FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

FOTY? Breazeale KOs Ugonoh to end knockdown-filled war

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada 2012 Olympian Dominic Breazeale (18-1, 16 KO) looked to rebound after his TKO ...

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Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

Hurd stops Harrison to win IBF junior middleweight world title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada In a fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight belt on Saturday night ...

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Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

Wilder TKOs Washington in five to retain WBC world heavyweight title

By Tracy Morin and Brenden Nasianceno at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO) put his WBC heavyweight belt on the line ...

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Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 ...

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Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

By Hesiquio Balderas It's pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don't like each other, but making a bet for both purses gave the ...

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Rubio-Quillin on September 15?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has informed Fightnews.com that there is a possibility that Marco Antonio Rubio (54-6-1, 47 KOs) could face Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) on the undercard of the fight between WBC 154lb champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against Josesito Lopez on September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A source has informed Fightnews.com that there is a possibility that Marco Antonio Rubio (54-6-1, 47 …


Boxing News

Broner-Escobedo Fight Week kicks off

Cincinnati-area fight fans are invited at attend a media workout featuring unbeaten WBO junior lightweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and his challenger Vicente “Chente” Escobedo on Tuesday at the Mount Auburn Rec Center (270 Southern Ave). Broner will work out at 2PM and Escobedo will be there at 3PM. Also, six local area undercard fighters, Chris Pearson, Brandon Bennett, David Long, William Jackson, De’Vonte Allen and Mel Crossty will workout at 3:30PM. All fighter workouts are open to the public.

Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) and Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) collide Saturday in a twelve-rounder for Broner’s WBO belt at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight Keith Thurman (17-0, 16 KOs) faces his toughest test in Orlando Lora (29-2-2, 19 KOs). Both bouts will be televised by HBO.

Cincinnati-area fight fans are invited at attend a media workout featuring unbeaten WBO junior lightweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” …



Boxing Result

Late Results from Pittsburgh

Former #1 super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (33-3, 21 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round majority decision over Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero (26-12-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the 3 Rivers Casino in Pttsburgh, PA. Lucero poured in on in rounds two and three, but Meza-Clay took command late to win 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. Meza-Clay won his fifth straight fight.

In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweight Lennox Allen moved to 16-0-1 with 10 KOs after a fourth round TKO of Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-15-3, 12 KOs). Walker is now 0-14-1 in his last 15 bouts.

Other results:
Bill Hutchinson D4 Curtis Morton (welterweight)
Sam Vasquez W4 Anthony Willis (welterweight)
Jaque Lutz D4 Steve Tyner (light heavyweight)
Dan Martz TKO4 Jon Hill (heavyweight)

Former #1 super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (33-3, 21 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round majority decision over Emmanuel “The …


Boxing News

Klitschko holds Moscow Presser

Photos: www.olimpik.ru / KMG

WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference today in Moscow, Russia to officially announce that he’ll defend his title against Manuel Charr at the SC Olimpiyski Sports Arena on September 8. “Charr thinks I am dead and he can tear me up like a wild lion. But my name is Dr. Ironfist and Charr will feel this and lose all his teeth. He will walk back to the tiger’s cage without teeth.” Tickets are available on www.olimpik.ru (booking), hotline + 7 (495) 786 33 33 and www.concert.ru, hotline + 7 (495) 644 22 22. In Germany, Klitschko vs. Charr will be broadcasted on RTL, Russia 2 will show the fight in Russia, in the US it will be shown on HBO. More photos…

Photos: www.olimpik.ru / KMG WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference today in Moscow, Russia to officially …




Boxing News

Amir Khan Statement

I would like to thank all my fans and well wishers for the amazing support I’ve had from you since my defeat on Saturday night. Obviously the fight never went as planned but credit has to go to Danny Garcia who caught me with a good shot in the third round that I couldn’t fully recover from. I guess that’s boxing, where one punch can change everything, it’s the reason so many fans love the sport. Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that’s exactly what I intend to do. (more…)

