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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Junior welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Boxing News

Alfonso Gomez workout

By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde

WBC continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., and being assisted by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations. Gomez will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th in Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined and will headline the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports en Español which is being promoted by Top Rank. In his last outing, Gomez defeated former two-time lightweight champion “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs), when Castillo refused to answer the bell for the start of round six on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Click here for more photos…



June 9th, 2010



Boxing News

Calderon vows KO

Joel A. Colón - PR Best Boxing/Top Rank

World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon told challenger Jesus Irbie – right to his face – ‘You are going down and getting knocked out on Saturday night.” The two were at a Top Rank Media Day at Kingsway Gym on 1 West 28th St. During a staredown pose, Calderon let Irbie have it. “I looked into his eyes and saw a troubled fighter,” Calderon said. “I just wanted to get him squared away.” (more…)



June 9th, 2010

Boxing News

New President goes to work

Johnny B'

By Johnny B’

Daryl J. Peoples, the International Boxing Federation’s new President, is back in East Orange New Jersey at the IBF office and on the job. Returning from the recent IBF annual convention held in Puerto Rico, Peoples faces a heavy workload. Peoples, along with championship chairman Lindsey Tucker and newly appointed ratings chairman William James are anxious to put together a resourceful staff, update boxers ratings and start the chart on rating female professional boxers. The International Boxing Federation looks to increase title bout activity with the addition of female titles. The organization also plans to work diligently with promoters in hopes of truly being a global organization, with championships bouts in parts of the world that may have been overlooked in the past.



June 9th, 2010

UFC

Betting on Barry

UFC 115 is LIVE on PPV June 12!

Story by Victor Perea

If you are a gambling man, logic tells you that placing your wager on Pat “Hype or Die” Barry at UFC 115, would be the smart money. While logic and combat sports always have a punchers chance of disagreeing, in this economy Barry’s credentials might very well have you rolling your 401K into the MGM Grand’s sports book  . . . Click here for more



June 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Bika-Mendy IBF purse bid

A Purse Bid was held in the IBF Office yesterday for the IBF Super Middleweight Eliminator (#1 position) between Sakio Bika and Jean Paul Mendy. The winning bidder was Golden Boy Promotions with a bid of $30,000. Golden Boy Promotions was the only bidder.



June 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Molitor-Booth in England

IBF #14 super bantamweight Jason Booth will fulfill a boxing dream when he challenges champion Steve Molitor for the IBF world super bantamweight title next month. The Nottingham star (35-5) will meet southpaw Molitor (32-1) on Friday July 23 at a venue in England that promoter Frank Maloney will confirm later this week. Victory for Booth will complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in boxing history having led a rollercoaster life outside of the ring. Booth, 32, is a recovering alcoholic and has also overcome drug problems to turn his career around. (more…)



June 9th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Wilfried Sauerland

Ahead of Hall of Fame Induction

Photo: Team Sauerland

After more than 30 years in boxing, Wilfried Sauerland will officially be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York this weekend. Boxing-Online.com has caught up with the German promoter to speak about the biggest honour in boxing, the celebrations and the future of Team Sauerland. (more…)



June 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. throws first pitch

Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated no. 1 contender and son of the legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers-St. Louis Cardinals baseball game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming rumble against Ireland’s John Duddy on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 15″ show ,which will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for more photos…



June 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Uribe in New York City

Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing/Top Rank

World title challenger Jesus Iribe (17-6-4, 10 KOs) of Mexico has arrived in New York City for Saturday’s title shot against unbeaten WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. (more…)



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Manny in Mexico

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer

The seven-time world Champion, Manny Pacquiao was received this afternoon by Ney González, the governor of the state of Nayarit, in a ceremony also attended by Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran. Pacquiao, who is enjoying a pleasant holiday with his family, said he’s happy to be in Mexico for the first time and appreciates the hospitality the Mexican people have had for him and his family. Manny will return home this week to get ready to assume his post as a congressman in his native Philippines. (more…)



June 8th, 2010

UFC

Blueprint: Cro Cop-Barry

UFC 115 is LIVE on PPV June 12!

