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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime Local lightweight favorite "Lightning" Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round ...

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

By Bob Caico at ringside Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ...

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

By Gary Digital Williams at the scale Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4 (IBF/WBA light heavyweight titles) Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie ...

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

Photos: Mpsportimages.com Gamalier Rodriguez 125.4 vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 (NABO featherweight title) Note: Cruz' final Weight was 126 Felix Verdejo 134.6 vs. Ivan Zavala 139.2 Matt Korobov ...

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today ...

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Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten Collado

Stunner: Salka upsets previously unbeaten

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Adams and Monroe Jr. advance to Boxcino finals

Adams and Monroe Jr. advance

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Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin, Konecny all make weight

Hopkins, Shumenov, Porter, Malignaggi, Quillin,

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Weights from Orlando

Weights from Orlando

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Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

Golden Boy to promote Russell-Lomachenko

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Boxing News

Weights from Germany

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Francesco Pianeta 250 vs. Robert Teuber 222
(German International heavyweight title)

Ramona Kühne 128.75 vs. Renata Dömsödi 126.9
(WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight title)
Michael Wallisch 236 vs. Lars Buchholz TBA
(German heavyweight title)
Christina Hammer 159.8 vs. Carmen Garcia 159.8
(WBO/WBF female middleweight title)
Kai Kurzawa 198.4 vs. Marcel Gottschalk TBA
(German International cruiserweight title)

Tom Schwarz 237 vs. Edgars Kalnars 220
Felix Lamm 139.7 vs. Javegenijs Fjodorovs 136.6

Venue: Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Broadcast: ran.de



December 5th, 2013



Boxing News

Injured Verdejo off Dec 14 card in Puerto Rico

A lesion on the left hand of unbeaten Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo will prevent “El Diamante” from seeing action on the December 14 at the Coliseum Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I very much regret not being able to fight on December 14,” said Verdejo. “I was very excited to fight in front of my people, but can’t run the risk of aggravating the injury on my left hand. We made this difficult decision to ensure that the injury will heal completely and I’ll be able to continue my career 100% healthy.”

Verdejo, (9-0, 6 KOs) suffered the injury during his victory on November 23 against Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard in Macau, China. He is expected to return to the ring on January 25 on a Top Rank card taking place in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.



December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Browne not surprised by Price’s decision

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Photo: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

Lucas “big Daddy” Browne (18-0, 16 KOs) says he’s far from shocked with David Price’s decision to vacate the Commonwealth heavyweight title. The hammer-fisted Aussie won the right to contest the crown when he halted Sheffield giant Richard Towers last month. He was hoping to square off with Price in early 2014, but the Liverpudlian’s new promoters, Sauerland, yesterday confirmed that he’ll be relinquishing the championship along with his British belt. Browne keeps busy against old foe Clarence Tillman on December 13 and will be ready for his title opportunity in the New Year.

“I can’t say I’m surprised that Price has vacated to be honest. If Tony Thompson can stop Price, I know I can too,” Lucas said. “I have a fight in a weeks’ time that I’m focusing on and I can’t wait to close 2013 with a bang before beginning 2014 with that title fight. I’ll leave all the negotiations for the Commonwealth title up to my management and Ricky Hatton. I know I’m in good hands and I’m on the right path.” (more…)



December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Broadway Boxing Full Report

By Kish Nundloll at ringside

New York native Boyd Melson won a clear points decision against Gundrick King in their scheduled 8 round middleweight encounter.

