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DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions James DeGale told Andre Dirrell he is ready for war as the pair meet for the IBF World ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" final broadcast features ten-rounders in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions that will ...

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Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions The final press conference for Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took place today at historic Fenway ...

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Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank Unbeaten WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #3 super middleweight contender Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) of Mexico announced ...

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IBF Awards Banquet

IBF Awards Banquet

Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman The IBF awards banquet closed out the evening Wednesday at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Canada during the 32nd ...

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Boxing News

Theophane defends against Cook

Trans-Atlantic boxer Ashley “Treasure” Theophane defends his British Boxing Board of Control (“BBB of C”) light welterweight title July 23 in the 12-round co-feature against Welsh champion Jason “The Power” Cook on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, live from Wembley Arena in London.

“The Big Brawl” features undefeated Irishman Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) challenging British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in the 12 round main event . . . click here for more



July 7th, 2011



Boxing News

Fury shocked Chisora’s fighting him

Tyson Fury admits he’s been shocked by bad-boy Dereck Chisora before this month’s heavyweight grudge fight. Fury challenges for Chisora’s British and Commonwealth belts at Wembley Arena on Saturday, July 23 – and Tyson admits he can’t believe ‘Del Boy’ is actually going through with the fight being screened live on Pay-Per-View in the United States.

Tyson said: “I’ve been expecting a phone call to say Chisora has broken a toe nail and has had to pull out of the fight. I genuinely believe he’s a bully and we all know what happens when you stand up to a bully. I am surprised he hasn’t found a way to get out of fighting me. I think he would rather fight anyone in the world rather than me. This fight is personal. I don’t like him and want to take away his titles. I saw the way he kissed Carl Baker before they boxed and I want him to know that he’s not my type!” (more…)



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

The Colonel is back

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Photo: Karl Freitag

Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan is out of hospital after nearly six months after complications from a pacemaker he had installed in 2010 and contacted Fightnews to say he is now getting stronger by the day and ready to call the “Big Fights” very soon. “I have been in hospital for nearly six months,” said the Colonel. “I am out now and hope to be back at work in 2 to 3 weeks.”

The Colonel has called a record 900+ world title bouts around the Globe including the “Rumble in The Jungle “- Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman from Zaire and the “Thrilla in Manila” Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier from the Philippines. The Colonel has been a regular visitor to Australia over several years where he has called fights featuring Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, Robbie Peden and Shannan Taylor. The Colonel was a special guest at the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009 in Melbourne.



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Female title tripleheader in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

A female world title tripleheader will take place at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on September 22. It was announced today by Futur Promotions with four contestants in attendance. WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), a Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3), Thailand, over ten rounds in the main event. Newly crowned WBC 105-pound ruler Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs; amateur record 18-3, 10 stoppages), a Japanese hard-puncher, will risk her throne against official challenger and WBC silver titlist Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), a 21-year-old Thailander, in a ten-round semi-final. In a quest for the newly established WBA 102-pound championship named “Light Minimumweight” class will fight Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), a busy-punching Thailander, and Mari Ando (7-3, 4 KOs), a Japanese puncher, over ten. Supporting the tripleheader will be a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger against the WBC female 130-pound champ between veteran Japanese and current OPBF lightweight ruler Fujin Raika (22-6-1, 9 KOs) and ex-WBC champ Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs), a Canadian who once defeated Raika at her home turf four years ago. The winner will be supposed to have a mandatory shot at the victor of the next WBC title go between legitimate champ Frida Wallberg of Sweden and Olivia Gerula of Canada.



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Report: Hatton to retire

The Manchester Evening News has reported that former world champion Ricky Hatton is set to officially announce his retirement later today. He has not fought since being kayoed by Manny Pacquiao in 2009. He had planned a ring return last year, but it never came to fruition. Later he had some highly publicized personal problems and lost his boxing license. Hatton will now focus on his promotional company Hatton Promotions.



