WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Haye gives up Luxembourg license

Heavyweight contender David Haye today confirmed he has handed back his Luxembourg boxing license, but will still try to force a fight with WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2013. “I’d like to thank the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for licensing me ahead of my July bout with Dereck Chisora in London, but I no longer require that license,” said Haye, the former WBA world heavyweight champion.

“It’s been well-publicized already, but the reason I applied for a license from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation was because my opponent, Dereck Chisora, had seen his British license withdrawn. The only way we were able to deliver the fight the public wanted, when they wanted it, was to both apply for foreign licenses, as arranged by Chisora’s promoter. In an ideal world, though, I’d now like to box on with a British license. I’m a British boxer, I have never had any issues with the board and, should a fight with Vitali Klitschko happen, I’d be keen to have the British Boxing Board of Control in my corner, simply because they are so experienced and are the best at what they do.” (more…)

Heavyweight contender David Haye today confirmed he has handed back his Luxembourg boxing license, but will still try to force …


Boxing News

Yamaguchi to defend WBA 115lb belt against Rodriquez

By Joe Koizumi

We use Chinese letters instead of alphabet in Japan. Putting a letter meaning a woman three times, it signifies noisy. If no less than four female boxers fight in a doubleheader, that might be more than noisy, that is, extravagant. Japanese promoter and ex-WBA junior flyweight champ who kept his belt thirteen times, Yoko Gushiken today announced the initial defense of his pupil and WBA female super-flyweight champ Naoko Yamaguchi (19-3-3, 16 KOs) since she celebrated her coronation by dethroning compatriot Tsunami Tenkai this July. Yamaguchi, a 34-year-old ex-javelin thrower, will put her belt on the line against a tough Mexican Judith Rodriguez (6-3, 4 KOs) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, on November 12. On the same bill, unbeaten female dynamite Noriko Tsunoda (2-0, 2 KOs), formerly a highly regarded kick-boxer, will cope with compatriot Mari Inamoto (4-5) for the vacant OPBF 115-pound belt (renounced by former titlist Yamaguchi). (more…)

By Joe Koizumi We use Chinese letters instead of alphabet in Japan. Putting a letter meaning a woman three times, …



Boxing News

Sept 29 Foxwoods undercard

DiBella Entertainment has announced the undercard for its show on September 29, supporting a HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheaderat the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Super lightweight prospect Danny O’Connor (18-1, 6 KOs) takes on Josh “Nino Assasino” Sosa (10-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout; super featherweight Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczweski (13-0, 2 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Jeremy McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder; undefeated super bantamweight Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. (8-3, 1 KO) faces Victor Valenzuela (8-3, 1 KO) in an eight-round rematch of their May 24 no contest; and female heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-2, 1 KO) returns against Tanzee Daniels (4-1-1, 1 KO). (more…)

DiBella Entertainment has announced the undercard for its show on September 29, supporting a HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheaderat the …


Boxing News

Burns-Mitchell officials named

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work Saturday’s WBO lightweight title bout between champion Ricky Burns and #2 ranked Kevin Mitchell, to be held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. There referee will be Phil Edwards. Judges are Terry O’Connor, Richie Davies and Dave Parris, all three from United Kingdom. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Dennis Gilmartin.

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work Saturday’s WBO lightweight title bout between champion Ricky …




Boxing News

Paulie Ayala announces new fight series

Former world champion Paulie Ayala has announced a new fight series: Friday Night Fight Series presented by Paulie Ayala Productions and Cendera Center. This four fight series will kick off on October 19th headlined by the brash and bold super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (6-0, 5 KOs) against Don Mouton (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Other local standouts on the card include Manuel Rojas (6-0, 2 KOs), John Vera (2-0, 2 KOs) and Maurice Hooker (5-0-1, 4 KOs) in separate bouts. The ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $30 for the 1st 2 rows and tables of 8 for $50 each that includes a cocktail waitress all night. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at www.cenderacenter.com or by phone at 817-984-6800.

Former world champion Paulie Ayala has announced a new fight series: Friday Night Fight Series presented by Paulie Ayala Productions …


Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Pacquiao-Marquez 4

Tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will go on sale Friday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)

Tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will go on sale Friday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets …


UFC

The Blueprint: Jones vs. Belfort

On Saturday night, Jon Jones will return to the Octagon in an attempt to get one step closer to light heavyweight immortality.

