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UFC

Building Tony Ferguson

UFC on FOX: Diaz Miller is LIVE on Fox Saturday, May 5 @ 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Fighting anyone in the UFC can be cause for sleepless nights. Having a date on the calendar but not knowing who will be standing across from you in the Octagon that night can be even worse . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Kessler: I am hitting harder than ever

On May 19, Mikkel Kessler will move up in weight, clashing with Allan Green for the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver). Today the Viking Warrior opened his gym during a media workout in Copenhagen. Here is what the three-time world champion had to say about his preparation for a fight at Denmark’s most famous football stadium, which also features a live screening of the UEFA Champions League Final. Kessler says he’s ready for his first fight at light heavyweight. “I have put on some pounds and I am hitting harder than ever,” he said. “And I must say I haven´t lost any of my speed either. Going up to light heavyweight has given me much more one-punch KO power.” He has vowed to teach Green a lesson. “He will get the first taste of my new KO power. He is going to be the first person I hit without head guard and sparring gloves. It will be an unpleasant experience for him. He is a big puncher with a lot of power, but punchers usually don´t like to get hit. They have a big punch but not a good chin. I don’t think Green will last for 12 rounds in the same ring with me, but he will ultimately find out on May 19.”



May 3rd, 2012


Boxing Result

Weights from Montreal

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Arash Usmanee 134.4 vs. Cristian Faccio 134.6
Kevin Lavallée 129.4 vs. Dave Mcquaker 132.4
Frank Cotroni 159.2 vs. Francis Lafrenière 159.2
Mick Gadbois 139.6 vs. Janos Vass 139.6
Steven Harvey 201.4 vs. Viktor Sazali 195.4
Andy Gardiner 179.4 vs. Patrick Tessier 177.2
Nathalie Forget 118.6 vs. Rosie Thomas 118.4
Lucia Larcinese 130 vs. Brandy Badry 135.4

Venue: Chapiteau CCSE Maisonneuve
Promoter: Doug Berneche



May 3rd, 2012

Feature Story

Boxing back in D.C. May 12

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Keystone Boxing, who had a sellout card last time out at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, returns with a scheduled eight-bout card on Saturday, May 12. On this card, youth will be served as there will be a number of pro debuts and two boxers who, if they weren’t pro boxers, would be concentrating more on graduation and the high school prom.

DC lightweight Ty Barnett returns to action in the eight-round main event against veteran Robert “Don’t Lose” DaLuz of Providence, RI. Barnett (19-2-1, 12 KO’s) fought in DC for the first time in almost five years in his last outing, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over another veteran, Damon Antoine, on the last Keystone card on March 10 at the Convention Center. DaLuz (13-40-3, nine KO’s) is a very similar boxer to Antoine — someone who gives prospects solid work in the ring. DaLuz has lost 12 in a row, but has only been stopped once in those 12 bouts and only four times in his career. DaLuz will be facing a Beltway Boxer for the fourth time in his career, losing two competitive bouts to Clarence Vinson and one to Thomas Snow. (more…)



May 3rd, 2012


Boxing News

Caballero-Garcia WBA purse bid result

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Thursday at the Marriott Dadeland in Miami, the WBA held a purse bid for the featherweight championship fight between champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and the official challenger Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia. The purse bid was overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Aurelio Fiengo with bids coming from Top Rank and Sampson Boxing. Top Rank bid $402,000 with dates of July 28 in Los Angeles, August 11 in Atlantic City and July 27 in Las Vegas. The winning bid was $440,000 from Sampson Boxing, which plans to stage the fight in Panama, Los Angeles or Las Vegas on July 28. “This is the first purse bid we’ve won a fight in which we are totally responsible,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “It’s ours and we are really happy because we were competing with a large company.”



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Injured foot KOs Margarito fight

By Felipe Leon

The return of three-time world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27KOs) has been postponed due to an injury to Margarito’s foot. Margarito was set to face Colorado Springs, CO’s Abel Perry (18-5, 9KOs) in his first bout since his TKO loss to Miguel Cotto late last year. No word of when the new date has been set or if Perry will still be the opponent. More news to come as it becomes available.



