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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Photo: Photo Wende In a history making female world title unification fight, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (26-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a ...

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

By David Robinett Photos: Joel A. Colon/PRBB Floyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

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Boxing News

Corpus Christi Boxing HOF Inductees

One boxer and two trainers are to be added to the Corpus Christi Boxing Hall of Fame, on Thursday, September 24th during HALL OF FAME FIGHT NIGHT at the American Bank Center.

Former WBC Continental America’s Super Bantamweight Champion, Roland “Bad News” Gomez will become the seventh boxer to be inducted. Long-time Corpus Christi trainers Ralph Davila and David Baltazar, Sr. will be enshrined as well. (more…)



September 16th, 2011



Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Notre Dame light heavyweight Mike Lee weighed in at 175 for his clash against Jacob Stiers, who weighed in at 170. The bout, which will be streamed live on toprank.tv, will be the first professional boxing card ever staged on the grounds of Notre Dame University.
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Word is Amir Khan will face Lamont Peterson on December 10. Peterson’s hometown of Washington DC, is a possible host.
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Looks like unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend against former cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck on December 10 in the Düsseldorf Arena.
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Golden Boy has inked a promotional pact with former two-division world champion Humberto Soto, who is now campaigning as a jr welterweight.
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Tickets for Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden go on sale to the public on Tuesday, however “presage” seats will be available starting today at noon. Log into tick master.com and use the presale code: PRETOPRANK
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Tecate is offering a mail-in rebate of $25 off the Mayweather-Ortiz pay-per-view with the purchase of a Tecate or Tecate Light 12-pack or larger. At $59.95 for standard definition and $69.95 for high definition, $25 off would cut your net price to $34.95/$44.95. If you live in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NJ, NY, NC, UT or WV, no beer purchase required. To download the rebate form and all the details, click here.



September 16th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon

Amaris Quintana 110 vs. Katarina De La Cruz 110 *
Pablo Armenta 135 vs. Guy Robb 135
Adrian Vargas 141 vs. Luis Sanchez 143
Jonathan Garcia 142 vs. Frankie Martinez 141
Bryan Mcglory 195 vs. Jose Hurtado 183.5

*De La Cruz First Attempt Was 112

When: Friday, September 16Th, 2011
Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, Ca
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents With Jorge Marron Productions In Association With Barron Entertainment
Tickets: (619) 420-8866 Or (619) 743-0698



September 16th, 2011

Boxing News

Panther Promotions open workout

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez

Panther Promotions offered up an enticing appetizer this afternoon at The Seminole Hard Rock in advance of their “Future Superstars” card next Friday night at the casino. Nestled amongst the “Meals on Wheels” trucks parked in the Hooters parking lot, boxing fans enjoyed a taste of next week’s intriguing undercard. Female flyweight Marisol Miranda (4-4, 1 KO) worked up a hard sweat in the South Florida heat with head trainer Bonnie Canino during some intense shadowboxing, mitt work and light sparring. Miranda squares off against Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Colorado in a six-round undercard special attraction. For more details and photos click here…



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Shimizu out until next Spring

By Joe Koizumi

Newly crowned WBA super-flyweight champ Tomonobu Shimizu, Japan, will be unavailable to make his initial defense until next spring since he suffered a right eye-socket fracture in his title-winning bout with Mexican Hugo Cazares this August. His manager Kentaro Kaneko said, “Shimizu will concentrate on recovering from the eye ailment and then prepare for his first defense, which will take place next April.” The 30-year-old champ hopes to return to ring warfare with his sound recovery next spring.



September 15th, 2011

Boxing Result

Gonzalez batters Mtagwa


By Gabriel F. Cordero & Ricardo Trujillo at ringside
Photo by Jose Leon Castillo 

Celebrating his 30th birthday as well as Mexican Independence Day, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (50-7, 44 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Rogers Mtagwa (27-15-2, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. After an even round one, Gonzalez opened up in round two and rocked Mtagwa with a series of big shots. The iron-jawed Tanzanian was definitely hurt, but the bout was waved off by referee Guadalupe Garcia before we could see if Mtagwa would have weathered the storm. Time was 2:15.

