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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

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Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Photos: LAP Images Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center ...

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Haye and Bellew pulled apart at fiery press conference

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Announcement

Kaliesha West workout Sept 20th in Moreno Valley

WBO bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (15-1-3, 4 KOs) will hold an open workout this Thursday at 3:45pm at the Canyon Springs High School (located at 23100 Cougar Canyon Drive) in Moreno Valley, CA. Former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley will attend the workout. West will fight Christina Ruiz (6-4-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant IFBA Super Bantamweight title at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA. Tickets are $100 or $50 and can be purchased at http://knockingoutcancer-estw.eventbrite.com or by calling Diamond’s Love Foundation at (909) 622 9092.



September 19th, 2012

UFC

UFC 152 flash quotes

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto this Saturday with a stacked card featuring two world title fights.

At an open workout today, here’s what the top four fighters on the card told the Canadian and travelling press:

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones said: “Vitor Belfort is a UFC original, a real, true legend. He has so much experience at so many different weight classes and I cannot underestimate him. He will have something planned for me, and I’ve prepared to react to anything he does. (more…)



September 19th, 2012


Boxing News

Rosado going for the kill

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)

Photo: Provisions1816.com

Junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado and trainer Billy Briscoe left Philadelphia for a two-week training camp in Phoenix, Arizona, where they spent their time doing final preparations for their September 21st nationally televised fight. Today they fly back to Philly, and then head straight to Bethlehem, PA for what figures to be their most important fight yet. That phrase has come in handy in 2012, with each of Rosado’s fights this year increasing in difficulty and every win propelling him closer to a world title fight.

Friday night, Rosado, 20-5 (12 KOs), faces Charles Whittaker, a Miami-based boxer from the Cayman Islands with a 38-12-2 (23 KOs) record. The 12-round fight is an IBF Title Eliminator. This means the winner of the fight becomes the #1 IBF junior middleweight in the world, and secures a mandatory title shot against champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. This is everything Rosado has been fighting for. So once again, the phrase fits. It’s the most important fight of his life. (more…)



September 19th, 2012

UFC

Magalhaes and the long road back

When Vinny Magalhaes’ first stint with the UFC ended after a loss to Eliot Marshall in April of 2009, many didn’t expect to see him back. At the time, his record was 3-4 with 1 NC, and to earn another contract with the organization, there would be not just months full of work, but possibly years . . . 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 19th, 2012


Boxing News

Vazquez Jr.-Oquendo presser

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best

Puerto Ricans Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo were face to face for the first time today for their upcoming bout on October 6 at “The War”, to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer to be broadcast on “Pay Per View.”

In a press conference today at the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo was officially presented “The War” between Vazquez Jr. and Oquendo after the fall of the Vazquez Jr. against Rafael Marquez fight due to a Mexican’s issues.

Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), a former WBO superbantamweight champion and WBO #8 ranked, will face Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), the #3 ranked by the WBO in the superbantamweights and the WBO Latino champion, for the WBO International 122lb title in a fight scheduled to 12 rounds. (more…)



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

‘Mookie’ Pendarvis back in action

IBF #15 jr welterweight Cleotis ‘Mookie’ Pendarvis (16-3-1, 5 KOs) will defend his WBF/USA 140lb belt against Milton Ramos (8-3-1) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds as the co-main event on Thursday, October 4th in Houston, Texas. Pendarvis is coming off the biggest fight of his career thus far, capturing both the IBF/USBA and WBC/USNBC belts in one night against a very game Robert Frankel in May. “We are looking forward to October 4th. We realize we’re fighting in Ramos’ backyard, we don’t see that as a hindrance. In fact, we welcome the challenge. Mookie is in top form and shape, if he could fight tomorrow he would. He’s ready to go,” says manager Warren Wilkerson. The card is presented by Lou Savarese Promotions.



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing Back In Detroit

By Bob Ryder

Boxing returns to the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel in downtown Detroit on Thursday, September 27 as promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas present “Night of Knockouts II”. Darryl “Peoples Choice” Cunningham seeking to return to his winning ways, headlines the scheduled 8 bout card as he faces fellow Motown native Ray “Flash” Darden. Featured support bouts include Willie Fortune “500” versus the always dangerous Mustafa Johnson as well as former amateur standout heavyweight Jordon Shimmell, who looks to stay undefeated in his young pro career as he takes on his toughest pro opponent thus far in Phillip Jewel.

