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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Feature Story

ShoBox 10th Anniversary

10th Anniversary Highlights, Stats and Facts

In the realm of boxing series, none sticks to its mission statement as closely as the popular ShoBox: The New Generation, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 15, at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas. The Top Rank-promoted doubleheader will feature a night of junior lightweight action with undefeated Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs) and Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) taking on Joselito Collado (12-0, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens. Click here for 10th Anniversary highlights, stats and facts …



June 30th, 2011



UFC

Watch UFC presser today!

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 30th, 2011

Feature Story

Ortiz Ready for Mayweather

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Hundreds of Angelenos were on hand Wednesday night for the Floyd “Money” Mayweather (41-0, 25KOs) vs. “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22KOs) LA press conference at Nokia Plaza at LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. It marked the second day of a press conference tour which began Tuesday in New York City to promote their September 17 showdown in Las Vegas.

Ortiz displayed some character at last night’s press conference as Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer welcomed the media and fans in attendance, and made introductions to the September 17 pay per view card billed as “Star Power.”

“I am the star and the power,” Ortiz responded as he interrupted Schaefer. (more…)



June 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Barros-Caballero WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) defends against former WBA super world champion Celestino ¨Pelenchin¨ Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo La Colonia, Junin, Mendoza, Argentina. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (U.S.), Danny Nelson (U.S.) and Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico). The Supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).



June 30th, 2011

Column

San Diego/Tijuana Fight Scene

By Felipe Leon

With a sudden drought of professional boxing taking a hold of the region, a few fight cards are now visible on the horizon while a number of fighters from the region are making noise on the boxing landscape.

Unbeaten WBO #2 ranked lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is hard at work at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, CA, for his third camp in a row as he prepares for his Top Rank debut on the under card of Rios-Antillon on July 9th. The southpaw Gesta of San Diego by way of Cebu, Philippines, has been working with WBA jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan for the Brit’s unification showdown versus IBF champ Zab Judah on July 23rd. According to Vince Parra, Gesta’s trainer and co-manager, both fighters have been engaging in some spirited sparring with both fighters showing signs of brilliance. After one heated session, Khan was heard to say that Gesta “was ready for a championship now.” No opponent has been named yet for Gesta’s bout at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. (more…)



June 30th, 2011

Boxing News

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June 30th, 2011

Boxing News

July 9 Panama show canceled?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The boxing card billed as “La Revancha” scheduled on July 9 in the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City with seven French fighters including WIBA female world champion Anne Sophie Mathis (24-1, 21 KOs) may be cancelled said a confident source. “We’re supposed to fight but due to a problem with the promoter and no financial guarrantee for the French fighters, they won’t go in Panama,” said international French manager Christel Aujoux

Panamanian fighters include former WBA world champion Ricardo Cordoba, Joao Powell, Loel Barrantes, Julio Canastuj, Julio Garcia and former WIBA world champion Ana Pascal who would face French opponents.



June 30th, 2011

Boxing News

Perez looking for a fight

By Matt Richardson

Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Perez is eager for a fight. Any fight, actually. “I only need to get the chance,” Perez (16-0, 12 KOs) explained to Fightnews this week. “I need a chance. I know I’m one of the best heavyweights…I just need to prove it.” Perez is fresh off an early May triumph in the International Prizefighter tournament in London in which he decisively won three fights in one night: a three-round unanimous decision against Kertson Manswell, a first round stoppage of Gregory Tony and another first round knockout against Tye Fields. “It was good,” Perez said of the opportunity. “It was what we were looking for. It wasn’t that hard. We were training hard and we were worried someone was going to pull out. But it wasn’t harder than I expected.” For more details and photos click here….



June 30th, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Kali Meehan

Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

IBF #7 and WBA #9 heavyweight Kali Meehan talks to Fightnews about the impressive KO over Aussie heavyweight Michael Kirby recently and offers to fight WBO #15 Alex Leapai and DKP heavyweight Mark de Mori. Kali talks about possible fights for him against David Tua and Oliver McCall who he has in his sights. Meehan says he does not think he will get a shot at any major body crown and feels they are the best fight for him. (more…)



June 30th, 2011

UFC

Strikeforce Challengers returns!

Live on Showtime Aug. 12 from Vegas!

Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists Jorge Gurgel (15-5) and Joe “Hybrid” Duarte (9-2) will collide in the main event of STRIKEFORCE® Challengers on Friday, Aug. 12, from the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The card will also feature a 155-pound contest between Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (26-10) and Eric Wisely (17-5), plus an additional three televised fights that will be announced in the weeks to come.

(more…)



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Hanks-Escalera collide July 23

A press conference was held earlier today to announce the first annual “Knock Out Cancer” Boxing Benefit, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, the American Cancer Society and Hunts Point Produce Market. The “Knock Out Cancer” event, which will be held outside at the Market on July 23rd, will feature undefeated heavyweight prospect, Joe “The Future” Hanks (16-0, 11KO’s) as he looks to capture his first title in the heavyweight division when he takes on former member of Season 4 of “The Contender” Alfredo Escalera Jr. (18-3-1, 12KO’s). Issouf Kinda (10-0, 5KO’s) taking on Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 10KO’s) for the NYS Jr. Welterweight Title in the co-feature. Tickets to this special event are priced at $50, $75 and $100 and can be purchased by calling (718) 823-2000. All the proceeds from the show will be donated to the American Cancer Society.



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Slice to make boxing debut

On Saturday, August 13, legendary street brawler Kimbo Slice will make his long-awaited professional boxing debut in the four-round main event of a Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions boxing extravaganza at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Opponents and other matches on the card will be announced shortly. Tickets for the professional boxing debut of Kimbo Slice are priced at $38, $48 and $68 and will be available July 5 through www.buffalorun.com.



June 29th, 2011

UFC

Countdown to UFC 132 tonight!

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Mayweather Returns

By Matt Richardson
Photos: Michael Hicks – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

After more than a year away from the ring and the boxing media, pound for pound king and current welterweight Floyd Mayweather returned to the spotlight on Tuesday at the Hudson Theater in mid-town Manhattan to announce a September 17 bout with WBC 147-pound title-holder Victor Ortiz.

As has been the norm with Mayweather promotions in the past few years, the former champion was talkative, flamboyant and reflective as he spoke in promotion of the fight. Predictably, much of the talk surrounded a potential fight with fellow pound for pounder Manny Pacquiao.

“I just want to give the fans what they want; excitement,” said Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s). “It’s not about the money. I’m going to make a ton of money…he’s (Ortiz) going to make some good money. Floyd Mayweather don’t duck or dodge anyone. Do I want the Pacquiao fight? Absolutely. If that’s what the fans want, I’ll give it to them. But one step at a time.” (more…)



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Arroyo foe named

For the second time in his career former Olympian McWilliams Arroyo will headline in his hometown when he faces Shawn Nichol in the 4th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Tomas Dones Coliseum in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, this Friday in a PR Best Boxing Promotions event to be televised on WAPA America. Arroyo (8-1, 7 KOs), a 2009 Amateur World Champion, will fight Nichol (5-5, 5 KOs) in a flyweight eight-round bout. Also in TV fights, unbeaten Heavyweight Carlos Negron (12-0, 10 KOs) meets Reggie Peña (6-7, 1 KO) in a six-rounder, and prospect Camilo Pérez (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Eduardo Meléndez (4-8, 1 KO) in a four round super bantamweight clash.



June 29th, 2011

Announcement

Billy Costello passes

Former WBC light welterweight champ and Kingston, NY native, Billy Costello has passed away. He was only 55. Costello, a Kingston resident and a former World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion, died on Wednesday morning at Benedictine Hospital at the age of 55. Costello had been fighting lung cancer since April 2010. “Billy took it like a champ, right from the beginning,” said friend and former trainer Lou Fusco. “He never gave up. He never complained.” As a professional, Costello won 40 of his 42 fights, with many of them coming in front of sell-out crowds at Kingston’s Midtown Neighborhood Center.



