WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Boxing Result

Bonanni wins by KO in Argentina

By Gabriel F. Cordero and Leo Benatar

Argentinian prospect Argentine Juan Manuel Bonanni (17-2-2, 6 KOs) won by knockout in the third round against compatriot Hector Santana (13-2, 10 KOs) in a welterweight fight at the CEDEM Home No. 2 in the province of Buenos Aires. Bonanni was from beginning to end working smart and effective boxing from a distance as it suited him, while Santana sought to trade at all times, but at a very slow and tiresome pace. Near the end of the first round Bonanni sent Santana to the canvas with a powerful right cross over the ear. Then in the third Bonanni threw a right cross that almost reached its destination and then came a powerful left on Santana’s temple. He crumpled to the mat slowly and in poor condition received referee Jorge Bacile’s count and knockout decree.

By Gabriel F. Cordero and Leo Benatar Argentinian prospect Argentine Juan Manuel Bonanni (17-2-2, 6 KOs) won by knockout in …


Boxing Result

Ponce De Leon punishes Estrella

Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Omar Estrella (15-4-2, 10 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night at the Bodega Del Boxeo in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ponce De Leon rebounded from consecutive losses to Adrien Broner and Yuriorkas Gamboa with the win.

In the co-feature, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Alejandro Hernandez (24-9-2, 13 KOs).

Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Omar Estrella (15-4-2, 10 …



Boxing Result

Jennings outworks Byarm

By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Tri Nguyen

In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs) of South Philly won a ten round unanimous decision Maurice Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs) of North Philly to claim the vacant Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. Jennings outworked Byarm to earn a 97-93, 96-94, 96-94 verdict.

Jr middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided fifth round TKO over Jesus Soto-Karass (24-8-3, 16 KOs). Rosado was on the attack from the opening bell until referee Steve Smoger waved it off at 2:06 of the fifth with Soto-Karass under heavy fire.

Fast rising light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (9-0, 6 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Damar Singleton (8-1, 4 KOs) over six, but failed to impress. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. more photos

By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Tri Nguyen In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Bryant Jennings (12-0, …


Boxing Result

Miller upsets Hammack in St. Charles, MO

By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside

As the icy rain fell outside, Rumble Time Promotions, turned up the heat at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center in St. Charles, MO, Friday night. In an upset, veteran light heavyweight, Shannon Miller (25-47-8, 18 KOs) made the trip from his home in Columbus, MS tripping up local favorite, Shawn Hammack (21-8-2, 15 KOs), winning a unanimous 6 round decision. (more…)

By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside As the icy rain fell outside, Rumble Time Promotions, turned up the …




Boxing Result

Price annihilates McDermott

In a clash for the English heavyweight title and final eliminator for the British and Commonwealth championship, unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist David Price (12-0, 10 KOs) destroyed John McDermott (26-8, 17 KOs) in the first round on Saturday at Liverpool Olympia in Liverpool, England. The 6’8 Price dropped McDermott three times, the third time for the count. The bout lasted 73 seconds.

In a clash for the English heavyweight title and final eliminator for the British and Commonwealth championship, unbeaten 2008 Olympic …


Scale Watch

Complete Weights from Philadelphia

Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220
Jesus Sot-Karass 154 vs. Gabriel Rosado 153.5
Doel Carrasquillo 149 vs. Ray Robinson 148.5
Lenwood Dozier 146 vs. Jose Perlata Alejo 145
Damar Singleton 176.5 vs. Sullivcan Barrera 174.5
Pedro Andres 136 vs. Naim Nelson 137.5
David Gonzales 142 vs. Korey Pritchett 141

Venue: Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: NBC Sports Network
Tickets: available $45 & $65

Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220 Jesus Sot-Karass 154 vs. Gabriel Rosado 153.5 Doel Carrasquillo 149 vs. Ray Robinson …