A win would tie the champion with Chuck Liddell and Frank Shamrock as second most successful 205-pound champion in UFC history with four successful consecutive defenses of the crown. That is pretty remarkable when you consider that Jones won’t hit the one-year anniversary of his first successful defense (over Rampage Jackson) until two days after UFC 152 . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com

On Saturday night, Jon Jones will return to the Octagon in an attempt to get one step closer to light …


Boxing News

Wizard ready for Diablo

Report/photos by Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw

“To make peace, you have to be ready to go to war. I didn’t have peace of mind since my last fight with Wlodarczyk, 18 months ago. I will have my peace with the WBC belt around me on Saturday night. Diablo is a world champion, I’m not expecting an easy fight, but it won’t matter how prepared he’ll arrive in Wroclaw from his hiding spot in the Polish mountains,” said #1 WBC contender Francisco Palacios (21- 1, 13 KO).

Palacios had just completed a heavy training session in the Red Corner Gym in Wroclaw. Over the last two days he has worked on heavy loads of punching with his trainers Josue Aquilar and Gil Maldonado. On Saturday in the Hala Stulecia, he’ll attempt to take the cruiserweight belt from two-time champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO). (more…)

Report/photos by Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw “To make peace, you have to be ready to go to war. I didn’t …



Boxing News

Full Report: Pacquiao-Marquez LA Presser

By Miguel Maravilla

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38KOs) of the Philippines and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) will meet for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A three day international press tour kicked off Monday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Welcoming everyone in attendance at the press conference was Top Rank president Todd duBoef.

“On December 8 we will see the fourth match between these two legends,” duBoef said. “Earlier they said to me do you think the consumer wants to see a fourth fight? Is it going to be hard to sell a fourth fight?”

“I said wait a minute, have you seen the first 36 rounds?”

He also mentioned other notable rivalries with fighters having faced each other four or more times. From Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jake LaMotta, Willie Pep vs. Sandy Sadler, Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Gene Fullmer, Bobby Chacon vs. Bazooka Limon, Azumah Nelson vs. Jesse James Leija and most recently Israel Vasquez vs. Rafael Marquez.

Zanfer Promotions President Fernando Beltran, Marquez’ co-promoter spoke to the media shortly after on the magnitude of what has become one of boxing’s best rivalries. “We are happy that this fight is taking place, I think this is one of the best matches you can make because of the styles they match each other tremendously they have proved it in the past three fights. It will be a very interesting fight may the best man win.”

Trainer Freddie Roach who will have to once again plan out a strategy also spoke. “This is the fourth time now, a fight I have had to get Manny ready for three times. They have all been close fights, it’s a good fight. These are two of the best I can’t wait to get started,” Roach said.

Then it was time for the fighters to speak as Juan Manuel Marquez welcomed everyone in attendance speaking in English.

“This fight that I have is a challenge most importantly is that Manny Pacquiao knows me and I know him this is a great fight,” Marquez told media.

“I want to prove who is better and I want the referee to raise my hand…I’m training very hard for December 8. I’ll be ready to fight and I’ll be ready to win again. I didn’t like the judges’ decision because everyone knows what happened in the last three fights,” Marquez said in closing.

His opponent Manny Pacquiao followed as he talked about his December rematch with Marquez.

“I am happy that I am fighting Marquez again. There are many saying that I won the last fight no doubt and Marquez is saying that he won, I think there is something wrong,” Pacquiao said to media.

“December 8 is going to be a good fight I need to make this fight short. I want to erase the doubt in the minds of the fans so I want to show the old Manny Pacquiao when I was 24 or 25 years old, the hungry Manny Pacquiao fighting in the ring.”

One-on-One Quotes:

Manny Pacquiao: “We don’t want to underestimate Marquez. My focus is to make the fight short, the style of Marquez I know how to fight. My concern is how to make people happy on my performance.”

“Why fight Bradley? It was a one sided fight, what do I need to prove? Everyone knows what happened in that fight, I would consider fighting Bradley later on.”

“I chose to fight him again because of the doubts everyone has about the last three fights. With Marquez it will be an exciting fight, expect a very good fight from me.”

Juan Manuel Marquez: “I am happy to have that fourth opportunity. We shall show that emotion up in the ring come fight night.”