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Shimoda, Kogawa depart

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw speedster, departed for Atlantic City where he will defend his belt against unbeaten top contender Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) on July 9. Shimoda, making his initial defense, will at first stay in Las Vegas for his final conditioning before entering Atlantic City. The 26-year-old champ said, “I’m looking forward to displaying my best performance and impress the US crowd.” (more…)



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko, Haye Workouts

Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer

Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) held their open work out at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Hamburg-Süd today. Over 500 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship unification fight this Saturday, July 2. IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and WBA Champion David Haye will face off at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany. (more…)



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Morita JBC’s Executive Secretary

By Joe Koizumi

76-year-old well-reputed international judge Ken Morita has become the executive secretary of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), succeeding Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, 50, as the JBC announced on Monday. After an internal conflict inside the JBC for two months, the JBC executive committee finally decided to replace Yasukochi with Morita, his senior. There had been a move that Morita might establish the second national commission with almost all officials (referees and judges) and JBC staff, and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; the union of all licensed club owners) declared its support to the second commission. It is, however, good for our stable administration of boxing fraternity to have the JBC as it was.



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Trout still WBA champion

WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout and his support team are relieved and yet admittedly still angry after receiving final word from WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. that the WBA has ratified Trout as champion and invalidates the result of a positive post-fight drug test taken in Mexico.

In early June, Trout successfully defended his title against David Lopez by unanimous decision only to be informed afterward that the results of a dubious drug test came back positive for marijuana. According to Team Trout and promoter Greg Cohen, proper procedures and protocol were not followed. The urine samples they took were not sealed and Trout wasn’t asked to sign any paperwork. Team Trout had two more urine samples properly tested at a facility approved by The New Mexico Boxing Commission and sent them to the WBA. Both samples came back clean. (more…)



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

2011 CBHOF Inductions

By Francisco Salazar

The California Boxing Hall of Fame had their annual induction ceremony this past Saturday at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Founder and President of the California Boxing Hall of Fame Don Fraser emceed the event, recounting stories as inductees, along with family and friends ate a three-course meal.

Inductees in the boxer category were: former middleweight champion Gene Fullmer, long-time bantamweight contender Dwight Hawkins, light heavyweight contender Ray White, former world heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs, former WBO light welterweight champion Zackary Padilla, former light welterweight contender John Montes, Jr., brother Herman Montes, Ramon Tiscareno, boxer-turned-trainer Louie Burke, former WBA Light Welterweight champion Loreto Garza, former welterweight contender Ray Lovato, and Richard “Mr. KO” Savala. (more…)



June 29th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC presser tomorrow!

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

For more info on UFC 132 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye Notes

It might pay to shop around if you’re interested in betting on Saturday’s heavyweight title unification clash between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye in Hamburg, Germany.

Sportsbook.com lists Klitschko as a -265 betting favorite to defeat Haye, while Haye backers can get +205.

Bet365.com lists Klitschko has a -175 pick, while Haye betters get +150.

Intertops.com lists Klitschko as a -200 favorite, with Haye at +160.

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Quote of the Day: “For Klitschko pressure is a poison. He doesn’t know this. When Haye is in the ring, he must be like a small vicious rat with good nerves. He has to build up pressure, because otherwise he gets kayoed.”
–Graciano Rocchigiani, Die Welt



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Cardona to face Ayala

By Scott Ploof

Paxton Promotions and Hartford, CT’s own, former USBA lightweight title holder, Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) will take on former world title challenger, Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs) in a crossroads fight on Friday night, July 29th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The “Heat Wave” fight card is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Ayala is (5-2) in his last seven fights since challenging Arthur Abraham back in March 2008, including three wins in a row, with his last being a stoppage of veteran George Armenta (13-7, 11 KOs). Cardona, who has not fought since August 2009, is coming off an almost two year layoff after losing a unanimous decision to Hector Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs). The “Heat Wave” fight card will be headlined by undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) who is now fighting out of Bergen, N.J.



June 29th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto-Margarito rematch update

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Bob Arum, Miguel Cotto and Cotto’s legal counsel Gaby Peñagaricano met Tuesday night to finalize the last details in his contract to be signed sometime this week to formalize the rematch between Cotto and Antonio Margarito on December 3 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The WBA junior middleweight champion will earn between $5 and $7 million, not including his share of the pay per view. “The Tijuana Tornado” is in line for about $2 million. According to reports, Cotto and Arum, who had already sealed the deal with a handshake, discussed the remaining points left in the air and allegedly after reaching an agreement satisfactory to both sides, shook hands again and the deal will be inked in the coming days.



June 29th, 2011




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