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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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Golovkin annihilates Rubio

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) added the WBC Interim middleweight belt ...

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Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar "El Nene" Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs) was dethroned by veteran Pablo "El Sepulturero" Munguia ...

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Weights from Philadelphia

Weights from Philadelphia

Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events Steve Cunningham 205 vs. Natu Visinia 278 Edner Cherry 132.5 vs. Osumanu Akaba 134.5 Tyrone Brunson 158 vs. Decarlo Perez 158 Victor ...

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Rubio can’t make weight, fight will go on

Rubio can't make weight, fight will go on

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Naoki Fukuda Promoter Tom Loeffler has just announced that WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio failed to make weight ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Golovkin annihilates Rubio

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

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Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico City

Munguia surprises Ortega in Mexico

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Weights from Philadelphia

Weights from Philadelphia

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Rubio can’t make weight, fight will go on

Rubio can't make weight, fight

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Scale Watch

Weights from Connecticut

Danny Aquino 122 vs. Coy Evans 122.5
(UNBC Super Bantamweight Title)
Edwin Soto 145.5 vs Bryan Abraham 145.5
Jose Rivera 118 vs Nate Green 118
Charles Foster 170 vs Jeremie Parks 171.5
Oscar Bonilla 135 vs Gabriel Diaz 136.5

Venue: Lions Den Training Center, Middletown, Connecticut
Promoter: Hard Hittin’ Promotions/Jacqui Cartelli
Matchmaker: Danny Sheehan



March 2nd, 2012



UFC

UFC on FX at the scales

UFC on FX, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann and the first two flyweight bouts in UFC history, airs live on FX from Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for six prelim bouts at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the opening prelim bout at 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Martin Kampmann (170.5) VS Thiago Alves (170.5)

FX MAIN CARD
Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5) VS Joseph Benavidez (125.5)
Ian McCall (125.5) VS Demetrious Johnson (125.5)
Costa Philippou (185.5) VS Court McGee (184.5)

FUEL PRELIMS
Aaron Rosa (205.5) VS James Te Huna (206)
Nick Penner (203.5)VS Anthony Perosh (205)
Steven Siler (146) vs Cole Miller (146)
Andrew Craig (185) VS Kyle Noke (185)
Jake Hecht (171) VS TJ Waldburger (170)
Mackens Semerzier (146) vs Daniel Pineda (146)

ONLINE FIGHT
Shawn Jordan (245.5) VS Oli Thompson (235)

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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FX, visit www.UFC.com



March 1st, 2012

UFC

UFC comes back to Patriot Center in Virginia

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing an exciting night of action to the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. on Tuesday, May 15. It will mark the UFC’s second trip to the Patriot Center, with the first being held in front of a sellout crowd on Jan. 11, 2010. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

UFC

UFC on FX: Flash quotes from Sydney

Alves vs. Kampmann is LIVE on UFC on FX Friday, March 2 at 6 PM PT/9PM ET

The second UFC® On FX event emanates live from Sydney, Australia, on Friday night. The explosive night of Friday night fights features an expected war between two top welterweights as well as the two semi-final bouts in the UFC flyweight title tournament.

The four best 125-pound fighters in the world will battle it out in two matches to decidewhich fighters will compete for the newly-minted UFC flyweight title later this year. First, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 14-2 in his mixed martial arts career, takes on highly-rated UFC newcomer Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall, 11-2; and in the second semi-final, Joseph Benavidez, the 15-2 buzzsaw who took Dominick Cruz to a split decision for the bantamweight world title, takes on Japanese sensation Yasuhiro Urushitani, 19-4, who has long been considered the best 125lbs fighter in the world. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather-Cotto LA Presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Multi-division boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto were joined by WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and former world champion Sugar Shane Mosley at Hollywood’s world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday to wrap up their coast-to-coast press tour for their May 5 megafight.

Floyd Mayweather: Miguel Cotto is one solid, tough cookie and I know that going out there on May 5 this is a guy you can’t overlook…we chose Olympic-style blood testing to keep the sport of boxing clean. We want to be on an even playing field.

Miguel Cotto: I’m anxious to start training for this fight…I don’t want to stop training hard for this fight until I find the tool to beat Mayweather on May 5.

Canelo Alvarez: When I first started boxing, I used to watch film, I used to see fights of Shane Mosley, and now that I’m fighting him it’s like a dream. You’re gonna see the best of me on May 5.

Shane Mosley: People say ‘do you wanna be on an undercard?’ I know me and Saul can probably hold our own on our own card, but this is a spectacular event and I’m very honored to be a part of this.

