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FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

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Gennady Golovkin Training Camp in Big Bear

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Oliver Richardt

WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) prepared in the snow of Big Bear, California. Along with trusted trainer Abel Sanchez, fans can see “GGG” hard at work in a special video prepared by K2 Promotions. On Saturday, the hard hitting man from Kazakhstan will defend his title against world ranked challenger “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOa). The fight will take place at Madison Square Garden and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT

By Przemek Garczarczyk Video: Oliver Richardt WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) prepared in the snow …


UFC

UFC Gym acquires LA Boxing

UFC GYM®, the ultimate fitness destination and first major brand extension of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, continues its worldwide expansion with the acquisition of LA Boxing®. UFC GYM looks to bring its ‘Train Different’ philosophy, which combines the best of traditional fitness with the innovation of mixed martial arts, to LA Boxing’s already established elite facilities . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

UFC GYM®, the ultimate fitness destination and first major brand extension of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, continues its worldwide expansion …



Boxing News

Salido hits NYC

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO World Featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido arrived late Monday night in New York City for his upcoming world title fight against undefeated #1 contender Mikey Garcia on Saturday at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Salido was accompanied by his team which includes manager Sean Gibbons, chief trainer Santos Moreno, an assistant trainers Victor Barron and Armando Castro. (more…)

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank WBO World Featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido arrived late Monday night in New York City for …


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Golden Boy, Canelo reach agreement

By Hesiquio Balderas

Canelo Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have reached an agreement and form an alliance to present the best of boxing in an unique partnership that will gather the best up and coming talent from both entities,the result of this business union is a presentation of 17 boxing shows that’s will air on Mexican TV network Televisa and Fox Deportes during 2013. “We are extremely happy, we are ready and motivated to continue to work with De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions” said Edison Reynoso CEO of Canelo Promotions.

A few days ago executives from both promotional companies reached an agreement and came to terms regarding their business, also they confirm that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be fighting in September and May of 2013 defending his WBC Super Welterweight title belt. (more…)

By Hesiquio Balderas Canelo Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have reached an agreement and form an alliance to present the …




UFC

Brazil’s Greatest UFC Moments

When you think of Brazilian fighters in the UFC, what are the moments that immediately pop into your head? In advance of the organization’s return to Brazil on January 19th, here are a few to jog your memory . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

When you think of Brazilian fighters in the UFC, what are the moments that immediately pop into your head? In …


Boxing News

Gutknecht-Braehmer a WBO eliminator

When Euro light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs) takes on 34-year-old former world champion Juergen Braehmer in Berlin on February 2, it won’t be just to keep his EBU Title but also to win the position as mandatory challenger for the WBO Champion, currently Britain’s Nathan Cleverly. “It is great to be that close to a potential shot at the world championship. I only have to take the next step. I will earn that chance by defeating Juergen Braehmer,” said “Eddy” about the all-German affair. Gutknecht and IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, both trained by Ulli Wegner, will spend the rest of their preparation time at the Olympic training facilities in Kienbaum near Berlin.

When Euro light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs) takes on 34-year-old former world champion Juergen Braehmer in Berlin …


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#3 Kwanpichit stops Morales

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion

WBO#3 flyweight Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (20-0-1,8 KOs) successfully kept his WBO Oriental 112lb title as he stopped ABCO#5 Noli Morales (reportedly 9-4,3 KOs) on Friday at the City Hall’s ground of Chacheongsao Province, Thailand. It was a close affair in the first three rounds when aggressor champion displayed vicious bodyshots on the Filipino who also responded well with his accurate counterpunches. Unexpectedly, the show was ended during a seesaw action in round four when Kwanpichit landed a right uppercut which hurt Morales’s eye, forcing the Filipino refused to continue at 2:53. (more…)

By Damrong Simakajornboon Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion WBO#3 flyweight Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (20-0-1,8 KOs) successfully kept his WBO Oriental 112lb title …


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Burns-Vazquez unification clash announced

Promoter Frank has put together a blockbuster event ‘Rule Britannia’ on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena featuring some of the biggest stars in British boxing including Ricky Burns, Nathan Cleverly, George Groves, Dereck Chisora and Liam Walsh.

