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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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UFC

Outside the Octagon: Cub Swanson

In his seminal reports in the 1800s, Pierce Egan referred to boxing as the “sweet science of bruising,” a phrase – at least the sweet science part – that has stuck to the sport ever since. And as anyone who has practiced it will tell you, it is a science, a chess match with gloves that despite what that drunk guy on the barstool next to you might think, not everyone can do . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 26th, 2014



Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

IBF Welterweight champ Shawn Porter still “same tough kid.” More

Former champ Ricky Burns brushes off warning from promoter. More

Former champ Paul Spadafora returns to the ring on July 11 following his first pro loss. More

El Paso’s Jennifer Han eyes a world title fight: More



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Syracuse, NY

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Martez Potter 165.8 vs. Maurice Amaro 167.2
Aleem Whitfield 175.4 vs. Michael Mitchell 167
Jimmy Garcia 153.4 vs. Mike Black 151.2
Louis King 175.8 vs. Chad Campeau 179.2
Ray Santiago 233.6 vs. Eric George 203
Joe Shell 134 vs. Dwayne Holman Jr. 135.8
Luis Vargas 145.2 vs. Josue Rivera 146.8

Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Venue: Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY
Doors Open: 6 p.m.
First Bell: 7 p.m.



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Osamu Sato-Chris John Reunion in Tokyo

john-sato300By Jeff Panungkas

Former WBA featherweight Chris John met his former foe, Osamu Sato, the former WBA super featherweight at Suidobashi Gloves Boxing Bar, Tokyo, June 22, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their stunning match at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, June 4, 2004. At that time John defeated the handsome champion Sato, who is now a popular TV star in Japan. Chris John himself is now also a TV commercial star and a business man in Indonesia during his retirement from the square ring following to his loss from South Africa’s Simpewe Vetyeka on December 2013. (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Paul Spadafora returns July 11

Coming off his first career loss, former IBF world champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (48-1-1, 19 KOs) will return to action against veteran three-time world title challenger Hector Velazquez (56-21-3, 38 KOs) on Friday, July 11 at the Rivers Casino Amphitheater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old “Pittsburgh Kid” is looking to get back in the title picture after a disputed majority decision loss for the WBA interim world title against champion Johan Perez.

“Pittsburgh—this is your one opportunity to witness one of the best prizefighters ever from the Steel City, and first world champion since the original Pittsburgh Kid Billy Conn, in 1941,” said future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr., who is promoting the show in association with TNT Promotions. “Believe me, you won’t find a more picturesque venue in this country than Rivers Casino!” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Injury KOs Hernandez-Ruelas clash

One of the most highly anticipated local fights in recent Arizona boxing history has been canceled. Andrew Hernandez (6-0-1-1, 1KO), who was slated to fight the also undefeated Joey Ruelas (8-0-1, 3KO), has withdrawn from the fight, citing a broken hand. The card is still on, with undefeated Phoenix-based prospect Jose Benavidez, Jr. headlining and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in the co-main event bout. Undefeated prospect Trevor McCumby (15-0, 12KO) is also on the card. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #9 Amonsot, Carr victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Australian super middleweight champion Jake Carr (8-0, 3 KOs) outscored Dane Mulivai (4-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to retain the title in the main event at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Wednesday which was televised nationally on Foxtel cable television network. Scores James Boland 100-90, Samantha Bulner 100-91, Aneeka Williams 100-90. Carr controlled the action as he connected consistently with accurate combinations. Mulivai proved durable and never looked in danger of visiting the canvas. Carr has worked as a sparring partner to WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika. He is the son of Rod Carr who was a world rated 168 pounder during the 1980s.

WBA #9 light welterweight Czar Amonsot (27-3-3, 17 KOs) stopped Thong Por Chokchai (23-9-1, 15 KOs) in round four of scheduled twelve. Amonsot is 28 years old and was born in the Philippines but now resides in Campbelltown, NSW, Australia since 2011. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto belted in Puerto Rico

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Héctor Santos Guia / Cotto Promotions

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto was presented with his official green WBC championship belt by WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman on Wednesday in San Jose, Puerto Rico.

Cotto claimed the title on June 7 with a career-best performance against long time middleweight champion Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden. During his illustrious career, Cotto has won world titles in four weight divisions. This is his first WBC world title belt. photos



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Parker-Minto heats up New Zealand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

Things are heating up in advance of the clash between unbeaten heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and veteran Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs), who meet July 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.