“I saw a different fight then what the judge’s saw when Pacquiao fought Bradley I think Pacquiao won. Who knows why there was no rematch between them two. It’s business.”

“What’s most important is that we will have our fourth meeting which is good for the fans in which we will give a tremendous fight.”

By Miguel Maravilla Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38KOs) of the Philippines and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) will meet …


Boxing News

‘New’ Nielsen in the ring on Saturday

In his first fight after the summer break, WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick Nielsen (15-0, 8 KOs) takes on Jose Yebes (11-2, 5 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn on Saturday night. The 21-year-old has just wrapped up sparring in Berlin and will travel out to Denmark on Wednesday for a press conference in Copenhagen in the morning and a press training in Hjørring in the afternoon. “My coach Karsten Roewer has taught me a lot of things. We have been working to change my style,” said Nielsen. “He wants me to punch less but more accurate. I need to be sharper and find my target more often rather than punching and not hitting. That has been one of the main things we have been working on, and it showed in sparring. I am a fast learner and I can promise my fans that there will be a new Patrick Nielsen in the ring, one that punches much more accurate. That’s bad news for Yebes….I know what I have to do and I know that Yebes will be in a lot of trouble.”

In his first fight after the summer break, WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick Nielsen (15-0, 8 KOs) takes on Jose …


Boxing News

Ndou targets Hatton

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former two time world champion Lovemore Ndou respects future hall of famer Ricky Hatton and understands he has had demons to deal with during his three years out of the ring. Ndou – who holds a degree as a lawyer – cannot understand why he has targeted Paul Malignaggi, whom he has previously defeated easily and says he and Hatton have unfinished business in the ring. The former IBF and IBO world champion says he doesn’t care whether Ricky Hatton fights him or not in his first comeback fight but agrees that he is an ideal opponent for Hatton’s first comeback fight. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former two time world champion Lovemore Ndou respects future hall of famer Ricky …


Announcement

Dick Tiger’s daughter speaks at Ring 8 this Tuesday

Dick Tiger’s daughter Justina Ihetu will be the special guest speaker at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

Ihetu authored a book about her father entitled, “In Africa’s Honor: Dick Tiger versus Gene Fullmer III – A Blast from Nigeria’s Glorious Past.”

Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs) was a four-time, two division (middleweight and light heavyweight) world champion between1962-1966. During his 18-year professional boxing career, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee defeated the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Jose Torres, Joey Giardello (twice), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Don and Gene (twice) Fullmer, Florintino Fermamdez and Terry Downes. (more…)

Dick Tiger’s daughter Justina Ihetu will be the special guest speaker at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the …



UFC

UFC 152: The Ultimate Breakdown

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto this Saturday with a stacked card featuring six of the most exciting names in all of mixed martial arts. Everyone is talking about the top three bouts in particular, including former opponents of the UFC 152 fighters.

In the main event, Jon “Bones” Jones makes the fourth defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship when he collides with challenger Vitor “the Phenom” Belfort; it is a fight which pits the most mercurially talented fighter to come along in years against the original phenom of the UFC. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization returns to Toronto this Saturday with a stacked card featuring six of the most exciting …


Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez 4 Quick Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez kicked off their three-city international media tour with a news conference on Monday in Beverly Hills, California. The fourth clash in this legendary fight series will take place on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Manny Pacquiao: I want to [erase] the doubt in the minds of the fans so I want to show the old Manny Pacquiao when I was 24 or 25 years old, the hungry Manny Pacquiao fighting in the ring.

Juan Manuel Marquez: I want to prove who is better and I want the referee to raise my hand…I’m training very hard for December 8. I’ll be ready to fight and I’ll be ready to win again. I didn’t like the judges decision because everyone knows what happened in the last three fights.

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By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez kicked off their three-city …


Boxing News

Marquez pulls out of Vazquez Jr. PPV clash

Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) will now face WBO #3 Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) on October 6 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 broadcast on Pay Per View.

“Rafael Marquez is facing health problems and working on some personal issues and will not fight against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.,” Peter Rivera, PRBBP Vice-President, said. “Now, we are going to make Vazquez Jr. against Oquendo, a fight long awaited by Puerto Rican fans.”

