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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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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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UFC

UFC updates

Jones and Machida Battle For The Light Heavyweight Title In Toronto – Tix This Week: 205-lb. champ Jon Jones returns to the Octagon to face former titleholder Lyoto Machida – plus, Minotauro Nogueira looks to avenge his 2008 loss when he takes on Frank Mir, and Tito Ortiz battles Rogerio Nogueira! UFC 140 Presented by TapouT – Saturday, Dec. 10 live at Air Canada Centre in Toronto – UFC Fight Club Presale starts Thursday at 10am ET

UFC 140 VIP Packages On Sale Thursday at 10am ET: Floor seats, meet & greets, backstage tours and more! Get the ultimate experience on December 10th in Toronto! Visit vip.ufc.com to purchase

Tickets On Sale This Week For STRIKEFORCE In San Diego: Featuring Gilbert Melendez vs Jorge Masvidal for the lightweight title, Cyborg vs Hiroko Yamanaka for the women’s featherweight championship and a 205-lb. battle between Gegard Mousasi and Ovince St. Preux! Live at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on Saturday, December 17 – UFC Fight Club presale starts tomorrow at 10am PT

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



October 13th, 2011



Feature Story

Hopkins-Dawson Presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Only three days remain before the “Believe It or Not” pay-per-view which will feature the light heavyweight showdown between Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) and “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) for Hopkins WBC title. Wednesday both fighters met at the J.W. Marriot at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles for the final press conference. (more…)



October 13th, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A: Randy Neumann

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ed Mulholland

Famed USA referee and former heavyweight contender Randy Neumann talks to Fightnews about his life growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and also boxing as an amateur winning New York Golden Gloves when training at Gleasons Gym. He also speaks about sparring sessions with Larry Holmes, bouts with Jerry Quarry , Chuck Wepner, and Jimmy Young and how he was offered a shot at Muhammad Ali. In addition he explains how Madison Square Garden President John Condon got him started as a referee and how he helped formulate the IBF Retirement Fund with former IBF President Bob Lee. (more…)



October 13th, 2011

Feature Story

Juarez-Bouvier do it again

Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

The Marianna “La Barbie” Juarez-Gabriela Bouvier combination is the main event of the boxing card “Campeonas de Gala,” another interesting show from promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia on Saturday in the Revolution Gym in Calpulalpan, State of Tlaxcala, Mexico, which will be televised throughout all Mexico and Latin America. Juarez (30-5-3, 14 KOs) stopped Bouvier (7-1-1, 1 KO) in seven rounds back in May. (more…)



October 13th, 2011

Feature Story

Illinois Commission under fire

By Bill Hillmann

The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday morning that veteran referee John O’Brien filed a complaint against the Illinois Boxing Commission. O’Brien contends that referees, judges, and timekeepers overseeing last Friday’s bouts in Burbank Illinois, were not properly licensed. Retired former Commission president, Sean Curtin, told the Tribune that the license renewal process usually takes about six weeks.

Trainer Fernando Hernandez told Fightnews, “Minutes before the bouts began, I was forced to renew my second’s license. They could have done that at the weigh-ins. This was the time I should be preparing my fighters for battle!”

In a strange twist it appears that the same commission who demanded those last-minute license-renewals forgot to renew the licenses of their own officials. O’Brien filed a similar complaint against the Illinois commission back on March 2nd. Since then the commission’s 2nd in command Joel Campuzano has been put on administrative leave. The Illinois Inspector General is investigating that case.



October 12th, 2011

Feature Story

Chavez-Manfredo finalized

November 19, Reliant Arena in Houston

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will make the first defense of his world championship crown, against Top-5 contender “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr., Saturday, November 19, at Reliant Arena in Houston. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, tickets to Chávez Jr. vs. Manfredo Jr., priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, will go on sale This Friday! October 14 at 10 A.M. CT. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Reliant Park box office (Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), Fiesta, FYE, and select HEB stores, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. (more…)



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

B-Hop Waxed, Believe It or Not

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Two Bernard Hopkins showed up at the final press conference today for Saturday night’s “Believe It or Not!: Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson” WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.
Both turned out to be stars in their own right, however, as the “real” Hopkins helped unveil an exact replica of himself – a wax figure created by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! F/X department – to the amazement of the large media contingent gathered at the event.