Rounding out the show are bouts showcasing Zack Shamoun vs Hoy Mack, Jeff Kugal vs CJ Clover, Jafar Kirtley vs Terrance Walker, Gabriel Garza vs Anthony Kelly, and Brandon Maddox vs Covan Graham. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com or at the Sound Board box office at MotorCity Casino Hotel. Doors open at 7PM, first bell at 7:30.



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Statement

By Gabriel F. Cordero

“It was a tough fight,” said former WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez, who was dethroned in Las Vegas by Daniel Ponce De Leon via technical decision after an unintentional headbutt. “Ponce’s style was complicated for me but I was doing my fight and until then I’m sure we were winning the fight. Unfortunately in Las Vegas it’s not so easy and again we came out with a strange decision and this time it was my turn. I had hopes of impartiality and leaving with the victory. Now I hope for the opportunity for revenge and it’ll be another story.”

Gonzalez’ promoter Promociones del Pueblo is seeking a WBC-ordered direct rematch against Ponce De Leon. According to the Gonzalez camp, the rematch is warranted not only because there was a rematch clause in the contract, but because they say Ponce De Leon delivered a long list of illegal blows without receiving any warning from referee Kenny Bayless. They are asking that Ponce’s first defense against Gonzalez take place at a venue chosen by Promociones del Pueblo and that the fight be officiated by appointees of the WBC rather than from “a commission that is best known for its irregularities.”



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Back to the future for Lavallee

After waiting for close to two years, super-featherweight Kevin Lavallee (10-0-1 8KO) finally has a chance to avenge the only blemish on his otherwise stellar record as faces off against Mexican Isaac Bejarano (9-12-1 7KO) in the final chapter of ‘Emergence’, the summer fight series held in east-end Montreal at the Grand Chapiteau. After winning his first three fights by first round knockout, Lavallee was forced to the scorecards against Bejarano where things didn’t quite go his way. “We’ve wanted this fight since the scorecards were read after the first one,” said Lavallee’s trainer Russ Anber who like many night that night thought the young fighter was good for at least three rounds. Click here to read more



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Miguel Cotto Promotions inks Jorge Melendez

Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto

WBO Latino super welterweight champion and the #8 world ranked fighter Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (24-2-1, 23 KOs) has joined Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment, led by four-time world champion Miguel Cotto and entrepenur Hector Soto. The hard-hitting punisher will make his debut under his new promotional company on December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of the event “Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout.”

“We are very pleased to have Jorge as part of our company. He is a great prospect with a great potential. We look forward to working with his team and take him to the next level,” said Cotto. (more…)



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing updates for Sacramento area shows

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Updating two neighboring Northern California cards, Mexican veteran Cosme Rivera (35-14-3, 24 KOs) will be the 10-round main event opponent for Japanese welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KOs) when professional boxing makes a long-awaited return to Sacramento’s historic Memorial Auditorium on Oct. 6. The Fox Sports Network is telecasting.

Also, in this Saturday night’s show at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, John Alberto Molina (32-19-3, 20 KOs) of Colombia is the choice to oppose super-bantamweight Manuel Avila (9-0, 3 KOs) of nearby Fairfield in the eight-round main event, to be telecast by TeleFutura.

Don Chargin and Paco Presents are promoting both cards, along with Golden Boy Promotions for the Woodland show.



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez 4 NYC Presser

Photos: Ed Mulholland

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have completed the second stage of their three-city international media tour with a news conference on Wednesday in New York City. On Thursday they will do more promotional work in the area, then head to Mexico City for a big finale in the new Arena Ciudad de México which will be open to the public.

Manny Pacquiao: I choose to fight Marquez again for the fourth time because I believe we can give a good fight for the fans. The last three fights were were close and he never accepted that he lost….I’m looking forward to winning impressively and to make the fight as short as possible.