WBO World Lightweight Champion Burns headlines the show in a sizzling unification showdown against tough Mexican IBF World Champion Miguel Vazquez.

Burns, 27, returns to action following his tremendous 2012 when he become Scotland’s first two-weight world champion in twenty years and ended the year stopping long-time rival Kevin Mitchell inside four rounds. With thrilling wins against top fighters Roman Martinez and Michael Katsidis in his career, Burns faces yet another hard test against Vazquez, 26, who has made five defenses of his world title in a 36-fight career.

Hailing from Guadalajara, Vazquez was last in action in December on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez card when he defeated Mercito Gesta on points to retain his belt. Vazquez became the first man to beat Breidis Prescott after the dynamite-punching Colombian destroyed Amir Khan inside a round and has only lost on points to current world champions Saul Alvarez (twice) and Timothy Bradley. (more…)

Promoter Frank has put together a blockbuster event ‘Rule Britannia’ on Saturday 16th March at Wembley Arena featuring some of …



Boxing News

2013 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame nominees

By Johnny B’

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the class of 2013 before a sellout crowd at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Deerfield Beach, Florida Saturday night. The evening started off with a cocktail party followed by dinner which consumed the hotels entire Hibiscus Ballroom. The evening’s master of ceremonies and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Bob Alexander addressed the dinning guests and began to read the names of the class of 2013. On hand for the event was Don King who cheered on his longtime assistant and number two in charge Dana Jamison who received her honors from last year. Following dinner, all guests were escorted into the Grand Ballroom which was transformed into a boxing arena for the night. The Grand Ballroom was completely sold out and a standing room only crowd roared as some of the area’s top local amateurs went toe to toe. The evening’s show was stolen not by any of the boxers but by eleven-year-old singing sensation Julia Dale, who flawlessly sang the National Anthem and left the crowd buzzing for several minutes.

Fighters: Howard Davis Jr., Vince Phillips, Petey Sarron, Ezra Sellers, James Warring, David Santos

Trainers: Dave Clark, Lou Duva, Roberto Quesada, Luis Sarria

Promoters: Henry Rivalta

Media: Sharon Robb, Mort Sharnik

Officials: Cy Gottfried, Michael Pernick, Frank Skillbred

Participants: Ben Finkle, Brad Jacobs, Bernie LaFratta, Bruce Trampler

Also boxing achievement awards will go to IBO President Ed Levine and promoter Aaron Jacobs

By Johnny B’ The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the class of 2013 before a sellout …


Boxing News

Marquez says he’ll continue fighting

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sources close to Juan Manuel Marquez have told Fightnews.com that Marquez has made a decision to continue his boxing career and he is expected to reappear in the ring in April. Marquez consulted with his wife and children and concluded he’ll continue in boxing. Apparently last Friday Marquez met with promoter Fernando Beltran in Mexico City and mentioned several opponents including prospect Jesse Vargas and venues in Mexico and the U.S. Possibly Marquez’ next fight could be a ten-rounder or a defense of his WBO junior welterweight crown.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Sources close to Juan Manuel Marquez have told Fightnews.com that Marquez has made a decision to …


Boxing News

Paez Jr. headlines January 26

Welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (33-4-1, 19 KOs), son of one of the great figures of Mexican boxing, will face Francisco “Paco” Fuentes (16-3, 13 KOs) on January 26 at the Bicentennial Auditorium in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. Paez is looking for a title shot in 2013.

The co-feature is a Mexico vs. Philippines affair as Felipe “Gallo” Orucuta (26-1-0, 22 KOs) takes on world rated Fernando Lumacad (27-5-3, 12 KOs) in a super flyweight clash.

Welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (33-4-1, 19 KOs), son of one of the great figures of Mexican boxing, will face …


UFC

A Visit With Gunnar Nelson in Iceland

Synthesis.

