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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Eroll Popova

Eroll Popova

WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (left) and WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer pose during today’s press conference at the Schwerin Castle in Schwerin, Germany. Hometown favorites Zbik and Brähmer defend their titles on December 19 at the Schwerin Sport and Kongress Hall. (More to come)



November 25th, 2009



Scale Watch

Weights from Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Tyrell Samuel 132 1/2 vs Gustavo Dailey 131 1/2
Mike Dietrich 224 1/2 vs. Kevin Johnson 214
Daniel Kooij 195 1/2 vs. William Bailey 189 1/2
Nick Kisner 195 vs. Glen Williams 195 1/2
Abodurin Akinyanju 284 vs. Octavius Davis 225 1/2
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing



November 25th, 2009

Scale Watch

25th Annual Erie Boxing Classic

Otgonbayer Daivii 178 vs Garrett Wilson 176.5
Paul Zalus 210 vs Damian Richardson 204
Brian Cook 208 vs Robert Clay 215
Andy Mejias 169 vs Dave Cook 166.5
Jason Massie 275 vs Justin Novaria 271
Venue: Avalon Hotel in Erie, PA
Promoter: Michael Acri Boxing Promotions



November 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Concepcion-Leyva presser

Photo: Omar De La Cruz

Photo: Omar De La Cruz

WBA interim flyweight champion Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) faced off with former world champion Roberto ‘Mako’ Leyva (26-9-1, 21 KOs). The two had their press conference today at the Crown Casino in Panama City, Panama publicizing their scheduled for 12 rounds world title fight this Friday at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. The two issued the following quotes.
Concepcion: “My preparation for this fight was excellent. There really isn’t much to say at this point. I’m just ready to successfully make my first title defense.”
Leyva: “I’ve prepared well for this fight and I’m coming to win. Everybody knows that true Mexican fighters are real warriors and that’s what you will see from me come Friday night.”



November 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Molina headlines Saturday

Talented, promising lightweight prospect John Molina Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) of Covina, Calif., will make his main event debut when he puts his unblemished record on the line against veteran Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-rounder for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight championship in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 28 live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In the co-feature, undefeated Los Angeles native Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (13-0, 8 KOs) will meet Los Angeles resident and World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC super bantamweight belt-holder Alejandro “El Alacran” Perez (14-1-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round junior bantamweight bout. (more…)



November 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Upsher Chambers returns 12/4

On December 4th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers (20-1-1, 6 KOs) will take on the rugged veteran, Doel Carrasquillo (12-12-1, 10 KOs) in the eight round main event that will highlight the annual Children’s Holiday Show. The show is promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Inc. (more…)



November 25th, 2009

Announcement

Foreman “Turkey Giveaway”

Boxing champ distributes turkeys in Brooklyn

Newly crowned WBA jr middleweight champion Yuri Foreman teamed with the Israeli Consulate and the Metropolitan Council to sponsor a “Turkey Giveaway” in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday.

“The best way to celebrate is to share with others, I am humbled to give back to the community and share with those that are less fortune,” Foreman said.  Hundreds of turkeys were distributed to people in need Tuesday morning at the Met Council parking lot in Brooklyn.

(more…)



November 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Timm praises Culcay

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Photo: Universum Box-Promotion

Amateur world champion Jack Culcay is currently preparing with the trainer of champions Michael Timm at the Universum Gym in Hamburg as he gets ready for his pro debut. This month Universum Box-Promotion made a big investment in the 24-year-old junior middleweight’s boxing future by signing him to a three year deal with an option for three more years. (more…)



November 25th, 2009

Announcement

Rodriguez plans to dominate!

When Star Boxing’s IBF #3 rated welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (24-3-2, 14KO) steps into the ring against Poland’s IBF #4 rated Rafal “Braveheart” Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18KO) for the #1 spot in the IBF World Ratings in an official IBF Welterweight Title eliminator in Elk, Poland on Friday November 27th, Rodriguez doesn’t intend to leave any questioning in the outcome of the fight. (more…)



November 25th, 2009

Announcement

Robinson, Solomon stake records!

