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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to ...

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Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Pulev vs. Peter public workout

Photos: LAP Images Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) and Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) performed a public workout today at the Park Center ...

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UFC

UFC on FOX at the scales

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Videos and weights by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

At the scales for UFC on FOX, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis and the middleweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, airing live on FOX from the United Center in Chicago, IL at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for seven prelim bouts at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Phil Davis (205) VS Rashad Evans (205)

FOX MAIN CARD
Michael Bisping (185) VS Chael Sonnen (185)
Demian Maia (186) VS Chris Weidman (185)

FUEL PRELIMS
Nik Lentz (155) VS Evan Dunham (155)
John-Olav Einemo (253) VS Mike Russow (251)
George Roop (145) vs Cub Swanson (145)
Eric Wisely (145) vs Charles Oliveira (144)
Michael Johnson (156) VS Shane Roller (156)
Lavar Johnson (252) VS Joey Beltran (228)
Dustin Jacoby (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)

See videos of weigh-in:  (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Hamburg

Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and José Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) both weighed in at 176.1 for their Universum “Fight Night” showdown on Saturday at the elegantt Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Contracted weight was 177.5.

Other weights were as follows:

Rakhim Chakhkiev 199.7 vs. Alexander Kotlobay 197.5
Denis Boytsov 213.8 vs. Darnell Wilson 226
Ruslan Chagaev 242.5 vs. Kertson Manswell 252.6
Firat Arslan 196 vs. Orlando Antonio Farias 189.4
Ina Menzer 126.8 vs. Milena Koleva 128.3
Rafael Bejaran 159.4 vs. Daniel Urbanski 159.8
Vitali Tajbert 132.9 vs. Jose Luis Graterol 132.3
Marcel Meyerdiercks 127.9 vs. Roberto de Jesus Santos 127.9
Vladimir Tereshkin 246.9 vs. Evgeny Orlov 329.4



January 27th, 2012


Boxing News

Bute targets Froch; Showtime not thrilled

Report and photo by Karl Freitag

InterBox announced today that, due to the unavailability of WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward due to an injury, IBF Super middleweight champion Lucian Bute wants to fight Super Six finalist Carl Froch on April 14 even though SHOWTIME (whom Bute is under contract to) “does not share the same vision or enthusiasm” in the fight. InterBox president Jean Bedard stated that they will pursue a Bute-Froch fight with or without a U.S. TV network. “We have to do everything in our power to make the fight with Froch,” said Bedard, “we owe this fight to our fans, who have been supporting us and following Lucian’s career since the very beginning.” Bedard added that SHOWTIME’s preference for Bute was to match him with Andre Dirrell.



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Shaw inks unbeaten Maraon

Gary Shaw Productions and undefeated WBO Asian Pacific bantamweight champion, Jundy “Pretty Boy” Maraon (14-0-1, 11 KOs) have come terms with an exclusive promotional agreement. Jundy hails from Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines and looks to someday fight in the United States. “What we have here in Jundy Maraon is a fighter that loves to go see his opponent hit the canvas,” said Shaw. “He’s a tremendous talent and I see him fighting at the elite level someday. Right now I want to keep him busy while he learns his craft and bring him to the USA after a few more fights. I’m excited that he’s joined our stable of great young fighters. Our company is building its foundation on a global scale.”



January 27th, 2012


Boxing News

Team Cunningham hits Germany

Photo: Team Sauerland

Two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) has arrived in Frankfurt, Germany. On February 4, the American veteran will face IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated rematch at the Fraport Arena. Cunningham and his team – Naazim Richardson, Mark Osborn, Khalib Whitmore and Jonathan Adderly – landed on Wednesday. On Friday, they paid a special visit to AFN Wiesbaden (American Forces Network). “It´s great to catch up with AFN and connect with my military brothers and sisters,” Cunningham said. “I am ready for a battle with Hernandez on February 4. I am going to tear the title away from him and bring it back to America.”