Very few things in life are guaranteed. The sun will rise and set within the next 24 hours. The IRS will come calling next April for all income-earning U.S. citizens who generate more than a few grand. And, eventually, each and every one of us will permanently cease breathing  . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Chavez Jr workout

Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated no. 1 contender and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Tuesday for his upcoming rumble against Ireland’s John Duddy. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, “Latin Fury 15″, will be televised on Top Rank Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 26 from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Ward, Green: Ready for Anything

By Robert Hough

Allan Green 29-1, 20 KOs) said Tuesday he thinks Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) flits around the ring, and that’s no criticism. “He’s not the easiest fighter to fight,”Green, who faces Ward on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to close out the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, said during a teleconference. “He’s like a hummingbird.” More like a hummingbird with hand grenades, Ward believes, or a generally docile canine that will shred internal organs if necessary. “I don’t get respect for the dog in me,” said the 26-year-old WBA Super Middleweight Champion, who joined Green on the call. “I don’t get respect for my bite-down.” Green, who replaced Jermain Taylor and makes his Super Six debut, said he’s ready for anything. “If I have to be slick I’ll be slick,” said Green, 30. “If I have to fight, I’ll fight. If I have to brawl, I’ll brawl.”



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Bönte: No Klitschko-Audley talks

“I read the article on Fightnews that Audley and his management write about an interest of us fighting him. I want to confirm that that is not true,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group GmbH, informed us today. “Barry Hearn approached me before and after Vitali’s last fight but I told him that there is no interest. Harrison has beaten Sprott, a sparring partner of the brothers, and that’s all. We expressed our interest in fighting Haye who seems to run away again. Haye is a great talker and promoter of his own fights and for months has challenged the Klitschkos but now you don`t hear a word from him …. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes the easy road once again and fights Harrison.”



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Nate Campbell medical results

After suffering a one-sided decision loss to Victor Ortiz on May 15, former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell faced some serious questions about his career. Did he get old? Was it over? Was it time to shut it down? Even in the locker room immediately after the fight, Campbell wasted no time in assessing the situation. “I looked at John David [Jackson] and Terry [Trekas], and I said ‘give it to me straight’” said Campbell. “And both of them looked me in the eye and said ‘It doesn’t look good.’” (more…)



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Jo Jo Dan camp rips decision

By Boxing Bob Newman

“I am very disappointed with an unfair decision last Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey,” says Chris Ganescu of Gankor Promotions. “My fighter, Jo Jo Dan replaced Luis Collazo in a WBC interim (silver) welterweight title vs local fighter Selcuk Aydin. We took the fight on 3 weeks notice and prepared very well for this fight. The judges’ decision and the performance of the referee was a huge disappointment. The referee let Aydin get away with countless illegal blows after the break and even after after the bell. One of the blows after the break resulted in an 8 count in the first round against Jo Jo Dan. Also Aydin hit several times with his elbow and got away with it.” (more…)



June 8th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller admits he will be facing the most dangerous fighter of his career when he steps into the ring in the 10-round main event against two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman at “The Rock Returns” event on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. But the opportunity to notch a win over a big-name heavyweight and then parlay it into even bigger fights is potentially too lucrative to pass up. Besides, according to Miller, getting hit hard is completely painless. (more…)



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

DKP plans world title twinbill

Hall of Fame promoter Don King ia planning a world title twinbill for August 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Billed as “Gateway to Greatness… The Homecoming,” the card will feature WBC/IBF 140lb. champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) against former champ Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), plus IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs). More details to be announced.



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Montiel-Morel update

On June 4th, the WBO sent a letter to representatives of WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel and WBO interim bantamweight champion giving them five days to reach an agreement. If an accord is not reached by tomorrow at 2PM ET, a purse bid will take place on Friday in New York City. Minimum bid $100,000. The bout is slated for Top Rank’s big June 29 pay-per-view show in San Antonio.



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschko Brothers stamp issued

The Ukrainian National Post Office today issued a postage stamp commemorating current world heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. Collectors might be interested to know that 170,000 will be printed. The stamp is worth $1.50 in US funds.



June 8th, 2010

UFC

“O” ain’t nuthin’ but a number

UFC 115 is LIVE on PPV June 12!

