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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Photo: Photo Wende In a history making female world title unification fight, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (26-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a ...

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

By David Robinett Photos: Joel A. Colon/PRBB Floyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided

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UFC

UFC 174 Prelims: Kiichi Krushes, Subs Sarafin in One

Japanese welterweight Kiichi Kunimoto spoiled the 170-pound debut of Daniel Sarafian in UFC 174 prelim action at Rogers Arena Saturday night, submitting the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 1 finalist in the first round . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more 



June 14th, 2014



Boxing News

Tapia annihilates Collins in Atlantic City

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, super welterweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (21-1, 14 KOs) sent his hometown fans home happy with a quick first round stoppage of Keenan Collins (15-9-3, 10 KOs). Tapia looked to bounce back from his devastating sixth round stoppage loss at the hands of James Kirkland. The heavy handed Tapia came out strong right from the opening bell and Collins didn’t have a chance as he was immediately stunned in the corner from a six punch combination. Collins covered his face, but dropped to the second rope and it was called a knockdown. The badly stunned Collins was immediately forced again to the corner. This time he was standing straight up with his hands covering his face, so Tapia sent him to the canvas with a devastating right uppercut. Collins rose to his feet, but Tapia would not let him breath as he battered him mercilessly in the corner with a series of unanswered shots underneath. Referee Earl Brown had seen enough carnage and waived the bout off at 1:22 of the opening round. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev opponent named: Blake Caparello

Undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) returns to HBO Boxing After Dark and Atlantic City on August 2nd to defend his against undefeated Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) at Revel Casino Hotel. Kovalev, 31, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia and now residing in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will defend his WBO title for the third time since taking it by force from Nathan Cleverly in a four round TKO victory in Cleverly’s hometown of Cardiff, Wales on August 17, 2013. Renowned for his ability to knockout anyone who dares to step in the ring with him, Krusher has an astonishing 91% knockout-to-win ratio. This will be his fourth fight on HBO and his second in Atlantic City.

Caparello is a former IBO titleholder. He outpointed Elvir Muriqi in his last fight in January and has gone the distance in six straight outings. He isn’t listed in the most recently published WBO ratings. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Usmanee wins majority decision over Diaz

By Doug Rowe

Red Deer Boxer Arash Usmanee experienced the frustration, and discovered why so many former world champions and top contenders have failed to stop California’s Juan Ruiz, in the main event of the KO boxing card in Edmonton, Friday night.

“He is a vet, and he knew every little trick in there,” said Usmanee, 21-2-1. “He was low blowing me all day, and doing little dirty tricks in there but he is a veteran. I had to roll with him. I knew he was awkward but it is a different thing once you’re in the ring though.” (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Donovan “Da Bomb” George public workout today

This afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m. CT the B96 Summer Bash/Pre-Bash Party at Chicago’s Toyota Park, Windy City fan favorites Donovan “Da Bomb” George, “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez, Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise, Fidel “Feroz” Navarette and Sergio Montes De Oca will display their talents in a public workout ahead of this summer’s “Boxing at the Park” at U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, August 23. Fans are encouraged to attend with no admittance fee to the B96 Summer Bash/Pre-Bash, which will be held in the VIP Parking Lot of Toyota Park. Doors open at 12:00 p.m. CT. For more information and directions please visit the TOYOTA PARK website at www.ToyotaPark.com and www.B96.cbs.local.com.

“Boxing at the Park”, headlined an IBO super middleweight world championship battle between George and Dyah “Ali” Davis is presented by B96, the Illinois Sports Facility Authority, Round 3 Productions and Hitz Boxing.



June 14th, 2014

UFC

Kajan Johnson: The Struggle and the Glory

Note to the UFC PR department: Kajan Johnson is ready for you. “This is what I was born for,” said the lightweight newcomer, who makes his UFC debut Saturday night in Vancouver against Tae Hyun Bang. “This is my destiny. There are not a lot of people that have the package that I can put forth or that can grind and hustle and do all these other little things that a lot of fighters neglect – social media, marketing yourself, interviews, etc. I will do all of that because I remember what it was like to be starving and to be working my ass off and to have absolutely nobody even caring or wanting to interview me. So I’ll do all the interviews; give them all to me. I want as many people to know me . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Wichita

Jeff Page Jr 174 vs. Dominique Alexander 172
(UBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title)

Ahmad Cheikho 148 vs. Kelley Wright 149
* Wright is coming into the fight with 12 losses in a row.

Manny Brown 145 vs. Andrew Carrillo 148
Thomas Jones 246 vs. Mikey Glenn 210
Robbie Seyam 147 vs. Marvell Fight 147
Fernando Serrano 146 vs. Chuka Willis 147

Venue: Beech Activity Center
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rose: Andrade the weakest of the 154lb champions

Photo: Ed Robinson/Sky Sports

Jr middleweight Brian Rose says he will prove he belongs at world level when he challenges Demetrius Andrade for the WBO title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight on HBO. Rose enters his first world title fight and first pro contest outside of the UK in great form having landed the mandatory position for Andrade’s crown with a gutsy win over Javier Maciel in October that followed a final round stoppage triumph over former World champion Joachim Alcine.

