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Story by Andreas Hale
When fighters see Tyson Griffin’s name on the card, they must all collectively groan as they can kiss that “Fight of the Night” bonus check goodbye.
In nine UFC fights, the 26-year-old wrestling stud has won “Fight of the Night” five times. Allow that to sink in for a minute – five times. Most fighters would be happy to get one “Fight of the Night” bonus check in their entire career. Griffin has five. And oddly enough, he’s probably the only one that is sick and tired of that bonus. If you ask Griffin, he’d prefer to trade that check for a “KO of the Night” or “Submission of the Night” check . . . Click here for more
The fight between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and two-time title challenger Khoren Gevor is off. They were slated to meet on July 17 in Schwerin, Germany. “We needed to have our plans finalized for our promotional partners and Sebastian Zbik hadn’t signed the fight contract on time,” said Universum General Manager Stefan Braune. “Therefore we had to reorganize and we’re pleased that we’re able to present to the fans two additional great fights with local favorite Jürgen Brähmer and Susi Kentikian.”
Universum has agreed to submit a new offer to Zbik to fight in a subsequent event. “We’re working with Sebastian on a new plan for his next title defense,” Braune added. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world IBF lightweight champion Philip “No Deal” Holiday (39-7-1, 22 KOs) captured the vacant Australian jr middleweight championship with a hard fought ten round split decision over Jason Kanofski (13-4-3, 2 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Scores: Alan Burford 97-93 (Holiday), Tony Kettlewell 96-95 (Holiday) and Alan Moore 98-97 (Kanofski). This was the second comeback bout for Holiday who was stopped in eleven rounds by Samuel Colomban in March.
Holiday held the world title from 1995 to 1997 and made six defenses including a second round stoppage of Australian great Jeff Fenech. He lost to the title to future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley in a closely contested bout. The 40-year-old Holiday was born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa but has been based in Brisbane, Australia for several years. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Christopher Martin 127.5 vs. Adolfo Landeros 126.5
Luis Grajeda 146.5 vs. Christian Favela 144.25
Antonio Orozco 141* vs. Michael Peralta 139
Lester Gonzalez 160 vs. Ibahiem King 161.75*
Pablo Armenta 128 vs. Rene Torres 128
*Orozco and King had two hours to lose one pound and three quarters of a pound respectively.
Venue: 4 Points Hotel by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) is chomping at the bit to fight Puerto Rican star Ivan Calderon and he’s angry. Gonzalez says he’s still fuming from the disrespect shown him by the Puerto Rican star earlier this year at a fight card in Nicaragua. “He was talking a lot of smack when he was in my country,” commented Gonzalez. “He said he had never even heard of me. I should have slapped him right then!” Gonzalez is currently training for his next title defense in Mexico on July 17th but the only thing on his mind seems to be inflicting a beating on Calderon. “I will fight him anywhere, anytime, at any weight, with any organization, and if he tries to ignore me, I can only think he’s afraid of me. When I leave boxing I want to be known as a fighter who always fought the best and better. It seems Calderon doesn’t care about his legacy.”
By Robert Hough
Karim Mayfield’s busier than usual before his fight in San Francisco on Saturday—and he couldn’t be happier. The welterweight is getting a lot of attention in the days before he headlines a rare boxing card in his hometown. Mayfield (12-0-1, 7KOs), who fights Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3, 1KO) in the main event of a five-fight card, hopes the city’s first night of fights in six years is the first step toward bigger fights there. “If they send ‘em my way, I’m not ducking them,” said Mayfield, who has sparred with Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton and Antonio Margarito. “I’ve been in world champions’ camps and that’s not easy. I can see I’m competitive and keep up with these guys. I’m not getting beaten up or sent home so it’s an inspiration. I would welcome fights with the supposed-to-be prospects.” (more…)
Rachid El Hadak (20-8-1, 7 KOs) of France unanimously decisioned Roman Kracik (31-4-1, 17 KOs) of Czech Republic over 12 rounds to win the vacant European Boxing Association (EBA) cruiserweight title. Scores were 120- 108, 119-109 and 118-110. The two fought to a draw back in 2008 in Kracik’s native Czech Republic. The event took place at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne in Loirre, France with Herve Jacques promoting and Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
Photos: Carlos Baeza
The NABF convention, consisting of boxing luminaries from Mexico, the United States and Canada, is on in New Orleans. The general session was opened by the Deputy Mayor of New Orleans. Then, Robert Lenhart, in his unique style, emceed the session. Mauricio Sulaiman shared some wonderful personal stories of his time in New Orleans for the “No Mas” fight, as well as encouraging news about the state of boxing in Mexico. Ed Pearson was praised for bringing in more Canadian representatives to the NABF. (more…)
Story by Brady Crytzer
Rich Franklin was been looking for a home. After establishing himself as the sport’s first stable middleweight champion in over ten years and losing his title in 2006, the Cincinnati native has been taking on all comers.
