WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Soto defeats Lopez for WBF belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Three time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (59-8-28, 34 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Jose “Piston” Lopez (17-3-1, 10 KOs) to claim Lopez’WBF welterweight belt on Saturday night at the Estadio Morelos y Pavon in Ecapetec, Mexico State. Scores were 115-111, 114-112 and 115-112.

In other action, junior welterweight Antonio “Kañas” Lozada Jr. (29-1, 25 KOs) scored a second round KO over Edgar Llanes and female light flyweight Yessica “Kika” Chávez shut down Kanittha Kokietgym by scores of 100-90 on all cards in a WBF female title fight. The event was presented by Promociones del Pueblo.

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Three time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (59-8-28, 34 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round …


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Junot dethrones Mia St. John

Fighting on two weeks notice, New Orleans native Tiffany Junot scored a unanimous decision over current WBC Super Welterweight Champion to claim her first world title on the Fight For Life show in Bakersfield, California. Getting the opportunity of a lifetime after original opponent Molly McConnell had to have her knee drained, Junot used her aggressiveness to constantly beat St John to the punch and scored a 98-94 and 96-94 twice to score her 10th and biggest win ever. Show promoter Roy Englebrecht said after the fight that he would do all he could to have Junot defend her new world title belt in New Orleans, where she has never fought!

Fighting on two weeks notice, New Orleans native Tiffany Junot scored a unanimous decision over current WBC Super Welterweight Champion …



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Mchunu wins Super 8 cruiserweight series

By Ron Jackson

In an outstanding performance Thabiso Mchunu knocked out Danie Venter in the fifth round to win the Super 8 cruiserweight series at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. Mchunu (90.70kg) who also won the vacant African Boxing Union cruiserweight title dominated from the first bell against the rather lacklustre Venter (89.82kg) who was never in the fight. The muscular and shorter Mchunu was too fast and strong for Venter who looked taut and was possibly overtrained. (more…)

By Ron Jackson In an outstanding performance Thabiso Mchunu knocked out Danie Venter in the fifth round to win the …


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Mares beats Moreno; Santa Cruz KOs Zaleta

By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Abner Mares (25-0-1, 14KO) successfully defended his WBC super bantamweight title in an action packed unanimous decision victory over former WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (33-2-1, 12KO). Mares applied heavy pressure all through the bout and finally caught Moreno with a hard right cross that dropped him at the end of round five. Mares was warned on numerous occasions for fouls, at least twice for low blows and the other for a punch to the back of a turned Moreno. Instead, however, it was Moreno who was penalized a point in the eleventh round for pulling on the head of Mares while clinched, as referee Raul Caiz Jr. did his best Russell Mora impression (Mares vs. Agbeko I). Judges scored the bout 116-110 (twice) and, inexplicably, 120-106, in favor of Mares.

Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13KO) retained his IBF bantamweight champion in impressive fashion stopping determined challenger Victor Zaleta (20-3-1, 10KO) at 1:42 of the ninth round. Santa Cruz first dropped Zaleta in the fourth round with a left hook and again in the seventh round with a beautiful left hook to the body, left uppercut combo. Zaleta, despite being hit by more than 50% of the power punches from Santa Cruz, never stopped coming forward, not until a right hand caught him flush and dropped him hard prompting the referee to stop the fight.

Alfredo Angulo (21-2, 18KO) abruptly ended a one year layoff that included 7 months in a federal immigration detention center, by knocking out game Raul Casarez (19-3, 9KO) at just 0:56 of the first round in a scheduled 12 round junior middleweight contest. Casarez proved to have more heart than brains when he chose to initiate a slugfest with the powerful Angulo. While trading left hooks, Angulo’s landed first and it was lights out for Casarez.

Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12KO) successfully defended his WBO light heavyweight title against unranked and outclassed Shawn Hawk (22-3-1, 16KO) by way of a dominant eighth round knockout victory. It was target practice all night for Cleverly and he took his time in picking apart Hawk before dropping him twice in the seventh round and twice more in the eighth round. After the fourth knockdown, referee, Tony Crebs called a halt to the bout making Cleverly the winner by TKO victory at 1:53 of the eighth round. (more…)

By Rocco Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda Abner Mares (25-0-1, 14KO) successfully defended his WBC super bantamweight title …




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Martirosyan-Lara ends in technical draw

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
Photos by Chris Cozzone 

In a WBC super welterweight eliminator, top contenders Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs) and Erislandy “El Oro del Guantanamo” Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) battled to a nine round technical decision draw on Saturday night in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. Martirosyan was the aggressor and had success early while Lara was starting to turn the tables. A head clash 26 seconds into round nine left Martirosyan with a bad cut over his left eye and the bout was sent to the scorecards. Scores were 86-85 Martirosyan, 87-84 Lara and 86-86. The winner was to be the mandatory challenger for Canelo Alvarez, so a rematch is likely.