The main event at the packed BB King Blues Club on Broadway was a scrappy affair with Melson using his right jab to good effect nullifying the limited threat from King. His best work coming at the end of rounds, where he started to catch King with solid combinations to both head and body, visibly hurting his opponent. (more…)



December 5th, 2013

Announcement

Tickets available for Sunday’s Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony in NY

ring8Limited tickets are still available for this Sunday afternoon’s (12:00-5:30 p.m. ET) 27th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony at the famed Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by calling 1.718.729.4862 or 1.516.313.2304. People are advised to call for reservations to avoid being shutout. Donations of any denomination are also welcome for those unable to attend the festivities. (more…)



December 5th, 2013

UFC

Shogun Rua: A Chance to End 2013 Right

Anytime you lose two consecutive fights in the UFC, it’s a big deal. When you’ve fought the best of the best for the majority of a career that spans over a decade and engaged in your share of wars over that time, it turns into headline news . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Arum says there is no animosity toward the Mayweathers

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum cleared the air on his relationship with the Mayweather clan during Wednesday’s Rigondeaux-Agbeko press conference in New York City. “Some people say ‘Well you have problems with the Mayweathers’ but that, of course, is not true,” said Arum. “It really isn’t. It REALLY isn’t.

“Floyd Sr., we consider a big friend. He was always up in our offices, we’re very friendly with him. Floyd Jr., on a personal basis, we have great relationships with. Todd has. I have. There’s no animosity between us certainly on a personal level. Whatever business disputes there are, are usually started by other people. And Roger we love. I particularly love Roger, because Roger is as crazy as I am. In other words, I have no filter. I say whatever the hell I want to say without filtering it, and so does Roger!”



December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

T. Kameda-Naidjala Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Japanese speedster Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBO bantamweight title as he positively outjabbed and outpunched previously unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1, 11 KOs), 118, from Namibia, winning a unanimous verdict over twelve fast rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan. It was the second of a world title tripleheader.

Adelaide Byrd, Don Trella and Carlos Ortiz Jr., all from the US, saw the unanimous affair 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 respectively in Tomoki’s favor. The third man was Robert Byrd, US.

Tomoki, 22, proved faster and busier throughout the contest in his first defense since he dethroned Namibian Paulus Ambunda by a unanimous nod in Cebu, Philippines, this August. (more…)



December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Bob Arum finally gives props to the UFC, and tells the media how much he admires the organization’s success. More

Is Matty Garlett Australia’s best kept secret? More

Speaking of Australia, the country’s last world champ, Sakia Bika, is ready to defend his title. More

The Philadelphia Art Commission has okayed a statue to honor former heavyweight great Joe Frazier. Philly sculptor Stephen Layne will create it.

Retro piece on former champ Troy Dorsey. More



December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Fight Club OC weigh-in results

Maxim Vlasov 173 vs. Maxell Taylor 176.6
Alexander Flores 234.6 vs. Arron Lyons 234.6
Lissetter Medel 128.6 vs. Melisenda Perez 132
Dwain Victorian 139 vs. Danny Ramirez 138.4
Daniel Kim 135.2 vs. Devonte Donaldson 134.6
Curtis Millender 170 vs. Alex Suhonosov 171.4

Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Broadcast: fightchannel.com
Doors open at 6:30pm, tickets at www.fightcluboc.com



December 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Craig McEwan defeated by Dashon Johnson

In an upset, one-time super middleweight contender Craig McEwan (22-4-1, 11 KOs) surprisingly lost a six round unanimous decision to journeyman Dashon Johnson (15-13-3, 5 KOs) on Wednesday night on Broadway Boxing’s “Seasons Beatings” card at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grille in New York City. McEwan looked to use his distance against the much smaller Johnson, but Johnson was able to effectively get inside McEwan’s reach and score with looping shots with both hands. Scores were 58-55, 58-55, and 57-56. The loss was a major blow to the career of McEwan, who fought twice on HBO in 2011. Johnson had lost nine of his last ten coming in.

In the main event, middleweight Boyd Melson (12-1-1, 3 KOs) scored a dominant eight-round unanimous decision victory over Gundrick King (18-11, 11 KOs). All three judges tallied 80-72 for Melson.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Takayama-Silvano Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, Katsunari Takayama (26-6-1, 10 KOs), 105, kept his IBF mini-flyweight (105-pound) belt as he kept circling all night to frustrate a Filipino southpaw Vergilio Silvano (17-3-1, 10 KOs), 102.5, whipped him from all angles and pounded out a very unanimous decision over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Osaka, Japan.

