Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

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Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

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Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

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Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

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Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

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Tom Loeffler interview

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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions managing director, spoke to Fightnews.com about upcoming and possible fights for heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks and middleweight WBO and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin.

How is Johnathon Banks’ health after the injury?

Everything is going according to schedule. Six weeks rehabilitation was necessary after this freak thumb injury before the Seth Mitchell rematch. Johnathon will be back training at the end of March – which works perfectly with the opening of Wladimir Klitschko’s training camp before his Francesco Pianeta title defense.

The Banks/Klitschko training arrangements are without precedent in the world of heavyweight boxing: a leading contender training the current world champion.

True – it never happened before but it works equally well for them, for Wladimir and Johnathon. And when we are talking about Banks, he does an incredible job – working with a perfectionist like Wladimir isn’t easy and he has to work on his own fight with specialized training, all the necessary preparation. You have to consider Johnathon as one of top contenders in the division: ranked #3 by WBC and WBO, top ten everywhere else. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Boxing Bob Newman Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions managing director, spoke to Fightnews.com about upcoming and possible …


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UFC rankings breakdown: The Welterweights

The latest edition of the UFC Fighter Rankings hit the internet Monday, and with UFC 158’s welterweight-heavy card hitting Montreal in less than two weeks, what better time is there than now to look at the 170-pound weight class, home to five of the fighters on the list that will be at the Bell Centre on March 16? . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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The latest edition of the UFC Fighter Rankings hit the internet Monday, and with UFC 158’s welterweight-heavy card hitting Montreal …



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Vera Returns to the Turning Stone to defend title

ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to the Turning Stone Resort Casino on March 29th as newly crowned NABO middleweight champion Brian Vera (22-6-0, 13 KOs) of Austin, Texas defends his title against Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KOs) of Lithuania in the main event. Vera, the WBO #1 contender in the middleweight division, electrified the crowd at Turning Stone back on January 25th with his stunning upset tenth round knockout over former WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk. Vera also holds an upset victory over “The Contender” star and former WBC jr middleweight champion Sergio Mora. Bondorovas, who relocated to Chicago during 2009 and is on a five-bout winning streak, hopes to pull off an upset himself over his formidable opponent. (more…)

ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to the Turning Stone Resort Casino on March 29th as newly crowned NABO middleweight champion …


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Taylor ready for another step up

Jr. welterweight Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor (16-1, 11 KOs) will return to battle this Friday against world ranked veteran Victor Cayo at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City just six weeks after a dominant sixth round knockout over the once beaten and highly regarded prospect Raymond Serrano. “It was actually easier than I thought it would be,” said Taylor of the stoppage of Serrano. “I was thinking a late stoppage but after the third round I knew I had him because I was hurting him with everything that I threw!” (more…)

Jr. welterweight Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor (16-1, 11 KOs) will return to battle this Friday against world ranked veteran Victor …




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Salgado-Mendez poised to do it again

Things are heating up for the much anticipated IBF junior lightweight championship rematch between Mexico’s World Champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) taking on the #1 world contender and mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic on Saturday night at The Hangar at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California. The two originally battled for the vacant IBF super featherweight title in a September 2011 bout in which Salgado persisted and survived through a rough twelfth round in which Mendez had him down, but not out, to claim his first IBF World Championship by unanimous decision.

The co-semi-main bouts, will feature twin brothers, Javier and Oscar Molina. (more…)

Things are heating up for the much anticipated IBF junior lightweight championship rematch between Mexico’s World Champion Juan Carlos Salgado …


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Holly Holm (32-2-3, 9 KOs) will defend her IBA belt on May 11 in Albuquerque against “Merciless” Mary McGee (20-1, 11 KOs), of Gary, Indiana, at Route 66 Hotel Casino.

U.S. legislators have renewed their efforts for a presidential pardon for former heavyweight legend Jack Johnson. Senators Harry Reid, John McCain and William Cowan joined Congressman Peter King to introduce a resolution urging President Obama to pardon Johnson because he was wronged by a racially motivated conviction, nearly a century ago.

