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Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" final broadcast features ten-rounders in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions that will ...

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Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

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Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions The final press conference for Saturday's Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took place today at historic Fenway ...

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Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank Unbeaten WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #3 super middleweight contender Gilberto 'Zurdo' Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) of Mexico announced ...

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IBF Awards Banquet

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Interview

Q&A: Dat Nguyen

Photo: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME

World-renowned trainer Buddy McGirt did a double take the moment he first laid eyes on Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen during a sparring session with Arturo Gatti before Gatti’s second fight with Micky Ward in late 2002. “I saw this guy who could really hit and said he should be knocking everyone out,” McGirt said. “He was in there doing his thing and I liked him. Someone said they were looking for a fighter so I gave them Dat’s number. And that’s how we met.” For the past five years, McGirt has trained Nguyen of Vietnam, who will headline on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday LIVE at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



June 10th, 2011



UFC

Carwin: ‘If it ain’t broke …’

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

There is no mistaking who Shane Carwin is when he steps into the Octagon. There are no flying armbars, no laying and praying, no squeaking out a win on the judges’ scorecards. In honor of middleweight boxing great Marvin Hagler, let’s just say that Carwin’s only motive is to destruct and destroy . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 10th, 2011

Feature Story

Danny Green workout

Photos and report by Brett Bonetti

IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green looked in excellent condition today during an open public training session at “The Ring” Boxing Gym in Northbridge, Perth, Australia. In front of a strong crowd which included Australian Cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Luke Ronchi, the Green Machine put on a show for his Perth fans. Green and his trainer Angelo Hyder will head to Sydney this Sunday to prepare for the title fight with Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver on July 20. For more details and photos click here…



June 10th, 2011

Feature Story

Trout-Lopez Presser

By Gabriel F. Cordero in SLP

Everything is ready for title fight between WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout and challenger David Lopez this Saturday in San Luis Potosi in an event organized by HG Boxing and broadcast by Televisa.

“I am ready for this fight,” said Trout. “It’s my first title defense and I’m back in Mexico. Lopez is a very challenging opponent but I’m confident that I’ll achieve victory. I still have a lot to prove but this is the start.” (more…)



June 10th, 2011

Feature Story

Kayode, Godfrey make weight

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

It’s June so no better time than Friday for Graduation Day for three talented ShoBox: The New Generation alums returning for a Friday night tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Lateef Kayode (199.5 pounds), Chris Avalos (120 pounds) and Archie Ray Marquez (133 pounds) all hit their contracted weights just a day before they attempt to move one step closer from prospect to contender.

In the main event, the power-punching Freddie Roach-trained Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) will risk his unbeaten mark against the more experienced Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) of Providence, R.I., in a 10-round cruiserweight bout at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Godfrey weighed in at 200 pounds. For more details and photos click here…



June 10th, 2011

Boxing News

Rubio’s letter to Chavez Jr.

Julio César Chavez, Jr., felicidades on your recent victory over Sebastian Zbik. It was impressive to see you battle it out for a full twelve rounds. You are on your way to becoming more than just your father’s son. You are your own man; a tough fighter in your own right.

Now let’s get down to business.

Right after your fight with Zbik, I began to receive messages and comments from different people in the fight business saying that “Team Chavez” will do everything possible to avoid fighting me—the WBC’s #1 ranked mandatory challenger. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from NYC

Photos: Team Puerto Rico

Kenny Galarza 146.5 vs. Irving Garcia 146
Thomas Dulorme 144 vs. DeMarcus Corley 143
Jose Pedraza 131.4 vs. Tomi Archambault 131
Steven Martinez 154 vs. Brad Jackson 153
Alex Perez 147 vs. Manuel Guzman 148
Boyd Melson 154 vs. Kelvin Kibler 152
Emanuel Gonzalez 129 vs. Jason Rorie 124
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
Promoter: Team Puerto Rico
TV: ESPN2
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June 9th, 2011

UFC

Dos Santos, Carwin face off

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

 

Photo: UFC Heavyweights Shane Carwin (right) and Junior Dos Santos square off for a photo during the UFC 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference at Robson Square on June 9, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Chisora-Fury on PPV

Integrated Sports announced today that it will be distributing “The Big Brawl” featuring unbeaten British heavyweights Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora and 6’ 9” Irish giant Tyson Fury, live July 23 from Wembley Arena in London. “The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN.



