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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be “a fight of the year type war”

JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido Three-time world champion in two division Orlando "Siri" Salido and WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco "Bandido" Vargas ...

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

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

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Former IBF lightweight champion Miguel "Titere" Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs), now fighting at 144lbs., scored a ten round ...

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Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

Villasana shocks WBC #4 Saguilan

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodríguez In an upset, local lightweight Marcos Villasana Jr. (19-6, 11 KOs) surprised WBC #4 rated Nery "Pantera" ...

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Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Cultural Festival

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

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Boxing News

Top Rank wins Martirosyan-Lara purse bid

At a WBC purse bid in Mexico City, Top Rank won the right to promote a super welterweight eliminator between Vanes Martirosyan and Erislandy Lara. Top Rank bid $405,000 while Golden Boy bid $326,500. Contracts are due in the WBC office by August 10.



July 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Boschiero vs Fegatilli for EBU title

This Saturday, OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show in Piove di Sacco (Padova), Italy. In the main event, EBU and WBC official challenger Devis Boschiero (30-1-1, 15 KOs) will try to win the European super featherweight title against champion Ermano Fegatilli (25-4, 5 KOs). Is the second fight for Boschiero since his controversial split decision loss against Takahiro Aoh of last November in Japan (most observers thought Boschiero won the fight). On the undercard are EBU lightweight official challenger, WBC #9 and WBA #13 Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (19-0, 17 KOs), Italian welterweight official challenger Antonio Moscatiello (13-1, 9 KOs), cruiserweight Damian Bruzzese (7-0, 2 KOs) and super lightweight Gaetano Putrone (2-0, 0 KOs). Sportitalia 2 will televise the show live starting at 9.30 pm.



July 20th, 2012


Boxing News

Amir Khan Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA and IBF super lightweight world champion Amir Khan told British media that he hopes to talk to Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach about their future as a team. Although Khan accepts the blame for his consecutive defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, he insists that he needs a trainer 100% and doesn’t really want to be sharing Roach’s time with Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during periods when he’s training for a fight.



July 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Acosta at the crossroads

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

A loser in his last two significant fights, former WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (29-5-2, 23 KOs) is looking to get back into the title mix starting with a win over unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan (14-0-2, 8 KOs) tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. “I definitely feel I am good enough to fight for and win another world title,” said Acosta. “I’m looking at this fight as a measure for me to see exactly where I’m at.”

The experienced, aggressive-minded Acosta captured the WBA lightweight crown in May 2010 but lost it in his first defense to Brandon Rios in a thrilling, fast-paced scrap with plenty of two-way action on Feb. 26, 2011. Acosta swept the first four rounds on two of the scorecards and hurt Rios on several occasions, but Rios rallied to win by 10th-round TKO. Acosta subsequently lost a twelve round decision to Richard Abril in a bout for the WBA interim lightweight title. (more…)



July 20th, 2012


UFC

Watch UFC 149 weigh-in

Watch the UFC 149 weigh-in live from Calgary Friday, July 20 at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT. More
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Coming up next: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET from Calgary, Alberta. For more info on UFC 149 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



July 20th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights From Laughlin, NV

Juan Carlos Burgos 129.5 vs. Cesar Vazquez 129
(WBO Latino Jr. Lightweight Title)
Aaron Martinez 146.5 vs. Prenice Brewer 146
Brett Rather 233 vs. Jamal Woods 243
Vitor Jones Freitas 131.5 vs. Rocco Espinoza 131.5
Brice Ritanivs.Coe 289 vs. Kourtney Boden 250
Geovanni Sarran 225 vs. Benjamin Lee 214.5
Jorge Soto 140 vs. Chico McQueen 139
Venue: Edgewater Casino Resort
Promoters: Banner Promotions /Thompson Boxing /JEG Boxing
1st Bell: 6pm Pacific time / 9 pm Eastern
TV: ESPN 2



July 20th, 2012

Boxing Result

Zuniga stops Berrio in 7

Moments ago former 3-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 29 KOs) of Colombia stopped fellow countryman and former world champion Alejandro Berrio (32-5, 29 KOs) in round seven. The bout took place at the Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo in Cartegena, Colombia.



