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Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Cinco de Mayo comes one month early with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship pay-per-view ...

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Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions Unbeaten 2012 Olympian lightweight Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) looked good in his first main event appearance, dismantling ...

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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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Boxing News

WBC to certify boxing gloves

The WBC is in the process of boxing gloves certification and starting 2012 the WBC will only approve those certified gloves to be used in WBC official bouts. This process is being performed by a laboratory under the quality control norms and procedures of ISO. Raw materials, cushioning, sticking, weight, water resistance, etc. are some of the tests that are being performed and several different performance tests are evaluated with specially designed equipment. The certification has no cost and it is intended to make sure that the boxing glove, which is the only equipment that boxing has, is always of the highest quality. The General Coordinator of this program is Bob Yalen, and as of June 2011, three brands have been officially certified, Winning (Japan), Rival (Canada) and Reyes (Mexico). The WBC expects all major brands participate in this process in the very near future.



June 28th, 2011


Boxing News

Tarver dedicates fight to Charles

Antonio Tarver’s next bout, against Danny Green, will be dedicated to Nick Charles, his former colleague at SHOWTIME Sports. Charles passed away on Saturday, June 25, after a long and inspirational fight against cancer. Charles was the first sports anchor for CNN in 1980. He co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight with Fred Hickman and later hosted his own program, Page One with Nick Charles, until leaving the network in 2001. Beginning in 2001, Charles hosted SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation. “My upcoming fight against Danny Green on July 20th in Sydney, Australia will be dedicated to my good friend Nick Charles,” said Tarver. “He fought a courageous battle and my prayers go out to his family. Nick was a class act to everyone who knew him. His motto in life was to love what you are doing. He was a winner.”



June 28th, 2011


Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye referee crisis?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There may be a possibility that David Haye’s WBA world title will not be on the line when he faces IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday due to a dispute on the selection. The Haye camp has protested the appointment of referee Genaro Rodriguez and the Haye camp says the WBA has threatened not to sanction the fight. The basis for the Haye complaint is that Hernandez has refereed several of Klitschko’s previous fights. The Haye camp has suggested referee Luis Pabon, who has previously refereed a Haye fight. The Klitschko camp says they believe WBA will sanction the bout with Hernandez as referee.



June 28th, 2011

UFC

Things heat up for Roller

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

Life isn’t easy for a fighter at 155 pounds. Take Shane Roller for example. Not only do his opponents have to worry about the wrestling of the three-time Oklahoma State University All-American and an ever-developing submission game that has ended six of his 10 mixed martial arts victories, but in March he showed off some dynamite in his right hand when he starched Thiago Tavares in the second round of their bout. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 28th, 2011


UFC

Let the prime of Condit begin

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

Sporting close-cropped, almost-clean shaven hairstyles, world-respected fight coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn aren’t making fashion statements or responding to the impending summer heat . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Mitchell taunts Murray camp

Lightweight Kevin Mitchell has warned John Murray and Joe Gallagher that he will inflict a second defeat on their gym next weekend. Mitchell takes on Murray for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title on July 9 at London’s ExCeL Arena. The Mancunian comes into the fight off the back of trainer Joe Gallagher’s 49-fight winning streak finally coming to an end as Matt Macklin couldn’t deliver victory number 50 for Gallagher in Germany at the weekend when he took on Felix Sturm. And Mitchell has promised to heap more misery on Gallagher and Murray. (more…)



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Sabaupan returns July 9

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Saved By The Bell Promotions

IBF #9 lightweight Al Sabaupan (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will be back in action on July 9 in Manila when he will clash over twelve rounds with fellow Filipino Ricky Sismundo (18-6, 7 KOs) with the IBF Pan pacific title up for grabs at the General Trias Sports Complex, General Trias, Cavite, Manila, Philippines. “We are very confident that Al Sabaupan has the skills and power to win the IBF world championship,” promoter Elmer Anuran said. “He is a very dedicated boxer who does the hard work in the gym and is always in top fighting condition.” (more…)



June 28th, 2011

Announcement

Bernie LaFratta passes

By Steve Corbo

Boxing lost a long time friend in Bernie LaFratta, who passed away Saturday afternoon. Bernie, lived in Florida but was originally from New York. He worked for Bob Arum at Top Rank and was also the US Representative for Italian promoter Rudolfo Sabatinni. Bernie was involved in several major boxing shows through out the past four decades and was also involved with securing International television and broadcast rights for major boxing events in the USA. In recent years he was seen at ringside as supervisor in championship bouts for the IBC. He was also a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa risks it all

