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Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

Ex-Champs Ioka, Miyazaki win in comeback bouts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat In Japan there are many so-called or self-proclaimed geniuses, and we wonder who really the genius is. ...

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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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Boxing News

Brähmer and Bolonti make weight

Photos: Sauerland Event

Jürgen Brähmer 174.4 vs. Roberto Feliciano Bolonti 174.2
(WBA light heavyweight world title)

David Price 252.4 vs. Yaroslav Zavorotnyi 246.4
Cecilia Braekhus 141 vs. Jessica Balogun 145.2
(WBO/WBA/WBC female welterweight titles)
Enrico Kölling 175 vs. Patrick Bois 173.1
(WBA intercontinental light heavyweight title)

Venue: Sport und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event

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June 6th, 2014



Boxing News

Hall and Butler make weight

Stuey Hall 118 vs. Paul Butler 117.75
(IBF bantamweight title)

Venue: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
Promoter: Dennis Hobson Promotions



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Hatton declares Butler is the new “Hitman”

British great Ricky Hatton has hailed Paul Butler as the new “Hitman” ahead of his big world title fight Saturday night. Unbeaten Butler, 25, faces the biggest test of his career when he challenges Stuart Hall for his IBF world bantamweight title at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. “Paul is certainly a hot British talent who’s on the verge of breaking through into the mainstream if he beats Stuart Hall and wins the world title,” said Hatton. “People are starting to say that he’s the new Ricky Hatton and they wouldn’t be far wrong giving him that title. From what I’ve seen of him on TV he’s excited me with his hard-hitting performances that have certainly got people talking not just up in the north-west but people are starting to talk about him around the country. When I’m watching him in the ring, some of the stuff he’s doing, the hard body punching, the angles of attack, the relentless punching, it’s like I’m watching myself from ten years ago – the only difference between me and him is that I would never have made super-flyweight or bantamweight in a million years!”



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Leonard, Tyson, Ward & Tito talk Cotto-Martinez

“I’ve met both of these incredible fighters with such a wonderful demeanor outside the ring and the question is who has the most boxing ingredients left at this point in their career? Sergio always will have that power which never leaves a boxer even past his prime and Cotto will always have that knowledge to break down an opponent during the fight. A slight edge to Cotto but don’t bet the house. Good luck to two great fighters and decent men!”
- Sugar Ray Leonard

“This will be a defining moment for Cotto. If he gives his absolute best and uses everything he has learned from his experience in boxing he will give a great account of himself. I would like to see him do well because he has gotten some bad breaks in his career. He is going to have to cut Martinez off in the ring because is a great mover. He’s like a tango mover when he boxes. My personal opinion I think this is going to be one of the greatest fights of the year. I am looking forward to taking my wife on a great date night to celebrate our fifth anniversary.” ​
- Mike Tyson

“Sergio by close decision. He must use his smarts or Cotto will take it.”
- Micky Ward

“It is an interesting fight for the boxing world and also for Team Cotto. Cotto should win by decision.”
- Felix Trinidad



June 6th, 2014

UFC

Tyron Woodley: King Chaos is Here

Sometimes it’s not what you say, but what you don’t say. So when asked about the announcement that the next shot at Johny Hendricks’ UFC welterweight title is going to go to the winner of July’s bout between Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler, the normally loquacious Tyron Woodley doesn’t have much to offer, at least not publically . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Budler ready to storm Monte Carlo

He collects exotic pets, dyes his hair outlandish colours and brings a ferocity to the ring starkly at odds with his boy-next-door persona. Hekkie Budler might fight in boxing’s lightest weight division – he is the WBA and IBO strawweight division – but he ranks among South Africa’s biggest boxing heroes and crossover stars. In a country where racial divisions still exist, Budler is popular among both black and white fans, who adore him for his buzzsaw style and the excitement he generates. On June 21, he will reveal himself to a European audience when he fights Pigmy Kokietgym on the “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo. Martin Murray tops the card against Max Bursak for the WBC’s Silver middleweight belt. (more…)



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez weigh-in open to the public

The final face-off between three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez before their world championship clash will take place at the official weigh-in today in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The weigh-in will be open to 3,000 lucky fans. Complimentary passes will be distributed today. Fans may line up in North Breezeway – adjacent to main box office off 7th Avenue and 32nd Street — beginning at noon. Doors to the theater will open at 2:00 p.m. The undercard weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. Cotto and Martínez will step on the scale at approximately 3:10 p.m. ET. The weigh-in will also be streamed live, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT, via www.toprank.tv.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Marsili vs. Manno for EBU lightweight title

OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show on Saturday in Tolfa (Rome), Italy. The main event is an all-Italian clash with European lightweight champion and IBF #3 and WBC #8 Emiliano Marsili (28-0-1, 12 KOs) defending his title against Benoit Manno (14-1, 2 KOs) after mandatory challenger Anthony Mezaache pulled out last week.

