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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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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Ringside by Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda Much like Alexander the Great sweeping across the country conquering new ...

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters ...

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

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

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Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

Gallery/report: Golovkin-Rubio & Walters-Donaire

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

Walters KOs Donaire in six

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Boxing News

Hall: I really want to stop Butler

IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall is clock-watching until fight night. Hall makes the second defense of his IBF belt at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday and he doesn’t remember wanting a fight to come so soon. Up against arch-rival Paul Butler, it’s fair to say little love is lost between the pair. Butler has been vocal ahead of the contest, insisting he got the better of Hall in sparring and claiming he is relishing traveling to the North East to take the champion’s belts away in front of his home fans and family. With just days to go until the eagerly-anticipated clash, ‘Stuey’ insists Butler is in for a rude awakening and that he will return to Liverpool with his unbeaten record in tatters. (more…)



June 4th, 2014



Boxing News

“The Brick City Bullet” is back

By Lou McLaughlin at ringside
Photo courtesy of George Jimenez of Geo Imagez Photography

Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions presented an exciting night of boxing featuring local rising talent this past Saturday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ. In the eight round welterweight main event, Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) of Newark, NJ stopped Jeremiah Wiggins (10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Newport News, VA. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Sonjica to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

In an all South African match-up Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village makes the first defence of his IBO super bantamweight belt when he faces Toto Helebe of Cape Town at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The southpaw Sonjica, 25 , who has a record of 18-2; 13 won the vacant belt in East London on July 6 last year when he stopped Filipino Silvester Lopez in the sixth round. (more…)



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Pacquiao camp eyes the Golden Boy split: More

New Zealand fight promoter looks to bring back David Tua. More

Joe Calzaghe prepares for International Boxing Hall of Fame induction. More

Former heavyweight great Joe Bugner talks Henry Cooper. More

Mikkel Kessler on the Carl Froch warpath again. More



June 4th, 2014

Boxing News

Briggs back in action June 28

Shannon Briggs (54-6-1, 48 KOs), the last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world, returns to the ring on June 28th. Briggs will take on formerly world ranked heavyweight Raphael Zumbano Love (34-7-1, 27 KOs) of Brazil in a scheduled for 12 round featured attraction. A regional title from one of the major sanctioning bodies will be at stake. Site of the bout will be Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with HD Boxing promoting. Briggs grabbed headlines worldwide last month when he crashed the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Lepai final press conference. A YouTube video generated well over 300,000 within days of it happening. After Klitschko dominated Leapai in route to a stoppage win, the crew on ESPN Sportscenter expressed interest in seeing Briggs get an opportunity against Klitschko. Klitschko is said to be defending his titles again before the year is out and with a statement win and a major regional title (and a world ranking coming with it), Briggs could find himself in the hunt for a crack at Klitschko.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin-Geale Ticket Alert

It’s official. WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will battle two-time world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale in Madison Square Garden on July 26 on HBO. The bout was announced today by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Grange Old School Boxing. Golovkin has previously fought in the Garden’s smaller “Theater” but this is his first bout in the Garden’s main arena.

Gennady Golovkin: “I’m happy to be fighting at Madison Square Garden once again. Fighting in front of the great fans in New York City for the third time is an honor for me and I will train hard to defend my titles in style by giving the fans an exciting show. Daniel Geale has a lot of world championship experience, is a big international name and I look forward to this challenge.”

Daniel Geale: “I’m pleased to be making my way back to HBO against Gennady Golovkin, a fighter who everyone thinks is invincible. A victory will get me back to where I want to be. The people of Australia believe in me and that’s what drives me, my countrymen. I want to show them they have a great champion. On July 26th the world will see me back on top.”

Advance tickets priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 can be purchased starting at 10:00 a.m. ET starting next Tuesday at 12 noon at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto is ripped and ready

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto looked sharp during a media workout on Wednesday at the Everlast Lab in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Puerto Rican idol is putting the finishing touches on preparations for his eagerly-anticipated world title clash against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on Saturday at New York City’s Madison Square Garden live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“Everything is ready for this Saturday and it’s only a matter for the bell to ring to put all this work and strategy to use in the ring,” said Cotto. “I know I have a strong challenge this Saturday and that’s why I worked so hard these last ten weeks. Preparation is the key to victories on the day of the fight and this will not be the exception. I hope provide a good show for all my fans.”

Cotto’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach added, “This second camp was much better than the first now that we know each other better and I believe that we’ve achieved everything we wanted to do for this fight. Miguel is strong, has plenty of experience in big fights and will come out with his arm raised.”

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June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fletcher to fight Jacobs for WBA middleweight title

With WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin being elevated to super champion, Jarrod Fletcher will now face Daniel Jacobs for the WBA “regular” world title. “We’ve had Murray, Chudinov and now Golovkin all pull out of either contracted or mandated fights for their own reasons, fortunately Max Bursak and now Daniel Jacobs have both stepped up to take the challenge” Said Adam Wilcock from FightCard Promotions, manager of Fletcher. “Ultimately without the backing of HBO, Golovkin brings little to the table for Jarrod. Yes there’s the title there, and we wanted that opportunity for Jarrod. But we can’t force his camp to take the fight and they obviously have their own agenda for sidestepping Fletcher. The team around Golovkin are continually in the media saying they will fight anyone in the division, but here we have a boxer that’s been WBA top 5 for the last 15 months knocking on the door for that whole time and they keep avoiding us. Says everything I think. The WBA have been great in finding a workable solution to the problems and we look forward to seeing Jarrod crowned as the new WBA world champion.”