May 3rd, 2012

Feature Story

Dragon Punch vs. Hanagata Special

By Joe Koizumi

WBA featherweight champ Chris John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) said, “I’ll defend my belt with him with Dragon Punch” as the Indonesian hero having kept his belt on no less than fifteen times is called “dragon” at his home turf. Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs), handled by ex-world flyweight ruler Susumu Hanagata, countered with his quick reply, saying, “I will respond to the champ’s attack with Hanagata Special.”

What’s Hanagata Special? He described it as a special weapon to dethrone the Indonesian dragon with a single shot coached by Hanagata, who won the world belt at his fifth attempt in 1974. They will square off here in Singapore on Saturday. (more…)



May 3rd, 2012

UFC

UFC & Strikeforce invade NASDAQ!

UFC on FOX: Diaz Miller is LIVE on Fox Saturday, May 5 @ 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Photo courtesy of Zef Nikolla/Nasdaz. The stars of mixed martial arts (MMA) and FOX Sports were out in force in New York on Tuesday, as reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, 2004 Olympian and reigning Strikeforce women’s champion Ronda Rousey, former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar and UFC On FOX host Curt Menefee rang the Opening Bell at NASDAQ’s MarketSite in Times Square.

The MMA visited the MarketSite in anticipation of this Saturday’s huge UFC On FOX event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which features a quadruple header of exciting match-ups across four weight classes. (more…)



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing Result

Kompayak retains WBC crown

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Clip VDO posted by Mr. Komthai

WBC light fly titleholder Kompayak CP Freshmart (45-3, 30 KOs) scored a technical decision over WBC #6 Jonathan Taconing (13-2-1,10 KOs) to retain his WBC 108lb crown on Thursday at the Central Stadium of Buriram Province, Thailand. This was not a good performance of the champion who survived from the punchstorms in round five by the referee interrupting the action and deducting a point from uncut Filipino due to an accidental head clash in round four. Finally, the bout was ended at the beginning of round six when the ring physician recommended referee to terminate the fight because of the same cut at Kompayak’s left eyebrow. So, the fight was sent scorecards which were read as Zanashir Taznaa (Mongolia) 47-47, Geoffrey Belton (New Zealand) 48-46 and Takeaki Kanaya (Japan) 50-45. Your fightnews correspondant agreed with Mongolian Judge.



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

WBA Annual Convention in Indonesia

By Gabriel F. Cordero

During the WBA board meeting in Miami was ratified that Indonesia will host the next WBA annual convention. The 18 Board members present agreed that Jakarta will be the host city from October 18 to November 3 at the Hotel Sultan. It was also announced that the activities will include a WBA KO to Drugs in Indonesia. Making all the announcements was chief of the Pan Asian Boxing Association, Alan Kim, who recalled that the 1991 Convention on the Asian mainland. “We are happy with this choice and it will be a new opportunity to unite cultures and promote our sport in this region,” said Gilberto Mendoza, WBA President.



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Richard Abril remains WBA champion

By Gabriel F. Cordero

We have been informed by manager Ricardo Rizo via phone that the Board of the World Boxing Association has made a decision on the status of lightweight Richard Abril at their meeting in Miami. Among the items discussed were the irregularities of the weight of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, as well as the controversial scoring in Las Vegas where they announced Rios a winner by split decision. The fight was reviewed by eleven experienced officials, taking into account the report of the supervisor, and all gave the bout to Abril as the winner. The proposal made by the World Championships Committee, and supported by the Officials Committee, was to keep Abril as interim lightweight world champion. All Board members present in Miami approved the decision.



May 3rd, 2012

Feature Story

“Ring Kings” is HBO’s “Game of Thrones”

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto’s May 5th clash is reminiscent of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The showdown between the undefeated Mayweather and Cotto has been billed as “Ring Kings” primarily based on Floyd Mayweather’s dominance over the sport for the past sixteen years. By comparison the Mayweather empire is much like the Lannister dynasty from the HBO’s series — wealthy and powerful. Mayweather has ruled the boxing world with an iron fist and — whether it is love, envy, hate or something in between — he invokes emotion out of anyone he comes in contact with. Undefeated and rarely tested, there is much speculation as to whether anyone can challenge him. (more…)



May 3rd, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC on FOX press conference!

