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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today Photo: Bob Ryder Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2, 19 KOs) is returning to the ring after 15 months. He ...

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett Photos: Naoki Fukuda Following Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Sumio Yamada The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, ...

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Photo: Photo Wende In a history making female world title unification fight, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (26-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a ...

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

By David Robinett Photos: Joel A. Colon/PRBB Floyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super ...

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Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I

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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

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Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer

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Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

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Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided

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Boxing News

Maidana to make public appearance in LA

WBA welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and jr welterweight Carlos Molina will be signing autographs for the fans at Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles, Calif. just days before their respective May 3 PPV fights on “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters will appear in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Booth on Sunday, April 27, at 1PM. Maidana, of course, faces Floyd Mayweather, and Molina takes on Adrien Broner.



April 26th, 2014



Boxing News

Another “stacked” Boxing Saturday is upon us

By Karl Freitag

A lot of interesting fights today, including a world heavyweight championship match. In each fight, the “A” side is a lopsided favorite to win, but all the action below figures to be entertaining match ups. Here’s a brief rundown:

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his title against WBO mandatory Alex Leapai tonight in Oberhausen, Germany. Klitschko is still a prohibitive favorite, but Leapai betters have been backing their man all week causing a significant drift. Wlad is currently at -1000, while Leapai is now +600. Wlad was at -1600 and Leapai was +1100 earlier in the week.

Leapai’s countryman Lucas Browne will face Eric Martel Bahoeli in Sheffield, England for the Commonwealth heavyweight title. The unbeaten Browne is a heavy -2000 favorite to beat Bahoeli +1100.

WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada has a hometown defense against Richie Mepranum in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Estrada is a whopping -3000 pick to keep his belt, while Mepranum is +1300.

Of course, there’s the huge Showtime tripleheader in Southern California, headlined by WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman against ex-lightweight champ Julio Diaz. Thurman is a heavy -1900 favorite to take care of Diaz, who is at +1200. Lucas Matthysse is -1700 to defeat John Molina +1100 in the co-feature. Also, WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa is -750 to retain his belt against former amateur rival Jerry Belmontes +525.

Also, of possible future significance, Shane Mosley Jr., son of ring legend Sugar Shane Mosley, makes his pro debut in Port Hueneme, California. In addition to Mosley, that card features five unbeaten fighters including Jose Zepeda, Trevor McCumby, Saul Rodriguez, Danny Franco and Erick De Leon.



April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Joseph Diaz Jr. looking for a KO

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

2012 U.S Olympian super bantamweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (9-0, 7 KOs) of South El Monte, California will be in the toughest test of his career as he takes on Mexican veteran Luis “Tati” Maldonado (38-11-1, 29 KOs) at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. The bout was briefly announced to be on the Showtime Extreme telecast, welterweight main event bout between San Diego’s Antonio Orozco and Mexico, City’s Martin Honorio was scratched. However, the bout was later bumped to off-TV status. (more…)



April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Sarritzu-Yanchi rematch for EBU title tonight

Tonight in Rho (Milan), Italy, OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show headlined by former 2 time European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (34-6-5, 13 KOs) against Valery Yanchi (22-3-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant European flyweight championship. It’s a rematch between the two. Last October they battled to a split decision draw for the same belt.

In the co-feature, EBU cruiserweight official challenger and former WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-4-2, 12 KOs) will fight Olegs Lopajevs (7-8, 6 KOs). (more…)



April 26th, 2014

UFC

Jessamyn Duke: Locked and Loaded

Setting goals is important in any walk of life. Approaching her second fight in the UFC this Saturday against Bethe Correia, Jessamyn Duke agrees, but her goal is a singular one . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Complete weights + photos from StubHub

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Keith Thurman 145.5 vs. Julio Diaz 146.75
(WBA interim welterweight title)

Lucas Matthysse 140 vs. John Molina 139.25

Omar Figueroa 134.75 vs. Jerry Belmontes 134.75
(WBC lightweight title)

Yamaguchi Falcao 161.4 vs. Francisco Najera 158
Jermall Charlo 158 vs. Hector Munoz 158
Joseph Diaz 122.8 vs. Luis Maldonado 121.6
Terrell Gausha 154.8 vs. Charles Whittaker 155.6
Frankie Gomez 143.2 vs. Orlando Vazquez 143
Sharif Bogere 141.2 vs. Arturo Urena 150
Bryant Perrella 145.8 vs. Roberto Crespo 146.6

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime

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April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Fort Worth, Texas

Photo: Standing 8 Promotions

Photo: Standing 8 Promotions


Tony Lopez 117.5 vs. Isaac Torres 118
(WBC Intercontinental bantamweight Title)
James Freeman 166.25 vs. Tony Mack 165
(Texas super middleweight title)
Craig Callaghan 145 vs. Jerron Lockette ??
David Roc Hance 161.5 vs. Cody Perez 163
Jonathan Ramirez 153 vs. Casey Phelps 151.5
Jimmy Flick ?? vs. Marquis Taylor 146
Kashiff Solarin 133.5 vs. Kenny Grammer 131
Mike Tufariello 164 vs. Chris Barnes 166.5

