WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Khan says he’s WBA champ again; Peterson stripped?

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone

Nothing official from the WBA yet, but Amir Khan claims he has been reinstated in place of Lamont Peterson as WBA super lightweight “super” champion.

Khan tweeted: “Great news WBA still have me as WBA Super Champion! I will be putting that title on the line on May 19th against Peterson.”

And on his web page he wrote:

“I’ve just been relaxing and doing other work away from the ring since my fight last December with Lamont Peterson. As you all know the rematch has been agreed but something you might not know is that I will be going into the ring as the WBA ‘Super’ Champion. I’m really looking forward to putting my WBA ‘super’ title on the line against Peterson, who will enter the ring as the IBF world champion.” (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photo: Chris Cozzone Nothing official from the WBA yet, but Amir Khan claims he has been reinstated …


UFC

Strikeforce: Rousey armbars her way to bantam title

Ronda Rousey’s first armbar didn’t finish Miesha Tate Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, but you had a feeling the second would, and it did, crowning “Rowdy” Ronda as the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion via first round submission.

“I came here to put on a fight,” said Tate. “I didn’t like her so I wanted to come out here and come out hard. I got a little overzealous, she caught the arm. I do respect her as an athlete.” . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

Ronda Rousey’s first armbar didn’t finish Miesha Tate Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, but you had a …



Boxing Result

Oosthuizen wins in six

By Ron Jackson

Tommy Oosthuizen battered Serge Yannick to defeat in the sixth round to retain his IBO super middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. This was his fourth successful defence. The southpaw Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) produced one of his best performances since joining the professional ranks in February 2008 as he dominated from the first round against the gutsy Yannick (14-2, 7 KOs) who was born in Cameroon but fights out of Australia. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Tommy Oosthuizen battered Serge Yannick to defeat in the sixth round to retain his IBO super middleweight …


Boxing Result

Short night for Bash Brothers

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Brothers Frank and Alex Hamel were both winners Saturday night capping a successful evening presented by the St-Hyacinthe Boxing Club. The two cruiserweight fights highlighted a pro-am card an hour east of Montreal that saw eleven amateur bouts along with four professional contests. Alex scored his 2nd knockout in as many tries in the main event with a destruction of Patrick Tessier (4-15-2). It took Hamel just 1:23 to put down Tessier a total of three times to end the fight, coming straight forward and attacking the body and leaving the over-matched nowhere to go but down against the ropes. (more…)

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada Brothers Frank and Alex Hamel were both winners Saturday night capping a successful evening …




Boxing Result

Montiel KOs Angkota in 9th

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Indonesian Angky Angkota (25-7, 14 KOs) in a jr. featherweight clash on Saturday night in Mazatlan. Montiel dropped Angkota for the count with a body shot in the ninth to get the win at 2:32.

In the co-feature, former WBA champion “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Dario Ruiz in a flyweight clash.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Indonesian …


Boxing Result

Ex-champs Rojas, Garcia victorious

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Former world champions Tomás “Gusano” Rojas and Raúl “Rayito” García were both victorious on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana. Rojas (38-13-1, 25 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-6-2, 17 KOs) in the main event. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 99-92. Two-time former champion García (32-2-1, 20 KOs) battered Michael Landero (15-6-4, 5 KOs) until the fight was stopped at 1:49 of round three. (more…)

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Former world champions Tomás “Gusano” Rojas and Raúl “Rayito” García were both victorious on Saturday night at …


Boxing Result

Escobedo annihilates Smith

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee at ringside

Vicente Escobedo (25-3) pulled off a smash homecoming victory Saturday night, blowing away Lonnie Smith (14-3-2) of Las Vegas with three quick-succession knockdowns en route to a first-round TKO in their junior-lightweight main event Saturday night at the Woodland Community & Senior Center.

