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

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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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

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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DeGuardia back in action

Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia is back at the office and plans to get busy working on a long list of events and fights involving his fighters. DeGuardia suffered serious injuries in a horrific auto accident on the way home from his sold out event on Saturday, July 28th, at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. DeGuardia’s new Mercedes Benz was hit head-on by a car that was driving the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway. The driver of the other vehicle was killed upon impact. DeGuardia’s survival and speedy recovery has been called miraculous. “I’m still a little banged up and bruised but it feels terrific to be back at the office. Naturally, I’m on a bit of a modified schedule, but we will be working hard to pick up where we left off. We’ve had a very busy year and the rest of 2012 looks like more of the same” said DeGuardia. “We’ll have plenty to announce in the coming days.”

Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia is back at the office and plans to get busy working on a long list of …


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Hernandez-Ross Presser

Photos: Team Sauerland

Only a few days to go before IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is hoping to defend his title against mandatory Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) at Stechert Arena, Bamberg in Germany. At today’s press conference promoter Kalle Sauerland promised that the bout will be fought out at the highest level. “It’s one of the best match-ups this weight division has to offer!”

IBF-mandatory challenger Troy Ross agreed, stating, “Yoan Pablo Hernandez has some great boxing abilities and a powerful punch. He seems like a nice person but my all-around game is just better than his is. Boxing is similiar chess. And after I checkmate Hernandez I will be the new IBF World Cruiserweight Champion!” (more…)

Photos: Team Sauerland Only a few days to go before IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is …



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All Star Boxing/Promociones del Istmo alliance

This morning at Jade Restaurant in Panama City, an alliance between All Star Boxing headed by promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala and Promociones del Istmo headed by Rogelio Espino became official with the signing of a co-promotional deal for former welterweight champion and currently WBO #11 ranked Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera. This promotional contract will last three years, with Mosquera’s first bout being on October 19 against Cosme Rivera for a regional title to take place with the WBO Convention to be held from October 22 to 26 October in Hollywood, Florida. There are also plans to promote other Panamanian fighters in the U.S.

This morning at Jade Restaurant in Panama City, an alliance between All Star Boxing headed by promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala …


Boxing News

Gonzalez closes training in Las Vegas

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC current world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez finished his strong stage of their training on Tuesday morning on the track of UNLV with his trainer Nacho Beristain. “We’re ready to face former world champion Ponce DeLeon and hope it’ll be a great fight. That night is very important to me because I want to fight with the best and Ponce is one of them. Now let’s just keep the weight and meet the promotional agenda of the event,” siad Gonzalez. He did about 140 rounds of sparring at the Romanza Gym and on alternate weekends at the Nevado de Toluca, the highest site in Mexico.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC current world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez finished his strong stage of their training on Tuesday …




Boxing News

HBO and ESPN marketing agreement

HBO and ESPN have announced a multi-year, multi-tiered boxing programming and marketing agreement which includes coordinated support for major pay-per-view boxing events, including sharing programming content, cross-promotion elements, highlight packages and additional assets to be featured across multiple ESPN and HBO platforms. As part of the agreement, ESPN and ESPN Deportes’ news and information platforms, led by SportsCenter, will have access to key content and information surrounding marquee HBO Pay-Per-View boxing events, including fighter interviews. In addition, ESPN Deportes Television and ESPN3 will carry live fighter weigh-ins plus pre- and post-fight press conferences for HBO-Pay-Per-View Events and HBO’s 24/7 series.

HBO and ESPN have announced a multi-year, multi-tiered boxing programming and marketing agreement which includes coordinated support for major pay-per-view …


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Rigondeaux-Marroquin title fight back on

World Boxing Association Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux is expected to defend his title this Saturday evening against Robert Marroquin (22-1, 15 KOs), on the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. HBO Pay-Per-View event, live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. A Circuit Court in Miami ruled on August 21 to enjoin Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) from engaging in any bout not approved by his manager, Gary Hyde, and also enjoined Rigondeaux from participating in this Saturday’s scheduled show promoted Top Rank.

