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

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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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.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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Boxing back in Greensboro, NC

Walter Johnson Promotions and Brian Hairston have a boxing card slated for October 20 at the Marriott Downtown Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina. This marks the third installment of the “Ballroom Brawl” series and will feature undefeated heavyweight Josh Tufte (8-0, 5 KOs) taking on his toughest opponent yet in journeyman Dennis McKinney (28-54-1, 14 KOs). The bout is an eight-rounder and Tufte’s manager Chris Cosper feels this will be a real test for Tufte because of McKinney experience. The card will also feature a women’s IBF title fight as Lisa Garland takes on Kerri Woods in a ten-round bout. (more…)

Walter Johnson Promotions and Brian Hairston have a boxing card slated for October 20 at the Marriott Downtown Greensboro in …


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Weights from Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

American light heavyweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-6, 11 KOs) will be the acid test for Australia’s Blake Capparello (13-0, 6 KOs) when they clash over ten rounds at the Croatian Club at Ardeer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Pryor is coming off losses to Will Rosinsky, Adonis Stevenson and Thomas Oosthuizen but holds a 2011 win over former world title challenger Librado Andrade.

On the undercard recent WBO super middleweight challenger Nader Hamdan (43-10-1, 18 KOs) will clash with Serge Yannick (14-2, 7 KOs) over ten rounds for the national 168 pound title. Hamdan is coming off a hard fought points loss to Robert Stieglitz in a WBO title bout in May. Yannick lost in six rounds to IBO champion Thomas Oosthuizen in March. Promoter Charlie Liparota. Televised nationally on Foxtel Cable Television Network.

Blake Capparello 173.3 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr 173.5
Serge Yannick 166.7 vs. Nader Hamdan 166.4
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Werner Kalin American light heavyweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-6, 11 KOs) will …



UFC

UFC on FX at the scales

(Photo courtesy of UFC) Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will enjoy a 20 lbs weight advantage when he collides with 6ft 7inch heavyweight Travis Browne tomorrow night on the stacked UFC on FX card from the Target Center, Minneapolis.

The 6ft 4inch “Bigfoot” used every available pound, hitting the uppermost heavyweight limit of 266 lbs for tomorrow’s five round main event against the undefeated Browne, who scaled 246 lbs. The two goliaths then locked eyes for several intense moments before vowing to win inside the distance tomorrow. (more…)

(Photo courtesy of UFC) Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will enjoy a 20 lbs weight advantage when he collides with 6ft 7inch …


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Baysangurov, Konecny workouts

Photos: Yevgen Stolitniy/SES

On Thursday, reigning WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) and interim champion Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) participated in a press/media work-out in the “Box-Gym Spartak Stadium” in Kiev in advance of Saturday’s clash at the Palace of Sports for the WBO absolute 154lb title.

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Photos: Yevgen Stolitniy/SES On Thursday, reigning WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) and interim champion Lukas Konecny …




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Porpramook-Hernandez II Public Workout

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

On Thursday in Toluca, Mexico State, WBC flyweight world champion Kompayak Porpramook of Thailand and Mexican challenger and former WBC world champion Adrian Hernandez showed their skills in a public workout, then both champion and challenger signed autographs and posed for photos with fans in attendance. On Friday will be the official weigh-in, before Saturday’s clash when Hernandez hopes to avenge his KO loss to Porpramook and reclaim the WBC crown on home soil.

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez On Thursday in Toluca, Mexico State, WBC flyweight world champion Kompayak Porpramook of …


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Guzman-Allakhverdiev collide for vacant WBA belt

By Reynaldo Sanchez

Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) is preparing to fight for the vacant WBA super lightweight crown against IBO titleholder Khabib Allakhverdiev (17-0, 8 KOs). The belt was formerly held by Marcos Maidana who moved up in weight. A few weeks ago, Guzman’s promoter Henry Rivalta began talks with Allakhverdiev promoter Vladimir Hrunov and the fight is now 100% for November 30 at a WBA “KO Drugs” promoted by Acquinity Sports at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rivalta stated, “This fight will be the main event of the night we present the first KO Drugs event in the United States. We’re excited to present this world title fight. We’re the most active promoter in Florida and we are committed to presenting the best in our fight cards.”

By Reynaldo Sanchez Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) is preparing to fight for the vacant WBA super lightweight …


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Rios, Alvarado ready to bring the heat

By Karl Freitag

Undefeated former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and #1 rated “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) hosted an international media conference call Thursday to discuss their highly anticipated October 13 junior welterweight battle at Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.

