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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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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Boxing News

Reveco-Perez WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Colombian referee Uriel Aguilera will be the third man in the ring when Venezuelan WBA interim flyweight world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) defends against the Argentine former light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (26-1, 15 KOs) at Vicente Polimeni Stadium in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina on Friday. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) , Ruben Garcia (USA) and Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).



June 7th, 2011



Boxing News

IBF middleweight box-off

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australia’s Sam Soliman looks destined to clash with former IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2011 in a box-off to find the mandatory contender for current IBF champ Daniel Geale. Also in the box-off is Roman Karmazin who was stopped by Geale in twelve rounds in 2010. Soliman was originally scheduled to fight Benjamin Simon on July 15 but the German pulled out with a hand injury. (more…)



June 7th, 2011

Boxing News

WBC Convention in Las Vegas

The WBC 49th Annual World Convention will be held definitely at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas from December 11th-17th. The 2012 Convention will be held in Mexico. “I am very happy to let you know about it, as I believe that the 49th and the 50th Annual WBC Conventions should be organized in the United States and Mexico, which were the two first countries, with Europe to start the WBC back in February of 1963,” stated WBC President Jose Sulaiman.



June 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Dib secures IBF title shot

By Craig Watt
Photos: Team Dib

Australian featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) will match up with Jorge Lacierva (39-7-6, 26 KOs) for the vacant IBF 126 pound title on July 29th in Sydney, Australia. This bout was announced in Sydney today pitching the experienced 32 year old Mexican Lacierva, who is ranked IBF#2 at featherweight with the 25 year old Dibb who occupies the IBF#3 slot. The fight will be held at the State Sports Centre which is part of the impressive Olympic Centre at Homebush in Sydney that was used for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. For more details and photos click here…



June 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Shot of the day

Photo courtesy of Team Salita

Welterweight contender and successful New York promoter Dmitriy Salita came out to show his support for State of Israel on June 5th in Manhattan.   Over 30,000 participants marched up Fifth Ave. from 57th St. to 74th St. cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators.



June 6th, 2011

UFC

UFC updates

Tickets On Sale This Week UFC 133 Evans vs Davis: UFC returns to Philadelphia along with three former world champions – Rashad Evans takes on rising star Phil Davis, Rich Franklin battles Rogerio Nogueira, and Vitor Belfort faces Yoshihiro Akiyama – UFC Fight Club Presale starts Wednesday, June 8 at 10am ET Tickets>

Swick Returns In Rio: Mike ‘Quick’ Swick returns to action on August 27th in Rio de Janeiro against UFC newcomer Erick Silva Fight Card Updates>

 



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Froch: I had a premonition

By Matt Richardson

It was the type of tidbit writer’s love.

Just as the post-fight press conference for Carl Froch’s win over Glen Johnson began to wind down on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the WBC super middleweight title-holder revealed a gut feeling he said he has had for years.

“I had a premonition,” Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) said of the final fight of the Super Six tournament.

While the final of the tournament wasn’t officially set until Froch heard scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 read in his favor, Froch said he always knew who he’d be facing in the end.

When the tournament was first announced in the summer of 2009, Froch said he had a boxing glove signed by all of the original participants… except for two boxers: Froch and Andre Ward. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Froch-Johnson Photos/Report

By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside;
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com

WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the ageless wonder and former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) by majority decision in a thriller at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night. The victory earned Froch a spot in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who was ringside for the occasion. In the non-televised co-feature, two-time world title challenger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Rayco “War” Saunders (20-14-2, 8 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainment and televised by SHOWTIME. Click here to read the full report and view the action-packed photogallery.



June 6th, 2011

Feature Story

Martinez: Chavez Jr. clearly won

By Francisco Salazar

Photo: Ricardo Conde

How does a fighter go from winning a title decisively against Kelly Pavlik to watching from ringside while two fighters battle for that same title? Ask Sergio Martinez. While Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sebastian Zbik were battling in the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night for that title, Sergio Martinez watched the fight from ringside. No one bothered him or advisor Sampson Lewkowicz as the action in the ring was exciting and appealing to the pro-Chavez crowd in attendance.

