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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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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

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

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

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

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

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

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

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Boxing News

Vazquez faces tough challenge in Shafikov

By Graham Houston


Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez has been an underrated fighter for much of his career, and after seven successful defences of the IBF lightweight title he is finally getting the respect he deserves. However, I believe that Vazquez’s four-year reign as champion is in considerable jeopardy when he meets Russia’s Denis Shafikov on neutral ground in Macau on Saturday — China’s Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming tops the bill as far as the local populace is concerned but for boxing fans around the world the Vazquez-Shafikov fight is the true main event.

Shafikov, a 28-year-old southpaw, is unbeaten in 34 fights. Although held to a draw by Italy’s Brunet Zamora, he beat Zamora quite comfortably on points in a rematch two years later, which indicates to me that Shafikov is an improving fighter.

Top Rank is promoting Saturday’s show, and it might be significant that Shafikov joined the Top Rank roster last year. (Shafikov made his debut for the company with a seven-round TKO win in Texas last August.)

Vazquez is the favourite, and rightly so. He is an accomplished boxer with an excellent left jab, and very difficult to hit cleanly with his constant movement: his looseness of style, limbs always in motion, makes his nickname of “Puppet” quite apropos. Vazquez is a frustrating boxer to fight. His long left hand scores points while keeping his opponents from closing in on him, and he is adept at pulling away from punches and countering after making an opponent miss.

Shafikov, though, just might have the recipe for success with a style that is based on intelligently applied pressure. I think that he will be the stronger man in the fight because he boxed as a junior welterweight before moving down in weight to box at 135 pounds late in 2012. (more…)



February 21st, 2014



Boxing News

Weights from Dover, Delaware

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Ray Robinson 146 vs. Aslanbek Kosaev 146.5
Cornelius Lock 125.5 vs. Rogers Mtagwa 125
Kamarah Pasley 198 vs. Travis Reeves 197
Joey Tiberi 136 vs. Charles Jones 130
David Murray 190 vs. Earl Platt 192
Kyrone Davis 159 vs. Joshua Warf 156
Milton Santiago 139 vs. Christian Daniels 142.5

Promoter: Champs Management
Venue: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Puebla

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Mariana Juarez 114.65 vs. Melissa Mc Morrow 112.20
(WBC International super-flyweight title)

Miguel Roman 134.65 vs. Enrique Tinoco 130.25
Abdiel Ramirez 136.90 vs. Guadalupe Rosales 133.35

Venue: Gimnasio Miguel Hidalgo, Puebla, Mexico.
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: TELEVISA (Mexico)

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February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Shimoda vs Sonsona on Solo Boxeo Tecate Saturday night

Macao – Solo Boxeo Tecate returns this Saturday night, February 22, at 12:00 midnight eastern, 11:00 pm Central and Pacific on UniMas. In another special night of international boxing from Asia, we have a great World Champion battle between Akifumi Shimoda of Japan vs Philippine Marvin Sonsona for the vacant WBO International Featherweight Title, in a 12 round bout from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian in Macao, China. Top Rank is promoting.

Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs), from Tokyo Japan. Shimoda, one of the Japanese boxing stars, is currently ranked #2 in the world. Marvin Sonsona (17-1-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City in the Philippines, is a young former WBO Super Flyweight champion.



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Westminster, Maryland

By Gary Digital Williams

Mark Tucker 175 vs. Paul Vasquez 171
Zakki Scott 233 vs. Robert Alfonso 241
Seth Billups 138 vs. Benjamin Olinga 140.5
Ievgen Khytsov 164 vs. Julius Kennedy 164.5
Jeremy Trussell 167 vs. Greg Hackett 173.5
Rolando Chinea 135 vs. Raphael Luna 137

Venue: Shipley Arena, Westminster, Maryland



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from London

Tony Conquest 199 vs. Daniel Ammann 198
(Vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title)

Chris Eubank Jr. 164 vs. Alistair Warren 164
Tom Baker 169 vs. Harry Matthews 169

Venue: York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Promoter: Queensberry Promotions



February 21st, 2014

UFC

Watch UFC 170 weigh-ins

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Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 170 live from the Mandalay Bay, Friday, February 21st at 7pm/4pm ETPT.
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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE PPV on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

“Gallo” Estrada visits Panama

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By Gabriel F.Cordero

Mexican WBA and WBO unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada was was in Panama City this week. One of his stops was a visit to the offices of the World Boxing Association where he was received by Executive Vice President Gilberto J. Mendoza.

