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All the shots from today’s UFC 126 weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Click here for full slideshow
Report and photo by Robert Hughes
Charles Hatley (14-0-0, 11 KOs) takes on San Diego’s Chris Chatman (9-1-0, 4 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight fight that is the co-main event of ‘ESPN Friday Night Fights’ broadcast live and worldwide from the Fort Worth Convention Center. This week downtown Fort Worth is home-away-from-home for ESPN because the network is basing its Super Bowl XLV coverage here. So all those East Coast suits are going to have to try squeezing in a little boxing before heading to their favorite Super parties. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA Championship Committee has voted to appoint Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero as the mandatory challenger for featherweight champion Yonathan Barros. Barros has 180 days to fight his mandatory, so he could make an optional defense in the meantime.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Juan Carlos Reveco is no longer the WBA junior flyweight champion after he vacated the belt late Friday in a letter addressed to the World Boxing Association. Interim champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez ascends to full WBA 108lb champion status. In the letter, Reveco requested to be made mandatory challenger in the 112 lb category, and targets WBA interim titleholder Jean Piero Perez as his first opponent.
Weights by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s UFC 126 card: Walking to the scales to a packed house booing him, UFC Middleweight Champ Anderson Silva played the villain well by facing off with challenger Vitor Belfort wearing a white mask. Nose to nose, the fighters exchanged words before they were pulled apart.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Anderson Silva 185 vs. Vitor Belfort 185
Forrest Griffin 205 vs. Rich Franklin 203
Ryan Bader 205 vs. Jon Jones 206
Jake Ellenberger 171 vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha 170
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs. Miguel Torres 136
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Paul Kelly 155 vs. Donald Cerrone 155
Chad Mendes 146 vs. Michihiro Omigawa 146
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Demetrious Johnson 136 vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto 135
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
Gabe Ruediger 155 vs. Paul Taylor 156
Kyle Kingsbury 205 vs. Ricardo Romero 205
Mike Pierce 171 vs. Kenny Robertson 170
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Jesus “Cuchilla” Gelez 108 Vs. Ramon “Principe” Garcia 107.8
(WBO jr. flyweight title)
Darley Perez 135.9 vs. Alejandro Hereida 136.7
Jonathan “Momo” Romero 122 Vs. Mario “Huracan” Macias 121.6
(WBO Latino jr featherweight title)
Venue: Coliseo Bernando Caraballo Cartagena, Colombia
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico), Azteca America (US) & TELECARIBE (Colombia)
Promoter: Tuto Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing in Association with Cuadrilatero and Zanfer
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Hard-hitting WBO #10 super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21 KOs) weighed in at 171 lbs and Dyah Davis (18-2, 8 KOs) weighed 169 lbs for their ten round main event on the “Top Rank Live” – FSN televised show on Saturday in Maywood, California.
Oscar Meza 137 vs Leo Martinez 135
Andy Ruiz 258 vs Kelsey Arnold 241
Jose Roman 133 vs Johnny Frazier 132
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WBO #9 ranked middleweight Javier Maciel of Argentina (18-1, 12 KOs) will get his first opportunity at a world title. Maciel will challenge WBO middlweweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 13 KOs) of Russia March 26th in Ekaterinburg, Russia. “Maciel is training extremely hard for this the biggest fight of his career and is 100% focused,” said Maciel’s manager Mario Margossian.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I will fight my next bout on April 23 in Newark” – said Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) who in the Prudential Center will face Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO). “This is not the best possible date for me and my supporters, because April 23 is one of the biggest religious holidays in Poland, but this is the job I’ve chosen. Not everything has to work 100 percent according to the plan.”
Fighting in familiar Newark was very good news for Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth, who – understandably – preferred to prepare Adamek for the biggest fight of his life against one of the Klitschko brothers in the US, without relocating training camp twice to another hemisphere.
Oscar de la Hoya recently wrote on his twitter account: “I was watching Chavez Jr. last night and I’m sorry but he just does not have it. There’s no pop in his punches, but [I] wish him the best.”
