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For years, Holly Holm has rambled into the ring to a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. But after suffering the worst loss of her career, Dec. 2, 2011, it might be time to change her tune.
No reason to dump Led Zep, however, but she might want to consider swapping “Immigrant Song” for “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”
The life of a fighter is extremely unpredictable. You never know when you’re going to fight next or if something will happen between signing your contract and the night of the fight that keeps you out of the cage. Everything else in life is at the mercy of your schedule, intricately fit into a small window of opportunity somewhere between a morning workout and that evening’s strength and conditioning session . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum poses with undefeated former world Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, trainer Robert Garcia and WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire to announce their upcoming spectacular doubleheader fights, Saturday, July 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca on HBO Boxing After Dark. Donaire takes on IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula and Rios will battle top contender Mauricio Herrera.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
If you cover or read about enough press conferences, you know fighters are bound to say the same things. Today’s final press conference for the pay-per-view portion of Saturday’s Pacquiao vs. Bradley card was no different.
Here are the highlights for the majority of the fighters: (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
A trainer never doubts his fighter’s ability no matter how difficult the challenge they are facing. Some trainers may appear delusional under the microscope of criticism. Others are deemed brilliant when their fighter performs exactly how they explained it. Either way, someone’s confidence ends up becoming nothing more than false bravado. (more…)
Weights for UFC on FX 3, which is headlined by the flyweight semifinal rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, airing live on FX from BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on Friday, June 8. FUEL TV will air six prelims live starting at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT, and the first two fights can be seen on Facebook.com/UFC at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.
Ian McCall (126) VS Demetrious Johnson (125)
Charlie Brenneman (171) VS Erick Silva (169)
Josh Neer (170.5) VS Mike Pyle (171)
Scott Jorgensen (136) vs Eddie Wineland (135.5)
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Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170.5) VS Mike Pierce (171)
Lance Benoist (171) VS Seth Baczynski (170.5)
Matt Grice (146) vs Leonard Garcia (146)
Jared Papazian (136) vs Dustin Pague (136)
Justin Salas (156) VS Tim Means (155.5)
Caio Magalhaes (186) VS Buddy Roberts (185)
Bernardo Magalhaes (155) VS Henry Martinez (156)
Sean Pierson (170) VS Jake Hecht (171)
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former Middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) both made weight for their 10-round super middleweight main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pavlik and Sigmon both scaled in at 167 pounds.
Carlos Valcarcel 122 vs Jesse Magdaleno 122
Kevin Davila 129 vs Saul Rodriguez 128.5
Gerardo Robles 132 vs Roger Gonzalez 132
David Rodela 135.5 vs Terence Crawford 136
Eliseo Durazo 180 vs Mike Lee 177
Former WBO super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona is in Oxnard, California, preparing for his fight against Orlando Cruz with trainer Pablo Sarmiento of Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez fame. Sonsona (16-1-1, 13 KOs) will face Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs) on July 6 in the 10-round main event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Fightnews would like to congratulate Feature Writer David Finger, who won a contested primary Tuesday in Southeast New Mexico for his seat as Magistrate Judge. Finger was appointed Magistrate Judge in Division IV of Lea County by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez in March of 2011 and was running to retain his position as Judge. Finger, who has been a contributor for Fightnews since 2000, also is author of the book “Rocky Lives!” Running as a Republican, Finger won 59.6 % of the total vote. He will be unopposed in the general election in November.
Super middleweight Richard Pierson (11-2, 8 KOs) will now take on replacement David Adotey Allotey (14-2, 7 KOs) in the eight round main event for the WBC Fecerbox championship on June 13 at The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. Pierson was originally slated to face Gary “Fast Hands “Jones. In the six round co-feature, Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (10-0, 5 KOs) will take on Philadelphia tough guy Brian Donahue (2-2-1). The show is promoted by Gabe Laconte’s First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring the co-main and undercard fighters on Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Bradley card: Mike Jones, Teon Kennedy, Jorge Arce, Jesus Rojas, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Randall Bailey and Jessie Hart. More photos and story to follow . . . (more…)
Calgary’s hometown UFC fighter Nick Ring can now add Good Samaritan to his check list. At approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, Ring, who had just finished a yoga class, was leaving a local Starbucks when he witnessed a group of about 10 juveniles aged 15-18 beating up and robbing a young couple, both 17, waiting at a bus stop. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Thursday it has been known that former WBA, IBF and WBO world champion Antonio Margarito will hang up his gloves. “After twenty-two years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have decided to announce my retirement from boxing,” said Margarito. “After thinking broadly and in detail with my family and my team, we have come to the conclusion that it’s time to hang my gloves and start a new chapter in my life. I’m leave boxing but I will continue within the sport.”
Promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing is back at it less than a month after his last jam-packed success. On June 21, Hitz will present his second installment of “The Belvedere Bash” at The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois. Featured in separate bouts that night will be Henry “Western Warrior” Coyle (16-2, 12 KOs), who will go eight rounds in the junior middleweight division; Chicago slugger Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs) will have a six-round super middleweight battle; Chicago super bantamweight Sergio Montes de Oca (6-1, 1 KO) will go four; and Bassett, Virginia’s Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will face TBA in a heavyweight four-rounder.
By John Cannon
I Entertainment president Danny Ochoa vowed that he would be back in the Valley to put on a show after his original one fell through back in November of 2011. Ochoa was a man of his word as he makes a return to Pharr on June 8th as I Entertainment presents “Pure Pride II”. “We were set and ready to go back in November. However, one of the opponents did not pass his brain scan just days before the event and didn’t have enough time to find an opponent,” said Ochoa. “Also, we didn’t want to deprive the fans so we decided to reschedule. But like I said before, we will be back and here we are. We are excited about this show and have some excellent fights set for June 8th.”
In the main event, Dominic Guinn will face Stacy Frazier in a heavyweight bout and Ochoa said he is excited about getting Guinn on the card due to his impressive resume. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has ruled that current flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez cannot make optional defense against Filipino challenger Ardin Diale scheduled for June 23 in the CUM of Hermosillo, but instead his next fight must against WBA interim flyweight titleholder and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco. The June 23 fight card will go on as scheduled with Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (21-1, 16 KOs) replacing Marquez against Diale.
At a press conference in Hermosillo, Zanfer Chief Operating Officer Gullermo Brito and “Tyson” Marquez explained that WBA President Gilberto Mendoza issued a letter informing them that from May 16 to June 16 the camps of Marquez and Reveco are to negotiate a fight agreement. If no deal is reached by June 16, the fight would go to purse bid. (more…)
Where does cruiserweight contender Lateef “Power” Kayode go after last Saturday’s draw against IBO champion Antonio Tarver? WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #4 cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1, 18 KOs) says bring it on. “I want to make a formal challenge to Kayode. This is a fight between two top world rated cruisersweights both trying to get into position for the world title. I need a fight like this to make a statement….it’s no secret that I’ve wanted Kayode for a long time. After he beat Nick Iannuzzi, I contacted Gary Shaw Promotions immediately for a match between us. Well, they went in another direction and I fought Iannuzzi next to make a statement. They said the timing wasn’t right. I respect their decision. But now the time couldn’t be more right! I have had 3 fights in 8 months and would love to face Kayode next. He has shown improvements and this fight can be big. We can do it in Springfield, Missouri and sell 5000 seats with this on Showtime or any network! But the truth of the matter is I will fight you anywhere. I just want it to be known that the money is there and we can easily make this happen.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBO interim super lightweight world champion and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez will be in Las Vegas to witness the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and while he’s there Marquez hopes to meet with promoters Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran to nail down his next fight. Marquez was slated to fight on July 14 at Cowboys Stadium but that date was scrapped. Marquez may return next in Mexico City is in the U.S., although sources close to Marquez indicate that he could possibly wait until November 10 to face Pacquaio.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australia’s IBF featherweight king Billy Dib (34-1, 21 KOs) will fight Mexican southpaw Juan Antonio Rodriguez (21-3, 19 KOs) in a super featherweight bout at Campsie in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 13. Rodriguez is a former WBC youth featherweight world champion Rodriguez – who has lost just one of his past 18 contests. Dib captured the IBF title in 2011 by defeating Jorge Laciervia and defended successfully against Alberto Servedei and Eduardo Escobedo in 2012.
