Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In a high-profile all-Mexican super middleweight grudge match, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 ...

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Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada won ...

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Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

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Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

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Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In an upset, tough but unheralded Robinson Castellanos (22-11, ...

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Golovkin will fight in Ukraine

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (22-0, 14 KOs) will fight on the undercard of a fight card headlined by Zaurbek Baysangurov vs. Michel Soro on May 12 at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine. His opponent will be Japanese fighter Makoto Fuchigami (19-6, 10 KOs). Golovkin is with the Klitschko brothers K2 Promotions and will fight for the first time in the Ukraine.

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (22-0, 14 KOs) will fight on the undercard of a fight …


Feature Story

Malignaggi vows to return with world title

With three consecutive wins under his belt, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi is in top form heading into his Sunday showdown against unbeaten WBA Welterweight World Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and the former Junior Welterweight World Titlist has no doubt that he will be leaving the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with the 147-pound title belt around his waist. “I’m ready for this fight. I’ve got my team in my corner and we could hold this fight in Senchenko’s living room and I would still come out with the win,” said Malignaggi. “This is my time and I will be returning to the United States a world champion again.”

The 12-round championship bout, which is presented by Union Boxing Promotion in association with Golden Boy Promotions, will air live on Integrated Sports Pay-Per-View in the United States beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. The suggested retail price of the four-bout card is $29.95. (more…)

With three consecutive wins under his belt, Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi is in top form heading into his Sunday …



UFC

TUF Live recap, episode 8

The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 8 – ‘The Lion’s Den’ – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber take the lead once more as Chris Saunders nabbed a split decision win over Sam Sicilia. They now lead the series 4-3. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 8 – ‘The Lion’s Den’ – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber take the …


Feature Story

Hopkins promises to do it his way!

Story by Matt Richardson
Photo by Chris Cozzone

It’s a safe bet that Bernard Hopkins will be talking come Sunday morning.

What happens on Saturday night, however, could go a long way to determining how much the 47-year-old light heavyweight champion actually speaks.

In a rare pre-fight move, the always-loquacious Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) has been largely mum ahead of his rematch Saturday night against Chad Dawson (HBO will televise at 10:15 PM ET). Hopkins has been known to fill a writer’s notebook and kill the battery on more than one tape-recorder. (more…)

Story by Matt Richardson Photo by Chris Cozzone It’s a safe bet that Bernard Hopkins will be talking come Sunday …




Photo Gallery

“Mayhem” ready for “The Gentleman”

Photos by Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com

FightNews was privileged to photograph undefeated heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) at The Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton, Maryland as he prepared for his showdown this Saturday against “The Gentleman” Chazz Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) for the vacant NABO title at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Mitchell and Witherspoon go toe-to-toe tonight in the HBO televised ten- round co-main event of the “Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson: Once And For All” world championship showdown. (more…)

Photos by Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com FightNews was privileged to photograph undefeated heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) at The Dream …


UFC

No rest for Cholish before homecoming

It is said a man can be known by the company he keeps. This timeless proverb could not be more applicable for both UFC lightweight John Cholish and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt John Danaher. In the former’s Octagon debut last December, fight fans instantly knew almost all they would ever need to when the latter was introduced as Cholish’s head coach. This immediate recognition or near a priori understanding of Cholish because of Danaher’s presence can similarly be likened to Danaher’s indelible integrity from his work with and subsequent praise from Renzo Gracie, Roger Gracie, Matt Serra, Chris Weidman, Greg Jackson, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, and many others. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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It is said a man can be known by the company he keeps. This timeless proverb could not be more …


Column

Can Bernard Hopkins do it again?

By Graham Houston

After the disputed ending to their first fight, Saturday’s rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson wasn’t exactly made by public demand but nevertheless interest has grown. I get the sense that people are looking forward to the HBO-televised fight more than perhaps they thought they would — I know that is the case with me.

