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Abril-Tatli final press conference

Abril-Tatli final press conference

By Pasi Taavitsainen WBA lightweight world champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) and unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0, 7 KOs) faced off today in ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat If you now weigh 160 pounds, how long will you take to gain 40 pounds to become ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Boxing News

Donaire Hits San Antonio

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar Three-Time World Champion Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire Arrives in San Antonio,Texas, Monday for His Upcoming World Title Fight Against Former World Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., Saturday, Feb. 4, Televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing From the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in Association With Zanfer Promotions,All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire Battles Vazquez Jr. in This Double-Header Blockbuster Event and Undefeated Wbc World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Defends His Title Against Marco Antonio Rubio in the Other Main Event. Click here for more photos…



January 30th, 2012



Boxing News

Flores-Pineda Report

By Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP 2012

WBO #3 cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over comebacking 40-year-old former welterweight title challenger Hugo Pineda (39-6-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night with an enthusiastic hometown crowd at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. Flores dominated the entire bout with Pineda not able to connect on anything significant in the six plus rounds. Flores looked exceptionally sharp and did not give Pineda an easy target to hit and at times it looked as if Flores knew what Pineda was going to throw. Both fighters were tentative in the first, each carefully measuring the other and keeping at a safe distance, however, early in the 3rd Flores connected with a thunderous left hand to drop Pineda but he was able to continue. The Missouri native then began to work Pineda’s body and from this point forward, it seemed to take the starch out of him. For more details and photos click here…



January 30th, 2012

UFC

The Blueprint: Diaz vs. Condit

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Russell Crowe, in his career-defining role as Maximus in the box office bonanza “Gladiator,” made famous a line that has been uttered more than once to a crowd by UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer in the off-camera moments just before a pay-per-view broadcast kicks in . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

New heavyweight fight series announced

Wach, Price, Szpilka headline March 24 in Atlantic City

By Przemek Garczarczyk

For all those heavyweight fans starving for the new blood that could challenge Klitschko Brothers domination, there’s good news. On March 24 in Atlantic City, Mariusz Kołodziej (Global Boxing Promotions), together with the biggest Polish promoter Andrzej Wasilewski (12round Knockout Promotions) and Britain’s Frank Maloney (Frank Maloney Promotions) will present “Heavyweight Regeneration, Part 1,” featuring at least three of the new wave of heavyweight challengers. “This is a new idea, presenting the fans with the new breed of heavyweight challengers and bringing them to the US. Promoters should work together to bring the loyal fans what they want. It’s the only way.” The series will include at least three boxing events in United States.

The March 24 card already has the fans buzzing. Featured fights include an WBC International title fight between two of boxing’s big men: unbeaten WBC #9 ranked 6’8 Mariusz “Viking” Wach (29-0, 14 KOs) versus 6’8 Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs), undefeated 6’8 British heavyweight hope David Price (12-0, 10 KOs) against Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KOs) and always exciting Polish prospect Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs) against Terrence “Big Jim” Marbra (6-1, 5 KOs). (more…)



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Kauffman has second hand surgery

Heavyweight hopeful Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA is recovering from his second consecutive surgery to correct a fracture in his right hand. The surgery took place this past Thursday and will sideline the 26-year-old for the next few months, leaving him unable to compete on King’s Promotions “Heavyweight Explosion” card at the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, PA on Saturday, February 25. Kauffman (22-1, 17 KO), will have screws in his hand for the next 4-6 weeks, followed by physical therapy. He was advised that he won’t be able to punch for the next 3-4 months, but hopes to return to the ring before the end of the year after fighting just once in 2011.

“Heavyweight Explosion” will be headlined by crowd favorite William “Big Stuff” Miranda (4-4-1) of Allentown in a six-round contest against battle-tested David Williams (6-5-1, 2 KO) of Philadelphia. In the six-round co-featured bout, junior middleweight Keenan Collins (13-7-2, 9 KO) of Reading, PA will face Julio Cesar Lanza (7-17-6, 1 KO) of Managua, Nicaragua.



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Hernandez vows to beat Cunningham again

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) says he is a better fighter than two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) and if there are any doubts, he will erase them in their hotly-anticipated rematch in Frankfurt on Saturday night. The IBF ordered a rematch after Hernandez-Cunningham I was controversially stopped due to a cut that wasn’t bleeding. “Well, it wasn’t me who stopped the fight, but the referee after consulting the ring doctor,” said Hernandez. “One of the cuts was very deep, the risk of getting a serious injury would have been too big in my opinion. And the blood was affecting my vision. Who knows what could have happened?” Hernandez is also upset that everybody discusses the ending of the fight, in which he knocked down Cunningham in the first round. “I performed well on that night and I deserved to win. Everybody should respect that. Cunningham should have respected that, too.”



