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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

Photos: Karl Freitag Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam 158.2 vs. Curtis Stevens 158.8 (IBF middleweight eliminator) Fredrick Lawson 147.8 vs. Ray Narh 146.6 Miguel Marriaga 125.6 vs. Christopher ...

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Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

Crawford, Beltran Quick Quotes

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

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Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Promoter Dan Goossen passes

Statement from the Goossen Family: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications ...

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Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Edwards Scores Win In Motown

Report/photos by Bob Ryder Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win ...

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Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Abraham defeats Smith; Macklin wins tune-up

Photo: Sebastian Heger WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Paul Smith (35-4, 20 ...

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Weights from Santa Monica

Weights from Santa Monica

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Boxing News

Khan-Collazo Quotes

It was announced today that British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan faces Brooklyn native aLuis Collazo in the 12-round welterweight co-main event of Mayweather-Maidana” on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Amir Khan: I’m looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage. Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport.

Luis Collazo: Defeating Victor Ortiz in January was just the beginning. Facing and beating Amir Khan on the biggest stage in the sport is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I will take full advantage of this and put myself in the best position to face the winner of the main event. I hope Khan is ready because Brooklyn is coming to take him down.

Richard Schaefer: Both Amir Khan and Luis Collazo have made it known that they want a shot at the winner of the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, so what better way for them to prove that they’re next in line than by fighting on “The Moment” card on May 3?



March 24th, 2014



Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola II billed as “Fight for Peace”

The WBC heavyweight championship rematch between top-rated world contenders, Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola taking place on May 10 at the USC Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles will be billed as “Fight for Peace.” Hall of Fame Promoter Don King of Don King Productions and Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions made the announcement jointly today.

“ESPN is in it to win it…and ‘win’ in it they have…hitting a grand slam home run in public opinion in welcoming the prodigal son of the sport of boxing – The WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World Title Event back to America – Halleluiah!” said the ever-enthusiastic Don King, promoter of Bermane Stiverne.

“Fight for Peace” was chosen as an international tribute to the fight for the title previously held by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election where he is seeking to become the country’s leader.

“Vitali was a great champion, in and out of the ring, and the winner of this fight will have big shoes to fill wearing the green belt around their waist,” said Dan Goossen promoter of Arreola. “Chris will definitely be going into this fight with his back against the wall. It’s that type of do-or-die situation I believe when he’s the most motivated and dangerous. To top off this history making, and what is sure to be great event, is ESPN’s participation, the home to all major sporting events, putting additional broadcast significance to this Heavyweight World Championship fight.” (more…)



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Amir Khan will fight Luis Collazo on Mayweather-Maidana card

By James Slater

Today at Amir khan’s Gloves gym in his hometown of Bolton it was officially announced how Khan will face former WBA welterweight champ Luis Collazo on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana. Khan worked out with trainer Virgil Hunter with gathered members of the media in attendance. An interview with Khan to follow…



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

WBO 27th Annual Convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, October 27-31

The 27th WBO Annual Convention will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 27 to October 31, as announced today the WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. This year the famous Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas will host the traditional WBO Convention after a 2013 when the event took place in Budapest, Hungary. The Convention is back to Las Vegas where it took place in 2005. As always, in the WBO Annual Convention is expected the presence of some of the WBO Champions, former Champions, contenders, prospects, known trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities. At the Congress will be discussed various topics as rules, rankings, among others.



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Tureano Johnson: Curtis Stevens can’t and won’t beat me

Gary Shaw Productions undefeated middleweight contender, Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs) is training hard for his upcoming bout with Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4-0, 19 KOs) taking place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 4th. Johnson vs. Stevens, a ten-round bout, will be will be televised on NBCSN “Fight Night” as the co-feature to Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) vs. Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs). Johnson, who resides in Hollywood, Florida, by way of Nassau, Bahamas, was part of the 2008 Bahamas Olympic Team. After having a decorated amateur career in which he worked alongside the Cuban National Team for the eight years, Johnson has developed into an outstanding professional, winning convincingly in all of his fourteen pro fights. He feels confident in his ability to defeat Stevens, who’s ranked #11 by the WBC and IBF. (more…)



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Fury says Ward can make history Saturday

Tyson Fury is backing bantanweight contender Martin Ward to make history on Saturday by becoming the first Traveller to win a world title (Travellers are similar to Gypsies). Ward challenges IBF bantamweight king Stuart Hall at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and unbeaten heavyweight Fury is convinced his fellow Traveller can turn on the style and relieve Ward of the belt.