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC

in his fight this Saturday against Julio Paz (12-1, 4 KOs), former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (42-6, 25 KOs) risks not only his WBC International title, but also his mandated challenge against long time WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (80-3-1, 44 KOs). Pongsaklek, who now has 17 world title defenses, will also defend his world championship this week against Japan’s Takuya Kogawa (17-1, 10 KOs) in Thailand. If both win, 30 days of free negotiation will begin. If no agreement is reached, the WBC will proceed with a purse bid.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Mariana Juarez work out

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Cesar Ceron/Televisa Deportes

WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juárez trains to defend her crown against the Japan’s Asami Shikasho in a fight scheduled for the second week of August. The queen of the WBC flyweight division, Mariana Juarez will work strictly on increasing her strength this week. She is boxing in the gym every three days under the supervision of Ericel Nucamendi, her new coach. “We’re training hard, with an intense workout that leaves me exhausted, but I am ready to put forth my best effort,” Juárez, “I’m getting some videos of my opponent soon. She’s about my height, so as soon as we find a suitable sparring partner we’ll begin strategizing.” (more…)



June 28th, 2011

Full Report

Duran-Mundy: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

There was a little bit of everything for boxing fans who attended the fights at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey on Wednesday night. In the main event of the evening, “The Ghanian Gladiator” Ossie Duran captured the USBA Atlantic Coast Region title with an impressive tenth round stoppage of Latif Mindy. The undercard had a little bit of everything, including draws, tooth and nail bouts, and even disqualifications. The main event had plenty of intrigue going in. For Duran it would be a big step in the way back into contention with a recognizable name like Mundy. Going in on a two fight winning streak and sporting a record of 25-8-2, 9 KOs, a victory was essential for the thirty-four year old man residing in Accra Ghana. For more details and photos click here…



June 28th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Alexander-Matthysse

Ringside by Brian Grammer, Clint Rosser and Brian Lewis
Photos by Bob Barton

Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (22-1, 13 KOs) returned to the winning track by defeating Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. on a card promoted by Don King.

Alexander, who survived the first knockdown of his career in the fourth, continued to move and counter, staying away from Matthysse’s power for the remainder of the contest . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Alvarado returns July 30

Denver’s Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) will risk his WBC Continental Americas super lightweight belt, undefeated record and top ten world rating when he takes on Gabriel Martinez (27-2-1, 14 KOs) in his first hometown clash in over two years on July 30 at Softball Country in Denver, Colorado. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Poor Boys Boxing and Delgado Promotions, remaining tickets to Alvarado vs. Martinez, priced at $75, $65, $50, $35 and $25, can be purchased at by calling (303) 450-9763. The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10PM ET. Alvarado is currently world-rated WBO #6 and WBC #8. The vacant IBF Latino junior welterweight title will also be at stake.



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye staredown



June 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Sturm-Macklin: Full Report

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Marianne Müller

When middleweight champion Felix Sturm talked to FightNews a little over a week ago, he made a prediction for his bout against Matthew Macklin. He said: “This fight has the potential to be great and I believe it will be.” Sturm could not have been more right.

The defending WBA titlelist and his tough-as-nails challenger from Ireland indeed went to war on Saturday night in front of over 18.000 ecstatic fans inside the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Sturm, usually a fine technician, and Macklin, a brawler, stood toe-to-toe for the better part of their world title clash. They exchanged hard-shots, the momentum shifted back and forth. In the beginning, it was the relentless challenger who had the upper-hand. In the end, it was the more precise champion who landed the better punches. “This was one of the best fights I’ve seen in over 20 years of covering boxing,” said one journalist at ringside. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Dirrell, Banks Headline Flint Card

By Bob Ryder

Anthony Dirrell doubles as promoter and main event performer this Saturday as boxing returns to Flint, Michigan’s Atwood Stadium for a rare outdoor show. The undefeated Dirrell will be making only his second hometown appearance of his career when he faces off with former Olympian Dante Craig of Cincinnati over 10 scheduled rounds under the banner of Team Dirrell Promotions.