Poker-faced Evan Dunham wasn’t going to let it show, but as he stood in his corner and waited for the bell to ring for the third and final round of his January bout with fellow unbeaten Efrain Escudero, he was smiling on the inside. “It was kinda like a dog that sees a piece of meat and wants nothing more in the world than to go and get it,” he said. “And the act of going to get it is what he’s looking forward to.”  . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Audley vacates European belt

Eyes world title showdown with Haye

Audley Harrison has vacated his European heavyweight title, opening the door to a showpiece World title fight when he makes his return from injury in October. The 38-year-old had an operation on a pectoral muscle last month to correct the injury that forced him to fight one-handed against Michael Sprott from the fourth round of their European title bout at Alexandra Palace in April. The injury hampered Harrison for the remainder of the fight until he produced a stunning last-gasp knockout victory to land the title he is now surrendering.

Harrison has a number of options available to him for his early winter return, with his promoter Eddie Hearn saying there is potentially Britain’s biggest fight ever against David Haye in the pipeline. (more…)



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman tore the meniscus and stretched ligaments in his right knee when his knee gave out in round seven against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium. He will under go surgery and be out of action for an undisclosed period.
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It has been confirmed that it was Foreman’s trainer Joe Grier who threw the towel in the ring in round eight. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. however ruled Foreman could continue and the bout went on one more round.
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According to East European press reports, WBO #1 Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will collide for the vacant WBO middleweight belt former held by Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. The bout is earmarked for the July 31 card headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II in Las Vegas.
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Martinez, who still holds the WBC super welterweight and middleweight championships, will be accompanied by his trainer Gabriel Sarmiento and advisor Sampson Lewkowicz at the 21st Annual International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, beginning June 10th – 13th. Martinez is keeping himself in top physical condition as he awaits his next opponent to be announced at either super welterweight or middleweight. The Argentina-born world champion is now residing in Oxnard, California.
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Martinez’ countryman, longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (30-0-2, 19 KOs), has relinquished the WBO flyweight belt and will remain as WBO super flyweight champion after moving up to win that vacant title in his last fight. With 16 title defenses at 112lbs, he eclipsed the Argentinian record set by Carlos Monzon.



June 8th, 2010

Late Result

Camacho Jr. wins easily

Middleweight Hector ‘Machito’ Camacho (52-3-1, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision Denny Dalton (16-9-1, 11 KOs) at poolside on Saturday night at the luxurious new Princess Hotel-Guyana, the first casino to be built in Guyana. Camacho was in command all the way, winning 98-91 on all cards. The fight was originally slated to take place on May 7 at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT, but Bris ‘O’ Promotions moved the event to Dalton’s native Guyana. Canacho claimed the vacant WBF Intercontinental belt.



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

The Empire inks Travis Kauffman

Co-Founders Greg Cohen and Barry Honig of The Empire Sports and Entertainment have announced the signing heavyweight Travis Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The 24-year-old Kauffman rebounded nicely from his only career loss (a thrilling and controversial Showtime-televised shootout with fellow contender Tony Grano) by knocking out rChris Koval in less than two rounds on May 22.



June 8th, 2010

UFC

Torres gets key to city

Former World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres received the Key to the City of East Chicago, Ind. on Friday. Born and raised in East Chicago, the 29-year-old was also honored by city officials with “Miguel Angel Torres Day” for his dedication to bettering the community.

“It was truly an honor to be recognized by my hometown,” Torres, who owns a gym in Northwest Indiana that specializes in mentoring the area’s youth, said. “East Chicago is a community filled with hard working people and I am proud to represent this city.”

Photo: Torres is awarded the Key to the City of East Chicago, Ind., from Mayor George Pabey, as well as a proclamation declaring June 4, 2010 as “Miguel Angel Torres Day.” (Photo credit: The Times of Northwest Indiana)



June 8th, 2010

UFC

No more ghosts for Funch

UFC 115 is LIVE on PPV June 12!