Unbeaten Andrade makes the first defense of the title he won in November, climbing off the canvas in the opening round to beat Vanes Martirosyan via a split decision in Texas, and Rose insists he can upset the odds in the Big Apple.

“Out of all of them, Andrade is the weakest of the world champions at light middleweight – but he is a world champion,” said Rose. “I have a chance in this fight and I haven’t come over here to get beat and just make up the numbers. I’m here to take the chance that I have earned and I am positive that I am going to come home with a world title. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Hurd stops Robertson in one

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo: Wallace Barron

Undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd made short work of Joshua “Juice” Robertson of Lynchburg, VA with a first-round stoppage in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The bout was the main event of the Keystone Boxing Promotions card. Both men fought very tactfully in the first half of the round until Hurd landed a solid right hand that backed Robertson against the ropes. Hurd quickly swooped in and finished the work with repeated hard blows until referee Brent Bovell stopped the contest at 1:51 of the first round. Hurd is now 12-0, seven KO’s while Robertson’s record evens at 6-6, two KO’s. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico State

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez

Humberto “Zorrita” Soto 140 vs. Wilfrido Buelas 139
(WBC super lightweight international silver title)
Rey Vargas 121 vs. Vergel Nebran 120
(WBC super bantamweight youth title)
Luis Ceja 112 vs. Juan Hernández 112

Venue: Explanada Municipal, Tlalnepantla, México,
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa
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June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

China Smith decisions Mike Sheppard

Heavyweight China “The Dragon” Smith (35-4, 27 KOs) took another step back towards the top on Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, when he beat Mike Sheppard (21-17, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision for the vacant WBF North American heavyweight title. This was Smith’s second fight back after a six and a half year lay-off. Against Sheppard, “The Dragon” had to work hard for all ten rounds. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Jean captures NABF, Franjic scores big win over Gardiner

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Former world title challenger Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (26-1 18KO) lost some weight but still looked great Friday night as the Montreal fighter returned home and captured the NABF lightweight title with a 8th round TKO victory at 1:21 over Mario Perez (15-6-4 9KO). Campaigning his entire career at 140 pounds, Jean was able to move down and still retained his speed and power, twice dropping Perez who was late substitute for the lightweight belt in the eighth.

Perez attempted to use the entire perimeter of the ring in an effort to avoid Jean on the night but the hometown fighter remained patient and cut off the ring well in an attempt to make his opponent engage, landing the cleaner harder shots when they did. (more…)



June 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Complete Weights from Atlantic City

Photos: Ed Keenan/Top Rank

Glen Tapia 154.8 vs. Keenan Collins 156
Jesse Hart 169.6 vs. Dion Savage 168
Toka Kahn Clary 127.4 vs. Jose Haro 127.6
Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146.6 vs. Larry Ventus 145
Julian Rodriguez 140.8 vs. Angel Figueroa 142.2
Michael Reed 140.6 vs. Alberto Morales 142.8
Angel Acosta 108.8 vs. Eduardo Valenzuela 109.2

Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Top Rank
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June 14th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 at the scales

UFC 174, which is headlined by the UFC flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ali Bagautinov, and the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening two prelim bouts exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Ali Bagautinov (124.5) VS Demetrious Johnson (125)

PPV MAIN CARD
Tyron Woodley (170.5) VS Rory MacDonald (171)
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (204.5) VS Ryan Bader (205)
Brendan Schaub (238) VS Andrei Arlovski (249.5)
Ryan Jimmo (204.5) VS Ovince Saint Preux (205.5)

FX PRELIMS
Kiichi Kunimoto (170) VS Daniel Sarafian (171)
Valerie Letourneau (134.5) VS Elizabeth Phillips (135)
Mike Easton (135) VS Yves Jabouin (136)
Tae Hyun Bang (156) VS Kajan Johnson (155)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Michinori Tanaka (135) VS Roland Delorme (135)
Josh Shockley (155.5) VS Jason Saggo (155.5)

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Glen Tapia returns Saturday in Atlantic City

The ‘Jersey Boy’ Glen Tapia is back in action, taking on Keenan Collins tonight at Bally’s Atlantic City. Tapia, fighting at junior middleweight, has a record of 20-1 with 12 KOs. Collins is 15-8-3, 10 KOs. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds. This will be Tapia’s first bout since he took on and lost to James Kirkland in December. Tapia, from Passaic, NJ, trained for weeks with ‘Trainer of the Year’ Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym and then at the Trinity Gym in New York during fight week of Cotto vs Martinez.

Tapia weighed in at 154.8 lbs., while Collins scaled in at 156 lbs.

