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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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UFC

UFC Statement Regarding Judging at UFC Fight Night Macao

After an internal review, the UFC organization announced today that a breach of its independent regulatory protocol occurred on Saturday night during UFC FIGHT NIGHT MACAO. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, August 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 26th, 2014



Boxing News

Maidana rips into Floyd: Don’t be a little b*tch

Former world champion Marcos Maidana ripped into current WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather during an international media conference call in advance of their PPV title clash on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Marcos Maidana: For the second fight he can come out differently, have a different game plan. I’m not gonna change. I’m gonna come and I’m gonna put the pressure on and I’m going to try to force him to fight. I’m hoping that he doesn’t start running like a little b*tch all over the ring.

The way to counter his defense moves, the shoulder rolls, and the arms and all that is I’m going to hit him there. I’m gonna hit him in the shoulder, I’m gonna hit him in the arms, and come the eighth or ninth rounds he’s going to be so tired from all the punches that he’s not going to be able to defend himself anymore.

I’m preparing for anything. I hope that he stands and fights but if he’s going to run like a little b*tch, I’m going to have to chase him.

It doesn’t bother me [that Floyd thinks he's a dirty fighter]. There’s things he does in there, as well. It’s better for him to stop crying and just fight.

I’m going to do my job. I’m going to come and fight. I want him to come and fight. To stand and fight like a man. Don’t be a little b*tch like a woman running around. Fight like a man. Stand and fight like a man!



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Huck: I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti

Photo: Gerry Weber World

WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) and challenger Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) met in the final press conference before their fight this Saturday at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany.

During the presser, Marco Huck told the media “I am not tired to repeat myself – I will make spaghetti out of Larghetti! Listen good to me Salvatore, I will break your fighter to pieces. Mirko Larghetti is still unbeaten and therefore he has a certain kind of self-confidence. But come August 30 it will be gone as he is about to witness that I am in a complete different class. Regarding all my future plans I can just say that I am currently focused on the fight this Saturday and you may well ask me on Sunday about them.”

Mirko Larghetti stated “The better man is going to win. I am well prepared and thankful for this chance. On Saturday, I will make my dream come true and become the WBO Cruiserweight World Champion.” (more…)



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight Promoter University Announces 10th Anniversary Session

Roy Englebrecht has announced that his 10th session of Fight Promoter University which will feature back-to-back Fight Club OC shows. Set for December 3rd-6th, FPU X will be a day longer and now with the two shows all FPU students will be able to work both shows and get twice the hands on experience. “What a way to end 2014 so that future or current fight promoters can get the knowledge and hands on experience in the fight promotions business that they need to be successful,” said FPU founder Englebrecht. “Two great shows for students to work and observe what it takes to put on a quality fight show.” (more…)



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: WBO President Paco Valcarcel

Photo: David Finger

Photo: David Finger

By David Finger

For over 18 years, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel took a very different approach to boxing than many other people in the sport of boxing. He was very much a “fly under the radar” sort of executive and through his management the WBO seemed keen on avoiding the controversy and the scandals that at times plagued the sport, with the WBO even sporting an undefeated record in litigation over the course of over 25 years. The WBO President didn’t seem like the type to relish the spotlight or to point fingers, which makes this year so…interesting.

It may not capture the same amount of attention as Floyd Mayweather’s very public feud with rapper 50 Cent, but a recent war of words has emerged between the WBO and the other sanctioning organizations (in particular the WBC) that has many boxing insiders wondering if the status quo has just been shot out of the water. Valcarcel is no longer content to sit back and take the quiet approach: he is making it abundantly clear what he thinks about the proliferation of champions and championship belts in the WBA and WBC and he is taking to social media to make his case.

It all started in June, when the WBC hosted a Boxing Summit in Cancun, a rare opportunity for the presidents of all of the sanctioning organizations to come together to discuss several proposed changes in the sport, including things like PED testing and the standardization of division names. Notably absent was Valcarcel, who then went on social media to vent his frustration over something that wasn’t up for discussion: the proliferation of lesser belts like the WBC Silver Championship belt. (more…)



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana 2 PPV to start an hour earlier than standard time

In an innovative move, Showtime Sports, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have scheduled the “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” pay-per-view event to start at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT instead of the traditional 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

“Pay-per-view boxing events have changed, and we think it’s time the scheduling changed too,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports. “Along with our partners at Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, we have been presenting compelling four-fight cards with multiple 12-round world championship bouts. As a result, we’ve seen the start of the main event coming later and later into the night which is not an ideal viewing experience for viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones. No other major sport makes a significant portion of their audiences wait until well past midnight for the peak of the event. Showtime PPV will no longer be one of the exceptions.” (more…)



August 26th, 2014

UFC

UFC kicks off ticket sales for UFC 180

The UFC® was in Mexico today to kickoff ticket sales for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM, and unveil several of the fighters and bouts slated for the Saturday, November 15 event at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. (more…)