Undefeated #1 featherweight contender Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former WBA featherweight champion Jonathan “Yoni” Barros (34-4-1, 17 KOs). A left hook dropped Barros and Barros told referee Robert Byrd he didn’t want to continue. Time was 2:24.

Highly regarded super bantamweight prospect Jesse Magdaleno (12-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive first round KO over Jose Silveira (12-9, 4 KOs). Magdaleno blasted Silveira to the deck with a rapid-fire barrage of punches at 2:59. (more…)

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside Photos by Chris Cozzone  In a WBC super welterweight eliminator, top contenders …


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Reveco retains title over Rivera

WBA interim world flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (29-1, 16 KOs) of Argentina retained his title by unanimously decisioning Julian Rivera (13-7, 2 KOs) of Mexico over 12 rounds. Reveco known for his steady body attack held true to form but Rivera fought gamely and held up to the see the final bell. Reveco fought nearly the entire fight with a cut on his right eye but it didn’t slow him down. The judges scorecards read as the following all in favor of Reveco. Reina Urbaez 120-106.5, Carlos Sucre 120-107, Jesus Cova 120-107. The fight took place at the Polideportivo Malal-hue, in Malargue, Argentina with OR Productions in association with All Star Boxing, Inc and Producciones Deportivas promoting.

WBA interim world flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (29-1, 16 KOs) of Argentina retained his title by unanimously decisioning Julian …


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Estrada KOs Brown in five

2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (20-4, 6 KOs) won his fourth straight fight Saturday night with a fifth-round knockout of veteran heavyweight Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (38-21-1, 23 KOs) at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Estrada-Brown was the main event on the “Big Things” card, presented by Big Six Promotions. Estrada continued displaying improved punching power, dropping Brown in the fifth, and then finishing him off with a series of stiff punches until the referee halted the action. (more…)

2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (20-4, 6 KOs) won his fourth straight fight Saturday night with a fifth-round …


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Oosthuizen retains IBO championship

Earlier tonight, 24-year-old red-hot undefeated super middleweight contender Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13KO’s) retained his IBO super middleweight championship with a dominate twelve round unanimous decision over four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (25-6-1, 22KO’s) at the Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. Oosthuizen, who is promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves and DiBella Entertainment, dominated the action throughout, seemingly having his way with the much more experienced Zuniga, winning by scores of 120-108, 119-109, 119-109. Oosthuizen is expected to return action stateside sometime in early 2013.

Earlier tonight, 24-year-old red-hot undefeated super middleweight contender Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13KO’s) retained his IBO super middleweight championship …



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Klitschko dominates Wach

By Karl Freitag
Photos: www.michaelsterlingeaton.com

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. “Dr. Steelhammer” was much more aggressive than usual and dominated from the opening bell. Klitschko almost couldn’t miss with his jab or right hand. Wach showed a great chin in absorbing the blows, but little offense until he rocked Klitschko with a right hand at the end of round five. That was Wach’s last hurrah as he didn’t follow-up in round six. Wlad dominated the sixth and staggered Wach late. Wlad just teed off on Wach in the seventh and somehow Wach stayed on his feet. Wlad brutally punished Wach in a one-sided eighth round and referee Eddie Cotton looked on the verge of stopping it. The champion eased up on the gas in rounds nine and ten, but came on strong again in the eleventh. The gutsy Wach, however, was determined not to be knocked out and made it to the final bell. Scores were 120-107, 120-107, 119-109.

The fight was the first time the 6’6 Klitschko has ever fought a taller opponent and the first time in nine years Wlad didn’t have the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward in his corner. (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photos: www.michaelsterlingeaton.com WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision …


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Helenius defeats Williams

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen

Heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-12-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland. Helenius was in command the whole fight, but the most exciting moment came when Williams buzzed him in the sixth with a big right hand. Scores were 99-91, 99-93, 98-93.

