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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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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Boxing News

Inside the Mayweather Gym

Photos & Text: Mary Ann Owen

Look who was training on Wednesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Middleweight Sena Agbeko (15-1, 14 KOs) is living in Vegas no. His trainer is Rafael Ramos. Sena is the younger (22 year old) brother of Joseph Agbeko. His promoter is Banner Promotions. Sena told me that he is looking forward in fighting in the USA. Most of his fights were in Ghana and with only one in the USA, which was his last fight in the Boxcino Tournament which unfortunately he lost to Raymond Gatica in the fourth round by TKO. Sena told me he blames himself for leaving the fight in the gym, he did not give himself time for recovery. Sena is 6’1 and very strong . Will he shake up the 160 lb weight divison, it will be interesting to see what he does.

Bantamweight Alex “Beaver” Santiago, 23 yrs old, record 23-3, 7 KOs, is training at Mayweather gym for his up and coming fight with Emmanuel Rodriquez for the WBO Latino championship on August 2 in Puerto Rico. It will be televised on Direct TV. Santiago is from Arizona and fights for Iron Boy Promotions. photos



July 3rd, 2014



Boxing News

Ricky Hatton headed down under

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Future Hall of Famer Ricky “Hitman” Hatton will be at ringside at the Moree Town Hall, Moree, New South Wales, Australia on Saturday when London Olympian, Cameron ” The Hammer” Hammond (9-0) will clash with Alfredo Blanco (11-1) over ten rounds with the WBA Oceania welterweight title up for grabs. Also in attendance will be international matchmaker for Hatton Promotional Group, Phillipe Fondu. (more…)



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis, Earl make weight for rematch

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Former world champion Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ and Graham ‘The Duke of’ Earl made the light-welterweight limit ahead of their WBU world title bout on Friday at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Australia.

At their weigh-in face-off, Earl and Katsidis were separated by two security guards after their press conference scuffle yesterday.

The fight is a rematch of their classic 2007 war in London, which was won by Katsidis.



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Brian Minto has raised concerns about the referee chosen for his fight with Kiwi Joseph Parker. More

Paul Butler will relinquish the belt he just won a month ago. More

Carl Frampton warns Kiko Martinez ahead of their fight Sept. 6. More

Boxing promoter Barry Hughes gets a prison term reduced to a fine. More



July 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Farenas TKOs Davis in IBF eliminator

In an IBF world title eliminator, former super featherweight world title challenger Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (38-4-4, 30 KOs) scored an impressive eight round TKO over previously undefeated jr. lightweight Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (18-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Farenas cut Davis over the right eye with a punch in round one. The Filipino continued the attack in round two landing some big shots. Farenas continued to bring the power against Davis’ speedy flurries. Farenas staggered Davis in round five and connected with a number brutal shots in round six. After a close look by the ring doctor, Davis was allowed to come out for round seven and managed to stay on the ouside and avoid taking any big shots. Referee Steve Smoger waved it off in round eight after Farenas sent Davis reeling into a corner. Time was :59. Farenas will now be rated #2 in the IBF.

Now fighting in the jr. lightweight division, former IBF featherweight titlist Billy “The Kid” Dib (37-3, 21 KOs) outworked former featherweight world title challenger Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs) over ten competitive rounds. Dib pulled away to a 98-91, 96-93, 96-93 win. Garza was deducted a point for holding in round six. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya discusses the Golden Boy Shakeup

By Jerry Glick
Photo: David Doonan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Golden Boy will return to the Barclays Center on August 9th with a show featuring three world title fights plus a deep undercard. Unified super-lightweight champion, the unbeaten Danny “Swift” Garcia, will defend against tough “Lightning” Rod Salka, IBF junior-welterweight belt holder Lamont Peterson will defend against veteran New Yorker Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs will face Australia’s Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher for the vacant WBA world middleweight title. Also competing on this well stocked show will be Lamont’s brother Anthony Peterson, “The World Kid” Sadam Ali, and hot prospect Zachary Ochoa.

Golden Boy head man Oscar De La Hoya manned the lectern alone, without his longtime former CEO Richard Schaefer. The two, who have banged heads recently, parted company a few weeks ago, followed by a purge of executives supposedly loyal to Schaefer, just days ago.