Hopkins, the betting underdog but still formidable at 47, is defending the WBC light-heavyweight title that was briefly in Dawson’s possession, until the original TKO win was changed to a no decision. Hopkins says that Dawson threw him down in the Los Angeles fight that ended in such a disappointing fashion, Dawson says he was just shouldering Hopkins off him in a protective move. Let’s hope that the sequel settles all doubts. (more…)

By Graham Houston After the disputed ending to their first fight, Saturday’s rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson wasn’t …


Scale Watch

Weights from Chester, WV

Jake Giuriceo 138 vs. Juan Santiago 138.5
Brian Minto 220 vs. Matt Hicks 253
Joel Diaz Jr. 128 vs Yogli Herrera 127
Morgan Fitch 164.5 vs. Romon Barber 160
Jaque Lutz 175 vs. Michael Wilmer 175
Bill Hutchinson 146 vs. Augustin Cicero 145
Sam Vasquez Jr. 147 vs. Damon Antoine 141
Venue: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, Chester, WV
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions

Jake Giuriceo 138 vs. Juan Santiago 138.5 Brian Minto 220 vs. Matt Hicks 253 Joel Diaz Jr. 128 vs Yogli …



Boxing Result

Oosthuizen, Del Valle, Pedraza victorious

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Unbeaten IBO super middleweight champion Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (19-0-1, 13 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Marcus Johnson (21-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okalahoma. In an entertaining slugfest, Johnson got off to a good start, but as the fight progressed the 6’4 South African southpaw Oosthuizen gained the upper hand sending Johnson to the deck with a body shot in round eight and closing very strong to win by scores of 98-91 on all cards.

In a very good fight, undefeated super bantamweight Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Christopher Martin (23-2-3, 6 KOs). Both fighters had their moments, but Del Valle was busier and scored a knockdown in round seven with a left hook. Scores were 100-89, 98-91, 97-92. (more…)

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME Unbeaten IBO super middleweight champion Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (19-0-1, 13 KOs) won a hard fought ten …


Boxing Result

Mack defeats Sheika in Atlantic City

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

In an important light heavyweight crossroads fight, former world title challenger Yusaf Mack (30-4-2, 17 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former 4-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (32-12, 21 KOs) on Friday night at Resorts in Atlantic City. Mack dropped Sheika in the twelfth round to punctuate a 119-107, 118-109, 118-109 victory. The USBA title was on the line.

In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight prospect Derrick Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) survived two seventh round knockdowns, then scored a knockdown himself in round eight to take an eight round 77-72 verdict on all cards over Sabou Ballogou (8-5, 3 KOs).

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside In an important light heavyweight crossroads fight, former world title challenger Yusaf Mack (30-4-2, 17 …


Boxing Result

Shocker: Grachev KOs Sillakh in 8th

Unbeaten light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout against previously undefeated WBC #2 contender Ismayl Sillakh (17-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Sillakh dropped Grachev in round three, but was mostly content to pick apart Grachev from the outside and seemed headed to to a routine decision win. However, Grachev finally rocked Sillakh in the eighth with a right hand and finished him with a sustained barrage of punches. Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at 2:18 as Sillakh sank to the canvas. Sillakh had been on the verge of landing a fight with the winner of Saturday’s Hopkins-Dawson rematch.

Undefeated junior lightweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Yaundale “Money Shot” Evans (16-1, 12 KOs) in just 2:02 of round one. Two knockdowns and the fight was over.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout against previously undefeated WBC …


Scale Watch

Weights from Toledo, Ohio

Bronco McKart 156 vs.Jose Medina 158.5
Adrian Wilson 144 vs. Patrick Boozer 144
Brandon Little 149.5 vs. Al Hall 153.5
Martin Tucker 137.5 vs. Devaris Crayton 142.5
William McElroy 148.5 vs. Emmanuel Medina 150
Rafael Gramajo 125 vs. Jimmy Small 127
Karinn Davis 190 vs. James Guy 191.5

Venue: Huntington Center
Promoter: Turner Boxing Productions

Bronco McKart 156 vs.Jose Medina 158.5 Adrian Wilson 144 vs. Patrick Boozer 144 Brandon Little 149.5 vs. Al Hall 153.5 …



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Weights from Pomona, CA

Photos: German Villasenor / TopRank.com

Roman Gonzalez 107.4 vs. Ramon Garcia Hirales 107.8
(WBA Mini Flyweight World title)
Alberto Herrera 146.6 vs. Anthony Lenk 147 lbs
Jesse Magdaleno 123 vs. Nick Fast 122.4 lbs
Tommy Turner 165.8 vs. Edgar Alvarado 166.8
Anthony Lenk 147 vs. Alberto Herrera 146.6
Lucky Boy Otomoso 147.6 vs. Larry Smith 147.2
Jesse Roman 139.8 vs. Jaime Orrantia 139.8
Venue: Fairflex in Pomona, CA
Promoter: Top Rank and Zanfer
TV: Azteca América and TV Azteca