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

NABA title fight March 31 in Buffalo

Don Juan Fighting Promotions and Hennessy Sports will co-promote a March 31 homecoming show, “March Badness,” showcasing undefeated Buffalo light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (12-0, 8 KOs) against 2008 Haitian Olympian Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (11-1, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant NABA title at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

UFC

Evans confident heading into UFC on FOX 2 bout vs. Davis

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

To say that Rashad Evans (16-1-1) is confident heading into his UFC on Fox 2 bout with Phil Davis might be the understatement of the year. But when you’ve got wins over Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and “Rampage” Jackson, you can call yourself a top-ten fighter.

Still, it’s not like Davis (9-0) is a slouch, but it’s clear that Evans expects to roll over the still-green, but surging prospect. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Kogawa wins vacant Japanese 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Fast but light-punching WBC#13 Takuya Kogawa (18-2, 10 KOs), 111.5, acquired the vacant Japanese flyweight belt as he kept throwing pit-a-pat punches all night and outsped hard-hitting but stiff and slower Shigetaka Ikehara (22-3-2, 18 KOs), 112, winning a close but unanimous decision (96-95 twice and 96-94) over ten heats on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

The national belt had been renounced by ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi, who became the official challenger against WBC ruler Pongsaklek Wonjongkam by defeating Mexican Wilbert Uicab on points last November. We expected a much better fight between Kogawa and Ikehara, neither of whom impressed the crowd due to their lack of precision in swapping punches. Kogawa threw great many punches in the air, while Ikehara kept waiting too long and only tossed a less accurate punch at a time. Kogawa, who once had an ambitious crack at the WBC 112-pound belt only to lopsidedly lose to Pongsaklek in Thailand, failed to hurt his opponent at all. Ikehara was simply a disappointment as he displayed nothing of what people had expected him owing to his power-punching. Without hitting the target his vaunted hard-punches couldn’t produce any damage to the busy-punching speedster Kogawa.

Promoter: Miyata Promotions.



January 27th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from San Diego

By Felipe Leon

Oscar Godoy 149 vs. Joshua Marks 149
Adrian Vargas 140 vs. Emmanuel Robles 140
Pablo Armenta 135 vs. Omar Sanchez 134.5
Pablo Cupul 121 vs. Raymond Chacon 121
Gabriel Medina 147 vs. Luis Sanchez 150

Venue: Gonzalez Sports Academy, Chula Vista, California
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Chihuahua ready for Saturday fights

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Thursday in Chihuaua, Mexico was the press conference for the event billed as “Los Dorados de Villa” presented by Promociones del Pueblo. In the main event, Alejandro Sanabria defends his WBC lightweight silver belt against Jhula Riel Ramunal. The venue is the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym and all the fighters declared themselves ready to step into the ring to look for a knockout. Also, local boxer Marco “Dorado” Reyes, and the brothers Zaleta, Odilon and Victor, are part of the support fights.

“After doing international boxing in Las Vegas, Japan, Argentina and Mexico, we’ve returned to Chihuahua and expect the support of all the fans that are on the lookout for this great event,” said Promociones del Pueblo President Reginaldo Kuchle.



January 27th, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC on FOX weigh-in

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Watch the UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis weigh-in live Friday, January 27 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. Click here
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January 27th, 2012

Feature Story

Berman announces bumper bill for Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

Sipho Taliwe/Joey Stiglingh. Photo: Yolande van der Stoep

At a press conference held on Thursday, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced a bumper bill to be held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on March 3 which will be headed by Thomas Oosthuizen in defense of his IBO super middleweight belt against Serge Yannick. The southpaw Oosthuizen (17-0-1, 12 KOs), who celebrates his 24th birthday on April 2, will be making the fourth defence of his belt against the 28-year-old Yannick (14-1, 7 KOs) who was born in the Cameroon but who now fights out of Australia. Yannick the current PABA super middleweight champion suffered his only loss in December 2009 when he was outpointed by Michael Bolling. Oosthuizen must impress in this fight as there are plans for him to feature in the United States this year under the guidance of promoter Lou DiBella.

