Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

Thurman-Garcia unification clash heats up

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Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

Fujimoto defeats Nasio to win vacant OPBF heavyweight belt

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Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

Jack and DeGale battle to a draw, retain their WBC and IBF 168lb world titles

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Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

Davis dethrones Pedraza for IBF 130lb title

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Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

Aleem stops Khytrov in six round war to claim WBC silver belt

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Chavez, Lee on weight; avoid fines

WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and challenger Andy Lee, made the mandatory weight 30 days prior to their clash scheduled next June 16, marking 175 pounds the champion and 174 the challenger.

The WBC considers the weigh-ins taking place 30 and 7 days prior to the bout and the medical test 30 days before the bout to be of great importance and has decided to crack down on boxers and promoters that do not completely fulfill every mandatory aspect. Effective immediately the WBC will fine $300 to any person who doesn’t follow these rules in WBC regional championship bouts, and $1,000 for any failed act in the run up to a WBC world championship bout. There will be no exceptions.

WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and challenger Andy Lee, made the mandatory weight 30 days prior to their …


UFC

Lavar Johnson steps up for UFC 146 battle

Fast-rising heavyweight Lavar Johnson has accepted a UFC 146 showdown with Stefan Struve next Saturday, agreeing to replace an injured Mark Hunt on just nine days’ notice. The UFC 146 main card has completely morphed from when it was originally announced, but it remains the first ever all-heavyweight card in UFC history. (more…)

Fast-rising heavyweight Lavar Johnson has accepted a UFC 146 showdown with Stefan Struve next Saturday, agreeing to replace an injured …



Boxing News

Sadam Ali opponent named

On Saturday night June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, Sadam “Worldkid” Ali will take on Franklin Gonzalez(15-9, 10 KOs) in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout that will be the main event of a big night of boxing that is promoted by Ali’s Worldkid Promotions. This will be the 2008 U.S. Olympian’s Promotional debut.
Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic has a record of 15-9 with ten knockouts. Gonzalez is coming off an impressive four round unanimous decision over the regarded Eddie Hyland (16-1) on January 28th in Atlantic City.

On Saturday night June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, Sadam “Worldkid” Ali will take on Franklin Gonzalez(15-9, …


Boxing News

Prizefighter Int’l Heavyweights II on June 20

Three World title challengers are in the first four names announced for the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament on Wednesday June 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Albert Sosnowski and Kali Meehan have all stepped in the ring to fight for world titles and that trio are joined by Kent’s Tom Dallas in the 25th edition of the eight man, one night tournament gunning for the £32,000 winner’s cheque

Johnson and Sosnowski have both faced Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt, while Meehan fell the wrong side of a split decision to Lamon Brewster for the WBO strap. (more…)

Three World title challengers are in the first four names announced for the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament on Wednesday …




Boxing News

Gonzalez-Caro Presser

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Diego Morales

WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (27-1, 24KOs) and his challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-10-4, 18KOs) met face to face today before their upcoming twelve round championship bout set for Saturday, May 19th, at the Plaza Monumental de Toros de Don Antonio in Tepic, Mexico. The title fight will be the main event of the seven-bout fight card presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona”.

After Box Latino’s COO Carlos Mera thanked the media and local promoter, Antonio Echeverria, the main event fighters took the mic to state their case for this Saturday night.

“I am 100% ready, I’m expecting a tough fight since my opponent is a dangerous one,” Caro of Mexico City, Mexico, stated. Caro challenged for the world title two fights ago versus IBF belt holder Takalani Ndlovu in a war that Caro lost via a controversial split decision. “I am bringing everything and I know it is going to be a great fight.” (more…)

By Felipe Leon Photos: Diego Morales WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (27-1, 24KOs) and his challenger Giovanni …


Boxing News

Tahdooahnippah targets Taylor

Unbeaten WBC Continental Americas middleweight beltholder George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) says he’s ready to step up his level of competition. “It’s time for me to face some big name fighters and show the world who I am,” said Tahdooahnippah, a member of the Comanche Nation who has fought all but two of his fights in Oklanhoma. “When I fought Jimmy Holmes for the WBC belt, I had a torn bicep and still stopped him in the opening round. Whoever has been in my way thus far, I’ve got them out of there and I don’t plan on changing that, regardless of who is standing across the ring!”