Last night, however, Hyde and Top Rank reached a resolution to allow the Rigondeaux-Marroquin title fight to go forward, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission was informed this morning. “Thanks to my attorneys, Patrick English and Bill Brown, we have negotiated a far superior deal to fight Robert Marroquin on September 15th,” said Hyde, who has managed Rigondeaux since the two-time Olympic gold medalist defected from Cuba in 2007. “‘Rigo doesn’t get involved or side tracked by legal dramas. He has promised me that he is at his all-time best and that he will KO Marroquin.”

World Boxing Association Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux is expected to defend his title this Saturday evening against …


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Palacios ready for Wlodarczyk rematch

WBC #1 ranked cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios will receive his long-awaited rematch against Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk when they square off on Sept. 22 in Wroclaw, Poland. Palacios (21-1, 13 KOs), a proud Puerto Rican puncher who was raised in Bayamon and now lives in Orlando, made his first appearance in a world championship fight against Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 33 KOs) on April 2, 2011. The fight took place in Wlodarczyk’s native Poland.

A partisan, sold-out crowd of over 7,000 packed into the arena in the city of Bydgoszcz. Palacios felt he won the fight against an elusive opponent who appeared wary of his power, and one judge agreed with him 115-113 after 12 rounds. The remaining two caused controversy by choosing Wlodarczyk as the victor by the respective scores of 116-113 and 118-112. (more…)

WBC #1 ranked cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios will receive his long-awaited rematch against Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk when they square …


Boxing News

Sergio Martinez is finally on the Big Stage

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Sergio Martinez is finally receiving the attention he craves and the recognition his career deserves when he faces Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 15th on HBO Pay-Per-View. After toiling in anonymity for years in Argentina, Spain, and the US, the Argentine fighter delivered a break out performance in his HBO debut against Alex Bunema in 2008, winning the interim WBC junior middleweight title. “Maravilla” (49-2-2, 28 KOs) became an HBO staple since that bout, fighting Kermit Cintron to a controversial draw (a bout he could have won by KO, disqualification and decision), losing a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate to Paul Williams, defeating Kelly Pavlik (W12), Paul Williams (KO2), Serhiy Dzinziruk (TKO8), Darren Barker (KO11) and Matthew Macklin (TKO11), and winning the Ring, WBC and WBO middleweight titles in the process.

Despite titles in two divisions and a track record of impressive performances, promoter Lou DiBella and advisor Sampson Lewkowicz were unable to lure the stars of the sport into the ring against the charismatic Argentine. Martinez had to settle for tough fights against durable but unknown European middleweights while repeatedly calling out pound for pound greats and box office stars Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Miguel Cotto, all to no avail. To boot, the middleweight champion was shockingly stripped of his WBC title when HBO rejected his mandatory challenger, Sebastian Zbik. The network added insult to injury when it subsequently allowed the German challenger to face the “Son of a Legend,” Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., for the vacant WBC middleweight title. (more…)

By Mariano A. Agmi Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Sergio Martinez is finally receiving the attention he craves and the recognition …



Interview

Maidana ready for Soto-Karass Saturday

Interview by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is not the only Argentine involved in a meaningful fight against a Mexican rival on September 15th. On the same night and in the same city, power puncher Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs) faces Jesus Soto-Karass (26-7-3, 17 KOs) in a bout that is sure to be an all action slugfest.

Maidana, a two time WBA light welterweight champion, is making a second attempt at welterweight after losing his most recent bout in that division against Devon Alexander in February. Fightnews.com caught up with Maidana on Friday, and the always humble fighter shared his thoughts on training with former IBF 130lb champ Robert Garcia, why he ended up training himself for his last bout, and his thoughts on the competing cards on September 15th. (more…)

Interview by Mariano A. Agmi Photos by Chris Cozzone Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is not the only Argentine involved in …


UFC

Dominick Cruz stuck on the sidelines

Stuck on the sidelines, Dominick Cruz is in the midst of the toughest fight of his career.

