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One day after turning 18, unbeaten Phoenix lightweight Jose Benavidez, Jr., signs his promotional contract with Top Rank, Inc. at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA on Monday. Pictured is Benavidez (5-0, 5 KOs), his father Jose, Sr., and trainer Freddie Roach. Benavidez is set to fight again in Chicago on May 29.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Headliners on Saturday’s huge “Universum Champions Night” in Rostock, Germany, faced off on Monday during a press conference at a local VW dealer. In the main event, former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs) takes on Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) in a WBA eliminator. Also WBC super featherweight world champion Vitali Tajbert defends his belt against the well know Hector Velazquez.
“I’m in top shape and looking forward to Rostock and the fans,” stated Chagaev. “I will take advantage of this chance, I will defeat Meehan, and I will prove that you have to reckon with me again.” For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
When promoter Lou DiBella decided to sign light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker (13-0, 7 KOs) in March of this year, he had this to say about his 22-year-old recruit: “I have been following Mark since he was 17 and I immediately knew he was a talented young fighter with a bright future.” Based in Maryland where he has fought 11 of his 13 bouts, Tucker made great strides in 2009, beating experienced, competitive opponents like Rubin Williams (29-7-1, Contender Series boxer), veteran Ross Thompson (27-12-2), winning the USBO 175lb belt against Jim Strohl (27-7) and Jesse Armenta (13-4) last December. Victories which have established him as a bona fide prospect in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
Sources out of Argentina stated that WBO Junior welterweight champion Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley of Palm Springs, California (25-0, 11 KOs) will take on unbeaten welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) of Argentina on July 17th. The bout would be a non-title bout fought at the welterweight limit. The site of the fight would be the Agua Caliente resort in Rancho Mirage, CA a short distance from Bradley’s hometown. HBO will televise the event. A bout was proposed for Bradley and Abregu to fight June 19th but the bout was eventually scrapped in favor of a bigger showdown between Bradley and WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs) of Argentina. After Maidana pulled out twice due to a back injury Bradley-Abregu is now back on. Both Bradley and Abregu are promoted by Gary Shaw.
Photos by Jorge Garcia/Golden Boy Promotions
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez and top-rated contender Abner Mares served up a heapful of smiles and more during a free public autograph session at the famous Tacos Tombras A Tacos inside the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. In an eagerly awaited matchup, Vazquez will meet arch-rival and two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on “Once And Four All” this Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME®. In a battle of unbeatens, Mares will challenge defending champion Yonnhy Perez for the IBF Bantamweight World Title in the semi-main. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Unbeaten bantamweight Tantontong Kiattaweesuk (18-0, 12 KOs) will defend the IBF Pan Pacific title against Rafael Pangaribuan (12-4-2, 5 KOs) in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, despite the ongoing clashes between the Red Shirt protesters and the Thailand Army and Police. IBF #12 Kiattweesuk is chasing a shot at the IBF 118 pound champion Yonny Perez of Mexico. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (11-0, 9 KOs) steps back into the ring against Mexico’s Victor Hugo Correa (12-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada. Gonzales-Correa is a six-rounder. The main event features Joey Gilbert’s return to Reno as he faces off against Anthony Bartinelli. The card is presented by Let’s Get it on Promotions.
UFC President Dana White will officially welcome fans to the second UFC® FAN EXPO™ on Friday, May 28 at 12PM PT during his keynote speech scheduled for the main stage inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman returns on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY. The media and interested fans are invited to a press conference on Wednesday at noon at the Niagara Falls Conference Center where Rahman, promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, Emcee “Baby” Joe Mesi, Rock’s opponent Shannon Miller and other local fighters will be available to answer questions and sign autographs. Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) vs Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) is scheduled for ten rounds.
Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. has wrapped up his training camp in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and is headed to the Mohegan Sun for his showdown with Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez this Saturday night, May 22nd.
“It’s been a great camp; I’ve put in the all the work and I’m right where I need to be on weight. Angel is a very tough fighter who’s faced some outstanding guys in his career and weathered their storms. I need to be smart, I’m in terrific shape and ready to go to battle” said Manfredo Jr. (more…)
On Wednesday in Puerto Rico, WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico and challenger Bernabe Concepcion of Rizal, Philippines will officially announce their upcoming world title fight July 10 on SHOWTIME. Lopez has a record of 28-0 with 25 knockouts. Concepcion is 28-3-1, 15 KOs. Concepcion will be acccompanied by Michael Koncz, chief advisor for Manny Pacquiao.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and longtime contender Kalli Meehan faced off at a press conference today in advance of their WBA eliminator on Saturday at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. More to come…
Miguel Cotto and his chief trainer Manny Steward will be at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, May 19. After a media-only press conference, Cotto will head for the batting cages as the Yankees warm up before taking on Tampa Bay. Cotto, who has been training for weeks in Tampa, takes on WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. A ring will be raised in the right field area. Ticket sales are very strong according to Bob Arum. Cotto vs. Foreman is promoted by Top Rank, Cotto Promotions and will be available on HBO.
Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. and Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard headlined an exciting week of public workouts at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT prior to their title fights on Saturday, May 22nd . . . Click here for more
For the first time ever, just as UFC® light heavyweight rivals Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans enter the Octagon™ and touch gloves, Roku users all over the country will be able to see what happens next and who emerges the winner of this ultimate grudge-match live on TV via their Roku streaming video player. (more…)
Once the trash talking was done and the stare-downs were complete, it came time to fight.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t much of a fight. It was more like a beat down.
In a dominating U.S. debut in front of 4,412 vocal fans, WBA junior welterweight title-holder Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) demolished former title-holder Paulie Malignaggi; winning every round of their fight in lopsided fashion before referee Steve Smoger mercifully called a halt one minute and 25 seconds into the 11th round. The fight was the main event of a card held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. HBO televised the bout as the headliner of a “Boxing after Dark” card . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively retained his belt as he positively kept stalking much taller Angel Granados (18-9, 8 KOs), 129.25, from Venezuela, and finally caught him with a vicious looping right to drop the lanky challenger face first to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:42 of the sixth round on Monday in Saitama (close to our capital Tokyo), Japan. Uchiyama, making his initial defense, kept his cool and threw stinging lefts with precision despite a five-inch height difference to finally gain his judgment of distance prior to a sudden stoppage. (More to come)
In anticipation of Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV: Once And Four All, SHOWTIME will re-air each of the duo’s three epic bouts in their entirety as well as an updated version of Vazquez-Marquez: The Trilogy all week leading up to the live event on Saturday, May 22. It all begins on Monday, May 17 with Vazquez vs. Marquez I at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME2. (more…)
Undefeated Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) faces off against KO artist Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBO Americas lightweight title on June 4th at the Micosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami, Florida. The twelve round championship fight will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Telemundo and is presented by Tuto Zabala Jr’s All Star Boxing Inc., The Next Generation. The winner of the bout is guaranteed a top twelve ranking by the WBO. The fight will mark Gesta’s televised main event debut. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Far be it from Andre Ward to suggest he’s as good as Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the WBA Super Middleweight Champion believes there’s a subtle similarity: It’s hard for opponents to prepare for them. Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) is preparing to face Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The two spoke recently at an Oakland press conference to officially announce the fight. (more…)
World ranked light heavyweight Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will make his return to Philadelphia when he headlines a big night of boxing on Friday night June 4th at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Mack, of Philadelphia has a record of 28-3-2 with 17 KOs and is IBF #11. He’ll be looking to get back in the win column and climb back up the rankings after his sixth round stoppage defeat to former world champion Glen Johnson on February 5th in Miami. (more…)
ALA Promotions has signed former WBA and WBC minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama of Osaka, Japan. In a recent move on going global, ALA Promotions is starting to sign fighters not just from the ALA Gym to fight under its banner and Takayama is one of the first fighters to do so. He is set to headline a boxing presentation by ALA Promotions entitled Best of Boxing 1 on Saturday at the Mandaue City Sports Complex. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
There were those who felt that Junior Middleweight titleholder Sergiy Dzinzurik would not be as sharp due to ring rust of having not fought in over 18 months. They were right. For a round or two, at best. The rest of the fight was a showcase of Dzinzurik showing why he is a force to reckoned with at 154 pounds. Unfortunately, his opponent, Daniel Dawson, was on the receiving end of those sharp snapping jabs and stinging left hands to the head by Dzinzurik. Dzinzurik slowly figured Dawson out, breaking him down as the bout progressed to earn a 10th round stoppage before a crowd of 1,300 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. With the victory, Dzinzurik retains his world title belt. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
WBA middleweight mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin declared recently in an interview with a Kazakh newspaper that the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine hadn’t signed the contract to face him. Golovkin then stated that his group was in negotiation with four other boxers from the WBA top ten, including the French hope “El Phenomeno” Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam. According to the N’Jikam camp they were never approached and they never received any offer from Golovkin’s group to step in the ring with him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Paulie Malignaggi raised his arms and took a deep breath. With a towel partially hung over his badly bruised and beaten face, the normally loquacious junior welterweight didn’t need to say much. His body language said it all. He was a beaten man – beaten fair and square. And the man who beat him, WBA junior welterweight Amir Khan, is likely to be a future star.