Atop his wish list is comebacking former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) who is 2-0 since returning from a two-year layoff. “Jermain Taylor also isn’t the same fighter he once was and recent upset wins by fellow Oklahomans Carson Jones and Grady Brewer truly inspired me. [Taylor’s last opponent Caleb Truax] wasn’t able to close the show and I know that I have more power than him. I’m a different fighter than Caleb. I’m hungrier and have a more fan-friendly style. If he can go ten rounds with Jermain and put him on his back and I know that I can get Jermain out of there!” (more…)

Unbeaten WBC Continental Americas middleweight beltholder George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) says he’s ready to step up his …


Boxing News

Unbeaten jr welters collide Friday

Undefeated junior welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event tomorrow on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. In the co-feature, undefeated middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (12-0, 11 KOs) will meet Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (9-1-1, 5 KOs).

Mayfield is trained by Virgil Hunter, who also trains super middleweight champion Andre Ward, and enters Friday’s fight having defeated former junior lightweight titlist Steve Forbes. Mayfield won a 10-round decision over two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in his last fight.

Serrano of Philadelphia is coming off a February 10-round decision win over Kenny Abril. “I’ve seen a few of Mayfield’s fights,” Serrano said. “I think both of us are going to try to see who lands first. I think he’s going to come out strong, but I’ve got a good game plan. I’m ready to go to war.”

Undefeated junior welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) will meet in …


Boxing News

Marcos Maidana Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA super lightweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana in Oxnard, California to begin training with his
new trainer Robert Garcia. Maidana may reappear in July in his native Argentina, then possibly return in September on one of the big Golden Boy Promotions events against the likes of Danny Garcia, Johan Perez, Humberto Soto, Michael Katsidis or Lucas Matthysse.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBA super lightweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana in Oxnard, California to begin training with his …



Boxing News

Austin Trout Update

Courtesy: Team Trout

Austin “No Doubt” Trout, just two weeks from defending his title against mandatory challenger Delvin Rodriguez, is putting in his most intense training during this period of camp. Sparring with Austin is veteran J.C. Candelo, who fought “Winky” Wright for the IBF junior-middle weight world championship and who also held the NABF and WBC/USA titles. Joining the wrecking crew is 16-0 Abie Han, who’s getting ready himself for a big fight, on the undercard of Chavez/Lee at the Sunbowl. Rounding off the crew is amateur standout’s Siju Shabazz, Tim Meek and Zach Prieto.

Austin is expecting a tough fight against Rodriguez, who is 26-5-1 with 14 KOs, and who fought the fight of the year against Pawel Wolak last year. Rodriguez, a good fundamentalist and a student of boxing, is mechanically sound, quick and carries a good wallop in both hands. Rodriguez has been showcased many times on TV and 3 or 4 of his losses have been somewhat controversial. (more…)

Courtesy: Team Trout Austin “No Doubt” Trout, just two weeks from defending his title against mandatory challenger Delvin Rodriguez, is …


Boxing News

Philly flavor to Pacman-Bradley card

In the biggest night for Philadelphia fighters in recent memory, three of them will appear as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card on June 9 at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy will challenge for world titles, while amateur star Jesse Hart, son of former Philadelphia middleweight legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, will make his pro debut. (more…)

In the biggest night for Philadelphia fighters in recent memory, three of them will appear as part of the Manny …


Boxing News

Montiel and Rubio return June 9

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Three-division world champion Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) will face former Olympian Arturo Santos (11-1, 4 KOs) in a twelve round junior featherweight clash on June 9 at the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym in Chihuahua, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montiel.

