WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Banal, Sor Singyu make weight

World renowned referee Tony Weeks raises the hands of protagonists AJ “Bazooka” Banal of the Philippines and Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand in Friday’s official weigh-in at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City)

By Dennis Principe

Filipino world bantamweight title challenger AJ Bazooka Banal easily made the weight limit at an exact 118 lbs. in Friday’s official weigh-in held at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Philippines. Such was not the case for opponent Pungluang Sor Singyu who went over by one pound and needed to jog for a few minutes to shed off the excess. Pungluang eventually made the limit on his second try at exactly 118 lbs.

Banal and Pungluang will battle for the vacant World Boxing Organzation bantamweight crown which was recently vacated by Mexican superstar Jorge Arce. The 12-round title bout will headline “Pinoy Pride XVII: Philippines vs. The World which will happen Saturday night at the MOA Arena. (more…)

By Dennis Principe Filipino world bantamweight title challenger AJ Bazooka Banal easily made the weight limit at an exact 118 …


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Alexander is prepared for challenge

By Brian Grammer
Photos: Bob Barton/BobBartonPhotography.com

Devon Alexander, the former WBC and IBF jr welterweight champion, is always ready for challenges. Whether the fighter is preparing for his title challenge this Saturday against IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey or indulging himself in preparation for a career in boxing promotion, the fighter is constantly preparing for a challenge. The sparkling new Barclays Center in Brooklyn will house the battle featuring the 25-year old classic boxer/puncher Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) against the 38-year old one-punch knockout artist Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs).

The contest, originally scheduled for September 8th, was postponed due to a back injury that Bailey suffered in training just a couple of weeks prior to the showdown.

“I’m not sure what to think about that,” stated Alexander. “I can’t say for sure that he didn’t (suffer an injury), but he is getting up there in age.” (more…)

By Brian Grammer Photos: Bob Barton/BobBartonPhotography.com Devon Alexander, the former WBC and IBF jr welterweight champion, is always ready for …



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Perez edges McDowell

East Hartford, Conn., native Joseph “Chip” Perez captured the vacant New England Junior Lightweight title Thursday night at Twin River Casino, narrowly defeating Chazz McDowell by majority decision. McDowell (6-3) came out strong, utilizing his slick jab to frustrate Perez (10-1) in the early rounds, but Perez worked his way to the inside and finished strong in the final three rounds of the eight-round main event to earn a 76-76, 77-75, 78-74 win. (more…)

East Hartford, Conn., native Joseph “Chip” Perez captured the vacant New England Junior Lightweight title Thursday night at Twin River …


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Erik Morales fails random drug test

Ring legend Erik Morales has allegedly tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance according to multiple reports. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed “irregularities” in Morales’ “A sample” to si.com but said that Saturday’s Garcia-Morales fight is still on. “Morales is a legendary fighter,” Schaefer told SI. “And really, nobody deserves a rush to judgement. You are innocent until proven guilty.” The likely scenario is the fight goes on and the analysis from the “B sample” will come back next week. The random drug testing was conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Ring legend Erik Morales has allegedly tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance according to multiple reports. Golden Boy CEO …




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Garcia-Morales Presser Quotes

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Quotes from the final press conference for this Saturday’s four world title fight extravaganza as boxing returns to Brooklyn at the brand new Barclays Center.

Danny Garcia, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion: “Saturday night, at Barclays [Center], will keep these belts here on the East Coast. See you Saturday night. I want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to be here and showcase my skills on this level. I want to thank my dad, my family who helped me get through camp. I had about a 10-week camp, a hard, strong camp. Got my rounds in sparring and miles in running. Did my conditioning. I put in the hard work. I sacrificed all the things I love to do just to perform and give the fans at the Barclays Center a great fight. I’m ready. I’m going to keep the belts here on the East Coast, and I will see on Saturday.”