July 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez begins training

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

Universally recognized as the true middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) of Argentina, began preparations yesterday, under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at the Maravilla Box Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California, following the coast-to-coast media tour announcing the highly anticipated bout against undefeated WBC middleweight title-holder ‘The Son of the Legend’ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) which takes place on Saturday, September 15th at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View and is being presented by Top Rank, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.

In his last outing, on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’, two-division world champion Sergio Martinez stopped top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-4, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England in the eleventh round after dominated him in an action-filled bout this past March which took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. photos



July 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Biosse stops Walchuk

Photos: Emily Harney

With yet another dominant performance in front of his hometown fans, Vladine Biosse proved the city of Providence still belongs to him until further notice. “Mr. Providence” (14-1-1, 7 KOs) dominated Canadian challenger Michael Walchuk (9-6), stopping his opponent after five rounds Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center for his second consecutive win and first knockout since April of 2011. Biosse punished Walchuk from the opening bell, dictating the pace of the fight, while Walchuk spent most of the night covering up trying to avoid damage. Biosse picked up the pace in the fifth, landing a series of damaging flows, forcing Walchuk’s corner to stop the fight at the end of the round. (more…)



July 20th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Santa Ynez, California

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

Art Hovhannisyan 132 vs. Miguel Acosta 134
Roman Morales 122 vs. Alexis Santiago 122
Francisco Santana 148 vs. Larry Smith 150
Jonathan Maicelo 135 vs. Daniel Attah 135
Rufino Serrano 125.5 vs. Rob Diezel 125.5
Edgar Alvarado 157.5 vs. Erick Prado 161
Tureano Johnson 160 vs. Arturo Rodriguez 159
Venue: Chumash Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: Showtime

(more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

FBI nabs boxer after bloody nose

Photo: Bob Ryder

A bloody cotton swab has led to the arrest jr welterweight journeyman Martin Tucker (8-10, 3 KOs) in a three-year-old bank robbery case. Investigators linked Tucker to another suspect previously arrested for the robbery through a photo on MySpace and when they learned Tucker was scheduled to fight on April 28th at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, an FBI agent retrieved a discarded bloody cotton swab used to clean a bloody nose sustained by Martin. According to the FBI, DNA obtained from that cotton swab matched DNA from evidence recovered by police following the 2009 armed robbery of the Monroe County Community Credit Union in Temperance, Michigan. That robbery netted $5,379.



July 19th, 2012

UFC

First-ever UFC flyweight champ to be crowned Sept. 22

The world’s top 125-pound fighters will square off on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto as Joseph Benavidez meets Demetrious Johnson in a bout that will crown the first-ever UFC flyweight champion. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets for the inaugural and historic flyweight championship fight will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 27. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Acquinity Sports final presser

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports

Acquinity Sports served notice this afternoon that although they may be a new name in the boxing game, they are definitely not a “no-name” promotional team. Acquinity boxing promoter Henry Rivalta took the podium from Paradise Live in The Seminole Hard Rock this afternoon to affirm “We have five main events on this card; fights that would have top billing on any network.”

In a clear case of history repeating itself, IBF #3-ranked Dominican super-featherweight Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) stares down IBF #7-ranked Mexican contender Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-7-1, 16 KOs) for a twelve-round IBF eliminator replay of their 2010 battle, which Mendez won by majority decision. Once again, the victor earns the right to face Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado (25-1-1, 16 KOs), who survived a 12th-round knockdown against Mendez to earn the belt in Mexico last year and successfully defended it against Honorio last April. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Mariana “La Barby” Juarez in Playboy

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

The August issue of Playboy Mexico, will feature WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana “La Barby” Juarez, and yes, she has signed a contract to appear nude in the pages of the world’s most famous men’s magazine. The move is expected to catapult Juarez, who is both a boxer and an actress, further toward international stardom. In other “La Barby” news, Juarez says she will be vacating her WBC belt citing difficulties in making the weight. She blamed weight issues as one of the main causes for her lackluster performance against Shindo Go last Saturday in Ontario, California. Now she’s targeting Jackie Nava for her next big fight. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

UFC

UFC Magazine debuts Roots of Fight Legends Series

UFC® Magazine, the official publication of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, will debut Roots Of Fight™ UFC® Legends Series, a collaboration between Roots Of Fight™ and UFC® in the October/November issue of the magazine’s print and tablet edition. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Guerrero, Aydin heats up

By Robert Hough

Selcuk Aydin: “You speak like a politician. You need to spend more time training and strengthening your jaw because I’m going to break it.”

