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Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Photos: Provodnikov, Castillo, Rourke workouts

Images from Wednesday's media workout in conjunction with Friday's fight between Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, ...

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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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Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

Crawford, Beltran ready to rumble

By Karl Freitag Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford and #1 contender and mandatory challenger ...

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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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

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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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

Boxing News

Teeraporn-Nagaowa on Nov 22

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee

Pariyakorn Ratanasuban of Onesongchai Boxing Promotion announced they will present the WBO female minimumweight title defense between the Thai champion Teeraporn Pannimit (11-3,4 KOs) and the Filipino challenger Jujeath Nagaowa (9-8-1,5 KOs). This event will be held on November 22 at Zeer Rangsit Shopping Center in Pathumthanee, Thailand. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Green cleared, Briggs fined

By Brett Bonetti

IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green has been cleared of any wrongdoing following his controversial 29 second knockout of Paul Briggs at Challenge Stadium Perth on July 21, 2010. An inquiry from the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission WA cleared Green, but found Briggs participated in a ‘sham contest’ for not disclosing his ‘nervous system’ health condition prior to the fight. 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. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Chagaev headlines Nov 19

Universum's warm-up for 2011

Universum Box-Promotion has announced a big November 19 show at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany, featuring former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (mandatory challenger for David Haye), unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boytsov, unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew, former amateur world champion Jack Culcay, unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr and unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks.

Universum has also announced two new broadcast partners. SPORT1 will televise the fights of Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs), Boytsov (27-0, 22 KOs) and Tschachkijew (6-0, 5 KOs). Opponents will be named in the coming days. The fight of Culcay (6-0, 4 KOs) will be webcast live on BILD.de. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Grand Arrivals in Las Vegas

Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez will make their official grand arrivals today at the Front Lobby Porte Cochere of the MGM Grand. Marquez and Lopez will arrive at Noon PT and 12:30 p.m. PT, respectively. Super Six World Boxing Classic combatants, former world champion Glen Johnson and former world title challenger Allan Green will follow with their own grand arrivals, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, and Gary Shaw Productions, the Lopez-Marquez WBO world featherweight championship rumble and the Johnson-Green Super Six World Boxing Classic battle will take place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Brook to face Clark

British star Kell Brook will take on former world title challenger Michael Clark on December 11 in Liverpool. The experienced Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) will be one of the most dangerous opponents Brook has faced and stands between Brook and a crack at the WBO World Welterweight title. A former star of the hit US TV series The Contender, Clark also fought Artur Grigorian for the WBO title. The pair will meet on a huge card in Liverpool, where Paul Smith will defend his British super-middleweight title against James DeGale, and Nathan Cleverly, Matt Macklin, Frankie Gavin and Tony Bellew are all in action. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Sabaupan in action Friday

Unbeaten lightweights collide in Pasig City

Photo: Elmer Anuran

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

World rated lightweight Al Sabaupan (13-0-1, 10 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Arnel Donal (10-0-1, 4 KOs) on a star studded show at the Ynares Sports arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. IBF #14 Sabaupan’s best victory came when he scored a clear ten round decision over former WBA title challenger and current Mexican lightweight champion Josafat Perez. (more…)



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Magdaleno Bros. media day

Photo: Naoki Fukuda/Top Rank

Photo: Naoki Fukuda/Top Rank

World amateur sensation Jesse Magdaleno (2nd Left) and his big brother, undefeated Top-10 super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno (R) along with managers/trainers Pat Barry (2nd right) and Augie Sanchez (L) host a special Election Day Media Workout at Barry’s Boxing Center in Las Vegas Tuesday. Jesse, 18, a graduate of Durango High School in Las Vegas, recently joined his brother by signing a long-term exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank. Jesse will make his professional debut on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez WBO featherweight championship fight. Diego (16-0, 4 KOs), currently world-rated No. 10 by the WBA, will also be fighting on the card.