Boxing News

San Diego presser

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Gabriel Barron

On Friday afternoon, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions along with representatives from the Gonzalez Sports Academy held a well attended press conference at the popular Brew House in Eastlake, CA, a suburb of San Diego, CA, to officially announce their Friday, January 27th, fight card “Champions of Tomorrow”. The event will be held on the grounds of the Gonzalez Sports Academy, a 29,000 square foot facility which houses three volleyball courts, a track and field installation, batting cages and pitching mounds along with an impressive weight room which recently former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito used as he prepared for his Miguel Cotto rematch. For more details and photos click here…

By Felipe Leon Photos: Gabriel Barron On Friday afternoon, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions along with representatives from …


Feature Story

Report/gallery: Rigondeaux vs. Ramos

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

Cuban boxing sensation and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux may have lulled fight fans at The Palms to sleep with several painfully tentative rounds against Rico Ramos, but he woke them up with a sensational sixth round knockout to claim the WBA super bantamweight title. The previously undefeated Ramos was overmatched from the outset as a cool, calm and calculated Rigondeaux waited for Ramos to over commit and drilled him with a straight left hand that stunned his foe and followed up with another left hand that sent Ramos tumbling to the canvas. Fortunately for Ramos there were only seconds on the clock . . . Click here for more

Ringside by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. Photos by Chris Cozzone Cuban boxing sensation and two-time Olympic gold medalist …



UFC

Jim Miller: “I’m Still Dangerous When I’m Hurt!”

Postfight by David L. Hudson

In Nashville, Tennessee, Jim Miller proved with his come-from-behind submission win over the explosive Melvin Guillard that he remains a formidable force in the UFC lightweight division. Miller survived some scary moments in the first couple minutes before winning the main event in the UFC on FX main event. (more…)

Postfight by David L. Hudson In Nashville, Tennessee, Jim Miller proved with his come-from-behind submission win over the explosive Melvin …


Boxing Result

Pendarvis defeats Lugo

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

Welterweight Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Jose Alfredo Lugo at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. The southpaw Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5 KOs) was in command for most of the bout, using his speed and ring generalship to land almost at will. Undaunted, Lugo pressed forward, hoping to land lead right hands. He was at his best when both fighters traded punches. However, Lugo (12-17-1, 5 KOs) was not able to keep up with the speed of Pendarvis. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Pendarvis. The Pendarvis-Lugo bout was moved up to main event status when the light heavyweight bout between Anatoily Dudchenko and Alex Armenta fell through due to Armenta claiming that he became ill a few days ago. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar at ringside Welterweight Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Jose Alfredo Lugo …


Feature Story

Miguel Cotto will choose the best deal

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

The free agent status of WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) will allow him to choose the best offer from Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao, who continue to publicly discuss through their advisors and promoter Bob Arum whether or not they will face off May 5 or June 9. Given the refusal of Mayweather Jr. to accept a 50-50 purse split while Pacquiao insists on this condition, all roads lead to Cotto, who after them is the biggest ‘pay per view’ seller in the division, therefore his name is the first option.

Cotto will listen to the offer of the Mayweather Jr. group and then give an opportunity to Arum, who was his promoter since he debuted ten years ago and whose contract expired on December 31. He will then evaluate the bids and choose the most attractive and lucrative. (more…)

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press The free agent status of WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) …


UFC

Miller eats thunder, finishes with lightning

Jim Miller weathered an early storm Friday night at Bridgestone Arena that saw him eat some heavy knees from Melvin Guillard, but he turned the tables with a textbook rear naked choke that earned him the victory in the UFC on FX main event, vaulting him right back into title contention at 155 pounds.

