WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside Photos: Robert Hughes In the main event Saturday night, outside on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star in Frisco, ...

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

By Miguel Maravilla WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and former champ Sergey Kovalev spoke about their rematch Saturday night at ...

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

By Dwjuan Frazier and Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist and new WBC Silver Super Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields ...

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Ward-Kovalev undercard results

Ward-Kovalev undercard results

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside WBA Interim Light Heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KOs) continued to bolster his credentials ...

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Weights from Austin, Texas

Photo: Square Ring

Weights for Friday night’s unprecedented clash of four undefeated fighters on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights being promoted by Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, are:

Ismayl Sillakh NABF Light Heavyweight Champion (17-0, 14 KOs) — 175 lbs.
Denis Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) — 174 lbs.
Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs) – 127.25 lbs.
Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) – 128 lbs.*

*Fortuna initially weighed in at 129.5 lbs. but was able to lose 1.5 lbs. to make the contracted catchweight of 128 lbs. within the 2 hour time limit under the Texas Commission rules.

Weights for Friday night’s unprecedented clash of four undefeated fighters on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights being promoted by Roy Jones, …


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Weights from Atlantic City

Yusaf Mack 174 vs. Omar Sheika 175
(USBA Light Heavyweight Title)
Derrick Webster 165.5 vs. Sabou Ballagou 170
Thomas LaManna 158 vs. Sean Wilson 160
Juan Rodriguez Jr. 146 vs. Daniel Crabtree 147
Alando Swain 157.5 vs. Wilkins Santago 157.5
Stivens Bujac 199 vs. Livin Castillo 201
Anthony Young 144 vs. Jose Javier Calderon 143
David Roman Curiel 154 vs. Dominique Foster 157.5
Venue: Resorts Casino
Promoters: Nedals Promotions & Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing
1st bell: 7pm

Yusaf Mack 174 vs. Omar Sheika 175 (USBA Light Heavyweight Title) Derrick Webster 165.5 vs. Sabou Ballagou 170 Thomas LaManna …



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Pirog-Ishida set for May 1

WBO middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) will make his third defense of the title against WBO #11 rated Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs) on May 1, at Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. May 1 (a Tuesday) is “Spring and Labor Day” in Russia, an official holiday.

Pirog is coming off a 10th-round TKO win against Gennady Martirosyan in his last fight on September 25. Ishida gets the title shot despite a shutout loss to Paul Williams on February 18.

WBO middleweight world champion Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15 KOs) will make his third defense of the title against WBO #11 …


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Viloria-Romero III Undercard Announced

A strong undercard has been announced for the May 12th “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria vs. Omar Nino Romero III, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The completion of the Viloria-Romero trilogy, originally slated for March 31, was temporarily delayed because the Nevada State Athletic Commission prevented the WBO from sanctioning the fight due to unpaid penalties on Romero’s part. From 2006, Romero has amassed a total of $11,500 in penalties which he needed to pay before the fight is sanctioned.

The 10-round co-feature matches a pair of former world champions, Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout with future world flyweight title fight implications. Miranda, rated #3 by the WBO and #4 by the WBA, is a Mexican knockout artist who dropped his WBO title last year to Viloria. WBC #9/IBF #12 Mayol, a Filipino now living in Los Angeles, lost his WBC Light Flyweight crown, ironically, to Romero in 2010. (more…)

A strong undercard has been announced for the May 12th “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring Brian “Hawaiian Punch” …




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Andrade-Cisneros set for May 5

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an exciting pro boxing card featuring undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, on Saturday night, May 5 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Light middleweight contender Andrade (16-0, 11 KOs) faces The Contender, Season Two participant Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event, which will air live (10-11 PM/ET) as an ESPN Boxing: FNF Special Edition. After the live boxing concludes, fans in attendance will have the added enjoyment of watching a closed circuit showing of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto fight on Mohegan Sun Arena’s jumbo screen. (more…)

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an exciting pro boxing card featuring undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian …


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Larsen returns June 2

Photo: Team Sauerland

By Alex Hermann

Former European champion Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KO) will be back in the ring on June 2, when he takes on Italien Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-6-1, 19 KO) in Herning, Denmark.

