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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Looking fit and trim, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, 52, sparred four rounds in a boxing exhibition at the Centro de ...

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Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

By Karl Freitag WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against WBC #5 challenger Dmitry "The ...

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

WBC closes 52nd annual convention

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman A busy final day of topics took place in Las Vegas today at the Mirage Hotel ...

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

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UFC

UFN Albuquerque: Smooth Finish for Bendo, Subs Khabilov in Four

It’s often the little things that prove a fighter’s worth in the Octagon. In a closely-contested UFC Fight Night main event at Tingley Coliseum Saturday night, Benson Henderson proved why he’s still one of the best lightweights in the world, upping his game when necessary to submit Rustam Khabilov in the fourth round . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 8th, 2014



Boxing News

Cotto makes boxing history; beats up Martinez to win WBC middleweight championship

By Jose Santiago at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In his greatest moment, Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win a world title in four divisions, as he savagely battered WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) for nine rounds on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd of 21,090 at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In a wild round one, Cotto set the tone by staggering Martinez with a left hook, then knocking him down three times. The champion survived the round, but Cotto continued to violently attack him as the bout progressed. Cotto’s pressure repeatedly pushed Martinez back and he landed almost at will. Martinez was unable to get much going as he was thoroughly outboxed and outpunched by Cotto. Cotto punished Martinez down the stretch. He was credited with another knockdown in round nine when Martinez’ glove touched the canvas. Martinez didn’t come out for round ten. Official time is :06 of round ten.

All three judges had it scored 90-77 for Cotto after nine rounds. (more…)



June 7th, 2014


UFC

UFN Albuquerque Prelims: Young Guns, Pettis Nab Wins

Veteran flyweight Scott Jorgensen got a much needed win against gutsy Danny Martinez Saturday at Tingley Coliseum, scoring a three-round unanimous decision victory in UFC Fight Night prelim action to snap a three-fight losing streak . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC 174: JOHNSON VS. BAGAUTINOV is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, June 14 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more 



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Miami

By Phil Doherty at ringside

Light middleweight Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) cruised to a ten-round unanimous decision victory in his NuvoTV televised “Knockout” finale against veteran Charles “Killa” Whittaker (40-16-2, 24 KOs). Douglin maintained a steady pace and relatively safe distance as he picked his southpaw shots against Whittaker. Douglin listened keenly to the instructions shouted to him ringside from his mother and also Floyd Mayweather Sr. The efforts earned him a very Mayweather-like result as judges scored the affair 98-92 and 99-91(twice) for “Momma’s Boy.”

Former Haitian Olympian Azea Augustama (17-1, 9 KOs) eked out a close unanimous decision victory against Cory Cummings (17-6-1, 13 KOs) in their eight round cruiserweight co main event from Casino Miami Jai Alai tonight. It was almost a very painful boxing reality for Augustama, who suffered his first professional knockdown at the end of the second round as well as cuts around both eyes in rounds three and four. Digging deep, Augustama started to box more in the later rounds in an attemp to hold back the shorter, stouter Cummings. It was enough to sway all three judges, who awarded Augustama with identical scores of 76-75. (more…)



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Butler dethrones Hall, seizes IBF bantam belt

Unbeaten British hope Paul Butler (16-0, 8 KOs) dethroned IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall (16-3-2, 7 KOs) by split decision on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. Butler’s speed and boxing skills gave him the advantage early, but Hall’s tenacity began paying dividends as the fight progressed. In the end, scores were 115-113, 117-111 for Butler, 115-113 for hometown favorite Hall.

Junior welterweight Bradley Saunders (10-0, 8 KOs) needed just 81 seconds to annihilate Ville Piispanen (18-5-3, 6 KOs). A left hook to the body finished Piispanen.

Unbeaten super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr moved to 16-0, 11 KOs after a sixth round KO over Stepan Horvath (12-4, 4 KOs). Eubank, who took the fight on three days notice, dropped Horvath four times.

Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie (23-12, 12 kOs) scored a second round KO over Jon-Lewis Dickinson (15-3, 4 KOs) in a bout for the British and Commonwealth titles.



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Brahmer retains WBA light heavyweight title

WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) scored an uneventful twelve round unanimous decision over #14 rated Roberto Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. Southpaw Braehmer, a 32:1 favorite fighting in his hometown, had it mostly his own way but he never came close to stopping Bolonti. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 119-108.

6’8 heavyweight David Price (17-2, 15 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14 KOs) on Saturday at the Sport und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. Price won in workmanlike fashion by scores of 97-92, 100-90, 98-92.

