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Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

By Tracy Morin at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) ...

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Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night ...

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Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) retained his titles with a third round TKO over Rommel ...

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Manny Pacquiao looks sharp in workout

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club ...

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IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

Photos: Lawrence Lustig In his first defense, unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) demolished #1 rated Jo Jo Dan (34-3, ...

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Boxing News

Cloud-Campillo is on for February 18

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA light heavyweight world champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) will challenge unbeaten IBF light heavyweight king Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. For Cloud it will be the fourth defense of his belt and for Campillo it’s an opportunity to be a world champion again after losing his WBA crown in controversial fashion against Beibut Shumenov in 2010. Headlining the card is a showdown between former world champions Paul Williams and Nobuhiro Ishida.



January 11th, 2012



Boxing News

Kell Brook vs. Matthew Hatton is official

As expected, it was announced today that Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton will meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England on March 17. “This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time and to get it at the Sheffield Arena means the world to me,” said Brook, 25. “When I first sat down with Eddie, he told me that his vision was a sell-out night at Sheffield Arena and now we’re here. It is a competitive division and we’re both trying to achieve the same goal, so I know that by putting him out of the equation, it gives me a clearer run at the title. I want people to stand up and take notice of me and these are the kind of nights that makes that happen.

“We’ve been looking at fights here and in the US but this is the one that gives me the buzz. I know I’m comfortably the best Welterweight in Britain and I’m going to put in a devastating performance on March 17 to show the World just that.” (more…)



January 11th, 2012

Boxing News

Godfrey-Namauu collide at ‘The Boat’ Jan 21

Cruiserweight hopefuls Joell Godfrey (13-5-1, 6 KOs) and Henry Namauu (9-5, 5 KOs) will square off Saturday, January 21 in the ten round main event of Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 85” from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In the six round co-feature, unbeaten welterweight prospect Nate Serrano (3-0, 2 KOs) takes on Roberto Crespo, 2-1. Ring announcer Amy Hayes will serve as the master of ceremonies throughout the evening. (more…)



January 11th, 2012

Feature Story

Tomasz Adamek: I will never fight just for money

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Adamek Team

“I have message for people who think that after Vitali Klitschko I will just cruise along, fighting only for money,” says former IBF cruiserweight and WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), who in his first heavyweight title fight lost to WBC champ Vitali Klitschko. “People who think that don’t know me. If you only fight for money you will lose because we have guaranteed purses before we step into the ring. I want to win, and it will never change.” (more…)



January 11th, 2012

Boxing News

New foe for Molina

By Francisco Salazar

Lightweight contender John Molina will have a different opponent whom he will face on February 17th, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Tuesday morning. Molina will now face hard-hitting southpaw Marvin Quintero in a 10 round bout at the College Park Center in Arlington, TX. “Molina was originally scheduled to face Alejandro Sanabria, but he fell out,” said Goossen. Molina will be fighting for the first time since stopping Robert Frankel after the fifth round in June. He has won his last five bouts in a row since his only defeat at the hands of Martin Honorio in November of 2009. Quintero has won his last four bouts in a row, all by knockout, since a shocking second round knockout to Daniel Attah in November of 2010. Molina, who turned 29 last month, hails from Covina, CA, while Quintero resides in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Spivey-Vazquez on Feb. 4 in AC

By Rick Scharmberg

Classy veteran Dorin Spivey (40-6, 29 KOs) will face dangerous Philadelphian Victor Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday, February 4 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Spivey and Vasquez will engage in a ten round bout with the vacant NABA lightweight title at stake. Spivey’s world-class skills made him a contender in 2001-2002, when he easily defeated the likes of Billy “The Kid” Irwin and Mike “No Joke” Stewart, who were then at the height of their respective careers. The co-main event will pit fan favorite Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KOs) taking on hard hitting Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-6-1, 18 KOs) in a heavyweight bout. The card, which takes place on the eve of the Super Bowl, and is aptly titled “Super Brawl I”, is presented by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions in association with Tropicana Casino and Resort. (more…)



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Main Events wins IBF Judah-Paris purse bid

A Purse Bid was held today for the IBF Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for #1 between #3, Zab Judah and #4, Vernon Paris. Main Events won with a bid of $ 70,110.00. Don King Productions bid $ 51,000.00.



