WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

WBO 115lb champ  Inoue to invade US ring

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champ Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) will invade the US for the first ...

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Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

Maldonado overcomes knockdown, edges Cano

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Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

Ward: I broke him mentally and physically, Kovalev: I could have continued, this is B.S.

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Full Report: Shields pounds LeBlanc

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Spivey-Vazquez on Feb. 4 in AC

By Rick Scharmberg

Classy veteran Dorin Spivey (40-6, 29 KOs) will face dangerous Philadelphian Victor Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday, February 4 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Spivey and Vasquez will engage in a ten round bout with the vacant NABA lightweight title at stake. Spivey’s world-class skills made him a contender in 2001-2002, when he easily defeated the likes of Billy “The Kid” Irwin and Mike “No Joke” Stewart, who were then at the height of their respective careers. The co-main event will pit fan favorite Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KOs) taking on hard hitting Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-6-1, 18 KOs) in a heavyweight bout. The card, which takes place on the eve of the Super Bowl, and is aptly titled “Super Brawl I”, is presented by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions in association with Tropicana Casino and Resort. (more…)

By Rick Scharmberg Classy veteran Dorin Spivey (40-6, 29 KOs) will face dangerous Philadelphian Victor Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) on …


Boxing News

Main Events wins IBF Judah-Paris purse bid

A Purse Bid was held today for the IBF Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for #1 between #3, Zab Judah and #4, Vernon Paris. Main Events won with a bid of $ 70,110.00. Don King Productions bid $ 51,000.00.

A Purse Bid was held today for the IBF Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for #1 between #3, Zab Judah and #4, …



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IBF statement on Mustafa Ameen

At this point in time the IBF has decided to break its silence and provide some clarification on the matter of Mr. Mustafa Ameen’s presence at the IBF/WBA championship bout between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson. Initially, the organization chose not to publicly address this matter to preserve the integrity of the hearing scheduled for the appeal filed by Golden Boy promotions on the ruling of the aforementioned bout. The sole purpose in doing so was with the intentions that all parties, and most importantly, the panelists could go into this hearing with clear minds and no preconceptions or prejudices.

Mr. Mustafa Ameen does outreach work for the IBF’s SARB/Education Fund. This fund was initially created to financially assist retired professional boxers experiencing monetary difficulties. Shortly over a year ago, IBF President Daryl Peoples and Mr. Ameen agreed that he would network on behalf of the organization with the purpose of connecting with these fighters in order for the IBF to provide them with some financial assistance. Mr. Ameen’s role with the organization is limited to just this. He is not an employee or an official of the organization, nor does he receive any monetary compensation from the organization for his efforts.

Previous to the Khan-Peterson bout, the IBF made a request for the Washington, D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission to extend Mr. Ameen the courtesy of a credential to enter the arena. Mr. Ameen was not assigned by the IBF to officiate this bout. Despite all that has transpired, at this point the IBF has not changed its stance and plans on moving forth with the hearing as scheduled on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Mr. Ameen will be present at the hearing to explain his actions and what transpired during the bout between him and Mr. Welsh, the WBA supervisor.

At this point in time the IBF has decided to break its silence and provide some clarification on the matter …


UFC

Pyle punches passport … so he can punch Funch

Mike Pyle’s passport has seen plenty of action throughout his career, reflecting his eagerness to battle time zone changes and hostile crowds that came to see the out-of-towner get his you-know-what kicked . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Mike Pyle’s passport has seen plenty of action throughout his career, reflecting his eagerness to battle time zone changes and …




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UFC Rio: Flash quotes

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Brazil this weekend with UFC RIO™: ALDO vs. MENDES. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will face No. 1 challenger Chad Mendes, while middleweight co-main event stars Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson collide. All fighters have checked into the host hotel in Rio, and had this to say regarding this Saturday’s clashes. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Brazil this weekend with UFC RIO™: ALDO vs. MENDES. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will …


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Stieglitz-Weber officials

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between Super Middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz vs Henry Weber and Female Junior Lightweight champion Ramona Kuehne vs Renata Domsodi this Saturday, January 14 at the Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden Wurttenberg, Germany.

Valcarcel reported that for the fifth title defense of Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) against the German Weber (15-0, 3 KOs), the referee will be Andre Van Grootenbruel, from Belgium. The judges for Stieglitz-Weber are Jose Roberto Torres, from Puerto Rico, Ingo Barrabas, from Germany, and Zoltan Enyedi, from Hungary. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Istvan Kovacs.

