Srisaket defeats Chocolatito for WBC superfly belt in classic

Srisaket defeats Chocolatito for WBC superfly belt in classic

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBC Super Flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KO’s) was widely considered to be the ...

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Golovkin decisions Jacobs to keep WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts

Golovkin decisions Jacobs to keep WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts

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Mansour defeats Kauffman in war

Mansour defeats Kauffman in war

By John DiSanto at ringside In the main event at Reading's Santander Arena, heavyweight Amir Mansour, 23-2-1, 16 KOs, defeated Travis Kauffman, 31-2, ...

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Valentin annihilates Alvarez in 70 seconds

Valentin annihilates Alvarez in 70 seconds

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Derevyanchenko destroys Russell

Derevyanchenko destroys Russell

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UFC

Ten Best – 2012 Upsets of the Year

One of mixed martial arts’ most appealing qualities is that on any given night, the underdog can bite back and take out a favored opponent. 2012, like every year, was filled with its share of upsets, and here is this scribe’s unofficial list of the ten best . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

One of mixed martial arts’ most appealing qualities is that on any given night, the underdog can bite back and …


Boxing News

Silvestre featured in non-title clash

WBA interim minimumweight champion Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre (26-3, 19 KOs) is set to face southpaw Ganigan Lopez (21-5, 14 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder in the flyweight division on Saturday as boxing returns to the Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro in Mexico City.

Also on the card, WBA female bantamweight titleholder Janeth Perez (17-0-2, 4 KOs) takes on Irma Garcia (5-0-1, 1 KO) and WBC silver super featherweight beltholder Edgar Puerta (20-4-1, 18 KOs) meets Abraham Rodriguez 24-13-4, 13 KOs).

WBA interim minimumweight champion Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre (26-3, 19 KOs) is set to face southpaw Ganigan Lopez (21-5, 14 KOs) …



Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko Update

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s New Year’s message. Klitschko is expected to next face WBA interim titlist Alexander Povetkin. The camps are still haggling over the details and if no agreement is reached the WBA has scheduled a purse bid for January 17.

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s New Year’s message. Klitschko is expected to next face WBA interim titlist Alexander Povetkin. The …


Boxing News

Majewski-Davis clash on February 23

WBC #8 middleweight Patrick Majewski (20-1, 13 K0s) faces Jamaal Davis (14-8-1, 6 KOs) the 10-round main event on February 23 at Bally’s Atlantic City. Majewski-Davis tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 pm. The fight is a contrast in styles. Majewski likes to walk forward and trade while Davis chooses to move a bit and pick his spots. Majewski has the edge in power, Davis in boxing ability. “This fight is a natural but it took some time to make,” said promoter J Russell Peltz. “It follows the three important steps: First, do the styles match up? Yes. Second, does it lead somewhere? Yes, the winner becomes a player at 160. Third, would I pay to see it? Absolutely!”

Majewski is managed by Arnold Robbins and trained by Robbins and Bill Johnson out of the Atlantic City PAL gym. Davis is self-managed and trained by Sharron Baker and Nazim Richardson. He works out of the James Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philadelphia.

WBC #8 middleweight Patrick Majewski (20-1, 13 K0s) faces Jamaal Davis (14-8-1, 6 KOs) the 10-round main event on February …




Boxing News

Uchiyama-Vasquez: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (19-0-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, Japan, impressively unified the 130-pound belts as he overwhelmed previously unbeaten interim titlist Bryan Vasquez (29-1, 15 KOs), 130, Costa Rica, all the way and finally halted him at 3:00 of the eighth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, 33, registered his sixth defense with five within the distance and displayed his career-best performance. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (19-0-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, Japan, impressively unified the …


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Sato-Akaho: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Slick-punching and swift-moving Japanese Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his WBC super-flyweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (117-112, 117-111 and 118-110) over previously unbeaten ex-OPBF ruler Ryo Akaho (19-1-2, 12 KOs), 115, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) scored the nearly lopsided affair 118-110, while Chansoo Kim (Korea) and Suehiro Tsuchiya (Japan) had it 117-112 and 117-111 respectively, all in favor of the defending titlist. The referee was Yuji Fukuchi (Japan), who handled the fast-moving contestants well. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat Slick-punching and swift-moving Japanese Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his WBC super-flyweight …


Announcement

Battle at the Boat Turns 90 this Saturday!