Erik Morales, Former World Champion and Future Hall of Famer: “It is an honor to be in New York for the first time fighting to regain my title. It is hard to be in an arena with such of great fighters, but I’m here, and trust me I’m ready. And certainly, each and every one of them is going to do the best that they possibly can to steal the night. I have been training very hard for Saturday. I’ve done tremendous preparation. I’ll assure you it is going to be an explosive night. What you saw in March, it is definitely not what you are going to see on Saturday. I assure you I will regain my title. (more…)

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Quotes from the final press conference for this Saturday’s four world title fight …


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BJ Flores targets Marco Huck

WBO #1 cruiserweight BJ Flores (28-1-1, 18 KOs) has now set his sights on highly regarded WBO champion Marco Huck of Germany. “He is the champion and I am WBO #1 challenger. It’s no secret this is a fight I have wanted for a very long time”, said Flores. “After Huck KOs Firat Arslan I want him next. Huck is very tough and very well-conditioned. He is very strong and very confident. He has a great team around him and I respect him as a fighter. But any time he has fought anyone who can box he has had troubles. Steve Cunningham, Denis Lebedev and Ola Afalobi all gave him fits. I have quietly changed my entire boxing style. I have tried to fly under the radar and go back to the drawing board and get better. I have fought 4 times in the last year and feel sharp and ready. I have 3 KOs against decent opposition. I WANT a step up! NO ONE will expect me to beat him. It will be an absolute shocker!! (more…)

WBO #1 cruiserweight BJ Flores (28-1-1, 18 KOs) has now set his sights on highly regarded WBO champion Marco Huck …


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Weights, Pics from Ontario, CA

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

Ricky Duenas 144.8 vs. Steve Claggett 144.4
Alejandro Luna 131.6 vs. Adolfo Landeros 130.7
Richard Contreras 121.6 vs. Shawn Nichol 122
Juan Reyes 121.8 vs. Jose Angel Cota 122
Javier Torres 225.5 vs. Gary Cobia 265.4
Lissette Medel 128.7 vs. Cynthia Muñoz 132
Matt Kadian 241.8 vs. Avery Gibson 288.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

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Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Ricky Duenas 144.8 vs. Steve Claggett 144.4 Alejandro Luna 131.6 vs. Adolfo Landeros 130.7 Richard Contreras …


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Weights, Pics from Kissimmee

Photos: Ed Keenan/All Star Boxing

Orlando Cruz 127 vs. Jorge Pazos 126
Jonathan Gonzalez 115 vs. Danny Flores 120
Melissa McMorrow 110.75 vs. Yahaira Martinez 111.75
Moises Carasquillo Jr 167 vs. Willie Williams 174
Ludovic Tossuant 144 vs. Gullit Hilaire 146
Angel Martinez 160.75 vs. Fadoul Louis 163.75

The fight, promoted by All Star Boxing Promotions, takes place on this Friday, October 19 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Tickets are priced $15 General Admission and $35 Ringside. It will be broadcast live on Telemundo beginning at 11:35 PM ET/PT

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Photos: Ed Keenan/All Star Boxing Orlando Cruz 127 vs. Jorge Pazos 126 Jonathan Gonzalez 115 vs. Danny Flores 120 Melissa …



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Jacobs ready for inspirational ring return

Photo: Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Middleweight Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (22-1, 19 KOs) says he’s 100% ready for his comeback fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center against Josh Luteran (13-1, 9 KOs). “Mentally, I’m ready for battle especially after training for six months. It’s long overdue. Physically, I made weight three weeks ago so I’m ready to go. I’m just waiting for Saturday night.”

Few expected Jacobs to return to boxing after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011. “I am living proof of what hard work and determination can get you. I’ve suffered, been paralyzed and doctors told me I would never be able to box again.”

Win or lose on Saturday night, Jacobs is already a winner.

