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ESPN Weights from Reading, Pennsylvania

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions Jamel Herring 134.5 vs. Denis Shafikov 134.5 Patrysk Szymanski 153.5 vs. Wilky Campfort 153.5 Stephen Fulton 122 vs. Christian Renteria 119 Erik ...

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Weights from Ciudad Juaraz

Weights from Ciudad Juaraz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Zulina Muñoz 115 vs. Vanesa Taborda 115 (WBC female super flyweight title) Fernando Cárcamo 143 vs. Carlos Gorham 143 Juan Montiel 155 vs. ...

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Weights from México City

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Big Fred planning to spank Big Baby

Undefeated WBO #8, WBA #9, IBF #14 heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (17-0-1, 15 KOs) says he's ready to KO "Big" Fred ...

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Cherry tops Rhodes, Douglas stops Collado

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Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez’ house robbed

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Saturday WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez went with his wife and three children to celebrate his 30th birthday, 50th win and his victory in El Paso over Rogers Mtagwa, and when he returned to his home he discovered it had been ransacked and a new vehicle was stolen. “It’s disappointing,” said Gonzalez. “Everything was stolen. Computers, televisions, jewelry and my white 2012 Jeep Compass…they stole like $50,000, but in the end everything is material and my family is OK and that’s what’s important.”



September 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto-Margarito Presser

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the public press conference to kickoff the world tour to announce their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Thousands of Puerto Rican fans booed Margarito, shaking their fists at him. “COTTO, COTTO, COTTO” chants over and over – huge turnout of fans. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View. more photos



September 19th, 2011


Boxing News

Cunningham ready for Hernandez

IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) will put his belt on the line against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany on October 1. Cunningham, who has already beaten reigning WBC, WBA and WBO world champions, is now set to face the WBA interim titlist in Hernandez. “I believe him to be the best challenger for me right now.,” says Cunningham. “I think he’s a good fighter and will bring a good fight. I want to put on a great fight for the German fans and would love for it to be the fight of the year.” (more…)



September 19th, 2011

Announcement

George Benton passes

George Benton died this morning, September 19, 2011 at 3:40 AM, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Philly. He had been in the hospital the past few weeks battling pneumonia. No funeral arrangements have been made yet. Benton was a great fighter, trainer, and one of the true legends of Philadelphia boxing. He will be greatly missed.



September 19th, 2011


Boxing Result

Charlie keeps OPBF 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA#7 OPBF super-welter champ Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 19-1-1, 13 KOs), 153.75, an ex-US military worker now residing in Tokyo, kept his regional belt as he came off the deck in the fourth, fought back hard, dropped back Yoshihisa Tonimura (15-6-4, 4 KOs), 153.75, in the tenth to win a unanimous decision (116-110, 116-111 and 115-112) over twelve give-and-take rounds in Zama, Japan, on Sunday. (more…)



September 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Margarito in Puerto Rico

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Antonio Margarito arrives in Puerto Rico late Sunday night for his upcoming public press conference in San Juan,Puerto Rico Monday to kickoff the world tour to announce his highly-anticipated World Championship rematch on PPV against Miguel Cotto, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden. more photos



September 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Gary Shaw speaks at Ring 8 meeting

This Tuesday at 7p ET in Long Island City

Promoter Gary Shaw will be the special guest speaker at this Tuesday’s monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

Gary Shaw Promotions has promoted and co-promoted some of the most significant shows in boxing history plus Shaw has promoted many of the biggest names in boxing. (more…)



September 19th, 2011

UFC

Blueprint: Hughes vs. Koscheck

UFC 135 is LIVE on PPV Sept. 24!

Take a quick peek at the reigning UFC champions. Notice any recurring themes? I’ll give you a hint: it is a nine-letter word. Come on. You know what it is. Wrestling. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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September 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Sturm opponent named

WBA #3 middleweight Martin Murray (23-0, 10 KOs) will challenge WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm at the SAP Arena, Mannheim on December 2. Murray will be bidding to become the first Hatton Promotions fighter to win a world championship crown.

The undefeated 28-year-old said: “I am absolutely buzzing and have so much motivation to go over there and beat Sturm. I first knew about the fight in early September, but we couldn’t say anything until the contract was signed. I have started an 11 week training camp at Oliver Harrison’s gym and come fight night I will be in the shape of my life. I have been ready for this chance for about nine months, but I seemed to slip under the radar because everybody talks about Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker as the main middleweights in Britain.” (more…)



September 19th, 2011

Column

Mayweather, Alvarez fights reviewed

By Graham Houston

Referees came under fire in two big fights this weekend, Joe Cortez for his confused officiating in the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz, of course, but also, to a lesser extent, Wayne Hedgepeth for his stoppage of the Saul Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight in Los Angeles. To a lesser degree, Tony Weeks received a bit of criticism for docking Jessie Vargas a point for a low blow in the fight with Josesito Lopez.