“I´m back,” Helenius said afterward. “This was a good comeback win for me. Williams was a dangerous opponent, he came here to fight. But I think I fought a good fight. I´m happy with my performance.”

Said Williams: “I promised to bring sunshine. We got three days of sunshine and Robert got the Conch Punch. I hurt him in the sixth but could not knock him out. In the end, he got the decision, I congratulate him. It was a good fight and he is a very good fighter.” (more…)

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen Heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a …


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Weights from Rhode Island

Jason Estrada 243 vs. Galen Brown 220
Diego Pereira 142 vs. Brian Abraham 142
Jesse Barboza 239 vs. Kevin Franklin 230
Jair Ramos 141 vs. Gabriel Deluc 140
Paul Gonsalves 174 vs. Ahmad Mickens 176
Josh Beeman 139 vs. Carlos Hernandez 139
Russell Lamour 175 vs. John Downey 182
K.J. Harrison-Lombardi 167 vs. Pubilo Pena 167
Michael McLaughlin 147.5 vs. Robert Hunt 148
Julian Pollard 243.5 vs. Johnnie Davis 242

Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment

Jason Estrada 243 vs. Galen Brown 220 Diego Pereira 142 vs. Brian Abraham 142 Jesse Barboza 239 vs. Kevin Franklin …


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Weights from Bakersfield, CA

Mia St John 144 vs Tiffany Junot 142
(WBC Super Welterweight Female World Championship
Jose Diaz 169 vs JC Llamas 168.5
Josh McCartney 160 vs Darren Smith 159.5

Venue: Fight For Life Show in Bakersfield
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Time: 7PM

Note: Little Big Town that won CMA Group of the Year award last week will be in concert after the fights.

Mia St John 144 vs Tiffany Junot 142 (WBC Super Welterweight Female World Championship Jose Diaz 169 vs JC Llamas …



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Weights from Davenport, Iowa

Jordan Shimmell 213 vs. Clinton Boldridge Tba
Travis Thomas 144 vs. Alroic Carson Tba
Limberth Ponce 166 vs. Nick Christensen 173
Joe Perez 130 Brian Strickland Tba
George Carter 153 vs. Alex Deleon 150
Joe Jordan 174 vs. Jason Medina 174
Leondard Overstreet 149 vs. Gilbert Venegas 153

Venue: Dance Land Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa
Promoter: Calkins Sports Productions (Cint Calkins) Armer Boxing (Phil Armer)

Jordan Shimmell 213 vs. Clinton Boldridge Tba Travis Thomas 144 vs. Alroic Carson Tba Limberth Ponce 166 vs. Nick Christensen …


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Le shocks Franklin with devastating first round KO at UFC on FUEL TV

It was as shocking as it was devastating. Cung Le ended the UFC’s first visit to China Saturday in spectacular fashion, knocking out former middleweight champion Rich Franklin with a single right hand in the UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Cotai Arena in Macao.

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UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit is live on PPV from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET. Click here for more info

It was as shocking as it was devastating. Cung Le ended the UFC’s first visit to China Saturday in spectacular …


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The Ultimate Fighter Fridays: ‘Betrayal’

Episode nine – “Betrayal” – of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays reality series aired Friday night on FX and saw Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci dominate Team Nelson’s number one pick, Dom Waters in the final preliminary fight of the series via unanimous decision. The teams are now even, with four fighters each moving on to the quarterfinal round. (more…)

Episode nine – “Betrayal” – of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays reality series aired Friday night on FX and saw Team …


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Weights from Millville, NJ

Thomas LaManna 154 vs. Erick Hernandez Perez 148
Gilbert Alex Sanchez 155 vs. Abdel Malik 152
Jon Bolden 237 vs. Dennis Benson 239
Amir Shabazz 176 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Antoine Douglas 162 vs. Cesar Lopez 162
Joshua Nieves 133 vs. Moses Molina 131.5

Venue: New Jersey Motorsports Park
Promoter: Vincent M. Ponte of Gulfstream Boxing Promotions
Doors open at 6p and first bout is at 7p.