It is rare in boxing when you see two prospects at such an early stage of their career put their undefeated records on the line against on another. But on December 3rd, on Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing premiere installment of his new collaborative series “Hustler Boxing” with Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club-NYC, you will see just that when Star Boxing’s “The New” Ray Robinson (11-0, 4KO) takes on Brad Solomon (8-0, 3KO) in a must see welterweight showdown between two unbeaten, up and coming prospects. The bout is scheduled for six rounds in the welterweight division and is one of the co-feature bouts of the evening. “Huster Boxing” will take place in the Grand Ballroom at New York City’s famous Manhattan Center, and will be broadcast live on the nationally televised Versus Network. (more…)



November 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Malpartida, Santa Cruz headline

WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida will defend her belt against Lyndsey Scragg on December 5 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Also featured on the six bout card will be lightweight contender Armando Santa Cruz, along with top prospects Oscar Venegas and Ricky Duenas, and undefeated Peruvian boxers 9-0 Carlos Zambrano and 3-0 Juan Zegarra. (more…)



November 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Pavlik-Espino Presser

Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank

World middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik returns home, to Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center, on Saturday, December 19, to defend his titles against top-rated contender Miguel Espino. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline an all-action two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The suggested retail price is $39.95. Tickets, priced at $208, $158, $108 and $58, including $8 processing fee, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m. ET, online at www.Tickets.com. They can also be purchased at the Beeghly Center box office, beginning Monday, November 30. (more…)



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Oleg Maskaev Update

Opts for Reno altitude in training

Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee

Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev is based in West Sacramento, Calif., and will be fighting virtually in his backyard on Dec. 11, but chose Reno, Nev., and its 4,400-foot altitude, 130 miles away, as the site of his training camp. “It’s something I like to do for added conditioning,” explained Maskaev. A onetime New Yorker after relocating from the former Soviet Union, he was accustomed to training for fights in higher elevations on the East Coast as well.

Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) is 40 and will be taking on a 25-year-old foe in Nagy Aguilera (14-2, 9 KOs) of New York in their scheduled 10-rounder next month at downtown Sacramento’s historic Memorial Auditorium. But, according to Maskaev’s promoter, Dennis Rappaport, who left the Big Apple to be encamped with his fighter, the ex-champ is sparring with the zeal of someone much younger in pursuit of regaining the title he lost last year to Samuel Peter. (more…)



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Stieglitz to make 1st defense

WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) will face an opponent to be named on January 9th at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. It will be the first defense for Stieglitz, who dethroned Karoly Balzsay in August. Also on the card will be WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer defending her belts against WIBF super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne. The card will be officially announced on Thursday.



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF mourns Rodriguez

It is with the deepest sympathies that the International Boxing Federation/ United States Boxing Association extends its condolences to the wife and family of Francisco Rodriguez, who passed away after valiantly fighting a tough battle against Teon Kennedy for the USBA Junior Featherweight title on Friday, November 20, in Philadelphia, PA. “Our concerns for Mr. Rodriguez’s health began when we new he passed out in the corner and was rushed to the hospital,” noted IBF President, Marian Muhammad. Tragedies such as this one are unpleasant reminders of how dangerous this sport can be. The IBF president added, “We were deeply saddened to learn that Francisco Rodriguez passed away two days after such a hard fought battle in the square ring.”
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A fund has been started for Francisco’s family. Please make donations to:
The Francisco Rodriguez Fund
C/O National Republic Bank of Chicago
1201 W. Harrison St,
Chicago, IL 60607
312-738-4900



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Travis Simms sworn in

Former two-time WBA super welterweight champion Travis Simms was sworn in as Councilmen at City Hall in Norwalk, CT on Tuesday. As a lifelong Norwalk resident, Simms is eager to get into his new position and fight for the citizens of Norwalk who have supported him throughout his boxing career. The 38-year-old Simms last fought in June and has indicated he intends to remain active as a boxer.



