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Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Photos: Provodnikov-Castillo press conference

Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and 40-year-old former two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

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Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances ...

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Juanma/Marquez presser quotes

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

By Andreas Hale

Juan Manuel Lopez
“I read that the team of Rafael Marquez said I have no chin. But the one that’s undefeated is me and I know he lost a few fights by knockout. On Saturday you will see who can take a punch and who can’t. Gary Shaw said “If I’m so good why don’t I fight (Yuriorkis) Gamboa. I said, “I’m so good I’m going to beat Marquez on Saturday and Gamboa next June.”

Rafael Marquez
“I’m a man of few words. I know it’ll be special on Saturday night. l I’m here to win the fight for me and Mexico.”

Allan Green
“I feel great. I’m ready to fight. Glen is a very good friend of mine. I learned a lot from him. But as he said on Saturday its all business. I know I’m ready and I hope he is. I’ll do the rest of my talking sat night.”

Glen Johnson
“I feel appreciated for all the years I put in boxing and to be part of such a prestigious event. I just want to say Green is a friend of mine. He’s not somebody I’m looking forward to fighting, but this is business and I’m sure he’ll feel the same way on Saturday. We’ll go out and do our job and I’m sure our relationship will remain the same.”



November 4th, 2010



Boxing News

Rafael Marquez workout

Video: Kurt Freitag

Rafael Marquez is playing it close to the vest in advance of Saturday’s WBO featherweight title showdown against champion Juan Manual Lopez on SHOWTIME. All he would show reporters was a few minutes of shadowboxing at a media day earlier this week.



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Bute to join SHOWTIME?

Looks like unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion will join the 168lb party at SHOWTIME. Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Ken Hershman, Bute and Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox have scheduled a press conference Friday to make an official announcement. Word is Bute is looking at a three-fight deal with the network.



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

WBC convention day 4

Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman

Day 4 of the 48th annual convention opened at 9:30 a.m. local time with President Sulaiman wishing a happy birthday to WBC U.S. Legal Counsel Robert Lenhart and European Boxing Union’s Enza Jacoponi, both of whom turn a year older today. Sulaiman then read the WBC’s resolution regarding the agreement made yesterday between the promoters representing champion Vitali Klitschko and the two boxers vying for the mandatory challenger slot on December 17th, Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. In essence, Klitschko has agreed to face the winner of the elimination fight no later than 100 days after the December 17th date, barring a draw decision or an injury to the winner. (more…)



November 4th, 2010

Feature Story

Pacquiao the “Jugglernaut”

Story & photos by Chris Cozzone

Crooning a tune with Will Farrell on late night TV, jet-setting out of fight camp to plug fellow politician Harry Reid and reports of less-than-perfect training have more than one sports scribe asking the question, “Could this be the fight it all catches up to Manny Pacquiao?”

Could Antonio Margarito be the one who shuts down the decade’s greatest fighter?

For those who thought booking a concert after a scheduled 12-rounder with Miguel Cotto was crazy; the master of multitasking, Congressman Manny Pacquiao, seven-division world champion, singer, actor and humanitarian, has little to say but, “Don’t worry ‘bout it.” . . . Click here for more



November 4th, 2010

Feature Story

Margarito aims to silence Pacman

Story & photo by Chris Cozzone

“All I can tell you is, he’s a better boxer than a singer,” is Antonio Margarito’s take on Manny Pacquiao, the singer.

“He should stick to boxing.”

On Nov. 13, however, Margarito won’t be facing Pacquiao the singer, or Pacquiao the politician, for that matter — he’ll be up against the man most consider the greatest boxer of this era . . . click here for more



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

WBC Heavyweight Picture

By Boxing Bob Newman

WBC President Jose Sulaiman clarifies the situation regarding the final eliminator on December 17th, 2010 in Miami between Ray Austin and Odlanier Solis. The winner will get an immediate shot at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko no later than 100 days following the December 17th fight. Should the winner of that fight be injured or the fight end in a draw, Klitschko will be free to engage in an optional defense, possibley against Tomasz Adamek in March at Madison Square Garden on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I.



