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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Jose Ramirez 140.8 vs. David Rodela 141.4 Andy Ruiz 272.6 vs. Kenny Lemos 266.2 Michael Finney 151.6 vs. Wilkins Santiago ...

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

Photo: Ping Nepo Eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao put on an awesome display at his media workout on Friday. Members of the ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt ...

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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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Fight for Water 3 Weights

Fight for Water 3 Weights

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143 lbs!  Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri

143 lbs! Pacquiao already

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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Boxing Result

Mercedes defeats Maldonado

Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez

WBO #8, IBF #12 super flyweight Juan Mercedes (26-3, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over former world title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (35-7-1, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 95-95. Click here for more photos…



August 5th, 2011



Boxing Result

Paris KOs Coleman in 7

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

In a grudge match, undefeated junior welterweight Vernon “The Iceman” Paris (25-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Coleman dropped Paris in round two, but Paris came back to put Coleman down twice with body shots in round six. The fight ended in round seven when Paris put Coleman on the deck again with another body shot.

The battle between undefeated junior lightweight Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan (14-0-2, 8 KOs) and former world champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs) ended in a four round technical draw. The fight was stopped due to a head clash that left Cruz with a vertical cut over the right eye. Scores were 39-37, 37-39 and 38-38.

Featherweight contender Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KO’s) stopped Adolfo Landeros after the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but it was all Franco as he landed at will against the durable Landeros (21-21-2, 10 KO’s). After the fourth round ended, Landeros’ corner advised referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the fight.

Unbeaten lightweight Michael Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a nice second round TKO over Ira Terry (24-6, 14 KOs). Referee Raul Caiz waved it off at 2:32.



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Cazares to face Shimizu in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

Two-time world challenger Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9 KOs), ex-Japanese flyweight champ popular among female fans due to his handsome face, will have his third ambitious crack at the WBA super-fly belt against Mexican veteran Hugo Cazares (35-6-2, 25 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on August 31. It will be the first of a world title twinbill, supporting a WBA bantam title go between defending titlist Koki Kameda (25-1, 16 KOs) and David De la Mora (26-0, 16 KOs) at the Nihon Budokan (Japan’s Martial Arts Hall) in the center of Tokyo. Shimizu, formerly a university amateur boxer, failed to win the 112-pound belt twice—both within the distance—from Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand in 2007 and compatriot Daisuke Naito here the next year. Against Naito, Shimizu was obviously leading on points thanks to his successful hit-and-run strategy before a pitiful come-from-behind tenth-round stoppage. Cazares, three years his senior at 33, wrested the WBA throne by frustrating Nobuo Nashiro with his puzzling switch-hitting en route to a unanimous verdict in a rematch in Osaka in May of the previous year. Since then, Cazares kept his belt four times, including a lopsided decision over Hiroyuki Hisataka last December. For Cazares, Japan may be a good market that attracts him to come back.



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Diaz stops Zappavigna

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

World rated lightweight Armeth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Lenny Zappavigna (25-2, 17 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at the Melbourne Pavillion in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. on Friday. Diaz showed good power in round one by connecting with solid combinations to the head of the Aussie 135-pounder. Zappa responded by scoring with power shots to the body that hurt the Panamanian. In round two Diaz dropped Zappavigna with a hard right hand to the jaw but he survived to hear the bell. Zappa outworked Diaz in round three and inflicted a cut over the visitor’s eye in round four. Diaz dropped Zappavigna again in round five from a solid combo to the head and the cornerman of the Australian entered the ring to advise referee Robert Byrd they did not want Zappa to continue. Time 2:32. Diaz will now be rated IBF #1 and will challenge Miguel Vasquez the the world title. For more details and photos click here…



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Photo of the Day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Hard-punching unbeaten Welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso of Nigeria trains at the Wildcard Boxing Club for his upcoming Top Rank debut on the big Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Daniel Ponce De Leon fight card,Sept. 10 in Atlantic City,NJ. Lucky Boy, an extremely hard puncher who is trained by Freddie Roach will box 8 rounds. Click here for more photos…



August 5th, 2011

UFC

UFC 133 at the scales

UFC 133 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 6!


Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

From Philadelphia for tomorrow nigh’s UFC 133, which is headlined by the light heavyweight rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz and the middleweight battle between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see live UFC 133 preliminary bouts, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Rashad Evans (204.4) vs. Tito Ortiz (205.8)

PPV
Vitor Belfort (185.4) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (184.6)
Dennis Hallman (170.8) vs. Brian Ebersole (170.6)
Jorge Rivera (184.6) VS Costa Philippou (185.2)
Rory MacDonald (170.6) VS Mike Pyle (170.8)

SPIKE TV PRELIMS
Matt Hamill (206) vs. Alex Gustafsson (204.4)
Chad Mendes (145.8) vs. Rani Yahya (145.2)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Ivan Menjivar (138*) vs. Nick Pace (135.8)
Johny Hendricks (170.8) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
Mike Brown (146) vs. Nam Phan (145)
Rafael Natal (185.4) vs. Paul Bradley (185.2)

For more info the UFC or UFC 133, visit www.UFC.com



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Inside the Adamek camp

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz

“Those guys are not giving me an easy time, but this how it supposed to be when you fighting Vitali Klitschko for his WBC belt. I’m healthy, everything is fine and I’m ready to go and give my 100 percent on September 10 in Wroclaw. Nobody will be disappointed and I will be the first man on the planet with championship titles in the three heaviest classes: light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight.” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) from his training camp in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. Adamek, under watchful eye of his trainer Roger Bloodworth, is working with two unbeaten American heavyweights, Malik Scott (32-0, 11 KO) and Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KO).

“Nobody could exactly replicate Vitali’s style of fighting, but those guys are giving their best to do so,” added Adamek, “and I do what I can to make their job as tough as possible. I know that Vitali will be ready because this is what we both expect: a great fight front of 40,000 plus fans…with no excuses whatsoever.”



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Marquez on HBO

HBO will distribute the November 12 pay-per-view clash between Manny Pacquio and Juan Manuel Marquez. “After reviewing spectacular offers from HBO/TW and SHO/CBS, congrats to HBO/TW for securing distribution for Nov 12,” tweeted Top Rank president Todd DuBoef. HBO has issued a statement confirming.



August 5th, 2011

UFC

Video: Hopkins-Evans uncut

UFC 133 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 6!

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August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Free WBC webcast Saturday

No thanks to Kelly Pavlik, but boxing fans do still have a fight to watch on Saturday night courtesy of WBCBoxing.tv, which will present a championship boxing webcast, free of charge. The webcast, which is not available in Mexico, will take place at 10:30PM ET, 7:30PM PT. In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds from Gimnasio Municipal in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, super flyweight slugger Jose “Sugar” Salgado (25-1, 22 KOs) of Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, will challenge Carlos Ariel “Tortita” Farias (12-3-1, 1 KO) from Villa Tesei, Argentina, for the vacant WBC International title. (more…)



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Agbeko, Mares ready for battle

As the countdown begins for The Bantamweight Tournament Final, meet the two boxers who fought their way to the top of the class: Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. Saturday August 13th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Coleman-Paris erupts

By Phil Doherty

Light welterweight prospects Tim Coleman and Vernon Paris got things a little mixed up yesterday. The location was right, but the brawl that broke out in the lobby of the Chumash Hotel & Casino in San Ynez California was a day early. The 23-year-old Paris (24-0, 14 KOs) is set to make his national debut on tonight’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights for Coleman’s USBA light welterweight title. Paris– nicknamed “The Iceman,” lost his cool after the two fighters crossed paths with cross words near the lobby front desk yesterday around 11:00 AM Pacific time.

The 27-year old “Pit Bull” Coleman (19-1-1, 5 KOs) went off his leash after the smack talk turned into smack down and security frantically scrambled to restrain both sides. The camps found themselves subsequently exiled to various surrounding hotels preceding tonight’s bout. The two fighters participated in separate weigh-ins yesterday afternoon to prevent a repeat of the morning meltdown. (more…)



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Delvin: Wolak is avoiding me

On July 15th, Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak engaged in a ten round war that ended in a ten round majority draw. There was immediately talk of a rematch. Delvin has now commented on the situation. “I am reading all these different reports that Wolak has signed with a new manager (Wolak dropped long-time manager Ivan Edwards following the fight and signed with Cameron Dunkin), and he is speaking about other fighters and fights, but I really haven’t heard him say anything about our rematch. This guy was supposed to be one of the roughest toughest guys in the sport, and we have a fight of the year like we did and it ends in a draw and now he doesn’t want to have a rematch? Everyone has been asking when the rematch will take place, but by the looks of it, he doesn’t want it. I even read one report that said he ultimately decided to fire his manager because his manager suggested he take the rematch with me and Pawel was “annoyed that he would even bring that up”. I had a lot of respect for Pawel before we fought, and him continuing the way he did in our fight with his eye like that I had even more respect for him, not a lot of people would have fought through that. But now, he seems to be avoiding me. If he is the real warrior he says he is, and all about pleasing the fans, then let’s make this rematch happen. The other fights can wait, we have business to finish.”



