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Terence “Bud” Crawford mulls over options at 140

Terence Bud Crawford mulls over options at 140

By Bill Green Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank Omaha, Nebraska's world lightweight champion Terence "Bud" Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) is planning his next move.... only ...

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Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

Vargas, Reyes triumph in Ixtapa, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round KO ...

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Rios destroys Alvarado in three

Rios destroys Alvarado in three

By Bill Green at ringside Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank In the rubber match of their trilogy, former world champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, ...

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Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

Inoue Receives Japan’s Boxer of the Year Award

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Having welcomed a golden era of boxing to hold nine world champions, the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) ...

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Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

Alvarado, Rios make weight, trilogy is on

By Bill Green at the scale Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Mike Alvarado 146.5 vs. Brandon Rios 146.75 Gilberto Ramirez 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov 170 Aik Shakhnazaryan ...

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Boxing’s Mob Squad

Book Review of Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties: Long before the networks put a rear naked choke on boxing; before there were 1,001 champs fighting for 1,001 titles under 1,001 sanctioning bodies, there was New York, Madison Square Garden, one major promoter and a handful of hoods who controlled the game.

Golden era? You bet. Was the fix in? Oftentimes, yeah . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone



January 26th, 2011



UFC

Prepare for the world’s fastest

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Demetrious Johnson is beginning to stand out in the UFC bantamweight division and it’s not just because of the uncommon spelling of his first name or his cartoon character alias. The Matt Hume protégé dealt New York’s Nick Pace the first loss of his career, and followed that up by stunning red-hot Damacio Page. At UFC 126 the speedy 24-year-old will try to play spoiler once again when he collides with Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-3, 1 NC), arguably Asia’s most popular mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC

For more info on UFC 126 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

World title twinbill on Feb 12

Cunningham, Herelius defend, Abraham returns

Another highlight for Sauerland Event’s big February 12 show at the RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, In addition to the WBA cruiserweight title clash between Steve Herelius and WBA #1 rated Yoan Pablo Hernandez, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will defend against mandatory challenger Enad Licina. That bout was originally planned for January 22. Super Six star and former world champion Arthur Abraham will also fight on the card against former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic. Euro cruiser champion Alexander Frenkel is off the card due to a hand injury that hasn’t completely healed.



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Heavy Hitters coming to WV

Heavyweight Jason “The Ironman” Bergman (14-9, 10 KOs) takes on Horace Ray Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in the ten round main event on February 4th at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, WV. Bergman is coming off a very successful 2010 where he went 5-0 with 4 KOs, while Grant enters with three straight wins, two by knockout. “These two fighters hit extremely hard,” said promoter Steve Simons. “The winner of this bout will take a nice ‘step up’ towards the top. Ringside tables are filling up faster than ever before. I can’t wait to see it.” Also on the card is Youngstown Ohio’s Chris Hazimihalis (4-0, 4 KOs) in a lightweight four-rounder. The seven-bout card is being presented by Simons Promotions. For tickets call 304-290-0291.



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacman-Mosley on SHOWTIME PPV

May 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Showtime Networks Inc. and CBS have joined forces with Top Rank, Inc. to promote, produce and distribute the biggest boxing event of the year—the May 7th showdown between global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, it was jointly announced by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, and Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO.

The agreement brings together Pacquiao, the top athlete and personality in the sport, with SHOWTIME, the fastest growing premium television network in the U.S., and its parent company CBS Corporation whose programming and media assets span network and local television, pay and basic cable, radio, outdoor and online.

The campaign will include the SHOWTIME Sports documentary series FIGHT CAMP 360° in preview of Pacquiao vs. Mosley. The top rated CBS Television Network will participate by broadcasting a primetime special of the show in April. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Marquez-Morales Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unofficially, current WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez apparently has agreed to face Erik ‘Terrible’ Morales on April 9 in Las Vegas. It looks like Marquez had his financial demands met, but will not put his belts on the line. The WBC Diamond championship will likely be at stake. “The fight is a go,” said Morales. “He realized that he had no other option.” Morales is now training in his native Tijuana and soon plans to move to the refreshing mountain air of the Otomi Ceremonial Center where he has trained for many of his big fights. He will be accompanied by his father and trainer Jose “Olivaritos” Morales and fitness trainer Raúl Robles.