Also, former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs), will face WBO minimum (105 pounds) champion Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs); #4 WBO lightweight ranked, unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (20-0, 15 KOs) will face Eudy Bernardo (13-0, 8 KOs) for the WBO Latino lightweight title, and former Olympians Victor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs) and Alex Gonzalez (20-7, 10 KOs) will fight in a heavyweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) will now face WBO #3 Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, …


Boxing News

Results from Superior, Wisconsin

By Johnny B’

After going the entire year of 2011 without a professional boxing show in the state of Wisconsin, Saturday evening’s event, September 15th was the state’s third professional show of 2012. Ronnie Laase promoted the event at the Wessman Arena in town of Superior and he was also the part of the main event! Ronnie, known better as RJ Laase did much of the work, from assisting in to getting the venue and paperwork needed, to helping in finding boxers for the matches, while still finding time to stay in good enough shape to halt fellow welterweight Tyler Ziolkowski in the second round of the scheduled 8 round main event. (more…)

By Johnny B’ After going the entire year of 2011 without a professional boxing show in the state of Wisconsin, …



Boxing News

Ex-champ Molitor warns unbeaten Frampton

Former two-time IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor has warned Carl Frampton that he is too big a step-up as they prepare to fight for the Commonwealth and IBF Inter Continental super bantamweight titles at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday night. “The Canadian Kid” stepped in for the injured Kiko Martinez last month and says he’s a better fighter than the man originally lined up to face “The Jackal.”

“I’m a massive step up from Martinez,” said Molitor. “He’s European level and I’m world level and come fight night everyone will realize that. This is too soon for Frampton. He has never been in the ring with someone on my level. He is a good boxer, very aggressive, but he makes a lot of mistakes that I plan on capitalizing on. The plan is to win convincingly here against a young undefeated prospect and that will put me in line for a world title.”

Former two-time IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor has warned Carl Frampton that he is too big a step-up as …


Boxing News

Magee to defend against Kessler

Prior to Saturday’s Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn, Sauerland Event will announce that Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) will challenge Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) for the WBA super-middleweight world championship in Denmark later this year. The date and the venue will be finalized shortly.

Magee is convinced he will claim another prominent Danish scalp.

Brian Magee: “I am ready for the hat-trick of KOs. I´ve stopped Larsen, I´ve stopped Markussen and now it’s Kessler´s turn.”

Mikkel Kessler: “It takes something to come to Denmark and knock out both Mads and Rudy. But his winning streak will end when we meet. I am very keen to be world champion again and Magee cannot prevent this from happening.”

Prior to Saturday’s Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn, Sauerland Event will announce that Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) will challenge …


Boxing News

Cruz taking added pressure in stride

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)

Photo: John DiSanto

The professional boxing career of undefeated Bethlehem, PA welterweight Ronald Cruz is really starting to heat up. So far, he’s won 17 straight fights, 12 by knockout, and captured the Vacant WBC Continental Americas Title with a solid unanimous decision over Prenice Brewer his last time out at Bethlehem’s Sands Event Center. Before that, Cruz was in against increasingly tough opposition, and each time, came out on top. Now he’s a ranked contender with an eye on a future world title fight. As the stakes rise, Cruz admits to feeling the pressure, especially when fighting at home before the large crowds he always attracts. On September 21, Cruz fights for the third time in Bethlehem, and without question he’ll be up against the best boxer he’s ever faced.

Miami’s Antwone Smith, 21-4-1 (12 KO), has been in with a number of good fighters and has only lost to the very best of them. The 25 year old, nicknamed “The Truth”, figures to test Cruz and show the boxing world if he is the real thing. (more…)

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com) The professional boxing career of undefeated Bethlehem, PA welterweight Ronald Cruz is …


UFC

Works never stops for Jimy Hettes

The judges’ unanimous decision read 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26.

It’s very rare that a UFC fighter walks away from a winning performance filled with 10-8 score cards in their favor like that and thinks to himself, “I need to get better”. It’s quasi-understandable that this particular combatant was disappointed in hearing the judges’ input at all, considering all previous nine bouts of Jimy Hettes’ young career were each won by submission well before time had expired. For the featherweight dubbed by some “Judo Jim” and by others “The Kid”, every Octagon appearance is a learning experience, even the ones he dominates . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com

The judges’ unanimous decision read 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26. It’s very rare that a UFC fighter walks away from a …


Boxing News

Saludar, Melligen, Ancajas battle foreign foes

By Chito Y. Katangkatang

September 21 will be a big date on Philippine calendar as top Pinoy prospects battle foreign foes at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City in a triple header entitled Kamao: Kidlat at Maso. The event is being presented by upcoming promoter Anson Tiu Co of Shape Up Boxing in cooperation with Sammy Gelloani and Joven Jimenez. Tiu Co owns Shape Up Boxing Gym at the Cooyeesan Hotel in Baguio City which has gained fame as the regular training venue of Manny Pacquiao.

