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Late sub Ruiz outpoints Martinez

Late sub Ruiz outpoints Martinez

Photo: Manny "Mitts" Murillo / Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions Late sub Erik Ruiz (16-5-1, 6 KOs) scored a surprising ten round majority ...

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Cermeno sinks Anurak in three to keep WBA 122lb belt

Cermeno sinks Anurak in three to keep WBA 122lb belt

Report and photos by Joe Koizumi Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno, 122, impressively kept his WBA super-bantam belt when he quickly started his engine ...

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Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14 KOs) will put his newly acquired WBA super-bantam belt on the line ...

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Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Photos: Uwe Koch The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly ...

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Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant ...

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Scale Watch

Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

The four boxers who will fight on ShoBox tonight made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In the 10-round main event on ShoBox, one of the boxing’s top young prospects, unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) will be opposed by Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KOs). Junior middleweight DeAndre Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) will return to the ring for the first time in 10 months when he takes on Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Nunez has stepped in on short notice to replace Ryan Davis who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Latimore this Friday night due to a failed medical exam.

Vargas weighed 146.5 pounds on Thursday; Tyner 147 pounds. Latimore tipped the scale at 156 pounds, Nunez 157 pounds. (more…)



February 24th, 2012

Feature Story

Maidana-Alexander/Broner-Perez Presser

By Clint Rosser
Photos: Bob Barton

Which fighter moving up in weight will take the next step?

As the press conference began it was very clear that both Alexander and Maidana feel confident they will win their debut at Welterweight. “Arch Enemies will be no doubt about it an explosive fight,” promoter Oscar Da Lay Hoya stated. “These are the type of fights Golden Boy Promotions loves working with, the type of fighters we love working with. Fighters that understand to be great you have to fight the best.”

Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (22-1, 13 KOs) said that he was ready. He continued with letting the people in attendees know that “the 147 division is in for a rude awakening because I definitely feel stronger and feel faster.” Kevin Cunningham added that Devon has never ducked anybody and that going to 147 is a blessing.

Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) stated “I know we are in for a very tough fight since Devon is a great fighter but I have prepared for everything that he brings.” The Maidana camp continued by stating that “St Louis will have a great fight on Saturday night but we are here to win.”

The co-main event, Adrien ‘the Problem’ Broner vs. Eloy ‘Prince’ Perez stole the press conference. With both fighters and camps sparring back and forth as each talked. (more…)



February 24th, 2012


Boxing News

Weights from Ontario, Calif.

Artemio Reyes 147 vs. Victor Hugo Correa 156
Aron Martinez 147 vs. Dashon Johnson 147
Efrain Esquivias 123 vs. Adolfo Landeros 124
Richard Contreras 121.5 vs. Daniel Quevedo 122
Rigoberto Flores 141.5 vs. Alonso Loeza 141
Sindy Amador 107 vs. Gloria Salas 108
Louis Rose 159.5 vs. Erick Prado 162
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Artemio “King” Reyes: “I plan to put on a great performance. Go out there and show that I have improved over all since my last fight against Javier Molina. I have to constantly work on improving. There is always mistakes that are made and I plan on showing that I have improved. My plan of attack is to go into his body and wear him out. Ready for the long haul of a 10 round fight but if a knockout comes I’ll take it.

Victor Hugo Correa: “I am mad at myself that I disappointed the promoter. I have been fighting a cold over the last week which stopped the last leg of my preparation. I have no excuses. I just want to do my best tomorrow and win.



February 24th, 2012

Boxing News

Fletcher-Mwetupunga for Aussie 160 belt

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (10-0, 7 KOs) will challenge Johannes “Tito” Mwetupunga(11-2, 5 KOs) for the Australian middleweight crown on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Mwetupunga was born in Nambia but has been based in Australia for several years where he has had all his professional contests. He represented Nambia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He recently worked with IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale in sparring sessions. Fletcher captured the “Gold Medal” at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and defeated highly regarded currently world rated professional, James DeGale, who won Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Fletcher also defeated IBF rated Adonis Stephenson. (more…)



February 24th, 2012


Boxing News

Diaz Camp denies McCloskey fight

Alex Camponovo, the VP of Operations and General Manager of Thompson Boxing, which is the promoter of former two-time world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz, has denied that Diaz is lined up to face WBA #8 jr welterweight Paul McCloskey on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as claimed by Matchroom Sport Thursday. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t have a fight, because we have never been approached,” said Camponovo. “Thompson Boxing is the sole promoter of Julio Diaz. We would be more than glad to fight McCloskey on May 5th or any other date as long as we can to terms with his promoter and that the deal is satisfactory to us and Julio Diaz.”