On the undercard are fights scheduled for six rounds, headed by undefeated IBF #3 and WBO #13 cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti (20-0, 12 KOs) against Attila Palko. Also former Italian super lightweight champion Andrea Scarpa (13-2, 8 KOs) will fight Jevgenijs Fjodorovs, middleweight Andrea Manco (7-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Nico Ion Lapteacru, and super middleweight Catalin Paraschiveanu (2-0, 1 KOs) meets Raimonds Sniedze. FOX SPORTS PLUS will transmit the show live at 10PM local time.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Sam Soliman in Greece

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Dave Stanley, manager of newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman, told Fightnews that Sam is currently holidaying in Greece with his Greek-born wife Maria and her parents. Dave also mentioned that he’s focused on a unification bout with WBA champion Gennady Golovkin and has initiated talks with Golovkin’s management.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Return of “The Dragon”

Heavyweight China Smith (34-4, 27 KOs) will takes on journeyman Mike Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) North America title on June 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Florida. Promoted by Jie Chen, the show has been labeled “Thunder At The Forum” and a big turn-out is expected to support “The Dragon” Smith from nearby Sarasota. The 35-year-old Smith returned to the ring last year after almost seven years on the sidelines.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Thompson and Takam weigh-in

Heavyweight Tony Thompson scaled 270lbs and the shorter Carlos Takam made 257lbs. They will fight Friday night at the Marcel Cerdan stadium in Levallois-Perret, Paris for the vacant WBC Silver title.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The state of HBO Boxing: More

Former heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko is officially sworn in as mayor of Kiev. More

For Carl Frampton, it’s destiny not destination: More

A Saul Alvarez-Manny Pacquiao match-up? More  Or Pacquiao-Marquez? More



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Lincoln, RI

Listed below are weights for all of the participants in tomorrow night’s “Unstoppable” professional boxing card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports.

Rich Gingras 174.5 vs. Jaime Velazquez 175.5
Jose Ramirez 163 vs. Thomas Falowo 161
Khiary Gray-Pitts 169 vs. On’rey Towns 173
Jamal Woods 236 vs. Jesse Barboza 242
Kevin Cobbs 183 vs. Borngod Washington 186.5
John Orr 295 vs. Donnie Palmer 270



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Farmer schools Gonzalez

Photos: Emily Harney

In an action packed fight, super featherweight Tevin Farmer (16-4-1, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision ovre previously unbeaten WBC #14 Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Gonzalez (14-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Farmer readily outworked Gonzalez throughout the fight to earn his ninth straight win. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.

6’7 heavyweight Daniel Martz (11-1, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over previously unbeaten Alexis Santos (13-1, 11 KOs). In the opening of the first round Santos was knocked down and sprained his ankle. In the second round he slipped three times because of the sprain. The corner requested to end the fight at the end of round three. (more…)



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Verdejo NYC workout

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Hot Puerto Rican prospect Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, (12-0, 9 KOs) works out during media day Thursday in New York City for his upcoming feature fight against Engelberto Valenzuela (8-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

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June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Verona, NY

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Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Yudel Jhonson 154 vs. Norberto Gonzalez 154 10 rds.
(WBC Fecarbox & NABA middleweight titles)
Sammy Vasquez 147 vs. Jay Krupp 150* 8 rds.
*Krupp’s team is negotiating with team Vasquez over Krupp’s excess weight
Ievgen Khytrov 160 vs. Chris Chatman 160 6 rds.
Isiah Thomas 181 vs. Rayco Saunders 179.5 8 rds.
Johnny Garcia 139.5 vs. John Williams 139.5 8 rds.
(WBC Latino super lightweight title)
Dennis Galarza 128.5 vs. Gadiel Andaluz 129 6 rds.
Ryan Martin 137.5 vs. Ian James 138.5 4 rds.
Sam Quinones, Jr. 139 vs. Greg Coverson, Jr. 136 6 rds.
Leo Hall 175 vs. Bob Wilder 174.5 4 rds.

Promoter: Iron Mike Productions
Venue: Turning Stone Casino Evetns Center
T.V.: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Doors open at 7p.m., first bell at 8 p.m., t.v. broadcast starts at 10:30 p.m.