Amir Khan tells The Sun that he has a long way to go before he can be recognized as one of the world’s top fighters . . . more

Tavoris Cloud isn’t predicting a knockout over Bernard Hopkins – but a “whipping.” More in the New York Daily News

Holly Holm (32-2-3, 9 KOs) will defend her IBA belt on May 11 in Albuquerque against “Merciless” Mary McGee (20-1, …


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Shot of the Day

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WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and former heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis looked to be in great shape during their workouts today in Boca Raton, Florida.

Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) will face WBO champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) in a world title unification on April 14th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Solis (18-1, 12 KOs) is scheduled to take on unbeaten Leif Larsen (17-0, 14 KOs) on March 22 in Berlin, Germamy.

Photo: Karl Freitag WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and former heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis looked to be in …


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UFC hits Winnipeg for UFC 161 June 15

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization continued its expansion into new Canadian markets today, officially announcing its first‐ever event in Winnipeg, Manitoba with UFC® 161. The event will take place on June 15, 2013, at the MTS Centre, a 15,000-seat venue that is home to the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization continued its expansion into new Canadian markets today, officially announcing its first‐ever event in Winnipeg, …



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Bryant-Gonzalez collide March 15

Panther Promotions returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on March 15 for the first of a three fight boxing series that will feature a ten round light heavyweight clash between Rowland Bryant (16-2, 11 KOs) and Yunieski “El Diamante” Gonzalez (10-0, 6 KOs). Tickets are $84, $54 and $34, all seats reserved.

Panther Promotions returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on March 15 for the first …


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Hopkins, Cloud Brooklyn Workout

Photos: Ed Mulholland

IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and 48-year-old ring legend Bernard Hopkins demonstrated their ring skills on Tuesday for the press in Brooklyn’s famed Gleason Gym. Cloud defends against Hopkins on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“The Executioner” is hoping to break his own record as the oldest man to win a major world boxing championship.

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Photos: Ed Mulholland IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud and 48-year-old ring legend Bernard Hopkins demonstrated their ring skills on …


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Tickets On Sale This Week For The TUF Finale In Las Vegas

Faber Battles Jorgensen at the Ultimate Fighter Finale – Tickets On Sale This Week
A new Ultimate Fighter winner will be crowned on Saturday, April 13 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, plus a bantamweight main event clash between former WEC champ Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen! UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, March 6 at 10am PT

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Josh’s future is in doubt, the fighters enjoy a night on the town, and Team Jones’ Clint Hester battles Team Sonnen’s Jimmy Quinlan on an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter – tonight at 9pm ET/PT on FX

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Clint Hester battles Jimmy Quinlan tonight on FX! Make your Fantasy picks now!
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Carson Jones out, Cosme Rivera in for Lee Purdy

Cosme Rivera (35-15-3, 24 KOs) will now fight Lee Purdy (19-3-1, 12 KOs) for the IBF International welterweight title at the Wembley Arena on Saturday night following Carson Jones’ withdrawal due to illness. Rivera is well known to the UK when his last visit ended in an exciting KO victory over James Hare for the WBF welterweight belt. Rivera went on to fight some big names in the division including Andre Berto, Alfredo Angulo and a unified world title challenge against Zab Judah.

“We’re disappointed to hear the news late last night that Carson was unable to make his flight over to the UK due to illness,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We know how he feels because Lee was in the same situation in fight week in December for their previously cancelled clash. We worked tirelessly last night and were delighted to secure Rivera who was approved by the IBF as a suitable contender. Both have explosive styles and we expect a great fight on Saturday.”

