Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

Banks wins Detroit heavyweight battle

By Brad Snyder, The Undercard Photos by Bob Ryder Demetrius Banks (9-0, 4 KOs) defeated Craig Lewis (13-1-1, 7 KO’s) by split decision (77-75 ...

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Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

Canelo-Junior war of words continues; both willing to wager purse

By Hesiquio Balderas It's pretty clear that Canelo and Chavez don't like each other, but making a bet for both purses gave the ...

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WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Gallery: Taylor vs. Truax

Photos by Scott Foster

Jermain Taylor found himself in a very familiar place late in his fight – the canvas – but unlike in the past, Taylor returned to his feet and took home the victory. Taylor controlled a large majority of the 10-round middleweight bout before Caleb Truax floored him with a right hand early in the ninth. Taylor won the second straight fight of his comeback campaign via unanimous decision by the scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 97-94 in the main event of tonight’s ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader. In the SHOWTIME®-televised co-feature, Erislandy Lara demolished Ronald Hearns via TKO at 1:34 of round one in a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight bout from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. (more…)

Photos by Scott Foster Jermain Taylor found himself in a very familiar place late in his fight – the canvas …


UFC

TUF, episode 7 recap

The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 7 – ‘Weather the Storm’ – aired Friday evening and saw Team Cruz snap a three fight losing streak to clinch their third win and even the score at three-all, as Simi Valley’s Vinc Pichel defeated Athens, Georgia native John Cofer. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 7 – ‘Weather the Storm’ – aired Friday evening and saw Team Cruz snap a …



Boxing News

Ariza leaves Pacquiao’s training camp

Report and photo by Nick Giongco

Trainer Freddie Roach told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Saturday that conditioning coach Alex Ariza has left the training camp of Manny Pacquiao and is en route to the US to meet up with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Roach is in Baguio City, a mountain resort city 150 miles north of Manila, to help Pacquiao get ready for Tim Bradley for their June 8 slugfest at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I was supposed to be picked up by my driver at 10 am at The Manor Hotel to get to the gym but I had to take the taxi because my driver didn’t show up,” said Roach. When Roach finally got in touch with his driver, he was shocked to learn that he was in Manila after driving Ariza there to catch an evening flight to Los Angeles.

So Roach was left with no choice but to tap Marvin Somodio, a local trainer who has impressed Roach with his training methods. Roach said it was obvious that Ariza did not prioritize Pacquiao. “My priority is Manny Pacquiao,” said Roach. Ariza was reported to have said in his twitter account that he got the green light from Pacquiao himself to temporarily leave camp when they met Friday night and that they’ll reunite next month at the Wild Card.

Report and photo by Nick Giongco Trainer Freddie Roach told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Saturday that conditioning coach Alex …


UFC

Philips Arena is sold-out for UFC 145!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announced today that the highly anticipated UFC 145 event – headlined by the light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and challenger Rashad Evans – at the Philips Arena in Atlanta has officially sold out. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization announced today that the highly anticipated UFC 145 event – headlined by the light heavyweight …




Boxing Result

Taylor knocked down, but wins

By Drew Amendola at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster

Former middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) survived a ninth round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-1-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Taylor appeared to be headed toward an easy decision win when Truax dropped him hard with a right hand to the chin in round nine and Taylor held on for dear life to survive the round. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-94.

WBC #3/WBA #4/IBF #4/WBO #9 jr middleweight Erislandy Lara (16-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a a first round knockout over former world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-3, 20 KOs). Lara dropped Hearns three times in the first round. For Lara, it was his first fight since his controversial majority decision loss to Paul Williams in July 2011. Time was 1:34. Hearns, the son of ring legend Thomas “The Hit Man” Hearns, dropped his second straight after being stopped by WBA middleweight champion in his previous bout. (more…)

By Drew Amendola at ringside Photos: Scott Foster Former middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) survived a …


