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

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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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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

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Chavez-Martinez looks like a hit with fans

Photos: Greenday Gibbons

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. gets in a late night workout at The Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Junior is putting the final touches on his training before facing arch rival Sergio Martinez on September 15th.

Meanwhile, Hall of Fame prompter Bob Arum says the response to Chavez-Martinez has exceeded expectations. “The ticket sales have been off the charts,” stated Arum. “The Thomas & Mack Center, where the fight is being held – the lower bowl and the floor, which is about 10,000 seats, sold out completely two weeks ago. Now the upper bowl has less than 900 seats available. We are looking at a sellout by the end of the week. We have opened up 6,000 to 7,000 closed circuit seats in the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, which is our host. The closed circuit sales around the country, supported by Joe Gagliardi, are tremendous. So we are on track to do very big pay-per-view business on this fight. Foreign sales are terrific. We are very enthused and it just goes to show if you give people a quality match, they will respond.” (more…)

Photos: Greenday Gibbons WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. gets in a late night workout at The Top Rank …


Scale Watch

Klitschko-Charr weigh-in

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: KMG / www.michaelsterlingeaton.com

Vitali Klitschko 248 vs. Manuel Charr 241.4

Venue: SC Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: K2
TV: Inter (Ukraine), Russia2 (Russia), RTL (Germany), HBO (USA)

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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov Photos: KMG / www.michaelsterlingeaton.com Vitali Klitschko 248 vs. Manuel Charr 241.4 Venue: SC Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia …



Boxing News

Andrade opponent named

Undefeated junior middleweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is prepared to teach the art of boxing at the 11th annual “Fight To Educate” on Thursday evening, September 20 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Andrade, headlining the event for the third consecutive year, has been matched in the 10-round main event against Alexis “Hurricane” Hlores (16-6-2, 1 KO). “It’s great fighting again on the Fight To Educate card,” Andrade said. “Fighting in New Hampshire helps build my fan-base, plus I really enjoy helping kids through the charities that benefit from this fund-raising event. My manager, Ed Farris, is involved with the Fight To Educate people and, thanks to him, I’m fighting on this show for the third straight year.” Andrade is currently IBF #4, WBO #5, WBC #10 and WBA #13. (more…)

Undefeated junior middleweight contender Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs), a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is prepared to teach the …


Announcement

Connecticut BHOF Induction Dinner rescheduled to Nov. 17

The 8th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Dinner has been rescheduled for November 17, one week after the original date, in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun. The 2012 CBHOF inductees are former WBA light middleweight champion “Tremendous” Travis Simms, former WBU middleweight titlist “Dangerous” Dana Rosenblatt, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, promoter Jimmy Burchfield (Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.), manager George Cruz and the late manager/promoter Lou Viscusi. Tickets are $75 and available by calling Kim Baker at Mohegan Sun (860.862.7377) or Sherman Cain at the Manchester Journal Inquirer (800.237.3606 X321). Doors open at 5:30p, cocktails at 6p which is followed by dinner. Visit www.ctboxinghof.com for additional info.

The 8th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) Gala Induction Dinner has been rescheduled for November 17, one week …




UFC

Behind Vitor Belfort’s diet

When it comes to nutrition for fighters, one authority towers above all others: Mike Dolce. The Eating-for-Performance expert is currently masterminding the diet of knockout artist Vitor Belfort, who challenges UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones on Sept. 22 in Toronto . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, 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

When it comes to nutrition for fighters, one authority towers above all others: Mike Dolce. The Eating-for-Performance expert is currently …


Feature Story

Final presser: Ajose-Matthysse

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime

It’s too bad that a back injury suffered by Randall Bailey has scratched this Saturday’s ShoBox main event where Bailey was scheduled to defend his IBF welterweight title against Devon Alexander. But, as they say, the show must go on. Fortunately, heavy handed Lucas Matthysse (31-2, 29 KOs) is there to salvage the card as he’ll take on unbeaten Olusegun Ajose (30-0, 14 KOs) for the WBC interim welterweight title.