The 30-year-old Kaizer Mabuza (23-8-3, 14 KOs) a former South African, WBA Pan African and IBF Intercontinental junior welterweight champion will be having his third crack at winning a “world” title when faces Australian Steve Wills (16-0-2, 9 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBO junior welterweight belt. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Arce-Parra to fight ten-rounder?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source reported to us that multiple world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will fight in the junior featherweight division in a ten-rounder against former world champion Lorenzo Parra on February 18 in Mexicali, BC, Mexico at either the State Auditorium or FEX Palenque. Arce initially wanted to defend his WBO bantamweight world title against Parra in Durango but WBO didn’t accept the fight because the Venezuelan did appear in the WBO ratings and is also suspended by his country’s boxing commission until January 30. Arce is in his hometown in Los Mochis, Sinaloa and training in the Montiel Gym. Word is Mexican prospects Armando “Chato” Robles and Jorge “Maromerito” Paez will also fight.



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

Interview: Jackie Nava

Photos: Rafael Soto Gil / Zanfer

This upcoming Saturday night, Tijuana’s favorite daughter Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (24-4-3, 11KOs) challenges the current super bantamweight WBA champ Chantall “Fiera” Martinez (15-4, 6KOs) in a rematch of their 2010 fight which Nava took via a unanimous decision. Slated for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium, The female ten round championship fight will be televised live in Mexico by the reigning Azteca channel. Featured in the semi-main event of the Zanfer Promotions event, Tijuana jr. flyweight champ Felipe Salguero (15-2-1, 10KOs) takes on Colombia’s Carlos “Shanghai” Melo (21-13-1, 2KOs) in a ten round clash. (more…)



January 27th, 2012

Boxing News

More fights announced for Salido-Lopez card

World ranked Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez will defend their regional titles next March 10 as part of the Juanma Lopez vs Orlando Salido II undercard to be held at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions, Promociones Zanfer and San Juan City, to be televised live on Showtime.

Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), #2 ranked by the WBO in the superbantamweight division, will defend his 122lb WBO Latino title against a foe to be named in a 10 round fight. Oquendo, from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, won his three fights in 2011, all by KO in the first two rounds.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs), from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, will defend his Latino lightweight belt versus a rival to be announced, also in a 10 round bout. Gonzalez, who is the #5 ranked fighter in the lightweights by the WBO, fought five times in 2011, with four of his victories came by knockout. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez Jr workout

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. does strength training as he prepares for his upcoming world championship doubleheader co-main event against #1 ranked Marco Antonio Rubio, Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, All Star Boxing and Tecate, Chavez Jr. takes on Marco Antonio Rubio and Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. in the other co-main event. Click here for more photos…



January 26th, 2012

UFC

Dana White uncensored!

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT!

Story and photo by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Dana White, UFC president was ready for every question during Thursday’s final press conference in Chicago before the “UFC on FOX 2” sold-out January 28 event at the United Center. White faced reporters on a variety of topics . . . . (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Elio Rojas signs for bout against Jhonny Gonzalez

The World Boxing Council received today the signed contract by Elio Rojas, WBC Featherweight champion in recess. The contract forces him to face the current WBC Featherweight champion, Jhonny Gonzalez. Rojas was in a 2 year break, but he is now ready to return to boxing and has proved his desires by signing the contract. There’s no date and place to hold the bout but in coming weeks it is expected to be announced. That decision is with Reginaldo and Osvaldo Kuchle, who are the ones that make the bouts of Gonzalez.



