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Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

Cleverly-Bellew heats up at press conference

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Boxing News

Martin Murray returns June 16

Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray will face French middleweight champion Karim Achour next month. They will meet on Hatton Promotions ‘Road To Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome on June 16. The bill also includes the vacant WBA interim world super-bantamweight title fight between Bury’s Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe. Unbeaten British champion Murray drew against WBA super champion Felix Sturm last year and is patiently waiting for another world title challenge. But 25-year-old Achour has won 13 of his 15 fights will provide stern opposition for Murray who is ranked in the top five by the WBA, WBC and WBO.

Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton said: “Martin is being patient, but I am certain we will deliver another major fight later this year. In the meantime it is all about keeping him busy and winning against decent opposition. Since the Sturm fight a match against WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fell through, but he got over that by getting straight back into the gym. (more…)



May 22nd, 2012



Boxing News

Presser called to announce Ortiz-Lopez

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez will make it official on Wednesday at a press conference in Los Angeles that Ortiz will fight Lopez June 23 at Staples Center. Lopez is moving up to welterweight from the 140lb division to replace Andre Berto, who tested positive for a banned substance. Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs), who lost his last fight against Jesse Vargas by split decision last September, is an all action fighter who has fought on ShoBox several times. Heavyweight Chris Arreola has also been added to the card. The co-feature is an interesting jr welterweight ten-rounder between former world champion Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse.



May 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Haye, Booth: We never turned down Klitschko fight

Former world heavyweight and cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has reiterated that the prospect of a fight against current WBC kingpin Vitali Klitschko is one of the sole reasons he decided to return to the ring in 2012. The 31-year-old meets fellow Londoner Dereck Chisora on July 14 at Upton Park, but admits a clash against Klitschko remains his ultimate goal, despite recent claims he turned down a fight with the Ukrainian two weeks ago. “It makes absolutely no sense for me to turn down a fight I desperately want,” said Haye. “Remember, the whole idea behind going ahead with this Chisora fight was that a victory may then lead to a fight with Vitali Klitschko. That was my plan, my reason for returning to the ring. I want to fight on July 14 and then again in September, and have been telling people this for months now.” (more…)



May 22nd, 2012

UFC

Vegas prepares for Edson Barboza

UFC 146 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 26 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

It may be cruel to point out, especially if you’re on the receiving end, but when it comes to knockouts, the ones produced by a kick to the head are always a lot more spectacular. But then came Edson Barboza’s spinning head kick finish of Terry Etim at UFC 142 in January, and the bar was set even higher, as he delivered a move that required speed, power, agility, technique, and timing, all at the same time. If you’re a fan of the art part of mixed martial arts, you could not help but be impressed . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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May 22nd, 2012

Feature Story

Roy Jones Jr to fight Dawid Kostecki in Poland

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Ring legend Roy Jones Junior (55-8, 40 KOs), a former four-division world champion, will fight WBC #4 ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (39-1, 25 KOs) in Poland on June 30.

“Roy was always my idol, the only fighter I loved to watch. But it was then, now is my time to beat my hero and take his place,” said Kostecki, who lost his only professional fight 6 years ago. “Roy is coming to my country and I will be a great host but that will change the moment we step into the ring!”

Roy has his own ideas…

Are you ready for your trip to Poland?

RJJ: Absolutely – ready and pumped for Wednesday’s press conference. I am flying into Warsaw Wednesday at 10 in the morning, flying from Chicago, so it will be like flying from one Polish city to another (laughing). No, seriously – I’m really looking forward to seeing Poland now. I am only staying a short time now ‘cause I’m training harder than ever. I’ll have more time when I come back for the fight on June 30. I know how proud a nation Poland is and how hard the Poles are working to make a living. (more…)



May 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

Junior retain WBO Aspac title

By Jeff Pamungkas

Indonesian prospect Isaack Junior (20-1-2, 8 KOs) survived the aggression of the Filipino slugger Jecker Buhawe (13-7-3, 8 KOs) to retain his WBO Aspac super flyweight title on Sunday in Palangkaraya City, Indonesia. Buhawe started as an extra aggressive puncher from the first round, but the slick Junior anticipated it with a counter attack strategy. Buhawe cornered Junior in the middle of the last round, but the fight was stopped by referee due to the head butt causing a cut on the challenger’s right eyelid. Junior is currently rated #3 in the super flyweight division by the WBO, and he’s projected to be the next Indonesian world champion.



May 22nd, 2012

Boxing News

“Knockout Night” in Baja California

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a very interesting super middleweight bout this Saturday, former world title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (40-13, 23 KOs) will take on former hot prospect and KO artist Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia (45-5, 38 KOs) in a ten-rounder at the Gimnasio Auditorio Jorge Campos in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Promociones del Pueblo card is billed as “Night of Knockouts” and will broadcast on Cadena 3 in Mexico.