I would like to thank all my fans and well wishers for the amazing support I’ve had from you since …


Boxing News

Lozada returns Saturday in Rosarito, BC

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Hot prospect jr welterweight Antonio “Kañas” Lozada (26-1, 22 KOs) will face experienced Carlos Urias (45-23-1, 34 KOs) in a ten-round fight on Saturday in the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Auditorium in Rosarito, Baja California. In the co-feature, former world title challenger Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (19-2, 13 KOs) will face Lorenzo “Explosivo” Trejo (30-24-1, 17 KOs) in a light flyweightten-rounder. In other action, welterweight champion of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona” tournament Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete (24-6-1, 11 KO’s) against Joel “Dinamita” Juarez (34-21-2, 12 KO​​s) in ten round clash and in an eight round jr welterweight bout Juan Pablo “Che Che” Lopez (20-1, 18 KOs) takes on Rafael Cobos (11-4-4, 3KOs). The card, billed as “Casta de Campeones,” is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Cadena 3.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Hot prospect jr welterweight Antonio “Kañas” Lozada (26-1, 22 KOs) will face experienced Carlos Urias (45-23-1, …


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Mares returning on September 15?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It is reported that WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares could be added to the undercard of the September 15 card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the card headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defending his WBC super welterweight belt against Josesito Lopez. Mares would defend against an opponent to be announced. On Tuesday at the iconic Placita Olvera in Los Angeles Golden Boy will officially announce the September 15 “Knockout Kings” event. Over the weekend it was confirmed that Marcos Maidana will face Jesus Soto Karass in a ten round welterweight scrap. Also Johnny Gonzalez and Daniel Ponce De Leon fight for the WBC featherweight title, so Golden Boy is putting together a strong undercard to compete with the PPV telecast of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sergio Martinez.

By Gabriel F. Cordero It is reported that WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares could be added to the undercard …


Boxing Result

Uchiyama keeps WBA 130lb belt by technical draw

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0-1, 14 KOs), 130, a Japanese hard-puncher, kept his belt as he was held to a technical draw with Filipino southpaw Michael Farenas (34-3-4-1 NC), 130, because of the titlist’s wide and deep laceration caused by an accidental butt at 1:15 of the third round on Monday in Saitama, Japan. Uchiyama’s KO streak in world title goes unfortunately stopped at five in his home turf when referee Raul Caiz Sr. made a well-timed stoppage just after a heavy head-collision. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0-1, 14 KOs), 130, a Japanese hard-puncher, kept his belt as …



UFC

See Renan Barao at his best


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Boxing Result

Igarashi wins WBC 112lb belt from Jaro

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese southpaw ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (16-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, captured the WBC flyweight belt as he coped with wild-swinging Filipino champ Sonny Boy Jaro (34-11-5, 24 KOs), 112, to earn a split verdict (116-112, 115-113, 112-116) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Japanese southpaw ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (16-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, captured the WBC flyweight belt as he coped …


Boxing Result

Harrison remains undefeated in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

DC welterweight Dusty Harrison remained undefeated with a first-round stoppage of Reggie Nash. The bout was stopped at 2:32 of the round. Harrison raises his record to 7-0, four KOs. Nash of Grand Rapids, MI, is now 10-30-1, two KOs. (more…)

By Gary “Digital” Williams DC welterweight Dusty Harrison remained undefeated with a first-round stoppage of Reggie Nash. The bout was …


Announcement

Ex-Kronk Trainer Hears Final Bell

By Bob Ryder

William “Bill” Miller, former trainer during the golden era of The Kronk Gym, passed away Saturday in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, MI after a lengthy illness. Miller turned pro at 17, racking up 26 wins in his 30 bouts before moving on to instructing others in the game’s finer points. He trained world champs, Davey Moore, Joe Manley, Lindell Holmes, Bronco McKart and was instrumental in developing a young James “Lights Out” Toney into the top notch pro he became. He also assisted Emanuel Steward in the corner of Hall of Famer Thomas Hearns. In addition to training champion level fighters, Miller spent countless hours teaching others about the sport. Up until his most recent illness, he could still be found at an occasional fight card, offering his pearls of wisdom to even the most novice of fighters.