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Kubrat Pulev: I am trying to keep calm

By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

IBF official heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (20, 11 KOs) wasn’t the happiest man on earth when he learned about Wladimir Klitschko’s (62-3, 52 KOs) injury. The WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion suffered torn muscle fibre in his left biceps during a Friday training session. The fight, set for September 6 at O2 World in Hamburg, Germany, will be postponed until November. “God sees and doesn’t forget,” Pulev was quoted by Bulgarian newspaper Presa. “I am trying to keep calm and to keep the good manners. I was ready and couldn’t wait for the fight. Now I will clench my teeth, because there isn’t a force to stop me finishing what I started.”

Pulev’s promoter Sauerland rejected the speculation in some medias about a possible repeat of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora saga at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011. The Ukrainian pulled out of the scheduled world championships bout just three days before the event. The fight was rescheduled for a new date, but later was canceled. (more…)



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Filipino light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Panamanian Walter Tello (20-8, 8 KOs) to claim the WBA interim light flyweight title on Tuesday night at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai. Petalcorin dominated the fight and dropped Tello twice in the seventh to end it. The Australia Combat Sports Unit registered boxer and Australia top rated Petalcorin won every round on the scorecards.

“Randy stepped up tonight to KO Tello in seven rounds and he has the talent and ability to be the premier boxer in the light flyweight division,” said Manager Peter Maniatis.

Manny Pacquiao was ringside for the Top Rank-promoted card along with Freddie Roach and Bob Arum and everyone agreed that a new star is born for world boxing with the 22-year-old Petalcorin, who could make his first defense on the Pacquiao-Algieri undercard in Macau come November.



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Quigg opponent named

Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13. The former European Bantamweight champion has a fine recent record against British opposition, claiming the Euro strap with an eighth round KO against Lee Haskins in December 2012 in his native Belgium and then defended the belt against Ashley Sexton three months later.

Jamoye, 24, will be in his second World title fight this year having travelled to Osaka to face Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC Bantamweight title and has mixed in World class company, dropping a controversial decision to current World champions Tomoki Kameda and Leo Santa Cruz earlier in his career.

Quigg’s clash with Jamoye tops an action-packed bill in Manchester, with Anthony Crolla defending his WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title against Gamaliel Diaz and Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE hunting an eighth KO win in the Heavyweight division.



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Warrington-Dieli clash for Euro featherweight belt

Josh Warrington will tackle Davide Dieli for the vacant European Featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 4. Unbeaten Leeds star Warrington can add the belt to his British and Commonwealth strap after Lee Selby vacated the belt after he secured an eliminator for the IBF World title, with Italian Dieli having designs on the belt himself having held the EU title in 2012. Warrington’s clash with the 35 year old tops a bill with former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns back in action, Light Middleweight World title challenger Brian Rose and Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith.



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview with Lamon Brewster, part 2

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today

In the part one of Lamon Brewster’s interview, the former World heavyweight champion explained how he beat Wladimir Klitschko 10 years ago and why he looked in not such good shape for their second fight. Here is the second part of our talk with the American KO artist.

How do you rate the chances of Kubrat Pulev to beat Wladimir Klitschko? (Note: the Klitschko-Pulev fight has been postponed until a date to be named due to a biceps injury suffered by Klitschko)

I have to totally honest, because I didn’t see enough fights of Pulev. I don’t want to take something away from the challenger. Or to discredit Wladimir Klitschko for all the years he is giving us great fights. I can’t say that this new guy, who never fought the caliber of fighters, that Klitschko faced over years, will win. Or Wladimir is going to win. I am not sure how good Pulev is and what he will bring to the table. (more…)



August 26th, 2014

UFC

TUF Latin America – Episode 1 Preview

The newest international version of The Ultimate Fighter will debut this week, as TUF Latin America comes to UFC FIGHT PASS with 16 of the best competitors from Mexico and Latin America squaring off while coaches Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum lead these teams of featherweights and bantamweights through the toughest tournament in sports . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, August 30 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Algieri Shanghai Presser Pics

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri net again during the Shanghai press conference Tuesday on ‘Day Two’ of their worldwide media tour to announce their upcoming World Welterweight title fight.

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August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Jürgen Brähmer: Carl Froch is clearly looking for a big fight – so I’ll drop to super-middleweight class and come to England

WBA light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer can’t wait to get in the ring for a super-duel against Britain’s Carl Froch. The current IBF super-middleweight world champion recently announced he is only interested in a really big fight – now Jürgen Brähmer, a famous name on the boxing scene known around the world, is challenging the Brit to a bout. The former WBO and current WBA world champion in the light-heavyweight class intends to defend his title and is even prepared to drop a weight class for the duel.