Boxing Result

Stevenson stops Gonzalez in two

By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Herby Whyne

The fight series is billed by promoter Yvon Michel as “Fast and Furious” and that’s exactly what it was as Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1 14KO) stopped WBC Silver belt holder Noe Gonzalez (28-2 20KO) at 1:40 of the 2nd round on Friday night at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After being the aggressor and establishing a solid body attack in the first round, Stevenson let his hands go in the second and didn’t stop. A right hand early in the barrage seemed to stun the Argentine fighter and from there on it was bombs away as the hometown fighter pressured and didn’t let up. After several consecutive head shots, referee Michael Griffin stepped in and stopped the action.

Light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (8-0 5KO) thoroughly dominated Rayco Saunders (22-16-2 9KO) 80-72 on all three scorecards as the semi-final event at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The Colombian born former Olympian put on an impressive display of power and speed for the duration of the eight round bout but Saunders weathered the storm and kept coming forward and throwing punches until the end inhopes that Alvarez who had only been six once might slow his attack. He didn’t. Four, five and six punch combinations were the norm in an attack that was impressive and varied. (more…)

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Herby Whyne The fight series is billed by promoter Yvon Michel as “Fast and …


Boxing News

Gonzalez-Rojas WBC officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American referee Jon Schorle will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (51-7, 45 KOs) defends against WBC featherweight world championin recess Dominican Elio Rojas (23-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday April 28 at the Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The three judges are Hubert Minn (U.S.), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) and Thomas Nardone (U.S.). The fight supervisor is Peter Ngatare from South Africa.

By Gabriel F. Cordero American referee Jon Schorle will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC featherweight …


Boxing News

Acquinity Sports inks Glendy Hernandez

By Phil Doherty
Photo: Segundo Rivera/Acquinity Sports

Acquinity Sports has announced the signing of Cuban heavyweight Glendy “The Guantanamo Giant” Hernandez (7-0, 3 KOs) this week from their Deerfield Beach, Florida headquarters. The 6’6 Hernandez will go straight to work when he appears in a 6-round bout on Acquinity’s “Dominican Domination II” card from The Seminole Hard Rock Live on May 18th. Acquinity boxing promoter Henry Rivalta announced: “Gary Jonas (Acquinity owner) and I are very excited to add a heavyweight to our roster. Glendy, under trainer Herman Caicedo, can go a long way. He’ll get an up-close, personal chance to train with Shannon Briggs, who will show him a few tricks.” Acquinity’s 10-bout card from the Hard Rock will be their first show from the Hollywood casino and third of this year. Hollywood resident and welterweight prospect Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) will headline against former light welterweight champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs).

By Phil Doherty Photo: Segundo Rivera/Acquinity Sports Acquinity Sports has announced the signing of Cuban heavyweight Glendy “The Guantanamo Giant” …



Scale Watch

Weights from Mexico State

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

Salvador Sanchez 125.80 vs Marino Montiel 125.50
(WBC Cabofe featherweoght title)
Ibeth Zamora 108 vs Jessica Nery 108
(WBC female miniumweight youth world title)

Venue: Estadio Jose Lerma Perez
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Canelo Promotions
TV: Cadena 3

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Alma Montiel Salvador Sanchez 125.80 vs Marino Montiel 125.50 (WBC Cabofe featherweoght title) Ibeth Zamora …


UFC

UFC 145 at the scales

UFC 145, which is headlined by the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans and the welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Che Mills, airs live on Pay-Per-View from Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FX for four televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see two prelim bouts at 6:45 pm ET / 3:45 am PT. Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

MAIN EVENT – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Rashad Evans (204) VS Jon Jones (205)

PPV MAIN CARD
Che Mills (170) VS Rory MacDonald (169.5)
Ben Rothwell (263) VS Brendan Schaub (237)
Eddie Yagin (144.5) VS Mark Hominick (145.5)
Michael McDonald (135) VS Miguel Torres (135.5)
John Alessio (155.5) VS Mark Bocek (155)

