Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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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

By Rick Scharmberg at Ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) carried a star-struck Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-7-1, ...

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Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

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UFC

The Ortiz Chronicles: Glory Days

Mixed martial arts in April of 2000 wasn’t like it is today. Not even close. So when a relatively unknown 25-year old kid from Huntington Beach, California named Tito Ortiz went to Tokyo, Japan to face another virtual unknown in Wanderlei Silva for what was then known as the UFC middleweight championship, there were no pre-fight satellite tours, and no attention from FOX Sports, ESPN, or Yahoo . . . 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

Mixed martial arts in April of 2000 wasn’t like it is today. Not even close. So when a relatively unknown …


Boxing News

Ex-champ Clinton Woods: American boxing rife with drugs and steroids

Former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods says he’s not surprised that former opponent Antonio Tarver and other prominent American boxers are testing dirty. “I fought in America three times and the testing situation was always joke,” Woods told the Sheffield Star. “In three fights, I had one little test and was told it was only for marijuana. It’s always annoyed me how rife American boxing is with drugs and steroids, but at least they are cracking down on it now and people are being caught. The trouble is that people there will only get fined pocket money.”

Former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods says he’s not surprised that former opponent Antonio Tarver and other prominent American …



Feature Story

Klitschko, Thompson heats up

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Klitschko Management Group

IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says Tony “The Tiger” Thompson should stop talking about an injury he claims hampered him in their first fight and show some respect. “He got knocked out, that’s it,” said Wlad on a conference call Thursday to promote their world title clash on July 7 at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, to be televised live in 160 countries worldwide including the U.S.

“In boxing it’s always tough,” stated Wlad. “You break your hand, you tear your muscles or tendons, which can happen in a fight and I have experienced it in my life multiple times, but nobody’s interested in that. Everyone is interested in the end result. Nobody is interested in what was in-between.”

“I really was on one leg,” insisted Thompson earlier on the call. “I had a torn meniscus in my knee and unfortunately I wasn’t able to train to my full abilities and prepare for the heavyweight championship of the world. This time we were able to prepare and with a healthy body we actually have a legitimate shot.” (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photo: Klitschko Management Group IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says Tony “The Tiger” Thompson should …


Boxing News

No Vitali fight in Kiev

Looks like possibly the last boxing match of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will not take place in his hometown of Kiev. Klitschko wanted to fight either September 1 or September 8 at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, but apparently the venue isn’t being made available to K2 to stage the event there. It has been alleged in the Ukrainian media that this is politically motivated since the politically active Vitali is in opposition to some of the current officials in power. Manuel Charr is the frontrunner to be Vitali’s opponent wherever the fight ends up.

Looks like possibly the last boxing match of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will not take place in his hometown …




Boxing News

Mijares ready to return Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions

Former world champion Cristian Mijares (45-6-2, 21 KOs) and Eusebio Osejo (21-10-2, 7 KOs) were present at the press conference this Thursdayin advance of next Saturday at the Palenque de Gallos in Aguascalientes. Mijares and Osejo are both leftys and will fight in a ten-round super bantamweight clash.

Christian Mijares: Osejo is an experienced opponent and good fighter. I want to be world champion and I know I can be. I have the level and power to do it, but first I have to win on Saturday. I’m ready for any world champion and I am confident I’ll be world champion again.” (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions Former world champion Cristian Mijares (45-6-2, 21 KOs) and Eusebio Osejo (21-10-2, …


Boxing News

Reynoso ready for Provodnikov!

Russian born Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs) and Riverside born Jose Reynoso (16-3-1, 3 KOs) star in the main event of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Omega Products International in Corona, California.

Reynoso, 27, is a very crafty southpaw boxer who continues to improve in every aspect of the combat sport. Trained in Riverside, the lefthander has fought a number of talented opponents and has not lost a bout in three years. Reynoso is riding streak of seven fights without a loss. (more…)

Russian born Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs) and Riverside born Jose Reynoso (16-3-1, 3 KOs) star in the main event …


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Weights from Corona, CA

Jose Reynoso 138.5 vs. Ruslan Provodnikov 140
Christopher Martin 122 vs. Roberto Castaneda 120
Angel Osuna 155.5 vs. Dashon Johnson 156
Aaron Acevedo 129 vs. Daniel Martinez 130
Tatina Anderson 135.5 vs. Lizette Medel 131
Robert Crespo 147.5 vs. Oscar Godoy 148.5

