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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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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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Boxing News

Polish Prince will be back on March 17

By Przemek Garczarczyk

24-year-old, WBO #9 ranked light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 11 KO), who has won eight straight fights by KO since moving to the 175lb division, will be back on March 17. “I will fight in UIC Pavilion in Chicago,” said Fonfara, who left for a Colorado training camp. “I should know more in couple of days. It’s possible, that this fight will be an NABF title fight, but it all depends of our long-term plans. My team received a couple of interesting offers and we are trying to set up the best possible year for my development. It will be a breakthrough year for me,” said Fonfara, who works with longtime Andrew Golota trainer Sam Colonna. (more…)



January 7th, 2012

StrikeForce

Rockhold defends Strikeforce middleweight title tonight on Showtime!

Luke Rockhold Defends The Strikeforce Middleweight Title Tonight: Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold defends the title against UFC veteran Keith Jardine, plus King Mo Lawal takes on Lorenz Larkin and Robbie Lawler faces Adlan Amagov! Tonight, January 7 at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime, part of the Showtime Free Preview Weekend Jan. 6-8

Watch Showtime For Free Jan. 6-8: The Showtime Free Preview Weekend starts today – for more information and to see if your cable provider is participating, visit sho.com

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For more info on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
For more on Strikeforce, visit www.Strikeforce.com



January 7th, 2012


Boxing News

Schaefer identifies ‘mystery man’ and reveals WBA will order a Khan-Peterson rematch

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has now identified the mystery man with the black hat. “His name is Mustafa Ameen and the IBF have confirmed to us his name, and they have confirmed to us that he’s involved in an official capacity with the IBF,” Schaefer told Sky Sports News. “However, he was not in Washington in an official IBF capacity, but the IBF asked the Washington commission to issue him a credential so that he could attend the fight.”

Schaefer also stated, “We have been informed today by the WBA that they will order an immediate rematch. We received a verbal confirmation today and we will get a written confirmation by next Tuesday.”



January 7th, 2012

Feature Story

Pacman wants Floyd but…

By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao said on Saturday that he was delighted that Floyd Mayweather has been allowed to postpone his 90-day prison term, telling Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that a matchup with the undefeated American “is a better match.”

Coming a few days before Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum visits Manila to discuss Pacquiao’s next fight, Mayweather was permitted to defer his prison sentence so he can fulfill his obligations to fight on May 5 in Las Vegas. Arum will have four proposals that he will present to Pacquiao next week and among those being eyed for his much-awaited return to the ring are Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto.

Now that Mayweather seems to be available, Pacquiao will raise the matter with Arum once they meet.

This latest development on Mayweather doesn’t actually guarantee that a proposed super showdown between the two claimants to the mythical title of pound-for-pound king can be easily made. (more…)



January 7th, 2012


Boxing News

Nevada boxing officials demand explanation from Floyd before issuing boxing license

By TMZ

Floyd Mayweather is NOT properly licensed to fight in Nevada on May 5 … despite having the judge’s blessing … and TMZ has learned state officials are demanding to speak with Floyd in person before they will allow him to fight. TMZ spoke with Keith Kizer — Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission — who tells us all fighters must apply for a license annually … but fighters with a conviction are sometimes required to plead their case to the commission in person. (more…)



January 7th, 2012

Boxing News

FBHOF 2012 Inductees to be named today

The inductees for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced by President Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 2PM today during the 2nd Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser. Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) and many other VIP guests will be in attendance to lend their support, sign autographs, take pictures and meet everyone who comes by. The famed gym, which has trained boxers from 63 different countries and produced 10 professional world champions is located at 1929 Winkler Ave in Fort Myers, Florida.



January 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Rubio starts hard training in Mexican mountains

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Friday, middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio began training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the Mexico State for his long awaited fight with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on February 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rubio should have about three weeks of high altitude training. “I want to train as hard as possible,” said Rubio. “I feel very motivated. This is a fight I’ve waited a long time for and I want to be at my best. I have faith that I’ll win that night.”