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

A Guerrero returns June 17

Professional boxing returns to Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Maryland on Friday night June 17th. Headlining the card promoted by A & D Promotions is undefeated Salisbury, Maryland cruiserweight Alex Guerrero (6-0-1, 3KO’s). Guerrero, the older brother of #2 WBO and #3 WBC ranked middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero. He will face Randy “The Rattler” Campbell (3-5, 2KO’s) in the four round main event of the event.

In a special “Double Trouble” extravaganza, Alex’s brother Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16KO’s) will fight former contender series star Grady Brewer (27-12, 15KO’s) for the vacant NABF junior middleweight title in Austin, Texas. Harrington Raceway and Casino will simulcast the title contest at the post fight party directly following the show. Tickets to the fight are required for entry. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Holm, Cisneros at the scales

Weights & Photos by Chris Cozzone

From Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater, west of Albuquerque for tomorrow night’s “Solo Boxeo” card promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy Promotions & Don Chargin:

Holly Holm 141.5 vs. Victoria Cisneros 137
Joaquin Zamora 158.5 vs. Elco Garcia 158.5
Fidel Maldonado 136 vs. Eddie Ramirez 137
David Proa 126.5 vs. Willie Villanueva 127.5
Marc Selser 140.5 vs. Joel Vargas 145
Martin Gonzales 136.5 vs. Antonio Garcia 136
Brandi Montoya 110 vs. TBA

* Montoya’s opponent, Diana Torres, was scratched from the card after she was arrested early this morning on a parole violation. A replacement is being sought. * Both Zamora and Garcia were a half-pound over contract weight, but mutually agreed the need to lose the overage.

For more photos, go to www.NewMexicoBoxing.com



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Harris camp cries foul

Heavyweight Maurice Harris’ promoter Boxing 360 has asked the IBF for a review of Harris’ May 27th KO loss to Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in an IBF heavyweight box-off. The Harris camp alleges that Harris was the victim of more than 20 illegal rabbit punches in the second and third rounds and that referee Vic Drakulich failed to issue a single warning. “We believe the referee did a very poor job and Maurice never had a fair fighting chance because of all the rabbit punches,” Boxing 360 Founder/CEO Mario Yagobi explained. “My job is to protect our fighters. We just want the IBF, boxing media and fans to look at what happened and then draw their own conclusions. There’s a reason Maurice fought the way he did and that was the direct result of the referee not doing his job.”



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Universum responds to Golovkin

Dietmar Poszwa, Universum Managing Director: “Gennady Golovkin is allowing the news be spread on various boxing websites that he has achieved his objective in getting away from Universum and being a free agent from November 2011. In this respect, it needs to be clarified the following…

“Mr Golovkin completely failed with his lawsuit before Hamburg District Court to have the exclusive contract with Universum effectively terminated in January 2010. The court determined the unrestricted effectiveness of this contract concluded in November 2005 for the period of a total of six years. Mr Golovkin has now also failed with an application before the Appellate Court to have the enforcement of this judgement of the Court of First Instance temporarily discontinued. He based this application on the supposed defectiveness of the judgement of the Court of First Instance and apparent ineffectiveness of the contract. The Appellate Court also did not follow his views and instead of this suggested that he withdraws this application irrevocably with the consequence that Mr Golovkin is furthermore forbidden, on the basis of the exclusive contract until the contractually agreed end of the contract in November 2011, to take part in boxing matches in violation of Universum’s exclusive rights. Universum has waived a right to even extend the contract beyond the contractual expiry for periods lost by the boxer’s illness, since there were no such periods. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing back in Buffalo

Photo and report by Bob Caico

Don Patterson of Diaab Entertainment who brought the New York State Golden Gloves back to the City of Buffalo will delve into professional boxing with a pro-am card on June 18th. Five amateur bouts will precede the professional boxing program that will feature a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight belt. Nick Brinson (7-1-1) from Geneva, NY will be challenged by Michael Walchuk (9-3) of Waterloo, Ontario. Brinson was stopped in a sensational battle for the NYS super middleweight belt in his last fight and Walchuk dropped a decision for the Canadian light heavyweight title in his previous bout. Both are moving down in weight for this main event in downtown Buffalo, NY. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