UFC on FOX: Diaz Miller is LIVE on Fox Saturday, May 5 @ 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Watch the press conference for UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller live Thursday, May 3 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. Click here for more
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May 3rd, 2012

Feature Story

Stieglitz, Hamdan ready for battle

Photo: Eroll Popova

Before their world championship clash on Saturday at the Erfurter Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and his Australian challenger Nader Hamdan met the press.

Robert Stieglitz: “I am the champion and defending my title against all comers. It’s not so important whether my opponent is Groves or now Hamdan. It’s also good that Arthur Abraham wants to go against me. But, now I’m geared up 100% for Saturday and will win. After the fight we’ll see what happens.”

Nader Hamdan: “I immediately took this opportunity. I was at the end of my preparations so I know I’m in top shape. I came a long way from Australia to Germany, but the trip will not be for nothing. I’ve come to win.” (more…)



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Video: Freddie Roach interview

By Dennis Principe

Interview conducted April 23 at the Manny Pacquiao training camp in Baguio City, Philippines.



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Video: Amir Khan interview

By Dennis Principe

Interview conducted April 23 at the Manny Pacquiao training camp in Baguio City, Philippines.



May 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Square Ring inks Soszyński

Polish light heavyweight Grzegorz Soszyński (21-1-1, 10 KOs) has been signed to an exclusive promotional agreement with Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions according to Square Ring CEO, John Wirt. “Gregory is a very entertaining and skilled fighter, and I’m looking forward to promoting his fights. And as the #3 top light heavyweight from Poland based in Chicago, we think that there are number of great opportunities available to him both here in the U.S. as well as overseas,” said Roy Jones, Jr., President of Square Ring. Soszyński trains in Chicago with highly regarded Sam Colona.



May 2nd, 2012

Photo Gallery

Quotes, shots from today’s “Ring Kings” presser

By Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Floyd Mayweather: Miguel is a true warrior a tough champion and will go down as one of the best. But to be the best, you have to face the top opposition out there. This fight had to happen.

Miguel Cotto: You know me, I don’t like to talk, I like to talk in the ring. I had a tremendous camp and I feel pretty good. i trust everyone on my team and I trust myself even more to get the victory. (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

UFC

Pat Barry – the Entertainer

UFC on FOX: Diaz Miller is LIVE on Fox Saturday, May 5 @ 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Reputation means a lot in this world, no matter what part of it you’ve chosen to hang your hat on. So let’s get this out of the way about UFC heavyweight Pat Barry. He shows up – whether it’s for an interview, a photo shoot, or most importantly, a fight. And once he’s there, he will give you Pat Barry, a hundred percent, no holds barred, no filter, no airs . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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May 2nd, 2012

Photo

Mayweather, Cotto face off at final presser

Photo by Chris Cozzone: “Ring Kings” Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto face off at the close of today’s final presser held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for quotes and more photos.



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

WBA Board meeting in Miami

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The Board of the World Boxing Association is meeting today and tomorrow in Miami, Florida, to discuss various issues related to the development of boxing in the WBA, current rankings and other business. One source has indicated that representatives of Richard April could make a formal protest over his controversial loss against former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios.



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Kiattaweesuk and Sinyabi clash May 18

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #3 junior featherweight Thangthong “Machine Gun”Kiattaweesuk (23-0, 16 KOs) will clash with IBF #4 Macbute Sinyabi (18-1, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds for the IBF mandatory position in Thailand on May 18. South African born Sinyabi has impressive KO percentage and is coming off a five round stoppage of Thabo Sonjica last December. Kiattaweesuk who boxes from the southpaw stance is coming off a five round stoppage of Francis Meyeyusho last September.

Leading IBF Asia Pacific promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “This is first IBF eliminator fight in Thailand. I am proud to support the IBF/USBA and and it’s my honor to welcome South Africa boxing teams to Thailand. I would like to thank Branco Milenkovic, the promoter of Sinyabi, for his cooperation to make the fight happen in Thailand and I hope to do more fights between Thailand vs South Africa. Both Kiattaweesuk and Sinyabi are talented boxers and represent their countries. I am sure they will give a world class performance with the winner challenging IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula.” Jimmy Chaichotchuang was named IBF Asian Pacific promoter of the year in 2003-2011.