Parker claims Minto is spreading false rumors about him being knocked down in sparring and still not being recovered from an eardrum injury. He also vowed to “hurt” Minto to avenge Minto’s win over Kiwi Shane Cameron. Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry has pushed for a drug test which will be administered to both fighters in front of the media Thursday. There is also a glove controversy, with Minto balking at Parker’s horsehair and foam “cheater’s gloves.” (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford of Omaha works out during media day Wednesday for his upcoming world title defense against powerful Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba, Saturday, June 28 at the Centurylink Center in Omaha. Both fighters share identical undefeated records of 23-0.

This HBO Boxing After Dark televised fight will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Gamboa media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Powerful Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba works out during media day Wednesday for his upcoming world title fight against WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford of Omaha , Saturday, June 28 at the Centurylink Center in Omaha. Both fighters share identical undefeated records of 23-0.

This HBO Boxing After Dark televised fight will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Korobov-Uzcatequi Media Workout

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

#1 WBO ranked undefeated (23-0) Middleweight Matt Korobov of Russia and world-ranked undefeated (22-0) Middleweight Jose Uzcatequi of Mexico worked out during media day Wednesday for their upcoming WBO International title fight on the undercard of Terence Crawford vs Yuriorkis Gamboa this Saturday at the Centurylink Center in Omaha on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52 and $102, and are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

UFC

UFN San Antonio Main Card Fantasy Preview

The next top contender in the featherweight division will be crowned on Saturday night in San Antonio when Cub Swanson meets Jeremy Stephens in a five-round main event with title implications on the line . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Spence, Cruz, Wade, Brinson Quotes

In a night of “step-up” fights from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout. In the co-feature, Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (15-0, 11 KOs) meets Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-1-2, 6 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight clash.

Errol Spence: “This is a 10-rounder, so I’m just doing a lot more rounds of sparring now, like 10 or 12 rounds. I think Ronald Cruz is a good, durable boxer. He comes forward with his hands up, tries to counter a little bit. But I fight guys like that all the time, I spar guys like that all the time. I won’t have to look for him because he’s going to be right there in front of me. I’ll just counter off his shots and look for openings.”

Ronald Cruz: “I’ve got a good trainer that has shown me all the tricks to beat a southpaw, so it’s no big deal – I actually like it better. Not only my right hand, but my left hook works better on a southpaw. He’s young, he’s obviously hungry and he’s on his way to being a world champion. I just feel they took this fight at the wrong time. It’s too soon, too early for him.”

Dominic Wade: “I don’t think too highly of him. He just throws those little punches in bunches, but they are all wild. I plan on keeping it short and simple.”

Nick Brinson: “…there are a lot of things he doesn’t do that I do well. He’s the favored fighter and I don’t want to take anything from him because I want all the credit when I beat him.”

Showtime will televise.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Gamboa, Crawford Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

Undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa, both 23-0 with 16 KOs, hosted an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their HBO-televised world lightweight championship fight on Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I’m very anxious to get to the fight. Throughout training camp I met all the objectives I needed for a game plan for this fight and I’m just excited to get back into the ring this Saturday.

[On Crawford's height advantage] Just going back through my professional history, I’ve been pretty much the smaller guy in most of my fights. So I really don’t think it’s something that’s going to affect much. I know how to adjust. I know how to come with a game plan and it’s something I’ve been dealing with ever since my amateur career. I’ve always been the smaller guy.

Terence Crawford: The guys he’s probably fought and seen, I’m pretty sure that they don’t have the same style as me. They probably have similar styles, but I don’t feel there’s anyone out there with the same, exact style as me, so we’re just gonna see Saturday

[On distractions fighting in his hometown]: I don’t have none of that. No selling tickets, no shirts, no nothing, they can’t call me for nothing. So I’m not worried about the distractions around…we’ve been keeping a low profile.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Amagasa retains OPBF 126lb belt

Photo: Boxing Beat

Photo: Boxing Beat


By Joe Koizumi

Slow and steady wins the race. Slow-punching and least skillful, WBC#10/WBA#14/IBF#8/WBO#10 Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 18 KOs), 126, barely kept his OPBF featherweight belt when he had a difficulty coping with a shorter and overmatched Thailander named Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (14-5, 3 KOs), 126, missed plenty of punches into the air but finally halted him at 1:51 of the eighth session on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The more aggressive Amagasa, an elongated awkward stylist, failed to catch the intimidated and inferior challenger in every round and was severely jeered by the crowd. The poor champ finally pinned the fading Thailander to the ropes and whipped him with inaccurate combinations, which caused the referee’s generous but unwelcomed stoppage. It was a lousy bout, and some wondered why Amagasa really reigned as the OPBF champ. He looked so poor, so inaccurate and so terrible. Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Danny Garcia opponent update

Update: looks like the WBC has signed off on Rod Salka as Danny Garcia’s opponent as they are now listing it on their web page.

