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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Jose Ramirez 140.8 vs. David Rodela 141.4 Andy Ruiz 272.6 vs. Kenny Lemos 266.2 Michael Finney 151.6 vs. Wilkins Santiago ...

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

Photo: Ping Nepo Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao put on an awesome display at his media workout on Friday. Members of the ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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Boxing News

Results from Syracuse, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman

JKJ Championship Promotions staged their second successful show at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, a suburb of Syracuse New York on Thursday evening. Undefeated local super middleweight Martez Potter kept his record intact as he did as he pleased against Maurice Amaro over six one-sided rounds. In the semi-main, in-active, but powerful Aleem “The Hammer” Whitfield lived up to his nickname as he nailed down tough Michael Mitchell in one. (more…)



June 27th, 2014



Boxing News

Klitschko camp comments on Pulev demands

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has never failed a drug test and always stays in terrific condition between fights. His camp views challenger Kubrat Pulev’s demands that Wlad undergo extra testing not required by the commission to be a clumsy ploy to get under Wlad’s skin.

“We go strictly with the rules and this whole issue is only brought up from Sauerland to discredit Wladimir’s reputation!” Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told Fightnews.com. “The local commission BDB is in charge for the doping and they cooperate with NADA, the worldwide well reputed anti-doping agency. They caught (Mariusz) Wach, (Sam) Soliman, etc. The BDB is obligated to publicize positive samples, which is not the case with the Austrian Federation (which sanctions all Sauerland-promoted fights). Therefore where is the sense in a random test before the fight on their side?”



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Cruz confident that he’ll upset Olympian Spence

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


Welterweight Ronald Cruz (20-3, 15 KOs) reckons that undefeated 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) will have more on his hands than he bargained for when they collide tonight in a Showtime televised bout from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “They’re obviously taking this fight because they feel like they can beat me,” said Cruz. “But the experience I have as a professional will cause problems for him and ultimately win the fight for me. I’ve definitely fought much tougher competition. He has an impressive amateur record, but fighting as a professional is a whole different ballgame.

“I definitely think I need a knockout to win. This can’t be a close fight. I’m not saying I’m going to go out there and look for a knockout – if it comes, it comes – but I’m going to go out there and try to cause a lot of damage…I’m definitely here to make a statement!”



June 27th, 2014

UFC

Fight Week Round-up: San Antonio

Fight Night San Antonio headliner gets back to his winning ways with this blistering KO of 6-foot-1 featherweight George Roop at UFC on FOX 2. The win sparked five straight wins for Swanson, leading to his streak-testing bout against Jeremy Stephens on Saturday night . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Fans invited to Crawford-Gamboa weigh-in

The official weigh-in for world championship boxing’s return to Omaha for the first time in 42 years, between undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa will take place today in Grand Ballroom A at the the CenturyLink Center in Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102).

The Weigh-In will be open to the public. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. with the fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT. It will also be streamed live via www.toprank.tv, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT.

This will be the last time both champions see each other outside the ring before they battle for Crawford’s WBO lightweight title, Saturday, June 28, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Crawford vs. Gamboa will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted since Joe Frazier successfully defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander on May 25, 1972. It will also be a professional homecoming for Crawford, who has not fought in his home state since 2011.



June 27th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland Weigh-in Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between James Te Huna and Nate Marquardt and the heavyweight bout between Soa Palelei and Jared Rosholt, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand beginning at 2:30am ET / 11:30pm PT.

FIGHT PASS MAIN EVENT
Nate Marquardt (186) VS James Te Huna (186)

FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Jared Rosholt (259) VS Soa Palelei (264)
Charles Oliveira (145) VS Hatsu Hioki (146)
Mike Rhodes (171) VS Robert Whittaker (171)

FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Dashon Johnson (155) VS Jake Matthews (156)
Roldan Sangcha-an (125) VS Richie Vaculik (125.5)
Vik Grujic (171) VS Chris Indich (170)
Rodrigo de Lima (169) VS Neil Magny (171)
Ian Entwistle (145.5) VS Dan Hooker (145)
Sean O’Connell (205) VS Gian Villante (205.5)

