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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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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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Boxing News

Mayweather-Ortiz: First Pics

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik

How popular is Floyd Mayweather Junior in New York? Very popular – boxing fans were standing in the long lines to Manhattan Hudson Theater to see and take their own pictures of still undefeated Floyd Mayweather Junior (41-0, 25 KOs) announcing his September 17 Las Vegas fight against WBC titleholder Victor Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs). They got this and more. “Of course I will fight Manny Pacquaio if this is what the fans want” – said Mayweather. If this is the end of war on words between two best fighters in the world and start of real fight, remains to be seen… more photos



June 28th, 2011



Boxing News

Universum is back!

Photos: Universum

Hamburg based Boxing Promoter Universum steps into the future with new business partners. On a press conference in the “Dima” Sports Center in Hamburg Dima’s director Waldemar Kluch was introduced as future member of the Universum directory. Kluch is the representative of a multi billion group of investors who will guarantee to Universum the financial scope to act as global player again. “We will introduce the group of investors and present our detailed concept in August. It was most important for us to keep Universum in Hamburg. All doors will be open again for us in the future. Our common goal is to have a world champion in each weight class,” Kluch said.

“Thanks to the investors, who dispose of good connections in the international TV market, Universum will be in the position to participate in submit purse bids for any fight worldwide, which we might be interested in” said Kohl. “We will contract new boxers and offer first class boxing matches.” For more details and photos click here…



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

New foe for Gonzalez

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) will now defend against Tomás “El Norteño” Villa (23-7-4, 14 KOs) on July 9 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in a co-promotion of Promociones del Pueblo and Goossen Tutor Promotions. He was initially slated to face Roinet Caballero, but the Panamanian contender but some visa problems. The bout will be on the card featuring former world champion middleweight Paul Williams against Erislandy Lara, plus WBA super bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda’s defense against Rico Ramos, and heavyweight contender Chris Arreola against Friday Ahuna on HBO in the U.S., TV Tokyo in Japan, Space TV will air throughout Latin America and Televisa in Mexico.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Caballero-Barros Heats Up

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Diario Uno

Reigning WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros will try to retain his crown against former WBA super world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero on Saturday at the Polideportivo La Colonia in Junín, Mendoza, Argentina, organized by the local promoter Osvaldo Rivero.

“I want Barros to stand and fight like a man,” said Caballero. “I don’t want to run after him like a cat and the mouse. I’ll hit you as hard as I did Molitor. I am a fighter. I guarantee that right now. I know fighting and boxing, but I come here to give an excellent performance.”

Barros stated, “We had a great training camp and we are very confident. I have no fear of him. Gamboa is better than Caballero, why should I be afraid of Pelenchín?. I’ll go look for you and when I have the chance there will be no forgiveness. I will hit you hard!” Sources indicate that for several days Barros has been near the weight and had to reschedule some workouts.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Fury: Klitschko will beat Haye

British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury believes Wladimir Klitschko has the mental strength to defeat David Haye and unify the heavyweight division when the pair lock horns in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday. Klitschko appeared upset by the latest barrage of abuse fired off by Haye at a press conference on Tuesday, but Fury is backing his old sparring partner to come out on top this weekend.

In an interview with Betfair, Fury said “He’s got a strong mentality. He doesn’t let things get to him. Fighting is in the brain, you have to get your tactics right and be measured. We don’t know what will happen, and it does depend on which Klitschko turns up for the fight. If it’s the negative one, who wants to win on points, then he’ll win on points, but if he goes out and looks for the knockout then he’ll win by a knockout. Either way I can’t see it being anything but a win for Klitschko.”



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC to certify boxing gloves

The WBC is in the process of boxing gloves certification and starting 2012 the WBC will only approve those certified gloves to be used in WBC official bouts. This process is being performed by a laboratory under the quality control norms and procedures of ISO. Raw materials, cushioning, sticking, weight, water resistance, etc. are some of the tests that are being performed and several different performance tests are evaluated with specially designed equipment. The certification has no cost and it is intended to make sure that the boxing glove, which is the only equipment that boxing has, is always of the highest quality. The General Coordinator of this program is Bob Yalen, and as of June 2011, three brands have been officially certified, Winning (Japan), Rival (Canada) and Reyes (Mexico). The WBC expects all major brands participate in this process in the very near future.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Tarver dedicates fight to Charles

Antonio Tarver’s next bout, against Danny Green, will be dedicated to Nick Charles, his former colleague at SHOWTIME Sports. Charles passed away on Saturday, June 25, after a long and inspirational fight against cancer. Charles was the first sports anchor for CNN in 1980. He co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight with Fred Hickman and later hosted his own program, Page One with Nick Charles, until leaving the network in 2001. Beginning in 2001, Charles hosted SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation. “My upcoming fight against Danny Green on July 20th in Sydney, Australia will be dedicated to my good friend Nick Charles,” said Tarver. “He fought a courageous battle and my prayers go out to his family. Nick was a class act to everyone who knew him. His motto in life was to love what you are doing. He was a winner.”



