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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances ...

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UFC

Title shot is Mir’s motivation

UFC 130 is LIVE on PPV May 28!

When your next opponent sports an overflowing belly like Larry the Cable Guy and a shaggy mullet that would make Billy Ray Cyrus jealous, it might be tempting to underestimate him just a tad. But former UFC champ Frank Mir promises he won’t commit that faux pas against Roy “Big Country” Nelson on Saturday night . . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC

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May 26th, 2011



Boxing News

Zbik talks about Chavez

Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany talks about his June 4 defense against #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



May 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Estrella defends Saturday

By Felipe Leon

Tijuana fighter Omar Estrella (18-2-2, 13 KOs) is ready to defend his Mexican featherweight title against the tough Sergio “Mickey” Lopez (23-2, 19 KOs) of Ensenada, MX, this Saturday night in Mazatlan, MX. Estrella captured the title against Martin Fing last August 14th via a unanimous decision. Jorge Linares, Ivan “Terriblito” Morales and Pedro Guevara are also slated to fight Saturday night in separate bouts on a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Box Latino. (more…)



May 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Minnesota fight preview

By Jesse Kelley

Rivals Andy Kolle of Duluth, MN and Caleb Truax of Osseo, MN will meet this Friday night at the Saint Paul Armory in a highly anticipated grudge. Kolle (23-2) won the MN State title in 2009 by defeating Anthony Bonsante and went on to successfully defend against Matt Vanda a year later. Truax (17-0-1) has been testing himself against Veterans such as Antwan Echols, Jonathan Reid, and Minneapolis native Phil Williams and looks to dethrone his instate rival Kolle before attempting to make a name for himself on the national scene. The two fighters and their camps have been taking jabs at each other for years and will now settle their differences once and for all this Friday night. (more…)



May 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing comes to Pala

By Sam DiTusa

Patrick Ortiz & Ringside Ticket brings professional boxing to the beautiful Pala Resort & Casino in Pala, California on June 25th. The inaugural show will feature a personal appearance by former world champion and Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard. The 10 round main event pits local welterweight favorite Dashon Johnson (12-4-3) against tough veteran Bernardo Guereca ( 16-10-1). Johnson is coming off of a spectacular first round KO over Willie Walton. Also appearing will be former amateur standouts Danny Martinez (2-0) and Mike Gavronski ( 2-0) in separate bouts. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at the Pala Casino box office, via the internet at startickets.com, or by phone at (877)946-7252. The action starts at 7:00 PM.



May 26th, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 130 is LIVE on PPV May 28!

All New TUF, Plus Get Ready For UFC 130 On Spike: The quarterfinals continue on an all new Ultimate Fighter, followed by the premieres of UFC In The Moment Rampage Jackson and Countdown to UFC 130 – starting at 9pm on SPIKE

Tickets On Sale Now For UFC Fan Expo In Houston Oct 7-8: Taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, featuring fighter appearances, special events, interactive Q&A’s, meet & greets, training & development sessions, a full sized Octagon and more! Purchase tickets now at ufcfanexpo.com

Bid On Boots For A Good Cause: Bid on rare UFC memorabilia signed by Royce Gracie, GSP, Chuck Liddell and more! Proceeds benefit the Lone Survivor Campaign

For more info on UFC or UFC 130, visit www.UFC.com



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Sanchez II returns Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II will return to the ring this Saturday the 28th with countryman Lizandro de los Santos (16-9-0, 6 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico City at an event hosted by the Dr. Fausto Garcia;s Gala Boxing Promotions. Sanchez trains daily at the Pino Suarez gym with renowned trainer Rudy Perez hoping to mature his techniques to find a future world title shot. “This fight is a new challenge and I will try to show what I have learned in Mexico. I want to find a breakthrough in my style and technique that will allow me to put myself against the top of the world in my division. There is no turning back. My desire is to develop as a professional boxer and my goal is to be a crowned world champion. I know I still have a lot to learn, but we’re on the road and everyday I learn more,” said Sanchez II. For Sanchez (22-4-3, 11 KOs), this will be his fifth consecutive fight in Mexico after completing seven battles in the US.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Omar Narvaez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Undefeated WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Narvaez is expected to defend his crown for the third time against Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. on June 11th at the famous Luna Park in Buenos Aires on a card presented by promoter Osvaldo Rivero. Unbeaten female world champion Yessica Bopp will defend her WBA and WBO flyweight belts. Narvaez previously made ​​16 consecutive defenses of his WBO flyweight title.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

