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WBA world title twinbill weigh-in: Kono, Concepcion, Taguchi, Miyazaki make weight

WBA world title twinbill weigh-in: Kono, Concepcion, Taguchi, Miyazaki make weight

Photos: Sumio Yamada Kohei Kono 115 vs. Luis Concepcion 114.75 (WBA super flyweight title) Ryoichi Taguchi 108 vs. Ryo Miyazaki 108 (WBA jr flyweight title) Venue: Ota-City ...

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McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

McJoe Arroyo arrives in Manila

Story and photo by Nick Giongco Just hours after arriving in Manila from a 24-hour trip from Puerto Rico, defending champion McJoe Arroyo ...

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Hernandez stuns Angulo, Gausha edges Martinez

Hernandez stuns Angulo, Gausha edges Martinez

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Andy Samuelson - Premier Boxing Champions In a bloody super middleweight slugfest, Freddy “El Riel” ...

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WBO #3 Marriaga KOs WBO #14 Robb for NABO belt; WBO #3 Felix TKOs Frankel

WBO #3 Marriaga KOs WBO #14 Robb for NABO belt; WBO #3 Felix TKOs Frankel

By Karl Freitag Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank In a clash of featherweight contenders, WBO #3 Miguel Marriaga (24-1, 20 KOs) scored a ...

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Rusita beats Gonzalez in intense fight

Rusita beats Gonzalez in intense fight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Female super bantamweight Yazmin "Rusita" Rivas (40-9-1, 10 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decision over Jessica ...

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Boxing News

J-Rock to Charlo: Stop being a girl and step up

IBF #1 junior middleweight contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams has strong words for current IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo. “Jermall has been watching my performances. Him and his brother know exactly who I am. He needs to fight or vacate now. He needs to step up, but he’s already laying his groundwork and making excuses.”



March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Jessie Vargas: I don’t care if he beats Pacquiao or not, I want Bradley!

Photo: Tom Hogan - Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy


“I tore him apart piece by piece,” said newly crowned WBO welterweight world champion Jesse Vargas after his impressive ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Sadam Ali. “It was the best I’ve felt in the ring in a long time.”

Vargas, who was ahead 77-74, 77-74, 79-72 at the time of the stoppage, gave his team credit. “…my new chief trainer Dewey Cooper showed me a new technique to develop more power. It was a move to turn my hips more and drive in the power. I felt strong walking to the ring.”

As for what’s next, Jessie said, “It burns me how my last fight against Bradley went down. It was wrong. But Top Rank got me a title fight and I trained hard with a new team. I only want one fight which I deserve to get, a rematch with Bradley. I don’t care if he beats Pacquiao or not, I want Bradley.”



March 6th, 2016


Boxing News

Schwarz, Stieglitz victorious

Photos: SES Boxing

Heavyweight Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) retained his WBO Youth belt with a first round TKO over Gogita Gorgiladze (28-11, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Monitoring Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic. The mismatch was halted after Schwarz dropped Gorgiladze twice in the opening stanza. Time was 2:58.

The light heavyweight debut of two-time former 168lb world champion Robert Stieglitz (49-5-1, 29 KOs) was a success. Stieglitz dropped Argentinian Ricardo Marcello Ramallo (20-9-1, 15 KOs) in round five and after more punishment, Ramallo’s corner threw in the towel. Time was 2:47.

Other Results:
Unbeaten light heavyweight Adam Deines (7-0, 3 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over against Zsolt Dudas (14-2, 1 KO). Time was 1:05.

WBO Euro super welterweight beltholder Stepan Horvath (16-5, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unnaimous decision over Davide Doria (13-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-88.

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March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Seldin thrashes journeyman to stay unbeaten

Undefeated WBC International Silver super lightweight beltholder Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin moved to 18-0 with 15 KOs after a first round annihilation of Orlando Vazquez (18-8-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the sold out Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. WBC #8 Seldin scored his sixth consecutive KO against Vazquez, whose wins have been against largely suspect opposition.



March 6th, 2016


UFC

UFC 196: Diaz shocks the world, submits McGregor in 2nd round

For the better part of two rounds, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor looked to be on his way to another spectacular victory in the main event of UFC 196 Saturday, this one in his welterweight debut against Nate Diaz. But the Stockton veteran is built tough, and after getting bloodied and battered, Diaz sprang into action, shocking the MMA world with a second-round submission of the Dublin superstar . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Margarito knocked down, but wins comeback fight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Former world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) recovered from a trip to the canvas to edge Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-8-2, 23 KOs) over ten rounds in a super welterweight clash on Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Margarito showed some rust after four years out of the ring. He was knocked down in round six, but almost stopped Paez in round ten. Scores were 95-94, 97-93 and 96-93 for “The Tijuana Tornado.”