Cosme Rivera (35-15-3, 24 KOs) will now fight Lee Purdy (19-3-1, 12 KOs) for the IBF International welterweight title at …



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Burns-Vazquez Update

Promoter Frank Warren, who announced yesterday that the postponed March 16 show will now take place on April 20 with WBO lightweight Ricky Burns vs. IBF champ Miguel Vazquez in a unification clash and Nathan Cleverly’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defense against Robin Krasniqi joint-headlining the card, issued a new statement today:

“Over the last few days there have been false rumours and inaccurate information circulating as to why Vazquez withdrew from the Burns fight. Yesterday I released the doctors certificate to confirm that Vazquez had suffered a viral infection and now Vazquez has released a statement to confirm this. I hope that this now puts an end to the matter once and for all and we can focus on the the new date of Saturday April 20th. I was as disappointed as the fans when I had to postpone, but the most important thing is that the show is still on, Ricky still has his unification fight against Vazquez and Cleverly still defends against Krasniqi. It’s a tough fight for Ricky and as respected journalist Graham Houston said in the latest edition of Boxing Monthly ‘Ricky Burns and Miguel Vazquez is a genuine fight of the highest order.’ Cleverly also has a very hard fight, but if wins he can then look towards a showdown with the winner of Tavoris Cloud and Bernard Hopkins this Saturday.”

Promoter Frank Warren, who announced yesterday that the postponed March 16 show will now take place on April 20 with …


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De la Rosa-Sabillo WBO officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 9, in the interim minimumweight world title bout between Luis de la Rosa and Merlito Sabillo at the Mario de Leon Coliseum in Cerete, Colombia, in an All Star Boxing presentation. For the fight between De la Rosa (21-1-1, 12 KOs), from Colombia, and ranked first in the WBO’s 105 pounds division, and the Filipino Sabillo (20-0, 10 KOs), who is the #2 ranked, the referee will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez from Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the judges for the De la Rosa-Sabillo bout are Ignacio Robles, from Panama, and Glenn Feldman and Michael Pernick, both from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Felix Diaz, from Colombia. The WBO minimumweight champion is Mexican Moises Fuentes, who challenged the WBO junior flyweight (108lbs) titlist Donnie Nietes last Saturday in Philippines, where the fight ended in a draw.

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 9, in the …


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Rose to face ex-champ Alcine

British jr middleweight beltholder Brian Rose (22-1-1, 6 KOs) will face former WBA champion Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs) on April 20 at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England. Rose said today that he’s ready to step up from the British scene as he hunts World honours and the 28 year old is excited about facing Alcine in front of his home fans. “Anything put in front of me I’ll take and I’m ready for the next chapter,” said Rose. “I want to step on from British level up to World level and we’ll see if I’m ready for that against Alcine. I think I am and so do the team so lets’ do it. “I’m over the moon to land this fight and to get it at home is even better. I get great support in Blackpool and I hope they all turn up on April 20 for a great night.”

British jr middleweight beltholder Brian Rose (22-1-1, 6 KOs) will face former WBA champion Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs) on …


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Klitschko to face Pianeta on May 4

It’s official. WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) will defend against unbeaten Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs) at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany on May 4. Pianeta is rated WBA #12 and WBO #9. His most difficult fight was outside the ring when cancer was diagnosed in 2009 he was forced to stop his sports. After overcoming the illness he returned to the ring in 2010. He has wins over Oliver McCall and Frans Botha on his ledger.

Francesco Pianeta: “I was in Wladimir’s camp as a sparring partner last year. I saw his weaknesses and will use them for me. I know many experts see me as the underdog but I like this role and will shock the boxing world when I knock out Klitschko!”

