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

Photos: Sumio Yamada Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KOs) narrowly edged WBA (regular) welterweight world David Avanesyan (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in an entertaining 12-round ...

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Unbeaten WBC International silver titleholder Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr (20-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against experienced Ukrainian Taras Bidenko (28-4, 12 KOs) from the EC Boxing stable in Friday’s “Gala Boxing Dinner” at the Hotel Maritim in Cologne, Germany. Figo Sports will stream the entire event live from 9PM GMT.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Marco A. Lopez to the Florida State Boxing Commission. Lopez, 44, of Miami, is the vice president of Cambridge Security Systems. He is appointed for a term beginning March 27, 2012, and ending September 30, 2012. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

A 10 round super middleweight battle between unbeaten Marco Antonio Periban (15-0, 10 KOs) and Gerardo Diaz (12-1-1, 10 KOs) has been added as the co-featured fight on Saturday at the Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico, before the WBC lightweight eliminator between former two-division champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares and Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson. Fox Deportes broadcast airs live at 10PM ET/7PM PT in the United States.

Joining former boxers that have entered the political arena, International boxing official Peter Podgorski USA, won the March 20th, 2012 race for Committeeman (R) in Chicago’s 36th ward. Podgorski led the field of four candidates with 37% of the vote as he managed to unseat incumbent Joseph Adamcik.

Unbeaten WBC International silver titleholder Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr (20-0, 11 KOs) will defend his title for the first time …


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Malignaggi: Senchenko in for a rude awakening

Former IBF Light Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will soon embark on his Ukrainian mission, as he challenges undefeated WBA World Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, live on pay per view April 29 from Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Senchenko vs. Malignaggi,” presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

“I look forward to becoming the WBA World Welterweight Champion,” Malignaggi commented. “I’m not worried about fighting over there because the WBA and Golden Boy Promotions have appeased any fears I may have had at first. Golden Boy takes good care of its fighters, so I took the fight.” (more…)

Former IBF Light Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will soon embark on his Ukrainian mission, as he challenges undefeated …



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Boxing back in North Dakota

By Johnny B’

George Edward Foreman III aka George Monk Foreman will be the co-featured bout this Saturday March 31st at the 4 Bears Casino & Lounge, New Town North Dakota. The 6’5, 29-year-old Foreman from Humble, Texas, the son of legendary heavyweight champion Big George Foreman, has so far stayed under the radar while building up his record to 15-0 with 14 KOs. Foreman’s opponent will be journeyman Ryan Shay (5-13, 4 KOs) from Fort Mills, South Carolina.

The evening’s main event features light heavyweights Shawn Hawk (22-1-1, 17 KOs) from New Jersey versus Henry Buchanan (20-2. 13 KOs), Maryland. A undercard of local boxers will get the party started for these four featured boxers.

By Johnny B’ George Edward Foreman III aka George Monk Foreman will be the co-featured bout this Saturday March 31st …


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Golden Boy inks Lo Greco

Unbeaten welterweight Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (22-0, 12 KOs) has signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions who will co-promote him along with his Italian co-promoter OPI 2000. “This is the greatest moment of my career so far and I promise Golden Boy Promotions that I will give them many more great moments before I’m done,” said Lo Greco. “I am looking forward to fighting the best the division has to offer both here at home and around the world and my goal, just like any boxer’s, is to win a world championship.” A date and opponent for Lo Greco’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.

Unbeaten welterweight Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (22-0, 12 KOs) has signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions …




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Hyland headlines May 12

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland leads the “Irish Invasion” card, presented by Final Round Promotions in association with Team Snooki Boxing and Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions, May 12 at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. Hyland (25-0, 11 KOs), one of three fighting Hyland brothers from Ireland who are now living in Marlboro (NY), puts his perfect record on the line in the eight-round main event against an opponent to soon be announced. (more…)

Undefeated super featherweight prospect Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland leads the “Irish Invasion” card, presented by Final Round Promotions in association …


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Jubatha making first defence of SA title

By Ron Jackson

Sabelo Jubatha makes the first defence of his South African featherweight title against Wonga Ntoyakhe on Friday night at the Orient Theatre in East London on the undercard of the Nkosinathi Joyi v Katsunari Takayama “world” title fight. This fight was originally scheduled to take place at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre on Saturday but has now been moved to the Orient Theatre. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Sabelo Jubatha makes the first defence of his South African featherweight title against Wonga Ntoyakhe on Friday …