Juan Manuel Marquez: I need to change something in the ring. I need to change something in my training, in my camp. A lot of people ask ‘What do you need to prove in this fight?’ I say I don’t need to prove nothing, because I won the last three fights! And now I need to win this fight. (more…)



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Green vs Cameron for IBO cruiser belt

Report and photos by Brett Bonetti

Three-time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (32-5, 28 KOs) and Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-2, 22 KOs) held a press conference today at the Crown Casino in Melbourne Australia today to announce they will face each other for the vacant IBO world cruiserweight title. The bout will take place at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday November 21.

The belt became vacant when Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver was stripped of the title after he tested positive for the Anabolic Steroid Drostanolone following his split decision draw with Lateef Kayode on June 2 this year. When asked, Green said he has “no idea” whether Antonio Tarver was on steroids when he took the IBO title in July last year and he bears him no ill will. “I lost the world title, Antonio Tarver beat me, and I had a shocking night, it’s history” Green said. “Now I get the chance to get my title back.” (more…)



September 19th, 2012

UFC

Stann’s journey to UFC 152

Brian Stann was supposed to be the one to welcome Hector Lombard to the UFC. Fresh off an impressive first-round stoppage win over Alessio Sakara in April, the hard-hitting middleweight was tabbed to be the first to step into the Octagon with the organization’s latest acquisition . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, 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 19th, 2012

Boxing News

More trouble for Mayweather?

The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that on September 9th police responded to a 911 call from a woman who was allegedly involved in a “verbal altercation” with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd then allegedly fled with one of the woman’s personal possessions. The victim is believed to be the mother of one of Mayweather’s children, with whom Floyd has previously pled guilty to two counts of domestic battery in 2002. It is not known if this is considered to violate the terms of Floyd’s probation.



September 19th, 2012

Boxing News

Rivera-Jimenez rematch set for Sept 28

All Star Boxing, Inc. will return with their successful “Boxeo Telemundo” series on September 28th at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. In a highly anticipated rematch, WBC Latin flyweight champion Julian “Chicano” Rivera (12-6, 2 KOs) battles Edgar “Power” Jimenez (15-7-1, 11 KOs) in a twelve-rounder with Rivera’s title at stake. Their first encounter, last July 13, was an all out war in which Rivera edged Jimenez by split decision by scores of 114-113, 113-114 and 117-113 to capture the title. The fight was so close and competitive that WBC ordered an immediate rematch. (more…)



September 18th, 2012

Boxing Result

Bakhtin wins IBO title in Russia

By Mike Angel Lopez

In a cold freezing night in Moscow, Russian Alexnader “Knight Alexander” Bakhtin (30-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision against tough Filipino fighter Rolie “Gasolina” Gasca (19-3, 5 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBO world super bantamweight title fight on Tuesday at the Varshavka Sky.

In the co-main event, Russian lightweight Eduard Troyanovsky (12-0, 9 KOs) came with in a huge height and reach advantage and used it to his advantage to keep tough Filipino Joseph Von Minoza (14-0, 6 KOs) at a distance. Minoza went toe to toe with the lanky Russian in a good action packed fight with Minoza landing some big shots, but in the 6th and 7th rounds, Troyanovsky took control of the fight, and Team Minoza thought he had enough and decided to not come out for the 8th round. Troyanovsky is the new PABA beltholder.



September 18th, 2012

UFC

Countdown to UFC 152 begins tonight

The Countdown to UFC 152 Begins Tonight on Fuel TV: Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former champ Vitor Belfort are set to collide this Saturday night in Toronto, and Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson make their final preparations for their flyweight title showdown! Plus, Michael Bisping and Brian Stann continue their collision course towards the Octagon. Countdown to UFC 152 tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on Fuel TV

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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 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Huge night for televised boxing

Saturday night’s Alvarez-Lopez telecast on Showtime attracted over one million viewers (1.04 million) for the live telecast, surpassing the 2010 Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins event as the highest viewership for a bout since the network began tracking bout viewership.

No numbers have been released yet for the competing Martinez-Chavez PPV the same night, but that telecast is also expected to have done extremely well.

Both arenas that night (located just a few miles apart) were announced as sold out by the promoters. Hopefully this terrific success will lead to more great boxing matches being made like we saw Saturday night. People want to see good fights.