If you have ever watched a Matthysse fight, you are already know that it is rare to see the Argentinean in a boring fight. Better yet, it’s likely that somebody is going down. Ask Humberto Soto how he fared standing in front of Matthysse. It can be argued that the 29-year-old from Buenos Aires should be undefeated as controversial losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander could have easily gone his way. (more…)

Story by Andreas Hale Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime It’s too bad that a back injury suffered by Randall Bailey has …


AWE TV

Adamek-Walker Preview

By Graham Houston

While Vitali Klitschko is defending his WBC heavyweight title in Russia on Saturday, former Klitschko challenger Tomasz Adamek hopes to move closer to another championship chance in a 12-rounder against Travis Walker that will be televised by Wealth TV and also be available on WealthTV.com. On paper, Adamek wins this fight easily. Adamek is a world-class heavyweight meeting an opponent who has lost seven fights, five by stoppage. Adamek is the faster, superior boxer, with better hand speed, and he’s fighting in his adopted backyard of Newark, NJ, where the usual huge contingent of Adamek’s Polish fans will be on hand to provide colourful and rousing encouragement.

I’m giving Walker a bit of a chance, though. Yes, I know that Walker lost on first-round knockouts to T.J. Wilson and Manuel Quezada, two ordinary heavyweights. Jonathan Banks stopped Walker in six rounds, and the crude slugger Alex Lepai battered him into defeat in four rounds in Australia. However, Walker can punch. He crushed TJ Wilson in the second round of their rematch, knocked down Chris Arreola before getting overwhelmed, and he had Lepai down and almost out in the third round. In his last fight Walker, trailing on the scorecards, stopped the huge Kali Meehan in the sixth round in Australia. (more…)

By Graham Houston While Vitali Klitschko is defending his WBC heavyweight title in Russia on Saturday, former Klitschko challenger Tomasz …


Boxing News

Geale: Chavez can defeat Martinez

Photo: Louie Abigail

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale talked to Fightnews and has predicted that WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr can upset Sergio Martinez when they clash in Las Vegas on September 15.

“Chavez can definitely defeat Martinez,” said Geale. “He is the bigger, younger and stronger middleweight and if Martinez allows himself to get trapped in corners or on the ropes he will pay the price. Chavez has improved in his recent fights, especially against Rubio. Darren Barker gave Martinez problems in their fight.”

“I would be confident in defeating both Martinez and Chavez,” concluded Geale, who also mentioned that he’ll be ringside with his promoter Gary Shaw to watch the Chavez-Martinez fight.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale talked to Fightnews and has predicted that WBC …



Boxing News

Arce goes for milestone 70th win

Photo: Zanfer

Four division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce returns to his roots when he faces former champion Mauricio “Nanara” Martinez on September 22 at the Polideportivo Centenario in his hometown of Las Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce (60-6-2-1nc, 46 KOs) will be competing in his 70th pro bout against Martinez (36-12-1, 24 KOs), who won the WBO bantam belt 12 years ago. Also in action is IBF super flyweight world champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez Jr. (14-1-1, 7 KOs) will face the dangerous and experienced Rodel Mayol (31-5-2, 22 KOs). Arce and Sanchez appeared at a press event this week to officially announce the card, which is billed as “Viva Mochis” and presented by Zanfer Promotions.

Four division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce returns to his roots when he faces former champion Mauricio “Nanara” Martinez on …


Boxing News

Baldomir-Rubio final presser

By Gabriel F Cordero

The final press conference was held Thursday for Saturday’s WBF super middleweight title fight between Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and Carlos “Tata” Baldomir at the Estadio Miguel Aleman in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.