Photos: German Villasenor / TopRank.com Roman Gonzalez 107.4 vs. Ramon Garcia Hirales 107.8 (WBA Mini Flyweight World title) Alberto Herrera …


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WBA KO Drugs weights from Venezuela

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Liborio Solís 114.50 vs Santiago Acosta 114.5
(interim WBA super flyweight world title)

Ogleydis ¨La Niña¨ Suarez 126 vs Pamela Benavidez 124
(interim WBA featherweght world title)

Alys Sanchez 125 vs Diana Garcia 126
WBA Fedelatin Featherweigh title
Venue: Coliseo El Limon, Maracay, Venezuela

By Gabriel F. Cordero Liborio Solís 114.50 vs Santiago Acosta 114.5 (interim WBA super flyweight world title) Ogleydis ¨La Niña¨ …


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At the scales in New Mexico

Weights & photos by Jose Leon Castillo III

From the Santa Ana Casino’s Cheenah Lounge in Bernalillo, NM for tomorrow night’s “Gold Rush” pro boxing event headlining Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado. This card is promoted by Golden Boy & Golden Girl Promotions:

Main Event:
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 134 lbs. vs. Fernando Carcamo 132.5

Hector Munoz 146.5 vs. John Revish 146
Brandy Montoya 117 vs. Natalie Roy 117
Matthew Baca 140 vs. Joshua Flynn *N/A
Jesus Correa Jr 160 vs. Charles Alderete 160
Yordan Perez lbs. 134 vs. John Herrera 132.5
Heather Jo Clark 124 vs. Chavira Jack 125 (more…)

Weights & photos by Jose Leon Castillo III From the Santa Ana Casino’s Cheenah Lounge in Bernalillo, NM for tomorrow …


Boxing News

Christy Martin’s ex convicted

Christy Martin’s ex-husband and trainer Jim Martin has just been found guilty of attempted manslaughter and aggravated battery. On Friday afternoon, an Orlando, Florida, jury returned with three guilty verdicts after less than four hours. He is facing a sentence of 25 years to life.

Christy now heads to Las Vegas to train with Miguel Diaz for her June 19th fight with Mia St John for the vacant WBC super welterweight world championship at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA. The show is being billed as “Final Victory” and promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions.

This will be final fight for both girls, with Christy trying to win her 50th fight.

Christy Martin’s ex-husband and trainer Jim Martin has just been found guilty of attempted manslaughter and aggravated battery. On Friday …



Boxing News

Mussachio back in action

Light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio is back in action Saturday evening, May 19 when he takes on Bill Bailey in a scheduled eight-round contest in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. Topping the seven-fight card is a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight contest between Harry Joe Yorgey, of Bridegport, PA, and Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA.

Mussachio, 32, of Wildwood, NJ, will be making his first start since Nov. 19 when he was stopped in the 12th round by Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, PA, for Wilson’s USBA cruiserweight title. The fight was up for grabs after 11 rounds with Mussachio ahead on two of the three scorecards. “I still think about that 12th round,” said Mussachio, who is determined to stay at light-heavyweight (175) rather than cruiserweight (200). “I only weighed 183 against Wilson. I’m a natural 175.” (more…)

Light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio is back in action Saturday evening, May 19 when he takes on Bill Bailey in a scheduled …


Scale Watch

Weights from Atlantic City

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Bernard Hopkins 173.5 vs. Chad Dawson 174.5
Seth Mitchell 241.5 vs. Chazz Withersppon 231.5
Shawn Porter 153.5 vs. Patrick Thompson 153.5
Mike Faragon 137.5 vs. Sergio Rivera 139.6
Lavarn Harvell 174.5 vs. Tony Pietrantonio 175.4
Julian Williams 154.5 vs. Hector Rosario 155.5
Phil Lo Greco 149 vs. Hector Orozco 149
Venue: Boardwalk Hall
Promoter: Golden Boy/Gary Shaw
TV: HBO
More photos…

Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Bernard Hopkins 173.5 vs. Chad Dawson 174.5 Seth Mitchell 241.5 vs. Chazz Withersppon 231.5 …


Boxing News

Chancellor relents, OKs Chavez-Lee for Sun Bowl

Bowing to pressure from El Paso officials, the University of Texas System chancellor has reversed a decision to disallow usage of the Sun Bowl for the June 16 WBC middleweight world title fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee. Among the conditions are no alcoholic beverages. According to reports, the security concern was fear that a war between rival drug cartels from nearby Ciudad Juarez could spill across the border. According to AP the cartels have declared the event a “neutral zone.”