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Vazquez-Quintero IBF purse bid

A Purse Bid was held in the IBF office today for the IBF Lightweight mandatory defense betweeen Champion Miguel Vazquez and Marvin Quintero. Gary Shaw Productions was the sole bidder. They bid $ 50,000 and have 90 days to put the fight on.



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Montes-Ibarra II on Saturday in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A rematch between super flyweights Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes and Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra will take place on Saturday at the Municipal Gym in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. Ibarra-Montes I in February (won by Montes via unanimous decision) was an exciting encounter and is considered one of the best from Mexico in 2012. The vacant WBF belt will be on the line. The event is billed as “Cuentas Pendientes” (Pending Accounts) will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast by Televisa.

Also that night, WBF female flyweight beltholder Irma “Guerita” Sánchez defends against WBC former champion Carina “Reina” Moreno, and bantamweight prospect Julio “Pollito” Ceja will defend his IBF Latino crown against veteran Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia.



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Frampton ready to make Molitor pay

Unbeaten super bantamweight Carl Frampton believes Steve Molitor is in for a shock on Saturday night and has vowed to make the two-time world champion pay for a lack of respect. Molitor touched down in Belfast yesterday and instantly warned Frampton that it was “too soon” for him to step up to face him. “He’s said a few things about me in the build up and he obviously likes to talk a bit – that’s fine,” said Frampton. “All that matters to me is victory on Saturday night and doing it in the best possible way for the fans. He won’t have any friends in the Arena on Saturday and his words won’t be able to help him then. I would love to fight him right now, I’m totally ready. This is a massive fight for me, I know that I am leaping up the levels to face Molitor but I believe I have more than enough to cope with him and this is the right time for me to prove I can cut it at the top.”



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Haye gives up Luxembourg license

Heavyweight contender David Haye today confirmed he has handed back his Luxembourg boxing license, but will still try to force a fight with WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2013. “I’d like to thank the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for licensing me ahead of my July bout with Dereck Chisora in London, but I no longer require that license,” said Haye, the former WBA world heavyweight champion.

“It’s been well-publicized already, but the reason I applied for a license from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation was because my opponent, Dereck Chisora, had seen his British license withdrawn. The only way we were able to deliver the fight the public wanted, when they wanted it, was to both apply for foreign licenses, as arranged by Chisora’s promoter. In an ideal world, though, I’d now like to box on with a British license. I’m a British boxer, I have never had any issues with the board and, should a fight with Vitali Klitschko happen, I’d be keen to have the British Boxing Board of Control in my corner, simply because they are so experienced and are the best at what they do.” (more…)



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Yamaguchi to defend WBA 115lb belt against Rodriquez

By Joe Koizumi

We use Chinese letters instead of alphabet in Japan. Putting a letter meaning a woman three times, it signifies noisy. If no less than four female boxers fight in a doubleheader, that might be more than noisy, that is, extravagant. Japanese promoter and ex-WBA junior flyweight champ who kept his belt thirteen times, Yoko Gushiken today announced the initial defense of his pupil and WBA female super-flyweight champ Naoko Yamaguchi (19-3-3, 16 KOs) since she celebrated her coronation by dethroning compatriot Tsunami Tenkai this July. Yamaguchi, a 34-year-old ex-javelin thrower, will put her belt on the line against a tough Mexican Judith Rodriguez (6-3, 4 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, on November 12. On the same bill, unbeaten female dynamite Noriko Tsunoda (2-0, 2 KOs), formerly a highly regarded kick-boxer, will cope with compatriot Mari Inamoto (4-5) for the vacant OPBF 115-pound belt (renounced by former titlist Yamaguchi). (more…)



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Sept 29 Foxwoods undercard

DiBella Entertainment has announced the undercard for its show on September 29, supporting a HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheaderat the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Super lightweight prospect Danny O’Connor (18-1, 6 KOs) takes on Josh “Nino Assasino” Sosa (10-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout; super featherweight Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczweski (13-0, 2 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Jeremy McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder; undefeated super bantamweight Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. (8-3, 1 KO) faces Victor Valenzuela (8-3, 1 KO) in an eight-round rematch of their May 24 no contest; and female heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-2, 1 KO) returns against Tanzee Daniels (4-1-1, 1 KO). (more…)



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Burns-Mitchell officials named

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work Saturday’s WBO lightweight title bout between champion Ricky Burns and #2 ranked Kevin Mitchell, to be held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. There referee will be Phil Edwards. Judges are Terry O’Connor, Richie Davies and Dave Parris, all three from United Kingdom. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Dennis Gilmartin.