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Huck-Lebedev on Dec 18

Photo Wende

Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will make a fifth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 18 when he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. The fight will take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I look forward to fighting in Berlin again,” Huck said. “Lebedev is a tough challenger with a great record. We are both very powerful and have tremendous KO power so the fans can expect a big battle. I will of course defend my title and leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)



November 4th, 2010

UFC

Catching up with Assuncao

One year ago, Raphael Assuncao was widely considered to be one of the featherweight division’s top fighters. His sterling 15-1 record and brutish style ensured that his name appeared frequently on Top 10 rankings. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt felt he was well on his way toward earning a world title shot . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Engel returns Friday

Super middleweight Kevin “The Hitman” Engel is preparing for WAR this Friday night, November 5th as he battles undefeated prospect Marcus “Too Much” Johnson at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. The scheduled eight rounder is part of an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Fighting out of St. Louis, Missouri, the heavy handed Engel (18-3, 15 KOs), is looking to bounce back from his last ShoBox appearance, an outstanding back and forth battle with undefeated prospect Edwin Rodriguez on April 30th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. (more…)



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Chilemba to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

In what has turned out to be a grudge match, Isaac Chilemba from Malawi makes the first defense of his IBO super middleweight belt when he meets Thomas Oosthuizen over 12 rounds on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. The tournament is presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.

Chilemba, who is now based in South Africa, won the vacant belt in June this year when he outpointed Australian Michael Bolling. (more…)



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Dyah Davis and Brad Solomon

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! Tonight, it’s Prospect Night on Through the Ropes. Super middleweight Dyah Davis, who fights Aaron Pryor, Jr. on ShoBox tomorrow night and undefeated welterweight Brad Solomon will be on the show. Call in tonight or email your thoughts to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Torres-Pakau at ‘The Boat’

Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino bring pro boxing back to the Northwest on November 13th with Battle at the Boat 79. The main event will feature Othello Washington’s David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2, 13 KO’s) vs. Yakima Washington’s Santos Pakau (27-6-1, 10 KO’s). Torres who made his return to the ring last January at Battle at the Boat 75 will look to rebound from a tough loss from Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran. (more…)



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Juanma Vegas Workout

Video: Joel A. Colón



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Judah-Matthysse presser

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Jason Colon/Global Boxing

For the last time without the gloves on, Argentinean knockout superstar Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO) met former world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KO) during the final press conference at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen (NJ). Judah-Matthysse, televised this Saturday on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series from Prudential Center in Newark, will be for NABO junior welterweight championship and IBF #2 position and will most likely produce new title contender in the 140-pound division. (more…)



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Vitali defense deal reached

WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s resignation apparently didn’t last very long. According to information from ARENA Box-Promotion, Sulaiman has apologized for his emotional reaction on Wednesday and a deal has been worked out between Don King (DKP), Ahmet Öner (ARENA) and Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) under the guidance of WBC General Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman.

The WBC’s official position is that “the involved parties were still negotiating and the outcome is expected during the Thursday general assembly meeting.”

However, according to ARENA, the parties agreed that the winner of Solis vs. Austin will face Vitali Klitschko for the mandatory title defense within 100 days after December 17th. Both sides have only 11 days to come to a gentlemen’s agreement after the final elimination bout as the purse bid for Vitali Klitschko vs. the winner of Solis vs. Austin was scheduled for December 28th, 2010. (more…)



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

More on WBC Convention

Story and photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Day three of the WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico, was started by giving an award to veteran Texas Commissioner Dickie Cole. Right after, Bobby Lee, of Hawaii, former WBA President was also awarded. During a break, former world champion Jeff Fenech was introduced to the audience. The activity of the day ended, and awards were given to Peter Abdool, Guyana Commissioner and CABOFE President, due to his exemplary work of having shaped the project of a shelter for children in Guyana, with the collaboration of William Boodhoo, of Canada. They have worked very hard on such project which is part of the WBCares program. For more details and photos click here…



November 4th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo courtesy Team Salita

Dmitriy Salita is preparing for his upcoming fight against Mike “Mighty” Anchondo on December 16 at Roseland Ballroom, NYC with help from legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.



November 3rd, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Omar Nino

By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HG Boxing

WBC light flyweight champion Omar Nino (30-3-2, 12 KOs) is getting ready to defend his title this Saturday against fellow Mexican Gilberto Keb Baas in Merida, Yucatan. This Mexican civil war not only promises blood but bad blood between two boxers who despise each other. Over twelve years ago, in the last century, Keb Baas kayoed Nino in six rounds. Now, they meet again to prove who is “mas macho”. This fight is yet another strange twist in the rocky career of Omar Nino, the Guadalajara-born warrior. In 2006, Omar, then an unknown, beat touted Brian Viloria to become the WBC champion. Then in a rematch, he was stripped of his title for failing a drug test, an accusation which was revealed to be false two years after. In 2010, he twice fought against Filipino Rodel Mayol for the WBC title. The first bout ended in a controversial no-contest. And then on June 19th, 2010, Omar Nino beat Mayol in a bloody slug fest to claim the the title at age 34. Fightnews talked to Nino about the ups and downs of his colorful career and the upcoming grudge match with Keb Baas. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Pacquiao bus ready to roll

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao’s custom Team Pacquiao bus rolled into Las Vegas Wednesday for its first preview before heading to Texas. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Pacquiao vs Margarito PPV is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium.



