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Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej "Chicago’s Polish Prince" Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

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Boxing News

Richie Boy sues Cloud, DKP

Richie Boy Promotions filed a lawsuit this past Tuesday in the 11th District Judicial Circuit Court in Miami against IBF light heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud, as well as his promoter Don King Productions and head trainer Al Bonanni. Richie Boy Promotions, which acquired contractual rights for Cloud from 8 Count Productions in February 2009, alleges that Cloud breached his contract by entering into another promotional contract with DKP. Complaints filed in the aforementioned lawsuit by Richie Boy Promotions against the three defendants include Breach of Contract (Cloud), Unjust Enrichment (DKP), Tortious Interference with Contract (DKP and Bonanni), Tortious Interference with Business Relationships (DKP and Bonanni, Fraudulent Misrepresentation (Bonanni), and Breach of Fudicuary Duty (Bonanni). Richie Boy Promotions has demanded a jury trial and judgment for monetary damages, and awarding such other and further relief as the Court deems just and proper.



April 21st, 2011



Boxing News

Marroquin headlines Saturday

Young rising star Roberto Marroquin of Dallas goes into his first main event on FSN (10 pm eastern) when he takes on featherweight Frankie Leal of Mexicali on a Top Rank Live! fight card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23. Marroquin, 21, has a record 19-0, 14 KOs. He is ranked WBO #12, IBF #14 at featherweight.

“I was born, raised in Dallas,” said Marroquin. “I have one brother, three sisters. I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad encouraged me, saying he didn’t want me running around on the streets. The first time I boxed it was at a flea market – no kidding. But now I am prepared and ready for a big fight like this.” (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Estrada surgery successful

Heavyweight Jason Estrada underwent successful elbow surgery on April 7th at the renown Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. The procedure was performed to remove several bone chips that have hampered Estrada from the beginning of his career. “This has been bothering me for a long time,” said Estrada. “I fought through the pain because I felt that it would hamper the progress of my career. In retrospect, I should’ve had this surgery a long time ago. Dr. Tolo, who performed the surgery, was surprised I was walking around with, never mind fighting with, the huge bone chips he removed.” The Estrada team decided to correct the injury after a proposed ESPN2 fight on April 29th fell through. Estrada, now 16-4, 4 KO’s, has already begun physical therapy and is hoping to return to the ring sometime this summer.



April 21st, 2011

Boxing News

More on Agbeko

IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko arrived in Los Angeles on Monday in preparation to defend his title on Saturday but has been forced to withdraw after suffering what doctors have diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica. Agbeko had advanced to the final of the SHOWTIME-televised “Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All” and was to have appeared in what would have been the biggest fight of his career, the main event on Saturday at Nokia Theatre against undefeated Abner Mares of Los Angeles, which has now been postponed. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Konecny returns May 27

Photo by Eroll Popova

European super welterweight champion and SES fighter Lukas Konecny (46-3, 22 KOs) will have his first mandatory title defense on May 27 in his Czech hometown of Usti nad Labem. He will jeopardize his belt against Frechman Hussein Bayram (34-3, 19 KOs). The fight at the Zlatopramen Arena in Usti will also be a special moment for the first European champion in the Czech boxing history. Lukas Konecny, one longest members in the SES boxing team, will step into the ring in his 50th pro fight. “In this jubilee I want to shine especially in front of my fans. Bayram will have no chance. Besides I haven’t reached my biggest goal yet as I want to win the world title,” the 32 year old Konecny said. In order to increase his chances for a world title fight very soon he will also fight for the WBO interconti belt alongside his Euro title. He is currently on the short list of the EBU to be named “Athlete of the year.” As one of the most successful professional athletes of the Czech Republic he already receives a high recognition. Lukas Konecny has been named the national coach of the Czech Amateur boxing team. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Darchinyan-Perez still on

An untimely back injury sustained by IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph Agbeko earlier this week has forced him out of Saturday’s scheduled title defense—and the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final—against Abner Mares. The co-main event bout featuring former world champions Vic Darchinyan vs. Yonnhy Perez will go on as planned for the vacant IBO Bantamweight Championship this Saturday, April 23, at Nokia Theatre televised live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Agbeko and Mares plan to attend Thursday’s Bantamweight Tournament Final press conference to address members of the media—at ESPNZone L.A. LIVE at Noon local time.



