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Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO's) and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio "Veneno" ...

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Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri arrives in San Francisco with trainer Tim Lane on ...

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Photos: Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Photos: Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

Photos: Big Joe Miranda WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio faced off Wednesday during the kickoff ...

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Maidana: I won the first fight and I’ll win again

Maidana: I won the first fight and I'll win again

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos "Chino" Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) held an open media workout Tuesday ...

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Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Petalcorin KOs Tello to win WBA interim belt

Filipino light flyweight Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Panamanian Walter Tello (20-8, 8 KOs) to claim ...

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Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

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Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

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Maidana: I won the first fight and I’ll win again

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Boxing Result

Donaire destroys Vargas

Morel, Concepcion, Montiel also win


By Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky at ringside

WBA interim super flyweight interim champion Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over late sub Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas (26-5-1, 11 KOs) in a non-title bout on Saturday night at the famous Las Vegas Hilton Hotel/Casino. Donaire was in command all the way before laying out Vargas for the count with a left uppercut at 1:33. After original challenger Gerson Guerrero failed his physical, Vargas, who was preparing for the WBC title at 108 lbs moved up two divisions on three days notice.
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The full WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (40-2-2, 30 KOs) needed just 2:06 to annihiate previously unbeaten Ciso Morales (14-1, 8 KOs). A left hand to the body put Morales down for the count.
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In a clash for the vacant WBO interim bantamweight championship, #1 contender Eric Morel (42-2, 21 KOs) took a split decision against #2 contender Gerry Penalosa (54-8, 34 KOs). Two unintentional headbutts in round six left Penalosa with cuts over both eyes, but the 38-year-old Filipino upped the pressure down the stretch and seemed to deserve the decision. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 Morel, 115-113 Penelosa.
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In what is essentially an unofficial featherweight eliminator, Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Mario Santiago (21-2-1, 14 KOs) to earn a summer title shot against WBO champ Juan Manuel Lopez. With Manny Pacquiao looking on, Concepcion dropped Santiago in round six, then survived a late Santiago rally to win by scores of 98-91, 96-93, 97-92.



February 13th, 2010



Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Chris Cozzone

Manny Pacquiao greets Z Gorres on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.



February 13th, 2010

Boxing Result

Early results from Vegas

By Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky at ringside

Off-TV results from the Hilton in Las Vegas for the “Pinoy Power 3/Latin Fury 13″ show:

Local favorite Diego Magdaleno (14-0, 3 KOs) decisioned Floriano Pagliara (10-4, 6 KOs), of Cecina, Italy, in an eight -round super featherweight bout. Scores were 80-72,78-74,79-73.
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In a six-round middleweight bout, undefeated Russian Matt Korobov (10-0, 8 KOs) scored his tenth victory stopping Lamar Harris (6-5-3, 4 KOs), of St. Louis, Mo at 1:05 in the first round.

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Amateur standout Jose Benavidez (2-0, 2 KO), of Phoenix, destroyed John Vega (0-2) at 1:07 of round one.

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In an eight-rounder at welter, Filipino Mark Melligen (17-2, 13 KOs) floored Raymond Gatica (11-1, 6 KOs), of Austin, Texas, twice en route to a sixth round victory. The fight was stopped 2:36.
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In the opening bout,  Puerto Rican featherweight Hector Marengo (5-0-1, 3 KOs) could do no better than a draw with mauling, brawling Edgar Portillo (6-3-1, 4 KOs) of Midland, Texas. Scores were 58-56, 56-58 and 57-57.
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In the walkout bout, Filipino debuter Bruno Escalante (0-0-1) drew with Takashi Okada (1-0-1, 1 KO), of Okayama, Japan, in a four-round flyweight bout, with scores of 38-38, 39-37 and 37-39.



February 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Pacquiao headed to Vegas?

Rumor has it that pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao is headed to Las Vegas to be at ringside for the Bernabe Concepcion vs. Mario Santiago fight which will open Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 PPV telecast. The winner will face Juan Manuel Lopez later this year. Concepcion is promoted my Pacman’s MP Promotions and trains with Buboy Fernandez at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.