Venue: Omega Products Outdoor Venue, Corona, CA
TV: ESPN2

Jose Reynoso 138.5 vs. Ruslan Provodnikov 140 Christopher Martin 122 vs. Roberto Castaneda 120 Angel Osuna 155.5 vs. Dashon Johnson …


UFC

Tito Ortiz to be inducted into UFC HOF July 7

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization is proud to confirm that Tito Ortiz – the longest-reigning light heavyweight champion of all time and one of the biggest personalities in the sport of mixed martial arts – will be the ninth individual to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization is proud to confirm that Tito Ortiz – the longest-reigning light heavyweight champion of all …



Boxing News

Weights from Rhode Island

Jason Estrada 237.5 vs. Alex Gonzales 228
Brian Barbosa 168 vs. John Johnson 177
Diego Pereira 144 vs. William Correa 143
Jesse Barboza 233 vs. Salomon Beccera 255.5
Toka Kahn-Clary 130 vs. Jonathan Caban 133
Jair Ramos 142 vs. Joel Alarcon 141
Kali Reiss 153 vs. Lyneisha Jefferson 156
Rameil Shelton 148.5 vs. Jesus Cintron 147

Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment
Doors Open: 6PM/ET, First Bout: 7PM/ET
Tickets: $35, $45 and $75

Jason Estrada 237.5 vs. Alex Gonzales 228 Brian Barbosa 168 vs. John Johnson 177 Diego Pereira 144 vs. William Correa …


Boxing News

Rahman injured, Povetkin fight off

According to the WBA, a hand injury to mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman has caused the cancellation of his fight with WBA heavyweight beltholder Alexander Povetkin, which was scheduled to be held on July 14 in Hamburg, Germany. The WBA Championships Committee will evaluate the situation and make a statement later in the day regarding the case.

According to the WBA, a hand injury to mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman has caused the cancellation of his fight with …


Boxing News

Chavez Jr-Martinez Press Tour

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez Jr. and two-division world champion Sergio Martinez, along with their promoters Bob Arum, Fernando Beltran and Lou DiBella, will embark on a four-city / two-nation international media tour to promote their eagerly-awaited Méxican Independence Day middleweight championship battle, beginning on Tuesday, July 10.

Details are still being worked out, but the tour cities and dates have been set:

July 10 – Los Angeles
July 11 – Las Vegas
July 12 – New York
July 13 – México City

Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez will take place on September 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez Jr. and two-division world champion Sergio Martinez, along …


Boxing News

Mike Tyson’s one-man show extended

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee have one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. After announcing last week Lee will direct Tyson in his upcoming one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” fan response was immediate. To accommodate the demand for tickets, lead producer James L. Nederlander has announced that the show will extend its run with six additional shows. Originally slated to run for a limited six-night engagement from July 31 to August 5, the show will now play through Sunday, August 12.

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee have one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. After announcing last week Lee will direct …



UFC

Quotables from MMA’s most interested man

There’s not much to be said here in the way of introduction that will top what is to follow, so we won’t attempt to. Here are some of the best quotes from the UFC’s number one middleweight contender, Chael P. Sonnen, before his UFC 148 rematch with the 185-pound champion, Anderson Silva, on July 7th . . . 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

There’s not much to be said here in the way of introduction that will top what is to follow, so …


Boxing News

Boxeo Telemundo returns July 13

All Star Boxing, Inc. will return with “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on July 13th at the beautiful Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In the main event, Edgar “El Power” Jimenez of Mexico City (15-6-1, 11 KOs) battles countryman and spoiler Julian “Chicano” Rivera (11-6, 2 KOs) in a fight scheduled for twelve rounds with the vacant national flyweight title at stake. Adding an international flavor to the show, super middle Pablo “Pokemon” Farias (20-2, 12 KOs) and welter Rodolfo “Upi” Martinez (40-5-2, 15 KOs) both of Buenos Aires, Argentina will appear in separate bouts. Their opponents will be announced shortly.

First bell at 8:00 PM, 4 mores fights round up the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM. Tickets are already on sale at Auditorio Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4, Esq. Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, Colonia Condesa) and also at ticketmaster.com.mx, prices are: $200 and $100 (MP). The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones and OR Promotions.

