Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Fast-moving and quick-punching Japanese, OPBF#1/WBC#18 Kyotaro Fujimoto (16-1, 8 KOs), 227.25, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt ...

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney In a battle for supremacy of the super middleweight division, WBC champion Badou ...

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Gervonta Davis delivered a star-making performance in the co-featured fight of the night, ...

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Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside Photos: Emily Harney Middleweight Immanuwel Aleem scored the biggest win his of career with an upset, ...

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Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

Lara KOs Foreman to retain WBA super welterweight world title

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Full Report: Muhammad Ali in Cancun

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

In a moving ceremony Monday morning in Cancun, Mexico, Muhammad Ali was crowned “King Of Boxing” during the official opening of the 50th WBC convention. The Arena at the Grand Oasis Hotel held over one thousand delegates who were here for one reason more than any other- to witness the foregone coronation of “The Greatest.” Had Ali not been here on the Mayan Peninsula for the special event, of course the convention attendees would’ve participated in the opening ceremonies, listened to speeches and watched awards being presented. This was different however. This was special. The most recognizable face on earth would show his face here, for a time behind dark sunglasses. The gathering rose almost in unison as the lights dimmed. Ali, with the assistance of his wife Lonnie and an aid, walked across the stage and took his rightful place on a special throne at stage center. (more…)

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman In a moving ceremony Monday morning in Cancun, Mexico, Muhammad Ali was crowned …


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Bundu keeps Euro 147 lbs. title

By Anna Sgarbi at ringside
Photo:Marco Chiesa

Unbeaten Italian welterweight Leonard Bundu (29-0-2) successfully retained his European title for the third time on Saturday night in Rezzato, Italy. The African-born Bundu impressively stopped former WBA interim champ Ismael El Massoudi (37-5) of France in the opening round of a scheduled twelve. Bundu started cautiously, but stepped up the pace as soon as he realized that his trademark body shots were taking a toll out of El Massoudi. After enjoying success with his body work, the Italian fighter targeted his challenger’s head and knocked out the French contender at 2’42” of the first round after a perfectly timed left hook to the chin. (more…)

By Anna Sgarbi at ringside Photo:Marco Chiesa Unbeaten Italian welterweight Leonard Bundu (29-0-2) successfully retained his European title for the …



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Ali crowned “King of Boxing”


Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

“The Greatest” Muhammad Ali arrived last night in Cancun to be part of the 50th WBC Annual Convention where he was named “King of Boxing” on Monday morning at the opening ceremony.

Photo: Pepe Rodriguez “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali arrived last night in Cancun to be part of the 50th WBC Annual …


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Nieves crushes Porras

Bantamweight Jose “Miau” Nieves (21-2-3, 10 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico ranked #13 WBO destroyed Glenn “The Rock” Porras (28-4, 17 KOs) of M’lang, Cobato, Philippines, #12 WBO on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. Nieves dropped Porras in rounds one and two and the bout was stopped in round two.

In the co-feature, former Olympian Yordenis Ugas (13-1, 6 KOs) of Santiago, Cuba outpointed veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera of Culiacan, Mexico in a ten round jr welterweight bout. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.

Bantamweight Jose “Miau” Nieves (21-2-3, 10 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico ranked #13 WBO destroyed Glenn “The Rock” Porras (28-4, …




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Kessler team talking knockout

Trainer Jimmy Montoya has predicted that Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) will knock out WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) in Saturday night’s clash at Jyske Bank BOXEN. “I don’t want to take anything away from Magee, he is a great fighter and very skilled, but Mikkel is just too strong and too good for him,” Montoya said at today’s press training in Herning. “Mikkel is just one of a kind. Magee won’t be there for the tenth round.”