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Tyson Fury Update

English champion Tyson Fury has put former amateur rival David Price at the top of his heavyweight hit list. Fury and trainer and uncle Hughie were surprised the British Boxing Board of Control blocked his proposed fight with Frans Botha at Wembley Arena on Saturday, February 19. As Hughie points out, only world champions Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Evander Holyfield have beaten Botha in his 56-fight career. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Lyell arrives in Culiacan

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Middleweight Billy Lyell (38-8, 4 KOs) has arrived in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico to try to spoil homecoming of local favorite Julio César Chávez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night. “I am aware that the entire audience that night will be rooting for him, but I’ve come mentally prepared. I know in the ring it will be just him and me,” stated Lyell. “I will ruin the party for Chavez.”



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Baja Boxing Update

Photo/Report by Felipe Leon

Tijuana promotional company Baja Boxing will kick off their 2011 season in the quaint but beautiful seaside town of Rosarito, MX, where the unbeaten world ranked David “Morita” De La Mora (22-0, 15 KOs) of Tijuana, MX, will face off against the experienced German “Panteonero” Meraz (29-17-1, 12KOs) Agua Prieta, MX, for ten bantamweight rounds. The fight card is slated for March 5th held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gym. De La Mora’s WBC FECARBOX title will not be at play. In the semi main event, the hard hitting Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo (19-1, 17KOs) of Tijuana will go against Ricardo Armenta (11-8-1, 4KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, also for ten rounds also in the 118 lbs. division. (more…)



January 26th, 2011

Boxing News

Tim Bradley Video Interview

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley interviews at Kronk Gym during his fight week media day. Bradley fights Devon Alexander “The Great” on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.



January 26th, 2011

UFC

2.5 million watch ‘Fight for the Troops’

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

Spike TV’s telecast of “UFC® Fight For The Troops 2” from Fort Hood, Texas on Saturday, January 22 peaked at 2.5 million viewers. This special live UFC fight card, which was highlighted by tremendous performances by lightweight Melvin Guillard and heavyweight Matt Mitrione, raised funds for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces with traumatic brain injuries. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Feature Story

More on Klitschko-Adamek

As first reported yesterday on Fightnews.com, Tomasz Adamek will challenge one of the world champion Klitschko brothers in Poland in September. The final decision whether it will be WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko or IBF/WBO/IBO Champion Wladimir will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Before the scheduled Adamek clash both Klitschkos will defend their titles. Vitali Klitschko fights WBC #1 ranked Odlanier Solis in Cologne (Germany) on March 19. His younger brother Wladimir will face off with British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora in Mannheim (Germany) on April 30. Also Adamek plans a fight in April. If both Klitschkos were to lose, the deal with Adamek would be dead. If one loses, Adamek would face the other brother. If both Klitschkos win, the choice of Adamek’s opponent would be decided by the Klitschko side. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Garza to ref Alexander-Bradley

Referee Frank Garza (Michigan) will be the third man in the ring when WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander and WBO junior welterweight champion meet in a much anticipated 140lb unification clash on Saturday at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Judges will be Duane Ford (Nevada), Tim Miller (Ohio) and Omar Mintun (Mexico). WBC Supervisor: Rex Walker. WBO Supervisor: John Duggan



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Segura-Calderón II negotiations

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Ivan Rivera, president of the PR Best Boxing, did not rule out a rematch between current 108-pound WBO champion Giovanni Segura and Ivan Calderon taking place in Mexico at the end of March or the first week of April. He said they have received an offer from Zanfer and are in the process of submitting a counter offer. “But there is a strong possibility that may be made there [Mexico] as in Puerto Rico,” he said



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Juanma vs Salido?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Sources say former IBF champion Orlando Salido will be the next opponent of undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez on April 16 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the official announcement will make by Top Rank in the coming days. Undefeated welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado (28-0, 20 KOs) and heavyweight Victor Bisbal (18-1, 13 KOs) could also land on the card.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Global Boxing expands territory

Global Boxing Promotions has announced that they are now a licensed promoter in the states of New York and New Jersey. The company, based out of North Bergen, NJ, will be promoting its second card on February 19th along with Mississippi-based Prize Fight Promotions at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. The show titled “Brick City Brawl” featuring undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO) of Krakow, Poland against Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO), will be televised by FoxSports. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Announcement

Open workout in El Paso

David Rodriguez will be training for his up incoming battle in a workout open to the public and media, this Friday January 28th, at The Backstreet Gym (4798 N Mesa) in El Paso. The workout begins at 2 p.m. The undefeated Rodriguez is preparing for his return to El Paso, Friday, Feb. 11, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, against brawler “Big” Ty Cobb.