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Ruiz-Parejo WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. will be the third man in the ring when interim WBA bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) defends against Venezuelan challenger Yonfrez Parejo (11-0-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Auditorio in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (U.S.), David Singh (Panama) and Gustavo Jarquin (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado from Panama.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. will be the third man in the ring when interim …


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DKP announces April 14 Miami fight card

Don King Productions will present the first boxing event at Casino Miami Jai-Alai on Saturday, April 14 to celebrate completion of their $87-million expansion. The card will be headlined by local favorite and World Boxing Council United States super welterweight champion Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (20-1-1, 11 KOs) against Shakir “The Assassin” Ashanti (16-12, 4 KOs), from New Bern, S.C.

An international undercard with South Florida appeal will include Brazilian light heavyweight knockout artist Marcus “Happy” Oliveira (22-1-1, 22 KOs), from Sao Paulo, and Miami light heavyweight Azea “Haitian Hitman” Augustama (12-1, 7 KOs). (more…)

Don King Productions will present the first boxing event at Casino Miami Jai-Alai on Saturday, April 14 to celebrate completion …



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Boxing & disco this Saturday in Woodland Hills

Throughout the 1970s, professional boxing was known for its dominating champions, history-making rivalries, and some of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing will try to channel the spirit of the 1970s with ten action-packed bouts this Saturday, March 31st as they bring you “Saturday Boxing Fever,” a special 70s themed installment of the “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series.

Middleweight Donyil Livingston (8-0-1) is scheduled to take on Haitian strongman Elie Augustama (5-4), who has five wins, three coming by way of knockout. Donyill will be looking to knock out Augustama for the first time in his career. (more…)

Throughout the 1970s, professional boxing was known for its dominating champions, history-making rivalries, and some of the greatest fights in …


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Unbeaten fighters collide in April 27 twinbill

Boxing will return to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on April 27 when Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions presents two 10-round feature bouts to be telecast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. In the main event, NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) will face Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs). Sillakh is rated WBC #2 and is in line to meet the winner of the April 28 Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson WBC world title fight. In the co-feature WBC #8 featherweight Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) faces Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs).

Boxing will return to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on April 27 when Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring …


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Saddam Ali to promote himself

On June 2nd, 2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated Welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali will make his promotional debut as he unveils World Kid Promotions at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Not only will Ali be promoting, he will be featured in the ten round main event. “I am truly excited to start my own promotion and give some great boxers an opportunity to display their skills on June 2nd”, said Ali (14-0, 8 KOs). “I have a great team behind me and I believe that our company will not only be beneficial to my career but other boxers in the area.” This will be Ali’s first bout in his hometown of Brooklyn. “This is a dream come true to not only fight in Brooklyn but to do it on a card that I am promoting and it’s something I can’t wait for.” Ali’s opponent plus a full undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets are $150. $100, $75 & $50.

On June 2nd, 2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated Welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali will make his promotional debut as he …


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Abraham closing in on world title shot

Piotr Wilczewksi (30-2, 10 KOs) is the last obstacle between Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) and another world title shot. “If Arthur wins on Saturday night, he will be the highest-ranked challenger in the WBO ratings and face the winner of Stieglitz-Groves,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur. He needs to win against Wilczewski.” (more…)

Piotr Wilczewksi (30-2, 10 KOs) is the last obstacle between Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) and another world title shot. …



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Spinks-Bundrage II June 23rd

The rematch between former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9′ Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) was officially confirmed moments ago by Spinks’ manager Scott Hirsch who guided Shannon Briggs to his upset win of Siarhei Liakhovich in 2006 to become heavyweight champion of the world. The bout will take place June 23rd with the site being the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida. The bout is a rematch of their first bout in August 2010 where Bundrage pulled off the upset victory of Spinks. Spinks is coming off of a solid victory over former world title challenger Sechew Powell this past January. The bout was an IBF Light Middleweight Title Eliminator which rightfully earned Spinks the opportunity to reclaim his title. (more…)

The rematch between former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9′ …


