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Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

Fonfara stops Chavez Jr after nine

By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda At a nearly filled to the rafters StubHub Center in Carson, CA, ...

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Crawford explodes on Dulorme, wins by KO6

Crawford explodes on Dulorme, wins by KO6

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank On a stormy night in N. Texas, 2014 Fighter of the Year Terence “Bud” Crawford ...

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Matthysse defeats Provodnikov in war

Matthysse defeats Provodnikov in war

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Pacman meets Rocky Balboa

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Matthysse-Provodnikov make weight

Matthysse-Provodnikov make weight

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Pacquiao-Marquez 4 Quick Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez kicked off their three-city international media tour with a news conference on Monday in Beverly Hills, California. The fourth clash in this legendary fight series will take place on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao-Marquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

Manny Pacquiao: I want to [erase] the doubt in the minds of the fans so I want to show the old Manny Pacquiao when I was 24 or 25 years old, the hungry Manny Pacquiao fighting in the ring.

Juan Manuel Marquez: I want to prove who is better and I want the referee to raise my hand…I’m training very hard for December 8. I’ll be ready to fight and I’ll be ready to win again. I didn’t like the judges decision because everyone knows what happened in the last three fights.

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September 17th, 2012



Boxing News

Marquez pulls out of Vazquez Jr. PPV clash

Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs) will now face WBO #3 Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs) on October 6 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer to be broadcast on Pay Per View.

“Rafael Marquez is facing health problems and working on some personal issues and will not fight against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.,” Peter Rivera, PRBBP Vice-President, said. “Now, we are going to make Vazquez Jr. against Oquendo, a fight long awaited by Puerto Rican fans.”

Also, former two time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs), will face WBO minimum (105 pounds) champion Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs); #4 WBO lightweight ranked, unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (20-0, 15 KOs) will face Eudy Bernardo (13-0, 8 KOs) for the WBO Latino lightweight title, and former Olympians Victor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs) and Alex Gonzalez (20-7, 10 KOs) will fight in a heavyweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Results from Superior, Wisconsin

By Johnny B’

After going the entire year of 2011 without a professional boxing show in the state of Wisconsin, Saturday evening’s event, September 15th was the state’s third professional show of 2012. Ronnie Laase promoted the event at the Wessman Arena in town of Superior and he was also the part of the main event! Ronnie, known better as RJ Laase did much of the work, from assisting in to getting the venue and paperwork needed, to helping in finding boxers for the matches, while still finding time to stay in good enough shape to halt fellow welterweight Tyler Ziolkowski in the second round of the scheduled 8 round main event. (more…)



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Ex-champ Molitor warns unbeaten Frampton

Former two-time IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor has warned Carl Frampton that he is too big a step-up as they prepare to fight for the Commonwealth and IBF Inter Continental super bantamweight titles at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday night. “The Canadian Kid” stepped in for the injured Kiko Martinez last month and says he’s a better fighter than the man originally lined up to face “The Jackal.”

“I’m a massive step up from Martinez,” said Molitor. “He’s European level and I’m world level and come fight night everyone will realize that. This is too soon for Frampton. He has never been in the ring with someone on my level. He is a good boxer, very aggressive, but he makes a lot of mistakes that I plan on capitalizing on. The plan is to win convincingly here against a young undefeated prospect and that will put me in line for a world title.”



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Magee to defend against Kessler

Prior to Saturday’s Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn, Sauerland Event will announce that Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) will challenge Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) for the WBA super-middleweight world championship in Denmark later this year. The date and the venue will be finalized shortly.

Magee is convinced he will claim another prominent Danish scalp.

Brian Magee: “I am ready for the hat-trick of KOs. I´ve stopped Larsen, I´ve stopped Markussen and now it’s Kessler´s turn.”

Mikkel Kessler: “It takes something to come to Denmark and knock out both Mads and Rudy. But his winning streak will end when we meet. I am very keen to be world champion again and Magee cannot prevent this from happening.”



