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Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

Miura, Gonzalez impressively keep WBC belts

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped ...

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World title twinbill in Japan today

World title twinbill in Japan today

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans ...

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Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Update: Algieri makes weight for Pacquiao clash

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Manny Pacquiao 143.8 vs. Chris Algieri 144.4 (WBO welterweight championship) Algieri initially weighed 144.4, stripped naked and weighed 144.2. He eventually ...

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More Camera Clicks from Macau

More Camera Clicks from Macau

Photos: Chris Farina - Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris "Real Rocky" Algieri ...

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Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Photo: Lawrence Lustig Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew locked horns once again at today's press conference – and both men predicted KO wins ...

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Scale Watch

Weights from San Jacinto, CA

Javier Castro 140 vs. Mike Dallas Jr. 140
Brandon Gonzales 164 vs. Elie Augustama 164
Guy Robb 125.5 vs. Rodrigo Aranda 129
Javier Molina 147 vs. Octavio Navarez 147
Joshua Conley 157 vs. Donte Stower 153
Venue: Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
TV: ESPN2



June 21st, 2012



Boxing News

Arellano returns Friday

The summer season arrives for Thompson Boxing Promotions at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday. Undefeated bantamweight Jonathan “Lil Thund’r” Arellano (12-0-1, 3 KOs) brings his speedy style to the forefront once again when he faces Jose Angel Beranza (35-23-2, 27 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. In the co-main event, local favorite Ramon Valadez (11-1, 6 KOs) clashes with Aalan Martinez (10-1-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round junior lightweight contest. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

UFC

UFC on FX at the scales

UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida airs Friday, June 22 at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET

Weigh-in results for UFC on FX 4, which is headlined by the lightweight bout between Gray Maynard and Clay Guida, and the lightweight rubber match between Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, airing live on FX from the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for six televised prelims at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see two prelim bouts at 5:00 pm ET / 2:00 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Clay Guida (155) VS Gray Maynard (155)

FX MAIN CARD
Spencer Fisher (156) VS Sam Stout (155.5)
TJ Waldburger (170.5) VS Brian Ebersole (170)
Cub Swanson (145.5) vs Ross Pearson (146)

FUEL TV FIGHTS
Ricardo Lamas (145) vs Hatsu Hioki (145.5)
C.J. Keith (157) VS Ramsey Nijem (156)
Brock Jardine (170.5) VS Rick Story (169.5)
Steven Siler (145.5) vs Joey Gambino (145)
Chris Camozzi (185.5) VS Nick Catone (185.5)
Luis Ramos (170) VS Matt Brown (170.5)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Ricardo Funch (170.5) VS Dan Miller (170.5)
Ken Stone (135.5) vs Dustin Pague (135)

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For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

WBC ruling on Chisora; Chisora camp hits back

The WBC Supreme Board of Governors held a meeting in Mexico to review the disciplinary actions imposed on heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Chisora didn’t attend the hearing nor communicated with the WBC. The reason of the hearing was to speak about Chisora’s behavior before and after his bout against Vitali Klitschko last February 18 in Germany. Chisora has been fined and suspended from participating in WBC fights until he completes a medical anger management program.

Chisora Camp Response: “The response of the WBC is heavy-handed and inconsistent with the approach they have taken over other fighters. The WBC did not take away Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s belt after he pleaded guilty to beating his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his children. He retained his welterweight title and the WBC went on allow him to fight for a WBC belt against Miguel Cotto on 5 May, his sentence for the crime being put back to allow him to do so.” (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Officials named for Haye-Chisora

The Luxembourg Boxing Federation have confirmed the officials that will be appointed for David Haye and Dereck Chisora’s fight at West Ham United, Upton Park, London, on Saturday July 14th. The referee will be Mickey Vann (UK). Judges are John Coyle (UK), Paul Thomas (UK) and Luc Muller (Luxembourg).



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

‘White Lightning’ Wilson headlines in Virginia

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Fairfax, VA junior welterweight prospect Todd “White Lighting” Wilson will headline “Bulldog Brawl II” on Saturday, June 23 at the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. This is a RBA Promotions card. The 28-year-old Wilson (13-0, four KO’s) boxed in college at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and has quickly become one of the more popular boxers in the Washington, DC area. Wilson last fought on February 25 in Charlotte, NC and scored a fourth-round TKO over Eric Burke.