The long departed German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel believed when a thesis combated its antithesis, a newer and higher level of truth would emerge. For combat sports connoisseurs the world over, no greater example of this dialectical relationship can be found than inside the UFC’s Octagon . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

Synthesis. The long departed German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel believed when a thesis combated its antithesis, a newer and …



Boxing News

Siri headed to New York City

Photo: Zanfer
Photo: Zanfer

Accompanied by his staff with excellent training and 10 weeks fulfilled between Nogales and Cajeme, Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) will travel today starting at 6 am from his native Obregon, Mexico to New York City where next Saturday he will risk his WBO featherweight world championship against the most dangerous challenger possible: Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) at the legendary Madison Square Garden. “We are well prepared, physically and mentally to win this fight, we know we’re going against a young, strong and undefeated fighter, but we have experience and confidence in our favor, we will push ‘Mikey’ and bring the world championship to Mexico,” said Salido. “We have Garcia well studied, we know his strengths and weaknesses and we will win round by round, we have the preparation and strategy to provide a great fight and we will win.” Salido will make the trip to New York on Monday, with his team consisting of Santos Moreno, “Chino” Barron and “Guero” Osuna.

Accompanied by his staff with excellent training and 10 weeks fulfilled between Nogales and Cajeme, Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-11-2, 27 …


Boxing News

Q&A: Edgar Sosa

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By Robert Coster
Photo: WBC

Mexican boxing aficionados love boxers from the smaller divisions and one of the most popular figures on today’s Mexican scene is undoubtably former WBC jr flyweight champion Edgar Sosa, currently the WBC #1 ranked contender in the flyweight division. Hailing from Mexico City, Sosa was twice elected Boxer of the Year of the Federal District (2007, 2009) and WBC President Jose Sulaiman has called Edgar “an example for Mexican youth” because of his spotless conduct and image.

Last week, it was anounced that Sosa (47-7, 28 KOs) will be facing fellow Mexican and former IBF world champion Ulises “Archie” Solis (35-2, 22 KOs) on March 9th, a clash that is already creating a buzz among Mexican fans. Solis and Sosa have twice met before, at the beginning of Edgar’s career, with Solis winning both times very close decisions. “I am not the same fighter,” says Edgar, who promises a different outcome. Fightnews caught up with the always smiling and congenial Sosa to talk about the course of his career and the upcoming showdown with Solis. (more…)

By Robert Coster Photo: WBC Mexican boxing aficionados love boxers from the smaller divisions and one of the most popular …


Boxing News

Q&A: Dave Hedgecock

Photo: Werner Kalin
Photo: Werner Kalin

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Fightnews talks to Sam Soliman trainer Dave Hedgecock, who says he’s confident that Soliman will stop stop former WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm on February 1st in Germany and that the veteran Aussie 160 pounder is boxing at his best at 39 years of age.

Fightnews: How is Sam training for February 1st showdown in Germany against Felix Sturm?

Hedgecock: Sam is training exceptionally well. We have been together for 25 years and this is the best I have seen him. He is very focused and knows he has only a few more fights left in him. You would not think he is 39 years of age the way he has been performing. We have excellent sparring partners who are physically similar to Sturm and also box very similar. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Fightnews talks to Sam Soliman trainer Dave Hedgecock, who says he’s confident that …


Boxing News

Christopher Martin Update

By Felipe Leon

San Diego, California, super bantamweight Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (25-2-3, 8KOs) will have his chance at redemption when he faces the man that ruined his undefeated record in Mexico City’s Jose Angel Beranza (35-25-2, 27KOs) in the eight round main event of southern California’s Thompson Boxing’s fight card slated for Friday, February 22nd. The bout will be take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, about 90 minutes north east of Martin’s hometown.

