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Sam Soliman: I will defeat Taylor…for Bernard

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

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

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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

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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

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

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

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

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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

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ESPN2 Weights from Pechanga

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George-Davis final press conference

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr vs. Courtney Fry in Latvia?

By James Slater

According to The Liverpool Echo, 39-year-old Courtney Fry will challenge living legend and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr for the former multi-weight king’s lightly regarded WBU cruiserweight title in Latvia on July 26th. Fry’s manager, Neil Marsh told the publication that his fighter, a Londoner but based in Liverpool, will face the 45-year-old great in front of an expected 10,000 fans at the Skonto Stadium. According to James Toney’s FaceBook page, Toney, also aged 45, will fight Evgeny Orlov up at heavyweight on the same card. (more…)



June 2nd, 2014



Boxing News

Funeral details set for Matthew Saad Muhammad

Saad Muhammad’s funeral arrangements:
Thursday, June 5th
Visitation: 9-11AM
Service: 11AM
Enon (West) Tabernacle Baptist Church
230 W. Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ali Funeka wins another title

By Ron Jackson

Ali Funeka the former SA junior lightweight and WBF junior welterweight champion knocked out Mzolisi Yoyo in the fourth round in East London at the weekend to add the SA junior welterweight title to his collection. Their clash for Yoyo’s title was the main bout of the tournament at the Orient Theatre, where five title fights took place. The taller Funeka improved his record to 34-4-3, including 28 wins inside the distance. He took control in the first round and knocked Yoyo down early in the fourth round. The champion beat the count but another right to the head sent him down again and out for the count. His record fell to 21-6, with 5 shortcut wins. (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Perales injury KOs IBF title eliminator

Dennis Hobson Promotions has announced that IBF #7 rated Lee Haskins will not be fighting IBF #6 Sergio Perales in an IBF world bantamweight title eliminator after the American pulled out injured. The pair were due to clash at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7, on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF world title defense against Paul Butler. However, after the Texan injured a hand in training the contest has been forced off the bill.

“It’s disappointing,” explained promoter Dennis Hobson. “It’s a fight we were all looking forward to, and it would have been an excellent contest. Unfortunately though, Perales’ team have informed us of his injury and we haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement in time. Hopefully it’s a fight we can arrange again for a future show. The card is still top quality though. Hall versus Butler, Jon-Lewis Dickinson against Ovill Mckenzie, Bradley Saunders in his first title fight, and Dave Allen trading heavy blows with Larry Olubamiwo will all be great fights, and the rest of the card is shaping up into a fantastic evening of boxing.”



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman: I have the style to defeat Golovkin

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Soliman

Newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman has WBA 160-pound champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in his sights after dethroning Felix Sturm in Germany on Saturday winning a clear decision by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 117-111. Soliman is confident he can now defeat Golovkin and has talked with Fightnews saying “Boxing is all about styles and I have the style to defeat Golovkin. Triple G Baby – here I come!

“I know all my friends will say ‘Sammy take it easy. You’ve got the title, don’t risk it against the big names’ but realistically I’ve only got another four or five fights and I want to test myself against the very best. That’s the way I’ve always been and I’m not going to change now that I’m world champion.

“I’m just so glad that this fight was shown in America because Golovkin will have seen it. Now he’ll know who he’s dealing with.” (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez public workout today in NYC

WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will conduct a public workout at 12:30PM at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square (234 West 42nd Street). The first 50 fans to buy a boxing glove at the Modell’s workout will get an autograph from Martínez. Also, fans who take a photo of Sergio working out and post it on Instagram or Twitter, will be eligible for a random drawing with the winner receiving a $100 Modell’s gift card from the champ.

Martinez defends his world title against Puerto Rico boxing icon Miguel Cotto on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, where there are still a few seats left, available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

On the Ropes: Special Report on Female Boxing

Participants finding it harder to make fights happen

By Dave Spencer
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Jelena Mrdjenovich is undeniably the Queen of Canadian, if not all of North American boxing. She headlines to packed houses in her hometown of Edmonton and fights up to four cards a year. She is a six time world champion and currently owns the WBC Featherweight World Title. Despite a willingness to fight, owning a recognized championship belt, and having the house to stage major fights, the 31-year-old is often frustrated as she tries to move forward in her so far stellar career. While she still retains the green belt, defending it has not been easy, her last 3 fights have been of the non-championship variety despite a willingness and eagerness to make fights happen.

“The fact of the matter is nobody wants to fight,” Mrdjenovich told Fightnews, “That’s where I’m disappointed and frustrated.”