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala announces new fight series

Former world champion Paulie Ayala has announced a new fight series: Friday Night Fight Series presented by Paulie Ayala Productions and Cendera Center. This four fight series will kick off on October 19th headlined by the brash and bold super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (6-0, 5 KOs) against Don Mouton (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Other local standouts on the card include Manuel Rojas (6-0, 2 KOs), John Vera (2-0, 2 KOs) and Maurice Hooker (5-0-1, 4 KOs) in separate bouts. The ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $30 for the 1st 2 rows and tables of 8 for $50 each that includes a cocktail waitress all night. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at www.cenderacenter.com or by phone at 817-984-6800.



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pacquiao-Marquez 4

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, September 28

Tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will go on sale Friday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)



September 18th, 2012

UFC

The Blueprint: Jones vs. Belfort

On Saturday night, Jon Jones will return to the Octagon in an attempt to get one step closer to light heavyweight immortality.

A win would tie the champion with Chuck Liddell and Frank Shamrock as second most successful 205-pound champion in UFC history with four successful consecutive defenses of the crown. That is pretty remarkable when you consider that Jones won’t hit the one-year anniversary of his first successful defense (over Rampage Jackson) until two days after UFC 152 . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, 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 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Wizard ready for Diablo

Report/photos by Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw

“To make peace, you have to be ready to go to war. I didn’t have peace of mind since my last fight with Wlodarczyk, 18 months ago. I will have my peace with the WBC belt around me on Saturday night. Diablo is a world champion, I’m not expecting an easy fight, but it won’t matter how prepared he’ll arrive in Wroclaw from his hiding spot in the Polish mountains,” said #1 WBC contender Francisco Palacios (21- 1, 13 KO).

Palacios had just completed a heavy training session in the Red Corner Gym in Wroclaw. Over the last two days he has worked on heavy loads of punching with his trainers Josue Aquilar and Gil Maldonado. On Saturday in the Hala Stulecia, he’ll attempt to take the cruiserweight belt from two-time champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO). (more…)



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Full Report: Pacquiao-Marquez LA Presser

By Miguel Maravilla

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38KOs) of the Philippines and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) will meet for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A three day international press tour kicked off Monday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Welcoming everyone in attendance at the press conference was Top Rank president Todd duBoef.

“On December 8 we will see the fourth match between these two legends,” duBoef said. “Earlier they said to me do you think the consumer wants to see a fourth fight? Is it going to be hard to sell a fourth fight?”

“I said wait a minute, have you seen the first 36 rounds?”

He also mentioned other notable rivalries with fighters having faced each other four or more times. From Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta, Willie Pep vs. Sandy Sadler, Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Gene Fullmer, Bobby Chacon vs. Bazooka Limon, Azumah Nelson vs. Jesse James Leija and most recently Israel Vasquez vs. Rafael Marquez.

Zanfer Promotions President Fernando Beltran, Marquez’ co-promoter spoke to the media shortly after on the magnitude of what has become one of boxing’s best rivalries. “We are happy that this fight is taking place, I think this is one of the best matches you can make because of the styles they match each other tremendously they have proved it in the past three fights. It will be a very interesting fight may the best man win.”

Trainer Freddie Roach who will have to once again plan out a strategy also spoke. “This is the fourth time now, a fight I have had to get Manny ready for three times. They have all been close fights, it’s a good fight. These are two of the best I can’t wait to get started,” Roach said.

Then it was time for the fighters to speak as Juan Manuel Marquez welcomed everyone in attendance speaking in English.

“This fight that I have is a challenge most importantly is that Manny Pacquiao knows me and I know him this is a great fight,” Marquez told media.