“I’m chasing some big fights,” Dib said. “A dream fight for me would be against WBO 130 pound champion, Adrien Broner, who is being groomed as the next Floyd Mayweather in America, that’s the fight I’m chasing at super featherweight.” (more…)
IBF # 13 heavyweight veteran Maurice Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) has been added to the mix of international heavyweights for Prizefighter Int’l Heavyweights II. The event will take place June 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Harris joins fellow participants American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Poland’s Albert Sosnowski, Australia’s Kali Meehan, and England’s Tom Dallas. In his last fight, Harris dropped what many felt was a controversial decision to undefeated local favorite and hometown hero Edmund Gerber (20-0, 13 KOs) this past May 5th in Erfurt, Germany. (more…)
It was a jovial mood at Wednesday’s final press conference before Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley square off on June 9th. Bob Arum mistakenly called Bradley’s manager Cameron Dunkin “Cameron Diaz,” Pacquiao was awarded a diamond ring by the WBO for being their #1 pound for pound fighter and a butterfly fluttered about the Hollywood Theater, to everyone’s delight.
Everyone wore smiles, except for Timothy Bradley. (more…)
There has been a buzz in boxing’s inner circle. It’s not so much about what Timothy Bradley can do to beat Manny Pacquiao on June 9th. It’s more about the mysterious leg cramps that have surfaced and slowed him down in his last two fights and how they will affect him should they crop up against Bradley. Everybody cramps, but Pacquiao’s muscular legs are detrimental to his in ring ability and, when ailing, turn Superman into Clark Kent. (more…)
Watch the UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall 2 streaming live Thursday, June 7 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT.
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WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. works with strength and conditioning coach Luis Cornejo during training for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing. photos
All the shots from today’s final presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Stay tuned for a full report.
Freddie Roach: “We’re looking forward to fighting and beating a previously undefeated fighter.”
Manny Pacquiao: “He’s a hungry fighter, he’s young and I know what he’s feeling. I feel like I’m 22 years old. My team wants to stop me from training but I keep pushing because I know Bradley is inspired to train hard to beat me.”
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
Prospects McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo, twin brothers from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, will headline the new edition of Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show this Saturday at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation. The 2009 Amateur World Champion and current WBO #13 ranked and Latino flyweight champion, McWilliams Arroyo (11-1, 9 KOs), will face Mexican Rigoberto Casillas (8-6-1, 6 KOs) in a flyweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds. McWilliams, who will fight for the third time this year (has wins over Gilberto Mendoza and Luis “Titi” Maldonado), beat Casillas by a seventh round TKO last year in a hard fight in Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Charlie Els, one of a select group of boxers who held three SA titles, has died in Durban. He was 74 years old.
Charles William Els, who was born in Boksburg on October 5, 1937, died last Saturday. His fights against Ernie Baronet, Bennie van Nieuwenhuizen, Mickey Pretorius, Bill Dollery and Fraser Toweel were part of a golden era in SA boxing. Els made his professional debut on June 24, 1957 when he knocked out Steve Evenwell in the second round. The tournament was held at Modderfontein, near Johannesburg. In his fourth fight, Els lost on points to Pat van Biljon but he soon stopped Louis Klopper in the ninth round to win the vacant Transvaal featherweight title. On February 2, 1959, in only his twelfth fight, Els outpointed Baronet in Durban to take the SA featherweight title. However, on May 1 the same year he lost the title to Baronet. Els was knocked out in the second round when he fought Dave Stone at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London. And when he returned to South Africa, Pretorius beat him on points over six rounds. But he got his career back on track by winning five of his next six fights. (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende
Its official: Arthur Abraham is going to challenge WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz for his crown at o2 World, Berlin. Sauerland Event and SES-Boxing are proud to present this fight as the main event on August 25.
“I’m happy that this fight will take place at o2 World. I was hoping for another chance to show my skills in this incredible arena in front of as many fans as possible. I am looking forward to entertain them again, like I did back in 2009 with my last round knockout against Jermain Taylor,” said Arthur Abraham. (more…)
If you listen really carefully, you could hear the sound of laughter. Where is it coming from? From the Palm Springs area in the Southern California desert.
Still do not have an idea who it is coming from? Well, he was criticized by the media and diehard boxing fans for passing up on a guaranteed payday against Amir Khan last year and is about to step inside the ring against Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night.