April 21st, 2011

Feature Story

Perez plans to KO Darchinyan

Story by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Bantamweight Yonnhy Perez is not a mean person by any means of the imagination. Outside of the ring, Perez is a soft-spoken, humble family man who minds his business.

One would think otherwise as they watch the Colombian-born fighter in the ring unleash brutal barrage of hooks to the body or right hands to the head . . . click here for more



April 21st, 2011

UFC

UFC FanExpo update

The chance to ask questions to some of the top executives, officials and personalities associated with the sport of mixed martial arts is presented at the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29 and 30. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed the following Q&A sessions taking place on the main stage over the course of the two-day festivities: (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Announcement

De La Hoya to attend BWAA dinner

Former multiple-weight world champion, ring legend, and future Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has announced that he will attend the 86th annual awards banquet of the Boxing Writers Association of America.  The affair, honoring the outstanding boxers and boxing journalism of 2010, will be held on May 6, 2011, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The following evening at the same venue, Manny Pacquiao boxes Shane Mosley. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Interview

Andrade Ready for Bell

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Interview By Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney

2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) continues to take the next step in his professional career as he will take on Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in the open bout of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights live from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT this Friday night. “This will be his (Demetrius) fourth time fighting at Mohegan Sun and already his seventh time fighting on ESPN since turning pro. He’s received great exposure on the national level, and I am also pleased that we have been able to showcase him right at home here for his fans on the east coast,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “Demetrius is moving along well and has a very bright future ahead of him. This will be his third scheduled eight rounder and by the year’s end we expect him to be moving up to ten-rounders and distancing himself from the other top 154 pounders in the world.” FightNews had an opportunity to speak with Andrade about his extensive amateur career, his undefeated professional career, the fight and his future. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Feature Story

Pacman ready for Mosley

"I’m just excited to fight and beat people up."

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Eight-division world champion Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao hosted what many in attendance described as boxing’s #1 pound for pound media day workout. A standing room only crowd of national and international media packed the Wild Card Boxing Club on Wednesday to interview Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum about Pacquiao’s May 7 WBO welterweight title defense, at the sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., against three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley.

The Pacquiao vs. Mosley world title fight is the main event of a four-fight telecast that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The mega-event will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com .Closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

The energetic Pacquiao trained for more than two hours immediately following an equally long interview session. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Feature Story

Rachman a self-trained champion

Photos and report by Jeffrey Pamungkas

Muhammad Rachman (64-10-5, 33 KOs) who just sensationally won the WBA mini-flyweight title by KO in round nine over the defending champion Kwantai Sithmorseng (31-1-1, 17 KOs) was completely self-trained for the world championship fight. A former IBF champion in the same division, the 39-year-old Rachman proved that he’s still harder than a rock. He wakes up early at 4AM running as far as 10 KM (around 6 miles) on a soccer stadium near his home in Blitar, Indonesia, alone. “I run on the grass field, and I think it feels like a ring canvas,” said Rachman. After running he does routine physical training such as push-ups, sit-ups, etc. and still all alone.

Around 7AM he finishes his morning training then returns at his home, takes a shower and back as a normal life as a businessman. In the afternoon, after returning home, he does shadow boxing and hits the sandbags. He does it everyday and he prepares his own training program when he gets a fight invitation, including the WBA title fight with Kwantai Sithmorseng. “I only have one assistant in training, my wife,” he said. “She prepares good meals for me, and in the afternoon she becomes my timekeeper when I hit the sand bag.” (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Miranda-Viloria in the works?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There is a possibility that Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda could defend the WBO flyweight title against Brian Viloria on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Sources indicate that Zanfer is interested in placing this fight on the card headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Sebastian Zbik for the WBC middleweight title. For Miranda, it would be his fourth defense and and also take care of his mandatory obligations. “Pingo” is currently training in Veracruz, Mexico but is expected to return to Monterrey to continue his training.



