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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia ...

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

By James Slater Photos: Scott Raven Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed "Rampage" bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face ...

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Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

Jones-Lebedev rematch promises fireworks

By Karl Freitag Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

Photos: Floyd Mayweather Media Day

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Klitschko: Welcome to big time

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Stuey Hall and Paul Butler come face-to-face at press conference in Newcastle

Stuey Hall and Paul Butler

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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

Boxing News

Foreman headed to Cut Off, LA

The son of a legend will be in action for “November 2 Remember” a boxing and MMA event set to take place November 14, 2009 at the Youth Center in Cut Off, Louisiana. Heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman (3-0, 3 KOs) will be in a featured 4 round boxing match. The main event will feature local light heavyweight Justin “Ironman” Verdin (8-0, 6 KOs), the current Louisiana State Champion, taking on a stiff challenge in Gulfport, Mississippi native Gevonte Davis (4-4). Both boxers are coming off of career best wins, Verdin against Larry Pryor and Davis against unbeaten Anthony Doughty. (more…)



November 11th, 2009

Boxing News

Fight Camp 360° Episode 2

The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®—FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic—returns to SHOWTIME with Episode #2, premiering Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10:40 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode reality series takes viewers behind the scenes of the groundbreaking Super Six World Boxing Classic. From the conception of the tournament to the crowning of a new champion in the super middleweight division, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic will profile the colorful and charismatic personalities of the fighters, their families and promoters. (more…)



November 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao, Cotto arrive

Giant photo gallery and report

Report and photos by Chris Cozzone

A mob scene-and-a-half greeted two world champions today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Manny Pacquiao got the mob scene, Miguel Cotto got the half, when the two made their grand arrivals at the venue where they will face one another Saturday night on HBO-PPV . . . Click here for more



November 10th, 2009

UFC

Nog takes on Velasquez!

Live on PPV Jan. 2 at the MGM in Vegas!

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a heavyweight legend looking to climb to the top of the mountain one more time following his win over Hall of Famer Randy Couture in August. Unbeaten rising star Cain Velasquez has moved rapidly up the ranks, but he needs one more win to get a shot at the belt. On Saturday, January 2nd, the main event of UFC 108 will see these two heavyweight standouts meet to determine a future challenger for the title. Also, former UFC light heavyweight champion ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans begins on his road back to the title as he attempts to avenge his teammate Keith Jardine’s loss against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago Silva at UFC 108: Nogueira vs Velasquez, presented by “Bayonetta” and live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)



November 10th, 2009

Photo

Cotto hits the MGM

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo:  Puerto Rican pride Miguel Cotto made his arrival today at the MGM, shortly after Pacquiao, at 12:45.  Though the crowd that greeted Cotto lacked the numbers, it was no less enthusiastic. Stay tuned for more.



November 10th, 2009

Photo

Pacquiao arrives in Vegas!


Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Manny Pacquiao, pride of the Philippines, made his arrival today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday’s showdown with Miguel Cotto. Stay tuned for a report and more photos later.



November 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Santos ready to shine

David Martin Warr/DKP

David Martin Warr/DKP

Three-time world champion and current WBA super welterweight champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated, WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yuri Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs) as the featured PPV match on the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” card on Saturday from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas telecast live on pay-per-view at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)



November 10th, 2009

Boxing News

Hopoate vs Kirby Dec. 4

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Former Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-4, 11 KOs) will return to ring action on December 4 when he will clash with Michael Kirby (6-3-1, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds with the IBF Australasian title up for grabs at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Hopoate was stopped in two rounds by former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall earlier this year but is confident he can defeat the less experienced opponent. Kirby holds a nine round stoppage win over Nathan Briggs but was upset by Solomon Haumona to lose the OPBF crown in 2009. (more…)



November 10th, 2009




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