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Cruz taking added pressure in stride

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)

Photo: John DiSanto

The professional boxing career of undefeated Bethlehem, PA welterweight Ronald Cruz is really starting to heat up. So far, he’s won 17 straight fights, 12 by knockout, and captured the Vacant WBC Continental Americas Title with a solid unanimous decision over Prenice Brewer his last time out at Bethlehem’s Sands Event Center. Before that, Cruz was in against increasingly tough opposition, and each time, came out on top. Now he’s a ranked contender with an eye on a future world title fight. As the stakes rise, Cruz admits to feeling the pressure, especially when fighting at home before the large crowds he always attracts. On September 21, Cruz fights for the third time in Bethlehem, and without question he’ll be up against the best boxer he’s ever faced.

Miami’s Antwone Smith, 21-4-1 (12 KO), has been in with a number of good fighters and has only lost to the very best of them. The 25 year old, nicknamed “The Truth”, figures to test Cruz and show the boxing world if he is the real thing. (more…)



September 17th, 2012

UFC

Works never stops for Jimy Hettes

The judges’ unanimous decision read 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26.

It’s very rare that a UFC fighter walks away from a winning performance filled with 10-8 score cards in their favor like that and thinks to himself, “I need to get better”. It’s quasi-understandable that this particular combatant was disappointed in hearing the judges’ input at all, considering all previous nine bouts of Jimy Hettes’ young career were each won by submission well before time had expired. For the featherweight dubbed by some “Judo Jim” and by others “The Kid”, every Octagon appearance is a learning experience, even the ones he dominates . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Saludar, Melligen, Ancajas battle foreign foes

By Chito Y. Katangkatang

September 21 will be a big date on Philippine calendar as top Pinoy prospects battle foreign foes at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City in a triple header entitled Kamao: Kidlat at Maso. The event is being presented by upcoming promoter Anson Tiu Co of Shape Up Boxing in cooperation with Sammy Gelloani and Joven Jimenez. Tiu Co owns Shape Up Boxing Gym at the Cooyeesan Hotel in Baguio City which has gained fame as the regular training venue of Manny Pacquiao.

The main event will be a 12 round war between former Philippine Team Amateur top dog Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (15-0-1, 11 KOs) versus Mexican Veteran Jose Alfredo Tirado (27-11, 19 KOs). (more…)



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Wlodarczyk a no-show at pre-fight presser

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Ringpolska.pl

It was an one fighter show during a Warsaw press conference at the Marriott Hotel before Saturday’s WBC cruiserweight title fight between #1 challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO) and titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO). A one fighter show because knowing about the bad blood between the two fighters, Wlodarczyk’s promoter Andrzej Wasilewski decided that “Diablo” will skip all the press conferences and will show up only for Friday’s weigh-in. “Wlodarczyk is still training, still sparring for this fight. And we all know that these fighters are not best friends, so the first and only time Wlodarczyk and Palacios will meet before walking into ring in Wroclaw, will be during weigh in,” said Wasilewski. The Wizard was surprised with this decision. “I don’t understand how a world champion can miss a press conference in his hometown, in his home country. But this is just me and in the end, it’s Diablo and his team’s decision. Starting September 23, he will not have this problem anymore because there will be new WBC cruiserweight champion,” said Palacios.

Also see Palacios shadowboxing in Wroclaw



September 17th, 2012

Boxing News

Nelson wins PA title against Vasquez

By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)
Photos courtesy of Chris Toney Sr.

Leading up to the fight, about half of the boxing fans in the Philadelphia area thought that Naim Nelson wasn’t quite ready for his anticipated fight with popular local warrior Victor Vasquez, who had more than three times the number of fights than he did. However, the other half of the fans had the feeling that Nelson could bring his obvious ring skills and size in against Vasquez, and handle the famously tough battler. It was this second group that got the prediction right. However, no one could have imagined how composed under pressure he’d be and how well he’d rise to the occasion against Vasquez. Nelson did both, and came home with a big win, the PA State Lightweight Championship, and a serious career boost.

