim world champion and current contender Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (30-11-2, 16 KOs) of Mexico City will risk his ranking in a rematch bout with WBC Latin Champion Isao Carranza (15-6-1, 9 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten Rounds in the super bantamweight division. (more…)



March 7th, 2016

UFC

GSP talks at UFC 196

UFC correspondent Megan Olivi chats with GSP backstage at UFC 196 to see what he’s been up to. GSP discusses his recent interest in gymnastics, McGgregor vs. Diaz and more! . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Ceylan expected back in June following successful surgery

Photo: Team Sauerland

Dennis Ceylan (17-0-1, 8 KOs) is recovering from successful surgery on his injured left hand and is expected to be back in action from June this year.

The Danish featherweight, who underwent an operation to remove scar tissue from his left hand, says doctors were pleased with the results and he is now looking forward to getting back in the gym to begin preparing for his ring return.

‘’The operation went really well,’’ says Ceylan. ‘’The doctors were happy with the results, and they’ve said I should be ready to fight again by June.

‘’My hand is in plaster for another week and then it will be six weeks before I can start punching again. It’s tough because as a fighter you don’t want to be out of the gym, but I know I need to rest my hand, and once its recovered, I’ll be coming back stronger and hitting harder than ever.’’ (more…)



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Braehmer confident of claiming second victory over Gutknecht

Photo: Photo Wende

Juergen Brahmer (47-2, 35 KOs) is confident of claiming a second victory over Eduard Gutknecht (29-3-1, 12 KOs) when the German fighters square off on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.

The WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion will be defending his title against Gutknecht in a repeat of their European title fight in February 2013, which saw Braehmer take the belt from his domestic rival with a closely contested points decision.

‘’There was a lot of uncertainty before our first fight,’’ reflects Braehmer. ‘’I was returning after almost a year out of the ring and I didn’t know how much I still had in the tank. A lot of people wanted to write me off and there was a lot of pressure on me to perform, but that night I proved my potential, and not only did the win lead me to a shot at the World title, it also allowed me to prove, to myself and to the fans, that I still had a lot to give. (more…)



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Higa keeps WBC youth 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten hard-punching Japanese prospect Daigo Higa, 112, extended his unblemished mark to (9-0, 9 KOs) and successfully retained his WBC youth flyweight belt as he sent Filipino challenger Romel Oliveros (6-2-1, 1 KO), 110.25, four times en route to a fine stoppage at 2:19 of the second round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Higa, a fast-rising pupil handled by ex-world champ Yoko Gushiken, proved too powerful and pugnacious for the bewildered Oliveros, who hit the deck with a vicious body shot early in round two and was floored three times more with the accelerated attack of the 20-year-old champ. Higa is planned to have an ambitious crack at the OPBF flyweight belt against Arden Diale in July, and he wishes to acquire a world throne at the age of twenty-one like his manger Gushiken.

Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Saunders to defend middleweight belt against Bursak

Undefeated WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders begins his reign with the opening defense of his title against “Mad” Max Bursak on Saturday April 30 at the Copper Box Arena, London.

Saunders headlines a triple-title fight card that features Ovill McKenzie challenging Dmytro Kucher for the Vacant European Cruiserweight title and British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh defending his title against James Tennyson.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Ramos vs. Perez tops UniMas telecast

Another packed house is anticipated for the only regular professional boxing show in the San Fernando Valley on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Burbank Marriott Events and Convention Center. As part of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on Unimas, undefeated prospect Casey Ramos (21-0) of Austin, Texas will headline the televised portion against Columbian knockout artist Jonathan Perez (34-13, 27 KOs).

Also, in a battle of Southern vs. Northern California prospects, South El Monte’s Arnold Barbosa (10-0, 4KOs) will battle Vacaville’s Max Becerra (8-1-2, 5KOs). NoCal will also be represented by Sacramento’s Guy Robb (17-1, 7KOs) taking on Carlos Padilla (15-3-1, 9KOs). While former world title challenger Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (21-0, 18KOs) will look to make it three wins in a row since suffering his first loss at the hands of featherweight kingpin Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21KOs). (more…)



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Judah returns Saturday in Las Vegas

Former world champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) returns Saturday night against upset-minded Josh “Pitbull” Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in the ten-round main event kicking off the new monthly pro boxing series, “Knockout Night at the D”, airing live on CBS Sports Network live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). Judah, fighting out of Las Vegas, will be fighting for the first time in two years. Torres hails from New Mexico and has been sparring with fellow New Mexican and former world junior middleweight champion, Austin Trout, to prepare for the left-handed Judah.