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Tarver analyzes Mayweather-Cotto

With the training camp for his June 2nd clash against unbeaten Lateef Kayode heating up, former light heavyweight champion and current IBO cruiserweight champion/TV boxing analyst Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver took time out from his busy schedule to check in with his thoughts on another high-profile matchup – the May 5th meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

“I think that Mayweather’s coming in with all the natural God-given ability and talent, and Cotto comes in with the physical game,” said Tarver. “But we’ve seen Cotto beat, and beaten bad on two occasions. He was outclassed against (Manny) Pacquiao, and he took a beating against (Antonio) Margarito. We haven’t seen that with Floyd Mayweather yet. I think he (Mayweather) is at the top of the game right now, and he’s gonna have more options to do the things that he does in the ring.” (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Changes to May 11 ShoBox card

Cleveland’s once-beaten Willie “The Great” Nelson (17-1-1, 11 KOs) will step in to face Cuba’s Yudel Jhonson (12-0, 8 KOs) in the 10-round junior middleweight main event of the ShoBox telecast on May 11 from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Original Jhonson opponent, Freddy Hernandez, has been forced to pull out with an injury.

In addition, East Los Angeles lightweight Aalan Martinez has also been forced to pull out of his eight-round bout against Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy. Barthelemy (15-0, 11 KOs) will still fight an opponent to be determined but his bout will not be televised as the telecast will now go forward as a doubleheader.

The eight-round co-featured battle of undefeated super middleweights Badou Jack “The Ripper” (10-0, 8 KOs) of Sweden and Colombia’s power-punching Alexander Brand (17-0, 15 KOs) will go on as scheduled.



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Huck-Afolabi Presser

Sdunek: “Saturday I will be up 2:1 against Wegner“

Photos: Karina Hessland

Normally at a press conference only the fighters of the main event are in the spotlight. But this was not the case on Wednesday afternoon in Erfurt. The spectators of the big fight night on May 5 are also keen to find out which trainer comes up with the better strategy for the world championship bout between the cruiserweights Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi.

Hence the two training legends of German boxing, Ulli Wegner and Fritz Sdunek, did not hold back at the conference. But before they got started, the WBO champion himself had a few things to say. “Ola Afolabi is a really tough guy. But mentally I am very strong. Therefore he won´t get my title,” said Huck. This is the second time that the 27-year-old will be boxing at the Messehalle in Erfurt and he is extremely happy to do so. His first fight here, back in August 2010, ended with a KO victory over the American Matt Godfrey. “The fans here are extremely enthusiastic about boxing so it is amazing that they will get to witness such a great show.” (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Pacquiao to arrive at LAX Saturday

Manny Pacquiao arrives in the U.S. on Saturday. Pacquiao, Hall of Fame-elect trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of Team Pacquiao are scheduled to land at LAX International on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 8:05PM PT (ironically about the same time Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto square off in Las Vegas). Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will begin his four-week U.S. training camp, on Monday, May 7, at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacman will be defending his WBO welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs).

The Pacquiao vs. Bradley welterweight championship collision will take place Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Paredes off May 18 card

By Phil Doherty

Welterweight prospect Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) of Hollywood FL was released from a local hospital this week after admission for lung problems. The 27-year old claimed he felt: “like a million bucks and 10 years younger,” but acknowledged he cannot headline Acquinity Sports’ “Dominican Domination II” card from The Seminole Hard Rock on May 18th as scheduled. Paredes was slotted to defend his WBC and WBO Latino welterweight belts against former light welterweight world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs). Paredes thanked his huge local fan base for all their support, stating: “When something happens to me I manage to get back and become stronger—so I will be.” Although the medical scare prevents him from participating on the May 18th card, Paredes promised to be back in time for Acquinity’s next show at the Hard Rock on July 21st. The realignment bumps up the 10-round co-main event between Dominican lightweight Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) and southpaw Mexican slugger Leonilo “Veneno” Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs) to top billing.



