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Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped ...

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World title twinbill in Japan today

World title twinbill in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans ...

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Manny Pacquiao 143.8 vs. Chris Algieri 144.4 (WBO welterweight championship) Algieri initially weighed 144.4, stripped naked and weighed 144.2. He eventually ...

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More Camera Clicks from Macau

More Camera Clicks from Macau

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris "Real Rocky" Algieri ...

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Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew locked horns once again at today's press conference – and both men predicted KO wins ...

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Scale Watch

Alvarez, Lopez make weight at “Knockout Kings”

Photos by Chris Cozzone
Weights by Miguel Maravilla

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Showtime-televised, Golden Boy-promoted “Knockout Kings”:

For the WBC Super Welterweight title:
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 154 vs. Josesito Lopez 153

For the WBC Featherweight title:
Jhonny Gonzalez 125 vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon 125.5

For the vacant WBA Intercontinental welterweight title:
Marcos Maidana 147 vs. Jesus Soto-Karass 147

For the IBF Bantamweight title:
Leo Santa Cruz 117 vs. Eric Morel 118

Francisco Vargas 131 vs. Victor Sanchez 127 ½
Andres Gutierrez 124 vs. Carlos Valcarcel 122
Sergio Thompson 131 vs. Carlos Claudio 133
Eddie Gomez 152 vs. Quinton Whitaker 152

For more photos . . . (more…)



September 14th, 2012



UFC

The Ultimate Fighter Returns Tonight

Season Premiere on FX

The Ultimate Fighter Premieres Tonight at 9pm on FX: Coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson lead 16 fighters towards their goal of winning a UFC contract and the title of the next Ultimate Fighter! Tonight at 9pm ET/PT on FX

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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 14th, 2012

Announcement

“Knockout Kings” is sold out!

(Photo by Chris Cozzone) Tickets are sold out for this Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” featuring Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former World Champion Marcos Maidana facing Jesus Soto Karass in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title and Leo Santa Cruz defending his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former two-time World Champion Eric Morel. (more…)



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

WBC comment on dueling boxing cards in Vegas

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Video: Pepe Rodriguez

In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman talked about the two mega boxing events going head-to-head on Saturday night in Las Vegas where Mexican champions defend their WBC world titles at the MGM Grand Arena and Thomas & Mack Center.



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Hoffmann-Kretschmann ends in no contest

An interesting all-German heavyweight clash between Timo Hoffmann (40-7-2, 23 KOs) and Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) ended in a no contest on Friday night at the TABEA Bürgerpark in Halle/Saale, Germany, after the outdoor fight was stopped in round six due to rain and slippery conditions. Kretschmann seemed a bit ahead and it was likely unfortunate for him that they didn’t score the bout on the rounds completed. Earlier heavyweight Erkan Teper (9-0, 6 KOs) survived a knockdown to defeat Gbenga Oloukun (19-9, 12 KOs) over eight.

Other results:
Fast rising welterweight hope Roman Belaev (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Semjons Moroseks (17-20-1, 7 KOs). Big-punching super middleweight Uensal Arik (15-1, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over Gyorgy Marosi (15-6, 9 KOs). Arik dropped Marosi with a body shot in round two and finished him with a brutal body attack in the third.



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez IV is official

December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will embark on a three-city international media tour, beginning Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. to officially announce Pacquiao-Marquez 4. Pacquiao and Marquez, who have won world titles in 12 weight divisions between them, will collide on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Joining Pacquiao and Marquez on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, and promoters Bob Arum, Todd duBoef and Fernando Beltran.

Promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

The Big Apple will serve as the other site for the U.S. portion of the Pacquiao-Marquez IV media tour on Wednesday, September 19 with a morning news conference and the media tour will conclude on Friday in Mexico City, where Pacquiao and Marquez will meet with tens of thousands of Marquez fans at the final press conference, which will be open to the public.



