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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

By Karl Freitag Photos: Sumio Yamada WBA interim welterweight champion David "Ava" Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous ...

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank Undefeated WBO #2 rated lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo took a day away from his Puerto Rico-based training ...

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Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

Bellew: Makabu cannot beat me

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Boxing News

Rocky Martínez injured, will not fight against Miguel Berchelt on March 12

WBO junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, will not fight on Saturday, March 12, in Merida, against Mexican Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt due to an injury to his left hand. Martinez (29-2-3, 17), who was supposed to travel to Mexico on Monday, March 7, for his defense against the #1 ranked Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), was examined by Dr. Jose M. Santiago Figueroa, who gave him a diagnosis of “External Carpi Radialis Longus” and a Tendinitis in his left hand recommending rest for four weeks.

“Definitely Rocky will not fight on March 12. Rocky had a pain on that hand and we went last week to see Dr. Santiago Figueroa, who specializes on hand injuries and is one of the best in Puerto Rico, and he prescribed some medication to Rocky, but the pain continued and we went to see him again yesterday (Thursday). After the evaluation Dr. Santiago Figueroa gave him the diagnosis and advised him not to punch with that hand and rest for four weeks. As soon as the doctor notified us yesterday, we talked with the people from Promociones Zanfer, Berchelt’s promoter, to let them know of the situation and to work the possibility of a new date for the fight,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Martinez’s promoter. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Video: Helenius-Duhaupas intense faceoff

By Pasi Taavitsainen
Video/Photos: Ammattinyrkkeily.net

In their first face-to-face meeting, unbeaten heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs) and former world title challenger Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (33-3, 20 KOs) engaged in an intense staredown that lasted nearly a minute. They collide April 2 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, for vacant WBC silver heavyweight title.

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March 4th, 2016


Boxing News

Wlodarczyk demolishes Brudov

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk


By Przemek Garczarczyk

In a clash of former cruiserweight world champions, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (50-3-1, 36 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Valery Brudov (42-8, 28 KOs) on Friday night at the Hala Sportowa Zeromskiego 9 in Sosnowiec, Poland. After Włodarczyk dropped Brudov with a pair of sharp jabs in round two, Brudov’s corner pulled their man out.

It was the 34-year-old Włodarczyk’s first fight since losing his WBC cruiserweight belt to Grigory Drozd in September 2014. The 39-year-old Brudov has now lost four of his last five.



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Complete Weights from Washington, DC

Luis Ortiz 242.6 vs. Tony Thompson 263.8
(non-title heavyweight bout)

Jessie Vargas 146.2 vs. Sadam Ali 147
(vacant WBO welterweight title)

Robinson Castellanos 124.6 vs. Oscar Escandon 126
(WBC interim featherweight title)

Lamont Roach Jr 131.6 vs. Jesus Lule 133.6
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Marco Lopez 148.6
D’Mitrius Ballard 168.2 vs. Leosvy Mayedo 175
Kevin Rivers 126 vs. Angel Aispuro 126.6
Damon Allen 135.2 vs. Daniel Perales 135.2
Todd Unthank-May 177.8 vs. Alexander Johnson 175.6

Venue: DC Armory, Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
Venue: HBO
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March 4th, 2016


Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

Photos: German Villasenor, Zanfer

Antonio Margarito 154 vs. Jorge Páez Jr. 154
César Juárez 125 vs. Giovanni Delgado 125
Emmanuel Navarrete 120.5 vs. Oswaldo Castro 120.5
Ramón Hidalgo 141 vs. Francisco Rojo 141
Uriel Perez 138 vs. Antonio Morán 138
Víctor Olivo 120 vs. Francisco Pérez 118.5

Venue: Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City
Promotor: Zanfer Promociones
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA), Azteca 7 (Mexico)

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Pilsen, Czech Republic

Tom Schwarz 244.7 vs. Gogita Gorgiladze 221.7
(WBO Youth heavyweight title)

Robert Stieglitz 174.6 vs. Ricardo Ramallo 174.8
Adam Deines 174.8 vs. Zsolt Dudas 174.8
Stepan Horvath 153.4 vs. Davide Doria 149.9
Lucie Sedlackova 125.4 vs. Kleopatra Tolnai 123.6
Fabiana Bytyqi 103.8 vs. Teodora Bacheva 102
Sebastian Bytyqi 136.9 vs. Nugzar Chavchavadze 133
Josef Zahradnik 145.5 vs. Jan Korec 144.6
Martin Parlagi 127.2 vs. Artur Movsesyan 127.2

Venue: Home Monitoring Arena, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Promoter: SES
TV: MDR (Germany), Nova TV (Czech Republic)

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Grozny, Russia

Ruslan Chagaev 248.5 vs. Lucas Browne 249.3
(WBA heavyweight title)

Venue: Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, Russia
Promoter: Timur Dugazaev
TV: AWE



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Soto-Karass vs. Kamegai clash set for April 15

Golden Boy Promotions today announced that all-action fighters Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO) and Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KO) will collide on April 15 in a 10-round super welterweight showdown at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Estrella TV will televise.