Estrada and his working team was also in attendance at Thursday night’s Thursday boxing event in support of Carlos “El Divino” Fontes, who was taking on local favorite Luis “Nica” Concepcion.



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Lorenzo calls out Fortuna

By Robert Coster

Tough former junior lightweight contender Francisco Lorenzo (39-12, 17 Kos) has called out to ex WBA interim featherweight champion Javier Fortuna not to face openly gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz in La Romana, Dominican Republic, scheduled for March 10th. “Javier, I’m calling on you to fight a real man, not some gay guy. The Dominican people don’t want to see that. So, I propose — fight ME!” clamors Lorenzo, a grizzled 42-year-old veteran that has faced eight world champions in his career and is reputed for his warrior spirit and iron chin. In 2010, Lorenzo and Fortuna fought to a one round no-contest due to a clash of heads between both boxers. “I want to get Javier Fortuna back in the ring, an all-Dominican affair. Let’s make it at 130 pounds and may the best man win,” concluded Lorenzo.



February 21st, 2014

UFC

Cummins’ Shock the World Tour Begins

You’ve probably heard the stories about Patrick Cummins’ chat with UFC president Dana White while the light heavyweight prospect worked his day job at a California coffee shop, or the Pennsylvania native’s claims that he made his UFC 170 opponent, Daniel Cormier, cry in the wrestling room when the two worked out years ago . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Vazquez, Shafikov make weight for IBF lightweight world title clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Miguel Vazquez 134.8 vs. Denis Shafikov 134.8
(IBF featherweight championship)

Akifumi Shimoda 125.8 vs. Marvin Sonsona 125.6
(WBO International featherweight title)

Zou Shiming 111.8 vs. Yokthong Kokietgym 110.6
Ryota Murata 161.4 vs. Carlos Nascimento 160.6
Egor Mekhontsev 177.2 vs. Atthaporn Jaritram 173.6
Rex Tso 114.6 vs. Mako Matsuyama 114.4
Kuok Kun Ng 152.4 vs. Rocky Alap-Alap 150
Harmonito Dela Torre 131.4 vs. Yakobus Heluka 128
Jerwin Ancajas 115.6 vs. Inthanon Sithchamuang 114.6

Venue: Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO2

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February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights “Boxcino” weights

Yakubu Amidu 135 vs. Chris Rudd 135.5
Fedor Papazov 135 vs. Petr Petrov 134.5
Miguel Gonzalez 134 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza 135
Fernando Carcamo 135.5 vs. Samuel Neequaye 135

Venue: Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada
Promoter: Banner
TV: ESPN2



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon

Fernando Garcia 136 vs Adolfo Landeros 135
Elias Espadas 163 vs Omar Barefield 166
Jonathan Quiroz 115 vs Daniel Covielles 116
Roque Ramos 129 vs Thomas Herrera 127
Jorge Ruiz 127 vs Luis Silva 130
Manuel Ceballos 175 vs 174 Jerome Buchanan
Francisco Ramirez 147 vs Rey Mena 145

When: Friday, February 21st, 7:00pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA
Promoter: Paco Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym
Tickets: (619) 743-0698



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Albany, New York

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Photo: Diana Rodriguez

Shawn Miller 176 vs. Kevin Engel 175.8
Eric Fields 196 vs. Rayford Johnson 204
Joe Yerdon 157 vs. Malik Jackson 157
Joe Gbolo 135 vs. Joe Shell 133
Brian Clookey 221 vs. Ray Santiago 241
Lavisas Williams 131.6 vs. Rigoberto Miranda 131.4
Louis King 178 vs. Mathew Leddick 170.5

Promoter: Take It Light Promotions
Venue: “The Egg” Under Empire Plaza
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Doors Open: 6 p.m., First Bell: 7 P.m.



February 21st, 2014

Boxing News

Concepcion wins tech decision; Arias shocks Nunez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA world champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (31-3, 22 KOs) scored a one-sided nine-round unanimous technical decision over Carlos “El Divino” Fonte (17-2, 14 KOs) at the Figali Plaza on Thursday on the banks of the Panama Canal. Scores were 88-83, 88-81, 88-83. Concepcion, who retained the WBC silver belt, is hoping to land a title shot against the current WBC flyweight world champion Akira Yaegashi.