FX FIGHTS
Chad Griggs (228) VS Travis Browne (250)
Stephen Thompson (171) VS Matt Brown (171)
Anthony Njokuani (156) VS John Makdessi (158*)
Efrain Escudero (156) VS Mac Danzig (155)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Chris Clements (169) VS Keith Wisniewski (170.5)
Maximo Blanco (146) VS Marcus Brimage (145)
Jon Jones (L) and Rashad Evans face off during the UFC 145 official weigh in at Fox Theatre on April 20, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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UFC 145, which is headlined by the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans and the …


Scale Watch

Weights from Fort Worth, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Brian Vera 160 vs. Teronze Washington 158.75
Miguel Buendia 131 vs. Rasool Shakoor 128.75
Manuel Rojas 129 vs. Jaime Villa 127.5
Terrance Anderson 166 vs. Samuel Clarkson 165
Raul Carrillo 128.75 vs. Arthur Trevino 130
Ubaldo Torres 152.5 vs. John Vera 151.25
Guadelupe Perez 120 vs. Joel Hernandez 119.25

Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions (more…)

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Stacey Verbeek Brian Vera 160 vs. Teronze Washington 158.75 Miguel Buendia 131 vs. Rasool Shakoor 128.75 …


Scale Watch

Mares, Morel, Moreno, de la Mora make weight

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Abner Mares 119.5 vs. Eric Morel 120
(Vacant WBC super bantamweight championship)
Anselmo Moreno 117.5 vs. David de la Mora 117.5
(WBA bantamweight championship)
Antonio Escalante 128 vs. Francisco Camacho 125
Librado Andrade 173 vs. Rowland Bryant 173.5
Francisco Vargas 130.5 vs. Rafael Lora 130.5
Luis Ramos Jr. 135 vs. Daniel Attah 133.5
Venue: UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime (prelims on Showtime Extreme) (more…)

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME Abner Mares 119.5 vs. Eric Morel 120 (Vacant WBC super bantamweight championship) Anselmo Moreno 117.5 vs. David …



Boxing News

Jameel McCline vs. Artur Szpilka in Poland?

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

There is a strong possibility that 22-year-old Artur Szpilka (10-0, 8 KOs), considered a new major talent in the heavyweight division, will take to step to another level in fighting four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline (41-11, 24 KOs). Andrzej Wasilewski, Szpilka’s promoter and CEO of 12rounds KnockOut Promotions has expressed strong interest in testing his new star against a very experienced opponent on June 2 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Fightnews.com talked about it with McCline. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk There is a strong possibility that 22-year-old Artur Szpilka (10-0, 8 KOs), considered a …


UFC

The Jones: America’s most athletic family

With a pro football player, a college football standout about to be drafted to thepros, and the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion of the world, proud parents Arthur and Camille Jones of Endicott, New York, may have the most athletic sons in America. (more…)

With a pro football player, a college football standout about to be drafted to thepros, and the reigning UFC light …


Boxing News

Fans invited to Chavez Jr. – Lee Presser

Next Tuesday on the field of Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, undefeated world middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio César Chávez, Jr. and #2 world-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee will host an El Paso News press conference to discuss the details on their April 24 world title clash at the Sun Bowl. Joining Chávez Jr. will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Fernanado Beltran. Lee will be with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment. The news conference begins at 1:00 p.m. MT. Boxing fans are invited to attend.

