Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

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Late Results from Columbus, Georgia

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Last Saturday night at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia, Melissa “Hurrican Shark” Hernandez (17-3-3, 6 KOs) proved more shark than hurricane as she had to overpower, rather than box the bigger and longer “Notorious” Nicole Woods (11-10-2, 3 KOs) over ten rounds to win the vacant IBS women’s world lightweight title by a hard fought unanimous decision victory. The card promoted by Angelee Gardner’s Syndicate Promotions had a little of everything to satisfy everyone in attendance from knockouts to close decisions on the card. In the co-feature, Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer (7-3-1, 1 KO) put on an exhibition as he clearly outboxed Rasool Shakoor (3-11-1, 1KO) over eight rounds to capture a one sided unanimous decision victory and the vacant IBS National lightweight title by a one-sided unanimous decision. The entertaining night of ring action was matched by “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken. (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Last Saturday night at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia, Melissa “Hurrican Shark” Hernandez …


UFC

Rua prepared for the battle after the war

It was the greatest mixed martial arts fight of all-time. If you want to debate that statement, feel free, but I will not be swayed. When Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua met in the main event of UFC 139 last November, everyone expected the long-awaited showdown of former PRIDE superstars to be good . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.

It was the greatest mixed martial arts fight of all-time. If you want to debate that statement, feel free, but …



Boxing News

Salita opponent named

Longtime contender Dmitriy Salita (33-1-1, 17 KOs) will continue on his road back to a world title shot when he faces veteran Roberto Valenzuela (65-62-2, 54 KOs) in an eight round junior middleweight fight on Saturday’s Wilder-Manswell undercard at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama. Salita has won three straight since his lone career defeat in a world title fight against Amir “King” Khan in 2009. An impressive win over Valenzuela could lead to an all-Brooklyn world title clash against WBA welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi on October 20 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Longtime contender Dmitriy Salita (33-1-1, 17 KOs) will continue on his road back to a world title shot when he …


Boxing News

Video: Floyd Mayweather is free

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. was released from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas last night, as we reported he would be. Floyd, who had no comment for the press, was met family and friends including Leonard Ellerbe, 50 Cent and the ever-present Sam Watson. He was released one month early for good behavior, serving 63 days of an 87-day sentence for domestic violence.

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. was released from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas last night, as we …




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Chaves-Mosquera Sept 22

Newly crowned WBA interim welterweight champion Diego Chaves (21-0, 17 KOs) of Argentina will make his first defense September 22. His opponent will be unbeaten Alberto Mosquera (18-0-2, 13 KOs) of Panama. The bout will take place at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Argentine cable giant TyC Sports airing the event.

Newly crowned WBA interim welterweight champion Diego Chaves (21-0, 17 KOs) of Argentina will make his first defense September 22. …


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Miguel Cotto Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto said Thursday in Puerto Rico that in the coming days he’ll choose the opponent for his next fight on December 1, likely taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York. “We’re meeting with several companies to explore the options for the next event,” said Cotto. One possibility is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who will defend his WBC junior middleweight belt on September 15 against Josesito Lopez.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto said Thursday in Puerto Rico that in the coming days he’ll …


UFC

Watch UFC on FOX weigh-in today!

Watch the official weigh-in for UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera live Friday, August 3 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT . . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.

Watch the official weigh-in for UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera live Friday, August 3 at 7 pm ET/4 pm …


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Frankel: Aiming for an upset

By Bill Green
Photo: De’vo Vom Shattenreich

On the undercard of tonight’s televised ESPN2 card at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, a very interesting lightweight matchup between Mickey Bey Jr (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Rob “Red Hot” Frankel (30-12-1, 6 KOs) will take place. Both fighters come in with something to prove to fans, media, and themselves. For the undefeated Bey Jr, it’s fighting better opposition and putting on a spectacular performance, especially since his last two bouts have been far from stellar. Bey Jr was held to a draw by Jose Hernandez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) and was dropped by journeyman Hector Velasquez (52-17-3, 37 KOs) before going on to win a dull but unanimous decision. Frankel has plenty to prove as well as he is 3-3 in his last six bouts, including a self-admitted lackluster performance against Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (15-3-2, 5 KOs). (more…)

By Bill Green Photo: De’vo Vom Shattenreich On the undercard of tonight’s televised ESPN2 card at the Texas Station Casino …



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Gesta in action tonight

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

After a little more than a year after signing with Top Rank, undefeated lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (25-0-1, 13KOs) is finally getting his turn under the lime light when tonight from the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, NV, he takes on the brash Ty Barnett (20-2-1, 13KOs) of Washington, D.C., in the scheduled main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” Despite the ten rounder marking the first time Gesta of San Diego, CA, by way of Cebu, Philippines, will be featured on the classic broadcast, for him it’s just another day in the office.

