Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

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Feature Story

“Knockout Kings” undercard promises fireworks

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos

All eight fighters are Saturday’s quadruple header highlighting a title tilt between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Josesito Lopez were relatively short on words. To be more precise, short on any type of pre-fight hype in the form of trash talk. Oddly enough, that’s just the way Oscar De La Hoya wanted it.

Crossing his fingers throughout the entire press conference, De La Hoya showed his hand after all fighters spoke their mind heading into the Mexican Independence Day card. (more…)

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos All eight fighters are Saturday’s quadruple …


Feature Story

Chavez-Martinez undercard presser

Story by Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank 

Although the 19,186 fight fans that will by rocking the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas are coming to see one bout on Saturday night, every single other fighter on this card has an opportunity to gain more exposure than they ever had in their career.

The undercard of the highly anticipated middleweight battle between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. will feature several fighters on the cusp of becoming more than just another boxer. With Notre Dame standout Mike Lee, Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux and a super featherweight title showdown between Roman Martinez and Miguel Beltran Jr. highlighting the undercard, everyone is jockeying to have their name in the bright lights one day. Knowing that both Martinez and Chavez, Jr. worked their way up from being the undercard, each of these fighters will be looking to seize the opportunity on Saturday night. (more…)

Story by Andreas Hale Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank  Although the 19,186 fight fans that will by rocking the Thomas …



Announcement

“Knockout Kings” Canelo vs. Lopez Official Weigh-In Open To The Public!

The official weigh-in for “Knockout Kings” headlining Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez is open to the public, tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Doors open at noon. For more free, scheduled events . . .  (more…)

The official weigh-in for “Knockout Kings” headlining Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez is open to the public, tomorrow at …


UFC

The TUF 30

This Friday night, September 14, The Ultimate Fighter begins its 16th season, and when the bell rings on FX at 9pm, 32 welterweight hopefuls will begin competing for glory and a UFC contract. Several of those who have come before them have gone on to become champions and contenders in the Octagon, and the best of the best are listed below in the updated version of the TUF 30 . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com

This Friday night, September 14, The Ultimate Fighter begins its 16th season, and when the bell rings on FX at …




Boxing Result

Vargas stays unbeaten in Top Rank debut

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Rising welterweight prospect and recent Top Rank acquisition Jessie Vargas had little trouble taking a unanimous decision over the durable but overmatched Aron Martinez in the main event of ESPN special edition of Friday Night Fights that aired on Thursday. The undefeated Vargas (20-0, 9 KOs) had an opponent who came to fight in Martinez but still owned the fight despite a relatively slow start in the early goings. Martinez (18-2-1) would bull his way forward and attempt to work the body but his punches provided little pop and never forced Vargas to drop his hands or leave himself vulnerable. Vargas did catch a few shots along the ropes but would reset himself and utilize his more polished boxing to score when necessary.

A firefight broke out in the 3rd round as Martinez stepped in and welcomed Vargas to an exchange of punches. The heated exchanges continued into the 4th round as Martinez found several openings to land some solid punches but Vargas would strafe Martinez with a straight right hand and began going to work along the ropes to take the round. Martinez refused to back down, however, and kept Vargas busy, but the infighting was still in the Las Vegas fighter’s favor. Although he was game, Martinez simply didn’t have enough power to dissuade Vargas.

Vargas again came alive and settled into his rhythm towards the end of the 7th round landing a blistering combination that shredded Martinez’ torso and a right hand that bounced off of his foe’s head. Martinez had a very strong 9th round but apparently blew his load as Vargas finished the fight strong in the 10th round and earned the unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 99-91 and 96-94. (more…)

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside Photos: Mary Ann Owen Rising welterweight prospect and recent Top Rank acquisition …


