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Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). The duo will collide for the second time in four months during Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt on February 4, with Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) clashing for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title and European Light Heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) defending his title against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “It is going to be an exciting night of boxing,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference in Frankfurt. “The three title fights promise a lot of excitement, especially the rematch between Hernandez and Cunningham. Their first fight was very dramatic. I think it´s a 50-50 fight, with Hernandez being the favourite because he is the world champion.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #1 minimumweight contender Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) and WBC #2 Denver Cuello (29-4-6, 19 KOs) have been ordered to face off in a WBC final eliminator to determine the official minimumweight contender. Representatives have been informed to commence negotiations and in the absence of an agreement there will be a purse bid on February 3 in Mexico City.
Lopez is a former WBC silver titleholder promoted by Boxeo de Gala and Cuello is the current silver belt beltholder promoted by Canelo Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source in Mexico reported that IBF #11 Juan José “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #13 Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-5, 18 KOs) will fight for the IBF International jr bantamweight world championship on February 18 probably at the Coliseo Olímpico at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Rodrigo Guerrero is the IBF world champion in the division.
Perhaps more than any other year in recent history, mixed martial arts saw a host of top fighters retire from the sport, ranging from Hall of Famer Randy Couture to action hero Chris Lytle. And while the following fighters won’t be gracing the Octagon again, it’s clear that they’ve made a mark in the sport that won’t be forgotten anytime soon . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open work-out at the Europapark Rust, all 4,000 tickets for Saturday´s fight against Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) have been sold. “I am very grateful for the support of the fans,” King Arthur (32-3, 26 KOs) said. “I will put on a great show. 2012 will be a big year for me. I want to be world champion again.”
In the co-featured main event at Offenburg´s Baden-Arena, WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). “Weber is young and hungry but I will defend my title,” Stieglitz said.
By Francisco Salazar
Ventura County in Southern California is known for a number of positive things: pristine beaches, strawberries, lemons, the Camarillo outlets, and soccer. And of course, professional boxing.
Some of the best fighters in boxing today currently live and train within the county limits. Sergio Martinez, Victor Ortiz, Brandon Rios are just a few who migrated to the cities of Ventura County and live simple lives. Even though champions, contender, and unbeaten prospects apply their trade in the “805,” there has been a lack of boxing action in recent years. That will all change as boxing returns to Ventura County after an almost five-year drought. Speaking of five-year droughts, one fighter will return to the ring after having not laced gloves in that period of time.
Former bantamweight and super bantamweight contender Jose Aguiniga will fight Juan Ruiz on Saturday, February 25th in an eight round bout at the Country Club (Golf Course) in Santa Paula, CA. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Greg Robinson’s Power Productions is set to bring an interesting boxing card to the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night the 13th of January, featuring the return of the former NABF champion Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-1, 11 KO’s) against the always dangerous Grover Young (5-4-1, 1 KO. The co-feature of the evening is a highly competitive lightweight clash as Angel Ocasio (6-0, 1 KO) battles it out with Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa (4-1-1, 1 KO). (more…)
After a great 2011 that saw Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, put his stamp on the Dallas-Fort Worth fight scene with the Battle of DFW and Fright Night, Paulie Ayala Productions looks to raise the stakes even greater with their first event of the year, Gloves & Guitars, on Saturday, January 28th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gloves & Guitars will combine professional boxing with 7 bouts followed by a live performance from Fort Worth’s own Tejas Brothers. The Tejas Brothers debut CD was recognized as the 7th most played album for 2009 by the American Music Association. (more…)
Fan favorite Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) will return to battle in his hometown of Huntington, New York at the Paramount Theater on January 28th to face Curtis Smith (10-5, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout. The undercard will be announced shortly. The card is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and tickets start at $35.
By John Cannon and Vinny Davis
Coming into the fight, Beaumont native DeShaun Williams was extremely confident that he would be the first one was to give Brownsville’s Juan Reyna that first loss of his perfect professional record. However, he wasn’t able to meet his ultimate goal as Reyna (4-0, 2 KO’s) kept his undefeated record in hand by defeating Williams by unanimous decision in the six-round main event of Borderwars: The Heat Is On Saturday night at the Casa De Amistad.
