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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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UniMas Weights from Dallas

UniMas Weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Top Rank Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75 Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4 Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos ...

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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna ...

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Thurman and Porter make weight

Thurman and Porter make weight

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Keith Thurman 146 vs. Shawn Porter 147 (WBA world welterweight title) Porter stripped naked and was right on the limit. Jarrett ...

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UFC

Watch UFC 143 weigh-in today

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Watch the UFC 143 weigh-in streaming live from Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, February 3 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT

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February 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Rubio to enter to the ring under protest

By Gabriel F. Cordero

During the press conference to Chavez Jr-Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Mexican promoters Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle representing Marco Antonio Rubio have reported that Rubio will enter the ring under protest because the WBC did not accept their request to change referee Guadalupe Garcia. “We must comply with the contract and respect the aspirations of the boxer to fight, but it is under protest. We’ve told Rubio to not stop throwing punches and to be very offensive in this fight. We don’t want the fight to be stopped without reason.” say the Kuchles. Rubio added, “I’m the one in the ring and know what to do. I have waited long for this fight and I’m well prepared and looking for the knockout. I’m grateful to Chavez Jr and to God for this second chance.”



February 3rd, 2012


Boxing News

Chavez-Rubio Poll

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is about a 4:1 favorite to defeat #1 rated Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday night in San Antonio. Will the new, improved Freddie Roach-trained Junior get the job done? Or will the man that took down previously unbeaten David Lemieux add the Son of the Legend to his hit list?

Who do you think will win Saturday night?

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February 3rd, 2012

Interview

Q&A with “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey

Story & photos by Chris Perry

In what is sure to be a thrilling brawl, “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey will battle Victor Vasquez in the featured bout of “Super Brawl I” promoted by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Feb. 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The vacant NABA Lightweight Championship will be on the line when Spivey (40-6-0, 29 KOs) and Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) collide in the Tropicana Showroom.

Staying busy, this will be Spivey’s third fight in six months. The former NABA lightweight title holder, 38, won two unanimous decision victories in 2011. Fightnews spoke with Spivey on January 25 at the Bushido Mixed Martial Arts Academy in his hometown Portsmouth, Virginia after a training session. . . Click here for more



February 3rd, 2012


UFC

UFC Fan Expo returns to Las Vegas in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents its seventh UFC Fan Expo® event on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. UFC® President Dana White made the announcement today during a press conference to promote UFC® 143, which takes place this Saturday from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“We love giving UFC fans ultimate access to our sport and athletes,” UFC President Dana White said. “This July, we’re putting together our best UFC Fan Expo yet. We’re going to have dozens of our fighters in attendance to sign autographs and meet fans, and we’re going to have some of the world’s top vendors and exhibitors. This is an absolute can’t-miss event for UFC fans around the world!” (more…)



February 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Hanks-Pedro Presser

A huge crowd of media and fans crowded into Exhibition Hall at The Times Union Center in Albany, New York on Thursday afternoon as Star Boxing held a final press conference for “KO AT THE TU” an evening of world class professional boxing set for this Saturday night, February 4th. Both main event participants, Joe “The Future” Hanks and monstrous Cuban Rafael Pedro expressed full confidence heading into their ten round heavyweight battle for Hank’s IBA Heavyweight belt.

Also ready for battle at the press conference were world ranked bantamweights Sahib Usarov of Moscow, Russia and Cuban Yan Barthelemy who will be featured in the co-main event for the WBO Inter-Continental World Title. (more…)



February 3rd, 2012

Boxing News

Chilemba: Miranda doesn’t have a clue

Photo: Jodi Solomon/Team Chilemba

World ranked light heavyweight contender, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs), looks to shine on ESPN Friday Night Fights tomorrow as he battles the hard punching Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs) in a 10-round main event bout.

Chilemba, enthused about his opportunity to fight on national television stated, “I’ve traveled half way around the world to make a statement here in America. Edison Miranda doesn’t have a clue of what he’s up against. I don’t see this fight going the distance. I have something to prove to everyone watching on ESPN. This is my opportunity to show the world what I’m made of and nothing is going to stop me from achieving my goal of becoming a world champion. Beating Miranda gets me one step closer to a world title fight. It’s my time to shine!” (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

Announcement

Angelo Dundee Services

By Bill Hillmann

Services for legendary trainer Angelo Dundee will take place on Friday, February 10 at Countryside Christian Center located at McMillen Booth Road in Clearwater, Florida. Viewing from 10AM followed by a noon funeral. Four-time former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will attend.