Winner of eight of his past nine fights, the New Jersey native rebounded from a tough loss to Benson Henderson, who fights UFC lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar next month in Japan . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Jim Miller weathered an early storm Friday night at Bridgestone Arena that saw him eat some heavy knees from Melvin …



Feature Story

Omar Sheika returns to the ring tonight

By Flattop

Former title challenger Omar Sheika is back in action tonight as he goes toe-to-toe with durable Charles Hayward in the main event of “Saturday Night Fights at the Hamilton Manor” in Hamilton, NJ. Also in action is exciting undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (11-0, 6 KOs) facing upset-minded Brian Bernard (10-10-2, 6 KOs). (more…)

By Flattop Former title challenger Omar Sheika is back in action tonight as he goes toe-to-toe with durable Charles Hayward …


Feature Story

Chavez almost ready for Feb 4

Photos: German Villasenor/Top Rank

The undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is putting the final touches in his preparations for #1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio on February 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The “Son of the Legend” had this to say Friday at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. “Being a world champion is a big responsibility and that why I have work so hard during this camp. This fight is very important to me and I need to be at my best”

On Rubio

“He’s a very experienced fighter and very strong, but not the overall boxer that Sebastian Zbik is. I know this is a very tough fight and a great challenge for me, but I feel that I am not only ready for these types of fights, but to also win them.” (more…)

Photos: German Villasenor/Top Rank The undefeated WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is putting the final touches in his …


Boxing Result

Rigondeaux KOs Ramos to win WBA 122lb belt

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

WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over previously unbeaten WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux got Ramos’ respect early by dropping him with a straight left in round one. The former amateur star dominated every minute of the fight until putting Ramos down for the count with a left to the body in round six. Time was 1:29. After the fight, Rigondeaux called out Nonito Donaire. (more…)

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside Photos by Chris Cozzone WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold …


Boxing Result

Late sub Razon defeats Meneses

Photos: AllStar Boxing

Late sub Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon (13-3, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-10-2, 9 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC Latin jr. flyweight title on Friday night at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Razon knocked down Meneses in the twelfth round to punctuate a clear unanimous decision. Razon stepped in for Luis De La Rosa on two days notice. Click here for more photos…

Photos: AllStar Boxing Late sub Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon (13-3, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world …



Scale Watch

Weights from Ensenada, Mexico

Daniel Ponce De Leon 125.5 vs. Omar Estrella 126
Leo Santa Cruz 119.6 vs. Alejandro Hernandez 123.2
Marco Antonio Periban 169 vs. Antonio Arras ??
Khabir Suleymanov 123.6 vs. Roberto Lopez 122.4
Eduardo Gonzalez 139.2 vs. Mario Padilla 141
Jose Torres 149 vs. Javier Gomez 145.8

Venue: Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Televisa/ATT U-Verse

Daniel Ponce De Leon 125.5 vs. Omar Estrella 126 Leo Santa Cruz 119.6 vs. Alejandro Hernandez 123.2 Marco Antonio Periban …


Scale Watch

Weights from Philly

Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220
(10 round heavyweights)

Rest of card weighs-in Saturday morning 9am

Venue: Asylum Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Main Events, Peltz Boxing, Greg Cohen Promotions
TV: NBC Sports Network Fight Night

First bout 7pm, TV 9-11pm
Tickets available at $45 & $65

Maurice Byarm 244.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220 (10 round heavyweights) Rest of card weighs-in Saturday morning 9am Venue: Asylum Arena, …


Scale Watch

Weights from Tacoma, WA

Joel Godfrey 197.5 vs. Henry Namauu TBD
Nate Serrano 146 vs. Roberto Crespo 147
Randell Corpuz 139.5 vs. Rashad Hughes 143
Dave Courchaine 162 vs. Brandon Adams 161.5
Adrian Hermann 176.5 vs. Len Bentley 176.5
Jose Rico 178.5 vs. Josh Hewson 197.5

*Namauu to weigh in tomorrow at 5 pm

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
Promoter: Halquist Productions

Joel Godfrey 197.5 vs. Henry Namauu TBD Nate Serrano 146 vs. Roberto Crespo 147 Randell Corpuz 139.5 vs. Rashad Hughes …


