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Canelo: We expect Smith to be very powerful

Canelo: We expect Smith to be very powerful

Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions Former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing ...

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Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt

Taguchi keeps WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Faster footworker Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs), 108, Japan, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt when he kept ...

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Concepcion wins WBA 115lb belt from Kono

Concepcion wins WBA 115lb belt from Kono

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Panamanian Luis Concepcion (35-4, 24 KOs), 114.75, captured the WBA super-flyweight belt as he maintained the initiative, withstood ...

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WBA world title twinbill weigh-in: Kono, Concepcion, Taguchi, Miyazaki make weight

WBA world title twinbill weigh-in: Kono, Concepcion, Taguchi, Miyazaki make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada Kohei Kono 115 vs. Luis Concepcion 114.75 (WBA super flyweight title) Ryoichi Taguchi 108 vs. Ryo Miyazaki 108 (WBA jr flyweight title) Venue: Ota-City ...

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McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

Story and photo by Nick Giongco Just hours after arriving in Manila from a 24-hour trip from Puerto Rico, defending champion McJoe Arroyo ...

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Boxing News

“Knockout Kings” knockout undercard

Saturday's Preliminary Fights To Air On SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

The “Knockout Kings” featured fighters are ready to put on a spectacular show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, but before the epic SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING quadruple-header begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, there will be two preliminary bouts, with coverage on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, and two additional fights to begin the night in the arena. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez-Martinez full undercard

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

A separate press conference for the undercard of Saturday’s sold out PPV clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez.

The full undercard lineup is:

Former world champion Roman Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs) vs. Miguel Beltran Jr (27-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO super featherweight title.

Olympic ring legend Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. Robert Marroquin (22-1, 15 KOs) for the WBA super bantamweight title held by Rigondeaux.

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (28-4, 19 KOs) vs. former 154lb. world champion Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19 KOs) in an important ten round scrap.

Notre Dame champion Mike Lee (10-0, 6 KOs) vs. Paul Harness (4-3-1, 3 KOs) in a four round light heavyweight bout.

Unbeaten John Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs), son of the famed Julian Jackson, vs. Willie Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant NABF light middleweight title.

KO artist Wale Omotoso (22-0, 19 KOs) vs. Daniel Sostre (11-6-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round welterweight matchup.

And Michael Medina (25-3-2, 19 KOs) vs. James Winchester (15-4, 5 KOs) in an eight round super welterweight battle.

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September 13th, 2012


Boxing Result

Gallery: ‘Knockout Kings’ public workouts

Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos

Fighters for Saturday night’s “Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, treated fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to public workouts on Wednesday. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Plan B for Sac’s Woodlake card

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Local junior lightweight and former top amateur Stan Martyniouk (11-1), citing a rib injury, has pulled out of Friday night’s card at Sacramento’s Woodlake Hotel. He was to meet Oxnard’s Javier Garcia (8-2-1), nephew of former champ Robert Garcia, in the main event. Promoter Nasser Niavaroni has reshuffled the card with prelim fighters carrying the show plus amateur boxing and an MMA match. Weigh-ins were scheduled for Thursday.



September 13th, 2012


Boxing News

Boxing back in Downtown Sacramento

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Professional boxing is returning to Sacramento’s storied Memorial Auditorium, venue for many of the California capital city’s former top fighters and site of perhaps its most famous bout. Hall-of-Fame promoter Don Chargin has billed an Oct. 6 card at the historic 16th and J Streets arena, where he was involved in directing many of the fabled cards. The Saturday night show will be telecast by the Fox Sports Network and feature Japanese welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 knockouts) against an opponent to be named in the main event.

The fighters appearing in the inaugural card, however, are less significant than a long-range plan for central Sacramento by Chargin and his partner, Woodland promoter Paco Damian who, along with Golden Boy Promotions, have been promoting frequently in the nearby small cities of Woodland and Fairfield.

“We want to build Memorial Auditorium back up again for boxing,” Chargin said. “And, to help celebrate opening night, we are inviting back some of the top fighters who developed their careers there — Pete Ranzany, Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Anderson-Reid added

Kenny Anderson will face former world champion Robin Reid for the vacant British super middleweight title on the undercard of Kell Brook’s final eliminator for the mandatory position for the IBF welterweight title against Hector Saldivia on October 20 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, England.