Photo: Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Middleweight Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (22-1, 19 KOs) says he’s 100% ready for his comeback fight …


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Guillermo Jones Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sources have reported to Fightnews.com that WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones could pull out of his October 27 fight against Andre Taylor slated to take place in the Poliedro de Caracas in Venezuela. Promoter Don King announced last Wednesday in Panama City that Jones would make an optional defense, then supposedly face interim titleholder Denis Lebedev on December 22. King also stated he had the support of the governments of Panama and Venezuela for profesional boxing in those countries. Unofficial sources report that Jones will not fight, citing a hand injury. Nothing official has been announced.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Sources have reported to Fightnews.com that WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones could pull out of his …


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Boxing back in Winchester, Virginia

Unbeaten welterweight James “Keep Em Sleepin” Stevenson (16-0, 11 KOs) faces Angel “The White Tiger” Rios (9-14, 6 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the Winchester Sportsplex in the Wells Fargo Multi-Purpose Arena in Winchester, Virginia.

Also featured is undefeated cruiserweight Venroy July (11-0-2, 4 KOs) against Cullen Rogers (10-36-2, 6 KOs) in a scheduled four rounder.

Interestingly, three fighters who saw action last Saturday night on the Donaire-Nishioka undercard will return to the ring in four-rounders in just one week’s time. Light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (7-0, 7 KOs) meets Danny Shull (3-17-1, 1 KO), super middleweight Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (4-0, 3 KOs) takes on Tierre King (0-6-1) and junior lightweight Vic Pasillas (3-0, 1 KO) faces Quincy Johnson (0-6-1). All three are trained by Robert Garcia.

Advance tickets start at $30 and may be purchased online through EventBrite.

Unbeaten welterweight James “Keep Em Sleepin” Stevenson (16-0, 11 KOs) faces Angel “The White Tiger” Rios (9-14, 6 KOs) in …


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Banal-Sor Singyu Final Presser

Report and photos by Chito Yu Katangkatang

The Pinoy Pride 17 Final Presser for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO bantamweight title between local favorite AJ Banal (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Punglung Sor Singyu (42-1, 27 KOs) of Thailand was held today in the lobby of the Midas Hotel along Roxas Boulevard Manila. The fighters are all set and ready for war.

“I will knock him out in any round. I can also batter him for twelve rounds or even go fifteen rounds with him,” said the confident AJ “Bazooka” Banal when asked what the fans should expect in his battle with Sor Singyu.

In reply when asked how the fight will end up, the Thai warrior told the media “I will knock him out in the sixth round. I can knock him out earlier but the Thai Television network who will telecast my fight needs to earn from advertisers.” (more…)

Report and photos by Chito Yu Katangkatang The Pinoy Pride 17 Final Presser for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO …



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Hanks-Allen moved to December 14

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced that the bout between unbeaten heavyweights Joe “The Future” Hanks (20-0, 14 KOs) and Fred “Showtime” Allen (14-0-1, 6 KOs) will take place on December 14th at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. “Our main event features two premier, undefeated heavyweights from the United States, fighting for the NABA heavyweight title. The fight was originally set for Saturday, October 27 but will now take place on December 14 as Allen was involved in a recent motorcycle accident and suffered a few minor scrapes and bruises and needed to take a short time away from training,” said DeGuardia. “We are glad we will still bring the great boxing fans of Albany this terrific main event which will be complimented by an excellent undercard that we will announce shortly.”

Tickets previously purchased for October 27th will be honored on the new December 14th date with no exchange needed. Additional advance tickets priced at $75, $50, $35 and $25 for students with valid ID and $10 for children 12 and under.

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced that the bout between unbeaten heavyweights Joe “The Future” Hanks (20-0, 14 KOs) and …


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John-Piriyapinyo Update

By Brett Bonetti

Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (47-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt November 9 against the undefeated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (44-0, 27 KOs) when World Championship Boxing returns to Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Marina Bay Sands in Singapore will once again be transformed into a spectacular sports arena for a night of world championship boxing action, presented by Dragon Fire with two world titles super fights.

