Srisaket defeats Chocolatito for WBC superfly belt in classic

Srisaket defeats Chocolatito for WBC superfly belt in classic

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada WBC Super Flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KO’s) was widely considered to be the ...

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Golovkin decisions Jacobs to keep WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts

Golovkin decisions Jacobs to keep WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight belts

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Sumio Yamada Unified WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 34 KO’s) had a tough time Saturday ...

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Mansour defeats Kauffman in war

Mansour defeats Kauffman in war

By John DiSanto at ringside In the main event at Reading's Santander Arena, heavyweight Amir Mansour, 23-2-1, 16 KOs, defeated Travis Kauffman, 31-2, ...

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Valentin annihilates Alvarez in 70 seconds

Valentin annihilates Alvarez in 70 seconds

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Derevyanchenko destroys Russell

Derevyanchenko destroys Russell

Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions WBC #5 middleweight Sergey Derevyanchenko (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over formerly unbeaten Kemahl Russell ...

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Russian contenders in action Friday

Two undefeated prospects from the Ural Boxing Promotions stable, Anton Novikov (24-0, 10 KOs) and Aslanbek Kozaev (20-0, 6 KOs), will make their California debuts on the undercard of Friday’s War At Woodland Hills 8 boxing show at the Warner Center Marriott. Novikov, is currently ranked #7 in the WBC ratings and is the sanctioning body’s Baltic Welterweight Champion. Kozaev, is the EBU’s External European Welterweight Champion and recently introduced himself to Manny Pacquiao at Wildcard Boxing Club with several tough rounds of sparring in anticipation for his bout with Timothy Bradley.

Novikov and Kozaev’s 6-round bouts will be in support of the 12-round main event of 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. Pendarvis and Frankel will start the Memorial Day weekend fireworks with a heated battle to determine which fighter earns a top 15 world ranking and a shot at an IBF or WBC world title. (more…)

Two undefeated prospects from the Ural Boxing Promotions stable, Anton Novikov (24-0, 10 KOs) and Aslanbek Kozaev (20-0, 6 KOs), …


Boxing News

Confirmed: Gonzalez-Ponce De Leon

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexicans boxing stars Jhonny Gonzalez and Daniel Ponce de Leon will collide September 15 at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the WBC featherweight world title of Gonzalez on the event organized by Golden Boy Promotions headlined by Saul “Canelo “Alvarez in defense of his WBC super welterweight championship against Paul Williams. This information has been confirmed to Fightnews.com from Promociones del Pueblo president Oswaldo Kuchle.

The Gonzalez Camp was considering an optional defense against Salvador Sanchez II on July 7, but today Promociones del Pueblo closed these conversations. “Gonzalez-De Leon is a fight we discussed for a few weeks with Golden Boy Promotions. It’s a great opportunity and will be a great night for Mexico and world boxing. We are showing that our company can get big fights inside Mexico and out, so we are working hard and presenting good events all over,” said Oswaldo Kuchle.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexicans boxing stars Jhonny Gonzalez and Daniel Ponce de Leon will collide September 15 at the …



Boxing News

Williams to face Welliver June 28

Heavyweight road warrior Sherman “Tank” Williams will challenge WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council Champion Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” Welliver on June 28 in Macau, China. Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) hasn’t fought in 1 ½ years, since he was involved in a highly-controversial “no contest” with Evander Holyfield for the World Boxing Federation title, at The Greenbrier in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia.

“I’m looking for a break,” Williams said about his fight with Welliver (53-5-5, 20 KOs). “I’m not discouraged. I’ll be coming to fight like I always do. I’ve been sitting on the bench, training in the gym, and I couldn’t wait to fight. This is an important fight for me. I don’t know too much about Welliver other than he’s had a lot of fights. The only two guys he’s fought I’m familiar with are David Bostice and Bert Cooper in his last fight. He has a lot of experience and I’m sure he coming in top shape to fight. I have a lot of experience, against better opponents, and I’m sure that he’s never fought anybody like Sherman ‘Tank’ Williams. A lot of his fights have gone the distance, so he better put on his track shoes. I should be able to go over there and take him into the ocean. It’s going to be a helluva fight. (more…)

Heavyweight road warrior Sherman “Tank” Williams will challenge WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council Champion Chauncy “Hillyard Hammer” …


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BDB-President Thomas Pütz responds to Greg Sirb calling for ban on title fights in Germany

After reading the false public accusations of Mr. Greg Sirb regaring the sanctioning of fights in Germany involving suspended fighters I feel that in my position as president of the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB) and in order to preserve the BDB and boxing in Germany in general from any harm I have to defend the dignity of the BDB and therefore to clarify a couple of things.