All Star Boxing, Inc. will return with “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on July 13th at the beautiful Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico …


Boxing News

Upset in China: Williams beats Welliver

Veteran heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-11-2, 19 KOs) of the Bahamas upset WBC #5, WBO #8 rated Chauncey Welliver (53-6-5, 20 KOs) from the state of Washington moments ago at the Grand Waldo Conference & Exhibition Centre in Macau, China. Scores were reported at 115-112 and 119-110 for Williams while the third judge had it 114-114. Williams is managed by well respected Florida Keys businessman Si Stern who also manages newly crowned IBF world welterweight champion Randall Bailey who recently upset Mike Jones. “It has been a very good last few weeks for my fighters. This is a major win for Sherman and well deserved. This is the best shape he has been in for quite some time and it showed at the weigh-in yesterday and in this fight tonight. Sherman staggered him several times durring the fight and deserved this win. Welliver entered this bout ranked as high as #5 in world by one major sanctioning body. This opens up major opportunites for Sherman now including a return to China as they love him here now,” said Stern.

Veteran heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-11-2, 19 KOs) of the Bahamas upset WBC #5, WBO #8 rated Chauncey Welliver (53-6-5, …


Boxing News

Bika-Stevenson headed to purse bid

IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker has confirmed to Fightnews that a purse bid has been called to decide the IBF #1 super middleweight. The IBF had ordered a fight between highly ranked Adonis Stevenson and former two-time former world title challenger Sakio Biko but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. The purse bid is scheduled take place July 10, 2012.

IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker has confirmed to Fightnews that a purse bid has been called to decide the IBF …



Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source has indicated to Fightnews.com that WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Jose “Chepo” Reynoso met with Golden Boy Promotions to review and analyze the possible opponents. The company is making every effort to nail down Alvarez’s new opponent for September 15, but is waiting to see what happens this weekend in bouts between Erislandy Lara vs. Freddy Hernandez and Cory Spinks vs. Cornelius Bundrage for the IBF super welterweight title. There is a possibility that the event will be televised on CBS. The pay-per-view is practically ruled out.

By Gabriel F. Cordero One source has indicated to Fightnews.com that WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Jose …


UFC

Defining Anderson Silva

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a man considered by many to be not only the best fighter in the world, pound for pound, but perhaps the best ever, returns to the Octagon on July 7 to defend his crown against the only man to push him to the brink of defeat in his unbeaten UFC career, Chael Sonnen, in the main event of UFC 148. His first win over the self-proclaimed “Gangster from West Linn” landed a spot on this list of defining moments. Will fight number two join it? . . . 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

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a man considered by many to be not only the best fighter in the world, …


Boxing News

Mayweather-Cotto II on December 1 at MSG?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

A second bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto might be held on December 1 in Madison Square Garden in New York following the success of the first meeting. Cotto himself mentioned that date for a possible return in 2012 and rejected an offer to fight on September 15 against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is without an opponent after injuries to Paul Williams and Victor Ortiz. Cotto was in New York City approximately three weeks ago as were those who handle Mayweather Jr., who is currently serving an 87 day sentence in a Las Vegas jail. If Floyd gets out by September, they would be ready to fight on the coast East where Cotto is an idol. And as The Sport Press reported on May 14, the economic success and the closeness of the first fight, where the ‘Money’ praised Cotto, makes a second fight viable. According to a credible source, the date of December 1 is already reserved at the Garden.

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press A second bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto might be held on …


Boxing News

Boxing returns to Tampa this Friday

By Christopher P. Cook

Alessi Promotions brings back championship boxing to the Westshore DoubleTree this Friday in Tampa, Florida. In the main event of the evening, undefeated Ray Ximenez (7-0-0, 3 KOs) will battle Jose “Chilli” Rivera (3-5-2, 0 KOs) for the NBA Junior Flyweight title. Ximenez was last seen in action just one month ago at the DoubleTree, knocking out Manuel Galaviz inside of a round. The young Texan prospect will look to continue this winning streak and capture the first of possibly many titles in his future. (more…)

By Christopher P. Cook Alessi Promotions brings back championship boxing to the Westshore DoubleTree this Friday in Tampa, Florida. In …