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Weights from Chester, PA

Victor Vasquez 134 vs. Naim Nelson 133.5
(PA State Lightweight Title)
Todd Unthankvs May 181 vs. Taneal Goyco 179
Julio DeJesus 139.5 vs. Gabriel Diaz 139.5
Alex Barbosa 122.5 vs. Arthur Parker 122.75
Jesse Hart 168.5 vs. Lekan Byfield 163
Mark Rideout 243 vs. Lonnie Kornegay 252
Edson Soto 150 vs. Joshua Rivera 150

Venue: Harrahs in Chester, PA
Promoters: Joey Eye Boxing Promotions & David Feldman
1st Bell: 7:30 pm eastern



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Ricky Hatton returning November 24

Former world champion Ricky Hatton officially announced that he’s coming out of retirement on Friday at a press conference in Manchester, England. “No one wants to end their career that way,” Hatton said referring to his last fight (a second round KO loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009). “It put me into retirement, which I never wanted to do. The manner of that defeat put me into some things which have been well documented…my life turned to mush. The dream is redemption. If a world title comes with it, then so be it.” The 33-year-old Hatton said he will return November 24 in Manchester against an opponent to be named.



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez Jr.-Martinez Live PPV Available ONLINE

Live Pay-Per-View Hits Online Digital Platform in U.S.

Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment announced today that the September 15 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez Mexican Independence Day weekend world middleweight championship event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, for $49.95, boasts interactive features unique to the digital platform through MLBAM’s (MLB Advanced Media) technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers.

“This pay-per-view offering will complement our current distribution which appeals to sports fans who are engaged in digital platforms on a daily basis. The response was so positive when we did this previously, which was for Pacquiao-Bradley in June, and Pacquiao-Mosley and Pacquiao-Marquez III last year we knew there would be an even bigger demand for Chavez Jr.-Martinez. Sports viewing has entered a new frontier and Top Rank, which has always been at the forefront of integrating new technology to enhance the fans’ experience, will be adding more live digital platforms to future world championship boxing events,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

The Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez four-bout pay-per-view live stream will be offered exclusively at www.toprank.tv.



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Hernandez, Ross make weight

Photo: Team Sauerland

Yoan Pablo Hernandez 199.95 vs. Troy Ross 193.34
(IBF cruiserweight championship)
Dominik Britsch 159.17 vs. Roberto Santos 158.95
Mateusz Masternak 195.77 vs. David Quinonero 197.31
Edmund Gerber 234.13 vs. Michael Sprott 242.51
Marcos Nader 160.28 vs. Damien Bertu 159.84

Venue: Stechert Arena, Bamberg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)



September 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Public Invited To Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez Weigh-In

Today! Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and two-division world champion and Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) will go face to face one last time at their official weigh-in today in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109.) Open to the public, complimentary general admission tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis. Fans can pick up their general admission tickets at the Wynn Theater box office beginning at 10 a.m. PT on Friday. Fans can also watch the closed circuit feed at the XS night club at Wynn Las Vegas. Doors to the Encore Theater will open at 2:30 p.m. with Chavez Jr. and Martinez scheduled to step on the scale at approximately 3:30 p.m. PT.



September 14th, 2012

Feature Story

“Knockout Kings” undercard promises fireworks

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos

All eight fighters are Saturday’s quadruple header highlighting a title tilt between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Josesito Lopez were relatively short on words. To be more precise, short on any type of pre-fight hype in the form of trash talk. Oddly enough, that’s just the way Oscar De La Hoya wanted it.

Crossing his fingers throughout the entire press conference, De La Hoya showed his hand after all fighters spoke their mind heading into the Mexican Independence Day card. (more…)



September 14th, 2012

Feature Story

Chavez-Martinez undercard presser

Story by Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank 

Although the 19,186 fight fans that will by rocking the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas are coming to see one bout on Saturday night, every single other fighter on this card has an opportunity to gain more exposure than they ever had in their career.

The undercard of the highly anticipated middleweight battle between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. will feature several fighters on the cusp of becoming more than just another boxer. With Notre Dame standout Mike Lee, Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux and a super featherweight title showdown between Roman Martinez and Miguel Beltran Jr. highlighting the undercard, everyone is jockeying to have their name in the bright lights one day. Knowing that both Martinez and Chavez, Jr. worked their way up from being the undercard, each of these fighters will be looking to seize the opportunity on Saturday night. (more…)



September 14th, 2012

Announcement

“Knockout Kings” Canelo vs. Lopez Official Weigh-In Open To The Public!