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

DKP: Ruiz not under contract

Don King Productions issued a press release yesterday stating the company had a valid promotional contract with heavyweight boxer John Ruiz. Upon further review, Don King has learned that Ruiz’s contract with DKP has expired. “My boxing department had advised me my contract was still active, which turned out to be incorrect,” King said. “I apologize to John, his representatives, boxing fans and members of the media for making this mistake.” King explained that he was told that Ruiz had signed a three-year contract extension when in fact it had only been for two years. “When I was told this morning of this error, I immediately wanted to get the correct information out,” King said. “John had been with me since 1998, and I would prefer to see him stay with me, but he is free to do as he sees fit. I wish him well.”



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Brunson headlines Dec 4

On Friday, Dec. 4, at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, unbeaten junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson (20-0-1, 19 KO) will be opposed by Carson Jones (23-7-1 14 KOs) in the ShoBox 10-round main event. In the eight-round co-feature, undefeated Mauricio Herrera (13-0, 6 KOs) faces Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) in a super lightweight bout.



November 24th, 2009

Feature Story

Q&A: Andre Berto

Photo: Mike Potthast

Photo: Mike Potthast

By Robert Coster

The next big fight in the welterweight division is the WBC-WBA title unification bout between champions Andre Berto and Shane Mosley on January 30th, 2010 — a clash of two generations. The possible outcome of this battle has the fans and pundits divided. Those who favor Mosley, a majority, point out that the future Hall of Famer has the edge in experience, skills, versatility and has fought high caliber opponents. Those who back the undefeated Berto speak of his strength, youth, speed and the possibility that Father Time may very well catch up withthe 38-year-old Shane. This is certainly the opinion of Lou DiBella, Berto’s promoter, who predicts that “on January 30th, the era of Shane Mosley ends and that of Andre Berto starts.” And what does Andre Berto himself think? The personable Andre answers a few pointed questions from Fightnews. (more…)



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Giovanni Díaz Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican lightweight Giovanni Díaz (11-3, 3 KOs) remains in critical, but stable condition in a local hospital according to information from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Diaz suffered a subdural hematoma in a fourth round KO loss to Ramón “Niño de Oro” Ayala on Saturday’s Sosa-Mayol card.



November 24th, 2009

Feature Story

Afolabi ready for Huck

Photo: Danielle Mora

Photo: Danielle Mora

WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) is ready to leave no doubt to who the WBO cruiserweight champion is when he takes on WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5th in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Fightnews spoke with Afolabi upon his recent arrival to Germany and he spoke about his upcoming fight with Huck. (more…)



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa Update

Photo Courtesy ESTO

Photo Courtesy ESTO

By Robert Coster

Former WBC light-flyweight champion Edgar Sosa will be out of action for action for at least 6 months with a fractured cheekbone. Doctors are presently trying to evaluate the damage to Sosa’s left eye. Sosa was the victim an intentional headbutt by challenger Rodel Mayol in their fight Saturday. Mayol was deducted a point for his action but scored a TKO later in the round.



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Super Six Standings

Below is the updated scoreboard following the conclusion of Group Stage 1 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic:

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Click here to see the bracket sheet.



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBO Bantamweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico will return on December 16th against Nicaraguan Marlon Aguilar at the Auditorio La Condosaa in Mexico City. Previously we knew Gonzalez was considering opponents from Mexico, Japan or The Philippines. We also know Gonzalez is seeking a quick world title shot against one of the featherweight beltholders. Gonzalez is currently training daily at the La Romanza in Mexico City with standout trainer Nacho Beristain. Other fights on December 16th include Oscar Ibarra vs Erick Ortiz in rematch, plus the Zaleta brothers Victor and Odilon.



November 24th, 2009

Boxing News

GBP: Haye is the only WBA champ

Despite an issued statement from Don King Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, the United States promoter of WBA heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye, announced that they have received assurances directly from the WBA that there will be no sanctioning of an interim WBA heavyweight championship fight and that Haye will remain the only heavyweight world champion recognized by the sanctioning body. “We have complete confidence that the WBA will keep their word and not sanction an interim heavyweight world title bout,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya. “They have assured us that David will remain the ONLY WBA heavyweight world champion, a title which he looks forward to proudly defending for the first time in the early part of 2010.”



