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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances ...

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GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

Photos: Team Golovkin Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin received a hero's welcome in his native Kazakhstan over the weekend. On Friday Golovkin ...

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Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten ...

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Boxing News

Montiel training hard at home

Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank

Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel believes that his next fight is the most important of his career and that is why he must win it, and that is also the reason that he is working so hard in his native city of Los Mochis, looking to put together the best training camp possible that will give him the perfect fight when he takes on Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire on Saturday, February 19 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas. For more details and photos click here…



February 1st, 2011



Boxing News

New Faces: Michael A. Perez

By Robert Coster
Photo: Knockout Publicity

In only his second pro bout, Newark, NJ lightweight Michael Angelo Perez, then 18, was signed up by Golden Gloves Promotions. He had just destroyed Tommy Garcia in one round and impressed Bernard Hopkins, no less, who recommended him to Golden Boy. Remembers Hopkins, “I saw a lot of talent in that young man.” Now, almost three years later, Perez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) is getting ready to headline a Telefutura card in Lares, Puerto Rico on April 4th. “I’m born in Newark,” says Michael, “But my family is from Lares. Fans in Puerto Rico really know boxing and I’m training hard to impress my folks back home.” (more…)



February 1st, 2011

Feature Story

Full Report: Uchiyama-Miura

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), 130, kept his belt as he came off the canvas in the third, took back the initiative and hurt game southpaw compatriot Takashi Miura (20-2-2, 16 KOs), 130, with stinging lefts to score an abrupt stoppage after the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

Miura claimed that he had lost his vision on the right optic, so his corner declared he would give up going on. The loser was so crestfallen that he gloomily said in the dressing room, “Had I continue fighting, I would lose (not only my eyesight but) my life.” It might be his excuse addressed to his supporters and the audience.

The official tallies were as follows: Rafael Ramos (US) 77-74, Kazunobu Asao and Takeo Harada (both Japan) both 78-73, all in favor of the stylish defending champ. The referee was Takeshi Shimakawa, a Japanese veteran third man who did a good job. (more…)



February 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Fisticuffs inks Lawrence

This past Saturday night, heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence scored an impressive tenth round stoppage over former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada to capture the WBC interim Caribbean title at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort. It has been announced that Lawrence signed a promotional contract with Fisticuffs Productions. “We came to an agreement hours before the fight”, said Fisticuffs Productions chief Dave Escalet. “We had got some great feedback about Franklin through our matchmaker Nick Tiberi and I give him a lot of credit for seeing the talent in Franklin and giving us a heads up about him.” Lawrence, thirty-five years old of Indianapolis, Indiana has a record of 14-2-2 with nine knockouts.



February 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Bradley: I’m done calling people out

“I said throughout fight week and after the fight, I am done calling people out,” states unbeaten WBC/WBO unified world junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs). “I am the people’s champion and I want to hear from the fans on whom they would like me to fight next. They’re buying the tickets and the premium channel subscriptions. They’re entitled to have a say in this. Let my promoters know. Let HBO know.”



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Calderón willing to fight in Mexico

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon says he’s willing to travel to Mexico for a proposed April 2 rematch with reigning unified WBA/WBO champion Giovanni Segura, noting that this time he’ll enter the ring in the best shape of his life. “If they make the fight and we have to go there, let’s go. No problem. If he came here, why can’t I go to Mexico? This time I’ll go well trained as a boxer and avoid some injuries that were present the last time and be in better condition,” he said.

He added that he’s not afraid of a hometown decision. “We’re not going with the mentality that judges are going to rob us. We’ll fight and I think they’ll make the right decision and I’ll raise my hand as the winner, just like here in Puerto Rico. Whoever deserves the victory will have his hand raised.”



