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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready for next road trip

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road ...

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Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Brandon Rios Oxnard Media Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios of Oxnard,Ca. works out during media day in Oxnard, California for his eagerly-anticipated ...

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Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez pics & quotes

In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four ...

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Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Stieglitz-Khomitsky Final Press Conference

Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday's clash between two-time world champion Robert ...

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Golovkin hits Times Square

Golovkin hits Times Square

First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check ...

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Road Warrior Dhafir Smith ready

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Boxing News

Boxing Returns to Seattle

By Sam DiTusa

Professional boxing has been absent in Seattle for quite some time, but new promoter Chris Jones has announced the formation of GUY Promotions to remedy that. The inaugural show is set for June 5th at the Renton Community Center in Renton, Washington — just 5 minutes south of Seattle. The card will feature Dashon Johnson (9-2-3, 4 KOs) and Skyler Thompson (11-7, 9 KOs) for the state super welterweight boxing title in the main event. Also appearing will be undefeated Seattle heavyweight Vincent Thompson, as well as middleweights Aubrey Morrow and Darren Azai. (more…)



May 27th, 2010



Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Laura De la Torre

Three-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero hosted a wine tasting fundraiser on Wednesday night at the Kãama Lounge and Supper Club in San Jose, California. A silent auction and raffle were conducted throughout the evening’s festivities with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.



May 27th, 2010

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Emanuel Steward and Ed Levine

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and IBO President Ed Levine. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.



May 27th, 2010

Boxing News

Judah fights 7/16 at “The Rock”

Main Events and Super Judah Promotions have announced that a fight between Zab “Super” Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) will take place on July 16th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Ticket and on sale info will be released shortly.



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Burgos-Castillo presser

HG Boxing

The main participants and promoters of “Road to the Title” were present today at the final press conference that took place at the functional and modern Tecate Boxing Tour Arena, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Juan Carlos Burgos and Ricardo Castillo will face each other in a WBC featherweight eliminator and the winner will be a step closer to challenge the champion in the near future. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Announcement

Everlast at UFC FanExpo



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

N.M. boxing beat

By Chris Cozzone

Unbeaten Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will be taking on “Comanche Boy” George Tahdooahnippah (23-0-1, 18 KOs) as the main event on the June 25 ShoBox-televised card at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. In the co-main of the Lou DiBella-promoted show, welterweight Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs), of Philadelphia, who will take on Mike Dallas Jr. (14-0-1, 5 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif. The card also features jr. lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs), welter Vincent Mirabal (6-0, 1 KO), welter Josh “Pittbull” Torres (4-1-1, 3 KOs) and lightweight Fidel Maldonado (2-0, 2 KOs), all from Albuquerque.

The rubber match between former five-time champ Johnny Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) and former contender Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) has been moved from June 12 to July 17, and will take place at the Ohkay Casino outside of Espanola, N.M. The two will fight for the vacant UBO featherweight trinket.



May 26th, 2010

Photo Gallery

More Vazquez-Marquez IV

Photo gallery by Chris Cozzone

Another full photo gallery from last Saturday night’s Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV battle at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Also included is the 12-round war between Abner Mares and Yonnhy Perez. Click here for gallery



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Ferrante to face Mussachio

Dee Lee Promotions will present a fight card on June 4 in The Showroom at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. The main event features unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony ‘Boom Boom’ Ferrante (9-0, 4 KOs) against Chuck ‘The Professor’ Mussachio (15-1-2, 5 KOs) in a ten-rounder. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

UFC

Cane growing from a defeat

UFC 114 is LIVE on PPV May 29!