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

JMCotto ready for Oscar León

Photos by Enrique “Quique”Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto

The super welterweight champion of the world Miguel Cotto in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Héctor Soto’s H2 Entertainment announced today their next show on this next Friday, November 5 as part of the series “Solo Boxeo: Tecate” at the Cosme Beitía Colisseum in Cataño. In the main event junior welterweight contender José Miguel Cotto (31-2, 23 KOs) vs. Oscar León (28-13, 18 KOs) and Jesús Rojas (15-1, 12 KOs) vs. Reynaldo López (31-8-3, 22 KOs) will be the co-main event of the show. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Lopez, Marquez Grand Arrivals

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez made their ‘Grand Arrivals’ at the MGM Grand Hotel today for their upcoming world featherweight title fight on Saturday. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Jose Sulaiman resigns

Story and Photo by Boxing Bob Newman

Day three of the WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico opened with a review of the mandatory defenses due in each weight category, but was temporarily and unexpectedly interrupted by the unforeseen resignation of the longest reigning president of a sporting organization in history – Jose Sulaiman! For more read on…



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

WBC title situation

By Boxing Bob Newman

The mandatory defenses were discussed today at the WBC Convention starting with the strawweight division and proceeding on up to the heavyweights.

Strawweight
Champion: Oleydong Sithsamerchai
Mandatory challenger: Juan Hernandez

Light Flyweight
Champion: Omar Niño Romero
Mandatory Challenger: Adrian Hernandez

Flyweight
Champion: Pongsaklek Wongjongkam
Mandatory Challenger: Edgar Sosa

Super Flyweight
Champion: Tomas Rojas
Mandatory Challenger: Juan Jose “Goofi” Montes

Bantamweight
Champion: Fernando Montiel
Mandatory Challenger: Winner of eliminator between Sasha Bakhtin and Christian Esquivel.

Super Bantamweight
Champion: Toshiaki Nishioka
Mandatory Challenger: No mandatory for one year due to recent victory over Mandatory Rendall Munroe.

Featherweight
Champion: Elio Rojas (in recess due to surgery) Juan Carlos Burgos and Hozumi Hasegawa to fight for vacant title November 26, 2010. This winner will be obligated to fight two mandatories.
Mandatory Challenger: Jhonny Gonzalez: 1st mandatory. Winner of Justin Savi and Cholatarn O. Piriyapinyo will be 2nd mandatory.

Super Featherweight
Champion: Vitali Tajbert
Mandatory Challenger: Sergey Gulyakevich
Tajbert is scheduled to defend against former WBC Feather champion Takehiro Aoh in Japan on November 2, 2010.

Lightweight
Champion: Humberto Soto
Mandatory Challenger: Antonio DeMarco and Reyes Sanchez for Silver belt. Soto has written the WBC of plans to move up a weight division and vacate title. Soto and DeMarco are cousins and have stated they will never fight each other. When Soto moves up, silver champion will be elevated to full champion.

Super Lightweight
Champion: Devon Alexander
Mandatory Challenger: Winner of upcoming fight between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah. Regarding the WBC/WBO unification fight vs. Tim Bradley in January 29, 2011, the WBC will only recognize Alexander as WBC/WBO champion if he wins, but not Bradley if he wins. This stems from Bradley opting to relinquish the WBC belt prior to his unification with then WBO champ Kendall Holt.

Welterweight
Champion: Andre Berto
Mandatory Challenger: Selcuk Aydin

Super Welterweight
Champion: Vacant (Winner of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will be WBC champion) Mandatory Challenger: No Mandatory until title filled

Middleweight
Champion: Sergio Martinez
Mandatory Challenger: Sebastian Zbik (interim champion). #3 David Lemieux and #4 Marco Antonio Rubio to fight an eliminator. Also, #1 Julio Cesar Chavez, the WBC Silver champion. has yet to decide if he will compete at middleweight or back down at Super Welterweight.