Following wins over Jason MacDonald and Travis Lutter at the middleweight limit, Franklin was victorious in one of 2009’s best firefights when he defeated fellow weight class-nomad Wanderlai Silva in a 195 pound catchweight bout. Now, after nearly nine months out of action, Rich Franklin is ready to headline UFC 115 in a light heavyweight showdown against Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell . . . Click here for more
Photos: David Marin Warr/DKP
A typical boxing press conference today at Scottrade Center in St. Louis suddenly turned raucous after undefeated unified 140-pound world champion Devon Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham told former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, a Ukrainian making his first visit to America, “That’s a long way to come for an ass whuppin.’ Kotelnik responded “There will be an ass kicking, but St. Louis will be surprised who will be doing it.” (more…)
Matthew Hatton bids to show he’s a world class welterweight when he makes the first defence of his European title next month. ‘Magic’ Matthew (39-4-2) will face mandatory contender, Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-1) at Bolton Arena on Friday July 16. Hatton, 29, the brother of Ricky Hatton, is one of the most improved fighters in the division and proved that by winning the title when he outpointed Gianluca Branco in March. (more…)
The finals are set for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” as Court “The Crusher” McGee and Kris “Savage” McCray emerged last night to compete for a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the finale will be telecast LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, June 19 at 9:00 PM ET. (more…)
Photo by Joel A. Colón – PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
WBO World Jr Flyweight Champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon and his challenger Jesus “Azul” Iribe from Mexico, both promised a victory, today during the last press conference on route to their world championship fight this Saturday night at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden in the main event of “Top Rank Live” to be telecast in the United States by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Espanol and on Pay-Per-View in Puerto Rico. (more…)
Tickets went on sale this morning at Scottrade Center in St. Louis for “Gateway to Greatness… The Homecoming”–a world championship boxing doubleheader set for Aug. 7. Promoter Don King officially announced the blockbuster event today, which features hometown hero and unified WBC/IBF140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) against former WBA super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs). Tickets priced at $17.50, $35, $70, $150 and $300 are on sale now at Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.
Allan Green is in the tapering -down stage of training camp now, with less than 9 days before his WBA title bout with Andre Ward. He’s very confident about his training camp and preparation for his title fight, which will air live on SHOWTIME® Saturday, June 19 at 10:00 pm ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
For most fighters a normal training camp can last anywhere from 6-8 weeks at a remote training facility far from home to limit distractions. But for Allan Green that has not always been the situation. Most of the time he has taken fights on late notice anywhere from 3-4 weeks, which means he always had to be ready and stay in some kind of shape. For his upcoming fight with Andre Ward he’s had 7 weeks to concentrate, prepared and focus on one fight and it has made a huge difference. (more…)
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By Robert Hough
Photo by Laura De la Torre
Super middleweight Andre Ward has learned over the years that training for a fight doesn’t mean “living like a caveman and staring at a wall to focus on a fight.” Ward, who fights Allan Green on June 19 in Oakland, Calif., to close out the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, said at a public workout that he balances fight preparation with relaxation–which these days includes watching the NBA Finals. Ward predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics will split the next two games in Boston and when the series returns to Los Angeles, the Lakers, up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, will win the title. Click for GIANT photo slide show…
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
UFC 111 came and went. Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his title against Dan Hardy and the world kept spinning. UFC 112, 113 and 114 also came and went. And while numerous fighters taped up their fists and entered the Octagon for caged combat, Martin “Hitman” Kampmann (16-3) watched it all from the sidelines . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 31 KOs) has issued a challenge to former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (38-3,23 KOs) who is scheduled to challenge Carlos Adan Jerez (3-12-3, 16 KOs) of Argentina for the WBA International super welterweight championship at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on June 30. “Mundine is now boxing at 154 pounds and he is scheduled to fight on June 30,”.said Ndou. “I would be happy to fight Mundine at 154 pounds. Mundine recently told the media in Australia that he is the only boxer who can beat Floyd Mayweather. I worked with Floyd as his sparring partner and I can promise Mundine he would not go five rounds with the boxer I regard as the best pound for pound boxer in the world.” Ndou added, “I will take Mundine to school and stop him inside eight rounds.”