Obviously, Mayweather’s fourth-round knockout win over Ortiz was the big talking point of the weekend, and I can’t fault Mayweather for firing the two fight-ending shots against an opponent who wasn’t expecting to be hit. If Ortiz wanted to give Mayweather a second hug in apology for Ortiz’s blatant butt, instead of obeying the dictum “protect yourself at all times,” well, that was his choice. These are professional boxers, not amateurs boxing in the Olympics. Time was “in”, and Mayweather had an opponent standing in front of him with his guard down. Did anyone really expect Mayweather to follow a gentlemanly code of conduct, especially after, moments earlier, Ortiz had inflicted a cut inside his mouth by butting him? (more…)



September 19th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Mayweather-Merchant

Courtesy TMZ

Larry Merchant told Floyd Mayweather last night he would kick his butt if he were only 50 years younger, but today at LAX he told our camera guy … that probably wouldn’t have been the case. Merchant described his run-in with Floyd as “kind of exhilarating in its own way” but acknowledged he probably could never have taken Floyd in a fight — no matter his age. He described Floyd’s controversial knockout as a “legal sucker punch” but said Floyd was an “a prima donna, an outstanding fighter, … a modern reality show in progress.”

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September 19th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao Camp Reacts

Four members of Team Pacquiao have given brief comments to the Philippine Star newspaper on Saturday’s Mayweather-Ortiz clash in Las Vegas.

Manny Pacquiao: “Very poor sportsmanship…[but] it was not illegal.”

Trainer Freddie Roach: “Cheap shot…I think [Cortez] lost control.”

Advisor Mike Koncz: “Poor sportsmanship…I agree it was a cheap shot.”

Legal Advisor Franklin Gacal: “Ortiz was too trusting. It was his fault. But Floyd showed he is not a sportsman in its true sense.”



September 18th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Alvarez-Gomez

Ringside by Francisco Salazar & Miguel Maravilla
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda

Maybe it was the words that his opponent Alfonso Gomez said about him in leading up to the fight. Or the thousands of fans in attendance that were chanting his now-familiar nickname.

Whatever, it was, Alvarez felt right at home in the center of the ring on Saturday night. Although he had a good fighter in front of him in Alfonso Gomez, Alvarez did not leave his fans disappointed after the fight . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Mayweather-Ortiz

Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

What’s the number one rule in boxing? Defend yourself at all times, no matter what. Floyd Mayweather proved that rule still holds true as he crushed Victor Ortiz with a controversial two-punch combination in the midst of an Ortiz apology for an intentional head butt that obliterated him in the fourth round of their hyped-up clash. The victory earned the undefeated fighter the WBC welterweight crown, but that was merely a sidebar to what took place on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2011

Feature Story

Postfight: Mayweather vs. Ortiz

Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

A tearful Mayweather gave thanks to his family, team and God for another stellar outing that resulted in a knockout victory.

This was a far different Mayweather than the one seen in the ring clobbering Victor Ortiz with a combination that caught Ortiz off guard after he apologized for an intentional headbutt . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Alvarez, Gomez speak

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Just like in the rest of the boxing world, the conversation at the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez post fight press conference held in the Chick Hearn press room located in the lower bowels of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA, quickly turned to the controversial ending of the “Star Power” main event between newly crowned Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz.
“I would have done the same to him if he would have done it to me,” the 21 year old WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez said when asked what he would have done if Mayweather had cold cocked him like he did Ortiz. “Both of them made mistakes, Victor was first and he didn’t pay attention. Boxing should be a clean sport but sometimes you have to respond but boxing should be clean.” For more details and photos click here…



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Aiken steps in for Attah

By Phil Doherty

Former IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-8-1, 12 KOs) stepped in late last week to replace Daniel “The Prophet” Attah in the main event against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (28-6-2, 16 KOs)for next Friday’s “Future Superstars” card from The Seminole Hard Rock. Panther Promotions located the former world titlist within hours after learning of Attah’s inability to make the fight due to lower back pains suffered during his intensive training camp. The ten-round contest highlights a varied card showcasing male and female boxing talent from all over the country, including New York City, Texas, Colorado, New Jersey and Florida. (more…)



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Morales talks

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone

With his back against the wall, Erik Morales rose to the occasion.