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Linares arrives in Cacun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Venezuelan former world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares arrived Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico and declared himself ready for his clash on Saturday against Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson at the Arena Oasis. Linares sees this fight as part of his preparation for a rematch against WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco that could be in June or July, possibly in Los Angeles. “Thompson is a strong fighter and he must have trained hard for this fight,” said Linares. “I’ll use all my resources to win and get this victory.” The corner of Linares will be Freddie Roach (trainer), Ruddy Hernandez (cutman) and Paul Mayorquín (assistant). The card is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and “Pepe” Gomez.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Venezuelan former world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares arrived Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico and declared …


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Joyi defending IBF belt against Takayama

By Ron Jackson

IBF mini flyweight champion Nkosinath Joyi from South Africa meets Japan’s Katsunari Takayama in a long awaited return match at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. On January 29 last year at Carnival City near Brakpan Joyi, 28, retained his belt when the fight was declared a no contest after Takayama, 28, sustained a cut on top of his head that resulted from an accidental clash of heads. Joyi (21-0-1nc, 15 KOs) has not had a fight since then and the 28-year-old Takayama (24-4-1nc, 10 KOs) who is the mandatory challenger has also been inactive. (more…)

By Ron Jackson IBF mini flyweight champion Nkosinath Joyi from South Africa meets Japan’s Katsunari Takayama in a long awaited …


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Odlanier Solis returns May 19

One year ago Cuban heavyweight sensation suffered a bad knee injury when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, Germany. At the end of the first round which he would have won on the scorecards, Solis’ knee gave in, forcing the referee to stop the fight. „La Sombra“ had to undergo surgery three times and was unable to get back into the ring so far even though his comeback had been announced a couple of times last year. Now the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion ist finally set to return to action on May 19th in Texas on a show promoted by Kathy Duva (Main Events) along with Ahmet Oner (ARENA).

At the moment Solis is in training camp in Florida with champion coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez who is also preparing Miguel Cotto for his light middleweight mega fight against Floyd Mayweather jr. on May 5th in Las Vegas. (more…)

One year ago Cuban heavyweight sensation suffered a bad knee injury when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, …



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Sato-Suriyan: Full Report

Sato (right) with promoter Kanehira

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Japanese Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 114.5, impressively captured the WBC super-flyweight belt as he dropped defending champ Suriyan Sor. Rungvisai (20-5-1, 7 KOs), 114.75, Thailand, twice in the third session and withstood his retaliation to pound out a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be a strong candidate of Japan’s “Fight of the Year.” It was a close but well-received verdict, as Marty Sammon (US) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both tallied 114-112, and Rey Danseco (Philippines) saw it 116-110, all in favor of the lanky speedster Sato. The referee was Jack Reiss (US) who handled such a fast-moving and busy-punching contest very well. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Elongated Japanese Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 114.5, impressively captured the WBC super-flyweight belt as he dropped …


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Marquez-Fedchenko Mexico City Presser

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

On Tuesday in Mexico City, Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez met the press during the official announcement of his April 14 pay-per-view showdown with Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO interim super lightweight world title. The bout will take place at the New Arena Mexico and will be his first bout in his hometown of Mexico City in 19 years. Fedchenko was not in attendance.

“It’s a great motivation to be home,” said Marquez. “Very satisfying and also a great responsibility. In Mexico people are knowledgeable about boxing. I’m preparing myself very well. It’s a tough bout, but I want to offer a great fight on April 14 to show everyone how proud I am of being Mexican to fight again at home.” (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer On Tuesday in Mexico City, Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez met …


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Stepping stone Jaco ready to trip Pavlik

Report and Photo by Brody Davis

Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) is the proverbial stepping stone when he faces former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) on March 31st at the Illusions Theater inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Boxing is a family business for Jaco. His twin brother, Adam, is his trainer. Adam (9-5-1, 4 KOs) – who suffered a rotator cuff injury that brought his ring career to a halt – is joined by their father, Dave, who shouts advice from the corner. Almost everyone believes the story is already written for Jaco’s fight with Pavlik. (more…)

Report and Photo by Brody Davis Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) is the proverbial stepping stone when he faces former …


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Saunders wants to stop “Polish streak”

By Przemek Garczarczyk

In the truly extraordinary March in the United States for Polish fighters – five of them (Tomasz Adamek, Andrzej Fonfara, Mariusz Wach, Artur Szpilka, Kamil Laszczyk) fought here and won – there are two more fights to go. On March 31, in Chicago’s “The Club” venue, light heavyweight Grzegorz “The Eagle” Soszynski (20-1, 10 KO) will fight seasoned and tough veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (22-14, 9 KO) for vacant IBF North America belt and Przemek Majewski (17-1, 11 KO) will battle Antwon Echols (28-17, 22 KO). At least one of the American fighters – Saunders – vows that this “Polish streak” will end in Chicago.