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

It’s on: Braekhus vs. Holm

Sauerland: "Biggest fight in women's boxing"

Later this year, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on US superstar & pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated showdown that has been a long time in the making. The fight will take place at one of Team Sauerland’s shows in Europe in September or October and will be promoted in association with Fresquez Productions. “We are thrilled to have finalised all the details for this mega fight,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “We have been working on this clash for a long, long time. It’s the two best female fighters out there battling it out. What more can you ask for? I am sure that Cecilia will cement her position as the world’s top female fighter with a spectacular victory. I can’t wait to see the two of them in the ring.” (more…)



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Williams, Lara Quotes

Photo: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor

Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the HBO telecast in a scheduled 12-round bout, which also features WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Chris Arreola and Friday Ahunanya will also engage in a 10-Round Heavyweight bout and Jhonny Gonzalez will take on Tomas Villa in a 12-Round battle for the WBC Featherweight Championship. More Photos…



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Rossy-Harris for USBA belt

On July 16th, Carla Hill Promotions will present a championship card of professional boxing at Resorts in Atlantic City that will be highlighted by a USBA heavyweight title bout between Maurice Harris (24-15-2, 10 KOs) and Derrick Rossy (25-4, 14 KOs). Carla Hill Promotions is headed by Carla Hill, who is the wife of former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill. “I am excited about this card and starting my first show off with a championship fight of importance”, said Carla. Future Hall of Famer, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will be making an appearance ringside. Tickets are priced at $125; $100; $75; $55 and $40 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster; The Resorts Box Office or calling 609-453-7994
The Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30



July 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Rios-Antillon final presser

Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Aside from some one-on-one, in-your-face jawing during a face-off for photographers, both Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios and Urbano Antillon were well-behaved and civil to each other during Wednesday’s final press conference for their highly anticipated world title fight this Saturday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Rios and Antillon had spent weeks jawing, and at one point the heated verbal exchanges nearly caused them to come to blows, but Wednesday at Wilshire Grand Los Angeles their focus solo was on Saturday when Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship against Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Kameda-Singwancha update

By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Bobby Qbix

The undefeated champion Tomoki Kameda and his challenger Pumar Dondee Singwancha met at a press conference this Wednesday at the New Otani hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. Kameda (19-0, 12 KOs) and Singwancha (8-1-3, 2 KOs) will meet for the WBC bantamweight World Youth Title which holds the Japanese Kameda, who has made his boxing career in Mexico. (more…)



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Bute vs. Mendy officials named

Officials for the Lucian Bute – Jean Paul Mendy, July 9th IBF Super middleweight title bout in Bucharest Romania have been assigned.
The undefeated Mendy (29-0-1) gets a shot at the IBF title held by Bute (28-0) but perhaps with some concessions. For starters the match will be a homecoming for Bute held in his home court, Bucharest Romania. The referee will be Marlon Wright from Canada who has been the man in charge for seven of Bute’s 12 round title bouts. Most notably the October 24th 2008 bout when Bute had a good evening almost end in disaster. (more…)



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

More Rios-Antillon Pics

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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July 6th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from New York City

Bryant Pappas 161 1/4 vs. Allen Medina 157 1/4
Danny Valle 130 vs. Angel Torres 132
Stephon Owusu 145 vs. Angel Rios 147
Michael Ocasio 174 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Juan Perez 146 vs. Andrew Jones 147
Venue: 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Rios-Antillon Presser

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Orozco

By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club

Award winning manager Frank Espinoza announced to Fightnews today that fast rising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego, California has signed a promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Orozco, who’s compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts since turning professional three years ago in June of 2008 following a tremendous amateur career, signed the contract earlier this afternoon at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles, California. (more…)



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Williams-Lara press conference

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) who on Saturday night will fight undefeated Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) will headline HBO’s “Boxing after Dark” show from Atlantic City, but this Goossen Tutor and Golden Boy Promotions card promises at least a couple more July fireworks with undefeated and WBA #1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging Tokyo’s pride Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) for his WBA super bantamweight title, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) defends his belt against Tomas Villa (23-7-4, 14 KOs) and Cris Arreola (32-2, 28 KOs), WBC #2, IBF #4 and WBO #8 heavyweight contender, will fight his fourth bout this year versus Nigeria’s Friday “The 13″ Ahunanya (24-7, 13 KOs). More photos…



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Nava-Torres II Presser

By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the official announcement was made for “Cuentas Pendientes,” the rematch of that great battle between Jackie” The Aztec Princess” Nava and Anna Maria “The Warrior” Torres last April 16 in Veracruz, Mexico, which culminated in a draw. This time these beautiful Mexican ladies will face each other on July 30th at the Metropolitan Arena of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico in a historic battle for the first WBC women’s diamond belt in the bantamweight division. more photos



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Quillin on a mission

From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year. Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

New foe for Gesta

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 10 KO’s) of San Diego will now face Jorge Pimentel (22-11 1NC, 17 KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Gesta was originally scheduled to face Francisco Lorenzo, but Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that Lorenzo had problems with obtaining a visa for this weekend. This will be the first time Gesta will fight under the Top Rank banner.