Four months after a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) forced him out of a summer title defense against his nemesis and fellow Ultimate Fighter coach Urijah Faber, the UFC bantamweight champion is fighting his body and his mind as he works towards a clean bill of health. He knows that he taking the right steps – following his physical therapist’s orders, adhering to the rehabilitation schedule set out for him, giving the new construction of his knee time to fuse and strengthen – but he still can’t shake the feeling that he’s not doing enough. . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, 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

Stuck on the sidelines, Dominick Cruz is in the midst of the toughest fight of his career. Four months after …


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Jorge Linares to return in October

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares (31-3, 20 KOs), who has been training in Tokyo with Teiken Boxing trainer Sendai Tanaka, will face Hector Velasquez (52-17-3, 35 KOs) on October 6 in Sacramento, California. There had been talks for Linares to go against three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto but apparently the camps failed to reach an agreement on whether the bout would be at super lightweight or lightweight. Linares is coming off two consecutive knockout losses to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares (31-3, 20 KOs), who has been training in Tokyo with …


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Josesito ready for showdown against Canelo

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Last June, current WBC Silver welterweight champion Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) came in to the ring as a big underdog as he faced, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lopez was a replacement after Ortiz’ original opponent Andre Berto tested positive for a banned substance. Josesito, moving up a weight division, found himself facing the physically biggest opponent of his career in Ortiz, who already had a bout lined up to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. But Josesito pulled off the upset. After nine rounds of non-stop action, citing a broken jaw Ortiz didn’t come out for the tenth round. That gave Lopez the role of spoiler, as well as his Rocky moment in pulling the upset and winning the WBC Silver welterweight title. Canelo seated at ringside shook his head in disbelief. Ultimately it was decided that Josesito would move up in weight again to face Alvarez on September 15.

Fightnews.com spoke with “The Pride of Riverside, California” to get his view on the amazing developments in his career in recent months. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Big Joe Miranda Last June, current WBC Silver welterweight champion Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) came …



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Juarez-Knight on October 13 in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Looks like Mexican WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana Juarez (35-5-3, 16 KOs) will face American IBF flyweight world champion Ava Knight (9-1-3, 5 KOs) on October 13 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. The Juarez camp had been initially eying a showdown with WBA super bantamweight world champion Jackie Nava for the WBC diamond belt. “This fight is almost certain,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle. “Juarez and Knight are two great representatives of the sport, the fans want to see these fights and we’re willing to make these big fights.” Kinght-Juarez fight would be one of the more interesting women’s fights in recent times.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Looks like Mexican WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana Juarez (35-5-3, 16 KOs) will face American …


Boxing News

Chavez-Martinez Grand Arrivals

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, and two-division world champion and pound for pound kingpin with the matinee idol looks, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, will make their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals TODAY at the South Valet Entrance of Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. 89109.) to officially kickoff Fight Week. Open to the public, Martinez will arrive at 12:30 p.m. PT, followed by Chavez Jr. at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, and …


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Crossroads fight to determine PA champ

Report and photos by John DiSanto
Philly Boxing History (.com)

A true crossroads fight is brewing in Chester, PA. On Friday night, Philly’s favorite warhorse, Victor Vasquez and rising prospect Naim Nelson will face off in a 10-round bout for the Pennsylvania Lightweight Championship at Harrah’s Racetrack and Casino in Chester, PA. The match is an intriguing one with the battle tested Vasquez, 15-6-1 (7 KO) bringing the grit and experience, while the young Nelson, 7-0 (1 KO), brings the undefeated record and the fresh legs. On paper, the fight is a tough one to call. Each fighter can win it, but both need a good night and the right plan to pull it off.