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Senchenko-Malignaggi lands in Ukraine

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA welterweight champion Vycheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) will defend against former IBF 140lb champion Paul Malignaggi, (30-4, 6 KOs) in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine next April. Union Boxing Promotions representing Senchenko won the WBA purse bid on by offering $1,000,010 to promote the fight and reported that the date could probably be on the 27th, 28th or 29th of April in Donetsk, Ukraine. To Senchenko will be his fourth title defense and his fifth world title fight in Ukraine. The purse bid was overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Executive Vice President and Chairman of the World Championships, and supervised by the Vice President of World Championships, Aurelio Fiengo of Panama. Golden Boy Promotions, representatives of Malignaggi, offered $250,000 to promote the fight in New York, Milan or Palermo in Italy on April 21.

“The fight will take place because the WBA interim champion Ismael El Massoudi currently has legal problems and is not available, so Senchenko chose to fight the next available challenger, which is Malignaggi,” said Mendoza.



January 26th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX video: Michael Bisping

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!


Video by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Michael Bisping Evans, UFC middleweight: “I know some fans are disappointed that there hasn’t been eight weeks of zingers between us and, to be honest, I think we would have got into it if this fight had been made two months ago. But right now, both of us had to focus on getting ready for a new opponent – and in his case a more dangerous opponent in me – on a week’s notice. I never talk trash unless someone has disrespected me and, to be honest, Chael has been very complimentary of me.

Chael and I have thrown a few little jokes here and there but that’s because we’ve both got a sense of humor. And he’ll need that sense of humor after he goes to the hospital on Saturday night just like seven of my last eight opponents have. I am under no illusions – I am getting kicked, punched, elbowed and taken down by Chael but he’s getting punched, kicked, kneed, elbowed and knocked out in return. It will be a nasty, nasty war, but I’m beating him up and winning this fight. I am sure I will be taken down, but he’s going to have to worry about being submitted each time he does that. He won’t be able to hold me down and I know I can pick him apart standing.

“It is a great fight, I am sure we are both going to look like car-crash victims on Sunday AM. Never mind the trashtalk, we can both do that in our sleep, just tune in on FOX and watch the fight of the year. I may have only been told about this fight last Tuesday, but I have trained my arse off since I was eight years old. I am going to make the oddsmakers look like fools; I am winning this fight.”
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January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

JM Marquez still WBO lightweight “super” champ

By Gabriel F. Cordero

During the last few hours it was announced by the camp of Ricky Burns that three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez had left the division and moved to welterweight, therefore Burns is now WBO lightweight world champion. However, over the telephone on Thursday Marquez said he has been talking to WBO President Francisco Valcarcel and been assured that the WBO lightweight “super” world championship title remains with him. Mexican and international media published the recognition that made Burns regular WBO lightweight champion and Marquez was informed immediately and began the search for the correct information. He is also hoping to be reinstated as WBA lightweight “super” champion after that title was stripped earlier this month.



January 26th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX video: Rashad Evans

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!


Video by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Rashad Evans, UFC light heavyweight: “Davis is intimidated. I’ve seen him around and he’s not looking too confident. He’s not ready for this level, and he knows it. He’s coming to put up a good show, go back down a level, and come back again in a year or two. He’s not coming to take it to me, but I am gonna’ take it to him. After I had my year off (with injury) I came back with the attitude of never, ever leaving it up to the judges and just throwing hands all the time. That’s the way my career is going to go, and that’s how I am going to.

Phil is just a nice guy. He’s not a fighter. He’s an athlete, a great athlete, but not a fighter. He has no killer instinct for this and he’s got no experience at this level. He’s never fought at heavyweight like I had to (in TUF 2) to get into the UFC. He didn’t get punched by Chuck Liddell and Rampage Jackson like I did. He’s not had to dig deep at all.

He’s in deep water, and I’m the shark.”
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January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Ortiz-Berto undercard

To round out Showtime’s February 11 tripleheader headlined by the rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment have announced two more fights. In a 10-round junior middleweight showdown before the main event, Cuban star Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) returns for the first time since his controversial fight against Paul Williams to battle fellow contender Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs). Opening the telecast will be a 10-round featherweight matchup which will see unbeaten prospect Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) against Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs).