Venue: Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Standing 8 Promotions



April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tunica, Mississippi

Maurice Hooker 137.5 vs Adrain Garza 140
Joey Bryant 137 vs John Willouby 137
Anthony Woods 158 vs Jay Williams ??
David Green 136 vs Dedrick Bell 139
Kenneth Council. 153.6. Vs. Anthony Bowman 153

Venue: Fitzgerald’s Casino
Promoter: Prizefight



April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Bryant outpoints Saunders

Late replacement Rowland Bryant (18-3, 12 KOs) won a one-sided unanimous eight-round decision over veteran Pittsburgh light heavyweight Rayco “War” Saunders (23-23-2, 10 KOs) in last night’s main event on the “KO Kings of Tomorrow” card, presented by Iron Mike Productions (IMP), at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (more…)



April 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Oliver McCall 235, Marcin Rekowski 242

By Przemek Garczarczyk

49-year-old Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall (57-13, 37 KO) looked at least decade younger today in Poland during the weigh-in for his rematch with Marcin Rekowski (13-1, 11 KO) this Saturday in Legionowo near Warsaw. “Last time I was 235, I fought and KO’d Przemek Saleta at United Center in 2005. It just 4 pounds more I had when I fought Lennox Lewis,” said McCall, who beat Rekowski last February after split decision. “I had a great training camp with my trainer Doc Nicholson. I hope that having two straight wins, being in shape, I can duplicate what Bernard Hopkins is doing in the light heavyweight division – fight and beat the best.

Teh “Question of Honor” event is promoted by KnockOut Promotions/Babilon Promotions and will be televised live by Polsat network.



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Orozco-Honorio postponed to May 15

Due to visa issues, Martin Honorio will be unavailable for his scheduled bout against Antonio Orozco this Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Orozco vs. Honorio was scheduled to be covered on Saturday’s Showtime Extreme boxing telecast. As a result, the revised two-fight card will be a junior middleweight ten rounder between Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs) and Hector Munoz (22-12-1, 14 KOs) and a junior middleweight eight rounder between Terrell Gausha (8-0, 5 KOs) and veteran Charles Whittaker (40-14-2, 24 KOs). Orozco vs. Honorio is now rescheduled for May 15.



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Port Hueneme, California

Eight bouts are official for tomorrow night’s “Boxing At The Beach” professional boxing show at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Here are the official weights:

Shane Mosley Jr. 161.2 vs. Mark Cordova 160.4
Jose Zepeda 142 vs. Rob Frankel 141
Saul Rodriguez 130.6 vs. Miguel Zamdudio 130.4
Erick De Leon 131.8 vs. Jose Gomez 133
Trevor McCumby 178.4 vs. Rafael Valenzuela 184.8
Eric Ruiz 125.8 vs. Brandon Gushiken 127
Herbert Acevedo 140 vs. Raul Tovar 141.8
Daniel Franco 131 vs. Cesar Garcia 132

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April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Guillermo Jones: I’m not understanding what it is they’re accusing me of and I will always be clean

Photo: David Martin Warr

Photo: David Martin Warr


By Gabriel F. Cordero

Fightnews.com had a short conversation with the Panamanian WBA cruiserweight world champion in recess Guillermo Jones about exactly what happened Friday night in Moscow, Russia. Jones was supposed to fight local hero and WBA cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev in a rematch. However, with both fighters in the dressing room, the fight was abruptly called off due to news of Jones’ failed prefight drug test.

“All I can say is I’m not understanding what it is they’re accusing me of and I will always be clean,” stated Jones. “The Russians were afraid and that’s why they didn’t want to fight. They were sure I was going to win and by knockout. We don’t know what the Russians are inventing or are doing, but they’re dishonest. I took the tests but copies of the results weren’t given to us.” (more…)



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico City

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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

Julio Ceja 118 vs. Ranel Suco 118
(WBC bantamweight silver title)

Yessica Chávez 112 vs. Tenkai Tsunami 112
Luis Ceja 107 vs. Eduardo Cruz 107
Saúl “Baby” Juárez 108 vs. Erik López 10 8

Venue: Foro Polanco
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez wins in Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes

On a beautiful spring evening in Dallas, Texas last night, The Real Estate Council hosted their 26th annual FIGHT NIGHT fundraiser at the glamorous Hilton Anatole. Dubbed FIGHTNIGHT XXVI – Still The Original – is the brainchild of local boxing fixture Steve Crosson, an event that has raised $22 million for The Real Estate Council Foundation to help more than 90 community organization to make Dallas a better place to live. (more…)