Former cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (34-7-2, 21 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Tamas Bajzath (9-11-1, 5 KOs) Arslan dropped Bajzath in the eighth round. (more…)



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

King and Sherrington victorious

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian champion Josh King (17-3, 8 KOs) clearly outscored Japanese importation KOsuchi Ito (9-3-2, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the WBO Oriental 135 pound championship at the Mundingburra PCYC, Townsville, Queensland on Saturday. Scores Derek Milham 120-109, Chris Condon 119-109, Adam Height 119-109. King was crowned Australian 140 pound champion in 2010 and in 2013 won the WBF world title.

In the main supporting bout, former world rated super middleweight Les Sherrington (34-7, 20 KOs) scored a shutout over Japan’s Kazuyuki Fukuyama (9-5, 7 KOs) over eight rounds. Sherrington dropped Fukuyama twice in round one and also in round eight. Scores 80-69, 80-69, 80-69. Sherrington was coming off a stoppage loss to newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman. Sherrington holds wins over former world title challengers Shannan Taylor, Rubin Williams and Nadar Hamdan. (more…)



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Hugo “The Boss” Schools Ibarra

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

In a battle of undefeated middleweight prospects, Hugo “The Boss” Centeno, Jr., (21-0, 11 KOs), coasted to a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Gerardo Ibarra, (14-1, 8 KOs), in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Coming off a six-month layoff, which was his longest absence in four years, Centeno showed little ring rust against the tough but limited Ibarra, who was a late replacement for original opponent Domonique Dolton and himself was only fighting for the third time since 2011. (more…)



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Farmer-Gonzalez Full Report and Gallery

Ringside Report by Matt Thompson
Photos by Emily Harney

In an action packed fight, super featherweight Tevin Farmer (16-4-1, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBC #14 Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Gonzalez (14-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. More



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Ponce de León and Roman Weights

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Daniel Ponce de León 129 vs. Miguel “Micky” Román 127.6
Marco Reyes 159 vs. Octavio Castro 157
Edgar Monárrez 135 vs. Jasús Rojas 135.30

Venue: Monumental Estadio de Beisbol Cuauhtémoc.
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa & Fox Sports

More photos



June 7th, 2014

UFC

John Dodson: Chasing Gold x 3

First rule for interviewing John Dodson: don’t misquote him. Maybe ‘misquote’ is too strong a term. Let’s just say that when you’re talking about his previously stated ambitions in the fight game, get them right. In other words, don’t say he wants to be a two-division UFC champion . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Kumming, China

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Brico Santig and Liu Gang

Yang Xing Xin 144.4 vs. Nelson Gulpe 146.6
(Vacant WBC Youth Welterweight title)
Mark Gil Melligen 126 vs. Petchsamutr Duan-aimookdahan 129
(Vacant WBO Oriental featherweight title)
Undercards: (4 rounds)
Xu Chan 131 vs. Neeraj Goyat 135.5
Li Yun Ting 110 vs. Saroj 109.5
Wang Yi Ming 139 vs. Promod 140

Promoter : Liu gang of Zovi Boxing Promotions
Venue : Expo Garden, Kumming, China

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June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tonight: Miguel Cotto’s date with Puerto Rican boxing history

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Emily Harney

After difficult negotiations, a grueling international media tour and an intense three month build-up, tonight is the night future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) attempts to become the first Puerto Rican four-division world champion when he challenges WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden.

“Never did it cross my mind that I would be able to go up to 160 pounds,” said Cotto, who previously held 140lb, 147lb and 154lb world titles. “After the fight in October, that was the best scenario. Sergio agreed with us and we moved on to this fight.”

As for his move to middleweight, Cotto commented “I’m a puncher and my power has come with me from 140 to here at 160. It’s a lot easier to make weight and do my job at 160 pounds. Weight isn’t a big issue for this fight….when you are a guy with power no matter where you are going you are going to carry that power with you.” (more…)



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin, Geale, Jennings & Perez hit MSG

On Friday evening in front of a huge crowd of fans, all four fighters from the upcoming “G4″ boxing extravaganza hit New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With the artwork of their Saturday, July 26th event looking down from the “Mecca of Boxing’s” world famous marquee, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Daniel “The Real Deale” Geale, Bryant “By By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez posed for photos. The were joined by their promoters Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions and Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions.