The official tallies were as follows: Valerie Dorsett and Joseph Pasquale both 118-110, Joe Garcia 120-108, all from the US in favor of the defending titlist. The referee was Sparkle Lee, also from the US. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Polish Power on display in Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It’s just a question of time when Andrzej Fonfara will be a world champion,” said WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KO) after tonight press conference in Chicago. #1 IBF rated light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (24-2, 14 KO) stated, “I’m proud to fight with Diablo on one card.”

Włodarczyk will defend his title against Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KO), and Fonfara will be tested by hard hitting Colombian Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KO) on Friday night at the UIC Center in Chicago.

Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk: I’m here to show the world and the fans in Chicago how good I am. I’m here to prove I’m the best, like I did in Moscow in my last fight. Thanks everyone for coming. This is a great city and I’ll see you all on Friday night.

Giacobbe Fragomeni: I respect Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. He is a great champion. I am honored to fight in this great city and hope it will be an exciting fight for the fans.

Andrzej Fonfara: I had a great training camp. I spent part of the time in Big Bear, California and part of the time here. I am ready for my fight with Miller. He is a good fighter and a strong puncher and a tough guy, but I’m going to win. I will be world champion one day.

Samuel Miller: I know what my job is. I am here to one thing and that is to take away Andrzej Fonfara’s #1 ranking and take his place. That’s the only thing I’m here to do.

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December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Marroquin ready for rematch with Diaz

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos by Robert Hughes

Dallas, Texas’ own featherweight Roberto Marroquin (23-3, 16KO) returns to the ring Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma in a rematch against Daniel Diaz (20-5-1, 14KO) from Managua, Nicaragua. It is the same Diaz who squeaked out a split decision victory in their fight in June and dropped Marroquin twice in the 1st round.
Marroquin was visibly injured during one of the knockdowns, but showed a lot of grit to fight back and make the fight close. Some people ringside thought he may have pulled out the decision after such a horrific start.

Fightnews caught up with Marroquin and his esteemed trainer Paul Reyes at the Vivero Boxing Gym at their Media Day in Dallas as Marroquin prepares to make 128lbs for the fight. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Interview with legendary Referee Richard Steele (2014 Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee)

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Robert Hughes

The wait is over for legendary referee Richard Steele as he has been elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for their 25th anniversary induction ceremony that will take place June 5-8, 2014. A boxing career that spans 50 years and started in the Marines as a teammate with former Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton, Steele is the 3rd Nevada referee to be elected in the last 4 years, following the path of Joe Cortez in 2011 and Mills Lane in 2013.

Steele called his last major fight when Floyd Mayweather Jr beat Zab Judah in 2006 and continues to run the Richard Steele Foundation & Boxing Club (www.richardsteelefoundation.org), a non-profit, where he utilizes boxing as a tool for at risk youth to learn self-discipline and positive thinking as well as take advantage of educational opportunities and develop healthy lifestyles. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

IBF Officials named for Barker vs. Sturm

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF officials selected to work IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker’s defense of the title against Felix Sturm on Saturday at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany are:

Supervisor: Lindsey Tucker
Referee: Mark Nelson (USA)
Judges: John Madfis (USA), Michael Fitzgerald (USA), Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain)



December 4th, 2013

Twitter Watch

It’s official. Wladimir Klitschko must defend his WBO title against Alex Leapai



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Agbeko: I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let’s kill each other

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank

Undefeated WBA/WBO 122-pound world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, returning to the ring fresh from his career-best victory over 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire, and his opponent, former two-time world champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko hosted their final press conference Wednesday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City for their HBO-televised clash on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City.

Joining Rigondeaux and Agbeko were local favorite and undefeated junior middleweight contender Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, knockout artist James Kirkland, three-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin, undefeated contender Lamar Russ and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Guillermo Rigondeaux: I’m not a person who likes to be in front of cameras and talk. Training camp was great and the fight’s Saturday and I’m ready to go.