Thomas LaManna 154 vs. Erick Hernandez Perez 148 Gilbert Alex Sanchez 155 vs. Abdel Malik 152 Jon Bolden 237 vs. …



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Weights from Reading, PA

Photo: Jeff Julian

Grayson Blake 156 vs Robert Sockwell 156
Yordenis Ugas 143 vs Dedrick Bell 138
Jeremy Stauffer 188 vs Elvin Sanchez TBD
Frank DeAlba 131 vs Benjamin Burgos 130.5
Aaron Bratton 256.5 vs Aaron Kinch 262
Davin Huffman 136.5 vs Charles Mack 137

Venue: Riveredge Restaurant & Inn, Reading, PA
Promoter: Kings Promotions

Photo: Jeff Julian Grayson Blake 156 vs Robert Sockwell 156 Yordenis Ugas 143 vs Dedrick Bell 138 Jeremy Stauffer 188 …


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Weights from Malargue, Argentina

Juan Carlos Reveco 112 vs. Julian Rivera 112
(WBA Flyweight Title)
Yesica Marcos 126 vs. Pabla Morales 128

Venue: Polideportivo Malal-hue, Malargue, Argentina
TV: TYC Sports (Latin America and USA)
Promoter: OR Productions in Association with All Star Boxing, Inc and Producciones Deportivas
Tickets: SOLD OUT

Juan Carlos Reveco 112 vs. Julian Rivera 112 (WBA Flyweight Title) Yesica Marcos 126 vs. Pabla Morales 128 Venue: Polideportivo …


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Kato keeps Japanese 135lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

OPBF#1 ranked Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (23-4-1, 7 KOs), 135, looked very fine as he kept his national belt by annihilating top contender Shoji Kawase (29-5-5, 17 KOs), 134.25, by dropping him with a vicious right cross three times to chalk up a well-received stoppage at 2:53 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kato, making his third defense, sent the challenger to the deck twice in the fourth and once more in the fatal fifth, when the ref didn’t hesitate to call a halt. Kato, whose idol is Kostya Tszyu, had been regarded as a busy but not-so-dangerous puncher, but he looked like a Thunder from Down Under this night. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi OPBF#1 ranked Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (23-4-1, 7 KOs), 135, looked very fine as he kept …


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Maciel KOs Clayton in round 4

Former world title challenger Javier Maciel (24-2, 16 KOs) of Argentina ranked by the WBO at #7 at 154 stopped Anderson Clayton (39-8, 34 KOs) of Brazil in round four. The end came just seconds before the end of round four when Maciel scored a vicious left hook to the body which dropped Clayton. The referee then issued the full 10 count while Clayton stayed down. The bout took place at the Ce.De.M. Nº 2 of Caseros in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian/Argentina Boxing Promotions promoted the event with TyC Sports.

Former world title challenger Javier Maciel (24-2, 16 KOs) of Argentina ranked by the WBO at #7 at 154 stopped …


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Night of the Olympians Results

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

Unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (21-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over late sub Roberto Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. A right hook to the jaw laid out Castaneda. Time 1:25.

2012 Olympian super middleweight Terrell Gausha (1-0, 1 KO) scored a one-sided second round KO over Dustin Caplinger (2-4, 1 KO). Caplinger down twice in round three. Time 1:55.

2012 Olympian jr middleweight Errol Spence Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Jonathan Garcia (3-4, 1 KO). Garcia started fast, but Spence was soon in control, dropping Garcia in the third and getting the stoppage moments later. Time was 2:41.

2012 Olympian cruiserweight Marcus Browne (1-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Codale Ford (2-1, 2 KOs). Browne dropped Ford with a body shot in the third and got the stoppage with his followup barrage. Time was 1:04.

2012 Olympian super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (1-0, 1 KO) scored an explosive 66 second first round KO over Curtis Tate (4-4, 4 KOs). Tate was down twice.

2004, 2008, 2012 Olympian bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Luis Rivera (1-2, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 38-37, 38-37. Rivera was credited with a knockdown of Warren in round four that should have been ruled a slip. (more…)

By David Robinett at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime Unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell …


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Martirosyan, Lara make weight

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs. Erislandy Lara 153.5
(WBC super welterweight eliminator)
Mikey Garcia 128.5 vs. Jonathan Victor Barros 128.5
Jesse Magdaleno 123 vs. Jose Silveira 121
Jesse Hart 167.5 vs. Josh Myers 165
Terence Crawford 136.5 vs. Sidney Siqueira 137.5

Venue: Wynn Resort, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs. Erislandy Lara 153.5 (WBC super welterweight eliminator) Mikey Garcia 128.5 …