February 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Cleverly, Mitchell crush foes

By Alexey Sukachev

New light heavyweight force Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) successfully performed a move from the British intrinsic scene onto the European level following a dominating fifth-round TKO over Italian veteran Antonio Brancalion (32-8-2, 8 KOs). After a tedious starting stanza 22-year old Welshman (WBO #2, IBF #3, WBC #5 and WBA #12) began to slowly break the Italian down. Round three was huge for Cleverly, who in full accordance to his surname smartly mixed body punches with head blows. The unbeaten contender finally floored Brancalion down at the end of round four after a smashing right cross. In round five Cleverly went in for kill and tagged hapless Brancalion several times before referee Jean-Louis Legland stepped in at 1:15 to save Italian from further punishment. With the win Cleverly acquired a vacant EBU light heavyweight title.

WBO #1 Kevin Mitchell (31-0, 23 KOs) proved once again he is a real threat for every elite lightweight in the world after a chilling knockout of Spain-based Columbian Ignacio “Nacho” Medoza (27-6-2, 18 KOs). Mitchell, who has recently entered 135lb with an impressive decision over Breidis “Khanqueror” Prescott, calculated raw Mendoza in the first and showcased his killing power in the second. Kevin (also IBF #3 at 130lb) waited until Medoza would open up and caught him with a thunderous short right hook and ended the job with a left hook to already falling Columbian. Mendoza was unable to beat the count of ten and the fight was waved off at 1:24 of the second round. Both Mitchell and Frank Warren called for the WBO Interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis during their post-fight interview. Amir Khan can be Mitchell’s ultimate goal, according to his own words. (more…)



February 13th, 2010

Boxing Result

Bell, Tomlinson triumph

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

World rated light heavyweight contender Tim Bell (18-5-1, 13 KOs) outpointed Togasilimai Letoa (11-4, 6 KOs) of Samoa over ten rounds at the Tribal Punishment Gym, Epping, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Bell is WBA #7 contender to the 175 pound title held by Bebut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) formerly of Kazakhstan but now based in Las Vegas under the guidance of Kevin Barry who once guided David Tua to a world heavyweight title shot against Lennox Lewis. Bell’s biggest win came in 2008 when he stopped former world super middleweight contender Daniel “Porky” Lovett in eight rounds. (more…)



February 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Vasquez Jr. ready to make history

"Double Assault!" PPV on February 27th

WBC Latino super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs), the proud son of two-time world champion Wilfredo Vasquez, plans to make Puerto Rican history February 27th when he fights former WBO super flyweight titlist “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title. “This is a very important fight because we will make history in Puerto Rico by being the first father and son world champions, also with the same promoter (Tuto Zabala, Jr.),” Vasquez, Jr. explained.
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Vasquez, Sr. was a great bantamweight and super bantamweight in the late eighties and early nineties who had a pro record of 56-9-2 (41 KOs). “I am happy and proud,” he said about his son. My son fights like me. He inherited my punching power and he punches like a junior welterweight!”
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The Vasquez vs. Sonsona world title contest is the headliner of the February 27th “The Double Assault!” pay-per-view event which begins at 9p ET/6p PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV.
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Stay tuned to FightNews for more details of “The Double Assault!” pay-per-view event!



February 13th, 2010

UFC

Maia takes on Silva at UFC 112

Following a hard-fought three round win over Dan Miller at UFC 109 that showed him to be more than just a submission expert, Demian Maia will jump right back into training camp for the biggest fight of his career – an April 10th meeting with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 112 at Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. (more…)



February 13th, 2010

Boxing News

WBA calls four purse bids

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA Championships Committee has called for four purse bids on February 22 at the Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. Registered promoters can bid on the heavyweight eliminator between Kali Meehan and Ruslan Chagaev, the cruiserweight title defense of Guillermo Jones against Valery Brudov, the clash between lightweight titleholder Paulus Moses and interim beltholder Miguel Acosta, and super flyweight king Nobuo Nashiro against #1 rated Hugo Cazares. The proceeding with be overseen by WBA execs Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez.