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March 6th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Tate stuns world, submits Holm for title win

Miesha Tate nearly submitted Holly Holm in the second round of their UFC 196 co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but saw that attempt go awry. The second one didn’t, and with 90 seconds left in Saturday’s fight, a new UFC women’s bantamweight champion was crowned, as Tate submitted Holm in the fifth and final round . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Latifi, Anderson & Nunes take long road to wins

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March 6th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Submissions, KOs, decisions – prelims had it all

Out of action since December of 2013, welterweight veteran Siyar Bahadurzada showed little ring rust in his Saturday return at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as he submitted Brandon Thatch in the third round of their UFC 196 prelim bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BRISBANE is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, March 19 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 6th, 2016

Boxing News

Ortiz KOs Thompson in six; Vargas KOs Ali for WBO welterweight title; Escandon takes WBC interim title

By Gary “Digital” Williams at Ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan-HoganPhotos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBA Interim Heavyweight Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over local hero Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) in a non-title clash on Saturday night at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. Ortiz dropped Thompson in rounds one and three, then put him down for the count in round six. Time was 2:29.

Welterweight Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over previously unbreaten Sadam Ali (22-1, 13 KOs) to win the vacant WBO welterweight world championship. Vargas broke open an entertaining and close fight with an overhand right that dropped Ali at the end of round eight. Ali was still reeling in round nine and Vargas battered him to the deck again. The bout was finally waved off during Vargas follow-up barrage. Time was 2:09.

Colombian featherweight Oscar Escandon (25-2, 17 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to stop Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (23-11, 13 KOs) in round seven to claim the vacant WBC interim title. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Williams dominates Matano, calls out Charlo

By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

In the scheduled 12-round main event at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, PA, West Philly’s Julian Williams put himself in line for a crack at the IBF world junior middleweight title by defeating Marcello Matano of Italy in their 154-pound title elimination bout with a seventh round TKO. Matano, 16-2, 5 KOs, was tenacious and tough, but Williams, 23-0-1, 14 KOs, 1 No Contest, kept his cool and boxed smartly and carefully and stayed in control all night. Slowly but surely, the Philadelphian broke down his opponent with well-placed shots and a steady body attack. Finally in round seven, Williams staggered Matano with a left hook and immediately blasted him with a hard right. Matano wobbled and Williams unloaded with an extended combination, and referee Gary Rosato had no choice but to stop the fight. The time was 2:54 of round seven. After the fight, Williams called for IBF champ Jermall Charlo to give him a shot at his title.

Veteran middleweight Avtandil Khurtsidze, 32-2-2, 21 KOs, surprised previously unbeaten star prospect, Antoine Douglas, 19-1-1, 13 KOs, scoring a tenth round TKO in their WBO International title bout. Khurtsidze jumped on Douglas at the opening bell and kept up the pressure for the next 30 minutes or so. In round three, Khurtsidze dropped Douglas with a left hook. When Antoine rose, the Brooklyn-based Georgian pounded away, but could not finish his foe. Miraculously, Douglas mounted a comeback over the next few rounds, showing tons of heart and amazing resiliency. But Khurtsidze would not go away. He floored Douglas with a booming left hook early in round seven and regained control of the thrilling fight. Khurtsidze never took his foot off the gas pedal as the fight entered the stretch, despite Douglas’ gritty determination to survive. It was a spectacular battle, but this was Khurtsidze’s night. With the final round approaching, and with a comfortable lead on the cards, Khurtsidze closed the show with a vicious flurry that staggered Douglas, Washington, DC, and prompted referee Benji Esteves to stop the fight. The time was 33 seconds of the tenth and final round.

“I showed the world what I can do,” Khurtsidze, 35, said after the fight.

“I’m crushed,” Douglas said about his first pro defeat.