Mike Alvarado: I’m excited. I know it’s going to be a very entertaining fight of the people. It’s going to be a very good fight for me and Brandon. I’m ready to do whet we planned to do and that’s fight to the finish, fight to the end, fight until victory. I know it’s going to be a great, thrilling non-stop action fight and I’m ready for it. Can’t wait.

Brandon Rios: It’s going to be a bloody, massacre fight. It’s going to be one of those fights when people are on their feet the whole time….I’m still waiting for my Gatti and Ward fight. I’ve been telling Robert [trainer Robert Garcia] since I started as a professional I’ve been waiting for that type of fight and hopefully this is that fight.

I’m going out there to make a statement. I’m going for the knockout. I’m making a statement big time.

By Karl Freitag Undefeated former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and #1 rated “Mile High” Mike …


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Jose Sulaiman interview, Part II

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC President Jose Sulaiman discusses the WBC’s commitment and responsibility in the pursuit of improving the life of former boxers who are now in poverty.

By Gabriel F. Cordero In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC President Jose Sulaiman discusses the WBC’s commitment and responsibility …



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Tune in to Episode 4 of TUF

Team Carwin and Team Nelson are now even heading into the fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays. Watch this week to see who will move one step closer to being the next Ultimate Fighter and winning a lucrative contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship®? Tune in Friday night on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)

Team Carwin and Team Nelson are now even heading into the fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays. Watch this …


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Oosthuizen to make sixth defense of IBO belt

Photo: Jeff Ellis

By Ron Jackson

Promoter Golden Gloves have announced that South Africa’s Tommy Oosthuizen will be making the sixth defense of his IBO super middleweight belt against Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on November 10. This was will be on the same bill as the final of the Super 8 cruiserweight competition between Danie Venter and Thabiso Mchunu.

The 35-year-old Zuniga, who has a record of 25-5-1, 22 KOs, has challenged for the IBF belt on two occasions. In March 2009 he was stopped in the fourth round by Lucien Bute for the super middleweight title and in December 2010 he lost on points against Tavoris Cloud for the light heavyweight title. He has only had one fight since the loss to Cloud and that was in July this year when he stopped Alejandro Berrio in seven. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Promoter Golden Gloves have announced that South Africa’s Tommy Oosthuizen will be making the sixth defense of …


UFC

Preview: UFC on FX

Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.

For the second time in as many weeks, the UFC returns to cable television with a free show. UFC on FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot lacks big name pay-per-view draws (but Browne vs. Bigfoot is a pretty cool headlining name), but more than makes up for that with quality match ups. If your first reaction to Travis Browne vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is “Who the hell are Travis Browne and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva?” you’re probably not alone. I’ve used this boxing analogy before and it’s fitting again. If you really follow boxing (and many of you do since you follow FightNews) and you’ve gotten super excited about a card that didn’t feature a big name because you knew the fighters delivered, but all your friends looked at you like you had an extra forehead because it wasn’t Pacquiao or Mayweather – this is one of those mixed martial arts cards. (more…)

Preview by Anthony Springer Jr. For the second time in as many weeks, the UFC returns to cable television with …


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Tyson should be welcome Down Under

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Hall Of Famer Mike Tyson’s tour of Australia is set to go ahead despite his New Zealand visa being revoked, his promoters claim. The controversial former heavyweight boxing champion is scheduled to visit five Australian cities in November. A decision about his Australian visa is still to be reached. It was announced yesterday that Tyson would no longer be allowed to visit New Zealand for a motivational speaking event after his special visitor’s visa was cancelled. Trish Maskaric of promoters Markson Sparks said a decision was being sought from the Australian government in the next fortnight to confirm the speaking tour could go ahead.