January 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Stieglitz ready for first world title defense of 2012

Photos: Eroll Popova

Today in his hometown of Magdeburg, Germany, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz finished the sparring phase of his preparations for his January 14 fight against Henry Weber, the first world title defense of any champion in 2012.

“I’m prepared!” declared Stieglitz. “The fight against Henry Weber is on Saturday next week. For my fifth title defense I had a great number of sparring rounds with, for example, Stjepan Bozic, Christopher Rebrasse and my two stablemates, the light heavyweights Robin Krasniqi and Dennis Simcic. Especially Stjepan Bozic was very useful because he is tough and had a great performance against Henry Weber in their last fight. My trainer Dirk Dzembski found the right motivation program in the last two months after the postponement of the fight against Mikkel Kessler and so eight months without a fight. This year 2012 will be my year. Starting with Weber on January 14th I’m highly motivated to cross my gloves with all the other champs in my division!” More photos



January 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Sportscaster Curt Menefee is leaving the ShoBox team. His main job is hosting the Fox network’s “Fox NFL Sunday.”

SHOWTIME will televise jr middleweights Paul “The Punisher” Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida on February 18. The bout is expected to land in Corpus Christi, Texas, with heavyweight Chris Arreola featured in the TV opener.

Boxing 360 has signed heavyweight prospect Joey Dawejko (5-0, 2 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. The 21-year-old Polish-American fighter is scheduled to fight January 13 at home in Philadelphia against an opponent to be determined.



January 7th, 2012

Boxing Result

Ramos, Figueroa victorious

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Undefeated lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (21-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ramos overcame a cut in round three and continued pressure from Beltran to take a 97-93, 97-93, 96-94 win over ten. Beltran, Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner, arguably did enough to win and was furious about the one-sided scoring.

Also, in a war between unbeaten lightweights, Omar Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KOs) broke down Michael Perez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) with a brutal body attack and Perez could not come out for round seven. Figueroa had problems making weight, but never showed any effects in a very impressive performance. (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Boxing Result

Davis outpoints Lopez in snoozer

WBA #9, WBC #10 super middleweight contender Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KOs) pounded out a dull ten round unanimous decision over Alfonso Lopez (22-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round showdown on a cool January night outdoors at Mallory Square in beautiful Key West, Florida. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 in a clinchfest.

In an eight-round junior middleweight match-up Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) won a split decision over previously unbeaten Steven Martinez (11-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 77-75 77-75 Douglin, 77-75 Martinez.



January 6th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Hollywood, Florida

Weights from Reynaldo Sanchez

Ed Paredes 155 vs. Michael Lozada 162
Jessy Cruz 120.5 vs. Trevis Hall 121.5
Claudio Marrero 125.5 vs. Francis Ruiz 121.75
Humberto Savigne 172.5 vs. Quintin Rankin 173
Yuniesky Gonzalez 185 vs. Terrance Smith 184.75
Jesus Rojas 120.75 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 121.75
Chris Velez 144.25 vs. Anthony Woods 142
Radivoje Kalajdzic 175 vs. Persus Givens 176.75
Tureano Jonson 161.75 vs. Eddie gates 166.75
Venue: Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
Promoter: Acquinity Sports
TV: Telefutura



January 6th, 2012

StrikeForce

Strikeforce at the scales in Las Vegas

Weights by Anthony Springer Jr.

From the Hard Rock for  Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, airing Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 pm ET/PT as part of Showtime’s free preview weekend. Plus, check out all the evening’s preliminary bouts on Showtime Extreme beginning at 8:00pm ET / PT. This event is headlined by the Strikeforce middleweight title fight between Luke Rockhold and Keith Jardine, and bouts between Robbie Lawler and Adlan Amagov and “King” Mo Lawal and Lorenz Larkin.