Kessler is confident he will claim another spectacular victory. “The KO over Allan Green was great, now I want to defeat Magee and become world champion again,” he stated. “This is personal now, Magee has knocked out two of my countryman, but now his winning streak in Denmark will come to an end. I’m in great shape and I’m ready to get it on.” (more…)

Trainer Jimmy Montoya has predicted that Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) will knock out WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Brian …


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Jones-Purdy is off

Welterweight Carson Jones’ clash on December 8 in at the London Olympia against Lee Purdy has beed postponed after Purdy came down with a virus. The middleweight clash between Darren Barker and Kerry Hope now tops the bill as a 12-round clash for the IBF Inter-Continental title. Barker boxes for the first time since his brave World title challenge against Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City in October 2011, while Hope is aiming to get back into the title mix after two gruelling European title bouts with Greg Proksa, while Purdy and Jones are set to meet in the New Year. “We are all gutted to lose this fight and will now rearrange the bout for March,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

Welterweight Carson Jones’ clash on December 8 in at the London Olympia against Lee Purdy has beed postponed after Purdy …


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Bönte: Wach failed steroid test

By Przemek Garczarczyk

According to Bernd Bönte, manager of heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Poland’s Mariusz Wach, Wladimir’s latest challenger, tested positive for anabolic steroids in their last fight, on November 10 in Hamburg. “The President of the Federation of German Professional Boxing Association (BDB), Thomas Putz has informed us about a positive Sample A,” Bönte told the German daily Bild. “That would also explain why Wach has survived all these big hits. Doping is of course is a no-go. It also shows how dangerous doping could be blocking pain.”

Both Wach and his promoter Mariusz Kolodziej from Global Boxing are denying any steroid use before the fight. They have right to ask for the B Sample to be tested, but if both tests come back positive for anabolic steroids, Wach will be banned for one year from fights in Europe and there will be possible sanctions in the U.S.

By Przemek Garczarczyk According to Bernd Bönte, manager of heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Poland’s Mariusz Wach, Wladimir’s latest …


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Pacquiao-Marquez 4 Fight Week Schedule

It’s fight week! And, there’s nothing like the week before a megafight in Las Vegas. As usual there will be a full week of festivities leading up to the big Pacquiao-Marquez showdown on Saturday.

The fighters are scheduled to have their Grand Arrivals on Tuesday in the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Fight fans are welcome to come and greet the fighters. Marquez will arrive at noon and Pacman will be there at 12:30PM.

On Wednesday, starting at 2PM in the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby some of the undercard fighters will conduct workouts for the media and the public. First up at 2PM is Patrick Hyland, at 2:20PM is Jose Ramirez, at 3PM is Mercito Gesta and at 3:30PM is Yuriorkis Gamboa.

On Thursday night Top Rank will present a live fight card featuring lightweight Raymundo Beltran against Ji-Hoon Kim at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

On Friday is the official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at noon and the fighters will be on the scale at 2:30PM. This event is free, open to the public and always exciting.

On Friday night, Top Rank keeps the live action coming with a live card at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino featuring welterweight Jessie Vargas vs. Vito Gasparyan.

It’s fight week! And, there’s nothing like the week before a megafight in Las Vegas. As usual there will be …



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Joe Proctor – Not Paid for Overtime

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

In the span of a year, a self-professed gym rat making ends meet as a carpenter in Pembroke, Massachusetts went from being a weekend warrior to a UFC fighter. One can add a reality star to boot. Following a 5-1 amateur record and a 7-1 pro record heavily featured on the New England circuit, lightweight Joe Proctor successfully tried out for The Ultimate Fighter Live after solidifying himself as a burgeoning prospect on UFC fan favorite Joe Lauzon’s Team Aggression. Time sped up from there as Proctor traveled from near obscurity to a highlight reel Octagon debut and, now, to the cusp of an anticipated second UFC fight . . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – …


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Guzman-Allakhverdiev Fallout

Fallout from Friday night’s “Beatdown 2012” WBA World light welterweight main event between new champ Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 7 KOs) and former two-time world champion Joan Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs) continued Sunday. Guzman’s promoter Acquinity Sports took issue with the questionable decision of referee Luis Pabon to allow Guzman to continue despite his obvious injury in the eighth round. Specifically, an Acquinity spokesman stated Pabon had warned the Russian for roughhouse tactics during the fifth and seventh rounds but did not take a point following the final push that put Guzman on the canvas and ultimately in a hospital bed.