“I spent three years in the Sauerland Events camp in Germany, so I’m fully aware what Soszynski can bring to the table,” said Saunders in a Fightnews interview. “I also gathered experience in the world’s best training camps with champions like Tomasz Adamek, Artur Abraham or Pablo Hernandez, so I will not be surprised by Soszynski’s stamina, because all of the European fighters are always ready to battle at the full distance.” (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk In the truly extraordinary March in the United States for Polish fighters – five of them (Tomasz …


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Chinese contender Zhong wins

By Robert Coster

Chinese jr flyweight contender Xiong Zhao Zhong, ranked by the 4 main boxing bodies, continued on his quest to become his country’s first world champion by knocking out rival Lee Gui Hun of Korea in 4 rounds. Zhong(18-3,11Kos), a standard bearer of professional boxing in China, hopes to land a title shot soon. In his fight with Gun, the barrel-chested young Chinese displayed not only power but great improvement in his defensive skills. The fight was held at the Expo Garden Hotel in Kumming , China and televised by Yunan Television and Zovi Promotions.

By Robert Coster Chinese jr flyweight contender Xiong Zhao Zhong, ranked by the 4 main boxing bodies, continued on his …


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McCline fights Saturday in New Jersey

This Saturday night’s boxing event at The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey, just got even bigger with the addition of four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline (40-11-3, 24 KOs) against Livin Castillo (16-11, 10 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. In the main event, rising super middleweight prospect, Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KO’s) of Glassboro, NJ will take on his sternest test to date when he takes on veteran John Mackey (13-6-3, 6 KO’s) of Montgomery, Alabama in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. The show is promoted by Nedal Abuhumoud’s Nedal’s Promotions and Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing. (more…)

This Saturday night’s boxing event at The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey, just got even bigger with the addition …


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Ruiz-Parejo for WBA title Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Saturday at the Gimnasio Auditorio in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, there is a WBA interim bantamweight title clash scheduled between titleholder Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) and unbeaten Yonfre Parejo (11-0-1, 4 KOs) of Venezuela. The card, billed as “Fire in Los Cabos” will also have two notable female fights and one for a WBC silver belt. Ana Maria Torres (27-3-3, 15 KOs) defends her WBC female super flyweight title against Maria Miranda (14-7, 9 KOs) and IBF World female miniumweight beltholder faces Susana Cruz Perez (10-3, 5 KOs). In a clash for the WBC silver lightweight title, Alejandro Sanabria (31-1-1, 24 KOs) takes on Balweg Bangoyam (17-5, 7 KOs). The event is organized by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing.

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Saturday at the Gimnasio Auditorio in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, there is a …


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2012 WBO Convention in Florida

The 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election will take place this October in Hollywood, Florida as announced today WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The traditional WBO Convention, started in 1988, in this, its 25th Anniversary, is going to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from October 22 to October 26. The WBO Annual Convention was in Puerto Rico in 2011. As always, in the WBO Annual Convention is expected the presence of some of the WBO Champions, former Champions, contenders, prospects, known trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities. Also at the Convention will be discussed various topics as rules, rankings, among others.

The 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election will take place this October in Hollywood, Florida as announced today …


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Abraham ready, Wilczewski misses public training

Former European Super-Middleweight Champion Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) missed today´s public work-out in Kiel. Four days ahead of his showdown with King Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs), the Polish fighter was stuck at Munich airport. His connecting flight was cancelled due to nationwide airport strikes in Germany. “I will be there for Wednesday´s press conference,” he said. “This doesn´t bother me. The most important thing is that I will be in the ring on time. This little airport strike cannot keep me from beating Abraham on Saturday.”

King Arthur looked in brilliant shape during today´s public session with coach Ulli Wegner. “I don´t have to see Wilczewski today,” he said. “I have seen enough tapes of him together with my coach. He is a strong opponent. I will not underestimate him. But I will be victorious on Saturday night.”

