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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Photo: Photo Wende In a history making female world title unification fight, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (26-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a ...

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

By David Robinett Photos: Joel A. Colon/PRBB Floyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided

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Boxing Result

Magdaleno keeps NABF belt

Photo by Chris Cozzone

By Francisco Salazar and Andreas Hale at ringside

Unbeaten super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 6 KOs) won by third round TKO over Gilberto Sanchez Leon (31-9-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night on the eve of Pacquiao-Mosley at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Magdaleno, the NABF champion, delivered a left to the head to Leon knocking him down in the second round. Early in the third round, he knocked him down for the second time and referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight after the third knockdown at :49 seconds of round three.
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Highly regarded super bantamweight Jesse Magdaleno (4-0, 2 KOs), brother of main eventer Diego Magdaleno, won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Alcantara (4-4-2, 0 KOs) All three judges scored it the same 60-54 for Magdaleno.
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Featherweight Juan Carlos Martinez pulled off the upset with an eight round split decision over former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion. It was all Martinez (17-12-1, 5 KO’s) with his awkward style early, but Concepcion (30-4-1, 17 KO’s) rallied late with repeated right hands to the head. One judge had Concepcion ahead 77-75, but the other judges gave Martinez the nod with scores of 78-74 and 77-75. (more…)



May 6th, 2011



Scale Watch

Pacquiao, Mosley weigh in

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at the scales

From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas:

Manny Pacquiao 145 vs. Shane Mosley 147
Jorge Arce 122 vs. Wilfredo Vasquez 122
Kelly Pavlik 170 vs. Alfonso Lopez 169
Mike Alvarado 139 vs Ray Narh 140

Rodel Mayol 112 vs Javier Gallo 114
Jose Benavidez 140 vs. James Hope 141
Arizona Ambriz 140 vs. Pierre Cote 139
Randy Arrellin 135  vs. Karl Dargan 135



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Jones-Clark under review

Photo: HD Promotions

The Oklahoma Boxing Commission is reviewing Thursday’s fight between Michael Clark and Carson Jones, which was ruled a no contest. Apparently Clark entered the ring wearing a football cup instead of a boxing foul protector. Carson hit him slightly below the belt line and because Clark wasn’t wearing a proper cup he developed a swelling or a whelp on his groin. The rules state that if a fighter is hit with an accidental low blow he has five minutes to recover and if he can not continue, he the victory is awarded to the opponent. The commission at the time ruled it the same as if it was an accidental headbutt and called the fight a no contest. The decision is being reviewed and the Jones camp believes it most likely will be overturned, pointing out that it was a low blow that Clark could not continue from because he came into the ring without a boxing cup on.



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Lacy to fight MMA star Diaz

Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy officially signed on the dotted line to face Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, who wants to pursue a professional boxing career in addition to his mixed-martial arts title reign. The boxing match will take place in the Fall of 2011. Promoter Don Chargin states, “This is a very dangerous fight for both men. Not only is this fight dangerous but stylistically it is very intriguing. I expected more resistance from fight fans and media in regards to this match-up but its amazing as to the hundreds of calls and e-mails I’ve received from fans on both sides wanting to see this match-up take place. I’ve received more than a few inquiries from some other very high-profile boxers that want to step up and fight Nick. It’s been a real whirlwind….I’ve been around boxing for quite some time and I’ve seen a lot of great, tough fighters in my six decades within the sport. I believe that if Nick had been one of those kids who had picked up boxing from a youth, he’d undoubtedly be a world-champion today. Sometime within the next 2 weeks I’ll be personally making the trek to Cesar Gracies gym to setup a private, closed door sparring session between Nick and a few nameless top-level contenders I have in mind.”



May 6th, 2011

Scale Watch

Prizefighter weights

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Mike Perez 244 vs. Kerston Manswell 252
Evgeny Orlovs. 308 vs. Gregory Tony 227
Michael Sprott 238 vs. Tye Fields 271
Lucian Bot 220 vs. Konstantin Airich 228
Venue: Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Promoter: Matchroom



May 6th, 2011

Scale Watch

Sylvester, Geale make weight

Photo: Photo Wende

Daniel Geale 158.9 vs. Sebastian Sylvester 159.6
Danny McIntosh 173 vs. Eduard Gutknecht 174.8
Otis Griffin 174.8 vs. Karo Murat 174.8
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event



May 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Lyell, Brewer Win in Tulsa

Former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (23-9) annihilated journeyman Brian Paul via a 1st round TKO Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lyell dropped Paul twice with brutal body shots before the bout was halted at 54 seconds into the opening stanza.

In other action, Contender Season II champ Grady Brewer (27-12) won a six round unanimous decision over a Abel Perry, while heavyweight prospect Ty Cobb (13-2) won a six round decision over Jason Nicholson. Also, female welterweight Kelly Trance evened her mark to (1-1) with a second round TKO victory over Kim Dawson.

