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Margarito-Alvarez kickoff press conference

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Scale Watch

Melindo, Esquer make weight (video)

By Dennis Principe

Undefeated Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and Juan Esquer of Mexico easily made the limit in Friday’s official weigh in held in Cebu City, South of Manila. Melindo (25-0, 9 KO’s) and Esquer (27-9-2, 21 KO’s) both tallied 112 lbs and are raring to give their all in their 12-round title fight Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel.

Melindo will defend his WBO intercontinental flyweight crown against the Mexican Esquer, a well-traveled fighter who has fought six world champions in his seven-year career. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Springfield, MO

B J Flores 199.90 vs. Hugo Pineda 197.4
Sechew Powell 151 vs. Cory Spinks 151.50
Ramon Barber 160 vs. James Brian Trout 167
Maurenzo Smith 234 vs. Chuck Dillard 204
Keith Jackson 202 vs. Wes Osburn 252.80

Venue: Shrine Mosque, Springfield, MO



January 27th, 2012


Boxing Result

Provodnikov, Kim victorious

Junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over game local favorite David “El Torito” Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. Provodnikov dropped Torres with a right hand in round one, dominated the fight, then floored Torres twice in the sixth to end it. Time was 2:53.

Former lightweight world title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) scored an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over Yakubu “The Black Mamba” Amidu (17-3-1, 15 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 98-92, 97-93. No knockdowns. Amidu was cut midway through the fight above the left eye.

6’5 unbeaten cruiserweight Garret Simon (6-0-1, 5 KOs) needed just 55 seconds to finish Marcus Dickerson (4-4-2, 2 KOs).



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Long Island

All participants for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights” tomorrow night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island weighed in today in the New York State Athletic Commission. Here are the official weights.

Chris Algeiri 143 vs. Chris Smith 141
Cletus Seldin 144.5 vs. Tyler Pogline 144
Rich Neves 147.25 vs. Anthony Birmingham 148
Adam Willett 208 vs. Aaron Kinch 260
Raul Nuncio 159 vs. Anthony Jones 158
Issouf Kinda 141 vs. Angel Rios 144
William Shammar Whitt 140 vs. Jayson Sia 138.5



January 27th, 2012


Boxing Result

Aityo remains unbeaten

Egypt’s top prospect light heavyweight Hany Atiyo (12-0, 8 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact Friday night. Atiyo ground out a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision over veteran countryman Mazur Ali. The bout took place at the Cairo University Indoor Hall in Giza Egypt. Judges Saleh Abdulberi and Lophe Debes scored the bout 118-108 while Hany Hassan had it 117-109. Referee for the bout was Heshem Pasha. Richard Nwoba /LouaaBoxing promoted the event.



January 27th, 2012

Boxing Result

Late Report: Sheika-Hayward

Report and Photos by Rich Hundley III
Photos: Rich Hundley III

Former title challenger Omar Sheika (31-11, 21 KOs) won a war with the always durable Charles Hayward (7-4, 3 KOs) this past Saturday in the main event of “Saturday Night Fights at the Hamilton Manor” in Hamilton, NJ. The balance of power changed hands several times during the contest, with both fighters slugging it out much to the enjoyment of the crowd. Hayward continuously landed his big right while Shieka powered through and outlasted Hayward, who had trouble keeping up at the end. Sheika won a split decision with the scores of 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Chihuahua

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Friday at the Plaza de Armas in Chihuahua, the weigh-in was held for the card billed as “Los Dorados de Villa” presented by Promociones del Pueblo. The event will be held in the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym and televised in Mexico by Televisa Deportes.

Alejandro Sanabria 134.80 vs Jhul R. Ramunal 131
(WBC silver lightweight title)
Marcos Reyes 159.75 vs Isaac Méndez 157
(WBC Fecombox middleweight belt)
Odilon Zaleta 112 vs ‘Chivero’ Franco 114
Victor Zaleta 116 vs R. Hidalgo 116



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Verona, New York

Brian Minto 218.5 vs. Tony Grano 222
Eric Fields 202 vs. Derrick Brown 201
Ryan McKenzie 174 vs. Richard Starnino 176.5
Jackie Trivilino 126.5 vs. Ela Nunez 176
Travis Peterkin 174 vs. Steven Tyner 171
Brian Clookey 187 vs. Ariel Espinal 188
Derrick Evans 170 vs. Bakari 175
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
1st Bell: 7:30 pm eastern



January 27th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX at the scales

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Videos and weights by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