“G4″ is headlined by the world middleweight championship between WBA/IBO king Golovkin and two-time former champion Geale. Co-featured at “G4″ is the highly anticipated 12-round WBC heavyweight title eliminator between Jennings and Bryant. Both fights will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing. More pics



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Johnson, Vasquez, Khytrov win at Turning Stone

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

Iron Mike Productions returned to the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY for an ESPN2 televised card on International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend. Junior middleweight Yudel Jhonson came out on top of durable Mexican Norberto Gonzalez over ten workman-like rounds. On the undercard, exciting unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez, Jr. blew out Jay Krupp in a three knockdown, three round romp. Opening the show, Ukrainian Olympian super middleweight Ievgeny Khytrov took out crafty Southpaw Chris Chatman in three wild rounds. (more…)



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Reveco beats Alvarado to retain WBA belt

WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1, 18 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Felix Alvarado (18-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Villa La Nata Sporting Club, in Benavidez, Argentina. Scores were 112-109, 115-112, 115-110 for Reveco who made his eighth defense of the WBA belt.



June 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Centeno tops Ibarra, Santana upsets Gomez

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Esther Lin/Showtime

In a clash of undefeated middleweight prospects, Hugo Centeno, Jr. (21-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided “textbook” ten round unanimous decision over Gerardo Ibarra (14-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Centeno outboxed and outworked Ibarra to win by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.

Welterweight Francisco Santana (20-3-1, 7 KOs) made his eighth straight win a big one as he won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Eddie Gomez (16-1, 10 KOs). After losing the early rounds, Santana came on strong. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 98-92.

Diego De la Hoya of nearby Mexicali, Mexico scored a third round TKO over Rigoberto Casillas in a scheduled six round featherweight bout. De la Hoya was on the attack early connecting with power shots in the opening round. After absorbing many big punches, a one-two combination staggered Casillas as referee Pat Russell stops the fight at 28 seconds of round three. Diego De la Hoya, the cousin of Oscar improves to 5-0, 4 KOs as Rigoberto Casillas drops to 10-12-1, 8 KOs.

2012 U.S. Olympian middleweight Terrell Gausha (10-0, 5 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over James Winchester (16-10) in a scheduled ten round bout. Gausha boxed and worked patiently as he was selective with his punches but Winchester had his moments fighting valiantly. However a straight right by Gausha in round 8 dropped WInchester as Gausha goes on to win a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 100-89. (more…)



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Gingras KOs Velazquez in Rhode Island

As promised, Rich Gingras left no doubt in his second attempt at a regional title. Facing the savvy veteran Jaime Velazquez of Central Falls, R.I., Friday in the main event of CES Boxing’s “Unstoppable” professional boxing card at Twin River Casino, Gingras captured the vacant New England light heavyweight title via fourth-round knockout, sending Velazquez crashing to the canvas with an overhand right at the 1-minute, 41-second mark.

For Gingras (14-4-1, 9 KOs), it was sweet redemption after fighting to a draw against Providence’s Vladine Biosse last summer for the N.E. Super Middleweight Title. In the weeks leading up to the fight, Gingras promised to bring the belt home and not leave the decision in someone else’s hands. (more…)



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Miami

By Phil Doherty

Denis Douglin 165 vs Charles Whittaker 159
Azea Augustama 178 vs Cory Cummings 177
Ahmed Elbiali 176 vs Yuwshua Zadok 178
Idel Torriente 156 vs Howard Reece 154
Luis Garcia 149 vs Brian Meadows 148
Jarrod Caldwell 175 vs Marlon Farr 176

Venue: Casino Miami Jai-Alai, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Tiburon Promotions
TV: NUVOtv



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Video Q&A with Oscar de la Hoya

By Boxing Bob Newman

Modern legend Oscar De La Hoya took time out after having his fist cast at the International Boxing Hall of Fame, to talk with Fightnews.com about his induction this weekend. De La Hoya was diplomatic but relatively mum on the status of his Golden Boy Promotions company.



June 6th, 2014

UFC

UFN Albuquerque at the scales

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the lightweight bouts between Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov and Diego Sanchez and Ross Pearson, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Rustam Khabilov (156) VS Benson Henderson (155.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Ross Pearson (155.5) VS Diego Sanchez (155)
John Moraga (126) VS John Dodson (125)
Jason High (154.5) VS Rafael Dos Anjos (156)
Piotr Hallmann (154) VS Yves Edwards (155)
Bryan Caraway (135) VS Erik Perez (136)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Sergio Pettis (135) VS Yaotzin Meza (136)
Lance Benoist (169) VS Bobby Voelker (170.5)
Danny Martinez (124.5) VS Scott Jorgensen (125.5)
Jake Lindsey (153.5) VS Jon Tuck (154.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Roger Narvaez (204) VS Patrick Cummins (204)

