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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will return to Brazil for an epic sporting event as legendary fighters collide on the biggest fight card in UFC® history at UFC®147 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 23, 2012. The largest crowd ever is expected for the highly anticipated rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and American contender Chael Sonnen, a grudge match two years in the making. The event also features a live finale of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil™, the showdown between two Brazilians and icons of the sport – coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-flyweight champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), a cute Japanese girl, will defend her belt against WBA interim ruler Carolina Gutierrez (20-2, 13 KOs) in a unification bout staged by influential promoter Osvaldo Rivero in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 27. Tenkai used to be a football player, and she finely kicked soccer balls with precision into the balcony of the Korakuen Hall prior to her final exhibition on Sunday. Tenkai, 27, engaged in four- round sparring sessions with a couple of partners to show her good form. The champ looks forward to going to the country of football, Argentina, where she will meet Gutierrez, 35, in a unification bout. Tenkai said, “I hope to show a good performance before Argentine spectators.”
Three-time super-middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) will be moving up in weight on May 19 when he clashes with fellow Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant & power puncher Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) on May 19. The battle at Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium will be contested at light heavyweight, with the WBC World Championship (Silver) at stake. The winner will be in line to face WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, who takes on Chad Dawson in Atlantic City on April 28. “We want Mikkel to cement his place in boxing history along the all-time greats by wining world titles in two weight classes,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at a press conference in Copenhagen today. “It is not going to be easy to face bigger and stronger opposition at a higher weight but the Viking Warrior has never turned down a challenge. We are thrilled to provide him with a new, a gigantic one. Before even thinking about Hopkins or Dawson, he needs to take out Allan Green, which is a high-risk fight.” (more…)
On Saturday, March 24, Luis “The Latin Legend” Yanez (7-0-1) scored an eight-round split decision over Joseph “Angel” Rios (10-7-2, 4 KOs) to retain his Texas flyweight title. The bout headlined a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment at La Villita’s Maverick Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. Yanez’s superior speed and ring skills gave him the edge over Rios, who now has two losses and one draw with Yanez. Scorecards read 79-73 twice, for Yanez, and a questionable 77-75 in favor of Rios. In other results: In a bout for the Texas jr. middleweight title, Quinton Whitaker (8-9, 5 KOs) won an eight round decision over Salvador Roa (6-1-1, 2 KOs, with scores of 79-71, 77-73 and 80-71; welterweight James Cantu (8-0, 4 KOs) decisioned Cory Yett (3-3, 1 KOs) in a sixer; welter Steve Hall (4-2, 4 KOs) TKO’d Miguel Pizarro (2-7, 1 KO) at 2:28 of round one; super flyweight Javier Rodriguez (1-0-1) decisioned debuter Jesse Anguiano (0-1) over four; and super featherweight Rolando Campos (5-4, 2 KOs) TKO’d Jorge Flores (0-4) at :32 of round three in a scheduled four-rounder. Photo courtesy of Zeferino Entertainment.
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Zab Judah (42-7 29 KOs) looked “Super” again on Saturday in his first professional fight in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, thoroughly outclassing previously unbeaten Vernon “Ice Man” (26-1, 15 KOs) Paris for 8 rounds and knocking out his opponent at 2:27 of round nine at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in an IBF junior welterweight eliminator.