August 5th, 2011

Full Report

Olympic Trials: Day 5


Story and photos by Scott Foster

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials resumed on Thursday, with the once beaten boxers contesting their final round in the double elimination challengers bracket. Winners of tonight’s bouts will face the unbeaten boxers in the champions bracket Friday night, and if successful, must box an immediate rematch on Saturday, with the victor representing the United States in London, England . . . Click here for more



August 5th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC weigh-in today

Live today at 4 PM ET/ 1 PM PT on UFC.TV

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August 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Sato, Watanabe keep belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

WBC#3/WBA#5 super-fly Yota Sato (22-2-1, 11 KOs), 115, kept his national 115-pound belt as he had a tough time with busy-punching speedster Yoshihito Ishizaki (6-2-1, 4 KOs), 114.75, but controlled the second half with a successful stick-and-move strategy, winning a close but unanimous decision (96-95, 97-94 and 97-93) on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Sato, making his fourth defense, didn’t look as sharp as usual early in the contest with Ishizaki scoring with light but busy combinations to have it a close affair. Sato, a lanky jabber, began to utilize his superior footwork and kept circling with stinging lefts that hurt the less experienced upright stylist. The champ was in command in the last three rounds to confirm his triumph.

In the first of a twinbill, OPBF welter champ Akinori Watanabe (23-4, 21 KOs), 147, an awkward but hard-hitting southpaw, also retained his regional belt when he dug a wicked left uppercut to the liver of OPBF top ranked Korean ruler Jung-hoon Yang (6-3, 2 KOs), 145.25, sinking him in agony for the count at 2:46 of the fourth session. Watanabe decked his initial defense since he dethroned compatriot Yo Inoue via second round demolition, capturing a couple of OPBF and national belts at once this April. With more sophistication Watanabe will technically improve more since he still throw a punch at a time.

Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

“Veneno” Rubio Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC has given Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. until June 4, 2012 to make his mandatory defense against top rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio. But Rubio is growing tired of waiting and is frustrated that he can’t get his title shot sooner. “I’ve received no explanation why it is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has refused to face me for the WBC middleweight belt,” says Rubio. “I am the #1 mandatory challenger and for a long time, since before Chaver Jr was world champion. Chavez Jr has not given me an answer. I don’t understand why he doesn’t want to fight and says he will fight with Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez……all they are doing is lengthening his agony because sooner or later I’ll have an opportunity to get him in the ring and then nobody will be able to protect him.”

While he waits, Rubio could fight on September 3 against an opponent to be named. Ishmael Tetteh of Ghana has been mentioned as a possibility.



August 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Results from Houston

By Peter Lim

Welterweight Rogelio De La Torre upped his record to 6-0 (4 KOs) after scoring a picturesque one-punch knockout of Miguel Pizarro, 2-4 (1 KO) in the second round at the Rio Grande Events Center in Houston. De La Torre caught Pizarro smack on the chin with an overhand right that left Pizarro flat on his back long after the count of 10 was completed. Junior welterweight Juan “Pancho” Copado made a successful pro debut by stopping Robert Lujan, 0-2, in the first round. Copado dropped Lujan to his knees with a right to the body and ended the affair moments later with a left-right-left hook that felled Lujan for the full count. In other bouts, switch-hitting super flyweight Ashley Alvarado, 4-0 (2 KOs), outpointed southpaw Brandi Montoya, 0-2, over four rounds. And light heavyweight Terrence Woods, 9-2 (6 KOs), dropped Jessie Orta, 7-16-2 (4 KOs), in the second round en route to a four-round decision victory. The card was staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions.



