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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Boxing News

Glen Johnson TKO’d by world rated cruiser Makabu

WBC #3, WBA #2, WBO #9 cruiserweight contender Ilunga “Junior” Makabu (17-1, 16 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO against 45-year-old former world champion Glen Johnson (54-19-2, 37 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Hôtel de Kinshasa in Kinshasa, Congo. The bout was waved off with Makabu battering Johnson on the ropes. This was only the second time in the “Road Warrior’s” long career that he has been stopped, the first being 17 years ago against Bernard Hopkins.



June 30th, 2014



Boxing News

Graham Earl hits Australia for Katsidis rematch

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Lightweight Graham Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) touched down in Australia today ahead of his much anticipated rematch with former two-time WBO world champion, Michael Katsidis ‘The Great’ (29-6, 24 KOs) on Friday night at Rumours International convention centre in Toowoomba. A fit and hardened Earl today declared “Its only days until I bring back bragging rights for the whole of England as I claim my victory that I should of had in 2007, when we traded blows before. Michael has said there will be no trilogy and he is correct when he says that, as once we box I will make it his last fight and retire him from boxing. This fight has been burning inside me ever since the last fight in 2007 and I’m determined to make this right.”

The pair originally met in 2007 in London when Katsidis stopped Earl in a five round war for the vacant WBO lightweight world interim championship. This will be the 35-year-old Earl’s first fight in five years.



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Suleymanov-Quevedo headline in Montebello

Former world ranked contender Khabir Suleymanov (16-4, 6 KOs) will look to rebound when he takes on tough Mexican veteran Daniel Quevedo (13-15-3, 8 KOs) July 18th at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The super bantamweight main event bout is scheduled for 6 rounds. The Southern California based Suleymanov fought valiently in his last bout dropping a decision to world ranked unbeaten Roman Morales this past March. James “Buddy” McGirt is training Suleymanov for this next bout. (more…)



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Pro boxing back in Davenport, Iowa

Professional boxing returns to the historic Col Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa on July 11th. A preview of potential matches from co-promoters Tony Bandy (Fight College Inc.) & Skylar Thompson (Glamour Promotions) has the following prospects with match-ups in the works. Scheduled in in separate bouts are light middleweights Purnell Gates (26-2, 15 KOs) and Bobby Bryant (15-0, 9 KOs), middleweights George Carter Jr. (11-0, 6 KOs) and Limberth Ponce (7-2, 5 KOs), cruiserweight Vinnie Carita (8-1-1, 8 KOs) and heavyweight Donovan Dennis (9-1, 8 KOs). More details to come.



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Bermane Stiverne is enjoying life as a heavyweight champion. More

“Don’t quit!” is what manager Alex Morrison is saying to Ricky Burns, following his recent loss. More

The Klitschko brothers shell out over $270K to equip army unit warring in eastern Ukraine. More

A fight broke out in Omaha following the Crawford-Gamboa battle. More



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

De Alba wins by going south of the border

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading PA, junior lightweight Frank Santos De Alba (13-1-2, 5KOs) captured the UBF All Americas belt with a fifth round knockout of Pablo Batres (7-10-1, 2KOs) which came from an apparent accidental low blow. The six bout card promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s Kings Promotions had its share of upsets along with 10 entertaining amateur contests. In the co-feature of the evening, veteran welterweight Danny Lugo (3-7) upset local fan favorite “Irish” Pat Kehoe (1-1) by four round majority decision. (more…)



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Nelson retains female welter belt

By Julian Burgower at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

“Has anybody seen a tooth?” The question reverberated through ringside officials and media-types after the opening preliminary bout had been called to a halt proceeding a Glen Dezum right hook that folded overmatched Cody Fuller at 2:44 the second round. Referee Kenny Chevalier had no need to pick up the count. It was going to be that type of night!

Saturday night’s main event at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD, featured the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) titlist Tori Sho-Nuff” Nelson, Ashburn, VA, defending her welterweight title against Nicole Woods, Brooklyn, NY. The bout was laced with heavy inside roughhouse tactics, causing Nelson to rely on her aggression to land on the inside and to the body. Nelson was able to connect with several uppercuts to snap back Woods’ head in the fourth and fifth rounds. Woods’ only success of the evening was in the eighth round, launching Nelson’s mouthpiece across the canvass after connecting with a hard counter right. The remainder of the bout belonged to the champion, who won by scores of 95-94, 98-92 (twice). Fightnews scored the bout 99-91 in favor of Nelson, who improves to 10-0-3 (1). Woods drops to 11-14-3 (3). (more…)



June 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Terence Crawford: At the press conference I told him ‘you shouldn’t have taken this fight’

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

“My manager and promoter always ask me ‘when are you going to see more out of you?’ I always tell them ‘put me in there with somebody,'” said a beaming WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference after his spectacular ninth round KO of previously unbeaten Yuriorkas Gamboa. “I commend Gamboa for taking the fight, but I just felt like it was my time. I was destined to win that fight. I just felt that in my heart. At the press conference I told him ‘you shouldn’t have taken this fight.'” (more…)