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

IBHOF Opening Ceremonies

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Andy Newman

The opening ceremonies of the Silver Anniversary of the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend kicked off on Thursday night in Canastota, New York. Friday kicked off with ringside lectures, Joe Calzaghe doing some ring work with James “Smitty” Smith while discussing his career for the fans. The crowd grew for the 3 p.m. start time to see the ceremonial fist casting of inductees and visiting boxers Friday afternoon. Inductees Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Joe Calzaghe, referee Richard Steele, photographer Neil Leifer, and promoter Barry Hearn all were on hand to cast their fists for eternity in the Hall. Other special attendees who also got their fists casts included Frank Tate, Lucia Rijker, John Ruiz, Glenn Johnson and Andre Ward. Fightnews contributer Graham Houston, the final 2014 inductee hadn’t arrived yet, but is expected to be on hand for the remaining festivities. More photos



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Takam outworks Thompson over 12

In an important heavyweight clash, WBC #11 Carlos Takam (30-1-1, 23 KOs) scored a clear-cut twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #6/IBF #6 Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-5, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France. The 33-year-old Takam, who entered coming off an HBO-televised draw with unbeaten Mike Perez, aggressively took the fight to the 42-year-old Thompson. Thompson had some success counter-punching, but Takam’s relentless workrate overwhelmed Thompson at times. Takam began to punish Thompson more and more as the bout progressed. Knowing he was ahead, Takam ran in round eleven and backed off at times in round twelve, but was a clear winner by scores of 117-111, 117-111, 119-109. Takam claimed the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title.

Cruiserweight Engin Karakaplan (12-4-1, 5 KOs) outpointed former Euro cruiser beltholder Jean Marc Monrose (27-8, 17 KOs) over ten in a bout for the French domestic cruiser title.

Jr middleweight Frank Haroche Horta (35-13-5, 13 KOs) won a close eight round split decision over Kevin Bertogal (5-10-3, 0 KOs). Horta lost a disputed majority decision to Andy Lee in his previous fight.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Jeff Lacy returns June 21

The June 21 Main Events card headlined by light heavyweights Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs) just got more interesting with the addition of an eight-round light heavyweight fight between former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) against undefeated prospect Sullivan Barrera (11-0, 6 KOs).

According to Main Events’ matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, “This is a very important fight for both fighters in a very hot division. I went through about eight different opponents for Barrera that accepted the fight then backed out. Jeff reached out to me and asked for the fight. Barrera took about five minutes to accept the fight. Here you have two guys who really want to fight each other and have something to prove. Jeff was scheduled to fight about four times in the last year or so but all of the fights fell apart. This is an opportunity for both guys to prove they belong in the light heavyweight mix.” (more…)



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto, Martinez make weight

By Jose Santiago
Photos: Emily Harney

Miguel Cotto 155 vs. Sergio Martinez 158.8
(WBC middleweight championship)

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr 125.8 vs. Marvin Sonsona 125.8
Jorge Melendez 153 vs. Javier Maciel 154
Andy Lee 154 vs. John Jackson 152

Felix Verdejo 134.5 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 134.5
Jose Lopez 121.2 vs. Raul Hidalgo 122.2
Jose Pedraza 132.4 vs. Arturo Uruzquieta 131.6
Willie Nelson 157 vs. Darryl Cunningham 156.4
Jantony Ortiz 113.5 vs. Elio David Ruiz 112.2

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO PPV

GIANT Cotto-Martinez weigh-in gallery



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Brähmer and Bolonti make weight

Photos: Sauerland Event

Jürgen Brähmer 174.4 vs. Roberto Feliciano Bolonti 174.2
(WBA light heavyweight world title)

David Price 252.4 vs. Yaroslav Zavorotnyi 246.4
Cecilia Braekhus 141 vs. Jessica Balogun 145.2
(WBO/WBA/WBC female welterweight titles)
Enrico Kölling 175 vs. Patrick Bois 173.1
(WBA intercontinental light heavyweight title)

Venue: Sport und Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event

More photos



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Hall and Butler make weight

Stuey Hall 118 vs. Paul Butler 117.75
(IBF bantamweight title)

Venue: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK
Promoter: Dennis Hobson Promotions



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Hatton declares Butler is the new “Hitman”

British great Ricky Hatton has hailed Paul Butler as the new “Hitman” ahead of his big world title fight Saturday night. Unbeaten Butler, 25, faces the biggest test of his career when he challenges Stuart Hall for his IBF world bantamweight title at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. “Paul is certainly a hot British talent who’s on the verge of breaking through into the mainstream if he beats Stuart Hall and wins the world title,” said Hatton. “People are starting to say that he’s the new Ricky Hatton and they wouldn’t be far wrong giving him that title. From what I’ve seen of him on TV he’s excited me with his hard-hitting performances that have certainly got people talking not just up in the north-west but people are starting to talk about him around the country. When I’m watching him in the ring, some of the stuff he’s doing, the hard body punching, the angles of attack, the relentless punching, it’s like I’m watching myself from ten years ago – the only difference between me and him is that I would never have made super-flyweight or bantamweight in a million years!”