April 21st, 2011

Boxing Result

First 2011 card in Massachusetts

"The Polish Prince" remains undefeated

The first pro boxing show of 2011 in Massachusetts was a huge success this past Saturday with local star Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (10-0, 2 KOs) winning a unanimous eight round decision over tough journeyman Robert DaLuz (13-34-3, 9 KOs) at the Massachusetts National Guard Armory in Dorchester.

Pressing the action from the opening bell, the 50-fight veteran DaLuz looked for openings to the body in hope of slowing down the slick-boxing Kielczewski. The fans of “The Polish Prince” cheered loudly as he landed lightening-quick counterpunches, stepping around DaLuz and showing brilliant defense. Neither fighter was hurt at any time during the contest but Kielczewski was impressive, leaving the crowd anxious for his next fight. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Interview

Q&A Craig Christian

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Jeff Pamungkas

Australian Craig Christian has guided the career of the WBA super featherweight champion Chris John since 2005 and through twelve successful world title fights. Christian talks to Fightnews and says that Jan Manuel Marquez rates as his greatest victory and that his win over Derrick Gainer also rates as one of his best. He also mentions that it was important that Chris John defeated Daud Yordan on Sunday and that WBA champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and WBO champion Orlando Salido are on the WBA 126 pound champions radar. (more…)



April 21st, 2011

Boxing News

Agbeko collapses, fight off

By Flattop

Don King Productions publicist Alan Hopper has informed FightNews that IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) has been forced to pull out of Saturday’s fight with SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final against undefeated WBC Silver titlist Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) due a back condition called “sudden onset sciatica.” Agbeko collapsed Monday night in Los Angeles and after an examination, doctors said the fight is a no-go. It is not yet known if the card at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles will go on with a replacement opponent for Mares, just the other fights as scheduled or if the whole card will be postponed. Stay tuned.



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Ayala inks Manuel Rey Rojas

Photo: Paulie Ayala Productions

Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, has signed Dallas lightweight amateur sensation Manuel Rey Rojas to his first pro contract and just in time for Ayala’s upcoming show, Battle of DFW, Saturday, April 30th at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Rojas compiled an exceptional amateur record of 86-17 that included the 2006 National Silver Gloves Championship, 2008 Junior Olympic State Championship, 2008 National Junior Olympic Finals, 2008 World Ringside Finals and 2009 National Silver Gloves Championship. Ayala is focused on developing talent and believes Rojas has a chance to be special. “I believe Manuel is young, talented and has a lot of potential. I want to help Manuel by developing him one fight at a time and keep him busy,” stated Ayala. Battle of DFW is headlined by another former Dallas amateur standout and 2008 U.S. Olympian Luis Yanez.



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacquiao Wildcard media day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach at a jam-packed, standing room-only media day at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Wednesday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

New main event in Ontario, CA

After suffering a cut on his right eye while sparring against Ignacio Garcia, Jose Reynoso was forced to pull out of his scheduled WBC Cabofe title defense against junior welterweight Esteban Almaraz on April 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The original injury seems to have never healed properly and occurred when Reynoso squared off against Santos Pakau this past February. Ready to replace his injured Thompson Boxing stablemate and fresh from his stirring victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in January, highly-regarded junior welterweight Mauricio “Maestro” Herrera will try to extend his three fight winning streak when he battles veteran Cristian “Filoso” Favela in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ card.