A scheduled bout between Michael Clark (41-5-1) and Carson Jones (29-8-2) was stopped in the second round after repeated accidental fouls by Jones. Initially thought by many to be a DQ win for Clark, the result was determined and announced as a “no decision”. The five bout charity card was presented by HD Boxing.



May 6th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Denmark

Coming back after an eight year layoff, Super Brian Nielsen surprised everyone with his lowest weight in his entire career. Conversely for Holyfield it was the highest weight of his career.

Evander Holyfield 225 vs Brian Nielsen 238

Venue: Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: PPV (Denmark)



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Fury-Chisora Update

Hennessy Sports has commented on the purse bid for the British Heavyweight title fight between challenger Tyson Fury and champion Dereck Chisora following the publication of a circular by the BBB of C on its website on 4 May stating that Mick Hennessy had failed to comply with the terms of the purse bid.

On Wednesday 13th April, Hennessy Sports won via purse bids with a substantial offer, the rights to stage the British Heavyweight title fight, and, in accordance with Regulation 9.31(b) of the BBB of C rules (which states: “The Promoter making the highest bid accepted by the Board shall, within fourteen days of that acceptance, supply the Board with a date and venue for the contest”), submitted these details to the Secretary of the Board, Robert Smith on Wednesday 27th April. (more…)



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Simons inks Watkins

Simons Promotions has announced the signing of Morgantown, West Virginia light heavyweight Eric Watkins (4-0, 2 KOs) to a multi year promotional agreement. “Eric is one of the most determined fighters I have ever seen,” said promoter Steve Simons. “In his professional debut, he broke his right arm in the first round, and instead of quitting, he went on to win the bout using only one arm. The local media has branded him “the one arm bandit It was like something out of a movie. I’ll never forget it. We are proud to have him on the team.”



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Arreola autograph session

Heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola is scheduled to make an appearance this Saturday, May 7 at the Galaxy Game at The Home Depot Center. Arreola will be on hand for an autograph session from 7:00-7:30pm and immediately after participate in the ceremonial “coin toss” at 7:45pm. Arreola will fight hard-hitting Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, May 14 as the co-featured bout to the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and former world champion Arthur Abraham.



May 6th, 2011

Feature Story

Mosley can still sell a fight

Story by Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone

Shane Mosley sure can sell a fight.

No, he does need to stand on a table and shout derogatory remarks at his opponent at a press conference. Nor does he need to film himself talking smack about his opponent’s past . . . click here for more



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Faragon returns May 12

Boxing returns to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY May 12th when Pugnacious Promotions presents “Spring Fever Fight Night at the Plaza,” featuring undefeated Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (14-0, 6 KOs), Albanian cruiserweight champion Nasi Hani (5-0, 2 KOs), who trains in Catskill with Kevin Rooney, and other local pros. (more…)



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Hitz card shaping up

The bout sheet is nearly complete for the May 18 Hitz Boxing “Rosemont Rumble” event at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The night’s main event will feature red-hot Irish middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) taking on tough veteran Alex “The Technician” Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF, and this just in: NABA Middleweight Championships. (more…)



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Mosley Preview

By Graham Houston

The seemingly unstoppable force that is Manny Pacquiao faces a living legend in Sugar Shane Mosley, and the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday has captured the imagination. Pacquiao is the wide betting favourite in the welterweight championship bout that will be televised on Showtime PPV, but great fighters sometimes have one last great fight left in them, and it is the possibility that Mosley might be able to reach down within himself and produce a performance for the ages that has in part led to the fight’s appeal.

Then again, there is the sense that in Pacquiao boxing has one of those fighters who come along once in a lifetime. People want to be able see him, to enjoy him while they can before he leaves the sport for a new battle, to fight poverty in his new role as a congressman in the Philippines.

I think it is fair to call Pacquiao a phenomenon. What other fighter in ring history won his first world title in the flyweight division and yet, 12 years later, was looking just as fast but much bigger and stronger as a welterweight champion? (more…)



May 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Egberime targets Katsidis

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

WBO #6 Solomon Egberime (21-3, 11 KOs) has the skills to defeat former WBO world champion Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) according to Egberime’s manager, former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou. “Katsidis said on Fightnews he wants to fight in Australia and I want him to know that Solomon Egberime would welcome a bout with him,” Ndou said. “Katsidis showed in his most recent bout against Robert Guerrero that he is one-dimensional and can be outboxed by a smart fighter. Egberime defeated world rated Daudy Bahari in his last fight and will do the same to Katsidis.”

Solomon Egberime is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for several years. He is a former Australian junior welterweight and welterweight champion.