After successfully retaining his title at Marina Bay Sands in May this year, John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade” will be making an incredible 17th defense of his title. Piriyapinyo is the current WBC Asian Boxing Council featherweight champion and is confident he can give The Dragon his first defeat and take his WBA world featherweight at the same time. (more…)

By Brett Bonetti Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (47-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt …


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“Canelo” Alavarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he’s ready for significant challenges in his career, including a showdown with WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. According to our information, Golden Boy Promotions will look for try to start negotiations for a Martinez-Alvarez. “We had a meeting with people of Golden Boy Promotions and we want to fight on May 5 and among those names we would face are Maravilla Martinez, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr.,” said Canelo. It’s certain that Canelo won’t fight in December. He’s looking to enter the ring in May and September 2013

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez says he’s ready for significant challenges in his career, …


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Video: Cruz-Pazos Workout

Video: Ed Keenan/All Star Boxing

Orlando Cruz and Jorge Pazos worked out Wednesday in Kissimmee Boxing Gym in advance of Friday night’s fight at Kissimme Civic Center. two weeks ago Cruz announced he was a “proud gay man,” the first ever active boxer to do so.

Video: Ed Keenan/All Star Boxing Orlando Cruz and Jorge Pazos worked out Wednesday in Kissimmee Boxing Gym in advance of …



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Defining Georges St-Pierre

Following a lengthy layoff due to injury, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday, November 17, when he faces “The Natural Born Killer,” interim titleholder Carlos Condit, in the main event of UFC 154 in Montreal. This clash of champions is one of the most highly anticipated bouts of 2012, and if you need a little reminder why, just take a look at GSP’s defining moments. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le is live on FUEL TV from the Cotai Arena in Macau, China on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. Click here for more info

UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit is live on PPV from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET. Click here for more info

Following a lengthy layoff due to injury, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon on …


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Peter Quillin and the Winds of Change

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Peter Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) was not a happy boxer when he left New York City in 2010. At the time, “Kid Chocolate” was a young, talented and unsigned prospect in desperate need of exposure as well as a new trainer and promoter.

The native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, left his life in Brooklyn to start anew once again, relocating to Hollywood, California to train at the Wild Card gym, where he began working with Freddie Roach and signed deals with boxing powerhouses Al Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)

By Mariano A. Agmi Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Peter Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) was not a happy boxer when …


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Vidal ready for Figueroa

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto

On Saturday Miguel Cotto Promotions together with Hector Soto’s H2 Entertainment will present a card billed as “ON FIRE: Boxeo Boricua in Caguas” at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In the main event, undefeated bantamweight Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (16-0, 8 KOs) goes against hard hitting Josean “El Tren” Figueroa (8-2-1, 7 KOs) in a 10 round bout for the vacant WBC FECARBOX title. “I’ve been training hard for this fight, I can say I am ready for Figueroa. I know him very well but I will win this coming Saturday” said a confident Vidal. (more…)

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto On Saturday Miguel Cotto Promotions together with Hector Soto’s H2 Entertainment will present a card billed …


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Cruz ready for coming out party

Photos: Ed Keenan/All Star Boxing

Orlando Cruz, who just last week announced he was a “Proud Gay Man” fights, Jorge Pazos on Friday, October 19 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Orlando and Jorge both wired out today at the Kissimmee Boxing Gym. Cruz invited Orlando Telemundo Reporter Anna Jurka into the ring for some sparring. She obliged.

Jorge Pazos: “I have to win whether he is gay or not. But I don’t think about that. He made a decision and I respect him for it. That is outside the ring. It is different inside the ring”

Are you worried about losing to a gay man and going home to hecklers in Mexico? “I don’t think about that. I can’t think about that. He is a good boxer, an Olympian.”

Orlando Cruz: “I do feel a little bit of pressure because of all of this (the media attention). The first few days were like a bucket of cold water (dumped over me). But it is something that I had to do. I’m not doing it for ratings. I answer all the questions now so that I can then concentrate on my (boxing) career, which is what’s important for me.” (more…)

Photos: Ed Keenan/All Star Boxing Orlando Cruz, who just last week announced he was a “Proud Gay Man” fights, Jorge …


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Glen Johnson returns against Groves

His retirement didn’t last long. Former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson will face Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves on December 15 at London’s ExCeL Arena. Groves’ promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that Groves and the Jamaican-born Miami-based Johnson will feature as chief support on the multi-title card headlined by WBO world lightweight champion Ricky Burns.