At the scales for UFC on FOX, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis and the middleweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, airing live on FOX from the United Center in Chicago, IL at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for seven prelim bouts at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Phil Davis (205) VS Rashad Evans (205)

FOX MAIN CARD
Michael Bisping (185) VS Chael Sonnen (185)
Demian Maia (186) VS Chris Weidman (185)

FUEL PRELIMS
Nik Lentz (155) VS Evan Dunham (155)
John-Olav Einemo (253) VS Mike Russow (251)
George Roop (145) vs Cub Swanson (145)
Eric Wisely (145) vs Charles Oliveira (144)
Michael Johnson (156) VS Shane Roller (156)
Lavar Johnson (252) VS Joey Beltran (228)
Dustin Jacoby (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)

See videos of weigh-in:  (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Hamburg

Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and José Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) both weighed in at 176.1 for their Universum “Fight Night” showdown on Saturday at the elegantt Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Contracted weight was 177.5.

Other weights were as follows:

Rakhim Chakhkiev 199.7 vs. Alexander Kotlobay 197.5
Denis Boytsov 213.8 vs. Darnell Wilson 226
Ruslan Chagaev 242.5 vs. Kertson Manswell 252.6
Firat Arslan 196 vs. Orlando Antonio Farias 189.4
Ina Menzer 126.8 vs. Milena Koleva 128.3
Rafael Bejaran 159.4 vs. Daniel Urbanski 159.8
Vitali Tajbert 132.9 vs. Jose Luis Graterol 132.3
Marcel Meyerdiercks 127.9 vs. Roberto de Jesus Santos 127.9
Vladimir Tereshkin 246.9 vs. Evgeny Orlov 329.4



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Bute targets Froch; Showtime not thrilled

Report and photo by Karl Freitag

InterBox announced today that, due to the unavailability of WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward due to an injury, IBF Super middleweight champion Lucian Bute wants to fight Super Six finalist Carl Froch on April 14 even though SHOWTIME (whom Bute is under contract to) “does not share the same vision or enthusiasm” in the fight. InterBox president Jean Bedard stated that they will pursue a Bute-Froch fight with or without a U.S. TV network. “We have to do everything in our power to make the fight with Froch,” said Bedard, “we owe this fight to our fans, who have been supporting us and following Lucian’s career since the very beginning.” Bedard added that SHOWTIME’s preference for Bute was to match him with Andre Dirrell.



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Shaw inks unbeaten Maraon

Gary Shaw Productions and undefeated WBO Asian Pacific bantamweight champion, Jundy “Pretty Boy” Maraon (14-0-1, 11 KOs) have come terms with an exclusive promotional agreement. Jundy hails from Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines and looks to someday fight in the United States. “What we have here in Jundy Maraon is a fighter that loves to go see his opponent hit the canvas,” said Shaw. “He’s a tremendous talent and I see him fighting at the elite level someday. Right now I want to keep him busy while he learns his craft and bring him to the USA after a few more fights. I’m excited that he’s joined our stable of great young fighters. Our company is building its foundation on a global scale.”



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Team Cunningham hits Germany

Photo: Team Sauerland

Two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) has arrived in Frankfurt, Germany. On February 4, the American veteran will face IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated rematch at the Fraport Arena. Cunningham and his team – Naazim Richardson, Mark Osborn, Khalib Whitmore and Jonathan Adderly – landed on Wednesday. On Friday, they paid a special visit to AFN Wiesbaden (American Forces Network). “It´s great to catch up with AFN and connect with my military brothers and sisters,” Cunningham said. “I am ready for a battle with Hernandez on February 4. I am going to tear the title away from him and bring it back to America.”



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

NABA title fight March 31 in Buffalo

Don Juan Fighting Promotions and Hennessy Sports will co-promote a March 31 homecoming show, “March Badness,” showcasing undefeated Buffalo light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (12-0, 8 KOs) against 2008 Haitian Olympian Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (11-1, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant NABA title at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

UFC

Evans confident heading into UFC on FOX 2 bout vs. Davis

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

To say that Rashad Evans (16-1-1) is confident heading into his UFC on Fox 2 bout with Phil Davis might be the understatement of the year. But when you’ve got wins over Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and “Rampage” Jackson, you can call yourself a top-ten fighter.

