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By ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey
In one month, on March 3 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, I will challenge for the women’s bantamweight championship of the world.
While I may only have four professional mixed martial arts bouts to my name, I’m far from inexperienced. You might think that, but you’d be wrong. Miesha Tate, my next opponent and current Strikeforce world bantamweight champion, is convinced I’m inexperienced and therefore undeserving of a shot at her belt on March 3rd. Again, she is wrong, deluded even, wary that I have the ability to make her look ordinary and one-dimensional, regardless of how many MMA bouts I may have taken part in. (more…)
Junior middleweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (14-0, 13 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be looking to make a statement against former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-10-2, 5 KOs) of Warren, Ohio, in the 10-round Showtime televised co-feature from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, this Friday, February 17. Gonzalez vs. Lyell will serve as the chief supporting bout to the night’s main event, featuring fellow Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs) taking on Aris Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KOs) for the vacant NABF welterweight title. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Pssst! There’s a big fight…TODAY!
Flying low on the radar in between UFC 143’s back and forth between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit and UFC144’s lightweight clash between champ Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson lies a bout of epic proportions in the welterweight division. (more…)
Promoter Frank Maloney today won the purse bids for the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship between David Price and Sam Sexton Maloney beat all other promoters at the bids held at the British Boxing Board of Control’s offices in Cardiff. A date and venue will be announced in the next few days.
Super Featherweight boxer Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Texas (15-0, 5 KOs), has signed a promotional deal with Northern New Jersey based Main Events, it was announced today by promoter Kathy Duva. Belmontes is expected to fight under the promoter’s banner for the first time in May in a bout to be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo. Details about the show will be released in the coming weeks.
Ring great Roy Jones Jr. will join junior welterweights Victor Cayo (27-2, 19 KOs) and former unified lightweight world champion Nate Campbell (34-9-1, 25 KOs) during a press conference on Tuesday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cayo and Campbell clash March 24 at the Palacio de Los Deportes in a ten-rounder.
Team Oliveira has collectively decided to drop undefeated WBC South American middleweight champion Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira down one weight class to junior middleweight, starting with his Brazilian mega-fight against four-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, which is tentatively scheduled for May 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 21-year-old Oliveira is listed as 5’9 but he always gave away height, reach and weight fighting as a middleweight. Michael’s father/promoter Carlos Oliveira (MO Productions) is scheduled to fly next week to Brazil to go over final details for Michael’s May 19 fight in Rio against Freitas. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have known the sad and unfortunate news of the death of Julio Shaik, who passed from a sudden heart attack at the age of 69 on Wednesday morning at his home in Panama City, Panama. He was a representative of the IBF in Panama and Latin America and also a commissioner and treasurer of the Panama Boxing Commission. He made many efforts to make sure Latin boxers were taken into consideration for the IBF rankings. Just recently Julio worked as supervisor of Miguel Vasquez vs Ameth Diaz IBF title fight on January 21 in Guadalajara, Mexico. We send our condolences to his family and recognize the loss of someone who was actually a friend and a person who supported us at all times.
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WBA interim super middleweight beltholder Brian Magee believes he is in the shape of his life. The 36-year-old Belfast fighter held a media work-out at fitness.dk in Osterbro today. “I am in the best shape ever,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Rudy Markussen but I believe I have more speed and skills than he has. I´ve seen a couple of his fights and I think he has good power but I have as much power. I am prepared for a tough fight and I will defend my title.”
Magee does not rate Markussen as the hardest-hitting fighter at super-middleweight. “I have fought against Carl Froch and I don’t think Markussen hits as hard as him but it´s always tough to compare,” he stated. (more…)
Vitali’s final preparations for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight title defense against Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany.
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, two-time world champion Paul Williams and IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris Cloud worked out on Monday at the La Palmara mall in Corpus Christi, Texas. The three worked out and signed autographs for the fans in attendance in advance of their fights Saturday at the American Bank Center. Opponents Eric Molina, Nobuhiro Ishida and Gabriel Campillo are slated to workout today at the same place starting at 1:30PM. The event, billed as “Triple Threat” is promoted by Goossen Tutor in association with DKP and Golden Boy and can be seen on Showtime.
