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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez ...

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JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be “a fight of the year type war”

JC Chavez expects Vargas-Salido to be a fight of the year type war

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Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

Avanesyan beats Mosley by unanimous decision

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Titere Vazquez outpoints Bone over ten

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Boxing News

Valcarcel: WBO is sure Pacquiao won the fight

WBO president Paco Valcarcel has commented on the panel of five international judges who reviewed the controversial Pacquiao-Bradley fight and unanimously scored it for Pacman. “I respect the scoring of the officials,” Valcarcel told Fox News. “But the WBO is sure that Pacquiao won the fight. The only solution for this is to order a rematch. Top Rank has both fighters so we’ve got arrange to work with both parties and work on a rematch.”

Manny Pacquiao welcomed the news of the WBO’s review, but stated that he wants to win the belt back in the ring, and wouldn’t accept the title if the WBO were to strip Bradley and offer it back to him.



June 22nd, 2012

UFC

Maynard: Time to get back to work

UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida airs TONIGHT at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET

Let’s be honest: professionally speaking, last year sucked for Gray Maynard.

On the first day of the year, the UFC lightweight title challenger carried an undefeated record into the Octagon against champion Frankie Edgar, and used the first five minutes of their contest to batter “The Answer” around the cage at will, coming as close to putting away a fighter as you can without having the bout actually be stopped. One minute later, Edgar bounced back into the center of the cage as if the first round didn’t even happen. . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com

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June 22nd, 2012


Feature Story

Josesito: I want to spoil everything for Ortiz

By Francisco Salazar
Photo: German Villasenor

Josesito Lopez has not stepped inside the ring yet against Victor Ortiz. He will do so on Saturday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. However, Lopez thinks that Ortiz has landed a significant blow against him within the last couple of weeks. It was not a left cross or right hook by the southpaw Ortiz. Instead, it was the announcement that Ortiz will fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. That did not sit well with the normally soft-spoken Lopez, who felt slighted by the actions of Golden Boy Promotions, who promotes Ortiz.

However, Lopez is not going to sulk or complain. Instead, he is preparing for this fight, which he admits is the biggest fight of his career and he is ready to shock the world on Saturday night. (more…)



June 22nd, 2012

Exclusive

Famed boxing artist LeRoy Neiman remembered

By Richard T. Slone

I was extremely saddened to get the call that iconic artist LeRoy Neiman had died, aged 91, in New York City. I was first introduced to LeRoy when I was 16 years old through my then boxing trainer Smokin’ Joe Frazier. LeRoy was intrigued that I was an amateur boxer and also an artist. Once he saw my art his eyes lit up and in the many years I’d see him since, he kept up with my career and he always had kind words with sincere encouragement. I know we shared the same passion for boxing and I think he liked that.

LeRoy Neiman loved boxing and boxing loved LeRoy Neiman. He had a great passion for the fight game. He admired boxers more than any other athlete or celebrity and I think his love of the sport is very evident by simply looking at his timeless boxing paintings. (more…)



June 22nd, 2012


Boxing News

Weights from Ontario

Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

Jose Angel Beranza 123 vs Jonathan Arellano 123
Ramon Valadez 128 vs Aalan Martinez 128
Juan Reyes 122 vs Oscar Venegas 122
Enrique Gutierrez 148.5 vs Artemio Reyes 149.5
Takashi Okada 112 vs Oscar Vasquez 111

Venue: Doubletree Hotel Ontario, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Tickets available tomorrow at the Doubletree Event Center starting at 5:30 pm.
Prices $75, $45, $30 photos



June 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Ortiz-Lopez Presser

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Victor Ortiz hopes to return to fighting in the elite bouts that he has fought in and could be fighting in with three months time. Josesito Lopez wants to prove he is an elite fighter, hoping to secure a career-defining victory. While these are different point of views, one thing that Ortiz and Lopez agree on is that their 12 round welterweight bout promises to produce action and fireworks. Ortiz and Lopez will headline a seven-bout card at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. The bout, along with the 12 round junior welterweight bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse, will be televised on Showtime.