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

McGuinness at Sleeman Saturday

By Dave Spencer
Photo Dani Graham

While not exactly a conquering hero who has come home to great fanfare and adulations, Logan McGuinness has instead become hero who has come home and conquered; gathering increased fanfare with each passing round. In fact he’s quietly become the face of boxing in Ontario and will headlining this Saturday versus Polish fighter Krzysztof Szot (16-3-1 5KO) who will be venturing outside of Poland for the first time.

McGuinness will be putting his undefeated 17-0-1 (9 KO) record on the line at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph in his eighth consecutive fight inside the borders of Upper Canada; a string that has seen wins coming in all possible fashions. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Unbeaten Tahdooahnippah back in action

Undefeated and world ranked middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) returns September 28 at Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma. Tahdooahnippah will face off against Gundrick “Sho Gun” King (18-8, 11 KOs) in the main event for the NABA middleweight title. “We’re honored to work with the Comanche Nation Casino in our first event promoting George,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “He’s an exciting boxer with an aggressive fan friendly style and we’re looking for big things from him starting with this NABA title bout.” A full slate of exciting undercard bouts for this event will be announced shortly.



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez wants that extra 100K

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez conducted ​​his final workout before hundreds of fans and members of the international press Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the MGM Hotel. Gonzalez looked strong, fast and accurate for his fight against former WBO world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. Golden Boy is bringing back “prizefighting” by awarding a $100,000 bonus to the fighter who registers the best knockout of the night and Gonzalez has made no secret that he’s looking to collect. “This will be a great September 15 for Mexico and boxing fans. I’m motivated and focused for the moment and hope to be winner of the “Knockout King” on this great boxing night,” said Gonzalez.



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

McCloskey: Defeat isn’t an option against Perez

After his shock defeat to DeMarcus Corley in May, former jr welterweight world title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) is aiming to get back to winning ways against Denver’s Manny Perez (18-7-1, 4 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 22. “Defeat isn’t an option here – I have to win this fight,” said McCloskey. “I want to win and I want to win the fight well but if I win ugly I don’t really care because I want to get up those WBC rankings as soon as the fight is over. I have seen him fight and he is a tough customer, and he comes into this fight off the back of a good result beating Jose Miguel Cotto in his last fight. If I am not at my best this could be a hard night’s work because he is there all the time, he works all the time and he is in your face, so I need to be at my best to put him off his game.”

No stranger to big upsets, Perez fought Brandon Rios to a ten round draw in October 2008 and also derailed Edgar Santana in February before shocking Cotto in July.



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Chakhkiev and Boytsov return October 12

After a summer break, Universum Box Promotion returns on October 12 at the Sporthalle Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany with WBC #5 cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (14-0, 11 KOs) in the main event. Also in action is heavyweight Denis Boytsov is (31-0, 25 KOs). Opponents for Chakhkiev and Boytsov will be announced. The card also features former female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (29-1, 10 KOs) against Maria Lindberg (6-2-1, 1 KO) and heavyweight prospect Ismail Ozen (5-0, 5 KOs). More information will be announced on Monday.



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Dan Setshedi dies

By Ron Jackson

One of the pioneer sports presenters of SABC radio and television “Oom” Dan Setshedi died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 80. Dan was involved in many sports commentaries but his favourites were soccer and boxing. He covered the world heavyweight title eliminator between Gerrie Coetzee and Leon Spinks in Monte Carlo for radio amongst many other title fights overseas and locally. Boxing promoters used him as ring announcer at times. I can well remember Dan from a few boxing magazine shows as a guest on SATV with him and Chick Henderson. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Feature Story

Alvarez, Lopez calm before showdown

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Gene Blevins/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Josesito Lopez was never supposed to be here. At best, he was supposed to be in the stands watching the Mexican Independence weekend class he’s now center stage in. At worst, he was supposed to be at home or at the bar watching on television. Lopez (30-4 [1], 18 KOs) had other plans.