No live TeleFutura fights

Friday’s edition of “Sólo Boxeo” on TeleFutura will be a “classics” show featuring the 2007 rematch between Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez and Rafael Marquez and a 2010 clash between former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and Cornelius Lock. The show will return with a live boxing telecast the following week.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Froch, Johnson speak

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and promoter Lou DiBella held an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their upcoming Semifinal bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) title against Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), a former world champion. The Froch-Johnson winner will advance to the tournament Final to face World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Andre Ward, who secured a Final berth with a dominating victory over Arthur Abraham on May 14 in the other Semifinal bout. For more details and photos click here…



May 25th, 2011

UFC

Rampage, Hamill ready to rumble

UFC 130 is LIVE on PPV May 28!

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Rampage Jackson and Matt Hamill face off at the MGM Grand during a press conference held today. On Saturday, Jackson and Hamill will headline UFC 130. Stay tuned for a full report of today’s presser.

For more info on UFC or UFC 130, visit www.UFC.com



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Zbik media day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany works out during media day., Wednesday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood for his upcoming WBC world middleweight title fight against #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Zbik vs. Chavez, Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Universum Media Network, Tecate and Staples Center and will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Top Rank inks Gesta

Photo: Team Gesta

Fast rising WBO #2 ranked lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs) has come to terms with premier promoter Top Rank. After speaking briefly to Golden Boy Promotions, Gesta and his team opted for the Las Vegas based promoter after meeting with Bob Arum in last week. The quick fisted southpaw has signed a multiple year agreement which the San Diego, CA, based fighter hopes brings him to the next level. “I feel comfortable with the deal, I’m ready for a world title and Mr. Arum wants to give us a shot,” Gesta said exclusively to Fightnews.com. “I’m excited to get back in the ring and show the world I’m ready for the best in my weight class.” (more…)



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Jose Aguiniga returns

By Francisco Salazar

After a four-year hiatus from the ring, Jose Aguiniga is gearing up for a comeback. Manager Rolando Arrellano told Fightnews.com that Aguiniga is tentatively scheduled to return to the ring on July 1st at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Aguiniga, (31-0, 14 KOs) from Oxnard, has not fought since winning an eight round majority decision over Joe Morales in April of 2007. Aguiniga stepped away from the sport because of family commitments and weight issues. At one point, Aguiniga weighed about 180 pounds until he began playing soccer in the recreational leagues in Oxnard a few years ago. Having lost substantial weight (he currently weighs 140 pounds), Aguiniga is targeting to weigh in at 126 pounds for his scheduled fight on July 1st. Aguiniga holds victories over former world title holder Cristobal Cruz and hard-hitting Hugo Ramirez. His future plans are to campaign at 122 pounds.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Cruz headlines July 1

Undefeated welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs) faces Doel Carrasquillo (15-17-1, 13 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event of the first-ever boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem on July 1. Cruz will headline a card for the first time as well as engage in his first scheduled 10-round bout in a temporary 1,600-seat tent on the grounds of the Sands. Carrasquillo knocked out previously unbeaten Denis Douglin in his last fight.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Falliga to face La Porto

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #13 light middleweight Alejandro Gustavo Falliga (19-7-4, 7 KOs) will be the acid test for rising star Frank La Porto (15-4-2, 7 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds at the Grand Star Receptions in Altona, Melbourne, Victoria Australia on June 17. WBA #13 La Porto of Melbourne defeated former WBO world title challenger Daniel Dawson in 2010 but Falliga of Argentina will be a severe test. In 2010 Falliga scored a major upset when he scored an three round knockout over world rated Ulises David Lopez (26-2) but in 2009 former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine scored a clear cut ten round decision win over the rangy import. (more…)



May 25th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC presser LIVE today!