“Every month, LA FIGHT CLUB features the best up-and-coming prospects on the planet, but on April 15, fans will be treated to something different — two veterans who leave everything in the ring every time they fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though the fighters may be at different points in their careers than the prospects we usually feature, they always deliver high-action bouts with potential knockouts in every round – that’s what LA FIGHT CLUB is all about.”



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

HBO Weights from Washington D.C.

Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Opening up the telecast from the DC Armory in Washington D.C. is a 12-round welterweight title matchup between Sadam Ali and Jessie Vargas. The main event of the evening, a 12-round heavyweight attraction, features Luis Ortiz taking on Tony Thompson in his back yard.

Luis Ortiz 242.6 vs. Tony Thompson 263.8

Sadam Ali 147 vs. Jessie Vargas 146.2
(WBO welterweight title)



March 4th, 2016

UFC

Unfazed by new fame, Holm keeps priority on winning

Holly Holm arrived at The Palm Restaurant recently with a prized new possession: a Louis Vuitton monogram icon purse – a little something the UFC champion splurged on after her stunning upset knockout victory over Ronda Rousey  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Confident Koasicha vs Cruz on Telemundo tonight

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Recent world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-5, 15 KOs) of Mexico challenges NABO junior lightweight champion and former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (22-4-1, 11 KOs) from Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be aired on “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford.” The site of the fight will be the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida.

Koasicha debu’ed on Telemundo last July where he defeated Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila. The victory positioned him for a showdown with WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko this past September. Koasicha was unsuccessful in his challenge but feels he will only get better from the experience. He plans to show this versus Cruz tonight. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt in extravaganza

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KOs), 117.75, kept his belt as he came off the canvas twice in the third, but floored former WBA 115-pound ruler Liborio Solis (23-4-1, 10 KOs), 117.5, twice to win a unanimous decision over twelve give-and-take rounds on Friday in Kyoto, Japan.

All the tallies were identical: 117-107 scored by Cathy Leonard (US), Gary Ritter (US) and Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico). The referee was Ian John-Lewis (UK).

Yamanaka made a good start when he decked Solis with a southpaw right hook midway in round two, but he experienced a nightmare in the third, when he absorbed a solid right of the Venezuelan and unexpectedly hit the deck on two occasions. The southpaw champ gradually regained his rhythm and took back the initiative as the contest progressed. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yamanaka was leading with 77-72 by all judges.

The ninth saw Yamanaka drop Solis with an overhand left to confirm his victory, and he swept the last four sessions. It was a much tougher defense than expected for Yamanaka, who registered his tenth defense of the WBC bantamweight throne.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Mexican Lopez Dethrones WBC 108lb Champ Kimura

By Joe Koizumi

Mexican southpaw veteran Ganigan Lopez (27-6, 17 KOs), 107, captured the WBC light-flyweight belt when he scored an upset majority decision over Japan’s defending titlist Yu Kimura (18-3-1, 3 KOs), 107.5, in twelve monotonous rounds on Friday in Kyoto, Japan. Cathy Leonard and Gary Ritter (both of US) tallied 119-109 and 118-110 respectively, both in favor of the 34-year-old Mexican, but Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) saw it 114-114. The referee was Vic Drakulich (US).

Kimura, 32, wasn’t as sharp as he had dethroned Pedro Guevara last November, and Lopez maintained the initiative all the way.

(More to come)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

UFC’s Conor McGregor open to discussions with Floyd Mayweather

Saul Alvarez calls Amir Khan showdown a chess match

Carl Frampton put on the spot for next title fight

A Philippine senator wants a compromise in Manny Pacquiao’s next fight



March 4th, 2016

UFC

Stockton sees a folk hero in Diaz

It certainly wasn’t the worst thing that Nate Diaz has ever been called. But during a wild press conference last week, Conor McGregor dismissively insulted his UFC 196 opponent as a “little cholo gangster from the hood.”  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing

Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz 128 vs. Romulo Koasicha 127
Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin 146 vs. Cosme “Chino” Rivera 147
Omar Albanil 153 vs. Juan Fernando Raya 156
Santiago Arroyo 118 vs. Luis Villegas 116
Christina Swanson 146 vs. Chennose Casseus 149
Mark Reyes 146 vs. Harrison Melendez 149
Jose “The Dream” Medina 265 vs. Richard White 344

Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Shea Bailey Promotions
TV: Telemundo

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Los Angeles

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Michael Angelo Perez 137.6 vs. Martin Honorio 138
Christian Gonzalez 132.4 vs. David Rodela 131.4
Oscar Negrete 119 vs. Neftali Campos 120
Ivan Delgado 131 vs. Jesus Sandoval 130
Rafael Gramajo 121.4 vs. Sharone Carter 121.6
Alexis Rocha 147.2 vs. Jordan Rosario 147.8

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz-Thompson/Vargas-Ali Final Press Conference

Photos: Louis Tinsley – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Fighters featured on the March 5 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast shared their final thoughts ahead of Saturday’s fights at the final press conference today in Washington, D.C. WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) was joined by Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) ahead of their clash in the main event on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast on Saturday.

Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz: “Unlike Mr. Thompson who uses humor and good words and is very well spoken, I instill fear through my hard work. In the ring is where I’m most comfortable and that’s where I’ll continue to prove why I am the most feared heavyweight on the planet Tony said that he is Godzilla. I didn’t see the movie, but on Saturday night, King Kong is going to beat Godzilla.”

Tony “The Tiger” Thompson: “I didn’t take this fight in my hometown to get embarrassed. I don’t believe in the boogeyman. D.C. raised a man. I’m all man. I don’t care who the opponent is. I’ll meet you in the middle of the ring, and let’s see what happens. He’s the kind of fighter who is going to bring out the best in me.”

Also appearing on stage were number one contender for the WBO Welterweight World Title Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) and former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) who will battle for the vacant WBO Welterweight World Championship in a can’t-miss 12-round co-main event.

Sadam Ali: “This is for a world title. This is what we all wait for. This is what we work for. This is my dream. Just know that you are going to see an exciting fight.”

Jessie Vargas: “We’ve had a great preparation. I am very happy to be fighting for the WBO World Title once again, and I look forward to becoming a world champion. I will do whatever I have to do to come out victorious.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

GIANT Margarito-Paez workout gallery

Photos: Zanfer

Super welterweights Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) and Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-7-2, 23 KOs) have arrived in Mexico City and on Thursday they showed their skills to reporters and fans at the packed gym facilities of the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo Metro.

10,000+ fight fans at the Arena Mexico, plus a national TV audience and a U.S. audience on beIN Sports will see Margarito’s first fight in four years on Saturday night.

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Williams-Matano Final Press Conference

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Undefeated top contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams and Italy’s Marcello Matano went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference before they meet with the IBF’s #1 spot at 154-pounds on the line this Saturday from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Julian Williams: “When I win this fight I’ll be able to accomplish my dream of being a world champion. It’s one step closer. I’m going to attack the head and body as much as I can. I’ve got enough film on him to see what he’s got. He’s pretty solid. He got better each time out. But those guys in Italy don’t have the skills that I have. I think he’s going to bring it for as long as he can handle it. He’s an awkward fighter. He’s definitely a boxer and he can be a little skittish in the ring. I know I’ve fought the better competition and I’ve trained my hardest for this. I’m ready to make a statement. I’m not worried about a knockout. However the win comes, it’s great. I’m just looking to win and beat him down.”

Marcello Matano: “I know that Julian Williams is a top-notch athlete and that he is coming to give his best, just like I am. It’s going to be an exciting fight because we both want to get to the top. I can adapt myself to any opponent. I can be a boxer or I can be a brawler. But in my heart, I am a warrior and I will come forward all fight. I am coming to leave that ring victorious.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Minto-Gerber collide on Chagaev-Browne card

Three undercard fights have been announced for Saturday’s clash between defending WBA World Heavyweight champ Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne in Grozny, Russia.

In a ten round heavyweight bout, Edmund Gerber (25-2, 16 KO’s) of Schwerin, Germany will fight Brian Minto (41-10, 26 KO’s) of Butler, PA.

In a ten round welterweight bout, Vishkahn Murzabekov (12-0, 6 KOs) of Russia takes on former world title challenger Ali Funeka (37-5-3, 30 KOs) of South Africa.

Also, in a six round cruiserweight bout, Tyrone Spong (2-0, 2 KOs) of Miami, Florida battles David Gogishvilli (12-0, 8 KOs) of Gori, Georgia.

The bout will be broadcast in the United States on the AWE network.



