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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

By Sam Geraci Photos: Bob Ryder Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over ...

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Leonso Nunez The much anticipated test of Tijuana female flyweight Brenda Flores (7-2, 2KOs) went down last Friday ...

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Ringside by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com You could make a case that the third man in the ring, ...

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Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Report by Chris Cozzone Photos by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what ...

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Pacquiao avenges loss to Bradley, regains welterweight championship

Pacquiao avenges loss to Bradley, regains welterweight championship

By Chris Cozzone and Butch Gottlieb at ringside Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer In a rematch of their controversial June 2012 fight, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 ...

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line

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Pacquiao avenges loss to Bradley, regains welterweight championship

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Boxing News

Mosley-Berto presser on Saturday

Las Vegas fight fans invited

Taking advantage of all the boxing-related press in Las Vegas for Pacquiao-Cotto, Golden Boy Promotions has scheduled an open-to-the-public press conference on Saturday with current WBA welterweight champ Sugar Shane Mosley and current WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto to officially announce their upcoming bout set for January 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The press conference will take place at 11AM in the Mizuya Lounge (formerly J-Pop) at Mandalay Bay. The “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya will also be on hand. Fight fans should also keep an eye out for WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, who also has a press event scheduled for that day at Mandalay Bay.



November 12th, 2009



Feature Story

Stacked undercard!

_NAC7092Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Saturday night’s symphony of violence between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao has had a stranglehold on the world of boxing since the megafight was announced months ago. It’s a sure bet that many fans of the sport will be willing to dump their hard-earned cash to watch what takes place when the two fighters clash at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, NV.

However, Bob Arum isn’t satisfied with just delivering a quality main event . . . click here for more



November 12th, 2009

Photo

Soto-Karass plans to steal show

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: “I want everyone to know this will be a big battle and will probably steal the show,” said Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, about his PPV-telecast fight against Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard Saturday night. Soto-Karass and Gomez will fight for the WBC Continental Americas welter title.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Sarritzu-Rodrigues IV Saturday

Photo: OPI 2000

Photo: OPI 2000

On November 14, at Sports Centre of Malacaragonis (Sardinia Island, Italy), Salvatore and Christian Cherchi’s OPI 2000 company will stage a boxing show. In the main event, Andrea Sarritzu will fight Christophe Rodrigues for the vacant European flyweight title. The two boxers already fought three times: the first battle was ruled a draw, while the following two were won by Sarritzu. In boxing, styles make fights and that’s why the Frenchman will be a tough opponent for the Italian even if Sarritzu is more talented, has a bigger heart and a better record. (more…)



November 12th, 2009

Photo

Chavez Jr., Rowland ready to mix

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Fighters on the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” card, today at a press conference held at the MGM in Las Vegas, promised to steal the show in their respective PPV-telecast bouts.  In the co-main event, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico, will square off with Troy Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs), of Grand Rapids, Mich., in a ten-round middleweight bout. In a 12-rounder, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs), of Puerto Rico, will defend against undefeated Brooklynite Yori Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs); and, for the WBC Continental Americas welter belt, Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, takes on Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), of Tustin, Calif. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Pascal-Diaconu 30-day weigh-in

A month removed from the eagerly anticipated rematch bout between WBC World Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (24-1-0, 16KO) and former champion and #4 rated WBC contender Adrian Diaconu (26-1-0 15 KO), both boxers underwent the required WBC 30-day safety weigh-in yesterday. The weight limit for such requirement was set at 192.5 lbs. (more…)



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto to wear Everlast boots

Will have super traction against Pacman

cottoshoe

Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has announced three-time world champion and current WBO welterweight world champion Miquel Cotto will be wearing custom Everlast Hydrolast Lockdown Lo Professional Boxing Boots on Saturday in his title defense against the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto has worn Everlast footwear for all of his professional fights. “As the number one fight sports brand in the world, it is imperative that we continue to create the highest level of performance enhancing products for our consumers” stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. “Fighters like Miguel Cotto chose our footwear because of their trust in our products ability to unleash their speed and power.” This will be the sixth custom shoe that Everlast has developed with Cotto. The design incorporates tread and traction elements from the Michelin® HydroEdge tire, and a candy apple red patent leather trim featuring the team Cotto logo, Puerto Rican flag and Miguel Cotto’s signature.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Peterson ready for Bradley

