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Photo: UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva works out before a big crowd today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for stories and a full photo gallery.
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In anticipation of what promises to be one of the most historic events in UFC® history, UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE VS. SHIELDS on April 30, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today it will host a press conference and free fan event at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, February 8. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be joined by No. 1 contenders Jake Shields and Mark Hominick, along with UFC President Dana White and Canadian Director of Operations Tom Wright, for a press conference at 1 p.m. ET followed by a special Q&A period and autograph session for fans from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. (more…)
The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) is currently on a fact-finding mission regarding a professional boxing event held January 29 at Shiprock High School in Shiprock, New Mexico. Shiprock is located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. According to current information, the New Mexico State Athletic Commission, which without an invitation from the Navajo Nation does not have regulatory jurisdiction within Navajo lands, did not regulate the event. Questions have arisen pertaining to the results and identities of some of the boxers involved with the event. The Native American Boxing Council, a sanctioning body headed up by Gerald Wofford, may have sanctioned the main-event title fight for a female version of the NABC championship belt, as well as directed the regulation of the entire event. Federal Law prohibits such activities.
The Professional Boxing Safety Act, as amended by the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act (15 U.S.C. §6301, et seq.) calls for regulation or oversight by a duly authorized state or tribal boxing commission. It doe not allow for sanctioning organizations to regulate events. The ABC drafted a letter and forwarded it to United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, of Albuquerque, New Mexico for appropriate enforcement measures, pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §6309.
The Top Rank Live / FSN official weigh-in will take place at 1PM on Friday at the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California. The weigh-in will be OPEN to the public and fans are welcomed to attend. The Maywood Activity Center is located at 4801 East 58th Street, Zip 90270 in Maywood, California. On Saturday, the doors will open at 3:30PM with the first bell ringing at 4:15PM. Tickets are priced at $35, $50 and $75 dollars. Call 323-595-3662.
Hard-hitting WBO #10 super middleweight Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21KOs) takes on Dyah Davis (18-2, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening. Sierra counts Donovan George and former WBO welterweight champion Jose Luis “Maestrito” Lopez among his victims in his last three fights. Lightweight Oscar “Estudiante” Meza (20-4, 17 KOs) will be in the co-featured bout facing Leo Martinez. Also quick fisted heavyweight Andy Ruiz (7-0, 5 KOs) will take on Kelsey Arnold.
Story/video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC light flyweight champion Gilberto Keb Baas satisfactorily complied with the regulatory weight of 53.9 kilos 30 days of his meeting with former champion Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre on February 26 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. “Baby Luis V,” as many call him, strutted to the scale with WBC representative Victor Cota presiding over the ceremony. “The work has been hard and steady,” said Keb. “I know my opponent’s weaknesses and although he is a very experienced boxer, I have full confidence that I will retain my title that night.”
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With three weeks left to their premiere show, there has been a split in SP Promotions, the upstart Montreal company that was banking on names from boxing’s past to fill the roster of its shows. Director of Operations Jean Marc Emond announced his resignation Thursday via email stating that the current philosophy was not what was agreed on three months ago. Emond had been responsible for trying to bring in names such as former world champions Tommy Morrison and Ray Mercer along with former title challenger Joe Gatti. Morrison had spent a week in the city doing promotional work but in the end did not do the necessary blood work that was required to acquire a boxing license. No word as of yet as to if and how the February 25th show will go on.
By Karl Freitag
During a media teleconference on Wednesday, IBA heavyweight beltholder James Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) spoke about his return to boxing against Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) on February 24 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernardino, California. Toney spoke about his place in the heavyweight division picture plus gave his opinion on the Klitschkos, David Haye and heavyweight contender Chris Arreola recently kissing an opponent in the ring.