It was the 15th KO victory for the 2004 Olympian, who barely flinched after an early body assault by Smith before unleasing pinpoint punches, ending the scheduled 10-rounder after only 2:20. Smith first hit the deck in his corner after a savage right to the chin, then went down in the center of the ring seconds later. Finally, he became defenseless against a volley of blows and was sagging in Escobedo’s corner when the referee mercifully ended it. (more…)

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee at ringside Vicente Escobedo (25-3) pulled off a smash homecoming victory Saturday night, blowing away …


Boxing Result

Oquendo victorious in comeback

Former heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (33-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in 15 months with a second round KO over Travis Fulton (15-27, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dance Land Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa. It was the 38-year-old Oquendo’s first fight since two consecutive controversial losses to Oliver McCall and Jean-Marc Mormeck in 2010.

The event was the first sanctioned professional boxing card in 13 years to be staged in the Quad-Cities according to promoter Phil Armer.

Former heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (33-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in 15 months …



Full Report

Report/gallery: Davis vs. Hernandez

Ringside by Jose E. Santiago
Photos by Scott Foster

Last night at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA, Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (29-7, 13 KOs) and Jose Hernandez (11-9-1, 5 KOs) battled in front of a frenzied crowd. With his local Lightweight GBC (Georgia Boxing Championship) title on the line Davis squeaked by with a close six round split decision victory.

Jumping right into the fray at the sound of the opening bell, both fighters came out amped and began to land hard shots. It was however the south-paw Hernandez that looked to have wobbled Davis with a few hard shots. In a bit of desperation and surprise Davis let off a hard right that dropped Hernandez. The flash knockdown did not serious hurt Hernandez. He immediately got to his feet and waited for referee George Chip’s eight count . . . Click here for more

Ringside by Jose E. Santiago Photos by Scott Foster Last night at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA, Antonio “T-Rex” …


Boxing Result

Klitschko destroys Mormeck

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address

IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) proved the pundits right as he demolished the much smaller former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) to get his 50th career knockout on Saturday night at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko dropped Mormeck with a right hand in round two and battered Mormeck the whole round. Round three was all Klitschko. The bout ended in round four when Klitschko dropped Mormeck again. Time was 1:12.

After the fight Wladimir named Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KOs), David Price (12-0, 10 KOs), Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs), Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) as possible future opponents. (more…)

By Karl Freitag Photos: Public Address IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) proved the pundits right as he …


Boxing Result

Skelton batters Dallas

45-year-old former world heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (26-6, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 6’6 British prospect Tom Dallas (15-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Skelton, a former British, Commonwealth and European titleholder, exposed the flaws of Dallas in a one sided beatdown. The fight was waved off at 1:00 of the fifth round as Skelton pounded Dallas on the ropes. Dallas has now lost two straight after starting his career at 15-0, while Skelton showed he is still relevant on the British domestic heavyweight scene.

In the main event, European bantamweight belt holder Jamie McDonnell (19-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a second round knockout over former flyweight world title challenger Ivan Pozo (32-7-1, 20 KOs). After McDonnell connected with a body shot, Pozo went to a knee for the count. Time was 2:11.

45-year-old former world heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (26-6, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 6’6 British prospect …


Boxing Result

Bautista KOs wrong opponent

IBF #5 featherweight Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (33-2, 25 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Mexican journeyman Genero “Panterita” Garcia (10-12, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City, Philippines. Unfortunately promoter ALA Promotions thought they were bringing in former world title challenger Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (38-8, 22 KOs) to fight for Bautista’s IBF International belt. It was decided to make this a free event after the snafu was discovered.

