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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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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Boxing News

Update: WBC/WBA/IBF Summit in Cancun

The historic meeting of three major boxing organizations wrapped up today in Cancun, Mexico with agreements and common ground on many areas of great importance to the sport. Some of the topics Mauricio Sulaiman, Daryl Peoples and Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Presidents of the WBC and IBF, and Vice President of the WBA respectively) discussed included:

– Standarization of instant replay procedures and guidelines
– Standardizing anti-doping testing protocols and substances
– PED testing
– General policies for world title unifications
– Glove brands certification
– Weigh-in monitoring (30 day, 7 day, day before and day of (to monitor gained weight)
– Establishing programs based on nutrition to educate trainers and boxers
– Standardizing division names
– Reciprocity on suspensions
– Joining forces on retired fighters’ aid and funds
– Joint force to address AIBA’s monopolistic attempts.
– Proposal of a tournament between champions to determine a sole world champion.

The meeting’s atmosphere was very positive and constructive. The leaders of the three organizations that attended the historic gathering all expressed their hope that the meeting set the groundwork for multilateral agreements on many areas of benefit to boxing and, above all, boxers. They agreed to appoint committee to enhance the organizations’ communication and to address specific topics of discussion. Announcements on agreements will be forthcoming. The leaders of the WBC, IBF and WBA will meet again on September 24th in Cancun.



June 24th, 2014



Boxing News

Danny Garcia-Rod Salka; Lamont Peterson-Edgar Santana; Daniel Jacobs-Jarrod Fletcher on Aug 9

Golden Boy Promotions is back at Barclays Center on Saturday, August 9, with a Showtime tripleheader featuring three world title fights. Boxing on Brooklyn’s biggest stage will be unified junior welterweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) will meet “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs), Garcia’s fellow IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) will face New York’s Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (29-4, 20 KOs) and Brooklyn’s own Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs) will challenge Australia’s Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA middleweight championship, joining current reigning WBA middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and Dmitry Chudinov.

We are thrilled to be able to bring such a stacked card –Oscar De La Hoya
Danny Garcia: “This is my third fight at Barclays Center, and it feels like a second home to me. I’ll be ready for Rod Salka, and I’m going to give my Brooklyn fans another great show.”

Rod Salka: “This is the biggest stage I have fought on in my career, but that doesn’t intimidate me. Danny Garcia is beatable, and I’m going to show the world how it’s done. My experience has prepared me for this, and I will be ready on August 9.”

Lamont Peterson: “I’m really excited about this fight and about making a statement to the boxing world that I’m the true junior welterweight world champion. I know Danny will be watching me, and I’ll be watching him. After August 9, there will be only one fight to make at 140 pounds.” (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs-Love undercard announced

Former heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (54-6-1, 48 KOs) looks to get back in the title hunt when he faces former WBO Latino titlist Raphael Zumbano Love (34-7-1, 27 KOs) Saturday evening in the main event of HD Boxing’s “Cathedral Rumble” at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. All fans and media are also invited to attend the weigh in 6:30 pm Friday at Hooters, located at 3025 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City. Briggs, who comes in with three straight opening round KOs, has been chasing Klitschko’s younger brother and current unified heavyweight champion Wladimir during the last few months, with the hopes that another victory could earn him a shot. Briggs-Zumbano is scheduled for twelve rounds and is for the NABA heavyweight championship and a likely WBA world rating.

In a special attraction bout, Trey Lippe-Morrison looks to go 3-0 when he challenges Marvin Babe in a four round heavyweight contest. A Tulsa, OK native, Lippe-Morrison’s the son of the late, great Tommy Morrison and has received international attention from various media outlets. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Gulyakevich ready to derail Redkach Express

Former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17 KOs) says he has what it takes to knock off unbeaten IBF #8, WBC #9 lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event on this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. “I know that he’s got tremendous power in both hands and he can also box well, which he demonstrated in his last fight against Tony Luis. I respect him and do not underestimate him at all,” said Gulyakevich, who has won 15 straight fights and points out that he has never been knocked down. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

UFC

Ulti-man 5K Charity Run to Feature UFC Legends

UFC® president Dana White, Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Matt Hughes, UFC FIT Coach Mike Dolce, flyweights Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson, women’s bantamweight Miesha Tate, welterweight Tyron Woodley and Octagon Girls® will be in attendance at the Ulti-man™ 5k charity run presented by UFC FIT™ and UFC GYM® on Friday, July 4 in Downtown Las Vegas. . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  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 



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Uzcategui looking to steal the show

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Photo: Zanfer Promotions


The highly anticipated world title collision between unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford and undefeated three-division titleholder Yuriorkas Gamboa is rightfully getting the headlines, but the HBO opener between unbeaten middleweights José “Bolivita” Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) and Matt Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) could steal the show.