April 20th, 2011

Boxing Result

Sasaki keeps OPBF 140lb crown

By Joe Koizumi

WBC#12 OPBF super-light champ Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs), 139.5, kept his regional belt as he came off the canvas in the second and halted top-ranked Korean titlist Pansoo Kim (11-2-1, 7 KOs), 139.5, with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:43 of the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The 35-year-old veteran had dethroned Filipino Randy Suico last year and successfully made his second defense against Kim, eleven years his junior.

OPBF middle ruler Koji Sato (19-1, 17 KOs), 163.75, floored Indonesian Ade Alfons (14-13-3, 4 KOs), 163.25, three times en route to a quick demolition at 2:35 of the opening session in a scheduled ten. Sato’s belt wasn’t at stake.

Japan-based Venezuelan middleweight Carlos Linares (8-1, 7 KOs), 160, needed just 116 seconds to stop Hiroshi Ohashi (7-6, 3 KOs), 158.75, in a scheduled eight. The six-footer Carlos is the younger brother of former world champ Jorge Linares who is gunning for a shot to regain his throne.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Lawrence-Gavern collide May 27

By Rick Scharmberg

Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (14-2-2, 9 KOs) and Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (20-7-4, 9 KOs) will meet in a heavyweight battle on Friday, May 27 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. They will fight for the IBF Intercontinental heavyweight title. In the co-feature, heavyweight sensation Amir “Hardcore” Mansour will get a shot at the IBF North American heavyweight title against an opponent to be determined. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is promoting the show. (more…)



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Punching Policeman returns

Fight Night Promotions has announced the first installment of its Friday Night Fight Series at the Roberts Orpheum Theatre in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. In the main event, super middleweight “The Punching Policeman” Sam Hill (17-11-1, 10 KOs) returns home for the first time sine 2006. The 40-year-old Hill is best known for upsetting Olympic Gold Medalist David Reid in 2001. His last fight was in 2009. He will face TBA. (more…)



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Mares, Darchinyan media workout

Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

Undefeated WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and two-division titleholder Vic Darchinyan participated in an open media workout Tuesday at Westside Boxing Gym with Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions/ Mares’ promoter in attendance. This Saturday, April 23, Mares and Darchinyan will compete in separate bouts in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes Alllive on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. In the finals of the four-fighter, two-night tournament, Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will challenge defending champion Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, for the IBF 118-pound title. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be at stake in the 12-round bout. For more details and photos click here…



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Dream Team presser

By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez

The American Dream starts with a vision. For many, that vision is to freely pursue a livelihood within one’s chosen passion. It is a dream that has propelled generations of exiles from oppressive societies to America’s shores. For Cuban-American promoter Henry Rivalta, that passion has always been boxing. Rivalta’s longtime dream to form his own promotional company and provide fans the types of fights he loves to watch is coming true. Today’s Dream Team Boxing Promotions press conference at Bongo’s Cuban Café in the American Airlines Arena revealed a passionate, experienced and tight-knit promotional team shooting for the big time. Rivalta announced the big time 12-fight card starting at 7:00 PM Saturday night at the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion in the Miami Dade Fair & Expo Center. Saturday’s appropriately-titled “Night of the Prospects” serves as a coming-out party for the impressive stable of fighters Rivalta has diligently assembled to represent his boxing brainchild. For more details and photos click here…



April 20th, 2011

Boxing News

Lewkowicz on suspension

Earlier this week, the Panamanian Boxing Commission publicly declared prominent boxing representative Sampson Lewkowicz “Persona Non Grata” and stated that they “are prohibiting Lewkowicz (from having) any kind of relation or contact with this commission as well as with any Panamanian boxer since the relation will not be recognized” for a period of one year, for what they say is allegedly threatening the management of WBA Bantamweight Champion Anselmo Moreno that their contract with Moreno would be terminated by the Commission for going against the interests of their represented boxer if they didn’t persuade the fighter to sign a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions by April 5. Now Lewkowicz is coming forward with his version of what happened. (more…)



April 20th, 2011




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