Heavyweight Lance “Mount” Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) takes on Andrey Fedosov (21-1, 17 KOs) in a twelve rounder on Saturday at the famed Hollywood Palladium. The event is presented by MEZ Sports.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission heard arguments on the merits of mandatory blood testing from United States Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart. The Commission is reviewing their testing procedures in the wake of the Pacquiao-Mayweather meltdown earlier this year.
Ricky Hatton says he’s a big fan of the one night series of Prizefighter tournaments taking place in the U.K.“ It’s an absolutely fantastic event – the mix of underdogs and kids against the fighters having their last shot at glory is sensational stuff,” said Hatton. “It’s only three rounds so tactics go out the window and you have to give it hell for leather…it’s great for a young prospect because he might have to fight a former champion with experience and I love that – I think that’s fantastic, it’s a great idea.” The next event is Prizefighter Super Middleweights on June 30.
By Robert Coster
Among the young prospects to watch in 2010 is 22-year-old junior featherweight Alexei Acosta (10-0, 10 KOs). A former member of the Cuban amateur national team, Acosta is part of a trio of transplanted boxers from the Caribbean Islands who lives and fights out of Cork, Ireland which is admittedly an unusual arrangement. “I have no complaints about fighting in Ireland,” says Alexei in fluent Irish-tinged English. “The country is great and so are the boxing fans. The only problem is the weather, a far cry from Cuba.” (more…)
Newly-crowned IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will travel to Canastota, NY this weekend to attend the Hall of Fame Induction Festivities. The 33-year-old regained his old title last Saturday when he stopped Troy Ross in his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland. Legendary German promoter Wilfried Sauerland is among the “Class of 2010” alongside Jung-Koo Chang (South Korea), featherweight champion Danny “Little Red” Lopez (USA), manager Shelly Finkel (USA), referee / commissioner Larry Hazzard (USA), matchmaker Bruce Trampler (USA) and journalist Ed Schuyler (USA). “I am thrilled to return to Canastota,” said Cunningham, who will be joined by his manager/wife Livvy. “There is nothing like the Hall of Fame Weekend. We will celebrate Mr. Sauerland´s induction and my victory over Ross in style before going back to the gym soon.”
While in Canastota, Cunningham will come face to face with WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck, who will also travel from Germany. Cunningham, of course, handed Huck his only loss to date, stopping him in the 12th round of their IBF Title fight in Germany in December 2007.
Andre Ward participated at a free open workout Wednesday at King’s Gym here.
On Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), Ward (20-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, will make the first defense of the World Boxing Association 168-pound title against world-ranked Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla., in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic at the Oracle Arena. (more…)
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon and challenger Jesus ‘Azul’ Iribe were on hand for a media workout on Wednesday at the Kingsway Boxing Gym in New York City. Also on hand was Puerto Rican Olympian McWilliams Arroyo. Calderon later went to the Mets-Padres game at Citi Field. The game was rained out but The ‘Iron Boy’ did make his way into the NY Mets dugout. (more…)
Advance tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Friday, July 2nd.
Starting at $29, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com. phone 800-745-3000) or the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office (909-244-5600). A five dollar discount is available for students, military, police and fire personnel in addition to seniors for tickets purchased in advance with ID at the box office. (One ticket per ID.) (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® General Manager Reed Harris confirmed today seven remaining bouts for the organization’s loaded card set to take place at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, June 20.