Photos: Klitschko Management Group
Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora held their open work out at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Munich (Germany). Over 1000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, February 18. WBC Champion Klitschko and his contender Dereck Chisora will face off at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
The fight will be broadcast live and exclusively on RTL in Germany, in the US it will be shown on EPIX. Remaining tickets for Klitschko vs. Chisora are available on www.eventim.de. more photos
Bantamweight Jamie McDonnell (18-2-1, 7 KOs) will close in on a shot at a world title if he is successful in the defense of his European title against Malik Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) on March 3rd at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield. Bouziane recently fought for the IBF super flyweight title against Simphiwe Nongqayi in France where he scored majority draw. Two judges scored it 114-114 and the third 115-113 in favour of Nongjayi. The former European bantamweight champion who won the title from Ian Napa in his back yard, gave up his belts after two defenses to challenged for the IBF super flyweight title and has had only one loss on his career record to date. McDonnell has not looked back since last being defeated in 2008. After a recent visit to the WBC Convention in Las Vegas with teammate David Price, McDonnell now has his sights firmly set on a crack at a world title. McDonnell said, “I believe I am ready for a shot at a world title and by convincingly beating Bouziane on March 3rd I will prove that.”
Last year, the song “Coming Home” became a staple on the mixed martial arts circuit. Whether in their home state, province, city, or town, the man born Sean John Combs and his band Dirty Money echoed through countless venues, providing the soundtrack for numerous fighters as they made their walk to the cage . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Former WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) and his outstanding support team, landed in in Corpus Christi, Texas, at 4 pm yesterday, in advance of Campillo’s challenge for unbeaten Tavoris Cloud’s (24-0, 19 KOs) IBF championship at American Bank Center Arena this Saturday night. Campillo says he and trainer Pablo Sarmiento had a fantastic camp, working with middleweight champion (and Campillo manager) Sergio Martinez, who is also in heavy training for his upcoming fight. “Few people are giving me a shot in this fight and that just motivates me more to prove them wrong,” said the eager Campillo. “This won’t be the first time I’ve gone to another country and returned home an upset victor,” continued the Madrid, Spain, native.
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (33-5, 26 KOs) will challenge Shane McPhilbin (8-2, 5 KOs) in McPhilbin’s first defense of his British cruiserweight championship on March 23 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. Should be an interesting fight as most of the exciting Maccarinelli’s fights end in a KO one way or the other. The card will be promoted by Frank Warren and PJ Rowson.
By Ron Jackson
Former WBF heavyweight champion Mike Bernardo has died in Cape Town. He was 42. He won the vacant WBF belt when he stopped Dan Jerling from Czechslovakia in the sixth round in May 2000. He retained the title with a 41-second knockout of American Peter McNeely in Cape Town on June 8, 2001, but was stripped of his belt in May 2002 because of inactivity. Bernardo was born in Cape Town on July 29, 1969. In his professional debut on February 28, 1993, he knocked out Delius Musemwa in the third round. In his next fight he was stopped in the first round by Anton Nel, who later won the SA heavyweight title. Bernardo won his next seven fights but was inactive from 1997 to 1999 before he knocked out Scott Connar in the second round in Chicago in January 2000. On May 12 that year, he beat Jerling in Szekszard, Hungary, to claim the vacant WBF heavyweight title. His fight against McNeely was his last and he finished with a record of 11-1, with one no-contest and nine knockouts. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Three division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) is set to return April 21 as he takes on Argentina’s Cesar Cuenca (42-0, 1 KO) in Mexico, it was reported earlier by Marquez promoter, Zanfer Promotions. Marquez was stripped of the WBA lightweight super title after fighting outside the division in 2011. Later it appeared that WBA 140lb champion Lamont Peterson could be his next opponent but Peterson instead will be meeting Amir Khan in a rematch on May 19 in Las Vegas. That left Marquez looking for another opponent and it appears he will be fighting Cuenca at 140. Marquez, coming off another close split decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, will now take on the undefeated Argentinian Cuenca, a slick southpaw rated WBO #1 in the junior welterweight division, who will be fighting outside his native Argentina for the first time in his career as he looks to make a splash against Marquez.