Yesterday Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime announced that WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia was facing “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) topping a world championship tripleheader on August 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. However, on their website today, the WBC announced that Garcia would be facing Gabriel Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs) on August 9.

Barcero is rated #13 by the WBC and not rated by the WBA.

Salka is not currently rated by either the WBC or WBA. He has been a lightweight most of his career and is currently the WBC FECARBOX lightweight titleholder.

The WBC also dispelled rumors that Garcia was facing IBF champion Lamont Peterson on that date. Yesterday Golden Boy and Showtime announced that Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) will be facing Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (29-4, 20 KOs) on the same card.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Full card announced for Friday’s ESPN show

Headlining this week’s ESPN2 FNF card at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (16-0, 13KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KOs) in the 10-round main event of the evening.

In the eight-round co-feature bout, WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (19-0, 4KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Ramsey Luna (12-1, 4KOs).

Opening up the card will be promising hometown favorite Stephon Young (9-0, 4KOs), from nearby St. Louis, MO, looking to improve to a perfect 10-0 when he squares off against Vicente Alfaro (6-3, 1KO) in a six-round junior featherweight showdown. (more…)



June 25th, 2014

UFC

Marquardt’s Faith Puts Him Back at 185

“Nate Marquardt has a number of reasons for going back to the middleweight division. One of those reasons, he says, was a message from above . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker to Brian Minto: “I’m going to hurt you.” More

Ricky Burns is fighting for his career and livelihood now. More

Why Floyd Mayweather won’t rematch Miguel Cotto? More

Says Chris Algieri: Fans are tired of Pacquiao-Marquez fights. More

Happy (late) Birthday to Butch Gottlieb and Mary Ann Owen! Mary Ann is the author of “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring” and the chief photographer for BoxingInLasVegas.com. Butch is a former Nevada State Athletic Commission official and the webmaster of BoxingInLasVegas.com.



June 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Glen Tapia returns July 26

Top junior middleweight prospects will square off on the undercard of the “G4″ boxing extravaganza set for July 26 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. “Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (21-1, 13 KOs), favorite son of Passaic, New Jersey, will clash with Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (14-1-1, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York in an eight round battle.

Also added to the undercard is undefeated and all-action junior welterweight newcomer Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (4-0, 3 KOs) of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey in a scheduled four rounder against an opponent to be announced.

The card is headlined by WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and two-time world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale. Co-featured is a WBC world heavyweight title eliminator between undefeated and top rated heavyweights Bryant “By By” Jennings of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mike “The Rebel” Perez of Cork, Ireland.



June 24th, 2014

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June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction

Photos: Damon Gonzalez

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2014 induction weekend was another rousing success. The beautiful Sheraton East in Tampa was the site of the 6th induction weekend for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame June 20-22, 2014. Living inductees for the Class of 2014 included former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, manager Fred Levin, promoters Walter Alvarez, and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, and Leo Thalassites. Posthumous inductees included all-time-great Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman. Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra received special achievement awards. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Shot of the Day

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

World champion Terence Crawford of Omaha made a special guest appearance on Tuesday at the Cox Communications call center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford is in final preparations for his upcoming first title defense of his WBO lightweight belt against powerful Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba on Saturday at the Centurylink Center in Omaha. Both fighters share identical undefeated records of 23-0.

This HBO Boxing After Dark televised fight will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted in 42 years. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with SMS Promotions, PS4 and Tecate, tickets to Crawford vs. Gamboa start at just $27, with remaining tiers priced at $52 and $102, and are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

More photos…



June 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC returns to Macao

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Cotai Arena in Macao on August 23 with a middleweight showdown pitting two of the division’s elite against one another as No. 8-ranked Michael “The Count” Bisping takes on former Strikeforce champion, Cung Le. With contrasting styles and 26 finishes between them, this bout has the potential to be a classic. (more…)



June 24th, 2014




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