WBC #1 middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s response: “I’m surprised that De La Hoya could see two fights at the same time, mine and Bradley-Alexander, but I am grateful to have contributed to having broken the record audience on Fox Sports who tuned into my fight”
Junior stated that he recalls that when Oscar was an up-and-coming fighter that neither he nor his father criticized Oscar when an opponent named “Chicho” Valenzuela sent him to the canvas, “Nor did we criticize the knockout loss to Hopkins, who after the fight became a partner of Oscar’s company, let alone when he stayed on his stool when he faced Manny Pacquiao.”
JC Chavez Jr also issued his own challenge to the Golden Boy: “I call on Oscar de la Hoya to pick up the gloves and face me at middleweight in September and to give more motivation to de la Hoya I’ll bet my purse that I send him back into permament retirement from boxing and then I’ll wish him the best in his career as a promoter.”
The weigh-in for UFC 126 will be streamed live at this link.
In the main event, pound for pound king Anderson “The Spider” Silva looks to extend his reign when he defends his middleweight crown against history-seeking Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, a fighter looking to become only the third man to win UFC titles in two weight classes. Plus, light heavyweight superstars Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin slug it out, and two of the game’s rising stars, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader, meet in a clash fight fans have demanded. UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort – Saturday, February 5th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian champion Les Piper (13-6-3, 3 KOs) clearly outpointed Josh Clenshaw (29-19, 14 KOs) over ten rounds in light heavyweight contest at the Southport RSL club, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Piper was in excellent physical condition and outworked Clenshaw in most of the rounds. In round nine referee Phil Austin deducted a point from Piper for low blows. At the conclusion scores were Allan Burford 97-92, Tont Kettlewell 99-90 and Alan Moore 99-91. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
World ranked junior welterweight contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (26-1, 18KOs) of the Dominican Republic, trained by 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday February 26th against Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (13-2-3, 5KOs) of Mexico for the WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama which is being headlined by WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (30-1-1, 10KOs) of Panama making his eight title defense against former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-2-1, 18KOs) of Venezuela and is being presented by Sampson Boxing LLC in association with Best Box promotions. (more…)
Photo: José Pérez/PR Best
Derrick Campos 136 vs. Jose González 137 .
Manuel Galaviz 111 vs. McWilliams Arroyo 113
Nntwan Robertson 116 vs. David Quijano 116
Gadiel Andaluz 135 vs. Luis Joel González 135
Armando Adorno 109 vs. Israel Vázquez 108
Angelo Rampolla 117 vs. Emmanuel Rivera 117
Jayson Rosa 130 vs. Edgardo Rivera 130
Anthony Adorno 166 vs. Ronald Ellis 165
Venue: Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, Bayamón, PR
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
Horace Ray Grant 261 vs. Jason Bergman 246.5
(American East Coast heavyweight title)
Chris Hazimihalis 138 vs. William Bokhart 138
David Markert 186 vs. Eric Watkins 186
Ivan Ziglar 156 vs. Jeremy Wood 155
Venue: Morgantown Event Center, Morgantown, Wv
Promoter: Simons Promotions
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Former world champion and trainer Robert Garcia was all smiles on Thursday as a van pulled up to the front of his Oxnard Boxing Academy gym. The van was donated by Barber Ford of Ventura to Garcia and the gym to transport amateur fighters to tournaments. “I never expected this,” said a surprised Garcia, who trains Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Miguel Angel Garcia, and most recently Antonio Margarito. (more…)
FOX Deportes’ premiere boxing series, “Top Rank Live,” knocked-out the competition by delivering the highest boxing ratings in U.S. Latino sports-cable network history. With nearly 400,000 viewers, the network was first for the night in Prime and Late Fringe on Saturday, January 29th. The heavy-hitting two-hour broadcast featured a throw down between top contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Billy Lyell, and ranked #1 among Spanish Cable networks for the evening. “With a strong start in 2011 due to exclusive programming like Top Rank, we continue to be 100% focused on best serving our multi-lingual and multi-generational Latino viewers who expect and deserve the highest caliber content,” said Vincent Cordero, Executive Vice President and General Manager, FOX Deportes. “We’re thrilled to be associated with Top Rank, who continues their legacy of delivering some of the most exciting and memorable fights in the world.” (more…)
Relishing the underdog role certainly has its advantage, especially when you are Ryan Bader. At UFC 126, Bader will square off with the fastest rising star the sport has to offer in the form of Jon “Bones” Jones. It’s a fight that some MMA scribes have already written off and preparing their Sunday features on who Jones will face next. That’s all good for Bader. Even though Bader sports an impressive 12-0 record, he knows that he is being overlooked because of Jones’ extraordinary talent. But the former Arizona State University wrestling standout could care less . click here for more