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

WBC Convention Day 2

Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman

Day two of the 48th annual WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico got underway this morning with simultaneous functions-ratings committee and officials seminar. President Jose Sulaiman presided over the ratings meeting, hearing recommendations from various promoters and managers to have their charges moved in the ratings. Among motions made, but not limited to or solidified, were the following. For more details and photos click here…



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Fight Camp 360º Episode 8

Super Six: Abraham, Froch, Green, Johnson

In Helsinki Finland, the cameras of Showtime Sports follow the fight camps of Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch for an inside look at the Super Six tournament. Plus, meet the latest addition to the tournament Glen Johnson as he prepares to take on the hard hitting Allan Green.



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Juanma on the speedbag



November 3rd, 2010

Boxing News

Lopez, Marquez Meet & Greet

WBO featherweight champ Juan Manuel Lopez, two-division world champion Rafael Marquez and former light heavyweight champion and “Rocky” star Antonio Tarver will participate in a fan autograph signing and meet and greet Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Television City at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, just three days prior to the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Lopez will appear from 2–3 p.m. PT; Marquez from 3–4 p.m. PT; Tarver: 2–4 p.m. PT. (more…)



November 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Margarito workout

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-time world champion Antonio Margarito and trainer Robert Garcia hit the mitts in preparation for Margarito’s upcoming mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…



November 2nd, 2010

UFC

1st UFC feather title fight Jan. 1

The newest addition to the Ultimate Fighting Championship® roster of world champions, featherweight title holder Jose Aldo, will make his Octagon™ debut on Saturday, January 1st when he defends his 145-pound crown against 22-year old phenom Josh “The Fluke” Grispi in the co-main event at UFC 125: RESOLUTION, presented by Tequila Cazadores and live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Two titles will be on the line during this New Year’s Day card as Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard in the main event. (more…)



November 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Q&A: Lucas Matthysse

Photo and story by Ricardo Conde

With less than one week until his showdown, knockout artist and world-ranked junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KOs) of Argentina finished his preparations at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA and departed for Newark, NJ this morning. Matthysse faces former undisputed welterweight champion and two-time junior welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah (39-6, 27 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY this Saturday November 6th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’. click here for a complete report and more photos



November 2nd, 2010

Interview

6 Questions with Edwin Rodriguez

Photo: Howard Schatz

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez says with all the confidence in the world that if he had never moved from Moca, Dominican Republic, to Worcester, Mass., at the age of 13, he’d probably be starting in the middle infield for a Major League Baseball team right now. Baseball was his first love, like so many kids from the Dominican Republic. But he found boxing at the age of 16 and after an outstanding amateur career, Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) finds himself in the toughest fight of his young career when he faces James McGirt Jr. (22-2-1, 1 NC, 11 KOs) in the main event of a super middleweight tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Nov. 5, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



November 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Linares eyes 5 titles

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former two-time world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares of Venezuala says his goal in boxing is to win five world titles and also begin to provide support for the children in his country. Linares is planning to move his training and family life to Los Angeles and expects to fight four times in 2011. At the moment he does not know who his next opponent will be. (more…)



November 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Sulaiman in Guinness Book

Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC

Within the framework of the World Boxing Council 48th Annual Convention that is being held at the Royal Hotel of this city, WBC President Jose Sulaiman was recognized as the “Longest Serving President of a Global Sports Organization.” The corresponding certificate was presented to Sulaiman by Carlos Martinez, representative of Guinness World Records.

This recognition is of extraordinary relevance, as the Guinness Book of World Records is published annually, 100 million copies of it are printed, it is sold in 100 countries, and is written in 37 languages. (more…)



November 2nd, 2010

Boxing News

Cleverly: Bring on Cloud

Light heavyweight contender Nathan Cleverly has welcomed the attention from IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud – but says he would love to shut the American up. Last week, Cloud called out the unbeaten Welsh star, telling him “I’l knock you out in the UK.” But Cleverly, who will challenge for the interim WBO World Light-Heavyweight title on December 11 in Liverpool, has fired back. “Cloud’s more than welcome to come to Wales and try and knock me out,” he said. “But quite a few fighters have tried before and got nowhere.” (more…)



November 2nd, 2010




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