Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

Wrap up: Valdez defeats Marriaga

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Weights from Chihuahua

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rene Perez

Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel 122 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 122
(WBC USNBC super bantamweight title)
Sammy Gutierrez 108 vs Armando Torres 108
Oscar Ibarra 116 vs Carlos Rodriguez 116
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 160 vs Octavio Castro 160

Venue: Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre de la UACH
Promoters: Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montil Producciones
TV: Televisa

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By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Rene Perez Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel 122 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 122 (WBC USNBC super bantamweight …


Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley won’t start until Celtics-Heat ends

Manny Pacquiao is not only an eight-division world champion and a congressman, he’s also a die-hard Boston Celtics fan. And with Game 7 of the Celtics-Miami Heat playoff game beginning just hours before Pacquiao enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum isn’t even going to try to beat City Hall. “I’m not waiting for Manny’s request on this one. We will not begin the Pacquiao –Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game,” said Arum. “Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events, they will be able to watch both. However, the action-packed pay-per-view undercard will begin as scheduled at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.”

Manny Pacquiao is not only an eight-division world champion and a congressman, he’s also a die-hard Boston Celtics fan. And …



Boxing News

Evander Holyfield Update

By TMZ Staff

Good news: Boxing legend Evander Holyfield recently sold his house for $7,500,000!!!

Bad news: It was at a public auction, he actually owes the bank twice that amount … and he also owes over $200,000 in back taxes.

According to docs filed in Georgia, Holyfield’s massive mansion — 54,000 sq. ft on 234 acres — outside Atlanta sold at public auction on March 6 … but part of the money will go directly to Uncle Sam to pay off his back tax bill. As for the rest … according to the documents, Holyfield owed more than $14,000,000 on the house — plus more than $2500 in foreclosure expenses. It’s unclear whether the bank is going after him for the balance. Calls to Holyfield’s rep were not returned.

By TMZ Staff Good news: Boxing legend Evander Holyfield recently sold his house for $7,500,000!!! Bad news: It was at …


Boxing News

Broner-Escobedo collide July 21

WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio and NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Vicente Escobedo (26-3, 15 KO’s) of Woodland, Calif. will host a press conference on Wednesday to announce their world title fight set for Saturday, July 21 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio which will air on HBO Boxing After Dark.

WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio and NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Vicente Escobedo …




Boxing News

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best

Rigoberto Casillas 113 vs McWilliams Arroyo 111
Miguel del Valle 111 vs McJoe Arroyo 114
Bryan Montalvo 138 vs John Karl Sosa 142
José Aguirre 126 vs Harry Pérez 126
William Lorenzo 149 vs Moises Ríos 149
Jonathan Meléndez 127 vs Pedro Vicent 128
Jesse Montalvo 143 vs Jonathan García will weigh in later
Milton López will weigh in later vs Jonel Nieves 122

Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: Telefutura Solo Boxeo Tecate
Venue: Palacio de los Deportes de Mayagüez

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Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Rigoberto Casillas 113 vs McWilliams Arroyo 111 Miguel del Valle 111 vs McJoe Arroyo …


UFC

Johnson-McCall live tonight on FX

LIVE TONIGHT – Johnson and McCall Battle Again For A Shot At The Flyweight Title: The score three months in the making will be settled tonight as Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall collide once more for a shot at Joseph Benavidez and the chance to become the first-ever UFC flyweight champion! UFC on FX live tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT (Also live in Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 9pm ET)

See The Prelims Live Today On Facebook & Fuel TV: Before the action begins on FX, see the first prelims of the night on Facebook at 5pm ET / 2pm PT (“LIKE” the UFC on Facebook to watch these fights for free), followed by the rest of the prelims on Fuel TV starting at 6pm ET / 3pm PT (Also live in Canada on Sportsnet at 7pm ET)