IBF #5 featherweight Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (33-2, 25 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Mexican journeyman Genero “Panterita” …



Column

Klitschko a heavy favorite to retain title

By Graham Houston

Wladimir Klitschko is in one of those no-win situations when he defends his heavyweight titles against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Germany on Saturday night (TV coverage on EPIX in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.) As his trainer Emanuel Steward points out, if Klitschko wins quickly, people will say he merely did what he should have done; if it turns into a drawn-out and difficult fight, he can stand by for a torrent of criticism. Some fights look such total mismatches that it is difficult to see any other result than a crushing win for the overwhelming betting favourite, though, and this is one of them. I just can’t give Mormeck any sort of a chance. The only interest is whether Klitschko will win by stoppage early or late in the fight. (more…)

By Graham Houston Wladimir Klitschko is in one of those no-win situations when he defends his heavyweight titles against Jean-Marc …


Feature Story

Afolabi ready to take on Brudov

Photos: K2 Promotions

Leading up to the title defense of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Jean-Marc Mormeck, cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (18-3-2, 8 KOs) is eager to take the next step in his career. He will face off with Valery Brudov (39-3, 28 KOs) for the WBO interim cruiserbelt. Both title fights will take place tonight in the already sold out ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Afolabi knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli to win the vacant WBO interim title on March 14, 2009. His last fight was a knockout victory against British champion Terry Dunstan in round one on the Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye show last year.

Brudov fought Jim Franklin in June 2011 last and scored a second round TKO. Brudov’s three losses came against Guillermo Jones for the WBA world title (TKO 11) in 2010, Firat Arslan by split decision for the WBA title in 2007, and against Virgil Hill for the WBA world title fight in 2006. (more…)

Photos: K2 Promotions Leading up to the title defense of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Jean-Marc Mormeck, cruiserweight Ola …


Scale Watch

Weights from Woodland, Calif

Photo: Golden Boy

Vicente Escobedo 129 vs. Lonnie Smith 130
Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Paul Mendez 166
Manuel Avila 118 vs. David Reyes 120
Jonathan Chicas 140 vs. Ephraim Martinez 137
Payton Boyea 172 vs. Harry Gopaul 174.5

Venue: Woodland Community Center, Woodland, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Telefutura

Photo: Golden Boy Vicente Escobedo 129 vs. Lonnie Smith 130 Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Paul Mendez 166 Manuel Avila 118 …


Full Report

Full Report: Guzman-Pabon

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez

Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) proved he’s still got it despite all the recent questions surrounding his professionalism and dedication to the sport. Although given the second-tier talent level of his most recent competition, it’s hard to tell exactly how much “it” the former two-division world champion truly has. Pairing him against some of the top names in the 140-lb division seems to be what promoter Acquinity Sports has in mind as promoter Henry Rivalta spent the past week calling out such elite names as Devon Alexander (who fights at light welterweight) and Manny Pacquiao (who hasn’t since 2009). (more…)

By Phil Doherty at ringside Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) proved he’s still got it …



UFC

“Hitman” gets last-minute tap over Alves

SYDNEY, March 3 – The main event of the second UFC on FX fight card, held at Allphones Arena, delivered exactly the kind of unpredictable action fans have come to expect after seeing Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves at work over the past several years. Plus, UFC veterans Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez proved that a drop to 125 pounds didn’t hurt their performance, as they dispatched the former #1- and #2-ranked flyweights in the world to set up a clash for the first-ever UFC flyweight title . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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For more info on the UFC or UFC on FX, visit www.UFC.com

SYDNEY, March 3 – The main event of the second UFC on FX fight card, held at Allphones Arena, delivered …


Boxing News

WBC orders Wlodarczyk-Palacios negotiations

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska

Josue Aguilar, trainer of mandatory WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO), informed Fightnews.com that WBC has ordered negotiations to commence for the mandatory championship fight between Palacios and current WBC champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) from Poland. If there’s no agreement, a purse bid for this fight will happen on March 30 in Mexico.