February 13th, 2010

Boxing Result

Kim stops Harris in 5th

Photo: Big Joe Miranda

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

Heavy-handed lightweight Ji-Hoon Kim (20-5, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Tyrone Harris (24-6, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Harris got off to a good start, but as the bout progressed the relentless Kim began to punish Harris, flooring him in round five and getting the stoppage moments later. Harris complained that the stoppage of referee Wayne Hedgepeth was too early. Time was 1:52. For more details and photos click here…



February 13th, 2010

Boxing News

Honorio to face Hilario 3/5

NABO lightweight titleholder Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (27-4-1, 14 KOs) returns on March 5th against undefeated Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario (12-0-1, 9 KOs) in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. The 30-year old Honorio, a Mexico City native, put on one of his best performances of his 11-year pro career in his unanimous decision win over previously undefeated hot prospect John Molina, Jr. in the main event broadcast on SHOWTIME last November.
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Note: For today only, the Pechanga Resort & Casino is having a 2 for 1 special on the March 5 tickets. This offer is good at the Box Office only (no phone or internet sales) and is good for any seats to the March 5 event. That means the already low price of $30 general admission can be had for $15/ticket today only. (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Valero: I want big fights

Hilmar Rojas

By Robert Coster

Returning to his native Venezuela this week, WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero was his usual talkative, ebullient self and made no bones about upping his level of opposition and wanting to fight the biggest name fighters. “I think I proved against Antonio DeMarco that I can box as well as punch. It was definitely my best fight,” stated a jubilant Edwin. As for Valero’s hit list, the unbeaten “KO King” suggested Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz as his next foe, but “he seems to have a bout already scheduled.” Another name he mentioned is Juan Manuel Marquez, ” a great fighter and it would make for an exciting bout. I really would like to face Juan Manuel.” But Valero’s main target is, of course, Manny Pacquaio. “I’m ready to go up to whatever weight Manny wants in order to fight him and, furthermore, I will not require that he be tested for anything. I just want to get in the ring with Manny. Whoever beats Pacquiao becomes the top dog in boxing. Pacman is my main objective for 2010.”



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Prawet, Terdsak win!

Photo: Sroi Mungmee

By Damrong Simakajornboon

WBC #6 super lightweight Prawet Singwancha (38-3-2, 23 KOs) impressively kept his WBC international 140 lb crown as he stopped the Philippines 140 lb champion Eusebio Baluarte (15-2, 9 KOs) in round five on Friday at the municipality of Thaima in Nonthaburi, Thailand. This was an exciting bout as both fighters have quite good performances on their boxing careers. Prawet, also ranked #14 by the WBA, had challenged for the WBA 135 lb title two times drawing with Jose Miguel Cotto in May 11, 2007 and losing a split decision to Jose Alfaro in December 29, 2007. Baluarte, a former WBO Asia-Pacific youth 140 lb title holder and ranked in the top-15 by the WBO, is now the GAB 140 lb champion who has scored six KOs in his last seven consecutive wins. For more details and photos click here…



February 12th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Las Vegas

Weights and photo by Chris Cozzone

Nonito Donaire 115 vs Manuel Vargas 114
(WBA Interim Super Flyweight Championship)
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Ciso Morales 118
(WBO Bantamweight Championship)
Gerry Penalosa 118 vs Eric Morel 117
(WBO Interim Bantamweight Championship)
Bernabe Concepcion 126 vs Mario Santiago 126

Off-TV bouts:
Matt Korobov 161 vs. Lamar Harris 160
Diego Magdaleno 130 vs. Floriano Pagliara 130
Jose Benavidez 137 vs. John Vega 136
Mark Melligen 146 vs. Raymond Gatica 145
Hector Marengo 132 vs. Edgar Portillo 131
Bruno Escalante 112 vs. Takashi Okada 112

Venue: Las Vegas Hilton Hotel-Casino
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: PPV
FOR MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Latimore-Powell Rematch 3/19