There is a first time for everything in a human being’s life, and when you’re involved in mixed martial arts, the word ‘never’ isn’t part of your vocabulary. The Ultimate Fighting Championship and its five weight classes prove it all the time: who has never been stopped by knockout or technical knockout, was never submitted or decisioned, destroying unbeaten records with regularity?  . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC



June 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Chavez to throw first pitch

Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tomorrow’s game at Dodger Stadium, between the host Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Chávez will take the mound at approximately 7 P.M. PT. Chávez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs) is in deep training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for his upcoming PPV rumble against Top-10 middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy on June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.



June 7th, 2010

Boxing News

Calderon workout pix

Photos by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing/Top Rank

World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon — 33-0-1 overall and 17-0-1 in world title fights – looked sharp in a workout today in New York as he gets set for a title defense on Saturday in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Calderon will defend against Jesus Irbie of Mexico in a WBO junior flyweight title fight. Calderon, 35, has been a world champion continuously for seven years. He is trained by Jose ‘Che Che’ Sanchez. (more…)



June 7th, 2010

Boxing News

PR Governor welcomes Cotto

Puerto Rico Governor Luis A. Fortuño welcomed WBA super welter champion Miguel Cotto in his residence at “La Fortaleza” in el Viejo San Juan. “Miguel had a great performance in his last fight. He give away joy and happiness to all the Puerto Ricans. We are proud of our champion,” Governor Fortuño said. Cotto commented, “It’s always good to be welcomed in your country. This was a victory for Puerto Rico.”



June 7th, 2010

Exclusive

Open letter from Marcos Maidana

In an exclusive letter to Fightnews.com, WBA super lightweight champ Marcos Maidana talks about the cancelled fight against Timothy Bradley and publicly asks Golden Boy Promotions and Universum to show any possible contracts with him

Dear boxing fans and press members,

The last time you have seen me I was celebrating my first victory in Las Vegas, as I knocked out Victor Cayo last March 27 on HBO and thus I proudly retained the WBA Interim Super Lightweight title for the second time. I can`t tell you how happy I was as my career seemed to go the right direction. That night I thought I was establishing a name for myself in the US and new great opportunities were coming for me after that.

However, a series of unexpected events have unfolded ever since affecting me to the point that even retirement crossed my mind. However, I consider myself a true warrior, so I will fight for my rights until the end. I know most of you may be surprised to hear that. Surely, not as much surprised as I am myself, of course.

First of all, let me make it clear that I am in perfect health condition, so nothing of this has anything to do with injuries or any medical problems. I only have very serious managerial problems that have led me to a huge disappointment and uncertainty regarding my future. (more…)



June 7th, 2010

Boxing News

Andre Ward Training Video

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June 7th, 2010

Boxing News

Ennis-Rosado July 30

Junior middleweight Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis will defend his United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior middleweight title against ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado in an all-Philadelphia showdown Friday evening, July 30, at the Arena (formerly New Alhambra), 7 West Ritner Street in South Philadelphia. The scheduled 12-round championship fight tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 p.m.

“Philadelphia’s boxing history has been punctuated by some of the fiercest neighborhood brawls,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “You can go all the way back to Lew Tendler in the early days of the century and run right through my career with matches like Bennie Briscoe vs. Cyclone Hart. These are the local fights that made Philly a boxing capitol for a long time. I hope the Ennis-Rosado fight can help to jump-start other potential local matches which can help Philadelphia reclaim its place among the best boxing towns in the country.” (more…)



June 7th, 2010

Boxing News

Cunningham: It was a clean shot

In response to negative commentary from the Canadian media, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham has commented on the circumstances that caused his fight with Troy Ross being stopped by the ringside doctor. “The punch that caused the cut was a clean shot,” stated Cunningham, “the ref declared so in the ring and even following the fight after seeing the replay. Unfortunately, these things happen in boxing, it is part of the sport. My plan for the near future is to rest up a little and meet with my team about what is next.”



June 7th, 2010

Boxing News

WBA Congratulates Cotto

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Recovering WBA Excutive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has congratulated new WBA middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, who Saturday night dethroned Yuri Foreman by TKO in the ninth round at Yankee Stadium in New York City. “Miguel is a pleasure to have you back among our champions,” said Mendoza. “It was a pleasure to see your speed, strength and good movement in the ring. I heartily wish you success at this stage of your career.”



June 7th, 2010




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