February 2nd, 2012

Announcement

“SuperBrawls” presser at Texas Station, Las Vegas

A press conference was held today to discuss the Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised boxing event entitled “Superbrawls”, scheduled for tomorrow, (Friday, February 3), in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas.

Superbrawls will be topped by a 10-round light heavyweight main event between Colombian powerhouse Edison “Pantera” Miranda and South Africa’s WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba, and also feature two up-and-coming warriors in the eight-round co-main event: Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (14-0, 11 KOs) against fellow undefeated Hylon Williams Jr. (15-0, 3 KOs). (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

UFC

Condit, Diaz face off at UFC 143 presser

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

On Saturday night, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Pay-Per-View, elite welterweights Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit throw down for the interim UFC 170lbs championship in what some are predicting will be the fight of the year. Also on the stacked card, heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum collide and former UFC welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck returns to action to face fellow NCAA Division I grappler Mike Pierce. (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Sergio Martinez roadwork

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

Two-division world champion and considered widely by many to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) of Argentina but now residing in Oxnard, California, continues his preparations for his upcoming bout against top-rated middleweight contender Matthew ‘Mack the Knife’ Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) of Birmingham, England which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th, the fight card titled ‘The Real Middleweight Championship’ will be broadcast live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’ from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.

Fightnews caught up with Sergio Martinez and the rest of his team for their early morning roadwork and workout. “We’re only three weeks into camp and Sergio is in great shape.” said chief trainer Pablo Sarmiento. “Sergio’s work ethic, intensity, his drive is like no other; he’s very focused for this fight and with over a month left until the fight he’s definitely going to be ready for Matthew Macklin on the 17th.” continued Sarmiento. (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Golovkin-N’Dam WBA purse bid called off

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championships Committee has called off the purse bid for the fight between WBA world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and interim champion Hassan N’Dam. According to information from WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, there were no representatives from either of the fighters involved. The purse bid was scheduled for Thursday in Panama, however Mendoza announced that the WBA reserves the right to impose regulatory sanctions relevant to this situation.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

World Series of Boxing PPV will also be available on-line via Ustream

Moscow vs. Los Angeles
Moscow Dynamo Basket-Hall, Russia ● Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
Live on Pay Per View – 10:00 PM/ET 7:00PM/PT

Anvar Yunusov vs. Ivan Figurenka (bantamweight)
Adlan Abdurashicov vs. Mirtilek Sherov (lightweight)
Aleksandr Ivanov vs. Gamadarov Kazbek (middleweight)
Eduard Yakushev vs. Mikhail Kationov (light heavyweight)
Maxim Babanin vs. Yan Sudzilouski (heavyweight)
(All fights & fighters subject to change)

The Moscow vs. Los Angeles, airing this Friday (Feb. 3) from Moscow, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DirecTV, DISH Network, iN DEMAND and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. The show will also be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Dulorme-Reynoso collide Feb 17

Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will face surging southpaw, Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of Mexicali, Mex., for the vacant NABF welterweight title in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on February 17. The headlining fighters will make their ShoBox debuts in a 10-round welterweight bout with a contracted limit of 143 pounds.

In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., the power-punching Puerto Rican, Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs), of San Juan, will battle Billy Lyell (24-10-2, 5 KOs), of Warren, Ohio, in a 10-round junior middleweight match.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Arreola bout on Showtime Extreme

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Paul “The Punisher” Williams, Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola will bring their aggressive, knockout power and crowd-pleasing all-out action style to the great fans and city of Corpus Christi, Texas. The stacked fight card will emanate from the 9,200-seat American Bank Center Arena in an event presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. The SHOWTIME Championship Boxing world championship doubleheader will feature Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida and Cloud vs. Gabriel Campillo. Arreola will battle Eric Molina to headline the preliminary bouts on SHOWTIME Extreme. The fights from Corpus Christi — which is a two-hour drive from the Mexican border — will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, with Arreola stepping into the ring at 8 p.m. CT.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Fight Club OC returns Feb 16