“He knows how to win rounds,” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KO’s) told the ringside media directly after the conclusion of his eleventh round technical knockout loss at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten newly crowned WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line against hugely elongated 6’1″ Venezuelan Angel Granados (18-8, 8 KOs; a challenger with a triple eight) tomorrow (Monday) in Saitama (adjacent to Tokyo), Japan.
Uchiyama, formerly multi-national amateur champ at 30, was fortunate enough to have gained the world throne with a couple of reasons: (1) then WBA 130-pound champ Jorge Linares, regarded as formidable by all, astoundingly lost his belt via unexpected and unbelievable first-round demolition by Juan Carlos Salgado last October, and (2) Uchiyama was given an opportunity to have a shot against Salgado in the unbeaten Mexican’s initial defense here and then disposed of him in the last stanza this January. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
The heavy-handed Colombian puncher who sent Filipino Z Gorres to retirement is arriving in the Philippines this Wednesday in time for his 10-round bantamweight battle with Michael Domingo at the Waterfront hotel in Cebu this Saturday night. Luis Melendez, who will be accompanied by two others, will begin their journey in Baranquilla, then onwards to the capital of Bogota and to Paris for a connecting flight to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, Melendez will fly directly to Cebu, according to Cebu boxing patron Tony Aldeguer in an interview with Fightnews on Sunday afternoon. “Melendez is familiar to Filipino boxing fans because of his unforgettable fight with Gorres,” said Aldeguer, stressing that traumatic experience Gorres had with Melendez when they fought on Nov. 13, 2009 in Las Vegas. (more…)
In what was billed as a “final WBC featherweight title eliminator,” former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs) scored a second round TKO over unrated Jean “Evengelista” Sotelo (22-8-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Domo Del Mar in the resort town of Ciudad Del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Gonzalez is now in line to challenge champion Elio Rojas.
Hot, young, prospect Roberto Marroquin gets his picture with the always exciting world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce after Marroquin knocked out rugged Arturo Camargo in the second round on the Top Rank Live card in Los Mochis, Mexico Saturday night.
Rudy Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) celebrated a successful ring return on Saturday night in Herning when he stopped Christophe Karagoz in the sixth round of the newly-created TV 2 Fight Night series. The “Hardhitter” was off to a flying start, knocking his opponent down in the first round with a body shot. He was in control throughout, cleverly firing in power punches to body and head. In the sixth, he dusted his opponent with a right and then again with a one-two combination. When Karagoz was in trouble again, the referee waved the bout off. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former New Zealand heavyweight champion George Mahoni has recently passed away at the age of 72 in Tonga after living several years in the USA. The 5’8 Mahoni started his professional career in 1958 with a knockout in ten rounds over Joveci Bau in Fiji. Known as the “Niumaefolu Mohini ” George scored wins over Australians Ernie Bull Hughes via decision in twelve and technical knockout in six over Alec Ross in 1959 (more…)
Photos: Venganza Gloria
In a much anticipated rematch, Orlando “Siri” Salido (34-10, 22 KOs) won the IBF featherweight belt by dethroning champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KOs) via unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Tomás Oroz Gaytán Stadium in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
Longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvarez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina stepped up a weight class to defeat #1 rated Everth Briceno (32-5-1, 26 KOs) of Nicaragua by unanimous decision, winning the vacant WBO super flyweight title on Saturday night at the famous Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aries, Argentina. (more…)
By John Robbins (Fightnews Canada) at ringside
Proceeding were stopped early at the PowerAde Centre in Brampton Ontario as things were turned over to the judges’ scorecards after four rounds of boxing for the vacant NABA bantamweight title due to cut on the nose of hometown fighter Andrew Kooner. The decision went to Jose Silveira of Mexico by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38. (more…)
Photos by Top Rank/Zanfer
WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (52-7-2, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title against challenger Ricardo ‘Pelon’ Dominguez (31-6-2, 19 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 117-112. The clash had local as well as worldwide significance as Soto hails from Los Mochis and Dominguez is from nearby Culiacan. For more details and photos click here…
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