Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Full Report: Jones stops Gunn; Islam steals the show

Full Report: Jones stops Gunn; Islam steals the show

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Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

Smith: Liam Williams is like a little lost boy without Lockett whispering in his ear

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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 …




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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 …


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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 …



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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, …


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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 …


Boxing News

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 …


Boxing News

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 …


Boxing News

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, …


Scale Watch

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 …


Boxing News

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 …


Boxing News

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 …


Boxing News

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.

Tonight’s (Tuesday, May 15, 7 PM / ET) featured guest speaker at the Ring 8 monthly meeting, held at the …


Boxing News

Byarm vows to beat Abdusalamov

Following his first career loss to Bryant Jennings in January, heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) returns against another unbeaten fighter in the highly touted Magomed Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) on July 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.”He’s a decent fighter but I’ve seen a lot of flaws,” Byarm said of Abdusalamov. “I’m going to fight my fight and we’ve got a good game plan this time around. His record and knockouts don’t’ mean much to me because he hasn’t fought anybody of my caliber. He has punching power but I have punching power too. I know my will to win this fight is much higher than his. This will be my shot to show the world what I truly have to offer!”

Following his first career loss to Bryant Jennings in January, heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) returns against …


Boxing News

Hector Saldivia Update

Argentinean welterweight contender Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO) has signed a managerial agreement with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’s Maravilla Box and re-signed another long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. The 28-year-old Saldivia, from Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina, is currently rated #4 in the IBF and #15 in the WBC. He will now be trained by Pablo Sarmiento. “We will be petitioning the IBF to fight an eliminator for the right to face the winner of the Mike Jones and Randall Bailey fight for the vacant title in June,” said Lewkowicz.

Argentinean welterweight contender Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO) has signed a managerial agreement with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez’s …


Boxing News

Bergeron makes move to trainer

By Dave Spencer

It’s amazing how time flies in boxing sometimes. Considered the best Canadian heavyweight of his era, it’s been almost four years since Jean Francois Bergeron last stepped into the ring. Thankfully this isn’t another comeback story although there’s more than a handful of present day heavyweights that the 6’5″ southpaw who finished his career with a 27-2 mark could give problems to if given the chance. These days on fight nights Bergeron finds himself inside the ring for one minute at a time, as a trainer, something we’re seeing more and more of in recent months, especially now that the exciting Schiller Hyppolite is getting more fights. Hyppolite returns this Saturday as part of a stacked card at the Holiday Inn in Pointe Claire Quebec. So far the light-heavyweight has impressed in compiling a 3-0 record and it is somebody we expect to see more of as he has joined the Eye of the Tiger promotional team. We asked Bergeron about the move to training and his fighter Hyppolite and if there are any urges to lace the gloves back on. (More)

By Dave Spencer It’s amazing how time flies in boxing sometimes. Considered the best Canadian heavyweight of his era, it’s …


Feature Story

“Fantasma” just likes to fight

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

In professional boxing, it is typical for a fighter to either come from a boxing family or from such impoverished beginnings that he doesn’t see any other way out but with his fists.  For twenty-two year old WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (27-1, 24KOs) it was something much more basic than that.

He just liked to fight.

Now Gonzalez will have the opportunity to do just that when this Saturday night he takes on his biggest challenge yet in former world title challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-10-4, 18KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, at the Monumental Plaza de Toros of his hometown of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.  Gonzalez’s first defense of his latest title is the main event of Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” and is presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino. (more…)

Story and photos by Felipe Leon In professional boxing, it is typical for a fighter to either come from a …


UFC

Chan Sung Jung and the Year of the Zombie

There are a growing number of fighters in the UFC that can be classified as ‘must see’ performers. Then there’s Chan Sung Jung, a fighter with a category all of his own.

That’s not hype for his UFC on FUEL TV main event against Dustin Poirier on Tuesday either, though by the time you hear his qualifications you will most certainly tune in for this highly-anticipated featherweight bout . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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There are a growing number of fighters in the UFC that can be classified as ‘must see’ performers. Then there’s …


Feature Story

Pianeta-McCall Presser

Photos: Eroll Popova

Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) was set for his biggest challenge on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, against the “White Buffalo” Francois Botha, however last week Botha suffered a hand injury in sparring and pulled out. With the cancellation Pianeta may be in even tougher as former world champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KOs) stepped in on short notice as a new opponent.

Also “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-0, 16 KOs) defends her three title belts against Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KO). All the fighters faced off at a press conference on Monday, in addition Botha and German ring legend Axel Schulz were on hand.

Francesco Pianeta: “Oliver McCall is a very experienced guy. He’s boxed against the best. But if I want to get to the top, I have to beat him.”

Oliver McCall: “Francesco Pianeta is a young guy. He’s still green. I want to show him that the old timers don’t belong on the scrap heap. I’ve studied him for a long time and he still makes many errors. It is my job to show him this. Also for me it’s always a special challenge to compete against an undefeated fighter. If I deliver a spectacular fight, maybe the Klitschkos will come knocking. They’ll come now at my age.” (more…)

Photos: Eroll Popova Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) was set for his biggest challenge on Wednesday at the …










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