The same night, former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (53-6-1, 46 KOs) will face Jorge “Demonio” Cota (12-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder at middleweight

Former WBA miniumweight world champion “Samy Guty” (31-7-2, 21 KOs) also sees action in a rematch against Armando Torres (18-9, 13 KOs) for the WBC light flyweight silver belt.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Three-division world champion Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) will face former Olympian Arturo Santos (11-1, …


Boxing News

Double title tomorrow in Mexico City

All Star Boxing will return with their successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday to the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa In Mexico City. In the main event undefeated 18 year old prospect Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor of Mexico City, Mexico (17-0-1-11 KO’s) nephew of Mexican Legend Lupe Pintor, will face the toughest test of his young career when he battles compatriot Ivan “Macanon” Cano (21-3-15 KO’s) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO and WBC Youth jr. welterweight world titles at stake. (more…)

All Star Boxing will return with their successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday to the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza …



Boxing News

D Day II presser

By Phil Doherty
Photo: Segundo Rivero/ Acquinity Sports

Acquinity Sports welcomed local media and fight fans to the spacious Paradise Live complex at the Seminole Hard Rock yesterday for the final press conference in advance of Friday’s “D Day II” Dominican Domination” card. Rising Dominican featherweight sensation Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (11-0, 9 KOs) squares off against Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero (26-9-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the ten-round main event.

Marrero’s unbeaten super-bantamweight compatriot Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (9-0, 5 KOs) looks to maintain his perfect record against Mexican veteran Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-8-1, 27 KOs) in their ten-round co-main event.

In other undercard action, light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (8-1, 6 KOs) tangles with former world champion Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (30-9, 28 KOs). Undefeated southpaw Dominican welterweight and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican Javier Perez (8-5, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder.

Ticket prices are $34, $54, $74 and $104. VIP tables are still available for just $2,500. Doors open at 6:00, first fight at 6:30 PM.

By Phil Doherty Photo: Segundo Rivero/ Acquinity Sports Acquinity Sports welcomed local media and fight fans to the spacious Paradise …


UFC

Daniel Cormier, MMA’s great success story

Who is the Strikeforce success story?

Posed with this question, fight fans will scour their memories of the rich history of athletes who have made their mark in the promotion, and most will likely answer Nick Diaz followed by Cung Le. The former went 6-0 inside the Strikeforce cage, fought and won in two different weight divisions, and left the organization as the undefeated and three-time defending welterweight champion. The latter’s four-year stretch saw Le go 7-1, including winning the middleweight belt, having all his in-cage performances happen in the company’s home of San Jose, California, while his lone defeat against Scott Smith was avenged in Le’s final outing before joining the UFC. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Who is the Strikeforce success story? Posed with this question, fight fans will scour their memories of the rich history …


Photo Gallery

Gallery: Chavez Jr. sets up Vegas camp

Photos by Chris Cozzone/Top Rank

Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. landed in Las Vegas to set up training camp at the Top Rank Gym in preparation of his next fight. On June 16, Chavez will headline “Viva Chávez!” on Saturday, June 16, at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, when he defends his WBC title against No. 2 world-rated contender Andy Lee, marking the first world championship fight to be held in the Sun Bowl Stadium since June 13, 1998 when Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Patrick Charpentier in the second round to retain his welterweight crown. The Chávez Jr. vs. Lee world championship rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. “Viva Chavez” is presented by the University of Texas at El Paso and Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, The City of El Paso, AT&T and Tecate. (more…)

Photos by Chris Cozzone/Top Rank Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. landed …


Boxing Result

Pianeta defeats McCall

Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) outworked former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) to win a ten round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Pianeta was too young and fast for the ex-champ, who took the fight on late notice after Pianeta’s original foe Frans Botha pulled out with a training injury. The 47-year-old McCall was clearly the stronger fighter but was became very frustrated by his inability to finish Pianeta as he stormed around the ring and refused to fight for the last 30 seconds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 99-91. McCall is currently on the U.S. national suspension list for an abnormal scan of the brain, although that list does not apply overseas.

A major upset in women’s boxing on the undercard as previously unbeaten WBO/WIBF/WBA world flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-1, 16 KOs) lost a majority ten round decision to unheralded American Melissa McMorrow (7-3, 0 KOs). McMorrow got off to a good start and the Killer Queen came on strong late. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. McMorrow won the WBO and WIBF belts.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (7-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Steve Krökel (16-19-2, 7 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54 on all cards.

Other results:
Sergio Vartanov KO6 Ali Hassanzadeh (super welterweight)
Felix Lamm W6 Said Harkimov (super lightweight)
Danny Lehmann KO1 Zdenek Siroky (light heavyweight)

Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) outworked former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) to win a …



Boxing News

Pacquiao says he’s not against gay people

Although Manny Pacquiao says he disagrees with President Obama on same-sex marriage, Pacquiao has denied quoting Leviticus 20:13 which states gays should be put to death, during an interview with the National Conservative Examiner. The report has caused a firestorm in the press, but Pacman says his words are being twisted. “I didn’t say that, that’s a lie,” Pacquiao said in a statement reported by TMZ. “I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet. I’m not against gay people … I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God.”