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

California lawmakers honor Oscar De La Hoya. More

Texas hopeful Errol Spence Jr gets a chance to shine on Showtime. More

Evander Holyfield talks Suarez, Tyson and the “bite”. More

Trainer Kevin Barry accuses Brian Minto of taking performance enhancing drugs. More

50 Cent joins the cast of Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing movie. More



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Hitz Boxing and Square Ring seeking an injunction against Oquendo

A high stakes game of Russian Roulette is scheduled for next Tuesday, July 1, before Judge Kathleen Kennedy at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago as to the fate of the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Championship fight between Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev. Hitz Boxing and Square Ring Promotions are seeking an injunction against Oquendo to enjoin his participation in the bout.

“Our legal team filed a series of papers today and there will be a hearing next Tuesday here in Chicago,” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “We know that Fres and his team are leaving on Saturday for Russia, but if Judge Kennedy grants our motion for a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order), which we are advised that there is a very strong chance, Fres will be in contempt of court if he goes forward with the fight.” (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Liu Gang

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Liu Gang, who is the leading boxing promoter in mainland China, talks to Fightnews about promoting since 2003 in China (75 shows) and also being manager of first world champion from China, Xiong Zhao Zhong, who was WBC light flyweight champion.

Liu also talks about when he represented China at 1992 Barcelona Olympics.



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Chinese heavyweight Zhang Zhilei turns pro Aug 8

By Jerry Glick
Photo: Teddy Blackburn

Dynasty Promotions headman Dino Duva announced Thursday at a New York City press conference that Chinese Olympic Silver Medalist Zhang Zhilei will turn pro August 8th on a DiBella Entertainment card to be televised by ESPN2 Friday Nights Fights from the City Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Duva also announced that former cruiserweight and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has joined the team as an advisor. Duva outlined that the “Real Deal” will help the former amateur star to follow in his footsteps.

Duva, son of the legendary trainer Lou Duva, said that the joining of his organization with the great Evander Holyfield actually began about four years ago when Dino was working as a consultant for the China National team. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Cocktail reception opens WBA directorate meeting in Santo Domingo, DR

By Boxing Bob Newman

The WBA directorate meeting kicked off with an informal cocktail party on the rooftop pool level of the Santo Domingo Sheraton in the Domincan Republic Thursday night. After some schedule wrangling to allow for the governing bodies summit in Cancun last week with the WBA, WBC and IBF, the meeting was switched from original locale and date of Punta Cana, DR last weekend to Santo Domingo this weekend. (more…)



June 27th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 Weights from Saint Charles, MO

Photo: Bob Barton

Photo: Bob Barton


Ivan Redkach 138.9 vs. Sergey Gulyakevich 138
Ryan Kielczweski 126.8 vs. Ramsey Luna 126.9
Stephon Young 120.6 vs. Vicente Alfaro 119
Eduardo Alicea 162 vs. Demetrius Walker 165.7
Paul Littleton 165.6 vs. Jeff Combs 167
Ivan Golub 161.5 vs. Javon Wright 155.8
Derrick Murray 126 vs. Joseph Mueller 127.6
Kent Cruz 141.6 vs. Guy Smith Jr 140.9
Samir Simpson Bey 135.7 vs. Devon Hostler 127.7

Venue: Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN2



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Errol Spence 146.6 vs. Ronald Cruz 148
Dominic Wade 161.6 vs. Nick Brinson 160.6
Marcus Browne 178.4 vs. Donta Woods 178.4
Gerald Washington 250.4 vs. Travis Walker ??
BJ Flores vs. Anthony Caputo Smith 203.2
Steve Lovett 176.2 vs. Dwayne Williams 175.6
Lanell Bellows 167 vs. Jas Phipps 166.8
Ryan Karl 145.2 vs. Cory Muldrew ??