The BDB – internationally referred to as German Boxing Commission – is only sanctioning fights and allowing boxers to step into the ring when both contestants present valid home licenses and letters of their home commissions confirming that they are medically fit and allowed to participate in a professional boxing contest. In addition to that we have some of the best ringside physicians in the world working for the BDB who check and control the health of every fighter entering the ring before the weigh-in. Luckily, the world sanctioning bodies who have worked with the BDB for a long time and will surely continue working with the BDB in the future know that we are very strict in enforcing our rules and the BDB has never and will never allow boxers to enter the ring who are not medically cleared to compete in a fight. On the contrary, it has been the BDB who stripped the reigning German Champion from his belt because of his medical condition. We have been criticized, insulted and even sued because the health of the fighter was more important to us than the sanctioning fees we could have collected if we had allowed the champion to defend his title. (more…)

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Interview

“Red Hot” interview with Rob Frankel

Interview by Bill Green
Photos by De’vo Vom Schattenreich

Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing and Pitbull Boxing, present “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series Friday at the Warner Center Marriott, with the 12-round main event featuring Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5KOs) vs. Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (30-11-1, 6KOs) for the vacant USBA and Frankel’s WBC USNBC light welter welterweight titles.

Pendarvis, out of Los Angeles, rated # 1 by USBA/IBF, is a slick southpaw who has been in with several big name camps including Delahoya, Mosley, and Antonio Margarito. Pendarvis has been in the ring with the likes of 1996 US Olympian, Terrence Cauthen and world ranked jr. welter prospect, Mauricio Herrera.

Frankel, from Denver, Colorado,  has beaten the likes of Bobby Pacquaio and Ricardo Dominguez while facing world class fighters Lamont Peterson, John Molina, and David Diaz, to name a few. (more…)

Interview by Bill Green Photos by De’vo Vom Schattenreich Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing and Pitbull …


Boxing Result

Report/gallery: Gonzalez vs. Caro

Ringside by Felipe Leon
Photos by Diego “Pelucho” Morales

Among chants of “Animo, Fantasma! (Courage, Ghost!)” from more than the 6,500 hometown fans in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, WBC USNBC super bantamweight Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (28-1, 25 KOs) stopped former world title challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-11-4, 18 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, in nine rounds last Saturday night. The world title bout headlined a multi fight card held at the Monumental bull ring of Tepic and presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and broadcast live on Mexico’s mega channel Televisa. (more…)

Ringside by Felipe Leon Photos by Diego “Pelucho” Morales Among chants of “Animo, Fantasma! (Courage, Ghost!)” from more than the …


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See all 10 heavyweight fighters at the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference streaming live from Las Vegas on Thursday, May 24 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. More

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Late Result

“MAYhem in Dorchester” results

By Mark Vaz

In front of a sellout crowd, undefeated New England welterweight champion Derek Silveira (7-0, 3 KOs) of Salem, MA successfully defended his title with a fourth round knockout over veteran Shakha Moore of Connecticut in the main event of this past Saturday’s “MAYhem in Dorchester” card Dorchester National Guard Armory in Dorchester, MA. Bringing 31 professional fights worth of experience into the bout, Moore found himself outboxed from the opening round by the quick-handed Silveira, who consistently worked behind a sharp and accurate jab, eventually landing a four punch combination in the neutral corner, finishing the show with the last punch, a chopping right to the chin. Moore beat the count but still looked visibly hurt, prompting referee Bob Benoit to halt the action. (more…)

By Mark Vaz In front of a sellout crowd, undefeated New England welterweight champion Derek Silveira (7-0, 3 KOs) of …



UFC

Nelson adds a dose of mean to Big Country diet

Distraught isn’t the right word, so let’s just say that upon learning that his opponent this weekend at UFC 146, Dave Herman, wasn’t using the nickname “Pee Wee” anymore, Roy Nelson simply went into denial . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Distraught isn’t the right word, so let’s just say that upon learning that his opponent this weekend at UFC 146, …


Boxing News

EBU orders Alekseev-Arslan rematch

After the controversial draw in the European cruiserweight championship match between Alexander Alekseev (24-2, 20 KOs) and Firat Arslan (32-6-1, 21 KOs), the European Boxing Union (EBU) has ordered a rematch. Promoters Erol Ceylan (EC Box Promotion and Waldemar Kluch (Universum Box-Promotion) have until June 23 to arrange the bout. In the event both parties can’t reach a deal, a purse bid will be held at EBU headquarters in Rome. Initial discussions have already taken place between the two promoters, so a purse bid is unlikely.