Boxing News

Weights from Tampa

Glenn Donaire 112 vs. Omar Soto 111.5
(Vacant WBO NABO flyweight title)
Radivoje Kalajdric 173.5 vs. Shannon Anderson 172.8
Charlie Serrano 125.2 vs. Juan Cruz 123.8
Derrick Samuels 152.2 vs. Troy Hall 156.5
Amos Cowart 135.5 vs. Yunier P Rey 133
Jason Barnett 219.5 vs. Terrance Marba 238.2
Kenny Lacy 230.4 vs. Jorge Flores 255.5
Alphonso Black 154.5 vs. Joseph Benjamin 156.2
Willie Jones 147.5 vs. Allen Williams 149.5
Venue: Ala Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, Fla.
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Fight Night
TV: Telemundo

Glenn Donaire 112 vs. Omar Soto 111.5 (Vacant WBO NABO flyweight title) Radivoje Kalajdric 173.5 vs. Shannon Anderson 172.8 Charlie …


Boxing News

“Knockout Kings” final presser quotes & shots

Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos

CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion: “I feel so much love, so much support. I want to thank my fans. This is a special moment for me.

“I remember seeing great fighters fight here and fight on this stage such as Mayweather for example. I grew up dreaming about what it would be like to fight on a stage like this and now I am here. I want to take advantage of this fight, this opportunity and stay here for a long time. (more…)

Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion: “I feel so much love, …


Boxing News

Weights from Sacramento, Calif.

Courtesy: Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Antoine Ashford 122 vs. Gustovo Rojas 123.5
Rodney Hernandez 233 vs. Bomani Parker 246.5
Max Becerra 138 vs. Johnny Frazier 137
Mike Guy 167.5 vs. Harry Gopaul 173

Venue: Woodlake Hotel.
Promoter: Nasser Niavaroni (Uppercut Promotions).
Date: 9-14-12

Courtesy: Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Antoine Ashford 122 vs. Gustovo Rojas 123.5 Rodney Hernandez 233 vs. Bomani Parker 246.5 Max …



UFC

Season teaser for TUF 16 available

As the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization prepares to launch the 16th season of its famed reality television show – The Ultimate Fighter®, set to premiere with a two-hour special, Friday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FX – it is releasing the action-packed preview video recently tweeted by UFC President Dana White.

Click here to view the video (more…)

As the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization prepares to launch the 16th season of its famed reality television show – The …


Boxing News

Freddie Roach On Mayweather-Pacquao, Chavez Jr.’s Training & 50 Cent Working With Pacquiao

By Andreas Hale
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

FightNews had the opportunity to sit down with Freddie Roach and talk about a number of things ranging from Chavez Jr.’s curious training habits to what he thinks is going on with 50 Cent trying to get involved in Pacquiao’s career.

First things first, with September 15 quickly approaching and the buzz surrounding Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.’s middleweight tilt at an all time high, the hall-of-fame trainer discussed the younger Chavez’ odd training habits. HBO 24/7 captured the Chavez skipping out on sessions with Roach and opting to train in the living room of his house rather than in a boxing ring. But while those instances really did happen, Roach says that they don’t tell the whole story.

“We got the work in, I just wasn’t 100% happy with where we did the work,” Roach says to FightNews while stating that the cameras weren’t allowed to film the two training at Chavez’ house. “I’d rather have him in the boxing ring so I can show him how to cut the ring off and not follow his opponent around. It’s hard to do that when you’re training somebody in the living room.” (more…)

By Andreas Hale Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank FightNews had the opportunity to sit down with Freddie Roach and talk about …


Boxing News

Bailey-Alexander set for Oct 20th at Barclays Center

By Flattop

The on-again, off-again showdown between IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey and former two-time world champion Devon Alexander is back on! Bailey versus Alexander has been added to the October 20th Golden Boy Promotions mega-card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Bailey suffered a back injury September 1st that postponed his September 8 title defense against Alexander. More details to follow.

By Flattop The on-again, off-again showdown between IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey and former two-time world champion Devon Alexander is …


Boxing News

Weights from Germany

On Friday, heavyweights Timo Hoffmann, Steffen Kretschmann, Erkan Teper and Gbenga Oloukun will go to work in Halle / Saale, Germany. At today’s weigh-in all four looked in great shape.