Facing a scrappy and relatively unknown fighter in Pablo Cano, the veteran roared back in the tenth frame. Morales blasted Cano with a series of right hands that opened up a cut over Cano’s right eye. Another stiff right unleashed a stream of blood. The fist-to-face trauma shut Cano’s right eye and prompted the initial stoppage that saw Morales emerge victorious . . . Click here for more



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Female tripleheader in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

All foreign contestants have arrived in Tokyo, Japan, prior to a female world title triple-header promoted by Futur Promotions on this coming Thursday.

Unbeaten WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs), whose amateur mark was 47-3, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound ruler Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3, no KO), from Thailand, over ten rounds. WBC 105-pound titlist Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs), a hard-hitting ex-amateur national champ, will risk her belt against top contender Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), Thailand, over ten. Japan’s Mari Ano (7-3, 4 KOs) and Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), Thailand, will dispute the newly established light-minimumweight championship (102-pound) in a ten-rounder. Also, OPBF lightweight champ Raika Fujin (22-6-1, 9 KOs) will engage in a rematch with Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger over ten. (more…)



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather Quotes


Photo by Chris Cozzone

“This was another unbelievable performance. A lot of people want to know what happened. There were a couple head butts. Sh*t happens in the sport of boxing.

“Protect yourself at all times.

“You wanted to see a knockout and that is what I gave you. (more…)



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Victor Ortiz Quotes


Photo by Chris Cozzone

“I fouled Floyd, I apologized in the ring and apologized after the fight as well. I would really like the rematch.

“I thought the ref called a break and I am pretty sure he did and then I was like ‘whoa, whoa,’ and then I woke up after.

“You learn quite a bit from each fight individually, but I am still not convinced that he [Mayweather] is the greatest. I was doing just fine and then there was a little slip up. (more…)



September 18th, 2011

Full Report

Hoskins derails Nave comeback

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos by Stephanie Trapp/www.cargocollective.com/trappfotos

The promotional slogan for the welterweight bout between 50-year Paul Nave and his undefeated opponent, 24-year old Brandon Hoskins, was “It Ain’t Over Till Its Over!” Unfortunately for Nave and his supporters, the improbable ride might finally be over as youth was served Friday night at Albert Park Field in San Rafael, California.

In the fifth fight of his comeback – after nearly ten years out of the ring – Nave dropped an eight-round majority decision to the undefeated Hoskins (16-0-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 78-74 and 78-73 in favor of the faster, younger, and more active Hoskins. For more details and photos click here…



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Erik Morales Quotes

“We are very happy. Two years ago we contemplated this return. We thought about it and took a break. We wanted to come back strong, to make this dream come true and win the world title. (more…)



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Canelo Alvarez Quotes

“I felt inspired by the crowd. Much appreciation to the fans here tonight. I dropped him in the first round. I knew it was only a matter of time. The opponent was well prepared and taking his time. It is not my job to judge the referee on the stoppage.” (more…)



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Alfonso Gomez Quotes

“He is a good counter puncher. I felt I could continue. He’s a great fighter. He hits pretty hard. I think the fight was even to that point. I think he was a little too premature. He was looking for a reason to stop it. He was asking me questions and I was answering and responding.” (more…)



September 18th, 2011

UFC

Ellenberger stops Shields

NEW ORLEANS, September 17 – It was almost a no win situation for Jake Ellenberger, fighting longtime welterweight star Jake Shields in the UFC Fight Night main event Saturday after Shields’ decision to fight on after his father Jack passed away on August 29th. But with Shields’ decision to carry on with business, it meant that Ellenberger had to do the same, and in just 53 seconds, the Omaha power puncher ended an emotional night at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a first round TKO of Shields that put him squarely in the title picture . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Cortez: Floyd did nothing wrong

Referee Joe Cortez told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Mayweather’s KO punch was a legal shot. “Time was in,” Cortez said. “The fighter needs to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing wrong.” Your comments?



September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather-Merchant erupts

WBC welterweight Floyd Mayweather and HBO Commentator Larry Merchant got into it during Saturday night’s post fight interview.

WARNING SALTY LANGUAGE

Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake. You know that? So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I’m through! Put somebody else up here to give me an interview.

Merchant: What are you talking about?

Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you! You don’t know shit about boxing! You ain’t shit! You’re not shit!

Merchant: I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass!

Mayweather: You won’t do shit!