Although Manny Pacquiao says he disagrees with President Obama on same-sex marriage, Pacquiao has denied quoting Leviticus 20:13 which states …


Boxing News

Joel Diaz Jr. expecting fireworks

Photo: Boxing360

Power Punching super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr (9-0, 8 KOs) of Palmdale, California will headline in his first main event on Saturday June 2nd. The 20-year-old Diaz Jr. will take on Puerto Rico born Guillermo Sanchez (13-6-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled for ten round main event at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The card is promoted by Halquist Productions. Very good things were being said of Diaz Jr. leading up to his ShoBox debut this past January against fellow unbeaten Guy Robb. Dropped early in the bout, Diaz Jr. stormed back to drop Robb twice en route to a dazzling 7th TKO victory. In the few months that have passed since that fight, Diaz Jr. has squeezed in two more stoppage victories. The 23-year-old Sanchez has hit a recent losing slide but at one time was being touted as a promising prospect going unbeaten in his first 12 fights. Added to the mix is the classic boxing rivalry of a fighter of Mexican descent in Diaz versus one of Puerto Rican descent in Sanchez. Fightnews spoke with the always ready to fight Diaz as he finished a recent workout in preparation for the upcoming fight. (more…)

Power Punching super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr (9-0, 8 KOs) of Palmdale, California will headline in his first main …


Boxing News

Lemieux returns to action

Exciting middleweight David Lemieux (25-2, 24 KOs) returns June 8 in the final edition of this year’s popular GYM Fast & Furious Boxing Series, at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. After two straight shock losses and a right hand injury, the 23-year-old Lemieux, who has fallen to WBC #23, takes on Jaudiel “Negro” Zepeda (12-5-1, 9 KOs). “With this fight I restart my career,” proclaimed Lemieux. “I know I have disappointed many of my supporters but I recently learned a lot and have matured. I cannot wait to reconnect with the action. Without looking too far ahead, of course, I dream of fighting rematches against (Marco Antonio) Rubio and (Joachim) Alcine in the near future.”

Undefeated NABO light heavyweight beltholder Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (8-0, 5 KOs) faces Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk (23-1, 19 KOs) in the main event.

Exciting middleweight David Lemieux (25-2, 24 KOs) returns June 8 in the final edition of this year’s popular GYM Fast …


Boxing News

World title twinbill in Japan in July

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Michael Farenas (34-3-3, 26 KOs) in Saitama (close to Tokyo), Japan, on July 16. Uchiyama, making his fifth defense, wishes to extend his KO streak to six in world title bouts since he dethroned Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth-round dramatic stoppage in January 2010. Also announced was the WBC flyweight mandatory title bout, where newly crowned Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 24 KOs), a free-swinging Filipino, will risk his belt against Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs) on the same bill. Jaro stunned the world by demolishing long-reigning champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam by an unexpected sixth-round TKO in the defending titlist’s home turf Thailand. Igarashi, a former representative in Olympic Games in Athens, is a fast-punching southpaw dependent on speed and skills, while the champ Jaro is a power-puncher as he so impressively dispatched Pongsaklek. It will be a couple of confrontations between Japanese and Filipinos to be co-promoted by Watanabe and Teiken Promotions.

By Joe Koizumi Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line …


Boxing News

Poll: Public backs Haye-Chisora clash

Despite opposition from the British and German boxing commissions and other influential people in boxing, a massive 71 per cent of the public say they would pay to watch David Haye’s big heavyweight showdown with Dereck Chisora, a poll held on the Daily Mail online revealed. The bitter rivals meet in the ring on Saturday 14th July at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in one of boxing’s biggest ever grudge fights. Only 29 per cent didn’t want to watch the fight which has become a hot talking point. Since the pair met last week head-to-head for the first time to announce their fight, tickets have been selling fast with over 20,000 sold already.