Kretschmann was the lightest of the four, weighing in at 228 lbs. while his opponent Hoffmann brought 253.5 lbs to the scale. This is Hoffmann’s lightest weight since 2004 when he knocked out Quinne Navarre in two. There’s a lot on the line between Kretschmann and Hoffmann. The winner of this local derby should be able to secure some more big and lucrative fights while the loser might as well call it a day and retire.

In the co-feature, unbeaten German prospect Erkan Teper (245 lbs.) takes on hard-hitting Nigerian Gbenga Oloukun 236 lbs.). The undercard features fast rising welterweight hope Roman Belaev vs. Semjons Moroseks from Latvia as well as a super middleweight clash between Uensal Arik and Gyorgy Marosi from Hungary.

On Friday, heavyweights Timo Hoffmann, Steffen Kretschmann, Erkan Teper and Gbenga Oloukun will go to work in Halle / Saale, …



Boxing News

“Knockout Kings” knockout undercard

The “Knockout Kings” featured fighters are ready to put on a spectacular show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, but before the epic SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING quadruple-header begins at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, there will be two preliminary bouts, with coverage on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, and two additional fights to begin the night in the arena. (more…)

The “Knockout Kings” featured fighters are ready to put on a spectacular show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this …


Boxing News

Chavez-Martinez full undercard

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

A separate press conference for the undercard of Saturday’s sold out PPV clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez.

The full undercard lineup is:

Former world champion Roman Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs) vs. Miguel Beltran Jr (27-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO super featherweight title.

Olympic ring legend Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. Robert Marroquin (22-1, 15 KOs) for the WBA super bantamweight title held by Rigondeaux.

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (28-4, 19 KOs) vs. former 154lb. world champion Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19 KOs) in an important ten round scrap.

Notre Dame champion Mike Lee (10-0, 6 KOs) vs. Paul Harness (4-3-1, 3 KOs) in a four round light heavyweight bout.

Unbeaten John Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs), son of the famed Julian Jackson, vs. Willie Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant NABF light middleweight title.

KO artist Wale Omotoso (22-0, 19 KOs) vs. Daniel Sostre (11-6-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round welterweight matchup.

And Michael Medina (25-3-2, 19 KOs) vs. James Winchester (15-4, 5 KOs) in an eight round super welterweight battle.

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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank A separate press conference for the undercard of Saturday’s sold out PPV clash between …


Boxing Result

Gallery: ‘Knockout Kings’ public workouts

Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos

Fighters for Saturday night’s “Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, treated fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to public workouts on Wednesday. (more…)

Photos by Gene Blevins / Golden Boy / Hoganphotos Fighters for Saturday night’s “Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending …


Boxing News

Plan B for Sac’s Woodlake card

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Local junior lightweight and former top amateur Stan Martyniouk (11-1), citing a rib injury, has pulled out of Friday night’s card at Sacramento’s Woodlake Hotel. He was to meet Oxnard’s Javier Garcia (8-2-1), nephew of former champ Robert Garcia, in the main event. Promoter Nasser Niavaroni has reshuffled the card with prelim fighters carrying the show plus amateur boxing and an MMA match. Weigh-ins were scheduled for Thursday.

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Local junior lightweight and former top amateur Stan Martyniouk (11-1), citing a rib injury, has …



Boxing News

Boxing back in Downtown Sacramento

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Professional boxing is returning to Sacramento’s storied Memorial Auditorium, venue for many of the California capital city’s former top fighters and site of perhaps its most famous bout. Hall-of-Fame promoter Don Chargin has billed an Oct. 6 card at the historic 16th and J Streets arena, where he was involved in directing many of the fabled cards. The Saturday night show will be telecast by the Fox Sports Network and feature Japanese welterweight prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 knockouts) against an opponent to be named in the main event.

The fighters appearing in the inaugural card, however, are less significant than a long-range plan for central Sacramento by Chargin and his partner, Woodland promoter Paco Damian who, along with Golden Boy Promotions, have been promoting frequently in the nearby small cities of Woodland and Fairfield.