The Hammersmith southpaw Groves is unbeaten in 15 fights, but sees Johnson as the toughest and most exciting fight of his career so far that has already seen him beat the best of British in James DeGale and Paul Smith. Due to injuries Groves, 24, has only fought once this year, but he managed to put in action packed performance in California in July that saw him stop tough Mexican Francisco Sierra in six rounds that sent his stock soaring Stateside. (more…)

His retirement didn’t last long. Former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson will face Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves …


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Star Boxing re-inks Delvin Rodriguez

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced the re-signing of former world title challenger and perennial contender Delvin Rodriguez. Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs) is currently world ranked #7 by the WBA. Said DeGuardia, “Star Boxing is honored to extend our relationship with Delvin. Delvin and his team are true professionals that we’ve enjoyed working with over the years. At every show I promote fans approach me wanting to know when Delvin is fighting next and I hope to announce details of his next fight shortly. He’s a must-see attraction on the East Coast and we’re very thankful for the support from the fans.” (more…)

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced the re-signing of former world title challenger and perennial contender Delvin Rodriguez. Rodriguez (26-6-3, …


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Weights from Rhode Island

Listed below are final weights for all the participants in Thursday night’s professional boxing event, “Closing Statement,” at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

Joseph Perez 130 vs. Chazz McDowell 130.5
Alexis Santos 212 vs. Josh Harris 199
Ivana Coleman 122 vs. Shelito Vincent 123
Michael Walchuk 161 vs. Thomas Falowo 162
Alex Amparo 169 vs. Nick Lavin 168
Philip Burnette 161 vs. Joe Gardner 160
Dennis Ogboo 172 vs. Richard Gingras 173
Kevin Cobbs 174 vs. Alexander Mancera 171
Toka Kahn-Clary 131 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Dinis Paiva Jr. 146 vs. Jon Smith 146

Listed below are final weights for all the participants in Thursday night’s professional boxing event, “Closing Statement,” at the Twin …


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WBA featherweight title situation

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has informed Fightnews.com that Dominican prospect Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) could face Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs) for the WBA featherweight “interim” title on the December 8 Pacquiao-Marquez card in Las Vegas.

Five days later, the WBA featherweight “regular” title will be contested between Nicholas Walters (21-0, 17 KOs) and Daulis Prescott (26-1, 19 KOs) in Jamaica. This is for the belt relinquished by Celestino Caballero.

Longtime champion Chris John (47-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his WBA featherweight “super” title against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (44-0, 27 KOs) on November 9 in Singapore.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A source has informed Fightnews.com that Dominican prospect Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) could …


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“Bomba” Gonzalez added to Kissimmee card

Unbeaten super flyweight prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 KOs) will face Mexican Danny Flores (13-1, 8 KOs) in a six-rounder on Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida presented by All Star Boxing in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions. Gonzalez, the WBO Youth flyweight champion, is in Kissimmee with his father and trainer Luis Gonzalez, and his manager Orlando Piñero. The Gonzalez-Flores bout will be part of the show headlined by the fight between Orlando “Fenomeno” Cruz and Jorge Pazos for the WBO Latino featherweight title.