At the customary press conference on Thursday, both Ortiz and Lopez oozed confidence, eager to get in the ring on Saturday night. Both fighters, along with Soto and Matthysse, were eager to win decisively, not even bringing the judges into play for their respective bouts. (more…)



June 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Rodriguez-Vasquez presser

Photos: Felipe Leon

WBC#6/IBF#9 ranked and current NABF strawweight champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (14-6-3, 8 KOs) expressed confidence as he stated he was more than ready to headline this Saturday night’s main event in a ten round clash against the durable Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez (20-8, 4 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, at Thursday’s final press conference at the “Perro Salado,” a popular billiards hall and bar in Tijuana, Mexico. The night is presented by Box Latino and held at the Pico Ballroom of the Caliente Racetrack and Casino. The racetrack, once the playground for several Hollywood celebrities after its initial inauguration in the late 1920s.

“I am ready to fight. I want to give a great showing,” Rodriguez of Guasave, Mexico, said. “I haven’t fought in some time and I am anxious to get climb into the ring.”

Rodriguez didn’t mention his opponent who did not make it to the press conference. In his last bout, Rodriguez pulled the upset when he defeated the experienced Gilberto Keb Baas by way of fifth round stoppage on short notice back in February. (more…)



June 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be On The Record with Greta Van Susteren tonight on FOX News (10 – 11 p.m. ET) discussing the Pacquiao-Bradley fight and the bill Senators Reid and McCain recently submitted for boxing reform.
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Tickets on sale tomorrow for Andre “SOG” Ward against “Bad” Chad Dawson for Ward’s WBA and WBC super middleweight belts. The bout takes place September 8 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
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Also congratulations to Andre Ward and his wife Tiffiney on the birth of their fourth child. Micah “Champ” Ward, was born June 21, and tipped the scales at eight pounds and 10 ounces. Mother and baby are both doing great and the whole family is excited to welcome the newest addition. The couple has three older children.
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Forbes Magazine announced that their annual list of top paid athletes is headed by two boxers, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at #1 and #2 respectively.

The top five were:
1. Floyd Mayweather, $85 million
2. Manny Pacquiao, $62 million
3. Tiger Woods, $59.4 million
4. LeBron James, $53 million
5. Roger Federer, $52.7 million



June 21st, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from San Jacinto, CA

Javier Castro 140 vs. Mike Dallas Jr. 140
Brandon Gonzales 164 vs. Elie Augustama 164
Guy Robb 125.5 vs. Rodrigo Aranda 129
Javier Molina 147 vs. Octavio Navarez 147
Joshua Conley 157 vs. Donte Stower 153
Venue: Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: ESPN2



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Arellano returns Friday

The summer season arrives for Thompson Boxing Promotions at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday. Undefeated bantamweight Jonathan “Lil Thund’r” Arellano (12-0-1, 3 KOs) brings his speedy style to the forefront once again when he faces Jose Angel Beranza (35-23-2, 27 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. In the co-main event, local favorite Ramon Valadez (11-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Aalan Martinez (10-1-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight contest. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

UFC

UFC on FX at the scales

UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida airs Friday, June 22 at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET

Weigh-in results for UFC on FX 4, which is headlined by the lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida, and the lightweight rubber match between Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, airing live on FX from the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for six televised prelims at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see two prelim bouts at 5:00 pm ET / 2:00 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Clay Guida (155) VS Gray Maynard (155)

FX MAIN CARD
Spencer Fisher (156) VS Sam Stout (155.5)
TJ Waldburger (170.5) VS Brian Ebersole (170)
Cub Swanson (145.5) vs Ross Pearson (146)

FUEL TV FIGHTS
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs Hatsu Hioki (145.5)
C.J. Keith (157) VS Ramsey Nijem (156)
Brock Jardine (170.5) VS Rick Story (169.5)
Steven Siler (145.5) vs Joey Gambino (145)
Chris Camozzi (185.5) VS Nick Catone (185.5)
Luis Ramos (170) VS Matt Brown (170.5)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Ricardo Funch (170.5) VS Dan Miller (170.5)
Ken Stone (135.5) vs Dustin Pague (135)