Next Tuesday on the field of Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, undefeated world middleweight champion and the Son …


Scale Watch

Weights from Caguas, Puerto Rico

Photo: Miguel Cotto Promotions

Jose M.Cotto 142lbs vs. Eric Cruz 141.8lbs
Alvin Torres 129lbs vs. Irvin Hernández 128lbs
Jeffrey Fontánez 133lbs vs. Jesse Padilla 139.2lb
José Martinez 119.2lbs vs. Hiram Agosto 124.6lbs
Albert Cruz Jr. 141.4lbs vs. Orlando Falcón 143.6lbs
Antonio Salgado 126lbs vs. Christopher Rivera 126lbs
Emanuel Ramirez 113.8lbs vs. Jeffrey Mojica 105.8lbs
Pedro Vicente 127.8lbs vs. Miguel Alvarez 135.4lbs
Héctor Cervantes 167.8lbs vs. Jorge L.Pérez 174lbs
Robert Figueroa 126lbs vs. Peter Rampolla 126.4lbs
Keith Tapia 200.6lbs vs. TBA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions & H2 Entertainment
TV: Univision Deportes / Solo Boxeo Tecate
Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum, Caguas Puerto Rico
Tickets on sale: Tickecenter (787)792-5000 or visiting www.tcpr.com
Prices: $25,$15,$10
For more information please log on : www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com

Photo: Miguel Cotto Promotions Jose M.Cotto 142lbs vs. Eric Cruz 141.8lbs Alvin Torres 129lbs vs. Irvin Hernández 128lbs Jeffrey Fontánez …



UFC

Preview: UFC 145

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Seeing two guys jaw at each other is always fun…until it’s not.

Rashad Evans and Jon Jones have gone back and forth with each other for more than a year since Jones snared the UFC light heavyweight strap from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last March. To say that the buildup to their title tilt this Saturday has been exhausting to both men and the fans is probably an understatement. (more…)

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. Seeing two guys jaw at each other is always fun…until it’s not. Rashad Evans and …


Boxing News

Philadelphia to honor Danny Garcia

Joining the esteemed ranks of Philadelphia boxing champions Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins is the newest world champion from the City of Brotherly Love, newly crowned WBC super lightweight titleholder Danny “Swift” Garcia. Garcia will be honored and recognized at a special reception with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, co-sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez (7th Dist.) and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th Dist.) to be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 11:00 am ET. The reception will be held at the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall.

“I’m proud to be another Philadelphia champion, because this is a tough city,” said Garcia. “I’m ready to make a historic mark as a Philadelphia fighter and make my city proud.”

Joining the esteemed ranks of Philadelphia boxing champions Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins is the newest world champion from the …


Boxing Result

Jackson defeats Letizia in Perth

By Brett Bonetti

Gunnar “The Stunner” Jackson (13-2-2, 5 KOs) claimed the PABA Light Heavyweight Title with a TKO victory over David “Iceman” Letizia (9-3-1, 4 KOs) in the Main Event of Western Alliance 7 at the WA Italian Club, North Perth, Australia tonight. Jackson came out strong and had Letizia in trouble a few times in the first round by landing big shots and trapping Letizia against the ropes. In round 2, Letizia tried to keep Jackson at bay by using his jab with some effect but was still recovering from the first round. (more…)

By Brett Bonetti Gunnar “The Stunner” Jackson (13-2-2, 5 KOs) claimed the PABA Light Heavyweight Title with a TKO victory …


Boxing News

Escalera-Brinson added May 18

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced a super middleweight clash between Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0, 12 KOs) and Nick “Machine Gun” Brinson (9-1-1, 5 KOs) for their ESPN2 Friday Night Nights event set for Friday, May 18th at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The Escalera/Brinson scheduled eight rounder is the chief support to the junior welterweight showdown between undefeated contenders Ray ‘Tito” Serrano and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield for the NABO Championship.

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced a super middleweight clash between Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0, 12 KOs) and Nick “Machine …


Scale Watch

Weights from Denmark

Photo: Photo Wende

Here are the weights from Frederikshavn ahead of tomorrow’s Nordic Fight Night:

European Super-Middleweight Title:
James DeGale: 168 vs. Cristian Sanavia: 167.6

WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title:
Patrick Nielsen: 159.2 vs. Gaston Vega: 159.6

WBA International Featherweight Title:
Andreas Evensen: 125.9 vs. Willie Casey: 125.2