Robert Guerrero: “Selcuk has no idea what I’ve been through….There’s always a concern when you move up in weight, because of the power….I’m willing to do the crazy things, do what most fighters aren’t willing to do, like move up two weight classes.”

Selcuk “Mini Tyson” Aydin showed Thursday that he may at least have some his namesake’s darker inclinations. The Turkish boxer blew off a conference call to discuss his July 28 fight with Robert Guerrero, but he jumped in about 30 minutes into the conversation for a quick blast of ugliness. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Herrera-Mayfield headline August 17

By Francisco Salazar

Junior welterweights Mauricio Herrera and Karim Mayfield will fight in a scheduled 10 round bout on August 17th in San Francisco, CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions General Manager and matchmaker Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. The bout will headline the season-ending telecast of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series.

“It’s a done deal,” said Camponovo, who represents the promotional company that promotes Herrera. No word yet on where the fight card will take place. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Frampton-Martinez for Euro title in Belfast

Carl Frampton will face Kiko Martinez for the European and IBF Inter Continental super bantamweight titles on September 22 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On the undercard, Paul McCloskey aiming to get back on track after his defeat to DeMarcus Corley in May. Eamonn O’Kane, who won the all-Irish Prizefighter tournament on the same bill in Belfast that night and he features on the card, as does former British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay and unbeaten flyweight prospect Jamie Conlan.



July 19th, 2012

UFC

Riddle ready to make his move

Expect to see the mean mugging left at home when smiling welterweights Matthew Riddle and Chris Clements open up UFC 149’s Pay-Per-View main card on Saturday night in Calgary. But that’s not bad news for those expecting plenty of bang for their buck; these two will slug it out, it’s just that they’ll do with wide grins on their faces. Yeah, it’s odd, but not to Riddle . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET from Calgary, Alberta. For more info on UFC 149 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Pagara-Montoya rematch August 18th

The rematch between Jason Pagara (28-2, 17 KOs) of the Philippines and Rosbel Montoya (16-3-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico is set for August 18th in Cebu City, Philippines. Montoya shocked Pagara last September defeating Pagara by unanimous decision ending Pagara’s 17 fight win streak. Montoya opened many eyes at the initial press conference for that fight by claiming he had an actual record of 34-4-1, 29 KOs and not the 12-2-1, 11 KOs mark that was announced. No one knows what Montoya’s actual record is, but Pagara is said to be in tremendous shape and ready to reverse the outcome. The fight will once again be at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino and is promoted by ALA Boxing promotions. While the first bout was a ten-rounder, the rematch is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO International jr. welterweight championship on the line along with a likely world ranking for the winner.



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

The heavyweights need me

By Marco Huck, WBO cruiserweight world champion

I just read that Povetkin’s Manager Hrunov could not rule out a fight between his protégé (Alexander Povetkin) and (David) Haye. I’m surprised by this self-confidence. We saw last Saturday that Haye is an incredible fighter. From my own experience, I can’t say the same about Povetkin. Unfortunately, against Povetkin I also had to fight against the referee. This was clearly against me and unfortunately I was doomed. I still think I won against Povetkin. I’ve had both the clear and effective punches.

I remain interested in returning to heavyweight. I’d like to once again to have a chance to fight against Povetkin, to repair my mistake of not stopping him early. I would like to personally take the title from Povetkin to prove that my disappointment and anger over the decision are not unjustified. Then I would be ready to take on the Klitschkos or Haye. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez continues his heavy training at Mexico City’s Romanza Gym with trainer Nacho Beristain. Gonzalez finished the strength stage and begin sparring sessions with lefthanded fighters that resemble the style of his opponent, former WBO former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon on September 15 in Las Vegas. “Ponce is a dangerous opponent, a strong fighter who has a complicated style, but we have the strategy set out with my trainer….I have seen weaknesses and I think we’ll be the winner that night. This weekend in the early morning we’ll go to run in the Nevado de Toluca to further improve my physical condition,” said Gonzalez.



