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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Boxing News

De Mori targets Meehan

Photos and report by Craig Watt

Australian Heavyweight Mark de Mori (16-1-2, 14 KOs) returns to action on Sunday in Perth, Western Australia when he takes on Ghanaian Ibrahim Marshall (10-3, 8 KOs) at the Cockburn Basketball Centre. The 29 year old Perth heavyweight is keen to put on an impressive display to try and entice some of the world ranked heavyweights into action. Under a promotional deal with Don King he is targeting some major fights in 2011, with fellow Australian and WBA#9 and IBF #9 Kali Meehan in his sights. But first he aims to dispatch the rugged Marshall who has a punching reputation with eight inside the distance victories in his ten wins. The Perth fighter spoke to Fightnews at his final training session tonight in Freemantle, Western Australia. For more details and photos click here…



June 9th, 2011



Interview

Q&A: Stephen Jones

By Robert Coster

Stephen Jones is the newly elected President of the Jamaican Boxing Board of Control. His election comes as the island nation is getting set to celebrate it’s first international boxing card in over 15 years. Unbeaten featherweight contender Nicholas Walters will be defending his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas of Mexico. This card comes in the wake of a very successful three month contender-type TV boxing reality show in Jamaica. So, one wonders whether pro-boxing is actually returning to Jamaica? Fightnews put the question to Stephen Jones who speaks about the state of the game on the island. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

WBA KO Drugs in Costa Rica

By Gabriel F. Cordero

On Wednesday in San Jose, Costa Rica, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announced details on the July 30 WBA KO Drugs Festival which will take place at the National Gym with a capacity of 5000. The card will feature super middleweights Jaime “El Indio” Barboza (17-4, 8 KOs) against Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) for a vacant WBA world title.

In other action, local super featherweight Bryan “El Tiquito” Vasquez (26-0, 14 KOs) defends his WBA Fedelatin title against Juan Manuel Osorio (22-2, 15 KOs) of the Canelo Promotions team. Also, junior welterweight Elvin Perez (21-4-3, 14 KOs) faces Juan Ruiz (8-0, 4 KOs). (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Juarez-Espinoza at Hollypark

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten Austroberto Juarez will take on Sergio Espinoza on July 22nd in a six round flyweight bout at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, CA, trainer Ruben Juarez told Fightnews.com Thursday morning. Juarez, (10-0, 2 KO’s) of Ventura, CA, has not fought in almost a year, winning a six round unanimous decision over Joseph Rios. Espinoza, (16-7-1, 5 KO’s) of San Diego, was stopped in his last fight in the ninth round at the hands of Rayonta Whitfield in February of 2010. Ruben Juarez has been Austroberto’s trainer since his professional debut almost seven years ago. Ticket information will be announced shortly.



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Trout-Lopez WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Canadian referee Hubert Earle will be the third man in the ring when American WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (22-0, 13 KOs) defends against Mexican David ¨Destroyer¨Lopez (40-12, 23 KOs) at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosi, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are John Poturaj (US), Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) and Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Calvin Inalsingh (Trinidad & Tobago).



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Avalos back in the spotlight

When crowd-pleasing bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos, 18-1 (15 KO’s), steps into the squared circle Friday evening at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME, against Khabir Suleymanov, he understands the importance of being on his A game.

Last August, Avalos dropped a hotly contested split decision to Christopher Martin on ShoBox, and is returning to the series for the first time since his lone defeat.

Following the setback against Martin, he’s since racked up two consecutive wins by knockout while making adjustments along the way. More importantly, Avalos recognizes what’s expected from him and the necessity of putting on a good show. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A: Nacho Beristain

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Among the 2011 class of inductees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend is legendary Mexican trainer and manager Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain.

The 67-year-old Beristain has trained 22 champions including three Hall of Famers, Ricardo ‘Finito’ Lopez, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Daniel Zaragoza. Currently he trains one of the best fighters in the world in recent years, three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who is a serious contender for the Hall of Fame in the future. (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Holm-Cisneros do it again

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone

Some are calling it a gross mismatch.

Others consider it a worthy rematch.

Both, local fans and Telefutura viewers, will get the chance to decide for themselves Friday night when women’s boxing pound-for-pound great Holly Holm steps into the ring for the second time against crosstown rival Victoria Cisneros at Route 66 west of Albuquerque . . . Click here for more



June 9th, 2011

Column

Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

A somber news and notes about fighters and events in and out around Southern California:
Aside from the unfortunate passing of two-time world champion and classy individual Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, the big news of the week was the announcement that Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will do battle on September 17th in a 12 round bout.

One of the men involved in putting the fight together, Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Richard Schaefer, anticipates a fight-of-the-year extravaganza in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day celebrations that weekend. He admits that he “can not wait for the fight.” (more…)



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Dlamini, Fani clash for vacant title

By Ron Jackson

In what could be an all action match-up Bongani Dlamini and Samkelo Fani clash for the vacant Gauteng lightweight title on Sunday afternoon at the Nasrece Indoor Arena near Johannesburg.