Strikeforce middleweight championship
Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Keith Jardine (185)

Main Card
Robbie Lawler (186) vs. Adlan Amagov (186)
Mo Lawal (205) vs. Lorenz Larkin (206)
Tyron Woodley (171) vs. Jordan Mein (169)
Tyler Stinson (170) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (170)

Prelims
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. James Terry (171)
Gian Villante (206) vs. Trevor Smith (205)
Ricky Legere (171) vs. Chris Spang (171)
Estevan Payan (160) vs. Alonzo Martinez (160.5)

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For more info on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
For more on Strikeforce, visit www.Strikeforce.com



January 6th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights From Mexico City

Video Courtesy of Hector Islas and Pepe Rodriguez

Edgar Sosa 111.9 vs. Roilo Golez 110
(WBC International flyweight title)
Ramon Ayala 134.9 vs. Carlos Velasquez 134.9
Venue: Foro Polanco in Mexico City
Promoter: Ricardo Maldonado



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Mystery Man indentified (sort of) + photo

Photo: Mike Greenhill

Fightnews.com photographer Mike Greenhill snapped a photo of the alleged “mystery man with the black hat” in the ring after the fight. Golden Boy CEO Richard Shaefer informed Sky Sports News today that the man is an IBF official who was not assigned to the Khan-Peterson fight. Schaefer would not reveal the name of the “mystery man” saying his lawyers advised him not to do so.

As reported earlier, Amir Khan has posted a series of messages and photos on Twitter questioning the actions of the “mystery man” who according to video footage appears to be carrying on an ongoing discussion with WBA supervisor Michael Walsh, as well as handling the scorecards during the fight.



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather’s jail sentence delayed

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa has given Floyd Mayweather until June 1 to serve his jail sentence, thus allowing Floyd to fight on May 5 as scheduled against an opponent to be named. A last minute appeal by Mayweather’s legal team convinced the Las Vegas judge to allow Floyd to fulfill “prior commitments and contracts.”

As far as Floyd’s opponent, Golden Boy has floated the name of WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Another possibility may be former IBF featherweight/super featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, who has been campaigning long and hard for a shot at Mayweather.



January 6th, 2012

StrikeForce

Q&A with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

2012 is set to be one of the biggest years in the history of Strikeforce. With more muscle behind it courtesy of being purchased by MMA powerhouse Zuffa (owners of the UFC) and a brand new deal with Showtime, the promotion aims to reach more eyes and keep putting on amazing fights. Fight News caught up with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker ahead of this weekend’s fight at The Joint inside the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas to get his thoughts on the upcoming card, the fate of the women’s division and whether Strikeforce will finally get the recognition it deserves. (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Magdeburg, Germany

Photos: Eroll Popova

Robin Krasniqi 174.4 vs. Hakim Zoulikha 173
(WBO Europe light heavyweight title)
Denis Simcic 174.8 vs. Tomas Adamek 174.8
Francesco Pianeta 241 vs. Zack Page 210
Dennis Ronert 194 vs. Armen Azizian TBA
Dominic Bösel 175 vs. Dominik Ameri TBA
Norman Jendrejczyk 242.5 vs. Martin Stensky TBA
Andrei Maurer TBA vs. Vladimir Fecko TBA
Venue: Maritim-Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
More photos…



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Khan says mystery man interfered with scorecards

Former WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Amir Khan says an unidentified “mystery man” in a black hat interacted with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh and interfered with the judges’ scorecards during his upset loss to hometown favorite Lamont Peterson in Washington DC. “I want to know who this man is,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “He had no accreditation. At the end of the fight he was straight over Peterson’s people, celebrating with them.” Khan also posted numerous photos of the “mystery man” online and the BBC reportedly contacted Welsh who refused to reveal the mystery man’s identity.



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Jürgen Brähmer hoping to re-ignite his career

Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) is hoping to get a shot at another world title sometime in 2012. But first he has to show that he can actually go through with a fight. Brähmer pulled out of three consecutive title defenses on late notice citing illness or injury and was stripped of his belt by the WBO. 21 months since his last fight, he’s now going to give it a try once again on January 28 against Spaniard José Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) in Hamburg. Despite causing three straight promotional disasters for Universum Box-Promotion, Brähmer says he has agreed on a contract extension and is now ready to focus on boxing.