After the fight, Gonzalez again called out the best of his division. “I want the best, Elio Rojas, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez and the others at this weight. Thanks El Paso, Viva Mexico!” said Gonzalez. Manager Oswaldo Kuchle added “Tonight Johnny G has been confirmed as one of the best fighters in the world and one of the biggest punchers today. We are very confident of facing the best and winning those fights.” For more details and photos click here…



September 15th, 2011

Boxing Result

Miranda, Orucuta KO foes

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

In a quick beating, former world champ Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (36-6, 29KOs) stopped Luis Carlos Leon (13-5, 11KOs) in two short rounds in the main event bout in Rosarito, Mexico. Leon looked game enough as both fighters displayed brisk action in the first. Leon even scored a scorching combination to the head of Miranda to start the second but one too left hooks to the body from Miranda did the trick as “Pingo” control of the second half of the round and punished Leon to the body until the end of the round Leon refused to come out in the third giving Miranda the KO win.

In the co-feature, late sub Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta (22-1, 7KOs) scored an impressive fifth round knock out of Colombian Deiby Perez (14-5, 8KOs). The Mexico City bantamweight took a couple of rounds to study his opponent but by the third on it was only a matter of time as he connected well placed jabs, right hands and body shots. Perez held his own but a hard left hook to the mouth of the stomach sent Perez down to the count. Official time was :23 of the fifth round.



September 15th, 2011

Scale Watch

At the scales @ Texas Station


Weights and photo by Chris Cozzone

From Texas Station in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy card televised on Telefutura/Fox Sports Net:

Seth Mitchell 242 vs. Hector Ferreyro 221.5
Felix Diaz 150.5 vs. Larry Smith 147
Terron Grant 139.5 vs. Alonso Loeza 141
Alvaro Morales 295 vs. Andrae Carthron 217.5
Taylor Larson 144 vs. Andres Reyes 141



September 15th, 2011

Boxing Result

Reserve wins Prizefighter

Robert Lloyd-Taylor became the first ever reserve fighter to win Prizefighter after defeating Nick Quigley in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II final at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Lloyd-Taylor won the coin-toss with fellow reserve Nathan Weise after JJ Bird fainted in the dressing rooms and was picked out of the hat first by former British, European and Commonwealth Light-Middleweight champion Jamie Moore in the first ever live draw, and WBC Super-Middleweight champion Carl Froch matched him with former two-weight fringe organization world champion Takaloo. Lloyd-Taylor was undaunted by facing the ‘Margate Rock’ and kept the veteran at the end of his jab and reached the semi-finals through a split decision. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing Result

Torres outduels Alexander

By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey

Wednesday night The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey, Michael Torres (14-2, 7 KOs) captured the vacant New Jersey state junior welterweight title with a convincing eight round unanimous decision victory over Mark Alexander (10-6, 1KO) . The undercard featured several exciting fights put together by matchmaker Renee “The Boxing Diva” Aiken. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated lightweight Wanzell Ellison (4-0-1, 3 KOs) and dangerous veteran Carlos Vinan (10-9-5, 2 KOs) fought to an entertaining tactical draw. In a special four round attraction, popular junior middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (5-0, 3 KOs) captured the vacant BAM youth junior middleweight title by unanimous decision over Josh Williams (3-3, 3 KOs). For more details and photos click here…



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Ontario vs Quebec (in boxing)

With all due respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians, the long, rich arch-rivalry in sports between Ontario and Quebec is, perhaps, more prevalent today in boxing than even hockey. The aforementioned rivalry heats up October 22 at The Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, when unbeaten WBA #11 Logan Cotton McGuinness, of Ontario, takes on and former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet, of Quebec, in the 10-round main event on a card presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Interbox and United Promotions.