When they first faced in late 2011, Martin was a newly signee of Top Rank boxing and was facing the Mexican veteran in his first match up under their banner. In his first fight in Las Vegas on the undercard of Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez, Martin looked out of place and lethargic dropping a split decision to the veteran Beranza. The experienced Beranza is known for ruining the plans of the undefeated like he did with the likes of Puerto Ricans Juan Carlos Velazquez and Jesus M. Rojas. Things didn’t get any better soon after when Martin fought to a draw versus Teon Kennedy and then another loss to highly touted Luis Orlando del Valle. (more…)

By Felipe Leon San Diego, California, super bantamweight Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (25-2-3, 8KOs) will have his chance at redemption …



Boxing News

Shimmell to meet fans at Lansing fundraiser

Several local boxers, including undefeated heavyweight prospect Jordan Shimmell (8-0, 7 KOs) will be meeting with fans and signing autographs at a fundraiser on January 18 for the Lansing, Michigan Spartans Youth Organization. The LSYO is a non-profit founded by former middleweight journeyman Kolmarge Harris which offers no cost and low cost fitness programs to economically disadvantaged youth in the greater Lansing area, a cause which the undefeated Shimmell strongly supports. (more…)

Several local boxers, including undefeated heavyweight prospect Jordan Shimmell (8-0, 7 KOs) will be meeting with fans and signing autographs …


Boxing News

Shimmell blasts out Beard in Grand Rapids

Report and photos by Bob Ryder

Former amateur National Golden Glove champion Jordan Shimmell of Hudsonville, MI needed less than a round to stop Bay City’s Jackie Beard in the main event at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids Saturday night. Utilizing an aggressive body attack, Shimmell dropped Beard early in the opening round. Beard got up and tried to grab and work inside but had no answer for Shimmell’s much quicker hand speed. Beard shortly became trapped in his own corner where Jordan teed off with an assortment of hard blows that brought referee Steve Daher rushing in to halt the fight at 1:35 as Beard slumped to the canvas. In capturing a belt for something called the West Michigan Heavyweight title, Shimmell moves to (8-0, 7 KOs). Shimmell stays on his old school pace having turned pro a short 6 ½ months ago. “Black Jack” Beard falls to (7-10-1, 7 KOs). (more…)

Report and photos by Bob Ryder Former amateur National Golden Glove champion Jordan Shimmell of Hudsonville, MI needed less than …


Boxing News

Zanfer and MO Productions sign agreement

Photo: MO Productions
Photo: MO Productions

By Robert Coster

Fernando Beltran, President of Zanfer Promotions (Mexico) and Carlos Oliveira of MO Productions (Brazil) signed an agreement between both organizations with the purpose of joint promotions of boxing shows in Mexico and Brazil featuring boxers of both nations as well of other Central and South American countries.

Carlos Oliveira, who is the father of junior middleweight prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira, had this to say about the collaboration between between both boxing entities: “We are delighted at the prospect of working with Zanfer. It is important to note that in relation to us staging boxing shows in Brazil, we have been able to get the backing of TV Globo which is one of the main private television channels in the world. I believe this agreement seals a long overdue collaboration between Mexican/Central American boxing and the South American continent.” (more…)

By Robert Coster Fernando Beltran, President of Zanfer Promotions (Mexico) and Carlos Oliveira of MO Productions (Brazil) signed an agreement …


Boxing News

Ono wins vacant OPBF 108lb belt; Shibata keeps Japanese 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

WBC#8/WBA#11 Japanese southpaw Shin Ono (15-5-2, 2 KOs), 108, barely acquired the vacant OPBF light-flyweight belt as he was awarded a hairline split verdict (114-113, 117-110 and 113-114) over OPBF#2 Omari Kimweri (12-3, 4 KOs), 107.5, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

The short but sturdy Kimweri, a Tanzanian residing in Melbourne for six years since boxing in the amateur Commonwealth championship bout in Australia, had the upper hand by positively throwing roundhouse blows from the outset, leading on points: 39-37 twice and 37-39 after the fourth. Though Ono attempted to counter the willing mixer afterwards, Kimweri dropped him with a looping right hook midway in round eight. The second announcement of the tallies after the eighth was as follows: 76-75 twice for Kimweri and 77-74 for Ono. The Japanese southpaw showed his best in the tenth, stalking the Tanzanian from pillar to post. But Kimweri looked a little more aggressive in the last two sessions to make the decision hard to score. The newly crowned Ono will be obliged to meet OPBF#1 Virgilio Silvano in his initial defense, but if victorious, he is hoped to respond to the challenge of Kimweri, who deserves a rematch. Ono had entered the WBC top ten thanks to his upset victory over future WBC 108-pound champ and then world-rated Xiong Zhao Zhong of China in April of the previous year. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat WBC#8/WBA#11 Japanese southpaw Shin Ono (15-5-2, 2 KOs), 108, barely acquired the vacant OPBF …