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime



June 26th, 2014

UFC

UFN Auckland Prelim Fantasy Preview

The upcoming UFC Fight Night card from New Zealand will be full of local talent, especially on the prelim card, where several former Ultimate Fighter Nations competitors will get a second chance to compete in the Octagon . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Melbourne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Michael Zerafa. 157.8 vs. John Rea 160.2
Manny Vlamis 175.1 vs. John Roil 174.1
Pierre Karam 211.4 vs. Komgrit Nanakorn 200.6
Martin Toma 159.6 vs. Yodmongkol Singmanasak 164.6
Alexander Don 159.8 vs. Terry Dehaan 156.7
Stephen Attard 160 vs. Benjamen Harvie 163.1

Venue: Malvern Town Hall Melbourne
Promoter: Peter Maniatis
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June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Former WBC/WBA cruiserweight champ Jean Marc Mormeck stops Tamas Lodi in 4th round

By James Slater

Tonight in Asnieres, France, former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champ Jean Marc Mormeck ended a two-year layoff with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of a game Tamas Lodi. Mormeck, now aged 42 and last seen being crushed inside four-rounds by heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, improved to 37-5, 23 KOs with the win which came at 2:32 of the fourth. Lodi fell to 13-3-1, 11 KOs.

Mormeck had a good look at his 24-year-old opponent in the opening couple of rounds, no doubt shedding some ring-rust, before he upped the work-rate in the third. Constantly throwing punches as he walked his Hungarian opponent down, Mormeck, looking in great physical shape, attacked both head and body. The fourth saw Mormeck land a big right hand to the head, putting Lodi down hard. The younger man bravely beat the count and fought on, but he was being battered by a relentless former champion who is hungry for more gold. Finally, the referee came in and saved Lodi from further punishment.

Mormeck says he wants to challenge for one of the cruiserweight world titles before the end of this year, and fights with the likes of Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez and the other big names of the 200-pound division would certainly prove interesting. The two year break looks to have done Mormeck the power of good.



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Gamboa Final Press Conference

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

The final press conference for world championship boxing’s return to Omaha for the first time in 42 years, between undefeated WBO lightweight world champion Terence Crawford and unbeaten three-division champion Yuriorkis Gamboa took place Thursday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The press conference was hosted by Top Rank VP Carl Moretti.

Terence Crawford: Saturday is going to be a great fight. I never overlook an opponent. I train my heart out because you never know with boxing. Anything might happen but I assure you that I trained the hardest. I’m just ready for whatever he brings to the table.

Yuriorkis Gamboa: My congratulations to the USA soccer team for advancing to the knockout stage of the World Cup…I’d like to thank Terence and his team for accepting this challenge and I look forward to fighting on the 28th.

Also on hand were undefeated top-five middleweight contenders Matt Korobov and Jose Uzcategui who open the HBO telecast.

Matt Korobov: I’m more than ready and looking forward to showing my best.

Jose Uzcategui: I’m looking forward to showing what I can do.

Local boxing hero Ron Stander, who challenged legendary heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Omaha for the heavyweight title in 1972, was invited to the podium.

Ron Stander: 42 years ago when I had my chance, Frazier didn’t beat me. The doctor stopped the fight because I got a couple of little cuts. I was ready to go all night, inside, outside, the alley, whatever.

Carl Moretti: Those doctors!!! photos



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Andre Ward is Nominated for a 2014 ESPY

Reigning super middleweight champion and number two pound-for-pound boxer in the world Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) has been nominated for a 2014 ESPY award following his outstanding return to the ring last year. Ward is one of five nominees in the Best Fighter category, which includes athletes in both boxing and UFC. It is the second ESPY nomination in three years for Ward who was also honored for his outstanding performance in the ring in 2012. (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: Canelo is a very insecure fighter who knows he’s going to lose; he’s lost and confused

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

WBA “regular” super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara worked out for the media and talked about his upcoming PPV main event against Mexican-superstar Canelo Alvarez on July 12 in Las Vegas. Lara’s WBA belt will not be on the line.

Lara on if he was surprised that Canelo took the fight… “Originally I thought he would never take the fight because I confronted him in person and he said, ‘No this is not how you make fights.’ Then after the fans saw that he was ducking me on Twitter, he had no choice but to be a man and take the challenge.” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

California politicians honor Oscar

California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez and State Senator Kevin de León today honored Olympic gold medalist and 10-time world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya for his many accomplishments in boxing and business, and contributions to the California community. Assembly Speaker Emeritus Pérez and Senator de León recognized De La Hoya from the senate and assembly floors during a presentation at the California State Capitol.