In the co-featured main event, European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title against Tony Averlant (17-5-2, 4 KOs) from France. “I am in good shape,” Gutknecht said. “Averlant wants my title but he will not get it.”

Former European Super-Middleweight Champion Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) missed today´s public work-out in Kiel. Four days ahead of his …


Boxing Result

Sato wins WBC 115lb belt from Suriyan

By Joe Koizumi

Elongated Japanese Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 114.5, impressively captured the WBC super-flyweight belt as he dropped defending champ Suriyan Sor. Rungvisai (20-5-1, 7 KOs), 114.75, twice in the third session and withstood his retaliation to pound out a unanimous decision (116-110 and 114-112 twice) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be a strong candidate of Japan’s “Fight of the Year.” (More to come)

By Joe Koizumi Elongated Japanese Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 114.5, impressively captured the WBC super-flyweight belt as he dropped …


Interview

“Hammerin” Hank ready to pound Williams!

Interview by Scott Ploof

“Hammerin” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) went from having a fight in high school to becoming the NABO lightweight champion eight years later at the age of 26. Today, at the age of 28, Lundy is the WBC #4, IBF #12, and WBO #7 ranked contender plus he is the current NABF lightweight champion. Lundy is one fight away from getting a shot at a world championship and standing in his way is “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (21-1, 17 KOs). Lundy vs. Williams is the headliner for this week’s ESPN2 Friday Nights. FightNews spoke with Lundy earlier this week about his career and his opponent. (more…)

Interview by Scott Ploof “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) went from having a fight in high school to becoming …


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Juanma admits he has no evidence

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez took his turn at bat Monday before attorney Alberto Arroyo, the official examiner appointed by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission, where he again apologized and also specifically apologized to referee Roberto Ramirez and his son of the same name for calling them “gamblers” and admitted that he hard no evidence to support his claims that were broadcast worldwide on Showtime following his KO loss to Orlando Salido.

“We hope that they consider that this is my way of life, my work,” said Lopez. “I was sincere. I have no evidence. I told the truth and asked for forgiveness and I apologized to Ramirez. I am a representative of the Puerto Rican flag and I apologize to the country. I already medical tests and will do more. We are waiting for my doctor Guillermo Campos to do a small knee operation in about two weeks and I will do other tests including an MRI. I feel great and have to wait for what the doctor and the Commission say. Of course, we will rest a while before returning to think about boxing.” (more…)

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez took his turn at bat Monday before …


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Leapai ready for Johnson

By Brett Bonetti

Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KO’s) will face American Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11KOs) for the IBF Australasian Heavyweight Title this Sunday at the Doomben Racecourse Ascot in Queensland Australia. Johnson has arrived in Australia and the war of words continued at today’s press conference. The fight was originally set for March 18, but was rescheduled after Johnson told promoter Noel Thornberry that he was suffering from the flu and needed two more weeks. Leapai is confident of a knockout victory over Johnson and is unbeaten in his last 17 fights.

“It’s not going the distance, someone is going to get knocked out and it isn’t going to be me. He has not faced a puncher like me,” Leapai said.

Johnson is also confident of victory with the former world title challenger saying “The Lionheart hasn’t met anyone like the Kingpin, I am going to end Leapai’s career, it will not last 8 rounds.” (more…)

By Brett Bonetti Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KO’s) will face American Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11KOs) for the …


Boxing Result

Budler wins on points in a non-title clash

By Ron Jackson

IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler made hard work of outpointing novice Shamile Kortman over eight rounds in a non-title clash at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Monday night. Budler (47,50kg) stormed out at the first bell throwing wild punches at the retreating Kortman (47.05kg) and this was the pattern throughout the fight, In a contest that never rose to any heights neither fighter showed any decent boxing skills as Budler (20-1, 6 KOs) commanded the centre of the ring rushing into his opponent who resorted to holding throughout most of the eight rounds. Referee Tony Nyangiwe erred but not warning Kortman (7-1, 4 KOs) who had reach and height advantages which he failed to exploit. Judge Ben Ncapi and Phillip du Randt scored it 79-74 and 78-74 whilst the third judge Boitumelo Madiba had it a rather surprising 79-78.