Boxing News

Fox wins unanimous decision over Kennedy

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “SlyAza” Fox also likes to be known as “The Junior Middleweight Giant.” The 6’5” Fox definitely tries to live up to the moniker from the moment he steps into the ring – over the top rope. On Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, the imposing and undefeated Fox used his size, reach and quickness to win a six-round unanimous decision over a game “Relentless” Julius Kennedy of Frederick, MD. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “SlyAza” Fox also likes to be known as “The …


UFC

Michael Bisping: A Career Just Hitting Its Peak

There was a time when Michael Bisping – who fights Vitor Belfort on January 19th in the main event of UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil – didn’t know what to do with his life. He’d dropped out of an electrical engineering course and worked a series of blue-collar jobs. But when he committed to MMA in 2003, the working-class kid from Manchester, England found some much needed direction. In 2006 he reflected on his humble beginnings, saying, “You always think you’re going to be great and you’re going to do things, but then I got in my early 20s and I was quite disappointed. And if I was being realistic, my life was going nowhere really. And it was going nowhere fast and I wasn’t getting any younger.” . . . Click here for more by Phillip Ferraro, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

There was a time when Michael Bisping – who fights Vitor Belfort on January 19th in the main event of …


Boxing News

Ioka named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

By Joe Koizumi

The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Sports Writers Club have elected the following awardees by evaluating their performance in the previous year:

Boxer of the Year: Kazuto Ioka (WBA light-fly champ)
Technique award: Shinsuke Yamanaka (WBC bantam titlist)
Valuable Victory award: Takashi Uchiyama (WBA super-feather kingpin)
Fighting Spirit award: Yota Sato (WBC super-fly ruler)
Effort award: Kohei Kono (WBA super-fly champ)
Knockout award: Shinsuke Yamanaka
Rookie award: Toshiyuki Igarashi (WBC fly titlist) and Naoya Inoue (a nineteen-year-old 108-pound sensation who easily demolished Filipino and Thai champs in his first pro two outings after winning seven national high school championships)
Fight of the Year: WBC/WBA light-fly unification bout between Kazuto Ioka and Akira Yaegashi on June 20

Female Boxer of the Year: Momo Koseki (WBC atom champ)
Female Fight of the Year: WBA super-fly title bout between Tsunami Tenkai and Naoko Yamaguchi on July 9

Best Amateur Boxer of the Year: Ryota Murata (the Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight category in Lodon)

Their good achievements will be highly expected also this year.

By Joe Koizumi The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and Sports Writers Club have elected the following awardees by evaluating their …


Boxing News

Reveco to defend WBA 112lb belt in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (29-1, 16 KOs), Argentina, will put his belt on the line against Japanese national 108-pound titlist Masayuki Kuroda (21-3-2, 13 KOs) in Kawasaki city, Japan, on February 27. Reveco, 29, recently elevated to the regular championship from the interim status since Brian Viloria became the dual-belt champ including the WBA diadem by defeating Hernan Marquez via tenth-round stoppage last November.

Kuroda is making an adventurous crack at the throne as he very barely kept his national belt on all four occasions—twice by a split decision and latest twice by a split draw—since he acquired the vacant Japanese belt by halting Katsuhiro Iezumi in May 2011. Some insiders say that his severe weight reduction accounted for his lackluster performance and he is a legitimate flyweight with his 5’6” frame. If true, it may be a good fight hopefully. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (29-1, 16 KOs), Argentina, will put his belt on the line …


Boxing News

Jardon gets crazy win over Verdugo

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Saturday at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (22-3, 18 KOs) won by second round disqualification against Adrian Verdugo (22-7-1, 19 KOs). Jardon dropped Verdugo in round one and after dishing out more punishment in round two, Jardon was cut on the right eyelid by what was ruled to be an intentional headbutt and the bout was stopped with Verdugo being DQ’d. Time was 2:06.