The main event will be a 12 round war between former Philippine Team Amateur top dog Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (15-0-1, 11 KOs) versus Mexican Veteran Jose Alfredo Tirado (27-11, 19 KOs). (more…)

By Chito Y. Katangkatang September 21 will be a big date on Philippine calendar as top Pinoy prospects battle foreign …


Boxing News

Wlodarczyk a no-show at pre-fight presser

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Ringpolska.pl

It was an one fighter show during a Warsaw press conference at the Marriott Hotel before Saturday’s WBC cruiserweight title fight between #1 challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO) and titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO). A one fighter show because knowing about the bad blood between the two fighters, Wlodarczyk’s promoter Andrzej Wasilewski decided that “Diablo” will skip all the press conferences and will show up only for Friday’s weigh-in. “Wlodarczyk is still training, still sparring for this fight. And we all know that these fighters are not best friends, so the first and only time Wlodarczyk and Palacios will meet before walking into ring in Wroclaw, will be during weigh in,” said Wasilewski. The Wizard was surprised with this decision. “I don’t understand how a world champion can miss a press conference in his hometown, in his home country. But this is just me and in the end, it’s Diablo and his team’s decision. Starting September 23, he will not have this problem anymore because there will be new WBC cruiserweight champion,” said Palacios.

Also see Palacios shadowboxing in Wroclaw

By Przemek Garczarczyk Video: Ringpolska.pl It was an one fighter show during a Warsaw press conference at the Marriott Hotel …


Boxing News

Nelson wins PA title against Vasquez

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)
Photos courtesy of Chris Toney Sr.

Leading up to the fight, about half of the boxing fans in the Philadelphia area thought that Naim Nelson wasn’t quite ready for his anticipated fight with popular local warrior Victor Vasquez, who had more than three times the number of fights than he did. However, the other half of the fans had the feeling that Nelson could bring his obvious ring skills and size in against Vasquez, and handle the famously tough battler. It was this second group that got the prediction right. However, no one could have imagined how composed under pressure he’d be and how well he’d rise to the occasion against Vasquez. Nelson did both, and came home with a big win, the PA State Lightweight Championship, and a serious career boost.

The fight itself was an excellent non-stop punch out. It went the full ten rounds and was loaded with two way exchanges and gutsy action. But surprisingly, Nelson was in control much of the way. (more…)

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com) Photos courtesy of Chris Toney Sr. Leading up to the fight, about …


Announcement

Junior Motsei dies in motor accident

By Ron Jackson

One of South Africa’s most respected boxing writers Junior Motsei died on Tuesday after an alleged hit-and-run accident near his home in Pimville, Soweto on Sunday. He worked as a sportswriter for the Sowetan for many years and recently was freelancing for the City Press. A former boxer, Junior, was well known for his rapturous laughter and sense of humour. He was also an ordained preacher and had a great command of the English language, surprising people with the choice of words that he used in his speech and articles. (more…)

By Ron Jackson One of South Africa’s most respected boxing writers Junior Motsei died on Tuesday after an alleged hit-and-run …


Full Report

Report/gallery: Martinez vs. Chavez Jr.

Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com

22 years and six months ago, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. met Meldrick Taylor in an epic showdown titled “Thunder and Lightning” where Chavez’ methodical body attack met Taylor’s blinding speed. Taylor was in control for most of the fight up until the 12th round where all Taylor had to do was survive to win.

He couldn’t.

A spirited 12th round rally dropped Taylor with less than 20 seconds left in the fight. Taylor managed to stagger to his feet but referee Richard Steele was not convinced that Taylor could last the final two seconds and awarded Chavez the TKO victory. An epic battle with a phenomenal finish . . . Click here for more

Ringside by Andreas Hale Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com 22 years and six months ago, Julio Cesar Chavez, …


Feature Story

Postfight “Knockout Kings”

Story by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Chris Cozzone

WBC Super Welterweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Josesito Lopez met with the press following their “Knockout Kings” showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in which Alvarez scored a fifth round TKO.