Bowing to pressure from El Paso officials, the University of Texas System chancellor has reversed a decision to disallow usage …


Scale Watch

Gonzalez-Rojas Weights in Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale

Jhonny Gonzalez 125.40 vs Elio Rojas 125
(WBC featherweight world title)

Juan C.Sàlgado 130 vs Martin Honorio 130
(IBF super featherweight world title)

Julio Ceja 121 vs Cruz Carvajal 120.70

Venue: Gran Oasis Cancun Arena
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo, Pepe Gomez and Golden Boy P
TV: Televisa and FoxSports (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale Jhonny Gonzalez 125.40 vs Elio Rojas 125 (WBC featherweight world title) Juan C.Sàlgado …


Boxing News

New Stieglitz opponent named

After pullouts by former champion Mikkel Kessler and mandatory challenger George Groves, WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) will now face Australian Nader Hamdan (43-9-1, 18 KOs) on May 5 in Erfurt, Germany. “Now I feel a tingling excitement, because this is a really good fight,” said Stieglitz. The champion has only one more week to study his new opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. “A victory for me in Erfurt is currently the most important thing in my life. Finally, Arthur Abraham is all lined up to fight me. He’ll have that chance, but I must win in Erfurt.”

“After the short-term pullout of Groves, it was no easy task to fight a trained and fight-ready opponent from the WBO world rankings. But Nader Hamdan was luckily in intensive preparations for an Asia-Pacific title defense and could stop in immediately. Now the fight is perfect,” added SES-promoter Ulf Steinforth.

After pullouts by former champion Mikkel Kessler and mandatory challenger George Groves, WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) …


Boxing News

Minto Set for Mountaineer

Former WBO world title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (35-5 22 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Minto will face hard hitting, 6’4 250 pound Matt Hicks (13-6 12 KOs) in the feature heavyweight bout being presented by TNT Promotions.

Also, a pair of eight rounders will be featured. Super lightweight Jake Giuriceo (15-0-1) will battle Juan Santiago (13-8), while super featherweight Joel Diaz (8-0) collides with Yogli Herrera (22-14). In addition, local prospects Jaque Lutz (4-0), Morgan Fitch (4-0), Bill Hutchinson (2-1-1 and Sam Vasquez (1-0) will appear in separate bouts.

Former WBO world title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (35-5 22 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday at the …


Boxing News

Hopkins-Dawson, Gonzalez-Garcia weigh-in info

The official weigh-in for the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch card will take place today at 4PM in the Caesars Atlantic City Lobby. This event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

The official weigh-in for the Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. Ramon “El Principe” Garcia card will take place today at the “Finish Line Sports Grill” located adjacent to the Fairplex in Pomona. (2201 N. White Ave, Pomona, CA 91768) The weigh-in is scheduled for 2pm, with the fighters arriving by 1pm. This event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

The official weigh-in for the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch card will take place today at 4PM in the …


Boxing News

Rematch: Włodarczyk-Palacios II in Poland

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It was of course hard to negotiate with such an experienced and shrewd boxing businessman like Don King but I’m happy to announce that a WBC cruiserweight fight between defending champion Krzysztof “Diablo ” Włodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) and #1 WBC ranked mandatory challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO) will happen again in Poland,” said “Diablo” promoter Andrzej Wasilewski from 12rounds KnockOut Promotions. “Right now we are working on the possible fight date, but of course the most important fact is that the fight will be again in Poland,” added the Polish promoter.

The first fight between Włodarczyk and Palacios happened on April 2 last year, ending after an uninspired 12-round bout with controversial split decision for the hometown favorite. For the rematch, both the titleholder Włodarczyk and Puerto Rico’s Palacios are promising that the judges will not be needed and their rematch will end in the knockout.

By Przemek Garczarczyk “It was of course hard to negotiate with such an experienced and shrewd boxing businessman like Don …


UFC

The Year of the Menace continues

Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Michael Johnson is focused on moving up the lightweight rankings in 2012. If everything goes as planned, he’ll end the year on the cusp of being a contender . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Former Ultimate Fighter finalist Michael Johnson is focused on moving up the lightweight rankings in 2012. If everything goes as …


Boxing Result

Ortiz gets past Prieto

Photo: Alma Montiel

WBC silver super lightweight titleholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (24-0-1, 20 KOs) was nearly finished in the twelfth round by Javier Prieto (16-7, 11 KOs), but managed to survive until the final bell to retain his belt by split decision on Thursday night at the at the Expo Bancomer de Santa Fe in Mexico City. Scores were 115-113, 115-112 for Ortiz, 115-113 for Prieto.