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

IBF statement on Mustafa Ameen

At this point in time the IBF has decided to break its silence and provide some clarification on the matter of Mr. Mustafa Ameen’s presence at the IBF/WBA championship bout between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson. Initially, the organization chose not to publicly address this matter to preserve the integrity of the hearing scheduled for the appeal filed by Golden Boy promotions on the ruling of the aforementioned bout. The sole purpose in doing so was with the intentions that all parties, and most importantly, the panelists could go into this hearing with clear minds and no preconceptions or prejudices.

Mr. Mustafa Ameen does outreach work for the IBF’s SARB/Education Fund. This fund was initially created to financially assist retired professional boxers experiencing monetary difficulties. Shortly over a year ago, IBF President Daryl Peoples and Mr. Ameen agreed that he would network on behalf of the organization with the purpose of connecting with these fighters in order for the IBF to provide them with some financial assistance. Mr. Ameen’s role with the organization is limited to just this. He is not an employee or an official of the organization, nor does he receive any monetary compensation from the organization for his efforts.

Previous to the Khan-Peterson bout, the IBF made a request for the Washington, D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission to extend Mr. Ameen the courtesy of a credential to enter the arena. Mr. Ameen was not assigned by the IBF to officiate this bout. Despite all that has transpired, at this point the IBF has not changed its stance and plans on moving forth with the hearing as scheduled on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Mr. Ameen will be present at the hearing to explain his actions and what transpired during the bout between him and Mr. Welsh, the WBA supervisor.



January 10th, 2012

UFC

Pyle punches passport … so he can punch Funch

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Mike Pyle’s passport has seen plenty of action throughout his career, reflecting his eagerness to battle time zone changes and hostile crowds that came to see the out-of-towner get his you-know-what kicked . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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January 10th, 2012

UFC

UFC Rio: Flash quotes

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Brazil this weekend with UFC RIO™: ALDO vs. MENDES. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will face No. 1 challenger Chad Mendes, while middleweight co-main event stars Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson collide. All fighters have checked into the host hotel in Rio, and had this to say regarding this Saturday’s clashes. (more…)



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Stieglitz-Weber officials

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Super Middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz vs Henry Weber and Female Junior Lightweight champion Ramona Kuehne vs Renata Domsodi this Saturday, January 14 at the Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden Wurttenberg, Germany.

Valcarcel reported that for the fifth title defense of Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) against the German Weber (15-0, 3 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel, from Belgium. The judges for Stieglitz-Weber are Jose Roberto Torres, from Puerto Rico, Ingo Barrabas, from Germany, and Zoltan Enyedi, from Hungary. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Istvan Kovacs.

For the fight between Kuehne (18-1, 5 KOs), the 130lb WBO champion in her third defense, and Domsodi (7-1, 3 KOs), the referee will be Ingo Barrabas, and the judges Manuel Maritxalar, from Spain, Jose Roberto Torres and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather Tweets Pacquiao



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Warren wants neutral officials for Vitali-Chisora

After two highly controversial decisions lost recently by British fighters in the opponent’s backyards, promoter Frank Warren will be eyeing the selection of the officials very carefully for the upcoming February 18 clash between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany. “The fight will be under a lot of scrutiny, we will be asking the Boxing Board of Control to have neutral officials,” said Warren at Monday’s press conference in London. “We have had the last couple of fights with British guys abroad when there has been some controversy. The eyes of the world will be on this fight, so I am quite sure that they will ensure the right people are appointed as referees and judges.”



January 10th, 2012

UFC

The Blueprint: Belfort vs. Johnson

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Anthony Johnson is a career welterweight who is tired of the massive self-deprivation required in order to make the division’s 170-pound weight limit. “Rumble” often walks around at over 200 pounds, so in order to compete, that means that more often than not, his camps are focused on shedding weight, rather than properly preparing for a fight from technique and game growth perspectives . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Ricky Hatton takes over