Click here for more photos…



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

March 16 Morongo card lineup

On March 16 Gary Shaw Productions and ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” bring another televised boxing event to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. In the main-event, light welterweights Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) battle in a 10-round bout. In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated featherweight prospect Abraham Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), of La Puente, Calif., will take on Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. In a six-round bout, hard-punching lightweight Alejandro Luna (8-0, 6 KOs, of Whittier, Calif., returns to action when he faces Mexico’s Jose Mendoza (7-4, 3 KOs). In a rematch, Los Angeles’ Roy Tapia (2-0-0, 1 KOs) and Jose Garcia (1-5, 1 KO) of Bakersfield, CA, collide in a four-round super bantamweight bout. Featherweights, Derrick Murray (1-0-0, 1 KO) from St. Louis, and Tucson, Arizona’s Cesar Valenzuela (2-0-1) battle to keep their undefeated records intact. Also unbeatens Julian Williams (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Philadelphia, Los Angeles’ Ray Rivera (2-0-0, 1 KOs) and Roman Morales (8-0, 5 KOs) of San Ardo, CA, will box opponents to be announced.

Tickets priced $35 & $55 are on sale now and can be purchased at the Morongo Casino Box office or by calling the Box office hotline at (951) 755-5391. Tickets are also available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745- 3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Andy Lee returns March 10 in Detroit

Middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs), who pulled out of a March 17 HBO-televised fight, will instead fight a week earlier on March 10 at the at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Lee is slated to face Alexis Camacho (17-3, 16 KOs). If all goes well, Lee is tentatively scheduled to challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 2 in an HBO-televised bout. Lee vs. Camacho also heralds the return of Kronk Fight Night in the Detroit area, promoted by Emanuel Steward of Kronk Gym. The new crop of Kronk fighters include Tony Harrison, LeAndre White, Jacob Bonas, Ernie Garza of Saginaw, MI and Wade Tolle Jr. of Monroe, MI. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Davis vs. Hernandez on Friday Night

By Jose E. Santiago

On Friday, March 2nd, at the classy Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta GA, Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties along with Shea Bailey Promotions is all set to pick up where they left off last year; bringing Atlanta fans excellent boxing action. Co-promoter Shea Bailey said “We had an amazing 2011 and we’re looking to continue in our success with boxing promotions in Atlanta in 2012.” The main event will feature a sure bet battle as local favorite Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) lightweight title holder Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-7 13KO) takes on Mexico’s Jose Hernandez (11-8-1 5KO). (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photo: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez

Víctor Bisbal 238 vs. Robert Daniels 217
Carlos Negrón vs. Francisco Mireles TBA
Osenohan Vázquez 141 vs. John Figueroa 140
Christian López 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 107
Gabriel Díaz 139 vs. Carlos López 140
Efigenio Pérez TBA vs. Harold Cartagena 147
Luis Declet 117 vs. Eric Pabón 114
Ismael Aulet 149 vs. Bernny Ruiz 149
Brian González 123 vs. Manuel Pillot 125
Venue: Coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada, Salinas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best in association with Top Rank
TV: WAPA America



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

WBA Annual Awards Night in Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer and others

With hundreds of attendees and an international closed circuit audience, Mexican boxer and flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 27 KOs) was star of the WBA annual awards night in Panama City at the luxurious Miramar International Hotel. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza recognized Marquez as Fighter of the Year, beating out world stars like Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Vitali Klitschko, Roman Gonzalez, Chemito Moreno and Felix Sturm. Marquez’ April 2, 2011 knockout of “Nica” Concepción was acknowledged as Fight of the Year.

“Our goal is to keep doing the best for the boxing world and contributing ideas to improve the quality standards of boxing and boxers. It’s time to change the destiny of the sport,” stated Mendoza. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Warren lashes out at WBC

Dereck Chisora’s promoter Frank Warren has ripped into WBC President Jose Sulaiman for issuing an indefinite ban on Chisora for slapping Vitali Klitschko at a pre-fight weigh-in, spitting in Wladimir Klitschko’s face moments before his fight with Vitali, then initiating a brawl with David Haye at the post-fight press conference. In an open letter published by London’s Sun tabloid, Warren writes:

Mr Sulaiman,

I wish I could accuse you of having double standards. But I can’t, because I question whether you have any standards at all.

The way you have banned Dereck Chisora indefinitely, without even having the decency to call a hearing to establish the facts surrounding his recent bout against Vitali Klitschko, in my opinion shows you as a posturing, self-righteous egotist.