After the controversial draw in the European cruiserweight championship match between Alexander Alekseev (24-2, 20 KOs) and Firat Arslan (32-6-1, …


Scale Watch

Weights from Boston

Danny O’Connor 142.5 vs. Daniel Sostre 142.5
Ryan Kielczweski 129 vs. Ira Terry 128.5
Delen Parsley 157 (2 lbs over) vs. Dustin Reinhold 153
Luis Rosa 122.5 vs. Victor Valenzuela 122.5
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 149 vs. Lyneisha Jefferson 154
Emmanuel Medina 159 vs. Dan Bonnell 160.5
Venue: Boston House of Blues

Danny O’Connor 142.5 vs. Daniel Sostre 142.5 Ryan Kielczweski 129 vs. Ira Terry 128.5 Delen Parsley 157 (2 lbs over) …


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Weights from Rhode Island

Vladine Biosse 168 vs. Joey “K.O. Kid” Spina 167.5
Thomas Falowo 163 vs. Samuel Clarkson 163
Richard Starnino 175 vs. Paul Gonsalves 174
Kevin Cobbs 179 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 180.5
Alex Amparo 167.5 vs. Luis Felix 167
Terrance Smith Jr. 183.5 vs. Rich Gingras 183
Joseph Rabotte 205 vs. Mike Wilson 201
Carmen Cruz 116 vs. Shelito Vincent 120.5
Joe Gardner 164 vs. Julio Garcia 162
Alan Beeman 133.5 vs. Zack Ramsey 135

Venue: Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, Rhode Island
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield Classic Entertainment & Sports

Vladine Biosse 168 vs. Joey “K.O. Kid” Spina 167.5 Thomas Falowo 163 vs. Samuel Clarkson 163 Richard Starnino 175 vs. …



Boxing News

Rosado ready for Powell

When Gabriel Rosado learned he was fighting Sechew Powell instead of Joel Julio on June 1, he and trainer Billy Briscoe booked themselves a trip to California for three weeks of training at Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood. “It’s just what I needed,” said Rosado (left), who meets Powell for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Junior Middleweight Title at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“At first I wasn’t crazy about fighting a lefty, but the junior middleweight division is full of them so it all turned out for the better. I’m talking about Paul Williams, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara. These are guys I need to get in there with so fighting Sechew Powell is another step down that road. I’m getting plenty of good work at the Wild Card and I feel good and I’m looking forward to proving myself again. I know a lot of people are skeptical, saying that the last guy I beat (Jesus Soto-Karass) was made to order for me. We’ll see if they right or wrong after June 1.” (more…)

When Gabriel Rosado learned he was fighting Sechew Powell instead of Joel Julio on June 1, he and trainer Billy …


UFC

Struve more dangerous than ever

Former K-1 champion Mark Hunt isn’t just the striker of the moment, he’s one who is likely to go down in the history books as one of the hardest punchers mixed martial arts has ever seen. So the man who was supposed to fight him this Saturday at UFC 146, Stefan Struve, knew what he was facing and what he was getting himself into with “The Super Samoan” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Boxing News

Bute-Froch Presser

The official press conference for Saturday’s anticipated clash between IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and former WBC world champion Carl Froch took place today at the Albert Hall in Nottingham, England.

Lucian Bute: “I’ve worked very hard for this fight. I know it’s not an easy fight for me but I came here to win. I’m a winner.”

Carl Froch: “If Bute thinks he can come here to my home and best me he’s wrong. I know what it’s like to fight against the crowd, I did it in Denmark. To come to my backyard insults me, I’m gonna punish him. I’m gonna enjoy it. Thanks to him for coming over but he’s making a big mistake.”