Ricky Hatton has replaced Gareth Williams as CEO of Hatton Promotions. Although Gareth will no longer be working full time for the group he will still be retained as Hatton Promotions legal advisor and representative. In recent months, Ricky has proved that he has fully recovered from depression and taken a hands on role within his organisation. Late in 2011 he took out a trainer’s licence and is overseeing a mushrooming empire which includes a clothing brand, a private members gym and a TV network. The flagship company is his boxing outfit, Hatton Promotions who are the EBU European Promoters of the Year and have produced dozens of major champions in three years. (more…)



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia will open telecast for Juanma-Salido rematch

By Franscico Salazar

Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia will fight on Saturday, March 10th in Puerto Rico, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. Garcia will fight in the opening televised bout against an opponent to be determined prior to the Juan Manuel Lopez-Orlando Salido rematch. Both fights will be televised on SHOWTIME “Championship Boxing.” “We’re working towards a 12 round fight, even though we don’t have an opponent yet for Mikey,” said Goodman. “If we can’t get him a 12 round fight, then he will fight in a 10 round bout at 128 pounds.” Garcia, (27-0, 23 KOs) from Oxnard, CA, is coming off a one-sided and impressive fourth round stoppage victory over the normally-durable Juan Carlos Martinez on October 22nd. Garcia knocked Martinez down once in the third and dropped him twice more in the fourth before the fight was waved off. Garcia, has stopped his last five opponents in a row, is ranked in the top 10 of all sanctioning bodies. He is trained by his older brother, Robert Garcia.



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

It’s official: Brähmer vs. Guerrero

Universum has finally confirmed that former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will face Jose Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) in his comeback fight on January 28. “I’m in very good condition and I train daily in Schwerin [Germany]. The sparring is very good so far,” says Brähmer, who was stripped after late pull-outs in three consecutive WBO title defenses. The information that Guerrero would be the opponent has been out there for awhile, but now it’s official.



January 10th, 2012

Boxing News

Rigondeaux reaching peak condition

Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez

WBA interim super bantamweight titleholder Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux is reaching the peak of his training in the Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Florida. Monday evening Rigondeaux arrived on time to work with his physical conditioner DJ Montanocordoba and trainer Ismael Salas as they continue preparations to face WBA champion Rico Ramos on January 20th in Las Vegas.

“We are ready to fight with anyone,” said Rigondeaux “The bases are already full and there isn’t anywhere to hide. After I beat Ramos, we have in mind to face the best of the division and we can’t wait [to fight] them.”



January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Klitschko-Chisora presser quotes

Photos: Action Images

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora faced off today at the at The Landmark Hotel in London in advance of their championship clash on February 18th at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.

Dereck Chisora: Everybody’s tired of you and your brother. There’s no excitement in the ring. It’s time for the new king. People want a new relief in boxing. Him and his brother have killed the sport I love. It is time for the new king, and that will be me come February 18.

Vitali Klitschko: Many people say the fights of the Klitschko brothers are boring. That’s because we win. We need to fight someone who can beat us. I think Dereck can do that. He beat Robert Helenius. He beat a future world champion. Can he beat the real world champion?

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January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Hernandez ready for Cunningham rematch

Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). The duo will collide for the second time in four months during Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt on February 4, with Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) clashing for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title and European Light Heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) defending his title against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “It is going to be an exciting night of boxing,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference in Frankfurt. “The three title fights promise a lot of excitement, especially the rematch between Hernandez and Cunningham. Their first fight was very dramatic. I think it´s a 50-50 fight, with Hernandez being the favourite because he is the world champion.” (more…)



January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

WBC orders Cuello-Lopez eliminator

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 minimumweight contender Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) and WBC #2 Denver Cuello (29-4-6, 19 KOs) have been ordered to face off in a WBC final eliminator to determine the official minimumweight contender. Representatives have been informed to commence negotiations and in the absence of an agreement there will be a purse bid on February 3 in Mexico City.

Lopez is a former WBC silver titleholder promoted by Boxeo de Gala and Cuello is the current silver belt beltholder promoted by Canelo Promotions.



January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Jr bantamweight contenders to collide in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source in Mexico reported that IBF #11 Juan José “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #13 Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-5, 18 KOs) will fight for the IBF International jr bantamweight world championship on February 18 probably at the Coliseo Olímpico at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Rodrigo Guerrero is the IBF world champion in the division.