February 23rd, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Saint Paul, MN

By Jesse Kelley

Cerresso Fort 158 vs. Cheyenne Ziegler 161
Aaron Green 267 vs. John Moxey 220
Tony Lee 135 vs. Joel Flores 135
Donny Tierney 152 vs. Nick Compton 153

Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promoter: RDS Boxing



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

More Chisora-Haye Video

A few more videos of the now infamous Chisora-Haye brawl.



February 23rd, 2012

Feature Story

Baysangurov-Konecny presser

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Waldemar Gorlushko K2 Promotion

Today in Kiev, Ukraine, a press conference was held to announce the March 10 clash between WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) against Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine.

Lukas Konecny: Zaur Baysangurov is now the world champion and I’m ready to box with him. I’ve seen many of Baysangurov’s fights. I’ve seen his technique, this is a very good boxer and it will be difficult enough in the ring, but I hope to win.

Zaurbek Baysangurov: I’m happy about the fight against Konecny. I’ve been waiting a long time for him. The opponent I have is not bad, but in my career I’ve been in with more serious opponents than he has. But he’s the mandatory challenger so I’m going into the ring with him. I’ll try to show good boxing on March 10. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

Feature Story

“Mini” Burgos ready for max intensity vs. Cruz

Story by Felipe Leon
Photos by Jan Sanders/Thompson Boxing 

For any boxer, professional or amateur, the act of sparring is one of the most intricate but equally important facets of their training. By it, a fighter can work on various techniques as well as acclimate themselves to a specific style or stance. Often, a fighter faces a former sparring partner when it counts the most, in either a professional or amateur bout and that is when things can get interesting because of the familiarity of the fighters with each other.

Such is the case for Tijuana warrior Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (28-1, 19KOs) when he defends for the first time his newly acquired WBC Silver super featherweight title versus former world champ Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-12-3, 23KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout on Friday, February 24th. The main event will be televised live by ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from the Dover Down Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware, after initially it was announced that it would take place on the USC campus in Los Angeles, California. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

UFC

Takanori Gomi: The Fireball Kid Comes Home

UFC 144 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

It’s no secret that the Japanese mixed martial arts scene has fallen on hard times over the last few years, but with Saturday’s UFC 144 event at Saitama Super Arena, there is optimism from the local heroes on the card that this could be the start of a revival in Japan. One of those hopeful fighters is one who is no stranger to a thriving MMA scene at home, Takanori Gomi . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi
. . . .

For more info on the UFC or UFC 144, visit www.UFC.com



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Chisora faces lifetime ban, $100,000 fine

The Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (German Boxing Federation) has frozen $100,000 of Dereck Chirora’s $500,000 purse and is recommending to the WBC and the British Boxing Board of Control that Chisora receive a lifetime ban in addition to a $100,000 fine. “$50,000 for slapping Vitali Klitschko, $25,000 for spitting on Wladimir Klitschko and $25,000 for the fight with David Haye,” stated BDB President Thomas Pütz on Thursday. The final decision will be made by the WBC.

No sanctions can be made against David Haye, who is officially retired and currently unlicensed. However, he could face problems if he wishes to resume his career.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

McCloskey to face Julio Diaz

A huge night of boxing in Belfast is on the way as jr welterweight Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) returns to action, plus Prizefighter: Middleweights II take over the King’s Hall on May 5. McCloskey is looking to keep in world title contention following his win over Breidis Prescott in September and will be gunning for a second World title shot later this year – but first he will face two-time world champion Julio Diaz (38-7, 27 KOs).