“It’s great to be back,” Larsen said. “I am in perfect shape after all the grueling training with those German coaches. The fire is still burning inside me and I know that I can still compete at the top level. June 2 will be the first step. Di Giacomo is a tough guy, he has proven his class in recent fights, but to reach the top again, I will have to find a way past him.”

Larsen, 39 years old, has been out of the ring since January 2010, when he was stopped by Brian Magee after a terrible performance in a fight for the European title. (more…)

By Alex Hermann Former European champion Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KO) will be back in the ring on June 2, …


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Boxing back in Greensboro, NC

Walter Johnson and B. Hairston Promotions returns live professional boxing to Greensboro, NC on May 4. The card will take place at the FantaCity International Community Ballroom located at 4925 West Market Street. The main event features former NABF cruiserweight champion Daniel Judah (23-9, 9 KOs), who is also the brother of superstar Zab Judah, taking on tough and ready Tiwon Taylor (31-19, 22 KOs). The feature bouts feature Greensboro’s own lightweight Richard Rivers (8-0, 4 KOs) taking on veteran Shawn Lockhart (10-10, 3 KOs). The other feature bout pits undefeated welterweight Cecil McCalla (14-0, 7 KOs) against Ike Ezeji (14-7). (more…)

Walter Johnson and B. Hairston Promotions returns live professional boxing to Greensboro, NC on May 4. The card will take …


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WBC makes Ward champion in recess

The WBC Board of Governors has voted to approve placing WBC super middleweight world champion Andre Ward as “Champion in Recess” until the time that he has recovered from a broken hand and is ready to resume his career.

The Board of Governors has also accepted to sanction the fight between #1 ranked Anthony Dirrell and #3 ranked Nikola Sjekloca for the WBC super middleweight world championship.

The WBC Board of Governors has voted to approve placing WBC super middleweight world champion Andre Ward as “Champion in …



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Klitschko promises to KO Thompson

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, photo by K2 Promotion

Today WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine to formally announce his July 7 rematch against Tony Thompson at the Stade de Suisse Stadium, Berne, Switzerland “I’ve already knocked out Thompson four years ago,” said Klitschko. “I promise to do it again. Remembering that fight with him for me it was an ordeal, Tony showed good boxing, but I was better. Four years later, I’ve gotten better.”

All boxing fans interested in the question of how long Wladimir will to stay on top heavyweight division. “I feel the strength and motivation to be in professional boxing 3-4 more years. I think I can still improve my boxing and delight my millions of fans all over Ukraine.” (more…)

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov, photo by K2 Promotion Today WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) held a press …


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Jesse Vargas vs. ex-champ Steve Forbes now

With Alfonso Gomez forced to withdraw from his scheduled May 5 bout against undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 KOs) on the “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view undercard due to a back injury, the call went out for someone willing to step up and face the unbeaten rising star on short notice. Former World Champion Steve “2 Pounds” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs) answered the call without hesitation, ready to step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to face Vargas in a 10-round welterweight bout.

With Alfonso Gomez forced to withdraw from his scheduled May 5 bout against undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9 …


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Smith steps in for Karpency

On May 4th, veteran Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (25-22-7, 4 KOs) has stepped in for the injured Tommy Karpency and will face Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (12-3, 7 KOs) for the Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight championship at Harrahs in Chester, Pennsylvania. Smith holds a win over former IBF Super Middleweight champ Jeff Lacy. Ferrante is coming off a ten round loss to former four time world title challenger Omar Sheika in what many are hailing as one of the best fights in Pennsylvania in recent years. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing.

On May 4th, veteran Dhafir “No Fear” Smith (25-22-7, 4 KOs) has stepped in for the injured Tommy Karpency and …


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Pacquiao-Bradley PPV undercard announced

The Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will feature undefeated #1 welterweight contender Mike Jones battling two-time world champion and current #2 contender Randall Bailey For the vacant IBF welterweight title; undefeated WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux defending his title against world-rated Teon Kennedy, and multi-division world champion and Méxican icon Jorge “Travieso” Arce, in his first fight in a Las Vegas ring in more than one year, taking on Puerto Rican knockout artist Jesus Rojas in a 10-round junior featherweight fight.

The Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden …



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Sillakh ready for spotlight

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Stoyan Vassev

“I would like to beat Bernard Hopkins for the championship, but it will probably not happen and I would have to fight Chad Dawson who is the favorite to win a WBC belt this Saturday. But I also know that I have to look good this Friday to prove to all fans that I belong in the light heavyweight elite,” said #2 WBC ranked light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs), who will look to prove his worth and talent against undefeated Russian Dennis Gratchev (11-0, 7 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from Austin, Texas. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Stoyan Vassev “I would like to beat Bernard Hopkins for the championship, but it will probably …


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Bute talks about fighting in Froch’s backyard

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute talks about invading hostile territory to fight Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl Froch at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on May 26.

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute talks about invading hostile territory to fight Super Six finalist and mandatory challenger Carl …


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Gonzalez-Rojas Public Workout

By Gabriel F. Cordero

World champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Elio Rojas and Juan Carlos Salgado conducted a public workout for fans and the press on Wednesday in the center of the city of Cancun, Mexico. Before about 4,000 boxing fans all main participants showed their skills and physical condition for their fights this Saturday to be held in Cancun’s Grand Oasis Arena.

“I feel really good. I’m on the weight and now nothing but wait for the first minute of the fight. I am prepared to give a great fight and advance in search of better opponents and opportunities,” says Gonzalez. The opinions of boxing experts vary for the Rojas-Gonzalez fight, but Gonzalez’ activity in the last 2 years as opposed to Rojas who has been out with an injury. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero World champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Elio Rojas and Juan Carlos Salgado conducted a public workout for fans …


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Gonzalez, Garcia ready to battle

Photo: German Villasenor/Top Rank

One of the best boxers in the world, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua, will take on Raul “Principe” Garcia of Mexico this Saturday in the main event of a boxing card presented by Top Rank and Showdown Promotions at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. Gonzalez will defend his WBA 108-pound title against the former world champion Garcia of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.

“This is only my second fight in the United States and I want to give a good fight for the fans”, said Gonzalez, today.

Garcia, who is the brother of another former champion Raul Garcia, is looking forward to the challenge. “I know Gonzalez is a great fighter with a lot of power, but I am a good boxer and my style will give him trouble. This is a good fight for both us to show the fans what great fights the little guys can give them,” said Garcia. (more…)

Photo: German Villasenor/Top Rank One of the best boxers in the world, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua, will take on …



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Adamek starts training camp

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz / Team Adamek

“Roger Bloodworth, my trainer, arrived in New Jersey 24 hours later than planned because of airport delays but we know each other well enough, so I knew what to do in the gym,” said heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO), who on Tuesday started his final training camp before how June 16 fight against Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) in Newark’s “Prudential Center”, televised live by NBC Sports Network.

“We decided to stay in Jersey City. I know that Eddie is from Philadelphia, has a lot of friends here, but I will advise not to play with my trainer and sneak into the gym when we will work. Roger is a nice guy, until… he’s not so nice,” said laughing “Góral.” (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: Mike Gladysz / Team Adamek “Roger Bloodworth, my trainer, arrived in New Jersey 24 hours later …


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WBA KO Drugs in Venezuela Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Everything is ready for the WBA XXV KO Drugs Festival this Saturday at the Rafael Romero Bolivar Gym in Maracay, Venezuela. Venezuelan WBA super flyweight interim champion Liborio Soliss and WBA interim female featherweight beltholder and top model Ogleidis “La Niña” Suárez will be making the first defenses of their belts against Santiago Acosta and Pamela Benavidez. In addition, another model will see action in Venezuelan Alys “China” Sanchez and the prospect Ismael Sanchez Barroso. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Everything is ready for the WBA XXV KO Drugs Festival this Saturday at the Rafael Romero …


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Mayweather Conference Call Quick Quotes

By Andreas Hale

“When Cotto or any fighter looks at my UStream workouts, they have to say “I can’t watch this.” It will throw their focus off if they watch how hard I work. There’s no fighter that’s dedicated like I’m dedicated. I have the will to win.”