Chris Cozzone

Chris Cozzone

By Gary “Digital” Williams

A world championship for undefeated junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson would obviously be huge for the native of Washington, DC. However, as Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) prepares for his nationally televised (SHOWTIME) Saturday, December 12th title challenge against WBO junior welterweight titleholder Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA, Peterson says there is added incentive. (more…)



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Haye inspires Audley

Prizefighter champion Audley Harrison believes David Haye will inspire him to win boxing titles in 2010. Haye claimed the WBA Heavyweight Championship on Saturday and Harrison believes the victory acts as an incentive for the rest of the British heavyweights. “I was motivated to achieve my goals already, but David’s win and publicity has given me more fuel to get back to the top,” said 38-year-old Harrison. “I’m ticking over in Los Angeles and can’t wait to get going again. 2010 will be a beautiful thing as I shock the world.” (more…)



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Ndou favored over Hatton

By Ron Jackson

Matthew Hatton from Manchester has the chance to step out of the shadow of his more famous older brother Ricky when he challenges Lovemore Ndou for the IBO welterweight belt in Stoke, England on Friday night. The clash at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex between the far more experienced Ndou, 38, and the 28-year-old Hatton is an intriguing match-up in what really is a second-tier world championship fight. (more…)



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Golovkin to face Ishe

Universum Box-Promotion

Universum Box-Promotion

Another major fight has been added to Universum Box-Promotion’s November 21 world title tripleheader at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Spotlight Boxing’s unbeaten middleweight shooting star Gennady Golovkin (17-0, 14 KOs), rated #1 in the WBC and WBO and #2 by the WBA, will defend his WBO Intercontinental belt against veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs). Also on the undercard will be 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Chachkiev in his second pro fight against 30-fight veteran Denis Solomko, spectacular flyweight Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (5-0, 3 KOs) against Lahcene Zemmouri (17-12-1, 10 KOs), plus popular heavyweight Christian Hammer.

The three world title fights feature the huge cruiserweight showdown between unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) and WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs), plus WBC interim super featherweight Humberto Gutierrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) defending against Vitali Tajbert (17-1), and super middleweight contenders Dimitri Sartison (25-1, 16 KOs) and Stjepan Bozic (23-3, 14 KOs) colliding for the WBA 168lb championship that was vacated when Mikkel Kessler was named WBA super champion.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Andre Ward: I am a fighter

Under his family’s guidance, Andre Ward trained for years with a sustained focus on the 2004 Olympics. His discipline paid off with a gold medal.



November 12th, 2009

UFC

Experience vs. Youth at UFC 105

UFC 105 is live on SPIKE TV Nov. 14!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

Dropping down in weight, UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture looks to keep his career alive by taking on highly touted knockout artist Brandon “The Truth” Vera. While Randy brings the experience, will it be enough to get to the bottom of the younger Vera? Or will “The Truth” finally set Couture free and end his legendary career . . . click here for more

Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Lederman, Dundee and Flansberg

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are HBO’s Harold Lederman, Angelo Dundee and Florida Boxing Hall of Fame President Butch Flansberg. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Friday the 13th boxing

"Predator" vs "The Drill" on Fox Sports North

By Jesse Kelley

Justin Seurer of the Midwest Sports Council, RDS Company and the Grand Casino Hinckley are proud to bring boxing back Hinckley Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota on Friday the 13th! In the main event, Matt “The Predator” Vanda (41-9, 22 KOs) is stepping into the ring against Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1, 10 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout. Vanda – who has gone the distant in toe-to-toe with contenders Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (twice), John Duddy and Sebastien Demers – is ready drill “The Drill!” Williams is coming off of a huge win stopping former three-time world title challenger Antwun Echols in June. Vanda is one of the most popular fighters in the State of Minnesota but Williams is a fan favorite at the Hinckley Casino having 4 of his last 5 fights at venue. (more…)



November 12th, 2009

Feature Story

Something in the air

Pacquiao-Cotto final presser report

IMG_4Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

There’s something in the air about November 14th’s showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto that says fight fans are in for a historic fight with tremendous implications. The signs were all apparent as the final press conference took place at the Hollywood Theater inside the MGM Grand Garden on Wednesday . . . Click here for more



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Chargin inks Franco

Legendary promoter Don Chargin has signed hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Michael ‘Lil Warrior’ Franco (15-0, 10 KOs). Franco, who has been sought out by multiple promoters over the past year will take on veteran Nicky Bentz (32-7-2, 29 KOs) November 28th at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds.



