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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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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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UFC

Tickets on sale for Dillashaw-Barao II title rematch in Sacramento

In what will be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest upsets, UFC 173 saw 10-1 underdog TJ Dillashaw end the unprecedented nine-year, 35-fight unbeaten streak of Renan Barao to capture the UFC® bantamweight championship. Now, the two meet again in a highly anticipated rematch when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Sleep Train Arena in Dillashaw’s hometown of Sacramento on Saturday, Aug. 30. (more…)



July 15th, 2014



Boxing News

Floyd: He knows he can’t beat me … Maidana: I’m going to give him a beating and then I’m going to knock him out

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

The “MAYHEM” that is the Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana cross-country promotional press tour took center stage in Chicago on Tuesday as both fighters resorted to creative tactics to get under their opponent’s skin as they announce their Sept. 13 PPV rematch taking place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather refused to sit down as Maidana and his trainer, Robert Garcia, took their turn at the podium. Instead, he signed autographs for fans, taunted Garcia and chanted his signature line: “Hard work, dedication.” Not to be outdone, Maidana and Garcia returned the favor when it was Mayweather’s turn on the dais, jetting off stage to greet a large group of “Chino” fans as they chanted “Ole.”

Floyd Mayweather: “Fighting is not all about power. It’s about being smart. I don’t have to change anything. My job is to go out there and do what I am paid to do – that’s be smart and finish first. And I always finish first.

“I’m going to do the same thing I always do. It’s about blood sweat and tears, and nobody does it better than me.

“I’ve had some bumps and bruises, but I always stay on top. His camp needs to make major changes if they want to have a chance.

“My hand got raised so I don’t need to make any adjustments. He needs to make some major changes and probably get a new trainer if he wants to have a chance against me. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Vidal looks to rebound on Telemundo Friday

pitbullvidal300 The silver anniversary year of Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues this Friday. The Kissimmee Civic Center in Central Florida will host the season opener of the summer edition of the series. In the main event, Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico faces Juan “El Loquito” Kantun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino super flyweight belt on the line.

Vidal is fresh in the mind of the of the Telemundo viewers’ having just fought on the network this past March. He lost a close majority decision to Antonio Garcia. Garcia would go on to challenge for the world title in his very next fight. Fightnews caught up with Vidal as wrapped up the final days of his current training camp. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

UFC

UFN Atlantic City at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the lightweight bouts between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller and Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Jim Miller (154.5) VS Donald Cerrone (155)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Evan Dunham (155.5)VS Edson Barboza (155)
Leonardo Mafra (165.5) VS Rick Story (170.5)
Joe Proctor (155) VS Justin Salas (155)
Alptekin Ozkilic (125.5) VS John Lineker (125.5)
Alex White (146) VS Lucas Martins (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Pat Healy (155) VS Gleison Tibau (155.5)
Leslie Smith (135) VS Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Aljamain Sterling (136) VS Hugo Viana (136)
Jerrod Sanders (155) VS Yosdenis Cedeno (156)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Tina Lahdemaki (115) VS Claudia Gadelha (116)

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia vs. Ramirez for vacant CA state title

Bobby D. Presents jumps back in action for the second time this month after a successful fight card last July 11th at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Last Friday in Indio, Victor Ruiz of Tijuana defeated Timur Shailezov while Chantel Cordova captured the vacant NABF super flyweight title over Patty Alcivar via a unanimous decision in an all-action fight card. On Friday, July 25th, from his home base at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, Bobby D. Presents offers “San Diego Fights: Border Wars II”. In the main event, a very special scheduled eight round bout will be featured between Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (14-3-2, 4KO) of Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico’s Danny “Huracan” Ramirez (10-1, 4KO) for the vacant super featherweight California State title. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Elam-Ramirez off again

Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs) has injured his hand in training so his fight with former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2, 15 KOs) this Saturday in Argentina is off. Per Journeyman managment CEO Andrew Zak who manages Elam, the hand is in a splint right now but no word yet if its broken or not. The two were originally scheduled to fight June 6th but Ramirez was forced to pull out due to injury. It’s not known if the fight will be rescheduled again.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Photos: Mayweather-Maidana Chicago Presser

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana rolled into Chicago today to announce their September 13 PPV rematch.

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July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Willie Nelson opponent named: Luis Grajeda

On August 8, DiBella Entertainment and Dynasty Boxing, in association with Rumble Time Promotions, will head to Fallon, NV, to host that week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights/ ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates. Headlining the card will be junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will be looking make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Lennox Allen (17-0-1, 10KO’s) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup.

Opening up the card will be the highly anticipated pro debut of China’s 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight special attraction.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Parsippany, NJ boxing card postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, All Out Promotions and Edmond’s Promotions have postponed their fight card scheduled for Saturday at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany, NJ. New new date is August 9. All tickets purchased for July 19 will be honored on the 9th.