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Thabiso Mchunu Update

World rated cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu will resume his career in the USA after a scheduled ten-round bout against Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos scheduled to take place tomorrow in Pretoria, South Africa after the entire card was abruptly postponed. According to Thabiso’s co-promoter Damian Michael of Show Pony Promotions, “It is not an ideal situation when something like this happens at the last minute but unfortunately that is the nature of the boxing business in a third world country. Now we are going to focus on returning to the United States to fight and winning a world title.”

Kathy Duva of Main Events, Mchunu’s co-promoter stated “We are so sorry to hear that this event will not take place as planned. I cannot imagine how upset Thabiso and Damian must be. We are working with Damian to find another fight for Thabiso and will continue with our plans to bring Mchunu back to the US later this year.”



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Canadian referee Michael Griffin will be the third man in the ring when WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez defends against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Judges are Max DeLuca (California), Tom Schreck (New York) and Guido Cavalleri (Italy). WBC Supervisor is Chuck Williams.



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights

Hugo Centeno Jr 160 vs. Gerardo Ibarra 162.4
Eddie Gomez 149 vs. Francisco Santana 148.2
Terrell Gausha 156.2 vs. James Winchester 155.8
Diego De La Hoya 123.2 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 123.4

Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez a 2:1 favorite over Cotto

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is currently a -225 betting favorite to retain his title against Miguel Cotto in their big pay-per-view clash on Saturday night in New York City. Cotto backers can get +185. The over/under is 8.5 rounds with “over” at -270 and “under” at +230. Odds have mostly been constant.



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Bellew and Cleverly share top billing in Liverpool

Bitter rivals Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly will take another step closer to a rematch as they share top billing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Bellew and Cleverly clashed in October 2011 for the Welshman’s WBO Light Heavyweight title at the same venue, and their bitter rivalry has continued to grow after the Liverpool man dropped a majority decision in his challenge and a rematch never transpired. Opponents for both men will be named by Eddie Hearn at a press conference next Tuesday. The pair made successful debuts at cruiserweight earlier in the year, with Bellew first to step up to 200lbs with an 11th round stoppage win over Valery Brudov in March, and Cleverly followed him in May with a two-round demolition job over Shawn Corbin.

“July 12 promises to be a great night in Liverpool – as we sign off for the summer with a bang,” said Hearn. “There’s real animosity between Tony and Nathan as they aim to overcome one final hurdle before they meet in October.”

Tickets go on sale at midday on June 10 priced £30, £40, £60 and ringside seats at £100 available from the Echo Arena on 0844 8000 400 and at www.echoarena.com



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

Upcoming IBO World Title Fights

Super Middleweight — Donavan George (U.S.) vs. Dyah Davis (U.S.) — August 23, 2014 Chicago
Middleweight — Gennady Golovkin (U.S.) vs. Daniel Geale (Australia) — July 26, 2014 New York
Welterweight — Rico Mueller (Germany) vs. Rafal Jackiewicz (Poland) — July 19, 2014 Germany
Featherweight — Macbute Sinyabe (S. Africa) vs. Lusanda Komanisi (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Super Bantamweight — Thabo Sonjica (S. Africa) vs. Toto Helebe (S. Africa ) — June 8, 2014 S. Africa
Super Flyweight — Edrin Dapudong (Philippines) vs. Lwandile Sityatha (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Strawweight — Hekkie Budler (S. Africa) vs. Pigmy Kokietgym (Thailand) — June 21, 2014 Monaco



June 5th, 2014

UFC

UFN Albuquerque Prelim Fantasy Preview

The prelims for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov card only go five fights deep, but there are some great matchups to keep an eye on as the night gets started . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

New date for WBA world heavyweight championship fight between Chagaev and Oquendo

The fight for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight world championship between Ruslan Chagaev (32-2-1, 20 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-7, 24 KOs) will now take place on July 6 in Grozny, Chechnya, instead instead of the originally planned June 7 date. The Chagaev-Oquendo winner will share a portion of the WBA heavyweight championship with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds the “super” version.

The reason for the four week postponement was to give all parties more time to prepare. The new date falls on a Sunday because that day is the day between the quarter-and semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil. “In consultation with the team of Fres Oquendo and the WBA, we had to put the fight back a bit,” said promoter Timur Dugazaev. “We are planning a mega event and want everything to be perfectly prepared. This also gives us more time to look after the invitations and visas to the many guests of honor.” (more…)



June 5th, 2014

Boxing News

A Conversation with Mike Tyson & Larry Holmes

Photo: Turning Stone Resort Casino

Turning Stone hosted “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” today in advance of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.

Poliguin opened by noting Tyson and Holmes had a combined career record of 119-12, including a total of 44 world title fights between them. In 1988, Tyson, 21, stopped Holmes, 38, in the fourth round in Atlantic City for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. (more…)



June 5th, 2014




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