END OF INTERVIEW
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September 18th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather KOs Ortiz

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) to claim the WBC crown in round four on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ortiz had a good round two, but Floyd was back in charge in the third. After an Ortiz attempt at an intentional headbutt in round four, Cortez broke the action and deducted a point from Ortiz. Cordoba called time back in and Ortiz went to Mayweather, embraced him and apologized, Mayweather then clocked Ortiz with two shots as he was stepping back and knocked him out. Click here for more photos…



September 18th, 2011

Boxing Result

Alvarez stops Gomez in 6

By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Canelo knocked down the former “Contender” star with a jab late in round one, but Gomez was more embarrassed than hurt. Gomez held his own until round six when referee Wayne Hedgepeth suddenly stopped the fight after a Alvarez barrage. Gomez still had some fight in him. Time was 2:36. (more…)



September 17th, 2011

Boxing Result

Morales wins 4th world title

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Mexican ring legend Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) made history by becoming the first Mexican fighter to claim world titles in four weight divisions. Morales scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten late sub Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC super lightweight championship on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales broke open a see-saw battle and badly busted up Cano’s face late in the fight. Cano’s corner stopped the fight after the tenth. The 21-year-old WBC #12 Cano took the bout on short notice after Lucas Matthysse pulled out.

In a clash between promising super lightweight prospects, undefeated Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs). Lopez was the aggressor, Vargas was busier and prevailed 95-94, 96-93 on two cards. Lopez was up 95-94 on the third card. Vargas was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight. (more…)



September 17th, 2011

Boxing Result

Gesta defeats Perez

Photo: Phil Soto/Top Rank

Unbeaten WBO #2/WBA #9 lightweight Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (23-0-1, 12 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over game Manny Perez (16-7-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona. Gesta stalked Perez but was never able to catch him clean. Perez tried to stay out of range with occasional flurries. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 99-91.

Unbeaten super lightweight KO Arist Jose Benavidez (13-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Dedrick Bell (6-10, 4 KOs) in the first round. Benavidez floored Bell twice in the 89 second affair. For more details and photos click here…



September 17th, 2011

Boxing Result

Fury halts Firtha in 5

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Paul Childs Livepic/Action Images

WBC #13, WBA #15 heavyweight Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha (20-9-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at historic King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 6’9 reigning British and Commonwealth titlist landed big shots from the get-go leaving Firtha’s face bloody after the first round. Fury dominated round two, as well. Firtha, however, rocked Fury in round three with an overhand right that had him hurt and desperately holding on. Fury got back on track in round four, landing good shots and getting a credit for a knockdown at the end of the round. Fury was in command again in round five and the bout suddenly, inexplicably waved off by referee John Keane even though Firtha was still very much in the fight. Time was 2:19. (more…)



September 17th, 2011

Boxing News

Lewis backs Mayweather

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“You can’t hurt what you cant hit – this summarizes the chances of Ortiz in tonight fight against Floyd Mayweather Junior in MGM Grand,” former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told Fightnews.com. “Speed nullifies power and Ortiz will realize very quickly what I’m talking about. On the other side, you never know when fighters are getting old. This is basically Ortiz’ only chance – to hope that Floyd will get old tonight. If not, Mayweather has a too much a big time experience, he’s to quick to be bothered by Ortiz power. It’s not Ortiz’ time yet.”



September 17th, 2011

Boxing Result

Rojas stops Gomez in 8

By Robert Coster

WBC featherweight “champion in recess” Elio “The Kid” Rojas (23-1, 14 KOs) returned to the ring after an absence of over 17 months, stepping up to the jr lightweight class and putting on a clinic by halting Mexican tough guy Arturo “Guerrero” Gomez (18-18-5, 8 KOs) in eight rounds in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Gomez, a much better boxer than his 50-50 record would indicate, was popular with local fans, having fought three times before on the Caribbean island and given good account of himself. True to his warrior nickname, the Mexican visitor went on the attack as soon as the bell ring but found that Rojas was both elusive and terribly effective in countering his wild on-rushes. The smooth boxing Dominican side-stepped, ducked, jabbed and counter-punched beautifully, gradually wearing down his game opponent. By round seven, Gomez had very little left in the tank and Rojas, sensing blood, resolutely went on the attack in round eight, battering the outclassed Mexican until referee Ramon Valdez mercifully stopped the one-sided action. Said Rojas after the fight, “My long absence from the ring has not affected my skills and I think I proved it tonight. This was a message to the boxing world that Elio Rojas is back, hungry and better than ever.”



September 17th, 2011




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