Photo: Photo Wende Here are the weights from Frederikshavn ahead of tomorrow’s Nordic Fight Night: European Super-Middleweight Title: James DeGale: …


Boxing News

The biggest boxer in the world to make debut

By Alex Hermann

On April 28th, Team Kimose and Team Vester will promote their first show ever. The show takes place in Hvidovre in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, and it will be a pro-am show. Three Danish fighters will make their debut as professional. On top is the man announced as the biggest boxer in the world. Morten Poulsen is 219 centimeters/7’2” tall, and he will face Letvian Andris Naglis (2-1-1, 1 KO) over four rounds at heavyweight. Poulsen is 37 years old, and he is 4-0 as an amateur, but he has received a lot of publicity in Danish media because of his size, which is two inches taller than former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. (more…)

By Alex Hermann On April 28th, Team Kimose and Team Vester will promote their first show ever. The show takes …


Boxing News

Superman ready to set flight

By Dave Spencer
Photo Herby Whyne

As the dust settles in the super-middleweight division after two years and eight boxers, the question remains now that the Super-six is over, who’s next? Who will establish themselves as part of the next wave and push the established elite after the division has been picked clean of suitable challengers?

Montreal promoter Yvon Michel believes he has the cargo in Adonis Stevenson (17-1 14KO) who takes on Noe Gonzalez (28-1 20KO) at the Bell Centre tonight. He also believes he has the man to deliver the cargo in Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. While the nuts and bolts inside the ring will ultimately carry the day, Michel knows that long infiltrating reach of Steward inside the boxing world will contribute as much as anything to bringing his fighter to not only a possible championship level, but also to the big money of HBO and Showtime televised fights. “The reason we’re doing this fight is because the winner will be a legitimate contender to anyone,” Michel told FightNews. “The reason it is on ESPN is because we want the world to see it, to acknowledge that Adonis deserves to fight against anybody and that a network like HBO or Showtime cannot say no because they don’t know him or are not aware of him.” (More)

By Dave Spencer Photo Herby Whyne As the dust settles in the super-middleweight division after two years and eight boxers, …


Boxing News

Top Rank inks Jesse Hart, son of Eugene “Cyclone” Hart

Top Rank announced the signing of amateur sensation Jesse Hart to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement today. Hart, son of Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, a highly-rated middleweight contender in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s who in 2003 was named to the list of 100 greatest punchers of all time, will be making his professional debut, as a middleweight, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship, Saturday, June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Hart, 22, is looking to continue the long and illustrious lineage of great Philadelphia-based middleweight fighters. He compiled an amateur record of 85-11, highlighted by a stellar 2011 which included winning the National Golden Gloves at 165 lbs., the USA National Tournament at 178 lbs and going undefeated at the double elimination USA Olympic Trials box-offs. Hart also tied the knot last August, marrying childhood sweetheart Starletto Brayboy-Hart. The Harts are expecting their first child, a daughter who will be named Halo, in August. (more…)

Top Rank announced the signing of amateur sensation Jesse Hart to an exclusive long-term promotional agreement today. Hart, son of …


UFC

Watch UFC 145 weigh-in today

Watch the UFC 145 Weigh-In Live Today on UFC.com: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT

It’s Time – Jones vs Evans Live Tomorrow Night: The war of words comes to a head tomorrow night as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his title against a hungry Rashad Evans – UFC 145 Presented by MetroPCS live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV – Read the official event program here

See The Prelim Action On Facebook & FX: Before the Pay-Per-View action begins tomorrow night, see two fights for free on facebook.com/UFC at 7:04pm ET / 4:04pm PT (“Like” the UFC on Facebook to see these fights), followed by the rest of the prelims on FX live at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

All New TUF Live, Followed By The UFC Primetime Finale Tonight On FX: Team Faber’s John Cofer looks to keep the momentum going when he faces off against Team Cruz’s Vincent Pichel on an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter Live, tonight at 10pm ET/PT, followed by the UFC Primetime Jones vs Evans finale
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Watch the UFC 145 Weigh-In Live Today on UFC.com: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT It’s …