Wlodarczyk and Palacios fought on April 4, 2011, in sold-out 7,000-seat arena in Bydgoszcz (Poland), with the champion winning a split decision that left both fighters and fans unhappy with their performances. “Diablo” did not mince words with his comments and “Wizard” also had some choice words to say. “I’m a cruiserweight champion of the most prestigious organization in the world – the World Boxing Council. Of course, I prefer to have great challenges, like fighting Guillermo Jones, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Antonio Tarver or the most lucrative ones. I thought that we had an agreement with Antonio, but I’m hearing rumors, that he decided to go an easy and inexpensive way. I’m surprised that Showtime accepted such an average fighter like Lateef Kayode. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Josue Aguilar, trainer of mandatory WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO), informed Fightnews.com …


Boxing News

Tampa card cancelled

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside

In a disappointing turn of events, Friday’s “Tampa Bay Warriors” card was abruptly cancelled by the Florida Boxing Commission. With less than an hour before the first bell was going to ring, one of the fighters scheduled to fight was unable to produce the proper blood work required by Florida regulations and had to be removed from her fight. The removal reduced the amount of bouts to four, below the state’s requirement of five bouts to be a sanctioned event.

It is unfortunate for Reyes Promotions and Estrada Entertainment Productions that the card ended this way. The Tampa, Florida card originally was scheduled to host fights including Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi, Chevelle “Fist of Steel” Hallback, along with local favorites Jose Alonzo and Wilky Campfort. Reyes Promotions has scheduled their next event on April 27th at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside In a disappointing turn of events, Friday’s “Tampa Bay Warriors” card was abruptly cancelled …


Boxing Result

Bisbal, Negron, Vazquez stop foes early

Photos: José Pérez / PR Best

Heavyweight Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over 43-year-old former world champion Robert Daniels (49-10-1, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Daniels was down one time in the third round. Time was 1:10. Daniels held the WBA cruiser belt from 1989-1991.

6’6 heavyweight Carlos Negrón (14-1, 10 KOs) rebounded from his KO loss to Epifanio Mendoza with a first round KO over Francisco Mireles (13-7, 3 KOs). Mireles was down twice, the second time for the count.

Jr. flyweight Israel Vazquez (5-0-2, 5 KOs), son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, needed just 38 seconds to knock out Christian López (3-3-2, 3 KOs). Two jabs and a straight right ended it. more photos

Photos: José Pérez / PR Best Heavyweight Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over 43-year-old former …


Boxing Result

Guzman KOs Pabon in eighth

Former junior featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Guzman dropped Pabon in rounds one, three and four. Pabon was deducted a point for holding in round six. The fight was stopped after Pabon was floored again with a left hand in round eight. Time was 1:23.

Welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) systematically broke down Manuel “Pirry” Leyva (21-5, 12 KOs), getting a seventh round TKO. Paredes dropped Leyva twice in round five and finished the job in the seventh with another knockdown. Time was 1:29.

Former junior featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO …


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Scale Watch

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey at the scales

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, which is headlined by the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey and the lightweight bout between KJ Noons and Josh Thomsen, airs live on SHOWTIME from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio at 10pm ET / PT. Fans can also tune in to SHOWTIME EXTREME to see all prelim bouts at 8pm ET / PT.

MAIN EVENT – Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (134.5) vs Miesha Tate (134.5)

SHOWTIME MAIN CARD
KJ Noons (156) vs Josh Thomson (155)
Kazuo Misaki (169.5) vs Paul Daley (171)
Lumumba Sayers (185) vs Scott Smith (186)
Bristol Marunde (184) vs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (184.5)

SHOWTIME EXTREME PRELIMS
Alexis Davis (135.5) vs Sarah Kaufman (135.5)
Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)
Pat Healy (155) vs Caros Fodor (155.5)
Conor Heun (155) vs Ryan Couture (154)
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For more info on Strikeforce, visit www.Strikeforce.com

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, which is headlined by the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey …


Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Raúl García 106.2 vs. Michael Landero 105.8
Tomas Rojas 120 vs. Julio Zarate 120
Daniel Sandoval 146.2 vs. José María Valdez 146.2
Guadalupe Rosales 127.9 vs. Carlos Guzmán 130
Rogelio Romero 110.2 vs. Sergio Núñez 112
Rafael Guzmán 136.7 vs. Rodolfo Arévalo 136.7
Antonio Ballado 116.8 vs. Saúl Hernández 114.6
Daniel Nava 138.2 vs. Luis Contreras 138.9

Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Raúl García 106.2 vs. Michael Landero 105.8 Tomas Rojas 120 vs. Julio Zarate 120 Daniel Sandoval 146.2 …


Scale Watch

Weights from Mazatlan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Fernando Montiel 122 vs. Angy Angkota 122
Samuel “Guty” Gutiérrez 106.75 vs. Carlos Ruiz 108
(IBF light flyweight title eliminator)
Jorge “Demonio” Cota 160 vs. Francisco Madrigal 160
Cristopher Pérez 128 vs. Jesús Guerrero 129.80

Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo. Kochul Montiel and Zapari Boxing
Venue: German Evers Gym
TV: Televisa

By Gabriel F. Cordero Fernando Montiel 122 vs. Angy Angkota 122 Samuel “Guty” Gutiérrez 106.75 vs. Carlos Ruiz 108 (IBF …


Boxing News

Charges filed against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

From TMZ

WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez — will have to fight to stay out of jail … ’cause he was just charged with DUI stemming from an arrest earlier this year. TMZ has learned … the L.A. City Attorney has decided to hit Chavez with 3 misdemeanor charges … 2 for drunk driving and 1 for driving without a valid license. If convicted on all counts, JCC could face up to a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. He’s due back in court to face the judge later this month.

From TMZ WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez — will have …


Feature Story

Rios has weight issue under control

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The images are hard to accept. Or believe for that matter.

Watching Brandon Rios get on a scale the day before he was to face John Murray at Madison Square Garden in New York City was difficult to watch. Rios looked drained and uncharacteristically thin in an attempt to make the 135-pound weight limit. He would fail in three attempts to make the weight, thus losing his WBA world title belt in the process. What is more unbelievable or hard to accept is that Rios did not have any solid foods to eat in four days. A few sips of water were all that Rios drank during that time frame leading up to the weigh-in.

Despite struggling during the middle rounds, Rios would eventually stop Murray in the 11th round the next night. Because of his difficulty in attempting to make 135 pounds and the fact that he keeps growing, many boxing pundits thought that the next chapter of Rios’ career would be to go up to 140 pounds.

However, Rios will fight at least once more at the lightweight limit, when he takes on hard-hitting unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on April 14th. Ironically, both will be fighting for the vacant WBA lightweight title belt, which was previously held by Rios. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar The images are hard to accept. Or believe for that matter. Watching Brandon Rios get on a …


Boxing News

Lonnie Smith: This fight means everything

Photo: Ray Kasprowicz

Super-featherweight prospect “El Negro Mexicano” Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) will face off against former world title challenger Vicente Escobedo (24-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in Woodland, CA for the WBO NABO jr. lightweight title. The Smith vs. Escobedo bout is scheduled for ten rounds and will headline Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Series. This is by far the most important fight in Lonnie Smith’s career. Even after a string of bout fall-outs, nothing deterred him from continuing to work hard in the gym. The 24-year-old is excited and prepared for this opportunity. (more…)

Photo: Ray Kasprowicz Super-featherweight prospect “El Negro Mexicano” Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) will face off against former world title …


Scale Watch

Juanma scales in at 133.3

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best

Former two time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez weighed today 133.3 pounds before his Ggym training for the rematch versus Orlando Salido, continuing in his plan for the fight to be held March 10 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), who is looking for his revenge after losing his 126 lbs title against Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) last year, said “we have a plan to lose the pounds strategically. I’m feeling very good, I’m eating very well and am very focused. I hope to make the 126 next Thursday, a day before the official weigh in.”

