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Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

Russell dominates, KOs Gonzalez to win WBC featherweight title

By Tracy Morin at ringside Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) ...

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Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Jones Jr. annihilates Vasquez in Pensecola homecoming fight

Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night ...

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Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Estrada crushes Asenjo to retain fly belts

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) retained his titles with a third round TKO over Rommel ...

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Manny Pacquiao looks sharp in workout

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club ...

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IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

IBF welter champ Brook floors Dan four times in blowout win, calls out Amir Khan

Photos: Lawrence Lustig In his first defense, unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) demolished #1 rated Jo Jo Dan (34-3, ...

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UFC

Win or wait for Henderson

Ben Henderson has been down the road to a title shot before. It feels like yesterday, yet it was 32 months ago, when a lanky 5-foot-9, 25-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., with long, flowing hair that when put in a bun is called “Benson Bunnies” by his MMA Lab teammates, debuted in the WEC with a 42-second guillotine choke submission of Anthony Njokuani .. . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com

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August 12th, 2011



UFC

Video: Strikeforce’s Rousey

STRIKEFORCE is LIVE tonight on SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT


For more on Strikeforce, or this Friday’s card on Showtime, visit Strikeforce.com 



August 12th, 2011

Feature Story

Tourney to produce bantam star

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Despite the fact that two of the arguably best bantamweights declined to enter, Showtime’s bantamweight tournament has featured some great fights and will conclude on Saturday with an exceptional matchup between undefeated Abner Mares and the tough as nails Joseph Agbeko. If you had any complaints before the tournament started due to a lack of star power, the finale will likely silence all of the haters as a new star in the bantamweight division will be born . . . click here for full story



August 12th, 2011

Announcement

Scott LeDoux passes

Former heavyweight contender Scott LeDoux has passed away at the age of 62 after a long battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. LeDoux fought a who’s who of his era’s top heavyweights including George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, Mike Weaver and Greg Page among others and was later a popular commentator for ESPN and the head of the Minnesota Boxing Commission. The Fightnews.com staff sends our condolences to the LeDoux family.



August 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Angulo finally ready to return

WBC #2 super welterweight Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) is finally ready to come off the shelf after over a year of inactivity. After reaching a settlement with his prior promoter Gary Shaw Productions, Angulo has now signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “I believe Golden Boy Promotions is the right company to further my career and achieve my goals in boxing,” said Angulo. “I can’t wait to become Golden Boy’s next world champion.” A date and opponent for Angulo’s Golden Boy debut will be announced shortly, but he will fight a tune-up fight next Saturday in Mexicali, Mexico.



August 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Calderon back to 105

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former two-division world champion Ivan Calderon is dropping weight slowly and says that on October 28 he expects to regain the WBO 105lb title against reigning monarch Raul Garcia in a bout that will take place during the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. “I’m working now to easily reach that weight,” said Calderon. “And I am training to fight Garcia or anyone in that division. We’ll show that I still have.” Calderon, 34-2-1 and only six knockouts, said the rest after his second loss to Giovanni Segura has suited him both physically, as well as for motivation. “I still feel like the world champion in Puerto Rico that took the 105 and 108 titles. Last week I was at 127, now I’m at 122.5 and at the end of the month will be on 118 and in the remaining two months I’ll safely arrive at 105 pounds.”



August 12th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Australia

After spending four years in the USA, Michael Katsidis “The Great” will return to fight in Australia against Mexican Michael Lozada at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday. Katsidis, the two time lightweight world champion, will move up to junior welterweight for this bout in preparation for a potential fight with Mexican superstar and multiple world title winner Erik Morales later in the year.

Michael Katsidis 140 vs. Michael Lozada 140
Nestor Rocha 126 vs. Jack Asis 125.25
Jarrod Fletcher 160 vs. Arnel Tinampay: 156
Israel Kani 170.25 vs. Chris Fox 174.5
Knox Mohenoa 207 vs. Brett Peters 204
Ron Bradford 183.5 vs. James Chan 183.5
Braydon Smith 125.25 vs. David Smith 121.75
Mick Shaw 136.25 vs. Brett Smith 137.5
Venue: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
Promoter: Brendon Smith
Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au



August 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Agbeko-Mares Video Update

Al Bernstein of SHOWTIME Sports reports from Las Vegas where Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares are prepared to crucial final match of The Bantamweight Tournament. Live on SHOWTIME Saturday August 13th at 10pm ET/PT.