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Gilberto Ramirez visits Univision Radio

Undefeated number one contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez took time this morning to visit in-studio the Univision radio show “Cada Mañana” hosted by Max Aub and Estefania Iglesias to speak about his upcoming world title fight. Ramirez who is training in Long Beach, California will take on Arthur Abraham for the WBO Super Middleweight title. “This is the fight of my life and will not leave the ring without that world championship,” said Ramirez on the program. He was accompanied by his promoter Jesus Zapari and his trainer Hector Zapari of Zapari Boxing.

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(more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Jimenez headlines May 14

Bobby Hitz, Chicago’s longest-running promoter, brings boxing back to the Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Indiana, on May 14th, when Windy City favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (19-1, 13 KOs) returns in a ten-round WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title bout versus Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-9-1, 12 KOs). “It’s a huge honor, and I’m excited to be fighting for a WBC title,” said Jimenez. “Fighting Aaron Pryor, Jr. will be a great fight for me, and will be an exciting fight to bring to Chicago. This is an opportunity I’ve been waiting for, and I won’t be denied in front of my hometown. I want to be Chicago’s Champ. I do this for them.”

Tickets are priced $90, $40 and $30, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Boxing fans must be 21 years and older to attend events at the Horseshoe Hammond.



March 3rd, 2016

UFC

Sh*t Conor McGregor says: A good laugh

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor talks a lot of shit. This new series will bring all the trash talking directly to you – compilation style. Don’t miss McGregor take on Nate Diaz live on PPV Saturday, March 5 at UFC 196  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford: a Tale of Brotherly Glove

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By Bill Dwyre

Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford represent a rosy future for boxing. Also, a dilemma. They won’t fight each other. Say Bradley beats Manny Pacquiao in their widely anticipated April 9 match at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The whose-got-next scenario is inescapable. Bradley, at 32, is closer to the end of his career than to the beginning, but also not quite ready to stop punching the bag. Crawford, at 28, is just emerging. His HBO fight Saturday night and his fifth-round TKO of Hank Lundy was yet another impressive coming-out party for the personable young man from Omaha.

After the fight, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum told HBO’s Max Kellerman that Crawford’s next opponent likely will be brawling Russian Ruslan Provodnikov. He later told reporters that Adrien Broner is also a possibility, but Broner is handled by Al Haymon, and Arum likes Haymon like a snake likes a mongoose. Don’t count on that one.

So, after Pacquiao – Bradley and Crawford’s next fight…? (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

WBA

WBA Sanctions Cruiserweight Unification Bout Between Lebedev and Ramirez

The WBA has sanctioned a unification bout between WBA World cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev and his IBF counterpart, Victor Emilio Ramirez. Although the venue has yet to be determined, the scheduled 12-rounder will take place on Saturday, April 30.

Thirty-six-year-old Lebedev, a Russian, is a 15-year pro (28-2, 21 KOs) who first won the title by knocking out Santander Silgado in the fourth in December 2012, a title he lost to Guillermo Jones by 11th-round KO five months later. The southpaw regained his crown by knocking out Pawel Kolodziej in the second in September 2014. He successfully defended his title in his most recent fight, last November, by stopping previously unbeaten Lateef Kayode via eighth-round TKO.

Ramirez, who’ll turn 32 on March 30, is a 10-year ring vet (22-2-1, 17 KOs, 1 no contest) who won the interim IBF World cruiserweight title by beating Ola Afolabi via unanimous decision last April. The Argentine was elevated to full championship status when an inactive Yoan Pablo Hernandez was stripped of his title this past September. “El Tyson del Abasto” most recently fought last October, drawing against Ovill McKenzie.

The WBA originally intended Lebedev to defend his title against first-ranked interim WBA World titleholder Beibut Shumenov, but an injury suffered by the Kazakh opened the door to second-ranked Yunier Dorticos. Both fights have been put on hold, pending the outcome of next month’s unification bout.



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

DiBella wins Pedraza-Smith IBF purse bid

There was a purse bid today at IBF headquarters for the IBF jr. lightweight championship mandatory defense. DiBella Entertainment was the only bidder and won with a bid of $150,000. The split will be 75% to champion Jose Pedraza and 25% to mandatory challenger Stephen Smith. The fight must be done within 90 days.



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Yamanaka, Solis, Kimura, Lopez make weight

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (24-0-2, 17 KOs) will participate in his tenth defense when he faces former WBA 115-pound ruler Liborio Solis (23-3-1, 10 KOs), Venezuela, tomorrow (Friday) in Kyoto, Japan. On the same bill, his stablemate Yu Kimura (18-2-1, 3 KOs) will put his WBC light-flyweight belt on the line against Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez (26-6, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds.