While the last details of date and venue are in the final stages of being put together, Fletcher will continue his full time training out of the Fortitude Gym in Brisbane under the watchful eye of head trainer Steve Deller.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

WBA names Golovkin super champion, allows exception for GGG to face Geale

The WBA has elevated middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to “super champion” status and granted Golovkin’s request for an exception, allowing Golovkin to defend his title against Daniel Geale on HBO July 26. Golovkin had been previously ordered to face #2 Jarrod Fletcher.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

UK won’t let Floyd Mayweather enter

Pound for pound king and two-division unified champion Floyd Mayweather has been forced to call off a UK visit scheduled for later this month after UK authorities refused to grant him a visa for unspecified reasons according to the Daily Mail. Mayweather was slated to make six appearances on his UK tour, including one in Amir Khan’s hometown of Bolton.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara talks about his future, rates Stevenson, Kovalev and Hopkins

By Przemek Garczarczyk

It’s been more than a week since he fought WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) in Montreal, but Andrzej Fonfara (25-3, 15 KOs) still hasn’t watched his 12-round bout with ‘Superman.’ “I plan to do this, but family, spending time with friends comes first. Stevenson is not going anywhere,” said ‘The Polish Prince’ talking to Fightnews.com in Chicago. Asked to rank best light heavyweights in the world, Fonfara rates Stevenson as #1, giving him a decisive nod in an expected clash with IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and also predicting Stevenson a winner in a tougher fight against WBO beltholder Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Super 8 Weights from New Zealand

Hasim Rahman 253 vs. Antz Nanzen 237.4
Alonzo Butler 296 vs. Brice Ritani-Coe 260
Kali Meehan 243 vs. Hunter Sam 230
Michael Sprott 247 vs. Martin Rogan 234

The “Super 8″ is a Prizefighter-style tournament taking place Wednesday night in Auckland, New Zealand. The winner of the tournament will collect $200,000, the runner-up receives $100,000, semi-finalists earn $30,000, and opening round losers bank $15,000. Fighters can receive bonuses for KOs, best fights and fight of the night.



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Schaefer departure has immediate repercussions

Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Photo: Mary Ann Owen


By Karl Freitag

It didn’t take long for the fallout to hit after long time Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer announced he was leaving the company effective immediately. Shortly after, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN that Golden Boy Promotions will no longer be co-promoting Floyd Mayweather’s megafights. Ellerbe later tweeted “There’s many moving pieces that play an integral part in the success of any event, but ‘your people are your most valuable resource.'” For the last seven years, all of Floyd’s fights had been presented under Golden Boy’s promoter’s license and with Golden Boy’s team primarily handling the logistics.

Golden Boy did not issue a statement on the Schaefer situation, and there was nothing from Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya, who is normally quite active on Twitter. However, de la Hoya’s lawyer Bert Fields released a statement to the Los Angeles Times indicating that Schaefer is contractually bound to Golden Boy until 2018 and that contract will be enforced.

De la Hoya will be in Canastota, New York, this weekend for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Schaefer isn’t expected to attend.

Also See: Richard Schaefer’s official statement



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Dawson to fight Trout

By Brett Bonetti

Looks like former WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KO’s) will face Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3 -1, 26 KOs) in a possible WBA light middleweight title eliminator. The bout will likely take place at the StubHub Centre in Los Angeles in early August. Trout at present holds the WBA #7 world rating and Dawson is currently ranked WBA #13. Trout won his first 26 professional fights including a victory over Miguel Cotto, but has since lost his last two fights via unanimous decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara and is now looking to get back on track with a victory over Dawson. (more…)



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Memories of former 60s fighter Ralph Dupas . . . More

Satisfied with his victory over George Groves, retirement is an option for Carl Froch. More

An unsatisfied Nonito Donaire wants a better, more convincing win. More

Carl Froch “unofficially” proposes to girlfriend Rachel Cordingly in the ring. More

Is James DeGale next in line for Froch? More



June 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Nicholas Walters back in Panama, targets Donaire

After scoring an impressive knockout over multi-division former world champion Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 Kos) last Saturday in Macau China, to defend his WBA featherweight belt for the second time, Jamaican Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) arrived in Panama along with his trainers and members of his managerial team.