Wilson will face Atlanta, GA veteran John Willoughby (3-13, two KO’s) in an eight-round contest. Willoughby will be fighting for the second time in eight days as he lost a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Jared Robinson on June 15 in Charlotte. Since August of 2010, Willoughby has fought opposition with a combined record of 71-2-1 going into this bout. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Feature Story

Canelo who? Ortiz focused on Lopez

By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

The bright lights of Las Vegas. A significant payday. Headlining a pay per view card. These are all aspiring goals that most fighters aim to achieve one day throughout their boxing career. Or it is something that they wish occurs often, as it signifies their elite status in boxing. A small percentage of fighters are lucky to be able to achieve these goals. Not to mention having the right promotional company or management team behind these fighters is crucial as well.

Welterweight contender Victor Ortiz has experienced all that within his eight-year professional boxing career. He would love to get back to that proverbial mountaintop of the boxing world. He has the opportunity to do that as he is penciled to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th in a pay per view bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. That is all good, but Ortiz will need to defeat (or least score a draw) against Josesito Lopez this coming Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA before being able to punch that ticket to Las Vegas. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

UFC

The Blueprint: Guida vs. Maynard

UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida airs Friday, June 22 at 6 PM PT/9 PM ET

I should have changed the title. I considered it. At the end of the day, I decided to keep with the branded piece just for consistency. But this article is not about Xs and Os. It’s not about breaking down technique. And it’s not about who is going to win (or who is more likely to win) Friday night’s UFC on FX main event . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Bailey targets Mayweather

Newly crowned IBF welterweight world champion Randall “The Knockout King” Bailey is finally in position of leverage with his third world title belt and a recent “Knockout of the Year” performance against previously unbeaten Mike Jones. Now, the feared slugger is hoping to cash in after 16 often frustrating years as a professional prizefighter. Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) would love to face Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. when he gets out of jail in a few months but, if the price is right, Randall also wants to make it perfectly clear that he’ll fight any deserving 147-pounder in the world.

“I’ve been avoided forever,” Bailey said, “but now I’m coming off a world title fight win that ended with a punch people are going to be talking about for a long time. If I had a choice, I’d fight Mayweather next. I like the way Floyd’s fighting. He’s not running around so much to try to win on points. He’s giving guys an opportunity to hit him and that’s my type of fight.” (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

WBO judges score it for Pacquiao

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Five WBO international judges reviewed video of the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. and all scored the bout in favor of the Filipino former champion. The WBO judges scored it 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113, all for Pacman. In the actual fight, judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross scored it 115-113 for Bradley and Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Since boxing commissions in the United States are autonomous, the WBO can’t change the official result of the fight. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Estrada returns June 29

Professional boxing returns to Providence on June 29 with 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada headlining the “Takeover” card, presented by Big Six Entertainment, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Local favorite Estrada (18-4, 5 KOs) takes on 1992 Puerto Rican Olympian Alex Gonzales (20-6, 10 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Former USBA/NABO middleweight champion Brian “The Bull” Barbosa (30-6, 22 KOs), also fighting out of Providence, continues his comeback against light heavyweight John Johnson (13-2, 10 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.



June 21st, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC 147 presser today!

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET


Watch the UFC 147 pre-fight press conference streaming live Thursday, June 21 at noon ET/9 am PT
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For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Sulaiman: WBC to reform ringside scoring

In his weekly column, WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced plans to bring the officiating of boxing into the the 21st Century. “We will be bringing boxing into the computer era,” said Sulaiman. “We will have our judges leave the paper and pencils at home. We will present a new computerized system by having a computer device in the hands of each of the three judges connected to a main computer that will be adding automatically, instantly, and accurately, the information sent by the judges’ devices into the computer. We will propose to totally change the system into clicks on buttons designating the differences in the action, but not in numbers.

“We will let the judges click the buttons for: 1) very slight difference; 2) somewhat clear difference; 3) clear difference; 4) overwhelming difference; and 5) a beating. In addition to that, we will have: 7) one button for knockdowns; and 8) one other button for fouls. We will let our English speaking friends find the right name for the buttons. And I apologize and feel very sorry for the ringcard girls not to take the scorecards from the judges to show their beautiful bodies to the cheers of the crowd, but we can still have them show the number of the round, as ringcard girls have become a tradition in boxing.”



June 21st, 2012

UFC

It’s finally fight time for “Gasparzinho”

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

If you told Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros 10 years ago that he would be locked in a house for six weeks with 15 fighters, but would only have to train during that time while eating whatever he wanted and not worrying about anything, he would probably say that there could be nothing better than that. Today, as an engaged 24-year old with a child on the way, his attitude has changed a bit when recalling his time on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Mack-Ballogou on July 7 in Philly

On July 7th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, James Shuler Gym Promotions presents former world title challenger and currant USBA light heavyweight champion Yusaf Mack (30-4-2, 17 KOs) against Sabou Ballogou (8-5, 3 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. In his last bout, Mack scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Omar Sheika on April 28th in Atlantic City.