“The reason I was able to win this fight is because I out boxed him,” said Reyna. “He made a lot of mistakes and was showboating a lot during the fight. While he was doing that, I was throwing a lot of punches that were connecting.” (more…)
It was every bit as ridiculous as many fans, journalists and even Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold thought it would be.
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter was astounded that journeyman Keith Jardine was getting a title shot with exactly zero fights to his credit at 185.
In a few short minutes, Rockhold proved Jardine’s better days are behind him . . . Click here for more
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Luke Rockhold looked visibly annoyed, but did his best to remain diplomatic.
After smashing journeyman Keith Jardine to retain his Strikeforce middleweight title, Rockhold made an impassioned post fight interview plea to fight some contenders from Zuffa’s other promotion.
Rockhold didn’t mention any specific opponents when asked who he’d like to face off with.
“If that’s the plan, that’s the plan, I’ll make do with what we’ve got here,” Rockhold said when asked who he’d like to fight next. “I look for bigger and better things. If the UFC wants to bring in some top contenders, I’ll welcome them to our hexagon as Gilbert Melendez says.” (more…)
Never at a loss for words, “King” Mo Lawal provided all the unintentional side-splitting entertainment needed at the post-fight press conference of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine after scoring a resounding 2nd round TKO over Lorenz Larkin. His knockout preceded his AKA teammate Luke Rockhold’s knockout over Keith Jardine in a night where the American Kickboxing Academy reigned supreme.
“The fight went exactly the way I knew it was going to go,” Lawal explained of his ground and pound approach to taking out Larkin. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Marianela Sanchez
One expectation regarding the “gentleman’s sport” of boxing presumes the professionalism of both combatants. The thoroughness of their preparation usually decides the contest.
The lack of preparation often disrupts it.
Last night’s Telefutura-televised “Solo Boxeo” season-opener originally intended to treat Hollywood FL fight fans to a main event with hometown WBO Latino welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (29-3-1, 19 KOs) defending his belt. That plan blew up Friday afternoon when his blown-up opponent Michael Lozada (39-10-1, 31 KOs) of Tijuana tipped the scales 12 pounds heavier than the contracted weight. As a result, Paredes had to wait until the non-televised last bout of the card to perform for his local supporters.
Finally entering the ring after midnight, “The Lion” roared at 45 seconds of the third round with a solid shot that caught Lozada upstairs. Lozada staggered to his left all the way to the floor, holding his right hand to the back of the head. The punch was ruled legal and referee Sam Burgos reached a full count of ten before Lozada regained his senses. (more…)
We’ve almost reached the end of the 2011 unofficial awards season, and after counting down the imports, newcomers, upsets, knockouts, and submissions, it’s time to pick the fights that defined the past year and made you say ‘this is why I’m a mixed martial arts fan.’ . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank chief Bob Arum told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on June 9 or June 16 against a soon-to-be-named opponent. Together with Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, Arum is traveling to Manila Sunday and he will be arriving Tuesday morning.
Four names have emerged as candidates to face Pacquiao but the leading candidates are Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, while the darkhorse favorites are Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto. Arum said the lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather will be perfect for November, and not on May 5.
The MGM Grand can only hold 18,000 people and a fight of such magnitude, stressed Arum, has to be staged in a bigger venue to maximize revenue.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source informs us the possibility that the mandatory fight between WBC Mexican featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and WBC champion in recess Elio Rojas could be held in March in New York. Mexican company Promociones del Pueblo has expressed a desire for the fight to be in Mexico City, however the source indicates that economic factors could make New York more attractive than Mexico. Promociones del Pueblo, the promoter of Gonzalez, won a purse bid to stage the fight during the WBC Convention in December.
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Roilo Gomez (13-8, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. Time was 2:30. It was Sosa’s first fight since his loss to WBC champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in October.
