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Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Images from Wednesday's media workout in conjunction with Friday's fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, ...

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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Boxing Result

Abis, Giacon win

European Union welterweight champion Luciano Abis (30-1-1, 14 KOs) and lightweight prospect Luca Giacon (14-0, 14 KOs) won their fights scheduled for six rounds Sunday night in Quartu S. Elena (Cagliari), Italy. Abis won by KO in the first round against Sergejs Malcevs (6-1-1, 5 KOs) while Giacon won by KO in round two against Istvan Nagy (15-7, 8 KOs). OPI 2000 and ASD BOXE CHERCHI promoted the show.



December 20th, 2010



Boxing News

Sauerland plans world title twinbill

Sylvester-Bouadla, Cunningham-Licina set for Jan 22

Team Sauerland will kick off 2011 with a world title doubleheader in Neubrandenburg, Germany on January 22nd. IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) will make a fourth defence of his title when he takes on Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla (21-3, 10 KOs). IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham will also defend his crown against mandatory challenger Enad Licina. “We are thrilled to kick off the new year with a big bang,” said Chris Meyer, Team Sauerland´s General Manager. “The fans in Neubrandenburg have seen many exciting fights and I am sure that both title clashes will be very entertaining. More than half of the tickets have already been sold now.” (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Feature Story

Rios to challenge Acosta

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios will fight for his first world title on Saturday, February 26th. However, it will not be against WBC champion Humberto Soto. Rios’ manager, Cameron Dunkin, confirmed to Fightnews that the unbeaten fighter from Oxnard will take on WBA champion Miguel Acosta at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. “We just finished the deal a few days ago,” said Dunkin.

Rios (26-0, 19 KO’s) was scheduled to face Humberto Soto, who defeated Urbano Antillon earlier this month in Anaheim, CA. However, because of the brutal beating both fighters gave to one another, Soto wants more time to recuperate. (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Chris John Update

By Craig Watt
Photo: Craig Watt

It looks like 2011 is going to be a busy year for WBA Featherweight champion Chris John according to his manager and trainer Craig Christian who spoke to Fightnews today from his gym in Perth, Australia. With a unification fight against unbeaten Cuban Yuri Gamboa in the works and a challenge from Australian IBF#5 ranked Billy “The Kid” Dib a possible option there are no shortage of challengers trying to blemish the unbeaten 44-0-2 (22 KO’s) record of the Indonesian fighter. The popular 31 year old John, known as “The Dragon” has been WBA champion at 126 pounds since 2003 and following thirteen successful title defenses is seeking a match up with IBF champion Yuriorkas Gamboa in his home country during the middle of 2011. On his impressive resume he already has the scalps of Juan Manuel Marquez, Derrick Gainer and Rocky Juarez to name a few. (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Warren makes offer to Khan

Promoter Frank Warren says he has made an undisclosed multi-million dollar offer to his former fighter, WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (presumably through Golden Boy Promotions), to face his young star Kell Brook. Brook has lined himself up for a shot at the WBO welterweight title next year, but wants a fight with Khan first. Warren said, “Kell looked fantastic against Kotey and proved he is ready for the best in the world. Khan was in a hard, but exciting fight against Maidana, and if he’s serious about fighting in Britain next then a fight against Kell would be a logical fight to take. There is talk of him facing Floyd Mayweather which is nonsense and he should take up the big offer I’ve made to him to take on Kell. It’s a huge fight for the British public and one that they would want to see.”



December 20th, 2010

Feature Story

Malignaggi: The magic is back

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tim Snow – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Paulie Malignaggi (28-4 6KO) made his debut at welterweight and with his new Golden Boy promoters a successful one with a stoppage of former world title challenger Michael Lozado (36-7-1 29KO) at 2:33 of the sixth round on Saturday night. It was hard to figure at times what the game plan was at times for Malignaggi who faced a weaker caliber opponent than what he is usually is accustomed to. “It took me a little bit to figure that I’m at a higher level than this type of opponent,” said the Brooklyn fighter who scored his first stoppage since 2003. (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Reynoso-Flores Feb 25

WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light welterweight champion Jose Reynoso (13-3-1, 2 KOs) will make his 2011 debut on February 25th. The Riverside, California resident will meet Angel “Baby Boy” Flores (9-4, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada. The ten round main event will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Reynoso is coming off of back to back impressive wins over unbeatens Aris Ambriz and Hector Serrano. Their combined records were 26-0-1 prior to fighting Reynoso. (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Boxing Result