“I came here and I fought my heart out I am a little disappointed,” Lopez admitted. “We came up short and I have to congratulate the champion.” (more…)

Story by Miguel Maravilla Photos by Chris Cozzone WBC Super Welterweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Josesito Lopez met with …


Full Report

Report/gallery: Canelo vs. Lopez

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

The fairy tale had to end sometime. After ruining a proposed bout between Victor Ortiz and Saul Alvarez, Josesito ran into a brick wall and was flattened by “Canelo” in six as the heavy favorite retained his WBC super welterweight title. Lopez was up for the fight and kept it entertaining but had no answers –on offense or defense – for the much larger champion.

After just three minutes of action, Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) was bruised up. It went downhill from there. A left hand to the midsection dropped Lopez late in the second frame, a blow that would signal a sign of things to come . . . Click here for more

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. Photos by Chris Cozzone The fairy tale had to end sometime. After ruining a proposed …


UFC

Meet the TUF 16 coaches – Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson is one of the most recognizable figures in the UFC, and also one of the most loquacious. But what the coach on season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres tonight (9pm) on FX, may not always reveal, is that his first love wasn’t fighting, but teaching . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Roy Nelson is one of the most recognizable figures in the UFC, and also one of the most loquacious. But …


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Sauerland calls for Hernandez-Ross rematch

After 12 exciting rounds in front of 3,000 fans at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on Saturday night, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez was ahead 114-113, 115-112 and 116-112 on the cards despite being knocked down and often outhustled by challenger Troy Ross. Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has already called for a rematch. “That was a very interesting and exciting fight and a lucky win for Pablo,” admitted the 72-year-old Hall of Famer, who was on business in South Africa and therefore watched the fight on TV. “A draw would have been more just. Ross, as the challenger, should have done more to win. He relied too much on countering. Pablo did not seem to be concentrated enough and he was not as explosive as he used to be. Rather than controlling the fight with his jab, he was happy to trade punches and went for the KO. That gave Ross the opportunity to counter with his hooks. That’s why he did not look good in the third and fifth round. In the ninth, Pablo had the chance to end the fight, but he didn’t follow it up decisively enough…From my point of view, there should be a rematch to find a clear winner.”

After 12 exciting rounds in front of 3,000 fans at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on Saturday night, IBF …


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Tada keeps WBA female 105lb belt; Miyao wins WBA female 102lb title

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBA female minimumweight champ, unbeaten southphaw Etsuko Tada (11-0-2, 2 KOs), 104.75, kept her belt for the eighth time when he defeated compatriot Naoko Shibata (9-2, 3 KOs), 104.25, by a close but unanimous decision over ten speedy frames on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. In the first round there happened a head-collision with both streaming blood from a gash over the left eyebrow. The lefty champ tried to keep her distance and outclass the onrushing challenger, while Shibata attempted to come close to the shifty champ and fight in the close quarter. Tada looked superior in terms of precision and skills, winning a unanimous nod.

In another world title go, Ayaka Miyao (8-2, 1 KO), 101.75, captured the WBA light-minimumweight title as she outboxed and outjabbed defending champ Mari Ando (9-4, 4 KOs), 101.75, over ten. Ando, making her second defense, tried to mix it up, but Miyao efficiently kept utilizing her footwork to outpunch the stalking titlist. Miyao looked more accurate and effective by catching the willing mixer all the way.

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By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat WBA female minimumweight champ, unbeaten southphaw Etsuko Tada (11-0-2, 2 KOs), 104.75, kept her …


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Martinez survives Chavez Jr.

By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) gave previously unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) a boxing lesson for ten rounds then survived a late Chavez rally to reclaim the WBC belt on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Slow start for Junior in round one, but he landed some good body shots in round two. After that Martinez’ movement and quick hands gave Chavez lots of problems as he took over the fight from round three picking Junior apart. Chavez was never able to apply pressure or lure Martinez into exchanges. A desperate Chavez landed some hard punches in the eleventh and twelfth and dropped Martinez in the twelfth. The fight ended with Chavez unloading on Martinez. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 118-109.

In a battle for the vacant WBO super featherweight title, former champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) regained that belt with a close twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel Beltran Jr (27-2, 17 KOs). Scores were 116-111 Beltran, 114-113 114-113 Martinez. Referee Russell Mora deducted a point from Beltran in round eleven that gave Rocky the margin for victory.