“We want to build Memorial Auditorium back up again for boxing,” Chargin said. “And, to help celebrate opening night, we are inviting back some of the top fighters who developed their careers there — Pete Ranzany, Tony Lopez, Loreto Garza. (more…)

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Professional boxing is returning to Sacramento’s storied Memorial Auditorium, venue for many of the California …


Boxing News

Anderson-Reid added

Kenny Anderson will face former world champion Robin Reid for the vacant British super middleweight title on the undercard of Kell Brook’s final eliminator for the mandatory position for the IBF welterweight title against Hector Saldivia on October 20 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, England.

Kenny Anderson will face former world champion Robin Reid for the vacant British super middleweight title on the undercard of …


Boxing News

McGuinness at Sleeman Saturday

By Dave Spencer
Photo Dani Graham

While not exactly a conquering hero who has come home to great fanfare and adulations, Logan McGuinness has instead become hero who has come home and conquered; gathering increased fanfare with each passing round. In fact he’s quietly become the face of boxing in Ontario and will headlining this Saturday versus Polish fighter Krzysztof Szot (16-3-1 5KO) who will be venturing outside of Poland for the first time.

McGuinness will be putting his undefeated 17-0-1 (9 KO) record on the line at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph in his eighth consecutive fight inside the borders of Upper Canada; a string that has seen wins coming in all possible fashions. (more…)

By Dave Spencer Photo Dani Graham While not exactly a conquering hero who has come home to great fanfare and …


Boxing News

Unbeaten Tahdooahnippah back in action

Undefeated and world ranked middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) returns September 28 at Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma. Tahdooahnippah will face off against Gundrick “Sho Gun” King (18-8, 11 KOs) in the main event for the NABA middleweight title. “We’re honored to work with the Comanche Nation Casino in our first event promoting George,” said promoter Joe DeGuardia. “He’s an exciting boxer with an aggressive fan friendly style and we’re looking for big things from him starting with this NABA title bout.” A full slate of exciting undercard bouts for this event will be announced shortly.

Undefeated and world ranked middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) returns September 28 at Comanche Nation Casino in …


Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez wants that extra 100K

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez conducted ​​his final workout before hundreds of fans and members of the international press Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the MGM Hotel. Gonzalez looked strong, fast and accurate for his fight against former WBO world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. Golden Boy is bringing back “prizefighting” by awarding a $100,000 bonus to the fighter who registers the best knockout of the night and Gonzalez has made no secret that he’s looking to collect. “This will be a great September 15 for Mexico and boxing fans. I’m motivated and focused for the moment and hope to be winner of the “Knockout King” on this great boxing night,” said Gonzalez.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez conducted ​​his final workout before hundreds of fans and members …


Boxing News

McCloskey: Defeat isn’t an option against Perez

After his shock defeat to DeMarcus Corley in May, former jr welterweight world title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) is aiming to get back to winning ways against Denver’s Manny Perez (18-7-1, 4 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 22. “Defeat isn’t an option here – I have to win this fight,” said McCloskey. “I want to win and I want to win the fight well but if I win ugly I don’t really care because I want to get up those WBC rankings as soon as the fight is over. I have seen him fight and he is a tough customer, and he comes into this fight off the back of a good result beating Jose Miguel Cotto in his last fight. If I am not at my best this could be a hard night’s work because he is there all the time, he works all the time and he is in your face, so I need to be at my best to put him off his game.”

No stranger to big upsets, Perez fought Brandon Rios to a ten round draw in October 2008 and also derailed Edgar Santana in February before shocking Cotto in July.

After his shock defeat to DeMarcus Corley in May, former jr welterweight world title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) …


Boxing News

Chakhkiev and Boytsov return October 12

After a summer break, Universum Box Promotion returns on October 12 at the Sporthalle Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany with WBC #5 cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (14-0, 11 KOs) in the main event. Also in action is heavyweight Denis Boytsov is (31-0, 25 KOs). Opponents for Chakhkiev and Boytsov will be announced. The card also features former female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (29-1, 10 KOs) against Maria Lindberg (6-2-1, 1 KO) and heavyweight prospect Ismail Ozen (5-0, 5 KOs). More information will be announced on Monday.