Feature Story

Taylor: I’m back in love with boxing

Photo: Scott Foster

“I’m back in love with boxing,” says former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor. “I can’t say it any other way. After losing in Berlin, I took two years off. They were the best two years of my life, because I’m hungry again. I’ve been boxing since I was 11 and I never took a break. Never. When I lost those fights, it was time for me to take a break. I spent time with my family and for the first time in a long time, I missed boxing. Now, I’m back. I feel strong. I took care of business in December and I’m going take care of business [tonight].”

Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) faces undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) tonight at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. (more…)

Photo: Scott Foster “I’m back in love with boxing,” says former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor. “I can’t say it …


Boxing News

Mares-Morel Presser

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Here’s what the participants had to say during Thursday’s press conference for Saturday’s world title doubleheader at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas:.

Abner Mares: “Ever since I entered the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament, people started recognizing me. People started noticing me and getting a close look at Abner Mares, the real Abner Mares. People didn’t know much of him, just the fact that he went to the Olympics, and now I’m making a name for myself. This fight is going to be really good. I am not underestimating Eric Morel. Never will I underestimate any fighter. I train really hard for any fighter because I want to give a great show. I want to show a different Abner every time I face anyone. I’m ready. I’m ready for Eric. I know Eric trained really hard as well and it’s only going to make this fight really interesting. This is really going to be a good and explosive fight.”

Eric Morel: “This is going to be a great fight. Nothing is going to stop me. Age is not going to be an excuse. I’m well prepared. I know what I’m getting into. I know Mares is extremely hungry and a very good fighter, very talented. He has his dreams and I’ve got mine, too. But on Saturday the best man will win. It’s not going to be easy for either one of us.”

Anselmo Moreno: “I am ready to fight, I have the will to fight and have come 100 percent prepared. I plan to do good work and hopefully everything comes out fine because I came prepared to win. I want to fight everyone in the 118-pound division and 122-pound division.”

David de la Mora: “I spent five weeks in Mexico preparing for this fight, so I am very prepared. If Moreno beats me, there will be no excuses like a lot of fighters make. If Moreno wins, he was better than me. There will be no excuses. It was a mistake for Moreno to take this fight because I am going to take that title away.”

Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime Here’s what the participants had to say during Thursday’s press conference for Saturday’s world title doubleheader at …


Boxing News

Chambers calls for Philly support

Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers knows it could be like a home game for Tomasz Adamek when they collide on the upcoming NBC Sports Network Fight Night card, June 16 at Prudential Center, Newark NJ. The Philadelphian is calling on his hometown fans to make the 90-mile trek to Newark. “I know Tomasz is going to have a lot of fans coming to support him, so please come out and support me!”

Regarding the crossroads ten round showdown with fellow contender Adamek, Chambers stated, “I really think this opportunity is great for all parties involved. It’s almost like back in the days when I was growing up, you had those three channels and you could still get the fights. We are starting to get that back, where everybody could see the fights. I think it’s great. I think you couldn’t have put two more classy fighters in the ring together -two fighters that are going to fight, similar styles, more action.” (more…)

Photo: Wojtek Kubik Former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers knows it could be like a home game for Tomasz Adamek …


Boxing News

Morales-Martinez for WBC Youth belt

The Ivan Morales-Edgar Martinez bout slated for Monday, April 23rd, will now be the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title. The scheduled ten round fight will headline “La Dinastia Continua (The Dynasty Continues)” presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The night will mark the first time that Ivan Morales, twenty-year old younger brother of former world champions Erik and Diego “Pelucho” Morales, fights for a title. By winning the title, the young man known as “Niño Maravilla” will take the first step towards history as the Morales have the unique opportunity in becoming the first set of three siblings to be crowned world champions.