Wladimir Klitschko: “I have a lot of respect for Francesco Pianeta. He is young, a southpaw and has an immense fighting spirit. He will do anything to reach his goal. I am warned and will prepare myself very intensively. Mannheim is a special place: I started my second career there with my victory against Chris Byrd in 2006. It is my fourth fight in the arena and the atmosphere has always been great.” (more…)

It’s official. WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) will defend against unbeaten Francesco Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs) at …



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Ibeth Zamora back in Mexico

Video by Pepe Rodriguez

Female jr flyweight Ibeth Zamora (17-5, 7 KOs) is back in Mexico after winning the vacant WBC 108-pound belt via split decision over Naoko Shibata (9-3, 3 KOs) on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Video by Pepe Rodriguez Female jr flyweight Ibeth Zamora (17-5, 7 KOs) is back in Mexico after winning the vacant …


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Burns, Vazquez on the postponement

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez commented on the postponement of their March 16 lightweight unification fight in London due to an aggressive stomach infection that forced Vazquez to stop training for a week.

Ricky Burns (via Twitter): “Absolutely gutted this fight is not happening, another training camp n it’s fell through! Not only that, feel sorry for the fans, my friends and family who have now booked tickets, flights and hotels for 2 fights for it to fall through. Sorry every1!”

Miguel Vazquez: “I’m very sorry about this situation. We were at the height of the preparation that was so intense my body was in a great physical condition, strong and fast. There were weeks of total dedication and preparation, but the infection I suffered in the stomach was very strong, I even laid down in bed for a week…but it was the best thing. My company told me that the fight will be rescheduled and in a few days more they’ll tell me the date.”

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez commented on the postponement of their March 16 …


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How to eat like a UFC Hall of Famer

Silva and Hunt both earned Knockout of the Night bonuses for their stoppages of Brian Stann and Stefan Struve, respectively. Silva and Stann engaged in an all-out brawl that also earned Fight of the Night. After a more conservative start to the second frame, Silva unleashed a right cross-left hook combo that starched Stann. “The Axe Murderer” followed up with a few ground strikes before the referee stepped in to end the bout . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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World title twinbill in Jakarta

Report and photo by Jeffrey Pamungkas

WBA rated #6 in the featherweight division, Satoshi Hosono (23-2, 17 KOs) will become Chris “The Dragon” John’s 5th opponent from Japan on April 14 at Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia. For John (48-0, 22 KOs), this will be his 20th consecutive title defense of the division since 2003 and he will surpass Panama’s WBA featherweight champion Eusobio Pedrosa’s record of 19 consecutive title defenses (1978-1985).

In the co-main feature, John’s countryman Daud Cino Yordan (30-2, 23 KOs), will defend his IBO featherweight title for the second time against the former IBO bantamweight champion Simpeve Vetyeka (24-2, 14 KOs) of South Africa. Yordan obtained the vacant belt by defeating Lorenzo Villanueva by TKO in the second round at Singapore in May 2012, and made his first title defense by decisioning Choi Tseveenpurev in September 2012, also in Singapore.

Report and photo by Jeffrey Pamungkas WBA rated #6 in the featherweight division, Satoshi Hosono (23-2, 17 KOs) will become …


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Results from Toronto

By Paul Salgado and Heather McIssac at ringside

It was a clean sweep of the scorecards for undefeated cruiserweight Denton Daley (9-0 5KO) who posted three identical 100-90 markers over veteran Richard Hall (30-12 28KO) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto. The annual show presented by Bullion Boxing as a fund raiser for “Right to Play” charity to help underprivileged children in Africa. Daley captures the vacant NABF title with decisive victory. It was the first time past six rounds for Daley who remained in control throughout. For the 41 year-old Hall, it marked the fourth loss in a row. Daley is expected to return June 1st at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

Ghislain Maduma (13-0 9KO) remained perfect as the lightweight scored a stoppage win over Josafat Perez (13-5-1 8KO) at :29 of the 10th and final round. A left hook to the body ended things for the Montreal fighter Maduma over Perez who was spent and had nothing left. Maduma captures the vacant WBC Continental Americas title with the victory.