AbnerMares-BrianHalquistDEC2010NoCreditBrian Halquist thought his days as a boxing promoter would slow down after two of the most popular Northwest fighters of the 90’s – Native American heavyweight contender Joe “The Boss” Hipp and three-time world champion Greg Haugen – lost their respective high-profile bouts.

In his first world title challenge, Hipp was savagely beaten by then-WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon (August 1995) until the fight was stopped during the tenth round due to cuts and excessive swelling around the fighter’s eyes. (more…)

Brian Halquist thought his days as a boxing promoter would slow down after two of the most popular Northwest fighters …


UFC

UFC 155 musings: Miller-Lauzon exceeds the hype

Styles make fights. That is an undeniable reality of combat sports. Yet, a great stylistic matchup doesn’t guarantee a great fight. It only guarantees the possibility of a great fight. Two men must still make the affirmative decision to fight with passion and a bit of recklessness to get a potentially great fight to live up to the hype . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

Styles make fights. That is an undeniable reality of combat sports. Yet, a great stylistic matchup doesn’t guarantee a great …



Boxing News

Frankel-White collide at The Boat

“Battle at the Boat” returns to the Emerald Queen Casino for the 90th time Saturday night when Rob Frankel (31-12-1, 6 KOs) takes on Jermaine White (17-5, 9 KOs) in a bout contracted at 144 pounds. The undercard features six four-rounders, including the pro debut of Zachary Cooper, who trains out of the famous Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. Danny Bonaduce will be the ring announcer.

“Battle at the Boat” returns to the Emerald Queen Casino for the 90th time Saturday night when Rob Frankel (31-12-1, …


Boxing News

Jeremy Williams to launch comeback

40-year-old former heavyweight contender Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams (42-5-1, 25 KOs) will reportedly return for his first fight since 2007 when he takes on Raphael Butler (35-12, 28 KOs) on February 9th at the Crown Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. The bout will be a ten-rounder for a WBU belt.

40-year-old former heavyweight contender Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams (42-5-1, 25 KOs) will reportedly return for his first fight since 2007 …


Boxing News

Q&A: Billy Dib

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib talks to Fightnews to say he is defending against Luis Franco soon and is also interested in moving up to 130 pounds later. He also talks about sparring session with Celestino Cabarello and picks Mikey Garcia to defeat Orlando Salido on January 19.

Your mandatory defense against Maurcio Munoz is due soon. Has any date been set?

Munoz declined a chance at a world title. Crazy. I’m now fighting next in line Luis Franco who lost in a controversial fight to Munoz. 50 Cent will be promoting the event.

Will this bout be in the USA or Australia?

Indications are that the fight will be held in the US. I’m just waiting on confirmation from my promoter. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib talks to Fightnews to say …


Boxing News

Miyazaki-Pornsawan: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Japanese Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant WBA minimumweight belt as he earned a split but popular verdict (116-111, 116-112 and 113-114) over ex-WBA ruler Pornsawan Porpramook (27-5-1, 17 KOs), 104, Thailand, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Osaka, Japan.

Sergio Caiz (US) and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) saw the see-saw affair 116-111 and 116-112, both for Miyazaki, and Levi Martinez (US) had it 114-113 for Porpramook. The referee was Brad Vocale (Australia).

The belt had been renounced by his stablemate Kazuto Ioka who outgrew the division, and the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champ Miyazaki, ranked #2 by the WBA, was authorized to participate in an elimination bout to decide the new titlist. But his contestant was the durable and dangerous ex-champ nicknamed “Thai Terminator.” (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat Unbeaten Japanese Ryo Miyazaki (18-0-3, 10 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant WBA minimumweight belt …



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Ioka-Rodriguez: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten Kazuto Ioka (11-0, 7 KOs), 108, Japan, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt by scoring a fine TKO victory over Mexican Jose Rodriguez at 2:50 of the sixth round on Monday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka floored the Mexican three times—once in the first round and twice more in the fatal sixth to show his admirable sharpness. Ioka gained his second world belt in his only eleventh pro bout, which is the new record here in Japan.