In an upset, Jonathan “Aguas” Arias (15-9, 13 KOs) scored a shock second round TKO over former world flyweight title challenger Ricardo “Matematico” Nunez (26-5, 22 KOs). Arias dropped Nunez twice in the second round and got a referee’s stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:39.

Unbeaten welterweight Alberto Mosquera (21-0-2, 14 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Fidel Monterrosa (31-9-1, 25 KOs). A body shot finished Monterrosa



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Santana-Lundy weigh-in erupts

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Tempers flared during Thursday’s official weigh-in as main event fighters Angelo “La Cobra” Santana and Hammerin’ Hank Lundy and their camps had to be separated after stepping on the scales for tomorrow/Friday’s ShoBox telecast. Santana, 134 pounds, and Lundy, 135 pounds, were posing for a photo with legendary promoter Don King and former heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes when a brief scuffle broke out between the fighters and their camps. King, Holmes and others were quick to separate the camps and restore order to the proceedings. The heavy-handed Santana (14-1, 11 KOs), of Miami, Fla., and dangerous, world-ranked Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs), of Philadelphia, will square off in an important 10-round lightweight bout from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In the opening match of the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Amir “Young Master” Imam (12-0, 11 KOs), of Albany, N.Y., will face fellow unbeaten Jared “The Quiet Storm” Robinson (14-0, 6 KOs), of Charlotte, N.C., in a 10-round super lightweight match. Imam tipped the scales at 140 pounds and Robinson measured 139½ pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Andrzej Fonfara talks Adonis Stevenson, Al Haymon

By Przemek Garczarczyk

#1 IBF/WBO rated light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2,15 KO) talks with Fightnews.com about his WBC title fight with defending champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) and offers his opinion about recent managerial signing between Adonis and Al Haymon.



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Lincoln, RI

Listed below are weights for all of the participants in Friday night’s “Home Sweet Home” professional boxing card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Glen Johnson 180 vs. Jaime Velazquez 180
Toka Kahn-Clary 127 vs. Carlos Fulgencio 128
Jaison Palomeque 159 vs. Thomas Falowo 164
KJ Harrison-Lombardi 161 vs. Antonio Fernandes 157
Andre Ward 198 vs. Alvin Varmall Jr. 198



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The San Antonio Boxing Hall of Fame officially announces its latest inductees: Mike Ayala, Jesse Leija (father to Jesse James Leija) and Rafael Ramos. More

Can Daniel Geale put Australia back on the boxing map? More

Speaking of Down Under,  Paul Gallen, former Rugby player, might’ve won his pro debut, but he had to get up off the canvas to do so. More

“Definitely no,” is the answer Joe Calzaghe gives when questioned on a comeback. More



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Adonis Stevenson at Mayweather gym

Story and photos by Mary Ann Owen

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) joined his friend and fellow Canadian WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Trainer Don House, who is Stiverne’s trainer, also worked with Stevenson. Both fighters are making their mark in the boxing world, with Stevenson knocking out everyone that is put in front of him and Stiverne’s upset of Chris Arreola (March 2013) shaking up the heavyweight landscape. Stiverne was hoping to fight Vitali Klitschko but the younger Klitschko brother is currently occupied with resolving the political strife in his homeland of the Ukraine. Back in December, the WBC appointed Vitali as the Champion Emeritus which will allow him the opportunity to decide at a later point whether he wants to resign from professional boxing or fight again for the title. Stiverne – the #1 WBC ranked contender – is expected to fight a rematch with Chris Arreola – the #2 WBC contender – for the title.

Stevenson is expected to face Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) on May 24 in Montreal, Canada for his WBC title.

Trainer Eddie Mustafa greeted Stevenson at the Mayweather Gym and congratulated him on his win against Tony Bellew. Mustafa told Stevenson, “Just keep doing what you’re doing!”

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February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine: I want Cotto or Alvarez

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine will clash with former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey in a light middleweight contest on April 2nd at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia. Mundine is confident of victory over Clottey, who is not rated but has been active recently. Clottey holds wins over Zab Judah and Deigo Corrales but lost decisions to Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao. Mundine will target Saul Alvarez or Miguel Cotto after Clottey, who he says brings credibility to the ring.

“He’s got a very tight defense and tries to come back if you put a couple of good ones on him,” Mundine said. “The reason why we’ve got Clottey is because of his name, his credibility in the business and the man has been in some massive fights and so he’s known to the boxing punters.”