Scale Watch

Weights from Hamilton Township, NJ

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Omar Sheika 175.5 vs. Charles Hayward 175.5
Derrick Webster 167 vs. Brian Bernard 167.5
William Santiago 199 vs. Ramadan Yasser 200
Jose Javier Calderon 146 vs. Yehudy Vargas 141
Juan Rodriguez Jr. 147 vs. Carlos Ramos 147.5
Alando Swain 159 vs. Russ Niggemyer 159
David Roman 154 vs. Gregory Bankston 150
Marcus Smith 135 vs. Linwood Hurd 136.5

Venue: Hamilton Manor, Hamilton Township, New Jersey
Promoter: Nedal Promotions

By Kurt Wolfheimer Omar Sheika 175.5 vs. Charles Hayward 175.5 Derrick Webster 167 vs. Brian Bernard 167.5 William Santiago 199 …


Scale Watch

Broadway Boxing Weights

Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. DeMarcus Corley 137
Ran Nakash 201 vs. Derek Bryant 196
Luis Del Valle 122 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 122
Alex Perez 146 vs. Josh Sosa 144.5
Seanie Monaghan 175 vs. Billy Bailey 176
Danny McDermott 142 vs. Terry Buterbaugh 140
Sonya Lamonakis 222 vs. Carlette Ewell 208
Boyd Melson 155 vs. Sean Rawley 154.5
Thomas Hardwick 218 vs. Richard Mason 201.5
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment

Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. DeMarcus Corley 137 Ran Nakash 201 vs. Derek Bryant 196 Luis Del Valle 122 vs. Jose …


Boxing News

Rumor Mill: Pacquiao-Cotto II? Marquez-Peterson?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A reliable source has indicated three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) is at the top of the list of possible Manny Pacquiao opponents. Other candidates are Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez. Proposed date is June 9 in a temporary 38-40,000-seat arena near the strip in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, there is also a possibility that Marquez could move up to jr welterweight to challenge reigning WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas in a date to be determined with the winner in line for Pacquiao. Marquez is still waiting to see if the WBA will reinstate him as lightweight super champion.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A reliable source has indicated three-division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) is at the …


Boxing News

Andy Lee pulls out of March 17 HBO date

After seeking an opponent for the past two months and not being able to come up with anything suitable, the Team of Andy Lee has announced that they will be coming off the May 17 card St. Patrick’s Day card and HBO appearance at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, and now it is rumored he could be the next opponent for WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm with a tentative date scheduled in Germany for April 13th.

“It is with great regret that I have to withdraw from the March 17 St Patrick’s Day Promotion at MSG Theater,” stated Lee. “Unfortunately due to the unavailability of a suitable world ranked opponent Team Lee have collectively decided it is in my best career interest to pass on a fight on this occasion. I would like to thank my promoter, Lou DiBella and HBO for planning to have me on the card and for their efforts to secure a suitable opponent for me from the limited boxers available.”

After seeking an opponent for the past two months and not being able to come up with anything suitable, the …


Scale Watch

Weights from Guadalajara

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Ameth Diaz 135
(IBF lightweight championship)
Ricardo Alvarez 136.5 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 138
Daniel Sandoval 148 vs. Juan Jesus Rivera 148
Joselyn Arroyo 111 vs. Salma Canales 113
Venue: Coliseo Olimpico de la U de G
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca (more…)

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Ameth Diaz 135 (IBF lightweight championship) Ricardo Alvarez 136.5 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 138 …


Interview

Omar Estrella Interview

Photos and report by Felipe Leon

You would think getting into the ring with one of the biggest knock out kings in boxing today might be the toughest thing a fighter might have to do but for featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-3-2, 10 KOs), it might be the second. This Saturday night, the twenty-four year old Estrella will face hard hitting and former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34 KOs) of Chihuahua by way of Huntington Park, CA, for the vacant WBC USNBC title. The title bout will be the main event of Mexico’s “Sabados de Corona” televised live on Televisa. For more details and photos click here…

Photos and report by Felipe Leon You would think getting into the ring with one of the biggest knock out …


Scale Watch

Weights from Puerto Rico

Hot prospect McWilliams Arroyo (9-1, 8 KOS) will not fight because there were some problems with opponent Felipe Rivas’ visa. Arroyo will fight on one of PR Best Boxing Promotion’s next shows.