International Fight Week Comes To Las Vegas This July 3-7: Celebrate the UFC over the Fourth of July in Las Vegas! Fans from across the globe will enjoy free concerts, exclusive pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, UFC Fan Expo, weigh-ins and amazing access to UFC fighters around the city. This all leads up to the ultimate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena! If you love the UFC, there is no better way to experience it than in Vegas.
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LIVE TONIGHT – Johnson and McCall Battle Again For A Shot At The Flyweight Title: The score three months in …


Full Report

Sandoval stops Colin

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon

After a short hiatus, Mayen Promotions, this time associated with Zanfer Promotions, returned to the Las Pulgas night club to present a multi-fight bout card highlighted by a majority of local talent. The cavernous night club is located on the legendary Avenida Revolucion in the heart of downtown Tijuana. Used mostly for touring regional Mexican musical acts, Mayen Promotions has also turned it into a consistent home for professional boxing.

In the main event, Zanfer Promotions provided a bout which was originally slated for last April, welterweight KO artist Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (28-2, 28KOs) survived an early knockdown to put Enrique “Colinsillo” Colin (30-8-2, 26KOs) to sleep in the sixth round of a scheduled ten. (more…)

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon After a short hiatus, Mayen Promotions, this time associated with Zanfer Promotions, returned …


Boxing News

Is Tim Bradley a “live” underdog?

Bet365.com lists eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as a -450 favorite over unbeaten WBO 140lb champ Tim Bradley. Bradley backers can get +350. What do you think? Is Bradley a good play or will Pacman extend his seven-year, 15 fight winning streak?

Who will win the Pacquiao-Bradley showdown?

  • Pacquiao (63%)
  • Bradley (37%)


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Bet365.com lists eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao as a -450 favorite over unbeaten WBO 140lb champ Tim Bradley. Bradley backers …



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JC Tapia KO’d by bad back

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Renowned Latin American boxing commentator Juan Carlos Tapia has been sidelined for more than two weeks because of a herniated disc. The pain prevents him from even walking. According to a source near Tapia will decide today whether or not to have an emergency operation performed. For 37 years, Tapia has been the commentator on the weekly boxing series “Lo Mejor del Boxeo” and is considered a strong Presidential candidate for the 2014 national election in Panama.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Renowned Latin American boxing commentator Juan Carlos Tapia has been sidelined for more than two weeks …


Boxing News

Montiel-Santos Presser

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Things heated up at Thursday’s press conference for Saturday night’s clash between three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) and 2008 Mexican Olympian Arturo “El Rey” Santos (11-1, 4 KOs) at the Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre in Chihuahua, Mexico. The bout is a twelve-rounder for the WBC International super bantamweight belt.

Arthur “El Rey” Santos: “I’ve been presented with a great opportunity, I’m well prepared, he’s experienced but I want to take the step up to better things. I have too much experience and I’m able to do great things and people will go satisfied.”

Fernando Montiel: “I come well prepared, I don’t care if he has a thousand fights, nobody has given me anything, it’s not by chance all I earned. I hope soon to return to Chihuahua as a promoter or fighter, they have treated me well and I am prepared to give a great show.”

The event is jointly presented by Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Promociones.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Things heated up at Thursday’s press conference for Saturday night’s clash between three-division world champion Fernando …


Feature Story

Holm takes the blame, vows to even score

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone

For years, Holly Holm has rambled into the ring to a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. But after suffering the worst loss of her career, Dec. 2, 2011, it might be time to change her tune.

No reason to dump Led Zep, however, but she might want to consider swapping “Immigrant Song” for “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

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Story and photos by Chris Cozzone For years, Holly Holm has rambled into the ring to a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. …


UFC

Johnson ready for the sequel

The life of a fighter is extremely unpredictable. You never know when you’re going to fight next or if something will happen between signing your contract and the night of the fight that keeps you out of the cage. Everything else in life is at the mercy of your schedule, intricately fit into a small window of opportunity somewhere between a morning workout and that evening’s strength and conditioning session . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall airs TONIGHT at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET from Sunrise, Fla. Click here for more info.  For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com

The life of a fighter is extremely unpredictable. You never know when you’re going to fight next or if something …



Boxing News

Rios-Donaire update

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum poses with undefeated former world Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, trainer Robert Garcia and WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire to announce their upcoming spectacular doubleheader fights, Saturday, July 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca on HBO Boxing After Dark. Donaire takes on IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula and Rios will battle top contender Mauricio Herrera.