So if the reigning royalty is disheartened and disappointed, where does that leave the mere bourgeoisie of the sport to ply their trade, hoping for at least some crumbs in a trickle down effect of boxing riches?

The answer? Not very far apparently. (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Unusual Facts surrounding the Soliman-Sturm fight

By Robert Coster

…at one point in his unusual and colorful career, Sam was 12-7
40-year-old Australian middleweight Sam Soliman, who turns 41 in November, finally won his first world title on Saturday in Germany exactly 17 years, 1 month and 11 days after turning pro. How many boxers can claim such an accomplishment? Boxing fans can also take note that in Soliman’s second pro bout, he fought a twelve-rounder for the Australian cruiserweight title no less. And, whereas most boxers gain weight as they age, Soliman has done the contrary and dropped down four weight divisions. Finally, at one point in his unusual and colorful career, Sam was 12-7. Thankfully he never gave up on his dream of becoming a world champion.

On Felix Sturm’s side, the 35-year-old German boxer can claim the unlikely honor of having been the WBO, WBA and IBF world middleweight titleholder in successive fashion. Will Sturm now challenge for the WBC belt, the only one missing in his collection?



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Gary Pliner, former IBO President passes

By Johnny B’

Gary Joseph Pliner (Chub’s) age 73, of Janesville Wisconsin, passed away Friday May 30, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Gary devoted much of his life to helping youth achieve their goals, through foster parenting troubled youth via amateur boxing. He was also one of the presidents in the early years of the International Boxing Organization (IBO). (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Chudinov retains WBA belt against Nielsen

WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (13-0-2, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Patrick Nielsen (22-1, 11 KOs) on Sunday night at the Mytishchi Arena in Moscow, Russia. Chudinov was the aggressor, often bulling Nielsen back into the ropes. Nielsen didn’t seem to have any answers for Chudinov’s strength and pressure, although he was never in any danger of being stopped. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Dib defeats Elliott

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian super featherweight champion Billel “Baby Face” Dib (14-1, 5 KOs) clearly outscored Brent Elliott (11-5-3) over twelve rounds to capture the interim WBO Oriental title at the Emporium Function Centre, Bankstown, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Scores Mick Heafey 118-110, Brian McMahon 118-110, Bernie McMahon 119-109. Dib’s suffered his his only loss to Dylan Sendeckyi in a 2012 Australian title bout but reversed that loss in 2013 to capture the national crown.

In main supporting bout, light middleweight Ahmed Dib (14-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Michael Dan (3-10-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds in NSW state title bout. Scores 77-75, 80-72, 78-75. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Froch-Groves aftermath and more

Boxing’s marketing men served up a dish with Froch-Groves rematch: More

Former heavyweight champ turned politician Vitali Klitschko goes to work in Kiev. More

Just how good was Carl Froch’s knockout punch? More

Froch-Groves II is proof that boxing captivates masses: More

Froch ponders big money Vegas fight after Groves victory. More

Froch’s knockout punch defines a legacy: More

David Haye planning September or October ring return. More



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Russell beats Rios in early Tijuana fight of the year candidate

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Using a venue rarely seen for Tijuana boxing, sporadic promoter Round 13 Promotions gathered a solid audience at the Parque Morelos Palenque to enjoy live music, amateur fights and then a solid seven-bout fight card that maybe be the best of the year so far for the border city. The eight round main event between local super bantamweights Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (13-2-1, 6KO) and Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (7-3, 6KO) is without a doubt the best local fight of year. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Late Result: Capaceta gets razor thin decision

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Jim Wyatt

In many ways boxing is a game of chance. Doesn’t matter how much you prepare, some times events don’t go as planned. That never showed true for southern California promoter Bobby D. Presents this past Friday when two of their six fights planned fell out the week of the event. First, the opponent for local junior flyweight Amaris Quintana, Susana Uribe, went by the wayside when her trainer suffered a stroke on travel day. The second was when a fighter who was to face off against the popular Adrian Vargas did not pass one of his medical exams and was ruled unable to participate. Despite the streak of bad luck on one show, the worst suffered in thirty years by California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis, the show still must go on. It did with four all-action bouts that kept the respectable crowd inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley on the edge of their seats for most of the night. In the six-round main event, Tijuana’s Victor Capaceta (4-6-3, 2KO) took a razor thin split decision over the valiant “Smoking” Joe Perez (4-1-1, 3KO) of Chula Vista, CA, who suffered his first defeat. The bout was fought in the featherweight division. The all-out brawl was a rematch of their first war in November of last year in which they walked away with a draw. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Sao Paolo Post-fight