Uzcategui, who moved from Venezuela to Tijuana, Mexico, to pursue his boxing career, is tall for the middleweight division and has quality wins over the likes of Octavio “Tayo” Castro, Rogelio “Porky” Medina, Jesús Ángel Nerio, Michel Rosales and David “Destroyer” López. He will be making his U.S. debut against Korobov, who is a former two time amateur world champion and 2008 Olympian.



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Gamboa officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s first defense of lightweight champion Terence Crawford against #6 ranked Yuriorkis Gamboa, to be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The referee will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez. Judges are Levi Martinez, Dennis Nelson and Robert Hecko. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan.



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Hernandez to defend against Arslan

On August 16, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KOs) will defend his title against former world champion Firat Arslan (34-7-2, 21 KOs) at the Messehalle, in Erfurt, Germany. “We now have the confirmation from the IBF. There’s nothing in the way of the fight,” said Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer.

It will be Hernandez’ first defense since defeating Alexander Alekseev last November. He sidelined for several months during spring by a stomach virus. Arslan, still dangerous at 43 years of age, was stopped in six by WBO champion Marco Huck in January.



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #2 Hosono keeps Japanese 126lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Only twice beaten in world title bouts, WBA#2 Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (26-2-1, 20 KOs), 126, kept his Japanese national featherweight belt as he had a tough time coping with unbeaten southpaw Gosuke Seki (15-1-2, 3 KOs), 126, in earlier rounds, but regained his rhythm and composure, battered him with precision and power to halt the gory challenger after the sixth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Hosono had failed to win the WBA belts from Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (majority decision), Celestino Caballero (hard-fought unanimous nod) and Chris John (technical draw), Hosono gained the vacant national belt by dispatching Yuki Ogata with his last surge in the tenth and final round this April. The unbeaten Seki, 28, was a difficult opponent with good hand speed despite his lack of convincing power and he made a reckless opening attack to pin the champ to the ropes or to the corner. But Hosono, 30, took back the initiative with more accurate combinations to make Seki a bloody mess as the contest progressed. It was Hosono that battered the fading foe from all angles on the brink of a knockdown in the fifth and sixth. It was a wise and well-received stoppage since Seki looked too badly hurt to go on. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs comeback continues Saturday in Oklahoma

Photos: Team Briggs

The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world, Shannon Briggs (54-6-1, 48 KOs) takes on former world ranked heavyweight Raphael Zumbano Love (34-7-1, 27 KOs) of Brazil. The bout is a twelve round featured attraction with an NABA heavyweight title at stake. Site of the bout will be Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with HD Boxing promoting.

Knowing the high stakes for this bout, Briggs’ relocated his training camp to an oceanfront property in Hollywood, Florida, where he has put in an intense daily running regiment on the beach and hours of endurance training swimming in the ocean. Fightnews caught up with Briggs just days away from his next fight. (more…)



June 24th, 2014

UFC

Joe Ellenberger: The Marathon Begins

As I write this, 4:51pm eastern time on Monday, Joe Ellenberger is still fighting James Moontasri on Saturday night in San Antonio.

It’s not standard procedure to state such things before a fighter profile, but in Ellenberger’s case, it’s a necessity. Since signing on to fight with the UFC, the Nebraska native has been scheduled to compete on two fight cards: UFC 172 in April and UFC Fight Night this weekend in Texas . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  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 



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Gennady Golovkin Update

Photos: Abel Sanchez

WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is currently entrenched at his training camp in Big Bear, California with noted trainer Abel Sanchez preparing for his 11th world title defense against DANIEL GEALE for the “G4″ event on Saturday, July 26 at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden and Live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Having started training in late May, Golovkin will be fully prepared when be heads to the East Coast for fight week.