Earlier in the month, Judah stated that he felt that a return to his roots would rejuvenate him in the same manner that Clark Kent retreated to a phone booth to become Superman again. With family, friends, and a packed house in tow, Judah provided his best performance in years. (More)
If The Ultimate Fighter season 9 finalist DaMarques “Darkness” Johnson is ever in need of a new nickname, he might want to consider “The Anti-Decision”. Over three years and seven fights inside the Octagon, Johnson has yet to hear a judge’s score card read to choose a victor in one of his clashes. Even more incredible, the 18-9 welterweight has only seen a third round once in his action-packed UFC career. In the never ending debate about how to properly score an MMA fight, Johnson has proven time and time again that the winners and losers in his bouts will solely be decided by him and his opponent . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Highly regarded Argentinian welterweights Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (41-2, 32 KOs) and Calos “El Potro” Abregu (32-1, 25 KOs) could face off against each other according to reliable sources including the Argentina Boxing Federation (FAB). The fight could take place in the next 90 to 120 days. The FAB has given representantvies of Saldivia and Abregu a period of 20 days to negotiate the purses, date and possible venue. Abregu only loss was to super lightweight world champion Timothy Bradley. Saldivia’s losses are to Said Quali and Jorge Daniel Miranda.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“There’s so much different work in the world. If I would be just a fighter, not an exciting one, I would call it quits and do something else,” says Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs). “I don’t want boxing fans to be bored during my fights, we have to give them their money’s worth.” Last Saturday in a very entertaining fight, Adamek won a slugfest against Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO). Hopefully, the always exciting former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and current heavyweight contender will not pay a heavy price for his all out fighting style.
How bad is your left hand? Better than after the fight?
Unfortunately not. It was swollen just after the fight, and now the day after it’s even worse. In the third round I connected with a powerful left hook with Nagy’s forehead and immediately I felt something was wrong. Of course this is boxing, not some non-contact sport so pain is part of the deal, but I was reluctant to swing it with full force. We are currently seeking the help of the doctor who took care of the late Arturo Gatti’s hands. This is the most important for me – to know what’s going on. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: K2 Ukraine
On April 14, Ukrainian boxer Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) will battle future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) for the interim WBO light welterweight title at the New Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. This news has become a big sensation in Ukraine and Fedchenko has drawn the attention of reporters and millions of boxing fans. Although Marquez is a fearsome opponent, the 30-year-old Fedchenko is also a very experienced boxer, who is technically solid and a very strong puncher.
“For me, it was unexpected news,” said Fedchenko. “To fight against Marquez is a great honor for me. I am happy that Juan give me a chance. The only problem is little time to prepare for battle. But I’ll make sure that on the day of the fight I’ll be in the best shape of my career.” (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
Photo: Felipe Leon
Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) was disqualified on a strange technicality at the end of the tenth round of his WBC Light Middleweight title eliminator bout with James Kirkland (31-1, 27KOs). Molina was ahead on the scorecards at the time and HBO commentator Max Kellerman’s gut reaction was to say “This is a terrible call.” Kirkland’s lead second, Anne Wolf walked right up to Molina held his face in her hands and told him in a sad tone, “You were winning… You were winning…” All Molina could muster at the time was “This Sucks!”. The debates have been flaring on the social networks of boxing enthusiast around the country for the past day. Fightnews gave “King” Carlos Molina a call to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. (more…)
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Felipe Leon
Mexican ring legend Erik Morales spoke to the press after his twelve round unanimous decision defeat to Danny Garcia in a clash for the WBC 140lb title on Saturday night. “I don’t know what I want to do next,” said Morales. “I have to sit down with my family and look at my health and the desire to keep fighting. One of the reasons I fought Garcia was that I was sure that I still have what it takes to beat some of the best competition out there. After tonight I need to take a step back and really look at what I want to do next. I would like to go out on my own terms, perhaps a fight in Tijuana, Mexico.” (more…)
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Kasia and Sylwek Wosko/Global Boxing
WBC #8-ranked Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his WBC International heavyweight title with an impressive sixth round KO over Tye “Big Sky” Fields (49-5, 44 KOs), much to the delight of the feisty, predominantly Polish crowd at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. After splitting the first four rounds, Wach hurt Fields at the end of the fifth round with a combination, and finished him with a series of right hands at 1:44 of the sixth round of the scheduled twelve round bout. (More)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Graham Shaw, who trains IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, talks to Fightnews.com about Daniel’s recent successful defense against Osamunu Adama and also possible fights for Geale against Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm, Dimitry Pirog and Julio Chavez Jr.