June 29th, 2014

Boxing News

WBO to grant scholarships to pro boxing prospects in Mexico and Philippines

As was held in Puerto Rico in early 2014, the WBO will help several young pro boxers from Mexico and the Philippines as part of the successful program Kids Drug Free. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said that the young boxers will be financially rewarded with a scholarship to further studies and can continue their boxing careers. “We had this event in Puerto Rico and we want to go to other regions to encourage sports and studies in the young boxers, so let’s do it in two major boxing countries like Mexico and the Philippines,” Valcarcel said. “The important thing here is that it will motivate these young boxers on their education and also their career in boxing.” (more…)



June 29th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night San Antonio: Post-fight presser

Six fighters joined the UFC’s Senior Director of Public Relations, Dave Sholler, at the UFC Fight Night San Antonio post-fight press conference: Headliners Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens, undefeated welterweight Kelvin Gastelum, fast-rising light heavyweight Clint Hester, newcomer Carlos Diego Ferreira and TUF Brazil 1 winner Cezar Ferreira . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Perez, Santana claim WBA interim belts

Report & Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

A frenzied partisan crowd of 1200 packed the tent on the Malecon Terrace at the Hotel Sheraton Santo Domingo for the WBA’s XXIX KO Drugs festival Saturday night. Several WBA title fights were held, those of the interim and regional variety, with plenty of international flavor to go around. It was a mixed bag of results for the home town crowd as Dominican Dahiana Santana brought home the female interim featherweight title by out hustling Colombian Francia Bravo over twelve, while Colombia returned the favor as Darleys Perez shocked previously undefeated Argenis Lopez in twelve to snatch the interim lightweight belt. (more…)



June 29th, 2014

UFC

UFN San Antonio: Cub Outlasts Stephens

Cub Swanson may have earned his shot at the featherweight title. Following his sixth consecutive win, a hard fought five-round unanimous decision victory over Jeremy Stephens at AT&T Center, the veteran contender is the clear next in line for the winner of August’s bout between 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes, though he’s not asking for it . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs defeats Love for NABA title

Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Raphael Zumbano Love (34-8-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Love seemed more interested in surviving than fighting, running and holding the whole way. Briggs scored knockdowns in rounds one and twelve. Love barely hung on until the end. With the win, Briggs claimed the vacant NABA heavyweight title and a likely WBA rating.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford KOs Gamboa in round nine

By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Hometown hero and unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO against previously unbeaten three division world champion and Olympic gold medalist Yuriokas “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night before 10,943 partisan fight fans at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The first four rounds were close with maybe a slight edge to Gamboa, but in round five Crawford dropped Gamboa and punished him for the rest of the round. After that, the tide turned for Crawford, who was fighting from a southpaw stance. Crawford dropped Gamboa again in round eight. Gamboa staggered Crawford in round nine, but Crawford came back to floor Gamboa twice to end it! Time was 2:53.

In a clash of unbeaten middleweights, 2008 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jose Uzcategui (22-1, 18 KOs). Korobov fought a technically superior fight and finally broke the fight open by dropping Uzcategui twice in round seven. Scores were 97-91, 97-91, 96-92. Korobov wins the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.

Unbeaten welterweight Mikael Zewski (24-0, 19 KOs) scored a punishing fourth round KO over Prince Doku Jr (18-6, 12 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABF welterweight title. Zewski stalked Doku from the outset, applying pressure and winging big shots. Zewski finally battered Doku to the deck in round four for the count. Time was 1:05. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Novoa retains WBC minimumweight belt

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez / WBC

WBC minimumweight champion Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa (14-4-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title Saturday night with a ninth round TKO against Alcides “Casco” Martinez (12-3, 6 KOs) at the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. This was Novoa’s first defense since dethroning Xiong Zhao Zhong in China last February.

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June 28th, 2014

UFC

UFN Prelims: San Antonio Becomes Sub City

Brazil’s Carlos Diego Ferreira got the fans in his adopted home state of Texas on their feet in his lightweight bout with TUF 16 winner Colton Smith, slamming, then submitting the Fort Hood product in the first round of their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at AT&T Center . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC 175 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, July 5 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 28th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland Post-fight

It was an exciting night of fights in Auckland, New Zealand with six of the 10 fights ending in a submission or knockout finish. UFC President Dana White tweeted after the event congratulating all the fighters, and said it was difficult to pick performance bonus winners. . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Zhang Zhilei takes over NYC Chinatown

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‎Olympic heavyweight silver-medalist Zhang Zhilei, readying for his August 8th pro debut on ESPN Friday Night Fights, gave a boxing demonstration and signed autographs at Saturday’s annual Chinatown Weekend Walk. ‎The 6′ 7″ 260 lbs Zhilei won a silver medal in the super heavyweight class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Additionally, he won a bronze medal at the world amateur championships in 2007 and 2009 at super heavyweight. Zhilei is promoted by Dino Duva of Dynasty Boxing.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA Directorate meeting ends; WBA world championship designations clarified

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The WBA opened it’s final day of their annual directorate meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at 9 a.m. this morning. The board of directors presented Gilberto Jesus Mendoza with a recognition for his recent graduation from Law School. A short home video of him receiving his diploma was shown.