August 5th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Chumash

Tim Coleman 140 vs Vernon Paris 140
(USBA junior welterweight title)
10 rounds super featherweights co-feature
Art Hovhannisyan 130 vs Cristobal Cruz 130*
Luis Franco 127.5 vs Adolfo Landeros 128**
Michael Anderson 148 vs Bernardo Guereca 151.75***
Michael Faragon 134.75 vs Ira Terry 129
Ruffino Serrano 128.25 vs Johnny Frazier 130
Sergio Nunez 134.5 vs Ricardo Cubillas 135****

* = Cruz made weight on third try
** = Landeros made weight on second try
*** = Guereca 3.75 pounds overweight
**** = Cubillas made weight on third try

Venue: Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, CA
Promoter: Gary Shaw
TV: ESPN2
Click here for fighter quotes



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Caballero-Barros Purse Bid

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA World Championships Committee has decided to call to a purse bid the fight for the world featherweight championship between Argentinian champion Jonathan Barros and former world champion Celestino Caballero of Panama. The Purse Bid will be held on Tuesday August 16, 2011, at 11:00AM at WBA Headquarters in Panama. Minimum bid is $120,000. Barros gets 75%, Caballero 25% The bid will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.



August 4th, 2011

UFC

Belfort climbs mountain again

UFC 133 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 6!

Vitor Belfort isn’t going anywhere. Despite his UFC 126 loss to Anderson Silva in their middleweight championship bout this past February, “The Phenom” is not about to let the longtime titleholder off the hook just yet. He’s still shooting for Silva, and that’s not just the word from the UFC vet, it comes from the whole family . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

For more info the UFC or UFC 133, visit www.UFC.com



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Margarito cleared for Cotto rematch

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito was cleared by doctors to be able to return to the ring for a December 3 rematch against WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City. However, Francisco ‘Pancho’ Espinoza, one of Margaritos’s managers said that many details remain unresolved in the contract which could be addressed next week when he meets with promoter Bob Arum. “Mr. Arum has said he will fight Cotto in New York but has not determined the weight or title or anything. No problems going on December 3. Doctors gave him the approval and Margarito is training. He has never stopped training. We hope to meet with the promoter to determine what will be done. And move forward.”

Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) has not fought since November 13 last year when he lost a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao resulting in a serious injury to the right side of his face and eye. The Sport Press learned that among the details that have yet to be agreed on is the weight> It is being proposed that the fight be held at 150 instead of 154.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Manny sick of waiting for Floyd

From TMZ: Manny Pacquiao wants a judge to declare him the winner in his ongoing legal war with Floyd Mayweather — claiming the Pretty Boy has been LYING HIS FACE OFF to get out of being deposed by Manny’s lawyers. Manny filed the papers today in Nevada as part of his defamation suit against Mayweather — in which he claimed Floyd falsely accused Manny of using steroids. According to the documents, Manny’s camp offered up 24 dates for Floyd to be deposed — but Mayweather kept coming up with excuses as to why he couldn’t show up for any of them. Manny claims Floyd often blamed his intense boxing training for the scheduling issues — but says it’s all BS … because on many of the days Floyd said he was training, he was seen partying at various nightclubs in Vegas and Atlanta. Point is — Manny says he’s SICK AND TIRED of waiting around for Floyd and wants the judge to issue a default judgment in his favor, making Manny the winner … and entitling him to damages. No word on how much $$$ Manny is looking to pocket from the lawsuit.



August 4th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez

Luis Maldonado 111 vs. Juan Mercedes 115
Luis Rodríguez 137 vs. Luis Joel González 136
Gabriel Cruz 113 vs. Jonathan González 114
José Ramon Sánchez 153 vs. Giovanni Rodríguez 154
Ned Lopez 123 vs. Kenneth Rivera TBA
Nelson Agosto 143 vs. Kenneth Díaz 142
Jan Carlos Molina TBA vs. Jesús Pagán 109
Iván Vázquez 135 vs. Jesús Javier Cintron 134
Venue: Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Top Rank Inc.
Click here for more photos…



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Sal Sanchez II Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II is training hard for his next bout on August 13 in Mexico City against compatriot Adan Garcia (15-4-1, 11 KOs) for the WBC featherweight CABOFE title. “We are training hard because to me every fight is a different challenge,” stated Sanchez II. “I want to show that I have strong will and ambition to achieve a world title shot. Every time I strive more for me to prove I’m not here by my name or chance. I’m here because of my desire to be world champion.” (more…)



August 4th, 2011




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