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The Downes Side: UFC 141 predictions

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV TONIGHT at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of my column, the Downes Side. So what will this column contain? Basically, think of it like that movie the Blind Side, but with fight predictions. There will be an engaging character, a giant football player-type, a feel good story and it will culminate with me getting an award as undeserving as Sandra Bullock’s Oscar (Helen Mirren got robbed!) . . . . Click here for more by Dan Downes, UFC.com
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Animosity erupts between SES Boxing light heavyweights

Photos: SES Boxing

An internal civil war inside the stable of Magdeburg, Germany-based promoter SES Boxing came to a head during a sparring session between light heavyweight contenders Robin Krasniqi and Denis Simcic. The animosity was evident Thursday evening as both fighters emerged with minor wounds. The normal peace within the camp was put aside because both Krasniqi and Simcic smelled a chance at the WBO world title.

Promoter Ulf Steinforth confirms, “We already had some talks about fighting the current WBO world champion Nathan Cleverly from Great Britain and both would want this fight. Robin Krasniqi is rated #6 while Denis Simcic is at #11, so both of them would qualify for the shot at the title. On January 7 we will see who of them is the leading the way.” (more…)



December 30th, 2011


Boxing News

Taylor, Dirrell top ShoBox tripleheader tonight

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

The six fighters who will compete on a tripleheader during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation tonight live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), all made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The boxers (left-to-right): Jermain Taylor, Jessie Nicklow, Andre Dirrell, Darryl Cunningham, Luis Garcia and Alexander Johnson.



December 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Chakhkiev opponent named

It was confirmed today that Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs) will meet his toughest opponent to date when he faces WBC #7 Kotlobay Alexander (21-2-1, 15 KOs) on January 28th at the Grand Elysee Moorweide Hotel. Former world champions Juergen Braehmer and Firat Arslan headline the Universum Box-Promotion card against opponents to be named.



December 30th, 2011


Boxing News

To Felix Sturm: I want a rematch

By Martin Murray

After recently hearing that Felix has announced the date of his next fight (April 13th) in Germany, I would like to make it known that I have still not heard anything of a rematch. I don’t know whether their team have discussed opponents but I am here Felix – ready and waiting. Felix has been a great champion, but both me and him know that night in Mannheim he did not beat me. Felix cannot beat me. He knows I am the better fighter and so I am not expecting him to offer me a rematch. You offered Randy Griffin one and the same to Matthew Macklin, so you have proved that you try and correct close fights (or losses) but I don’t think that the Sturm team are confident that you can win this one and as a result they and you will avoid me. (more…)



December 30th, 2011

Feature Story

Taylor/Dirrell weigh-in photos and quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Two of the most recognizable names in boxing will make their long-awaited returns to the ring tomorrow, Dec. 30, when Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell are featured in separate 10-round fights on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

Taylor weighed 161 pounds, while opponent Jesse Nicklow was at 159. Dirrell weighed 169 pounds and opponent Cunningham was 167.5 pounds. For the TV opener, Luis Garcia’s official weight is 174.5 pounds and Alexander Johnson weighed 172. (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Ramos-Rigondeaux lands in Las Vegas

Goossen Tutor Promotions will kick off 2012 with a World Championship bout headlining on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 20. The special edition of ShoBox features WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos defending his title for the first time against the WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, matching two world champions and two of the sport’s rising stars. The bout was originally scheduled for New Year’s Eve, but was postponed after a fighter in the co-main event withdrew due to an injury. The championship event will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Erik Morales’ world title defense against Danny Garcia is rescheduled for March 24

Photo: Andrew Richardson - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

As a result of having undergone emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas, WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Erik “Terrible” Morales’ originally scheduled January 28 HBO World Championship Boxing televised world title defense against undefeated top contender Danny “Swift” Garcia has been rescheduled for March 24, but will still take place at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Also rescheduled for the new March 24 date is the highly anticipated clash of junior middleweights James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland and “King” Carlos Molina.