The co-feature, Martin “Pini” Casillas (12-2, 8 KOs), the winner of the “Quien pinta para la Corona?” tournament, took a ten round split decision over current WBF super flyweight beltholder Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a non-title affair. Scores were 97-93 twice for Casillas, 96-95 for Montes. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Saturday at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (22-3, 18 …


UFC

Strikeforce: Saffiedine steals the show

The final Strikeforce event in history took place in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. As most oddsmakers and fans expected, the main card chugged along with a series of four fast finishes by the bout favorites. Yet MMA relies on the unexpected, and the main event delivered as a 170-pound Strikeforce Challengers graduate used strategy and precision to neutralize the strength of a former UFC middleweight contender, wresting away the welterweight title . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

The final Strikeforce event in history took place in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. As most oddsmakers and fans expected, …


Boxing News

Hernandez retains title by unanimous decision

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

WBC jr flyweight weight champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (26-2-1, 16 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Dirceu Cabarca (14-7, 67 KOs) on Saturday night before 2500+ at the Arena Agustin Millan in Toluca, Mexico. Scores were 118-110, 118-108, 119-112. Hernandez was in command the whole fight although he sustained a cut on the bridge of the nose and over his left eye due to headbutts.

Lightweight Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (26-11-4, 17 KOs) overcame a badly swollen eye to win a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Ricardo “Pelon” Domínguez (37-9-2, 22 kos). Scores were 96-94 on all cards. (more…)

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBC jr flyweight weight champion Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (26-2-1, 16 KOs) retained his title with a twelve …


Boxing News

Perez beats Forbes by majority decision

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Marco Perez/mpsportimages.com

With former world champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield sitting ringside, former interim WBA light welterweight champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (16- 1-1, 12 KOs) of Venezuela scored a majority decision victory against former IBF super featherweight champion Stevie “2 Pounds” Forbes (35-12, 11 KOs) in the main event of Golden Boy Promotion’s Boxing Series from the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida tonight.

Forbes caught Perez early and often with counter left hooks that caused a mouse to form outside the Venezuelan’s right eye beginning in the second round and seemed to be boxing beautifully against the aggressive-punching Perez. The smaller Forbes dug flurries to Perez’s body and smartly-placed counter shots upstairs despite Perez landing effective overhand rights. Forbes picked off the bulk of Perez’s shots with his gloves and movement, allowing him to set up his own scoring blows.

Forbes had a big sixth round, raining overhand rights and left hooks on Perez, forcing him to get on his bicycle and reset his attack. Perez kept coming forward with heavy-handed shots in the seventh, repeatedly eating left hooks in reply. In the tenth and final round, Perez drew blood over Forbes’ right eye as he continued to load up on his aggressive and persistent attack. Judges recognized his aggressiveness with scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95. (more…)

By Phil Doherty at ringside Photos: Marco Perez/mpsportimages.com With former world champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield sitting ringside, former interim …


Boxing News

Hernandez-Cabarca webcast tonight

WBCBoxing.tv will present a world championship boxing webcast, free of charge, tonight at 10PM ET/7PM ET worldwide (the webcast will not be available in Mexico). In the main event, scheduled for twelve rounds at Arena Agustin Millan in Toluca, Mexico – two-time WBC light flyweight world champion Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez (25-2-1, 16 KOs) will defend the title against Dirceu “El Explosivo” Cabarca (13-6, 5 KOs). (more…)

WBCBoxing.tv will present a world championship boxing webcast, free of charge, tonight at 10PM ET/7PM ET worldwide (the webcast will …


Boxing News

Rola El-Halabi loses in comeback fight

Female lightweight Lucia Morelli (18-3, 8 KOs) won a close ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten former world champion Rola El Halabi (11-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in the Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm, Germany. Scores were 97-93, 96-95, 95-95. It was Rola’s first fight since June 2010. In April 2011 before a title defense, she was shot in the hands, feet and knees by her stepfather and former manager after she had fired him. Win or lose, it was an inspirational performance for El-Halabi. Morelli claimed both the vacant WIBA Women’s International belt and the vacant GBU belt with the win.