By Joe Koizumi
In an encounter of southpaws, top contender Shinya Iwabuchi (18-3, 15 KOs), 140, captured the national super-light belt as he finally caught elusive defending champ Yuji Wauke (15-4, 7 KOs), 140, with a solid left-right combination and finished him at 1:34 of the seventh round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The OPBF top ranked Wauke utilized his advantageous height and reach and attempted to outpunch the hard-hitting but lazy challenger in the first six rounds. Iwabuchi, however, turned loose in round seven, when he connected with solid lefts followed by a vicious southpaw right, which decked the champ prone and had him for the count. It was a dramatic coronation of the 26-yer-old hard-hitting southpaw, who had better learn to throw punches more smoothly.
In the main event WBC#10/WBA#11 Masaaki Serie (21-3, 9 KOs), 121.5, kept his national 122-pound throne, as he showed his unorthodox style to confuse and frustrate top contender Yasutaka Ishimoto (19-6, 3 KOs), 122, and pounded out a close but unanimous nod (96-95, 97-95 and 97-93) over ten. Serie, making his sixth defense, displayed his awkward attack to catch the orthodox but monotonous challenger.
Unbeaten super-fly sensation, WBC#21 ex-amateur prospect Yohei Tobe (4-0, 2 KOs), 14.75, kept throwing faster combinations to shorter Filipino Ryan Bito (21-9-3, 7 KOs), 114, ex-WBC international flyweight ruler, winning a unanimous verdict (80-73, 79-74 and 79-75) over eight.
Promoter: B-Tight Promotion.
UFC on FUEL, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger and the heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Dave Herman, airing live on FUEL TV from the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, NE at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 6:20 pm ET / 3:20 pm PT.
Jake Ellenberger (170) VS Diego Sanchez (170)
Dave Herman (234) VS Stefan Struve (256)
Ronny Markes (185) VS Aaron Simpson (186)
Phil De Fries (241) VS Stipe Miocic (240)
Walel Watson (135) VS T.J. Dillashaw (136)
John Albert (135) vs Ivan Menjivar (135)
Vagner Rocha (145) VS Jonathan Brookins (145)
Sean Loeffler (185) VS Buddy Roberts (184)
Justin Salas (155) VS Anton Kuivanen (156)
Bernardo Magalhaes (155) VS Tim Means (155)
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WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (35-4, 24 KOs) has arrived in Denmark. Four days ahead of his clash with Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) at Broendby Hall, the Northern Irish veteran landed at Copenhagen airport on Tuesday night. “It´s good to be back in Denmark,” he said. “I have great memories and I have won a lot of fights here. On Saturday, I will defeat Rudy Markussen and defend my title. He has a lot of power but I also have a lot of power. I have as many knockouts as he has. It will be a great fight.”
Earlier today, Markussen conducted a media work-out in downtown Copenhagen. “I am hungry and I am ready,” the Hardhitter stated. “This is the chance I have been waiting for. The big day has finally arrived. I am in very good shape. I don´t think Magee really knows how hard I can punch. Once he finds out, it will be too late for him. His title will stay in Denmark.”
The White Wolf, Sergei Liakhovich will take on Philadelphia’s hot Bryant Jennings in a 10-round co-feature, while heavyweight Tomasz Adamek makes his first ring appearance since facing Heavyweight King Vitali Klitschko on Saturday, March 24th when the NBC Sports Network’s “Fight Night” boxing series comes to Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex. In the main event of the evening, Brooklyn’s Zab Judah takes on unbeaten Junior Welterweight Vernon Paris in a mandated fight for the #1 position in the IBF. (more…)
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