The interruption of a plan can always put the man with that plan in a miserable state of mind. It doesn’t matter whether it’s work, personal, or in a sporting life, but when you’re dealing with matters of a competitive level, be sure that someone is preparing really hard to overcome you . . . Click for more by Martins Davis, UFC



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Mboyane-Gwazele rematch

By Ron Jackson

In an eagerly anticipated rematch Klaas Mboyane defends his South African bantamweight title against Nkqubela Gwazela at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Gwazela (19-6, 14 KOs) was stopped in the eleventh round when he met Mboyane (13-7-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant title in August last year at the Orient Theatre. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Top Rank

Former Notre Boxing Captain and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Mike Lee arrived in Chicago with his trainer Ronnie Shields on Tuesday night, May 25th ahead of his highly anticipated pro debut set for this Saturday night, May 29th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Lee will face Emmitt Woods in a scheduled four rounder in one of the feature bouts at TOP RANK LIVE. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Yuri Foreman Workout Video

WBA Super Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman works out at Gleason’s Gym on May 25, 2010. Foreman makes the first defense of his title on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium against Miguel Cotto.



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing back in San Francisco

Professional boxing returns to the city of San Francisco when undefeated welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (12-0-1, 7 KOs) clashes with Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3, 1 KOs) at the historical Kezar Pavilion on June 1Mayfield, a three-time San Francisco Golden Gloves champion, is excited to be fighting in his hometown as he stated, “This is a dream come true for me to be fighting in San Francisco where I grew up. The City is known for having great fans. This will be the first professional boxing show at Kezar in a long time so I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for everyone in attendence.” (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Moses-Acosta meet

Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (26-3-2, 20 KOs) share a laugh today in Moses’ native Namibia. It was the first time the fighters met as they were given their physicals and the WBA rules and regulations. Moses defends his title against Acosta this Saturday May 29 at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.



May 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Q&A: Tomasz Adamek

“I will try something extra…”

Mike Gladysz

By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk

On August 21, in the friendly confines of the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where he won four consecutive times, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs), top five heavyweight in the world, will be back versus Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) in a fight that will be televised worldwide on pay-per-view. Why Grant? What are Adamek’s plans for the future? And what were his other options? All will be revealed in this exclusive interview with one of the most exciting heavyweights in the world. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

Alekseev-Lebedev on July 17

Rolf Vennenbernd/filmograf.de

The WBO cruiserweight eliminator between Universum boxer Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs) and his still undefeated Russian compatriot Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs) has been added to the big July 17th Unversum Champions Night in Schwerin, Germany. The winner will be the mandatory challenger of WBO champion Marco Huck. “Marco Huck is my dream opponent,” said Alekseev. “Now I’m just one step away from him. I must and will take take first hurdle Lebedev.”

Alekseev, who has lived and trained in Hamburg for three years and speaks perfect German, suffered his only defeat in an interim world championship fight against Victor Ramirez in January 2009. Formerly trained by Fritz Sdunek, Alekseev is now trained by Magomed Schaburow. “Marco Huck also lost against Cunningham,” points out Alekseev. “It’s essential that lessons be drawn from defeats. That brought me forward. I’ll prove it.”

Headlining the show at the Sport- und Kongresshalle is WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) defending against Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs).



May 26th, 2010

Boxing News

King inks Kotelnik

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov

Former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) has signed a contract for three fights with legendary promoter Don King. Kotelnik and King finalized the deal in Lviv City, Ukraine. “I am very happy that I can work with this legendary promoter. For me it’s a step forward. Don King has accepted all of my conditions and now I will box in the USA,” Kotelnik said. He will next be in the ring in St Louis, Missouri on August 7th against WBC/IBF light welterweight champion Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs). (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Klitschko, Sosnowski workout

Klitschko Management Group

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and challenger Albert Sosnowskli (45-2-1, 27 KOs) impressed fight fans during an open workout in advance of their pay-per-view world title clash on Saturday at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. For more details and photos click here…



May 26th, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Zsolt Bedak

Jose I. Perez

Unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary hits the mits with his trainer, former world champion Artur Grigorian, during a recent training session in Puerto Rico. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday in a 12 round world title main event. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Fightnews spoke with Bedak as he is now just days aways from his career’s biggest fight to date. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Announcement

Remillard looks ahead

Photo by Emily Harney

Featherweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard served notice once again as a force in the division with a sensational knockout performance this past Saturday night, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino with a crushing fourth round stoppage of crafty southpaw Carlos Rivera.