Still, it’s not like Davis (9-0) is a slouch, but it’s clear that Evans expects to roll over the still-green, but surging prospect. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Kogawa wins vacant Japanese 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Fast but light-punching WBC#13 Takuya Kogawa (18-2, 10 KOs), 111.5, acquired the vacant Japanese flyweight belt as he kept throwing pit-a-pat punches all night and outsped hard-hitting but stiff and slower Shigetaka Ikehara (22-3-2, 18 KOs), 112, winning a close but unanimous decision (96-95 twice and 96-94) over ten heats on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

The national belt had been renounced by ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi, who became the official challenger against WBC ruler Pongsaklek Wonjongkam by defeating Mexican Wilbert Uicab on points last November. We expected a much better fight between Kogawa and Ikehara, neither of whom impressed the crowd due to their lack of precision in swapping punches. Kogawa threw great many punches in the air, while Ikehara kept waiting too long and only tossed a less accurate punch at a time. Kogawa, who once had an ambitious crack at the WBC 112-pound belt only to lopsidedly lose to Pongsaklek in Thailand, failed to hurt his opponent at all. Ikehara was simply a disappointment as he displayed nothing of what people had expected him owing to his power-punching. Without hitting the target his vaunted hard-punches couldn’t produce any damage to the busy-punching speedster Kogawa.

Promoter: Miyata Promotions.



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon

Oscar Godoy 149 vs. Joshua Marks 149
Adrian Vargas 140 vs. Emmanuel Robles 140
Pablo Armenta 135 vs. Omar Sanchez 134.5
Pablo Cupul 121 vs. Raymond Chacon 121
Gabriel Medina 147 vs. Luis Sanchez 150

Venue: Gonzalez Sports Academy, Chula Vista, California
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Chihuahua ready for Saturday fights

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Thursday in Chihuaua, Mexico was the press conference for the event billed as “Los Dorados de Villa” presented by Promociones del Pueblo. In the main event, Alejandro Sanabria defends his WBC lightweight silver belt against Jhula Riel Ramunal. The venue is the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym and all the fighters declared themselves ready to step into the ring to look for a knockout. Also, local boxer Marco “Dorado” Reyes, and the brothers Zaleta, Odilon and Victor, are part of the support fights.

“After doing international boxing in Las Vegas, Japan, Argentina and Mexico, we’ve returned to Chihuahua and expect the support of all the fans that are on the lookout for this great event,” said Promociones del Pueblo President Reginaldo Kuchle.



January 27th, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC on FOX weigh-in

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Watch the UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis weigh-in live Friday, January 27 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. Click here
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FOX, visit www.UFC.com



January 27th, 2012

Feature Story

Berman announces bumper bill for Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

Sipho Taliwe/Joey Stiglingh. Photo: Yolande van der Stoep

At a press conference held on Thursday, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced a bumper bill to be held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on March 3 which will be headed by Thomas Oosthuizen in defense of his IBO super middleweight belt against Serge Yannick. The southpaw Oosthuizen (17-0-1, 12 KOs), who celebrates his 24th birthday on April 2, will be making the fourth defence of his belt against the 28-year-old Yannick (14-1, 7 KOs) who was born in the Cameroon but who now fights out of Australia. Yannick the current PABA super middleweight champion suffered his only loss in December 2009 when he was outpointed by Michael Bolling. Oosthuizen must impress in this fight as there are plans for him to feature in the United States this year under the guidance of promoter Lou DiBella.

The 30-year-old Kaizer Mabuza (23-8-3, 14 KOs) a former South African, WBA Pan African and IBF Intercontinental junior welterweight champion will be having his third crack at winning a “world” title when faces Australian Steve Wills (16-0-2, 9 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBO junior welterweight belt. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Arce-Parra to fight ten-rounder?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source reported to us that multiple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will fight in the junior featherweight division in a ten-rounder against former world champion Lorenzo Parra on February 18 in Mexicali, BC, Mexico at either the State Auditorium or FEX Palenque. Arce initially wanted to defend his WBO bantamweight world title against Parra in Durango but WBO didn’t accept the fight because the Venezuelan did appear in the WBO ratings and is also suspended by his country’s boxing commission until January 30. Arce is in his hometown in Los Mochis, Sinaloa and training in the Montiel Gym. Word is Mexican prospects Armando “Chato” Robles and Jorge “Maromerito” Paez will also fight.