January 25th, 2011

UFC

Silva-Belfort is a sellout!

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets to UFC® 126: SILVA vs. BELFORT at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas are sold out. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto, Solomon workouts

By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen

The Heavyweight Factory gym in Hollywood Florida moves to the center of the boxing universe this week. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) reunited with Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward at the gym this afternoon. Cotto makes his first title defense against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) on March 12th in Las Vegas on a Showtime PPV card. The Klitschko brothers are expected to join Steward at the gym later this week in preparation for their own title defenses. For more details and photos click here…



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Tim Bradley workout

Paris ready to show new attitude

Photos and report by Bob Ryder

Tim Bradley engaged in a light  workout at the Kronk Gym in Detroit in final preparation for his Saturday night fight with Devon Alexander at the Pontiac Silverdome as well as fielding questions from the media. Looking fit and trim Bradley proclaimed, “I’m ready to go 12 hard rounds. I’m going to give it everything I got.”  When queried if he there was anything personal between himself and Alexander, Tim replied, “he’s trying to take food off my table. Anyone doing that has got to go, I got to get rid of him.”  Bradley revealed that he worked hard in training utilizing southpaw sparring partners in preparation for Devon’s right handed stance. Trainer Joel Diaz stated that his charge was at 141 pounds and weight would be no issue. Diaz looked on as  Kronk’s most famous alumnus Thomas Hearns, climbed in the ring and donned the pads. Not surprisingly “The Hitman” seemed to be concentrating on giving Bradley tips on maximizing his power.  After several rounds of skipping rope to wind up his workout Bradley asked Hearns for some final advice. “Stay focused” was Tommy’s reply. For more details and photos click here…



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Menard returns March 12

UBO All-America lightweight titleholder “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (14-1, 12 KOs) will defend his belt on March 12 at the Hilton Towers Ballroom in Lafayette, Louisiana. Promoter Chad Broussard is working on finalizing a suitable opponent for his 22-year-old charge, and is hoping to be able to announce the name within a few weeks. Also appearing on the Boxncar Promotions show will be up-and-comers Bobby Bryant (9-0), Todd Manuel (4-0), Jarred Leblanc (12-1), Bailey Bobbit (4-0), Jessie Patin (4-1) and debutant Nate Heaven.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Briggs files major lawsuit

Says he was paid 25k instead of 750k

Former two-time world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who spent 12 days in a German hospital after sustaining a wicked, 12-round beating at the hands of current world champion Vitali Klitschko in October, is fighting back. But, this time, the Brooklyn born and raised Briggs is not targeting an opponent in the ring. Briggs claims that he has been a victim of a “ripoff” on two fronts by his former promoters and business partners, part and parcel of which includes documents in which his signature was “forged.”

On Tuesday, Briggs filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment and breach of contract against Gregory D. Cohen, Shelly Finkel and Barry Honig, and their boxing and entertainment promotional company, Empire Sports & Entertainment. In the legal filing, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages, Briggs said that he agreed to fight the powerful Klitschko with the understanding that he would be paid a purse of $750,000, but that he wound up with a mere $25,000, after he returned to the United States after the prolonged hospital stay in Hamburg. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Team Solis hits Germany

Photo: Public Address / ARENA

Cuban heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis arrived in Cologne, Germany, Monday morning for tomorrow’s press conference for his March 19th showdown against WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko. “It’s time for a new chapter in heavyweight history,” said Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner. “Solis will end the Klitschko era and start his own legacy.“ For their “project world championship,“ Team Solis started training right away. Regardless of the transatlantic flight Solis and former Cuban national coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez already did two training session yesterday at MayLife Boxing Club. It was also the reunion of former Olympic gold medalist when Solis who won heavyweight gold in Athens 2004 met gym owner Torsten May, a 1992 light heavyweight Olympic champion. May has also known Pedro Diaz for a long time from several amateur training camps in Cuba. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Martinez-Dzinziruk official

The official press release was sent out today for the March 12 fight between WBC champion emeritus Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez against WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The winner will get the WBC Diamond belt. Here are the quotes attributed to the fighters:

Sergio Martinez: “I believe my next fight could be my best fight of my career because my boxing is getting better, I am physically stronger, and I am stronger mentally,” said Martinez. “My rival is a great fighter and a great champion for several years now but on March 12 he will fight the best Sergio Martinez and the fans will witness a spectacular show and the best fight of my career.”