UFC world middleweight champion prepares for what could be toughest challenge of his illustrious career when he faces MMA legend Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 126. Though Silva has ridden a wave of support to the top of the pound for pound list over the last four years, recent poor performances against relatively benign opponents have made onlookers start to question his staying power. Now, with an opponent in front of him capable of ending the fight in a second, how will “The Spider” stack up? Let’s take a look at this crossroads championship showdown. . click here for more
By Craig Watt
Photo courtesy Team Dibb
Australian IBF #5 and WBA #12 ranked featherweight Billy Dibb (30-1, 18 KO’s ) has been in Perth this week as part of his preparations for his upcoming fight with Filipino Ricky Sismundo (18-5, 7KO’s ) at the WA Italian Club in the city on March 12th. Alongside his trainer Billy Hussein he completed fourteen rounds of sparring in an open session for the public last night at the Competitive Boxing gym in downtown Malaga. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-flyweight champ Tomas Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs), Mexico, and Japanese challenger and ex-WBA titlist Nobuo Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs) both tipped the beam at the 115-pound class limit today (Friday) in Osaka, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony openly took place before the general public at the American Village of Shinsaibashi, Osaka, from 1:30 PM. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Wilhelm Springer/box-info.net
WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck has begun preparations for his next title defense, likely to be held in early April. Place and opponent are yet to be finalized. Currently, Marco is under the strict supervision of one of his mentors George Bramovskogo and spends much time in the gym. In his last fight in December, Captain Huck retained his title in Berlin against Denis Lebedev. Click here for more photos…
Ahmad Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) will make his TV2 Fight Night debut on February 12, taking on Great Britain´s Lee Noble (12-15, 3 KOs) in Herning. The 29-year-old light middleweight is looking forward to what will only be his fifth fight on Danish soil. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Herning and have the backing of my Danish fans,” Khaddour said. “I have trained and fought all over the world, always being the underdog going up against the home kid. That has really toughened me up. Fighting in front of my countrymen will be great and I will put on a special show. I will make my opponent feel very sorry for coming to Denmark. Everything I throw at him will hurt.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when American challenger Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) and Mexican WBA interim super welterweight champion Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez (26-2, 19 KOs) meet at Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara, Jalisco on Saturday meet for the WBA title . The three judges are Raul Caiz Sr. (U.S.), Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Hubert Earle (Canada). The fight supervisor is Francisco Hill Piña (Colombia).
Promoter Adam Pollack of Win By KO Promotions presents “February Fisticuffs” this Saturday at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. In the main event, Iowa City’s own Emily “the Enforcer” Klinefelter (9-0, 3 KOs) battles U.S. #5 ranked super bantamweight Christina “the Bullitt” Ruiz (5-3-1, 3 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas. Klinefelter, the #3 U.S. ranked 122-pounder, had an outstanding amateur career. During her six year as an amateur, Klinefelter won 13 senior national titles plus gold medals at the 2004 Women’s World Invitational Tournament in Taiwan (110 pounds) and the 2006 Pan American Games in Argentina (119 pounds).
“February Fisticuffs” will also showcase a stacked undercard of top local talent including welterweight Dan “the Man of War” Almeida (3-0, 3 KOs), middleweight George Carter, Jr.(1-0, 1 KO) and jr welterweight Juan Garcia (4-0, 3 KOs). Tickets are $25 (general admission) and $50 (front row). Doors open at 5p and the first bout is 6p. The Johnson County Fairgrounds are located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in Iowa City. Call 319-338-1633 for more information.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco and knockout artist Leonilo Miranda collide tonight at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Franco is on the inside track to challenge for a world title in 2011, but he’ll have to get past Miranda first.
Freddie Roach-trained knockout artist Lateef Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout against the once-beaten Nicholas Iannuzzi in ten-round cruiserweight co-feature.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Felipe Leon
The three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32KOs) of Los Mochis, MX, is back in the gym after a short hiatus during the holiday season after his “Fight of the Year” candidate brawl versus Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20KOs) in which he earned a close but convincing unanimous decision late last year in defense of his WBC lightweight title.