November 24th, 2009

UFC

Aldo looks to create own legacy

Newly-crowned World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight champion Jose Aldo had dreamed of winning a world title since he was a young boy. Growing up poor in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo didn’t have many material possessions, nor did he always know when his next meal would come. (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Team Ruiz: DKP is lying

Team Ruiz has responded to claims by promoter Don King, who stated that, “John Ruiz is my fighter,” as well as that the WBA has sanctioned an “Interim” title fight between one of King’s fighters, Kali Meehan, and former champion Ruslan Chagaev. According to Team Ruiz, “The Quietman’s” contract with DKP expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become a promotional free agent. (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Arreola to face Minto

On Saturday night December 5th, heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) will see his first action since a courageous loss at the hands of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, when he battles WBO #5 Brian Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) in a ten rounder at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In the main event, three-time world champion Paul Williams meets WBC super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez, in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout.



November 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

WBA orders interim heavy title

Meehan and Chagaev to meet for title

The World Boxing Association held meetings at their recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia, where they ordered an interim heavyweight championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Meehan earned the WBA No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight championship ever since. “I am grateful Don King has maintained his faith in me, and I will become the WBA interim heavyweight champion,” Meehan said. “I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye versus John Ruiz.” (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

DKP: Ruiz still under contract

Promoter Don King claims he has a valid contract to promote heavyweight boxer John Ruiz, and Ruiz’s claims that he is a promotional free agent are false. “John Ruiz is my fighter,” King said. “I have a valid promotional agreement that designates me as his promoter. I do not understand why he and his manager are representing that he is a free agent when that is clearly not the case.” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs) is a two time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion and is currently the WBA No. 1-ranked contender and mandatory challenger to new champion David Haye. (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Holyfield-Botha January 16

Promoter Eddie Bazira and Baltic Pro Box Promotions, in association with Real Deal Events LLC, SES Boxing, Fight Production and Risum Boxing, are proud to announce that contracts has been signed for legendary former four-time heavyweight champion of the world Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield to challenge Francois Botha for the South Africans World Boxing Federation World title on January 16 at Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. A sell-out crowd of 80,000 spectators is expected, and details are being finalized for worldwide pay-per-view distribution. Sweden-based Baltic Pro Box Promotions will host several press conferences in the coming days in Kampala to kick off the promotion of what will be the biggest fight ever in Uganda. (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Announcement

Turkey Giveaway by Golden Boy!

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Photos by Hoganphotos/GoldenBoy

The team from Golden Boy Promotions passed out hundreds of turkeys, fixings and products to the East Los Angeles community yesterday.  (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Feature Story

Erdei, Fragomeni speak

Photo: Eroll Popova

Photo: Eroll Popova

Universum Box-Promotion had three new world champions crowned on Saturday night in Kiel Germany. Former light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei successfully moved up in weight to seize the WBC cruiserweight title from Giacobbe Fragomeni, Olympian medalist Vitali Tajbert dethroned WBC interim super featherweight king Humberto Gutierrez, and super middleweight claimed the vacant WBA belt with a fifth round TKO over Stjepan Bozic. Here’s what they had to say at the post-fight press conference, plus a giant photo gallery of the night’s action. (more…)



November 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Ward-Kessler photogallery

David Robinett and Robert Hough at Ringside;
Photographs by Laura De La Torre

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) dominated Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 31 KOs) in a stunningly one-sided affair to capture the WBA super middleweight belt and position himself as the favorite for the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic this past Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Ward won by technical decision after the fight was stopped in the eleventh round due to cuts over Kessler’s eyes which were caused by accidental head butts, by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92. Click here for the full report and action packed photogallery.



November 23rd, 2009

Feature Story

Q&A: Danny Green

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Danny Green says his respect for Roy Jones has gone and he is looking forward to their December 2 clash at Acer Arena where Jones will challenge for his IBO cruiserweight belt. Jones is looking to make history as the first boxer to claim world titles in all five weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight. Green said “I can see it, I have this recurring vision that I’ve got and haven’t had this feeling for a long time,” Green said. “I can envisage an earlier than 12th round stoppage by myself against Roy Jones Jr.” (more…)



November 23rd, 2009




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