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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Boxing News

Skelton: Joshua could be another Audley Harrison

Heavyweight Matt Skelton has warned Anthony Joshua MBE that he’s planning to derail his pro career at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday – and says that Joshua could follow the same path as Audley Harrison. Skelton is Joshua’s seventh pro opponent after joining the paid ranks from winning Olympic gold medal at London 2012, and the young hotshot has blasted half a dozen fighters away inside two rounds so far.

Harrison won gold in Sydney in 2000 and after moving to 18-0 the Londoner lost back-to-back fights against Danny Williams and Dominick Guinn, and Skelton says that while he rates Joshua, he intends to cause an upset on Saturday.

“Anthony Joshua has all the natural attributes of a good Heavyweight – he’s in brilliant shape, but we saw with Audley Harrison in his early days, he went through 18 fights unbeaten against hand-picked opponents and then he came unstuck,” said Skelton. “I am not going to Liverpool to lay down and take a paycheck, that’s not in my make-up and I am not all about money, I am always in the gym ticking over and we really didn’t do enough to prepare for the Price fight. I have been training hard and often and I needed a fight.” (more…)



July 10th, 2014



Boxing News

Judgment Day is here for Mendez, Barthelemy

Photos: Oscar Palamino, IMP

Former heavyweight world champion, boxing legend Mike Tyson held court at the Final Press Conference for “Judgment Day” on Wednesday afternoon in Miami, FL. “Judgment Day”, set for tonight at the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat, is headlined by a highly anticipated rematch for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Featherweight crown between Tyson’s fighter, champion Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (20-2-1, 11 KOs) and top rated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs).

Tempers grew heated in front of the huge media crowd when the challenger, Barthlemey took the podium and was shadowed by a “fake” IBF title belt, apparently as a way of insulting the champion, Mendez. (more…)



July 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Brian Kelly honored as Niagara boxing legend. More

Kell Brook is on a mission to prove he’s world class. More

Boxing legend Thomas Hearns goes for a knockout against blight in a Detroit neighborhood. More

George Groves wants a world title by the end of the year. More



July 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Gomez beats Paredes in comeback fight

By Butch Gottlieb At ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to outpoint Ed Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KOs) over ten rounds on Wednesday night in a junior middleweight bout at “The Joint” inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In his first fight in two years, the former “Contender” star Gomez outworked Paredes in most rounds. Paredes was credited with a knockdowns in rounds four and six, but both seemed to be more of a slip. Scores were 99-92, 98-92, 96-93.

In the first scheduled ten-rounder for both fighters, 2012 United States Olympian featherweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz (12-0, 7 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles (11-2-1, 6 KOs). Diaz and Ramirez went toe-to-toe the whole way in an entertaining matchup. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92. (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather in Panama

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather surfaced in Panama City, Panama on Wednesday.

Among his stops was a visit with WBA executive vice president Gilbert Jesus Mendoza. Mayweather currently holds the WBC and WBA titles in both the welterweight and super welterweight divisions. He is expected to defend the welterweight belt again on September 13 in Brooklyn, although nothing is official.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Mendez, Barthelemy make weight

Argenis Mendez 129.8 vs. Rances Barthelemy 130
IBF Junior Lightweight Title (Champion Mendez)

Humberto Savigne 175 vs. Jeff Lacy 173.2
Erickson Lubin 146.6 vs. Noe Bolanos 148.2
Yunier Dortikos 199.4 vs. Edison Miranda 198.8
Leo Hall 173.6 vs. Juan Ortega 173.8
Albert Bell 129.6 vs. Josh Ross 130.2
Ramon Luis Nicholas 177.4 vs. Dakota Dawson 180.2

Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Promoter: Iron Mike Productions
TV: Fox Sports 1, 10pm ET, 7pm PT



July 9th, 2014

UFC

UFC 176 Postponed

The UFC® has announced that the UFC 176 Pay-Per-View event scheduled for August 2nd will be postponed. The featherweight championship fight scheduled to headline the event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles was dropped from the card last week when champion Jose Aldo sustained an injury making him unable to defend his title against No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes . . . More

Also see: Four More UFC 176 Fights Find New Homes

And: The Shift From 176 Continues
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Glazkov headlines; Berridge and Parker to invade U.S. on August 9

The August 9th edition of NBCSN Fight Night will feature three bouts with three undefeated fighters and a high chance of a knockout in each bout. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight contender Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) returns to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, August 9th where he will face-off against veteran Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) for ten rounds. The Glazkov-Rossy fight will top a special NBCSN Fight Night triple-header. In the middle bout, Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) takes on Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs). Undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker will open the live telecast versus an opponent TBA. Tickets for the event are available now on Ticketmaster.com and ticket prices are $50 and $75. Doors open at 5:00 PM and the Fight Night telecast begins live at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Ruiz-Shailezov and Cordova-Alcivar this Friday at Fantasy Springs