UFC

Silva and Jones nominated for ESPY award

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light heavyweight king Jon Jones will battle it out with boxing champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward for the 2012 “Best Fighter” ESPY at the annual ESPN award ceremony on July 11th. Voting is underway now, so show your support for two of the UFC’s most celebrated champions. You can vote by clicking here.
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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

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light heavyweight king Jon Jones will battle it out with boxing champions Floyd Mayweather …


Boxing News

Bundrage, Spinks workout quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

Five of the six fighters who will compete on Saturday night’s nationally televised card from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. participated in an open workout Wednesday. Here’s what the fighters had to say:

Cornelius “K9” Bundrage: “I’m telling people to tune in. I’ve been promoting this fight, so I’m quite sure a lot of people will be watching. I think it’s going to be a great performance. I’m going to go out there and give it my all. I didn’t expect I would fight Cory Spinks like that the first time. I expect to fight him differently this time, but I might just go out there and bulldog him again. Cory Spinks is not the champ anymore. I’m the champ now. I’m more experienced now. In my last fight I defended my belt against the guy I lost my first fight to (Sechew Powell) and went 12 rounds.”

Cory Spinks: “Spinks is Spinks again. Spinks wasn’t Spinks the last time we fought. The first time, I didn’t train properly. I was sick. I had no mechanics. I don’t care who you are, if you aren’t right mentally and physically, you’re not going to be able to do anything. I want to fight for titles. It doesn’t matter who it is. K-9 is still there on top, so he’s got to get it. Fans are going to see the total package on Saturday. I’m ready. I’ve been blessed with a gift. I didn’t have to learn how to box. I always could and I could fight anyway I wanted. I can sit down with you, I can box with you. I will do anything I have to [in order] to win this fight.” (more…)

Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime Five of the six fighters who will compete on Saturday night’s nationally televised card from Fantasy Springs …


Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon

Gerardo Espinoza 129 vs. Jose Cota 126
Adolfo Landeros 135 vs Cesar Garcia 135
Marc Ward 214 vs. Larry Ward 206
Jason Gonzalez 155 vs. Gregory Baca 155
*Ulises Sierra vs. *Omar Barfield
*Razan Cojanu vs. *Ganson Clark

*Will weigh tomorrow

Venue: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, California
Promoter: Jorge Marron/Bobby DePhilippis

By Felipe Leon Gerardo Espinoza 129 vs. Jose Cota 126 Adolfo Landeros 135 vs Cesar Garcia 135 Marc Ward 214 …


Boxing News

Christy Martin faces ex-husband at sentencing

Jim Martin, former manager and husband of former world champion Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday in Orlando for stabbing and shooting the female boxing icon. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Christy looked Martin in the eye at the court proceeding and told him “Look at me, Jim. Look at me. From the beginning, I financially supported you, your family and any and all of your significant others. How was I repaid for taking care of you all of those years? …You leaving me for dead on the bedroom floor!”

Jim Martin, former manager and husband of former world champion Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin, was sentenced to 25 years …


Boxing News

Pérez and Fontanez ready to shine

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto

Prospects Mike “The Artist” Pérez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) and Jeffrey Fontánez (7-0, 6 KOs) confessed to be ready and prepared for their respective matches this coming Saturday, June 30th on “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: Fast & Strong” at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas. “The Artist” Pérez seeks again the winning path after suffering his first loss as a professional in January to Omar Figueroa. The Puerto Rican based in New Jersey will face hard puncher Eric Cruz (16-9-3, 16 KOs) in a 10 round bout in the lightweight division. “I feel good and motivated for this fight. We worked hard and I am ready to go big and show what I have. I am fully recovered from the defeat and it is time to seek new opportunities,” stated Mike Pérez. (more…)

Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto Prospects Mike “The Artist” Pérez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) and Jeffrey Fontánez (7-0, 6 KOs) confessed to …


Scale Watch

Welliver-Williams update

By David Finger

World ranked heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (53-5-5, 20 KOs) continues his quest for a world title fight in 2012 when he takes on the always ready Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in Macao, China tomorrow. Welliver, who is ranked #5 by the WBC and #8 by the WBO will be defending his WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title as well as his WBO China Zone Heavyweight title. Welliver continues to remain the most active heavyweight contender in the world, a stark contrast to Williams, who has had only one fight since 2009, a controversial no-contest against former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in January of last year. However, Williams impressed boxing insiders with his gritty performance against Holyfield (all three judges had Williams ahead after three rounds when the fight was ruled a no-contest), and with his weight down to 242 for this fight (from 258 against Holyfield), many insiders feel that Williams has the potential to give the champion a serious test. “He wants my titles,” Welliver posted on his Facebook page, “but hard work won’t let that happen.” Welliver weighed in today at 238 pounds.

