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Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

By Tracy Morin at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) ...

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Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night ...

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Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) retained his titles with a third round TKO over Rommel ...

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Manny Pacquiao looks sharp in workout

Manny Pacquiao looks sharp in workout

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club ...

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IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

Photos: Lawrence Lustig In his first defense, unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) demolished #1 rated Jo Jo Dan (34-3, ...

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Sasiprapa arrives in Mexico for WBA light fly showdown

By Gabriel F. Cordero

World title challenger Nethra Sasiprapa of Thailand arrived Wednesday night in Mexico for his fight against Mexican Jose “El Torito” Rodriguez for the vacant WBA interim light flyweight title on Saturday at the German Evers Arena in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico on a card presented by Zápari Boxing Promotions and Canelo Promotions. “I have come to Mexico full of hope and strong desire to be world champion,” said Sasaprapa. “I’ve done a good preparation to achieve this. Mexico is a great country and its fighters are great fighters and it will not be an easy fight.” Sasiprapa came along with vice president of Kokiet Group Company Nicolas Omathikul. Kokiet Group is the largest Thaipromoter and stages about 24 boxing shows a year in the country.



November 17th, 2011



Feature Story

Q&A with promoter Andrzej Wasilewski

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

How Poland became a cruiserweight world powerhouse nobody actually remembers, but 12 Round KnockOut Promotions CEO Andrzej Wasilewski is comfortable to know that current WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (45-2, 32 KO) and #2 WBA ranked and still undefeated Paweł Kołodziej (29-0, 17 KO) are fighting for his stable. “Without a doubt cruiserweight is a Polish specialty right now,” Wasilewski told Fightnews. “Tomasz Adamek was undefeated as a cruiserweight, ‘Diablo’ will defend his WBC title in Australia against Danny Green on November 30, ‘Harnaś’ Kołodziej wants to fight for WBA belt – these are good, exhausting but also exciting times.” (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares, Darchinyan, Moreno speak out, Agbeko a no-show

IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares, WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo Moreno, Two-Division World Champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan and Hall of Fame Promoter Don King held a media conference call on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his titles against the boxer he dethroned, former two-time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22KOs), of Accra, Ghana.

In the co-featured world championship bout, Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs), of Panama City, Panama, will defend his WBA belt against Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzor, Armenia. (more…)



November 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Arum, Sulaiman trade barbs over Pacquiao-Marquez

Before Saturday’s welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, WBC President Jose Sulaiman said he saw little chance of Marquez winning the fight, which was for the belt of the rival WBO sanctioning body, and stated it would be “a miracle” if Marquez is victorious. After Marquez nearly pulled off the upset, Arum referred to Sulaiman as an “asshole” at the post-fight press conference.

In a press release issued today, Sulaiman issued the following statement:

Promoter Arum insulted me in the press with a swear that I wouldn’t dare to type out for respect specially to ladies. I think of Bob Arum is one of the greatest Promoters that my eyes have seen, but also that he has no class, has no idea of what a gentleman is, and if he would be subjected to an open heart surgery, the doctors would find no heart. I have tried all my life to be his friend, and have always supported him specially at his rough times, but unfortunately, he does not know either the meaning of that word. He just can’t help it. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Chavez Jr in Houston

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Son of the legend and undefeated WBC Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. signs autographs for 8-yr. old Ryan Perez and 9-yr. old Jonathan Juarez of Humble, Texas during a special appearance attended by over one thousand fans at the Fiesta Mart in Houston, Texas Wednesday. Chavez is in town preparing for his upcoming world title fight against “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr., Saturday, Nov.19 at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Tecate, Chavez Jr. vs Manfredo Jr. will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

#1 Chonlatarn destroys Miyagi

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion

WBC/WBO #1 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (40-0, 24 KOs) successfully retained his WBO Asia-Pacific 126 lb title as he scored a third round TKO over Ryuta Miyagi (21-7-4, 16 KOs) on Tuesday at Khunyuan Airfield in Maehongson, Thailand. Japanese Miyagi who ever defeated two former WBA 122 lb title holders as Ryol Li Lee and Yoddamrong Sithyodthong, started well as he aggressively hunted counterpuncher Chonlatarn, launching hard combinations and dominating all of the first two rounds. The turning point occurred in round three when the champion landed a well-time left hook which dropped his contender, then he viciously hunted his foe and floored the Japanese twice more, forcing referee to stop the bout at 2:57. In other action, ABCO female 126lb title holder Sainamdoi Pitaklo-ngen (11-1-1) scored an eighth round unanimous decision over Kaenpetch Manoprungroj. Thongtaeng Muangsima outpointed Keangsaklek Sakchaichok in a six round non-title bout. Also, Susu Sithjadaeng outpointed Tripetch Sor Poonsawat. This event was promoted by Pariyakorn Ratanasuban of Onesongchai Boxing Promotion. Click here for more photos…