Unbeaten super flyweight prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 KOs) will face Mexican Danny Flores (13-1, 8 KOs) in a …


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Q&A: Mauricio Herrera

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

Next Saturday, October 27 HBO’s Boxing After Dark will feature a tripleheader from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. The fights are WBC #1 welterweight Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) against Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KOs), IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (31-3-0, 13 KOs) against challenger Marvin Quintero (25-3-0, 21 KOs) and the opening televised portion of the card features WBO NABO Junior welterweight champion Karim Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) defending his title against challenger Mauricio Herrera (18-2-0, 7 KOs). We caught up with Junior Welterweight Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera to get his thoughts on his upcoming battle against Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield. (more…)

Next Saturday, October 27 HBO’s Boxing After Dark will feature a tripleheader from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New …


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Yoyo to make 3rd defense of SA jr welter title

By Ron Jackson

Mzolisi Yoyo makes the third defence of his South African junior welterweight title when he faces the 33-year-old Samuel Malinga at the Mdansane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. Having held the IBO Intercontinental, World Boxing Foundation and SA junior welterweight titles, Malinga will try to regain the national championship when he takes on Yoyo. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Mzolisi Yoyo makes the third defence of his South African junior welterweight title when he faces the …


AWE TV

Grachev: Nobody is going to break me

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

For Russian born Denis Grachev who turned pro at 24 and has just 13 fights under his newly acquired NABF light heavyweight belt, the task of taking on former IBF world champion Lucian Bute who will certainly be looking for redemption after his only career loss will be a formidable one. A task with only one possible solution according to the former MMA fighter who talked to the Montreal media via conference call Tuesday afternoon. “I’m looking for a knockout,” said the undefeated fighter, “If I let my right go, he’ll go down.” The bout can be seen of WealthTV and WealthTV.com.

On November 3rd, Grachev (12-0-1 8KO) visits Montreal’s Bell Centre in Montreal and takes on Lucian Bute (30-1 24KO) on his home turf, the southpaw’s first fight in Montreal in 1-1/2 years. Both fighters are coming off huge surprises that stood the boxing world its collective ear this year, but those surprises are a full 180 degrees from each other. (more…)

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada For Russian born Denis Grachev who turned pro at 24 and has just 13 …


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Brooklyn workouts/autograph signings

A ring will be set up today in the Daily News Plaza* at Barclays Center for the final workouts for fighters appearing on Saturday night’s show. Fans will have access to fighters for autographs. (Note: In case of inclement weather, event to take place inside Barclays Center Geico Atrium.)

12:00 p.m. – Danny Garcia Workout
12:20 p.m. – Eddie Gomez Workout
12:40 p.m. – Danny Jacobs Workout
1:00 p.m. – Paulie Malignaggi Workout
1:20 p.m. – Peter Quillin Workout
1:40 p.m. – Dmitriy Salita Workout
2:00 p.m. – Luis Collazo Workout
2:20 p.m. – Erik Morales Workout

12:00 p.m. – Eddie Gomez Autograph Signing
12:20 p.m. – Danny Garcia Autograph Signing
12:40 p.m. – Paulie Malignaggi Autograph Signing
1:00 p.m. – Danny Jacobs Autograph Signing
1:20 p.m. – Dmitriy Salita Autograph Signing
1:40 p.m. – Peter Quillin Autograph Signing
2:00 p.m. – Erik Morales Autograph Signing
2:20 p.m. – Luis Collazo Autograph Signing

A ring will be set up today in the Daily News Plaza* at Barclays Center for the final workouts for …


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Randall Bailey: “Alexander Ain’t an Elite Fighter”

Interview by Sam Geraci
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) will make the first defense of his IBF welterweight title against Devon “Alexander the Great” Alexander (23-1, 13 KOs) this Saturday at the inaugural night of boxing at the new Barclays Center.

Bailey – the former WBO jr welterweight champion – captured the vacant 147 pounds title back in June with a dramatic eleventh round knockout over previously unbeaten Mike Jones.