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For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

WBC ruling on Chisora; Chisora camp hits back

The WBC Supreme Board of Governors held a meeting in Mexico to review the disciplinary actions imposed on heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Chisora didn’t attend the hearing nor communicated with the WBC. The reason of the hearing was to speak about Chisora’s behavior before and after his bout against Vitali Klitschko last February 18 in Germany. Chisora has been fined and suspended from participating in WBC fights until he completes a medical anger management program.

Chisora Camp Response: “The response of the WBC is heavy-handed and inconsistent with the approach they have taken over other fighters. The WBC did not take away Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s belt after he pleaded guilty to beating his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children. He retained his welterweight title and the WBC went on allow him to fight for a WBC belt against Miguel Cotto on 5 May, his sentence for the crime being put back to allow him to do so.” (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Officials named for Haye-Chisora

The Luxembourg Boxing Federation have confirmed the officials that will be appointed for David Haye and Dereck Chisora’s fight at West Ham United, Upton Park, London, on Saturday July 14th. The referee will be Mickey Vann (UK). Judges are John Coyle (UK), Paul Thomas (UK) and Luc Muller (Luxembourg).



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

‘White Lightning’ Wilson headlines in Virginia

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight prospect Todd “White Lighting” Wilson will headline “Bulldog Brawl II” on Saturday, June 23 at the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. This is a RBA Promotions card. The 28-year-old Wilson (13-0, four KO’s) boxed in college at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and has quickly become one of the more popular boxers in the Washington, DC area. Wilson last fought on February 25 in Charlotte, NC and scored a fourth-round TKO over Eric Burke.

Wilson will face Atlanta, GA veteran John Willoughby (3-13, two KO’s) in an eight-round contest. Willoughby will be fighting for the second time in eight days as he lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Jared Robinson on June 15 in Charlotte. Since August of 2010, Willoughby has fought opposition with a combined record of 71-2-1 going into this bout. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Feature Story

Canelo who? Ortiz focused on Lopez

By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

The bright lights of Las Vegas. A significant payday. Headlining a pay per view card. These are all aspiring goals that most fighters aim to achieve one day throughout their boxing career. Or it is something that they wish occurs often, as it signifies their elite status in boxing. A small percentage of fighters are lucky to be able to achieve these goals. Not to mention having the right promotional company or management team behind these fighters is crucial as well.

Welterweight contender Victor Ortiz has experienced all that within his eight-year professional boxing career. He would love to get back to that proverbial mountaintop of the boxing world. He has the opportunity to do that as he is penciled to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th in a pay per view bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. That is all good, but Ortiz will need to defeat (or least score a draw) against Josesito Lopez this coming Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA before being able to punch that ticket to Las Vegas. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

UFC

The Blueprint: Guida vs. Maynard

UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida airs Friday, June 22 at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET

I should have changed the title. I considered it. At the end of the day, I decided to keep with the branded piece just for consistency. But this article is not about Xs and Os. It’s not about breaking down technique. And it’s not about who is going to win (or who is more likely to win) Friday night’s UFC on FX main event . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Bailey targets Mayweather

Newly crowned IBF welterweight world champion Randall “The Knockout King” Bailey is finally in position of leverage with his third world title belt and a recent “Knockout of the Year” performance against previously unbeaten Mike Jones. Now, the feared slugger is hoping to cash in after 16 often frustrating years as a professional prizefighter. Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) would love to face Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. when he gets out of jail in a few months but, if the price is right, Randall also wants to make it perfectly clear that he’ll fight any deserving 147-pounder in the world.