Martinez is not going to ask questions, as neither are the media and astute fight fans who know “the game” of boxing politics very well. Zbik, elevated from interim world titleholder, made his first defense of the full title and lost the belt to Chavez by majority decision. Although Martinez was disappointed that he was labeled the “WBC Emeritus middleweight champion,” essentially paving the way for Chavez and Zbik to fight for his title, he has moved on and is focusing on his next fight against a variety of possible opponents. His next bout will be scheduled for October 1 in Connecticut, Atlantic City, or the Los Angeles-area, not far from his new home in Oxnard. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Announcement

Coert Fourie dies at 69

By Ron Jackson

Former middleweight contender Coert Fourie has died in Johannesburg at the age of 69. Fourie, who fought in the 1970s, died of a heart attack at Panorama Estates south of Johannesburg last Friday. Fourie and Kosie Smith were debutants when they fought at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg on February 5, 1968. Fourie was knocked out in the fourth round. Smith went on to win the SA light-heavyweight title and challenged Victor Galindez for the WBA belt. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Meet boxers in Santa Paula, CA

By Ricardo Conde

The newly opened Extreme Boxing Gym will be having its Grand Opening and will also be hosting a boxing meet and greet this Saturday June 11th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The event will include an amateur boxing exhibition, an autograph signing session so fans can have an opportunity to take pictures with boxing superstars and get autographs, a car show, food, live music, a children’s play area, and everyone in attendance will be able to enter into a drawing for boxing memorabilia and much more. Some of the guests in attendance at this free event will be rising stars lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs), junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs), lightweight Carlos Molina (11-0, 7 KOs), super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs), super featherweight Ronny Rios (14-0, 6 KOs), welterweight Hugo Centeno (8-0, 6 KOs), featherweight Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs), as well as award winning and California Boxing Hall of Fame inductee boxing manager Frank Espinoza Sr., and many other fighters. Extreme Boxing Gym is located at 957 Faulkner Rd. Unit 211, Santa Paula, CA 93060.



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Narvaez-Urina on Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unbeaten WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Andres Narvaez (34-0-2, 19 KOs) will defend against Colombian William Urina (17-1, 14 KOs) at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For Narvaez will be his third defense in less than six months. Narvaez was originally slated to face young Mexican Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., who pulled out.

On the same card, WBA/WBO female light flyweight titlist Yésica “La Piba de Oro” Bopp (15-0, 6 KOs) faces Yesenia Martinez (9-6, 8 KOs) and current Argentina welterweight champion Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (37-2, 30 KOs) takes on Brazilian Carmelito De Jesus (14-2, 11 KOs).



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Prizefighter weigh-in results

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Kevin McIntyre 149 vs John-Wayne Hibbert 149
Junior Witter 148.125 vs Nathan Graham 149
Colin Lynes 148.125 vs Bobby Gladman 148.125
Yassine El Maachi 149 vs Peter McDonagh 148.4
Reserves: Chas Symonds 149, James Flinn 148.4
Venue: York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Promoter: Matchroom
TV: Sky Sports (UK)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Dunkin re-inks Santa Cruz

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz has re-signed a long-term deal with Cameron Dunkin, the long-time manager announced to Fightnews.com early Monday morning. Santa Cruz, (16-0, 8 KO’s) from Lincoln Heights, CA, was impressive in stopping former world title holder Jose “Carita” Lopez in the fifth round at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA on Friday night. Two months ago, Santa Cruz was impressive in knocking out Stephane Jamoye in the sixth round in Veracruz, Mexico to win a regional title. Santa Cruz has displayed his punching power in his most recent fights. He has stopped his last six opponents in a row after fighting to six consecutive decision victories. Santa Cruz has recently fought on Golden Boy Promotion cards.



June 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Siyo wins vacant SA jr fly title

By Ron Jackson

Luzuko Siyo won the vacant South African junior flyweight title when he knocked Monwabisi Ngundwana in the eighth round of a scheduled twelve at the Port Alfred Community Hall in the Eastern Cape on Friday night. The title became vacant when Sizwe Sinyabi relinquished it. Siyo from Mdantsane who is ranked at number four in the latest Boxing SA rankings was just too strong for the number one ranked Ngundwana of Port Elizabeth before the knock out in round eight. Siyo improves his record 9-0; 7 and Ngundwana drops 9-4; 6. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Roach: Vanes KOs Canelo in 1

Trainer Freddie Roach would like to see WBC junior middleweight silver titlist Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KOs) face WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his next fight. “Everybody is talking about how great he (Alvarez) is. I think Vanes would knock him out in one round. Vanes won the eliminator to face him. Lets see how good ‘Canelo’ really is,” Roach stated. Alvarez faces Ryan Rhodes on June 18th. If Alvarez gets past Rhodes, Martirosyan would love to face him in the fall. “I want Canelo next!,” demanded Martirosyan. “I did my part and won the eliminator for the right to face him. Hopefully he does the honorable thing and fights me next.”