This reporter had the opportunity to talk to De La Hoya at a press conference held at the venue and I asked about the recent shakeup at his promotional company. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Walters: I’m challenging you, Nonito. The Axman is going to chop you down.

Courtesy of Premium Boxing Promotion

Courtesy of Premium Boxing Promotion


By Robert Coster

One of those present at the XXIX WBA KO to Drugs card in Santo Domingo was WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs). “I wanted to show my support to the WBA and for the worthy cause it defends,” said Walters, “and I cannot forget that I won my title in a KO to Drugs card held in Jamaica.” The Jamaican-born, Panama-based champion was gracious enough to take time to sit down with Fightnews. Flanked by his manager Jacques Deschamps, Walters issued a challenge to Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Airtight Boxing Presents ‘So You Wanna Fight?’

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing

Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and Airtight Boxing are back with another show to be held on Friday, July 25th at the Salon Madrid in Commerce City, Colorado. This card is entitled ‘So you wanna fight?’ in tribute to Mestas’ old trainer and trainer of Steve ‘Lil But Bad’ Johnston, Scott Audrey. After winning a tough man contest, Audrey gave the trophy to Mestas. It said ‘So you wanna fight?’. “I always remember that, it was so cool to me, so I wanted to name the card after it,” said Mestas.

The main event should be a tough match up as once beaten welterweight Raul ‘Chino’ Carrillo, 13-1, 7KOs, from Longmont’s Ghost Town Gladiators will take on House of Pain’s Carlos ‘El Gallo’ Sanchez, 6-6, 2KOs, but there’s a catch. This fight will be fought at the middleweight limit. This will even the playing field a bit for Sanchez and should make for an interesting fight. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

UFC

Lyoto Machida: His Own Fighter

You know the answer before the question is even asked, but you ask Lyoto Machida anyway, wondering if he thinks about the possibility of becoming only the third man in UFC history to win titles in two weight classes if he defeats middleweight champion Chris Weidman this Saturday in the UFC 175 main event . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

200th ShoBox episode lands at Turning Stone

The parade of high-profile nationally televised boxing events will continue at Turning Stone Resort Casino, when Showtime produces the landmark 200th episode of “SHOBOX – The New Generation,” on July 25 in the resort’s Event Center. This will also mark Turning Stone’s 12th nationally televised boxing event in less than two years, helping establish the resort as a mecca for world-class televised fights. The July 25 event will be headlined by a 10-round main event in the middleweight division, as Antoine “Action” Douglas (14-0) returns to Turning Stone to face Michel Soro (23-1, 13 KOs) for the WBA International belt. In the co-main event, the WBC Fecarbox super middleweight title will be on the line, as knockout artist Jerry Odom (11-0, 10 KOs) of Bowie, MD squares off against Vilier Quinonez (8-0, 5 KOs) in a bout set for eight rounds.

The SHOBOX telecast will also feature two additional bouts. Junior middleweights will tangle in a matchup set for eight rounds, as John Thompson (14-1, 5 KOs) meets Steve Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs) and welterweights will collide in an eight-rounder, when undefeated Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs) takes on Chris van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KOs) of South Africa. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo, Lara Teleconference Quick Quotes

Former WBA/WBC super welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez and current WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy Lara hosted an international media conference call to discuss their PPV showdown taking place July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Canelo Alvarez: I pick the most dangerous fighters that will give the best fights, because at the end of the day I fight for the fans…This is real and very personal. He offended me and Mexican boxing so this is very personal.

[About not fighting for Lara's 154lb WBA title] He has an interim title. This fight isn’t about a title. It’s about pride & honor.

Erislandy Lara: We’ve been asking for this fight against Canelo for 2 years! That’s why we pressured him everywhere…I’m focused on Canelo, it doesn’t matter who I’ve faced in the past. What’s important now is that our styles mesh well…I saw the Canelo-Angulo fight, it was nothing special. My main focus is dominating Alvarez on July 12.



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Butler vacates IBF bantamweight belt, returns to super flyweight division

Paul Butler will relinquish his IBF World Bantamweight title and return to the super-flyweight division as he aims to become Britain’s first boxer to win a second world title at a lighter weight in over a century. The Ellesmere Port ace took the title from Stuart Hall last month in Newcastle, and now looks to join British legend Bob Fitzsimmons, who won the world title at heavyweight and then at light-heavyweight.