His uncle Hiroki Ioka, now Kazuto’s manager, had also gained a couple of world belts, but it was in his twenty-second bout that Hiroki won the WBA junior fly throne—his second throne—from Myung-Woo Yuh, a new Hall of Famer elected this year, by an upset verdict in the same venue (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium) in 1991. His brilliant nephew, still 23, did it in a half career of Hiroki’s. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat Unbeaten Kazuto Ioka (11-0, 7 KOs), 108, Japan, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt …


Boxing News

WBA New Year’s Resolution

As 2012 draws to a close, it is time once again to reflect back over the eventful year that has passed, as well as look ahead to what is in store for the boxing world in 2013. As always, the World Boxing Association plans to be at the forefront of developments for the betterment of our sport in the new year.

2012 saw its share of ups and downs, good and bad that one would expect to endure within and family, job or endeavor. The WBA is no different. We have been in existence for 91 years, and as we count down toward the inevitable century mark, change is necessary for survival. We have adapted over these last nine decades, and will continue to do so with transparency, integrity and perseverance. 2012 began with personnel changes within our directorate. These changes served to streamline operations for more efficiency. As with any successful business model, when something isn’t working the best that it can, change is necessary to improve the business. The WBA has survived this long, not by resting on it’s laurels, but by striving to be the best we can be. (more…)

As 2012 draws to a close, it is time once again to reflect back over the eventful year that has …


Boxing News

Uchiyama stops Vasquez to unify WBA 130lb belts

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (19-0-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, Japan, impressively unified the 130-pound belts as he overwhelmed previously unbeaten interim titlist Bryan Vasquez (29-1, 15 KOs), 130, Costa Rica, all the way and finally halted him at 3:00 of the eighth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, 33, registered his sixth defense with five within the distance and displayed his career-best performance. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (19-0-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, Japan, impressively unified the 130-pound belts as …


Boxing News

Ioka wins vacant WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Kazuto Ioka, Japan, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt by scoring a fine TKO victory over Mexican Jose Rodriguez at 2:50 of the sixth round on Monday in Osaka, Japan. Ioka floored the Mexican three times–once in the first round and twice more in the fatal sixth to show his sharpness. Ioka gained his second world belt in his only eleventh pro bout, which is the new record here in Japan. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Kazuto Ioka, Japan, acquired the vacant WBA light-flyweight belt by scoring a fine TKO victory over …



Boxing News

Sato defeats Akaho to keep WBC 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Slick-punching and swift-moving Japanese Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his WBC super-flyweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (117-112, 117-111 and 118-110) over previously unbeaten compatriot, ex-OPBF titlist Ryo Akaho (19-1-2, 12 KOs), 115, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Slick-punching and swift-moving Japanese Yota Sato (26-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, kept his WBC super-flyweight belt as he …


Boxing News

Miyazaki wins WBA 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese Ryo Miyazaki acquired the vacant WBA minimumweight belt as he earned a split but popular verdict (116-111, 116-112 and 113-114) over ex-WBA ruler Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Osaka, Japan.

OPBF top ranked Australian Solomon Haumono (20-1-2, 18 KOs), 240.75, acquired the vacant OPBF heavyweight belt as he floored previously unbeaten WBC#14 Kyotaro Fujimoto (5-1, 3 KOs), 228.25, twice and stopped him at 0:57 of the fifth round.

(More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese Ryo Miyazaki acquired the vacant WBA minimumweight belt as he earned a split but popular …


Boxing News

Kono upsets Tepparith to win WBA 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Japanese veteran Kohei Kono (28-7, 11 KOs), 115, stunned the crowd as he impressively captured the WBA super-flyweight belt by dropping defending champ Tepparith Kokietgym (21-3, 13 KOs), 114.25, three times en route to an upset automatic KO victory at 2:08 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a great surprise even for our aficionados since Tepparith was a prohibitive favorite thanks to his three previous defenses over Daiki Kameda (W12), Tomonobu Shimizu (TKO9) and Nobuo Nashiro (W12)–all out of Japan.