Here are selected “official” quotes distributed by the promoter of the event. (more…)
Unbeaten junior middleweight Denis “Da Mommas Boy” Douglin will look to take another step in the right direction when he battles cement fisted veteran Doel Carrasquillo (14-17-1, 12 KOs) on February 18 at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Douglin (12-0, 8 KOs), is scheduled to fight in an eight rounder for the first time as a professional. The Morganville, NJ native stopped his last five opponents, most recently demolishing 11-2 Matt Berkshire in less than two minutes on December 17. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta performed a pre-fight workout at the gym in a popular neighborhood called Petare in Caracas, Venezuela on Wednesday afternoon. Acosta sparred 10 rounds with Fernando Angulo, Jaider Parra, Marco Avendaño, Frank Lopez and Alfonso Pereez. He is preparing to defend his world title on February 26 against Brandon Rios at the Palm Casino in Las Vegas. “I am in good physical condition. I know that my biggest weapon is my speed and defense. It will be a great fight and I will do my best to get the win,” said Acosta. For more details and photos click here…
New York State featherweight titlist Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (11-0, 9 KOs) has been added to the February 18 “Boxeo de Campeones” card, held at the Juan Pachin Vicens Auditorium in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The undefeated Puerto Rican boxer, who trains in Newburgh, New York with trainer Raymond Rivera, will face Irvin Hernández (3-4-1, 1 KO). The event will feature the comeback of ex-world welterweight champion, Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana in the light middleweight division.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally televised super middleweight bout, former Australian champion Les Piper (12-6-3, 3 KOs) will be in action against Josh Clenshaw (29-18, 14 KOs) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL club in Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. In 2008, Piper held the Australian 168 pound title and met world class middleweights Nader Hamdan and Sam Soliman in 2009. Clenshaw held the Australian middleweight title in 2000 and the Australian light middleweight title in 2002. In Clenshaw’s most recent bout in 2010 he extended world class light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki dropping a ten round majority decision. In other action 6’8 heavyweight John Szigeti (8-1, 4 KOs) will clash with 6’5 MMA star Lucas Browne (2-0, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Szigeti only loss to world rated heavyweight Alex Leapai in 2006. Former 2004 Athens Olympic representative Ryan Langham (12-2, 5 KOs) will have a rematch with tough Filipino Jack Asis (21-17-4, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Langham won a decision over Axis in 2010. The promoter is Jamie Myer. Televised on Fox Cable Television Network.
WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan’s management team made contact over the weekend with the handlers former WBC champion Junior Witter and sounded out if Witter would be interested in fighting Amir on April 16th. “My manager John Ingle spoke to me about the Khan offer. I’m up for this 100 percent,” said Witter. It would be an opportunity too good to turn down fighting for a world title again. I’m fighting on the 19th February in Canada at welterweight for the first time and I’m on the weight now at 147 lbs which is usually what I weigh 3 weeks before making the 140 lb limit, so I don’t see any problems doing it again. Training has been perfect and sparring the likes of Kell Brook has sharpened my skills. Khan, you have never boxed anyone with my experience, calibre and credentials so if you want to start playing with fire be careful you might get burnt.”
Juan Manuel “Juanma” López is back to his debut venue when the next April 16 he faces mexican Orlando Salido at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in a defense of his WBO featherweight championship in a Top Rank and PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised by SHOWTIME. “It’s official, Juanma López versus Orlando Salido on April 16 in Bayamón,” said promotor Iván Rivera, President of PRBBP said.
López (30-0, 27 KOs) will make the third defense of the title that he won in January 2010 when he knocked out Steven Luevano and then achieved KOs against Bernabé Concepción and Rafael Márquez. In Salido (34-11-2, 22 KOs), López will face a veteran fighter who was an IBF featherweight champion who fought versus former world champions as Alejandro “La Cobrita” González, César “La Cobrita” Soto, Robert Guerrero and Cristóbal Cruz, and actual champions like Juan Manuel Márquez and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
López made his proffesional debut in 2005 at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, fighting there four times, the last in 2009 when he defeated Gerry Peñalosa by TKO.