Vasquez is famous around Philly for his grueling inside wars. He can box but usually before long his fights become wars, complete with lumps, bruises, and blood – both his and his opponent’s. Vasquez is proficient at breaking his opponents down with good body work and tremendous toughness. However, he can be out-boxed, especially by tall movers.

Nelson is a boxer that can be described that way. He has speed and could conceivably stay at a distance and give Vasquez fits. But can he do it for 10 rounds? (more…)

Report and photos by John DiSanto Philly Boxing History (.com) A true crossroads fight is brewing in Chester, PA. On …


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Sergio Martinez LA Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Two-division world champion Sergio Martinez talks to reporters during a massive media turnout day Monday in preparation for his upcoming Mexican Independence Day Middleweight championship battle against undefeated WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

“I am going to give boxing the respect it deserves. I am going to knock him out and make it look easy,” Martinez said. “The WBC green belt is coming back home to me.”

Promoted by Top Rank, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, AT&T and Tecate, Chavez Jr. vs Martinez will take place Saturday, September 15 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Two-division world champion Sergio Martinez talks to reporters during a massive media turnout day Monday in …



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Prizefight inks Bryant

Prize Fight Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated Super Welterweight prospect Bobby Bryant to an Exclusive Promotional Contract. Bryant, 15-0 (9 KO’s), is a Memphis native and viewed as one of the most prominent up and coming 154 lb fighters in the World today. At just twenty years of age Bryant has already accomplished a lot and looks to accomplish even more with the assistance of Memphis based promotional outfit, Prize Fight. His first official fight under the Prize Fight banner will be on October 13 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, TN.

Prize Fight Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated Super Welterweight prospect Bobby Bryant to an Exclusive Promotional Contract. Bryant, …


Boxing News

Report/gallery: Morales vs. Maldonado

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Melissa Jewel Ott

History was made on Saturday night when the youngest brother of the famed Morales dynasty, super flyweight Ivan “Terrible II” Morales, made his US debut in front of a packed house at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Ivan (18-0, 12KOs), the younger brother of former world champions Erik and Diego Morales, took the biggest step of his career when he earned a tough unanimous decision over former world title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-10-1, 27KOs) in the ten round main event. With the win Morales defended his WBC International Silver super flyweight title for the first time. The bout was broadcast by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” and presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Patrick Ortiz’s Ringside Ticket, Inc.

After a slow first round in which both were content to circle around each other, the veteran Maldonado of Mexicali, Mexico, who challenged Nonito Donaire, Vic Darchinyan and Fernando Montiel for titles but came up short every time, threw a curve ball and turned southpaw to mimic Morales’ natural stance. (more…)

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Melissa Jewel Ott History was made on Saturday night when the youngest brother of …


Boxing News

Fonfara-Karpency for IBO light heavyweight title

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Fightnews.com has learned that Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs), who has won ten straight fights (9 by KO) since moving to the light heavyweight division and Tommy Karpency (21-3, 14 KOs), who in his last fight lost a WBO championship bout, will battle for vacant IBO title on November 16 in Chicago. This information was confirmed by Fonfara and members of his team.

After a defining win over Glen Johnson, many of the observers of Fonfara talent were expecting this 24-year old fighter to have some easier tune-up style fight. It would be understandable, taking into consideration quality of Fonfara last opponent and tough, 10-week camp he went through preparing for one of the most demanding fighter in his division. But both Fonfara and his team decided to not go the ease route, negotiating with current WBO champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KO) and always dangerous and very experienced Allan Green (31-4, 21 KO). In the end, fighting for the IBO title in his American hometown, Chicago was a too good option to pass it by. “I’m already training for this fight, again it will be 10-week affair because after the last one I felt so strong I could fight Glen Johnson for 20 rounds and still have something left” – said Fonfara. “Some people are saying that me being just 24 means I can take things easy. I disagree. I want this IBO title fight be the first one of many in my career. There’s for me the only way to move forward as a fighter.”