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Full Report: John/Yordan retain titles

Photos and story by Brett Bonetti

Indonesian World Champions Chris “The Dragon” John and Daud “Cino” Yordan both retained their world titles in great fights at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Friday night. In a world title fight where “Someones 0 had to go”, it was undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-2, 22 KOs) that successfully defended his title for the 17th time against the previously unbeaten Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (44-1, 27 KOs). (more…)

Photos and story by Brett Bonetti Indonesian World Champions Chris “The Dragon” John and Daud “Cino” Yordan both retained their …


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Weights from Ecatepec, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Humberto Soto 147 vs. Jose Lopez 146
(WBF welterweight title)
Yesica Chavez 108 vs Kannittha Kokietgym 105.1
Antonio Lozada 140 vs Edgar Llanes 140

Venue: Estadio de Futbol Morelos y Pavón
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Humberto Soto 147 vs. Jose Lopez 146 (WBF welterweight title) Yesica Chavez 108 vs Kannittha Kokietgym …


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Dec 8 Philly kick-off presser

Photos: John Di Santo

A press conference was held to officially announce the next installment of the NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” boxing series. On December 8, 2012, a Philly-centric fight card will take place at Temple University’s Pearson / McGonigle Hall on Broad Street in North Philly. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. North Philly native and #5 heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 15-0, 7 KOs, takes on Bowie Tupou, 22-2, 16 KOs, of Tonga, in the 12-round main event with Jennings’ USBA heavyweight title on the line. The 10-round junior lightweight co-feature bout is an intriguing face off between North Philadelphian Teon Kennedy, 17-2-2, 7 KOs, who’s coming off a world title challenge, and the undefeated Texan Jerry Belmontes, 17-0, 5 KOs. Kennedy is moving up in weight for the fight. (more…)

Photos: John Di Santo A press conference was held to officially announce the next installment of the NBC Sports Network …


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McKenzie stops Maccarinelli

Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Ovil McKenzie (21-11, 10 KOs) scored a highly controversial second round TKO against former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (35-6, 27 KOs) on Friday night at the Olympia in Liverpool, England. After Maccarinelli laid on the ropes and absorbed some not particularly heavy punches from McKenzie, referee Ian John Lewis inexplicably waved it off to the surprise of both McKenzie and Maccarinelli.

Commonwealth light heavyweight champion Ovil McKenzie (21-11, 10 KOs) scored a highly controversial second round TKO against former WBO cruiserweight …


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Froch vs. Mack PPV promo video

IBF super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) defends his title Saturday, November 17 against American challenger Yusaf Mack (31-4, 17 KOs) at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, United Kingdom in the”True Brit” main event. “True Brit,” presented by Matchroom Boxing, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 PM/ET – 12:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

IBF super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) defends his title Saturday, November 17 against American challenger …


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FNF gearing up for 2013

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights series returns January 4 when IBF #5 super featherweight Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) takes on fellow undefeated WBA #8 contender Arash Usmanee (20-0, 10 KOs) at Stage 305 in the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida. In the co-featured televised bout, unbeaten junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (15-0-1, 13 KOs) takes on Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KOs). The undercard, which will be announced shortly, will feature several young local and international talent. Tickets went on sale today.

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights series returns January 4 when IBF #5 super featherweight Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KOs) …


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Weights from Los Angeles

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Abner Mares 121.8 vs. Anselmo Moreno 120.8
(WBC super bantamweight championship)
Leo Santa Cruz 117.6 vs. Victor Zaleta 117
(IBF bantamweight championship)
Nathan Cleverly 174.4 vs. Shawn Hawk 173.8
(WBO light heavyweight championship)
Alfredo Angulo 154 vs. Raul Casarez 153.8

Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime

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Photos: Big Joe Miranda Abner Mares 121.8 vs. Anselmo Moreno 120.8 (WBC super bantamweight championship) Leo Santa Cruz 117.6 vs. …


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Top Rank inks Jose Ramirez

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Todd duBoef announced the signing of Méxican-American amateur sensation Jose Ramírez to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with Top Rank today. Ramírez, arguably the crown jewel of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, will make his professional debut, in a four-round lightweight bout, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Márquez 4 welterweight event, Saturday, December 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao-Márquez 4 will be produced and distributed Live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“I feel very blessed to have the team that I have around me and that Top Rank will make my team even stronger,” said Ramírez. “I feel I’m in great hands with Top Rank and they care about their fighters.” (more…)

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Todd duBoef announced the signing of Méxican-American amateur sensation Jose Ramírez to an …


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UFC on Fuel TV at the scales

Weigh-in results for UFC on FUEL TV, which is headlined by the five round middleweight bout between Rich Franklin and Cung Le and the light heavyweight bout between Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov, airing live on FUEL TV from the Cotai Arena in Macao, China at 9am ET / 6am PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 7:15 am ET / 4:15 am PT.