I learned of your decision through the media. You didn’t even let the British Boxing Board of Control, myself or Dereck know before you spoke to the world’s Press.

In any democracy, any man is innocent until proven guilty. But you appear to have set yourself up as judge, jury and executioner as far as Dereck is concerned.

Click here to read Warren’s entire open letter.



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Bute vs. Froch not on Showtime?

By Karl Freitag

Word is the just announced fight between IBF super middleweight champion Lician Bute and Carl Froch, to take place in a European timezone, is not to the liking of Showtime, which had been airing all recent fights of Bute and Froch. A few weeks ago, InterBox president Jean Bedard insisted that they wanted a Bute-Froch matchup, and would do it without U.S. TV if Showtime isn’t on board. As of now we hear from multiple sources that there is no U.S. TV deal in place.



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Charr to face Bidenko March 30

The latest boxer to make the leap from fighter to promoter is WBC #15 heavyweight Manuel Charr (20-0, 11 KOs). Charr’s “Diamond Boy Promotions” will present his March 30 clash against formerly world-rated Taras Bidenko (28-4, 12 KOs) in a “gala dinner boxing show” at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Charr will be defending his WBC International Silver belt. Charr is working with Jean Marcel Nartz Jr. EC Boxing will arrange the undercard.



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Sturm vs. Zbik on April 13

An interesting all-German middleweight showdown between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and former WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik is set for April 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The fight will be officially announced next week. Zbik is already preparing for the bout with his trainer Artur Grigorian at Zakopane, a famous Polish mountain resort.



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Bute to defend against Froch in England

Carl Froch will challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF World super middleweight title at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on May 26. The Nottingham star will fight in his hometown for the first time since October 2009 against the unbeaten Canadian-based Romanian who will defend his belt for the tenth time against The Cobra. Froch comes back home after fighting the best in the business on the road as part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, facing Mikkel Kessler in Denmark, Arthur Abraham in Finland and a semi-final and final in Atlantic City against Glen Johnson and Andre Ward. The 34 year-old has championed a huge hometown show since teaming up with new promoter Eddie Hearn and he is delighted to be back fighting in front of a home crowd. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Feature Story

Dominican Domination Presser

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez

Acquinity Sports served up a heaping helping of heated hyperbole yesterday afternoon from the popular Duffy’s Sports Grill in North Miami Beach. Kicking off the final press conference for tomorrow’s ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised “D-Day: Dominican Domination” card, Acquinity promoter Henry Rivalta stated: “Acquinity Sports has the best fighter on the planet, Joan Baby Tyson” Guzman, proudly representing The Dominican Republic against the legendary fighting country of Puerto Rico. Fans will not want to miss this.”

The 10-round main event features light welterweight Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) against southpaw puncher Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) in what represents a comeback fight of sorts for the 35-year old Dominican former two-division world champion.

Having overcome prior weight issues, past promotional conflicts, a doping scandal, not to mention the death of his beloved mother, Guzman looked remarkably fresh and fit for Friday’s showdown. Guzman promised fans those troubles are behind him and reinforced his commitment to new promoter Acquinity Sports and his fans. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather-Cotto LA Presser today

Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto will hold a 1PM press conference at Hollywood’s World Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater to officially announce their WBA super welterweight world championship fight taking place Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Mayweather and Cotto will be joined by Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they announce their May 5 pay-per-view televised co-featured WBC super welterweight world championship showdown.

Please note: This event is open to the PUBLIC and free. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and line up in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.



March 1st, 2012

UFC

Reinventing Cole Miller

Alves vs. Kampmann is LIVE on UFC on FX Friday, March 2 at 6 PM PT/9PM ET

The decision to make the leap to a new weight class isn’t one to be taken lightly, and unfortunately, it’s usually done when a fighter has reached a dead end in his career predicated by a series of losses. A change in scenery can do you good, the story goes, but often even a drop of 10, 15, or 20 pounds doesn’t always do the trick . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FX, visit www.UFC.com



March 1st, 2012

Feature Story

Q&A with Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin

Photo: DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller

By Mariano A. Agmi

DiBella Entertainment hosted an open workout for the media on Wednesday afternoon at the Trinity Boxing Club in New York City, where Irishman Matthew Macklin is preparing to challenge Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez for the middleweight world championship at the Madison Square Garden Theatre on March 17th.