“We’re waiting patiently and are quietly confident that they will come to a positive decision,” she said. “The good news is we’ve not had a knockback as yet.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Boxing Bob Newman Hall Of Famer Mike Tyson’s tour of Australia is …



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Lukas Konecny Update

Photos: SES Boxing/Y. Stolitniy

After a few light workouts in recent days, WBO interim jr middleweight champion Lukas Konecny and the SES team went ​​on a sightseeing tour through the historic city of Kiev. In sunny weather, a tour of the St. Sophia Cathedral with its imposing bell tower, the “Golden Gate” Chmelnyzkyi and the great views of the spectacular city at the Hetman Bohdan Khmelnitsky Monument were special highlights. Other SES-fighters appearing on the undercard at Kiev’s “Palace Of Sports” included light heavyweight Dominic Bösel and newcomer Moritz Stahl, along with trainer Dirk Dzemski. “Kiev reminds me much of my Czech capital Prague,” said Konecny. “The street life has caused almost native feelings, so a city tour is a nice change in the concentration for Saturday evening.” Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) takes on reigning WBO champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) for the absolute title. (more…)

Photos: SES Boxing/Y. Stolitniy After a few light workouts in recent days, WBO interim jr middleweight champion Lukas Konecny and …


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Mariusz Wach Workout

Unbeaten heavyweight Mariusz Wach’s open work out before his November 10 clash with WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Unbeaten heavyweight Mariusz Wach’s open work out before his November 10 clash with WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at the …


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New foe for BJ Flores

Once-beaten David McNemar has stepped in for the injured Ahmed Samir and will take on world rated BJ Flores in a ten round Cruiserweight bout that will be contested for the NABA and NABO titles at the Shrine Mosque. McNemar of Parkersburg, West Virginia has a record of 13-1 with ten knockouts, is coming off his lone defeat which was a razor thin unanimous decision to undefeated and world ranked Ryan Coyne (16-0) on June 25, 2011. The decision was close to the point that the verdict was booed in Coyne’s hometown of St. Louis.

This will be the fourth fight in fifteen months for Flores (27-1-1, 17 KO’s) as he has scored stoppages over Nick Iannuzzi (16-2) & in his last bout he stopped Hugo Pineda (39-5-1) on January 28th in Springfield. “I am looking forward to fighting in front of my hometown fans again,” said Flores. (more…)

Once-beaten David McNemar has stepped in for the injured Ahmed Samir and will take on world rated BJ Flores in …


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UFC heavyweight Travis Browne meets Minnesota Vikings

(Photo courtesy of UFC.com) Undefeated UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne visited the Minnesota Vikings’ morning practice today, and took some inspiration ahead of his Friday UFC on FX night collision with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at the Target Center.

Browne addressed the team – including defensive end and UFC fanatic Jared Allen – after being introduced by head coach Leslie Frazier. (more…)

(Photo courtesy of UFC.com) Undefeated UFC heavyweight contender Travis Browne visited the Minnesota Vikings’ morning practice today, and took some …



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WBO #4 featherweight Orlando Cruz announces he is a “proud gay man”

WBO #4 featherweight Orlando Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), former Olympian has announced today that he “is a proud gay man.” Cruz is the first openly gay man in boxing history. “I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself,” said Cruz. “I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.” (more…)

WBO #4 featherweight Orlando Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), former Olympian has announced today that he “is a proud gay man.” …


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WBC: Final judgment on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

The WBC Board of Governors have made their final decision about the positive test for marijuana by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, surrounding his last fight on September 15th against Sergio Martinez.

Having accepted and expressed regret for what he did, including his hand written apology to fans, as posted below, Julio Jr shows his positive mentality on this matter, which makes it unnecessary for the WBC to examine the second urine sample. Chavez Jr will have an audience with the WBC, as indicated by our rules, if desired.

The WBC fines Chavez Jr $20,000 USD. This sum will be donated to a medical center that cares for children with cancer.

The WBC has also decided to suspend him for an undefined time, so he can enter a rehab center. And we want official confirmation that he’s so doing. The WBC will open its doors once again to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises. (more…)

The WBC Board of Governors have made their final decision about the positive test for marijuana by Julio Cesar Chavez …


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Escalante and Juarez at the crossroads

Leija Battah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions will promote what looks to be an interesting Tex-Mex junior lightweight crossroads clash between former Olympian Rocky Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KOs) and Antonio Escalante (28-4, 19 KOs) on October 27th at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Escalante is looking to put the biggest notch yet on his belt, while Rocky is looking to show that he’s more than a division gatekeeper.

The 27-year-old Antonio Escalante is in the midst of one of the best hot streaks of his career, having scored four consecutive knockout victories. In contrast, Juarez, 32, amazingly hasn’t won a fight in over four years, albeit against a higher level of competition. The bout will headline TeleFutura’s weekly “Solo Boxeo” telecast.