For Kono, it was really third time lucky since he had failed to win the 115-pound belt twice, losing to Nobuo Nashiro in a WBA elimination bout in 2008 and to WBC champ Tomas Rojas in 2010. Kono, eight years his senior at 32, was regarded as an obvious underdog as people here thought he would have little chance to wrest the belt from the formidable Thailander making his fourth defense. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat Japanese veteran Kohei Kono (28-7, 11 KOs), 115, stunned the crowd as he impressively …


Boxing News

Oleg Maskaev returns with a win

43-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (37-7, 28 KOs) returned to to the ring for the first time in three years on Sunday at the Sports Palace Quant in Moscow, Russia. “The Big O” handed Owen “What the Heck” Beck his ninth consecutive loss via third round TKO. Beck was down twice.

In other notable action, super middleweight Maxim Glasov (25-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Geard Ajetovic (21-8-1, 10 KOs) over ten and unbeaten middleweight Sherzod Husanov 16-0-1, 8 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Maxim Chemezov (6-1, 2 KOs) in round three.

43-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (37-7, 28 KOs) returned to to the ring for the first time in …


Boxing News

Five world title belts at stake tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi

No one in the world but Japanese boxing people work on the last day of the year. The new year day is to Japan is what Christmas is to western countries. We truly wish to clean up our homes in the end of the year to welcome the prosperous-to-be 2013, but some television networks show great interests in providing nationwide TV audience with boxing bouts with world titles on the line. It’s like a war with three world title bouts in Tokyo to be broadcast by TV Tokyo, while a couple of world title goes in Osaka to be shown by TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System). Fortunately enough, our aficionados will be able to watch all bouts with the two in Osaka to finish on television before 9:30 pm and the three in Tokyo to start from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Let’s put things in order as this reporter’s head is greatly confused with too much information coming from the two cities. In Tokyo, our capital where some 12 million people reside, the headliner of tomorrow’s show is the WBA super-featherweight unification bout between full champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0-1, 15 KOs), Japan, and interim titlist Bryan Vasquez (29-0, 15 KOs), Costa Rica. Uchiyama, making his sixth defense since his coronation with his final-round demolition of Juan Carlos Salgado in 2010, is a prefight favorite due to his superior experience and more advantageous physique. Vasquez, the very first male world champ from Costa Rica, acquired the interim belt by decisioning Santos Benavides last year and made his initial defense by halting veteran Jorge Lacierva this July. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi No one in the world but Japanese boxing people work on the last day of the year. …


UFC

UFC 155 postfight

Seven fighters joined UFC® President Dana White at the UFC® 155 post-fight press conference – Cain Velasquez, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Erik Perez, Costa Philippou, Yushin Okami, and Eddie Wineland.

Miller and Lauzon earned Fight of the Night for their exciting, blood-soaked battle. The lightweight contenders stole the show with a back-and-forth brawl that ended with Miller receiving the unanimous decision.

Submission of the Night was awarded to show-opener John Moraga, who recorded the only submission victory at UFC® 155. The bantamweight wrestler finished Chris Cariaso with a front choke in the third round . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

Seven fighters joined UFC® President Dana White at the UFC® 155 post-fight press conference – Cain Velasquez, Jim Miller, Joe …


Boxing News

Japan’s big day of boxing previewed

By Graham Houston

Japanese boxing fans have a fabulous day ahead of them on Dec. 31 with big fights taking place on major promotions in Tokyo and Osaka. I previewed the Takashi Uchiyama vs Bryan Vasquez fight for subscribers. (This is the only one of the Japanese fights that at time of writing has a wagering line available.) Here are my thoughts on the other fights that take place in Japan on Monday, and the odds I would consider appropriate. (more…)

By Graham Houston Japanese boxing fans have a fabulous day ahead of them on Dec. 31 with big fights taking …


UFC

UFC 155: Velasquez reclaims heavyweight title, decisions Dos Santos

On a main card featuring fighters with 116 combined UFC fights and 30 post-fight bonuses, incoming champion Junior dos Santos and former champion-turned-recrowned champion Cain Velasquez showed why the heavyweight division still reigns supreme, as they put on an athletic, exciting bout between giants. Velasquez’ endless cardio and wrestling prowess put the champion in more danger in the first round than he’d seen in his entire UFC career, and Velasquez followed that with four more rounds of domination, winning back the belt he’d surrendered to dos Santos in just 64 seconds last November . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping is live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, January 19, at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET. Click here for more info.