By Joe Koizumi
A press conference of a world title bout in Japan is so customary and tedious that we usually cover it only with a sense of obligation, but Japanese challenger and ex-WBA 115-pound champ Nobuo Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs) today (Thursday) stunned press people as he appeared in an old-fashioned style of Samurai (brave warrior) in Osaka, Japan. He also stunned WBC super-fly ruler Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs), from Mexico, and his representative Alejandro Brito Rodriguez who couldn’t stop smiling at the challenger’s costume. For more details and photos click here…
By Marc Lichtenfeld
After nearly six years and over 250 shows, Through the Ropes will answer the final bell tonight at 9 p.m. ET. It was a very difficult decision to make. But with a job in finance, a rising ring announcing career (look for me on Showtime Championship Boxing February 26th), a book project and a young family, it was getting increasingly difficult to manage it all. I’ve accomplished more than I ever dreamed with Through the Ropes and it’s time to move on.
During our nearly 6 years on the air, Through the Ropes was the only nationally syndicated boxing radio show. My guest list comprised of practically every big name in the sport including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Bernard Hopkins and the Klitschko Brothers. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 feather Satoshi Hosono (19-1, 13 KOs), 126, successfully kept his Japanese national 126-pound throne as he pounded out a unanimous decision (97-93 and 98-92 twice) over elongated boxer Kazumasa Kihara (12-2-1, 4 KOs) over ten hard-fought rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hosono, nicknamed “Bazooka” due to his power-punching, failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt, losing a close majority nod (115-113, 117-113 and 114-114) to Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym here in January of the previous year, but acquired the vacant national belt by defeating Koji Umezu in his second comebacking bout last November. It had been renounced by Ryol-Li Lee who wrested the WBA belt by dethroning Poonsawat, though lately forfeiting it to Akifumi Shimoda this Monday. Kihara utilized his longer reach and advantageous height, scoring points at the early stage of the bout. But Bazooka’s right exploded in the fourth, and he began to control the close affair from then on. Kihara, apparently overpowered by the shorter Hosono, often grabbed him to keep him from coming close to him, and was penalized a point for holding in round nine. Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
The hotly-anticipated “Legends of the Ring” showdown between Brian Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) and Evander Holyfield (43-10, 28 KOs) has been moved back to May 7. The two heavyweight superstars were to battle it out at DR´s Koncerthuset on March 5 but will now lock horns two months later because a cut injury has kept “The Real Deal” out of practice longer than originally anticipated. In his last fight on January 22, Holyfield was cut above his left eye following a headbutt from Sherman “The Tank” Williams. The encounter was stopped after the third round and ruled a “no contest”. “I had hoped to be fully fit to fight Brian on March 5 but after another close examination this week the doctor said I could not do sparring until the end of the month,” Holyfield said. “My good physical shape and my meticulous preparation have been my biggest advantages throughout my career, and I will not enter the ring against a determined opponent like Nielsen when I am not 100 percent prepared. I take Nielsen very seriously. I need a convincing victory to put myself back in line for another shot at the world title, so I will give the cut enough time to heal before resuming practice. I will be in top shape on May 7 and defeat Brian Nielsen.” (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The Super Bowl is one of America’s biggest national pastimes, but for MMA fans, Saturday’s UFC 126 is similar in stature with a loaded lineup that rivals the monster card at UFC 100. With a main event featuring pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort — who possesses arguably the fastest hands in the sport. Also featured on the main card is a highly anticipated light heavyweight showdown between former champions Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin as well as a bout pitting two of MMA’s rising stars as Jon “Bones” Jones takes on Ryan “Darth” Bader . . . click here for more
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“Life was never easy for me,” says former two-division world champion and top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek in an exclusive Fightnews.com interview. “My father died in an accident when I was just 22 months old. I fought for WBC world light heavyweight championship with a broken nose and I moved my whole family from Poland to the US, not knowing what will happen to my career. I never expected that things will go easy for me and I’m not expecting Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko to just fall over in the ring. I have to help them a little.” (more…)
Zuffa, LLC, doing business as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) wishes to extend its great appreciation to the United States Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) for the direct and forceful action they have taken in combating the criminal piracy of UFC® Pay-Per-View events. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Boxing