For the fight between Kuehne (18-1, 5 KOs), the 130lb WBO champion in her third defense, and Domsodi (7-1, 3 KOs), the referee will be Ingo Barrabas, and the judges Manuel Maritxalar, from Spain, Jose Roberto Torres and Zoltan Enyedi. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs.

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the world title bouts between …


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Warren wants neutral officials for Vitali-Chisora

After two highly controversial decisions lost recently by British fighters in the opponent’s backyards, promoter Frank Warren will be eyeing the selection of the officials very carefully for the upcoming February 18 clash between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany. “The fight will be under a lot of scrutiny, we will be asking the Boxing Board of Control to have neutral officials,” said Warren at Monday’s press conference in London. “We have had the last couple of fights with British guys abroad when there has been some controversy. The eyes of the world will be on this fight, so I am quite sure that they will ensure the right people are appointed as referees and judges.”

After two highly controversial decisions lost recently by British fighters in the opponent’s backyards, promoter Frank Warren will be eyeing …



UFC

The Blueprint: Belfort vs. Johnson

Anthony Johnson is a career welterweight who is tired of the massive self-deprivation required in order to make the division’s 170-pound weight limit. “Rumble” often walks around at over 200 pounds, so in order to compete, that means that more often than not, his camps are focused on shedding weight, rather than properly preparing for a fight from technique and game growth perspectives . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Anthony Johnson is a career welterweight who is tired of the massive self-deprivation required in order to make the division’s …


Boxing News

Ricky Hatton takes over

Ricky Hatton has replaced Gareth Williams as CEO of Hatton Promotions. Although Gareth will no longer be working full time for the group he will still be retained as Hatton Promotions legal advisor and representative. In recent months, Ricky has proved that he has fully recovered from depression and taken a hands on role within his organisation. Late in 2011 he took out a trainer’s licence and is overseeing a mushrooming empire which includes a clothing brand, a private members gym and a TV network. The flagship company is his boxing outfit, Hatton Promotions who are the EBU European Promoters of the Year and have produced dozens of major champions in three years. (more…)

Ricky Hatton has replaced Gareth Williams as CEO of Hatton Promotions. Although Gareth will no longer be working full time …


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Mikey Garcia will open telecast for Juanma-Salido rematch

By Franscico Salazar

Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia will fight on Saturday, March 10th in Puerto Rico, Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman told Fightnews.com on Monday afternoon. Garcia will fight in the opening televised bout against an opponent to be determined prior to the Juan Manuel Lopez-Orlando Salido rematch. Both fights will be televised on SHOWTIME “Championship Boxing.” “We’re working towards a 12 round fight, even though we don’t have an opponent yet for Mikey,” said Goodman. “If we can’t get him a 12 round fight, then he will fight in a 10 round bout at 128 pounds.” Garcia, (27-0, 23 KOs) from Oxnard, CA, is coming off a one-sided and impressive fourth round stoppage victory over the normally-durable Juan Carlos Martinez on October 22nd. Garcia knocked Martinez down once in the third and dropped him twice more in the fourth before the fight was waved off. Garcia, has stopped his last five opponents in a row, is ranked in the top 10 of all sanctioning bodies. He is trained by his older brother, Robert Garcia.

By Franscico Salazar Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia will fight on Saturday, March 10th in Puerto Rico, Top Rank …


Boxing News

It’s official: Brähmer vs. Guerrero

Universum has finally confirmed that former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will face Jose Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) in his comeback fight on January 28. “I’m in very good condition and I train daily in Schwerin [Germany]. The sparring is very good so far,” says Brähmer, who was stripped after late pull-outs in three consecutive WBO title defenses. The information that Guerrero would be the opponent has been out there for awhile, but now it’s official.

Universum has finally confirmed that former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will face Jose Maria Guerrero …



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Rigondeaux reaching peak condition

Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez

WBA interim super bantamweight titleholder Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux is reaching the peak of his training in the Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Florida. Monday evening Rigondeaux arrived on time to work with his physical conditioner DJ Montanocordoba and trainer Ismael Salas as they continue preparations to face WBA champion Rico Ramos on January 20th in Las Vegas.

“We are ready to fight with anyone,” said Rigondeaux “The bases are already full and there isn’t anywhere to hide. After I beat Ramos, we have in mind to face the best of the division and we can’t wait [to fight] them.”

Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez WBA interim super bantamweight titleholder Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux is reaching the peak of …


Boxing News

Klitschko-Chisora presser quotes

Photos: Action Images

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora faced off today at the at The Landmark Hotel in London in advance of their championship clash on February 18th at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.