All tickets for the January 28 event will be honored for the new date. If fans are unable to attend the March 24 event, refunds will be available by returning their full, un-torn ticket to the original point of purchase starting on Friday, January 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT. For phone and internet purchasers, Ticketmaster Customer Service will be contacting customers by email. Phone and internet customers just need to reply to the email sent by Ticketmaster Customer Service. Phone and internet customers may also contact Ticketmaster Customer Service directly at (800) 653-8000. All refund requests must be completed by Friday March 23 at 5:00 p.m. CT.



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

At the scales for UFC 141

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

At the scales for UFC 141, which is headlined by the five round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem and the lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in for televised prelims at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 6:50 pm ET / 3:50 pm PT. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

MAIN EVENT
Brock Lesnar (266) vs. Alistair Overeem (263)

PPV
Donald Cerrone (156) VS Nate Diaz (157*)
Johny Hendricks (170) VS Jon Fitch (171)
Alexander Gustafsson (203) VS Vladimir Matyushenko (205)
Jim Hettes (145) vs Nam Phan (146)

TELEVISED PRELIMS
Junior Assuncao (145) vs Ross Pearson (145)
Anthony Njokuani (154) VS Danny Castillo (156)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Sean Pierson (171) VS Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Efrain Escudero (155) VS Jacob Volkmann (155)
Luis Ramos (171) VS Matt Riddle (170)
Diego Nunes (145) vs Manny Gamburyan (146)
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Jermain Taylor: Fight Camp 360° Flashback

Following a tough decision to take some time away from the sport he loves, Fight Camp 360° captured a still hopeful Jermain Taylor spending time with his family and adjusting to life outside of boxing. Watch Taylor’s 2010 interview and prepare for his return to the ring on Friday, December 30th live at 11pm on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation.



December 29th, 2011

Feature Story

Sergio Martinez criticizes WBC, Jose Sulaiman, Julio Cesar Chavez and says he’s leaving HBO

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone

WBC Diamond beltholder and the boxer generally recognized as the true middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez held a press conference today at the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Association of Dairy Industry Workers of Argentina to set the record straight on the current situation with the WBC and also to sound off on his displeasure with WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s recent comments regarding abuse against women.

Martinez stated that he never agreed to step aside and allow Chavez-Rubio to take place before he faces Chavez and from now on will no longer represent the WBC as their diamond beltholder until they honor their order for a bout between him and Julio Cesar Chavez, whom he called a coward.

He added that Jose Sulaiman owes the world an apology for his comments about violence against women, which Sulaiman later amended and announced that his next fight will be March 17 against Matthew Macklin in New York City. He also said he was mistreated by HBO and is leaving the network.



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxeo TELEMUNDO returns Jan 20 in Mexico

The successful Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series returns in 2012 with 12 shows, with the season opener on January 20 at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO #6 contender Luis “El Chino” De La Rosa of Arboletes, Colombia (18-1-1, 10 KOs) faces former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-9-2, 9 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico in a clash scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino minimumweight title at stake. The winner of this bout will be in line to challenge WBO world champion Moises Fuentes of Mexico.

First bell at 8:30 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM and by Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico and Central America . Tickets are already on sale at Auditorio Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4, Esq. Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, Colonia Condesa) and also at ticketmaster.com.mx, prices are: $200 and $100 (MP). The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC says Chavez Jr. vs. Rubio not sanctioned yet

Yesterday ticket information has been released for a February 4 clash in San Antonio between WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio.

Today the WBC announced that the governing WBC Rules and Regulations require a written formal petition for the sanctioning of any official WBC bout before a formal announcement takes place and ticket sales start and as of this date, the WBC has not received any communication from any promoter concerning a Chavez versus Rubio fight, although it was OK’d by the WBC that Chavez be allowed to make a voluntary defense.

According to the WBC statement, “The WBC therefore does not endorse and disapproves any public announcement or ticket sales suggesting that the WBC has sanctioned the fight, or using the WBC name or trademarks until there is full compliance with the WBC Rules and Regulations.”



December 29th, 2011

UFC

Lesnar-Overeem heats up at UFC 141 presser

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Story by Andreas Hale
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

It’s hard to believe that Alistair Overeem has never set foot in the UFC’s octagon. The man who has held the Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight titles along with a K-1 2010 World Grand Prix championship is perhaps the most decorated fighter that has never fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.