Rather than deducting a point for the “unintentional foul” under Florida commission rules, WBA officials placed the decision in the judges’ hands and Khabib scored the technical split decision victory. Many ringside observers actually had Guzman ahead at the point of the eight-round stoppage and with a point deduction, the outcome would have been at least a technical majority draw. (more…)

Fallout from Friday night’s “Beatdown 2012” WBA World light welterweight main event between new champ Khabib Allakhverdiev (18-0, 7 KOs) …


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Jennings to close out busy year at home

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)
Photos: www.phillyboxinghistory.com

Heavyweight Bryant Jennings has had a transformative year. He began 2012 as a 6-round prospect antsy for bigger fights, bigger money, and bigger opportunities. So what else is new? Almost every fighter feels the same way. But Bryant Jennings was struck by a lightning bolt of good fortune, and had the smarts, courage and attitude to seize the opportunity that wound up being the first of many toppling dominoes in his suddenly hot boxing career.

Jennings started the year at 10-0 with a chance of a heavyweight title shot so far in the distance that even he had to squint to see it. But with a little more luck and another good performance, Jennings will end the year at 16-0, and with a world title shot directly in his sights. Jennings takes on Bowie Tupou, 22-2, 16 KOs, in his first USBA heavyweight title defense before a hometown crowd at Temple University’s Pearson / McGonigle Halls on Saturday night, December 8th. The fight will be the feature bout on the latest edition of NBC Sports Network’s live “Fight Night” boxing series. It will be Jennings’ fifth fight of the year. (more…)

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com) Photos: www.phillyboxinghistory.com Heavyweight Bryant Jennings has had a transformative year. He began …


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Hyland plans to make Irish Boxing history

Patrick Hyland and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

Irish and boxing have been synonymous for more than a century. Undefeated featherweight Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland, one of three prizefighting Hyland brothers, certainly embodies the popular sobriquet, “The Fightin’ Irish.”

Dublin-native Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs) plans to continue making Irish boxing history on December 8, when he fights fellow undefeated challenger Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna for the interim WBA featherweight title, fighting on the HBO Pay-Per-View event headlined by Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marguez 4, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 29-year-old Hyland, who is promoted by Final Round Promotions and Team Snooki Boxing, made a major commitment to boxing a year ago, moving from Ireland to Marlboro, New York in order to be trained by two-time two-division world champion Tracy Harris Patterson. Rated #6 by the WBA, Hyland already holds the Republic of Ireland boxing record for most consecutive wins to start a professional career (27), and he’d become the second Ireland-born world featherweight champion with a win on Saturday (the first was Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan in 1986). (more…)

Irish and boxing have been synonymous for more than a century. Undefeated featherweight Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland, one of three …



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Murray, Quigg aim for big 2013

Things night might not have gone to plan for Ricky Hatton on his ring return nine days ago, but the Hatton Promotions CEO was boosted by world class performances from Martin Murray and Scott Quigg. The unbeaten Quigg captured the vacant WBA interim super-bantamweight crown and looked sensational stopping Rendall Munroe in six rounds. Murray also came through in six against Jorge Navarro to claim the vacant WBA interim middleweight championship. And he will now face brilliant WBC 160lb king Sergio Martinez in Argentina on April 27 after proving he belongs in the big time. (more…)

Things night might not have gone to plan for Ricky Hatton on his ring return nine days ago, but the …


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Bojorquez defeats Gonzalez

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara

After some contractual issues with a local promoter, San Diego/Tijuana light welterweight Emilio Bojorquez and his trainer Joe Vargas took matters into their hands and threw their hat into the promotional ring this last Friday with their first fight card at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. Instead of headlining the show himself, Emilio passed the baton to his younger brother, super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (9-0, 2KOs) who had the honor of spear heading the maiden voyage of V&B Promotions. “Huevo” did so with flying colors as he knocked out the easily outmatched Daniel “Flaco” Gonzalez (5-15-1, 2KOs) of Tijuana in the first round of a scheduled six. (more…)

By Felipe Leon Photos: Renzo Novara After some contractual issues with a local promoter, San Diego/Tijuana light welterweight Emilio Bojorquez …