Seizing the control from the opening bell, the 23 year old Remillard stalked and broke down Rivera over the first three rounds with devastating head shots and outstanding left hooks to the head and body. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

UFC

Time to make it ‘Count’

UFC 114 is LIVE on PPV May 29!

Three months ago Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping was a guillotine choke and a right-handed haymaker away from beating Wanderlei Silva in Sydney, Australia. Comfortable and seemingly in control, Bisping poked and prodded his way around Silva’s desperate swings in an attempt to cleverly diffuse the legendary striker for three rounds . . . Click for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC



May 26th, 2010

UFC

UFC updates

UFC Takes Over Spike Tonight – Starting at 10pm: A night of exciting, all new UFC® shows kicks off tonight at 10pm ET/PT with an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter® – don’t miss the most shocking episode of the season! Then, Rampage and Rashad make their final preparations before their grudge match this Saturday night – the final episode of UFC® Primetime premieres at 11pm ET/PT. At 12:30am ET/PT, the Countdown to UFC® 114 begins – follow Rampage, Rashad, Michael Bisping, Dan Miller, Minotoro Nogueira and Jason Brilz as they get ready to enter the Octagon this Saturday night.

Learn From The Pros – Training & Development Sessions at UFC Fan Expo: Interactive training sessions encompassing strength and conditioning, nutrition and various mixed martial arts skills taught by some of the best in the business including Randy Couture, Urijah Faber, Mark Dellagrotte and more! Register today – entries are limited!

UFC Fight Club Presale For Salt Lake City Begins Today: Join today for first access to tickets for the UFC’s first trip to Utah – featuring Jon Jones vs Vladimir Matyushenko, plus Yushin Okami vs Mark Munoz. Presale starts at 10am MST



May 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Sosnowski: Vitali is just a man

Aims to be the 1st Polish heavyweight champ

Klitschko Mgmt Group

By Karl Freitag

Andrew Golota blazed the trail. Tomasz Adamek may be Golota’s heir apparent. But European champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) believes he will be the first Polish fighter to win a heavyweight world title. The 31-year-old from Warsaw, Poland, will have his chance on Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) in front of 60,000+ fans at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I would like to continue this way of winning fights by Polish boxers,” he said in reference to Adamek’s recent success against Chris Arreola.

But how can Sosnowski win against the formidable Vitali Klitschko? His camp firmly believes that Vitali’s recent opponents did not want to win, but merely survive. “You can make the assumption that those guys lost before they even stepped in the ring,” he commented. “I am going into the ring to win and whatever presents itself, body punches, head punches, whatever, I will try to win.” (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Moses set for second defense

By Ron Jackson

Paulus Moses from Namibia, the WBA lightweight champion, faces the toughest test of his career when he defends his belt against Venezuelan Miguel Costa at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia on Saturday night. Don King Productions who won the right to promote the fight with a purse bid of $150 000 (R1 171 500) will present the tournament in conjunction with former fighter Nestor Tobias of Sunshine Promotions, who has done some outstanding work in recent years to bring big time boxing to Namibia. (more…)



May 26th, 2010

Feature Story

Chavez Jr hits Los Angeles

Already training with Roach

Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank

World ranked and undefeated middleweight Julio César Chávez, Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) arrived in Los Angeles today from his hometown Culiacan, Mexico to finish his preparation for his next bout. Chávez arrived around noon and set himself up in a downtown hotel and then made his way to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where he worked with Freddie Roach for the first time. Chávez is getting ready to face John Duddy on Saturday, June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in the main event of “Latin Fury 15″, a big pay-per-view card promoted by Top Rank Inc. For more details and photos click here…



May 25th, 2010

UFC

Blueprint: Bisping-Miller

UFC 114 is LIVE on PPV May 29!