Also appearing on the card will be unbeaten middleweight puncher Jesse Hart, the fighting son of Philadelphia legend Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart. Hart has a record of 13-0, 10 KOs. He will take on Shujaa El Amin, 12-5, 6 KOs, of Flint, Michigan. Hart is one of the best young contenders at Top Rank. (more…)



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Tijuana Heavyweight Fernandez stays undefeated

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

As the boxing boom explodes this year in Tijuana, Gonzalez Boxing Club Promotions has been a big provider of a constant feed of boxing averaging one show a month of solid local club-level fight cards. Making their home in the intimate but accommodating Hangar 27 nightclub in the Rio district of Tijuana, promoter Monroy Gonzalez has proven to be an enthusiastic new member of the Tijuana boxing scene. Last night he offered an action-packed ten bout card headlined by a rare showing of Mexican heavyweights. Former world kickboxing champion Fernando Fernandez (2-0, 1KO) was taken the distance by the experienced Jose Luis “Chango” Lopez (3-9-2, 1KO) in a four rounder. (more…)



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Jorge Arce 126 vs. Jorge Lacierva 126
Hernán Márquez 115 vs. McJoe Arroyo 115
(IBF super flyweight eliminator)
Daniel Rosas 118 vs. Alejandro Hernández 118
(WBO interim bantamweight title)
Salvador Hernández 121.5 vs. Sergio Silva 122
Jesús Quijada 129.6 vs. Emmanuel López 130
Sergio Frías 118 vs. Carlos Camacho 118
Oscar Arce 114 vs. Omar Aguilar 115

Venue: Arena Metropolitana “Jorge Cuesy” Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
Promotor: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca

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June 13th, 2014

UFC

Brendan Schaub: Back to Work

Seven missed calls later, Brendan Schaub finally got in touch with his manager Lex McMahon. After a long stretch of waiting, the news was good in late-April . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Dudchenko before IBF eliminator: I’m a born athlete

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Zhanna Popova

Light heavyweight Anatolij Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) knows something about defying the odds. In 2008, he lost two consecutive fights and for most boxers who want to accomplish something in their sport, this would be an end to the dream. Not for Dudchenko, who on June 21 (NBCSN Fight Night Series) will fight in an IBF light heavyweight eliminator against Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs) to fulfill his ultimate fantasy – to challenge legendary Bernard Hopkins for the world title. “The Gladiator” Dudchenko talks to Fightnews.com from his Los Angeles camp giving some thoughts about his past and future and handicapping World Cup teams. (more…)



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Provodnikov, Algieri, Andrade, Rose all make weight

Photos: Ed Mulholland/HBO

Ruslan Provodnikov 139.8 vs. Chris Algieri 140
(WBO jr. welterweight championship)

Demetrius Andrade 153.8 vs. Brian Rose 153.4
(WBO jr. middleweight championship)

Seanie Monaghan 174.8 vs. Elvir Muriqi 176.8
Heather Hardy 122.4 vs. Jackie Trivilino 119.8
Fedor Papazov 136.6 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza 137

Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: Banner, Top Rank, Star Boxing
TV: HBO

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June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Former WBC champ Gabriel Bernal passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC flyweight world champion Gabriel Bernal passed away at the age of 58 in the evening hours at the General Hospital in Mexico City. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman relayed the news and said that the WBC had kept in communication with Bernal in recent years and will take care of all the arrangements. Bernal won the title on April 9, 1984 when he beat Japan’s Koji Kobayashi at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. He made one defense, then lost the title against Sot Chilada, whom he fought three times in world title fights. He had record of 43-14-3, 28 KOs.



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Masternak primed for WBA interim clash

Cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak (32-1, 23 KOs) believes next weekend’s WBA interim championship bout against Youri Kalenga (19-1, 13 KOs) in Monte Carlo is the most important of his career. The two will fight on the “KO at the Casino” Golden Gloves card on June 21 alongside the likes of Martin Murray and Hekkie Budler. “If I win, I will be just one step away from the world championship,” said the 27-year-old from his base at coach’s Piotr Wilczewski’s gym, which is located in Dzierżoniów in south-western Poland. Masternak is rated #12 by the WBC, #6 by the WBA and #9 by the IBF. (more…)



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Yuriorkis Gamboa

Undefeated multi-division world champion Yuriorkis “The Cyclone of Guantanamo” Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) spoke to Fightnews.com about his June 28 HBO-televised world title fight against WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and also discussed his activities on the social networking website Twitter.



June 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC 174 Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, gather your BC buds because it’s time for another edition of the Downes Side! Whether you’re British, Colombian, British Columbian or plan on seeing Singin’ in the Rain at the The Columbian Theatre in Wamego, Kansas, you’re all sure to learn something today . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 13th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN FNF returns in two weeks

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will be on hiatus until Friday, June 27, when a DiBella Entertainment/Rumble Time Promotions show airs on the network from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO. Headlining the card will be the red-hot super lightweight Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) taking on his toughest opponent to date in the dangerous, former world-title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round matchup.

In the live televised co-feature, highly regarded undefeated prospect Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (19-0, 4 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line when he faces the once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight showdown.



June 13th, 2014




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