Leija Battah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions will promote what looks to be an interesting Tex-Mex junior lightweight crossroads clash …


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WV2-Oquendo/Fuentes-Calderon Presser

Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best

A press conference was held today for Saturday’s PPV twinbill featuring former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) and WBO #3 contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) and WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) defending for the second time against former titlist Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

“You (Oquendo) are facing for the first time a fighter like me, a fighter of my level. Oquendo is not a fighter of (Rafael) Marquez’s level, but I’m going to fight him”, Vazquez Jr. said about Rafael Marquez, who was going to face him on August 4 and October 6. “My job is to train and facing the best fighters and I’m going to win this Saturday to go for another chance for the world title, and after that the 126lb division.”

Oquendo said “I’m very good, I’m in a good shape and condition for this fight. I’m very focused for Vazquez Jr. I want to become a world champion. I’m hungry for this fight.”

Calderon thanked Fuentes for the opportunity and said “everyone says that I’m old, but look at Maravilla Martinez against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I’m very well trained and ready to win this title again.”

Fuentes stated, “I don’t underestimate Ivan Calderon because they say that he is old. I can’t think he is old, he is a former champion and a legend, so I train hard for this fight, to keep my title.” (more…)

Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best A press conference was held today for Saturday’s PPV twinbill featuring former WBO super bantamweight champion …


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Stevenson-George Officials named

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Officials have been named for the October 12, 2012 at the Bell Centre in Montreal between Adonis Stevenson and Donovan George for the #1 position in the IBF.

Supervisor: Lindsey E. Tucker, Trenton, NJ
Referee: Marlon Wright, St-Laurent, Quebec,Canada
Judge: Denny Nelson, Maplewood, MN
Judge: Sylvain LeBlanc, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
Judge: Fabricio Lopez, Col. Obrero Popular, Mexico City

The October 12th Stevenson-George event is available live on WealthTV.com. WealthTV is available on Verizon FiOS TV (channels 169 and 669 in HD), AT&T U-Verse TV (channels 470 and 1470 in HD), along with over 100 cable systems across the country. Click here for more information.

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada Officials have been named for the October 12, 2012 at the Bell Centre in …


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New Zealand bars Tyson

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has had his visa rescinded by the New Zealand government after initially being granted a visa to perform his one man Broadway show there with part of the proceeds going to charity. The visa was pulled after criticism from Prime Minister John Key. Tyson has toured in 15 other countries without a problem.

The scar on Iron Mike’s neck that you can see in the photo is due to some titanium pins put in his neck to add support to a degenerative disk.

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has had his visa rescinded by the New Zealand government after …


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Future champ Inoue makes pro debut

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

How will you evaluate a hot young prospect’s talent? Probably strange enough, in Japan, our boxing fraternity traditionally judges his vast talent with how quickly he reaches the world throne. There have been competitions of their quick reach to the top, as follows: Kazuto Ioka (seventh pro bout), Joichiro Tatsuyoshi (8), Nobuo Nashiro (8), Yoko Gushiken (9), and Hiroki Ioka (9). For your reference, the very quickest is Saensak Muangsurin of Thailand, ex-Muaythai superstar, who acquired the WBC super-light belt from Perico Fernandez in his just third professional bout in 1975.

Highly talented 19-year-old Naoya Inoue, 108.25, made a very impressive debut as he stunned the sellout crowd with a beautiful knockout of current Philippine champ Crison Omayao (12-5-1, 4 KOs), 108, at 2:04 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Before the bout, the victor’s manager/promoter and formerly two-time world champ Hideyuki Ohashi had recklessly said, “Inoue may not only make the Japanese mark of the earliest seizure of the world belt but tie the world record of Muangsurin by winning the title in his third.” (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat How will you evaluate a hot young prospect’s talent? Probably strange enough, in Japan, …


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WBC World Activites Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Video: Pepe Rodriguez

In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC President Jose Sulaiman speaks of the latest major events for the benefit of world boxing and fighters. “I have even the opportunity to try to do more things for boxing. Our desire is to stay in constant activity both in the ring and in society. We want to show the world that boxing is more than a show of two men looking to be the best in the ring on one night. There are many human and social factors that make us look the way we see the importance of that boxing is more than a sport,” said Sulaiman, who was outside of Mexico for the last 32 days visiting differents countries to view boxing situations.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Video: Pepe Rodriguez In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, WBC President Jose Sulaiman speaks of the …


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Huck-Arslan Press Conference