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Alex Arthur returns April 14

Alex Arthur will make his return to the ring on April 14 as he headlines his own AAA Promotions’ bill at Meadowbank Sports Centre in his native Edinburgh. Arthur made his promotional debut in August last year and halted Georgia’s Aleksander Vakhtangashvili in the fourth round. Arthur said: “The Edinburgh public have been asking me whenever I have been out and about when the next promotion will be in Edinburgh and I can now confirm the date. “I am delighted AAA Promotions will be back at Meadowbank as our first show was a huge success and the talk of the town for days afterwards. “In terms of how I boxed, it was the best I had felt for a couple of years as I am back training with Peter Harrison, was properly prepared and boxing at light-welterweight.” An opponent for Arthur will be named in the coming weeks and he is looking to make 2012 a busy year. Arthur added: “I hope this will be the first of three bouts this year and that I can fight for a title of some sort at the end of the year.”



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Abner Cotto Headlines February 18th

Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment presented today the first event of their original series “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas: Next Level,” on Saturday, February 18th at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico, as part of the boxing series “Solo Boxeo: Tecate”, to be aired on Telefutura. The top undeafeated prospect, Abner “Pin” Cotto (12-0, 5 KOs) will headline the Main-Event, defending his WBC FECARBOX Lightweight championship against the dangerous Guillermo Sanchez (13-4-1, 5 KOs) in a 10 round bout. In the Co-feature bout of the evening, WBC FECARBOX Super Fly weight champion, Miguel “El Loco” Robles (10-1-2, 4 KOs) will face tough Mexican Juan Angel Cota (8-6, 6KOs) in an 8 round fight. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Burns now full WBO lightweight champ

Ricky Burns has been declared the full WBO World Lightweight Champion after Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez is considered to have moved up to the welterweight division. The Scottish star Burns won the Interim title when he beat Michael Katsidis last November in his first fight at lightweight, with Marquez holding the full title while he decided his next move. This means that Burns will go into his title fight against former world champion Paulus Moses on March 10th at the Braehead Arena as the full champion.

“When I beat Katsidis I felt like a world champion anyway, but this makes it all real and I’m thrilled with the news that I’m now the official full world champion,” said Burns. “It’s a great feeling, but now it’s now back to reality and training hard for what will be a tough title defense against Moses in my Scottish homecoming on March 10. For the last ten years I’ve been grafting away in my career, but in the last couple of years it has really taken off with me beating Martinez and then beating a great warrior like Katsidis to put me up with the best in the world.” (more…)



January 26th, 2012

UFC

Watch UFC on FOX presser

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!

Watch the UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis pre-fight press conference live from Chicago Thursday, January 26 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FOX, visit www.UFC.com



January 26th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX video: Phil Davis

UFC on FOX is LIVE Jan. 28!


Video by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews

Phil Davis, UFC light heavyweight: “He’s delusional. If he thinks he’s going to out-wrestle or intimidate me, he’s in for a shock on Saturday night. I’ve been working hard for this; I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon after a layoff. He’s not as good as he thinks he is, and I am better than he thinks I am. He thinks he’s a better wrestler than me, crazy. I would beat him 100 times out of 100. He was something like .500 in won/losses in wrestling. I was a champion; he just competed.

“Yes, I have only nine pro MMA fights but the inexperience thing isn’t an issue. I am less experienced than every single guy I’ve faced, and I am unbeaten. I am experienced at winning, and that’s what really matters, and I’m going to experience winning again on FOX.”

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January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Breidis Prescott to return Friday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Jr welterweight Breidis Prescott (24-4, 19 KOs) is ready to return against Colombian compatriot Joel Cassiani (6-9-1, 3 KOs) tomorrow in Puerto, Colombia. Prescott will be trying to get back into the win column after consecutive losses to Mike Alvarado (TKO10) on November 19 and Paul McCloskey (L12) in a September WBA jr welterweight title eliminator. Prescott is still hoping to land a rematch (and corresponding big payday) against Amir Khan, whom he knocked out in the first round in September 2008. Prescott not fought in Colombia since December 2007, with nine of his last ten fights in the United States.