Rumble Time Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Holden Productions have announced the rematch of Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (20-2, 16 KOs) and Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell (25-2, 15 KOs) for the IBF #1 ranking in the junior middleweight division. The bout will take place on March 19 at the Choctaw Casinos’ Durant Resort in Durant, Oklahoma and will be featured on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Latimore derailed the then #1 ranked Powell’s march to a title shot with an upset seventh round TKO in June 2008. Latimore went on to lose a split decision against Cory Spinks in a bout for the vacant IBF title the following year. (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Klitschko-Valuev Update

DKP/Sauerland favor 60/40 split

Don King Productions and Sauerland Event have countered K2 Promotions latest offer to former two-time WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) to face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs). “They approached us with a $1 million offer for Valuev to face Vitali, and Sauerland Event and I told them we would like $4 million for the fight,” King said. “Now they’ve come back to us with a $2 million guarantee. We countered with a 60-40 split of revenue. K2 is making the money more important than the attraction. They are promoting the money while I promote the attraction. The attraction recoups your investment and leads to profit. People-wise and money-wise, this is the way you have to think—and people-wise is the most important.” (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Lonsdale signs Cunningham

Lonsdale, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of premier boxing equipment and sports fashion, today announced the signing of cruiserweight boxer Steve “USS” Cunningham to a multi-year endorsement deal. Under the agreement, Cunningham will be featured in Lonsdale’s multi-platform marketing campaign as 100 years of greatness meets American fight sports and will exclusively wear Lonsdale footwear, apparel and gloves (available at www.lonsdaleusa.com) for all professional fights and Lonsdale sponsored events, starting with his IBF Cruiserweight title fight against Matt Godfrey on March 19th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

WBC plans webcast twinbill

One Night, Two Webcasts

WBCBoxing.tv will present live boxing webcasts – free of charge – of two fight cards on February 13. Everyone is invited to watch. The webcasts are not available in Mexico. The first webcast, from Ciudad Neza, Mexico, will be begin at 9:00 to 10:30 P.M. (21:00 to 22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time, and will be televised in Mexico on Cadena Tres. In the main event scheduled for 10 rounds, WBC #20 bantamwight Christian “Italiano” Esquivel (15-2, 10 KOs), of Teomoya, Mexico, will face Reynaldo Cajina (7-2-2, 4 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title.

The second webcast, from La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, will begin at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Standard Time. It will be televised in Mexico on Televisa. In the main event scheduled for 12 rounds, WBC International light flyweight champion Ramon “El Principe Garcia” Garcia (11-1-1, 7 KOs), of La Paz, will defend the title against Michael Arango (29-7-3, 24 KOs) of Monteria, Colombia. WBC #6 Garcia has won nine fights in a row and is making his third defense of the title. Arango, a former Colombian strawweight champion, is ranked #9 by the WBC and is undefeated in his last eight fights (6-0-2). (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Square Ring inks Sillakh

Undefeated young light heavyweight prospect Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (11-0, 10 KOs) has signed a promotional agreement with Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions, it was announced today by Chief Executive Officer John Wirt. “We’re extremely excited about signing this kind of young talent,” said Wirt. “We are making a statement by stepping up to sign this future star.” Jones, in Los Angeles for a press conference promoting his scheduled April 3 date in Las Vegas with rival Bernard Hopkins added “After meeting this hard-punching young Ukranian, I was very impressed. These kind of talents come around very rarely and we’re fortunate to have him join our team.” (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Announcement

Whitfield preps for Espinoza

World ranked flyweight Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield is training at the Savannah Boxing Club in Houston, Texas, under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, in preparation for his NABO Title battle against Sergio “The San Diego Sensation” Espinoza.