Unbeaten lightweight Chuy “El Huracan” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) meets Leon “The Third Generation” Spinks III (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in the 8-round co-feature.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne to arrive in Sydney on Tuesday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) contacted Fightnews to say he is in transit from Grozny, Russia, and will arrive in Sydney Australia on an Emirates flight at 6:30AM on Tuesday. “Big Daddy” captured the WBA title on Saturday from defending champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) when referee Stanley Christodoulou crowned the Australian after he had dropped Chagaev and had him out on his feet against the ropes connecting with a barrage of heavy blows to the former champions head. Browne who is the first Australian to win the world heavyweight title, will defend the WBA championship against mandatory contender Fres Oquendo in June.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Berchelt to face Jupp for WBO interim belt

WBO #1 rated mandatory super featherweight challenger Miguel Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs) will now face #3 rated George Jupp (13-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBO interim 130lb title on Saturday at the Polyforum Zamná in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Berchelt was originally scheduled to challenge WBO champion Rocky Martinez, but Martinez pulled out with an injury. Jupp, who steps in on short notice, was already preparing for an April 2 fight in England.



March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

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March 7th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196 Talking Points

When Nate Diaz grabbed the microphone from Joe Rogan in Orlando after beating Michael Johnson on national television, he shouted that Conor McGregor had stolen everything he worked for . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 7th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne: My heart and power can never be questioned

Photo: Werner Kalin

Photo: Werner Kalin


“I’m so proud to have won this title for Australia,” said newly crowned WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne after his dramatic tenth round TKO over reigning titleholder Ruslan Chagaev. “Obviously I can improve but I showed that my heart and power can never be questioned. I’m thrilled to have made history. It was a big step up, but I got the win and I thank everyone for the support. Words can’t describe how I feel right now.”

Next up for the 36-year-old Browne is a WBA-mandated fight with Fres Oquendo, which must take place by June 2016. Browne’s manager Matt Clark stated that he’s looking to stage that fight in Australia.



March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Kika Chavez retains WBC female belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodríguez

WBC female flyweight champion Jessica “Kika” Chavez (26-4-3, 4 KOs) retained her title with a ten round unanimous decision over Vanesa Taborda (8-4-3, 0 KOs) at the Regional Center of Sports of the Americas in Ecatepec, Mexico. 7,500 fans turned out to see “Kika” win 97-92, 97-92 and 97-93.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super featherweight Eduardo “Rocky” Hernandez (18-0-3, 14 KOs) was victorious when Julio “Chupete“ Roque Ler (32-14, 19 KOs) didn’t come out for round four.

Also, welterweights Alejandro Davila (13-0-1, 5 KOs) and Diego Cruz (14-3-1, 11 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 76-76, 77-75 and 76-76.

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March 6th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196 Post-Fight and Bonus Recap

The frenetic main-event clash that saw Diaz defeat McGregor by 2nd Round Submission, earned Fight of the Night honors at UFC 196 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

J-Rock to Charlo: Stop being a girl and step up

IBF #1 junior middleweight contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams has strong words for current IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. “Jermall has been watching my performances. Him and his brother know exactly who I am. He needs to fight or vacate now. He needs to step up, but he’s already laying his groundwork and making excuses.”



March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Jessie Vargas: I don’t care if he beats Pacquiao or not, I want Bradley!

Photo: Tom Hogan - Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy


“I tore him apart piece by piece,” said newly crowned WBO welterweight world champion Jesse Vargas after his impressive ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Sadam Ali. “It was the best I’ve felt in the ring in a long time.”

Vargas, who was ahead 77-74, 77-74, 79-72 at the time of the stoppage, gave his team credit. “…my new chief trainer Dewey Cooper showed me a new technique to develop more power. It was a move to turn my hips more and drive in the power. I felt strong walking to the ring.”

As for what’s next, Jessie said, “It burns me how my last fight against Bradley went down. It was wrong. But Top Rank got me a title fight and I trained hard with a new team. I only want one fight which I deserve to get, a rematch with Bradley. I don’t care if he beats Pacquiao or not, I want Bradley.”



March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Schwarz, Stieglitz victorious

Photos: SES Boxing

Heavyweight Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) retained his WBO Youth belt with a first round TKO over Gogita Gorgiladze (28-11, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Monitoring Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The mismatch was halted after Schwarz dropped Gorgiladze twice in the opening stanza. Time was 2:58.

The light heavyweight debut of two-time former 168lb world champion Robert Stieglitz (49-5-1, 29 KOs) was a success. Stieglitz dropped Argentinian Ricardo Marcello Ramallo (20-9-1, 15 KOs) in round five and after more punishment, Ramallo’s corner threw in the towel. Time was 2:47.