In the first (Showtime) televised fight at the Sands Bethlehem, Detroit middleweight Tony Harrison, 23-1, 19 KOs, looked sharp and accurate stopping Fernando Guerrero, 28-4, 20 KOs, of Salisbury, MD, in the sixth round of their scheduled ten rounder. Harrison scored one knockdown in the second round and two more in the sixth. However, Guerrero was game throughout the fight, firing back when pressed, despite being out-gunned all night. After the second knockdown in round six, referee Gary Rosato smartly stopped the contest. The time was 1:54. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

WBA

WBA Heavyweight Tournament moves ahead

The WBA heavyweight tournament took a step forward Saturday as Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne advanced to the semi-final, where he will defend the regular world title against Fres Oquendo.

In the other bracket, interim titleholder Luis Ortiz will take on Alexander Ustinov and super champion Tyson Fury rematches Wladimir Klitschko.

Tonight’s HBO twelve-rounder between Ortiz and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson is a non-title bout.

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March 5th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196: Sanchez, Saggo & Ishihara win at Fight Pass prelims

The rumors of Diego Sanchez’ demise were apparently exaggerated, as the veteran winner of season one of The Ultimate Fighter broke a 1-3 streak in his last four fights on Saturday, defeating fellow lightweight standout Jim Miller by a razor-thin unanimous decision in the UFC FIGHT PASS featured bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Yafai brothers light up Birmingham

Unbeaten super flyweight Kal Yafai and his unbeaten brother Gamal Yafai stole the show on Saturday night at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England.

Kal Yafai (18-0, 12 KOs) demolished Dixon Flores (12-4-2, 4 KOs) in the first round to claim the vacant WBA Inter-Continental 115lb title, while Gamal Yafai (9-0, 4 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Bobby Jenkinson (9-1-1, 2 KOs) to rip away Jenkinson’s Commonwealth 122lb title.

In the main event, welterweight Bradley Skeete (23-1, 10 KOs) outpointed and dethroned Commonwealth 147lb beltholder Sam Eggington (17-3, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 117-112, 116-113, 115-113. (more…)



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Browne stops Chagaev in ten to win WBA heavyweight world title

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Unbeaten heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) came off the canvas to score a sudden and explosive tenth round TKO to dethrone reigning WBA regular heavyweight world champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia.

The pace was slow early as the taller Browne mostly worked the jab from the outside. Chagaev began to ramp up the pressure and dropped Browne hard in round six. A battered and bleeding Browne barely survived the round, which seemed about ten seconds too long. The gutsy Browne rallied in round seven. The pace slowed again and Browne’s jab reappeared. In round ten, Browne floored Chagaev with a massive right hand and then pummeled him until referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped it! Browne becomes the first ever Australian heavyweight champion.

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Heavyweight Edmund Gerber (26-2, 17 KOs) of Schwerin, Germany, scored a second round destruction of 41-year-old Brian “The Beast” Minto (41-11, 26 KOs) of Butler, PA. Gerber dropped Minto in round two, then put him on the deck face first to end it. Time was 2:40.

37-year-old former world title challenger Ali Funeka (38-5-3, 30 KOs) of South Africa, scored an upset twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten welterweight Vishkahn Murzabekov (12-1, 6 KOs) of Russia. With Chechnyan President Ramzan Kadyrov in his corner, the aggressive Murzabekov was credited with a knockdown in round two when Funeka held onto the ring rope. But, Funeka gained the advantage in the middle rounds and stalked Murzabekov late. Scores were 115-112, 114-113 Funeka and 117-111 Murzabekov.

Unbeaten cruiserweight Tyrone “King of the Ring” Spong (3-0, 3 KOs) of Miami, Florida, laid out previously unbeaten David Gogishvilli (12-1, 8 KOs) of Gori, Georgia, with an overhand right in round two.



March 5th, 2016

UFC

UFC 198, 199 and more announced at ‘Unstoppable’

Coming off a big year in 2015, and judging by the buzz around this Saturday’s UFC 196 event, particularly the bad blood clash between main eventers Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, indications are that the UFC may be “Unstoppable” at the moment, making the title of the promotion’s latest seasonal campaign an apt one  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 196 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

WBC announces featherweight plans

Robinson Castellanos of Mexico, the mandatory contender of the division, will fight Oscar Escandon of Colombia for the WBC interim championship tonight at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. WBC featherweight world champion Gary Russell Jr. of the United States will make a voluntary defense of the title against Patrick Hyland of Ireland on April 16 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. The winners of these two fights must fight each other in their next fights.