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Report/gallery: Nava vs. Martinez

Ringside report by Felipe Leon
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer

It was a celebration as Tijuana’s favorite daughter Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (26-4-3, 11 KOs) earned the right to call herself a champion once again when she completely dominated Panama’s Chantall “Fiera” Martinez (15-5, 6KOs) over ten rounds to capture the WBA super bantamweight title Saturday night at a bursting Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Over five thousand raging fans brought Nava to tears with their chants and over whelming support through out her bout and event. The marathon event, which featured twelve professional bouts headlined by Nava’s coronation, was presented by Zanfer Promotions with the main event broadcast live in Mexico on the Azteca channel . . . Click here for more



January 30th, 2012

UFC

Carlos Condit: My goal is to be the best

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET


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January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

“Veneno” Rubio ready for Chavez Jr.

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio conducted ​​his last workout in the Jorge “Mapirri” Rodriguez Gym in Terreon, Mexico for his fight next Saturday against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “I closed the sparring with 12 rounds with Alberto Soto and we’re ready to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I’ll keep the weight and try to keep calm with this confidence and desire to win that I have deep inside of me. The fight has had a lot of different comments in the media which I am grateful, but I’m another type of person. I concentrated on this fight. I’ve waited a long time and I hope to win. It’s time to be world champ.” Rubio traveled Sunday to Ciudad Acuña to be with his wife and infant daughter Gariel. He is expected to arrive in San Antonio today and begin the week of events for the promotion of the fight.



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

WBA Annual Awards Dinner on Feb 29 in Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA has announced that it will hold the annual awards dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental Miramar in Panama City on February 29. Previously the event was held ​​in the United States, Venezuela and Argentina up to 2008. Recently the awards and recognition to the best of the last year took place at the annual conventions. “We want to give a little more emphasis to the boxers,” said WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “we want to get closer to them, that is one of our objectives this year. We are convinced that this is an icon and this is the right time to bring it back to life.” (more…)



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Leapai to face Johnson

Story and photo by Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former heavyweight contender Alex “Lionheart” Leapai (25-3-3, 20KOs) will clash with Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11KOs) from the USA over twelve rounds in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on March 18. Samoan born but Australian based Leapai scored impressive wins over Americans Travis Walker, Darnel Wilson and Owen Beck, however Johnson at 32 years looks like a dangerous opponent, having taken Vitali Klitschko the distance in a WBC title bout in 2009 in the only fight he has lost. In 2011 Johnson defeated Harold Sconiers in round one and outpointed Julius Long.

Leapai is confident he can KO Johnson when he said. “Kevin Johnson will be a tough opponent but I am confident of scoring a knockout on March 18. Vitali Klitschko could not stop Johnson, but he cannot punch like me. After Johnson I would welcome fights against Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury in there hometowns if they will risk being KO’d.”

The promoter is Noel Thornberry who is the manager of Leapai. Thornberry guided another Samoan – Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown.



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Buendia & Rodriguez Draw

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes

Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion Paulie Ayala, took a major step last night in bringing back boxing to Fort Worth in a big way. Moving into the spacious 10,000 plus seat arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, Paulie Ayala and team hopes this will be the start of something big by bringing in top bands to perform and better known fighters to bring in a diverse audience and full night of entertainment starting with last nights first of the series – Gloves & Guitars.

The first Gloves & Guitars kicked off with a local flavor of boxing and music headlined by Fort Worth’s own Miguel Buendia (7-1-1, 4KO) against the always tough Angel Rodriguez (5-7-3, 4KOs) in a lightweight tussle followed by a live performance by the nationally recognized, Tejas Brothers, also from Fort Worth. Buendia also took a major step on this night fighting as the main event for the first time in an eight rounder against Rodriguez. Rodriguez however did not make the trip four hours up highway 45 from Houston to be anyone’s opponent. In what was definitely the fight of the night, Buendia barely escaped with a majority draw with the scores 78-74 for Rodriguez and 76-76 on the other two judge’s scorecards, much to the dismay of those in attendance. (more…)



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Q&A: IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about March 7 IBF title bout against Osumanu Adama in Hobart, Queensland, Australia. Geale talks about his preparation, sparring partners and offers to fight WBA champion Felix Sturm and WBO champion Dimitry Pirog.



January 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Q&A: Graham Shaw

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Graham Shaw who trains IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, talks to Fightnews about Geale’s upcoming bout against Osumanu Adama on March 7 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.



January 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Frampton retains Commonwealth belt

Carl Frampton sent out a chilling warning to his rivals with a stunning seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes as he defended his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title on Saturday at York Hall, Bethnal Green. In the build up to the fight, much of the focus was on a potential fight with British champion Scott Quigg, but Frampton proved his focus was true as he put together a punch-perfect performance that culminated in a violent right hook at the start of the seventh round that ended the fight. (more…)



January 29th, 2012

Boxing News

GBP considering mega-card in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source at Golden Boy Promotions has informed of the possibility of a mega event with three world championship fights in Mexico on April 21. Headlining could be IBF bantamweight world champion Abner Mares against former world champion Eric Morel. Another possible fight pits three-time world champion Humberto Soto against either Lucas Matthysse or WBA super lightweight interim beltholder Johan Perez. WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and former world champion Jorge Linares are other fighters who could land on the card.