Tyson Fury: “I met up with Martin last week and we had a good chat. He is looking really, really confident. The travelling community is a closely knit one and we will all be cheering Martin on in what looks like being a terrific contest. He can do it, of course he can. Then I will be following suit when I get my shot at the world heavyweight title.”

The 26-year-old Ward, who has won 18 of his 20 contests, is the Commonwealth champion and is positively oozing with confidence.

Martin Ward: “This is the great chance for me to make history in the travelling community and become a world champion. It would mean so much to be able to go to Appleby Fair this summer with a world title belt, and my stock would rise among my own people. It is a challenge, but I have sparred with Stuey and I know what I have got to do to beat him. Stuey is a terrific fighter with a lot of heart but I know I can beat him. I am raring to go and pick up that belt, believe me.”



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez could make the first defense of his crown on May 24 in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico against an opponent to be confirmed. Gonzalez had agreed to a rematch with former champ Abner Mares in early 2014, however for various reasons the fight was cancelled. Mares has recently been rumored to be seeking a shot at WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura. Unofficially, possible challengers include WBC #6 Viorel Simion of Romania and WBC #12 Clive Atwell of Guyana.



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko: I can compare Alex Leapai with Rocky

In a video interview, WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) said he’ll do everything in his power to win “as impressively as possible” in his April 26 fight against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs). Klitschko described Leapai as “physically and naturally so strong, he doesn’t need technique or strategy. Pure violence, that’s what we’ll see in the ring.” The fight takes place at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany.



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Verdejo returns April 19

Undefeated Puerto Rico Olympian Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) will return to the ring on April 19 in a six round lightweight bout against Jeremy McLaurin (10-7, 5 KOs) on a ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ telecast. The card will take place at a venue to be named in Orlando, Florida. Also former world featherweight title challenger Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) is slated to face Gamalier Rodriguez (20-3-1, 10 KOs).



March 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Shannon Briggs speaks out

By Karl Freitag

The video of Shannon Briggs’ rant during world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s workout last week in Hollywood, Florida, turned “viral” and has now amassed close to half-a-million views on YouTube (despite being age-restricted for some unknown reason by the powers that be at YouTube). Later that day we managed to track down the still amped up Shannon for this follow up interview.

By the way, although Shannon hasn’t fought since his 2010 fight with Vitali Klitschko, we’re told that Briggs, the last American to hold a heavyweight title belt, has two fights scheduled for next month. April 6 in Raleigh, North Carolina and April 11 in Tampa, Florida.



March 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night: The H-Bomb Rescues Hendo in Brazil

It wasn’t a repeat of their first meeting over two years ago in terms of a sustained 25 minutes of action, but Sunday, at the sweltering Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil, veteran MMA superstars Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua added another worthy chapter to their series, with “Hendo” emerging victorious once again, snapping a three fight losing streak this time by way of a come from behind third round knockout . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



March 23rd, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night prelims: Formiga finally wins the big one

It took four UFC fights, but hometown hero Jussier Formiga finally showed off the form that had him listed among the best flyweights in the world on Sunday, as he submitted Scott Jorgensen in less than a round in UFC Fight Night action from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NOGUEIRA VS.NELSON is LIVE on UFC Fight pass on Friday, April 11 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT . . . Click here for more info



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Lawson KOs Kayongo

Report and photos: Jesse Kelley

Fredrick Lawson (22-0, 20 KO’s) of Chicago, Illinois (by way of Ghana) outlasted Mohammed Kayongo (17-4-1, 12 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN in a slug fest on Friday night at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN. Lawson and Kayongo traded heavy punches from the opening bell until the end which came at 2:47 of round 6.

The action was intense from the opening bell as Kayongo winged power shots and Lawson countered with a strong jab and right hand down the middle. Kayongo snuck in a hard right hand to the jaw of Lawson midway through the first round as he continued to come forward. But from that point on, Lawson began to walk forward, landing hard jabs and rights that snapped the hometown fighters head back as he took the round. (more…)



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fedor Chudinov new WBC CISBB champion

Photo: Hrunov Promotions

Unbeaten WBA #5 rated super middleweight Fedor Chudinov (10-0, 8 KOs) was victorious when the corner of former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic (28-8, 19 KOs) stopped fight after five rounds on Sunday at the Sports Palace “Znamya” in Noginsk, Russia. With the win, Chudinov, the younger brother of WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov, claimed the WBC CISBB (CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau) super middleweight belt.



