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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell stays unbeaten

Photos: Scott Raven Lightweight Tommy Coyle (20-2, 9 KOs) stopped former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (30-7, 24 KOs) with a single left ...

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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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Photos: Coyle destroys Katsidis; McDonnell

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Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Full Report: Yamanaka keeps WBC

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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



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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
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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

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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

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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.
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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

Scale Watch

Zappavigna, Diaz make weight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

IBF rated lightweights Lenny Zappavigna (25-1, 17 KOs) and Armeth Diaz (29-10, 20 KOs) weighed in today for their IBF elimination bout to be contested at the “Melbourne Pavillion” on Friday. Zappavigna was 134.7lbs while Diaz was 134.7lbs. The referee for the contest will be Robert Byrd. Judges are Glen Hamada, Yongsak Na Songkla, Ignatius Missalidis. The promoter of the event is Brian Amatruda and former IBF 130 pound champ Barry Michael

Light heavyweights Blake Capparello and Joseph Kwadjo meet in the co-feature.



August 4th, 2011

Feature Story

Agbeko-Mares undercard

Boxing promoters Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions will include a WBC United States heavyweight national championship, a World Boxing Association FEDECARIBE regional junior lightweight championship and a handful of boxing’s top undefeated rising stars on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME® Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All that pits International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko against undefeated WBC silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In a 12-round round bout, WBC #12-ranked heavyweight contender Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (17-1, 13 KOs), from Lyford, Texas, will take on Warren “The Hit Man” Browning (14-1-1, 9 KOs), from London, Ky., for the WBC U.S. heavyweight national championship.

The WBA FEDECARIBE super lightweight title will be on the line when undefeated Cuban-born Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (10-0, 7 KOs), from Miami, Fl. squares off against Jesse Carradine (7-1-1, 3 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio in a nine round fight.

Former interim WBO bantamweight/WBA flyweight Champion Eric Morel (44-2, 22 KOs), born in Puerto Rico but now fighting out of Madison, Wis., will be featured in a bantamweight attraction scheduled for 10 rounds against Daniel Quevedo (13-11-2, 8 KOs) from Los Angeles, Calif.

Undefeated lightweight rising star Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs), from Santa Ana, Calif., will risk his perfect record against “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-4-4, 6 KOs), from the boxing hotbed of Oxnard, Calif., in an battle slated for 10 rounds.

Also in action will be rising star Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) of Norwalk, Calif., who will put his unbeaten record on the line in an eight round junior welterweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)



August 4th, 2011

Announcement

Ex-Aussie champ Marceta passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former 1993 Australian super middleweight champion John Marceta was tragically murdered on Tuesday in Redfern, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Craig Charles Pitts, 28, has been charged with the stabbing murder of the 38-year-old Marceta. During his career, Marcetta scored 14 wins, 12 by KO, with 6 losses. In 1995 he captured the Australasian light heavyweight title. “John was a champion in and out of the ring,” said leading boxing trainer George Reno. “It is very sad that such a good man should die so young.”



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Meet Brandon Rios & Sergio Martinez

By Francisco Salazar

Having the opportunity to meet a boxing superstar is one thing. Having the opportunity to meet two on consecutive days is off the charts. Fight fans are invited to meet lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios on Friday night from 7-9PM at the El Dorado Mexican restaurant in Oxnard, CA. On Saturday afternoon, lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will visit the popular downtown restaurant from 4-6PM. Both fighters will be available for autographs and pose for photos with fight fans. The El Dorado, located at 601 S. Oxnard Boulevard, is celebrating a Grand Re-opening and has previously hosted meet and greets with local fighters. Both Rios and Martinez reside in Oxnard.



August 4th, 2011

Full Report

Olympic Trials: Day 4


Story and photos by Scott Foster

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials continued on Wednesday, with the unbeaten boxers contesting their final round in the champions bracket, and the once beaten fighters wrapping up their semi-final round in the challengers bracket . . . Click here for more



August 4th, 2011

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August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno signs an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions in Panama.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Aydin-Dan rematch ordered

By Boxing Bob Newman

Chris Ganescu, manager of WBC #5 welterweight Ionut Dan Ion, a.k.a. Jo Jo Dan, contacted Fightnews today to share news of the WBC’s order for Dan to face WBC Silver champion Selcuk Aydin in a rematch of their June 5, 2010 battle in Istanbul Turkey. Aydin won a controversial split decision and the WBC Silver belt in the battle of then undefeateds. The winner this time will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the September 17th WBC welterweight title fight between champion Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather. Dan’s manager Ganescu had this to say, “Jo Jo has no problem going on the road again! But I will do everything possible to keep this fight out of Turkey! I believe it belongs in North America- hopefully in Canada!” If both parties cannot agree to terms during the free negotiation period, otherwise pursebids will be held in Mexico City September 2nd.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Tshesane-Mhlongo for vacant SA title