“I know the abilities of Marco Antonio Rubio, he has a strong punch but I came prepared to prove I’m a great fighter, and that the years are only a number. I will beat him,” said Baldomir. (more…)

By Gabriel F Cordero The final press conference was held Thursday for Saturday’s WBF super middleweight title fight between Marco …


AWE TV

“Ironbound Throwdown” Final Presser

Photos: Kamil Krzaczynski

Quotes and photos from the final presser…

Kathy Duva, Promoter and Main Events CEO: “This the first time a US broadcast of any fight from Main Events is going to be on WealthTV (and WealthTV.com). WealthTV has recently dipped its toe into the boxing world, we are very happy about that. They are particularly interested in the heavyweight division so that makes make us very happy too because as you can see we know a lot of heavyweights! In Poland the fight will only be available on PPV. Due to scheduling problems Polsat and Canal Plus will not carry the fights. The pay-per-view will be available for purchase on N Platform, UPC, Multimedia, Vectra, INEA, Netia IPTV, SGT SA, TOYA, Asta-Net, Antserwis-Walcz and Antserwis-Pila. The four-bout card will also be shown in Multikino cinemas throughout Poland.”

“As always Jolene Mizzone, our matchmaker, and Russell Peltz, our matchmaking consultant, have outdone themselves with this card. It really jumps out at me because every single fight on the card is very interesting.” (more…)

Photos: Kamil Krzaczynski Quotes and photos from the final presser… Kathy Duva, Promoter and Main Events CEO: “This the first …


Boxing News

Ward-Dawson Final Presser

Photos: Stephanie Trapp

Andre Ward, Chad Dawson, Antonio DeMarco and John Molina, Jr., joined by their camps and co-promoters Dan Goossen and Gary Shaw at the final press conference for Saturday’s Ward vs. Dawson clash taking place Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, live on HBO. Here are their quotes from today’s event.

Andre Ward: “The biggest talk comes from individuals who have never laced on a pair of gloves in their life. At the end of the day, it’s only me and Chad Dawson. We are the ones that have to fight. I prepared the same way as I did for the last five fights. I respect all of my opponents. I respect the sport and I respect my championships. They see me as soft and that’s not how it really is. Nothing has been given to me. We worked hard to get to this point and harder to stay there. All the talk is over with. It’s time to go to work.”

Chad Dawson: “Saturday night I will walk out as super middleweight champion of the world. I did everything I said I would to make the weight. Now it’s time to fight. Let’s go! I am an underdog in this fight and I understand that. But I am looking to take my career to the next level just like he (Ward) is.” (more…)

Photos: Stephanie Trapp Andre Ward, Chad Dawson, Antonio DeMarco and John Molina, Jr., joined by their camps and co-promoters Dan …



Boxing News

Quick Quotes From Matthyssse-Ajose Presser

By Andreas Hale

Lucas Matthysse: “I’m ready to fight, win the title and take it back to Argentina.”

Olusegun Ajose: “Don’t blink because there are going to be a lot of fireworks. There are 160 million people waiting for me to bring the title back home and I will not disappoint.”

By Andreas Hale Lucas Matthysse: “I’m ready to fight, win the title and take it back to Argentina.” Olusegun Ajose: …


Boxing News

Aron Martinez aims for another upset

Photo: Thompson Boxing

After a show-stopping performance back in July, East Los Angeles’ Aron Martinez (18-1-1, 4 KOs) moves into yet another elite class when he faces undefeated Las Vegas welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas (19-0, 9 KOs). The pair will square off next Thursday, September 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegason a bonus ESPN2 Special Edition telecast. Last month Martinez used his pressure style to neutralize Prenice Brewer in another ESPN nationally televised fight that took place in Laughlin, Nevada. Last year Martinez handed Joseph Elegele his first pro loss after 12 wins.

“I’m excited to face Jessie Vargas and to show him who I am. I have the skills and power to change the momentum of his career. I believe that I will be the fighter that will tarnish his perfect record,” said Martinez from his training camp high up in the Big Bear Mountains. “My training has been hard and I need to have an impeccable fight to take it away from Vargas and we are planning to do so.”