Toribio KOs Betancourt

By Robert Coster

An unbeaten record and a big heart were not enough for junior middleweight prospect Melvin Betancourt against the ring savvy of seasoned David Toribio on Sunday night in Villa Gonzalez, Dominican Republic. Toribio (18-10, 11 KOs), who has previously been in with the likes of reigning WBC middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez, as well as a “Who’s Who” of contenders including James Kirkland, Marco Antonio Rubio, Freddy Hernandez, David Estrada, David Lopez and Harry Joe Yorgey, proved that experience against quality opposition and general skills were what young Betancourt (now 20-1, 17 KOs) sorely lacks, scoring a brutal eighth round stoppage against the previously unbeaten fan favorite. (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Bruce McTavish

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading world championship referee Bruce McTavish has been the third man In the ring in over 150 title bouts and also worked several Manny Pacquiao fights. Fightnews spoke to Bruce in Kunming, China where he was doing an IBF Pan Pacific title bout and he commented about Pacquiao’s bouts with Oscar Larios, Fahprakorb Rakkiattgym and Arnel Barotillo.



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Liu Gang

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Leading promoter from China Liu Gang talks to Fightnews and tells of his promotional company, Zovi Promotions that was formed in 2003 and has now promoted over 40 shows. Liu is a former 1992 Olympic representative and now manages former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao Zhong. He is looking to promote a fight between IBF jr flyweight champion Luis Lazarte and Xiong Zhao Zhong in China in 2011.



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Cazarez, Munoz arrive in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

WBA super-fly champ Hugo Cazares (32-6-2, 23 KOs), a veteran Mexican, will make his last work of the year here in Japan before celebrating Christmas as he will defend his belt against an ambitious Japanese challenger named Hiroyuki Hisataka (19-8-1, 8 KOs) in Osaka on this coming Thursday. Also in Japan is ex-WBA 115-pound ruler Alexander Munoz, Venezuela, who will face ex-WBC flyweight champ Koki Kameda in a quest for the vacant WBA bantam throne in Tokyo on December 26. The 31-year-old Munoz, who has been unbeaten in seven bouts here, arrived in Tokyo on Saturday. Reportedly Anselmo Moreno has elevated to super champion, so the regular belt of the WBA super-fly category is now vacant to allow Kameda and Munoz to compete to fill the vacancy of the championship. Kameda boldly predicts that he would become the first Japanese to win world belts in three different classes. Will he be greater than double-class champ Fighting Harada? No way.



December 20th, 2010

Boxing News

Tales from the Vault

By Boxing Bob Newman

While Boxing doesn’t have a “season” like so many other sports- baseball, football, etc., there are lulls during the year, especially for those fans that are relegated to whetting their pugilistic appetite by taking in the fights by watching on the tube. While ESPN’s weekly boxing coverage is on hiatus until the new year, and HBO and Showtime’s schedule has wound downfor the remainder of 2010, fans of the sweet science can still get their fix via “Tales From The Vault: A Celebration of 100 Boxing Closet Classics,” by Lee Groves. The 721 page tome is a comprehensive collection of what Groves believes to be some of the most thrilling battles in the ring, that have somehow slipped our memories. (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Boxing Result

Bowman outworks Rorie

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Undefeated lightweight prospect Carney “Beeper” Bowman (16-0, 7 KOs) was forced to go the distance to earn a hard fought six round majority decision victory over late replacement Jason Rorie (6-10-2, 3 KOs) in the main event of the Pro-Am card at the Hanover Armory in Hanover PA on Saturday night. The professional side of the undercard featured a unique co-feature as the two hardnosed fighters with less than enviable records went toe-to-toe as Mike “Strictly Business” Denby (3-8-3, 2 KOs) squeaked out a close unanimous decision victory over the always entertaining Aaron Anderson (1-10, 1 KO). (more…)



December 20th, 2010

Full Report

Report/gallery: Morales-Lorenzo

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon

More than 12,000 fight fans braved the threatening dark skies in Tijuana, to welcome back their favorite son Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) as he defended his WBC Silver light welterweight title against late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16 KOs) of Irvington, New Jersey by way of the Dominican Republic, in the 12-round main event of “Rumbo al Cuarto Titulo (Road to the Fourth Title)” presented by Pro3 Boxing and Morales’ own Box Latino.

Broadcast by Televisa in Mexico, the night marked the first time in ten years that Morales had stepped into a ring in his hometown. In his last fight on his native soil back in 2000, Morales stopped Rodney Jones in the first round only a mere blocks east of the open air Caliente Stadium where Saturday night’s festivities took place . . . click here for more



December 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Maysonet wins in debut

Hot lightweight prospect from Puerto Rico, Jorge Maysonet Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), won his first professional fight with a devastating KO to Samuel Hernández (0-3), at the 19 second mark of the first round last night in Morovis, Puerto Rico. Maysonet was a member of Puerto Rico’s national amateur boxing team. He is showing signs to have inherited the raw punching power of his father, Jorge Maysonet Sr. (22-11, 22 KOs), who in the 1980s made a solid championship run that culminated with a defeat to Simon Brown in 1989 for the IBF welterweight title.