Joseph Agbeko: This is not amateur boxing where you punch one punch and you can get away with it for the whole round. This is professional boxing. You come into the ring to give the crowd what they want to see. So you go in, take a punch and punch and at the end of the day the crowd enjoys the fight. I want Rigondeaux to prove to me and to the whole boxing world that he’s just not a boxer but he can come in and fight, as well. I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let’s kill each other. Let’s punch and at the end of the day everybody’s gonna know that Rigondeaux has got the heart to come forward, not just to run in the ring…I know I’m gonna beat him! (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

De La Hoya, Trinidad, Calzaghe to be inducted into IBHOF; Graham Houston also to be enshrined

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad in the Modern category; promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston (a regular Fightnews.com contributor) and photographer Neil Leifer.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Chris John poised for record-tying 19th WBA featherweight defense

By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Tony Tolj

Current undefeated World WBA super featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) faced off with IBO world featherweight champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (25-2, 14 KO’s) in their final press conference ahead of Dragon Fire Promotions’ world championship boxing event this Friday Night at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia. The press conference was originally scheduled to be held at the Indonesian consulate in Perth, but due to the recent spying saga, the Indonesian Government body cancelled the planned press conference following the strained relations between the Indonesian and the Australian governments. The presser was instead held today at Metro City, the venue for this twin world title fight this Friday night.

Chris John will defend his WBA World Featherweight Title for the 19th time in a battle of Featherweight Champions. If Chris John is successful on Friday night, he will create history and equal Eseubio Pedroza’s long standing record of 19 WBA world featherweight title defenses. And the “The Dragon” is confident he will once again retain his title. “We’ve have seen Veteka fight, I can handle him once we are in the ring,” John said. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

David Price vacates British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles

By James Slater

Sauerland, the new promoters of British heavyweight David Price, have announced how the twice-beaten giant has officially vacated his British and Commonwealth titles. Therefore Price will not be meeting Dereck Chisora, the mandatory challenger for British heavyweight honours. A Price-Chisora clash had been mooted for some time next year, but Price’s promotional team have announced how their charge will instead “concentrate on rebuilding.”

The Sauerland Tweet reads as follows:

Confirmed:@DavidPrice_1 relinquishes British and Commonwealth titles – concentrating on rebuilding moving up world rankings.

(more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Wilder’s response to Chisora

Via a series of tweets…

Here’s how its going: vitali is retiring no doubt I maybe fighting 4 vacant wbc if not then fury if not him def YOU I ACCEPT…No BS I’m very serious Mr. D .Chisora in the end of this Maze w/the belt&fury if it’s not you then I don’t want to fight…and your titles will be put on the line just so you know k thanks



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Confirmed: Glen Johnson vs, Bobby Gunn on December 18 in Bethlehem, PA

The Wednesday, December 18th card at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will now feature Glen Johnson vs. Bobby Gunn for the fringe WBU cruiserweight belt. The late change of opponent for Gunn, who was originally scheduled to face Roy Jones Jr., came about after Jones Jr. announced yesterday that he was going to fight in Russia on December 21 instead. In announcing the revised main event, WBU President Don “Moose” Lewis called Johnson-Gunn “a sure candidate for worldwide ‘Fight of the Year.’”



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Nielsen Ratings: 1.3 million tune into Stevenson/Kovalev twinbill on HBO during Thanksgiving Weekend.

From Nielsen Media Research:

HBO’s telecast from Quebec City featured Adonis Stevenson scoring a 6th round TKO over Tony Bellew and attracted 1,305,000 viewers. That surpasses both of Stevenson’s prior HBO bouts (11% above Stevenson vs. Cloud 1,177,000 viewers on September 28 and 27% above Stevenson vs. Dawson 1,024,000 viewers on June 8). Stevenson vs. Bellew ranks as HBO and cable TV’s 5th most watched bout in 2013. Stevenson vs. Bellew peaked at 1,358,000 viewers. In the TV opener, Sergey Kovalev registered a 2nd round KO over Ismayl Sillakh to retain his light heavyweight crown. The fight attracted 1,254,000 viewers. That’s 242% above Kovalev’s first-ever appearance on HBO last August 17 vs. Nathan Cleverly (367,000 viewers). Kovalev vs. Sillahk ranks as cable’s 8th most watched bout in 2013. Kovalev vs. Sillakh peaked at 1,327,000 viewers.

