Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

By Hesiquio Balderas It's pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don't like each other, but making a bet for both purses gave the ...

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WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Photos: Sumio Yamada Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion ...

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Weights from Newtown, Pennsylvania

Terrance Cauthen 147 vs. Ray Robinson 147
(PA welterweight title)
Kareem Cooley 136 vs. Tevin Farmer 135
DeCarlo Perez 152 vs. Lenwood Dozier 151
Cassius Clay 140 vs. Hasan Young 142
Ken Rosser 182 vs. Mike Mitchell
Oscar Pagan 156 vs. Ben Lovett 152.2

Venue: Newtown Athletic Club, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Promoter: BAM Boxing Promotions Inc.
Tickets: $100, $75, $50

Terrance Cauthen 147 vs. Ray Robinson 147 (PA welterweight title) Kareem Cooley 136 vs. Tevin Farmer 135 DeCarlo Perez 152 …


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Weights from Washington DC

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card that will be held on Saturday, May 12 at the Washington Convention Center:

Ty Barnett 136 vs. Robert DaLuz 132
Dusty Harrison 144 vs. Joey Ortega 149
Harold Parker 149 vs. Marcus Bess 156
Renaldo Gaines 129 vs. James Young 133
Ivan Ziglar 156 vs. Eric Burke 154
Thomas Williams, Jr. 175 vs. Jessie Noriega 172
Dillon Hayman 155 vs. Michael Arnold 157
Shadeed Floyd 125 vs. TayShawn Autry 127

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card that will be held on Saturday, May 12 at the …



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Weights from Poughkeepsie, New York

Patrick Hyland 129 vs. Frankie Archuleta 127
Bryant Pappas 159 vs. Joshua Williams 158
Chazz McDowell 130 vs. Yuniel Ramos 127
Natasha Spence 132 vs. Racquel Bailey 131
Valdrin Muriqi 157 vs. Philip Burnette 158

Venue: Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Final Round Promotions / Ring Promotions/Team Snooki Boxing
Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 PM/ET

Patrick Hyland 129 vs. Frankie Archuleta 127 Bryant Pappas 159 vs. Joshua Williams 158 Chazz McDowell 130 vs. Yuniel Ramos …


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Goossen Tutor announces new fight series

Boxing in the San Fernando Valley is about to be rekindled at the legendary Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Calif. The Lodge hosted its first boxing event in 1970. The last events held there in the 90’s were promoted by Dan Goossen. Now, 14 years since the Sportsmen’s Lodge last hosted boxing, the San Fernando valley’s Goossen Tutor Promotions will again look to create a series of boxing events held every two months throughout the year. The inaugural world-class event will be held on Saturday evening, June 23, when former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Rico Ramos laces up the gloves against the undefeated 2008 Colombian Olympian Jhonatan Romero.

Boxing fans in attendance will also see the return of lightweight stud John Molina Jr., and a battle between two undefeated young super flyweight stars in Matthew Villanueva of Burbank, Calif. against Austreberto Juarez of Ventura, Calif. The event will be broadcast on TeleFutura’s hit series “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)

Boxing in the San Fernando Valley is about to be rekindled at the legendary Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Calif. …




UFC

All New TUF Live and UFC Primetime Tonight on FX

The Quarterfinals Begin On An All New TUF Live, Plus UFC Primetime Premieres: The quarterfinal round of the tournament begins as Joe Proctor battles James Vick, and Justin Lawrence faces Michael Chiesa! Plus, Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir prepare for their championship showdown in Las Vegas on an all new UFC Primetime! The Ultimate Fighter Live, followed by UFC Primetime – tonight at 10pm on FX

Subscribe to UFC Magazine Today: Look for the new issue on newsstands, featuring covers with Jon Jones and Jim Miller

Tickets On Sale Now For UFC Fan Expo This July In Las Vegas: UFC Fan Expo returns to Las Vegas July 6-7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center
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The Quarterfinals Begin On An All New TUF Live, Plus UFC Primetime Premieres: The quarterfinal round of the tournament begins …


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Alekseev and Arslan battle to a draw

European cruiserweight titleholder Alexander Alekseev (23-2-1, 20 KOs) retained his title by getting a twelve round draw against former world champion Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the EWS Arena in Goeppingen, Germany. At the age of 41, Arslan seemed to be in tough against the 31-year-old former amateur world champion. But, for the first ten rounds both fighters met in the center and traded punches on even terms with the gritty Arslan getting the upper hand as the fight progressed. Alekseev changed his tactics and dominated by boxing from long range in round eleven, but it was back to toe-to-toe in the twelfth with Alekseev shading it. In the end, scores were 114-114, 114-114, 116-113 Alekseev.