Despite opposition from the British and German boxing commissions and other influential people in boxing, a massive 71 per cent …


Boxing News

Green-Kessler Presser Erupts

Photo: Team Sauerland

Allan Green (31-1, 21 KOs) continued his war of words with Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) today at the final press conference in Copenhagen. Three days ahead of their WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) clash at Denmark´s famous PARKEN Stadium, Green claimed that the Viking Warrior was a long way past his prime. “He used to be a joy to watch, a great fighter, but that was before he fought Calzaghe,” the 32-year-old American stated. “He has not been the same fighter since. I don´t know if it is mental or physical wear, but he’s just not been on the same level any more. Mikkel will not be worth a nickel when he will be in the ring with me. I will break his a** into two halves. I want him to be at his best on Saturday night, the best he can possibly be, and for his sake it better be enough!”

The Viking Warrior said he will be happy to prove that he can still deliver at the highest level – a level Green has never fought at. “Green just talks a lot,” Kessler said. “This is nothing unusual before a fight. He seems to be confident, which is good for him. He will need all his confidence on Saturday night. I´m in fantastic shape, I am ready to put on a great show. I know I can hurt Green and once I have hurt him, I will go for the KO. But I am not making any predictions about the outcome. I just know that I am going to win.” (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Allan Green (31-1, 21 KOs) continued his war of words with Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) today …


Boxing News

Tarver: I target organs

Photo: Jeff Young/Showtime

Less than three weeks before Antonio Tarver steps into the ring to continue his campaign at cruiserweight by taking on the unbeaten power puncher Lateef Kayode, the “Magic Man” held an open workout on Tuesday before a packed house of his hometown media at Calta’s 24/7 Fitness. “This guy is predicting he’ll knock me out in the fifth round. If Kayode comes in with that type of recklessness, he can be out before that because he has never been hit by someone who can punch as hard as me,” said Tarver.

“And not just punching hard, I’m a sharpshooter. I punch organs. I target organs: liver, kidney, heart. I don’t just punch mass, I punch organs and I punch that chin. Remember that the chin is not a muscle so you can have all the muscles surrounding your neck and body, chest and abs, because if I touch that chin the right way, it’s lights out, baby. There are no more guys like myself. Shane Mosley lost. Bernard Hopkins lost. I’m the last Mohican. I’m the last guy who is 40-plus.” More Tarver comments…

Less than three weeks before Antonio Tarver steps into the ring to continue his campaign at cruiserweight by taking on …


UFC

Zombie finishes Poirier, calls for Aldo

If Korea needs an MMA superstar, they have found their man.

“The Korean Zombie,” as 25-year-old Chan Sung Jung is affectionately known in the sport, choked out Dustin Poirier in the fourth round Tuesday night to cap a thrilling UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Patriot Center that was certainly Fight of The Night and which stands a strong chance of being one of the most entertaining scraps of 2012.

“I want to thank all the Korean fans and the Korean community that came here to support me today,” the exhausted featherweight said after winning his third straight. “He had me in trouble at the beginning of the third round. The thought of giving up was in my head but I just kept going …” . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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If Korea needs an MMA superstar, they have found their man. “The Korean Zombie,” as 25-year-old Chan Sung Jung is …


Boxing News

Chaichotchuang signs Beijing Olympian

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng has signed a three year agreement with Kiat Kreerin Promotion, CEO Jimmy Chaichotchaung and will make his professional debut Friday. Amnat Ruenroeng, who won a bronze medal as a junior flyweight at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, began boxing while serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for robbery. In 2007, he won a Thai national title in the light-flyweight division, and was released from prison for good behaviour the following day. He subsequently qualified to represent Thailand at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. Jimmy Chaichotchaung said “I am glad to welcome Amnat Ruenroeng to my stable of boxers. He has great credentials as he represented the Thai national team and will turn professional on undercard fight of the IBF Eliminator #1 Jr.Featherweight title bout on Friday which will feature Thangthong Kiattaweesuk vs Mctube Sinyabi at Nakornratchasima, Thailand. Ruenroeng will face Indonesian champion Rino Ukru. I will look for the opportunity for Amnat to fight for world title in super flyweight division, when he looks ready”. Jimmy Chaichotchuang was IBF Asian Promoter of the Year 2003 – 2011.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng has signed a three year agreement with Kiat …


Boxing News

Top Rank signs amateur star

Top Rank announced today the signing of amateur sensation Toka Kahn-Clary, from Providence, Rhode Island. Kahn-Clary, 20, who boasts speed, power and a “pro style of fighting” is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. and managed by Mike Criscio, who discovered and managed light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Kahn-Cary will make his pro debut, as a junior lightweight, on Friday, June 8, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on a card headlined by the Kelly Pavlik vs. Scott Sigmon super middleweight bout.