18 of the top 19 performing fights on cable TV this year have aired on HBO. HBO Boxing’s fall season concludes with a tripleheader from Atlantic City on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Josesito Lopez Media Day Workout

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) of Riverside, California worked out Tuesday afternoon for the media at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California for his upcoming bout against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) of Queen’s New York by way of Athens, Greece. Lopez vs. Arnaoutis will take place Friday December 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center in Indio, California headlining the Golden Boy Live series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.

“My preparation has been great I am anxious to get back in the ring,”Josesito Lopez told Fightnews.com. “Mighty Mike is a tough fighter he has been in with world champions so I am expecting a tough fight.” (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Pics & quotes from Malignaggi and undercard fighters media workout at Gleason’s Gym

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Brooklyn favorite Paulie Malignaggi plus IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander, WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika, WBA interim super welterweight beltholder Erislandy Lara, welterweight contender Shawn Porter, super middleweight contender Anthony Dirrell, rising light heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne, and undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali participated in a Brooklyn media workout at the famed Gleason’s Gym in advance of their fights on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

Paulie Malignaggi, Two-Time and Two-Division World Champion: “I expect the best Zab Judah. [I expect] a Zab Judah who is going to be fighting for his boxing career. I feel the same way. If we saw each other in the gym, we would try to knock each other out. There’s no love taps. With this much on the line you can bet we’re both going to have it out on Saturday. You have to be stubborn to have longevity. One or two losses can quickly demote you to a second level fighter, but you have to have the stubbornness to keep going. There’s a lot of emotion, but at the end of the day we gotta do what we gotta do to win. I want that Broner vs. Maidana winner, first things first. I have to get through Saturday night. A win over Zab Judah is what I want for Christmas. That suffices. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Chisora rips Wilder: “You are grossly overhyped for knocking over nobodies…when are you going to step up and fight a real contender?”

British heavyweight star Dereck Chisora has sent an open letter challenging undefeated American hope Deontay Wilder to a showdown next year:

Dear Deontay,

I’m asking you man-to-man and hope that you have the honour and courage to accept my challenge and fight me.

I’m in this business to prove that I’m the best and to become a world champion which I’m sure you are too, so take me up on my challenge and let’s do this and get it on early next year.

I’ll be honest, I don’t rate you. You’ve put together a record of 30 knockouts from 30 fights, but I believe that you are grossly overhyped for knocking over nobodies – which is understandable for the first two years as a pro when you’re learning – but after 30 fights you’re still knocking over nobodies. As a guide I fought Vitali Klitschko for the world title in only my 18th fight. When are you going to step up and fight a real contender? (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Pacman fights at MGM Grand April 12

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao’s much-awaited return to the ring on April 12, 2014 will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank chief Bob Arum told Fightnews and the Manila Bulletin. Arum said the identity of Pacquiao’s foe will be known before Christmas. Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and even Ruslan Provodnikov, who is also being trained by Freddie Roach, are being considered. But Bradley, who won an unpopular split decision over the Filipino in June last year, and Marquez, who stopped Pacquiao in their fourth fight in November of the same year, are the leading candidates. Pacquiao is fresh from a convincing win over Brandon Rios in Macau.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Pianeta set for comeback after Klitschko fight, faces unbeaten Teuber

Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) is set to return from his world title challenge loss to world champion Wladimir Klitschko last May. Pianeta will take on unbeaten Robert Teuber (8-0, 7 KOs) for the German International belt this Friday at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. Pianeta and Teuber faced off during Tuesday’s press conference at the famed ESV Boxing Gym, the former training facility of Axel Schulz and Henry Maske.