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Jones shoveling snow in training

Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones (23-0, 18 KOs) has taken advantage of the snowy conditions in Philadelphia to help prepare for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs) on Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. The Jones vs. Soto-Karass fight is being co-promoted by Top Rank and Peltz Boxing Promotions. “Shoveling snow at home has been an excellent workout for my arms,” said Jones, who has shoveled a-near-Philadelphia record of 37.8 inches of snow over the 12-13 days that it’s fallen to date this winter. “I’m glad I stayed home for training this time (Jones has gone away for training for his fights over the last two years). I focus better. I don’t drink, smoke or go out so there’s no problem with distractions at home. It’s soothing being home. Plus, the snow workouts have made me stronger.” (more…)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Alvarez vows to school Trout

Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been the talk of the boxing world for the last two years, but on Saturday, February 5, his older brother Rigoberto Alvarez will be making some noise of his own when he defends his WBA Interim Super Welterweight World Title against El Paso, Texas’ unbeaten Austin Trout in the main event of Televisa’s Saturday night boxing series Sabados De Corona. The 12 round fight will take place at Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

In the co-featured bout scheduled for 12 rounds, Nayarit, Mexico’s Jesus Silvestre and Managua, Nicaragua’s Yader Escobar will battle it out in a WBA junior flyweight title elimination bout. (more…)



January 31st, 2011

UFC

UFC: Vegas events this week

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Make the most of Fight Week in Las Vegas by taking advantage of all the fighter appearances going on in town for UFC 126. All activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, February 3
Open Workouts with Silva, Belfort, Griffin, Franklin, Bader, Jones, Torres and Banuelos, from 12-2 PM at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
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Friday, February 4
Urijah Faber, Anthony Pettis and Mark Munoz Appearance, 11 AM-1 PM at the Las Vegas Fight Shop, Fashion Show Mall, 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (more…)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Fortuna re-joins Sarmiento

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

Highly talented and hard hitting super featherweight prospect Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic re-joins 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento and his growing stable of fighters at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA. Fortuna is currently scheduled to return to the ring on Saturday, March 12th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT against an opponent yet to be determined on the undercard of middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), who faces junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. For more details and photos click here…



January 31st, 2011

Interview

Q&A Wale Omotoso

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

World welterweight contender Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for several years where he turned professional under the expert guidance of Murray Thomson. IBF #12 Omotoso talks to Fightnews about his best wins over Tough American Emanuel Augustus and world rated Samuel Colomban and how his idol in boxing is the great Nigerian former world champion Dick Tiger and how he knows he will be world champion soon under manager and trainer Murray Thomson. (more…)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

16,000 tix sold for Pacman-Mosley

Just 1,000 tickets remain

Pacman Fever hit MGM Grand this morning with one of the biggest ticket runs in Las Vegas boxing history. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, 16,000 tickets were sold to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley world welterweight championship. Barely 1,000 seats remain for Pacquiao’s return to the Fight Capital of the World, where he hasn’t fought since 2009. “Incredible. Simply incredible,” exclaimed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum when he heard the news today. “I have never promoted a fight that has sold so many tickets so quickly. Manny Pacquiao never ceases to amaze the world with his achievements. The excitement he generated today with the initial ticket sales makes it feel like fight week already!”

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) defends his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on May 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Remaining tickets, priced at $1,000, $750, and $300, can be purchased through Ticketmaster. To charge by phone, with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, and $300 are limited to 10 per person. Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be produced and distributed Live on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Hanna Gabriel returns

Sampson Boxing LLC has announced that WBO female jr. middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel will be part of the week long inauguration of the new Costa Rican National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. The much honored and idolized female boxing symbol of Costa Rica will be defending her title on March 31. “I am very proud to be part of this historical event in Costa Rica that brings honor to both Hanna Gabriel and the highly anticipated inauguration of this beautiful stadium,“ said promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. The news was unveiled at a press conference in the San Jose Palace Hotel in Costa Rica. Gabriel will fight at the new stadium, against a fighter later to be announced. Gabriel’s fight will be part of a card that will include seven fights. Four of the bouts will be home grown local boxing talent. A total of three female world champions will be part of the evening‘s fight card. Ticket prices will be: 52,000, 36,400, 26,00, 15,600 and 5,200 Colones. Tickets will go on sale on February 18.



January 31st, 2011

Full Report

Full Report: Shimoda-Lee

By Joe Koizumi

Southpaw speedster Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 121.5, impressively captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he finely floored defending champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-2-1, 8 KOs), 121.5, on three occasions, though hitting the deck himself once, and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

All judges were of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). Takeshi Shimakawa and Biney Martin (ex-Japanese junior middle champ out of Ghana living here) both saw the hot affair 118-109, and Takeo Harada (ex-national junior bantam boss) 115-111, all for the aggressive lefty challenger. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US) who well handled such busy-moving contestants.