Vargas, 23, will be the hometown favorite; in his last outing he prevailed against Josesito Lopez by 10 round split decision.

After a show-stopping performance back in July, East Los Angeles’ Aron Martinez (18-1-1, 4 KOs) moves into yet another elite …


Boxing News

Ward a heavy favorite to beat Dawson

The odds, which have been posted at all 10 of the MGM Resorts International Race & Sports Books in Las Vegas for the last month, show an increase in momentum for smaller, undefeated WBA, WBC super middleweight world champion Andre “SOG” Ward (-380) over the bigger man WBC light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson (+300) on Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Ward’s betting support has seen a late week surge to a four to one favorite over Dawson, pushing the earlier postings of Ward (-340) three-and-a-half to one over Dawson (+280) to a now impressive four to one favorite. The fight opened at a three to one favorite for Ward.

The odds, which have been posted at all 10 of the MGM Resorts International Race & Sports Books in Las …


Boxing News

Canelo, Josesito Quick Quotes

9 days from their highly anticipated Mexican Independence Day Weekend world championship showdown in Las Vegas, undefeated WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and challenger Josesito Lopez hosted an international media conference call.

Josesito Lopez: The more people don’t believe in me, probably the better for me. I think that makes victory that much sweeter….he’s going to look a lot bigger, but we trained hard, worked hard, we had big sparring partners in our training camp to get used to the heavier weight. We prepared well so that I’m stronger than ever.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: I don’t feel any pressure (to get a knockout against a smaller fighter). I go into every fight to do my work and don’t think about that….Josesito is a very good fighter. He knows to to pressure, how to counterpunch, but I think I’m going to be prepared for everything.

9 days from their highly anticipated Mexican Independence Day Weekend world championship showdown in Las Vegas, undefeated WBC super welterweight …



Announcement

Ajose-Matthysse weigh-in streamed live

One day before the WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship fight between undefeated Nigerian OLUSEGUN AJOSE and Argentine power-puncher LUCAS MATTHYSSE, SHOWTIME Sports® brings boxing fans closer to the action with a live stream of the official weigh-in! Log on to ustream.tv/shosports on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT to catch the webcast of the weigh-in of all of the fighters scheduled to appear on the September 8 SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME Extreme preliminary fight telecasts. (more…)

One day before the WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship fight between undefeated Nigerian OLUSEGUN AJOSE and Argentine power-puncher LUCAS …


UFC

Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir on Nov. 3

Undefeated STRIKEFORCE® Grand Prix heavyweight champ and former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier takes on former UFC® heavyweight champ Frank Mir, when STRIKEFORCE heads to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The event will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)

Undefeated STRIKEFORCE® Grand Prix heavyweight champ and former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier takes on former UFC® heavyweight champ Frank …


Scale Watch

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best

Rikardo Smith 146 vs Kenneth Díaz 147
Anthony Sánchez 141 vs Osenohad Vázquez 141
Regino Canales 136 vs Rey Ojeda 135
Daniel Rodríguez 157 vs Giovanni Rodríguez 154
Gustavo Ortiz 107 vs Alexis Díaz 108
Víctor Vega 147 vs John Karl Sosa 146
Emmanuel Class 136 vs Jeffrey Ramos 137
Jesús Soler 109 vs Christian Soto 107

Promoter: PR Best in association w/Top Rank
Tv: WAPA America
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montañez, Trujillo Alto, PR

Rikardo Smith 146 vs Kenneth Díaz 147 Anthony Sánchez 141 vs Osenohad Vázquez 141 Regino Canales 136 vs Rey Ojeda …


AWE TV

Interview: Travis Walker

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Heavyweight Travis Walker talks about fighting Tomasz Adamek at the final press conference in Newark.