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. looks sharp in workout

Photos: Pete Susens

Undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. looked in peak form Wednesday as he worked the pads with trainer Freddie Roach at the famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Among those on hand were matchmaker Sean Gibbons, Papa Julio Sr. and Fernando Beltran, head of Promociones Zanfer. Chavez will be taking on #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday, February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Top Rank world title doubleheader will also feature three-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire against former junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Nishioka Japan’s Boxer of the Year

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by Tokyo Sports Writers Association along with the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) thanks to his invaluable victory over Rafael Marquez with his belt on the line in Las Vegas last October. The annual commendation ceremony took place at the Tokyo Dome Hotel, gathering great many boxing and media people in attendance on Wednesday. We now have no less than eight male world champs and six female titlists, all of whom are excellent or good champions. It might be hard to categorize who better than who, but it should be none other than Nishioka that was unanimously elected the one since the 35-year-old southpaw made the very first successful defense of the world throne in the US, which had been located in the ominous direction to Japan. No Japanese world champs had previously made any defenses there and returned with their belts. Also, his admirable effort against Rafael Marquez was named Fight of the Year. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Hopkins-Dawson II planned for April 28

A rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and former champion Chad Dawson has reportedly been agreed upon for April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Their first fight ended in a TKO win for Dawson when Hopkins was injured after being thrown to the canvas by Dawson. That result was later changed to a no-decision. The bout is expected to land on HBO.



January 26th, 2012

Feature Story

Minto moving back to heavyweight

By Bob Caico

Professional boxing returns to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on Saturday night. The main event will be a NABF heavyweight title eliminator when Brian Minto (35-4, 22 KOs) of Pennsylvania goes against Connecticut’s Tony Grano (18-2-1). The main preliminary will be an eight-round heavyweight contest between Eric Fields (19-1, 15 KOs) of Oklahoma and Derrick Brown (13-6-3, 11 KOs) of Utica, NY. (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Feature Story

Polish “Little Tyson” headlines in Tunica

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Prize Fight and Global Boxing return on January 28th with the latest installment of “Fights at the Fitz” from the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In the headliner, undefeated rising prospect Kamil Laszczyk (6-0, 5 KOs) from North Bergen, NJ meets Texas champion Samuel Sanchez (7-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant Mid-South Featherweight Championship.

Laszczyk, who just couple of days ago celebrated his 21th birthday, rose to prominence in his homeland, Poland as he was a multiple Polish national champion. “I call Kamil a Little Tyson, because he has the same tenacity and mental strength as the legendary heavyweight,” said Laszczyk’s promoter and Global Boxing CEO, Mariusz Kolodziej. “He’s a great talent and even though his pro career is a short one, people who know about the boxing business are already recognizing his skills and lightning fast reflexes.” (more…)



January 26th, 2012

Boxing News

Chisora vows to KO Vitali in eight

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora says he will stop WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in the eighth round of their world heavyweight title fight next month. Former British and Commonwealth Champion Chisora takes on Klitschko at the Olympiahalle on February 18th in Munich, Germany. Chisora opened up his Finchley gym to the media Wednesday and showed off the great shape he is in for the big showdown.

“I’m in tip-top shape, the best I’ve been in for my entire career and I’m going to smash Mr. Vitali Klitschko to bits,” said Chisora. “People are saying that Klitschko is the hardest fight of my career, but this is going to be the hardest fight of his career. I’m going to war with him, he won’t get to use that big height and reach against me with the way I’m going to fight him and I’ve got the eighth round in my head that I’m going to stop him in. Everyone that has fought the Klitschko brothers have been scared, this is one cat that isn’t scared of him or anyone and I’ll thrown him off of that throne he’s been sitting on for the last few years.” (more…)



January 25th, 2012




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