November 12th, 2009

UFC

Couture still going strong

UFC 105 is live on SPIKE TV Nov. 14!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

Being a professional fighter beyond the age of 40 would strike most rational minded people as insane. Even the thought of fighting beyond the age of 40 would earn most individuals a white coat with no sleeves. . . . click here for more

Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.



November 12th, 2009

Boxing News

Tyson arrested in LA

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reportedly been arrested at LAX for allegedly roughing up a paparazzi. Iron Mike has been detained by airport police on suspicion of battery. The paparazzi was also arrested before being taken to the hospital.



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto-Pacman for super champ belt

The World Boxing Organization President, Francisco Valcárcel has stated that the WBO Executive Committee has resolved to bestow on the winner of the Miguel Cotto–Manny Pacquiao bout to be held on Saturday at the MGM Grand the WBO Super Champion belt, together with all the privileges and rights that accompany such a title; such as extension of mandatory title defense; eligibility to be considered for designation as the mandatory challenger in higher or lower division; eligibility to be considered for designation as the mandatory challenger in the same division; and, an honorary member of the WBO for life. For more information regarding the Super Champion designation, Section 14 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Title is the place to go.



November 11th, 2009

Photo

Pacquiao, Cotto set for showdown

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto posed off today at the Hollywood Theatre in the MGM Grand Casino, Las Vegas, during the final press conference for Saturday’s “Firepower” showdown.



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Preview: Kessler vs Ward

Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward train for their November 21st Super Six World Boxing Classic match.



November 11th, 2009

Announcement

TKO inks Blankenship!

During the biggest boxing week of the year in Las Vegas, TKO Boxing Promotions has announced the signing of Las Vegas based amateur star Bradley Blankenship to an exclusive promotional contract. The 20 year old Blankenship is a former standout running back for Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas. After graduating in 2007, he enrolled at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he joined the boxing team and quickly lost forty pounds of his ready made football build of 5’11”, 200 pounds. . . . Click here for more



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao, Cotto get keys to city

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: At the start of the final presser, held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, both, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, received official keys to the City of Las Vegas by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaz-Malignaggi presser

Photo: John Booz

Photo: John Booz

After controversy, heated conversations and negotiations were settled, former three-time lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi met face-to-face yesterday to announce the December 12 rematch of their exciting August 22 bout. Diaz and Malignaggi will square off on neutral ground at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in 12 round junior welterweight bout that will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. (more…)



November 11th, 2009

Feature Story

Universum signs Jack Culcay-Keth

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer

German amateur standout, Jack Culcay-Keth, signed a professional contract with Germany’s Universum Box-Promotion today. Keth and his manager Moritz Klatten alongside Universum president Klaus-Peter Kohl and Dietmar Poszwa announced the deal earlier today at Hamburg’s famous East Hotel. Culcay-Keth is well known for winning a gold medal at the 2009 amateur world championships in Milano, Italy, being the first German boxer to capture a world title since 14 years. The 24-year-old will be trained by Michael Timm and former lightweight world champion Artur Grigorian. His father, Roberto, will be in his corner, too. As an amateur, he won 95 out of 126 fights, with three bouts even. For more details and photos click here…



November 11th, 2009

UFC

Can Bisping bounce back?

UFC 105 is live on SPIKE TV Nov. 14!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

Questions will finally be answered when Michael Bisping steps into the cage against Denis Kang on November 14 in the co-main event of UFC 105 in Manchester. After being knocked out by Dan Henderson in July, fans are anxious to see if The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner can bounce back. In his way is international superstar and 45 fight veteran Denis Kang.. . . click here for more

Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE TV.