After a summer break, Universum Box Promotion returns on October 12 at the Sporthalle Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany with WBC …


Boxing News

Dan Setshedi dies

By Ron Jackson

One of the pioneer sports presenters of SABC radio and television “Oom” Dan Setshedi died on Saturday after a long illness. He was 80. Dan was involved in many sports commentaries but his favourites were soccer and boxing. He covered the world heavyweight title eliminator between Gerrie Coetzee and Leon Spinks in Monte Carlo for radio amongst many other title fights overseas and locally. Boxing promoters used him as ring announcer at times. I can well remember Dan from a few boxing magazine shows as a guest on SATV with him and Chick Henderson. (more…)

By Ron Jackson One of the pioneer sports presenters of SABC radio and television “Oom” Dan Setshedi died on Saturday …


Feature Story

Alvarez, Lopez calm before showdown

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Gene Blevins/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Josesito Lopez was never supposed to be here. At best, he was supposed to be in the stands watching the Mexican Independence weekend class he’s now center stage in. At worst, he was supposed to be at home or at the bar watching on television. Lopez (30-4 [1], 18 KOs) had other plans.

Pegged as a stepping stone for Victor Ortiz, Lopez threw a wrench into an Alvarez-Ortiz fight, stopping Ortiz in round 9 of their June bout to claim the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight strap after Ortiz suffered a broken jaw. (more…)

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. Photos by Gene Blevins/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Josesito Lopez was never supposed to be here. At …


UFC

Meet the TUF 16 coaches – Shane Carwin

The Colorado KO King is back. Maybe not in the way you would have initially expected, but Shane Carwin’s return to active duty as a coach on season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter (which premieres on FX this Friday night at 9pm) after being sidelined by injury for over a year is a welcome one, and no one is more amped up than he is . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com

The Colorado KO King is back. Maybe not in the way you would have initially expected, but Shane Carwin’s return …


Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez IV close

There is talk of a Tuesday press conference in Los Angeles to officially announce Manny Pacquiao’s December 8 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacman is expected to face Juan Manuel Marquez, who has already agreed to the bout. Pacquiao is coming off a disputed loss to Tim Bradley, but he opted for a fourth match with Marquez as that fight would draw significantly more pay-per-view buys. Both fighters are expected to sign the fight contract at the press conference.

There is talk of a Tuesday press conference in Los Angeles to officially announce Manny Pacquiao’s December 8 fight at …


Boxing News

Will Hernandez switch to orthodox?

Photos: Team Sauerland

The moment of truth is just days away. The world will wait and see if Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is able to defend his IBF Cruiserweight Title against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) from Canada. Coach Ulli Wegner is sure that the only possible outcome is a triumph for his prodigy Hernandez. “Troy Ross is a really strong opponent but on Saturday we will be victorious,” said the 70-year-old. During today’s public workout, Wegner proved that he is always good for a surprise. Everyone is expecting to see a fight between two southpaws, but if Wednesday’s training session is anything to go by, that might not be the case after all. While working with the pads, Hernandez did start in his usual stance but midway through he switched to an orthodox stance, right in front of Ross´ coach Christopher Amos. Could the current champion be fighting as an orthodox boxer on September 15? It would not be the first time. Ulli Wegner: “Pablo was a member of the cast for the movie ‘Max Schmeling’. He had the role of Joe Louis and was acting alongside Henry Maske. For the movie Hernandez switched to orthodox. You will have to wait and see what happens on Saturday.” (more…)

Photos: Team Sauerland The moment of truth is just days away. The world will wait and see if Yoan Pablo …


Boxing News

Martinez guarantees suffering; Chavez promises retirement

By Andreas Hale
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

It’s rare that two fighters meet at the right time. Usually, one is just a shade over the hill or the other simply isn’t ready. But for Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sergio Martinez, the timing is perfect. A year ago, the fight would have generated little interest and odds makers would have seen it terribly lopsided for the surging Argentinean Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) who had been a wrecking machine with impressive victories over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Sergiy Dzinziruk. At the same time last year, Chavez was still toiling in mediocrity as victories over Billy Lyell and John Duddy didn’t exactly send chills down the spines of middleweights.