Sergiy Dzinziruk: “First of all, it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved to fight such great champions” said Dzinziruk. “I really appreciate the opportunity to fight Sergio Martinez and show the world how good I am. I am looking forward to the fight and I am very excited. I have not tasted defeat yet and I want to keep it that way. My team and I know how much work was done by Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions to make this fight and it is greatly appreciated. We’re looking forward to a great fight with Sergio Martinez.”

Promoter Lou DiBella: “March 12 is what world class boxing is all about. Sergio Martinez is proving that he has no interest in resting on his laurels by taking on an accomplished champion such as Sergiy Dzinziruk. Once again, ‘Maravilla’ will show why he is not only the 2010 Fighter of the Year, but also the people’s champion.”



January 25th, 2011

Exclusive

Maidana: Khan is cheap and selfish

By Team Maidana

More than one month after his loss to Amir Khan in what it was chosen as the best fight of 2010 by the Boxing Writers Associacion of America, Marcos Maidana got quite upset by a comment made by Khan, in which he said that “Maidana had asked for a stupid number to fight me and then came to his senses and accepted the second offer”.

“It’s been almost four or five months now since negotiations for my fight against Amir Khan concluded and he is still talking crap about it. First, he said that I didn’t want to go to England to face him. Then, he claimed that I had overpriced myself for that fight, which he is still saying today. Both are lies, big lies,” Maidana said.

“Obviously, my team asked for the kind of money I deserved at the time. And that money was not even going to be paid by Khan but by Golden Boy Promotions. What Khan did then was to push for Golden Boy to pay me less money in order for him to make more. What kind of bullsh*t is he saying now, that I came to my senses? Khan is the one who needs to come to his senses and understand that he is not the only one who can make good money here. He has to choose which side of boxing industry he wants to stay. Is he a boxer or a promoter? He is selfish and cheap by offering crap purses to his opponents,” “El Chino” explained. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Narvaez-Seda in the works

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Looks like unbeaten WBO #1 super flyweight Cesar ‘Junito’ Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) will challenge WBO chapion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) in Panama in late March or early April according to promoter Javier Bustillo. “We’re going to fight in Panama. Gary Shaw is negotiating a fight with Narvaez and we’re trying to make in that country or the United States. I don’t think that the champion is asking for an astronomical amount of money and we need television in Puerto Rico. Narvaez will also reportedly to defend his title on February 12 in Argentina against Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs).



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Russell opponent named

Unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) will face veteran Feider Viloria (23-7-2, 16 KOs) in the opening bout of Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo telecast on Friday. Jr featherweight Charles Huerta (16-1, 8 KOs) meets Raul Hirales Jr. (11-0-1, 7 KOs) in the main event. The card takes place at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego.



January 25th, 2011

UFC

UFC targets Japan

UFC 126 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 5!

The world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, has announced two agreements that will further UFC’s development in Japan. (more…)



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

BBBC rejects Botha

The British Boxing Board of Control has refused to sanction a bout between 42-year-old heavyweight Frans Botha as an opponent for unbeaten Tyson Fury on February 19 at Wembley Arena in London. The bout was announced three days ago by promoter Hennessy Sports.



January 25th, 2011

Boxing News

Wood-Mundine II in April?

An announcement on a date in April and a venue for a rematch between Australian “Contender” winner Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6 KOs) and former world champion Anthony Mundine (40-4, 24 KOs) is expected within 48 hours according to the Daily Telegraph. The last sticking point is the location of the fight. Wood began training for the return fight yesterday after vacationing in Hawaii, Las Vegas and Disneyland. He knocked out Mundine in December in a huge upset.



January 25th, 2011




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