August 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Caballero to El Paso

Sept 15 Arreola fight scratched

By Francisco Salazar

Looks like the proposed Jhonny Gonzalez world title defense against Roinet Caballero will not take place at the Convention Center in Ontario, CA as originally planned, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. The fight will still occur on September 15th, but will instead take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, TX. Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola was also scheduled to fight on the card in Ontario, which is near his hometown of Riverside. However, according to Goossen, he is no longer fighting on that date. “We are looking to bring Chris back later this year and attempt to have him fight for a world title in 2012,” said the head of Goossen Tutor Promotions. ESPN Deportes is rumored to televise the fight.



August 12th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Indio, CA

Antonio Diaz 150 vs. Ernesto Zepeda 150.4
Andrew Cancio 135.6 vs. Lowell Brownfield 134.6
Jose Antonio Vargas 133.8 vs. Manuel Sarabia 134.8
Humberto Zatarain 125.8 vs. Rocco Espinoza 125
Angel Osuna 152.6 vs. Raul Rodriguez 154
Kenny Williams 139 vs. Marcos Rojas 139.8
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Telefutura
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August 12th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from St Charles, MO

Photos: Craig Walker

Antwone Smith 148.8 vs. Kermit Cintron 149.5
Dannie Williams 135.5 vs. Antonio Cervantes 135.5
Dean McBaine 141.5 vs. Troy White 148
Alonzo Toney 230 vs. Todd Brown 203
Tim Franklin 157 vs. Nate Kempa 153.5
Bryan Dailey 185 vs. Shawn Hammack 180.5
Lawrence Hughes 142.5 vs.Keandre Gibson 143
Ricky Lacefield 115 vs. Stephon Young 114
Venue: Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, MO
Promoter: Rumble Time Promotions
TV: ESPN2 another photo



August 12th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Hollywood FL

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez

Ed Paredes 147 vs. Juliano Ramos 146.25
Carlos Buitrago 104.25 vs. Felipe Rivas 106.5
Luis Ortiz 229 vs. Aaron Lyons 237.75
Richard Abril 135 vs. Sergio Rivera 139.25
Yoandris Salinas 123 vs. Felipe Almanza 121.75
Yoelvis Gamboa 140.5 vs. Larry Yanez 139
Trevis Hall 123.5 vs. Sergio Aguilar 124
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Live
Promoter: Dream Team Boxing (more…)



August 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Slideshow: Mares-Agbeko presser


Photos by Chris Cozzone

All the shots from today’s final press conference for Showtime’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” headlining  Joseph King Kong Agbeko vs. Abner Mares  . . . Click here for more



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Sanchez II ready in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Everything is ready for the “Orgullo Mexicano” card on Saturday at the Sports Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State. The featured fighters Ibeth Zamora, Yacksury Gordon, Salvador Sanchez II, Adam Garcia and Carlos Zarate Jr. were in the company of the promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia at today’s press conference. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

UFC

The wait is over!

Edgar-Maynard III headlines UFC 136

The wait for the much-anticipated third fight between UFC® lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and unbeaten top contender Gray Maynard is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that Edgar and Maynard will settle the score when the organization returns to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 8. If one major title fight wasn’t enough, UFC officials also confirmed that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his crown against the always-dangerous Kenny Florian. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

De La Mora: I can beat Kameda

With a great preparation and a firm conviction that he can defeat Koki Kameda, David “Morita” De La Mora of Tijuana, Mex, called a press conference earlier today at his alma mater of the University Center of Tijuana and where he stated to the amassed media that he would travel to Japan and bring back the world title because, “it would be a great gift for Tijuana.”

“Morita” (23-0, 16KOs) will challenge Kameda (25-1, 16KOs) for the WBA bantamweight title on Wednesday, August 31st, in his first opportunity for a world title while Kameda will be defending the title for the second time. The bout will take place at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

“I am very motivated because not only is it a dream for me to become a world champion, it is a dream for my whole family,” De La Mora stated. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

UFC

Strikeforce at the scales


Photo by Josh Hedges/Strikeforce

From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce: Gurgel vs. Duarte, airing Friday, August 12 at 11 pm ET/PT on Showtime.