Cruiserweight Chukwunoso Okafor (3-1-1 1KO) suffered his first career defeat losing a 39-37, 39-37, 39-38 decision to the hands of Benito Quiroz (8-2 7KO). It was the first win by decision for Quiroz who was visiting Toronto for the third time. 39 year-old Quiroz has performed well in the Ontario Capital, scoring a TKO win in 2008 and being one of the few to push undefeated Denton Daley to the scorecards.

Welterweight Junmar Emon (5-1 1KO) won a split decision over Jeremy Abbott (3-4 2KO). Emon who had a January jaunt to the Dominican Republic in January where he won a pair of fights in ten days is now 3-0 for the year.

By Paul Salgado and Heather McIssac at ringside It was a clean sweep of the scorecards for undefeated cruiserweight Denton …


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1940s-1950s legend from the Crescent City, Maxie “Little Duke” Docusen passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28. He was 84 years old. In his heyday, Docusen fought 85 times, winning 76 times with just six losses and three draws. He fought everyone from Enrique Bolanos to Joey Barnum and Manuel Ortiz.

New York has a rare article on boxing, namely Bernard Hopkins, who talks about Don King, Barclays and being 48 years old. More

The OC Weekly interviews Mike Tyson, who says, “I was damaged before I even entered boxing.” More

After losing his third world title shot, Matthew Hatton’s future is cloudy. The Manchester Evening News has more.

 

1940s-1950s legend from the Crescent City, Maxie “Little Duke” Docusen passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28. He was 84 years …


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Super featherweight Gary Buckland (27-2, 9 KOs) has been handed an opportunity on the undercard of Martin Murray’s fight with Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27. Buckland will take on Fernando David Saucedo (48-5-3, 6 KOs) in a clash which should put the victor close to a world title fight.

Epix will televise the March 23 rematch between two-division world champion “King” Arthur Abraham and former champion Robert Stieglitz from GTEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Heavyweight Robert Helenius faces TBA in the TV opener.

The substance that the German Boxing Federation says was found in the system of middleweight Sam Soliman is called “oxilofrine.” It’s on the NADA/WADA list of prohibited substances under Stimulants. The testing was done at the Institut für Bio-Chemie in Cologne, Germany.

Super featherweight Gary Buckland (27-2, 9 KOs) has been handed an opportunity on the undercard of Martin Murray’s fight with …


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Orlando Cruz arrives in Kissimmee, Florida

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WBO #1 ranked featherweight Orlando Cruz has left the confines of Buffalo, New York and has arrived in Kissimmee, Florida to wrap up some final training in some sunny weather. Cruz is scheduled to fight on March 15th from Kissimmee against slick, strong, tall and puncher southpaw Aalan Martinez 14-1-10 of Guadalajara, Mexico. The Cruz vs Martinez war will conclude the spring boxing series of Boxeo Telemundo Ford, the summer series will start in late June.

“Some people ask me, are you crazy taking a fight with Aalan Martinez, I tell them this is what I do for a living, now is when I need to stay active to earn the right to stay at the top. I know Aalan is not a walk in the park, I see him as a door that I need to open to continue my quest to become world champion,” said Cruz.

WBO #1 ranked featherweight Orlando Cruz has left the confines of Buffalo, New York and has arrived in Kissimmee, Florida …


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Ramirez set for March 16th fight in Cancun

By James Slater

Unbeaten 19-year-old featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) is pretty much used to stepping into the ring not knowing too far in advance who his opponent will be, and next up, on March 16th in Cancun, Mexico, the southpaw from L.A will go in with yet another as yet unknown rival. Having his third fight of 2013 thus far, the former amateur standout is looking forward to his first pro fight in Mexico: “I don’t have an opponent yet,” Ramirez told Fightnews.com. (more…)

By James Slater Unbeaten 19-year-old featherweight prospect Julian Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) is pretty much used to stepping into the …


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Canadian Boxing Roundup

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By Dave Spencer
Photo: Tanya Everett

It was a busy weekend of fights in Canada. Moncton New Brunswick which is quickly becoming a boxing hotbed saw 45-year-old Fitz Vanderpool successful in his second fight after a seven year absence from the ring.and he wasn’t the oldest fighter in the ring Saturday as 50 year-old former Canadian champion Ron Savoie also saw action. Out west in Edmonton headliner Steve Clagett suffered his second defeat to Alexandre Lepelley of France. And finally in Nicaragua, Ibrahim Kamal made the trip, got the knockout, only to have the win taken away from him and ruled a no contest. To read all the details, click here.