July 19th, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC 149 press conference today!

Watch the UFC 149 pre-fight press conference live on Thursday, July 19 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. More
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Coming up next: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET from Calgary, Alberta. For more info on UFC 149 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez: It’s time for the chickens to come out of the hen house

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Diller, Top Rank/DiBella Entertainment

Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez finally gets his wish on Saturday, September 15th, when he faces WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on HBO Pay-Per-View at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “We were calm because we knew that at some point things would work themselves out,” states Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) of his state of mind as he waited over a year for the chance to regain his WBC title and land a marquee fight. “It was a matter of patience.”

We should all be familiar with this storyline by now: Martinez won the middleweight championship against Kelly Pavlik in April 2010 and was only able to defend it once before being stripped of the WBC title for not defending it against mandatory challenger Sebastian Zbik, a fighter whom HBO refused to approve as an opponent for Martinez. The WBC subsequently vacated the title, paving the way for Chavez Jr. to fight for it on HBO against the same Sebastian Zbik. In order to appease the frustrated Martinez, the WBC created a Diamond middleweight title that the Argentine won via 8th round TKO against formerly undefeated junior middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk, another relatively unknown fighter that HBO somehow approved. The WBC promised Martinez that the Chavez Jr.-Zbik winner would have to immediately defend the title against the Martinez-Dzinziruk winner. (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Tyson Marquez/Caballero-Garcia Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA has confirmed that Hernan “Tyson” Marquez will remain the WBA regular flyweight world champion after his decision not to leave the division. Marquez received special permission from the WBA Championships Committee to fight a ten-round non-title super flyweight bout last Saturday against Fernando Lucamad. Marquez is now aiming to unify with WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria in September. Marquez also owes a mandatory fight to WBA interim flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco.

Meanwhile, the WBA has received featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero’s request for reconsideration by the WBA Championship Committee regarding the troubled situation involving the mandatory fight with Mikey Garcia. The Committee will have ten working days from Monday (July 16) to announce its ruling.



July 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Broner-Escobedo final presser

By Clint Rosser
Photos: Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

In the final press conference for the highly anticipated “Battle on the Banks”, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (23-0 19 KOs) looks to prove he is “Mr. HBO” but to do this he will need to beat Vicente “Chente” Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs). In what seems to be Broner’s last fight at super featherweight, he is looking to make a statement on his way out of this weight class by defending his title on Saturday night. As usual the Broner camp does not lack confidence and Andrew Williams the co-promoter from R & R promotions showed how confident they are by describing Adrien Broner as the following, “He has the offense of a Sugar Ray Leonard, he has the defense of Pernell Whitaker, he has the Knockout power of Mike Tyson, the skill level of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the charisma of Roy Jones Jr.”

Adrien Broner was just as confident by stating “July 21 is just another day in the ring for me. I’ll come in laughing and dancing. I like to have fun with it. He’s coming to my hometown and I’m excited. I don’t know him and I don’t want to know him. I’m in the hurt business and I’m gonna handle Escobedo.” (more…)



July 19th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Rhode Island

Listed below are final weights for all the participants in Thursday night’s professional boxing event presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports on Thursday at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Vladine Biosse 168 vs. Michael Walchuk 166
Jesse Oltmanns 215 vs. Matt Godfrey 220
Keith Kozlin 172 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez 171
Rahman Yusubov 160 vs. Thomas Falowo 159
Kevin Cobbs 178 vs. Donte Wiggins 183
Dennis Ogboo 168 vs. Benny Costantino 165
Zack Ramsey 140 vs. Damon Antoine 139
Luis Cruz 139 vs. Jansy Rivera 137



July 18th, 2012

Announcement

Nani Marrero Passes

By Robert Coster

Former jr welterweight contender Adriano “Nani” Marrero passed from a heart attack on Tuesday in Santiago in his native Dominican Republic. Marrero fought in the mid-70s and early 80s, scoring victories over contenders Maurice “Termite” Watkins, Josue Marquez and former world champ Saul Mamby. He twice fought WBA Cchampion Antonio Cervantes, losing a controversial 10 round decision then a much clearer verdict over 15 rounds with the title at stake (Nov. 11, 1977). Nani was a skillful boxer with a good chin but his career was hampered by a lack of power. Marrero retired in 1983 with a final record of 29-16-3 with 4 KOs. He was 61 at the time of his passing. He will be missed.