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Heavyweights Agha and Woods draw in rematch

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Heavyweights Darlington Agha (9-0-1, 6KO) and Jamal Woods (4-11-3, 4KO) took center stage last night at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Paulie Ayala’s “Keep it in the Ring” fundraiser benefiting his own Punching out Parkinson’s and NewDay Services, a mission to end domestic violence. Agha and Woods kept it in the ring and after six back and forth rounds the fight ended in a unanimous draw, 57-57 from all three judges. (more…)



March 23rd, 2014

UFC

Dan Henderson: Lord of the Throwdown

Since the history of the written word there has been a fascination with the conflict and passion of a fighter. Authors and poets have romanticized those who step onto the battlefield, through the gates of the arena or into the fire because they seem to possess a factor which separates them from normal men. That intangible spirit or drive is the very detail an author sets out to explain because its very essence is what makes the “gladiator” noteworthy . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Face Off with Max Kellerman: Pacquiao vs. Bradley

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. meet face-to-face outside the ring for this exclusive interview with Max Kellerman. Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 happens Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view.



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Socarras captures WBA Latino belt

Highly touted prospect from Cuba, Hairon ‘El Maja’ Socarras (11-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a impressive fourth round knockout over Dominican Aneudy Matos (13-11-1, 9 KOs) to grab the vacant WBA Latino super bantamweight belt on Saturday night at the Carlos ‘Teo’ Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Matos, who visited the canvas in the first, and fourth round, left the ring in bad shape.

“My opponent ( Matos ) came to win, to give everything, but I came determined to take the title convincingly because here, I’m not the localist” said Socarrás from Lisa, city of La Havana. (more…)



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Thompson waiting for offers after win

42-year-old Tony “The Tiger” Thompson remains a factor in the heavyweight division, dashing the hopes of yet another highly regarded heavyweight in Odlanier Solis on Saturday night in Turkey. “For now we’ll enjoy the moment, rest a little bit and then look what offers come,” said Thompson after the fight. “Whoever wants me knows how to reach me. I’m happy and satisfied that everything worked so well and that I got a fair decision. Now let’s see what happens next.”

On the other hand, Solis’ performance left a bitter taste for promoter Ahmet Öner, who signed the former Olympic heavyweight gold medalist out of the amateurs and stood by “La Sombra” his entire pro career. “I’m very disappointed in Solis,” said Öner. “With such a big opportunity I would have expected that he would really give everything and run through a wall, if need be. But he didn’t even knock on the wall. He was lethargic and didn’t deserve to win this fight. Congratulations to Tony Thompson, who had a good performance.”



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Soto, Ruiz, Montes win in Los Mochis

Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (63-8-2, 35 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (16-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Soto scored a knockdown in round six.

Local hero and former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (34-2, 30 KOs) destroyed Ramon “Cobra” Maas (26-4, 15 KOs) in the first round of a super bantamweight matchup.

Super lightweight Mahonri “Russito” Montes (29-3-1, 21 KOs) won a bloody eight round unanimous decision over Jesus “Cinco” Valenzuela (25-11-2, 17 KOs).

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March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Moreno retains WBA belt in Panama

WBA bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-2-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Javier “Chispita” Chacon (19-2, 4 KOs) to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Chacon who was coming off three straight six-rounders against fighters with losing records, was no match for Moreno. Moreno dropped Chacon twice in round two and controlled Chacon’s aggression throughout. Scores were 118-108, 117-108, 117.5-109.5.



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Bujaj TKOs Barrigan in seven

By Shamus Young at ringside

Unbeaten cruiserweight Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (12-0, 9KOs) won the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight title with a seventh round TKO over Victor Barragan (12-8, 3 KOs) in the main event of Battle at the Boat 95 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Barrigan had some moments early where he trapped Bujaj on the ropes and roughed him up. Those became fewer and farther between as the match wore on. In the middle of the ring, Bujaj used his reach and handspeed to dominate. Bujaj focused on the body in rounds six and seven, finally scoring a knockdown when Barragan collapsed. Barrigan beat the count, but referee Louis Jackvony ruled him unable to continue. (more…)



March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Vivian Harris defeats Jorge “Maromerito” Paez

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Former world champion Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs), who took the fight on late notice, won a ten round majority decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (37-5-1, 22 KOs) in the welterweight main event on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Harris, 95-95. Three straight wins now for Harris, who used his experience to not let “Maromerito” fight his fight.

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March 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Pedraza wins IBO super featherweight belt

Photo: Gary Shaw Productions

Photo: Gary Shaw Productions


Puerto Rico has a world champion again! Undefeated super featherweight contender, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-7-1, 21 KOs) to claim the vacant International Boxing Organization super featherweight title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Juan Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Scores were 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.