The Kings Hall will host the 24th edition of Prizefighter on the same night as McCloskey’s showdown with Diaz as the Irish Middleweights get it on, with unbeaten Commonwealth gold winner ‘King Kane’ Eamonn O’Kane, EBA champ Anthony ‘Fitzer’ Fitzgerald, Mark ‘Kid Dynamite’ Heffron, Joe ‘Sugar’ Rea, and Darren Cruise being the first confirmed by show promoter Eddie Hearn.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Huck receives death threat

Sauerland Event has confirmed a BILD report that WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck has recently received a death threat. A letter was received by Sauerland addressed to Huck that read “Now you are hunted for along as it takes for us to get you. Also your family is in great danger. We are finally fed up with your boasting.” The letter also mentions Huck’s expensive Berlin villa, threatens Huck’s trainer Ulli Wegner and warns the Serbia-born Huck to “go back to where you came from.” Huck told BILD, “I’m not afraid of anything or anyone, but I’m worried about my family.” Sauerland has increased security measures surrounding the fight.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez-Macklin undercard

DiBella Entertainment has announced the undercard supporting the Sergio Martinez vs. Matthew Macklin card on March 17 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. As already announced, the HBO opener is super middleweights Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez and Don “Da Bomb” George.

In off-TV fights, unbeaten heavyweights Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (13-0, 13 KOs) and Jason Pettaway (11-0, 8 KOs) will provide chief support on the undercard in a 10/12 round fight for the vacant WBC silver championship. WBA #6-rated junior middleweight Charlie Ota (19-1-1, 13 KOs) faces TBA in his first fight outside of Japan. Former world title challenger Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) faces TBA in a junior lightweight eight-rounder. Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (12-0, 8 KOs) faces Eric Watkins (6-1) in an eight-rounder. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley NYC Presser

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. wrapped up their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour today with a New York City news conference in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers at Pier 60. The fighters, their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum discussed the June 9 fight, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and be a blockbuster pay-per-view event. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Povetkin, Huck quotes wrap-up

Photo: Andeas Sauer

Boxing-online.com has caught up with WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck ahead of their clash in Stuttgart on Saturday night. Here is a wrap-up of what they had to say during the build-up.

Povetkin: “I do not like to predict the outcome of a fight. I basically don´t care about being the favorite or the underdog. It is my purpose to be at my best when facing Marco Huck on Saturday and to make the fight attractive for all the fans that are going to watch it. Of course it is my goal to win.”

Huck: “Alexander Povetkin is a versatile boxer. He was not a World Amateur and Olympic Champion for nothing. On top of that, it is very hard to become world champion as a professional. The fight will live up to its hype and I will be the one standing tall at the end. The man with the bigger will and heart will win and that will be me. This is going to be a fighter’s fight, pure entertainment. A battle in which you have to give everything you got and even more to be victorious. It will be a fight which fans and experts will love to watch.” (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

New foe for McDonnell

Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell will now defend his European title against Spain’s Ivan Pozo after the withdrawal of Malik Bouziane. Despite the change in opponent, McDonnell’s title defense, his fourth of the EBU belt, remains scheduled for March 3 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Frenchman Bouziane is no longer available after withdrawing with an unspecified injury. Pozo, ranked sixth by the EBU, is a former European flyweight champion and WBO title challenger but rarely fights outside of Spain. His record stands at 32-6-1.

Elsewhere on the Frank Maloney Promotions bill, heavyweight Tom Dallas makes his ring return against former world title challenger Matt Skelton. Dallas hasn’t fought since a knockout defeat to English heavyweight champion David Price but can establish himself back among Britain’s elite with victory over Skelton.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

WBA calls for Jones-Kayode clash

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The World Boxing Association has ordered WBA regular cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones and #2 rated Lateef Kayode to conclude negotiations for a world title clash or a purse bid will be held on March 14 at the WBA offices in Panama City. Denis Lebedev is the interim champion and mandatory challenger for Jones’ crown, while Kayode had been the highest ranked for a long time, so the WBA is giving Kayode the first crack at Jones.



February 23rd, 2012

Interview

Devon Alexander ready for Marcos Maidana

Interview by Brian Grammer
Photo by Bob Barton 

“It feels real good to be able to eat!”, replied former IBF and WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander in response to the question about moving up in weight to the welterweight division.

Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs), in his final week of training for his first fight at 147 pounds, said that he is a lot less stressed out about making weight, while not losing muscle and strength, as he has in the past when ruling the light welterweight division. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

UFC

Edgar faces off with Henderson

UFC 144 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

(L-R) UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson face off at the final UFC 144 pre-fight press conference at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on February 23, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Watch Countdown to UFC 144 on UFC.com: The most unlikely UFC champion meets the former WEC champion in a battle between two true athletes. Watch lightweight champion Frankie Edgar fight Benson Henderson live on Saturday, February 25.click here
. . . .