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Interview: Jackie Nava

Photos: Rafael Soto Gil / Zanfer

This upcoming Saturday night, Tijuana’s favorite daughter Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (24-4-3, 11KOs) challenges the current super bantamweight WBA champ Chantall “Fiera” Martinez (15-4, 6KOs) in a rematch of their 2010 fight which Nava took via a unanimous decision. Slated for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium, The female ten round championship fight will be televised live in Mexico by the reigning Azteca channel. Featured in the semi-main event of the Zanfer Promotions event, Tijuana jr. flyweight champ Felipe Salguero (15-2-1, 10KOs) takes on Colombia’s Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (21-13-1, 2KOs) in a ten round clash. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

More fights announced for Salido-Lopez card

World ranked Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez will defend their regional titles next March 10 as part of the Juanma Lopez vs Orlando Salido II undercard to be held at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions, Promociones Zanfer and San Juan City, to be televised live on Showtime.

Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), #2 ranked by the WBO in the superbantamweight division, will defend his 122lb WBO Latino title against a foe to be named in a 10 round fight. Oquendo, from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, won his three fights in 2011, all by KO in the first two rounds.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs), from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, will defend his Latino lightweight belt versus a rival to be announced, also in a 10 round bout. Gonzalez, who is the #5 ranked fighter in the lightweights by the WBO, fought five times in 2011, with four of his victories came by knockout. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez Jr workout

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. does strength training as he prepares for his upcoming world championship doubleheader co-main event against #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio, Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Chavez Jr. takes on Marco Antonio Rubio and Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in the other co-main event. Click here for more photos…



January 26th, 2012

UFC

Dana White uncensored!

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Story and photo by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Dana White, UFC president was ready for every question during Thursday’s final press conference in Chicago before the “UFC on FOX 2” sold-out January 28 event at the United Center. White faced reporters on a variety of topics . . . . (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Elio Rojas signs for bout against Jhonny Gonzalez

The World Boxing Council received today the signed contract by Elio Rojas, WBC Featherweight champion in recess. The contract forces him to face the current WBC Featherweight champion, Jhonny Gonzalez. Rojas was in a 2 year break, but he is now ready to return to boxing and has proved his desires by signing the contract. There’s no date and place to hold the bout but in coming weeks it is expected to be announced. That decision is with Reginaldo and Osvaldo Kuchle, who are the ones that make the bouts of Gonzalez.



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Senchenko-Malignaggi lands in Ukraine

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA welterweight champion Vycheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) will defend against former IBF 140lb champion Paul Malignaggi, (30-4, 6 KOs) in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine next April. Union Boxing Promotions representing Senchenko won the WBA purse bid on by offering $1,000,010 to promote the fight and reported that the date could probably be on the 27th, 28th or 29th of April in Donetsk, Ukraine. To Senchenko will be his fourth title defense and his fifth world title fight in Ukraine. The purse bid was overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Executive Vice President and Chairman of the World Championships, and supervised by the Vice President of World Championships, Aurelio Fiengo of Panama. Golden Boy Promotions, representatives of Malignaggi, offered $250,000 to promote the fight in New York, Milan or Palermo in Italy on April 21.

“The fight will take place because the WBA interim champion Ismael El Massoudi currently has legal problems and is not available, so Senchenko chose to fight the next available challenger, which is Malignaggi,” said Mendoza.



January 26th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX video: Michael Bisping

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!


Video by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Michael Bisping Evans, UFC middleweight: “I know some fans are disappointed that there hasn’t been eight weeks of zingers between us and, to be honest, I think we would have got into it if this fight had been made two months ago. But right now, both of us had to focus on getting ready for a new opponent – and in his case a more dangerous opponent in me – on a week’s notice. I never talk trash unless someone has disrespected me and, to be honest, Chael has been very complimentary of me.

Chael and I have thrown a few little jokes here and there but that’s because we’ve both got a sense of humor. And he’ll need that sense of humor after he goes to the hospital on Saturday night just like seven of my last eight opponents have. I am under no illusions – I am getting kicked, punched, elbowed and taken down by Chael but he’s getting punched, kicked, kneed, elbowed and knocked out in return. It will be a nasty, nasty war, but I’m beating him up and winning this fight. I am sure I will be taken down, but he’s going to have to worry about being submitted each time he does that. He won’t be able to hold me down and I know I can pick him apart standing.