Francesco Pianeta: I’ve already spent nine months training in Frankfurt/Oder. That was a good time with beautiful memories. About the Klitschko fight, everything has been said. That was for me a super experience. Now I am hot on Frankfurt and look forward to the international German championship.

SES-Trainer Dirk Dzemski: We can draw many conclusions from the Klitschko fight. Francesco has made a great leap. In sparring he was particularly strong. We now want take on the best!

Robert Teuber: As an unbeaten fighter, I must use this big chance to win against such a well known guy like Francesco. He’s a southpaw and I’m well prepared for him.

Trainer Hartmut Schröder: We’ll let our actions speak in the ring. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa’s big date with fate on Friday

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By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Sosa

His career has been marked by strange twists of fate and trials and now Edgar Sosa is ready for yet another daunting challenge. This Friday in Tokyo, the former Mexico City cab driver will try to become a two-division world champion at the expense of WBC titlist Akira Yaegashi. “I know it’s quite a task fighting the champion in his backyard,” says Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs), “but I have overcome challenges and difficulties before.”

Between 2007 and 2009, Edgar Sosa was the WBC jr flyweight champion, defending his title 11 times in two years. On Friday, the 34-year-old Sosa will be competing in his 14th title fight and he knows it might be his last chance. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

UFC

UFC Returns to Chicago with Former Champions Benson Henderson vs Josh Thomson – On-Sale Friday Dec 6th

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a battle of former champions looking to get back into the title hunt. Former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1 ranked contender Benson Henderson (19-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) takes on the former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight king and No. 4 Josh Thomson (20-5, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) with the winner moving closer to a date with reigning champion Anthony Pettis. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Strawweights headline Friday in Las Vegas

United States national amateur champion for 2012 Santos Vasquez of Reno, Nev., headlines a professional boxing card presented by Pochiro Boxing Promotions, “Throwdown at Sam’s Town—Round 1,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev. The 22-year-old Vasquez faces 23-year-old Yosigey Ramirez of Las Vegas in a four-round strawweight bout. Leon Spinks III had been scheduled to fight, but the bout is postponed after his original opponent withdrew and there was not adequate time to find a suitable opponent.

This is the second boxing card for burgeoning Pochiro Boxing Promotions of Las Vegas, and the first at a Boyd Gaming property. Pochiro Boxing Promotions held its inaugural card during August at a non-gaming facility. Its success paved the way for even bigger and better cards. “We were delighted and enthused by our first card, and Sam’s Town recognized what we achieved and what we will be doing,” said Pete Pochiro, CEO of Pochiro Boxing Promotions. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Manny Santos passes

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron

Former 1967 commonwealth lightweight champion Manny Santos has passed away in New Zealand at the age of 72 years. Manny was born in Tonga but moved to New Zealand where he boxed in amateur and professional ranks. He turned professional in 1965 and in 1967 defeated world rated Bunny Grant to capture the Commonwealth lightweight title by 15 round split decision. In 1971 he outscored highly regarded Australian based Scotsman John O’Brien. In 1972, Manny held world rated Héctor Thompson to a 15 round draw. In 1974, former Australian champion Matt Ropis was stopped in eight rounds. In Santos’ final ring appearance he lost a Commonwealth title challenge over 15 rounds to Percy Hayles in Kingston Jamaica. Santos scored 32 wins, lost 9 with 3 draws and 14 KOs.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Włodarczyk, Fragomeni, Fonfara media training in Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KOs), his mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs) and #1 IBF rated light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) were a big part of today’s open media training in Chicago. The only missing part was Fonfara rival, Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KO), who will arrive for Wednesday press conference.

Tickets for “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ are priced at VIP $201, VIP Ringside $151, Ringside $101, Box Mezzanine $76, Reserved Mezzanine $51, and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.



December 3rd, 2013

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The ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ is on!

Exclusive photos of a Malignaggi workout at the Fight Factory

011 IMG_8777APhotos by Tom Casino/Showtime

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.

A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)



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