“For me it’s just another fight. I just need to be in shape, for me it’s not really big because it is not a title fight,” the southpaw Gesta said after a light session in San Diego before his short trip to Las Vegas. “I still don’t underestimate him, I still train hard for it but for me a title shot is a big thing.” (more…)

By Felipe Leon Photos: Felipe Leon After a little more than a year after signing with Top Rank, undefeated lightweight …


Boxing News

Matthew Hatton returns October 12

Coldwell Boxing’s October 12th show scheduled for The Bowlers in Manchester, England, has been boosted with the addition of former European champion Matthew Hatton. With full card set to be announced in the coming days, promoter Dave Coldwell said, “Matthew is a quality fighter and he’s someone I’ve admired for a long time. He’s fought at championship level for a long time now and he’s shared the ring with some of the sport’s best names including Ben Tackie, Saul Alvarez and Kell Brook. He’s got an IBO title shot set for early next year so he’s going to have an eight-round fight on our show in October and that should hopefully put him in a good place as he prepares for his next big opportunity.”

Coldwell Boxing’s October 12th show scheduled for The Bowlers in Manchester, England, has been boosted with the addition of former …


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Casimero-Guevara presser

Photos: Promociones del Pueblo

Things heated up in Mazatlan, Mexico, on Thursday afternoon in the final press conference before “Furia en Mazatlan (Fury in Mazatlan)” the multi-bout fight card presented by Box Latino in association with Promociones del Pueblo, Sampson Boxing and HG Boxing and headlined by the IBF junior flyweight championship fight between Filipino John Riel Casimero (16-2, 10KOs) and hometown favorite Pedro Guevara (18-0-1, 13KOs). The fight card will be held at the Mazatlan Convention Center and televised live in Mexico by Televisa.

Happy to be able to challenge for the world title in his hometown and in front of his family friends, Guevara mentioned that he was ready and in the best moment of his career and is confident that he will dethrone Casimero for the 108 lbs. title. “I am very proud to be home and fight in front of my people,” Guevara stated to the assembled local and national press in one of the Center’s meeting rooms.

Casimero also had his time at the podium and said that he came to Mexico to defend what his rightfully his. “I know that I will be facing an young and strong opponent,” Casimero stated respectfully of Guevara. “I know he is coming to win but I will not let him. I am here to defend what is mine, a title I won outside of my country and I will defend it again outside of my country.” (more…)

Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Things heated up in Mazatlan, Mexico, on Thursday afternoon in the final press conference before “Furia …


Boxing Result

Oosthuizen retains IBO super middleweight title

By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland

IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (20-0-1, 13 KOs) remained undefeated, pounding out a 12 round unanimous decision over Rowland Bryant (16-2, 11 KOs) to retain his IBO belt on Thursday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, NYC. Scores were 118-110 and 117-111 (2x).

After the bout Oosthuizen commented on his victory.

“He was a tough guy, who took some really big shots,” said the 24-year-old South African. “I know there are still things that I need to improve on and I will go back to the drawing board with my team after this. I am happy that I had the opportunity to perform here in New York, and whatever my team decides is next for me, I will be ready.” (more…)

By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside Photos: Ed Mulholland IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (20-0-1, 13 KOs) remained undefeated, …



Boxing News

FNF Finale moved to Miami (Oklahoma)

Following the injury to original headliner Karim Mayfield, the August 17 ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale has been moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, In the 12-round super middleweight main event, Chicago puncher Don “Da Bomb” George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will take on Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs) with a chance to face IBF champion Carl Froch on the line.