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Results from Mississauga

By Heather McIsaac at ringside
Photo Dani Graham

Cruiserweight Denton Daley (8-0 5KO) made short work of over-matched opponent Mauro Adrian Oriales (28-11 26KO) with a second round TKO victory over the Buenos Aires, Argentina veteran. Daley scored two first round knockdowns when Oriales took a knee and finished things for good at :30 of the second where the visitor hit the mat hard thanks to a single powerful right hand. The victory paves the way for what should be a NABF fight in Daley’s next contest, tentatively scheduled for March 6th. CLICK HERE for full photo galleries and report

By Heather McIsaac at ringside Photo Dani Graham Cruiserweight Denton Daley (8-0 5KO) made short work of over-matched opponent Mauro …


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WBC “50th” Sunday work session report

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The heavy workload of meetings and opening ceremony preparations for the WBC’s 50th anniversary convention continued today at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. The referee portion of the Ring Officials seminar took place simultaneously with the continuation of the ratings committee and a private meeting of the WBC Board of Governors.

Ring Officials chairman Hubert Minn and Bruce McTavish ran the referee portion of the ring officials seminar in the Arena. More video footage was shown, displaying various scenarios requiring referee intervention and decision making. One such fight was the recent Marcos Maidana – Jesus Soto-Karass clash in which both fighters continued fighting after a call to break by referee Kenny Bayliss. Both fighters were deducted one point in the same round (4) for the same infraction. Upon the conclusion of the referee exercise, certificates of completion were handed out to all who participated in either portion of the two day seminar. (more…)

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The heavy workload of meetings and opening ceremony preparations for the WBC’s 50th …



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Magee hits Denmark: “Kessler is next!”

Photo: Team Sauerland

Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) has arrived in Denmark. The WBA super-middleweight “regular” world champion and his team flew into Copenhagen Airport from Dublin on Sunday afternoon and continued their trip to Herning by car. “I am happy to be back in Denmark,” Magee said. “I have great memories and I love fighting here. I have knocked out Mads Larsen and Rudy Markussen, so Kessler is the next in line. We had a great preparation in Belfast and will now go to Herning to use the last couple of days to get ready for the big fight. I look forward to facing Kessler, he is one of the all-time greats, I have a lot of respect for him but in the ring we will hate each other and I will defend my title.” Magee and Kessler clash at Jyske Bank BOXEN, Denmark´s biggest indoor arena, on December 8.

Photo: Team Sauerland Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) has arrived in Denmark. The WBA super-middleweight “regular” world champion and his …


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Boxing returns to network TV (twice)

The most recent broadcast network presentation of live boxing was The Contender in 2005. However, later this month not one, but two networks will get back in the boxing business.

As previously announced, heavyweight Tomasz Adamek will face Steve Cunningham December 22 on NBC from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

One week earlier, on December 15 CBS will beat NBC to the punch with a telecast featuring IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 KOs) defending against Alberto “Metro” Guevara (16-0, 6 KOs), plus the pro debut of 2012 United States Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr. The CBS fights will take place in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, where later that same night Amir Khan will face Carlos Molina (on Showtime).

The most recent broadcast network presentation of live boxing was The Contender in 2005. However, later this month not one, …


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Mike Pierce – the Grinder

Mike Pierce doesn’t have a nickname.

He doesn’t have any tattoos, dyed hair, a chiseled physique or a walkout song that makes you think, “Here comes Mike Pierce” when it kicks in over the sound system. He’s never been featured in ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day. There are no clips of him in the UFC’s pre-main card introduction video set to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” that gives everyone in the arena chills as they watch it . . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Mike Pierce doesn’t have a nickname. He doesn’t have any tattoos, dyed hair, a chiseled physique or a walkout song …


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Cotto-Trout postfight quotes

Miguel Cotto: “I’m satisfied with the job I did tonight,” former three-division champion Miguel Cotto said after his loss to Austin Trout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “I’ll go back to Puerto Rico and think. He came at me with both hands and it was a great fight. He fought until the end.”

Austin Trout: “Miguel Cotto is a great champion. “He’s a great fighter and it was an honor to be in the same ring as him. It’s even more of an honor to be the man to beat him. To have my hand raised against a kingpin like Miguel Cotto is a dream come true. Those shots that Cotto hit me with were strong and I knew he’d be strong, but it reconfirmed that I could take those shots. It was definitely the hardest fight of my career and when you fight someone as big as Miguel Cotto, it motivated me.