The card, which will still be headlined by welterweight Michael “Slick” Anderson, will have more bouts added and additional information available shortly.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC champ Stiverne laughs off Wilder taunts

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) says he is amused by comments coming from mandatory, #1 challenger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs). “He’s not going to get under my skin,” Stiverne said. “I think he’s funny. Maybe he should think about doing a comedy act after I beat him? Friends have sent me stuff he’s said and done. It’s funny. He’s like a little kid who needs attention, so he keeps opening his mouth. His trash talking doesn’t bother me at all. I saw some people who brought up what he’s said. What am I supposed to do, hand my title to him? I guess he wants to entertain his fans. If he thinks his tricks are going to bother me, he’s going to be in big trouble.”

Regarding life after becoming a heavyweight champion, Stivernve said, “My life hasn’t really changed too much other than my popularity growing. My Instagram followers went up from 2,000 to 13,000 from one picture. There hasn’t been one day I haven’t done something in public. I expected change but not like this. People used to look at me and ask if I played in the NFL. I’ve had people tell me they always thought I was a football player until they saw me fight Arreola. Places I used to stand in line to get in, well, I don’t stand in line anymore.”



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux-Looknongyantoy officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the officials who will work this Saturday in the defense of 122lb WBO/WBA champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux against WBO #5 ranked Sod Looknongyantoy that will take place at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, in Macao, China, in a Top Rank presentation.The referee will be Mark Nelson from the United States. Judges are Dennis Nelson, John Poturaj and Glenn Feldman, all three from the United States. The WBO supervisor will be Leon Panoncillo.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

More on Mayweather-Maidana press tour

Day two of the four-day, five-city cross-country press tour to officially announce the September 13 PPV rematch between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will feature stops in Chicago and San Antonio. These events are open to the public.

Yesterday the fighters hit New York City, and after a long delay, finally made a late night appearance in Washington DC.

Here are some additional comments from both fighters.

Floyd Mayweather: “Is Maidana a better fighter than Canelo? No. Cotto? No. He’s just a dirtier fighter. I didn’t get a deep gash from a punch; I got it from a head butt…First they [Team Maidana] want to use gloves with no padding, and then they want to use knees, elbows and everything else. My back is always against the wall with Team Maidana.”

Marcos Maidana: “I fight dirty? He’s the king of the elbows.”

Mayweather pushed Maidana to bet his purse if he’s so confident of victory. Maidana responded that he’ll bet “whatever” but asked whether Floyd will let him use his gloves. Before their first fight, Mayweather reportedly paid Maidana an extra $1.5 million to switch to a different model.

Additional information on today’s press stops:

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (50 E Congress Pkwy)
Fan Arrival Time: 11 a.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 12 p.m. CT

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Lone Star Lil’s Amphitheater, San Antonio, TX
Fan Arrival Time: 6 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 7 p.m. CT



July 15th, 2014

UFC

Phil Harris: Well-prepared for Debut Two

Phil Harris is a fair man. So after seeing his last three fights take place on British soil, he has no qualms about making the trip to Dublin, Ireland to face Irishman Neil Seery on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card . . . click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Luis De La Rosa hits Macao

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Flyweight Luis De La Rosa 23-3-1, 13 KOs) has arrived in Macao, where he will take on two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO) on Saturday night in an HBO2 televised bout. De La Rosa is joined by his team consisting of manager Alberto Agamez, trainer Álvaro Mercado and promoter Félix “Tutiking” Zabala/All Star Boxing.

“Zou Shiming is a great fighter but I’m really experienced. He should fear me, because on July 19, I’m gonna make it a nightmare for him,” warned De La Rosa



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Johnny Britz dies

By Ron Jackson

Former Transvaal heavyweight champion Johnny Britz died at Boksburg on Monday. Britz, who fought from 1969 to 1975, was 65 years old when he passed away at home. Known as one of the hard men of SA boxing, he had 14 fights against SA heavyweight champions. He fought Stoffel Willemse and Japie Pretorius twice each, Chris Roos and Jimmy Richards three times each and Mike Schutte four times.

In an unusual start to his career, he had two fights on the night he made his professional debut on August 18 1969. He was entered for a heavyweight competition at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg and knocked out Jan le Roux in the first round of his first bout. In the second, he lost on points to Jan Delport. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Daniel Geale sparring partner Jake Carr

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian super middleweight Jake Carr (8-0, 3 KOs) is chief sparring partner to former world middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale who will clash with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on July 26 in Madison Square Garden. Carr talks to Fightnews to say he also works with WBC champion Sakio Bika and IBF champ Sam Soliman. Carr departs Sydney for New York on Saturday with Daniel Geale and trainer Graham Shaw for July 26 showdown with Golovkin.



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Caparello Conference Call Quotes

On Monday night the media got a chance to engage in a Q & A with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs), and their respective camps, as they prepare to face-off on August 2 at Revel Casino Hotel for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship.