In the co-feature, jr middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) returns from one of the most controversial fights of 2012 to take on Damian “Devo” Frias (19-4-1, 10 KOs). (more…)

Following the injury to original headliner Karim Mayfield, the August 17 ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale has been moved …


Scale Watch

Weights from Los Angeles

Fernando Carcamo 135 vs. Robert Rodriguez 135
Jose Martell 147 vs. Jaime Ocegueda 146
Lawrence Hughes 148 vs Jessie Roman 148
Hector Castro 152 vs. Jose Leon 152
Ralph Prescott 150 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 151
Venue: Commerce Casino
Promolter: GK Boxing Promotions
Tickets/Info 562-882-3785
Doors 7pm

Fernando Carcamo 135 vs. Robert Rodriguez 135 Jose Martell 147 vs. Jaime Ocegueda 146 Lawrence Hughes 148 vs Jessie Roman …


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Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta from Cebu, Philippines weighed 137 and Ty Barnett of Washington, D.C. scaled in at 135.5 for their upcoming lightweight main event on Top Rank’s “The Future is Now” show on Friday in the Dallas Event Center at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino.

Undefeated Super Bantamweight Jesse Magdaleno of Las Vegas weighed 121.5 and Aldimar Silva Santos of Brazil weighed 122 for their co-featured fight.

Undefeated Mickey Bey of Cleveland, Ohio and Rob Frankel of Denver, CO both weighed 136.5.

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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta from Cebu, Philippines weighed 137 and Ty Barnett of Washington, D.C. …


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Velez, Salita on Wilder-Manswell undercard

Unbeaten featherweight Jayson Velez (18-0, 13 KOs) is the latest phenom to emerge from the boxing rich island of Puerto Rico. This Saturday he faces veteran Leivi Brea (18-9-3, 9 KOs) in the eight-round co-main event of the FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes televised card from the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama.

Also seeing action is longtime contender Dmitriy Salita (33-1-1, 17 KOs) will continue on his road back to a world title shot when he faces an opponent to be determined in an eight round junior middleweight fight. Salita has won three straight since his lone career defeat in a world title fight against Amir Khan in 2009.

In the main event, 2008 United States Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder looks to make it 24 knockouts in 24 fights without a loss when he battles Kertson Manswell (22-5, 17 KOs). (more…)

Unbeaten featherweight Jayson Velez (18-0, 13 KOs) is the latest phenom to emerge from the boxing rich island of Puerto …



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Olympics: Just 2 American boxers left

The U.S. Olympic Boxing Team was unable to end its losing streak on Thursday following two closely contested losses in second round action at the 2012 Olympic Games. Lightweight Jose Ramirez’s slow start cost him with Uzbekistan’s Fazliddin Gaibnazarov while middleweight Terrell Gausha dropped a one-point heartbreaker to former Olympic medalist Vijender of India. The two remaining American boxers will compete on Friday night as three-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren makes his 2012 Olympic Games debut in a flyweight contest with France’s Nordine Oubaali at 8:30 p.m. London time (3:30 p.m. ET). Welterweight Errol Spence will return to the ring for his second bout with India’s Krishan Vikas at 9:30 p.m. London time (4:30 p.m. ET). The three American women will open competition on August 5 and 6. Click here for a full report on all bouts.

The U.S. Olympic Boxing Team was unable to end its losing streak on Thursday following two closely contested losses in …


UFC

UFC light heavy Hall of Famers weigh in on UFC on FOX

Just two days before Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Ryan “Darth” Bader all compete to be the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC On FOX (live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) three of the biggest icons in the 205lbs division’s history weigh-in with their predictions. (more…)

Just two days before Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Ryan “Darth” Bader all …


Boxing News

WBA dumps Mikey Garcia; Walters new mandatory

The WBA Championships Committee has named unbeaten Jamaican featherweight Nicholas Walters as new mandatory challenger for WBA featherweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero. Representatives of both fighters have until September 2 to reach an agreement or a purse bid will be called. During this negotiating period, neither fighter can fight or sign an agreement for another fight.

The WBA Championships Committee has named unbeaten Jamaican featherweight Nicholas Walters as new mandatory challenger for WBA featherweight champion Celestino …


Boxing News

Floyd to be released tonight

Fightnews.com has been informed by a source close to Team Mayweather that pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be released from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas TONIGHT at 12:01AM. Floyd went in on June 1st to begin serving an 87-day sentence on domestic violence rap, but was eligible for early release on good behavior.

Fightnews.com has been informed by a source close to Team Mayweather that pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be released …


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Grispi more motivated than ever

Josh Grispi got married, became a father, ruptured his appendix, and watched his father battle brain cancer. It’s the life journey many share in one form or another, only his has taken place in just 23 years . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.