“It is a great fight, I am sure we are both going to look like car-crash victims on Sunday AM. Never mind the trashtalk, we can both do that in our sleep, just tune in on FOX and watch the fight of the year. I may have only been told about this fight last Tuesday, but I have trained my arse off since I was eight years old. I am going to make the oddsmakers look like fools; I am winning this fight.”
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FOX, visit www.UFC.com



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

JM Marquez still WBO lightweight “super” champ

By Gabriel F. Cordero

During the last few hours it was announced by the camp of Ricky Burns that three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez had left the division and moved to welterweight, therefore Burns is now WBO lightweight world champion. However, over the telephone on Thursday Marquez said he has been talking to WBO President Francisco Valcarcel and been assured that the WBO lightweight “super” world championship title remains with him. Mexican and international media published the recognition that made Burns regular WBO lightweight champion and Marquez was informed immediately and began the search for the correct information. He is also hoping to be reinstated as WBA lightweight “super” champion after that title was stripped earlier this month.



January 26th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX video: Rashad Evans

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!


Video by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Rashad Evans, UFC light heavyweight: “Davis is intimidated. I’ve seen him around and he’s not looking too confident. He’s not ready for this level, and he knows it. He’s coming to put up a good show, go back down a level, and come back again in a year or two. He’s not coming to take it to me, but I am gonna’ take it to him. After I had my year off (with injury) I came back with the attitude of never, ever leaving it up to the judges and just throwing hands all the time. That’s the way my career is going to go, and that’s how I am going to.

Phil is just a nice guy. He’s not a fighter. He’s an athlete, a great athlete, but not a fighter. He has no killer instinct for this and he’s got no experience at this level. He’s never fought at heavyweight like I had to (in TUF 2) to get into the UFC. He didn’t get punched by Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson like I did. He’s not had to dig deep at all.

He’s in deep water, and I’m the shark.”
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FOX, visit www.UFC.com



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Ortiz-Berto undercard

To round out Showtime’s February 11 tripleheader headlined by the rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment have announced two more fights. In a 10-round junior middleweight showdown before the main event, Cuban star Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) returns for the first time since his controversial fight against Paul Williams to battle fellow contender Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs). Opening the telecast will be a 10-round featherweight matchup which will see unbeaten prospect Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) against Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs).



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Alex Arthur returns April 14

Alex Arthur will make his return to the ring on April 14 as he headlines his own AAA Promotions’ bill at Meadowbank Sports Centre in his native Edinburgh. Arthur made his promotional debut in August last year and halted Georgia’s Aleksander Vakhtangashvili in the fourth round. Arthur said: “The Edinburgh public have been asking me whenever I have been out and about when the next promotion will be in Edinburgh and I can now confirm the date. “I am delighted AAA Promotions will be back at Meadowbank as our first show was a huge success and the talk of the town for days afterwards. “In terms of how I boxed, it was the best I had felt for a couple of years as I am back training with Peter Harrison, was properly prepared and boxing at light-welterweight.” An opponent for Arthur will be named in the coming weeks and he is looking to make 2012 a busy year. Arthur added: “I hope this will be the first of three bouts this year and that I can fight for a title of some sort at the end of the year.”



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Abner Cotto Headlines February 18th

Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment presented today the first event of their original series “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: Next Level,” on Saturday, February 18th at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico, as part of the boxing series “Solo Boxeo: Tecate”, to be aired on Telefutura. The top undeafeated prospect, Abner “Pin” Cotto (12-0, 5 KOs) will headline the Main-Event, defending his WBC FECARBOX Lightweight championship against the dangerous Guillermo Sanchez (13-4-1, 5 KOs) in a 10 round bout. In the Co-feature bout of the evening, WBC FECARBOX Super Fly weight champion, Miguel “El Loco” Robles (10-1-2, 4 KOs) will face tough Mexican Juan Angel Cota (8-6, 6KOs) in an 8 round fight. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Burns now full WBO lightweight champ

Ricky Burns has been declared the full WBO World Lightweight Champion after Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez is considered to have moved up to the welterweight division. The Scottish star Burns won the Interim title when he beat Michael Katsidis last November in his first fight at lightweight, with Marquez holding the full title while he decided his next move. This means that Burns will go into his title fight against former world champion Paulus Moses on March 10th at the Braehead Arena as the full champion.

“When I beat Katsidis I felt like a world champion anyway, but this makes it all real and I’m thrilled with the news that I’m now the official full world champion,” said Burns. “It’s a great feeling, but now it’s now back to reality and training hard for what will be a tough title defense against Moses in my Scottish homecoming on March 10. For the last ten years I’ve been grafting away in my career, but in the last couple of years it has really taken off with me beating Martinez and then beating a great warrior like Katsidis to put me up with the best in the world.” (more…)



January 26th, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC on FOX presser

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!

Watch the UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis pre-fight press conference live from Chicago Thursday, January 26 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FOX, visit www.UFC.com



January 26th, 2012




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