The fight itself was an excellent non-stop punch out. It went the full ten rounds and was loaded with two way exchanges and gutsy action. But surprisingly, Nelson was in control much of the way. (more…)



September 17th, 2012

Announcement

Junior Motsei dies in motor accident

By Ron Jackson

One of South Africa’s most respected boxing writers Junior Motsei died on Tuesday after an alleged hit-and-run accident near his home in Pimville, Soweto on Sunday. He worked as a sportswriter for the Sowetan for many years and recently was freelancing for the City Press. A former boxer, Junior, was well known for his rapturous laughter and sense of humour. He was also an ordained preacher and had a great command of the English language, surprising people with the choice of words that he used in his speech and articles. (more…)



September 17th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Martinez vs. Chavez Jr.

Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com

22 years and six months ago, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. met Meldrick Taylor in an epic showdown titled “Thunder and Lightning” where Chavez’ methodical body attack met Taylor’s blinding speed. Taylor was in control for most of the fight up until the 12th round where all Taylor had to do was survive to win.

He couldn’t.

A spirited 12th round rally dropped Taylor with less than 20 seconds left in the fight. Taylor managed to stagger to his feet but referee Richard Steele was not convinced that Taylor could last the final two seconds and awarded Chavez the TKO victory. An epic battle with a phenomenal finish . . . Click here for more



September 16th, 2012

Feature Story

Postfight “Knockout Kings”

Story by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by Chris Cozzone

WBC Super Welterweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Josesito Lopez met with the press following their “Knockout Kings” showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in which Alvarez scored a fifth round TKO.

“I came here and I fought my heart out I am a little disappointed,” Lopez admitted. “We came up short and I have to congratulate the champion.” (more…)



September 16th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Canelo vs. Lopez

Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

The fairy tale had to end sometime. After ruining a proposed bout between Victor Ortiz and Saul Alvarez, Josesito ran into a brick wall and was flattened by “Canelo” in six as the heavy favorite retained his WBC super welterweight title. Lopez was up for the fight and kept it entertaining but had no answers –on offense or defense – for the much larger champion.

After just three minutes of action, Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) was bruised up. It went downhill from there. A left hand to the midsection dropped Lopez late in the second frame, a blow that would signal a sign of things to come . . . Click here for more



September 16th, 2012

UFC

Meet the TUF 16 coaches – Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson is one of the most recognizable figures in the UFC, and also one of the most loquacious. But what the coach on season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres tonight (9pm) on FX, may not always reveal, is that his first love wasn’t fighting, but teaching . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



September 16th, 2012

Boxing News

Sauerland calls for Hernandez-Ross rematch

After 12 exciting rounds in front of 3,000 fans at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany on Saturday night, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez was ahead 114-113, 115-112 and 116-112 on the cards despite being knocked down and often outhustled by challenger Troy Ross. Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has already called for a rematch. “That was a very interesting and exciting fight and a lucky win for Pablo,” admitted the 72-year-old Hall of Famer, who was on business in South Africa and therefore watched the fight on TV. “A draw would have been more just. Ross, as the challenger, should have done more to win. He relied too much on countering. Pablo did not seem to be concentrated enough and he was not as explosive as he used to be. Rather than controlling the fight with his jab, he was happy to trade punches and went for the KO. That gave Ross the opportunity to counter with his hooks. That’s why he did not look good in the third and fifth round. In the ninth, Pablo had the chance to end the fight, but he didn’t follow it up decisively enough…From my point of view, there should be a rematch to find a clear winner.”



September 16th, 2012

Boxing News

Tada keeps WBA female 105lb belt; Miyao wins WBA female 102lb title

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBA female minimumweight champ, unbeaten southphaw Etsuko Tada (11-0-2, 2 KOs), 104.75, kept her belt for the eighth time when he defeated compatriot Naoko Shibata (9-2, 3 KOs), 104.25, by a close but unanimous decision over ten speedy frames on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. In the first round there happened a head-collision with both streaming blood from a gash over the left eyebrow. The lefty champ tried to keep her distance and outclass the onrushing challenger, while Shibata attempted to come close to the shifty champ and fight in the close quarter. Tada looked superior in terms of precision and skills, winning a unanimous nod.

In another world title go, Ayaka Miyao (8-2, 1 KO), 101.75, captured the WBA light-minimumweight title as she outboxed and outjabbed defending champ Mari Ando (9-4, 4 KOs), 101.75, over ten. Ando, making her second defense, tried to mix it up, but Miyao efficiently kept utilizing her footwork to outpunch the stalking titlist. Miyao looked more accurate and effective by catching the willing mixer all the way.