The fights are Will Campuzano vs. Eddie Wineland, Will Kerr vs. Karen Darabedyan, Frank Gomez vs. Wagnney Fabiano, Bendy Casimir vs. Erik Koch, Diego Nunes vs. Raphael Assuncao, Rafael Rebello vs. Chris Cariaso, and Renan Barao vs. Anthony Leone. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The co-feature of UFC 115 is guaranteed dynamite as kickboxing greats Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Pat “HD” Barry square off in a heavyweight showdown.
While Barry has made his mark in the UFC as one of the new generation of contenders, “Cro Cop” will be battling as a desperate man as this could be his last chance. Two strikers from two different parts of the world will be squaring off in Vancouver this Saturday. Neither man has any intention of taking this fight to the ground and both perform on the highest levels of technical brilliance. The UFC is premiering in on Canada’s west coast with a card for the ages . . . Click here for more
Pound-for-Pound King Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao displays one of his favorite boxing magazines “Boxeo La Revista.” The June edition is out and you can read the digital version here. The magazine was available last week at Yankee Stadium at the “Stadium Slugfest” card and will be available throughout the month at all Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions shows in the United States and Mexico.
The top stories are Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s return to the ring on June 26 in San Antonio with new trainer Freddie Roach, the successful return of Antonio Margarito on May 8 in Aguascalientes, Mexico and in the popular feature “Where Are They Now?,” former world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez speaks about his life after boxing in Tijuana, Mexico. (more…)
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions brings professional boxing back to the VIP Tent at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with “Summer Brawl” on June 30. The main event will feature Pittsburgh’s “Lightning” Rod Salka (11-0, 3 KOs), in an eight-round lightweight battle against Harold Orji (6-2, 3 KOs), of Laurel, Maryland. The co- feature will pit heavyweights Jason Bergman (11-9-2, 8 KOs), of Pittsburgh, in a six-round rumble against Cleveland’s Ryan Thompson (9-9, 6 KOs). The undercard will feature, in separate bouts, Pittsburgh heavyweight Paul Zalus (4-0, 4 KOs), Pittsburgh middleweight Sam Suska (0-1), lightweight Chris Hazimilhalis (2-0, 2 KOs), and welterweight Jake Giuriceo (6-0-1, 2 KOs), both from Campbell, Ohio. Tickets are $25, $50 and $100.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Sugar Ray Leonard was in Montreal this week celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the “Brawl in Montreal” where he suffered his first professional loss to the hands of Roberto Duran. Pictured is Fernand Marcotte who met Leonard in 1979, WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, recent world title welterweight challenger Antonin Decarie and Kevin Lavallee who makes his pro debut this Friday in Montreal.
Rachid El Hadak (19-8-1, 7 KOs) of France and Roman Kracik (31-3-1, 17 KOs) of Czech Republic had their official weigh-in for their rematch scheduled tomorrow at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne in Loirre, France. The two fought to a draw back in 2008 in Kracik’s native France. Both weighed in at 199 pounds. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the vacant European Boxing Association (EBA) cruiserweight title.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
As he awaits his next assignment, current WBC middleweight and junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina, is keeping himself in great condition at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA. Martinez was recently stripped of his WBO title, due to one of the organization’s rules, however he won less than 2 months ago. He defeated Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) via unanimous decision this past April in Atlantic City, NJ. Sergio Martinez will be departing tonight for Canastota, New York to attend the 21st annual International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction this weekend; a decision has not been made as to whether his next fight will be at middleweight or junior middleweight. Click here for more photos…
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBC continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., and being assisted by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations. Gomez will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th in Mexico against an opponent yet to be determined and will headline the latest edition of “Top Rank Live” on Fox Sports en Español which is being promoted by Top Rank. In his last outing, Gomez defeated former two-time lightweight champion “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo (60-10-1, 52 KOs), when Castillo refused to answer the bell for the start of round six on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Click here for more photos…
World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon told challenger Jesus Irbie – right to his face – ‘You are going down and getting knocked out on Saturday night.” The two were at a Top Rank Media Day at Kingsway Gym on 1 West 28th St. During a staredown pose, Calderon let Irbie have it. “I looked into his eyes and saw a troubled fighter,” Calderon said. “I just wanted to get him squared away.” (more…)
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