In a fight that figured to go twelve rounds and did, WBC Mediterranean middleweight titlist Goekalp Oezekler (13-1, 6 KOs) won a controversial split decision over Mouez Fhima (21-2-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 115-114, 115-113 for Oezekler, 116-112 for Fhima.

European cruiserweight titleholder Alexander Alekseev (23-2-1, 20 KOs) retained his title by getting a twelve round draw against former world …


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Weights from Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Salvador Sanchez II 124.50 vs Juan Beltran 125.80
(WBC Cabofe featherweight title)
Mariana Juarez 111.75 vs Arely Muciño 111
(WBC flyweght world title)
Saul Carreon 134.65 s Abdiel Ramirez 134.00
(WBC Silver lightweight title)
Carlos Zarate 134.85 vs Charly Valdez 134.00

Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo , Boxeo de Gala and HG Boxing.
Venue: Hotel Presidente Intercontinental
TV: Televisa
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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Salvador Sanchez II 124.50 vs Juan Beltran 125.80 (WBC Cabofe featherweight title) Mariana …


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Viloria-Niño officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the officials who will work this Sunday (Saturday night in the USA) on the flyweight title bout between champion Brian Viloria and Omar Niño Romero at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines. The referee will be Michael Ortega, from United States. The judges are Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan, from Philippines, Glen Feldman, from United States, and Carlos Ortiz Jr., from United States. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo, from Philippines.

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the officials who will work this Sunday (Saturday night in the USA) on …



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Pierson to face Jones on June 13

On June 13th, the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ, will feature super middleweight Richard Pierson (11-2, 8 KOs) boxing former hot prospect Gary “Fast Hands” Jones (22-2, 8 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox belt. Jones took eight years off before returning to the ring in 2011 and Jones has scored two wins in his comeback. In the six round co-feature, bantamweight Qa’Id “Kid Dynamite” Muhammad (7-0, 6 KOs) will see action against opponent will be named shortly. Tickets start at $50.

On June 13th, the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ, will feature super middleweight Richard Pierson (11-2, 8 KOs) boxing …


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Video: Golovkin-Fuchigami Media Day


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Pianeta will face McCall now

Heavyweight Francois Botha has sustained a hand injury in sparring and pulled out of his May 16 clash with SES heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. However, former WBC champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KOs) has jumped in on short notice. “Oliver McCall is at least a similar boxer-type and the same size as Botha. But he also comes with a lot of experience and therefore is a few places higher in the world rankings. I think the task in Frankfurt/Oder is not so simple!”

Heavyweight Francois Botha has sustained a hand injury in sparring and pulled out of his May 16 clash with SES …


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Mayweather-Cotto: 1.5 million buys

HBO Sports reported today that 1.5 million pay-per-view buys were generated from the May 5 super welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The 1.5 million buy total generated $94 million in pay-per-view revenue.

The performance of Mayweather-Cotto ranks as the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event in boxing history. Number one all-time is Mayweather’s record-setting showdown with Oscar de la Hoya ($137 million) in 2007.

HBO Sports reported today that 1.5 million pay-per-view buys were generated from the May 5 super welterweight title fight between …



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FIGHT PROMOTER U To Be Offered Online

With the success of the past seven sessions of Fight Promoter University, with nearly 150 FPU alumni around the world, and the next session of Fight Promoter University set for June 5-8, founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that the entire FPU VIII four day session will now be available online, with the entire four days of classes streaming live on PPV.