January 9th, 2012

StrikeForce

2011 – The Year in Retirements for UFC

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Perhaps more than any other year in recent history, mixed martial arts saw a host of top fighters retire from the sport, ranging from Hall of Famer Randy Couture to action hero Chris Lytle. And while the following fighters won’t be gracing the Octagon again, it’s clear that they’ve made a mark in the sport that won’t be forgotten anytime soon  . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Abraham comeback sold out

Photo: Team Sauerland

King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open work-out at the Europapark Rust, all 4,000 tickets for Saturday´s fight against Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) have been sold. “I am very grateful for the support of the fans,” King Arthur (32-3, 26 KOs) said. “I will put on a great show. 2012 will be a big year for me. I want to be world champion again.”

In the co-featured main event at Offenburg´s Baden-Arena, WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). “Weber is young and hungry but I will defend my title,” Stieglitz said.



January 9th, 2012

Feature Story

Boxing returns to Ventura County

By Francisco Salazar

Ventura County in Southern California is known for a number of positive things: pristine beaches, strawberries, lemons, the Camarillo outlets, and soccer. And of course, professional boxing.

Some of the best fighters in boxing today currently live and train within the county limits. Sergio Martinez, Victor Ortiz, Brandon Rios are just a few who migrated to the cities of Ventura County and live simple lives. Even though champions, contender, and unbeaten prospects apply their trade in the “805,” there has been a lack of boxing action in recent years. That will all change as boxing returns to Ventura County after an almost five-year drought. Speaking of five-year droughts, one fighter will return to the ring after having not laced gloves in that period of time.

Former bantamweight and super bantamweight contender Jose Aguiniga will fight Juan Ruiz on Saturday, February 25th in an eight round bout at the Country Club (Golf Course) in Santa Paula, CA. (more…)



January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

A Quiet Storm brews in Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Greg Robinson’s Power Productions is set to bring an interesting boxing card to the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night the 13th of January, featuring the return of the former NABF champion Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-1, 11 KO’s) against the always dangerous Grover Young (5-4-1, 1 KO. The co-feature of the evening is a highly competitive lightweight clash as Angel Ocasio (6-0, 1 KO) battles it out with Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa (4-1-1, 1 KO). (more…)



January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala presents Gloves & Guitars

After a great 2011 that saw Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, put his stamp on the Dallas-Fort Worth fight scene with the Battle of DFW and Fright Night, Paulie Ayala Productions looks to raise the stakes even greater with their first event of the year, Gloves & Guitars, on Saturday, January 28th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Gloves & Guitars will combine professional boxing with 7 bouts followed by a live performance from Fort Worth’s own Tejas Brothers. The Tejas Brothers debut CD was recognized as the 7th most played album for 2009 by the American Music Association. (more…)



January 9th, 2012

Boxing News

Algieri back in action Jan 28

Fan favorite Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) will return to battle in his hometown of Huntington, New York at the Paramount Theater on January 28th to face Curtis Smith (10-5, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout. The undercard will be announced shortly. The card is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and tickets start at $35.



January 9th, 2012

Boxing Result

Reyna remains undefeated with victory over Williams

By John Cannon and Vinny Davis

Photo: Rolando Salazar

Coming into the fight, Beaumont native DeShaun Williams was extremely confident that he would be the first one was to give Brownsville’s Juan Reyna that first loss of his perfect professional record. However, he wasn’t able to meet his ultimate goal as Reyna (4-0, 2 KO’s) kept his undefeated record in hand by defeating Williams by unanimous decision in the six-round main event of Borderwars: The Heat Is On Saturday night at the Casa De Amistad.

“The reason I was able to win this fight is because I out boxed him,” said Reyna. “He made a lot of mistakes and was showboating a lot during the fight. While he was doing that, I was throwing a lot of punches that were connecting.” (more…)



January 8th, 2012

StrikeForce

Report/gallery: Strikeforce

Post-fight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Chris Cozzone

It was every bit as ridiculous as many fans, journalists and even Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold thought it would be.

The American Kickboxing Academy fighter was astounded that journeyman Keith Jardine was getting a title shot with exactly zero fights to his credit at 185.

In a few short minutes, Rockhold proved Jardine’s better days are behind him . . . Click here for more

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January 8th, 2012




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