California boxing hall of famer Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D. Presents takes his show on the road this coming Friday when they present “Guys and Dolls” at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The fight card will mark the fourth event this year for newly awarded NABF female promoter of the year with at least four more scheduled before the end of 2014. On Friday DePhilippis will once again present yet another North American Boxing Federation female title fight when in the semi-main event Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova (12-5-1, 3KO) of Pueblo, Colorado, faces off against Patricia “Patty Boom Boom” Alcivar (7-2, 3KO) in a ten round super flyweight championship bout. (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez hopes to defend his belt in September and possible opponents being mentioned include former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, former world champion Cristian Mijares, Jayson Velez, Ronny Rios and Rocky Juarez. Arce is the preference of Gonzalez’ promoter Promociones del Pueblo, but there is also a proposal on the table from Pepe Gomez/Cancun Boxing to face Mijares. The fight could land on September 20, probably in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

There is also the chance that Gonzalez could be included on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II. Opponents for that fight are Jayson Velez, Ronny Rios and Rocky Juarez.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Brook: I’ll prove I’m the real deal against Porter

Kell Brook has vowed to prove he is a World class fighter by ripping the IBF Welterweight crown from Shawn Porter when they clash at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on August 16. Brook has had to bide his time for his first World title fight with three clashes against previous champion Devon Alexander cancelled through injury to both men.

The unbeaten Sheffield star will travel to America in two weeks’ time to complete his training camp, and Brook says that the time has come to show the world he belongs at the very top.

“I’ve been through the mill the last 18 months but all that is forgotten now,” said Brook. “We’ve got the date and after all the blood, sweat and tears it’s going to be worth it and I will prove to all the doubters that I am the real deal on the big stage when I win the World title on August 16. (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Joseph Diaz Jr. Back in Action

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

2012 U.S Olympian featherweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) of South El Monte, California is set to return to the ring tonight as he takes on Guanajuato, Mexico’s Ramiro Robles (12-1-1, 7 KOs) in a scheduled ten round bout from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas live on Fox Sports Net.

“My upcoming fight against is against a tough opponent it is my first ten rounder, fighting on Fox Sports it’s going to be a learning experience,” Diaz told Fightnews.com. (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Macklin returns August 30 in Ireland

Middleweight Matthew Macklin has teamed up with Matchroom Sport and will kick off the new season at the National Stadium in Dublin on August 30. Macklin’s opponent will be named at a press conference in Dublin soon. The 32 year old has mixed it with Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin and Felix Sturm for the big prize and is determined to get back into range of another crack at landing a World title crown.

“It’s been four years since I last boxed in the UK and five since I boxed in Ireland so I am really looking forward to boxing this side of the Atlantic again,” said Macklin. “The National Stadium has always been a great traditional venue for Irish boxing and I think the atmosphere on August 30 will be electric.”

Macklin will top an exciting bill in Dublin, with rivals Spike O’Sullivan and Anthony Fitzgerald clashing on an undercard that sees Olympic gold medal star Anthony Joshua MBE in action.



July 9th, 2014

UFC

Kennedy-Romero heading to Las Vegas

As the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch heads to Las Vegas on September 27, this highly-anticipated event has received another jolt of fistic firepower, as middleweight contenders Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero meet in the Fight Capital of the World this fall . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CERRONE VS. MILLER is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs officially world ranked

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) has officially been world ranked by the WBA with a ranking of 14. The ranking is significant because upon approval by the sanctioning body, a boxer needs to be ranked at least number 15 to be eligible for a non-mandatory world title defense by the world champion. Briggs was contacted this past Friday to possibly step in to fight now two-time WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) on just two days’ notice. Briggs without hesitation replied immediately that he wanted the fight.

“I’m appreciative to the WBA for the opportunity to fight for their NABA regional title which I won a little over a week ago,” said Briggs. “I’m right on track to where I wanted to be at this point of my current comeback. I was pleasantly surprised when contacted for an opportunity to fight Chagaev last weekend. I didn’t hestitate at all to tell Chagaev’s team that I wanted the fight. I was and still am in excellent condition. I would have beaten Chagaev for sure. I didn’t care if the fight was just on a few days notice or that I would have had to travel half way around the world arriving likely the day before the fight. I’m that serious about this comeback and winning the heavyweight championship of the world. I’m back in training and back in pursuit of Wladimir Klitschko,” said Briggs.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Star of David Promotions inks Junior Wright

Star of David Promotions boss Dmitriy Salita has announced that Junior Wright, an unbeaten cruiserweight from Chicago, has signed a promotional deal. The 27-year-old Wright, a three-time (2006, 2008, 2009) Chicago Golden Gloves champion, came to the attention of Salita when he fought Steve Bujaj on Salita’s May 15 card in Brooklyn. That bout, a ten round draw while the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title was up for grabs, drew buzz for being a Fight of the Year candidate.