Motivated and confident in his great preparation, Thomas “Gusano” Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs) said he is ready to defend his title WBC super flyweight title on Saturday in Osaka, against local challenger Nobuo “Samurai” Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs). The fighters faced off at a news conference at the luxurious Hotel Nikko Osaka, where despite the prevailing respect between the two contenders you can just feel this will be a great fight. (more…)
Report and photo by Felipe Leon
Former interim WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) complied with the pre-weight for his challenge of Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for the WBC Silver belt on Saturday, February 26th from the Heartlands Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. DeMarco of Tijuana, MX, by way of boxing hotbed Los Mochis, visited the offices of the Tijuana Boxing Commission last Friday and weighed 139 lbs. under the watchful eye of the new boxing commissioner, former world champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia. Juan Carlos Pelayo, the executive director of the Tijuana Boxing Commission signed off on the weight. (more…)
In a move that further cements it as one of the most savvy social media organizations in all of professional sports, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced plans to stream a broadcast-quality live sporting event on Facebook® this Saturday.
In this exciting broadcast taking place on Feb. 5 at 8:25 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT, sports fans are invited to watch the highly-anticipated UFC bantamweight clash between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Japanese sensation Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto for free at www.facebook.com/ufc. (more…)
Countdown to UFC 126 Tonight on Spike: Anderson Silva prepares to defend his belt against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort – Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin meet in a battle of former champions, and Jon Jones and Ryan Bader continue their collision course to Vegas – tonight at 7pm on Spike
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Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions will be bringing a bit of East Coast flavor to the Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. as unbeaten New Yorker Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin squares off against New Jersey’s Dennis Sharpe in the eight round super middleweight main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” on Friday, February 11. In the co-main event, Fairfield’s Alan Sanchez faces Denver’s John Grimaldo in an eight round welterweight bout. Also featured will be Albuquerque welterweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Fairfield’s own junior featherweight prospect Manuel Avila. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photo by Sam Cohen
Cuban boxers quite broadly fall into two distinct groups based on overall achievement: amateurs and professionals. The domination of the Cuban national team in world competition is well documented. Cuba currently owns 32 boxing gold medals; surpassing England and Russia combined. However, the dry spell at the professional level puzzled many for many years. (Joel Casamayor was the most recent modern Cuban boxer to consistently ply his trade at the championship level.) (more…)
Photos by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Puerto Rican lightweight sensation Michael “El Artista” Pérez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will defend his unbeaten record against tough Marcos Herrera (6-3-2, 2 KOs) in an 8 round bout this Friday, February 4th at the Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico. “I feel very happy and excited to fight in front of my people in Lares. I’ve trained hard to have a big win. I can’t wait for Friday night,” stated El Artista Pérez. In the co-main event, unbeaten junior featherweight rising star and WBO ranked #10, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (14-0, 11 KOs) will face Colombian veteran John Alberto Molina (28-14-3, 18 KOs). “I feel ready for this fight. I just want to say that this Friday I will climb up unbeaten to the ring and will remain unbeaten,” Jayson Vélez said. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Knockout artist and highly talented welterweight prospect Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (5-0, 5 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on Friday, March 4th at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, CA against an opponent yet to be determined which is being headlined by Ray Beltran, Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs) taking on Carlos Vinan (10-8-4, 2 KOs) in a 12-round lightweight bout for the vacant USBA lightweight title and is being presented by Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
Former WBC strawweight champion José Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre complied with WBC rules at a pre weigh-in for his February 26 title challenge against WBC flyweight champion Gilberto Keb Baas. Aquirre weighed 117.9 pounds, half-a-pound less than the 118.4 pound requirement. Jose Antonio was once again optimistic and assured everybody that on February 26th he was going to walk out of the ring with his second WBC title.
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