By Przemek Garczarczyk Fightnews.com has learned that Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs), who has won ten straight fights (9 by …


Announcement

Canelo-Lopez: Open to Public Fight Week events

“Fight Week” for Saturday night’s “Knockout Kings,” headlining Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez begins on Tuesday. The schedule, open to the public, begins with a book signing and the fighters’ grand arrivals at the MGM. (more…)

“Fight Week” for Saturday night’s “Knockout Kings,” headlining Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez begins on Tuesday. The schedule, open …


Boxing News

Graham Shaw: How Geale beat Sturm

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Photo: Louie Abigail

Trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews and explains the plan that was put into place for his charge the IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale to lift the WBA super title from Felix Sturm in Germany. Shaw also tells of all the people behind the scenes responsible for this great victory to happen including Gary Shaw, Bill Treacy, Garrie Francisco, Phil Cropper, Kevin Holland, Sakio Bika and Nader Hamdan.

“When the news came through to confirm that the Geale/Sturm unification was on, it was time to switch to overdrive and concentrate solely on beating a long term champion in his own back yard. Whilst Daniel is a fighter who is never out of the gym this was a major step up in opponent and required the training that would accomplish that task. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews and explains the plan that was put …


Boxing News

Troy Ross: I am as good as ever

Photo Wende

Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is aiming to defend his IBF Cuiserweight Title for the second time in a row. The Cuban made the title his own after dethroning then champion Steve Cunningham last October, as well as winning the rematch against the American just four months later. His next opponent is Canada’s Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) who he will take on at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on September 15. Ross, who is the mandatory challenger, has been part of the professional boxing scene for eleven years and fought in five different countries. The IBF Title contender flew into Germany on September 1 and trying to get used to the six hours time difference between Germany and his hometown Toronto, Canada. Before the fight he took some time out for an Interview. (more…)

Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) is aiming to defend his IBF Cuiserweight Title for the second time in a …


Boxing News

Moreno-Mares on November 10

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The new date of the fight between WBA “bantamweight super champion” Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and WBC “super bantamweight champion” Abner Mares will be November 10 at Staples Center Los Angeles in California. The date opened up when Manny Pacquiao moved off the November 10 date. Initially Mares-Moreno was slated for October 13, and then October 27.

By Gabriel F. Cordero The new date of the fight between WBA “bantamweight super champion” Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and WBC …


UFC

GSP resumes training

In April of 2011, Georges St-Pierre dominated Jake Shields in the main event of the historic UFC 129 in Toronto to successfully defend his UFC welterweight championship. Yet because of a torn ACL in his knee, St-Pierre has not fought in the near year and a half since and fight fans have had a serious “Rush” deficit, missing one of the sport’s best and most likable competitors . . . Click here for more by Elias Cepeda, 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

In April of 2011, Georges St-Pierre dominated Jake Shields in the main event of the historic UFC 129 in Toronto …


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Vitali Klitschko speaks: “I am happy to keep the WBC belt. Manuel showed his heart but we all have to follow the rules and if the referee stops it is over! I know I would have floored Charr later.” The fight was watched by 9.22 million viewers in Germany alone (market share 43.7 per cent).
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With his TKO of light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson, WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward took his game to a whole new level. “Guys have been asking me what it’s going to take to finish the puzzle,” said Ward. “Finishing guys off is the last piece of the puzzle and we are on our way to doing that.”
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Confusion resolved in the scoring of Friday’s Botha vs Pianeta fight. Referee Juergen Langos scored the bout 100-90 for Pianeta. The bizarre 100-96 score announced after the fight was a misunderstanding by the ring announcer. The two other judges scores were Oliver Brien 99-92 and Frank-Michael Maass 97-93.
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Sad to hear that former Olympic Auditorium boxing publicist Van Barbieri has passed away at the age of 71.
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Also condolences for Fightnews.com feature writer Sam Geraci,whose grandmother passed away.