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Ivan Calderon denies involvement in 225-kilo cocaine haul

Former two-division world champion Ivan Calderon has denied any involvement in a 225 kilo drug bust (street value $4.5 million) that took place at one of several rental properties he owns in Puerto Rico. “It was a surprise to him when they called,” said Calderon’s promoter Peter Rivera to El Nuevo Dia. “He’s a good clean guy.”



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Kermit Cintron workout video from Mexico City

Video: Pepe Rodriguez



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya Foundation 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway

The Oscar de la Hoya Foundation will host its 15th Annual Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, November 19, between 11AM and 1PM at Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School. Boxing fans can join Oscar and Abner Mares as they help distribute hundreds of turkeys, fixings and other products to the East Los Angeles community.



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Super Six Finalist – Carl Froch: I am a Fighter

From the amateur gyms of Nottingham to the top of the international world of boxing, Carl Froch stands one month away from The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Get the backstory of the tenacious super middleweight.



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Lupo-Decarie battle for vacant WBC International welterweight belt Dec 17 in Quebec City

Canadian welterweight Victor Lupo finally gets his well deserved title shot December 17 against former world title challenger Antonin Decarie for the vacant World Boxing Council (“WBC”) International Welterweight Championship at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs), who lives in Toronto, become the mandatory challenger last February by defeating former world champion Junior Witter (37-3-2) by a 10-round decision for the vacant WBC International Silver title. The reigning WBC International champion, Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco, was recently stripped of his title belt for refusing to fight Lupo. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Upper Marlboro, MD November 19

By Gary “Digital” Williams

There will be a boxing card coming to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD this Saturday, November 19. Keystone Boxing is promoting a pro-am card and bringing back the “In Yo’ Face at Showplace” series. Headlining the pro section will be undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hard Work” July who will face Jason “The Mason” Pauley of Cabin Creek, WVA in a six-round contest. July (8-0-2, two KO’s), who is a lawyer by profession, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Willie Chisolm on August 19 in Baltimore, MD. Pauley (5-5, one KO) has lost his last five after winning his first five. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares-Agbeko Video Preview

Saturday, December 3rd at 9PM on SHOWTIME … By popular demand … the rematch between two of the world’s top bantamweight boxer. Watch as Abner Mares defends his controversial win by returning to the ring to face Joseph King Kong Agbeko. Plus, Vic Darchinyan returns to take on Anselmo Moreno.



November 16th, 2011

Announcement

Cutman Joe Souza passes

Legendary cut man Joe Souza passed away early this week in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 77 after a long battle with prostrate cancer. Souza, one of the best cutmen in the business, saved many a fight for famous bleeders Arturo Gatti and “Jesse” James Leija, as well as working with former champions Pernell Whitaker, the Klitschko brothers, Fernando Vargas and Paulie Ayala. Fightnews staff sends deepest sympathies to his family and friends.



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

DeGale/Groves twinbill moved from London to Liverpool

Frank Warren’s show planned for the ExCeL London on Friday 9th December – joint-headlined by James DeGale and George Groves in separate championship fights – has been switched to the Liverpool Echo Arena on the same date. Due to unforeseen circumstances, ExCeL were unable to stage the event due to their Olympic test event commitment and, with no other London venue available, Ian Congdon from the Liverpool Echo Arena jumped at the chance to stage another international boxing event at the city’s premier venue. Last month Liverpool star Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly fought a tremendous battle for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title at the venue in one of the best fights seen in recent years, and in July John Murray and Kevin Mitchell were also involved in a thrilling fight at the same venue. DeGale will take on tough Spaniard Jose Guerrero in the first defence of his WBO Intercontinental Super-Middleweight title, while his great rival Groves will defend his Commonwealth title against a challenger to be confirmed.