That will all change Friday when Overeem is welcomed to the UFC by wrestling behemoth Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa vs Roilo Golez January 7 in Mexico, City

By Hesiquio Balderas

Edgar Sosa is getting ready to fight Rolio Golez on January 7 in Mexico, City. Both fighters will duke it out for the WBC International Flyweight title belt. Golez is a tough Filipino fighter who is currently the Asian champion, Rolio captured that title by going to the champion´s Thongthailek Sor Tanapiny home turf in Thailand and defeated him. Golez defeated Dodoy Alapormina on December 23 and is expecting a tough fight againts Sosa who is coming from a UD loss to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a bid for the Thai’s Flyweight champioship. Edgar Sosa will finish his sparring sessions this Saturday going hard for ten rounds with three different sparring partners.



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Watch UFC 141 weigh-in today

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Watch the UFC 141 weigh-in live on a new day – THURSDAY, December 29 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT. Click for more
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

FBHOF 2012 Inductees to be named January 7

The inductees for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced by President Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 2PM on Saturday, January 7, 2012 during the 2nd Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser. Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) and many other VIP guests will be in attendance to lend their support, sign autographs, take pictures and meet everyone who comes by. The famed gym, which has trained boxers from 63 different countries and produced 10 professional world champions is located at 1929 Winkler Ave in Fort Myers, Florida.



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Unbeaten Hylon Williams returns February 3rd

Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez

On February 3rd, Hylon Williams (15-0, 3 KOs) will face Rances Barthelemy (14-0, 11 KOs) in Las Vegas. Hylon is currently preparing for the bout at The Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Fla. Williams-Barthelemy is contracted at 132lbs. Williams fought almost all of his short career in the lightweight division, nevertheless in the last fight he moved up to super lightweight and defeated Andre Baker on December 3rd. “Hylon can fight up to 140 pounds; nevertheless, we believe that the best at this stage is to go down to 130 pounds. In the future we can go up to 135 or 140, by that time we believe that his best weight is lightweight,” his manager Alex Bornote said. Williams is trained by Ramon Garvey.



December 29th, 2011

UFC

Diaz-Cerrone steals show at UFC 141 presser

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

After Nick Diaz took center stage and stole the show at UFC 137, it was only fitting that his brother, Nate would have his day in the sun during the run up to UFC 141.

The younger Diaz came as close to the line of pre-fight decency as possible—and some would argue, hopped over it—during the stare down with fellow co-main event competitor Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at the MGM Grand lobby in Las Vegas. (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Luan Krasniqi retires

Former heavyweight contender Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs) has announced his retirement as an active boxer at the age of 40. His last fight was a 2008 KO loss to Alexander Dimitrenko and several comeback attempts were derailed due to injuries. The biggest moment is Krasniqi’s career was on September 28, 2005 when he challenged WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster for the world title on the 100th birthday of German boxing icon Max Schmeling in what was a huge fight in Hamburg, Germany. Krasniqi was ahead on all cards before being brutally stopped by Brewster. He plans to stay involved in boxing outside the ring.



December 29th, 2011

Feature Story

Aussie Roundup 2011

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos courtesy Werner Kalin, Peter McDermont, Tim Barry and Ray Wheatley

IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (26-1,15 KOs) was Australia’s most impressive boxer for 2011 with a decisive decision victory over Sebastian Sylvseter in Germany in May to capture the IBF 160 pound title. Geale followed that victory with a one sided points decision over Eromosele Albert in August. The Australian, who is guided by top USA promoter Gary Shaw, would be excellent match for the leading rated middleweight Sergio Martinez with many thinking he has the skills to cause an upset over the Argentine southpaw IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (33-1, 20 KOs). For more details and photos click here…



December 29th, 2011

Feature Story

“The Great’ Johnson Prepared For ShoBox Scrap

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson is preparing another milestone bout in his young pro career. Johnson (12-0, five KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated boxer Luis Garcia of Cork, Ireland by way of Cuba in an eight-round contest that will open the ShoBox telecast on December 30th at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, CA.