Vitali Klitschko speaks: “I am happy to keep the WBC belt. Manuel showed his heart but we all have to …


AWE TV

“Ironbound Throwdown” postfight presser

By Matt Richardson

Sportsmanship and mutual respect was the theme of a subdued post-fight press conference early Saturday evening just minutes after former two-division title-holder Tomasz Adamek rose from a second round knockdown to stop Travis Walker in a wild heavyweight fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Both Adamek and Walker traded knockdowns in a vicious second round before Adamek bounced back to stop Walker on his feet in the fifth.

“Travis is a great fighter,” said Adamek (47-2, 29 KO’s). “I was the better fighter today. I felt he was weaker and weaker with every punch I hit him with. Thank you to Travis because we made a good fight for everybody.”

“I’m kind of known for getting excited after I hurt somebody,” said a visibly saddened Walker, who had a similarly thrilling fight with Chris Arreola in 2009. “I’ve been waiting for that moment my whole career. I forced it instead of just letting it come.” (more…)

By Matt Richardson Sportsmanship and mutual respect was the theme of a subdued post-fight press conference early Saturday evening just …


Boxing News

Bellew comments on win over Miranda

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Light heavyweight Tony Bellew cemented his place on the World stage with an impressive stoppage win over Edison Miranda on Saturday night at the Alexandra Palace in north London. Bellew stuck to his game plan and stepped on the gas in the eighth round, rocking the 31 year old before stopping him in the next thanks with a cracking body shot seeing Miranda no longer want to continue. “Only A-list guys beat Edison Miranda so what does that make me?” said Bellew. “He’s proven World class. I don’t know how good I am but I work hard and I improve all the time. I have been asking for this type of fights for a long time and we should be seeing more names of Edison’s calibre coming to the UK to fight me.” (more…)

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Light heavyweight Tony Bellew cemented his place on the World stage with an impressive stoppage win over …


AWE TV

Tomasz Adamek on his war with Travis Walker

Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

“It was like somebody pressed the button and fans again had a chance to see the Tomek Adamek they love and respect. Maybe after losing to Vitali Klitschko Tomek, didn’t believe he could fight like this again – in an exciting, all out warrior style you so seldom see in the heavyweight division. Everything was already said about Adamek – about his heart, dedication, toughness. We saw everything on display today,” said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, after the Adamek-Walker press conference. It was a classic fight, with a definite round of the year candidate, and a happy ending for Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) who won by fifth round TKO against hard hitting and very well prepared Travis Walker (39-8, 31 KOs). (more…)

Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk “It was like somebody pressed the button and fans again had a chance to …


Boxing News

Q&A: Maurice Weber

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Atheneum Group

On the night his close friend lost the most important fight of his career, Maurice Weber made the fourth successful appearance inside the ring since his comeback from a three-year, injury-related layoff last year. Fighting on the undercard of Felix Sturm’s title unification loss to Australian Daniel Geale, Weber, who entered the ring under the banner of Sturm Box-Promotion, easily dispatched a game but severely outmatched Andrei Dolhozhyieu in three rounds. In 2008, the German suffered a severe hand injury, which could have cost him his professional career. But Weber, who is the reigning German light middleweight champion, never gave up and is now working on his dream to become a big name in boxing. A couple days after his 16th win in his 18th bout (one loss, one draw) in Oberhausen, Germany, FightNews caught up with the talented fighter to talk about his career, the injury and his plans for the future and his friend’s loss to Geale. (more…)

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer Photos by Atheneum Group On the night his close friend lost the most important fight of his …


AWE TV

Interview: Kathy Duva

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, discusses Tomasz Adamek’s performance after his fight with Travis Walker seen on WealthTV and WealthTV.com.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, discusses Tomasz Adamek’s performance after his fight with Travis Walker seen on …