The official press conference for Saturday’s anticipated clash between IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and former WBC world champion …


Boxing News

Ortiz-Lopez Presser

Photo: Rocco Morales

It was officially announced today that popular contender Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to meet “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in the main event on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. for the vacant WBC silver welterweight title. Lopez, who had been training for a June 22 bout that was canceled days ago, replaces Andre Berto following Berto’s failed pre-fight drug test which was revealed last Friday.

Ortiz vs. Lopez will headline a three-fight telecast that now will include top rated heavyweight Chris Arreola in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined and the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.

Photo: Rocco Morales It was officially announced today that popular contender Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to …



Boxing News

Jones Jr. vs. Kostecki Presser in Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk in Warsaw, Poland
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejewski

“It was like dream coming true, Christmas in June – fighting with the man who was and still is my idol. I always wanted to meet Roy and now we are together in Poland, announcing our fight. It’s unreal,” said #4 WBC ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (39-1, 25 KO) today in downtown Warsaw’s Marriott Hotel.

“I know that David is a good fighter, tough and I’m sure he did see all my tricks watching my tapes. This is why I will prepare something special for June 30. It’s a great feeling to know that all the blood, sweat and tears I did put into my style did not waste,” – said four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KO) who arrived in Warsaw to announce his PPV fight promoted by Square Ring Promotions and Knockout Promotions.

And just after six hours in Poland he was back on the plane to US. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk in Warsaw, Poland Photos: Sebastian Andrzejewski “It was like dream coming true, Christmas in June – fighting …


Boxing Result

Boxing at Santa Monica Pier

Report and Photos: Francisco Salazar

For heavyweight Javier Torres, winning your professional debut is one thing. Winning your professional debut in front of legendary Sugar Ray Leonard could be off the charts for the young fighter. Torres won a hard-fought four round majority decision over Kourtney Boden Tuesday night on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. The bout headlined a four-bout “Big Fighters, Big Cause” card, presented by Sugar Ray Leonard and B. Riley and Company. The card, in its third year, benefitted the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and raised funds for research and awareness towards a cure for juvenile diabetes. (more…)

Report and Photos: Francisco Salazar For heavyweight Javier Torres, winning your professional debut is one thing. Winning your professional debut …


Boxing News

New Fight Promoter U Manual Available

The only fight promotions “how to” manual is now available for purchase, and it has been updated and is bigger than ever.

Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has updated the current Fight Promoter University Manual and is now making it available to the public at a cost of only cost $199.

“In preparing for the FPU VIII session June 5-8, I wanted to update the FPU Manual that is given to each student, so I thought why not now make it available to those who cannot attend,” said Englebrecht. “This updated version is now 320 pages and includes separate sections on Ticket Sales, Sponsorships, Promotions, Show Operations, our Fight Club OC and Battle In The Ballroom shows procedures, and other Venues and Shows Agreement. It is really the only “soup to nuts” and “one of a kind” manual for new or current fight promoters, that will prove invaluable as you build a fight promotions business.” (more…)

The only fight promotions “how to” manual is now available for purchase, and it has been updated and is bigger …


Boxing News

Pacquiao Bible Study

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao holds bible study with spiritual advisor Pastor Jeric Soriano Tuesday night after training in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. 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.

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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao holds bible study with spiritual advisor Pastor Jeric Soriano Tuesday night …


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Rios, Donaire, Marquez, Dawson, Ward, Khan, Garcia

Top Rank will promote a card on June 30 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center at the Mandalay Bay Hotel to be shown on HBO featuring Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire in seperate bouts.

The proposed July 14 PPV extravaganza at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez is a no-go after no opponent could be agreed on for Marquez, who is aiming at a rematch with Manny Pacquiao later this year. Marquez may fight in Mexico during the summer.

Word is WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson is headed down to 168lbs to fight WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward on September 8th at a site to be determined.

Former WBA/IBF super lightweight Amir Khan has announced that he will be facing WBC super lightweight champ Danny Garcia on July 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan is also trying to be reinstated as WBA/IBF champion following Lamont Peterson’s failed drug test that led to their rematch being cancelled.

Top Rank will promote a card on June 30 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center at the Mandalay Bay Hotel …


Boxing News

Jones: I’m just going to beat him down

Photo: Chris Toney/Top Rank

With only a couple of weeks before his first world-title opportunity, undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, has the look and mindset of a champion as he prepares to meet the hard-hitting former champion Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in one of the co-feature fights on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. “It is a lifelong dream to fight for the title,” said Jones, the IBF #1 rated welterweight. “All I know is I’m 100% confident in myself and my abilities. I come to win and I will not lose.”