Other Results:
Unbeaten light heavyweight Adam Deines (7-0, 3 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over against Zsolt Dudas (14-2, 1 KO). Time was 1:05.

WBO Euro super welterweight beltholder Stepan Horvath (16-5, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unnaimous decision over Davide Doria (13-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-88.

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March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Seldin thrashes journeyman to stay unbeaten

Undefeated WBC International Silver super lightweight beltholder Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin moved to 18-0 with 15 KOs after a first round annihilation of Orlando Vazquez (18-8-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the sold out Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. WBC #8 Seldin scored his sixth consecutive KO against Vazquez, whose wins have been against largely suspect opposition.



March 6th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Diaz shocks the world, submits McGregor in 2nd round

For the better part of two rounds, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor looked to be on his way to another spectacular victory in the main event of UFC 196 Saturday, this one in his welterweight debut against Nate Diaz. But the Stockton veteran is built tough, and after getting bloodied and battered, Diaz sprang into action, shocking the MMA world with a second-round submission of the Dublin superstar . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Margarito knocked down, but wins comeback fight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Former world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) recovered from a trip to the canvas to edge Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-8-2, 23 KOs) over ten rounds in a super welterweight clash on Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Margarito showed some rust after four years out of the ring. He was knocked down in round six, but almost stopped Paez in round ten. Scores were 95-94, 97-93 and 96-93 for “The Tijuana Tornado.”

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March 6th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Tate stuns world, submits Holm for title win

Miesha Tate nearly submitted Holly Holm in the second round of their UFC 196 co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but saw that attempt go awry. The second one didn’t, and with 90 seconds left in Saturday’s fight, a new UFC women’s bantamweight champion was crowned, as Tate submitted Holm in the fifth and final round . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Latifi, Anderson & Nunes take long road to wins

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March 6th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Submissions, KOs, decisions – prelims had it all

Out of action since December of 2013, welterweight veteran Siyar Bahadurzada showed little ring rust in his Saturday return at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as he submitted Brandon Thatch in the third round of their UFC 196 prelim bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz KOs Thompson in six; Vargas KOs Ali for WBO welterweight title; Escandon takes WBC interim title

By Gary “Digital” Williams at Ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over local hero Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) in a non-title clash on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. Ortiz dropped Thompson in rounds one and three, then put him down for the count in round six. Time was 2:29.

Welterweight Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over previously unbreaten Sadam Ali (22-1, 13 KOs) to win the vacant WBO welterweight world championship. Vargas broke open an entertaining and close fight with an overhand right that dropped Ali at the end of round eight. Ali was still reeling in round nine and Vargas battered him to the deck again. The bout was finally waved off during Vargas follow-up barrage. Time was 2:09.

Colombian featherweight Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to stop Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (23-11, 13 KOs) in round seven to claim the vacant WBC interim title. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Williams dominates Matano, calls out Charlo

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

In the scheduled 12-round main event at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA, West Philly’s Julian Williams put himself in line for a crack at the IBF world junior middleweight title by defeating Marcello Matano of Italy in their 154-pound title elimination bout with a seventh round TKO. Matano, 16-2, 5 KOs, was tenacious and tough, but Williams, 23-0-1, 14 KOs, 1 No Contest, kept his cool and boxed smartly and carefully and stayed in control all night. Slowly but surely, the Philadelphian broke down his opponent with well-placed shots and a steady body attack. Finally in round seven, Williams staggered Matano with a left hook and immediately blasted him with a hard right. Matano wobbled and Williams unloaded with an extended combination, and referee Gary Rosato had no choice but to stop the fight. The time was 2:54 of round seven. After the fight, Williams called for IBF champ Jermall Charlo to give him a shot at his title.

Veteran middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze, 32-2-2, 21 KOs, surprised previously unbeaten star prospect, Antoine Douglas, 19-1-1, 13 KOs, scoring a tenth round TKO in their WBO International title bout. Khurtsidze jumped on Douglas at the opening bell and kept up the pressure for the next 30 minutes or so. In round three, Khurtsidze dropped Douglas with a left hook. When Antoine rose, the Brooklyn-based Georgian pounded away, but could not finish his foe. Miraculously, Douglas mounted a comeback over the next few rounds, showing tons of heart and amazing resiliency. But Khurtsidze would not go away. He floored Douglas with a booming left hook early in round seven and regained control of the thrilling fight. Khurtsidze never took his foot off the gas pedal as the fight entered the stretch, despite Douglas’ gritty determination to survive. It was a spectacular battle, but this was Khurtsidze’s night. With the final round approaching, and with a comfortable lead on the cards, Khurtsidze closed the show with a vicious flurry that staggered Douglas, Washington, DC, and prompted referee Benji Esteves to stop the fight. The time was 33 seconds of the tenth and final round.