UFC 130 is LIVE on PPV May 28!

For more info on UFC or UFC 130, visit www.UFC.com



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

New foe for Whittaker

Jr middleweight Charles ‘Killa’ Whittaker (36-12-2, 23 KOs) will now fight David Toribio (19-12, 12 KOs) on June 11 at the Art & Recreational Centre at Camana Bay on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Local favorite Whittaker was originally slated to face unbeaten Jermell Charlo, but Charlo pulled out this morning. Whittaker vs Toribio will be for the WBC USBC belt. Also scheduled is welterweight Damian Frias (16-4-1, 7 KOs) vs Alex Perez.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Alexander, Coyne speak

The host of “The Bernie Miklasz Show” broadcast on 101 ESPN in St. Louis recently interviewed former unified 140-pound champion Devon Alexander and undefeated cruiserweight national champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne from their joint training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Alexander, from St. Louis, will face dangerous knockout artist Lucas Matthysse, from Chubut, Argentina, in the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, and Coyne, from St. Charles, Mo., will make his first appearance in a world-title fight when he squares off against World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones, from Panama City, Panama, on June 25 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. (more…)



May 25th, 2011

UFC

Blueprint: Mir vs. Nelson

UFC 130 is LIVE on PPV May 28!

The two couldn’t be more opposite, physically or philosophically.

Frank Mir lives bushido. He practices the way of the warrior in every aspect of his life, living, breathing and embracing the true spirit of being a martial artist since his earliest years. Martial arts is his life. Even if the UFC didn’t exist, Mir would be in a dojo somewhere training his mind and body in the search of perfection. . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC

For more info on UFC, visit www.UFC.com



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Konecny, Hammer workout gallery

Photos: Eroll Popova

European champion Lukas Konecny and WBO/WBF world champion Christina Hammer (with their trainer Dirk Dzemski) showed some boxing skills at the public workout on Tuesday in the city center of Usti. Also their opponents in their match-ups this Friday at the Zlatopramen Arena were present at this public event. Swedish contender Maria Lindberg did a workout with her coach Bert Johansson-Munk while Koneccny’s French challenger Hussein Bayram only did a brief demonstration with some shadow boxing in order to avoid an insight into his boxing style. Hundreds of fans and other spectatators watched the boxers perform during this public workout and queued up for a following autograph session. (more…)



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Burns-Cook collide July 16

WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns will make the third defense of his title against the former champion Nicky Cook on July 16th at the Liverpool Echo Arena. “I will raise my game and deliver my first stoppage win as a champion,” said Burns. Meanwhile, Cook returned to action at the weekend on the big O2 Arena card, beating Youssef Al Hamidi on points after a long injury lay off. And he says he is desperate to get his WBO belt back after losing to Roman Martinez – who Burns beat in a thrilling battle last September to claim the title – more than two years ago. “I’m still hurting from that night,” said Cook. “The only way to heal the pain is to beat Ricky Burns.”



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Kali Meehan returns

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #9, IBF #9 Kali Meehan (37-4, 30 KOs) will return to ring action against newly crowned Australian heavyweight champion Michael Kirby (9-3-2, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at Southport Sharks Club, Southport, Queensland, Australia on June 24. Meehan recently returned to Australia after training in the USA for several weeks. (more…)



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Unbeaten cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski has pulled out of a scheduled bout on the June 4 Zbik-Chavez Jr. undercard in Los Angeles and will refocus on his football career. Tommy Z said he plans to return to boxing after his football career is over.
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HBO has announced a six-episode unscripted series titled “On Freddie Roach,” that will follow the famed trainer in his day to day activities. The show is expected to debut in the first quarter of 2012.
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Sunday’s game between the Lon Angeles Dodgers and Florida Marlins.
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Fightnews would like to extend its condolences to the family of Estelle Adelman Fields, who passed away last week after an extended illness. The 94-year old Ms. Fields is survived by her son, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame physician Dr. Allan Fields. During his distinguished and ongoing career, Dr. Fields served as medical doctor to such boxing legends as Muhammad Ali and others.