November 11th, 2009

UFC

UFC updates

* The quarterfinals begin tonight on an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter® - 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
* Tickets on sale this week for UFC® 108 Saturday, January 2 in Las Vegas – featuring Minotauro Nogueira vs Cain Velasquez and Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva
* Randy Couture and Brandon Vera collide in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC® 105 – this Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on SPIKE
* UFC® Poker is here! Play for FREE right now!
UFC.com – Matt Brown – A Rough Summer, A Better Fall (more…)



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Cotto, Pacquiao video



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Marquez: I’m ready to fight

Here’s the latest in the ongoing Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez IV saga. “I’m a fighter, not a negotiator,” said two-time world champion Rafael Marquez. “I read all this talk about money and promoters and networks, but none of that concerns me. I’m ready to fight, and my promoter Gary Shaw is ready to begin negotiations with Israel’s people. Gary has been my promoter for a long time, and he has full authority from me to make an offer to the Vazquez people. Bottom line, and Israel knows this as well, we can make more money fighting each other than anyone else. I called Top Rank last month to see about fighting Juanma Lopez, and they said his schedule is filled for 2010. Enough talk. I’m ready to fight, and Gary is ready to make a deal. Israel needs to know the truth, which is that he and I are made for each other. We’re going down in history together.”



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Feast of boxing for SA fight fans

By Ron Jackson

South African boxing fans are in for a feast of boxing in the next two weeks with three tournaments coming up. Branco Milenkovic of Branco Productions puts on a bumper bill on November 20 and Andre Kerr of Seconds Out Promotions presents a nine-bout bill on November 27 and then on November 30 Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions presents his “Christmas Cracker” Box and Dine tournament. (more…)



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

“The Defense” in San Diego!

By Felipe Leon

Boxing returns to San Diego, California this Thursday as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions promote a well-matched card titled “The Defense” at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. In the scheduled eight round super bantamweight bout, Chula Vista’s own Christopher Martin (15-0-2, 3 KOs) takes on the tough Eduardo “Lalo” Arcos (15-0, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, MX. The slick boxing Martin is coming off a rare KO of the durable Torrence Daniels last May in Sacramento while the brawling Arcos is on a six fight win streak with four of them coming in within the distance. (more…)



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Eat at Julio’s

Photo: Miguel Sanchez

Photo: Miguel Sanchez

After months of anticipation, six-time world boxing champion and Mexican icon Julio César Chávez has opened “Julio César Chávez Campeones,” a boxing-themed restaurant and entertainment venue in Mesa, Arizona. Campeones (Champions) is a 30,000-square-foot venue featuring authentic Mexican food, a full sports bar, arcade games and a WBC Legends of Boxing Museum. In addition, the venue features an 1,700-seat event center for concerts, boxing matches, quinceañeras and community events. “The grand opening of Julio César Chávez Campeones is a special moment for me,” said Chávez. “It’s very gratifying to have the opportunity to open a place that the Hispanic community can be proud of.” The $4.5 million facility will employ 80 and is projecting revenues of $7-$10 million for the first year of business. Click here for more photos…



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik to return December 19

Will defend against Miguel Espino

WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will defend his belts on December 19 against WBC #3 rated Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) at Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik was forced to pull out of a bout two weeks earlier because of a staph infection in his left hand. Espino is best known as a participant on season one of “The Contender.” The Pavlik camp took the fight on short notice, rather than be stripped of the belts. “I talked with my dad, Jack (Loew) and my manager (Cameron Dunkin) and we decided it’s not worth losing the title,” Pavlik told the Youngstown Vindicator. “If I lose, I want to lose fighting.” The bout will be televised on Top Rank’s December 19 “Latin Fury” card.



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Ward, Kessler: respectful & ready

By Robert Hough

Their fight is 11 days away, but super middleweights Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler are ready to get after it in 11 hours. Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) and Ward (20-0, 13 KOs), the last pairing in the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, were polite, respectful and full-go serious Tuesday in a teleconference to discuss their November 21 fight in Oakland, Calif., for Kessler’s WBA title. Kessler, who left his native Denmark for California in late October, told his challenger that he’s accustomed to the time difference, training goes well and he’s dialed in. “I’m enjoying myself over here,” said Kessler, who’s in Sacramento, about 80 miles from Oakland. “I’m having a good time and I feel comfortable. I’m ready to fight you, Ward, and I hope you’re ready.” Ward, who lives in the Oakland area, spoke with an edge in his voice throughout the teleconference. “I’m not having a good time and I’m not comfortable,” he responded. “I’m ready to fight.”



November 11th, 2009




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