“This was another fight where I went the distance and learned a lot.” said Pedraza. “I’m working on everything each time I step in the ring. I’m feeling more comfortable while I’m honing in on my skills to get better. I feel I’m ready to fight any of the other world champions in my division, but I’m going to leave that up to my promoters, Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo. I’ll fight anyone anywhere. I’m ready to make my people proud. Fighting in Puerto Rico is the best.”

Also, newly signed amateur stars, bantamweight Jean “Chapito” Rivera (1-0) and featherweight Luis Paredes (1-0) were successful, winning their pro debuts convincingly.



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Rodriguez dethrones Sabillo, wins WBO title

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

In a stunner, local favorite Francisco “Titanium” Rodriguez (14-2, 10 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO minimumweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (23-1-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines via tenth round TKO on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The 20-year-old Rodriguez came out strong in round one and continued the assault, dropping Sabillo near the end of the round. The pattern continued as the bout progressed as Rodriguez’ nonstop offensive kept Sabillo from getting anything going. The fight was finally stopped by referee Eddie Claudio in round ten with Sabillo taking heavy fire on the ropes. Time was 1:50.

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March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo destroys Santiago; Melendez tops Gutierrez

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions, LLC

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian lightweight Felix Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) brought the crowd to their feet with an impressive third round TKO over Juan Santiago (14-12-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In round one, Verdejo cut Santiago over the right eye with a sharp jab and continued his brutal assault in round two. Verdejo ended it in round three by dropping Santiago with a hard right hand.

Super welterweight KO artist Jorge Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over tough veteran Richard Gutierrez (27-14-1, 17 KOs) Melendez came out strong, dropping Melendez at the end of round one. Guttierez, however, wasn’t going anywhere and went the full rounds. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-92. photos



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Kid Galahad wins Euro superbantam belt

Unbeaten super bantamweight Kid Galahad, aka Abdul Barry Awad (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Spaniard Sergio Prado (9-4-1, 3 KOs) to claim the vacant European title on Saturday night at the Ponds Forge Arena Sheffield, England. Galahad dominated the fight with speed and accurate punching but the super tough Prado went the full distance. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 120-108.

Former world champion Junior Witter (42-7-2, 22 KOs) not surprisingly won every second of every round of a jr middleweight fight against journeyman “Mad Max” Maxwell (16-41-3, 3 KOs). The bout went the full six with Witter up 60-54. Witter snapped a two-fight losing streak.

Light heavyweight Travis Dickinson (16-1, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Danny McIntosh (14-6, 7 KOs) to win the vacant English belt. Dickinson dropped McIntosh in round one and twice in round three to end it.



March 22nd, 2014

UFC

UFN Natal 2014 Weigh-in Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight rematch between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and the middleweight bout between CB Dollaway and Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and UFC Fight Pass members can see two early prelim bouts at 4pm ET / 1pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Dan Henderson (202) VS Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (205)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
CB Dollaway (184) VS Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (185)
Norman Parke (156) VS Leonardo Santos (155)
Gian Villante (204) VS Fabio Maldonado (203)
Mairbek Taisumov (155) VS Michel Prazeres (155)
Steven Siler (146) VS Rony Jason (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Will Chope (146) VS Diego Brandao (144)
Thiago Santos (183) VS Ronny Markes* (190)
Scott Jorgensen (125) VS Jussier Formiga (125)
Kenny Robertson (171) VS Thiago Perpétuo (170)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Hans Stringer (204) VS Francimar Barroso (204)
Noad Lahat (145) VS Godofredo Pepey (145)

*Markes did not make weight and will forfeit 20% of his purse to his opponent

> Watch: Fight Night Natal Official Weigh-in

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Tony Thompson back in the heavyweight picture; wins split decision over Odlanier Solis

By Karl Freitag

In an important clash of heavyweight contenders, 42-year-old Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-4, 26 KOs) resurrected his career once again by scoring a tactical twelve round split decision over former Olympic gold medalist Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (20-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ataturk Spor Salonu in Tekirdag, Turkey.

The story of this fight was that Thompson fought for three minutes every round while Solis fought in spurts. The taller Thompson came out pumping his southpaw jab in round one. Solis stalked “The Tiger” but didn’t land much. Thompson methodical in his approach, while Solis had moments with short bursts of activity. Thompson was more aggressive in round three and outworked Solis. Neither landed much in a tactical round four. Thompson was busier. Open scoring has Solis up 39-37, 40-36, 39-37 after four. Thompson upped the pressure and had some good moments in round five. Both had moments in round six. Thompson again working harder. Thompson’s offense again more consistant in round seven, Solis scored in spurts. The tactical fight continued in the eighth neither fighter clearly winning. Scores were announced as 77-75, 77-75 for Thompson, 78-74 Solis after eight. Thompson again busier in the ninth. Solis finally showed some urgency in the tenth, his most decisive round in the fight. Both fighters were more aggressive in the last two stanzas, while still not completely opening up. Scores 115-114, 115-113 Thompson, 116-112 Solis.