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Ecatepec

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: WBC

Yessica Chávez 111.8 vs Vanessa Taborda 110.5
WBC Flyweight world title

Eduardo “Rocky“ Hernández 131 vs Julio Roque Ler 129
Alejandro “Pájaro“ Dávila 146 vs Diego “Demoledor“ Cruz 147

Venue: Centro Regional de Deportes de Las Américas.
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Lucas Matthysse Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC interim world champion Lucas Matthysse posted on social media that he feels “tired” or unmotivated and questions his desire to continue boxing.

Matthysse is supposed to be preparing for his next fight on May 7 in the U.S. against an opponent to be determined.



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

SES Boxing launches Czech TV deal

SES Boxing has reached a deal with TV Nova, the largest network in the Czech Republic. The deal commences with tonight’s card at the Home Monitoring Arena in Pilsen, Czech Republic, which is also being televised on MDR in Germany.

“It has always been our principle that one stands better on several legs,” said promoter Ulf Steinforth. “Our partnerships with the German TV networks SAT.1 and the MDR are very successful and provide us with the necessary media exposure for Germany. In cooperation with TV Nova, the largest TV network in the Czech Republic, and this also with the establishment of the “SES-Team Czech Republic,” we can expand our existing international live media presence even further. The fact that we’re now also promoting boxing in the Czech Republic and have another TV partner for live broadcasts here is an ideal platform for our boxing activities. The internationality of our SES boxing events is a sign of a successful future for our company.”



March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Vargas: I’m looking forward to being announced as the new WBO world champion

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Last time we saw Jessie Vargas in the ring, he staggered world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley with a huge overhand right in the closing seconds, only to have the bout mistakenly halted prematurely by referee Pat Russell.

Now Vargas has a second chance to claim that now vacant belt against unbeaten Sadam Ali.

Under new trainer Dewey Cooper, Vargas told Fightnews.com® he’s now better than ever. “I have a great team behind me,” he said. “They’ve made certain corrections that they thought needed to be corrected in my last fight, and you’re going to see a new and improved Jessie Vargas.”

As for Ali, Vargas says he’s ready. “He’s slick, but it’s nothing I haven’t encountered in the past and nothing I haven’t been able to break down in the past, so I’m looking forward to being announced as the new WBO world champion.” (more…)



March 5th, 2016

UFC

Tate’s journey from bottom to top at UFC 196

If Miesha Tate had a jump shot or a killer crossover, we probably wouldn’t be talking about her this week. At the very least, we would not be talking about her challenging Holly Holm for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship in the co-main event of UFC 196  . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Cruz dominates Koasicha in Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing

World ranked contender and NABO junior lightweight champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (23-4-1, 11 KOs) successfully defended his title by dominating Mexican domestic champion and former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-6, 15 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. Cruz dropped Koasicha twice in round six and again in round two en route to a 99-88, 100-87, 99-88 unanimous decision.

Also on the card, undefeated welterweight and local idol “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over veteran Cosme Rivera (38-23-3, 26 KOs).

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March 5th, 2016

Boxing News

Perez tops Honorio in bloodbath, Chimpa crushes Rodela

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tristan Bellisimo/Golden Boy Promotions

Super lightweight Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, New Jersey (24-1-2, 11 KOs) defeated Mexican veteran Martin “Brochas” Honorio (33-10-1, 16 KOs) by a six round technical decision on Friday night as Golden Boy Promotions celebrated its one year anniversary of its “LA Fight Club” series at the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. In round two, a clash of head caused huge cuts on both fighters. Honorio was cut really bad, with the side of his head gushing blood. Perez was cut on the side of the left ear and had another cut under his left eye. With both fighters covered in blood in round three, Perez and Honorio boxed more cautiously. The Mexican landed a solid right hand in round four, snapping Perez’s head as blood continued to flow on the two fighters cuts. Perez returned the favor as he landed a right closing the round strong. The fight appeared even going into the fifth round with Perez jabbing, Honorio connected with a short right hand as they finished the round exchanging in the center. By round six Honorio appeared to be fading. The fight was stopped at the end of round six due to the cuts and sent to the scorecards. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Perez.

Unbeaten Los Angeles super featherweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (13-0, 12 KOs) made quick work of journeyman David Rodela (17-13-4, 7 KOs) of Oxnard. A counter overhand right by “Chimpa” did it and as Rodela hit the canvas referee Wayne Hedgepeth waved it off at 2:16 of the first round. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Heavyweight McMurray passes; forced Ali-Foreman delay

By Jim Jenkins, Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee

Former Sacramento heavyweight Bill McMurray, who briefly reigned as California champion and may have turned the course of boxing history, has passed. McMurray, 79, died of Parkinson’s Disease Feb. 23. He fought primarily in the 1960s’ golden era of heavyweights and, despite a modest record of 26-24-3, upset #3 contender Thad Spencer by TKO. Against the likes of Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson he didn’t fare as well, but was a footnote to ring history.