“If Froch is worried he doesn’t stand a chance of taking my title in my weight class, I’ll drop a division or we’ll agree a catchweight,” says Brähmer. (more…)



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about Gennady Golovkin and says Carl Froch and Andre Ward could possibly defeat GGG. Geale also thinks fights between Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs and also Peter Quilin would be interesting bouts. He also says he will be back in action soon.



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Graham Shaw

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Daniel Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews to say Gennady Golovikin is the best middleweight in the world but understands why Miguel Cotto is a higher money earner and also mentions that Daniel Jacob and Peter Quilin cannot defeat GGG.



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri displays “power stones”

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO jr. welterweight champion Chris Algieri never walks alone – he wears his precious stones for power, strength, wisdom and to ward off bad vibes. Algieri, posing with trainer Tim Lane (L), is on ‘Day Two’ of his worldwide tour with superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Algieri, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., are on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9PM ET / 6PM PT.

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August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on Wladmir Klitschko’s injury/title fight postponement: More

Kiko Martinez says he’s ready for Carl Frampton. More

Chris Algieri reaches for the star with opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. More

Boxing great Azumah Nelson returns to Australia. More



August 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Petalcorin ready for Tello

Everything is set for the WBA light flyweight showdown between Randy Petalcorin and Walter Tello will take place Tuesday night at the 18,000 capacity Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai. “Petalcorin came in 105.6 pounds that is close to three pounds under the limit and he was eating all the food he likes,” said Petalcorin’s manager Peter Maniatis. “Team Petalcorin has worked hard for this moment and Randy has the skills and power to blow Tello out of the water if he handles the big stage but saying that, Petalcorin has not faced anyone like Tello before in 23 bouts.

“I was talking to matchmaker Sean Gibbons and I told him we’ll find out more about Petalcorin than Tello tonight in Shanghai,” added Maniatis.



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Mundine vs. Rabchenko on Nov 12

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs) returns ring action against WBC #2, IBF #3, WBA #5 Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18 KOs) on November 12 for the WBC Silver light middleweight title at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 39-year-old Mundine is coming off a twelve round points loss to former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey in April. Rabchenko, 28, who was born and resides in Belarus, is coming off a twelve round points win over Bradley Price. Rabchenko is managed by Ricky Hatton Promotions.



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight To Educate lineup announced

Junior middleweight knockout artist Chris Giilbert (11-1, 9 KOs) will headline the 13th annual Fight To Educate (FTE) Pro-Am boxing event, Thursday night, September 18 at Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Matrix Aerospace, is a unique charity event that combines a love of boxing with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need who without fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 12 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $750,000 in donations benefiting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.

This year’s attending Boxing Legends include former world middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo, world heavyweight title challengers Chuck “Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner and Earnie “The Acorn” Shavers, and two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz. (more…)



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

More on Klitschko-Pulev postponement

By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

As previosly reported, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) has injured himself in the last days before his September 6 clash against IBF official contender Kubrat Pulev (20, 11 KOs). The fight was scheduled to take place in O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The injury is torn left biceps, which was diagnosed on Friday. According to the Ukrainian promoters KMG, the bout will be rescheduled and will take place at the end of October. The new date must be approved by both German broadcaster RTL and the O2 Arena.

“I can confirm that Mr. Klitschko was injured during sparring,” KMG press relations officer Lorenz Eichhorn told the Bulgarian media. “Bild” newspaper reported that the fight will be rescheduled for the end of October. According to the organizers of the event all the sold tickets will be valid for the new date, which will be announced soon.

Pulev’s promoters Sauerland Event confirmed the news. “Klitschko injured, Pulev will have to wait for his shot at the world titles, likely end of October,” wrote Kalle Sauerland on his twitter.

Our sources told us that there are bigger chances the fight will take place in November. The two free Saturdays at O2 Arena are the 15th and 22nd. (more…)



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Tello, Petalcorin make weight

Walter Tello (20-7, 8 KOs) and Randy Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16 KOs) both easily made weight for their WBA interim light flyweight title fight on Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai. Petalcorin weighed in at 105.6 pounds and Tello scaled in at 105.3 pounds.

The referee for the bout will be Raul Caiz Sr (US). Judges are Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand), Derek Milham (Australia) and Pinit Prayasab (Thailand). WBA supervisor is Yang Sup Shim.



August 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Injury delays Klitschko defense against Pulev

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has postponed his IBF title bout with Kubrat Pulev. During sparring Wlad suffered a torn muscle fibre in his left biceps. The fight is now likely to be held before the end of the year in Hamburg. Klitschko will have to miss four weeks of training. “I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead,” Klitschko said. “So far I have been in top shape and had a great training camp. I am sorry for my fans as well as my opponent Kubrat Pulev, who has surely prepared just as intensely.” A new date will be announced shortly.



August 25th, 2014




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