Mundine revealed he lost half a million dollars on his fight with Shane Mosley and thinks he will lose more money in the future until he fights Alvarez, Cotto or Mayweather. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

March 7 FNF undercard announced

Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Antonio Leonard Promotions and All In Entertainment have officially announced the ESPN “Friday Night Fights” co-feature to the main event attraction featuring Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16 KOs) vs. Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs), taking place at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California on March 7, 2014. The evening’s co-main event will feature undefeated junior featherweight Roman Morales (17-0, 9 KOs) against Russian born fighter Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6 KOs), in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Opening up the telecast will be Washington DC’s undefeated welterweight sensation, Dusty Harrision Hernandez (20-0, 11 KOs) as he battles Honolulu Hawaii’s Michael Balasi (10-3, 7 KOs) in an 8-round bout. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Quigg to defend against Cermeno

WBA super bantamweight titleholder Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KOs) will defend his title on April 19th against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno (22-5-1, 13 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.



February 20th, 2014

UFC

Jessica Eye: 15 Minutes

The crowd at the United Center was pretty loud last month for the UFC on FOX event at the storied Chicago arena. No one was louder than Jessica Eye. As her teammate Stipe Miocic battled it out for three rounds with Gabriel Gonzaga, the UFC women’s bantamweight contender shouted out encouragement and instructions, often in the same sentence. It was more than a hint of the intensity the 27-year-old Ohio native brings to everything in her life . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE PPV on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 20th, 2014

UFC

MGM Resorts International’s M life Teams Up with UFC

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has teamed up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) to bring unparalleled VIP experiences and offers to members of M life, MGM Resorts’ loyalty rewards program. M life members will have unmatched access to UFC including parties, fighter meet-and-greets, discounted merchandise and more. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas signs with Top Rank, will box March 29 at Texas Station in Las Vegas

Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania has signed with Top Rank and will box at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel on Saturday, March 29. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. Kavaliauskas, a welterweight, is 25. He fought for Lithuania in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Kavaliauskas was a bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships. He is trained by 2013 ‘Trainer of the Year’ Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Ca. As a professional, Kavaliauskas has a record of 4-0 and boxes in the same stable as Vasyl Lomachenko. Both are managed by Egis Klimas. “Kavaliauskas will put his mark on the welterweight division and will bring Lithuania onto the pro boxing map,” Klimas said. Kavaliauskas will box six rounds in the welterweight division on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card at Texas Station. Tickets are $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at any Station Casino Rewards Center, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at slv.com/concerts.com



February 20th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Cotto vs. Martinez is official

Sampson Lewkowicz advisor to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has announced that the June 7 clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City between Miguel Cotto and Martinez for Martinez’ world championship is a go.



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights “Boxcino” lineup

Friday’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature the quarterfinals of the lightweight portion of “Boxcino 2014,” a single-elimination, two-weight class tournament that will feature eight fighters in both the lightweight and middleweight divisions. Friday’s show, from the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada will include four six-round lightweight quarterfinal matchups:

Yakubu Amidu (19-4-2, 17 KOs) vs. Chris Rudd (12-1, 8 KOs)
Fedor Papazov (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Petr Petrov (32-4-2, 14 KOs)
Miguel González (22-3, 16 KOs) vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza (21-2-2, 21 KOs)
Fernando Carcamo (15-5, 12 KOs) vs. Samuel Neequaye (21-0,15 KOs)

Oldest: Petr Petrov 30 (3/28/83)
Youngest: Fernando Carcamo 23 (11/2/90)
Most Fights: Petr Petrov 38 (32-4-2)
Least Fights: Chris Rudd 13 (12-1)
Most Rounds: Petr Petrov 213
Least Rounds: Chris Rudd 45
Most KOs: Miguel Angel Mendoza 21
Winning %: Samuel Neequaye (21-0) & Fedor Papazov (14-0) 100%
KO%: Miguel Angel Mendoza (84 % and 100% of wins are by stoppage)

The total record of the 8 lightweights is: 158-19-6 with 115 KOs



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Wawrzyk to face Botha on March 15 in Poland

Heavyweight Francois Botha (48-10-3, 29 KOs) may be 45 years old but there is no way of stopping the “White Buffalo” from roaming the prairie. On March 15th the multiple time world title challenger is coming to Arlamow, Poland, to take on Andrzej Wawrzyk (28-1, 14 KOs). When Botha made his pro debut in February 1990, Wawrczyk was only two years old. The former WBC Youth champion from Poland suffered his only loss last year when he challenged “regular” WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

“I am looking forward to coming to beautiful Poland”, said the “White Buffalo” after signing the bout agreement on Thursday. The show on March 15th will be co-promoted by Ulrich KnockOut Promotions in association with Babilon Promotion and broadcast live on Polsat.