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Kiattaweesuk tops Otieno

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #7 bantamweight Thantong Kiattaweesuk (21-0, 14 KOs) outscored Nick Otieno (21-5, 9 KOs) of Kenya over twelve rounds at Jomburg, Ratchaburi, Thailand on Friday. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. This was a good win for Kiataweesuk as the Kenyan boxer had been in the ring with well credentialed opponents including a twelve round decision loss to Russian Alexander Bakhtin in 2010. (more…)



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Della Rosa wins WBC Int’l belt

Emanuele Della Rosa (25-1, 7 KOs) won the vacant WBC International super welterweight title against Nefzi Ayoub (16-1-1, 3 KOs) by tecnical decision in round eight last Friday night in Rome Italy. On the undercard middleweight contender Domenico Spada (32-3, 16 KOs) stopped Ruslans Pojonisevs in two rounds, undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (13-0, 3 KOs) decisioned Pavel Lotahs, cruiserweight Andrea Moretti won by TKO in round four against Attila Makula and lightweight Sonia Mirabelli won by TKO in round one against Ines Celik. Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with RAI SPORT 1 televisived the main event live.



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Walters batters Munguia

By Robert Coster

Up-and-coming WBA #9, WBO #13 Nicholas” The Axman” Walters (17-0, 14 KOs) retained his WBA Fedelatin featherweight title last night in Colon, Panama with an impressive ninth round stoppage of former title contender Gonzalo Munguia (17-8, 7 KOs) of Nicaragua. The young Panama-based Jamaican took control of the fight from the get-go and overwhelmed his game opponent round after round, putting together combinations to the body and the head. Munguia bravely tried to fight back but could not match Walters’ speed and constant pressure. Walters battered Munguia in the eighth round and the Nicaragua boxer barely made the bell. Munguia’s cornermen wisely opted not to let their man come out for the ninth stanza. It was just the second time in his career that Munguia was stopped. Walters’ manager Jacques Deschamps announced after the fight that Nicholas will likely be fighting in his homeland of Jamaica for the first time in a card scheduled in March against “a world class opponent.”



December 19th, 2010

Feature Story

More on Huck-Lebedev

Photos: Photo Wende

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) made a fifth successful title defense in Berlin on Saturday night when he clinched a split decision victory over mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs). After 12 brutal and bruising rounds, Huck was ahead 115-113 on two cards, while the third judge ruled it 116-112 in favor of the previously unbeaten Russian. “It was a tough fight, Lebedev was a very, very strong opponent,” Huck said. “I cracked my rib in the fourth round and whenever I threw a punch in the following it hurt like being stuck with a knife. But I hung in there and showed my big heart. I did not give up and kept fighting. That is what being a champion is all about.” (more…)



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Matyhila retains SA bantam title

By Ron Jackson

Phumzile Matyhila retained his South African bantamweight title with a clear cut 12 round points decision over Ntobeko Duma at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Matyhila (17-1-2, 8 KOs) from Mdantsane who fights out of the Nick Durandt gym in Johannesburg was in scintillating form as he used his height and reach advantage to pile up the points with his educated left jab. There was very little in it for the first three rounds as Duma from the Eastern Cape who has a reported record of (3-11-1, 1 KO), but has been in with some of the best fighters in his division held his own with the champion. However, it was the all round skills and boxing ability of Matyhila that prevailed as he won by wide margins on all three judges scorecards.

Sizwe Sinyabi who was scheduled to make the first defence South African junior flyweight title on the same bill lost out when his opponent Monwabisi Gundwana from Port Elizabeth failed to turn up for the weigh-in on Friday.



December 19th, 2010

Boxing News

Alvarez-Senchenko in March?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Looks like hot Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be fighting WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko on March 5 with potential sites places being Las Vegas, Los Angeles or a city in Texas. Other sources indicate that the details aren’t finalized, and if the fight isn’t ultimately made there is the option Euro champ Matthew Hatton. “Canelo” has confirmed the March 5 date.



December 19th, 2010

Feature Story

Schaefer demands rematch

Says WBC is onboard, despite Dawson deal

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer: “It’s really a shame, it’s a shame for Canada, it’s a shame for boxing to have a decision like that. We had Canadian people, Canadian fans come up to us and tell us he (Hopkins) won. That is what is wrong with boxing. He sure didn’t lose, I think if you think that, you don’t know what boxing means. Look at the scorecards; it happens all the time up here, that is what is wrong with boxing. It’s a disgrace. We are going to file a protest. The WBC will order an immediate rematch and we will see what other legal remedies we have because this is wrong. This is wrong. (more…)



December 19th, 2010

Feature Story

Bernard Hopkins Speaks

"He ran from an old grandpa."