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Tarver ready for Green

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is 100% focused on defeating Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 20 but has not bothered to watch any film of “The Green Machine ” boxing. He will arrive two weeks prior to the fight in Sydney and is very confident he will be the next IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams also said that Green comes in with elbows and head and anything goes and that he is very primitive but throws a lot of punches with no defense. (more…)



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

DeGale gets Euro title shot

Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked WBO #3 has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year.

“Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back,” said DeGale. “I’ve been hard in training since my last fight and I’m ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I’ll be in great shape. The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I’m a positive person and now I’m focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title.”



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Burgos returns July 22

Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) will look to continue his winning ways on July 22nd, as he faces off against Mexican countryman Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in the 10 round main event of the hottest card of the summer of 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also featured on this seven bout card will be rising Colombian star Darley Perez (2-0, 16 KOs), local favorites Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Jonathan Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), and junior welterweight prospect Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs).



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Big July for Huck

Inside and outside the ring, July will be a special month for WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck. The 26-year-old power puncher (32-1, 23 KOs) will make the seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KO´s) in Munich on July 16 before getting married two weeks later. “The next weeks will be huge for me,” he said. “Of course I want to get married as world champion. That´s why I have to take care of business against Garay.” (more…)



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Linares with Roach in L.A.

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA/WBC two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is already training with trainer Freddie Roach. Linares arrived from Narita, Japan to begin his boxing preparation on U.S. soil in the renowned Wild Card Gym. “I will do my best, I’ve started a new change in my career and my personal life. For now my goal is a title shot,” Linares said. No fight scheduled yet although some sources had said August or September.

Note: Linares’ handlers want to make it clear that Jorge has not left Japan permanently. He simply moved his training camp to Los Angeles as he had a great opportunity to train with Freddie and get to work with some of the best sparring partners. He is still officially fighting out of Japan, still promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and this is just a new change for the fight camp.



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Sosa wants Pongsaklek in Mexico

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Photo: Pepe Rodriguez

Mexican flyweight star Edgar Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) is confident that his promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia and his manager Jacques Deschamps will join efforts to bring WBC flyweight champion, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (81-3-1, 44 KOs) to Mexico now that the free negotiation period has started to organize the fight between both fighters. In the event no agreement is reached, there will be a purse bid. Edgar Sosa said he would work hard in the gym, as his promoters do the same to bring Pongsaklek to Mexico. “I’ll do a better preparation than I did to fight Brian Viloria. I think that fight can be won, he is a dangerous fighter, but I will be smarter than him,” Sosa commented. In the case that Sosa would have to go to Thailand against Wonjongkam, people around him think he would have to win by way of knockout because it would be almost impossible to remove the title from Pongsaklek by decision in his homeland.



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Wladimir Klitschko’s Haye summary

After unifying the titles, WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko takes a look back at the Haye story.



July 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Rios-Antillon media workout

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Although they were kept apart and at opposite sides of the building, the bad blood and war of words between unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., continued during a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym. For more details and photos click here…



July 5th, 2011

Boxing News

The Tension Builds

There’s no shortage of intensity when it comes to Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon! The anticipation continues to build as the two fighters go head-to-head in a heated exchange. Don’t miss a minute of the action on Saturday, July 9th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.



July 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Rios-Antillon Media Day

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum met reporters at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood as Rios prepares for his upcoming world lightweight title fight against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon on Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Antillon was also on hand. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. more photos



July 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Chisora: Fury a dreaming pretender

British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) believes undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) is nothing more than a dreaming pretender, as they prepare to throw-down July 23 in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, airing live in the United States from Wembley Arena in London.

“Fury brings a dream, little else, into the ring,” Chisora said about his UK archrival’s chances in the 12-round main event. “He is a poor man’s version of (Wladimir) Klitschko – upright and robotic. He’s like a tall tree and, like a tree, if you chop away at the trunk the tree will fall.”

“The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times. (more…)



July 5th, 2011




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