Johnson made a name for himself with his 10-round majority decision win over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City. The win opened opportunities for the 30-year-old southpaw and after his fourth-round knockout win over Keon Johnson in July, Johnson was deemed ready for his first national TV appearance. (more…)



December 29th, 2011

Boxing News

MetroPCS steps inside the Octagon

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that MetroPCS is now the exclusive wireless partner of the UFC® in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The multi-year sponsorship agreement includes MetroPCS signage at all domestic UFC events, a presence in UFC Pay-Per-View event broadcasts, fighter endorsements and appearances, retail promotions and UFC branded MetroPCS products. MetroPCS will also deliver exclusive video and other mobile content to fans, such as highlights of the week, UFC personality profiles, special segments and more. The first event featuring MetroPCS is UFC® 141: LESNAR vs. OVEREEM from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 30. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Chambers vows to impress against Liakhovich

When he opens the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series on January 21 at Asylum Arena in his hometown of Philadelphia, top Heavyweight Contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers has promised to impress Philly’s discerning boxing fans and make lots of new ones. According to Chambers, taking on former WBO heavyweight titleholder Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich in a high profile, nationally televised fight is a great way to showcase the sport and bring new fans for the Sweet Science.

“I want people outside of boxing and new fans coming in to know just how hard I work, and how much work all fighters put in,” Chambers said. “I believe that the Heavyweight Championship is the most coveted title in sports. Everyone loves a Gladiator and that is what boxing is about. NBC Sports Network stepping up to the table will hopefully get fans to take a look at the sport once again and jump on the band wagon. This is exactly what we need. I know when the fans tune in January 21st they will not be disappointed.” (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Taylor, Dirrell Conference Call Quotes

Two Super Six World Boxing Classic fighters, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and consensus top-five super middleweight Andre Dirrell, took part in a media teleconference call on Wednesday to discuss their return to the ring on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

The ShoBox main event will spotlight Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. He will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.

Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature. Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Sulaiman comments on woman beating quotes

WBC President José Sulaimán has given his explanation of some widely reported, highly controversial quotes. Speaking to philboxing on the WBC’s position regarding WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather’s current legal situation, he stated “beating a lady is highly critical, (but) it is not a major sin or crime.”

Official Statement: “I would like to clarify my feelings about some recent comments of mine, and apologize for not finding the right words in English – there are many times when I cannot find the right words to express what I really mean. The comments attributed to me are a complete misrepresentation of my true feelings.

“I am a devoted husband and father of two daughters, and have three wonderful granddaughters, as well. The Virgin of Guadalupe is my superior saint. I am the person that developed female boxing, and I am the person in the WBC that has always been concerned with the protection of women in the ring. I have always been a strong supporter of women’s rights and the protection of women in society. Those are the facts – everybody knows me.

“In my comments, I just meant to say that I have always been in the corner of all the boxers of the world. They are my greatest heroes and, good or bad, I will always be in their corner.

“I know Floyd Mayweather personally, and I know that he’s a good person. I know that he accepted a plea deal for a serious offense, and I did not intend to make light of that. The judge sentenced him to 90 days, which I think is fair. But I know that Floyd is a good human being with a good heart, and I am confident that he will redeem himself with his actions in the future.

“I just wanted Floyd to know that the WBC will always stay strongly in his corner.”



December 28th, 2011

Interview

Q&A Mickey Vann

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Leading English referee Mickey Vann talks to Fightnews about his life growing up in England during the 1940s and how his father became friends with several celebrities including Elvis Presley. Mickey rates Lennox Lewis as one of the greatest heavyweight champions but Ricky Hatton is down the list of 140 pound world champion. His favorite is Chris Eubank who was a great showman. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Ward, Goossen Quick Quotes

Report and photo Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and promoter Dan Goossen met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Sisley’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, CA. Ward defeated Carl Froch on December 16th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ to win the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament.

Dan Goossen: “I have promoted many great fighters throughout the years. There is no other man that I have gone into the ring has had the confidence of achieving his goals as Andre Ward. He is a throwback fighter to the golden era. He has only achieved a fraction of what I believe is ahead of him.”