Seven fighters joined UFC Brazil managing director Grace Tourinho at the UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo post-fight press conference: Antonio Cara de Sapato, Warlley Alves, Kevin Souza, Ricardo Abreu, Demian Maia, Marcos Rogerio de Lima, and headliner Stipe Miocic . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Anthony Joshua to face Matt Skelton in July

By James Slater

Having improved to 6-0(6) with a quick, 1st-round stoppage of Matt Legg on last night’s massive show at Wembley, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua is all set for his next pro outing. According to The Mail and other reports, Joshua will face former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion Matt Skelton on July 12th in Liverpool. Skelton, 28-8(23) was as durable as they come back in his best days, when he was beating Danny Williams and Michael Sprott, yet he is now aged 47 and has not won a fight since 2012. Loser of his last two, when he was stopped in a couple of rounds by David Price and then out-pointed by John McDermott, Skelton has not boxed since March of last year. The Skelton of 2008 or 2009 would likely have given Joshua a stern test, but these days, some think it’s doubtful “The Bedford Bear” can extend Joshua past the 2nd-round, something no-one has yet done at pro level.



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Pianeta victorious in Dresden

Recent world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (30-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a first round KO over Mickael Vieira (14-4-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the WBO European belt, headlining SES Boxing’s innovative all heavyweight card before a crowd of 3,500 on Friday at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden, Germany. The bout ended suddenly after an exchange when Viera went down in pain holding his left arm. It was later diagnosed as a broken elbow.

In the co-feature, Steffen Kretschmann (18-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Özcan Cetincaya (21-9-2, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant International German belt. Kretschmann battered Cetincaya from the opening bell until it was waved off.

The four-man Prizefighter-style heavyweight tournament was won by 19-year-old Tom Schwartz (7-0, 5 KOs) with two first round TKOs. Schwartz needed just 90 seconds to smash Luke Filka (6-4, 5 KOs) in one semi, while Ante Verunica (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Andre Bunga (1-2, 1 KO) in the other. Schwartz then thumped Verunica in the final in just 2:04. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Hubeaux retains WBC Youth title; Jah wins EBU title

Belgian Herve “HH” Hubeaux retained last night in Brussels his WBC Youth heavyweight title with a wide unanimous decision over Hungarian Tibor Balogh. It was a workmanlike performance by the local Hubeaux with his new trainer Saber Gasmi in the corner. Hubeaux’s technique and boxing skills seemed to have improved under Gasmi but he still lacks a lot of stamina as he faded from round 6 on and had to give away the final round. It was scored 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.

In the co-main even Sanae Jah won the EBU female light-flyweight title with an unanimous decision against Romanian Corina Carlescu. The visitor was the better boxer but was overwhelmed by the untidy local Jah who deserved the win.



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Lundy destroys Cuevas

IBF #6 jr welterweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy improved to 25-3-1, 12 KOs with a second round TKO over Pipino Cuevas Jr. (17-12, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Cuevas was deemed unable to continue after being knocked down. Time was 2:23. This makes three straight wins for Lundy, while Cuevas has now dropped four of his last five.

“I am ready for anyone,” said Lundy. “135 is where I want to be but if I have to go up to 140 or even 147, I don’t care, I want a world title belt around my waist.” (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Rivera knocks out Barnett, gets attacked by fan

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

Not since a fictional Chino killed Tony at the end of West Side Story has someone with that moniker shocked so many people.

Veteran and former world title contender Cosme “Chino” Rivera of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico shocked hundreds of partisan fans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC Saturday night by scoring a devastating ninth-round knockout over hometown hero and card promoter Ty Barnett. The bout was the main event on Barnett’s Top Flight Promotions card. The win was particularly upsetting to one attendee who attacked Rivera in the ring after the bout was over. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Main: Stipe Soars, KOs Maldonado in 35 Seconds

Originally scheduled to face former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos in the UFC Fight Night main event at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo Saturday night, heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic had a lot to lose against 205-pound strongman Fabio Maldonado. But instead of faltering against the Brazilian hero, he came up big, knocking out his steel-chinned foe in less than a minute . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Fortuna, Rosa, Mora win in Las Vegas

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

WBA #2, WBC #7 featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) won a entertaining ten round unanimous decision over WBC #15 Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-5, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas. The former WBA interim featherweight champion dropped Rodriguez in round three, but Fortuna was also cut over his right eye. The round ended with Fortuna being knocked down with a jab that was missed by referee Robert Byrd. Fortuna continued to box well, but he was also increasingly getting busted up in the process. He smartly shifted his tactics to boxing from the outside in round seven and had some success. Rodriguez rocked Fortuna in the tenth and had him holding on but couldn’t finish the job. Fortuna won 98-91 on all three cards.

Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Luis Rosa (17-0, 7 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over WBC #5 rated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-2, 13 KOs). Rosa overcame a fifth round knockdown and a seventh round point deduction to win by scores of 97-92, 97-91, 98-91.

Former WBC junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO against once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-2, 8 KOs) in a middleweight bout. Mora dropped Rogers twice and got the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches. photos



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Usyk KOs Crenz in Odessa, Ukraine

Photo: K2 Promotions Ukraine

2012 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist Oleksandr Usyk (4-0, 4 KOs) scored a dominant fourth round stoppage of Argentinian veteran Cesar David “El Ruso” Crenz (21-9, 13 KOs) in front of a packed house on Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Odessa, Ukraine. Southpaw Usyk controlled the action from the opening bell, dropping Crenz in the third with a massive left hook to the chin, then drilling him back to the canvas in the fourth with a heavy-handed left to the body ending the scheduled eight rounder at the 2:12 mark of the stanza. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

WBC #8 Kaneko stops Ishikawa; Frenchman Cojean finishes Ebisu

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Having failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Takashi Uchiyama despite dropping the champ last December, WBC#8/WBO#8 Daiki Kaneko (20-3-3, 13 KOs), 130, displayed a fine form in whipping ex-OPBF challenger Shogo Ishikawa (10-7, 3 KOs), 130, and finally halting him at 2:40 of the fourth session on Saturday in Toyohashi, Japan. Kaneko, a 25-year-old stylish boxer-puncher regarded as a future world champ, proved too fast and strong for his victim, taking the initiative from the outset and hurting him in every round. His accelerated attack in the fatal fourth prompted the referee Biney Martin’s intervention, just after which Ishikawa fell down with Kaneko’s effective combinations. We look forward to watching a rematch between Uchiyama and Kaneko in the near future since Kaneko showed the best performance as the challenger against the champ through his eight defenses. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Cuadras dethrones Rungvisai

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Unbeaten Carlos Cuadras (30-0, 24 KOs) won the WBC super flyweight championship by eight round technical decision over defending champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (27-3-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night in Mexico City. The bout was stopped in round eight due to a cut suffered by Cuadras and went to the scorecards over the protestations of Rungvisai. Scores were 78-73, 77-74, 77-75, all in favor of Cuadras. photos



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Chudinov and Nielsen make weight

Photo: Team Sauerland

Photo: Team Sauerland


WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) and Patrick Nielsen (22-0, 11 KOs) both made weight ahead of their woeld title clash at the Mytishchi Arena in Moscow, Russia on Sunday night. On the same card, Nielsen’s younger brother Micki Nielsen is also in action. Micki (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Igor Pylypenko (4-16-2, 1 KO) in an eight round cruiserweight contest. Today’s weigh-in took place at the Sexton Centre home of Russian motorcycle club “The Night Wolves.”

Dmitry Chudiniv 158.75 vs. Patrick Nielsen 159.5
(WBA interim middleweight title)

Micki Nielsen 207.6 vs. Igor Pylypenko 201



May 31st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Prelims: 10 Straight – Rashid Rolls in Sao Paulo

Dagestan’s Rashid Magomedov made it ten consecutive wins in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout against Rodrigo Damm, putting together a shutout three round decision win Saturday at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Verdejo a hit in the Bronx

Photos: Top Rank

Undefeated and 2012 Olympian Felix Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico who will be featured on the undercard of next Saturday’s Middleweight World Championship bout headlined by Three-Division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez of Argentina Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden is already in town to promote the big card. Today Felix Verdejo had public workout and Meet & Greet at the Puerto Rican Festival / Bronx Cultural Arts Festival on 152nd Street Between Jackson & Union Ave in the Bronx, New York where he shared the stage with one his biggest fans, multi-Grammy award winner Puerto Rican rapper Calle 13 who had this to say about Verdejo: “Future champ, great boxer and a humble guy” and also sent a video on his Instagram account. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Full Report

Torres wins in Albuquerque

Ringside by Gerardo Martinez

In the main event of the Team Tapia Promotions card outside the Hotel Cascada in  Albuquerque, N.M., local pug Josh Torres left the ring with a ‘W’ against his opponent, Francisco Lira of Sonora, in front of a hometown crowd of about eight hundred. Torres took about half of the first round to study his opponent. Then he started the assault on the body of the taller Lira. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Berlin Post-fight