Below are the highlights from the call:

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev: Thank you to my promoter, Main Events, to my trainer, John David Jackson, and to all my fans. Blake is undefeated. I am taking him serious. Good opponents are getting serious training camp and I know he is. I just get in to box and to win. We are both stepping in the ring to do our job. Blake has an advantage because he is coming to get the title. He is hungry and has nothing to lose. It is my job to keep the title. More pressure on me to defend the title. I don’t know Bernard Hopkins, all I know is my next opponent and his name is Blake Caparello. (more…)



July 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The New Yorker takes a look at the boxing business. More

Larry Holmes is bringing “The Soundtrack Of My Life” to the Sands Casino. More

Floyd Mayweather challenges Marcos Maidana to bet his purse on their Sept. 13 rematch. More

Speaking of wagers, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury are betting each other on their July 26 showdown in Manchester. More



July 15th, 2014

UFC

UFCFIGHTPASS.com presents Conor McGregor “On the Fly”

UFC FIGHT PASS™, the UFC’s digital streaming service, is proud to present UFC on the Fly, an original three-part online series which takes viewers deep inside headliner Conor McGregor’s final preparations for this Saturday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT DUBLIN event. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Rigondeaux, Ramirez, Shiming workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated unified Jr. Featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux works out Monday for his upcoming championship defense against top-five contender Sod Looknongyantoy, Saturday, July 19 from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Also on hand were two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming working with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach for his upcoming 10-round main event against Luis De La Rosa, and undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico, who was preparing for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau. Both fights will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bergman set to defend NABA-US belt

NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (23-10) is set to defend his title on July 26th at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. A winner of 14 of his last 15 fights, Bergman will battle undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) in the 10 round heavyweight main event. Also in action, former WBO and IBO world title challenger Tommy Karpency (22-4) will face spoiler Dahfir Smith (27-24) of Philadelphia over 10 rounds for the vacant NABA-US light heavyweight belt. (more…)



July 14th, 2014

UFC

Nancy Gay joins UFC as Editor-in-Chief of UFC.com

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Nancy Gay has joined the company as Vice President, Editor-In-Chief of UFC.com. In her new role, Gay will develop editorial content for UFC.com and direct the website’s worldwide operation, spanning 16 regions and 9 different languages. Nancy will also oversee web producers and UFC.com writers around the world, working closely with UFC production teams to create exclusive and innovative content for millions of UFC fans . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana kickoff press conference

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Times Square in New York City was the place for Monday’s kick-off press conference for the PPV rematch between WBC/WBA welterweight and WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Marcos Maidana: I think I deserved this rematch. Without a doubt, we’re going to prove who won the first fight in this rematch.

Maidana trainer Robert Garcia: The only question everyone’s asking, and I still don’t know the answer, everybody’s asking about the glove situation and we can’t answer that question. That question you have to ask Mayweather himself.

Floyd Mayweather: Am I fighting a boxer or am I fighting an MMA fighter? I don’t know…elbows…what I can’t believe is this is one of the best trainers in the world but he’s telling his fighter to fight dirty. If he can beat me, do it the honest way, earn it the hard way. But I gotta realize this. I know where I’m at in my career because I was champion when your trainer was champion. It’s been almost 20 years and I’m still here. When your trainer’s career was long gone I’m still here. When I beat you and your career’s over, guess what? I’ll still be right here.

Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. The diamond Gucci belt, it’s official. The Dita glasses, it’s official. The diamonds are always flawless. The style is always flashy. Check the Forbes list. It’s all about “Money May” all day. Let me step back so y’all can check my swag. Get your cameras out and take a picture!!! This is gonna be the last time y’all see a champion like this.

OK, I got something better than that for you, since I know I’m probably making about $70 million. He believes in his skills and I believe in my skills. So however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet you I’ll beat you. That’s how much I believe in myself because I can afford to give up whatever. So if you believe in your skills like you say you believe in your skills, however much you’re making for the fight, I’ll bet I beat you. Bet the fight! If he believes in his skills bet the fight. Bet the fight! Either you’re going to bet or not. Either you’re going to piss or you’re going to get off the pot. That’s what I’m talking’ about. I played his hole card.

El (Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe), get up here and talk about this bum! photos



July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Ramirez ready for HBO2 clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated (28-0) NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez of Mexico greets Venetian Macao team members during a special appearance Monday for his upcoming 10-round title fight against Junior Talipeau on the “Champions of Gold” card with the main event return of two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and national icon Zou Shiming from the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, “Champions of Gold” will take place Saturday, July 19 and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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July 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora trade words at tense London presser, shake hands on cash bet ahead of July 26th rematch

By James Slater

Rival British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora came face-to-face at a London press conference today, yet another promotional piece to further hype up the rematch that will go down on July 26th in Manchester. And Fury, who out-pointed an admittedly out of shape Chisora back in 2011, was very much in fight mode today; letting loose with plenty of foul language and having to be pulled away from Chisora, who is also up for this fight, a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title, in a huge way. At one point during the proceedings, though, Chisora apologised to the fans for the foul language Fury was letting loose with.

“I don’t give a f**k how many women and children are in the audience,” Fury, sporting a shaven head, shot back. “We’re getting near to the fight and I’m in fight mode, kill mode.” (more…)



July 14th, 2014




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