On a main card featuring fighters with 116 combined UFC fights and 30 post-fight bonuses, incoming champion Junior dos Santos …


Boxing News

Charr targets Haye

Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr has targeted David Haye in order to fast track a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. “I will do whatever it takes to make this fight happen,” said Charr. “I can only hope that Vitali doesn’t retire. I heard that David Haye wants to fight him, too. Well, David, we both have the same goal – so let us find out in the ring who should have the right to challenge Klitschko. I am hereby officially challenging you for an elimination bout!”

Another chance to secure a title shot would be winning the WBC World Cup which is supposed to start in May. “The WBC is looking for eight contenders for the World Cup,” states Charr. “I am honored to be on the short list. The winner of the tournament will become the mandatory challenger for the world championship.” The only problem is the World Cup is scheduled for a whole year which means that Charr – in case he wins the tournament – would be world title challenger in 2014 when Vitali Klitschko will most probably be retired. But the “Diamond Boy” desperately wants to face Klitschko again to show the world that he can beat the best heavyweight fighter in the world. “That’s why I am calling out David Haye. I am not ducking anybody and only looking for the biggest challenge out there. David, if you’re reading this, come on and fight me! I’m ready and only waiting for you – let’s get it on!”

Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr has targeted David Haye in order to fast track a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali …


Boxing News

Friday Night Results from Detroit

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

It took a while. A very serious injury postponed his pro debut for almost a year, but Erik DeLeon finally debuted last night on a card Friday night promoted by Greg Ahrens at Detroit’s Masonic Temple.

In the very first exchange, Toledo’s Eric Ricker never knew what hit him—or rather, he needed at least two more hands to cope with the blizzard of punches that DeLeon threw from all angles. After the first round-one knockdown, Ricker retreated to a corner in an attempt to stave off another salvo; but such an action brought on another flurry from the two-time National Golden Glove Lightweight Champion, and down went Ricker, seemingly more confused by the onslaught rather than the damage done by punches received. Upon rising again, Ricker did make an attempt to move more toward ring-center, but the problem of what to do from DeLeon’s from-everywhere flailing fists was not solved, and in just seconds more, Ricker found himself on the deck and stopped with his third trip to the canvas. (more…)

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder It took a while. A very serious injury postponed his pro debut for almost …


Boxing News

Broner likely to face Rees next

Looks like WBC lightweight champion Adrian Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) will defend his title against former WBA super lightweight titleholder Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) on February 16th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. According to Rees’ promoter Eddie Hearn, the terms had been agreed on and the contract is pending.

Also featured on that card is the much anticipated rematch between heavyweights Johathan Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs).

Looks like WBC lightweight champion Adrian Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) will defend his title against former WBA super lightweight titleholder …


UFC

UFC 155 Preview

Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.

The UFC will end 2012 with a bang this weekend as the pair of heavyweights that ushered in the UFC on Fox era collide for a second time in a title tilt. Heavyweight champion and knockout artist Junior dos Santos faces Cain Velasquez at UFC 155. Let’s get right down to the predictions. (more…)

Preview by Anthony Springer Jr. The UFC will end 2012 with a bang this weekend as the pair of heavyweights …


Boxing News

Theophane destroys Palasa

By Stacy Warren

Former British junior welterweight champion Ashley Theophane (33-5-1, 10 KOs) continued his globetrotting boxing career with a first round KO over Chaurembo Palasa (20-17-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Rene Hartmann Center in Dudelange, Luxembourg. Theophane was due to fight for the junior middleweight IBO International championship on the show, but the fight was downgraded to a GBC welterweight championship.

By Stacy Warren Former British junior welterweight champion Ashley Theophane (33-5-1, 10 KOs) continued his globetrotting boxing career with a …


Boxing News

Q&A: Sam Soliman

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

IBF #1 Sam “King” Soliman will clash with former WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in Germany on February 1st with the winner meeting the winner of the January 30th Daniel Geale vs Anthony Mundine IBF championship bout in May. Soliman talks to Fightnews and explains why he is confident of defeating Sturm and that Geale will defeat Mundine.

Fightnews: When did you start training for your February 1st bout with Felix Sturm in Germany?

Soliman: I started training four weeks ago for the Sturm fight and have had excellent sparring with several boxers in Melbourne who are similar in size and style to Felix Sturm.