Dlamini (8-2, 7 KOs) ranked at number two by Boxing SA was born in Bushbuckridge in the Mpumalanga Province and made his pro debut in August 2007. His only losses have come against Thanduxolo Dyani early in his career and then he was stopped by Jason Bedeman in three rounds when challenging for the IBO All Africa lightweight title. However, he has scored good wins over Takalane Dangala (tko 3) and Joseph Modise (ko 1) in 2010, and in March this year he stopped Mbuso Ndlela in two rounds.

Fani (9-4, 7 KOs) ranked at number six made his pro debut in August 2006 and has scored some good inside the distance wins against Thobile Gadu (tko 1), Sizwe Yolo (ko 6), Lungisi Jikani (tko 5) and Mbuso Ndlelo (tko 2). His four losses have all been distance fights and in October last year he put up a creditable performance against the rugged Thompson Mokwana when fighting for the vacant Gaunteng lightweight title.

It is not easy to pick a winner here in a fight that could go either way. The tournament is presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions.



June 9th, 2011

UFC

Florian ready for boos

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

Kenny Florian is, by all accounts, a very likable guy.

An intelligent, respectful martial artist who lends his expertise to ESPN’s MMA Live when he’s not teaching at his school in Brookline, Massachusetts, or training for his own exploits in the cage, Florian has been a favorite of UFC fans since his Octagon debut as a middleweight on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, using both his famously sharp elbows and his slick rear naked choke to produce 11 UFC wins.’ yet . . . Click here for more by Elliott Olshanky, UFC.com

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Japan update

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBA super-feather champ, unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama made a debut as guest professor of his alma mater Takushoku University on June 1. The champ made an excellent lecture on a subject “To seize a chance” according to his own experience before three hundred students for an hour at the auditorium. Uchiyama did it so well that people say he would really become a professor after hanging up gloves for good in the future. He said, “its good for mental training to speak in front of a big audience. That may do me good in the ring.”

OPBF female super-fly champ Naoko Yamaguchi (17-3-3, 15 KOs), 114.75, impressively kept her regional belt as she battered game Thailander Reantong Rongrearnkilalorat (7-4-2, no KO), 115, from all angles and finally halted her at 0:30 of the fifth round this Monday (June 6) in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to the main event there was a ceremony to celebrate ex-WBC female minimum champ Naoko Kikuchi’s farewell to the ring. It was a 55-year-old ex-WBA junior fly champ, her manager Yoko Gushiken, that engaged in a two-round exhibition with Kikuchi. Amazingly could Gushiken (23-1, 15 KOs) move very well with his well-educated good balance and sharply punched southpaw jabs to handle Kikuchi. Champ, however, don’t attempt to make a comeback to break Bernard Hopkins’ record to win a world belt at the age of forty-six.



June 9th, 2011

UFC

Dos Santos ready for Carwin

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

Photo: Junior Dos Santos trains during an open workout prior to UFC 131 at Tactix Gym on June 8, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 9th, 2011

Boxing News

Vera, Kirkland return June 24

Middleweight contenders, Brian Vera and James Kirkland, both of Texas, will be featured in co-main event bouts on June 24th when Golden Boy Promotions presents Oscar De La Hoya’s Inaugural — FIGHT NIGHT AT DR. PEPPER BALLPARK in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Pepper Ballpark is the home of the Frisco Rough Riders, the double A, minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

Vera (18-5), coming off his biggest career win over former world champion Sergio Mora, will be taking on veteran Eloy Sanchez (11-11) in an 8 round contest. Kirkland (27-1) a former #1 world ranked contender, is set to square off against an opponent to be named in an eight-rounder, as well. (more…)



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Collazo

Golden Boy Promotions has announced that former WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo (31-4, 16 KOs) today signed an exclusive promotional agreement. A native of Brooklyn, New York, the 30-year-old Collazo returned from nearly two years off from the ring in April. A date and opponent for Collazo’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.



June 8th, 2011

Boxing Result

Results from Quebec

Unbeaten light heavyweight Franccy Ntetu (6-0) swept all six rounds on his way to a unanimous 60-54 (X3) decision over Abdullah Ramadan as boxing returned to Jonquiere, Quebec for the first time in 15 years and the heyday of native son Stephane Ouellet. Ramadan who is now 44 years years-old made a successful comeback in 2007 after a nine year absence and won a pair of bouts but now has dropped his last three fights. Ramadan was coming off another lengthy break of two years. (more…)



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Khan-Judah LA presser

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) will be back in the ring after 3 months as he takes on five time world champ, IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs). Khan and Judah appeared at today’s press conference held at ESPN ZONE at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles to announce their July 23 summer showdown in Las Vegas. Interestingly this matchup will also see two trainers going head to head as Amir Khan is trained by Freddie Roach and Pernell Whittaker trains Zab Judah. For more details and photos click here…



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Estrada, Hernandez contracts upheld

Boxing 360 has won an arbitration hearing involving Chicago-based pro boxers David Estrada and Angel Hernandez, as well as their manager, Wasfi Tolaymat. The American Arbitration Association in the City of New York found in favor of Boxing 360 as Estrada and Hernandez’ promoters, valid through February 15, 2013, as well as denying the aforementioned boxers’ claims for injunctive relief.