“This is a longer camp than normal but I haven’t fought since February 1 (KO7 – Osumanu Adama), it feels great to be back with Abel and the team,” said Golovkin. “Daniel Geale is a former world champion and this is the toughest fight of my career.”

“It took me a couple days when I got to camp to get comfortable but now camp is going well and I look forward to returning to Madison Square Garden.” (more…)



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Kell Brook vs. Shawn Porter is on: More

Ohio fighter Jake Giuriceo is back in the ring after a two year layoff and a torn retina injury: More

Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Rasheda Ali-Walsh, is teaming up with a Chicago boxing club to battle gang violence. More

Trainer Edmund Villamor wants Albert Pagara to face more ex-champs before moving on. More



June 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Team Oquendo responds to attempts to stop Oquendo-Chagaev world title fight

Official Team Oquendo Statement: There has been a lot of speculation, threats and falsehoods regarding Oquendo vs Chagaev. It has been great publicity for Oquendo vs Chagaev however. “I thought there was a campaign against bullying?” laughed Lee Holiday, Oquendo’s manager when asked about the situation.

“Fres Oquendo is not under any promotional agreement. It expired. There are no extensions or agreements that supersede that expired agreement. That is my legal opinion. Period,” claimed his attorney Hector Morales.

After several attempts to prevent Fres from fighting Team Oquendo will fight. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

UFC

International Fight Week Auction 2014 Begins

Ever dreamed of hanging out with Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, Rashad Evans or Dominick Cruz at a bowling alley? What about taking a ride on the High Roller at the LINQ with Daniel Cormier and Forrest Griffin?

Well now is your chance to make these dreams a reality by taking part in the International Fight Week Auction 2014. You can start to bid now on some cool and exciting prizes at UFC.com/FightWeek . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  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 



June 23rd, 2014

Full Report

Guerrero-Kamegai: Full Report and Photogallery

Guerrero vs Kamegai12ABy Miguel Maravilla at Ringside; photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

It was the return of former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero of Gilroy, CA Saturday in front of 5,711 fans at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA as he took on Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai in the scheduled ten round main event of a Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader. Despite having been out for over a year – since his loss to Floyd Mayweather – Guerrero showed no ring rust and delivered a “Fight of the Year” candidate as he and Kamegai battled toe-to-toe in the center of the ring most of the contest.

Guerrero began to land flush in the opening round as he tagged Kamegai with some solid counters. Using his distance in round two Guerrero popped the jab and followed up with counters to combat Kamegai’s aggression. Midway in the round Kamegai had Guerrero up against the ropes and unleashed a barrage of punches. In round three, Guerrero used his jab to pepper Kamegai at a distance but that did not stop the Japanese warrior from coming forward with big punches. Later in the round, Guerrero was able to land effective combinations on the inside. Kamegai began to bleed from his nose in round four as Guerrero began to work on the inside. His inside work paid off, as Guerrero began to connect with thudding uppercuts . . . click here for more



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Cancun Boxing Summit Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez

Leaders from three of the four principal world boxing sanctioning boxing bodies are currently meeting in Cancún, México. Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC President), Daryl J. Peoples (IBF President) and Gilberto Jesús Mendoza (WBA Executive Vice President) will discuss topics that include electronic and open scoring, use of instant replay, glove safety, insurance for boxers and unifications to mention a few.

Mauricio Sulaiman: It’s a great chance to try to change some aspects of current boxing. We’re meeting to take different ideas and suggestions of all of the participants and their teams. Let’s try to work together in benefit of the fans, fighters and all the people who like and love this sport.

Gilberto Mendoza Jr: The WBA is here because we want to participate in the boxing changes. It’s time to try to find together the boxing solutions.

Daryl J. Peoples: I agreed to attend this meeting because I felt that there were several things that we needed to discuss that affect us specifically as sanctioning organizations. Overall the meeting was very productive and I am very satisfied with all that was discussed.

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June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Interview: Frank Warren

Extended interview with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren discussing Boxnation, home adavantage, matchmaking and fighters going to the U.S.