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum poses with undefeated former world Lightweight …


Feature Story

Jones and Bailey steal show at presser

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

If you cover or read about enough press conferences, you know fighters are bound to say the same things. Today’s final press conference for the pay-per-view portion of Saturday’s Pacquiao vs. Bradley card was no different.

Here are the highlights for the majority of the fighters: (more…)

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. Photos by Chris Cozzone If you cover or read about enough press conferences, you know …


Feature Story

Roach vs. Diaz: A tale of two trainers

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

A trainer never doubts his fighter’s ability no matter how difficult the challenge they are facing. Some trainers may appear delusional under the microscope of criticism. Others are deemed brilliant when their fighter performs exactly how they explained it. Either way, someone’s confidence ends up becoming nothing more than false bravado. (more…)

Story by Andreas Hale Photos by Chris Cozzone A trainer never doubts his fighter’s ability no matter how difficult the …


UFC

UFC on FX 3 at the scales

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Weights for UFC on FX 3, which is headlined by the flyweight semifinal rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, airing live on FX from BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT on Friday, June 8. FUEL TV will air six prelims live starting at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT, and the first two fights can be seen on Facebook.com/UFC at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Ian McCall (126) VS Demetrious Johnson (125)

MAIN CARD
Charlie Brenneman (171) VS Erick Silva (169)
Josh Neer (170.5) VS Mike Pyle (171)
Scott Jorgensen (136) vs Eddie Wineland (135.5)

FUEL TV PRELIMS
Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170.5) VS Mike Pierce (171)
Lance Benoist (171) VS Seth Baczynski (170.5)
Matt Grice (146) vs Leonard Garcia (146)
Jared Papazian (136) vs Dustin Pague (136)
Justin Salas (156) VS Tim Means (155.5)
Caio Magalhaes (186) VS Buddy Roberts (185)

FACEBOOK PRELIMS
Bernardo Magalhaes (155) VS Henry Martinez (156)
Sean Pierson (170) VS Jake Hecht (171)

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Coming up next: UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall airs Friday June 8 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET from Sunrise, Fla. Click here for more info.  For more on the UFC visit www.UFC.com

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Weights for UFC on FX 3, which is headlined by the …



Scale Watch

Pavlik, Sigmon make weight

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former Middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) both made weight for their 10-round super middleweight main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pavlik and Sigmon both scaled in at 167 pounds.

Carlos Valcarcel 122 vs Jesse Magdaleno 122
Kevin Davila 129 vs Saul Rodriguez 128.5
Gerardo Robles 132 vs Roger Gonzalez 132
David Rodela 135.5 vs Terence Crawford 136
Eliseo Durazo 180 vs Mike Lee 177
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former Middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott “Cujo” …


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former WBO super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona is in Oxnard, California, preparing for his fight against Orlando Cruz with trainer Pablo Sarmiento of Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez fame. Sonsona (16-1-1, 13 KOs) will face Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs) on July 6 in the 10-round main event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Fightnews would like to congratulate Feature Writer David Finger, who won a contested primary Tuesday in Southeast New Mexico for his seat as Magistrate Judge. Finger was appointed Magistrate Judge in Division IV of Lea County by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez in March of 2011 and was running to retain his position as Judge. Finger, who has been a contributor for Fightnews since 2000, also is author of the book “Rocky Lives!” Running as a Republican, Finger won 59.6 % of the total vote. He will be unopposed in the general election in November.