January 6th, 2012

StrikeForce

Sanchez-Ellenberger headlines UFC on Fuel TV Feb. 15

The Octagon® returns to Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents an intense welterweight bout between top contenders Diego Sanchez and Omaha native Jake Ellenberger. Sanchez, the season one winner of The Ultimate Fighter®, and Ellenberger, a winner of five straight, will collide at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. It will be the first UFC main card featured live on FUEL TV, as a part of a three-hour broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Prizefighter sells out more than a month in advance

The first Prizefighter of 2012 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on February 11 with the Light Welterweights II has completely sold-out. promoter Matchroom Sport claims to have assembled “the best line-up in the tournament’s history” as the 23rd edition of the groundbreaking one-night tournament hits the area for the first time. Fighters include unbeaten Dale Miles and Tyrone Nurse alongside former British champion Barry Morrison, English welterweight king Adil Anwar and major title challengers John Watson, Young Mutley, Dean Harrison and Mark Lloyd.



January 6th, 2012

StrikeForce

Strikeforce: ‘King Mo’ has been here before

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Muhammad Lawal (8-1) sat at yesterday’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine press conference and looked like he didn’t have a care in the world.

With his now trademark headphones slightly above his ears, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion looked down through most of the conference and only perked up when correcting CEO Scott Coker about his weight class (Coker mistakenly referred to Lawal as a middleweight). (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Mayweather to start jail stint today

WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to begin serving his 90 day sentence in a county jail in Las Vegas today after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge last month. With good behavior, Floyd could be back on the street in 60 days. Floyd’s legal situation has scuttled a possible May showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Pacman is now expected to choose his next opponent from a short list consisting of Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson. A decision could be made as soon as this weekend for a May or June date.



January 6th, 2012

Feature Story

Acquinity Sports Presser

By Phil Doherty
Photo: Hector Gabino

Newly-formed promotional powerhouse Acquinity Sports held a top-class press conference yesterday from the swank Boca Prime Steakhouse in Boca Raton for this Saturday’s card at the Hollywood Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. Headlining the Telefutura-televised card is current WBO Latino champion and Hollywood hometown resident Ed “The Lion” Paredes (28-3-1, 18 KOs). Paredes squares off against tough Mexican puncher Michael Lozada (39-9-1, 31 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

Paredes took the podium to tell his local and national fans: “This is an important fight for me, I’ve trained very hard for this fight and Saturday night will show how ready I am to take the next step in my career.” Lozada believes he has the goods to knock off the young “Lion,” responding: “There is no hometown advantage for Paredes. I have the experience and the power to win this fight.”

Fightnews had a chance to catch up with Acquinity Sports Boxing promoter Henry Rivalalta during the festivities to discuss the upcoming card. (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Video: Andre Ward belted in Mexico City

Video: Pepe Rodriguez



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Zanfer Promotions protests Marquez stripping

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

Zanfer Promotionsis protesting the removal of Juan Manuel Marquez as WBA lightweight super champion for failure to defend his belt.

“We totally condemn the action of WBA and our company Zanfer will defend to the last our fighter, a great example to world boxing such as Juan Manuel Marquez, and send a letter immediately to the offices of the WBA asking them to reconsider and reinstall Juan Manuel as super champion. We are also asking for an explanation of this unfair action against our fighter. We are confident that by sending the letter to the leaders of the WBA that they’ll reconsider and realize the error and injustice committed against Juan Manuel and what it represents. What has been achieved by Juan Manuel with much effort fighting in the ring can’t be deleted from a desk just because.”



January 6th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Key West, Florida

Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions

Dyah Davis 166.75 vs. Alonso Lopez 167
Steve Martinez 153.75 vs. Denis Douglin 154.5
Venue: Mallory Square, Key West, Florida
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN2 (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Photos: Bob Ryder

Pete Cantu 136 vs. Joel Flores 135.5
Sidney Gurley 164.5 vs. Cameron Allen 163.5
Juan Goode 245 vs. Keyonn Graham (TBD)
Rick Dufty 202.5 vs. Ryan Rawls (TBD)
Lane Staal 168 vs. James Denson (TBD)
Leandre White 150.5 vs. Dorain Hatcher 162 (Hatcher to reweigh on Friday)
Chris Finley 141 vs Gabriel Morris 141
Bowe Vincent 160 vs. Patrick Boozer 150 (Boozer to reweigh Friday)
Mickey Ward attended weigh in to meet and greet press and fans. Ward will also attend fights on Friday night.