De La Hoya thanked his family, friends, fans, and community in brief remarks from the California State Senate and Assembly floors following the recognition presentation.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition in my home state of California,” De La Hoya said during the presentation. “I’m proud to represent my hometown of East Los Angeles today. I wouldn’t be standing here without the continued support of my family, friends, mentors, and amazing fans.” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Pulev demands that Klitschko take doping test

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev met for the first time on Wednesday at a press conference in Hamburg, Germany to kick off their September 6 clash. Pulev was on the attack, demanding that Klitschko do pre-fight drug testing. The Klitschko camp maintains Wlad will only undergo doping tests in accordance with the requirements of the German Boxing Federation, which are post-fight only.

Wladimir Klitschko: “For a heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev got the right size, weight, and also technique. In addition, he is very motivated. Pulev has already defeated boxers who were taller than me. He is the best heavyweight boxer after the champion.”

Kubrat Pulev: “I am tested for the use of illicit substances at least six times a year. It’s unfair if Klitschko won’t pass the same tests that I do…if you don’t take the test, you’re not a correct person.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “If you don’t want to fight, you can stay at home.”

Note: The current TV contract Pulev’s promoter Sauerland Event has with German network ARD requires that all Sauerland fighters undergo random drug testing. Klitschko’s TV deal with RTL has no such requirement. RTL will televise the bout by virtue of Klitschko’s company K2 Promotions winning an IBF purse bid.

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June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Burns, Zlaticanin make weight

Rickey Burns 134.75 vs Dejan Zlaticanin 134
(Vacant WBC International title)

Venue: Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky (UK)

Ricky Burns: “I am under no illusions that I have to perform and look good tomorrow night. The last three fights have been tough and culminated in losing my world title belt, which was devastating of course. I am proud of my reign as a world champion and not being a world champion anymore hurts, so I want to get back there as soon as possible, and that starts tomorrow with a great performance.”



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Nelson defends WIBA welterweight title against ‘Notorious’ Woods June 28 in Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Just 41 days after successfully defending her WIBA Welterweight championship, undefeated Tori “ShoNuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA once again puts her title on the line against “Notorious” Nicole Woods of Stone Mountain, GA in a 10-round contest on Saturday, June 28 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The card is being promoted by Ponytail Promotions. (more…)



June 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Chagaev spars with Chechen President

Former world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is wrapping up training camp for his July 6th WBA world championship bout against Puerto Rican veteran Fres Oquendo on Grozny, Russia. The “White Tyson” has done most of his preparation in the Chechen capital training not only with head coach Artur Grigorian and his manager Timur Dugazaev but also with a “political heavyweight”: Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov who is a huge boxing fan and used to be a decent amateur fighter himself.

Kadyrov is one of the main factors of the world title fight landing in Chechnya. The President and his government support the promotion and are turning Grozny into a huge boxing ring for the event. “We have 50 feet high posters and banners all over the city plus huge sandbags, ring ropes between streetlights and many other spectacular advertisements”, says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “This will be the biggest boxing show in the world. We have Michael Buffer coming in as ring announcer and I am pretty sure that even he will say that he has never seen anything like that – despite his 30 years experience and all the huge Klitschko shows he worked on.” (more…)



June 26th, 2014

UFC

Outside the Octagon: Cub Swanson

In his seminal reports in the 1800s, Pierce Egan referred to boxing as the “sweet science of bruising,” a phrase – at least the sweet science part – that has stuck to the sport ever since. And as anyone who has practiced it will tell you, it is a science, a chess match with gloves that despite what that drunk guy on the barstool next to you might think, not everyone can do . . . More on UFC.com

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Double Action on Saturday, June 28: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: TE HUNA VS. MARQUARDT is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, June 28 at 5 AM ET/2 AM PT from New Zealand . . . Click here for more  . . . . UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SWANSON VS. STEPHENS is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more

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