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Sheffield, England

Lucas Browne 273 vs. Eric Martell Bahoeli 249
(Vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title)

Karim Guerfi 117 vs. Zanzt Zhakiyanov 117
(European bantamweight title)

Adam Etches 160 vs. Felipe De La Paz Teniente 155
Kirill Relikh 143 vs. Ty Gilchrist 140
Adam Little 148 vs. Kevin McCauley 147
Scott Jenkins 139 vs. David Campillo 137

Venue: Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, England
Promoter: Hatton Promotions



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Mizsei Jr defeats Zamora to win EBU-EU title

Brunet Zamora surprisingly lost tonight his EBU European Union lightweight title to Gyorgy Mizsei Jr from Hungary. The local Zamora started well to closely win the first 2 rounds but Miszei Jr got more confident in round 3 which was his round. From the 4th on it was till the end the same pattern with Zamora stalking his opponent with hard shots to the body while Mizsei Jr had success with his left jab which he throw as light counter punches. The visitor was quick on his feet and kept on moving away to avoid most of the harder blows from the defending champion. Zamora looked tired in rounds 8 and 9 which he clearly lost but came back in round 10. The fight was awarded by split decision to the Hungarian Miszei Jr who will now have to face Jean Pierre Bauwens from Belgium who is the official challenger.



April 25th, 2014

UFC

UFC 172 at the scales

UFC 172, which is headlined by the UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, and the light heavyweight bout between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also watch the opening prelim bout on UFC Fight Pass at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT – UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Glover Teixeira (205) VS Jon Jones (205)

PPV MAIN CARD
Anthony Johnson (205) VS Phil Davis (205.5)
Tim Boetsch (185.5) VS Luke Rockhold (185.5)
Yancy Medeiros (155.5) VS Jim Miller (155)
Andre Fili (145) VS Max Holloway (145)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Tim Elliott (125.5) VS Joseph Benavidez (125.5)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155.5) VS Takanori Gomi (155.5)
Bethe Correia (135) VS Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Charlie Brenneman (155.5) VS Danny Castillo (156)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Patrick Williams (135) VS Chris Beal (135)
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 25th, 2014


Boxing News

Ward: Despite my lawsuit against Goossen Tutor Promotions, I have asked Dan Goossen to set up my next fight ASAP

Andre Ward Official Statement: I want to clear up all the speculation about when I will fight next. Reports that I am holding out or don’t want to fight are simply untrue. My fans should know that despite my lawsuit against Goossen Tutor Promotions, I have asked Dan Goossen to set up my next fight as soon as possible. Actually, I’ve been ready to fight since December. I know this a frustrating time for my fans and I appreciate your patience and all the encouragement you’ve given me. I hope to be back in the ring very soon.



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Thurman, Diaz, Matthysse, Molina, Figueroa, Belmontes all make weight

Keith Thurman 145.5 vs. Julio Diaz 146.75
(WBA interim welterweight title)

Lucas Matthysse 140 vs. John Molina 139.25

Omar Figueroa 134.75 vs. Jerry Belmontes 134.75
(WBC lightweight title)

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Estrada, Mepranum make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Juan Francisco Estrada 112 vs. Richie Mepranum 112
(WBA/WBO flyweight titles)

Hernan Marquez 117.5 vs. John Mark Apolinario 117.5

Venue: Centro Convenciones, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer

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April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Lebedev-Jones II called off

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Today’s highly anticipated WBA cruiserweight title rematch in Moscow between Guillermo Jones and WBA regular world champion Dennis Lebedev has now been called off following Jones’ failed drug test. There were discussions about going ahead with the fight as a non-title affair, but ultimately it was decided to cancel the fight. According to WBA VP Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “At this point Guillermo Jones’ fate is on sample “B”. His representative must challenge the findings by Swiss lab.”



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Security thwarts Briggs’ pie plan for Klitschko

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (53-6-1, 47 KOs) once again made his presence felt in Germany, attending the weigh-in today of unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Alex Leapai. The shirtless Briggs didn’t show up empty handed, bringing with him Germany’s most expensive and popular pie. No official word on what Briggs intentions were with the pie but security on hand weren’t taking any chances and stopped Briggs before he could get close enough to deliver the pie to Klitschko. Briggs has been a big hit all week in Germany and was swarmed by fans seeking autographs and “selfies” for which he gladly complied. The atmosphere around him was almost like it was Briggs who would be fighting Klitschko Saturday night. More photos



April 25th, 2014

Boxing News

CONFIRMED: Guillermo Jones tests positive again

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones has again tested positive for the substance Furosemide. Jones’ “A” sample tested positive in anti doping results from a neutral lab, Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD). In a few hours, Jones is scheduled to face WBA regular world champion Dennis Lebedev in Moscow. They are now meeting to discuss the situation. The fight may go on as a non-title bout. Jones was stripped of the WBA title after their first fight after testing positive for the SAME banned substance.



April 25th, 2014




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