For more info on the UFC or UFC 144, visit www.UFC.com



February 23rd, 2012

Feature Story

The time has come for Bradley

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

By Miguel Maravilla

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12KOs) was eager and ready as he sat at Tuesday’s press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, to announce his June showdown against pound-for-pound king and current WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-3-2 38 KOs). “I am ready for this challenge it will be hell in the ring with Pacquiao,” stated Bradley. “I really like Manny. He’s great in and out of the ring but I think June 9 it is my time you will see history being made!”

“I feel awesome about Pacquiao. He’s a great person, trains very hard, is determined and a warrior,” Bradley told Fightnews. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

Feature Story

Pacquiao Ready for a Desert Storm

By Miguel Maravilla

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) returns to the ring as he gets ready to take on undefeated challenger Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tuesday kicked off the press tour at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. “Please watch the upcoming fight June 9,” said Pacman “It will be a good fight. Bradley is a good fighter and there will be a lot of action in the ring. Don’t miss it.”

Pacquiao is coming off another split decision win over his rival Juan Manuel Marquez last November. In that fight Pacquiao would once again have his hands full in a close fight which saw Marquez frustrating Pacquiao. After the fight many began to wonder and speculate about a rematch which would mean a fourth fight. However, when Floyd Mayweather started the buzz by tweeting Pacquiao to step up and fight May 5th, everyone began to wonder whether Pacquiao-Mayweather could possibly be made. Mayweather ultimately ended up facing Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao had to look for another opponent. (more…)



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Fight fans invited to Pacman-Bradley NYC Presser

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will conclude their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour today with a New York news conference in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 (23rd Street and the Hudson River.) The news conference, which is open to the public, will begin at Noon ET. Pacquiao, Bradley, their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will be discussing their upcoming world championship battle.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Jerome Thomas retires

By Robert Coster

Jerome Thomas of France, a spectacular star in the amateur ranks but a flop as a pro, has decided to hang up the gloves after only 14 fights. The 33-year-old bantamweight’s story is unique, to say the least. Jerome was born with Poland Syndrome, a genetic disease that resulted in him having his left hand smaller than the right, his left arm smaller than the right and almost no pectoral muscle. Nevertheless, these handicaps did not stop the Frenchman from becoming one of the most successful amateur boxers of all times. He won gold in the flyweight class at the World Amateur Championships in Belfast 2001 and a silver medal in Bangkok 2003; a gold medal at the European Championships in 2003; a silver medal at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and a bronze in 2000. Thomas displayed a set of skills perfectly suited for the amateur ranks: speed, movement, a classy jab and the ability to score points from a distance. Thomas however did not adapt to the rough style of professional boxing, being seriously limited by his lack of power and stamina. On January 29th in Agadir, Morocco, Thomas was stopped in the third round by Hassan Azaouagh (a 9-6 rival). The loss prompted his decision to end his career. Thomas retires with a final 12-1-1, 1 KO ledger.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Toney-Gunn Presser

Former IBA cruiserweight titlist Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” will be fighting current IBA heavyweight beltholder James “Lights Out” Toney on April 7 in a 12-round fight at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS. Gunn (21-4, 18 KO) has been inactive from the squared circle since his title fight against Tomasz Adamek in September of 2009. Since, Gunn has stepped away from the gloved sport and has focused on the reemergence of bare knuckle boxing. The 43-year-old Toney (73-7-3, 44 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to Denis Lebedev in a clash for the WBA interim cruiserweight belt in November.



February 23rd, 2012

Boxing News

Cayo-Campbell DR presser

Photos: Orlando Ramos

Promoters Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Cesar Mercedes of Manguita Promotions made good on their promise to hold one of the most notable press conferences in the history of professional boxing in the Dominican Republic today, as hundreds of fans and a large contingent of media showed up to meet all-time-great Roy Jones Jr and discuss the March 24 at the Palacio de Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the headliner, Dominican Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) will face former unified lightweight world champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs), while Dominican IBF Female Featherweight Champion Dahiana Santana (28-6, 12 KOs) will make a 10-round title defense against Miami, Florida’s Stacey Reile (10-4, 4 KOs), and IBF Female Junior Featherweight Champion Ada Velez (20-3-3, 6 KOs) will face Santo Domingo’s own once-beaten challenger Katy Wilson Castillo (14-1, 9 KOs). more photos



February 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Maidana, Alexander, Broner, Perez workout

Photos: Bob Barton

Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner and Eloy Perez worked out for the media and fight fans on Wednesday at the Cherokee Recreation Center in St. Louis. Maidana takes on Alexander in a non-title welterweight ten-rounder and Broner defends his WBO junior lightweight belt against Perez in a 12 round fight on Saturday at the Scottrade Center.