Showtime reporter Jim Gray asked Trout if he wanted to fight 154-pound champ Canelo Alvarez, who Cotto was scheduled to face had he dethroned the champion. “Give me Canelo – it’s time to unify this division” Trout said. “There are a lot of good fighters out there and I want to be the best.”

Miguel Cotto: “I’m satisfied with the job I did tonight,” former three-division champion Miguel Cotto said after his loss to …


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Marquez hits LA

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez arrives at Los Angeles International Airport from Mexico Saturday night before heading to Las Vegas for the upcoming fourth fight of his historic rivalry against Manny Pacquiao.

Promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate, Wonderful Pistachios, Cinemax ‘Banshee,’ Smart Communications, Universal Pictures ‘Django Unchained’ and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay Per View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 8. More photos…

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez arrives at Los Angeles International Airport from Mexico Saturday night …


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WBC 50th Anniversary Convention starts early

By Boxing Bob Newman

Despite the fact that the WBC 50th Anniversary convention doesn’t officially open until this coming Monday, December 3rd, meetings have already begun and preparations continue at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. Along with the registration of early arriving delegates and members, the ratings and ring officials meetings kicked off simultaneously in day-long sessions.

The ratings committee meeting began at 9 a.m. in the Business Center, headed up by chairman Frank Quill and vice chair Claude Jackson. This year, interested promoters and managers were asked to submit their respective fighters’ records and to lobby for ratings adjustments in writing. The committee members worked diligently to dissect the records, activity, and quality of opposition among the fighters who may be eligible to move up, or in several cases seen today move down based on the aforementioned criteria. (more…)

By Boxing Bob Newman Despite the fact that the WBC 50th Anniversary convention doesn’t officially open until this coming Monday, …


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Ioka to fight for vacant WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten ex-WBA minimumweight champ Kazuto Ioka (10-0, 6 KOs), who lately renounced his belt to move up to the 108-pound category, will be awarded an opportunity to fight Mexican Jose Rodriguez (28-1, 17 KOs), in Osaka, Japan, on the last day of the year. The 23-year-old youngster is tremendously popular in his native Osaka, where people expect him to be the first Japanese boxer that will gain the second world belt only in his eleventh pro bout. The previous WBA full champ Roman Gonzalez has been elevated to the super champ in the light-flyweight division thanks to his five successful defenses. Now that another title bout is announced, we will see no less than five world title goes on December 31. It is possible Only In Japan.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten ex-WBA minimumweight champ Kazuto Ioka (10-0, 6 KOs), who lately renounced his belt to move up …


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Garcia-Judah presser erupts

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions

The February 9 fight between unified super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia against former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah almost took place Saturday afternoon at a press conference in New York that turned into a brawl when Garcia’s father, Angel, and Judah traded insults and the fighters and their camps had to be separated. “My dad was just stating true facts,” Garcia said during Saturday’s Showtime telecast. “Every time he [Judah] took a tough fight, he failed. Zab got mad, it broke out and there was a little riot at the press conference. My dad motivates me, he talks crap and I got to go back it up. If a fight breaks out, then I got his back.”

During the presser Garcia told Judah, “On February 9th I’ll teach you to respect people older than you. I’m going to punish you. I’m going to leave you lying in the ring.” (more…)

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions The February 9 fight between unified super lightweight world champion Danny …


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Salgado, Shafikov win in Cozumel

NABF super flyweight champion Jose “Sugar” Salgado (30-2-1, 26 KOs) took a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision to successfully defend his title against late sub Devis “El Metrallo” Perez (16-8-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque Andres Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Also, in an IBF eliminator for the #2 position, unbeaten Russian jr welterweight southpaw Denis Shafikov (31-0-1, 17 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Albert “Tornado” Mensah (25-4-1, 10 KOs) to claim Mensah’s IBF International title. Shafikov dropped Mensah twice in the bout.