At the weigh-in ceremony, Yamanaka scales in at 117.75 pounds, while Solis at 117.5. Kimura tipped the beam at 107.5 to 107 for Lopez.

WBC officials are as follows:

Yamanaka vs. Solis
Referee: Ian John-Luis (UK)
Judges: Cathy Leonard (US), Gary Ritter (US), Juan Carlos Parayo (Mexico)yamanaka_kimura_makeweight02

Kimura vs. Lopez
Referee: Vic Drakulich (US)
Judges: same as in the main event
Supervisor: Duane Ford (for both title bouts)yamanaka_kimura_makeweight09

This card is presented by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions.

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Team Jessie Vargas ready for action Saturday night in DC on HBO.

“I am going to bust up anyone in my way, and it starts with Sadam Ali on Saturday night,” said Jessie. Vargas and Ali meet for the vacant WBO welterweight world championship

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Lucas Browne: I have no reason to hate Chagaev

In a division filled with the likes of Deontay Wilder, David Haye and Tyson Fury, confrontations are commonplace amongst boxing’s biggest men, but heavyweight Lucas Browne says he feels no animosity towards WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, whom he challenges on Saturday night in Grozny, Russia.

“I have no reason to hate Chagaev whatsoever. We are two warriors who are coming to fight. He’s a family man with a wife and children and so am I. We are both here just to do a job. He is experienced. He’s fought big fights but I’m taller and I have a lot of power. I’ve trained for the 12 rounds. I’m fit and I’m prepared to go 12 rounds. If the moment is there, of course, I’ll take it to knock him out.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

UFC

10 best fights in the Octagon this March

Two events taking place on opposite sides of the world – one a Pay-Per-View from “The Fight Capital of the World” featuring two of the most compelling champions in the game today; the other a return to a burgeoning market with a Fight Night event featuring a handful of bouts with divisional implications . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo: I will prepare for the best Amir Khan

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

“I am going to prepare 100 percent for this fight,” Mexican superstar and WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez told Fightnews.com on Wednesday. “Amir khan is a difficult opponent. I am ready for this fight. I will prepare for the best Amir Khan so that there is no upset.”

Canelo seemed at home in Los Angeles, wrapping up a three city press tour that kicked off Monday in London and resumed Tuesday in New York City. “The tour was fun. It has been something else from one side of the world to the other. What day is it today? It’s been tiring but that comes with the territory. After today we’ll rest up and begin training camp.”

Alvarez is coming off a unanimous decision over Puerto Rico ’s Miguel Cotto last November in winning the lineal WBC middleweight title. Last year also saw Canelo score a devastating knockout over hard-hitting James Kirkland at a sold-out Minute Maid Park in Houston. (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Adamek on Molina fight: I will give it all

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: PBN
Video from todays media day: ringpolska

“This is my life but I also understand that this is PPV – boxing supporters want and deserve a fight they can be excited about. Styles make fights and knowing the way Eric fights, we can be sure that no one will be disappointed. Polsat Boxing Night is a premier boxing night in Poland. Something truly special,” said Tomasz Adamek (50-4, 30 KOs) in a Fightnews.com® interview. Adamek vs. Eric Molina (24-3, 18 KO) will be the main event of Polsat Boxing Night 5 on April 2 in Cracow (Poland).

Crucial questions I’m getting from my US colleagues is ‘which Adamek we will see vs. Eric Molina at Polsat Boxing Night event on April 2? The one from the Arreola fight? Or Glazkov? I have a different one: When did your legendary competitive fire reignite again?

Before my fight with Przemek Saleta, for real, when I started my first full training camp with Kuba Chycki, I realized that I have still a lot left. That there’s more than I thought my body can take. It was a crucial moment. Without this first camp, we wouldn’t talk about fighting Erik Molina in Cracow. The first part of your question? Hopefully good enough to beat Eric Molina. (more…)



March 3rd, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Is UFC finally getting more popular than boxing in England?

Former boxing champ Bernard Dunne offers to act as mediator in Dublin gangland war

Manny Pacquiao says he would love to fight for Philippines in Rio Games

Floyd Mayweather says he’s not interested in another Olympic shot



March 3rd, 2016

UFC

UFC 196 Fantasy Preview

UFC 196 could go down as one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, as Conor McGregor moves up two weight classes to take on Nate Diaz in the main event while Holly Holm faces Miesha Tate in a women’s bantamweight title match in the co-main event . . . 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 3rd, 2016




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