A lengthy discussion of various championship recognitions by the WBA was then reviewed. World champion, unified champion, undisputed champion and super champion statuses were discussed. According to the WBA rules, unified champions hold two titles. An undisputed champion holds three titles. A super champion is one of distinction to be determined, be it of length of reign, holding all four belts or otherwise designated by the WBA. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Juan Carlos Gomez to face unbeaten Goran Delic

Most eyes will, of course, be on Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo on July 6th in Grozny when the two ring veterans meet for the vacant WBA world heayvweight championship. But there is another big name in the co-feature who wants to get back to old stardom: “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez (54-3, 39 KOs) faces unbeaten Goran Delic (24-0, 4 KOs) for the WBA International cruiserweight title.

“I am looking forward to this big fight and especially to fighting in Grozny”, says Gomez. “I heard only good things about the city and the people down there. I know that I have lots of friends and fans in Russia. So this will be a special night for me.”

“The Black Panther” has a lot in common with the two main event fighters Chagaev and Oquendo: They were all excellent amateurs before making their pro debuts back in the 90s. Chagaev and Gomez have even been stablemates for most of their careers at Universum Box-Promotion in Hamburg, Germany, and became world champions in their respective divisions. The Cuban defector won the WBC cruiserweight championship in 1998, while Chagaev crowned himself WBA world heavyweight champion by beating “Russian Giant” Nikolay Valuev in 2007. (more…)



June 28th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland: Nate is Great in Middleweight Return

A return to middleweight was just what the doctor ordered for veteran Nate “The Great” Marquardt Saturday at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, as he snapped a three-fight losing skid at welterweight by going back to 185 pounds and submitting Darfield’s James Te Huna in the first round of their UFC Fight Night main event . . . More on UFC.com

PRELIM RESULTS: Aussies rule in NZ – The UFC’s youngest fighter, 19-year-old Australian Jake Matthews, made an impressive UFC debut Saturday, submitting fellow newcomer Dashon Johnson in the third round of a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand . . . More
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford a narrow favorite over Gamboa

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

By Karl Freitag

Somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go tonight on HBO as undefeated fighters collide in two excellent matchups. Of particular interest is Yuriokas Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs), arguably the most exciting fighter in boxing, who is facing his toughest test to date against the taller WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs).

Hometown hero Crawford is a -155 pick to retain his title against the three division world champion and Olympic gold medalist Gamboa, who is at +135. It’s worth noting that Crawford was -200 earlier in the week, so Gamboa is getting a late surge. Over 9.5 rounds is -350, under 9.5 rounds is +260.

The TV-opener for Crawford-Gamboa features former Olympian Matt Korobov (23-0 14 KOs) against Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) in what looks to be an excellent middleweight clash. Korobov is -430 to defeat Uzcategui, who is a live dog at +345. Over 8.5 is -190, under 8.5 is +150.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Novoa defends WBC minimum belt tonight

WBC minimumweight champion Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa (13-4-1, 8 KOs) will defend his title tonight against Alcides “Casco” Martinez (12-2, 6 KOs) tonight at the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. This will be Novoa’s first defense since dethroning Xiong Zhao Zhong in China last February. Fox Deportes will televise.



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Gamboa Late Quotes from Omaha

By Bill Green

Brad Goodman/Top Rank matchmaker: “I have to admit, a year ago I wasn’t sure if Crawford could handle the big stage, brights lights, bigger venues. But, the Prescott fight changed my opinion. I mean Alvarado was just in a war with him, it was a big step up and Crawford was brilliant. I wasn’t worried about Garcia facing Gamboa and I’m even less worried about Crawford facing him. Not to mention, the kid (Crawford) has his head on straight, lives a clean life.”

Top Rank President Todd duBoef: “Ticket sales are strong, the buzz is in the air. We love building prospects and seeing them become champions. Crawford is a hometown star here in Omaha. A win will be huge for this city and his career.

[On upcoming fights] “We had a busy June, which is generally slow. Beginning in August we will be having some major events featuring the likes of Rios, Marquez, Bradley, Pacquiao, Cotto and return of Lomencheko, who we are really high on!”



June 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Big boxing day in the Dominican Republic

By Robert Coster

Dominican Republic boxing fans are waiting for two world title fights and 5 WBA regional titles at stake when the WBA KO to DRUGS Festival is boxing card is held tonight at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo. “This is a first,” says Dominican Boxing Commissioner Franklin Nunez, “a real gift to the Dominican boxing fans from the WBA and all for a worthy cause.” The main event will pit local boy Argenis Lopez (19-0, 8 KOs) against Colombian Darleys Perez (29-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title. (more…)



June 28th, 2014




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