Sparring with George Foreman leading up to the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” against Muhammad Ali, McMurray cut the undefeated champion’s eye in training, forcing a six-week postponement of the fight. Because Africans were afraid that if Foreman were allowed to go back to the U.S., he might not return, there was no escape.

In the interim, the ever-popular but huge underdog Ali was lauded by the natives while the angry-faced Foreman was scorned and eventually unnerved by a supposed curse put upon him.

In 1987, as he trained for a comeback in Sacramento, where he had a chance to reunite with McMurray, a reformed Foreman said he did not want detract from Ali’s upset victory. But he did admit to wondering, as did many others, if the outcome might have been different had the fight gone on as scheduled without all the distractions.



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Showtime Weights from Bethlehem, PA

Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime

Julian Williams 154 vs. Marcello Matano 150.5
(IBF jr middleweight eliminator)

Antoine Douglas 158.75 vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze 160
Tony Harrison 156.25 vs. Fernando Guerrero 156.5

Non-televised bouts:
Ievgen Khytrov 159.3 vs. Kenneth McNeil 158.4
Joey Dawejko 242 vs. Ytalo Perea 250
Amir Shabazz 173. vs. Hakeem Atkinson 172.2
Chordale Booker 150.4 vs. Antonio Allen 150.6
Terrence Williams 161.5 vs. Anthony Miller 159.5

Venue: Sands Bethlehem Events Center In Bethlehem, PA
Promoter: King’s Promotions
TV: Showtime

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March 4th, 2016

UFC

UFC 196 at the scales

UFC 196, which is headlined by the UFC weltweright clash between UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and No. 5 lightweight Nate Diaz, and the women’s bantamweight championship fight between Holly Holm and challenger Miesha Tate, airs live on Pay Per View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

Main Event – UFC welterweight five-round fight
Conor McGregor (168) vs Nate Diaz (169)

Co-Main Event – UFC women’s bantamweight five-round title fight
Holly Holm (134.5) vs Miesha Tate (135)

PPV Main card
Gian Villante (205) vs Ilir Latifi (205)
Corey Anderson (204) vs Tom Lawlor (204.5)
Amanda Nunes (136) vs Valentina Shevchenko (134)

FS1 Prelims
Brandon Thatch (170) vs Siyar Bahadurzada (170)
Erick Silva (170) vs Nordine Taleb (170)
Vitor Miranda (185.5) vs Marcelo Guimaraes (185.5)
Darren Elkins (145.5) vs Chas Skelly (145.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Diego Sanchez (156) vs Jim Miller (155.5)
Jason Saggo (155.5) vs Justin Salas (156)
Julian Erosa (144.5) vs Teruto Ishihara (146)

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Rocky Martínez injured, will not fight against Miguel Berchelt on March 12

WBO junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, will not fight on Saturday, March 12, in Merida, against Mexican Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt due to an injury to his left hand. Martinez (29-2-3, 17), who was supposed to travel to Mexico on Monday, March 7, for his defense against the #1 ranked Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs), was examined by Dr. Jose M. Santiago Figueroa, who gave him a diagnosis of “External Carpi Radialis Longus” and a Tendinitis in his left hand recommending rest for four weeks.

“Definitely Rocky will not fight on March 12. Rocky had a pain on that hand and we went last week to see Dr. Santiago Figueroa, who specializes on hand injuries and is one of the best in Puerto Rico, and he prescribed some medication to Rocky, but the pain continued and we went to see him again yesterday (Thursday). After the evaluation Dr. Santiago Figueroa gave him the diagnosis and advised him not to punch with that hand and rest for four weeks. As soon as the doctor notified us yesterday, we talked with the people from Promociones Zanfer, Berchelt’s promoter, to let them know of the situation and to work the possibility of a new date for the fight,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Martinez’s promoter. (more…)



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Video: Helenius-Duhaupas intense faceoff

By Pasi Taavitsainen
Video/Photos: Ammattinyrkkeily.net

In their first face-to-face meeting, unbeaten heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (22-0, 13 KOs) and former world title challenger Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (33-3, 20 KOs) engaged in an intense staredown that lasted nearly a minute. They collide April 2 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, for vacant WBC silver heavyweight title.