Josh Grispi got married, became a father, ruptured his appendix, and watched his father battle brain cancer. It’s the life …


Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: Day Six

It was the second round of preliminaries for the Men’s Lightweights (60kg) and Middleweights (75kg) on the sixth day of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The packed ExCeL arena was once again treated to some top-class action. (more…)

It was the second round of preliminaries for the Men’s Lightweights (60kg) and Middleweights (75kg) on the sixth day of …


Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Miguel Gonzalez

Mexican WBC world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has amped up his training for his September 15 showdown with compatriot and former WBO world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. “We are starting this month with strong pace workouts. I feel great and I’m adapting to the southpaw style. Every day we try to learn and keep learning. This month is very important in my preparation and our agenda is being fulfilled according to plan. It’s the strongest preparation of my career and I always train hard and with great concentration and dedication. What is certain is that it will be a great fight and a great night for boxing,” said Gonzalez, who trains daily at the Romanza Gym with his trainer Nacho Beristain in Mexico City. More photos…

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Miguel Gonzalez Mexican WBC world featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has amped up his training for …


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Chambers targets Thurman

Once beaten welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers (24-1-1, 6 KOs) is targeting undefeated KO artist Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KOs) for a potential fight on October 6th in Atlantic City. Chambers recently turned down an offer to fight Thurman on two weeks’ notice, saying he wants the same full training camp as Thurman. “I have too much pride in my career to take the biggest opportunity on short notice” said Chambers. (more…)

Once beaten welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers (24-1-1, 6 KOs) is targeting undefeated KO artist Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KOs) for …


Boxing News

Groves’ cut causes venue change

Promoter Frank Warren’s September 14th event, originally due to take place at Wembley Arena, has switched venues and will now take place at York Hall following the withdrawal of super middleweight George Groves, who suffered a deep cut over his right eye last Saturday on the Guerrero-Aydin undercard. Groves was slated to defend his British and Commonwealth belts against Kenny Anderson.

Former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders will now top the bill with a mandatory defense of his Commonwealth Middleweight Championship against unbeaten Australian Jarrod Fletcher. The rest of the card remains unchanged. All tickets that have been already purchased for Wembley Arena can be exchanged by Frank Warren Promotions for the new venue.

Promoter Frank Warren’s September 14th event, originally due to take place at Wembley Arena, has switched venues and will now …


Boxing News

AIBA punishes Olympic officials

Following the review of the highly controversial Olympic bantamweight bout between Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu and Azeri Magomed Abdulhamidov in which the judges’ decision was overturned, the referee of that bout Ishanguly Meretnyyazov (Turkmenistan) has been “expelled” and is on his way back home. Apparently no sanctions against the judges who scored the last round of that bout 10-10, despite multiple knockdowns.

In other moves, Frank Scharmach (Germany), the referee of a controversial light heavyweight bout between India’s Sumit Sangwan and Brazilian Yamaguchi Falcao Florentino, was suspended for five days, and International Technical Official (ITO) Aghajan Abiyev (Azerbaijan) was also given the boot for “a number of breaches of the AIBA Code of Conduct.”

Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President declared, “I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions. However, our main concern has been and will always be the protection of the integrity and fair-play of our competitions. I will take all possible steps to reinforce this.”

Following the review of the highly controversial Olympic bantamweight bout between Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu and Azeri Magomed Abdulhamidov in which …


Boxing News

Theophane to fight in North Carolina

Former British light welterweight titleholder Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (31-5-1, 9 KOs) will be facing an opponent to be named on August 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event will take place at NC Music Factory’s Reelworks Studios and be promoted by Bellonora McCallum’s World of Champions Boxing.

Former British light welterweight titleholder Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (31-5-1, 9 KOs) will be facing an opponent to be named on …


Announcement

Boxing official Raffaele Argiolas passes

By Johnny B’

Condonlences to the family of Raffaele Argiolas, Referee and Judge from Italy. Argiolas passed away this past Thursday morning July 26th due to complications with lung cancer. Argiolas who officiated as a judge and referee in Italy and across Europe as a professional for almost 20 years, will be missed dearly by his family and many friends from the boxing community.

By Johnny B’ Condonlences to the family of Raffaele Argiolas, Referee and Judge from Italy. Argiolas passed away this past …


UFC

Watch UFC on FOX 4 presser

Watch the UFC on FOX 4 press conference with Dana White, Shogun Rua, Brandon Vera, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader live Thursday, August 2 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.