In the six round co-feature, newly crowned Pennsylvania light heavyweight champion Dhafir Smith (26-22-7, 4 KOs) will take on Bobby Jordan (8-3-1, 4 KOs). Also, in four rounders, featherweight prospect and former U.S. Olympic Alternate Eric Hunter (15-2, 8 KOs) takes on Jason Rorie (6-15-2, 3 KOs) and lightweight Tim Witherspoon Jr. (6-2-1, 2 KOs) will take on Cassius Clay (0-3).



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Kyotaro finishes Tillman

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight prospect, OPBF#7 Kyotaro Fujimoto (4-0, 3 KOs), 225, battered 6’5” New Zealander Clarence Tillman (11-10-2, 6 KOs), 268, from all angles and finally caught him with a solid right following quick combinations, dropping him for the count at 2:02 of the third session in a scheduled eight rounder on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Kyotaro, eight years his junior at 26, was formerly a K-1 fighter, having scored some good victories prior to his entry into the international style fighting last year. The Japanese young man, handled by his manager Kenichi Hagimori, technically improved after training for three weeks in Perth, Australia, where he experienced good sparring sessions with big boys there at Harry’s Gym. Kyotaro swarmed over the slower Tillman from the outset, and averted his retaliation well with his faster footwork. The third saw Kyotaro pin him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches and deck him with a thud. The game New Zealander attempted to pull himself up, but failed to beat the count. We saw Kyotaro steadily improving in every fight. (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Ortiz-Lopez Workout Quotes

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Quotes from Wednesday’s media workout at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, CA

Victor Ortiz: “I know that he’s (Josesito Lopez) a good fighter. A decent fighter. Good for him that he’s motivated. I have no ring rust because I’ve been in the gym for the last six-seven months.”

With regards to Ortiz fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15th, Ortiz responded, “I actually don’t care what people think. Right now, I’m like ‘Canelo who?’ My only focus is on Lopez. After Saturday night, then I could focus on Canelo.”

Josesito Lopez: “He’s (Victor Ortiz) the best fighter that I would have fought so far in my career. I definitely feel that I have the power to surprise him.”

Humberto Soto: “This is going to be another hard fight, just like the other fights I have fought. I’m the type of fighter that doesn’t allow my actions to be decided by the judges. I will do my best to get the knockout, but at the least, I know that I will win a clear decision.”

Reflecting on having fought almost 70 professional fights, Soto said, “I will continue fighting until my body doesn’t give anymore. However, my body still has a lot to give.”

Lucas Matthysse: “The judges saw things in my two defeats (to Zab Judah and Davon Alexander). However, I gained a great deal of experience. I know that he’s (Soto) a good fighter, but I’ve prepared myself to win on Saturday.” (more…)



June 21st, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from the Belvedere Bash

Michael Jimenez 169 vs. Mustafah Johnson 161
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Damon Antoine 154
Simon Buettner 175 vs. Jadell Wells 180
Elijah McCall 229 vs. Travis Fulton 241
Sergio Montes De Oca 120 vs. Salvador Perez 120
PJ Cajigas 181 vs. Gerald Taylor 176

Venue: The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois
Promoter: Hitz Boxing



June 20th, 2012

Boxing News

Undefeated Jessie Vargas signs with Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas of Las Vegas today signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement at Top Rank’s corporate office in Las Vegas. Vargas, 19-0, said he will begin training at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Robert Alcazar. “Everyone at Top Rank is very excited about Jessie,” said Arum.

“I wanted to be with the Top Rank team and here I am,” Vargas said. “I am planning to very busy, fighting three, four times a year.” Vargas was born in Los Angeles. He moved to Las Vegas at the age of six and began boxing at eight years old. He won gold medals at a number of national tournaments. Vargas was a two-time National Golden Gloves champion. His amateur record was 120-20. Vargas said he is looking to make his Top Rank debut in September.

“Jessie Vargas is a Top 10 welterweight who not only wants to win a world championship, but is looking to be a star in the sport,” Dunkin said.



June 20th, 2012

UFC

UFC 147 flash quotes

UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II is LIVE on PPV Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

On Wednesday, June 20, the city of Belo Horizonte officially had its first taste of UFC 147 as fight week kicked off with eight of the main card fighters participating in the Open Workouts. The fighters were cheered on by a crowd of local fans as they took to the mats in the middle of “Praça da Estação” (Station Square). (more…)



June 20th, 2012




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