July 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Jones-Levedev Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA announced on Wednesday that WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones and the WBA interim cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev have reached an agreement and therefore Thursday’s scheduled purse bid was cancelled. The date and place will be announced in the coming days.



July 18th, 2012

Boxing News

WV2-Rafa undercard announced

“The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico,” with former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez will include 10 bouts on August 4 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer, to be televised on Pay Per View. “We completed the show with 10 bouts and great Puerto Rican prospects,” said promoter Ivan Rivera, PRBBP president. “We will have former world champions as Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Rafael Marquez and Rocky Martinez in regional title fights and also world contenders like Miguel Beltran Jr., Juan Mercedes and Jorge Melendez in action. There will be a great card.” (more…)



July 18th, 2012

Boxing News

6 Questions with unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan

At 30, Art Hovhannisyan (14-0-2, 8 KOs) is a six-year pro who remains highly regarded even though he has fought only 75 rounds in his career – an average of about 12 a year. This Friday, July 20, in what should be an exciting main event on Showtime, the Glendale, Calif.-based Armenian faces always-dangerous, hard-hitting former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (29-5-2, 23 KOs) at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. In a compelling co-feature, talented unbeaten Roman Morales (10-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., meets Alexis Santiago (11-2-1 5 KOs), of Phoenix, Ariz., in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. (more…)



July 18th, 2012

UFC

Super Six – Memorable Cheick Kongo Moments

A senior member of the UFC’s heavyweight division, Cheick Kongo will enter the Octagon for the 17th time this Saturday night in Calgary when he faces off against up and comer Shawn Jordan in UFC 149 action. So what has kept the Frenchman around so long – try a willingness to fight anyone and the ability to hang with whoever dares to face him. And whether he’s won or lost, more often the not, fans will leave the arena talking about him, and that’s always worth something . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET from Calgary, Alberta. For more info on UFC 149 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



July 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Berrio faces Zuniga tomorrow

By Rick Scharmberg

Boxing returns to Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo in Cartegena, Colombia tomorrow night, when former world champion Alejandro Berrio (32-5, 29 KOs) meets fellow Colombian banger and former 3-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (24-5-1, 29 KOs) in a ten round light heavyweight bout. Berrio won the vacant title in a return bout with Robert Steiglitz on March 3, 2007, stopping the formerly unbeaten Steiglitz in the third round. He lost the title in his next bout, getting stopped in Canada by Lucian Bute in eleven rounds. Barrio has won his last six fights, four by knockout. This bout will be Zuniga’s first since dropping a unanimous decision to Tavoris Cloud in an attempt to lift Cloud’s IBF light heavyweight title back on December 17, 2010. Zuniga twice challenged for the world super middleweight title, losing to Denis Inkin in 2008 and Lucian Bute in 2009.



July 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Unbeaten super middles collide Sept 29

A big September 29 boxing tripleheader at MGM Grand at Foxwoods will be announced later this week. In the main event, undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) takes on undefeated prospect Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs). In the televised undercard bouts, undefeated former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) takes on Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9KOs), and Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) squares off against former three-time world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs). All three bouts will be aired on HBO.



July 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Maccarinelli comments on positive doping test

Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has commented a drug test that came back dirty after his most recent fight. “Following my fight against Shane McPhilbin in March, I was extremely surprised and disturbed to have tested positive for a banned substance known as methylhexaneamine. I purchased a product called Dexaprine that contained this banned substance from a combat magazine. The advert stated that it was an approved substance and I checked the ingredients which had no reference to any banned substance that I was aware of. In fact, it also stated that it was suitable for athletes. I have since found out that this ‘fat burner’ contained a substance and consequently I failed a dope test, albeit with a very low reading. I wish to state that this substance was in no way used to gain any advantage in the ring or enhance my performance and whilst I appreciate that it may look that way, I would certainly never cheat or cut corners in my preparation.” (more…)



July 18th, 2012




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