Unlike Saturday’s main event between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans, there is no underlying “outside of the Octagon” storyline for the co-featured bout between middleweight standouts Michael “The Count” Bisping and Dan Miller . . . Click for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC



May 25th, 2010

Feature Story

More on the IBF shakeup

Marian Muhammad statement

“The board called a special meeting today at 5PM and voted me off the board and out the presidency,” former IBF President Marian Muhammad informed Fightnews.com. “They said that there were improper payments to my family members. A lie. I had paid my grandson and my son to clean the office and do some other work – something I had every right to do as long as I did not obligate the IBF to more than 10K. They also said that officials assignments were not being made evenly. More bull crap because we have to go through commissions and recommend officials. In most all cases, the commissions pick who they choose to work the fights.” (more…)



May 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Nady to ref Klitschko-Sosnowski

By Karl Freitag

Veteran Nevada referee Jay Nady will be the third man in the ring when WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) defends against challenger Albert Sosnowskli (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Judges will be Ken Morita (Japan), Hubert Minn (USA) and Sergio Silvi (Luxembourg). WBC Supervisor is Bob Logist.
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May 25th, 2010

Feature Story

Zbik-Gevor presser

Photos by Universum

Unbeaten WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) faced off off with challenger Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) at a press conference to announce their July 17 world title clash in Schwerin, Germany. Zbik and Gevor previously trained together for five years under the guidance to legendary trainer Fritz Sdunek at the Universum Gym in Hamburg. However, Sdunek is now working exclusively with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, so both fighters now have different trainers.

Zbik is now fully trained by Artur Grigorian and will again be walking in the pawprints of Dariusz “Tiger” Michalczewski , setting up his training camp in Zakopane, Poland. Two-time world title challenger Gevor is now training under Dutchman Roland Germerts in Amsterdam. (more…)



May 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Vázquez, Bedak presser

Jose I. Perez

Participants for the upcoming pay-per-view titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ gathered for their final presser today in Puerto Rico. The event will take place this Saturday, May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote. For more details and photos click here…



May 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Erik Morales clarifies status

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican ring legend Érik “El Terrible” Morales has declared that he’ll continue to be independent as as a boxer under the banner of his company Box Latino. However, Morales did confirm a business relationship with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar De la Hoya that will consist of him offering his boxers for GBP cards as well as the possibility of fighting in some GBP-promoted mega boxing events in the USA or Mexico. “I am not with Golden Boy,” said Morales. “At this point in my career it doesn’t interest me to sign with any company. We are going to work together, but independently. It’s very different to work with Golden Boy, rather than for Golden Boy.” Morales’ next opponent is GBP prospect Vicente Escobedo on July 17 at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Baja California.



May 25th, 2010

Boxing News

More IBF shakeup

Further changes at the IBF to report. “I was just voted off the board and out of the presidency by the IBF Board of Directors,” informs longtime IBF President Marian Muhammad. “Daryl Peoples, along with attorney Linda Torres and board member Aaron Kizer. I think that when the promoters and the membership find out how this all went down, they will pull away from the IBF. It was a lowdown, dirty coup because certain individuals that work in the IBF did not like Larry Hazzard, one of the most learned minds in the industry.”



May 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Jones a big draw in AC

If early ticket requests are any indication, a large crowd is expected for the Mike Jones vs. Irving Garcia fight Friday evening, July 9, at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. More than half of the top-priced $100 tickets have been sold since tickets went on sale Saturday morning, May 15. At stake in the scheduled 12-round contest will be Jones’ NABA and NABO titles. “Outside of (heavyweight contender) Tomasz Adamek, Mike Jones is the hottest attraction on the East Coast,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. (more…)



May 25th, 2010

Boxing News

Hyde wins Rigondeaux ruling

Wants Cuban star back with Freddie Roach

Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde, who last December won a legal judgment in Miami to manage two-time Olympic champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, recently received legal confirmation to continue managing the Cuban boxing star, effectively knocking out Hyde’s opposition for control of Rigondeaux’ pro boxing career. Defendants had sought reconsideration of the ruling and that was denied. Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs), fighting as a super bantamweight out of Miami, defecting from Cuba, where he was a 7-time national champion. The 29-year-old southpaw also won multiple World Championships titles, as well as a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-Am Games, during his incredible 243-4 amateur career. (more…)



May 25th, 2010




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