May 5th, 2011

Boxing News

FIGHT CAMP 360° Preview

Both “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao arrive into the eye of the media hurricane and the cameras of FIGHT CAMP 360° capture every moment. Catch the final chapter of the series before the May 7th battle. Episode for premieres on SHOWTIME, May 6 at 10pm ET/PT
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Also see: Live from Las Vegas to your computer, SHOWTIME PPV and Top Rank bring you the boxing event of the year online. Check out the high-quality interactive way to experience Pacquiao vs. Mosley
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Also see: Two days before the boxing event of the year, James Brown and SHOWTIME Sports report from Las Vegas.
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Also see: The MGM Grand has become the epicenter for rabid boxing fans and the May 7th showdown between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley has brought them out in full force. Check out the fan armies of Team PacMan and Team Mosley.



May 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Gamboa arrested

WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa was arrested on Thursday morning by Miami-Dade police and charged with domestic violence. The champion allegedly forcibly kept his wife and son from leaving their Miami home. She told police she was leaving because she suspected that Gamboa was having an affair.



May 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Santana returns with win

In his first bout since April 2008, former welterweight prospect Edgar Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) stopped journeyman Robert Jones (8-9-1, 3 KOs) in round two on Thursday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NYC. After a slow first round, Santana opened up and floored Jones in the second stanza. The bout was waved off during Santana’s follow up barrage. Time was 1:20.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Jason Escalera (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Mustafah Johnson (8-12-1, 2 KOs). Time 1:13

Other Results:
Stevins Bujaj KO1 Chuck Dillard (cruiserweight)
Emmanuel Gonzalez TKO1 Jacob Thorton (superfeather)
Stephen Owusu W4 Juan Perez (welterweight)
Issouf Kinda KO3 Jorge Ruiz



May 5th, 2011

Scale Watch

At the scales @ Mandalay Bay

Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone

At the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Top Rank card:

Diego Magdaleno 130 vs. Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130
Mike Lee 176.5 vs. Gilbert Gastelum 174
Bernabe Concepcion 128 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Jesse Magdaleno 121.5 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 122
Anthony Lenk 143.5 vs. Martin Vierra 144
Abie Han 156 vs. Taronze Washington 155
Marlon Tapales 114 vs. Alejandro Solorio 113

Pictured: The three fighting Magdaleno brothers, from left to right, Jesse, Diego and 15-year-old Marcos, still in the amateurs.

For more photos . . .

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May 5th, 2011

Boxing News

‘Kingpin’ off Prizefighter

Heavyweight Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson has pulled out of Saturday’s Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament in London after he was refused exit from the States due to non-payment of child maintenance. He will be replaced by 6’9 Evgeny Orlov (13-8-1, 8 KOs).

The Current Lineup:
Quarter-final one: Mike Perez vs Kerston Manswell
Quarter-final two: Evgeny Orlov vs Gregory Tony
Quarter-final three: Michael Sprott vs Tye Fields
Quarter-final four: Lucian Bot vs Konstantin Airich



May 5th, 2011

Scale Watch

Andrade, Pryor on weight

Super middleweight contenders Librado Andrade and Aaron Pryor, Jr. looked ready for battle as they weighed in for their Friday night clash in the Telefutura main event at the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, CA. Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) came in a fit and trim 169.2 lbs., while Pryor (15-3, 11 KOs) tipped the scales at 170.6 lbs.

Other weights:
Enrique Ornelas 175.2 vs. Hector Hernandez 170.8
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Francis Ruiz 119
Deontay Wilder 216.6 vs. Regino Pena 218
Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Terrance Woods 173.6
Hugo Ramos 125.6 vs. Juan Sandoval 126
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Telefutura



May 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Vazquez-Arce heats up @ presser

Story & photos by Chris Cozzone

“I only know one thing and that I am going to win by knockout.”

After the all-too-humble, all-too-respectful words spoken back and forth between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Jorge “Travieso” Arce’s fighting words at today’s undercard press conference, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a welcome change . . . Click here for more



May 5th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez

McWilliams Arroyo 113 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 113
Camilo Pérez 124.25 vs. Sigfredo Medina 125
Keivy Arce 142 vs. Carlos López 141
Yaniel Rivera 107 vs. Julio Irizarry 108.5
Gadiel Andaluz 135.5 vs. Regino Canales 135
Jorge Meléndez 156 vs. TBA
Benjamín Cardoza 119 vs. José Aguirre 124
Ángel Pascual 132 vs. Carlos Velázquez 136
Alexis Báez 119 vs. Ángel Rampolla 117.5
Venue: Pedrin Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: WAPA America
Click here for more photos…



May 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Mariana Juarez is back

By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

After imposing her superiority against Simona Galassi and becoming the absolute WBC flyweight world champion last March 11, Barbie, as many fans call her, gets ready to go go back into the ring risking her crown for the first time against the national champion from Uruguay, Gabriela Bouvier, who is undefeated in her last 8 fights. Boxeo de Gala and its leader Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia announced this afternoon at a crowded press conference the bout titled “Gala de Monarcas” a fight between Mexico vs. Uruguay that promises lots of surprises for the boxing fans. For more details and photos click here…



May 5th, 2011




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