The “real” Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, the oldest fighter to ever win a major world championship and a long-time Ripley’s fan, spent two days in July having a full body wax casting made as the first step in the creation of his likeness. The one unveiled today will be a part of a future Believe It or Not! exhibit of Hopkins at one of the worldwide Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. For more details and photos click here…



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Gonzales tops ShoBox telecast

Andre Ward is impressed with the ability, attitude, focus and potential of Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales, an unbeaten middleweight and a sparring partner of Ward’s who makes his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against Ossie Duran in the main event of a tripleheader Friday, Oct. 28, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, N.J. “I’ve known him since his amateur days and think he has what it takes to be a champion,” said Ward, the undefeated WBA super middleweight champion and finalist in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. “He’s definitely got skills and a lot of raw talent. He’s strong, tough, has speed and a great work ethic, and anytime you have that kind of combination, where a fighter wants to be good and has a family he wants to provide for, that makes him dangerous.” (more…)



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Gerald Nobles returns

Boxing returns to Harrahs in Chester, PA on October 28 when Tony Ferrante battles Tommy Karpency for the Pennsylvania State light heavyweight championship. Also, in a just added special heavyweight attraction, former contender Gerald “The Jedi” Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) will compete in an eight round bout. The opponent for Nobles will be announced shortly. He will be making his first start in four years. His only loss to date is by DQ against seven-foot former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. The event is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets start at $45, call 267-304-9399.



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Cleverly-Bellew WBO officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced the officials who will work the light heavyweight title bout between champion Nathan Cleverly against challenger Tony Bellew on this Saturday at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The referee will be Richie Davies (UK). Judges are Dave Parris (UK), Terry O’Connor (UK) and Phil Edwards (UK). WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Dennis Gilmartin.



October 12th, 2011

Announcement

Kevin Hargreaves passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian light heavyweight contender Kevin Hargreaves (22-6-5, 8 KOs) passed away at the age of 55 years after a long illness in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday. Kevin made his professional debut in 1972 as a welterweight outpointing Mike Stocky over three rounds at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Kevin lost to Australian super middleweight champion Graham Murray but later outscored and then stopped future Australian heavyweight champion Vince Cervi in 1986. “Kevin was nature’s gentleman,” said former WBO welterweight challenger Jeff Malcolm. “He loved boxing and was respected by everyone.” Kevin will be sadly missed by his family and the Australian boxing fraternity.



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Erik Morales Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super lightweight champion Erik “Terrible” Morales has confirmed that he hopes to defend his title on December 10 in Tijuana. Morales will meet with Golden Boy Promotions on Saturday in Los Angeles to decide his next opponent (Anthony Crolla has been mentioned). “It was a great year for me,” said Morales. “With Maidana I won the respect and admiration of the people and with Pablo Cesar Cano I won the WBC championship and became the first Mexican to win a world title in four different divisions. In 2012, I will try to win my fifth title against the winner between Jorge Linares and Tony DeMarco for the WBC lightweight title.”



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Arce-Ruiz II WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American referee Raul Caiz Jr. will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (28-1, 25 KOs) defends his belt against compatriot Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-7-3, 22 KOs) at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa on Saturday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ignacio Robles (Panama) and Ted Gimzan (US). The bout is a rematch of their war back in May in which both fighters were down twice and Ruiz took a unanimous decision.



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Caballero-Barros II WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican referee Robert Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Argentinian WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (33-1-1, 18 KOs) defends against former WBA/IBF super bantamweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-4, 23 KOs) of Panama on Friday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The three judges are Stanley Christodoulus (South Africa), Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) and Tom Miller (U.S.). The fight Supervisor is Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua). Caballero-Barros II was ordered by the WBA after Barros won a controversial split decision despite being knocked down twice in their first match in July.



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Palacios back in action

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former interim WBC and WBA minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) of Nicaragua returns in the light flyweight division on Saturday against Panamanian Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (21-12-1, 2 KOs) this Saturday at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua on a boxing card organized by the company Prodesa. On August 13 in Acapulco, Mexico, Palacios won by ninth round TKO against Mexican challenger Armando Torres in what would have been his first title defense, however was unable to make the 105lb limit on the scales and the title was vacated. (more…)



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Fury vs. Pajkic on November 12

Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Neven Pajkic, put their perfect records on the line on November 12 in a twelve-rounder at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England. It will mark Fury’s first pro fight in his birthplace of Manchester. Pajkic, the Canadian titleholder, will be challenging for Fury’s Commonwealth title. Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who called out the Pajkic from ringside at a fight last year, has been the subject of some derogatory remarks made by Pajkic (16-0, 5 KOs) on numerous occasions.