Super middleweight Richard Pierson (11-2, 8 KOs) will now take on replacement David Adotey Allotey (14-2, 7 KOs) in the eight round main event for the WBC Fecerbox championship on June 13 at The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. Pierson was originally slated to face Gary “Fast Hands “Jones. In the six round co-feature, Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (10-0, 5 KOs) will take on Philadelphia tough guy Brian Donahue (2-2-1). The show is promoted by Gabe Laconte’s First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.

Former WBO super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona is in Oxnard, California, preparing for his fight against Orlando Cruz with …


Photo Gallery

Photos from the Pacquiao-Bradley undercard presser

Photos by Chris Cozzone

All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring the co-main and undercard fighters on Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Bradley card: Mike Jones, Teon Kennedy, Jorge Arce, Jesus Rojas, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Randall Bailey and Jessie Hart.  More photos and story to follow . . .  (more…)

Photos by Chris Cozzone All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring the co-main …


UFC

Nick Ring aids two victims in swarm attack

Calgary’s hometown UFC fighter Nick Ring can now add Good Samaritan to his check list. At approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, Ring, who had just finished a yoga class, was leaving a local Starbucks when he witnessed a group of about 10 juveniles aged 15-18 beating up and robbing a young couple, both 17, waiting at a bus stop. (more…)

Calgary’s hometown UFC fighter Nick Ring can now add Good Samaritan to his check list. At approximately 9:15 p.m. Wednesday …


Boxing News

Antonio Margarito retires

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Thursday it has been known that former WBA, IBF and WBO world champion Antonio Margarito will hang up his gloves. “After twenty-two years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have decided to announce my retirement from boxing,” said Margarito. “After thinking broadly and in detail with my family and my team, we have come to the conclusion that it’s time to hang my gloves and start a new chapter in my life. I’m leave boxing but I will continue within the sport.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Thursday it has been known that former WBA, IBF and WBO world champion Antonio Margarito …


Boxing News

Boxing back in Elk Grove, Illinois

Promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing is back at it less than a month after his last jam-packed success. On June 21, Hitz will present his second installment of “The Belvedere Bash” at The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, Illinois. Featured in separate bouts that night will be Henry “Western Warrior” Coyle (16-2, 12 KOs), who will go eight rounds in the junior middleweight division; Chicago slugger Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (7-0, 4 KOs) will have a six-round super middleweight battle; Chicago super bantamweight Sergio Montes de Oca (6-1, 1 KO) will go four; and Bassett, Virginia’s Elijah McCall (9-1-1, 8 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, will face TBA in a heavyweight four-rounder.

Promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing is back at it less than a month after his last jam-packed success. On …


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Guinn-Frazier collide Friday

By John Cannon

I Entertainment president Danny Ochoa vowed that he would be back in the Valley to put on a show after his original one fell through back in November of 2011. Ochoa was a man of his word as he makes a return to Pharr on June 8th as I Entertainment presents “Pure Pride II”. “We were set and ready to go back in November. However, one of the opponents did not pass his brain scan just days before the event and didn’t have enough time to find an opponent,” said Ochoa. “Also, we didn’t want to deprive the fans so we decided to reschedule. But like I said before, we will be back and here we are. We are excited about this show and have some excellent fights set for June 8th.”

In the main event, Dominic Guinn will face Stacy Frazier in a heavyweight bout and Ochoa said he is excited about getting Guinn on the card due to his impressive resume. (more…)

By John Cannon I Entertainment president Danny Ochoa vowed that he would be back in the Valley to put on …


Boxing News

Tyson Marquez-JC Reveco Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA has ruled that current flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez cannot make optional defense against Filipino challenger Ardin Diale scheduled for June 23 in the CUM of Hermosillo, but instead his next fight must against WBA interim flyweight titleholder and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco. The June 23 fight card will go on as scheduled with Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (21-1, 16 KOs) replacing Marquez against Diale.