He is pictured here (far right) in conversation with Detroit’s ex heavyweight contender Al “Blue” Lewis at a 2009 function. Miller was 87 years old at his passing.

By Bob Ryder William “Bill” Miller, former trainer during the golden era of The Kronk Gym, passed away Saturday in …



Boxing News

Montoya, Lopez win in Colorado

By Bill Green at ringside

In a battle of Colorado Heavyweights, Joey “The Beast” Montoya, of Colorado Springs, out pointed Denver’s Chris “Da Future” Green in route to a unanimous decision victory on Friday Night at the EXDO Event Center located in downtown Denver, Colorado. The scheduled eight round Heavyweight contest was promoted by Sting Like a Bee and Strictly Boxing Promotions. (more…)

By Bill Green at ringside In a battle of Colorado Heavyweights, Joey “The Beast” Montoya, of Colorado Springs, out pointed …


UFC

2012’s unofficial half-year awards: The Submissions

For the most part, trying to determine the best submissions of the first half of 2012 comes down to individual preferences. Do you like technical wizardry, pulling off a move with a high degree of difficulty, tapping out a highly-regarded foe, or just finishing a fight in dramatic fashion? Well, hopefully we covered all bases here, and if your favorite isn’t here, six months from now that may change when the list goes from five to ten . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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For the most part, trying to determine the best submissions of the first half of 2012 comes down to individual …


Boxing Result

Santos crushes Cruz

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto

In a spectacular performance, featherweight prospect Braulio Santos (7-0, 6 KOs) from Carolina Puerto Rico demolished Juan “Pito” Cruz in five rounds. After perfect jabs and power body punches, the “Little Giant” did enough to stop Cruz. “It was a great fight I learned a lot. He is a true veteran. Was taking care of his head and landing my punches. I am very proud to fight in my backyard in front of my people,” Santos stated.

In a super flyweight rematch, Juan “Cowi” Herrera scored a six round unanimous decision over Christian Fernández. “Cowi” Herrera landed perfect combinations over Fernández during the entire fight that gave him the victory. (more…)

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto In a spectacular performance, featherweight prospect Braulio Santos (7-0, 6 KOs) from Carolina Puerto Rico demolished …


Full Report

Report/gallery: Garcia vs. Khan

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. and Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Chris Cozzone

In the run up to the unification bout between Amir Khan and Danny Garcia, the undefeated Latino vowed that he would back up his father’s sh*t talking for a 24th time by defeating Khan’s rising star.

“King” Khan retaliated by promising that not only would Garcia finally meet a Pakistani that could fight, but that he would knock out the Philadelphia fighter . . . Click here for full gallery and report

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. and Miguel Maravilla Photos by Chris Cozzone In the run up to the unification bout …



Boxing News

World title twinbill in Japan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will make his fifth defense against Filipino southpaw Michael Farenas (34-3-3, 26 KOs) in his native place Saitama (adjacent prefecture to Tokyo) tomorrow (Monday, our national holiday). Though Farenas is a hard-punching prospect, Uchiyama scored five consecutive KO victories since his title-winning performance against the current IBF ruler Juan Carlos Salgado in January 2010. Also, WBC flyweight ruler Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 24 KOs), a free-swinging Filipino banger, will put his newly acquired belt against official challenger Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), a taller ex-Olympian of Japan, on the same bill. For Jaro, it will be his initial defense since he stunned the boxing world by his really unexpected coronation on a sixth-round demolition of formidable titlist Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand this March.