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) destroyed former 154lb. world champion Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs) in the first round. Alcine was down twice. Time was 2:26

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Marroquin (22-2, 15 KOs). Olympic ring legend Rigondeaux was in command all the way, dropping Marroquin in rounds five and twelve en route to a 118-108 verdict on all cards. (more…)

By Andreas Hale at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) gave previously …


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Alvarez TKOs Lopez in five

By Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone

WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over game Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo dropped Lopez with lefts to the liver in round two and again in round three. Canelo battered him to the deck again with a barrage of punches at the end of round four. Referee Joe Cortez waved it off in round five. Time was 2:55. It was announced before the bout that this will be Cortez’ last fight.

Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) snared the WBC featherweight title and became a two-division champion with an eighth round technical decision over reigning titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez (52-8, 45 KOs). The pair clashed heads early in the bout resulting in a nasty cut atop Ponce de Leon’s head. When the fighters knocked heads again in the eighth, the resulting cut over the eye of Gonzalez forced referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest. The judges scored it 77-74, 79-72, 79-72 for the new champion. Ponce De Leon dropped Gonzalez at the end of round six.

In a total war, former two division champ Marcos Maidana (32-4, 29 KOs) overcame apparent fatigue and an opponent that wouldn’t quit to earn a stoppage against Jesus Soto Karass (26-7-3, 17 KOs) at 43 seconds in round eight to claim the WBA intercontinental welterweight title. After the bout got personal as a result of some late hits to end rounds, Maidana dropped Soto Karass at the end of the seventh and stormed out in the eighth, blasting Soto Karass with a series of stiff right jabs. When Soto Karass covered up against the ropes, referee Kenny Bayless called a halt to the bout.

Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) gave a crowd pleasing performance, retaining the IBF bantamweight strap in a route over Eric Morel (46-4, 23 KOs). The Puerto Rican found himself outgunned from the opening bell. Santa Cruz’ body shots early on paid dividends as the fight wore on. Morel opened up the fifth round on his bicycle, allowing Santa Cruz to fire at will. When Morel’s gloves dropped, he was tagged, when they were raised, his body was battered. Upon request from Morel’s corner, the bout was halted at the close of the round. (more…)

By Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside Photos: Chris Cozzone WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a …


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Hernandez barely retains IBF cruiser belt

By Karl Freitag

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) barely retained his title with a close twelve round unanimous decision over Troy Ross (25-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Round three was a war with both fighters rocking each other with big shots. Ross brutally battered Hernandez to the deck in the fifth and it looked he would get Hernandez out of there. Hernandez somehow survived the round and regained control of the fight. Both fighters were hurt in a wild ninth round. Ross did most the work in the last three rounds as Hernandez seemed spent. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 116-112. (more…)

By Karl Freitag IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) barely retained his title with a close twelve …


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Amir Khan statement on Roach split

After nearly four years together, in which we enjoyed some great success, I part ways with my trainer Freddie Roach. I would like to thank him for all his hardwork and help during this period and express my gratitude to him for the progress he helped bring about whilst I was under him. I would also like to thank his team. I loved every minute training in LA at the Wildcard Gym, learning and sparring alongside some truly great fighters and meeting some fantastic people. I feel now, however, is the right time in my career to make a fresh change and bring in a new trainer. I’m looking forward, and am excited, about the prospect of working alongside someone new. I will make an announcement in due course of who this will be. There are some specific aspects of my game I’m looking to work on and hopefully improve. My next training camp begins in early October and I will have everything in place by then.
–Amir Khan

After nearly four years together, in which we enjoyed some great success, I part ways with my trainer Freddie Roach. …


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Hearns returns to boxing October 12

Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns returns to boxing, but not as a fighter, as a promoter. Thomas along with George Katlsas have formed Hitman Entertainment, LLC with their first event scheduled for October 12 at the Taylor Sportsplex in Taylor, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). The event will showcase Ronald Hearns (26-3, 20 KOs), Thomas Hearns’ son, along with seven other bouts featuring up and coming stars from Detroit’s Kronk Gym and Emmanuel Steward. In addition, a VIP reception prior to the fights will be held in order to pay tribute to Thomas Hearns recent induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns returns to boxing, but not as a fighter, as a promoter. Thomas along with George Katlsas …










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