“I’ve been avoided forever,” Bailey said, “but now I’m coming off a world title fight win that ended with a punch people are going to be talking about for a long time. If I had a choice, I’d fight Mayweather next. I like the way Floyd’s fighting. He’s not running around so much to try to win on points. He’s giving guys an opportunity to hit him and that’s my type of fight.” (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

WBO judges score it for Pacquiao

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Five WBO international judges reviewed video of the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. and all scored the bout in favor of the Filipino former champion. The WBO judges scored it 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113, all for Pacman. In the actual fight, judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross scored it 115-113 for Bradley and Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Since boxing commissions in the United States are autonomous, the WBO can’t change the official result of the fight. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Estrada returns June 29

Professional boxing returns to Providence on June 29 with 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada headlining the “Takeover” card, presented by Big Six Entertainment, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Local favorite Estrada (18-4, 5 KOs) takes on 1992 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex Gonzales (20-6, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Former USBA/NABO middleweight champion Brian “The Bull” Barbosa (30-6, 22 KOs), also fighting out of Providence, continues his comeback against light heavyweight John Johnson (13-2, 10 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.



June 21st, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC 147 presser today!

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET


Watch the UFC 147 pre-fight press conference streaming live Thursday, June 21 at noon ET/9 am PT
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For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Sulaiman: WBC to reform ringside scoring

In his weekly column, WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced plans to bring the officiating of boxing into the the 21st Century. “We will be bringing boxing into the computer era,” said Sulaiman. “We will have our judges leave the paper and pencils at home. We will present a new computerized system by having a computer device in the hands of each of the three judges connected to a main computer that will be adding automatically, instantly, and accurately, the information sent by the judges’ devices into the computer. We will propose to totally change the system into clicks on buttons designating the differences in the action, but not in numbers.

“We will let the judges click the buttons for: 1) very slight difference; 2) somewhat clear difference; 3) clear difference; 4) overwhelming difference; and 5) a beating. In addition to that, we will have: 7) one button for knockdowns; and 8) one other button for fouls. We will let our English speaking friends find the right name for the buttons. And I apologize and feel very sorry for the ringcard girls not to take the scorecards from the judges to show their beautiful bodies to the cheers of the crowd, but we can still have them show the number of the round, as ringcard girls have become a tradition in boxing.”



June 21st, 2012

UFC

It’s finally fight time for “Gasparzinho”

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

If you told Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros 10 years ago that he would be locked in a house for six weeks with 15 fighters, but would only have to train during that time while eating whatever he wanted and not worrying about anything, he would probably say that there could be nothing better than that. Today, as an engaged 24-year old with a child on the way, his attitude has changed a bit when recalling his time on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Mack-Ballogou on July 7 in Philly

On July 7th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, James Shuler Gym Promotions presents former world title challenger and currant USBA light heavyweight champion Yusaf Mack (30-4-2, 17 KOs) against Sabou Ballogou (8-5, 3 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. In his last bout, Mack scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Omar Sheika on April 28th in Atlantic City.

In the six round co-feature, newly crowned Pennsylvania light heavyweight champion Dhafir Smith (26-22-7, 4 KOs) will take on Bobby Jordan (8-3-1, 4 KOs). Also, in four rounders, featherweight prospect and former U.S. Olympic Alternate Eric Hunter (15-2, 8 KOs) takes on Jason Rorie (6-15-2, 3 KOs) and lightweight Tim Witherspoon Jr. (6-2-1, 2 KOs) will take on Cassius Clay (0-3).



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Kyotaro finishes Tillman

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight prospect, OPBF#7 Kyotaro Fujimoto (4-0, 3 KOs), 225, battered 6’5” New Zealander Clarence Tillman (11-10-2, 6 KOs), 268, from all angles and finally caught him with a solid right following quick combinations, dropping him for the count at 2:02 of the third session in a scheduled eight rounder on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Kyotaro, eight years his junior at 26, was formerly a K-1 fighter, having scored some good victories prior to his entry into the international style fighting last year. The Japanese young man, handled by his manager Kenichi Hagimori, technically improved after training for three weeks in Perth, Australia, where he experienced good sparring sessions with big boys there at Harry’s Gym. Kyotaro swarmed over the slower Tillman from the outset, and averted his retaliation well with his faster footwork. The third saw Kyotaro pin him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches and deck him with a thud. The game New Zealander attempted to pull himself up, but failed to beat the count. We saw Kyotaro steadily improving in every fight. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Ortiz-Lopez Workout Quotes

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Quotes from Wednesday’s media workout at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, CA

Victor Ortiz: “I know that he’s (Josesito Lopez) a good fighter. A decent fighter. Good for him that he’s motivated. I have no ring rust because I’ve been in the gym for the last six-seven months.”