November 16th, 2011

UFC

UFC sues to overturn NY ban on MMA

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and a group of plaintiffs including fighters, fans, trainers and others involved with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against New York State officials challenging the constitutionality of the state law banning live professional MMA events and associated activities (the “Ban”). The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, challenges the Ban for violating numerous provisions of the United States Constitution, including the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the Ban infringes upon the rights of the fighters who want to publicly exhibit their skills as professionals and express themselves before a live audience, the rights of fans who would like to experience live professional MMA events, and the rights of those who train, publicize or otherwise advance MMA in New York. Plaintiffs point to the following as evidence of the irrational, unconstitutional nature of the Ban: (more…)



November 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Cintron Training in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Nine weeks of training in Houston and two in Mexico City are planned for former world champion Kermit Cintron to win the WBC super welterweight title held by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Cintron went ahead to Mexico City with his trainer Ronnie Shields to acclimate to the conditions prevailing in this city. “Nobody could ever beat me when I train at 100%,” said Cintron. “I have more experience and I have faced better fighters than Alvarez, Antonio Margarito, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo.”



November 16th, 2011

StrikeForce

Budd has a surprise for Ronda

STRIKEFORCE is live on SHOWTIME Nov. 18!

Julia Budd was under no illusions when it came to public perception before her third professional mixed martial arts bout against Germaine de Randamie in June of this year . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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For more on Strikeforce, visit www.strikeforce.com



November 16th, 2011

Feature Story

Amir Khan promises fireworks

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Amir “King” Khan (26-1,18 KOs) demonstrated that he is ready for his December 10th showdown against Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (29-1-1, 15KOs) as he worked out Tuesday in front of the media at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California. Khan is coming off an impressive KO win over Zab Judah back in July during which he captured the IBF jr welterweight title to add to his WBA title. “Training is going very well,” Khan said. “We are going to be ready for this fight no matter what!”

A focused Khan began his workout shadowboxing for three rounds. Afterwards he worked on combination punching hitting the punch mitts with trainer Freddy Roach. Khan has been sparring with jr middleweight Roberto Garcia, jr welterweight prospect Jose Benavidez and welterweight sensation Wale Omotoso in preparation for Peterson. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

UFC

Bonnar: The uglier the better

UFC 139 is LIVE on PPV Nov. 19!

Every UFC fighter, without exception, is asked to name his favorite technique. Only one of the 303 pro athletes on matchmaker Joe Silva’s roster answered “the punch to the face.” . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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For more on UFC 139 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



November 16th, 2011

Feature Story

Five WBF title fights at Montecasino in Sandton, South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Heavyweights Francois Botha and Michael Grant head a bill in which the Montecasino entertainment centre and new promoter Damian Michael of Showpony Promotions can claim some sort of record by presenting five “world” title fights on one night at the Montecasino in Fourways, Sandton near Johannesburg on Saturday night. South Africa’s Botha 48-5-3-1nc; 28 a former IBF and WBF champion faces Grant 47-4; 35 from the USA in a bout for the vacant World Boxing Federation belt. (more…)



November 16th, 2011

StrikeForce

Who’s next? Could be Brunson

STRIKEFORCE is live on SHOWTIME Nov. 18!

Strikeforce middleweight prospect Derek Brunson isn’t going to lie. As a cheerleader for UNC-Pembroke, he lost a few.

“Oh yeah, it’s part of the learning process,” said Brunson of the act of throwing his female teammates in the air and catching them, either with one hand or both arms, an act immortalized in his audition video for an unsuccessful bid for a spot on The Ultimate Fighter . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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For more on Strikeforce, visit www.strikeforce.com



November 15th, 2011

UFC

Kingsbury: Art of the Brawl

UFC 139 is LIVE on PPV Nov. 19!

The Octagon is a war zone and UFC fighters are its soldiers of fortune. The rank and file enter the cage aiming for a win, but there are others with deranged views of glory who seek three round slugfests that metaphorically set the arena on fire as fight fans scream along in the inferno of combat viewing excitement. The viking-like savagery these particular Mixed Martial Artists desire in their 15 minutes of ambidextrous assault is what keeps sane men up at night. These warriors who are only satiated by this havoc are bestowed upon them a coveted honor . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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For more on UFC 139 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC gears up drive for wider acceptance of open scoring