“Everyone at Top Rank is excited and what a great way for Toka to start, fighting on the Kelly Pavlik card at the Hard Rock,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)

Top Rank announced today the signing of amateur sensation Toka Kahn-Clary, from Providence, Rhode Island. Kahn-Clary, 20, who boasts speed, …


Boxing News

Sanchez-Rosas collide Saturday

Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) will expose his IBF super flyweight world championship for the first time next Saturday at the Tecate Box Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco against experienced and former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (36-6, 27 KOs).

Sanchez surprised the boxing world last February in his hometown of Los Mochis, where by clear decision he dethroned Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero who was considered a solid world champion. Juan Carlos has been training in Los Mochis under the supervision of his father Juan Carlos “Zurdo” Sanchez, trainer Edgardo Lucero and Tiburcio Garcia.

Rosas won the four fights he was in on 2011, most recently beating South African Zolani Tete in an elimination bout to become the mandatory challenger.

Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) will expose his IBF super flyweight world championship for the first time next …


Boxing News

Jean will face Tyner instead of Rivera

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

There’s been a last minute change in Dierry Jean’s (21-0 14KO) opponent for Saturday night in Montreal as the undefeated will be facing off against Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2 15KO) instead of the originally scheduled Cosme Rivera. Promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Promotions cited visa problems as what forced a change from former world title challenger Rivera to Tyner who has lost his last three, all to undefeated opponents including Canadian Kevin Bizier. Despite not having fought at 140 pounds for close to four years, the bout will still be for the vacant NABF light-welterweight title. “He is a very strong opponent,” promises the promoter. “He fought 12 rounds with Jessie Vargas last February and faced guys such as Lamont Peterson and Canelo Alvarez not that long ago.

“We were concerned about paperwork for Rivera for a while so he was on standby for quite some time. He fought at 147 for his last few fights yet apparently he is a natural 140. I’m told he’s the type of fighter who is always in the gym ready for opportunities.”

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada There’s been a last minute change in Dierry Jean’s (21-0 14KO) opponent for Saturday night in …


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Q&A: Tom Loeffler, K2 managing director

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, spoke to Fightnews.com after undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) defended his belt by dispatching Makoto Fuchigami (19-7, 10 KOs) in three short rounds on Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine. Fightnews also asked about future of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs).

How good is Gennady Golovkin?

This is the whole thing – we know how good Gennady is right now but we also know that he’s just scratching the surface of his true potential. He’s something special, a one of a kind middleweight. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, spoke to Fightnews.com after undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion …


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Airich in Miami

IBF #12, WBO #11 rated heavyweight Konstantin Airich arrived in the United States yesterday to adjust to time and weather conditions for his IBF intercontinental championship bout against Odlanier Solis this Saturday at the Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Airich and his trainer, former German national coach Hans-Juergen Witte, flew from Germany to Miami where they conclude their preparation for the Solis fight with a couple of lighter training sessions before heading to McAllen International airport on Thursday.

Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) is the big underdog against 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple times world amateur champion Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs). When working out in Miami, Airich wore a t-shirt stating “Nothing is impossible” which might as well be his motto for this fight. “Anything can happen in a boxing ring”, adds Airich. “Especially in the heavyweight division one single punch can decide a fight at any time. I consider Solis one of the best fighters in the world today but being the best fighter doesn’t help you when you lie flat on the ground.” (more…)

IBF #12, WBO #11 rated heavyweight Konstantin Airich arrived in the United States yesterday to adjust to time and weather …


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Carlos Molina returns June 16

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will return to the ring on Saturday, June 16th in Corpus Christi, TX, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com late last week. No opponent has been announced, but when contacted on Tuesday morning, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz said that he is in the process of “working on his opponent.” The 10-round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” In his last fight on March 17th, Molina, (16-0-1, 7 KOs) from Rosemead, CA, won a 10 round unanimous decision over Angino Perez in Pharr, TX. Prior to the March bout, Molina scored an impressive one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Manuel Leyva at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on December 3rd.