Javier Gallo 116 vs. David Quijano 115
Edgardo Rivera 130 vs. Regino Canales 134
Radamés Vélez 140 vs. Rafael González 138
Andy Crespo 135 vs. Jussein Cruz 136
Emmanuel Santos 129 vs. Jesús Pastrana 131
Mathew Robinson 138 vs. Reynaldo Ojeda 138
José Santiago 131 vs. Iván Vázquez 130
Venue: Coliseo Pedrin Zorrilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
TV: Telefutura

Hot prospect McWilliams Arroyo (9-1, 8 KOS) will not fight because there were some problems with opponent Felipe Rivas’ visa. …


UFC

UFC updates

TONIGHT – Guillard vs Miller Headlines The UFC’s Debut On FX: The UFC hits FX on Friday night, with a lightweight main event battle between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller – plus, Duane “Bang” Ludwig takes on Josh Neer and heavyweights Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft collide! UFC on FX live tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

See The Prelims Live On FUEL TV: Six fights kick off tonight’s action – see all of them starting at 6pm ET / 3pm PT on FUEL TV!

UFC Primetime Diaz vs Condit Premieres Tonight On FX: Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit prepare for their championship showdown in Las Vegas! Get closer than ever before with an in depth look at these two welterweight contenders as they continue on their collision course to the Octagon on February 4th! Premieres tonight at 11pm on FX, following Guillard vs Miller

UFC 143 VIP Packages On Sale Now: Floor seats, meet & greets, backstage tours and more! Get the ultimate experience on February 4th in Las Vegas!
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TONIGHT – Guillard vs Miller Headlines The UFC’s Debut On FX: The UFC hits FX on Friday night, with a lightweight …


Column

Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

It has been a long time coming. Maybe too long. Alas, the long-awaited return of the Southern California Fight Scene is here, updating fight fans about upcoming cards and boxers that live and train in Southern California.

Whereas the first half of January was a little light on the boxing schedule, it is sure to pick up in the next month or two, bringing a smile to the diehard and casual fight fan.

Last week, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com that all indications point toward unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios fighting at the Home Depot Center in Carson on March 3rd. A few fighters were mentioned as possible opponents for the hard-hitting Oxnard fighter, including lightweight contenders John Molina of Covina and Brit Kevin Murray .

Promoter Dan Goossen, who promotes Molina, told Fightnews.com last week that there had always been in an interest in Molina fighting Rios, even since last summer. However, Molina is scheduled to fight Marvin Quintero on February 17th at the College Park Center in Arlington , TX . Murray has run into some legal troubles that will prevent him from leaving England anytime soon.

There are still a number of legitimate fighters that could face Rios on that proposed upcoming card. In the meantime, Rios continues to work out at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in south Oxnard. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar It has been a long time coming. Maybe too long. Alas, the long-awaited return of the Southern …


Boxing News

Yamanaka-Darchinyan confirmed for April 6

A date has been set for the highly anticipated WBC world championship fight between, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) and Japan’s undefeated WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs). The showdown will take place on April 6, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the line will be Yamanaka’s WBC Bantamweight title.

Promoter Gary Shaw confirmed, “The date has been agreed upon for April 6. Darchinyan will have to travel into unfamiliar territory and show the world why he’s one of the best fighters walking the earth. Capturing a world title in three divisions will put Vic in the history books as one of the greatest.”