By Tracy Morin at ringside, MemphisBoxing.com
Four back-to-back first-round knockouts were bookended by two four-rounders that went the distance at the latest Fights at the Fitz at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino on March 24 in Tunica, Mississippi. The enthusiastic crowd was treated to plenty of action with fighters from both coasts and regional fan-favorites duking it out–frequently to devastating conclusions. (More)
By Cecil Wright/Fightnews Canada
Tyson ‘Prince of Hali’ Cave defended his WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight title by pitching a complete shutout over Mexican challenger Jovanny ‘Bambino’ Soto in the main event at the Halifax Forum Saturday night. All three judges at ringside scored the bout 100-90 as Cave earned the unanimous decision triumph. Cave’s record improves to 17-2 while Soto drops to 32-13-1. (More)
Photo: Peter Frutkoff
Legendary boxing writer Bert Randolph Sugar has reportedly passed away today at the age of 74 from lung cancer. According to CBS New York, he died surrounded by family at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco, NY. He was much sought after for his views on boxing and was instanttly recognizable with his ever present fedora and cigar. Fightnews sends condolences to the Sugar family.
“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu, Art of War
If there is a man in the last twenty years who would be more than qualified to write boxing’s version of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, it would be Tijuana’s Erik “Terrible” Morales. The fighter from the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, has proven with superb skill, courage and bravado what a true warrior is and in a nineteen year pro career has won the hearts of his beloved Mexico’s fight fans as well thousands around the world.
On Saturday night, the thirty-five year old Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) walked out of the ring in his last hurrah, at least in the United States, on tired legs but his head held high as a little less than six thousand fans witnessed Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) win the WBC light welterweight title via a unanimous decision at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. (more…)
Hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua, 42, looked in excellent condition as he stopped local prospect Alvaro “Tyson” Robles in the 8th round to capture the vacant WBC FECARBOX Title in front of the hostile local crowd at the Mexicali Gymnasium. Pitalua dominated the action dropping Robles twice in round 2, once in the 3rd, twice in the 4th and finally once in the 8th when the referee decided that it was enough. Pitalua raised his record to 53-6-1-47 KOs while the younger Robles dropped to 13-2-11 KOs. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Martin Avila Maria
“Old warriors never die” the saying goes and it was certainly true Saturday night for former world champion Nate Campbell as he pulled out an upset ninth round TKO victory over local favorite IBF #6 jr welterweight Victor “Mermelade” Cayo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Campbell (35-9-1, 26 KOs), a battle-scarred 40-year-old who had lost four of his last five fights, was considered a fairly safe opponent for Cayo (27-3, 19 KOs) and it certainly appeared to be so in the first four rounds with the young Dominican playing torreador to Campbell’s bull. The old, self-styled “Galaxy Warrior” was constantly being beaten to the punch by Cayo and it even seemed that referee Roberto Ramirez might even stop the fight. Then, in the fifth round, occured the dramatic turnabout. One of Campbell’s wild, desperate looping right hands landed flush on Cayo’s jaw. Victor fell to the mat with such force that it looked like he might not get up but he did. A suddenly fired-up Campbell went for the kill and the local fighter was again knocked down. Cayo miraculously survived the round but the rounds that followed were pure hell, as Nate just poured it on, punishing the Dominican boxer with body shots, uppercuts and his trademark looping rights. A succesion of punches left Cayo completely dazed on his feet in the ninth round and referee Ramirez wisely decided to call off the carnage. A real stunner. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Jeffrey Mathebula beat Takalani Ndlovu on a 12 round split decision to win the IBF junior featherweight belt at the Carnival City Casino near Brakpan on Saturday night. However, the fight was closer than the scorecards handed in by judges Neville Hotz and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen who had it 117-112 and 116-112 for Mathebula. Judge Alfred Buqwana scored it 115-113 for Ndlovu.
Ndlovo (55.18kg) made a good start, scoring with stinging lefts and rights to the head though rounds one to five and could have been three points ahead at the end of round six. However, from round seven Mathebula (55.32kg) picked up the pace to land with flurries of punches from the outside as he used his longer reach to advantage. As Mathebula picked up his work rate the champion began to tire and he clearly won the last three rounds to grab the belt after the disputed decision in their first fight. Ndlovu, was making the second defence of his belt as he saw his record drop to 33-7, including 18 knockouts. Mathebula, a former Olympian, improved his record to 26-3-2, 14 KOs. (more…)
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