Today there was a weigh-in ceremony at the Korakuen Restaurant, where all the contestants in the main events scaled in at the limit—Uchiyama and Farenas at 130 pounds, while Jaro and Igarashi 112. Only Jaro took an hour and a half to reduce 500 grams (one pound and a quarter) to make the class limit.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will make his fifth defense against Filipino …


Boxing Result

Photos: Haye KOs Chisora in five

By Karl Freitag
Photos courtesy Frank Warren Promotions

Former two-division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over recent heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night on West Ham Football Club’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London. Haye was much busier than Chisora, who was unable to connect with wild shots. Good exchange at the end of round three. Good right by Haye in round five dropped Chisora. Haye dropped him again with his follow-up barrage and the bout was waved off by referee Luis Pabon. Time was 2:59. Very impressive win for Haye as Vitali Klitschko, Robert Helinius and Tyson Fury all failed to stop Chisora in his previous losses. After the fight the fighters hugged and showed respect.

“I’d be very surprised if Vitali Klitschko would want to fight me now after seeing the performance I put on tonight,” said Haye after the fight. “I guarantee he’s going to fight some chump no one’s ever heard of and then try and retire and become a politician or something, but if he wants to give the world a great fight — I’m here!” (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photos courtesy Frank Warren Promotions Former two-division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular …


Feature Story

Crowing Pains

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone

“Why be nice to someone who wants to kill me?” was the question posed by unified WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, a half-hour after crushing Amir “King” Khan Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

“But no hard feelings.”

A heavy underdog in the fight, Garcia was slated to lose his slice of the 140-pound championship to Khan. Instead, Garcia weathered an early shellacking, then struck back in round three, reintroducing the just-once-KO’d Khan to the canvas, before a round-of-the-year candidate of a fourth round, in which the Philly kid clinched the TKO win after two more knockdowns.

“I knew I was built for this,” Garcia basked, beamed and blazed behind a podium stacked high with a pile of championship leather and brass. (more…)

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone “Why be nice to someone who wants to kill me?” was the question posed …


Boxing News

Maidana-Soto-Karass official September 15th

In a fight that should produce some good two way action based on the history of both fighters WBA Junior welterweight regular champion Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs) of Argentina will take on Los Angeles, California-based Jesus Soto Karass (26-7-3, 17 KOs) of Mexico. The 10 round bout will be fought at the welterweight limit. The two will do battle on the undercard of the main event which will feature of WBC light middleweight Saul Alvarez defending against Josesito Lopez.

In a fight that should produce some good two way action based on the history of both fighters WBA Junior …


UFC

Rockhold defeats Kennedy on Strikeforce

Over a year after their first match-up was postponed due to injury, Luke Rockhold met Tim Kennedy in the Strikeforce hexagon, this time in Rockhold’s second title defense since winning the belt last September. The middleweight champion used takedown defense, submission attempts and, perhaps most effectively, his long range to stymie the game Kennedy and keep his belt over five hard-fought rounds . . . click here for more on UFC.com
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Over a year after their first match-up was postponed due to injury, Luke Rockhold met Tim Kennedy in the Strikeforce …


Boxing News

Results from Argentina

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Argentinian WBO female super featherweight world champion Alejandra Oliveras (27-2-2, 13 KOs) won by technical knockout in five rounds against Panamanian challenger Midalia Asprilla (9-1-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Salón de los Bomberos Voluntarios in General Villegas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In the other featured bout, super lightweight Cesar Cuenca (43-0, 1 KO) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Claudio Olmedo (26-4, 25 KOs) for the WBO Latino title. Scores were 118-111, 114-112 and 114-113.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Argentinian WBO female super featherweight world champion Alejandra Oliveras (27-2-2, 13 KOs) won by technical knockout …


Boxing Result

Periban stays unbeaten

Unbeaten super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban (18-0, 12 KOs) scored a TKO over late sub Lester Gonzalez (12-7-4, 6 KOs) when Gonzalez didn’t come out for round nine on Saturday night at the Humble Civic Arena in Humble, Texas.