At a press conference in Hermosillo, Zanfer Chief Operating Officer Gullermo Brito and “Tyson” Marquez explained that WBA President Gilberto Mendoza issued a letter informing them that from May 16 to June 16 the camps of Marquez and Reveco are to negotiate a fight agreement. If no deal is reached by June 16, the fight would go to purse bid. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero The WBA has ruled that current flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez cannot make optional defense …


Boxing News

BJ Flores targets Kayode

Where does cruiserweight contender Lateef “Power” Kayode go after last Saturday’s draw against IBO champion Antonio Tarver? WBO #2, WBA #4, WBC #4 cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1, 18 KOs) says bring it on. “I want to make a formal challenge to Kayode. This is a fight between two top world rated cruisersweights both trying to get into position for the world title. I need a fight like this to make a statement….it’s no secret that I’ve wanted Kayode for a long time. After he beat Nick Iannuzzi, I contacted Gary Shaw Promotions immediately for a match between us. Well, they went in another direction and I fought Iannuzzi next to make a statement. They said the timing wasn’t right. I respect their decision. But now the time couldn’t be more right! I have had 3 fights in 8 months and would love to face Kayode next. He has shown improvements and this fight can be big. We can do it in Springfield, Missouri and sell 5000 seats with this on Showtime or any network! But the truth of the matter is I will fight you anywhere. I just want it to be known that the money is there and we can easily make this happen.”

Where does cruiserweight contender Lateef “Power” Kayode go after last Saturday’s draw against IBO champion Antonio Tarver? WBO #2, WBA …


Boxing News

Juan Manuel Marquez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Current WBO interim super lightweight world champion and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez will be in Las Vegas to witness the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and while he’s there Marquez hopes to meet with promoters Bob Arum and Fernando Beltran to nail down his next fight. Marquez was slated to fight on July 14 at Cowboys Stadium but that date was scrapped. Marquez may return next in Mexico City is in the U.S., although sources close to Marquez indicate that he could possibly wait until November 10 to face Pacquaio.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Current WBO interim super lightweight world champion and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez will be …


Boxing News

Dib returns July 13

Photo: Tim Barry

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Australia’s IBF featherweight king Billy Dib (34-1, 21 KOs) will fight Mexican southpaw Juan Antonio Rodriguez (21-3, 19 KOs) in a super featherweight bout at Campsie in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 13. Rodriguez is a former WBC youth featherweight world champion Rodriguez – who has lost just one of his past 18 contests. Dib captured the IBF title in 2011 by defeating Jorge Laciervia and defended successfully against Alberto Servedei and Eduardo Escobedo in 2012.

“I’m chasing some big fights,” Dib said. “A dream fight for me would be against WBO 130 pound champion,  Adrien Broner, who is being groomed as the next Floyd Mayweather in America, that’s the fight I’m chasing at super featherweight.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Australia’s IBF featherweight king Billy Dib (34-1, 21 KOs) will fight Mexican southpaw …


Boxing News

Maurice Harris added to Prizefighter International Heavyweights II

IBF # 13 heavyweight veteran Maurice Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) has been added to the mix of international heavyweights for Prizefighter Int’l Heavyweights II. The event will take place June 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. Harris joins fellow participants American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Poland’s Albert Sosnowski, Australia’s Kali Meehan, and England’s Tom Dallas. In his last fight, Harris dropped what many felt was a controversial decision to undefeated local favorite and hometown hero Edmund Gerber (20-0, 13 KOs) this past May 5th in Erfurt, Germany. (more…)

IBF # 13 heavyweight veteran Maurice Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) has been added to the mix of international heavyweights for …


Feature Story

Scowls and smiles at Pacquiao-Bradley presser

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

It was a jovial mood at Wednesday’s final press conference before Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley square off on June 9th. Bob Arum mistakenly called Bradley’s manager Cameron Dunkin “Cameron Diaz,” Pacquiao was awarded a diamond ring by the WBO for being their #1 pound for pound fighter and a butterfly fluttered about the Hollywood Theater, to everyone’s delight.