MAIN EVENT
Cung Le (186) VS Rich Franklin (185)

FUEL TV MAIN CARD
Stanislav Nedkov (203) VS Thiago Silva (205)
Paulo Thiago (169.5) VS Dong Hyun Kim (170.5)
Mac Danzig (155) VS Takanori Gomi (155)
Jon Tuck (156) VS Tiequan Zhang (155)
Jeff Hougland (135) vs Takeya Mizugaki (135.5)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Motonobu Tezuka (135.5) VS Alex Caceres (136)
John Lineker (126) VS Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5)
Tom DeBlass (185) VS Riki Fukuda (186)

The Hyun Gyu Lim vs David Mitchell bout has been canceled after Lim wasn’t medically cleared to compete (more…)

Weigh-in results for UFC on FUEL TV, which is headlined by the five round middleweight bout between Rich Franklin and …


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Vitali to make decision by December 17

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko says he will make his decision on whether to become a fulltime member in the Ukrainian Parliament or continue his boxing career by December 17. “Maybe I’ll have a few more fights or I’ll concentrate on my political work,” the 41-year-old Vitali told RTL. “In any event, I have the heart of a boxer. Boxing was, is and always will be in my heart.”

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko says he will make his decision on whether to become a fulltime member in the …


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Helenius-Williams official weigh-in

Video by Pasi Taavitsainen

Robert Helenius 249.3 vs. Sherman Williams 265.9

Venue: Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: Epix

Video by Pasi Taavitsainen Robert Helenius 249.3 vs. Sherman Williams 265.9 Venue: Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland Promoter: Sauerland Event TV: …


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Chris John retains WBA title for 17th time

Undefeated WBA Fighter of the Decade Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-2, 22 KOs) successfully defended his WBA featherweight “super” championship against previously unbeaten Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (44-1, 27 KOs) on Friday night at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. John outboxed Piriyapinyo over the first half of the fight. Piriyapinyo had his best moments in rounds seven and eight, but John reasserted himself in round nine. Both fighters rocked each other in round twelve. Scores were 117-111, 119-109, 119-109. It was future Hall of Famer John’s 17th successful title defense.

IBO featherweight champion Daud “Cino” Yordan (30-2, 23 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Choijiljavyn “Choi” Tseveenpurev (36-6, 24 KOs) to defend his title. Yordan overcame a spirited effort by Tseveenpurev to win by scores of 117-111, 119-110, 118-110 on Friday night at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Undefeated WBA Fighter of the Decade Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-2, 22 KOs) successfully defended his WBA featherweight “super” championship …


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Japan Update

By Joe Koizumi

It is incredible that there happened three more shows on the same day of November 3 in addition to a world title doubleheader in Sendai, Japan, featuring the WBC bantam and fly title bouts with Shinsuke Yamanaka and Toshiyuki Igarashi having emerged victorious.

In Osaka, local prospect Atsushi Kakutani (12-3-1, 5 KOs), 110, impressively defeated WBA#9 light-flyweight contender Rey Lorito (15-12, 8 KOs), 110.25, by a unanimous decision (all 78-74) over eight hard-fought rounds. Lorito made a good start, but the taller Kakutani found his range from the fourth to dominate the following rounds with more accurate combinations in the daytime.

At night in Osaka, ex-OPBF super-welter champ Yuki Nanaka (27-8-2), 159.75, proved sharper and stronger than Korean super-middle ruler Kyungsuk Kwak (10-7, 7 KOs), 159.75, winning a unanimous nod (79-74, 79-75 and 77-75) over eight heats in a separte show (by another promoter).

On the same night in Tokyo, Japanese super-light champ Shinya Iwabuchi (20-3, 16 KOs), 140, kept his national belt by finishing ex-titlist Shinya Nagase (20-5-2, 10 KOs), 140, at 2:51 of the seventh session in a scheduled ten. (more…)

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