Although sad to give up his world title belt, undefeated Butler, who won the world title in only his 16th fight – the quickest ever by an English boxer – is excited at the prospect of carving out a piece of modern boxing history in his quest to become a British great. “It’s a beautiful belt and it’s hard to relinquish it seeing as it’s the first world title that I’ve won, but I knew that it was always going to be the case if I won it I’d have to return it and go back to down to super-flyweight,” said Butler. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

UFC

UFC Ultimate Media Day to be broadcast LIVE on UFC Fight Pass tomorrow

For the first time ever, the UFC’s digital streaming service UFC® FIGHT PASS™ will broadcast UFC’s Ultimate Media Day live from Las Vegas ahead of the star-studded weekend of fights at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Hosted by Karyn Bryant, with UFC analysts Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz, the exclusive coverage begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT. Click HERE for the link to the broadcast (subscription required). (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Lucas Browne to face unbeaten Andriy Rudenko

Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (20-0, 18 KOs) will take on unbeaten Ukrainian puncher Andriy Rudenko (24-0, 16 KOs) at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on August 1. The heavyweight pair will contest the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title as well as Browne’s WBC EPBC crown. Rudenko, promoted by the Klitschko brothers’ K2 Ukraine, is arguably Browne’s toughest test to date. For Browne, the fight presents an opportunity to press further towards a world title fight. The heavy handed Aussie is ranked in the top ten by the WBC and IBF and currently placed at number 12 by the WBA.

“I’ve never seen Rudenko, but if the Klitschko’s believe in him then he must be a good fighter,” Browne said. “This is the sort of the opponent I need now. I want to fight for a world title in the next 12 months and to get a shot you’ve got to beat these kinds of guys. “He’s got 16 knockouts so he can obviously crack, but I’m not worried. I can take a shot and I know if I catch any heavyweight on the chin, he’s going to sleep.” (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez media work out

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

For the second time in his career former WBA and WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KO) has entrenched himself in the hills of Del Mar, California, just north of San Diego to get ready for battle. The first time last March he was making his return trip to the ring after losing a lopsided twelve-round decision to the considered pound for pound king of the sport Floyd Mayweather Jr. In that comeback fight Alvarez took care in a dominating fashion of fellow Mexican Alfredo “Perro” Angulo in ten rounds. The bout held in Las Vegas was the first of a promised three this year by Alvarez of Guadalajara, Mexico, of Pay-Per-View caliber. His next on Saturday, July 12th, will be against Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KO) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and distributed live by Showtime PPV. The event billed as “Honor and Glory” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

Just like in his fight with Angulo earlier this year, Team Canelo, including trainers Chepo and Eddie Reynoso, brother Ricardo Alvarez, a number of hanger-ons as well as promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy matchmaking duo of Eric Gomez and Roberto Diaz, took over the House of Boxing Training Center located about twenty miles south of Del Mar to meet with the assembled media and put on display the improvements that Alvarez mentioned he had been working on. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

UFC

Edgar vs. Penn: The Trilogy

The rivalry between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn is a unique one in the realm of combat sports because the two have always kept their fire confined to the Octagon. There is no trash talk, no dirty looks, just a mutual respect that goes out the window when the two meet on fight night . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Parker-Minto final press conference

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

The final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) took place today at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. Minto came to the press conference with a bump on his nose and stated that his nose was bruised and not broken. Parker stated that Minto’s nose will be his main target in their fight.

There has been much tension in the lead up to the fight. Minto stated he heard Parker was still suffering from a perforated ear-drum and accused Parker of wearing cheater’s gloves. Parker’s trainer Kevin Berry revealed that Minto has been taking testosterone, which Minto admitted. Parker has also vowed to exact revenge for Minto battering Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron into retirement in Auckland last December. (more…)



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Katsidis-Earl erupts at press conference

Sparks flew at today’s press conference as Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl locked horns and flew into a scuffle as they were posing for a photo with the WBU world title belt they are fighting for. Tempers boiled after a war of words on the microphone between the arch enemies as Earl made his intentions clear earlier in his speech stating, “I don’t care about the belt, I’ve won titles before, I just want to beat Katsidis here and make the trilogy back home in Luton. I was winning the first fight, and he (Katsidis) looked relieved when the fight was stopped.” Katsidis spoke after Earl and said, “Graham has made a mistake coming here, there will be no trilogy, I’ll put a stop to it on Friday night.”