Jorge Gurgel (154) vs. Joe Duarte (155)
Danillo Villefort (186) vs. Nate James (185)
Pat Healy (155) vs. Eric Wisely (156)
Ronda Rousey (146) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (146)
Roy Jones (204) vs. Derrick Mehmen (205)

Gian Villante (205) vs. Keith Berry (204)
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. Lukasz Lez (169)
Mike Bronzoulis (169) vs. Chad Leonhardt (171)
Sterling Ford (156) vs. Milton Viera (155)
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For more on Strikeforce, or this Friday’s card on Showtime, visit Strikeforce.com 



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Injury KOs Ramos-Rodela

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos will not be allowed to fight against David Rodela on Saturday night, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. Ramos and Rodela were scheduled to fight in a 10 round bout on the undercard of the Joseph Agbeko-Abner Mares world title bout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. However, according to Espinoza, Ramos was assaulted on Tuesday afternoon by three young men while jogging along the Santa Ana River near his hometown of Santa Ana, CA. Ramos (19-0, 8 KO’s) had his iPod and identification stolen and was apparently scratched by one of the assailants with a box cutter along with getting punched to the head. A physician ran tests on Ramos, which included a CT scan, and concluded that Ramos suffered a mild concussion. “Luis is very disappointed that he is not going to fight on Saturday,” said Espinoza, who also manages Mares. “However, when a doctor recommends for Luis not to fight, we have to error on the side of caution. We would love to fight David on a Telefutura show down the line, but we’ll wait and see.” No word yet from Golden Boy, who promotes Ramos, if an opponent is being sought for Rodela (15-4-3, 6 KO’s). Ramos is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over former world title holder Francisco Lorenzo in June.



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Agbeko, Mares face off

By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Joseph King Kong Agbeko stares down unbeaten Abner Mares at today’s press conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On Saturday, live on SHOWTIME, Mares and Agbeko will fight in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All. Stay tuned for more photos from today’s presser.

Agbeko: “It feels so good to be back. The Hard Rock Hotel is like my home and the place where I made my U.S. debut. This is my second home. Abner Mares has a dream to be world champion. I have a dream to by #1 pound for pound in the world. My dream isn’t just to be champion. Losing this fight would not give me that opportunity. I have no choice but to win. Mares has a dream but ‘King Kong’ is here to kill that dream.”

Mares: “I’m at the finals and I’m very happy to be here. My last fight against Vic Darchinyan was tough. Now I’m facing Joseph Agbeko and this fight will be tough as well. I’m not nervous though. I’m excited. I’m ready to make my dream come true for me and my family. I cannot lose on August 13th and there is no defeat in my mind right now. This Mexican is ready for war!”



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Trout offers Wolak title shot

Upon reading recent interviews with popular slugger Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak and his new manager, Cameron Dunkin, WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) has the following message: “I’ll fight you.” Trout says he’d be happy to accommodate Wolak and company’s desire to fight for a title. “I’ll put my belt up against him. He’s not winning it, but I’ll put it on the line so he can say he fought for a title.” (more…)



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Omar Chavez headlines Sept 3

Omar “Businessman” Chávez is training at the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, for his next fight on September 3. Chavez (26-0-1 with 19 KOs) will be headlining the show. Possible opponents include Luciano Cuello and Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr.



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Allan Green returns Saturday

The undercard has been announced for this Saturday’s (August 13) boxing event at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, featuring the long-awaited professional boxing debut of legendary street brawler Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.

The four-round heavyweight battle between Slice and Saint Charles, Missouri’s James Wade (0-1) will be supported by the return of former super middleweight contender Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-3, 20 KO’s) against Harrisburg, Arkansas’ Craig Gandy (7-4-1, 6 KOs) in a cruiserweight eight rounder. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

Feature Story

Agbeko, Mares Speak

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In an eagerly awaited matchup this Saturday, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend his IBF bantamweight title against unbeaten WBC Silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The 12-round bout between between the New York-based Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana and the unbeaten Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Agbeko, who will be making his fourth consecutive appearance on SHOWTIME, and Mares, who’ll be making his third in a row on the network, were scheduled to meet last April 23, but the fight was postponed when Agbeko was injured moments after his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport for fight week. Doctors diagnosed the champion with sudden onset sciatica, a back injury. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

Feature Story

Mares’ time is here

Story by Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Abner Mares took a very interesting route in arriving to where he is at now, which is a victory away from winning a world title belt this Saturday night.