The September 8th Adamek-Walker event is available live at WealthTV.com. WealthTV is available on Verizon FiOS TV (channels 169 and 669 in HD), AT&T U-Verse TV (channels 470 and 1470 in HD), along with over 100 cable systems across the country. Click here for more information.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Heavyweight Travis Walker talks about fighting Tomasz Adamek at the final press conference in Newark. The September …


Scale Watch

Pianeta-Botha weights from Germany

Photos: Eroll Popova

Francesco Pianeta 242.5 vs. Francois Botha 275.4
Christina Hammer 155 vs. Yahaira Hernandez 159.8
(WBO/WBF female middleweight titles)
Denis Simcic 174.4 vs. Jonathan Profichet 172.8
(WBO Euro light heavyweight title)
Markus Tomala 226.9 vs. Tomas Mrazek ??
Christian Hiller 176.4 vs. Dominic Amari ??

Venue: RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: Sport1 in Germany/Europe and the whole show on TV Slovenia.
More photos…

Photos: Eroll Popova Francesco Pianeta 242.5 vs. Francois Botha 275.4 Christina Hammer 155 vs. Yahaira Hernandez 159.8 (WBO/WBF female middleweight …


Boxing News

Boxing back in Sacramento, Calif.

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Former top amateur Stan Martyniouk (11-1) returns to action at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 14 against Javier Garcia (8-2-1) in a main-event showdown of junior-lightweight prospects. Martyniouk, from nearby Antelope, is coming off a decisive win in June at the same venue, while the Oxnard, Calif.-based Garcia, trained by uncle and former world 130-pound champion Robert Garcia, has won five in a row after a near three-year absence from competition following an opponent’s death. Jackson Bussell of Reno, Nev., collapsed and died a day after a draw with Garcia in a 2007 fight. The show is being promoted by Nasser Niavaroni of Uppercut Promotions.

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee Former top amateur Stan Martyniouk (11-1) returns to action at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento, …


AWE TV

Adamek: It will be my best fight this year

Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk

“I know and hear that Travis Walker wants to knock me out because this is the only way he can beat me. I understand that, but wishing and actually doing it are two separate things. Especially when you are fighting me,” said Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 Ksz) after his last training session in Jersey City. On Saturday in the Newark’s Prudential Center, Adamek will be challenged by Travis Walker (39-7, 31 KOs) for IBF North America heavyweight belt. “It will be my best fight this year, there’s no doubt about it. There are are some new elements in my offensive and defensive arsenal. Travis will be surprised by both of them,” concluded Adamek.

The September 8th Adamek-Walker event is available live at WealthTV.com. WealthTV is available on Verizon FiOS TV (channels 169 and 669 in HD), AT&T U-Verse TV (channels 470 and 1470 in HD), along with over 100 cable systems across the country. Click here for more information.

Click here for giant Adamek photo gallery

Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk “I know and hear that Travis Walker wants to knock me out because this …


Boxing News

Ndou in action Friday

Photo: Clive Franklin

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

In a nationally televised promotion two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou (49-13-2, 31 KOs) will be in action against Rivan Cessaire (10-3,3KO’s) over eight rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria , Australia on Friday. Ndou now fights for the Dulwich Hill Youth Centre in Sydney and will donate his full purse to the Centre. He has been inspired by President Obama’s wife Michelle who gave a moving speech on Wednesday in support of the President. Ndou also compares the style of Cessaire to that of Floyd Mayweather who he worked as a sparring partner for several months.

Lovemore is now focused on winning the IBF welterweight title from Randall Bailey. Ndou said, “This Friday I will continue to fight the good fight when I take on Rivan Cessaire at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington. I will again donate my entire purse to the Youth Centre. I expect a tough fight. I have seen Cessaire in action and he is quite sleek but there is nothing he brings into the ring I haven’t faced before. The man he imitates, Floyd Mayweather, I spent close to four months training and sparring with. And the truth is there can only be one Floyd and Cessaire is nowhere near the Money Man. Apart from that I believe with my new focus, to give children a better start in life. God has brought me back to boxing bigger and better than ever. In fact it’s not a comeback. Think of it more as a resurrection. The truth is from now on whenever I step into the ring I will be thinking of God. I will be thinking of all the poor children of the world who need a helping hand.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing In a nationally televised promotion two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou (49-13-2, 31 KOs) …