The Bailey vs. Alexander contest was originally slated for Saturday, September 8th but was postponed when Bailey suffered a back injury. (more…)

Interview by Sam Geraci Photos by Chris Cozzone Randall “The Knock-Out King” Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) will make the first …


UFC

Jones, Sonnen get TUF assignment & April fight date

The war between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and longtime contender Chael Sonnen began on Twitter, but UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday that it will end in the Octagon, as the two rivals will compete as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter’s 17th season and then face each other in an April bout at a site to be determined . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le is live on FUEL TV from the Cotai Arena in Macau, China on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. Click here for more info

UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit is live on PPV from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET. Click here for more info

The war between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and longtime contender Chael Sonnen began on Twitter, but UFC president …


Boxing News

Banal: I will be in my best shape on Saturday


By Chito Yu Katangkatang

“My stamina has always been a suspect since my loss to Rafael Concepcion. But if they have seen me against Maca Briones, then I am telling you, I will be at a far better condition than that fight. I am ready to go even up to a full fifteen rounder. I have learned my lessons. This is my time. My family is my motivation. This is a make or break fight for me. My opponent should feel nervous. I will try to hurt him round by round.” These were the strong words by bantamweight contender AJ “Bazooka” Banal (28-1-1, 20 KOs) in a Fightnews.com exclusive interview with this scribe. (more…)

By Chito Yu Katangkatang “My stamina has always been a suspect since my loss to Rafael Concepcion. But if they …


Boxing News

Technology breakthrough in boxing scoring

“Electronic Ringside Scoring” made its debut Saturday night in Mexico City as WBC judges used the new scoring system during the fight between Mariana Juarez and Ava Knight, leaving behind the traditional pencil and paper scorecards. A tablet called “Electronic Ringside Scoring” was brought to Mexico by “Mochican Sun” and it is a very effective system whereby the scores are sent to a computer that immediately totals the scores. WBC President Jose Sulaiman said he is very pleased with this system because the judges pay more attention to the fight rather than pondering their scorecards.

“Electronic Ringside Scoring” made its debut Saturday night in Mexico City as WBC judges used the new scoring system during …


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The November 10th title defense of WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Mariusz Wach from Hamburg, Germany, and the return of heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius vs TBA from Helsinki, Finland will be packaged as a doubleheader telecast by Epix.

Recent WBC heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr is expected to return on December 22 against ex-cruiser world champ Juan Carlos Gomez in Cologne, Germany.

The WBO super flyweight title clash between world champion Omar Narvaez (36-1, 19 KOs) and Mexican challenger Johnny Garcia (16-3-1, 8 KOs) has been rescheduled for Saturday at the famed Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires. The bout was pushed back three days due to the passing of Narvaez’ father.

Australian Olympic welterweight Cameron Hammond has signed a pro contract with the Asia-Pacific arm of Ricky Hatton’s Hatton Promotions and will make his debut in Hong Kong on December 11. Hammond is co-managed by Matt Clark and Brendan Bourke.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club, will host their 3rd annual black tie (optional) Collegiate Boxing Invitational on November 16th. Promoted by Espada Boxing and the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the eight-bout card features crosstown rivals USC vs. UCLA, along with USF, Cal State Berkeley and West Point. The event is sanctioned by the NCBA.

The November 10th title defense of WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Mariusz Wach from Hamburg, Germany, and the return …


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Filipino promoter Clarito Samson passes

By Nick Giongco

Clarito Samson, the Filipino sportswriter who promoted world title fights starring Luisito Espinosa and Gerry Penalosa in the 1990s, passed away Wednesday morning in Manila, Philippines. Samson’s first foray into big-time boxing promotions came in 1996 when he staged Espinosa’s mandatory defense of the WBC featherweight crown against Mexican Cesar Soto before 50,000 fans at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. In attendance during that historic fight was WBC president Jose Sulaiman. Samson would later promote Espinosa’s defense against another Mexican, Manuel Medina, in May 1997. Two weeks after the Espinosa-Medina showdown, Samson promoted Penalosa’s defense against Seung Koo Lee in Mactan, Cebu, and in 1998 was in charge once again when Penalosa faced Joel Luna Zarate of Mexico at the Cuneta Astrodome. Before his death, Samson was involved in the media-public relations section of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

By Nick Giongco Clarito Samson, the Filipino sportswriter who promoted world title fights starring Luisito Espinosa and Gerry Penalosa in …










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