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WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

WBC #4 Rey Vargas still unbeaten

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Pepe Rodriguez Unbeaten WBC #4, IBF #5, WBO #8 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (24-0, 20 KOs) hammered out a ...

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Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Sanchez destroys Ramos in two

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA interim super flyweight champion David "Tornado" Sanchez (28-2-2, 22 KOs) needed just two rounds to crush Walberto Ramos (23-7-2, ...

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DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

DeGale-Dirrell Full Report

By Arvin Nundloll ar ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions Although the English national anthem was omitted while the Irish and American anthem was ...

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DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions James DeGale told Andre Dirrell he is ready for war as the pair meet for the IBF World ...

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ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

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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UFC

UFC hits Milwaukee

British welterweight star Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy made it no secret that he wanted his next fight to be against fellow knockout artist Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. On Sunday, Aug. 14, live from Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Hardy gets his wish, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today its first-ever card in Wisconsin. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011



Feature Story

IBF Convention: Day 2

By Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the IBF’s 28th annual convention opened at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Champagne Room of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The opening session commenced with a brief talk by Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on professionalism among ring officials. Introductions of every delegate in attendance were then exchanged, followed by Board of directors reports encompassed the morning session.

President Peoples opened with an explanation of the overhaul that the organization has undertaken over the last year from changing physical addresses, to compliance with governmental regulations concerning non-profit organizations.

Peoples then moved on to discussing the IBF’s efforts to re-expand throughout the globe as a world sanctioning body. Trips to Dominican Republic, Costa Rica have sparked those efforts. Delegates from Africa, Thailand, and Australia have boosted IBF activity in those parts of the world as well, with Australia producing Daniel Geale, the first IBF champion in Australia since Kostya Tszyu lost his IBF title exactly six years ago on June 4, 2005. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Godfrey at crossroads

World cruiserweight title challenger Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) finds himself at the crossroads of his professional career, preparing for his June 10 10-round main event throw-down against undefeated, ultra-hyped Nigerian knockout artist Lateef “Power” Kayode for the vacant NABA title, live on ShoBox from Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.

After being stopped for the first time in his career last August, when he unsuccessfully challenged World Boxing Organization champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck in Germany, Godfrey was somewhat lost and confused as a promotional free agent. Matt put full trust in his manager, Brett Hallenbeck, who negotiated the fight against Kayode, switched Matt’s head trainer, and guided the Providence fighter into signing a contract with Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. ready for biggest test

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. has heard the comments all too often throughout his career. Comments that are critically constructive or just very critical from fight fans and even members of the media. Despite unanimous decisions or knockout victories, the aforementioned people do not think that Chavez is or will be a legitimate contender and have gone as far as saying that the 25-year-old has benefitted from questionable decisions in bouts in Mexico. With Chavez hearing those comments, they roll off of him like the sweat off his body when he trains at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Froch-Johnson Video Update

Only one man will advance to the Finals! Jimmy Lennon Jr. reports the latest news on the Super Six World Boxing Classic before Froch vs. Johnson, this Saturday at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Martirosyan-Roman Update

Undefeated junior middleweight sensation Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (29-0, 18 KOs) is just days away from facing Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, in a WBC elimination bout for the right to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fighter of Armenian descent calls nearby Glendale, CA, home and looks forward to fighting in his backyard. It has been over two years since Martirosyan last fought in California and over three years since he last fought in Los Angeles in front of his hometown fans. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Ward goes behind the mic

Andre Ward will join the SHOWTIME® broadcast team for the live telecast this Saturday, June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) that features a Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal fight between WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch and Glen Johnson. The undefeated Ward, the WBA 168-pound champion and last Olympic Games gold medalist from the United States, will face the winner of Saturday’s Froch-Johnson high stakes scrap from Atlantic City in the Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will sit ringside with SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announcers Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver.