By David Finger World ranked heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (53-5-5, 20 KOs) continues his quest for a world title fight …


Boxing News

JM Marquez gets title in 4th weight division

With Timothy Bradley opting to relinquish the WBO jr welterweight belt and retain the WBO welterweight belt, Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez has been elevated from interim to full WBO 140lb champion. Marquez has previously held world titles at featherweight (IBF), super featherweight (WBC) and lightweight (WBA/WBO). He joins Erik Morales and Jorge Arce in the exclusive club of Mexican-born fighters who have held four world titles in four weight divisions (not counting interim belts).

With Timothy Bradley opting to relinquish the WBO jr welterweight belt and retain the WBO welterweight belt, Mexican star Juan …


Boxing News

Tyson Marquez vs. Viloria in September?

Promoter Fernando Beltran said today that you have to give the public what they demand and that means a clash between current WBA flyweight champion Herman “Tyson” Marquez and WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria. Organizers are aiming for the month of September leaving no time for Marquez to deal with mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco. As a result, Marquez, the “2011 WBA Fighter of the Year,” will give up the WBA belt. Possible dates are September 29 or October 6 in the New Mexico City Arena or the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, California. Negotiations have already begun with the Viloria team, but first Tyson must defeat Fernando Lumacad in a non-title ten-rounder on July 14 in Culiacan.

Promoter Fernando Beltran said today that you have to give the public what they demand and that means a clash …


Boxing News

Pavlik shows no concern with quick turnaround

By Chris Cozzone

Taking a high profile HBO fight on short notice, just two weeks after last stepping into the ring, former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik expressed little concern with the quick turnaround on a national teleconference today. “I’m back on HBO again,” said Pavlik, 39-2, 34 KOs, who will take on Will Rosinsky, 16-1, 9 KOs, on a Top Rank doubleheader July 7. “There was no hesitation – I couldn’t pass this up. You got to make that move, to be back on a major network. This is my career.”

Pavlik, trainer Robert Garcia, and manager Cameron Dunkin also had this to say:

On fighting for another title, at 168: “That’s my main goal right now. That’s why I made this move to Oxnard. I didn’t think I’d get this opportunity back home (in Youngstown, Ohio.) . . . I came out here to train and it’s helped my home life, helps keep me grounded and going forward. I’m not going to knock anybody but I wasn’t going any farther where I was at.”

On last fight, and appearing fatigued in mid-rounds: “I wasn’t tired. I was having a little bit of fun. I tried to make it look that way. If he had some power that threatened me, I wouldn’t have fought that way. I was enjoying what I was doing.”

On Rosinsky: “He’s a game fighter. He really is. But he’s slow, not too fast. Not powerful, but not weak. He’s also coming off a fight, in an even shorter period, so I don’t see any problem taking this fight.”

Robert Garcia: “Nothing’s changed [since the last fight.] The power is there, the weight is there. He’s in great spirit. We’re coming out to win another title.”

Cameron Dunkin: “We do call this a comeback. I’m a little nervous about this fight, because it’s a quick turnaround, but we got the best trainer in the world. Kelly jumped on this fight in five seconds, and that shows me how bad he wants it.”

 

By Chris Cozzone Taking a high profile HBO fight on short notice, just two weeks after last stepping into the …


Boxing News

Nonito Donaire Conference Call Transcript

BOB ARUM: Those who follow boxing know that the 122-pound division is chock full of superstars. We have a long list of guys who will be making tremendous fights. HBO has recognized this and will concentrate on bringing to the public the best of 122 pounds in a series of bouts. We start off with the No. 1 guy in the division, Nonito Donaire who will be fighting a title unification fight against Jeffry Mathebula of South Africa and also a world champion. Waiting out there is Guillermo Rigondeaux who has two Olympic Gold Medals to his credit and another world champion who will be fighting on the Chávez Jr-Martinez card on Sept. 15. Another champion out there is Jorge Arce. And sitting at ringside, as I understand it, on July 7, watching Nonito Donaire, will be another champion, Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. So these are really exciting times in the 122-pound division and it all kicks off on Saturday, July 7 with Nonito against Mathebula. (more…)

BOB ARUM: Those who follow boxing know that the 122-pound division is chock full of superstars. We have a long …


Boxing Result

“Pitbull” Torres: “This one’s for Johnny Tapia!”