A date has been set for the highly anticipated WBC world championship fight between, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 …


Boxing News

New fight series in Scandinavia

Photo: Ninna Nisbet

Viasat and Team Sauerland have announced they have struck a long-term partnership. The project was announced at a big kick-off press conference in Copenhagen on Thursday. In the next five years, TV3 / Viasat (Denmark), TV10 (Sweden) and Viasat Norway will broadcast between five and seven “Nordic Fight Nights” per year, featuring the biggest names and most promising talents in Nordic boxing. The shows will take place in various venues across Denmark. “This is a ground-breaking partnership that will lift Nordic boxing to the highest international level,” Kalle Sauerland said. “Our Nordic stars will compete against world-class opponents on a constant basis. We are very ambitious to bring the biggest events to Denmark. Our star fighters will win a lot of titles for Scandinavia.” (more…)

Viasat and Team Sauerland have announced they have struck a long-term partnership. The project was announced at a big kick-off …


Boxing News

Mayweather: 50/50 purse split “can’t happen”

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone

ESPN is reporting that Floyd Mayweather sent an email to SportsCenter newscaster Stan Verrett rejecting the 50/50 purse split that Manny Pacquiao insists is fair.

According to Verrett, Floyd wrote: “He asked about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your career. I also let him know I’m in control on my side and he needs to get on the same page as his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”

By Karl Freitag Photo: Chris Cozzone ESPN is reporting that Floyd Mayweather sent an email to SportsCenter newscaster Stan Verrett …


Full Report

Full report from Staten Island

By Matt Richardson

Local residents warmly embraced the return of professional boxing to Staten Island, NY on Thursday night at the Hilton Garden Inn, packing the ballroom there to standing room only capacity for a five bout card headlined by unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Faragon.

Faragon (17-0, 7 KO’s) made easy work out of opponent Andres Ledesma; stopping him with a left to the body in the third round. Faragon had dominated the fight to that point by out boxing and simply being quicker to the punch than Ledesma. Ledesma (18-20-1, 13 KO’s) was game but still wound up losing his second fight in a row. Perhaps best known to local boxing fans for his violent upset knockout victory over Gary Stark in the spring of 2007, Ledesma has now only won two of his last 17 fights and should probably start considering another line of work. (more…)

By Matt Richardson Local residents warmly embraced the return of professional boxing to Staten Island, NY on Thursday night at …


Feature Story

Pacquiao insists on 50-50 sharing

By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Having drawn 1.4 million pay-per-view buys the last time, Manny Pacquiao said on Friday night that it is just fair and square that he and Floyd Mayweather equally share the revenue of a planned fight in May. Pacquiao’s rubber match with Juan Manuel Marquez generated that hefty number of buys, while Mayweather’s controversial kayo of Victor Ortiz only posted 1.25 million. “It’s just right that we share equally,” said Pacquiao. “Floyd has to look at the PPV numbers to understand why it be fair for us to split it in half,” added Pacquiao.

Mayweather spoke on the phone with Pacquiao on Thursday and the Filipino clearly told his caller that it has to be 50-50. If Mayweather doesn’t agree, Pacquiao said he will have no choice but to fight somebody else possibly on June 9.

By Nick Giongco Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank Having drawn 1.4 million pay-per-view buys the last time, Manny Pacquiao said on …


UFC

The Melvin Guillard Saga continues

Make room at the table in New Jersey for Thanksgiving dinner. The long lost brother of Jim and Dan Miller is coming home.

“We’ll be triplets,” laughed lightweight contender Melvin Guillard. “My mom just left me out in the sun a little bit longer.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Make room at the table in New Jersey for Thanksgiving dinner. The long lost brother of Jim and Dan Miller …


Boxing News

European heavyweight title vacated

With European heavyweight champion Robert Helinius out of action for six months due to a shoulder injury requiring surgery, the EBU has vacated the belt and ordered Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) to face the highest ranked available contender, which is Kubrat Pulev (5-0, 7 KOs). Universum (Dimitrenko) and Sauerland Event (Pulev) will now have a free negotiation period and if no agreement is reached, the EBU will order a purse bid.

With European heavyweight champion Robert Helinius out of action for six months due to a shoulder injury requiring surgery, the …










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