“I’ll spend a few days at home before traveling with my father to Jamaica to celebrate this important victory with my many fans in the island but first will visit my manager Jacques Deschamps in Haiti who was unable to be in Macau with me in China,” said Walters, who recognizes Darchinyan as a tough opponent. “One thing is watching him on tape and another very different one facing him in the ring. He is fast, accurate and very strong and I have to recognize that his complicated style gave me problems to set my strategy in the early rounds.” (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Richard Schaefer leaves Golden Boy

Richard-Shaefer
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

Official Statement: “After more than ten years with Golden Boy, it is time to move on to the next chapter of my career. This decision has required a great deal of personal reflection, but ultimately I concluded that I have no choice but to leave. I have succeeded in banking and I have succeeded in boxing, and I look forward to the next opportunity. I am proud to remain a shareholder, so I have a strong interest in the continued success of the company. I am proud of what we have accomplished at Golden Boy, but I now look forward to new challenges.”

There will be no further comments at this time.

Also see: Schaefer departure has immediate repercussions



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Froch: British Boxing must seize the moment

Carl Froch says his fantastic KO win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium connected by EE has still not sunk in – and The Cobra is urging British boxing to capitalize on its greatest night. Froch secured back to back wins over Groves and retained his WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles again with a stunning eighth round knockout, in front of 80,000 fans at the national stadium live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The Nottingham star penned his finally fight diary entry in the Evening Standard today reflecting on the biggest night of his career, and confirming that while he will bide his time over his next step, he has the itch to go over to Las Vegas and sample the bright lights. “The support for the event was incredible, not just for me but for every fighter on the bill,” wrote Froch. “British boxing has been longing for a big night like that; there were some great fights and boxers on the undercard and I closed the show in dramatic, brutal and conclusive fashion – and I think there’s more to come from me and the sport. (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez update

Photos: Ed Mulholland / Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez posed at the top of the Empire State Building Monday for their eagerly-anticipated world middleweight championship.

Earlier, Martinez worked out for the public at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto-Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and is produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

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June 2nd, 2014

UFC

Richie Vas Returns in Auckland

TUF Smashes competitor Richie “Vas” Vaculik will be back in the Octagon on Saturday, June 28 when he faces UFC newcomer Roldan “The Executioner” Sangcha-an of the Philippines in a UFC Fight Night flyweight bout in Auckland, New Zealand . . . 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 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Knockout reality show finals Saturday in Miami

The live fight event capping the premiere season of NUVOtv’s boxing competition television series “Knockout” will take place on Saturday at Casino Miami Jai-Alai in Miami, Florida. The fighters scheduled to fight during the event include:

Dennis Douglin (16-3, 10 KOs) vs. Charles Whittaker (40-15-2, 24 KOs) (10 Rounds)

Azea Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) vs. Cory Cummings (17-5, 13 KOs) (8 Rounds)

Justin Mayweather Jones (1-0, 1 KOs) vs. Luis Garcia (1-1) (4 Rounds)

Ahmed Elbiali vs. Yuwshua Zadok (4 Rounds)

Idel Torriente vs. Jason Leon (4 Rounds)

(more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr vs. Courtney Fry in Latvia?

By James Slater

According to The Liverpool Echo, 39-year-old Courtney Fry will challenge living legend and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr for the former multi-weight king’s lightly regarded WBU cruiserweight title in Latvia on July 26th. Fry’s manager, Neil Marsh told the publication that his fighter, a Londoner but based in Liverpool, will face the 45-year-old great in front of an expected 10,000 fans at the Skonto Stadium. According to James Toney’s FaceBook page, Toney, also aged 45, will fight Evgeny Orlov up at heavyweight on the same card. (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Funeral details set for Matthew Saad Muhammad

Saad Muhammad’s funeral arrangements:
Thursday, June 5th
Visitation: 9-11AM
Service: 11AM
Enon (West) Tabernacle Baptist Church
230 W. Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Ali Funeka wins another title

By Ron Jackson

Ali Funeka the former SA junior lightweight and WBF junior welterweight champion knocked out Mzolisi Yoyo in the fourth round in East London at the weekend to add the SA junior welterweight title to his collection. Their clash for Yoyo’s title was the main bout of the tournament at the Orient Theatre, where five title fights took place. The taller Funeka improved his record to 34-4-3, including 28 wins inside the distance. He took control in the first round and knocked Yoyo down early in the fourth round. The champion beat the count but another right to the head sent him down again and out for the count. His record fell to 21-6, with 5 shortcut wins. (more…)



June 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Perales injury KOs IBF title eliminator

Dennis Hobson Promotions has announced that IBF #7 rated Lee Haskins will not be fighting IBF #6 Sergio Perales in an IBF world bantamweight title eliminator after the American pulled out injured. The pair were due to clash at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7, on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF world title defense against Paul Butler. However, after the Texan injured a hand in training the contest has been forced off the bill.

“It’s disappointing,” explained promoter Dennis Hobson. “It’s a fight we were all looking forward to, and it would have been an excellent contest. Unfortunately though, Perales’ team have informed us of his injury and we haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement in time. Hopefully it’s a fight we can arrange again for a future show. The card is still top quality though. Hall versus Butler, Jon-Lewis Dickinson against Ovill Mckenzie, Bradley Saunders in his first title fight, and Dave Allen trading heavy blows with Larry Olubamiwo will all be great fights, and the rest of the card is shaping up into a fantastic evening of boxing.”



June 2nd, 2014




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