After the fight, Rola told the crowd, “People who want to celebrate should also celebrate Lucia’s victory. I’ll certainly be back in the ring soon. With such great fans I’d be stupid not to do it again. I will get my belts back I promise you.”

Female lightweight Lucia Morelli (18-3, 8 KOs) won a close ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten former world champion …


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Report/gallery: Molina vs. Williams

Molina KOs WilliamsRingside report by Chris Cozzone and Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Lightweight title hopes, an emerging local and the first win for New Mexico’s perennial “Hard Luck Kid” brought out close to 800 fight fans, Friday night at the Indian School’s Pueblo Pavilion in Santa Fe, N.M.

The card, televised by ESPN2 and promoted by Goossen-Tutor and Holmes Boxing of Santa Fe, featured a 10-round must-win fight between former lightweight contenders hoping to break back into contention . . . Click here for more

Ringside report by Chris Cozzone and Gerardo Martinez Photos by Chris Cozzone Lightweight title hopes, an emerging local and the …


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Rios stays unbeaten, Ramos’ future uncertain

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Featherweights Ronny Rios and Rico Ramos headlined a tactical night of boxing before a packed (and patient) ballroom on ShoBox: The Next Generation at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Rios, (20-0, 9 KOs), the rising prospect in this matchup, scored a unanimous ten-round decision victory over former titlist Ramos, (21-2, 11 KOs), by scores of 96-94, 97-93, and an unfairly wide 100-90, capturing the vacant NABF featherweight title.

On paper the matchup appeared to favor the up and coming Rios, who moved down one weight class from his last fight while Ramos was moving up one weight class. Additionally, although Ramos memorably knocked out Akifumi Shimoda with one punch to win the WBA super bantamweight title in 2011, he was dominated by Shimoda prior to that one punch and lost every round before getting knocked out in his first title defense against Guillermo Rigondeaux. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Featherweights Ronny Rios and Rico Ramos headlined a tactical night of boxing …


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Weights From Grand Rapids

Photos: Greg Kalinowski and Chris Hazelton

Jordan Shimmell 210 vs. Jackie Beard 221
(West Michigan Heavyweight title)
Purnell Gates 160 vs. Allen Moore 158
Jerome Johnson 236 vs. Ali Mansour TBD
Andrew Moreno 136 vs. James Thomas 134
Justin Lopez 126.5 vs. Terrance Walker 130.5
Thomas Amaro 146 vs. Mike Pickett 149
David McClendon146 vs. Nick Givhan 142
Jaime Castellano 149 vs. Javonn Barnes 153
Matthew Soto128 vs. Vincent Jennings 132

Location: Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI.
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Doors open at 7PM
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Photos: Greg Kalinowski and Chris Hazelton Jordan Shimmell 210 vs. Jackie Beard 221 (West Michigan Heavyweight title) Purnell Gates 160 …


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Solis-Sosa III on March 9th in Guadalajara

Sources say that former world champions Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis (35-2-3, 22 KOs) and Edgar Sosa (47-7, 28 KOs) will square of March 9th in Guadalajara, Mexico. In play will be Sosa’s WBC Silver flyweight title. Solis previously defeated Sosa twice by decision earlier in their careers.

Sources say that former world champions Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis (35-2-3, 22 KOs) and Edgar Sosa (47-7, 28 KOs) will square …


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New ref for Geale-Mundine

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Nevada referee Robert Byrd will replace Jack Reiss as the third man in the ring when IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale defends the title against fellow Australian Anthony “The Man” Mundine at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia on January 30.

Byrd has previously been the referee in Australia when IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday stopped Jeff Fenech in Melbourne in 1992. He also worked an IBF elimination lightweight bout when Ameth Diaz stopped Lenny Zappavigna in Melbourne in 2011.

Judges for Mundine-Geale are: Charlie Lucas (Australia), Ray Reed (Australia), Tony Marretta (Australia). Supervisor is IBF President Daryl Peoples.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Nevada referee Robert Byrd will replace Jack Reiss as the third man in …










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