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Ex-champs on TeleFutura

TeleFutura returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Friday with two former world champions facing unbeaten prospects. In the main event, unbeaten Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) looks to keep his “0” intact against former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KO’s) in an eight rounder. The televised co-feature pits another undefeated prospect, in junior welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (18-0, 8 KO’s) against former WBC Interim titleholder Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (36-9, 16 KO’s) in another eight. Local fan-favorite Randy Caballero (10-0, 6 KO’s) will square off in a six round junior featherweight match against Sergio Cristobal (3-1). Also unbeaten junior welterweight Jose Vargas (5-0-2) who will meet Javier Loya (4-0, 3 KO’s) in a six round contest.



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Ward: Froch-Johnson is 50/50

Carl Froch is the heavy favorite to defeat Glen Johnson Saturday in Atlantic City live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), but Super Six World Boxing Classic Finalist Andre Ward believes there’s a decent chance that “The Road Warrior” can upset “The Cobra” to claim the WBC Super Middleweight title and advance to the tournament Final.

“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Ward said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Carl Froch dominated Glen Johnson and I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson pulled the upset.”

Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the Froch-Johnson winner in the Final of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s #1 168-pound fighter.

“Mentally, I’m prepared to fight either guy,” Ward said. “The fans want to see Ward and Froch but it is Froch’s job to take care of his business and uphold his end of the bargain and Glen Johnson will have something to say about that on June 4.” (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Don King

By Boxing Bob Newman



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Daryl Peoples

By Boxing Bob Newman



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Woodland Hills weigh-in today

New co-main event!

The public is invited to today’s official weigh-in for Friday’s “War at Woodland Hills IV” which will be held at 5pm at the T.G.I Friday’s on 5919 Canoga Avenue  in Woodland Hills, CA.  Come and meet the fighters!

Lightweight prospect Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan has been forced to withdraw from the co-main event.  Gabe Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) from nearby Glendale will step in to fight Juan Antonio Suazo (7-4-2, 5 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout.    (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

UFC

Guida, demon hunter

TUF Finale is LIVE on SPIKE June 4!

He’s left the crosses, prayer books, and holy water at home, but Clay Guida still has some demons to exorcise this weekend in Las Vegas.

Entering the Octagon at The Palms for the third time, he must not only address his opponent, former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, but the ghosts that inhabit the Pearl Theater, where he has engaged in two of the most dramatic fights in UFC history, but also walked away with defeats in both. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Esquivias ready for action!

“Locked N’ Loaded” opens up with a slew of young Thompson Boxing Promotion gunslingers once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, June 24.

Rising Super Bantamweight Efrain Esquivias, a hard-fighting sharpshooter out of Carson, California steps up once again and faces a bomber from Brownsville, Texas by the name of Felipe Cordova in a scheduled eight round collision. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

ESPN FNF returns to Tampa

Jr middle contender Yudel Johnson in action!

ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to the popular A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, FL for the first time since March 2007 as Fight Night Productions and Warriors Boxing present the second installment of the “Winghouse Fight Night” series.

The main event will feature Cuban sensation and jr middleweight contender Yudel Johnson (10-0, 7 KOs) against the hard-hitting Jose Miguel Torres (24-4, 19 KOs) from Columbia in a ten round bout.  Johnson  –  currently the #10 ranked contender by the WBC  –  is best known for winning the silver medal in the jr welterweight division in the 2004 Olympic Games. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

IBF Convention: Day 1

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The 28th annual IBF convention continued today at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas with a gala cocktail reception held in the Versailles Room. A host of IBF affiliated referees and judges from around the world, as well as many of the top promoters in the game attended. Don King draw the most attention as is often the case, attracting photo bugs eager to get a snapshot with the 79 year old impresario. Fellow promoters and or representatives from Top Rank, Golden Boy, Sauerland Events, Arena Box, Final Forum, Eva Rolle, Sampson Lewkowicz, and more gathered for a groups photos with IBF president Daryl Peoples, who just completed his first year as president of the organization.