Dereck Chisora: Everybody’s tired of you and your brother. There’s no excitement in the ring. It’s time for the new king. People want a new relief in boxing. Him and his brother have killed the sport I love. It is time for the new king, and that will be me come February 18.

Vitali Klitschko: Many people say the fights of the Klitschko brothers are boring. That’s because we win. We need to fight someone who can beat us. I think Dereck can do that. He beat Robert Helenius. He beat a future world champion. Can he beat the real world champion?

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Photos: Action Images WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora faced off today at the at The Landmark …


Boxing News

Hernandez ready for Cunningham rematch

Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). The duo will collide for the second time in four months during Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt on February 4, with Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) clashing for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title and European Light Heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) defending his title against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “It is going to be an exciting night of boxing,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference in Frankfurt. “The three title fights promise a lot of excitement, especially the rematch between Hernandez and Cunningham. Their first fight was very dramatic. I think it´s a 50-50 fight, with Hernandez being the favourite because he is the world champion.” (more…)

Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time …


Boxing News

WBC orders Cuello-Lopez eliminator

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 minimumweight contender Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) and WBC #2 Denver Cuello (29-4-6, 19 KOs) have been ordered to face off in a WBC final eliminator to determine the official minimumweight contender. Representatives have been informed to commence negotiations and in the absence of an agreement there will be a purse bid on February 3 in Mexico City.

Lopez is a former WBC silver titleholder promoted by Boxeo de Gala and Cuello is the current silver belt beltholder promoted by Canelo Promotions.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC #1 minimumweight contender Ganigan Lopez (20-4, 14 KOs) and WBC #2 Denver Cuello (29-4-6, 19 …



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Jr bantamweight contenders to collide in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source in Mexico reported that IBF #11 Juan José “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #13 Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-5, 18 KOs) will fight for the IBF International jr bantamweight world championship on February 18 probably at the Coliseo Olímpico at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Rodrigo Guerrero is the IBF world champion in the division.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A source in Mexico reported that IBF #11 Juan José “Goofy” Montes (21-2, 14 KOs) and …


StrikeForce

2011 – The Year in Retirements for UFC

Perhaps more than any other year in recent history, mixed martial arts saw a host of top fighters retire from the sport, ranging from Hall of Famer Randy Couture to action hero Chris Lytle. And while the following fighters won’t be gracing the Octagon again, it’s clear that they’ve made a mark in the sport that won’t be forgotten anytime soon  . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Perhaps more than any other year in recent history, mixed martial arts saw a host of top fighters retire from …


Boxing News

Abraham comeback sold out

Photo: Team Sauerland

King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open work-out at the Europapark Rust, all 4,000 tickets for Saturday´s fight against Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) have been sold. “I am very grateful for the support of the fans,” King Arthur (32-3, 26 KOs) said. “I will put on a great show. 2012 will be a big year for me. I want to be world champion again.”

In the co-featured main event at Offenburg´s Baden-Arena, WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will put his title on the line against Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). “Weber is young and hungry but I will defend my title,” Stieglitz said.

King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open …


Feature Story

Boxing returns to Ventura County

By Francisco Salazar

Ventura County in Southern California is known for a number of positive things: pristine beaches, strawberries, lemons, the Camarillo outlets, and soccer. And of course, professional boxing.

Some of the best fighters in boxing today currently live and train within the county limits. Sergio Martinez, Victor Ortiz, Brandon Rios are just a few who migrated to the cities of Ventura County and live simple lives. Even though champions, contender, and unbeaten prospects apply their trade in the “805,” there has been a lack of boxing action in recent years. That will all change as boxing returns to Ventura County after an almost five-year drought. Speaking of five-year droughts, one fighter will return to the ring after having not laced gloves in that period of time.

