Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Full Report: Jones stops Gunn; Islam steals the show

Full Report: Jones stops Gunn; Islam steals the show

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Camacho Jr returning July 28th

After scoring a 1st round knockout over late substitute John David Charles during a June 23rd “keep-busy” fight, Hector Camacho Jr. (54-4-1, 29 KOs) is back in the gym preparing for a July 28th showdown with tough Mexican brawler Luis Grajeda (12-1-1, 9 KOs) at the Palomar in Chihuahua, Mexico. With a win over Grajeda, Camacho Jr. is slated to fight jr middleweight contender David “Strictly Business” Medina (23-2-11 KOs) on September 22nd.

After scoring a 1st round knockout over late substitute John David Charles during a June 23rd “keep-busy” fight, Hector Camacho …


UFC

Tito Ortiz: A Hall of Famer’s Farewell

Unlike some other celebrated pro athletes, whose last year of competition is celebrated by pre-game ceremonies and sentimental gift giving, Tito Ortiz’ last fight week will see him get an induction into the UFC Hall of Fame before having Forrest Griffin trying to punch him in the face for 15 minutes this Saturday night . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition. For more on the UFC or UFC 148 visit www.UFC.com

Unlike some other celebrated pro athletes, whose last year of competition is celebrated by pre-game ceremonies and sentimental gift giving, …



Boxing News

Sergio Thompson eyes title shot

By Gabriel F. Cordero

According to information obtained by Fightnews.com, WBC silver super featherweight champion Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson could challenge WBC world champ Takahiro Aoh on December 1 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico during the WBC’s 50th Convention. Thompson also could fight September 15 in Las Vegas on the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez card.

By Gabriel F. Cordero According to information obtained by Fightnews.com, WBC silver super featherweight champion Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson could challenge …


Boxing Result

Cameron KOs Barrett

Heavyweight Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-2, 22 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over Monte “2 Gunz” Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs) on Thursday night at the Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. A crushing right hand laid out the 41-year-old Barrett. Time was :18. With the win, Cameron regained the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles in the bout.

Heavyweight Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-2, 22 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round KO over Monte “2 Gunz” Barrett (35-10-2, …




Boxing News

Donaire on “ESPN Nacion”

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire makes a guest appearance on “ESPN Nacion” with hosts Bernardo Osuna and Adriana Monsalve in Los Angeles for his upcoming world title unification fight against IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula of Johannesburg, South Africa on Top Rank’s spectacular doubleheader event, Saturday, July 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California that will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. In the other main event, Kelly Pavlik, former world champion from Youngstown, Ohio will rumble with contender Will “Power” Rosinsky of New York.

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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire makes a guest appearance on …


Boxing News

Vitali injured in Ukraine riot

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was sprayed in the eyes with tear gas and suffered a gash to his arm during a violent clash with police in Kiev, Ukraine today. According to the Daily Mail, Vitali was among a large crowd protesting the government’s decision to make Russian an official language in the country. Riot police moved in Vitali was caught in the middle with the situation turned violent.

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was sprayed in the eyes with tear gas and suffered a gash to his arm …


Scale Watch

Weights from New Zealand

The official weights are in for the heavyweight showdown in New Zealand tonight. Shane Cameron (28-2, 21 KOs) weighed in at 206 pounds and former world title challenger Monte Barrett (35-9-2, 20 KOs) scaled in at 218.5 pounds. The bout will take place Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Barrett will look to successfully defend his WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental titles he won in his last bout where he beat former world title challenger David Tua in New Zealand. The bout was a rematch of their draw the previous year. Cameron was crushed inside of two rounds by Tua back in 2009 and now looks to do something Tua failed to do, beat Barrett.

Side note: The very popular former NFL veteran/comedian, and worldwide sports broadcaster Benny Ricardo provided the weights. Ricardo stated that Barrett appeared to be in excellent physical condition and that Cameron and had been sparring with former world champion David Haye in preparation for Barrett.