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Firat Arslan returns July 15

Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan will try to get in line for another world title shot when he returns to action on July 15th in his home base in Göppingen, Germany (close to Stuttgart). Arslan will also try to avenge one of his only 5 career losses (30 wins, 1 draw) when he faces Czech tough guy Lubos Suda (23-5-1) who had beaten the German southpaw in a close fight in December 2003 in Prague. “I know very well that Suda is a strong opponent and that I have to be at my best to beat him,” says Arslan. “I think it’s only fair that he is coming to my backyard now. I have fought him in Prague, now he is coming to Germany. I want to prove that I am better than him and that I still got what it takes to become world champion again.” The 40-year-old certainly has no time to waste but will have to take the fast track if he wants to fight for a major title again. Tickets for the show in Göppingen are on sale on www.ticketonline.com. Eurosport will broadcast live on July 15th at 9.00pm (CET).



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Wolak-Rodriguez

Junior middleweight contender Pawel Wolak’s clash with Delvin Rodriguez is official for July 15th. The bout will be featured on the nationally televised ESPN Friday Night Fights card from the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Star Boxing is promoting, in association with Top Rank. Tickets are on sale now through the Star Boxing office at 718-823-2000.



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

“Duke City Showdown” lineup set

The full line-up for Friday night’s “Duke City Showdown” card at Route 66 near Albuquerque has been nailed down and approved. The card, co-promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin Productions, headlines Holly Holm (29-1-3, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder for local bragging rights with Victoria Cisneros (5-11-2, 1 KO). In 2009, Cisneros took a fight on an hour’s notice to go the distance with Holm and has been clamoring for a rematch since. The eight-round middleweight co-main is also a rematch – from 2005. Joaquin Zamora (18-3-1, 12 KOs), of Pecos, N.M., will get a second chance at Colorado veteran Elco “The Animal” Garcia (24-7, 12 KOs).

Golden Boy prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado (10-0, 9 KOs) will make a rare hometown appearance in a tune-up against San Antonio’s Eddie Ramirez (6-7-1, 3 KOs), who’s lost five of his last six bouts. (more…)



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Arce belted in Puerto Rico

Photos: WBO/Joel Colon

World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion was honored today by the WBO for his achievements and got the 122lb belt he won on May 7 in Las Vegas. Arce (57-6-2, 44KOs), who beat last May 7 former champion Wilfredo Vazuqez Jr. by a 12 round TKO, to gain his third WBO crown (108, 115 and 122 pounds). “We are very proud of pay this tribute to Arce, a good boxer, a good person and a good champion. We give this belt and this diamond ring for his three titles here with the WBO,” WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said in the event was made at the Restaurante El Zipperle in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more details and photos click here…



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Astorga to face Medina

With less than three  weeks to go, Joseph Gomez of Bloomfield, N.M. has pulled out of his June 24th showdown in El Paso, Texas, with WBC No. 8 middleweight David Medina (21-2, 10 KOs), of Rocky Ford, Colo., due to a shoulder injury sustained in sparring. Replacing Gomez will be brawler Juan “Monster” Astorga (16-6, 10 KOs). (more…)



June 8th, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

UFC 131 is LIVE on PPV June 11!

The Countdown to Dos Santos vs Carwin Begins Tonight: Heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin collide this Saturday night in Vancouver – follow their journey to the Octagon tonight at 6:30pm on SPIKE (also on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada at 8pm ET / 4pm PT)

Tickets On Sale This Week For Philly & Milwaukee: UFC 133 Newsletter Presale starts tomorrow at 10am ET (password: AUGUST), UFC Live in Milwaukee newsletter presale starts Friday at 10am CT (password: ULTIMATE)

UFC 133 VIP Packages Now Available: Get front row seats, meet & greet UFC fighters, backstage tours, autographed merch, and more in Philadelphia!

The UFC Octagon Nation Tour Arrives In Vancouver Today: Visit the truck at the Stanley Cup Finals Viewing Party from 3-7pm at Rogers Arena North Plaza, featuring an appearance from UFC fighter Mark Hominick from 3-4pm

For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



June 8th, 2011

Boxing News

Montiel-Cermeno on June 25

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

On June 25, three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel will fight for the first time in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It will be his first fight since losing his WBC bantamweight crown to Nonito Donaire and Montiel is going directly into a tough fight against former WBA interim champion universal Nehomar Cermeno. “I am very happy to fight in this city that I consider as my home even though I’ve never climbed in a ring here,” said Montiel. “Rest assured that you will see a 100% Montiel because we’ve already closed that sad page,” he said, referring to the fight with Donaire. Click here for more photos…



June 8th, 2011




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