Jones’ confident demeanor extends to his attitude about expectations as well. “I never get too high or too low,” stated Jones, 29, whose record is 26-0, 19 K0s. “I never need acceptance from anybody, whether I score a knockout or get a decision win. I stay true to myself. I believe in God and I believe in myself. That’s what matters to me.” (more…)

With only a couple of weeks before his first world-title opportunity, undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, has the look …


Boxing News

Abell talks about Oquendo and ‘the kiss’

Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to pull off an upset when he takes on the more experienced two-time heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship in the 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, this Friday. Abell became part of boxing infamy when reeling from punches he was kissed by top contender Chris Arreola moments before he was TKO’d by Arreola. “He’s a prick like that. That’s part of his thing; he’s the bad guy,” explained Abell of Arreola’s public persona. “Afterwards, he apologized, but I don’t understand people like him. I’ll never really completely get over that. He’s the kind of person that doesn’t care what he does. He’s could say something and completely wreck somebody’s self-esteem and not care. If I accidentally say something that might hurt someone’s feelings, I can’t live with myself.” (more…)

Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to pull off an upset when he …


Boxing News

Kim battles Rahimov on FNF

Former lightweight title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) will meet undefeated 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher “Ali” Rahimov (23-0, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. Friday’s co-feature will pit Heavyweights “Vicious” Vince Thompson (10-0, 2 KOs) against Joell “Joe Slick” Godfrey (14-6-1, 6 KOs).

Kim’s co-manager Paul Lee said, “Rahimov is a good technician and has a lot of experience. He’s 36 years old, but he is still strong. However, Ji-Hoon has taller height and longer arms. He has a physical advantage and he’s going to use it.”

Former lightweight title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) will meet undefeated 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher “Ali” Rahimov (23-0, …


Boxing News

Sirb calls for ban on title fights in Germany

Greg Sirb, current Vice President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission since 1990, has called on the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF to stop sanctioning all title fights in Germany to send a message to German boxing authorities who don’t respect the FightFax National Suspension List.

Here what Sirb sent to the heads of those organizations:

As per the Oliver McCall fight in Frankfurt, Germany on May 16, 2012 – Mr. McCall was under Medical Suspension from the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission since November 11, 2011 for a serious medical condition.

This is at least the 3rd time the German Boxing Commission has allowed an American Boxer to compete in their country while under “Medical Suspension:” They also allowed Barry Butler and Lamont Brewster.

As World Boxing groups I really think it is time to STOP sanctioning any title fights in Germany (more…)

Greg Sirb, current Vice President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission …


UFC

The Blueprint: Dos Santos vs. Mir

Junior dos Santos will make his first defense of the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday night.

His original opponent, Alistair Overeem, has not been licensed to fight in Nevada and likely won’t be for quite some time. Thus, UFC President Dana White decided approximately four weeks ago to swap him out with former champion Frank Mir. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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Junior dos Santos will make his first defense of the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturday night. His original opponent, Alistair …


Boxing News

Mfundisi-Khonco for vacant SA 105lb title

By Ron Jackson

Bongani Mfundisi and Simphiwe Khonco who both hail from the Eastern Cape are scheduled to meet for the vacant South African minmumweight title in East London on June 2. The title became vacant after the untimely death of Siviwe Ntsiko on April 27 this year. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Bongani Mfundisi and Simphiwe Khonco who both hail from the Eastern Cape are scheduled to meet for …


Feature Story

Poulard-Thompson aftermath

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

It’s as old as boxing itself. One side celebrates while the other cries foul. The ink had barely dried on the scorecards from Saturday’s NABA light-heavyweight battle between Montreal’s Nicholson Poulard (18-3 8KO) and Buffalo New York’s Lionell Thompson (12-1 8KO) before the visiting fighter started crying foul. Poulard won what is now a controversial (is there any other kind) split decision by scores of 97-93, 96-94 with the one Montreal judge Pasquale Procopio seeing it going the way of Thompson 97-93. “The judges in Canada suck,” said Thompson who had the Montrealer on his side but not Don Ackerman of New York state who saw it opposite and had it 97-93 Poulard. The third judge Kelly Zolnierczyk of Toronto had it 96-94 Poulard. (more…)

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada It’s as old as boxing itself. One side celebrates while the other cries foul. …