Pegged as a stepping stone for Victor Ortiz, Lopez threw a wrench into an Alvarez-Ortiz fight, stopping Ortiz in round 9 of their June bout to claim the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight strap after Ortiz suffered a broken jaw. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

UFC

Meet the TUF 16 coaches – Shane Carwin

The Colorado KO King is back. Maybe not in the way you would have initially expected, but Shane Carwin’s return to active duty as a coach on season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter (which premieres on FX this Friday night at 9pm) after being sidelined by injury for over a year is a welcome one, and no one is more amped up than he is . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez IV close

There is talk of a Tuesday press conference in Los Angeles to officially announce Manny Pacquiao’s December 8 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacman is expected to face Juan Manuel Marquez, who has already agreed to the bout. Pacquiao is coming off a disputed loss to Tim Bradley, but he opted for a fourth match with Marquez as that fight would draw significantly more pay-per-view buys. Both fighters are expected to sign the fight contract at the press conference.



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Will Hernandez switch to orthodox?

Photos: Team Sauerland

The moment of truth is just days away. The world will wait and see if Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is able to defend his IBF Cruiserweight Title against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) from Canada. Coach Ulli Wegner is sure that the only possible outcome is a triumph for his prodigy Hernandez. “Troy Ross is a really strong opponent but on Saturday we will be victorious,” said the 70-year-old. During today’s public workout, Wegner proved that he is always good for a surprise. Everyone is expecting to see a fight between two southpaws, but if Wednesday’s training session is anything to go by, that might not be the case after all. While working with the pads, Hernandez did start in his usual stance but midway through he switched to an orthodox stance, right in front of Ross´ coach Christopher Amos. Could the current champion be fighting as an orthodox boxer on September 15? It would not be the first time. Ulli Wegner: “Pablo was a member of the cast for the movie ‘Max Schmeling’. He had the role of Joe Louis and was acting alongside Henry Maske. For the movie Hernandez switched to orthodox. You will have to wait and see what happens on Saturday.” (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez guarantees suffering; Chavez promises retirement

By Andreas Hale
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

It’s rare that two fighters meet at the right time. Usually, one is just a shade over the hill or the other simply isn’t ready. But for Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sergio Martinez, the timing is perfect. A year ago, the fight would have generated little interest and odds makers would have seen it terribly lopsided for the surging Argentinean Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) who had been a wrecking machine with impressive victories over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Sergiy Dzinziruk. At the same time last year, Chavez was still toiling in mediocrity as victories over Billy Lyell and John Duddy didn’t exactly send chills down the spines of middleweights.

Oh, what a difference a year makes.

While Martinez has continued menacing the middleweight division as the current The Ring middleweight champion, Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) has finally began to impress with solid victories over Peter Manfredo Jr., Sebastian Zbik, Marco Antonio Rubio and a stellar knockout performance against the heavy handed Andy Lee. No longer was he just the son of a legend; he was in the process of building his own legacy and the time to step out of his shadow is now. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Jessie Vargas 148 vs. Aaron Martinez 147
Luis Cruz 132 vs. Jose Felix Jr. 132.2
Terence Crawford 136.5 vs. Hardy Paredes 136
Andy Ruiz 254 vs. Maurenzo Smith 236
Mikael Zewski 152 vs. Xavier Toliver 153
Joachim Chavez 136.5 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 136.5

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN2

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September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

“Knockout Kings”: News and notes

Emmy award-winning broadcaster Brian Kenny, the longtime anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights and current anchor and host on MLB Network, and WBA Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi have been added to the broadcast team for this Saturday’s four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

In Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” main event, incredibly popular Mexican superstar and WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defends against breakout star Josesito Lopez. (more…)



September 12th, 2012

UFC

Jon Jones: “These are the fights I live for!”

UFC 152 flash quotes

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto, Canada, next Saturday with a stacked card featuring six of the most exciting names in all of mixed martial arts.

In the fascinating main event, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones fights a record fifth consecutive UFC title-holder when he matches his unique skill set against the speed and explosive power of “the Phenom” Vitor Belfort. (more…)



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Expanded Chavez-Martinez Quick Quotes

By Andreas Hale
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) traded harsh words at the final press conference for their long-awaited middleweight PPV battle on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sergio Martinez: It won’t be a quick knockout. I will punish him a lot and after that I will knock him out and he will suffer a lot. I hope that someone in your corner is there to stop the fight, I will never stop and continue punishing you.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: The most beautiful thing is that he talks bullsh*t. He says that he’s the best but in the fight he runs. He doesn’t fight for the people or the sport….I’m not only going to beat you, I’m going to retire you.