Oh, what a difference a year makes.

While Martinez has continued menacing the middleweight division as the current The Ring middleweight champion, Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) has finally began to impress with solid victories over Peter Manfredo Jr., Sebastian Zbik, Marco Antonio Rubio and a stellar knockout performance against the heavy handed Andy Lee. No longer was he just the son of a legend; he was in the process of building his own legacy and the time to step out of his shadow is now. (more…)

By Andreas Hale Photos: Mary Ann Owen It’s rare that two fighters meet at the right time. Usually, one is …


Scale Watch

Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Jessie Vargas 148 vs. Aaron Martinez 147
Luis Cruz 132 vs. Jose Felix Jr. 132.2
Terence Crawford 136.5 vs. Hardy Paredes 136
Andy Ruiz 254 vs. Maurenzo Smith 236
Mikael Zewski 152 vs. Xavier Toliver 153
Joachim Chavez 136.5 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 136.5

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: ESPN2

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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Jessie Vargas 148 vs. Aaron Martinez 147 Luis Cruz 132 vs. Jose Felix Jr. 132.2 Terence …


Boxing News

“Knockout Kings”: News and notes

Emmy award-winning broadcaster Brian Kenny, the longtime anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights and current anchor and host on MLB Network, and WBA Welterweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi have been added to the broadcast team for this Saturday’s four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

In Saturday’s “Knockout Kings” main event, incredibly popular Mexican superstar and WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defends against breakout star Josesito Lopez. (more…)

Emmy award-winning broadcaster Brian Kenny, the longtime anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights and current anchor and …


UFC

Jon Jones: “These are the fights I live for!”

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto, Canada, next Saturday with a stacked card featuring six of the most exciting names in all of mixed martial arts.

In the fascinating main event, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones fights a record fifth consecutive UFC title-holder when he matches his unique skill set against the speed and explosive power of “the Phenom” Vitor Belfort. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto, Canada, next Saturday with a stacked card featuring six of the most …


Boxing News

Expanded Chavez-Martinez Quick Quotes

By Andreas Hale
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) traded harsh words at the final press conference for their long-awaited middleweight PPV battle on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sergio Martinez: It won’t be a quick knockout. I will punish him a lot and after that I will knock him out and he will suffer a lot. I hope that someone in your corner is there to stop the fight, I will never stop and continue punishing you.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: The most beautiful thing is that he talks bullsh*t. He says that he’s the best but in the fight he runs. He doesn’t fight for the people or the sport….I’m not only going to beat you, I’m going to retire you.

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr: Martinez was talking a lot of trash about my son and now he is invoking the devil. But when you see the devil coming you won’t know what to do.

Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento: It’s very motivating to shut up Chavez because he really talked a lot in 24/7. He’ll run like the chicken that he is on Saturday night.

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By Andreas Hale Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio Cesar …


Boxing News

WBA postpones Caballero-Walters purse bid

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championships Committee announced on Wednesday that the purse bid for the mandatory fight between WBA featherweight world champion Celestino ¨Pelenchin¨ Caballero and mandatory challenger Nicholas Walters scheduled for Thursday has been postponed for one week. This was done at the request of the parties who are still seeking to reach an agreement. If nothing is finalized, the auction will be held on September 20 at WBA Haedquarters in Panama City.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The WBA Championships Committee announced on Wednesday that the purse bid for the mandatory fight between …


Announcement

Golden Boy ups the ante

“Knockout Kings,” this Saturday’s Mexican Independence Day weekend quadruple-header headlined by WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez facing upset-driven Josesito Lopez, just got more interesting with the addition of a $100,000 bonus being awarded to the fighter who registers the best knockout of the night.

Fans will have the opportunity to text to vote for their choice immediately following the end of the Canelo vs. Lopez bout. The winner will be announced in the ring and live during the telecast on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)

“Knockout Kings,” this Saturday’s Mexican Independence Day weekend quadruple-header headlined by WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez facing upset-driven …










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