IBF representative and Fightnews’ own Ray Wheatley accepted the IBF middleweight championship belt for newly crowned champ and fellow Aussie Daniel Geale who won a hard fought decision over former champ Sebastian Sylvester in Neibrandenburg, Germany last May 7th. Wheatley will present the bet to Geale upon returning to Sydney, Australia after the conclusion of the convention.



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Soto and Lozada training in Mexico

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing

Both the current WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and the WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight champion Antonio Lozada Jr (23-0, 20 KOs) find themselves in the mountains of Temoaya, Mex, during the most intense stage of their respective preparation for their June 25th match ups in Cozumel, Mex, and broadcast live by Mexican mega network Televisa and presented by Tijuana promoter Baja Boxing. Soto of Los Mochis, Mex, will defend his title for the fourth time against Japanese Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) while Tijuana, Mex’s Lozada Jr. will battle for the vacant WBC Silver 140 lbs. title versus Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (19-0-1, 17 KOs). For more details and photos click here…



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Pete Susens

IBF President Darryl Peoples and Hall of Fame promoter Don King enjoying the goings on at the IBF Convention at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Nevada.



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Rhodes ready for Alvarez

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Canelo Promotions

“Alvarez is a good fighter, but the title was given to him too quickly. I am sure that the WBC belt will go to England,” said Ryan Rhodes. Arriving tonight at Guadalajara, Mexico, the south-paw, from England continued: “I came with two weeks in advance to adapt myself. My preparation is already closed. I only need to stay physically fit and mark the weight on the scale”. Rhodes will continue his training in the Arena Coliseo’s Gym of Guadalajara City and said he is very excited by this new opportunity he has, because there have already been two times that he disputed a world title without success. For more details and photos click here…



June 2nd, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

TUF Finale is LIVE on SPIKE June 4!

UFC 131 VIP Packages Available Now: Premium tickets, backstage tours, meet & greet UFC fighters, get inside the Octagon and more!

Presale Starts Tomorrow For STRIKEFORCE Fedor vs Henderson: Fedor battles Dan Henderson in the Windy City, live on July 30 at the Sears Centre Arena – UFC Fight Club Presale starts Thursday at 10am CT, UFC newsletter presale password starts Friday at 10am CT – password: CHICAGO

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Philadelphia this summer with a loaded card sure to leave the City of Brotherly Love buzzing. On Saturday, Aug. 6 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, former UFC® light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans takes on rising star and former Penn State wrestling standout Phil Davis. (more…)



June 2nd, 2011

Boxing News

Katsidis-Earl rematch finalized

Katsidis “The Great” Promotions in association with Smithy’s Gym have announced that a rematch between two-time world champion Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl has been verbally agreed to. At 2am this morning Katsidis’ Manager Brendon Smith finalized details with Graham Earl’s camp to have a fight down under. Earl and his team have been chasing the Katsidis’ camp for close to four years now on the promise of a rematch after their epic five round World title battle at Wembley Arena in London in 2007. In a fight that was full of action, Katsidis not only came out the victor, but this battle was awarded the coveted round and fight of the year. (more…)



June 1st, 2011

Feature Story

Froch, Johnson Quotes

WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and former World Champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and their respective camps held their final press conference Wednesday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City to discuss their Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).

Both fighters were respectful to each other, but they are predicting radically different outcomes of Saturday’s highly anticipated fight. Froch feels he will dominate every round, while Johnson and his team feel that Froch is in way over his head with a lighter, faster Glen Johnson.