January 29th, 2012

UFC

Video: Rashad Evans at UFC postfight

Videos by Przemek Garczarcyk


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January 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Smith rounds up the Renegade

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Saturday night at the First District Plaza, Percy Custis of Shuler’s Gym Promotions had to work hard to put together a night of boxing and entertainment for the more than 400+ in attendance. Several fights fell out, forcing Percy to scramble to complete the card at the last minute. The originally proposed main event featuring veteran heavyweights Gerald Nobles and Marlon Hayes had to be scratched, forcing Percy to move 53-fight veteran super middleweight Dhafir “No Fear” Smith against young upstart Quinton “The Renegade” Rankin, who entered the ring with a record of 4-1, 3 KOs. Though the fight looked good on paper, it was a sloppy affair with Dhafir Smith 25-22-7, 4 KOs taking a hard earned six round unanimous decision victory over the slick counter-punching southpaw. (more…)



January 29th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX 2: Report

By Tim Hobscheid, Fightnews

In the main event, Rashad Evans earned a decisive victory over Phil Davis. Davis was aggressive throughout the fight, pushing forward and throwing a lot of punches, but Evans was true to his name. “Suga” was smooth on his feet and always a step ahead of the young Penn State wrestler. Throughout the build-up to this fight, Davis cited his wrestling pedigree and vowed that he would have the upper hand when the fight hit the ground.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Evans used a great sprawl to stay away from Davis’ shots and was able to use an improved transitional jiu-jitsu game to secure positioning. On three occasions, Evans was able to position Davis in a crucifix and work strikes to his head, but the finish proved elusive to Evans. That seemed to be the theme of the evening for Rashad Evans. He was always in control, but was never aggressive enough to pull out a stoppage. (more…)



January 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Welliver defeats Mensah

By David Finger

In a tougher than expected brawl, WBC and WBO ranked heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver continued his climb up the world rankings in title defense Saturday for the New Zealand National Boxing Federation (NZNBF) heavyweight title, the WBC Asian Boxing Council heavyweight title and the WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title in Auckland, New Zealand. Welliver won the fight with a dominant 10th round TKO over Ghana’s Moyoyo Mensah, but the African proved more than willing to brawl with the bigger man in the early rounds. Although Welliver admitted that the fight was “difficult” in the first half for the fight, his size and power began to wear the smaller man down, prompting Mensah to surrender in the tenth round. The fight, which goes down as a tenth round TKO for Welliver, puts him closer to a world title fight in 2012, and exciting development not only for American fight fans in the Pacific Northwest, but also boxing fans in New Zealand, where the popular American has made his second home. (more…)



January 29th, 2012

Announcement

Atlas Cops & Kids boxing program making difference in NYC

When government funding ceased three years ago for the New York City Police Athletic League (“PAL”) Cops & Kids Boxing program, The Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation absorbed operational costs, expanded its reach into education, and today it is making life-changing differences for hundreds of inner-city youths between the ages of 10 and 21.

Certified by USA Boxing, the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program has been a knockout of a success, providing a safe place for city kids to go after school. Members not only learn how to box, some developing into team members for competitive tournaments like the famed Daily News Golden Gloves, but also build camaraderie, discipline, self-esteem and character. (more…)



January 29th, 2012

UFC

Evans eying Jones showdown in April

By Tim Hobscheid, Fightnews

On Saturday night, Rashad Evans scored a unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis, securing a title shot against Jon Jones in April.

When asked about his victory, Evans stated, “I felt good about the performance, but you always strive to be better. There were a couple of opportunities that I wish I would have capitalized on. I wanted to put on a more spectacular fight for the fans, but I can’t be too overly critical.” (more…)



January 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Algeri remains unbeaten

By Peter Frutkoff at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff

Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing returned Saturday night to the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, New York with his “Rockin Fights” series. In the main event, hometown favorite Chris Algieri (13-0, 6 KOs) hammered out a lopsided eight round unanimous decision over Curtis Smith (10-6, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight contest. Scores were 78-74, 80-72, 80-72. More photos…



January 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Results from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Featherweight Robinson Castellanos (14-9, 9 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over Orlando Rizo (14-3, 9 KOs) to retain his WBC silver for the third time on Saturday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in the Polanco district of Mexico City. Judges scored it 117-111, 117-111 and 117-111, which accurately reflected what happened in the ring.

Also WBC female silver bantamweight beltholder Zulina Muñoz (33-1-2, 23 KOs) won by knockout in three rounds over former WIBA world champion Paulina Cardona (19-11-4, 9 KOs) to retain her title for the third time. (more…)



January 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Sanabria halts Ramunal

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Lightweight Alejandro Sanabria (31-1-1, 24 KOs) scored a knockout at 2:05 of the fourth round against Jhunriel Ramunal (12-5-1, 6 KOs) to defend his WBC silver belt for the first time on Saturday night at the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym in Chihuahua, Mexico in front of 10,000+ boxing fans. Sanabria will now seek a world title fight against his compatriot and current WBC lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco.

In the co-feature, hot middleweight prospect Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (23-1-1, 21 KOs) won by knockout in the third round at 2:27 over Isaac Mendez (11-4, 9 KOs) to retained his WBC Fecombox belt. (more…)



January 29th, 2012




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