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Leonard, Tyson, Ward & Tito talk Cotto-Martinez

“I’ve met both of these incredible fighters with such a wonderful demeanor outside the ring and the question is who has the most boxing ingredients left at this point in their career? Sergio always will have that power which never leaves a boxer even past his prime and Cotto will always have that knowledge to break down an opponent during the fight. A slight edge to Cotto but don’t bet the house. Good luck to two great fighters and decent men!”
- Sugar Ray Leonard

“This will be a defining moment for Cotto. If he gives his absolute best and uses everything he has learned from his experience in boxing he will give a great account of himself. I would like to see him do well because he has gotten some bad breaks in his career. He is going to have to cut Martinez off in the ring because is a great mover. He’s like a tango mover when he boxes. My personal opinion I think this is going to be one of the greatest fights of the year. I am looking forward to taking my wife on a great date night to celebrate our fifth anniversary.” ​
- Mike Tyson

“Sergio by close decision. He must use his smarts or Cotto will take it.”
- Micky Ward

“It is an interesting fight for the boxing world and also for Team Cotto. Cotto should win by decision.”
- Felix Trinidad



June 6th, 2014

UFC

Tyron Woodley: King Chaos is Here

Sometimes it’s not what you say, but what you don’t say. So when asked about the announcement that the next shot at Johny Hendricks’ UFC welterweight title is going to go to the winner of July’s bout between Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler, the normally loquacious Tyron Woodley doesn’t have much to offer, at least not publically . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Budler ready to storm Monte Carlo

He collects exotic pets, dyes his hair outlandish colours and brings a ferocity to the ring starkly at odds with his boy-next-door persona. Hekkie Budler might fight in boxing’s lightest weight division – he is the WBA and IBO strawweight division – but he ranks among South Africa’s biggest boxing heroes and crossover stars. In a country where racial divisions still exist, Budler is popular among both black and white fans, who adore him for his buzzsaw style and the excitement he generates. On June 21, he will reveal himself to a European audience when he fights Pigmy Kokietgym on the “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo. Martin Murray tops the card against Max Bursak for the WBC’s Silver middleweight belt. (more…)



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez weigh-in open to the public

The final face-off between three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez before their world championship clash will take place at the official weigh-in today in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The weigh-in will be open to 3,000 lucky fans. Complimentary passes will be distributed today. Fans may line up in North Breezeway – adjacent to main box office off 7th Avenue and 32nd Street — beginning at noon. Doors to the theater will open at 2:00 p.m. The undercard weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. Cotto and Martínez will step on the scale at approximately 3:10 p.m. ET. The weigh-in will also be streamed live, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT, via www.toprank.tv.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Marsili vs. Manno for EBU lightweight title

OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show on Saturday in Tolfa (Rome), Italy. The main event is an all-Italian clash with European lightweight champion and IBF #3 and WBC #8 Emiliano Marsili (28-0-1, 12 KOs) defending his title against Benoit Manno (14-1, 2 KOs) after mandatory challenger Anthony Mezaache pulled out last week.

On the undercard are fights scheduled for six rounds, headed by undefeated IBF #3 and WBO #13 cruiserweight Mirko Larghetti (20-0, 12 KOs) against Attila Palko. Also former Italian super lightweight champion Andrea Scarpa (13-2, 8 KOs) will fight Jevgenijs Fjodorovs, middleweight Andrea Manco (7-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Nico Ion Lapteacru, and super middleweight Catalin Paraschiveanu (2-0, 1 KOs) meets Raimonds Sniedze. FOX SPORTS PLUS will transmit the show live at 10PM local time.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Sam Soliman in Greece

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Dave Stanley, manager of newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman, told Fightnews that Sam is currently holidaying in Greece with his Greek-born wife Maria and her parents. Dave also mentioned that he’s focused on a unification bout with WBA champion Gennady Golovkin and has initiated talks with Golovkin’s management.



June 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Return of “The Dragon”

Heavyweight China Smith (34-4, 27 KOs) will takes on journeyman Mike Sheppard (21-16-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) North America title on June 13 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Florida. Promoted by Jie Chen, the show has been labeled “Thunder At The Forum” and a big turn-out is expected to support “The Dragon” Smith from nearby Sarasota. The 35-year-old Smith returned to the ring last year after almost seven years on the sidelines.



June 6th, 2014




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