The adversarial provincial competition continues November 5 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec as two-time world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2, 12 KOs), of Ontario, faces Sebastian Gauthier (21-2, 13 KOs), of Quebec, in the co-feature on the Lucian Bute-Glen Johnson card, presented by Interbox. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

New main event in Dallas

Fort Worth’s, Jose Orozco, a five-time Texas Golden Gloves champion and now undefeated at 3-0, as a pro, will take on Adam Ealoms (3-1-2, College Station, Tx) this Friday, Sept. 16th at QuikTrip Park, in Grand Prairie. The Orozco vs Ealoms four round matchup will be one of six fights scheduled on the 4th Annual Fight Night at QuikTrip Park. QuikTrip Park is located next to Lone Star Park and home of the Grand Prairie Airhogs Baseball Club. The first fight is at 7:30 pm. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Lee burning for vengeance

WBC #2, WBO #2, and WBC #6 rated middleweight Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) spoke Wednesday about his much anticipated rematch against Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs), the only man to defeat him as a professional, on October 1st at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. “I didn’t need the rematch to further my career, but it’s something I’ve wanted,” said Lee. “From the moment I lost to Vera, I’ve wanted to avenge it. It has taken three and a half years to get to this point, but now we are finally almost here. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Serferi-Ingelrest on Sept 24

WBO #5 cruiserweight Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (30-6, 18 KOs) will defend his WBO Euro title against unbeaten Belgian Tony Ingelrest (10-0, 4KOs) on September 24 in Gostivar, Macedonia. Seferi trained hard for his second title defense and assures that the title remains in Albania. The most important man in Seferi’s camp is trainer Oktay Urkal. They are aiming for a WBO title shot in 2012.



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Fury set for Firtha test

6’9 heavyweight Tyson Fury is ready for the next step following his win over Dereck Chisora in July at Wembley Arena and now expects 6’6 Nicolai Firtha to be a real test of his credentials on Saturday in Belfast’s King’s Hall. “Firtha’s a big man with plenty of heart and skill so I know I have to be ready for a really hard fight but I want fights like this, I want to be tested because I want to go to the top as quickly as I can,” said Fury. “I don’t want to be fighting bums. This guy has been the distance with the WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin so if I do a number on him then it shows everybody again that I’m the real deal, that I’m the man to fear in the division.”



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing back in Hollywood, FL

By Phil Doherty

The elusive Florida Panther remains one of the most endangered mammals on Earth. He is a solitary hunter active in the Florida swamps and marshlands between the hours of dusk till dawn. Panther Promotions honors both the name and character of this noble, tenacious creature with a night of increasingly “endangered” boxing between dusk to dawn on September 23rd from The Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Separating themselves from the current promotional “pack” during their inaugural show here in July, Panther proved young fighters pitted together in truly tough fights remains a winning formula.

Panther’s old-school boxing philosophy continues with the recently-finalized undercard of the “Future Superstars” card. The main event featuring former lightweight world title challengers Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) and Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (28-6-2, 16 KOs) will cap an incredible mix of seven hotly-contested preliminary bouts. In addition to the intriguing co-main event between welterweights Damian “Devo” Frias (18-4-1, 9 KOs) and Henry Crawford (22-1-1, 9 KOs), Panther lined up some exceedingly explosive action. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Cleverly ready for Bellew

It’s been four months since the pair first squared off at the infamous press conference at London’s O2 Arena and WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly now can’t wait to finally get in the ring with Tony Bellew. There has been plenty of tension between the two unbeaten boxers heading into the October 15th blockbuster at the Liverpool Echo Arena, but Cleverly is looking forward to finally stepping between the ropes. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Siaca, Arroyo headline Oct 7

Former WBA champion Manny Siaca and hot prospect McJoe Arroyo will headline the 7th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” next October 7 at the Coliseo Rebekah Colberg in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation, in association with Top Rank, to be shown live on WAPA America from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (more…)



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

No distance fight

Someone's going down, Mayweather & Ortiz agree

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

It’s like two freight trains coming at one another; which is usually not the case in a Floyd Mayweather fight. But come September 17, Mayweather and Victor Ortiz have both promised one thing and one thing only. Both have guaranteed that their WBC welterweight title clash in Las Vegas won’t be decided judges. On Saturday night, their fists will be the judge, jury and executioner . . . click here for more



September 15th, 2011

UFC

Lopez born to fight

UFC Fight Night is LIVE on SPIKE TV Sept. 17!