“I showed the world what I can do,” Khurtsidze, 35, said after the fight.

“I’m crushed,” Douglas said about his first pro defeat.

In the first (Showtime) televised fight at the Sands Bethlehem, Detroit middleweight Tony Harrison, 23-1, 19 KOs, looked sharp and accurate stopping Fernando Guerrero, 28-4, 20 KOs, of Salisbury, MD, in the sixth round of their scheduled ten rounder. Harrison scored one knockdown in the second round and two more in the sixth. However, Guerrero was game throughout the fight, firing back when pressed, despite being out-gunned all night. After the second knockdown in round six, referee Gary Rosato smartly stopped the contest. The time was 1:54. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

WBA

WBA Heavyweight Tournament moves ahead

The WBA heavyweight tournament took a step forward Saturday as Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne advanced to the semi-final, where he will defend the regular world title against Fres Oquendo.

In the other bracket, interim titleholder Luis Ortiz will take on Alexander Ustinov and super champion Tyson Fury rematches Wladimir Klitschko.

Tonight’s HBO twelve-rounder between Ortiz and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson is a non-title bout.

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March 5th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Sanchez, Saggo & Ishihara win at Fight Pass prelims

The rumors of Diego Sanchez’ demise were apparently exaggerated, as the veteran winner of season one of The Ultimate Fighter broke a 1-3 streak in his last four fights on Saturday, defeating fellow lightweight standout Jim Miller by a razor-thin unanimous decision in the UFC FIGHT PASS featured bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Yafai brothers light up Birmingham

Unbeaten super flyweight Kal Yafai and his unbeaten brother Gamal Yafai stole the show on Saturday night at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England.

Kal Yafai (18-0, 12 KOs) demolished Dixon Flores (12-4-2, 4 KOs) in the first round to claim the vacant WBA Inter-Continental 115lb title, while Gamal Yafai (9-0, 4 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Bobby Jenkinson (9-1-1, 2 KOs) to rip away Jenkinson’s Commonwealth 122lb title.

In the main event, welterweight Bradley Skeete (23-1, 10 KOs) outpointed and dethroned Commonwealth 147lb beltholder Sam Eggington (17-3, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 117-112, 116-113, 115-113. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne stops Chagaev in ten to win WBA heavyweight world title

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Unbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) came off the canvas to score a sudden and explosive tenth round TKO to dethrone reigning WBA regular heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia.

The pace was slow early as the taller Browne mostly worked the jab from the outside. Chagaev began to ramp up the pressure and dropped Browne hard in round six. A battered and bleeding Browne barely survived the round, which seemed about ten seconds too long. The gutsy Browne rallied in round seven. The pace slowed again and Browne’s jab reappeared. In round ten, Browne floored Chagaev with a massive right hand and then pummeled him until referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped it! Browne becomes the first ever Australian heavyweight champion.

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Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (26-2, 17 KOs) of Schwerin, Germany, scored a second round destruction of 41-year-old Brian “The Beast” Minto (41-11, 26 KOs) of Butler, PA. Gerber dropped Minto in round two, then put him on the deck face first to end it. Time was 2:40.

37-year-old former world title challenger Ali Funeka (38-5-3, 30 KOs) of South Africa, scored an upset twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten welterweight Vishkahn Murzabekov (12-1, 6 KOs) of Russia. With Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov in his corner, the aggressive Murzabekov was credited with a knockdown in round two when Funeka held onto the ring rope. But, Funeka gained the advantage in the middle rounds and stalked Murzabekov late. Scores were 115-112, 114-113 Funeka and 117-111 Murzabekov.

Unbeaten cruiserweight Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (3-0, 3 KOs) of Miami, Florida, laid out previously unbeaten David Gogishvilli (12-1, 8 KOs) of Gori, Georgia, with an overhand right in round two.



March 5th, 2016

UFC

UFC 198, 199 and more announced at ‘Unstoppable’

Coming off a big year in 2015, and judging by the buzz around this Saturday’s UFC 196 event, particularly the bad blood clash between main eventers Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, indications are that the UFC may be “Unstoppable” at the moment, making the title of the promotion’s latest seasonal campaign an apt one  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 196 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC announces featherweight plans

Robinson Castellanos of Mexico, the mandatory contender of the division, will fight Oscar Escandon of Colombia for the WBC interim championship tonight at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. WBC featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. of the United States will make a voluntary defense of the title against Patrick Hyland of Ireland on April 16 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. The winners of these two fights must fight each other in their next fights.



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