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March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Wlodarczyk demolishes Brudov

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk


By Przemek Garczarczyk

In a clash of former cruiserweight world champions, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (50-3-1, 36 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Valery Brudov (42-8, 28 KOs) on Friday night at the Hala Sportowa Zeromskiego 9 in Sosnowiec, Poland. After Włodarczyk dropped Brudov with a pair of sharp jabs in round two, Brudov’s corner pulled their man out.

It was the 34-year-old Włodarczyk’s first fight since losing his WBC cruiserweight belt to Grigory Drozd in September 2014. The 39-year-old Brudov has now lost four of his last five.



March 4th, 2016

Boxing News

Complete Weights from Washington, DC

Luis Ortiz 242.6 vs. Tony Thompson 263.8
(non-title heavyweight bout)

Jessie Vargas 146.2 vs. Sadam Ali 147
(vacant WBO welterweight title)

Robinson Castellanos 124.6 vs. Oscar Escandon 126
(WBC interim featherweight title)

Lamont Roach Jr 131.6 vs. Jesus Lule 133.6
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Marco Lopez 148.6
D’Mitrius Ballard 168.2 vs. Leosvy Mayedo 175
Kevin Rivers 126 vs. Angel Aispuro 126.6
Damon Allen 135.2 vs. Daniel Perales 135.2
Todd Unthank-May 177.8 vs. Alexander Johnson 175.6

Venue: DC Armory, Washington DC
Promoter: Golden Boy
Venue: HBO
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Weights from Mexico City

Photos: German Villasenor, Zanfer

Antonio Margarito 154 vs. Jorge Páez Jr. 154
César Juárez 125 vs. Giovanni Delgado 125
Emmanuel Navarrete 120.5 vs. Oswaldo Castro 120.5
Ramón Hidalgo 141 vs. Francisco Rojo 141
Uriel Perez 138 vs. Antonio Morán 138
Víctor Olivo 120 vs. Francisco Pérez 118.5

Venue: Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City
Promotor: Zanfer Promociones
TV: beIN Sports Espanol (USA), Azteca 7 (Mexico)

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Weights from Pilsen, Czech Republic

Tom Schwarz 244.7 vs. Gogita Gorgiladze 221.7
(WBO Youth heavyweight title)

Robert Stieglitz 174.6 vs. Ricardo Ramallo 174.8
Adam Deines 174.8 vs. Zsolt Dudas 174.8
Stepan Horvath 153.4 vs. Davide Doria 149.9
Lucie Sedlackova 125.4 vs. Kleopatra Tolnai 123.6
Fabiana Bytyqi 103.8 vs. Teodora Bacheva 102
Sebastian Bytyqi 136.9 vs. Nugzar Chavchavadze 133
Josef Zahradnik 145.5 vs. Jan Korec 144.6
Martin Parlagi 127.2 vs. Artur Movsesyan 127.2

Venue: Home Monitoring Arena, Pilsen, Czech Republic
Promoter: SES
TV: MDR (Germany), Nova TV (Czech Republic)

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Weights from Grozny, Russia

Ruslan Chagaev 248.5 vs. Lucas Browne 249.3
(WBA heavyweight title)

Venue: Colosseum Sport Hall, Grozny, Russia
Promoter: Timur Dugazaev
TV: AWE



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Soto-Karass vs. Kamegai clash set for April 15

Golden Boy Promotions today announced that all-action fighters Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO) and Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KO) will collide on April 15 in a 10-round super welterweight showdown at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Estrella TV will televise.

“Every month, LA FIGHT CLUB features the best up-and-coming prospects on the planet, but on April 15, fans will be treated to something different — two veterans who leave everything in the ring every time they fight,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Though the fighters may be at different points in their careers than the prospects we usually feature, they always deliver high-action bouts with potential knockouts in every round – that’s what LA FIGHT CLUB is all about.”



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HBO Weights from Washington D.C.

Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader telecast begins at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Opening up the telecast from the DC Armory in Washington D.C. is a 12-round welterweight title matchup between Sadam Ali and Jessie Vargas. The main event of the evening, a 12-round heavyweight attraction, features Luis Ortiz taking on Tony Thompson in his back yard.

Luis Ortiz 242.6 vs. Tony Thompson 263.8

Sadam Ali 147 vs. Jessie Vargas 146.2
(WBO welterweight title)



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