Watch the UFC on FOX 4 press conference with Dana White, Shogun Rua, Brandon Vera, Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader …


Scale Watch

Oosthuizen, Bryant make weight

Thomas Oosthuizen 167 vs. Rowland Bryant 168
(IBO super middleweight championship)
Seanie Monaghan 176 vs. George Armenta 174
Heather Hardy 119 vs. Mikayla Nebel 117
Boyd Melson 154 vs. Khalik Memminger 154
Floriano Pagliara 130.5 vs. Willie Villanueva 130.5
Zach Ochoa 139 vs. Cody Osbourne 139
Jonathan Cepeda 161 vs. Orphius Waite 160
Allan Benitez 136 vs. Osnel Charles 133
Venue: Roseland Ballroom in New York City
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: Fight Now TV

Thomas Oosthuizen 167 vs. Rowland Bryant 168 (IBO super middleweight championship) Seanie Monaghan 176 vs. George Armenta 174 Heather Hardy …


Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: Day Five

Three weight categories took to the canvas on day five of the boxing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games with four Bantam (56kg), three Heavy (91kg) and four Super Heavyweight (91+kg) bouts at the ExCeL Arena. (more…)

Three weight categories took to the canvas on day five of the boxing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games …


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Mike Swick returns to the Octagon

On the same card as four light heavyweight warriors compete to be next in line for a UFC® title shot, one athlete has already overcome enormous obstacles to simply be competing on the UFC On FOX card (live at 8pm ET/5pm PT) live from Los Angeles.

By the time he steps into the Octagon at the STAPLES Center it will have been been two years, five months and 30 days – 911 days in total – since welterweight contender Mike ‘Quick’ Swick, 14-4, last fought. A seven year veteran of the UFC and one of the original ‘Ultimate Fighter’ cast members, the popular Texan has battled a series of health issues including a condition called esophageal spasm which threatened his career. (more…)

On the same card as four light heavyweight warriors compete to be next in line for a UFC® title shot, …


Boxing News

Sergio Martinez roadwork

By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde

Two-division world champion and considered widely by many to be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) of Argentina, but now residing in Oxnard, California, continues his preparations for his upcoming bout against undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) which takes place on the eve of Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 15th live on HBO Pay-Per-View from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fightnews caught up with Sergio Martinez and the rest of his team for their early morning roadwork and workout. “Everything is going great, we’re three weeks into training camp and Sergio is doing great,” said chief trainer Pablo Sarmiento. “Sergio’s 100% focused for Chavez Jr. Sparring is going great, we brought in very good fighters and we’re all working very hard like we do for every fight,” continued Sarmiento. (more…)

By Ricardo Conde Photos: Ricardo Conde Two-division world champion and considered widely by many to be one of the best …


Boxing News

WBA mandates Guzman-Cano title bout

By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports

Acquinity Sports confirmed today’s receipt of the official WBA mandate ordering a title bout between their fighter, Dominican former two-time world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (33-0-1, 20 KOs) and interim champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs) of Mexico for the WBA super lightweight title.

The letter, addressed to “Mr. Guzman” and “Mr. Cano,” references Rule 28 of the WBA regulations which sanctions and compels both parties to negotiate for a site and date.

Argentinean former belt holder Marcos Maidana recently moved up to welterweight and vacated the title, paving the way for Cano to claim the interim version with his 7th-round technical decision victory over Johan Perez on July 21st. (more…)

By Phil Doherty Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports Acquinity Sports confirmed today’s receipt of the official WBA mandate ordering a title …


Boxing News

Adamek-Walker press conference

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik

As expected, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) and Travis Walker (39-7, 31 KOs) did not engage in any verbal fireworks during their first conference in Prudential Center in Newark. “Both of those men like to show what they can do, not during press conferences but when it really counts, in the ring. So this is what we can be sure of on September 8 in the Prudential Center – it will be a great fight,” –said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva during kick-off press event in a place Adamek knows very well, fighting there for the tenth time. Kathy Duva was right, outside of Walker’s suggestion that “he will run but I will eventually get him,” and Adamek response of “I don’t run, I have great footwork,” both of the fighters were a perfect gentleman. Who will prevail? We have to wait until September 8 to find out who will win and claim the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight belt. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: Wojtek Kubik As expected, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) and Travis Walker (39-7, 31 KOs) …










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