Promoter: Donofrio Entertainment in association with Jackie Kallen and Palace Sports
Venue: Palace of Auburn Hills (more…)



January 6th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Opelousa, Louisiana

Mason Menard 135 vs. Rynell Griffin 132.1
Bobby Bryant 154 vs. Anthony Middlebrooks 153.1
Josh Joseph 147 vs. Allan Moore 147
Cody Richard 139 vs. Dedrick Bell 136.1
Joey Bryant 135 vs. Travis Bedwell 133.4
Deandre Neal Robinson 153 vs. Nathan Kenning 151
Bailey Bobbitt 173.2 vs. William Johnson 173.2
Venue: Evegaline Downs Casino, Opelousa, Louisiana
Promoter: Boxncar Promotions



January 5th, 2012

Scale Watch

Weights from Indio, California

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Luis Ramos 134.8 vs. Raymundo Beltran 134.2
Michael Perez 134.6 vs. Omar Figueroa 134.4
Michael Finney 148 vs. Hector Orozco 145.4
Ricardo Malfavon 154.6 vs. Stephen Rubalcaba 154.2
Naphi Mohammad 130.4 vs. Rocco Espinoza 129.8
Christopher Pearson 155.8 vs. Cleven Ishe 155.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: SHOWTIME (more…)



January 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Ward receives WBC belt in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC

WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward received his world title belt from WBC President Jose Sulaiman in Mexico City at Thursday. Ward won the Showtime super middleweights tournament by defeating Carl Froch by unanimous decision on December 17 in Atlantic City to unify the WBA/WBC titles. “I would like to be world champion in different divisions and I would face Julio Cesar Chávez,” said Ward. “The WBC title is important and a boxer’s dream to achieve. I admire Mexicans champion like Julio Cesar Chavez and Juan Manuel Marquez. I hope to keep this crown for a long time.” Click here for more photos…



January 5th, 2012

Boxing News

WBC will approve Chavez-Rubio clash

The World Boxing Council unanimously approved that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., must defend mandatorily against Sergio Martinez, but leaving open an opportunity for both parties to agree to an interim bout as both had TV dates already reserved, Chavez on February 4th and Martinez on March 15th. As no news of any agreement was received at the WBC offices, and per virtue of February 4th being a month away and March 15th about two months away, the Board of Governors of the WBC has ruled to accept both engagements according to the rules, but with the indication that the winner and WBC champion after the 4th of February must defend mandatorily against Martinez, if he wins over Mathew Macklin. The WBC is waiting the requests in writing to approve the bouts.



January 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Universum, Dimitrenko rift widens

Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch says he is very disappointed with the behavior of heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko, who accused Kluch of unprofessionalism and announced that after his contract expires in September he’s working with a new promoter. Kluch believes Dimitrenko may be mad because he hasn’t been offered a contract extension. He says he’ll continue to work on attractive fights for Dimitrenko, but expects the fighter to get refocused on the sport and show good performance. “His last two fights were frankly not a recommendation for an early championship fight,” said Kluch. “He must clearly show more and keep working. The gap between his performance and his demands has now gotten quite far apart and he had better come back down to earth.” The 6’7 Dimitrenko is 32-1, 21 KOs and rated WBC #2, WBO #2, WBA #8 and IBF #7.



January 5th, 2012

StrikeForce

Mr. Woodley Goes to Las Vegas for Strikeforce

He only fought twice in 2011, but Tyron Woodley has been anything but a slacker between fights. In fact, he can now add gym owner to a list of titles that include Strikeforce welterweight contender, dad, and husband. But he’s managing to keep his head above water as he juggles the multiple roles . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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For more on Strikeforce, visit www.Strikeforce.com



January 5th, 2012




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