Next up for Sosa could be a WBC flyweight eliminator against Wilbert Uicab on March 31. On Saturday Sosa retained his WBC International belt. More photos…
For Luke Rockhold’s first Strikeforce title defense at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Saturday night, he drew a wild card in the unpredictable and tenacious Keith Jardine, who made his middleweight debut in pursuit of the belt. Jardine’s brawling style and wild stance were a full 180 degrees removed from Rockhold’s studied, well-rounded technique, which Rockhold predicted would dictate the outcome . . . Click here for more
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Featherweight Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) and Jose Luis Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Scores were 77-75 for Araiza and 76-76 twice. The bout was elevated to TV main event status after Michael Lozada weighed in 12 pounds heavy for his bout against Ed Paredes. Paredes-Lozada will take place off-TV late, late at night.
Featherweight Claudio Marero (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Francis Ruiz (9-6, 4 KOs). A rapid-fire barrage of punches got the fight stopped at 1:18.
Complete ringside report to come from Phil Doherty.
WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel (13-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a controversial eighth round stoppage of Dakota Stone (10-9-5, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palacio de los Deportes, Heredia, Costa Rica. Local star Gabriel was outboxing the 42-year-old Stone, but the win was marred when referee Geno Rodriguez inexplicably waved the bout off with Stone in no trouble whatsoever. (more…)
By Steve Canton
Great turnout and reception at the SJC Boxing Gym Open House and FBHOF Class of 2012 announcement today. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class Of 2012 living inductees include: former world champions Roberto Duran, Aaron Pryor, contenders Scott Clark and Chico Vejar, trainer/managers Jim McLoughlin and John Russell, media: Bob Halloran and Ron Ross, referee Bill Connors and in the participant category are Dana Jamison, Dr. Stanley Simpson, and Jim Waldrop. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
WBO European light heavyweight beltholder Robin Krasniqi (37-2, 13 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Hakim Zoulikha (16-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The bout looked to be headed to a decision when WBO #6 Krasniqi landed a crushing right hand that rocked Zoulikha and he got the stoppage with a furious follow up barrage. Time was 2:55.
Earlier, IBF #7/WBO #11 light heavyweight Denis Simcic (27-1, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Tomas Adamek (17-6-1, 7 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93. A steady but workmanlike performance by Simcic against the Czech namesake of the two-division Polish champion with the same name. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Promoter Joe Donofrio has a personal favorite and his name is Pete Cantu. Cantu has won just 17 fights in 19 years and he’s retired more times than Muhammad Ali, but when Joe needed a bailout, Pistol Pete came through.
Last night, Cantu battered late sub Joel Flores, 4-2, almost literally from pillar to post, dominating him throughout the eight-rounder at the Palace of Auburn Hills, dropping him three times, and seemed about to score a stoppage win when the youngster from parts west of Michigan, fought back, demonstrating courage that will have him selling pencils by the time he is thirty.
It was a surprise win for Cantu, who dropped down more than two weight divisions for the fight. The weight loss, down to 136, his lowest in years, and was a sure sign of seriousness. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
24-year-old, WBO #9 ranked light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 11 KO), who has won eight straight fights by KO since moving to the 175lb division, will be back on March 17. “I will fight in UIC Pavilion in Chicago,” said Fonfara, who left for a Colorado training camp. “I should know more in couple of days. It’s possible, that this fight will be an NABF title fight, but it all depends of our long-term plans. My team received a couple of interesting offers and we are trying to set up the best possible year for my development. It will be a breakthrough year for me,” said Fonfara, who works with longtime Andrew Golota trainer Sam Colonna. (more…)
Luke Rockhold Defends The Strikeforce Middleweight Title Tonight: Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold defends the title against UFC veteran Keith Jardine, plus King Mo Lawal takes on Lorenz Larkin and Robbie Lawler faces Adlan Amagov! Tonight, January 7 at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime, part of the Showtime Free Preview Weekend Jan. 6-8
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Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has now identified the mystery man with the black hat. “His name is Mustafa Ameen and the IBF have confirmed to us his name, and they have confirmed to us that he’s involved in an official capacity with the IBF,” Schaefer told Sky Sports News. “However, he was not in Washington in an official IBF capacity, but the IBF asked the Washington commission to issue him a credential so that he could attend the fight.”