In good spirits and already close to the middleweight limit, the 29-year-old Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) graciously spoke to Fightnews.com about his preparations for the bout, how he rates Martinez against his former foe Felix Sturm, and what it feels like to have his first main event in the United States come on St. Patrick’s Day in the Mecca of Boxing. (more…)



March 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Klitschko, Steward comment on Mormeck fight

By Karl Freitag

IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) and his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward held an international Media conference call Wednesday to discuss Klitschko’s world title defense against two-time cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday. Unfortunately the call was terminated abruptly after only four reporters asked questions.

Emanuel Steward: “Everyone says it’s a total mismatch, but styles make fights and in fighting Mormeck we’re fighting a guy with a bob-and-weave type style that Wladimir hasn’t fought…it’s the most difficult style for tall fighters.

“According to all of the experts if the fight goes over three or four rounds it’s a terrible performance. If Wladimir knocks him out in one minute, it’s what he was supposed to do, so we’re going into a no-win situation.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “What I’m hearing around that it’s a mismatch and the body size is so different, yes sizes matter, but in this case it doesn’t matter because to fight a shorter guy that is physically and automatically faster and lighter is not easy…to fight a shorter guy isn’t always an advantage.”



February 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Clark-Mamadjonov collide Thursday night

Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (42-6) will face rising prospect Bahodir Mamadjonov (8-0) this Thursday March 1st in a 140 pound WBC USNBC title eliminator at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The card is being promoted by Troy Speakman in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival which runs from March 1-4. Only once beaten in his last nine fights, Clark looks to impress in his hometown, while the upset minded Mamadjonov, a native of Uzbekistan, aims to remain unbeaten and build on his recent dominating win over Archie Ray Marquez (12-1). The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger for WBC USNBC champ Robert Frankel (30-11). (more…)



February 29th, 2012

Boxing News

WBC un-bans Tomas Rojas

The World Boxing Council had finally a long audience with former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas where he explained quotes he allegedly gave to a Mexican newspaper that he threw a 2007 fight against Jorge Arce for $8,000. The WBC determined that there’s no proof that he took a dive and that decision was ratified by a vote of the board of directors, who approved Rojas to fight again in professional boxing. The WBC recommended that Rojas use restraint on his statements and performances in order to avoid similar circumstances that can tarnish his career and the sport of boxing.



February 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Nagy Aquilera ready to fight Adamek

“I will not back down when hit; I will hit back”

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“In the past, I was my own worst enemy – having fun, clubbing instead of working hard – it cost me couple of times, against Arreola, Tarver. But now I’m a different man. I’m a father now. I understood that I have to provide for my family. I need to make money and to do this, to be back in rankings, I have to beat Adamek on March 24,” said 25-year-old heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO), who will test former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion and currently ranked as a top 5 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO) at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. The bout will be televised by the NBC Sports Network and will also feature IBF an jr middleweight title eliminator between Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KO) and Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KO) and another interesting heavyweight clash between Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO) and Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KO). (more…)



February 29th, 2012

Full Report

More on Mayweather-Cotto

By Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland

The Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (40-0, 26 KO’s) and Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) press tour made its first US stop at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY to announce their upcoming bout on May 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather’s undefeated record and Cotto’s WBA Jr. Middleweight World Title will be on the line. Cotto has been campaigning at 154 for his past three fights, all coming by way of TKO. This will be Mayweather’s second campaign at 154. The last time was in 2007 against De La Hoya when he tipped the scaled at 150. The fight is labeled ‘Ring Kings’ and may be both fighters stiffest challenge to date.

Both Mayweather and Cotto agreed to allow the fans to attend the NYC presser. There was a lot of energy inside the Apollo Theater for good reason. Both men have built careers within the same weight classes and have never fought each other. This is a fight that most fans are very excited to see. (more…)



February 29th, 2012

Boxing News

WBO comments on Huck situation

Statement by Francisco Valcarcel regarding champion Marco Huck

Marco Huck’s representatives have informed me that he has yet to decide if he will stay a jr. heavyweight or choose the heavyweight division, but that his decision is imminent during the upcoming week. As I will be in Germany for the Klitschko and Afolabi bouts, I will be meeting with Marco Huck’s representative, Chris Meyer from Sauerland Events regarding this matter. Ola Afolabi is fighting for the jr. heavyweight interim title on March 3rd. If Marco Huck decides to stay in the jr. heavyweight division, he will face the winner of the Afolabi–Brudov bout within 120 days of said bout. If he decides to stay in the heavyweight division, the winner of the Afolabi-Brudov bout will automatically become the WBO jr. heavyweight champion.



February 29th, 2012




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