A six bout pro card, including an undefeated heavyweight and a female bout headline Opening Night of Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center, Thursday evening February 16th and tickets are now on sale to the public at the new look Fight Club OC website at www.FightClubOC.com. The featured bout will see 7-0 heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Flores, who’s had impressive knockout wins in his last two Fight Club OC bouts, facing his biggest opponent in 6’4 and 290lb Yohan Banks out of the Bay Area. Banks will be a good test for Flores, as Banks scored a KO win over then undefeated and former Miami Hurricane running back Quadrine Hill. In a good female bout, Santa Ana’s 1-0 Abby Castanada faces Brooklyn’s Susanna Mellone in a bantamweight battle. Good looking prospect 1-0 middleweight Eric Mendez will face pro debuter Josh Williams, and in a special featured six round bout, 11-5 Jose Hernandez from Fort Worth, who just signed a management contract with Espinoza Boxing will be also in action.

Promoter Roy Englebrecht has made available one all inclusive luxury suite for individual sales, where fans can enjoy a full evening of food, drink, and fight action for $150 a seat, and that includes unlimited food and drink, including beer, cocktails, wine,a full buffet, snacks, and a dessert and coffee cart. To order seats in the luxury suite contact Drew Englebrecht at 949 760-3131 or email fightpromotions@gmail.com.



February 2nd, 2012

Feature Story

Chavez-Rubio/Donaire-Vazquez Presser

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez, Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), pound-for-pound superstar and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), #1 middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 47 KOs), former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum spoke today at the final news conference for Saturday’s fights at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: This fight will leave no doubts that I am the top middleweight in the world.

Marco Antonio Rubio: “I want to thank and give respect to Julio Cesar Chavez. I’m gonna give all my heart in the ring.”

Nonito Donaire: “What I’ve heard so far is music to my ears. What they’ve said has really fired me up.”

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. “I’m happy to here. I’m well-prepared. And you’re gonna have a new champion on Saturday.” (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

UFC

Koscheck: the fighter you love to hate

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

It’s hard to hate an honest fighter. Unless that fighter’s name is Josh Koscheck. Since his appearance on the original Ultimate Fighter, the wrestler turned knockout artist has been anything but a fan favorite. Despite taking fights on short notice and consistently cranking out good performances, fans have not taken to Kos. (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

Announcement

Referee Wayne Kelly passes

Sad to report the sudden passing of referee Wayne Kelly from a heart attack. He refereed many important boxing matches including Bowe-Golota I. Services Wayne for Wayne will be at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home located at 506 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park, New York. Viewing is February 3, 2-4:30PM and 7-9:30PM and February 4, 2-4:30PM and 7-9:30PM. The service will be February 4 at 8PM At New Hyde Park Funeral Home with interment at Calverton National Cemetery.

Photo: Ed Mulholland



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

New Klitschko Brothers quotes

Photos: Team Klitschko

WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko and WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko are both preparing for their next title defenses in Austria. After a joint work out they spoke to the press about their upcoming opponents Dereck Chisora (Vitali, Feb 18 in Munich) and Jean-Marc Mormeck (Wladimir, Düsseldorf on March 3) and their workout. In Germany, both fights will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL, in the US they will be shown on EPIX. Remaining tickets for both events are available at www.eventim.de. For more details and photos click here…



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez

Kadel Martínez TBA vs. Mcjoe Arroyo 114
Samuel Gutiérrez 112 vs. Jonathan González 113
Gilberto Mendoza TBA vs. Mcwilliams Arroyo 110
Ramesis Gil TBA vs. Luis Joel González 138
Emilio Salas 212 vs. Keith Tapia 202
Javier Ramos 131 vs. Jonathan Torres 132
Emmanuel Jiménez 129 vs. Harry Pérez 128
William Lorenzo 145 vs. Jesse Montalvo 142
Joseph Santos 121 vs. Christian Rodríguez 124
Venue: Coliseo Luis Aymat Cardona, San Sebastian
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions in association with Top Rank
Click here for more photos…



February 2nd, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC 143 presser today

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET


Watch the UFC 143 pre-fight press conference live Thursday, February 2 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT. Click here for more
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February 2nd, 2012

UFC

St-Pierre talks Diaz, tune-up fights

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Story & photo by Anthony Springer Jr.