Boxing News

Alvarez-Williams September 15?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source revealed to Fightnews.com that former world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will likely be the opponent who will face WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, topping an event presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Initially James Kirkland was considered, but Williams is now the frontrunner.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A source revealed to Fightnews.com that former world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will likely be …


UFC

Pineda motivated by a past slight, future promise

With the majority of his mixed martial arts wins coming by way of submission, including back-to-back tap outs of Pat Schilling and Mackens Semerzier in his first two UFC bouts, Daniel Pineda could be mistaken for a lifelong jiu-jitsu practitioner, and not a guy who used to think “it was better just to punch somebody in the mouth and get them out of there quicker than trying to get somebody’s neck.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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With the majority of his mixed martial arts wins coming by way of submission, including back-to-back tap outs of Pat …


Boxing News

Wlad to Haye: No BBBofC license, no Vitali

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said today that there will be no fight between his brother, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, and David Haye until Haye has his license renewed by the BBBofC. Earlier today Haye and his manager Adam Booth denied actually turning down a fight against Vitali, although they did accept an interim fight against Dereck Chisora in July as active negotiations for a Vitali-Haye fight were in progress.

“There is nothing that could be made,” Wladimir told Sky Sports News. “First of all David Haye was officially retired, he didn’t have a license so there couldn’t be any conversation. With David Haye, we have been handling a lot for many years, we’ve heard a lot of nonsense and lies. And right now, he’s actually getting ready for the Chisora fight.” (more…)

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said today that there will be no fight between his brother, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali …


Feature Story

Philly Boxing’s biggest night

Photos: Chris Toney/Top Rank

(L-R) Middleweight Jesse Hart, undefeated #1 welterweight Mike Jones and top 122lb contender Teon Kennedy pose together during media day in Philadelphia Tuesday for their upcoming feature fights on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley championship card, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. Jones takes on former two-time world champion Randall “The Knockout King” Bailey for the vacant IBF welterweight belt, Kennedy will battle WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and Hart, son of Philadelphia Middleweight legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart will be making his pro debut. More photos…

Photos: Chris Toney/Top Rank (L-R) Middleweight Jesse Hart, undefeated #1 welterweight Mike Jones and top 122lb contender Teon Kennedy pose …


Boxing News

Molina-Jiminez collide June 16

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will fight Marcos Leonardo Jimenez on Saturday, June 16th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told Fightnews.com late last week. The card will take place at the Convention Center in Pharr, TX and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” Frank Espinoza, who manages Molina, told Fightnews.com last week that Molina was fighting in Corpus Christi, TX. However, Golden Boy Promotions decided to move the fight card to Pharr.

Molina (16-0-1, 7 KOs) will fight one day short of three months, winning a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Angelo Perez on March 17th. It followed perhaps his most impressive perofrmance to date, a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Manuel Leyva on December 3rd. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will fight Marcos Leonardo Jimenez on Saturday, June 16th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker …


UFC

Ticket alert: UFC 147 – Belfort vs. Silva

Brazilian fans will soon be able to purchase tickets for UFC® 147, the historical event at the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, June 23, featuring the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® Finale and long-awaited middleweight bout between long-time rivals and current TUF coaches. Tickets go on sale to the public this Thursday, May 24, exclusively on www.ticketsforfun.com.br. (more…)

Brazilian fans will soon be able to purchase tickets for UFC® 147, the historical event at the Mineirinho Arena in …


Boxing News

Roach: You’ll see the best Pacquiao yet

By Karl Freitag

In an amazing eleven month stretch between December 2008 and November 2009, Manny Pacquiao cemented his legend as one of boxing’s greats with consecutive KO wins over Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. However, since then the “Pacman” has registered four consecutive decision wins. We asked Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach how today’s 33-year-old version of Manny compares to the fighter who was knocking out the division’s best three years ago.

“I believe he’s a better fighter now,” said Roach. “He’s more focused, if the knockout comes it’ll be a bonus, but obviously Bradley’s a tough guy, he’s undefeated, he’ll be a little bit resilient, but I think you’re going to see the best Manny Pacquiao yet.”

Manny himself wasn’t making any promises. “I’m just doing my best in training,” he said. “I’m working hard to give a good fight.”

By Karl Freitag In an amazing eleven month stretch between December 2008 and November 2009, Manny Pacquiao cemented his legend …










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