Unbeaten bantamweight Tomoki Kameda (23-0, 15 KOs), from the famous Kameda boxing clan, won the WBC silver belt when previously unbeaten Jairo Hernandez (8-1, 4 KOs) didn’t come out for round eleven.

Former world champion Juan Urango (23-3-1, 17 KOs) returned from a two-year layoff to score a second round KO over Cristian “El Yaqui” Chavez (24-19, 12 KOs) in a welterweight bout. (more…)

Photo: Alma Montiel WBC silver super lightweight titleholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (24-0-1, 20 KOs) was nearly finished in the twelfth …


Feature Story

Gonzalez-Rojas presser

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a crowded media press conference for Mexican and International media, world champions Elio Rojas and Jhonny Gonzalez declared are ready to fight on Saturday at the Grand Oasis Cancun Arena for the WBC world featherweight title.

Jhonny Gonzalez: “I feel good for this fight. I’m the champion now. I won it in Japan and have made three defenses. I hope Rojas stands and fights and give a great fight for the good of boxing. Rojas came to Mexico, but I would have gone anywhere to fight and defend my crown. It’s time to prove myself ready for great things in this division.”

Elio Rojas: “I came here to get my belt. After an injury to my right hand [the title] went into the hands of the Japanese Hasegawa and now in the hands of Gonzalez. I am a great fighter and trained very hard for this fight. I feel good, I’m focused and will fight every minute like it was the first of the fight. I am sure to return to the Dominican Republic with my world title.” (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero In a crowded media press conference for Mexican and International media, world champions Elio Rojas and …


Scale Watch

Weights from Miami, Oklahoma

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

All six fighters participating on tonight’s ShoBox card made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Tommy Oosthuizen 169 vs. Marcus Johnson 169.5
Luis Del Valle 123 vs. Christopher Martin 123
Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza 131.5 vs. Gil Garcia 132.25

What the fighters said Thursday:

Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen: “Marcus might be hungry for a win but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost my hunger. The hunger comes from both sides and I’m still hungry to destroy whatever comes my way. I had a great camp in South Africa and I’m peaking at the right time. I feel sensational. Good luck to Team Johnson but I’m here to do a job.”

Marcus “Too Much” Johnson: “I guarantee you’ll see a totally different ‘Too Much’ tomorrow night. Winning tomorrow night’s fight would mean everything for me and my family. That’s why I’m here. A win tomorrow is going to change my family’s life. So I have to knock this guy off his pedestal.” (more…)

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME All six fighters participating on tonight’s ShoBox card made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Buffalo …


Boxing Result

Nunez stops Tamara in sixth

In an IBF flyweight eliminator for the #2 spot, Panamanian Ricardo “Matematico” Nunez (24-2, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former world champion Carlos “El Olympico” Tamara (22-7-1, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City.

In an IBF flyweight eliminator for the #2 spot, Panamanian Ricardo “Matematico” Nunez (24-2, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round …


Boxing Result

Kogawa keeps Japanese 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBC #14 Takuya Kogawa (19-2, 10 KOs), 112, kept his Japanese flyweight belt as he kept throwing pit-a-pat punches without precision and was awarded a debatable unanimous decision (96-95, 97-94 and 97-93) over lazy but more effective Tetsuma Hayashi (18-2-1, 6 KOs), 112, over ten rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.

Though entering spring, it was so heavily raining and was so unusually cold that this reporter at first became reluctant to go and see the national title bout at the Hall, but dared cover it since the Japanese belt was on the line. I should have stayed at home, drinking hot sake. It was only a disappointment to watch the lousy bout where the champ kept hitting the air and the challenger being lazy. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat WBC #14 Takuya Kogawa (19-2, 10 KOs), 112, kept his Japanese flyweight belt as …


Feature Story

Sheika vows to “break down” Mack

Photo: Ricardo Santiago/Nedal Promotions

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Omar Sheika (32-11, 21 KOs) will face off against Yusaf Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) for the USBA Light heavyweight title in hopes of continuing his quest to become a world champion. At 35 years old, Sheika knows his time is now, but he feels the light heavyweight division is his for the taking. It all starts though with a victory over Yusaf Mack on Friday night, which will not be an easy task to accomplish.