Photo: Photo Wende

On November 3, current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) and his challenger Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs), a former WBA Champion, will meet at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. The matchup between the two Germans promises to be an exciting one. “The Gerry Weber Stadium feels like a second home to me,” said Huck during Tuesday’s press conference at the arena. “This is where I became WBO World Champion and also defended my title for the sixth time. But this time around, I have a special goal in sight. If I should be able to defend my title for the tenth time, I will be awarded with the status of the WBO Super Champion.” If Huck is successful in his quest, he would be the first German boxer to do so. But that is definitely not going to be a walk in the park for the 27-year-old. (more…)

Photo: Photo Wende On November 3, current WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) and his challenger Firat Arslan …


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Hara, Hosono victorious

By Joe Koizumi

In your countries there won’t be, but, in Japan, when there’s a very sensational and attractive undercard, people leave the arena after watching it without seeing the main event. Unlike in Las Vegas, we sometimes see a smaller crowd at the main event (which traditionally takes place in the end of the show here) than at the said undercard.

After sensational rookie Naoya Inoue’s remarkable pro debut, however, there were a couple of very good competitions, so the crowd still stayed at the Korakuen Hall without leaving early for drinking. Unbeaten ex-amateur national champ Ryuji Hara (13-0, 10 KOs), 105, acquired the vacant Japanese national minimumweight belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (96-94, 97-95 and 97-94) over JBC#2 Kenichi Horikawa (23-11-1, 4 KOs), 105, over ten sizzling rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi In your countries there won’t be, but, in Japan, when there’s a very sensational and attractive undercard, …


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Walters signs, will Caballero?

Photo: Team Walters

By Robert Coster

WBA #1 featherweight contender Nicholas Walters, flanked by manager Jacques Deschamps, has signed the contract for the mandatory WBA featherweight title fight and the document was in turn sent to reigning champion Celestino Caballero. Up to now, the WBA champion has shown reluctance to fight the unbeaten, Jamaican-born Walters (21-0, 17 KOs) and should he decline the mandatory title defense, Caballero will likely be stripped of his crown.

“We are delighted that Nicholas will have the opportunity to fight for the world title against Caballero — or another opponent,” declared manager Deschamps. “The ball is in the champion’s corner and we’ll be waiting for his decision.” (more…)

By Robert Coster WBA #1 featherweight contender Nicholas Walters, flanked by manager Jacques Deschamps, has signed the contract for the …


UFC

Still learning, still fighting, still Josh Neer

“Keep your hands up.”

The words didn’t come from a coach, a training partner, or a fan. Following Josh Neer’s knockout loss to Mike Pyle in June, an upset that snapped a six fight winning streak, it was his five-year-old daughter reminding her dad of fighting’s cardinal rule . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot is live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, Oct. 5. Click here for more info

“Keep your hands up.” The words didn’t come from a coach, a training partner, or a fan. Following Josh Neer’s …


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Mares-Moreno Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California and WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (32-1-1, 12KOs) from Panama City, Panama, met with the media Tuesday afternoon at the ESPN Zone at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their super bantamweight showdown on Showtime on November 10 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Mares’ WBC title. Kicking things off at Tuesday’s press conference was the Golden Boy Oscar De la Hoya as he welcomed everyone in attendance. “You always hear boxers say they want to fight the best Mares and Moreno are not only talking about fighting the best but will do so as they face each other. These are the two best of the best and when they step into the ring November 10 it will be special night for boxing,” De la Hoya said

Anselmo Moreno followed and spoke only briefly as his adviser Sampson Lewkowicz translated. “I am happy to be here in LA for the second time. I especially want to thank Abner’s team for the fight. I am looking forward to facing Abner on November 10 and it should be an exciting fight,” Moreno said to media

Abner Mares spoke next. “I am ready to show again what I got on November 10, it’s a tough fight against Anselmo but I want this fight. Everyone says why not take an easy fight or tune up. I want to face the best and I will prove it November 10. I will give my hometown a great fight and I am here to give great fights,” Mares stated. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, California …


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Darchinyan: I’m calling out all champions

Photo: Ed Diller – DiBella Entertainment/Star Boxing

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australia’s former three division world champion, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs), resurrected his career with upset victory over previous unbeaten Puerto Rican contender, Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-1, 11 KOs). With this impressive win, Darchinyan has established himself as a serious world title contender as he captured the vacant NABF title in the super bantamweight division.