Former bantamweight and super bantamweight contender Jose Aguiniga will fight Juan Ruiz on Saturday, February 25th in an eight round bout at the Country Club (Golf Course) in Santa Paula, CA. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Ventura County in Southern California is known for a number of positive things: pristine beaches, strawberries, lemons, …


Boxing News

A Quiet Storm brews in Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Greg Robinson’s Power Productions is set to bring an interesting boxing card to the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA on Friday night the 13th of January, featuring the return of the former NABF champion Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-1, 11 KO’s) against the always dangerous Grover Young (5-4-1, 1 KO. The co-feature of the evening is a highly competitive lightweight clash as Angel Ocasio (6-0, 1 KO) battles it out with Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa (4-1-1, 1 KO). (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer Greg Robinson’s Power Productions is set to bring an interesting boxing card to the National Guard Armory …


Boxing News

Paulie Ayala presents Gloves & Guitars

After a great 2011 that saw Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, put his stamp on the Dallas-Fort Worth fight scene with the Battle of DFW and Fright Night, Paulie Ayala Productions looks to raise the stakes even greater with their first event of the year, Gloves & Guitars, on Saturday, January 28th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Gloves & Guitars will combine professional boxing with 7 bouts followed by a live performance from Fort Worth’s own Tejas Brothers. The Tejas Brothers debut CD was recognized as the 7th most played album for 2009 by the American Music Association. (more…)

After a great 2011 that saw Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie …


Boxing News

Algieri back in action Jan 28

Fan favorite Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) will return to battle in his hometown of Huntington, New York at the Paramount Theater on January 28th to face Curtis Smith (10-5, 5 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout. The undercard will be announced shortly. The card is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and tickets start at $35.

Fan favorite Chris Algieri (12-0, 6 KOs) will return to battle in his hometown of Huntington, New York at the …


Boxing Result

Reyna remains undefeated with victory over Williams

By John Cannon and Vinny Davis

Photo: Rolando Salazar

Coming into the fight, Beaumont native DeShaun Williams was extremely confident that he would be the first one was to give Brownsville’s Juan Reyna that first loss of his perfect professional record. However, he wasn’t able to meet his ultimate goal as Reyna (4-0, 2 KO’s) kept his undefeated record in hand by defeating Williams by unanimous decision in the six-round main event of Borderwars: The Heat Is On Saturday night at the Casa De Amistad.

“The reason I was able to win this fight is because I out boxed him,” said Reyna. “He made a lot of mistakes and was showboating a lot during the fight. While he was doing that, I was throwing a lot of punches that were connecting.” (more…)

By John Cannon and Vinny Davis Coming into the fight, Beaumont native DeShaun Williams was extremely confident that he would …


StrikeForce

Report/gallery: Strikeforce

Post-fight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Chris Cozzone

It was every bit as ridiculous as many fans, journalists and even Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold thought it would be.

The American Kickboxing Academy fighter was astounded that journeyman Keith Jardine was getting a title shot with exactly zero fights to his credit at 185.

In a few short minutes, Rockhold proved Jardine’s better days are behind him . . . Click here for more

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Post-fight report by Anthony Springer Jr. Photo by Chris Cozzone It was every bit as ridiculous as many fans, journalists …


StrikeForce

Rockhold wants UFC contenders

Post-fight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Luke Rockhold looked visibly annoyed, but did his best to remain diplomatic.

After smashing journeyman Keith Jardine to retain his Strikeforce middleweight title, Rockhold made an impassioned post fight interview plea to fight some contenders from Zuffa’s other promotion.

Rockhold didn’t mention any specific opponents when asked who he’d like to face off with.

“If that’s the plan, that’s the plan, I’ll make do with what we’ve got here,” Rockhold said when asked who he’d like to fight next. “I look for bigger and better things. If the UFC wants to bring in some top contenders, I’ll welcome them to our hexagon as Gilbert Melendez says.” (more…)

Post-fight report by Anthony Springer Jr. Photo by Chris Cozzone Luke Rockhold looked visibly annoyed, but did his best to …


StrikeForce

No loss of words for “King” Mo Lawal

Post-fight report by Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone

Never at a loss for words, “King” Mo Lawal provided all the unintentional side-splitting entertainment needed at the post-fight press conference of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine after scoring a resounding 2nd round TKO over Lorenz Larkin. His knockout preceded his AKA teammate Luke Rockhold’s knockout over Keith Jardine in a night where the American Kickboxing Academy reigned supreme.

“The fight went exactly the way I knew it was going to go,” Lawal explained of his ground and pound approach to taking out Larkin. (more…)

Post-fight report by Andreas Hale Photo by Chris Cozzone Never at a loss for words, “King” Mo Lawal provided all …


Boxing Result

Paredes KOs Lozada

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Marianela Sanchez

One expectation regarding the “gentleman’s sport” of boxing presumes the professionalism of both combatants. The thoroughness of their preparation usually decides the contest.

The lack of preparation often disrupts it.