Listening to him talk, you’d think UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was the one fighting on Saturday night. Forced out of action with an ACL injury, the champ has plenty of reason to be cage side as Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit battle for the interim welterweight strap—he fights the winner next.

After Diaz trashed the Canadian, St-Pierre seems motivated to get back in the cage to face the former Strikeforce champion. Gone are the usual pleasantries from the usual St-Pierre sound bites. He sounds excited to be in the sport again. That’s what a Diaz victory on Saturday brings: an enthusiastic St-Pierre. (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Chakhkiev undergoes elbow operation

Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (12-0, 9 KOs) underwent successful surgery today in Hamburg, Germany, to remove three bone fragments in his left elbow. Chakhkiev, who last Saturday defeated Alexander Kotlobay to win the WBC Baltic belt, was already experiencing pain in the elbow before the fight but wanted to go through with it. “I’m doing very well. Tomorrow I’ll leave the hospital and then begin training as soon as possible,” promised the 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Cotto expecting $30 million purse

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), who will defend his WBA 154-pound belt on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs), will receive the best purse of his life with a 65/35 split of the pay-per-view. Cotto, who until December 31 was tied to Top Rank, traveled to Las Vegas a few weeks ago to hear the offer of Bob Arum before making a decision that was revealed on Wednesday by Mayweather Jr. to NSAC commissioners when he was approved for a 2012 boxing license.

The Sport Press revealed on December 13 that negotiations for the fight were moving forward during the WBC Convention in Las Vegas. The contract itself has not been signed but details are expected to be finalized in about two weeks. Golden Boy Promotions will be the lead promoter along with Mayweather Jr. and Cotto.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Fans invited to final presser for Chavez Jr-Rubio

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez, Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), pound-for- pound superstar and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs), #1 middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 47 KOs), former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host their final San Antonio News Conference today on the Stadium Field Level of the Alamodome. The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. CT.

Arum and the fighters will be discussing their world title doubleheader, featuring the Chávez Jr. vs. Rubio middleweight title fight and the Donaire vs. Vazquez Jr. WBO junior featherweight championship, which will take place on Saturday. Both fights will be televised live on HBO.



February 2nd, 2012

Boxing News

Marquez eyes showdown with Peterson

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There is a strong possibility that three-division world champion and Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez will next challenge Lamont Peterson for the WBA and IBF super lightweight titles. Sources have indicated that the Peterson-Marquez fight could take place July 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Other dates are also under consideration. “I’m ready for whatever,” said Marquez. “What I want is to fight and seek a fourth world crown. I can’t keep waiting for Pacquiao my entire life. This is a good fight and a great opportunity for me.”



February 2nd, 2012

Column

Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

After spending long hours grading and grading mounds of my students’ assignments at the end of the semester, I finally got to write another edition of the Southern California Fight Scene. Now that business plans and final exams are out of the way, I could now focus on solid matchups in Southern California, area boxers fighting here or abroad, and my excitement of covering a fight card less than 15 minutes from my house.

Although the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.-Marco Antonio Rubio and the Nonito Donaire-Wilfredo Vazquez fights highlight the HBO card in San Antonio, one Southern California fighter will also be on the card. Armenian-born and Glendale resident Vanes Martirosyan (31-0, 19 KOs) will defend a light middleweight title belt against Troy Lowry at the Alamodome on Saturday night. Although the fight will top the non-televised card, HBO will more than likely show highlights of the fight.

Martirosyan, who trains out of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, is coming off a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez in October. (more…)



February 2nd, 2012

Announcement

Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee passes at age 90

Photo: Jeff Julian

Legendary trainer Angelo Dundee passed away earlier today at the age of 90 in Tampa, Florida. “Angelo died suddenly and peacefully surrounded by family and friends,” Dundee’s friend Rachel Charles told Fightnews.com. “He was very happy he was able to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s birthday was able to attend the Boxing Hall of Fame. He still had a lot to do but led a full and extraordinary life.” Dundee trained 15 world champions including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Willie Pastrano, Jose Napoles and Carmen Basilio. Last September Angie celebrated the grand opening of the new 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach, mere steps away from where the fabled gym once stood. Angelo and his brother, Hall of Fame promoter Chris Dundee, opened the original gym in 1951.