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye referee crisis?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There may be a possibility that David Haye’s WBA world title will not be on the line when he faces IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday due to a dispute on the selection. The Haye camp has protested the appointment of referee Genaro Rodriguez and the Haye camp says the WBA has threatened not to sanction the fight. The basis for the Haye complaint is that Hernandez has refereed several of Klitschko’s previous fights. The Haye camp has suggested referee Luis Pabon, who has previously refereed a Haye fight. The Klitschko camp says they believe WBA will sanction the bout with Hernandez as referee.



June 28th, 2011

UFC

Things heat up for Roller

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

Life isn’t easy for a fighter at 155 pounds. Take Shane Roller for example. Not only do his opponents have to worry about the wrestling of the three-time Oklahoma State University All-American and an ever-developing submission game that has ended six of his 10 mixed martial arts victories, but in March he showed off some dynamite in his right hand when he starched Thiago Tavares in the second round of their bout. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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



June 28th, 2011

UFC

Let the prime of Condit begin

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

Sporting close-cropped, almost-clean shaven hairstyles, world-respected fight coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn aren’t making fashion statements or responding to the impending summer heat . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Mitchell taunts Murray camp

Lightweight Kevin Mitchell has warned John Murray and Joe Gallagher that he will inflict a second defeat on their gym next weekend. Mitchell takes on Murray for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental title on July 9 at London’s ExCeL Arena. The Mancunian comes into the fight off the back of trainer Joe Gallagher’s 49-fight winning streak finally coming to an end as Matt Macklin couldn’t deliver victory number 50 for Gallagher in Germany at the weekend when he took on Felix Sturm. And Mitchell has promised to heap more misery on Gallagher and Murray. (more…)



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Sabaupan returns July 9

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Saved By The Bell Promotions

IBF #9 lightweight Al Sabaupan (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will be back in action on July 9 in Manila when he will clash over twelve rounds with fellow Filipino Ricky Sismundo (18-6, 7 KOs) with the IBF Pan pacific title up for grabs at the General Trias Sports Complex, General Trias, Cavite, Manila, Philippines. “We are very confident that Al Sabaupan has the skills and power to win the IBF world championship,” promoter Elmer Anuran said. “He is a very dedicated boxer who does the hard work in the gym and is always in top fighting condition.” (more…)



June 28th, 2011

Announcement

Bernie LaFratta passes

By Steve Corbo

Boxing lost a long time friend in Bernie LaFratta, who passed away Saturday afternoon. Bernie, lived in Florida but was originally from New York. He worked for Bob Arum at Top Rank and was also the US Representative for Italian promoter Rudolfo Sabatinni. Bernie was involved in several major boxing shows through out the past four decades and was also involved with securing International television and broadcast rights for major boxing events in the USA. In recent years he was seen at ringside as supervisor in championship bouts for the IBC. He was also a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa risks it all

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC

in his fight this Saturday against Julio Paz (12-1, 4 KOs), former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (42-6, 25 KOs) risks not only his WBC International title, but also his mandated challenge against long time WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (80-3-1, 44 KOs). Pongsaklek, who now has 17 world title defenses, will also defend his world championship this week against Japan’s Takuya Kogawa (17-1, 10 KOs) in Thailand. If both win, 30 days of free negotiation will begin. If no agreement is reached, the WBC will proceed with a purse bid.



June 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Mariana Juarez work out

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Cesar Ceron/Televisa Deportes

WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juárez trains to defend her crown against the Japan’s Asami Shikasho in a fight scheduled for the second week of August. The queen of the WBC flyweight division, Mariana Juarez will work strictly on increasing her strength this week. She is boxing in the gym every three days under the supervision of Ericel Nucamendi, her new coach. “We’re training hard, with an intense workout that leaves me exhausted, but I am ready to put forth my best effort,” Juárez, “I’m getting some videos of my opponent soon. She’s about my height, so as soon as we find a suitable sparring partner we’ll begin strategizing.” (more…)