Full Report

Report/gallery: Adamek vs. Walker

Ringside report by Matt Richardson
Photos by Tri Nguyen / GeorgetownProductions.com

In an exciting heavyweight fight, former cruiserweight and light heavyweight title-holder Tomasz Adamek got up from a hard second-round knockdown to stop Travis Walker in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In a rare afternoon card timed to run in primetime on Polish TV, the Polish-born Adamek gave as good as he got before breaking Walker down and stopping him on his feet at the 1:08 mark of the fifth. Walker was also knocked down in a wild second round after taking a right. After that, Adamek stayed in control, winning the third, cutting Walker in the fourth before stopping him on his feet at the 1:08 mark of the fifth . . . Click here for more

Ringside report by Matt Richardson Photos by Tri Nguyen / GeorgetownProductions.com In an exciting heavyweight fight, former cruiserweight and light …


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Report/gallery: Ward vs. Dawson

Ringside report by David Robinett
Photos by Stephanie Trapp / Trappfotos

Before a raucous crowd Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, (26-0, 14 KOs), defended his titles with an impressive tenth round TKO over WBC light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson, (31-2, 17 KOs), on HBO’s Championship Boxing. The end came at 2:45 of round ten when, after suffering his third knockdown of the fight, Dawson told referee Steve Smoger he did not want to continue, prompting Smoger to stop the fight.

With the victory, Ward cemented his status as the most likely eventual successor to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at the top of boxing’s pound-for-pound lists . . . Click here for more

Ringside report by David Robinett Photos by Stephanie Trapp / Trappfotos Before a raucous crowd Saturday night at the Oracle …


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Report/gallery: Matthysse vs. Ajose

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com

Although a much anticipated main event battle between Devon Alexander and Randall Bailey was scrapped due to Bailey’s back injury, the co-featured bout of Shobox’s telecast at the Hard Rock Hotel provided more than enough fireworks to make up for the loss. Unfortunately, all of the explosions came courtesy of Lucas Matthysse detonating bombs on Olusegun Ajose’s chin before finally getting the Nigerian to succumb to the devastation at the 2:59 mark in the 10th round and claim the interim WBC super lightweight title.

If there was ever a more exciting one-sided beat down, we have yet to see it . . . Click here for more

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com Although a much anticipated main …


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Sinyabi retains SA junior featherweight title

By Ron Jackson

Macbute Sinyabi retained his SA junior featherweight title when he beat Oscar Chauke on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Orient Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Sinyabi won with scores of 117-112, 116-114 and 118-112 but this was not a true reflection of the fight which was much closer. The 31-year-old Chauke (55.30kg) made a fast start as he outboxed the champion through the first six rounds. However, he appeared to tire in the later rounds and let the 24-year-old Sinyabi (55.15kg) come back into the fight. Making the eighth defence of his national belt, Sinyabe had to go 12 rounds for the first time in his career to take his record to 19 wins, 2 losses and 18 wins inside the distance.

Chauke 29-7-2; 10 a former SA and World Boxing Foundation junior featherweight champion possibly felt he had done enough to take the title and is entitled to a rematch. There were no knockdowns, although Sinyabi took a tumble through the ropes in the fourth round and was also warned for holding on two occasions by referee Siya Vabaza. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Macbute Sinyabi retained his SA junior featherweight title when he beat Oscar Chauke on a unanimous 12 …


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Maynard’s road back right on schedule

Gray Maynard understands the road back to title contention will come one step at a time. While the destination of becoming the best lightweight in the world remains the ultimate goal, the journey has proven to be a worthwhile cause as Maynard has once again found his peace of mind in the fire of competition. It’s a feeling he knew he had lost touch with in 2011, but after making several life-altering changes, “The Bully” is focused on making his run back to the top of the 155-pound weight class . . . Click here for more by Duane Finley, UFC.com
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