By Dave Spencer Photo: Tanya Everett It was a busy weekend of fights in Canada. Moncton New Brunswick which is …


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‘The Contender’ Revisited: Manfredo vs. Wright

As he continues to rewrite his future in professional boxing, Peter Manfredo Jr. must first revisit his past, reliving his glory days as a fan-favorite on the hit reality television series The Contender. With Joey Spina unable to fight due to an injury, Manfredo Jr. (38-7, 20 KOs) will now face fellow Contender alum Walter Wright (14-3, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event of “Unfinished Business” Friday, March 15th, 2013 at the Twin River Event Center, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

“I like Walter from The Contender Season 2, and I’m also glad he’s stepping up on just two weeks’ notice,” said Manfredo Jr., who rose to fame in 2005 when he reached the finals of the show’s inaugural season. “That’s why he’s a true contender. I was training and preparing for Joey Spina, so now I have to get mentally ready for a whole different fight and fighter, but, at the end of the day, the fans will see a great fight.” (more…)

As he continues to rewrite his future in professional boxing, Peter Manfredo Jr. must first revisit his past, reliving his …


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Garcia faces Ibarra this Friday in Mexico City

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The action continues on the third week of the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series this Friday, March 8th from El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event former world title challenger Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia (16-4-1, 8 KOs) of Ciudad Neza, Mexico faces popular former WBC champion Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-8, 18 KOs) of Mexico City in a clash billed “Civil War 5” schedule for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin super flyweight title at stake. Six mores fights are scheduled, first fight at 8 PM. Telemundo will televise the main event at 11:35 pm in the US. Viva Sports (Channel 504 Dish) will televise in Mexico. Tickets are already on sale at El Plaza Condesa and ticketmaster.com.mx Tel 53259000. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala Jr, All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.

The first season will close with the 4th show on March 15 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Florida with WBO #1 contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz of Puerto Rico facing Aalan Martinez of Mexico with Cruz WBO Latin featherweight title at risk.

The action continues on the third week of the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series this Friday, March 8th from El Plaza …


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Kendall Holt moving to welterweight

Former junior welterweight world titlist Kendall Holt will be moving up to 147lbs after spending the majority at or around the 140lb weight limit. The move to welterweight is coming at a time in Holt’s career where he is in search for the biggest fights he can possibly get. With a division like welterweight filled with named opponents and the name Holt recognized in boxing circles across the world, it is fitting that the move be made now. (more…)

Former junior welterweight world titlist Kendall Holt will be moving up to 147lbs after spending the majority at or around …


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New opponent named for DeGale

Hennessy Sports have today announced a replacement opponent for James DeGale MBE after complications with the Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias fight, the Olympic Gold Medallist and WBC #4 contender will now defend his WBC Silver super middleweight title against Alexander Brand on March 23rd at Glow, Bluewater, Kent, England. The former WBC Latino champion from Bogota, Colombia is ranked #10 by the WBC he is also the longest tenured fighter in the history of the Colombian Olympic team and is the only fighter from Colombia with 437 amateur fights. In these 437 amateur fights, he only lost 20 times.

The card will be televised by WealthTV and WealthTV.com.