So Jorge Lopez, how did you spend your summer vacation when you were 14? If that was the assignment handed to the welterweight prospect when he returned for his sophomore year in high school, it would have been the essay to end all back to school essays . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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For more info on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Floyd, Saul, Erik heavy favorites

Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains a heavy favorite to dethrone WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on Saturday night. International sportsbooks are listing Mayweather at -800 while Ortiz backers can get +500.

WBC junior middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is an even bigger favorite to dispatch Alfonso Gomez. Canelo is -1600 and Gomez is +800.

Three division world champion Erik Morales is a heavy favorite to become the first Mexican to win a world title in four weight divisions. Morales is -700 against Pablo Cesar Cano +450.



September 15th, 2011

Boxing News

Weights from Rosarito

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Julio Cesar “Pingo Miranda 114 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 113
Felipe “Gallito” Orocuta 118 vs. Deivys Perez 118
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs. Francisco Piña 123
Jonas Salvatierra 116.6 vs. Angel Rodriguez 116.6
Martin Romario 165 vs. Oscar Diaz 166
Francisco Rodriguez 106.7 vs. Artemio Garcia 107.8
Gregorio Ronquillo 117.7 vs. Jose Luis Caravantes 120.3

When: Thursday, September 15th, 4:00pm
Where: Ernesto Ruffo Apel Gymnasium, Rosarito, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: Canal Azteca (Mexico) more photos



September 14th, 2011

Boxing News

‘Star Power’ quick quotes


By Andreas Hale

Photo by Chris Cozzone 

From today’s press conference at the MGM:

Floyd Mayweather: “Come Saturday night it’s going to be the same Floyd Mayweather. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the same Victor Ortiz. But the difference between me and you is my ability to adjust and adapt. I’m versatile. I’m a good finisher too. You’re trainer said I was dirty, but when I hit you and hurt you, don’t grab me. I’m going to finish you off.”

Victor Ortiz: “Forty one of those fighters that couldn’t beat you weren’t me. Forty one of those couldn’t win it like me. On Saturday night I will put my hands up and I’m going to put you on your ass!”

Danny Garcia (Ortiz’s trainer): “(Floyd Mayweather) was one of the best fighters. He was pound for pound champion. But now its our time. We’re here to beat him. Victor is ready to do everything he can to take the victory. He trained very hard. He’s here to takeover his place. He’s going to be the number one pound for pound fighter for sure.”

Alfonso Gomez (via Internet feed): It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to fight Saul Alvarez; especially because this weekend is Mexican Independence Day. I want to showcase my talents to the millions of viewers. It’s a dream come true. I consider this the most important fight of my career because of what’s at stake. Winning this fight will change my life.

Saul Alvarez (via Internet feed): “I’m very happy to be in the main event at Staples Center. I never dreamed I’d be a champion at this age but it’s an honor to be in this position.”

Erik Morales: “It will be a great fight. We’re here and I hope to be the one winning. I say I hope because it’s never written. It’s Gods will. But I’m very confident that I will come out with my hand raised.”

Pablo Cesar Gano: “I’m very excited. My whole life has been about challenges. This is a big challenge but I’m ready and looking forward to it. I know it’s not going to be an easy task fighting a legend like Erik Morales. But I’m a great fighter. I’m here because I will win on Saturday night.”



September 14th, 2011

Photo Gallery

Slideshow: ‘Star Power’ final presser


Photos by Chris Cozzone

Slideshow: All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM in Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Oscar De La Hoya, Jessie Vargas, Erik Morales and more . . . Click here for more



September 14th, 2011

Boxing News

Update from Top Rank

Jack Nolan, the voice of Notre Dame basketball for three decades, and former boxing champion Harold Brazier of South Bend, Ind. will call the ‘Fight Like A Champion’ broadcast on Toprank.tv featuring undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee at Notre Dame on Friday, September 16. Lee, a Notre Dame graduate who majored in finance, will take on Jacob Stiers of Kansas City in the main event. ‘Fight Like A Champion’ will be at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in South Bend on the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game. Lee has pledged that all profits will be donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. Top Rank and the Mike Lee Foundation are promoting. There are seven bouts on the card. The Toprank.tv broadcast will get underway at 9 pm eastern, 6 pm pacific.



September 14th, 2011




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