The Ivan Morales-Edgar Martinez bout slated for Monday, April 23rd, will now be the vacant WBC Youth super flyweight title. …


Boxing News

“Canelo” Alvarez starts speed stage

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez began his “speed stage” today for his fourth world title defense against former world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 21-year-old Alvarez is nearing completion of his training camp which began in Guadalajara, then went to California mountains of Big Bear Lake and then to Las Vegas with his trainer Chepo and Edison Reynoso.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez began his “speed stage” today for his fourth world …


UFC

Jones and Evans square off


Jon Jones and Rashad Evans square off during the press conference for their UFC 145 between Jones v Evans at Park Tavern on April 18, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jon Jones and Rashad Evans square off during the press conference for their UFC 145 between Jones v Evans at …


Scale Watch

Weights from Biloxi, Mississippi

Photos: Scott Foster

Former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) meets the undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round Showtime-televised main event Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss.

At Thursday’s weigh-in, Taylor weighed 160.5 and Truax weighed 160.75.

In the TV opener, former middleweight world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20KOs) who is dropping down in weight and looking to establish himself as a force in the junior middleweight division against former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs).

Hearns weighed 156.25, while Lara scaled in at 156.5. more photos

Photos: Scott Foster Former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) meets the undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, …


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Adamek ready for Chambers

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz

“We have two months to get ready. For now, everybody is happy – I’m happy to fight Eddie, he’s happy he can fight me. There will be only one of us happy Saturday night, June 16,” said Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KO) after the press conference announcing his main event fight against Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) in Newark’s “Prudential Center” on June 16. The Adamek-Chambers main event and Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KO) against Steve Collins (25-1, 18 KO) fights will be televised live by NBC Sports Network.

The “Fight Night” event press conference was in bistro “Loft 47” in Newark, just across the street from “Prudential Center” where Adamek has already fought seven times, winning all his bouts. Chambers has never fought here, especially in front of thousands of red and white fanatical Adamek supporters, but it does not mean he’s not confident. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Mike Gladysz “We have two months to get ready. For now, everybody is happy – I’m …


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Steward: Don’t miss Superman

By Dave Spencer
Photo Herby Whyne

Trainer Emanuel Steward talked of his latest protégé in Montreal Thursday, super-middleweight, Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson. Here’s what the trainer of 43 world champions and six Olympic gold medal winners had to say.

“Adonis is in great condition, in his last three sparring sessions, he sparred twelve rounds each day in very hot conditions with very big guys, big light-heavyweights. His condition is excellent and that’s the only thing that Gonzalez might have had a chance with. We taken that chance or advantage away from him if it ever was there. I can’t see Gonzalez avoiding the missiles of Adonis for twelve full rounds. Adonis is going to hurt him and knock him out. I’m telling all my friends not to miss this fight, this is ‘Superman’. A new man who just landed on the planet and he’s going to bring excitement to boxing, unlike these guys who are trying to win decisions and take very little risk. Adonis Stevenson is what we need for our sport, he can knock people out. I’ve told all my friends, watch Friday night to see Superman.”

By Dave Spencer Photo Herby Whyne Trainer Emanuel Steward talked of his latest protégé in Montreal Thursday, super-middleweight, Adonis ‘Superman’ …


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JM Cotto ready to surprise

Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions

Ready and prepared: firmly stated world class veteran Jose Miguel Cotto (32-3-1, 24 KOs), who is making his return this Saturday against hard-hitting Eric Cruz (15-8-3, 15 KOs) in a 10-round bout at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

After months of inactivity, Jose resumed his promising career and moved to Buffalo, New York, to complete his preparation. “I feel really good. I’ve been training for months and I am ready to surprise with my performance. I still have things to do in boxing, and I have a renewed desire to be world champion”, José stated. The clash “Cotto vs. Cruz” will be the headliner of the TV series “Solo Boxeo Tecate” which airs on Univision’s Telefutura. (more…)

Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions Ready and prepared: firmly stated world class veteran Jose Miguel Cotto (32-3-1, 24 KOs), who is …










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