“I want to prove who is better and I want the referee to raise my hand…I’m training very hard for December 8. I’ll be ready to fight and I’ll be ready to win again. I didn’t like the judges’ decision because everyone knows what happened in the last three fights,” Marquez said in closing.

His opponent Manny Pacquiao followed as he talked about his December rematch with Marquez.

“I am happy that I am fighting Marquez again. There are many saying that I won the last fight no doubt and Marquez is saying that he won, I think there is something wrong,” Pacquiao said to media.

“December 8 is going to be a good fight I need to make this fight short. I want to erase the doubt in the minds of the fans so I want to show the old Manny Pacquiao when I was 24 or 25 years old, the hungry Manny Pacquiao fighting in the ring.”

One-on-One Quotes:

Manny Pacquiao: “We don’t want to underestimate Marquez. My focus is to make the fight short, the style of Marquez I know how to fight. My concern is how to make people happy on my performance.”

“Why fight Bradley? It was a one sided fight, what do I need to prove? Everyone knows what happened in that fight, I would consider fighting Bradley later on.”

“I chose to fight him again because of the doubts everyone has about the last three fights. With Marquez it will be an exciting fight, expect a very good fight from me.”

Juan Manuel Marquez: “I am happy to have that fourth opportunity. We shall show that emotion up in the ring come fight night.”

“I saw a different fight then what the judge’s saw when Pacquiao fought Bradley I think Pacquiao won. Who knows why there was no rematch between them two. It’s business.”

“What’s most important is that we will have our fourth meeting which is good for the fans in which we will give a tremendous fight.”



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

‘New’ Nielsen in the ring on Saturday

In his first fight after the summer break, WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick Nielsen (15-0, 8 KOs) takes on Jose Yebes (11-2, 5 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on Saturday night. The 21-year-old has just wrapped up sparring in Berlin and will travel out to Denmark on Wednesday for a press conference in Copenhagen in the morning and a press training in Hjørring in the afternoon. “My coach Karsten Roewer has taught me a lot of things. We have been working to change my style,” said Nielsen. “He wants me to punch less but more accurate. I need to be sharper and find my target more often rather than punching and not hitting. That has been one of the main things we have been working on, and it showed in sparring. I am a fast learner and I can promise my fans that there will be a new Patrick Nielsen in the ring, one that punches much more accurate. That’s bad news for Yebes….I know what I have to do and I know that Yebes will be in a lot of trouble.”



September 18th, 2012

Boxing News

Ndou targets Hatton

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former two time world champion Lovemore Ndou respects future hall of famer Ricky Hatton and understands he has had demons to deal with during his three years out of the ring. Ndou – who holds a degree as a lawyer – cannot understand why he has targeted Paul Malignaggi, whom he has previously defeated easily and says he and Hatton have unfinished business in the ring. The former IBF and IBO world champion says he doesn’t care whether Ricky Hatton fights him or not in his first comeback fight but agrees that he is an ideal opponent for Hatton’s first comeback fight. (more…)



September 18th, 2012

Announcement

Dick Tiger’s daughter speaks at Ring 8 this Tuesday

Plus the creator of "Roll with the Punches" (wheelchair boxing)

Dick Tiger’s daughter Justina Ihetu will be the special guest speaker at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

Ihetu authored a book about her father entitled, “In Africa’s Honor: Dick Tiger versus Gene Fullmer III – A Blast from Nigeria’s Glorious Past.”

Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs) was a four-time, two division (middleweight and light heavyweight) world champion between1962-1966. During his 18-year professional boxing career, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee defeated the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Jose Torres, Joey Giardello (twice), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Don and Gene (twice) Fullmer, Florintino Fermamdez and Terry Downes. (more…)



September 17th, 2012

UFC

UFC 152: The Ultimate Breakdown

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto this Saturday with a stacked card featuring six of the most exciting names in all of mixed martial arts. Everyone is talking about the top three bouts in particular, including former opponents of the UFC 152 fighters.

In the main event, Jon “Bones” Jones makes the fourth defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship when he collides with challenger Vitor “the Phenom” Belfort; it is a fight which pits the most mercurially talented fighter to come along in years against the original phenom of the UFC. (more…)



September 17th, 2012




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