In other action, undefeated featherweight and 2011 Golden Belt champion Juan Jose “Venado” Perez (12-0, 2 KOs) takes on Manuel Amador (4-1, 2 KOs) and bantamweight Edgar “Lic” Monárrez (13-1, 9 KOs) faces Alberto “Mulatto” Ruiz (6-1, 2 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds.



May 21st, 2012

UFC

Tickets on sale this week for Munoz vs. Weidman

UFC 146 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 26 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Middleweights Munoz and Weidman Battle In San Jose – Tickets On Sale This Week: The UFC returns to the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Wednesday, July 11th with a battle between 185-pound contenders as Mark Munoz faces off against Chris Weidman! Plus, light heavyweight brawlers James Te Huna and Brandon Vera collide, and Jon Fitch goes toe-to-toe with Aaron Simpson! UFC Fight Club presale starts Tuesday, May 22 at 10am PT, join today for first access to tickets

The Heavyweights Take Over This Saturday Night At UFC 146: It’s the biggest night the heavyweight division has ever seen! In the main event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir looks to regain the title from current champ Junior dos Santos! Plus, Cain Velasquez returns to battle Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Roy Nelson faces Dave Herman – UFC 146 Presented by Bud Light, this Saturday night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV

Subscribe to UFC Magazine Today: Look for the new issue on newsstands, featuring covers with Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber

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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May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Unbeaten Price weighs options

Unbeaten 6’8 heavyweight David Price is now eyeing either a summer clash in the United States or a British title defense on home soil after his fourth round stoppage of Sam Sexton to lift the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on Saturday night. The Olympic bronze medalist Price and his team will meet this week to discuss potential opponents over the coming months. Promoter Frank Maloney stated, “There are some credible British opponents who would be decent opposition and there has been interest from America for a while. Whatever decision is made will be in David’s best interests and nobody else. People might have dismissed David’s comment when he said he could become world heavyweight champion by his 20th fight. That doesn’t look a bad prediction now. He could most probably earn his chance quickly, but it is about becoming world champion and having a long reign.”



May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Chisora picks up Luxembourg boxing license

Dereck Chisora today (Monday 21 May) collected his Luxembourg Boxing Federation license in Luxembourg ahead of his fight with David Haye. Chisora will take on Haye for the WBO International and WBA Intercontinental heavyweight titles on Saturday 14th July at West Ham United FC which is being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. Chisora was presented with his license at a packed press conference where afterwards Chisora, 28, said, “I had plenty of opportunities to be licensed by other countries, but I chose Luxembourg because they were very respectful towards me, very accommodating and friendly people and I look forward to making them proud.” (more…)



May 21st, 2012

UFC

At 33, Duane Ludwig is just warming up

UFC 146 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 26 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

Duane “Bang” Ludwig is just like you, with one exception: he’s a world renowned kickboxer and mixed martial artist.

The Denver, Colorado native is a husband, a father, a small business owner (303 Training Center in Westminster, CO), and simply a guy who wants to own a house. On the other hand, he is also the proud owner of the fastest knockout in UFC history, but that title nor the litany of Muay Thai belts that he refers to as “closet stuffers” have not altered the down-to-Earth individual he is outside of the cage, regardless of how popular he is in it. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

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May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

New foe for Rico Ramos

By Francisco Salazar

Former world title holder and super bantamweight contender Rico Ramos will now face unbeaten Efrain Esquivias on June 23rd, Thompson Boxing Promotions General Manager Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com Monday morning. The bout, which is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will still take place at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, CA and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.”

Ramos was originally going to fight unbeaten Jhonatan Romero in a scheduled 10 round bout. However, Romero suffered a fracture to his left thumb in the second round of his last fight against Adolfo Landeros on May 11th. Unaware of the injury, Romero continued fighting and won a one-sided eight round decision over the Mexican journeyman.

“We thought that it was just swelling (after the fight), but then we were notified that it was a fracture,” said Camponovo, who also serves as Thompson Boxing Promotions’ matchmaker. “He (Romero) will be out for about six weeks. (more…)



May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Cano, Thompson headline in Cancun

Two of Mexico’s rising stars will be in the spotlight at The Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday, May 26 when Tlanepantla’s Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) faces Colombia’s Fidel Monterrosa (29-5, 23 KOs) and Cancun’s Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KOs) squares off against Argentina’s Juan Ramon Solis (17-5, 6 KOs) in co-headlining bouts to be broadcast on Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” in Mexico and on FOX Deportes in the United States.