Last night’s Telefutura-televised “Solo Boxeo” season-opener originally intended to treat Hollywood FL fight fans to a main event with hometown WBO Latino welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (29-3-1, 19 KOs) defending his belt. That plan blew up Friday afternoon when his blown-up opponent Michael Lozada (39-10-1, 31 KOs) of Tijuana tipped the scales 12 pounds heavier than the contracted weight. As a result, Paredes had to wait until the non-televised last bout of the card to perform for his local supporters.

Finally entering the ring after midnight, “The Lion” roared at 45 seconds of the third round with a solid shot that caught Lozada upstairs. Lozada staggered to his left all the way to the floor, holding his right hand to the back of the head. The punch was ruled legal and referee Sam Burgos reached a full count of ten before Lozada regained his senses. (more…)

By Phil Doherty at ringside Photos: Marianela Sanchez One expectation regarding the “gentleman’s sport” of boxing presumes the professionalism of …


StrikeForce

Ten Best – 2011 UFC Fight of the Year

We’ve almost reached the end of the 2011 unofficial awards season, and after counting down the imports, newcomers, upsets, knockouts, and submissions, it’s time to pick the fights that defined the past year and made you say ‘this is why I’m a mixed martial arts fan.’ . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC

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We’ve almost reached the end of the 2011 unofficial awards season, and after counting down the imports, newcomers, upsets, knockouts, …


Boxing News

Pacman fights June 9 or 16

By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Top Rank chief Bob Arum told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on June 9 or June 16 against a soon-to-be-named opponent. Together with Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, Arum is traveling to Manila Sunday and he will be arriving Tuesday morning.

Four names have emerged as candidates to face Pacquiao but the leading candidates are Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, while the darkhorse favorites are Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto. Arum said the lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather will be perfect for November, and not on May 5.

The MGM Grand can only hold 18,000 people and a fight of such magnitude, stressed Arum, has to be staged in a bigger venue to maximize revenue.

By Nick Giongco Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank Top Rank chief Bob Arum told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that Manny Pacquiao …


Boxing News

Gonzalez-Rojas in New York?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

One source informs us the possibility that the mandatory fight between WBC Mexican featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and WBC champion in recess Elio Rojas could be held in March in New York. Mexican company Promociones del Pueblo has expressed a desire for the fight to be in Mexico City, however the source indicates that economic factors could make New York more attractive than Mexico. Promociones del Pueblo, the promoter of Gonzalez, won a purse bid to stage the fight during the WBC Convention in December.

By Gabriel F. Cordero One source informs us the possibility that the mandatory fight between WBC Mexican featherweight world champion …


Boxing Result

Sosa victorious in comeback fight

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Former world champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Roilo Gomez (13-8, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. Time was 2:30. It was Sosa’s first fight since his loss to WBC champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in October.

Next up for Sosa could be a WBC flyweight eliminator against Wilbert Uicab on March 31. On Saturday Sosa retained his WBC International belt. More photos…

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez Former world champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Roilo Gomez (13-8, …


StrikeForce

Rockhold destroys Jardine, defends title at Strikeforce

Photo by Chris Cozzone

For Luke Rockhold’s first Strikeforce title defense at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Saturday night, he drew a wild card in the unpredictable and tenacious Keith Jardine, who made his middleweight debut in pursuit of the belt. Jardine’s brawling style and wild stance were a full 180 degrees removed from Rockhold’s studied, well-rounded technique, which Rockhold predicted would dictate the outcome . . . Click here for more

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Photo by Chris Cozzone For Luke Rockhold’s first Strikeforce title defense at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Saturday night, …


Boxing Result

Reults from Hollywood, Florida

Featherweight Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) and Jose Luis Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Scores were 77-75 for Araiza and 76-76 twice. The bout was elevated to TV main event status after Michael Lozada weighed in 12 pounds heavy for his bout against Ed Paredes. Paredes-Lozada will take place off-TV late, late at night.

Featherweight Claudio Marero (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Francis Ruiz (9-6, 4 KOs). A rapid-fire barrage of punches got the fight stopped at 1:18.

Complete ringside report to come from Phil Doherty.

Featherweight Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) and Jose Luis Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw …


Boxing Result

Gabriel gets dubious stoppage against Stone

WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel (13-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a controversial eighth round stoppage of Dakota Stone (10-9-5, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palacio de los Deportes, Heredia, Costa Rica. Local star Gabriel was outboxing the 42-year-old Stone, but the win was marred when referee Geno Rodriguez inexplicably waved the bout off with Stone in no trouble whatsoever. (more…)

WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel (13-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a controversial eighth round stoppage of Dakota Stone (10-9-5, …










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