In another 10 round feature attraction, Detroit heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Julius Long square off. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC on Chavez Jr. vs Martinez

WBC President Jose Sulaiman said today that Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sergio Martinez will be allowed voluntary fights. “As per the WBC Rules and Regulations, a voluntary defense has been granted to the new champion [Chavez] to then proceed to fight the WBC Diamond champion Sergio Martinez, who will also make a voluntary defense on October the 15th. The WBC is very proud of both great champions and we wish them the best of luck.”



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Klitschko-Haye

Wladimir: “Haye will be my 50th KO”

Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer

Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference in Hamburg (Germany) to speak about their title unification fight on July 2. IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and WBA World Heavyweight Champion Haye will face off next Saturday at Imtech ARENA Hamburg, Germany. For more details and photos click here…



June 27th, 2011

UFC

Full fight card: UFC 132

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

SHOWTIME on Nick Charles

From all of us at SHOWTIME Sports on the passing of Nick Charles:

For nearly 10 years Nick Charles served this network as host of the popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation. Nick infused every telecast with genuine intrigue and unfailing enthusiasm whether it take place at a parking lot in North Dakota or a historic boxing club in London. His unique ability as a storyteller also allowed viewers to connect with the athletes themselves, as he helped to dramatize what was at stake for the fighters that night and beyond. As ShoBox prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, SHOWTIME is preparing a special tribute to one of boxing’s most passionate fans—Nick Charles. He will be missed, but never forgotten by the men and women who televise ShoBox and the many viewers who have been entertained and enlightened by Nick’s insight over the years. To mention the ShoBox series is to remember a man who helped define it.



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

New NYC fight series

Salita Promotions presents “Brighton Shore Fights,” New York City’s newest monthly boxing series, in Brooklyn at the Oceana Theater in the Oceanside neighborhood of Brighton Beach. The first installment will take place on Wednesday, July 20th and will feature undefeated light heavyweight prospect and four-time Golden Gloves Champion Will Rosinsky (13-0). The co-feature will showcase US Olympic Alternate, four-time Army Champion and Jr. Middleweight prospect Boyd Melson (4-0). Tickets are available at WWW.DSALITA.COM , by calling 646-481-5558. Tickets are priced at $40 for General Admission; $80 Ringside and $125 VIP open bar.



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

3 IBF female belts at stake

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Local favorite Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (12-0-1, 7 KOs) will risk her IBF female flyweight world crown against Uruguayan Soledad Macedo (10-6-1, 4 KOs), Yessica “Kika” Chavez (11-3-2, 2 KOs), defends her IBF female light flyweight belt against Colombian Mayerli Altamar (10-1-2 , 5 KOs) and Katia Gutierrez (12-3, 3 KOs) her IBF miniumweight belt against compatriot Ana “Bronca” Arrazola (20-6-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday at the Nuevo Leon Gym in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The card, billed as “Bellas y Peligrosas” is promoted by HG Boxing.



June 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Judah reinvented

Story by Andreas Hale

“I renamed myself the international assassin,” Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) jokingly says to an intimate gathering of select journalists to discuss his upcoming July 23rd clash with Amir Khan. He’s referring to the fact that his past four opponents (Mabuza, Matthysse, Santa Cruz and Hernandez) hailed from different countries and Khan will represent the fifth foe of a different nationality that he’ll have to take out . . . click here for more



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye Quick Quotes

Heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye went at it verbally at today’s press conference in Hamburg. Haye showed up 30 minutes late and refused to shake Wlad’s hand.

Klitschko: “I respect you as a boxer, but not as a person. I’m gonna knock you out in the ring and bring you back to reality. Then you will be a better person and have better manners.”

Haye: “It’s going to be fun watch this robot start malfunctioning, that’s what’s going to happen…real fast. I’m healthy, speed is ridiculous, punch power is there, I’m just in a really good place. I am so happy the fight is happening now and not a couple of years ago as I am a much better fighter now. I can’t wait to get in there and do what I am going to do.”



June 27th, 2011

UFC

Urijah’s coming after “The Irritator”

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

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Photo: Bob Barton

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June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Barrios to return?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source indicated that the possibility exists that the former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) could return July 29 in Argentina against an opponent to be determined. Barrios still facing legal problems stemming from a fatal car crash that is preventing him from leaving the country and could land him a lengthy prison sentence if found guilty.



