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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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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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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

Boxing News

Ruslan Chagaev aims to become heavyweight champion again with win over Oquendo this Sunday

By James Slater

Set to face “Fast” Fres Oquendo for the “regular” WBA heavyweight strap on July 6th, former “real” WBA boss Ruslan Chagaev says he is looking forward to ruling again at the age of 35. Still, the experienced southpaw with the 32-2-1(20) record says he expects a tricky night against Oquendo this coming Sunday in Grozny.

Chagaev, as translated by his manager Timur Dugazaev, had the following things to say:

What are you expecting from the fight with Oquendo, how much do you know about him?

“Fres Oquendo is a very experienced fighter. He has an odd style and he will use his experience to avoid getting hit too hard. But I think I’ll be able to find a way to deal with him.” (more…)



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Chilemba-Cummings added to Kovalev-Caparello

Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs), the 27 year old light heavyweight from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa will return to Atlantic City to face Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) as the co-feature of the August 2nd fight between fellow Main Events’ stablemate Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) and Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs). Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, “This fight will not be televised in the United States, so we have a really nice light heavyweight double header exclusively for the fans in attendance at Revel on August 2nd. Issac Chilemba is a piece of our plan for the division and I’m excited to see what he can do against a big puncher like Cummings.”



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana II headed to Brooklyn?

Mayweather Promotions is in the final stages of receiving a promoter’s license from the New York State Athletic Commission according to an article by David Mayo at mlive.com. The company’s CEO Leonard Ellerbe would not confirm Floyd Mayweather’s revelation that Marcos Maidana would be Floyd’s next opponent or that the fight would land at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on September 13. Ellerbe also stated that Mayweather Promotions is now working with former Golden Boy COO Bruce Binkow, who was Richard Schaefer’s right hand man. Mayweather Promotions doesn’t have a promoter’s license in Nevada, the state in which Mayweather has fought exclusively since 2005.



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

HBO draws big numbers for Crawford-Gamboa

HBO Boxing scored again in the ratings Saturday night. Per Nielsen Media Research, Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa attracted an average audience of 1,208,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched bout on cable TV so far this year. The slugfest registered a peak viewership of 1,286,000 viewers. This event marked the first time Crawford headlined a fight card on HBO. He fought three times on the network in 2013.

The undercard fight of Matt Korobov vs. Jose Uzcategui – both making their HBO debut – registered 929,000 viewers. The fight peaked with 1,066,000 viewers.

HBO Boxing has now delivered the top eight performing fights on cable television for 2014.



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather says he’s fighting Maidana again on September 13; Maidana confirms talks

“September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana-Floyd Mayweather Part II,” Floyd said during a pre-BET Awards interview in Los Angeles. He added, “Then in May, I’m fighting in May, I’ll have a big surprise for y’all.”

Maidana has confirmed via Twitter that negotiations are underway.

Here is Floyd announcing the fight.



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Joshua: Skelton will test my chin in Liverpool

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua MBE expects the toughest test of his professional career on July 12 when he faces Matt Skelton at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Joshua has raced to 6-0 with all six wins coming inside the first two rounds and now the Olympic gold medal star steps into his first scheduled eight-round contest against the former British, European and Commonwealth champion and World title challenger. The 47-year-old Skelton (28-8, 23 KOs) has lost two straight against John McDermott and David Price. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Promoter Joe DeGuardia

By Robert Coster

It has been a very special year for Star Boxing, the New York-based promotional company, with two world champions with national TV coverage. Star Boxing is on a roll with Chris Algieri’s upset victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and Demetrius Andrade, its other young champion, who appears destined to boxing stardom. Fightnews sat down with Star Boxing’s president and founder Joe DeGuardia who talked to us about the history of Star Boxing, from the difficult and humble beginnings of the company to its present success and what lays ahead. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

UFC

Alex Caceres: Making Every Second Count

You don’t often get what you ask for in this world. Yet Alex Caceres knows that if you don’t at least ask, you’ll really be left in the cold. So when he found out that top bantamweight contender Urijah Faber was looking for someone to fight on his week’s UFC 175 card in Las Vegas, he figured he had as much right as anyone to ask for the bout, given his five-fight Octagon unbeaten streak . . . 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

Boxing News

Tidbits from the WBA KO to Drugs card

By Robert Coster
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

The XXIX WBA “KO to Drugs” in Santo Domingo started at 6.30 PM on June 28th and finished at 4AM on May 29th, an almost 8 hour marathon with two world titles and five regional titles at stake. Manager Jacques Deschamps summed the feelings of many of those present. “The WBA overdid itself this time and should be congratulated. It was a mammoth effort and a great night of boxing.” For the local Dominican hosts, it was a mixed bag in terms of results. Local prospect Argenis Lopez failed to win the vacant WBA interim world title in the lightweight class against Colombian Darleys Perez but Dahianna Santana won the WBA female featherweight title. Young jr featherweight prospect Juan Carlos Pena was stopped by Jesus Rojas of Puerto Rico in a violent battle but local bantamweight Norberto Jimenez outboxed tough Julio Escudero of Panama for the WBA Fedelatin crown. Fightnews got comments from some of the victors in Saturday’s night of boxing. (more…)



July 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Anthony Dirrell of Flint, Mich., gets a rematch with Sakio Bika. More

‘I’m not thinking about Nathan Cleverly, insists Tony Bellow. More

Floyd Mayweather gets dissed by Tiny at the BET Awards. More

Is it the hour for New Zealand’s Anthony Taylor? More



July 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC and Fox Sports terminate broadcasting agreements with Chael Sonnen

The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.
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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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