The official weights are in for the heavyweight showdown in New Zealand tonight. Shane Cameron (28-2, 21 KOs) weighed in …


Boxing Result

Ava Knight wins in Mexico

Photos courtesy of Team Knight

On Saturday night, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion, Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight made her second successful title defense, defeating Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez by unanimous decision at the Auditorio Centenario. The three judges sitting at ringside scored the bout 99-91, 98-92, and 98-92, all in favor of Knight. Knight’s record improved to 9-1-3, with 5 KOs, and Vazquez saw her record fall to 8-7-1, with 3 KOs. (more…)

Photos courtesy of Team Knight On Saturday night, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion, Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight …



UFC

International Fight Week: Day One Wrap-Up

Wrap-up of the first day of International Fight Week 2012, where fans turned out for high drama (and comedy) at the UFC 148 pre-fight press conference . . . Click here for more
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Coming up next: UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition. For more on the UFC or UFC 148 visit www.UFC.com

Wrap-up of the first day of International Fight Week 2012, where fans turned out for high drama (and comedy) at …


Boxing News

Vazquez-Martinez update

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best

Former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Román “Rocky” Martínez showed great condition today in the 30 day weigh-in for their upcoming bouts against Mexicans Rafael Marquez and Miguel Beltrán Jr. in “The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico” to be held on August 4, at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer, to be televised on Pay Per View.

Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), former WBO superbantamweight champion, who will face Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs), former IBF bantamweight and WBC superbantamweight champion, for the WBO International superbantamweight title, weighed today 131.4 pounds of a maximum limit of 140.3 pounds by the Puerto Rico Boxing Comission. (more…)

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Román “Rocky” Martínez showed great condition today …


Feature Story

Sturm-Geale kickoff presser

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Team Sturm

The middleweight division will really heat up this fall. First, on August 25, undefeated WBO world champion Dmitry Pirog will face fellow unbeaten WBA regular titleholder Gennady Golovkin at a site to be determined in the United States. On September 15, undisputed middleweight king Sergio Martinez will battle it out with long-time rival and WBC beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas.

Today, in Oberhausen, Germany, the third middleweight mega-fight was announced. Long reigning WBA super world 160-pound champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs) will not only make the thirteenth defense of his strap, but also try to add the IBF title to his collection when he collides with the once-beaten kingpin of that organization, the Australian Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KOs). There was a conflict about the exact date and venue, but all that is resolved now, as the pair will meet inside the ring at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen on September 1. (more…)

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer Photos by Team Sturm The middleweight division will really heat up this fall. First, on August 25, …


Boxing News

Donaire, Arum invited to City Hall

Four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will meet with Council members from the City of Carson at City Hall (701 East Carson St., Carson, Calif. 90745) Thursday beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT. Donaire, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, were invited to City Hall by Councilman Elito M. Santarina to commemorate Donaire’s upcoming world title unification battle where the WBO junior featherweight champion will rumble with IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula under the stars at The Home Depot Center in Carson. Immediately following his City Hall visit, Donaire will meet with fans from the community, across the street in the parking lot of Farmers Insurance office building, at approximately 11:30 a.m. PT.

Four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will meet with Council members from the City of Carson at City …



UFC

The Blueprint: Silva vs. Sonnen II

Anderson Silva is the most accomplished fighter in the UFC.

Fourteen bouts in the Octagon. Fourteen wins.

Ten of those bouts were championship fights.

Nine consecutive successful title defenses.

All of those are UFC records . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition. For more on the UFC or UFC 148 visit www.UFC.com

Anderson Silva is the most accomplished fighter in the UFC. Fourteen bouts in the Octagon. Fourteen wins. Ten of those …


Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko public workout


Boxing Result

Will Rosinsky: “He’s tailor made for me!”

Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Rich Hundley III @ RichHundleyPhotography.com

Super middleweight prospect Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs) takes a major step up in class on July 7th when he takes on the resurgent Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (39-2, 34 KOs) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Rosinsky, a four time New York Golden Gloves champion and the 2005 US National Amateur Champion at light heavyweight did not have much time to enjoy his 8-round unanimous decision victory over Aaron Pryor Jr. on June 14th. Just a day later, advisor Keith Connolly called the Ozone Park native to offer him an opportunity to fight on HBO against the former middleweight champion. (more…)

Story by Mariano A. Agmi Photos by Rich Hundley III @ RichHundleyPhotography.com Super middleweight prospect Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs) …


UFC

Silva-Sonnen II gets personal

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Question: When does a professional fight cross over from the professional into the personal?

Answer: When the fighters have to be separated at the pre-fight press conference.