The final press conference (1PM Thursday at the Scottrade Center Main Concourse) and official weigh-in (5PM Friday at the St. Louis City Hall Rotunda) are both open to the public free of charge. More photos…



February 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley Faceoff

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Max Kellerman, host of HBO “Faceoff” talks with superstar Manny Pacquiao, undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.,Bradley trainer, Joel Diaz and Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach during a filming in New York for their upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. more photos



February 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Hopkins-Dawson Rematch Presser

Photos: Jeff Fusco – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and “Bad” Chad Dawson hosted a press conference at Planet Hollywood in New York City to officially announce their upcoming light heavyweight championship rematch scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hopkins and Dawson met for the first time since the controversial ending to their October 15 championship bout in Los Angeles. Neither had a whole lot to say.

Chad Dawson: “I want a fair fight. I want Bernard to come out and fight.”

Bernard Hopkins: “All was said.” More photos…



February 22nd, 2012

Interview

Jessie Vargas on Larando Tyner

Interview by Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Rising star Jessie Vargas is an impressive 17-0 with 9 KOs. More importantly, he fights under Floyd Mayweather’s promotional banner, which gives Vargas extra attention whenever he fights. The 22-year-old will be making his welterweight debut as part of a double main event on ShoBox against Larando Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KOs). Prior to his fight on February 24, Vargas spoke to FightNews about Tyner, taking a step up in competition, Amir Khan and if he’s ready to takeover once Floyd Mayweather decides to hang up his gloves. (more…)



February 22nd, 2012

UFC

“Showtime” just beginning for Anthony Pettis

UFC 144 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

On December 16th, 2010, with one minute remaining in a hotly contested five round WEC lightweight championship bout that would also be the final fight of the company’s storied tenure, arguably the most sensational athletic move was attempted and successfully delivered: the ‘Showtime kick.’ . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark
. . . .

For more info on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



February 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Povetkin-Huck presser

Photo: Andreas Sauer

WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetin (23-0, 16 KOs) and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) faced the media today at the final press conference ahead of their showdown in Stuttgart on Saturday night. “I´m ready to become heavyweight champion,” Huck said. “I would not have taken the fight if I didn´t believe in myself. Povetkin is good, but I can beat him. We once did sparring together and he has bad memories of me. On Saturday I will be the new champ. He is going down!”

While Huck tried his best to provoke Povetkin, the 32-year-old Russian remained calm. “At first I was surprised about Huck´s challenge because he has never fought at heavyweight before. But I am happy to defend my title against anybody out there. I am in great shape and I will win.” (more…)



February 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Rubio files official protest

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican boxer Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio has filed a formal protest to the WBC citing numerous violations of WBC rules in the period before, during and after his February 4 title fight against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Among the issues are the lack of drug testing, Chavez’ massive weight fluctuations and “various breaches that occurred at ringside during the fight.” Rubio wants the result of the fight changed to no-decision and a rematch ordered.



February 22nd, 2012

Interview

Maidana: “I feel that I have to knock Alexander out!”

Interview by Mariano A. Agmi
Photo by Chris Cozzone

On Saturday, February 25th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, two time WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) faces former unified WBC/IBF junior welterweight titlist Devon “The Great” Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) in a 10 round welterweight bout.

The HBO-televised bout is a move up to the welterweight limit for both pugilists, who have each spent practically their entire careers successfully campaigning in the 140lb weight class. While the power-punching Maidana enters the bout having decisioned the legendary Erik Morales and knocking out the unknown Petr Petrov in 2011 after losing a close decision to Amir Khan, it is the talented southpaw Alexander who must show the world that he is still a rising star in the sport after sub-par performances against Andriy Kotelnik (W12), junior welterweight king Timothy Bradley (L10) and Lucas Matthysse (W10). (more…)



February 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Senchenko ready for Malignaggi

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov

WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 2 KOs) has announced that he will fight against former IBF light welterweight champion Paul Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) on April 29 at the Donbass-Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Malignaggi will be one of the most well-known boxers to fight in Ukraine.



February 22nd, 2012




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