It was really an extravaganza as they kept swapping solid shots toe-to-toe all the way. Shimoda, formerly OPBF and national champ, looked much faster than the taller counterpunching champ, taking the initiative from the outset. The third session witnessed Shimoda drop the champ with a beautiful southpaw left but Lee deck him back with a well-timed right in the closing seconds of the round. Shimoda had the champ on the deck in the fifth and eighth to confirm his triumph. Shimoda has thus become the third current world champ out of Teiken Gym, along with WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka and WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Aoh. (more…)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Gary Shaw Interview

By Przemek Garczarczyk



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Guerrero: Marquez is avoiding me

On Friday, Golden Boy Promotions flew out former three-time world champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KO’s), to discuss his future with the company. The potential April 9th bout between future Hall of Famers, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales is not officially signed, so Guerrero has made clear to GBP that he’d be willing to step in and fight either one.

“I’ve come to the realization that Marquez absolutely wants no part of me,” said Guerrero. “I’m his mandatory and he’s choosing to fight Morales. I don’t want to hear any nonsense that I don’t have a big enough name, or that he’s not going to make the money he wants fighting me. I’m a three-time world champion, I’ve fought on national TV numerous times, and more importantly I believe this is a fight the fans want to see. So I’m not going to wait around for Marquez, I’m just going to move forward with my career, and strive for that fourth world title. I take him avoiding me and not willing to fight as a victory… If Morales wants to step in the ring then please send me the contract.” (more…)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Keb-Aguirre WBC officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC has announced the officials for the February 26th world championship battle between current champion Gilberto Keb Baas and former champion Jose Antonio Aguirre at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Roberto Ramirez Diaz (Puerto Rico) will be the third man in the ring and the judges are Jose Manzur Arguelles (Mexico), Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) and Raul Nieves Rivera (Puerto Rico). The WBC supervisor will be Mario Gutiérrez (USA). The card is billed as “A Prueba de Fuego.”



January 31st, 2011

UFC

Blueprint: Jones-Bader

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Managing the career of a burgeoning mixed martial artist is tough. Molding a future champion is even tougher.

It is imperative to bring the athlete along at the proper pace. Matchmaking is critically important. Young fighters must be continually challenged without getting them in over their head, so they can learn the necessary lessons and continue up the developmental curve .  . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC

For more info on UFC 126 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



January 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Shiprock card a fiasco

A fiasco of a card, promoted by Red Fist Promotions and unsanctioned by any known commission, took place on Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Shiprock High School in Shiprock, N.M. In the main event, Thaddine Swifteagle Johnson (7-0, 6 KOs) defended a collection of ambiguous featherweight belts (WPBA, WIBU, WIBC, NABC) to knock out a total unknown, in what might be the mismatch of the decade for New Mexico. The fighter was Daisy Vazquez and though she was announced as “12-2” by the ring announcer, she fought like she’d never tried on a pair of gloves.

(more…)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Arkansas boxer dies after pro debut

Fightnews.com is sad to report that pro debuting heavyweight Anthony Jones passed away Sunday morning just hours after after a second round KO loss to Quincy Palmer (2-0, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at Fitness Unlimited in Benton, Arkansas. An autopsy will be performed to see if Jones entered the bout with pre-existing medical problems and to determine the exact cause of death.

According to KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jones is survived by an aunt and a brother. Donations for his funeral can be made to the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. (870-863-7177)



January 31st, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Bradley-Alexander

Ringside by Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell
Photos by John Booz

In a fight that fell far short of expectations in, both, action and suspense, Timothy Bradley took Devon Alexander’s WBC super lightweight title while successfully defending his own WBO crown in garnering a technical decision after Alexander, who could not continue from the effects of an unintentional head butt in the tenth round. Many in the crowd at the Pontiac Silverdome booed as the scores of judges Duane Ford (97-93), Omar Minton (98-93), and Tom Miller (96-95) were read in favor of Bradley – not out of disagreement but of disappointment.