In a welterweight contest former South African and three time “world” champion Isaac Hlatshwayo (66.20kg) returning to action after an absence of 20 months was a shadow of his former self when he was knocked out in the second round by Bongo Lipembo (66.50kg) (more…)

By Ron Jackson IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler made hard work of outpointing novice Shamile Kortman over eight rounds in …


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Chris John workout

By Brett Bonetti

Current undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) is looking good as he works out at Harry’s Gym in Perth, Australia. John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade,” will make the 16th defense of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday May 5th.

“The Dragon” is aiming for a KO or at least a TKO victory against Kimura and has been working on a special punch with trainer Craig Christian they are calling the Dragon Fist, “which will surely knock Kimura out,” John said.

By Brett Bonetti Current undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) is looking good as …


Boxing News

Adamek injured hand update

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik

“Looks like my hand is like my chin – from stone. And of course Nagy Aguilera’s head is from steel,” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO) after spending three hours having his swollen hands looked at by Dr. Charles Malone, one of the country’s best sports surgeons who helped late Arturo Gatti with all his hand surgeries. “I wasn’t optimistic when we went to see Dr. Malone,” said Adamek. “The left hand was swollen big time. I had some trouble moving my fingers, but in the end all is OK, no broken bones. Two of my joint capsules ruptured in third round and because of all this hitting I like to do in the ring, all the fluid just spread all over my fist. I need to take a two-week break from hitting the bag, and then everything will be normal. This is a freaky injury for me – I never had any problems with my hands, but after Saturday’s fight with Nagy both of them were giving me the problems.”

“Tomek is fine, he’s a tough guy inside and outside the ring. He will be ready for June 16 fight on NBC Sports Network,” said Ziggy Rozalski, adviser to the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Wojtek Kubik “Looks like my hand is like my chin – from stone. And of course …


Boxing Result

Bundu keeps Euro 147 lb. title

Photos: Battista Sedani

European welterweight champ Leonard Bundu successfully retained his crown during the weekend in Brescia, Italy. The unbeaten Bundu (26-0-2) kept his unblemished record stopping fellow countryman Antonio Moscatiello (13-1) of Italy in round five of a scheduled twelve. It was a masterful performance for the African-born Bundu, whose mother hails from Florence, Italy: the defending Euro champ always looked in control, despite suffering a nasty cut in round three after an accidental clash of heads. Moscatiello tried his best, and he was the aggressor throughout most of the fight. Still, Bundu’s superior skills proved to be too much and the fight was over when Bundu connected with a vicious left uppercut to Moscatiello’s liver in round five.

On the same card, Italian heavyweight champion Matteo Modugno (11-0), fresh off his win over former contender Paolo Vidoz, stopped gatekeeper Adnan Buharalija (24-11-2) of Bosnia in round six of a scheduled eight. Boxe Loreni promoted the show. Click here for more photos…

Photos: Battista Sedani European welterweight champ Leonard Bundu successfully retained his crown during the weekend in Brescia, Italy. The unbeaten …


Boxing News

Lucian Bute becomes Canadian Citizen

IBF supermiddleweight champion Lucian Bute was sworn in as a Canadian Citizen earlier today at an official ceremony held at St-Dorothy Elementary School in the district of Saint-Michel in Montreal. Lucian was sworn in by Judge the Honorable Mr. Gilles Duguay and was visibly emotional during the entire procedure. Lucian was accompanied by InterBox President Mr. Jean Bedard, head coach Stephan Larouche and his close friends from Romania and Canada. Lucian was pleasantly surprised to see so many media and journalists make the trip to witness this happy occasion.

“I just experienced one of the most important moments of my life,” stated Bute, who shared this Ceremony with 29 other newly inducted Canadian citizens. “I have been preparing for this day for the last 5 years. I felt like a true Quebecker and Canadian long ago, but today I am very proud to obtain my Canadian Citizenship. My origins are Romanian, but it is important to me to implicate myself fully in my adopted Country of Canada. I am very lucky to have been received so well in this Country since I set foot here for good in 2003. It is my choice to live here and it makes me happy to know I am a real Canadian citizen now.” (more…)

IBF supermiddleweight champion Lucian Bute was sworn in as a Canadian Citizen earlier today at an official ceremony held at …










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