Also in action for fans on site in Cancun will be some of Golden Boy Promotions’ top prospects, as Deontay Wilder, Francisco Vargas and Jamie Kavanagh put their unbeaten records on the line in Mexico. (more…)



May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Balzsay-Magee headed to Northern Ireland

A purse bid was held today at WBA headquarters in Panama for the mandatory fight between WBA super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (25-2, 18 KOs) and interim titlist Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs). The Magee camp won the right to promote the fight with a bid of $287,700, outbidding Balszay promoter Universum by $20,000.

Universum chief Kluch Waldemar, who himself traveled to Panama, is confident that Balzsay will retain his title regardless where the fight is held. “This purse bid is certainly not a defeat for us. Without TV network backing, you have to make economically sensible bids. I am sure that Balzsay will be perfectly prepared to fight and he’ll bring the belt back home,”said Kluch. The fight will be held on either July 7 or July 14 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.



May 21st, 2012

Feature Story

Anatomy of a slugfest

By Phil Doherty
Photo: Carlos Suarez Jr./ fightimages.com

Boxing fans are generally willing to pay top dollar prospecting for the real-time drama of a full-blown battle royale along the lines of Gatti-Ward or Marquez-Vazquez; yet so rarely do these gems materialize. However, this past Friday night in Hollywood Florida, fans witnessed two hard-as-diamond warriors push themselves and each other past rarefied thresholds of endurance and pain.

Appearing on the undercard of Acquinity Sports’ “D Day II: Dominican Domination” card were two non-Dominican fighters with a score to settle. On paper, the 10-round contest between 40-year old former WBA interim light heavyweight world champion Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (30-10, 28 KOs) of Jamaica and 33-year old Cuban former cruiserweight Humberto “El Don” Savigne (9-1, 7 KOs) bore the familiar markings of a gatekeeper’s test for the former Cuban Olympian.

In the ring the matchup proved to be an absolute war. (more…)



May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez-Paez II in the works?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has revealed to Fightnews.com the possibility that Omar “Businessman” Chavez (28-1-1, 21 KOs), son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez, could have a rematch with Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (31-4-1, 19 KOs), son of legendary Jorge “Maromero” Paez, on July 7 at a venue to determined. Culiacan and Mexicali are under consideration. Chavez is currently training with Manuel “Cochul” Montiel at the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa but could travel to the mountains of the Mexico State to Temoaya or Otomi Ceremonial Center for several weeks of high altitude training. Paez Jr. handed Chavez his only loss via majority decision last December.



May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

GCP inks Eric Fields

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions has signed of cruiserweight prospect Eric “Danger” Fields (20-1, 15 KOs) to a promotional agreement. 29-year-old Fields is a native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, rated #15 by the World Boxing Association. He was the 2005 and 2006 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight champion. His first fight under the GCP banner is expected to be announced soon.



May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Late results from Long Island

Judges weren’t involved an any of the final outcomes this past Thursday (May 17) night as all seven fights ended in stoppages on the “Bombs Away In Long Island” professional boxing card, presented by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions in association with Winner Take All Productions, at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. In the main event, cruiserweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith (10-1, 10 KOs) dropped a few bombs early, decking James Henson (5-9, 2 KOs) twice en route to a win by first-round technical knockout (1:14). (more…)



May 21st, 2012

UFC

Stipe Micocic: One Win at a Time

UFC 146 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 26 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET

There is something magnetic about the heavyweight division.

No matter how much talent resides in the lighter weight classes or how frequently the mighty mites of the sport put on incredible displays of technique and conditioning bouncing around the cage and punching each other in the face non-stop for 15 minutes, there is still something uniquely enticing about seeing a pair of heavyweights staring each other down across the cage . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com

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May 21st, 2012

Boxing News

Froch: Bute is going to get beat

By Karl Freitag

Former world champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) gives unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucuan Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) credit for traveling to hostile territory to face him in his hometown of Nottingham on Saturday, but also vows that Bute will be going home with his first loss. “I promise that I’m going to beat Bute,” Froch said last week during a conference call with reporters. “He’s coming over here. He’s going to get beat. I’m going to be IBF champ. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I win that belt.”

As for Bute coming to face Froch in Froch’s own backyard, ‘The Cobra’ stated, “I think he’s had to do that now. He’s been in the position to make ten title defenses and I think they’ve all been in Canada or North America. So, he’s never really traveled away. I think he fought in Romania early on in his career, but he’s never been on the road and defended his title like champions are supposed to do….and let’s not forget he’s got the rematch clause in the back of his mind, what it might be, might not be. I don’t know well enough to say what he’s thinking. But he’s probably got the comfort of the safety net of knowing that if he gets beat he’s got the rematch back in his hometown Montreal.”



May 21st, 2012




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