June 28th, 2011

Full Report

Duran-Mundy: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

There was a little bit of everything for boxing fans who attended the fights at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey on Wednesday night. In the main event of the evening, “The Ghanian Gladiator” Ossie Duran captured the USBA Atlantic Coast Region title with an impressive tenth round stoppage of Latif Mindy. The undercard had a little bit of everything, including draws, tooth and nail bouts, and even disqualifications. The main event had plenty of intrigue going in. For Duran it would be a big step in the way back into contention with a recognizable name like Mundy. Going in on a two fight winning streak and sporting a record of 25-8-2, 9 KOs, a victory was essential for the thirty-four year old man residing in Accra Ghana. For more details and photos click here…



June 28th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Alexander-Matthysse

Ringside by Brian Grammer, Clint Rosser and Brian Lewis
Photos by Bob Barton

Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (22-1, 13 KOs) returned to the winning track by defeating Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. on a card promoted by Don King.

Alexander, who survived the first knockdown of his career in the fourth, continued to move and counter, staying away from Matthysse’s power for the remainder of the contest . . . Click here for more



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Alvarado returns July 30

Denver’s Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) will risk his WBC Continental Americas super lightweight belt, undefeated record and top ten world rating when he takes on Gabriel Martinez (27-2-1, 14 KOs) in his first hometown clash in over two years on July 30 at Softball Country in Denver, Colorado. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Poor Boys Boxing and Delgado Promotions, remaining tickets to Alvarado vs. Martinez, priced at $75, $65, $50, $35 and $25, can be purchased at by calling (303) 450-9763. The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10PM ET. Alvarado is currently world-rated WBO #6 and WBC #8. The vacant IBF Latino junior welterweight title will also be at stake.



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Haye staredown



June 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Sturm-Macklin: Full Report

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Marianne Müller

When middleweight champion Felix Sturm talked to FightNews a little over a week ago, he made a prediction for his bout against Matthew Macklin. He said: “This fight has the potential to be great and I believe it will be.” Sturm could not have been more right.

The defending WBA titlelist and his tough-as-nails challenger from Ireland indeed went to war on Saturday night in front of over 18.000 ecstatic fans inside the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Sturm, usually a fine technician, and Macklin, a brawler, stood toe-to-toe for the better part of their world title clash. They exchanged hard-shots, the momentum shifted back and forth. In the beginning, it was the relentless challenger who had the upper-hand. In the end, it was the more precise champion who landed the better punches. “This was one of the best fights I’ve seen in over 20 years of covering boxing,” said one journalist at ringside. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Dirrell, Banks Headline Flint Card

By Bob Ryder

Anthony Dirrell doubles as promoter and main event performer this Saturday as boxing returns to Flint, Michigan’s Atwood Stadium for a rare outdoor show. The undefeated Dirrell will be making only his second hometown appearance of his career when he faces off with former Olympian Dante Craig of Cincinnati over 10 scheduled rounds under the banner of Team Dirrell Promotions.

In another 10 round feature attraction, Detroit heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Julius Long square off. (more…)



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC on Chavez Jr. vs Martinez

WBC President Jose Sulaiman said today that Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sergio Martinez will be allowed voluntary fights. “As per the WBC Rules and Regulations, a voluntary defense has been granted to the new champion [Chavez] to then proceed to fight the WBC Diamond champion Sergio Martinez, who will also make a voluntary defense on October the 15th. The WBC is very proud of both great champions and we wish them the best of luck.”



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

More on Klitschko-Haye

Wladimir: “Haye will be my 50th KO”

Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer

Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference in Hamburg (Germany) to speak about their title unification fight on July 2. IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and WBA World Heavyweight Champion Haye will face off next Saturday at Imtech ARENA Hamburg, Germany. For more details and photos click here…



June 27th, 2011

UFC

Full fight card: UFC 132

UFC 132 is LIVE on PPV July 2!

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



June 27th, 2011

Boxing News

SHOWTIME on Nick Charles

From all of us at SHOWTIME Sports on the passing of Nick Charles:

For nearly 10 years Nick Charles served this network as host of the popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation. Nick infused every telecast with genuine intrigue and unfailing enthusiasm whether it take place at a parking lot in North Dakota or a historic boxing club in London. His unique ability as a storyteller also allowed viewers to connect with the athletes themselves, as he helped to dramatize what was at stake for the fighters that night and beyond. As ShoBox prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, SHOWTIME is preparing a special tribute to one of boxing’s most passionate fans—Nick Charles. He will be missed, but never forgotten by the men and women who televise ShoBox and the many viewers who have been entertained and enlightened by Nick’s insight over the years. To mention the ShoBox series is to remember a man who helped define it.



June 27th, 2011




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