With regards to Ortiz fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th, Ortiz responded, “I actually don’t care what people think. Right now, I’m like ‘Canelo who?’ My only focus is on Lopez. After Saturday night, then I could focus on Canelo.”

Josesito Lopez: “He’s (Victor Ortiz) the best fighter that I would have fought so far in my career. I definitely feel that I have the power to surprise him.”

Humberto Soto: “This is going to be another hard fight, just like the other fights I have fought. I’m the type of fighter that doesn’t allow my actions to be decided by the judges. I will do my best to get the knockout, but at the least, I know that I will win a clear decision.”

Reflecting on having fought almost 70 professional fights, Soto said, “I will continue fighting until my body doesn’t give anymore. However, my body still has a lot to give.”

Lucas Matthysse: “The judges saw things in my two defeats (to Zab Judah and Davon Alexander). However, I gained a great deal of experience. I know that he’s (Soto) a good fighter, but I’ve prepared myself to win on Saturday.” (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from the Belvedere Bash

Michael Jimenez 169 vs. Mustafah Johnson 161
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Damon Antoine 154
Simon Buettner 175 vs. Jadell Wells 180
Elijah McCall 229 vs. Travis Fulton 241
Sergio Montes De Oca 120 vs. Salvador Perez 120
PJ Cajigas 181 vs. Gerald Taylor 176

Venue: The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois
Promoter: Hitz Boxing



June 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Undefeated Jessie Vargas signs with Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas today signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement at Top Rank’s corporate office in Las Vegas. Vargas, 19-0, said he will begin training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Robert Alcazar. “Everyone at Top Rank is very excited about Jessie,” said Arum.

“I wanted to be with the Top Rank team and here I am,” Vargas said. “I am planning to very busy, fighting three, four times a year.” Vargas was born in Los Angeles. He moved to Las Vegas at the age of six and began boxing at eight years old. He won gold medals at a number of national tournaments. Vargas was a two-time National Golden Gloves champion. His amateur record was 120-20. Vargas said he is looking to make his Top Rank debut in September.

“Jessie Vargas is a Top 10 welterweight who not only wants to win a world championship, but is looking to be a star in the sport,” Dunkin said.



June 20th, 2012

UFC

UFC 147 flash quotes

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

On Wednesday, June 20, the city of Belo Horizonte officially had its first taste of UFC 147 as fight week kicked off with eight of the main card fighters participating in the Open Workouts. The fighters were cheered on by a crowd of local fans as they took to the mats in the middle of “Praça da Estação” (Station Square). (more…)



June 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Viva Don King II presser

Story and photos by Phil Doherty

Don King entered the room quietly, flags in hand. The assembled boxing press and fight teams awaiting his arrival at The Paradise Live complex in The Seminole Hard Rock immediately shift their attention towards him. He greets his loyal team, including tireless publicist Alan Hopper and Boxing Operations Director Dana Jamison. Someone tells him something funny and there it is–the laugh. It erupts seemingly from the bowels of the building, blotting out all other conversation and just like that, the showman is on.

Say what you will about Don King, but when the man speaks, people listen.