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Adamek tix selling fast

"Góral" conquers tennis

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Adamek Team

Polish and German boxing fans are ready for the WBC heavyweight championship fight between titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) and top contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland – just minutes after first batch of tickets (starting for about $30 to $130) became available, they were gone. Overall, 44,000 tickets will be available in the brand new Wroclaw stadium with highest prices for regular tickets approaching $800 and a special 500-seat VIP section for $2,400. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

UFC

Guida spoils Pettis’ ‘Showtime’

TUF postfight coverage

By Andreas Hale

Clay Guida’s surge up the lightweight rankings has flown under the radar for far too long. His three straight victories by submission were all impressive, but it was number four that will have Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva doing a triple take. Maybe now people will take notice of Guida’s prowess after Captain Caveman derailed the prospect of Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard unifying the WEC and UFC titles. It was an impressive unanimous decision performance that showcased the Greg Jackson pupil’s rough and rugged wrestling prowess at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in Las Vegas. With that being said, it’s Guida’s time to shine and anybody standing in his way will likely get mauled. As he mentioned “Wrestling wins championships.” (more…)



June 6th, 2011

UFC

Ferguson wins TUF

TUF postfight coverage

By Anthony Springer Jr.

As it played out on television, Tony Ferguson was the most hated man in MMA. After an altercation with a housemate, Ferguson found himself an outcast in the Ultimate Fighter  house among both Team Lesnar and Team dos Santos. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

UFC

Full report: TUF

By Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale

Ramsey Nijem and Tony Ferguson fought through six long weeks of competition and household drama to reach the finals of The Ultimate Fighter. The two welterweights stood on the shoulders of current giants and fellow TUF winners like former champs Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and Matt Serra. While both men are likely to be seen in the UFCfollowing the season, there can only be one Ultimate Fighter. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Salido-Lopez II Update

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

A rematch between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido and former champion Juan Manuel Lopez has been in negotiations for several weeks and all indications are that it will be August 20 or in September. “We are working on that and the date is uncertain. We’re trying to get it in Puerto Rico but September is when we celebrate the Independence of Mexico and that could be a very attractive fight for Top Rank to make in Las Vegas. This is a business and still no date,” said Pedro Hernandez Alvarado, a lawyer for Orlando Piñero, manager of Lopez. It is expected that in the coming weeks they will reach agreement and make an official announcement.



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Mexico seeks new boxing idols

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican companies Comex and Corona have joined the World Boxing Council, Promociones del Pueblo and Triple A Luche Libre in search of for heroes in the two sports.

WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman and Reginald Kuchle from Promociones del Pueblo represented boxing when the organizations announced a new project called, “Quien Pinta la Corona?” where the goal is to promote the sport and seeking new idols for boxing and wrestling. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Junior’s late surge did it

By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon

It was still anyone’s fight entering round ten of Saturday’s WBC super middleweight championship fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. Judge Steve Morrow had Zbik up by 87-84, Raul Caiz Jr. had Zbik ahead 86-85, and John Keane had Chavez ahead 86-85. The “Son of the Legend” swept the last three rounds on all cards to pull it out by majority decision to claim his own WBC green belt and begin his own championship legend. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Column

Monday Morning Recap

By Graham Houston

No one’s pretending that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the best middleweight in the world, but the son of Mexico’s most celebrated fighter showed guts, determination and stamina in his hard-working and deserved majority decision win over Sebastian Zbik to capture the WBC middleweight title on Saturday night in Los Angeles. It was a fight that saw Zbik having success in the early rounds while Chavez finished strongly. Some of the middle rounds were open to debate, but rounds 10, 11 and 12 were all Chavez.

Chavez showed improvement under trainer Freddie Roach. The Chavez of pre-Roach days might have blown the fight, but Junior dug in and showed the heart and desire of a real fighter. He threw combinations more impressively than I have ever seen him throw them, letting his hands go in a way that impresses the judges. (more…)



June 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Daniel Geale belted

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Photo: Ray Wheatley

IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) was presented with the IBF world championship belt at the Grange Gymnasium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Monday. Geale performed a boxing clinic to outscore Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany on May 7 to capture the IBF 160 pound championship. Geale said, “I am very proud to be the IBF middleweight world champion. I want to thank the IBF President Daryl Peoples also the Chairman of the Championship Committee Lindsey Tucker for giving me the opportunity to challenge for the title. Sebastian Sylvester was a very good world champion and he showed great sportsmanship when he congratulated me after the fight.” (more…)



June 6th, 2011




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