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr: Martinez was talking a lot of trash about my son and now he is invoking the devil. But when you see the devil coming you won’t know what to do.

Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento: It’s very motivating to shut up Chavez because he really talked a lot in 24/7. He’ll run like the chicken that he is on Saturday night.

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September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

WBA postpones Caballero-Walters purse bid

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championships Committee announced on Wednesday that the purse bid for the mandatory fight between WBA featherweight world champion Celestino ¨Pelenchin¨ Caballero and mandatory challenger Nicholas Walters scheduled for Thursday has been postponed for one week. This was done at the request of the parties who are still seeking to reach an agreement. If nothing is finalized, the auction will be held on September 20 at WBA Haedquarters in Panama City.



September 12th, 2012

Announcement

Golden Boy ups the ante

$100,000 bonus for KO of the night for "Knockout Kings"

“Knockout Kings,” this Saturday’s Mexican Independence Day weekend quadruple-header headlined by WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez facing upset-driven Josesito Lopez, just got more interesting with the addition of a $100,000 bonus being awarded to the fighter who registers the best knockout of the night.

Fans will have the opportunity to text to vote for their choice immediately following the end of the Canelo vs. Lopez bout. The winner will be announced in the ring and live during the telecast on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Murray targets Geale

Unbeaten middleweight Martin Murray held longtime champ Felix Sturm to a draw in Germany last December and has been playing a waiting game ever since. Clashes with WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and WBO titlist Dmitry Pirog have both fallen through, but Murray is confident that his luck may change now that Daniel Geale has dethroned Sturm and unified the WBA and IBF championship. Murray was ringside to watch their fight in Oberhausen and made his case to Geale personally afterwards.

“I spoke to Daniel Geale at the post-fight press conference and told him that I’m available to fight him either in England or in Australia,” the 29-year-old explained. “He said we’ll definitely be able to sit down and talk. To be honest, his team seemed more keen for him to come over here because I don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves in Australia and he’s proven that he travels well.” (more…)



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Gonzalez aiming for 100K bonus


By Gabriel F. Cordero

“It will be a great night and very interesting fights, passionate and great fighters but I want to earn that bonus of $100,000 for the best KO of the night and hope to dramatically beat Ponce de Leon,” WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez told Fightnews.com on Tuesday. “I respect and appreciate what he has done in boxing but this is my time and that night my fight style and be the winner. I want to return to the best fights in these big events. I have a lot to give in boxing and on Saturday, September 15 I’ll celebrate my 31st birthday with a dramatic KO triumph and an extraordinary gift.”



September 12th, 2012

UFC

Hail, hail to the bonus kings

Joe Lauzon had multiple wins in the UFC, beaten a former world champion and fought on national television before he even decided to make professional fighting his full-time career. Back in 2006, the man currently in second place (behind Anderson Silva) for most UFC fight night bonus awards was a kid just out of college making his organizational debut against legend and former lightweight world champ Jens Pulver . . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez-Martinez: It’s Personal

By Andreas Hale
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

To say that there has been bad blood between Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (46-1, 32 KOs, 1 No Contest) heading into their September 15 middleweight title clash at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas would be an understatement. Ever since the fight was announced, Sergio Martinez has flipped a switch and uncharacteristically bad mouthed the son of a legend at every turn. Maybe it’s head games, maybe not. But on a recent conference call for both fighters, their respective motivations became more crystallized.

“I cannot accept the fact he is world champion,” the Argentinean stated. “The only reason he is world champion is because he is Julio César Chávez Jr., the son of the legend and his mouth is so big – even bigger than his own brain and he’s talking too much.”

Martinez’ promoter Lou DiBella expanded on Martinez’ reasons as to why he has been so irritated with Chavez Jr. “There is a contrast on how these guys were raised and who they are,” DiBella explained. Citing that the Chavez name has given young Julio a ton of opportunity while Martinez had to struggle, he believes that Martinez has been incensed by this reality. (more…)



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Oscar: A Mexican Night for the World

By Gabriel F. Cordero

“We are here with great joy and dedication to a new night of boxing from Mexico and Mexican stars like Alvarez, Gonzalez, Ponce De Leon and Soto Karass. It’s a Mexican night for the world and it’s a privilege and pride that Golden Boy Promotions can make big fights and have the success that we’ve had each year from the thousands of fans that are present at our events and the millions of viewers from their screens. Canelo is our main star and we’re not competing but to make big fights that the boxing world wants to see. In the future we’ll have more fighters on these mega nights from Latin America and other countries. This is our goal for the future.”