UFC

Fierro: The man behind some of UFC’s top fighters

You’ve seen Eric Del Fierro before, whether as an assistant coach on The Ultimate Fighter 15 or in the corner of a growing number of UFC stars, including bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, and Alex Gustafsson. Now meet the head coach at Alliance MMA, one of the sport’s top gyms . . . 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

You’ve seen Eric Del Fierro before, whether as an assistant coach on The Ultimate Fighter 15 or in the corner …


Boxing News

JC Salgado Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado has begun training this week in Mexico City for his next fight against former WBA featherweight world champion Yurorkis Gamboa on November 17 at a venue to be determined. Salgado should shortly move his training camp to Jiquipilco in Mexico State where he trained for his last fight against former world champion Jonathan Barros. “Just two weeks rest and we are already back in the gym and started running in the mornings. I should have an excellent preparation to explore all options for the win,” said Salgado.

By Gabriel F. Cordero IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado has begun training this week in Mexico City …


Boxing News

Ivan Morales set for U.S. debut

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Diego Morales

If Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (17-0, 12KOs) would have been a little better with his feet instead of his hands, the Morales clan would more than likely have their first star of the soccer field instead of the undefeated super flyweight he has developed into chasing history as he along with his brothers, seven-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and former 115 lbs. division champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales, look to become the first set of three siblings to capture a world title. Ivan will take his next step towards that goal this Saturday night when he makes his United States debut versus the hard hitting Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-9-1, 27KOs). Morales’ WBC Silver International super flyweight title will be on the line in the ten round main event which will be televised by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” and held at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. (more…)

By Felipe Leon Photos: Diego Morales If Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (17-0, 12KOs) would have been a little better with …


Boxing News

Gerber and Nader added

Two titles are at stake when world-class boxing returns later this month to the city of Bamberg, Germany. IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) has set his sights on defending his crown against mandatory challenger Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs). In addition, middleweight Dominik Britsch (26-0-1, 9 KOs) is trying to erase any doubts in people’s minds when he once again faces off with rugged Spaniard Roberto Santos (17-6-2, 9 KOs) for the EU Championship. Their first encounter ended in a draw. Besides those two match-ups, Sauerland Event has announced two undercard fights to heat up the crowd before the main event featuring unbeaten heavyweight Edmund Gerber (20-0, 13 KOs) as well as Austrian middleweight stylist Marcos Nader (15-0, 2 KOs). Gerber will lock horns with veteran Michael Sprott (36-18, 17 KOs), while Nader faces Damien Bertu (25-6-1, 7 KOs).

Two titles are at stake when world-class boxing returns later this month to the city of Bamberg, Germany. IBF cruiserweight …


Boxing News

Geale ready for the best

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail

Leading USA promoter Gary Shaw is back in America after spending one week in Germany culminating in the IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale defeating Felux Sturm to take the WBA super middleweight belt from its long time holder. Geale had become the first boxer to travel to Germany and take the world middleweight belts from their two world title holders – Sebastian Sylvester of the IBF title in 2011 and Felix Sturm of the WBA title in 2012. Gary Shaw said “Sturm literally thought Daniel’s name was ‘Meal Deal’ and found out the hard way he’s the ‘Real Deal.'”