Everyone wore smiles, except for Timothy Bradley. (more…)

Story by Andreas Hale Photos by Chris Cozzone It was a jovial mood at Wednesday’s final press conference before Manny …


Feature Story

Roach explains Manny’s mystery leg cramps

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

There has been a buzz in boxing’s inner circle. It’s not so much about what Timothy Bradley can do to beat Manny Pacquiao on June 9th. It’s more about the mysterious leg cramps that have surfaced and slowed him down in his last two fights and how they will affect him should they crop up against Bradley. Everybody cramps, but Pacquiao’s muscular legs are detrimental to his in ring ability and, when ailing, turn Superman into Clark Kent. (more…)

Story by Andreas Hale Photos by Chris Cozzone There has been a buzz in boxing’s inner circle. It’s not so …


UFC

Watch UFC on FX 3 weigh-in today

Watch the UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall 2 streaming live Thursday, June 7 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT.
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Watch the UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall 2 streaming live Thursday, June 7 at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT. …


Boxing News

Chavez Jr. Workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. works with strength and conditioning coach Luis Cornejo during training for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing. photos

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. works with strength and conditioning coach Luis …


Photo Gallery

Photos: Pacquiao-Bradley presser


Photos by Chris Cozzone
Quotes by Andreas Hale 

All the shots from today’s final presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Stay tuned for a full report.

Joel Diaz: “Saturday night will be the upset of the decade.”
Timothy Bradley: “I’m ready to shock the world. I’m ready to do whatever it takes in there to win the fight. Let’s get it on baby, it’s going to be war.”

Freddie Roach: “We’re looking forward to fighting and beating a previously undefeated fighter.”

Manny Pacquiao: “He’s a hungry fighter, he’s young and I know what he’s feeling. I feel like I’m 22 years old. My team wants to stop me from training but I keep pushing because I know Bradley is inspired to train hard to beat me.”

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Photos by Chris Cozzone Quotes by Andreas Hale  All the shots from today’s final presser at the MGM Grand in …


Boxing News

Arroyo Twins in action Saturday

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best

Prospects McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo, twin brothers from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, will headline the new edition of Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show this Saturday at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation. The 2009 Amateur World Champion and current WBO #13 ranked and Latino flyweight champion, McWilliams Arroyo (11-1, 9 KOs), will face Mexican Rigoberto Casillas (8-6-1, 6 KOs) in a flyweight fight scheduled for 10 rounds. McWilliams, who will fight for the third time this year (has wins over Gilberto Mendoza and Luis “Titi” Maldonado), beat Casillas by a seventh round TKO last year in a hard fight in Puerto Rico. (more…)

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Prospects McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo, twin brothers from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, will headline the …


Boxing News

Former three-time SA champion dies

By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis

Charlie Els, one of a select group of boxers who held three SA titles, has died in Durban. He was 74 years old.

Charles William Els, who was born in Boksburg on October 5, 1937, died last Saturday. His fights against Ernie Baronet, Bennie van Nieuwenhuizen, Mickey Pretorius, Bill Dollery and Fraser Toweel were part of a golden era in SA boxing. Els made his professional debut on June 24, 1957 when he knocked out Steve Evenwell in the second round. The tournament was held at Modderfontein, near Johannesburg. In his fourth fight, Els lost on points to Pat van Biljon but he soon stopped Louis Klopper in the ninth round to win the vacant Transvaal featherweight title. On February 2, 1959, in only his twelfth fight, Els outpointed Baronet in Durban to take the SA featherweight title. However, on May 1 the same year he lost the title to Baronet. Els was knocked out in the second round when he fought Dave Stone at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London. And when he returned to South Africa, Pretorius beat him on points over six rounds. But he got his career back on track by winning five of his next six fights. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Photo: Jeff Ellis Charlie Els, one of a select group of boxers who held three SA titles, …










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