Mack has tested some of the best in the world, including the likes of former world champions Glen Johnson, Tavoris Cloud and has beaten former USBA light heavyweight titleholder Otis Griffin. Sheika also has taken on some of the greatest in the world such as ex-champs Roy Jones Jr, Joe Calzaghe and Markus Beyer and seems to have the nod in experience. The Patterson, New Jersey resident is confident that he has the style and game plan to defeat Mack. (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Omar Sheika (32-11, 21 KOs) …


Feature Story

Hopkins, Dawson Roundtable Quotes

Things are so tense leading up to Saturday’s grudge rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, that they didn’t even try to hold the standard fight week press conference. Hopkins and Dawson, however, did host a media roundtable to discuss their showdown at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Also on hand were heavyweights Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Chazz Witherspoon, who collide in the HBO opener.

Bernard Hopkins: “I’m a throwback. I live in a time where it is so microwavable that there is no time to cook, season, chop or marinate any more. I’m the last of a dying [expletive] breed. They were calling me old when I beat Trinidad 11 years ago. I have proven who I am. The reason I’m here is because Dawson didn’t do what he should have against Pascal. My biggest motivation has been adversity. I don’t drink or smoke and if some is drinking or smoking around me I get up. It’s called discipline. This fight all you hear is ‘Chad is bigger. Chad is stronger.’ Not that he is more talented.”

Chad Dawson: “It all depends on how Bernard comes in the ring. If he comes to fight, that is great. If he comes to lie down like he did last time, then I feel sorry for the people that bought tickets or are going to watch on HBO. The first fight wasn’t a long fight, but in the two rounds that it was, I was the one trying to press the fight. I was trying to make the action. Bernard just backed up the whole time and didn’t try to make the fight. I think people saw the difference between the size and the strength. It wasn’t many punches landed, but I did land a good right hand in the first round and he found out that night that I was serious. I have taken criticism in the past that I wasn’t in the best of shape, but that night I was all there. Mentally, physically, I was all there.

“If Bernard comes to fight and he wants to give the fans what they are looking for, and then let’s fight. I am here to fight and finish off what should have happened the first time we fought. I was supposed to be crowned light heavyweight champion. Last fight, he had no fire in his eyes. I could look at him from across the ring and I saw he didn’t want to be there that night. (more…)

Things are so tense leading up to Saturday’s grudge rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, …


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Weights from Austin, Texas

Photo: Square Ring

Weights for Friday night’s unprecedented clash of four undefeated fighters on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights being promoted by Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, are:

Ismayl Sillakh NABF Light Heavyweight Champion (17-0, 14 KOs) — 175 lbs.
Denis Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) — 174 lbs.
Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs) – 127.25 lbs.
Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) – 128 lbs.*

*Fortuna initially weighed in at 129.5 lbs. but was able to lose 1.5 lbs. to make the contracted catchweight of 128 lbs. within the 2 hour time limit under the Texas Commission rules.

Weights for Friday night’s unprecedented clash of four undefeated fighters on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights being promoted by Roy Jones, …


Scale Watch

Weights from Atlantic City

Yusaf Mack 174 vs. Omar Sheika 175
(USBA Light Heavyweight Title)
Derrick Webster 165.5 vs. Sabou Ballagou 170
Thomas LaManna 158 vs. Sean Wilson 160
Juan Rodriguez Jr. 146 vs. Daniel Crabtree 147
Alando Swain 157.5 vs. Wilkins Santago 157.5
Stivens Bujac 199 vs. Livin Castillo 201
Anthony Young 144 vs. Jose Javier Calderon 143
David Roman Curiel 154 vs. Dominique Foster 157.5
Venue: Resorts Casino
Promoters: Nedals Promotions & Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing
1st bell: 7pm

Yusaf Mack 174 vs. Omar Sheika 175 (USBA Light Heavyweight Title) Derrick Webster 165.5 vs. Sabou Ballagou 170 Thomas LaManna …


Boxing News

Pirog-Ishida set for May 1

WBO middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) will make his third defense of the title against WBO #11 rated Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs) on May 1, at Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. May 1 (a Tuesday) is “Spring and Labor Day” in Russia, an official holiday.

Pirog is coming off a 10th-round TKO win against Gennady Martirosyan in his last fight on September 25. Ishida gets the title shot despite a shutout loss to Paul Williams on February 18.

WBO middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) will make his third defense of the title against WBO #11 …










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