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

WBA Creates New Female Division

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The World Boxing Association has announced that it has established a new category in women’s boxing: Light Minimumweight (102 pounds). The WBA insists on its commitment to women’s boxing world and provides this new category.



June 27th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Steve Cunningham

“Wlad is an unbelievable athlete”

By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Photo: K2

For almost three weeks, IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs), did his best to prepare Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), IBF/WBO/IBO titleholder for upcoming heavyweight unification showdown with WBA champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs). “If I move to heavyweight division it will be not because I’m chasing my former fellow cruiserweight rivals Tomasz Adamek or David Haye – it will be to test what I can do there. It will be good for me, good for the sport. Both of them are fighting for the heavyweight titles, they did a great job, both landed mega fights. They put themselves in the great position for their future, their lives. Every fighter wants to do that,” said Cunningham. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

Feature Story

2011 FBHOF Inductions

Photos: Donna Freitag

A huge crowd was on hand to witness the induction of the 2011 Class at the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

Former world champions on hand were John “The Beast” Mugabi (who came all the way from Australia), Freddie Pendleton, Tyrone Booze and Elisha Obed. Trainers honored were Pete Fernandez, Alton Merkerson and Dwaine Simpson. Others included referee Eddie Eckert, fighter/manager/trainer Tommy Torino, IBO founder John Daddono, historian Ramiro Ortiz, Fightnews.com founder Karl Freitag and attorney Steve Yerrid. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Johnson wins in Pala

By Sam DiTusa at ringside

Welterweight Dashon Johnson improved to (13-4-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pala Casino Resort in Pala, California with an 8-round unanimous decision over veteran Bernardo Guereca (16-11). The tone was set in the opening moments of the main event when Johnson threw a very short counter right hand over a lazy jab which put Guereca on the canvas. Johnson attempted to press the advantage throughout the remainder of the round but Guereca relied on his experience to survive the onslaught. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

UFC

Kongo KOs Barry!

Results by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

The question leading up to Sunday’s heavyweight showdown between Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry was ‘who was the best pure striker?’ And for a while it looked like Barry, but it was Kongo who had the last word in the UFC Live main event with a crushing first round knockout victory that sent the crowd at the Consol Energy Center into a frenzy . . . Click here for more

For more info on UFC LIVE or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Top Rank/Cotto Promotions unite

Bob Arum and Miguel Cotto will hold a press conference this Tuesday in Puerto Rico to announced that they will co-promote world ranked and undefeated prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz. “Everyone at Top Rank is excited about Luis Cruz. He is a very skilled, exciting fighter who has punching power – a future superstar.” said Arum.

“Luis Cruz is an excellent boxer and with this union we will be able to give him the exposure he needs to take his career to the next level,” said five time world champion Miguel Cotto.

“I am very excited to be able to be part of this great union. I am very happy where my career has been led by Miguel Cotto Promotions, but I also believe that this move will take to the next level and will bring me the big fights that I want so much,” said Cruz.



June 27th, 2011

Full Report

Valdez-Flores full report

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” returned to Club Nokia at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night. In the main event, lightweight Ramon Valadez of East Los Angeles knocked out Ramon Flores in the third round of a scheduled six round bout. The bout began as Valadez showed patience and boxed the wild-swinging Flores. In round two, the action picked up as both Valadez and Flores exchanged punches at the end of the round. However in the third round, Valadez scored a knockdown, Flores beat the count and continued to fight, but Valadez landed a solid right that knockdown the free-swinging Flores . Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout at 2:59. For more details and photos click here…



June 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Vera-Suarez full report

By Jeff Zimmerman at Ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes

In dramatic fashion, Middleweight Brian Vera (19-5, 12KOs) kept some big money fights alive by knocking out the tough, gritty Eloy Suarez (11-12-1 5Kos) with a powerful left hook to the body at 30 seconds of the 8th and final round. Always a crowd pleaser because of his willingness to exchange blow for blow, Vera found the veteran Suarez to be one tough hombre. Vera was the aggressor throughout the fight and caught Suarez with some solid left hooks to the head, but Suarez countered throughout and even had his moments with solid left hooks of his own. For more details and photos click here…



June 26th, 2011




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