Fightnews: When do you depart Australia for Germany and where will you train?

Soliman: I’ll depart Melbourne on January 15th and will train in London. I’ll complete my sparring and training there on January 24 before leaving for Germany on January 25. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin IBF #1 Sam “King” Soliman will clash with former WBA …


Boxing News

Uchiyama-Vasquez/Kokietgym-Kono WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama (18-0-1, 15 KOs) faces WBA interim super featherweight champ Bryan Vasquez (29-0, 15 KOs) on Monday at the Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. The three judges are Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) and Silveste Abainza (Philippines). The fight supervisor is Robert Mack (U.S.).

In the other WBA title bout, South African referee Stanley Christodoulou will be the referee when WBA super flyweight champion Tepparith Kokietgym (21-2, 13 KOs) defends his crown against challenger Kohei Kono (27-7, 10 KOs). The three judges are Carlos Sucre (Venezuela), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Raul Caiz Jr. (U.S.). The fight supervisor is Robert Mack (U.S.).

By Gabriel F. Cordero American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA super …


Boxing News

Usmanee: In My Heart I Want War

IBF #14-rated super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs) is finishing up training at the Club de Boxe de l’Est gym in Montreal, in preparation to face IBF #6 Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) on January 4 at Stage 305 in the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida. “My training is always tip top,” said the Aghani-Canadian. “I’m ready to go. I gotta cut some weight, but it’s in the process. I’m taking my time with it. For me, having to cut weight is ordinary. It seems like no matter what weight I fight at, it’s tough to make. I take it serious because that’s a part of boxing and that’s a battle every boxer should be able to overcome. And it makes the victory taste better when you have to work hard for the win.” (more…)

IBF #14-rated super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs) is finishing up training at the Club de Boxe de …


UFC

UFC 155 at the scales

Weigh-in results for UFC 155, which is headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, and the lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FX for four televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see three prelim bouts at 6:35pm ET / 3:35pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Cain Velasquez (240) VS Junior Dos Santos (239)

PAY-PER-VIEW MAIN CARD
Joe Lauzon (156) VS Jim Miller (156)
Costa Philippou (186) VS Tim Boetsch (186)
Alan Belcher (186) VS Yushin Okami (184)
Derek Brunson (185) VS Chris Leben (185)

FX FIGHTS
Eddie Wineland (135) VS Brad Pickett (136)
Byron Bloodworth (136) VS Erik Perez (136)
Jamie Varner (155) VS Melvin Guillard (155)
Myles Jury (155) VS Michael Johnson (154)

ONLINE FIGHTS
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SES fighters eye 2013 world title fights

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The SES stable in Magdeburg, Germany, has four fighters looking for world title shots in 2013.

Light heavyweight Robin Krasniqi (39-2, 15 KOs) is first up on March 16 when he challenges reigning WBO world champion Nathan Cleverly in England. Krasniqi has vowed to bring the belt back to Germany.

Former WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-3, 23 KOs) wants to reclaim his belt from Arthur Abraham and is expecting a rematch in the spring. Now rated WBO #4, Stieglitz says he only temporarily lent the title to Abraham.

Former IBF welterweight champion and current WBO #1/IBF #3 Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) returns to the ring after an injury and promoter Ulf Steinforth says Zaveck will be ready for a world title shot after perhaps one fight.

Former WBO interim super welterweight Lukas Konecny ​​(48-4,23 KOs), now rated WBO #10, looks to get back into the mix after his unsuccessful challenge against WBO champion Zaurbek Baysangurov. (more…)

The SES stable in Magdeburg, Germany, has four fighters looking for world title shots in 2013. Light heavyweight Robin Krasniqi …


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Don’t Miss UFC 155 Live Tomorrow Night

Don’t Miss dos Santos vs Velasquez 2 Live Tomorrow Night: The heavyweight title is on the line as champion Junior dos Santos faces off with the man he defeated for the belt, Cain Velasquez, live tomorrow night in Las Vegas! Plus, Jim Miller takes on Joe Lauzon and Yushin Okami battles Alan Belcher! UFC 155 Dos Santos vs Velasquez Presented by Bud Light live on Saturday, December 29 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV

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