Sure, pre-fight press conference antics make headlines in boxing, but after near-brawls, actual brawls and trash talk made headlines in the “Sweet Science,” the spectacle of it all became less shocking and more expected. In the world of mixed martial arts, having security step in between two fighters before the opening bell is still… well, a bit awe inspiring. (more…)

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. Question: When does a professional fight cross over from the professional into the personal? Answer: …



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Takayama, Handig to meet in eliminator

Former world champion Katsunari Takayama of Osaka, Japan will invade the Philippines in September when he figures in a 12-round fight for the position of IBF #1 in the 105 lb. division against untested Filipino fighter Mateo Handig. The Japanese fighter, 29, is now under the promotional banner of ALA Boxing Promotions holding office in Cebu City, Southern Philippines. Meanwhile, Handig is handled by Highland Boxing owned by Brico Santig based in Benguet province. (more…)

Former world champion Katsunari Takayama of Osaka, Japan will invade the Philippines in September when he figures in a 12-round …


Boxing News

Amir Khan LA Workout

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Joe Miranda

Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) continued his preparation Tuesday at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California for his upcoming world title fight against undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) to be held July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “My preparation has been brilliant. A long training camp, we were over in the Philippines getting ready for the Peterson fight but that fight got called off,” Khan told Fightnews.com.

With just a little over a week to go, Khan is ready for his showdown as he looked sharp at Tuesday’s media workout, working with trainer Freddie Roach. “We have had a really good training camp we have had good sparring,” Roach said. “We are ready to fight Garcia.” Helping out in preparation for Danny Garcia, Roach has brought in the services of Ruslan Provodnikov, who is coming off a spectacular knockout win last Friday on ESPN Friday Night Fights, undefeated Armenian power puncher Art Hovannesyan, and lightweight prospect Kevin Hoskins. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Joe Miranda Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) continued his …


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McCline broke Szpilka’s jaw, but lost the fight

By Przemek Garczarczyk in Lodz, Poland
Video: Ringpolska.pl

Heavyweight Jameel McCline (41-12, 24 KOs) did not defeat 23-year-old Polish sensation Artur Szpilka (12-0, 9 KOs) losing by unanimous decision, but to the last minute of ten round fight he was more than game, stalking his faster rival in the ring. Turns out “Big Time” McCline did more than just stalking Szpilka, he broke Szpilka’s jaw in two places in the sixth round just when when the bell rang preventing the former four time heavyweight contender from ending the fight. “I tried my best, I know that I needed just seconds to finish him off, but well, give the young man a credit – he survived and won the fight,” said McCline seconds after the verdict was read in the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. For Szpilka it was a test of skills and what a real heavyweight fight is. “I never fought anybody like Jameel. He is huge and hits very hard. He can also take a punch. I think that this fight meant more for my development as a fighter than all my previous fights combined,” said Szpilka, who after successful jaw surgery will be back in action probably in December.

By Przemek Garczarczyk in Lodz, Poland Video: Ringpolska.pl Heavyweight Jameel McCline (41-12, 24 KOs) did not defeat 23-year-old Polish sensation …


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Mathebula faces tough challenge in unification bout

By Ron Jackson

Former Olympian and IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula faces the toughest fight of his career when he meets WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire in a unification match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Saturday night. Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs) who was born in Malamulele in the Northern Province on June 22, 1979 was an outstanding amateur and represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Former Olympian and IBF junior featherweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula faces the toughest fight of his career when …


Boxing News

Luxembourg Boxing Federation sues BBBof C

Luxembourg Boxing Federation Statement: The Luxembourg Boxing Federation and a number of licence holders have today issued legal proceedings against the British Boxing Board of Control in relation to its behaviour over the Haye v Chisora fight on 14 July 2012. This is not something anyone wanted to do and neither is it a step we took lightly, but we felt we were left with no option. We have issued proceedings to prevent the Board from intimidating its own members into not participating in the fight. The Board has admitted that it can do nothing legally to stop the fight but it is still threatening to call its licence-holders to account for their involvement. The fight is going ahead on 14 July and over 28,000 tickets have been sold. This is a fight that the public want to see and is being broadcast live in the UK, America, Germany and in more the 60 countries.