“We can go out to the car park now if you want,” Katsidis told Earl as he was pulled to one side by fellow Smithy’s Gym boxer Herman Ene-Purcell, who happens to work in security at various Toowoomba venues. Earl politely obliged and said, “We can go right here” as he tried to fulfil Katsidis’ request to the carpark brawl. Promoter Brendon Smith said, “Security will be hired for the weigh-in for the next time these guys come together as we are having a job keeping them apart!”



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Madonna breathes new life into the Detroit boxing scene: More

Frampton vs. Martinez gets a venue: More

Michael Farenas to face Mark Davis in a title eliminator: More

Floyd Mayweather on Justin Bieber: He’s my man crush! More



July 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Complete ESPN2 Weights from Foxwoods

Photos: Emily Harney

Michael Farenas 130 vs. Mark Davis 130
(IBF super featherweight eliminator)

Billy Dib 131 vs. Alberto Garza 131
Ryan Martin 135 vs. Matthew Baca 135
Jimmy Williams 150 vs. Stephen Owusu 149
Shelly Vincent 123 vs. Nydia Feliciano 123
Nick DeLomba 144 vs. Edwin Soto 145
Louis Cruz 139 vs. Ryan Picou ??
Junior Younan 168 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 169

Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Promoter: SMS Promotions
TV: ESPN2
More photos…



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Callum Smith: I can handle ‘hot prospect’ tag

Unbeaten super middleweight Callum Smith says he can handle the pressure of being called the ‘hottest young prospect’ in world boxing as he faces Vladine Biosse at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Smith has raced to 11-0 in with nine stoppage wins and claimed the WBC International title in October and returned from injury to defend in style against Tobias Webb in Cardiff in May.

The 24-year-old has caught the attention of the boxing world in a big way with promoter Eddie Hearn expecting Smith to be rubbing shoulders with the best fighters in the 168lbs division by the end at the beginning of 2016. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

UFC

Anthony Pettis in running for Wheaties box cover

For the first time in the 80-year history of the brand, Wheaties will offer America the opportunity to select the next elite athlete to be featured nationally on the iconic Wheaties box. Kicking off today is the Wheaties NEXT Challenge powered by the leader in Connected Fitness, MapMyFitness. Five world-class athletes from five emerging sports will compete for this honor in an innovative way—by asking their fans to get out and move. Challenge participants will vote for their favorite athlete by logging workouts through the MapMyFitness platform – either manually documenting online, recording through any of the apps (MapMyFitness, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, MapMyWalk) or by connecting any one of the 400+ compatible devices. The Wheaties NEXT Challenge runs through August 31, and the athlete with the most votes via workouts logged will appear on the Wheaties box in early 2015 . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC teams up with Boys & Girls Club

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) announced a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Ultimate Alliance to develop a grassroots sports program providing local youth the access and opportunity to excel in wrestling. The program will provide children the resources to develop techniques, fundamentals, and the mindset to perform successfully in the sport of wrestling as well as teaching discipline, focus, and accountability for daily life . . .  Click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Tureano Johnson back in action July 11

Headlining the July 11 ESPN “Friday Night Fights” card at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, will be middleweights Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Mike Gavronski (14-0-1, 10 KOs) who’ll battle in a 10-round middleweight showdown for the Continental Americas USNBC title. Johnson, who hails from the Bahamas, is eager to get back into the ring after a controversial loss to Curtis Stevens, in which he was winning on all scorecards. “In my last bout, the referee stopped the bout early, and I suffered my first loss,” said Johnson. “It was a very disappointing moment in my career but I’m ready to move on and show the world I’m one of the best fighters in the middleweight division. I’m coming back stronger than ever and I can’t wait to mix it up with Gavronski. Nothing is going to stop me from getting this victory.”



July 1st, 2014

UFC

Stone Cold Picking Chris Weidman at UFC 175

Stone Cold Steve Austin, one of the legends of professional wrestling, appeared on the MMA Hour Monday afternoon and spoke on a multitude of topics, including his love of mixed martial arts and UFC 175 . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



July 1st, 2014




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