Unbeaten super featherweight Antonio Capulin (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Steve Cox (2-8, 1 KO).

Unbeaten super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban (18-0, 12 KOs) scored a TKO over late sub Lester Gonzalez (12-7-4, 6 KOs) …


Boxing Result

Marquez tops Lumacad by majority nod

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

In a non-title 115lb bout, WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs) won a hard fought ten round majority decision over Fernando Lumacad (26-4-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 97-94, 97-94, 95-95. The Marquez camp will now look to a September unification showdown with WBO champion Brian Viloria.

Former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (39-13-1, 25 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of Manuel “Pajarito” Herrera (19-10-1, 13 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout.

Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez (36-8-2, 22 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (18-3-0, 14 KOs) in a super lightweight bout.

Oscar Arce, nephew of five-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, won by third round KO over Arcadio Salazar. more photos

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer In a non-title 115lb bout, WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (34-2, 25 …


Boxing Result

Garcia stops Khan in fourth

By Anthony Springer Jr. and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo by Chris Cozzone

In a super lightweight unification clash, WBC champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (24-0, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over newly reinstated WBA champion Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Khan got off to a good start, but things changed when Garcia dropped Khan at the end of round three and continued batter Khan in fourth and after two more knockdowns the bout was waved off by referee Kenny Bayless. Time was 2:28. (more…)

By Anthony Springer Jr. and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photo by Chris Cozzone In a super lightweight unification clash, WBC …


Boxing Result

Juarez retains WBC belt by split decision

By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Alma Montiel

Flyweight Mariana Juarez won a close 10 round split decision over Shindo Go before a sparse, but vocal crowd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. With the victory, Juarez defended her world title belt. There were close rounds in the fight, as the taller Go tried to use her reach to land her punches in the early rounds. Both fighters began to throw punches aggressively in the third round, trading hooks and crosses to the head. Go was quicker to the punch in the middle rounds, scoring with counter right hands to the head in the middle rounds. However, Juarez would attack the body with left hooks. Both fighters had their moments in the seventh round, as both connected with hard counter right hands to the head. After Go controlled the eighth round, Juarez came on in the ninth round, pressing the action and attempting to land to the body. Both fighters dug deep in the final round. Go pressed forward and scored with right hands to the head, but Juarez countered well to the body and head with the more-telling blows. One judge scored the bout 97-93 for Go, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-94 for Juarez. Fightnews.com scored the bout 95-95. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar at ringside Photos: Alma Montiel Flyweight Mariana Juarez won a close 10 round split decision over Shindo …


Boxing Result

Mundine stops McKart in seventh

In a clash of former world champions, former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over over former WBO jr middleweight titleholder Bronco “Superman” McKart (54-9-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Making his United States debut, Mundine dropped the 41-year-old McKart three times in round seven to win the vacant IBF North American middleweight belt. Time was 2:04.

In an important clash between world-rated light heavyweights, WBC #11 Cornelius “Da Beast” White (20-1, 16 KOs) outworked WBO #3/WBA #5/IBF #12 Dmitry Surkhotsky (18-2, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the vacant IBF International title. White dominating the last half of the fight to win by scores of 119-109, 118-110, 120-108.

Heavyweight Acha Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Ahror Muraalimov, moved his record to 13-0 with 11 KOs with a good action eight round unanimous decision over game journeyman Andrae Carthron (6-8-2, 1 KO). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 77-75.