Their twelve round headline bout, part of an action packed evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, February 27th at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta , Georgia , is presented by TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Froch-Kessler date change

Bout pushed back a week to April 24

The Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament group stage 2 fight between WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and the Viking Warrior Mikkel Kessler at the MCH Messecentre, Herning in Denmark has been pushed back to April 24th. The fight will be televised in the United States on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In Denmark, the fight will be broadcast on Viasat. Hennessy Sports will be announcing the UK TV broadcaster over the next week. “With the support of my great Danish fans, I will defeat Carl Froch and become world champion again,” Kessler said. “The atmosphere at MCH Herning is incredible. I only have the best of memories of the venue. The TKO victory over Perdomo last September confirmed my place in the Super Six. After a bad start, I am now out for a knock-out and the first three points.” Froch is concerned that the date change will affect his travelling fans. “I am upset for my fans with the change of date but this has been unpreventable due to scheduling issues. I just hope that my fans will understand this change and will still come in their thousands to support me in Herning. I am looking to be the first fighter to take Mikkel Kessler out before the final bell.”



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas will be the guest of honor at the HorseShoe Casino in Hammond IL, on February 20th headlined by “Fast” Frez Oquendo vs. Demetrice King for the NABA/USBA Titles. Douglas is currently basking in the 20 year anniversary of his unbelievable knockout upset against the then invincible “Iron” Mike Tyson.
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Yuriorkis Gamboa promoter Ahmet Öner has been given a 120,000 Euro fine and 22 months on probation by the Hamburg District Court for a list of various infractions.
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Congratulations to Jorge “Travieso” Arce and his wife Karime on the arrival of their son Jorge “Traviesito” Arce who was born Wednesday night in Tucson. Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) won the vacant WBO super flyweight title two weeks ago.
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Fallen warrior Z Gorres is expected to be at ringside Saturday night for Top Rank’s Latin Fury/Pinoy Power card in Las Vegas. Gorres, who was critically injured in a bout on November 13, is now well enough to return to the Philippines on Sunday.



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Segura-Tello WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA miniumweight regular world champion Giovanni Segura (22-1-1, 18 KOs) and Panamanian challenger Walter “Raton” Tello (14-3, 6 KOs) meet at Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico on February 20. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (USA/California), Ruben Garcia (USA/Texas) and Enrique Portocarrero (Nicaragua). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).



February 12th, 2010

Feature Story

FIGHT CAMP 360° Returns

Premieres Monday 8:30PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®—FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic—returns to SHOWTIME with Episode 3, premiering Monday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode recaps all three Group Stage 1 bouts with unique angles, never-before-seen fight footage and ringside seats next to the promoters, fighter’s families and cornermen. Episode 3 follows each fighter after their respective match, as they recede from the spotlight in victory and defeat to prepare for the next Group Stage. Also hear from Jermain Taylor regarding his withdrawal from the tournament. (more…)



February 12th, 2010

UFC

Rothwell: Respect now, fight later

UFC 110 is LIVE on PPV Feb. 20!

Ask Ben Rothwell what went wrong in his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez last October, and he almost chuckles as he answers.

“Besides everything?” he asks, not expecting an answer back because he already knows what it is. And though it really doesn’t matter what happened during his second round TKO loss to the unbeaten Californian, he responds anyway .  . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Pope replaces Belasco in Dover

By Rick Scharmberg

“Rockin” Ryan Belasco suffered an injured rib in training, and has been replaced by Mondre Pope in the co-main event at the Rollins Center in Dover, DE on Friday February 26. Pope, of Philadelphia, PA, steps in to face Julias Edmunds also of Philadelphia, in the six-round welterweight bout. The main event remains Mike “No Joke” Stewart taking on Brandon “The Business” Baue in an eight round welterweight bout, for Baue’s WBF belt. The promoter of the big 9-bout card is Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Roach to train Tereshkin

By Alexey Sukachev

Legendary Freddie Roach has recently added a new name to his training schedule. Russian 22-year old heavyweight prospect Vladimir Tereshkin (12-0-1, 7 KOs), who is promoted by the Union Boxing Management, will prepare at world famous Wild Card Gym for his next fights to be held both in Russia and abroad. 6’6’’ Tereshkin is best known for the performances during his stay in Germany.