“Over the past few years so many people have contacted me stating how much they want to come to a FPU session, but for some reason the date didn’t work for them, or that they were in another country and the travel costs and visa requirements just made it too difficult, so I had to come up with an answer, said Englebrecht. “With our June 5-8 FPU VIII session we are announcing that all of the 17 classroom sessions and 18 guest speakers will be available live and online to anymore on the planet for only $499. Plus, we will also include the newly updated 320 page Fight Promoter University Manual, a must for any new or existing fight promoter, plus anyone watching online can tweet their questions in real time to any speaker and get answer. Also if you can’t watch some of the classes, the entire FPU VIII session will be archived for 60 days, so people that purchase the PPV have 60 days to watch each session as many times as they want.” (more…)

With the success of the past seven sessions of Fight Promoter University, with nearly 150 FPU alumni around the world, …


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Baysangurov, Golovkin make weight

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Waldemar Gorlushko/K2 Ukraine

Zaurbek Baysangurov 153.75 vs Michel Soro 154
(WBO/IBO light middleweight title)

Gennady Golovkin 159.75 vs Makoto Fuchigami 159
(WBA/IBO middleweight title)

Isa Akberbayev 196.75 vs Mauro Adrian Ordiales 199
(IBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title)
Kostyantyn Rovenskyy 156 vs Muhitdin Rajapbaev 159.5
Vyacheslav Uzelkov 180.5 vs Ravshanbek Jabbarov 178
Viktor Plotnykov 147.75 vs Nugzar Margvelashvili 145.5
Dmytro Nikulin 155 vs George Ungiadze 155
Andriy Rudenko ?? vs Paata Berikashvili 207.25
Nikolay Israelyan 217 vs Sherzod Mamajanov 213.75
Igor Pankevych 149.5 vs Dmytro Hnatenko 142

Venue: Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Ukraine
TV: Inter

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov Photos by Waldemar Gorlushko/K2 Ukraine Zaurbek Baysangurov 153.75 vs Michel Soro 154 (WBO/IBO light middleweight title) …


UFC

Belo Horizonte to host UFC 147 on June 23

Minas Gerais will be the second Brazilian state to host an Ultimate Fighting Championship® event. On June 23, the “Mineirinho” arena, in Belo Horizonte, will host the UFC® 147, marking the third passage of the organization through Brazil under the Zuffa management. The biggest and one of the most traditional indoor sporting arenas in Brazil, “Mineirinho” fulfilled all of the UFC requirements, rising up as an ideal place to host a show in accordance with the high standards of all the international events and marking the expansion of the UFC throughout the country. Considered one of the biggest markets for the UFC worldwide, next to the United States and Canada, Brazil has already hosted two events, both in Rio de Janeiro. (more…)

Minas Gerais will be the second Brazilian state to host an Ultimate Fighting Championship® event. On June 23, the “Mineirinho” …


Boxing News

Golovkin: First Fuchigami, then Sturm

WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (22-0, 19 KOs) and his noted trainer Abel Sanchez are in Kiev, Ukraine where Golovkin will defend his world title on Saturday against Japanese champion Makoto Fuchigami (19-6, 10 KOs) at the Ice Palace “Terminal.” If Golovkin wins as expected, he’ll set up a long awaited showdown with WBA super champion Felix Sturm. The WBA has ordered that fight to take place no later than September 30, 2012.

If the fight with Sturm doesn’t happen, Golovkin will have his sights set on any of the world title holders from jr middleweight to super middleweight. “I feel comfortable at 160 but I’m willing to go down to 154 or up to 168 to fight the best in the world,” said Golovkin. “There are many big names in all three weight classes and I’m willing to travel anywhere to fight these other champions.”

Also featured on the Saturday, May 12th event is a WBO jr middleweight title bout between Zaurbek Baysangurov and Michel Soro.

WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (22-0, 19 KOs) and his noted trainer Abel Sanchez are in Kiev, Ukraine where Golovkin …



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Gonzalez willing to face Sanchez II

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In surprise news, Promociones del Pueblo accepted the challenge of Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II, nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez, to face WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. The fight would take place in July. “We will give the opportunity to stop once and for all this situation of Sanchez asking the fight,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle by phone. “Yesterday we read Fightnews.com and other media and we have come to this decision and will inform Jhonny Gonzalez immediately. If Sanchez II wants the fight we are giving it to him. Now we just need to sit down to negotiate the economics, the date and place and we can do it.” (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero In surprise news, Promociones del Pueblo accepted the challenge of Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II, nephew …


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Sanchez-Rosas in Puerto Vallarta

IBF super flyweight world champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez puts his title on the line against a very experienced fighter, who is also former world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas in the TKT Box 2012 Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The battle between Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) and Rosas (36-6-0, 27 KOs) is the main event and will be televised by TV Azteca brought to you by Zanfer and Tecate. (more…)

IBF super flyweight world champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez puts his title on the line against a very experienced fighter, …


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Diaz-Sanchez at ‘Battle at the Boat 87’

Junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz will look to take another step in the right direction when he battles Guillermo Sanchez Saturday, June 2 in the main event of “Battle at the Boat 87.” The card is promoted by Halquist Productions and takes place at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The hard-hitting Diaz is a perfect 9-0 with 8 KO’s as a professional and is one of the top young talents on the west coast. On January 20, 2012, Diaz stopped previously unbeaten Guy Robb in seven rounds on ShoBox: The New Generation. In his most recent bout, the 20-year-old Palmdale, CA native battered veteran Yogli Herrera, forcing him to quit on his stool after four rounds. (more…)

Junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz will look to take another step in the right direction when he battles Guillermo Sanchez …


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Pendarvis-Frankel collide May 25

As the country prepares for Memorial Day weekend, two Americans will attempt to take one step closer to a world title bid as Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing and Pitbull Boxing present a special installment of their “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Warner Center Marriott. The 12 round main event will feature Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5KOs) vs. Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (30-11-1, 6KOs) for the vacant USBA Light Welterweight Title and Frankel’s WBC USNBC Light Welterweight title. (more…)

As the country prepares for Memorial Day weekend, two Americans will attempt to take one step closer to a world …


Boxing News

Q&A: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Louie Abigail

Just over one year ago, after fighting all his previous fights in Australia, IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) made the long trek to Germany and dethroned reigning-champion Sebastian Sylvester by split decision. After that, Geale headed back down under, where he has defended the title twice, both times at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania. But Geale isn’t planning to be a fighter who only fights at home. “My last two fights were in Australia but I want to travel the world and fight the best,” he says. With promoter Gary Shaw in his corner, Geale may be headed to the the USA for his next fight. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photo: Louie Abigail Just over one year ago, after fighting all his previous …


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Reveco-Guerfi WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when interim Argentinian WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (27-1, 16 KOs) defends against challenger Karim Guerfi (18-0, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Super Domo Orfeo in Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina . The three judges are Uriel Aguilera (Colombia), Alex Marin (Panama) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight supervisor is Jorge Graglia (Argentina).

By Gabriel F. Cordero Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when interim Argentinian WBA …


UFC

TUF: Australia takes on UK

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed it will film an Australian edition of its hit reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter® (‘TUF’), giving Aussie and British mixed martial artists the opportunity to secure a lucrative contract with the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed it will film an Australian edition of its hit reality television series, The Ultimate …


Scale Watch

Weights from Pechanga

Tony Harrison 155.2 vs Ishway Amador 156.4
Hector Serrano 140.6 vs Angel Rios 142
Jacob Bonas 145.4 vs Kai Zama 146.2
Walter Sarnoi 123.4 vs Jonathan Alcantara 126.4
Cleven Ishe 155.4 vs John Worthy 155.2
Giovanni Santilan 141.2 vs Imarjoe Miller 140.2

Venue: Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula, CA
Promoter: Kronk Boxing, Roy Englebrecht Promotions

Tony Harrison 155.2 vs Ishway Amador 156.4 Hector Serrano 140.6 vs Angel Rios 142 Jacob Bonas 145.4 vs Kai Zama …