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Makhwelo dies after SA title bout

By Ron Jackson

South African flyweight contender Anele Makhwelo has died after a title fight against Doctor Ntsele at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre near Bloemfontein on Friday night. Makhwelo, a former winner in the Baby Champs series, was taken to hospital after complaining of a pain in one of his legs at the interval between rounds nine and ten. The fighter is believed to have died on Tuesday night as a result of a clot in an artery in the brain. The fight was stopped after the ninth round when a ringside doctor examined the challenger and ordered him to be rushed to hospital. Brain surgery was performed and Makhwelo remained in a coma during the weekend. (more…)



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Sonsona returns

By Nick Giongco

Former WBO super-fly king Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines will make his much-awaited return this Saturday night as he collides with Mexican Carlos Jacobo at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu. Sonsona, who last fought 20 months ago when he was stopped by Wilfredo Vazquez of Puerto Rico, is raring to prove his detractors wrong by pulling off a rousing victory. Promoter Sammy Gello-ani said Cajobo, who comes in with a 16-3-1 win-loss-draw card with 14 knockouts, has what it takes to spoil Sonsona’s return. “I am not importing an ordinary foreign foe for Sonsona,” said Gello-ani, who is holding the card in coordination with AKTV, which will telecast the fights live on Philippine television starting at 9pm. Sonsona has a 14-1-1 slate with 12 knockouts and is promised bigger things by Gello-ani if he survives Jacobo. Jacobo arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday and has vowed to return home with Sonsona’s head.



October 12th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC 140 presser today

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October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Caro-Ndlovu for IBF 122lb belt

Photos: HG Boxing

In the presence of dozens of local and national media outlets in the state capital of Colima, HG Boxing announced their mega promotion set for Saturday, October 29th, at the city Palenque. The fight card which will take place during the city’s 74th Annual All Saints Fair will feature three world title fights and will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa.

“It is an honor to be in this city for such an important celebration as this fair,” Hector Garcia, Executive Director of HG Boxing, stated. “We are going to offer a great promotion with three title fights.”

In the main event, Giovanni “Russian” Caro (22-9-4, 17KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will challenge South African Takalani “Panther” Ndlovu (32-6, 18KOs) for the IBF super bantamweight title over twelve championship rounds. For more details and photos click here…



October 12th, 2011

Feature Story

Hopkins ready for Dawson

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

“I want the best Chad Dawson on Saturday night,” said WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, the oldest man to win a world boxing title. “He has to come out in character and not be the Dawson that he has been for many of his fights. The name doesn’t match the last three or four outcomes. When you have the name ‘Bad’ and you’re not Michael Jackson, you have to be able to own that. They call me ‘The Executioner’ for a reason.” For more details and photos click here…



October 12th, 2011

UFC

UFC returns to Toronto

Jones takes on Machida

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Toronto this December with an epic light heavyweight title fight pitting champion and rising superstar Jon “Bones” Jones against dynamic striker and former titleholder Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. A mere eight months after holding its largest event ever in Toronto, UFC® 140: JONES vs. MACHIDA hits the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, Dec. 10. (more…)



October 12th, 2011

Boxing News

Holm-Mathis set for Dec. 2 in N.M.


Story & photos by Jose Leon Castillo

“This is our biggest female fight promotion since Holly fought Mary Jo Sanders,” promoter Lenny Fresquez said at today’s presser at Route 66, about the Dec. 2 showdown between Holly Holm and Anne Sophie Mathis. “Boxing has been slow this year so we wanted to give our fans a great show before the year ended. We are happy to present this event. It’s an eight-fight ‘pick-’em’ boxing card of hand-picked, carefully matched bouts featuring New Mexico talent … Click here for more



October 12th, 2011

Announcement

Sympathies for Jorge Marron

Fightnews.com would like to express its deepest condolences for Jorge Marron in the passing of his father, Ediberto Marron. Based out of San Diego, CA, Jorge Marron is best known as Don Chargin Promotions’ chief matchmaker but has worked with every major promotional company on southern California fight cards and throughout the United States. Most recently, along with Bobby D. Presents, Marron has revived the San Diego boxing scene by presenting fight cards on a regular basis. After battling cancer like a true champion, Ediberto Marron succumbed to the tragic disease earlier today. He was 79 years old. Services will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, California Memorial, 2200 Highland Ave., National City, CA, 91950, 4:00pm.



October 11th, 2011

Boxing News

Francisco Contreras Update

Last we saw, lightweight Francisco Contreras was being taken from a Las Vegas ring on a stretcher Friday night after being KO’d by unbeaten Sharif Bogere in a bout nationally televised by SHOWTIME. We have now received an update on his condition. “Francisco is fine,” said manager Cameron Dunkin via email. “All of his tests were negative and he was released from the hospital the same night he was admitted. He is back home in the Dominican Republic.”



October 11th, 2011




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