Schaefer also stated, “We have been informed today by the WBA that they will order an immediate rematch. We received a verbal confirmation today and we will get a written confirmation by next Tuesday.”
By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao said on Saturday that he was delighted that Floyd Mayweather has been allowed to postpone his 90-day prison term, telling Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that a matchup with the undefeated American “is a better match.”
Coming a few days before Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum visits Manila to discuss Pacquiao’s next fight, Mayweather was permitted to defer his prison sentence so he can fulfill his obligations to fight on May 5 in Las Vegas. Arum will have four proposals that he will present to Pacquiao next week and among those being eyed for his much-awaited return to the ring are Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto.
Now that Mayweather seems to be available, Pacquiao will raise the matter with Arum once they meet.
This latest development on Mayweather doesn’t actually guarantee that a proposed super showdown between the two claimants to the mythical title of pound-for-pound king can be easily made. (more…)
Floyd Mayweather is NOT properly licensed to fight in Nevada on May 5 … despite having the judge’s blessing … and TMZ has learned state officials are demanding to speak with Floyd in person before they will allow him to fight. TMZ spoke with Keith Kizer — Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission — who tells us all fighters must apply for a license annually … but fighters with a conviction are sometimes required to plead their case to the commission in person. (more…)
The inductees for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced by President Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 2PM today during the 2nd Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser. Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) and many other VIP guests will be in attendance to lend their support, sign autographs, take pictures and meet everyone who comes by. The famed gym, which has trained boxers from 63 different countries and produced 10 professional world champions is located at 1929 Winkler Ave in Fort Myers, Florida.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday, middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio began training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the Mexico State for his long awaited fight with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on February 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rubio should have about three weeks of high altitude training. “I want to train as hard as possible,” said Rubio. “I feel very motivated. This is a fight I’ve waited a long time for and I want to be at my best. I have faith that I’ll win that night.”
Photos: Eroll Popova
Today in his hometown of Magdeburg, Germany, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz finished the sparring phase of his preparations for his January 14 fight against Henry Weber, the first world title defense of any champion in 2012.
“I’m prepared!” declared Stieglitz. “The fight against Henry Weber is on Saturday next week. For my fifth title defense I had a great number of sparring rounds with, for example, Stjepan Bozic, Christopher Rebrasse and my two stablemates, the light heavyweights Robin Krasniqi and Dennis Simcic. Especially Stjepan Bozic was very useful because he is tough and had a great performance against Henry Weber in their last fight. My trainer Dirk Dzembski found the right motivation program in the last two months after the postponement of the fight against Mikkel Kessler and so eight months without a fight. This year 2012 will be my year. Starting with Weber on January 14th I’m highly motivated to cross my gloves with all the other champs in my division!” More photos
Sportscaster Curt Menefee is leaving the ShoBox team. His main job is hosting the Fox network’s “Fox NFL Sunday.”
SHOWTIME will televise jr middleweights Paul “The Punisher” Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida on February 18. The bout is expected to land in Corpus Christi, Texas, with heavyweight Chris Arreola featured in the TV opener.
Boxing 360 has signed heavyweight prospect Joey Dawejko (5-0, 2 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. The 21-year-old Polish-American fighter is scheduled to fight January 13 at home in Philadelphia against an opponent to be determined.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (21-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ramos overcame a cut in round three and continued pressure from Beltran to take a 97-93, 97-93, 96-94 win over ten. Beltran, Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner, arguably did enough to win and was furious about the one-sided scoring.
Also, in a war between unbeaten lightweights, Omar Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KOs) broke down Michael Perez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) with a brutal body attack and Perez could not come out for round seven. Figueroa had problems making weight, but never showed any effects in a very impressive performance. (more…)
WBA #9, WBC #10 super middleweight contender Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KOs) pounded out a dull ten round unanimous decision over Alfonso Lopez (22-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round showdown on a cool January night outdoors at Mallory Square in beautiful Key West, Florida. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 in a clinchfest.
In an eight-round junior middleweight match-up Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) won a split decision over previously unbeaten Steven Martinez (11-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 77-75 77-75 Douglin, 77-75 Martinez.
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