With the win, Thompson claims the vacant WBC International heavyweight title. (more…)



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

McGowan victorious at Western Alliance 12

Story and photos by Brett Bonetti at ringside

Former WBO Female Lightweight World Champion Erin McGowan (15-2, 8 KOs) made a successful return to the ring where she dominated former two time world title challenger Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth (12-3-2, 5 KOs) at Western Alliance 12 at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium in Perth Australia tonight. Fighting in front of her home fans for the first time since October 2010, McGowan was in control from the outset using her speed and good footwork to continually land shots on Nongkipahuyuth. McGowan had Nongkipahuyuth hurt towards the end of round 5 and looked for the finish as the bell sounded. Sensing Nongkipahuyuth was still hurt, McGowan was all over her opponent from the start of round 6 and referee Gary Ingraham saved Nongkipahuyuth from more punishment and stopped the fight. Time of the stoppage was 25 seconds into round 6. (more…)



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Hunter captures USBA belt: full report

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Prized Philly featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (18-3, 9KOs) captured the USBA championship with a hard fought ten round unanimous decision victory over former two time WBC FECARBOX super bantamweight champ Yenifel “Lightning” Vicenti (25-3-2, 17KOs). In the co-feature of the action packed card promoted Joey Intrieri’s Joey Eye Promotions, highly touted flyweight and crowd favorite Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena (12-0. 5KOs) scored the biggest win of his career in impressive fashion, with a second round knockout of former WBC FECARBOX super flyweight champion Miguel Robles (12-4-2, 5KOs). (more…)



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Noginsk, Russia

Photo: Hrunov Promotions

Unbeaten WBA #5 rated super middleweight Fedor Chudinov (9-0, 7 KOs) weighed in at 167.5 for his scheduled twelve round fight against former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic (28-7, 19 KOs), taking place on Sunday at the Sports Palace “Znamya” in Noginsk, Russia. Bozic, who has recently faced Athur Abraham and James DeGale and challenged Dimitri Sartison for the WBA world title in 2009, weighed in at 167.8. The bout is for the WBC CISBB (CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau) super middleweight title. Chudinov is the younger brother of WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov.



March 22nd, 2014

UFC

Shogun Rua: Penning a New Story

In November of 2011, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson went to places most fighters will never know about, and we loved them for it. Their UFC 139 bout was highly-anticipated, but no one expected it to be that good. For five rounds, two superstars who didn’t have the need to add anything more to their fighting legacy fought like hungry rookies seeking a UFC contract. It was the best of the fight game fit into 25 minutes . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Hall of Fame promoter Micky Duff dies at 84

Legendary boxing promoter Micky Duff passed away today at the age of 84. He was the number one UK promoter in the eighties working with 16 world champions and many boxing stars of that era such as Frank Bruno, Joe Calzaghe, Alan Minter, John Conteh, Lloyd Honeyghan, Jim Watt and many more. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999. He wrote four books including his autobiography “Twenty and Out: A Life in Boxing,” which was released in 2001. He is best known for his oft-repeated comment on the boxing business: “If you want loyalty, buy a dog.”



March 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Konecny: I’m already in good shape and very, very motivated to bring this belt to the Czech Republic

Photos: Team SES

At a press conference this week in Prague, current WBO European middleweight titlist Lukas Konecny and his team discussed his world title challenge against WBO world champion Peter Quillin taking place April 19 at the “DC Armory” Arena in Washington DC.

Lukas Konecny: “I’ve already achieved my first American dream of riding a Harley Davidson bike. Now the second U.S. dream will be a reality. I’ve always wanted to box in the United States and now, thanks to the great work of my promoter Ulf Steinforth, I even have the chance to be there in Washington with a championship belt. With the fight against WBO champion Peter Quillin, I can put a grand finale on my long and successful boxing career. I feel no pressure, having so far achieved so much. Everything’s going well. I’m already in good shape and very, very motivated to bring this belt to the Czech Republic. With the support of my SES team, my fans and my Czech compatriots, I will succeed in this. Let’s go west!” (more…)



March 22nd, 2014




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