Mick Hennessy said “To cover ourselves opponent-wise my agent in North America has been talking to Team Brand for the last few weeks and we’re delighted we have now got a top 10 fighter for James to prove once again that he is a top world class fighter on the march to world honors.” (more…)

Hennessy Sports have today announced a replacement opponent for James DeGale MBE after complications with the Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias …


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Felix Sturm Twitter Statement:

“This feels like a movie to me. In my opinion Soliman should do himself a favour, stop lying and confess his wrongdoing. His A-sample was positive and that was confirmed by both the NADA and the WADA. Come on, Sam, stop lying. Or a you trying to tell me that someone slipped you a drug? One that’s difficult to find? That makes no sense to me. No sense at all.

He had a doctor at his side, who was specialized in doping. He told my team about all those different tests I had to do. He knew everything about the matter. I never saw a fighter bringing a doping expert to a fight.

Soliman has asked his lawyer to look into this. Why does he do that? If he is so sure about his innocence, why doesn’t he open the B-sample instead? Come to Germany, Sam, and monitor the procedure. And take your doctor with you, I figure he is an expert on the topic.

I took so many blood and urine tests throughout my career and they were always negative. I’m a clean fighter and make my tests available for research purposes.

Sam took a substance that is really hard to trace. That is not something an amateur does. You, or someone close to you, has to know exactly how and what to take.

In the end, I took all their tests – and he is positive. This is sad for boxing. I hope the IBF does the right thing and that would be to declare the fight a No Contest.”

“This feels like a movie to me. In my opinion Soliman should do himself a favour, stop lying and confess …


Boxing Result

Local boxers victorious in Maryland

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Washington, DC-area boxers were victorious in front of a packed house of 750 at the Keystone Boxing card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD Saturday night. Landover, MD light heavyweight Phil Jackson-Benson made short of the normally durable John Terry of Portsmouth, VA during the main event. Benson dropped Terry with a solid body shot. After Terry got up, a right hand over the top sent Terry down for the second and final time. The bout was stopped at 1:24. Benson, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is 11-1, 10 KO’s. Terry is 4-27-3, one KO. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Washington, DC-area boxers were victorious in front of a packed house of 750 at …


Photo Gallery

Gradovich-Dib Report/Gallery

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photogallery by Emily Harney

An all out war ensued this past Friday in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT as a new world champion was crowned. Former IBF #11 world rated contender, Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs) became the new IBF featherweight champion as he defeated the now former title holder, Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-2-1NC, 21 KOs) in a very close and hard fought twelve round split decision victory. Judges Don Trella and Glenn Feldman both scored the bout 114-112 for Gradovich, while judge Don Ackerman scored the bout 114-112 for Dib. The seven bout fight card was co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions. Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof Photogallery by Emily Harney An all out war ensued this past Friday in the main …


Boxing News

Groves inks with Matchroom Sport

Matchroom Sport announced today that they have signed top super middleweight contender George Groves and he will fight on the undercard of Carl Froch’s showdown with Mikkel Kessler on May 25 at the O2 Arena in London. Over the weekend Groves split with promoter Frank Warren and pulled out of a March 16 fight on the now postponed Burns-Vazquez event. He is rated WBC #6, WBA #2, IBF #7 and WBO #2.

Matchroom Sport announced today that they have signed top super middleweight contender George Groves and he will fight on the …


Boxing News

Daley looking to pass Hall

By Dave Spencer

Monday marks the beginning of the work week for most, and for undefeated Denton Daley (8-0 5KO), his workday is expected to be busier than most to start the week as the cruiserweight prospect battles Richard Hall (30-11 28KO) for the vacant NABF title at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto tonight. “I know it’s Monday which is weird, but today is feeling just like a Friday for me, and tomorrow will feel like Saturday.” Daley told FightNews about the rare Monday night clash put on by Bullion Boxing that is part convention and part fundraiser. The four bout card is an annual affair put on as part of a national miners convention held in the Ontario Capital and raises money for “Right to Play”, a charity centred around underprivileged youth in Africa. Click here to continue reading

By Dave Spencer Monday marks the beginning of the work week for most, and for undefeated Denton Daley (8-0 5KO), …










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