The following are quote highlights made by all the speakers on Wednesday: (more…)



June 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Ortiz camp denies Berto claims

By Francisco Salazar

Manager Rolando Arellano has released an exclusive statement to FightNews.com in response to Andre Berto’s statements on Twitter that Victor Ortiz allegedly used performance enhancement drugs leading up to their April 16th welterweight showdown:

“Victor has never in the past or present taken any performance enhancement drugs. We will take any test from any commission or world anti-doping organization before or after any fight. We will even take a test during training or on vacation.” In one of the best fights of 2011 thus far, Ortiz captured the WBC welterweight title when he won a twelve-round unanimous decision over Berto. Arellano concluded: “Victor beat Andre at 70 percent of his full capacity. I wonder what Andre would complain about if Victor beats him at 100 percent. We respectfully ask that he cease and desist immediately of making any more accusations as it hurts Victor’s reputation.”



June 1st, 2011

Feature Story

Super Six NYC Presser

Beginning of the End

By Matt Richardson
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

After ten fights, eight fighters and two years, Showtime’s innovative “Super Six” round-robin tournament will be boiled down to two fighters and one fight. After Saturday night, that is.

The tournament, featuring the top super middleweights in the world (and one of the former top light heavyweights) will enter the second stage of the semi-finals this weekend at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Atlantic City New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall when current WBC title-holder Carl Froch fights former 175-pound champ Glen Johnson.

The winner will face rising star Andre Ward, who secured his berth last month with a lopsided decision win against Arthur Abraham. (more…)



June 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Shane wanted to quit

Explosive details from the biggest night of boxing revealed by the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports. Watch the thrilling epilogue of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley on Saturday, June 4th at 8:45pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.



June 1st, 2011

Boxing News

New foe for Mikey

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia has a new opponent for his 10 round bout on Saturday night. Garcia will now face hard-hitting Mexican contender Rafael Guzman at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Top Rank Vice President of Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com. The bout will be the opening televised bout on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” Garcia was originally scheduled to take on Miguel Beltran Jr., but Beltran suffered an injury to his hand during training over the weekend. “It turned out to be a fracture and he (Beltran) tried to see if it would heal,” said Moretti. “The doctors looked at it yesterday and they did not approve of Beltran to fight.” (more…)



June 1st, 2011

Feature Story

Zbik, Chavez press conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Earlier today Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum introduced both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1 30KOs) and Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10KOs), as they met for the final press conference held at the Golden State Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be fighting in Los Angeles for the first time in six years. His first bout in Los Angeles was on the undercard of his father Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Ivan Robinson. On that night Junior knocked out Adam Wynant in one round. With only three days away from his first world title shot, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 32KO’s) looks focused and determined on becoming the next WBC Middleweight Champion.

“I have prepared well for this fight, I know I have a tough fight I am going up against the champ, but I have prepared myself to win” Chavez Jr. addressed the media. (more…)



June 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Zbik-Chavez Presser Clips



June 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Bernard Hopkins honored

Photos: Maxwell Brown/City of Philadelphia and Swanson Communications

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored newly crowned WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins today for his championship win over Jean Pascal which took place May 21. The mayor presented Hopkins with a Liberty Bell replica and made a proclamation saluting Hopkins and acknowledging his history making accomplishment of becoming the oldest world champion in the history of boxing. (more…)



June 1st, 2011

Feature Story

Telemundo back in Miami

Photos: Marco Perez/MPS Sport Images

At a press conference today, promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Pugilistic Promotions and Deportes Telemundo announced the return of the popular series “Boxeo Telemundo”, to the City of Miami on June 24 where they will present a show at the Miami Dade County Auditorium which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a double championship twinbill.

In the main event WBO Latin jr. welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (17-1-11 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his title against former WBA International Champion Javier “El Zorro” Castro (24-4-19 KOs) in a battle scheduled for 12 Rounds.

The co-feature will pit unbeaten former amateur world champion Sullivan Barrera (7-0-5 KOs) of Guantanamo, Cuba who will face Frank Paines (11-1-10 KOs) of St. Marteen via Colombia in a fight schedule for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino and WBA FEDELATIN light heavyweight titles. (more…)



June 1st, 2011




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