Losing a controversial decision at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, a successful pro debut in 2005, followed by quality victories over some of the top fighters at 118 pounds were some of the highlights Mares as experienced . . . click here for more



August 11th, 2011

UFC

Wineland just getting started

When did 27 years old become “old”? Eddie Wineland is not old. Nor is he even slowing down. With this influx of younger and younger talent into the UFC’s lighter weight classes, there seems to be a misconception that a guy having a fight dating back to 2003 on his record must mean he’s ancient. Quite the contrary, it means Wineland is a veteran of cracking skulls and he started doing it when he was even younger than those new recruits are now. And judging by Wineland’s last five fights – he’s getting better at it .. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

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August 11th, 2011

Feature Story

Dinner with Sergio Martinez

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Keith Sims

Sergio Martinez considers his recent success a catch-22. Within the last three years, he has captured world title belts in two weight classes, is recognized as the linear middleweight champion of the world by the media, and only seems to get better in the ring after each outing. He has amassed a following of fight fans, especially becoming more popular with the ladies due to his good looks, something that a few men envy. On the flip side, his success has led to few boxers wishing to fight the popular Argentine. Or as Martinez claims in previous interviews, a few fighters he wishes to fight hide behind their promoters. Still, he is thankful and eager to fight unbeaten Darren Barker, unknown to fight fans in the United States, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on October 1st. For more details and photos click here…



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Palacios-Torres Ready

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA interim minimum world champion Juan Palacios (28-3, 21 KOs) of Nicaragua and his challenger, Mexican Armando Torres (16-8, 11 KOs), both demonstrated that they are in are in excellent physical condition during a public workout in Acapulco. They collide Saturday at the Acapulco Convention Center. Miguel Roman, Abraham ‘Marvin’ Rodríguez, Pedro Navarrete and Rogers Mtagwa also showed their condition in the open air public workout. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo.



August 11th, 2011

Feature Story

Adamek talks about Klitschko

"I'm ready for Vitali having the fight of his life"

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) and titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) did not throw any punches yet because their September 10 WBC championship fight in Wroclaw, Poland, is a month away, but before their highly expected clash of styles, there are a lot of side stories.

The biggest one was delivered by a “The New York Times” writer, who in the August 7 issue wrote that, “In one prominent show of support, Vitali Klitschko, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion and one of Ukraine’s best-known athletes, announced Saturday that he would delay a title fight planned for September to focus on drawing attention to Ms. Tymoshenko’s arrest.” Problem was… this “delay announcement” from the WBC champ never actually happened Vitali was and is training hard, promising s spectacular win in Adamek’s home country and managers of both fighters promptly issued statements that this big event in front of 40,000 fans in Stadion Miejski soccer stadium in Wroclaw was never in danger. “Fightnews” talked to Tomasz Adamek who is almost finished with his Klitschko preparations. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Ioka-Hernandez: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten WBC strawweight champ Hiroki Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), 104.5, Japan, impressively retained his 105-pound belt as he kept stalking official challenger Juan Hernandez (18-2, 13 KOs), 104.5, a hard-hitting Mexican switch-hitter, had him badly bleeding from the nostrils and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



August 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Cavazos Boxing inks “Rocket”

By John Cannon

Promoter Anthony Cavazos has produced some of the best fighters in the Rio Grande Valley during his 10 year tenure in the business. Some of the most notable fighters he has produced over the years were J.P. De La Rosa, who appeared on NBC’s “The Contender,” former WBC Youth world champion James De La Rosa and most recently, the former WBC Latino champion Eric Molina. Cavazos is adding another fighter who he feels will begin the trend for the new generation of Valley boxing. Weslaco native Joey “Rocket” Garcia, an amateur standout, formally signed with Cavazos Boxing Promotions Wednesday evening at Ciro’s Restaurant in Pharr and Cavazos said he was excited about getting an opportunity to build up another fighter. (more…)



August 11th, 2011




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