“I’m the reason why they don’t talk about heavyweights anymore.”

“I don’t worry about the (Pacquiao) fight not happening. If it was really all about Pacquiao then i wouldn’t have had to fight 42 other opponents. I’d just fight Pacquiao and become the greatest in the world. But it isn’t just about Pacquiao. It’s about everyone I’ve fought.”

“Manny Pacquiao has done a lot in the sport but he should also be standing behind me to clean up the sport.”

“I try to turn a negative into a positive. When I see my family, my team and fans support me it’s motivation. Going to jail can only make me mentally stronger. This is just an obstacle. Everyone has their good and bad days.”

By Andreas Hale “When Cotto or any fighter looks at my UStream workouts, they have to say “I can’t watch …


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Marathon card in Atlantic City

This Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Omar Sheika battles Yusaf Mack for the USBA light heavyweight title, but before the main event, Nedal’s Boxing Promotions and Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing has put together a massive 11 bout undercard that will feature no less than seven undefeated fighters.

In the eight round co-feature, Super Middleweight, Derrick “Take it to bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) of Glassboro, NJ takes on Sabou Ballagou (8-4, 3 KOs) of Paris, France. (more…)

This Friday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Omar Sheika battles Yusaf Mack for the USBA light …


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Video: Senchenko-Malignaggi workout

Video: Union Boxing Promotion

WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) and former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) show their skills with some padwork. Paulie also speaks to the media (translated by Michael Bash). Senchenko and Malignaggi clash Sunday at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Presented by Union Boxing Promotion, the championship fight card is being distributed LIVE in the United States by Integrated Sports Media at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Video: Union Boxing Promotion WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) and former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic …


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Escobedo returns May 12

By Francisco Salazar

Junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will fight Juan Ruiz in a 10 round bout on May 12th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will take place at the Community Senior Center in Woodland, CA, located about 20 miles outside of Sacramento. Escobedo will return to the same venue where he knocked out Lonnie Smith in the first round of his last bout on March 3rd. Escobedo dropped Smith three times in route to getting the knockout victory at 2:20. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs), who was born and raised in Woodland, trains under Joel Diaz at Boys and Girls Club in the Southern California desert city of Indio. Should he come out victorious, Escobedo has been discussed as a possible opponent for junior lightweight world title belt holder Adrien Broner. That fight could possibly take place in late summer or early fall. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will fight Juan Ruiz in a 10 round bout on May 12th, …


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Video: Floyd Mayweather Workout

Video: Mary Ann Owen

Taken Tuesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas.

Video: Mary Ann Owen Taken Tuesday at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas.


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Q&A: Jason Gavern

Photo: Tom Hickey

By Phil Doherty

If you ask most American boxing fans the names of the current top-ten heavyweights, some will mention the Klitschko brothers immediately, followed by…silence. The division’s visibility and popularity over the past decade has atrophied while other weight classes gained market share. It’s widely accepted this would all change with the emergence of an American heavyweight champion. At this point, many American fans would welcome an American challenger who could topple any of the fighters in the top-10 rankings.

One brave Florida-based fighter hopes to do just that tomorrow night in Russia. He is Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KO’s). Gavern tangles with the 6’8’’ Alexander Ustinov (26-0, 20 KOs) at the SportPalace in Kharkov, Ukraine on a Klitschko brothers’ K2 Promotions card for the vacant IBO InterContinental heavyweight belt. We caught up with Jason as he celebrated his 35th birthday and made final preparations for the big fight yesterday. (more…)

By Phil Doherty If you ask most American boxing fans the names of the current top-ten heavyweights, some will mention …


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Margarito opponent named

By Francisco Salazar

Antonio Margarito will fight Abel Perry in a 10 round junior middleweight bout on May 26th, manager Sergio Diaz told Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will take place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Diaz said the card will televised on Spanish-language Azteca America.

Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to rebound from his 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That bout was a rematch of their July 2008 bout that Margarito won by technical knockout in the 11th round. The victory over Cotto has put Margarito been under a cloud of suspicion due to whether he may or may not have used doctored handwraps. An illegal substance was found under the hand wraps prior to Margarito stepping inside the ring against Shane Mosley six months later. Margarito would lose to Mosley by technical knockout in the ninth round.

Diaz also went on to say that Margarito will train in Tijuana for this fight and not at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Antonio Margarito will fight Abel Perry in a 10 round junior middleweight bout on May 26th, manager …


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Malignaggi hits Ukraine; predicts victory

Former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) is excited about his world title challenge this Sunday against WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs), airing live in the United States on Integrated Sports Meida pay-per-view, live from Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.

“I think it’s great because American fans don’t always get an opportunity like this to see fights held overseas,” said Malignaggi, who arrived in the Ukraine today from his training camp in Milan. “This is a high-level fight and not expensive pay-per-view. My fans will be able to watch. This is a good style match-up. Fans will see what Paulie Malignaggi has left and if Senchenko is for real. No matter which way you look at it, fans can get together as a group to watch, or order it individually at home. Boxing fans want to see world title fights and this one they’ll see me beat Senchenko.”

Senchenko vs. Malignaggi, presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET – 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95. (more…)

Former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) is excited about his world title challenge this …


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Afolabi: Huck needs a gun to beat me

Photos: Public Address

WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) held a media training today in Hamburg, Germany. With his trainer Fritz Sdunek he showed his perfect shape and talked about his preparation and his opponent, WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Afolabi will face off with Huck on May 5 in a rematch at the Messehalle Erfurt, Germany. Afolabi lost a close points decision in the first fight with Huck in December 5, 2009.

Ola Afolabi: “I am not thinking of losing at all. Marco Huck is a tough fighter but tacticwise he is not very smart. With K2 and the Klitschkos as well as trainer Fritz Sdunek I have a great team and I am much more professional than in 2009. I am the youngest of 8 brothers and thus I always had to fight, it is in my genes. I am mentally and physically ready for Huck. He needs a gun to beat me.” (more…)

Photos: Public Address WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) held a media training today in Hamburg, …


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Holm, Mathis set for rematch June 15 in Albuquerque

Photo by Jose Leon Castillo

Fresquez Productions held a press conference today to announce the much-anticipated June 15 rematch between French knockout-artist Anne Sophie Mathis and Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, universally considered the two best female boxers in the world, at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque.

“The Reckoning,” presented by Fresquez Productions in association with Route 66 Casino Hotel, will showcase a stylistic match-up between invading knockout specialist Mathis and the consummate boxer, southpaw Holm. (more…)

Photo by Jose Leon Castillo Fresquez Productions held a press conference today to announce the much-anticipated June 15 rematch between …


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Q&A: Edwin Rodriguez

By Robert Coster
Photo: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment

His last fight on March 17th, a flawless ten round unanimous decision over tough Donovan George, really thrust undefeated super middleweight IBF #3, WBC #5, WBA #8 Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) to the threshold of a title challenge and has boxing sportswriters and pundits on the watch for his next appearance. Fightnews caught up with the articulate, 26-year-old contender to discuss his boxing past, present and what lays ahead. (more…)

By Robert Coster Photo: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment His last fight on March 17th, a flawless ten round unanimous …


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Jhonny Gonzalez arrives in Cancun

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Tuesday WBC world featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez and his famous trainer Nacho Beristain arrived in Cancun. WBC featherweight champion in recess Elio “The Kid” Rojas is already in town, having arrived on Saturday with his trainers James McGirt and Terrence Blackmoore. Gonzalez stated that he would make it clear that he is the true world champion.

Two world title fights are on tap Saturday at the Arena in the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun. In addition to the battle of champions between Gonzalez and Rojas, IBF super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado defends against Martin Honorio. Both are mandatory challengers. The ever is presented by Pepe Gomez, Don King and Promociones del Pueblo.