Promoter: Futur Promotions. Click here for scorecards…



September 16th, 2012

Boxing News

Martinez survives Chavez Jr.

Martinez regains WBO title; Macklin and Rigondeaux triumph

By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) gave previously unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) a boxing lesson for ten rounds then survived a late Chavez rally to reclaim the WBC belt on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Slow start for Junior in round one, but he landed some good body shots in round two. After that Martinez’ movement and quick hands gave Chavez lots of problems as he took over the fight from round three picking Junior apart. Chavez was never able to apply pressure or lure Martinez into exchanges. A desperate Chavez landed some hard punches in the eleventh and twelfth and dropped Martinez in the twelfth. The fight ended with Chavez unloading on Martinez. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 118-109.

In a battle for the vacant WBO super featherweight title, former champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) regained that belt with a close twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel Beltran Jr (27-2, 17 KOs). Scores were 116-111 Beltran, 114-113 114-113 Martinez. Referee Russell Mora deducted a point from Beltran in round eleven that gave Rocky the margin for victory.

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) destroyed former 154lb. world champion Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs) in the first round. Alcine was down twice. Time was 2:26

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Marroquin (22-2, 15 KOs). Olympic ring legend Rigondeaux was in command all the way, dropping Marroquin in rounds five and twelve en route to a 118-108 verdict on all cards. (more…)



September 15th, 2012

Boxing News

Alvarez TKOs Lopez in five

Ponce De Leon dethrones Gonzalez; Maidana KOs Soto Karass

By Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone

WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over game Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo dropped Lopez with lefts to the liver in round two and again in round three. Canelo battered him to the deck again with a barrage of punches at the end of round four. Referee Joe Cortez waved it off in round five. Time was 2:55. It was announced before the bout that this will be Cortez’ last fight.

Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) snared the WBC featherweight title and became a two-division champion with an eighth round technical decision over reigning titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez (52-8, 45 KOs). The pair clashed heads early in the bout resulting in a nasty cut atop Ponce de Leon’s head. When the fighters knocked heads again in the eighth, the resulting cut over the eye of Gonzalez forced referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest. The judges scored it 77-74, 79-72, 79-72 for the new champion. Ponce De Leon dropped Gonzalez at the end of round six.

In a total war, former two division champ Marcos Maidana (32-4, 29 KOs) overcame apparent fatigue and an opponent that wouldn’t quit to earn a stoppage against Jesus Soto Karass (26-7-3, 17 KOs) at 43 seconds in round eight to claim the WBA intercontinental welterweight title. After the bout got personal as a result of some late hits to end rounds, Maidana dropped Soto Karass at the end of the seventh and stormed out in the eighth, blasting Soto Karass with a series of stiff right jabs. When Soto Karass covered up against the ropes, referee Kenny Bayless called a halt to the bout.

Leo Santa Cruz (21-0-1, 12 KOs) gave a crowd pleasing performance, retaining the IBF bantamweight strap in a route over Eric Morel (46-4, 23 KOs). The Puerto Rican found himself outgunned from the opening bell. Santa Cruz’ body shots early on paid dividends as the fight wore on. Morel opened up the fifth round on his bicycle, allowing Santa Cruz to fire at will. When Morel’s gloves dropped, he was tagged, when they were raised, his body was battered. Upon request from Morel’s corner, the bout was halted at the close of the round. (more…)



September 15th, 2012

Boxing News

Hernandez barely retains IBF cruiser belt

By Karl Freitag

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (27-1, 13 KOs) barely retained his title with a close twelve round unanimous decision over Troy Ross (25-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Round three was a war with both fighters rocking each other with big shots. Ross brutally battered Hernandez to the deck in the fifth and it looked he would get Hernandez out of there. Hernandez somehow survived the round and regained control of the fight. Both fighters were hurt in a wild ninth round. Ross did most the work in the last three rounds as Hernandez seemed spent. Scores were 114-113, 115-112, 116-112. (more…)



September 15th, 2012




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