“Junior Wright is one of the best cruiserweights in the world,” Salita said. “He is the kind of fighter the sport needs. From the early stages of his career he has shown the desire to fight and beat the best available fighters. His last fight was one of the best live fights I have ever seen.” (more…)



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Geale Trainer Graham Shaw

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Graham Shaw trains former middleweight champion Daniel Geale who will challenge WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on July 26 in Madison Square Garden. Graham talks to Fightnews and explains why he is confident that the former IBF/WBA champion Geale will defeat Golovkin.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Culcay gets REAL challenge on August 16

Having already achieved world champion status as an amateur – now, Jack Culcay (17-1, 10 KOs) has sets his sights on his first major championship in the pro ranks. Following a number of successful defences of the WBA Intercontinental Belt, ‘’Golden Jack’’ will challenge for the European Light Middleweight Title on August 16. Culcay will attempt to dethrone the unbeaten Issac Real (10-0, 5 KOs) at the Erfurt Exhibition Hall in Thuringia, Germany. The main event will see Yoan Pablo “Iron Man” Hernandez defending the IBF cruiserweight world championship against former titlist Firat Arslan.



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Chris Algieri gets an offer to fight Manny Pacquiao. More

George Groves prepares for Christopher Rebrasse. More

Mardi Gras Casino lands Tyson-promoted title fight. More

Bernard Hopkins goes nude for ESPN Mag’s “body” issue. More

 



July 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Alfonso Gomez 150.2 vs. Ed Paredes 150
Joseph Diaz 123.6 vs. Ramiro Robles 124
Diego De La Hoya 124 vs. Miguel Tamayo 122
Oscar Negrete 118.6 vs. Carlos Medina 118.2
Joet Gonzalez 122 vs. David Clark 122.6

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Andy Ruiz to face Nagy Aguilera next

Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, will bring Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas back on August 9. In the main event, rising undefeated Mexican-American heavyweight prospect Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (22-0, 16 KOs) will defend his NABF and WBO Intercontinental heavyweight titles against Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). Ruiz, the former amateur standout and Mexican Olympic Team member, has quickly ascended the pro ranks in his last three bouts by displaying his speed and explosiveness in early knockouts of Manueal Quezada (28-9), Tor Hamer (21-2) and previously undefeated prospect Joe Hanks (21-0). Ruiz is currently ranked #2 in the world in the WBO and #11 in the world in the WBC. Aguilera gained world recognition in 2009 when he knocked out former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in the first round. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Rios-Chaves kickoff press conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former world lightweight champion and all-action fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas, his next challenger undefeated contender Anton “The Pick Hammer” Novikov, and 2012 U.S. Olympian and social activist Jose Ramirez hosted a Los Angeles press conference Tuesday to discuss their upcoming fights, which will headline an HBO boxing event on August 2 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Rios faces former interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) of Buenos Aires, who was not in attendance. Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) will be making his defending his title against Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs). Ramírez (10-0, 8 KOs) will be featured in an eight-round lightweight bout on the non-televised undercard.

Brandon Rios: I’m very exited to be back. It’s been eight months missing in action. People thought I was in Miami, but I wasn’t. I was in my house depressed, crying because I wanted to get in the ring and fight again. That’s what I love to do and I’m just very happy to be back to show everybody that I’m not done yet. The last two fights was, you know, it happened the way it did and that’s alright. Also I’d like to thank the Cosmopolitan for giving me the first fight to fight there and I’m very excited because it’s like breaking into the virginity for the first time, first fight there. (more…)



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo, Lara grand arrivals

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Fight Week kicked off in Las Vegas on Tuesday with the “grand arrivals” of Canelo Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Abner Mares, Jonathan Oquendo, Juan Manuel Lopez, Francisco Vargas, Mauricio Herrera and Johan Perez at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

All eight fighters are appearing on Saturday’s Canelo-Lara PPV telecast.

Photos



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev to B-Hop: Any time, any place

As Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) prepares to defend his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title against Blake “Il Capo” Caparello on August 2nd on HBO, there is some media buzz about the possibility of a unification fight between Kovalov and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), after Hopkins called out Kovalev in an interview. “All I want to do is fight the best,” responded Kovalev “I wanted to fight Stevenson but he ran away. I would get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins right now! Any time, any place! But who knows? Maybe he’s just trying to get more money from Showtime? So, I am focused on preparing for my fight on HBO on August 2nd and after we’ll see if Hopkins will really get in the ring with me.”

Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva/Main Events stated that she reached out to the Hopkins’ side but no one knows who would represent Hopkins in negotiations until Hopkins sorts out his promotional situation with Golden Boy.



July 8th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco could return in August

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former Mexican WBC world champion Antonio DeMarco (30-3-1, 23 KOs) is currently training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles with Freddie Roach. DeMarco is expected to fight on a Zanfer Promotions card in Tecate, Baja California in August, possibly against Nigerian-Australian Wale Omotoso (23-1, 19 KOs).



July 8th, 2014




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