By Gabriel F. Cordero On Tuesday WBC world featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez and his famous trainer Nacho Beristain arrived in …


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Gallery: Media Day at the Mayweather Gym

Photos by Chris Cozzone

All the shots from today’s Media Day at the Mayweather Gym, with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jessie Vargas, Fifty Cents and DeAndre Latimore.

On May 5, seven-time, five-division world champion Mayweather takes on WBA Super Welterweight champ Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. (more…)

Photos by Chris Cozzone All the shots from today’s Media Day at the Mayweather Gym, with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jessie …


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Senchenko-Malignaggi Fact Sheet

Former IBF world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) travels to the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, to take on unbeaten reigning WBA welterweight world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) on Sunday. There is a lot riding on this fight for Paulie. If he is able to win a world championship in a second weight class, it’s a certainty that he would defend the belt on the first ever boxing card at the new Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

The undefeated Senchenko won the vacant WBA welterweight in an April 2009, pinning the first loss on then-unbeaten interim titleholder Yuriy Nuzhnenko. He has since made three successful defenses – all in Donetsk. The WBA #2 Malignaggi will give Senchenko much needed worldwide exposure and credibility against a well established name. (more…)

Former IBF world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) travels to the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, to …


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More fallout from Sun Bowl situation

WBC Request to Texas Authorities and the University of Texas El Paso

The World Boxing Council respectfully presents its request to the government authorities of El Paso, the University of el Paso and all the boxing fans in that beautiful city to join so it can be approved that the WBC championship bout where the WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will make the third defense on his title against Irish Andy Lee to be held in that city. This card will be considered as an act of union between of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez and so of The United States and Mexico, plus being the most important bout to be promoted next June 16, 2012.

Senator irked after UT officials cancel boxing match in El Paso

A decision by the University of Texas System to cancel a boxing match in UT-El Paso’s Sun Bowl stadium irked Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, especially since security concerns were cited because of border violence. Rodriguez has spoken out against what he believes are inflated reports of border violence, which have not affected metropolitan areas, such as El Paso.

A boxing match between Julio César Chávez Jr. and Andy Lee scheduled for June 16 has been cancelled because of security reasons, according to an El Paso Times story. “I strongly oppose the decision by the UT System to cancel this fight, especially without consulting local officials regarding any potential threat. This is just one more example of what happens when our state leaders disregard the facts by falsely calling border communities ‘war zones’ without any evidence to support their claims,” Rodriguez said. (more…)

WBC Request to Texas Authorities and the University of Texas El Paso The World Boxing Council respectfully presents its request …


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WBC: JC Chavez-Martinez in September

WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced that WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has signed a commitment to defend his title against Sergio Martinez in September, if he defeats his next challenger Andy Lee in what will be the third defense of his title. Sergio Martinez has already signed the same document, as has Andy Lee. According to the WBC they have silently carried out continuous communications and negotiations with both parties, in spite of media reports that indicated the opposite. “I am convinced of the dignity, pride and honor that a World Boxing Council champion always has,” Sulaiman stated.

WBC President Jose Sulaiman has announced that WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has signed a commitment to …


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Fres Oquendo returns May 25

Hitz Boxing’s popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will return on May 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring Chicago’s own former heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event. The undercard includes NABA-US lightweight champion Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu (20-3-1, 18 KOs), undefeated heavyweight crowd pleaser David “Diesel” Latoria (10-0, 5 KOs), and popular Chicago super-middleweight dynamo Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (6-0, 3 KOs) against TBA’s in six-round bouts. All opponents will be announced shortly.

“Due to the tremendous success of these shows and the record-breaking crowd we welcomed at the last show, we are bringing back several of the most popular fighters and introducing some new talent as well,” said Hitz Boxing Founder, Bobby Hitz. “Boxing shows at the Horseshoe are like bringing Las Vegas to the Midwest. It’s a fantastic venue with terrific people to work with and we’re all very excited about this great event.”

Hitz Boxing’s popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” series will return on May 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, …










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