WBC President Jose Sulaiman says had open scoring been used in the Pacquiao-Marquez bout last Saturday, the current controversy could have been avoided. “The WBC has a regulation that they don’t want to apply in the United States and that is to announce scores after the fourth and eighth rounds. If this was done, we wouldn’t have this scandal,” he stated. Open scoring will be one of the priorities to be discussed during the WBC Annual Convention, which will be held in Las Vegas on December 11-17. For the last five years, the organization has been announcing the score after the fourth and eighth rounds in most countries, which they argue gives the fans in the arena, those watching on television, and most importantly the boxers themselves the opportunity to know how they stand in the fight in order to adjust their strategy and efforts. (more…)



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Eddie Gomez headlines Friday’s Telefutura telecast from Puerto Rico

This Friday in Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo series returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The main event at the Complejo Deportivo Nilmarie Santini will feature undefeated super welterweight prospect Eddie Gomez (6-0, 5 KOs) from the Bronx, who is looking for his fourth straight victory by knockout against Cuban Antonio Infante (6-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round clash. In the co-main event, super flyweight Yovany Fuentes (5-1, 4 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, faces Miami’s Angel Cruz (6-1-1, 4 KOs) in a six round fight. The card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Further Pacquiao-Marquez scoring analysis

By Barry Lindenman

Scoring Summary by the Numbers

1. In six of the twelve rounds, all three judges agreed on the winner of the round.

2. In the first seven rounds, there was only one round where there wasn’t unanimous consent as to the winner.

3. There was disagreement among the judge’s scoring in all of the last five rounds of the fight.

4. Judge Trowbridge was the “lone wolf” in only one round (round 12)
a. Awarded the round to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the round to Pacquiao.

5. Judge Moretti was the “lone wolf” in two rounds (rounds 2 and 11)
Awarded the rounds to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the rounds to Pacquiao.

6. Judge Hoyle was the “lone wolf” in three rounds (rounds 8, 9 and 10)
Awarded the rounds to Marquez, while the other two judges awarded the rounds to Pacquiao.



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez generates biggest live gate Las Vegas has seen in four years

The numbers for the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez live gate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas are in and the event was a huge success producing the biggest boxing crowd in years in the boxing mecca. According to Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, there were 15,498 tickets sold for the fight, the most for a Nevada boxing event since Mayweather-De La Hoya in May 2007, and second-most since Hopkins-De La Hoya in September 2004. Gross sales were $11,648,300, #9 all-time in Nevada.



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Full Card Announced for Hitz Boxing ‘Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash’ in Chicago

The full card has been announced for Hitz Boxing’s “Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash”, on Wednesday, November 23, at the posh Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois. In the main event, come backing former world title challenger Johnny Lewus (25-4-1, 21 KOs) will face Allen “The American Boy” Litzau (13-6, 7 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight battle. On the undercard, undefeated heavyweight Dave Latoria (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Raymundo Lopez (3-4, 1 KO) in a six-rounder; undefeated super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (4-0, 3 KOs) will go four against James Denson (4-5, 2 KOs); cruiserweight Terry Martin (4-0, 4 KOs) will look to continue his knockout streak against Kia Daniels (6-6, 4 KOs); light heavyweight Bruce “The Rage” Rumbolz (22-23-2, 15 KOs) will take on Gerald Taylor (4-3-1, 2 KOs) clash; and Chicago Golden Gloves champion Erick Correa will make his pro debut against Keon Graham (2-6). (more…)



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Petersons, Mitchell workout in Washington DC

Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Washington, DC natives Lamont “Havoc” Peterson and Anthony Peterson along with Brandywine, Maryland’s Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell held a media workout today at the Joy Evans Recreation Center (Headbangers Boxing Gym)
in Washington, DC, as they prepare for their respective bouts on “Capital Showdown” on December 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Peterson’s 12-round championship bout against Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan and Mitchell’s 10-round bout against Timur Ibragimov will be telecast live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Anthony Peterson is training for a for a 10-round lightweight undercard fight against an opponent to be determined. Click here for more photos…



November 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Another trilogy: Antonio Pitalua and Cosme Rivera seek to settle unfinished business

The successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico this Friday with a show being billed as “Clash Of Titans 3.” In the main event, two of the toughest jr. welterweights in Mexican boxing meet for the third time as hard punching Antonio Pitalua (52-5-1, 43 KOs) of Mexico City by way of Monteria, Colombia faces Cosme “Chino” Rivera (32-14-3, 23 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBC Latin jr. welterweight title on the line.

In their first encounter on March 6, 1999, Pitalua won a hard fought decision, the second time around Cosme fought his way to what it looked like a decision win, but the judges scorecards had a controversial draw. This will be their final chapter. (more…)



November 15th, 2011




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