By Ron Jackson

Page Tshesane and Nkululeko Mhlongo meet for the vacant South African junior middleweight title at the Mhuluzi Extension 7 Community Hall in Middleburg on Saturday. The title became vacant when Tshepo Mashego was stripped by Boxing SA for not defending his title within the regulated period. (more…)



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Meza-Clay returns Aug 13

Super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (30-3, 20 KOs) returns to Rivers Casino’s outdoor amphitheatre on Pittsburgh’s North Shore on August 13 against an opponent to be named. Also included on the fight card is Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor, “The Boilermaker” Billy Hutchinson, Jaque “Lights Out” Lutz, and more. Promoter Roy Jones Jr. will be on hand. Tickets are $100, $60 and $35. All ages are welcome to attend the event, but guests must be 21 years or older to enter the casino.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Sturm-Macklin rematch disconnect

By Karl Freitag

Last week Felix Sturm told Fightnews.com’s Wolfgang Schiffbauer that he has sent Matthew Macklin a contract for a rematch but still hasn’t received an answer. “He received a contract three days after the fight and he should man up and agree to the rematch,” said Sturm. “Everybody wants to see the rematch. He believes he beat me on June 25 and now he can prove that he is better than me. He would get a second chance to become world champion. Matthew, step up to the plate and let’s fight again!”

Macklin, however claims Sturm doesn’t want to fight him. “I don’t think he has any intention of pursuing a rematch with me,” stated Macklin. “If he wants to fight me again, it’s an easy fight to make, as he is his own promoter. I think he knows that he cannot beat me. He’s not going to come to Ireland or England. Fighting Sturm in New York would be great, but I would go back to Germany if I had to. I’d expect a fairer crack at the fight. I think the German officials would be under a lot more pressure to make sure things were on the level, given the controversy of our first fight.”



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Massachusetts turf war

It will be a battle for home state supremacy on August 20 when Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez puts his unbeaten record on the line in the main event of Broadway Boxing from Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs), a Worcester native, will battle another local favorite, Chris Traetti (10-2, 6 KOs), who hails from just down the road in Quincy. Since last June, when Rodriguez last stepped into the ring in his hometown, he has hit the road to score the two biggest wins of his career, a ninth round stoppage of James McGirt, Jr. to capture the WBC USNBC super middleweight title last November and a ten round decision over top-10 ranked super middleweight Aaron Pryor, Jr. in January. Traetti believes that those wins add weight on Rodriguez’s shoulders to perform that may pave the way to an upset. “I’ll get another fight because I promote my own shows,” said Traetti. “If he loses, there goes the world title shot. All the pressure is on him, and that is pretty liberating for me as a fighter.”



August 4th, 2011

Feature Story

Hasegawa decides to go on

By Joe Koizumi

Formerly two-class WBC champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, had been contemplating whether or not he would go on fighting after his shocking forfeiture of the newly acquired WBC feather belt via annihilation by Jhonny Gonzalez this April. Hasegawa, 30, declared he would return to ring warfare to pursue his fistic career once again at press conference on Monday at Shinsei Gym in Kobe, Japan. The Japanese lefty speedster registered ten defenses of the WBC bantam throne to his credit, but saw a nightmare when he coped with WBO ruler Fernando Montiel, succumbing by a fourth round TKO in April of the previous year. Having had a severe weight problem, Hasegawa jumped up two divisions and impressively acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by outhustling unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos on points last November. Hasegawa, however, engaged in a mandated initial defense with the official challenger Gonzalez, whom he outpunched with quick combinations to be leading on points but whose pulverizing right dramatically turned the tide midway in the fourth canto. Hasegawa said, “I’d like to prove my power in the feather class and hope to enjoy fighting from now on.” Hasegawa had been originally a speedster dependent on his strategy of hitting without getting hit, but his KO streak in five title defenses gradually changed him into a puncher that loved to mix it up. His reckless tendency might cause a couple of stoppages by Montiel and Gonzalez, so he had better return to his previously favorite hit-and-run tactics, if possible. If so, he may be successful again even in the 126-pound category.



August 4th, 2011




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