Luxembourg Boxing Federation Statement: The Luxembourg Boxing Federation and a number of licence holders have today issued legal proceedings against …


Announcement

Tony Campbell passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former 1980s Australian welterweight contender Tony “Tiger” Campbell has suddenly passed away in Sydney at the age of 48 years. Tony was a tough walk up southpaw who clashed with world class Jeff “Flash” Malcolm in 1982 and three-time world challenger Troy Waters in 1985. Tony had 35 fights and also clashed with Russell Sands, Billy Harrison, John Boglin and Roy Alexander. Tony will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian boxing fraternity. Funeral service for Tony will be at Pinegrove Crematorium at Minchinbury in West Chapell at 11:30AM Friday.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former 1980s Australian welterweight contender Tony “Tiger” Campbell has suddenly passed away in …


Boxing News

Fury-Maddalone on WealthTV

WealthTV will televise this Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between undefeated rising star Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) and American fan-favorite Vinny Maddalone (35-7, 26 KOs), live starting at 5 p.m. ET from Hand Arena in Clevedon, Somerset, United Kingdom.

WealthTV will televise this Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between undefeated rising star Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) and American fan-favorite Vinny …


UFC

UFC announces first-ever event in China

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization continued its foray into new territories today, officially announcing its first-ever event in the People’s Republic of China, and its second event in Asia this year. Macau, a Special Administrative Region of China located off the mainland’s southern coast, will host a UFC event on November 10, 2012. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization continued its foray into new territories today, officially announcing its first-ever event in the People’s …


Boxing News

Don King congratulates Mexican President-Elect

Hall of Fame promoter Don King sent congratulations today to Enrique Pena Nieto for winning Sunday’s election to become the new president of Mexico. King met the 45-year-old president-elect last June while in Mexico and was greatly impressed. “Pena Nieto is the people’s choice and the people’s champion in Mexico, and he has my heartfelt congratulations,” King said. “In the words of Father Miguel Hidalgo, ‘Mexicanos, Viva Mexico!’ When he takes office, I know there will be a rebirth of boxing in Mexico. Mexicans are fighters inside the ring and outside the ring, and I look for a bigger, better and brighter future for all Mexicans. Viva Enrique Pena Nieto! Viva Mexico!”

Hall of Fame promoter Don King sent congratulations today to Enrique Pena Nieto for winning Sunday’s election to become the …


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Klitschko-Thompson stare down


Boxing News

Fortuna ready for Cruz

Photos: Ricardo Conde

Highly talented featherweight and knockout artist Javier ‘El Abejon’ Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, training under the guidance of former junior welterweight champion Pablo Sarmiento at the Maravilla Box Boxing Gym in Oxnard, California, home of universally recognized middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), takes on former IBF featherweight world champion Cristobal ‘Lacandón’ Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KOs) of Mexico on Friday July 6th in a 10-round main event bout on ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ live from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada which is being presented by Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions.

In his last outing this past April, in a battle of undefeated fighters, the southpaw Fortuna was able to stop Yuandale Evans (16-1, 12 KOs) in one round after sending Evans to the canvas twice in the first round.

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Photos: Ricardo Conde Highly talented featherweight and knockout artist Javier ‘El Abejon’ Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, …


Boxing News

Photos: Donaire-Mathebula, Pavlik-Rosinsky media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula of Johannesburg, South Africa pose during media day at Fortune Gym in Hollywood for their upcoming world title unification fight on Top Rank’s spectacular doubleheader event, Saturday, July 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California that will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. In the other main event, Kelly Pavlik, former world champion from Youngstown, Ohio will rumble with contender Will “Power” Rosinsky of New York.

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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous …


Boxing News

Probe clears Bradley-Pacquiao judges

The Nevada State Attorney General has sent a letter to Top Rank informing them that “no evidence of wrongdoing” was found in their investigation of the controversial June 9 clash between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal the matter is closed unless someone comes forward with criminal allegations.

The Nevada State Attorney General has sent a letter to Top Rank informing them that “no evidence of wrongdoing” was …


Boxing News

“Chelo” Gonzalez opponent named

Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best

WBO #4 lightweight contender Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (19-0, 14 KOs) will face former world title challenger Joseph Laryea (14-7, 11 KOs) in a ten-rounder on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo card this Saturday at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. “This Saturday we are going to bring a good show with the fight between Chelo Gonzalez and Laryea, unbeaten Glen Tapia and other seven bouts at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo in Toa Baja, Chelo’s hometown,” promoter Ivan Rivera, PR Best president, said. “This is another step for Chelo in his way to a world title chance.” (more…)

Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best WBO #4 lightweight contender Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (19-0, 14 KOs) will face former world title challenger …


Boxing News

Mthalane-Nuñez for IBF title in Panama

By Gabriel F. Cordero

IBF flyweight world champion Moruti Mthalane (28-2, 19 KOs) of South Africa will defend his crown against the top challenger Ricardo Nuñez (24-2, 20 KOs) on Panama in a fight to be held in the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City on a date to be determined. The fight had been called for IBF purse bid but the local promoter Roger Espiño indicated he has reached an agreement with South African promoter Branco Milenkovic and Branco Sports Productions do the fight in Panama.