Endings of this sort tend to leave everyone feeling somewhat cheated, but Bradley did what he needed to do to remain undefeated (27-0, 11 KOs) while tacking the first loss on Alexander’s record (21-1, 13 KOs) . . . click here for more



January 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Uchiyama keeps WBA 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), 130, kept his belt as he came off the canvas in the third, took back the initiative and hurt game southpaw compatriot Takashi Miura (20-2-2, 16 KOs), 130, with stinging lefts to score a stoppage after the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Miura claimed that he had lost his vision on the right optic, so his corner declared he would give up going on. (More to come)



January 31st, 2011

Boxing Result

Shimoda wins WBA 122lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Southpaw speedster Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 121.5, impressively captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he finely floored defending champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-2-1, 8 KOs), 121.5, on three occasions, though hitting the deck himself once, and pounded out a unanimous decision (118-109 twice and 115-111) over twelve hard-fought give-and-take rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was really an extravaganza as they swapped solid shots toe-to-toe all the way. Shimoda, formerly OPBF and national champ, looked much faster than the taller counterpunching champ, taking the initiative from the outset. The third session witnessed Shimoda drop the champ with a beautiful southpaw left but Lee deck him back with a well-timed right in the closing seconds of the round. Shimoda had the champ on the deck in the fifth and eighth to confirm his triumph. Shimoda has thus become the third current world champ out of Teiken Gym, along with WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka and WBC 130-pound ruler Takahiro Aoh. (More to come)



January 31st, 2011

Feature Story

Trout ready for Alvarez

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone

For someone who will be fighting rust, a hostile hometown, uncooperative promoters, a lunatic sanctioning body, elevation and nearly a year-and-a-half of delays, Feb. 5 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Austin “No Doubt” Trout shows remarkable composure going into his first world title fight.

His opponent, WBA Light Middleweight Champion Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez, brother to acclaimed prodigy Saul “El Canelo,” just may be the least of his concerns, and when he finally steps into the ring to hear the first round bell, it may be with a sigh of relief . . . Click here for more



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Interview: Emanuel Steward

By Przemek Garczarczyk



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Calderón-Segura II on April 2?

By Rey Colon – The Sport Press

Former WBO 108lb champion Ivan Calderon will allegedly have a rematch with reigning WBO/WBA champion Giovanni Segura on April 2 in Mexico according to credible sources. The television money weighed in this decision, which should be announced in the coming days.



January 31st, 2011

Boxing News

Adamek-McBride contracts signed

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“On January 30, we received signed contract from Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KOs) and I can officially say, that he will fight Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs). Not later than February 2, after finishing our negotiations with our partners in Poland and United States, we will decide the venue and the exact date of the fight, expected to happen in April” – said Zyggi Rozalski, manager and advisor of former Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion of the world, who already signed contract to fight in September one of the Klitschko brothers in his native Poland.



January 31st, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Dominican Republic

Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez

Jonathan Vidal 120 vs. Aneuri Matos 120
Luis Cosme 115 vs. Gregorio Lebrón 115
Venue : Palacios De Los Deportes in
Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto



January 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Bradley maintained lead

By Bob Ryder

Timothy Bradley maintained a steady lead on the scorecards against Devon Alexander for almost their entire bout on Saturday night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Only after round three on the card of judge Tom Miller did Alexander ever forge ahead.



January 30th, 2011

Feature Story

Bradley gracious but assertive

By Lindy Lindell
Photos by John Booz

Acknowledging all due respect for his opponent, Tim Bradley, now 27-0, and holder of two of the four major 140-pound belts (WBC and WBO) with his technical unanimous decision win after the fight was stopped due to a head butt sustained by Devon Alexander in the 10th round, enjoyed the fruits of victory Saturday night in winning a convicing unanimous decision over the then undefeated Devon Cunningham (21-1): “Give Alexander the time, he’ll box you to pieces. I didn’t give him that time.”

Bradley’s co-promoter, Gary Shaw, said, “With this win over a very capable, undefeated champion, Devon Alexander, Tim Bradley moves to the top of the very-talented 140-pounders in the world.” Shaw added that in the coming week that he would be meeting with Kery Davis and Ross Greenberg of HBO to begin prelimenary negitiations on what would be a probable matchup with Amir Khan of England, the WBA Champion. (more…)



January 30th, 2011




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