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best Former two time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez weighed today 133.3 pounds before his Ggym …


Scale Watch

Klitschko outweighs Mormeck by 29 lbs

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: by Team Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko 246.7 (111.9 kg) vs Jean-Marc Mormeck 217.4 (98.6 kg)
(IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight championship)
Ola Afolabi 198.2 (89.9 kg) vs Valery Brudov 186.1 (84.4 kg)
(WBO interim cruiserweight title)

Venue: ESPRIT-arena, Düsseldorf,Germany
Promoter: K2 Promotion
TV: RTL (Germany), Box Nation (UK), Epix available on some cable systems (USA)

By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov Photo: by Team Klitschko Wladimir Klitschko 246.7 (111.9 kg) vs Jean-Marc Mormeck 217.4 (98.6 kg) (IBF/WBO/WBA …


Boxing News

Rosado-Julio headline June 1

The NBC Sports Network and Main Events officially announced today that they have added a new date – June 1st – to the schedule of the network’s popular nationally televised “Fight Night” boxing series. The new show will originate from the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Headlining the card co-promoted by Peltz Boxing will be a 10-round junior middleweight fight between “King” Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, 19-5, 11 KOs, and Miami’s Joel Julio, 37-4, 31 KOs. Julio, the hard-hitting veteran known as “The Love Child” has twice fought for a world title, and is coming off a points win over tough Anges Adjaho last May.

Rosado is the rising star in the 154-pound division who stole the show in the very first “Fight Night” broadcast in January. Rosado stopped the rugged Jesus Soto Karass in that bout, his most impressive victory to date. The win elevated Rosado to the #7 spot in the IBF rankings.

The NBC Sports Network and Main Events officially announced today that they have added a new date – June 1st …


Feature Story

Marquez says he’ll retire in 2012

Photo: Zanfer Promotions

By Gabriel F. Cordero

38-year-old three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez says that he expects to retire from boxing in late 2012. “I’ve done a lot of sacrifice and effort for 28 years but I feel that now is the time to say goodbye and begin a new phase in my life. My family is asking me and what I want to do is spend time with them.” Marquez is expected to fight either April 14 or 21 in the New Mexico City Arena against undefeated Argentinian Cesar Cuenca in a clash for the WBO super lightweight interim world title. That fight could be finalized this weekend.

“I’ll possibly do a rematch with Pacquiao, but I’ve gained a good position in the boxing world and when it comes time to retire it will be difficult but I accept it. For now, plans are to fight in April and then in July and finally in November but you know how boxing is. Nothing is certain until the night of the fight.”

By Gabriel F. Cordero 38-year-old three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez says that he expects to retire from boxing in …


Boxing Result

Jaro KOs Pongsaklek, wins WBC fly belt

In a shocker, WBC flyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KOs) of Thailand was knocked out in round six by unheralded Filipino underdog Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 25 KOs). Pongsaklek was down in rounds one and three. Jaro was ahead 38-36 on all cards after four rounds. Jaro floored the 34-year-old champion again in the sixth, then battered him mercilessly to the deck for the fourth and final time.

In a shocker, WBC flyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KOs) of Thailand was knocked …


UFC

Dominick Cruz kicks off TUF in high gear

The Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s bantamweight champion, and one of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter® Live coaches, Dominick Cruz, is headed to Phoenix to act as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s bantamweight champion, and one of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter® Live coaches, Dominick Cruz, is headed …


Feature Story

Tomasz Adamek open workout

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek

For Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO), whom will be back after six months of boxing hiatus, his open workout before Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO) fight on March 24 in Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex felt like coming home. “Ziggy Rozalski, my manager, owns World Boxing and Fitness Center for more than 18 years and this is the first place I went after moving to the U.S. from Poland two years ago. So, no matter how many reporters are here, this is still my home away from home.”

Nobody was terribly surprised that both Adamek and his trainer Roger Bloodworth did not show anything that could help Aquilera, but “Goral” did not waste his opportunity to send a message for his rival. “I read the Aguilera interview,” said former WBC light heavyweight, and IBF cruiserweight champion. “I’m happy to know that he will not run, that he wants to fight me punch for punch. I just hope he will do in the ring what he is saying now to the press,” said Adamek. (more…)

By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek For Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO), whom will be back after six months …










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