UFC managing director Garry Cook was joined at the UFC Fight Night Berlin post-fight press conference by Gegard Mousasi, Mark Munoz, CB Dollaway, Francis Carmont, Sean Strickland, Luke Barnatt, Nick Hein, Tom Niinimaki and Niklas Backstrom . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman dethrones Sturm

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In a grudge rematch, cagey 40-year-old Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the König Palast in Krefeld, Germany. Close rounds early. Soliman was warned three times by referee Eddie Cotton in round three for various infractions. Soliman had a strong round five and his non-stop workrate began to pay dividends as the bout progressed. Sturm had his best round in round nine when he upped the pressure and began connecting with big shots. Good two-way action in round eleven. In the end, Sturm wasn’t able to solve Soliman’s awkward and busy style. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 118-110.

WBA female flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (32-2, 16 KOs) stopped Dan-Bi Kim (9-2-1, 2 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round nine. It was Kentikian’s first KO since 2008.

Light heavyweights Konni Konrad (20-1-1, 10 KOs) and Mehdi Amar (27-4-2, 15 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 115-113 Konrad, 116-113 Amar, 114-114. Konrad retained his WBA International belt.

Jr middleweight Maurice Weber (20-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of journeyman Renat Samedovi (9-11-1, 2 KOs).

Super middleweight Goekalb Oezekler (16-1-1, 6 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Attila Kiss (11-70-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 58-56.



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Froch KOs Groves in eighth round

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

In a highly anticipated rematch, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over arch-rival George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) before 80,000 fans on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London. Tactical early rounds with Groves doing more. Froch started coming on in rounds five and six. Groves rocked Froch in the seventh. Froch knocked Groves on his back in the eighth round with a huge right hand and American referee Charlie Fitch waved it off without finishing a count. Time was 2:34.

In an IBF super middleweight eliminator, James “Chunky” DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten “Flawless” Brandon Gonzales (18-1-1, 10 KOs). DeGale dropped Gonzales in round four, then got a seemingly quick stoppage with his followup barrage. Time was 2:38.

In an IBF lightweight eliminator, Kevin Mitchell (38-2, 28 KOs) scored a come from behind TKO over previously unbeaten Ghislain Maduma (16-1, 10 KOs). Mitchell scored two knockdowns in the eleventh round to finish a gassed Maduma. The stoppage seemed premature in favor of the British fighter. Time was 2:56. Mitchell made the 135lb division limit at yesterday’s weigh-in, but his overnight weight gain exceeded the IBF limit so he will not get a title shot against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez.

Former IBF bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (24-2-1, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (52-3, 34 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA bantamweight belt. McDonnell broke down Rachawat and finished him with a left hook to the head. Time was 2:00.

Unbeaten Olympian gold medalist Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KOs) annihilated Matt Legg (7-3, 3 KOs) in 83 seconds of a heavyweight contest.



May 31st, 2014

UFC

UFN Berlin Final: At Last, the Real Mousasi Arrives, Subs Munoz

This was the Gegard Mousasi UFC fans were waiting for. A little over a year after his Octagon debut, the international star showed Saturday at the O2 World Arena in Berlin why he has long been one of the best fighters in the game, showing off a complete mixed martial arts attack before submitting Mark Munoz in the first round . . . Click here for more

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IT’S FIGHT DAY! UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MIOCIC VS. MALDONADO is live on FOX SPORTS 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from San Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more
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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

verdejo_streetfair300Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix Verdejo was mobbed by adoring fans today at a Bronx street festival in advance of his fight next Saturday, June 7, at Madison Square Garden which will be telecast by WAPA 2 in Puerto Rico and WAPA America in the USA.

Renowned boxing legends and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes will participate in an exclusive, live discussion at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Showroom on Wednesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes,” will feature an open dialogue between the two ex-champions as they reflect on their remarkable boxing careers, and take questions from the audience. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliquin, will serve as moderator. The event is free and open to the public.



May 31st, 2014

UFC

UFN Berlin Prelims: Sergeant Hein Delivers the Goods

German fans got a treat in UFC Fight Night prelim action at the O2 World Arena in Berlin Saturday, as one of their own, Cologne newcomer “Sergeant” Nick Hein, lived up to expectations with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over fellow lightweight prospect Drew Dober . . . Click here for more

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IT’S FIGHT DAY! Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass TODAY at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MIOCIC VS. MALDONADO is live on FOX SPORTS 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from San Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more
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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014




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