By Gabriel F. Cordero IBF flyweight world champion Moruti Mthalane (28-2, 19 KOs) of South Africa will defend his crown …


Boxing News

Briggs throws out opening pitch

Photo: Miami Marlins/Robert Vigon

Photo: Miami Marlins/Robert Vigon

Former 2-time heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) threw out the opening pitch Sunday for the two-time world champion Miami Marlins. Briggs threw out the opening pitch back in 2007 when he was WBO Heavyweight champion at the old ballpark when the team was still the Florida Marlins. The brand new Miami Marlins stadium was just opened this current 2012 baseball season. The recently unretired Briggs signed autographs and took pictures with several, and spoke with the Marlins personnel as there is interest in hosting a boxing event at the new stadium. The Marlins won the game 5-2 over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Photo: Miami Marlins/Robert Vigon Former 2-time heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) threw out the opening …


UFC

The Blueprint: Ortiz vs. Griffin III

Tito Ortiz certainly didn’t choose an easy fight to celebrate his storied UFC career.

The iconic former champion will enter the Octagon for the final time as a competitor on Saturday night. Standing across from him will be a guy who he fought twice before—former champion Forrest Griffin. Both bouts ended in a controversial split decision, with each man winning once. Both bouts were action-packed, fan-friendly fights . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
. . . .
Coming up next: UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN 2 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition. For more on the UFC or UFC 148 visit www.UFC.com

Tito Ortiz certainly didn’t choose an easy fight to celebrate his storied UFC career. The iconic former champion will enter …


Boxing News

Acosta-Hovhannisyan undercard

By Francisco Salazar

As first reported by Fightnews.com a few weeks ago, youth versus experience will be showcased as former world title holder Miguel Acosta will take on Art Hovhannisyan in a scheduled 10 round bout. The bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA on July 20th and will be televised on Showtime. Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati notified Fightnews.com on Monday that Showtime approved two more bouts to be televised as a ShoBox: The New Generation triple-header card. In a compelling scheduled eight round bout, unbeaten junior middleweight Julian Williams (9-0-1, 4 KOs) takes on Said El Harrak (10-2-1, 5 KOs). Unbeaten super bantamweight Roman Morales (10-0, 6 KOs) fights Alexis Santiago (11-2-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout. Featherweight Rufino Serrano (12-4) of nearby Santa Maria will take on Rob Diezel (8-4, 3 KOs) in a scheduled six round bout. Tickets start at $35 and could be purchased at the Chumash Casino Resort box office or by calling 1-800-CHUMASH. First bell is scheduled for 5:30 local time.

By Francisco Salazar As first reported by Fightnews.com a few weeks ago, youth versus experience will be showcased as former …


Boxing News

Burns, Mitchell promise a war

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) and Kevin Mitchell (33-1, 24 KOs) faced off at a press conference today to officially announce their WBO lightweight title fight on September 22 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ricky Burns: “The fight trade has been talking about us two meeting for a while now and it’s happening at the perfect time. Mitchell is a great fighter and I’ve got to know him well outside of the ring, but it’s a shame in this business that that will have to be put aside while we’re fighting it out and there can only be one winner. For me it’s about testing myself against the best and proving how good I am. Mitchell’s the next best in Britain and I’m sure he’s going to give me the hardest fight of my career and that’s what I’m preparing for: a real battle.”

Kevin Mitchell: “I was over the moon when Frank [Warren] made the fight between me and Burns, it’s the fight I’ve been desperate for and I know Burns has really wanted it, the fans have wanted it and so have the media, so it’s a dream that it’s finally on now. Frank’s the best promoter out there and he knows when the time is right to make the big fights and he’s made a blinder sticking me and Ricky together now, it’s going to be a right war between us, the best you’ll see this year. If Frank had said to me it’s a choice between a date with Kelly Brook or a world title fight against Burns on September 22nd then it’s Burns all day long, that how excited it has got me!”

WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) and Kevin Mitchell (33-1, 24 KOs) faced off at a press conference …










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