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Hitz Boxing; Square Ring sue to stop Oquendo-Chagaev WBA heavyweight title fight

With an announced date of Sunday, July 6 for a planned WBA “regular” heavyweight title bout between Chicago’s Fres Oquendo and Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Russia, Chicago based promoter Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing and his partner Square Ring Promotions have filed a lawsuit to protect their exclusive promotional rights in regards to Oquendo. “We’re going after them,” Hitz told Fightnews.com. The lawsuit was filed on June 20 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, and named Oquendo along with his management team of Tom Tsatas and Lee Holliday.

From his office in Chicago, Hitz discussed the legal situation at length, “A couple of days after the fight was postponed to July 6, we were contacted by Malte Müller-Michaelis who advised Square Ring and us that he represented Timur Dugazaev and Terek Box Event and that they had been directed by the governmental authorities in Grozny to negotiate a deal with us,” said Hitz. “We did negotiate a deal and were advised that the financial terms had been agreed upon. After that, they went completely dark on us in regards to signing the paperwork.” (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Sturm passes on IBF-Eliminator

Courtesy SPORT BILD

Former middleweight champion Felix Sturm has passed on the opportunity of an IBF middleweight eliminator. The sanctioning body offered the German a fight for a shot at world champion Sam Soliman. “We ordered an eliminator between Sturm and Curtis Stevens,” IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker said to the German magazine SPORT BILD PLUS. “But Sturm informed us that he would not take the fight. He is injured.”

Sturm’s manager Roland Bebak confirms: “Felix has an arm injury and we originally planned surgery. He has bone chips in the joint. After his holiday we will decide if he has the surgery.” (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Stieglitz ‘Bauhaus’ Press Conference

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

SES Boxing held a press conference Monday in the unlikely location of the world famous “Bauhaus” in Dessau, Germany, once the worldwide center of modern art, design and architecture. The presser was called to officially announce two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz’ July 26 clash against WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) at the Anhalt Arena. It was also announced that female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) will move down to jr middleweight to fight female star Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3, 23 KOs) for the vacant WBO title. Also, former light heavyweight title challenger and WBO #3, WBA #7 rated Robin Krasniqi (41-3, 16 KOs) will face WBA #8 Oleksandr Cherviak (14-3-1, 4 KOs) and WBO #8 light heavy Dominic Boesel (15-0, 5 KOs) va. TBA. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Burns taking aim at WBC champ Figueroa

Ricky Burns believes he can become a World champion again by the end of the year as he takes on Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC International Lightweight title at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Friday night. Burns meets the unbeaten Montenegrin in an eliminator for the WBC title and the Scot is keen to get right back on the world title trail after losing is WBO crown to Terence Crawford in March.

The 31 year old has never fought for the coveted green of the WBC, and while his focus is on Zlaticanin, he says a good performance can land him a shot at Omar Figueroa, a champion he believes he could beat. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN2 FNF returns/Q&A Ivan Redkach

Photos: DiBella Entertainment

After a two week hiatus due to the ongoing World Cup tournament, ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will finally return to the airwaves this week from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. Headlining the card will be red-hot lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (16-0, 13 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-2, 17KO’s) in the 10-round main event of the evening.

Redkach recently took time out of his busy training schedule to sit down and answer a few questions about his upcoming fight on Friday night as well as his career. (more…)



June 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Omaha gets its first world title fight in 42 years on Saturday

World Championship Boxing returns to Omaha for the first time in 42 years this week when undefeated world champions Terence Crawford, the Pride of Omaha, and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa, who share identical 23-0 (16 KOs) professional ring records, battle for Crawford’s newly-won WBO lightweight title on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

This will be the first world championship fight Omaha has hosted since Joe Frazier successfully defended his heavyweight title against Nebraska’s-own Ron Stander in 1972. It will also be a professional homecoming for Crawford, who has not fought in his home state since 2011.

The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, in its first-ever visit to Omaha. The telecast will open with undefeated top-five contenders Matt Korobov and Jose Uzcategui battling in a 10-round rumble for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title.



June 23rd, 2014

UFC

Gian Villante Inspired to Win in New Zealand

It’s Monday night and Gian Villante is settling in to watch the United States soccer team take on Ghana for the third time in as many World Cup tournaments. The first two didn’t go so well for the red, white and blue, and Villante is nervous, despite an early 1-Nil lead for the Americans . . . More on UFC.com

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Coming up next:  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 



June 23rd, 2014




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