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Cruz ready to go now

On September 21st Ronald Cruz of Bethlehem, PA, 17-0, 12 KO’s, will challenge Miami’s Antwone Smith, 21-4-1, 12 KO’s for the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Title. In preparation for that battle Cruz hosted a media workout today in his hometown of Bethlehem, PA. The fight will be part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast, beginning 9PM ET on the 21st. The Cruz-Smith fight is part of a seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem that also includes a 12 round IBF Junior Middleweight eliminator between Gabriel Rosado and Charles Whittaker and a 10 round Light Heavyweight matchup pitting Sergey Kovalev against Lionell Thompson.

“This time it’ll be nothing new, I’ll be relaxed and I’ll be able to do my thing. There’s nothing like fighting at home, with the fans there’s just alot of emotion, but like I said, this time I will be alot more relaxed in there. Camp has been phenomenal, and I am ready to go right now!”



September 12th, 2012

Boxing News

Hail to the “Knockout Kings!”

Photos by Esther Lin/Showtime

All eight fighters participating in Saturday’s blockbuster Mexican Independence Day weekend world championship event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING arrived in grand fashion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Group Photo (from left to right) – Leo Santa Cruz, Marcos Maidana, Jhonny Gonzalez, Canelo Alvarez, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, Josesito Lopez, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Jesus Soto Karass and Eric Morel. (more…)



September 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Geale targets Chavez-Martinez winner

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Promoter Gary Shaw already has a close connection with Australian boxing having taken IBF/WBA middleweight champ Daniel Geale and former IBF/WBA/WBC champion Vic Darchinyan to world titles. Gary is now promoting classy WBO rated featherweight Joel Brunker who will make his debut in the USA on October 27. Shaw, Geale and Brunker will be at ringside for the Julio Chavez vs Sergio Martinez on Saturday night in Las Vegas with Geale looking forward to challenging the winner with the WBA, IBF and WBC titles up for grabs. (more…)



September 11th, 2012

UFC

UFC 152 media call – hear it on UFC.com!

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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez-Martinez sells out; breaks record

This week’s Mexican Independence Day weekend World Middleweight Championship event between undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and two-division world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, sold its last remaining tickets today at 1:58 p.m. PT. Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez will become the highest-attended boxing event in the history of the Thomas & Mack Center with 19,186 seats, eclipsing the Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship rematch, which previously held the record with 19,151. (more…)



September 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Sulaiman: NSAC has crossed the line!

WBC President Dr. Jose Sulaiman has ripped the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s selection of judges in his recent “Hook to the Liver” column published in El Universal:

“There are some boxing commissions who believe their home is Heaven, and that they are almighty. They don’t understand or recognize that a WBC world champion is exclusive to our agency, for being the one and only owner of this accolade.

“In the case of the September 15 fight in Las Vegas, we are not responsible for the appointment of judges. The Nevada Commission humiliated us, taking out of their sleeve a judge who has only acted for another organization … and that the WBC has never named. This has passed the line of tolerance, and I do not doubt that major steps must be taken to challenge discrimination, abuse, and lack of respect for the most basic principle of justice and rights.”

It is believed that the appointment upsetting Sulaiman is WBA judge Stanley Christodoulou being brought in from South Africa to work the Chavez-Martinez fight.



September 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Ricky Hatton comeback

Former world champion Ricky Hatton has announced a Friday press conference in Manchester, England, where he will make an undisclosed “major announcement.” According to Sky Sports, Hatton has recently shed 40 pounds and it’s expected that he’ll to announce his return to the ring. It’s also reported that Hatton is in the process of re-applying for a boxing license with the British Boxing Board of Control and he seems to be targeting reigning WBA welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi, whom he has previously beaten. The Hitman’s last fight was in May 2009 when he was destroyed by Manny Pacquiao. He is still only 33 years of age.



September 11th, 2012




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