Timothy Bradley had heard all the criticisms before, yet stood steadfast on his decision and the hope that there would be a big payday down the road. (more…)
Top Rank announced today that the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand 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 for $54.95, 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. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KO’s) held a press conference at the Incontro Restaurant in South Perth today to announce his next fight where he will face “The Bronx Bomber” Danny Santiago (31-5-1, 19 KO’s) on Wednesday July 25 at Challenge Stadium in Perth Australia. Green will drop down in weight to face Santiago. “Most probably this will be the last time I fight in Western Australia, so it means a hell of a lot to me and we’ve chosen a very exciting guy in Santiago” Green said.
Green hasn’t fought since his TKO loss to WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in November where he had a comfortable lead on all judges’ scorecards at the time of the stoppage in round 11. Santiago’s last fight was also an unsuccessful World Title challenge which was for the WBA Light Heavyweight title against current champion Beibut Shumenov. (more…)
Former Middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) will meet in the 10-round super middleweight main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on the eve of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley PPV extravaganza. Pavlik enters Friday’s fight coming off a March second-round TKO win over Aaron Jaco, while Sigmon has won his last six fights. “The two guys that have been successful against Pavlik (Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez) moved laterally a lot, counterpunching and timing. But I’m not that guy, so I’m going to have to do it a different way than it’s ever been done… If this fight plays out the way I think it will, this will be an early candidate for ‘Fight of the Year.’”
Friday’s co-feature will pit Featherweights Jesse Magdaleno (9-0, 6 KOs) against Carlos Valcarcel (12-4-4, 5 KOs). Las Vegas’ Magdaleno is coming off a first-round knockout win over Timothy Fast, while Valcarcel, a 2000 Olympian for Puerto Rico will look to rebound after a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Roberto Marroquin in his last fight.
Also on Friday’s card undefeated Light Heavyweight Mike Lee of Chicago will meet Denver’s Isaiah Barela (3-2, 2 KOs) in a Light Heavyweight matchup. The card is presented by Top Rank.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) will fight against WBC International Silver heavyweight titlist Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KOs) on September 1 at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, Ukraine. Klitschko will fight for the second time in Ukraine, and the first time since 1998 when he knocked out Italian Francesco Spinelli in the first round. Now he’ll enter the ring in the main football stadium in Ukraine in the presence of 70,000 people. It is likely the last fight of Vitali’s career as he finally plans to go into politics. On October 28, he and the Punch” party (rus. UDAR – Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform) will take part in parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
Before a student body that included newly retired fighter and future fight promoter Sugar Shane Mosley, UFC Vice President and former WEC founder Reed Harris, delivered the keynote address at the opening session of Fight Promoter University VIII in Costa Mesa, CA. FPU VIII runs thru this Friday, with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schafer speaking on Wednesday.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Trainer Freddie Roach ties the gloves of WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during training for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Former two time World Champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4-0) will take on former WBO and IBA Light Middleweight Champion, Bronco “Superman” McKart (54-9-1) in a ten round bout on July 14 inside the Pearl heatre at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The card, billed as “When Worlds Collide,” will be presented by Millennium Events and televised on Wealth TV. In the co-main, WBO #1 and IBF #5 rated light heavyweight Dmitry Sukhotsky (18-1, 13 KOs) will be making his USA debut against Cornelius “Da Beast” White (19-1) for the IBF International belt in a twelve round bout. Also heavyweight Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola (9-0, 8 KOs) faces Henry Namauu (10-4).
The brutal attack on Nigagara Falls, New York native jr welterweight Nick Casal a few weeks ago left world ranked Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1,14 KOs) without an opponent for his June 29th ESPN2 10 round main event date. Riverside, California resident by way of Mexico Jose Reynoso (16-3-1, 3 KOs) has stepped up to the challenge to face Provodnikov. Reynoso is a major ticket seller in the inland empire area of California and has gone unbeaten in his last 7 fights. Though this is a major step up in class, Reynoso was not the least bit hesitant when approached about this opportunity. “Let’s make the fight happen,” said Reynoso. No venue has be confirmed as of yet for the fight. Max weight for the fight is 140 pounds.
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