Grand Arrivals, Autograph Signings, Workouts & the Weigh-in

The official weigh-in for “Knockout Kings” headlining Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez is open to the public, tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Doors open at noon. For more free, scheduled events . . .  (more…)



September 14th, 2012

UFC

The TUF 30

This Friday night, September 14, The Ultimate Fighter begins its 16th season, and when the bell rings on FX at 9pm, 32 welterweight hopefuls will begin competing for glory and a UFC contract. Several of those who have come before them have gone on to become champions and contenders in the Octagon, and the best of the best are listed below in the updated version of the TUF 30 . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 14th, 2012

Boxing Result

Vargas stays unbeaten in Top Rank debut

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Rising welterweight prospect and recent Top Rank acquisition Jessie Vargas had little trouble taking a unanimous decision over the durable but overmatched Aron Martinez in the main event of ESPN special edition of Friday Night Fights that aired on Thursday. The undefeated Vargas (20-0, 9 KOs) had an opponent who came to fight in Martinez but still owned the fight despite a relatively slow start in the early goings. Martinez (18-2-1) would bull his way forward and attempt to work the body but his punches provided little pop and never forced Vargas to drop his hands or leave himself vulnerable. Vargas did catch a few shots along the ropes but would reset himself and utilize his more polished boxing to score when necessary.

A firefight broke out in the 3rd round as Martinez stepped in and welcomed Vargas to an exchange of punches. The heated exchanges continued into the 4th round as Martinez found several openings to land some solid punches but Vargas would strafe Martinez with a straight right hand and began going to work along the ropes to take the round. Martinez refused to back down, however, and kept Vargas busy, but the infighting was still in the Las Vegas fighter’s favor. Although he was game, Martinez simply didn’t have enough power to dissuade Vargas.

Vargas again came alive and settled into his rhythm towards the end of the 7th round landing a blistering combination that shredded Martinez’ torso and a right hand that bounced off of his foe’s head. Martinez had a very strong 9th round but apparently blew his load as Vargas finished the fight strong in the 10th round and earned the unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 99-91 and 96-94. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Glenn Donaire 112 vs. Omar Soto 111.5
(Vacant WBO NABO flyweight title)
Radivoje Kalajdric 173.5 vs. Shannon Anderson 172.8
Charlie Serrano 125.2 vs. Juan Cruz 123.8
Derrick Samuels 152.2 vs. Troy Hall 156.5
Amos Cowart 135.5 vs. Yunier P Rey 133
Jason Barnett 219.5 vs. Terrance Marba 238.2
Kenny Lacy 230.4 vs. Jorge Flores 255.5
Alphonso Black 154.5 vs. Joseph Benjamin 156.2
Willie Jones 147.5 vs. Allen Williams 149.5
Venue: Ala Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, Fla.
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Fight Night
TV: Telemundo



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

“Knockout Kings” final presser quotes & shots

Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos

CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion: “I feel so much love, so much support. I want to thank my fans. This is a special moment for me.

“I remember seeing great fighters fight here and fight on this stage such as Mayweather for example. I grew up dreaming about what it would be like to fight on a stage like this and now I am here. I want to take advantage of this fight, this opportunity and stay here for a long time. (more…)



September 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Weights from Sacramento, Calif.

Courtesy: Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Antoine Ashford 122 vs. Gustovo Rojas 123.5
Rodney Hernandez 233 vs. Bomani Parker 246.5
Max Becerra 138 vs. Johnny Frazier 137
Mike Guy 167.5 vs. Harry Gopaul 173

Venue: Woodlake Hotel.
Promoter: Nasser Niavaroni (Uppercut Promotions).
Date: 9-14-12



September 13th, 2012

UFC

Season teaser for TUF 16 available

As the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization prepares to launch the 16th season of its famed reality television show – The Ultimate Fighter®, set to premiere with a two-hour special, Friday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FX – it is releasing the action-packed preview video recently tweeted by UFC President Dana White.

Click here to view the video (more…)



September 13th, 2012




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