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Weights from Ontario, CA

Aron Martinez 146.5 vs. Joshua Marks 148
Adolfo Landeros 124 vs. Jhonathan Romero 123
Sindy Amador 106 vs. Amaris Quintana 108
Rigoberto Flores 143.5 vs. Pedro Arcos 144
Sergio Nuñez 134 vs. Ramon Flores 135
Juan Reyes 120.5 vs. Pablo Cupul 120.5
Isaac Zarate 118.5 vs. Gustavo Rojas 118.5

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Aron Martinez 146.5 vs. Joshua Marks 148 Adolfo Landeros 124 vs. Jhonathan Romero 123 Sindy Amador 106 vs. Amaris Quintana …


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At the scales in Vegas

Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone

At the Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nev. for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card:

Yudel Johnson 151.5 vs. Willie Nelson 151.5
Badou Jack 167 vs. Alexander Brand 166.5
Rances Barthelemy 131 vs. Robert Osiobe 131
Jesus Gutierrez 136.5 vs. Jimmy Jones 137
Roberto Acevedo 163 vs. Martinez Porter 163
William Mitch Williams 183 vs. Carlos Gaytan 180.5
Yunieski Gonzalez 178 vs. Carlos Reyes n/a

Promoter: Warriors Boxing & Sampson Boxing
TV: Showtime’s ShoBox

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Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone At the Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nev. for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card: Yudel …


Boxing News

Guerrero-Aydin presser

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero (right) and undefeated number one rated WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin (left on screen) pose on Thursday at a press conference in San Jose, California to officially announced their July 28 fight for the WBC interim welterweight world championship at HP Pavilion in San Jose which will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Aydin addressed members of the media via Skype from his training camp in Stuttgart, Germany. (more…)

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero (right) and undefeated number one rated WBC welterweight …


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WBA and IBF 140lb title status

By Karl Freitag

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Vice President: We are working on the matter reviewing possible decisions. At the moment the medical committee has all the paper work disclosed by Nevada in order to issue their opinion. Afterwards the legal advisor also will analyze it and finally it comes to the championship committee for a decision. We will not issue any decision without respecting the due process of any of the involved parties.

Lindsey Tucker, ITTF Championships Chairman: We are still waiting for all of the information before we make a decision. Plus, we have not spoke to anyone from Peterson’s camp yet.

By Karl Freitag Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Vice President: We are working on the matter reviewing possible decisions. At the …


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Amir Khan Statement for Fight Fans

Dear Fans,

No one was more shocked and upset by the cancellation of next week’s fight than me. I had been training hard for almost eight weeks and was ready to put on a dazzling performance and win my belts back. I know many of you purchased tickets for the fight and had planned to make the trip to Las Vegas next weekend. For any inconvenience or hardship this cancellation has caused, I am truly sorry. We’re working hard to schedule my next fight for some time during the early summer in the States and hope that you can find a way to reschedule your arrangements and come out support me with the enthusiasm that you always do. As you know, I always perform at my best when my fans are rooting me on. Thanks as always for your support.

–Amir Khan

Dear Fans, No one was more shocked and upset by the cancellation of next week’s fight than me. I had …


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Statement from the Team of Lamont Peterson

IBF and WBA Light Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson’s team issued the following statement in response to the cancellation of the Peterson vs. Khan II rematch:

Team Peterson is very disappointed and distraught by the decision to cancel the May 19th rematch against Amir Khan. This is an extremely difficult decision to accept. We have always taken the position of providing factual information rather than responding emotionally to rumors and innuendoes. We did everything that was asked of us in efforts to comply. To support our stance we provided the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a significant amount of factual medical data in response to these allegations. Lamont did a battery of tests this week and saw a number of independent board certified physicians. They all had the exact same conclusion as the doctor that initially treated and diagnosed Lamont’s medical condition. It began as a confidential medical matter between a patient and his physician; unfortunately, it has now become a public issue in efforts to clear the name and reputation of this young man. (more…)

IBF and WBA Light Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson’s team issued the following statement in response to the cancellation of the …