After becoming a world champion in multiple divisions, Armenian-born Darchinyan’s win against Del Valle was his first in the super bantamweight division. Many big paydays should arise with the victory. “I felt very strong coming into this fight and I was in great shape,” said Darchinyan. “I’m going to campaign at super bantamweight moving forward and I believe I still have the power to keep my opponents honest.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australia’s former three division world champion, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (38-5-1, 27 KOs), …


Boxing News

Anderson-Munguia in Newark on October 13

All Out Promotions and Global Boxing Promotions will present a unique night of professional boxing and comedy together under the same roof at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday night October 13th. Headlining the night of boxing will be The long awaited return of Newark, New Jersey’s own Michael “Slick” Anderson (11-1-1, 9 KOs) as he faces fifty fight veteran Miguel Angel Munguia (25-24-1, 21 KOs) . After fighting his last twelve bouts on the pacific coast, Anderson returns home to fight his first bout in the fighting city of Newark, New Jersey. Anderson has defeated the likes of Bernard Guerica, Octavio Narvaez and Dashon Johnson, but knows Saturday night will be no easy task as he must first get by the dangerous gatekeeper out of Toluca, Mexico if he is to continue on his quest for boxing stardom.

In the co-feature of the blockbuster night of boxing is none other than super middleweight contender Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-10-2, 10 KOs) of Paterson, New Jersey. Duran looks to rebound from his two razor thin losses to fellow prospects Avtandil Khurtsidze (27-2-2, 16 KOs) by split decision and by majority decision to Brandon Gonzalez (16-0, 10 KOs) . The vastly battle tested Duran will have his hands full in a six rounder with Joshua “The Berlin Bomber” Snyder (9-6-1, 3 KOs) . (more…)

All Out Promotions and Global Boxing Promotions will present a unique night of professional boxing and comedy together under the …


UFC

TUF Finale tickets on sale next week

A heated rivalry between two of the sport’s hardest-hitting heavyweights will be settled on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® makes its long awaited return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will meet The Ultimate Fighter® season 10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the night’s five-round main event. The two serve as opposing coaches on this season’s edition of The Ultimate Fighter® (Fridays, FX, 10 p.m. ET/PT) and will finally have the chance to trade leather this December. (more…)

A heated rivalry between two of the sport’s hardest-hitting heavyweights will be settled on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Ultimate …


Boxing News

Angulo to be trained by Virgil Hunter

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Super welterweight fan favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) and new trainer Virgil Hunter appeared at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles at the ESPN Zone L.A. LIVE. After being sidelined all year with visa issues, Angulo will next take on Raul Casarez in a 12-rounder on Golden Boy’s big November 10th show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He was previously trained by Hall of Famer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain. Hunter is best known for training Andre Ward and it was just announced that he will also train Amir Khan.

“It’s very exciting to have my comeback fight in my second home of Los Angeles,” said Angulo. “I have been working really hard to give the fans a good show like they are used to because I am here thanks to their support. ‘El Perro’ is back!”

Photo: Big Joe Miranda Super welterweight fan favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-2, 17 KOs) and new trainer Virgil Hunter …


Boxing News

Heavyweights featured Saturday in Arlington, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams

RBA Promotions will be hosting a boxing card on Saturday, October 6 at the Smith Gymnasium of the campus of the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. Here are some of the bouts scheduled.

Headlining the card will be undefeated Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight Duane Mobley in a six-round rematch against Norfolk, VA’s Dennis Benson. Mobley (5-0, four KO’s) is coming off a second-round knockout of Dave Fleming on September 22 in Millersville, MD. The win was Mobley’s fourth straight knockout win. Mobley defeated Benson in his pro debut via four-round unanimous decision on February 11 in Fairfax, VA. Benson (1-3, one KO) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams RBA Promotions will be hosting a boxing card on Saturday, October 6 at the Smith Gymnasium …


Boxing News

Bryant-McGrogan collide October 20

Mid-South Fight Fans will have a chance to show their appreciation for two of Memphis top jr middleweights as Bobby “The Prodigy” Bryant (15-0, 9 KOs) and Thomas McGrogan (14-3, 7 KOs) are set to do battle on October 20th at the Cook Convention Center in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The 20-year-old Bryant, who just last month signed a multi-year promotional contract with Memphis-based promotional company Prizefight Promotions, has been on the fast track since turning professional at the young age of 17 in 2009. On the line will be the Tennessee State title. Bryant-McGrogan will headline a six-bout card that will also include female sensation Marketa Mamiaro 1-0. Tickets are on sale for $35 ringside and $25 general addmission at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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