Interview by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo

It has been a little over a month since Josh “Pitbull” Torres (7-1-1, 4 KO’s) tragically lost his head trainer, five-time world champion Johnny Tapia – but that hasn’t stopped one of New Mexico’s hottest prospects in trying to follow in his former mentor’s footsteps. This weekend, when Torres goes up against what he considers his toughest opponent to date in Longmont, Colorado’s Raul “El Chino” Carrillo (9-1, 6 KO’s), he vows to come home with a win in memory of “Mi Vida Loca.” (more…)

Interview by Gerardo Martinez Photos by Jose Leon Castillo It has been a little over a month since Josh “Pitbull” …


Announcement

Trout to Alvarez: “Come take my belt!”

With the hunt for an opponent for WBC Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas still apparently ongoing, WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) would like to send the following reminder to his fellow champion:

“Canelo, if you want my belt, come try and take it! After I beat your brother in your hometown to win my title, you came forward and stated you wanted to fight me to avenge your brother’s loss. Ever since I immediately accepted your challenge, you have disappeared. Now we have a chance to unify the titles and give the fans a fight between two young, undefeated world champions, but it seems as though you are more interested in taking on lesser-quality opposition and avoiding me again.” (more…)

With the hunt for an opponent for WBC Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM …


Boxing News

Dunkin inks Maxim Vlasov

By Francisco Salazar

Super middleweight contender Maxim Vlasov recently signed a managerial contract with Cameron Dunkin. The Las Vegas-based manager sent an email to Fightnews.com late last night announcing the signing of Vlasov. Vlasov (23-1, 12 KOs), from Samara, Russia, is ranked number nine by the WBC and 12th by the WBO. He has won his last four bouts in a row since his only defeat at the hands of Isaac Chilemba last February. In that bout, Vlasov had Chilemba down twice in losing a close 10 round unanimous decision. His most notable victory was a third round knockout over former fringe contender Jerson Ravelo in June of 2010.

The 25 year old Vlasov is eager to move forward with Dunkin guiding his career. “Cameron Dunkin possessed unique knowledge, intense experience, (and) has very well deserved respect in sports and media circles and I’m so proud to work with him,” stated Vlasov in a written email. “I’m sincerely welcome our partnership and believe it would be long-term, honest and mutually beneficiary for both of us.” No word yet on when or whom Vlasov will fight next.

By Francisco Salazar Super middleweight contender Maxim Vlasov recently signed a managerial contract with Cameron Dunkin. The Las Vegas-based manager …


UFC

Strikeforce returns to San Diego for Rousey-Kaufman

STRIKEFORCE® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her highly-anticipated initial title defense against former champ Sarah Kaufman when STRIKEFORCE®: ROUSEY vs. KAUFMAN comes to Valley View Casino Center on Sports Arena Blvd. in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, August 18. The five-round bout will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional bouts will be announced in the coming days. (more…)

STRIKEFORCE® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her highly-anticipated initial title defense against former champ Sarah Kaufman when STRIKEFORCE®: …


Boxing News

WBC rejects Canelo vs. Trout fight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout will not be accepted by the WBC as an opponent for WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for September 15 in Las Vegas. Trout had been mentioned as one of the possible candidates to replace Victor Ortiz. The WBC said Tuesday: “We do not accept unification, because if we agree we would be losing authority. We are not going to take away the exclusivity because we own the WBC brand.”

One interesting story line an Alvarez-Trout match would have is Trout won his title from Canelo’s brother. Another issue is that Trout has stated he’ll only do the fight if Canelo agrees to VADA testing. Other candidates named by the WBC are James Kirkland, Carlos Molina and Acelino Freitas.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout will not be accepted by the WBC as an …










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