February 20th, 2014

UFC

UFC 170 Prelim Fantasy Preview

UFC 170 is headlined by women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as she looks to make her third successful title defense since coming to the Octagon by defeating Sara McMann, but the undercard to the show could also feature the next contender hoping to snatch the belt away from her after Saturday night is over . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Las Vegas Click here for more info



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine-Clottey is on for April 2

Former two-division world champion Anthony Mundine has announced that he’ll fight former IBF champion Joshua Clottey on April 2 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia.



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale-Wood Full Report; Geale targets Golovkin

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott and Louie Abigail

Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KOs) stopped Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) in round six of a scheduled twelve round bout at the Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia with IBF and WBA regional titles up for grabs on Wednesday. Geale displayed good punching power as he dropped Wood in rounds one, five and six. Referee Charlie Lucas deducted a point from Geale for a low blow in round two. Geale controlled all the rounds outworking his opponent as he delivered accurate combinations that visibly hurt Wood. The corner of Wood retired their boxer at the conclusion of round six. Geale went to Wood’s corner and embraced him for his bravery. There had been tension between both before the contest

Geale said “That’s what prize-fighting is about. You guys want to see a bit of anger but you can also see that we can be human as well.”

On this performance Daniel Geale says he would be excellent challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos from Top Rank’s “Ring of Gold” Press Conference in Macau

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

IBF lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez and his unbeaten challenger Denis Shafikov, plus two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev spoke during the final press conference Thursday at The Venetian Macao Resort for their upcoming feature fights on Saturday, February 22 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.

Shiming will risk his undefeated (3-0) record in an eight-round flyweight main event bout against the young seasoned Yokthong Kokietgym of Thailand. Murata of Japan takes on Atthaporn Jaritram of Thailand and Mekhontsev of Russia battles Carlos Nascimento of Brazil.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, “Ring of Gold – Shiming vs. Kokietgym” will be televised Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO 2.

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February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Hanzel Martinez: I am going back to who I am

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

After suffering the his first and only professional defeat, you find a more grounded and mature Hanzel “Rude Boy” Martinez despite his only 22 years of age. Becoming a father for the first time a couple of months ago also surely helped. At a little over twelve months removed from that devastating loss by second round knock out at the fists of up and coming prospect Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr and eight months since his last one, a TKO win over Cesar De La Mora, Martinez (20-1, 16KOs) of Tijuana is ready to jump back into another meaningful fight this Saturday when he goes back to Phoenix, Arizona, to take on local Alexis Santiago (15-3-1, 7KOs) for the vacant WBC USNBC bantamweight title in the main event of Iron Boy Promotions’ fight card scheduled for the historic Celebrity Theater. The bout will be streamed live at Iron-Boy.com

Offering no excuses, Martinez realizes that perhaps he should have never agreed to step into the ring with Gonzalez Jr on that crisp February 2013 night. “It was at a higher weight class and I was dehydrated, I only had six weeks to train. It was my error. He hit me with a good punch, I had been on the canvas before but not like that.” (more…)



February 20th, 2014

Boxing News

Santana: I’m going to beat the hell out of him; Lundy: I have nothing but hatred inside

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Wednesday to introduce the fighters that will compete on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Feb. 21 from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. In the main event on SHOWTIME, heavy-handed lightweight slugger Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-1, 11 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will face the dangerous, world-ranked Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round bout.

Below is what the fighters had to say about Friday’s matchups:

SANTANA: “I’m going to beat the hell out of him. In the ring, he will be beaten. It will be bad and it will hurt.

LUNDY: “I’m on fire. I have nothing but hatred inside right now. When I get in the ring with this guy it’s going to be blood, sweat and hurt. Mark my words. You (Santana) jumped up out of your league. When Friday night comes, Hammerin’ Hank is going to bring SHOWTIME to Cleveland. (more…)



February 20th, 2014




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