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Dawson expects title shot

According to the WBC, light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is now obligated to face former champ “Bad” Chad Dawson, who stepped aside to allow a rematch of the Pascal-Hopkins draw. However, according to the Dawson camp, Golden Boy Promotions is looking for contract loopholes that would allow Hopkins to fight someone else. Dawson has sent Hopkins the following message: “Bernard, I’m sure you would agree I allowed your fight to happen. You said at the press conference I was next. I know that besides being a great champion, you’re also a person of your word, so I look forward to facing you later this year.”



May 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Photo of the Day

Photo: Sean “Green Day” Gibbons

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Freddie Roach and Omar Chavez pose for a picture at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California Tuesday.



May 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Thompson, Willis at the Boat

Heavyweights “Vicious’ Vincent Thompson and Jonte Willis will both look to remain unbeaten when they step into the ring at Brian Halquist Production’s Battle at the Boat 82 on June 4 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Thompson, a resident of Federal Way, has put together a perfect 7-0 professional record and has quickly become a fan favorite at the Emerald Queen Casino. Thompson’s opponent will be Kelsey Arnold (4-7-1). “I don’t care who they throw at me. I am the type of fighter who will step into the ring with anyone,” Thompson said. “This is just another step towards bringing a title back to Washington State.”

Thompson, however, isn’t the only undefeated heavyweight on the card as Tacoma’s Willis (7-0-1, 3 KOs) looks to continue his winning ways. Willis faces hard-hitting Canadian Shane Andreesen, who sports a record of 10-3-0 with six wins coming by knockout. (more…)



May 24th, 2011

UFC

Santiago: Enter Sandman

UFC 130 is LIVE on PPV May 28!

When Brazil native Jorge Santiago returns to the UFC for the first time in over four years this Saturday to face Brian Stann, he does so not just with a new nickname, “Sandman.” In fact, the man stepping back in the Octagon in Las Vegas bears little resemblance to the one last seen on the wrong end of an Alan Belcher head kick in 2006 . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

For more info on UFC or UFC 130, visit www.UFC.com



May 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Leapai targets Arreola, Chagaev

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) has targeted former world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chaegev and Chris Arreola says leading Australian boxing trainer Noel Thornberry. “Alex is confident he would KO both Chaegev and Arreola,” said Thornberry. “Arreola and Chageav both defeated tough American heavyweight Travis Walker but were extended. Alex stopped Walker in four rounds. I will promote Alex in an IBF regional bout in July and would like to have Irishman Kevin McBride as an opponent. He lost to Ademak but defeated Mike Tyson so he has credibility.” Thornberry guided Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown and Noel’s brother Ricky took Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottkke the distance in WBO and IBF world title bouts respectively.



May 24th, 2011

Boxing News

Oscar de La Hoya Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya has sent several messages through his Twitter account. According to a trusted source, the Golden Boy has been at a $77,000 a month rehab center in Malibu, California since May 7 and attends three meetings a day.

“I’m sincerely humbled by the support I’ve been receiving and promise you that I will knock out this disease I have. There is no doubt in my mind that I will become stronger and more humble with this experience. These past weeks I have grown as a person and have been able to find my higher power. Every day he gives me the strength to live life in a humiliating way. Life as I’m learning is to love myself first so I can love those around me. Thank you and I’ll see you soon stronger than ever.”

Oscar, we appreciate you and send our greatest respect and best wishes at this difficult time.



May 24th, 2011




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