Andre Ward: “I work hard and I have a tremendous work ethic. However, my whole team has a tremendous work ethic. I feel that the best is yet to come for me. I’m only 27 and I feel that I’m approaching the prime of my career. I’m not a pound-for-pound fighter yet, but I feel that I’m creeping up that list.”



December 28th, 2011

Feature Story

DiBella explains change of heart on promoting Jermain Taylor

By Karl Freitag

Two years ago, after former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor’s Super Six loss to Arthur Abraham, promoter Lou DiBella announced that he would no longer promote Jermain Taylor stating “It is my belief that the continuation of Jermain’s career as an active fighter places him at unnecessary risk. While he is undoubtedly capable of prevailing in future bouts, I cannot, in conscience, remain involved given my assessment of such risk.”

Recently DiBella and Taylor reunited and Jermain will return to the ring for the first time in over two years Friday night on SHOWTIME. Today he explained what prompted him to change his mind about promoting the former champion.

“He had a fight in Germany that didn’t end the way we would have liked and which provided a wake-up call. He walked out of that arena with a headache, he didn’t feel great, he had to go to the hospital and spent most of the night there. It caused a reevaluation of where everything stood in his career at that moment in time. I made a decision at that moment to walk away and I’m very happy that he made a decision shortly thereafter to take some time off.” (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Nam Phan, an old friend

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Until our 20-minute conversation last week, I hadn’t crossed paths with Nam Phan in nearly a decade. Memory lane made us revisit a chance encounter that occurred long before I started working for the UFC and back when Phan was merely a rookie pro in mixed martial arts . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Chavez-Rubio, Donaire-Vazquez twinbill

Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr., and Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will headline a world title doubleheader, Saturday, February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Chávez Jr. will be taking on #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio. Donaire will rumble with former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. The fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Chávez Jr. / Donaire world championship doubleheader go on sale This Saturday! December 31 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Davis-Lopez tops first 2012 ESPN card

Super middleweight contender “Dangerous” Dyah Ali Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs) is fighting his way out of the long shadow cast by his father, Howard Davis Jr., who captured a gold medal and was selected Outstanding Boxer of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Dyah had hoop dreams until realizing in high school that he wasn’t heading to the NBA. Despite his pedigree, he didn’t even think about boxing until he was 23, after watching the Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko fight, which convinced him that he should become a prize fighter.

Seven years later, he’s the #9 rated 168-pounder by the WBC and WBA, preparing to headline the first ESPN Friday Night Fight broadcast of 2012, January 6 in against Alfonso “The Tiger” Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs) in Key West, Florida. (more…)



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Watch UFC 141 press conference online

UFC 141 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.PT!

Watch the UFC 141 pre-fight press conference live Wednesday, December 28 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT with Dana White, Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone. Click for more
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For more info on the UFC or UFC 141, visit www.UFC.com



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Ahmet Oner says he’s pulling out of Germany

German promoter Ahmet Oner, head of ARENA Boxing Promotions, has declared that “boxing in Germany is officially dead” and that he plans to pull out of promoting in Germany. Now recognized as an international promoter, Oner currently lives in Miami and Istanbul, Turkey. “I have worked with [Yuriorkis] Gamboa, one of the best and most spectacular boxers in the world, who had a super reception in the U.S. and with whom I earn a lot of money there. Odlanier Solis will come back and make his comeback in the United States. Selcuk Aydin can fight in America or Turkey. Germany does not interest me anymore.”



December 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Rubio-Chavez Jr confirmed

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source reports that fight between Mexican stars Marco Antonio Rubio and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is confirmed with both boxers having signed the contract to fight on February 4 in San Antonio, Texas, for Chavez’ WBC middleweight world title. The source said that Rubio signed during the WBC Convention in Las Vegas and Chavez Jr. has recently signed. An official announcement is expected next week. Rubio and trainer Jorge Rodriguez are considering preparing at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Temoaya or in Toluca, Mexico, but could finish his camp in Torreon. The winner of Chavez-Rubio will face Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in 2012.



December 28th, 2011




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