De Mori targets Meehan

Photos and report by Craig Watt

Australian Heavyweight Mark de Mori (16-1-2, 14 KOs) returns to action on Sunday in Perth, Western Australia when he takes on Ghanaian Ibrahim Marshall (10-3, 8 KOs) at the Cockburn Basketball Centre. The 29 year old Perth heavyweight is keen to put on an impressive display to try and entice some of the world ranked heavyweights into action. Under a promotional deal with Don King he is targeting some major fights in 2011, with fellow Australian and WBA#9 and IBF #9 Kali Meehan in his sights. But first he aims to dispatch the rugged Marshall who has a punching reputation with eight inside the distance victories in his ten wins. The Perth fighter spoke to Fightnews at his final training session tonight in Freemantle, Western Australia. For more details and photos click here…



June 9th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Stephen Jones

By Robert Coster

Stephen Jones is the newly elected President of the Jamaican Boxing Board of Control. His election comes as the island nation is getting set to celebrate it’s first international boxing card in over 15 years. Unbeaten featherweight contender Nicholas Walters will be defending his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas of Mexico. This card comes in the wake of a very successful three month contender-type TV boxing reality show in Jamaica. So, one wonders whether pro-boxing is actually returning to Jamaica? Fightnews put the question to Stephen Jones who speaks about the state of the game on the island. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

WBA KO Drugs in Costa Rica

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Wednesday in San Jose, Costa Rica, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announced details on the July 30 WBA KO Drugs Festival which will take place at the National Gym with a capacity of 5000. The card will feature super middleweights Jaime “El Indio” Barboza (17-4, 8 KOs) against Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) for a vacant WBA world title.

In other action, local super featherweight Bryan “El Tiquito” Vasquez (26-0, 14 KOs) defends his WBA Fedelatin title against Juan Manuel Osorio (22-2, 15 KOs) of the Canelo Promotions team. Also, junior welterweight Elvin Perez (21-4-3, 14 KOs) faces Juan Ruiz (8-0, 4 KOs). (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Juarez-Espinoza at Hollypark

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten Austroberto Juarez will take on Sergio Espinoza on July 22nd in a six round flyweight bout at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA, trainer Ruben Juarez told Fightnews.com Thursday morning. Juarez, (10-0, 2 KO’s) of Ventura, CA, has not fought in almost a year, winning a six round unanimous decision over Joseph Rios. Espinoza, (16-7-1, 5 KO’s) of San Diego, was stopped in his last fight in the ninth round at the hands of Rayonta Whitfield in February of 2010. Ruben Juarez has been Austroberto’s trainer since his professional debut almost seven years ago. Ticket information will be announced shortly.



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Trout-Lopez WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Canadian referee Hubert Earle will be the third man in the ring when American WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (22-0, 13 KOs) defends against Mexican David ¨Destroyer¨Lopez (40-12, 23 KOs) at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosi, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are John Poturaj (US), Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) and Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Calvin Inalsingh (Trinidad & Tobago).



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Avalos back in the spotlight

When crowd-pleasing bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos, 18-1 (15 KO’s), steps into the squared circle Friday evening at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME, against Khabir Suleymanov, he understands the importance of being on his A game.

Last August, Avalos dropped a hotly contested split decision to Christopher Martin on ShoBox, and is returning to the series for the first time since his lone defeat.

Following the setback against Martin, he’s since racked up two consecutive wins by knockout while making adjustments along the way. More importantly, Avalos recognizes what’s expected from him and the necessity of putting on a good show. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A: Nacho Beristain

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Among the 2011 class of inductees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend is legendary Mexican trainer and manager Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain.

The 67-year-old Beristain has trained 22 champions including three Hall of Famers, Ricardo ‘Finito’ Lopez, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Daniel Zaragoza. Currently he trains one of the best fighters in the world in recent years, three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who is a serious contender for the Hall of Fame in the future. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Holm-Cisneros do it again

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone

Some are calling it a gross mismatch.

Others consider it a worthy rematch.

Both, local fans and Telefutura viewers, will get the chance to decide for themselves Friday night when women’s boxing pound-for-pound great Holly Holm steps into the ring for the second time against crosstown rival Victoria Cisneros at Route 66 west of Albuquerque . . . Click here for more



June 9th, 2011

Column

Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

A somber news and notes about fighters and events in and out around Southern California:
Aside from the unfortunate passing of two-time world champion and classy individual Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, the big news of the week was the announcement that Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will do battle on September 17th in a 12 round bout.

One of the men involved in putting the fight together, Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Richard Schaefer, anticipates a fight-of-the-year extravaganza in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day celebrations that weekend. He admits that he “can not wait for the fight.” (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Dlamini, Fani clash for vacant title

By Ron Jackson

In what could be an all action match-up Bongani Dlamini and Samkelo Fani clash for the vacant Gauteng lightweight title on Sunday afternoon at the Nasrece Indoor Arena near Johannesburg.