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

KO King Randall Bailey back in spotlight

Two-time world champion Randall “The Knock-out King” Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) finally gets an opportunity to exorcise years of demon-like frustrations on June 9 when he takes on unbeaten Mike Jones for the vacant IBF welterweight championship in the 12-round co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view card in Las Vegas. “Randall Bailey has been frustrated most of his career,” his longtime manager Si Stern said. “He is unquestionably the strongest puncher in the world today and, I know this may sound crazy to some, maybe in boxing history. Just look at his knockout record. He’s been shunned by a lot of top fighters out there today. Why? They know Randall can take them out with one punch. History tells us that dangerous punchers like Randall have always been avoided. Jones (IBF #1) didn’t want to fight Randall (IBF #2), either. The IBF pushed the issue and said that Jones had to fight Randall or he’d lose his world title shot.” (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Weights from Thailand

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Petchyindee Boxing Promotion

Kompayak CP Freshmart 108 vs. Jonathan Taconing 107
(WBC Light Flyweight title)

Venue: The City Hall of Buriram Province, Thailand
Promoter: Virat Vachirarattanawongsi of Petchyindee Boxing Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 7, May 3, 14:00-17:00 (GMT+7) (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Six fights on Kessler-Green undercard

By Alex Hermann

Three fighters from Denmark, one from Norway, one from Sweden and one from Poland will be on the undercard to the WBC Silver light heavyweight clash between Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green on May 19 in Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rising middleweight prospect Patrick Nielsen (14-0, 8 KO) will be back only four weeks after he won the WBA I/C title with a dramatic tenth-round KO victory over Gabor Vega. This time Nielsen face Italian Gaetano Nespro (19-8-1) in a non-title bout.

Nielsen’s brother, Micki Nielsen (3-0, 3 KO), will also be on the undercard, as well as very talented Torben Keller (3-0, 1 KO). Sweden’s Erik Skoglund (9-0, 5 KO), Norwegian Simen Smaadal (1-0, 1 KO) and world ranked Pole Mateusz Masternak (26-0, 20 KO) will also be on the card. The opponents are to be announced.



May 2nd, 2012

Announcement

10-count for Iris Shaw

Promoter Gary Shaw is grieving with the loss of his mother, Iris Shaw, who passed away yesterday in Boca Raton, Florida. She was 90 years old, lived a wonderful life and left behind 2 children, Gary and Cheryl, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

UFC

Alan Belcher – Unstoppable

UFC on FOX: Diaz Miller is LIVE on Fox Saturday, May 5 @ 5 pm PT/8 pm ET

Alan Belcher feels unstoppable.

After a prolonged absence from the Octagon due to an eye injury, the heavy-handed, 16-5 middleweight from Jonesboro, Arkansas made a triumphant return on the UFC Fight Night card last September against Jason MacDonald. More than 16 months earlier, “The Talent” scored a Submission of the Night victory over former number one contender Patrick Cote . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Kimura arrives in Singapore

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) arrived in Singapore on Tuesday to have an ambitious crack at the WBA super championship in the featherweight division against unbeaten Indonesian hero Chris John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) here on Saturday. It will be a fabulous promotion at the Marina Bay Sands, which became internationally famous with its unique architecture of a gigantic ship lying over three big towers (probably you cannot imagine the structure). It is very rare to have a world title bout staged in Singapore, where, however, Indonesian Elly Pical barely kept his IBF super-fly belt by a split verdict over Mike Phelps at the National Stadium here in 1989. (more…)



May 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Ring Kings Grand Arrivals

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

“Ring Kings” headliners made their “grand arrivals” today in the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby. Arriving first was Sugar Shane Mosley, followed by Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather in 30-minute increments. (more…)



May 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Biosse-Spina battle May 24

Super middleweights Vladine Biosse (12-1-1, 6 KOs) and Joey Spina (26-2-2, 18 KOs) will battle for bragging rights in the city of Providence on May 24th when Biosse defends his New England title against the “K.O. Kid” in the eight-round main event presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.

At Tuesday’s informal press gathering at the Providence Downtown Marriott, the two fighters stood toe-to-toe for the first time since signing their respective names on the dotted line. (more…)



May 1st, 2012




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