Soto spent his first day in the gym inside the CREA gym of Tijuana, MX, under the tutelage of his trainer, Bobby Quirarte, and he went three tough rounds against up and coming Tijuana featherweight Omar Estrella (13-3-2, 8KOs) in a quicksparring session. Estrella, despite his short pro career, has helped other world champions such as Erik “Terrible” Morales and Antonio Margarito among others during their respective camps. Soto mentioned that no negotiations have taken place for a much anticipated go around with Antillon and now is preparing himself for a stay busy fight later this year. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Unbeaten super middleweight Vladine Biosse (9-0, 4 KOs) weighed in at 168lbs while Santiago Samaniego (37-12, 30 KOs) scaled in at 169 for tonight’s eight-rounder at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The six-round co-feature pits former world-title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-5, 9 KOs) against Mustafah Johnson (8-9-1).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) scored his most impressive win in October 2010 when he dominated and stopped former world champion Roman Karmazin in twelve rounds in Sydney, Australia to become the IBF#1 middleweight contender and will now meet Sebastian Sylvester for the IBF 160 pound championship. Geale was very happy with this win but also says he has the skills to defeat the WBC champion Sergio Martinez.
“I beat Roman Karmazin who was one of the best in the middleweight division,” said Geale. “I have become a more rounded fighter and I am stronger with the great preparation I get from the Grange Gym and trainer Graham Shaw. Martinez is the guy I would love to come up against. My style has been compared to his and we box very similar – only he is a southpaw.”
Geale concluded, “I am sure I could take it to Martinez and take his titles off him. The champions are wary of this little guy from Australia and I want the chance to shock them all.”
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Team Gesta
The pride of San Diego, CA, by way of Cebu, Phillipines, returns to the ring and the airwaves when quick fisted Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10KOs) takes on Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13KOs) of Mexico City, MX, Friday, February 18th, at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco, CA. The eight round lightweigh bout will mark the second time the men face each other in the main event of Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. In the first last August, Gesta scored a highlight reel knock out in the seventh round with a straight left that sent Trazancos crashing down to the canvas never to get up again in the fight.
“I was told earlier that our first choice, Hector Velazquez backed out of the fight and now I will rematch will be versus Trazancos,” Gesta said minutes after getting the news. “I wanted a tougher opponent but all we contacted did not want to fight.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Luis Franco 126 vs Leonilo Miranda 126
Lateef Kayode 199 vs Nicholas Iannuzzi 198
Venue: Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, Calif.
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco and knockout artist Leonilo Miranda both weighed in at 126 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Franco (8-0, 5 KOs) will square off with Miranda (26-2, 25 KOs) in his toughest test to date in the 10-round featherweight main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Lateef Kayode (15-0, 14 KOs) tipped the scales at 199 pounds and Nicholas Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) measured 198 pounds for their 10-round cruiserweight co-feature. The crowd-pleasing and Freddie Roach-trained Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout against Tampa’s Iannuzzi. (more…)
Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
A capacity crowd at Albany’s Empire State Convention Center saw local favorite Mike “The Baby-Faced Beast” Faragon keep his unbeaten record intact with an eight round unanimous decision against battle tested veteran Shamir Reyes on the Pugnacious Promotions “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers)” card. From the moment Reyes took off his robe, it was apparent he was woefully out of shape, having tipped the scales at a chunky 143 lbs., six more than the fit and trim Faragon. It was clear early that Reyes’ only hope was to land a haymaker off the ropes, which he tried often, or inflict an injury via roughouse tactics, which he also employed frequently. (more…)
All the shots from today’s UFC 126 public workout at Mandalay Bay, featuring Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Miguel Angel Torres, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader: Click here for slideshow by Chris Cozzone
For more info on UFC 126 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Although he had offers from several companies, unbeaten junior featherweight Raul Hirales Jr. (12-0-1, 7 KOs) has signed an exclusive five year contract with Zanfer Promotions. Hirales Jr. won a major victory last week over prized prospect Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) in a fight that was televised nationally. Hirales is a cousin of current WBO jr flyweight world champion Ramon “El Príncipe” Garcia and current WBO strawweight world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and NeuLion, Inc. (TSX:NLN), the leading service provider of live and on-demand international, sports and variety programming delivered via broadband, today announced a partnership to launch a brand new service for UFC® offering the most interactive, far-reaching digital experience yet. (more…)
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