Dlamini (8-2, 7 KOs) ranked at number two by Boxing SA was born in Bushbuckridge in the Mpumalanga Province and made his pro debut in August 2007. His only losses have come against Thanduxolo Dyani early in his career and then he was stopped by Jason Bedeman in three rounds when challenging for the IBO All Africa lightweight title. However, he has scored good wins over Takalane Dangala (tko 3) and Joseph Modise (ko 1) in 2010, and in March this year he stopped Mbuso Ndlela in two rounds.

Fani (9-4, 7 KOs) ranked at number six made his pro debut in August 2006 and has scored some good inside the distance wins against Thobile Gadu (tko 1), Sizwe Yolo (ko 6), Lungisi Jikani (tko 5) and Mbuso Ndlelo (tko 2). His four losses have all been distance fights and in October last year he put up a creditable performance against the rugged Thompson Mokwana when fighting for the vacant Gaunteng lightweight title.

It is not easy to pick a winner here in a fight that could go either way. The tournament is presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.



June 9th, 2011

UFC

Florian ready for boos

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

Kenny Florian is, by all accounts, a very likable guy.

An intelligent, respectful martial artist who lends his expertise to ESPN’s MMA Live when he’s not teaching at his school in Brookline, Massachusetts, or training for his own exploits in the cage, Florian has been a favorite of UFC fans since his Octagon debut as a middleweight on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, using both his famously sharp elbows and his slick rear naked choke to produce 11 UFC wins.’ yet . . . Click here for more by Elliott Olshanky, UFC.com

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Japan update

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBA super-feather champ, unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama made a debut as guest professor of his alma mater Takushoku University on June 1. The champ made an excellent lecture on a subject “To seize a chance” according to his own experience before three hundred students for an hour at the auditorium. Uchiyama did it so well that people say he would really become a professor after hanging up gloves for good in the future. He said, “its good for mental training to speak in front of a big audience. That may do me good in the ring.”

OPBF female super-fly champ Naoko Yamaguchi (17-3-3, 15 KOs), 114.75, impressively kept her regional belt as she battered game Thailander Reantong Rongrearnkilalorat (7-4-2, no KO), 115, from all angles and finally halted her at 0:30 of the fifth round this Monday (June 6) in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to the main event there was a ceremony to celebrate ex-WBC female minimum champ Naoko Kikuchi’s farewell to the ring. It was a 55-year-old ex-WBA junior fly champ, her manager Yoko Gushiken, that engaged in a two-round exhibition with Kikuchi. Amazingly could Gushiken (23-1, 15 KOs) move very well with his well-educated good balance and sharply punched southpaw jabs to handle Kikuchi. Champ, however, don’t attempt to make a comeback to break Bernard Hopkins’ record to win a world belt at the age of forty-six.



June 9th, 2011

UFC

Dos Santos ready for Carwin

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

Photo: Junior Dos Santos trains during an open workout prior to UFC 131 at Tactix Gym on June 8, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Vera, Kirkland return June 24

Middleweight contenders, Brian Vera and James Kirkland, both of Texas, will be featured in co-main event bouts on June 24th when Golden Boy Promotions presents Oscar De La Hoya’s Inaugural — FIGHT NIGHT AT DR. PEPPER BALLPARK in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Pepper Ballpark is the home of the Frisco Rough Riders, the double A, minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

Vera (18-5), coming off his biggest career win over former world champion Sergio Mora, will be taking on veteran Eloy Sanchez (11-11) in an 8 round contest. Kirkland (27-1) a former #1 world ranked contender, is set to square off against an opponent to be named in an eight-rounder, as well. (more…)



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Collazo

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (31-4, 16 KOs) today signed an exclusive promotional agreement. A native of Brooklyn, New York, the 30-year-old Collazo returned from nearly two years off from the ring in April. A date and opponent for Collazo’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.



June 8th, 2011

Boxing Result

Results from Quebec

Unbeaten light heavyweight Franccy Ntetu (6-0) swept all six rounds on his way to a unanimous 60-54 (X3) decision over Abdullah Ramadan as boxing returned to Jonquiere, Quebec for the first time in 15 years and the heyday of native son Stephane Ouellet. Ramadan who is now 44 years years-old made a successful comeback in 2007 after a nine year absence and won a pair of bouts but now has dropped his last three fights. Ramadan was coming off another lengthy break of two years. (more…)



June 8th, 2011




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