Super Middleweight
Champion: Vacant (Winner of Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham will be WBC champion)
Mandatory Challenger: No Mandatory until title filled. Winner of Froch and Abraham must face Kessler (Champion Emeritus due to eye injury). However, the WBC is also respecting the Super Six Tournament and how it plays out.

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jean Pascal
Mandatory Challenger: Has one year to make mandatory defense. It was voted unanimously voted by the board that the December 18, 2010 fight between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins will be for the WBC Diamond Belt. The bout sold out in 48 hours- 16, 333 seats.

Cruiserweight
Champion: Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Mandatory Challenger: Francisco Palacios. Herbie Hide had decided to change promoters (from Arena Box), had not defended his WBC international title. Hide took part in an eight man, one night tournament, and then subsequently retired from the sport. Prior to this, Hide filed a lawsuit against the WBC, but it appears they have fallen flat.

Heavyweight
Champion: Vitali Klitschko
Mandatory Challenger: Winner of final eliminator between Ray Austin and Odlianer Solis which will take place in Miami on December 17, 2010.

Klitschko has requested the opportunity to make a voluntary defense against Tomasz Adamek on the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I in Madison Square Garden in March, 2011. According to Tom Loeffler, head of K2 Promotions, HBO is even interested in this bout. Klitschko would then make his mandatory defense no later than June, 2011.



November 3rd, 2010

Announcement

Fox back in action

The returns are in and sensational junior middleweight prospect Alantez “TEZ” Fox has been elected to return to the ring as a feature attraction on Wednesday, November 10th at the DC Star Night Club in Washington D.C.

Having thrilled boxing fans with outstanding wins in his first two professional bouts, the 18 year old Fox, 2-0-0 (1KO), will face off against pro debuting North Carolina native Charles White in a four round bout. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Pacquiao, Margarito speak

"He's a better boxer than singer," says Margarito.

By Chris Cozzone

Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs), Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) and respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia, gave the media an update this morning on fight camp, ten days out from their Nov. 13 showdown in Dallas, Texas.

“There is nothing to worry about,” said Pacquiao, in regard to a less-than-sterling training camp, this time around. “I am 100% ready for this fight.”

Trainer Roach gave the camp a ‘B’ grade, admitting that while it “wasn’t our best,” Pacquiao is ready for Margarito. “Since we’ve come back to Los Angeles and the Wild Card, everything is on track now. Yesterday, Manny sparred nine rounds against three different opponents. He did very well and we’ve started to taper back.”

Though Margarito is expected to come in between 158-160, the night of the fight (with a 150-pound weigh-in limit), Roach says he is not concerned with the size advantage Margarito poses. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Oliveira to fight in Brazil

Unbeaten middleweight Michael Oliveira (11-0, 9 KOs) ,returns to his roots November 20, headlining “A Gala Night of Boxing” pro-am event, at Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 20-year-old Oliveira (11-0, 9 KOs) was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. The card is presented by Rumble Star Promotions and will air live on SporTV and TV Globo International. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Briggs furious!

By Brett Bonetti

Former Light Heavyweight title contender Paul Briggs feels he has been made a scapegoat and was left fuming after being informed of the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission’s finding, saying he disputed this decision 100%. The WA Professional Combat Sports Commission has ordered Briggs to pay $75,000 AUD to the commission from his $200,000 AUD purse, and his registration as a boxer in Western Australia has been cancelled following a finding that Briggs had participated in a ‘Sham Contest.’ (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Interview

“La Bomba” Ready for McGirt

Interview by Scott Ploof; Photos by Emily Harney

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) has the super middleweight division on notice.  After going undefeated in his first sixteen professional fights, stopping twelve of them along the way, Rodriguez has displayed a lot of power and boxing ability in his very active, almost three year career.  On November 5th, “La Bomba” will once again fight on “ShoBox: The New Generation” but this time in the main event of the evening in quite possibly his biggest test to date when he takes on James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 11 KOs) at the Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota.

Earlier this week, FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Rodriguez about his career, the fight, and his future. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

UFC

Defining Matt Hughes

In a world where the words “great” or “legend” are thrown about much too freely, Matt Hughes has legitimately earned those accolades for his Hall of Fame fight career. And despite being 37 years old, the two-time UFC welterweight champ has had a career resurgence with consecutive wins over Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, and Ricardo Almeida. At UFC 123, he looks to make it four in a row against BJ Penn in their intriguing rubber match. Will Hughes add this bout to his list of defining moments? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com



November 3rd, 2010




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