NABF super flyweight champion Jose “Sugar” Salgado (30-2-1, 26 KOs) took a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision to successfully defend …


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Avila still unbeaten

In a clash of junior featherweight prospects, unbeaten local hero Manuel “Tino” Avila (11-0, 4 KOs) thrilled his fans with a spectacular eighth round KO over Ricky Lopez (9-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Georgie Duke Sports Center in Vacaville, California. Avila dropped Lopez in round three and twice in round eight. Time was 1:09. Lopez is a cousin of Mile Alvarado. (more…)

In a clash of junior featherweight prospects, unbeaten local hero Manuel “Tino” Avila (11-0, 4 KOs) thrilled his fans with …


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No doubt, Trout defeats Cotto

By Mariano A. Agmi and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland

Undefeated WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Both fighters had their moments with Trout shading many close rounds. Trout clearly finished stronger. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 119-109. After the fight, Cotto said he would “probably” fight again. He was slated to face Canelo Alvarez in May, but Trout stated he now wants the unification showdown with Canelo.

Unbeaten featherweight Jayson Velez (20-0, 15 KOs) annihilated Salvador Sanchez II (30-5-3, 18 KOs) in a fight for the vacant WBC silver featherweight title. Velez landed almost at will as he dropped Sanchez II in round two and again in round three. The bout was waved off by referee Harvey Dock moments later. Time was :38 of round three. Sanchez II is the nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez. Next up for Velez is a clash with WBC champion Daniel Ponce de Leon.

Middleweight Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (24-1, 21 KOs) won by TKO when Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-3, 6 KOs) didn’t come out for round six. Jacobs battered Fitzpatrick in the fifth round. (more…)

By Mariano A. Agmi and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Ed Mulholland Undefeated WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout …


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Spadafora outpoints Egberime

In a battle of world rated jr welterweight contenders, unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion and current WBA #11 jr welter Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (47-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over WBO #14 Solomon Egberime (22-4-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Scores were 98-91, 97-94, 100-90.

Local lightweight Monty Meza Clay (34-3, 21 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Lucero (26-14-1, 14 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75 and a ridiculous 80-72. (more…)

In a battle of world rated jr welterweight contenders, unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion and current WBA #11 jr welter …


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Guzman suffered broken hand and knee

Report and photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports

After his suffering his first career loss (via split technical decision) to Khabib Allakhverdiev in a world title fight on Friday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida, former multi-division world champion Joan Guzman was taken to the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, where doctors determined that Guzman suffered a double break in his right hand and a serious break in the lower part of his left knee will sideline him for nearly six weeks and possibly require surgery to solve these problems.

“I’ll be around for a long time,” said Guzman who was in good spirits. “This won’t stop me and with the help of God I’ll get past this problem and we’ll be seeking another fight for world title. (more…)

Report and photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports After his suffering his first career loss (via split technical decision) to Khabib Allakhverdiev …


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Moreno stuns Kentikian; Arslan pulls out

In a huge upset, California flyweight Carina Moreno (23-5, 6 KOs) scored a surprising ten round split decision over former unified world champion Susi Kentikian (29-2, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA female flyweight title on Saturday night at the Burg-Waechter Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany. Moreno won by scores of 96-94, 96-94 on two cards, while Kentikian was up 97-93 on the third card. This makes two straight losses for the “Killer Queen,” who was arguably the pound-for-pound best female fighter a few years back. Moreno entered the ring with losses in four of her last five and was given little chance by the pundits. She proved them wrong.

Earlier tonight cruiserweight Firat Arslan pulled out of his short notice fight against Alex Mogylewski for undisclosed reasons. Arslan had agreed to fight on the Sturm Promotions card to replace former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev who pulled out of his scheduled fight against Mike Perez earlier this week.

In a huge upset, California flyweight Carina Moreno (23-5, 6 KOs) scored a surprising ten round split decision over former …


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Fury outpoints Johnson

In a bout billed as a WBC eliminator, #3 heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger and current WBC #32 Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-3-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 6’9 Fury was busier throughout the fight, but never came close to stopping the defensive-minded Johnson, who also went the distance with Vitali Klitschko. Fury was deducted a point for hitting on the break in round seven. Scores were 119-110, 119-108, 119-108.