February 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Donaire media day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire shadow boxes during media day at the Jesse James Leija Gym in San Antonio,Texas, Wednesday for his upcoming world title fight against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez,Jr., Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire battles Vazquez Jr. in this double-header blockbuster event and undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defends his title against Marco Antonio Rubio in the other main event. Click here for more photos…



February 1st, 2012

Feature Story

Moscow Dynamo-L.A. Matadors ‘World Series of Boxing’ PPV Replaces Postponed Mexico vs. Beijing match Friday Night

Sneak preview of 2012 Olympics

Friday night’s scheduled broadcast of the World Series of Boxing (“WSB”) event featuring Mexico City vs. Beijing has been postponed due to visa problems for members of the Chinese team. A WSB “Group A” match between the Moscow Dynamo and Los Angeles Matadors and will now been shown in place of Mexico vs. Beijing.

The Moscow vs. Los Angeles, airing this Friday (Feb. 3) from Moscow, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DirecTV, DISH Network, iN DEMAND and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Both shows will also be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. Another WSB match on Friday, Feb. 17, pitting the Mexico City Guerreros and Baku Fires, will also be available for viewing (Fri., Feb. 17) on the same PPV basis. (more…)



February 1st, 2012

UFC

Scott Jorgensen – Cowboy up

UFC 143 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

When it came to marketing, Scott Jorgensen wasn’t just good; he was damn good. A graduate of Boise State University who earned three Pac-10 wrestling titles in addition to his psychology degree, the Utah native was at a familiar crossroads for successful college athletes who don’t have a logical professional career (like the NFL or NBA) waiting for them in their sport as soon as school ends . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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February 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Fight Promoter University Session Announced For April

Southern California based fight promoter and Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht has announced that the next four day session of Fight Promoter University, FPV VIII, will be held April 10-13, 2012 in Southern California and will be held in conjunction with his April 12th Fight Club OC show.

“I am extremely excited to finally announce another FPU session,” said Englebrecht, “and I’m thrilled that attendees and future promoters will get to learn and experience all aspects of the fight promotions business, as well as be taught all the keys to the success of the new Fight Club OC concept that we launched a year ago. It is my hope that every student that attends FPU VIII will go back to their respective markets and launch their own fight promotions business, taking the business knowledge and fight promotions philosophy that they have been taught, and launch their own Fight Club series.” (more…)



February 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Joe Hanks headlines in Albany

Unbeaten IBA heavyweight beltholder Joe “The Future” Hanks (18-0, 12 KOs) takes on 6’7 Rafael Pedro (21-9-1, 15 KOs on Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. The co-main event will feature a WBO Intercontinental clash between Sahib Usarov (17-0, 6 KOs) and Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs). Among those rounding out the six bout Star Boxing card will be a junior middleweight bout headed by Kevin Rooney Jr., whose father, Kevin Rooney Sr. trained legendary heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to his first title.



February 1st, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather vs. Cotto is official

It’s official. Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather will return to the ring, step up in weight and challenge three-division World Champion Miguel Cotto for his WBA Super Welterweight World title in what will be a gargantuan showdown between two future Hall of Famers. Mayweather vs. Cotto will take place on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be televised live on pay-per-view. Both fighters have agreed to Olympic-style drug testing for the fight.

In related news, earlier today the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to grant Mayweather a one-fight boxing license.

Quotes:

Mayweather: “It will be a challenge for me to compete with him at this weight, but this is the type of test I thrive on and gives me the motivation to train even harder. I have no doubt in my mind that my title belt collection will increase once again and Cotto’s reign as champion will come to an end on May 5.”

Cotto: “I am here to fight the biggest names in boxing. I’ve never ducked anyone or any challenge in front of me. I have accepted everything to give the fans what they like…great and exciting fights. That is what the sport of boxing is all about; making the fights that the fans want and deserve to see. On May 5, stay tuned, because I will convincingly beat Floyd Mayweather.”



February 1st, 2012




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