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Bernard Hopkins: “I’m going to stand up because my legs are fresh. I’m a fifteen round fighter, but they don’t have that no more, it was abandoned 15-20 years ago. People asked before I came up to Canada, ‘Bernard, are you worried about the judges?’ I said no because I believe when you put on a show, no matter what I think, the world and the fans will see what they see. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Canada, but there comes a time, no matter who you are, where you have to say that Bernard fought a hell of a fight and he believe’s he won. It’s alright to say that. It’s no crime speaking your mind. Your counterparts might not like it, but it’s okay. There’s one thing about TV. People from around the world, when they see what they see, it is what it is. (more…)



December 19th, 2010

Feature Story

Pascal-Hopkins aftermath

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

45-year-old two-division champ Bernard Hopkins dominated the scorecards over the second half of his fight against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on Saturday night in Quebec City, but two early knockdowns proved to be too much to overcome on the scorecards of judges Claude Paquette (113-113) and Daniel Van de Wiele (114-114). Steve Morrow scored the contest 114-112 for Hopkins. Click here to see the sctual master scoresheet close up…



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Morales defeats Lorenzo

By Felipe Leon at ringside

In a much closer fight than it should have been, hometown legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) won a unanimous decision to defend his WBC Silver light welterweight title over late sub Francisco Lorenzo (35-9, 16KOs) of the Dominican Republic on Saturday night at the Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Lorenzo pressured the taller Morales throughout the fight despite Morales landing the harder punches. Morales dropped Lorenzo in the fifth round with a grazing right hand but the Dominican was never hurt. The contest had its bursts of fireworks as both veterans were not afraid to exchange heavy leather, especially towards the later rounds when the fight seemed up for grabs. Scores were Raul Caiz Sr. 116-111, Raul Caiz Jr. 114-113, Zach Young 115-112.

With the win, Morales eyes an early 2011 match up against WBA and WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in search for his fourth world title in as many divisions. (more…)



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Pascal-Hopkins ends in draw

Malignaggi, Jacobs, Quillen, Fury win on undercard

By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photo: Tim Snow – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round majority draw against Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 16,500 at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Canada. After hitting the canvas in three of the first four rounds, one of which was ruled a slip, seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins came storming back, able to capture a 114-112, 113-113, 114-114 majority draw by dominating the second half of the fight.

“He looked like he was tired from the 5th round to the 12th,” said Hopkins in a highly charged press conference afterwards. (more…)



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Lazarte-Solis draw

39-year-old IBF champ retains title

Thirty-nine year old IBF light flyweight champion Luis Alberto Lazarte (48-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against former IBF light flyweight champion Ulises Solis (32-2-2, 21 KOs) of Mexico with bout being scored a majority draw. The official judges scorecards read 113-113 twice and 117-109 for Solis. The bout took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina where Lazarte was born and raised. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event. The bout was a very sloppy affair where many of the rounds were very hard to score. Lazarte was deducted points in rounds four and ten for hitting Solis behind the head.



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Arce destroys Ramos

Garcia, Lacierva, O. Chavez also victorious

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Former world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Adolfo Ramos (16-11-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, Mexico. Arce floored Ramos early with a right to the head and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:06. Arce is now looking for a shot at WBO super bantamweight champ Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in 2011.

WBO light flyweight interim champion Ramon Garcia (15-1-1, 8 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Omar Soto (15-7-1, 6 KOs). Garcia scored knockdowns in rounds four and ten en route to a 120-106, 119-107, 118-108. Click here for more, plus photos…



December 19th, 2010

Boxing Result

Zhong stops Patanakan Gym

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBC flyweight challenger Xiong Zhao Zhong (15-3-1, 10 KOs) scored impressive fourth round knockout over Pongpan Patanakan Gym (8-5-1, 7 KOs) to capture the vacant IBF Pan Pacific jr flyweight title at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China on Saturday. Zhong attacked his opponent from round one and in round two a left hook dropped the Thai boxer who gamely lasted until the bell sounded. In round four, a perfectly delivered right hand to the jaw dropped Patanakan Gym and referee Bruce McTavish crowned Zhong as the Thai was out cold. Time :23. (more…)



December 18th, 2010

Boxing Result

Valero brother wins by KO

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unbeaten super featherweight prospect Luis Valero (3-0, 3 KOs) won by knockout at 39 seconds of the first round against Roger Samudio in a fight held Saturday night at the Hotel Melia Panama Canal in Colon City, Panama. Valero now has three straight first round KOs since launching his career in September. His brother, former world champion Edwin Valero, opened his career with 18 consecutive first round KOs.



December 18th, 2010




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