Hosting today’s final press conference for Saturday’s Viva Don King card, the soon-to-be 81-year old impresario performed his patented stream-of-consciousness riffs on individualism, adversity and The American Dream. Blending the edification of a college professor with the fervor of a Baptist preacher, King referenced Winston Churchill, Colonel Travis at the Alamo, Seminole Chief Osceola, Charles de Gaulle, John Paul Jones (the sailor, not the bassist), William Jennings Bryant, Thomas Carlysle, Mao Tse Tung and current Seminole Chief James Billie. (more…)



June 20th, 2012

Boxing Result

Hamer beats Johnson to win Prizefighter

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Tor Hamer won the one night “Prizefighter International Heavyweights II” elimination tournament on Wednesday night at the legendary York Hall near London finishing on top of the eight fighter field to claim the trophy and £32,000 winner’s check. In the final, Hamer (18-1, 11 KOs) won a three round unanimous decision over the pre-tournament betting favorite Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KOs). Hamer did more over the first two rounds, while Johnson finished stronger. Scores were 30-27, 30-28, 29-27.

“I had more energy than him – he’s a smart fighter but I was in great shape and I outworked him for the win,” said Hamer. “It’s a huge boost for my career – my name is out there big time now and I’m hunting the big fights with the big names.” (more…)



June 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Marquez-Vazquez Jr. Presser

Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best

Former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) were face to face today at a press conference for their August 4 pay-per-view clash billed as “The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico” at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Rafael Marquez: I had been training for a month and a half and I come to Puerto Rico for a war. Puerto Ricans know who I am and know that I come to fight.”

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr: “I know you and I’m training for a big fight. I don’t underestimate you for your age as a lot of people do. I had two ways to continue my career. The long way to make two or three fights and then go for a title or fight against Marquez, a veteran or the short way. I choose the short way and I am going to fight Marquez.” (more…)



June 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Haye gets Luxembourg license

Both David Haye and Dereck Chisora are now officially “Licensed to Thrill” at West Ham United on July 14th. Haye was presented with his Luxembourg Boxing Federation license in Luxembourg earlier today from the General Secretary of the LBF, Tony Tiberi. “We are proud to grant a great fighter like David Haye a boxing licence and he showed his appreciation by coming out here today to talk to the media and rub shoulders with his fans, who requested many autographs. David was charming and FLB has no doubt that his fight with Dereck Chisora will be a credit to boxing,” said Tiberi. Last month Chisora was handed his license and now both boxers are ready to fight in out in one of the biggest grudge fights in British boxing history.



June 20th, 2012

Boxing Result

Allakhverdiev wins IBO jr welterweight title

Unbeaten Khabib Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs) won the IBO junior welterweight world championship with a fourth round KO of reigning titleholder Kaizer Mabuza (24-9-3, 15 KOs) on Wednesday night in Moscow. Southpaw Allakhverdiev got off to a good start by knocking Mabuza down in round one. He finished the job in round four, putting Mabuza on the deck twice in round four.

Unbeaten jr welterweight Eduard Troyanovsky (11-0, 8 KOs) recovered from a ninth round knockdown to stop Claudinei Lacerda (14-3, 10 KOs) in round ten with just ten seconds left in the bout.

Earlier, WBC #7/WBA #10 cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (25-1, 25 KOs) needed just 39 seconds to stop Fabio Garrido (25-3, 21 KOs)



June 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Quillin & Tunney at Ring 8 meeting

Middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) and Jay Tunney, son of former world heavyweight champion, were the guest speakers at the Tuesday’s RING 8 meeting at the Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. RING 8 is a non-profit organization dedicated to lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Visit www.Ring8ny.com for more information. Pictured (L-R) Ring 8 President Bob Duffy; middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin; Jay Tunney, Arthur Webb (Bronx Social Services). Photo by Stanley Janousek.



June 20th, 2012

UFC

Milton Vieira, the Anaconda King has arrived

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

The anaconda choke. Once secured, the end comes quickly for those on the wrong side of it. But when the Godfather of the maneuver, Milton Vieira, locks it on, that’s a whole different story.

“I made this position more than 10 years ago,” explains the 33-year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. “I believe a lot in this position because I have many ways to acquire this submission when I am fighting. It has been a part of my life’s work as a martial artist.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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June 20th, 2012




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