Geale ended sparring ten days before the fight and was on weight the entire time. There was no struggle to make weight and the game plan Graham Shaw put into place was incredible. Graham is a very underrated trainer. I nominate him for ‘Trainer of the Year’ and he needs to be recognised as one of the best trainers in boxing. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Louie Abigail Leading USA promoter Gary Shaw is back in America after …


Boxing News

Abregu-Avendano collide Friday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Argentinian prospect Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (32-1, 26 KOs) will take on experienced Venezuelan Marco Antonio Avendano (30-8-1, 22 KOs) on Friday night at Estadio Delmi in Salta, Argentina. Sources have indicated that if victorious Abregu could face undefeated and highly rated Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme next. “I am very well prepared for this fight,” said Abregu. “Avendano has strong punch but I’m in good shape and have a strong desire to face the best of my division. It’s time to move forward and get a world title opportunity.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero Argentinian prospect Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (32-1, 26 KOs) will take on experienced Venezuelan Marco Antonio …


Boxing News

Ward, Dawson: Different Paths to Same Places

By Robert Hough
Photos: Stephanie Trapp

“Bad” Chad Dawson and Andre “SOG” Ward took different paths to the same destination in the ring and in their lives. The two men, who both have four children, are set to fight on Saturday. They relate interchangeable thoughts about focusing on their children and their families, and they’ve backed up their statements about wanting to face the best fighters.

Dawson (31-1-0-2, 17 KOs) acknowledged recently that he got dialled into family life again a couple years ago after letting the crowd around him get too big. Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) has taken a family-oriented approach since he’s had a family. Dawson the WBC light heavyweight champion has taken an uncommon step for someone in his position: moving down in weight. He’s dropping 7 pounds from light heavyweight, 175 pounds, to challenge Ward at 168 for his WBC, WBA and The Ring super middleweight belts.

“I’ve always said I want to fight the best,” Dawson said recently on a teleconference to discuss the HBO-televised fight at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. “I know Andre’s said the same things. I think he’s the best at 68 and 75 so I made the challenge, I’m glad he accepted it, I respect him for it and I’m ready to fight him in his hometown.” (more…)

By Robert Hough Photos: Stephanie Trapp “Bad” Chad Dawson and Andre “SOG” Ward took different paths to the same destination …


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Pianeta, Botha Public Workout

Photos: Eroll Popova

Heavyweights Francesco Pianeta and Francois Botha, along with female middleweight champion Christina Hammer and her challenger Yahaira Hernandez thrilled local fight fans as they showed their skill during a public workout at the “Alpincenter” in Bottrop, Germany, a famous indoor skiing arena in the middle of the Ruhr region. This was the first time Hernandez, from the Dominican Republic, has ever been in the snow. Among those on hand was German heavyweight icon Axel Schulz in support of Pianeta and visiting his “old friend” Botha. The fights take place Friday at the RWE Halle in Mülheim. More photos

Photos: Eroll Popova Heavyweights Francesco Pianeta and Francois Botha, along with female middleweight champion Christina Hammer and her challenger Yahaira …


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Workout gallery: Josesito Lopez

Photos by Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Breakout super welterweight star Josesito Lopez worked out before speaking to the press today in Los Angeles in preparation for his September 15, 2012 world title fight against WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. For more photos . . . .  (more…)

Photos by Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Breakout super welterweight star Josesito Lopez worked out before speaking to the …


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Workout gallery: Matthysse, Ajose, Love

Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime

Number 1 rated World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose and one of the hardest hitters in the world, Number 2 rated WBC super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse, worked out for the media on Wednesday at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, just three days before they square off for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship, on Saturday, Sept. 8, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. (more…)

Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime Number 1 rated World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight contender Olusegun Ajose and one of the …


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Baldomir-Rubio Public Workout

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and former world champion Carlos Baldomir conducted a public workout for the media and fans Wednesday in advance of Saturday’s WBF super middleweight title fight at the Estadio Miguel Aleman in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. The event is billed as “Viva Celaya Champions” and promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.

“I have no fear of facing him at this weight in Mexico,” said Baldomir. I’m sure that despite my 41 years and with the little time that I have left in boxing, I’ll have ample opportunities to beat him. Rubio says he’ll knock me out before the eighth round, but I won’t let him beat me. I’m a better fighter and I’m going to take the world title for Argentina.” (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio and former world champion Carlos Baldomir conducted a …










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