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Ponce De Leon-Gonzalez in September?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source indicated to fightnews.com that Golden Boy Promotions, through its matchmaker, Eric Gomez may have made a proposal to Reginaldo Kuchle, president of the Promociones del Pueblo company and promoter of current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. According to the source, a Gonzalez-Ponce De Leon could land in September on the same card as a Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight. There is a good chance that the two companies will reach an agreement.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A source indicated to fightnews.com that Golden Boy Promotions, through its matchmaker, Eric Gomez may have …


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Soto Karass headlines in Tucson

With Antonio Margarito out with an injury, Mexican strongman Jesus Soto Karass (24-7, 16 KOs) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will now be headlining May 26th at the Casino Del Sol AVA Ampitheatre. The always crowd pleasing Soto Karass be facing Said “The Messenger” El Harrak (10-1-1). The card will be televised by TV AZTECA. Supporting Soto Karass will be undefeated and highly ranked prospect, Hanzel “El Tornadito” Martinez (17-0, 14 KOs). The brother-in-law of the former three- time world champion, Antonio Margarito, will be facing German Cruz (21-6-1, 16 KOs) for one of the WBC’s regional titles.

Also featured is the much-anticipated return of Jose Benavidez Jr. (14-0, 12 KOs). Jose is returning to the ring after a six month layoff due to a hand injury that needed surgery.

Promoted by Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank, the card will feature eight fights in all. Doors to the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol Resort will open at 5:30 PM, with first bell scheduled to ring at 6:00. Tickets available at www.casinodelsol.com

With Antonio Margarito out with an injury, Mexican strongman Jesus Soto Karass (24-7, 16 KOs) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will …


Boxing News

Martinez-Marks collide Friday

By Francisco Salazar

Welterweight Aron Martinez (16-1-1, 3 KOs) is knocking on the door of becoming a contender in the welterweight division. He hopes another victory or two in 2012 will be the key to open those doors to fulfill that goal. Martinez will take on hard-hitting Joshua Marks (8-3, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout will headline a six-bout “Locked N’ Loaded” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Welterweight Aron Martinez (16-1-1, 3 KOs) is knocking on the door of becoming a contender in the …


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Brook-Jones is now official

As expected, it was confirmed today that unbeaten Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KOs) will face IBF #3 Carson Jones (34-8-2, 24 KOs) at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7. Jones is ranked at number three by the IBF – two spots above Brook – and the victor would move into pole position to fight for the world title in the fall. Current #1 Mike Jones and #2 ranked Randall Bailey collide for the vacant belt on June 9 in Las Vegas.

Kell Brook: It’s a step-up in class again and one that I’m truly ready for. Jones is experienced for his age and has been avoided, but I want a world title shot and in order to get it, I need to go through him.

Carson Jones: Basically Kell Brook is the last person standing in my way to fight for a world title. He will have to kill me to beat me because I have worked too hard to let anyone stop me from reaching my dream. It doesn’t matter if the fight is here, there or in Zimbabwe. I have made a living going to other people’s hometowns and knocking them out and this will be no exception. Kell Brook needs to be afraid, very afraid, because his fans are going to see him put to sleep on July 7.

As expected, it was confirmed today that unbeaten Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KOs) will face IBF #3 Carson Jones (34-8-2, …


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Viloria: This is personal

The final press conference took place today for Saturday night’s “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring the revenge match between WBO flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) and arch nemesis Omar Nino (31-4-2, 13 KOs), live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Nino has had Viloria’s number in two previous fights, handing the 2000 U.S. Olympian his first pro defeat and taking his WBC light flyweight championship by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in 2006. In a rematch three months later, Nino defended the belt against Viloria with a draw that was later changed to a “no contest” when Romero failed a post-fight drug test. Viloria is now looking revenge, as well as redemption.

“I really, really trained myself very hard for this fight,” stated Viloria at today’s press conference. “This is personal on my part….This is it. This third fight is happening because it gives me an opportunity to bounce back from the first two fights!”

Meanwhile, Nino was careful with his words not to give the champion anymore motivation than he already has. “He has turned into a great fighter,” he simply said. (more…)

The final press conference took place today for Saturday night’s “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring the revenge match …










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