Fury will be next in line to fight for the WBC belt after another scheduled WBC eliminator between #1 Chris Arreola and #2 Bermane Stiverne. Should champion Vitali Klitschko retire, Fury would face the Arreloa-Stiverne winner for the vacant title.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (8-0, 3 KOs) outboxed veteran Bradley Pryce (33-12, 18 KOs) over eight rounds. In his biggest test to date, the son of former two-division world champion Chris Eubank, was able to fend off the aggressions of Pryce in compiling a surprisingly wide 80-73 decision.

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In a bout billed as a WBC eliminator, #3 heavyweight Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round …


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Results from Indianapolis

By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photo by Scott Romer

In the main event of CBA Promotions “Friday Night Fights in Indianapolis,” Army veteran and local middleweight fan favorite Eric “The Juggernaut” Draper (6-6, 2 KOs) of Indianapolis, IN stopped Keon Johnson (8-7, 4 KOs) of Indianapolis, IN, at 2:59 of the sixth round in front of a sold out crowd at the McGowan Hall—Knights of Columbus.

Johnson controlled the opening round with his jab and straight right while Draper attempted to pressure Johnson against the ropes in order to land the harder shots. Towards the end of the first, Johnson began to hold in order to subdue Draper’s attack. To start the second, Draper continued to pressure while Johnson was reduced to holding. Towards the middle of the round, Draper dropped Johnson with a quick combination upstairs in the center of the ring. While Johnson was able to beat the count and claimed that he was pushed, from that point one, it became clear that Johnson was weary of Draper’s power. Towards the second half of the round, Draper nearly sent Johnson through the ropes with a two-punch combination. Although Johnson again beat the count, he was devastated for the remainder of the round and was forced to hold in order to survive. Within the first thirty seconds of the third, Draper caught Johnson with another clean right that knocked out his mouthpiece and sent him flailing around the ring. (more…)

By Sam Geraci at ringside Photo by Scott Romer In the main event of CBA Promotions “Friday Night Fights in …


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WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Gabriel Rosado hook up at Madison Square Garden tonight. They meet under less friendly circumstances in the same building on January 19. Photo: Will Hart/HBO

HBO presents a world championship tripleheader on January 19 with WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) defending against Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs), WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) defending against “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) and WBO super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) defending against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs). The card will take place in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The same day, Showtime is countering with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) against mandatory challenger Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KOs). No official venue yet, but Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport says the fight will take place in Las Vegas.

Junior middleweight Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, a West Point graduate and Army Reserve Officer, will receive the Dick Steinberg Good Guy award from the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Melson has donated every penny of all 12 fight purses, with 11 of them going to Justadollarplease.org, which supports support bringing clinical trials to the United States to cure spinal cord injuries. Currently, more than 300,000 Americans, including 40,000 veterans, suffer from serious spinal cord injuries.

HBO presents a world championship tripleheader on January 19 with WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) defending against …


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Tyson’s one-man show going on national tour


After a highly successful bout on Broadway, Mike Tyson announced today that he will take his acclaimed one-man show, “MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH,” on a national tour. Helmed by renowned director Spike Lee and producer James L. Nederlander, the tour is set to begin in February 2013. The legendary boxer, “Iron Mike,” will kick off his 10-week tour with a two-night engagement at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis on February 12 –13. The three month tour will visit over 36 cities including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington D.C.

List of dates and cities

After a highly successful bout on Broadway, Mike Tyson announced today that he will take his acclaimed one-man show, “MIKE …


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Perez vs. Forbes kicks off new BB&T series

Golden Boy Promotions and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today that the first BB&T Center Boxing Series event is set for January 12 and will feature a junior welterweight showdown between rising Venezuelan star and former World Champion Johan Perez (15-1-1, 12 KOs) and former World Champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes (35-11, 11 KOs) as well as a special guest appearance by former Heavyweight World Champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes.

Tickets for the Jan. 12 event, which is sponsored by Corona, go on sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. ET at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800-745-3000), at www.ticketmaster.com and on Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. ET at the BB&T Center box office.

In addition to the Jan. 12 event, the BB&T Center and Golden Boy will host additional live boxing events on June 1, 2013, Oct. 5, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. Fight fans can purchase annual subscriptions for all four events inclusive of VIP seating and boxing legend meet and greets by calling 954-835-CLUB.

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