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Bika: I’m better than Green

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Contender Season III champion Sakio “The Scorpion ” Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) has expressed disappointment that he was bypassed in favor of Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) as the replacement for Jermain Taylor in SHOTWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six 168 pound tournament. Bika was actually scheduled to fight Allan Green in a February 5 boxoff with the winner getting Taylor’s spot in the Super Six, however Bika said visa problems (now resolved) prevented that fight from happening, thereby opening the door for Green to enter the tournament directly. “I was the better option to replace Jermain Taylor,” maintains Bika. “If you compare Allan Green’s career to mine, I have had more experience and accomplishments in the ring.” (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Amir Khan Update

Exciting WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan is scheduled to make his U.S debut on May 15 in Las Vegas against an opponent to be named. The preferred foe is Juan Manuel Marquez, but Marquez has thus far failed to agree to the bout and his camp is balking at the idea of Marquez again moving up in weight. If, however, Marquez were to take the fight and defeat Khan, he would make history as the first Mexican fighter to win a world title in four weight divisions.



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Juanma in Vegas

Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez and his wife Barbara arrive in Las Vegas from Puerto Rico Thursday night to attend the special edition of “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3″, a Top Rank Pay Per View on Saturday at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas. Lopez will be watching top-rated contender Mario Santiago of Ponce, Puerto Rico take on Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines, with the winner possibly getting a shot at his title in the summer.



February 12th, 2010

UFC

Machida, Shogun rematch at UFC 113

It was so good, the UFC® decided to do it again.

At UFC 104 last October, UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a five round war that divided the mixed martial arts world when the unanimous decision verdict was rendered in Machida’s favor. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will have a chance to do it again and erase any doubt as to who is the best 205-pound fighter in the world, and both are vowing to take matters out of the judges’ hands, and into their own when The Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads back to Montreal for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre and only on Pay-Per-View. (more…)



February 12th, 2010

Boxing News

Morel, Santiago ready to go

Chris Farina/Top Rank

It is quickly becoming one of the best rivalrity in boxing, Puerto RIco vs. the Phillipines and this Saturday, there willl be two more fights between warriors of this two countries as Eric Morel takes on Gerry Penalosa and Mario Santiago battles Bernabe Concepcion on the big championship card presented by Top Rank at the Hilton Hotel to be telecast on pay-per-view. (more…)



February 11th, 2010

Feature Story

Donaire goes with the flow

Story by Chris Cozzone

Nonito Donaire says he just wants to fight – he doesn’t care if it’s Gerson Guerrero, Manuel Vargas or the “yapping dog” himself, Vic Darchinyan.

After a coming close to losing out on headlining Saturday night’s Top Rank card at the Hilton – a hybrid “Pinoy Power–Latin Fury” marathon card with 80 scheduled rounds – the “Filipino Flash” will get the chance to defend his WBA super flyweight interim belt against a late sub . . . Click here for more



February 11th, 2010

Boxing News

Boxing Back in Grand Rapids

By Bob Ryder

Fight action returns to the west side of the state on Saturday, February 20 as Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Greg Ahrens (TMS Fight Night) promote a scheduled nine bout card at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Local area favorites Derron Hernandez, Ruben “Junny” Troche, Rafael Hernandez and Alex Otero will appear in featured contests. Junior welterweight Jermaine White of Las Vegas and undefeated heavyweight Rich “Super” Power are also slated to perform. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or the Orbit Room box office. Doors open at 7 PM with first bell at 8.



February 11th, 2010

Boxing News

Soto-Diaz added in Dallas

WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will meet for the vacant WBC lightweight title, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of the March 13 Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view telecast. The card will also feature 10-round rumbles between two-time world champion Jose Luis “El Terrible” Castillo in a welterweight battle against top-10 contender Alfonso Gomez and “Ireland’s” John Duddy in a middleweight duel with Michael “Myckol” Medina. “The pay-per-view undercard is a perfect complement to the main event, capturing the cultural flavor of Texas” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Each matchup will feature a world class fighter from a different region of Mexico or a Hispanic region in the United States. And the fans who watch the fight live at Cowboys Stadium will be treated to seeing Salvador Sanchez III, the nephew of the great champion Salvador Sanchez, and undefeated Dallas wunderkind Roberto Marroquin in separate non-televised undercard bouts.”



February 11th, 2010




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