By Francisco Salazar Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will return to the ring on Saturday, June 16th in Corpus Christi, TX, …


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Weights from Germany

Photos: Eroll Popova

Francesco Pianeta 242.5 vs. Oliver McCall 253.5
Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111.3
(WBO/WIBF female flyweight titles)
Dominic Bösel 174.2 vs. Steve Krökel 174.4
Sergio Vartanov 153.9 vs. Ali Hassanzadeh (TBA)
Felix Lamm 140 vs. Said Harkimov (TBA)
Danny Lehmann (TBA) vs. Zdenek Siroky (TBA)
Ronny Gabel 156.1 vs. Marcen Gierke (TBA)

Venus: Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Promoter: SES
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Photos: Eroll Popova Francesco Pianeta 242.5 vs. Oliver McCall 253.5 Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111.3 (WBO/WIBF female flyweight …


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Brook-Jones Presser

Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Carson Jones on July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield promises fireworks after the pair clashed at today’s press conference at the venue. IBF #3 ranked Jones traveled from his Oklahoma home to Sheffield, England, to face hometown star Brook who is ranked two places below him at #5. With the vacant title to be decided by a June meeting between #1 ranked Mike Jones and #2 Randall Bailey, the winner of Brook and Jones’ clash is likely to be given mandatory challenger status when the belt is decided, and Brook admitted he was riled by the American who bragged that he would stop the unbeaten Ingle Gym product in front of his home fans.

“He’s very brash and has a lot to say, and he’s got under my skin if I’m honest,” said Brook. “Talk is cheap though and I’m not interested in what he claims he’s going to do to me in front of my fans. I can assure you though that he is not coming to my town to beat me up and he better get some sightseeing in as he will need some good memories to take back to the States as I’m going to be a nightmare for him on July 7. It’s not going to go 12 rounds. I was too nice against Matthew Hatton and this time you are going to see the nasty side of Kell Brook. He’s the final step towards a World title and he’s not going to get in my way.”

Jones – a year younger than Brook at 25 – has won his last eight fights inside the distance and vowed to silence Brook’s hometown fans and stretch that record to nine. “Inviting me to come over here to fight Brook is a big mistake,” said Jones. “He may have 9,000 fans on the night against five for me, but when we get in the ring it’s just me and him – he might think he’s a beast but I am a monster.” (more…)

Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Carson Jones on July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield promises fireworks after the …


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Rodriguez wants WBC title shot

Undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) is ready, willing and able to replace #1 contender Anthony Dirrell, who was recently injured in a motorcycle accident, and fight #2 rated Nikola Sjekloca for the vacant WBC 168-pound title. Sjekloca and Dirrell, who is out of action for a reported six months, were ordered to fight for the WBC title, after Andre Ward was declared “Champion in Recess.”

“This is why I signed with Lou DiBella,” Rodriguez said from Andy Lee’s training camp where he is sparring with the Irish middleweight contender. “It’s my time and I’m ready to replace Dirrell against Sjekloca. If anybody can get this opportunity for me it’s Lou.”

Sjekloca (24-0, 7 KOs), a 33-year-old Serbian who lives in Montenegro, has fought only once outside of Montenegro and Serbia, in 2010 against 8-24 Artem Vychkin in a win by six-round decision. The lone opponent of note Sjekloca has fought is four-time world title challenger and former European champion Khoren Gevor. “We’re ready for the best but it looks like Ward’s moving up in weight and (Lucian) Bute’s tied-up with (Carl) Froch,” Rodriguez’ manager Larry Army noted. “Right now, though, Edwin has earned a world title shot and we’re confident he’s ready to fight and beat Sjekloca.”

Undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) is ready, willing and able to replace #1 contender …


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Itskowitch to speak at Ring 8 tonight

Tonight’s (Tuesday, May 15, 7 PM / ET) featured guest speaker at the Ring 8 monthly meeting, held at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, will be David Itskowitch, COO of Golden Boy Promotions. In 2007, Itskowitch was selected as the Chief Operating Officer for Golden Boy Promotions. The University of Wisconsin graduate previously served as Vice President of DiBella Entertainment and he also worked three years for HBO Sports.

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