In a clash of former world champions, former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) scored …


Boxing Result

Oguni keeps OPBF 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten OPBF super-bantamweight champ Yukinori Oguni (9-0, 2 KOs), 121.5, impressively kept his regional belt as he dropped WBC#10 ex-national titlist Masaaki Serie (21-4, 9 KOs), 122, twice and pounded out a nearly lopsided decision (118-109, 118-110, 117-110) over twelve upset rounds on Saturday in Akoh, Japan. The upright stylist Oguni had dethroned Filipino defending champ Roli Gasca by an upset verdict last November and kept it once via technical decision over ex-titlist Hiromasa Ohashi this March. The lanky ex-amateur champ, making his second defense, exploded his trademark straight right in round two, flooring the awkward challenger who had lately renounced his national belt after six defenses. Though Serie was a prefight favorite, Oguni decked him again with a left hook in the fifth and apparently took the initiative thereafter despite the challenger’s desperate retaliation. Oguni will defend his throne against former champ Roli Gasca here in November. Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten OPBF super-bantamweight champ Yukinori Oguni (9-0, 2 KOs), 121.5, impressively kept his regional belt as he …


Boxing Result

Silvestre wins WBA interim 105lb belt

Photos: Rene Perez

Strawweight Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre (25-3, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Edwin Diaz (15-18, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim strawweight world championship at El Palenque De La Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Scores were 119-110, 118-112, 117-111.

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Photos: Rene Perez Strawweight Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre (25-3, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Edwin Diaz (15-18, …


Feature Story

Andrzej Fonfara interview

Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

“I was never a superstitious man and I proved to everybody that Friday the 13th could be a good thing – at least for me,” said world-rated light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs) after the biggest win of his young career. Fonfara took a unanimous decision and ended the career of the great Glen Johnson (51-17, 35 KOs) at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. “I want to dedicate this win to a great Polish amateur fighter, two-time Olympic gold medalist Jerzy Kulej, who passed today. He was a great fighter and I was proud to known him,” said the 24-year-old Fonfara to thousands of his cheering fans. (more…)

Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk “I was never a superstitious man and I proved to everybody that Friday the …


Boxing News

Why is Haye-Chisora a ten-rounder?

In his weekly column in The Sun tabloid, promoter Frank Warren explained why tonight’s grudge match between David Haye and Dereck Chisora will be a ten-round bout instead of the normal championship distance of twelve rounds. “When the original contract for the fight was signed, it was over ten rounds and sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation, but when the WBO and WBA titles were added to the bout it was hoped that the fight would be extended to the championship distance of twelve rounds. Haye was adamant that he would only fight over ten rounds and stuck with the original contract, with Chisora angry that a former world champion wouldn’t face him over the full distance.”

In his weekly column in The Sun tabloid, promoter Frank Warren explained why tonight’s grudge match between David Haye and …


Boxing News

Haye and Chisora collide tonight

Former WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye is expected to have the last laugh over Dereck Chisora as the feud between the two British heavyweights finally reaches the boiling point. Sportsbooks have established Haye as a big odds-on favorite at 7:2 to win in London tonight in what is a true grudge fight in every sense of the word. Video of the brawl between the two sworn enemies which took place at the Klitschko-Chisora post fight press conference went viral and generated over 20 million YouTube views. 30,000+ fight fans are expected to turn out at an outdoor soccer stadium to see Haye and Chisora settle their differences.

The event is proceeding in direct defiance of the BBBofC, the EBU and the WBC. On the other hand, the match has been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation and both the WBA and WBO have approved the bout for a vacant title. Like it or not, the open hostility, endless trash talk and heavy controversy has generated massive public interest and this will be the biggest heavyweight boxing match on British soil since Mike Tyson fought there twelve years ago.

Former WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye is expected to have the last laugh over Dereck Chisora as the feud between …


Boxing News

Weights from Ontario, CA

Video: Pepe Rodriguez

Video: Pepe Rodriguez


UFC

2012’s unofficial half-year awards: The Newcomers

2011’s Newcomer of the Year, Chris Weidman, is coming off a devastating KO win over Mark Munoz. 2010 winner Phil Davis headlined a UFC on FOX event earlier this year against Rashad Evans. What’s in store for this year’s winner? Well, so far, things are certainly looking bright . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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